Now we have openly gay TV stars (fallen stars). Over the years the threshold of morality has been lowered so often that it is now a deep chasm. Homosexuality, and a Gay life--- these are evil! The need is great for modern folks to recognize that these things are a great sin in God's sight. But, Like any other temptation, God can give us the victory over any tendency or inclination.
Since World War II there has not been one hour without war. Battles, skirmishes and ambushes -- fighting rages day and night. It happens on Belfast's streets, along Iran's and Iraq's 1,000-mile front, in Central America's mountainous jungles. "It's going to get worse" said Richard Staar, international studies director at the Hoover Institution of War, Revolution and Peace, in Pal Alto, Calif.
Every day soldiers are firing guns in 30 to 40 nations. Wars of liberation. Territorial disputes. Religious wars. "One man's freedom fighter is another's terrorist". The common denominator is death. The Center for Defense Information, estimates the number killed since the early 1970's to 1986 at anywhere from a "conservative" 4.5 million to a more realistic 7.1 million. The bottom line: one in three of the world's 6 billion people -- live in armed conflict. -- USA Today, Oct. 27, 1986
Every day over 30,000 people die of starvation.
Earthquakes have doubled every decade since the 1950's. Many are in places never thought prone to earthquakes before.
Since 1900 as many as 1,300 false Christs have appeared in this world.
Cable TV and videocassettes make pornography available to nearly everyone. The recent book Vital Signs reports that of Christian households hooked into cable television, 23 percent subscribe to porno channels -- the same percentage as the nation as a whole! There ought to be a shining difference.
Murders are a daily fact. Turn on your TV for the morning news and you will hear that someone shot or knifed another during the night.
Pornography--Law enforcement officials estimate that every year as many as one million youngsters age 1-16 are sexually molested while being filmed/ photographed. (Ladies Home Journal, April 1983)
Wickedness is spreading so fast... What scares and appalls me, is what can be seen on cable TV. The garbage that's coming into living rooms today wouldn't have been shown in X-rated adult theaters 20 year ago. 1 Thess 4:3 - "you should avoid sexual immorality..." Verse 7 - 4:7---For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
Over half of all children today were conceived out of marriage! Every day 54,493 teenagers come down with venereal disease; 3,231 kill their own unborn child...... Every Day! Adventist Christians must earnestly pray for a full measure of love from Heaven in our marriages and our homes.
Churches will have the correct form and ritual but that is about all. We are seeing a unity of churches. "The protestants of the United States will be foremost in stretching their hands across the gulf to grasp the hand of Spiritualism; they will reach over the abyss to clasp hands with the Roman power, and under the influence of this three fold union, this country will follow in the steps of Rome in trampling on the rights of conscience..." Great Controversy (EG White) p. 588 This Pope is even urging unity among Christians and Moslems!
God is looking for unselfish Christians. Those who are willing to share generously with the projects and needs of God's work.
Every day in America almost 3,000 children run away from home. It is harder to deal with teenagers.
What do you say when your child comes home with a skin haircut? When they walk in with their ears pierced? When they choose evil friends or drugs? Today's children really need loving parents. Children should be obedient, respectful, courteous, loving.
What if we saw a bumper sticker on the back of a bible saying: "I'd rather be watching TV." Or a bumper sticker on the back of the pew: "I'd rather be at the ball game." We need people who place God first! Men and Women, Youth who love God above all else.
Do you know - There is no such thing as Self Control! Unless God is in charge of our life we are out of control! Without Jesus we are like a car going 70 MPH down a winding road without a steering wheel! I want to be controlled by the Holy Spirit.
To some people, all Christians are about as weird.
Adventists have many many beliefs that sharply contrast with the Heaven's Gate Cult. Two majors:
The intellectual chain gang called 'Heavens Gate' had a shelf life of 23 years. Their Cyber-doctrine was based on a Star-trecky fad. The year 2000 seems to be drawing all the crazies out from the margins of spiritual life. But Truth is not a passing fad. Only what is done for Jesus will last. -- The Rock of Ages.
Did you know...
CLONING: Scientists are getting deep into the very fabric of life. We are cloning sheep. Farmers might clone their best milk cows. Why not clone the best workers. We could create a new race of super humans with the mind of Einstein. We could clone perfect apples or trees. Just splice in the genes you want. Mix and match. How about dinosaurs? Will God step in and say: Gentlemen, it is closing time, you have gone far enough.
Actually don't worry too much about cloning yet. We could clone Abraham Lincoln but there is a good chance he would be placed in a day care at the age of 8 weeks and mesmerized by large doses of TV, & violence and soon join the crowd going down the wide road that leads to oblivion.
WILD MUSIC-- CD's- "You're nobody/Till somebody kills you" Death Rock. Gang Rap. Music reeks with occultism, suicide, torture. "Antichrist Superstar"
WEIRD EVIL TOYS-- Not Barbae or Ken or G.I. Joe, but evil alien dolls named kiss heavily tattooed. What is the world coming to? The End!
Are you ready?
Opening Hymn - 7 The Lord in Zion Reigneth Closing Hymn - 604 We Know Not the Hour Scripture Reading - Luke 21:34-38
(This sermon is directly taken from the notes of DJ Gettys without any editing or combining with his audio-recorded sermon. RBB, editor)
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