“I had not cried so much in awhile. The second service was like being in a cloud with the Holy Presence of God wrapping us in a Love that was immeasurable!!! It’s Monday morning and it’s still here.” A. V.


We were in a Holy Ghost bubble from beginning to end. Hardly anyone moved. Old and young were captivated by the presence of the Lord. Utterance pressed upon my lips from the beginning of Sunday’s services to the end. But I can take no credit except to say that it was easy to yield to the Spirit of God.

First, because of the hunger and expectation of the people. Secondly, because of the liberty the pastors allowed us to have in these meetings. And thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, my wife went into deep intercession before both services even while sitting on the platform.

The aforementioned testimony also bore witness to the remaining effect of the glory that manifested on Sunday. She stated that it was still present on Monday morning.

The last time I remember hearing of this sort of residual anointing was about three years ago when a dear sister testified of how she felt God’s holy presence in the lobby of the church the day after one of our meetings. I also remember hearing the testimony of one of my pastor friends testify of how the presence of the fear of the Lord saturated the offices of his church building after a prophet had ministered there.

I believe this kind of manifestation is what the apostle Paul referred to when he said this:

“Meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak” (Col. 4:3-4).

Paul said he desired prayers to make the word and the mystery of Christ manifest. This is what I believed happened this past weekend. These type of meetings have long term effects on the hearts and lives of the saints. Even sinners alike who were present were mightily impacted by the Spirit of God.

This is the reason why I wrote the book, Passing On The Move Of God To The Next Generation. We need to have this kind of glory and presence restored to today’s Church. Holy Spirit inspired prayer is the key. The reason we don’t have more of these type of manifestations is because we don’t pray long enough in the Spirit to obtain this blessing.

The Lord is calling us to more Spirit-inspired prayer (Prayer: The Language Of The Spirit).



One genuine prophet of God said he couldn’t see the condition of America past September of this year. I took it to mean that something terrible may happen.

November is the time of mid-term elections here in America. Could there be a vicious backlash from the angry leftists who have such hatred toward our bold bully President? Could there be an assassination attempt against him? The fight between good and evil in our nation has just begun. The liberal leftists are coming with a vengeance. They are already plotting and planning now for the overturn of Trump’s agenda that they hope will start with mid-term elections. One righteous preacher predicted that barring a miracle in November Nancy Pelosi may be back as the Speaker of the House again. How loathsome and nauseating that would be! He also predicted that it will be the greatest internal fight and leftist backlash in the history of our government. I submit all this to the reader for prayerful consideration. Some things can still be further delayed or stopped altogether through prayer and repentance. One thing is for sure: the time of shaking is here.

And this word, yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved…” (Heb. 12:27-28). 

I want to apply this shaking to what is presently happening in America. Donald Trump’s presidency was the beginning of the greater shaking in our nation. Thank God we who follow Christ belong to a higher kingdom not of this world. To be honest, I was not pro-Trump during the early part of the election season, even reproving those who were. I don’t know the man’s heart now, but he’s never been a godly man. You may disagree with me, but Since then I’ve seen the hand of God on him and how in God’s sovereignty he was elected and is actually being used to help restore God’s purposes for America.

Yes, he is rude and crude, but he was the only one with enough clout who could stop Barrack Obama’s antichrist agenda of a terrible remaking of America and a big step toward further socialism and possibly a future one world government. He was the only one who could drain the dirty swamp in Washington. He was the only one who could’ve come against international corruption. He was the only one who loves all the things that made America great and could pushback to restore her greatness. Excuse my coarse rhetoric, but our president is the bully with balls. No other candidate matched the demeanor this man has for what God needed done in holding back evil forces intent on destroying  our nation in this hour, and extend mercy and opportunity for the real Church. Again, you may disagree, but that is how I see it.


But I believe Trump is also an instrument of judgment, not only on the world’s system, but upon the false church. What do I mean?

The false church tipped the scales to elect Barrack Obama, an enemy of God, the true Church, and Israel. The false Church and professors of Christianity voted for an agenda to infiltrate America with more foreign religions, and many immigrants who would receive government aid to further deepen our national debt. The false church voted for an agenda that would reduce our liberties and increase the hatred for true Christianity. The false church  lacked any sort of godly discernment and was too weak and anemic to save marriage, free speech, and the life of the unborn.

The awful escalation of violence, hatred, and division in America and her present condition right now is due in great part to Barrack Obama’s presidency. What a disaster! No presidency has done more harm to America’s constitution, morals, and liberties than Obama’s. Members of the true Church were the only ones who saw through his chameleon colors and smooth lips. They were the remnant that saw war in his heart and a treasonous man who hates America.

Mario Murillo in a recent article said this about the false compromising church:

“God has waited and been patient. He gave you time to play church. He let you have your blessing toys. He looked away in hopes we would come to ourselves. His blessing and his goodness did not bring you to repentance. No, it became a license to go deeper into counterfeit Christianity. The American church is guilty of great crimes against the Holy Spirit. We told Him to leave and let us grow Christianity incorporated—the worst thing we could have done. It was a mistake—a terrible, incalculable, ongoing mistake—derailing more truth in less time than any moral plague in history.”

Wow! What a piercing word.


God is a God of both unity and division. It seems contradictory that Jesus prayed for believers to be united as one (Jn. 17:20-22) while also stating that He came to bring division.

Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law” (Lk. 12:51-53). 

Truth and light separates and divides, but also creates unity. One day all that’s false will be separated from all that’s true. The weeds will be separated from the wheat (Mt. 13:38-43). The bad fish will be separated from the good fish (Mt. 13:47-50). The goats will be separated from the sheep (Mt. 13:31-46). And the foolish virgins will be distinguished from the wise virgins (Mt. 25:1-13). But this separation is not all relegated to the future, but it is a principle of judgment that has happened throughout the ages and will intensify as the coming of the Lord draws near. God shakes everything that can be shaken and removes it, so only that which cannot be shaken remains (Heb. 12:27). He does this even within the Church.

Yes, included in this principle of judgment is our own Christian maturity and sanctification. God reveals what is false in us and removes it or prunes us from it (Jn. 15:2), so that only the true and the holy remain. As an analogy, during the wheat harvest time in Israel the farmers would collect the harvest and first lay it out on a threshing floor where it was stomped on and crushed in order to begin to separate the inner grain from the outer husk or shell. Then they would take the grain/wheat up on the side of a hill when the night winds were blowing and throw the harvested wheat into the air. The wind would then blow away the residue of the chaff that remained, so that the pure wheat could then be harvested and collected. God does that with us.

He is preparing a bride for Himself who is free of all spots and blemishes. He removes those things that defile us in order to sanctify us and cleanse us with the washing of water by the Word (Eph. 5:26-27).

I see a great process of this divine separation taking place right in our day. There will be more intense times now in our personal lives, the church, and the nation that will appear violent as God uses circumstances and situations to sort of crush us with godly pressure, and then He will toss us again and again into the wind of the Holy Spirit to separate us from what must be revealed and removed. Our repeated impacts against the pure truth of God’s Word will cause a breaking. It will appear as judgment, but we must remember that His purpose is not vindictive or punitive but redemptive. He is preparing us for Himself and to be a more effective vehicle of power and mercy to the world. It is when the world witnesses the glory of God in the true Church that they will have a greater opportunity to repent and believe the gospel. But judgment must come before the glory, so that God’s people can stand in the glory. It will work for our good as we continually yield to Him in the process and genuinely worship and obey Him. Let us receive grace so that we can serve God whole-heartedly in these days of shaking.

“Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire” (Heb. 12:28-29).


Here’s what we may expect in the nation and in the Church in both judgment and glory (some of these statements were taken from a recent Mario Murillo article and modified):

  • Preachers who have peddled the word of God for gain will have their ministries judged and some will even be publicly humiliated and could also be taken out of the way.
  • Churches that have been built on compromise and the wisdom of man will see a mass exodus as people begin to seek pure truth and authenticity as well as the reality of the Holy Spirit and the power of God.
  • Organizations and companies who have used their power and wealth to persecute the righteous will be shaken and some big CEO’s may even die (think of king Herod; Acts 12:23).
  • The most powerful anti-Trump liberal forces will crumble when they attack our president, not because he is godly or a great leader, but because he is wreaking havoc on a corrupt world system.
  • Corrupt politicians who have abused their power and preyed on the sentiments and the gullibility of the American people will also vanish from the scene and may also die.

The fight will now be against God.

Here are some reasons for the judgment:

  1. A righteous remnant is praying and contending for a holy Church and the power of God and He is compelled to respond.
  2. God wants true repentance, holiness, and revival.
  3. The false church must be judged so that power and mercy can be extended to the masses through a holy and consecrated Church.
  4. America has done much good in the world, sown precious seeds of the gospel for many generations, and still remains a beacon of light and hope for many people throughout the nations, and for those reasons God wants to preserve her.

I believe we will see wrath and mercy, kindness and severity, revival and judgment poured out simultaneously side by side. This process has already started and is meant to further distinguish the true church from the false church as the Lord gets the attention of His people and the world. It is time to  judge ourselves so we can be on the glory side.

Here is what we can expect on the glory side:

  1. As the true Church shines with increasing glory persecution will also increase, and true believers will be further marginalized and godly preachers hated.
  2. The true Church may be driven underground, but will become an epicenter of glory, power, and mass conversions.
  3. The nameless and faceless generation and those who have labored in obscurity and been faithful in the little will arise in strength and their voices will echo the true word of the Lord in this hour, and many young people shall see the evil and corruption in our nation as well as the unrighteous persecution of Christians and will favor Christianity and be open to the gospel.
  4. Every church and ministry that is fueled by the wisdom of man will continue to diminish in effectiveness and power, and those who move according to God’s heart and plan will grow increasingly stronger and flourish.

Everything that can be shaken will be shaken. The days of playing church are over as we enter into a season of greater seriousness in the Spirit and in the body of Christ. The increased persecution will bring more churches together as the people of God put aside their petty differences and rally around the Lordship of Jesus and His true cause and commission. I don’t know about you, but I’m glad I’m on the Lord’s side. How glorious these days will be for those who truly love and fear the Lord.


My last few blogs have come from a dream the Lord gave me toward the end of last year concerning Jesus not only being our Savior but also our Judge. In the dream I emphatically spoke these words: “There are not enough judges in the Church.” This revelation and insight has evolved into a greater understanding of the necessity of the Church learning of God’s judgments and the effect they have on our character and growth, both individually and collectively as a Church.

Long ago God gave Israel judges, so that the nation would not do what was right in their own eyes and live independently of God’s will.

“In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes (Judges 17:6).

“In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes (Judges 21:25).

By deliberately serving idols and foreign gods and doing what was right in their own eyes, Israel broke their covenant with God. Then the Lord would raise up judges to deliver them from their oppressors when they would cry out to Him. Does this not accurately describe the day we are living in?

The Church is in need of judges. All ministry gifts in the body of Christ are to exercise judgment. Prophets, especially, have grace from the Lord to judge all things.

“Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge” (1 Cor. 14:29).

There have always been true prophets and false prophets. Personally, I believe the false prophets outnumber the true ones today. This has been true throughout Israel and the Church’s history. For example, in the days of Ezekiel false prophets exercised great influence over Israel, similar to what we see happening today in many churches. Only today we don’t just have false prophets, but we also have false apostles, teachers, and shepherds, who are primarily responsible for creating the counterfeit Christianity that is so prevalent in our time, and not preparing, equipping, and building God’s people for the storm that is coming.

The following verses typify the work of false prophets.


“Because, indeed, because they have seduced My people, saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace—and one builds a wall, and they plaster it with untempered mortar—say to those who plaster it with untempered mortar, that it will fall. There will be flooding rain, and you, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall tear it down. Surely, when the wall has fallen, will it not be said to you, ‘Where is the mortar with which you plastered it?’” Therefore thus says the Lord God: “I will cause a stormy wind to break forth in My fury; and there shall be a flooding rain in My anger, and great hailstones in fury to consume it. So I will break down the wall you have plastered with untempered mortar, and bring it down to the ground, so that its foundation will be uncovered; it will fall, and you shall be consumed in the midst of it. Then you shall know that I am the Lord” (Ez. 13:10-14).

The Hebrew word for untempered is “taphel” and my studies indicate this probably refers to mortar made with clay instead of slaked lime. In some Middle Eastern countries today walls are still commonly built of small stones or mud bricks, and then smeared over with clay mortar. The surface is rubbed smooth and is attractive in appearance. This coating prolongs the life of the wall but requires yearly attention if the wall is to stand.

Ezekiel uses this practice to typify the work of false prophets. They build up stories and make them plausible by an outward semblance to truth, while, in fact, they are flimsy, unreliable prophecies, resembling the walls described above, which can be broken down by a push or a heavy rain storm (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia). The same could be applied to false teachers and those who major on ear-ticking messages and neglect the full counsel of the word of God.


Ministers have a great responsibility before God to build His house correctly according to God’s pattern. The house of God are His people with Jesus as the cornerstone who holds it all together.

“You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple” (1 Pt. 2:5).

“But Christ, as the Son, is in charge of God’s entire house. And we are God’s house” (Heb. 3:6).

Under the new covenant, building God’s house means building God’s people. This was the apostle Paul’s passion and life purpose:

“So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ” (Col. 1:28).

The way we build people is not only through teaching sound doctrine, but also through  relationship and our life example enveloped in the whole counsel of God.

“You know, from the first day that I came to Asia, in what manner I always lived among you, serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears and trials which happened to me by the plotting of the Jews; how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house…” (Acts 20:18-20).

“And indeed, now I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, will see my face no more. Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God” (v. 25-26).

“Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears” (v. 30-31).

Oh, can you hear the heart of Christ in this great apostle? Nothing was more important to him than building up the people of God and presenting them perfect in Christ Jesus. He was constantly evaluating, judging, admonishing, and warning the churches, leaders, and all the saints. He did not want them to be deceived and devoured by grievous wolves (false apostles, prophets, teachers etc.), and drawn away by even those among them who would twist the Scriptures and speak perverse things. Paul tearfully warned them over the course of three years concerning these things. He saw something in the Spirit; he saw what was coming, even though it didn’t seem that way at the moment he shared these things with them. Where are these men today who warn us as Paul did? Why do so many Christians today see warnings and judgment as such a negative thing when it is one of the great keys of possessing the wisdom of God?

What should be the mood of Christians in these perilous and dark times at the end of this age? Yes, we are to possess a strong inner joy and an unshakeable peace, but also be sober, watchful, and prayerful. The Holy Spirit has many moods and He manifests them all in various ways and at different times. If we are living in the days of Noah as Jesus foresaw it would be (Mt. 24:37-39), why is there such a hip-hip hooray attitude and such an irreverence in the Church today? Why is there so little weeping and travail for the lost and the state of so many churches? Imagine what it was like in the days of Noah when he was building the Ark. Would it be appropriate if Noah wiggled his hips from the platform of the Ark and pointed his finger at the mocking, unbelieving, and deceived crowds of people below, proclaiming how God was going to bless them, and bring them happiness and prosperity and make all their dreams come true? Please understand me; I am not opposed to any of God’s blessings (for He does bless and prosper His people abundantly), but I am only using this example to contrast the lightness, casualness, and sometimes inappropriate mood of today with the soberness and reverence that ought to be?

“But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer” (1 Pt. 4:7).

Here are a couple of more truths concerning judgment:

First of all, 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?” (1 Pt. 4:17)

Secondly, ministers/teachers will be judged more strictly.

“Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly” (Jam. 3:1).

Because of this principle of judgment, the Lord will judge national ministries, then the local pulpits, then the pews of entire congregations, and then the world. All that can be shaken will be shaken. We have a responsibility to judge ourselves and get things right. As we do, the Church will grow in holy character, in great power, and in godly influence.

In our next blog we will see why this truth of judgment is one of the most neglected themes of our day and yet one of the most important. Don’t miss it. It will shake you to the core.

To be continued…

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This is God’s heart for His people:

“Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever!” (Dt. 5:29)

“You are the foundation on which we stand today. You always save us and give true wisdom and knowledge. Nothing means more to us than obeying you” (Is. 33:6 – CEV).

A heart to truly obey Him is what the Lord has always looked for in His people. This heart is cultivated through our love for the Lord and holy fear. This fear is birthed in God’s people primarily through a knowledge of His judgments. Notice in the early days of the Church the effect the judgment that fell on Ananias and Sapphira had on the people.

“Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things (Acts 5:5).

Then immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. And the young men came in and found her dead, and carrying her out, buried her by her husband. So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things. And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch. Yet none of the rest dared join them, but the people esteemed them highly. And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women…  (Acts 5:10-14).

We often forget these portions of Scripture and how this component of the fear of the Lord greatly impacted and contributed to the glory, power, and growth of the early Church.

“Yet none of the rest dared join them (the disciples), but the people esteemed them highly” (v. 13).

The Message Bible says it this way:

“But even though people admired them a lot, outsiders were wary about joining them. On the other hand, those who put their trust in the Master were added right and left, men and women both.”


The judgment that fell on Ananias and Sapphira caused sinners to be leery of joining themselves to the apostles and the Church while at the same time gaining public respect and influence. This divided or polarized those who were not interested in genuine repentance and living whole-heartedly for the Lord from the multitudes that were being genuinely converted and being added to the Church. The dividing line was very distinct. In many places today it is difficult to tell the difference between the Christian and non-Christian, but not in the early Church. God wants to restore this polarization in the Church today.

The great fear that came on the entire Church and those who heard of these events is a necessary component for the overall health of the Church, and it is also a precursor to actual revival and spiritual awakening in the nations. What many Christians don’t understand is that these kind of judgments in the Church are a manifestation of God’s mercy to the masses, because when the Church is judged and cleansed that is when we have the greatest impact on the world. Conversely, when there is lack of judgment in the Church it means a widespread judgment to the masses, and mercy reserved for only a small righteous remnant.

Imagine the impact of this judgment, not only upon that present early apostolic generation but upon their children and grandchildren and the ensuing generations who witnessed these things and/or heard them. When Ananias’s and Sapphira’s dead bodies were carried out by the young men it was a dreadful object lesson of the fear of the Lord to future generations. I’m sure this event was noised abroad for years to come. This was in fact a judgment against counterfeit Christianity that greatly impacted the Church and the world. As I said,  it was an act of mercy to the world in preserving the mighty influence and power of the Church from moral compromise and tainted motives enveloped in personal selfish ambition through Ananias and Sapphira. Notice the ultimate result that the fear of the Lord had on the early Church. The Church had rest and peace, was strengthened, and encouraged, and also grew numerically.

“The church then had peace throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria, and it became stronger as the believers lived in the fear of the Lord. And with the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, it also grew in numbers” (Acts 9:31).

Can you see how as the polarization in the early Church increased, so did the power and impact increase simultaneously? One of the definitions of polarization is a division into two opposites. Polarization happens when people are divided into contesting groups. Polarization is a concept that comes from science, and it involves light, radiation, or magnetism moving in specific directions. Outside of this scientific concept, polarization usually refers to how people think, especially when two views emerge that drive people apart, kind of like two opposing magnets. As an example, when Democrats and Republicans fight, it can cause polarization. A Civil War is also a serious form of polarization. Polarization involves people moving in two directions —becoming almost as separate as the North and South Pole.

In this postmodern day of Church growth which tends to focus more on peripheral and demographic elements, these verses lead us to the inward character of believers and how it relates to both spiritual and numerical growth.

When we fail to include the judgments of God and the fear of the Lord in our doctrine and teaching we are building with flimsy materials of wood, hay, and stubble that will not stand up under the trials, pressures, and hardships of life. A house built with such materials will not survive the storm. The fear of the Lord, which is nurtured through the eternal judgments of God, is a great contributor and foundational to a healthy growing church. A house won’t stand the storm unless it is built on a solid foundation.


The condition of mankind on the earth today is similar to what it was during the days of Noah.

“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart” (Gen. 6:5-6).

Hmmm…how terrible and wicked was mankind that it grieved the Lord He had made man!

I had a thought this morning of what it must have been like in those days – how the people laughed and mocked Noah when he began building the ark, as he was trying to tell them and warn them of what was coming, but they didn’t care and they were unconcerned and wouldn’t listen. They even laughed and mocked when the door of the ark was closed supernaturally by God Himself, and they may have even laughed and mocked when the raindrops started to fall. But they weren’t laughing when the raindrops did not stop falling, and the waters began to rise, and there was no place left to go. When they finally realized what was happening it was too late to change their mind. Are we seeing a similar scenario today?

We need judges (prophets and ministers) who will warn us.

To be continued…




Today it is very popular to hear a Bible teacher or preacher expound on Scriptures that promise you a blessed, happy, and prosperous life. There are definitely principles in the Word of God that when implemented will produce such benefits as health, financial success, peace in your life and relationships etc. I am not opposed to any of it. What I do find alarming is when we major on the blessings of God without hardly a mention of the cross and the price of obedience to follow Jesus. Preaching and teaching on only these principles can easily turn the hearers into “fish and loaf” believers, and the preachers/teachers into ear-tickling motivational speakers who lull their hearers into a false sense of security that sets them up to be targets of deception. When we preach seeker-friendly messages and exclude the holiness of God and His commands to lay down our lives we will breed soft “Christians” who easily succumb to the storms and pressures of life. Here’s some food for thought: it’s easy to embrace the Christian blessings without embracing the Christian faith. The Christian faith is not the outward blessings but the inward Christ life.

Here is a unique Scripture and the fruit of sowing sugar coated messages:

“If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, in which you trusted, they wearied you, then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan?” (Jer. 12:5).

Another translation says it this way: “If you have raced with runners and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in a peaceful land, what will you do in the thickets of the Jordan?” (Jer. 12:5).

It is easy to breed soft believers in the West where comfort and convenience seem to be the aim of most. Compare it to the days of the early Church where trials and persecutions abounded, and it cost people their lives to be identified as a Christian. Compare it to many Eastern countries today where the Bible and preaching are banned, where it is illegal to convert to Christ, and where many saints are still killed for the faith. For the most part we’ve been insulated against such here in the West. Why is this important?

Because the Bible is not a Western book, and cannot be read through Western lenses lest you be deceived and settle for a half-hearted devotion to Christ that is so prevalent in the Church today. This deception has a tendency to thicken when our surroundings are superficial and shallow. Understand that what you associate with, who you listen to, and what you view will shape what you believe and who you are. This makes it even more critical and vital that Bible preachers and teachers are expounding on the full counsel of God and not just teaching principles of success and prosperity. Actually, in one way it can even be more of a challenge to minister to believers in the West than in persecuted nations because of the comforts, conveniences, and materialism that often breed compromise and complacency. Such a people will grow weary in any kind of battle. According to Jeremiah they will not be able to race with the runners much less compete with wild horses. They will stumble in a land of peace much less in a land of unrest and hostility where the opposition is greater.


Imagine what it was like for the early Church believers sitting under the apostles teaching and having a close-up view of their daily lives. In our cozy culture I think we forget this or just don’t want to think about it. We have an abundance of gospel preachers and teachers full of so much “Christian” knowledge, much of which they never learned through suffering or even personal application in an uncomfortable and hostile environment. In the early Church much of the teaching was by life example and modeling Christ. The apostles spent 3 years with Jesus. Three years! Every day!  In every kind of situation. With all types of people. Do you think that’s worth anything? In the West it’s too easy to miss that.

In the days of the early Church new believers observed the apostles as they used every opportunity to preach the gospel while suffering persecution for it. After Stephen was martyred there was great persecution that arose against the Church that scattered the believers, but they kept preaching the word everywhere (Acts 8:1-4) (Acts 11:19-21). The example of the apostles’ boldness and unfailing courage to continue to preach the gospel in spite of the persecution motivated the early believers and the young ministers like Stephen (Acts 7) and Philip (Acts 8:5-8) to do the same.

The early believers carefully observed the apostles’ response to the persecution and they imitated them (Acts 4:13-31) (Acts 5:17-21; 40-42). They also observed their care for new believers in various cities and towns (Acts 11:22-24; 14:22; 15:41; 18:23; 20:31) (Col. 1:28-29) (1 Thes. 2:11-12). They knew that Jesus and His gospel were the passion and purpose of their lives that even the threats of death could not stop them. Because the apostles patterned their life and ministry after Jesus and modeled the Christ life to them, the early Church was full of functioning disciples and workers in the harvest fields who did the same. We often forget this most important element of discipleship. Most Western schools fill our heads with knowledge and theory but neglect the impact a life totally devoted to Christ can have on the heart of another. We place great emphasis on titles, degrees, and credentials unlike our Master who chose simple uneducated men whose hearts He could impact. And although the apostle Paul was educated and probably possessed the highest degrees of his day he put no stock in it (Phil. 3:8). These were the credentials that were important to him and that he reminded his followers of:

“But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yettrue; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yetnot killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things” (2 Cor. 6:4-10) (Also see 2 Cor. 11:22-28).


“Finally, when we could stand it no longer, we decided to stay alone in Athens, and we sent Timothy to visit you. He is our brother and God’s co-worker in proclaiming the Good News of Christ. We sent him to strengthen you, to encourage you in your faith, and to keep you from being shaken by the troubles you were going through. But you know that we are destined for such troubles. Even while we were with you, we warned you that troubles would soon come—and they did, as you well know. That is why, when I could bear it no longer, I sent Timothy to find out whether your faith was still strong. I was afraid that the tempter had gotten the best of you and that our work had been useless. But now Timothy has just returned, bringing us good news about your faith and love. He reports that you always remember our visit with joy and that you want to see us as much as we want to see you. So we have been greatly encouraged in the midst of our troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives us new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How we thank God for you! Because of you we have great joy as we enter God’s presence” (1 Thes. 3:1-9).

Paul sent Timothy to check up on these believers to make sure they were standing strong in their faith and not yielding to the temptations of the devil and allowing the troubles and persecutions that he had already warned them about cause them to be shaken in their faith. If so, his labor of ministry to them would’ve been useless or vain, and he would’ve been in danger of losing his own reward . Paul had a habit of checking up on the fruit of his ministry and the people he had laid down his life for. This was his pattern.

“Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless” (Phil 2:16).


What is it that will cause Christians to survive the storm and the pressures and troubles that come to us all? According to the full counsel of the Word, it is obedience that derives from both a love for the Lord and the true fear of the Lord. God’s grace imparts the ability to obey His Word, but it is His fear that keeps us from receiving His grace in vain (2 Cor. 6:1; 7:1) and coming short of His rest (Heb. 4:1). A revelation of the Father’s love keeps us from having a legalistic and obligatory relationship with Him while the fear of the Lord keeps us from drifting and backsliding.

The fear of the Lord is primarily cultivated through knowing the judgments of God and the punishment and penalty for sin and the loss of our eternal rewards. We have an absence of this in the West that  has weakened the foundation of the Church. Without this foundation our house will not stand in the storm. In one word, the foundation is obedience for that is what the fear of the Lord produces. In the parable of the house built on the sand and the house built on the rock (Mt. 7:24-27) obedience to the Word of God was the rock and the key to the house surviving the storm.

When you’re building a house the most important part of it is the foundation. If the foundation is strong the house will stand when the storms come.

“When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation” (Pr. 10:25).

He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure” (Is. 33:6 – NIV)

A house is built and established through God’s wisdom, but the fear of the Lord is the key to having a strong foundation. To be continued…

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The future of America is an uncertain one. That old crafty serpent, the devil, has slithered his way into the core of our culture and is busy eroding the moral values that once made our nation great. America is no longer great because she is no longer good.

A nation that outlaws the mention of God in the public square, celebrates the killing of its own children and destroys the most basic unit of society, the family, cannot survive much longer. I’m afraid that unless there is major heartfelt repentance and the glory of God is restored to the church, she will have to go underground, and our children and grandchildren will be living in a very different America than our ancestors knew.

A recent Barna poll divides Americans into four religious categories, measuring their percentages of the American population:

Evangelical Christians (6 percent)

Non-evangelical born-again Christians (25 percent)

Notional or Mythical Christians (42 percent)

Adherents of non-Christian faiths (6 percent)

Religious skeptics (23 percent)

A most shocking belief system has been uncovered in the significant number of non-evangelical “born-again” Christians, which represents one quarter of the American population, or approximately 81 million people. This group claims to have made “a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still important in their life today, and believe that when they die they will go to heaven because they’ve confessed their sins and accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior.”

Sounds right, doesn’t it? They differ, however, from the 6-percent evangelicals in these areas:

They do not believe all Scripture is inspired of God.
They do not believe in the existence of Satan as a real being.
They do not believe that Jesus lived a sinless life and that salvation is only through Him, but that other religions also lead to God.
They do not believe it is their personal responsibility to share their faith.

These are people who claim to be born again! If Barna’s research is accurate this is quite shocking. Those in this category are a great liability in the church and in our nation. They are like a sore in the eye. They are a virus in our immune system. They are a bacterial infection in the bloodstream of Christianity. They are imaginary, delusional, cosmic “Christians” who live in a make-believe spiritual world.

We can understand the other religious categories of people whose belief systems are grossly skewed. We certainly don’t expect the skeptics, and those from other religions—even the substantial number of notional Christians, many of them from very liberal mainline denominational churches, to be any kind of asset to the true church of Jesus Christ. But the 25 percent who lay claim to a born-again experience but do not adhere to the basic and elementary tenets of the Christian faith are like a cancer in the church. A significant change in them would mean a significant change in our nation.

How do we explain the existence of this substantially large group, four times larger than the evangelical group, who believe they’ve obtained salvation and the hope of heaven, all without a spiritually and biblically sound belief system? Their denial of the most foundational Christian concepts of the faith such as the inspiration and authority of Scripture calls into question the very basis of their salvation.


Are they really born again? Are they really going to heaven? What is their basis for going to heaven? If you asked them, they would probably say one of two things:

  1. I’m a good person. I don’t hurt anyone. I support many charities and humanitarian projects. I help old ladies cross the street, and I’ve never killed anyone (I’m sure in eternity the angels and the greatest of saints will praise them for exercising such kindness and self-restraint). Fine and well and dandy they claim to do these things, but many atheists and agnostics do the same.
  2.  I believe in God. But even the demons believe (James 2:19). These people’s belief is a passive acknowledgement of God with no fruit or life change. To them, heaven is a reward for their intellectual assent of God’s existence, but there’s no fruit of real heart change in their lives.

This 25 percent categorical group reassures themselves that they believe in God and are good people. They believe heaven is guaranteed and never even consider the possibility that they are closer to hell. What evidence is there in their nature that they even want to go to heaven? A general mental belief and acknowledgement of God without a love for Him is empty and useless.

Frankly, this group is further from heaven than an atheist, who at least are true to their godless belief system. Conversely, these people mentally acknowledge God, but don’t love Jesus, His Son. They don’t do what He says, which is proof they don’t love Him (Luke 6:46; John 14:15). To this category of people, heaven is like some kind of token or plaything little children receive as a prize for good behavior in kindergarten.


Heaven is for those who are enjoying Jesus right now, not for those who treat Him as only an incidental part of their existence and who relegate Him to an insignificant role in their lives. If Christ is not even close to being the primary pursuit and chief joy of your life here on the earth, how can you be ready to go to a place where He is the only joy throughout all eternity?

This 25 percent professing “born-again” group imagine heaven to be some sort of vacation resort of self-centered pleasure—a place where they watch the latest Netflix or Hallmark movies, play sports in the holy city where all the saints can admire their talents and eat the most mouth-watering, sumptuous food served by angels. It’s a fantasy paradise which draws its beliefs from shallow earthly concepts that falsely tell us that heaven is a self-indulgent kind of place that caters to our own happiness. What a narcissistic concept that includes no love and burning longing for Jesus!

If in your earthly life you don’t love Jesus, you don’t love to pray, share your faith, read the Bible with the intent to obey it, and go to a church that teaches it, what makes you think you are ready for heaven? If you find pleasure in sin and carnal pursuits now and wander to places where evil passions reign, and you detest preaching and conversations of Jesus, and are only stimulated by what is selfish and secular—do you really expect to enjoy heaven, where Jesus is the beauty and fascination of our existence forever?


Here’s what I believe is the biggest problem in our nation: The curse of our nation is the presentation of the “free gift” dimension of the gospel without the Lordship factor and the surrender and submission component. It’s the gospel on our own terms. This contemporary gospel is a huge factor in the moral erosion of our culture, especially as it relates to social issues. Among the number of non-evangelical professing “born-again” Christians, only slightly more than 50 percent identify as social conservatives, and even that number is suspect, based on recent elections. Additionally, on the abortion issue, 37 percent are not pro-life, and 27 percent advocate gay rights. Remember, these are the people who claim to be born again and who say they are good people and never hurt anyone. The absence of a true moral compass in their lives is glaring. The salt has lost its savor. The light they claim to have is great darkness.

Although there is a godly, committed remnant that is alive and well in our nation, imagine if just this 25 percent group presented and practiced a gospel that included a solid commitment to Christ and biblical values, how much more faith would be interjected into the American culture? Visualize how different of a nation America would be.


There is a destructive mindset in professing carnal Christians today that is at the root of this great deception and keeps them from going “all in” for Jesus.

They believe that there can be no real enjoyment in life if they stop sinning and pursuing happiness and carnal pleasures. They honestly believe that life would be a killjoy if they repented. These people do not seem to realize that the person who has truly repented has no desire to sin, and that the grace of God changes a person’s desires and empowers him to live for Christ. It is an inward transformation. That’s the miracle of salvation.

I dare to say that if the desire to sin is still in the heart of a professing Christian then he has not yet tasted of the real salvation. New life has not yet begun. Regeneration has not taken place.

Listen to the voice of one of the great revivalists of the past:

“Christianity does not make the believer unhappy by keeping him away from the sinful things he loved because the believer has changed his opinion on those things.” —Charles G. Finney

Finney defined repentance as a change of the ultimate preference or choice of the soul and of action. He taught that repentance is a change of will, feeling and of life in respect toward God. Finney believed that true repentance involves more of the person’s will and conscience than his natural feelings. Feelings are involuntary and have no moral character except what they derive from the action and the will. He would admonish sinners to submit and commit their entire being to God at once, obey their conscience and the feelings would soon follow (for more on this theme refer to the following books: The Real Gospel, The Real Salvation and The Real Jesus).

The spirit of repentance is the missing ingredient in much of the American church and in our society that will save us and restore the glory of the Lord in our lives, our churches, and in our land.

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A storm is coming. The torrential rains shall fall. The waters shall rise. The floods shall sweep away all wood, hay, and stubble. The violent winds will blow away all that was built irresponsibly.

Are you building your house on the rock or on the sand?

Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall” (Mt. 7:24-27).

“What sayings of Mine” is Jesus specifically referring to in these passages? Reading in context, Jesus began a lengthy teaching from Mt. 5-7  and the central theme of it seems to be the character of the heart of man – from the beatitudes, to loving our enemies, to having the right motives in giving, praying, and fasting. Then He goes on to teach them about the Father’s care for them and not worrying but seeking first the kingdom of God. Finally, Jesus comes to the end of that teaching and speaks about hypocrisy and righteous judgment and reverting back to heart matters followed by a warning of false prophets and those who call Him Lord but don’t do His will. This entire teaching is traditionally  known as the Sermon on the Mount, and it ends with the parable of the wise and foolish builders.

This was one of Jesus’ first and most foundational teachings. It set the tone for His public ministry. As ministers that is important for us to know. We must emphasize what Jesus emphasized. These sayings prepared the people and His disciples for what was to come. Herein we find the standard of Jesus’ life and ministry for all He did and taught. The heart must be right or nothing else will be right. If the heart is not right people won’t do what He says. We must build our lives on Jesus’ words, especially these first words of the first lengthy sermon He preached.


Jesus was the Master Builder. When it comes to building people He is our primary example and pattern. The apostle Paul refers to God’s people as God’s field and God’s building (1 Cor. 3:9), and he calls all ministers his fellow laborers who plant and water the field, and who are to build on the foundation of Jesus Christ.

The image of the people as a building under construction is very interesting because it highlights the responsibility of ministers to be faithful in how they build. Ministers are like building contractors who are only permitted to build on the prescribed foundation (see 1 Cor. 3:12-15). There are both wise builders and foolish builders (Mt. 7:24-27). To build on the foundation a building of durable material (gold, silver, and precious stones) means not only to teach sound doctrine but even more importantly, to be a godly example and live a sanctified life of fidelity to the truth, thus helping to mature the saints. Ministers and especially pastors/shepherds, because they live with the people, teach more by their life example perhaps than anything else.

On the other hand, to build with perishable material (wood, hay, and stubble) is to provide inadequate or unsound teaching or to compromise the truth by living a lifestyle that contradicts or falls short of modeling it. It is the quality of every builder’s work and not the quantity, as seems to be much of the focus today, that shall be tested by fire, for which every builder shall give account to the Lord.

In Jesus’ parable (Mt. 7:24-27) He uses a storm, signifying the pressures, hardships, and trials of life, as well as the persecutions we will suffer for the gospel, as a measuring gauge for how solid our foundation is. And what is our foundation based upon? Jesus taught us that it is based upon doing His sayings. Obedience is the issue. “For not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father (v. 21).” Obedience is what God requires, not lip service.

Have you ever thought about what gives us the strength and fuel to obey God? Why are some people obedient and some are not? Why are some doers of the Word and some are not? Why do some people stay faithful to God and remain true while others do not? Why do some start this Christian race but never finish? What is it that causes us to endure to the end (Mt. 24:13)?

It is the fear of the Lord.  Obedience to the Lord is not only proof of your love for Him (Jn. 14:21), but also of your fear of Him. There’s been an emphasis on love, although we’ve fallen short of the full counsel of God in that area, too, but there has not been nearly as much of an emphasis on the fear of the Lord. It takes both of them to produce a strong constitution in your Christian life. Notice in the following two different translations how the love of obedience in Jesus was rooted in the fear of the Lord. They are identical. Or a better way to say it would be that the manifestation of the fear of the Lord is obedience to His Word and His sayings/commandments.

“His delight is in the fear of the Lord…” (Is. 11:3 – NKJ).

“He will delight in obeying the Lord…” (Is. 11:3 – NLT).

I love this verse of Scripture. It feeds and fuels the fear of the Lord in me and the delight to obey Him. This is our sure foundation. Since our obedience is the manifestation of the fear of the Lord in our lives, and since that is the difference between building your house on the rock or on the sand, we then could say that the fear of the Lord is what builds a strong foundation for our houses, which represent our lives. The fear of the Lord produces durable materials in our lives that will strengthen us to stand even in the midst of the storms. Can you see that?

A house is built by wisdom, and the fear of the Lord is the beginning or the foundation of wisdom/knowledge. Once again, a house represents our lives, homes, families.

“Through [skillful and godly] wisdom a house [a life, a home, a family] is built, and by understanding it is established [on a sound and good foundation]” (Pr. 24:3 – Amp.).

“Wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord…” (Pr. 1:7 -CEB).

“Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge…” (Pr. 1:7 – NLT).

If we build our lives and homes on the true wisdom and knowledge of God that comes from the foundation of the fear of the Lord then we need not fear the storm because we will stand.


One of the apostle Paul’s greatest burdens was this very thing, that the people He ministered to would stand firm in their faith and remain obedient to God even in the midst of the troubles and persecutions of his day. Other New Testament writers shared the same burden.

Paul’s great desire was that the people he taught would not falter under pressure lest his work be useless or his labor be in vain. Notice his great concern for the Thessalonian saints (1 Thes. 3:1-9). He had warned them of the troubles that would soon come. In his farewell speech to the Ephesian elders he warned them of the same troubles (Acts 20:25-31). To the Galatians and the Hebrews he did the same, warning them not to turn back to the Law. He was preparing them for the storm and the persecution they would receive from preaching the cross and paying the price to follow Jesus. Warnings are such a large part of the Scriptural admonition that Paul and the other New Testament writers gave to the churches. Today there is a glaring absence of these warnings in our preaching.


Here are many I found in the New Testament:

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves” (Mt. 7:15).

“But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues” (Mt. 10:17).

“Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name saying, ‘I am the Christ’, and will deceive many” (Mt. 24:4-5).

“Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many, and because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Mt. 24:11-13).

“For false Christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive if possible, even the elect” (Mt. 24:24).

Then He said to them in His teaching, “Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts, who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation” (Mk. 12:38-40).

“Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy” (Lk. 12:1).

“Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses” (Lk. 12:15).

“For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears” (Acts 20:29-31).

“Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Cor. 6:9).

“Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Cor. 10:12).

“But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (1 Cor. 11:3).

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap” (Gal. 6:7).

“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience” (Eph. 5:6).

“Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation” (Phil. 3:2).

“For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ” (Phil. 3:18).

“Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man…” (Col. 1:28).

“Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ” (Col. 2:8).

“Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you” (1 Tim. 4:16).

“Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For the message God delivered through angels has always stood firm, and every violation of the law and every act of disobedience was punished. So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation… (Heb. 2:1-3).

“Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it” (Heb. 4:1).

“Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure” (2 Pet. 1:10).

“You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked” (2 Pet. 3:17).

Fellow minister and preacher, how well are you preparing yourself and your people for the storm? Are you teaching them the whole counsel of God or catering to itching ears? Are you including the warnings in your preaching? Are you preaching on only the goodness and mercy of God or do you also preach on His severity, wrath, and judgments? Are you only preaching on the love of God or do you place emphasis on His holiness, too? Do you ever preach on sin and repentance? Are your concepts of the love of God and the grace of God accurate and in accordance with Scripture?

If not, then you may be guilty of the blood of men.

I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God… Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears(Acts 20:26-27, 31).

Make sure you are preparing yourselves and those whom God has entrusted to you for the storm. Oh, how much stronger our churches would be if we included these things in our preaching and teaching and living them out before the people!

To be continued…

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My last few blogs have been birthed from a dream I recently had about Jesus not just being a Savior but a Judge also. It is a word from the Lord on God’s judgments, and this is my purpose in sharing it:

“Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too” (2 Cor. 5:11 – NLT).

As a minister of the gospel I have a fearful responsibility not only to live out my own calling and walk worthy of it, but to share the whole counsel of God with people in order to persuade them to also submit their entire being to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. A great preacher from the last century spoke these words from his deathbed: “I’ve taken a good look into eternity and if I could preach again, how differently I would preach!”

I don’t want to fall short of preaching the reality of eternal things. When you receive revelation from the Lord it can seem like you’ve been to heaven or hell and returned to tell about it.

Much of what Christians hear today is devoid of the whole concept of Judgment because they think God will just wipe away our petty foolishness and overlook our sin and disobedience, when the truth is that many professing Christians today are in direct rebellion with God’s Word. When we look the other way as churches and preachers embrace dangerous doctrines and worldly lifestyles over the Word, we are guilty of losing our saltiness and allowing the darkness to spread without shining the light of God on it.


As one example, how can professing Christians continue to vote for immoral leaders in our government because they seem nice, while at the same time rejecting the upright because they are faithful and true to the Word? How could the people of Alabama in this past week’s election choose a radical abortionist and aggressive same sex marriage proponent over one of the finest constitutionalists and Bible believers that has run for office in the last 50 years? And to add insult to irresponsibility, call him an idiot and a child molester! — believing the reports of the ungodly media and their scandalous propaganda and smear campaign over God’s Word and their own conscience.

When professing Christians do this they show forth no judgment and no discernment. The same thing happened with the Obama presidency. How could so many  professing Christians have voted for the most anti-Biblical, anti-Israel, anti-morality president our nation has ever had? How could so many vote party over principle? Race over righteousnesss? Money over morality? Something is terribly wrong with their judgment. The lack of the holy fear of the Lord and a respect for God’s Word has left them void of true judgment and darkened their discernment.

We need to understand something about God’s judgments. His judgments are not meant to either condemn or justify. They are meant to bring us into agreement with God through His truth and righteousness. God is raising up judges (ministers who preach the whole counsel of God) in this hour to bring the people of God into true union with Him. Our nation is under judgment for this very reason. But judgment begins in the house of God with teachers and all ministers receiving the stricter end of it (Jam. 3:1).

Read Romans 1. See what happens to a people who suppress the truth in unrighteousness (v. 18). God eventually gives them over to uncleanness, vile passions, and a debased mind (v. 24, 26, and 28). You might object and say, “these verses are speaking of homosexuality! But notice v. 32.

“who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.” 

When you vote for public officials who approve of same sex marriage you are operating with no judgment out of a debased mind.

The Church is in a mess today because she does not know Jesus as the Lord and Judge. “Lord” is a word we say, but it does not mean Supreme Ruler over our lives. “Judge” is a word we avoid because we think it’s not love, and we defend it with our “thou-shalt-not-judge” mantra. But Jesus is the righteous Judge, and the Father has committed all judgment to Him.

“For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son” (Jn. 5:22).

You cannot come into agreement with God unless you know His ways and His heart – both His goodness and severity, His love and holiness, His mercy and judgment. There is a present level of deception today mostly because we are not familiar with His judgments.


We must be blinded to our own reasonings, concepts, and traditions before we can see as the Lord sees. Saul of Tarsus had to be blinded by that bright light on the road to Damascus and remain so for three days before He finally could see (both naturally, but mainly spiritually) (Acts 9). As it was initially with Saul, so it will be with us. His own reasonings and religious traditions led him into direct conflict with the Lord’s plans and purposes. What Saul hated, persecuted, and opposed he would now learn to love and cherish.

“Who are You, Lord and what do You want me to do?” was Saul’s first response to the Light. His falsehood and opposition to Jesus Christ were totally exposed, before he surrendered to His Lordship. He had to be blinded to his own reasonings before he could see. In His light we see light (Ps, 36:9). I believe that walking in the light of God’s Word and His judgments is the greatest present need in the body of Christ in this hour.


When you walk on this earth before the Judgment Seat of Christ you will walk in complete transparency and exposure. This is the beginning of true holiness without which no man can see the Lord (Heb. 12:14). It’s a sure safeguard against deception. Knowing that every one of your thoughts, words, motives, and deeds will be revealed at the Judgment Seat of Christ will give you freedom to live on the earth as you would in heaven. It is only when you hide from the Lord and His judgments that places a veil over your eyes, to hide Him and His truth and righteousness from you. Full transparency and exposure is required to maintain an intimate walk with Him and operate in His righteous judgments.

The first and greatest commandment will purge you of all false motives and keep your heart pure.

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets. (Mt. 22:37-40)

“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets (Mt. 7:12).

Love is the greatest expression and value of the kingdom of God. But notice the expression “the Law and the Prophets”. The Law judges you by your deeds. The Prophets judge you by  your heart’s motives. The greatest function of the prophet’s ministry is to turn people’s hearts and their motives toward the Lord. All God’s judgments are based on your motives first. If it’s not true love then it won’t pass His judgments. Nothing is hidden from Him to whom we must give account.


“And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account” (Heb. 4:13).

Notice the expression, “To whom we must give account”. That is the attitude by which we must live that keeps us seeing and walking in the light of His judgments.

We can’t compare our devotion to others but must ever keep the Word as our personal mirror and standard. What should matter to you is not what others think, for that will keep you walking in the fear of man, which will cloud your judgment. What should matter to you is what Jesus thinks and sees when your eyes will finally meet His at the Judgment Seat. Personally, I fear regret more than anything else. My aim is not to disappoint the Lord but to please Him. This is what is known as the fear of the Lord. Read the following verses real slowly:

Therefore, whether we are at home [on earth] or away from home [and with Him], it is our [constant] ambition to be pleasing to Him. For we [believers will be called to account and] must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be repaid for what has been done in the body, whether good or bad [that is, each will be held responsible for his actions, purposes, goals, motives—the use or misuse of his time, opportunities and abilities]. Therefore, since we know the fear of the Lord [and understand the importance of obedience and worship], we persuade people [to be reconciled to Him]” (1 Cor. 5:9-11 – Amp.)

What an incredible verse of Scripture! The fear of the Lord will be known fully at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Therefore, you could say that the Judgment Seat is the fear of the Lord. It’s the same thing. The beginning of true wisdom on the earth is to walk in this holy fear (Pr. 1:7).

To know the fear of the Lord is God’s passionate desire for man even as far back as the Old Testament.

“Oh, that they would always have hearts like this, that they might fear me and obey all my commands! If they did, they and their descendants would prosper forever” (Dt. 5:29).

Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord (Ps. 34:11).

The fear of the Lord should also be our passionate desire.

“Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name (Ps. 86:11).


Here is my narrative of what is happening now and the time of awakening that we are in:

The Groom is running desperately through the streets looking for His Bride, but most do not recognize Him or know Him. The Groom weeps as He did over Jerusalem long ago because they missed the time of their visitation (Lk. 19:41-44). It was shortly after this that Jesus went into the temple and cleansed it (v.45-46). This is what the Lord is doing now in preparation for His glory and His coming. That is the cry I am hearing that is greater than any cry because much of His Church is not ready for Him and do not recognize Him. And why don’t those who confess His Name recognize Him? Why aren’t they ready for Him?

It is because His prophets and priests have lulled His Bride to sleep by teaching them these false concepts of love and grace that allows them to do what they want and live how they want. Islam and Isis and the liberal humanists are rising in a warrior-like spirit while much of the church sleeps. Jesus is returning for a glorious Bride that is adorned with holiness with neither spot or wrinkle or any other blemish – blameless and without fault (Eph. 5:27). He is returning for a Bride who has zero tolerance for sin. He’s returning for a Bride with such a burning love for Him that she will take her heel and slam it into the serpent’s head and crush it.

I see Jesus riding on a horse with His sword wherein is written “truth and righteousness”. He will take the lampstands from the prophets and priests lest they repent of failing to teach His Bride the full counsel of God and sincere obedience, which is the essence of true worship and the fruit of the fear of the Lord.

Time is running out. Repent and renounce all sin and disobedience. Make Jesus your Lord now and walk in the light of His Word and judgments. Therein is the prosperity of all of God’s true servants and their descendants now and forever.


I remember as a child learning to float on my back in the water at a beach we frequented in the summertime. After floating for a few minutes I’d look around and realize that I had drifted quite a distance from where I first started. The gentle motion of the ocean waves had caused me to drift.

I find this concept to be true in the Christian life as well. There is a spiritual drifting that occurs when we don’t maintain a strong and close communion with the Lord and feed on the full counsel of His Word.  You will begin accepting what popular elevated teachers in the Christian marketplace teach you instead of what the Bible actually says. It will become easier for you to swallow erroneous teachings – fables, fads, and popular trends in Christendom. And worse of all, you’ll slip into sin, worldliness,  and compromise a little at a time, and before you know it, you’ll be flirting with darkness and activities that you never thought you would engage in again.

The writer of Hebrews exhorts us:

So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it” (Heb. 2:1). 

The exhortation here is to listen very carefully to the truth and not to turn our ears away from it like many are doing today. What is the warning that is attached to this exhortation? It is the  prospect of eternal punishment for our disobedience.

“For the message God delivered through angels has always stood firm, and every violation of the law and every act of disobedience was punished. So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak?” (Heb. 2:2-3)

Now the issue with the Hebrew Christians was the danger of reverting back to Judaism and the Law, so Paul appeals to them in that light. Apostasy was the big issue. Drifting away from the things we’ve heard is drifting toward apostasy, and we definitely don’t want any part of what the Bible states will happen in these last days.


In a recent blog I shared the dream I just had where I was speaking passionately to someone about Jesus, and of Him not just being a Savior, but a Judge also. And then in the dream I heard myself say these words: “There’s not enough judges in the Church”. I woke up knowing I’d heard a word from the Lord He wanted me to speak and write on.

The apostle Paul acted as a judge in the early Church when he stated: “For I, on my part, though absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged him who has so committed this, as though I were present…”(1 Cor. 5:3). A man was cohabitating with his father’s wife (his stepmother), and Paul was disappointed that the Church had not judged the matter.

“For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? (v. 12)”

What was lacking in Corinth? Why did they fail to judge this matter? In a word, they did not have a healthy fear of the Lord operating in that community of believers and its elders. They did not know Jesus as the Judge. They did not consider the Lord’s judgments or the eternal punishment the offender might receive. So what did Paul command the Church to do? He told them to turn him over to Satan for the destruction of his flesh so that he might repent before he drifts too far and receives the just penalty of eternal punishment. The purpose was not vindictive but redemptive, so his soul could be saved (v. 4-5). They judged the matter, and later this man did repent and return to the Lord.


I have found that having this foundation of His judgments in your life is what cultivates the true fear of the Lord. Believers think it’s deep when you speak about the Lord’s judgments, but it’s actually  one of the principle doctrines of Christ (Heb. 6:1-2). The Word calls it milk (Heb. 5:12-13). It’s one of the first things new believers are supposed to learn. Yet it’s a missing theme in most of the Church. Why? Because we have substituted our own contemporary gospel for the the gospel that Jesus and the apostles preached. As a result, the Church is full of false converts. We avoid such themes as God’s eternal judgments, holiness, repentance, and the like. Those things are too negative and they minister death and condemnation, not life. That is what many Christians actually believe and will tell you. But the Bible is full of warnings and exhortations such as the aforementioned that need to be emphasized, especially in this day of such moral degradation that is nearing collapse.

Years ago the Lord dealt with me about writing and speaking more on what He called ‘lost themes’, or discarded and understated important truths in the body of Christ (several books I’ve written since then major on this word). As one example, the Lord said there was a diabolical silence on true holiness that is causing many to fall back into sin and compromise and a lackadaisical walk with God. Well, what is it that works holiness into your life? It’s the fear of the Lord! That is another understated theme that runs throughout the Bible.

“Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God (2 Cor. 7:1).

The fear of the Lord is not a mere fear of His punishment for our disobedience, although that is a part of it,  but a holy reverence and wholesome dread of displeasing Him. It is to be the controlling motive of the true Christian’s life. It is the key component that perfects holiness in us. Holiness is an apostolic theme that runs through the entire New Testament and letters to the churches. How have we missed that?

And what is it that nurtures the fear of the Lord in your life? It’s the judgments of God or what is known as one of the 6 principles doctrines of Christ – eternal judgment. Repentance from dead works is another one of the doctrines of Christ. How do we not emphasize that? Today repentance is somehow a dirty word, but it is a foundational doctrine.

Did you know that the judgment Seat of Christ is also called the fear of the Lord?

We will continue on this theme next time…stay tuned.


That’s quite a compelling question, isn’t it? It’s kind of like asking how much of Christ is in your Christianity. Take Christmas, as an example. I think many of us would agree that Christmas has become so commercialized that Christ is hardly noticed, much less celebrated and revered. Easter would be in the same category. How in the world a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ could’ve ever evolved into an affinity with Easter bunnies and Easter eggs I’ll never know. Such is the tenuous nature of idolatry.

Is it possible for Jesus Christ to be lost in Christianity, the very religion whose name it bears and professes? We know that without a relationship with Christ, just another religion is all that remains. We also know from scripture that someone can profess to know Christ but in works actually deny Him (Titus 1:16). But isn’t it also true that in works many may profess to know Him, but in authentic heart knowledge they do not?

Here’s a quick contrast:

The Biblical Jesus warns us of sin, judgment, and hell, but the Americanized Jesus never says anything negative.

The Biblical Jesus gives you salvation, hope, peace, and joy, but the Americanized Jesus gives you happiness, wealth, and sentimental feelings.

The Biblical Jesus brings division when necessary, but the Americanized Jesus promotes unity and tolerance at all costs.

Would you agree that Jesus was perfect in all ways? Yet His perfect love made some people angry. It brought a strange kind of trauma into their lives. His words disturbed and unsettled many and even caused riots. That’s because His love was a holy love. And holiness always repels the carnal mind and makes people hostile. Jesus was perfect in love and yet they killed Him for it. Such is the spirit that’s in the world and in the religious church. Holiness always provokes hatred and makes proud people mad, while ministering resurrection life and a fragrance to the humble.


I’ve been around persecuted Christians and have received much from their spirit. When you are around someone who suffers, there is an aroma of Christ that pervades the very atmosphere. The Western Church must cultivate this holy quality, but it can’t be done until we understand meekness, brokenness, and suffering – all qualities of the real Jesus, the Lamb of God. Sentimental love, so common in Western nations, rooted in the fear of man, will never possess those qualities. Listen to the words of Watchmen Nee describe the breaking of the alabaster box by the woman who anointed Jesus for burial (Jn. 12:1-8):

“The breaking of the alabaster box and the anointing of the Lord filled the house with the sweetest odor. Everyone could smell it. Whenever you meet someone who has really suffered – been limited, gone through things for the Lord, been imprisoned, and is satisfied with the Lord and nothing else – immediately you sense the fragrance. There is the savor of the Lord. Something has been crushed. Something has been broken. And there is a resulting odor of sweetness.”


So many people only know God as a Creator and a Judge. Others have a crooked perspective of Him and see Him as a sort of policeman or traffic cop who only springs into action when they are caught in a wrongdoing. Without the Lord Jesus coming into our world as God Incarnate, living among us, and revealing the deepest profundity of the fatherly heart of God, this is the conclusion many mere humans will formulate of Him. This perception of God does not draw me close. It does not pull on my heart strings. It does not stir up any desire to know Him. This demeaning view of God is not enough. Unless we come to know Him as a loving Father we will have a crippling walk with God and be at a grave disadvantage in relation to Him. We will never function aright until we see Him aright.

This is the God Jesus reflected. This is the loving Father He came to reveal to us. This is the real Jesus.

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