It will start happening right away.

In a private dialogue, the Pope is understood to have said to Juan Carlos Cruz—a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests— “Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter.  God made you like this and loves you like this and I don’t care.  The pope loves you like this. You have to be happy with who you are.”

Earlier, the Pope made news for saying there was no hell.  Later, the Catholic Church denied he ever said this but no denial has come from the Pope himself.

These statements are a blatant denial of the Bible.  That is nothing new.  In fact, we are about to see a massive push by ministers to abandon the Bible.  How could this be happening?

It began subtly.  A popular pastor would dodge questions on talk shows about hell, or Jesus being the only way to salvation.  They artfully defended their dodge by saying they were trying to reach a wider audience.

The trend did not stop there.  Pastor Andy Stanley, who leads 30,000 people in Atlanta, took it to the next level by teaching that the Bible should not be used in soul winning because the Bible while inerrant, is not sufficient.  He insists that since old Testament stories are so hard to take literally our faith should be based more on the Resurrection of Jesus.  But Jesus Himself said, “If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.” — Luke 16: 31

Bible abandonment is also widespread in Spirit-filled churches where prophetic words have replaced Bible teaching.  They infer that we should trust the Holy Spirit over the Bible—which is an insane false dichotomy.  One spirit-filled Pastor even said: “This old book is divisive; I am only going to trust the Holy Spirit.”

What is causing this betrayal of the Bible?  The answer is, the global, sexual, and social justice revolution.  A tidal wave ostracizes the doctrine on hell, moral purity and Jesus as the savior of the world.  Ministers find the pull to compromise irresistible.

To shy away from truth is the worst thing the church can do right now.  There is still a window of opportunity for moral awakening…but that window is closing.  Here is what you should do:

First, take your stand for Jesus and the power of the Word of God.  2 Timothy 3:5 says, “having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”  Neither your loyalty, nor your money should be going to religious businesses that attack the Bible.  Taking your stand means to get out of churches that are ashamed of the Bible. This is not a case of being judgmental or holier-than-thou, it is a matter of obeying the word of God.

Next, do not give into fear.  The Bible isn’t going anywhere:

  Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”

Jeremiah 1:12 Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am [actively] watching over My word to fulfill it.”

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.

Finally, I must make these parting points.

Satan has done a masterwork sidelining the church as he plunges the earth into darkness.  Now, you can believe there is nothing we can do about it—or you can join the amazing remnant that God has foreordained for this hour—a remnant that will be armed with special power to convict sinners, and work miracles in the mighty name of Jesus.

You can accept that America is too far gone but I see Americans struggling to hear the truth—even the hard verses in the Bible.  We saw this in Las Vegas!  Those who love the Bible need to wake up and let God use them to keep this Word for the next generation.

“Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.  For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.” -Jude 3,4   The Bible tells us we must take up the defense of the Word of God that was first delivered to the saints.  Let’s obey God.

 

THE DISASTER OF SEPARATING THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE BIBLE

Everything I have been saying has led to this.  I have held back because I had no clearance until now. This will explain why I have been exposing rampant deception.

This is why I have invaded subjects that create firestorms of criticism.  This will expose what Satan used to derail the church on the threshold of revival—true revival.

The drinking, the carousing, and the blatant new age preaching, did not creep into the church overnight.  It insinuated itself slowly, quietly and under the cover of good intentions.

Here’s what happened:  Satan seduced us into separating the Holy Spirit and the Bible—pitting them against each other.  The Bible not only predicted this deception—it exposed the motive behind it.

2 Timothy 4:3 says “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…”  What they can’t endure is the Bible.  They drop the God card to fulfill their lusts and blame the Holy Spirit.

It began in small doses.  One preacher said, “Why do we trust a book they didn’t have more than the Spirit they did have?”  Another preacher said, “we’re not supposed to worship a book.”

They will tell you they are trusting in the voice of the Spirit more than a book.  What they are really hearing is their own voice…or worse.  They don’t deny the inerrancy of scripture; they simply claim direct revelation from God that’s equal to the Bible.

Bible study has become passé.  Many seek constant prophetic words.  They trust these words without comparing them against scripture.

The Holy Spirit has become on demand.  You’ve all seen the Facebook ads where “prophets” will give you a daily word from the Lord.  Some even charge money to give you a prophetic word. 

A young revivalist claimed to get more from “an angel” than from the Bible.  He even wrote on his website, “I have had experiences in the Spirit that cannot be explained by the Bible.”  Not long after this, he left his wife and children for his secretary.  He is still in ministry defending his experience.

People blame all kinds of things on “leadings of the Holy Spirit.” “The Spirit told me I can leave my husband and children because He wants me to be happy.”  “You may not like the way I dress, but the Holy Spirit does.”  One preacher even compared the Spirit to marijuana and said, “I am toking the Ghost.”

Here’s a typical conversation with one of these:

“I am not just forgiven of the sins I have committed, and I am also forgiven in advance of the ones I will commit.  Therefore, I never need to repent or confess my sin.”

“That’s crazy, 1 John 1:8 says, ‘If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.’”

“Oh, well that was not written to Christians.”

“No Bible scholar believes that.  You can’t prove that.  Where did you get it?”

“It was revealed to me by the Spirit.”

Addiction to alcohol, drugs, pornography and a host of other vices overtake believers because the natural protection of the Bible is erased.  Psalm 119:11 says, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.”

Why am I condemning all of this?  Because the Bible commands me to do so:  2 Corinthians 4: 2 says, “But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.”

Tuning out the Bible to hear the Spirit has flooded the church with the most carnal and self-centered believers ever.  To reject the Bible while seeking a word from God borders on witchcraft. 

The Holy Spirit and the Bible exist in unbreakable agreement.  The Spirit will take you to the Bible, and the Bible will take you to the Holy Spirit.

One of the prime purposes of the Holy Spirit is to help us understand and remember the Bible.  “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” – John 14:26

You can be sure that if you are not regularly reading the Bible, God will avoid speaking to you through prophecy.  To do so creates a dangerous habit.  Without a biblical foundation, you will have no way to judge prophetic words.

The superiority the Bible over the prophetic is clearly shown by the fact we are told to judge prophecy but never to judge scripture.  2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…”

Daily Bible study is a hallmark of those who seek truth.  Acts 17: 11 “Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”  True revival is always Bible based.  True preaching will quote scripture liberally. 

We are at a crucial point.  If the Body doesn’t repent of this foolishness, America is sunk.

But, if even a small remnant repent, gets back in the Word, and obeys the Holy Spirit, He will build an army and it can prevail.   1 Samuel 14: 6 promises this: “Then Jonathan said to the young man who bore his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the Lord will work for us. For nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few.” 

JUMPING THE SHARK

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Jumping the shark

By Mario Murillo

We are trapped in a highly embarrassing situation: Youth are leaving churches to meet in homes—now get this—to study the Bible and pray.  This is happening because many churches have jumped the shark.

Wikipedia says, “’Jumping the shark’ is an idiom used to describe the moment a television show begins a decline in quality, signaled by a particular scene, episode, or aspect of a show in which the writers use some type of gimmick in an attempt to keep viewers’ interest, which is taken as a sign of desperation, and is seen by viewers to be the point at which the show strayed irretrievably from its original formula. The phrase is based on a scene from a fifth-season episode of the sitcom Happy Days when the character Fonzie jumps over a shark while on water-skis.”

The two kinds of churches hit by this youth exodus are:  1. The Seeker (mega) churches.  2. Churches that focus on exotic supernatural experiences.

How Seeker (mega) churches jumped the shark:  The idea was that the Gospel—on its own—would not attract the unchurched.  They hoped that by adding—enhancements—buttresses—rebranding, they would impact secular culture.   Culture won.

They had zero impact on cultural deterioration.  While they frantically tinkered, America entered a moral nuclear winter.  Violence, debauchery and atheism spiked on their watch.  This forced their goal to change from reformation to simply keeping seats full.

In desperation they jump more sharks: Secular music ousts hymns—half-naked women do dance productions—people get tattooed on stage as a backdrop to preaching…and the preaching is mushier than ever.

Then the shocker:  The doctrines, values and compelling truth that seeker pastors so assiduously extracted—thinking it would attract youth—is the vacuum that drove them away.

Prophetic/Hyper-supernatural churches are also jumping the shark.   Prophecies, encounters with angels, dripping oil, feathers and soul travel are reported with greater frequency…they have to be.

It is not enough for speakers to say they visited the third heaven, now they have to say they do it daily, and finally they say they can do it at will.  It is not enough to say Jesus visited them, now their guests are dead ministers—plus, they can invite others to these séances.  The sheer abundance of prophetic words, mystical experiences and soul travel that are now required in order to maintain popularity is breathtaking.

Youth are leaving these kinds of churches.  They may have oohed and awed for a season—now these extremes make their eyes roll.

We have the best message the world has ever heard.  Trying to improve it or spice it up only makes it worse.   We have the best book ever written.   We have the Holy Spirit to give us grace and power to more than match the evil of our day.

The American church is guilty of wresting away control from the Holy Spirit.   We have every advantage and yet we are losing for all the wrong reasons.  Never have so many, done so little, with so much!

Yet, we have every reason to be encouraged if our youth are craving the Word of God.  In fact, those who are listening and rejecting falsehood are hearing a clear message:  God is revealing to all praying people that a glorious new work of the Spirit is about to break forth. 

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Yes, we can still turn everything around!  Our youth are yearning for the Bible—that is awesome news!   So get up, let’s go!  It starts with these simple declarations:

  1. The Bible is able to stand against all cultural lies. Preaching the Blood, the Cross, the Second Coming and yes, Hell transforms your pulpit into the place of power. Do not apologize just speak it and watch the Spirit of almighty God make your preaching into something you never imagined.

Recognize the danger signs!  When simple Biblical truth no longer thrills you—when you feel the need to be more exotic…stop!  Never let the audience clamor for more spooky revelations.

  1. Crave the towering miracles of the book of acts and not parlor tricks. Kathryn Kuhlman saw awesome power in a reverent atmosphere. The book of Acts and Corinthians are gleaming road maps to the kinds of healings, prophecies and miracles that no culture can stop and no generation can resist.
  2. Realize that God wants to do great and mighty things even more than we do. He does not need to be convinced to work, nor do we need to invent work to make up for some deficiency in God.

The Holy Spirit is waiting in the wings to lead us out of this mess.   Every minister who reads this has the power to repent and receive unquestioned clarity and authority that will make them compelling to youth.

Instead of jumping the shark—let’s flatten the enemy.

The Panther Prophecy: Last words.

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The Panther Prophecy:  My Last words.

By Mario Murillo

I really hate to be the one to tell you this.  Okay be honest…what was your immediate reaction when you heard the Carolina Panthers Prophecy?    If it baffled you, you are in the extreme majority.  Not only this, but it gave vent to a growing suspicion about the prophetic movement itself.  A host of people believe it has been drifting into unscriptural waters for a long time.

About 5% of those who commented disagreed with the blog.  That is lower than normal.  I was very surprised.  Because I broke from tradition by naming names—I expected a much bigger firestorm.

However, for the honest hearts who were pained by the whole affair I wish to make some clarifying remarks.

What I wrote, I wrote with tears and a heavy heart.  There was no anger or ridicule in my words.  I wrote it because I felt the Holy Spirit urge me to address this issue.  His reasons were very compelling:

Young people everywhere are seeing what we do.  Websites that are youth oriented carried mocking references to this prediction.  It fit into the narrative that Spirit-filled believers are loons.  However—as you will see later—I am addressing a far greater issue than a prediction about the Panthers.

Someone else was supposed to correct this privately and they did not.  When I prayed about this it was very clear to me that the Holy Spirit had chosen someone—in fact several people—much closer to the situation to speak wisdom.  It was only after many attempts to get others to obey that the Holy Spirit tapped me for this sad assignment.

The Lord took me to Job 32 to understand the example of Elihu.  He waited to speak because he assumed that the elders sitting with Job would say something rational but they did not.

 

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Sincere hearts asked why I didn’t talk to Mr. Joyner first.  They cited Matthew 5: 23 “Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”  If indeed I had aught against Mr. Joyner I would have done so—this situation fits a different model in the Word of God.

We are to judge public prophecy…publicly. 1 Corinthians 14: 29 teaches us to “Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge.”  The clear instruction is that when a prophecy comes forth publicly it is judged publicly—on the spot.   Paul did not say when prophets prophesy, take them in a private room and commiserate about the validity of what he said and if he should have gone public with it.

I was told to judge the prophecy itself.  It’s clear and undeniable inference was: simply because the Panthers won…it would bring revival. Charisma Magazine did not help matters by asking, “Are the Carolina Panthers prophesied to win the Super Bowl to bring about national revival?”   What about prayer, fasting and repentance?   Show us in the Word of God how simply winning a game will ignite awakening?

The Bible never said “If my team”—it says “if my people.” God has often used athletes to bring the WORD to the world.  C.T. Studd was a famed Cricket player who became a legendary missionary. Eric Liddell was a track star that brought a powerful witness by a supernatural performance in the Paris Olympics.  Billy Sunday was a famous baseball player before he became a great evangelist.  God will use individuals in an event but the event itself is not an intrinsic catalyst or sign of revival.

Maybe next year: Lance Wallnau defended Bob Jones’ prediction by saying, “well, he never named a year.”  That’s just it!  Prophecies like these can put people’s lives on hold—create false preconditions and agendas.  Ask yourself should anyone be waiting for the Panthers to win the Superbowl so we can have national revival?  Like it or not—whether you intend it or not—that is what impressionable hearts take away from this.

I really hate to be the one

That leads me to the much larger point of my action: I am not harping on just one prophecy but an alarming trend.  It has become common for people to consult “words” from a prophet more than pastors, or the Bible.  People are not seeking wise counsel.  They are making tragic mistakes.

It breaks my heart to be the one to tell you this…the prophecy movement is coming off the rails.  The tragedy is that we desperately need the prophetic!  We need all of the gifts of the Spirit.

This crisis has been building up for a long time.  The goal—of the enemy—is to discredit the Spirit-filled church.  I am speaking out because I am a soul winner.  I see the damage this is doing to youth…who now consider us a bunch of loons.  I have to take valuable Gospel time to differentiate between the Bible and this bizarre behavior to young lost souls.

You have seen it for yourself.  Many prophetic teachers barely, ever, quote scripture.  They are almost purely anecdotal—they string a bunch of stories of their own exotic experiences together to enchant their audiences.   They may not realize that they are building new doctrines—but they are.

They often tell us not to put God in a box.  What they forget is the God put Himself into a book.  Psalm 138: 2 says, “I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your loving-kindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.”

A young student approached the head of one of our most famous revival/prophetic schools because he was concerned that some of the teaching was outside of scripture.  This well-known writer and head of that school rebuked him by saying “you are worshiping a book!”  Wow, what an illogical and scary thing to say to anyone, let alone a young man seeking to go into ministry.

I issue this warning with a broken heart:  Every movement that has lost its Bible base has been washed away like footprints on the beach.

Of course I will lose friends because of this…but not any true friends.  Doors will close for me and that’s okay—I am a soul winner—the doors to reach the lost will always be open.  I have peace because I know I did not say one thing in anger or of my own volition.

The good news is that God not man is in control.  He moved me to issue a warning but He is doing so much more than any of us realize.  If we admit our error and humble ourselves before Jesus we will rise up again with greater power and impact on our nation.

Mario you embarrassed and humiliated people…actually that would be me.  Obeying God to write this has been one of the most embarrassing and humiliating things in my life…but, it is okay because that is what disciples do.  It’s like I told you in the beginning: I really, really hated to be the one to have to tell you this.  But I had to tell you.

 

While men slept: Where is the adult supervision?

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While men slept: Where is the adult supervision? 

By Mario Murillo

Matthew 13: 24, 25 says, “Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;  but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.

I am going to talk to you about the behavior of Paula White and Rick Joyner. I put it off until the fire in my bones could no longer be contained.    I am pleading out of a broken heart for sanity against widespread foolishness that is really making us look bad to America.

We cannot be harsh, sarcastic or disrespectful in advancing the cause of Christ—but we must also know when silence is a sin.  A.W. Tozer said,   “To sit back for the sake of peace and allow the enemy to carry off the sacred vessels from the temple is never the part of the true man of God.  Moderation to the point of surrender where holy things are concerned is certainly not a virtue; but pugnacity never yet won the battle when the battle was a heavenly one.  The fury of man never furthered the glory of God.”

I will strike a balance that will be a deep disappointment both to those who are out for blood and to those who want to maintain an artificial peace.

Here is why I was hesitant to say anything:  Job 32: 3 “Also against his three friends his wrath was aroused, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.  4 Now because they were years older than he, Elihu had waited to speak to Job. 5 When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, his wrath was aroused.  6 So Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, answered and said:  “I am young in years, and you are very old; therefore I was afraid, and dared not declare my opinion to you. 7 I said, ‘Age should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.’ 8 But there is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding. 9 Great men are not always wise, nor do the aged always understand justice.”  Like Elihu, I knew it was not my place to say anything about this…but I was shocked that nobody in real authority is speaking out.   That is when I knew it was time to write you this message.

Paula White and her husband promote porn: “Paula White and her new rock-n-roll husband Jonathan Cain are discussing sex one Sunday morning with children and teens in attendance.   Her new husband actually suggests that wives and husbands should watch porn together.  Paula laughs and snickers at her husband’s statement and says, “I am going to clear some things up, because I know the church world.  John and I don’t watch porn.  We have never watched porn together.”  He’s standing there and knows she’s lying.  So then she retracts and says, “He doesn’t watch porn without me.”   

If a man stares at another woman, having sex in order to be turned on for his wife…doesn’t Jesus call it adultery? “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”  Matthew 5:28.

Rick Joyner cites a prophecy by Bob Jones from 1988 that predicts revival will breakout when the Panthers win the Super Bowl.   Since they lost—I ask with a broken heart—are we to wait until they win for revival? I say this in humble agony…the Bible does not say “If my team.”  It says, “If my people.”

We need to shed our arrogance and show the honest to God humility that David Wilkerson displayed in 2000.   David Wilkerson said this in 1994 “Right now I sense in my spirit that in less than 5 years there will be no more so-called gospel television networks. They will all fall into bankruptcy and absolute ruin.”

He knew that he was wrong.  So in the year 2,000 he apologized and said:  “”In prayer, I have told the Lord I am ready at any time to confess I am wrong – that I must have spoken from my own fears or that I have spoken unadvisedly.” Did his apology diminish his standing?  Not at all, it enhanced his credibility.

I am writing this as a passionate soul winner.  Our nation is divided. Society has never walked in such dark despair.  Just as the lost are dying—of thirst for truth and hope—we replace Bible preaching, holy living and true anointing with parlor tricks, sensual sermons and materialism?   God help us!

While men slept: My special sorrow is reserved for the leaders who sleep as these weeds are planted.  Where is the adult supervision?  Where are the leaders who can say “I do not care how big a crowd you can draw or how many books you can sell—you need loving correction.

No matter how tenderly I write…there will be those who will condemn me as judgmental.  I fully anticipate a firestorm from their fans.  I know my heart…I want the best for each of these ministries.  I am crying out of a broken heart.

YOU ARE NOT A PROPHET UNTIL YOU ARE WILLING TO REBUKE THE KING

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There is no longer any possibility of innocent Christian support for Obama.  There is no way the “prophetic movement” will have any legitimacy if it ignores the true role of prophets.

 It came to a head when I met with the leader of a famous revival organization.  I assumed that this would be the last place I would find compromise.  To my horror and surprise he warned me that my comments about Obama were opposite their culture.  In other words, I had to shut up about Obama or I couldn’t preach there anymore.

My response was immediate and direct.  “What if this is the same cheap grace, false honor excuse that the pastors of Germany used to remain silent while Hitler expanded his power?  What if God is ordering His vessels to rebuke Obama? Do you want to be one of those men of God with blood on his hands because you remained silent when you should have rebuked the tyranny?”  He said he agreed with me but I never heard from him again.

Turn on Christian television and it won’t be long before you see a false prophet today.  He will tell his victims that they are about to be blessed and favored.  Then he will make an utterly meaningless, high probability prediction.  It always sounds sickeningly similar.  “The Lord has shown me that you are about to be wealthy beyond your dreams.  You do not realize how much Daddy loves you and wants to bless you.”  

This kind of ministry, in this current crisis, is extreme denial bordering on insanity.  Christian television should be calling the Christians to action against the war on our values!both-extremes copy

Since the first misguided “Christian psychologist” discovered that Christians needed to feel valuable, we have been treated to an unending stream of toxic sludge that has left the army of God flabby, drowsy and AWOL during America’s greatest moral disaster.

At some churches, rolling on the floor, drooling while making animal noises is considered the “moving of the Spirit.”  Then there is the other extreme:  Pastors preach sermons that sound like a late night monologue, stringing together phrases straight out of fortune cookies, making sure that they end on time and leave the audience spiritually unscathed.

Both extremes carry the same lie: We have become too valuable for sacrifice.  We are too blessed for the Cross. We are too entitled to join the rest of the Christian world in persecution and holiness.  

God is sending the “Preachers of Los Angeles” and all the rest a solemn warning:  START LIVING AND TELLING THE TRUTH OR THE ANOINTING AND BLESSING ON YOU WILL VANISH. .  God is issuing a dire warning to the false prophets who infest the church: REPENT OR IT WILL COST YOU YOUR LIFE AND YOUR SOUL! 

Barrack Obama has left us no choice.  He never says anything good about Christians.  He never says anything bad about Islam. He foments racial hatred, destroys marriage, and respect for the police (he has given more due process to the terrorists in Guantanamo than to our cops).  He punishes Israel.   He is working to wipe out the freedoms and hopes of the next generation. charade-copy copy

He is a wounded animal bent on destroying everything we hold dear.  If the ministers of God had obeyed the Holy Spirit they would have risen up in one voice of holy outrage and driven the king out of office.

Moses rebuked Pharaoh.  Samuel rebuked King Saul.  Nathan rebuked David.  Daniel rebuked Nebuchadnezzar.   John the Baptist rebuked King Herod.   Stop it!  Don’t use the title prophet unless you are willing to rebuke Obama and his abomination.  Speak truth to power or you are nothing but a prophetic poser.

There are signs of hope.   A very successful pastor prepared to do a series based on the Wizard of OZ at his mega church.  He spent thousands on props.  He wanted to dazzle his congregation.   Then one night he woke up from a deep sleep and realized that God had left him.  He felt utterly devoid of God’s presence and peace In his life.  He despaired of life itself. 

In his desperation he cried out to God.  God was grieved by his entire ministry.  He had ceased telling the truth.   He repented to the bone.  The congregation joined him in tearing down the props as if they were idols.   “We were once a harmless congregation,” he said.  “Now the Holy Spirit is moving in our meetings with great power.  We are becoming a mighty army!”

 

YOU ARE NOT A PROPHET UNTIL YOU ARE WILLING TO REBUKE THE KING

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It came to a head when I met with the leader of a famous revival organization.  I assumed that this would be the last place I would find compromise.  To my horror and surprise he warned me that my comments about Obama were opposite their culture.  In other words, I had to shut up about Obama or I couldn’t preach there anymore.

My response was immediate and direct.  “What if this is the same cheap grace, false honor excuse that the pastors of Germany used to remain silent while Hitler expanded his power?  What if God is ordering His vessels to rebuke Obama? Do you want to be one of those men of God with blood on his hands because you remained silent when you should have rebuked the tyranny?”  He said he agreed with me but I never heard from him again.

Turn on Christian television and it won’t be long before you see a false prophet today.  He will tell his victims that they are about to be blessed and favored.  Then he will make an utterly meaningless, high probability prediction.  It always sounds sickeningly similar.  “The Lord has shown me that you are about to be wealthy beyond your dreams.  You do not realize how much Daddy loves you and wants to bless you.”  

This kind of ministry, in this current crisis, is extreme denial bordering on insanity.  Christian television should be calling the Christians to action against the war on our values!both-extremes copy

Since the first misguided “Christian psychologist” discovered that Christians needed to feel valuable, we have been treated to an unending stream of toxic sludge that has left the army of God flabby, drowsy and AWOL during America’s greatest moral disaster.

At some churches, rolling on the floor, drooling while making animal noises is considered the “moving of the Spirit.”  Then there is the other extreme:  Pastors preach sermons that sound like a late night monologue, stringing together phrases straight out of fortune cookies, making sure that they end on time and leave the audience spiritually unscathed.

Both extremes carry the same lie: We have become too valuable for sacrifice.  We are too blessed for the Cross. We are too entitled to join the rest of the Christian world in persecution and holiness.  

God is sending the “Preachers of Los Angeles” and all the rest a solemn warning:  START LIVING AND TELLING THE TRUTH OR THE ANOINTING AND BLESSING ON YOU WILL VANISH. .  God is issuing a dire warning to the false prophets who infest the church: REPENT OR IT WILL COST YOU YOUR LIFE AND YOUR SOUL! 

Barrack Obama has left us no choice.  He never says anything good about Christians.  He never says anything bad about Islam. He foments racial hatred, destroys marriage, and respect for the police (he has given more due process to the terrorists in Guantanamo than to our cops).  He punishes Israel.   He is working to wipe out the freedoms and hopes of the next generation. charade-copy copy

He is a wounded animal bent on destroying everything we hold dear.  If the ministers of God had obeyed the Holy Spirit they would have risen up in one voice of holy outrage and driven the king out of office.

Moses rebuked Pharaoh.  Samuel rebuked King Saul.  Nathan rebuked David.  Daniel rebuked Nebuchadnezzar.   John the Baptist rebuked King Herod.   Stop it!  Don’t use the title prophet unless you are willing to rebuke Obama and his abomination.  Speak truth to power or you are nothing but a prophetic poser.

There are signs of hope.   A very successful pastor prepared to do a series based on the Wizard of OZ at his mega church.  He spent thousands on props.  He wanted to dazzle his congregation.   Then one night he woke up from a deep sleep and realized that God had left him.  He felt utterly devoid of God’s presence and peace In his life.  He despaired of life itself. 

In his desperation he cried out to God.  God was grieved by his entire ministry.  He had ceased telling the truth.   He repented to the bone.  The congregation joined him in tearing down the props as if they were idols.   “We were once a harmless congregation,” he said.  “Now the Holy Spirit is moving in our meetings with great power.  We are becoming a mighty army!”