Fri, Dec 3rd - 10:57AM
shape of our world has changed, but we in America have not. We are being left farther and farther
behind in our efforts at maintaining what has become a fictional status
quo. This is happening in both the
world and the “church” and in the process, we have become inoculated against
receiving, and benefiting from the truth. We in America, and the “church” have been living in our own fictional
reality for so long we routinely reject any truth that exposes the lie.
we are already firmly in bed with Globalism, but many, perhaps most Americans,
still think we are simply leaning in that
direction. Wake up! We’ve arrived already! And the unsolvable problems we hear
about all the time are the result of that arrival, not the leaning.
many of the mainline, denominational churches we are starving for meat, but are
continually fed pabulum. Wake
up! The cramping in your spiritual
stomach is caused by the steady diet of non-substance, not just a temporary bad
week! If your church is mainly
teaching pre-resurrection theology – LEAVE IT! And don’t walk away – RUN! The overriding truth of the Gospel is this: THERE IS LIFE, REAL LIFE, ON THE FAR
SIDE OF THE CROSS, but it is up to us as individuals to seek and find it.
do not understand why we Americans settle for the status quo of pew warming in
both government and the church. Worse, we not only settle for the mediocre, we seem to get fighting mad
against any other proposals. So
here’s the facts: we are getting
exactly what we deserve in both government and the “church”, and it is grievous
to God. But do we really care what
God thinks? I don’t think so. We seem to think our opinions are of at
least equal value to God’s expressed Truth. Our arrogance is killing us, and we don’t seem to care.
say, “God is love” to cover up any of our responsibilities. How idiotic is that?! You men, you are at fault. Yes, you MEN. I’ve been alive for over six decades, and I still find
mostly women in the church. Where
are you guys? So let me weigh in
concerning the gender discrepancy in our country and our churches: YOU MEN ARE AT FAULT. You are weak, sniveling cowards content in letting your wives and
your children run your households and your lives. While they “take care of you”, you take care of yourselves
while truth lies suffering in the gutters of our society and the world. I have total contempt for any “man” who
lives like that. You are NOT men –
you are self-seeking cowards.
wrong with America and the “church”? LEADERSHIP. We don’t have
leadership in this country – we have instead multitudes of human lemmings, and
we’re headed for destruction as fast as we can get there.
What’s wrong with the
“church”? You left the real
Gospel, you invented your own Jesus, and you are teaching your country club
members to hang on for heaven, while they live like hell. Guess what, the real Jesus didn’t die
for your theology of death. Guess
what again, you preachers who preach on the near side of the cross will be
judged severely for it. Do you
consider that success? Does your
denominational retirement policy cover the cost? Think again. Would
you send your own sons to die for the gospel you’re preaching?
As a friend of mine told me
repeatedly prior to my official retirement from my career – “There is life
after (it).” That is the message
we men need to hear. We
need to step up and say, “No more!”. It’s a sad day when the Muslims who blow up our buildings have more leadership
ability than free American men – but they do. I’m not Muslim, and never will be, but I do admire them for
at least having convictions they consider worth dying for. We should, and do not.
The Church needs to reinvest itself
with the responsibility it was given by the real Jesus Christ. It needs to harp on the biblical
morality He taught and died for until it brings about the inevitable
persecution He predicted. The
Church needs to take over the conscience of the United States and teach us to
have the steel spine of Jesus Christ rather than the worm-like jello we
currently use for guts.
Morality is our weakness, and we
being set up for a great, national death if we don’t acquire that truth in our
souls. Politicians haven’t changed
for many hundreds of years – we have, and it’s killing us, both now and for
Concerning eternity – where do you
want to spend it? Right now,
during this life, we have control over that answer – in the next life we will
not. I’ve purposely written this
so it will be easy to be labeled an “alarmist” by those committed to eternal
death, but bear in mind – in this country 150 years ago, what I have written
would be considered redundant.
Thu, Oct 7th - 3:05PM
Is It Me?
stories in the Bible hit me crosswise. One of them is the passage beginning in Matthew 26:21, where Jesus says
to his disciples that one of them will betray Him. I’ve always been interested in their responses; each one
asked if they were the one. The
parable in Matthew 25:1-12 continues to bug me. Like the disciples in Matthew 26, I read this parable and
wonder, is it me? Am I wise or
confess I’m guilty of not presenting anything new. I’m not particularly entertaining or innovative. Any “revelation” I may have is no more
than that which is given to many by the Holy Spirit. It comforts me that I really don't care to be entertaining,
innovative or revelatory. I deeply
care to present what I feel the Lord is telling me to present – when He says to
do it. That said, here’s some
un-original bread – fresh for today.
will be incredible judgment some day for those who lied to us, telling us that
“believing” in Jesus was all we had to do to be “saved”. That is simply not true. It’s not that simple. Leaving the erudite discussions about
the underlying meanings of the groups in Matthew 25 to others, let’s back up
and look at the bigger picture.
places in the Gospel accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus, recount His
commands for us to “follow”, and I submit, following is a lot more involved
than just believing. In fact,
“following” follows “ believing”. By
stopping at the believing part, we have simply begun to read the instructions
and excluded every point after bullet #1. Then, for some reason, we begin to pat ourselves on our backs, fat and
happy over our good decisions. It
is not good enough. There are more
instructions, and they clearly indicate there is a personal cost – something we
conveniently bypass if we don't read further.
yourself in the place of the five wise virgins. If you have studied the Bible, prayed, fasted and begged for
more intimacy with God, done your dead-level best to hear the daily directions
of the Holy Spirit to you from the heart of God, turned your back on any form
of known or revealed sin, begged for your hard, intractable heart to be
cleansed and softened, begged for more ability to love God and serve Him –
while realizing all that activity not only does not obligate God but is only
reasonable – would you risk your trip to the clouds to explain to some Sunday
pew-warmer how they can make the trip too?
I can't answer for you, but I
wouldn’t even take their phone call. I’d be too occupied with the trip! After all, if they didn’t want to hear the whole truth when they had the
time, they won’t be able to understand it when time runs out. That’s too bad.
know this is going to sound like spiritual arrogance to some readers. I realize it could be interpreted as
some “holier than thou” person lecturing to the unwashed masses, but believe
me, that is not true. We are all
in the same boat, but we need to understand the ride might get rougher before
the Master calms the wind and the waves upon His arrival.
There are trip expenses, and it
could get expensive for each one of us, but I would be cheating reality if I
was convinced it was free. Even
the Hell’s Angels used to charge for the ride, and I wouldn’t trust a Salvation
that cost me nothing! It wasn’t
free for Him, and it shouldn’t be free for me – if I’m truly following.
when He does arrive, as He surely will, I for one, don't want to be running
hither and yon trying to crib for the trip. I want to be ready.
The good news – right now there’s
Thu, Oct 7th - 3:03PM
Lessons From Our Dogs
years ago I remember when my kids were old enough to go squirrel hunting with
me. They individually expressed an
interest in going with me, so I made it a special event. I took them out one at a time on three separate
occasions; one of those father/daughter trips good authors make a living
would get up early and head for the woods in the dark, arriving just as the
woodland creatures were beginning to stir. I told each one of the children in turn to pay close
attention to my directions. Specifically, I told them that if I said “Don't move!”, they were to
freeze instantly in place.
I told them there were snakes in
the woods, (Missouri/Kansas) and I might have to order them to do something, or
not to do something, that they might not understand. I told them not to ever question me about an order, but to
obey me instantly! I said I’d
explain it all to them later, when we had the time. Then we practiced how they would instantly obey my
orders. It was a game to them, but
I was deadly serious. On those
outings, my children had fun, and nobody got bitten by the copperheads. They obeyed, and their ability to obey
was an honor for each of them.
But we American adults are like
children without honor. We whine
and complain about nearly every aspect of our lives – I’m talking to professing
Christians here – and if (God forbid!) God would actually order us to do
something, or refrain from doing something, we ask “Why?” instead of instantly obeying. We actually demand to understand before
we commit to obedience. Is it any
wonder why we get “snake” bit? Why
is it we are blind to our own arrogance when we demand understanding before
obedience? Perhaps we don't see
our responses as demands, but they are.
I think the underlying issue has
always been rebellion, plain and simple. While we pay lip service to “serving God”, we’re demanding that He serve
us. How dare God request (order)
us to give up something we like? Would
a good God do that? Would I be a
bad father to order my child not to play with the pretty snake under the
rock? If I had to raise my voice
and risk hurting their feelings, would I be a cruel father? Would my order be misconstrued as
unloving? Sadly, within the
confines of real time and space, rather than this essay, the answer is often
I think we are dealing with two issues:
rebellion and trust, and as long as we give a home to rebellion, we won't have
any room for trust. We gravitate
to rebellion (or whatever we like to call it), and refuse to trust God until He
proves Himself to us – over and over. Frankly, if I were God, I would have more hope in my dog. Which brings up a point I’d like to
Some modern churches are fond of
catchy slogans they proudly post on their signage. I suppose the signage is supposed to take the place of
evangelism – sort of a 24-hour pastor – he never sleeps….
I’m sure you’ve seen the same one I
have: “Be the person your dog thinks you are”. Well, that’s catchy, but the real point is the other way
around. That sign should read: “If
your dog acted towards you the way you act towards God, he’d be up for
adoption”. And honestly, my
dog obeys me much better than I obey God.
For my dog, obedience was a learned
response, but he did learn it, and it wasn’t easy for either of us while he
did. My dog trusts me
completely. Again, he learned that
too. And my dog hears MY voice;
now he also hears other voices, but he obeys mine. My dog knows he belongs to me, and never doubts it. And here’s the clincher: my dog knows I
am the boss, and he is NOT. And it is because of all this that I also learned to trust my dog! See the point?
In these End Times, with the world
around us spiraling into Bible prophecy, perhaps we should at least try to
learn some lessons from our dogs.
God is King – we are NOT.
Thu, Sep 30th - 11:03AM
Point of Contact
One of the first things new
Christians learn, or should learn, is to cease from any form of divination or
spiritism. Per Deuteronomy 18:11,
we are admonished not to ‘call up the dead’. But what do we do if the “dead” call us up?
often have house dreams. Most of
my house dreams are of complicated houses containing secret hallways, back
staircases and convoluted floor plans. Usually I’m looking for something, or trying to find a hidden room, but
the house always seems to be mine, and is vaguely familiar to me, like I’ve
been in it before in other dreams. But last night was different.
last night’s dream, my wife and I both were in our house, and we knew a
relative was going to visit us in the house, and we were apprehensive because
the relative had been recently “loosed” from somewhere (in reality, the
relative has been dead for many years).
get ready, we closed off some hallways and opened others, trying to be tactical
in our preparations. But finally,
my wife and I entered a large, dark room in single file. I could see my wife,
but I could not see in front of her. She encountered the relative somewhere in the dark to her front, and I
asked her if it was him, and she told me it was. I then woke up.
would have been easy for me to dismiss the dream as just another non-sensical
event, but instead I began to think about it, and I remembered all the dreams
we’ve both had where our departed parent(s) would be in our dreams, mute, but
notably in the dream. Concerning
my dream last night, here is what God told me:
house represented our persons, the contacting relative was a demon in disguise,
contacting us in a frontal assault upon our persons. In effect, we had just been involved in spiritism, which
originated not with us, but with the demon!
of this made me afraid in the slightest, but I was very grateful for the
lesson. I immediately got up and
prayed, demanding the contacting demon leave us immediately, and I prayed until
I felt it had. I just love it when
God’s light unmasks the devil!
of you reading this may think all this talk about demons is a bit over the
edge, but I assure you, any concept endorsed as valid by Jesus Himself, should
be taken seriously – and if you’re not taking it seriously, be assured it has
already taken you with impunity.
see no place in scripture where we are admonished to fear demons, or quake in
their presence; we are, however, commanded to cast them out. In other words, we are to be engaged in
an offensive attack on Satan’s kingdom of darkness wherever it’s
If you are purposely avoiding the
demon issue, be aware you have already capitulated to the enemy, and he doesn’t
have a shred of mercy for your stance of non-participation. With Christians, ‘ignorance is no
excuse’, but rather a ticket to ineffectiveness at best, and it will eventually
lead to torment (sickness, disease, etc.). You cannot wrap yourself in safety by ignoring the
devil. With him, there is no middle
ground, no neutral zone, and choosing not to fight is to lose the fight. Fight or flight are the only two
options, and as I read it, God’s ‘breastplate’ has no backplate.
Many times, God will give us His
version of R & R, a brief respite from our warfare, but it comes from Him
and in His timing, and it is brief. Our warfare does not consist against flesh and blood, and will continue
until Jesus returns. The
principalities and powers of darkness that we fight don't rest, and never
relent. We beat them, or they beat
us – if we let them.
It is our great honor to enforce
the victory that Christ already won in His resurrection. It is not always easy or fun; it’s
often down and dirty, but it’s good for us to fight because we gain eternally
by enforcing, and bringing His Kingdom to earth.
And as warriors, we need to be
aware we are the doorkeepers to ourselves, and some who knock on the doors of
our houses need to be aggressively turned away.
Not every ‘stranger’ comes from
Thu, Sep 23rd - 11:08AM
important that we become students of human nature and students of God’s nature,
particularly now. Several problems
immediately arise. First, if we
assume God is a bigger, cosmic human, we look no further than ourselves in our
search for Him. Secondly, if we
assume God is so incomprehensible as to be “otherworldly”, we give up and
again, look no further than ourselves. Third, if we look to some one human to be our “Spirit guide”, i.e.:
guide to the Spirit and God, we forfeit the role of the Holy Spirit in our
lives, as designed by God. Fourth,
if we look to the Holy Spirit and don't let Him drive us into the written Word
of God as our primary source, we open ourselves up to the wrong spirit. Fifth and last, if we become so afraid
of making mistakes that we don't search for God at all, Satan wins, and we
stand to lose our place at the table.
Elevating the spirits of deception above God’s Spirit, and
reacting with fear, or non-participation, we fail to be effective for the
Father, and we begin preaching fear in one form or another. With regard to ‘signs and wonders’,
it’s quite common to run into Christians who are so afraid of being deceived
that they refuse to pursue God through anything other than their particular church
originally conceived to keep believers within the guidelines of the Word of
God, as judged by the early apostles before the New Testament was completed,
doctrine quickly ascended to the throne. In many denominations, doctrine controls believers within it’s own
structure, while keeping them away from the liberty of the Spirit. For instance, what purpose would
Presbyterian doctrine serve if it allowed Presbyterian believers to grow out of
itself and into the whole counsel of God? Of course, that question continues to make no sense to those trapped
within the concrete walls of their doctrine because they don't see the trap,
but in fact, their doctrine might just be keeping them IN while keeping the
Holy Spirit OUT.
Right now, many mainline
denominations are in a dither over declining membership, and it would appear
they are being abandoned by all but the “satisfied”. Pew warmers have been left behind because they were never
searching for more of God in the first place, and the escaping droves are
staying home on Sundays because football is more relevant to them than “church”,
or “religion”. This is so obvious
it’s sadly funny when the denominations hold leadership meetings in vain
efforts to upgrade their relevancy. I can just imagine James, the brother of Jesus, calling just such a
meeting in the early church, can't you? NOT!!
The fact comes down to one simple
principle, and I can put it into one sentence:
Only the Holy Spirit
brings LIFE to God’s Word, but He will NOT operate outside of it; problem is,
many churches haven't let the Holy Spirit operate at all!
They’ve done this for what they
consider good reasons – they are afraid of the Holy Spirit (indeed, they are
afraid of ANY spirit!), because once out of their doctrinal box, who knows
where He might lead? As an unknown
person, He might be uncontrollable!! Can’t let that happen, now can we?
But there needs to be some control,
and here it is; first, we must let the Holy Spirit of God operate in our
churches – MUST – failure to do so is killing our churches and leading the
congregations into spiritual anemia at best, and potentially, hell itself. Secondly, we must trust the Holy Spirit
to work only within the confines of the written Word of God – again, MUST. And third, we must trust the Holy
Spirit to give us the Wisdom of God as we administer 1st John 4:1
within our churches. That’s the
job of every Christian, not just the leadership of the churches. However, they are the point of the
spear, or should be – that’s why God put them in charge.
Many years ago I had a close,
Christian friend who portrayed himself as a prophet. He wore overalls and an Elijah body odor! I don't think he ever got within arms
reach of a razor, or had made it past the sixth grade, but he prophesied in
fluent King James, so he always attracted quite a following. The problem I didn’t see at the time
was that while he was acting as a prophet to many different groups, he was
committed to none. I was honored to be inside his close circle of friends, and
we shared many revelations together as I began to grow in Christ.
My prophet friend owned nothing but
a banger of a pickup and a worn out Bible. He lived gratis outside the county on a farm owned by a
widow. Do you see where this is
going? Is it any surprise that he
took the widow’s mind captive and eventually “inherited” the farm and dropped
out of sight? That was in the
70’s, and I haven't heard from or about him since. And my question remains: why wasn’t this man judged right up
front by the collective leaders of the groups he frequented? And if he indeed was, why wasn’t anyone
made aware of the danger he demonstrated; it would have made a great lesson at
the time; it did for me.
But you know, even though I was
deceived at the time, because I had learned early on to work ONLY within the
confines of the written Word of God, rather than elevating signs and wonders
above it, I suffered no harm, and in fact, learned a good lesson. Today, I thank God for that lesson, and
it’s on my mind this morning as I write, because we “seekers” have been
presented with good news and bad news, and we must be cognizant of both if we
are to enter into God’s plan for each of us.
Yes, it’s totally and holy (pun)
healthy to seek more of God, but as we expectantly seek more of Him (which
makes Him glad!), we need to be aware of the thin ice we tread. Only our absolute reliance upon the
Holy Spirit will help us, and the closer we approach to Almighty God, and the closer
He works within us, the ice around us not only becomes more and more thin, but
the solid ground becomes a minefield.
ONLY the Holy Spirit can direct our
course – after all, it’s His job, and if we let Him, He’ll do it well. If through fear of deception we back
away from the table set before us, someone else will do our job – and eat our
food in the process. He who begins
to plow and looks back…..
Expect the Holy Spirit to reveal
more and more of Jesus to each of us; expect the Holy Spirit to dramatically
demonstrate His mighty power through signs and wonders….DO NOT expect the Holy
Spirit to operate outside of the written Word of God, because if he does, it