Saturday, September 4, 2010

Ordination: Called to Continue

Left to Right:  Wilson Hickam, Mike Heath, Garrett Lear, Dallas Henry

On July 30 God ordained me to the ministry.  Many people, including folks in the press, think I've been ordained for years.  While I was once licensed to preach many years ago, I have never been ordained.  In July that changed.

In a private ceremony, with my wife as witness, my ordination was acknowledged by three men who have known me, and my family, for decades.

Rev. Wilson Hickam baptized Paulie when she was a child, and he officiated at our wedding.  Rev. Dallas Henry was President of the Board of the Christian Civic League of Maine for the entire time I served that ministry.  Rev. Garrett Lear officiated at the ordination ceremony.  He is New England's Patriot Pastor, and a good friend.

While not ordained God nevertheless called me to speak to the public about Christianity and good citizenship while I was leader of the Christian Civic League of Maine.  I was honored to serve that ministry as leader from January 1994 until September of 2009.

Now, God has called me to speak about good citizenship and Christianity as an ordained man.  I feel no release from the call to confront the evils associated with sexual sin in our time.  In fact, it is more important now than at any time in my ministry to speak precisely about the horrific nature of sexual sin.

When I stepped into this particular political boxing ring nearly three decades ago our enemies were telling us that all they wanted was the "right" to pursue their sexual promiscuity as adults.  They shouted, "It's not about children."  And they vigorously attacked anyone that stepped up to defend the innocence of children.

Today, it is all about children as we stand on the threshold of redefining the family to include sodomy as a legitimate means of consummation.

Preachers who sit idly by granting this matter the exalted status of debate are shirking their duty.  Abortion and sodomy are not matters for debate.  This is war.

All Christian men are in this fight to win.  There is no other option.  Generations unborn hang in the balance.  We will not lose this fight.  We cannot.

Does this mean that I'm going to get out my 9mm Glock and go shoot an abortion doctor this week?  No, all such acts of violence, carried out as they are on the basis of private authority, are reprehensible.  No one has the authority to harm another, because such an act undermines the stability of society.  The same is true of abortion.

It does, however, mean that I'm going to rank these matters as more important in priority than taxes and the economy.  We can deal with those lesser matters when we restore honor, virtue and truth to families and relationships.

When we turn to Jesus Christ the economy will begin its recovery.  We will also learn to truly love one another, and our enemies.  With Jesus Christ, and submission to His heavenly Father's ten commandments, this is possible.  Without Them it will never happen.

If God calls you to join these men in the acknowledgment of my ordination from God there are some actions you can take to start me on this narrow path.  Here they are:
  1. Pray for Paulie and me.
  2. Make a financial donation.  Go here to make a donation.
  3. Help us spread the word by forwarding this email to others, and by encouraging them to invite us to speak/sing to their church or group.

My ministry is called Helping Hands. Hands can be helpful in so many ways.  The grip of a pistol is shaped to fit the same human hand that tenderly cups the cheek of an innocent infant.  Manly honor and virtue are better expressed in the heroism of a Marine than in the willingness of a lukewarm Pastor to compromise the Word of God.  As Christian men we must be prepared to defend virtue and innocence.

Honor and truth require it.

Never forget that the freedom to know God in this world is under attack as never before.  If we surrender to the atheists our promise to be One Nation Under God (Jesus Christ) then we submit ourselves to His judgment.  We should not be surprised when our nation collapses.  We will have earned it.

Serve the Lord with fear
and rejoice with trembling
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry
and you be destroyed in your way,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
Psalm 2