Friday, October 31, 2014

New Hymn, "Peacefulness"

The hymn for today is a picture of peacefulness.

Play the score on MuseScore

Get the PDF file from Google Drive

Regarding Peacefulness on Halloween

When you have stopped living a selfish life and have begun living fully and completely for Christ, there is a peace that reigns. Sometimes, it is the peace of a foggy morning, where even the wind is at rest. Perhaps, it is of a brook playing quietly over the rocks. Maybe it is of the quietly vibrant colors of a sunset, tickling at your eyes, relieving your heart of tears. It could be of the loving eyes of one who looks on you with no fear, peaceful and content simply to be in your presence. For some it is the simple sight of an open door to which they are not barred. For others it might be the child-like game of placing your foot wherever the Savior leads. For yet others it can be the baleful cry of a siren signaling “All is clear; be at rest!”

Father, lead us by Thy sight
To that place where all is right
Lead us to that golden peace
Found within Thy sure release

Christ always leads!

Even on Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Hands of Heaven

For the one expositing the full Gospel message, the writing of hymns is not a case of happy, happy, joy, joy, feel good, feel good, feel good! It is far more a case of speaking Truth to sin while praising God for conquering it. The hymn for today is in that vein. The one who claims Christ while trying to defend their “right” to live as they please, rather than for the purity of others around them is a liar and is bound for hell rather than heaven because they are living a selfish life and the life in Christ is not selfish.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Secular Media and Deception as a Tool for Trumpeting False Ideas as Fact

There has been a controversy over some statements made by Pope Francis a few days ago, regarding Evolution and the Big Bang. The secular media has tried very hard to make it look like Pope Francis is trashing Intelligent Design while lending support to atheistic worldview assumptions that regularly get passed off as scientific theory and even fact.

Here, however, is what the Pope really said:

The Vatican’s Take

A Prayer for Love

Oh! How I cried as this hymn came forth, pouring from my soul—from its very depths! In the midst of my tears I stopped and prayed before embarking on the last two stanzas, begging God to finish the hymn with the needed answer. I know it’s long, but, if you want to know me, perform this hymn! Perform it in front of your youth group! Perform it in front of your singles group, if you’re brave enough to have one! Perform it in front of the entirety of your congregation, but perform it! Let it wrap itself around your soul to know the pain of those looked down upon in every church in this land, but perform it! and

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

God Forgive America

A Prayer for America
I exhort, therefore, first of all, make without delay, supplications, prayers, intercessions,
 thanksgivings for all men, for Kings and all those in authority.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2

God forgive America,
Homeland of my birth,
And revive her flagging soul
To receive Thy grace!
Once the land of freedom, bound
To Thy laws of faith,
Now, look on her sinful heart;
Cover not Thy face!

Driven now by wickedness,
Forging forth to hell,
Once she bore Your Word abroad
And that sword was fell!
Standing ’stride the raging path
Of despots from hell,
Now, blood fifty million strong
Bathes her soul in hell!

What moral imperative
Has, since, ferried her
O’er the judgment of Thy wrath
from erring to err?
Thinking herself good as God,
Guidance her has failed,
For she listens not to Thee,
But to errors hailed!

Turn her, Lord God, back to Thee,
Covered by Thy grace!
Riven on the cross for thee,
Look upon the face
Of the Lord God Jesus Christ,
Love upon His face,
And turn from your wickedness
By amazing grace!

Singing hymns you don’t believe,
Crocodilian tears
Skitter down your witheredness,
Shielding you from tears
Flowing from the victim hearts
Of your raging sin!
Turn, you, now to Jesus Christ,
Who beckons you in!
©2014 William F. Maddock and

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sunrise, October 27, 2014

I shot this photo from the fourth floor kitchen, here at New Life. I have submitted it to KSDK as a weather photo, so keep an eye out to see if they use it.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A reversal of fortune

       One day you have it all – The American Dream – The next day you wonder where your next meal is coming from, where you are going to sleep and will you be safe. This is a situation that happens all too frequently. It knows no physical, cultural, racial or economic boundaries. I know this only too well as it happened to me. Even though I “lost it all”, I have never felt my faith diminish. I was born into the Anglican faith (parents both Brits), baptized and have always felt that the Lord was with me. As a young person (and well into my 30s) I still maintained my faith even as I pursued the dream of good job, family and a good house, etc. When I became alone and homeless, my faith “reaffirmed” itself to me. It took losing everything and spending a LONG time on the streets for me to see what I truly had, and in fact had all along – MY FAITH. Even when I was hungry, living moment to moment I knew that my Lord was with me, guiding my steps.
      Everything happens for a reason and I know that my Lord has a purpose for me, a purpose not fully revealed as yet. Every day I am thankful for the chance to do His work and grow as a Christian. Every day has highs and lows,  breakthroughs and roadblocks but through it all I know who guides my hand and heart. I feel more grounded and focused and am glad to say that my original reversal of fortune has come full circle but instead of property and money and all that goes with it, I have what REALLY matters – happiness, purpose and fellowship. 

On the Matter of Gifts

Gifts can be a problem—a real problem in your life. Whether through the giving, or the receiving of them, they can be a real problem.

You might wander what I’m talking about, here. Well, I can assure you that I am speaking about a very real problem, here.

Most of the time, a gift is easily dealt with: you kindly and graciously accept it, and you move on in life. Take, as an example, the Weeping Macaw pictured at right. What you see here is a trace, for presentation purposes.

The original is a painting on marble. I didn’t ask for it, but someone thought enough of me, and my service to the homeless and the veterans down in Springfield, Missouri, that it was presented to me as a gift. It has not been an easy thing to carry about, but it was presented to me as a gift by someone who appreciated me, and it is not an impossible, or inappropriate, burden.

Many years, in fact decades, ago, when I was yet a youth, I sought to present a gift to someone that I very greatly appreciated, and I was deeply wounded and heartbroken when it was rejected. When my gift was rejected I felt as if I was also being rejected, and it took a great deal of time and care and effort to show me that that was not the case at all, but that the gift was not allowable.

In such a case, when a gift is not something that you want, or is something that you feel you cannot receive and still be proper, you have a problem. You have to decide which of several concepts is the more important to you.

This perplexity has been presented to me, and I now present it to you, confident that the One who has presented the problem to me has done so in order that I would present it and reason it out with you.

You see the capitalization in the foregoing sentence, so I feel that I don’t really need to loudly announce who it is that has presented this problem to me, but let me say this: that I have been going about, filled with concern and doubt and trepidation for my soul and the life of one who has become very important to me; that they not be led astray—particularly not by one as wanton as I have been known to be—and that I not be led astray, for I have known what I can be.

The presentation of the problem was so shockingly and stunningly simple and direct, and yet in such an unexpected way as to send me reeling along this journey of self-examination and the increasing of the self-doubt already so extant: “Will you accept or reject my gift?”

Even as I write this, some peace has yet returned, for my answer, crude, and ungainly, and fallenness-filled, and trepidatious, yet fervent, and sincere, and disbelievingly hopeful, and, still, in its usual format for such prayers, has gone up.

It is exceedingly difficult to “word out” such a prayer, and I did not even want to give over the space to do so here, but have been ever so gently rebuked in the spirit, so let me simply share the general outline, here: “If this be not of You, then take it away; but if it is of You, then I accept it with all the joy in my heart.” In the past His reaction has always been the same, but has never been preceded by that question, above.

There are, truly, so many relationships, and hearts, and friendships, and expectations, and facets here involved, that the importance of this cannot be overstated, and must needs not be understated.

Certainly there are some who will take this on a more personal level than most would take it, and the importance of that level is not lost on me, but if this question was uttered to me by God, then it is God to whom I must answer, and that is the importance to which I appeal, and to which I must appeal, for there is no one more important to me than God.

Most assuredly, there are innumerable people who lay claim to what I utter here only to make excuses for their own sin, and it is also not lost on me that such is precisely what I have, in the past, been repeatedly accused of by those who, truly, are only making excuses for the sins of women against God and men, executed for the sake of their own wanton lusts and hateful indifference to the fates of the souls of men who suffer, unaided, through the periphery of the lives of those who see life as their own personal beauty pageant.

My heart has been on display for this entire issue, and if you cannot read that then you cannot read. I cannot afford concern for those accusations from such enemies of God; I must concern myself with God.

Whenever anyone is presented with a gift that sends them into such flights of caution and self-examination, are they not considering the source of that presented gift? Is that not the very first thing, in fact, to do? Is that not, indeed, part and parcel of the determination of that presentation as a gift and not a trap? Surely Satan has his pinions in, but God, the scissors that will trim!

When a fellow, fallen sinner is the source or avenue of such a presentation, then it is simpler than when the presentation or exchange is only on the spiritual level, for there you have something concrete to rest your reason on.

Surely in the physical exchange you can still be tricked, and you should stay on guard against such an event, but when the practiced, physical senses are not involved Satan has more leeway and more tools at his disposal and less of our practiced, experiential certainty with which to contend.

You must first discern the source—and take care in doing so, for where the Spiritual Realm is concerned, souls are concerned, and for those souls to which you do harm, God will require the blood of them from your hand. It is that serious—so take it that way.

Only once you have discerned the source can you move on to the weightier matters, for then you must face where your heart truly lays, and that might be no pleasant proposition, for each of us hides skeletons in the dark, for none of us is yet in heaven. Yes, even the most foul, wretched, disgusting filths among us are still ashamed at something—and hide it.

This process will free those skeletons and expose your sin to you, but who do you love more: your sin, or your God? You cannot live with both, you know. You cannot live with both. In the end, and for all eternity, you will have either one or the other. You will not hold both. Scripture tells us that you will have the desires of your heart. But are those desires for God, or for unrighteousness? In the end, you will not hold both.

Now we move to something more serious, something far more grave: Whom do you desire to offend?

Let that sit and bristle for a while, for when you face a presentation such as this, if it be from God there will be offense, for there will be those who think themselves right and true who will not be prepared for where they will find themselves regarding you.

For your own part, let it not be that you actually desire to offend anyone. But whom are you least willing to offend? Years ago I released a recording titled, “Marriage Matters More”, so I ask you: to you, truly, who matters more, God or men?

Do not think that you will not face that choice because God will not share you with the enemy, but will have you to Himself, and any who oppose His will are, in fact, His enemy. Be not His enemy!

Recall, in the fifth paragraph of this article, how I felt when my gift was rejected. Is this not how God feels when His gift is rejected? And He truly knows the heart!!! As I wrote above, “be not His enemy”; do not reject the gift of God.

For my own part, I have done the safest thing I know how. I have exposed my heart to Him; my desires are known. I have not grasped at it with a clenched fist, but have, with open hand, lain it back in His, saying, “Thy will be done!”, hoping against hope that He will lay it back in mine, but acquiescing to His will, and not insisting upon mine, because trusting Him in some things means trusting Him in all.

He is a most loving and gracious God, and He is most serious on the matter of gifts.

December 2014 St. Louis Amigan, PDF file

Be Heaven Sent! 

Saturday, October 25, 2014


Today I went ahead and posted a short video I made a while back for Channel 24. It has to do with thankfulness.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Top 10 IQs

As a general matter of course, I deal with a pretty miserable group of people online. They seem to think the only way to feel important is in the destruction of other people’s reputations, whether by general slander or direct insult. Of course, all of the ones in this group claim to be atheists. I, though, recently found a list that could be of interest to all of those self-appointed “scholars”, who love to go around claiming that anyone who believes in God is some kind of malformed idiot.

It is a list of the world’s Top 10 confirmed IQs, along with the metaphysical leanings of each entrant:

Andrew Magdy Kamal IQ: 231 Christian

Abdessellam Jelloul IQ: 198 Theist (believes in God, but no specifics known)

Christopher Michael Langan IQ: 195 Theist (believes in God, but no specifics known)

Terence Tao IQ: 220-230 Unknown (doesn
t talk about it)

Christopher Hirata IQ: 225 Christian

Evangelos Katsioulis IQ: 198 Christian

Rick Rosner IQ: 192 non-Atheist (has publicly denied being an atheist)

Mislav Predavec IQ: 192 Christian

Gary Kasparov IQ: 190 Christian

Kenneth Ferrell IQ: 190 Christian

So, in spite of the loud and rude claims of those Internet heroes who claim to be “scholars”, out of the Top 10 IQ holders in the entire world, not one of them can be confirmed as an atheist. Not one. Imagine that.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Great Things

Great prayer is needed today, as there will be a hearing announcing the Board of Public Service's decision on whether or not to try to force the shutdown of the ministry of the New Life Evangelistic Center (of which I am part), here in St. Louis!

Also, +Paul Caballero added me to his Google+ circles today! He is a  Christian motivational speaker who has spoken in 37 countries.

And he added me (I had never heard of him before this)! This is extraordinarily cool!

Praise God!

And Pray!

And if you are in the St. Louis Area, join us outside St. Louis City Hall at 1pm.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Wax On, Wax Off

If you've seen "The Karate Kid", you know about Mr. Miyagi.

If you're not familiar with this guy, allow me to explain.

In "The Karate Kid", a young guy is troubled by getting picked on, so he approaches Mr. Miyagi about teaching him some karate. Instead of karate though, he gets taught how to "sand the floor", "paint the fence" and waxing the car, using the elusive "wax-on wax-off" technique. Further, when the kid tries taking shortcuts to do the job faster, Mr. Miyagi comes out and corrects him. One scene showed the kid (Daniel) sanding the deck until night, and instead of using the two hand-sanders, he was using both hands on one. Mr. Miyagi called him on it, showing him the right way yet again--do a few circles with the left, and a few with the right. Left-a circle, Right-a circle. Finally the kid gets upset and complains that all he's doing is being used for odd jobs... and it turns out that the way the jobs were done were training him for karate. The same weird, unefficient moves that were used in sanding the floor, painting the fence and waxing the car were ideal for defending against punches and kicks.

Today I'd like to talk about how God sometimes plays the Mr. Miyagi card.

We're human. Sometimes we take shortcuts in life. The things we used to do the "right way" evolve into doing things the "better way"... better because the job the procedure is applied to gets done faster, or with less energy.

God sometimes gives us stuff to do, not just to keep us busy, but to train us for something else later on. There is a "better way" that we can do it--a way that makes it easier on us--but are we defrauding ourselves out of bigger lessons that could be learned by doing it the right way? How often do we think that God is focusing on the job at hand, when He's really not, and we concern ourselves with getting the job done well?

I just got done reading 1 Samuel 13, and the part where Saul chose to make the sacrifice instead of waiting on Samuel really stands out. Samuel was the one that was supposed to do the sacrifices, but Saul chose to do it when Samuel hadn't shown up by the proper time. Saul's reasoning was that the sacrifice needed to be done so that his army would defeat the Philistines, and Samuel wasn't there, so the next best thing was to just do it himself. Instead of using biblical ethics, he used situational ethics.

That wasn't the proper response. Putting that rule in place wasn't for Samuel's job security, it was for people to learn to trust and wait on the Lord. Samuel was God's prophet, so if he really needed to be there at a particular time, God would get him there on time. Saul's reaction to this really revealed what was in his heart. When things got dicey, Saul trusted in himself, not in the Lord.

So, my point is, think about what things are going on in your life that God's given you to do. What kind of work is going on inside you that seems indirectly related to the job? Don't short yourself by doing things the quick way if the right way nets you more growth in your faith in the Lord.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

In Defense of a Friend

This day I am anticipating getting my ears pinned back yet again, online, for having, yet again, publicly stood up for “The Hated One” of the Amiga Community, my friend, Bill McEwen.
An anonymous-coward poster asked me why I elect to stand alone, willing to display a forgiving attitude to those that the rest of the community chooses to unswervingly, and unreasoningly, vilify, accusing me of being gullible in an unfathomable degree. I, therefore, took the time, and forum space, to spell out the reasoning involved, pointing out the almost universal lack of direct knowledge of the man versus my friendship with him (thereby pointing out that, as opposed to the vast majority of the community, I am the one that actually knows and maintains contact with the man), to say nothing of the irony of accusing someone who refuses to believe the party line of being gullible.
I will receive the most hatred for having, yet again, pointed out the unreasoningly, unyieldingly, unswervingly, self-righteously and totally uninformed hate-filled attitude that the vast majority of the community holds toward a man that they have never had any direct experience of, and therefore no real knowledge of, pointing out, as well, that because I have an accurate view of my own failings and my own sinfulness I can, because of them, see through his, to the man, and call him friend.
So, what does that mean, really? It means that, because I am forgiven, I can forgive.
They, on the other hand, cannot forgive because they are not forgiven, and are not forgiven because they claim knowledge that they do not have. “If you were blind you would not hold sin, but because you claim to see, your guilt remains.”(John 9:41)
In my discourse I pointed out the various sites that claim to keep a public, running dossier of the man and his activities and yet have absolutely zero information that could even imaginably be mistaken as neutral, much less positive, which, of course, calls into obvious and glaring question the issue of their objectivity and therefore exposes the equally obvious issue of their bias against the man, to say nothing of the agenda that the vast majority of the community absolutely refuses to cast an inquiring eye upon.
How is it, therefore, that I can so easily ignore all of the supposed “evidence” publicly piled up against the man?
“When a person has—whether they knew it or not—already rejected the Truth, by what means do they discern a lie?”
You see, the answer to the question of how I can so easily ignore supposed “evidence” publicly piled up against the man is really very simple: I know the man. I, therefore, have an accurate gauge against which to measure the claims made against him, as well as to measure against those making those claims.
They do not measure up to him.
They, therefore, hate me because I expose the Truth about them, and make them face the Truth about themselves.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sunday, October 12, 2014

An Anchor That Will Stand

This article is reposted from the old site in order that viewers will be able to respond, since the old site did not allow for commenting

Here I am, starting this issue in the closing hours of September, having just decided to change the manner in which I create the mastheads for the newsletter. Software changes, and you either change with it, or you get left behind, with no solutions for your challenges.
Beginning with the October issue I discovered that my method for creating the mastheads was no longer working as expected, so, after hacking an issue out, I, only today, discovered a better way of making the mastheads, and I will be pursuing that in the next issues. The changes will, hopefully, be subtle. But I think the results will look more professional and more artistic.
I have been learning more about a particular software package, and that learning curve began to be applied with this year’s anniversary issue in its cover art, which was designed, largely, in a package known as Inkscape. It is Inkscape that I will be using to apply the planned changes to come.
As I wrote above, I do not plan changes that would come across as drastic or jarring, but simply as quiet, perhaps smoother, and hopefully, pleasing to the eye.
Drastic changes can be particularly stressful and daunting things to deal with and to wrap your life around, and I do not enjoy those things, so I will not, willingly, be committing them myself. In fact, I find anchors much more enjoyable.
An anchor is a marker of stability. In the midst of chaos it can hold you steady. Instead of getting smashed against the rocks, it uses those very same rocks to keep you steady and secure against the storms of life.
As I, those years ago, now, was fighting more and more desperately to keep the home that I loved in the neighborhood where I felt safe, the ragings of the storms of my life kept getting stronger and stronger and stronger until, finally, something gave way that I could not fix, and, the keystone smashed, my house of cards fell, and I had to leave.
I am certain that there are those from my former life who, even to this day, given all that has happened to me and for me and through me, by Christ since coming here, would still accuse me of having given up; of not having fought hard enough, of being lazy, or unresourceful, or unmotivated, perhaps even of being a coward.
It is, perhaps, instructional that, since I joined the leadership training program here, and gave permission to those holding them to do with my possessions what they thought best and to keep any proceeds for themselves, and having even visited their church on more than one occasion, I have not heard word one from them. People quite often mistake the calling of their own lives as being a necessary calling on the lives of each and every Christian in the world.
I remember the look of deep disappointment in the face of Dr. David Ludwick when I replied to his hope to consider going to the Ukraine by saying, “That is not part of my calling.” He seemed to think that every Christian should go on a missions assignment. How odd, then, that he did not seem to recognize the missions field in his own metropolitan area. I did not know, then, what my particular calling was, only that the Spirit was telling me to remain where I was.
How can people be leaders of Christian missions organizations, all the while failing absolutely to see the missions field right under their very noses? How can such a thing possibly be? And yet it is so very wide spread in this oh so Christian nation!
Is it time for you to palace dwell” while the temple of the Holy Spirit lies desperate and desolate at your very door? Will you continue to congratulate yourselves for foreign missions while your own city slides the slope into hell?
How interesting it is to live among those who would risk their very lives to spread the Gospel to foreign lands but refuse to lift a finger of risk to serve the hurting and the homeless that languish outside their own door!
Where is the anchor in their lives? Who is the anchor in yours, and why do you not trust Him to hold? How is it that your temple for praising the homeless Savior of the world holds no bed for the homeless outside your own door? Who is your anchor, and why do you not trust Him to hold? Are the storms of your life so relentless and severe that even God Himself cannot hold? Who is your anchor, and why do you not trust Him to hold?
I most truly discovered my own anchor when I finally let go of the things of this life and determined to walk with Him wherever He might lead, be that over lands and seas, or into slums, or into hell itself. I, having always been at His mercy, was finally coming to realize what a fine place that is to be. He is the anchor of the most high God, and He has amply demonstrated, by His very life and death, His willingness to step into and vanquish hell itself to keep you in His care. He has held my life in His hands and He will also hold yours.
In recent days I have taken to a particular way of describing the events of my walk with Him. It involves a vision that was granted me on more than one occasion, each time using the accouterments of my surroundings to fill in the self same message of the repeated vision.
Standing in the venue in which I found myself, I would suddenly be in the Spirit and see myself kneeling in prayer in the place where I was standing, and, so long as I remained in that posture of prayer, by the end of the vision I would find myself kneeling amid the rafters of the roof where I was.
The truth of my attitude during that time can be evidenced by the fact that I felt as if I were being held, indeed squeezed, down, and this continued until I finally let go of those possessions, that home, and that neighborhood. Though it took some months to realize, it became apparent that once I did this, things changed; the squeezing down of me transformed in such a way that, when asked, I usually describe it as being as if God were lifting the floor beneath my knees. As I have ceased my striving, He has engaged His on my behalf.
When Gideon gathered his army, the Lord rebuked him and sent more than 99% of that army back home, using, of them, only the very weakest, who could not stand on their own. It is only those who cannot that God comes in and uses and does. When you strive to stand on your own, you bar God.
Your own anchor—that one in which you most truly trust—is the one that will not stand the test. You, instinctively, demonstrate your knowledge of this by refusing to even try to step up and stand against the ragings of life that demand that you not do what God has commanded every one of His people to do, when He commands, in Deuteronomy, that you will providewithin your בשׁעריך, your doorsfor, yes, the church, but also for the stranger, the widow, the orphan, that they may be satisfiedwithin your doors.
This is not a command of ceremonial matters. It is a command of how to treat one another! For those who have no provision, you will providewithin your doors.
When you refuse such a command you refuse the one who makes the command that you refuse. When you refuse to stand against the demands of the storms of life you also refuse the anchor that can make that stand. We have not been given a spirit of fear that we should cower before the haters of this life. No! Instead, we have been given an anchor that will stand!

Why “Isaiahic Commission”?

I’ve been using this title for a little while, now, and it occurs to me that some might wonder how I came up with that title. Well, let’s start off by turning to Isaiah 6 (I am using the ACV, here; it’s free, and conservative with the translation of the original language text):
8 And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then I said, Lo, send me. 9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but do not understand, and see ye indeed, but do not perceive. 10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes, lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn, and be healed. 11 Then I said, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until cities be waste without inhabitant, and houses without man, and the land become utterly waste, 12 and Jehovah has removed men far away, and the forsaken places be many in the midst of the land. 13 And if there be yet a tenth in it, it also shall in turn be eaten up. As a terebinth, and as an oak, whose stock remains when they are felled, so the holy seed is the stock of it.
I do not intend that this blog should be used to tickle ears, nor do I intend that the messages passed along, here, should be compromised in order to avoid the offense of those who come to read (or to comment, by the way, as comments will be moderated anyway, of course).
 The commission of someone called to speak forth the Word of Way, Truth, and Life is not always an easy word to hear, but it is always needed. Many people have a tendency to attack the one who is responding to such a call, seeking only to execute it faithfully, and I would adjure you to question the veracity of those who level such attacks. For example, one such person that I run into online, is someone who seems to falsely claim to be Christian themselves in order to discredit genuine Christianity. They don’t believe the Bible, don’t go to church, don’t have any views in line with those of Christ and agree with everything that atheists say, but bless God, they’re Christian! Such a person might even spout Bible references at the one fulfilling their call, but such spoutings are rarely accurate when fully examined.
Take care in your assessments of such people, that you not be merely crying out for your ears to be tickled. Take care, as well, that you not assume sin where you do not genuinely know its presence, for the commission of the Prophet did not begin with verse eight, but verse 1: 
In the year that king Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each one had six wings, with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is Jehovah of hosts. The whole earth is full of his glory. 4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who cried, and the house was filled with vapor. 5 Then I said, Woe is me! For I am undone, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips. For my eyes have seen the King, Jehovah of hosts. 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said, Lo, this has touched thy lips, and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin forgiven.
God confronts those He intends to use before He ever sends them out, so be certain of your stance before you attack, lest you find yourself attacking God, for the faithful messenger does not alter the message given, but merely passes it along, so that when you attack the message, it is the Sender you are attacking, and not the one carrying the mail.
That having been said, it is also not my intention that I should be the only author posting here. if this endeavor is a success, you will see more joining in, called to share the Word in their devotions and pronouncements.