About 35 or 40 years ago, the church appeared to be moving in a very powerful direction.
Or so it seemed.
A shift took place when many denominational believers started abandoning the traditional churches for “WOF” or Word of Faith churches. Faith churches, as we would call them, were popping up all over the place.
Mind you that during the 70’s and 80’s, the economy wasn’t doing well either. Some of you will remember the long gas lines, high inflation, and low employment. The Cold War and other threats significantly heightened our anxiety levels. For some believers, the “rapture” seemed imminent.
All of a sudden, faith, other tongues, healing, and “positive thinking” according to “E. W. Kenyon” came out. At the same time, credit was a “blessing.” Greed is good even in the church. Many faith teachers came on the scene had overlapping messages. Sometimes you could close your eyes and it may be a different voice but the teaching was consistently the same.
Preachers that you never heard of were taking advantage of the simultaneous boom. Giving in these WOF churches and para-ministries increased. The preachers of today emerged and were living like the stars of Hollywood. Such extravagant living would make the apostle Paul drool.
Then, things appeared to stabilize and increase in the 1990’s. The United States economy was now showing a surplus and mega churches sprouted out of the ground faster than corn. The office of the pastor and teacher were the prominent offices. Praise and Worship was like heaven on earth.
It appeared that the church is in a “Third Wave.”
Then sexual immorality sprung up during the 90’s in the White House which almost cost the Presidency of William Jefferson Clinton. Reverend Jesse Jackson, President Clinton’s counselor during the Monica Lewinski scandal, had a “love child.” Reverend Lyons using hush money to conceal an affair and a “love child.”
In the 80’s it was Jim Bakker with a secretary. Jimmy Swaggart with a prostitute on more than one occasion. Even politicians were caught in sexual scandals such as Presidential candidates Gary Hart, and Jonathan Edwards had an affair and “love child” while his wife had terminal cancer.
As a foot note, Donna Rice, the woman in that famous “Monkey Business” photo with Gary Hart, is now married (not to Hart) and is President of Enough Is Enough which is an organization dealing with Internet Safety for children. This is true redemption. Donna Rice Hughes is getting back at the devil by heading an organization determined to blow the whistle on Internet sleaze designed to attack children.
During the Civil Rights era, according to sources, it is alleged that Dr. King was involved in adultery. “The King Tapes” that the FBI, under J. Edgar Hoover, a known homosexual, illegally had on Dr. King were ordered sealed by a judge until 2027. The wires for these tapes were placed in his hotel room because they thought that Dr. King had connections to communism.
It turns out that they (the FBI) may have gotten more than what they’ve bargained for.
According to one source, right up to the night of his “Mountain Top” speech, allegedly, he had committed adultery. If this is true, it is devastating. If it isn’t true then it was just another attempt to smear a man of God.
Dr. Ralph Abernathy, Dr. King’s very close friend, said that Dr. King “had a weakness for women.”
While I am aware that anything could be done to make tapes and voices, there is a claim of eyewitness accounts. I pray these are lies.
This is not about slinging dirt and mud on folks.
This is about revealing the darkness in places where light ought to be. Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:3 that, “fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you…”
Homosexuality was real hidden, yet, out in the open in the church. James Cleveland and many other “gospel” singers, keyboard players, and “praise dancers” emerged as practicing homosexuals in the church. In my former home church, there were many practicing homosexuals playing for the church.
We didn’t understand it until HIV/AIDS became the disease most associated with homosexuality. No one ever thought that the unnatural act of same sex would be so disgusting. No other disease distinguishes homosexuality (see Romans chapter 1).
Fast forward to today, and you will see that the fast pace of sexual immorality in the world is in the church on the pandemic level.
When there is a moral decline of this sort in a nation, there is nothing left but to watch the nation be reduced to depravity unless the church repents, seeks the face of God, and rise up in this hour.
The USS Cole was attacked. Two US Embassies in Africa were hit by terrorist bombs. The World Trade Center was bombed. 9/11. Katrina and more natural disasters. The Great Depression of the 21st Century.
How much more could this unrepentant church and nation take?
These are the last days and it’s not over. More turmoil at the hands of unrepentant man are on the way. More natural disasters are coming.
The Lord is not sitting by and permitting things to happen because He hates man.
The Lord is only revealing these things to us to prepare us for the final hours of this world. We can no longer assume that things will be easy and that there would be a resumption of “peace and safety.”
With millions in the US unemployed, and now we are seeing Michigan about to limit further welfare benefits, it is about to get desperately drastic unless the church prays and then affect change in the communities.
Everyday that the church waits. Every day that the church sides in with the world. Every day that the church fails is a day that souls that could have been won to the Lord are now lost forever.
Is there a bright spot? Is there any hope?
But it all depends upon you, child of God. You must no longer debate what you need to do.
Stop reasoning with the Word of God and live the way Jesus lived! The Holy Spirit will give you grace to help in time of need.
Be holy for God is holy. Walk as children of light. The night is far spent. Put on light like a garment and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts. Glorify God in your body and your spirit which are God’s.
From here on, we must be prepared for persecution, pain, economic disasters, natural disasters, and other end time events.
The end times are not fun times.