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Dr. Melvin L. Johnson is the pastor of the Heart of Christ Community Church in Brazoria, TX. and is the author of the books Overcoming Racism Through the Gospel and From Heaven to You.
Posted 5/12/12 at 4:32 PM | Dr. Melvin Johnson
We as Americans have a unique history of basing our legitimacy—our very essence of being a free people—upon the idea that all men are created by a Creator. Our journey from the existence as being subjects and possessions of an all-powerful but fallible king to the most powerful nation of nearly 400 million independent and self-governing individuals is built upon one great foundational principle that most nations are yet to realize…
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”
From the beginning, we have known this Creator Being as the God of the Bible, and none other. For this reason, we have unashamedly declared that no earthly power formed by other men can legally nor legitimately seek to exercise any power or authority over us without our consent. We have acknowledged that only God is the Sovereign Ruler—the owner, possessor and determiner of man’s fate and ultimate destiny.
Even in times of personal and even national crisis, we individually or collectively turn to the same Creator for consolation or even resolution. In times of war, we have appealed to Him and Him alone for the protection of our men and women who might be sent to foreign lands to engage the enemy on the battlefield. We have established a national day for thanksgiving to our Creator in reflection of the many and bountiful blessings that have benefitted so many for the past 236 and some odd years. Even when we have been in error in our practices and policies, it has been the morality of our Creator that has brought us as a nation to repentance and correction! FULL POST
Posted 4/12/12 at 11:13 AM | Dr. Melvin Johnson
When congregations depend upon their spiritual leaders to "preach the word...", there is a trust that should never be broken. Even more important, Jesus himself - the Good Shepherd- appoints leaders to serve as under-shepherds in His place until He returns. This is also based upon a trust between the Lord and the spiritual leader- the pastor. A key function of the pastor is to teach the members about Jesus!
Unfortuantely, the evidence that the Christian faith within a significant part of American culture has been co-opted and perverted by those who actually worship at the altar of governmental authority instead of following the lead of the Good Shepherd is clear. The apostle Paul warned the early church of such influences within the Body of Christ, even as the Christian faith itself struggled to take its first steps in its infancy. They too had to be constantly reminded of false prophets, preachers and teachers. Many groups also sought to wear a cloak of Christianity while using the name of Jesus to carry out their own perverse and vile agendas. In 2 Corinthians 11, verses 3 and 4 Paul shared his concern with the Corinthian church leadership on this matter…
(3) But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. (4) For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough [NIV].
The King James Version of this passage describes the preaching of another Jesus… it means describing, portraying or presenting Jesus to others in a way that skews or perverts the gospel so grossly that the message of Him being the Son of God sent to be sacrificed in humanity’s behalf is lost. When one preaches another Jesus, the entire focus and purpose of the Gospel is perverted and those who applaud it do so because they themselves have been led away from the Gospel, and can no longer see Jesus as the one God intended. Essentially, they as with many congregations find themselves lost and separated from the truth! FULL POST
Posted 4/5/12 at 7:01 PM | Dr. Melvin Johnson
Can the spiritual condition of a people reflect political ideology? If this
question bears even a single tinge of validity, then it would be worthy of at least some discussion, if not a brief course of study!
As far back as the national election cycle of 2000, we were introduced to what was seen to be the electoral map, which indicated voting patterns across the United States. The most informative map details these voting preferences by county, where the predominant political party is represented either by the red (Republican Party) or the blue
(Democratic Party), and provides a most instructive pattern of voting behavior
as well as socio-economic outcome. But even more, a question is posed that may
strike at the very heart and root of America's dilemma: Does this also reflect
the spiritual condition of the electorate? In other words, is there a connection
between the spiritual influences within an area, region or territory and its
socio-economic condition? Furthermore, can these spiritual influences be
manifested or reflective of political affiliation? Beyond mere speculation,
demographics also tend to support what the voting patterns as the red and blue
mappings technique suggest, whether by community, city, county or even
state! FULL POST
Posted 2/22/12 at 7:20 AM | Dr. Melvin Johnson
Should We Be Concerned With A Leader's Belief System?
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has finally opened the right (or should we say Rev. Jeremiah Wright) can of worms, and the hope is that he not back down from raising the question! He has NEVER actually been questioned or challenged about his claim to Christianity simply because the vast majority of those in the media who have had the opportunity to address the issue either are basically pagan or cultural Christians who do not know the basic tenets of salvation themselves. This includes the so-called conservative personalities on the FOX News cable network. Overall, the general consensus is to not challenge anyone's claim to the Christian faith; however, what a person believes will affect what he thinks, and ultimately will manifest in their actions. FULL POST
Posted 2/9/12 at 7:32 AM | Dr. Melvin Johnson
Have Churches Forsaken Jesus' Warning About the Kingdom of God in Favor of Materialism and Worldliness?
Of all things to strive for, achieve or even begin to consider, Jesus set before us a crucial task for absolute success in this world. In Matthew 6:33, He advised us to "... seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you [KJV]". In the discussion Jesus places, "all these things" secondary to the quest for the kingdom of God and his righteousness. There is an obvious directive for us as faithful believers to set a priority for our most significant concerns and desires in this world. With so many failed attempts to solve or even address such a myriad of problems in our culture, one might be wise to consider the notion that we have consulted and allied with practically everyone but Jesus! He, in turn is offering solutions to those issues which plague us because those very things we seek answers and solutions to are spiritually-driven. Unfortunately, they are only accessible through the realm of God's kingdom and not the things of this world.
Evidence is clear that even we as the body of Christ—the church—have made materialism the driving force in our lives as well as practically every decision we make! Our insatiable appetite for "all these things" have made us servant to this world's powers, especially our own government! The American Heritage dictionary describes it as being "the theory or doctrine that physical well-being and worldly possessions constitute the greatest good and highest value in life." Having forgotten that anything offered by this world comes with a price, we have ceded our youth to public schools and our senior citizens to social security and nursing homes, while we take on the assumed luxury of being free of the burden of caring for them. However, the message in "the kingdom of God and his righteousness" tells us that the family should care for their elders and parents are solely responsible for the education of their children! FULL POST
Posted 1/9/12 at 11:49 PM | Dr. Melvin Johnson
A GENERATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE NO CLUE!
America, and the western world in general has forgotten the relatively brief history of Marxism, and the systematic collapse of the social order in Greece, Spain, Italy and the other European Union member nations signifies the great truth that man cannot create a utopian society without God. For this reason alone, I strongly recommend that the Christian community take the lead role in educating its people and the nation about the dangers of socialistic theory, where the people fall prey to the promises of government to the point where the government itself becomes their all-powerful master. In order to fully understand the impact and influence of President Barack Obama and the radical left's "change you can believe in" agenda, we simply have to go back into the chronicles of classical literature and study George Orwell's Animal Farm. The fiction novel and story are readily available in book and movie formats. FULL POST
Posted 1/2/12 at 8:49 PM | Dr. Melvin Johnson
Time To Think Outside of the Box!
It is clear that there is a problem with illegal immigration in America. A dilemma so volatile that even many clergymen would rather handle the matter with kid gloves instead of seeking to maintain a standard of law. With unimaginable debt and dwindling resources, America itself has come to a crossroads where one choice is to continue down the road towards total economic collapse and the other a period of austere cutbacks in spending that will radically affect us all for generations to come! As it has been said many times, "before you can start bailing out the water, you must first stop the leak!" meaning before we can effectively begin solving our economic woes, we must start with the obvious.
One of the first mistakes we consistently make is in our failure to control the language. We have allowed the opposition to create the argument, define the terms and then launch the attacks. By the time we begin to respond, we find ourselves on the defensive. We respond with their own terms and definitions without realizing that to a great extent, we have already given them immeasurable credibility. In practically every case, the liberal-left have taken the most accurate and definitive words to describe a conditions or behaviors and used a euphemism to redefine the entire argument. For example, the word "gay" has replaced the term "homosexual," which had previously replaced the term "sodomite." Homophobia has been inserted into the lexicon to create and entire form of psychological disorder to be used against those who refuse to accept that life style. FULL POST
Posted 12/4/11 at 9:09 AM | Dr. Melvin Johnson
"OCCUPY" MOVEMENT NOT DIFFERRENT FROM BARBARIANISM OF ANCIENT DAYS
Steal: To take (another person's property) without permission or legal right and without intending to return it.
By any other name, stealing is still stealing, whether a person uses a weapon to commit the crime of robbery or a body of lawmakers enacts a law that deprives an individual of his or her personal, private property, it is still theft. In this case, let us call it "redistribution of wealth!" One of the key arguments of the left when it comes to taxation is that the rich must pay their "fair share," although even the fundamental rules of mathematics strongly suggest that there is a grave error in this logic and reasoning! In this case, fairness is an oxymoron- a pliable term manipulated by those who must justify their evil in the eyes of a moral society. There is nothing fair about any effort to seize that which belongs to someone, even if it means pitching a tent in a public park!Let us call it what it truly is: barbarism! FULL POST
Posted 11/1/11 at 10:25 PM | Dr. Melvin Johnson
Typical Old Southern Democrat Tactic for Personal Destruction
It should not be of any form of shock or surprise to see presidential candidate Herman Cain being subjected to accusations of sexual harassment. The notion of black men being accused of immoral behavior has morphed into a stereotypical script pulled out by the political enemies of black conservatives in particular—portraying them as sex-hungry deviates. This again is part of what was a code of the Old South, to use the accusation of offending a white woman as the means of arresting, beating and even lynching blacks. The accusation did not have to be true as those who have sought to take advantage of cultural weaknesses and prejudices in order to foment their own agendas. Whether political as we have seen with the persecution of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas and now witness the accusations lodged against Mr. Cain, or personal, as we will see in three cases presented, there is still a propensity to react negatively to even the falsely-accused. Many have used the power of the accusation itself to destroy, deflect and deny!
In other words, the power of falsely accusing someone is using evil to destroy lives, deflect from the truth and deny justice. As Mr. Cain becomes a greater threat to the political classes on both sides of the political elites, so will such tactics become more readily used. For this reason, it is important that we are able to recognize evil, and not be so easily influenced by such attacks, but rather respond to the truth! Let's review a little bit of recent history... FULL POST
Posted 10/12/11 at 7:33 AM | Dr. Melvin Johnson
Is President Obama Willing to Divide America in Order to Maintain Power?
Is President Barack Hussein Obama's ever-flowing barrage of speeches bringing America to a point of critical mass? Too many indications suggest that by the time of the 2012 elections in November, a substantial amount of tension will even prevail at the most rural of polling places in America! With our most recent Occupy Wall Street incidents, we could be witnessing a foreshadowing of what may soon come to main street America. A very significant core of Obama supporters have already demonstrated a willingness to disrupt, invade, destroy and even brutalize those persons, places and things in order to get what they want!
Rewind back to the healthcare debates and town hall meetings: As we learned of and eventually witnessed via the media the brutal beating of black conservative Kenneth Gladney by oversized Service Employees International Union (SEIU) members in early August of 2009, anyone with an observant eye and decent memory cannot help but to wonder if our political processes here in America are devolving into the equivalent of third-world violence and dictatorial machinations found prevalent in dictator-led countries—the banana republics. FULL POST