God's Light for Dark Times
by Pastor Steve Brown
Master of Divinity, Asbury Seminary
Welcome to Pastor Steve's website. We indeed live in dark times where the true gospel of Christ has been nearly lost in America. It has been replaced with false gospels that cater to the flesh, but are not of God. This is an ongoing discussion concerning the state of the American Church. But these truths are for all nations and all peoples.
It began in October, 2001 with an overview of the condition of the American Church. Read the Original Articles by Pastor Steve Brown to learn the unpleasant truth of the state of the modern church in America.
"We need to evaluate the present times, the modern church, and modern Christianity with the Word to see if we are truly following Jesus Christ, or being led astray into something that may look like Christianity, but really isn't. It is our nature as fallen humans to be easily deceived. That is why Jesus warned us, "Let no man deceive you."
I remember learning in seminary that scholars used a good criterion to figure out which of the ancient N.T. Greek manuscripts was most accurate. They figured the text that had the most difficult saying and was harder to understand most likely came from the original text, and thus was the most accurate. Keep that in mind as you read these articles. It is the nature of truth in an evil world full of sinners that the truth about anything, especially God, is usually the more difficult and unpopular perspective to embrace, because it rocks our boats and may cause us great inconvenience. I hope most of you will love the truth enough to ponder what I write." Pastor Steve (taken from the Oct. 2001 newsletter)
God, Judges, Elected Officials and the Crime of Abortion
(Portions of a sermon, “What the Bible says about abortion.”)
“I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps 139:14) God creates the baby in the womb. The babies do not “evolve” into a human being. They are created from conception by God and given life.... God puts a spirit of life into the baby… the baby is a human being”… “Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God; depart from me therefore, ye bloody men” (vs19) …the wicked slaughter and kill human beings… those who support abortion are wicked and they not only are not Christians, they are wicked men in the eyes of God… “For they speak against you wickedly and thy enemies take thy name in vain.” (vr20) When a governor says… “I’ve been redeemed by the blood,” they take the name of Christ in vain… Yes, when you claim to be a Christian and on your watch you let thousands of babies be slaughtered you take God’s name in vain, and you are wicked... “Oh no, I couldn’t intervene because the law said I couldn’t”... you can’t hide behind the law. The Nazis tried to hide behind the law at the Nuremburg Trials…They were found guilty. In the eyes of God, all the governors… the Supreme Court… the President… and Congress are guilty. They hate babies. “Oh, we don’t hate; we love.” Then what have you done to stop abortion when you have the power to do it?! You are liars in the eyes of God!