“All Fall Short”, but be careful not to “Fall Short”?

(Romans 3:23) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Un)Comfortably Falling Short - Sean Heritage

I assume the above verse is fairly familiar with most Christians, as it is used by Christians sharing the gospel with the lost and in conversation concerning the difficulty of living the Christian life. In the first instance, appropriate use is more than reasonable as it causes the lost person to focus on Christ as the only means of salvation.

In the second instance, that of understanding and walking throguh the difficulties of the Christian life, using Romans 3:23 is not appropriate; in fact, if not careful, we can justify a fall away from God. Consider Hebrews  12:15.

(Hebrews 12:15) looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;

From one verse we are told “all fall short” and from the other we are instructed to be careful not to “fall short“. Without prayer and further digging it would seem the verses are in contradiction. I assure you they are not.

As we do some digging, we will find that the surrounding context of these verses explains their use and focus in our walk of faith. One speaks of our entry into the kingdom and the other our need to grow in Christian maturity for the sake of our relationship to God, after already entering in.

ROMANS 3:23: NO ONE HITS THE HEIGHTS OF HIS GLORY BUT CHRIST

Romans 3:23 comes from a section of scripture where the inspired writer, Paul, is dealing with Christians of Jewish background in the church of Rome. Paul’s audience for his Holy Spirit inspired letter to the Romans was a majority of Jewish Christians and a minority of Gentile Christians. Both groups seemed to not like the other.

Through the first ten chapters of Romans, Paul leans heavily on the Jewish contingent, who believed themselves more spiritual; because of their Jewish ethnicity and former religion. By the time we get to chapter 11 Paul warns even the Gentile Christians in the fellowship, not to become prideful or risk being cut off for unbelief.

In the third chapter of Romans, Paul gives the doctrinal bomb that blows apart the Jewish Christians mix of faith in Christ plus their own righteousness, as a means of their salvation. The Holy Spirit lays this to waste in verses 20-26.

(Romans 3:20-26) Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

From this powerful passage of scripture we understand why no person can be justified by the deeds of the law… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. in this context, how do we define “the glory of God”.

In simple terms we understand that because all have sinned, none measure up to God’s standard of righteousness needed to be in His presence, except the Lord Jesus Himself. Let’s dig a bit further.

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Our Lord Jesus, in Hebrews 1:1-3, is referred to as the “brightness of His glory“. We understand that when we see Christ we see all that can be understood, grasped, or experienced by men of God’s glory and greatness. In this we also understand that Christ Himself is the Judge, concerning who is in or out of the kingdom II Timothy 4:1.

In addition to this we understand from Matthew 5:17 that Jesus came to fulfill the law, and that the law itself was given to reveal man’s sin (Romans 7:7) and our need for the One who would perfectly fulfill the law and come to be our atonement… JESUS CHRIST our LORD!

(2 Corinthians 5:21) For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Jesus Himself is the standard, the only atonement. Therefore He is the mark we fall short of because He is the only perfectly righteous fulfiller of the law. Therefore using Romans 3:23 in witness to Christ’s atonement and our inability to save ourselves is appropriate.

That being said, when Christians use it inappropriately in witness, we can stifle the ultimate purpose of salvation, which is not our entrance into heaven (which makes it about us rather), but about our total new creation transformation from glory to glory (When we all get to heaven!). Please read II Corinthians 3:18; I Thessalonians 5:23; I Peter 1:13-16.

Most often, Romans 3:23 is used inappropriately when a well meaning Christian is talking about sin and wants to reassure the lost person that they are just like them. In those cases, “I’m not saying I’m perfect. Ya know, all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” and in that same vein, “I still sin all the time“.

In both cases the person is misusing a passage of scripture for whatever reason. Romans 3:23 deals with the inability of a person to save themselves and directs them to the only Person who can save them, which is Christ. Yes, this salvation brings us justification (not guilty before God), but Romans 6 declares that it brings us new life in Christ, where we are able, by the Holy Spirit, to choose to yield to righteousness and refuse unrighteousness or sin (Please read Romans 6:23).

So yes, we do fall short of God’s standard, but Jesus Christ does not! That said, Romans 3:23 is not a passage for us to find solidarity in justifying the practice of sin. I John 3:4-9, which I have previously written on, declares that those who continue to practice sin are not born of God. Although we do miss the mark, we are being sanctified by the Spirit and we practice righteousness as the principal of the life of children of God.

This is where we receive the admonition of Hebrews 12:15 and where we will see a distinction in “fall short of the glory of God”  and not “to fall short of the grace of God

HEBREWS 12:15: BE CAREFUL NOT TO UNDERMINE THE PURPOSE OF GRACE

(Hebrews 12:15) looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;

You’ll notice that the falling short in Hebrews 12:15 is not falling short of “the glory of God” but falling short of “the grace of God“. In order to understand the distinction we must dive into some context.

The book of Hebrews is written to Christians who are ethnically Jewish. These followers of Christ are beginning to experience the sting of persecution at varying levels. Judaizers are threatening them and promising to take them back if they leave Jesus Christ and His followers, going back to Old Testament Judaism.

The balance of the book of Hebrews is to warn them not to forsake assembling of themselves together for any reason; to do so is willful sin of the highest degree: which will trample the Son of God under foot, count the blood of the covenant, by which they were sanctified, a common thing, and insult the Spirit of grace. To do so was to place oneself out of Christ and under the judgment of God (Hebrews 10:25-31).

In chapter 12, we see the inspired writer warning the hearers, that their suffering is not as bad as they are making it out to be (Hebrews 12:3-4). In this warning they are admonished to see the persecutions as God the Father’s loving discipline, allowed to make them more like Christ (Hebrews 12:5-10). This is declared, even though it is acknowledged, that although God’s love through discipline is good, necessary and transformative (in holiness), it is still painful.

Into this context we then read…

(Hebrews 12:12-17) Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.

In the context of the Book of Hebrews and specifically chapter 12 we understand falling short of the glory of God, as falling short of the promises and implications of His grace throguh Christ Jesus. What are the promises and implications of His grace?

  1. Living as a child of God in His love through discipline.
  2. Enduring in His love and with His Church regardless of risk
  3. Living as a holy and separated servant of God.
  4. Living as a life giving peacemaker, rather than a bitter person who sows discord.

In short, falling short of His grace, is to fall short of God’s expectation for those whom receive the gift of grace He gives in His Son’s cross and resurrection. This is where we see an intersection from Romans 6:1-14, I Thessalonians 5:23 and I Peter 1:13-16.

We must remember that we do not keep our salvation by perfect execution of any of the above four characteristics or scriptures’ quoted, but we do grow in grace and execution by His Spirit, when we pursue those very things, and refuse to get bitter when times are tough, taking them as God’s loving discipline.

Although none of us can hit the mark of God’s glory, for all have sinned, once we receive the grace of God, we must pursue Him and His purposes or fall short of the purpose of His grace. To do that is to fall away and be at risk (Hebrews 6:4-6; 10:25-31, Romans 11:19-23; Join 15:1-6).

So, although we all fall short, we must be careful not to fall short!

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Eddie and Jimi are Not Jamming Tonight!

This past Monday, October 5th, saw the death of perhaps the most influential and commercially successful guitarist in rock history, Eddie Van Halen. Of course that statement can be debated, but I know a little something about the pop culture over the last 70 years. Though I essentially left the secular music scene over two decades ago, I have seen and heard most of the so called “greatest guitarists”. Being a musician myself, I have kept up with guitar innovations. Eddie Van Halen rivaled the influence of Jimi Hendrix, if not surpassing it, in both areas.

What I am about to write is not coming from a fan boy perspective, but is a call to discernment and holy action, for the purpose of dispelling false information about those who die outside of Christ. Below is a short video of some of his playing. For the context of this article take a quick look.

1984 0TH ANNIVERSARY Van Halen

Let me begin with a little nostalgia. On March 16th 1984, my mother bought me my first full album on cassette. It was the multi-platinum Van Halen album “1984” (pictured to the left). With a cover like that to the left, I question my Mom’s discernment, but to say I was blown away, addicted, and totally overcome, is an understatement. My life over the next 13 years, until being saved in 1997, was marked by my life in baseball and the music that held me together. The latter actually being more important. I would purchase every Van Halen album until 1998. They were a mainstay in my musical training and enjoyment.

That being said, lets examine the response to Eddie Van Halen’s death.

After finding out of this man’s passing, I had my own response. A bit of sadness welled up in my heart. Let’s face the facts, Eddie Van Halen’s music was sort of the sound track of my life, or how I wanted it to be before I knew Jesus; even though I grew up around church. That sadness turned to grief, over the death of another soul, who was very talented, but wasted his youth and health partying it all away. Though he had money, a talented child, and all the influence anyone would ever desire, he died of cancer, the same as over a hundred other souls everyday; many who are as lost as Eddie Van Halen. 

One might say “Well Mike, you’re judging”. Well, not really. Jesus declares that we are known by our fruit (Matthew 7:219-23). This fruit is generated by the Holy Spirit in  those who repent, walk in faith, and leave the world behind (Galatians 5:22). As much as I can say with confidence that this man’s talent was supreme, his talent was wasted. Think with me for one moment of the sway he had over the crowd above, while shredding on a guitar. That charisma is the gift of God, I believe that no matter what he would have done, that gift of leading was his to use for God’s purposes. Sadly, he did not use it for Christ. That to me is very sad.

What is even more saddening is the responses of other rock-n-roll stars and celebrities. Make no mistake, these people and their comments drive what the masses actually believe when it comes to the after life.

“I’m just devastated to hear the news of the passing of my dear friend Eddie Van Halen. He fought a long and hard battle with his cancer right to the very end. Eddie was one of a very special kind of person, a really great friend. Rest In Peace my dear friend till we meet again.”

Tommi Iommi “Black Sabbath”

Just when I thought 2020 couldn’t get any worse, I hear Eddie Van Halen has passed. So shocking- One of the nicest, down to Earth men I have ever met and toured with. A true gent and true genius. RIP

Geezer Butler “Black Sabbath”

“Feeling deep sadness and overwhelming appreciation. The appreciation and love for him is bigger though. Let’s take a minute and try to imagine our world if he never showed up. It’s unthinkable. Thank you King Edward.”

Steve Vai

There will be many words written and spoken about Eddie Van Halen over the next few days, months, and years. Those words will never come close to expressing what he meant to rock music, what he meant to guitarists, and what he meant to the guitar itself. Rest easy sir

Steve Gorman “Black Crows”

RIP Eddie Van Halen. Van Halen were a tremendous influence on both Vinnie & Dime & Pantera. Hopefully they are all rocking out together now!

Pantera

Whether you were blessed to have known him or not, He was a kind and gentle soul… His impact on ALL our lives was immeasurable! His music, eternal! My deepest sympathies to the Van Halen family… Love you Ed

Gary Cherone “Extreme” “Van Halen”

Can’t believe Eddie Van Halen is gone. He was born to be great! There’s a huge band somewhere in Heaven and I think I know who’s playing lead.

Tom Hamilton “Areosmith”

In reading the above tweets we have “rest in peace”, “till we meet again”, “hopefully their rocking out together”, “There’s a huge band in heaven and I think I know who’s playing lead”, “His music is eternal”, “Rest easy sir”, and “Thank you King Edward”. Someone suggested in a tweet that Eddie Van Halen and Jimi Hendrix are playing an enteral solo together. I would ask, for whom?  None of their music was remotely in line with God’s glory or holiness.  I would know.  No, they are not playing guitar together.

It would seem these rock stars either ascribe to the school of everyone goes to a better place or AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” lyric… “Go’in down, party time, my friends are going to be their soon”. Both are wrong, but both are very popular ideas among our neighbors and friends, even many who claim to be Christians. To me this is maddening. 

In the first place, eternity with Christ is about being with Christ, not getting your rock star vibe on forever in the clouds. We must remember that…

Hebrews 9:27-28 (NKJV) And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

For those who truly follow the Lord Jesus Christ, our judgment happened for us in His cross, where “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (II Corinthians 5:21). Therefore, for those who die in Christ, “absent from the body is present with the Lord” (II Corinthians 5:8). I’m pretty sure those commenting above are not referring to this truth when they proclaim “Rest easy sir” or “R.I.P.”

In fact, what is the state of those who are outside of Christ, whether they be atheists, good moral religionists, hard partying rock stars, Satanists, or those who simply are living their life just trying to get by? Jesus tells us they are in Hades, a temporary place where they are conscious, but not in comfort. Jesus’ revelation of this truth occurs in (Luke 16:19-31).

In what some deem a parable and others an actual account, we find a beggar who possessed faith in Abrahams bosom. Abraham’s bosom was the place where the Old Testament saints, who believe in the Messiah to come and trusted in God, were kept until Jesus was raised from the dead. They were in comfort, but awaiting Christ. When Jesus rose from the dead, they went to heaven with Him, as do all those in Christ now immediately.

Those who did not trust in God, like the rich man, were kept in another part of Hades.  Scripture assures us there is nothing pleasant about that place, as they still are awaiting final judgment.

Luke 16:24-31 (NKJV) “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’ “Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ Abraham said to him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.'”

For those awaiting the final judgment there is no music, no party, no comfort; just a conscious existence in regret awaiting their deserved punishment for not obeying the Gospel of God.

2 Thessalonians 1:8-10 (NKJV) in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.

So there is no peace, no rest, and no remembrance  in the material world (forever as they say) or in the place of the dead, of what made them so great upon the earth.

Psalms 34:16 (NKJV) The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

Proverbs 11:7 (NKJV) When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish, And the hope of the unjust perishes.

The reason I have written this is because even Christians get caught in useless sentimentality at these times, rather than speaking the truth in love. Consider comments made by Michael Sweet of the Christian band Stryper..

No words can express what the world has lost. Eddie Van Halen meant more to me than I could ever express and I’m absolutely devastated by the news of his passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Van Halen family and I wish them all peace and healing. There will never be another, ever. RIP- Eternal Love & Respect

Honestly, I like Michael Sweet and his band’s music, a lot, but he behaves as if losing Eddie Van Halen is devastating to a world on fire, with sin, death, and loss of hope. Consider his statements in light of a sister in Christ I had the privilage to pastor for 6 1/2 years.

In this woman, I was amazed to see God heal her and transform her into a walking, talking, loving, joyful Jesus machine. As she has struggled to live with cancer, which has now progressed to almost taking her life, she has continued to share her love for God, in Christ Jesus. In the times we are living, or any time, the loss of a saint, like my sister in Christ Raylene, is a devastating loss to the world and to the church. But alas, when she finally closes her eyes in this life, she will open them to the face of Christ.

May Eddie Van Halen’s death awaken the church to speak the truth in love about what is coming to those who do not obey the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let us have His truth to speak and change the conversation from “How sad it is about Eddie” to “ESCAPE THE WRATH TO COME! Repent and follow Christ, who alone is the guarantee of eternal life.

 

 

 

 

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Bold Faced LIES… The Pope, Ministers of Unrighteousness!

In the video below a grieving 11 year old boy, asks pope Francis where his dead father is. The boys father was an atheist. Begin watching at the 2:13 mark. 

Without discernment, one may find inspiration or comfort in the words of pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church. To any follower of Christ, led by the Holy Spirit, filled with a knowledge of the word of God, and exercising discernment, Francis’ words are complete LIES. The problem, is that most American Christians lack discernment and may be caught up in a wave of good intention and miss speaking the truth in love, or be too afraid to voice it.

For me, a man raised in the Roman Catholic Church, but rescued through salvation in Christ, Francis’ words are Bold Faced LIES, spoken by one of Satan’s ministers of unrighteousness. These lies come from an apostate religion, which is the “greatest forgery Lucifer ever created”. Below is a quote from Leonard Ravenhill. 

“America would shake from coast to coast in twenty four hours if some preacher anointed with the Holy Ghost, gave the Roman Catholic Church a broadside! …These priests who dope men’s souls, these idolatrous “masses”, these Calvary eclipsing prayers to Mary, these miserable millions cheated in life and death by the greatest forgery Lucifer ever made.”

(Why Revival Tarries by Leonard Ravenhill, Copyright 1959, Bethany House Publishers, Pages 39-40)

Make no mistake, Ravenhill was not embellishing in His criticism.

After committing my life to Christ, over 23 years ago, I remained in the Roman Catholic Church for another year and a half. This was God’s will. Every word the priest spoke, was held to the scriptural test. Every doctrine I was taught, revealed as true or false, based on the word of God. What I found was a satanic religious system of men, with enough truth to make the best lies in the world of religion. The RCC is a system where Satan is disguised as an angel of light and his ministers disguised as ministers of righteousness (II Corinthians 11:14-15). 

In relation to the video above, it is important to understand the pope made up his answer in total. There is not one scriptural support for a good and moral atheist or good and moral religionist, earning a place in God’s eternal kingdom. In fact, the word of God instructs us absolutely contrary. 

Romans 3:20-26 (NKJV) Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Here we see that no person can attain God’s mark or the standard required to earn salvation. Being good, morally or religiously means nothing in meriting entrance to heaven. This is also Old Testament truth as one we read in Psalm 14:1-3, Isaiah 53:6 and Isaiah 64:6. To balance that truth Christians must understand that repentance and faith are the way we receive salvation by grace through faith; it is a free gift. However, we maintain and grow in our relationship to Christ, through obedience to His word, by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.

That being said, Francis lied to this little boy; the effects of which will have tragic consequences, because He has built a foundation of sand, rather than one on the Rock of the word of God.

In the first place, let’s understand that atheists deny the existence of God. To be honest, it has been my experience that atheists are not only blinded by their own arrogance, but intellectually dishonest about God. Atheists tend to hold great anger against organized religion and warp God’s word to justify their ungodly anger. They directly fall into the devolution of many in Romans 1:18-23.

Romans 1:18-22 (NKJV) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools

This of course lines up “The fool has said in their heart ‘There is no God”‘ from Psalm 14:1. To imply that a person who denies God’s existence will not be left out of heaven, because he was a good daddy is a complete fabrication. 

It is as if Francis has not read the words of Christ who even profess to him on the last day “Lord, Lord, have we not…“, to which Jesus replies “Depart from me you workers of iniquity I never knew you” (Matthew 7:21-23). It appears that Francis has never read or forgotten II Peter 1:20-21, where we find that scripture “is not for any private interpretation“, because the Holy Spirit is its Author, Inspirer and Interpreter. It would appear that Francis does not care about God’s command that we not add to or take from the written word of God (Deuteronomy 4:2, 12:32; Revelations 22:18

You may be surprised to know that Roman Catholic doctrine reflects the pope’s purposeful errors and falsehood. In fact their doctrine purports that whatever the pope declares in morals and doctrine, is infallible and inerrant, as he is the “vicar” of Christ. The word “vicar” means in the place of, therefore the pope, not the Church, is the visible manifestation of Christ on the earth (in the RCC’s warped view). This one unbiblical doctrine has led to the bastardization of Christianity, which led the world into the dark ages.

It is for this purpose I am writing a series of blogs concerning the Apostate Roman Catholic Church and its lies and false doctrines, in comparison with the faith once delivered to the saints in God’s word. This will be coming soon.

How does this relate to those of us who follow Christ? In a big way!

As defined in my last series on end-times Babylon, we understand it to be a system which allows for a multiplicity of gods, faiths and religious practice under the umbrella of one God. It is true this unholy synergy has existed in the Roman Catholic Church from its inception, but it also exists in the United States. This system thrives in our civil religion, where all faiths are welcome and at this hour supposedly protected.

I would argue the U.S. system to be more prolific because of its economic and military reach. The point is, how would you have responded to the boy?  I will agree that tact and candor are important, but speaking the truth in love, from God’s word truthfully, is essential.

Without apology, we must proclaim that all have been born into sin (Romans 3:23: Isaiah 64:6). That is until the Almighty Father begot the enteral Word of God as the Son of God (Psalm 2:7; Isaiah 7:14; John 1:1-5, 14). He was born into flesh, for the purpose of dealing with our sin; without which all would be destined for the second death. This was accomplished by having man’s sin tortured into His own sinless body, because God’s justice required a sacrificial atonement (Isaiah 53:5; Romans 6:23; Colossians 2:15-17).

No amount of good can overcome our sin; save the perfect righteousness of Christ. This is why we need the cross and resurrection of Jesus (Romans 5:8-12). The only way to receive this gift of salvation is through humble repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ’s atonement, resurrection and Person (John 1:12-13). This is truth. Can you share this with a hurting little boy, or are we ashamed of the gospel, afraid of offending, or scared to be seen as dis-compassionate.

To lie, even if it is in an effort to comfort a little boy, is to guarantee he will not only speak the same lie, but potentially turn away from God as an atheist himself. If there is no consequence for unbelief (which there is Romans 11; Hebrews 3:6 through Hebrews 4:4), than why follow Christ at all?

In my next blog, we will look at the afterlife muck of the world we live in, how it is formed, and how we combat it, through the death of a rock-n-roll icon.

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“My Children, ESCAPE from Babylon!” [Rome/America? Part 4]

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MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

Revelation 17:1-5 (NKJV) 

Over the course of our discussion concerning end-times Babylon, we have discovered it to be the last days one world government and religion, working together under the rule of the Antichrist. Our discussion has explored a few other possibilities searching for the likely identity of Babylon, if we are indeed living in the last days. Of those the most plausible are the European Union with a Roman Catholic Church as the one world religion. I write that they are plausible, but not likely, for neither have the economic clout, nor governmental and military control necessary in the end-times Babylon. 

We have discussed briefly the possibility of the roman Catholic Church serving a similar role, with the United States as the end-times Babylon, but that is not a necessary leap, because the United States already has a civil religion, believed by most Americans. The 1st Amendment to the constitution, in fact guarantees it, when it reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of a religion or prohibit the free exercise thereof”. 

If you doubt my assessment, hear from a democratic congressman Joe Manchin from West Virginia, concerning the questions of ones religion in the coming Supreme Court confirmation hearings… 

“No. We are who we are, how we were raised, where we were raised, and who raised us,” Manchin said. “That being said, whether you’re Catholic, whether you’re Protestant, whether you’re Jewish, evangelical, whatever it may be, God bless you. You worship who you want. You worship how you want. You worship the same God, all of us do.”

Manchin’s comments are what most in this nation believe concerning God, whether Catholic, Protestant, evangelical, Hindu, Jewish or moderate Islam.  One nation with many paths than lead to the same God, who is transcendent, but not imminent on His creation. This idea is foul to anyone who is a true follower of Jesus Christ, but this idea was sacred to the founding fathers of this nation and as we will discover is the very religious character of the end-times Babylon. Today we will explore why this is the case.

PASS ME THE BACON  TO SPRINKLE ON MY FREE MASONRY

Without spending the next year itemizing how pervasive free masonry had been and is in the founding of the United States and its dominance in the world, we will take a birds eye view, and look to as many details as we can. My opinion for the possibility of America being the end-times Babylon, is founded on years of prayerful study of Revelation 16-18 and the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel, as occasionally well times books, concerning topics related to free masonry, world religion and world and American history.

I would recommend two books helpful in understanding the founding of the nation and its founders: “Apollyon Rising” by Thomas Horn and “The Final Babylon, America and the Coming Antichrist” by Douglas Krieger, Dene McGriff and S. Douglass Woodward.

Many Americans, in error believe the first permanent settlement to be in Plymouth Massachusetts with the pilgrims. The first settlement of Jamestown Virginia, actually predates Henry Hudson’s discovery of Manhattan Island, by two years in 1607.

Key to the settlement of Jamestown was the Virginian Company organized and invested in by one Sir Francis Bacon. Bacon was both masonic and an occultist, who’s influence was almost synonymous among the founders, due to his 1626 book “New Atlantis”. In “New Atlantis” he envisions what will take place on the North American continent. Below is a quote from “The Final Babylon” concerning Bacon’s vision, none of which would exist for centuries.

It is to be a society described in Bacon’s prescient The New Atlantis whose structures reached to the heavens, wherein flying machines and weapons of mass destruction would be built (and incessant pleasures and entertainment abound). Bacon’s vision, if not a blueprint, has many remarkable dreams (some not so pleasant) that have come true, including the magnification of sounds and animal experimentation for the benefit of humanity.

Krieger, Douglas W.. The Final Babylon: America and the Coming of Antichrist (p. 117). Book Ministry. Kindle Edition.

The reason this is important is that Bacon’s occult and masonic influence were foundational to George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. All three had ties to free masonry and aligned with Bacon’s view point of marrying (corrupting) Christianity and paganism, because all three were deists and among those called Rosicrucian. Though this sounds nefarious, it is none the less true, as we shall see later in this piece. 

Considering Bacon’s vision, can anyone disagree with the fact that America has risen with its buildings reaching the sky, flying machines filling the skies, incessant pleasure and entertainment abounding, and perhaps most chilling, that which place the United States at the head of nations: weapons of mass destruction (in being the only nation to unleash the atomic bomb on another nation).

In fact, the only two founders who were remotely what would be called “born again” Christian’s today, were John Jay and Alexander Hamilton, the latter having a penchant for duels; one of which would take his life.

Where we can see this influence best is in our national symbols, most of which are wholly pagan. Understanding this in light of America’s potential to be the end-times Babylon, is essential, because of the myth that the United States was chosen by God to be a New Testament Israel of sorts. Let’s begin.

This is why it is important we understand, that In the earliest designs of the seal, the first bird was not an eagle but the mythological “phoenix”; which signifies “the new world order” rising from the ashes of Atlantis, at least in the thinking of free masonry. The eagle also adds other nods to the masonic perspective with 32 feathers on the right wing signifying 32 degrees of ascendency in the Scottish right and 33 on the left wing corresponding with the 33rd degree for outstanding service. The 9 tail feathers also corresponded with the 9 degrees of the York right of masonry. For times sake we’ll skip over other problematic sections in the front of the Great Seal for the reverse of the seal is very disturbing for a nation that would be “Christian.”

Let’s begin with the “all seeing eye” on the uncompleted pyramid. This is significant and chilling, because it is not a Biblical idea of divinity. Let me repeat there is not one shred of Judeo-Christian symbolism in the pyramid or the “all seeing eye”.

The “all seeing eye” is that of Horus, the Egyptian deity, in fact there is no place in scripture where God is referred to with the “all-seeing eye”, although it speaks of “His eyes beholding”. Horus is the son of Isis and Osiris (same gods Nimrod, Semiramis and their son Tammuz).   In the Egyptian myth, Osiris is cut to pieces by his brother. Isis retrieves her husbands pieces, especially his manhood (the reason Egypt is filled with obelisks like the Washington monument) and is able to conceive Horus. This becomes very troubling for us considering the great seal.

The pyramid is the sacred burial chambers of the Egyptian gods, especially Osiris. The reason that the pyramid is uncapped, especially considering free masonry, is because Osiris must be raised to complete the new world order (“Novus Ordo Seclorum”). This idea has taken place on a particular day the United States, in a ritual meaning to bestow power on a particular person. During the inauguration of the president of the United States, the masons perform a “super ritual” to “Raise Osiris” into the president. This has been going on, since the beginning of the nation. All of this, in the seal takes place under the all seeing eye of Horus, who “approves of this undertaking” (annuit coeptis)

At this point, some of my readers may think I need to take off my tinfoil conspiracy hat, but in light of what you are about to discover, you may want to place one upon your head as well. Let’s consider “The Apotheosis of George Washington”.

WHY IS GEORGE WASHINGTON HANG’IN OUT WITH ROMAN GODS?

If we are a Christian nation, why is our first president seated on a throne in heaven among the Roman gods Columbia (freedom), Minerva (crafts and wisdom), Neptune (god of the sea), Mercury (commence), Vulcan (fire forge weapons), Ceres (agriculture)? Because the designer of the painting, which is in the dome of the United States Capital, saw the revelations aided by these false deities. 

To take this a step further, the U.S. capitol itself is of a Roman design and that design is feminine, in that it represents a womb. In isolation, that may be meaningless, but west of the capital building is the Washington Monument. 

The Washington Monument is an Egyptian obelisk, or symbol of the male sex organ, which by the way measurers 6660 inches tall and 666.0 inches in width at its base. When the sun sets in the nations capitol, a shadow is cast in the dome of the Capitol building, a representation of the womb of Rome’s mother goddess.  

To take this just a step further, we see the Monument flanked to the west by the Reflecting Pool, which has for a motto “As it is above so it is below”, which is a masonic nod to sacred geometry. West of the pool is the Lincoln Memorial which is an actual replication of a Greek temple to Zeus, only to our 16th president. 

There has been much teaching concerning Antichrist coming from a revived Roman Empire in the Europe. At this time his is not plausible in continental Europe. It is plausible in America, which grew exponentially during the immigration boom of the late 1880’s through the midpoint of the 20th century in America.

Without exhausting you with more buildings having pagan meaning or design (there are plenty), or examining the masonic design of Washington D.C., it is enough to understand that American symbols definitely are in line with more than a few of the founders beliefs and the public persona of the nation. This is problematic for those who declare America founded on Judeo/Christian values, when there is no one overt national symbol or building that is overtly Christian, in it’s first capitol New York City or in Washington D.C. today. Given this context the 1st Amendment can be see for what it is.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”.

The founders of the United States did not use the Bible to make its governing documents. As reflected in our national symbols, they formed a syncretistic government, modeled in governance after a Roman Republic and it’s law from the Greek philosophical system.  Both function well, when held together with civil religion where many gods were welcome. We must remember that the motto of the U.S. until the early 1950’s was “E pluribus unum” meaning “out of many one”. 

This philosophy lines up well with the free masonry; remembering that free-masons are fine with the Bible, as one of their sacred texts, along with the Koran (Muslim), Dhammapada (Buddhist), The Gita (Hindu), The Zenda Avesta (Persian Zoroastrianism).

So how does this line up with America potentially being the end-times Babylon? Remember that Babylon is THE world power, which has influence through military, culture, economy and religion. Its religion appears united under the guise of one God, which is a generic term, allowing for all gods, under the Mother of all Harlots.

When we are unmoored from the myth that America’s was founded on Christian principals and to be a Christian nation, we can then exercise discernment concerning the call of the Lord to “Flee from Babylon”; a call to flee dependence upon its principals and practices.

We must remember that Babylon, like Israel, is chosen by God, but not for its own benevolence. That and more will be discussed in my concluding post on “My Children, ESCAPE from Babylon!”

 

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“My Children, ESCAPE from Babylon!” [Conclusion]

At last we reach the final article in “My Children, ESCAPE from Babylon!”. We began at Babel and now finish up in the United States of America. Over the last few postings, we have debunked some of the popular myths of the founding of America, looked at its commercial, religious, military, and governmental influence worldwide. We have come to understand that America is the nerve center of the world’s economy and government and that no nation rivals its reach militarily.

(If you have not read my last post, you may want to stop and click this link first https://4rs4thechurch.com/2020/09/30/my-children-escape-from-babylon-rome-america-part-4/)

We have uncovered the masonic vision for what would come to be the United States of America, from Francis Bacon’s book “New Atlantis” and how influential this vision was on the founders of this nation. In looking at only a few of our national symbols (and there are multitudes more), we can see that the system of government was formed not from biblical texts, but as a syncretism of the Roman republican system and the democratic Greek city state systems.

Please understand, none of what I have written causes me anything but tears and grief. Though I want these things not to be true, they are.

THREE COMMON OBJECTIONS TO AMERICA AS BABYLON

When discussing this topic with the brethren, two common objections usually arise to America being end-times Babylon. The first is the objection  that the United States has sent more missionaries into the world than any other nation. Therefore, this indicates God’s special favor.

It may be true, that in the last 70 years or more missionaries have come from America than any other nation, but we must not be revisionist in our history; the church has been in existence for 2000 years. Are we sure we are the most prolific? For instance, do we really account for how many missionaries had been sent out from Europe over the last 1500 years? Or the Catholic church for that matter? They send missionaries as well, and all over the world.

This brings me to another point in this objection. The Catholic church is the largest missions sending organization in the world, yet they are not sending missionaries with the true gospel. In comparison, missionaries coming from America have been and are many, but in a nation with thousands of denominational divisions, are we always sending the faith once delivered to the saints, or our denominations version of it?

It is true that many have gone for the cause of Christ, but over the last forty years it is equally clear that missions to other nations from the church in America are increasingly exporting a version of the gospel that is more tainted with our Americanism, than it is the pure faith once delivered to the saints, in many cases.

Along the lines of this objection, let us also include in our mission’s numbers thousands of missionaries preaching heresy: Jehovah’s Witness, Mormonism, and prosperity Gospel.

The freedom afforded Christ’s Church to make a huge gospel impact upon the world’s lost population, has also afforded opportunity for the greatest sending forth of false gospel missionaries as well.

Let us also consider that the same civil rights afforded Christians to propagate the gospel, have also guaranteed the production of smut, in entertainment that has corrupted the U.S. population as well as the world. Therefore, this first objection breaks apart.  Christians in America would do well to remember that the United States Government does not send missionaries nor does the general rank and file of the American population; the Church of Jesus Christ does.

A second objection to America being the end-times Babylon is that the nation is more prosperous than any nation in the history of the world. This reveals God’s hand of blessing.

The abundance of material wealth is not always an indication of the blessing of God, but it is a hindering factor in relating to God often (read Genesis 15:1-2; Mark 10:17-27; I Timothy 6:9-11). When prosperity is sown into a nation, it becomes deadly, almost as a rule.

Ezekiel 16:48-50 (NKJV) “As I live,” says the Lord GOD, “neither your sister Sodom nor her daughters have done as you and your daughters have done. Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me; therefore I took them away as I saw fit.

Remember that at the time of O.T. Babylon’s height of power, they were the singular world power, and materially wealthy like no other.

The third objection arises that the United States is not mentioned by name in the prophetic writings, therefore it must be gone or irrelevant, when Babylon arises. This objection through silence does not fit in the least. Consider, that Rome was not mentioned by name in the O.T. writings of the prophets, but many have no doubt that they are alluded to in the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar, in Daniel 2.

Rome is seen in the statue in the king’s dream with far less obvious characterization, than given of end-times Babylon, in the Book of Revelation. Despite that fact, at the time of the writing of Revelation, Rome would have been seen as Babylon by the first century saints, having lined up with the bible’s characterization.

Therefore, the objection of America not being named by name, as proof she is not end-times Babylon is debunked. Let us now turn to how Babylon rises.

End-times Babylon is chosen by God, just as the most prolific form of Babylon, under Nebuchadnezzar, was chosen by God. Below is a list of scripture revealing this truth.

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  1. (Daniel 2:20-21) Daniel speaking in Babylon, declares that God raises up kings and puts them down.
  2. (Habakkuk 1:5-7) To the prophet’s dismay, the LORD reveals Babylon (the Chaldeans) to be His choice to correct Israel.
  3. (Jeremiah 25:6-9) The LORD declares King Nebuchadnezzar as “My Servant” to chasten Israel.
  4. (Jeremiah 28:14) The LORD declares He raised up Babylon and Nebuchadnezzar, for the purpose of humbling the nations.
  5. (Jeremiah 50 and 51) The LORD reveals He allowed the prosperity of Babylon, for the purpose of humbling nations and Israel. They were His “hammer over the whole earth”. These two chapters reveal Babylon was a golden cup in the LORD’s hand to make the nations, who rebel against Him, drunk. These chapters reveal Babylon’s economic, religious, cultural, and military dominance.

In the above passages, we see that Babylon was specifically chosen by God, and when their calling was complete, the LORD dealt with their arrogance, murder, pride, greed, and immorality. What we read in the above passages is also true of end-times Babylon, as revealed in Revelation 17 and 18. End-times Babylon is chosen by God to place a role.

Though it pains me to say, the United States fits every characteristic of end-times Babylon.

At the conclusion of the very beautifully written and researched book “The Final Babylon: America and the Coming of Antichrist”, we read…

The Final Babylon: America and the Coming of Antichrist by Douglas W.  Krieger

“The plain truth: No entity other than the U.S.A. can impose its will politically or commercially upon the entire planet—no nation exists which is beyond our conquest—in the highly unlikely event we decided to take that uncharacteristic action.

For the time being, America languishes as the sleeping giant swatting at flies. Twenty-five years ago, the economic disintegration and political demise of the former Soviet Union established America as the world’s sole surviving superpower. This hegemonic empire found herself the inheritor of all that exemplifies civilization, be it the high cultural expression of Egypt, the seductions of Sodom, the international trading empire of Phoenicia, the mystical religion of Babylon, and especially the organizational and military genius of Pax Romana.

From a military standpoint, America remains unchallenged by any singular State or alliance of nations. It has been termed the “New Roman Empire” some ten years ago by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin when unilateral and pre-emptive action against Iraq was pending… Furthermore, America has arguably waged her wars for the past half-century, more out of national interest than to diminish the threat of communism or to support the establishment of democratic freedoms in spite of socialist foes. When it came to halting racially or religiously-based genocide, America chose to intervene in the former Yugoslavia, but abstained in Rwanda and the Congo.

America remains the only power that has the capacity to make good on its political commitments while possessing the unquestioned military muscle necessary to carry the day.

This bashfully spoken and seldom overtly discussed agenda—protecting American interests, but freed from self-righteous rationalizations—has grown more pronounced over the past decade as the U.S. fought against “State-sponsored” terrorism, certainly in Iraq as well as in the war fought in Afghanistan. America’s overtly aggressive policy hides cloaked in the guise of what has been termed abstrusely as geo-political realism (a perspective suggesting we cannot wage war solely on the premise of differing values). Ultimately, it is motivated by what syndicated columnist Dr. Charles Krauthammer calls “Democratic Globalism”—”

Krieger, Douglas W.. The Final Babylon: America and the Coming of Antichrist (pp. 307-308). Book Ministry. Kindle Edition.

“Looking at the superficial if not misdirected statements made by politicians today which ignore the real motives and activities driving geo-politics. Both political parties march to the same beat when it comes to leading the country down the path to Democratic Globalism. The goal of creating a New World Order, called for by President George Bush the Elder (exactly 11 years before 9/11),[220] smacked of the centuries old idealistic ambitions of Rosicrucians, Freemasons, and even occultic groups like the Theosophists. For the time being, devious tactics seem apparent in the form of a multi-tiered program of mass media disinformation conjoined with possible false flag operations designed to frighten the American public. But to what end?”

Krieger, Douglas W.. The Final Babylon: America and the Coming of Antichrist (pp. 309-310). Book Ministry. Kindle Edition.

That is the question “But to what End?”

As we close, remember God’s call to flee from Babylon, it is our responsibility to discern what that commandment means, for we are closer to its fulfillment than ever before in history.

Revelation 18:4-5 (NKJV) And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.

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PRAYER of Praise and Commitment to Christ

MOST HIGH GOD,
Almighty LORD of all creation,
Gracious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
 
Your mercies are unending even to the most undeserving soul; of which I am chief.
 
You continue to shed grace into my life, through Christ-like brethren , who sharpen my faith—shed light by Your word when I cannot see—manifest Your comforting embrace when the trials of life have left me raw—and speak as Your voice, when I’ve grown dull to hearing.
 
For the body of Christ and brethren, who are friends who are closer than a brother, I praise your name, Most Holy God, and Father.
 
Despite multitudes of times missing the mark of Your high calling and turning left when the Spirit has led to the right; You have remained my constant Rescuer. You pursue me to sanctify, heal and release to Your peace, when pain seems my only option.
 
Through all the times I’ve come up short, as I truly pursue Your righteousness through my life by falling to carnal thought or action; You still hold me dear as Your Son through the precious blood of Christ.
 
Thank You for being faithful when I fail and patient with me when I am slow to learn spiritually; and far too often need to repeat a lesson I ought to have mastered (by Your the power of Your Spirit) long ago.
 
I rejoice in the promise of God, that these lessons are guaranteed to be real in my life, so long as I hold to my first confidence and live with a heart absolutely surrendered. Teach me by Your Spirit to surrender all to for the glory of Christ.
 
Please, my God and Father, continue in your lovingkindness to me, that I may partake of Your holiness, and be empowered by Your Spirit. Your discipline and correction, in my life, though painful, continually reveals Your present and perfect love; and my calling to be…
 
Your child
a citizen of heaven
a royal priest
a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ
 
For the glory of my Savior, I pledge to cleanse myself from all filthiness of flesh and spirit and walk toward perfecting holiness in the fear of God; that I may shine as a light in the midst of this crooked and perverse generation.
 
Whether in life or in my death, may my life give my Lord Jesus Christ, the honor and praise you deserve; that my those who encounter me will experience You as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer and my soon returning King.
 
Oh, how my heart longs for Your return, for behold You are coming in the clouds and all the tribes of the earth will mourn…
But those with this promise rejoice…
 
1 John 3:1-3 (NKJV) ​Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
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My Children, ESCAPE from Babylon! [Rome/America? Part 3]

Could America Vanish Like Babylon? Some Top Christian Leaders Think So –  The Armageddon Times

Revelation 18:24 (NKJV) And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth.”

Any scenario, where the above passage would even be possible in America, would have seemed fiction, even five years ago, but not anymore. When we consider the draconian rules invoked in the name of health and safety over the last several months and how churches are now being targeted through legal action, we must prayerfully consider the times in which we live.

Should we think the right president will continue to fight for our rights? Remember that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. The church in Germany, was convinced of Hitler’s benevolence toward them and their faith. It was not until it was too late, Christians discovered Hitler’s hate for Christ and His church.

With that in mind and considering the manifestation of the spirit of end-times Babylon, we must, with great care discern, if niceties of our current president towards people of Christian faith are sincere or simply political expediency. Why? Because he has little or no personal conviction toward Christ, or his need for Christ. Consider, that until his running for president, Christian faith and virtue in his world view was for suckers. Even now, he is willing to overlook the brutality to nations who persecute Christians (even enemy states), if it will make a buck for America and be see as a political win for him. This he does while trumpeting religious freedom in America.

Understand, this is not a political statement, but one for spiritual consideration. I realize, most U.S. presidents of the modern era, if not most of U.S. history, made deals and alliances with those who killed Christians. Russia, China (during and prior to WWII), India, Pakistan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt… Oh yeah and Israel (one of the most repressive governments against Christians; although they love tourist dollars). The point is each of those nations have the blood of the saints on their hands, and so does ours, when we work with them.

One of those nations, is specifically inclined toward Babylon in the last days. In Israel’s relationship to the United States and America’s own Masonic roots, we will discover more manifestations for end-times Babylon.

ISRAEL, BABYLON, and AMERICA

Many mistakenly assume that Israel hated Babylon. This is false assertion given the general state of Israel in the Old Testament. Long before the captivity of Israel, she had mixed her faith in YHWH with Babylonian paganism (Jeremiah 7:18, 44:15-19; Ezekiel 8:14). This defilement of faith in the one true God was partly responsible for the Jewish captivity in Babylon.

Why did this occur? Because Israel gave lip service to God and did not obey His command to trust Him alone. Almost every leader made alliances with pagan nations which would eventually return to haunt the chosen people. They even were also soft towards Babylon governmentally, prior to the captivity.

Regard King Hezekiah, who, after being healed by YHWH from a life-threatening disease, boastfully opened his treasury to Babylon envoys. The prophet Isaiah later rebuked the king and prophesied that Babylon would take all Judah’s wealth and make the kings descendants eunuchs. Though it would take over 100 years, it came to pass under Nebuchadnezzar.

Israel certainly did not like traveling hundreds of miles to live in captivity, but they learned to adapt and prospered there, because of God’s grace. The synagogue system took shape in their captive nation. The Jews grew to like Babylon so much, that when the call to return to the land came through, only around 50,000 returned to Israel (although millions lived in Babylon).

How does this relate to America? Remember, Babylon was at one point seen by one of Israel’s best Kings (in Judah) as a friend. Could America has become similar in its relationship to Israel?

Many end-times expositors have concluded that because the United States (or America) is not mentioned by name, that it is not in biblical prophecy. Therefore the United States cannot be Babylon.

This argument from silence holds no legitimacy, when we considering that Rome was not mentioned at all in the Old Testament, by name, in any prophecy. Yet despite that fact, Rome is clearly seen as fulfilling direct prophecy in the Book of Daniel and manifesting spiritual Babylon at the writing of Revelation.

Simply because the United States is not mentioned by name, says nothing of America’s role in manifesting the spirit of Babylon in the last days. As a matter of fact, should we be in the beginning of sorrows, there is no other nation with the economic, military, cultural, and religious reach of the United States. In fact there has never been a nation of such wealth, commerce, and power, EVER.

Without Great Britain and the United States, Israel would never have become a nation again in our lifetime. Without the British Balfour Declaration and the removal the Ottoman Turks from Jerusalem, by the English military at the close of WWI, History would be different. These events wold pressure the countries of the League of Nations and its subsequent incarnation of the United Nations, to search for a way to bring Israel back to sovereignty in their own land.

At midnight on May 14, 1948, the Provisional Government of Israel proclaimed a new State of Israel. On that same date, President Truman on behalf of the United States, recognized the provisional Jewish government as de facto authority of the Jewish state. America’s importance in the United Nations would lead to the body recognizing the Jewish state as well.

Without the U.S. Israel would have fallen during the Yom Kipper War, as America sent weapons and munitions at the most critical juncture. Without the United States, Israel would be overrun today. Many in Christian circles see this as America’s greatest check in the benevolence column, but scripture may not see it the same.

From Ezekiel 15-17 we get a crystal-clear picture of Israel’s sinful state, God’s love for Jerusalem, and how Jewish harlotry with pagan nations and the abominable religions attached to them, mandated God’s judgment upon His chosen nation. In Ezekiel 17 Babylon is specifically referenced after a parable of an eagle which appears to help Israel, but uproots her from moorings to God. The parable must be understood, in context, which begins 3 chapter before and 11 verses  after the parable ends.

The Great Seal – National Museum of American Diplomacy

Let us remember that Babylon, Rome, Nazi Germany, and the United States have used the eagle as a national symbol. All 4 were (are) world dominating powers. all four at times, made overtures to assist the Jews. Babylon, Rome (both the Roman Empire and its predecessor The Holy Roman Empire”), and Germany eventually sought to annihilate the Jewish people. Both Rome (especially the Holy Roman Empire) and Germany appeared to be Christianized, only to turn on followers of the faith once delivered to the saints, when they outlived their usefulness.

In the case of Germany, please consider reading “Hitler’s Cross” by Erwin Lutzer to learn how Christian’s in Germany became obsessed with making their nation rise again to greatness. So much so was this the case, that they were willing to overlook Hitler’s brutality and belligerence, so long as it was consider for the good of the country.  Be warned saints of God, we have done this with the current U.S. president.

Concerning the name of the God, the word of God declares “Holy and Reverend is His Name” (Psalm 111:9). We need to be careful, our politics do not lead to reverence of a man, who needs to be rebuked. This occurred in Nazi Germany among clergy and laity alike, when like attack dogs they defended their Führer. It occurs daily for president Trump.

History details that eagle nations clearly do not end well with God’s chosen nation. Has there every been an eagle nation that has been cozier with Israel in history then the U.S.? The answer is no, and it is clear from scripture that end-times Babylon has a special relationship with Israel and is part of negations for the treaty made between Israel and Antichrist. Which makes sense considering how Babylon gets thrown off the beast and destroyed; most likely when Antichrist breaks the seven-year covenant (Revelation 17:15-18).

Let us take a deeper look at the frame work of an agreement, which may be a foundation for the covenant which begins the last seven years on earth as we know it.

For as long as I can remember, U.S. presidents have been attempting to broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians (representative of the hostile Muslim nations). It would take someone who was extremely popular with the nation of Israel, someone who was an expert in negotiating and brash push it through deal making. It would take someone from a nation with great ties to Israel to broker such a deal.

Does such a person exist, attached to such a nation as needs to be involved in such a covenant? The answer is, YES, if we have truly entered the last days. The current president of the United States.

Let us first consider Persian king Cyrus the Great. As leader of the Persian empire, he presided over the fall of Babylon’s government, and ruled that land as part of his empire. Cyrus, was prophesied approximately 120 years prior to his birth, by name, as the leader,who would stewed Israel’s return to the promised land, following their captivity.

Although his empire was Persian, his decree still emanated from Babylon, and therefore the people still saw it as a Babylonian. Israel sees Cyrus to this day as one of their great deliverers, but this great king has nothing on President Trump, concerning our president’s popularity in Israel, in our day.

Since announcing the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem in 2017, and declaring it as Israel’s eternal capital city, President Trump’s popularity has risen in the promised land. Over the last few years, the name of president has been used in memorials all over the nation of Israel. The Israeli Minister of Tourism, Yariv Levin, went so far as to say that the president could be a modern King David.

This is eerie when considering a tweet from Wayne Allyn Root, which President Trump posted into his own feed; because it declared that he (president Trump) was like the “King of Israel” and the “Second coming of God”. Yes, the tweet reveals how Israeli’s  idolized, even idolatrized, in some cases the U.S. president. This narrative, also feeds into president Trump’s own self aggrandizing manner of speech.

Many evangelical Christians would be shocked to know the president has referred to himself as the “chosen one” while looking to the heavens. Consider Israel celebrating “Cyrus” with the 70-year Commemorative Temple Coin; of which the proceeds will go to build a third temple. The “Cyrus” of whom they are referring is none other than President Donald Trump. His image, in front of Cyrus is seen in the newly minted coin.

The real tell on America’s manifestation of end-times Babylon may be the recently signed Abraham Accords, brokered by the Trump Administration between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. This “peace accord”, gives Muslims access to Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem , places a hold on Israeli settlements in Gaza and the West Bank, and divided up the holy land and potentially bring Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and other Muslim countries already in relation to Israel, on board. Could this be the beginning of “Jerusalem trampled by the Gentiles” prophesied by Christ and the prophets, preceding the end (Luke 21:24; Revelation 11:2; Psalm 79:1; Isaiah 63:3; Isaiah 63:18; Daniel 8:13; Zechariah 12:3)

I admit, this is not a peace deal with the Palestinians (representing hostiles Shi’ite Muslims nations like Iran), but many scholars believe that this could lead to that arrangement.

What is befuddling to me, is that many American Christians, who believe we are in the last days, have not so much as considered the potential implications of the “Abraham Accords“; in relation to the president or the role of the United States in them. Is it possible the “Abraham Accords” fulfill biblical prophecy or are laying the groundwork for the great covenant, which ushers in the last seven years of the world as we know it?

Assuming the president to be a friend of Christians and Israel, most have considered the implications. This assumption comes with little to no evidence that the president has any love for Christ, His followers or the Jewish people.

I believe people change, if they are found in Christ. But that change is remarkable and supernatural, covering all of life. Regardless of Paula White or Robert Jeffress declaring Donald Trump to be saved, he consistently manifests behavior that is contrary to Christian character and virtue. in fact the way he behaves is more aligned with the apostacy of the antichrist spirit; This should at least cause some prayerful consideration.

Before I am clubbed by those saying “I don’t need a pastor or Sunday school teacher in the White House”, let me say, “I agree”. We don’t need that, for the president is surrounded by sycophantic “Christian” pastors and leaders who are blinded by their own ambition and wrong understanding of scripture. Discernment has become the victim of evangelicals desiring a champion to give them political clout.

Let me be clear: Time will tell whether the president is more than just a president concerning biblical prophecy, but his character and program to this point, in many ways lines with a negative prophetic type, as does the economic, cultural, religious and governmental program of the United States.

Are Christians in America being duped, by a man who needs their support, only to find down the road (when we have outlived our usefulness) that the man we trusted should never have had our trust?

This would not be the first time in American or world history that has occurred. Do we remember president George W. Bush appointing John Roberts to the Supreme Court, to the delight of evangelical Christians nation wide. How we were fooled! Do we forget how Hitler schmoozed and used the church in Germany, because they had bought the lie that He would return Germany to greatness?

We Christians must pray we don’t get fooled again! Of Babylon’s relationship to Israel in the book of Revelation and how America appears on course with Babylon’s character is not difficult to discern.

In my concluding post we will look deeper into the founding of America and its symbolism to consider the manifestation of end-time Babylon, even before the nation was founded.

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My Children, ESCAPE from Babylon! #4 [Rome/America? Part 2]

Picture1As we begin the final two postings of the series, “My Children, ESCAPE from Babylon”, it is important to restate the foundational biblical framework, that has guided this study.

Let us hold that Babylon in the book of Revelation, is in reference to a prophetic type of spiritual system of government and false religion, opposed to God’s rule. That type was first encountered in Genesis 11, at the tower of Babel. They were led by Nimrod, who is a spiritual type of Antichrist. Their governance was a self determining, one world government and religion opposed to God’s rule over them.

After Babel, it would take several years for Babylon to rise again, through the ascendancy of the Babylonian Empire, with Nebuchadnezzar as the leader. In this incarnation, under another Nebuchadnezzar (type of Antichrist), Babylon destroyed Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple. Babylon was THE undisputed  world power, not only subduing most of the known world, but holding the Jews captive for 69 years.

Around the first incarnation of Jesus Christ, Rome was manifesting the spiritual type of Babylon, in its world conquest. It’s civil government was mixed with its religion, which allowed for and incorporated the worship of  its own pantheon of gods, as well as those gods of the lands they subjugated. had the Lord Jesus been set to return around the year 100 ad, Rome would have been Babylon.

It is for this reason, that those who have looked for Christ’s return have sought and often found manifestations of Babylon in the nations of the world, which have risen to prominence. It is not difficult to see aspects of Babylon as the rise of Ottoman Empire, Great Britain, and Nazi Germany.

Although we discussed the influence of the Roman Catholic Church and its blasphemous mix of Babylonian pagan ritual with Christianity (last post), I must admit that the RCC is not end times Babylon on its own accord, although they are most likely a large part of that last one world religion.

In the United States, we have the fullness of the Babylonian system: a civil government and a civil religion which allows for the worship of any god, under the auspices of one dominant civil God. The question is what God is being referred to?

ONE NATION UNDER GOD… WHAT GOD?

Many of our wonderful Christian brethren will declare “America was founded as a Christian nation”. Although I appreciate the zeal expressed in that statement, it is simply not true. Let’s consider some historical and civic facts.

Many point to the declaration of one John Winthrop, who served as Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony for many of its first 20 years, as proof of a Christian founding. In a lay sermon around 1630, Winthrop defined the endeavor of the puritans in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, as building the “city set on a hill” (a reference to Matthew 5:13-16). Many point to this as proof that the United States was founded to be a Christian nation.

In the first place, the puritans were subjects of the British crown, and were not seeking independence, as a separate nation. Secondly, Winthrop’s “city set on a hill” comment, was pertaining to the work of the puritans in the Massachusetts Bay area. Thirdly, Christ’s words concerning His church as “a City set on a hill which cannot be hidden” is a direct reference to His Church, a kingdom not of this world (Matthew 5:13-16).

If Winthrop had meant they would set up a Christian nation, which he did not, he would have been guilty of horrific scripture twisting. Therefore the founding of the United States, popularly said to have religious freedom for Christians as chief cornerstone, is at best a gross overstatement; at worst a purposeful neglect of historical fact, from those who are supposed to be purveyors of truth.

Let us remember, it was not the pilgrims that founded the United States. By the early 1700’s the pilgrim influence had waned, and a potentially booming trade economy, not religion, was driving culture.

The population of the colonies was filling with many different types of people from England. Some wanted a fresh start, some to make a buck, some wanted to avoid the church of England for Christian and non Christian reasons (such as the Masons).

Religion was not the driving force of the majority of those who were in the colonies, although they were not opposed to the idea. For a more important and settled date, concerning the founding and what the United states would actually become, we must turn to New York City, before it was called New York City; and 20 years prior to John Winthrop.

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SEPTEMBER 11

In 1609, while trying to discover the North West Passage, Henry Hudson actually discovered the southern tip of Manhattan. The day of the discovery was September 11th, 1609. That is correct, 392 years before the attack on the United States, at the heart of its economic and governmental power, Henry Hudson discovered and walked on the area of the attacks.

Interestingly, Hudson did not plant a church, recite a scripture or seek to plant a flag of any nation, but he did plant a flag of commerce, which would eerily become the character of the city of New York and the nation it belongs to. The first structure built by Hudson on the spot of the future twin towers was a… TRADING CENTER!

Many American Christians conveniently forget that the first U.S capitol was New York City. So the first place that would project U.S. dominance in economic and military power was discovered on September 11, 1609. The first attack on September 11, 2001 was at the very spot discovered 392 years prior: two towers that represented American dominance and pride.

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How does this relate to the United States manifesting the characteristics of Babylon? Where today, even amidst a nation’s decline, is the governmental (the United Nations) and economic nerve center of all nations ? The United States in New York City. Even amidst decades of decline, in favor among nations, can anyone deny that as America goes so goes the world, economically, governmentally and culturally. Can anyone deny the influence exerted over nations?

I encourage you to read Revelation 18 in one sitting and prayerfully consider, how well America, with New York City as a type of its economic, cultural, governmental and military dominance, fits the written word of God concerning Babylon. Yet there is also a chilling portion of scripture in Revelation 17 to consider, when looking at the Whore of Babylon, the Mother of Harlots.

Revelation 17:15-18 (NKJV) Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.”

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What nation, at this time, can be seen as “a great harlot who sits on waters”, which represents peoples, nations and tongues, but America. Consider the motto of the Statue of Liberty, which is a statue of Isis (the Queen of Heaven); designed by a master mason…

“Bring your poor tired huddled masses to me

Although travel in these last days has made immigration to many nations possible, where in the world, is there a nation that is populated, literally by peoples, nations and tongues, but the united States.

The majority population of most nations is homogenized, not the United States. What was the first sight most immigrants immigrants saw coming to America during the immigration boom? A statue of Isis, a representation of the “Queen of Heaven“, yes the “Mother of Harlots“, as they arrived in New York City. When they arrive, they are not mandated to learn the language of the land, or assimilate into its culture, because a culture of pluralism, ethnically and religiously.

A DEEPER DIVE INTO THE FOUNDING

Just so I am not accused of skipping over vast amounts of history, let’s look at how the founding fathers guaranteed a religiously plural society. Yes, religious freedom was important, but not for the reason we Christians want to ascribe.

The war for independence was not fought for religious freedom, but because of “No taxation without representation”. The colonies led by Benjamin Franklin (who had a seat representing the colonies in British parliament but no vote), were opposed to the idea of exorbitant taxes on tea and alcohol. They were specifically upset about paying taxes with no vote in parliament.

When politics did not work, rebellion ensued. Though war for Independence was not fought for religious freedom, religious speech was used, in a manner of manipulation, along side incendiary patriotic rhetoric, to sway the people.

By the time the constitution was ratified (12 years after gaining independence)  and more importantly the Bill of Rights, we see the desire for personal liberty as its highest priority. First among them, the right of personal choice in religion; ANY religion.

The first amendment to the constitution was not written to guarantee Christianity be the dominate faith of the land, or even moralistic Christian principals. Remember their were Anglicans, Lutherans, Presbyterians, some Quakers, a couple of Roman Catholics, many deists, and Unitarians and yes many influential free masons among them.

The first amendment was written to make sure that any religious expression be protected, even that of the free masons, who were often ridiculed and hunted by the Church of England and Roman Catholic Church in other European nations. The first amendment guarantees a society where satanists have the same right as Christians to be religious. For this reason the founders opened Pandora’s box, where religion is concerned.

Historically, for the very influential of Masonic belief, that box is what they may have wanted. But more on that in the next blog.

The point is, the United States has all the components of Babylon’s system of religion. Through America’s religious plurality and its effect on the Christian’s faith, was to water down the faith once delivered to the saints. Hence, America became the leading producer of  the “falling away” from the faith (apostate religion), in the world over the last 120 years.

Consider the false and cult faith of Jehovah’s Witness and Mormonism; both American born, both abominable to the Lord and influencing millions world over. Consider higher criticism of the word of God, which began in eastern Europe, but blossomed in America.  Higher criticism is extracting moralistic principals from the bible, but denying its supernatural origin and content.

This heresy corrupted mainline Protestantism with doctrine which denying the deity of Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and resurrection.  The higher criticism error has little by little deactivated, practical Spirit-filled faith throguh out evangelical Christianity as well. This too has been exported from America and is apostasy.

And what of the prosperity gospel, which is not only confined to more materialism and money, but the false teaching that Christians ought not suffer and will be raptured before we suffer an persecution or tribulation: both ideas contrary to biblical truth (Philippians 1:29: II Timothy 3:12).

The U.S. is the chief exporter of apostate Christianity around the world. Apostasy has flourished because the church has given into justifying little compromises and a wrong assumption about the founding of America. It is time to recover the faith once delivered to the saints, because like it or not we will find that every nation, whether end-times Babylon or not, will turn on the saints, in fulfillment of Jesus words in Matthew 24:9-14.

Next time we will dive further into the manifestation of Babylon in dealing with America’s relationship to Israel, America’s prideful response to 9/11 rather an appropriate repentance, and finally an even deeper dive into the Masonic overtones to America’s founding and symbolism. 

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Potential of Losing Discernment, by Employing a Double Standard

AFP_1WS437.0Let me begin by stating that I like what I have seen of Vice President Mike Pence’s character and demeanor, since his nomination. The vice president’s person has in a profound way served to restrain some of the presidents’s erratic displays of character, and injected reason into areas of policy, where President Trump may be lacking candor or understanding.

This qualification is necessary, due to the contentious political season we are in, because my post today is not of a political nature, but wholly spiritual and biblically necessary.

With that said, how did Vice President Pence twisting of a passage of Holy Scripture go unnoticed and unchecked, from his speech at the Republican national convention?

At about the 35:16 mark of his speech (below quote is video), he proclaims…

From these hallowed grounds American patriots, in generations gone by, did their part to defend freedom. Now it is our turn.

So let’s run the race marked out for us.

Let’s fix our eyes on old glory and all she represents.

Let’s fix our eyes on this land of hero’s ,and what their courage inspires.

And let’s fix our eyes on the Author and Perfecter of our faith and our freedom.

And never forget that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

That means freedom always wins.

The Vice President just mangled Hebrews 12:1-2 and inserted American symbols and actions, as what we are to fix our eyes on before the Lord Jesus Christ. Although, at the end of the quote he alludes to our Lord, without using His name above all names. He then makes an outrageous guarantee, using II Corinthians 3:18, that freedom always wins.

Hebrews 12:1-2 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV) But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

In the first place, what is implied by calling us to “run the race marked out before us“, as we “fix” (looking unto as a landmark) “our eyes on old glory (the flag)” and “this land’s hero’s“. If he ended there, I would not be writing anything. His statement would have been chalked up as an injection of patriotism wrapped in biblical wording. Not ideal, pretty irresponsible for a Christian, but common among those whose Christianity is all too easily anchored to nationalism.

When the vice president, moves to include reference to the Author and Perfecter of our faith, without saying “Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith”; he moves the instruction from the realm of the political race, to the race of the redeemed. This is not just problematic but heresy. PERIOD. This pains me to write it, because I truly like vice president Pence, but we ought to expect more out of those in public view, who declare to be Christian.

The flag of the United States of America, which I respect as filled with meaningful symbolism, is the flag of a nation. The beautiful flag of America does NOT communicate the gospel, and does not glorify Jesus Christ the Lord. Though I am thankful to be a citizen of America, its flag is not a necessary catalyst to the faith of Christians in other nations, nor Christians in America. There is a difference between focus on a flag and fixation on the only hope of humanity, the Lord Jesus Christ.

When the vice president, mentions we “fix” our eyes on “the heroes of this land“, which heroes is he referring to as aiding in our race of faith for the Lord Jesus Christ? America has had some great heroes, many of whom had lives of devout Christian faith, but many of whom did not, and I may add, who’s lives were lived morally and spiritually devoid of the faith once delivered to the saints.

This is where the problem lies. We know the vice president was not speaking of our Christian faith, but injecting national symbols and nostalgia into scripture to pump up the base… those targeted as evangelical Christians. The language used was to inspire or schmooze, us too the battle of freedom.

In so doing vice president Pence, mutilated two passages of scripture. He did so without the largest portion of Christians not knowing or caring, because, is it possible that in our fervor to win the battle for the soul of America, we’re only trying to save our own bacon?

Let me ask what does vice president Pence mean by freedom, because the freedom spoken of by the word of God, as by the Spirit, is not democratic freedom; but that which comes through the cross.

That freedom, which II Corinthians 3:18 proclaims, only comes through faith and repentance, in the Messiah, who died on the cross.  We “Look unto Jesus the Author and Perfecter of our faith“, and ONLY JESUS.

That freedom is not democratic freedom to choose your own path or be materially prosperous, or whatever else you or I determine. God’s freedom, through Christ, is freedom from the the ruler-ship of the sin nature or old self before we were in Christ (Romans 6:6-7, 14); it is also freedom to deny myself and live totally for the will of God, as a bond-slave, absolutely surrendered.

This freedom in Christ, is not free to make it’s own choice and even vote for who they think is best, but is a life governed by the direct leading of the Holy Spirit; which is seen in the activity of Proverbs 3:5-7.

This is not what vice president Pence was proclaiming. Either in ignorance or on purpose he revealed what is wrong with the majority of Christians in the United States. Blurred lines between our calling as Christians and the fear of losing our civil rights as Americans. In this error, he and we may be in danger of a clear O.T. and N.T. command.

Revelation 22:18-19 (NKJV) For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

*Similarly warned in Deuteronomy 4:2, 12:32  

The lack of concern over the vice president’s comments, reveals that we are already guilty of a political double standard on character.

I in good conscience never vote for anyone who approves or pushes, either tacitly or openly, the abomination of abortion. In my biblically informed opinion, those who vote for pro-abortion candidates, may be complicit in the deaths of 70,000,000 beautiful children who were barbarically murdered in the womb. 

On the other hand, though I agree with many of the policy decisions of the sitting presidential administration and although I don’t need a “pastor in the Oval Office“; character matters and a lack of solid character reveals potential problems. A person of belligerence pompousness, pride and rudeness, is a person prone, when angered or shaken, to radical and destructive decisions.

What am I saying? Christians need to stop treating the our president, as if he is our savior. He is a politician, a man who is broken and in need of repentance and faith in Jesus Christ; which ought to transform his character. Transformed new creation character is the Lord’s underlying motive in salvation, because it brings glory to God. Let’s not employ a double standard anymore, because we are being guaranteed that FREEDOM, will always win. Once more this is not about elections, but navigating our political times, with the Holy Spirit.

THE DOUBLE STANDARD WHICH DIMINISHES DISCERNMENT

After being saved in 1997, God’s word and the leading of His Spirit would direct my political choices from that time forward. It was around 2003, when I began to notice a political character, in Christian leaders and laity alike. This character trait really picked up steam, when president Obama ran for his first term. This phenomenon was a double standard that led to a lack of discernment. 

This flaw in thinking is just as dangerous as the union rank and file, voting Democratic over economic fears, or because African Americans and minorities are told the party of the donkey, will take care of them.

In like manner, this double standard has led Christians to shut off discernment, when republicans declare the sky will fall, if the other party wins, or when their are real character issues needing to be addressed in leaders. Let’s look at how it works this double standard works.

When president Clinton was in office, he went through a number of scandals, because he was an inherently crooked politician. Perhaps the most prolific of them all was lying to the American public, concerning his sordid tryst with an intern in the oval office. In addition he was accused of a few more sexual indiscretions, some allegedly criminal.

The vitriol he received from conservative Christian’s was a tsunami that rolled through out two terms. The former president was skewered, mocked, maligned and expected to resign. Christian leaders, spoke very publicly about it and rightly so.

Our current President, has had as many if not more immoral entanglements prior to serving in the oval office. In fact two of them came out during the campaign, and both allegations were meritorious. Yet, there is no outcry for him to even apologize to his wife and children, publicly,  for the shame he brought upon them.

“Oh, but that happened prior to his time in the White house”. Yes! but the shame upon his wife and children is very public. Where is our concern for his family and with so many “Christian” superstar leaders about him, where is the call to public repentance. That would show a heart change and character driven leadership.

Or what of the fact, that no U.S. president, in modern history has been as bellicose, belligerent, arrogant, rude, pompous, mean spirited, or lacking self-control when dealing with detractors. We live through a daily stream of ridiculousness, accusation and insult.

In this double standard many Christian’s adore and applaud the president, not for being a model of virtue, honesty, integrity or state craft; but because of his belligerence. 

Let’s remember that political policies are not overt biblical indicators of a life in Christ, no matter how closely we align with them politically. It is the fruit of the Spirit which reveals the character and heart of a true Christian (Galatians 5:22-24).

Remember Bill Clinton, declared he was and is a Christian, many doubt his profession. Our current president has been declared a Christian, by the prosperity false preacher, Paula White, who has been divorced and remarried more than once and continues to teach false doctrine, while fleecing the flock of God. 

Holy Spirit discernment deems we are least, place our personal desire for political gain aside, being concerned to praying for the president’s soul, as Jesus reveals that we know true followers from the counterfeit, by their fruit. Sadly, around all the Christian leaders sniffing around the oval office, we see little change if any. 

Some will say, I don’t need a pastor in the White House. I agree, but where was that sentiment when president Clinton was in the White House or even president Obama, whom no one ever trusted was a Christian, because of contrary policy and pride and arrogance. 

Look I have been pleased with a good deal of the policy decisions of the current president, but the Holy Spirit is calling us to look beyond what lines up with our sensibilities. When not discerning in a double standard, we ignore red flags, cease praying proactively and are susceptible to falling to a wolves in sheep clothing in sheep clothing.

In the book “Hitler’s Cross”, by Erwin Lutzer, the author reveals how the German people, who largely considering themselves “Christians in a Christian nation”, could vote for Adolf Hitler. Lutzer reveals that because of the political situation, hopelessness and fear, religious leaders gave into a two spheres model. That model said faith and morality were important, but when the nation and it’s good was at stake, morality could be checked at the office door; if for the good of the country. Hence, Hitler’s rise, which was good for Germans, except of Jewish decent. How did that work out?

In the last days, false Christ’s abound, to fool even the elect. I suspect at both political conventions were more than a few flying under the radar. Now is not the time to sleep, but like the men of Issachar in I Chronicles 12:32, we must understand the time and know what we ought to do.

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GO TO CHURCH ANYWAY?

No photo description available.I have seen a post many times over the last week on FACEBOOK. I’ll call it “GO TO CHURCH ANYWAY”.

I would never refuse a lost person or soul seeking Jesus Christ, into a gathering of the church, on Sunday morning or evening. When a hurting soul, not normally affiliated with the body of Christ comes in, it is a time, where the saints can practice grace and mercy.

That being said, let’s pump the breaks for a moment, because much of the positive feedback and comments, appear to be coming from the mindset, that the gathering of the church is a place for the lost to be ministered too, as a biblical and foundational piece of the mandate for the Church of Jesus Christ. Under this mindset, evangelism takes place in the building a group of Christians gather in—therefore the building must be outfitted to be user friendly to those who may be seeking (whether lost or very immature in their faith).

This mindset is not biblical, PERIOD! For in this mode of thinking, discipling the saints to grow into maturity must take a back seat to getting people to commit to Christ for salvation. Though I would never turn anyone away who comes to the building Encounter Church fellowships in, my priority is to the Body of Christ. This priority is outlined in Acts 20:28-31.

Acts 20:28-31 (NKJV) Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also, from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.

One of the perverse things is what is called antinomianism, which declares, if a person is saved and sinning it’s alright because they have God’s grace and are not accountable to God’s moral law. Sadly, this perverse thing is spoken against throughout the New Testament letters and is the foundation of many American church’s program of seeker sensitivity. It is also why the church likes true repentance, righteousness, and holiness, across the United States (generally speaking).  Therefore, ministers take their mandate, not from pithy statements, but God’s word.

2 Timothy 4:1-5 (NKJV) I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching. 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; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

Because of our calling in Christ, I challenge those who are saying Amen to this popular FACEBOOK posting. I believe it is important to explore why, so many are so enthusiastic for something so foreign to New Testament practice, according to the word of God. Let us dig beneath the surface.

I. IS THE CHURCH EVANGELISM FOCUSED OR DISCIPLESHIP FOCUSED?

The answer to this is, BOTH, but we must understand where and how these take place. Let us investigate Matthew 28:18-20. In vs. 19 Jesus commands “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. The command to “Go” means to physically “Go” out from where you are and find those who have yet to believe in Christ. This is the core of evangelism, a calling of the Church, but not its function when we gather.

Evangelism is to lead to repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (the conditions for salvation), which is seen in one’s commitment to be baptized. We find that the making of the disciple is “teaching them to observe all the things…” Jesus commanded (vs. 20). In the early and uninstitutionalized church of acts of the apostles (really until about the middle of the 4th century), this was the model. Lost people were not invited into the fellowship of the saints, until they were baptized, which indicated they were willing to die for Christ.

Outside of America and other westernized nations, weekly gatherings of Christians, as times and places for bringing in the lost, is unheard of for two reasons:

  1. Those who are unsaved can contaminate the fellowship of holiness and bring in strange doctrine.
  2. For fear of being found out and shutdown or imprisoned by infiltrators.

Both reasons, line up with the passages sighted above (Acts 20:28-31; 2 Timothy 4:1-5). It appears, the church of Jesus Christ, in more difficult and persecutive surroundings has a different idea of the purpose of Christ’s church.

None of this means I would turn away a sincere seeker who wanders into a time of fellowship. The only issue is that the fellowship of the saints is for the building of the saints. This entails what is taught and practiced will lead to sanctified lives. For the sincere seeker this can lead to salvation, as they consider the claims and calling of Christ. For the person looking to fit into religion for the sake of a guilty conscience, who desire to remain in a sinful state, this will lead to being extremely uncomfortable.

II. SO WHAT IS THE CHURCH?

The church of Jesus Christ goes by a few names among them…

  1. The Church (Ephesians 5:27; Timothy 3:15; Hebrews 12:23)
  2. The Bride of Christ (Revelation 19:7-9; Revelation 21:2, 9-11)
  3. The Temple of the Living God, the habitation of the Spirit (Ephesians 2:19-22)
  4. The House of God made of living stones (I Peter 2:4-5)
  5. A royal priesthood (I Peter 2:9)
  6. A holy nation (I Peter 2:9)
  7. His peculiar people He possesses (I Peter 2:9)

All of these speak of our separation from the world, purity as opposed to even the highest moral of the lost world (a form of godliness which denies the power of true godliness), and our being His property. One verse encapsulates all seven characteristics or names.

Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

From this passage we see how the church, as the bride of Christ is perfectly compatible with the other. The word for “church” in the Greek is “ekklēsia” meaning “the called out one”. This being called out is similar to a bride adjourned on her wedding day, “holy” or set apart for her husband. The Church as the bride of Christ is called out from the world to Christ alone. In addition, this bride is the picture of holy perfection “glorious”, “not having spot or wrinkle”. This means the righteousness of Christ in practice, and in being before God.

This passage should once and for all knock the unbiblical idea of “the church is a hospital for sinners” out of the water. We are to be maturing in faith, peace, righteousness and holiness. We are holy in our essential person, no longer sinners and children of wrath. This is why the association with followers of Jesus being sinners in being is unbiblical. Do we sin? Yes, but it is not our practice because in Christ our core being has changed (Read Romans 6 the entire chapter II Corinthians 5:17 and I John 3:4-9). More on the hospital for sinners’ error in a bit.

III. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH?

The purpose of the church gathering together is as follows…

  1. TO BUILD THE BODY OF CHRIST TO MATURITY: Ephesians 4:11 begins a chapter long treatise on how apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are to build the body of Christ. Note that evangelist, was not the Billy Graham style we are used to, but men like Phillip who would go to an area of the unchurched, and preach the gospel, person to person and group to group. Once a body was formed, the apostles came in and gathered the new believers into fellowship, in an organized fashion, anchored by the apostles teaching. Though the evangelist would model his ministry to growing Christians, this would be as they went out among the lost of the city they were in.
  2. ONCE BUILT TO SEND OUT: Once built up it was incumbent the leadership would fulfill the “Go” of Jesus’ Great Commission, by sending out the members of the church to reach the lost among neighbors and friends. Once more this took place away from the gathering of the saints for two purposes. In this we see the purpose of the Church being “salt and light” (Matthew 5:13-16) and living its calling “to proclaim the praises of the one who called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light (I Peter 2:10).
  3. CONSTANTLY DOING THIS TOGETHER IN SEEKING THE LORD: Hebrews 10:19-31 really hits the whole calling the lost into our meetings apart. Firstly, looking at Hebrews 10:19-25, we discover the beauty and exclusivity of Christian fellowship, because we are in Christ, we have privilege the world cannot understand or enjoy. Secondly remember that the Hebrews were being persecuted, to the point where some were leaving the fellowship of the saints to avoid trouble (vs. 25). So offensive to God is a follower of Christ leaving the fellowship, He gives this severe warning.

Hebrews 10:25-31 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

The church did not invite the world in because of fear of persecution. Around the world this is the case. You may say, “but we are not persecuted as they so it’s different.” Yes, it is. The reason we have not been persecuted overtly, is because the world has infiltrated and defiled the church, while we claim it’s a move of God that sinners love to come and stay. The unholy, prayer starved Church in America, is proof positive that the hospital for sinners is not working to mature saints, but rather has become a hospice house where the religious die with a pie in the sky view point of heaven one day.

Consider these commands from II Corinthians 6:14-18

“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers”

“What fellowship does righteousness have with unrighteousness?”

“And what communion does light have with darkness?”

“And what accord does Christ have with Satan”

“Or what part does a believer have with an unbeliever”

“And what agreement does the temple of God have with idols?”

“Come out from among them and be separate”

“Do not touch what is unclean”

2 Corinthians 7:1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

When the church is in the business of making the lost feel at home in the fellowship of the saints, then the Lord Himself is not welcome in the midst of His own church. Yes the lost can come, if we have public services, but should they not find conviction, they’ll stay and become a blemish and spot on the character of the assembly and true teaching of the word of God.

Consider that much of the New Testament, including some of the most fearful warnings to the church from Christ in Revelation 2-3, is directed at world practice becoming acceptable in churches where the line between saint and the person still in their sin is blurred into nothing.

 As a matter of fact, the rise of the Nicolaitans, who’s deeds and doctrine Jesus hates, reveal this truth (Revelation 2:6, 15). What were their deeds? They created the office of priest, much like the Roman Catholic Church, to absolve the sins of the people.

Why would they need to do that you may ask? Because their doctrine was antinomianism, which declared that the Christian need not worry about sin, because they had the grace of God, and when they built up enough guilt, they could go to a priest who would absolve their sin.

Not only is this in complete defiance of how normal believers walk in continual forgiveness with the Lord (I John 1:7-9; James 5:14-16), but it was enacted because antinomianism let the world into the church. They no longer saw the need to call people to repentance and faith in Christ. They merely pronounced professions.

This did not create a hospital for sinners, but a morgue of slowly rotting spiritual corpses (Read of the church of Sardis in Revelation 3:1-6). In practical terms, a hospital is not about the sick staying sick, but getting well and moving on. We are born again, fresh new creations into the church of Jesus Christ; new creations learning to be what we are.

If the church is a hospital at all it would be the post operation, where surgery is done and new life is disciplined in; but that leaves the hospital for sinner’s analogy dead, because you are no longer a sinner.

What the church in America has become is a convalescent home where true followers of Christ, wait if perchance someone would come along and share their desire for a healthy powerful and whole church. They wait while fighting off the disease and decay of others with them (who are not like them), because a majority of those they are gathering with, still live a religious sinner’s life.

May God correct us that we will awaken and enliven before it’s is too late. We do not want to become like the roach motels sold in stores today. Churches that look alive and accommodating but are really dead (Revelation 3:1-6), where the people check in, but being deceived, check out into the second death having had their names blotted out of the Lambs Book of Life.

Maybe we ought to rethink what it means to be the Church!

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