Wednesday, November 9, 2016

It’s Time to be in Constant Prayer

In the aftermath of the attacks on New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC on September 11, 2001, we saw a tremendous surge of patriotism and interest in religion. People filled churches and sought to understand how Christianity might seek God’s intervention. Patriotism, fear and a general anger against evil rose up across the nation. Citizens have historically looked to government to keep the nation safe and it was manifestly unable to do so.
In leading up to the 2016 Election, many thousands and tens of thousands of Christians dropped to their knees in prayer and repentance, citing 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 as their guiding principle:
"When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:13, 14 NIV)
Christians have been earnestly praying during the election process for the bright light of truth to emerge from the darkness of the evil that has overtaken America. Prayer has been voiced under the authority granted by Jesus Christ to resist the Devil and his minions; to thwart the initiatives of demonic agents to interfere with the democratic process, and to seek the Lord’s intervention to confound evil.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people. (Ephesians 6:10-18 NIV)
Last night, it appeared that we have been successful. The candidate with the least known flaws was selected by the people of this nation to become our next President. We must continue to lift up our country’s leaders as they address the multitude of challenges our nation faces. Scripture records exhortations to seek the Lord with every challenge:
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people-- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. (1 Timothy 2:1-8 NIV)
And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. (2 Thessalonians 3:2 NIV)
Reading through the book of Judges in the Bible, example after example is cited of people being saved from destruction as they returned to seek God’s intervention and avoid destruction. Every ten to fifty years, God would raise up a righteous person to lead the nation of Israel after they committed themselves to forsake idols and unrighteous behavior. Just about every time, when the immediate danger passed, the people would return to their unrighteous ways. Compromise, complacency, and apathy would become once again the hallmark of the nation as they felt safe again. Then the Lord would allow Israel’s enemies to oppress and attack them.
So it is with America today. We have returned to our former sins of unrighteous tolerance, complacency, and apathy, allowing the acceptance of behaviors and ideas that are foreign to God’s plan. We face threats from ISIS, world finances, initiatives pushing a one-world government, ignorant acceptance of bad science undergirding climate change, and the dangers of the influx of foreigners entering the country illegally without a commitment to assimilate into our culture and values.
So, Christians, we need to continue praying and committing ourselves to intercede for this nation so that it may become great again as a “city on a hill” and beacon light to the world. We dare not let down our guard.
Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. (1 Thessalonians 5:1-8 NIV)
I encourage all Christians to keep short accounts with God, recognizing and repenting of sin as we humble ourselves and pray after the pattern of 2 Chronicles 7:14.

Humility, vigilance, and a warrior's heart are what it will take to survive until the Lord’s return.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Importance of Christians Voting

This year is not the time to neglect to let your voice be known in the election before us. Despite the antics of both Republican and Democratic candidates, The outcome of this election may usher in a whole new world that none of us are ready for.
In his new book, Is This The End?, Dr. David Jeremiah reminds all Christians that to not vote is to let for forces of evil win and likely initiate the destruction of our country!
I fear the real reason so many Americans and evangelicals do not vote is simple apathy. Yet those non-voters are often the most vocal and critical when elected officials fail to meet their expectations.
The Bible tells us Christians that we are to be salt and light in the world. The time has come for us to let our voices be heard and our votes counted. But make them count responsibly:
        Don't vote your geographical location.
        Don't vote your religious denomination.
        Don't vote your political affiliation.
        Don't vote racial identification.
        Don't even vote your union obligation.
Instead, vote your values. Vote your beliefs. Vote your convictions. If candidates want your vote, let them earn it the old-fashioned way. Let them make commitments to your values, and let them know you intend to hold them responsible. It is my responsibility and yours to participate in the process. If we do not act soon, it may be too late. Let these words of Martin Niemoller, a pastor who lived during the Nazi regime in Germany, cement in your heart and mind the importance of your involvement:
They came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade union­ists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.
I recommend using Dr. Jeremiah’s guidance and vote. Remember 2 Chronicles 7:14. Seek God, and place your trust in Him to guide you as you vote.
Excerpt from Is This The End? by Dr. David Jeremiah, pp 113-114

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Obey God Rather Than Those Who Would Deceive You

Barry Soetoro, also known as Barack “Insane” Obama has partially succeeded in his much vaunted “Change we can believe in,” to “fundamentally transform” the core values of our nation. He has pushed a Marxist ideology that is at the heart of the “Change” and “Transformation.” Mental health professionals recognize the innate mental illness in the policies espoused by Obama.
Diagnostic criteria for 301.81 Narcissistic Personality Disorder
A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:
(1)   has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achieve­ments and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
(2)   is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, bril­liance, beauty, or ideal love
(3)   believes that he or she is "special" and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
(4)   requires excessive admiration
(5)   has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
(6)   is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
(7)   lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
(8)   is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her
(9)   shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV)
While the DSM is a fraud, based largely upon opinion and without valid scientific basis, perpetrated by the American Psychiatric Association on a gullible public, it does provide a good narrative description of the behaviors of our top elected official.
Scripture warned the Jews as they returned to the land promised to Abraham from Egypt not to listen to prophets or others who foretells concepts and  set up events to fulfill those concepts, often circumventing or outright repudiating the ideology held by our founding fathers. Deuteronomy (Deut. 13:1-4) exhorts the followers of the Lord Almighty to not listen to the false prophets and others who would lead them away from God’s plan.
Deuteronomy 13:1-4
1 If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, 2 and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, "Let us follow other gods" (gods you have not known) "and let us worship them," 3 you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The LORD your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. NIV
Today, Christians and Jews are truly being tested in our loyalty and obedience to the Lord. More and more churches and synagogues are giving way to unbiblical concepts in the name of tolerance and adherence to illegal laws and government policies.
We must pay attention to the assessment of the apostles, “"We must obey God rather than human beings! (Acts 5:29 NIV). Failure to do so will result in additional faith tests from God. We must return to a sound basis for living in today’s culture, not the loopy, unscriptural basis we are being pushed toward.

David Kupellian clarifies the situation we face in his book, The Snapping of the American Mind: Heling a Nation Broken by Lawless Government and Godless Culture. Kupelian’s book should be a must-read for every moral, patriotic American!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

No Zs

Do the math! Did you ever notice . . .
When an X and a Y mate, you get:
  • Another X or another Y, but no Z
  • Several Xs or several Ys, but no Zs
  • One or more Xs or one or more Ys, but no Zs

When two Xs or two Ys try to mate, you get: 
  • Nothing. No Xs, Ys, or Zs.

Any Zs are created only by man, not God, by modifying God’s perfect creation. So there must be something to the importance of X and Y.
Judeo-Christian scripture, upon which all truth is based, says:
  • So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.  (Gen. 1:27 NIV)
  • He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them "man." (Gen. 5:2 NIV)
  • You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. (Gen. 6:19 NIV)
  • Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you-- the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground-- so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number upon it." (Gen. 8:17 NIV)
  • As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it." (Gen. 9:7 NIV)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Culture Shock

Excerpt [with comments by Dr. Fred Thompson] from the February issue of Dr. David Jeremiah’s Turning Points
In 2010, I knew I couldn't remain quiet. In the wake of the economic upheaval in 200 7-2 00 8, I had already written three books on world-level concerns, looking through a biblical lens. I thought I had said what I needed to. But as I looked around at how rapidly things were changing, I couldn't look the other way. I had to speak out—and this time, sound an alarm.
About what? you ask. About the moral and spiritual state of our world, our nation, our communities, and yes, some churches. I was seeing things in those days that I never thought I would see—a moral and spiritual drift further and further away from biblical standards. I felt we were at a crossroads.
The fruit of that burden was pub­lished in 2011—a book titled I Never Thought I'd See the Day!—Culture at the Crossroads. I wrote about topics like militant atheism, Christians missing-in-action in spiritual warfare, the profaning of Jesus in the media, marriage becoming an option, the freefall of morality, the marginalization of the Bible, the increasing irrelevance of the Church, the rise of militant Islam, and America's failure to stand by Israel and why that failure threatens America's future.
By the time the book was published, about five months after turning in the manuscript, I felt there was already more to add! Things are happening so fast in our culture and our world that I could publish a new chapter each month. Think what we have seen just in the last five years—Russia re­asserting itself as a global superpower with implications for the prophetic future; the media-fueled barbarity of the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS); the United States Supreme Court changing the definition of marriage and the trickle-down effects on the definition of family; the White House being decorated with rainbow lights to ally itself with the radical LGBT movement; the demonic rise of mass murders in schools and public venues; the increasing fragility of the world's economic order; the increasing threats to people by droughts, floods, and other climactic weather events; the rising status of true, biblical Christians as the most persecuted and least tolerated minority in the world; the federal government funding an organization that dissects unborn babies and sells their body parts, and more [including infiltration of the Muslim Brotherhood into influential positions in the administration].
Something is going on, dear friends. And we Christians, more than any other people, need to be aware and equipped. We need to be sensitive to the changes God is allowing in our world, and we need to know how to live in the midst of them. We need to know how to be in the world without being of the world—regardless of what costs may come.
In this [February 2016] issue of Turning Points we are going to reprise the theme of the last chapter of I Never Thought I'd See the Day! That chapter is titled, "When Changing Your Mind Could Save Your Life In other words, it is easy to be overwhelmed by what seems to be the deterioration, if not the destruction, of what we have held dear for many generations in America. We are a nation founded on Judeo-Christian values that are being routinely attacked and set aside. We no longer live in a Christ-friendly culture.
More than anything, we need to know how to live actively, not passively, for Christ. We have not been commissioned to live a defensive life but a life on the move. The Great Commission of Christ commands us to go into our neighborhoods and our culture with the Gospel. We are to be heaven's ambassadors, extending the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control of Christ to those who do not know Him. We are called to be salt and light—to push back the darkness and preserve the flavor of God on this earth.
These are not days of fear and frustration, but of faith! If ever the Church of Christ has needed to take up the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God, it is now. God is in control. Christ is Lord over all. The Spirit offers us His gifts, counsel, and fruit. Our task is to embrace our calling, follow the lead of our Lord, and bring light and liberty through the Gospel. Please join me to those ends in this month's issue of Turning Points           
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