Perusal, Winter 2018: God Talk and the Holy Spirit

(* perusal; to examine or consider with attention and in detail)

Psalm 119:130, “The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.”

Last month we were witness to a “supermoon”, which occurs when the moon is full and at its perigee, or when its orbit brings it closer to the earth.  This month a blue, blood moon and lunar eclipse took place.  (Wow, the astrologers must be having over sensory perception)!  The events were astounding…. bright, colorful, majestic, and reflective. But the moon has no light source of its own; it is basically a giant mirror reflecting the sun’s significant light to the earth.  They were breathtaking, but only reflections.

We are made in God’s image, meaning we were created with the capacity to know moral right from wrong; to love God with our minds because we are gifted with capacity to think; and gifted with the capacity to receive grace and respond to God’s glory.  How are these capacities realized since we also have hearts that are not inclined to the nature of God?  Eph. 4:17 – 18; “This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk … having…understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart…”  In Genesis, God said, “Let light exist” and distinguished light from darkness by declaring the light as “good”.  Light and darkness are metaphors used to segregate “good and evil”.

How do we know this and how do we distinguish the “light from the darkness”? We turn to God’s word in humility, in submission, and in obedience. I fear the Bible is no longer “the Book”.  People today are reeling from the barrage of ideas that bombard our sensibilities.  Media technology rains down upon us in torrents and unless our understanding is enlightened by the Holy Spirit we are doomed to ever shrinking attention spans that are not very enthused by an ever shrinking God.  We do not have time or patience for the Bible’s timeless message which speaks to conscience and demands serious thought.

Neil Postman wrote thirty-five years ago, we are “amusing ourselves to death!” Drama, comedy, suspense, lights, cameras (selfies), and action all pander to the notion that the Bible, as it is, is too boring or inadequate to compete with the culture’s shiny things. Little wonder that the Holy Spirit is  thought to be the Promoter of the Trinity, its Agent.  Folk with little or no knowledge of scripture or the work of the Holy Spirit, probably have never heard the Bible rightly used at all. No matter, they are followed as prophets, priests, and kings.

The Bible was never given to amuse or entertain us.  It reveals the one true God that chose in His grace to disclose to sinners who He is.  And He also discloses who we are.  God the Holy Spirit is the Bible’s true author and interpreter of the Scriptures, and we can only profit from them if we humbly and reverently depend upon Him for help. As Dr. R. C. Sproul said, “People in awe never complain that church is boring.”

This leads me to address the nature of all the “God talk” today.  Entertainers, athletes, politicians, ad naseum, stand before cameras and microphones thanking God for their “win”, their “victory”.  It is wonderful when true believers glorify our Lord Jesus Christ.  But there is more to the Christian life than a brief testimony as to God’s help in elevating someone’s talents to help them “win”.

What would happen if these people thanked God for all of His word?  If the false notion of an amoral Jesus that never judges anyone is disregarded for the true Lord Jesus Christ found in the Gospels and explained in the Epistles as the Judge of this present, evil world.  Would the “God talk” be permitted or suppressed?  How would the entertainment bloggers, the media moguls respond?  Their hypocrisy would seethe with anti-Christian vitriol, all the while accusing the spokesman of “hate talk”. 

Unfortunately many churches have abandoned the primacy of Scripture.  J. I. Packer writes in his little book, “Under God’s Word”, “No function of the church, clerical or lay, can supersede in importance to teaching of the Bible.”  God spoke “in times past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son.” (Heb. 1:1-2).  Prophets, or foretellers of future events, are no longer needed for we have the witness of God’s only Son and a completed canon of scripture.  We do need forth telling of the Word, preachers that declare “thus says the Lord”.   Paul admonishes Timothy to “preach the word” (2 Tim. 4:2) with the full knowledge that the foolishness of preaching still pleases God!

Paul warned Timothy of coming “perilous times of difficulty (2 Tim. 3:1-5).  In the very same chapter he talks of impostors, deceiving and being easily deceived.  He outlines a way of safety for the young pastor - do the work of an evangelist continuing in the things he had learned. It needs to be stressed that the word of God is learned and learning is hard work.  Timothy is to learn from the “…sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”  To be approved of God, to be unashamed at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to be equipped for every good work, he must adhere to a straight course by an unswerving fidelity to the inspiration, truthfulness, and authority of ALL scripture.

“The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.” God gifted to us His Holy Spirit because of His amazing love for humanity.  The Holy Spirit in turn authored the Word via human conduits, the prophets and apostles.  They freely inhaled scripture as exhaled by God in order to exalt the preeminent Christ Jesus.  We can trust the Bible alone as inerrant and infallible because the Trinity is both.  “Let God be true though every one were a liar…” (Rom. 3:4).

Our “God talk” is to be saturated with the Bible - not our presuppositions about it or our preconceived and unverified notions of it.  Arrogating ourselves as prophets, dreamers, healers, or proof-text interpreters only diminishes the veracity of God’s word, intended to make us wise to salvation.  What more could we need or ask?  Again as Packer writes, “Every right use of the Bible will respect and seek to realize the end for which it was written.”

Sola Deo Gloria!  Pastor Carey

Perusal, Autumn 2017 - "Tearing Down Statues and Taking a Knee..."

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 2 Cor. 10:4-6 – “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.  We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.”

We are now living in “bizarro world”.  The term originated in DC comic books about 50 years ago and was intended as satire for a society ruled by the Bizarro Code; where everything in bizarro world is the reverse of what is “normal” on planet earth.    Black is white, ugly is beautiful, and any investment guaranteed to lose money is ideal.

Cases in point –the “quiet” protests of highly paid professional athletes taking a knee during the playing of our national anthem and the tearing down of historical figures statues, primarily from the Civil War era.

True confessions – I am a San Francisco 49er fan and have been since the late 1960’s.  Sad to say all this refusing to acknowledge the American flag started in the Bay area.  While participating in saluting our national anthem does not make anyone a Christian or deny that they may indeed be Christian, it reflects the culture of self above everything else.  Maybe I’m missing something of great significance but athletes (and actors) disparaging our country strikes me as very, very self-serving (take a selfie here and post to your favorite social media site).  America is neither perfect nor Christian, though biblical principles guided this nation for years.  But she has been blessed by God because of His overwhelming grace!  Allegiance comes from a grateful heart and certainly over paid athletes and actors should demonstrate humility for having the privilege of living and working in the USA.

If only taking a knee reflected time spent in humble prayer, calling out to the God that “gives to all life, breath, and all things.” Acts 17:25. I fear we have all lost the need to take a knee in prayer and worship.

The great commonwealth of Virginia is called the Mother to eight presidents; from America’s first president, George Washington, the general that led the Colonies to victory during our revolution from England, to Woodrow Wilson.  It is also home to the author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, a slave owner. Our national liberty was forged by the clarion cry of another great Virginian, Patrick Henry, “Give me liberty or give me death!”  Virginia is also the birthplace of Gen. Robert E. Lee, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, J.E.B. Stuart, George Pickett, A.P. Hill, and Jubal Early.  In fact, Jubal Early is buried in my town, Lynchburg, VA.  Richmond was once the capital of the Confederate States of America and about 60% of the battles fought in the U.S. Civil War were staged in Virginia.  It is fair to say more American blood was shed on Virginia’s soil than any other state or perhaps, any other country about the globe!  Thankfully four long years of war ended at Maclean House in Appomattox.   America moved on slowly, but she moved on. Some have not.

There are scores of John Lennon (of Beatles fame) statues around the globe.  But Lennon was an outspoken critic of homosexuals and once nearly beat a man to death after the person accused him of having a gay fling.  Should we remove all statues of John Lennon?

Sadly, these are just two examples from a nation that has capsized.  Some cling to a false set of ideals that have neither basis in natural law or in Scripture.  Make no mistake the Lord Jesus Christ is not a fan boy of any brand of racial hatred or national pride.  His love was demonstrated for humanity on the Cross, and Jesus offers to all races, sexes, nationalities, and creeds forgiveness should they humble themselves and call out to Him for deliverance.

The word “hypocrite” is thrown around today without understanding the word itself.  The Gospels record Jesus Christ speaking the word more often than any of the other characters in the New Testament.  It literally means “feigned faces” and described Greek actors using face masks to depict changing emotions.  We are human and “feigned faces” is what we do. We agree with some authors before reading completely through an issue because they agree with our prejudices.  We disagree even in the face of overwhelming facts because our minds are already settled.  Leo Tolstoy wrote: “The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he already knows, without a shadow of a doubt, what is laid before him.”

Christians it seems are to blame for most of the ills in the Western world today.  Mention the Christian faith and a hoard of talking heads will wag their tongues about how hypocritical these born again types are.  And yes, some of us are to blame because we focus on tertiary issues rather than the unadulterated truth of the Gospel.  Like statues, anthems, politics or the culture.  Sometimes I rail against the machine forgetting that our weapons are not of the flesh and cannot be won by the flesh! 

We live in times of “lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God”.  Rewriting history is just another ploy by those of lofty opinions to ignore the sin of the world; unbelief in Christ Jesus.  Will crosses be next?  Will the easily offended among us decide that the Cross can longer be viewed in public square? Charles Spurgeon preached, “…there is something in the cross of Christ which hurts men’s pride even more than this, and that is, it is opposed to all their notions of human ability.”

Humans are pursued by Satan, a roaring lion that seeks to devour.  Tearing down statues, failing to acknowledge the flag, rewriting history books, or, more importantly, ignoring the Cross does not change life’s reality.  It simply avoids it. And the lion’s appetite is satisfied.

To all of these silly notions our God has given to mankind His grace for the purpose of taking our thoughts captive to obey Christ. God’s grace alone in Jesus Christ alone is sufficient to correct every lofty opinion and disobedience as we, in grace, submit to complete obedience.

Will the disrespect of athletes or the vitriol of actors and politicians sway God’s mind?  Will removing historical statues of people that were men and women of their times delay the Lords’ return? No to both!  Believers need to remember that our weapon is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, found in the Cross of Calvary and on our humbled knees.

Sola Deo Gloria!

Pastor Carey




Perusal - Spring 2016, Skeptics and the Resurrection

Perusal* – Spring 2016, Skeptics and the Resurrection

(* perusal; to examine or consider with attention and in detail)

John 20:26: “And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” 28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

In 1961 four lads from Liverpool met with Decca Records to discuss a new artist contract.  After listening to the group play two songs, “Please, Please Me” and “Love Me do” the consensus was their music was not in the current pop mainstream.  The lads were told, “guitar bands are on the way out!” In 1962 their manager, Brian Epstein, contacted a friend of his, George Martin, and arranged an audition for the group.  Martin listened politely and then commented, “I think with some arrangement the songs may sell.”  The four lads, John, Paul, George, and a late addition to the Beatles, Ringo Starr, were signed to Parlophone, EMI’s smaller label.  The rest of the story is pop music history!

Skeptics often guess and at times they guess wrong.  And when they do they get it terribly wrong.  Jesus’ disciples were not pre-disposed to belief in the validity of the resurrection.  After all, no one had ever risen from the dead of his own accord.  Peter and John were not convinced by the women returning from the tomb and their claim that Jesus’ body was missing.  They ran to see for themselves and later that first Sunday witnessed Jesus appearing in the Upper Room, the very same room in which he had promised his being raised from the dead.

Thomas was not with the other ten when Jesus appeared on the first resurrection Sunday. It was the next Sunday, a full week after that Thomas witnessed his Lord.  He fell victim to a season of doubt.  “Doubting” Thomas!  He has been called “doubting” for a very long time.  But don’t we all doubt?  Doubtless events, circumstances, troubles, insufficient information and many other issues confound and confuse our finite minds.  Try as we might, we sometimes are riddled with doubts.  And Thomas was experiencing the human condition.

Jesus convinced his followers that He was the Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament.  But Messiahs do not die, especially from the cruel and torturous manner of crucifixion.   All the disciples were in doubt of the resurrection, not just Thomas.  They had seen and touched Christ Jesus the week before and their doubts were answered.  But Thomas had a crisis of conscience, he doubted their testimony like so very many today doubt the tangible, physical resurrection of Jesus the Christ.

Maybe Thomas had a bit of Missourian in him – he was from the “show me” state or region of Palestine.  Jesus satisfied his longing mind.  I’m certain Thomas wanted the resurrection of God the Son to be true, but was hesitant because of sin.  Sin causes unbelief, whether in recording companies or individuals…”be not faithless, but believing.”  How can our disposition to doubt be eclipsed?  God’s Spirit must convince us that His word is truth and His truth is the most valuable evidence for life after this life in this mortal world.  God alone brings us to salvation as Jesus alone brought Thomas to the reality of His physical resurrection.  “Reach out your hands and touch me” he said.  Confirm my flesh, feel the wounds from my scars.  “Don’t be a skeptic, but believe!” 

There is much to be skeptical of in our fallen world, but faith in Jesus Christ and His glorious resurrection should be the one event that transforms our doubts.  Doubtless, is the antithesis of doubting. Doubtless there would not be hope in the hereafter without the Resurrection.  Do not make the skeptical mistake that Decca records did in 1961.  Listen to the music of God’s love for you and take hold of His promises in the grace of Jesus Christ to all that repent of their sins and believe.  He brings us to the place of choosing with the truth of His word.  We are blessed if we believe without seeing, though the truth is, we have seen the risen Lord!

It is my prayer that the Holy Spirit will reveal the truth of scripture to you this Easter and that a skeptical heart may be convince of divine truth, transplanted by the risen Lord Jesus Christ!

The Lord is risen indeed!

Sola Deo Gloria! Pastor Carey

Perusal* – Winter 2015, Reflections on Thanksgiving & Advent

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Col. 4:2-4: Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

2015 is quickly coming to a close.  And what a year it has been.  At times this year much of Europe has been either on “lock down” or contemplating next steps to counter the rabid terrorism of Islam.  California is the latest state to experience the mass murder of people, perhaps at the hands of Islamic extremism. I read recently that Islam’s eschatology (vision of the afterlife), which promises up to 72 “houris” (“gazelle eyed women”, loosely translated “virgins”) as eternal companions for the jihadists, is perhaps the strangest and certainly most troubling of religions’ visions of heaven.  While the Christian faith promises an eternal and everlasting life of worship and fellowship with a loving, merciful, and gracious triune God simply by faith alone, Islam ups the ante by encouraging violent martyrdom.  While there are times when believers should defend themselves and their convictions from untruth, the bible encourages us to “preach the gospel of peace” and “if it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” 

The great contrast between jihad and peace is illustrated in the epistles of Paul.  His epistle to the church in Colosse (meant also for the neighboring church in Laodicea) is laced with counters to false teachings that were prevalent in the Greco-Roman world, especially Gnosticism.  He masterfully illuminates the eternal nature of the Christ Jesus and reminds the believers in Colosse to be aware of philosophical cheaters.  Our world is inundated with such people today, denying the Incarnation of Christ and claiming a natural Spiritism that asserts a mystical union with God. As in all his letters to young, primitive churches, Paul instructs in sound doctrine and corrects false, self-promoting deceit.  He does expect disciples to be consistent in their respect for and allegiance to their local church, reminding them that once born again, the “new man” is renewed in knowledge according to God’s image. He writes to instruct these churches from a heart of peace.

Paul brings the letter to a close with keen instruction for the structure of a Christian home.  Churches are only as strong as the number of strong, holy Christian homes.  He reiterates this in the closing verses, emphasizing the grace of continual prayer.  And the type of prayer he stresses is laced with thanksgiving.  He uses the word “vigilant”, a unique word used to imply “staying awake” and being alert to specific needs of others.  Thanksgiving in the bible is focused on the Gospel, good news indeed.

I am thankful for the Gospel in the incarnate person of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Paul is always instructing churches to effectively present the Gospel and pray that it might be broadcast. When he instructs individuals it is because they are ministering to local churches to expand the Gospel’s horizons.  While under house arrest in Rome, he asked the Colossians for vigilant prayer that an effective door be opened so that he may speak to those about him the Gospel. Nothing like isolation to make us thankful for our local church!

There is a path to peace and it begins with exposure to the Bible for in it we learn of God.  Once the Holy Spirit has regenerated us by grace alone and we have believed by faith alone, we should meditate on the written word.  Prayer is the natural motivation after contemplation, first for confession of our sins, then a thankful response and praise for salvation via the cross.  When we praise God, he brings others to our mind so that we make intercession for them. Finally we are free to petition our Lord for our own needs.

Prayers that begin focusing on ourselves are misplaced.  We all are needy, but we are not imprisoned.  One of the key components of thanksgiving is the reminder that, except for sin, we are not as desperate as we might think. Others surely have greater needs than I.  This is another reason why our consistency and faithfulness to a local church is vital to engaging prayers.  When the church prays we are reminded that the world is so very much larger than just us and, ultimately, the needs can only be met in the Gospel.  Flat Creek’s focus on prayer is vital to our faith.  Tim Keller in his book “Prayer” says, “Many churches today, especially those with what is called contemporary worship, give the congregants almost no help with prayer at all.”  Corporate prayer is a teaching moment and couple with our private readings of scripture, will over time change our selfish way of praying to praise and honor of Jesus Christ, lifting the needs of those who truly need His intervention for physical, financial, or emotional strength, and molding our prayers for our spiritual growth.  

Being thankful and praying for the gospel is primarily due to the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, the truth of Christmas.  How wonderful that a time of thanksgiving prepares us for Christ’s first advent.

May I ask all of us a question…”when we pray, do we pray for the jihadist that, by God’s amazing grace, they may have the Holy Spirit remove the blinders from their eyes, see Jesus as Lord and Savior, and by faith be transformed into a believer?”

I close this meditation with thoughts from Ravi Zacharias at this time of year:

“… I suggest that rather than think of all the bleak things we face let us pause and thank God for the hope He gives even in the darkness. As King George VI said, "I said to the man at the gate of the year, ‘give me a light that I may walk safely into the unknown.’ He said to me, ‘Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. It shall be to you better than the light and safer than the known’."

Your hand in God's hand is the only experience that will take you safely into the future. That is best done with His word and on your knees. There, let all the earth be silent before Him. With minimal words from your lips, a bounty of peace can descend into your heart. When you draw close to Him you see the temporal through the eyes of the eternal. Lift your eyes on the positive side of blessing and you will see He carries you over the valleys around. In the desert sands, the broken stones may speak. But the mended hearts speak louder.”

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas! My prayer is that 2016 will be the best year for growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ to God’s glory.

Sola Deo Gloria! Pastor Carey

Posted July, 2015 

Perusal* – Summer 2015, A Greater Love!

(* perusal; to examine or consider with attention and in detail)

John 15:12-25, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.  No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another. If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.  If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.  Whoever hates me hates my Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’”

“Love wins!” proclaimed the “winners” of the decision made by the SCOTUS on June 26, 2015. Did love win in the manner that Jesus declared to his disciples in John 15?  And does the “rest of the story” in John 15, the scriptures that follow about the “world hates you…” does that paint a picture of what may lie beneath the 5-4 decision?  Would anyone have dreamed twenty years ago when the Defense of Marriage Act was passed that five academics and lawyers would unilaterally redefine for America the crucible of all human foundations – marriage?

A great deal could be written about the ramifications of this decision, but let’s briefly examine how America evolved to this point.  Recently our country celebrated July 4th, the two hundred and thirty ninth anniversary of our Declaration of Independence.  Thomas Jefferson, its author, wrote that human liberty was grounded in self-evident truth, meaning that truth is not an individual right, but is discovered by careful and courageous examination of verifiable facts.  Justice Anthony Kennedy redefined Jefferson’s understanding of truth in a 1992 SCOTUS decision, reaffirming the Roe v. Wade abortion disaster of 1973.  He wrote, “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.” Sounds like the lines from a Seinfeld episode in the nineties, “it isn’t a lie if you believe it to be true.”

What does it matter if two men or women “love” each other?  How could that possibly impact anyone?  Well, it has.  Brendan Eich, the CEO of Mozilla (Firefox) was forced to resign because he made a $1000 donation to California’s Proposition 8, the ballot measure on which the people of California voted to ban same-sex marriages.  Chick-fil-A was banned from Chicago and Boston because the mayors disagreed with the traditional marriage position of the CEO of the fast food chain.  And many more; the hundreds of peripheral businesses that support the wedding industry that have refused or may refuse to cater a gay wedding, have already been impacted because a rabid judicial branch took it upon themselves to tell the American people that most of us have been wrong-headed, intolerant, and just plain stupid when it comes to our God-given right to ascribe to heterosexual marriage. 

This really should not surprise anyone. For many years marriage has suffered at the hands of self-indulgent men and women bent on redefining it for themselves.  Child and spousal abuse has risen substantially because a decline in strong, healthy marriages has corrupted our basic understanding of the true nature of marriage.  Folks are always looking for their soul-mate, and should they be found outside of their current marriage, just divorce to find true happiness and personal fulfillment.  Justices Kennedy, Sotomayor, Kagan, Breyer, and Ginsburg did not arrive at these conclusions single-handedly, they only tapped into the drift in our culture and identified with the “truth is what I define it to be “crowd.

Added to the marriage confusion is the transgender illusion. Is all of our existence now defined by what I may feel at any particular point in my life?  What if I get it wrong and make a decision that later I come to regret?  Many amoral people our confused about who they are and about their place in humanity.  These decisions have troubled men and women since creation – Adam sought to disbelieve what God told him clearly and ventured into disobedience.  And so it goes.  Submission to and directed by the living Word of God provides the hope for clarity.  “These things I command you”, Jesus stated.  Humanity must grasp the unalterable fact that there is an Authority greater than our feeble, duplicitous minds.


There was a time in our nation that truth was defined as Jefferson and most everyone before him knew it to be. Trevin Wax, editor of Lifeway Resources, wrote recently, “The reality is, it takes absolutely no courage in an age of self-expression to create and live by your own standards. Instead, true courage is not deciding for yourself what is “right and wrong,” but seeking to discover what truly is right and wrong — for yourself and for everybody else. It takes courage to look outside yourself, to bind your heart to an ideal that is bigger than your own set of standards, to investigate truth rather than invent it.”


Flat Creek, a number of years ago witnessing the amoral and immoral drift of the USA, added a clarification to our church constitution, that basically states that marriages which take place in the Flat Creek Baptist Church will be celebrated between a man and woman only.  Thousands of years of human history supports this, but, more importantly, God's word is unalterable in its declaration for intimacy between those created male and female. 

Jesus confirmed marriage as between a man and woman in Matthew 19.  The truth is, the love of Christ is greater than ANY human love.  And when He loves in grace it causes division. Grace disrupts our predilection for works based acceptance, whether in marriage or life as a whole.  Grace is disruptive before it is redemptive.  He knew all of His followers would become hated by the world, because he knew grace drives a stake deep into the heart of self-made truth.  Homosexual marriage is not the world’s greatest sin; unbelief fits that bill. “I am the way, and the truth, and life…” Jesus exclaimed.  Yes, Christ Jesus takes everyone as they are, but He does not leave us to wallow in the fantasy land of our own trumped up truth.  He would call this a lie.  He laid down his life so that we might be changed by his message of truth.  The good news is that he went willingly to a cross to pay His father’s ransom for all sin, any sin, even unbelief.  No greater love than this has ever existed!

Sola Deo Gloria! Pastor Carey