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The Horror of Heartfelt Hypocrisy
 
August 28, 2013

The following are excerpts from an e-mail I received
from a dear sister in Christ and fellow worshiper.
While she will remain anonymous, I feel her comments
need to be shared with all of you, many of which, if honest, will share
in her ‘spiritual’ anguish. 

“Red, for about two months or more, but especially
the last couple months, I have been feeling a yearning and need to repent
of my ‘facade’ if you will.  A while back, shortly after I led
worship with you, I was convicted of my lukewarm walk with the Lord
… and a major conviction in my heart that I wanted to recommit my
life to Jesus.  Truly.  Although I grew up in Church and accepted
Christ at a young age and love Him and have basically lived my life
for Him, I took a good look at my life, habits,.etc., and was brought
to tears at my complete lack of devotion.

“I have been struggling with the hypocrisy
and lack of obedience in my life.  I’m tired of just ‘going through
the motions’ and sometimes not even doing that.  I know I’m saved. 
I know I’m forgiven.  I know that God loves me.  But boy do
I feel like a phony. I don’t read the Word.  I don’t regularly
attend Church.  I pray now and again.  I have much to repent
for.  I feel I am a terrible example of Christ to many. …… 
Sometimes when I hear sermons on the radio (and lately there have been
many that I think the Lord ordained) I want to pull over and cry out
to God.  I’m sorry!  I am an impostor!  If only people
knew …… .”

Wow! .. It is not often we see such honesty in anyone
these days. …May God richly bless you, sister!

Sadly, her heartfelt spiritual ‘condition’ seems
to be prevalent among the vast majority of professing Christians today.
… So how and why has this happened? … How is it that Christ’s bride
has fallen to such depths of despair? …

Certainly it’s not a lack of churches. … We have
them by the thousands … on almost every street corner all across this
land.  So what is the problem? … Why are so many feeling this
spiritual emptiness so well portrayed by our sister’s earlier comments?….
The answer, quite simply, is that God’s Word has been replaced with
‘artificial’ food. … The wolves of this modern world have invaded
the pantry, so that now houses of worship that once were places of nourishment
have now become places of famine.  … The dinner bells ring loud
each Sunday … and many beautiful tables are set with the finest dinnerware,
but there is no solid food served … only junk food …. and sadly,
everyone leaves hungry.

As a result of this famine, our sister is not alone.
… Many are starving for real nourishment, especially in this fallen
world, but the contemporary churches of today offer very little by way
of ”food value’ to hungry worshipers. … So it shouldn’t surprise
us to see this massive famine in the land.

So what can be done about it? … What should we
expect .. in fact, demand from our church today?
Not surprisingly, the Bible gives us very clear
instructions for what we should see in our houses of worship. … 
… A brief overview is this … the Church is a body called out from
among the world for the distinct and unique purpose of glorifying their
Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. This body is without political roots
or cultural boundaries. … it is absent of language or racial barriers.
.. It has no denominational or political ties. … The Church of Jesus
Christ is not a corporation or a business establishment. … Simply,
the Church Jesus promised to build was, and is, a spiritual entity.

As an example, let’s look at Acts 2:42-47 which
provides a simple, yet complete overview of what a true fellowship should
look like … They praised God … they devoted themselves to the teachings
of the Apostles … they enjoyed continual fellowship … they broke
bread together … they prayed together … they had all things in common
… they sold their possessions and goods and gave as anyone had need
… they met together daily. … And the results? … They were filled
with awe! … They witnessed miraculous signs and wonders! … They
added to their numbers daily those who were being saved! … Hallelujah!!!

Is this what we are witnessing in our churches today?
… To bring it closer to home, are you seeing this happening in your
own church? … Sadly, if most of us are completely honest, we would
have to say no … and I tell you this with a heavy heart that as we
draw ever closer to the end of the Church Age, it will get worse &
worse. … There are a few strong fellowships out there, but they are
few and far between. …. Jesus taught us in the Seven Church teachings
of Revelation, chapters 2 & 3 that there would be a remnant in these
last days, and I believe these few strong gatherings of the faithful
are that remnant.

So what about you? … Are you a part of any fellowship?
… If not, you must try and find one of those few mentioned here. …
This is totally too difficult a world for anyone to try and spiritually
survive it alone. …  But if you are a part of a church body,
is it serving real food? … Is it focused on real nourishment instead
of all the worldly niceties that lead to nowhere? … Do you leave every
time feeling the same as when you walked in … unmotivated and feeling
no change in your heart? … Well, if that’s the case, there are only
three options available to you … you could leave and give up on the
church … you can stay and ‘continue to die’ in the pew along with
everyone else around you … or you can reach out to the leadership
with sound Biblical teachings that show them the error of their ways.
..

While I realize this is a bold thing to do, quite
simply, you don’t really have any choice but to try and change it …
or leave it! … Let me use an example from a recent news headline 
….  “Virtue Online” had this story of an African Bishop
calling out the head of the American Episcopal Church, Katherine Jefferts
Schori, claiming she had committed the one unforgivable sin, that of
blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. … She stated that “All the
writings of St. Paul are satanically inspired.” …… Now here’s
the punch line … he then said,  “I therefore call upon all
her followers to quit the Episcopal Church or be subjected to the same
judgement.”

OK, here’s my point.  If you are sitting in
a dead Church that’s not teaching the truth of the Gospels, and are
aware of the fact, you have no choice but to try and change it … or
flee it!   … This African bishop is exactly right in his
summation of the situation involving this church body. … But then
if you don’t know .. and don’t really care, well that is another serious
matter altogether …..

OK … Enough sermonizing for this week. … What
I truly hope and pray for is that our sister’s honest and sincere testimony
convicts some hearts out there … hearts that are experiencing the
same feelings of emptiness … and that it will wake up those of you
who may be slumbering through it all … just ‘going through the motions’
… We, who are the Church, must awaken and face the reality that we
live in difficult times. … Savage times! … These treacherous days
will ravage our homes and hearts if we do not awaken and stay alert.
… In light of such perilous times, we must remain convinced of the
long-standing truths of the Bible, without which we would never find
our way.

I pray that no one out there is afraid and lonely
tonight … but if you are, please remember that you are NEVER alone
… that Jesus will NEVER leave your side, even in the most difficult
of times! …. Hallelujah!!! … Also know that I am praying for each
and every one of you, and our great God knows exactly who each of you
are. … Once again, Hallelujah!!!

Until next time,

Red

August 17





*ABC News – Nepal to cull 500,000 chickens near
Kathmandu to combat major Bird Flu outbreak:  Declares emergency
zone”

…. It’s baaaaaaaaaack!

*Sky News – “Earthquake shakes Mexican capital
– measures 5.3 magnitude”

… This area has seen a major uptick in seismic
activity recently …  second 5+ this week …

*The Blaze – “Gunmen indiscriminately ‘massacre’
Christians in Syrian village:  Women & children among dead”

…. Our brothers & sisters are not safe anywhere
in the middle east right now …..



*The Blaze – “Middle East expert Erick Stakelbeck
warns:  ‘There is a bullseye on the back of every Christian living
in Egypt”

…. See what I mean? …….

*Speigel Online – “M, F or blank:  ‘Third
gender’ official in Germany from November on”

…. So some kids have no gender? … Ridiculous!
… and besides, I looked all through the Bible & couldn’t find
that part! ….

*The Wall Street Journal – “Russian gays look
to U.S. for asylum”

…… Great! … Now we get to ‘import’ more debauchery!
….

August 18

*The New York Times – “Philadelphia borrows
so its schools open on time”

…. We just saw Detroit go belly-up … Chicago,
New York, LA … the list goes on & on … & is growing BY THE
DAY! … All are scrambling as they edge closer & closer to the
financial precipice … People? .. We are broke! …

*Zero Hedge – “Radioactive water leaking from
Fukushima:  Millions of lives are at stake”

…. Any idiot could have figured this out at the
beginning! … This idiot did (me) … been preaching this since the
start.
This is truly a ‘last days’ pestilence developing
by the moment! …

*Voice of America – “Massive record flooding
hits Russia’s far east”

… I feel so sad for these people! … It’s been
a season of increased volcanoes & earthquakes … now this … We
must pray for them …..

*The Telegraph – “Egyptian bloodbath threatens
crucial routes for oil & gas supplies”

… Why is this such a big deal? .. The world’s
economy is built on sand, and a large oil price increase could push
it over the edge. … So many variables! ….

*Politico – “McCain says U.S. has no credibility
in Arab world”

…. Duh!! … Earth to John! … We don’t have
any credibility here at home, let alone anywhere else!

*Drudge Report – Domestic Violence



   -Violence in Oakland forces residents
to seek private security …



   -Baltimore neighborhoods look beyond
police for protection …



   -New Jersey town considers neighborhood
watch …

… and it will spread to most everywhere before
it’s over …..

August 19

*CNN – “Market Watch:  Is the bond market
finally bursting? … Rates creep up”

… On the surface, all seems well … but underneath,
most everyone in the loop is nervous ….

*The Weather Channel – “Sakurajima volcano
erupts in Japan:  Largest eruption in decades”

*The New York Times – “On the air:  Al-Jazeera
America”

.. I’m telling you … the Muslims are on the move
in America …..

August 20





*ABC News – “Record rainfall:  More than
60% of Philippine capital under water”



…… more records ….

*Press TV – “TSA to purchase 3.5 million rounds
of ammunition”



…. What is extremely interesting about this is
that they are usually an ‘unarmed’ agency … Man, the entire government
seems to have all the ammo! …. I wonder why? ….

*Fox News – “Public school promotes ‘5 Pillars
of Islam’ “





Comment from article:  “Parents at a Wichita,
Kansas elementary school were shocked to discover a giant wall display
inside the building promoting the ‘Five Pillars of Islam.’ ”



…. Can you imagine if it had been a Christian
display? ….

*Herald Sun – “Cops:  ‘Bored’ teens killed
college baseball player ‘for fun of it’ “



…. Take a moment and read 2 Timothy 3:1-5 …
it pretty much sums it all up ….

*Associated Press – “Mystery: Aretha ‘miraculously’
healed”

…. She says the cause was ‘faith healing’ ….
I still believe in that also, Aretha! … Praise the Lord!

August 21

*Reuters – Opposition says as many as 1300 killed
in gas attack near Damascus”

…. This was Obama’s supposed ‘red line’ … guess
he’s color-blind …..

*Reuters – “Japan’s nuclear plant crisis deepens,
China expresses ‘shock’ “

…. Wormwood! ….

*The Washington Post – “Strong 6.2 earthquake
shakes Mexico coast and capital … some damage”

…. Another one in that area! …

*Breitbart – “Al-Jazeera America opens with
endorsements from McCain, Hillary”

…. How stupid are these people! … Oh, I forgot
.. the Muslim population is rapidly growing .. and they vote!

*Zero Hedge – “European stocks hammered …
Spanish bad loans hit 50-year high”

…. The world-wide crash is coming … the ‘band
aids’ are running out …

*Breitbart – “Gallup:  Unemployment rate
jumps from 7.7% to 8.9% in 30 days”

… I was wondering how long this inept government
could continue to hide the real truth … and even 8.9% is generous!

August 22

*Drudge Report – “89 year-old World War 2 veteran
beaten to death by two black teens”
  
This stuff is simply out of control … pestilence
is now roaming the streets of America .. Just look at this …

   -Aussie baseball player shooting was
‘gang related’ …

   -Racist tweets: 90% of white people
are nasty .. # hate them …

   -Time:  ‘Don’t ignore race’ …

   -Buchanan:  ‘Interracial violence
is overwhelmingly black-on-white’ …

   -Update:  ‘Homeland Security employee
preparing for coming race war’ …

*Arutz-Sheva – “Four rockets fired from Lebanon
into Israel”

…. Now another border is involved!

*Fox News – “New Mexico Supreme Court finds
refusing to photograph ‘gay’ wedding illegal”

…. In short, it is now ‘against the law’ to stand
for what you believe in! … It will be decision time for many professing
Christians as we move ever-closer to the end of this age. … Simply,
in NO case can we EVER compromise our Lord’s teachings … Who will
stand strong till the end will soon be witnessed …..

August 23





*Associated Press – “Tons of fish die in lake
near Rio’s Olympic Park”



… The cause? … raw sewage!

*Drudge Report – ‘Recovery’ Update



   -Health care premiums climbed $2976
since 2009 …



   -Incomes drop twice as much during
‘recovery’ as recession …



   -New home sales collapse 13.4% in July

…. so glad things are improving!

*Joel Rosenberg – “Israeli jets attack target
in Lebanon after rocket attacks”





Comment from article:  “Given the tragedies
unfolding in Syria & Egypt, please pray that a new front isn’t opened.”

…. Amen! ….

*World Net Daily – “India’s richest man loses
$5.6 billion as Rupee stumbles”





Comment from article:  “The nation’s currency
under pressure as international investors sell emerging market assets.”

… What really caused the sell-off? .. The rumor
that the Fed will begin to pare back the $85 billion monthly American
stimulus … There it is again! … Just a glimpse of what is coming
when the dollar collapses ….

Well, that’s it for another event-filled prophetic
news week … and this race ‘thing’! … There is no question that it
has totally accelerated since Obama came into office in 2009. … How
tragic is that?! … You would think it would be just the opposite with
the first black president, but he has played the ‘race card’ more than
any president I can ever recall, and that goes clear back to Harry Truman!
……

We know from studying last-day Scripture that ‘pestilence’
in many forms will take place, and we are truly seeing this phenomenon
unfolding before our very eyes! … It just means that we need to continue
to strengthen our resolve in our faith as we move further into the fray.
… We must pray for one another on a constant basis … never backing
off regardless of our surroundings ….

Know that I am praying for each of you … and remember,
God knows exactly who each of you are … Hallelujah!

Until next time,

Red


 
August 20, 2013

The following is  an excerpt from  a book
written by the late Pastor David Wilkerson ….. 

   “I want to tell you about a certain
society – one that cast God aside and consequently sank into a pit of
gross darkness.  Despising the light, this society became a magnet
for every kind of evil spirit.  Law and order collapsed; 
every man was a law unto himself.  The entire society was abandoned
to the devil, and no moral force remained to hinder its headlong rush
into hell.  There was no honor, decency, or self-respect left among
the people, and they had no reverence for life whatsoever.  Justice
and kindness faded away, and they were overcome with lust and licentiousness. 
They sneered at virtue, their consciences seared and calloused. 
They scoffed at the fear of God and mocked righteousness.  They
became totally inhospitable, possessing the heart and indifference of
a beast.  They had no pity for the poor.  All spiritual desire
was extinguished, and gross materialism and fleshly lusts became their
gods.  The people became totally shockproof, so that the vilest,
bloodiest crimes were accepted as normal behavior. ….. I’m actually
describing two societies here:  Sodom and America!” 

What prompted me to address the subject of militant
homosexuality this week is the sheer number of rapidly increasing stories
concerning this stuff in the news. … It’s almost on a daily level
now!  Here’s just a brief peek at a few of them …
   *August 12 – “TruNews reported
this … “Air Force says ‘Drag Acts’ symbolize gay pride … and
invited a well-known drag queen group to perform on base during a ‘Diversity
Day’ celebration.”
   *August 15 – World Net Daily had this
story … “U.S. Airmen punished for opposing ‘gay’ marriage.”
   *August 16 – Christian News stated
… “California considers punishing youth groups against homosexuality”
   *August 17 – The Wall Street Journal
had this to say … “Russian ‘gays’ look to U.S. for asylum”

You get the picture … and the last article should
tell us volumes … “Come to America because ‘perversion’ is applauded
and celebrated! …. Does no one understand the consequences of all
this?!

Sadly, most Americans are completely oblivious to
the inevitable outcome of our moral mess. … And what is worse is that
even a large number of those calling themselves Christians are endorsing
these perverted lifestyles. In fact, entire denominations are falling
for this delusion of the enemy – Satan! … The following is a headline
out of the Portland (Maine) Press Herald:  “Presbyterian Task
Force  Recommends Ordaining Homosexuals.” … The article
went on to say that a study called the Majority Report claims homosexual
activity is not a sin; rather, all sex is morally neutral. … The report
also contained this stand on adolescent sex:  “Advocating
‘just say no’ is not the answer.  What we hope to teach young people
is to make good choices – that when it’s right to say no they will say
no, and when it’s right to say yes they will say yes.” …. Now
I ask you this … when is it EVER right for a child to say yes to sex?!

There are more large denominations who also advocate
homosexuality such as the United Methodists.
Even the Pope came out a couple of weeks ago telling
his huge flock to love the homosexuals and be accepting of them. ..
But sadly during this bit of rhetoric, he never mentioned the lifestyle
as being a sinful one. … While I agree that we need to love everyone,
that does not give us license to accept sinful practices …. ever!

Then there are the false prophets and teachers of
today spouting their deceptive rhetoric to further encourage people
to fall for the enemy’s lies. … Joel Osteen, who just so happens to
pastor one of America’s largest churches, comes right out and says that
he isn’t going to pass judgement on anyone or anything …the bottom
line being that folks attending his meetings never hear of the consequences
of a sinful lifestyle. … No wonder he has such a large Church! ….
You can do what you want without any guilt whatsoever! …… We know
that in today’s American church, judgement preaching is not popular…
and this example is living proof of it. …  

So did you hear this one? … On August 9th, an
African Bishop condemned America’s presiding  Episcopal Bishop.
… The word he used was ‘Anathematized’ … In short, he called out
Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori, the head of America’s Episcopal Church,
saying that she has committed the one unforgivable sin:  that of
blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.’ … He went on to accuse her of
saying that “All the writings of St Paul are satanically inspired.”
… Wow! … Now remember, she is the leader of millions of folks claiming
to be Christians. … If you recall anything about this lady, she was
extremely controversial when the Episcopalians chose her as their leader,
and one of the issues was centered  around the homosexual agenda.
… She is a total supporter. …. Oh, and by the way, the Apostle Paul
penned several Scriptures which oppose this lifestyle.

Let’s look at just two …
   *Romans 1:26-28 says this … “Because
of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts.  Even their women
exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones.  27) In the same
way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed
with lust for one another.  Men committed indecent acts with other
men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. 
28) Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the
knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought
not to be done.”
   *1 Corinthians 6:9-20 says this …
“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the Kingdom of
God?  Do not be deceived:  Neither the sexually immoral nor
idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders
10) nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers
will inherit the Kingdom of God.”

There are many more, but we can all get a very clear
picture of what the ‘inspired’ Holy Scriptures think about this now
popular lifestyle here in America.

So where do we go from here? … Has America crossed
God’s proverbial ‘line in the sand?’ … History shows that every nation
or empire that fell into moral decadence experienced God’s wrath and
fell into the historic heap of ruins. …. Prophets of old warned the
nations concerning these very things. … The prophet Ezekiel said this
… “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom:  She and her
daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned;  they did not
help the poor and needy. 50) They were haughty and did detestable things
before me.  Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.”
(Ezekiel 16:49-50)

I wonder what Ezekiel would think if he were to
walk the streets of America today … I think he’d be shocked by all
the arrogance and sheer hatred toward God …. the materialism, the
flaunting of sins, the militant homosexuality … he would most likely
cry out and say something like .. “America, you are more abominable
that Sodom ever was! … In fact, you are the most ungrateful society
the world has ever experienced! … and rest assured, he will humble
you just as He has all other nations that forsook Him.”

Today I read a comment from the famous modern-day
prophet Reinhard Bonnke who said that the Holy Spirit told him that
America is going to come out of our difficult times and will experience
a great revival.
Sadly, Mr.Bonnke reaches millions of people with
his ‘presumed prophecies.’ … As for me, I believe his ‘vision’ is
wishful thinking. … I believe that America, and the rest of the world
for that matter, has crossed the line … that we have reached the flash
point of God’s judgement! … We are already like all past societies
that permitted the rise of a dominant, defiant homosexual spirit. …
I just wonder if even the angels in Heaven are aghast at the speed with
which we are racing toward the gates of hell. … You can be sure of
this … God will NOT allow this to go on much longer … and when He
finally reaches His limit, it will be clear that the hour of judgement
is upon us.

Brothers & Sisters, the shaking is already upon
us, and will only increase before the final day is upon us. … So we
need to stop putting off telling everyone we know … family .. friends
.. anyone who does not know and is oblivious to what is coming …  
to share the saving message of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. ..
It is the one and only thing that can pull them from the fires of judgement
that is about to befall this once-great nation. …. Time is extremely
short so do it now!

Know that I love each of you and am constantly praying
for you … and God knows exactly who each of you are … Hallelujah!!!

Until next time,

Red
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