The Truth as I See it

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By Jack C. Corcoran

 

Pontius Pilate asked the question, “What is truth?”

Jesus, the Messiah, said in John 14:6… “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

Jesus, the Messiah, said in John 8:32… “The truth shall set you free.”

And without a doubt, I believe the Bible is the truth; the Word of God. Therefore, I believe it when it says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” And this verse is referring to Jesus, the Christ (Messiah).

I use the word Messiah, which is the meaning of the Greek word, Christ, because many people believe that the name Christ is Jesus’ last name. I recall reading somewhere that there are people who actually believe that Mary and Joseph were Mr. and Mrs. Christ. That is wrong!

As I said, and according to Strong”s  Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, the word, Christ, is a Greek word meaning “the Messiah”. And, according to Strong’s, the word Messiah is Hebrew for king or priest. In Revelations 17:14 Jesus is called King of kings; and the writer of the Book of Hebrews refers to Jesus as our High Priest.

Jesus is our redeemer. Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death.” And Romans 5:8 tells us that “God demonstrates His own love for us (recall John 3:16) in this: while we were still sinners, the Messiah died for us.” He  paid our wages; He is our redeemer.

Throughout the Bible – prophecies in the Old Testament and eyewitness accounts in the New Testament – we learn that Jesus lived, died, and was raised from the dead by God the Father and He is seated at the right hand of God the father.

And because I believe all of this as I have just stated – and I will be passing on to you in future writings more of why I believe – I must be obedient to the Word as written in the Book of Ephesians, chapter five and especially verses 3 – 5 and 11.

Most of the Scriptures I will be using from here on are taken from the New International Version of the Holy Bible (NIV). Some may come from another version and, if so, I will make note of it.

So, let’s begin…

Ephesians 5: 3-7…

“3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them.”

And verse 11 “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”

This is my reason for writing: to expose these evil deeds of darkness because the truth, as I see it, is these evil things are destroying our beloved nation, the United States of America.

For this first message, I would like to hone in on just verse 3 and it is my sincere hope and prayer that you read with an open mind.

I believe that sexual immorality is, at least, partly to blame for what is happening in our country right now as I write.

 

A friend and I were discussing the wide spread use of porn on the internet and it led me to what I am about to share with you. For two whole days after our conversation I actually cried my heart out to God; I couldn’t even eat; I couldn’t sit down and listen to music; I couldn’t do my favorite thing and play games on my PC because no matter what I tried to do, The Spirit of God kept interrupting me with these thoughts: Sexual immorality is running rampant in this country and causing a massive breakdown of morality and God is angry.

I started by going online and actually went in to two of these sites that promote sexual immorality; Craigslist and Adult Friend Finder. As I perused these two sites I became increasingly amazed and frightened.

Amazed at the massiveness of this stuff and frightened because I know God is angry. And He should be. Just two sites and I only browsed parts of them. These two sites are set up to allow their members to pick and choose from an array of categories so I only went through a few of them because I could only stand so much.

They allow you to choose your state, where you live; and they allow you to pinpoint exactly which part of the state you are interested in. So, I chose a fifty mile radius of my zip code.

Then you choose which category of which there were at least twenty different categories such as male for male, female for female, male for couples, female for couples, male for transvestites and so on; I think you get the picture.

I picked the category of “Casual Encounters” and went through the listings of just male for male and female for female and male for couples. Folks, within fifty miles of my zip code, I came up with a total of 6,078 on Craigslist and 10,916 on Adult Friend Finder. That’s over 17,000 people looking for immoral sexual encounters just within a fifty mile radius of my zip code.

Did you know that there are at least 297 cities in the United States that have a population of more than 100,000? No, I didn’t either until I Googled it but, can you imagine if all these cities have the same amount that I just found, from only a fraction of the choices on these two sites, looking for immoral sex?

I’m not even close to being good at math but I wish someone with the math skills could figure this out. I’m willing to bet there are more than 5 million people in this country on just these two sites and how many sites are there?

Now here is what absolutely sickened me. In my research and using Google and Wikipedia, I found these statistics. The United States Department of Justice states that “At any one time there are estimated to be more than one million pornographic images of children on the internet. And the average age is eleven.

They estimate that there are over 100,000 websites. Every second $3,075 is spent on porn; EVERY SECOND! 28,258 viewing porn and every second of the day there are an estimated 372 people on the Adult websites in the USA. EVERY SECOND!

And there is a new porn video created every 39 minutes.

And God’s word says to “Have nothing to do with the deeds produced by darkness, but instead expose them.

 

We think we are getting away with it but we are not getting away with anything. The Bible tells us that God knows our hearts and our very thoughts. It also tells us that God is slow to anger but you can see for yourself what He did when He finally had enough.

Read about the city of Sodom and see what God did. Read the story of Noah and see what God did. Read the stories of Israel and see what God did. And now, look at today’s news. For example, just follow the Trump rallies and look at all the violence; the hatred; and the death toll in this country. Look at the number of police killings in the past few years. OMG! You can’t even use a toilet in peace.

And I truly believe that God is allowing these things because He is angry! And it will only get worse if we, the people, don’t get serious and look toward heaven and beg His forgiveness.

The Bible says to repent

The Bible says to confess your sins

The Bible says to confess Jesus as Lord

The Bible says to believe in His Name

The Bible says to believe that God raised Him from the dead

The Bible says to obey the will of God

The Bible says in Ephesian 5:3 “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity,”

Now listen to me; I’m not just talking to those who don’t believe; I am talking to you people who go to church every Sunday. I’ve been in your churches and I have seen it firsthand. I spent two years in seminary and I have seen, with my own eyes, the so-called men of God in all their glory. I have stories to tell but, not now. This, what I am writing today, is a wake-up call to the church.

I have been in churches where the preacher spends an entire forty minutes without ever opening a Bible. And lately, I have been in churches where the majority of the congregation doesn’t even bring a Bible. They depend on what is being cast onto a screen. Have you ever read Acts 17:11?

“Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”

You cannot; you should not put your entire trust on what is being put before you. You must open your Bible and read it for yourself. At least take notes; write down the Scriptures being cast upon the screen and read it for yourselves. I’m not trying to belittle the work of the good pastors and Bible teachers out there; but I am trying to make you use your head as the Bereans did. Make sure what you are being taught is the truth.

I’m willing to bet that a great majority of you go to church on Sunday and forget all about it through the week. How many of your unchurched friends even know what you stand for?  For that matter, how many of you even have unchurched friends? Jesus did! And the church leaders of that day hated Him for it. Jesus said it’s the sinners who need a physician. (Luke 5:31)

The church has given up its job. We no longer share the Word of God. We hide inside our concrete walls. We should be standing up against our enemies; the enemies of God But we don’t and he is stomping us into the ground so that we are irrelevant.

And because of it, we have this massive breakdown of morality.

But now, for the good news. Revival is in the wind. There are rumors of revival…

One headline says “Extraordinary revival in L.A. and Orange County high schools” (Google this headline and read the whole story)

Another headline tells us that “Revival Rocks West Virginia School, Surrounding Towns” (Google revival in W. VA.)

Look, it’s on opposite ends of the country. Can it close in on the rest of us?

It’s up to us to grab hold of it; to bring it to your churches. Each one of you; every single one of you is a potential carrier of these rumored revivals. I’m doing my part by writing this material. What will you do?

What are you willing to do to keep our country from total destruction? It all begins with prayer; honest, earnest, tear-jerking prayer. I know; I spent several days crying out to God – asking His forgiveness, confessing my sin, and begging His help.

And one morning I awoke with all of this on my heart. And as I began my search of those web sites, God began putting these words into my head.

I will continue to pray and continue to follow His lead in my writing. And I will share it with you as quickly as I receive it. Please pray with me and pray for me as I dare to write the truth.

May the Lord God bless you and keep you in His loving care.

I am your faithful servant and friend

Jack C. Corcoran

 

 

 

Our Time Is Not Our Own

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Our Time is not Our Own
Yesterday, Wednesday – August 26th – at 11:30 am, I sat stunned in front of my television as they aired the unfolding story of the two people shot and killed in Virginia. A news reporter and her cameraman were gunned down at seven o’clock in the morning as they conducted an interview on the sidewalk. The lady, who was being interviewed, was also shot but these two news people, both in their twenties, were killed.
They were doing their job just as they had done the day before and the day before that etc.. They both probably woke up around 5 am to start their day. They probably had coffee and thought about their plans for the day. They probably even had thoughts of what they would be doing later that day when the job was finished.
I’m pretty sure they were not thinking that their lives would end before their day ended. And that brought me to the realization that our time is not our own. We just don’t know, do we?

And that reminded me of a friend of mine.
It was a Friday afternoon when I pulled through the gate to report for the 3-11 shift and my friend, Ron, waved to me as he was leaving. And he shouted from his car, “See ya Monday,” and he drove on; happy as a lark to be going home for the weekend. But when Monday came and I arrived at work, I heard the sad news; Ron had died over the weekend.
He was almost half my age. When we got off work that day, he drove away waving to everyone. He wasn’t sick; he wasn’t overweight; didn’t have diabetes or cancer and, as far as anyone knew (including his wife), he didn’t have any heart trouble. He was strong as an ox and appeared to be in good health. But he died the next day.
He was outside working on his garden and just collapsed. By the time they got him to the hospital, he had passed from heart failure.
So, let me ask you; are you healthy? It doesn’t really matter, apparently, because when God calls you to leave this earth, you have no choice; no matter how healthy you may be. Now, it’s true in many, and most, cases that death usually follows a sickness or injury but there is nothing in the playbook that says that will be the case.
I was a police officer for many years and I saw many of my fellow officers around the country fall to a madman’s bullet. Look what happened on 9/11. Many people died that day while they were simply going about their daily routine. None of them gave it a thought when they left for work that morning. And, Oh my God, look at the number of police officers killed in the line of duty in the past 2 years.
They probably kissed their spouses goodbye for the day; probably even promised to bring home a quart of milk or a loaf of bread; whatever. But they never came home. They died.
Life is fragile and there are no guarantees of longevity.
Ecclesiastes says in chapter 3: “There is a time for everything…..a time to be born and a time to die.”
And the age-old question is this: If you were to die today, do you know if you will go to Heaven?
I’m sure that most people don’t even think about it. And, probably most people have never been asked that question. That’s why I’m here; to spread a seed of hope.
So let’s go now to God’s word and see what He says about our final destiny and the times.
In the Book of Job it says in 14:5 that “man’s days are determined” and Psalm 31: 14 &15 says “But I trust in You, O Lord; I say You are my God. My times are in your hands.” So, as the title of this article says: “Our Time is not our Own” –  Our time belongs to God and is set by Him. Jesus said in Acts 1:7 that “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by His own authority.” And Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5:1 “Now brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.”
We don’t know when our time will end; it can come while you’re cutting the grass, preparing a meal, enjoying a good laugh with a friend; or even on your job. So we must be prepared. But, how; What shall we do?
When Peter was asked “what shall we do?” he answered, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the Name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins…” Acts 2:38.
Reading and studying the word of God brings hope to everyone. “This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.” 1 Timothy 4:9-10.
2 Corinthians 6:2 says “…now is the day of salvation.” Now is the only time you truly have because you don’t know if you will still be alive five minutes from now. Now is the time to start preparing for the day your life on earth comes to an end. I’ll bet you have life insurance and probably some sort of medical insurance so you think you have all the bases covered. Well let me tell you something brother, you need after-life insurance and there’s only one policy that covers it. That policy is salvation delivered to you by the blood of Jesus Christ because “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
You need to repent, which means to turn away from your present life and turn your life to God. Believing in Jesus means to fully trust your life to Him to the point that you obey His words. Jesus says in Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father in heaven.” And in John 6:40 Jesus says “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life and I will raise him up at the last day.”
“Believe in Jesus”

“Trust in Jesus”

“Come follow Me.”

How can we believe in Him and trust Him and follow Him without knowing what His word, the Bible, says. After you repent and get baptized, you need to obtain a Bible so that you can read and study the word yourself. Going to church once or even twice a week and listening to a sermon – no matter how inspiring it is – is not enough for you to truly learn.

You need to do as Bereans did. Acts 17:11 says, “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”
So, there it is; I’ve laid it out for you and now is the right time. Repent, be baptized, and learn the will of God. Read the Scriptures (Bible) every day so you can know that what your being taught by your leaders, or preacher, is true. In fact, search out everything I’ve just told you to see if it’s all true. And don’t allow your time to run out before you do.
God bless you and may He keep you in the palm of His hand.