Let go of that hamburger! (Jesus already slaughtered your sacred cow.)

I received an intriguing question today on my YouTube channel, and I wanted to share it with you all.

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Chaulze Brown

“Three things
1.)Why did they (other than Isaiah) feel the need to get naked to prophesy? I do get why Isaiah did that and understand it was a sign specifically to warn the people of what humility and shame was to look like, what was to come, should the people to not chose rightly. But why did the other prophets strip off all their clothing? Back then the culture was so different. Everyone didn’t have their own showers. In this day and age too many are perverted or seriously twisted in some cult. Too many people equate nudity with pornography, etc, if it’s not at the pool, or the beach. And Christians today are very much the minority.

2.) In light of what has transpired on your channel since that fateful day😆, and the terrific bible study series that sprang out from the spiritual persecution you came under, would you consider it sound judgment to continue wearing your bikini top when it’s convenient for you, if during a time you’re heading out to go to the pool or another bikini party? I mean no disrespect by that question. Just curious, in light that on this video, you did state that one should really consider “who your audience will be”, while one is picking out an outfit… or something like that.😁 What ever you choose. Don’t ever let the legalists hurt you, while they’re just really hurting themselves!

3.) Who do you think your audience is when you record and finalize one of your YT videos?”

My response:

“1. The other prophets stripped because God was working through them. It was like when Moses was told to take off his shoes because he was on holy ground. When the Spirit of God falls upon you, it’s time to strip away the man-made bandages and just be present with God’s creation and His Spirit.

2. If I’m at the pool, I will keep wearing a bikini. If I’m at the store or gym, I’ll wear shorts. I’m not preaching to already saved people when I go out into the world, I’m trying to reach the unsaved. So often clothes are a barrier, a wall to relationships. If I’m covered up, I don’t want that to be a wall in my witness, as a memorial of judgment against a non-believer, where they feel like they can’t speak to me. If they feel that they’re already judged because of something as superficial as their appearance, how can we talk about the real issue – the heart?

3. My audience is dependent on the topic. The Holy Spirit sends the right people to the right videos. I didn’t come to preach to already saved people, but those who are unsaved – the people who think they’re saved because of their adherence to an arbitrary, artificial standard of behavior. Saved people don’t need saving – lost people need saving and that can only happen through the message of Jesus Christ. I’m here to remind people that Jesus has slaughtered every sacred cow, so they need to let go of the hamburger they’re holding onto.”


I’ve noticed so many people love me for what I have to say, that I tear down and mock the sacred cows of Churchianity – until it gets time to talk about their Bessie. That cow is sacred, and they leave me in their anger. It’s not my message – I’m here to remind everyone that there is not a single sacred cow that Jesus didn’t slaughter when He went to the cross and it’s time people let go of their hamburgers – that cow is already dead.

The Holy Spirit determines the audience and He will always send the right people to the right video. Not every video is meant for every person. Everyone is welcome to listen to the message, but they must recognize that it’s not always for or about them.

Don’t let your frankenburger get in the way of sharing the gospel with others, nor should you allow it to blind you to the fact that everyone is made in the image of God, and that they need to hear the message of Jesus Christ – that there is a King, with a Kingdom, and He is returning, so repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.

 

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Man ignores requests for address confirmation then complains when he doesn’t receive his prize.

You don’t receive prizes if you don’t answer your phone. The prize of salvation is no different.

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“Is it fair that God forgives the worst criminals as long as they repent at the very end of life but condemns a good and moral person who lives charitably toward others yet dies an unbeliever?”

Look at it like this:

There was a drawing for a giveaway and there are two winners. You just won one of the prizes. All you have to do is confirm your shipping address to receive your prize. By the way, you’re super fantastic, kind and charitable.

Now there’s also a criminal who also entered the giveaway. He also won. He also has to confirm his shipping address to receive his prize. It’s really an easy address – death row at the worst prison in the world.

As soon as the criminal receives the call, he stays on the line to confirm his shipping address, and it ships to him the same day (they’re using Amazon Prime apparently in this scenario.) Eventually he dies, but he still received his prize because he responded to and answered the call. He accepted his prize.

Once you’re informed that you won your prize, you hung up on the caller. They’ve called you back daily and you keep letting it go to voicemail because you’re not sure if the prize suits you and other days you just don’t care. One day, those calls will stop and it will be too late to claim your prize.

When the daily calls stop after years of ignoring the calls, texts and voicemails, you have the audacity to say the one who is trying to contact you is so unfair. Why? Because a criminal got a prize and you didn’t – nevermind he accepted his prize immediately and you ignored the daily calls to accept your gift, so it was left unclaimed when you suddenly died.

The prize of salvation has nothing to do with how good you are and 100% has to do with if you’re willing to answer the call and trust the one who calls you to receive your prize.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” – Revelation 3:20

Originally posted to Quora on April 10, 2018

On Faith: Reaching Heaven

I’ve never considered myself to be a religious person, but I’ve always considered myself a staunch believer in Christ Jesus as God. The pomp & circumstance of church never appealed to me but I still consider myself a Christian.

As it so happens, when people know that I’m a Christian but they themselves are not believers, the conversation tends to go like this: “I believe in something, but I don’t know what.  I’m not an atheist but I’m a good person.”

What is this good person stuff about? It never made any sense to me why non-believers, 100% of the time, use this as a clarifier when describing their own religious inclinations to me.

I had a conversation in which a friend said, “I don’t believe Jesus is the only way to get into Heaven because I really can’t believe that a serial killer can get into Heaven just because he believes that Jesus is God and that all the Jews are going to Hell, even the ones that do good things.”

Like I said, I consider myself to be a Christian, so the idea that being a good person has anything to do with salvation is foreign to me, but I can explain why I believe the way that I do.

Imagine you’re on the shore of Massachusetts. You look east across the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. You want to make your way across the Atlantic Ocean to France. Lucky for you, you’ve trained as a swimmer your entire life. To up the ante, let’s just say you’re Michael Phelps and you’re wanting to swim across the Atlantic Ocean.

No matter how much you’ve trained, you’re not going to make it across the Atlantic Ocean by yourself. No matter how good of a swimmer you are, no matter how much you’ve trained or how dedicated and focused you are on accomplishing your goal, you will die in the ocean.

Unless you have a boat to save you, you will die. You will miss your mark and you will never make it to France.

You (as Michael Phelps) say, “This isn’t fair. I’m a great swimmer. I’m better than everybody else. In fact I have more gold medals in swimming so I’m the best in the world. I will make it to France because I’m a good swimmer.”

Never mind the fact that you’d die of fatigue, the elements, animal attack or hunger, and generally couldn’t accurately map a course while swimming across the ocean, you dive in and start swimming. Eventually, you succumb to one of the many obstacles and die in the ocean.

On the flip side, Benoît Lecomte jumps in and starts swimming. He has the same goal, to swim across the Atlantic. He wants to make it to the other side, but he knows that no matter how good of a swimmer he is, he can’t do it on his own. Lecomte decides that he’s bringing a boat. This boat is where he rests between swims, has food aboard and protects him from elements and animals. In 1998 Lecomte did just that – he swam across the Atlantic in 73 days and made it to the other side. He could never have accomplished his goal without the aid of a boat.

Now some may argue, “Hey, that’s not fair. Anybody could charter a boat and swim a couple hours a day until they ultimately reach the other side. Heck, they could do zero swimming and still reach the other side of the Atlantic with a boat. That’s not fair! You should have to be a good swimmer to be able to reach the other side. People who have trained all their life to swim and really care about this goal should be able to reach the other side, not just anybody who gets on a boat.”

When it comes down to it, your ability to swim or how hard and dedicated you were to swimming is not the deciding factor as to whether or not you will accomplish your goal. The only deciding factor is – Do You Have A Boat?

Just like in swimming, in life, how good you are according to your own personal, arbitrary standard is not the deciding factor as to whether or not you’re getting into Heaven. If Jesus is the only way to God, which I believe it is, He is your boat. If you want to make it to the other side, you have to get on the boat.

Photo: Thomas Ashlock