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There is a great foolishness in our culture today.  It is the idea of  ‘no fear’.  It seems to manifest itself in two ways

  1. Avoidance
  2. Experimentation

Both are foolish.  God has given us the ability to feel fear for a reason.  It is part of our innate nature, to help protect us.  Fear warns us of danger–danger to our body or soul . . . and danger to our spirit.

The Bible says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  I would go so far as to suggest a dual interpretation:

  1. fear of the awesome power and judgment of God
  2. the intuitive fear given to us, by God, when we are in the presence of danger or evil

Perhaps it is because we live in such perilous times, that people grow weary of fear . . .  we could say they suffer from ‘fear overload’.  So, many have made a point of trying to combat fear.

Some people will close their eyes to anything that makes them afraid–we call this denial.  They create–to whatever degree–an alternate reality where their fear doesn’t exist.  (Drugs and alcohol are common means to that end.)  But if denying fear doesn’t work–or someone pierces their alternate reality with truth–they become angry and confrontational.

The problem is, fear is not the enemy to be overcome.  Nor is truth the enemy.  The enemy is what is lurking behind the fear:  evil.

There are many ‘good people’ who hate the impact that evil has in this world.  They don’t understand it, nor do they want to.  They try to avoid it, and be kind, positive and good.  They don’t understand that the tiniest seeds of evil are present in each of us at birth.

Many of them also don’t understand that evil has a promoter, one who embodies it and cultivates it in us.  By being ignorant of this, many ‘good people’ unwittingly become pawns in his hands.

Fear is a symptom.  Fear points to the problem . . . evil.  Evil cannot be overcome by avoidance.  Evil cannot be escaped.  It finds each one of us, because it is within each of us.

Evil can only be overcome by God.  We cannot overcome evil through good alone–but we can submit ourselves to God, and allow ourselves to be tools in His hands.  Only God is good.  Only God’s goodness can overcome evil.

If you are an ‘avoider’, begin to allow yourself to feel fear . . . but with a different perspective.  When you feel fear, examine why.  Are you in the presence of danger . . . or potential danger?  Are you in the presence of something evil?

God is the antidote for fear.  God can protect you, give you wisdom and direction, and even deliverance from evil forces.

If it is God you are afraid of–good!  You’re on the right track.  If you haven’t ‘gotten right with God’, the fear of God you feel is natural.  If we are not right with God, we have His judgment to fear.

If you have repented and are living right, then fear is warning you of something evil or dangerous in your life.  Pray that God will make it known to you where that fear is coming from–then deal with it!  Hiding from fear will not remove the danger or the evil it is trying to warn you of!

If, on the other hand, you are not an avoider . . . you probably pride yourself on your lack of fear.  You tend to confront fear head on.  Whatever makes you (or others) afraid, you will jump right into.  Bravo! . . . maybe.

There is a brand of fearlessness that many demonstrate today, that is rooted in foolishness.  People that behave this way have the mistaken belief that they are immune to the danger or the evil that lurks behind fear.  It seems to be their mission to demonstrate to others that their fears are unfounded.  They will do foolish things to defy danger, and will survive many of them .  But in most cases, if they persist long enough, they will perform one feat too many, and become an interesting story that will illustrate why certain things shouldn’t be done.

That’s all well and good, when we’re talking about risking one’s life . . . and when one is aware of the inherent risk in what they are doing.  The problem today, is that many are diving into things which threaten their eternal soul, without understanding the risk.

(Now, it should be understood, that if you have not accepted Jesus’ atoning death on your behalf, and if you have not surrendered your life to God in return, then you are already damned . . . because all of us are condemned once we begin to sin.  But if you have accepted Jesus, and have continued in [or gone back to] sin, then you have turned back to damnation too.)

This foolish attitude has led many to continue to be involved in activities which are spiritually dangerous and/or evil.  Rather than grounding their beliefs in sound doctrine, their overridding motto is ‘no fear’, and they latch onto any teaching that allows them to do as they please, and that downplays the danger.  ‘No fear’ of God’s judgment (because of faith in a false doctrine of ‘once saved always saved’), ‘no fear’ of disobeying God’s laws, ‘no fear’ of the powers of darkness, ‘no fear’ of evil, etc.

These are people who have made a practice of hardening their heart to their God-given natural fears.  Because of this, they perceive things incorrectly.  But, because they neither fear God, nor man, nor spiritual forces, it is impossible to reason with them.  These people are harboring a spirit of rebellion, which becomes evident when one attempts to confront them with the truth, being met with accusations of ‘fear mongering’ or ‘legalism’, rather than repentance.

Satan’s ‘no fear’ propaganda campaign has done much to set the stage for his rise to power.  Many people (including many professed ‘Christians’) are opening the door to him through rebellion, others have simply stifled their intuitive fear  of evil and no longer possess the discernment to see what is happening, and a vast multitude are living in a fantasy world that denies the very existence of evil.  Brilliant.

We are seeing a great move towards ecumenism–the joining (and blending) of all religions.  Many Christians may see the move towards unity, and away from denominational differences, as a good thing.  However, there is a problem.

God created ONE truth and in that truth there are no divisions.  Over the last few hundred years, when a group of people went astray on a point, a denomination would form.

The problem with the current movement towards unity is that there is a strand of error, or deception, running through each denomination.  Denominations are not backing up to a place of unity (100% truth).  Instead, each denomination has continued to proceed farther away from truth.  They have now wandered far enough away, that they can be comfortable opening wide their arms to embrace the deceptions that are a part of other denominations and false religions.

One might adopt the attitude of many others and say ‘millions of people can’t be wrong’ . . . but they would be incorrect.  Consensus does not equal truth.

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”  (Matthew 7: 13 -14)

The ‘Father of Lies’ has created a multitude of false religions over the centuries, tailored to the places, times, and cultures of the world.  He has been quietly weaving his web, linking those religions together little by little.  The closer each of those religions gets to HIS core beliefs, the closer they are drawn to one another.

Have you ever thought about that?  Satan has beliefs.  He has rejected truth.  He has opinions and beliefs that he has invented.  They are woven together with the lies he tells himself.  Any truth he sees is distorted through his false perceptions.  He may see things that are going on, but his beliefs about these things and their meanings are twisted by his stubborn opposition to God and His truth.

Just like the rest of us, Satan freely shares his beliefs.  He is always proselytizing and evangelizing for his version of reality.  He is constantly pouring out propaganda in his war against God.  Because he is the prince of this world, he has wide influence and vast resources at his disposal.

I’m not saying this to elevate him, because he is certainly not more powerful than God.  But he IS more powerful than men, and billions are unaware of his influence in their lives.  It is important, that you not underestimate how wide his influence is, or how desperate his mission–because his time is short.  It is advantageous to him to shift the focus away from the battle of evil vs. good, and strive to make things relative instead.

Now, much good can come of unity when those involved are actually grounded in truth and submitted to God–but there is no unity between truth and lies.  Truth doesn’t cause division–sin and rebellion do.  But truth exposes the lies and stirs up the wrath of deceivers.  Jesus told His followers that He came to bring division, not peace.

“Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.”   (Luke 12: 50)

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”  (Matthew 10: 34)

Jesus is The Word (God’s truth) made flesh.  The truth will always bring division between the righteous and the unrighteous.  There will be no peace, until truth alone prevails.  In God’s kingdom, truth always trumps unity.

Truth is important enough to God that He Himself has come to bring it to us–first in the flesh (Jesus), and then in the spirit (the Holy Spirit).

“When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me.”   (John 15: 26)

“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”  (John 16: 13)

Christianity is meant to be synonymous with ‘truth’  (2 Peter 2: 2).

The Bible outlines the road that truth will take, before Jesus’ return:

  • The world will not accept truth, but truth will be found inside of believers  (” . . . the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”  John 14: 17)
  • Among Christians, leaders will arise that lead believers away from truth  (“Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.”  Acts 20: 30 and 1 Timothy 6: 3-5)
  • Many believers will not like the truth, and will turn away from it.  This is what is referred to as ‘the great falling away’ or ‘the great apostasy’.  (“They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”  2 Timothy 4: 4)
  • God will send a powerful delusion to those who refuse to love the truth.  (“For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.”  2 Thessalonians 2: 12)
  • The Antichrist will come.  He will be in accord with Satan and counterfeit signs, wonders and miracles will be displayed.  (“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders . . . ”  2 Thessalonians 2: 9)
  • Those who refuse to love the truth will believe the lie, and they will be damned.  (“They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.”  2 Thessalonians 2: 10)

These are not things that are going to happen ‘some day’–they are already in progress!

 

A word of warning, to those who think they will escape judgment just by being sure they don’t take  The Mark . . .

If you don’t LOVE the truth, you WILL believe the lie–because God will send you the delusion Himself.  You may not even realize what The Mark is, when it comes along.  And you certainly won’t believe anyone who warns you . . . because you will not be  able  to believe the truth . . . no matter how often you are told!

 

Beware of those who would compromise truth–for unity, or anything else.  Truth is valuable, and truth concerning God’s kingdom is priceless!  It is something to be pursued, even if it costs you everything to obtain it (and not having it, in these last days, WILL cost you everything)!

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”  (Matthew 13: 44-46)

 

What Is ‘The Great Deception’?

The Watchman’s Cry, program #39

 

I believe God showed me something about ‘The Great Deception’, and here is what I think He was showing me:

It’s too soon to say what IT is.

Right now, IT is like a web a spider is weaving. The crux of the deception is at the center, and Satan is the spider.

spider web

He has started by running long filaments out from the center.  They go in many different directions, like spokes of a wheel.  On the surface (at the outermost points where these spokes attach to branches, buildings, etc.) they seem to be unrelated, but they are connected at the core.

The spokes represent various deceptive ideas which mature into the core doctrines of various belief systems, or  ‘-isms’  (Mormonism, Communism, Environmentalism, Socialism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Islam-ism, etc.).  Again, on the surface, at their farthest points (the beliefs they were founded upon), they don’t seem to have much in common.

After putting all the ‘spokes’ in place, Satan has begun the slow and deliberate process of weaving them together. This tapestry of threads, that join spoke to spoke, represents the ‘-isms’ themselves, that form around the deceptive doctrines.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHm_iXHsSVQ

As the spider joins them together, working from the outside in, you will notice that the ‘spokes’ come closer and closer together, at the center, as the web is completed.  Eventually, as each of these ‘-isms’ matures, it will lead its followers to the same conclusion and belief.  Today, the religions and political belief systems of the world are drawing closer and closer to one another.

I am sorry to say that the denominations of Christianity each have a spoke of deception running through their midst as well.  This is why the different denominations are devolving into mindsets that are parallel to the beliefs of nonChristian religions and political belief systems.  Satan cleverly infiltrated the church long ago.

The completed web, in its totality, is what God refers to as the Great Delusion of the last days.  Right now, few of us are able to see exactly what it will look like when it is completed–but by understanding the core, we can have a pretty good idea.  Each of us knows in part, and speculates in part (or, if we are yielded to God and grounded in His Word, ‘we know in part and we prophecy in part’). As time goes on, it is coming into sharper focus–for those who have ‘eyes to see’.

All who do not know their God and love ONLY truth, will be ensnared in some part of the web. The thing that most people don’t realize, is that many are already caught in the web–and some have been caught in it for a very long time.

This isn’t something that will some day just appear in its full form and then people will start getting caught–it has been in the works for a long time, and people have been getting snared in it from the start!!

While Christians are disputing which -ism is going to be THE one, or which one we need to worry the most about, or which we should fight today, Satan continues his work.

What we need to understand is that we need to cast down EVERYTHING that exalts itself against the truth of God.

It is important that we have not become ensnared in the web ourselves.  Every belief we hold, that is not supported by the Word of God–that is not absolute truth–is a little sticky strand that holds us to the web of deception too!

God has shown each of us different pieces.  Different little groups of believers are scattered about near different parts of the web. Once we are sure that we have disentangled ourselves from the web, then we must each work to expose the deceptions that we are aware of, those that we understand, so that we can help pluck others out of Satan’s web of lies.  We can ‘shine a light’ on the part of the web nearest us, to help prevent others from getting caught unawares.

Nevertheless, we must always be careful that we don’t become ensnared again, either in some other part of the web, or by ‘new revelations’ that are being woven into it.

It is God’s will that the web exist–even if we put our concerted effort, all of us working in unison, to tearing the whole thing down, we couldn’t.

We each need to work where God has placed us–freeing those whom we can, giving respect to our brethren who are doing the same thing at other places on the web, and being careful that we don’t again find ourselves entangled in it.

 

Update 7/29/11:

Here is a link to an awesome video that confirms the commonality of all religions and who is being worshiped.  It will answer a lot of questions you didn’t even know you had.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITzDHXiS86g

We are living in times of great deception!!  Christians CAN be deceived–it happens every day!!  Can any of you really say it has never happened to you–even about small things?  You may say ‘oh, it wasn’t anything important’, but I say: If you can be deceived even about LITTLE things, what makes you think you can’t be deceived about big things too?  The bigger the deception, the greater the ‘Satanic annointing’ that goes with it!!

I believe there are two important ways we can reduce the chances of being deceived–but I want to put them at the end of this post.

Many ‘rules’ have been put in place, as to how we should behave, that are not entirely scriptural.  Each one, by itself, may not seem important, but once woven together they have created a strong web for funneling believers into deception.

Here I’m talking about little strands like:

  • ‘don’t discuss religion or politics’
  • ‘we must be politically correct’
  • ‘everyone is entitled to their own opinion’

When the Antichrist fully comes into power, you can bet that these ‘rules’ will not be kept by Him or his followers!  In the meantime, however, they have served to keep believers in line because we want to ‘be good’ and ‘do the right thing’ and not offend anyone, etc.

But look what has come out of this–great deception and spiritual confusion.  If we had continued to ‘compare notes’ and discuss doctrine, spiritual fads, etc. we could have stripped these deceptions of their power.  Instead of realizing that we are a BODY that needs all of the parts to operate, we have each become little islands, little independent bodies.

Lets take an outrageous example: Let’s suppose, for a week, you could divide yourself into five parts that would have no communication with one another.  One part would have your eyes–only your vision, the second part would have your ears–only your hearing, the third part would have only your sense of smell, the fourth part would have only your sense of taste, the fifth part would have only your sense of touch.

Next, we’re going to send you on a fabulous, all expense paid trip to Italy.  You’re going to see the sights, savor the food, and live with gusto!  At the end of the week you will return home and recombine the five parts you were divided into.

What a vacation you would have!  The first part would take in all the wonderful sights, but would not experience any of the sounds or smells, or taste the wonderful food.  The second part would hear many unfamiliar sounds, but would not see what they were, or where it was.  The third part would smell many wonderful things, but never taste them. The fourth part would taste many wonderful things, but have no idea how they smelled or what they were, etc.

When you came home and reassembled yourself, you would carry the memories with you.  But would any of those memories make sense?  You might think you had a series of strange experiences–if your brain never realized that the things experienced were meant to be correlated together.  And even if your brain DID finally realize that the information needed to be correlated, how well could it do the job afterwards?

To fully appreciate and understand what you were experiencing, everything had to be correlated together WHILE it was happening.  And so it is for the BODY of Christ.  We are experiencing spiritual events, and the closest any of us is going to come to understanding what is happening is when we all work together.  SOME day we will each have a spiritual body and we will be able to understand and experience the spiritual realm completely–for now, we must work together, connected in HIM (Jesus) who is our head.  (Obviously, without the head, nothing makes sense.)

How much easier it is for us to be led into deception if we don’t communicate and compare notes with one another.

Now, if all the ‘eyes’ get together, they are going to agree about their experiences . . . and if all the ‘ears’ get together, they are going to say that they are all hearing the same thing.  But if we don’t get the ‘eyes’ to compare notes with the ‘ears’, then we really haven’t accomplished much.

When the eyes and the ears get together, we’re going to break one of those little rules: we are going to talk about religion.  And some of the eyes and the ears are going to disagree.  If, however, they understand this is a necessary part of the process of ‘walking in the spirit’, they will work together to throw aside deception and hold onto what is true.  But, if they don’t understand the need to work together, they are likely to rise up in competition, jealousy, and pride.

To work together, we are also going to have to cast off the other two ‘rules’–sometimes what we say is not ‘politically correct’ and that’s just the way it goes.  The truth is not obligated to mold itself to men’s ideas of what is polite and proper.  Also–we are going to have to at least understand that the truth is not of private interpretation.

Yes, everyone is entitled to their own opinion and beliefs–but that does not mean that all beliefs are equally valid or correct!!

Any one of us is entitled to settle, even for the most outrageous deception, if we so choose–but we must call that for what it is.  If a person chooses to believe things that do not line up with scripture, they are not merely a Christian with a different opinion–they are a Christian (if they are) who is being deluded!!

This little ‘rule’ is the one that the most Christians seem to have the most trouble with.

God created ONE truth and in that truth there are no divisions.  Everytime there is a group of people that go astray on a point, a denomination forms.  If we were all in perfect understanding of the truth, there would be no denominations–let that sink in!

WE neither create nor determine truth.  GOD has created truth.  It exists!  There IS absolute truth.  It is embodied in His Word.  Anything that contradicts His word is not truth.

The reason I’m talking about this is that truth is foundational.  Truth is not relative, it is not personal, it is not defined by men.  It matters.  Too many people push the topic aside.

Truth is the opposite of deception!  How do we take care not to be deceived, if we don’t take the time to understand that truth is created, determined, and defined by GOD?  We must line ourselves up with HIS truth, else we are deceived already and find ourselves open to every deceiving spirit and false doctrine that comes our way.

All that being said, here are what I believe to be 2 important ways we can reduce our chances of being deceived–well maybe three! We have to realize we CAN be deceived first! After realizing that, we can work to see that it doesn’t happen.

1. ‘Compare notes’ with other Christians
2.  Take it to God in prayer.

Isn’t it enough, just to pray–yes, no, and maybe.  We are a body, and God desires that each of us should have the opportunity to be used by Him.

God often speaks to us through others.  We each have spiritual blind spots.  Sometimes we even refuse to let God speak to our hearts about certain things, when we pray.  It can be much easier to tune out the ‘still small voice’ than the voice of the flesh and blood Christian who sits across the table from us.

Choose wisely who you listen to.  The person who seems the most spiritual, and is always excitedly talking about spiritual things may not be the person who is the most grounded in God’s Word.  Let the person’s life, testimony, and maturity of faith be deciding factors.  Pray God will lead you to ‘safe’, wise, and mature Christians.

You know that guy who always ‘rains on your parade’ . . . the one who points out that something is an urban myth or a hoax, when you try to share the latest frightening news with him?  He might be the guy.

People with discernment can be rather somber and untrusting.  They may not be much fun to be around when you are hyped up from a revival you went to where signs were abounding.  But, they may just be the person who has the spiritual gift of discernment.  Be sure to include them.  (The lesson there is–be a little more cautious about ‘jumping on the bandwagon’ until you’ve talked to them first!  You can save yourself a lot of embarrassment that way!)

I’m not saying you always have to reach a group consensus about everything.  I’m saying–slow down!  Remember that you need to be careful what–and whom–you trust and believe.  Don’t bypass the safeguards that God has put in place for you.  Get grounded in God’s Word, and spend time with others who are.

The idea of ‘new revelation’ is exciting, but also dangerous. God gives us new revelation THROUGH His Word!

Connect with mature believers and don’t be prideful–listen to them!  Be willing to admit you’re wrong.  And, above all, remain humble and submitted to God.  Pray that He will teach you to have discernment, that He will lead and guide you and show you if what you are seeing/hearing is true or not.

We have a strange relationship with the truth.

  • we want other people to serve it to us untainted
  • we want to have the right to reject it
  • we want an exemption from giving it

Truth is not a buffet that we can graze from, taking a little from here and a little from there, according to what appeals to us.  Truth is one plate in a multicourse meal that our Heavenly Father prepares for us.  Each of us is going to find some things on that plate that don’t appeal to us.  Nevertheless, we are obliged to eat what He serves us.

 

“They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.”

2nd Thessalonians 2: 10

 

Are you ‘Rapture ready’?  If you are an American Christian–most likely not.

I think most Christians have heard about the false prophet, Harold Camping, whose latest prediction for ‘The Rapture’ and judgment day did not happen.  But, rather than laughing at those who set dates, and who have probably put their lives in order, you should take inventory of yourself.  After you hear what I have to say, I believe you will thank God that judgment day was NOT May 21st!

The American Church is not ready for a ‘Rapture’!  American Christians behave themselves like the people around them–and in America, you really don’t want to behave like the people around you, trust me.

America has become a nation of  spiritually filthy, idolatrous, greedy people.  Sometimes it’s hard to see it from ‘down here’ among them–after all, we were all made from the same ‘dust’.

We tend to see ourselves in the context of the people around us, or the people on TV.  We probably look pretty good, compared to a lot of people–but God sees things very differently from ‘up there’.

Thankfully, God has given us the Bible, so that we can examine things ‘down here’,  according to His standards.  The standards God judges us by are holiness . . . perfection . . . blamelessness . . . and purity.

When Jesus returns, these are the people who the angels will gather to Him:

  • those who are spotless
  • those who have been purified
  • those who have been refined
  • those who are blameless
  • those who are  holy
  • those who are without stain, wrinkle, or any other blemish

As the Scriptures say:

‘Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked . . .’  Daniel 12: 10

‘So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.’ 2 Peter 3: 14

‘Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time.’ Daniel 11: 35

. . .  Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.’  Ephesians 5: 25-27

‘ So far, so good” you say?  ‘I think I’m doing alright.’  Hmmm.  Let’s look a little closer.  Lets use the ‘magnifying glass’ of Scriptures that talk about sin.  But first, lets be clear:  If there is willful, deliberate sin in your life, which you have not repented of–Christ’s blood is not covering it.  The only way to apply the blood of Christ to your sin is to confess and repent!

‘If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.

Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.

How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?  For we know [serve] him who said,  “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”  and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”

It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.‘  Hebrews 10: 26-31

This passage is specifically speaking to Christians.  The God of the Old Testament, who judged His people, is the same God of the New Testament, who made a way of mercy.  But don’t think you are going to fool Him.  If you want to live outside of His covenant of mercy, then you will pay for your own sins.  He will judge everyone who lives outside His covenant of mercy.

If your pastor tries to explain this passage away–woe to him!!

When you accepted Jesus Christ as your savior, you made a covenant with God (sealed with His blood) to live a life of holiness–to be set apart from the world.  If you do not fulfill your part of the covenant towards Him, He is not under obligation to fulfill His part towards you (protection, provision, and eternal life).

In other words, if you are no longer living a life of holiness, set apart from the world, then you have broken the covenant of His mercy.  It is cancelled . . . null and void . . . powerless to save you.  You have, in effect, divorced God.  If that is the case, you need to renew your covenant with Him!  That begins with confessing your sins and repenting.

‘ . . . “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” ‘  2 Timothy 2: 19

‘No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.’  1 John 3:6

The whole doctrine of ‘The Rapture’ is that Jesus will return for His people–those who are in covenant with Him.  If you have broken that covenant, then you are no longer in covenant with Him–you are no longer His.  (The only thing that can separate you from God is your willful sin. )

Which brings us to another topic that pastors seem to avoid these days:  sin.  (Woe to him who is politically correct, for he denies the truth.)  Here is a [partial] list of things that the Bible specifically says will keep you from inheriting the kingdom of God.

  • sex (including sexual touching or nudity) before marriage  (sexual immorality, fornication)
  • sex (including sexual touching or nudity) outside of marriage, after being widowed or divorced  (sexual immorality, fornication)
  • sex (including sexual touching or nudity), while married, with someone besides your spouse  (adultery)
  • watching or reading pornography (sexual immorality)
  • making pornography  (sexual immorality)
  • prostitution
  • homosexuality
  • sex involving animals (sexual immorality, bestiality)
  • watching or reading pornography  (sexual immorality, adultery)
  • fantasizing about sex (including sexual touching or nudity) if you are not married
  • fantasizing about someone besides your spouse (adultery)
  • fantasizing about homosexuality
  • fantasizing about sex with animals (bestiality, sexual immorality)
  • praying to or trusting in ‘saints’  (idolatry)
  • praying to or trusting in Mary  (idolatry)
  • giving homage to the pope or other religious leader (idolatry)
  • worshiping the bread or wine as being, or becoming, Jesus’ body (idolatry)
  • kissing the black stone  (idolatry)
  • trusting in luck, or lucky objects  (idolatry)
  • calling Allah, or any other, ‘God’– our God is Jehovah  (idolatry)
  • paganism, nature worship, etc.  (idolatry, witchcraft)
  • practicing wicca, or black or white magic (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • astrology/horoscopes  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • numerology  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • palm reading  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • psychics  or channeling  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • seances  (magic arts, necromancy, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • yoga and eastern practices  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • ouija board, etc.  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, or vampirism
  • games  that give you a window into witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, and/or vampirism
  • books  that give you a window into witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, and/or vampirism
  • TV shows that give you a window into witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, and/or vampirism
  • movies that give you a window into witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, and/or vampirism
  • fantasizing about  witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, and/or vampirism
  • aspiring to wealth and possessions, envy (greed)
  • stealing, conning, swindling  (theft, swindling)
  • participating in $$ schemes that you know will transfer others’ money to you–through their ignorance, trust, or misfortune  (theft, swindling)
  • lying to obtain money or benefits, fraud  (lying, theft)
  • getting drunk  (drunkenness)
  • ‘recreational’ or illegal drug use (drunkenness)
  • abusing others with words, verbal abuse  (slander)
  • attacking others with words  (slander)
  • filthy talk, profanity, cussing  (slander)
  • filthy talk, sexual innuendo  (lewdness, sexual immorality)
  • body gestures and movements with sexual innuendo  (lewdness)
  • wearing sexually suggestive clothing  (lewdness)
  • murder
  • abortion, ‘morning after pill’  (murder)
  • influencing someone to have an abortion  (murder)
  • influencing someone to kill someone  (murder)
  • fantasizing or role playing murder (murder)
  • lying
  • giving false testimony, perjury  (lying)
  • deceiving, omitting, or misleading, with regard to the facts (lying)
  • falsely accusing  (lying)
  • telling ‘little white lies’  (lying)
  • withholding the truth  (lying)
  • being ‘politically correct’ instead of honest  (lying)

A lot of you may have started reading the list, grown weary, and just skimmed the rest.  True, a lot of Christians don’t do a lot of those things, so I’ll recap a few that seem to still be popular among Christians:

  • sex (including sexual touching or nudity) before marriage  (sexual immorality, fornication)
  • fantasizing about sex (including sexual touching or nudity) if you are not married
  • praying to or trusting in ‘saints’  (idolatry)
  • praying to or trusting in Mary  (idolatry)
  • trusting in luck, or lucky objects  (idolatry)
  • calling Allah, or any other, ‘God’–our God is Jehovah  (idolatry)
  • dabbling in paganism, nature worship, etc.  (idolatry, witchcraft)
  • dabbling in wicca, or black or white magic (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • astrology/horoscopes  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • psychics  or channeling  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • seances  (magic arts, necromancy, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • yoga and eastern practices  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • movies, TV shows, books, or games that give you a window into witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, and/or vampirism
  • aspiring to wealth and possessions, envy (greed)
  • getting drunk  (drunkenness)
  • abusing others with words, verbal abuse  (slander)
  • attacking others with words  (slander)
  • filthy talk, sexual innuendo  (lewdness, sexual immorality)
  • wearing sexually suggestive clothing  (lewdness)
  • abortion, ‘morning after pill’  (murder)
    influencing someone to have an abortion  (murder)
  • lying
  • deceiving, omitting, or misleading, with regard to the facts (lying)
  • telling ‘little white lies’  (lying)
  • being ‘politically correct’ instead of honest  (lying)

Here are several passages in Scripture to back up what I’m saying:

‘Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived:  Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. ‘ 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10

‘But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.’ Revelation 21: 8

‘Outside are the dogs [male prostitutes], those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood [those who hate truth and liars].’ Revelation 22:1 5

You may notice, in these passages, that several other things are mentioned:

  • being cowardly
  • being unbelieving
  • hating truth

These are not sins, per se–but they will cause you not to endure to the end.  And it is imperative, that we endure  . . . to the end.

‘Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering.  Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated.  You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.  You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while,

“He who is coming will come and will not delay.

But my righteous one will live by faith.

And if he shrinks back,

I will not be pleased with him.”

But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.’    Hebrews 10: 32-39

‘ . . . if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us . . . ‘  2 Timothy 2: 12

Speaking of end-time Christians, Revelation says:

‘This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.’  Revelation 13: 10

‘This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.’  Revelation 14:12

It is not enough just to believe, not enough to endure for a while–we must endure to the end!  Here are Jesus warnings to us, concerning the last days:

‘All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.’  Matthew 10: 22

‘Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.’  Matthew 24: 12-13

‘All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.’  Mark 13: 13

If you are on a basketball team, and the team makes it to the championships, and you are in the last quarter of the last game . . . and you quit . . . you cannot say you won, when the team wins the championships!  You will not share in the trophy, or the victory celebration.  You will be kicking yourself because you did not endure to the end.  All you did, up to the point when you quit, counts for nothing!  You are not a winner!

Conversely, if you are injured at the beginning of the season, and you have to spend the majority of the season on the bench–you are still a winner at the end . . . because you did not quit!  Even if you’re injured, you still have to show up for practices, you still have to wear your uniform, and be present at the games.

Injured or not, if you simply stop participating and doing what is required of you, you will no longer be on the team.  So it is with Christianity.  It requires your participation, and your endurance . . . to the end.

But here is what is going to be the undoing of many people in these last days.

‘They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.’

2 Thessalonians 2: 10-12

The only remedy for this is to hate wickedness and develop a love for the truth (pray too, that God will grant you a love of the truth).

If you do not fight wickedness in your own life, if you don’t turn away from sin . . . you will not love truth . . . because truth exposes sin.  In order to have victory over sin, you must love truth.

‘This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. ‘  John 3: 19-20

‘Walking in the light

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all  sin.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.’  1 John 1: 5-10

For Christians Who Are Struggling Spiritually

When Is The Rapture?

It’s Not Going To Happen The Way You Expect

(Continued from Will Your Children’s Blood Be Upon Your Hands?)

Things in America are such a mess–where DO we begin?

I am always inspired by the story of Gideon, who led a very small band of warriors to victory.  With a few people who are committed to doing what is right, and with the supernatural help of God, anything can be overcome.

I know, that for every ten people who read this post, one might be inspired.  And of every ten who are inspired, one may actually be moved to do something.  So, I’m probably only speaking to one person, since I don’t have that many readers!!  If I knew who you were, maybe I could tailor this post to you.  ; )

Whoever you are, I don’t know what common ground we share.  I don’t know if you are a Christian, or if you even believe in God/Jehovah.  I am not trying to persuade you to become a Christian, if you are not.

Lets assume that we have only three things in common

  1. we have the longing to do right
  2. we want to know the truth
  3. we are Americans

May I ask you to entertain the idea that there may be a God above us all, and that He loves what is right and true, and hates what is deceitful and wrong?

I believe there is such a God, and that He is speaking to my heart– saying that America is doing much more wrong than good, and it displeases Him.  I believe He wants us to turn from evil and begin to do good again, so that we may live in peace.  I believe He wants to help us  turn things around in America–but I believe He wants us to clean things up in our own lives too.

I believe, if we want His supernatural help (and we surely need it), that we need to do things His way–rightly and honestly–and that we need to strive to be right and true in our own lives.  I believe that He wants us to take the first step, if we want His help.

I believe, if we will begin by giving up even one bad thing we are doing, He will see it as a step we are taking towards Him, and He will reward that effort.

You have probably heard people say that God/Jehovah is judging America.  If that is true, then we know from His Bible that there is a remedy:  If those who believe in God will apologize to Him for the bad things they are doing–and stop doing them–God will hear their prayers, forgive them, and fix things in their country.

If God is real, if He is judging America, and if we want to see America fixed, then we have to stop doing bad things in our own lives first.

So, here is my hope:

  • I hope that there are a few people throughout America, who will stop doing wrong and ask God to forgive and help them.
  • Then, I hope that these people will begin to learn about what is going on (God will supernaturally lead them to the information).
  • When they learn what is going on, I hope they will begin to shine light on it–expose it–by telling others (God will help them have the courage to tell others).
  • I believe, if enough people turn to doing what is right, and ask God for His help, He will step in and fix the mess.

I know that’s not the way most people would deal with things–but the problems and schemes confronting America are too broad, and wide, and deep, for us to know how to fix them ourselves.

God, however, can wave His hand over the whole big mess, over every evil scheme, and cause it to unravel.  Then He can show us the right way to put things back together.   If we allow God to be our leader and protector, we will live in peace.

If we do it this way, God will punish the guilty Himself and protect the innocent.  If we do it this way, we will not be among the guilty.  If we do it this way, none of us will have blood on our hands.  If we do it this way, God’s blessings can once again shine down upon America, and we can live in peace.

When Is The Rapture?

Deathbed Conversions

“If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”    Matthew 8:38

When Jesus

‘comes in His Father’s glory with the holy angels’

is speaking of Jesus’ return (and what some people call The Rapture).  If you are expectantly awaiting His return, be careful that political correctness hasn’t deceived you into being ashamed to speak the truth of God’s word, or you will be one of those who are left behind!

The world needs truth now, more than ever!

 

The Man And The Woman Created God, In Their Image They Created Him

When Is The Rapture?