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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

What Happen to my Church
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Saturday, 08 September 2018

This is very good for the Church has certainly changed and Lord help us to know you are the same yesterday, today and forever! Lord help us to see reality of what is happening so we are not deceived!

What Happened to My Church?
 
By Jan Markell
 
September 5, 2018
www.olivetreeviews.org 
 
 

Church issues are the most frequent inquiry I get here at Olive Tree Ministries. Other leaders tell me the same. What has happened in the last 30-40 years? Many people visit church after church only to walk away disheartened. Others are lifetime members of a church and have seen changes that left it unrecognizable -- spiritually speaking.
 At first, members and attendees wonder if they are being a bit too judgmental, but the sad reality eventually sinks in that something has gone terribly wrong.
 My background is in a fundamental church in Minneapolis that delivered verse-by-verse messages and had frequent prophecy conferences. Try to find that today! You will find a few but they are few and far between. This same church warned me about a coming apostasy back in the 1970s, but who knew it would get so bad starting somewhere in the 1990s. Nothing could have prepared me.
 
First it was music that became the great divider. Nobody minds some guitars and a bass but into the second decade of the 21st Century, ear plugs are handed out as one enters the church sanctuary. 
 
Some churches open with a secular song, dim the lights, add some smoky fog, and have an atmosphere similar to the local bar. All of this is to enhance choruses that will be sung two-dozen times by hypnotized church members. I would learn that it is to attract "seekers" -- a 21st Century term. Bill Hybels admitted that he came up with the term but confessed it didn't work well in his church!  
 Organs and pianos were tossed out 25 years ago because they did not promote "church growth." The over-age 55 crowd was on their own. Some churches threw them a bone with an 8 a.m. service for those with gray heads. That trend began "the great divide" between generations. 
 Someone made a conscious decision that we should have a "new way of doing church", although many members and attendees agreed there was nothing wrong with old ways of doing church. Terms began being used like "purpose-driven," "seeker-sensitive," "church-growth movement," "postmodernism", "Emergent", and more. 
 People started to hear about love, unity and tolerance. We must be known for what we agree on, not what we disagree on. Everything and everyone must be accepted. Aberrations must be accepted. Sin must be accepted. People loved having their ears tickled. They would be encouraged to "feel good" and have their self-esteem built up. Sound doctrine was being set aside.
 
The saving of souls was being set aside for the entertainment factor and social justice causes. It seemed that many in the church no longer cared that so many were on their way to hell! What an offensive, intolerant thought. But clearly sound doctrine will separate and divide so we must tread lightly in that area.
    Relevant issues have vanished. Pulpits have become afraid to talk about voting biblical values. Pastors quit speaking in favor of marriage and against abortion. It seemed like an "eleventh commandment" came into the church: Thou shalt not offend.  Taking a stand was clearly over.
 

 

 

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Protecting the call God has placed on you
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 31 August 2018

I felt this needed to be read by others for Dr. Wayde Goodall truly is in tune with reality.
Protecting the Call God has Placed on You
By Dr. Wayde Goodall

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There is no question that Satan has his favorite tactics and has areas where he commonly attacks God’s servants and God’s church. Paul was cautious so as not to be outwitted by the enemy of his soul. He knew the devil’s schemes and was aware when Satan was planting seeds of destruction or was attacking outright to bring great injury to a person or a church. 
Biblical Loyalties
As servants, we can experience our God ordained place, our unique calling, our assignment(s), and our destiny. We are fathers, mothers, employers, employees, pastors, private citizens, etc. These various roles require different things from us, and we can operate in God’s will as we serve in these areas. 
In the same way, God has other unique spiritual assignments and servant leadership roles for us. He is constantly preparing us and giving us experiences and spiritual gifts in order that we may be ready to serve in His kingdom. Knowing who we are in Christ and understanding where God has placed us is part of knowing the will of God. I’m often asked how to practically determine God’s will – what should be our priorities when walking in His will?  My thinking goes this way . . . I try to understand my role as a pastor, Christian leader, husband, father, grandfather, employer or employee. Along with this I prepare myself for the unseen battle from the enemy to attack and endeavor to deceive me.
In his instruction on how to wear the armor of God, Paul reminds us, “stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm . . .” (Ephesians 6:13b-14a).  Peter tells us to, Resist him [the devil] standing firmin the faith” (1 Peter 5:9).  James instructs us to, “Submit yourselves therefore to God, Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7) (emphasis mine).   
  • Stand – hold our ground; understand our role and stick to it. Knowing who we are and knowing God’s assignment for us is critical as we fight the enemy who is constantly watching.  
  • Resist – not budging on the truth; relying on Jesus and trusting God who has called you to a unique role in His kingdom.
This includes our understanding of the particular place where God has assigned us. For instance: the pastor understands the importance of the Bible study leaders; Bible study leaders understand that they are not the pastor of the church. Along with our understanding, we have duties. Working outside of the area God has for us, opens us up to the enemy’s tactics. 
Pastors (and others) can suffer because of unjust criticism, antagonistic “Christians,” and divisive people who attack them in any number of ways. These attackers often think they know more than the pastor or that they could do the pastor’s job better than him or her. Pastors have a unique calling and sacred trust to be servant leaders to their congregations. The Bible is full of verses that tell us how the Lord protects His leaders, such as, “Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand” (Psalm 20:6), “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” (Exodus 14:14), “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles” (Psalm 34:17), “Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand” (Psalm 20:6).
It is dangerous, however, when Christian leaders get “puffed up” and see themselves as kings and queens over a kingdom
In a moment of time, Saul realized he was not Samuel and had no right trying to do what God had called only Samuel to do. Saul’s rebellion to do what Samuel had asked him to do caused a downward spiral in Saul’s life.  
Many ignore and neglect their own walk as God has revealed it to them and focus instead on another person’s mission. In doing this, they often distract, confuse, and even injure the unique calling of others. Our primary focus and loyalty should be to fulfill our personal calling. Are we a reliable husband, father, wife, mother, pastor, citizen, etc.?  We are responsible to God for how we fulfill the role He assigns us. Others are responsible to God for themselves.


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Continued Romans 9:13-33
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Saturday, 25 August 2018

14 What about it then? Can we say that God is not fair? No, not at all! God is answering this question all the time, he is fair the rain and sun falls on all. Cold is cold and warm is warm to all. We have a lot more in common than anything else God created for we have eyes that see, ears that hear, feeling that are real a mouth that we can taste and speak our minds, that the animal world does not have and around the world we are seeing destruction of all righteousness and people doing whatever they want. God created us to get along and have goodwill and peace for all and that can be denied, yet we enjoy lusting for what we think will make us happy and happiness is not in thing it is in knowing our creator and letting Him have His way that bring joy unspeakable and full of glory and it only happens as I trust God and obey His word not Satan’s for he does not know the truth.15 God said to Moses, “I will have loving-kindness and loving-pity for anyone I want to.” Are you seeing the power of your creator God, He is in control of our universe and wants to control mankind and all we have to do is let Him rule and reign and that is against our human nature ,for we want to control our imagination, memory, reason ,conscience and affection according to who we worship, reverence and have our faith and hope in to satisfy our longing of enjoyment at the time. More people worship and serve the enemy of their souls, and are never able to have a good healthy self-image and that is seen by how many mental health organizations we have to try and make people feel good. They do not work just like AA programs do not work without teaching God can give us a new mind set to want to do right and get off the wrong track. 
God does not lack in love, mercy and grace for it is extended to all what mankind has to do is accept what God has given to all. Like the air we breathe is given to all. The water we drink is supplied to all free we have to drink. The flesh He covered or bodies with keeps out all infection when we keep it clean. So God gave us all mercy and grace that needs to be accepted as we abide in the vine; Jesus just as John described so will. Who are we abiding in is the question. God wants us to feel sorry for the way we discard the way, truth and life so we are challenged to stop sinning and let God empower us to follow Him and experience Hid mercy, love and grace as we keep washed in the blood of the Lamb of God. God is sovereign and omnipotent totally in charge of giving out His gift and it is those who call to Him are given the precious promises of Gods.
16 These good things from God are not given to someone because he wants them or works to get them. They are given because of His loving-kindness. What a statement salvation, purity and holiness is not caused by what we do it is cause by who we serve. It is God that has given us goodwill and peaceIt seems the harder we work at being good and pleasant the harder it becomes for we can’t be good. Then when I accept God He can help me become more and more like Him s my relationship to God grows. That is the reason we are growing in grace love and mercy of the Lords not in the favor of mankind. To please God is the beginning of wisdom that comes from fearing God. God wants us to experience His Holy Spirit so we are full of Godliness and sin can’t get in. The Holy Spirit was given so His Spirit could be with us all to empower us to wait, watch and see, so we see His glory in. what we do and say that brings a satisfaction the Devil; Satan or all His demons can’t give. 17 The Holy Writings say to Pharaoh, “I made you leader for this reason: I used you to show My power. I used you to make My name known over all the world.” God raised Pharaoh up as a leader to test Moses. God allows leader to rule and reign, they are not always wanting good to happen but like Pharaoh put Egyptian in charge of the Jews so today look at all the nations against Israel God is still allowing. God is in control and is ready to show His power to rapture the Church and let the Jews and the world that does not believe go through 7 years of persecution. Now God let’s sinner do what every they want to and life has changed is what News Personalities are saying. 18 So God has loving-kindness for those He wants to. He makes some have hard hearts if He wants to. God is not in the forcing business He wants people to choose this day who they will serve. As for me and my house we will serve the Lord was Joshua thoughts. How about you are you force to be addicted to sins wrong are do you want to serve and follow the Lord. It is strange to see people with such hard hearts today that God is using to try people’s hearts. His mercy is always greater than the strongest hearts against Him. God grace is His to give and will not withhold His love from anyone that wants to seek Him for a better way so they can get rid of bitterness that is destroy them and all the relationship they might have. People are thankful for following the Lord people that are not following the Lord have only themselves to blame. God has a promised to all who follow Him to be a blessing, those who do not can’t be a blessing to self and to others. Never forget God is merciful to those who seek His way, truth and life.
19 But you will ask me, “Why does God blame men for what they do? Who can go against what God wants?” It is not God that blames we blame ourselves and it is seen in the low self-esteem many times we have for ourselves. When we blame someone else for or problems it seems like we automatic think we should be in control and we are not in control of others, it is either God or Satan that is in control for we let them!
20 Who are you to talk back to God? A pot being made from, clay does not talk to the man making it and say, “Why did you make me like this?” Look at man we are feeble and weak and foolish thinking we are gods. We need to let God talk to us by His Spirit that is all around us. For Nature shows us there is a power higher than ourselves. We can argue with or creator any more than a cup argue it is a cup regardless of its beauty. We need to submit to God for we are not responsible for no one but ourselves. Nature is what God created it so man is what God created and we need to abide in Him so we can produce goodwill and peace, not war and arguing with our creator for we are not created perfect. We are growing in our relationship that leads to a marriage. 21 The man making the pots has the right to use the clay as he wants to. He can make two pots from the same piece of clay. One can have an important use. The other one can be of little use. God is an awesome od not one finger print alike or ires alike we are all different but all have a body, with five senses, eyes, ears, mouth, nose and feeling; a soul with five senses Conscience, reason, memory, imagination and affections and a spirit with five senses, worship, reverence, faith, hope and prayer. These are all created by God to be used by us to serve and become like God and what we see is the world becoming more and more like our enemies; Satan. Gods sovereignty over us is seen by the Potter has over the clay; Jeremiah 18:6 God has dominion over the Jews and yes even you and I. The only one we should compare ourselves to is Jesus for He does not make mistakes. 22 It may be that God wants to show His power and His anger against sin. He waits a long time on some men who are ready to be destroyed. 

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