…and supposedly I’m taking you with me.
Every kid, at some point in their life, gets bitten by an ant. Now I will have to say that I’ve never been bitten by a fire ant, but that’s just because I’ve never lived anywhere they lived. But I’ll tell you what, those black and red ones in West Texas….we use to quarter those and make ant jerky out of those sonofaguns and when they bite you, you know it.
Just like nearly every kid has been bitten, most of us have walked up on a big ant mound and stirred ‘em up like crazy. You don’t wake up thinking, “Today, I’m going to go stir up the ants.” But since you were bitten that one time, sometimes you walk by and can’t help but make your presence known.
Well, the other day, I was feeling kind of ornery. I made a picture and what it said was a little ornery. If you’ve never woke up in a feisty mood and done something that you usually don’t do, then for that…I am sorry. There is that kid in all of us that does something just for the sake of orneriness ever once in a while. Shoot, some of us do it every day. It’s not an attempt to hurt anyone, sometimes you just have to walk by the ant hill and stir it up to see how many will come pouring out.
….And my friend, there are TONS in there.
But it wasn’t the ant mound that I kicked…it was the religious mound. I’m not talking about “religious” in the term of going to church or reading the bible or believing in God. I’m talking about the type of religious people that killed Jesus. The ones that attempt to manipulate and control. I’m talking about the ones that tell you that if you don’t believe what they say and do what they say do then you are going to hell. I’m talking about the ones Jesus was talking to in Matthew 23.
Now before I show you the picture, you have to have some background information. I have posted hundreds of pictures that I made on Save the Cowboy’s facebook page and I promise you, nearly every one of them has had some religious person tell me I’m going to hell for posting it. If I put a bible verse on it in the NIV they say that the King James Version is the only version and I’m going to hell. If I say, “God loves you” then they say “only if you repent from your evil ways”. The other day, I posted one that said, “Bad decisions have never hurt me as bad as some of my lame excuses”. One person wrote to me and said that I did not have the Holy Spirit because if I did, then I wouldn’t have bad decisions or lame excuses. I delete most of these because I believe they do not add to the Good News, but rather take away from it.
(I have just now stuck a hot shot between my toes and I am pushing the button relentlessly. It’s better than listening to all those religious nut-jobs condemning every word and action.)
The picture was actually from the Dos XX beer commercial of the most interesting man in the world. If you’ve never seen them, you probably won’t get it. But honestly, some of them are pretty funny. I cut out the man’s face and put my face in there and wrote this:
I don’t always post something that reveals Jesus to cowboys…
But when I do, some religious nut job usually screws it up.
And they came pouring out of the hole!!!
Have you ever noticed that when a dog sees itself in the mirror it will start barking? When faced with hard truths about themselves, these modern day Pharisees go on the attack. You watch, they will do it on here after they read this because I’m going to address the two main things that people were saying to me. They will attempt to put conditions and tangents on God’s word just like the Pharisees did. They will stomp and froth at the mouth because what Jesus said was simple and full of grace and mercy. What the Pharisees and modern day religious nut-jobs try to do is make things complicated and make you feel like there is no hope…but there is!!
“You are a false prophet!”
A seminary trained horse trainer actually posted this all over Facebook and tried to ruin my ministry. Why? Because he disagreed with my methods and tried to use the bible to condemn and disgrace me.
You see, I will do ANYTHING short of sinning to reach the lost with the Gospel. If I have to sit down and have a beer with a guy in order that I can tell him about Jesus…I will do it. You don’t have to agree and I’m not asking you to do the same, nor am I encouraging anyone to go buy a 24 pack of Coors and get wasted….but that’s where the religious nut-jobs will take that last statement. Here is a true example of what I mean:
The first day working job I got when we moved to Colorado was a branding. When it came time to start after the pastures had been gathered, it was pretty warm and the rancher was letting the kids rope some of the first calves and get some experience. My job, along with two others, was to give the vaccinations. From where we were set up, we had to walk all the way across the pen and climb a fence to reload the syringes. The cowboy I was working with finally said, “You know, the next time we go over there, we need to just grab the cooler with the medicine and bring it over here so we don’t have to walk back and forth.” I agreed and a couple of minutes later, I was out. I asked him, “Do you want me to get the cooler?”
It was at this point that he yelled to the whole crew, “Hey boys!! The preacher said we could get the cooler!!”
I knew that the next thing I said would be a turning point. I said, “Why are you waiting on me? If you want a beer, drink a beer. I’m not going to condemn you or go to preaching hell fire and brimstone.”
They drug out the cooler and everyone was given one beer…when I was offered one, I took it.
That was on a Saturday. The next morning all but three of those cowboys were in church and continue to go there to this day….with their children. Oh, and only one of them had ever been before.
You hear false prophet thrown around a lot, but I’m telling you, 90% of the time it is because some religious nut-job doesn’t agree with the methods of someone else. They will raise hell and call them out as a false prophet and judge without mercy…which goes against what Jesus told us to do. They think it is their job to sniff out everyone that doesn’t think just like them and proclaim them the anti-christ. Actually, it is their pride and their attempt to be God and judge.
“Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name; and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow along with us.” But Jesus said to him, “Do not hinder him; for he who is not against you is for you.” Luke 9:49-50
But there are false prophets out there and let me give you an easy way to spot them:
They will put stipulations on eternal life.
Jesus is the only way, the only truth, and the only life…no one goes to the father except through the son. But false prophets will add to these things.
Here is the truth…If you believe with all your heart and soul that Jesus is your Lord and Savior you will go to heaven. If you don’t believe this, you will go to hell. There is only one way into heaven and there is only one way into hell.
But you see, they will say thing like drunkards and homosexuals and liars and murderers will not go to heaven. The bible does say these things, but we are all sinners. I’m not condoning ANY sinful behavior, but Jesus is the only one that can judge your heart and your belief. I can see the religious folks now frothing at the mouth. They want to be the ones to point fingers and judge.
Here is a parody of this thought….They say that drunks and sinners won’t go to heaven because they have not repented and turned from their wicked ways. Well, I guess that means there will be no obese people in heaven either. Gluttony is a sin, but boy that sure doesn’t seem right does it? How could a loving God not let someone into heaven because they couldn’t put the rocky road ice cream away?
That’s the problem, if you look at salvation through the eyes of sin, it becomes distorted. We must look at eternal life through Jesus Christ, not through sin. The bible says that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. This isn’t a license to sin, but a license to grow without condemnation. How we spend our lives can reveal our true nature and my prayer is that everyone come to know Christ and be set free from the things that are controlling them.
I will not judge you, but I will do my best to point you towards Jesus Christ. When you have him, your life will be changed forever…but that is between you and God. You will have to answer to Him, not me.
They will tell you there is another way to heaven
They will say that if you are a good person then you’ll go to heaven. This is wrong! There are no good people in heaven, only saved people. You cannot work your way into heaven. Just because you don’t drink, smoke, cuss, lay with the same sex, or anything else, doesn’t grant you eternal life. Only having Jesus as your Lord and Savior does that.
- They will condemn you and make you feel like crapFalse prophets want to shame you. Their desire is to point out every flaw you have and take away any hope you have. If they can’t do that, they will attempt to drive you away from the love of God with hateful accusations of hell and that God doesn’t love you because of whatever they’re pointing the finger at. They want to be God and do the convicting. Conviction is when you are doing something you know you shouldn’t and God lays it on your heart that you need to stop. Conviction is the work of the Holy Spirit, not man.God is patient and kind. If Jesus hasn’t come back yet or you are still alive, you have a chance to make him your Lord and Savior. Please don’t wait!!
Jesus said this, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send his son to condemn the world, but to save it through him.”
Don’t cause your brother to stumble
This is the verse that was thrown in my face yesterday:
Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6
They said this because the picture had a beer bottle in it. They told me that I was causing people to stumble. This seems to have some truth to it, but that is what Jesus warned us about. The religious hypocrites will use scripture to condemn, not to glorify and encourage. Let me make my point more clearly….
What if the picture would have had a plate of biscuits and gravy? What if they looked at it and then went and ordered four plates of the delicious meal and ate them in an entire setting. But they didn’t stop there! They ordered a whole cheesecake and ate that too.
My question is this…Did I cause this man or woman to stumble because I had a picture that contained a plate of bread and gravy?
Here’s another one….
What if the picture had been a bible verse with a rodeo queen visiting the sick in the hospital? The rodeo queen looked beautiful and a man with lust in his heart went and pulled up pornography on the internet and did everything that you know that goes along with that.
My question remains…Did I cause this man (or woman for that matter) to stumble because my picture had a pretty girl on it?
My point is this…Making your fellow man stumble is like this: If you are a recovering alcoholic and I talk you into going to the bar and getting hammered…yeah, I’ve caused you to stumble. If you are gluttonous and I invite you to a restaurant and encourage you to eat until you throw up, then yeah…I’ve caused you to stumble. If you have a pornography addiction and the Holy Spirit has convicted you of your sin and I pull out an issue of Hustler and hand it to you…then yeah, I’ve caused you to stumble. If you are a gossip and I go and tell you the latest juicy story about the rancher down the road….then yeah, I’ve caused you to stumble.
If a person willingly and knowingly attempts to cause someone to sin…intentionally….knowingly…with evil motives and desires…that is causing your brother to stumble. We are not responsible for the sin of others. Making a person stumble intentionally is a grievous and heinous sin, but if I wear a pair of wrangler jeans and a girl looks at my butt in lust…I didn’t cause that.
Religious hypocrites will try to make you responsible for everyone else. Don’t let them. We will only answer for our sins, not the sins of others. Intentionally and knowingly causing someone to sin out of pure evil will be one you have to answer for. Not wearing wranglers.
A final warning…
Beware of those that distort the truth. Beware of those that look at everything that is in Jesus through the stain of sin instead of the blood of Christ. Beware of those that condemn, criticize, and judge. That is not of God, but of flesh.
I’m not saying that everyone will go to heaven. Unfortunately many will be deceived by their own flesh and knowledge and others just won’t care.
Sin gets in the way of our walk with God…make no mistake. It’s like trying to talk to God and your phone keeps dropping the call. If you have sin in your life, I beg of you to rely on Christ and let him set you free, not just in this life, but the next.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)
And no…I’ve decided to not include the picture…If you have to see it, then you’ve missed my point.
Let them pour out of the holes again….