HOW SHALL WE THEN PREACH?

Are you preaching to what your people actually face? Are you awake to the fact that they are under intense persecution?   The left has morphed into a hideous mob.  How shall we then preach in this unprecedented era of darkness?

Liberals want a New American Civil War. 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?

Having faced with brutal honesty the world of our congregants…how shall we then preach?

There is a story of tyranny in 1 Samuel 11 that answers the question.  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.  That is what we need in pulpits now!

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.

Much of the preaching today is of human origin.  It makes the church lifeless and impotent to do battle against the moral landslide in America.  Satan is behind this harmless preaching—preaching that will save no one.

E.M Bounds said, “Another scheme of Satan is to eliminate from the church all the humble, self-denying ordinances that are offensive to unsanctified tastes and unregenerate hearts. He seeks to reduce the church to a mere human institution—popular, natural, fleshly, and pleasing.”
The Holy Spirit is telling you my fellow preacher to face the 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.  Preach as if God is able to make you not just a spokesman but a living weapon.  If you have the heart…God will give you the words.  Time is running out.

A strange thing has happened to Democrats

They suddenly discovered adultery is a sin.  Not only that, they now believe it is grounds for a president to be impeached.

Because he is a billboard for liberal hypocrisy, Bill Clinton is scurrying away hoping you won’t see him.  He remembers when Democrats defended him for current adultery (not something that happened 12 years previous.)  He remembers when the New York Times screamed that it was no one’s business when consenting adults have sex.

He remembers when (as recently as 2016) feminists thought even his rapes were okay.   Wonkette feminist writer Rebecca Schoenkopf thinks Bill Clinton probably raped Juanita Broaddrick back in 1978 — but that doesn’t make him a bad person.

In a post published in response to Broaddrick’s recent interview about the alleged attack, Schoenkopf explained Bill probably just didn’t know that forcing himself upon a woman was a no-no — because apparently no one told men not to rape 30 years ago.

“I can absolutely see Bill Clinton doing this (then, not now) and not even thinking of it as rape, but thinking of it as dominant, alpha sex,” Schoenkopf writes. “I can see a LOT of men doing that during that time period, before we started telling them in the ’80s, ‘hey, that is rape, do not do that.’ I can see YOUR NICE GRANDPA doing that, back then.”

Okay, that’s crazy.   So let’s get back to the question of how the Democrats totally flipped on the issue of adultery?

And how did they go from admitting Clinton’s rapes were okay, to falsely accusing Trump of rape?

Before we answer that, check this out: Just when you thought they could not get any richer here are other examples of hypocrisy:

Bill Clinton opposed illegal immigration.  Bill Clinton made citizenship a question on the census questionnaire.  Both things Democrats scream against now.  And now…

The all-time double standard bearers—the supreme practitioners of hypocrisy, call Christians hypocrites for backing Trump.

Let me assure you of something.  If Trump said, he was a Christ follower, and he was caught cheating on his wife as president, I would be first in line to rebuke the immorality.  That has not happened.  There’s as much evidence for that as there is for Russian collusion.

I don’t believe Christians who support Trump will give him a pass if he behaves like, say…Bill Clinton.   Let me prove it to you in a way that some will hate me for: look at what happened in Alabama. Even if you believe that Judge Roy Moore was railroaded—and there is evidence of that—many Christians could not vote for him because of the moral shadow cast on him.

Bottomline: The Democrats vehemently defended adultery because it could keep Clinton in office.  They only found morality to get Trump out of office.

 The real hypocrisy is even worse.  They believe Bill Clinton should not be impeached for adultery he committed while in office, but Trump should be impeached for adultery 12 years before he was in office.

Now that they’ve discovered the sin of adultery could they also discover the sin of hypocrisy? Sure, if it advances their narrative.

President Trump: Utilize don’t idolize.

Immediately, Trump fans may be put off by the title.  I am not saying don’t love Donald Trump.  I love my brother.  I pray for him.  I am outraged by the vileness of the left toward—not just our president—but his wife and children.   We need to extend love and respect to the man.

When I say utilize, I am not speaking of Donald Trump the man—I am speaking of the presidency of Donald Trump.  I am talking about seizing this moment when power is being used for the good of the nation, and gives the church new freedom to preach the Gospel.

Utilize means: use, make use of, put to use, employ, avail oneself of, bring/press into service, bring into play, deploy, draw on, exploit, harness.  My question to the American church is simple: Are we utilizing his presidency?

The enemies of the church utilized Obama’s time in power to greatly expand their operations…and most notably, create a widespread cultural shaming of Christians.  Under Obama there was outright hostility toward the church’s freedom of speech and religion.  Schools shut down Christians groups.  Prayer was wiped out in many public events.  An amazing amount was done that goes against our basic beliefs.

Some believers dislike Trump because they believe he limits the Gospel.  In fact, the opposite may be true.  Military chaplains can again talk about Christ, Christian clubs can again meet on campus, permits for Christian events are easier to obtain, and even social media has begun to remove the muzzle on Christians.

The newfound hatred for the Gospel blossomed under Obama not Trump.  The railing you hearing right now is because the open season on the church is over.

But what are we as Christians doing with the fact that jobs are coming back—are we investing in soul winning?  Now that we have more freedom to witness are we reaching out?  Now that the oppressive restraints are being successfully challenged in court, and the tide is turning toward more religious freedom, are we harnessing the moment?

On the other hand, we must not idolize Trump.  He is not our provider—God is.  We cannot devolve into a cult following where Trump can do no wrong.  We can’t be entertained by his gotcha tweets (a personal weakness of mine) and bravado.  We have to see the big picture.  Respect him, admire him but never forget the urgency of the time.  You have work to do.

True prophets speak truth to power.  If our president reverses course and becomes an enemy of the Gospel I will openly oppose him.  How can I not?

At best, Trump will be in office another 7 years.  That’s not a long time.  In fact, it could only be 3 more years.  In that time, we must discredit the virus the nation contracted from God-hating leftist elites. If we do not, then brace yourself for the most vicious leftist backlash we have ever known.

The Christians who detest Trump and those who idolize him share this danger—missing the hour of our visitation.  You can miss it by being so prideful you can’t accept the fact that God is working through Trump.   Or, you can miss it by sitting around being enamored by his every move instead of getting to work.

You can sum up the books of Ezra and Nehemiah very simply: God has opened an amazing door to restore Israel but too many Israelites couldn’t see it.  Jesus said,  “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.”-John 9:4.

I NEVER SAID THAT

The therapist walked to the blackboard and drew a horizontal straight line.  He asked the patient “what does that make you think of?”  “Sex,” he replied.  Then the therapist drew a vertical straight line and asked again, “what does this make you think of?” Again, the patient answers, “sex.”  Finally, the therapist draws a circle and asks, “okay what about now?”  Once again, the answer was sex.

“I don’t need to go any further” said the therapist, “you’re obsessed with sex.”  Incensed, the patient replies, “Me?”  “You’re the one drawing all the dirty pictures!”

It was interesting how many thought I was drawing dirty pictures—claiming I said any Christian who disagrees with Trump hates him.  I never said that. 

It was equally remarkable to see how angry they got—how they took it so personally.

Some of the comments were hilarious.  “I am a believer, I don’t hate him. Even though he is a pathological liar, and a wolf.”  Other Christians cited the audio of Trump from 12 years ago as proof that he is evil.  Not even considering he might have changed.  Again, they add the disclaimer, “but I don’t hate him.”

But my favorite criticisms came from those who said:

-This is why young people won’t listen to us.

-The article is divisive to the Body of Christ.

-Stay out of politics.  No politician or party can be used of God.

Thank God they’re wrong about young people.  I hold nothing back and it just makes more of them show up.  I give them direct appeals and they come to Jesus.  It’s a canard to say youth don’t want to hear this.

What is divisive to one looks like God separating the sheep and the goats to another.  A core of believers is rising that is finished with the lukewarm church.  Lukewarm-ness is a good thing to be divided from.

If you think God can’t work through a political leader think again.  If you think politics has no place in spiritual warfare think again.  When the hard left took possession of the Democratic Party, the first thing they did was throw the church out.

Who changed traditional marriage?  Who champions—not only abortion—late-term abortion?  Who puts Christian bakers out of business?  Who is ignores MS-13 because they are immigrants?  Who espouses bans on prayer, conservative speakers on campus, confiscation of guns, makes “F—Trump! a mantra” a statement, one Democratic columnist said, “was worthy of the Pulitzer Prize.”

We have never faced such a hate-filled mob of media elites, Hollywood hypocrites, and God-hating extremists—hell-bent on crushing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in America.

Stop living in the past.  The day of civil discourse from the left is long gone.  Journalism is dead.

I know saying this will make heads explode: but in all this madness of globalism, and George Soros-funded tyranny, Trump is a momentary reprieve from God—an imperfect vessel notwithstanding.  He is a stop-gap buying time for the church to act.  And it’s disastrous for the church to ignore it.  If nothing else, he defeated Hillary Clinton.

Never mind the dinky stuff.  Look at the policies and the laws he is undoing and the ones he prevents—laws and policies that would muzzle the church and will build a godless nation for your children and grandchildren.  Trump is a firewall.

When you say that God can’t use politicians you are saying only the devil can.   

God’s catalysts can come in strange packages…ranging from the bizarre, to the coarse.  Samson, Saul of Tarsus, and even General Patton come to mind.  Often, they offended sensibilities, barged in where others feared to go.

The devil has the American church groggy on the goodness of God without the needed balance of the holiness of God—holiness that leads to authority—authority to rise and tear down cultural strongholds of Satan through moral awakening.

Trumps is buying us time.  Seizing the time?  Well, that’s our job.

Dear Christian Save Yourself from the Democratic Party. 

Dear Christian Save Yourself from the Democratic Party.  Yes, you heard me right—get out while you can.
The modern Democratic Party is the greatest threat to the free exercise of religion in America’s history. In their attempt to limit religious freedom, they are attacking the foundation of America’s goodness.
Never has a major party sought to shove the practice and influence of religion out of the public square like today’s Democrats.
The Democratic Party’s last shred of credibility died during Trump’s State of the Union address.  While 75% of Americans approved of Trump’s speech, the scowling, aging waxworks of the DP’s leadership sat like barnacles on a corroding ship.
They could not even cheer for our military veterans.  They frowned at the American Flag and the National Anthem.  Their bitter faces found no compassion for a couple whose daughters were murdered by illegal alien members of the MS-13 gang.

Do a snap comparison.

The Republican platform: The Trump/Republican platform has created the lowest jobless rate for blacks in history.  The Stock Market has set more records in less time than ever.  Trump’s tax break has Disney, Home Depot, and many other corporations giving out thousand dollar bonuses to entire work forces.  (Nancy Pelosi called this crumbs.)
Money is coming back to America from overseas just as Trump predicted.  Even at the hostile World Economic Summit in Davos, Switzerland, European companies said they would invest in America.
The Democratic Platform: Hate Trump.
(Oh yeah…and hate Christians).   They are deranged to the point of thinking, speaking, breathing, and spewing nothing but Trump hate.
Their breathtaking arrogance alone, should make you abandon them—like nuclear waste!  They take their base completely for granted.  They live in an alternate reality.  They believe they can say or do anything and their base will blindly follow them.
If you are a believer get out.  You should get out because they told you to get out.  They pulled the welcome mat out from under you, years ago.  Democrats have screamed WE DON’T WANT YOU at Christians for decades.  They deem the Bible to be a hateful, obsolete tome.  They find everything you believe to be racist, sexist, homophobic, and every other phobia.

A Christian Democrat in California makes as much sense as a screen door on a submarine.  The Democratic Party is the reason Christians are fired in Silicon Valley for sharing their faith.  Sacramento is a seething nest of anti-Christian sentiment.
Whatever pulse of decency they had as a national party stopped last night in that hallowed hall.  Their deranged hearts and minds were on full display for the world to see: they hate everything you hold dear.
For the love of God—and, I mean that literally—save yourself.

Worship leaders dressed like hookers and drunk pastors

I was minding my own business winning gang members, addicts, and college students to Christ.  I loved my life.  There was no way I wanted to get in this fray.  God ordered me to warn the churches of impending disaster.  It meant rebuking their violations of scripture, rampant immorality, and political heresy.

No way I wanted to do this.  That’s why the life of Amos the prophet was a comfort to me.  He said “I’m not a prophet nor the son of a prophet.”  He was content in what he was doing.  He was a successful herdsman.  He was from Judah and the sins of a separate Kingdom didn’t matter to him.

He didn’t care about the conditions in Israel—he was from Judah.  God recruited him for the larger war where disaster was looming.  He didn’t pick the fight.  God brought the fight to Amos.

God is warning us from the book of Amos.  Here is where carnal preachers will point out that we don’t need the Old Testament.  Yet, Paul said to Timothy, “Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.” -1 Timothy 4:13.   Since there was no New Testament, he could only have meant the Old Testament.

According to Amos, the central altar of God had been replaced by rogue altars.  At these altars, pagan superstition mingled with Jewish tradition.  They left the Bible out of their worship.  God’s warning was clear: “tear them down or I will.”

Today, churches have built rogue altars.  Worship leaders prance church stages in stripper outfits.  They see nothing wrong with it.  They even teach that the body is a beautiful thing and if you have bad thoughts, it’s in your mind.  The Bible disagrees.  Proverbs 7: 10 Says, “And there a woman met him, With the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart.”  The NIV says, “clothes of a prostitute.” The Word is saying if you wear the uniform, there’s got to be a reason.

We have pastors getting drunk with their staff after church.  They began by justifying wine and then moved on to hard liquor.  They justify it with grace teaching from beyond the Bible.

Both acts come from the same wickedness—abandoning the Bible.  The Bible is gone as a standard.  It is no longer regarded as the word of God.

Now, if you ever listened to anything I have ever said then get this: You are watching a moral civil war.  A great army has come against us.  They are not Russians.  They are not Iranian.  They are Americans.

They are a confederation of teachers who want to teach your child how to use sex toys—who want to get them to experiment with gender.  They are politicians who believe the family must be removed to make way for a socialist society.  They are actors, professors, authors, news casters, and a litany of anti-God/anti-American ideals.

They have already systemically changed California into a separate nation, and without a miracle will spread like cancer to the rest of the United States.

Why am I engaged in this fight?  Because soul winning in America will be virtually impossible if our freedoms are destroyed.

The ideas and values that created America are under heavy attack.  It is not just a physical war it is in the spirit world.  Demonic engines drive this agenda.  That makes the carnal church and her leaders special villains in the eyes of God.

Scantily clad women on stage and inebriated ministers are no longer just a matter of hypocrisy and carnality…it is blasphemy.   When they—who are supposed to be leading the charge against darkness—instead, help advance the darkness, they are traitors.  But doing it when it helps destroy our freedoms makes it high treason.

No one is better equipped to break the curse than the church.  Conservatives can only do so much.  Your favorite commentator can only do so much.  Ben Shapiro and Jordan Peterson can only accomplish a part of what we need.

It is left to the Apostles, Prophets, Teachers, Pastors and Evangelists to take up the mantle for this hour.  But, to our great horror…instead of purifying themselves for the battle of their life—instead of seeking holy fire to combat the evil—many are gorging on cheap grace, testing the limits of decency, and falling into dangerous addictions.

Hear the word of the Lord: Amos 3:13 Hear and testify against the house of Jacob,” Says the Lord God, the God of hosts, 14 “That in the day I punish Israel for their transgressions, I will also visit destruction on the altars of Bethel; And the horns of the altar shall be cut off And fall to the ground. 15 I will destroy the winter house along with the summer house; The houses of ivory shall perish, And the great houses shall have an end, Says the Lord.”  Can this mean that lavish centers of worship can suddenly go missing?  Can we afford to assume they cannot?

Two years later, an earthquake destroyed everything Amos targeted.  This does not just apply to California, but to every church in America that has built idolatrous altars.

You are helping destroy the miracle of liberty that came from our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution.

But Isaiah said, “tell the righteous it shall be well with them.”  This is the hour for the remnant who love God and seek His face to feel comfort.  You will be spared.

In fact, at this moment, heaven is releasing power for miracles, words of prophetic might, and great resources to do the work of God.  Those who have kept their integrity–and perhaps labored in obscurity not seeing results—will receive great power and multiplication.

For the rest there remains an ominous warning: In your carnality, you are one the greatest threats to freedom.  Again, you are aiding and abetting the destruction of a great miracle—the miracle of liberty that came from our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution.

If the church will not rise up and speak…God will turn even nature against us to spare America.  Matthew Henry said something chilling in his commentary on Amos: “If men will not destroy idolatrous altars, God will, and those with them that had them in veneration.”

It’s time for the Body of Christ in California to do some deep soul searching. 

Business as usual has proven to be a colossal failure. The massive mega churches in the Golden State—with their tens of millions of dollars—have not made a dent in the greatest moral meltdown in California’s history.

California is just 24 hours away from a law—California Assembly Bill 2943—that can forever change how Christians will be treated in this state. It could also, easily lead to banning Bibles.

Have you seen any organized protest?  Do you hear many mega church pastor call for action on the final Sunday before the Senators vote?  My guess is not much.   I did get wind of a common theme: We don’t need to do anything because the gates of hell would not prevail against us.”

Such arrogance has taken its toll on believers.   One lady—influenced by this thinking—said this on our Facebook page: “the Church is awake and powerful in California.”  A brother responded, “Then why is California going to hell in a hand basket?”

Which begs a bigger question: why did the gates of hell prevail in so many places…even inside some churches?  Look at these verses again to see why:

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.”

Jesus said: “I will build.”  There are two kinds of churches: The one He is building, and the one man is building.  Can anyone deny California is overrun by man made religious empires?

Yes, they look right on the outside, and they are Christian, but they are disconnected from the life of Christ.  Jesus said, “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.  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.” -John 15: 5,6

Christ will build something through the preacher who abides in Him. But relying on a fad growth model cuts them off of from the life of God.  Cut branches don’t dry up instantly—man made churches can thrive for a season on leadership skills and marketing talent. Human powered religious centers are sustainable until the right crisis arrives.

There is a devastating cost to these manufactured churches—and they anger God.  He is angry that they have dulled the Body’s natural ability to sense danger.  He is enraged that they kept his sheep from preparing for the moral landslide in California.

It grieves the Holy Spirit that they not only remained silent about wickedness, they actually opposed those who tried to obey God.  Heaven is screaming at their guilt!  Just when they needed to drive back demonic power, and catalyze moral awakening…they instead, tacitly approved of the wickedness.

The guilty know who they are.  They knew it the first time they told a saint they couldn’t raise their hands in worship.  They knew it when they began banning gifts of power, living by the clock, and leaving out Bible turths.

Now the Lord is signaling that a storm is coming.  To set the record straight and to bring revival, God must expose their false foundations.  This breaks my heart.  It makes me weep.

Jesus warned about these storms: “But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”- Matthew 7: 26,27

Think of it as mercy if God brings your house down.  At least your folly is revealed and you can repent before you stand before God.

If God turns you over and allows your charade to go on, that would be the worst.  In this case, your empire becomes a trophy of hell.  Millions of dollars are nothing to Satan to subsidize a factory of false faith and synthetic Christians.  At that point, God will see no difference between you, Hollywood, Godless liberals, or even the porn industry.  To Him you’re doing equal damage.

My prayer is that this gets to compromised preachers in time.  I know some of them.  They know what they are doing is not right…that’s why they suffer greatly.  They harbor tremendous guilt, loneliness, and emptiness.

Frances Chan is an example of a man who would not compromise—he pastored a mega church in Simi Valley.  Something profound gripped him. To the utter shock of almost everyone, he left all to begin a highly effective discipleship work in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco (an area I know well from ministering on those streets.)  God filled his hunger for the life of Jesus to flow through him.

I am not saying every pastor has to leave their church.  I am saying that worshiping size, prestige, and celebrity above the moving of the Holy Spirit has been total disaster for California.  God has declared an end because there is too much at stake.

Now that Sacramento is out of the closet and is declaring war on His Church…God will not wait for you any longer.  This could be a final warning.  God is directing these scriptures to lukewarm leaders and lukewarm churches in California:

Revelations 3: 4 “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write,

‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”  Amen.