Sunday, November 14, 2010

ATM Sunday Message for November 14, 2010

Confederate Christians and fellow Compatriots:

Below is my message for Sunday, November 14th.  Please feel free to reply, forward, or use it as an article in your camp or other newsletter.

May God bless you in all you are doing for Him and our just Cause.

Bro. Len Patterson, Th.D
Chaplain, Army of Trans-Mississippi
Member, Chaplain's Corps Committee
Fear Hath Torment!

Jesus was never one to back down, especially when He wanted to make a point that His audience desperately needed to hear and understand. So, in the face of a lynch-mob mentality, Jesus laid out some of His most direct and challenging teaching. An example of this is John 5:19-47. In these verses He states firmly the extent of His authority. Of course, in verses 16-18 of that same chapter we see that the Jews "sought the more to kill Him."

I'm reminded of a man who stood on a busy street corner and asked every girl that passed by for a kiss, only to be slapped for his effort. After a short while he was approached by another man who said, "Sir, I couldn't help but notice you get slapped a lot." He responded by saying, "Yes I do, but I get kissed a lot too." The point being, if you want to be kissed, you can't be afraid of getting slapped.

Jesus did not fear the reaction of others to His message or works. Because of His commitment to the ministry God had given Him, Jesus attracted the love, loyalty, and devotion of many. However, many others rejected, despised, and sought to destroy Him and His influence. And, this is just as true today as it was two thousand years ago.

As Christians we have been given the responsibility of carrying out the Great Commission given to us by Christ in Matthew 28: 19, 20. Today, as it has always been, the most effective means of reaching a lost and sin-sick world with the love and saving power of Christ is the bold witness of faithful Christians. All the high powered Madison Avenue marketing techniques, dog-and-pony shows, concerts, social events, and other strategies used by many of today's "churches" cannot replace the fearless testimony of our Lord's Saints.

As members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, we also have the duty and honor of carrying out the Charge given to us by Stephen Dill Lee. Can we succeed? Yes! With God's help and guidance, as we fearlessly present our most worthy Southern Cause, I have no doubt we can and will be successful in fulfilling our responsibility to our brave and noble Confederate forefathers.

But to accomplish our purpose, we must let all those who oppose God's truth know we are proud of the cross. We are proud of Jesus Christ and proud to call Him Lord. We are proud to be Christians, and will proudly proclaim our faith to all who will listen.

We must also let all those who oppose our just Cause know we are proud of our Southern heritage. We are proud of our Confederate ancestors. We are proud of our Confederate flags and symbols. We are proud to be the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and will proudly proclaim to all who will listen: The South was right . . . and still is.

We will succeed because, like Jesus and those who served before us, we will not fear the response or attitude of others. "Fear hath torment." (1 John 4:18)

Bro. Len Patterson, Th.D
Chaplain, Army of Trans-Mississippi
Sons of Confederate Veterans

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