I am humbled and honored for this opportunity to address you, my fellow monks at this, our gathering of the Brothers of the Beer and Bread Society, so ancient in our tradition. Since our last meeting three years ago, much has happened in society as a whole that I felt compelled to speak out! And so I will.
” Here I stand! God help me not to falter. I can do no more. Have my messages in the bottles in the sea reached many people? Probably not. But I believe someone, somewhere found the bottled words and they are the better for it. In each message, Christ was proclaimed. I don’t hide Christ! I am not ashamed to confess Christ anywhere, anytime! I am not ashamed to preach the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for it is the message of salvation! And if any be offended, well, too bad! For it is God, the Holy Father who calls people everywhere and at all times to His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ to salvation unto eternal life, by the Holy Spirit. “What must I do to be saved?” you ask. “Just this: Who so ever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that all who believe in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” “Do you believe? asked Jesus. “Yes, Lord, I believe, help me with my unbelief.”
Why does the church have to retreat in the midst of the lies of society ferociously attacking it? Why can it not hold its ground and proclaim to the world: this is who we are, this is what we believe. We confess our faith…we pray as we believe, and we believe as we pray. Our church is apostolic, fundamental or orthodox in that we are not ashamed in all services to say together The Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed. And we celebrate each week and more the Holy Communion…”For as often as we eat of the bread and drink of the wine, we do show the Lord’s death till He come.” We take the Holy Bible literally; we our liturgical in make-up, singing the great hymns of church in past centuries, and showing forth our statement of faith: here is what we believe; here is who we are! Want to join us? Our doors and our arms are wide open to welcome you. BUT, Don’t come trying to change our church with your cultural agenda with the heretical social gospel, your kingdom now stuff, or the preterist errors, or replacement theology that tries to replace Israel with the Church! And all the other stuff of sexuality and race! We believe in marriage between a man and a woman…we do not hold to ordination of a homosexual.
We are pro-life: human life begins at conception! We are made in the very image and likeness and form of God. Unless compelling reasons, abortion is murder! It is the taking of an innocent, precious baby boy or girl at the early stages of their tiny, tiny growth and development into a human being. They are conceived with an immortal soul from God. Ancient pagans sacrificed their babies to demon gods in a burning fire by the hundreds and hundreds; people today abort by the millions and millions! Society says it’s the law…a woman must have the right to choose. It’s business as usual! They will find cleaver language to make it seem right and normal! And if one marches in protest of the ugly, demented thing, why the proponents go into a frenzied attack mode of any group protesting against it!!
We stand for Israel and the Jewish people; we will speak out against any form of antisemitism, period! We celebrate all races of humanity because each has a story to tell, each has its special heritage that seek to learn about and celebrate the history, the culture, the richness of its people in celebration in the body of Christ. If one group or race is celebrated, all should equally be celebrated!
But so called Christians who seek to tear down the Holy Bible, who liberalize everything, who through deception have an underlining agenda that prompted gender confusion and play on the emotions of the racism card. I denounce evolution which is anti-creation, anti-God; I also denounce the ‘higher criticism/ that has wrecked much of the church!
We teach and believe the whole Bible written by God through men as His holy word, from the very beginning of Creation in Genesis, to the end and last book, the Revelation of Jesus Christ. It is inspired by God; there are no errors. It is the sacred treasure of all truth, all life, all light! We believe and teach the soon to come Rapture of the believing church where the dead and living in Christ Jesus will be caught up and gathered in the clouds, to meet Him in the air above the clouds and follow Him to Heaven to the Father. We believe in and teach that a seven year Great Tribulation will follow the Rapture of the Church, and at the end of this period, the Messiah, Jesus Christ will return to earth at His second coming and destroy the enemies of God and the Antichrist and the False Prophet, and shall cast them all into the Lake of Fire forever! At this tome Satan will be bound and cast into the Abyss for a thousand years! Then Christ will set up His kingdom on earth at Jerusalem and shall sit on the throne of David and shall reign for a thousand years. You see, we believe and teach and proclaim Christ too in Daniel, Matthew, and the Revelation. But we don’t stop there! We believe and teach that after Christ has reigned on earth for a thousand years, Satan will be released and will gather an immense army of unbelievers against God and Christ and seek to try and destroy the people of God! You see, Satan never, ever gives up! But God will destroy the army of Satan with fire from Heaven! And Satan will be cast into the Lake of Fire for all eternity!
Then shall come the judgment and final destiny of all the masses of unbelievers of human history. Christ shall resurrect each one and they shall face Him and be judged for their wickedness and cast alive into the Lake of Fire for all eternity This is the second death!
When this is finished, God will create a new Heaven and a new earth. And we shall live with God, the Father, and the on, and the Holy Spirit in the New Jerusalem which comes down from Heaven. And so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Here I stand. Here is my confession. Here is what I believe. Here is what I stand for as I have been able to state; Blessed be the Lord God Almighty. Blessed be the Holy Trinity. Blessed be the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, fowveer and ever and ever…