Monday, July 28, 2008

July 28, 2008

Kopp Disclosure
(John 3:19-21)


LO was Pastor of the Hollywood Presbyterian Church and Chaplain of the US Senate; and I will never forget being in a "high steeple" covenant group with him for about a decade over two decades ago; especially when he counseled me over a cup of coffee in a small cafe in San Anselmo, "If you want people in your church to bleed, you must hemorrhage."


Of course, Jesus established the pattern and prescription.

Matthew 16:24ff.

I wonder how Jesus feels about clergy and related species (aka deacons, elders, trustees, etc.) who don't look up, stand up, speak up, and act up for Him because they'll get into trouble with ecclesiastical and civil cultures increasingly distancing themselves from Biblical Christianity.


A pastor in my franchise called and said, "Bob, there's no way I'm getting involved with that Not One Penny document...[see attached]...and there's no way I'm letting my session see it. They'll probably agree with it and want to subscribe to it. Then my executive will blackball me and I'll be stuck here forever or have to find another denomination that will take me."


The PCUSA's so-called "war chest" to fund litigation against those separating to be faithful prompted a professor/pastor in Florida to write, "Witchcraft manipulates, deceives, confuses, harasses, and seeks to steal salvation."


I left the "high steeple" scene for several reasons: (1) Personal sin (watch for the forthcoming Cave Canem beginning the week of 9/14/08); (2) I climbed to the top of the ladder of ecclesiastical success and discovered it was leaning against the wrong building (see Fifteen Secrets which is on sale via; and (3) I couldn't handle all of the talk about the need for reforming the franchise secundum verbum Dei while being unwilling to do what's necessary to spark reform (e.g., precursory efforts akin to Not One Penny).

Truth is there was a time which is no more when there were enough high steeples with the wherewithal to challenge and reverse the apostasies.

Unfortunately, indifference and personal kingdom-building juxtaposed to a sad mantra (viz., "They won't bother us if we just send in the blood money!") and lust to be players at the table of denominational power compromised the witness and undermined so many truly redemptive efforts.


One of my deliverance ministry mentors (VMTC) sent a poem to me (today) called A Preacher on the Fence:

From out the millions of the earth
God often calls a man
To preach His Word, and for the truth
To take a loyal stand.
'Tis sad to see him shun the cross,
Nor stand in its defense
Between the fields of right and wrong -
A preacher on the fence.

Before him are the souls of men,
Destined for heaven or hell;
An open Bible in his hand,
And yet he dare not tell
Them all the truth as written there;
He fears the consequence -
The shame of heaven, the joy of hell
A preacher on the fence.

Most surely God has called that man
To battle for the right,
'Tis his to ferret out the wrong,
And turn on us the light.
He standeth not for right nor wrong,
He feareth an offense,
Great God, deliver us from him -
That preacher on the fence.

If he would stand up for the wrong,
The right he'd not befriend;
If he should boldly stand for right,
The wrong he would offend.
His mouth is closed, he dare not speak
For freedom or against.
The most disgusting thing on earth -
A preacher on the fence.

His better judgment, common sense,
They pull him to the right;
Behold him grip that topmost rail,
And hold with all his might;
His love of praise, it holds him fast,
Keeps him from going hence,
Poor man! How fearful will be his plight
A preacher on the fence.


"I'm not to the left or to the right."

"I'm moderate."

"Yeah, I'm moderately committed to Jesus."


I guess some folks still believe in purgatory.


Jesus is bleeding.

Who's cutting?


Blessings and Love!

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