The Backyard Preacher Podcast #157

The Most Reverend Prophet Ascended Master Nate Sprott takes you on an adventure through 2018. He looks at the good, the bad, and the ugly and never fails to entertain. Enjoy!
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Another Epic Evangelical Fail

Joshua Feuerstein proves to be just another Anti-Christ.  When will Christians stop being duped?

 

            Joshua Feuerstein is another epic fail by the Evangelical world; which has once again been duped into following yet another anti-Christ Joshua Feuerstein.  Feuerstein is in the same category as Christian Taliban radical Steven Anderson.  He has gained a lot of traction especially within the conservative church for his rants against gays, abortion, bakeries, and Starbucks.  He thinks that he is standing up for the church and being a big mouth for those who are of his same species.

            The only thing that people like Feuerstein accomplish is division and hate.  He labels pastors as passive and unwilling to stand up for what is right; yet he is wrong in this statement.  Us passive ones stand up against the unjust; we do defend scripture and its truths.  The problem is his kind of Evangelicalism which invokes a strange morality on the church.  It is hilarious really if so many people did not listen to his crap.  Let’s give you a few examples of how anti-Christ Feuerstein is.

            He is thinks there is some kind of LGBT agenda that is threatening the church.  Wrong Feuerstein, LGBT people just want to be accepted by the church for who they are.  He was behind a bakery stunt trying to make a name for himself as this big bad defender of Christendom. Feuerstein, the only thing that you are defending is your hate.

            You also believe that there is an abortion agenda.  No, wrong again Feuerstein there is no abortion agenda.  I am not a fan of abortions, yet I am not the one to throw stones on what I do not understand.  You claim to be pro-life yet you have incited violence against those who are pro-abortion.  I can’t remember Jesus inciting violence?  When Jesus was being arrested Peter acted in violence, who then received a rebuke. Jesus healed the victim the very one who was arresting him.  There is many ways in which we can curb abortions without violence.

            The Christianity of the Jesus would not fit your agenda.  You are a self-promoter who stumbled on to semi-fame through your silly videos.  The Jesus I follow does not curse his people and incite violence.  The Jesus I follow says come unto me, I will give you rest.  The Jesus I follow brings unity to people of all faiths, creeds, sexual orientation, and cultures.  By your own words you have made yourself out to be an Anti-Christ.

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Jesus Freaks, Control Freaks!

Why are Christians such control freaks? I think that it has been embedded into Christianity itself. Many believe that one must stay away from the “world” whatever that means?  That the Christian must watch every move they make so carefully that they do everything in order to please God or be a good “witness.”  The way I look at it, this causes nothing but, anxiety, depression, panic and fear.  Supposedly we were saved by grace and not of ourselves; but that is not good enough.  We always seem to need to add something to the program.  We just cannot leave well enough alone.  Maybe it seems too easy to really believe we are loved.  That a kind God loves us so much he sent his son to die for us.  While the Bible is filled with what I like to interpret as Christian suggestions; Jesus said to love.  That includes loving ourselves enough to not become anxious over the faith that saved us.

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We poison our youth with teaching of abstinence and staying away from the opposite sex as if they were the evil from man’s rib; and vice versa. Even as adults sexuality is such a huge issue within the church.  Please, maybe if we talked about sex more openly we would not have these scandals.  Yet this is just one way that many in church leadership control the people.   I remember growing up not being able to watch TV on Sunday or doing any extra work.  Yet we went out to eat after church with no one ever complaining about the restaurant workers; looking back it is confusing.  I guess it is just human nature.

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Examining our American society we all have been trained, you just do not get something for nothing. You have to work hard to live; that kind of sucks.  God; I did not ask to be born here, couldn’t you have made me an angel?  We must go to school, just to get a job, go into debt, now I must keep that job or loose the house and car; forced labor at its finest, what a scheme!  Who invented this crap?  What if I want to sit around all day and smoke bong hits, read my Bible and go about getting into adventures, helping people as I wonder the earth?  Would they call me a Christian or a homeless man?

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Time to rid ourselves of the shame! When Jesus was walking the earth he would complain about the heavy moral weight that the Pharisees would place on their converts.  Often we come to Jesus and then decide now it is time to be a moral crusader.  Is that what Jesus taught us to do?  Go around teaching people how they should or should not live?  I do not think so.  He taught us to love one another and even that is an impossible feat.  All we can do is try our best and not worry about it.  Jesus said not to worry, so do not worry.  Simple enough, but our human nature insists that there is more to it.  I Wish I could tell you that there was a way out of this mindset.  I do believe that some people are living lives of more freedom than others.  As the apostle sad we need to crucify this flesh daily.

 

 

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Be the Prophet: Understanding Your Ability to Prophesy.

Because of the scope of the topic this post is limited, I only desires to argue the basic definition of prophecy from the Judeo-Christian tradition.  Growing up not only an Evangelical but also a Pentecostal, prophecy is normal place in my theological conversations.  I have found that many people do not understand prophecy and even worse many feel that it is something reserved for a select few.  In the next few paragraphs I will give a basic definition of prophecy and also give you some tips on becoming a prophet yourself.

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When thinking of prophecy many look to the Old Testament books that are considered to be written by prophets.  The Old testament books include; Isaiah, Jeremiah, Laminations, Ezekiel, and Daniel.  These five books are known as the Major Prophets this is because of the size of the text not anything special. The Minor Prophets include Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.  The New Testament has one prophetic book, that being Revelations.  What makes these books prophetic?  First let us examine what Biblical prophecy is.

Prophecy is a foretelling of something yet to possibly take place. Many prophecies are inspirational or an interpretation of an event.  These certain individuals made proclamations that were interpreted by people as messages from God to man.  These texts were then formed into a large part of the Old Testament.  Only Revelations is considered a prophetic book in the New Testament.  The obvious question then is how did people realize these prophets were speaking in the name of God?  We can look at the life of King Saul Israel’s first king.  The Spirit of God came upon Saul, Saul prophesized: we do not know what he said, yet it was presumably inspirational words, predictions, and admonitions.  So the act of prophesying was not limited to a certain group of people, or just the prophets known in the Old Testament.  The New Testament also gives some details concerning prophecy.  First off, according to Paul prophecy should be the most sought after of all spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 14).  Essentially the Christian prophet receives a message from God which should be shared with the church.  I have found with my own experiences as a prophet that this is not limited to the church.  Prophecy is an act in which you become inspired and then you speak the words that have bubbled up inside you.  You begin to understand that it is through faith that what you know what you are saying is from God.  Of course there is the human interface which is corrupt, that is why it is important to also test the prophets.  Basically to test the prophets, simply do not believe something just because they said it was prophetic; this is Biblical, so is common sense.  Not everything a prophet speaks is from God.

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The big question that some of you may have is can I be a prophet?  The overwhelming answer is yes!  Not only is being a prophet something all Christians have the ability to become; the apostle Paul says that it is the spiritual gift that should be most sought after.  I am going to skip a lot of technical details and get straight to the point when it comes to prophecy.  The first thing you need is faith.  Faith in this situation is having the crazy idea that; yes I am a prophet.  That’s right you are a prophet and you can prophesy. Okay, now that you are cool with the fact that you are a prophet, you have to stir yourself up and speak some prophetic words.

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Stir myself up?  Basically what I mean is to get emotional.  Often times we speak prophecy without realizing it.  We can become angry with our current life situation and speak the desires of our heart into the Universe and what may come back is what you asked for.  This has happened to me.  In church a prophetic word can start filling up inside you during a time of prayer or worship.  You might be thinking that this is not from God; yes it is.  Now you must proclaim it, or at least tell someone.  What I do is work myself up through prayer, maybe listen to some inspirational music and get into a trancelike state.  Then cut loose and proclaim with the power of my words.  Remember that heaven and earth was created through sound; so you being God’s creation have the gift of words to create just as God.  You must however believe the words you speak; you must know that they are divine.

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What if I am wrong?  What if I give a prophetic word and it never comes to be?  Simple answer; this will happen all the time.  While you may be influenced by the Spirit of God, the words are still coming from you.  The words then are coming through an interface that is marred by limitations.  I can prophesy that I will win the lottery; it doesn’t mean it will happen.  Will it increase your odds?  I believe that it will.  The thing is, do not be afraid to be the prophet that you are called to be.  Prophesy, have fun it, it is a gift God has given you.  This ability does not only helps yourself, it helps others as well. Be the prophet.

 

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It Also: HAPPENED AGAIN

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IT HAPPENED AGAIN: This is what Mario Murillo states in is article loathing the fact that “millions of Spirit-filled Christians voted for the Democratic party.”  Oh no!  We are going to reap God’s judgment now!  The silliness of the Evangelical church does not stop!  Murillo is one of its clowns leading a three ring circus of fear.  I want break down his article; but first I want to let you know why I am writing this.  I am not against Murillo; I am against the division this type of rhetoric creates.  Basically it is implied that Republicans are the party of God and Democrats the party of Satan.  Of course it is the same issue, abortion; and well add in some sex to spice it up.  Evangelicals seem to be more fascinated with sex than a teenager.

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              I am not accusing Murillo of being a racist as he assumes some people may think; I truly understand why he believes the way he does. I can understand this type of Christianity because I once possessed similar theology.  Murillo is disappointed in the African American church in which he claims 90% voted for the Democratic Party.  I am sure he used sound research to come up with that statistic.  Before that statement he seems offended by a quote which states “White men are the biggest terror threat.” Well it is true.  The white race has caused more terrorism in the United States than any other to date.  He writes in horror that “We are left with the inescapable conclusion that born-again and Spirit-filled Christians in large numbers voted for the Democratic Party.” Oh no! Not the Democratic Party!  The Party that desires to expand healthcare, raise the minimum wage, protect the rights of minorities, and just be nice people to each other.  We do not need to change religious beliefs Murillo, we need to get our hermeneutics correct; or at least try.  I think love would fall into a good category to start.

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              But of course I hate the babies because I support democrats; how can I be a Christian and vote pro-? Life, death, I do not know; can we just stop! We could be more of a church if we decided to let go of our theological egos.  Can we ever admit that even the most adept theologian cannot explain “clearly” verses in the Bible?  As ministers we try by God’s grace.  Claiming absolute knowledge is lying to the people who trust us.

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            Murillo claims that, “A vote is not a statement just of what you are against but also what you are for.” Well if that was the case we never would vote.  We cannot be for and or against everything a politician or a Party is for.  His claim makes no sense.  And here we go Psalms 138:13 we can spin verses however you want, let me assure you none of them are clear. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” The Psalmist seems to be expounding on his desire to be in God’s presence from beginning to end, to be delighted in the Lord, to allow the Lord to search him and be united to him.  I really do not think that David understood biology or medical science very well.  But maybe; who knows?  Regardless I am not a fan of abortion; who is?  It is a serious event in a woman’s life that can be forever life altering.  As a Christian I would never counsel anyone to have an abortion, and I would never judge a woman who has.  It is not my place, my places to love not legislate morality.  We do not know what put that woman in that place.  We cannot understand her pain.  Further if you want to play by Murillo’s rules by voting Republican you are voting to keep in place policies that create catalyst for abortions.  Poverty being a major catalyst; but who cares about the poor as Jesus said, “They will always be with us.”  See, I can spin verses like records.

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             Murillo states, “Have you ever wondered why Planned Parenthood fights so hard to convince a fetus is not a person? Even they know, if a fetus is indeed a person abortion is taking a human life.”  No, Mario I did not, and you did not give us your opinion either.  I am assuming because you think that Planned Parenthood is some demonic entity that is bent on killing as many unborn babies as possible.  I am sure you think that they have a production goal that they must reach.  You, and Evangelicals like you are what is dividing the church.  I can agree with you on some points.  I do not think that abortions should be celebrated, life is precious; all life.  We do not however know when a fetus is ensouled. We don’t and we probably never will.  To believe, at the time of conception is just a guess.

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            You state that some Democrats believe that the Bible can be hateful.  Yes, it can be hateful.  The KKK, the Confederate Army, and slave owners defended their actions with Bible verses.  You say that we should not leave Jesus out of the voting booth, I agree.  The fact is the majority of the Republicans platforms are anti-Christ.  You are right, we are seeing damage done by Christians the problem is it is coming from you; not the people you are pointing fingers at.

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The Backyard Preacher Podcast #100

This is the 100th episode of this podcast, and I will be honest it has been a complete failure.  With just a few downloads per episode I should just give up.  That is what I should do, it is not what I am going to do.  In my life I have been a failure, so I should give up there also.  Stop chasing my dreams and realize I am just a working stiff.  No, not going to do that either.  I encourage you to listen and be motivated.

The Making of The Backyard Preacher.

I was thinking tonight as I was having a conversation tonight with my girlfriend. Talking about life it’s twist turns and the what if this, and what if that. After my spiritual awakening at 16 I was very spiritual, my leaders presumed I would be a young up and coming pastor.  Then some twist and turns appeared in my life and I was married and a heavy drinking U.S. Army soldier .  I still had the dream of pastoring but it seemed far away.  So tonight I wondered, what if.  Then during contemplation I said to myself I would have been one of those fundamental conservative pastors who only stayed within their culture.  I probably would have found Biblical education at a institute falling in line with the rest of my peers.  I probably would have never actually learned to think. Although I probably would have not become an ex con and substance abuser.  One thing for sure is I would never have become The Backyard Preacher.  I would have never learned to conduct biblical research earning my Masters in Religion through taking courses online; this partly because I lost my license and know one would hire me because of a felony conviction for theft.  This created a deep anger and to be honest selfish advocate for felons trying to do the right thing in life but still treated as second class citizens.  I wouldn’t know what it was like to spend time with many different cultures and ethnicities through my military service and factory jobs.  To be able to empathize with homosexuals, minorities, and others with substance issues.  Maybe all things do work out for a reason. Maybe God has led me down this path for such a time as this.   Maybe I am becoming the pastor who wants his congregation to think about what I preach and for homework come to a different conclusion other than mine.

I am wondering if some of the problems within the fundamental conservative church today is leaders who are trained not to think. Yet only adhere to the old saying “The Bible says it, I believe it, and that settles it.”  Instead to actually research and challenge the pastor to teach one another to sharpen each other.  To limit dogma take away rules that weigh each other down and truly be free as a church under Christ.  So not to be long winded this was only going to be a Facebook post but I thought it would be a bit long.  If you listen to my podcast The Backyard Preacher I encourage you to challenge me, come up with different conclusions. Do your own research we should all be willing and able to step up to the pulpit and lead.  

So all in all, I have been through a lot of self-made crap in my life. Yet through it all I have become The man and Christian I am today because of it.    

Nate Sprott-“CYNIC” A Comedy Special

Nate Sprott takes you on a no holds barred look into the madness of religion in this first comedy special.  If you get offended easy you might as well not listen!

The Backyard Preacher Podcast #77 (Pope Francis & the Argument of Universalism)

Pope Francis set off a firestorm in the religious world with his latest homily, claiming that it was better to be an atheist than a bad Christian.  Nate takes a look at this along with the Pope’s claim of Christian universalism.

The Backyard Preacher #76 (Transcendence)

Nate talks about the transcendence of the human spirit into a more capable medium, that being the machine.  How is this still compatible with Christianity?  Nate also talks about the possible simulation of this life and continuing to follow your passions despite being trapped in a program.