A Message to the Church

House churchOur church meets for prayer each Tuesday and Friday nights, prayer for each other, the Church, and the nation. This past Tuesday night a sister shared with tears a dream she had (I don’t think she will mind me sharing parts of it.), a dream about the American Church. She saw the minister up front and the choir and the people sitting in the pews. While the preacher was preaching and while the choir was singing, most of the people were just sitting there, not entering in. The expressions on their faces was like “Ho Hum, more of the same”. They were uninterested. And then she heard the Lord say, “My people have rejected Me and there is no fear of God among them.”

So many in the Church have equated their Christianity with infant baptism or church membership, being baptized and giving their tithes faithfully. Or maybe just going to Easter or Christmas services once a year and so many pastors don’t challenge them to anything more. But, this is not true Christianity and I wonder if they have ever heard the true Gospel. It is written in the Book of Hebrews –

Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come—In the volume of the book it is written of Me— To do Your will, O God.’ ” – Heb. 10:5-7

“In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you had no pleasure”, in other words God is not satisfied with with mere church membership, with giving a little of oneself, with one hour a week attendance! He wants our whole heart. When Jesus came, He said God prepared a body for Him. Folks, you and I are that body! All those who claim the title of Christian are that body. And it was never to be a ‘lacksidaysical’, uninterested, spectator body! Jesus said He came to do the Father’s will — that means you and I, His body, are to do His will as well.

The Apostle Paul wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.” and “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (Rom. 1:16).  Every pastor who does not preach the cross of Jesus Christ is not preaching the the gospel of Christ! Jesus says to everyone who follows Him, “come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”

Scripture declares that in this gospel of Christ “the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.'” (Rom. 1:17). Now also contained in this gospel is the message about the wrath of God.

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.” – Rom. 1:18, 19

Pelosi rules the HouseThat means every time Congress attempts to pass laws that will take away our freedom, such as HR1, which will greatly limit our freedom of speech guaranteed by the 1st. Amendment, or the so-called Equality Act (HR5), which will stop us from proclaiming what Scripture has to say about homosexuality and take away women’s rights to use separate bathrooms, the pastors and the church must vigorously speak against it! This Scripture in Galatians is also part of the gospel of Christ –

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” – Gal. 5:1

Biden_ObamaJoe Biden, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi and many others who promote abortion are going against God’s 6th. Commandment, “Thou shall not murder!” and they should be made to publicly repent, and that includes all those other Christians who voted for them! Also, the 7th. commandment is broken by many in the Church, “Thou shall not commit adultery.” These and many more are also part of the gospel of Christ that is failed to be preached in many churches. It is no wonder the church is weak and cannot stand against the wickedness that is sweeping over our land! In the New Testament, Paul rebuked such people and turned them over to Satan, excluding them from fellowship until they repented!

We have been given many signs in the heavens and on the earth ever since 2010 warning us about the soon coming of the Lord. God has warned that judgment will begin in the Church and many prophetic voices are now speaking of just this. It is time to take note of these things. Pastors, I call you to preach the entire Word of God; don’t worry about being politically correct because God isn’t. Don’t worry about losing church members, better to have a few faithful than to have many lukewarm members. Paul says many church members are going to perish because they did not receive the love of the truth. (2 Thes. 2:10). To the church members that are comfortable and willing to let the pastor do the work, I remind you of what Jesus did to the fig tree that had no fruit — He cursed it! Remember that you are a disciple and Jesus gave the great commission to you –

“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. – Matt. 28:18-20

In other words, we the body of Christ are to be doing all that He taught the original disciples. I pray you will ask God to help you do just that.

Singing a New Song

HR5717As the Biden Administration begins it’s rule, deception is rampant, even in it’s first few days, their intent is very clear. They intend to enact Socialist-Communist type rules and laws on us, all while the news media tells us, it is for our good. One of the first bills out of the House of Representatives is HB5717 which will greatly erode the 2nd. Amendment of the Constitution. Like all repressive governments, they want control over the people and how better to do that than with taxation.

But, if you think the Biden Administration is just after your guns, think again! They are after Biblical based Christianity. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America’s largest and most powerful LGBT lobby organization and close supporter of Biden, is pushing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to target Christian educational institutions, demanding that the Biden Administration strip colleges that adhere to rules and positions opposing homosexuality of their accreditation.

LBGTAl Mohler, a theologian and president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, sounded the alarm on the HRC’s push in an essay titled “A Direct Threat to Christian Education.” The laundry list demanded by the HRC, he notes, are fundamentally transformational. Their most dangerous proposal is aimed at essentially destroying Christian institutions overnight. As Mohler put it:

The Blueprint states, “Language regarding accreditation of religious institutions of higher education in the Higher Education Opportunity Act could be interpreted to require accrediting bodies to accredit religious institutions that discriminate or do not meet science-based curricula standards. “

In other words, Christian schools would no longer be able to teach homosexuality is a sin as the Bible teaches!

Rashida TlaibUnder President Trump the United States and Israel had a very comfortable relationship and many in Israel and the region wonder if the Biden Administration will continue that relationship or will it go the way of the radical views of the Democratic Squad in Congress. Views expressed by Palestinian Rep. Rashida Tlaib recently

“I think it’s really important to understand Israel is a racist state and that they would deny Palestinians like my grandmother access to a vaccine, that they don’t believe that she’s an equal human being that deserves to live, deserves to be able to be protected by this global pandemic. And it’s really hard to watch as this apartheid state continues to deny their own neighbors, the people that breathe the same air that they breathe, that live in the same communities … a free life, free from these oppressive policies, these racist policies that deny them access to public health, deny them access to freedom of travel, deny them access to academic opportunities.”

Israelis are concerned that the Biden administration may align much closer with the inflammatory views of Tlaib, as well as the policies of Obama, who sought to create “daylight” between Washington and Jerusalem, empower Iran, elevate the standing of the Palestinian Authority and isolate Israel in diplomatic forums. They rightfully worry that the incoming Biden administration will seek to reset the relationship and attempt to undo the progress that has been made and diplomatic achievements Israel recorded, simply because they arose from the wrong administration. U.S. President Joe Biden has already stated that he plans to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran in lieu of the 2015 accord from which outgoing President Donald Trump withdrew in 2018. And the same people responsible for that 2015 accord are being given key positions in the Biden-Harris Foreign Affairs committees.

I have spent the first part of this article listing a few of the consequences of failing to vote for the right person in this last election and now we must learn to live with the outcomes. But they are not final outcomes, nor are they irreversible. The Psalms give us good comfort –

Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! Sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, bless His name; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. …. For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He shall judge the world with righteousness, And the peoples with His truth.” – Psalm 96

We must look to the Lord and sing a new song. Let our song be one of praise to the Lord and not of any government or political party, which are just ruled by men. Let us declare once again that there is salvation only in Him! Stop looking to government for our help and look to Him. Our standing in the nations is not because of our righteousness, or our genius, or our abilities – it is only because of God Almighty and our faith in Him. Be filled with His Holy Spirit so that we may declare His wonders to all the people. After all, that is the way the Church began: being filed with the Holy Spirit and working wonders in His name.

Our work must be one of preparation – preparation for His coming! He is coming to judge the earth in righteousness and truth. So, we must prepare in righteousness and truth. In righteousness by living His word and keeping His commandments. We are to come out from among them and be separate from the world. When the government rules against the Holy Scriptures, we are not to obey those rulings because that will not enhance righteousness.

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,” – 2 Tim. 3:16

And we are to love the truth. Remember that Jesus is the truth and whoever speaks the truth is speaking of Him. The great deception in these last days will be to pervert the truth. In this, the news media has been used greatly. Remember in the Bible, even prophets were deceived into speaking lies in the name of the Lord. Paul warned the Thessalonians –

“The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” – 2 Thes. 2:9-12

Do you remember how many false claims went around this last election? Claims of military takeovers and arrests, claims of Trump declaring martial law, claims of Q sending out mysterious messages, or that they arrested Nancy Pelosi escaping across the southern border. Well, remember what Jesus said about His coming.

“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” – Matt. 24:23-27

Now, if the spirit of Antichrist will try this with the Lord’s coming, he will sure try it with a presidential election! We need to listen to the wisdom of James, “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speakslow to wrath;” (James 1:19). And we need to remember that we are just pilgrims here and our citizenship is in heaven. We are children of Abraham by faith and by faith Abraham was looking for a heavenly inheritance –

“By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. . . . For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” – Heb. 11:8-10

So, we need to be about the work of the Kingdom and not be taken up with the various conspiracy theories that are out there. Jesus said, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Matt. 9:37). and this last election has shown us that there are multitudes who need Jesus. Remember, we are disciples of Jesus and He gave to them power –

“He gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.” – Matt. 10:1

In case you think this power was just for the original 12 disciples, Jesus’ last message in Matthew was –

“And Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” – Matt. 28:18-20

Friends, that commission has not ended, no matter what happens in the world. So be of good cheer, God is still with us.

Let us Begin to Follow the Plan

As our country is under attack from Covid19 and those who would prosper from it by bringing down the economy of our country and by depressing our God-given freedoms; such as freedom to freely move, gather together, and even to worship. Now they are attacking our electoral system fostering ‘voting by distance’ otherwise known as ‘mail-in voting’, which is fraught with fraud. They have also unleashed the spirit of lawlessness with riots, burning, and murders on the land. All to bring down our divinely inspired Republic and replace it with Marxism in the form of Democratic Socialism. All over the land people are asking “What can we do?” Among the myriad of answers is one that shines with wisdom – “Seek the Lord!” But how? Seeking the Lord is more than just words for even Jesus explained this – Continue reading

The Lord is Coming

“Behold, I send My messenger,
And he will prepare the way before Me.
And the Lord, whom you seek,
Will suddenly come to His temple,
Even the Messenger of the covenant,
In whom you delight.
Behold, He is coming,”
Says the LORD of hosts.” – Mal. 3:1

This message from Malachi the prophet is a message of warning. The verses before describe what the Lord is upset about – upset with His people, the Church.

“Judah has dealt treacherously,
And an abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem,
For Judah has profaned
The LORD’s holy institution which He loves:
He has married the daughter of a foreign god.” – Mal. 2:11 Continue reading