John Cooper-Skillet

I am going to let what John Cooper stated the other day speak for itself; we would be wise to heed his words..(And listen to his music, just saying)

Blessings!

Ok I’m saying it. Because it’s too important not to. What is happening in Christianity? More and more of our outspoken leaders or influencers who were once “faces” of the faith are falling away. And at the same time they are being very vocal and bold about it. Shockingly they still want to influence others (for what purpose?)as they announce that they are leaving the faith. I’ll state my conclusion, then I’ll state some rebuttals to statements I’ve read by some of them. Firstly, I never judge people outside of my faith. Even if they hate religion or Christianity. That is not my place and I have many friends who disagree with my religion and that is 100% fine with me. However, when it comes to people within my faith, there must be a measure of loyalty and friendship and accountability to each other and the Word of God.

John Cooper

“My conclusion for the church (all of us Christians): We must STOP making worship leaders and thought leaders or influencers or cool people or “relevant” people the most influential people in Christendom. (And yes that includes people like me!) I’ve been saying for 20 years(and seemed probably quite judgmental to some of my peers) that we are in a dangerous place when the church is looking to 20 year old worship singers as our source of truth. We now have a church culture that learns who God is from singing modern praise songs rather than from the teachings of the Word. I’m not being rude to my worship leader friends (many who would agree with me) in saying that singers and musicians are good at communicating emotion and feeling. We create a moment and a vehicle for God to speak. However, singers are not always the best people to write solid bible truth and doctrine. Sometimes we are too young, too ignorant of scripture, too unaware, or too unconcerned about the purity of scripture and the holiness of the God we are singing to. Have you ever considered the disrespect of singing songs to God that are untrue of His character?

John Cooper

“I have a few specific thoughts and rebuttals to statements made by recently disavowed church influencers…first of all, I am stunned that the seemingly most important thing for these leaders who have lost their faith is to make such a bold new stance. Basically saying, “I’ve been living and preaching boldly something for 20 years and led generations of people with my teachings and now I no longer believe it..therefore I’m going to boldly and loudly tell people it was all wrong while I boldly and loudly lead people in to my next truth.” I’m perplexed why they aren’t embarrassed? Humbled? Ashamed, fearful, confused? Why be so eager to continue leading people when you clearly don’t know where you are headed?

John Cooper

“My second thought is, why do people act like “being real” covers a multitude of sins? As if someone is courageous simply for sharing virally every thought or dark place. That’s not courageous. It’s cavalier. Have they considered the ramifications? As if they are the harbingers of truth, saying “I used to think one way and practice it and preach it, but now I’ve learned all the new truth and will start practicing and preaching it.” So the influencers become the voice for truth in whatever stage of life and whatever evolution takes place in their thinking.

John Cooper

“Thirdly, there is a common thread running through these leaders/influencers that basically says that “no one else is talking about the REAL stuff.” This is just flatly false. I just read today in a renown worship leader’s statement, “How could a God of love send people to hell? No one talks about it.” As if he is the first person to ask this? Brother, you are not that unique. The church has wrestled with this for 1500 years. Literally. Everybody talks about it. Children talk about it in Sunday school. There’s like a billion books written on the topic. Just because you don’t get the answer you want doesn’t mean that we are unwilling to wrestle with it. We wrestle with scripture until we are transformed by the renewing of our minds.

John Cooper

“And lastly, and most shocking imo, as these influencers disavow their faith, they always end their statements with their “new insight/new truth” that is basically a regurgitation of Jesus’s words?! It’s truly bizarre and ironic. They’ll say “I’m disavowing my faith but remember, love people, be generous, forgive others”. Ummm, why? That is actually not human nature. No child is ever born and says “I just want to love others before loving myself. I want to turn the other cheek. I want to give my money away to others in need”. Those are bible principles taught by a prophet/Priest/king of kings who wants us to live by a higher standard which is not an earthly standard, but rather the ‘Kingdom of God’ standard. Therefore if Jesus is not the truth and if the Word of God is not absolute, then by preaching Jesus’s teachings you are endorsing the words of a madman. A lunatic who said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.” He also said that he was alive before Abraham, and to see him was to see God because he was one with God. So why then would a disavowed christian leader promote that “generosity is good”? How would you know “what is good” without Jesus’s teachings? And will your ideas of what is “good” be different from year to year based on your experience, culture trends, poplular opinion etc and furthermore will you continue year by year to lead others into your idea of goodness even though it is not absolute? I’m amazed that so many Christians want the benefits of the kingdom of God, but with the caveat that they themselves will be the King.

John Cooper

“It is time for the church to rediscover the preeminence of the Word. And to value the teaching of the Word. We need to value truth over feeling. Truth over emotion. And what we are seeing now is the result of the church raising up influencers who did not supremely value truth who have led a generation who also do not believe in the supremacy of truth. And now those disavowed leaders are proudly still leading and influencing boldly AWAY from the truth.

John Cooper

“Is it any wonder that some of our disavowed Christian leaders are letting go of the absolute truth of the Bible and subsequently their lives are falling apart? Further and further they are sinking in the sea all the while shouting “now I’ve found the truth! Follow me!!” Brothers and sisters in the faith all around the world, pastors, teachers, worship leaders, influencers…I implore you, please please in your search for relevancy for the gospel, let us NOT find creative ways to shape Gods word into the image of our culture by stifling inconvenient truths. But rather let us hold on even tighter to the anchor of the living Word of God. For He changes NOT. “The grass withers and the flowers fade away, but the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8)”

John Cooper
Advertisements

My Theme Song

If I could express to music the way I feel about the world today, this video below would be it…

Click and watch if you dare….

OPEN YOUR EYES

Tuesday Devotion

Radically Saved

Happy Tuesday everyone! Well it seems that many of you like only getting the one message a day and while my views were WAY down, content is what means most so I will continue with just the one.

Oh this Proverb is so timely…In a world where it’s all about how we “feel”, it’s important more than ever to understand that we must guard against what our heart is telling us. How we react to that feeling determines which path we will walk.

Keep in mind today friends that while we always want to love others with all our heart, it can be deceived by the Evil One. Pray for discernment so God can tell you if your “feelings” are from Him.

Stay guarded…

David

P.S Don’t forget to come join me on my Facebook blog by clicking here.

View original post

I’m Tired (But Not Out)

Tired

**Thought some could use this today**

Hello everyone! Getting a bit later start than normal after I thought it might be a good idea to get some rest. I have been fighting my allergies which of course led into my usual cough; however sleep did me some good and I think I’m on the way back to recovery.

So originally I was going to title this message “Dear Lucifer” but thought that too many folks would see that and not even give the post a chance so I altered it but my message will be pretty much the same.

I’m not sure how many of you have been following my blog for the past year but for those that have you know how much my family has been through. I know there are those that have had it MUCH worse than us but up until a year or so ago our family was pretty much protected from any major health issues and catastrophic situations. Not so much any more. My Bride’s step mom lost a brutal fight with cancer, at the ripe old age of 46 I had to have a full hip replacement, my Bride has dealt with severe back pain, THREE bouts of kidney stones with the latest sending her into Sepsis shock and almost killed her. To say we are feeling a little bit like Job would be the understatement of the year. (Not to mention my oldest son having a bout with an unexpected liver disease).

“So what’s your point David, we all have issues?” My point this morning is to paint a picture for you. My family is under siege…Not just any siege but a full blown assault from the Enemy of Humanity. Sometimes I chuckle a bit when I hear people ask, “where does all this evil come from?” The biggest accomplishment of Satan is convincing people he doesn’t exist….Anyway, with our family under siege it would be very easy to curse God and ask where is He in all of this! I mean, He loves us right? Why would He want us to continue to suffer like this? Well, the good news is He doesn’t!

See just like with Job, I have a feeling a similar conversation happened a while ago between God and Lucifer; “So God, those Fischer’s CLAIM to love and follow you yet they have never been truly tested. Let’s see what happens when they are! I bet they curse your very existence!””God maybe responded with something like, Ok, I’ll take that bet”!

Now some would say that God is allowing Lucifer to inflict pain to settle a bet, but look deeper my friends. How many times do the Scriptures tell us that we grow STRONGER through persecution? How many times do the Scriptures tell us that we must DIE to the WORLD to truly follow Him? How precisely will that happen if we think WE are the ones in control? Friends, God does not want to see us suffer but He will allow it if it will serve to make us better. Think of it this way…

When I was 14 I was hit by a car crossing the street. (David 1, Lucifer 0). As a result, I had a few deep open wounds that had gravel and all sorts of yucky stuff in them. So, what would be the proper course of treatment? Leave the gravel in there and hope it finds its way out OR do what the doctors did and pour peroxide in there with a scrub brush and clean that sucker out? Which do you think was more painful? (Keep in mind I don’t remember getting hit by the car but I do remember them scrubbing a wound so deep you could see the bone….) Nevertheless it had to be done to prevent infection and start the proper healing. Plus that decision had to be made for me because I sure would have never asked for it. You all starting to get what I’m dishing?

Sometimes we just need to go through trials to help get us to where we need to go; a cleansing if you will. The great thing for those that have given their lives to Jesus is that as bad as our trials may seem here, they pale in comparison to the joy and glory that await us in just a very short time. Maybe you are going through something and you see no purpose in it; please know that God loves you so much and just like I have had to do as a parent, sometimes He needs to just let us go through things so we can become better in the long run. Just like my arm eventually healed, so will my family. One day and one day soon, the Fischer’s will all be up in Heaven rejoicing and basking in the Heavenly Realms having no pain or suffering ever again! I don’t know about you, but that is enough to keep me getting up every morning and fighting another day.

Keep fighting my friends, the war has already been won!

David

 

 

The Secret to Contentment

YES!!!

FAITH | LOVE | SOUL

pexels-photo-1126374.jpg

Contentment is feeling or showing satisfaction with one’s possessions, status, or situation.

But contentment can be an elusive pursuit.  We go after things we think will make us happy only to find out it didn’t work.  These days contentment is hard to come by.  Many of us are in a continual race, chasing after bigger and better material possessions.  For some, nothing is ever good enough, living under the assumption that when they attain that thing they want, they will be happy.

But happiness doesn’t come from things. True contentment is an inner sense of peace that comes from being right with God and knowing that He is in control of ALL that happens to us. It means looking up with every situation.

Paul’s words in the bible teaches it best.  While sitting in a prison cell with nothing to call his own he knew the secret to…

View original post 83 more words