Friday, Sept 26, 2014

 

Some things sound silly. So ridiculous there ought to be no debate about the merits. But in our present upside-down world, unfortunately, logic often gets turned on its head. Witness the case of Bernard Pritchard, serving time in a New Mexico state prison. Pritchard was sentenced for aggravated stalking charges. As a danger to the public, found guilty in a court of law, he has nevertheless filed a lawsuit in state court demanding that he allowed to follow his religion behind bars. Not only that, he alleges $140,000 in damages because of unspecified limits upon his rights to worship. His religion? Satanism. He worships the devil and demands that taxpayers facilitate his right to do so and cough up a large sum of money because he was supposedly denied his “rights.”

Here’s the logic. It’s the devil who drove him to dangerous criminal activity, and now Prichard wants the public to pay for his desire to worship the devil whose influence put him behind bars in the first place. Before you laugh, I make a prediction. In today’s climate of liberalism and moral relativism, he’ll get at least some of that $140K and special arrangements will be made allowing him to do exactly as he wishes. And if he wants to sacrifice an animal or be provided a chalice to drink someone’s blood, he’ll likely get that too. Americans must soon decide whether as a nation we’ll continue to accommodate whatever moral and spiritual craziness comes our way, all in the name of equanimity and fairness. I wonder what the individual he stalked and terrorized thinks of all of this. If Pritchard doesn’t like the prisons of America and feels discriminated against, he should be offered the alternative to live in the so-called caliphate of ISIL. A one-way ticket to Syria would be cheaper than $140,000.

 


An encouraging word:  GOD IS JUST

Perhaps, like me, you get a little tired of ignorant and angry people blaming God for all that goes on in the world. False religions and corrupt regimes lead to poverty and starvation, yet many ask why God lets it happen. Suffering and injustice are also blamed on God, as if He deliberately stands back and does nothing. Free will and sin are ignored in favor of pushing all the responsibility on the Almighty. Isaiah reminds us that “the Lord longs to be gracious to you . . . for the Lord is a God of justice” (Isaiah 30:18). Things would be different if some spent less time accusing God and more time reading His Word.  


Bob Larson has trained healing and deliverance teams all over the world to set the captives free and Do What Jesus Did� (Luke 4:18).  You can partner with Bob and support this vision to demonstrate God’s power in action by calling 303-980-1511 or clicking here to donate online.

Friday, Sept 26, 2014

An encouraging word:  GOD’S JUSTICE

Few things are clearer in Scripture than the attribute of God regarding justice. As King David expressed it, “The Lord is known by His justice” (Psalm 9:16). It is the Lord’s omniscience that allows Him alone to execute perfect justness. He knows everything. What happened and what is truly happening. He knows what each person did, why they did it, when they did it, and the consequences of their actions. When God rules from the courts of Heaven, there can be no doubt that His verdict is spiritually lawful and equitable. No human courtroom or individual can make that claim. Instead of humanity questioning the justice of God, mankind would be better served by bowing before the Eternal Magistrate.


Bob Larson has trained healing and deliverance teams all over the world to set the captives free and Do What Jesus Did� (Luke 4:18).  You can partner with Bob and support this vision to demonstrate God’s power in action by calling 303-980-1511 or clicking here to donate online.