Spiritual Growth and Love

May 25, 2009

Sermon from Sunday, May 24th 2009 at Pete’s Candy Store by Jay Bakker.

Study Resources:

Leviticus 19:18

Proverbs 10:12, 17:17

Song of Solomon 8:6-7

Micah 6:8

Romans 12:9-19

Hebrews 13:1-6

1 John 4:8

*Since our website is still having issues, you can download this podcast by right-clicking on this link and choosing “save file/link as…”.

http://www.revolutionnyc.com/audio/20090524.mp3


Repent!

May 25, 2009

Sermon from Sunday, May 17th, 2009 at Pete’s Candy Store by Jay Bakker.  No notes for this one, sorry for any inconvenience!  Hope you enjoy!

*Since our website is still having issues, you can download this podcast by right-clicking on this link and choosing “save file/link as…”.

http://www.revolutionnyc.com/audio/20090517.mp3


Website Down

May 22, 2009

Just wanted to give you all a heads up about out website, http://www.revolutionnyc.com and the message board. I just got of the phone with our provider, and they told me that the server is down due to technical reasons. Should be back up soon. Thanks for your patience.


Excuses

May 18, 2009

Disclaimer: the following are my personal views and no not necessary represent the vies of all members or staff of Revolution NYC.  If you have an issue with what I’m saying, please take it up with me.

I’ve been seeing a trend lately that i have decided to address.  It time that Christian stop using God as an excuse.  Its an issue that i have been seeing more and more lately.  Its an easy out.  but its inexcusable.

The most visible example i have seen lately is with this Carrie Prejean lady, Miss. California contestant to the Miss USA pageant.  I’m sure you have heard about it and are just as sick of it as i am.  I tried to ignore it as much as i could after i first saw that clip.  But something kept nagging me about it.  Then she went on the press tour.  Her stop on James Dobson’s Radio Program gave me insight.  Here is a cut form the exchange:

Dobson: Why did you give the answer you did with regard to the affirmation of marriage?
Prejean: . . . I felt as though Satan was trying to tempt me in asking me this question. And then God was in my head and in my heart saying, “Do not compromise this. You need to stand up for me and you need to share with all these people . . . you need to witness to them and you need to show that you’re not willing to compromise that for this title of Miss USA.”

And I knew right here that it wasn’t about winning. It was about being true to my convictions.

When i heard this i had no words; i paused, picked my jaw off the floor, and tried to regain my composure.  I was lived.

“Satan was trying to tempt me”

“God was in my head and in my heart saying…..You need to stand up for me”

BULLSHIT.

She is using God as an excuse for her own prejudice and ignorance.  It happens over and over again.  It seems to be a rallying cry lately.  The sad thing is that i doubt that she, or anyone else really, even realize it.  We have become so indoctrinated with bad translations and “political interpretations” of the Good news of Christ that somehow we have started to preach hate and stop showing the undying and unending and unconditional Love of God.

As Christians, we believe that we differ form the animals in that we have free will, intelligent thought and  souls.  But isn’t it our intellect that gives us the ability  to discern right form wrong, and think about what we are spoon fed.  We have the ability to receive information, analyze it, process it and decide for ourselves what it means and how we should react to it.

We must start to use our intellect, these gifts God has given us.  It is absolutely ridicules for us to ignore them.  The moment Christ’s Religion became institutionalized by the state ( whatever state it might be), “truth” became subject to the interpretation and the decree of which ever politician happen to be sitting and looking for power.  Religion became a tool of the state to control people and it has been used for such ever since.  Like it or not, the faith and “word of God” that we are given, is not the original truth it was meant to be.  But God is bigger than that, God has given us this ability for reason and to seek truth.  God’s message is of Love and it should shine through the politics if we are willing to seek it.  To study it and to think about it.  Balance what we are told with what we KNOW of God.  God is LOVE. GOD SEEKS LOVE FROM US.  And when we treat God’s people without that Love, we do a disservice to not only God’s children, but to ourselves, and insult God.

God can not be our excuse.  We can not blame our own lack of thought, research, knowledge and understanding on Satan or God.  Showing Love and compassion is what God asks of us.  The texts are plain if your willing to really research it and learn what the Word says, outside of politics and poor translations.  I’m sure many of you will argue this, but you know mine and Revolution’s stance of the status of Homosexuality and the church.

My goal here is not to call out Ms. Prejean individually, but to speak on the ignorance that she so publically displayed and that many of us hide.  Let me be clear in my position.  I do not believe that homosexuality is a sin in any way shape of form.  It is not, in my opinion, the work of God to cast away and put down anyone, especially because they Love.  Their love may look different than the traditional political understanding that we have of love, but Love it is.  Love.  We are calling it God’s will to Hate?  That is not Love. And if (as we say) God is Love, and we choose to Hate people this way, we are in fact activally choosing “not God”.  “not God” isn’t right, and we know it.

Please, please, please choose God.  But the real God.  Not the political, power-monging  version of God, and not the Hate filled bastardazation of the just and Loving God. But God who is LOVE.

God can not be our excuse for ignorance.  If we claim to Love God and serve God, we must stop making excuses and start learning for ourselfs.  We can not rely on our pastors and teachers solely for God’s truth.  We have to seek it out ourselves. And if we still choose to have prejedices and hate in our hearts, lets us “own it”, and not blame it on God.


A(nother) Programming Note.

May 15, 2009

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Just a reminder- this Sunday’s sermon will not be posted until next Sunday (May 24th). Feel free to take this Sunday to go back and catch up on some of our vintage stuff- we have a massive archive of past sermons on our homepage, RevolutionNYC.com. See you next week!


AIDS Walk, this Sunday, May 17th

May 14, 2009

Revolution NYC is again participating in the AIDS walk, this Sunday, May 17th.

If you are in New York and would like to join us please see the info at the end of the post. Regardless of where you are located please consider donating to this worthy cause. Here is the home page of our own Chris Ammons, who is organizing our participation in the event. You can sponsor Chris here.

The AIDS Walk officially starts at 10:00, but it will take a while to get to the start line, b/c there will be so many people. So let’s plan on meeting on the North West corner of 59th st & 5th Ave, between 9:30 and 9:45. (this is the corner near the entrance where the sign in is.)

Here’s a link to a map.


Throwing Out Jesus with the Religion

May 10, 2009

Sermon for May 10th, 2009 by Jay Bakker at Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn, New York.

Study Resources:

CNN Torture Survey

Galatians 1:6-9

Galatians 2:19-21

“With God On Our Side” by Bob Dylan