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Tuesday
Oct032017

Making Peace To Conquer

Matthew 7:15 "Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves."

I heard a pastor the other day say the following statement when describing Islam: "This is Islam, make peace with your enemy and then destroy them." 

This statement is from a pastor from Hawaii who is Arab by nationality, but a Christian by choice. He of course was referring to how Islam works as it conquers a land.  I think Europe is feeling this threat more than any other Western nations.  It is true there will always be culture clashes within a country when you have more than one culture interacting with another. However, it becomes more sinister if the pastor is correct and Islam appears to make peace simply to deceive the West into submission. Our great enemy Satan often uses this tactic, as he gets people to trust in a lie only to use that lie to capture his victims. His tactic is to appear to be an angel of light, or in other words, he appears to be something he is not in order to fool the people with his deception. The Antichrist in the Book of Revelation will use this tactic as he fools Israel into believing he has their best interest at heart when he negotiates a 3 ½ year peace agreement with them. As a result he gains their confidence only to show himself for what he really is following this honeymoon time of the 3-½ years.

The tactic is simple: prove to be trustworthy, peace loving, and amiable. Once trust is established you can easily begin to take advantage and conquer an unsuspecting person or people.  As an example:

In her new book, The Force of Reason, famed Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci claims that Christianity’s ancient stronghold on the European continent is rapidly giving way to the ambitious and assertive religion of Islam.

Analysts estimate that in Britain, for example, Islamic mosques host more worshippers each week than the Church of England! Filling the void of traditional Christianity is a robust, energetic and youthful movement afoot in Europe. If this continues at the present rate, cathedrals will appear as vestiges of a civilization of times past. The great national cultures of Italians, French, Germans and others may be replaced by a new transnational Muslim identity.

This is happening in Europe because the Church is weak and has lost its soul to culture. Christianity in Europe has been hollowed out for generations and there is no resistance to the cultural strength of Islam. America is not far behind Europe. America still has communities where the Church is thriving and strong, but as a nation we have begun that same process of gutting out our Christian traditions and heritage. To give in to the cultural demands that we can’t have Christmas speech or Christian displays around the holiday season is a clear message being sent to America: Be careful what you destroy, because in its place will come a force that will destroy your community. You can say what you want, but Islam is no friend to any country and Islam will take advantage of anyone who is not aware of the danger that lies within Muslim objectives.

Now, there needs to be a transition in my comments. God still loves Muslims and is in pursuit of them all over the world. We cannot ignore this fact and we need to have a heart that pursues the things God does. If he is pursuing the Muslim population, then so should we. I am not sure how we walk that fine line between pursuing Muslims in the name of Christ, yet knowing just how dangerous Islam can be. This may be harder than most of us want to admit. Yet God specializes in the impossible and therefore we need to trust that He will give us the wisdom to deal with the difficult. I have deep resentments against Islam because of what it teaches, and because what it has done to others. Islam is deceptive, yet I cannot allow my resentments to rule my heart against the people who are held captive by this religion.

At the end of the day, the people of Islam need a Savior. He is the only one who can help us to be sensitive to this great need and be cautious about who we trust.

Keeping it honest and truthful…K

 

Monday
Oct022017

Sticking our heads in the sand

Jeremiah 6:14

They offer superficial treatments for my people's mortal wound. They give assurances of peace when there is no peace. 

Eze 13:10

"This will happen because these evil prophets deceive my people by saying, 'All is peaceful' when there is no peace at all! It's as if the people have built a flimsy wall, and these prophets are trying to reinforce it by covering it with whitewash!

Sunday night a lone gunman fired shots at a concert crowd in Las Vegas where more than 59 people died and over 515 were wounded. The investigation isn’t complete, so there is no definitive motive why this man decided to open fire on this crowd.  The motive, regardless of what they find out, is purely evil. I was talking with a ministry leader this morning and we were wondering if this man was demon possessed? It occurred to both of us that this kind of description is never used when defining a tragedy like this. It is never used in most churches today, yet the devil and all the fallen angels (demons) still exist; nothing has changed in the spiritual world that would indicate that they are no longer a threat to human life. A side note - there will never be peace on earth until the devil and his demons are bound, which will not happen until Jesus Christ returns to earth to rule and reign in Jerusalem for 1000 years. Then the Earth will know true peace and safety.

The devil has been waging war against Israel and the Church for thousands of years, and he will never cease his destruction until Christ binds him.

Revelation 12:17  “So the dragon became enraged at the woman and went off to wage war with the remaining ones of her offspring, who observe the commandments of God and have the work of bearing witness concerning Jesus.

It is evil that does the kind of things that happened Sunday night in Las Vegas and we need to start calling it what it is and stopping sticking our heads in the sand about it. We have become so secular in our thinking, our beliefs, and our lifestyles, that we have forgotten that what we see in this world is not what is permanent, and the real players in this world are those we cannot see.

We see signs on Earth such as earthquakes and signs in the heavens, but we also see signs in the behavior of humans. People are killing other people as if it were a badge of honor to destroy as many people as possible. Evil days are increasing and it is a sign of the times in which we live. You cannot do anything about it, and as sad as that is to say, how can you? You can take all the guns and explosives away from public purchase, and then we get it all from the black market. So what have we accomplished? Nothing! The problem is evil in the hearts of people that will perpetrate whatever they can to do harm to other people. It is how evil works; evil wants to say to God and His Church, you can’t stop us and we will only increase our evil intent whenever and however we can. Evil is having a heyday in producing as much hate and confusion as possible. Everywhere we look – the NFL controversy, Europe’s internal war with Islam, Trump, Intrafa, Las Vegas shootings - the list grows every day.

But let’s be clear about something: it is not Trump’s fault just as it was not Obama’s fault before him. Americans love to find fault in the ‘whys’ and our social networks and media invent things to point fingers at:

 

  1. Russians meddling with elections
  2. Global warming hoax
  3. Guns create evil
  4. Trump is a racist
  5. Obama is the antichrist


None of this is the cause of our problems. The cause of our problems is that we are spiritually bankrupt; our souls are empty of God and our direction is one of utter confusion. This is why we invent things to blame, yet the funny thing is we don’t know it is happening to us. Americans have opted for their sports, money, fame, culture, pleasure and politics over the God of the Bible. This is the perfect environment for evil to thrive. Confusion, emptiness, and a spiritually bankrupt society make for a perfect storm. In the next few days and weeks we will hear a barrage of junk news telling us all about the event. I call it junk news because they will never get to the reason all of this is happening to our cities and our country. Not one person will spend time giving you any detail on the real story behind this mayhem and that just adds insult to this tragic event in Las Vegas. It is tragic because it will not stop. I don’t care if the reality of this scares you, because until America gets right with God and start seeing things as they really are, more of our families, friends, and co-workers will suffer the consequences of evil taking prisoners in this good vs. evil war.  

Your hope and safety is in your faith in Jesus Christ. Live for Him, and your heart will find the real peace you need to face the day in which we live.

Keeping it honest and truthful...K

 

Tuesday
Sep262017

Conditioning

Progressivism is probably the most dangerous threat to liberty, religion and conservatives in general. But I feel I need to define a few terms that I use today:

Progressivism: is the support for or advocacy of social reform. As a philosophy, it is based on the Idea of Progress, which asserts that advancements in science, technology, economic development, and social organization are vital to the improvement of the human condition.

Conditioning: to train or accustom (someone or something) to behave in a certain way or to accept certain circumstances. 

Over the weekend I was engaged several times with people who have had a different point of view than I have concerning our country. Most of the conversations were with progressive millennials who grew up in a different period of time than I did. It was obvious that our ideas clashed on almost every aspect of politics, religion, and lifestyles. It was also obvious to me that they have been conditioned to believe in what they would call ‘progressive concepts’ that literally hate what most generations of Americans have believed in, have worked for most of their lives, and have fought and died to preserve our freedom.  

For example, here is some of the conditioning being promoted in the attempt to change worldviews:

 

  1. It is immoral to be rich. Somehow your money was accumulated on the backs of poor people. 
  2. Everyone should have health care even at the expense of making it a mandatory requirement of every citizen in the U.S. 
  3. No one should be detained or refused entry into the United States for any reason. All people are equal in pursuing a better life for their families regardless of the threat their religion or ideology poses to the American way of life.
  4. No lifestyle is off limits. Everyone has the right to pursue happiness either in same sex relationships or multiple relationships, because the human experiment with sex should never be restricted. 
  5. Nations should relax immigration laws and our goal should be to become a community of nations without borders to enhance all humans to a better life. 
  6. Global warming is the problem of the industrial nations and they are responsible for endangering the planet. All nations should be required to lower greenhouse gas emissions and comply with a global treaty to enforce it.
  7. No group of people should be able to impose their morality, religion, or their worldview upon a society. Society should be a place of neutral influence where whatever a person wants to do is acceptable and worthy of consideration.

 

This whole idea of shared wealth, shared gender identity, shared bathrooms and dressing rooms, shared global economies, and shared hatred for conservative ideals is all about the power struggle for the control of the culture. However, I see these as only distractions, because by using the firestorms behind these issues it will keep you distracted from the most important decision in your life: “where are you going to spend eternity?”  I have noticed that these distractions have also filtered into the Church. For example, I watch for posts by Christian leaders on Facebook, but they never post anything about Christ. Their concern is not about a world dying without the knowledge of Christ, their concern is about who controls the political system of this world. We are talking about Christian leaders who would rather post things about how Trump is like the Antichrist and the need for the left to win back the control of the government. It has baffled me why many of these Christian leaders never post anything substantive about Christ,  their posts only bellyache about Trump or some administration policy. Trump is not the problem in America - to me he says things that are not politically correct and as a result the world implodes. We have been so conditioned by the political left in this country that any idea that stands against their hypocrisy is seen as racist. Ultimately the left looks for ways to make President Trump look stupid or inept as the President of the United States. It is a tactic of conditioning, a carry over from when they did the same thing to George W. Bush. When the left can’t find any dirt to fling against their opponents, they simply bully people into thinking that any support for such buffoonery means there is something wrong with you. It is all about conditioning.  

Remember, we are not to be conditioned by this world.

Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.  Romans 12:1-2

Keeping it honest and truthful…K

 

 

Sunday
Sep242017

Taking a Knee

The feud between President Trump and the NFL over the weekend is another indication of how messed up America has become. We do have the right to protest and we do have the right to exercise the right to be heard because that is what America has been known for. The NFL has rules of conduct for anyone who is employed by the NFL including all the teams and the team owners. Here is an example:

The policy states: "It is a privilege to be part of the National Football League. Everyone who is part of the league must refrain from conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the NFL. This includes owners, coaches, players, other team employees, game officials, and employees of the league office, NFL Films, NFL Network or any other NFL business. Conduct by anyone in the league that is illegal, violent, dangerous, or irresponsible puts innocent victims at risk, damages the reputation of others in the game, and undercuts public respect and support for the NFL. We must endeavor at all times to be people of high character; we must show respect for others inside and outside our workplace; and we must strive to conduct ourselves in ways that favorably reflect on ourselves, our teams, the communities we represent, and the NFL."

The NFL Commissioner should read his own policies. The conduct of taking a knee during our national anthem is not a right to exercise the right to freedom of speech. Notice what their policy says: “behavior that is detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the NFL.” What quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other players have started is a disrespectful way to protest ideas about the racism in America. They have a right to protest, no one is taking that away, but it is the wrong forum to disrespect all those men and women who have served this country in the Armed Forces. Grieving families who have lost sons and daughters while fighting for the right of the NFL to exist, and have television rights on Sunday to broadcast their games. This country has issues that need correcting, but you don’t try to correct them by disrespecting the very people who fought for us to have the right to protest.

The President is the Commander in Chief and it is his job to defend those who have laid down their lives for this country.  This is why America will never be great again, because her people can never rise to the level of greatness of past generations. It may be true that this generation is smarter, more educated and more globally minded than previous generations. America was always a country where ideas could be exchanged and debated. However, today people are fearful to even share ideas because if they don’t line up with what the bully pulpits of media are preaching and match the ideology of the political left, they are marginalized and threatened.

Debate is a good thing. It is how we do course correction when someone or something is terribly wrong.  Taking a knee against the national anthem is terribly wrong because it is disrespects the very country that has provided a system of freedom since 1776. The right to debate and the need to course correct are symbolized in our flag and it is who we are with all our warts. Let’s get back to the civil debate that has made our process a process that can change and correct, but let’s not disrespect what our flag represents.  

Protest all you want, vote for the people you want to help bring change in the way you think America should change, but don’t go after the symbols that have given us the freedom to do so.  When you take a knee you are serving the wrong message with the wrong motive.

Here is a concluding thought:

There is coming a day when the liberal left and the conservative right will bend a knee. All governments will bend a knee, along with all rich and poor people. All-powerful people, including all sports teams and owners, will bend a knee. All of Hollywood’s elite entertainers will bend a knee, as well as all the powerful people who pull the strings in economies around the world. They will someday all bend a knee.

You see, bending a knee for the right reasons is a good thing and everyone will do it someday. However, it won’t be in protest - it will be to acknowledge the most powerful person in the universe and our tongues will surrender the rhetoric of our speech to give praises to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.

Can’t wait.

Philippians 2:10-11 “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Keeping it honest and truthful….K

Tuesday
Sep192017

Concepts That Have Died In The Church

My last posting had to do with words that have died within the culture and within most churches today. It got me thinking about other things that specifically have died within the Church since I became a Christian.

Holy Living: this was taught from many pulpits throughout the 70’s especially in Pentecostal denominations. It was a belief that we are to be in the world, but not of it. Some of the restrictions that were placed upon those of us in these churches were things like:

 

  • Going to the movies
  • Dancing
  • Playing cards
  • Drinking beer/wine
  • Eating in restaurants with a bar attached
  • Listening to secular music

 

The list was quite endless as to the things you couldn’t do. I realize that many of these restrictions were ‘way overboard, yet the church taught that if the physical body of any believer belonged to the Lord, then our lifestyle should never bring shame to His name.

Today, I think the concept of holiness is foreign to most believers, and our standards have changed in such a radical way that there is no difference in how we live our lives from those outside of the church.

From an article from Proven Men Ministries:

Christian men are having an alarmingly difficult time abstaining from the sexual sins of viewing pornography and committing adultery on their spouses, according to a new national survey. Tragically, married Christian men are failing miserably when it comes to these sins, as 55 percent look at pornography at least once a month and 35 percent cheated on their spouses in an extramarital affair.

The Barna Group researchers found that 77 percent of Christian men between the ages of 18 and 30 view pornography at least monthly, and 36 percent look at it at least once a day. Thirty-two percent of these men admit having an addiction to porn.

There are other areas as well that have seen a sharp rise in Christians failing. Christians are failing in their marriages much like the secular world. They also are among the numbers of people seeking addiction therapy, and even their personal conviction about the definition of sin has been modified substantially. 

This last statement about not having a strong personal conviction about sinful behavior is the most troubling to me. Christians are loose on abortion services, drinking, sex before marriage, and the lack of integrity among clients in business or ministry associates.

We have lost the moral convictions we once practiced, in exchange for a more socially accepted lifestyle.

There was a day when pastors had altar calls for people to come to repent and renew their relationship to God. There are few ministries that do this anymore, as everyone is too private today.

Biblical Prophecy: few pastors today preach about Bible prophecy and the end times. People don’t want to hear about the end times because it scares them and therefore many churches have decided not to address it. The death of discernment seems to be a direct result of ignoring Bible prophecy. Christians have a hard time understanding that there are teachers and teachings that are not suitable for healthy spiritual living. Some of these include the “no hell” gospel, where God does not punish anyone because God has eliminated the place called ‘hell.’

One Bible commentator said that there is more “apostasy” being preached from the pulpit than Bible doctrine. I remember the late David Wilkerson preach about the “Apostate Church” that will form in the last days.

Here is a link to a shorter version of David Wilkerson’s teaching:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaPCxDtUZXo

David refers to Isaiah 30:10 where the people are refusing to listen to God's Word. 

10 They tell the seers,
    “Stop seeing visions!”
They tell the prophets,
    “Don’t tell us what is right.
Tell us nice things.
    Tell us lies. 

Biblical prophecy tells us about the apostate church, where people will turn away from hearing the truth.

They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.  –Titus 1:16

Many Bible commentators say that the Apostle Paul was addressing the Church when he wrote the following:

2 Timothy 3:1-5 “You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!”

Bible prophecy is not to be ignored. Pastors and Christian leaders who do not study and preach on eschatology are failing to fulfill their call to teach the Church all that Jesus taught. They don't realize that they are contributing to the Biblical concepts that are dying within the Church in the West.

I presented two concepts that are dying or dead in today’s church, (there are many more) and I explained why this is a concern for all believers in who trust in Jesus Christ for salvation. The sermon by David Wilkerson is much more in depth about this theme, and worth every minute you spend listening to it.  (it will be the best sermon you have heard in a while) Here is the longer sermon version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAg1rQha1Mo

As you listen ask the Holy Spirit to show you how discernment is dying, and how the Bible is being twisted and distorted today.

Keeping it honest and truthful…K

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