Published by Andy Neckar
P.O. Box J  Hico, TX 76457
Vol. 8, Number 3. July-August, 2003
Editor: Andy Neckar


INSIDE THIS NEWSLETTER - 

1-THUS SAITH THE LORD
2-COVETOUSNESS
3-UNITED METHODIST PASTORETTES
3-PROFILES
5-REWRITING RELIGION AND HISTORY
6-THAT’S WHAT CHRISTIANS DO NOW

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THUS SAITH THE LORD
THUS saith the Lord.
Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Because man does not like to keep God in his knowledge (Rom 1:28) Therefore;

THIS saith man.
“We will create a god in our own image”; so-- genderless, man created him.. Man created himself a god in his image. He created a “trinity” in his image.  ME--MYSELF and I

Man saith; “we will write ‘his word’ in a book to tickle our ears”.

It is father/mother god.  In some cases it is  “only” mother god. In some cases this god had a son who died to redeem man, but this “male” needed the help of a “female”. So Mary, the mediatrix / co-mediator was created by man. (The Roman Catholic man)

These are many gods in the christian “religion” and many sons of this god who performed different feats, and who perform no feats at all. The creature created a  son “born of man” ((Luke 1:30-35) and who sinned. (2 Cor 5:21) A god just like man.  One that acts like a creature and thinks like a creature. (Isa 55:8-9)

Man has created a god and a son of that god.  Man has created a mother of that god, and man has created a word of that god.  Man is fast becoming “his own god”.

Folks, it ain’t no fun living in the last of the last days.  Me and Mom, (wife) we’re gonna hold on to each other real tight like.  We’re gonna hold on to each other so tight we’re gonna look like “one”.  Together we have taken out stand.  We’re gonna hold fast to the faith once delivered to the saints, (Jude 1:3) and together we’re gonna wait for His coming. (1 Thess 1:9-10)

I cry, wolf, wolf; (Matt 7:15) but few listen to the watchman. (Eze 3:17-21; 33:2-7)

I bark and bark, but few hear. (Isa 56: 10-11)

You know, I can take that.  Don’t like to, but I can.  What I cannot take is a wolf calling himself a sheep. You know what else is “hard” to take.  The ultimate form of unadulterated hypocrisy is a “wolf” calling himself a “shepherd”.  Now that’s hard to take. (wonder why “rev bob” comes to mind when I say that?) Oh well!

Sincerely
The Messenger of Christ that cries “wolf” and Earnestly Contends For The Faith.

Andy

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COVETOUSNESS
Col 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

The sin of covetousness is the acquisitive desire or self-seeking. Perhaps most needed in modern money-oriented American Christendom is a vow to own nothing and a prayer to be delivered from things and from ambition. (The thought is A. W. Tozer's.) To call covetousness idolatry is not too strong if we realize that, when we strongly desire to own a thing, it actually owns a part of us.

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UNITED METHODIST PASTORETTES
A book review.Grace: A Memoir
By Mary Cartledgehayes
(Crown Publishing, 293 pages, $23)
(6/21/03 Dallas Morning News)

God's call to Ms. Cartledgehayes was unmistakable, if utterly inconvenient.

After two failed marriages, more than her share of loss and a deep-seated doubt in God, she struggles with spirituality and meaning. "What if God were real? What then," she mulls as she gets back into the car after retrieving her dry cleaning one crisp November day.

Suddenly, the roof of her new gold Chevette becomes transparent, and she is bathed in droplets of golden light. Amid laughter and tears, she has her answer: God is real.

And so at age 42, she says goodbye to the life of travel and ease she was expecting with her soon-to-be-retired husband and embarks on an arduous, emotionally draining, often painful journey into ministry in the United Methodist Church.

Grace is her story, breathtaking in its unexpectedness. She is, after all, an ordinary woman, a feminist who smokes, uses salty language, sings off key and laughs loudly and often. She is an unlikely candidate to be a preacher.

And yet, the powerful lessons she learns as a pastor - how to live fully within the confines of the church, how to overcome sexism, and mostly how to deal with death - resonate with readers in a lasting manner.

It is in the way she faces the sometimes devastating effects of the sacred and in her ultimate decision to leave the pastorate she loves that the reader sees the complex difficulties of trying to answer God's call.

Grace is a wickedly wonderful book that reveals the often hidden inner workings of the church and also gives testament to the life-changing nature of grace in all of its forms. S.L.C.

[Editor]  An ordinary woman, and an ordinary job for the United Methodist domination.  WHY? Because she learns as a pastor - how to live fully within the "confines of the church".

After all-the United Methodist must abide by the limits and restrictions of the UMC top legislative body of the denomination; the "General Conference".  Their "bible" is the "Book of Discipline" and "Book of Resolutions"

Yes, there are SOME United Methodist that "does know" that Messengers of Christ Ministries and me do exist.

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PROFILES
(Taken from the Front Page of the Official United Methodist Church web site. - http://umc.org/index.asp)

Dr. Joycelyn Elders, former Surgeon General of the United States, shares her faith story. The daughter of an Arkansas sharecropper, Ms. Elders was the first African American to serve in this position. [listen to this audio faith story]

[Editor]  You STILL don't see anything wrong with this church?  What more proof do you need that this is an "apostate" denomination?  Don't take "my word" for the TRUTH. Read God's Word, the Bible.

Come, let us reason together says the Lord. (Isa 1:18) STUDY to show yourself approved unto God, the Lord says. (2 Tim 2:15)

We Must Earnestly Contend For The Faith, this Editor says. Actually Jude said it first. -Jude 1:3

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REWRITING RELIGION AND HISTORY
(Excerpts from an article titled "Putting a name to it" By Mark O'Keefe in the Ft. Worth Star Telegram-Posted on Sat, Jun. 21, 2003)

As Muslim groups push for Americans to add "Islamic" to the phrase "Judeo-Christian," the argument about how to describe our values heats up

Leading Muslim organizations say it's time for Americans to stop using the phrase "Judeo-Christian" when describing the values and character that define the United States.

Better choices, they say, are "Judeo-Christian-Islamic" or "Abrahamic," referring to Abraham, the patriarch held in common by the monotheistic big three religions.

The new language should be used "in all venues where we normally talk about Judeo-Christian values, starting with the media, academia, statements by politicians and comments made in churches, synagogues and other places," said Agha Saeed, founder and chairman of the American Muslim Alliance, a political group with headquarters in Fremont, Calif.

Other national Muslim groups supporting a change include the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Muslim American Society and the American Muslim Council.

Numbers. The U.S. Muslim population is growing. Estimates are disputed but range as high as 7 million. (The Jewish-population estimate is 5 million.)

"Muslims are here, and there are 7 million of them, even though they're largely invisible to most Americans," said Saeed. "This necessitates some discussion about language."

Commonality. Even though many people emphasize the differences, Islam has similarities with Christianity and Judaism.

"We believe in heaven and hell, in doing good deeds, in following the Ten Commandments," said Hannah Hawk, a spokeswoman for the Houston Muslim Public Affairs Council. "Islamic values are not only compatible with American values, they're almost identical. I, personally, believe the most Islamic country in the world is America, where we believe in freedom of religion, freedom of the press and equality of all."

Diplomacy. When President Bush mentions "churches and synagogues," he's quick to add "mosques," but many Islamic nations still perceive the United States as a Christian country bent on dominating Muslims in a modern-day crusade. An inclusive change of language could alter that view, said Zahid Bukhari, director of Muslims in the American Public Square at Washington's Georgetown University.

History. Some assert that African Muslims were among the slaves brought to America. In addition, some argue that Islamic ideas helped shape the European West, which produced the values cherished by the Constitution's framers.

"What we call Western culture is in fact based on Muslim Middle East culture, but the average American doesn't know that," said Sharifa Alkhateeb, president of the Washington-based Muslim Education Council.

[Editor] George 'UMC' Bush is a politically correct religionist.  There is only ONE CHURCH.  There are no Christian synagogues and mosques.  There is NO OTHER NAME UNDER HEAVEN by which we must be saved other than JESUS CHRIST, the SON of the LIVING GOD. (Acts 4:12)

Islam and Judaism have only enough similarities with Christianity to condemn them to an eternity in hell. They may have similarities in Abraham, the patriarch, held in common by them, but there is no salvation to be found, or had, by believing in Abraham.

Tell the Roman Catholics this about their "Virgin Mary" too, if you know any.

Wonder how long it will be before the public schools begin teaching the children the news that Islamic ideas helped shape the European West, which produced the values cherished by the Constitution's framers.

Since the average American doesn't know that Western culture is in fact based on Muslim Middle East culture, it must be taught in the politically correct schools and then it will permeate into the churches.  Yes, it will.  As goes the World, so goes the so-called "Christian" churches.

I don't think the Rapture will be very crowded folks.  Neither does Someone Else I know. (Luke 18:8)

Hang in there and Earnestly Contend For The Faith.

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THAT’S WHAT CHRISTIANS DO NOW (not my heading)
Dr. Donald E. Wildmon
President, American Family Association
December 11, 2000

In 1973 The Supreme Court said it was ok to kill unborn babies. Since then, we have killed more than the entire population of Canada. And it continues. A woman's choice? Half of those who have died in their mothers' wombs have been women. They didn't have a choice. It is called abortion.

Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now.

First, it was in dingy, dirty theaters. Then, convenience stores. Then, grocery stores. Then on television. Now it is in the homes of millions via the Internet. It is called pornography.

Me?  I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now.

They call it no-fault. Why should we blame anyone when something so happens. Haven't they already suffered enough? Half of the marriages in America end this way. The children suffered. The family broke down. It is called divorce.

Me?   I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now.

At one time it was a perversion. We kept it secret. We secured help and hope for those who practiced it. Now it is praised. We have parades   celebrating it, and elected officials give it their blessing. Now it is endowed with special privileges and protected by special laws. Even some Christian leaders and denominations praise it. It is called homosexuality.

Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now.

It used to be an embarrassment. A shame. Now a third of all births are to mothers who aren't married. Two-thirds of all African-American children are born into a home without a father. The state usually pays the tab. That is why we pay our taxes, so that government can take the place of parents. After all, government bureaucrats know much better how to raise children than parents do. It is called illegitimacy.

Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now.

At one time it was wrong. But then the state decided to legalize it, promote it and tax it. It has ripped apart families and destroyed lives. But just look at all the money the state has raised. No longer do we have to teach our children to study and work hard. Now we teach them they can get something for nothing. We spend millions encouraging people to join the fun and excitement. Just look at the big sums that people are winning. They will never have to work again! It is called gambling.

Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now.

Not long ago, Christians were the good guys. But now any positive image of Christians in movies or on TV is gone. We are now depicted as the bad guys - greedy, narrow-minded hypocrites. The teacher can't have a Bible on her desk, but can have Playboy. We don't have Christmas and Easter holidays - just winter and spring break. We can't pray in school, but can use foul language. It's called being tolerant.

Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now.

Yes, all these things came to pass within 30 years. Where were the Christians? Why, they were in church. All these things are for someone else to deal with. Times have changed. Involvement has been replaced with apathy. 

But don't blame me. I didn't do anything. I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now.

[Editor] Me?  I go to church (in my home), I preach and afterwards I EARNESTLY CONTEND FOR THE FAITH.  That’s what I do now.

  What do you do?

  We Must Earnestly Contend For The Faith - Jude 1:3

Distributed by CNV News Service, an outreach of Messengers of Christ Ministries.
These articles may be used in any manner to the glory of God, and as an aid in the discernment of the times.
News Item headings (if any) and Editor comments (if any) are mine. - Andy Neckar, CNV News Service