PASTORS, IT’S TIME TO BE A THERMOSTAT AND NO LONGER A THERMOMETER

I read these words from a parishioner. The following kind of thing is happening in “conservative” churches across the country:

The pastor would not answer my question when I asked him privately how he would handle it if a church member were supporting pro-abortion political candidates. 

Then he started calling the 2020 riots “protests against injustice.” 

Then he taught a class on politics and church life and he said: “If you tell people it is immoral to vote a certain way, you are being improperly divisive within the church.”

I decided to leave at that point.

This kind of thing in one form or another is happening everywhere.

In the last week, I have heard of dozens of people with stories similar to this one.

They have outsourced their thinking to Jonathan Leeman, Mark Dever, Russell Moore, and Timothy Keller. This is the tragic result.

For some of these effeminate-minded pastors, God may grant repentance once they recognize their error. But until that time comes, God will have a remnant who will rise up and say “enough is enough.”

DIFFERENCE BETWEEEN A THERMOMETER AND A THERMOSTAT

To some people this example may seem small, insignificant, or inconsequential, but they couldn’t be more wrong. For within it contains the key to saving the nation. If pastors do not stand up in the authority of Scripture and speak boldly in this hour the Church will cease to be the final hurdle and firewall to the radical Leftist agenda for the takeover of America. The nation is in need of strong, bold, and courageous local pastors or shepherds. You can have apostles, prophets, evangelists and teachers, but without strong local church pastors the power that comes from gathering together will fade and the fruit will not be maintained.

Have you ever thought about the difference between a thermometer and a thermostat? A thermometer takes the temperature outside, or in a room, or in a human body etc. In other words, a thermometer blends in with the atmosphere, the culture, and the prevailing attitude or progressive perspectives of our day. A thermostat sets the temperature in a room. It changes the atmosphere and dictates the culture. Christians are called to be change agents. We are not called to blend in but to stick out. Let me ask you: Are you a thermometer or a thermostat?

The aforementioned parishioner was compelled to leave his local church because the pastor had become a thermometer. He had stopped being a bold and courageous voice for the pillar and ground of truth, which is the church. Instead he had become a voice for social justice, which is one of the most deceptive misdirection strategies and misinterpretations of the real gospel today. And it is being used to subtly render the church an ineffective witness — lukewarm, compromising, and good for nothing as Laodicea. When a church departs from the raw, naked, unfiltered truth of the gospel it ceases to be salt and light. Local pastors bear much of the responsibility when that happens.

“I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15).

Pastor, if social justice has become more important to you than compliance to Scripture you are a thermometer.

Pastor, as an example, if you have allowed Covid-19 to close down your church you are a thermometer.

Pastor, if you submit to lawless illegitimate governmental rule, you have become a thermometer. You are not required to obey evil lawless government. Obedience is only required when civil government stays within the boundaries of God’s Law. Telling you to be silent, or to stop preaching the truth, or to tell you to close your church is being a “terror to good works”.

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake” (Rom 13:1-5).

When many Christians and pastors read those verses or teach on them, they don’t include verse 3, and when they don’t, it changes the entire context of what Paul is trying to say to the Romans.

Rulers are not to be a terror to good works but to evil. Preaching the gospel, helping the poor, healing the sick are not evil works and we are not under any obligation to obey such laws or ordinances. Jesus alone is Lord, and lawless government has no authority over the church and its pastors! This is not a trivial issue. Did you know that Covid-19 alone has shut down 90% of American churches?

The times we are coming into right now will require greater strength, boldness, and courage than ever before for the opposition and persecution shall be greater. I will further speak to that issue in future blogs.

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BERT & CAROLYN HEALTH UPDATE

If the devil can’t render a minister ineffective or ruin their testimony through some cheap thrill like adultery or other sexual escapade as he did with Ravi Zecharias and Carl Lentz, he will attack you with sickness and disease. Last March I suffered a stroke, which I was recovering from nicely before suffering a setback through complications. The rest of 2020 I was in and out of hospitals seeking the help I needed. 

Before I could fully recover and be restored to health, Carolyn was diagnosed with a sarcoma (a form of cancer) that required four different surgeries to remove it all including reconstructive surgery to fill in the hole it left in her lower leg. Finally, six weeks of radiation was required to deal with any residue that may have remained.

The radiation may have killed any remaining cancer, but it also did damage to her leg for which she will soon require yet another surgery. Ugh!!! 

Here we are almost a year later in March 2021 and both of us are still receiving treatment and surgery. We have not traveled and ministered for nearly a year and are grateful at how the Father has provided for us and taken care of us. We’d like to thank you, our friends and partners for being God’s supply line during this extremely difficult season of our lives.

One way the Father took care of us was by sending our son Daniel home from Atlanta where he’d been living and working the last few years. He is now living with us and has been such a strength and a help to us in so many ways. 

Moreover, all of this happened in the midst of a pandemic and a crazy election season. What a critical time for the nation and the Church! We can’t wait to be on the road again preparing the body of Christ for the perilous times we now find ourselves coming into. There is no need to worry or fret, however; God has a brilliant plan. We must all continue to do our part to advance the kingdom of God.

ATTEMPTS TO ELIMINATE GOD AND CONSERVATISM FROM AMERICA WILL BOTH INTENSIFY AND BACKFIRE

Recently I came across a short video by one of my favorite ministers and authors Mario Murillo. In this 9:41 minute video he brings another perspective to the election results that agrees with some thoughts that I’ve had myself. I shared them on Facebook but thought it would reach even more people by blogging them out.

I am not a Republican or a Democrat but first a citizen of God’s kingdom. But I care deeply about the exposure of all the treachery, corruption, and wickedness in our government and the recent election process. And God does, too. I pray continually toward that end that true justice and righteousness be exalted in our land and among our leaders. One of the most important duties of kingdom citizens is to vote for righteous leaders, especially in governments representing their nations. For example, more professing Christians would do well to follow the Biblical guidelines for electing leaders:

“Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens” (Ex. 18:21).

This is such a critical message for the hour we are living in because we are quickly reaching a crisis point in terms of the attempts to reduce and remove godly people from leadership positions in our nation and to eliminate true conservatives from every public platform — the entire tech infrastructure is now mobilizing to take true conservative outlets off the air, but their attempts will soon backfire. RINOS are not true conservatives. The true conservative populace are finding that out and will soon oust them from their positions through their non-vote.

It is common knowledge that social media organizations like Facebook and Twitter oppose righteous, conservative viewpoints that promote a Christian worldview. Look at what Twitter has done to conservative voices including President Donald Trump recently. The antichrist spirit is now the dominant spirit throughout America and the nations of the world with constant efforts to eliminate the true living God from the mainstream, but again their plans will backfire. Recent US elections bear witness to this, especially the most recent one, as the video says. However, we know their attempts will fail. Just give it some time. You and me, and all the believing ones, with God are a majority, and will always win in the end. Justice will prevail. The kingdom of God will advance.

President Donald Trump’s opposition to the left’s liberal policies, the dark plans of the elite in government, religion, and business, the UN agenda for a global reset and a One World Order are the reasons for much of the left’s hatred of him. As a matter of fact, his improbable victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016 upset the left’s evil plans to continue on with Obama’s wicked agenda to secularize and sodomize the United States of America and continue to pull it toward a One World Order government. Not only was the last democratic administration responsible for the legalization of gay marriage, the promotion of Islam, but the rise in abortions and the widespread increase of sex trafficking, notably pedophelia. I know that latter part may be new and surprising to some people, but my research tells me it’s so and reliable sources report such. It shall be brought to light in the days ahead.

God will see to it that the most innocent and vulnerable in our society will be brought to justice, and the terrible things done to them brought to light. Yet many Christians voted for him, especially African-Americans. Furthermore, the same people voted for Joe Biden, a puppet to the leftist evil agenda. Wake up to righteousness people! I write this to your shame.

Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God” (1 Cor. 15:34).

The democratic administration and its present leadership are wicked. And some Republicans are, too. Our allegiance in this hour must be to the Living God and His kingdom. After all, our citizenship is in heaven. But understand that at this writing Joe Biden has signed over 50 executive orders already, most of which promote unrighteousness and wickedness and does not help the average American. In fact, it does the opposite and lays heavy burdens on them. It reminds of what Jesus said of the Pharisees and wicked rulers of His day:

For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers” (Matt. 23:4).

All it’s (the signing of executive orders) doing is undoing what President Trump did. But I believe all the evil plans of the democratic party and some RINOS (Republicans in name only who are in alliance with the evil) will soon be brought to light. If only more professing Christians acted like Christians at the ballot box our nation would’ve never reached this point of crisis. If you are guilty, you can still repent. God will forgive you.

I have good news. For the truly repentant and believing ones, joy and victory is coming in the morning…in due season, we will see the hand of God moving on behalf of righteousness and holiness. Be patient. Be prayerful. Get in your secret place and you will soon see what was averted because of God’s intervention. There will be hardship and some persecution and suffering, but joy and celebration on the sanctified ones.

Read the following verses very carefully. Believe and follow their admonition in this hour.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret (much will soon be exposed politically in our nation). But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light. See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:8-16).

PART II

There has been much controversy and much confusion concerning the recent election, as indicated by posts I’ve seen on social media and one I shared myself just yesterday. Please do yourself a great favor and carve out a little over 30 minutes of your time to enlighten and educate yourself concerning the enormity of the corruption and money laundering backing many organizations — most of which operate under bogus philanthropies that are used to win elections, fund abortion, aid in global depopulation, and influence the dark UN plan for a One World Order.

I’ve known a little of this stuff, but the video below has widened my understanding of it, and consequently increased my grief and burden for the Church, America, and the nations. Some people just have no clue about this, and many Christians sadly are among the ignorant. By watching this video and doing your own research you will understand what really happened with the recent election. Some of you will be wowed. It will both break your heart and stir a great righteous indignation in you. Hopefully, it will lead you to prayer and action, and repentance if necessary.

Beloved, we are living in very tumultuous times and gross darkness is all around us. As the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ we must be One and we must be Light and Love in this hour and make God visible by our witness. I’m going to be writing and preaching more on this and helping to prepare God’s people for the Lord’s soon return. This is very very serious stuff involving the antichrist system, the beast, and the glorious Church being positioned for exploits in these end times.

The devil tried to kill me recently with complications from a stroke, which I’m still recovering from as the Lord has been merciful to me. Carolyn was also set back due to her cancer surgeries and has had a very long and slow recovery. I’ll be giving you another update soon on the state of our health. Good news. The devil is endeavoring to shut the mouths of preachers in this hour and silence the bold and righteous witnesses of the Lord. We must resist his efforts to steal, kill, and destroy us. We must also resist his efforts to censor us, silence us, and move us into fear and compromise. This video is only one, a sequel in a long series of videos. I encourage you to watch this one and then decide if you want more. I pray it will enlighten you, educate you, and stir you like it did me and my family. Resist the thoughts that it is all conspiracy. It is not. There is much truth in it. Be blessed everyone. Here it is:

THE FALL OF THE CABAL

God bless you and I love you all.

Bert Farias

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According to some underground sources, a ring of gross wickedness exists in our government and has for a long time. For instance, the Obamas are a crime family and have been engaged in a pedophelia sex trafficking ring for years. As are the Clintons. Hillary had plans to promote this sort of evil by doing away with conservative voices in our government and Supreme Court. Who do you think played the biggest role in the death of Justice Anthony Scalia? That’s why her election loss to President Trump was such a shock to her and the liberals. Even some Supreme Court justices are wicked and promote this sort of evil.