I’ve been seeing a lot of stuff online by so-called “believers” trashing our president, besmirching his character, denigrating him because of his past.
Scripture I shared in a post yesterday, applies here as well – 1 Corinthians 6:9-11:
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Every one of you has a past – so do I. None of us wants our past aired in public – because there’s probably something in there that is very embarrassing, am I right?
I know I am!
None of us deserves salvation! Every one of us deserves to spend eternity in Hell! None of us are “good people” – the prophet Jeremiah writes:
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9)
Every unsaved person on this earth has a deceitful heart and is wicked and evil at our core. Of course, if you are saved by the blood of Jesus Christ, this has been blotted out and have been given a new heart.
A priest can’t give you a new heart, the pope can’t either, baptism – infant or immersion — doesn’t cut it. Confession, praying to saints doesn’t cut it either.
YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN!
This means getting down on your knees – and praying to Almighty God Himself, asking Jesus to come into your heart, and repenting – turning – from your sin, and believing it with everything you have.
A prayer like this:
I’m a sinner, and I need a savior.
I know that the only way to eternal life with You, is through the shed blood of Your Son, Jesus.
I believe that He died for my sins.
I believe that He rose on the third day.
I believe that one day, that He will come again to take us home to Heaven.
Please come into my heart dear Jesus – save me, wash me whiter than snow.
Please forgive my sin – past, present and future.
Live in me, and help me to walk in Your ways.
Thank You for saving me.
In Jesus’ Name,
If you prayed that – or even your own words – with sincerity of heart, that you believe with all of your heart, you’re saved – Welcome to the Family of Believers.
I have it on good authority – including the pastor who was present when our president prayed a prayer similar to this – that means he’s saved!
To those who question his salvation – who are you to question his salvation? You can’t! That’s between him and God. Y’all need to be paying more attention to your own hearts than the salvation of others!
I truly believe the man is saved – and that’s why God is blessing him with the wisdom to run this country, and to outmaneuver his enemies – just as David did, just as Nehemiah did! They’re coming at him – but through God-given wisdom and the strength of God, he’s swatting the enemies away – and will continue to do so.
America – we are enjoying one last taste of blessing, but it could all come to an end very quickly, if we don’t wise up and start doing what is right in God’s eyes. Judgement is just around the corner, and it’s not pretty. You’re getting a taste of it now.
I’ve given you the roadmap to salvation here – you now have no excuse.
Most believers look at 2 Chronicles 7:14 and think that this verse solves all of our problems. This isn’t true, nor is it biblical.
To understand this verse, we need to look at it in context.
You see, Solomon just finished building the temple and was dedicating it to the Lord Yahveh. All of the people were involved – not just Solomon and the priests – everyone.
Verse 13 is the first part of this sentence, which continues into verse 14. The idea is further solidified in the remainder of the chapter. Let’s look at verses 13 and 14:
When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
It’s clear that God is telling us that He will send judgement on us when we go astray – but, when He does, there is a remedy – and it consists of several parts:
We must Humble ourselves – we must admit that we’re in the wrong and bring ourselves before the King of Kings in all humility.
We must Pray – and Seek God’s Face in our sin, again, in humility.
We must Turn from our Wicked Ways – this is called Repentance. The word “repent” means “to turn from” – therefore, we must repent of the sin – we must turn from it, denounce it, and ask forgiveness from it.
Then – and only then – will God hear from Heaven, forgive our sin – and heal our land.
So how do we get out of it? I don’t know if that’s possible anymore. Could God have turned His back on us? Let’s look at Romans 1, starting in verse 18 – where we see the steps God takes before He is just fed up – and turns us over to our own sin, and turns His back on the people.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. (Romans 1:18-23)
This is the first step – people start looking away from God, and turning to idols. Back in the day – the idols were golden calves, statues of animals, and towers to the false gods Baal and Molech.
Nothings changed today – people are worshiping statues of Buddha, trees, nature, money, possessions – and bowing to false gods such as Allah and Molech.
We are sacrificing our children at the altar of Molech, just as was done in biblical times. This is being done through child ritual sacrifice (and child trafficking) – and through abortion – where over sixty-one million (61,000,000) children have been slaughtered in the name of “Roe v. Wade” here in the USA alone.
Just think of how productive these human beings could have been as contributing members of society – but no, we had to allow mothers to choose to kill their babies.
We as a nation, and as a people, thought we were so smart – but as it says in verse 22. we have become fools. We probably wouldn’t have a Social Security and Medicare problem today, if we had 61,000,000 additional taxpayers in the workforce. But I digress…
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. (Romans 1:24-25)
Paul’s indictment here is that by a wretched exchange human beings came to worship and serve “created things rather than the Creator.” They have wholly rid themselves of God by substituting other objects in his place. This should be sufficient to banish the notion that the practice of idolatry is simply using a man-made image or false god in order to worship God. Contemplating this abysmal betrayal, Paul can’t resist an outburst to counteract it. The Creator “is forever praised.” God’s glory remains, even though unacknowledged by many of his creatures. (Expositor’s Bible Commentary [Abridged Edition]: New Testament)
We’ve dishonored ourselves by serving false gods and worshiping idols – it’s that simple!
For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. (Romans 1:26-27)
The next phase, we see today – and it’s “in your face”…
Note that there is a connection between the first and second phases. Given that people have started worshiping their own deities – gods – they were now free to follow their own sinful passions.
Paul is showing the unnatural relations of men with men, women with women. This type of perversion has no counterpart anywhere in the animal kingdom – it’s purely made from human imagination.
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. (Romans 1:28-32)
What’s a “debased” (or in some translations, “depraved”) mind? Well, in this case, people just gave up on God, and He gave up on the people.
Think of it this way, it is God’s function to judge, but people have usurped that prerogative in order to sit in judgment on him and dismiss him from their lives.
Look at that list of sins! They’re all around us today – and many of them are prominent in our government!
That last verse – verse 32: Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them – – we see this in society today! People are given permission to act in this way! Many of our politicians are doing it!
Sexual perversion? Fornication? Adultery? All approved by our leaders – because many of them are doing it! We have a man running for president who is a sodomite – and has married, and sleeps with – another man!
Has God turned His back on us? He sure has a reason to!
Getting back to 2 Chronicles, chapter 7…
“But if you turn aside and forsake my statutes and my commandments that I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will pluck you up from my land that I have given you, and this house that I have consecrated for my name, I will cast out of my sight, and I will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples. And at this house, which was exalted, everyone passing by will be astonished and say, ‘Why has the Lord done thus to this land and to this house?’ Then they will say, ‘Because they abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers who brought them out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods and worshiped them and served them. Therefore he has brought all this disaster on them.’” (2 Chronicles 7:19-22)
Here’s the caveat about the “healing of the land” – if you turn away from the True and Living God – he will take the land away and bring disaster on the people.
So – if there’s any chance – any chance at all that we find favor with God as a nation – and receive future blessings – we need to humble ourselves, and admit that as a people, we have sinned, then we must collectively – as a people – go to God (not Allah, not Buddha, not idols – but the true and living God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) and seek forgiveness for the sins of the nation. Then we must turn away from these sins, to never repeat them.
I truly believe that we true believers are doing just this. But we see the judgement in states like California, New York and Illinois – with more jurisdictions to come – if people don’t come to their senses!
Repent – for there isn’t much time before Christ comes for His bride (that’s us, His believers, folks) – if you haven’t accepted Christ as your personal savior – today is the day, for you are not promised tomorrow.
Don’t get caught in judgement – repent of your sin – Christ died for your sins – all of them, no matter how bad. You just need to Acknowledge your sin – admit that you are a sinner, then ask Jesus to save you and forgive your sin.
First off, let me ask you a question: What is a Prophet? What is the job of a Prophet?
Miriam Webster defines a prophet as one who foretells future events, a predictor – biblically, this is wrong. They do have one definition that is correct however, and that is “one regarded by a group of followers as the final authoritative revealer of God’s will.”
The prophets in the Bible did one thing – they revealed what God had told them. If the people did what was right, they would be blessed, if they didn’t, they would be cursed and judgement would fall upon them.
How many times do we read in the Bible, that when the people “did what was evil in the sight of the Lord” – stuff happened.
Well folks, as it is today.
The United States has been blessed by God beyond belief in its short history. We were founded on Judeo-Christian principles, we taught God in schools, we had prayer in the classrooms. The nation prospered through the years.
Then we started acting stupid, just like the Israelites in the Bible. We did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.I received a revelation earlier this week – could it be that all of these illegal aliens invading our country’s borders, be a judgement? Could this be like the locusts that invaded Egypt before Pharaoh let the Hebrews out of slavery? I wrote on Facebook, the following:
Just prior to the first Passover in Egypt, there was a judgement of locusts, such consume everything in their paths.
Could it be, that the invasion of illegal immigrants, consuming all sorts of resources – natural and financial – be a judgement of God on the USA? Could these be our locusts?
We deserve this judgement, we deserve worse – Yahveh – the Father – is truly grieved, between the worship of Molech (the killing of the unborn), and as in the days of Noah, eating, drinking and making merry.
It’s time to repent people. We need to repent for ourselves and for the sin of our nation. If you don’t know Yeshua ha’Mashiach – Jesus, the Messiah – as your savior, repent of your sin and ask Him into your life today – you are not promised tomorrow!
This morning, when my wife and I came together in prayer and devotions, I asked the Lord, “if this is true, if we are in indeed in judgement, please confirm it and give me the words to give your people. Use me as your prophet to tell the people to repent, and that You again, may bless this nation.”No sooner than this prayer was concluded, that I was taken to the sixth chapter of Judges, where the hoardes of people of Midian oppress Israel. Let’s look at the text – and see the similarities to today.
The people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord gave them into the hand of Midian seven years. And the hand of Midian overpowered Israel, and because of Midian the people of Israel made for themselves the dens that are in the mountains and the caves and the strongholds. For whenever the Israelites planted crops, the Midianites and the Amalekites and the people of the East would come up against them. They would encamp against them and devour the produce of the land, as far as Gaza, and leave no sustenance in Israel and no sheep or ox or donkey. For they would come up with their livestock and their tents; they would come like locusts in number—both they and their camels could not be counted—so that they laid waste the land as they came in. And Israel was brought very low because of Midian. And the people of Israel cried out for help to the Lord. (Judges 6:1-6 ESV)
Starting with the very first verse – the people did what was evil in the sight of the Lord – and God judged by giving the nation into the hand of Midian for seven years. Today, we have this evil all around us.
We are worshiping at the altar of Baal and Molech by sacrificing our unborn children through abortion. Over 61,000,000 – that’s 61
million – children sacrificed in the US alone since the passing of Roe v. Wade in 1973. Do you think this is pleasing in God’s sight? I think not!
We are worshiping at the altar of Baal by giving into the lusts of our flesh, by fornicating and committing adultery – leading to that first one many times! God said “Don’t commit adultery” – He meant it!
We are trying to play God by redefining what God gave us in terms of marriage, gender, and procreation.
Hey – it’s OK for men to marry men, and women to marry women. We have a candidate for president who has married another man! How can this man lead morally? He can’t!
Hey – it’s OK to “identify” as another gender – today, I’m a man, tomorrow, I’m a woman. or no gender at all!
Hey – it’s OK to sleep with someone the same gender and share bodily fluids! Power to the Queer! Gay Pride! No – It’s an abomination to the Lord!
Gettting back to the text, For seven years, the hoards of people would invade Israel, and take of their harvest.
Well heck people, we have hoards of people from other nations invading our borders. taking of our resources, bleeding our treasury dry! They’re bringing pestilence and disease to our nation.
Measles – once eradicated, is now an epidemic along the border. This, along with syphilis. dysentery, and other diseases. What’s next, smallpox?
And our government does nothing to combat this – in fact, they celebrate the very sins that God is judging!
Ask any democrat candidate about a sin, they celebrate it!
Abortion: Yes, it must be allowed up to the moment of birth – and even after, if the child isn’t wanted.
Homosexuality: Celebrate the gay lifestyle – allow same sex marriage
Transgenderism: Let boys who “identify” as girls – use the girl’s bathroom facilities – and vice versa.
And all of this is to be celebrated by all – lest you be labelled a bigot, a homophobe, a racist, etc.
All of this is sin!
Back to our text – verse 5: “… they would come up with their livestock and their tents; they would come like locusts in number—both they and their camels could not be counted—so that they laid waste the land as they came in.”
We’re being invaded – just like locusts – aren’t we?
What do we do? We must repent as a nation – for the sins of this nation.
Our leaders must repeal Roe v. Wade – and make abortion illegal!
We, as a nation, must resurrect sodomy law and outlaw homosexuality.
We, as a nation, must stand up to the politically correct crowd and declare that transgenderism is a mental disorder – and never permit boys in girl’s bathroom or girls in boy’s bathrooms.
We must get to the bottom of the corruption in government, root it out.
Then, repent as a nation.
Will it happen? Unfortunately – I don’t think so, but until we repent as a nation – which means to turn from our sin – God will continue to bring judgement on this nation.
Verses 7 and 8: When the people of Israel cried out to the Lord on account of the Midianites, the Lord sent a prophet to the people of Israel. And he said to them, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel:…”
This is where I come in – I am your prophet – and I’m telling all of you, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel – You must repent as a nation of your sins! You must turn away from the sin of Abortion, Homosexuality and Transgenderism. You must clean house in your government and bring in godly people to bring stability back to this nation.
That’s the job of a prophet. It’s to give God’s Word, and give people a choice – do what’s right and be blessed – or do evil in the sight of the Lord and be judged.
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6 KJV
I don’t care your political affiliation. I don’t care if you’re black, white, yellow, red, or purple with pink polka dots. I don’t care if you’re straight or gay. I don’t care if you’re a man or a woman…
IF YOU THINK THE TAKING OF AN INNOCENT LIFE THROUGH INTENTIONAL KILLING IS ACCEPTABLE, YOU NEED TO REALLY LOOK AT YOUR CONSCIENCE!
I yell this because I know that if I’m affected in this way – mourning for the senseless loss of life – then God must really be offended.
The sixth commandment is, translated directly from the Hebrew is shown here – in Hebrew, we say lo teer-TZAK which literally means Not – shall you murder. Hebrew syntax uses the negative before the action, to denote that you shouldn’t do perform the action.
Note also that the commandment isn’t “Thou shall not kill” – it’s “don’t murder” – there’s a difference!
God allows for some killing – for example, in a justifiable war, or for self defense. If someone were to break into my home with intent on harming my family, I would be totally justified to use my 9mm Glock and send this person to meet his or her maker. Likewise, if I’m delivering a sermon in a church, and someone comes in intent on murdering those attending, I would, as the shepherd of the flock, be justified in taking that person out and killing them. That’ not murder. (See my article here on God’s view on Self Defense and Firearms)
The biblical definition of murder is different that Miriam Webster’s. The biblical definition is the intentional taking of a life without justification or with malice. Miriam Webster’s adds the word unlawful – hence, the rub.
Man says that it’s okay to kill a fetus in the womb, because it’s not a person – it’s merely a clump of cells, or it’s not viable – (unable to live outside of the womb). The law hasn’t caught up with the fact that at conception, that life became a separate and distinct life.
It’s not a woman’s right to choose – it’s not her body – it’s the body of another living human being – a person. She – or her doctor – should not have the right to take that life without justification.
Over 60,000,000 lives have been taken since the United States made abortion legal. The argument was to make it “Safe but Rare”…. Well, it may be safer than it was, but it’s certainly not rare.
Over 97% of all abortions performed, were due to what I call “the oops factor” …
Oops, I forgot to take my birth control pill
Oops, we got too passionate, too fast
In other words, men and women couldn’t control themselves.
Actions – have consequences – and abortion should never be the cure for those consequences.
What about rape? Only 6/10 of 1% (0.6%) of all abortions, are due to rape. The life of the mother? 2.8%. I’m sorry – there’s no excuse for abortion on demand as we have in the United States.
Where do I get my statistics? See this site(The Alan Guttmacher Institute studies), where you can see them broken down quite nicely.
And I truly believe that God will have His judgment on those states that continue to allow the wholesale slaughter of our children – the mass sacrifice to Molech – for the sake of convenience.
Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Again, you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘Whoever of the children of Israel, or of the strangers who [a]dwell in Israel, who gives any of his descendants to Molech, he shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones. I will set My face against that man, and will [b]cut him off from his people, because he has given some of his descendants to Molech, to defile My sanctuary and profane My holy name. And if the people of the land should in any way [c]hide their eyes from the man, when he gives some of his descendants to Molech, and they do not kill him, then I will set My face against that man and against his family; and I will cut him off from his people, and all who prostitute themselves with him to commit harlotry with Molech.
(Leviticus 20:1-5 NKJV)
God will judge – and now we have states that are legalizing the killing of children up to – and in some case – immediately after birth? God’s going to have His way. You see the penalties laid out in the Bible in Leviticus above.
Do you think that New York, Illinois and California are having fiscal problems, because they’re inept? Do you think that weather conditions in Washington state – and fires in California – are a product of so-called climate change?
No – God’s trying to get the attention of people – and get them to repent!
And unless they do so, and soon – judgment will be coming – and it won’t be pretty.
Yep, that statement will get me listed as a “hater” on the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) website – but I don’t care. I don’t worship the SPLC, the Democrat Party or the LGBTQ community – I worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Does that mean I hate people who identify as such? Absolutely not! If they wish to have a civil discussion with me pertaining to science, and that there are either XX (female) or XY (male) distinctions – then great – let’s have a conversation and allow me to get my point of view across.
Gender is science – as I stated before. You’re either a boy, or a girl. That is science, that is physiology, that is genetics. It’s also scriptural.
Then God said, “Let us [the Triune Godhead, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit] make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
God made you in your mother’s womb.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
God created everything you see, and to deny this, is to deny creation itself. The tree isn’t an accident, or some random thing that appeared out of thin air. The oceans aren’t an accident either – and neither are you
To decide that “God made a mistake” is a cultural construct intended to be an assault on the Almighty Creator God.
Those who “identify” as transgender have given over to a sort of “personal suicide” – an end to all normal existence. What do I mean by this?
You have completely cut yourself off from reality. You have effectively ended your abilty to have a marriage that is a real marriage, the ability to have a family (to have children), the kind of extreme isolation that is so extreme, that it’s not reversible.
Let’s face it:
Men, once it’s gone – it’s gone forever. There’s no going back
Women, the addition of an “appendage” doesn’t make you a man
And … your DNA will always provide your gender – your chromosomes are either XX or XY – you can’t change that.
Bruce Jenner is a man – and he can’t change that, no matter how much “body work” is done. He will always have an XY Chromosome, which makes him male. It’s that simple. No amount of temper tantrums from him to call him “ma’am” can change that fact.
You see, God is always in control. You can change your outward appearance, but you can’t change the way God made you. You cannot challenge or play God. He will not let you get away with it.
Today, we have an assault on the Judeo-Christian heritage that founded this nation. Like it or not, our constitution, our laws and our heritage – are not based on your feelings, or the fad-du-jour.
Our churches are dead – pastors aren’t bold enough to stand up and denounce this behavior, which is why we have rebellion today. They’re afraid of being labelled as a hater, or a bigot, or a homophobe.
Pastors are supposed to stand up and call out sin of all kinds. But they’re not doing it. The Holy Spirit is trying to work here, but the pastors aren’t listening to the “still small voice” of the Holy Spirit – and since they’re content on preaching that “feel good” message that tickles the ears – their churches are either dying, or will soon do so.
“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7)
Paul tells us in the first chapter of Romans about what we see today – and what happens to people who don’t submit to the will of the One True and Living God:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all 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; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
Does any of this look at all familiar? This is today people!
This is what’s being taught to our kids as normal!
We, as Christians, should be outraged!
Pastors should be pounding their pulpits!
We are in a time of grace right now – God’s opened a door for us to repent as a people and get things right with Him!
We have a time to plant the seeds of Salvation.
But that door’s going to shut – and soon. I truly believe that the Rapture of the Church is at hand – and when that door shuts, and the true believers are called Home, there’s going to be a bunch of very surprised pastors who will be wondering, “Why, Lord?”
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
You’re being told now – so go, and tell!
Plant those seeds, let the Holy Spirit work in the lives of others.
It’s our jobs as Christians – and God doesn’t wish that anyone go to Hell!
Gave your testimony to someone you didn’t know, in hopes that they too, would find Jesus as their savior?
Planted an “evangelical seed” – and I don’t mean the kind that the prosperity preachers mean – money – I mean the kind where you tell something to someone that gets them thinking of their spiritual future?
Spoken out on issues which are sin in the eyes of God, but legal but hurtful to humanity?
Ouch! It hurts, doesn’t it? If it doesn’t. then you really need to question your faith and salvation – because far too many “Christians” have done none of these basic things.
Do you know, that your testimony is the most valuable tool you have in your evangelistic toolkit? It’s the story of how Christ and the Holy Spirit worked in your life. to bring you to repentance, and acceptance of Christ as your savior.
It’s your story – no one can refute it. No one can tell you that you’re wrong! It also can provide a valuable message to the hearer.
Jesus said, just before He left this earth: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” – our job is therefore, to “go, and tell” – to evangelize.
One of the best examples of evangelism is found in the fourth chapter of John – the woman from Samaria at the well. The disciples had gone to buy food and left Jesus there alone. Along comes a woman to draw water from the well of Jacob.
Jesus requests a drink.
The Samaritan woman in verse 9 said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” You see, Jews had no dealings with Samaritans they would go around Samaria, than to set foot into the country.
Jesus then proceeds to tell her all about the living water that He could provide.
Finally, in verse 15, we find her asking for some of this “living water” – now, Jesus pulls the “repentance card” – in verse 16:
Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’;for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.”
You see, Jesus got her to confess that she wasn’t married, and that He already knew that she’s been married fine previous times, and she was living in sin with number six.
Did He judge her? Nope. He did, however plant the seed as to who He was. After a little theological small talk, in verse 25:
The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”
She knows it now – so what does she do? Verse 28:
So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people,“Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?”
Now you have to understand something about this woman – she would be considered a loose woman (to put it mildly) today. She came to the well when all of the other women were gone – but she ran to back, and became the town evangelist! Come, and see a man who told me all that I ever did!
We don’t permit NetFlix in our home – there’s too much material that’s against God’s Word – that glorifies sinful things such as homosexuality, and so forth.
Anyway – both the original God’s Not Dead, and this sequel – show the planting of seeds of faith in the minds of those who don’t believe. In this case a student in a public school – and the persecution of a Christian teacher in that school.
Are you afraid of planting seeds, or sharing your testimony, because you might be teased, bullied or even persecuted? Jesus warned us that this would happen when He told the disciples:
“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes. (Matthew 10:16-23)
Verse 22, says it best, “you will be hated by all for my name’s sake.
The name of Jesus packs a punch!
Have you ever seen what a bunch of unbelievers does when the name “Jesus” is mentioned? Try it sometime – the emotions that will be on display are from the pit of Hell itself. You know that Satan himself is in your midst. It’s the best time to start evangelizing – to cast the evil one out!
That leads me to my last point … speaking out on issues you know to be sinful – things that may be legal, but hurtful to humanity.
Yes, so many call that “judging” – that we’re being judgmental. When it comes to sin, we are to judge.
We are not to judge the sinner however, but we’re to call out the sin whenever we see it – whatever it costs us.
Jesus did it to the woman at the well – He called out her sin, but he didn’t judge or condemn her. He did it in the eighth chapter of John with the woman caught in adultery. She was caught red-handed, but he didn’t condemn her. Here’s my short teaching on the subject on judging others.
Again, while it’s true that we’re not to judge the sinner, we are to call out the sin!
How many of you consider abortion, an act of murder?
I do – because God’s word tells us that God knew us in the womb. That means that the baby being carried by the mother is a separate and distinct human being – not just a clump of cells!
Watch this short 4-minute video – and then tell me that abortion isn’t murder.
Yet, we now have states such as New York, Vermont,. New Jersey, Alaska, Colorado, New Hampshire, New Mexicio and Washington DC which have absolutely no restriction on aborrtion.
New York has now also taken “personhood” rights away from the baby – meaning that if the baby is killed during the commission of another crime, the person committing the crime would normally have been charged with the murder of the child – but no longer.
Illinois now wants to become the “place to go” when it comes to abortion. No limits on fetal gestation, no parental consent for minors, no restrictions whatsoever. Murder your baby at any time – even up to birth – for any reason whatsoever.
Are you not appalled by this?
And the federal government tried to pass a bill to ban late term abortions. Catholics have been opposed to, and have spoken out against, abortion for years.
But so-called “good Catholics” such as:
Maria Cantwell of Washington
Susan Collins of Maine
Dick Durbin of Illinois
Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
Tim Kaine of Virginia
Patrick Leahy of Vermont
Ed Markey of Massachusetts
Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada
Claire McCaskill of Missouri
Bob Menendez of New Jersey
Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
Patty Murray of Washington
Jack Reed of Rhode Island
all voted to allow the type of abortion depicted in the video above.
They should all be excommunicated – but they won’t. They wield too much political power and provide much needed cash to the Vatican – that “Christianity be damned” – they will get away with murder.
If they’re your senators – you should be standing up and publicly rebuking these politicians. And pastors in these states should do all they can to make the issue, a central one in the next election.
Did I condemn these people? No! I didn’t say that these people deserved to be in Hell.
Did I call out their sin? Yes! I would hope that they would repent and change their ways.
Pointing out sin is always done for the purpose of Restoration. Salvation for the non-believer, and Restoration to the Body of Christ for the backslidden believer.
To the woman caught in the act of adultery – Jesus told her to “Go, and sin no more”. There is forgiveness all around when one repents – and turns from their wicked ways. Our pointing out sin is for one reason, and one reason alone – to get that person right with God.
So – are you being real?
Are you doing all you can to “Go, and tell the world” – even if the “world” is your own backyard?
Are you using your testimony, to show how God worked in your life – to lead others to Christ?
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
The church has failed us – this nation, this world, and us as a people. Yes, this is a bold statement to make – and it’s not made lightly.
New York legalized the killing of unborn children up to the time of birth.
Homosexuality is rampant. Transgenderism is being taught to our kids in schools as normal. A ten-year-old boy – who thinks he’s a girl – is being permitted by his parents to dance in tranny night clubs and pose with naked men! Trannies are reading to our kids in libraries for story time – about transgender topics – and it’s totally normal.
Men are marrying men, women are marrying women – and these “marriages” are being officiated and solemnized by so-called “Christian Clergy”!
Kids are killing their parents. Parents are not parenting as they should.
Men and women, if they are “together” – are more apt to be living together instead of making the commitment of marriage. This is fornication – pure and simple! Its sin!
We, as a people are fools!
And where has the church been during all of this? Missing In Action!
Most of the churches are too busy with their building funds and projects, or other programs that have nothing to do with evangelism. Evangelism has gotten short shrift in terms of church activity.
Where have the pastors been in denouncing this garbage – forcefully – with hellfire and brimstone! They too have been Missing in Action.
The televangelists have been so busy fleecing the flock to buy their toys – their 60-million dollar jets, their multi-million dollar mansions, instead of denouncing the SIN PROBLEM in this nation, and the world.
We have congresspeople and presidential candidates who claim to be “Christian” who have no trouble with this sin!
Nancy Pelosi – who calls herself a Christian – knows nothing of being one! If she read her Bible, she would know that walls do work – and that God calls for borders, boundries and legal immigration.
Chuck Schumer is Jewish, and if he was at all observant, he too, would know that what Nehemiah did, was the same thing that out president wants to do now. He’s not observant – he’s a Jew in name only. It’s funny – he’s from New York, and he tweeted that his granddaughter turned two years old. At least she made it to see her birth.
Hilary Clinton says she wants to be a Methodist Pastor – would she ever call out this sin? Never! To her, it’s OK for men to marry – and sleep with – other men,. and for women to marry – and sleep with – other women. To her, it’s OK for women to kill their unborn children at any time during the pregnancy. None of this is scriptural – and would make her absolutely unfit for the ministry.
What we have today is nothing more than a spiritual war between good and evil.
Look at what Paul write in the first chapter of Romans above! Can you draw the parallels? I certainly can!
Ever since the Lyndon Johnson pro-posed the Johnson Amendment – creating the tax-exempt corporation (the tax-exempt church), pastors have been silenced lest they lose this valuable asset.
I look at this as nothing more than legalized “church registration” – akin to what China does – but in an underhanded way. The government gives a benefit, but it also requires a “quid-pro-quo” – something in exchange – their silence.
Oh, yeah, some pastors will dance around sin topics – addressing them lightly. When was the last time you heard a fire-and-brimstone sermon from the pulpit denouncing the sin in this nation – the sin that’s approved of by our politicians?
Not in the last thirty to fifty years, I’m sure.
Ask Joel Osteen his view on this sin, he’ll dance around it, lest he lose that twelve-million dollar haul each and every weekend. Same goes for every other prosperity-preacher out there.
Ask your pastor what he thinks! When has he done a hellfire and brimstone sermon on this sin? He probably never has, and never will – for fear of offending anyone.
Is there a couple in your church living together – not married? The pastor and elders should be all over that like bees to honey! That’s Satan getting a foothold in the church.
God is getting ready for judgement. Why He’s held His hand back this far is only because He’s long-suffering. This will not last forever though.
It’s time for His people to repent, to start reading their Bibles and get into reverent prayer.
It’s time for the Pastors to start taking their proper roles and stop trying to be politically correct – and offend those who are sinning. Call out the sin, while loving the sinner!
Make people squirm in their seats and in the pews!
If we don’t run back to God now – the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – and find Jesus as savior – we are definitely not promised tomorrow.
Most of you – and I would say that 99.9% of all of you who attend a church, attend one that has as part of its structure, a set of corporate by-laws, a corporate name and a corporate filing.
It also has as part of its filings, a tax-exempt certificate that allows them to not pay taxes such as sales taxes on items it purchases, taxes on its income such as donations or interest on any funds that it might be holding such as savings. It also permits you to deduct any donations you make to the church from your income, thus excluding these donations from taxation on your part.
In other words, your church is for all intents and purposes, a not-for-profit corporation under the laws of the United States Internal Revenue Service Code.
What does a church have to give up in exchange for this favorable financial treatment? Its very freedom. Its freedom of speech, its freedom of religion.
Let me ask you, when was the last time you heard your pastor – or any preacher – stand up and rail against a political party platform, officeholder or candidate for their stance on, oh say, abortion, or homosexuality and same-gender marriage, or so-called “transgender rights”?
I would say that most of you never have. Oh, they preach against it in general – but to call out a political party, officeholder or candidate? That’s off-limits. Ask your pastor – if they’re honest, they won’t beat around the bush – they’ll be straight-up honest and tell you that they can’t.
But why not – why can’t they do this? God commands us to call out sin! The prophets did it all the time!
Well here in the USA, back in 1954, then Senator Lyndon Johnson (yes, the former president was a senator) – did a little fancy footwork, that only can be done in the Washington swamp.
He made an amendment to a bill in the 83rd Congress, H.R. 8300, which was enacted into law as the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 – as part of Section 501, Paragraph C, Subsection 3 – known affectionately as 501(c)(3) – or the “not-for-profit” exemption. The amendment was agreed to without any discussion or debate and was included in Internal Revenue Code of 1954. The provision was considered uncontroversial at the time, and continued to be included when the 1954 Code was re-named as the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 during the Ronald Reagan administration.
Again, what this section does is to allow donors to these “tax exempt” organizations. to deduct their donations from their federal income tax returns. This supposedly gives donors the incentive to donate by deducting the donation from taxable income. It also treated the donations – and all income to the organization – as tax free.
In return for this favorable treatment, the “tax-exempt” organization may not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.
Violating this rule could cause the organization to lose their tax-exempt status, and as such, all donations could then be considered taxable – and donors would not be permitted to deduct these donations from their federal tax returns.
Are you beginning to see why many of our churches are becoming dry today? Without the almighty dollar, they feel that they cannot operate. Like any other corporation – there’s an profit/loss (or in this case, a reserve/deficit) statement. The reserves have to outweigh the deficits. People have to be encouraged to give – and if that means selling their soul to the government, so be it.
Last month, I called out a candidate for state representative on my blog. You can read it here. If I were a non-profit corporation, I couldn’t have said anything of the sort. Saying this from the pulpit would cause me to lose my tax exempt status. Being independent however, I can say whatever I want – as long as I can back it up biblically – which I did.
Our churches have become lukewarm! Even most of the television evangelists – either they’re spouting off the latest feel-good message fit for Oprah, or they’re doing the beg-a-thon “prosperity” gospel – you know, “sow $100 and God will return so much more” – there’s only one who has the guts to call out sin and preach the gospel correctly – and that’s Jack Van Impe Ministries. At least with them, they’re not buying multi-million dollar mansions and private jets – they use it all for the work of the Lord. They live off, and pay their people, from the proceeds of their books and recorded material only – all donations to the ministry are used solely for airtime and ministry projects.
I did an informal survey – I asked, “If you could no longer deduct your tithes, offerings and donations to your church or other ministries, would you still give?”
What do you think the overwhelming response was? Pastors, hold on to your socks! 99.7% said that they would still give!
This lines up scripturally. The New Testament church didn’t have a tax-exempt status – everyone was taxed – and people still gave.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42-47)
This, was the Acts church – people gave of themselves, expecting nothing in return. That’s the way it should be!
So to pastors, I say this: Are you doing your job and shepherding Jesus’ flock? If so – then you are in charge of the local church, reporting to Jesus Christ Himself. Time to tell the “church board” that there’s a new sheriff in town, that you’ll preach the true gospel, Heaven, Hell, Sin and Repentance. Time to give up your 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and set yourself free.
But will you? Probably not. And that’s unfortunate because you can be so much more effective for the Kingdom by freeing yourself of the government plantation.
Yes, there, I said it – by being a mediocre non-profit corporation, you’re a slave to your government masters – and you cannot serve God and Money – you cannot serve two masters. That’s what you’re doing – violating scripture (Matthew 6:24) and becoming the lukewarm Church of Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22) in the process.
Next time – I’ll convict you all about “being inclusive” – I’ll be calling out a few pastors, and denominations, by name.
Lately, I found a local pastor who decided to run for State Legislature here in Pennsylvania in the Democrat party.
I’ve always told people to look into candidates in terms of their policies – and how they line up with Scripture – and I did that here.
This candidate – Dan Williams, Senior Pastor of New Life Church In Christ – has a website that details his policies. I looked at two areas: Abortion and Same-Sex Marriage.
From the Website on Abortion:
“As most of us, Dan is not a proponent of abortion. He has always counseled any women who consult with him to try to find another way. However, he firmly believes that such a choice is one to be made by a woman and her doctor consulting with her family and the father of the baby. The State has no place in the middle of this discussion, and Dan will support legislation that keeps Choice the priority and stand against any laws that try to encumber this right. Dan also supports state funding for Planned Parenthood and any organizations that provide women’s reproductive healthcare, family planning and other such critical health and community services.” (Emphasis, mine)
This is about the most wishy-washy statement made by a pastor on the subject, that I’ve ever seen! Try to find another way? The choice is between a woman and her doctor? Is he kidding? What is this man preaching to his congregation?
God’s Word is clear:
David writes in Psalm 139, verses 13-16:
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
God sees life from the time of conception! This means that there is a separate person growing in that woman’s body! A life, separate and apart from the mother, that God sees, and is knitting together – and He knows the days of that baby’s life!
When God Almighty called Jeremiah to be a prophet to the nations, he said in chapter 1, verse 5:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
That’s God talking! He knew Jeremiah while still in-utero! And God already had a job for him to do when he grew up!
So don’t tell me that a fetus isn’t a child – or that it’s just a bunch of cells – it’s either a baby’s life, or it’s not. And if this is a baby’s life, then the sixth commandment, “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13) – makes abortion, murder. The taking of a human life without justification.
So Pastor Williams – what are you preaching?
And no – you cannot “separate church and state” here – you either serve God, or serve man. What did Jesus say in Matthew 6:24?
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
And that’s what it gets down to, isn’t it Pastor – money?
For if a church goes against the local, state or federal government – they could lose that precious 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, allowing your church to not pay taxes on your income as well as most other taxes (including sales tax) – and permit your flock to write off their contributions on their federal (and in some cases, state) income taxes. Yep, lose that – and you will be paying taxes, and your people may stop giving – heck, why give when they can’t deduct – and the well runs dry.
The Acts church didn’t have a tax exemption – and the people gave freely without regard as to whether it was tax-deductible or not. But here in the US, we have this pesky Johnson Amendment which prohibits pastors from speaking out, lest they lose their coveted tax exemption.
This means that you are serving man (government), not God.
I guess this goes for your stance on Same-Sex Marriage? Again, from your website:
“No one should be denied the right to marry who they love, and any marriage between two people, regardless of gender, should carry the same rights and privileges.”
So pastor, does this mean that you support same-gender marriage? Would you officiate such a marriage? From this quote on your website, it sounds as you would.
To remind you from your days in Sunday School – and maybe even seminary:
Genesis 1:27 – “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
Genesis 2:24 – “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
Biblical marriage is between a man (husband) and a woman (wife) – and anything other than that is heresy.
Again, to go with the flow of modern day thinking is to jettison the Bible – and serve man. That’s what you are doing here pastor!
You cannot serve two masters! You either serve the Lord, or serve man – but you cannot do both. You, as a pastor, will be judged more harshly if you are leading your flock astray – which by these heresies, you are.
Romans 14:11-12 – “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.
And verse 13 tells us that we’re not to place a stumbling block in the way of his brother – which is what you are doing when you advocate these positions!
So what’s it going to be pastor? Will you change your positions? Drop out of the race?
One cannot call themselves a Christian and promote Planned Parenthood – and the wholesale murder of the unborn.
One cannot call themselves a Christian and agree with any form of same-sex union – marriage or otherwise – or any other form of homosexuality.
Every Christian pastor must call you out on this Pastor Williams, from the pulpit! Your congregation must confront you on these issues, and you must repent of your support for these policies!
But they won’t.
You see, other pastors are too afraid of losing their tax exemption as well. God forbid that the money stops flowing!
It’s all about the Benjamin’s, isn’t it? If it isn’t then you, then do the right thing, and drop out now, repent, and start preaching right.
And to his endorsing pastors (again, from his website):
James Smith, Second Baptist, Coatesville
Rick Wilson, C. F. Fellowship, Downingtown
Michael Boyd, Mt. Zion Baptist, Coatesville
If you hold these same positons, then you too, must repent for these views – and stop endorsing this candidate.
As someone who still holds his ordination and credentials – but is not subject to the Johnson Amendment – I’m not a “non-profit” – I have no problem calling this candidate, and his endorsers out on biblical grounds.
So should every other Christian pastor!
Research candidates. Do your homework. Read your Bible. Pray for guidance from Almighty God – and Vote your Faith!