WITH ALL DUE RESPECT

I am writing this to you pastors, because you have the power to unify and bring our nation back to righteousness, but you are not doing it. I am writing to you famous pastors. You have a chance to help our friend, in the White House, Donald Trump, but you are not. Here is my open letter to famous American Pastors who were silent at the time about Obama, but who now openly oppose Trump.

With all due respect, I believe you need to answer two big questions.

 The first question is why you were silent when Obama was doing evil to America?

-Obama loaded our children with unpayable debt. You said nothing.

-Obama was the most hostile President toward the Bible in history. You said nothing.

-Obama not only fought to defend late term abortion, he championed the right to kill babies that survive an abortion. You said nothing.

-Obama opened the Pandora’s Box of political correctness that has those who are the real racists calling everyone else racist, and the true fascists calling everyone else fascists. You said nothing.

-Obama made our universities a sick joke of intellectual dishonesty, and centers of censorship. You said nothing.

-Obama is the one who changed and perverted the definition of marriage in America. You said nothing.

-Obama labored to endanger Israel, strengthen terrorists, and gave billions of dollars to Iran. You said nothing.

-Obama tried to drive the church underground. You still said nothing.

You never opposed Obama and you never said anything against him. Why?

 Now for the second question. You never spoke out against Obama, but you are now outspoken against Trump? How does that work?

Ironically, President Trump is the one who stopped a stupid law that censored your free speech in the pulpit, and you are using the very free speech that he won for you to bash him.

Trump is working to stop abortion. You are not helping him−or even voicing your support.

In fact, some of you told your people from the pulpit not to vote for Trump.  Had you been successful—Hillary Clinton would be President today.

Trump rebuilt our economy. He strengthened Israel. He is trying to secure our borders to keep our nation safe.  Oh yeah!  That’s a good reason to speak against him…

You don’t want a wall; you believe Jesus taught open borders.  That means you have swallowed the Kool-Aid of the Left.

You are siding with sanctuary cities.  You are allowing a system that protects killers to continue.  This one especially hits home to me, because just recently in Reno, Nevada, where I live, a 19 year old who is here illegally from San Salvador, named Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman, murdered four people.

 

You are siding against your own congregation.  You are condoning a policy that floods the labor market with unskilled labor, even as robots are replacing workers. This impacts the life of the people you are supposed to protect.  You are blatantly contradicting yourselves by claiming to be their pastor, even as you help make their lives harder and more dangerous.

I love you as my brothers, sisters, and coworkers in Christ, but on these questions you need to be publicly challenged. There is too much at stake. You represent millions of Christians who are looking for righteous leadership. Unless we stand together now, our nation is doomed.

Our immigration policies are in chaos because the Leftists oppose building a wall to keep out a flood of hundreds of thousands of cartel criminals, MS-13 gang members, and drug dealers from inundating our nation. If you are hinging it all on these failed immigration policies, then examine your stance, and see if it is Christian.

Illegals are committing atrocities, rapes, and murders every day, and they will continue to rape and kill.  Democrats who do not care about America, are desperate to regain control of the government, and they know that 70 percent of these illegals will vote them back into power. Ask God if you are not pawns in their game.

 

Lastly: is a wall and a secure border ‘unchristian’?  Let’s ask Jesus.  “But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.” –Matthew 24:43

Rise up against what is happening to our nation. It is literally now, or never.

 

 

THE TWO BIGGEST REASONS AMERICA IS SO MISERABLE

The two biggest reasons America is miserable

 

The Left told America to turn her back on God. Everyone who obeyed that disastrous advice inherited acute loneliness, emptiness, and despair.  Or do you really think it is a coincidence that these miseries have increased to the same degree that faith in God has decreased?

Intellectuals told America there are many pathways to the truth.  But, instead of enlightenment, it brought deeper darkness, deeper questions, and a growing inability to know truth. 2 Timothy 3: 7 says, “7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

Few Americans can make it through a day without alcohol, a toke of marijuana, a pill, powder, or a needle. Our children are taking their own lives over shoes, pictures on Instagram, and bullies at school. Is this what happens when you tell God to leave?

Just released by Gallup Poll: Americans are among the most stressed people in the world.  “Even as their economy roared, more Americans were stressed, angry and worried last year than they have been at most points during the past decade. Asked about their feelings the previous day, the majority of Americans (55%) in 2018 said they had experienced stress during a lot of the day, nearly half (45%) said they felt worried a lot and more than one in five (22%) said they felt anger a lot.”

Billy Graham’s daughter, was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her “How could God let something like this happen?” (regarding the attacks on Sept, 11, hurricanes and earthquakes). Anne Graham Lotz gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said “I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And, being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?”

The Left doesn’t want to own up to their responsibility for the misery of the inner cities that they have controlled for 50 years. The Left chants, “keep taking government money, and it will give you a future. Keep believing you are a victim, and you’ll stop being a victim.”

The Left says America is evil for not opening their borders. Wait. What?! America is the most welcoming nation on earth. The overwhelming majority of the people on earth believe in strong borders. Most nations have much stricter border policies. But the lie must live on because Democrats need new voters.

We are a nation at each other’s throats, and the Left loves it that way.  ‘Mobs, not jobs’ is a totally justified accusation against the left.

Above all, there are two things making America miserable: The Left has a firm grip on a lie and the church has a loose grip on the truth.

Celebrity Christian speakers add to America’s misery by delaying revival.  They distract by saying there are many ways to win a generation to God. We no longer need repentance, Bible preaching, or reliance on the Holy Spirit.

No matter what they boast, the fact remains, they didn’t win lost souls so much as they moved gullible Christians away from Godly pastors into the shallows. Instead of making disciples they provide quarter for those who want a faith without works.

They dread the power gifts of the Holy Spirit. They omit the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.  And so, our nation pays the price for their lukewarm faith.

America became miserable in part, because some preachers told us not to judge. We ended up not being able to discern! Millions of so-called Christians voted for abortion and same sex marriage. We were powerless in America’s hour of need—too disoriented and morally ambivalent to push back on immoral laws. The Great Commission was plowed under the priority of church growth.

Both the Left and the Lukewarm have this in common: They promised happiness, but instead brought misery.

Stuck in the middle between the radical Left and the lukewarm church are tens of millions of Americans who just want truth. They are paying taxes, raising kids, obeying laws, and they still love America. They are vulnerable to the raw power of the Gospel.

Also, stuck between the radical Left and the lukewarm church is the remnant of God. These are pastors, and regular Christians who are praying to go deeper. They are busy saying to each other, “the sideshow is not God, there’s more! No way can Satan win if we take our stand on the authority of the Cross!”

 

They are ready to deliver that raw power of the Gospel.

Woe unto you God haters and lukewarmers. Two radically wonderful groups are about to meet each other in the midst of this misery. God will see to it that the Americans who want deliverance and a life worth living will collide with the holy core of God, whose only wish is to obey the Holy Spirit.

A company of God’s people with a firm grip on the truth will loose many from the power of Satan. 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.”

Let us rise up, shake off the lukewarmness, and decide to become the people God intended us to be!

 

 

If this was

Dear Brothers and Sisters who lead big churches in America,
Leaving the truth out to avoid offending is a disaster.  When it is wildly successful, it is an even greater disaster.  Spurgeon said, “It is a very ill omen to hear a wicked world clap its hands and shout ‘Well done’ to a Christian man.”  Even in Spurgeon’s time, the world rewarded preachers for compromise.
The original Twelve were bold.  They preached letting the chips fall where they may.  No wonder they did. God was confirming their message with signs and wonders. Not only that, their preaching produced new creations of great joy, peace, and power. Our message was once contagious, catching on like wildfire, but now we resort to slick marketing to get society to listen to us.
Truth dispensed in love under the anointing has never needed such inducements. It never will.
The Bible teaches preachers not to offend unnecessarily. But true vessels of God have always understood that their message would awaken fury in some men. They disregarded popularity and even personal safety. They understood the difference between fulfilling a calling and trying to build a career in ministry.

Today we see a great evil in America. Congregations will enrich, yea they will elevate to superstar status any speaker who can eloquently keep the rightful demands of God off their backs.
Someone like me can be easily dismissed. When you take aim at vastly successful, far-flung Christian enterprises, you are easily rejected.   People will ask “how can you deny its effectiveness?” Or you hear them accuse saying, “You’re just being petty and jealous.”
But there are disturbing questions.  Is it petty to point out that this “success” coincides with America’s fastest moral decline? Is it jealousy to say that atheism and paganism have accelerated even as celebrity Pastors boast of their impact? Is it possible that in cheapening the Gospel we have paid a steep price?
There is another question. What might have been if we would have only trusted the Holy Spirit?  What if we had truly consulted and obeyed the One Who was sent to organize and direct the Church?  What would we look like now?
Preaching the entire Gospel releases power. 1 Corinthians 1:18 “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
Romans 1: 16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes…”
Why is the phrase “power of God” used in two verses that deal with the offense of the Gospel?  Because it is the power of God that drives home truth, even when it offends.
Paul understood the plan behind the offense.  As a top-flight intellectual, he was keenly aware of the God-designed offense of the Cross.  He refused to rely on his formidable skill in debate, saying instead: “4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 2: 4-5

The American Church will face a day of reckoning with American culture.  It is inevitable because the church and American culture will soon not be able to coexist.  Our society has become an open sewer, a bastion of banality where madness has the microphone.  We have the one message that should not be hidden or redacted.

 

With all my heart I believe it is not too late. But it is almost too late. I implore my brothers and sisters to repent. Let us present ourselves without reservation or hesitation to Almighty God.
The Pope showed Saint Francis the wealth of the Vatican. He said, “Well Francis, the church can no longer say ‘silver and gold have I none.’”  Francis replied, “And neither can it say, “In the Name of Jesus rise up and walk.””
Likewise, fellow preachers, we can no longer say that churches aren’t growing or prospering. But neither can we say that we have delivered the witness to America that God intended—and that is the only thing that can turn the tide.

 

PROGRAMMING BELIEVERS TO BACKSLIDE

A man of God and his wife who are dear friends of mine were placed in an awkward but all too familiar situation. They were with other spiritual leaders when hard liquor was offered to them. They politely refused and slowly excused themselves from the reception trying hard to mask their shock.

That is not the end of it. A “prophet” later confronted them and told them that they were legalistic for not drinking. He went so far as to say that unless they got in line with the new “revelation” of freedom their church would not grow.

This is no longer a case of just saying drinking is okay. Now they are saying you should be drinking if you want to be in the flow. That “flow” is part of a machinery for growth that compromises in many other areas of Christian life—and programs believers to backslide. The Bible predicted this deception…

Isaiah 59:15 says, “So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. Then the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him That there was no justice.” Some pastors today are preying on church members who seek to be holy…accusing them of a religious spirit.

Have we really come to the point where believers are making themselves a target by pursuing holiness?  The answer is a loud YES! A machine is churning out converts who are being programmed to backslide. And don’t fool yourself, this machine is in spirit-filled churches…even in so-called revival churches.

Holiness is now rejected and called a religious spirit. Satan rejoices at this because it has created the greatest display of false success in the history of the church. Many churches are now conveyor belts that attract people in but then they rapidly fall off at the end of the belt.

In fact, the ones who fall off may be the fortunate ones. There’s at least a chance that they will crash and burn and come to their senses in true repentance. But woe, to those who are backslidden in church but don’t know it because they are taught, they can never backslide.

The growth we celebrate today is a grand illusion that hides the greatest turnover ratio ever.

Doesn’t this explain why so many believers have been bulldozed and reclaimed by the enemy? Doesn’t this point out the reason the church has no authority to push back against the flood of evil in our nation? How can we field an army of warriors when our system sets them up to fail?  Forgive me but I am about to get passionate about this!

How can it be that the very vessels chosen of God to equip the saints instead conspired to create a system that rewards carnality and shames holiness?

Listen to most sermons today. They give the impression the church has exhausted herself trying to serve God, or that she has overdone sacrifice—that now she needs vast portions of comfort food.  That’s the way it sounds when ministers keep telling them to relax, and quit trying so hard, because Daddy is so pleased with them.

Even after there’s proof that a congregation has become a listless, flabby, biblically illiterate, club of moody consumers—preachers will still heap on them one more message of pampered entitlement.  Forgive me for being crude…but it’s kind of like handing a diabetic a case of Snickers bars.

Sundays are too often a celebration of how much God lets you get away with and soothing guarantees that confuse God’s love versus His approval.

1 John 5:4 says “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”  There are two things to take away from this promise: the first is that a major goal of the child of God is to overcome the world. That goal is largely missing in modern preaching—preaching that sees the world as a quasi-friend not as a mortal enemy.  Secondly, it shows us the desperately urgent place of faith—faith that overcomes! That is also missing.

We program failure when it is not clear at the moment of conversion that Christ must become lord of their existence. That is an ultimatum that cannot be postponed. Without it, you are lying to the new convert about the power they will have over evil or any hope of growing in faith. You are also robbing them of the joy of the Lord.

Repentance, spiritual warfare, the authority of the believer are all subjects that would protect the child of God and help them to stand against the enemy. But these preachers never get around to these truths because it will stop the influx of people. Think of that!

Gently suggest the church could go deeper—call for more prayer meetings—voice concern about inappropriately dressed women—tell them you don’t want to party with them, and they will scream, “YOU HAVE A RELIGIOUS SPIRIT!”

What was once normal discipleship, is now legalistic.  Anything that dampens their festivities is judgmental. What have we done?  We have unleashed a counterfeit liberty.  These are not the features of a Spirit-led people.  These are the clear symptoms of people with sick souls deceived and careening toward disaster.

But the final nail in the coffin of this deception is this: It is utterly unnecessary to compromise to get a crowd. Jesus never had trouble getting a crowd. That is why He focused on changing the crowd. Go ahead and boast about growth but you must do it at the expense of truth—the truth that while churches grow, the nation is dying—and the very people tasked by God to save America are having zero impact.

The greatest gift God can send a church is a holy child of God.  Their heart is for revival.  They want the fire, glory and power of God to electrify the church.  Make them your enemy and you have also made an enemy out of God. Woe is you if you have ever called holiness a religious spirit.   God bless you if you love holiness and understand what a treasure it is.  “1 Timothy 6: 6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain.”

Thank God that at this critical hour the Holy Spirit is separating a core to Himself. These are pastors, and regular Christians who are praying to go deeper. They are busy saying to each other, “this side show is not God, there’s more! No way can Satan win if we take our stand on the authority of the cross!”

He is imbuing them with boldness, wisdom, signs and wonders and most of all…a blazing passion for holiness. “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.” – Hebrews 12:14 

Why all the lies are now being exposed

Jussie Smollett lied about the attack. Nicholas Sandmann did nothing wrong. Robert Mueller has no Russian collusion. This trifecta of lies was well conceived. They were backed by a juggernaut of social media gods. Every leftist celebrity tweeted their condemnation of these fake news stories. Many still believe these lies. Why wouldn’t they? What does truth have to do with their agenda.

That we ever found out—is in itself—a miracle of epic proportion. Never in history has there been a more powerful loom upon which to spin lies. They had the technology. They had unfettered control of every news agency and talk show. They had it all except for one thing—God.

On January 23rd I was awakened to write a blog. Never…and I mean never, have I fought the Holy Spirit so vigorously over a blog. I was ordered to predict something that seemed foolish if not insane at the time—that these lies would be all suddenly exposed.

Try to remember what was happening. The left was sprinting toward an ideological finish line. Donald Trump was once again down for the count. They left and the media made him own the government shutdown. Celebrities were suggesting Nicholas Sandmann should be beaten. One writer for SNL offered a sex act on the first man to punch the boy. We were told Mueller had the magic bullet to bring down Trump.

Mueller was churning out pseudo-evidence left and right. Nancy Pelosi was banning the state of the union address. The House was stockpiling investigation on top of investigation of Donald Trump. Then came the crowning glory of the left—a hate crime on Jussie Smollett.

They ran with all this. They did a victory dance over a vanquished foe. Democrats feigned outrage in a screen test that outdid Jussie’s acting skills. Nevertheless…

I was ordered to write these words: “God will allow lies to grow to such an extreme that it will soon nauseate Americans. The glorification of perversion, the bullying of children, the parade of insane ideas will fill the vat and sicken America. God will see to this. Not only this, but He will bring high profile liars to an end. He will do this right on time.  Again, child of God hold on! Mr. President stand your ground!”

Donald Trump stood his ground. (Not because he read my blog. I have no reason to believe he did.) And then he gave the towering state of the union address that bumped his approval overnight from 38% to 52%.

Notice the part about “He will bring high profile liars to an end.” I can’t tell you how many commented with disdain and even some friends commented with sympathy, “I sure hope you’re right.” Now look at all the careers ending right before our eyes.

But this is not the end of it. Suddenly, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez was forced to expose the disaster of her socialism. By attacking Amazon, she destroyed thousands of jobs, and stopped billions in wealth from coming to her constituents.

 

And why was McCabe suddenly forced to admit the deep state existed in the FBI?

What does all of this mean? It is the direct result of intercessors. It is the hand of God offering a ramp to revival. However, this is also the most dangerous moment I have ever seen for the American church.  Thus, I make a new prediction.

Hear me! In the eyes of God, the lukewarm American church is every bit as disgusting as the radical left. One is guilty of perverting the truth, while the other is guilty of suffocating the truth.

The same act of God that exposed lies oozing out of the left will now expose false preachers, man-made empires and doctrines of devils that are widely celebrated in the Body of Christ. Hear me!

The same God that is moving to save America by dismantling the deep state, will now turn His attention to the deep state that is draining the church of her true purpose in this hour.

I solemnly warn you celebrity preacher. Dismiss your fawning entourage. Break your ties with Oprah. Cleanse your house of the quasi-new age doctrines that have filled your coffers with venomous wealth. Your end time doctrine has fooled you! You are not evangelizing the world, you are colonizing it. You closed the altar and opened the cocktail bar.

 

Wake up! Is your lavishly appointed empire a campus for Christ or your own tomb?  You have proven the power of marketing. You have not proven “what is that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God.”

Break before God! Weep! Find the original spark of passion for Jesus from the dawn of your ministry. Do this now! You are almost out of time.

If you do not take a stand against abortion, sexual perversion, drunkenness and the spirit of Jezebel, God will also stop taking a stand against your enemies. The deadline is here!

Why are all these lies being exposed right now? Because the zero hour of awakening is here and God will have a testimony.

But to the righteous core—the faithful pastor—the diligent intercessor, come these mighty words of life: You will shine like the sun! Your enemies will be driven back. The funds for God ideas are being released! Your children will be carried back to you.  While many mourn and weep you will see a bumper crop…even out of dry ground!

I am speaking this all by the Spirit of God. Take heed!

DEAR CELEBRITY PREACHER…IT’S TIME TO REPENT.

The goal of your preaching was supposed to be influence, not popularity.  Instead, your pursuit of celebrity cost you your influence.  You believed big crowds and popularity would impact the culture.  Instead, it reduced you to a voice that entertains but does not transform.

These verses describe your harmless popularity:  Ezekiel 33: 31 “My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to hear your words, but they do not put them into practice. Their mouths speak of love, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. 32 Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice.”

How else can thousands hear you preach—but you can’t even close the crack house across the street?

What a reverse miracle!  Vast numbers of believers, commute to your church through squalor and human tragedy.  And afterwards go home the same way without making a dent in the works of Satan.

You may have built the first army in history that would rather bask in the beauty and attendance of the barracks, than in actual victories over the enemy.

Its time to rethink addictions to big screens, skinny jeans, and fog machines. Why is it time?  Psalms 119: 126 says, “It is time for You to act, O Lord, for they have regarded Your law as void.”

There was a season that camouflaged your ineffectiveness.  You could distract away from the hollow results and celebrate peace time pursuits.  Not now.  The God-hating left is hell-bent on silencing the church and framing all believers—including you—as bigots, haters and racists who must be silenced and marginalized from mainstream society.  It is over for ineffective churches.  God-hating elites and their mobs are burning down America.  This is America’s final call to choose between certain destruction and the Cross of Christ.

It is time to dismantle church incorporated and restore our allegiance to the Holy Spirit.  It is time to fire your marketeers and surrender to the original purposes of our faith, and the Word of God.

America does not need supermen.  It needs supernatural men.  Men who will consistently say no to self and yes to the Holy Spirit.  In your quest for “relevance” remember the Holy Spirit has the real power to invade this culture with “a mouth and wisdom that no man can gainsay nor resist.”

Today, abandon your career as a celebrity attraction preacher and return to preaching the Cross—the Blood—the dreadful day of the Lord—with signs and wonders.  Do these things:

1. This morning, not depend upon your own wit and ingenuity. Do not enter your pulpit armed with something some else has said that impressed you.  Don’t be an echo, be a voice.  Do not distrust or despair of the immediate and extraordinary aids of the Holy Spirit.  When you ask God for a sermon be ready to see that He already has something in mind that may be the opposite of what you want to say.

2. Make room for the moving of the Holy Spirit. Time to slay the express service and the golden idol of time management! What if God wants to break out among the people?  What if God fell this morning and accomplished in one day what your plan says will take 5 years?

3. Prepare yourself more and your sermon less. Take a truth that God is burning in your heart.  Pray until that truth overcomes you completely.  Let the fire of the Holy Ghost build up in you until you cannot take it anymore and go out and explode on the people.  Burn your notes if you must!

2 Corinthians 10:4 says, ” The Weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but they are mighty through God to the tearing down of strongholds.”   Holy Spirit driven preaching will would cut through our nation’s darkness with mind-boggling effectiveness.

E.M. Bounds said, “What the Church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use—men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men—men of prayer.”

 

 

 

How we lost so much ground to the enemy.

We denied the devil existed.  What happens when you deny the existence of Satan?  You wipe out the meaning of the armor of God and the sword of the Spirit.  You lose your identity as a soldier of Christ. The gifts of the Spirit— “mighty to the tearing down of strongholds”—lose all meaning.

I wondered why leading pastors never confronted the evil Obama did to the church.  I assumed they felt it wrong for preachers to entangle themselves in partisan politics.  Today I know better.

Their issue is with confrontation itself.  They hate confrontation.  They refuse to believe we locked in a battle with evil.  It oozes out of everything they preach.

For them, the enemy is low self-esteem not Satan.  They focus on happiness and career satisfaction.  Mario, what is wrong with that?  Nothing, except it cuts against the grain of everything Jesus taught.

He said “but seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” –Matthew 6:33. The unmistakable mantra of the stylish American Church is to “seek all these things.”

When the top selling Christian books of the last several years don’t mention Satan it exposes the appetites of this generation of Christians.  It explains how we lost more ground to Satan, in less time, than at any other Christians in history.

And with all due respect, the teachings of these pastors actually make a purpose driven life impossible. 1 John 3:8 says, “for this purpose was the Son of God revealed, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” If you are not engaged in war against evil, you are denying Christ’s purpose.  If you deny His purpose, how can you say you found yours?

Denying we are soldiers in a war destroys our capacity for sacrifice and obedience.  We try to create heaven on earth and have our reward here.  Instead of being in warfare, Christians are on welfare.  They believe there is no work to be done, or struggle to endure, or enemy to resist.  We didn’t just lose the war for our nation’s soul, we forfeited.  We never even showed up.

How do we reverse this curse?

You have to separate yourself from the Christian happy hour.  Explode the myth that there’s a happy life for those who deny we are in a war.  What you will not read in any of those books is the disasters of so many who tried Disneyland Christianity.

Believing you can leave Satan alone and he will leave you alone, is like believing the bull will not charge because you are a vegetarian.  Accepting Christ made you a target.  Satan hates you and means you great harm.  Ready or not…here he comes.

You must pick up a weapon. Gun control is not just a liberal cause.  There is spiritual gun control in the church.  Paul said in 1 Corinthians 12: 1 “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant.”  The soldier who is not firing at the enemy is taken out first.  All nine gifts are weapons.

Remember, you have the only faith designed for living behind enemy lines.  Every other religion in the world makes allowance for escape. Not so the Christian faith.  Jesus said in 17:15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.”

Safety is not in denying war but in fully embracing it.  Jesus is called the Captain of our salvation.  He leads only to victory.  When you—through Christ—declare war on the devil, you instantly gain the backing of all of heaven.  On the other hand, when you live the Christian life for yourself, you also live it by yourself.

Don’t disrespect Satan by fighting him on your own initiative: Spirit-filled Christians especially are guilty of downplaying the devil’s power.  The insult him and trash talk him not realizing they are not protected from shenanigans.  Jude 1:9 says, “Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”

Driving back the forces of the enemy in our culture will require more than hot flashes, cold chills, or the brush of angel’s wings.  We can’t win unless our warfare is born in God, led by the Holy Spirit, and Bible based.

Arthur Matthews said, “Victories over the devil are not won by having a Bible and knowing some of it.  Nor are they won by resolutions and good intent.  It takes the Sword of the Spirit, God’s specific utterance, thrust at the enemy in the power of the controlling Holy Spirit with an unashamed “It is written” and “Thus saith the Lord.”

I say this last part out of a broken heart and with tears: God help you ministers who weakened millions Christians off the battlefield at America’s darkest hour. You hastened the spread of evil in America.  You stood there basking in the adulation.  You could have fielded an army but chose instead to send the sheep home grinning under the glow of false hope and undetected apathy.  You had two messages.  Your heart told you which was God, and your mind said which one would bring success—success that will mean nothing if the church in America is driven underground.

The good news is that God is looking for a few good men and women.  He can take a nation back with a handful of sold out, rightly fitted soldiers.  Time to sing “there’s an army rising up—not with wispy emotion—but life and death conviction.