Making America Great

Politicians from President Eisenhower to President Ronald Reagan, including President makingamericagreatBill Clinton, and Secretary Hillary Clinton often quote or refer to a statement purportedly made by Alexis De Tocqueville.  However, the quote is not in any of his publicized works. The quote even made in into President-elect Trump’s campaign slogan. This alleged quote states,

“I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers – and it was not there . . .in her fertile fields and boundless forests – and it was not there . . . in her rich mines and her vast world commerce – and it was not there . . . in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution – and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.”

I am disappointed that this quote is apparently made-up. Someone might have said it, but, as far as De Tocqueville, it was likely not him. These words may be the musings of a different philosopher, they may even be oral tradition from an unrecorded De Tocqueville speech.  We may never know. They may be the thoughts of a mid 20th Century minister or writer. Yet for sixty years the lines continue to echo, despite their apocryphal past. Maybe these lines persist because there is truth in them. Truth not simply for a nation, but also for the Church and for individual Christians.

Truth:

  • True greatness grows from goodness.
  • Goodness blossoms into lasting greatness.

This lasting greatness may not be greatness in the eyes of the world. It may simply be greatness in the eyes of your neighbor, your spouse, or your children. As a child of God, your goodness and greatness should reflect the goodness of God and exemplify and expose His greatness.

Jesus said, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14).

Goodness and greatness start with you and me as individuals. A congregation of God’s people becomes great when her members are good. A nation is great when her citizens are good.

Be good and be great!

-Scott

 

Hillary Did It!

You will never believe what Hillary did! It is unprecedented and well shocking.

There are obstacles to be conquered and mountains to climb and someone has to be the first to do it no matter the cost.

Hillary is self described as a “small and rather lonely child.”

But I am not writing about Hillary Clinton. This is about Sir Edmund Hillary.  I will come back to him, but first I wanted to ask you a question.  Why are we so quick to click on posts about Clinton, Trump, or other celebrities? Why do we fall for clickbait (I am glad you did this time)?

Could we be looking for the latest gossip? Gossip is still gossip even in written form. There are too many false stories on the web from false news sources. Please, please, please be careful with what you open and even more so with what you spread. Paul would remind us to speak,  ” . . .  only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” (Eph 4:29).

Back to Sir Edmund Hillary:

Shy and studious Hillary buried himself in books but grew to be quite the athlete.  His love of mountains and snow lead him to the sport of mountain climbing and at age 34, Hillary, along with Tenzing Norgay became the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

The Sherpa people of Himalayan’s became important in Hillary’s life. Through the Hillary Trust, he built schools, hospitals, and transportation hubs in Nepal. Because of his philanthropy[y and accomplishments, Hillary was named an honorary citizen of Nepal in 2003, 50 years after reaching the summit and 5 years before his death.

-Scott

Biography taken from – http://www.biography.com/people/edmund-hillary-9339111

What Are We Going to Do?

Work in progress

Have you ever said or acted in a way contrary to your stated convictions?

Have you ever, at any time in the past or maybe even in the present, behaved in a way that was or is contrary to godliness or living Christ-like?

Have you ever become caught up in a group conversation and spoke what you should not have?

Have you ever tried to cover-up your mistakes, sins, or crimes against God or man?

Welcome to the club! Get in line right behind me. Just save a place for the rest of the sinners like me including those running for President.

If you watch American political news, are around other people in the US for more than five minutes, or have any type of social media account, then you know how sinfully terrible (maybe that should read “terribly sinful”) the other party’s candidate is – even those candidates from the parties that the media seems to ignore. How could you vote for ____________?! Don’t you know what they have done?! Did you see the video?! Did you hear the recording?! How can you support someone like that?! NOTE: I am not proud of any of our nominees.  I did not cast my vote for any of them. I am not even proud of the way the one I voted for in the primaries has handled himself since then.

Believe me when I say that the reason quality people do not run is that they are painfully aware of the skeletons in their closet that they want to keep there. If they do not have skeletons, well . . .  never-mind, we all have skeletons. There was only one perfect individual and even He had people accuse Him of all sorts of criminal and nationally subversive activities. He was, after all, a leader of splinter cell group of 12 other tight nit followers and multitudes of others who hung on His every word. He was dangerous! Let Him live and He would have changed the world. (Oh, yeah, they put Him to death and He changed the world anyway.)

Back to you and me and our  – ummmm – problem. “You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things.” (Rom 2:1 NLT). I am not perfect. I am a sinner with a past.

Do Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, and Darrell Castle have sinful behaviors in their past and present? YES! Am I highly disappointed and disillusioned by what they all have done or said? Definitely. Can these things be a hindrance to their performance as the President of the United States? Likely. Can we get a do-over on the nomination process? I wish! But who would we get?  Whomever those nominees might be would probably be more of the same; they would be sinners with a past and a present.

What are we to do?

I will answer that indefinite question with a few answers because I am not sure what you are asking.

  1. What am I to do about my sin (what are you to do about your sin)? Find forgiveness at the cross and the shed blood of the Savior Jesus the Christ.  He came into the world not to condemn, but to save. (John 3:17). Clothe yourself with Christ (Gal 3:26-27),  give up the guilt, and let God’s Grace teach you how to live godly lives (Titus 2:11-14).
  2. What are we do to about the sins of our potential President? Lead them to forgiveness in Christ, if we have the opportunity. Pray that someone does. Pray for them to humble themselves before and submit themselves to God. (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
  3. What are we to do about our choice in the voting booth? Remember that ourgovernment-of-the-people-by-the-people-for-the-people-shall-not-perish-from-the-earth government is not a one man or one woman show. We have three branches of government: 1. Executive (President), 2. Legislative (Congress), and 3. Judicial (Supreme Court) that work in a system of checks and balances with the goal of keeping our nation on track. Remember that they each answer to the true government – the people of this nation (Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed – Declaration of Independence). We must hold them accountable.
  4. What are we to do about the juxtaposition we are in? We as a nation created the mess we are in over time. We will have to take time to correct what our apathy created. Before and on November 8, 2016 look deeper than the individual and look to the party platform (core beliefs) then vote the one that best aligns with your values. Look at the fact that the next President will appoint and the next legislators will approve at least one if not more Supreme Court Justices. Vote according to whom they will likely seat.

Personally speaking, I am ready for this election to be over and the dust settled. Then we can begin picking who will run in 2020. Maybe by then we can have a renewed and restored vision for our nation.

-Scott

 

 

An Open Letter to Christians in Alabama

Friends and neighbors in my state,

Our Governor, who promised early in his campaigning to not support a lottery andgambling-is-the-result-of-post-modern-pessimism-the-hopelessness-of-practical-atheism-that-says-there-is-no-god-no-hope-no-future-no-reason-no-rationality-just-luck has until recently opposed gambling in our state, has turned coat on his constituency. He wants to establish an advisory council to study gambling and specifically the efficacy of a lottery in Alabama. This change make him appear to be acquiescing to pressures from lobbyists and special interest groups.

Thankfully, he still wants to hear the voice of the people. So I am writing to you, Christian to Christian. I am asking those of us who are followers of Jesus as Christ to consider what I have to say. Please, consider my thoughts and what we can do about gambling in our state.

God’s Word has something to say:

Isaiah 65:11-12, But you who forsake the LORD, who forget my holy mountain, who set a table for Fortune and fill cups of mixed wine for Destiny, I will destine you to the sword, and all of you shall bow down to the slaughter, because, when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not listen, but you did what was evil in my eyes and chose what I did not delight in.”

Fortune and Destiny were gods, idols of nations in Isaiah’s day. Fortune was “gad” or good luck and Destiny was “meni” or bad luck. We need to understand that faith in luck is not faith in God. Luck or chance seems to be the basis of atheistic evolution that teaches is so many words that we are fortunate to be here because a primordial soup. According to this popular theory, our existence is by chance everything just happened to work out. “Egad!”

The gods of fortune and destiny are the idols of lotteries or gambling in all its forms. In this way, gambling shows a discontent that opposes joy in Christ. Gambling says, God is not enough and I must play the odds to get rich quick. Gambling communicates that I do not trust God to fill my needs, when He promises over and over again that He can supply all our needs (Phi 4:11-19).

Gambling at its core is wanting what belongs to others.  We do not gamble to give; we gamble to get. No matter how a lottery or bingo is sold, they are not profitable because they give. They have a profit because those that play lotteries and frequent casinos want to get what they do not earn. Gambling, even when some of the proceeds go to charity, profits off other’s losses. Legalized gambling becomes legalized theft. Scripture uses a word to convey the idea of wanting what others have – covetousness. A sin God warned about in both the Old and New Covenants. The apostle Paul puts covetousness in the same bag as sexual immorality, “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. (Col 3:5).

Notice that we come back to where we started. Gambling is covetousness, covetousness is idolatry. Gambling is a plea to the idols of gad and meni – fortune and destiny – good and bad luck.

Christians, we must stand against any form of gambling in our states and nation. If we lose the fight against it, I plead with you not to fall prey to the temptation to gamble. It is not worth the risk of your eternal soul.

-Scott

 

 

 

 

That was Close

“That was close, a little too close.” Those were my thoughts that afternoon. What if theypersecution had chosen me?

The summers of my teen years a number of congregations in the Pensacola area helped sponsor the annual Southeastern Soul Saving Workshop on the campus of the University of West Florida.  The part of the workshop specifically for teens travelled to Gateway Church of Christ for special speakers and classes.  Three hundred plus teens assembled and learned from like “Cool Joe” Beam, Larry Sawyer, and Dick Webber.  These men and others would challenge us to live up to what we began in Christ.  We would sing “new” youth songs which are now the “old” classics, and we would attend “break-out” classes.  One of those classes at Gateway stands out in my mind.

I do not remember the year.  I think it was 1983, because I vaguely remember driving there.  When we arrived, the registrars directed us to choose a colored sticker to go on our name tags,  these stickers would determine what classes we would attend and when.  One of the classes I chose was a class that promised an experience of 1st Century worship.  This class choice came with instructions for finding the classroom.  We were told to look for certain colored marks (stickers) on the walls, doorways, and posts.  These marks would direct us to a secret location where our class would meet.  We were told to tell no one where we were going and to be sure we avoided the men wearing read bandannas on their sleeves making did not follow us.  This class was already fun and we were not even there yet.

When my friend(s) and I finally made it to the class room, we quickly realized we were in a large storage closet along with about twenty other teens and adults.  The lights in the room were battery powered lanterns.  The teacher spoke in soft tones so that those outside the room could not hear what he was saying.  The teacher welcomed us, made sure we were not followed, and then he told us the history of the struggles of early Christians meeting in secret locations, such as private homes or catacombs for fear of death.  Then we began a worship assembly beginning with singing.  At first we all sang softly, but as we continued to sing (our voices blending in harmonies) our volume became louder.  Soon we forgot we were hiding.  That was when the door burst open and three men came in with red bandannas on their sleeves and carrying plastic (toy) machine guns.

The three “soldiers” were yelling threats, making accusations that we were violating the law by assembling here.  One of them pointed his toy gun at the girl sitting next to me, as he did he asked her in threatening tones, “Are you a Christian?”

Tears, streaming down her cheeks, she replied, “No! I just came with a friend.”  The room became deathly silent, she had spoken up earlier about her love for Jesus. Now she denied Him. As she did, we all began asking ourselves the same question, “Would I have said, ‘Yes’?”

It was just pretend or was it?

-Scott

Morning Motivation

motivation

The question of the day on the radio this morning was, “What motivates you?’

Thinking this through and listening to some of the callers answers, this is a wide open question. I almost want to take a camera and microphone around campus and around town and ask random people. I wonder, “what answers would I get?”

  • Graduation
  • Grades
  • Scholarships
  • Employment opportunities
  • A Paycheck
  • Spouse
  • Parents
  • Children
  • Political issues
  • Environmental issues
  • Honesty
  • Morality
  • Love

The list could potentially be endless.

What motivates me?

The apostle Paul gives a couple of answers:

  1. Heaven – I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. – Phi 3:14
  2. Christ’s love – For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. 2 Cor 5:14-15

As I look back on my life, from the time when I recall first beginning to have more responsibility for my actions and when I began consciously making choices for future, I see one overarching motivation. There seems to me one thematic unit that guides what I chose then and what I choose now.

I see this motivating factor in my choice of friends and activities in Junior High and High School.

This motivation played a role in who a tried to date and who I continued to date.

I see this same motivation in my choice of college and career.

I see how this thematic unit influenced who I asked to be my life-long partner in life – my wife.

This motivating factor played a role in the way we raised our son.

It moved me from ministry position to ministry position.

It is what drives the Morning Drive.

I can sum my motivation up in a few simple words that are not original with me, I have heard them from many others in my nearly 50 years of life.

What is my motivation?

“But for the grace of God, go I”

Grace. God’s amazing grace. In all fairness, I think that is what Paul was saying as well.

What motivates you?

-Scott

Prove It!

Do you recall the “prove it” challenge from your childhood. I variation of “I dare you!” Your group of friends would start boasting about what you could do, how fast you could run, how far you could jump, how high you could climb in the tree. Then someone would call your bluff, “prove it!”

You were done for. You had opened you mouth and now you had a choice: 1) suffer the consequences of backing out and offer the “I was kidding” or “what time is it, My mom wanted me home by (whatever time it happened to be). I will prove it later, or 2) die trying to do what you said you could do.

During my college years, I heard an account of a certain event from the 13th Century that told of Crusaders entering villages and towns looking for heretics. If accused of heresy, you had an opportunity to defend yourself and to prove your allegiance to Christianity or be put to death.

As a side point, allow me a disclaimer. I do not condone what these men did, supposedly in the name of Christ. God and Christ had little to do with the actions of these men. History shows that men seeking power and fortune used and abuse Christianity (or a form of it) for their own advantage and not to spread the gospel of peace that scripture records. Now back to my original intent.

According to some accounts, when the Inquisitors came to Toulouse, France, they came upon a certain individual who lived just outside the city. He was a laborer by trade and would walk through the streets crying out to the crowds these words, “Listen to me, citizens! I am no heretic: I have a wife, and sleep with her, and she has borne me sons. I eat meat, I tell lies and swear, and I am a good Christian. So do not believe it when they say I am an atheist.”

For the record, I understand that this man died at the stake persistently insisting he was a good Christian and Catholic.

Remembering this story started my wheels turning this morning.

  • How would one prove they were a Christian today?
  • If asked for the reason for the hope you have, what would you say?
  • If asked to prove you are a Christian, what evidence would you submit?

You say you are a Christian?

Prove it!

-Scott

When Wrong Makes Right

WhenIn today’s political environment; in this day of violence and unrest; in this time of economic struggle for nations, states, counties, cities, and towns; in times like this I begin to think about how I can help.

What can I do?

What can we do as individuals and as groups to bring relief to the suffering, the oppressed, the mistrusted, and the uneducated? What can we do as a society?

Some say we can go to any length to help.

Local banks and big businesses have lots of cash and we have the right to carry weapons, so could we legalize armed robbery as long as the robbers give some of what they take to homeless shelters and pay taxes on what they keep to support law enforcement?

As population grows we are putting a strain on the resources the earth provides. Is it time to set an age limit and euthanize those who reach that age so that we protect our resources and make room for the next generation? Just think, this will save Social Security, Medicare, and we can set a birth tax to help pay for the costs of euthanizing seniors.

With population growth, we need more housing and places for our cars, should we “They take all the trees and put them in a tree museum and charge the people a dollar and a half to seem them?” Should we “pave paradise and put up a parking lot?” (Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell)

NOTE: I do not believe that any of the above are appropriate – even though cutting down trees to build more building instead of renovating what we already have is legal in most areas.

Yet I see many Christians acquiescing on other, yet similar, issues that politicians propose. I know Christians in dry communities who voted for alcohol sales under the guise of raising community revenue. I know Christians who are for legalizing certain narcotics to raise taxes.  There are other issues that we are giving in on.  It is not too late to stand up for what is moral and right.

Wrong is NEVER right!

I leave you with the words of the prophet Isaiah,

“Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
 who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter!
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
and shrewd in their own sight!” Isaiah 5:20-21

-Scott

 

 

How to Know God’s Plan

  • If God leads me to it He will lead me through it.gods plan
  • If this is God’s will, then I will endure.
  • I guess this was in God’s plan for me.
  • I don’t know why God planned for me to go through this.
  • God must has more for you to do, that is why you survived.
  • They finished what God planned for them to do, so He took them home.

I hear these and similar phrases more and more each day. “How can I know what God wants me to do in my life?”

I know these are people of faith, that are sincerely wanting to do God’s will. After all Paul tells us, “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:17). I do not want to be foolish in God’s eyes, so I need to know his plan for me!

What is God’s plan?

I want to share a few verses and some advice that will help you determine God’s plan for you. What I will share is what you can use to determine what you should be doing and what you should do in the future.

Jesus gives the answer, “And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:28-31).

Love God with all that you are.

Love your neighbor with the same intensity that you love yourself.

What does God have planned?

  • He did not and does not plan the day of your death – He may know when that will be, but He did not set the date.
  • God did not plan for you or your loved one to battle that disease or disaster. Those things simply are a part of a physical world. He is there to carry you through to healing, recovery, or on eternity.
  • God does not have written down what job you should have to please Him, nor did he preplan your soul-mate you should marry.
  • He did not make you straight or LGTB.

You and I choose our life’s direction based on both our heredity and environment and must discern our the choices we face and make the choice we find consistent with the Word of God and how we should live as God’s children.

What God wants is for us to do? “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8).

That is God’s plan!

-Scott

The Beauty of Christ’s Body

Yesterday I read a piece in the Huffington Post from and author who was disappointed in the congregation of the Lord’s Body that she attended from childhood. She shared an incident or two that would be enough to disillusion anyone. Sadly, using large brush strokes, she in many ways blames every church of Christ.

After reading her article, I thought I would repost something I wrote a few years ago that I think demonstrates the beauty of the church and God’s plan for Christianity – the Kingdom of Christ.

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What is the church of Christ

Admittedly, I feel completely inadequate to publish an answer.  The gods plananswer I will give is mine and not necessarily the answer of every one who holds membership in a congregation claiming to be the church of Christ

Autonomous

Frank S. Mead wrote in Handbook of Denominations in the United States, 5th Ed, (Nashville:Abingdon Press), 1970. “There is a distinctive plea for unity at the heart of the Churches of Christ — a unity that is Bible based.  It is believed here that the Bible is the “beginning place” in and through which God-fearing people can achieve spiritual oneness” (p 85).  “They disclaim being a denomination, but claim to be nondenominational with no headquarters, no governing boards, and no clergy” (p 86). Mead lists numbers of colleges, universities, and lists a few publications in Texas and Tennessee then stresses, “Since all official status in these institutions is lacking, none of them being authorized to speak for the entire church, their conformity in ideas and teachings in all the more remarkable” (p 87).  Elsewhere in the article Mead mentions the concept of congregational autonomy with each congregation being governed by her own elders and deacons. (Mead lists, W.E. McClenney, B.W. Stone, and Earl I. West as sources for his information p 238.)

I feel for the lady who wrote such a condemning article. I pray that she will understand that a few or even multiple congregations do not represent every other one.  I pray that she will seek out a group of Christians who like her are trying to be Christians.

Back to the question: “What is the Church of Christ?”

While consisting of many congregations scattered around the world, the Church of Christ is universally one as she is:

  1. The Body of Christ – Eph 1:22-23;
  2. The Bride of Christ – Eph 5:21-33; Rev 21:2;
  3. The Household of God – 1 Tim 3:15; and
  4. The Kingdom of Christ – Col 1:13) among other descriptive terms. 

(Notice that each term is ultimately singular: body, bride, household, and kingdom; thus individual congregations made up of individual Christians are what comprise the universal singular Church of Christ.)

Individual Christians comprise the Body of Christ locally and universally. Christians are those who are in Christ by faith having put on Christ and becoming part of God’s family through the promised Seed of Abraham (Gal 3:26-29).  Here, I think is a particularly sticky issue.  In my past I have made too much of an argument about baptism and not enough about faith.  Let me be very precise in my wording; each individual that is a part of the house of God is saved by God’s grace through faith (Eph 2:8-10).  Without faith man cannot please God (Heb 11:6). 

What is faith?

Faith is not mere mental acceptance of facts.  Faith is trusting obedience.  Faith that does not submit to God is not faith.  Those that put on Christ by faith in Gal 3:26 were those who were put in Him when by faith submitted to immersion to contact His blood.  Paul tells the Romans Christians he was glad they had obeyed from the heart the standard of teaching that saved them (Rom 6:17-18).  That standard of teaching that saved them was the same doctrine that Paul taught the Corinthians – (the Gospel – 1 Cor 15:1-5; Rom 1:16).  That good news that saved was the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus as Christ.  Paul explains the Roman’s faithful obedience to that gospel in Rom 6:3-6.  ALL the individuals world-wide who are en christo (in Christ), and ALL the assemblies of those individuals, are the universal Church (Body, Bride, Kingdom, Household) of Christ.

Now as Mead observed, these congregations are autonomous (self-governed).  Basically, that means what we do at Central may differ in someways from how they do things at Northport, Cottondale, Westside, Northwood, Mercedes Drive, East Pointe, University, or anywhere else in town.  We may see some things as acceptable that others do not.  Some of the things they accept may not be acceptable here.  Sometimes these differences are merely cultural.  Sometimes these differences are simple matters of opinion.  However, there may be times when we think a Biblical issue is at the center of our differences. When the issue is considered by one or both to be a matter of doctrinal importance, lines of communication should allow for civil discussion.  If we come to an impasse, we may choose to limit cooperative fellowship.  That should not mean that each think the other is “hell bound and determined.”  Such should simply mean we choose to work along side of those we feel are more like us.

Sometimes a congregation can focus on the wrong things like politics or even pride as a result of thinking they are more righteous, more spiritual, more open minded, or more correct than other congregations or other groups within Christendom.

Ultimately, God and Christ will judge each congregation (consider the Seven churches of Asia in Revelation 2 & 3 – God judged each individually), and they will judge each individual.  Maybe that is partly what Paul had in mind when he wrote, ” . . . work our your OWN salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil 2:12, emphasis; SMc).  You and I as individuals will stand before God on our own.  We will face judgment as to whether we as an individual were in Christ and lived in sanctification and holiness (1 Thess 4:3-7).  Each eldership will give account for the congregation they serve (Heb 13:17).

I am a Christian who believes in restoration.  I believe that we must all go back to God’s word for life and godliness.  I believe, as did many before me, that we must set aside denominational nomenclature and return to purely Biblical ideas and principles.  I believe there is room for division in opinions or expediency. I believe mutual understanding of Biblical doctrines provides unity whereas disagreements in doctrine limit fellowship.  I believe that as long as humans are in churches there will be differences that seem insurmountable.  I believe we should teach the truth as we understand truth, allowing for folks to disagree, while continuing to hold fast to healthy spiritual teaching (sound doctrine). I believe in the end of time God will sort out who is and who is not His children.  I believe I must do my best to follow God and to teach others what I learn.  I cannot force them to agree with me, but I must share what I see is God’s plan.  To do less would be irresponsible on my part.

-Scott