Mentioning God or giving Jesus credit for one’s success in a graduation speech does not violate the establishment clause. However, banning such speech clearly violates the constitution. Enough is enough! It is time to pay the price to end this madness.
It is insane that one or two people who claim to be offended can ban words from a speech. It is crazy that Christian clubs are forced to either disband or elect non-Christian officers. Someone’s hare-brained idea of “inclusivity” does not overrule the Bill of Rights.
But it is crazier than that. Campuses are drowning in double standards. Atheist clubs are not forced to elect Christian officers. And do you think for one moment a speech would be banned or a club ostracized if Christian students claimed to be offended?
The fact is, the overwhelming majority of speech and practice restrictions target Christians and conservatives. Even illegal immigrants have more rights on campus.
However, the most mind-boggling thing are the excuses Christian leaders use to justify their silence and inaction against something that is punishing the children in their congregations.
Timid leaders claim lawsuits would be a bad witness.
If defending your civil rights is a bad witness, then Paul the Apostle was the worst. Look carefully at these verses:
Acts 16: 37 But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us openly, uncondemned Romans, and have thrown us into prison. And now do they put us out secretly? No indeed! Let them come themselves and get us out.” 38 And the officers told these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Romans. 39 Then they came and pleaded with them and brought them out, and asked them to depart from the city.
Paul understood that these men were wrong and they needed to know they were wrong. Isn’t that precisely what Gospel preaching should do? Moreover, Paul knew the welfare of the Philippian church was involved. Pastors need to have the heart of Paul for the modern church.
We also need to understand that such bold confrontation is not only right—it is necessary. School administrators need to feel the heat of their illegal actions—that heat needs to be hotter than the hissy fits of a few atheists and God haters.
Not only this, but I am convinced God wants us to take up this cause. Detrick Bonhoeffer said “silence in the face of evil, is itself evil.”
The final excuse is the money. How can we afford this?
Legal fees for such massive action will be exorbitant. This is a hair-pulling excuse. Parents are shelling out over $50,000 a year on tuition. Multiply that times the number of Christian students are on campus and legal fees are a drop in the bucket.
And what about faith in our awesome heavenly Father? He will supply all of our needs!
Besides, all we need are key victories that set precedents in the courts.
The real question is not what is the cost of taking action…the question is what is the cost of remaining silent?
Except for a few Republicans with convictions, there really is no difference between Democrats and Republicans in Congress.
You saw Republicans pass an obscene budget—fully funding Planned Parenthood. They gave Democrats almost everything they wanted, punishing Trump in the process. There are Republicans in the deep state. And the deep state is not so deep.
Washington looks like there are two distinct world views colliding. But conservative and liberal are mostly labels for show. There is something deeper going one here.
Why is Trump so hated by both parties? They don’t hate him because of Stormy Daniels, or because they think he is a racist, or because of his tweets. It is a much darker motivation.
God used my devotions and reading of John 11—the story of Lazarus—to fully open my eyes. When this understanding came to me, my burden for our president intensified. I knew I had to write this to you so that we could agree together for his safety and for this evil to be exposed.
See if you see anything illuminating in these verses:
John 11: 45 Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him. 46 But some of them went away to the Pharisees and told them the things Jesus did. 47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, “What shall we do? For this Man works many signs. 48 If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.” Do you see it?
Notice this phrase: “the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.” Their first concern was for their place, not the nation. That is exactly what is happening in Washington. They are more concerned about keeping their place than helping the nation.
That dear friend, is what both Democrats and Republicans are doing—they are fighting to keep their place. Not just in Congress but at the FBI, IRS and many other power centers. All of these groups wanted Hillary to win, because she was the queen of the swamp.
Right now you have the proof. Jeff Sessions has the power to end the witch hunt against Trump but he won’t. Mueller’s abuse of power could be called into account but he won’t be. Hillary should be in jail. Obama and his cohorts should be indicted. None of it happens because the politicians must keep their place.
Trump wants to do what works and what is best for America regardless of what side it offends and threatens. It’s called pragmatism. What enrages them is that it’s working. He is winning, and winning, and they are sick of his winning.
Once upon a time, a famous preacher and a famous atheist agreed to hold debates across the country. They didn’t tell the audience it was just a money making scheme. They publicly attacked each—took offerings for their causes—and at the end of the night they split the take. That is also what is happening in Washington.
-Barack Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize for no reason. Now Trump has brought North and South Korea together. Do you think he will get the Nobel Prize for brokering the most amazing peace since Teddy Roosevelt? Never. Not even his own party will campaign for that.
Unemployment is at 3.9%. It is the lowest among blacks and Latinos in recent memory. His approval among likely voters is 51%. Do you think Trump will be praised? Never.
If you as a Christian can’t see the victories Trump is handing the church to have our voices heard, then you are blind. The next miracle is to get our government back and and see true revival. Trump is a bridge to all of that. The hand of God is upon him.
It is time to bombard heaven for the deep state to be exposed. We need to seek God like never before for special protection on Trump, Melania, the children, and the faithful few left in our government. Ask big. Ask now
Ephesians 3: 20 “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
I don’t mention any names in this blog. I wanted you to see—if you get to see—how extreme things have gotten. Censorship is no longer just about what you say, it is about what they think you are saying. Soon they will censor what they think you are thinking. Consider yourself fortunate if this information is not blocked—or if you got to it before it was.
I am about to talk to you villains who are burning down our house. They are using lies and bankrupt ideas to set their fires. I will use another vehicle that is new to me: I am going to direct this blog directly to the guilty. I am going to rebuke them. You may think that is unloving…maybe even unchristian. That hits on why we have lost so many moral battles.
To win them—we were told—we must be nice. We couldn’t have been nicer. We didn’t win them. In fact, our niceness made them hate us more. Love sometimes delivers a “thanks I needed that” message. Occasionally, the truth should hurt…especially when a nation is at stake.
Wicked people have torched the truth and it’s your children’s future that’s on fire. It’s time you realized that something truly dark is looming on the horizon.
Is there hope? There is great hope. In fact, it was at a low ebb of faith like this that the Jesus movement exploded.
BURNING DOWN OUR HOUSE
You doused America with flammable lies. Every room, every stairway, every doorway soaked in combustible falsehoods. Then you struck the match. Now the house is burning down. A five-alarm fire.
Like crazed villagers, you scream “it is for the greater good” as you torch everything in your path. History chases you pleading: “this has never worked, and it will never work.” But do you listen? Reason hunts you down and cries, “you will make the world worse than it was before.” But it doesn’t matter.
You’ll will enforce truth by lying? You’ll conquer hate with what, new hate?
You’re attacking evil? Please explain: After you tell every lie, break every law—and evil not only survives but turns back on you—what truth or law will be left to protect you? What love, justice, and mercy will be left to build that better world?
I hear some teens declare, “My parents are idiots so ban all the guns.” Or, “if I can get an AR 15, what’s to stop me from getting a nuclear weapon?” The entire military maybe? All this money and attention is being thrown at you because you’re a pawn. To them you’re no timeless warrior. To them you’re the flavor of the month. To them you’re 15 minutes are almost up.
Then there’s the older protesters. The revolution is going to usher in the better world? Your claim to be “woke” feels more like a joke. You are flush with hate. Will you magically be fair—with justice for all—once you have the power? Face it, you don’t want to end oppression. You want to be the new oppressor.
You scream “by any means necessary!” But do you know what is necessary? Truth, justice, equality, and prosperity come from God—from honoring His Word. We’ve reaffirmed it for thousands of years. The only time it has ever gone right for America is when we’ve honored these self-evident truths. But, does history matter to a mind high on mythical ideology or pot?
You claim science is on your side. But it is science that refutes you. It is science that knows you falsified your research on gender, weather, and so many things in order to sell your agenda.
Insanity is when you keep doing the same thing over and over again hoping for a new result. Hate is when you keep the same thing over and over again—even though you know it doesn’t work—because it hurts the right people.
You see nothing wrong with censorship. You’re fine with rioters shutting down free speech. You’re okay with sanitizing a religion of hate and twisting the golden words of the Carpenter of Nazareth into hate.
Then there are the sophisticated arsonists. Governors, special counsels, media CEOs, late night comedians, Senators, all spouting the party line in robotic unison. You spew the same mantras. You claim the same sanctimonious ramparts.
“We must make America like California!” Have you tried to educate a Christian child there? Have you tried to run a small business there? Have you tried to eat, sleep, breathe, or find shelter there? Have you tried to get over the murder of your son, or daughter by someone who wasn’t supposed to be there? Why would you wish California on the rest of America?
Next is the fire starter who got fired and decided to write a book. It’s no revelation, it’s a pouty, whiny, rag filled with self-congratulation, half-truths and hate. A thousand chimps on a thousand typewriters given eons of time could not create such a tower of self-pity and victimhood.
Then there’s you—the sore loser playing with matches. The crashing bore who stayed at the party too long. You would rather contaminate the narrative with your delusional entitlement, than let the nation move on.
Finally, there’s the arsonist who couldn’t leave power gracefully. You were afforded the highest honor and you turned it into a tool to dismantle a nation. You’re the angry tenant who trashes the apartment. Only you go one better…you leave toadies in governmental sleeper cells to do your bidding. You started all the fires you could to keep bringing down the nation.
To all of you comes a solemn warning. America is not just a country. There’s something deep in our soil. Something too deep for a Marxist to understand. And if your hopes and dreams rest in bringing this nation down you just might end up fighting God Himself. There are millions of people praying at this hour. They don’t want your brand of country. They don’t want angry values and hollow promises. They want freedom. They fear the Lord…and He watches over them. You are trying to burn down our house just remember, its not just our house…it’s His.
Are you preaching to what your people actually face? Their faith is costing them their jobs. Their children are being persecuted at school. Their college is banning their Christian clubs.
When they tell us they want to silence the church—when they tell us their opinion is the only one allowed—when disagreeing will cost you your rights, your job, and even your life—when they burn buildings, protect killers, and convict innocent people—the church should have no response? Do we sit back and just give away our freedom of religion and speech?
Liberals want a New American Civil War. They want one party rule. They say the Republican Party, and Evangelical Christians must be stripped of power. They want to make America into California.
Peter Leyden, CEO of new media startup Reinvent, and Ruy Teixeira, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, said this in an article entitled The Great Lesson of California in America’s New Civil War.
They say, “What about the need for checks and balances? Many Americans might be wary of trusting a political environment where one party has complete control of political power.”
They insist that one party rule is an utter necessity: “America can’t afford more political paralysis. One side or the other must win. This is a civil war that can be won without firing a shot. But it is a fundamental conflict between two worldviews that must be resolved in short order.” Are these wacko ideas from the fringe? No, they are mainstream leftist ideology. We are in a moral civil war. How shall we preach in moral civil war?
There is a story of tyranny that is our model for this moment. Terrorists took control of a city and demanded that the entire city become slaves or face death. It gets worse. Just to stay alive every man, woman, and child had to agree to have their right eye removed.
The elders of the city begged for them to hold off 7 days so they could send messengers to get help. Since the terrorists were spoiling for a fight they agreed.
1 Samuel 11:3 is one of the most chilling verses in scripture because it shows the unimaginable horror the people felt: “Then the elders of Jabesh said to him, ‘Hold off for seven days, that we may send messengers to all the territory of Israel. And then, if there is no one to save us, we will come out to you.’”
Put yourself in the place of those men facing the disfigurement of their wives and children. If you were one of those elders tasked with choosing messengers—what kind of messengers would you choose? Who would you choose to go get help?
You would not pick smooth talking salesmen. You would not want a wordsmith or an entertainer. You dare not send a psychologist or a life coach.
They had to go get an army. They had to make people cry and get angry. They had to convince people—who might believe this was not their fight—to take a stand.
The Bible says they went to Gibeah where King Saul was, and everyone who heard them began to weep. King Saul was filled with holy rage and galvanized the nation to save the people of Jabesh Gilead in a mighty victory.
Who will save us from the disfigurement of America, and the church, by the left? What kind of preaching shall we choose to loosen the grip of tyranny and regain our freedom? The same kind of messengers the elders of Jabesh Gilead choose.
The Holy Spirit is leading preachers to adjust to the new, real world. He is sending out an urgent appeal: Preach as if they are stealing your country…because they are. Preach as if your people are suffering under persecution because they are. If you have the heart, God will give you the words. Time is running out.
When I warned about a new law in California, a lady commented, “the Church is awake and powerful in California.” A brother responded, “Then why is California going to hell in a handbasket?” Ouch.
What I am about to say is a cry—a loving cry for leaders in California to wake up and please consider what I say no matter how painful the facts may be. I know I am speaking out a deep love and burden for my home.
I survey the moral devastation and then hear someone boast that the gates of hell will not prevail against the church in California. I have to ask, if the gates of hell have not prevailed then what on earth is going on? If this isn’t prevailing, I’d hate to see what is. The answer is—as is so often the case—to read the verse again.
Matthew 16:18 “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
I am begging God for this message to get through to my fellow leaders. The first clue lies in the phrase, “I will build.” There are two construction projects going on simultaneously in the church. Men are in charge of one, and Christ is in charge of the other.
That these two branches coexist in the Body of Christ is clear in Jesus’ own words: John 15: 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
Both branches are connected to Him, but only one abides in Him. Both can grow side by side until the appointed time. It is easy to see the difference.
The churches men build don’t stand a chance against Satan, and Satan doesn’t stand a chance against the church Christ is building.
Man made churches avoid the front line. The one Jesus builds draws its life from engaging and defeating the powers of darkness.
The church man builds, refuses to offend. The church Christ builds refuses to be ashamed.
It totally breaks my heart to say this…California is littered with Christian projects built by man, and for man. This explains how immorality spread, even as churches got bigger. It explains why California government is working so hard to ban Christianity.
It makes me weep to have to say this but…Paul levels a stern warning to all who build “for God” by their own design. 1 Corinthians 3:10 “According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
Beloved, there is a terrifying outcome for those who build fake works. They will all stand before God and be judged for their works. 1 Corinthians 3:12 “Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”
Beloved, the autopsy on California leaves no room for another verdict!
Let everyone who reads this heed this warning! There are disastrous things about building Christian projects by human power that aren’t readily apparent.
For starters, they persecute the true church in a way that is worse than the world does. How? By making Bible preaching offensive—by giving believers an appetite for fast food—by discouraging true pastors who feel foolish for sticking to their convictions—by leaving them feeling betrayed, when you steal their people, and herd them into a faceless crowd, where they no longer have accountability.
I am praying right now that my cry will be understood by leaders. I am travailing for leaders to wake up while there is still time.
But there is an even more hideous fact: Satan may be actually helping you build. He’ll even give you the money. A hundred million dollars is chump change to Lucifer, if it gets him the prize he seeks: a center where thousands can be disarmed and neutralized.
My precious brothers and sisters, what could be a better trophy of hell that an artificial church? It has all the right features but no power. It is the perfect distraction. The devil can freely defile a culture in plain view of the church and she will be powerless, or oblivious to stop it.
If you insist on defending your empire, and you refuse to see how useless it was to stop the destruction of California, then it is already too late.
But I can’t accept that it is too late. I know there are true men and women of God in California. God wanted to give pastors in California something so much more than a big church—He wanted to give them a giant church filled with giants.
Let’s finish the verses about the branches: John 15: 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. That is the church we are talking about and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.
Should a preacher be an outspoken critic of government and politicians? Should soul winners take sides the political arena? When I first began doing it, the unanimous verdict was no. Now let me tell you an amazing story…
In 2011, I knew the greatest threat to America and the Gospel was going to come from Washington D.C. and Sacramento CA. The Holy Spirit led me to begin a blog and arm people with truth and Scriptural knowledge to combat the iron curtain that I saw coming down on our nation.
You would not believe the threats I got. Not just from left wing wackos, but from Christians. Church folk thought I was violating my calling and the left wingers said they were going to sick the IRS on me. Some leaders I really trusted blasted me for even thinking of doing this.
Seeking God about doing this blog, put me through unimaginable torment. I had to be sure I was right. My heroes, Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, Kathyrn Kuhlman, and David Wilkerson would have struggled with my decision. Then something really important dawned on me: Preachers must discern the times they live in.
Everyone one of my heroes did just that. They did things that had never been done before and they were brutally criticized for it. David Wilkerson for being photographed at a criminal trial for delinquents, Oral for going on television, Kathyrn for being a woman preacher…all of them broke new ground.
Then God gave me understanding of the time I lived in, and the ground I had to break. Let me explain it this way: say you are barbecuing in your back yard. There’s a fence between you and your neighbor. One day, after years of peaceful coexistence, your neighbor jumps the fence, and with a crazed look, charges your wife. He means harm. What do you do? Tell yourself it is unloving to attack the crazed neighbor?
Obama jumped the fence and went after the church. Now, the left never stays in their own yard. They continually attack our freedom of religion, and speech. Then I heard a life-changing phrase in my spirit: Christianity will survive without America, but America will never survive without Christianity. Now I knew my mission was to help spare America from disaster.
I also concluded that my spiritual heroes lived in an era when the church was respected, and there was civil discourse between political parties. I needed models of preachers who preached at the dawn of tyranny in their nation. I needed Dietrich Bonhoeffer from Hitler’s Germany and Watchman Nee in Mao’s china. It became undeniable what I had to do. I had total peace and confidence and began writing. However, my anxiety was only beginning.
In the first month, May 2011, only 58 people read it, by the end of the year only 2,200 people had read it. The enemy laughed at me, and told me it was a miserable failure, and the only thing I had done was to close the doors of churches. Somehow I kept trying.
The blog didn’t just face rejection from the church, it was going against the headwinds of technology. America’s attention span was shrinking fast. Experts told me I had no hope of success because no one reads long articles. If I wanted to be heard, I had to do short snappy videos. The Holy Spirit said no. I had to write the blog. Often, they’d be over a thousand words. Somehow, against all odds, I held on.
Now it was 2012 and something amazing started. By December, 300,000 people read the blog. Not only that, preachers took heart from my posts and began to boldly proclaim truth and speak out. Some of my harshest critics admitted they attacked me out of their own fear to speak out. The foundation of a new understanding, began to emerge. It turned into a groundswell.
Everywhere I traveled, people would come up to me, and tell me how much the blog meant to them. Copies appeared in the most surprising places. The heads of a large denomination gave it to their executives. It was quoted on television, radio, referred to in books, read from pulpits and even mentioned in Washington. Since then, it has been viewed in 224 nations and territories. Then at midnight last night it happened…