Posted by: Pastor | September 6, 2014


To The Editor:

Joel Osteen and his wife are heretics. That’s why America loves them. A
pastor should be, in some ways, distinguishable from Tony Robbins or Oprah.
And, God forbid a house of Christian worship be arranged in such a way as to
make it clear that we are specifically worshipping Jesus Christ and not the
smiley fellow on stage giving the vaguely spiritual pep talk.

Recently, Mrs. Osteen implored people to “realize that when we obey God,
we’re not doing it for God. we’re doing it for ourselves.” As her proud
husband nods approvingly, Osteen continues. “Do good for your own self. Do
it because God wants you to be happy. When you come to church, when you
worship Him, you’re not doing it for God, really – you’re doing it for
yourself, because that’s what makes God happy. Amen?”

This is obviously an indefensible teaching. “Do good for your own self.” A
definitive, complete, profoundly disordered statement. Rooted in the
Idolatry of Self, it betrays a pagan attitude which positions the Self as
the Ultimate Good, the Final Purpose. All things – even God Himself – must
revolve around the great and powerful Me. In the Osteens’ version of things,
God exists to serve us, just as we exist to serve ourselves. You act
virtuously for your own sake, because it brings you happiness.

Osteen says that if you want to be rich you have to go beyond pure belief;
you have to speak it into existence. From his book “Your Best Life Now” we
read, “If you want success, if you want wisdom, if you want to be prosperous
and healthy, you’re going to have to do more than meditate and believe; you
must boldly declare words of faith and victory over yourself and your
family.” God will make you prosperous if only you “declare words of
victory.” Name it! Claim it! (I call it, “Blab it! Grab it!”)

But nonsense is all that’s left when Christ is taken out of
Christianity–where is a Cross at the basketball arena church?; when we
preach a Word that doesn’t include words like Christ (the Osteens have a
strict “don’t talk about Jesus” preaching policy), sin, and duty, and
obedience; when we adopt a Gospel that has no redemption, no forgiveness, no
mercy, no justice; when we minimize prayer and virtue and truth; when we
forget that ours is a faith for warriors and martyrs; when we pretend that
Christ didn’t promise us suffering and persecution in this life; when we
substitute true joy for mere happy-happy-happiness; when we treat the Bible
like a theological box of Legos that can be deconstructed and reassembled
into anything we want it to be. Ultimately, the Greatest Thing in the
universe is turned into something as worthless, interchangeable, and
disposable as an inspirational Facebook meme.

Lady Osteen didn’t say anything terribly new or shocking. She only gave
voice to the kind of mentality that has long since infected every strand of
American Christendom through the so-called emerging church.” Walk among
Christians of any denomination and you will hear casual heresies very much
in line with what the Lady Osteen was attempting to communicate. “My faith
is all about making me happy and comfortable.”

He distorts Scripture and offers up a hollow, empty message, but he is
adored because he does it with a smile, he doesn’t offend, and he gives off
the general vibe of a man who probably chuckles at Family Circus cartoons.
In other words, he is exactly what our society believes a Christian should
be: nice, non-threatening, non-Biblical, and superficial.

It isn’t always sweet and cuddly, and it won’t “Make every day Friday”
(whatever that means), but it will bring us finally to the Promised Land.
And we’ll get there if we focus always on Christ – not ourselves. Someone
needs to explain this to the Osteens.

Pastor Terry K. Hagedorn
Calvary Baptist Church
PO Box 282 Reedsville, WV
Ph. 304-864-3870
MOUNTAIN MANNA, 96.7 FM, Sundays 9:30am
“Pointing Mountaineers to Mount Calvary.”

Posted by: Pastor | August 9, 2014

Black Jesus Blasphemy

To The Editor:
At night, the children’s channel called Cartoon Network transforms into the badly named Adult Swim which rarely misses an opportunity to drown Christianity. Sadly, in the second quarter of 2014, the juvenilia on Adult Swim made it the No. 1 television network on basic cable for adults 18-24, 18-34 and 18-49, and also for males in those age brackets. Its mockery of Christianity has made fans.
Adult Swim is airing a live-action satire called “Black Jesus,” where the sinless and all-powerful Son of God is transformed into a black man who swears like a sailor and smokes marijuana in the mean streets of Compton, California. The creator is leftist cartoonist Aaron McGruder, who for 10 years drew a comic strip about blacks called “The Boondocks.”
McGruder has preached that it’s “important to offend, but equally important to offend for the right reasons.” But where is the “right reason” to have your Jesus curse and fight and smoke pot? There’s no serious reason to portray Jesus as complaining to one man who just wants lotto numbers: “I still love your b—k a–. In the second episode, Jesus persuades his disciples to help him turn a vacant lot into a garden so they can grow their own marijuana. Black Christians should be the most offended by these plots.
It’s bad enough Hollywood leftists smear Jesus in this fashion. But then some liberals try to argue that this is somehow an attempt to spread and not shred Christianity. USA Today columnist DeWayne Wickham claimed, “(Black Jesus) is a show that connects Jesus to young people.” If that’s the case, why don’t the Hollywood leftists try to help young people connect to Islam the same way?
Christians should not simply shake their heads at Adult Swim’s repeated attempts to spread anti-religious bigotry. “Organized religion” should organize to oppose this kind of blasphemy. Contact: Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., One CNN Center, Atlanta, GA 30303, Phone: 404-827-1700, Let them know that you are offended by this blasphemy and ask them to cancel the show.
Pastor Terry K. Hagedorn
Calvary Baptist Church
PO Box 282 Reedsville, WV
Ph. 304-864-3870
MOUNTAIN MANNA, 96.7 FM, Sundays 9:30am
“Pointing Mountaineers to Mount Calvary.”
Posted by: Pastor | May 17, 2014

#Stop Sharia Law

To the Editor:

In the Sudan, Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, brought her punishment of death
upon herself, said Judge Abbas Mohammed Al-Khalifa: “We gave you three days to recant but you insist on not returning to Islam. I sentence you to be hanged to death.” For good measure, Judge Khalifa ordered the woman to be beaten with 100 lashes of the whip before being hung for “adultery.”

She’s nine months pregnant. They’ll permit her to give birth to her baby and wean it before executing her. However, the punishment for “adultery” — 100 lashes — will be administered immediately after the birth. (That’s awfully Muslim of them!)

The “adultery” in question is not adultery. Sharia does not recognize the marriage between the woman (whom it considers an apostate Muslim) and a Christian man, ergo, their sexual congress is “adultery.”

Oh, and her 20-month-old child is in jail with her. Because Sharia law will not permit the Christian husband–an American citizen–to care for a child they claim is Muslim. That wouldn’t be kosher.

I’m not hearing anything about this story except from right-leaning sources. We have, once again, an incredible outrage, barbaric, dehumanizing, and fascistic, but the villains are wrong. The villains aren’t the villains the left prefers–like Boko Haram. Ergo, the outrage must be tacitly permitted. And, it involves three hundred girls and young women–most of whom were Christian–before converting to Islam at gun point. I agree with the attempt to save the 300 girls in NIgeria. But, what Sharia Law does to thousands of young women one at a time doesn’t give the liberals #cover.

Has the State Department even taken the drastic step of issuing a vigorous #Hashtag? It is doing NOTHING while Christians are being killed. Where is Michelle Hussein Obama holding a “#Stop Sharia Law–Bring Back Our Humanity” sign?

Pastor Terry K. Hagedorn

Posted by: Pastor | May 13, 2014

The Three Rs of Revival

Posted by: Pastor | May 1, 2014

Ban Sharia Law!

To the Editor:

Memphis imam Abu Ammaar Yasir Qadhi, Dean of Academic Affairs at the Al-Maghrib Institute, is in the news this week for a controversial video that he has made saying that Jews and Christians are filthy and that their lives and property can be taken in jihad by the Muslims.

Why is Qadhi still an imam in good standing in Memphis? Why has he not been dismissed by the Al-Maghrib Institute, or by Rhodes College in Memphis, where he is an assistant professor of Religious Studies?  He completed his second Bachelors in Hadith Studies, and an M.A. in Islamic Theology.” How could someone who has dedicated his life to studying Islam and has studied it at the city where Muhammad had his headquarters not be expressing what is mainstream Islamic belief? This may be why Muslims in Memphis and elsewhere in the U.S. have remained silent about his hateful statements: they know that Qadhi was just teaching basic Islam.

Eight states have wisely passed laws insuring the separation of mosque and state.  Most recently, it was done by North Carolina.  Rev. Franklin Graham, son of Evangelist Billy Graham, said, “We should be afraid of Sharia law. We should be absolutely afraid of it. No question about it, because there’s no tolerance in Sharia law. It persecutes those that do not believe in Islam.  And I would say to Muslims in this country, if they want to practice Sharia law, go back to where you came from, to those nations that recognize sharia law,” said Graham.  “But we have our own laws here.”

Most of my adult life, I have seen the systematic destruction of the Constitutional right to a Christian’s religious freedom with attacks on the Bible, prayer and public expression.  I think that it is high time that the so-called separation of “church” and state be also applied to Islam–separation of mosque and state.  We should demand that our legislators pass a law guaranteeing separation of religion and state.  We should avoid the error Oklahoma made and had its law struck down as unconstitutional, because it was ruled as discriminatory towards a specific religion–Islam.  North Carolina’s law, and most legislation currently in the works, get around that by banning all foreign law, not just Islamic law.  Montani semper liberi!

Pastor Terry K. Hagedorn
Calvary Baptist Church
PO Box 282 Reedsville, WV
Ph. 304-864-3870
MOUNTAIN MANNA,  96.7 FM, Sundays 9:30am

“Pointing Mountaineers to Mount Calvary.”

Posted by: Pastor | April 8, 2014

Gay Litmus Test?

To The Editor:

Last week – following a firestorm of protest from gay activists – Mozilla, the tech company known for its internet browser Firefox, compelled its new CEO to step down simply because he, as a private citizen, contributed $1,000 to California’s pro-marriage Proposition 8 campaign…six years ago. (At the same time in 2008, President Obama came out as exclusively pro-traditional family–another of his lies! Why have there been no reprisals against him?)

According to pro-gay advocates, it’s theoretically acceptable for companies like Mozilla (or Mom and Pop bakeries) to hire Christians (or be Christian) as long as they are never permitted to assume leadership roles, never allowed to believe what they want to believe or never allowed to say what they want to say. The same people who claim to support equal treatment for everyone want to deny access to employment opportunities based on personal convictions – in effect a new “glass ceiling” for a faith-driven worldview.

As a pro-traditional family person, I would like to ask Mozilla to clarify what their policy is toward faith-driven employees, asking them to respond to three specific questions: 1) Will faith-driven employees be discriminated against and forced into the closet for their personal views on marriage? 2)Is there a “pro gay marriage” litmus test for working at Mozilla? 3) Will the next CEO be required to openly express support for gay marriage as a condition for being hired?

While we wait to hear back, let’s make sure they HEAR from YOU: Chairman of Mozilla, 2 Harrison Street Suite 175, San Francisco, CA 94105.

Pastor Terry K. Hagedorn
Calvary Baptist Church
PO Box 282 Reedsville, WV
Ph. 304-864-3870
MOUNTAIN MANNA, 96.7 FM, Sundays 9:30am

“Pointing Mountaineers to Mount Calvary.”

Posted by: Pastor | February 13, 2014

Lessons on Love I Corinthians 13

LESSONS ON LOVE (February Family Focus 2014)


Storge (στοργή) storgē It is natural affection. Parental love for children.
Agápe (ἀγάπη) agápē God’s kind of love. Love that ________ expecting nothing in return.
Éros (ἔρως) érōs It is “physical” passionate love. “Luv” that __________.
Philia (φιλία) philía” Affectionate regard or friendship” Love that _______ and ________ .

(Answers: Gives. Takes. Gives and Takes.)

Love is ESSENTIAL (I Cor 13: 1-3) EFFECTUAL (vs 4-8) ETERNAL (vs 9-13)

4 *Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never faileth:

1. V. 4 Suffereth Long – “patient endurance under provocation.”
2. V. 4 Is Kind – “active goodness that goes forth in behalf of others”.
3. V. 4 Envieth Not – True love is “not jealous.”
4. V. 4 Vaunteth Not Itsel “does not make a parade”. Love does not brag!
5. V. 4 Is Not Puffed Up – Love is “not arrogant or proud”.
6. V. 5 Does Not Behave Itself Unseemly – Love is “never rude”,
7. V. 5 Seeketh Not Her Own – True love is “never selfish”
8. V. 5 Is Not Easily Provoked – “keeps no record of evils done to it”
9. V. 5 Thinketh No Evil – Love “takes no worthless inventory”..
10. V. 6 Rejoiceth Not In Iniquity – Love does not rejoice in sin; whether it is its own sins, or the sin of others.
11. V. 6 Rejoiceth In The Truth – While love hates all forms of evil, it loves the truth! It rejoices when truth is proclaimed and when truth wins the victory. Love is glad for the truth, even when the truth hurts.
12. V. 7 Beareth All Things – Love patiently endures and overlooks the faults in others. Covers.
13. V. 7 Believeth All Things – Love always places the best possible interpretation on everything that happens.
14. V. 7 Hopeth All things – Love always expects the best outcome.
15. V. 7 Endureth All Things – This is a military term and means that “love does not give up the fort”!
16. V. 8-12 Charity Never Faileth – When everything else in this world has passed away.

*Substitute the word CHRIST for CHARITY

Posted by: Pastor | February 7, 2014

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