Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
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Dec 15, 2010                        "Will the Real Christian please stand Up?" "To Listen the Audio with this Great Sermon click"  "Here"

Wed Pm Worship                          Two in Series "Real"

Text: Daniel 3:1 -18  (King James Version)

  "Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people."

                            The Fields are white and the laborers are few!
2. C.H. Spurgeon said, "If God does not save a man by truth he certainly will not save them by lies, and if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then we will do without the revival;

Daniel 3:1   Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.

Daniel 3:2   Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.

Daniel 3:3   Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

Daniel 3:4   Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages,

Daniel 3:5   That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up:

Daniel 3:6   And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.

Daniel 3:7   Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of music, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.

Daniel 3:8   Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews.

Daniel 3:9   They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live for ever.

Daniel 3:10   Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, shall fall down and worship the golden image:

Daniel 3:11   And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.

Daniel 3:12   There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

Daniel 3:13   Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king.

Daniel 3:14   Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?

Daniel 3:15   Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?

Daniel 3:16   Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.

Daniel 3:17   If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.

Daniel 3:18   But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.


Title: "Will the Real Christian Please Stand Up?" Number two in series of REAL!

Introduction: There was a game show on the television many years ago called, "To Tell the Truth." Three people would be questioned on the show by a panel of four people to determine who was really what they said they were. After the questioning was over the panel was to vote on who they thought was telling the truth. Each one of the three people gave answers to the panel and each one knew something about who they were supposed to be, but only ONE gave all the right answers.

 Sometimes the whole panel was fooled. Sometimes the panel picked out the right person.


 I need to stop here and prophesy to someone, Someone has been faced with the reality of what only looks like failure after taking a stand for God. You feel like God has hung out to dry. It seems like the more you try to take your stand the more discouragement you have faced. You prayed all the right prayers, you've done all you know to do and still looks like total loss. Can I just say right here you are not alone. Can you imagine being Moses when he took the stand for God against Pharaoh Got all the way to the Red Sea and " Oh that's just Great now look what I have got us into. They will surely stone me now.

* Do you think the QUESTIONING PANEL of the WORLD knows what a "Real Christian" is supposed to be like in our day and age?

* The song, "Standing On The Promises" contains some very encouraging words I would like to use before I continue with the sermon.

"Standing on the promises of Christ my King, Thru eternal ages let His praises ring, Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing -
Standing on the promises that Cannot fail, When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail, By the living Word of God I shall prevail, Standing on the Promises of God -
Standing on the promises I now can see, Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me; Standing in the liberty Where Christ makes free, Standing on the Promises of God,
Standing on the promises of Christ, the Lord, Bound to Him eternally by love's strong cord, Overcoming daily with the Spirit's sword, Standing on the Promises of God -
Standing on the promises I cannot fail, Listing every moment to the Spirit's call, Resting in my Savior, as my all in all, Standing on the Promises of God."

* If we are going to survive the upcoming chain of events that are about to unfold before our very eyes and I am not talking about just the physical  realm I am also talking about the spiritual realm.  We need to be STANDING on the PROMISES instead of just SITTING on the PREMISES.
I. As Christians We must take A STAND. (The Real NEED is right here RIGHT NOW!)

a. Never before in the HISTORY of our country has there been a time when Christians need to be TAKING A STAND for the things of God as they do now!
b. Every day of life is filled with the challenge of needing to take a stand - From the "Playground" to the "Workplace" and even into the homes all across this country.
c. Every VALUE that this country has been built on is under ATTACK by Satan's forces.


d. I am moved by the quote of John Kennedy while he was president, "I make no easy decisions, all the easy ones are made before they reach my desk."
e. Every good thing in our life is a PRODUCT of someone taking a STAND.

My Conversion from my sister and brother-in law not willing to give up! Each one of you here tonight are a product of someone taking a stand against the devil on your behalf!

d. EVEN BAD THINGS in life are brought about by someone taking a STAND, even though, it may have been for something bad.

 

"Ex" e. Right now we are dealing with things such as: Same Sex Marriages - The Teaching of Homosexual Lifestyles in our Schools - The Murdering of Unborn Babies - School Shootings - Aids - The Divorce Rate is at an Unbelievable High - and the list can go on and on.
f. All these bad things have come about because PEOPLE made a STAND!

(A Bad stand!)

II. Let me share some other PLACES WHERE A STAND NEEDS TO BE TAKEN.

Right here in America?
* 1997-2001 occult book sales doubled
* Colleges/Universities offer credited courses on the occult and more than 2k college campuses are known to be set up w/ computerized horoscopes, 24 hours a day, so students can seek the guidance they are demanding!
* Psychic hotlines, admittedly small-time and laughed at back in the days of Dionne War-witch are now a multi-billion dollar a year business employing tens of thousands and touching tens of millions!

Its time to take our Stand for Truth!

 

Did you know that For all the truths  God has, Satan has a counterfeit.

Satan has a counterfeit gospel:
Galatians 1:6-9
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: [7] Which is not another [of same kind, that is]; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. [8] But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. [9] As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

Counterfeit righteousness:
Romans 10:3
For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

Big difference between righteousness and self-righteousness! [filthy rags]

Counterfeit church:
Rev. 2 9 I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

They gather in buildings locally and all over the world today, thinking they know the true and living God, and realize not they bow before Satan himself!
It may be politically correct, but it's dead wrong to say "we all call God by different names, but we mean the same thing!" Hog Wash!

Counterfeit preachers:
2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
Some do some things in the name of Jesus, but what they do and what they live is contrary with the Word of God..

Some counterfeit preachers soften and alter their message so much to this world that they inadvertently or intentionally create a counterfeit Jesus of their own! They preach another Jesus..not the literal God-Man of the Bible, but a more tolerable Jesus that you'd think He just stepped right out of pop-culture and into their church!


No one in this room would ever accept Buddha or Mohammed, but I dare say that many regular American churchgoers this very hour accept and follow another Jesus than the One whose precious feet walked this earth 2k years ago!

Counterfeit gospel, Counterfeit righteousness, Counterfeit church, Counterfeit preachers, Counterfeit Christ..and along with all of these,  Satan has:

Counterfeit Christians:
Such is the case of Simon here in Acts 8:9-25

In these verses : You will find a city wide revival with Philip the Evangelist with untold numbers being saved, and along comes a man named Simon, a reminder that Satan attends true revivals and leaves his business card behind!
Miracles were performed, souls saved.
And here's a scriptural principle which follows: wherever God sends genuine revival, Satan attempts to send counterfeit revival. God sows some saved souls, and Satan sows his tares among that wheat.

And it's a fact without exception. Where there is the real thing, Satan will plant counterfeits, and make them look real. And if the Rapture occurs at church time it matters not how Bible-based the church, there will be left behind some sitting, wondering, scratching their heads!


Simon is a classic example of a counterfeit Christian


Simon did indeed work miracles. 2 verses earlier Philip worked miracles..but his were of God, and the sorcerer does his miracles by the power of Satan.
Did you know that the Bible strictly forbids having anything to do with sorcery and the like: such as astrology, horoscopes, fortunetelling, psychics, tarot cards, palm reading, sťances, Ouija boards, spirit-channeling, divinations, enchantments, incantations, witchcraft, wizardry, charms, spells, or anything else invented by the occult world, and the death-obsessed "gothic" movement!

The Bible forbids involvement in these things! God goes so far as to call these things an abomination.

Deut. 18:10-12 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, [11] Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. [12] For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee. ..and they all have their roots in Satanism/Demonism.

Some say, "you don't understand, it's real, they really did tell my fortune or that board really did move or that table really did hover!"
I don't doubt it for a second! The spirit world is real, Satan is as real as my God is real..and surely as I believe in Heaven's Angels I believe in the fallen angels of hell!

Satan fills and empowers today, and in the tribulation both the antichrist and his sinister minister the false prophet will rise to power on a platform of miracles they work!
And people will say, "they do miracles and healings, they must be of God!"
[not necessarily!]
1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

These occult practices ran rampant in the 1st century.

Here's something to consider when it comes to the occult: supply is regulated by demand..that's economics 101. Why are 4 out of 5 restaurants fast food based and why can't you get close to one around noontime? Because of the high demand today for "heart attack on a bun!"
Demand creates supply!
It's why all hotels now offer porn, and all convenience stores and grocery stores sell Alcohol.


The only reason Simon could have a following was because of the sad spiritual state of Samaria! There was a famine in the land..not a famine of food, but of the Word of God!
They needed a sweeping revival and praise God they got one!

1) Next we need to take a stand in  WITNESSING - This is such a needy area. Jesus left these words for us just before He went back to Heaven, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." We covered "Real Disciples"

Next we need to take a stand for SPIRIT-FILLED and SPIRIT-LED Christians and Churches - We have gone too long having to ENDURE Man-Led - Logic-Led - Survey-Led  and program -led which at their BEST are only Hit and Miss.
* Jesus left us His EXAMPLE, "And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven." (Luke 24:49)
* (Romans 8:14) "For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God."
* (Isa. 10:27) "..the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing."
e. As we ALLOW God to GUIDE and FILL us with His Holy Spirit we will see all these things falling into place.
f. The EARLY CHURCH began with a group of people that: Received the Word of God with GLADNESS - They continued STEADFASTLY - Their SOULS were STIRRED with REVERENCE for God - They SPENT TIME together SHARRING the MINISTRY - They were in ONE ACCORD - They continued WORRSHIPPING and PRAISING God.
g. This EARLY Church gained FAVOR with the people and the Lord ADDED souls to the Church.

* Can you stand as a Christian for these things?

d. Taking a Stand May Require You To Stand Against Error. (Daniel had to STAND against the decree of the King not to PRAY. Dan. 6:10)
e. Taking a Stand May Require You To Suffer. (Paul & Silas wound up in the inner most part of the prison fastened in the stocks because they stood up against the devil's fortune teller. Acts 16:23)
f. Taking a Stand Will Always Leave A Lasting Impression. (When Jesus took His STAND here in this WORLD the world has never been the SAME. The CROSS is a CONSTANT reminder that Jesus came to this world and TOOK A STAND!)

CONCLUSION:

* So What is the largest problem facing the church of today?

1. Is it a lack of belief in God? - No
2. Is it a lack of ability to do God's work? - No
3. Is it a lack of people in God's church? - No

1. The largest problem facing the church TODAY is a lack of courage to do that which God has called and enables us to do.
2. Why is courage the problem? Why do we need courage so badly?
3. Courage is the power that it takes to be a strong Christian and to build a strong church.
4. The problem arises when Christians and churches do not have the courage to follow God wherever He leads them. Thus they end up doing only what is safe and acceptable and go nowhere for God.

* "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much no suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory or defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt

* Andrew Jackson said, "One man with courage makes a majority."

* What is God doing about all of this?

* Does God ever speak to the hearts of His people to do something about this dangerous situation?

* God is CALLING to each of us right now at this very moment to STAND UP and let the WORLD know which side we are standing on.