Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.   Heb 11:1


 Hollywood Faith Christian Center

      HFCC | Message from the Pastor

   In the play called "Phantom of the Opera" the young soprano, Christine, is drawn to the dark character of the Phantom.  He claims to love her and calls himself her "angel of music", and the siren song of his voice draws her to him because of her love of the music and singing.  Yet there is another man named Raoul who also loves her.  And she spends the bulk of the play torn between the good side represented by the character of Raoul and the dark side represented by the Phantom.  In the end, in order to save the life of Raoul she chooses to stay with the Phantom.  When he sees her willingness to sacrifice herself for the man she loves, the Phantom releases them both and sets them free.  In the end of the play it is revealed that if the Phantom had accepted her selfless sacrifice, she would have been consumed by the darkness he represented.

   Many folks are often torn between the good they have known of Christ and the evils of the world.  Addictions, bad relationships, witchcraft, greed, and lust overwhelm them, and they cannot see how to be free.  Our witnessing and conversations about Jesus only seem to infuriate them; seemingly only sending them further into the darkness.  The dark spirits that control them cause them to reject Christ even more.  The bible speaks of this in the book of Romans, "And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to debased minds, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with an unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness, they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful..."  (Romans 1:28-31)

   When the knowledge of God is rejected, one depravity leads to more and more.  "Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits, and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron."  (1 Timothy 4:1-2)  When they reject your witness, they are not rejecting you, even though they may spew venom upon you, they are in fact rejecting Jesus.  The more Christ is rejected the greater the anger, because deep in their being they know that there is  (what Saint Augustine called) a "hole" in their hearts which only God can fill."  But in the seasons of the open heavens the darkness will be rejected and they will receive the light.  But like in the play, the draw of the darkness is great.  And it will draw them through the flesh, with something that is their passion as it did Christine with her music.

   But God will convert your passions to the good.  God put the love of music, hospitality, ministering to the needs of others, or sharing of the "good news" in you.  He will give you the desires of your heart because those things are in your spiritual DNA.  While the devil tries to lure you away to your death.  Remember Satan's plan is to "steal, and to kill, and to destroy."  (John 10:10)  But the plan of salvation through Jesus Christ is that "they may have life, and that they may if more abundantly." 

   Though the draw of evil and the power of darkness is great...always remember light dispels the darkness, not the reverse.  "You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world."  (1 John 4:4)
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