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Judgment on Leadership

But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another. Ps 75:7

March 2020

The sovereignty of God and His role as Father requires His discipline for those under His authority.  Judgment is one of the ways God disciplines, cleanses and reorders His people.  It is a serious time where believers should seek His face for understanding. God judged the people at the Towel of Babel who attempted a building to reach heaven and the whole world was impacted and disrupted by their choices (Gen 11:9).   When judgment falls upon a nation, it is because God has seen evil on a scale that the whole nation is corrupted and ripens for destruction, but His mercy appeals first to the leaders who instruct and guide the people.  Ministers are those that should know the heart of God to help keep people in obedience to the word, but prophets are those God will speak through when He sends word to the people of His displeasure. God puts leaders in authority to take care of His people.  They are in office only for the purpose of caring for them in God’s stead.  If they do not take care of the people the way that God wills, they are no longer needed and God is the one who promotes and demotes.  So God’s first appeal is to leaders to remind them of their duty to provide for the people.  A corrupt nation is one where disobedience is in leadership and people.  Remember King David had authority over God’s people as King.  He ruled over their provision, discipline, and defense during war.  King David brought great wealth to his kingdom and curses when he disobeyed (2Sa 24:12).  King David recognized and honored God and God blessed David and the people.  The wealth and wellbeing of a nation is a reflection of God’s favor (Ps 33:12).

When leaders are corrupt, the people become corrupted as a result and the leaders may misuse or abuse the people until they cry out to God for help.  People are responsible for and blessed by praying for their leaders, but God responds to the cry of the people because of neglect. He comes to the leadership to inquire why the people are hurting.  Caring for His people was their responsibility and the leader answers to God, who provides the resources.  The Old Testament taught us that God sends the rain and sunshine to grow the crops that feed and enriches the farmer to care for his family.  When resources fail, it is usually because of sin or misuse by leaders at the top mishandling resources that God sends.  Matthew 25:14 shows what happens when God comes to see what is going on.  Those we call our leaders are actually those God calls His servants who work to care for His people.  The story tells how a man was traveling to a far country and gave his servants resources to take care of his property.  When the man returns, he checks on his servants and their care for his property.  While being examined for their care of the people, one servant was found to have been negligent.  The servants were each rewarded for their labor according to their work and ability to handle their assignments.  The one servant that had handled God’s property with disregard was rebuked, stripped of his resources and cast into outer darkness where he would be punished.  We have actually seen politicians leave office in a day in humiliation and go subsequently to prison for abuse of office.  However, our politicians may not acknowledge God’s hand that touched their position of authority because they also do not acknowledge Him as Lord.  In Mt 21:33, Jesus told a similar story of a householder who gave charge to his husbandmen to care for His vineyard.  The husbandmen mistreated the householder’s servants sent to receive fruit from the vineyard.  The story ends with punishment to be extended to the misusers of the householder’s property.

These stories record how the Caretaker of our world, Father God, deals with those who abuse the authority He gives.  Prophet Isaiah tells the story of how God feels about a disobedient nation. Chapter 1 of Isaiah tells how God sent storms or troubles to alert the people of His disfavor but they ignored him anyway. God expressed through Isaiah how even an ox knows his owner but how His people did not know Him.  He asks why they should be stricken (punished) any more when they will not listen (Is 1:3).  The prophet is a messenger sent by God to plead for the people to return.  The book of Isaiah goes on to tell how God is upset with disrespect of His authority and the punishment that He will send. God tries to talk to the leaders but many leaders disregard Him in order to do what they want with their place of authority until God proves His sovereignty, often in devastation.

In Isaiah Chapter 28, we get a picture of how leaders respond to judgment:

Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.   Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge (plague) shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:   Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.   Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.   And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge (plague) shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.   From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.   For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.   For the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act. Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts a consumption (plague), even determined upon the whole earth.  Isa 28:14-22KJV

The response of the political leaders above shows they told lies to hide, used a cover-up, and forged alliances with other powers to protect themselves from the sufferings coming on the people.  God speaks up and says when the disaster comes they will not be protected, their hiding place shall be flooded, the covenant they made would be broken, and that they would fall victim to the same disaster the people experience. We hear the Lord going on to say in Is 29:13 “the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.” The leaders will become dumbfounded, with no knowledge of how to fix the problems. The book of Isaiah goes on to speak “woes” to the people and more disaster to fall for disobedience.

No other nation has had the advantage of free speech and liberty that America enjoys in comparison to the hopelessness citizens of other nations have felt because of poor leadership.  We have had the advantage of God’s blessings upon our nation and the people’s access to leaders through speech, prayers, and intercession to encourage them to work for the benefit of the people.  We are all in this together and God is expecting anyone that can hear and understand to do their part to save the nation.

The president does not appear to be well suited for the job he is charged with since he shows bias to his own personal wealth, those of greedy businessmen, megachurch leaders and the “one-percenters”.  Most nations are run by the powerful who take advantage of the vulnerable for their profit. Jesus came to change that system, restore power to the people for their wellbeing and to set up servant-leaders that would serve the people rather than exploit them. He reordered our Christian homes, churches and government to be established for fair treatment of people but it only works if we all insist on equity and resist exploitation.  All of us have influence with our political leaders because they need our votes to stay in office.  Another strength citizens have to influence the president is through their spiritual leaders.  The president stated recently that the pastors were called in.  Pastors as leaders over large groups of people and can heavily influence politicians and the president. Pastors, who should have the best interest of their people at heart, have an influence upon votes that politicians depend on.  Pastors should use their influence to lead politicians to a moral point of view and remind them of God’s judgment.  All of our leaders are dependent on power, influence, and money and it is the people that give it to them.  We the people are empowered to take away our leaders’ power, influence, and money; and we should do it when they jeopardize rather than promote the lives of the American people.  Every person sitting home wondering what happens next should utilize their personal power for prayer, godly wisdom, connection with peer groups and affect society with our voices.  Business professionals have the ear of the president behind closed doors to protect their own interests and we should make sure our interests are advanced as well.  Our leaders have the ability to bring good or evil upon our heads but God has given citizens and believers the opportunity to appeal by vote and in prayer for removal bad leaders and replacement with godly ones. Good leaders should lead us from one mountaintop to the next because of their vision, but poor leaders suppress our potential.  We have to get beyond the place where we submit to any male leadership over us because of respect and start evaluating qualifications and rights to lead.  Leadership authority should not be based on gender but on the God-given ability to use His authority for the exercise of His rule in the earth.  God shares His wisdom and guidance with His leaders for the good of the people.  When believers and citizens cry out to God, arise for change, and are willing to put feet to their prayers, we can expect God to move because it is His desire to help us.

Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child. If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry.  Ex 22:22-23

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God Hit the “RESET” Button

March 2020

Have you ever been using the hairdryer to dry your hair and the power just stopped?  I have and I had to wait for the dryer to cool down before hitting the “reset button” to finish drying my hair.  Many of you had that experience within the last week or so.  Everything changed.  Many of you could not go to work; your children could not go to school.  There was no fast food ready for your instant consumption.  Suddenly you became the cook, the house cleaner, the teacher, a real mate and 24-7 entertainment for your children. Life changed seemingly overnight. What happened…God hit the reset button.  You may have thought your life was great, but God saw something different.  What if you designed something to operate a certain way and it was seldom if ever operating the way you designed it.  You’d be pretty upset.  That’s not what you designed!  Well, God designed you and me and we have not been operating the way He designed; so,…He hit the reset button.  Everything stopped…the Whole thing.  Our lives may not return to what it used to be. I believe God said, “Let’s try this in a different way.”

Some people are old enough to remember when we actually cooked all our own meals, washed our own clothes, drove to school or work with the kids in the car, talked to our neighbors, picked up the newspaper at the stoop, worked side by side with our coworker and talked about life, had sit-down meals with the family and played games or maybe watched television together.  Many of you will be doing similar things now because life has changed almost overnight.  You will have a chance to get to know your partner, children or parents better as a result, whether you desired it or not.  And let’s try to be loving and patient while we go through this; life has changed.

You might have been satisfied with your life the way it was, but was it going the right way?  Today you might be dealing with life and death issues because of the Coronavirus.  Are you going to be sick?  Do you unknowingly have the virus?  What if your mate or children have it and what would you do?  What would life be like without them?  If you have never prayed before perhaps this will be your first time to call upon the God of the Universe.  Every day, whether you knew it or not, life and death were before you. Driving your car, eating food, children at school, your health or your mate’s health were all in God’s hands and He decided between sickness, life or death.  Now you are aware of how real that prospect is when you touch another person or a surface or eat food handled by someone else.  Perhaps you always took things for granted, that it would always be the same.  While God managed your life and kept things running smoothly, you perhaps never considered it or thought to say thanks to the God that watched over you and your family.  Perhaps now you realize for the first time that life is not in your hands, but God’s.

God hit the reset button to help us recognize Him and the things that are important.  You and your mate walking the dog might be a new experience.  Talking and laughing with the children might be new to you if you were a workaholic.  Smelling lawn grass and hearing birds sing while you walk might be amazing for the first time.  While your mind might wander off and worry but what about the bills or what about work or some other thing; God has it all in His hands just like He always did. You just did not know it.  He always wanted you to awake and talk to Him about your day, your concerns and then put it all in His hands.  He was always the one controlling everything anyway.

We needed a reset. Life had gotten out of control.  Parents spent little time with their children; children were being raised by teachers who were underpaid.  Kindergarteners were being taught about homosexuality. Little children in our nation were being caged, killed or sexually abused. What about school shootings?  Things were going from bad to worst. Some cities were without clean drinking water, poor housing or no housing and it seemed no one cared.    The President of the United States is cussing and using profanity in prime time before your children.  It was time to hit the alarm!

When the preachers and priests cannot be trusted around your children, let alone preach a competent sermon, something is majorly wrong.  Everyone was asking who can do anything?  Who is responsible for this?  Everyone was looking to the government but the president is cussing and swearing.   We found out how much he cared when he kept saying everything will be alright and it will all just disappear, while people were dying.  What do you do when the top person who is supposed to be in charge is freaking out?  Who is actually in charge of this thing?  Well, the “One Who is in Charge” is responding in a way no one wanted.  Judgment is not pretty but that is one of the ways God responds when He is being ignored.  We are learning that death can come from a touch, a kiss or sneeze.  That is pretty severe.  It is the kind of thing that makes one pray, “Lord, keep me.”  It was always up to God to keep us, but many people seldom asked or thanked Him for keeping them safe.  The “One Who Is In Charge” is now standing up and making His voice heard loud and clear.  The president is caught off guard, does not care or will not respond properly because it is out of his control.  This is a God-thing.  Now, what will we do?  It is time to pray, “Father, help us.”

Father God has always wanted to help us with our day and He gave us guidance from the beginning that we have ignored.  Our problems have come as a result of ignoring God.  There were always consequences for ignoring God and doing wickedly on the earth.  Every bill comes due at some point and our bill is now due.  Each and every one of us needs to realize we have to respond to God about the status of our life and problems.

Now that God has gotten our attention, is there something you would like to discuss with Him.  He is willing to listen, but be sure to approach Him lovingly because we are the ones who messed up.  How your life proceeds forward depends on your relationship with God.  You can talk to Him like you would a friend, but remember He has infinite power.  Talk to Him about your concerns about your family, job, faith, health, etc.  These were always areas you needed to address with Him.  Now that your whole world is at stake, it might be a good time to thank God for all He has already given you and then ask your desires for the future.  Don’t take anything for granted anymore because God controls the future.  Realize that what occurs moving forward is really between you and your God.

When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.   Deu 4:30-31

For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Psa 95:7

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A Day for Thankfulness

A day to stop and think on all the goodness we’ve been blessed to have
The memory of things past and the joy of things that are
It could have been different and it could have been worst
But thankfulness recognizes the grace of this moment.

Grace recognizes that God has worked it all out in His time
Blessed to have known joy and peace, experienced love and some pain
To have shared with friends and known protection from foes
God has brought us through it all still with the presence of mind to be thankful.

Our past is a window to look through to see all that occurred
It was not all good; it was not all bad
God tempered it so that we could bear it; but when we look back at it all,
We realize that we survived it all and we are thankful.

He never promised that it would be easy
Just that He would be present with us
Like the poem of the Savior carrying us through the storm
We realize that we were never alone.

Life is full of hope and opportunities
And though we go sometimes from sunshine to shadows
The knowledge of someone who shares and cares
Makes life worth living.

We are stronger; we are wiser; we are more caring
Because we went through
And because we went through,
We can help someone else going through the struggles.

We see them; we reach down to give them a hand
Because we remember when we walked through that same path
Someone was with us
And we are Thankful!

by joyce r payne
Thanksgiving
11/28/19

The Great Equalizer – Jesus Christ

October 2019

But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus…There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Gal 3:25-26, 28 (KJV)

Many have heard the words that the ground is level at the foot of the cross whether written in an old gospel song or the thoughts expressed in the book of James:

Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. Jas 1:9-10 (KJV)

There is no person higher or lower than another person in God’s eyes.  Everyone that comes to the cross of Christ is a sinner in need of a Savior.  Any good thing one may think to boast of is as filthy rags.  The rich man that comes is no better than the staggering drunk.  Jesus accepts all that come to salvation in repentance by His grace regardless of race, gender, nationality or past sin; and they are all accepted as children in the family of God.  As family, they are freely and abundantly loved by the Father; they no longer have to seek love through fame, material things or performance.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Eph 2:8-9(KJV)  

In the Old Testament, God showed preference for a specific group of people called Israel.  Everyone outside the family of Israel was considered as a heathen or dog (Mt 15:26).  There was a special love and place set aside only for Israel because of Abraham, the patriarch of Israel who chose to believe God.  This special love God bestowed on Abraham’s lineage alone throughout the pages of the Old Testament eventually brought God’s love to everyone through the crucifixion of Jesus Christ recorded in the New Testament.

A world that was engulfed in oppression, bondage and obvious abuse of power toward the vulnerable was the normal way of life in nations before Jesus came.  The rich and powerful exploited the poor and vulnerable because no one dared defy their evil power.  The powerful had the ability to lift up men to places of authority, regardless of their lack of moral character, and bring humiliation and destruction to whomever they chose. God never approved of abusing the vulnerable but the wages for Adam and Eve’s sin brought a curse upon all men everywhere.  Jesus came to break the curse and end oppression.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.   Joh 3:16-18 (KJV)

Jesus died to set all men free.  He left his disciples a commandment to announce throughout the world that now men could come back to God as His children.  Jesus proclaimed for all men that the truth would set them free.  It was not a difficult message and today we have the means to get the message to everyone.  Yet there are leaders ruling as tyrants in places where the first disciples taught about Jesus; and, in our nation, truth and freedom are often manipulated for the benefit of some one’s power. In America, we are seeing men with ill-gotten power change the rules and moral values of the nation while insisting on their right to do so because they are in charge.  Any tyrant or brute can take power from the weak but  righteous authority comes from God.  Righteousness is God’s standard and no leader has authority to change God’s standard. God’s moral law is backed up by His power and it will stand at long as God stands: for all eternity.

Without real Christian believers revealing the Living Christ of the gospel, words are without power to save.  Apostle Paul said:

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Rom 10:13-17 (KJV)

Spirit-filled believers who live and teach the word of God are necessary to persuade all men everywhere that Jesus yet lives. They must do it in the midst of a popular culture with a diluted message of Christ being preached to promote church size and finances.  Erroneous teaching may cause people to lose interest or become lukewarm but the gospel truth preached with power can draw souls back to God.  The gospel message is simple and effective when delivered properly.  The word of God is a transforming message that saves and delivers to set souls free from bondage.

Without faith in Christ our nation would return back to the pagan days of old where corrupt men lord over the people.  Jesus is still reaching out to save souls and save our world.  One believer can turn his world around for God like Paul did, like Daniel did and like Elijah did and, of course, like Abraham did because he believed.  Invested in every spirit filled believer is the same power that raised Jesus up from the grave.  Far too many believers underestimate the power Jesus has given them.

While men of influence are today trying to persuade people of their wisdom because of wealth or position, the believer must remember that all of God’s children are a royal priesthood and have within them the ability to move mountains.  We will all have to give an account for what we have done with our talents and God will require more of those to whom much has been given. Of the utmost importance is what we do with the message we heard about Christ.  That word developed a seed of faith on the inside of us that contains great hope.  The enemy of our soul sets up men of power and wickedness who use threats, fear and intimidation to  suppress righteousness, faith and hope; but the believer in Christ has a new place and source of power:

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: Eph 2:4-6 (KJV)

The believer in Christ as a child of the Great King with all its privileges and has become an heir of all that belongs to Christ.  This position is available to any person at any level of life who will believe the gospel.  We all must come in the same door through simple faith in Christ’s sacrifice. He died on the cross in your place and in my place and for the souls of the whole world of sinners.  It should have been us who died on that cross for all of our sins; but Christ who knew no sin, died in our place so we could go free.  What a wonderful Savior He is!

What Christ did on the cross leveled the ground for all men to come into equal position as brethren.  Christ, as God in the flesh, called disciples His “brethren.”  We observe in scripture that Christ came in a lowly estate and walked in humility and meekness while administering help to others.  Apostle Paul said: “Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits (Rom 12:16).”  Our culture and worldly self always want to be exalted or rewarded for every deed but that is contrary to Christ’s way.  It is Christ who examines the life of His disciples and chooses to raise some to higher callings as he did with the first apostles, where they took on additional duties and risks for the kingdom.  Christ gives no place for any legitimate Christian leader to be proud, arrogant, abusive or demeaning. Those characteristics and others listed in Galatians 5:19-21 are traits that help us identify Satan’s servants who connive, bully and cause fear, intimidation or evil deeds to enforce their pretense of superior power.  The God of love backs up the strength of His people and they have the greater power because of son ship with their Great King. That power is not for self-exaltation over others; but we can, by His power, condescend to men of low estate.  The commandment to love our brethren should cause all of us to assist the less fortunate.  Jesus taught that those who desire to be first will be last and servant to all (Mk 9:35). Adherence to such Christian principles is what causes people to consider the needs of the poor and vulnerable of our community.

The power men use to rule over others is power that ultimately comes from God and every tyrant in history has ultimately fallen under the power of God.  Powerful names such as Alexander, Napoleon, Caesar, Hitler, Stalin and others are only a whisper from our past. We are all like pieces on the chest board that are set up and moved at God’s command.  Our very next breath is at the pleasure of God.  Psalms 24:1 states:  “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.”  Though mankind may be reluctant to acknowledge God’s sovereignty, He, nevertheless, will have the final word; and He will use His authority to pull down all forms of evil.  The glory that some men have taken for themselves belongs to God and He has said of Himself that He is jealous over His people and that He will not give His glory to another (2Co. 11:2; Is. 48:11).  Knowing that the All-Powerful God demands His glory and is jealous over His people, who would in foolishness dare take upon himself the glory that belongs only to God or harm the vulnerable that is “the apple of God’s eye” that He protects?  Fear of God helps one to stay in a place of humility and obedience because God puts down oppressors and lifts up the meek while He judges the earth and defends His word.  The wise will hear the word of God and believe in God’s power while the unbelieving may choose to learn the sovereignty of God the hard way through experiencing His anger.  The love of God allows everyone the opportunity of choosing to be an equal partaker of His grace.

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren…Heb 2:9-11 (KJV)

But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. Mat 23:8 (KJV)

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Leadership by Bully

September 2019

Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens: …Ex 18:21

Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.  Act 6:3

God Always Wanted His People Led through Love

Not only is God love but His leadership over us is in love.  Tough love is sometimes dispensed because of disobedience in children but it is still love nevertheless.  Everything in the Garden of Eden was pronounced good and God, Himself, was Lord and Master over His children while they enjoyed the provision and comfort of the Garden.  They had guidelines, choices and direct contact with their Creator.  What else could they have desired?  They picked their food from the trees without concern, had no threat from any animal in the garden, enjoyed perfect climate and fellowship with each other and God.  They were employed where they had appropriate skills and their work was appreciated and rewarded accordingly.  There was no sickness, no house payment and the crime rate was nonexistent.

Sin Brought Corrupt Men as Leaders

When Adam and Eve were obedient they had loving leadership but their disobedience to God put them under an evil taskmaster.  Accordingly, we are dealing with the same consequence today.  God had instructed Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because doing so would cause them to die.  They could eat of any other tree in the Garden.  They had choice.  When they decided to do that which was forbidden their whole world changed for the worst.  They were kicked out of the comfort of their home, lost fellowship with God and had to work in hardship and danger for their food, home and protection.  Instead of Creator God ruling over them with love, help and protection; now they had an evil overlord named Satan who constantly challenged their faith and corrupted every aspect of their world.

We have had extreme violence in the land at times because of the voice man chooses to listen to.  The mercy of God continuously rises up good leadership over people to suit His purpose or because someone cried out for His help.  When godly people do not take charge through God’s power, evil forces by the devil’s influence can take over any place to ravage our communities and cause murder, rape, plunder to terrorize people.  There is a common expression “Let the buyer beware”.  Unfortunately our daily lives consist of buying transactions from when we receive our morning donuts to the job we do, to the home we live in and the government where we submit.  We often get services, rights or goods from some entity that is greater than we and that entity has already worked out the terms for their greater benefit and advantage over the recipient.  That is how they prevail and prosper.  From businesses to churches to government that were established to provide equitable services for citizens, we now see them holding the recipient of their services at their mercy.

In this year of 2019, we see a federal government organized and stacked with overlords who answer to leadership for personal gain of the leader and those aligned with him.  Leadership has flipped from protection as Moses outlined it into an authoritarian overlord demanding his bounty like Caesar.  What we must realize is that Moses’ guidelines are patterned after a caring God, while Caesar and such overlords are patterned after the liar and thief we call Satan.  The difference is the power of a giver and the power of a taker; and our experiences and sense of well being should send off alarms as to which we are experiencing. Are we winning or losing is another measure to distinguish which lord we are under.

Jesus Came to Restore God’s Leadership

From the obedience of Abraham to Moses to David; God raised up leaders to restore justice and peace in the land.  Under the law given by Moses, man had a way of knowing what was good or evil and the consequence of his sin.  The law did not make man better but man was aware again that he had choices and the consequence of those choices.  The law was also given to rule people’s actions and to correct or remove the disobedient from harming the innocence.  God has always made a place of rest for those that walked in his obedience and gave protection from evil overlords.  The Old Testaments prophets were ministers of God intervening between good and evil.  When laws failed to make our communities peaceful God initiated another way to restore man through a new heart that would be made from love. Jesus’ coming as the Messiah was prophesied in the Old Testament through prophets in the millenniums before it actually occurred and it gave hope to people for relief from oppression.

In both the Old and New Testaments, God provided a way that leaders could be selected from among the people to rule or administer to the people under God’s loving care.  They were to be leaders who honored God first of all and then who displayed truth and honestly before the people.  We saw this type of leadership in King David whom God reigned over with loving guidance and help to rule God’s people with justice and protection.  Even though David committed sin as king, he repented and returned to God who meted out his punishment, but did not abandon him.  David was declared to be a man after God’s own heart because he loved God and confessed his sin when confronted. That is also what God expects of us.  God prefers leadership that is wise, honest, walking in integrity and who would model righteousness before the people they lead.  Leaders should inspire the people under their authority to imitate them.  For a number of years biblical Israel had good leaders like Moses who led them in the right way even when they wanted to defect and follow wrong ways.  God depended on his leaders to keep the people on track so they could enjoy the blessings God had for them.  Moses was a good leader though not perfect.  He led the Israelites from Egypt, delivered to them God’s Law and brought them to the entrance of the Promise Land where he died and was replaced by Joshua.

We Have Choice Again for Whom to Serve and Appoint As Leaders

Jesus was the best model for good leadership and He appointed good leaders to follow Him.  We see Peter and the church elders again stating that leaders should be: “…of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom.”  This first century commandment was part of the doctrine of European rule where they fought off Muslim attempts to destroy Christian rule.  Christianity and its principles were the standard for European rule over nations, even when they did not obey them, and that guidance has lasted from the Crusades to the present.  Even when wicked authoritarian kings took office, they still claimed Christianity.  King James authorized the English printing of the bible to make it accessible to English speaking commoners.  The guidance of Christian principles and laws were available for all the people and they still remained in place in Europe when the pilgrims brought those principles to America where they are reflected in our three branches of government and Christian faith.   America has a host of Christian churches from where appropriate candidates can be pulled for sincere and compassionate government service to its people.

Bully Leadership – Our Present Situation is Based on Our Choice

The coming of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross for us puts us back in a place similar to that of Adam and Eve.  God is willing to protect, provide for and fellowship with His children again if we choose Him as our God.  If we make no choice at all or choose wrong, the devil will be the overlord over us and our world.  What we are experiencing today is a result of our choices.  We choose who lords over us.  Where we make no choice for God, the devil will lord over people.  The devil is evil and he is a bully.  We can see his spirit in people who lord over people with cruelty and hatred.  Corrosion of Christian values in American churches and its people have brought us all the way to where we are today…being ruled by bullies as church overlords, government overlords and corporate overlords.  They tell us what we had better do or else!  Having well established systems in our nation, it has facilitated leaders who exploit them for personal wealth; and many people do not realize it was their choice through their chosen leader.

Systems that were set up to provide services to and for the American people have now switched over to bully demands.  Our government exploits Americans through unfair taxation laws and corrupt leaders in churches and businesses that operate for their highest profit rather than for any advantage of the people.  We have a lack of leaders of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom today.  Americans are being exploited on every side and God said “The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof (Jer 5:31)?  From unhealthy foods and medicines full of unsafe chemical fillers to exorbitant prices of housing and fraudulent financial services, American citizens are paying through the nose to businesses that are not being blocked by our legislators because many of them are receiving their part of the bounty through kickbacks.  When we look at the mandate given to us by God through scripture and then we look at where we are now, our decline cannot be denied.  The problem is though whether or not we will use wisdom to return from our rapid decline to safer grounds or will we go into full decline like so many other nations before us.

What was once being done silently or incognito in past years are now being conducted out in the open with pride and boldness because Satan is receiving his glory.  Leaders are now demanding their profit without shame.  God said through Jeremiah:  “Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this” (Jer 5:29)?  We have legal bullies who have free rein to continue because proper authority has been cast aside for profit.  How did we get here?  Lobbyists created rendezvous between business and government where coalitions were being made to profit all involved.  Unfortunately, a seduction ensued for the devotion of church leaders who felt left out of the wealth.  Once they were on board, the people were easily silenced by their leaders.  We got here because from the Christians to businesses to government, responsible people stop blowing the whistle on sin and corruption.  They were told to “be a team player” and everybody thought to speak up was treacherous to the group, never mind the treachery to God.  Leaders in churches, government and businesses went unchecked in power for too long.  Even though God told the people to select righteous leaders to rule over them, celebrity leaders had already sprinkled stardust in the eyes of the people.  Honestly and integrity was substituted for glitter and fanfare.  America learned to put star power above God’s power.  It became established tradition in our churches as Christians learned to hear and follow those religious leaders who came with fame and demands for high monetary benefits…”bring me a thousand…$500 line up over here.”  Exaltation of fleshly leaders turned the tide of respect from anointed leaders to those that tickled our fancy.  Hear the prophecy from millenniums ago:

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 2Ti 4:3-4

Our preachers were to be stewards over these words and had a responsibility to keep the people in remembrance of what God said but they too pursued their lusts for monetary gains and fame like their worldly idols.  Once the church compromised, there was no framework in place to keep other institutions honest.  It was the churches that originally called America to righteousness from slavery, saloons, whorehouses, many past gambling holes, public lewdness and other kinds of lawlessness.  If you take away those original preachers who steered America in the right direction, we would have been destroyed a long time ago through corruption, lawlessness or civil unrest. God was at every point trying to remind our nation of His first instruction.

I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the LORD, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds.  Jer 5:5

I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers: but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me.  Jer 35:15

When Aaron gave in to the temptation to make the people an idol god to serve, they were wholly corrupted and set for God’s destruction until their Moses returned and pleaded for God to spare them.  It is God who raised up Himself a prophet for the people to provide a place of mercy for them in times of evil.  But when a people will not hear that prophet, what hope could possibly be left.  Jonah was the last hope to prevent Nineveh’s destruction.

When we see bullies leading us freely, we should all know that we are all in eminent peril.  God is not the God of bullies.  Bullies are an evil force ruling and leading us to oppression and destruction.  Satan is the supreme bully and he sets up people like himself to lead people into hardship and destruction.  That bully spirit is referred to as goats or wolves among sheep in the bible and God curses and denounces that spirit.

And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.  Mt 25:32-33

Mine anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished the goats: for the LORD of hosts hath visited his flock the house of Judah, and hath made them as his goodly horse in the battle. Zec 10:3

Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.  Ezek 22:26-27

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Mt 7:15

People have always had some kind of god that they wanted to serve. When Israel did not want to serve the True God, King Ahab and Queen Jezebel were happy to rule them and lead them in service to idol gods. Only Elijah’s service to God saved the people.  Elijah was instructed to cut off idol worship so their leaders had to be destroyed.  Not one was to remain in place to again pollute the people.

We Can Still Make the Right Choice 

Once I made the decision for Christ and received His Holy Spirit I wondered why I was still dealing with that bully spirit wrecking my life.  I searched God’s word to find out where I was missing what God promised.  God began to show me little by little where the devil was eating my lunch.  The devil was still lording over areas in my life through personal decisions I had made. I had to learn what wrong decisions I had made and cancel Satan’s permit.  Lot chose to live in a notorious city called Sodom.   His choice was based on selfishness toward his uncle, Abraham.  The consequences he and his family experienced were based on his wrong decision.  Children do experience the consequences of their parent’s deed.  God reveals in the New Testament that we should consult Him in every decision.  We should preference our words with “if it be the will of the Lord.”  God’s deliverance defeats evil spirits and overlords who have taken illegal places of authority in their lives.  Children of God have a right to be free and enjoy their liberty in Christ but the devil is a thief, using evil overlords of rob God’s people of their rights and privileges. Jesus told us so:  “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (Jo 10:10).”

What is new in our time of Christian faith is a God who will partner with any believer to cleanse his house and life of Satan’s intrusions.  Overlords lurk everywhere to oppress the believer but God has promised to the believer life and that more abundantly.  Our nation can overthrow Satan’s rule through evil and wicked men if we have faith in God and work with Him. God is a very present help in a time of trouble but we must call upon Him and work with Him.  Our leaders should fight against overlords in our communities, state and nation; but if they will not, Christ has invested the power for  an individual to run a thousand and for two to run ten thousand.  Let’s utilize the power of Christ in unity to kick the bullies out!

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.  1 Jn 4:4

When the Curtain is Drawn Back

January 2019

When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever:    But thou, LORD, art most high for evermore.  For, lo, thine enemies, O LORD, for, lo, thine enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered. . . . Ps. 92:7-9

We are taught stories at a young age that reveal the mysteries of life to guide us from youth, if we retain them.  Such a lesson is the story of the big bad wolf that came to blow down the houses of the three little pigs.  He blew down the house of straw and the one made of sticks because they were weak in structure.  When the wolf came to blow down the house of bricks, it was too strong and withstood his attack. This lesson teaches us to build strong houses or lives that can withstand the storms of life.  Important lessons can be learned from simple childhood stories.

Several more complicated lessons can be learned from the lengthy story of the Wizard of Oz.  Who could forget the end of the story?  The long, tedious journey of Dorothy and her friends brought them before a menacing wizard that made them shake in their boots.  When Dorothy’s dog pulled back the curtain, a shocking sight was revealed to them.  The menacing voice behind the curtain was really a small, weak old man using a magnified voice to create fear in those who heard him. He was revealed as a fraud and imitator. Things can seem menacing or impenetrable but that may just be the curtain.  The wolf is not always so smart and the evil curtain is not always as invincible as it appears.

The scripture written above reveals a truth about the end of a menacing enemy.  First appearances may seem foreboding and impenetrable but it does not mean it will withstand the force of time or pressure.  Scriptures in Psalms and Proverbs give us the wisdom of age-old problems.  They reveal our most earnest needs in life and our fear at the challenges of an enemy.  God reveals in Psalms and Proverbs that He both supplies what we need and conquers our fear.  The lessons of our youth, which brought us hope, often need to be repeated to our more mature self because of the many times we have failed the test and the challenges to our faith.

The innocence of the Garden of Eden gave way to the evil that was waiting behind the curtain when disobedience was accomplished.  We have had to deal with that evil throughout life as it has risen and fallen.  When it rises to an overwhelming force where it looks like it will destroy us, there is an invisible force behind another curtain that causes it to subside because the Overseer behind this curtain is neither timid nor powerless to help us.  Childhood stories gave us hope that evil could be overcome but the terrorizing fear in adulthood may not always withstand the fear with youthful hope.  Amazingly, God has told believers that they must come to Him as little children (Mt. 18:3); yet adults often choose to internalize their fear that unconquered will cause tumors, heart disease, cancer, strokes as well as many phobias and other diseases resulting from fear.

Ancient Israel had an experience with a curtain that had hidden behind it the means of their deliverance and instruction.  As long as they obeyed, God kept them safe.  In the midst of their camp in the wilderness, they built a place of worship called the tabernacle that was surrounded by curtains.  They stepped within the borders of the curtains to interact with their God.  They brought an offering behind the curtains from their bounty in penitence for sin  and found God’s mercy extended toward them.  Once a year, God extended an opportunity to meet with Him for a fresh start.  The high priest would go behind the curtain into the holy of holies to meet with God on behalf of the people.  If he was a clean representative of the people, he would meet with God and receive favor and the removal of the sin from Israel.  If he had not properly prepared himself to meet with God and was unclean, he would die behind the curtain and the rope attached to his leg would be used by the people to pull him out from behind the curtain where the glory and presence of God abode.  The nature of God was always that He was good but the people and the priests received the consequences of their actions.  This practice left a lot to be desired and God had in mind a better way that was to come down through the ages of time in Jesus Christ, the perfect sacrifice and perfect priest.

When Jesus came into the earth, Divinity was wrapped in a curtain of human flesh.  God was extending mercy to all mankind.  Jesus walked the earth for 33 years, repudiating sin and rebuking evil.  His mission was to overcome evil with good.  Evil seemed to have won when the evil one provoked man to pierce the flesh of the Holy One on a cruel cross until Jesus died.  What seemed to have been the end was only a new beginning though. When darkness pierced the curtain (the flesh of Jesus’ body), it rend the veil between man and God that released the Holy Spirit.  The darkness of sin met with the mercy of God revealed in the Holy Spirit that dwelt behind the curtain in the tabernacle. The barrier between God and man was removed so man could approach his God for himself without the intermediary of a high priest. Sin and the devil had lost and man and the Holy Spirit had won by the power of God.

Jesus paid the price for the removal of sin and evil. The Holy Spirit abides with us today in an intimacy that neither the tabernacle nor the flesh of Jesus could.  The tabernacle was limited to a particular place and time as was Jesus when He walked the earth.  But today the Holy Spirit can be everywhere at the same time and available to whomever needs Him.  The Holy Spirit is also a curtain now that hides the saints of God from the evil that is without. We know that the devil is an imitator of God, so he hides his workers behind a curtain too.  The source of evil is often veiled and it can be difficult to discern where it is coming from or what hand has dealt the fatal blow.  It can often hit us from various directions until it seems overwhelming.  No amount of darkness though is hidden from the All-Seeing Eyes of God who watches over the earth and His children.

When those that possesses the Holy Spirit of God commune behind the veil with the Father about the evil in the earth, God rolls back the curtain of darkness to expose the evil with His light.  We no longer have to wait on the high priest of the tabernacle or the once-a-year intervention.  God’s power is immediately available to all His children.  Satan, who manipulates people and operates in darkness, is revealed when the curtain of darkness is pulled back by the light of Christ Jesus.  Behind that curtain is a weak and defeated enemy who has already succumbed to the power of Christ’s resurrection.  The truth that Satan is already defeated is a truth he wanted kept a secret but it is one destroys the fear of his lies.

The three little pigs need not fear the big bad wolf anymore because they dwell in a house strong enough to withstand the wolf’s attack.  One version of the story has the wolf trying to sneak in the house by the chimney and ending up in a pot of scalding water on the fireplace that provides a wealth for the three little pigs when they sell his hide.  The menacing wizard behind the curtain was powerless as is the devil against the child of God. Jesus came veiled in a body of flesh and blood to destroy the devil that had the power of death and Jesus delivered believers from a lifetime in the fear of death.

The wolf has brought a breath of fear against the nation of America and the wisdom of God has allowed some houses of straw or sticks to fall.  There were houses built on false teachings; lust of money, sex and self-fulfillment that fell when exposed to the light.  America’s nature of infidelity was revealed when God pulled back the curtain of false religion and exposed false doctrine, fraud, idolatry and sexual immorality in the pulpit and priesthood.  He pulled back the curtain of government and exposed racism, discrimination, fraud, organized crime, hatred, sexual immorality, lies, national disloyalty, ignorance and pride.  He pulled back the curtain of business and exposed fraud, theft, sexual immorality, greed and treachery.  God has allowed America to see that it has poor leadership in homes, schools, government, businesses and its churches  Their weaknesses came because of failing to acknowledge and uphold the power of God in their leadership.  God did not expose these weaknesses for America’s defeat but rather for America’s repentance.  Even though these weaknesses could cause the nation to fall, it is God who determines whether it stands or falls.  His decision depends on the nation’s decision on repentance and turn from sin.  A drowning man must make the decision between fighting for life and giving up to die.  The fight for America depends on giving up the fight against God and dying to sin so there can be a rebirth.  The unethical nature of America is no better than the nations to whom it once stood as a shining light on a hill or beacon.

Righteousness exalteth a nation but sin is a reproach to any people. Prov. 11:34

God reveals man’s sin in the open when he fails to heed the various warnings sent to him to repent. At every church communion, God asks that believers examine themselves and determine if they are suitable to commune with God behind the veil.  God both allows and helps His children to discover their own sin so as to repent and be delivered from that which can cause death.  It is the love of God that reveals our sin to us.  Every Israelite that came to the tabernacle with an offering for sin was acknowledging to the priest that he was a sinner deserving death but was requesting mercy instead. The priest accepting the offering was supposed to be sanctified for the purpose of receiving the offering for sin and standing as an intermediary between God and man even though no human has ever been worthy for this task.  Judgment was temporarily prevented by this system of repentance and forgiveness of sin.  The resurrection of Christ from the dead for our sin has replaced the Israelite system with the new system of Christ’s own blood offered once for the sin of every believer.

Today Christ requires man to confess sin in intimacy with Him through prayer and in some cases to another believer to receive forgiveness.  Christ will reveal our sin to us in the privacy of our prayer in communion with Him when our heart is tender enough to hear.  Those that resist this option will have the opportunity to be told their sin by another person or circumstance.  Strong resistance against confession of sin brings more sternness from God to make one aware of sin and allow opportunity for repentance.  This is the mercy of God.  Prophets may be sent to a people refusing to heed God’s warnings.  They stand as an intermediary between man and the judgment in the Old and New Testaments.  God has always shown mercy toward mankind to get them to return to Him before destruction.  Noah preached for 120 years before the destruction by flood that wiped out the whole earth.  God loves the creation He has made and He said it all was good after making it.  Romans Chapter One tells us that even the wicked on which wrath will fall have had God revealed to them through nature itself testifying of God and that they are without excuse.  God is willing to reveal Himself to all that seek Him in sincerity and forgive all sin through Jesus Christ’s blood shed on the cross.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Pe 3:9 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. Jo. 3:16-17

God has allowed the curtain to be pulled back to reveal the sin of our nation, leaders and people so that we can receive the forgiveness made available to us through the ripping of the tabernacle veil to reveal Jesus Christ as Savior of the world, where we can find mercy in our time of need.  If the veil of our heart has been rend to reveal our personal need, then God has allowed us opportunity to humble ourselves in His presence to receive His mercy and grace.

What To Do When Evil Sits In The High Place?

November 2018

Most of us know from childhood teachings that there is right and wrong behavior and consequences rendered for choosing what is wrong, but the great dispute of our society today is determining what is actually right or wrong.  It seems to vary based on the concepts and teachings of those who consider the matter.  The morals of our society derived from home teachings or personal opinions have branded us with a certain frame of mind and value system that is difficult to uproot.  Our capitalist society no longer wants to support old biblical concepts or moral absolutes that came from allegiance to God and that established our government and nation because it could stand in the way of pleasure or profitable gain.

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?  Mat 16:26

There was a time when people believed concepts of heaven or hell as moral restraint and final destination for life’s deeds.  Belief in a Sovereign God, who rules earth and man’s life, was accepted in most civilized societies of early Europe and America.  People were so persuaded in the idea of a Sovereign God and of eternal damnation until many nations following the crucifixion of Christ established government religions like the official adoption of Christianity by the Roman Empire in AD 380, and the subsequent Christianization of most of Europe.  After the crucifixion and appointment of apostles, Peter’s ministry in first century AD Rome  became the foundation of the Christian church that was later called the Catholic Church.  The Catholic Church’s message was taken world-wide as missionaries were sent out to teach and convert sinners.  There was zeal to take truth into all the dark places of the earth.  From those early Christian beginnings, nations established religions that were endorsed and directed by kings and emperors; some of whom became ruthless toward the people and forced leadership change, even though they professed Christ and endorsed the Catholic Church.

The Holy bible tells us of the righteousness and holiness of God as the Creator of the world and of the glory and majesty of heaven as the angels shower God with worship and praise.  Scripture revealed that the head angel of heaven, named Lucifer, led worship to God until evil was found in him.  This evil being led an uprising with other angels in conspiracy to overthrow the throne of God so that he could rule in God’s place.  This anarchy ended when Lucifer and his cohorts were kicked out of heaven by the Sovereign God, who rule supreme in heaven and earth.  The anarchists were evicted out of heaven and thrown down to earth where they then set out to corrupt earth and torment the children of God.

Satan sought to control the high place of heaven and now has access to earth and the hearts of mankind.  His evil influence tempted the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, to disobey God and caused them to lose fellowship and peace between mankind and God in the Garden of Eden.  From that point to this, mankind has had to deal with his evil influence in the affairs of man.  Satan still envies God’s authority and seeks to establish a kingdom that will compete with or overthrow God’s authority and that is why man is both a potential tool and enemy.

The opening chapter of the New Testament shows Satan’s temptation of Jesus Christ after a 40-day fast in the wilderness.  Satan took Christ upon the pinnacle of the temple and later offered Christ all the kingdoms in Satan’s possession if Jesus would just bow down and worship Satan (Mt. 4).  Christ, of course, refused every temptation and successfully passed each test in obedience.  We see revealed in this story, power that the devil possessed to tempt Christ and all mankind to sin against God.  Apostle Paul taught that: “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the ruler of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Eph 6:12).”  So when we run into wickedness, we need to realize it is the power of Satan working in souls that have fallen victim to his influence.  That is the reason why we have to identify Satan’s work and learn how to fight.  Our fight is not against man, whose soul God loves, but against the enemy in the person whom the evil spirit has taken captive.

Jesus warned us about the wit of evil men “…for the children of the world are in their generation wiser than the children of light (Lk 16:8).”  Jesus commended the unjust servant when caught for theft because of the wisdom he used in negotiating a way of escape from judgment. His evil skills were compared by Christ with the lack of wisdom in the children of God.  It was a point of shame because the children of God possess the advantage by their access to the omnipotent power and knowledge of God.  The children of God are actually more powerful than the devil’s children but the wisdom and power of deity is available to both.  Paul taught whose wisdom believers should choose: “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness (Rom 6:16)?”

There was a time when erratic behavior of individuals such as listed in Mark 5 was thought to be mental but Jesus taught us the root of certain types of problems can be spiritual dysfunction.  The very nature of some fights are spiritual battles rather than a societal, political, or mental issue that can be solved by practitioners of the medical, mental or psychological profession.  The Christian community has the advantage of Christ’s teaching and should be able to minister to people who are afflicted with spiritual abnormalities resulting in unnatural behavior in our communities.  Unfortunately many of our churches have advocated their religious responsibilities to mental health professionals who medicate, incarcerate or label people that could be otherwise set free by competent spiritual ministry.

Left to their devices people with great spiritual abnormalities can take on positions of high office where their subordinates have no power to resist.  This can occur in high offices in government, religion or society, where many have been discovered in great mischief only after much damage was done.  It is hypocrisy when this is found in churches. But Apostle Paul taught that “… Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light (2Co 11:14).  The devil loves to hide in the high places because that is what he is used to; but people should have their eyes open and seek proof of Christ’s presence in their religious leaders. The Catholic Church is now wrestling with pedophilia in priests that has been covered up by religious leaders for decades.   Business leaders are being confronted with criminal prosecution for sexual misbehavior that has long been condoned as acceptable business practice.  We see presently in the highest office of the land a man that a majority of America has called a narcissist, liar, thief, unpatriotic and unfit for office; yet there seems to be nothing anyone can do about it.  Because the office of president, the standard bearer for the nation, is the highest law enforcement office in America, there is no higher government office that can rein in unlawful actions.

Could it be possible that God, who orchestrated lawful governing of men from the instructions given Moses by his father-in-law, Jethro, had no remedy for this type of problem?  Contrary to the beliefs of the American people, God never made the president or any governmental representative the final authority in the land.  Godly spiritual authority has always been commissioned by God to discipline corrupt governmental authority.  For all the love God showered on King David, He did not condone David’s sin against Uriah when David took the man’s wife to bed and had the husband killed.  God in that situation raised up a spirit-led servant called a prophet of God who went to David as the mouthpiece of God to confront and convict David of his sin against God and the people.  David’s sin was judged by God and punishment was dispensed to the highest officeholder in the land.  We saw God in scripture (Dan 5) personally smite a heathen king for pride and arrogance and even use the finger of God to write a warning message on the palace wall for another.  When Israel and Judah’s leaders and citizens could no longer be corrected and brought back to godly discipline, they were all turned over to the enemy for punishment. God will always judge sin.  We see King Zedekiah, the last king of Judah, delivered into bondage to Babylon around 587 BC, his sons killed before him, and his eyes put out in captivity to his enemy (2Ki 25:7). The vast majority of Americans believe like the Israelites did that they possess superiority above all other people and could not be overtaken by enemy nations because of their relationship with God; but God favors present obedience, rather than symbols of past obedience.  So evil in the high place of the people of God is an affront to God and represents punishment, not favor.

God sent Jesus into the earth to restore power back to mankind for rule over the earth and righteous judgment of the behavior of man.  Jesus restored righteous rule through establishing the church of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The saints have power with God through prayer to bring intervention in the affairs of the earth.  Jesus clearly made it known to His disciples that they were to exercise righteous justice in the earth through the Holy Spirit’s power given to all who believed in Christ. That power extended through the use of righteous government officials brings people into submission to God’s authority as stated in I Peter 2:13.   Only through transferring the power of God to unrighteous worldly authority could the church stand powerless to exercise justice in the land.  And this we have seen performed by the church when it surrendered its authoritative power to the government for tax benefits! The story of Daniel teaches us that even an idolatrous government could be converted to God through holy intercession and petitioning of God in prayer.  The story and Jonah and Nineveh teach us that even the worst of nations can repent and be saved.

Americans have seen governments around the world trample on the rights of their citizens, denying their rights to religion, property, entrepreneurship and speech.  We recently saw government leaders in foreign countries travel into countries outside of their borders to kill opponents who spoke against their leadership.  American leadership cannot freely and openly do those types of crimes…yet.  America is headed in that direction though because right now no person in America has power of restraint to the highest office in the land when it promotes lawlessness.  The political problems of our nation now typifies the experience of a frog being slowly boiled to death.  The frog, which had the power to jump out at any time, became oblivious to the temperature change as it was being cooked to death by small increases in heat until it was too late.

God gives the church ability to recognize the enemy’s ways long before they are fully formed and the church should respond on first attack.   The devil used laws to first restrain prayer from American schools in 1962 and the church was silent, squashed the church voice through tax breaks in 1954/1987,  outlawed corporal punishment of children in 2014, removed the Ten Commandments from the public square in 2017, changed moral standards on marriage in 2015 with a silent church, contained individual Christian voices through erroneous religious teaching, divided the country by poor spiritual guidance and finally allowed hijack of the government through poor spiritual guidance and appointment of immoral administrative, judiciary and congressional leadership whose pursuits was enrichment rather than righteous rule that jeopardize American people by internal and external threats.  The mouth and hands of America have been tied in a knot and there is little help of saving her unless the church becomes convicted of sin, repent and cry out to God.  Politics cannot save America!  Jesus came as a spiritual Savior, not a political one.  Neither presidents nor congress have the ability to overcome their own lust for power and money to do what is right.  Righteousness must rise up against unrighteousness in order to restore justice.  Only the church was given”… power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy… (Lk 10:9).”  Only the church was told by Jesus that the gates of hell would not prevail against her (Mt 16:18).  That is why many churches had to be deceived and persuaded into following money rather than God. The bible teaches that the root of all evil is the love of money, which all Americans have been led to pursue at any cost (1Ti 6:10); but God is not mocked, nor defeated.

When the spirit of Satan infiltrates a soul, his characteristics will be manifested in those who are taken captive; so we must be able to identify the traits of Satan in order to understand his work in man and the atmosphere.  He hides his hand but we can still recognize him by his characteristics.  We can recognize the evil spirit that is Satan through his fruits as Jesus explained in Matthew 7:15.  Anger, hatred, lying, greed, disruptions and selfishness are some of his major tell-tale signs but he also deals subtly as well because the devil is crafty.  The book of Galatians gives us a list of the characteristics of the enemy at work.

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication (unmarried sex), uncleanness, lasciviousness (lustful/wanton/lewd/ girl-chasing old man), idolatry (worship of idols, not God), witchcraft, hatred, variance (inconsistent), emulations (envious/imitation), wrath (vengeful), strife(bitter/angry disagreement), seditions (inciting people to rebel), heresies(opinions contrary to tradition), envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Gal 5:19-21)

The book of Galatians goes on to tell us that the fruits of the spirit of God is love, joy and peace.  So we can identify what the evil one looks like in the high place and the low place.  Once an evil tree matures it cannot hide its fruit any longer and it has to manifest what type of tree it is.  Jesus taught us that a good tree does not produce evil fruit.  Once we know what we are dealing with, the children of God should know how to pray about this wickedness as taught in Ephesian 6.   We are the Daniels of our generation praying to God over the sin of our own life and that of our nation.

If the church waits for the government to overcome the devil and his work in our nation, then we give the devil free rein to do his work and gain control over the church Jesus died to establish.  If the church sleeps in apathy, apostasy, and continues its lust for material possessions, the devil laughs at Christ’s church as it sits powerless to fight.  The church cannot continue to preach a powerless gospel that has no conviction of sin because it wants to please the people who fill the coffers for prosperity preachers.  “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived (2Ti 3:13).”  Too many church leaders have fallen into Satan’s snare and been persuaded that their riches are proof of their success in God; when Satan, too, rewards with wealth temporarily those that will follow him.  It is temporary and it comes with a great cost eternally.

For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way…And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Th 2:7, 10-12).

America appears roped and tied as it has fallen into the hands of an enemy hidden through the ages in the flesh and through the greedy power-seeking ways of man.  Satan’s great test to Jesus was the temptation of power and wealth, which all America craves.   Satan’s best temptation is the lust for material pleasures and worldly power, which Jesus freely gives to the obedient.  Jesus said that the people of this world are much wiser than the children of God and it seems to have proven true as Christians have sought wealth over God.    Have the children of God taken on a new lover and tossed aside the Savior of their souls for an evil ruler who will accompany them into eternal damnation?  Is it possible that the American Christian church can be revived back to God to save itself and the people from the enemy who desires the high place of God and Christ’s heritage for himself?

Jesus declared that the gates of hell would not prevail against the church and even when Elijah cried against the sin of Israel God replied that He had 7,000 that had not bowed to Baal.  Baal was a Canaanite false god known as an adversary to the Hebrew God.  Elijah defeated the Baal worshipers on Mount Carmel in the test for the True God (I Ki 18:21).  Elijah performed this test to show the people that it was the True God that they should serve, not Baal.  People cannot be saved until they repent of sin and they cannot repent if they do not know they have sinned.  The mission of the preacher and prophet is to show the people their sin and lead them to Christ for redemption. Jesus loved the sinner so much that He was willing to give his own life for their eternal soul.  Salvation has been purchased for the one who will turn his heart to Christ in repentance.   The devil has already been defeated through Christ’s death and triumphant resurrection.  Those who have been overcome can be restored if they cry out to God because He has promised to hear (Zec 13:9).  The earth belongs to God and Jesus has already purchased it back from the devil, but the people of God must be vigilant, rising up to fight for their own soul and for the nation wherever the devil has taken an unlawful position in the high places of God’s dominion.  The devil is a ferocious unrelenting adversary who will not easily surrender, but God will fight with us and for us with all power.  The victory is already won for those on the Lord’s side but they must stand in faith.   Victory is ours if we keep fighting until we overcome in battle.  It is a battle we are equipped for.  We are the children of the Most High God; and when we fight, we win.

America at the Precipice of Crisis or Victory!

November 5, 2018

The Astuteness of American Founders

The founders who established the nation of America were people who possessed biblical and world knowledge as ministers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, soldiers, inventors, doctors, and teachers.  They were scholarly, though not perfect. From their knowledge of the bible’s intent for governing mankind and the reality of man’s rule over people, they devised a government that was an amazing and unique cross-section between the two concepts.  Equality of rights, access to provisions and a land of freedom for all men is a God-idea found within the pages of the bible.  America would be a land where God would rule over mankind through the heart with governing laws guiding conduct toward each other.  The practice of various religious faiths derived from the Word of God with biblical instruction was the basis for continued growth that would provide moral guidance for proper relationship between neighbors.

We often say the founders framed the constitution, which implies a picture being formed within the frame.  If the founders were the framers, then their descendants are forming the picture within the frame.  Have we done a good job in forming the picture they framed for us?  They gave the ideas and principles that formed the frame of our nation.  They exercised the first government and congress that illustrated what they intended; and they believed our religion, laws and brotherly love for each other and country would guide us in maintaining the plan for justice and equality for all.

American Arrogance

The crises we have in America today reveal our understanding of their ideas and principles as well as our motives in handling the nation that the founders entrusted to us.  When we compare the original plan with the position we find ourselves in today, the difference reveals whether we are on or off course.  They designed a system for equality in access and provision based on people working together for the common good but we have turned it into a bounty for aristocracy like the countries the settlers fled.  An opportunity for fairness has turned into an organized conspiracy of greed for a ruling class.  God was to reign as supreme in this land, but now we have capitalism as supreme and God’s rule has been evicted.  The greedy desire for money and power has caused an evil underbelly to be revealed mirrored to those of past European homelands.  The great fear though is that the American zeal to excel over other nations will now lead her to destroy herself and other nations.   America’s greatness has the potential to corrupt the world because it embodies similar ego, knowledge and ability to Napoleon or Caesar in their day.

The advantage America held above other nations was its people ability to freely explore and imitate the character and deeds of Christ.  America had the liberty to freely experience God without restraint of man’s rules and laws.  The availability and benefit of all past scholarly knowledge has somehow led America to evict her God and choose man’s rule like other nations.

What happened to America?  It had all the advantages of past nations and more.  Where did America fail?  America’s failure was in becoming so great that she no longer felt a need for her God.  She replaced God with her own ingenuity.  The God that led Christopher Columbus across the waters and George Washington in battle against past tyrants and the God who established and supported this nation through many disasters, wars and uprisings is no longer needed because man has “got this”.

The difference between America and other nations has been the liberty to worship God in truth through Christ.  Why did that advantage fail us? Here is a biblical scenario to consider.   In pursuit of the Promised Land, some of the tribes of Israel arrived at a plot of land they wanted to occupy (Num. 32).  They wanted to sit down and enjoy their blessings before entering Canaan Land, but Moses had forbade it and Joshua refused to allow it.  It was important to the mission that the Israelites continued fighting until victory was won for the whole nation of Israel before they settled down and enjoyed their spoils.  In American land is available and wealth is obtainable but the God’s spiritual mission is still incomplete.  Moses instructed the Israelites to continue the battle until victory was won for all and then the tribes could return to their land for rest.  The American spiritual battle has not been completed.  The goal of equality of rights, access to provisions and a land of freedom for all men in America has not been achieved as long as the strong restrain the weak.  Moses, as a prophet of God, and his follower, Joshua, were spiritual leaders of the people who established the rule of equity for all the people.  Our Spiritual Joshua, Jesus Christ, which America chose to follow, gave the same command for equity for the people of God as Christ’s Church.  Jesus taught that the blessings were available for all God’s children and He came to defeat the idol worshipers and oppressors who downtrodden the faithful.  Jesus declared in John 3:16… whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  They could expect to have life and that more abundantly.  The message of the gospel that the founders promoted in this land was a message that God gave Jesus so all people should have equal access to the Father with blessings of inheritance now and in eternity.

Religious Error

American Christianity has promoted a gospel that is based on a leadership like past European nations where the poor support a leadership of wealth and power that is accessible only to the upper class and shuts out the lower class.  The lie of American Christianity is not the true gospel of Jesus Christ that promotes well being for everyone.  Some Christian leaders have obtained their portion of the blessings of God and have shut  the door to other seekers (Mt 23:13).  Some spiritual leaders set themselves up as the example of faithfulness through finances provided by the poor (Mt 12:40) and have joined in with governmental efforts that discriminate, oppress, overtax, and defy inheritance to poor citizens. This practice mirrors some past European governments who used spiritual and legal authority to oppress its citizens.

We have in leadership in America a hierarchical, unchristian society that exploits the people while claiming to be better than its neighboring countries.  It has turned the gospel on its head!  Even though this statement may appear to state corruption in every church, it does not preclude the minority of people who still choose to serve the Lord while a majority has cast a heavy shadow over the nation.  John’s Book of Revelations prophesied the error that would be found in many Christian churches who would not follow Christ’s ways.  There are variety of reasons leaders in the Christian church would defraud the people but here are some: greed, prejudice, ignorance.  All of us understand the nature of greed because it shows up even in little children that want more than their fair portion.  The bible wrote about the greed of the priesthood in Old Testament scriptures and it operates pretty much the same today.

Also before they burnt the fat, the priest’s servant came, and said to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the priest; for he will not have sodden flesh of thee, but raw.  And if any man said unto him, Let them not fail to burn the fat presently, and then take as much as thy soul desireth; then he would answer him, Nay; but thou shalt give it me now: and if not, I will take it by force. 1Sa 2:15-16

This Old Testament sin was followed up even in the religious leaders of Jesus’ day. We see in the New Testament Jesus rebuking the religious leaders for greed and hypocrisy and casting out the tables of greedy merchants in the temple.  The nature of man to lust for unfair gain is prevalent in every generation.

We see in scripture God’s special people whom He would bless and shower with His inheritance and they were selected to the exclusion of other people and nations.  It was the ministry of Jesus Christ that opened up the rights and privileges of God to all that would accept Christ as Savior. The prejudice that kept one outside of the blessings of God was unbelief in Christ.  So as a Christian nation of believers, every person has a right to the blessings of God that He has so freely showered upon the nation of America.  Who would dare deny God’s children the benefits of His kingdom goodness?  America has dared to defy the very God of the nation His right to bless His children equally.  It is a prejudice that God has not authorized and will not long tolerate through unjust men any more than Jesus tolerated the treachery of the temple.  Apostle Paul taught the Galatia church about equal access to the blessings of God though spiritual inheritance and against fleshy prejudice.  All nations had access into the family of God and blessings through Jesus Christ.

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Gal 3:26-29

Lastly, one of the reasons that our religious leaders may have led believers astray could be a lack of knowledge.  Our society today believes that proof of one’s knowledge is a degree from one of their formidable learning institutes.  The more acclaim the institute had, the more esteemed the graduates of the institute.  However, Saul of Tarsus was a religious student of the highest degree taught by the teachings of Gamaliel, a Pharisee doctor of Jewish law held in great esteem by all Jews.  Yet when he became an apostle who received revelation knowledge from Jesus, Paul denounced all his Pharisaical teachings for the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith…Php 3:7-9

For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 1 Co 1:19

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty…1 Co 1:27

The experience of Apostle Paul reveals to us the priority of knowledge given by God through revelations over that which is taught by man’s knowledge.  Man’s knowledge and teachings come through the filter of other men’s choices and prejudice and cannot be compared to the value of pure revelation knowledge that comes from the mind of God.  Therefore, those that do not seek the advantage of knowledge revealed by God do not have the type knowledge that led the first disciples, who led the first church and believers in Christ.  That same knowledge is available today to all who seek it.  That is where, like the children of Israel, religious leaders must push beyond the material blessings that are immediately available and strive for the goal and high calling in Christ Jesus that brings liberty to the body of believers before sitting down to enjoy one’s own pleasure.  Many of our religious leaders in America have chosen the vanity of their own wealth above the necessary needs of the body of believers they were assigned to guide to Christ.  Because of the greed and envy covetous of worldly men, some leaders have pursued wealth and forsook following Christ.  They have changed the goal of church to the pursuit of wealth and promoted a destiny for the nation to one of capitalism and greed. There is still opportunity to pursue God in truth for those that seek Him, but the nation is quickly being turned over to a religious/monarchical abuse like past European nations, which hindered liberty and exercise of faith in God. This practice mirrors service of a god called Baal, where material wealth and sin is preferred over worship of the True God.

The failure of religious leaders to pursue God has caused the nation of America to go backward into darkness, rather than forward into the liberty that all men desire.  We know what the darkness looks like because it surrounds us in nearby countries where monarchs rule, oppress, extort, imprison and kill those who oppose their rule.  That is the direction in which the nation of America is headed…back into darkness, if she does not come to her senses before it is too late.  We see the hierarchical power in our churches and government as they have begun to lord over the people like past European governments and church leaders.  Jesus taught against the practice of lording over people in Matthew 20:25-27.  We also see today the combining of church and government rule through the evangelical leadership which advises, endorses, and directs the American presidency.  We see the empowerment of the rich over the lower class as laws are made to protect a hierarchy of wealth over the needs of lower class people. These are the types of traditions and ways of past European rulers that the first settlers of America fled and fought to prevent the reign of European authority.   Americans who have not studied its past history and the overthrow of past oppression or studied the scriptures to understand the liberty that it is available, may not realize the danger America is approaching.  Where Christ has had reign, any opposition to His reign becomes Antichrist in nature and draws us closer to a destructive end no one wants.

Blind Submission

The peasants of past European rule knew they were being robbed and oppressed and they knew who their oppressors were unlike Americans today who still naively believe America will always be fair, godly and lawful toward its citizens. The eyes of Americans have been brought into blindness by lack of knowledge, greed and spiritual ignorance.  This lack has shown up in American leaders at all levels as the pursuit of personal wealth has led its people astray.  Personal wealth was supposed to be the goal or reward for a life of obedience and service but some leaders have put the cart before the horse and ensnared themselves and others.  The crises we face every day in America are God’s way of giving us alarm of great danger ahead if we continue on our present course.  All the history that America has seen and read stands as a foreboding of where America as a nation is headed.  How can we not know of biblical Israel’s fall, the pride of Rome, the lascivious nature of Greece, or the tyranny theocratic government that sometimes led England?  How can we not remember past presidents, congressmen and company CEO’s that were corrupt toward the American people?  How is it that we cannot see the discrepancy between our church and the bible?  Because hearts have departed from the God, Who demanded to be first in our lives; a spiritual darkness and deceiving spirit has been released in America to bring the people into a sleep that slowly leads to inevitable death that comes to all who reject God.  As the cry goes out to “Awake” will any hear and heed the warnings that danger is ahead?  God never gave sole authority to leaders in our churches or in our civil government. Leaders were always supposed to be godly people chosen from among the best of us and answerable to God and the people.  Christ gives each believer the power of God operating inside his own soul for kingdom rule and authority.  The people of God are held accountable to pray for leaders and bring correction with the word of God in love.  Prophet Nathan corrected King David (2 Sa 12:1).  America’s submission and obedience to leadership could be her fatal flaw whereas Peter taught and illustrated that it was better of obey God than man.  A submitted an ignorant follower makes easy prey for gullible false leaders and the prophesied Antichrist and true leaders should warn God’s sheep.  The last days’ warning given by Christ and the apostles were of wayward hearts and false leaders.

False teachers will always use fear of their power to paralyze the believer. Where leaders have questionable behavior and cause for examination (See Jos 22), Jesus taught it was an opportunity for testimony.  Christ both answers for and defends His servants.  Paul chose to give a cheerful answer when questioned (Acts 24:10).  Apostle Peter’s behavior was checked by Apostle Paul because Peter showed prejudice and spiritual error.  We must always reserve the right to be corrected.  The Book of Proverbs teaches that wise men receive a rebuke and are made wiser but fools hate it.  God has given to the believer and His church “power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt” them (Lk 10:19). They are admonished to put away fear because Jesus delivered the believer from fear.  False leadership does not prevent the God of the bible from rising up to defend His people of faith but the people of faith must reject fear and rise up with the sword of their God to defeat the Goliath that comes against their soul.  God does not need an army to fight against the enemy.  Daniel prayed a heathen king and nation into recognizing his God.  Esther interceded for her people.  Gideon rose up and fought idol worship to lead his people back to truth.  Elijah put the nation to the test between their false gods and, Jehovah, the True God. Job held on to faith despite his persecution and Moses was willing to take the charge of God over his own perceived frailties.  What are you willing to do for your own soul and your nation?

And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. Dan 11:32 

 

UNACCOUNTABLE

Corruption

August 2018

Multi-Layer Government

The nation of America, which was established by people who escaped European authoritarian governments, was set up with a multi-layered form of government that is answerable to the will of the people it governs.  We have a republic form of government ruled in a “multi-people rule” democracy rather than a “single-person rule” monarchy, “religious ruled” theocracy or a “ruthless authoritarian” dictatorship.  The people of our nation make their voices heard through representatives, who then select other officeholders, all of whom are ultimately responsible to the will of the people.  Because the nation is answerable to the people, it is of utmost importance that the people stay engaged in the process, has a window into the work of their representatives and holds them accountable.  It is apparent that the financial success of our nation has caused the American people to withdraw from the tedious work of staying in tune with their representatives’ action and whether or not their values, integrity or transparency is reflected in policy.  It is always easier to lie down and let someone you trust to be in charge of leadership but trustworthiness should not be taken for granted.

Unjust Government

The unintended effect of the lack of public participation in the political process is that representatives have been free to stay in office and make contacts and agreements that serve their own interests without public visibility or accountability.  In absence of the public’s continual engagement, we have come closer to the authoritarian type of government than anyone ever wanted.  Representatives, on a smaller scale in local and state politics, have taken authority to perform and enact whatever they feel is best upon the people without their participation and without concern for their best interest.  This has put the people in a position of submission to unjust laws and policies of which they may be directly opposed.  As the nation has awaken to the pressure imposed upon them by these leaders and their illegal and unjust practices, they have risen to the same realization as the first settlers who ultimately threw off European rule because of its oppression rather than sensitivity to their needs.  We have witnessed protests and uprisings in the streets because of the injustice of American leaders on people at various levels.  Leadership lack of sensitivity to the people is showing up at all levels of authority in American business, religion and politics.

Uninvolved Citizenship

What the American people may not have realized is that their own lack of protest on the lower levels of responsibility in their homes, churches, communities, cities and states have given rise to the very visible irresponsible, authoritarian and un-American positions that are showing up in the highest levels of our government.  We all have to take responsibility for our part in the failure to hold leaders accountable to the people. Many of the unethical political leaders served in positions unchecked in society before they became political leaders.  President John Adams stated: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

In defense of individual citizens of America, many may have not been taught or been misled to believe they have no power to call their leaders in check where they have gone astray.  Leaders have often tried to demand complete submission to their leadership; and the people of America, long infatuated with the glamour of movie stars, have wanted to look up to people of power.  From the times of early movies, affection developed for those who dressed up for public admiration.  As America developed popular religious, social and political leaders; lack of responsibility and accountability began to be expected as Americans looked starry-eyed at leaders.  Leaders became more important than average people. Consider the Camelot atmosphere of the President Kennedy days.  Public leaders were expected to be more intelligent and knowledgeable than those in everyday home life who were too busy with day-to-day duties to give themselves over to study of these complicated fields.  Citizens began to rely on public leaders in a blind faith.  That is why America finds herself today bound to leaders in authority to whom they must submit their will.  That is the definition of authoritarism:  blind submission to authority.  Examples of such notable personalities are: Genghis Khan, King Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth I, Napoleon Bonaparte, Father Junipero Serra, Queen Isabella I.

Why Complete Submission to Authoritarians is Wrong?

The breakdowns of systems are often occurring over time rather than overnight. America did not arrive overnight at its present dilemma of having top government officials in questionable financial, business and personal relationships that could bring them in submission to foreign dictators.  The pattern has been practiced and perfected in American culture for many years and at various levels of leadership.  Once accepted in lower levels of society and publicized it was an easy track to progress to state and national acceptance.  Organized American systems have proven to be both an advantage and disadvantage that can be used as a stairwell for misuse of its systems.

Americans are accustomed to submitting to authority over city, state and national governance by persons who may arrive in those seats through unethical means and gain compliant subjects. The problem though is how then does one remove an unethical leader after being made acceptable through the process. We have all heard the stories and difficulties of other nations trying to remove an unjust leader and know it is a messy proposition.  We have heard of the harsh rule of King Henry VIII, (England 1772-1791), and the abrupt removal of Queen Marie Antoinette (France 1755-1793). The history lessons of other nations present warnings and wisdom for us.  We certainly see through history the wisdom of not allowing such authoritarian leadership in our society in the first place.

Why Checks and Balances Failed?

Our nation has a democratic process and a multi-layered system of checks and balances operating from local to national leadership.  The recognition of the present dilemma and fear of America coming under Russian influence through its president has our people energized to search out how it could have happened.  There are so many threads running through our government and nation that any one of them that becomes corrupt has the potential of undoing this close-knitted political process.  We have recently watched as some legislation seemed to have come up overnight to the forefront when, in fact; groups, lobbyists and political leaders had a planned strategy for decades.  Once a leader has been overcome by corrupt influence, his or her power is already established and the resistance necessary to change is like rowing upstream.  Again corruption seldom occurs overnight but people in close proximity, for one reason or another, failed to alert others in the line authority about the danger.

Failure of employees, laypersons and citizens to alert authorities of potential threats is a fault in our system that has rewarded compliance more than standing up for what is right.  We have scorned people and called them out as being a snitch, rat, traitor to the group, uncommitted, or failing to be a team player, etc.  The concept of team player has been so promoted in business and sports so that any dissenting voice is considered treasonous.  Businesses have promoted training sessions that advanced the theory of being a team player and upholding the group at all cost.  This was not based on any moral standard and has no biblical background.  Businesses are primarily geared to watching their profit margin more than protecting ethical positions.  Recently a long-standing national bank learned the difficult lesson and suffered the consequences of promoting profit over ethics.  As business strategies have infiltrated every sector of our community to gain success, moral values have been pushed back as unwelcomed.  Our moral standing in religion, community, businesses and politics have fallen victim to these business strategies.

How Adherence to Truth and Religion Should Have Protected Us?

Faith in God is a laughable concept to most in our community today because of the public failure of so many of our religious leaders, who were in fact taught by the for-profit religious institutions and schools.  Many business, legal and politically systems were actually developed through an outreach of religious systems of the church.  The Law of Moses encompassed all area of the community as he outlined how the people of faith would be governed.  Christianity, which was developed out of that faith, continued to establish godly systems that would protect and govern the people.  The outgrowth of Christian churches developed into charitable organizations, hospitals, schools and businesses that were formed from a moral foundation and system of values.  When these systems became prosperous, they began to throw off their religious foundation and moral values.  Unfortunately today teachings on prosperity, religion, business success and democracy are on a collision course; and those that try to keep them linked are compromising Christian faith.

The truth that Jesus brought was a rebuke of religious leaders and merchants who had compromised the faith.  His teaching admonishes us to go to the one that we find a fault in and discuss it one to one.  He publicly rebuked the religious leaders, political scoundrels and business exploiters.  The Jewish leaders of that day had a combined responsibility for the law, religion and collecting money. The religious leaders joined forces with their foreign leaders to exploit the people under them for profit while failing to obey biblical requirements themselves.  This is a circle of human failure that repeats itself throughout history.  We have seen the religious and political groups join forces of corruption in our past history, in our present; and it is prophesied to be the ruin of the nations in the end times as the antichrist utilizes it for his evil advantage.

When Jesus told us the love of money is the root of all evil and to rather seek first the kingdom of God so other things could be added; He was speaking to people very much like us.  The same things Jesus told His audience applies to us today and we would be wise to translate them into our times.  That is the job of religious leaders in our communities and their failure to do so is the weakness of our nation.  We are seeing some persons in public office stand up for integrity under pressure and we are seeing some fail.  The Christian gospel has always been that rock on which one could stand up for truth and believe God would preserve us as He did Abraham, Elijah, David and Hebrew boys through corrupt and ungodly societies.  The truth will eventually rise up and those that stand and wait for it will be on the right side as was Mandela through many years of turmoil and suffering while Africans fought to throw off ungodly rule over their nation.  God will always side with the righteous but who is on the Lord’s side?

Where is God’s Church?

Jesus came to bring restoration of the righteous ways of God, the Father.  He taught disciples who were to teach the nations how to follow God in righteousness.  Jesus died for the healing and transformation of nations through the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit was sent by the Lord to lead and guide us into all truth.  Godly leaders have the responsibility to teach God’s ways to society but some have been diverted or corrupted along the way and chose to serve their own needs rather than the people committed to their charge.  Some became powerful in authority like the European leaders that the first settlers fought against to form a free nation.

America, born of European descendants, has slipped back into that old European pattern of corrupt religious and government leaders who conspire against the people.  The people of Europe were subjects of the king but Christians are subject to their God, who is King of Kings.  The authority Jesus left His disciples is the authority to uproot and throw off the devil’s power, wherever it is found.  The Christian church should not allow the devil to sit on the throne of authority in the church or civil government, which both originated in a Righteous God.  Righteous indignation should rise up against the devil’s seat in the church and the godly layers of authority in the church provides a method for removing ungodly leaders as Paul did in 1Timithy 1:20 – “Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.”  Christ is in authority of the true church and He has given authority and empowerment to His people to occupy in righteous authority until He returns.  We hold that power and authority for His namesake.  This power is biblical truth, not a form of dominionism that distorts truth.

When the church rises up to cleanse and purify itself, then the saints can be a positive force in cleansing the land of corrupt political leaders through a stand for truth that will make the devil sit down or leave town.  God told His people that they would be the head and not the tail but God’s people are not acting like they are the head or walking in Christ’s authority. God is holding His disciples accountable for the state of the earth and He has declared that judgment would begin at His house. The world cannot cleanse itself.  Timothy taught:  “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works (2Ti 3:16-2Ti 3:17).”  If the church would throw the devil out of the House of God then we could proceed to throw him also out of authority in our nation.  But the truth is that the corrupt government learned and gained power through a corrupt church.  Consider how the religious leaders promoted Rome’s judgment to crucify Christ.  That is where repentance and change must begin.

God has revealed to America in the daily news that corruption is found in every layer of American society and authority and a cleansing is needed.  Correction must come to God’s church first.  Shake it off saints!  Throw off the devil and his work.  Let your voice be heard.  Stand up and God will stand with you.  We are not to be found hiding from the devil but instead standing up and fighting his tactic until Jesus comes.  We are accountable to Christ for the power He has invested in us to heal, deliver, set captives free and establish His righteous Kingdom on earth; not through unrighteousness or violence, but by love.  Christ’s blood was shed for our victory and His power is left with the true church.  Where is God’s church and what is it doing?  Stand up Church!

Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.  Lk 9:1 

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Lk 10:19 

WE, THE PEOPLE

July 15, 2018

The words, “We, the people” have been so common to the American people until they seem to have lost the true meaning.  It was a unique idea that was formed in the minds of the settlers in the New World who framed the Declaration of Independence.  It was a concept that was new and full of hope for a people that desired to be free.  After having lived entirely under monarchs, tyrants and aristocratic governance, the people desired their freedom as individuals.  They formed a new government in America that would permit the voice of the people as a determining factor in their governance.  It would protect the people from ever being oppressed again by the will of monarchs and tyrants.  It was an excellent concept, one that they committed themselves to under the authority and help of All Mighty God in whom they believed and trusted to help them to keep their vow.

Historic Reference

“We, the people,” is an expression in the preamble of the Constitution of the United States of America that helped establish the purposes and guiding principles of a people that would be self governing in a democratic society.  The thoughts and laws set out in the document were to guide the people as they sought to form a “more perfect union”.  The document written by forefathers set forth guidelines to show present and future citizens the reasons why it was necessary to abolish European rule over a people fed up with unjust, self-willed rulers or monarchs in governing their every day existence.  They resolved to be a free people who could make their own decisions about religion and daily life.  The new nation has had times of progress and recession as it has continued to move forward among other nations who envied its success.

America in Decline

Freedom for expression, financial growth, and religion has run its full course in America until it has overrun the boundaries of decency and common sense.  Where the founders had intended that common sense, law and religion would be boundaries to contain the will of the people from running amuck, they might not have foreseen a people set free from tyranny desiring to return to such bondage.  Nevertheless, America is set on a course to return to monarchical rule because she has refused common sense, law and true religion to bind her to the original intent to the founders:

“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness….”

The greed and prejudice of men led them to oppress people in the European nations from which Americans descended.  Bondage and oppression are still evident in nations around the world and is also evident in American governance.  America who has fought against bondage and oppression in nations across the world now has its own struggle with internal and external bondage where some persons are led by greed and set on the rule by a few. The boundary lines of common sense, law and religion have not restrained the pressure of a few to oppress the many for their personal desires.  Stone by stone the foundations and boundaries of America have been weaken in plain sight until people convinced it is for their own good have been willing to relinquish control of their lives and submit to someone they believe is stronger and wiser than they- -a monarch.

Watching and waiting in the borders has always been the “Restrainer” of unjust and wicked men, Who waits to be called upon to restore the boundaries, laws and righteous concepts for people.  The “One” Who led this people to understand they had a right to be free and flourish, Who has made Himself known to this people and Whom they purport to worship and celebrate; waits to be invited back into partnership for just control over the nation.  The “Creator” acknowledged in America’s infancy seem no longer desired in its mature and prosperous state, while leaders are busy forming their own ways to lead the nation forward.  Along with the warnings of America’s founders, past presidents, and spokespersons were the warnings of the Creator.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. Psa 33:12 

For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?  And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day? Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons; Deu 4:7-9

And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.  As the nations which the LORD destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the LORD your God. Deu 8:19-20

Warning Given to the First President of America

“‘Son of the Republic,’ said the same mysterious voice as before, ‘look and learn.’  At that moment I beheld a dark, shadowy being, like an angel, standing, or rather floating, in the hollow air, between Europe and America. Dipping water out of the ocean in the hollow of each hand, he sprinkled some upon America with his right hand while with his left hand he cast some on Europe. Immediately a cloud raised from these countries and joined in mid-ocean. For a while it remained stationary, and then moved slowly westward, until it enveloped America in its murky folds. Sharp flashes of lightning gleamed through it at intervals, and I heard the smothered groans and cries of the American people…`Son of the Republic, what you have seen is thus interpreted: Three great perils will come upon the Republic. The most fearful is the third, but in this greatest conflict the whole world united shall not prevail against her. Let every child of the Republic learn to live for his God, his land and the Union.”  Wesley Bradshaw, National Review, Vol. 4, No. 12, December 1880.

America is the only nation where the people have had total liberty to worship God and His Son, Christ, in biblical truth. Christianity was not forced on the American people by any monarch or dictator.  The people who came to America chose to serve the True God and He has blessed the nation of America above any other.  The bible has been a guidebook providing wisdom and instruction from God for the American people but the people have recently voted to cast off its guidance and their God.  The words of the “Creator” still apply to this people.

When thou shalt beget children, and children’s children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the LORD thy God, to provoke him to anger: I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed. Deu 4:25-26

Even though the boundaries of common sense and law failed to contain this people from falling into this destructive scenario surely the religious boundaries would not fail!  With the superfluity of religious knowledge and freedom to access biblical guidance, America has speedily headed into the prophesied danger.  As in the days of biblical Israel’s decline, it was not for lack of knowledge but rather because of an arrogant spirit in disobedience to God.  Unlike in the days of biblical Israel though, the words of God are available for every American to hear, read and consider.  The abundance of Christian ministers, rather than advance this knowledge to churchgoers, has in many cases closed their ears to truth through misguidance.  Every believer, however, is responsible for reading the word and knowing their God by the Spirit, Word and deed.

Just as individual citizens have risen up through public marches and rallies to raise their voices against America’s unjust laws and behavior; God expects His children to reject false leadership.  Jesus decried the unjust religious leaders in their cities and spoke the truth to those in captivity.  He warned His followers against wicked civic and religious leaders who would try to lead the people astray from God’s word.

Then in the audience of all the people he said unto his disciples, Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts; Which devour widows’ houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation. Luk 20:45-47

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Mat 24:24 

Worldly Prophets

American news reporters and newscasts have been very vocal in declaring the unjust behavior of laypersons and clergy, citizens and politicians, congress and president.  They have in many cases stood in a role played by the prophets in the Old Testament, while the Christian church has compromised truth for wealth and settled in the background. The media doe not have the authority of God to serve as the moral voice of God to the people like the Old Testament prophets.  After reporting the sin, they have no power to bring healing or resolution.  The New Testaments give authority to the church as God’s moral guidance and authority for the layperson, clergy, citizens and political leaders.  These leaders are to seek guidance,  healing and forgiveness through the church.  Every level of authority originally established under the law of God through Moses was established as ministries to the people and were responsible to God for just behavior or were subject to His discipline and punishment.  While the founders and early leaders of America had a profound understanding of the bible and its guidance, unlike today’s civic and political leaders; the clergy has always been a source of moral guidance for those with specialties in other areas such as law, business and politics.  There was a time when these professionals revered church guidance.

In America, the authority of worldly leaders has surpassed the authority of the church because the church has relinquished it authority in lieu of tax benefits and for fear of persecution, which is evidence of our relationship with Christ. The bible apostles rejoiced when they suffered for Christ.  The church has become silent as moral authority in America so the government has run amuck without moral restraint.  There is no moral standard to call them on the carpet for their behavior and silence has been bought and sold for personal advantage.  The true church with power and authority needs to take authority in this wicked generation.  The evangelical guidance that has taken forefront for the president has compromised the word of God  and  given credence to racism, oppression of the poor and immigrant, church submission to the worldly, privileges for the rich, and pursuit of wealth over the knowledge of God (all contrary to the principles of Christ).   These evangelicals give the image of moral guidance for the U.S. president while it is instead seeking an advantage for it religious piracy through the gospel and promoting wealth for self and others.  The greatest threat they present is to the real church willing to follow their guidance.  Our nation has been successful in making a mockery of both democracy and Christianity. The reality is that the principles of both systems compel its citizens to stand up against evil and throw off false leaders.  The people of both systems have been led to believe that they do not have this power because they have failed to become knowledgeable of their rights as citizens and have been deceived by false religious leaders to believe that scriptures require them to submit to the disobedience of leaders.  Christ gave very strong warnings against false leaders.  God, who ordained the church and righteous government, never intended that people would submit to oppression and bondage without a fight.  Christ taught and illustrated how to overcome Satan’s devices and provided tools for Christians to stand up for the  liberty He purchased for all people. Though Christ purchased our liberty, He also stated that the blind leading the blind would cause both to fall into the ditch.

The present reality of the statement “We, the People” is the power of people to rise up and take back their liberty by the authority given through man’s government and the government of God. America was founded on a strong foundation of faith in God with prayers and covenants made on its behalf.  The authority is still there backed up by a righteous God but it is up to us what we do with it.  Individuals in our society are free to take a stand for what is right.  We do, of course, have to turn from sin and back to God in order to prevail.  Christ has provided salvation for each individual and God will hold us individually responsible for our obedience and response to Christ’s sacrifice for us.

And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:  Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house. And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city.  And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord GOD! wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of thy fury upon Jerusalem? Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The LORD hath forsaken the earth, and the LORD seethe not.  And as for me also, mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will recompense their way upon their head.  And, behold, the man clothed with linen, which had the inkhorn by his side, reported the matter, saying, I have done as thou hast commanded me. Eze 9:4-11

1Jn 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Gal 5:1

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. Joh 8:36