2 Timothy 4:2-5 New International Version (NIV):
“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.”
Yesterday, I was invited by the Chairman of the Republican Party in Jefferson County Texas to attend church in Port Arthur. She is very sincere in her efforts to do as the GOP needs, engage with the minority community, and break down barriers. She chose Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church and informed the Senior Pastor, Rev. Randy Vaughn that we would be attending. I was looking forward to the sermon that was supposed to come from the book of Acts. Even the Sunday bulletin listed the theme as “Responding to God’s Call.” However, Pastor Vaughn took the pulpit and informed the congregation that he had decided to change his message and would base his sermon on Isaiah 59:14 (NIV), “So justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter.”
Okay, no worries right? We were going to address the issue of truth for Christians . . .
What followed was one of the most partisan political diatribes I have ever heard delivered from a pulpit. It was also far from the truth, which it appears that the pastor defined, based upon his political ideology. The topic of his sermon was “Truth Has Fallen in the Street.” Yes, I sat respectfully and listened, but I made mental and written notes. I could not stand and offer a debate during the church service, that would be disrespectful, so I will make my rebuttal to the false narratives, myths, and untruths spoken by Rev. Randy Vaughn yesterday at the Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Port Arthur, Texas.
First, Pastor Vaughn claimed that it was shameful that Senate Republicans had voted to not have any witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Trump. What the pastor failed to inform the congregation was the fact that some of the same Democrat senators — such as Chuck Schumer — who asked for witnesses, had once upon a time demanded that there be no witnesses in the Clinton impeachment trial. One of those was former VP Joe Biden.
Pastor Vaughn asserted that the Senate Republicans were part of killing truths. I wonder if Pastor Vaughn felt the same way when Barack Obama lied about the deaths of four Americans, Christopher Stephens, Sean Smith, Glenn Doherty, and Ty Woods when they were abandoned by Obama during the Islamic terrorist attack in Benghazi. I would love to ask Pastor Vaughn about Operation Fast and Furious, when a US Border Patrol Agent, Brian Terry, lost his life because of the gun-running scheme of Barack Obama and Eric Holder . . . and their subsequent suppression of requested “truth” and the obstruction of any investigation.
Pastor Vaughn failed to convey to his congregation, who blindly shouted amens and such, that the burden of proof, evidence, is on the US House of Representatives. Instead — from the pulpit — Pastor Vaughn attacked the “sharp-tongued lawyers” of President Trump’s defense team. Perhaps Pastor Vaughn and I should sit down and have a little discussion about the US Constitution and what the basis for impeachment is: “treason, bribery, and other high crimes and misdemeanors.” It is a very high legal bar to achieve, and the shoddy work of Adam Schiff and Jerrold Nadler became evident in not meeting that threshold.
Pastor Vaughn kept referring back to the truth being rooted in justice and equity, but those are vague, seemingly subjective, references that emanated from his mouth. But, what was most disturbing was the apparent justification of “chaos and anarchy” by Pastor Vaughn when, as he stated, truth is being killed in the street, not Main Street, but the streets of DC. If this is what we have happening in black — or any –churches in America, then we have a problem. Pastor Vaughn even went so far as to attack “right-wing evangelists” for placing their politics above their faith. Really?
I wonder if Pastor Vaughn had anything to say when Robert Francis O’Rourke asserted that churches that did not embrace same-sex marriage should lose their tax-exempt status. Or what did Pastor Vaughn say when the former Houston mayor, openly lesbian, Annise Parker issued subpoenas to several minority pastors when they spoke out against her “gender dysphoria” bathroom initiative?
Perhaps Rev. Randy Vaughn felt good about being able to spew forth untruths, rejecting sound doctrine, and repeating myths from the pulpit. It is rather easy to do so unchallenged. But, here, on this street, truth lives.
I pray that the day comes when fewer people want to have their ears tickled by the false prophets, charlatans.
The truth is that since the 1973 Roe v. Wade SCOTUS decision, some 20 million black babies have been murdered in the womb. Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV) states, “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”
I have to wonder if Rev. Randy Vaughn sees this as an inconvenient truth. It is certainly a truth that has fallen in the street, sir.
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