The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. — Psalm 19:8,9 —

I recently found out some information on an old friend. I can’t really call this person a friend anymore, can’t even call her an acquaintance. Even though we both were childhood friends, grew up together until our early to mid 20s, life took us both in different directions. I accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior in 1976 which was an immediate turn-off to most, if not all, past hippie friends.

This friend and I lost contact over the years. She went her way and I went mine. I began working at a children’s home as a houseparent and later went to the blind school as a houseparent. She got married, had a child and had different friends. Such is life. Life changes us. You make new friends here and there and — some friends go by the way side. Not because you aren’t interested anymore. It is because things change, lives change and mostly, we change. This was the case with this friend and me.

Our lives changed so drastically that we had absolutely nothing in common. I had chosen God. She had not. She chose to live and hide in the darkness. So much so, that she would never tell me what was going on in her life because she knew me well enough to know I would say, “What??? Are you crazy? You’re doing what??? Shooting up drugs!? You need help!”

So she never told me anything. Instead she would tell a mutual friend of ours every sordid detail of her life. Which was ok with me, because if she was not interested in getting help, and if all she wanted to do was dump her garbage on a person which literally sucked the life and emotions out of a person, I wanted no part of that. I learned to pray for her from a distance.

I found out she had prostituted herself over the years for money to buy booze, drugs, whatever. It made me sad as I remembered the little girl she once was. But the little girl no longer exists. Instead, in her place is a 50 year old woman, infested with demons.

She told our mutual friend that she was walking to the liquor store and needed money. When all of a sudden god sent along a stranger, a man. She invited him back to her apartment. I will not go into details on how she did him a favor and he — gave her ten bucks. The thought of what once was my little friend behaving this way, made me angry and sick inside.

“Doesn’t she have enough sense to know she can get AIDS that way!” I told the friend telling me this.

“I guess not, or either she does not care.”

I’m afraid her addictions and sin have taken her to a place where it no longer matters to her.

Our mutual friend said she told her, “That was not God that sent the man to you. God would not do that.”

“My god does,” she said defiantly. “I don’t serve no southern god. I serve a god who swings with the times.”

With those words, I got angry. I wanted to be able to call her and tell her NO! Your god is a lying devil. I wanted to tell her I would bring her to my home and do anything I could for her, but she is so far gone, that I can not.

Back in the 70’s, I did help her come off a narcotic. But that was then. It is much different now.

For one thing, we are much older now. Another thing, she does not want me in her life at all unless it is by her rules. Which would be for me to keep silent while she pretends she knows God and everything is just fine in her life, and, watch her self-destruct. I refuse to do it. I have never let her play the victim with me and it makes her angry. She has made me her enemy because I have spoken the truth to her.

So she finds ways to stay angry at me and I hear all about it through our mutual friend.

I’ve come to the conclusion that after a certain age, you’re more or less on your own. If say, after the age of 35 or 40, you haven’t learned to deal with some things of the past — chances are you may never learn. So, you will spend your life not only being miserable, but you will make everyone else around you miserable as well. Such as this childhood friend is doing.

May God help His children to grow and be a blessing rather than being a miserable yoke around the necks of others.

Sadly, she is going to hell unless she comes to know the real God. And that would be through godly sorrow that brings forth repentance. Nothing else will suffice. She has created god in her image. She has a “god who swings with the times.” This is idolatry at it’s worst. It is the same lie that Satan told Eve in the garden. “Has God really said…?” Her god tells her it is ok to booze it up, do drugs, prostitute herself…why heck fire, her god even sends her tricks along the way when she needs a few dollars to buy herself a bottle of liquor or a couple of packs of smokes!!!

It makes me angry! It is taking a holy God and mocking Him. Yet, she — like millions of people around the world — would call me the “religious” one when she has made her own personal god in her likeness! God have mercy on her soul and bring her to repentance for there is nothing more I can do for her at this point!

I can’t reach her, but maybe just maybe, there is one person somewhere who will take heed to these words:

So I ask, does your god swing with the times? If so, then you are NOT following the real God. Does your god tell you it is ok to fornicate, commit adultery, get drunk, watch porno, be a homosexual, lie, cheat, steal…I don‘t have to tell you what is right and wrong. Unless you are a complete devil infested sociopath, you KNOW the difference between right and wrong.

Unless you have had your conscience seared from your sins, you KNOW the difference between good and evil.

Do you call yourself a Christian and somehow think it is ok to walk in darkness — practicing sin and thinking God winks at such a thing? That somehow His rules exclude you, because after all, you walked down the aisle and accepted Jesus at the age of 12. Now you believe you have some free pass to sin. You too, have made God in your image and you follow demons.

Have you made excuses for loved ones such as, “Oh, but, they are just confused. God won’t really judge them so harshly.” Christian, not only will God judge those you make excuses for, but He will judge you for not speaking the truth to them.

God does not swing with the times. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.                           — Hebrew 13:8 —

For anyone to change Him in their likeness is sin, it is abominable, it is unholy, it is a LIE. God does not change to suit our needs. We change to suit HIS needs.

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