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.
Dear Christian Save Yourself from the Democratic Party. Yes, you heard me right—get out while you can. 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.
Evangelical leaders hailed Trump as a type of King Cyrus. Now they are bailing on him because they can’t take the heat. Billy Graham’s grand daughter in a CNN interview on December 26th called, evangelicals who support President Donald Trump “hypocritical,” claiming that the president actually represents “the opposite of Jesus’ message.”
Just when he needs the church the most they abandon ship. It makes me sick.
Fellow preachers, do we need to be reminded about the miracle we saw on election night? For weeks, we were told he had no chance to win. Have you forgotten how close we came to a nuclear winter called Hillary?
Do we need to be reintroduced to the obvious? Look at who hates him, and you will find every reason to stand with him. The same people that hate Israel, hate Trump. The same people who want to kill Trump, want to kill the unborn. The same people that want to silence Trump, want to silence the church.
Pastor, his enemies are your enemies. Those who want to stop his policies, also want to stop your vision.
He tweets. Get over it! When virtually every news outlet lies about him…how else will he get the truth out?
He is rough and crude. So, what? Draining the swamp in Washington is not the job for your breathy voiced yoga instructor. Trump is the strong medicine God chose.
He has enraged all the usual suspects: Teacher’s unions, socialist hippies, gas bag college professors, and all the cuckoo caucuses infesting our halls of government.
I want to remind my esteemed yet timid colleagues our children are getting a nutty education. Life doesn’t hand out participation trophies. Life won’t let you retreat to your safe place. Do you honestly believe that the drivel doled by leftists in the name of “education” will teach hard work, perseverance, and character?
Trump’s determination to make us strong in a hostile world is condemned as “nationalism.” His campaign to make education rational is condemned as “out of date.” Only drug addled moonbeams can find fault with common sense.
Our morally bankrupt leaders don’t know how to solve problems. My generation put a man on the moon—this generation put a man in the girl’s bathroom. I am not attacking transgender people. I am illustrating how—when it comes to priorities—liberalism rots the brain. With the life-threatening problems we face they focus on this?
In the next 90 days we will see the most blatant attack—in our history—on everything we value as believers.
The last thing President Trump should feel right now is that he is alone. He must feel the fervent prayers of the Body of Christ. He must hear your voice supporting his valiant moves to unwind the snake Obama wrapped around the throat of our democracy.
Dear preacher did you support Trump because of a fad fever? Are you silent because of the backlash? If you believe Trump is a miracle, and a type of King Cyrus, then act like it! Seize this divine opportunity to stand with policies that best reflect our values. Don’t chicken out now that the heat is on.
I never voted for Trump because I heard some goose-bump prophecy. I came to my decision in prayer. I studied history. I saw us sinking into the same quicksand that ended prior nations. I looked at our choices and it was crystal clear that Trump was not just the best choice—he was the only choice. He still is.
It threatens the church more than drugs, pornography, Islamic terror, fake news or any impending world calamity. It is the number one crisis in the American Church.
Left unchecked, it can’t be overstated how much damage it will do. Yet, as dangerous as it is—and this is the maddening part—it is utterly curable, and preventable. Tragically, we may not have the heart or the stomach to solve this crisis.
So, who, or what is the culprit? Let me ask you: Who is using up vital resources? Who is driving pastors into deadly compromise—or out of the ministry entirely? Who is responsible for shutting down, derailing, and destroying the things that matter to the Christian faith? The answer is painful…are you even sure you want to know?
The villain is a monster of our own making. University professors may have invented the easily triggered, woefully self-righteous, self-centered, quivering in their safe place, snow flake.
We have concocted something much worse. We created the Low Impact-High Maintenance Believer or LIHMB. They are a monstrosity of the church growth—by any means necessary—movement. They have created the perfect storm.
How do I explain them to you? Think of the intensive care unit. There is a tube up the nose. There is an I.V. in the arm pumping fluid, or painkillers. There is a heart monitor, and a breathing machine. They all serve the same purpose. They keep the patient alive…artificially. Many church programs today do that.
The difference between hospital and church care is machines in the hospital are for those who can’t do for themselves…in the church, they are for those who won’t do for themselves.
They are why money for soul winning and giving to the poor is (pardon my pun) going down the tubes. They consume all available staff and resources.
Because they are fickle, they started a price war between churches—discounted discipleship. Pastors compete to have the shortest service, most convenient parking, best coffee, and the least offensive sermon. Suddenly church is speed dating.
We now have an odd irony. Church used to be about getting people to God. Now it seems to be about protecting them from God.
The Bible prophesied LIHMBs: 2 Timothy 4: 3 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”
They can’t handle life. They can’t fathom self-denial. They hold preachers hostage to programs that consume—sermons they hate preaching, and shallow audiences.
LIHMBs are the reason many godly people have given up on Sunday mornings. But LIHMBs do even more damage. They create a special kind of discouragement. Think of the man or woman of God who pastors by the Book. They see a church use stunts and explode overnight. An immature believer says, “I am leaving, you don’t have what I need. A heartsick vessel of God wonders, “am I a fool for sticking to my convictions? Is it true that the pure Gospel anointed by the Holy Spirit can’t grow a church today without gimmicks?”
Daniel 11:32 says, “the people who know their God will be strong and carry out great exploits.” The LIHMB version should read, “the people who think they know God will be weak and carry out nothing.” Actually the Bible does say, “Having a form of Godliness but denying the power thereof.” -2 Timothy 3:5
Like I said, the answer is so simple it is maddening. Dear leader:
1. REPENT! Drain the swamp. Clear your heart of toxic ambition and carnal goals.
2. Meet with your deacon possessed leaders and drop the gauntlet: “We are going to return the control of this Church to the Holy Spirit—center it on Christ, and let the chips fall where they may.”
3. Expect! Expect many to leave. Expect the presence of God to return. Expect a whole new crop of true disciples to arrive ready to serve. Expect turn away crowds coming early for the right reasons. Expect them to stay and grow.
Is it true that the pure Gospel anointed by the Holy Spirit can’t grow a church today without gimmicks? To the tens of millions of Pentecostals in emerging nations who regularly see miracles, and multitudes saved, and filled with the Holy Spirit…that is a silly lie.
There are two massive reasons for us to have hope for real disciples, real revival and real impact on our culture: The Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit is tasked with giving us power, strategy and a mouth and wisdom that our adversaries cannot gainsay or resist. He was sent to grow the Christian movement. The most talented church marketer pales as a pathetic substitute for the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit.
The Church offers the most irresistible attraction of the universe: Jesus Himself! Phillip Schaff said: “This Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander, Caesar, Mohammed and Napoleon; without science and learning, He shed more light on things human and divine than all philosophers and scholars combined; without the eloquence of schools, He spoke such words of life as were never spoken before or since, and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orator or poet; without writing a single line, He set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art and songs of praise than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times.” Amen.
Mass murder, debauchery, and the stress of nations, press us daily. We can feel the crushing weight of inadequacy. Can we stay sane? Is the moral situation so far gone that we tuck our faith and just endure hoping we outlast the madness?
Ephesians 6:10 says, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.’ But, how do we apply all that power and might to this flood of evil and stress that hitting us every day?
Not only can we apply it, we are expressly called—and uniquely equipped—to express this might. The legacy of our faith demands it—the nature of the Holy Spirit—and the Word of God demand it. There is no holding pattern for us. God only leads forward.
With just a few simple words, Jesus revealed the vast superiority of our victory compared to all world religions. He said, “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.” –John 17:15.
The religions of the world teach escape. They deem the world too dangerous for their devotees. Whether it is a Buddhist Monastery or a Muslim Caliphate the message is clear: They can’t coexist with secular culture. They require physical separation, cleansing rituals, strict diets, or total subjugation of infidels.
For Jesus to pray for His flock to stay in the culture are not just fighting words—they are an in-your-face smack down of evil.
While cultural contact withers the faith of false religions, it enhances the Christian—it sharpens their faith, brightens their light, and deepens their authority.
You must get why you are here. You must see the astounding picture of the army you belong to. Our very presence on earth is God’s way of saying victory is available. He keeps us here because we can win.
Think of soldiers in an army fighting in their little sector. They are being hard-pressed, and things are going against them. If, for one moment, they think it’s just their fight they will soon be defeated. But when they remember they are only a part of a great and mighty army, and directing it, is the Captain, their Leader, immediately the situation is transformed. In other words, we have got to realize God is involved in it with us. We are only here because of God.
The 3 steps I am about to declare bring victory of the present evil and stress. They hit me when I saw two groups of people—hundreds of years apart, in totally different situations—take the identical 3 steps to victory.
One was a prophecy by Daniel in in 600 BC and the other happened in 31 AD. The first is Daniel describing how the Maccabean revolt would win in 167 BC. The second is the people in the land of Gennesaret welcoming Jesus. The former liberated Israel, the latter wiped out sickness and disease. Again, they both took the same 3 steps. Here are the scriptures:
Daniel 11: 32 “Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.”
Mark 6: 53-56: “When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret and anchored there. And when they came out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him, ran through that whole surrounding region, and began to carry about on beds those who were sick to wherever they heard He was. Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well.”
Here are the 3 key words in both these victories: KNOW, STRONG, CARRY. The first group knew God, were strong, and carried out exploits. The second group did the same 3 things. They recognized (knew Jesus). They ran (showed strength). They carried others who received miracles. (Exploits)
Take these 3 steps to defeat today’s stress and evil:
- Obey God’s pull. He is pulling you to know Him in deep intimacy: Psalm 27:8 says “When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.” What is your reaction to God’s call to do a secret work in you? Are you saying yes?
I believe Jesus is using this message from me to you to draw you into special closeness to Him. If you say yes, special things will begin to happen. You will instantly conquer fear and worry. Isaiah 26: 3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. “
Your faith for mighty things will multiply. Jesus said,” If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” -John 15:7
God not only knew the insanity of today was coming—He took steps to prepare a special relationship, that would produce special powers for His children. We can blame no one but ourselves if we neglect this astonishing invitation.
- Become strong. What did Isaiah say would happen to those who heeded the call to wait on God? “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Your new-found and deep connection to God the Father, create strength. Note once again the amazing parallel between the phrases, “they shall run and not be weary,” and “they recognized Him and ran.
Touchy feely faith is out. This is the era of strong Christians. Tomorrow belongs to Christians who are stronger than headlines—stronger than threats—stronger than anything unfolding on the earth.
- Accept your mission: You have a mission, you have an ordained exploit. It is ironic that the real cure for today’s fear and stress is to think big, and take on massive vision. Fresh vision always chases away depression.
Opposition and persecution do not mean we hide, in fact we are to become bolder. Look at what the disciples did at Iconium: Acts 14: 2 “But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren. 3 Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.” They were opposed, therefore they stayed and saw greater miracles.
An exploit that summons up all your talent and every drop of your courage is comfort food for the Spirit-empowered believer.
The bottom line: We are so subjective, and we live in this unhealthy psychological generation that starts with man and ends with man. Most of our troubles are due to that. We are always looking inwards and pitying ourselves and being sorry for ourselves, and looking for something to help us. Get rid of that outlook, forget yourself for a moment; the battle is the Lord’s! You can know Him. You can become strong. You will do amazing things.
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Trump is being investigated. They claim he colluded with the Russians. They claim he rigged an election. Here is the hair pulling part of this: We now know—without an investigation—Hillary did both of those things.
Revival or Civil War?
By Mario Murillo
After months of digging, the special prosecutor has turned up nothing linking Trump to any Russian, to any rigging, to any…anything. Yet, investigators continue to claim they are about to find something.
Meanwhile, a gigantic something—the mastodon in the room—is ignored. They simply refuse to investigate Hillary Clinton. Hillary is so smug, that to this hour, she continues to accuse Trump collusion and rigging.
What has possessed the political elite to alter reality? What mental defect has gripped the fake new media that they can do this without any pang of conscience? How can they disregard the destruction they are heaping on America? The focus of this blog is not Hillary but how the treatment of this situation highlights our moral disaster. The Bible tells us how we got to this point.
Jesus said, “they strain at a gnat and swallow a camel.” But another Bible verse hits even closer to home. Isaiah 5:20 “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
I bring up Hillary because she is symptomatic of what is killing the American soul. It is a madness that is bringing us to the brink of civil war. Indeed, Isaiah was warning those who call evil good and good evil of something very perilous: After you sin long enough, God judges you with a mind that reverses right and wrong, good and evil and yes, sanity and insanity.
You need to read all of Isaiah Chapter 5. It is an eerie parallel to America right now. Matthew Henry said about Isaiah 5, “In this chapter the prophet, in God’s name, shows the people of God their transgressions, even the house of Jacob their sins, and the judgments which were likely to be brought upon them for their sins…Covetousness, and greediness of worldly wealth, which shall be punished with famine (v. 8-10) 2. Rioting, revelling, and drunkenness (v. 11, v. 12, v. 22, v. 23), which shall be punished with captivity and all the miseries that attend it (v. 13-17). Presumption in sin, and defying the justice of God (v. 18, v. 19). Confounding the distinctions between virtue and vice, and so undermining the principles of religion (v. 20). Self-conceit (v. 21). Perverting justice, for which, and the other instances of reigning wickedness among them, a great and general desolation in threatened, which should lay all waste (v. 24, v. 25), and which should be effected by a foreign invasion.”
I am convinced that America is down to 2 options: Revival or Civil war. Yes, you heard me right. Millions of Americans staunchly support Trump—though they have been beaten into silence they are fervent in their commitment to our president.
They see injustice not only directed at Trump, but at their faith, their values, freedoms and their loved ones. They understand political correctness to be the cancer of our times.
They see a small, vocal, activist cadre controlling most of what we see and hear. They see free speech fading—they see morals vanishing—they see tyranny as Antifa is declaring violent warfare on American citizens.
With all my might, in this explosive hour, I am compelling everyone who will listen that revival is something that should be uniting every Christian. The urgency of national repentance cannot be over stated—neither can the power of God.
What I am trying to say, in this blog, is that the mindset, that reverses light and darkness, good and evil has overtaken us because of our wickedness.
If we do not harness the anger of millions fed up with all of the perversion of truth—if we do not channel it into a moral awakening—it will lead to civil disruption on a scale too terrible to describe.
Let us drop all of our foolish distractions and provoke fervent prayer—church gatherings full of fire and love, pulpits peopled by preachers who thunder unvarnished truth and let the chips fall where they may.
Time is almost up. A fuse is about to be lit. God help us to light the right one.