The Purpose for Our Life

Act 13:36  For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption,

This verse is one of the first verses that comes to my mind when I think about purpose. David a man with many failures in life served the purpose of God in his generation. Regardless of all his mistakes the purpose in which God called David too was fulfilled. This is my prayer; my desire is to serve the purpose that God has called me too in my generation. This is my prayer for you my friend too!

When I think of purpose I also think of the apostle Paul who was locked up in a prison cell in Rome. Paul with a possible death sentence hanging over his head wrote these words in Philippians 1:19‐21, “For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Paul here is in prison for preaching the gospel, but he’s in prison preaching the gospel! Paul here could’ve been discouraged and upset but instead he understands his purpose, he says to live is Christ, and to die is gain! Paul is saying it doesn’t matter what you do to me: If I live or if I die…Jesus will be magnified! If I live I am going to live for Him and if I die I am going to be with Him! I can’t lose!

How was Paul able to have such confidence and boldness? I believe one of the key factors to Paul’s success was his understanding of the purpose. And how did he know what that purpose was? Because one day, on the road to Damascus, on his way to arrest some Christians, he got blasted off his horse and fell on his face in the dirt, where Jesus spoke to him. And when Paul was before King Agrippa he testified of what Jesus spoke to him, Jesus said, “But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. (Acts 26:16‐18)

Paul understood exactly what his purpose was! God had a plan for his life. My friends, we must know that we were created for a purpose. As Paul continued to speak to King Agrippa, the roadmap to our purpose was revealed. In Acts 26:19‐20 he continues to speak, “Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.”

We must repent and turn to God! We must do works meet for repentance! Another translation says, “Do things that prove they had changed their lives.” First comes salvation, and then the opportunity to live out the purpose God had for us. Our number one purpose in our generation is to glorify God! That is our ultimate purpose. We are to love the Lord thy God with all of our heart, and with all of our soul, and with all of our mind, and with all of our strength: this is the first commandment. (Mark 12:30) We are to let our lights shine before men, that they may see our good works, and glorify God. (Matthew 5:16) We should do all to the glory of the Lord and we should do it heartily as to the Lord and not as unto men. (Colossians 3:23) We are bought with a price: therefore we should glorify God in our bodies, and in our spirits, which are God’s. (1 Corinthians 6:20) We glorify God in our bodies through walking in holiness: presenting our bodies as living sacrifices that are acceptable unto God. (Romans 12:1) Friends, whatever you may accomplish in this life nothing will compare to fulfilling Gods purpose for you which is leveraging your life for God’s glory!

Testimony Of An Incarcerated Brother

My testimony is like so many other behind these walls. Some even in society could identify with our testimonies. We all have our weaknesses, challenges & failures. We all have gone astray much like the prodigal son. Though our stories stem from the same source of chaos known as the devil and his lies, our stories are yet unique. Our stories are success stories in a seemingly story of one failure after the next. I write this as a man who has nothing to boast of or to be proud of other then that of God.

I killed a man who was a friend of mine at the age of sixteen. The story is that I was told by a thirty-six year old man to go out and kill someone for gang rank. Though it came out that I was not a gang member, the story I suppose still sticks. Everyone ( including myself) would have never believed that I would shoot someone, My case was an accident. Nevertheless that was the worst thing that has ever happened to me. Though I know that I am a new creature in Christ, I still have a hard time forgiving myself for what I have done, the pain I have caused to so many others, The ending of another’s dreams and hopes. Forgiveness doesn’t come easy. Christ had to suffer endless hours of beatings and pain to bring forgiveness to mankind.

As a child I had always prayed and talked with God as if he were right in front of me. Sometime along the path of childhood I found a false sense of independence. I began to think I knew best. The greatest thing I lost in growing up was my sense of dependence on God. Such as when a storm came I would seek God to keep us all safe. When I got older I no longer paid much attention to the storm. As a man I now am relearning to have that dependence on God once again.

I grew up in a military family. We moved constantly. I have no childhood friends because of our constant movement. Each time I would have to readjust, seek ways to fit in. I wanted popularity, acceptance, etc that eventually led to doing drugs, going to crazy parties, stealing cars, all just to fit in, to be held in high esteem by my peers. My parents were both in the medical field, Because of their long hours of work I had a lot of free time I would make bad use of such times, I would throw parties or go out and do whatever, I had never officially been in trouble before with the law, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t do stuff to go to jail before hand. I was a stupid, stupid teenager. I look back in disgust on my past, I had so much promise and threw it all away. But even if I had succeeded and I didn’t know God I was still doomed anyway.

I didn’t immediately come to God after being locked up because I was so resentful at God. When I shot the gun that terrible night I was in a car when I did it. I got out of the car and got into another car with a couple of girls. One of the girls asked” what happened back there, I think someone got shot”. I began to cry, pray and beg that no one would be hurt. I got home and my mother told me that some friends of mine came over and said that a friend of mine just got shot. I was later arrested and while in county jail waiting for trial I begged God for a chance to get out one day or to give me the death penalty, anything but life without parole. I received life without parole. I wanted to die, I began to cuss God and declare my great hate for Him. I begged for death over and over again. I began to learn witchcraft and Alister Crowley’s version of Satanism. ‘persecuted Christians in here. I would call them names and talk about how stupid they were. I began to study evolution so that I could use that to show that God didn’t make us. I would also educate myself in psychotherapy (Sigmund Freud) to challenge these Christians. I hated God so much. Then one day someone told me that I didn’t hate God, I laughed, He said” you would be glad to be hit by a bold of lightening as long as you know God was listening to you”. He further said that I just want to know if God ever heard me or cared for me. When I laid down that night I knew he was right. I was like a child who blamed his parents for every thing that was going wrong in fife and I threw a temper tantrum just the same. The truth was that I wanted God in my life but I was too afraid because I didn’t know if I could depend on Him. If I could trust him. I had to learn to forgive myself and I had to learn to forgive Him. I know that sounds strange but I did. Since then it has been a constantly developing relationship. It’s a love affair. I have fallen in love with Him. I am no longer bitter or extremely resentful toward myself. As I have said I am still in the process of forgiving myself for my crime. I have a sense of purpose and hope in my life. I finally have direction. Where there is lack of vision the people will surely perish. Also I have had to learn to stop being so selfish. I still struggle here, but I was privileged to be able to work on hospice for a long time and give back to life. I watched many men wither away and die in here. It is a sad thing to watch men die in here. But I am grateful to have been able to take care of them before they did die.

I have learned in my few years in life that dependence on God is the greatest of gifts we receive, where we have a daddy who is so intimate, so caring that He wants to be a part of every aspect of our lives. We become like children who before we do anything we look to make sure daddy is there to protect us and watch over us, to provide us with all that we need. He has taken good care of me since my incarceration. A sixteen year old in prison has no chance. He has protected me from men who have tried to kill me and much, much more. Then He gave me a great gift in being able to play music for Him. I have always loved music. I used to play a little when I was a kid, but smoking pot caused me to stop. Loving God caused me to play. God is a blessing and He loves to bless. I am still growing in Him, I’m sure it’s a lifetime process. What I find ironic is that it is actually a fun process. I conclude by saying thank you God for second and third chances, for never giving up on me and loving me even when I didn’t love myself.

Change

But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8

In life, the only thing that is constant is change. This quote by Heraclitus has been on mind a lot recently. I used to despise that saying because I hated the disruption that change always brings. When my wife would want to reorganize the living room, I would hate it! Why because it would disrupt a perfect but dull room. Yeah, I would rather live in the boring and mundane than have change in my life.

Change is hard. No one ever said life was easy; and if they did, they lied. Change is hard, and nothing about it is comfortable or smooth. Being a Christian, we are called to change, our lives should daily reflect change as we daily strive to follow Christ! As a Christian, God is always at work in us, shaping us and conforming us to His character. He wants us to become more like Him in every way. God is the potter and we are the clay that He shapes to His own purposes, making us into worthy vessels to be filled with His Holy Spirit. This growth and change as God molds us is a process that is on-going, so we do not need to be discouraged along the way.

It’s rough to walk along the narrow road. It can mean your family distances themselves from you. It can mean you are all lonely in that journey. But, embracing life means a new path to salvation. It means that one may find a peace. And honestly, it can mean a lot of wonderful things if the right attitude is present. For many that I minister to on a daily basis, prison played a role in their lives changing! For many it was that very low time in their life where they cried out to God! One man told me of how one evening being discouraged, realizing what had become of his life, he contemplated suicide but before he mustered the nerve he cried out to God, ” If you are real save me!” His cry was heard and in that little cell God spoke to him! Change happened in his life as he surrendered his messed up life to God that night and received from God a new life! 

Even though we as Christians hate change and often resist it, God is in the changing business! As a Christian I have come to learn that change is inevitable, in fact I now welcome it in my life! I have no desire to be the same man today as I was yesterday! I have come to learn, that with each growing pain or new dilemma, and for every mountain climbed and valley realized, there is a certain level of familiarity that I feel. My situations are not always new, but I can see how God is moving in and through them to mold me more into His image! 

Friends, however much you like change in your life, God has promised that he would never change. The good news is He has the power to change any situation, any person and any thing. The only thing constant in life is God’s unchanging hand; we can rest assured that change in us is a sign of God’s work in progress. Change is what makes our lives full, rich and ripe with godly substance. 

The Empty Chairs at the Table. A message to Children from the Father.

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This was written by a Father to his children while he currently is incarcerated at the prison I serve at.

“If we could know tomorrow, then maybe we would avoid today’s mistakes…”

Some things we do in life end up taking away from others far more that we can ever know. On the day I was arrested,(02-06-2000) I ended up taking someone away from two families. One family lost a Daughter to heaven, while the other family lost a Son to incarceration. That day innocent children were left without a Mother and a Father. That day, siblings were forced to accept the loss of a Sister and a Brother, and in that moment both families had an empty chair at the table.

No matter what happened to bring about these tragedies, saying “I’m sorry” will never be enough, and serving a prison sentence of any length won’t ever reverse the time. I think it should be said that our outcomes on that tragic day could have been easily reversed. Then it would be her writing this article from a prison cell, while my family would have lost a Son to hell. I say hell because I did not know Jesus as my Savior back then; either way, both families would still have an empty chair at their tables.

Unfortunately, once things were set in motion there was no option for a good outcome, and we obviously did not considered those that would suffer due to our absences. On that day, hate, vengeance, and grief were automatically inflamed. And as you can imagine, the details of the incident really don’t matter to a mother who is forced to grieve the loss of a Daughter. This pain has no ear and Christian forgiveness has no place when the death of our dear children is before us. I imagine how the Heavenly Father must have felt when His Son Jesus was crucified.

In 1991, my Mother suffered and died, and as a result I blame and even hated God for taking her. So I know how the children feel in having me to blame for them not having a Mom, but trying to explain self-defense to a child is pointless after a Mother’s funeral. In 2010, while I was still in prison, my Daughter was killed in a car accident. Describing the agony is beyond me, but now I know how the parents feel… God help us all because in the heart of this man there was no answer for the pain.

And let us not forget about the physically abused child that knows her Father, her so called protector, cannot help her because he is locked away. For that child there is no hope and no comfort. And what of that Son who, while seeking a Father’s guidance, is instead deceived by an uncaring father figure. For him there is no understanding of why he was abandoned or how he will recover.

Over time, we grow up still holding fast to our own misfortunes and issues that stem from the empty chairs at the table. Consequently, some have been driven closer to each other and some have been driven apart; some became inwardly bitter while others became outwardly better. For some, the empty chair will never be filled, and for some it was never really empty. This is because those who are absent remain present in their hearts.

For my part in all of this, I say “I wish it would have never happened.” Even if I were acquitted at trial or even released some day from prison I will still wish it would have never came to having to choose between my life and hers. It was never my intent that any parent, sibling, or child would have to suffer even one moment due to my actions. Therefore, in the name of Jesus, I say “I am deeply and sincerely sorry to both families for my part in the empty chairs at your tables.”

In closing I would ask that you consider this: forgiveness is more for you then for those you extend it to, but extend it we must… extend it we must.

Miller Family Update

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“Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!” [Psalm 96:3]

Greetings from the Miller family.These last few months have been going well at St. Clair despite the rough start this year. We hosted Kairos Prison Ministry at St. Clair on the last weekend in March, which turned out to be a great success, thanks to the many men that sacrificed their time to facilitate and participate in the event. During the Kairos weekend we had several men participate that were very active in some gangs here in the prison. The weekend had a major impact on several of these men, which led us to have a weekly Discipleship Class with them and their fellow gang members in the chapel. One of these men described his experience this way, “I have 3 Life Without Paroles convictions. Justice demanded blood for blood and that I should be put to death, but God didn’t allow it. I couldn’t figure out why, or what purpose He had for my life, why would He keep me alive and in prison for the rest of my life? Even though I could feel God pulling at me like a moth drawn to a flame, I just wasn’t ready to let go of the world and surrender to God. I was still young and had a fearsome reputation. I was a Gangster Disciple and chose to follow a man instead of Jesus, but I still knew in my heart that it was wrong. While in the Chapel one day I was encouraged by a brother to sign up for the upcoming Kairos weekend. He shared that Kairos was the greatest experience he had ever had in 19 years in prison. Even after all I heard about it, I still wasn’t expecting it to be one of the most awesome things that has ever happened to me in my life; inside and outside of prison. This was the major event that allowed me to see God and experience love, caring and understanding. Kairos showed me what it means to be strong. The last day, at closing, I cried like a baby even though I told myself I wouldn’t. When I really thought about how Jesus died on the cross for me; how He gave His life for me out of His love for me, and experienced the true love of God through other people, it was more than I could take.” Please continue to pray for these men as I believe God is calling them to repentance and a life of service to Him.

In April I was honored to baptize two of my incarcerated brothers at an evening chapel service. The service was centered on the subject of justification and that the necessary means of justification is a personal faith in Jesus Christ as the crucified Savior and risen Lord. Explaining that justification is a judicial act of God, pardoning sinners, accepting them as just, and restoring permanently, their previously estranged relationship. Before they were baptized they each shared their testimony in front of the church and as I listened to their testimonies I was reminded once again of the urgent need for all men to know Him. I echo the words of Oswald Chambers, “So long as there is a human being who does not know Jesus Christ, I am his debtor to serve him until he does.” Pray, that as I go through my daily activities at the prison that I would always be aware of lost and hurting around me.

This last month I have begun several new classes in the Faith/Character Based Honor Dorm and the Therapeutic Community, in which I am excited about. Every Wednesday, I meet with 8 guys in the Faith Based Honor Dorm and study together the importance of prayer, Biblical meditation and the need for personal holiness. On Friday morning at the Therapeutic community I meet with 10 guys as we study a call to courageous manhood. As men, we all face decisions in life that demand integrity and courage. This course tackles head on the call to living, breathing manhood, offering a powerful vision for what it means to be a man who truly conquers and wins. It identifies 5 stages of a man’s journey through life-boyhood, adolescence, manhood, mentor, and patriarch-and examines a man’s responsibilities at each step. Friday evenings I meet with 16 guys as we study what it means to rethink God Biblically. Our understanding of God affects every other area of our lives and what you believe about God will always influence what you think of yourself. What you think of God and yourself will affect what you think of sin. And what you think of all three of these will determine what you think of salvation.

We do ask for your prayers as we continue to serve at St Clair. Pray that I would continue to foster healthy relationships with the inmates by sharing encouragement and friendship, while understanding the urgency of sharing the Gospel message with those who are not yet following Christ. Pray that I would help nurture personal growth and holiness to those who have surrendered their lives to following Christ, by mentoring them and offering spiritual guidance. Pray as I continue to teach and facilitate Biblical studies and practical life skills, to have an emphasis on preparing inmates for successful re-entry into society and a deeper communion with our God.

I am currently in the process of raising support so that I will be able to continue this ministry at St. Clair. My wife and I, along with our three small children, have committed ourselves to this ministry and are grateful to each of you who currently support this ministry or who have offered support in the past. Since long-term ministry at St. Clair is what we believe God has called us to, and in order to be able to serve in the capacity that we do now, we need the financial and prayer partnership of individuals like you. We pray that you may consider partnering with us and trust that God will provide as He has in the past. If you decide to partner with us financially you can do so either by a one-time financial gift or a monthly recurring financial gift.

Make all checks payable to, We Care Program and send your financial support to: We Care Program 3493 Highway 21 Atmore, Alabama 36502.Include a note stating that it is for Jeremy Millers support. Without God, your prayers, and monthly financial support this ministry would not be possible.

Jeremy Miller

Testimony Of Christ’s Work

When I was twelve my parents got a divorce and that messed me up even more, but I stayed in California just trying not to worry. My mom moved to Tacoma, Washington and soon my dad would follow. By the time I turned 14, my mom had moved down south to Birmingham, Alabama and she wanted me to stay with her. I did, and when I got down there I found out that I had another brother that also looked so much like my dad, and he was younger than my little brother and me. But anyway, I went to school in Birmingham and got into so much trouble fighting they kicked me out of the Birmingham school districts. I earned a mean reputation as a kid not to be messed with and if I came around, folks always knew something was fixing to happen, My mom felt like she did all that she could for me so she sent me back up to Washington to stay with my dad. When I got there, I wanted nothing to do with my dad because I felt like it was his fault that he and my mom weren’t together anymore. After this I went to California to stay with my aunt. I ended up in juvenile for six months for assaulting a police officer at the high school. Once I had gotten out I went back three months later for breaking a rival gang member’s jaw at school.

After this, I tried to do what was right, but still found myself in and out of trouble. I was doing gook in school and every summer I’d go see my family in Alabama. I ended up starting my own gang in Alabama, and once the guys saw the movie “Colors” they really wanted to become part of my gang. I was a “Crip” and I started looking at this gang stuff like it was a higher power or something. I finished school and had a chance to go to college to play basketball and football, but I was so out of control that I ended up getting shot in the back, shoulder & stomach which left me paralyzed for 3 months. Now I didn’t want to live anymore. I was praying to God and telling Him to come and get me because I couldn’t live like that.
Well, I found out my girlfriend was pregnant with my son, so now I wanted to live seeing her like that. I was 18 and now had a son on the way. I wanted to be the best father that my son could have, but not knowing if I would be paralyzed the rest of my like had we worried. I didn’t trust the doctors, so I just started praying a lot night and day. One day God gave me a vision and showed me a tunnel of light. As I ran toward it, it would move away from me. But a hand had appeared and once it pulled me into the light I woke up, feeling my body move when at first I could only move my neck. As I started being able to move again I thanked God so much and I had to go through a process, therapy and all. I had to learn how to walk all over again. It was a lot of hard work and I wanted to give up at times, but I just kept thinking about raising my son and being there for him, so I never gave up. I couldn’t do a lot of things like play basketball the way I used to, but I was walking and feeling a lot better. I still have a slug from the bullet that went through my back and lodged in my chest.

Anyway, when my son was born I held him and wanted to just do so much for him that I started selling drugs a lot until I joined this rap group in Birmingham. That slowed me down for a while but I was still selling drugs and buying my son every little that I saw that looked cool to wear. Soon even that failed. I had a manager who wasn’t trying to help me for real, he was just using us to help keep the law off of him, we were making money and opening shows for other big time rappers and it was fun and all, but we wanted to be more than just a local group. Anyway, our manager messed up a deal with a big production company that wanted to sign us, and I got so mad that I just went deeper into the gang stuff. I loved my son and wanted to do so much for him and my homies in the hood, that I messed up and caught a case and got sentenced to 3 years with a six month split. When I came to prison I saw it wasn’t anything like juvenile in California; it was much different. I got out and had another son.
I was so respected in my hood that I was the gang leader, so I didn’t stop slinging dope or gang banging. The devil had me so trapped that I wasn’t even thinking about God anymore; it was all about me. So a year and some weeks later after getting out in 1994 I got locked back up but this time for a murder-robbery case that sent me to prison with a life sentence. While in prison I was still lost, gang banging and smoking weed to try to suppress the pain that I held inside of me. But soon I started reading books and learning a lot about life and as I started seeing my kids grow older and I didn’t want to see anyone else die on me, but I couldn’t let go of violating, so in 2009 I got caught with a cell phone inside of prison and I was happy except for getting a write up. But that was when I got down on my knees and really asked Jesus to come into my heart.

I love what God has done in my life, because now I can give love back to my family and show that His love, grace and mercy can work if we just have faith in His Word. I am proud of myself, seeing what I came from. I joined that praise band in the chapel and I don’t even care about not getting paid for doing music as long as I know I’m doing what my Father would have me do. I give God all the honor and glory knowing that He will be delivering me up out of this prison soon, when I get out, I want to do in the freeworld just what I do in here; inspire others through the love of Jesus Christ.

Forgive Me For Yesterday

Colossians 1:11-14 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

This following poem/prayer was written by a man that was incarcerated at the facility I serve at. He ended up dying days after he penned these words to this poem. Praise God, I believe he now walks the streets of heaven and sits at the feet of his Redeemer that accepted him when no one else would.

Yesterday I thought that you were not real because a newborn baby died at birth or an innocent child was murdered. Yesterday I thought that there was no God because I prayed for freedom and still came to prison.
Yesterday I thought that you had to answer my prayers when I wanted you to.

But today Lord, I know there are countless times, when I must wait patiently for you, and waiting develops endurance.
It strengthens my faith and deepens my dependence on you. And now I know that you are God Almighty and not errand boy, responding to the snap of my fingers.
I know your timing is neatly wrapped in your incomparable wisdom.

But God, I too cry boldly, you are my Father, and I am your child. So, Lord, please forgive me for yesterday. Amen
Here in this world he was known as a criminal, useless, and scum, but God knew him as His child. In this world he was identified by an AIS number, but God knew his name. Praise God that we can be called His children regardless our past.

Prayer For a New Life In Christ

Prayer is ordained to this end that we should confess our sins, our needs to God, and bare our hearts to Him, as children lay their troubles in full confidence before their parents. John Calvin

I would like to request prayer today for Michael, an incarcerated man at the facility that I serve in. Yesterday I had the privilege of spending some time in prayer with him as he prayed a prayer of repentance and forgiveness, committing his life over into the care of his heavenly Father. Michael is a recovering drug addict, an addiction that has cost him his freedom, his reputation and the relationship of his family.

He has always surrounded himself with men that were much like himself and now as he begins to find new friends, let’s pray that he will surround himself with Godly men. Pray that he may remain strong and sober as he continues his new walk in faith. Pray that I may be an instrument used and controlled by God as I offer encouragement and support for him along his journey.

Virus Protection

I recently woke up one morning to my computer blocked by a virus that crept past my firewall. I was clearly upset as I spent $100 and 5 hours getting my computer back to where I was able to use it. Later as I thought about that incident I wondered how many virus’s we as Christians have left through our spiritual firewalls. The Truth today is often watered down to the point that many don’t know what the truth really is. We are quick to repeat phrases heard spoken by men we respect and often never check it with the Word of God. The messages that come across our pulpits range from “Accept Christ and prosper on this earth” to “Surrender your life to Christ and serve Him as Lord.” Repentance is a thing of the past, humility has become a sign of weakness, and holiness is now no more than a word.

Because of our lack of truth we have embraced a cross-less message, professing Christ without the desire to be like Him. Christian marketing experts have discovered that more people are drawn to a message that emphasizes the love of God and de-emphasizes His judgment. 2 Timothy 3:1-9 says “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.”

What has happened, are we allowing a virus in our churches? What many churches in America are offering is a new religion that guarantees no hell and requires no holiness. I pray that we as Christians rise up and take up the armor of God and stand firm against this pollution. The one who is behind this virus is the devil and he offers a gospel that makes no demands, expects no sacrifice, and yields no eternal rewards—except eternal separation from God!

What happened to gut-wrenching examination of their hearts and lives? Where is the acknowledgment of sin and rebellion? Where is “the sorrow that is according to the will of God [which] produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation…”? Where is the true repentance that dethrones self as the master of the person’s life and bows in submission to the lordship of Christ? This is the message of Bible.

James 1:27 says, “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless
and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” Christianity is giving
ones self without expecting anything in return. Christ did not come to this earth to live, but to bring life,
to give His life. Christianity is not about us but about God, our purpose on this earth is not to prosper
ourselves but to serve. If we are to put an end to this virus, we need to surrender our lives to Christ,
pick up our Bibles (Virus Protection), serve our Lord in the purpose of Discipleship, and block this
virus from taking over our churches. I pray we as Christians would sell out our lives to the service of
our Lord.