Greetings, my friends. After a long period of absence from this part of the ministry service, the Lord has blessed me with enough time to occasionally take care of this area that I love, and that is, looking at current events, in the light of bible revelation.
When I left off, back in Dec. 2001, we had just face, an airline crash, within 2 months after 9/11.
Since that time, things have been getting more and more troublesome, both here, and abroad, as we are engaged in a 'war on terror' and trying to maintain our credibility in the world.
Here, serious crime is on the increase, and I am not just talking about ordinary crime, either. I am talking about domestic violence, in which multiple murders of children have taken place, by a relative, usually the father.
The economy is in a mess. Jobs are becoming hard to come by, especially for those with little or no education. And even those with what could be seen as, good college education, seem to find it hard to find a job, or keep the one that they have, as job security, is just about gone
Why?? and what is the solution??
Also, the war in Iraq. Why are we there???
GOD BLESS AMERICA?? I DON'T THINK SO!!!!
God bless America, land that I love. Stand beside her, and guide her, through the night with the Light from above. From the mountains, through the prairies, to the oceans, white with foam, God bless America, my home sweet home. God bless America, my home sweet home.
Ahh. What a sweet song. One of our national cornerstones. One that almost everybody knows. It is an acknowledgment of our recognition of, and a statement of our faith in, God, and our seeking Him to bless this great land of ours, from sea to shining sea. And this is no idle request, because, as many preachers will say, 'truly, God is able.'
If we will look at our past history, from the founding of this nation, and what we started out with, versus what we have today, one could only marvel at how far we have come. And if we would be entirely honest, we would have to say, God, is the reason for it.
It was Christopher Columbus, who set out from his country, to discover the world, after having a revelation from God, that the world, which at that time, was thought to be flat, was actually round.
In one of his memoirs, Columbus wrote, that he got the idea from the bible verse, Isa 40:22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:. He set out, to prove that the world, was not flat, as many thought in that time, but round. That was the trip, that led him to America.
America, rose from an unknown land, to the world's greatest super power. All because God, moved on behalf of those that looked to Him for direction, and were willing to honor Him openly.
Make no mistake about it, without Him, we could not have achieved all that we have. He is everything to this nation's strength, and survival.
Yet, today, a new mindset has taken hold, in far too many corners of this great land, and the results are obvious. America is slipping in to disfavor with God. And as that happens, God, is withdrawing His wisdom, and strength from us, and thereby allowing us to reap what we have been sowing.
And just what is this new mindset??? It is the mindset, that we know more than God knows. We can do things that He, obviously, is incapable of. We don't need Him anymore. He is nothing more than some ancient relic, that deserves only an occasional acknowledgment, but only as a matter of tradition, and not a matter of fact. And, leading the way to this rebellion against Him, are preachers. Yes, the very ones that are supposed to be leading us to Him, have forsaken their calling, if indeed they ever had one, and have given themselves over to the filthy lucre of fame, money and power.
Every Sunday, these preachers get in to their pulpits, (I call it, their, because they obviously have no idea of whose Ground it really is) and set about to preach the gospel of humanism.
Humanism, the belief that man, is his own god, and is the only one that controls his destiny. Man, has all power, and all knowledge. He can make his own laws, and change them, as he sees fit.
This type of rebellion, and stupidity, has led us to be no better than all the other nations before us, that had tasted the blessings of God, then turned away from Him. And, just as He punished them, so too, are we feeling His wrath.
Why is He doing this?? Doesn't He see that we go to church mostly every Sunday?? Doesn't He see us take communion?? Doesn't He see we celebrate His birthday, and Easter. Doesn't He hear us praising His name, through song??? We have 'In God we Trust', on our money?? We sing 'God bless America.' We do all sorts of things to honor Him, so why, God, why??
The answer can be found in these passages of scripture, 'Mark 7:6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
Mark 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Mark 7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
Mark 7:9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
If ever, there was an indictment against us, to justify what is happening to this nation, then friend, this one is it!!
God (Jesus), starts out by saying, that we are hypocrites. We honor Him with our lips, but our hearts are, not a little bit, but far from Him.
You see, we can sing songs, preach sermons, run up and down the aisles of the church, fall out on the floor, cry, profess our faith in, and our love for Him, and seek Him when trouble comes, sweat, scream and holler, but all of that is nothing more than a show.
And just like in Hellywood (Hollywood), actors are a dime a dozen. They can act so convincingly, but be totally void of
actually living the ways that they act. In other words, they get paid to act a certain way, but at the end of the day, when they go home, they get out of character, and back to their real lives.
And that is what these preachers, and many of you, that call yourselves Christians, do.
I know many of you don't like hearing this, but you are hearing it from someone who is in character 24 hours a day, as a Christian.
If you are a Christian, you are supposed to be one, 24/7. But, just like that job you have, you go to church for a few hours, and jump to the tune of the hammond organ, and the voice of the preacher, as he screams, shouts, and dances all over the place, then go home, and change character, just like you go home and get out of your work clothes.
And it is this attitude, that puts us at odds with God. He calls for us to serve Him, all the time, not just on Sunday, and maybe a few other days, for a few hours, and then go back to our worldly ways.
The apostle Paul said we need to 'Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
However, it is one thing for us to act like this, and totally another, when we transform the church (workplace, if you will), in to the antithesis, of what God intends for it to be.
As Jesus said in Mark 7:7 above, God calls us preachers, to preach His commandments, but many of us, have turned around, and started teaching the laws, and commandments of men.
And just how are they doing this??? By taking bible scriptures, and relegating them to less importance than the laws of men.
If the bible says one thing, and the world says something different, then these preachers will usually put a spin on that scripture, saying something like,
'it is not for us today.' In other words, it is an outdated scripture that has no relevance concerning us, today.
That would be fine, if it weren't for the scripture that says, '2Tim 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:' There is no scripture, that is irrelevant today, except those that the bible itself, says is not for this dispensation, and then, it doesn't contradict other scriptures the way the world wants to believe.
As a result of this misinformation from those that are supposed to be giving us truth, we are choosing to follow our own ways, and the end result can be seen in the newspapers, and on TV news, everyday.
When given a choice of returning to the right paths that God has said for us to travel in (righteousness), we choose folly.
How many of you have children??? Do you reward them for doing good, or bad?? When they do wrong, what do you usually require of them, before you start giving them the special things that they like so much??? You usually require their admitting their wrongs, and asking you to forgive them.
Well, if that is what you expect from them, then what in the world do you think God requires of us, His children???
God can give good, and He can also withhold good.
There is absolutely no good thing that He will withhold from us, as long as we obey His word. However, since we choose to be disobedient, then He is allowing us to suffer the consequences.
And then, what do we do??? We ask Him to bless this nation, despite our continuing to go against everything He says. Friends, do you think God is a fool?? You must, because you are still doing it???
Let me fill you in on just how we are falling in to His bad graces.
With all of the importance God puts on the lives of the truly innocent(i.e. unborn children), 'Psa 127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.' most of our preachers, feel that a woman's right to choose, is more important, therefore, they support candidates, who put those rights above the commandments of God.
God says, those that commit murder, should be put to death, by man 'Ge 9:6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.'. These preachers, call capital punishment immoral, thus making God out to be immoral. So, they support those candidates who are against it.
God, calls homosexuality, an abomination, 'Lev 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.' Man says, God, made them this way, and they will go to Heaven when they die, just like everyone else, despite their sinful ways. As a result, certain churches are actually ordaining homosexuals, and performing 'gay marriages'
God says we should not give preferential treatment to people, based on our own likes and dislikes, 'Prv 24:23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment. Jas 2:1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.' Yet, despite these, and other scriptures, preachers will still fight to the end to support affirmative action, a clear violation to these scriptures.
God blesses many of our people in the church, with talents, to be used, to glorify Him, and edify the church. But, they leave the church, and go out, to entertain, the world, and glorify Satan.
With all of this foolishness going on, with the Church, there is very little for God to be happy with us, and to bless this nation for. Remember, it is only because of the Church, that God will either bless, or curse a nation. Therefore, as goes the Church, so goes the nation.
Therefore, if the Church doesn't straighten up, then the nation, is going to suffer the consequences, and the worst is yet to come.
God bless America??? Don't count on it!!
The only way for this nation to, once again be what God, intended for it to be, is that the Church repent, and preachers start telling politicians that look to them and their congregations for support, to change their support on the issues that are contrary to the bible.
Of course, that will mean that a lot of
preachers will have to face the wrath of these politicians, and many in their congregations, who want to continue with 'things as usual.'
Yet, what we all need to be concerned with, is not the wrath of the world against us (the Church), but the wrath of God. For that is what we are seeing every time we see all of the crime, bloodshed, joblessness, drug abuse, terrorist attacks, and you name it.
Just about everything that can go wrong, is going wrong.
And what answers do we get from these preachers?? Not that we need to repent, and get right with God. No. That would mean having to admit that they have been misleading their people, and being disgraced. So, what they end up doing, is finding someone else to blame. And, guess who that is??? Those that stand up for righteousness, preachers that do preach against all of this debauchery. Preachers that will not shut up. Preachers, that call sin, sin. And since these preachers usually support the Republican party, because they seek to follow, and do what 'is right'.
You see, when it comes to standing up for what is right, these preachers all run and hide. They want no part of it.
Many times they may 'talk the talk', but they don't 'walk the walk.'
If, America is to be blessed, it will have to turn away from all of those evil ways that it supports.
Read this scripture, '2Chr 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name (i.e. Christians), shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.'
This is America's only hope, and the Church, holds the key.
THE WAR IN IRAQ!!!
Why are we there???
When it comes to being controversial, I would say that this war, is the epitome of what controversial is all about.
Today, the United States, the world's only
superpower, and the only nation, that is a true defender of freedom, not only for its citizens, but for those all over the world, that truly seek freedom from oppression, seems to have made one big blunder, by entering in to a war, that many say, can't be won.
Ever since the end of the first phase of the war, more soldiers have died than those that were killed during the war.
The president, says, no matter what the circumstances are, we are going to see this thing through. And, the question must be asked, 'see what through??'
Well, let's look at just what the president said, after the attacks on our people, on our soil, on Sept. 11, 2001.
He said, 'we are going to take the battle, to the terrorists, and those that support them.' He said, 'either you will be with us, or against us. There will be no middle ground.'
Now to many, that seems like an arrogant position to take. After all, it seems to be putting nations that are close to us, on the spot. But, is he really saying this?? You decide.
To me, looking at what has transpired, in recent months, the message is all too clear, that the terrorists, don't really care who they attack, as long as their message gets out that, any one that supports the US war against them, will be dealt with. So, if any nation, helps us, in any way, then they are targets.
What the terrorists want, is for these nations, which are supposed to be our allies, to abandon the war, and stop looking for them within their own countries, thus allowing them safe refuge, to plan more attacks on us.
A true ally, or friend, is one that will support you through thick or thin. The reason being, that you have someone to watch your back, especially in these troublesome times.
If a nation, declares itself to be neutral, then, what they are saying supposedly, they will not support us, or the terrorists. But, if the terrorists decide to infiltrate them, then who will they call on for help, seeing that they most likely don't have the wherewithal to deal with them, themselves?? The US. And by that time, they will be so entrenched, that it will take
a greater effort on our part, to rid them of these people. So, the best thing is to use preventative measures, or as many are mistakenly being led to believe, attacking someone before they can attack us.
Let me clear one thing up for you, we have already been attacked, and not just on 9/11. We have the USS Cole, we have two embassies in Africa, we have a nightclub where military personnel frequented, and the first attempt on blowing up the World Trade Center, all under the Clinton presidency, and what was our response?? Nothing, except a few idle threats. The only time we did make a little peep, was when Clinton got caught in that Lewinsky scandal, then he had the military bomb an abandoned warehouse somewhere over in Afghanistan.
But, with the terrorists thinking we were all talk and no action, they figured they could get away with 9/11. The only problem is, Bush was president, and not Clinton, Gore, or some other Democrat. If they were in office, then we still would probably be seeking the UN to help us, which many of the nations that tried to stop us, don't like us anyway. And several of them, like France and Germany, were selling banned weapons, and other things to, and getting kickbacks from, Saddam Hussein, through lower prices for oil, and other favors, all in violation to the peace treaty Hussein signed with the UN after the first gulf war.
Hussein has been at war with us, since we ran him out of Kuwait, in 1991. Part of the UN agreement that he agreed to, was that he would not use his military against his neighbors. The US patrolled a 'no fly zone', making sure he didn't violate his end of the deal. Well, he continually shot at our planes. This was going on since 1992.
So, for 12 years he was violating UN sanctions, and the UN did nothing. If the UN were to do something to enforce the sanctions it put on Hussein, guess who would carry them out?? The US. But the UN doesn't have the will to do it. The US, is the enforcement arm of the UN. Without us, they are nothing more than all mouth and no way to back it up.
Another thing. With us, taking the war to them, it is causing them to concentrate on protecting their power base, more so than coming over here, which is as it should be. Unless we want war in our streets,
then we need to continue doing what it takes to have them fight wars, in their streets.
Mind you, I don't like war, but I don't like someone killing innocent people, just because they are jealous of what we have, and what they are lacking, because of what they choose to believe.
You see, this particular war, has serious spiritual overtones. The terrorists, are fighting, what they call, a jihad (holy war). All of them, are of the Muslim belief, or Islamic. Now, I don't pretend to know all of the beliefs of all Muslims, so I am not going to say all Muslims are like these terrorist, but the terrorists believe that all people on this earth, that are not Muslim, or Islamic, are infidels, and thus need to be converted or destroyed. They also carry the belief, that in a jihad, if they get killed, either in combat, or through acts of suicide attacks, they will go straight to Heaven, and in the case of the men, will have a multitude of virgins.
Now, of all the so-called infidel nations on this earth, it is the United States, and its Christian beliefs, that really infuriates them. Why?? Because they feel that they should be having all of the prosperity that we enjoy, because they worship, what they believe, is the only true god. They have been taught that the reason they are so poor, and destitute, is because we have taken what is rightfully theirs, for ourselves. Their religious leaders, steadily indoctrinate them, from the time they are infants, that the United States, and Israel, are the two biggest enemies they have, and must be destroyed, by any means necessary.
What makes them really susceptible to these teachings, is that they are kept in a state of poverty, by their leaders. If you will notice, it is the leaders who have most of the wealth, whether they be dictators, or Imams (religious leaders). Ignorance, is the real culprit in the indoctrination. As long as their leaders can keep them ignorant as to what is the real cause of their misery, then they can keep the upper hand on, and control, them.
What the terrorists' leaders don't want, is for their people to be exposed to a way of life, that will help them see, who their real enemy is. After all, if they were to find out that their leaders, have been using them, and sending their sons on suicide missions, all for the purpose of keeping their control over them, then these
leaders would be certainly put to death.
Our policy in Iraq, is to free them from the tyranny of these leaders, and educate them, so that they can run their own lives, and grow to be a democratically run people, just like we are. And, as they grow to be more and more independent they can start to grow in to a nation, where everyone has freedom to choose their own life, and prosper from it. When that happens, threats to our own security, will diminish drastically.
People in this nation, only see one picture, which is quite comical, but sad, and that is, 'it's a war for oil.' These are the same people, mind you, that consistently complain about the high prices they are paying for gasoline, and yet, refuse to demand their political leaders do something to reduce our dependence on oil supplies from other countries. We have more than enough oil under this nation to bring the price of gas to below $1.00 a gallon, but these same leaders, block any attempt by the Republicans, to tap in to it, because of animal rights, and environmentalist legislation.
When Hussein, invaded Kuwait, he showed us, just what he could do, and the threat that he posed, not only to his neighbors, but to us, as well. He had plans to invade Saudi Arabia, as well. And if left unchecked, he would have carried them out, and forced this nation to have to pay exorbitant amounts for oil, thus driving us all in to bankruptcy, and poverty. Can you imagine gas selling for $5.00 a gallon?? That would be quite possible. And not only that, but every other product that is manufactured or shipped, using oil, or its by products. Prices on everything would skyrocket, and millions of people would end up out of work.
People want to jump all over Bush, for going after Hussein, based on trumped up charges, when he was acting on information, given him by the Clinton administration, and the CIA, which is headed by a Clinton appointee. So, in my book, Clinton is more responsible for this mess, than Bush ever could be.
The war in Iraq, is a lot better than a war in the US.
We need to think about this. God has blessed this nation. And one of the greatest blessings that we have, is our freedom. But, freedom does not come without cost. It requires, sometimes, blood, sweat, and tears. And we have to be willing to pay that price. Remember, Jesus Christ, paid that price, for our freedom, so why shouldn't we????