Our most important task at this time, is first: to keep the church in America from being driven underground, and, second: to rebuke the lukewarm believers who are guilty of helping the left to drive it underground.
You can’t convince many Christians that freedom of speech and freedom of religion are about to vanish. They refuse to believe it! They chalk it up to ‘fake news’ or ‘conspiracy theories.’
But they are wrong. And because of their naiveté, they will be blind-sided. We have entered a time of the greatest threat American Christians have ever faced.
Ignore the warning of the Holy Spirit at your own peril.
The Left has turned many believers into timid, guilt-mongers, who are more worried about global warming, the poor, and social justice than obeying God. They are unwitting traitors and fools who do the bidding of those who would—if they could—destroy the Church.
War has been declared on the American Church. The lukewarm are in denial. But their denial will not exempt or protect them from the storm. Only the righteous who take heed can hope for protection.
Speaking of helping the left: I am so weary of Hillsong Church in Australia, after they tweeted that Trump was a bully in the debate. I thought, “What are they thinking? Why are they collaborating with the avowed enemies of the American church?”
Censorship is real and it is lethal. Hillsong is but one symptom of the disorder that keeps the church from waking up. Their brand of diluted Christianity will make them acceptable to the Liberals and may exempt them from persecution, but those who are truly following Christ will face very real persecution for remaining true to scripture.
Hillsong has a long list of controversial actions, and, sure, Pastor Brian Houston apologized, but seriously that is what they do so often…act outrageously, and then say they are sorry. But there is no excuse for these ungodly stunts: from the Naked Cowboy in the women’s conference, followed by Naked Santa, the scantily clad dancers belting out a sexy, Cabaret version of ‘Silent Night,’ and many others—they have no moral high ground, and have lost all right to criticize our President. And, furthermore, we don’t need this right now. It smacks of deception.
Before you reject me, consider the long list of Truths the church could speak just ten years ago that are totally banned now. The Cross, the Blood of Jesus, the reality of Hell, sexual purity, and marriage. Preachers are already deleting these doctrines from their sermons. They’ll lie to you and say they are doing it to reach a bigger audience. The truth is they are running from the persecution.
It pains me to say this but unless there is a miracle in November, your children and grandchildren will have to figure out how to survive in a future world where you either renounce Christ or you will be banished socially and economically. Want to know the scariest part? You will not be here to help them.
What can we do to stop the church from being driven underground? No one who is truly a man or woman of God can seriously entertain the idea that we should stop preaching these truths. That is not even an option. What then can we do to reverse the assault on the American church?
Our first duty is to keep the American church above ground by directly and vehemently opposing the Left, by using our rights as Americans. Trying to seem ‘nice’ by watering down the Gospel, plays into Satan’s scheme.
The revelation I am about to relate struck me with paralyzing clarity. I am amazed I never saw it before. But there is one condition:
Nothing I am about to say will help you, not one point I am making will have its intended impact, unless you have a heart for it. If you are still in denial about what is happening, I can’t help you—this message can’t help you. If you think I am dispensing alarmist extremism, then you are just another part of the threat…and are unwittingly collaborating with the enemy.
But, if you want to hear God’s heart on this crisis—if you hunger for more than half-answers, then you have come to the right place. You can ask the Holy Spirit the most important question you could ever ask: “What will You do when a nation tries to silence Your church?”
Here it comes:
When the leaders of Jerusalem arrested Peter, they didn’t know what to charge him with or how to punish him. They knew they had to silence the church. There was no doubt about their intention. They were prepared to do anything to stop the spread of the Gospel—so what was stopping them? Answer that, and you will know what will keep the American church from going underground.
God stopped the intentions of the rulers of Jerusalem by healing the man at the Gate Beautiful. A spectacular miracle had occurred! He had occupied the most visible and lucrative begging station in Jerusalem. Everyone knew him. Word of his miraculous healing filled Jerusalem, and a mad chorus of praise was rising over the Eternal City. That my friend, is what we need in America right now!
“And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. But when they had commanded (Peter and John) to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, saying, “What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it”” (Acts 4:14-16).
The Holy Spirit had revealed to him the divine secret to keeping the church above ground, and Peter had clearly settled on a course of action—the very action we need to take today. It is the action we are about to take in Fresno, in our tent. Peter left with a battle plan. He was armed with critical information.
He gathered the people of God, and ordered them to pray. He was about to pray a prayer that is the precise model for our crisis. He faced the same threat we face. Remember that word: “threat.”
You will recall I told you that nothing good can come to you from my message, unless you see how urgent the hour has become? Peter began his prayer by calling the situation ‘a threat.’ We must do this, also.
In Acts chapter 4, verses 29-30, Peter prayed: “Now, Lord, look upon their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your Holy Servant Jesus.”
Peter is showing us that boldness is the weapon of choice. Only boldness will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
Next, Peter is admitting that the vehicle for that boldness is signs and wonders. God must stretch His hand over our angry culture, perform supernatural healings, and overrule the agenda of Democrat-Socialist-Marxists. Such is the case today. Now look at how God answered Peter’s prayer:
“And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31).
Not only were they filled with the Holy Spirit and boldness, but God answered their prayer for miracles. In the next chapter, the very shadow of Peter was healing the masses (Acts 5:15-16).
Ignore those who aren’t willing. Set the time and place to go to homes, houses of worship, schools, offices—anywhere where true prayer can be raised up to God. Prove this promise and see that the Spirit will fall; you will receive a tongue of fire, and miracles will come. I am not talking about self-absorbed emotional light touches. I am talking about undeniable, medically verified, city-shaking divine healings.
If even a handful who are reading this will reach Critical Mass. If only a remnant is struck by the lightning of divine urgency and pursue the miracle-working God, then we will see in our day, the way they saw it in that day: that no law, no argument, and no politician will be able to drive the American Church underground!
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