The Lonely Whistleblower

Maybe there is a Lonely Whistle-blower walking out of the church tonight.

He might have seen some terrible injustice, and thinking it would be important to bring it to light, he bravely spoke some truth.

You would think a pastor would want to know, right?

So that he could protect the sheep from evil, from wolves.

And yet, that Lonely Whistle-blower was met with tense facial expressions. His pastor may have crossed his legs, and clasped his hands, and taken a deep breath. He may be doubtful. He may be defensive. Maybe his face even turned red a little. He may have been deeply agitated that you are bringing this up to him. After all, he knows more than you. You are wrong. What you are saying is not true. Who do you think you are?

Well, this is a surprise.

The Lonely Whistle-blower stands speechless outside the quiet, empty church in the shadows that fall from the trees lit in the parking lot. A new wind is blowing in, and he just stands there, feeling it for the first time.

Confused.

Did this just happen?

That wasn’t how he expected it to go.

And soon, as he continues to stand for justice and truth he finds himself encircled by the elders and deacons who have taken up stones and told him to drop the matter, or else.

In order to “protect” the rest of the church, the Lonely Whistle-blower is maligned and ostracized. In love.

As lonely as he feels, he is not alone at all.

I wonder what the pastor would have said if Jesus Himself had sat in that same chair across from the pastor and shared the same details? Would the pastor still be doubtful? Defensive? Agitated? Would he say it wasn’t true. Would the elders and deacons surround the Lord with stones?

Well, it happened.

It happened before.

Let us remember Matthew 23,

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:  “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.

Jesus was a Whistle-blower too. Jesus told the CROWDS of people the truth. He said, that these religious leaders sat in the seat of Moses. They fancied themselves the mediators between God and men. They fancied the authority. They loved to rule over the people, to lord it over them.

So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.

They are hypocrites. But don’t you dare to ever say that. They may teach the Word of God, but do they obey it? In their own lives are they lenient? When you call them on their sin, do they humbly repent? Or do they get furious?

They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.

Heavy Burdens–You must serve [God]. You must put ministry above your family. What are you teaching your kids if you are not serving God throughout the week, and helping on weekends, and sacrificing for the kingdom. You need to be here early to set up tables, stay late to vacuum, and be a part of every study and special event. You need to be faithful to God (cough, cough, your pastors vision). Don’t let your pastor down, I mean don’t let *God down.

Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long;  they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others.

Oh they must be called “Pastor so and so” or “Reverend this or that.” Call them by their first name and see the look on their face. Their churches are cults of personality. They love to headline large conferences, get interviewed on TV or radio. They love their celebrity pastor status. Their books they write. Their teaching series. When they preach, their illustrations are long repetitive stories of how “they” built the church and how God uses “them” to do so much for the kingdom of God. “Can you believe God did this in MY life?!” They may even have large TV screens in the sanctuaries so that people in the way way back of the chapel can see the tear drop down their cheek when they recall the great tragedies of their life. Don’t expect them to show up at your BBQ, or your deathbed. They are too important. They will send someone else.

But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers.  And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah.  The greatest among you will be your servant.  For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. 

Well, which one of our mega pastors wants to exemplify this one? Oh they will teach it, and then get into their private jet or leave for their vacation in the tropics. They don’t come to church workday. Why would they? When the body gathers to paint the sanctuary, they may show up, just to watch the progress from the back. They won’t help. They won’t spend time with the servants. They won’t buy them lunch and sit with them, or even thank the men covered in paint, and sweat. Don’t actually expect them to act like your equal, your brother, your friend, or God forbid . . . your servant.

Jesus said the only thing they will have is woe.

No wonder they wanted to kill Jesus.

“But, don’t talk about it you guys.”

Fiscal Mismanagement–“Shh”

Immorality–“You are lying”

Abuse–“They are just disgruntled; don’t listen to them”

Flawed Leadership Model–“You are dividing the body; you are being used by the devil.”

What is the Lonely Whistle-blower to do?

I guess, he should do what his Lord did–tell the truth, and then elude them as long as you can.

Leave.

After all, religious leaders are not often willing to give up their power and control, even for the Messiah. Call a meeting of the board of elders, or the Sanhedrin.

If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation. (John 11:48).

They couldn’t risk losing it all.

They needed to stop Him.

But He chose to elude them.

Jesus therefore no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there to the region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, and there he stayed with the disciples. (John 11:54)

When do you leave an unhealthy church?

Is there a time to leave the fallen religious building, or a beautiful sepulcher?

Can we just flee to a small no-name church or body of believers in the wilderness?

Is anyone out there?

Maybe the Lonely Whistle-blower doesn’t have to be alone.

Maybe, there is hope outside a fancy big building, with whitewashed walls and TV screens with his old pastors face crying over past tragedies.

And really, there is nothing left for us there, even if we stay.

Because judgment is coming.

Either way, God sees injustice.

He sees hurting people.

He sees His sheep leaving His Hospitals with fresh wounds.

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.  In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous.  And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’  So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets.  Go ahead, then, and complete what your ancestors started!

 “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Therefore I am sending you prophets and sages and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.  Truly I tell you, all this will come on this generation.

And so it seems, the Lord Jesus will continue to send Lonely Whistle-blowers into the congregations.

And they will continue to be ignored and mistreated.

It is what has always happened.

It will continue to happen.

And God sees it.

It doesn’t seem to turn out well, but . . .

It seems like quite an honor.

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What Is Women’s Ministry?

Okay, so my heart is so burdened right now for the women, and daughters of our churches. I am writing this from the experiences that I have seen, and the verse that I feel the Lord put on my heart this morning.

I have grown long into a church that DOES what you call “Women’s Ministry.” I have seen fancy women with wispy voices, take the pulpit to compare the spiritual armor of Ephesians 6 to fashion. I have seen them gather together to discuss finger sandwiches and tea cups and centerpieces for the next brunch or conference. I have seen them skirt over serious issues, and stay shallow and vapid mannequins of ministry.

The leaders are nothing like the lay. There is a huge discrepancy. The women in the pulpits at our women’s events are often times nothing like the women in the pews.

The lay ladies come in tired, and thirsty, and troubled in their t-shirts or discount dresses. To hear sermons on suffering given by some easy living pastor’s wife, in Burberry and Brighton.

I have seen these women preach on sexual intimacy, body image, and household obligations to women who are going through difficult marriages, who are overweight, and working over 40 hours a week. They heap on them more and more burdens. Be sexy, be thin, be perfect. Make more bricks, find more straw, and don’t complain.

I have heard women’s leaders tell groups of young married girls that they need to stay thin, or else it will be their fault if their godly husbands cheat or look at porn. I have seen one of the women whom this was spoken to, blame her extra thirty pounds when 5 years later her husband cheated.

I have heard women’s leaders tell groups of young mother, with rolls on their stomachs and lactating breasts, that breast implants make them look better in their clothes.

More straw. More bricks.

I have seen women’s ministry conferences bring in speakers that tell you the proper way to fold your bathroom towels, and organize your closets.

I have seen women’s ministries bring in exercise classes so that we can reinforce to the women that your body is to look like a temple (based on a misinterpretation of scripture).

What is going on?!

Do these women’s ministry leaders even love women?

Or do they hate women?

Do they despise fat women in K-mart jeans?

Do they get disgusted at women with stretch marks and saggy breasts, frizzy hair and outdated kitchens?

Do they not understand that some of these women spend all their time and money taking care of their families and working to pay the bills?

These women are doing the best they can.

Do they not get it, that if a woman is going to take the time to come to a Women’s Bible Study, that they need to be built up and encouraged?

Why can’t she be told, “Well done” or at least given the dignity of honesty.

Why is women’s ministry so superficial?

Why don’t we get real with each other?

I do not want to take time away from my family to go hear how to fold towels, or that spiritual armor is like putting on a special outfit.

I don’t want to be told that spiritual warfare is that voice that tells me that I need plastic surgery . . . and I have heard that taught . . . because you know what?

Spiritual warfare is a LOT more than that!

And many of us are losing the battle.

The verse on my heart is from Jeremiah 6:14 (and it is also repeated in Jeremiah 8:11).

God is judging the priests and prophets for giving the people a shallow message. For not warning them of judgment. For not spending time with God to know His Word and His message for His people. God is upset at how the “shepherds” were treating the sheep.

God says, “They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.” (Jeremiah 6:14 KJV)

“They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. “Peace, peace,” they say, when there is no peace.” (Jeremiah 6:14 NIV).

“They offer superficial treatments for my people’s mortal wound. They give assurances of peace when there is no peace.” (Jeremiah 6:14 NLT)

If you would indulge me, I would like to define these words. I think they are very important.

The KJV used the word “healed” –other versions have used the phrases “dressed the wounds” and “offer superficial treatments.” In Hebrew the word is rapha, which means to heal or to cure, like a doctor would. The Lord is saying that instead of doing the work to clean out a wound and heal a person, they are just giving them a superficial band-aid.

Isn’t that what you see at many churches?

In the KJV it talks about “the hurt” of these daughters. The Hebrew word for hurt is sheber, which means breaking, fracture, crushing, breach, crash, ruin, shattering. As well as destruction, affliction, and vexation.

The Lord sees our deep pain. He sees our brokenness. And to Him it is a big deal. He is validating our pains. He is saying that what has happened to us is a crushing, a shattering. It is incapacitating, in many ways.

Of course we have hurt in our churches. We have women who are grown, who have been sexually abused as children, but never told anyone. Women who grew up in a day when families didn’t talk about abuse. We have women whose husbands are terrible hypocrites. Or whose children are prodigals. The women in our churches are suffering, many are shattered.

The pain is there, under the smiles and perfume.

The word “daughter” in Hebrew is bath. It is a polite address and it refers to all the women we know–daughter, girl, adopted daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, granddaughters, female child, cousin. It is all of us. We are all in this together.

The word “slightly” in Hebrew is qalal. It means to treat it lightly, to minimize, to act like it isn’t a big deal. It also means to show contempt or dishonor.

I have seen this. I have seen how women “higher up” in leadership form cliques with other fancy “important” women. And they reserve their tables at their brunches and they don’t associate with the woman who had a tooth missing, or talk long and genuinely to everyone else.

I have seen them gossip and make fun of people for how they look. I have seen them play games and act catty as they struggle to claim their positions in ministry. I have seen them smile with their lips and glare at people with their eyes.

And the word in Hebrew for “saying” is ‘amar. It means to speak, to promise, to avow, to speak proudly, to boast, command, to answer.

What is being said, promised, avowed?

Peace.

They promise peace. Shalowm. Completeness, soundness, welfare, peace, safety, health, welfare, quiet, prosperity, contentment, friendship. It is all there in the concordance. Strong’s Number H7999. You can look it up.

They promise peace and prosperity, but they do nothing to actually help you find it. It isn’t found in superficial band-aids.

What are these superficial band-aids? Lies.

Health and wealth. Beauty. Friendship. Luxury.

I have seen it. Unfortunately.

And I wonder what these women must think?

Do they envy, and long for the Barbie life? Or do they see through it and shake their heads?

I wonder what would happen if one day, we showed up for a Bible Study, and the wispy voiced women were told to sit down to listen. And the K-mart coupon clipper was asked to get in the pulpit. What wisdom would spring forth?

Would they listen, to her? Or turn up their noses?

What if she was very plain, unfashionable or overweight. What is her hair was grey and her wrinkles were visible in the back of the chapel?

What if she didn’t tell funny stories or share some of her more innocent failures, trying to relate to us?

What if she was real.

What if she shared Christ.

What if she shared her ugly truth, of fallen mediocrity and Christ’s glory in the midst of it all. How would women’s ministry be different?

How would women’s ministry be different if we picked the godliest women, the deepest women, the women who evangelize and witness, and minister to the needy–to speak to us? Despite how they look, or how relevant and trendy they are? Regardless of what the YOUNG PEOPLE thought about it.

What if we didn’t blame women for the sins of men?

What if we didn’t blame the 14 year old girl who was sexually abused by her step-dad? What if we didn’t quietly send her away to distant family, as he passed out bulletins at the door of the chapel?

What if we didn’t tell the woman who was sexually abused so terribly that she has PTSD, that if she doesn’t make her body her husbands sexual property, that she would be responsible for his pornography addiction?

What if we let men be responsible for their own sins?

What if we let women be who they are?

What if we loved them no matter what, and asked men to do the same?

What if we stopped being so shallow, and glossing over the deep chasms of pain in the eyes of our congregations and decided to get our hands dirty?

A physician has to get involved. A physician has to put on some gloves and open up and clean out the wounds. He has to open it up. Clean out the dirt or puss. Wash it with water or antiseptic. He needs to soothe it with oil or salve. He needs to bind up the fractures, sew skin back together, and wrap up the injury to protect it from further pain and infection. This process is difficult and it hurts. This process is personal.

A physician doesn’t just stand up on a stage in a hospital and tell his patients funny stories about when he stubbed his toe and how it got better. He has to take his time on an individual level to minister to each person.

So what can we do?

I think we must begin by humbling ourselves. By identifying with the people instead of thinking we are special. I think it will be when we allow ourselves to get messy and get real. When we stop thinking that we need to be perfect outwardly, instead of holy inwardly.

We need to bring Jesus back into our meetings.

We need to let our women sit once again at His feet.

Because He has so much to say to them.

Things that actually matter.

Encouragement and Healing.

He has true love and acceptance, and realistic advice.

He never told them to be thin. He never told them to be fashionable.

It is not wrong . . . but it is not religion.

I just don’t see this as Biblical. When I read the book of Acts, I don’t see anything that at all resembles what many of us call modern women’s ministry.

People just prayed, studied the word, and evangelized.

Isn’t Christianity that simple?

Set your women free!

Let us just encourage them in prayer, study of the word, and evangelism–the things that really matter–for all eternity.

 

 

 

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Pornography, Asherah Poles, and High Places

I have something on my heart to share today, but I am so overwhelmed. The topic is too big. There is too much to say. Too much that has already been said, by those more knowledgeable and eloquent than I.

So I am not going to say it all. I am just going to stick to what is on my heart.

I see Satan has crept like a slithering serpent into many houses, through the technological cords and wires. These wires are like snakes that have brought in poison.

Christians would never pick up pentagrams and skulls, or drink blood, would we? No, we recognize those activities as demonic and occultic. We would not be inclined nor comfortable to perform such bold and idolatrous activities.

And that is good. The Lord warned Israel to not practice the occult activities of the people in the land.

“When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God. The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so” (Deuteronomy 18:9-14).

The Lord says to His people to not learn their detestable ways, to not practice the things that are idolatrous, demonic, or occult in nature. And most Christians I know, that go to church would refuse to go to a psychic or have a seance in their home. Most people in the church are not “struggling” with their desire to cast spells. Right?

The Lord tells us not to “learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there” but we forget about some other more tempting practices of the occult. That we have de-spiritualized and accepted as “Every Man’s Battle.”

How about the “Asherah poles” we have erected in our homes? The “high places” we have gone to in our own minds?

Did you know that sexual immorality is a war against your soul?

“Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.” 1 Peter 2:11

We have not been taught that pornography and sexual sin are also practices of the occult.

From the orgies under the oak trees on the hills surrounding Jerusalem, in days of old. To the sex magick promoted by modern day occultists like Aleister Crowley and later Anton LaVey. This idea of sexual activity coupling with the occult has permeated every culture since the Tower of Babel. In the East you have “tantric” practices. In Europe, you have pagan sex rituals. The Bible talks about the temple prostitutes that permeated the land throughout history–through Babylon, Rome, and Greece. Pagan idolatry always involves this seduction.

Sexual immorality is a KEY ASPECT to the pagan worship of antiquity, as well as modern satanism and witchcraft.

We can see the obvious danger of a Ouija board. But we do not see the demonic roots of a website devoted to pornography.

Satan has disguised this sin as if it was not connected to the occult. We don’t see it as demonic. We have called it an “addiction” and looked at it through the eyes of the psychologist or marriage counselor, instead of the eyes of the prophet.

It has been normalized. Our churches have small group studies devoted to this struggle that “all men” have. It is looked at as a carnal and fleshly weakness. The books and flyers for this struggle usually picture a tormented man, in chains.

We counsel them. We tell them to keep trying. To keep repenting. To keep reading books. Keep accountable to others. Keep repenting. We have tried to minimize the shame. And be open about the pain and the struggle. We have support groups for wives of sexual addicts. We have done everything possible to try to help men held captive by various lusts. It is done with a good heart.

But I wonder if titles like “Every Man’s Battle” might make people think, “Hey, it’s not just me. It is everyone. I will do my best, but come on . . . it’s not like we will ever be free of this. I just need to be better.” When we look around and fail to see men stand up and say they DON’T give into porn, how can we have any hope?

This is a HUGE problem.

What do you estimate is the percentage of people (men AND women) in your church that dabbles off and on with pornography?

I think it is at least 50 percent of the people at my church.

It is rampant.

It is secret.

It is a deadly snare.

The youth can hardly escape it.

Even Christian children are finding it on the computers, iPads, and iPhones that we carelessly hand them. They didn’t know better, and now it is too late. They can’t un-see that.

We know it is a problem, but no one sees the pentagram on it.

No one sees the demons behind the scenes.

This has been a concerted effort on the part of the wicked one, and his followers to sneak in and seduce our sheep to practice the abominations of the pagans. We may not drink blood or cast spells, but we are still practicing and celebrating these detestable images. The idols of antiquity were pornographic. I can’t even post a picture of one in the margin.

Pornography is idolatry.

Modern Christianity has taken on certain characteristics. We have become patriotic. We mostly vote republican. We stand against abortion. We are against gay marriage. We try to legislate prayer in schools, etc. But like Josiah–we cannot pull down the high places in our hearts. You cannot legislate a love for God.

We look nice on Sunday morning, with our nice clothes and our after church brunches. Our little girls in dresses, braided hair, and ribbons. Innocence. But what has passed lately before our eyes and electrified our minds?

We have a form of godliness, but we are denying it’s power (to deliver us).

God sees what is in our hearts.

He sees our idolatry.

He sees what we have divided our hearts over.

What we have worshiped, delighted in, and chosen instead of Him.

Detestable images.

Abominations.

His grace is not a gift that was given for our weekly repentance and continued disobedience.

His grace is to set us free, to break the chains.

But if we are honest, these chains are chosen.

Many of us pick them up every week, again and again.

And secretly delight in them, like jewelry.

wanting to continue in these chains.

“I will repent later.”

But this is not what grace is for.

Grace sets us free and makes us NEW.

Grace erases our sins, and helps us hate them.

God doesn’t want to fail us like this.

He will set us free.

But the matter is in the heart.

What do you love more?

How much do you love God?

“Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.” Hebrews 12:4

Many of us do not hate our sin enough.

We don’t see it like God sees it–and despise it.

And the moment we do . . . the moment we hate it . . . and it disgusts us entirely . . .

we will cry out to God and be done with it.

Repentance is seeing it, the way God sees it.

Don’t have compassion on the flesh, when it wants to damn you to hell.

Be not deceived– the sexually immoral will NOT inherit the kingdom of God.

“For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”(Ephesians 5:5)

Be delivered.

Exchange your heart of stone for a heart of flesh.

Beg God to change your heart.

Because Satan is laughing at us. He has us worshiping just the way the heathen do, and he laughs at us. You are not alone in your sin. If you are involved with pornography, do not think this is not a spiritual activity. You are sitting in a room with demons, and you are aligning yourself with them.

You are opening a door into your home and your life, where all the forces of evil have a right to come into your home and not just harass you, but destroy your entire family. You must make a choice. You must repent. You must come back into the sheepfold, and under the blood of Christ.

Fight. It is time to fight with everything you’ve got.

What was the curse of Balaam?

It is getting us to curse ourselves.

By choosing pornography you are choosing a curse.

Just as the nation of Judah chose the consequences of her idolatry. Knowing what the Lord said to Moses– we still see great abominations in the temple, in the hearts of the priests even. Was that a lack of faith in the word? “Nothing will happen. God does not see. I will just ask forgiveness.” But we reap what we sow. The Lord sent judgment against them. The Lord exposed the hidden idolatry. How much more will He judge and reveal it when He finds it in our churches, in our leadership, and pastors?

 He said furthermore unto me, Son of man, seest thou what they do? even the great abominations that the house of Israel committeth here, that I should go far off from my sanctuary? but turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations.

And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall.

Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door.

And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here.

10 So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed upon the wall round about.

11 And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up.

12 Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, the Lord seeth us not; the Lord hath forsaken the earth.

13 He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do.

14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord‘s house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz.

15 Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these.

16 And he brought me into the inner court of the Lord‘s house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east; and they worshiped the sun toward the east.

17 Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose.

18 Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.

Ezekiel 8

You have hope. Jesus came to rescue us from the grip of the devil, and to destroy the works of the evil one. We can walk in holiness. He who called us to holiness, will equip us for holiness. He will forgive our past, AND give us a clean future. Praise God!

If you are wondering why I am writing this, this issue is very dear to my heart. I have seen too many strong men of God fall. I have seen too many choose the temporary and condemning sins of the flesh and not only be destroyed–but destroy others. How many people are going to loose everything before we stop minimizing and dismissing this as just something that all guys will always struggle with forever?

Josiah loved God, but he never destroyed the high places. He never went up there and took them down. Therefore, idolatry and immorality came back to ruin the lives of those after him. If we want to save those we love, we need to cut this off at the knees and make sure the enemy has NO INLET into our homes. There is no opportunity for him to place his detestable images before our eyes, or the eyes of our children.

Hezekiah tried, he wasn’t perfect, but this had to please God.

“[Hezekiah] removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it.” (2 Kings 18:4).

We don’t have to be perfect, but let us do what we can. Even if someone like Ahaz was our father, let us try to break the cycle. Even if our children choose to go astray, like Manasseh, let us make a choice to obey God–with our whole heart.

I also want to say that if you go to a church that minimizes this sin, or you have an accountability partner that doesn’t seem to take it seriously. You are in danger. You need to find a group that will tell you the truth, seasoned with grace. The Lord Jesus said that there would be churches that fail to deal with sexual sin. That they will minimize and dismiss it–even to the extent of saying that it is okay. He is not happy with them.

To the church of Pergamum He says,

There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam,who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality.” (Revelation 2:14)

To the church of Thyatira He says,

“You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.” (Revelation 2:20)

Paul says, “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5)

Let us choose this day whom we will serve. 

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Now after all this, there is much that I wasn’t able to say–I wasn’t able to speak to those who have been abused and become victims of the industry. I haven’t been able to speak to those whose marriages have been destroyed by this industry. I want you to know that I know that you are there, and hurting, and you are important. God sees you. And He loves  you.

For Further (Better) Reading on This Subject, Please Read:

“Porn — the supposedly “harmless” anaconda being allowed to slither silently into homes”

and

“I Hate Porn Because I Hate Child Abuse And Sex Slavery”

You might also find this video interesting. It shows a connection between the demon referred to by pagans as “Lilith” and sometimes “Asherah” and sexual immorality (among other things).

 Lilith–Know Your Enemy

 

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The New Age Propensities of Bethel Church’s Bill Johnson, John Lanagan

The Last Hiker:

This article is so important. Even churches that are conservative are singing songs written at Bethel Redding. This leaven will spread, be on guard and be ready to protect your church from this error.
God bless you!

Originally posted on m'kayla's korner:

bkt-jl-bth-lgMy friends, John from My Word Like Fire has published the following tract on the relationship between Bethel teachings and the New Age. I was exposed to, and was taught similar ideas from John Paul Jackson. And in and my dealing in the false prophetic I too, was considered a “seer”.

It is widely believed and taught therein, that the works of the occult, the supernatural and psychic power are truly from the Lord. Those who practice these things outside a relationship with the Lord, only have yet to know Him, and that and the church itself has forgotten its true ways. Nothing can be further from the truth. If you have ever heard of Christian prophetic booths set up at fairs and conventions, this is where it comes from.

Thank you John, for a work well done.

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The Church and Abuse: What do We Expect?

The Last Hiker:

This was so good! It is so easy to look around and get discouraged. But according to the book of Revelation, God is not surprised with what we see. Grieved, yes. Surprised, no. So what do we do? Let us not lose heart. Press on. Fix our eyes on Christ. God bless.

Originally posted on A Cry For Justice:

And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: “The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life. ‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.’ “ (Rev 2:8-10)

We do a lot of complaining and criticizing of the church on this blog — and rightly so. The Christian church’s track record in dealing with the evil of abuse is not a shining example of what it should be. You know the drill. Victims…

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The Mantle of Elijah

Wow. This week I was directing my focus to the Lord. He was speaking to me so much. And it was such a sweet blessing. This sermon was part of all that goodness that God showed me. I want to share it here. Please take the time to sit with Jesus and receive this word. God bless you.

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How I hate that I get bothered by the movie Frozen–telling myself that I need to “Let It Go”

So the movie Frozen is still very popular. Even today, Time just published an article called, “7 Ways Frozen Has Taken Over Your Life.” In the article they says, 

The Oscar-winning movie came out almost seven months ago, and yet Frozenseems to have frozen time because everyone is still talking about it. Disney posted record earnings last week thanks to the ongoing Frozenobsession: it’s second quarter net profit is up 27 percent. It’s made $1.19 billion at the box office worldwide…so far.

But Frozen is more than a movie. It’s a lifestyle. And it’s not just kids and parents who are steeped in Frozen lore: adults too are getting in on the action by styling themselves after Elsa and rocking out to the soundtrack.

They go on to list 7 ways the movie has taken over our lives.

We saw the movie when it came out. Some great friends invited us. And we wanted to hang out. It was PG. There were things about it that I liked and things about it that kinda bothered me. But like the song says, I tried to let it go. Everyone loved it. It has great things! Self sacrifice, great singing, a lovable snowman, etc. Why can’t I just enjoy stuff and turn off that nagging feeling in the back of my head? Why do I get a check in my spirit? Everyone else enjoys life! It can be so simple–go see a movie, eat popcorn, laugh, and move on with life!

Why can’t I just enjoy a movie anymore? Why can’t I just live and not care!!! LOL.

I saw The Secret Life of Walter Mitty about the same time we saw Frozen, and I LOVED it. Finally a movie that was clean, it was positive, it was inspirational, and it was PG. No strange check in my spirit. Then later, I tried not to compare it’s themes with occult book The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (but I couldn’t help it). Then I noticed that the words “The Secret” was even part of the title. Eww. Then considering that Shirley McClaine was in it, I figured that it probably did have some very subtle New Age themes. And yet, it is not a Christian movie, so it doesn’t anger me like “The Son of God” did. I have a brain and I can embrace or reject ideas. Especially when people are honest about where they are coming from. Still, in the back of my head, I can’t enjoy Walter Mitty playing soccer in the Himalayan mountains with Sean Penn the same way anymore. And it is such a beautiful movie.

I ruin everything! Even for myself! LOL.

Now, I seriously don’t want to ruin these movies or tell anyone that it is a sin to watch it. We know it is not a Christian movie. I don’t expect us to not see Disney movies every now and then. I am just writing out some of the things that go through my head and drive me nuts. The truth is, if you are in the Word of God daily. He will show you when He is concerned for you or your kids. He will give you a check. I just wanted to write about this because it sticks out to me, and so others can just be aware.

But back to Frozen. I am not a big fan of Disney movies. Most animated Disney movies promote some form of witchcraft, spirituality, not to mention unhealthy relationships. So I am not surprised at the level of “magic” we see in this movie. It is typical of Disney movies to highlight magic, but I am surprised at the level of occultism in the song “Let It Go.”

What is really bothering me lately is that so many children at the church I go to are singing that song, “Let It Go,” No one seems to hear the occultism in the lyrics. Well, the pagans do, but I guess the Christians let it go. Please check out the lyrics, if you are not familiar with them already.

“Let It Go”

The snow glows white on the mountain tonight
Not a footprint to be seen
A kingdom of isolation,
And it looks like I’m the queen.The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside
Couldn’t keep it in, heaven knows I triedDon’t let them in, don’t let them see
Be the good girl you always have to be
Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know
Well, now they knowLet it go, let it go
Can’t hold it back anymore
Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the doorI don’t care
What they’re going to say
Let the storm rage on,
The cold never bothered me anywayIt’s funny how some distance
Makes everything seem small
And the fears that once controlled me
Can’t get to me at allIt’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me
I’m freeLet it go, let it go
I am one with the wind and sky
Let it go, let it go
You’ll never see me cry

Here I stand
And here I’ll stay
Let the storm rage on

My power flurries through the air into the ground
My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around
And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast
I’m never going back,
The past is in the past

Let it go, let it go
And I’ll rise like the break of dawn
Let it go, let it go
That perfect girl is gone

Here I stand
In the light of day
Let the storm rage on,
The cold never bothered me anyway

Do we really want our children singing, “It’s time to see what I can do, To test the limits and break through, No right, no wrong, no rules for me, I’m free” or “Let it go, let it go
That perfect girl is gone.” 
Our children are celebrating basic principles of the occult. Yeah, that sounds harsh. Until you understand that the greatest command of occult is “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law” (The Law of Thelema, Crowley).

So this girl, with some type of power over the natural elements, has been hiding her “gifts” due to persecution and danger that could come from it. She runs away, as she fully gives into the power.

But listen to this part,

My power flurries through the air into the ground
My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around
And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast” 

Her power, her soul, her thoughts. Spiraling, fractals, crystals, etc. This is very important. I will tell you that this language will stick out to people in the occult, as the rest of us just sit there with it going over our heads. “Wow, she is singing about snowflakes.” Uhm, no. She is singing about manipulating the elements, Wicca, and the occult.

The Wild Hunt “A Modern Pagan Perspective” blog, says of this movie:

When Elsa arrives at the top of a mountain, she begins her show-stopping song: “Let it Go!” She embraces her magic and transforms her life. The process is signified by Elsa’s visual change from a buttoned-up, high-collared dress to a shimmering, trailing gown with plunging necklines.  As she walks out onto the balcony, hips swaying and hair flowing, Elsa demonstrates full control of her life, her magic and her sexuality.

No Disney female character has ever completely owned her magical existence within the narrative and remained “good.”

That writer is spot on. We are coming at this topic from different world views, but I totally agree with her analysis.

A fractal is a geometric pattern, like you would find in a snowflake. And yet there is a much deeper meaning. In Fractals, Chaos Theory, Quantum Spirituality, and The Shack” Warren B. Smith quoted a character in The Shack and The Sovereign Order of the Ancient Dragon,

A fractal . . . something considered simple and orderly that is actually composed of repeated patterns no matter how magnified. A fractal is almost infinitely complex. I love fractals, so I put them everywhere.–Sarayu, The Shack

Fractals reveal a hidden “order” underlying all seemingly chaotic events. The fractals are intricate and beautiful. They repeat basic patterns, but with an infinity of variations and forms. The world-view emerging from this scientific research is new, and yet at the same time very very ancient.–The Sovereign Court and Order of the Ancient Dragon

He goes on to discuss a conversation he had with a woman named Jennifer and how she connected the dots between the New Age and the Fractal Theory.

“What she discovered is that the term “fractal” is directly related to what are being called the “new sciences” of “Chaos Theory” and “Fractal Theory.” What was of particular interest to me was her finding that fractals are directly linked with the occult phrase “as above, so below”–the same occult/New Age term that Eugene Peterson had mysteriously inserted into his paraphrase of the Lord’s Prayer. And now, here was Peterson’s endorsement prominently featured on the front cover of The Shack. Given my previously expressed concern about Peterson’s use of “as above, so below” in The Message, I found it interesting that “as above, so below” was apparently related to the term fractal in The Shack and that Peterson had so enthusiastically endorsed the book.”

The point is that Elsa says, her soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around. As she is saying this, she is creating her beautiful ice mansion and we see all sorts of patterns, some resembling the eight pointed star of Ishtar. But she isn’t just shooting out snowflakes, she said her soul is spiraling in these patterns.

This is very interesting. This is cutting edge in the field of New Age meditation. In fact the company Gaiam (you know, the company that sells all the yoga stuff at Target) has an entire website dedicated to fractal meditation. You can even take a free trial.

The Fractal Meditation System is a new concept designed by Brainwave-Sync. The system combines video and audio to create a powerful brainwave meditation effect. As the brainwave entrainment audio takes you into the desired meditative entrainment state, the fractal animations work to enhance the effect by visually stimulating the mind into an enhanced awareness.

In a similar manner to brainwave entrainment, fractals are generated from precise mathematical formulas. Fractals are also perfect for meditation, due to their infinite indefinable nature. Brainwave-Sync uses a unique form of fractals known as “fractal flames,” which create stunning visual animations, not unlike those seen in deep meditations.

The aim of brainwave entrainment is to induce the brain into a specific targeted brainwave frequency. EEG recordings show that there are different types of brainwaves each working on a different “frequency.” It is interesting to realize that the brain produces different brainwave frequencies depending upon its current activity.

Brainwave entrainment is the process of using sound to synchronize brainwaves with a desired frequency. As a result, individuals can listen to alpha frequencies to reduce stress, beta frequencies to increase concentration, delta frequencies to induce sleep and theta frequencies to enter altered states of consciousness (Gaiam).

This fractal meditation helps you enter altered states of consciousness–trances. This practice opens you up to demonization. Fractals are used in meditation to effect your brain function. So maybe that is why Elsa says, “Each thought crystallizes like an icy blast.”

This is hardcore occultism. But we didn’t catch it did we. The language does appeal to those who are familiar with the terms though, and if you don’t know the jargon it goes over your head.

We recently had a group of our kids singing this song AT CHURCH. This is a song that promotes rebellion, rejecting the morals of right and wrong, and promoting the occult– and it has been embraced by the church.

On that note . . . How can I just “let it go” and ignore it?

Well, I am not going to be a kill-joy and run up and ruin it for everyone!!!

But I will most certainly feel better by posting this rant on my little blog.

*Deep sigh* I feel better now.

 

 

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