October 8, 2019, Eastern Illinois
Cindy started preaching and the students tried an old tactic, which is to discourage people to engage us. Actually, they turned their back on Cindy and formed a little group. This ploy rarely works for long. Soon a few broke ranks and then they all did and Cindy had a sizable crowd. When the campus security arrived, they encouraged the students to move on if they did not want to hear our message. I did not notice anyone leaving. The two policemen stayed for most of the afternoon.
A smaller group soon gathered around Sister Pat. The students were comparatively behaved today as measured by past visits. I engaged a young man who was relatively familiar with the Hebrew Scriptures, who actually listened to my answers to his questions. Later, he came up to talk to me privately. He was raised a Catholic; however, after he started dating a Jewish girl, she informed him he would have to convert to Judaism if the relationship were to continue. Evidently, they are not dating anymore but he wants to study to become a kabbalist, which is a school of thought in Jewish mysticism. He was a serious young man.
When I was preaching, a middle-aged lesbian, whom I assumed worked for the university, started distributing condoms. I thought this would be a good time to call back Cindy to give her signature, “The Condom Gospel,” message. Meanwhile, I was on the outskirts of group gathered around the condom woman. She claimed to have a “wife.” She was showing the girls some female condom and how it is worn or whatever.
For the last hour I had an attentive crowd of largely women. Sister Pat said, “You sure captured the attention of those girls.” Since I was preaching with my staff crucifix, I reminded the students that to become a Christian is to embrace the cross which require a life of self-denial and results in suffering, sorrow, pain and rejection. Alas, rebellious men are unwilling to sacrifice a life of self-indulgence for the life of self-sacrifice.
Christianity is spiritual warfare. “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.” We are fighting to deliver the hearts and minds of youth from Satanic captivity.
Typically, campus ministers are younger men. Over the last few years we have had Myrna and Mikhail to show youth how the they ought to be living and to help Cindy and me. However, they are getting married, which means that this fall Brother Jed & Company will consist of old warriors, Sister Pat 90, Cindy 61 and myself 76.
Our ministry is rigorous and demanding physically and mentally as we daily wield the sword of the Spirit against the false philosophies which prevail on campus.
David’s men in his old age tried to keep him off the frontlines of warfare, because David “waxed faint” in battle and was almost killed by Ishbi-benob, the giant son of Goliath. But Abishai succored David and smote the Philistine and slew him. Afterwards, the men of David swore unto him saying, “Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the light of Israel.”—2 Samuel 21:17.
David’s last words from 2 Samuel 23 are inspiring to this old warrior.
30For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall.
34He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet: and setteth me upon my high places.
35He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
36Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great.
37Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not slip.
38I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them; and turned not again until I had consumed them.
What sayest thou oh FB friends? Can Brother Jed fight the good fight one more year? Do you believe that he can still slay the giants of secularism, humanism, multi-culturalism, atheism and the plethora of other isms that have discouraged, defeated and captivated our youth to the point that they have lost all sense of dignity, decency and duty?
If so, I challenge you to put your money on us. We are asking for 10 partners to give a gift of $1000 for our reserve fund to cover travel expenses or we are looking for 10 new donors or for regular donors to make a commitment to increase their monthly giving. Who will like Abishai help us in the battle? Who are three mighty men like Adino, Eleazar and Shammah? Who has our back?
Jesus quoted from The Proverbs. His teaching style of speaking in short pithy sentences was influenced by Solomon, who was the wisest man of the Ancient World until Jesus entered into our realm.
Proverbs informs us that by fearing God we can gain, wisdom, knowledge and understanding, which are the principal things.
Not only that, in chapter after chapter Proverbs also promises prosperity, longevity, healing and good health to those who obey God’s precepts.
Acts 10:38 is a good summary of Jesus’ ministry of ” How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and power: who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”
At 12 years old we find Jesus in the temple sitting among the theologians listening and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and answers. Jesus must have spent his childhood mediating on the Proverbs and conforming his behavior to the tweets of Solomon.
Typically, on each Sunday in my United Methodist Church we sing the hymns of the prophetic poet, Charles Wesley. John and Charles Wesley were co-founders of the Methodist Societies, which soon turned into the Methodist Church. John was the main preacher, prolific writer and organizer of the movement; Charles was known primarily as the composer of over 5000 hymns.
Among United Methodists, Charles may actually be a greater influence today than his brother, John. The sermons of Wesley are rarely read or studied anymore among United Methodists. John’s distinctive doctrine of Christian Perfection is seldom taught from the pulpits. However, the hymns of Charles, which speak of justification and sanctification and other basic doctrines, are still sung virtually every Sunday throughout Methodism and even in other denominational and non-denominational churches.
The United Methodist Church is paradoxical. Although it is widely known as liberal theologically and socially, in other respects it remains conservative, especially liturgically. The United Methodist Book of Discipline still publishes the Biblical sound Wesleyan doctrinal statement of historical Methodism. Through the beloved old hymns of Charles, the Wesleys, though dead, still speak loudly each Sabbath
There is an emphasis in Solomon’s Proverbs on prosperity to those who fear God. Solomon reigned during a time great affluence in Israel and even opulence as far as Solomon and his temple were concerned. Judaism flourished during Solomon’s rule, despite tendencies toward idolatry and Solomon himself actually falling into idolatry, badly influenced by his heathen wives. Yet through it all the temple was built, which was a marvel of the ancient world.
Despite grievous national sins, Christianity is still the leading religious influence in America. President Trump presides over our nation wisely in the Spirit of Solomon before his backsliding.
Democrats don’t believe in “the prosperity gospel.”. They actually oppose American prosperity as do duped Christians, who oppose advocates of prosperity in this great land of plenty.
Trump wants to bring America back to its proud Christian heritage and make America wealthier than ever. One might argue that the “prosperity gospel” is uniquely Christian and American as it was uniquely Jewish and Zionist during Solomon’s reign. He made Israel great under the direction of God far surpassing his father, David. America is an exceptional nation far beyond any in world history because of its Christian foundation. President Trump understands this arguably better than any other previous president.
The American Dream includes a vision of prosperity and independence. Trump aptly labeled those countries where poverty and tyranny reign, assuming he actually said what the fake news claims he said about certain unnamed countries.
Apparently, many Christians cannot see beyond saving faith. They do not seem capable or willing to exercise their faith for God to supply all their needs according to His riches in glory.—Phil 4:19. Christians need to put their faith into action to propagate the gospel to the nations, think great thoughts and accomplish mighty deeds for the glory of God, gain wealth, be generous, live righteous lives, etc.
Alas, most teach that Christians cannot live a righteous life, that we are bound to sin daily in thought, word and deed. What kind of faith is this? It is not saving faith. They are not living their best life now, which is a holy life; nor are they living up to their full potential; too many Christians have settled for a life of mediocrity, living paycheck to paycheck. Instead of lenders, they are borrowers. They are the tail, when God saved them to be the head. They are victims instead of victors. They see themselves still victims of Adam’s fall instead of victors as a result of the second Adam’s resurrection.
Historically, Theology has been considered “the Queen of the Sciences.” Theology is the study of God.
Natural science studies the material world as perceived through the five senses. This science is the study of God’s works, which reveal the wonderful design of the Universe. The design in the Universe reveals the Designer God.
Revealed Theology is the study of God as revealed in the Bible and through the Holy Ghost as he works in and through men. The tools of revealed theology include reason, intuition, experience and other authorities such as the church, especially its prophets and apostles.
For a well-rounded education, other subjects should be studied as helps to Theology
I found the following document from the Palo Alto Battlefield in Brownsville, TX, where America’s first victory in the Mexican War occurred. The remarkable document has the letter head of the National Park Service which is under the Dept. of the Interior:
“At the time of the U.S.-Mexican War, U.S. citizens mistrusted a regular standing army. Memories of giving up their homes and serving soldiers under the British Quartering Acts still lingered. Most citizens believed in republicanism – that the best possible army consisted of native-born citizens who would, in times of war, take up arms for their country as their civic and patriotic duty.
Republicanism was supported by President James K. Polk who declared in his 1845 State of the Union address: ‘Standing armies . . . are contrary to the genius of our free institutions, would impose heavy burdens on the people and be dangerous to public liberty. Our reliance for protection and defense on the land must be mainly on our citizen soldiers, who will be ever ready, as they ever have been ready in times past, to rush with alacrity, at the call of their country, to her defense.’”
The Church is the Army of God of which we have the regular army led by the professional clergy. We also have the Volunteer Army.
My first associate in campus preaching Max Lynch said, “I was drafted into the service of the Lord; Brother Jed volunteered.”
I saw a need for students on campus to hear the Word of the Lord so I undertook to take the message to the campus greens, knowing that students would not hear the gospel in the classroom and that few would go to church or attend campus Bible Studies.
God’s Army is often undermanned because men do not understand that they can volunteer for God’s service. Too often the battle is being lost for lack of manpower, because potential soldiers of the cross think they have to have some supernatural call as Saul of Tarsus did on the road to Damascus.
My model for entering the ministry was more Isaiah like, who heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then said I, “Here am I; send me.”—Isaiah 6.
One might say that Paul, like Moses, was drafted and Isaiah volunteered.
During the Civil War (1863), the U.S. Congress passed a conscription act that produced the first wartime draft of U.S. citizens in our history. The act called for registration of all males between the ages of 20 and 45. Exemptions from the draft could be bought for $300 or by finding a substitute draftee.
I am willing to represent my friends who have obligations which prevent them from serving on the front-lines of the battlefields. I will serve in your place.
I am asking that you send $300 donation to The CMUSA for Brother Jed & Co. to be your substitutes and to represent you.
After all, some need to remain on the home front to produce the guns and ammunition and continue to provide the butter for the Army and the general populace. Any slaves to sin whom we free will be credited to your account when our Lord passes out the rewards of our labor.
To Arms! To Arms! We have the Kingdom of Heaven to protect, defend and advance. The regular army cannot, nor should it be expected, to do all the fighting. Join in the battle or support those of us who have volunteered to go off to war.
President Trump’s favorite president, Andrew Jackson, gained the fame, which eventually elevated him to the White House by victoriously leading an army of Tennessee Volunteers in the decisive Battle of New Orleans during the war of 1812.
Jackson personally financed his volunteers. Brother Jed & Co. are volunteers; there are men, who know of our fighting experience, who have the wealth to finance us.
Another famous Tennessean, Davy Crockett, fought and died defending the Alamo with five volunteers under his command. Each volunteer was promised 4,600 acres of land by the Provisional Government of Texas for fighting.
If you do not have great wealth than I am asking you to donate $46 as payment for our volunteer work on the campus battlefields.
The motto of Tennessee is “The Volunteer State.” Alas, today the Volunteers are primarily known as the football or basketball team of the University of Tennessee, not as mighty warriors defending and expanding our country.
Quit yourselves like men; Don’t be a couch potato devoted to watching sporting events. Be a watchman on the wall and get in the fight or else support those of us who are at war. If you are from Tennessee perhaps you should double the $46 offering and make it $92.
Paul asked a relevant rhetorical question in 1 Cor 9:7: “Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges?”
Remember Sister Cindy Smock is the prime fruit of The CMUSA over the years. I picked Cindy from the orange trees of Florida. When Cindy was converted, Anita Bryant was at the height of her career and the main promoter of Florida o.j. She paid a heavy price opposition to the homosexual way.
I used to say that Anita Bryant was the #2 woman in Christendom (my mother was #1). When we got married, Cindy advanced to # 1.
The noted rebuke I directed her way at UF in 1978, “Repent of your sins, you wicked woman,” may be the most famous pick-up line into the Kingdom of God in the history of the church.
Where would Cindy be if I have not been there to reprove and exhort her?
Cindy’s ambition had been to become the next Barbara Walters. Can you imagine Cindy on the View with those witches? Just the horrible thought should make you want to dig in your pockets and send us that $1000 bonus gift for our reserve fund. Or consider Cindy sitting in the seat of Rachel Maddow of MSNBC? That nightmare ought to make a monthly donor out of you.
“And it came to pass at the time when kings go forth to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him to war. . . But David tarried still at Jerusalem.”—2 Samuel 11:1.
Beforehand, David was always at the forefront of battle. Last year, Joab and his men were delivered from the Syrians and the Ammonites, but they did not win a decisive victory. The conclusive triumph only came when David led all of Israel into the battle. David slew 700 men in chariots, 40,000 horsemen and personally smote the captain of the Syrian host.—2 Sam 10.
Both through custom and experience David knew, “I need to be in the fight.” Alas, he remained at Jerusalem. If David had attended to what God wanted, he never would have attended to what God did not want!
The Devil will tempt old warriors with battle fatigue. After all, we have our excuse; we have fought more than our share of wars. There are the affairs of state or our local church, which require our attention. We deserve the solace of the palace and our family.
The old warrior must constantly rouse himself and beware, when he thinks he stands less he falls. War against Israel’s enemies had always kept David focused and strong against the temptation of the flesh and the wiles of the devil, who at this very time was plotting against David to bring him down.
Fall is the time when campus preachers go off war against sin, death and Satan. If we don’t take the offensive against the Evil One, then we become vulnerable to his fiery darts.
August 19, at Purdue University, I will rouse myself from the comforts of Jerusalem and invade the campuses wearing the whole armor of God and wielding the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
Brother Jed & Co. need our friends on the home front to arise and be counted at one of the 10 “Liberators” to give $1000 now or to pledge yourself to be one of the new 10 monthly donors. Dig deep into your pockets to finance this mission, my friends.