MISSIONARY RANDY PIKE’S MESSAGE
Newsletter from Randy & Addien Pike, P.O. Box 25215, Greenville, SC, USA. Late January 2014. Phone 1-864-244-5020.
“For without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5).
Message: These words spoken by Jesus Christ are like dynamite. Any person of history to make such an all-embracing claim would be put down as a phony, fool, or lunatic. Even the majority of Congress and the President of the United States have not gone this far in lying to, and deceiving the people of America. It is because of such statements as this that Christ is fiercely hated, maligned, slandered, and ridiculed by society at large, most systems of education, social, political, and cultural bodies alike. If the Son of God had said, “I am on the equal with Mohammed, the Pope, Charles Taz Russell, Ellen G. White, Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, Buddha, and all world religious figureheads, the godless would give him a standing ovation. Like a steel wall, this claim of Jesus stands to save or damn. Lost humanity is blind to the truth that if they give the Devil a ride, he will soon be driving. Christ rejecters and God haters often accomplish good things through social action, reforms, revolutions, and wars. However, their great humane feats will end at death. Here, we turn all things loose, and step from this world into another that is eternal in either heaven or hell! Imagine, telling God you discovered a medicine that has helped millions, therefore, you deserve heaven! It will take more than that to escape everlasting damnation.
All men and women struggle with life. Young and old alike feel the pounding of sin, the haunting of memory, the pressure of work, and a thousand other torments. As tough as things seem, we must remember that the squeaky wagon gets the grease! Jesus is our Lord and Savior. We are his by purchase price of his precious blood; sealed by the Holy Spirit, hid with him in God, and clothed with the very righteousness of God that Christ imparted to us at the moment of the new birth. We discover that the years teach us much that our days did not know. Time passes, but memory remains. It recalls that we have him, and he has us. Building a perfectly just social state with unsaved men in charge is impossible. Utopia will only be realized when Jesus rules as King of kings and Lord of lords. The United Nations is a blasphemous crowd of pagans, demon possessed politicians, wicked dignitaries, who steer society into eternal darkness. Now, sin has become “culture,” while “human rights” strangle the process of justice and punishment for America’s heinous crimes. And why is this so? Because, “Without Christ we can do nothing.”
God’s sure mercies are often disguised: My wife was in a wreck and totaled our car. She was uninjured even with the air bag coming out! With me now wheelchair-bedridden, she amazingly continues to keep things going with the help of our daughter, Rosemary. Our son, David, had a mild stroke in his left side. He is under intense therapy trying to get back to some form of normality. Our youngest son, Phillip still suffers with his eyes. Even though the retina has reattached in the right eye, ugly problems loom over him according to the last diagnosis. In these things, God wants us to lovingly trust him, regardless (Heb. 11:6). This we try to do. Paul told Timothy to “endure hardness” (2 Tim. 2:3) and not just say a little prayer, and it would go away. In the Christian life, some things must be endured away and not prayed away. Someday, when life is over, we will kiss the hand that has wounded us (Prov. 27:6a). However dark your lot seems, there is enough light on the other side of the cloud, in that pure city where God lives to eradicate all shadows, resolve all questions, and charm the heart of redeemed men forever. Won’t is be wonderful when “we shall be like him and see him as he is” (1 John 3:2). Yes, heaven’s sure mercies are often disguised but soon the disguise will be lifted! In the meantime, we seek to witness to all God sends our way even over the telephone. Your prayers and support have been a unique strength to us for many decades. Thank you.
His happy slaves
Missionaries Randy and Addien Pike