Nehemiah 13 Casting out, Condemning, Clockin’, Chasing away
When Nehemiah heard that the Temple of The Lord was being misused in direct conflict to the mandate of the law of Moses, he made his way back to Jerusalem from taking care of the king’s matters. The things he saw demanded that words be spoken, but also that action be taken.
(v4-14) When Nehemiah learned that Eliashib the Priest had taken out every tithe of provision intended for the Levites and had moved in the enemy of Israel, Tobiah, without hesitation, he Confronted the situation, Cast out Tobiah and all his things and Commanded a Cleansimg of the Chambers. When Nehemiah learned that the priests and Levites had not been receiving the things intended for them, he Contended with the leadership, set things back in order and put some new people in charge of ensuring things proceeded properly.
(v15-18) When Nehemiah then witnessed the profaning of the Lord’s day, he Contended with the men in charge and reminded them that such things were what brought on the 70 years of captivity.
(v19-22) Then Nehemiah testified against the outsiders who were profiting on the people of God around the walls of the Temple. In fact, he threatened physical harm to them if they showed their face again. They never returned. Nehemiah commanded a cleansing of the Temple.
(v23-29) Nehemiah also rebuked Israel’s priests for allowing their sons to marry the sworn enemies of Israel. In fact, he “Contended with them, and cursed them, and smote certain of them, and plucked off their hair, and made them swear by God” that they would not longer marry themselves to the world. Nehemiah actually chased away one of the priests sons who had married the daughter of Sanballat (ch3:19). You thought your preacher was too rough.
What’s the point of the message?
There have been a lot of people saying that they will not condone or accept an alternative lifestyle that is an abomination to God. Specifically, the sin is homosexuality (scripture reference below). The people who are living this sinful lifestyle have permeated every aspect of the Southern Gospel music industry. High profile stage performers, songwriters, producers, publishing, radio and record company personnel, and on.
We are reading some true and good words out there in social media, but, No One is DOING anything. No one is confronting, disassociating, or removing these individuals. Our words must be matched with actions. As ambassadors for Christ you are a shameful disgrace if you hire an open homosexual, effiminate male or lesbian female, to work for your ministry, write your songs, produce your records, do your radio promotion, or anything of the sort. The problem is that at this point there is such an entrenchment of abominable individuals in key industry leadership and gatekeeper roles that it would be an all out shake up top to bottom, with possible legal action, to name the sin, name the individuals and remove them on the grounds of unrepentant Biblically identified sin.
God’s grace is amazing, full and free but is has been wiped on the bottom of the shoes of those who continue in sin unrepentant and unchecked by brethren. Tobiah is living in the Temple and the priests have married Sanballats daughter.
Any Nehemiah’s out there? We’ll see.
The only motivation found in Nehemiah was that God, not people, peers, sources of profit, or perverts, would remember him for good by the actions he took.
Let’s not act all surprised and shocked when open homosexual artists begin to boldy parade openly and without fear across the Southern Gospel stages of America. Keep on speaking the truth based on the Word of God but until it is backed by actions, they will continue to be just words. Call them out, Cut them out, and Chase them out if they don’t repent. Oh, and that goes for adulterers, whoremongers, glory-hogs, thieves and scoundrels of all sorts.
Romans 1:26-32 KJV
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 KJV
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
Good morning Gospel music friends. Our hope and prayer is that the Lord has shown you Himself through prayer and the pages of His inerrant Word. Let’s talk about that…
Lord willing, later today I am preaching on a thought from Luke 24. Those 2 Emmaus travelers, Cleopas and his wife Mary (Jn 19:25) found a fellow traveler that they did not recognize. He listened, He testified of Himself, He went home with them, and then Jesus did something that revealed who He was. In verse 30 a scene that seemed very familiar began to take shape. Jesus took up the break, blessed it, broke it and gave it to them. (Lu 9:16, 22:19) POW! Eyes Opened!
The Emmaus travelers were broken hearted, confused, disappointed, and on the verge of unbelief after everything that they had seen. Then Jesus came alongside, spoke words about Himself that made their hearts burn within. When they finally saw Him the first thing they did was go tell someone else.
Here is my simple message to you today. If we will open the Bible, the Lord will open our eyes. It should then be our burning desire to tell someone else who He has revealed Himself to be; mighty in Word and in Deed. Let us apply that tried and true method today as we stand before others.
GOD BLESS SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC!!
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Good morning Gospel music friends. Our hope and prayer for you is that you are walking with the Lord with Him in the lead. I have a simple thought for you today. Let’s talk about it…
I am beginning a study on the life of the Apostle John. In some very initial fact gathering study I noticed an interesting trend. Most of us know that in John’s gospel he never refers to himself by name or by “I, me or my”, but as “that disciple Jesus loved”. In fact the events of his calling into the twelve and most of his key events are described in the other 3 gospel accounts and Acts and not his own gospel. In fact, that designation happens only 5 times in the gospel of John.
What does that say to us? Maybe… We should let the testimony of our life, what we do, say and accomplish be witnessed by and recounted by others and only identify ourselves in who we are in Christ.
John saw more and did more than most of he apostles in his lifetime (Rev 1). Wonder why? He was beloved by the Savior. Why? Jesus gave John the assignment as caretaker of His mother, Mary. Why would Jesus trust John that much? Maybe it was because John was more willing to serve than to make sure he was seen.
Just some thoughts this Sunday.
GOD BLESS SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC!
Good morning gospel music friends. I wanted to share with you this morning a thought on spiritual discernment. It is supremely important for we who stand in front of people to be finally tuned to the discernment of the Holy Ghost. For if we do not have or fail to heed spiritual discernment then we may hinder what God may have for someone else.
Yesterday I had the distinct honor and privilege to attend the homegoing service of one of my true heroes on this earth. I was also honored to be a pallbearer for brother Roger Henson. He was a true man of God who one souls year in a year out, preached the gospel without apology, and exercised a godly wisdom that is rarely known or seen.
Many of you may not know how I came to be a preacher. In December of 1994 I recall the first time that the Lord dealt with me about the call to preach the gospel. I pushed it away in deference to a career in gospel music. Thank God he is long suffering.
On the evening of November the 9th 2008 brother Roger Henson was preaching the final message of the Jesus First camp meeting at middle Tennessee Baptist Church in Murfreesboro. Although 14 years had gone by the pressing of the Holy Spirit unto the call to preach had never lessened and in this moment was at its Pinnacle. As brother Henson mounted the pulpit He hesitated, shuffled through the pages of his King James Bible and said, I am not supposed to preach tonight. There is something bigger going on that someone else needs to do. With that He sat down in a chair on the platform. After a few minutes of brokenness I motioned to my pastor, Tony Hutson, and revealed that it was me who needed to do something. I needed to surrender to preach.
Now, if brother Roger had not been sensitive to the Holy Ghost,exercised spiritual discerment, and been obedient to the spirit and just plowed ahead with a sermon he had prepared to preach then my life might be forever affected. But because he had discernment and was obedient then I was given the open door to follow the Lord where he would lead.
Our imperative today is that our obedience does not solely affect us. Our obedience may be the hinge that swings the door of God’s will wide open for someone else. We must use diserment when the Lord changes our plans. It is not about us always. Our lives are meant to be intertwined with others. God has chosen people to accomplish his will. Will you be obedient today.
1 Corinthians 2:14-16 KJV
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
GOD BLESS SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC!