The Apostasy is Happening

Tonight I listened to a teaching by Jacob Prasch that has  everything to do with what has been on my heart lately about the trash going on in the churches. I wanted to share it, because I know many of you are grieved about the same things that I am. This teaching will be a HUGE encouragement to you that we are not wrong; we are seeing things accurately, and scripturally.

The falling away is here. It has already begun. I had always pictured it as a  group of marginal Christians almost backsliding into the anti-Christ religious system. I thought it would be a good size group, but in my imagination it would be like 1/4 or 1/3 of the church. I pictured it being those who were not seriously committed, that the pull of the world would be too strong for them.

What I am seeing however, is that it is turning out to be is whole churches, whole denominations, the leadership casting themselves into error and taking passionate members with them. Willfully blind leading willfully blind. I see a small remnant of solid believers, crying out in the wilderness to warn the churches. I see them called names. I see them marginalized and labeled. I see them ignored. I see them persecuted. I am praying that more people wake up to what is happening. It is not the time to compromise for the sake of unity. We need to stand firm on the solid foundation of Scripture.

Don’t think you can “swallow the meat and spit out the bones,” Jacob says it is more like tea with a few drops of arsenic–can you swallow the tea and spit out the arsenic? No. Don’t give these false teachers the time of day. Let us come out of the apostate churches before we drown in them. Find solid Bible loving fellowships, that teach pure, love fervently, and reach out with the gospel. If you can’t find one, start one.

God bless you!

2 Thessalonians 2 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Great Apostasy

Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ[a] had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin[b] is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God[c] in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He[d] who now restrains will do so until He[e] is taken out of the way.And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Stand Fast

13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, 14 to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.

16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.

 

Advertisements
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 68 Comments

Hillsong United’s Unity Vs. True Christian Unity

naked-cowboy

The Naked Cowboy and Austin Powers in the Pulpit

My very close friend texted me Sunday morning about the Naked Cowboy visiting Hillsong Church New York, as I looked through the information she shared I felt disgusted, but not surprised. Now I am not a fan of Hillsong Church; I know they are a false teaching church. But I will admit that their music appeals to me. Some of their songs have really touched my heart over the last 20 years of my walk with God. That doesn’t make it okay. It is this little war in my heart, because I never feel right about it. Some Christians are stumbled by R-rated movies or worldly music. I am a Christian who is stumbled by the emotionally hypnotic Hillsong worship songs. It doesn’t help that these songs are also sung in most churches. Maybe some of you can relate. I am not saying it is okay; I don’t think it is. I am just being honest. I wish soooooo bad they were a godly church, so I could freely and happily sing along!!! Because in the light of all of this garbage, I just can’t.

Anyways, here is a link to Now The End Begin’s article on the Naked Cowboy. And here is a great video that does not just discuss this Naked Cowboy issue, but other serious issues with Hillsong, if you are not yet aware of them–C.A. Silvas video The Naked Cowboy-What Has Hillsong Come To???.

Many of you have already heard about this event, and I am not going to be writing to expose it, because other people already have done a great job of that. I am writing today to analyze it according to Scripture.

image from Pirate Christian

But if you haven’t heard about it yet, you might want to click on some of the links so you can understand what I am talking about. Basically, the NYC Hillsong Women’s Colour Conference featured a performance where you see a bearded statue of liberty, an Elvis impersonator, and the popular NYC character “The Naked Cowboy” in his underwear. How is this godly? What is even worse is, according to Pirate Radio, the man who performed as the Naked Cowboy is actually the youth pastor for Hillsong NYC, a former model named Diego Simila. If your daughter’s youth pastor was a good looking model, would you want him to dance around in his underwear? I don’t think so!!!!

download

Hillsong London’s Pastor Austin Powers with Bobbie Houston from Hillsong Australia

This Hillsong Women’s Colour Conference also occurred in Hillsong London, where the pastor of the church dressed up like Austin Powers–the sexually immoral, swinger, whose movies Christians should never watch without feeling very guilty and dirty. WHY???

It seems like there is a spirit of sexual immorality that is rampant at these events. And I know that there are other issues with Hillsong and sexual immorality too, that I will mention later.

Easter At Hillsong London

As I was reading on Sunday about all of this TRASH, I happened upon a video of Hillsong London’s Easter 2016 service, which made my skin crawl. If you want to watch the video below, I just want to mention that I don’t know who this man is, just that he is a member of Hillsong London who was upset by what he saw at church this Easter. I can’t recommend any of his other videos because I don’t know him or his beliefs. In fact, the video is long, if you want to skip to the important parts, I will list them below. What you will see is evil.

  • You can see the event start at 5 minutes in. A shaman comes on stage and throws a dust on the crowd and chants a pagan looking chant. It looks like a pagan ritual.

    IMG_7301.PNG

    You can see the pyramid flash on top of Jesus’ eye

  • I also want to draw your attention to the clip that starts about 14 minutes in. It reminds me of what murder pornography would look like to a deranged serial murderer–and what I mean is, the violence against Christ is described as if the narrator is actually delighting in it.
  • IMG_7304

    One of many horned images. Who here is rising? It looks more like Lucifer.

    At 17 minutes into the video you see a pyramid with the all seeing eye capstone cover the image of Christ’s eye. To me this  proves that the person behind this even has occult motives.

  • At at about 20 minutes into this video you see a kaleidoscope pattern that swirls around, in which you can see several images of horned creatures, Baphomet, and at at one point glowing red demon eyes. It gave me goosebumps.
  • The whole service seemed overtly and blatantly demonic. I could find no redeeming value in it. Nothing that I could think of to explain why they did this.

Coercioncode.com (I don’t know them) wrote about this event above and included a video of what is said to be an actual satanic church recreating the crucifixion of Jesus, in a mock ritual. You can see that this is very similar to what happened at Hillsong London. Actually Hillsong looked more demonic than the Church of Satan.

And can anyone tell me why? Like seriously? Why on Resurrection Sunday do you want to have a dark and demonic recreation in morbid detail of the crucifixion? It isn’t Good Friday. He is risen!!! Where is the JOY!!! Where is the beauty????

Maybe they aren’t celebrating the resurrection at all?

Maybe they are more about the pagan aspect of the season?

/The Ishtar/

Scriptural Analysis

Anyways, so that is just a small part of what is going on with Hillsong. I am sure there are some sincere believers attending Hillsong churches, events, and concerts that have NO CLUE what is going on. Thankfully, there are many, many ministries out there that do a fabulous job of exposing the worldliness and sin in the movement. I want to help them get the information out. But now, I want to analyze this information in the light of Scripture. The reason why, is that Hillsong will tell you that we need to be united. We are one church, and that it is wrong to be critical of ministries. And Jesus does talk about unity in the church. But His unity is different from the unity that Hillsong is trying to sell us!

As Jesus prayed for His church the night he was betrayed and arrested we see Him pray for unity among His people. He says, “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” (John 17:21).

A lot of people take this to mean that we need to be ecumenical and tolerant of false teaching professed Christians.

Now I am not talking about simple doctrinal differences in the small areas. I am not against the small little Baptist church down the street, or the evangelical who believes differently about the end times, and I am not a Calvinist but I have brothers and sisters who love the Lord who are. I am united with solid believers that have small differences of belief. In fact, I am in a small group study with people from different churches and denominations, and all of them value with word of God and we are united in that.

But I am talking about being ecumenical and tolerant when it comes to promoting sinfulness or blatant obvious contradictions to clear teachings in Scripture (the seeker friendly, purpose driven, prosperity, false healing, name it and claim it, easy believing, TBN loving, drunk in the spirit, false gospel promising, multimillionaire, peddling preachers). I am talking about people who turn their back on clear the truth of God for personal gain.

I was listening to something  Joel Houston, worship leader of Hillsong United and co-pastor of Hillsong NYC, said a few months back and he said something so unbiblical but smooth and easy to swallow. All the people that were listening were swallowing it up, unquestioned. He said, that there is one church. And that we need to stop being critical, but unite with each other despite our differences.

So I was thinking and praying about what Joel Houston said, about unity. And I asked the Lord, “God, am I wrong when I am so critical of false teaching or sin in different ministries? I don’t want to hurt your heart if you want me to have a spirit of humility and grace in response to their error.”

And it was so simple, the Lord immediately brought to my attention my recent readings through John. Specifically all the good stuff Jesus says in chapters 15-18. That is heavy stuff.

Jesus tells us exactly what unity is!

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (John 17)

There is one church, but not everyone is part of it.

Here, Jesus prays for His people to be “one” as He and the Father are “one.”

So unity with each other is BASED completely on our unity with the Father and Christ.

When a believer or a church is no longer committed to being in union with the Lord through the truth of the Bible–then THEY are choosing to not be united with the Lord’s true church.

It is not our obligation to fake a unity with them.

There is no unity.

They have rejected it.

True unity is Christ in us– “that they may be one as we are one  I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity.”

Jesus was united with the Father because He always sought to do the Father’s will:

“For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.” John 6:38

“Going a little farther, He fell facedown and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.” Matthew 26:39

“Jesus explained, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.” John 4:34

“I can do nothing by Myself; I judge only as I hear. And My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” John 5:30

“Just as the living Father sent Me and I live because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on Me will live because of Me.” John 6:57

Jesus’ unity with the Father was demonstrated in His obedience to God’s will.

If we understand what this means we will understand what it means to be united with others in Him.

Our first priority is to be united with Jesus and the Father, not each other.

We are to be “in Christ” as He is “in the Father.” And Jesus explains what this means in John 15. When He describes being the Vine and as us being the branches. We must be connected to Him.

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.” John 15:5-6

We are only connected to each other as branches, by way of our connection to the Vine.

If we become disconnected to Jesus we literally become firewood. When we are not connected to Him we do not have the life flowing in us, and we don’t have the unity with him. Then how can we have the unity with other branches? Should we just pretend that we are all still connected? That is a lie. Common sense tells us that a dead branch that has fallen off the vine is something the gardener picks up and puts in the chipper. The gardener does not glue a dead branch back onto the vine to pretend that we are still united?

In fact, Jesus goes beyond this idea of a dead branch that has fallen off. He even includes the withered and dead branches that are still attached to the vine. He says His Father is the Vine-dresser that actually CUTS OFF the branches that are not fruitful. “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” (John 15:1-2). I have heard this taught that it is actually healthier for the plant when the unfruitful branches are pruned. It allows the living branches to be more fruitful. 

Prosperity Teaching-Is this God’s will? No!

The New Testament Epistles give us a similar concept taught with a different picture. This time it isn’t a vine, but a body. “And He is the head of the body, the church” Colossians 1:18. The church is the body of Christ — “From Him the whole body is fitted and held together by every supporting ligament. And as each individual part does its work, the body grows and builds itself up in love.” Ephesians 4:16 We are united with each other, like the parts of the body, that are all in submission to the Head. Christ is our “Head,” and our unity comes from Him.”

But what happens when one of the members rebels against the Lord? Colossians says, “They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body…” Colossians 2:19. They lose connection with Christ, they lose connection with the church.

So unity isn’t always healthy.

Sometimes, breaking apart is healthy.

Breaking can come from the Father.

How do we maintain our unity with the Father? Jesus says, obedience and love.

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.  If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.  I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.  My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command.” John 15:9-14

Says the man who wrote a book called “You Need More Money”

Remain in His love. Abide in His love. Live in His love. Make your home in His love.

If you keep His commands, you will remain in UNITY with Him.

If you treasure His words, you will remain in UNITY with Him.

If Psalm 119 is the cry of your heart, you will remain in UNITY with Him.

If you LOVE each other, you will remain in UNITY with Him.

LOVE

The Shema

Deuteronomy 6

” Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”  Deuteronomy 6:4-9

In our unity and love we will make the commandments and the Scriptures the center of our conversations and delight.

The Greatest Commandment:

 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31

Our primary loyalty, is to God. Our second loyalty is to love our neighbor–even to lay down our lives for others.

But if we make “unity to others” our first loyalty, then we FAIL in loving God with ALL our heart, ALL our soul, ALL our mind, and ALL our strength.

Church movements don’t save us. They didn’t die for us. Purchase us. Redeem us. Sanctify us. No. Our loyalty isn’t to a movement. It isn’t to a church.

Our loyalty is to our God. We worship Him alone.

We can only have true unity with each other, when we are all abiding in the truth and unity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Why is this important?

Because we confuse our loyalty often times. And that is why, when you see a church leader saying something off or promoting something that is not right, our first instinct is to find some reason to defend him. We think of the good he has said or done. We think of the ways his service has blessed our walks in the past. We think of what a nice guy he is. All of this is so that our worlds can still make sense.

It is impossible sometimes for us to reconcile that there are two truths, that contradict each other– Bible Teacher = Wrong. 

That is hard to swallow.

BUT CHRIST IS NEVER WRONG

That is why Jesus says, “that they also may be one in us”

We can only be ONE when we are IN the Lord.

Our unity with each other can only come through unity with God.

The openly gay couple that served in the choir at Hillsong NYC

My allegiance is to Him, and to His Word.

Even Paul said, only to follow him as he follows Christ– “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1

Basically, follow me as I follow Christ. But once I stop following Christ, you need to stop following me.

So let us PRAY for unity!!! Not the unity to each other, but that every one who names the NAME of CHRIST would be UNITED to HIM!!!!!

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1 — TRUE UNITY is sweet.

My Response to Hillsong

So please don’t tell me, Joel Houston, that I need to feel bad for being critical, or that I need to be united with you because there is only ONE church. That is manipulative. Maybe, you need to feel bad for the lack of unity. Your church is the one who is departing from the Scriptures and holiness and honesty. Maybe you need to be UNITED with Christ–because you are not right.

1000000002249

Hillsong won’t speak against homosexuality, but Bobbie will speak against plus size women having sex with their husbands. INSANE!!!!

Look at this stuff that is rampant in your church. Along with the openly gay worship leader and his partner that served in your choir. London’s Pastor dressing up like the sexually immoral swinger Austin Powers. A youth pastor dancing around in his underwear as the Naked Cowboy. Bobbie Houston’s series Kingdom Women Love Sex–where she tells women to get plastic surgery. She says, “If I carry weight I feel like a retard … How are you going to do anything to surprise your man when you need a hydraulic crane just to turn over in bed?” And it gets worse in the book, and more lewd and sexually immoral. First of all Bobbie, don’t say “retard;” that is rude. And don’t make fun of and degrade larger women; shame on you. This is not from Christ. No wonder we are seeing sexual immorality at these women’s events. The church leadership has not taken a stand for Biblical sexuality and is carnal.

All of this stuff should be put in the chipper!

You can’t have unity with the real brethren who follow the Bible and live the Shema–because you have chosen not to do those very things that make for Oneness with Christ. You have rejected unity, and I will not bow down to your idolatry, prosperity gospel, easy believism, sensuality, entertainment of the “sheep.”

You are not my kind of Christianity.

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.  If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” John 15:18-19

The world likes you!!!

But you don’t seem much like Christ.

Come on you guys, PLEASE get it together.

Right now you have to choose, are you going to lead the world to the God of the Bible or are you going to lead the goats in the church of the New World Order.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 54 Comments

Press On Towards Christ!

I have a lot on my heart today. It is all very positive and happy. I feel the Lord’s sweet encouragement. It is exciting.

It is the encouragement to press on.

God is so gracious.

There are times in my life when I find out that the people I have been close to, who I have thought were so sweet, who I thought would be my true friend–have let me down. I have found out that they were really critical or judgmental. That they were performance oriented. And I didn’t measure up. They saw something in me that they didn’t care for, and consequently, they hurt me. It happens to all of us.

But the Lord, He is not like that. He sees our faults and our weaknesses and because He LOVES us with perfect LOVE, He commits Himself to work in our lives on our behalf to bring conviction and change. He doesn’t give up on His children.

I am so thankful for that kind of love, because I am a child in great need of a God who gives grace. I am a child who needs help. Encouragement keeps us going. Discouragement makes us give up. We all need encouragement. And God LOVES to give it.

“Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have laid hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize of God’s heavenly calling in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14

It is time to press on.

We need to let go of the past–the failures, the rejection, the pain, the apathy, the SIN, and the fear. We need to stop living in the past–our achievements, our victories, our pride, our memories.

My yesterdays do not define my todays.

I need to keep going. Keep fighting, keep seeking, keep serving, keep loving, keep trying, keep praying, keep sharing the gospel, and not look to the past to define who I am today. Turn to Christ. Press on.

We are witnessing some insane world events right now. And we NEED to be close to God.

I just want to encourage you that if you are not taking your walk seriously right now, it is time to get serious. I know that when you have been walking with Christ for a long time, there are times when you are totally charging toward the Lord with all your heart, and there are times when you feel like you need to slow down to catch your breath. I have been there. But this isn’t a sprint, it is a long distance marathon. We need to be steady, consistent, and we need to train to endure.

You need to be in the Word. You need it. You need to not just read it passively, but you need to grab onto the word and dive into as if your life depended on it. You need to lay hold of Christ and seek Him diligently. Recently the Lord convicted me of being passive. I was still doing my reading, but I wasn’t waking up early to meet with Him expecting Him to speak to me in His word. I was just reading, and walking away from the word, my mind on a million other things.

But the Lord is coming back! I need to be watching. I need to be expecting. I need to be preparing. We don’t know when He will come, but we do see the signs of it getting clearer and clearer.

  • Our President has mandated that all schools open up their bathrooms and locker rooms to students of the opposite sex, if they are transgender. (NY Times)
  • Our President appointed a transgender female named Barbara Satin to the Advisory Faith Council. (article by Allen B. West)
  • Target (and other stores) have opened up the bathrooms and dressing rooms not to just trans-gendered individuals (who already had been using them) but to sex offenders and perverts. (LifeSite)
  • Buzzfeed just featured a video/article about a man getting a microchip in his hand so that he could buy things– It is called “Satan’s Credit Card–What The Mark of the Beast Taught Me About the Future of Money
  • The Pope met to unite in peace with the highest Sunni Cleric, in an effort to “apologize” for Pope Benedict’s comments that implied that Islam was a violent religion. (BBC News)
  • The (radical Sunni group) Islamic State is still massacring people in the Middle East and took credit for the recent plane that crashed on its way from France to Egypt.
  • Islamic State is encouraging attacks in Europe and the United States, by lone wolf sympathizers in the upcoming month of Ramadan. (Associated Press)
  • Senior Iranian Military Commander boasts that they could destroy Israel in less than 8 minutes. (The Times of Israel)
  • Chinese and Russian warplanes have been increasingly aggressive intercepting U.S. military aircraft and patrolling near America’s West Coast and California (USA Today)
  • China will have nuclear submarines terrorizing the sea, this year (The Daily Beast)

We live in scary times.

I don’t think we yet understand the extent of persecution that will come to Christians as the trans-gendered movement continues to alter our society. Our daughters will have male roommates in their college dorm. Our church youth groups will get sued if we don’t let the trans-gendered youth sleep in their preferred cabins. Persecution is coming. We will face legal consequences for our faith.

With all this, and Zika, and earthquakes, and extreme weather, and false teachers, and famines, and continued genocide–we are seeing so much of what the Bible says will happen before He comes to pour out His wrath on the world.

“When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21:28

Let us be encouraged then, that we need to forget about our past–the good we did and the bad we did. And we need to press on towards Christ. We need to focus our eyes on Him and ask the Lord to help us to be obedient. We need to LOVE, and SERVE, and PREACH the GOSPEL, and be found FAITHFUL.

And boy do we need His help to do it!!!! Jesus says, “Without Me you can do nothing” John 15

Please don’t confuse these activities with “earning” your salvation–you can’t.

These are the activities that we should be doing THROUGH His strength and enabling, because we love Him.

This is our time.

We are all in a spiritual battle.

Do not fall asleep!

Let us wake each other up, and encourage each other to love and good works.

“So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” Matthew 24:44

“Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:14-16

“For you have spent enough time in the past carrying out the same desires as the pagans: living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing, and detestable idolatry.” 1 Peter 4:3

“As for you, you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you used to walk when you conformed to the ways of this world and of the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit who is now at work in the sons of disobedience. among whom we all also once lived in the desires of our flesh, doing the things willed of the flesh and of its thoughts; and we were by nature children of wrath even as the rest. But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even we being dead in trespasses–by grace you are saved–” Ephesians 2:1-5

Our Lord is coming, and the whole world will see Him. They do all these wicked and abominable things now, but one day they will see that they truly are accountable to the Lord. They will one day kneel trembling before Him as Judge. But today there is still time for anyone to meet Him as Father. This is such a solemn truth, that should shape the way we consider whether or no to risk “offending” a friend with the gospel today.

Messiah Jesus came the first time to die for our sins. He comes the second time to judge the world. We are standing on the edge of that coming.

His first coming brought the promise and hope of a second chance, this coming will not have that same promise.

The time for a second chance is now.

The Lord is longing for us. He loves us. He pursues us. He finds us just as we are and tenderly, like a Father, helps us with our weaknesses. He isn’t harsh and looking to scold us. He is kind and merciful. He created us just the way we are, and He delights in us.

Come to Christ today. With all your baggage and pain. With all your pride and self sufficiency. With all your fear and guilt. Let Him take your burdens, and replace it with a yoke that binds you to Him. His yoke is EASY. His burden is LIGHT. He can carry your load. And you can walk next to Him- TOGETHER. It is easy to do. Just sit down and cry out to Him in prayer, ask for mercy, ask for intimacy, then open the Bible, and He will meet you. He is waiting for you.

“Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.” Isaiah 30:18

“Brethren, all of us who have come back to God by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ have found, as did the prodigal that the Father in heaven has not changed at all!”   A. W. Tozer

“The Return of the Prodigal Son”- Rembrant

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 23 Comments

Calvary Chapel Golden Springs Invites a Wolf to Teach the Sheep

“Keep watch over yourselves and the entire flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood. I know that after my departure, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.” Acts 20:28-29

A shepherd (pastor) is supposed to protect the flock (church) from wolves (false teachers). When this does not happen there are only two reasons–the shepherd doesn’t love Jesus or the shepherd does not love the sheep.

Proof:

Jesus said that if Simon Peter LOVED Him, he would take care of His sheep:

Jesus asked a second time, “Simon son of John, do you love Me?” “Yes, Lord,” he answered, “You know I love You.” Jesus told him, “Shepherd My sheep.” John 21:16

Jesus said if a shepherd doesn’t protect the sheep from a wolf it is because they are a hireling and don’t love the sheep.

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.  A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock.  The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep. John 10:11-13

So when Pastor Raul Ries invites a man like Brian Head Welch to speak in his pulpit, he either doesn’t love the Lord Jesus (the True Word of God), or he doesn’t love his church.

Because, NOT KNOWING THAT BRIAN HEAD WELCH is a false teacher is NOT POSSIBLE.

Calvary Chapel has been warned by concerned Christians, there has been controversy, they have been presented with solid facts, they have lied about the facts, backpedaled, minimized, justified, and whitewashed their associations with Welch for YEARS. They have even used KWVE to distort the truth regarding the Whosoever movement and Brian’s extreme charismatic beliefs and connections.

And what happens?

13179123_10154171515991974_8086575686967933593_n (1)

Well, May 22, Brian “Head” Welch will be speaking at Calvary Chapel Golden Springs to promote his new book, With My Eyes Wide Open.

Why is this happening?

brianheadwelch_WithMyEyesWideOpenBrian Head Welch has extreme charismatic beliefs, do people think that those mystical teachings are going to be absent from a book that he is hawking at this event? He believes Jesus drops black angelic feathers on him while he worships, and puts gemstones in his hands at church. He believes that Jesus Himself, has walked into his house (video on his Facebook). He believes that it is better to roll around on the floor and be drunk in the spirit than actually sit and listen to a sermon. He has said that God loves us the way a man loves his wife’s naked body. He has a sensual, mystical, extreme charistmatic, drunk in the spirit type of spirituality. And he is being invited to a Calvary Chapel to sell his book??? Calvary distribution wouldn’t even sell the books that are written by the people that share his point of view–because it is UNBIBLICAL!!!! (see links below for evidence of all these claims)

I got saved through the Calvary Chapel movement. I began my walk with the solid Bible teaching and verse by verse analysis of Scripture. This is my foundation. These are my roots. This is my dysfunctional family. This pains me.

And when I see the very people that taught me how to be set apart for the Lord, how to be holy, how to flee from my youthful lusts and addictions–compromising and doing the opposite of what they used to preach–I can’t wrap my head around it.

I have already written several articles about this. Not because I want to, but because I have this tiny hope that maybe somehow things can change and go back to the way they are supposed to be. I am trying to warn people that this isn’t right. So many people just ignore it, because Raul Ries and Brian Brodersen are treated like celebrities that you can’t disagree with.

I have even been very gracious, thinking at one time, “Hey! This is only going on because they don’t know what Brian is really into!!! If they just knew, surely they would address it.

Yeah, NO.

After trying to speak to Calvary Chapel leaders, and not having my calls taken or my emails responded to, Calvary Chapel leaders decide to dismiss my concerns on KWVE’s “Pastor’s Perpective” radio show. Implying that those of us who have tried to speak out, live in our basements with our “Christian yellow pages” and never minister to people, so we just bash the real evangelists like Brian Head Welch. They have no clue who we are or what we do with our lives, but like mature Christians, they just decide to resort to childish name calling.

Here are some articles that give gratuitous examples of ungodliness and false teaching. There is no need for me to write it all again. It is already out there.

Calvary Chapel–Is The Church Tolerating the Sin of Balaam and Jezebel

My Response to Calvary Chapel’s Pastor’s Perspective on the Whosoever Movement.

I Don’t Get It Brian

Brian Head Welch and Todd Bentley–Calvary Chapel Says, “He’s Not Backing Those Dudes”– Really?

Brian Head Welch and the Plank In My Eye

Other brothers and sisters in the Lord have also addressed this issue:

The Fruit of Brian Head Welch

The Spirituality of Brian Head Welch Exposed (Caution: This reality is DISTURBING)

The Whosoevers Exposed

Brian Head Welch & Co. and Their Occultism

Brian Head Welch Teams Up With Todd Bentley

Brian Head Welch Serves Communion With John Crowder

headcroatia02

Head is here pictured as a priest with Croatian children (2006). In the back “satanic priests” are performing a type of black mass ceremony inside the church. The symbolism in this picture hits the nail on the head. It totally epitomizes the truth about what is going on with Head leading in the church, going back to Korn, and his affect on the youth.

But I just want to say that after all this time has passed, Brian has not changed. He is still PROMOTING false teaching, unbiblical fables, and heretics. Brian also promotes his band Korn, which is a band that Christians should never listen to let alone team up with, because their lyrics are so ungodly. Not only does he promote the band, but he will tell people that God Himself, told Brian to go and be in the band again. So, he is essentially saying that God promotes the band. That is like a prostitute saying that God told her to go back to her sinful lifestyle, so she can evangelize her old clients. It makes no sense.

Now I am not saying that Ryan Ries and the family should not love or be great friends with Brian. I get that you can LOVE people that have unbiblical beliefs, but you don’t let them teach in your church.

I have friends that I love dearly that are ALL ABOUT Bill Johnson. I love them, but I would NEVER let them come and teach my Bible study. Why? Because I would be afraid that the Lord would be angry (fear/love of God) and because I love my sheep, and would never want to promote a teacher that can derail their faith–their faith is so precious to me. Inviting someone to speak, validates their teaching!

Brian Head Welch is “Above” Correction

Brian, just put out the prologue to his new book. In it, he describes a terrible scene of discovering that his beautiful daughter has been cutting herself and struggling with suicidal thoughts, all around the time that he went back to Korn. His last sentence was:

“Then something occurred to me that frightened me almost as much as the slashes on Jennea’s arms.What if all of this is happening because I went back to KoRn?” (Prologue, With Eyes Wide Open, by Brian Head Welch)

Now the book has not been released yet, so I can’t possibly have read the entire thing and see his answer to that question. But I would go to Vegas with the odds, that he is going to say something like, “No, God wanted me back in Korn.”

We shall see!

If you look on his personal website (brianheadwelch.net) he has a page dedicated to promoting Korn. On this page there is a video for the song “Never, Never” where you can watch a horned demonic princess dance around on the center of a broken clock. But hey, Brian Head Welch is wearing a Whosoever shirt in the video, so it must be okay with Jesus.

The album that Brian recently recorded with Korn still had the parental advisory label for explicit lyrics. This means that even the WORLD thinks this music is offensive. But if a Christian calls him out on it, we are judgmental haters. Did he call the RIAA judgmental haters for labeling the album, thinking it had excessive profanities and vulgar references?

Korn_World_Tour_Edition

When was the last time you had a speaker at your church whose last album had the Parental Advisory Explicit Content warning on their label?

But what really made me sad, is that he is still very mean spirited to any Christian that would try to give him loving Scriptural exhortation.

This one lovely sister, left a comment that was extremely generous and gracious. She said:

“I know this will stir the pot, I say it in full love. It takes a real friend, a real brother or sister in Christ being honest, sometimes getting in our face and calling us out when it’s not easy, when it will not make you popular. I’m going to be that friend right now. Brian, I’ve read your first book. I have been floored. God chased you down; you came to him in full repentance and acceptance. In Washed By The Blood, it is so clear that you got it. The truth, the correct doctrine of the Word, God, is something that I seek to make sure that I’m following and anyone who claims to be a follower of Christ too. For all I can gather, you had it.
Why you went back to KoRn, that doesn’t make sense. I read where you decided, at some point, that God likes all music. He doesn’t. I believe that deep down you know that. It’s not the music ( the beat, the tempo…), it’s the words that matter. If they foster sin, he does not like or endorse them.
My husband and I have been so encouraged by your original story. We were hoping to share it with our teenage son who has decided he is an atheist. Much like you, with your daughter having a struggle in her life, we didn’t see that one coming.
But he really likes metal and we thought if he read about you and saw that you came to Christ and that you were making positive music with good messages, it might draw him back to God.
We didn’t realize you had re-joined KoRn. Once we did, we listened to the latest album. It’s labeled explicit, rightfully so. To be blunt, the lyrics to many of the songs are terrible. Lullaby For A Sadist: about taking pleasure in hurting someone. I’m not going to quote others.
You can’t sing those words in good conscience. You can’t compartmentalize your life and think that it’s okay to sing things that promote destructive behavior and thoughts. I believe you know this because from all that I have read about your conversion, it was real. You know THE truth. What happened?
Well, I am gonna pray that out of the thousands of posts that you get, God will bring you to read this one. I want you to know that my husband and I are praying for you, in love, that Christ will lead you out of KoRn and to a place of remembering all of his truth again. We all lose our way sometimes; God can pull us back. I hope you will read this with an open heart and mind. I pray it. Right now, you are leading some of the very people who came to Christ through the sharing of your life story astray. You’re sending them the wrong message. God loves you; he loves us all. You know that; I believe in you.
He doesn’t love everything we do. He doesn’t love all of our behavior and choices.
You’re behind enemy lines by being back with KoRn and I’m not condemning them.
Being there is gonna make it a lot harder to hear God’s still small voice. Satan is telling you a lie right now. Listen for God. Praying for you.” (Rebekah Oliphant Hall).

IMG_0440

My goodness, this woman believes the best about him, gives him the benefit of the doubt, extends grace and compassion–and guess what he does? He insults her. Just like he has insulted hundreds of other Christians who try to love him. He says:

“I’m not a youth pastor I went back to help people that were like me. Worry about your own family and destiny and I’ll worry about mine. I love it when people think they know so much about intimate details of other people’s callings. #pride is a blinder wow.” (Brian Head Welch, May 4, 2016, 4:03 pm.)

How rude is that?

At one time, I felt the same way as she did. Thinking that with a little love and some prayer, that he would find his way. Now I have shaken the dust from my feet. He has heard the truth, and he hates it. He treats with contempt anyone who shares it with him.

#pride.

Pearls before swine, truly.

Since he is not worried about your family, this summer he is going on tour with Korn and Rob Zombie. We can worry about our own families.

Rob-zombie-Korn-in-this-moment-tour-2016
 Yes, Rob Zombie.
zombie-31-god
For Jesus’ glory” right?
2nd Annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards - Show

LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 08 (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

And Head is STILL promoting false teachers.

On March 27, 2016 he promoted a book called Hunger Driven, by Brian Nickens. This was just a month and a half ago, not ten years ago. This is a book from a teacher at Bethel Redding. Which is one of the most popular extreme charismatic (NAR) churches in the country right now. The forward to the book is by Bethel’s pastor, Bill Johnson.

FullSizeRender

Brian Nickens who USED to be Calvary Chapel, but has now fallen into Bethel.

About the Author:
“After 12 years as a Bible Teaching Pastor in the Calvary Chapel Movement my family and I moved to Redding California to plant our second church and found ourselves in the midst of a revival we had no idea existed. Although generally skeptical of the charismatic movement we could not resist the love that the people of Bethel Redding displayed throughout the city.One day while visiting the Bethel campus to pick up a schedule of services a complete stranger approached me and offered to heal my wrists. This person could not have known that my wrists were totally worn out and constantly sore from 25 years of carpet installing. My wrists were completely healed and are now pain free and stronger than ever.Minutes later as I drove away an angel of the Lord came into my car, sat on my lap and assisted me in pulling the car over to the curb. Then the angel moved over to the passenger seat and said nothing, then flew out the car and perched itself on a large rock on the hillside below the Bethel Prayer Chapel. This day was the real beginning of my journey into the supernatural Christian lifestyle.This book is a behind-the-scenes detailed account of what my wife and I had to work through spiritually, emotionally and biblically as the Lord divinely ambushed us and redirected our ministry, certain beliefs and our entire life.I have since traveled all over the world teaching on personal reformation sharing the gospel of the kingdom, healing the sick and delivering some from demonic oppression as I tell our own story. I am so grateful for the firm Biblical foundation I received from my years as a bible-teaching pastor in Calvary Chapel and I love the Jesus People Movement. Chuck Smith was no doubt one of God’s Generals. Becoming rooted and grounded in scripture is essential to a sustained Christian life and ministry of power. (Hunger Driven, Brian Nickens)

But Calvary Chapel will just laugh about Brian Welch and say, “Who has perfect theology?” and “He isn’t backing those dudes!” When he most certainly IS!!! He is promoting a book that is written by a man who is the “poster boy” of leaving conservative Bible teaching churches to lie on the floor after the prayer tunnel and have visions of falling gold dust and false prophecy.

Here is an article by Lighthouse Trails about Bill Johnson’s false teaching, and Bethel, Redding. “The New Age Propensities of Bethel Church’s Bill Johnson” and here is a list of false teachings of Bethel Redding, compiled by the blog My Word Like Fire, “Bethel Redding Snack Pack.”

Here is Brian hanging out with Joel Osteen’s mom, just a month and a half ago. Some of his fans tried to warn him that Osteen was a bad teacher too. They thought he would care!!! HAHA!!!!

An argument between the fans ensued, Brian kept silent.

FullSizeRender (3)

To Brian, a miracle is a sign of God’s favor. And she was miraculously healed. So who cares about the gospel.

So, invite Brian Welch into your church Pastor Raul, so that your flock will follow him on Facebook, and buy this book and then start listening to mystical/”prophetic” teachings by Bill Johnson. Why don’t you take your youth group go to the Korn/Zombie show this summer! Promote that music, under the guise of evangelism. Go ahead. What is the big deal? Go ahead and validate his ministry and let your flock believe that he is a solid Bible believing brother. Leaven never spreads. What harm can come of it? Right, Pastor?

I feel weird calling you pastor.

Because pastor means shepherd.

It implies you are doing your job.

“But if you will not listen to it, My soul will sob in secret for such pride; And my eyes will bitterly weep And flow down with tears, Because the flock of the LORD has been taken captive.”

Jeremiah 13:17

I guess what really matters to everyone else  is the “merch”

-brand new merch-merch bundles-

Shirts, books, posters, bracelets.

Trinkets, amulets, charms, relics, indulgences, idols. 

FullSizeRender (2)

This “merch” wont save you.

You can be walking around with a skull on your shirt and a bracelet that says Eyes Wide Open, feeling saved.

But does anyone have their eyes open?

And if they do, is there any excuse for this?

I saw a video today of wolves that entered a sheepfold and began to harm the sheep. It is terrifying. Someone was recording it, and not helping. Why didn’t they put the camera down and help? Eventually a sheepdog came in and began to fight the wolves. It is hard to watch. I think it is a good reminder, for people far removed from farm life to see the reality of the metaphor that Jesus gave us. When he calls false teachers entering the church “wolves” He does so for a reason. These are His sheep. These are souls we are talking about. They are precious to God. And if we love Him and we love them, we will be like the dog, and bravely protect the sheep until the wolves leave the fold.

We need to fully understand the metaphor, that Christ used, and we need to CARE.

“As a fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings, and a partaker of the glory to be revealed, I appeal to the elders among you: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is among you, watching over them not out of compulsion, but because it is God’s will; not out of greed, but out of eagerness;”

1 Peter 5:1-2

***Concluding Thought- I feel very sad writing this, because I got saved in Calvary Chapel. I still have this feeling like I should show deference to Pastor Raul Ries. But the truth is, if I don’t speak out the truth, it would be because of partiality. “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons” Acts 10:34

Romans 2:11 says, “For God does not show favoritism.”

James 2:9 says, “But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin.”

We are all accountable to the Scriptures. Even pastors.

The sad thing is–I shouldn’t have HAD to write this. 

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 117 Comments

Talking In Public About Christian Beliefs

So a few weeks ago I was thinking about something. I decide to write about it. It went viral. Atheist websites and Facebook pages are mocking my beliefs, ripping me to shreds. It isn’t just that people disagree, it got totally personal.

I had over 300 comments that were just telling me that I am “[F-word] stupid.” I had hundreds of others that were mocking, scoffing, and insulting. I had quite a few other people tell me that they are putting curses on me, that I should have my kids taken from me, that the world would be better if I was dead. Wow.

And I was thinking about it, and it is so funny to me (funny as in not funny, but as in insane). It is an article about adult coloring books?!?! I am not killing babies or puppies. I told a family member that I wish if there was ONE thing I had written that could go viral with the atheist crowd it certainly wouldn’t be my opinion piece on mandalas!!! Like how about the ones about Christ and the Cross?

The thing that strikes me is the enormous amount of comments that say things like, “You are a bigot and everything that is wrong with Christianity. This is why I hate Christians. You need to love other religions.”

They were almost all ironic like that.

Screaming, “YOU CAN’T TALK BAD ABOUT OTHER RELIGIONS!!! [unless it is Christianity]”

It was like they couldn’t see the hypocrisy in their own words.

I didn’t read all the comments, because you can only hear you are an “f-word idiot” so many times in one day! LOL. So, I probably missed some great questions and responses just because they got lost in the others. But honestly, most of them don’t want to discuss ideas or beliefs, they just want to mock and scorn and hurt. They may be hurt themselves. There was definitely emotion involved. But there was unfortunately no room for discussion or mutual understanding, so I backed off answering all of them and just let them say what they needed to say to me.

And this post, while I intend to address some of the concerns people had with my last post, will not really change anyone’s mind. But still, these things need to be said. This post is about “WHY” my coloring post matters in the Christian context.

And I don’t care if people think I am an idiot. I mean, I don’t agree with their beliefs either. I don’t go to their websites and insult them, but I don’t feel pressured at all to agree with them. I also don’t feel pressured to be quiet!

People will think I am an idiot for many other reasons too. I don’t support gay marriage. I don’t support abortion. I believe that every person on this planet is a sinner (especially myself). I believe in a literal and eternal hell. I believe that Jesus is the only way to heaven. I believe that when you get saved you need to repent of practicing sins. I believe that yoga is Hinduism. I believe that Sons of Anarchy is a show that Christians shouldn’t watch. etc.

When you publicly acknowledge any of these beliefs, you brace yourself for the backlash! LOL. These are not at all popular views. In fact, they are becoming quite dangerous. I support all of these beliefs are because I read the Bible. Many of them are expressly stated in the Bible. Many of them are plainly evident as we apply Scripture to our lives.

For example. It is expressly stated in the Bible that Jesus is the only way to heaven. Jesus plainly said so, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6).

On the other hand, other things are plainly evident as we apply the Word to our lives. For example, Jesus never says, “If you want to follow Me, you shouldn’t watch Sons of Anarchy or Sex in the City.” These TV shows didn’t exist back then, neither did TV. For this reason I could probably have people leave stern and disapproving comments saying that I am judging them by saying Christians “can’t” watch those shows. After all, Jesus never said that. When in reality a Christian who reads the Bible, and is filled with the Holy Spirit just knows that God is not pleased with us watching programs like that. And we have verses that reveal to us that God’s heart is that we flee from immorality, filthy language, and immoral sexuality.

 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures,  idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division,  envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21

What is sad is that even the “world” has a moral standard for TV and movie viewing. If the “world” says a show is TV-MA or a movie is R. They are admitting that the content is controversial and possibly quite offensive to even a non-Christian audience.

But if I say it is something a Christian should be careful about and run from. Why do Christians get upset and say I am judging?

Christian Exhortation

What I am really doing is called exhortation. The Greek word for this is Parakaleo. It means to urge, to beseech, to warn, to encourage, to strengthen. It is a GOOD thing. It is actually a gift that the Lord has freely given to His church so that we would encourage other unto holiness and joy!!!!

Why could I say you shouldn’t watch “Sons of Anarchy”? Here are some Bible verses that when applied to our lives, make this plainly evident.

“I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; [it] shall not cleave to me.” Psalm 101:3

“And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast [it] from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not [that] thy whole body should be cast into hell.” Matthew 5:29

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.”

Philippians 4:8

TV shows and movies that celebrate and glorify the sins that the Bible condemns should not be something that God’s people delight in.

What does this have to do with anything?

Well, I really see such a trend in trying to intimidate and insult Christians into silence when they are just trying to exhort their fellow Christians to walk solid for Christ.

This came not only from the atheist and pagan readers, but also from professing Christians. For some reasons the Christians accused me of telling them they would go to hell if they colored, or that the Bible says you can’t color, or that I am some radical fundamentalist that wears a “Duggar-dress” and refuses to use electricity because it is of Satan. LOL.

There was another group that thought that I was anti-stained glass windows. LOL.

I couldn’t keep up with it all, mostly because this is not my job. I am not a blogger. This is just a hobby, so I can’t just sit in front of my computer for 72 hours straight.

And yes I have a hobby (to all the people that told me I need one). LOL.

I understand that Christians look weird to non-believers.

I am a fool for Christ.

People make fun of Christians for every belief we have.

But what bothers me is when people who call themselves Christians are trying advance the lie of the Tower of Babel–That we can unite the world under some one world religious mystery system. When Christians are saying that we need to unite with and celebrate other religions, even practicing their religious activities– I see the Great Apostasy is happening.

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” (1 Timothy 4:1)

The whole point of everything I write is to point to Christ. He is worthy of our attention, and devotion and undivided worship and praise. He shares His glory with no one else. And we should be careful as His followers to mind His word, as it reveals His heart.

Am I perfect? NO!

I probably have stuff in my life right now that His Spirit will convict me of, maybe using a brother or sister in the Lord to do it! Hallelujah! He loves us so He corrects us.

We should welcome that correction, not insult the person who was just sharing their heart.

I was simply sharing info on their origins and spiritual connections to Hinduism and Buddhism.

That is not harsh or critical or racist or hateful or FEAR based. 

And if you are not a Christian, then it wasn’t even for you!!!

Psalm 1:1-2

Oh, the joys of those who do not
    follow the advice of the wicked,
    or stand around with sinners,
    or join in with mockers.
But they delight in the law of the Lord,
    meditating on it day and night.

But if you are a Christian, let me urge you to consider this:

Romans 12:1-2

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

If we want to follow Christ, and be His disciples we need to take heed. We need to worship Him the right way. We can’t conform to this world, to their ideas, their ways, the things they think is okay. We need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds according to His Word.

Don’t take my word for it.

I am no one.

I am some everyday person.

You don’t need to take my word for anything.

But you do need to learn God’s Word to know His perfect will for you.

Your mind must be transformed.

If you haven’t let your mind be transformed by the Word,

then your mind has been shaped by the world.

“Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.” 1 John 2:15-16

“We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” 1 John 5:19

“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”?” James 4:4-5

When I wrote what I wrote, people were outraged that I had the audacity to say that Christians should not practice Hindu and Buddhist spiritual activities.

That blows my mind.

What is worse is when Christians think that it is okay with God to practice religious and spiritual rituals from other religions.

That really blows my mind. But Jesus told us that would happen.

Is it Just Like Meat Sacrificed To Idols?

Some people wanted to argue that it is comparable to eating meat sacrificed to idols. I hear this with the yoga thing too.

Is going to a psychic like eating meat sacrificed to idols? Is playing a Ouija board like eating meat sacrificed to idols? NO. There is a difference between eating meat that has been sacrificed to idols, or sold by someone who is not Christian, and making yourself the offering to idols. When you practice spiritual rituals, you are the offering.

And you forget, the Bible says that if you KNOW it was sacrificed to idols, don’t eat it!!!

“But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, both for the sake of the one who told you and for the sake of conscience.” 1 Corinthians 10:28

And in Revelation, Jesus says that He will judge the member of the church that encourages people to eat meat sacrificed to idols.

“But I have a few complaints against you. You tolerate some among you whose teaching is like that of Balaam, who showed Balak how to trip up the people of Israel. He taught them to sin by eating food offered to idols and by committing sexual sin.” Revelation 2:14

And

But I have this complaint against you. You are permitting that woman—that Jezebel who calls herself a prophet—to lead my servants astray. She teaches them to commit sexual sin and to eat food offered to idols.” Revelation 2:20.

Why do Christians have the idea that practicing Hindu and Buddhist spiritual practices is okay, because we can eat meat sacrificed to idols, when the Bible is clear that we can’t unless we don’t know!!! The Lord watches over us, especially when we don’t know that something is connected to the demonic.

But once we know it is connected to idolatry, we need to stay away!

How many times in the Bible does the Lord have to reveal His heart to His children about the spiritual adultery that takes place in our lives when we try to combine our faith with other religions.

It grieves Him when His people are spiritually unfaithful. In the Old Testament, He would say that people who go after foreign religious practices where “whoring after other gods.” That is a very harsh word. We literally cheat on the Lord when we try to combine other religions with the purity of our Christian faith.

“As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,  since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:14-16.

So in conclusion, I want to quote this again . . .

“And so,

dear brothers and sisters,

I plead [urge, beseech, encourage, strengthen] with you

to give your bodies to God

because of all he has done

for you.”

Romans 12:1

When we are truly following The Lord, then there is no more arguing over stupid things that profit nothing. We will all just be pointing each other to the Love, and Grace, and Word of God. We will all just look to Jesus and walk towards Him together in holiness and joy.

But there can be no unity, unless it is based on His word.

I may seem foolish to the world. But I am not writing to them. I am writing to my brothers and sisters and saying, I love you guys and I just wanted to share some information with you. The Lord may confirm it or not. But don’t try to just justify it because you may like [mandalas, or horoscopes, or yoga], search out the truth in His Word.

Some people implied that my post was a sign of the weakness of my faith, that I thought God wouldn’t protect me from the “demons” inside the coloring books. That isn’t true. I think more than anything, it is a sign of the strength of my faith. My faith is so important to me that I want to make sure that nothing gets in between me and Jesus. Now I know that there is nothing that can separate me from His love (Romans 8). But there are things in this world that can pull at my heart, so that my heart becomes divided and unfaithful. I want to lay all those things aside, so I can be faithful to Him, because He is so faithful and wonderful to me.

And lets “lay aside every weight, and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2

For More Information:

The Bible–There is no more important source of information necessary for your life. 

Yoga: Exercise or Religion, Does It Matter? (Lighthouse Trails)

The Mystical Revolution

The Unacknowledged War and the Wearing Down of the Saints

 

 

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 82 Comments

Young Living and Do Terra Essential Oils — New Age and Occult Multi-level Marteting in the Church

“You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices.”

Leviticus 18:22

Since the beginning of time people have been using oils for medicinal and spiritual purposes. In fact, Ancient Egypt is known for its mystical wisdom in oils. This is nothing new. There is nothing good or evil about oil. It is an object. It is natural, just like cannabis or crystals. The problem is always in HOW men try to use it.

I have noticed a sudden and alarming trend of Christian women promoting essential oils for medicinal purposes. I am all for natural remedies. If chicken soup can make you better, cook it, eat it, enjoy it! But some of these companies have very serious new age and occult connections.

Before I go on, I want to just state that before I became a believer I dabbled in the occult. So I am aware that Wiccans and Pagans have been using oils all along. I am very sensitive when I see promotional descriptions and practices that incorporate pagan beliefs, listed in the oil catalogs being passed around my Facebook newsfeed.

In fact, you can’t even sneeze at my church without some woman pulling out her portable oil kit for a quick blend that she wants to rub on you to ward off your sneezes. Some of these precious women are quite obsessed. I have never seen this level of enthusiasm with Pampered Chef!

Before I go on, I will say that there are oils that I have used. I have used Tea Tree oil for fungal infections and Pepermint oil on my chest during bronchitis. These oils have been used by our grandmas the same way. It isn’t anything new.

BUT, the way Young Living and some of these other companies market their oils is plain old witchcraft.

It is deceiving too, because Young Living has a DVD that they sell called, “Twelve Oils of Ancient Scripture” that you can buy along with a kit of those twelve oils (for three hundred dollars). They are acting like the fact that Jesus was given Frankinsense and Myrhh means that all of their practices are fully Biblical.

But they aren’t.

I will prove it.

Gary Young is the founder of Young Living oils and he is a “professing” Christian. You can find him discussing the twelve oils of Scripture at a website called BiospiritualEnergyHealing.com. In this article, Young talks about the Third Eye being opened by the use of essential oils. This is also referred to by the Pineal Gland. This is not a Christian belief. It isn’t even a scientific belief. It is only a pagan belief.

 “Many people have said that we communicate to our Father through the pineal gland. I have not found documentation on that, so I don’t know that it is a correct statement, but I do believe when you have a spiritual experience you get this warm, burning, fuzzy feeling in your bosom. The chemical that creates that warm fuzzy feeling in your bosom is secreted from the pineal gland, and that may be the reason we are told by some scientists that the pineal gland is responsible for that communication. Very special” (Young).

This is so totally New Age and demonic. He says this in the section called “Increasing Spiritual Communication.” Well, if he was actually communicating with the God of the Bible, because this oil opened his third eye, then why is he spouting demonic lies and not Biblical truth?

He goes on to advise,

“Let me share this with you–if you want to have a beautiful experience, take three drops of Cedarwood and mix it with six drops of Sandalwood and one drop of Cassia–then go into that sacred, quiet space and put this on and do your prayers and your meditations, and when you regain consciousness, write down what you remember. It will be a beautiful experience for you.” (Young)

Regain consciousness? What kind of experience is this? Usually when I pray, and have a good time with the Lord I am not in an altered state of consciousness. This is so occult.

If you go to Young Living’s website you can easily find the page dedicated to their oil blends. This is where we can easily see the truth behind this company.

To really understand where I am going, you need to understand what this type of witchcraft is. I am sure you have all heard the word potion before. And maybe in a Bible Study you have heard the word for sorcery in Greek is Pharmakeia (Strongs Greek 5331). These words refer to medicines or drugs that are combined together to accomplish a physical or spiritual intention. It is a potion.

This is exactly how witches have been using oils, way before Christians got involved. And this is exactly how Young Living is openly marketing their oils.

Young Livings “oil blends” are blatant potions.

3300Look at the one they call “Abundance”–here is the description:

“Abundance™ is created to enhance the frequency of the harmonic magnetic energy field that surrounds us. This higher frequency creates what is called “the law of attraction,” which refers to the things we attract to ourselves. Abundance opens us to a wealth of possibilities.”

download (2)This is so satanic. In fact, they even use the phrase “law of attraction” which is the whole basis for the occult book The Secret. The Berean Call ministry says,  “The Secret is not a secret at all, but recycled Hinduism, shamanism, and New Age folly. One of many huge lies is its claim: “You create your own reality with your mind.” This was the serpent’s false promise to Eve–the promise of godhood”  (The Secret Seduction)

3330Another occult oil blend offered by Young Living is “Dream Catcher”– here is the description:

“Dream Catcher™ is an exotic formula designed to enhance the process of dreaming and visualization. The ability to hold onto your dreams – positive dreams that move you forward emotionally and spiritually – can lead to a greater ability to realize your desires and stay on the path of fulfillment. Dream Catcher also protects against negative dreams that may cloud your vision.”

An OIL can enhance visualization, and spiritual dreams? This is not a medicine. This is a potion. This is occult.

“Trauma Live” says it is:

“a calming, grounding blend of therapeutic-grade essential oils formulated to help release buried emotional trauma resulting from accidents, neglect, the death of a loved one, assault, or abuse. Left unchecked, emotionally draining episodes may be at the root of fatigue, anger, and restlessness.”

“Inspiriation” helps you connect spiritualy, just like pagans did!—

“Inspiration™ includes oils traditionally used by the native peoples of Arabia, India, and North America for enhancing spirituality, prayer, meditation, and inner awareness. It creates an aromatic sanctuary for those seeking quiet meditation and spirituality.”

Another oil that combines paganism with pseudo science —

“Australian Blue™ is a powerful, aromatic essence that unites ancient aboriginal wisdom with today’s scientific knowledge about essential oils to uplift and inspire the mind and heart. This exotic essential oil blend has sweet, earthy undertones responsible for its calming and stabilizing effects.”

And “Aroma Life” helps your life force, or vital energy (chakra) —

“Aroma Life™ combines the harmonizing effects of ylang ylang with known powerhouses cypress, helichrysum, and marjoram. Pulsing with life, this vibrant blend energizes your life force. It is best applied over heart energy – front and/or back.”

Uhm, yeah. Your life force is a New Age occult word for psychic energy. Another word for this is Chi or Prana. Hindus believe in this. It is totally new age. I don’t want to rub oil on me that will affect any creepy energy in me! No thank you!

If you click on the “Balance” page you will see them discuss this life force a little more:

“The world moves at a blistering pace. Rediscover tranquility when you slow down and seek out the small moments of bliss that keep spiritual and emotional wellness in balance.

Tap into your own vital life energy with pure essential oils and blends formulated for their ability to promote inner peace and emotional well-being. Our Balance products can guide you to your spiritual and emotional center, helping you live fully in the present moment.”

Here is the description for the oil called “Friends”—

“A social circle, comprised of both friends and acquaintances, is vital to our well-being. It is valuable to expand and improve your friend base as you pursue a life in Oola.

The INFUSED Friends™ Inspired by Oola essential oil blend has been specially formulated to bring harmonic balance to the energy centers of the body, which encourages feelings of self-worth, empowerment, confidence, and awareness.

Friends affirmation: I am blessed with empowering, healthy relationships.

Part of the INFUSED 7 kit which includes the Inspired by Oola® essential oil blends: Faith™, Fitness™, Finance™, Friends™, Family™, Field™, and Fun™

“Sensation” is for sex, “Slique” is for thinness, “Abundance” is for money, “Release” helps you deal with repressed anger, “Present Time” helps you move on from the past, “Calming” helps your kids behave, “Motivation” helps you get things accomplished, “Longevity” helps you look younger, “Common Sense” helps you make good decisions, and “Valor” helps support your energy alignment in your body, or your Chi.

This is insane.

And I have Christian friends that want me to come to their house on a Saturday for an oil party. Where they will try to persuade me to spend HUNDREDS of dollars on these oils! But who doesn’t want happiness, money, beauty, and health? Who doesn’t want to deal with anger, with just a simple dab of oil? It is so seductive! And it smells good!

And then I am told that if I want to get the oils even cheaper, I can become a representative too! And I can give my own parties, and tell other people that these oils have miraculous powers!

DoTerra is another popular company. I think it is actually more popular with the people I know. It seems to have a less New Agey feel to it. But it still offers oil blends that promise health, peace, beauty, thinness, balance, and mental clarity. It just does it in a trendier and more “mainstream” way. It is popular in upper middle class young families. That is who they primarily market to.

digestZen740x200

A picture of a concerned mother rubbing DoTerra on a sick child.

Most of the young moms at our church get sucked into these oils as a way to safely treat their sick children. Instead of going to the doctors, just rub an oil blend on a sick child and they will be better in hours. I can’t tell you how many times I have read this online. Who doesn’t want to make their sick children feel better?

A few months back I was invited to a DoTerra oil party. The invitation listed some special services that would be available at the party. Reflexology–which is a great foot massage, combined with psychic energy healing. As well as “Zyto Scans” which proport to diagnose/not diagnose you with a biochemical report on what oils you need to buy. You just put your hand on a planchette (cough cough)– I mean sensor and it reads your energy. Then it tells you how much stuff you need to buy! At the very least it is a scam, at the worst it is occult.

These zyto scans and essential oil companies want you to believe what they are saying, but they conveniently put this disclaimer at the bottom of all thier materials:

“*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.”

But buy our stuff anyway!

Now here is some information “From the Witches Cupboard” on how oils can be used as potions.

Spiritual Oils can be used in a vast number of ways. Your oils can be one of the most important tools in your ritual space. Candles, crystals, amulets, talismans and other charms may be anointed with Spiritual Oils and this is really a great way to turn simple mundane items into items of magickal power and energy as well as charge already magickally empowered ritual tools.

Ritual Witchcraft Oils can also be used to anoint the body. If you are using an Oil to use for this purpose, be sure that the oil is skin safe. Some essential oils, such as cinnamon and clove, can cause a severe reaction to the skin and should really be used quite sparingly. Spiritual Oils that are applied to the body bring the wearer the energies of the oil, so a Power Oil will give you give you a boost up, a Courage Oil will give you strength and bravery in the face of your fears and adversaries, and a Blessing Oil will convey the grace of the Goddess upon yourself and your ventures. (SpiritualSpells.com)

So it seems pretty similar to what we have just been reading.

In fact, if you go to a pagan oil dealer you will find oil blends for sale that have the same claims that Young Living and DoTerra have. Check out the Organic Witch.

“Nothin’ Says Lovin’ Like Somethin’ from the Coven!

Greetings! This lens is a part of my Witchcrafts, Magic & Spells series. I have covered the basics of what magic is (and isn’t), as well as how it works. I have also, in this series, given a guide to common tools associated with modern Witchcraft. Now, we move on to some of my favorite spell components…oils and herbs.

All things in nature are imbued with specific magical properties and associations. By choosing the right ingredients, you will lend the appropriate energies to your spells and recipes that will align with your intent.

Witchcraft is both an art and a science, that requires study and knowledge, and lots of practice to become adept. As you begin to create your own spells, recipes for oils, potions and brews, you will find this guide very handy for your research.” (Witch Crafts: Guide to Oils and Herbs).

Now if you think that these oil companies are not using psychic energy to charge their oils go ahead and read what Gary Young from Young Living oils has to say about it:

Sharing Oil Energy Connections

Let me share a concept that we are going to get into later this week. You hold the oil in your hand and project your thoughts–whether you actually hold that oil and give it a blessing. To me, it isn’t the focalness of what you are saying that determines whether that oil has been blessed for that purpose, but the fact that you have directed your energy into that substance. That is what enhances the substance to do more and go further than it would ordinarily.

That is an area where people say, “ooh–now we are getting out in left field here. This is starting to sound like voodoo medicine.” Believe me, if anyone has that feeling, write it down! Before class is over, I am going to show you scientifically how that works. It’s very frustrating for me at times when I talk to people about prayer or meditation or focusing thought without words and making things happen. We are so programmed to think..”Oh, you can’t possibly do that..that’s the workings of the devil.”

All That is Good Comes of God

Somewhere in Galatians it says, “All things that are good are of me.” Write that down and keep that in mind.. “All things that are good are of me.” Go look it up. That will do you more good than me doing it for you. It’s there. “All things that are worthy or of good report..” It’s a beautiful scripture. When somebody starts to criticize you about what you are sharing with them and saying these are the workings of the devil, just pull out that scripture and read it to them. If they are an atheist, it won’t do you much good–and that is when you just stomp on their toe! Tell them if they had more faith, their toe would heal quicker! (12 Oils of the Bible, Gary Young)

Gary Young is practicing witchcraft.

Young Living oils are part of a demonic invasion in the church. Christian women are selling this stuff, believing this stuff, and rubbing it all over their precious babies at bedtime.

Like I said, these practices are not at all Biblical.

I have proved it.

Not only is Gary Young practicing witchcraft, but he has a really shady personal history. According to Dr. Eva Briggs,

“By the early 1980’s Young had moved to Spokane, Washington. Although he lacked any training in medicine, obstetrics, or midwifery, he insisted on delivering his first wife’s baby underwater in a whirlpool bath. He left the healthy baby under water for an hour. The otherwise normal healthy infant drowned. Young claims that he subsequently operated a clinic in Mexico that treated cancer patients with laetrile. Laetrile is a useless and dangerous drug that can harm or kill people because it forms cyanide in the body. It is illegal, and it is something of which Young should be ashamed, rather than proud. From Mexico, Young moved to California and opened a clinic offering supposed treatments for cancer and other illnesses. He claimed falsely at that time to be an M.D. He was arrested in California in 1988 for a variety of charges related to the sale of ineffective and worthless medical treatments. Young then returned to the Spokane area. He was arrested on January 10, 1994 for assaulting several family members with an axe. This behavior is from a man who claims to be deeply religious and spiritual. And what about Young’s claims to be an N.D., or naturopathic doctor? They are false. His “degree” is a worthless piece of paper purchased from a notorious diploma mill called Bernadean University. With this worthless credential, Young has NEVER been licensed to practice naturopathy in Utah or any place else.” (The Real Story of Gary Young and Young Living Essential Oils)

That is scary. And yet people will pay three hundred dollars for the 12 oils of the Bible and a DVD telling you that this stuff is legit, all while telling you to use your psychic energy to enhance the oils.

This is insanity.

But it has conned a bunch of godly that women I love.

I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t see one of my friends promoting another oil party, or raindrop technique, or miracle oil occurrence.

Before you think I am saying that it is wrong to put Mentholatum on your chest when you have the flu. I am not. But I would ask you to consider, if you are involved with these companies, if you think it is good or evil to promote a company that is involved in New Age and occult practices.

I would ask you to consider if you think it is okay to have in your home an oil blend that is supposed to affect you spiritually.

I personally, would choose to throw away all oil blends that promise me money, visualization, life energy, etc. The list goes on. That is witchcraft and I will have nothing to do with witchcraft under my roof. The same way I would not have a satanic album in my CD collection (a compact disc is not evil, but the music is). The same way I won’t have a Ouija board in my house (a cardboard game is not evil, but divination is).

Does that make sense?

I would have nothing to do with parties where reflexology and zyto scans are being used to condition people to accept energy healing, and spend copious amounts of money on false promises.

 

God bless you!!!

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 237 Comments

It Is Time For Judgment To Begin With God’s Household–My Thoughts on Gay Marriage, Josh Duggar, and Hurting Sheep

For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?

1 Peter 4:17

I haven’t written in a while, and I am not sure what this post will turn into, or if I will even publish it. I just want to get my thoughts out. I want to see what the Word of God might say, and if there is any exhortation and encouragement that will bubble to the surface.

I guess, what the Lord is telling me recently is that I need to prepare. I don’t know what for, but He has spoken to me that I need to get my priorities in order. I have been focusing on those things more and more, and especially in these last three weeks.

He has also been impressing on me to purify my heart, and be even more obedient to His Holy Word.

It is so easy to get distracted and discouraged. Like the psalmist I have seen mean people prosper, and I have felt the injustice. I have asked in my heart, is my way passed over by the Lord?

Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God”? Isaiah 40:28

I mean of course it is not! I know that. But there are times when I have scratched my head and wondered what is going on.

I went through a season where Psalm 73 actually took on personal meaning:

But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled;
My steps had nearly slipped.
For I was envious of the boastful,
When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

For there are no pangs in their death,
But their strength is firm.
They are not in trouble as other men,
Nor are they plagued like other men.
Therefore pride serves as their necklace;
Violence covers them like a garment.
Their eyes bulge with abundance;
They have more than heart could wish.
They scoff and speak wickedly concerning oppression;
They speak loftily.
They set their mouth against the heavens,
And their tongue walks through the earth.

It guess I always read it, as if they Psalmist was talking about those OUTSIDE the faith. I never related to it, because I don’t want to go back to the old life.

It takes on new meaning when you see it apply to those who call themselves brothers. 

I have seen so many Christians hurt by these so called brothers, in church leadership.

There was no accountability.

No rescue for the helpless.

Just injustice.

And the brothers continue to prosper; they hide behind their reputation.

It stumbled me.

Leaders in the church, biting and devouring the sheep.

“Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!” says the Lord. Therefore thus says the Lord God of Israel against the shepherds who feed My people: “You have scattered My flock, driven them away, and not attended to them.”

Jeremiah 23:1-2

“Why Lord? Why don’t You correct them? Why don’t You fix them? Why don’t You /judge/ them, maybe? Don’t You see Your injured sheep? Why do they get away with everything?”

Surely I have cleansed my heart in vain,
And washed my hands in innocence.
For all day long I have been plagued,
And chastened every morning.

Discouragement seeps in. Why do I even bother? Why do I even care? Why do I even try? Why do I even pray for them? /reality/

But the Lord, tells me to read on . . .

If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
Behold, I would have been untrue to the generation of Your children.
When I thought how to understand this,
It was too painful for me—
Until I went into the sanctuary of God;
Then I understood their end.

Surely You set them in slippery places;
You cast them down to destruction.
Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment!
They are utterly consumed with terrors.
As a dream when one awakes,
So, Lord, when You awake,
You shall despise their image.

Thus my heart was grieved,
And I was vexed in my mind.
I was so foolish and ignorant;
I was like a beast before You.
Nevertheless I am continually with You;
You hold me by my right hand.
You will guide me with Your counsel,
And afterward receive me to glory.

Whom have I in heaven but You?
And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.
My flesh and my heart fail;
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

For indeed, those who are far from You shall perish;
You have destroyed all those who desert You for harlotry.
But it is good for me to draw near to God;
I have put my trust in the Lord GOD,
That I may declare all Your works.

The Lord is coming.

He is a righteous judge.

He will reward each one according to their works.

He sees.

He sees MORE than I see.

He sees the heart.

He sees my heart.

He sees MORE of my heart than I do.

And when He shows it to me, I need to respond with obedience to Him.

“As for you, follow Me.”–John 21:22

Repent

I want to turn my eyes from all the distractions, inside the church.

I want to turn my eyes from all the distractions, outside the church.

I want to follow Jesus.

I want to work out my salvation with fear and trembling.

I want to look to Jesus, the author and FINISHER of my faith.

I want to be one who does not just hear the WORD, but does what it says.

I want to be one who does the will of my Father in heaven.

I want to be one that Jesus KNOWS.

I want to have my things together, and be ready to go.

There will be tares in that Day.

I don’t want to be numbered among them.

There will be those who say “Lord, Lord! Don’t you know me?”

There will be a Day when the Lord divides the sheep from the goats.

I need to draw closer and closer to the Lord as that Day approaches.

Prepare

Christians are angry that the nation passed the Gay Marriage law.

The sky may indeed fall.

But I think that we need to use this time to focus on ourselves.

What sin do I tolerate IN MY HEART?

We can’t choose Jesus for anyone but ourselves.

We may be persecuted for our stance on gay marriage.

But before that even happens, let’s clean house.

Let’s say NO to the immorality inside of us.

Because I know that there are many heterosexuals sitting in churches every week tolerating pornography, unclean thoughts, adulteries, idolatries, hatred, outbursts of wrath, drunkenness, etc.

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 homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.  

And such were some of you.

But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. 

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

We WERE these things.

But we should not still BE these things.

We should have been WASHED, SANCTIFIED and JUSTIFIED.

The Holy Spirit makes us new. He helps us.

We should not still be these things.

And may God help us if we are deceived, thinking we are okay, when we are not.

We have time, right now.

We still have this moment to repent.

WE need to take the speck out of our own eyes, so we can help others.

We need to purify our own minds, so we can be vessels of honor.

The Lord desires obedience.

The Lord desires holiness.

The Lord desires our love.

“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments.

And his commandments are not burdensome.” 1 John 5:3

Purify

Let’s be washed.

The WORLD sees a dirty church.

They see a church of self-righteous snobs.

They see a church that DEFENDED a child molester three weeks ago.

But is ANGRY at a couple of people, who don’t BELIEVE in Jesus, that want to follow their own different desires.

The world may support gay marriage, but at least they agree that it is wrong to molest a child.

But if you are a /famous/ Christian, we say, “It was a mistake, Jesus forgives.”

I don’t want to be like that.

I don’t want to minimize the sin in the church. We need to call it out and learn from it.

We need to make an example of what happens when people in the church commit crimes.

It should be a warning, not a pride parade.

I saw an article saying that Josh Duggar is a hero! It says that not only is he a hero, because we now know he molested 5 girls, but he is the BEST type of hero because he is a “broken hero.” So when we find sin in the camp, we pick up the criminal, carry him on our shoulders and add his name to the list of heroes in Hebrews 11?

Christians say we have to ignore it, because if we speak against this tragedy we are throwing stones. But no one is trying to kill Josh!

The church needs to stand up for victims of abuse and say, “Hey! It happens even in what we would think are the most perfect of families! What should we do to protect other kids from this? How can we raise awareness?”

That didn’t happen.

Like a dysfunctional family, Christians publicly dismissed this scandal and shamed anyone who thought this was horrible, for “not understanding the gospel of grace.”

Jesus died to pay the punishment for our sins.

This actually means that He hated that sin enough that He thought someone should die to atone for it.

It doesn’t mean that He thinks it is just a mistake, and we all make mistakes, just hide it. 

He hates it.

I don’t want to be like the Duggars– who condemn the sins of non-Christians, and add human rules to Biblical teaching to create a long skirted, patriarchal, “Super-Christianity,” all while hiding sin /crime/ so grievous that even Non-Christians are disgusted by it /child sex abuse/.

Yes, gay marriage is wrong.

But we need to clean up our own house.

We need to start taking a stand against ALL sexual immorality, even the stuff we think isn’t AS BAD— premarital sex, pornography, lust . . . and as far as I can tell, I guess Christians now are ready to minimize pedophilia . . . Who would have thought?

We have a form of godliness . . . but we are denying it’s power.

Let’s stop pretending we are better than the world, when we are hiding the truth.

We have our own hidden sins.

We need to deal harshly with ourselves, before we scold the world.

We are children of God, and we know better.

The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 24:50-51

It is time to get our house in order.

The Master is coming.

 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? Now

“If the righteous one is scarcely saved,
Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?

1 Peter 4:17-18

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 33 Comments