SARS and the end of the world

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( Romans 5:12, Matthew 24:36 )

SARS and the end of the world. Sadly, I knew it was going to happen. I am hearing daily now, men and women of God proclaiming that the current SARS epidemic is part of God’s judgment that is ushering in the end of the world. These are the same people who during 1999 made convincing arguments that Y2K would be this catastrophic worldwide nightmare. These are the same people who just a month ago were talking about the nuclear war that would ensue because of our military action in Iraq. Now they are back, trying to make a case that SARS is some sort of plague on man that will wipe out a huge percentage of the world’s population. The one common bond all of these doom and gloomers share is that they sell truckloads of books and tapes every time they find a reason that the world is coming to an end.

I remember several times in late 1999, writing Devotionals to try and calm people down who were in such a panic over Y2K. They were taking all of their money out of the bank, buying gold, purchasing boxes and boxes of dehydrated food, and spending a fortune on special waterless toilets and generators. I tried to explain that the predictions of worldwide disasters made no sense at all. But there is a hunger in many people for these world-ending disaster scenarios. The biggest selling Christian books are about end time prophecy. Most people want to know the future, and there is no shortage of men and women who will tell them (if you buy their books or tapes), even though Bible prophecy is VERY
SUBJECTIVE. The wonderful thing about prophecy is that these are future events, so you really can’t tell someone that what they say is wrong.

Will there be an end to the world? ABSOLUTELY! The Bible clearly teaches that. The Bible also teaches that ONLY God knows the exact time that will occur. ANY MAN OR WOMAN THAT CLAIMS TO KNOW WHEN THIS WILL HAPPEN IS SOMEONE TO RUN FROM! While it can be interesting to try and put current events, nations, and people into end-times scenarios, it is a very dangerous thing to do. Speculation is one thing, but anyone that tries to make definitive statements tying specific events, nations, and people into bible prophecy do so at their own peril, since over the course of the last 2,000 years many have played this game and failed. Prophecy experts were convinced in the late 30’s that Adolph Hitler was indeed the anti-Christ and the end of the world was playing out before our very eyes. Based on the events of that day, that would have been an easy case to make. It is also a great example of why playing that game is so dangerous since they were obviously very wrong.

The reason SARS is not part of some end of the world scenario is because it is a sickness, no more or less than any other sickness that befalls mankind. To put all sickness and disease in the proper context, you have to understand that God created man in perfection. Man was NEVER to get sick, and NEVER to die. Death became the byproduct of his sin in the Garden of Eden. Once sin became part of the world that we live in, sickness and disease, the breakdown of the human body unto death, were now part of the human condition. It was sin becoming part of our world that led to man’s body getting sick, being ravaged by disease, that would eventually lead to physical death.

I love you and care about you so much. My word to you today is this. SARS is NOT part of some end of the world scenario, but is simply another disease that is part of this sin-filled world that we live in. One day however, at a time only God knows, He will bring an end to this world as we know it. That is a very real future event. Our job is to be personally prepared for that event, and to do our best each day to help others be prepared as well. That is why I harp so often on doing all that we can to share the hope and love of Christ with this lost and hurting world that we live in. You see, the one thing we DO KNOW FOR SURE, is that when this brief journey is over we will live on for eternity. The only question is where we will spend that eternity.

I pray today that you will open your heart to the Lord and be prepared for your eternal home. If this very moment you are not 100% sure where your eternal home is, please take a moment and pray, ask God to open your heart, and read the words at this link http://www.liveprayer.com/SPlan.html . There is no greater decision that you will make in this life than to accept Jesus Christ into your heart and insure where you will spend eternity. One day the world WILL come to an end. One day you WILL die. Both of these events WILL happen. Make sure today that you know for 100% certainty where your eternal home will be, and then go out and do all that you can to help as many people as you can find that same eternal home.

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2015, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Conversations with God….but which God?

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( Proverbs 22:6, 1 Timothy 4:1,2, 2 Timothy 4:3 )

Conversations with God….but which God? There are two very popular books called “Conversations With God” and “Conversations With God For Teens”, both written by Neale Donald Walsch. From the titles, they sound like something that you would want to read, especially since they are on the New York Times bestseller list. However, there is an old saying that you can’t judge a book by its cover. That is more true today than ever before. You see, there is only ONE God, and that is the God of the Bible. I have no idea what “god” Neale Donald Walsch had his conversations with, but it was NOT the God of the Bible. These books are an abomination to God since they go against everything that He says in His Word. RUN FROM THESE BOOKS! THESE ARE NOT CONVERSATIONS WITH THE GOD OF THE BIBLE!

There are three very important points that I want to make today. First, just because someone uses the word “god”, it does NOT mean they are talking about the God of the Bible. There is clearly only ONE God, and He has made Himself known to us through the Bible. That is why it is clear that the god Neale Donald Walsch had his conversations with is not GOD. That is why it is clear that the god of the Mormon Church is not GOD. That is why it is clear that the god Miss Cleo spoke to was not GOD. That is why it is clear that the Allah of the Muslims is not GOD. That is why it is clear that the god “dead-talker” John Edwards speaks to is not GOD. It is VERY IMPORTANT to not simply assume that when someone uses the name “god”, they are talking about the God of the Bible.

The second point is that you have to be very careful what you see and hear. I often use the computer adage “garbage in, garbage out”, though I prefer my modification, “God in, God out”. There is so much “mental pollution” out in the world that we are exposed to every day. That is why reading and studying the Bible is so critical, so that you can identify what is of God, and what is opposed to God. This is also a warning to parents that you have to be EXTREMELY AWARE of what is out there for your children to be exposed to. You have every right, and responsibility to censor what you allow in your home, but censor it with an explanation of why so that as they get older they can make that same quality decision for themselves. You must take the TIME to talk to your children about what is in our popular culture like books, movies, television, music, magazines, video games, and everything else that they are exposed to on a daily basis. You need to put what they see and hear into a Biblical context so that they can understand what God says, and why something can be good or harmful to their life.

The third point is that we MUST, as those who accept the Bible as God’s inspired, inerrant Word, as ABSOLUTE TRUTH and our final authority in all matters, take that TRUTH to the world in which we live in. There is a circular trough that is made up of the church, Christian television, Christian radio, Christian books, Christian magazines, and many Christian ministries. THEY ALL FEED OUT OF THAT SAME TROUGH. They all target the same people, those who are already in the church. Why? Maintenance. Self-perpetuation. Money. Safety. Fear of rejection. The sad fact is, the majority of the people who desperately need to hear of the hope and love of Christ are OUTSIDE OF THAT TROUGH!

Those who oppose the work of God understand this fact, and take their message directly to the masses to find those who are hurting, lost, and looking for hope. That is where the cults like the Mormons, the JW’s, and the Scientologists take their message. That is where the false religions of the world like the Muslims, the Buddhists, the satanists, and the New Agers take their message. While Christians are sitting back in the comfort of their churches, conferences, crusades, and media organizations, preaching to the choir and trading dollars amongst themselves…..those who are outside of the “trough”, hurting and desperate for a message of hope, are being lured in by those who worship false gods and lead like sheep to the slaughter. The lie thrives because the people who posses the TRUTH don’t take their message to the masses outside of the trough!

I love you and care about you so much. I pray today that you become more aware that everyone proclaiming the name of “god” is NOT always talking about the God of the Bible. We must be very aware of what we hear and see, since there is so much in this world that can damage our lives. This is especially true with our children. There is so much unGodly content available in the world today, that parents must be diligent in not only knowing what their children are being exposed to, but helping them understand how to make Godly choices. Lastly, those who know the TRUTH of God’s Word, have got to become more bold and creative in taking that TRUTH to the world at large, the world outside the four walls of the church. Not only has God commanded us to do this, but we can’t allow those who represent the false gods of this world to take good people and lead them into eternal damnation. There is only ONE GOD, the GOD OF THE BIBLE!

Let me share take a moment to say a special thanks and share a need. Thank you to everyone that was able to make a gift to Liveprayer this month. Your prayer and support mean so much to me. For some reason, we have been running behind all month. As you know, it takes us $30,000 each month, only $1,000 a day to do all that we do every day for just under 2 million people worldwide. We have met this need every month by simply sharing the need a few times each month, and asking people, as God leads them to help. With only 2 days left, we are still $9,400 short. All I can do is pray and ask God to move on peoples hearts to support what we do here each day. I am asking you, if you are able, to help me today with the most generous gift that you can.

Please take a moment right now and pray, and ask God what He wants you to give. Many times, I think that people expect someone else to do what God is calling them to do. All I ever ask is that you pray and be obedient to give whatever God is telling you to give. I have NO DOUBT that God can speak to someone this moment who can give the entire $9,400 that we are short. If it is $9,400 or $20, do what you can to help me today. You can give on your credit card on a secure server at my website, http://www.liveprayer.com under the “Donation” button, or you can give using your PayPal account by sending it to my email address bkeller@liveprayer.com , or you can mail a gift to: Liveprayer
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YOUR GIFTS TO LIVEPRAYER ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WORLDWIDE 24/7/365!

May you be richly blessed as you stand with me in prayer, with your gifts, so that we can continue to proclaim to this lost and hurting world that there is but ONE GOD, the God of the Bible that loves us and cares for us!!!

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller

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There are no coincidences with God

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(Proverbs 16:4, 19:21)

There are no coincidences with God. If there is one thing the Bible clearly teaches, it is that there are NO coincidences with God. There are so many outside elements that you have no control over in your life, starting with your birth, ending with your death, and including everything that transpires in between those two events. The reason I want to bring up this issue today, is to give you the confidence and assurance that everything that is happening in your life today is part of His Divine plan for your life.

One of the reasons I stress so much to walk with the Lord daily, be in the Word of God, pray, seek Him each and every day, is so that you will follow His plan for your life. You see, we can bring much unnecessary pain and heartache into our life by exercising our God-given freewill to ignore God and rebel. However,that does not stop God from still being in control. When
we are in rebellion, when we are not on the path God wants us to be on, that is when we miss the joy, the peace, and the abundance this life can offer. That is when we are missing the blessings of God in our life.

I want you to understand clearly today that it is no accident you live where you live, you work or go to school where you do, you recreate where you recreate, or shop where you shop. It is no accident the people that are in your life are there. You see my friend, there are NO coincidences with God, things just don’t “happen”. There is a Divine purpose and reason for each and everything that goes on in our life. That includes the good, and bad things.

The natural question becomes, why? In many cases there simply isn’t an answer. Again, holding on to the fact there are no coincidences with God, helps us to build our faith during those times when there are more questions than answers. It also should give us the confidence and boldness to go out each day, knowing that God has a reason for everything we are experiencing in our life. Understanding what we are going through each day is not an accident,
but part of His plan gives us the incredible freedom to live each day for Him.

I realize that many of you are going through difficult times in your life today. You are dealing with death, illness, financial difficulties, marital problems, issues with your parents or children, challenges at work or school, the walls seem to caving in all around you. How this could be part of God’s plan may seem beyond comprehension. This was the same place a man named Job found himself at one day. In spite of everything, he never lost his faith in God, and it was part of God’s plan to bless him abundantly.

We never know how God will deliver us from trouble, how He will bless us. Our job is to hold on to our faith, continue to praise Him in spite of the problems we face, and know He will never leave us or forsake us. The Bible tells us that there will be times our faith is tested. It is at those times our faith
becomes real to us, and grows. We grow more spiritually in the valley than we ever could on the mountaintop. It is in the valley that we recognize God as
our only source of hope and learn how to trust Him. It is those times in the
valley where it is just us and God that we realize how much He loves us.

I love you and care about you so much. Know today that God is with you, that nothing in your life is an accident, and that God is in control. It is no coincidence
that the Lord has brought our lives together at this time in your life. I want you
to know that I am here for you in your time of need. I will be praying for you.
God is still on His throne, and in 100% control at all times. There are no coincidences
with God!!!

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2015, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Do something nice for yourself today

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( 1 John 4:16 )

Do something nice for yourself today. While the Christian life is a life of “surrender”, surrendering our lives to Jesus, surrendering our lives to serve others, there are times that we simply need to do something nice for ourselves! Today is Sunday. The weekend for most people is a time off from our normal day to day responsibilities and work obligations. I want to encourage you to DO SOMETHING NICE FOR YOURSELF TODAY!!!!!

I remember last October, my wife and I were able to spend the weekend in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio. We had a chance to spend some time with my two brothers and their families and visit other family members. I had a special treat on Saturday the 25th to be on the sidelines for the Ohio State/Penn
State football game. Sports has always been a big part of my life, and over my
years in the ministry a great release from the day to day challenges. While I enjoy
all sports, my passion is Ohio State football. Having gone to OSU in the mid
70’s, I spent many great afternoons of my life in Ohio Stadium. Because of my
workload here at Liveprayer, it has been several years since I had been back to
the old “horseshoe”. It was a wonderful afternoon as the Buckeyes won a close
game that was part of their magical, undefeated, National Championship season.

By the way, I will tell you a secret. The greatest goal in my life is to one day
hear God say to me, “well done thou good and faithful servant”. That will confirm that my life was pleasing to God. But second, one that I need to accomplish before I die is to dot the I in Script Ohio! Only a true Buckeye will understand that. :)

The point that I want to make today is that in this life, which is short enough, we must take certain opportunities from time to time to simply do something nice for ourselves. For some it may be going out to a nice dinner.
For others, it may be buying that item that you have wanted for so long. For
others, it may be getting away for a few days to some place that you wanted to
go. WHAT you do is not as important as DOING IT! Take time today to either do, or plan to do in the near future, something that YOU want to do.

Our lives are often defined by our sacrifices. We GIVE our lives to they Lord when we are saved. We commit our lives to our spouse and family. We surrender our lives DAILY to God to use. However, there is NOTHING WRONG from time to time to simply doing something nice for yourself!!!! I want to encourage you today, make the time to do something NICE FOR YOU!!!!

I love you and care about you so much. God has given us this life, a life of abundance. In the course of serving Him, sacrificing ourselves to live for the Lord each day, we MUST take opportunities from time to time to simply do something nice for ourselves. God will guide you. Don’t feel guilty. It is part of the abundance that HE promised as we enjoy the things that we do during our life. Life is very serious. It is shorter than we want to acknowledge. That is all the more reason why we must enjoy the opportunities that we get to do those things that please us.

Know that I will be praying for you today. As much as I encourage you each day to follow the Word of God, to obey God, I am today imploring you to take some time this weekend, and do something that YOU LIKE TO DO!!! Life is short, and there is NOTHING WRONG with taking some time every now and simply doing what YOU want to do!!!!

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2015, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Masturbation, sin or not?

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(1 Peter 2:11, James 1:15)

Masturbation, sin or not? For those of you who have read my Daily Devotionals know, it is NEVER my goal to condemn you, but to challenge you. I will also NOT shy away from those issues most face during this life, just because they may not be comfortable. Never a day goes by that I don’t get several emails with this question, so today let me tell you what the Bible says about this intimate issue that most every person alive faces at some point in their life. Even though it is normally thought of as an issue young males deal with, trust me, this is an issue young men AND women face, and an issue older men and women face as well. This is not isolated to any one group.

There is no verse in the Bible that says “thou shalt not masturbate”. There is however much scripture that does show us this act is sinful. The three best cases for this conclusion are as follows. First, masturbation, or sexual self gratification is NOT God’s plan for sexual activity. That part of our life is to be saved for a man and women who are married. Now of course this can get complicated, such as when your spouse may be unable to perform sexually, or for some reason is not interested.

The question arises, isn’t masturbation better than having an affair? Again, I am not here to judge you or condemn you. I will say in those type of
cases, every effort needs to made through open communication and possibly even
professional help, to have your partner involved in some way, since not only was sex designed by God to be shared by a husband and wife, but it is part of a husband or wife’s duty to their spouse.

Second, masturbation involves fantasies and lust. We know clearly from scripture that sin starts in the heart. The physical act is simply the manifestation of that sin. Jesus said if you lust in your heart, you have already sinned. Masturbation involves fantasies that lead to lust, that lead to sin before you even commit the physical act. Again, the act is simply the manifestation of the sin already committed in your heart.

Lastly, as we know from Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth, that our bodies ARE the temple of the Holy Spirit. Just like in the case of drinking, is an act like masturbation one that honors our temple? Is this a proper
use of our bodies since it is a perversion of God’s plan for sex? Is this the
act we want to be involved in, if at that moment our Lord returns?

Masturbation is like any other sin issue in our life. It is a battle. Today’s word was not meant to hurt you, but to help you if this is an area you
struggle in. Like all battles, you MUST have a battleplan. For those who have
struggled with this issue, how many times did you say “never again”, only to fall?
If you could do it in your own strength, you would have already.

You can only win a sin battle like this in HIS strength and with a real plan you can consciously work each day. You need someone in your life to share this
battle with who will hold you accountable, and stand with you. God never intended us to make this walk alone, or fight our battles alone. That is why He has put loving brothers and sisters in Christ in our life to help us overcome these battles and be victorious.

I love you, and care about you so much. Count on the fact that I will be praying for you today. For those who are struggling in this area, I will pray that God gives you the conviction to fight this issue rather than just accept it, to get that battleplan of action, to have someone in your life to walk with you, and to have HIS strength each day so you are victorious. Never forget, with God ALL things are possible.

This may not seem like an important issue, but ALL sin keeps us from that close intimate walk with the Lord. This sin is no different which is why it must be addressed, and victory must be won. The time to deal with it is now. You have run from it long enough. God is speaking clearly to you today,
this very second, to go to 1 John 1:9 in your Bible. confess your sin, accept
His forgiveness and cleansing, and get serious about getting total victory over this area of your life. With God, ALL things are possible. I am here, praying, and will be cheering you on to victory.

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2015, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

THE answer to the shootings at our schools

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(Psalms 51:10, John 3:16)

THE answer to the shootings at our schools. Over the last 5 years, there has been an epidemic of shooting in our nations schools. Sadly, there was another one in Pennsylvania yesterday. They have taken place in elementary, junior high, and high schools. These schools have been located in rural areas as well as the suburbs. Those who have committed these senseless acts of
violence have been boys and girls, though mostly boys. After each one of these
incidents, the un-answered question remains, why?

In attempting to answer that question, we get an endless parade of pundits, psychologists, and politicians. At the top of the debate is our nations gun laws. Now I am all for any laws that can help make guns in our society safer without impeding on our Constitutional rights. The fact is, we have law books full of gun laws, many of which are not being properly enforced. Also visible in this ongoing debate is societies role in the lives of those who commit these acts of violence. The role of parents and the school in these incidents is also hotly debated. While all of these factors are part of the overall picture, they are not the real answer.

You see, we are all born into sin, with a heart that is prone to sin. Society has put some limits on what is acceptable behavior, but the fact is when a person chooses to ignore those limits, he or she is capable of the most heinous kind of actions imaginable. So many kids grow up today without a moral foundation, without any absolute truth in their lives, without an understanding that there are very real consequences for their actions.
It is the job of the Christian community to show people a moral base from which
we must live our lives, that there is absolute truth, right and wrong, and that sin carries consequences.

The real answer to this problem lies within the church, the Christian community, those of us who acknowledge Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. You see my friend, too many of us have decided to sit on our hands, remain silent in our daily lives. When you accept Christ into your life, you become an ambassador of the Lord. You no longer have the luxury of not being involved. It is no accident those people God has placed in our lives. It is no accident we go to school where we do, work where we do, live where we do.

However, rather than letting our lights shine, far too many of God’s children hide their lights under a bushel. We tend to only associate with other
Christians and are very bad at reaching out to others. The example Christ gave us in
His earthly ministry was to reach out to the hurting, the broken, the downtrodden. Yet we see these people in our lives each and every day and pass them by,
just like the Priests passed by the wounded traveler on the road to Jericho in
the story of the Good Samaritan. WE CAN NOT IGNORE THOSE WHO ARE HURTING, SINCE WE HAVE THE ANSWER TO THEIR HURTS AND PAINS!!!!!!

Unfortunately, so many children grow up now in homes where their parents are not Christians, thus the parents are also lacking a Christian foundation in their life. Just as bad is the fact so many kids grow up in one-parent homes. ***Let me just say this to you parents. You took the vows and responsibility to get married. You took the responsibility to have children. I am acutely
aware of the circumstances that cause marriages to break up, but let me challenge
you. Before you end your marriage, before you act in what is often just a selfish
manner, know what the consequences of your actions will be in the lives of your
children.

I pray that this is a lesson to you young adults to really think first before getting married. Don’t be unequally yoked. Have a firm spiritual base to your
relationship. In most cases, children will one day be involved in your life, and your
actions will have a profound impact on their lives. Marriage is not something to enter
into lightly. Having children is the biggest responsibility you will have in this life, so
think about that when you are tempted to have sex without being married.

I love you and care about you so much. If you are reading this and have never committed your life to Christ, let me assure you that He has a love for you,
that you have never experienced before. Life does not have to be so confusing.
There are answers to those problems you have that seem insurmountable. God can
give you options you never even thought of. Most of all though, He has a perfect
plan and purpose for your life, if you will just surrender yourself to Him.

Go to my website, http://www.liveprayer.com . On the left menu bar is: “Plan of Salvation”. Before you read it, just pray, “God, open my heart to theses words you have for me”. Read the words, and make the most important choice you
will make in this life, to accept Jesus Christ into your heart. It won’t make all your problems go away over night. But you will have a new strength, and new
power within you that will literally change your life.

I pray that these words today will encourage you and challenge your life. Am I saying Christians are responsible for these school shootings? Of course not. But we do have a responsibility to share the love and hope we have in Christ with those who God brings into our life. It is not an option. He did not give us the words of life, He did not give us His love so that we
can simply hold onto it for ourselves. He gave it to us freely, so we can give it to others freely. Will people reject your attempts? Yes. Will people still do evil things like randomly shoot classmates and teachers? Yes. We can not eliminate sin from the world in which we live in, but we can do
our part to share the love and hope of Christ with others each day. God never asked us to do it all, just our part.

***The truth is, this is a society where sin runs freely throughout, it is ONLY the people of God that keeps it from being total chaos!!! Those who do share their faith, reach out to others, take a bold stand for Christ are the ONLY
reason we don’t have more of these types of incidents. We have THE ANSWER in
Christ, so let’s be encouraged and get serious about sharing that answer with
everyone that we meet!

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2015, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Tattoos, body piercings, and cosmetic surgery….is it sin?

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( Matthew 23:25,26 Luke 16:15 )

Tattoos, body piercings, and cosmetic surgery….is it sin? One of the reasons that so many get this Devotional each day is because I deal with the issues most in the church run from. Having preached in over 500 churches of all denominational affiliations, I can tell you very clearly that the churches who are doing great things for God, the churches where men and women are
growing spiritually and having their needs met, are the churches where the pastor, the Shepherd, does not run from the tough issues or compromise the inspired,
inerrant Word of God.

Sadly, the number one reason believers are Biblically illiterate and weak in their faith is because of the pastor of the church they attend. Unfortunately,
church politics, being “politically correct”, not wanting to offend people, especially a big giver, play a role in what many pastors say on Sunday morning. THIS SHOULD
NOT BE SO!!! The time is too short, the eternal destination of too many people hinge on the man of God sharing the unadulterated Word without compromise.

The issue of tattoos, body piercings, and cosmetic surgery is one I get asked about daily. First, IT IS NOT A SIN TO HAVE A TATTOO, PIERCING, OR TO HAVE
UNDERGONE COSMETIC SURGERY! Let us just get that out of the way up front. Nobody is going to hell for getting your belly button pierced, or having a face lift, or getting a cross tattooed on your arm. The fact is, God sees our heart.
God judges our heart. It is our HEART that must be pleasing to God, the inside, not
the outside. Now let me say this. Use good judgment. Pray. This is not an endorsement
of these practices in any way. For those who already have tattoos, piercings, have
had cosmetic surgery, that is a past action that you should feel no guilt or shame from.

For those who are considering doing this to your body, let me simply give you this counsel. It will make NO DIFFERENCE to you salvation if you do it or not.
However, I do want you to pray and ask yourself why you are doing it. I do want to
ask you to pray and chat with the Lord and ask Him if this is something that He would
want you to do. I do want to ask you to be honest with yourself and work out in your
own heart whether you are doing this for personal reasons, or just to “fit in”.

The fact is, if you are a Christian, a believer in Jesus Christ, you already “fit in”. Your value, your self-worth is in the fact that you are a child of God, NOT
a child of this world. If your motives are simply to please this world, or to
please those who are in this world, these are wrong motives. The ONLY one you have to please
is Jesus Christ! If you are secure in who you are in Christ, and this is simply
something that you want to do for you, go for it! All I ask is that you examine your
heart, and ask yourself, “why am I doing this?”

I love you, and care about you so very much. I know many are struggling today, many are going through self condemnation over this issue. Have peace today. Be free today. Romans 8:1 tells us “Therefore, there is now NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”!!!! Amen!!! If you already have tattoos, body piercings, have had cosmetic surgery, there is NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ Jesus! For those thinking about it, pray. Ask God why you are doing it. Chat with Him about it. Come to a peace about your decision to either do it, or not. I will say that you must factor in that for many you meet, this could be a stumblingblock. But at the same time, it may open doors with those who are lost, who are into this form of self statement. Let God guide your decision.

So that is why I say pray, and examine your heart and your motives. Most of all know that God is most interested in what is in your heart, on the inside, not the outside. The world sees the outside, only God sees the inside.
THAT is what we all must work on each and every day! When you stand before Him on
Judgment Day….a day we will all face…it is not your tattoo He will ask about, or your piercings, or your cosmetic surgery. The only thing He will ask is,
“do you know my son Jesus???”

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller

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