A Nation Who No Longer Serves God

June 26, 2015…An American Historic and Sad Day…

As I sat in my living room and heard the news of our nation’s Supreme Court’s ruling today regarding same-sex marriage, I began to cry. But, I was not crying because of what our justices had just voted into law or their vote against individual state rights. I was crying because of the tragic loss of our Divine and Spiritual influences of the church, through Jesus Christ, upon our nation and society. Where has our Power and Position gone?

I can only speak of the days and times in which I have lived. I cannot speak of generations and generations ago as I was born in the 20th century; 1956 to be exact. But, let me share what I have witnessed in my fifty-nine years of living in this nation (not necessarily in chronological order).

I have witnessed Viet-Nam; the 60’s Civil Rights Movement; the accomplishments and defeats of NASA including Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon; the first electric typewriter; the first heart plant surgery; the election of President John F. Kennedy and his assassination three years later; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the Cold War and bomb drills; the “I Have a Dream” speech; the senseless assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr, and Bobby Kennedy; the ruling of Roe versus Wade (1973); the spread of AIDS and other STD diseases (80’s), the national enforcement of Separation of Church and State; the taking down of the Ten Commandments in public places; the removal of reading the Bible in public schools and public places; not allowing prayer before athletic events in public schools; taking the Biblical meaning of “Christ” out of Christmas; not being able to wish someone a “Merry Christmas” while working in the retail world; the promotion of alternative life-styles; the promotion by social media, TV, and Hollywood to desensitize all moral and Biblical values; the moral decline from family shows such as “Father Knows Best” and “Andy Griffith” to Bart Simpson and Modern Family; the introduction of the personal computer, the introduction of the World Wide Web (90’s), the attack upon and demise of the traditional family unit; the terrorist attack of 9/11; Desert Storm, the rise of Islam and ISIS around the world; watching world-wide catastrophic storms and weather patterns all over the globe; and local churches and Pastors that were once grounded in the Word of God following the “world” and becoming no more than speakers in country club settings and places for fun and entertainment.

With the continued demise of moral values, weakening church-influences upon our society, and the loss of traditional family values, is it any wonder that today’s ruling favored the Homosexual community? No; of course not.

Let me just say this. To disagree with someone’s choices in life is not an act of hate. I disagree with the “practice” of homosexuality from a Biblical perspective. From the beginning, God ordained the family and the act of procreation through one man and one woman. Yes; God loves the sinner (He died for the whole world), but He hates the sins of the world. (See Genesis 1, John 3:16-17 and Romans 10).

Here is my take on the matter. In the book of II Chronicles 7:14 it reads, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

This is a “conditional” promise from God. So, who is to blame for the downfall of our nation and society? I suppose those who name the name of God but who do not follow his teachings in their daily lives.

Just as I have witnessed many changes in our nation’s history over the past fifty-plus years I have witnessed tremendous changes from the pulpits of our churches to the lives of those who attend church. What has happened? Isn’t our God the Same, Yesterday, Today, and Forever? Yes; He is…But, we are not.

Do you recall a time in your life when church and church activities set your calendar and schedule for the week, for the month, and for the year? I do. I remember a time when every function in our family’s lives depended upon what was happening at the House of God. My children did not practice or play baseball, softball, or soccer on Sundays. We didn’t shop at the Wal-Mart on Sundays. We didn’t spend summer weekends at the lake or winter weekends at ski resorts and try to fit “church” in when we had nothing else planned. We attended week-long revival meetings where the evangelist preached Heaven sweet and Hell hot. Back then, Holy Ghost conviction was the norm for repenting and calling upon the Lord to save you; not just an emotional response and a simple hand-shake.

Prayer Meetings were actually prayer- meetings where all the people in attendance gathered around the altar to pray in one accord and one mind over the lives of their loved ones and the many burdens they were facing. I recall taking “every” problem we faced to God in those weekly cooperate prayer meetings; as well as personal daily prayers on behalf of my family.
Christians even dressed more modestly back then than they do today. And, they possessed respect for the House of God. You may have worn bathing suits, shorts, and slacks at home and out in the community, but you dressed appropriately for the sacred environment of the church’s sanctuary. Today, people dress as if they are going to a concert or the beach; not to church…Just “whatever” feels good is the fade…And, some churches actually proudly advertise, “We are the church for non-church people.” In other words, come as you are and live as you please…just remember to learn how to smile through every difficulty in life!

Today, we have many good “teaching” preachers and pastors across our nation, but very few “preaching” preachers and pastors. There is a huge difference! Teaching imputes knowledge into our hearts and mind…Then, we choose accordingly to obey or disobey God’s teachings. Preaching, some might even call “Old-Time Preaching,” brings about conviction through the Power of the Holy Spirit to “transform” and “renew” one’s life in Christ. You can teach a person not to drink alcohol or to reframe from other sinful vices all you wish, but without the empowerment of the convicting power of the Holy Spirit he or she cannot overcome the temptation.

For some strange reason, the “church” decided to start following the world’s standards instead of maintaining and following God’s standards. In our modern-day world, the “world” sees no differences between their life-styles and many of those who claim to be followers of Christ. The influential Power of the Holy Spirit has been reduced and removed due to our own lack of commitment and blatant sinful behaviors. The world generally sees Christians as “people-haters” filled with biases and judgmental taunts. They no longer see the church as a living institution born through the Blood of Christ that offers Hope and Salvation through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Contemporary and Rock music became the focal point of many churches beginning in the 80’s. Out went the choir lofts and in came the platform stages geared at entertaining the “younger” crowds. Churches brought in worldly sounding instruments played by worldly dressed musicians. The motto became “dress-down” to attract the “younger” world to come “inside” of our churches…But, as we “dressed-down” and learned to jump up and down to the beat of the music, the power of the church through Christ Jesus to “transform” lives became weaker and weaker. We began to have a “form of godliness but denying the Power thereof.

Then, our churches began to teach a “positive attitude Gospel” as opposed to the Good News of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ to save us from our sins and reconcile us back to God. At this point, it was no longer a matter of what anyone did or said, or how they lived, just as long as they approached life and all of its trials with a giant smile on their face. After all, we are a happy, happy bunch…Right?

But, Jesus taught us to “sow the Gospel with our tears.” The Bible says, “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” (Psalm 126:5) There’s not too much to be joyful about when your neighbor or loved one is going to Hell. You can smile all you wish, but your tears will bring them to Christ! Then, you shall reap in Joy!

So, week after week for the last three decades or so, crowds of people have assembled themselves in our churches week after week to have a “form of godliness” while denying the Power thereof. What Power? The Power to see Salvation; a transformed life birthed into the Kingdom of God through Jesus Christ…Not the self –will power and mindset to smile when all of hell is breaking out around you! In all honesty, if your life is falling apart I suggest you find a closet, close the door, and cry your heart out with hot, burning tears unto a Holy God! Ask God to send a “spirit” of reverence, revelation, repentance, and meekness into your life. Ask God to save you!

So, lastly, here we are….June 26, 2015 and our nation has ruled on behalf of gay and lesbian couples all over our nation to come boldly out of the closet and run to the nearest court-house to obtain a license to legally marry….It doesn’t matter what God and the Bible has to say about it. I suggest that you read from the New Testament Bible in the book of Romans, chapter one, for a complete in-depth teaching on the matter.

Question: Did we, as members of the church, realize how far we were straying away from God? Did we listen to God when we first started compromising with the world? As the old saying goes, “Sin will take your farther than you wanted and keep you there longer than you wanted.” And, that is exactly where we are today…Far, far away from the Holy teachings, practices, and preaching of God.

We have but ONE chance to regain God’s favor and mercy upon our land and that is through actual repentance, prayer, confession, and transformation. Do I mean to throw out all the contemporary songs and just sing, “Amazing Grace?” Do I mean that all the ladies are to start wearing long dresses and hats and sit each week with a frown on your face? No, no, I don’t. But, I do suggest that we go back to “Bethel” and understand what and who the church represents and what its purpose is here on planet Earth; and prayerfully seek HIS FACE for Divine guidance.

The truth is that the church should be a place of separation from the wiles of the world, Satan, and worldly systems. Our distinctness is what should “draw” and “appeal” to a lost and dying world who can’t find the right answers to life’s problems…The true church has the right answer…JESUS CHRIST…. and those professing Jesus should walk and live according to HIS teachings, plan, and purpose.

God wasn’t just filling a page with empty words when He said:
If my people, (Believers in God through Christ) which are called by my name(Christians), shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Amen.

Remember, God Loves You (But hates sin)…John 3:16

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author

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Faithful Attendance

Faithful Attendance

“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4)

With so many people finding excuses these days to leave the church or to stay away from the church, it’s so refreshing to read King David’s prayer unto the LORD that he may remain faithful in the house of the LORD all the days of his life.

King David didn’t concern himself about the unfaithfulness of others to the House of the LORD. Rather, he concerned himself that he might be found faithful. In all honesty, remaining faithful to the House of the LORD should be the prayer of ALL saints alike.

Being faithful in our attendance and how we conduct ourselves towards the House of the LORD not only brings Honor and Glory to God but it also reveals our hearts and attitudes towards God. Going to church shouldn’t be a task that we try to get “around to” on our weekly “TO DO” list…Going to church should be our TOP PRIORITY list!

The Bible plainly teaches us to, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 6:33 KJV). Like many of you, it concerns me regarding the lack of attendance we are experiencing within our churches; especially among our teens, younger adults and younger families. But, like King David, I can only concern myself with my own attendance…And, like King David; I too pray that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life and be found “Faithful” in attendance.

Yes; we certainly need a revival within our nation (land) regarding the importance of church attendance and cooperate church worship. Sadly, it seems that our nation has become more interested in passing laws promoting promiscuity, adult pleasures, and sin than returning to God’s ways. (See II Chronicles 7:14).

As I recently wrote on my Facebook page, “Our nation once seemed like a canvas of Light with only patches of darkness here and there. But, today, it seems more like a canvas of darkness with only patches of Light here and there.” Oh, that our nation’s desire would be to “return” unto God by first returning unto HIS house; the blessed House of the LORD. And, I feel that the best way to do that is for each ONE of us to be found “Faithful in Attendance to our own home churches and synagogues. Like King David, let us behold the beauty of the LORD and enquire within HIS temple…Amen.

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed Author

Warning! Warning! Sin Will Be Uncovered!

Warning! Warning! Sin Will Be Uncovered!

But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out. (Numbers 32:23)

“There’s a call come ringing over the restless waves, Send the LIGHT! Send the LIGHT!”

Oh, my dear friend how we need to cry out unto God, “Send the Light; Send the LIGHT!” Not only does it appear that most of our planet is operating daily in the dastardly deeds of Satan’s dark, dark domain, but it seems that many of our churches are blindingly operating the same way.

Sadly, and so sorrowfully, there’s not enough LIGHT, which is God’s powerful, revealing, leading, and convicting LIGHT, these days shining within our churches illuminating, or convicting, the ongoing works of darkness; known as sin! But, let us be reminded: Warning! Warning! Sin Will Be Uncovered! (Sooner or later!)

It is imperative that we, as the Body of Christ, seek out GOD’S LIGHT to shine upon the hearts and lives of man convicting them of their wrong doings, secret lives, and evil ways. The horrific sins of darkness are taking place right inside and within the walls of the local assembly where God’s people are blindingly participating without awareness of the LIGHT… Warning! Warning! Warning! Your sins will find you out.

As true Believers and followers of Christ, we must sound the alarm and WARN, WARN, WARN all those that participate in sin’s arena that there will be a great price to pay! Sin does NOT operate freely…it charges a fee; a great fee…Sin often charges a price that can, and often does, bankrupt forever its participants.

The Bible clearly teaches that there is “pleasure in sin for a season” (Hebrews 11:25). Why a “season?” Because a season has a beginning and an ending; just like sin. Sin often starts off slowly, softly, and unseen by the naked eye. It creeps up on an individual without their even noticing it until it is in full bloom. A person then has a choice…to seek after the blooms of sin for a season or take heed of the LIGHT and depart from the very appearance of evil.

We must be reminded that sin comes in all types of pretty packaging. And, sin knows no “age” limits or “gender” difference. A man or woman in his or her mid-70’s can commit adultery the same as a young man or woman; it makes no difference the age. An adolescent or teenager can commit a crime the same as an older adult. Make no excuse about it sin doesn’t take into account a person’s age, race, greed, nationality, or gender. Sin also doesn’t mind affecting a person’s socio-economic status either; whether you are rich or poor. Sometimes, society tends to look down on the poorer person who has gotten caught in his or her acts of sin while it tries to make excuses for the richer more affluent person. But, sin, dear friend, is exactly like death…It has no preference towards its victims or respecter of persons. Sin is an equal opportunity destroyer.

Many, many years ago as a much younger Christian, wife, and mother, I was overwhelmed to learn that several of my church leaders were involved in sinful living. This devastated me as I had so much trust and confidence in these people. One morning as I wept alongside of my bed I felt the LORD speak to my heart, “Do not put your eyes on people. Keep them on me; for I AM the only ONE incapable of sinning.” Right then and there the matter was settled. Little did I know that within a few years of that experience my husband would be called into the ministry. My, oh my, how those precious Words of Wisdom spoken to my heart that morning by the Holy Spirit have been my anchor down through the years of service unto the Lord. Oh, how we need God’s anchor of Hope in our lives.

Sadly, I could write a novel describing the different levels and degrees of sins that good, godly people have fallen into as well as the terrible, dreadful, and awful results that they had to pay; some with their own lives.

Sin not only destroys individual lives, but it destroys families, churches, and entire communities. The nature of Sin doesn’t matter who it hurts, devours, or destroys…Sin is an eating machine with an endless appetite that is never, never satisfied. The nature of Sin challenges a person to believe that they can carry on their evil deeds without paying the price; but that is a LIE straight from hell. There is always a price to be paid for acts and behaviors of Sin.

Many years ago, a young attractive married woman with two sons worked at a local business. Over time she became infatuated and involved with her boss. She finally made the choice one night to meet him somewhere and go off together. There in the dark hours of the night she got inside of his car not realizing it would be the last car ride she would ever take. As they drove just outside the city limits they met head-on with a tractor-trailer truck driving on the wrong side of the highway. The terrible sounds of the colliding vehicles woke up an entire neighborhood as the flames from the burning vehicles shot higher and higher into the air. Soon their charred-burned bodies were pulled from the wreckage and discovered. Up until that terrible, fateful night no one knew of their affair. But, oh how sad was the truth as it swept across the community and directly into the lives of her grieving husband and sons. Oh, make no doubt about it “sin” has a BIG price to pay at the end of the line!

Today, our churches, more than ever, need to be WARNING stations echoing to its people of the impending doom and heartache at the hands of the Deceiver. Believe me when I say, “Where there is smoke there will always be a fire.”

Once an evil spirit of deception and darkness enters into the camp the people are often blinded without strength as it winds its way in and out of the lives of those it seeks to devour. These types of cooperate Sin must be exposed and stopped by intercessory prayer, fasting, and the WORD of GOD. Great prayer and supplication must be made for all men everywhere.

And, in many occasions, if and when sin does enter into the camp it is imperative that God’s instructions on discipline, found written within the pages of the Bible, be followed and executed with great love and patience knowing that the end goal is to restore, reunite, and return godly fellowship between God, all involved parties, and the local assembly.

Oh, in today’s world so many do not believe in church discipline…So many would rather the sins of darkness simply remain in the dark…But, sin doesn’t like staying in the dark forever…After sin has reached a certain quota of destruction it will rear its ugly head surprising even the most unsuspecting man, woman, boy, or girl. But, the church MUST GO ON!

When our daughters were at home growing up, my husband and I would always tell them that the church was not a perfect place, people were not perfect, and that we were not perfect either. But, we assured our daughters that we belonged to and served a PERFECT GOD! It is ONLY GOD who is Perfect in Love. Perfect in Forgiveness. Perfect in Mercy. And, Perfect in restoration.

We did not teach this doctrine as an excuse for us or others to “sin,” but rather for the purpose of our daughters not becoming harmed, hurt, and discouraged by the wrongful and sinful acts of those within the church who had fallen. You haven’t really lived until you fully understand what all can go on within the walls of a local assembly! God have mercy…

Over the years, I have discovered that our only defense against Satan is to have an even greater Offense…How do we accomplish this? I feel that we accomplish this by teaching people the Truth about sin, Satan, lies, and deception. We must teach younger and older Believers alike that the one person within the church who seems to be living the holiest of all lives can easily be misleading the entire congregation by living a double-life. It is urgent that we prepare the unprepared heart to hear, know, and accept the Truth… What is the truth? That ALL have sinned and come short of the GLORY OF GOD…ALL like sheep have gone strayed. We must teach our children and others to pray, pray, pray for one another.

But, as Believers, aren’t we glad that JESUS PAID IT ALL…Jesus paid the terrible price of Sin at Calvary’s Cross…And, by TRUSTING in Him we too can become overcomers just as Christ overcame the grave. We have the POWER to overcome sin and temptation in the Name of Jesus!

Believe me when I say that Satan loves to go after innocent Believers through the wrongful acts of church leaders…Satan will pound, pound, pound away with his powerful demonic hammer until the strongest of leaders can fall…That’s why the WARNING of SIN must, must be sounded; and sounded often!

It’s simply NOT enough to just tell the sinner that God loves him…We must also WARN both the sinner and saint alike that Satan hates them and wants to destroy their life while here on planet Earth; and throughout all eternity.

We must explain and teach that the church should NOT be seen as a playground to wink at “sin.” The church is our headquarters sending believers out to engage in spiritual combat on spiritual battlefields where man’s soul hangs in the balance.

We, as Believers, must be fully equipped and fully dressed in God’s armor to engage ourselves in spiritual warfare in a most effective and decisive manner; and having done all to STAND firm against the wiles of the Devil; and not to fall into diver temptations. (See I Corinthians 10:13).

WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! Sin has a terrible price…And, in time ALL acts of unconfessed and unrepented sins will be made manifested and revealed from shore to shore for the sin it is. Are you really prepared? Are we really prepared?

Oh, that our merciful Heavenly Father and LORD would Send the LIGHT! Send the LIGHT! Send The Blessed Gospel Light to convict the hearts of every man, woman, boy, and girl to turn away from sin, repent, and restore rightful peace and fellowship with God and with others before it is too late. To God be the Glory…Amen… In love, you have now been warned…

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author

Lamentations, Mourning, and Woe…

Lamentations, Mourning, and Woe

“And there was written therein, lamentations, and mourning, and woe.” (Ezekiel 2:10)

For the past several weeks, I have been facilitating and teaching a Bible study on the book of Ezekiel. Of all the Bible studies I have attended or those I have taught, this one is proving to be quite challenging, revealing, and concerning. I am discovering more and more each day how deeply I am living within an idolatrous nation and how many man-made “idols” we actually have set up for ourselves.

We are truly a nation facing the Biblical judgment process of Lamentations, Mourning, and Woe. Let me explain:
Lamentations are periods of sadness, unhappiness, depressions, discontentment, hopelessness, feelings of gloominess, and spells of crying. Sound familiar? America’s pharmaceutical industry has made a fortune over the past two to three decades selling every drug and narcotic it can produce to give our society relief from symptoms of clinical depression…One out of every three commercials has something to do with symptoms of depression.

A few decades ago, we weren’t all that familiar with the words such as “depression” and “dysfunction.” Today, the word “dysfunction” describes our American lifestyle better than functional, efficient, manageable, and thriving. Everywhere you look people are trying to find “function” in “dysfunction!” With all the “dysfunction” and “depression” revolving around us, I believe it’s clear to say that we are a nation of people experiencing the judgment of Lamentations! I believe this isn’t something that “we” have created or totally brought upon ourselves, but something that GOD has allowed to come upon us as a result of our turning our backs on Him. Just as in the days of Ezekiel, God is sending us His warnings! And, we are experiencing the first stage in full force, Lamentations.

God is a merciful. He is willing to extend mercy and grace to each individual sinner as well as an entire nation. But, the decision lies within our own hearts, mind, and choices. When we do not “awaken” from our idolatrous ways during God’s time frame of “Lamentations,” he carefully guides His judgments to the next level, “mourning.” I believe our nation is now experiencing a time of “mourning.” Let me explain. Mourning is associated with “loss.” Mourning brings about grief and despair; worries and anxieties; confusion and uncertainties. We are seeing the “love of many wax cold.” Countless numbers of people no longer have natural affections one for another or feelings of sympathy and empathy. We have “lost” human compassion on so many levels. We have “lost” our abilities to govern our lives, families, and society effectively. We have “lost” wisdom in high places and how to apply it. And, we are now losing our constitutional “rights” that were once never challenged. We are now a nation in “mourning.”

That only leaves us with one more phase of judgment, Woes. There is something so very fearful and dreadful about this time period…There is no turning back once it begins. God is just and when he sends catastrophic woes upon our lives and that of our nation he does not stop until HE wills it to be so. Our human cries and tears will not stop God’s “woes.” God gives us plenty of time to “repent” and turn back to Him during the periods of Lamentations and Mourning. But, once His “woes” begin they will continue until His judgment is concluded and final.

The Children of Israel did not heed God’s lamentations and time of mourning; not even after they had been exiled to Babylon. For it was in Babylon, to those already in captivity, that God sent Ezekiel. There they were, the Children of Israel, living in exile camps still refusing to “turn” from their idols and wicked ways. I have to wonder, will America be the same way? Will we, as a nation, hold onto our “idols” of money, self-centeredness, pleasure, prosperity, self-reliant military power, allies, and religious practices instead of looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith? God, have mercy.

As we continue to face greater mourning and future “woes,” will our churches continue to be nothing more than community meeting places to make us look good to ourselves and to others? Will we continue to seek the answers to our many complex problems within society in our government officials and representatives; instead of seeking God’s face? Will we continue telling God that He is not wanted or needed in our public schools, public places, and government? Will we continue to offer our children upon the altars of abortion and human trafficking? Will we continue to sell and use illegal drugs, alcohol, and sex as our nations favorite past time? Will our sports arenas and movie theaters continue to bid for our attentions and allegiance as oppose to church worship, Bible study, and family prayer time? Will our society continue to be forced into accepting sinful practices of homosexuality, fornication, prostitution, and man-made self-righteous wickedness? God forbid.

But, this I can answer…God will not allow any nation who turns its back on Him to prosper in its sins. The handwriting is on the wall…The answer can be found in II Chronicles 7:14, 14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

While we are yet in the “mourning” stage, it is my prayer that God’s people will humble themselves, pray, seek God’s face, and turn from our wicked ways…Before the time of “woe” is upon us. As in Ezekiel’s day and time, we, the true Church made up of born-again Christians, are called to be the Watchman sending out God’s warnings unto the people…”Repent, repent, repent!”

In so many ways, we have been warned. Have mercy upon us, O, Lord. Amen.
Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author

This is the Condemnation…

“This is the Condemnation…”

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (John 3:19)

Last night, I watched a news report on ABC’s 20/20 regarding two teenage girls in high school engaged in a homosexual relationship. The report stated that the older girl, a senior age eighteen, was involved with a younger girl, a freshman age fourteen. The older teen was charged with having sexual relationships with a minor. She was jailed for two years and sentenced three years probation.

Actually, I was glad to see that the Law, in this particular case, “swings” both ways. I am certain that some would have wanted the charges to be dismissed because it was a girl with a girl relationship. But, how many little girls have been the victims of older girls wishing to “experiment” with their own sexual desires, fantasies, and preferences? Many a little girls have been violated by the “experiments” of older girls. And, sadly, the same is true with little boys being molested by older boys and men.

A few years back, while I was still teaching in public school, a group of eight grade girls invited a group of sixth grade girls to a party. When the sixth grade girls arrived, they soon discovered that the older girls were engaged in sexual activities with one another. The object of the “party-game” was for the “new” sixth grade girls to participate. However, a couple of the sixth grade girls refused. So, they called their parents asking to come home. When these parents discovered what was happening at the party, they reported it to the authorities and to the school board. Since all of the girls involved at the party were minors, no charges were legally filed, but lessons were definitely learned.

In another similar account, a group of upcoming freshmen were invited to participate with the high school band at a football game. The eight graders invited were very excited about the opportunity to perform at the high school football game. However, after their half time performance, these same eight graders discovered that many of the band members were blatantly engaging in public display of affection one with another; both heterosexual and homosexual, even as staff members and other spectators silently stood by. The scenes were so disturbing for some of the eight graders that they quit the band and never tried out the following fall.

Scenes like this are becoming too many and too widespread across our nation and globe. Those who prefer to remain in a traditional, Bible-believing, heterosexual life-style are becoming the butt-end of jokes and mockery. Good is being called, “bad,” and “bad” is being called, “good.”

The Bible warns us of these approaching times right before the return of Christ Jesus for his bride, the church. Because of such accounts, we have arrived at a time when parents “must” inform their children of the evil deeds of darkness. We must teach our children and grandchildren that they will be persecuted and mocked for their Biblical beliefs and stand…Yet; we must teach them to stand strong. We cannot afford to take these accounts, events, and happenings lightly…Our heritage depends upon it.

The Bible teaches that man has always preferred “darkness” to the “Light.” Jesus Christ being the Light. The Bible teaches us in the book of Luke that, “You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. All men will hate you because of me (Jesus Christ). But not a hair of your head will perish. By standing firm you will gain life.” (Luke 21: 16-19 NIV).

The teachings and prophecies of the Bible are sure. They have been forever proven right from the beginning and have no doubt of being proven right for our future…The Lord’s coming is at hand; and we must stand strong against the wiles of Satan and the evil deeds of darkness. Our children and grandchildren will not be able to stand without strong Biblical teachings on these matters. We cannot afford to put our “heads in the sand” and dismiss what is happening all around us. God forbid.

Today, if you have not already done so, meet with your children and grandchildren. Take out the Word of God, the Bible, and plainly show them the future persecutions of those who “believe” and “follow” the ways of the Lord…But, more than anything else show them the future that God has promised to all those who “believe” and “follow” HIS ways. I encourage you NOT to wait for another day…Today, is the day of Salvation…Amen.

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author

“I Send You as Sheep Among Wolves.”

I Send You As Sheep Among Wolves…

“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10:16)

The “world” will not like, nor accept, what I write. The lost and dying “world” will turn away from any and all correction, instruction, Biblical teachings, and guidance from the Lord. They will not have it. They will fight against it. They will shun from it. They will deny it. They will throw stones at those who try to “interfere” with their lives and their own plans. They will persecute and mock any intentions and efforts cast before them to “warn” them of the coming judgment of God upon their wicked, sinful, and blasphemous life styles. For they love darkness rather than Light.

Jesus “warned” his disciples that he was sending them out as “sheep” among “wolves.” Anyone knows what a wolf can and will do to a sheep within its clutches. Yet, Jesus chose this parable to warn his disciples of how the “world” would treat God’s messengers of hope, restoration, and salvation.

Today, I believe that it is the duty of ALL Christians across the globe to send out “warnings” to those still trapped within Satan’s bondages and lost without hope; even if they will not heed the warning.

In the Old Testament book of Ezekiel, God gave explicit instructions to Ezekiel to “warn” the Children of Israel of their many sins and impending doom if they did not “repent.” It was not Ezekiel’s responsibility to “win” over those who rejected God’s messages and warnings. It was Ezekiel’s called duty to be a “watchman” warning the people. The people’s response would be their own choice and decision to make…The same is true today…

Ministers preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ practically twenty-four hours a day across the entire globe. Countless numbers of missionaries go into the hedges and byways each day seeking out one lost soul to share the good news of Jesus Christ. There is no lack of the message being sent out. There are thousands of “watchmen” sounding the alarm behind pulpits and across airways every day.

The problems are the same as it were in Ezekiel’s days…The people will not listen. The people are “rebellious.” The people are “impudent.” The people will not turn from their wicked ways nor humble themselves before the Lord…The people will see the “wrath” of God upon them.

Today, I believe the “church” is the watchman sent out as a sheep among wolves. Christians everywhere are being daunted, mocked, ridiculed, and rejected for their beliefs in Christ Jesus and His redemptive plan and purpose for salvation. But, as believers and followers of Christ, we must, must keep on keeping on…just as Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and all of the other hundreds of prophets and preachers before our time. We must continue to sound the alarm…Christ is coming again…Jesus Christ is coming again…God’s everlasting Hope for Salvation will return to gather His own…And, those left behind will sadly see and experience the “wrath” of a loving, mighty God…

You say, “You’re crazy.” But, am I? The signs are all around us…We live in a fallen idolatrous generation that has now killed more innocent babies than those that died in the Holocaust. Sin is all around us living big and living loud. Sin parades itself in our streets and on our airways. Sin now “brags” about its rights and dares anyone to reject its self-seeking destructive nature. It is as if the whole world has eagerly thrown itself into a sewer of filth, lies, corruption, garbage, and wickedness; loving every minute of it and daring “Christians” to say a word against their chosen lifestyles…Seemingly, we are living in a world gone mad…

Yes, my friend, we are in danger of God’s expedient judgment…And, the only thing that will save both you and me is the Blood of Jesus Christ applied to our hearts and lives. (Romans 10)

It is my prayer that you have already sought and accepted God’s provision for “safety” during his forthcoming wrath upon our most sinful planet. Every man, woman, boy, and girl can find God’s safety and protection through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ (John 3:16-17). And, once you have accepted God’s plan of Salvation, I pray that you, too, will become a “watchman” warning others and helping to direct them to the blessed foot of the Cross. Amen.

Remember, God LOVES YOU!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author.

The Offense of the Cross

The Offense of the Cross

On Thursday, November 7, 2013, many of us passionately and lovingly watched our beloved, ninety-five years old, Rev. Billy Graham render a heartfelt message of Hope to all Americans…”It’s Still the Blood of Jesus that sets man free.” Thank you Dr. Graham for sticking to the Bible, for standing on the Truth, and for declaring that none other but Jesus Christ can take away our sins and make us whole again.

If our nation needs to hear any message of Hope, any words of encouragement, or any words of divine wisdom it needs to hear about Jesus and the Cross. The Apostle Paul stated, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” (I Corinthians 1:18 KJV). No other man-made religion possesses the Power of the Cross that takes away our sins, pays our sin debt, and reconciles sinful man back to a Holy, Righteous God. And, no other man was completely SINLESS and qualified to die upon the Old Rugged Cross than God’s only begotten Son, Jesus (John 3:16).

In addition to the absolute necessity of Jesus’ death on the Cross to pay for mankind’s sins, no other man born unto woman could bring forth the glorious Resurrection Power from the Grave to live and to reign for all eternity but our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…Praise be unto the Name of our Lord…

I can almost see why non-believers and other non-believing religions want to destroy the Gospel of the Cross. They cannot match it nor can they imitate it. Only Christianity can claim the abundant Promises of God through Christ Jesus. For neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12 KJV). Buddha cannot save a man’s soul from Hell. Mohammad cannot save a man’s soul from Hell. Even beloved King David of Israel could not save a man’s soul from Hell. Only through the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary can a man’s soul be saved from Hell and delivered from the sinful one, Satan.

Jesus not only can save a man’s soul from death, but in the Name of Jesus both a man and woman alike can find life anew, joyous strength, and power to overcome the wicked one. So many today live in darkness without the Power of Christ Jesus to overcome sin(s) or sin’s debts. Alcoholism is costly. Drug addiction is costly. Fornication is costly. Stealing and Robbery are costly. Lying and Cheating are costly. Murder and Deception are costly. And, it cost Jesus Christ His life to pay the eternal price for these sins and all other manners of rebellion and transgressions against our Holy God. But, through Jesus Christ alone any man or woman willing to call upon His name can find HOPE to overcome sin(s) and to reconcile their life back unto God and enjoy the sweet fellowship and joys of the Lord.

Oh, my friend, you may not know Jesus today as your personal Savior, but you can. Only Trust Him. Only Trust Him…Stop what you are doing and call upon His name. Cry out admitting that you are a sinner lost without hope. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ asking Him to come into your heart and into your life saving you from your sins. Then, go tell someone about your new Faith in God through Jesus. Call a friend who you know to be a Christian. Or, call a Pastor. Call a loved one; a father, mother, sister, or brother to let them know that you have accepted Jesus as your Lord. You will never, never regret your decision and choice to follow Jesus. And, remember without the Cross, Salvation in Jesus would not and could not be possible…Jesus Paid it All; All to Him I Owe; I will Glory in the Cross.

In closing, I want to also encourage you that after you have accepted Jesus Christ into your heart to seek out a home church where the Gospel of Jesus Christ is preached and taught. Church is a place where you can grow in the Lord and a place where you can find fellowship with other believers. Amen…

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author