Going Far Afield For Fresh Meat

Definition of Fresh Meat: innocents and con-artists we lure into our church under the propaganda banner of Love/Virtue/Integrity. The further afield We go, the godly-errr we think Us are.

Ahem. Realistically, we are tokens on the table of the Gambling Man. Who is in need of Fresh Revenue for his coffers. Fresh Bodies to help turn the cogs of his giant Meat Grinder. Fresh Meat for sale at:

  • Local community events
  • Our basketball games here and in PA
  • Prison ministry
  • Juvenile detention system
  • Africa
  • DC: the cosmopolitan area filled with far from home folks

But God says, “Righteous art thou, O Lord, when I plead with thee: yet let me talk with thee of thy judgments: Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? wherefore are all they happy that deal very treacherously…For even thy brethren, and the house of thy father, even they have dealt treacherously with thee; yea, they have called a multitude after thee: believe them not, though they speak fair words unto thee…Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness. They have made it desolate, and being desolate it mourneth unto me; the whole land is made desolate, because no man layeth it to heart” (Jeremiah 12:1,6,10-11). “(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:18-20).

The Playbook of a Gambling Man

It was sometime in the early 2000’s our pastor/apostle/prophet ordered his custom made casino table. He had it named after himself. Prophetic of a prophet?

That casino table may just reveal the motive in the heart of the man. An old song “The Gambler” tells how to gamble well. It could be the playbook for our ‘Spirit led’ (a-hem), apparently random, destruction of lives.

He said, “Son, I’ve made a life
Out of readin’ people’s faces
Knowin’ what the cards were
By the way they held their eyes
So if you don’t mind me sayin’
I can see you’re out of aces
For a taste of your whiskey
I’ll give you some advice”

So I handed him my bottle
And he drank down my last swallow
Then he bummed a cigarette
And asked me for a light
And the night got deathly quiet
And his faced lost all expression
He said, “If you’re gonna play the game, boy
You gotta learn to play it right

You’ve got to know when to hold ’em
Know when to fold ’em
Know when to walk away
Know when to run
You never count your money
When you’re sittin’ at the table
There’ll be time enough for countin’
When the dealin’s done

Every gambler knows
That the secret to survivin’
Is knowin’ what to throw away
And knowin’ what to keep
‘Cause every hand’s a winner
And every hand’s a loser
And the best that you can hope for
Is to die in your sleep”

(Lyrics taken from the song “The Gambler” by D. Schliz)

But God says, “Behold, the Lord ‘s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity…In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment” (Isaiah 59:1-4;13-15).

God does not gamble with men’s lives.