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Friday, November 20th, 2009 | Author:

As the example of ancient Rome, when Nero fiddled while the city burned, the modern Christian church is responsible for the moral morass that we now face in the United States of America. She has put pleasure over sacrifice, materialism over ministry and human plans over Scripture in order to maintain her position before the masses. This is not a new phenomenon; history is replete with the same compromises. Yet there are in every generation a few who refuse too bend, bow or burn as did Hananiah, Mishiel and Azariah. You may not recognize them by these names, but most will recall the pagan names given to them by their captors, the Babylonians. They were given names that reflected the gods of the Babylonians: Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego.
In every immoral war of aggression, there has been a deliberate attempt to silence the freedom loving people and true Christian believers of the land so that the lies necessary for domination could take root and grow. A few stood tall regardless of the consequences as they answered to the Ultimate Judge of all, the LORD God of the Bible. Such were those who stood tall against Adolph Hitler, our most recent and well known villain of modern time. Note the method of attack used in WWII.

When Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany in 1933, he laid out his strategy, to his inner circle, for the Church and her pastors to make them an irrelevant force which ultimately would pose no threat to the Nazi agenda for that great nation. Hitler made the following statement about church leaders.

“I promise you that if I wish to, I could destroy the Church in just a few years. It is hollow, it is rotten and false through and through. One push and the whole structure would collapse. We should trap the preachers by their notorious greed and self-indulgence. We shall thus be able to settle everything with them in perfect peace and harmony. I shall give them a few years’ reprieve. Why should we quarrel? They will swallow anything in order to keep their material advantage. The parsons will be made to dig their own graves; they will betray their God for us. They will betray anything for the sake of their miserable jobs and incomes.”

The church in America has today, 2009, become very much like the church in Germany in the 1930’s. The gospel of Jesus Christ has been so watered down by those seeking their own fame and fortune that it is no longer recognizable. Compromise is rampant as pastors search for a new strategy to get and hold the large crowds so that empires may be built to their own glory. Wealth and fame have replaced God in the lives of many of today’s preachers. This has resulted in what is referred to by many as a ‘Feel Good Gospel.’ Only those passages that make the attenders feel good about themselves are used. Missing is the warning of eternal hell, repentance from sin, accountability, judgment, maturity, responsibility, obedience and a host of other like terms. I have been greatly grieved at hearing a steady diet of such messages over the past few years from most preachers that I have heard. I have not heard the word hell used in a number of years. I strongly urge my readers to look up a great preacher from the Second Great Awakening in America, Charles Finney, and read his sermon entitled: “Preaching So As To Convert Nobody.” In this he lists 67 things to do so that you won’t offend your listeners, but also assure that they will not become Christians.

Another man who refused to budge even in the face of the death sentence was Martin Luther as he stood against his own church, the Roman Catholic Church, in all her corruption and wealth of his day. Martin Luther declared,

“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point” (The God Who is There, Francis Schaeffer).

Martin Luther further declared,

“The preacher who does not rebuke the sins of the rulers through God’s word spoken publicly, boldly, and honestly, strengthens the sins of the tyrants, and becomes a partaker in them and bears responsibility for them.”
In Scripture we see John the Baptist rebuking King Herod for having his brother Philip’s wife and it cost him his head. All who stand against tyrants risk being imprisoned or killed for their stand.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer denounced the church’s failure to speak out against the evil. In 1940 that lonely voice of truth proclaimed,

“We, the Church, must confess that we have not proclaimed often or clearly enough the message of the one God, who has revealed Himself for all time in Christ Jesus and Who will tolerate no other gods beside Himself. She must confess her timidity, her cowardice, her evasiveness and her dangerous concessions. She was silent when she should have cried out, because the blood of the innocent was crying aloud to heaven. The Church must confess that she has witnessed the lawless application of brutal force, the physical and spiritual suffering of countless innocent people, oppression, hatred, and murder, and that she has not raised her voice on behalf of the victims and has not found ways to hasten to their aid. The Church is guilty of the deaths of the weakest and most defenseless brothers of Jesus Christ. The Church must confess that she has desired security and peace, quiet, possessions and honor, to which she has no right. She has not borne witness to the truth of God. And by her silence, she has rendered herself guilty because of her unwillingness to suffer for what she knows to be right.”

Today, the blood of fifty million aborted babies cries out to God and very few pastors will dare mention it from their pulpits for fear that it might offend someone in the congregation who has killed their unborn baby. This is murder and should be noted as such. Thankfully, God will forgive even murder if we confess it and forsake it. I have known women in churches who have had multiple abortions and think that they have done nothing wrong.

Pastor Martin Niemöller was yet another of that lonely band of Christian heroes that stood against the tide of evil in Nazi Germany. He was arrested by the Gestapo for faithfully preaching the word of God. Now Niemöller was what we would today call a celebrity; he was a national hero. He had been a U-boat commander highly decorated in the First World War, and only then after the war did he enter the ministry. His congregation in the Berlin suburb of Dahlem was one of the wealthiest and most influential evangelical churches in the land, its membership made up of high government officials, generals, and so on. And the arrest of this pastor from that church was highly controversial. The judge before whom he was arraigned on charges of sedition seemed genuinely puzzled why a patriot like Martin Niemöller would criticize Adolf Hitler, the man whom the German people hailed as their Fuhrer, an absolute leader, to whom unquestioned obedience was owed. The magistrate pleaded with the minister to end his attacks upon the Nazi regime and upon the Fuhrer. He promised Niemöller immediate release and the opportunity to return to his pulpit “today,” if only he would agree to do so. Niemöller’s reply was steadfast:

“I cannot and I will not be silent, because God is my Fuhrer.”
Today in America only a hand full of heroes stand boldly in their pulpits to proclaim that “God is my President!” Many voices within the Christian church cry out this message of compromise and charge these heroes with being out of fellowship with God because of their bold stand against evil. These preachers hide in the walls of their church buildings and pretend that all is well in America, while outside America is in grave danger of being taken over by Socialism. This is not an idle threat, daily our elected and dominating leaders are moving America into this hellish ideology. The government is seeking to take over the nation’s most powerful assets and the latest is our health care system. This entity represents one sixth of our GDP/gross domestic product and is in the crosshairs of Mr. Obama and his cronies. Slander should never be a part of our rhetoric but truth should never cease to be at the center of it. The liberals have used Political Correctness to silence the church and it has done a great job of doing this. The multiplied millions of Christians and other religious and moral citizens sit silently by while evil moves in to Change America drastically. There is a groundswell of opposition that is on the move today but it MUST have the pulpits and the pastors/preachers of this nation to wake up this sleeping giant. Most refuse to get involved, much like the people who stood by and did nothing as they watched a girl gang raped in New York recently.

Dr. D. James Kennedy, Dr. James Dobson, Dr. Jerry Falwell are but three of our recent heroes. These men gave, and Dobson is still giving, their utmost to wake up the church. If this sleeping giant was taught the whole truth and were challenged to speak out, America could be transformed in a month. Dr. Kennedy preached the most fiery message I ever heard him deliver entitled: “Will The Church Forget?” In it he referred to many of today’s moral and social sins and each time ended with, “And 300,000 pulpits in America are silent!” There are approximately 400,000 Christian churches in America and sadly three quarters of these churches are playing Bingo, having teas and socials, BBQ’s and a number of other really important events while America is being destroyed.

In the Old Testament times, God sent prophets to wake up his people when the priests (similar to today’s pastors) had failed to teach the people His word. Today, America is in desperate need of a wave of prophets who will bring this sleeping giant to her feet and restore America to her godly heritage. Just think, abortion could be ended; homosexuality would be put back into the closet, adultery (breaking our marriage vows) and fornication (sex without being married), government corruption and all other ills we now face in America would be made right if this sleeping giant would just wake up.

All we have to do is to look at what happened in America’s First and Second Great Awakenings to see what could be if we restore God to His rightful place in His church and in this nation. If America’s churches DO NOT experience a revival and if America DOES NOT experience a Third Great Awakening I fear that we will see this great nation go onto the ash heap of history as did all other great nations who refused to deal with the blatant sin in them. The accepting of homosexuality has spelled the end of many nations in history. This and the killing of the innocent seem to be the final straw in the eyes of God to bring out His wrath and judgment on that land. Just look at Sodom and Gomorrah as an example. Geological evidence is abundant in the area to show that white hot brimstone/sulphur balls fell on these cities and destroyed them completely and were never rebuilt again.

Will God’s people sit silently still and let this happen to our beloved America? Only you can answer this question and I hope that you answer it soon. The hour glass is almost empty. If God judged His people Israel for its sin and complaisance, then know that He will do the same with America if we do not repent and return to Him and His word. May God have mercy on America and wake up this sleeping giant through her pastors.

The prophet Daniel said it best, “… but the people who know their God will display strength and take action.” Daniel 11:32

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Monday, November 16th, 2009 | Author:

I just received a reply to a blog that I posted saying that I was being judgmental. I wrote a reply to them but in case they did not get it here is my reply in longer terms.
As a Christian pastor, my job is to expose evil wherever I find it and to name names in order to restore righteousness to our nation. Today, we seem to believe in the Christian family that we are never to say anything negative about anyone or anything. This is NOT Christian in any way. If more pastors today would teach the WHOLE Bible to their congregations then we would have less of this kind of thinking.
Usually there is a general ignorance of the WHOLE Bible today. It is said by the experts that this is the most spiritually illiterate generation of Christians in history. I often hear Christians making the most off the wall comments and thinking that they are being biblically correct.
Most pastors today have been dumbed down either by political correctness or by the Feel Good sermon mentality. This mentality is based on never saying anything negative but only using the Scriptures that are filled with Happy Talk like the Glad Game that Haley Mills played in the movie Pollyanna. In this movie the pastor of the town church was totally controlled by one woman, the equivalent of today’s political correct crowd.
Let me give you just a few of these passages that I refer to.

“I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:1-5

Let’s try Jesus Himself on this topic.

Matthew 23:13 ¶ “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.
Matthew 23:14 [“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive greater condemnation.]
Matthew 23:15 ¶ “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.
Matthew 23:23 ¶ “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.
Matthew 23:25 ¶ “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence.
Matthew 23:27 ¶ “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.
MAT 23:29 ¶ “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous…”

I just got a series of replies to a blog that I posted saying that I was being judgmental. I wrote a reply to them but in case they did not get it here is my reply in longer terms.
As a Christian pastor, my job is to expose evil wherever I find it and to name names in order to restore righteousness to our nation. Today, we seem to believe in the Christian family that we are never to say anything negative about anyone or anything. This is NOT Christian in any way. If more pastors today would teach the WHOLE Bible to their congregations then we would have less of this kind of thinking.
Usually there is a general ignorance of the WHOLE Bible today. It is said by the experts that this is the most spiritually illiterate generation of Christians in history. I often hear Christians making the most off the wall comments and thinking that they are being biblically correct.
Most pastors today have been dumbed down either by political correctness or by the Feel Good sermon mentality. This mentality is based on never saying anything negative but only using the Scriptures that are filled with Happy Talk like the Glad Game that Haley Mills played in the movie Pollyanna. In this movie the pastor of the town church was totally controlled by one woman, the equivalent of today’s political correct crowd.
Let me give you just a few of these passages that I refer to.

“I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:1-5

Let’s try Jesus Himself on this topic.

Matthew 23:13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.
Matthew 23:14 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive greater condemnation.]
Matthew 23:15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.
Matthew 23:23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.
Matthew 23:25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence.
Matthew 23:27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.
Matthew 23:29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous…”

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Need I go on? The Bible is filled with such passages that speak of Hell/Lake of Fire, judgment for sins such as happened in the forty year wilderness wanderings of the Jewish people, judgments on unrighteous nations that oppressed Israel and on and on and on.

The average pastor today makes it a point of avoiding such topics as it might offend someone. Charles Finney, pastor and evangelist of the Second Great Awakening period in America in the 1800’s wrote an article in 1871 entitled, “Preaching So As To Convert Nobody.” In it he outlined sixty-seven (67) things that preachers can do to scratch the ears of their congregations and yet never bring one of them to genuine Christian faith. I charge you to look it up and read it. It is only about four pages and well worth your investigation.

I write this to say to all who are quick to judge anyone who is willing to stand out in the crowd by being one who would give his very life to see America experience a Third Great Awakening. I am convinced, along with a number of others who love this nation greatly, that if America does not experience a revival in the Christian church which should lead to this great awakening that America will cease to be the nation that we now know. This is RIGHT ON OUR DOORSTEP and most Christians do not even know that it is happening to them. It is time for believers to do the research and find out the condition of our nation right now. Television news, especially those who are formed from our alphabet (NBC, ABC, MSNBC etc.), will not give you the truth today. Fox News is a reliable source plus Townhall.com is the two sources I use most. I am constantly doing research and desire to print only the truth. I sometimes am fooled and I am quick to admit it when I have been. Snopes has proved to be unreliable especially on liberal political issues. TruthOrFiction.com is the most reliable source that I have found.

You be the judge for yourself. Is America more godly today than a year ago, two years ago, ten years ago, fifty years ago and so on? I think you will agree that our nation is losing its godly foundations by the day. I MUST speak out when I see evil or harm on the horizon and I will continue to write about it and speak it no matter what the political establishment tells me. The truth is often seen as Hate Speech. You be the judge, is telling the truth hate or is it those who would destroy the freedoms of Americans the true hate speech of today?

Jesus said, “… and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:32

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Friday, November 13th, 2009 | Author:

The father of our nation, George Washington, did not mince words about his beliefs about how America got her start.

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion…Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that National morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” –George Washington
He is but one of the majority of our founders who KNEW that America was founded as a Christian nation. Today, we have arrived at the ultimate attempt to CHANGE all of this. Hope and Change were Obama’s platform in the election; we just did not know what these words were meant to reflect. Hope meant that the lifetime humanists/atheists/Socialists hoped to realize their dream of removing Christianity as the ground zero of our foundation and CHANGE it into a multi-cultural/humanistic/Socialistic society.

The hate crimes bill was nothing more than a blatant attack on the freedom of religion/freedom of speech/First Amendment rights. ALL crime is based on HATE, so why did we need such a bill? It is the huge step forward to shut the mouths of all who believe what the Bible, and other religious books, has to say about sexual perversion. Lyndon Johnson led congress to put the gag order on the church by putting a tag on the tax exempt status of the church by telling it that it can no longer express political views or endorse a candidate that reflects its values. This is not true when the liberals USE the church for their ends. The Clintons used churches for fundraising events, Rev. Wright has freedom to say what he pleases and many other AME churches do the same.

We have arrived at a time when the Constitution is being torn down with each successive decision that comes from congress and the White House. Socialism does just this as it destabilizes a nation in order to bring it to ruin so that it can step in without a shot fired and change that nation into a Socialist state. History is filled with examples of how this was done in many nations. Socialism uses USEFUL IDIOTS to accomplish its goal. Those who are willing to sell out their country to Socialism are USED by them, thinking that they will have a place in the new government. History also tells us what happens to these useful idiots when Socialism takes over, they are murdered.

We have many so-called useful idiots at work destabilizing America right now. The greatest tragedy of all is that the Church is the only means to stop this takeover. Like Hitler in Germany who used those useful idiots within the church to destroy the power of the church in Germany, so our courts and congress are targeting the church in order to keep it Politically Correct and make it powerless to fight off aggression.

The mainline church in America has made itself so relevant that it no longer looks like what the Bible says that a church is to be. There are still a number of pastors and churches that are fighting and will fight to the end to stop this insanity we now face. The majority of the churches today have become so watered down that it hardly even smells like the original.

America desperately needs a revival or renewal of the church to restore it to what it should be doing in society. History has many examples of courageous pastors and churches that stood against evil and won the day. Most pastors today are so touchy-feely in the pulpit that they have ceased to make a positive difference but have actually assisted the Socialists/humanists in their goal.

G. Campbell Morgan once spoke about the state of the church in England by saying, “The task of the church is NOT to catch the spirit of the age, it is to CORRECT it!” This is what it will take to save this nation from the evil that is now in charge of most of our government. Even when some courageous politicians take a stand these spineless preachers refuse to back them up and so they just drop back and become powerless.

America was and is a Christian nation but she has lost her moral and spiritual compass today. The words of William Yeates in his poem, “The Second Coming,” are appropriate to this topic. He said, “The best lacked all conviction, while the worst were full of passionate intensity.”

This is a sad commentary on people of faith today. We have been so dumbed down with Political Correctness that we have ignored biblical correctness to our own peril. It is time to speak out NOW or we may one morning wake up to find that America has changed and we did nothing to stop it. What will it take for the multiplied Christians and other religious people to put a stop to this deliberate move to destroy the America that we all have known and loved? Are we really willing to just let our children and grandchildren be ruled by Socialism? If we are then we are truly cowards in the highest order.

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Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 | Author:

“It is not the task of the church to catch the spirit of the age, it is to CORRECT it.” G. Campbell Morgan

Pastors, don’t get caught up in the trendy ideas that are flying about today, dig deep into the Word of God and spend long times with God in prayer and you will find power that you have never imagined. The distractions today are myriad and you must discipline yourself to stay focused on God and the Word. I have a passionate love for pastors since I was one for over thirty years. The answer to the problems America faces today will never be solved by politics or talking heads. It will be solved by pastors who are willing to speak the truth in love.
May God bless each pastor who is currently doing just this. You are the true heroes of this great nation and have been since its founding. If we just study the effects of the first and second great awakenings in America we will see that the Church has been and is still the most powerful force in this nation for good. This is why so many God haters are out to shut the mouths of pastors and to remove the influence of the Christian church. The hate crimes legislation that was just railroaded into law is a huge step in this fight against the church.

Remember,

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” Proverbs 14:34

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