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Post-Truth America

As a pastor, I agree with my friend Mark Conley who wrote,

“Rewriting scripture is done at great peril. Unfortunately much of this is being done under the guise of pastoral leadership. He weeps!”

Many pastors, leaders, authors, scholars find a way to twist Scripture and lead their followers astray. The flip-side of this is that many Christians in post-truth America, don’t submit to good leadership but rather forge a trail that seems right to them.

We are living in a time when the diseased seeds of subjective enlightenment philosophy have flowered and are being harvested. The result? A nation of people who are honing the skill of writing their own Bibles, their own Constitutions, their own moralities, their own sexualities, their own genders. Pastors have failed to keep this disease out of the Church and many parishioners have failed to follow those who have tried to.

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My Two Most Popular Posts

When my son graduated from High School, I wrote him a letter, sharing my heart. When my daughter graduated, I did the same thing. Both letters were posted on this blog. Since 2012, those two posts have received 13,152 views. Every May, people from all over the world find these two letters! I’ve had a lot of fun watching that, and of course, I am proud of my son and my daughter. I am also proud of my ten year old but, thankfully, it’s not time for him to graduate yet.

Why do people find these letters? I think parents look for a way to put into words how they feel about their children. I have had people tell me that my two letters have done that for them.

So, got a graduation coming up? Here are the links to my two attempts at sharing my heart for my two graduates.

A Father’s Letter to His Graduating Son

A Father’s Letter to His Daughter Upon Her Graduation

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Legitimacy

The following is an excerpt from Scott Fowler, Contending for the Habit of Daily Prayer. New York: Issachar Imprints. 2016.

There are two things we need to be comfortable with if we are to successfully cultivate a meaningful, dynamic prayer life. The first is ourselves—being comfortable in “our own skin” as they say. It may not make sense to everyone, but we have to allow ourselves legitimacy in prayer. True, we are imperfect and can point out all the ways in which we are inadequate and disqualified for prayer. But we have not been invited into the Secret Place because of our adequacy or qualifications! On the contrary, it is through the blood of Jesus and His utter qualification that we are allowed—No, invited! No, compelled to enter into the Most Holy Place!0578178761-smaller

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water (Hebrews 10:19-22, NIV).

This means for us that, when we cry out to God we mustn’t shrink from the sound of our own voice because we are aware of our unworthiness, but instead allow ourselves to begin to say about ourselves what God says about us: that we are considered righteous through faith:

However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness (Romans 4:5, NIV).

Second, it may be difficult for some to cultivate a meaningful, dynamic prayer life because their families are not prepared to lend them legitimacy in prayer. Our families have witnessed our shortcomings and failures and may take the lower road of judging us for what they have seen in us rather than for what God and His Word says is possible in us. For this reason, we should never present ourselves as being superior because we are pursuing prayer, but rather we should humbly acknowledge our inadequacies and hide completely behind God’s mercy and love. In the end, we must pursue God in the Secret Place regardless of others’ opinion of us!

Dr. Scott Fowler is the Pastor of Assimilation and Discipleship at Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle on Long Island.
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The Mind, the Soul, and a Clear Path to Victory

head-shot-3Good morning SGT family! I hope you will hear from the Lord today.

Today I will be sharing a message entitled,  The Mind, the Soul, and a Clear Path to Victory (just click the link and you will have my notes).

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