Tuesday, February 21, 2012


If you look at all the glittering lights, glamor and gaudiness of modern lifestyles or culture, the untrained eye could be led to think "we sure have come a long way". The world measures progress by all of this and more: that is, who has has the best toys. Another yardstick is - who is more technologically savvy or proficient

We have become so advanced in an electronic age that we see companies pushing the envelope to compete with each other. They spend billions of dollars on Super Bowl commercial ads which range from race car driver Danica Patrick, shedding her clothes year and yea, to promote an internet hosting site called Godaddy.com to a large dog seemingly burying a cat and paying off a witness with Doritos chips to say "You didn't see nutthin", supposedly written by the dog. 

This is where the culture is in 2012. We have a so-called sophisticated society simmering in a soup of what Scripture says is "Darkness"! How can it be darkness, when we are so "enlightened" today?! Well, consider this verse "...And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil".... (John 3:19 ESV)

The basic truth of the matter is that the "light" of the world is completely different and opposite to the Light Who came into the world over 2000 years ago! The thirst for knowledge and reason has led many to an age of Enlightenment for centuries now, but the end result of all of that is deception by the angel of light - Satan! The god of this world has so blinded so many it is now critical that we do all we can to rescue this and the next generation from the oblivion they face. This oblivion is an eternity separated from God because our kids and their kids have followed a system of education and "leadership" which turned their hearts from the One True God and Light - Jesus Christ.

Just last May, in a case which stunned America, San Antonio, Texas judge Fred Biery handed down a ruling which banned student-led benediction or invocation from graduation exercises. This is unconstitutional in itself, as the Supreme Court has allowed this freedom, as long as students lead it and not teachers.

Just last week, Cranston High School in Westerly, Rhode Island, one of the few religious towns in Rhode Island, was forced to take down a prayer banner because an atheist named Jessisca Ahlquist and the ACLU forced the matter in liberal courts there. Not just that. now Ahlquist and the ACLU want the school district to pay over $173,000 in court costs due to assuage the "pain" they suffered from having to see that banner!!! If there is any justice in America, a judge will award her no more than $1 in damages!

Men and women love the darkness. They meet in secret to have illicit affairs and trysts. They have their slimy secret societies and groups and exchange secret handshakes with an pagan oaths. Their music is disgusting as we see with Ricky Martin, Lady Gaga and every genre from heavy metal to gangsta rap.

Their TV shows are despicable and would have led to producers getting arrest as recently as 30 years ago. From MTV's Teen Mom and Jersey Shore to the low-life who populate primetime TV on ABCNBCCBSFOX....from some of the cable channels like the MA Rated shows on FX to the not-so-subtle anymore corruption of children on the DISNEY CHANNEL (more on that in the future)....there is nothing safe for families and children anymore in the culture.

Men and women in power love the darkness. They persecute Christians - for now with their words and deeds - while saying we must be tolerant of any weird lifestyle or cult. Yet they trample all over the Gospel of Christ while calling themselves 'good people' who have their own faith.

Men and women in power love the darkness because they have successfully lulled modern parents into submission  to this evil, by raising up the last two generations as mentally and culturally dependent on the state for everything from education, to character-training and even school lunch.....WHEN ALL THREE OF THESE THINGS ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARENTS.

But "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20).

We can list every wrong here...but let's just give it today to the Lord in prayer:

Father in the Name of Jesus we thank You that You are the God of all Truth and You give good things to Your people as James says "All good things come from You, the Father of Lights". Lord I thank You this day for Your Provision, Protection and Permission to approach the Throne of Grace in prayer, praise and supplication.

Lord, we worship Your in the Light of the Beauty of Holiness, Your Holiness because You live surrounded by the Shekinah Glory of God, which the dying world will never see until they stand briefly before You to be judged for their evil deeds.

Lord nothing You have done since creation was done in secret or in the dark, but out in the open where all can see and rejoice since the beginning of Time. Yet men and women today, under the power of satan, have taken that which is pure and good and are now accelerating the slide into oblivion for not just themselves but are taking our children and the future of society down with them.

They have ensnared and corrupted everything from the media to government to school districts to the culture of books, movies, music and entertainment....they have so followed the serpent of old, that everything those people touch has the stench of death and hell in it. 

Lord we lift up our families to you right now, in light of all this madness and mayhem, and ask that You send Your holy angels to come around us and protect our people from this. We pray that those who are saved will not be further caught up in these things, if they are mistakenly following elements of it, thinking Your Grace will cover all their sins. We pray that those of us who are saved will fortify our own families first in the Truth of the Word of God and that Your Spirit will lead us to lead others away from the darkness and into the Marvelous Light Which is only found in Christ Jesus, the King!

Father, enlighten and illumine our paths to those who need to know You so they will not follow the path of darkness and destruction which their parents and forefathers followed. Give us guidance, strength, courage and boldness to share that Truth and Joy and Peace with them, in the only true love which can be found in Your Great Son - the Lord Jesus and it is in His Name I pray, amen and amen!

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Derrick Boyd said...

Ive seen this a lot the last few years working in education. The next generation is being bombarded with so much darkness as being good, it is harder and harder to convince them of their need for Christ and true salvation. I am sad to say that I also know of pastors who do not challenge the things going on in the world that are pulling people into darkness and even participating with them. This is a grim reminder of what Paul wrote to Timothy in his second letter. Chapter four of that letter says that in the latter days people will appoint leaders to tickle their ears. I have talked to some pastors that are afraid to speak out about things because they fear they will lose their job as a pastor at their church. So they preach just what the people want to hear for the sake of job security. All of this is continuing a downward spiral of Christianity. All I can say is MARANATHA! I hope He comes soon. God Bless You brother.

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Caroline Gavin said...

Thank you for speaking the truth in love. Yes, so dark is the "enlightenment" of this age; so vastly different is the "light" of this world from the true Light. Praise God that His Light shines in His children, that His Light abides in their hearts; praise God that, in the New Jerusalem, "there will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever." (Revelation 22:5) Yes, we long for the return of the Lamb, our Bridegroom. For He is the true Light of mankind! May God continue to bless you and your ministry, dear brother in Christ!

The Bernie Lutchman Blog said...

Brother Derrick and sister Caroline!

Your words speak Truth and Life and Light to a corrupt and perverse generation, yet they encourage the saints cuz I know, you both have encouraged me here by taking the time to comment on this timely word!

This is a message on my heart for days and the Lord just poured it out yesterday morning before I had to rush to work to get in on time! :-)) May the Truth keep shining through because the Shekinah Glory of God is so much stronger, holier, more powerful and dynamic than anything in this world, in Jesus' Name, amen!

Blessings Caroline and Derrick!

Brother Bernie