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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Gloves Are OFF!


I must admit that I am personally infuriated with Lady Gaga's latest antics, which seemed to be pointed directly towards God and Christianity. From her controversial song "Born This Way" to a song that supposedly leaked today called, "Judas," it appears that Lady Gaga is sending a clear message to God and even to the church that we are ENEMIES. And, any enemy of God's is an ENEMY of mine. Check out what King David says in Psalms 139:19-22.  And, whenever the world is bold enough to speak out for what they believe in, I believe the church should be just as bold. In fact, Paul declared in Romans 1:16, that I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ for it is the power unto salvation." So, today I'm an exercising my boldness today to declare unequivocally my allegiance to God and my utter distaste for this song and this artist.


It is obvious that as we are living in the "last of the last days", and the gloves have come off for the music industry, because what was once off limits and sacred is now fair game. There was a time when certain things were off limits and sacred; there was a time when there a mutual understanding between the world and the church to as Dr. King once put it, "disagree without being violently disagreeable." There was sort of a "You stay on your side and we'll stand on our side" mentality. But, today it seems like all of that has changed. From Jay-Z's lyrics in the "Empire State of Mind" to Lady Gaga's latest antics, the music industry is sending the church of God a message on today that the "gloves are off." So, I believe its time for the church to send one back.

And, this message became even clearer when today I was made aware of a song that was leaked this week from Lady Gaga called "Judas." A song that expresses her love for Judas Iscariot; the disciple that betrayed Jesus Christ with a kiss and ultimately turned Him over to the Roman Govt to be crucified.
Here are the lyrics to this song;

"Judas"


Oh-oh-oh-ohoo
I'm in love with Juda-as, Juda-as

Oh-oh-oh-ohoo
I'm in love with Juda-as, Juda-as

Judas Juda-a-a, Judas Juda-a-a, Judas Juda-a-a, Judas GaGa
Judas Juda-a-a, Judas Juda-a-a, Judas Juda-a-a, Judas GaGa

[Lady Gaga - Verse 1]


When he comes to me, I am ready
I'll wash his feet with my hair if he needs
Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain
Even after three times, he betrays me
I'll bring him down, bring him down, down
A king with no crown, king with no crown

[Chorus]


I'm just a Holy fool, oh baby he's so cruel
But I'm still in love with Judas, baby
I'm just a Holy fool, oh baby he's so cruel
But I'm still in love with Judas, baby

Oh-oh-oh-ohoo
I'm in love with Juda-as, Juda-as

Oh-oh-oh-ohoo
I'm in love with Juda-as, Juda-as


Judas Juda-a-a, Judas Juda-a-a, Judas Juda-a-a, Judas GaGa


[Lady Gaga - Verse 2]


I couldn't love a man so purely
Even darkness forgave his crooked way
I've learned love is like a brick, you can
Build a house or sink a dead body
I'll bring him down, bring him down, down
A king with no crown, king with no crown


[Chorus]


I'm just a Holy fool, oh baby he's so cruel
But I'm still in love with Judas, baby
I'm just a Holy fool, oh baby he's so cruel
But I'm still in love with Judas, baby

Oh-oh-oh-ohoo
I'm in love with Juda-as, Juda-as

Oh-oh-oh-ohoo
I'm in love with Juda-as, Juda-as


[Bridge]


In the most Biblical sense,
I am beyond repentance
Fame hooker, prostitute wench, vomits her mind
But in the cultural sense
I just speak in future tense
Judas kiss me if offensed,
Or wear ear condom next time
I wanna love you,
But something's pulling me away from you
Jesus is my virtue,
Judas is the demon I cling to
I cling to


[Chorus]


I'm just a Holy fooll, oh baby he's so cruel
But I'm still in love with Judas, baby
I'm just a Holy fool, oh baby he's so cruel
But I'm still in love with Judas, baby


Oh-oh-oh-ohoo
I'm in love with Juda-as, Juda-as

Oh-oh-oh-ohoo
I'm in love with Juda-as, Juda-as


Judas Juda-a-a, Judas Juda-a-a, Judas Juda-a-a, Judas GAGA
Judas Juda-a-a, Judas Juda-a-a, Judas Juda-a-a, Judas GAGA

Here it seems like she is attempting to poke fun at what ultimately happened to our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. By saying she loves Judas, it seems as if she she's an admirer of what he did. At the very least her lyrics say exactly that. This songs makes an open mockery of the gruesome last days of Jesus Christ, and seeks to romanticize the betrayer. And, to leak the song during one of the most sacred and holiest of weeks of the entire year, makes it even more blasphemous. This obviously is a blatant attempt to steal some of the limelight from Jesus Christ during a week when His greatest sacrifice for mankind is celebrated. The song itself almost serves as Lady Gaga's profane response to the Holy Week Christian's around the world recognize and celebrate.  And, for those that believe that the leaking of this song was coincidental, I think not, this was strategically planned and designed to be released during one of the most celebrated religious season in the entire world. Especially, when the worldwide release of Lady Gaga's newest album, "Born This Way" isn't set to be released until May 23rd. So, this was another blatant attack against the Christian Church. Christians around the world should be thoroughly appalled by this, and this type of nonsense should not be tolerated by the Christian Community. And, I believe if we-as Christians, were more vocal about our disdain for this type of music maybe, just maybe the music industry would think twice about promoting such filth. Of course, this blog may never be seen or read by those who should see it. It may never reach the boardrooms of the record labels across our country that create this kind of music. But, it really doesn't matter to me, just as long as our readers know an understand what I believe and what I stand for. So, as long as there are Jay-Z's and Lady Gaga's out there, there will be a 21st Century "John the Baptist" proclaiming and declaring the way of the Lord. So, yes the gloves are off and we are not going to tolerate this kind of blasphemy of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. I encourage you- our readers to spread this message of truth to counteract this message of filth and degradation. In the end, this is yet another example of the last days that we are living in.

But, what Lady Gaga unwittingly achieved by planning this sneak attack against Christianity today, is called greater attention to the greatest man that ever lived; the God/Man "Jesus the Christ." What, I believe will ultimately come of Ms. Gaga's sinister plot is God getting the glory out of it all in the end. Because Jesus said, "If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me." So, even in what appears to be a strike against Jesus, the plan will still backfire, because God is going to get the glory in the end. I'm reminded of Joseph's poignant words to his brothers, after he revealed to them his identity, and they were reminded of all of the bad things they had done to him. He could have sought revenge, he could have had them killed, but instead he shared these awesome words with them, "...what you meant for evil God meant it for my good to save much people alive." And, that's my message to Lady Gaga, what you meant for evil, God is going to turn this around for HIS ultimate good. You watch and see!

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Pastor Nimmons
www.michaelnimmons.com

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

WINNING, REALLY?

Actor, Charlie Sheen

Here recently, actor Charlie Sheen has gotten a little more press than he actually deserves with his series of antics stemming from the fallout of the cancellation of his show "Two & Half Men." His partying and canoodling finally caught up with him, when CBS finally decided to pull the plug on the network's No.1 television program. But, before his show was canceled he conducted several interviews, venting to whomever would listen about CBS and the way he was supposedly treated. And, during one of these venting sessions, he used the word "WINNING" to describe what the ultimate outcome of this standoff would be. This commonly used word, quickly became the catchphrase for many people and even became a trending topic on the popular social network Twitter. However, the use of this word is prima facia evidence of the world basically loving its own, inasmuch as the context in which it is used is to simply pay homage to the decadent, defiant, immoral, lifestyle Charlie Sheen and those like him. This word is not being used to describe the attributes and characteristics one would expect are connected with a term like "Winning,"  like hardwork, determination, courage, ethics, morals, but the exact opposite. Charlie Sheen is a alcoholic, drug abusing, womanizing, millionaire who believes the world evolves around his axis of a career. And, the interesting part about it is that many people have either bought into exactly what Mr. Sheen is selling or at the very least going along for the ride, hence the world loving its own. His so-called reality could not be any further from the truth.

Mr. Sheen does not even understand what the word "Winning" really means, he cannot even fathom what is the proper usage for this term. He uses it as a way to validate his "train wreck of a life". He uses it as a way to reprimand his critics who do not share the same outlook on life. He uses it as a way; I believe, of legitimizing his erratic behavior, not to the world, but to himself. It is true, he has become his own worst enemy, and that my friend is the worst enemy to have. The sad part about his life is that we are watching it unravel right before our eyes and it seems like it might completely come undone before anyone does a thing to help.

But, my point about "Winning" is simple, you don't really know what it means to "WIN" until you know Jesus Christ. You don't really know what it feels like to be  on the "WINNING" team until you've joined the Body of Christ. The Apostle Paul says very emphatically, "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, all things are past away behold all things have become new. Now that's WINNING! And, membership is INCLUSIVE and EXCLUSIVE at the same time. Because, yes it is open to any and everybody that wants to join, but the benefits of joining are EXCLUSIVE to its members. This kind of "WINNING" is not coincidental'; that's the kind of "WINNING" that is not based on what you have, or your status in life, because in Jeremiah 1:5, God says to the Prophet Jeremiah, "Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee to be a prophet unto the nations." God essentially was saying to Jeremiah, that I knew about your life even before I created the world and I knew what I wanted you to be before you were even a twinkle in your mother's eye. So, nothing about you is accidental or even coincidental, but God ordained it all from the beginning. That being said, those of us who are in Christ, were "BORN TO WIN." We were "WINNERS" from the very start of things, and our life doesn't have to be on par materially with the likes of Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen or any other Sheen; for that matter, for it to be WINNING. The success of our lives are not measured by what we have, but who we are connected to and therein lies the real definition of WINNING. Peter confirms this in I Peter 2:9, when he declared, "And ye are a chosen generation, a Royal Priesthood, a Holy Nation; A Peculiar People that ye should show forth the praises of Him who brought you out of darkeness into this marvelous light." Now that's"WINNING." I was born to "WIN"; I was created to "WIN." "WINNING" is in my DNA; "WINNING" is in my bloodstream, I can't help but "WIN".


Find out how to be a "WINNER"

I hope this blog serves as a reminder to those who maybe having a temporary bout of amnesia. You're experiencing the trials and tribulations of everyday life; the enemy has seem to got you down for the count. But, take this word of encouragement and know that "YOU WERE BORN TO WIN." You cannot be defeated; you will not be defeated. And, to those who maybe a bit misguided, believing that Charlie Sheen is indeed WINNING, because now it seems that his circumstances  have taken a slight turn for the better. CBS wants him back, he's now touring the country celebrating his abnormal behavior, and it looks like he's got the world by the tail. Remember, looks can be deceiving, and while Charlie's situation may have changed, nothing about his character has changed at all. My prayer is that Mr. Sheen experiences the true definition of WINNING before it is everlasting too late.

Our thoughts and prayers are with him and we truly hopes he gets the help he so desperately needs!


Pastor Nimmons
www.michaelnimmons.com