WHEN PEOPLE DESPISE THEIR OWN DELIVERANCE

It’s a real movement and there are even real t-shirts you can buy. They say things like, “Christians Against Trump” or “Loyal To Christ Not Trump.” Presumably, if they are Christians who are against Trump, they are also against the Christians who are for Trump. I am not trying to be technical, it’s just a fact. The reason I begin with that, is so you will know that I am not picking on them—they are picking on us.

They are saying and doing things against believers who support Trump and I find that disgraceful. It is one thing to disagree with Trump, but quite another to impugn the character of Trump supporters.

Since there is nothing uglier than a family fight, I am writing this under extreme duress and with reluctance. However, the situation is too grave to allow this attack to go unanswered.

What is wrong with these people? Let me answer that by introducing you to a personality type that is in sad abundance today: The ‘nattering nabob.’ These are people who suddenly and inexplicably turn against their own convictions just so they will look good to the other side. These three prominent men qualify currently: George W. Bush, Mitt Romney, and John Kasich.

Nattering Nabobs spout a lot of words, but you can’t follow them or make any sense of their diatribes. Today they are adamantly for what they were adamantly against, yesterday. And, as of now, they are vehemently opposed to what they were vehemently in favor of ten minutes ago.  They make nonsensical arguments and feel exhilarated, while everyone else in the room looks on with bewilderment and, in many cases, pity.

The most classic feature of a nattering nabob, is that they have a complaint and a rant, but they provide no alternative for the problem. Incredulously, Bush is going to vote for Biden. Mitt Romney actually voted for the impeachment of Trump, and John Kasich, a Republican in name only, humiliated himself at the Democrat Convention by pandering to the enemies of freedom.

Underneath all their pomp is a hidden motive. Trump, in their view, has done them wrong. Bush saw his brother bashed. That means he can,  with a clear conscience, support the socialist apocalypse and late term abortion he once hated. Mitt Romney, was snubbed by Trump, so he now feels justified in going against his former convictions. John Kasich is by far the saddest. His resentment gave way to a delirium where he is the only one in the room that doesn’t know how pathetic and ludicrous he is.

The same thing applies to these believers who bought the t-shirt. The most interesting thing about them comes when you ask them what they think is the alternative to Biden. They know the horror he represents. They know Biden celebrates everything a believer should find abhorrent. When you confront the “woke believer” for a solution to the problem, look closely and see if they don’t suddenly remind you of the times when Captain Kirk outsmarted an enemy computer that began to smoke and exclaim, “It does not compute!” Or you will hear ethereal platitudes better fit for a lecture on unicorns.

I get it. You find Trump offensive, my brother and sister in the Lord. I also get the cheap and easy acceptance readily available from the Left, and the stigma attached to standing against peer pressure.

But remember, President Trump stands with all evangelical Christians and supports Israel. He deserves your support. Why would you side with the enemies of America and God by voting against him?

I am not saying that Trump is a ‘type’ of Christ, but what I am saying is that Christ was a deliverance that the Jews found offensive. When Jesus saw that they despised their own deliverance He wept.

“Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation” Luke 19:41-44).

Can you honestly say you have asked God about Trump?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE LIFE AND DEATH QUESTION

I remember when a wise man of God told me, “Answer the question that wasn’t asked.” Example: when Jesus told His disciples that Jerusalem would be utterly destroyed and not one stone would be left upon another, the disciples reacted by asking Him when this would happen. Instead, of answering that question, He answered the question they should have asked, “Take heed that you be not deceived.” The question they should have asked was, “What is the most important thing we should to be ready?”

What question should pastors and the American church be asking right now about the coronavirus?

700 preachers recently participated in a conference-call with Trump and Pence, yet none of them asked the one question they should have asked.

The twelve disciples wanted to know the date of the destruction of Jerusalem, so they could make arrangements. That was their deception. And most pastors just want to know the date when they can reopen their church. That is our deception.

So, what was the question these preachers should have asked the President?

What is that question? That question is, “Why haven’t we repented?”

When it comes to repentance, the American church’s message is as garbled and discombobulated as a Joe Biden speech.

Shame on those who dare to invoke 2 Chronicles 7:14, while blatantly violating the conditions of that sacred text!

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

God says, “My people who are called by My name.” But we are ashamed to be called by His name! Modern preaching made us ashamed of being called by His Name! Christian pastors and singers waffled in T.V. interviews about homosexuality, abortion, the existence of hell, and Jesus being the only way to God.  Denying Biblical truth is even worse that denying His name. Psalm 138:2 says “…For You have magnified Your word above all Your Name.”

Have we humbled ourselves? Many are giddy, many are making light of this pandemic, and others glibly assure us that ‘we will all get through this.’ It is only because the deaths that have occurred have not happened to anyone you personally know and love that you are able to view it from a distance and remain aloof. Because the level of intrusion and financial devastation hasn’t quite struck you personally, you can still act like a spectator.

We as believers are not sober. We are not praying for mercy. We are praying prayers that expose our immaturity, ignorance, and arrogance.

Have we turned from our wicked ways? Talk about arrogance!  Nothing is more arrogant than the way preachers hurdled right over the part about ‘turning from our wicked ways,’ and went straight to asking God to ‘heal our land.’

Social media overflows with singers and preachers who offer advice, devotions, and prophecies that downplay, and even belittle, repentance.

Even when we called a big-time fast, the focus was about stopping the virus, not repenting as a nation. We should be fasting with sorrow over the way ‘church incorporated’ has grieved the Holy Spirit. How we abolished soul-winning. How we created low-impact/high-maintenance converts who drain the church’s resources and produce nothing, instead of training warrior-disciples.

Keeping people calm is important. Inspiring people to make the best of this is important. But national repentance is life and death. Anyone who is guaranteeing you that it can’t get worse for America is deluded. Jesus told the crippled man He healed at the Pool of Bethesda in John 5:14b, “Behold, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”

Funny, but those who need it the least are the ones who are interceding and repenting the most. They are letting the searchlight of God give them truth in the inward parts. For them there is a new day. Pastors who are in this company of saints will see glory rise upon their ministry. Protection, blessing and healing is reserved for this remnant. I can’t say it any more simply or clearly than Isaiah.

“Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds. Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with them, for what their hands have done shall be done to them.”    (Isaiah 3:10-11)

 

 

 

P.S. I want to thank my good friend Tony Scott Pastor, author, and revivalist for inspiring this blog on repentance. He called me on the phone and fired me up with this insight. He pastors a vibrant end time congregation:  theChurch in Maumee Ohio near Toledo.  https://atthechurch.tv/

 

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