Monthly Archives: January 2016

“I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are NOT serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.”

… John 16:17-18 … (emphasis mine) …

Deception in our land is running rampant! … The spiritual collapse of our nation is happening right before our very eyes! ….. Just last week we talked about how the Evangelicals are flocking to all the popular politicians, regardless of their personal opinions on biblically sinful teachings! .. Again I say, what Bible are they reading?! .. Why can’t people see through these candidates who will say & do anything just to win them over. .. To me, they are no more than ‘modern-day pharisees!’ …… Maybe I’m the naive one, but I still can’t understand how someone who calls themselves a Christian can blatantly go against the basic teachings of scripture. …

I know I’m ranting, so let me move to another area that is indicating the same ‘path that will lead to destruction.’ .. Have any of you noticed some of the shows that are soon coming to major networks? .. to be shown in prime time? .. In a news headline dated on January 25th, it asked this question … “Why is the Fox Network spending millions to bring the devil into your home?” … Believe it or not, this just so happens to be true! … A new show is airing any day now called “Lucifer.” … From the few advertising clips I’ve seen, they show NO attempt to hide the fact that this main character IS satan! .. And again, it will be aired in prime time where many young folks will watch it. …… And if that isn’t enough, another major network is coming out with another new show entitled “Angel from Hell.” …… Again, these are not the ‘little’ networks, but the big ones that draw the most folks. … Sadly, it’s just another sign of just how far we have fallen spiritually as a nation. … Anything to draw attention & bring fortune is ‘in.’ …

Now couple all this with the nearly 60 million babies that have been slaughtered, the Supreme Court’s sanctioning of ‘Gay Marriage,’ and the blatant attempt by militant atheist groups to remove God totally from our society, it doesn’t leave much doubt as to the soon-coming destruction of this society as we know it. .. Sodom & Gomorrah will seem like kid’s play compared to what will take place any day to this fallen nation. ….

So what about the Church? … Where is it in regards to this monumental decline in America? .. As far as I’m concerned, she has contributed greatly to this spiritual decay that is taking place. .. As I’ve said many times in prior comments, over the past 15+ years, my journey has taken me to many different Church settings, and believe me when I say, I’ve experienced a breathtaking spiritual famine up close! .. In most all instances, the focus was, and is, on ‘all the stuff’ .. big lavish buildings with all the trappings .. foyers full of stores selling books & CD’s, coffee shops peddling lattes & pastry .. and anything else that will realize a profit. … And then, of course, there are the music teams programed with all the choreographed stage moves & expensive equipment … Programs for every possible lifestyle out there! … Sadly, the focus is on ‘all the ‘stuff’ instead of Jesus Christ! … An example is this .. I once reviewed a 15-page program of a certain Church. .. As I scanned through it, I didn’t find the mention of Jesus until page 8! … He got in there … eventually. … Simply, it is absolutely amazing to see so much of the world in the Church & so many of the churches in the world. .. Sadly one has a difficult time telling the difference between the two.

Sam Pascoe had it right when he said this … “Christianity began in Palestine as a fellowship, and then moved to Greece and became a philosophy. .. Afterward, it moved on to Rome and became an institution and then moved to Europe where it became a culture. .. Finally, it settled in America where it has become an enterprise.”

And then there’s the teaching. .. Once again let’s look to scripture to tell us the truth … “For a time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” .. 2 Timothy 4:3-4 … Think this is happening? .. You bet it is! … stuff like ‘send me all your money & you, too, will be rich’ .. or ‘feel-good, all-about-me’ sermons that only feed into the narcissistic mood of todays culture. .. There’s so much more of the empty teaching .. it would take me the rest of the day & beyond to try & name them all. …. David Jeremiah said this … “Christ’s coming would be a complete interruption to the church’s agendas today. .. Simply put, the banquet table is full, but it’s filled with junk food.” …

Now here is the sad bottom line. .. The results of this type of Church leadership has taken a terrible toll on this nation. .. Scriptural knowledge is at an all-time low! .. People filling the pews today and claiming to be Christians sadly really don’t have a clue as to the truth. … The current political landscape in America is living proof! … 1 Timothy 4:1 says it clearly … “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.” … Simply, deceivers are rising up en masse and people are flocking to them in droves! …

Gratefully, there is a ‘remnant’ out there that is trying their best to reach as many as possible. … One is Franklin Graham who recently stated that neither the Republican nor Democratic parties will save this country .. only God can. .. As a result he has launched a nation-wide tour dedicated to the spiritual awakening of America. .. We must pray for him, and any one else who is shouting the truth from the rooftops. …

Be sure of this .. those of us who are doing our very best to live according to God’s Word WILL NOT BE POPULAR .. but then, when reading the true words of the Bible, no one else has ever been either! …

My plea to each of you is to search the Word of God in all things, and then pray fervently for the things that are close to your heart. .. Times will continue to grow worse & worse as we draw ever nearer to the sound of the redeeming Trumpet. … The ONLY way to be prepared to stand strong is to “put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to stand … ” (Ephesians 6:13) …

Know that I am praying for each of you … for discernment and strength in Spirit as we move closer to His triumphant return. .. Hallelujah! …

Until next time,

Red

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness …… ” Isaiah 5:20 …

Here we go again! .. Just like the election season of 2012, we are seeing the vast majority of America’s Christians ‘selling out’ their values in vane attempts to save America through the nationalistic & political process. .. If you recall the 2012 elections for just a moment, we were told by several leading Christian leaders that we HAD to vote for Mitt Romney because if we didn’t, we would be committing a sin! ..

It would seem that somehow they ‘conveniently’ forgot that he was a member of a cult. .. I did send e-mails to remind them, but I got no response. (I’m shocked! .. but not really) …

And again this year, we are seeing the same thing materializing right before our eyes. .. Now before I go any farther, I want to state clearly that I am NOT endorsing anyone and am only trying to point out what I am seeing from a Christian perspective. ….. But all of a sudden, we are witnessing a mad dash to the apparent ‘leader-to-stay,’ Donald Trump. … It seems many evangelicals are crawling out of the woodwork to support this guy! .. In fact, on January 19th, there was a headline on the Drudge Report that said it plainly … “Trump dominating with Evangelicals” … What in the world are they thinking?! … What version of the Bible are they reading? ….

Let’s take a quick glance at this man for a moment. .. He’s arrogant, boasts constantly about his earthly wealth, supports the ‘gay’ movement, and has always backed abortion … to name just a few. .. Now, according to the Bible I read, all of the aforementioned are sins. … Here’s just one scripture that refutes his arrogance .. “For everything in the world – the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does – comes not from the Father but from the world.” (1 John 2:16) … Now I can understand how a non-Christian could be caught up in all of this, but a true follower? …

In last week’s commentary – “Politics or Prayer” – I talked about the compromise that is taking place in the form of ‘nationalism’ .. the belief that the only way forward for America is to ‘legislate their own desires.’ .. The simple truth is, if we listen to the majority of Evangelicals talk today, the less we hear about the hope of Christ’s coming again and the more we hear about ‘all things America.’ .. There are many Christians who are bent on changing society through government programs, lobbying activities, civil disobedience and pressure groups. .. But taking a close look at my Bible, I find no place that says this is the mission of the Church. .. In fact, the true mission is being replaced by those who believe the Kingdom of God can be established here and now by our human activities. .. In short, this arrogant church covets political power – not the power of God.

Concerning our worldly position. we only need to go to the scriptures (what a concept) for our answer.

..Briefly, here’s just two verses that directly relate to this issue …

*Romans 12:2 – “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

*James 4:4 – “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” .. (Wow) ..

Just one more quick reminder of the consequences of a compromised faith. .. It is found in Revelation 3:14-22 where our Lord talks about being ‘lukewarm.’ .. In this teaching, Christ talks directly about just how much He HATES those who profess to be something they are not! .. In fact, He says that He would rather someone would be either ‘hot or cold,’ but not tepid. .. His direct indictment was that He would ‘spit them out of His mouth.’ … Wow! … There is no way someone could not understand this judgement! .. But isn’t this exactly what we are seeing in our nation today? .. and the political arena is a perfect example of people ‘watering down’ their convictions so as to suit their own desires. … What a tragedy! ……

I know that all of these types of conditions concerning the latter day church were prophesied hundreds of years ago, but it’s still incredibly difficult to watch it happen. … An example is in 1 Timothy

4:1 where it says, “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.” (Also see 1 Timothy 6:20-212 & 2 Timothy 4:3-4) … And what was Jesus’ teachings concerning these misleading practices? .. “Repent therefore.” (Revelation 2:16) …

I know many of you out there do not agree with my a-political position and believe that America IS THE ANSWER to all the woes of the world. .. I, too, hope that America would see a turn-around from her rapid descent into immorality and depravity, but we cannot for a moment let these desires replace the truth of scripture. .. The Gospel of John talks much of our ‘not being of this world.’ .. Just look at John 15:18-19 where Jesus Himself tells us this … “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” .. It’s plain .. it’s direct .. it leaves no room for manipulation. .. We cannot ‘pick & choose’ what we like & don’t like. …

As I was contemplating this writing, the Holy Spirit put this verse on my heart. …… “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

(Matthew 7:13-14) …

Be careful in what path you choose to follow. .. I pray that none of you will be ‘caught up’ in the moment with the chaos that is taking place all around us. …. And know this, Jesus said that ‘in this world we would have trouble, but to take heart, because He has overcome the world.” … (John 16:33) … Hallelujah! ..

Finally, learn this and keep it close to your heart …

“I am the child of a King who is not moved by the world. For my God is with me and goes before me. I do not fear because I am His.”

Until next time,

Red

Brother Franklin Graham made this statement just a couple of days ago … “I don’t have any hope that either Republicans or Democrats hold the key to the moral & spiritual revival of our nation. Any confidence & hope are in Almighty God.” … I say AMEN brother!

Regarding politics, just consider this for a moment … Capitalism? .. Socialism? .. Communism? .. Dictatorships? .. Kings or Queens? … Has any of it EVER worked for any length of time? .. In the approximately 6000 years of recorded human history, not one has ever prevailed. .. Every one has eventually met with utter failure. ……

As for today’s world, tonight we have a Republican debate in the continuing saga of choosing the right & perfect candidate to bring our country back again to prosperity. .. Of course, in this process, we are witnessing insults & personal attacks from most all corners. .. It seems they will do & say ANYTHING to win .. and sadly, most of us fall into the trap of believing that this process will be the ultimate answer to ‘fixing it all.’ …. How tragic! .. Simply, until we ‘fix’ the real problem of our nation, nothing on this earth will change its course. .. Again, Franklin Graham summed it up quite simply … “Our nation is broken – it’s broken morally – it’s broken spiritually – & it’s broken politically.” .. Again, I say AMEN! … The only solution is to turn our faces to the one & only hope .. the God of Heaven. …

America has been in existence for some 200+ years, and there is no question that she has contributed some great things during this time. .. In fact, let me mention two of them … 1) To send missionaries throughout the world to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and 2) to oversee the ushering in of the State of Israel, which took place in 1948. .. Wonderful things of which I believe were the main purposes as to the reason for this nation.

But the rapidly accelerating ‘separation of church and state’ resulting in the near-complete removal of God from our society imperils its very existence. … It is exactly what Pastor Graham was referring to .. the moral & spiritual fall. .. It seems it all started back in the 1960’s when the ‘Separation of Church & State’ took on a completely new perspective. .. We began the onslaught of removing God totally from all facets .. from all public displays. .. prayer being removed from our schools …. and just look around today? .. More & more militant groups are attacking ‘everything God.’ … Secularism is the ‘order of the day’ in this nation. …

Another huge issue in our nation’s possible demise in it’s recent attitude toward the Nation of Israel. … As previously mentioned, it was one of our primary purposes to see this nation come back to ‘life’ after centuries of exile, which ultimately fulfilled a major Bible prophecy. .. But now, it seems just the opposite is taking place. .. Put this with the total removal of God from our society, and it’s simply a deadly combination that will ultimately lead to it’s destruction. …

Now on top of all this, the Churches in our nation have also taken on this mantle of political activism which is identified as ‘Nationalism.’ .. Simply, a very large portion of the Evangelical movement has become very militant and believes that America’s destiny is to be the world’s protector and will assist in ‘ushering in the golden age of peace & prosperity’ that they believe will soon come to this earth. .. Sadly, and dangerously, they have put their faith in a secular system they have come to believe will save this nation! …

Simply, as Christians who follow the true teachings of God’s Word, we cannot separate God from any part of our lives! .. As an example, let’s look at a circumstance which would face a devout follower of Jesus Christ were he or she chose to run for a political office … “Well Lord, if I win this election, I’ll have to leave you home when I go to work today, but I’ll see you tonight, and the weekends will most likely be even better, especially Sundays.” … Sound ridiculous? .. Well. it’s not. .. It will be the reality. …

Going forward, we first must understand that nothing on this earth, including America, is going to change the course of God’s plan concerning this fallen planet. .. Jesus Himself tells us that many ominous things must take place (Matthew 24, Mark 13 & Luke 21) just prior to His triumphant return. .. In fact, He says specifically that these signs will only increase in number & intensity as we approach this day. ..

What we as individuals and churches must do is once again trust in the ultimate power of prayer. .. Our primary purpose in our time left is to pray for & witness to those who are lost and caught up in all the chaos of our times. .. As many of you would agree, we as a nation & church have fallen into a stupor as to the true power of prayer. .. It seems we now believe we can legislate righteousness through human efforts instead of trusting in our God for all things. … Simply, the only hope for more time for this nation is a spiritual revival to come upon the land. .. Without it, there is no hope. …

Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” .. Also, John 14:1 says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.” … Yes, there is a glimmer of hope in all this craziness, & it lies in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. .. He is waiting for every one of you! …

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” .(Revelation 3:20) .. Hallelujah! …

Until next time,

Red

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