IS IT TOO LATE FOR AMERICA?

I was so moved by this word from Mario Murillo that I wanted to post it to those of you who may not follow him or even know of him. I am in such accord with this word and have written with the same spirit of it for many years.

Here it is:

Some say it is impossible for America to be destroyed because God is on the throne. America’s demise would never be a reflection on God’s mercy, grace or power, it would be only because we destroyed ourselves.

So is it too late for America? You do not need a stock answer to this question. This is an explosive question that deserves a considered opinion. In the next few minutes I wish to respond to this question and I ask that you reserve judgment until you read what I have to say in its entirety.

Let me begin by asking you a question. What if a rational Christian told you that they believed it was too late for America? How would you react? Would you react by being angry or dismissive? If so, then you my friend are part of the problem. Those who say that it is too late for America have a strong case and we are wise, if we want to have any hope at all, to soberly listen.

This is when they say that a nation is finished:

1. When a nation owes a debt that it cannot pay: If, as the Bible says, the borrower is servant to the lender, then we already belong to China.

2. When the nation’s leader shakes his fist at God: Some Christians hold to the fantasy that we have a president. We do not. We have an activist in the White House. Obama is shaking his fist at God. He feels no accountability to our constitution. He stands with Islam and not Christianity or Judaism. He is reshaping America. He is dismantling our greatness because he despises the America that was once one nation under God.

Many Christians dismiss any indictment of Obama as politics, racism or unchristian because the reality that we have a renegade president is frightening. However, facts are facts. They are neither racist nor political.

3. When God sends prophets and their warnings are ignored or rejected: 2 Chronicles 36:15, “And the LORD God of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. 16 But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, till there was no remedy.”

We are beyond the place where pastors merely leave truth out. Today they mock truth and brand voices from God as radicals. We see religious empires built entirely out of human wisdom and defended like a crime family.

The church is feverish with 7 deadly sins: Denial, Arrogance, Entitlement, Deception, Sensuality, Rebellion and Materialism. For this and many other reasons, America hangs precariously in the balance.

So let me answer the question directly. No, it is not too late for America, but we must shed many things that we are doing right now, and we must shed them with intense zeal as if they were radioactive waste…or, very, very soon it will be too late.

Mario then lists 7 deadly sins we must shed:

Denial: The sense that all is well and though we do not know how but it will all turn out okay. This was the prevailing mood among Lutherans in Germany as Hitler was seizing power. This allows Christians to abide the death of marriage, the rise of Islam and the decline of Christianity by looking the other way. They hate it when any preacher criticizes the government because they just want everything to be nice.

Arrogance: They boast of spiritual authority they do not possess. They constantly talk about their “words from the Lord.” They revel in titles and always seek to be recognized.

Entitlement: They feel that gifts and blessings belong to them without training, effort or having to prove their character. Tribulation and suffering are things that happen to other people. They despise messages about sacrifice.

Deception: Never have I seen people so gullible as our present crop of Christians. And they are gullible at a time when being gullible is most costly. All a speaker has to do today is to relate some mystical experience they had and they will get a following. These are the itching ears of 2 Timothy 3. They are Biblically illiterate so they have no way to judge their experiences with the Word of God.

Sensuality: Pastoral drunkenness and immorality are now widespread. If that is the state of the shepherd then what is the condition of the sheep? Perverting grace is a deadly sin! Jude 1:4 For certain men have crept in stealthily [gaining entrance secretly by a side door]. Their doom was predicted long ago, ungodly (impious, profane) persons who pervert the grace (the spiritual blessing and favor) of our God into lawlessness and wantonness and immorality, and disown and deny our sole Master and Lord, Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). AMP

Rebellion: One of the linchpins of the seeker model is rebellion. There, I said it. Why else would you make church so convenient and superficial? You do it to cater to people with commitment issues. You build a church for people who do not want to be told what to do.

Materialism: Let me be clear. God wants to bless us with good things. Where we are derailed is when we forget why we are blessed. He blesses us with more than enough so that we can give. Many Americans want to a certain lifestyle and they do not want their pastor to mess with that. They will even elevate their pastor to superstar status if he keeps the rightful demands of God off of their back.

Finally: The good news is that a righteous core has the power to move God away from judgment but we are nearly out of time. You have the power to gather others who are grieved over our nation and form a prayer cell. I challenge you today to read the following prayer of Daniel and by inserting the word America in key places in this prayer you have the perfect model:

Daniel 9:16 “O Lord, according to all Your righteousness, I pray, let Your anger and Your fury be turned away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain; because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people are a reproach to all those around us. 17 Now therefore, our God, hear the prayer of Your servant, and his supplications, and for the Lord’s sake cause Your face to shine on Your sanctuary, which is desolate. 18 O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies. 19 O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”

A QUEER THING HAPPENED IN GIBEAH: A PORTAIT OF AMERICA’S DECADENCE

The story begins in Gibeah when an old man extends hospitality to an unnamed Levite, his concubine, and his servant and lodges them for the night. In the middle of the night, however, a strange thing happens.

“As they were enjoying themselves, suddenly certain men of the city, perverted men, surrounded the house and beat on the door. They spoke to the master of the house, the old man, saying, “Bring out the man who came to your house, that we may know him carnally (have sexual relations with him)!” (Jud. 19:22)

The expression “perverted men” literally means “sons of Belial”, and it refers to a group of vile men who sought to satisfy their homosexual desires on the unnamed Levite visitor. The men of Sodom also made a similar request to abuse Lot’s visitors in a sadistic, homosexual manner (Gen. 19:5). These accounts reveal the decadence of both of these periods of time in Israel’s history. Homosexuality is the only reason the scriptures give for Sodom’s destruction. Jude 7, which is referenced later in this article, confirms this also.

Ceremonial laws were specifically for Israel to obey, but moral laws are universal and apply to the entire human race. One of the universal moral laws of Israel states:

“There shall be no ritual harlot of the daughters of Israel, or a perverted one of the sons of Israel.” (Deut. 23:17)

The Hebrew word for “perverted” is qadesh, which means one practicing sodomy and prostitution in religious rituals. Isn’t that the height of deception – to mix sodomy and prostitution with religion?

Under God’s Law Israel was commanded to remove this type of evil and wickedness from the land. This is a type and shadow of what is now operative in this Church dispensation. Paul commanded the Corinthian church to “put away from yourselves the evil person” (1 Cor. 5:13).

We need to understand that the practices of the Old Testament do not carry over into the New Testament but the principles do. For example, we don’t stone violators and transgressors of the Law in the same way they did in the Old Testament, but we are to apply the same principle in disciplining the church member (1 Cor. 5).

“Then the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, “What is this wickedness that has occurred among you? Now therefore, deliver up the men, the perverted men who are in Gibeah, that we may put them to death and remove the evil from Israel!” (Jud. 20:12-13)

After an ensuing battle with the tribe of Benjamin, who refused to comply with God’s Law, godly order was eventually restored as the land was indeed cleansed of perversion. But the cycle of sin and perversion resurfaced again in Israel during the time of the kings.

“And there were also perverted persons in the land. They did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.” (1 Kings 14:24)

The abominations of the nations were infiltrating into Israel and influencing them in the same way the sin and immorality of the world has infiltrated much of the Church today.

David’s son, Asa, was a godly king and he did right in the sight of the Lord and cleansed the land once more.

“And he banished the perverted persons from the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.” (1 Kings 15:12)

Jehoshaphat followed in his father Asa’s footsteps and did the same during his reign.

“And the rest of the perverted persons, who remained in the days of his father Asa, he banished from the land.” (1 Kings 22:46)

Then in a later period King Josiah did the same.

“Then he tore down the ritual booths of the perverted persons that were in the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the wooden image.” (2 Kings 23:7)

Do you see a pattern here? Israel, just as the Church is today, were God’s chosen people, and they were to be separate from the world and the sin, immorality, and perversion that is in the world.

We are no longer under the Law as they were, but the Law is still good for the lawless and insubordinate (1 Tim. 1:8-10), and accounts like these are given to us as examples for our admonition (1 Cor. 10:1-11). As I said, moral laws are universal laws that apply to everyone.

These and other examples serve as a warning to the Church today to stand true and hold fast to the ordinances of God so that in the end they would not suffer the same vengeance of eternal fire. We are not to let the culture of our nation dictate the direction of the Church. If we do, we can actually lose our standing with God.

“But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” (Jude 1:5-7)

Once again, in this scripture “strange flesh” is speaking of homosexuality. God has not changed. His attitude toward sin and this sort of perversion has not changed.

The manifestation of the wrath of God in eternal fire against sin is seen in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The Scriptures do not balk at the use of very plain language to describe the revolting sexual depravity as a prime justification for their annihilation.

The burning commentary on this record is seen in Romans 1, with Paul’s indictment of “men with men committing what is shameful” so rightly described as unnatural. By such deeds men dishonor their own bodies and become lower than the beasts of the field.

Sodomy is one of the most degraded sexual offenses, and it is appalling how our culture has embraced it and celebrated it, and continues to promote it.

Paul’s explanation of the gospel always included the wrath of God on those who will not repent. All unrighteousness and especially the perversion of sodomy usually leads men to suppress the truth and hold false views of God and the Bible because they know that the truth would require them to repent. The terrible truth is that as people continue to reject God, He gives them up to increasingly immoral and self-destructive activities (Rom. 1:24, 26, & 28).

Look at our nation, people! We are so far down this road of decadence. The apostle Paul is clearly showing us that homosexuality is a final order of rebellion against God. It is a sure sign that a society is in the last stages of decadence.

The apostle Peter takes this a step further and tells us that this judgment begins in the house of God.

“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? Now “if the righteous one is scarcely saved, where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?” (1 Pet. 4:17-18)

And sandwiched around two verses (2 Pet. 3:10 and 12) that speak of the heavens dissolving and passing away with a great noise, and the earth’s elements melting with fervent heat and the works of the earth being burned up, Peter says:

“Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness . . .
Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless” (2 Pet. 3:11, 14)

Oh, how these verses make me tremble with the fear of God!

This should be the response in both the heart of the Christian and the sincere seeker.

And yet an increasing number of churches and entire Christian denominations are moving toward an apostasy unlike anything we’ve ever witnessed in our time and maybe in history. This is a solemn warning to these churches and denominations to turn back to the faith that was once delivered to the saints (Jude 3).

When you listen to the wisdom of men concerning this controversial topic you gain the impression that the rise of the popularity of this perversion is simply a part of the larger transformation that’s been happening in the U.S. This younger generation of “Christians” increasingly accepts lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and find themselves at odds with churches that don’t. Even in what is referred to as the Bible belt in the south this deception is spreading. Concerning one of these apostate churches, one lady was quoted as saying, “We thought we’d never find a church that’s loving and progressive in the Southeast.”

As my friend Larry Tomczak said in a recent article: “We cannot downplay the seriousness of this issue in our culture today. It is the tip of the spear and leaders must be courageous enough to speak the truth in love and equip their people so they’ll stand strong and not be swept away. If churches do not remain faithful to Biblical standards on sexuality, the younger generation will drift further into the throes of confusion regarding sexual identity, the sanctity of marriage and the institution of family as God ordained it.”

God help us to call a spade a spade and avert the disaster of a multitude of hell-bound apostates who will lead others down this terrible path. Today I’m standing on that highway to hell waving my arms frantically before this multitude falls off the cliff into everlasting torment.

Warnings are for the purpose of averting such a disaster.

Will the Church and our nation heed it?

WE NEED A COURSE CORRECTION (PART 2)

Many churches need a course correction today. Despite all the darkness, death, and destruction that is manifesting around the globe; despite all the filth and perversion that has come to America, the Church cannot be deterred from her ultimate purpose.

The purpose of the Church is to lift up the name of Jesus Christ, manifest the glory of God, so that all men will be drawn unto Jesus. The Lord is waiting for one thing before He returns – the precious fruit of the earth to receive the latter rain for harvest (Jam. 5:7). The precious fruit of the earth here refers to people – lost souls.

The Church is a soul saving organism. The Church must go for souls!

Please allow me to be very practical here and speak from an evangelistic perspective. These simple instructions are for the purpose of refocusing the Church to what really matters. It will bring forth a course correction that is sorely needed in many churches today.

Here are a few proposals I would like to make to every believer and especially to leaders.

1. Don’t get good at what you’re not supposed to be doing.

Too many of us are a hundred miles wide and one inch deep. We do a lot of things good but not many excellently. It’s time to do some serious evaluation. How many people are really being discipled and not just taught? How many new converts are being added to the kingdom?

Who are you currently discipling? Who are you currently believing, praying, fasting, and lovingly witnessing to?

Here is the course many must now take if they are to see more fire and more fruit. Convert more church events into opportunities for evangelism. Convert more doctrine into discipleship. Teach them to observe what Jesus taught (Mat 28:19). Go back to the gospels. Constantly evaluate everything you do by the great commission; evangelism and discipleship.

2. Water seeds, not weeds.

Weeds are things that don’t work or don’t matter. We’ve all heard the saying. “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Don’t let activity and schedule determine your strategy. Don’t immerse yourself into things that rob you of your time with God and with your disciples. Guard your rest, energy, and creativity. Weeds are things God never told you to do which rob you of rest, erase your energy, and kill your creativity. On the other hand, seeds are things which are stamped with eternity. They focus more on people rather than programs. Get rid of everything that hinders true kingdom increase.

3. Develop a passion for prayer and for souls.

This should’ve been listed first. You won’t do much without passion. If you’re not burning up with a vision for souls you will affect very few people dramatically and permanently. This is the real reason why men falter and fail. Instead of burning up, they’re burning out. Instead of getting fired up, they’re getting tired out. Instead of moving on and moving up, they’re moving down and moving out.

Find things which ignite and feed your passion for prayer and lost souls. Read a good biography of a man of God who helped many find Christ. Read good books on holiness, prayer, and revival. Feed constantly on the gospels and the book of Acts. Read the Bible on your knees, and ask God to break your heart with the things that break the heart of Jesus. Go find somebody in pain and bring healing to them. Find the hurting and encourage them. Seek out the last, the least, and the lost and make their day. It’s in the going as in “go ye” that your passion will always be preserved. The way you keep it is by giving it away.

4. Don’t separate but incorporate soul winning into church events.

Pastors, cater some of your services just for the lost. I think it would help many churches to have an extra special salvation Sunday once a month, or at least once a quarter. Teach your people constantly to love the lost and to reach them. Within the confines of their own personality, encourage every believer, young and old, to befriend sinners and win them to Christ. Instead of posting up a barometer to gauge building fund giving, put one up to gauge the number of souls won to Christ. Encourage and disciple believers by precept and example in the art of praying for and winning the lost. Make the lost your special guests at church functions such as picnics, holiday events like Easter and Christmas, and men’s and women’s night out. This is the real reason why we have fun, food, and fellowship.

5. Lastly, scout out a good evangelist who can help you.

Find one whom you know and can trust that is not just interested in promoting his ministry or getting an offering, but who really has a passion and a faith for seeing lost souls saved. Remember also, that winning the lost is not the only function of the evangelist. Contrary to modern church thought, the primary function of every evangelist is to produce other evangelists and a spirit of evangelism in the church.

In closing I pray that God would bless you with a broken heart and compassion for the lost, and that He would give you true kingdom increase. May He take pleasure in you and help you win many to Christ.

WE NEED A SERIOUS COURSE CORRECTION – NOW!

The prophet’s heart was broken because of the Lord and His holy words (Jer 23:9).

I just now understand some things that I couldn’t years ago. Then I remember trying to share my heart for holiness with some Christian friends. I’d preach strong raw messages in churches without ever smiling. It was like trying to drive an armored truck over a stick bridge. People accused me of being too hard and too heavy. Their bewildered look would be best described by the robot that appeared years ago on the show “Lost in Space” who would often say, “This does not compute!” But I voiced the robot’s other notorious cry, “Danger, danger!”

They didn’t really believe the state of affairs in the Church was that bad, or at least not as bad as I was saying. Of course, in my immaturity I was not very convincing either. But what I didn’t understand back then was that it was really much worse. With hindsight it is obvious to see now how a careless and casual sowing in years gone by, has in many places, resulted in the reaping of some pretty rotten fruit. I think time and history have borne witness to this fact: In times of prosperity and well being, the general populace including the complacent Christian, will hardly believe warnings of impending danger. Similarly, trouble across the ocean seems so far away. We muse and rationalize saying, “It could never happen here.”

Take the example of the Titanic. Who would’ve believed the unsinkable to sink? The impending danger was infinitely greater than any of the passengers could’ve ever imagined. Even after it smashed into the infamous iceberg, some still disbelieved the mighty Titanic was really sinking. The unwise captain failed to heed sound judgment. Other captains from other passing ships also failed to respond to signal calls for help. The entire tragedy could’ve been avoided. All that was needed was a simple course correction.

In many ways, America, among the nations, has been like the mighty Titanic. For a long time now we’ve needed a serious course correction. Does God hold the Church accountable? When a nation sinks into the deep icy waters of decadent sin and immorality? When its own president and many leaders symbolize such?

Are we accurate in our reasoning to say that an earlier course correction in the Church would’ve perhaps and maybe undoubtedly avoided the imminent danger our nation now faces? If captains of gospel ships we call churches and ministries would’ve heeded the warnings of scripture and lessons of history, course corrections could’ve been made. Ah! But where were the trumpet voices of the prophets? Where were the sounds of alarm and war? Who was calling the Church to arms? Ah! But we were on the mighty Titanic and the Christian life for many was one big happy party! And what of our mighty trusted captains? Many were just happy to have us on board. Perhaps only a small remnant that were at the helm even detected that a real course correction was necessary.

In good times, fat hearts tend to become hardened and develop a false sense of immunity to anything that upsets their earthly security and cozy existence.

This hardness and insensitivity is usually sure proof of their idolatry. Israel was infamous for disbelieving and persecuting the prophets.

“But the Church is in revival now,” some would say. A few may be in revival, but can you count the ones that aren’t? Some are holy and passionately in love with Jesus, but can you count the ones that aren’t? Some are ready for hard times and the judgments of God upon the Church and the nation, but can you count the ones that aren’t?

At critical points in history great course corrections have been called for. We call them revivals which God has ordained to reverse the process of moral decline and degradation. With great momentum, revivals can turn into mighty awakenings which change the course of history by altering the course of nations.

The Church has always been one generation away from extinction. If not for these merciful and mighty moral course corrections, the Church would undoubtedly fade into oblivion. The next few years in America may determine her ultimate destiny. An awakening or anarchy (or both) will be her fate. One thing is for sure; something has to change.

I know that there are some who will staunchly come to America’s defense and question God’s displeasure with her. “After all,” they will say, “there are millions of Christians in this nation.” That is exactly my point. With these supposed millions of Christians, why I ask you have we not made a definite, resounding impact in turning our nation around? A strong Church will have a phenomenal affect on any nation. There are even some among us who still insist on calling America a “Christian nation. They are greatly deceived.

When our nation’s leader shakes his fist at God we are not a Christian nation. When he feels no accountability to our constitution and his ‘yes’ men do nothing about it we are not a Christian nation.  When he stands with Islam and not Christianity or Judaism we are not a Christian nation. When more than half of America including many professing Christians lacked discernment in electing such a leader we are not a Christian nation.

When we allow the legalization of same sex marriage now in many of our states we are not a Christian nation. When entire denominations promote this perversion in their pulpits and call it love we are not a Christian nation. When we continue to kill millions of babies we are not a Christian nation.

The line is blurred; justice is turned back, truth is fallen in the streets (Isa 59: 4, 14-15,) because the Church has not lifted up the standard. And when she has tried to she has failed, because the world does not respect her. A lack of character, wisdom, fire, and power has made us blend and bland. All we do different than the world is talk.

By now you ought to be able to tell that God has inflicted me with a disease. No, it’s not pessimism and skepticism. It’s divine urgency. In order for the Church to really arise I believe she needs to first be aroused. Before a war becomes physical it is always spiritual. Those who are casual in war time irk and disturb those who are vigilant. Indifference in life and death situations is all the enemy needs to advance. We need to regain the battle mentality and fighting spirit that is so depictive of the Christian life.

But how can we fight if we don’t believe enough in the cause for which we are fighting? Fun, food, and fellowship is the only brand of Christianity some believers know. We can make all our excuses. But the real problem is our love is not strong enough. A drug addict will find a way to get his drug. Strong love will find a way to reach its needy subjects. Jesus was moved with compassion (Mat 9:36).

Some churches need to reinvent themselves. We have among us many doctors of doctrine but few preachers of power. We have much monotone but little fire. We have many equippers but so few evangelists. We have many meetings where we laugh, but so few where we cry. Whatever happened to faith for lost souls, which works by love? Real faith has humans as the object of its love.

Please do not be offended by all this. I’m just a messenger of the Lord  doing my job. More fun, more food, and more fellowship is not what many of us need right now, unless of course, it is somehow linked to winning the lost. We don’t need fads that come and go. We need fruit that remains. We will always need teaching, but we also need to realize that more teaching will only help the doer and not the hearer. More fire, more focus, and more fruit are what we need.

(Stay tuned for Part 2)

BRUCE JENNER: A PROTRAIT OF AMERICA’S CONFUSION

As I stared at the two adjacent photos I couldn’t help think of the volumes it spoke of the confusion that has come to America.

I’m speaking of the long before and now photos of former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner. In the former he is the all American athlete, boy-faced, handsome, sparkling eyes, bright countenance, and wouldn’t you know it, hair on his chest – a stunning image of vigor and masculinity.

The latter, of a supposed transgender – a disfigured countenance, an aged sullen look, a shadow of death about him, uh I mean her, and frankly the image of a witch.

Bruce Jenner is a very confused human being. My heart breaks for him and the influences that have made him that way. Those influences are clearly from the dark world, or dare I say, demonic.

To me it is so depictive of all that is wrong with America.

We have an identity problem. We don’t know who we are, where we came from, and where we are going. The vast majority of our nation are a lost people in desperate need of light and redemption, lost sheep without a shepherd.

One so-called expert scientist claims to have made a discovery of our origin. He said, “Human existence is that we are all stars looking back up at the sky.”

How pitiful. Such an example of a people who are “ever learning but never coming to the knowledge of the truth.”

Yes, as Americans we celebrate individuality and diversity which in essence is good and noble. The problem is we celebrate it even when it is wrapped in perversion.

Many of today’s Americans are a confused race of people. Perversion is confusion. We have reality shows that celebrate every kind of perversion, from sodomy, transgenderism, polygamy, etc. and now the latest perversion, a sexually-deviant, mommy porn film “Fifty Shades of Grey” that undoubtedly much of America will flock to.

Many of our politicians, judges, and lawmakers walk in falsehood as well, which leads to confusion. Falsehood can never produce true justice and equity.

Centuries before Christ the prophet spoke these words:

“Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey” (Isa 59:12-15).

Is this not a picture of today’s America?

One of the definitions of confusion is a lack of clearness and distinctness; not knowing right from wrong or good from evil. It also means a disoriented and disturbed mental state.

The confusion in our land starts at the top.

From the beginning of his presidency, Barack Obama has evidenced a deep moral confusion, a distorted worldview.

He still calls Islam a religion of peace and refuses to intervene on the behalf of the massacre of Christians around the world. He says ISIS is not Islamic but ISIL is Islamic. He claims to be a Muslim but then says he is a Christian. And most recently his controversial statements comparing radical Islam to the Christian (Catholic) crusades reveal the lack of discernment and even common sense in this man.

Confusion.

When a president denies Islamic terrorism and releases dangerous terrorist prisoners from Guantanamo Bay he is confused. He does not discern between good from evil.

When politicians and lawmakers change the rock-solid definition of marriage being between “one man and one woman” to include same-sex couples they are confused. To redefine the oldest God-given institution necessary for the reproduction of mankind, to not call a man a man and a woman a woman, is utter confusion.

Furthermore, when our Judeo-Christian traditional views on marriage and abortion are twisted into somehow being a new extreme threat to our nation’s liberties we are confused.

Even churches are falling for the delusion that same-sex marriage is okay. It is not okay! And it will never be okay no matter how prevalent it is in our culture. It is perverse and dysfunctional and will only lead to more confusion in our nation and queerer things to come.

And abortion plainly stated is murder of the most vulnerable and innocent.

Those last two statements will surely bring out more mean-spirited attacks accusing all who agree to the simple logic of it as being hateful and lacking tolerance.

But when gay activists and pro-abortionists tout tolerance for them but are not tolerant toward us they are confused.

When some of the most courageous and godliest of men are on the SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) top 30 list of right-wing anti-gay extremists in our nation we are confused.

Speaking of extremism, as a very recent example of this confusion, consider the following. In a recent article I wrote for Charisma on Extremism: The Key to Launching a Spiritual Revolution, readers were up in arms accusing me of being a Neo-Nazi and an admirer of Hitler.

They twisted my words to their own confusion. I indirectly stated, if Hitler and all these other evil entities in their extremism realized and used the power of youth to kill and destroy, Christians should be extreme in the other direction and harness the power in our youth and use it for good to uplift Jesus, spread the gospel, and change our world. That was the main point of the article.

One reader took it even farther and suggested that my ideological beliefs were a form of mental illness, citing the following article in this journal to prove her point. The Digital Journal

Confusing good and evil, darkness and light, and bitter and sweet have always been a true characteristic of a people who had sinned and forsaken the knowledge of God.

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isa. 5:20).

Is this not the current state of our nation? And I fear that the deafening silence of many pastors to warn their people and confront these issues is actually the greatest threat to the future American Church.

And that, my friends, may be the most important point and purpose of this article.

Please wake up fellow ministers and shepherds of the flock of God! Please preach the whole counsel of God. Please warn your people of the wrath of God and the judgment to come. Please preach on something more than that which promotes an agenda for attendance and money. Please preach on holiness, sanctification, and repentance.

Unless we judge ourselves and clean up our individual houses and the house of God we cannot judge righteously and we risk entering into the same confusion that is gripping our nation. Understand that it is only the prayers of the uncompromisingly righteous that will truly be heard and make a difference.

May our holy God behold the prayers of His righteous remnant in this most dark evil hour and grant us national revival before it’s too late.

THE PRESENT WORLD CRISIS CALLS FOR UNITY IN THE BODY OF CHRIST

For many centuries the precious unity of the Church disappeared when the Headship of Christ was abandoned in favor of an earthly headship. The divinely appointed order of “apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers” gave way to human orders. God is now restoring.

The world crisis demands the restoration of this divinely intended unity. The survival of apostolic Christianity requires it especially now as the united modernist church is rising boldly  diluting everything that is sacred and  representing itself as the true Church. The true Church must not be overcautious in hindering or delaying its’ joining efforts for unity lest it leave the Church vulnerable toward the rising tide of evil that seeks to engulf it.

We can have that unity now if we are willing to subordinate personal interests to the interests of the whole Church.

But that there be no misunderstanding, we should make it plain that we do not propose that the way to unity is through building a new organization or merging existing organizations into some super organization. Just as the autonomy of a local church is to be preserved, autonomy also should be maintained within any group, large or small, which is a part of the Body of Christ. History has proven that when power is vested in one center as in Rome it leads in only one direction, to an apostate Church.

As members of the Body of Christ, we are interdependent on each other but totally dependent on the Head, which is Christ.

The thing that is imperative is that we the members of the Body of Christ shall recognize each other and work in cooperation with each other and publicly impress the world that we are members of one Body regardless of affiliation. To effectively do this we must follow the Bible method by which this unity may be sustained.

How should a traveling minister conduct himself in a local church of whom a pastor has the oversight? What must a pastor do to fulfill his Christian obligation to the traveling minister? How may two or more pastors in a city get together and develop a local fellowship? Under what conditions is it possible to have a union or Body-wide meeting of multiple pastors and churches? What doctrinal agreement is necessary for fellowship? What other qualifications are necessary for fellowship? What would exclude an organization from active fellowship in the Body of Christ?

It is to these questions that we must find scriptural answers if we are to have true fellowship which will result in the unity of the Body of Christ for which Christ prayed. To successfully promote great revivals and conserve the results thereof demands that these problems find a solution. We believe the Bible holds those answers.

We believe that there is a true basis for fellowship between all members of the Body Christ, regardless of affiliation. We must proclaim the essential unity of it and the scriptural means by which that unity can be maintained.

Serious students of the New Testament generally agree that God’s plan as it is revealed in the Scriptures, envisions a Church that is one. Apart from the plain statements of the Bible, it seems unlikely that God intended His Church to be broken into incompatible groups that are in some cases hostile to each other.

This is not to say that there will not always be in this age certain well-defined spheres of responsibility and influence within the Church. There is room for many enterprises, providing each recognizes the other in true Christian spirit, and seeks to build the kingdom of God and not their own. Peter had a definite ministry to the Jews, while Paul’s apostleship was specifically to the Gentiles.

But despite the differences of culture and temperament, the leaders in the early Church constantly labored that the body of fellowship should be kept intact between all believers. They understood that God’s plan for the Church is that it should be one. And so it was that during apostolic times and for a space thereafter that this unity of the Spirit was essentially maintained.

May the prayer of our great High Priest come into full manifestation in this hour.

“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me”

(John 17:20-23).

THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST: RUNNING TO WIN

“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give to every man according as his work shall be” (Revelation 22:12).

Several years ago the Lord began dealing with me about preaching on “lost themes” (the end times, the rapture, the second coming of Christ, heaven, hell, holiness, the judgments of God, etc.). He said that there’s got to be more preaching on these themes for they are emphasized in the Scriptures. He said that there has been a diabolical silence on these topics. As I studied the Word of God I was amazed at how much content and emphasis is given to these vital themes. When is the last time you heard preaching on these themes?

One of the great themes I’ve given much thought to recently is concerning the judgment seat of Christ. This judgment does not involve our salvation but our works and subsequent rewards. Each act of our lives has been recorded and will be judged from the standpoint of both our zeal and our motives. All our works will be weighed on the basis of whether we have labored for the love and glory of God or for self-praise and the glory of man (Mt. 6:1-6, 16-18). What have we built on the foundation of Jesus Christ? Have we given the Lord gold, silver and precious stones, or wood, hay and stubble (1 Cor. 3:12)? Are our lives filled with hidden motives of pride, or pure motives of love?

The Word of God has much to say about crowns and rewards. For instance, did you know that there are at least five types of crowns mentioned in the scriptures? Here they are:

1. Incorruptible crown (1 Cor 9:25): A crown given to those who have kept their bodies under subjection.
2. Crown of rejoicing (1 Thes. 2:19-20): A crown given to the soul winner.
3. Crown of glory (1 Pet. 5:4): A crown given for full time service.
4. Crown of life (Rev. 2:10): A crown given to the martyr.
5. Crown of righteousness (2 Tim. 4:8): A crown given to those who love His appearing.

Did you know that at the judgment seat of Christ there will be terror (2 Cor. 5:9-11), loss (1 Cor. 3:15) and shame (1 John 2:28) for some believers? That is a solemn thought.

Did you know that in the world to come men will achieve different positions (Lk. 19:11-19, Mt. 25:23)? There will be a great difference in the rank and honor received by the saints in the next age. Man will not be rewarded or promoted on the basis of his natural talents and capabilities, but rather on his faithfulness to what was given him. Works that are done in faith, in love, and by the leading of the Holy Spirit will stand the test of God’s fire.

Above all these things, the apostle Paul hints of yet a greater prize which he himself was seeking.

“If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead…I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:11, 14).

What is this prize that Paul exerted all his efforts to attain? It appears that he was seeking diligently to be a part of a first-fruits resurrection. The Scriptures teach that there is a definite order to the resurrection (1 Cor. 15:22-23). Many believers don’t even realize that this is a prize to be won. If the apostle Paul was making every effort to attain to this prize, how much more ought we?

What is necessary to attain unto this first-fruits resurrection? Note Phil. 3:7-10. In spite of all that Paul had attained to in ministry—visions and revelations, miracles, churches planted, ministry workers raised up—at the end of his life he was still in hot pursuit of yet a greater prize—to win Christ, to gain Christ, to know Him! This is more than salvation.

Did you know that this is the greatest prize—to win closeness to Christ throughout eternity? Not every believer will have achieved an eternal position close to Christ. Just as it was during Jesus’ earth walk, so will it be throughout eternity that each follower will fall into a special group and classification. Jesus had 500 disciples, and then 70 closer, and then 12 even closer, and then the 3 who were closest to Him, and finally John the beloved who was Jesus’ closest disciple and friend. Let me tell you that my heart burns every time I ponder these things.

“…You are God’s building…I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward” (1 Cor. 3:9, 10, 14).

Did you also know that God uses things we give Him here on earth to add to the substance of heaven? God put David’s tears in a heavenly bottle and wrote them in a heavenly book (Ps. 56:8). God took Cornelius’ prayers and money and translated them into a memorial in heaven (Acts 10:4). The prayers of the saints are transformed into heavenly incense before the throne (Rev. 5:8). The righteous acts of the saints are translated into fine linen to array the Lamb’s wife (Rev. 19:8). Know that every sacrifice and trial you handle in Christ here on the earth is translated into building material for God in heaven. All our earthly victories and maturity in Christ will add heavenly materiality to our spiritual house in heaven (1 Pet. 2:5).

Our new home in heaven (John 14:2) will be established according to the works we build on the foundation of Jesus Christ while on the earth. Even the heavenly city of Jerusalem is being built with our earthly works of gold, silver, and precious stones with the wall of the city having its foundations serving as a memorial to the lives of the apostles (Rev. 21:14). Isn’t it interesting that the New Jerusalem is called the Bride of Christ (Rev. 21: 2, 9-11)? That’s because the entire city is made with materials furnished by real men and women of God who lived consecrated and surrendered lives to God.

Dear friends, there are times we may wonder if the Lord really sees every trial we endure and sacrifice we make to serve Him, but be assured that He does. And if we want to be wise servants, we would do well to consider our reward and eternal position.

“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it” (1 Cor. 9:24).

Let us run to win.

A Call For Extremism: The Key To Launching A Spiritual Revolution

Years ago we were part of an apostolic team of fathers who mentored, equipped, and empowered radical youth. We believed then and still do now that we are to help define and lead a countercultural movement. It is our passion to upset the sinful status quo of society and the Church. Youth are key!

In 1933 Hitler said, “If I can separate the youth of Germany from their parents I will conquer this nation.” He started a movement called ‘The Brown Shirts’ in which 100,000 youth stood in Berlin with their right hand raised and screaming. “Hitler, we are yours!” Imagine our youth pledging that kind of allegiance to King Jesus!

Around that same time period, the Communist leader Joseph Stalin made the following statement concerning youth: “If we can effectively kill the national pride and patriotism of just one generation, we will have won that country. Therefore, there must be continued propaganda abroad to undermine the loyalty of the citizens in general and the teenagers in particular. By making readily available drugs of various kinds, by giving a teenager alcohol, by praising his wildness, by strangling him with sex literature and by advertising to him and her psycho-political preparation, create the necessary attitude of chaos, idleness, and worthlessness.” If demonically inspired men can affect our youth this way, imagine what divine inspiration will do!

Sin has wasted our youth. We’ve not given them something worthy to live for, and something worthy to die for. To do anything below what they were created to do will bore them. That is the reason many of our young people turn to drugs, alcohol, immorality and other sensual thrills. That is why they need to be awakened to their ultimate purpose in Jesus Christ.

In revolutionary countries youth are trained in combat and weapons. They are taught principles of Communism and the tenets of militant Islam. They give themselves wholeheartedly to the goal of world domination. Someone once said that Satan is preparing his army, but the Church is entertaining her children. We need a radical departure from the standard method of training young men and women for ministry. We need a touch of wholesome extremism to launch a counterculture JESUS revolution!

Yes, just as a certain kind of passivity limits the ministry of God’s kingdom, a certain kind of extremism will expand it. The Bible is a book of extremes. Extreme acts of God and history changing events (like the dividing of the Red Sea and the resurrection of Jesus Christ among so many others); extreme characters (men and women who changed the world); extreme demands to follow the Lord (denying yourself, taking up your cross daily, etc.); extreme blessings for obedience (Mk 10:29-30); extreme consequences for unrepentant sin and disobedience (Lk 13:3, Mat 7:21-23).

“There has to be an extremism to move things. We need the extremist to start things moving, and we need the balanced teaching to keep them moving in the right direction. We need extreme fervor to launch a movement, but we need the repudiation of extremes to save it from self-destruction. It takes Pentecostal genius to know when and where an extreme doctrine or practice must be modified to a more balanced view; and where on the other hand, the broad lines of truth must temporarily be narrowed into an extreme emphasis upon one point to ensure a dynamic powerful enough to move things for God. The possession of that uncommon genius marks the God-sent leader who emerged in truly great periods of revival.” — Donald Gee

There is little hope for America and many nations of the world without a spiritual revolution. Only a JESUS revolution can bring change; a revolution sent from heaven, with an army of young people trained specifically for the task.

The Jesus Revolution is not one that will be fought with earthly weapons of destruction or with guns, knives, bullets, and bombs. It will not be fought with hatred, intimidation, or brute force. No. It will be fought with the gospel, with the love of God, with the power of the Spirit, with radical holiness, with sacrifice, compassion, and courage. It will be a Jesus revolution, an intense clash between two spiritual kingdoms, a heavenly attack on the enemy’s strongholds, and a no compromise stand for morality and truth (This definition was taken from Dr. Michael Brown’s Jesus Manifesto for a Jesus revolution).