I haven't blogged in about 3 months or so. My apologies to the regular readers, with so many things going through my mind recently, I felt it wise to not go public with a lot of it and just try to work through much of it without blogging about it. Turns out this blog is a bit more therapeutic than I realized. ;)
This is a challenging time for me personally as I watch the United States descend into even greater unrest. When I was little growing up in church they would always talk about the New World Order, the mark of the beast, the antiChrist coming and things that always had me looking for Satan to bust on the scene with a vengeance and capture the masses against their will to enslave them. As I have gotten older I have come to believe that the majority of people will not be taken against their will but will be slowly and craftily lulled into a place fueled by the lethal combination of selfishness and ignorance to where they will all too willingly actually insist that these these things come to pass.
As one example, I have been knee deep in state level education law and policy over the last couple of years and one thing I have learned is how the education of our kids is being slowly changing away from traditional and conservative values and more toward a one world government, antiChrist methodology. Perhaps one of the most amazing facts for me has been to see so many otherwise well meaning Christians who just go along with it or who feel that it is somehow inevitable.
Another example is how gay rights has been framed in our country over the last few years. There have always been people who felt themselves to be gay and practiced that lifestyle dating back to biblical times. Homosexuality is certainly nothing new but the reason what we are doing is so devastating and dangerous is that the strength and bedrock of our society is the traditional family unit and in recent years we have seen a complete undermining of that unit. People mistakenly ask me sometimes why I am against "gay rights"... they don't know how to answer when I tell them I'm not against gay rights at all, what I am against is the cheapening of the traditional family unit.
See, I grew up never knowing who my real father was. To this day I still don't know for sure. If you don't think that messes with you in some very terrible ways, you are delusional. This is the danger at mislabeling something. Equal treatment under the law is something that as an American i completely support but trying to redefine marriage isn't really about redefining marriage, it is an attempt to attack, weaken and undermine the traditional family unit and that is what I am against. I don't ever want to see a little boy or a little girl grow up without a father but if they have two mommies, that is exactly what happens.
I never knew my birth mother until recently when we had a wonderful reunion but for 45 years I was in the dark on that and again, if you don't think that messes with you, you are delusional. I don't ever want to see a little boy or a little girl grow up without a mother but that is exactly what happens if they have two daddies. Honest child psychologists without a political opinion have said for decades that the traditional family unit is the best place for a small child for a litany of reasons. I agree completely with the settled science, even though it is increasingly politically incorrect.
I follow and worship a God who chose to reveal Himself as an olive skinned Jewish man who remained a virgin His entire life and was constantly misunderstood, made fun of, threatened and ultimately was found to be so politically dangerous that he was put to death publicly. I don't need lectures about tolerance because this Jewish man has fully captured the heart of this white American fool. He has accepted me when no one else would, He has taught me that forgiving others is the right thing to do. He has made it clear that wherever HIS Kingdom is established, there is no more bigotry, racism or other fear based reactions... so of course that is my ultimate goal to see His Kingdom come to pass in the earth... and since the part of the earth that I currently occupy is America, that is where my focus resides.
There is nothing wrong with our nation that a real and true spiritual awakening would not fix and to that end I start in on my closing point today.. the bait and switch of Christianity. We spend considerable time, money and resources to get a message out to everyone who will hear it that basically says "Hey, you are loved without condition by the God of the Universe and He has a wonderful plan for your life" and on that promise or "bait" we bring in "whosoever will" and start to encourage them in the Faith. Unfortunately, too often in our modern churches we then bring in the "switch". What is the switch? The switch is placing expectations on other's lifestyles and behaviours.
Example: God help you (because no one else will) if you are openly gay, openly in adultery, divorced (often with or without good reason) or if you have some other thing going on in your life that would be considered sinful by biblical standards. The bait and switch is how we tell people to come "just as they are" and then place ultimatums on basic relationships with them. God is not on that mess and it needs to stop in the modern church.
Did you know many churches have a black list? It's a group of people, usually locals that they feel are dangerous or too sinfully minded to risk mixing them in with the average church goer. If you have ever been asked to leave a church or been given the clear message (spoken or not) that you needed to go, you are likely on that church's blacklist. Many modern Prophets fall into this category, my wife and I included. Homosexuals get lumped into the blacklist regularly. Blacks in many white churches and many whites in black churches are on the respective blacklists.
Exposing the blacklists can be tricky because churches will fight and fight hard to protect that secret. Like many modern politicians they will swear on a stack of bibles that no such list exists yet it does and what's more, often church leaders gossip back and forth to each other trading names and stories about others they have placed on their individual blacklists. Despite clear biblical warning against gossip, the blacklist market in the modern church is alive and well fueled by Satan's smear merchants. Oh, it's done in the name of compassion and concern..
Hi Pastor Bob.. It's Pastor Jim. Hey man, Sue Smith visited us over the last two weeks and she prophesies and waves flags in worship and we feel that is distractive. We mentioned it to her and she didn't take the hint so we think she has a Jezebel Spirit so if she shows up at your place, be sure to keep an eye on her and deal with her quickly.
Now, the bible calls that gossip and manipulation but many leaders feel they are above the authority of scripture because "God called them". They are wrong and greatly deceived. Here's another example...
My wife and I were invited to a church in 2014 to help them by the Sr leader. After 18 months of using me for my giftings and talents both on the platform and behind the scenes, they learned that I was prophetic and had a deeper revelation on money, giving and finances than the rest of the staff had so they sat me down and said because I didn't believe in the Old Covenant version of the tithe that I had a different vision and I couldn't stay at their church. Never mind that we had given a fair amount of cash in their offerings... cash on purpose so they would not be tempted to treat us differently knowing it came from us.. but the point is that as soon as they figured out that we would not be controlled by them, we were put on their blacklist. Most people who were our friends were called and "warned" to stay away from us. Blogs were written warning the body about "false prophets in sheep's clothing" making veiled reference to us and of course other churches were contacted to warn them about how "dangerous" we were... all to protect their own sin.
Other churches have done that and even worse to us and friends of ours and because of my place in running our online ministries, I have inboxes full of some of the most devastating stories of how churches of created horrendous and terrible situations for others who they felt justified in trying to destroy.
Now, that does not make us victims. In fact, it strengthens my personal resolve to bring HEALING into the Earth. I saw a meme the other day that describes what we have been through... it said they tried to bury us alive and forget about us as though we were dead... they didn't realize that we were actually seeds and burying us actually activated us to bring forth what God had planted deep within us from the start.
All of that to say we need to stop using the bait and switch stuff. if you are going to tell someone they are family and you are going to love them, you had better start meaning that with people. If you can't love others like that then for Heaven's sakes, get out of the ministry entirely where you can stop leaving a trail of broken lives behind you. Far better to have one less church in a town that already has too many...than to have leaders who can't even begin to love others without condition.
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