Before you give up and quit listen to this

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The church in America has been struck by an iceberg.  Over one thousand preachers a month are leaving the ministry defeated by the open hostility of our culture and the draining effect of lukewarm believers.  We cannot go on this way.  There must be an answer.

What if we had a convention designed to confront the threat against the American Church?  What if we had a convention that brushed aside all of the frills and distractions and instead focused on receiving power and fresh direction?

The American Church will not be turned around by supermen but by supernatural men. We do not need better equipment, new organizations, novel methods, but vessels that the Holy Ghost can use—vessels who pray with prevailing might.  God does not flow through religious machinery but through human beings, he does not anoint plans, but people—people of prayer.

It is our conviction that there is a life available, set apart in prayer that only goes out to serve at the direct command of God.  That life can accomplish truly mighty things, things mighty enough to change the course of America.

Do not sit back and watch dark clouds gather.  Sweep away the cobwebs, underbrush and weeds of despair and take action!  It is high time for you to operate in gifts of power.

This prayer of Peter embodies this convention:  Acts 4: 29  Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” 31 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.

As important as the day of Pentecost was to the Book of Acts Church, the outpouring that happened two chapters later was equally crucial.  Pentecost proved that God could pour out His Spirit on the Earth.  The miracle in Acts 4 proved God could do it again.

Join us in the mountains with the firm conviction that God can and will do it again.

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Steve Hill: The Spiritual Avalanche That Could Kill Millions.

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This is coming to you from a man who has just passed through the valley of the shadow of death. Since my close call with eternity just a short while ago … everything has become clearer. I can hear His whisper. Unabated obedience has become my mandate. That is why I’m writing this word from the Lord.

A few days ago, after enjoying quality time with Jesus, I was surprised by an alarming vision. I saw a massive, majestic mountain covered in glistening snow. It reminded me of the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps. Its peaks were sparkling white and I was amazed by God’s attention to detail. It was so realistic I wanted to go skiing! But I sensed that there was more that the Holy Spirit was about to reveal. As I closed my eyes, I was in a winter wonderland bustling with thousands of vacationers. The ski lodge, condos, hotels and cabins were at full capacity at this popular resort.

Day quickly turned to night as the skiers, snowboarders and sports enthusiasts were settling in. Anticipation grew as the snow began to fall. Everyone headed to bed believing tomorrow would be a day of sheer enjoyment on freshly covered slopes. For an avid skier, the exhilaration of being the first one to race down a new blanket of snow is a dream come true.

Throughout the night, winter storms dropped several feet of new snow on the slopes. The night ski patrol was put on full alert. Their mission was clear. With the potential of killer avalanches they took to their posts.

I began to weep as the vision continued to unfold along with its spiritual application.

The ski patrol operated like a well-trained platoon. Some boarded helicopters manned with small bombs, others jumped on snowmobiles loaded with hand held explosive devices. What seemed to be a strategic group of sharpshooters were stationed at the base maneuvering anti-tank weapons aimed at the snow covered peaks. They fired their weapons at strategic points in the “avalanche zone” to force avalanches before the snow accumulated to a life-threatening depth. Left unchecked, the accumulation of heavy, dense snow packed on top of lighter snow could easily slide down with incredible speed and force, resulting in enormous damage and loss of life.

The Lord began to speak. I trembled. The fresh, new snow represented the false teaching that is steadily falling on the ears of the body of Christ. It has been, and is, a heavy snowfall. The skiers represented believers and non-believers, trusting the resort for a safe and memorable experience. As Christians, we have been warned to be sober and vigilant (1 Peter 5:8). However, the present, awe-inspiring teachings have lulled many into a deeper sleep.

The layers upon layers of snow have been steadily covering the solid traditional truth of Christ. The truth is that foolish teaching in these days will become so fashionable even the most dedicated believer could become deceived (Matt. 24:24). It’s happening before our eyes. One spiritual leaders said the other day: “You guys are old-fashioned ‘holiness,’ we are modern day ‘grace.’ You live in bondage while we can do anything we want.

Pastors and teachers worldwide have succumbed to heretical teachings including universal reconciliation, deification of man, challenging the validity of the Word of God including His judgments, and even lifting any boundaries, claiming His amazing grace is actually “amazing freedom.” You are free to live according to your own desires. Sound familiar? “They had no king and did what was right in their own eyes” (Judges 17:6). These popular self-proclaimed ministers of the gospel are covering the “slopes” and will be held accountable for the spiritual death of millions.

Just as the ski patrol did in this vision, those who are aware of what’s happening must take swift and accurate action. Their weapons of warfare must be aimed at the peaks and the ‘avalanche terrain’ to dispel the lies. Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers must be willing to drop spiritual bombs, fire anti-heresy missiles, and even drive into the danger zones armed with explosive truth to confront this potential avalanche. The generals of this generation must leave the war room and put their years of experience on the front lines.

Friend, I humbly encourage you to heed this vision and take it before the Lord. I’ve written it just as it was given. My responsibility is to share with the body of Christ His words to me. The ears that hear and the hands that obey are out of my control. This is not just Steve Hill telling a story. Most of what the Lord shares with me is personal and remains in my heart. But I sincerely believe that this is a warning for this hour.

Satan is “snowing the saints” but it can be stopped. In the vision I heard explosions. I saw dedicated Christian soldiers scrambling to do anything it took to bring down this avalanche before devastation occurred. One of the most powerful weapons we possess to combat this onslaught is the tongue. Let God set yours ablaze by preaching ALL the words in RED. If we take action now the result will be a tearing down of false teaching and a remaining layer of solid, God given, biblical instruction that will save the lost, heal the sick and strengthen Christians to do the true work of the ministry.

6 million born again Christians voted for Obama. Why?

Six million born again Christians voted for Obama.  In essence they carried the election.  You know that I believe that no one who reads and understands the Bible could have pulled the lever for a platform so clearly against scriptural marriage, religious freedom, and Israel. So you can imagine how that statistic hit me.

Mario, why are you still talking about Obama?  He won the election, I get it but there is some explosive unfinished business.  First of all, there was pandemic voter fraud; so much so that a petition is coming to Congress to recount the votes.   However, that is not nearly my biggest concern.

My concern is if there was a great shift in America and we did not know it.  But the greatest concern is if it is true that 6 million born-again Christians voted for Obama because that is a massive earthquake in the Church.  That astonishing shift is what this blog is about.

Now let me get something off my chest. Two things that I have discovered: First of all, people do not like it when I criticize Obama. Second of all, those on the left are particularly adept at vile language and violent threats.  If you are one of those that come on our site and spew your hate, F-bombs, adolescent bathroom references, you should know that you are merely making our case.   I believe that Obama is the great divider, and these putrid posts help make the argument that he has divided us by race, gender, family, and doctrine.

Don’t bother posting hateful, nonsensical comments, they will be instantly deleted.  On the other hand no thoughtful comment will be blocked.  For example, one thoughtful post by a Christian who voted for Obama has made me want to dialogue and understand. 

Now back to the point of this blog.  Why did 6 million Christians vote for Obama?  There is plenty of blame to go around.  I believe that the Republican Party ignored the fundamental changes in America and especially they lost sight of the concerns of women, including Christian women.

Then there was the Mormonism.  I believe that Romney is an honorable man.  I would love to see him touched by Christ to see the error of Mormonism, but I still believe that he would have been a great Chief Executive.  However, many Christians could not get past his Mormonism.  How that alarmed them more than the extremes of Obama is curious.

Finally, there is the real issue: Christians do not know the Bible.  Christians have sat under pastors that do not teach Bible doctrine or call for commitment.  Many of the posts I have read showed remarkable illiteracy about what the Bible says.  They make remarks that remind me of Jay Leno’s man on the street interviews.  Where they could not find Montana on a map, or name the vice president of the United States.

I believe that Obama is the crowning achievement of a celebrity cult nation, a nation that prizes style over substance.  That same system is why celebrity pastors mishandle truth.   Ask yourself, shouldn’t it bother you that your pastor sounds like he is quoting fortune cookies in the pulpit?

The great Bible dumb down has filled buildings but it has emptied our souls.  Now we have a Christian constituency that can’t see anything wrong with secular situation ethics.   Take for example, one of the most famous young female country singers in America.  “I am a Christian but I believe in gay marriage because my pastor said we should not judge.”

With this sloppy agape on their mind, they went into vote blissfully unaware of the glaring contradiction of their faith.  All they knew is that they were being cool and nice to people.

 

My source for the 6 million is Joel C. Rosenberg.   Here is a more complete breakdown. * President Obama received some 6.6 million fewer votes  in 2012 than he did in 2008 (60,217,329 in 2012 votes compared to 66,882,230 votes in 2008).

 

* One would think that such a dynamic would have helped Romney win — clearly it did not.

 

* Incredibly, Governor Romney received nearly 1 million fewer votes in 2012 than Sen. John McCain received in 2008. (In 2008, McCain won 58,343,671 votes. In 2012, Romney won only 57,486,044 votes.)

 

Why? How was it possible for Romney to do worse than McCain? It will take some time to sift through all of the data. But here is some of what we know from the 2012 election day exit polls:

 

The President received a whopping 71% of the Hispanic vote (which was 10% of the total votes cast), compared to only 27% for Romney (McCain got 31% of the Hispanic vote in 2008). Obama also won 56% of the moderate vote, which was interesting given that Romney (who got 41%) was widely perceived by the GOP base as being a “Massachusetts moderate.” The President lost married women (getting only 46% of their vote to Romney’s 53%). But won decisively among unmarried women (67% to Romney’s 31%).

 

That said, what I’m looking at most closely is the Christian vote, and here is where I see trouble:

 

42% of the Protestant Christian vote went for Obama in 2012. This was down from 45% in 2008.

57% of the Protestant Christian vote went for Romney in 2012. This was up from 54% that McCain won in 2008.

When you zoom in a bit, you find that 21% of self-identified, white, born-again, evangelical Christians voted for President Obama in 2012.

You’d think this decrease in evangelical votes for Obama would have helped win the race for Romney, but it didn’t.

78% of evangelical Christians voted for Romney in 2012. Yes, this was up from the 74% that McCain received in 2008, but it wasn’t nearly enough.

To put it more precisely, about 5 million fewer evangelicals voted for Obama in 2012 than in 2008. Meanwhile, some 4.7 million more evangelicals voted for Romney than voted for McCain. Yet Romney still couldn’t win.

Meanwhile, 50% of the Catholic vote went for Obama in 2012. This was down from the 54% that Obama won in 2008.

48% of the Catholic vote went for Romney in 2012. This was up from the 45% that McCain won in 2008. Yet it still wasn’t enough.

Now consider this additional data:

In 2008, white, born-again, evangelical Christians represented 26% of the total vote for president, according to the exit polls.

In 2012, white, born-again, evangelical Christians represented 26% of the total vote for president, according to the exit polls.

In other words, we saw no change at all in the size of the evangelical vote, –no net gain, certainly no surge, no record evangelical turnout, despite expectations of this.

Of the 117 million people who voted on Tuesday, therefore, about 30 million (26%) were evangelicals. Of this, 21% — or about 6.4 million evangelicals — voted for Obama.

By comparison, of the 125 million people who voted in 2008, 32.5 million (26%) were evangelicals. At the time, Obama won 24% of evangelicals, or about 7.8 million people.

What’s more, in 2008, 27% of the total vote for president was Catholic, according to the exit polls.

In 2012, only 25% of the total vote for president was Catholic.

Remarkably, this means that Romney got a higher percentage of the Catholic vote than McCain, but millions of fewer Catholics actually voted in 2012, despite having Rep. Paul Ryan, a practicing Catholic, on the ticket.

A dire warning to American Pastors from the distant past.

 

A dire warning to American Pastors from the distant past.

 

Mordecai said to Esther, “for if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to the Kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14.

It is with a broken heart and deep reverence that I beg you my fellow ministers, do not remain silent about Obama.  I know that for me to remain silent will put blood on my hands and perhaps judgment in my future.  You may ask me how do you dare make such a claim?  That is when I will ask you, what more must Obama do before you admit that he is a grave threat to everything that we hold dear as men of God?

I beg you!  Quit hiding behind myth of separation of church and state!  You have the right, yea the duty to speak out now before it is too late.

Listen to Matt Barber vice president of Liberty Counsel Action, “In recent years there’s been an epidemic of cultural inaction exhibited by far too many ministers of the gospel. It’s fear-based. “Oh, I don’t talk about political issues,” they say. “You know, ‘separation of Church and State’ and all that.”

Baloney.

If this is you — and only you and our Lord knows for sure — you’ve been deceived by the enemies of God. You’ve chosen the easy way out — the path of least resistance. This is something Christ, whom all Christians are called to emulate, never did — not once.

So, respectfully, man-up, Padre! Be the “salt and light of the world,” as Christ so admonished.

Did you get that? Despite hundreds of thousands of threatening letters sent by hard-left groups like the ACLU and Barry Lynn’s Americans United, not a single church has lost tax exemption for socio-political activity — zip, zero, nada. Not even for endorsing candidates from the pulpit.”

Obama cannot win without the Christian vote and I believe that  because Pastors remain silent, right now he has it!  Ohio is a vivid example of what I am talking about.  It has no business going to Obama.  There are a vast number of strong churches there but pastors are not speaking out as they should and they are not mobilizing their people to vote against Obama.

Are they afraid of losing tithers?  I am trying to wrap my brain around the idea of  a man of God who would rather lose a nation than a tither.

Perhaps you have come to the Kingdom for such a time as this?  Maybe God gave you that pulpit for such a time as this?  What if you are here to speak up at the precise time that socialism is about to swallow of American exceptionalism?  We have to rise up in the name of God and stop this man and this plan for the dismantling of everything good and right about America.

Are you still hiding behind the excuse that we are to be “loving and not speak out against the president”?  What if Esther had hidden behind that excuse?

Maybe you believe that we need a big government ruling our lives. Just remember, when they start to control healthcare they will come and control your church.   They will do it in the name of good.

 

 

Here’s what C.S. Lewis said about people like Obama:  “Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

 

Maybe you believe that Obama is a part of the civil rights movement.  He is not, listen to Dr. King’s own words:

“There was a time when the church was very powerful in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Whenever the early Christians entered a town, the people in power became disturbed and immediately sought to convict the Christians for being “disturbers of the peace” and outside agitators. But the Christians pressed on in the conviction that they were “a colony of heaven” called to obey God rather than man. Small in number they were big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be “astronomically intimidated.” By their effort and example they brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide.”

You can cave into pressure, remain silent and let this man back into power.  However, do not fool yourself.  I say this with tears of love and I am quaking with conviction.  I believe we are fairly warned!  The next time you pray for growth, miracles, blessing or finances, consider the broken heart of God who will remember your silence, and that silence, I believe, will be screaming at God a lot louder than your prayers.

A Cold Blooded Convention

As time has gone on even the most ardent fan of Obama has come to realize he has no plan, no convictions, no loyalty except one: to stay in power at all cost.   He knows that he has accomplished none of what he promised.  He knows that he must lie and cheat and use whatever currency that he has left to patch together a coalition that will, in one breathtaking moment of denial, vote him back into power.

Take for example his coalition of Islam and gay rights activists.  How is this possible?  Gays are executed in Islamic countries.  Obama has done the impossible!  He has magically convinced two groups that are in violent opposition to each other to vote for him.   He has done this by keeping them separated and by keeping them from thinking.

Obama wants is for everyone to stop thinking.  His new slogan is, “are you going to believe what you see or are you going to believe what I say?” 

The best way to prove what I am saying is to ask one of his supporters a simple question: why are you voting for Barrack Obama?  Many are actually now refusing to answer that question but those that do answer will offer material that makes for amazing theater.  They will say that 4 years later, it is still George Bush’s fault.  They will say that we do not need someone with executive and business experience to fix our economy, we need someone who hates the rich.  The best one is, “I like him.”

The Democratic National Convention will be a cold blooded, calculated rant against the other guy.  Look for solutions, vision, faith, inspiration, truth and you might as well look for lips on a chicken.  It will coincide with an Islamic rally nearby, that was permitted to bill itself as part of the DNC in its poster, and the conventions will end with a worship service where the devotees must bow before the anointed one for no other reason than HE IS BARRACK OBAMA.

When one goes into the voting booth to vote for Obama there are many things that cannot go in with them: reason, honesty, Christian conviction and a love for America.  Black pastors must vote for him from under the bus where he tossed them.  Gays must vote for him knowing their man is in bed with a religion that wants their total obliteration.  Catholics must vote for him knowing he will abuse power to take over their schools and hospitals.  Americans must vote for him knowing he has every intention of continuing his mission to dismantle our greatness.

The most hilarious segment of Obama’s base is the media.  Neither blood nor oxygen has made it to their brains!  They somehow have convinced themselves that a man who has trampled the constitution by abuse of executive order, a man that has gone after religious freedom, and every other freedom will somehow, miraculously, leave freedom of the press alone.

I know above all else, that there is power in prayer.  This chilling moment where the sun is setting on our beloved freedoms can be reversed.  My prayer is that the 17 million Christians who did not vote in the last election will wake up from their coma.  Voting is now very spiritual.  Voting your conscience is no longer just a duty, now it is an extension of your Christianity.  God bless America.

More amazing than ever…but before you ask for the same thing read this.

Before you dare to ask.  Tonight they are coming from all over the West Coast and other parts of the nation to see if the Santa Rosa Fire is real or not.  Some are coming who are at death’s door hoping for a miracle.  Then I hear of so many who want this in their city.  But before you dare to ask for it read this…

Yes revival is unmatched as an act of God on a city.  Yes revival is glorious and has no substitute in dealing with the evil in society.  Nothing populates heaven like revival.

However, do not think about revival. Do not even fantasize about it until you realize these surprises about revival.

1. Revival is something completely different.  It is not an improved version of what you had before.

If you have an emotional attachment to the way things are then do not waste God’s time seeking revival.  No tradition is safe and all sacred cows are targeted.  If your people have a favorite seat or comfortable routine confront it first.  It is absolutely essential that you face this first…all but the good parts of the old are going away.

In revival there will be a new school and an old school.  These two will collide, and if you are not prepared to go with the new, you will lose both the old, and the new.  However, if what you were doing was working you would not be in a position to seek revival…would you?

2. Revival is not a Church growth model.  Using revival to increase attendance is like having a baby to improve a marriage.  Revival gives you an area wide vision and an appreciation for the other leaders that God has placed in the city.  Yes, thousands will be added to all of the churches but it is not because of marketing or slick programs.  Revival is a military tactic of God meant to create quantity and quality for the church that is being built by Jesus.

3.  Keep it simple and joyous.  Revival is by nature a very emotional thing.  It is easy to become fearful of losing the blessing.  Since you did not make it happen you cannot also keep it going.  You must find new and creative ways of staying out of the way.  When it is forced, legalistic or hyperemotional God is no longer driving the movement.   This is the sin of the Galatians who “began in the Spirit but now are perfected by the flesh.”

4. Understand the message of the revival.  Stay true to the message that Jesus is using to drive the engine of the revival.  Changing messages to suit the times, or to advance your new found popularity is disaster!  For example, this outpouring in Santa Rosa has to do with the upcoming election and the dizzying changes in American culture.  We know that we are not the only outpouring there are several in the nation.  What Mordecai said to Esther applies to us. “you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this.”

5.  Jesus alone must remain the thrill.  Beware of false joy and false holiness.  Houdini the escape artist died because the audience needed to see more exotic feats.  Revivals are destroyed the same way.  Audiences can corrupt the flow by demanding new and more titillating manifestations.  Evangelists can kill revival by feeling pressured to perform.  If Christ is not enough then there is something wrong with you not Jesus.    Emotional binges and self generated holiness are not sustainable.  A true revivalist grows in the knowledge of God, and gains deeper appreciation for the basics of our faith.

6.  You must give it away.  The four lepers in 2 Kings 7 had wisdom that we need.  After they found the great supply of food that the enemy had abandoned, they realized that they would be punished if they hoarded it.  The gospel and the gifts of the Holy Spirit are only ours long enough for us to be equipped to give them away.  This is how rivers become swamps.  Of all the things that I push in each meeting I say this most of all, “you must bring the lost and the hurting or the flow of God will stop!

 

Wednesday Night  July 18th Santa Rosa California

The dead of summer is an unlikely time for an extended meeting to occur but in Santa Rosa where a great deal of the population leaves on vacation it is unheard of.  So how do you explain last night?  Instead of the crowds diminishing, they are growing. Last night it was standing room only.

The atmosphere was electric and the air crackled with expectancy.  In no time, the excitement began.  Pastor Larry King brought a man to the front who wanted to tell his story.  He said that he no longer needed a liver transplant.  All of his symptoms of hepatitis had vanished.  He was now a completely different man. 

Then 40 others stood en masse to declare that during these meetings they had also been healed by the power of God.  Each testimony was like a bullet fired from a gun.  It blasted unbelief and ignited faith in the all of the new people who had come for healing.

Then the worship rose to heaven with unconfined passion for Jesus.  They did not sing the songs, they launched them to God.  They were living sacrifices of praise.  Time seemed to stand still.  If we kept singing, two hours could have gone by in an instant.

Pastors from everywhere came for their own touch from God, proving that this has now transformed into a general awakening.  All ages, races and backgrounds are here melted by the love of God and welded together for the purpose of this revival.

If there was a verse that overshadowed the night it was Esther 4: 14 “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

While this army is grateful for what the Lord is doing for them, they feel a deep, sobering sense of purpose.  We believe that America has been infiltrated, and is now controlled by men from the bottom of society.

We are grieving over the Trojan Horse that has come in under the cover of our moral night.  We are convicted that this next election will make or break the future of our nation.  It is not just our love for God that moves us, it is our love for America. Revival is not entertainment and it is no longer a wispy option.  Revival is now do or die.

It was no surprise to anyone in that room last night, who felt the awesome power, who saw more souls saved, more bodies healed, and who felt the heart of God for America, that we must continue these meetings.  Week 5 of the Santa Rosa Fire begins Sunday Night at 6PM!

Working for Obama is the natural extension of your devotion to Christ.

Before I get to Michelle Obama let me bring something up that few are talking about.  No one is talking about is the crime Obama is committing against Black Pastors or the torture of the conscience of Black believers.  The Obamas know that the overwhelming majority of Christians in the black community believe the Bible is the word of God and oppose Gay Marriage.

Obama is issued a clear but unspoken mandate to Black Pastors and Christians: “I cannot win by talking about my record or by talking about jobs.  I must scrounge for votes wherever I can get them.  So, for the time being I am for gay marriage.  It gets me Hollywood money and makes the opposition look intolerant.  Since you have no where is else to go, deal with it.”

 This arrogant sense of entitlement to the black vote went to a new low yesterday. First lady Michelle Obama Thursday offered a rare public reflection on her religious faith, telling a conference of the African Methodist Episcopal church that the life of Jesus Christ is a model for democratic organizing. “We see that in the life of Jesus Christ. Jesus didn’t limit his ministry to the four walls of the church,” she said. “He was out there fighting injustice and speaking truth to power every single day. He was out there spreading a message of grace and redemption to the least, the last, and the lost. And our charge is to find Him everywhere, every day by how we live our lives.”  “Democracy is also an everyday activity,” she said. “And being an engaged citizen should once again be a daily part of our lives.”

Now the Obama message is, “working for my reelection is the natural extension of your devotion to Christ.”  This is exactly what Jesus would do if He were here today.  He would be out telling the people to vote for Barrack Obama.  He would be organizing rallies to force wealth to be redistributed. He would be going door to door espousing the virtues of killing unborn children and lobbying for the right of men to marry men.

 Jesus walked with sinners and ministered to prostitutes but He saved His most ardent and pointed rebukes for the Pharisees.  Mark 7: 6 “He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. 7 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ 8 For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men —the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.” 9 He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.”  Their crime was plain and simple: Twist the teachings of Moses then overlay the traditions of men over the Word of God in order to maintain power over the people.

 Jesus also condemned the Pharisees for bending reality at will and contradicting themselves. They rejected John the Baptist because he did not eat certain foods and he never drank wine.  Then they condemned Jesus for eating and drinking.  Mark 7:16 “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: 17 “‘We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.”

 Here are the two songs the Obamas are playing: “Violate your conscience to help me get reelected.  Obey your conscience to get me reelected.”

 

Throwing the Devil under the Barnabus.

Throwing the Devil under the Barnabus.

Rodney King once asked, “why can’t we all just get along?”  I am asking another question; Have you thought about the devastating price we are paying because Pastors do not get along?  More than drugs, atheism, the liberal press, or any other social ill, the number one reason more souls are not saved, is because cities are cut up like gang turf, and churches refuse to get together, and preach the Gospel to their city.

The truth gets even more ominous.  Here in America our Christian birth rate has fallen to a dangerous tipping point.  The number of people we are converting to Christ today does not match the number that are dying off.  In simple terms, our influence in America is dropping because there are less and less of us.

I wish I had better news but it just gets worse: stress is taking out a record number of pastors. Mark Clement of the Big Picture Media Group said, “Surveys consistently place the number of ministers leaving ministry every month in America between 1,500 and 1,800. That’s over 20,000 per year or one about every 2-3 hours.” 

There is a hero in the Bible that we need today.  We need Barnabas.  Yes, I deliberately misspelled his name in the title of this blog.

As a Christian, you feel Barnabas’ gift every day.  He gave you a complete Bible, you have a rich tradition of 2,000 years of Christianity.  You see when Saul of Tarsus was converted the leaders in Jerusalem didn’t believe it.  Saul had imprisoned family members.  Deep scars kept the church from assimilating this key new weapon into the Kingdom of God.

Acts 9:26-28 “And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. So he was with them at Jerusalem, coming in and going out.”

Barnabas put his considerable reputation on the line to bring Paul into the fold. Without this courageous and unselfish risk we would have ended up with two Bibles and a gaping division between a Jewish Christian sect and a gentile church.

Here are two things that Barnabas’ life would say to us today:

1. Use popularity to advance truth.  Fame, and a good reputation is a God given line of credit that God wants invested in to restoring fallen soldiers, forcing dialogue on divisive issues, and assimilating new weapons into the Body of Christ. 

There is a sickness among our preachers.  Once fame or popularity is achieved, their goal becomes to sustain that popularity by avoiding all controversy. We see this everyday in sermons that sound like fortune cookie platitudes. Jesus said, “He who seeks to save his life will lose it, be he who loses his life for my sake shall find it.”  This applies to fame.  If God gave you promotion and you derail its purpose by trying protect it, you will lose your promotion. On the other hand, if you faithfully impart truth you will enjoy continual increase.

Ask yourself: Did I distance myself from a brother who fell and is trying to get back up? Do I refuse to champion gifts that I know are of God, because they are exotic and controversial?  On the other hand, have I given into having meetings that are emotional binges because I can control people?

2. Do not care about who gets the credit for revival or breakthroughs.    Pastor or not, be the one in your city who reaches out with a pure heart to see all of the Body of Christ joined in a righteous cause of winning souls.  It will take courage, and sadly you will take abuse and see how really sick leadership is today.  It does not matter who gets the credit, or if only a few join you.  It is worth every drop of abuse because I know of nothing that would throw the devil under the bus more immediately, that God bless more greatly, and is more urgent in saving America.

If you are in the Bay Area please join Mechelle and I tonight for an explosive time in worship, wonders, and the word of God.  Dream House tonight May 25 7:15PM.  We are located at 1015 Estudillo Street Martinez CA 94553.  Call us at 925 300 3007.

What will it take before Christian leaders start speaking out?

 

 

What will it take?

If you listened to the video, it is clear that this teacher is the one that escalated the incident. She began yelling and berating the student that brought up an opposing viewpoint. Nothing he said about President Obama was even disrespectful. He made a counter-argument and she went ballistic and even made outrageous claims suggesting he could be arrested.

 The shocking video should be our wake up call.  Classrooms all over America have become nothing more than propaganda machines for Obama’s reelection. 

We know that this classroom situation is but the tip of ice berg.  Need more evidence?  Yesterday, the NAACP decided to formally approve of gay marriage and will now bully millions of black Christians to violate their Christian conscience.  Get real!  They had years to decide if gay marriage was a civil right.  They did this to undo the damage among black Christians from Obama’s new stance on gay marriage.  It is all about getting Obama reelected.  Why aren’t more Bible believing black pastors condemning this?

 NBC, MSNBC, CBS, and newspapers all over our nation are mouthpieces for the White House.  Under normal circumstances (ask Jimmy Carter) the media would put aside ideology and admit that the president had failed miserably as a leader.  We are no longer under the normal circumstances of free speech. 

 

This should be a wakeup call for Christian leaders but sadly it will likely be ignored by a false teaching that we should stay out of this.

 

Martin Niemöller (1892-1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation: First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out– Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out– Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.”

 

Here are two verses that show us why we need to speak out now:

Acts 16:37 But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us openly, uncondemned Romans, and have thrown us into prison. And now do they put us out secretly? No indeed! Let them come themselves and get us out.” 38 And the officers told these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Romans.

Acts4:18 So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. 20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” 

Here are today’s disturbing questions: Have powerful Obama supporters decided that he cannot get reelected through a free and open election?  Have they concluded that the end of reelecting Obama justifies the means of trampling freedom of worship and freedom of speech? Lastly, Are you, a Christian leader, by your silence being complicit with the destruction of these rights?