Soul-sucking disaster upon disaster, and yet America does not pray. But, I get why. The word of God says, “the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God…”1 Corinthians 2: 14. What I don’t get is how the American church can still think this is a game.
The world is on fire. Because of man, and nature—Earth is ready to explode. Meanwhile the church—like a party on the deck of the Titanic—pats herself on the back for her “big events.”
Nothing has stopped—or even slowed down—America’s depravity. We have spent more money, time, and talent than ever—yet the church never asks, why we keep doing things that don’t work?
When the church
-Feeds a sick nation, a sick gospel, that does not deliver from evil, and worse, makes the already converted weaker, we must think it is a game.
-When the enemy is no longer the works of Satan, but the unsuccessful life—we are playing a game. We must return to the Bible. The Bible needs to set fire to our sermons.
Many of my Spirit-filled acquaintances are also playing games. Facebook is like a Petri dish for Pentecostals. In one compressed medium, you witness the banal bacteria that excites Charismatics today. Witness the games:
-Titles like Prophet and Apostle are flung around indiscriminately. Every garish emotional experience is hawked as being from God. One “prophet” says he went back in time and visited Moses. Who of us has not scratched our heads at preachers, in ill-fitting jeans, live-streaming from a near-empty church, that they are the vessel of the hour?
– “conferences promise that you will get “a word from God” for a fee… as if the Holy Spirit was On Demand. Or they offer formulas to “activate” blessings. This is New Age philosophy. God is not a force to manipulate—He is an awesome person to be adored and obeyed. Gift arrive, as the Spirit wills, to hearts broken—emptied of self—for the lost, the poor, and the forsaken.
-Everything seems based on angelic visitations, dreams, visions and trips to heaven. Most of our time is spent on these “experiences” and not on rock-solid instruction from the Word of God.
I believe in dreams, prophecy, healing, angels and visions. But if they are from God they will drive us to the front line of the culture and not into emotional safe zones. “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty to the tearing down of strongholds.” -2 Corinthians 10:4 We are nowhere near strongholds because we think it’s a game.
Beloved, this is not a game. Christians toying with materialism, celebrity, alcohol, compromise and carnality spell doom for America. Google, Facebook, Apple, YouTube and the rest of Silicon Valley threaten to pull the plug on churches. Every day they inch closer to censorship. Will your zany videos matter if no one can see them?
Our preaching ricochets off a culture careening into indescribable debauchery. Soon it will illegal to preach the doctrines you are now ignoring. What a horror! Pastor you wake up one day with remorse over the truths you ignored—but now they’re banned.
Mario is there any hope? My hope in God’s fierce love for America. He will not let this nation go without a fierce fight. My hope is in some of the last people you’d expect.
My hope is in the discouraged preacher. Honest-to-God preachers who feel like fools when they see the runaway success of compromise. Psalm 73:12 says, “Behold, these are the ungodly, who are always at ease; They increase in riches. 13 Surely, I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocence. 14 For all day long I have been plagued, and chastened every morning.”
My hope is in those who chose to fail honestly rather than succeed artificially.
Are you struggling with decreasing numbers and falling finances, even as you present a Christ-centered, Bible based pulpit? God sees you! Hold on just a little longer. Fire is coming that will cause a stampede and you won’t know where to put the crowds.
My hope is in the Christian nobodies. Have you failed? Did man take away your pulpit? Get ready…your brokenness is a key to the fire of God in this hour. A nationwide hunger for reality is about to make shallowness obsolete.
Are you a teacher, business person, police officer or stay at home mom? Do you burn with a passion for your community? Get ready for vision and anointing right where you live!
The hour is so dangerous that God must bring down religious empires and promote others to great power and influence. Satan is also playing games. I believe that God—through the last people we expect—is about to teach Satan what war really looks like.
Is this the end? Sure looks like it. The most rain in American history fell on Houston. The most intense hurricane ever recorded barreled into Florida—another one is right behind. The strongest earthquake in a hundred years jolted Mexico—all this in the last few weeks.
Equally terrifying, is the barrage of “prophecies” assaulting the church. Christians are navigating a minefield of conflicting messages. I see twin dangers: those who are horror-struck, and those who have become complacent.
There are those who have panicked, and are selling, hoarding and escaping to secret cabins. Then, there are those who are dulled by a constant stream of false alarms who do nothing to prepare for the days ahead.
Separating fact from fiction is the duty of every disciple of Jesus.
- Fact: Global warming has not been proven by science. It is irresponsible to say we have entered a cataclysmic weather cycle. Did you know the middle ages were warmer than today? We don’t hear that because scientists are intimidated to suppress facts that contradict the warming agenda. Weather has been like this before. It has been even worse.
Scaring people makes money, and is a great way to control nations. Some of the most outspoken warmers are jaw-dropping hypocrites. Al Gore owns an energy guzzling house, flits around in SUVs and exhaust spewing jets, enlarging his carbon footprint, while he orders you to sacrifice.
Yes, the weather is crazy. I am broken hearted over what people are suffering. But to say that weather is about to destroy the earth—when you have no proof—adds to the fear and suffering.
- Fact: Any preacher who sets a date for the end of the world is in error. Jesus said, “Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” Period.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some sincere good men who are teaching about September 23rd but still, it’s unscriptural to set a date.
On the other hand, there are misguided preachers who use fear to sell books and as click bait for videos. But let me issue a challenge to you prophets of doom: I want to win souls, so give me your buildings, television equipment, and all of your assets. If you are right, and the world ends on that day what good will they be to you?
I promise you folks, not one—not even the most avid doomsday prophet—will hand over their wealth. Hmmm.
- Fact: God is judging America. It’s just not the way you think. Climate fury is not judgment on America. But there is a judgment going on…and it’s terrible. Worse than hurricanes.
If a man defiantly leaps to his death from a tall building thinking he’s Superman—it’s not God judging him, it’s gravity. America is feeling the consequences of her sin.
Jesus did warn us of global warming so much as the disaster of moral cooling: Matthew 24:12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. When love grows cold, a society becomes miserable. That misery is the judgement.
Our payment for our sins began in earnest in the 1960’s. When we banned prayer and legalized abortion, our march toward misery began.
Forget hurricanes, we have reaped the whirlwind of wickedness. It is demonstrated in pandemic addiction, mental illness, racism, and suicide.
Paul nailed it. He did not say climate would make the end times dangerous—he said it would be man’s moral condition. 2 Timothy 3: 2 “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Note the phrase: For men will be.
America is experiencing the storm surge of sin.
-When a people rebel against God they heap to themselves wicked leaders—leaders who lead them to moral destruction. For years America has been led by God-hating politicians, vile celebrities, atheistic educators, and demented pop artists.
-Humanism and secular progressivism replaced God in American society turning us into a nation of misery. Anne Graham said, “We told God to get out—get out of our laws, our government, education, entertainment and even our churches—and like a gentleman, He did.”
All of the places God used to inhabit in our culture became vacant shells—toxic waste dumps. We lost our power to resist addiction, rage, and every natural emotion. We became instantly offended by stupid things.
Now we are seeing the final judgment on a culture: Total division—which left unchecked, leads to civil war.
You want the real signs of disaster? Don’t look to blood moons but the rivers of blood on the streets of Chicago—there’s your sign. Look at what today’s comedians think is funny—there’s your sign. Look at the grisly and unspeakable crimes in the headlines —there’s your sign. Look into the eyes of our children, see the despair and fear of the future—there’s your sign.
Forget hurricanes! We have reaped the whirlwind of wickedness!
One real part of God’s judgement on America is false preachers. 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.”
The Word of God says end time perversion includes a change in Christians. Their appetite would change. They would despise sound teaching in favor of soothing lies that permit them to be immoral. Such teaching is designed by Satan to seduce, weaken and deceive so that God’s own people would be caught in a trap. It worked.
Repentance is the 2,000-pound elephant in the room. We talk around it. We make fun of it. We are distracted by voices that tantalize us with God’s goodies. How does telling people they need not repent give them hope? Even when we finally think apocalyptically, it’s not our sin we look at, it’s monster movie signs in the sky. God help us to confess our sin so we can truly discern the times.
Is this the end of the world…well, I have plans for September 24th–not cancelling them. Is this the end of the world? It is, not because of weather but because we did not repent.