Sermon by Rev. James Harrison Nixon
Today Sunday May 15th 2016 is Pentecost, the day in our Christian faith that the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles.
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?
(Acts 2:1-7 ESV)
As we remember this event in our faith’s history we must reflect on what happened on this day in Jerusalem. We must remember that on this day not everyone that heard the preaching of Peter thought he was of sound mind either.
But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”
(Acts 2:13 ESV)
Yet on this day Peter and the 11 did not stand down to their mocking, no they kept preaching and they stood firm to the mocking. This day began the true Christian Church, the church that we take for granted today. On this day of Pentecost, we must reflect back onto these original events that happened and see how today is much like this day. We as the Christian world need to step back and see the damage that the false doctrines of Religions have left on our faith and we as a unified voice need to say no more to these modern Pharisee and Scribes that harm our faith.
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
(James 4:8-10 ESV)
We have allowed to many “leaders” to come and represent our faith that have strayed from the pure teachings of Jesus Christ and add their own take on Christianity and have deceived many with their lies. We are to blame for their rise to power as we were given warning to them coming as well, yet we did nothing but let them gain more and more power in this world. Though they have the platform now the damage can be undone, they can and will lose their power. We, as the faithful can take it away from them and restore Jesus back as the head of the Church where he belongs. We are the body and no single person should ever try and be the head of any church. Jesus is the only mediator between men and God despite what other doctrine try and say remember that as well.
For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
(Matthew 24:24 ESV)
I will leave you with this on this Pentecost Sunday, that we are in an election year here in the United States. An election year that is seeing everyone attack everyone and even bathrooms are getting attacked, I will not address the bathroom issue here, we have to stop attacking one another and step back and really look at issues and if you place faith as the central issue which leader has faith in their heart. Remember only God can judge the heart, none of us can do that, yet actions do speak of that and none of the candidates’ actions show the character of Christ and as a Christian we should be just that. We are to be ambassadors for Heaven here on earth allowing our actions not just words to do our speaking for us.
God bless my fellow brethren today and always, I hope that you have a blessed Pentecost and a blessed week. May those who have not accepted the Holy Spirit do so as well as may we as a nation find tolerance again instead of fight with each other. A house divided shall fall within itself we must remember that, as every issue that we cannot settle we grow weaker as a nation.
If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
(Mark 3:24 ESV)