Prophet Carn – Undercover Prophetic Brother & Temple Prostitutes In The House Of God.

The casualty list is growing.

In the Navy Times, every now and then they publish the list of fired CO’s (Commanding Officers). After 25 to 30 years in the Navy, the pinnacle of most naval officers is to get a chance to command a multi-billion dollar war vessel. All of a sudden, because of “issues” they are relieved of command. You can’t trust someone that has the power to rain down destruction with a warship when they are compromised.

Unfortunately, it is not so in the ministry.

Prophet Carn is another casualty.

Just check out this blog and other related blogs to find out what happened.

http://sanctifiedchurchrevolution.blogspot.com/2013/01/black-church-why-prophet-brian-carn.html#.UQnKcqXm5F0

In the ministry, sanctification means nothing. We are watching LGBT establish a serious stronghold in the church because the watchman on the wall is getting laid. The preacher of today and even in the past are falling and there seems to be no stopping of this progression into the pit of hell. There is two sides to this story.

While it is commendable that an apology be issued in passing an STD to a woman. What is this woman doing in bed with a young preacher to begin with?

This is a classic case of fornication.

Yeah. She made a big error in judgment in allowing herself to go to bed with a man of God. The Bible is clear about marriage.

Sadly, in the church, there are temple prostitutes that knowingly engage in sexual immorality as part of their “worship.”

This may not be the case with this young lady, however, in another incident last year, a married pastor with five children infected at least 4 women in his congregation with the HIV/AIDs virus. He was arrested but the damage was done. There is no question that the stigmatization of being a temple prostitute is the case.

Women, for the most part talk. And if they didn’t know what was going on in their church, it is a clear indication of one hand not knowing what the other hand was doing. But if they did know, and said nothing, then silence was permission. They acted negligently. As a result, they all paid a heavy price with their lives.

“Marriage is honorable among all and the bed undefiled, but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” Hebrews 13:4.

Please note in this verse that the writer is speaking of male and female fornicators and adulterers.

It is easy to get upset at the man of God but we need to get upset and the woman as well.

Two did a dance and tangoed.

She should have exposed this false prophet before getting into bed with him. 

But she didn’t. She consented to his request for booty call and she ended up with an STD. She exposed him after she contracted the disease. A disease that could have been avoided. Ladies, if you are reading this, I cannot feel what you feel but I know that the Lord speaks to men and women. If we choose to ignore the warnings of the Holy Spirit, it is not to say that you deserved it. It is to say that I wish that you would pay more attention to the cunning craftiness of false preachers.

Snake oil salesmen have one thing in mind. How to take advantage of you.

Based on preponderance, it is possible that Carn may be watching porn and masturbating. Allegedly, he just took sexual addiction level one to the highest level in that category. From fantasy to reality. Porn and masturbation is pretend sex. You deceive yourself into thinking that you are having sex with that image. It is also called idolatry where you are sexually worshipping that person you are observing and you are worshipping you in acting out sexually. Be mindful that in porn, they will also have “threesomes,” which is a combination of straight and homosexuality sex.

By watching porn in any spectrum, you are agreeing with the full spectrum of sexual immorality, including LGBT.

Your participation endorses homosexuality. Engaging in sexual immorality is a clear connection to the agenda to plunge the United States into the dark dungeon of sexual immorality. The prison door is open and you can walk away forever when you truly repent of this sin.

Ladies, it is not worth it.

It is easy to blame the man.

Both need to be blamed.

Ladies, I know that it is difficult to withhold yourself because this man is smooth with his words, as most men are. You were smitten by his charms, good looks, and personality. Essential elements to have when you are a deceiver.

But you have to find a way to walk away.

The Holy Spirit will not lead you into temptation. The Holy Spirit will lead you from a smooth talking snake charmer. Phinehas was a smooth talker and perverted the tabernacle of Moses. It resulted in the removal of the Ark of the Covenant and sure defeat of the armies of Israel. And you wonder why the church in the United States is impotent. Pun not intended.

Ladies, you have to trust the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is right every time.

Paul said to “Flee fornication.” 

To flee means to run in terror.

Like all of us, we know that when we are about to sin, the Holy Spirit will warn us with a strong impression and it is our job to heed the warning. It’s just like watching a man who does online chatting with a decoy. He arrives at the house where he thought he would have sex with a minor. He gets this funny impression that he should not do this. It’s not the Holy Spirit all the time. Our conscience speaks to us. The conscience is the voice of the human spirit. You do not have to be saved for your spirit man to speak. However, for a believer, the Holy Spirit talks loud and clear……DO NOT DO THIS!!!!

However, we are driving and we refuse to pay attention to the red light or the stop sign at the intersection. We do not slow down. We make a break for the light. 

We do not slow down, we push it and then after it is done, it’s too late.

Just imagine. They wake up the next morning. Having suppressed the conviction, they act like nothing is going to happen. They act like married couples but something happens.

A pregnancy. Symptoms of a disease.

Among African Americans, 39% of males become new HIV/AIDS cases between the ages of 12 and 24. There is a more than greater risk of Black women acquiring HIV/AIDS. In some cases, they won’t know until later if the disease incubates. That puts their children at risk. Especially if they have multiple partners. With this young lady, we may not know if she had any other sexual partners. With Carn, we know he did because he transmitted the disease.

These guys would go to the location to meet up. Hotel, house. And here come the cops out of no where. All of a sudden, the cops bust him.

It’s the same with women that engage in having sex with a preacher that is single or married. Except you got busted with an STD.

It’s embarrassing but if sexual immorality is your game, these are the associated consequences.

God loves us and He will do everything in His power to protect us, but if we insist on violating Genesis 2:24, we only open ourselves up to vicious cycles of sexual immorality that only takes us deeper into the bondage of darkness.

Here is a very important development that you should read.

Click this link for an update…..https://prevailingwordministries.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/brian-carn-challenged-on-alleged-fornication/

10 Deadly Sins Of Leaders Involved In Secret Sexual Sins. #3 Compromise or Conviction

One of the best part of the job I had in the Navy was reading intelligence reports of potential activities from potential adversaries. These reports would give us the leg up on anyone that would attempt to make moves. We would have the upper hand in defending ourselves and ensure a decisive victory in our favor.

All across the world and in the United States, the enemy has had it’s way. The devil is taking things to another level and the church is so out to lunch that we wonder what is happening and why are we in the position that we are in today. The sad thing is that we’ve been reading the intel reports and yarning at them.

All the while the enemy built up their forces to ensure victory. Each setback is attributed to not using what we have. In order for forces to win any battle on the battlefield or battle space, they must train to win. The use of overwhelming superior force, constant training, good morals, and discipline, and unending vigilance is the only way to ensure victory.

There was a time that when a doctrine or something questionable would be preached that it would be struck down with fervent vehemence that you could feel the fear of God. Not today. Everyone is bringing a strange doctrine and no one is fighting it. We just wink at it. Worse yet, they insist on abusing Psalm 105:14-15. We get told, “Don’t you put your mouth on the man or woman of God, he or she is God’s anointed.”

There is no anointing that comes from God when the error of Scriptures is preached. God never protects error and the perpetrators of error, and He never protects the people that protect the perpetrator of preaching error. Every one of them is left out in the open in the killing field of the Lord.

Some of the churches and pastors no longer have this edge in refuting doctrine, and there is a reason.

Several months ago, I preached a message called “Compromise or Conviction.”

Compromise is usually borne out of fear.

Conviction is the courageous ability to stand your ground in the fear of the Lord in the face of the fear of men.

Such a conviction was found in Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.

Fear is what the world would do in response to your stand in Christ. The atmosphere is filled with intimidation and fear, however, Paul told Timothy “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life.”

When the world threatens you with lawsuits, violence, and protests, they want you to capitulate. After watching some leaders refusing to hold the line in sexual discipline, it’s because they’ve compromised in secret.

The things that are hidden in leaders is what fallen leaders fear the most. The discovery of porn and masturbation is the secret world of sexual fantasy that most men do but really don’t want to be revealed. Self gratification is perversion.

Their adulterous relationship is a beeline to the root cause of their sins.

Porn and masturbation.

“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world, and the world passes away, and the lust thereof, but he that does the will of the Father abides forever.”

There are many preachers, pastors, and other ministers that claim to be apostles, prophets, and so forth that live hypocritical compromised lives. I know what it is to live like this until the Lord lovingly rescued me from the darkness. When you live in Secret Sexual Sins, it is very easy to determine the place of compromise. At first, masturbation was an innocent thing. Or so I thought. When it comes to compromise, all that matters is what you think.

You do not think that your relationship with the Lord is on a decline. When you do not call what you are doing a sin, it is very easy to sin.

Such is the thing with LGBT.

As long as homosexuality is not a sin but an orientation, it is very easy to engage in this sin, or any sin for that matter.

Such is the case with lying. If you do not think that lying is a wrong, you can lie all day long. As long as you do not think that sin is sin, you can sin all day long.

The Holy Spirit’s job is to convict the world of sin (see John 16:8-11). The word “convict” means to “convince or to bring to light.”

The Word of God and the presence of God on the Word is the primary way the Holy Spirit convicts. If people in and outside the church refuses to hear the Word of God, or are not convicted when the Word comes, then consequential judgment comes.

1 Corinthians 11:31 says….

“For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.”

Listen to the Amplified Version of this verse.

“For if we searchingly examined ourselves [detecting our shortcomings and recognizing our own condition], we should not be judged and penalty decreed [by the divine judgment].”

Look at what the book of Hebrews 12:5 tells us….

My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.”

In the Corinthian church, they would take communion unworthily or in the wrong manner. Judgment came in the house. Some would take communion and end up sick, or they would die because they didn’t discern or understood the purpose of communion. This judgment was the result.

So it is in the church. The Lord loves us so much that He brings these things to us to correct us so that we would not be judged with the world. However, very few will take heed and the obvious course of action is to bring judgment.

As I survey the land, you look at many of the churches today (AA African Americans) that advertise their meetings, and what do you see?

Empowerment. Purpose. Destiny. Empowerment. Financial Breakthrough. Money. Hip Hop R&B Praise and Worship and Dance.

Essentially, the world is comfortable with the church and pastors are responsible, and will be held accountable. So comfortable that we now have reality TV and other worldly entertainment operating in the church. The abomination is in the house of the Lord. These pastors got it so backwards that when you attempt to correct them, they are prepared to curse you and condemn you. When they do this, it is a clear indication that they are full of themselves. When you believe you are final authority, your train is about to reach the end of the line.

These, and other cliche`s have been used to pull people into places where the Lord is not. Then you look at Praise and Worship, and you see the line up. I’ve often wondered what would happen if someone advertised a line up of just “Special Guest Artist: Jesus Christ.”

I know what would happen. No one would show up.

Conviction will keep the loins in the den from feeding on you.

Compromise will ring the lion’s dinner bell.

Conviction of faith means that you will never cross God, but you will remain faithful to Him. Conviction means that you will endure temptation and not fall prey to the tempter. Conviction of faith means that you will fight the good fight of faith and lay hold on eternal life. Conviction of faith means that you love God more than you love sin.

When it comes to conviction, it means that you are fully convinced of the fear of God in your life.

Compromise means that you are quick to cross God and commit adultery. Adultery against God is worse than committing adultery against your wife. Compromise means that you are willing to look lustfully at another woman instead of keeping your eyes on God. Compromise means that the Word of God means nothing to you and the word of the world means more. Compromise means that your love for the sin you love is stronger than your love for God. Compromise means that you will listen to the songs of the world and listen to the songs of faith. Compromise means that you are determined to have it both ways when the Father is looking for faithfulness from you. Compromise means that you will cheat on God while acting like you are faithful.

The World Of False Apostles; Extortion Without A Baseball Bat

This has a lot to do with sexual immorality because if you could fall for false apostles, you can fall for everything false apostles are about, including sexual immorality. Though it may not be detected early in their ministry, just watch over time and you will see things emerge.

If an apostle can excuse the small sins, the big ones are very easy to excuse as well. As compromise sets in, it is only a matter of time before you will hear the justification of sin in the life of an exposed false apostle. When you see people excuse the sin of homosexuality and abortion, it is clear that you had better start making your way for the exit.

It is very easy these days to accept an indefensible position. However, it is not worth losing your eternal salvation. In fact, the gospel of inclusion has it’s roots in Calvinism. Once saved always saved by election is very similar to the doctrine of inclusion.

And the goal of inclusionism is to get the unsuspecting, carnal person to include sexual immorality, not just homosexuality, as an acceptable activity. That homosexuality is not a sin. It is a sexual orientation.

When you see Calvinism, you see inclusionism.

“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.”

To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars;

Whenever a person appears to be authoritative, they are attempting to be authentic.

In these two passages of Scripture, Revelation 2:1-2 and 2 Corinthians 11:13-14, we see that when the Lord Jesus left the earth, all of a sudden, everyone wants to be an apostle. Lately, we have seen many “new comers” to the work of an apostle.

A close friend of mine, Pastor Darren Butler of International Good News Fellowship in Hicksville, NY and I had a lengthy fruitful discussion about this. From this discussion that I had he shared something that is worth noting.

Function is more important than title.

Over the short years, we have seen that when a person desires to be legitimate and authentic, people will reach into areas where this could be achieved. The ill-advised pursuit of notoriety crept into church leadership simply because if you are “discovered,” you can get the great speaking engagements that others appear to be getting.

It’s never about getting souls into the kingdom and they will lie like a dog by the fireplace to make you think it’s about souls.

It’s about stardom, glamour, fame, and money.

We all should know that whenever the true manifests first, the false will follow. When the false manifests, the truth comes to refute it. We see this consistently in Scripture. Who was here before everything?

God.

Who showed up with sin?

The devil.

False always follow after the truth. That’s why the devil has to wait for truth to manifest so that he could bring an alternative or opposite.

So why do people want to follow the false instead of the real? The lie, instead of the truth?

You can make up your own rules. This is at the heart of all rebels. You are able to do what you want. Hence, the satanic verse of verses……“Do as thou wilt.”

The quest for authenticity apart from the truth is a pursuit that will always be unobtainable. Besides, authentic mean real. With a lie, you have to keep that lie going with another lie. That’s why Jesus said that the devil is a liar. He speaks from his own resources. There is no truth in him (see John 8:44).

With false apostles, it’s not about going out to establish new local churches. It’s not about raising leadership from within that new work. It is not about preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ in places where He wasn’t preached. It’s about establishing their own personal kingdom. Additionally, another thing that is connected to false apostles is that they appear authoritative and powerful.

While some of them have great organizational skills, we see that is usually the backdrop for being able to help floundering pastors grow the work. This aspect is rather a necessary component of viable apostles. However, it is important to stay with the basic Biblical structure of an apostle.

We all know that an apostle mean sent one.

When a person says that they are an apostle, the question must be asked…..“Who sent you and where are you supposed to be.”

Pastor Butler shared this tremendous insight and called it region.”

Look at this Scripture…

John 6:38-39 says…..

“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.”

Notice Matthew 15:24…

But He answered and said, I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

And Matthew 4:12-17, notice the word “regions.”

Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee. And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned. From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

So here is the pattern.

Jesus was sent by the Father, not to do His own will, but the will of the Father. Jesus was sent to the lost sheep. Jesus went to the regions……

However, in the regions where Jesus was sent, something happened.

Jesus is obviously the Light of the Word, there is no dispute about that. What else took place? He preached repentance. Very few that claim to be apostles these days will stick to the basic gospel message, let alone, the basic framework of the call to be an apostle.

These are the three significant things that lack in modern day people that call themselves apostles.

1. Who sent you or did you go yourself?

2. Are you doing the will of the One Who sent you or are you doing your own thing?

3. To what area or “region were you sent?

Many of them will claim all of the above and they should just to save face. However, Jesus said, “You will know them by their fruit.”

Just watch them and watch what they do.

Another thing that is happening is that we are seeing a consistent crop of females enter into the place of the apostle.

We must understand that the Lord used 12 male apostles. It must be understood that God predominantly uses men to preach the gospel and to lead in the church. In the family nucleus, the husband is the one that binds the house together. In Paul’s letter to Timothy, we see that it was specifically written to males. There is no feminine qualifications for women in ministry. It doesn’t mean that the Lord has excluded women from ministry. It means that the Lord predominantly issues the call to males to assume leadership positions in the ministry.

God used women tremendously in certain places of the Bible, but the Lord’s consistent pattern has always been and His preference is clearly noted that He wants a man to lead. There are places where male leadership must yield to ministering to women. Males know nothing about what goes on in womanhood just like women know nothing about what goes on in manhood.

Just like a man is uncomfortable talking to a female pastor about being impotent, a woman is uncomfortable about talking to a male pastor about feminine issues.

Are you hearing me?

Therefore, it is important to yield whenever possible, to the gender that has knowledge in these areas.

However 1 Corinthians11:3 is there for a reason.

Please note that Paul did not say that the head of every woman is man. He said the head of woman is man. Therefore, Paul here, is speaking of married women. The order for the house is God, Christ, man, woman. That’s the order. And we see that predominantly and preferably, man is to lead in the church. And again, this is not exclusive. Women leading in ministry is an exception when it is called by God.

If they aren’t called, just like when a man isn’t called, the fruit will not manifest and it’s an intrusion or false work.

I have no problem if a woman claims to be called to any of the areas of ministry, however, the test for them is the same. They have to be sent by God. They have to be found doing the will of the Father and not their own thing, and they have to be sent to a region. You will know them by their fruit.

The gift of gab and emotional energy is not proof of any call of God on a person’s life.

Everyone can talk about taking Michael Jordan, but until you get on the court with him, talk is cheap. So it is in ministry. If your calling cannot produce the fruit, then the ministry is suspect. Busy preaching in established works is not considered apostolic work. You must be able to preach the gospel. Win folk to the Lord, raise up leadership, and start the process all over again in another region as you are directed and sent by the Lord.

Why is it so hard to follow this established pattern? Starting a work from the ground up, is hard work.

These days, the chief apostles have it easy. They go into other works that are already established and pick up a paycheck for all their expenses, depleting the local church of resources needed to cover their costs. These modern day false apostles pick the weak, low productivity churches, and they know that the young, inexperienced pastor desires to be a big time pastor and preacher.

Develop a relationship with them. All the while stringing them along. Every time these super apostles show up, they plunder them. What is offered in return is a chance to probably preach with them. Sit and receive some deep counsel and that’s about it. You’re fulfilling their dream. You chase after theirs while leaving your dream to waste away. All the while, your dream is left unfulfilled. You come to their conventions with big offerings and they are able to meet their needs, but you are left with nothing, and you preach heavy tithing messages to your small congregation to impress the chief apostle the next time you see him or her. You manipulate and coerce the people to give more. You badger them and make them give what some don’t have.

And that’s another thing. Since when did chief apostle become a title? There is only one Chief Apostle and it is not you. It’s Jesus.

You try to prove your worthiness to the chief apostle with a big offering every year.

Sooner or later, you will wake up and see what this is really all about.

Then for title purposes, you start calling yourself an apostle. You get all these credentials. Educational and ordination credentials. You desire to feel important and worthy of some some respect.

For what?

All the while, things are left undone.

Many of you are wondering what a real apostle looks like. You see the TV, DVD’s, and you go to these conferences, and you watch them work. You call it God. Not realizing you are being bamboozled. You get into more debt by giving in to their money demands. Extortion without a baseball bat. False apostles say great swelling words to work you into an emotional hissy fit. You are looking to be blessed by giving away your life savings.

You give it all away and they come and repo your car, foreclose on your home, garnish your check, while Ms. and Mr., Dr. Apostle is able to drive their Bentley right by your house.

There are real apostles out there that you will never see, nor know their names. The real ones that are called will never ask for anything. They will work with their own hands even though they are entitled to compensation. The people they minister to are not known but they are able to meet their needs as the real preachers simply preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The regions these apostles are sent to, have no medical facility but the Great Physician, Jesus, is there moving in their midst to save their sin sick soul and heal their physical diseases.

These apostles move from region to region because of the love of God to preach against sin, minister to their needs, and watch God do things that big city store front preachers like me know nothing about.

Yet, there are a lot of big city, store front preachers that call themselves apostles that claim to be sent to do nothing but look important, have armor bearers chase after them to carry their Bibles, shine their shoes, carry their robes and escort them to their car.

It is time to try them and find them to either be apostles or not. So far, we haven’t tried them and they are able to get away with having a title without function. No wonder we are ineffective. And then you have these people support LGBT positions and abortion.

Outrageous!

Enemies of the cross of Christ that fill their own bellies.

Plundering wonders that unhesitatingly rape and monetarily molest the saints during an emotional hissy fit.

Right on cue to take advantage.

You would do well to heed the message of the late David Wilkerson.

RUN!!!!! Run from these false apostles and preachers that pretend to be something but they are found to be false apostles!!!

10 Deadly Sins Of Leaders Involved In Secret Sexual Sins; Candid Camera

Smile! You’re on Candid Camera.

You might remember the TV show called Candid Camera where schemes against unsuspecting persons would be captured. Many of us laughed as people would be caught doing things that no one wants recorded. These days, when wives suspect that their husbands are cheating on them, they would send investigators to track them and take pictures to prove their suspicions.

With the man involved in Secret Sexual Sins, it is worse than that.

#2 The Sin of Secrecy.

Three things come to mind when it comes to Secret Sexual Sins.

1. God can’t see me.

2. People can’t know.

3. Since I’m not going to be judged quickly, I might as well engage in sin.

Ezekiel 8:12 says,

“Then He said to me, Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the room of his idols? For they say, The Lord does not see us, the Lord has forsaken the land.” 

The pleasures of sexual sins outweigh the risk of being caught but we do not understand or comprehend that these things are recorded in heaven. We will be judged and the evidence is stacked against us.

2 Corinthians 5:10 says,

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”

This is in regards to the righteous before Christ, the Head of the Church.

When it comes to the wicked, it’s a different story.

For pastors to commit adultery, Matthew 5:27-30 and Hebrews 13:4 is a direct word as well as 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. Adulterers do not stand a chance of entering the kingdom of heaven. Those that practice lawlessness will not enter the kingdom of heaven (see Matthew 7:21-23).

Repentance, confessing your Secret Sexual Sins, and forsaking them is the requirement for obtaining mercy according to Hebrews 4:16, 1 John 1:9, and Proverbs 28:13.

Many people love to and have a right privacy but never in the eyesight of the Lord.

In our modern world, in places around the world where it could be afforded, there is a camera watching almost every move of man. Surveillance is almost everywhere. From traffic cameras to catch people running red lights in the intersection, to satellite imagery, man could be watched.

The fear of being caught on camera heightens ones desire to keep things hush hush.

With the Lord, nothing is hidden from Him. Pull all the covers you want, it just won’t happen with God.

Look at these Scriptures.

“You have set our iniquities before You, our secret sins in the light of Your countenance.”

This is Psalm 90:8.

Psalm 139 (just a few verses) says,

“O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways,”

“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. 

If I say, Surely the darkness shall fall on me, even the night shall be light about me; indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You. For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.”

The wonderful thing about the Lord is that nothing catches Him by surprise. The Omniscience of God should be enough to impose the fear of God upon every man, however, such is not the case. We just don’t get it. That we intentionally sin like we think God is not, or was not watching.

We look left, we look right, we look up and down but God is right there watching. You can’t see Him but He can see you.

Notice Hebrews 4:13.

“And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”

God gave man a free will to make choices however, there is a day where each of us must give an account of the things done in our bodies, whether good or bad, but this doesn’t place fear in the hearts of most people.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.

This is Proverbs 1:7 and 9:10.

Notice Ecclesiastes 8:11.

“Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.”

These three things is what emboldens a man or woman to commit Secret Sexual Sins.

To deceive others, including the Lord (even though we can’t), we must deceive ourselves first.

When it comes to porn, I tried to keep it a secret from my wife. The Lord knew before I was born that I would make a decision to seek out the world of fantasy sex but to expose it to my wife. Not on your life.

Sooner of later it would catch up to me. She caught me. I thought that she was sleep next to me, but she knew that something was up, and she discovered my secret. No one watches porn and not masturbate, or make alternate plans to release sexual tension. Not everyone is a level one or whatever level sexual addict, but there was no question in my mind that I was a sexual addict.

An addiction is when you cannot control or stop it. There really is no such thing as managing an addiction because how could you manage something that has control of you? For that matter, how can you really control it, either? You could manage legal sex with your wife, but the acting out part of sex to release tension by other means than normal sexual intercourse with your spouse is not managing sex.

I said this because when it comes to acting out sexually apart from normal sexual intercourse with your wife, these things are done in secret. That’s why little time is spent on dealing with the core issues of male sexuality. What we do in secret reveals who we really are before the Lord. We can always deceive people, but we can never deceive the Lord.

IF you cannot stop an addiction, it doesn’t really mean that you are a hard core addict. It does mean that if you do not get to the place of discipline on the level of Jesus, you will be controlled by it. You will plan your life around what you’re addicted to.

Porn is the fuel for sexual immorality.

The dangers of the secrecy of porn is that you begin to develop a sense of false security. You believe that you will never get caught but the Lord always have a way to uncover that which you desire to remain a secret. In the back of our minds, we think that we could get away with it, but it is futile, and we know it.

Look at what the Lord Jesus said in John 3:18-21.

“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

For pastors that commit adultery, the adultery wasn’t what was exposed. The exposure of adultery is the end game. Behind the adultery is the strong possibility of porn and masturbation. I believe that this is the root problem that many pastors do not want to deal with because it’s done in secret.

So the preacher must be exposed if they insist on keep his or her secret.

Look at Luke 12:2.

“For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.”

It’s an eventuality. It’s an inevitable occurrence. There is nothing that anyone can do about it. It will get out, and when it does, it will either be because God uncovered it or the person in Secret Sexual Sins intentionally laid his sins on the table for all to see.

This is what everyone calls COME CLEAN.

To avoid being caught and exposed, the only way is to come clean about the issue and give no story for the Lord to tell. The sin that David committed was done in secret, but the Lord said that He would place it all out in the sun for everyone to see. This is clearly embarrassing but for leaders, it has to be done.

So to get this sin dealt with, it is time to come to the light.

One way or another.

10 Deadly Sins Of Leaders Involved In Secret Sexual Sins

Many of you have heard of the sex scandal of Sam Hinn, the brother of Benny Hinn.

For over a lengthy time, while preaching in the pulpit, Sam Hinn carried on in his ministry and life like nothing was going on.

The hypocrisy of preachers is one of the best deceptions the enemy uses to suppress the presence of God in the people of God.

I know what this is about, this hypocrisy thing, so I am not throwing stones.

Just go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/prevailingword1for my testimony if you think otherwise.

Many men and women in Christ and in the pulpit commit Secret Sexual Sins on a regular basis. It is a clear indication that we haven’t learned anything from the previous lessons of fallen leaders. We do not have to fall in sin. We choose to do so and explain it away as a mistake.

It’s not a mistake.

It is a calculated, deliberate act to defy the Lord.

A mistake is a wrong action attributable to bad judgment, ignorance, or inattention.”

Jesus and James, the Lord’s brother, defines sin as a deliberate act.

Matthew 15:19 and James 1:14-15 says….

“For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.”

“But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full- grown, brings forth death.”

In Systematic Theology, sin is the deliberate, intentional commission of an act of defiance against the Lord in three areas.

1. Thought

2. Action.

3. Words.

So when you call sin a mistake, it’s like we are telling the Lord, “O Lord, my bad. I miscalculated.”

The power of the devil is only as effective as we allow it to be effective. The power of the devil can have a zero effect on our lives when we cut off the avenues by which he operates. However, it starts with what’s in our hearts.

The originating point of all sin is in the mind. Once the mind is told something, the eyes see something, and the mind meditates on something, the course to fulfill the desires of the flesh initiates the urges and impulses to commit a deliberate, intentional act of defiance against God begins to run its ungodly, merciless course.

Notice what Paul said in Romans 13:14.

“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”

Now go back to James 1:14-15 and you will see that as long as you do not give in to the desires,” the devil’s enticements cannot overpower you (see 1 Corinthians 10:13).

Therefore, you instinctively make no provision for the flesh.

Flesh has a vision and it will provide to fulfill that vision.

So here are the 10 Deadly Sins. We will not get through them all in this setting but we will address each one in subsequent articles.

1. No Real Relationship With The Lord.

Jesus said in Matthew 15:7…

Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”

In the service of ministering the Word of God, it is very easy to assume that your relationship with the Lord is ok. However, little things begin to creep in or perhaps, they are already in your life, but you never really took time to address these issues.

You started watching the news and this woman or man sexually appealed to you. You thought nothing of it, but every morning, like clock work, you just had to see him or her. These little things turn into big issues. You start seeing R Rated movies with a little soft porn in it.

One thing always leads to another. Next thing, the very thing you thought you’d never watch is on your TV screen or lap top computer.

Some pastors are daring. After their sermon preparation at home or in the church study, they click the links to free porn. This may not be true of Sam Hinn, however, we know that when a pastor is willing to commit Secret Sexual Sins, it’s a process that may involve porn and self gratification.

This is not true with everybody because to put a one size fits all on every preacher is unfair.

However, to carry on a Secret affair, is just another form of acting out sexually that was premeditated.

Remember, sin is a deliberate, intentional act to defy God.

When our lips truly match our hearts, it is a revelation of the kind of worship the Lord is getting.

Hypocritical worship or genuine worship.

Our worship of the Lord is one or the other because of our love for Him, or lack thereof.

Your relationship with the Lord is not just found in your time of daily devotion. In my own life, while I was in Secret Sexual Sins, I prayed and studied the Word of God. However, I still had sin in my life. The lusts of the flesh and mind, and eyes. Of course, I “repented,” but my repentance wasn’t real. It would be remorse, and there is a big difference.

Remorse is a “feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed).”

This regret is a sad feeling associated with having done something wrong.

This is what I was experiencing. No one really told me the difference. So right after I get over the sad feeling, the regret, the mind returns to the place where the pleasure of sin exists. Remorse takes you right back to the place where you think about pleasures of sin.

Like a dog licks its vomit up, so does a man return to his folly (see Proverbs 26:11 and 2 Peter 2:22).

We haven’t really understood that sin is folly. In Proverbs, “folly” means “foolishness.”

So the next thing that happens is that you suppress the Word of God within you. You suppress the promise that you would never sin that sin again. You begin to make provision. You sin that sin that you promised the Lord, your Lord, that you claim deliverance from.

The cycle continues again.

When all of us sinned sexual sins, we’ve experienced this revolving door experience many times and it gets to the point where we cross over from hope to hopelessness. That’s the least of your concerns. As far as Secret Sexual Sins is concerned, the deliberate, intentional commission of an act to defy the Lord takes on a life of itself.

This sin is what you live for.

You begin to schedule your every move around the sin you love.

Allegedly, Sam Hinn’s car was found outside the apartment of this married woman who was a congregant in his church. This is one of the ways exposure comes. The Lord loves us so much, that He gives us time to repent but when we do not know the difference, the cycle of madness continues.

This adulterous affair took time to develop and he made his relationship with God, his family, and ministry fit his time for his sin. The things that were important became secondary, if anything. God, his family, and his ministry were relegated to the back seat. Misplaced priorities always begin with a man or woman’s heart attitude towards the Lord.

That’s why it was easy to miscommunicate the commandment of the Lord. According to the accounts, the female that was involved in the affair was told by Sam Hinn that the Lord permitted this relationship. However, anyone with common sense will tell you that if you are a married or single woman, getting involved with a married pastor is a bad move with no justification.

The tradition of men, when it usurps the commandment of the Lord, it takes on a nature of its own making. If Sam Hinn was in a genuine relationship with the Lord, and if the adulterous married woman was in a real relationship with the Lord, it is safe to say that we would not be talking about this.

A real relationship begins and ends with Psalm 91:1-2.

“He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress. My God in Him will I trust.”

In a real relationship with the Lord, Secret Sexual Sins is off limits in the Secret Place of the Lord.

In a real relationship with the Lord, you begin to see that this is hurting the Lord.

Paul said…“And grieve (sadden) not the Holy Spirit.”

Real repentance understands fully that a deliberate, intentional act to defy God hurts the Lord on the level that Adam and Eve hurt God.

In a real relationship with the Lord, you understand fully that you do not want to hurt God like that.

All acts of betrayal begins with disconnection from the Lord. Not just in prayer, fasting, and the Word, but the Lord is personally betrayed when we walk away from Him to commit the very thing that would eventually hurt us.

We hurt the Lord when we get into the car and a good looking woman walks in peripheral vision range, and we just had to take a look at her sexually.

We hurt the Lord when we watch salacious movies. You know, those trailers warn you of the content, yet, you insisted that you could handle watching that movie but you really didn’t get it. The Lord is looking at that movie with you. His eyes is watching that movie through your eyes.

We hurt the Lord when our minds are not fully stayed on Him and we engage in deliberate sexual thoughts other than healthy ones as far as our wives or husbands are concerned.

These are the things, the little foxes that spoil the relationship with the Lord.

Why not take the time to really repent of the sins of allowing the little foxes in when they should have been chased. Take the time to understand the magnitude of how the Lord was hurt by your deliberate and intentional act of defiance. Take the time to fully feel the heart of the Lord. But also know that the Lord pities you. He loves you and wants you back. He knows that if you do not turn from your wicked ways, the devil will take you to other levels of sin.

In sin, it only gets worse but when you have learned to stop, you will see the Lord return to you to help you get yourself together.

Ultimately, the devil will pull you into the spirit and age of apostasy if your prodigal heart fails to catch itself.

We’ve prostituted ourselves long enough.

So repent, for real. And come back to right standing and right relationship with the Lord.

Isaiah 55:6-7 says,

“Seek the Lord while He may be found. Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”

The Next Four Years: A Turn For The Worse?

Just to reiterate, I did not vote in the last presidential election because neither candidate appealed to me because of their stand on abortion and the sin of homosexuality and same sex unions.

These two positions go crosswise of the Word of God.

Standing on the side of God is better than erring on the side of voting for either candidate unwilling to choose the side of God and His Word.

Voting for either candidate is an endorsement the continuation of sin in the nation.

However, it’s not just from the political realm. We must remember that the influence of the most powerful place on earth has significantly deteriorated. The voice of righteousness in the church is no longer a moral voice, but a weak, tied in between the pillars church. Our eyes are gouged out and we are crying like a wounded pup.

The influence of the church is almost non existent, let alone, even heard when the church speaks. For we are a laughing stock of hypocrites. We call sin good. We take pleasure in those that commit sin and we love sin more than we love God. The entire church is not in this condition. There are many that never bowed their knee to Baal. The remnant recognizes that to turn away from the Lord now is the wrong move.

We must stay true and faithful to Him even if the rest walk away.

This being said, the next four years is going to be about the after affects of the positions of sin. When you deliberately set yourself against the known will of God, your fate is sealed. The further entrenching of the sin of homosexuality, the economic fallout, and the continued moral decay and decline of a once powerful nation will continue unless there is a definitive miracle of God working in the church.

Many of you have heard of the term “a turn for the worse.” 

We are not just talking about the deteriorating financial conditions. The outward conditions of a decline have been in place for the last 11 years. Outward conditions are usually indicative of inward spiritual conditions.

The heart of man, where all activity occurs, determines the direction of the church and the community it’s supposed to righteously influence. I no longer say spiritually influence because people in the church could be demonically influenced. We do have double agents and sleeper cell people in the church. They are also called tares.

The proof of righteous people in the church is found in those that obey the Lord and His Word.

Jesus said in John 8:31-36 these words.

“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered Him, We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, You will be made free? Jesus answered them, Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

Your freedom is not found in committing sin. You really don’t know that the devil is taking you on a ride of destruction, using your free moral will to express his sinful desire through you. True freedom is found in doing what Jesus said. If you are a true disciple, you will stay free from sin.

God is not looking for you to be perfect. He is looking for you to look to the perfect law of liberty where Christ has made you free. Obey that perfect law of liberty and never look to deliberately defy God again. Some of you all will remember when you had arguments with your parents and your parents demanded that you not leave the house to go to a party. You got so mad that you defied that order and snuck out the house anyway.

You knew that when you got back, there would be stuff to pay. Just as sure as the sun rises in the east, they were waiting for you.

When you refuse to do the Word of God, you are not a disciple of Jesus. When you choose to obey the Word of God, you will prove your love for Him by doing what He said. If you cannot do what He said, you are not a disciple.

This is what the Lord Jesus said in Luke 14:33. 

“So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.”

Forsaking all that he has” means walking away from whatever holds you from fulling committing to Jesus. The parable of the sower is the gauge that determines whether you are a true disciple or not. When you are on good ground, it’s clear that you are a true disciple because you are producing fruit. When you are not producing fruit, you are on the wayside, stoney, or thorny ground.

This is proof that your discipleship in Christ is non existent.

However, it doesn’t have to be that way. At anytime you can simply move to good ground where production is guaranteed or you can stay where you are.

The choice is yours.

As man continues to decline and decay spiritually, the outward conditions of the United States will continue to decline. However, man will be resilient to ride the wave of disaster after disaster. The window dressing to make it appear as if nothing is wrong has been the bandaid on a gapping wound. It reminds me of the situation with Sandy.

You all remember Sandy?

The Weather Channel and the National Weather Service indicated with strong evidence and words that NYC will be hit with a surge. Mayor Bloomberg completely ignored the report. The Weather Channel was shocked that the mayor would not warn the people along the coast that they would be hit with the brunt of the storm. The mayor reluctantly reversed course.

This is the kind of attitude we have with the world. They can stand outside, look at a disaster and say the sun is shining when we all see that the sky is filled with darkness. So it is with this generation spiritually. You can call it what you want, but we all know that the dark hearts and minds of people will only see sunshine during a storm.

No one wants an economic disaster. No one wants to see people suffer. No one wants to watch children suffer.

However, when you walk away from God, all who walk away from God must suffer. The Lord is not going to make you accept His terms. The Lord will let you make up your mind.

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” 

If you study the OT, you will see that when the children of Israel declined to walk in the ways of the Lord, the consequential judgment lasted for years. Decades even.

When the right ways of the Lord are perverted, we are left to our own devices.

The world does not like Jesus and His Word. They want to remake Him into the kind of Savior they want.

The world does not believe that Jesus is a Judge.

Jesus said, that He did not “come into the world to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved.”

When did Jesus come into the world?

When He was born of the virgin Mary. However, He was crucified and then resurrected from the dead. He is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Paul said these words in 2 Timothy 4:8.

“Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

When the Day of the Lord comes, no one will be able to stand.

These next four years, we will see people that were once in the faith turn away. We’ve seen this already with Carlton Pearson, John Swilley, and many others. We’ve seen questionable doctrine preached and people’s faith subverted. The Word of Faith movement wasn’t as it was supposed to be. A “Let the good times roll” gospel. Also known as the gospel of prosperity.

We’ve seen many in the gospel music industry turn from the Lord. We’ve seen many homosexuals come out from the closet. Many that are involved as music ministers are living double lives. They appear anointed but are perverted. Some are just promiscuous porn perverts, bound to act out sexually in either prostitutes, girl/boy friends or both. They are addicted to self gratification, commonly called masturbation, addicted to the lusts of the flesh, eyes, and mind. Some are caught in the homosexual scene where they hook up on Saturday night but show up on the keyboard on Sunday morning with no fear of God before their eyes.

They’ve turned their backs on the Lord, some never to return.

Pastors are divorcing their wives to marry their same sex partner and install them as their First Gentleman or First Man. Deacons, elders, bishops, apostles and other title people are sleeping with sexually immoral women. We’ve seen well known and obscure pastors live double lives. Pastoral bisexuality is no longer a surprising thing. It is almost expected.

Perversion in the pulpit is almost a regular occurrence. Where the people know that the pastor is committing adultery with everyone willing to go to the defiled bed of perversion. Secret Sexual Sins is now Open Sexual Sins.

In most people’s minds, it’s to be expected for this is the progressive church.

Gay bishops. It’s common now. They will ordain other homosexual people and they will preach with seemingly great power and authority, but we know that the Lord is not in league with the very thing He detests.

Sin!

Look at your flamboyant preachers. They look like they could do no wrong. Look closely, though and you will see all sorts of lewdness and perversion rise out of their hearts. You will see the people he or she preaches to applaud and hold their leader up. If they are criticized for walking in sin, they will use Psalm 105:15 on you. They will tell you to take your mouth off of their pastor living in sin. They will defend sin faster than righteousness.

They will always defend indefensible positions. 

Sin is never defendable for the Lord condemned sin in the flesh of Jesus.

When they defend the commission of sin in a pastor faster than defending the righteousness of God, you now know who their king and kingdom is.

Perverted preachers and pastors preach really good but live like dogs in a filthy kennel. They rape and decimate the church they are supposed to tend; nurture, guard, guide, and fold the flock of God.

It is one hot mess, and the further decline and erosion of the true faith of Christ is anticipated to continue. These are the last days. The people that you all thought would remain in Christ may surprise some of you and defect to the camp of devils and demons.

We must remember, this is the apostasy that Paul warned of.

It is important for you to “be even more diligent to make your call and election sure.”

Translation.

Make doubly sure that you do not fall away from the faith.

If your best friend do not want to go with God, let them turn into a pillar of salt. Do not look back. Stay true to the Lord no matter what. Even when it feels good, you better check your feelings at the door and know the Word of God for yourself.

In these last days, we want to take everyone with us, but be prepared to go alone if you have to. Not everyone wants to go to heaven. Many that are children of the devil are children of hell, and they desire to take you with them.

Only the crowd will go to hell. But you enter by the straight and narrow way. It’s tight and getting tighter. It’s right and getting righter. If you do not make it, just remember, you read it here or somewhere else that you had your shot, and you walked away at the wrong time.

FB (FaceBook): Understanding The Ambush Of Perversion

Recently, I was ambushed by the ad section of FB (Facebook).

Everyone knows about the “Ad” section on FB. It’s the advertisement slide show. New friends to connect with as well as other interesting ads that connect with your taste constantly flashes before your eyes. These items are connected to your profile and preferences. With certain FB potential friends, sometimes they wear stuff (low cleavage items) to catch your attention. Some women that profess to know Jesus do it all the time.

While there are nasty male preachers and believers, there are nasty women that profess to know Jesus too.

Yes, ladies, it is a problem.

Femininity is a power that females use to attract men, whether men or women are married or not.

Females that profess to know the Lord should know better than to flaunt themselves but they do it anyway.

When these women are successful, and because of a lack of discipline, males and females engage in fornication and adultery. The male is called a fool and the female is called sexually immoral, whores, harlots, and seductresses.

It is just as bad with males.

Straight, as well as homosexuals advertise themselves too. For those that struggle with SSA (same sex attraction) issues, FB constantly reminds those that were delivered from the sin of homosexuality of the “fun.”

For those that were recently delivered from Secret Sexual Sins, the sins are still “fresh in their flesh.”

Many items pass through and every now and then, you will see things that should be flagged.

Paul said this, “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.”

Love of money is what drives all kinds of evil.

When the Word of righteousness is brought to bear on unrighteousness, money will be used to stop someone from getting delivered by the power of God. That’s because when a person gets delivered, they will not spend any more money to watch porn, go to the bars, straight or gay, they will not buy condoms, no longer will they to go to the doctor to get treated for STDs, and abortion would not be an issue.

God broke the addiction which breaks the money chain, and that’s why they do incredible warfare to get you to return. This is the reason they hook little children early. In the food chain, they have to keep a supply of people willing to go to great lengths to have something fulfilled. The addictions, the desires, the false sense of satisfaction. All of these things are equated to keeping a person in the dark to commit dark acts of depraved indifference to themselves and to others to satisfy themselves.

In most cases, people are willing to spend money on satisfaction, knowing that they need to pay for rent, lights, gas, and other necessities of life. Hence, the reason behind the economic judgment on the church and the United States.

Pleasure comes before responsibility.

While fallen man knows the limits, as long as a man is willing to chase after certain things, the money chain will not be broken. It’s the theory of the predator in operation. You gotta stay addicted because I gotta live.

The moment you get delivered from the addiction, they will look for others to remain addicted, or they suffer.

Folks, I have chosen to let the world suffer.

I gotta stay saved and they can be saved too.

That’s why there is such a fight against righteousness.

Revenue.

Everything is connected. Drugs, alcohol, medicine, hospitals, clothing, cars, hotels and motels, make up, and food.

When you put up the Word of God, (not destructive criticism, there is a difference), someone will get offended because somewhere in the chain, the money is about to get cut off.

If you study the book of Acts, particularly the 19th chapter, the gospel came to the city of Ephesus. The city of Ephesus was a commerce area with a population of over 300,000. The coppersmiths were in business making statues of Diana and they were raking in the ducats.

Diana is a multi breasted idol distantly connected to the Asherah or Baal forms of worship. Infertility is connected to sexual immorality.

The coppersmiths were making money off of these perverted statues and the people brought their sorcery books and other forms of the occult to be burned. The revival was so powerful verse 20 revealed the outcome of a direct move of God.

“So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.”

At the end of the revival that Paul, Aquilla and Priscilla founded, and Timothy, later sent by Paul to be the First Bishop of Ephesus, the membership or people that regularly attended that church numbered over 100,000. John, the apostle of the Lamb and Mary, the mother of Jesus, were among members there.

How?

According to tradition, the bones of Mary and John were discovered in the region. Also remember that John was exiled on the isle of Patmos and when he had a vision on the Lord’s day, he was given instructions by the Head of the church to give a letter to the messenger or pastor of the church at Ephesus.

Here’s what I wanted to get to.

The revenue was jeopardized as a result of the gospel being preached. Sales declined on occult books. Sales declined on spells to cast upon people to curse them or cause them to fall under a perverted spell. Sales declined on the purchase of Diana of the Ephesians. They all went to the theater. Paul, who wanted to enter the middle of the riot to preach, was kept from sealing the deal. I do not think Paul would have been harmed but then again, you never know. For two hours, the people shouted.

The gospel threatened their economy.

The effective preaching of the gospel caused a riot.

Ineffective preaching will not cause a riot.

No one will bother you but when you strike a cord, you will see them come at you because you are a threat to their economy.

On a different note, when truth comes, people act like little babies and cry to momma FB to block, remove, or close the accounts. Granted, I’ve said some things that definitely raised a few eyebrows, but not worthy of a block, removal, or closing of an account. There are other tactics that is utilized. Such as temporarily cutting off your account, freeze certain pages, eliminate the share button on certain items detrimental to cash-flow, and image dressing.

However, there are some ads that will not get blocked that come very close to violating obscenity laws. And the use of vulgar language is constantly seen on the social networks, but nothing is done to address it. However, put the Word of God up and God’s Word to the sinner is obscene and vulgar.

The ambush that took place was probably generated because of the articles that I post regarding Secret Sexual Sins and other related items.

When it comes to applying the Word of God in the world, you will draw much criticism from those that are not in the Body of Christ masquerading as bona fide believers and especially those that profess to be believers in the Body of Christ, but live in sin.

Sadly, those that profess to be believers and live below the level of Matthew 7:21-23 are the wayside people that Jesus spoke of in Luke 8:12 that let the devil steal the Word from their hearts, unless they believe.

Anyway, the ambush was salacious ads. One by one, of women. Naked, cleavage/scantily clad, and hand covering certain obvious parts.

Some of you that were delivered from the sin of homosexuality may have seen ads that are connected to the gay lifestyle like, gay cruises, bars, parades, and things of this nature.

Some people, including misguided, gullible children of God will not think nothing of it and tell you to just ignore it. Some will tell you that you are misguided, gullible, and into this stuff too much.

These are the same believers that really do not understand the wiles of the devil.

As a side note, this is true spiritual warfare when images are thrown at you and you have to exercise discipline not to yield to these temptations.

You intercessory prayer folks that border on space cadets think that you understand spiritual warfare and cry out to the principalities and powers, and command them to come down, in Jesus’ name. There is no Scriptural evidence of the Lord Jesus ever carrying out that level of warfare you claim to talk about. The devils He cast out were in people. Within the safe confines of the four walls, many claim to chase demons out of cities. Yet, the demons remain at large in the people on the street corner.

We think that prayer changes things. Wrong! It’s the God that answers prayer in accordance with His will that changes things. it’s time to dispel the myth of non Biblically unsubstantiated empowerment.

Go figure!

Anyway, true spiritual warfare is when you have been inundated with things that pull on your flesh. You resist by renewing the mind with the Word of God. You resist by prayer. You resist by praise. You resist by turning off the Internet, shutting down FB, and cut off the avenues of demonic attack.

You must remember, if you keep yourself, it is not by walking through the fire. It is by keeping away from the fire.

Jesus prayed, “…and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.”

Paul said, “Avoid the very appearance of evil.” And “Flee fornication.”

You go to the movie theaters and the trailers are full of salacious ads. Some of you have already made up your minds to go see that movie, not realizing that the devil is preaching to you. The devil is ministering to you the word of death. The devil is ministering to you the very things that pull on your flesh and mind.

Brothers are seduced and they file every feminine body part to fantasize and masturbate off of later.

So it is with these ads that come at me. I am firmly aware of the intent and I identify it as a clear and present danger to the sanctification and holiness of God established in me by the grace of God.

You must recognize quickly that the enemy will not let you off the hook when you claim to be delivered. You must be able to run like Joseph. No man can stand where he once was conquered. We must utilize every means of escape according to 1 Corinthians 10:13.

I am not going to leave nothing to chance. When you do, that is a position of pride that the enemy was waiting on. When you think that you can handle it, this is where you are the most vulnerable. Flee and avoid is the position of strength. Stay and camp is the position of weakness. Grace works when we flee and avoid. Foolishness works when we stay and camp.

Therefore, the ads targeted against the righteous is not just harassment. It is a vulgar form of perversion to stop righteousness from destroying their bottom line at your expense. It is also a double whammy. It is also designed to pull on your flesh to get you back in the dark world of Secret Sexual Sins. Take a good look at certain news on the Internet, and you you will see the same thing.

Somewhere on that page, there will be a woman or a man to sexually attract your attention.

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God to the pulling down of strongholds. Casting down imaginations (reasonings) and every high thing (salacious pictures) that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

Facebook makes a living on ads, but you have to be careful, child of God.

LGBT State Church: The Inaugural Benediction Saga

Luis Leon, Episcopal Priest, Will Deliver Obama’s Inauguration Benediction, Replacing Louie Giglio

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/15/luis-leon-benediction-obama-inauguration-louie-giglio_n_2468824.html

Many of you are saying that he is just giving a benediction. It will be a benediction that God will not hear. The prayer may have well been addressed to the devil himself.

Psalm 66:18 says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart the Lord will not hear me.”

You cannot practice sin and practice righteousness at the same time. This is the very thing that many preachers and believers know based on the Word of God. You cannot live in sin and expect God to accept you in the condition of sin.

Here is what the Lord Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-23.

“Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”

If you try to tell this to anyone in sin, they will tell you that you are full of hate, but here is the thing. You try to tell God to accept your condition unconditionally when the Lord sent His Son unconditionally to save you from the condition of sin you are in.

Notice what Paul said in Romans 5:18-21.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”

You see, salvation’s purpose is to change your heart.

“The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked,” Jeremiah 17:9 tells us.

It’s the condition of the heart that the Lord is after, but man refuses to have his heart changed so they reinvent everything that God initially instituted so that what man makes conforms to his own dark heart.

There is a clear intention to weaken the church by finding weak willed leaders to accept sin in the church. From bisexual pastors to perverted bishops that are open homosexuals. They want to have God but they do not want His Word of righteousness and true holiness.

So there is a double effort to reduce the pillar of truth into a pile of rubble while erecting a “church” according to their liking. This church must have teeth. The State Church of LGBT must have governmental power to exist. That’s why there has been a concerted effort to engage in politics, rewrite Civil Rights, suppress the truth, silence the truth through the legislative and judicial process, and infiltrate political power by being elected into office.

A man once said that the most powerful preachers were Black. There is no question that there are many preachers across the globe that are not African descent are just as powerful. There is no question in my mind that some of the greatest preachers also were Anglo Saxon and other races. If you look at African history, many firsts were achieved.

However, we see that in some African American preachers today, there is an unwillingness to confront the issues of our day from a Biblical perspective. We find that many are comfortable talking about issues that would better our people (prosperity gospel, motivational messages, coaching) but we fail to realize that sin is detrimental to any race.

Proverbs 14:34 says,

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”

As Paul said, “Woe (doomed) is me if I PREACH not the gospel.”

I’m not called to motivate or coach. When God spoke to me and called me into the ministry, He called me to PREACH! 

Sadly, some have accepted the sin of homosexuality and relegated it to Civil Rights. Sin and Civil Rights are two separate issues. The Blood of Jesus has removed sin. Man must accept his race and learn to be mindful that no matter what your race is, the love of Jesus bridges the gap.

Some African American pastors are not quick to speak against sin but very quick to deal with race issues.

Many have abandoned the call of God to enter into the political arena. The one thing that helps people is to have a change of heart that the gospel of Jesus Christ provides through the life, death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. We preachers have come to find out that not many people want to turn from sin and sometimes, discouragement sets in and such discouragement drives us from the pulpit.

In most cases, it drives many to Secret Sexual Sins to appease the lack of satisfaction in making a gospel difference in people’s lives. People are hard to minister to because of a variety of issues and challenges that many people face. We pastors tend to forget that we cannot fix everything and we cannot change anybody.

With this, a vacuum of power and influence was left wide open. In many of our White denominations, many have forsaken the way of the Lord. Intellectually, they have reasoned that God has changed and are now incorporating LGBT principles in their churches. Joseph Ward calls it, “progressive.”

GCMWatch.com, a while back sounded the alarm about gay denominations emerging.

In progressive minded church people and leaders, LGBT has found weak willed leaders that became sympathetic to the sin of homosexuality. Some that resist are called bigots, racists, discriminant, and other racial slurs that African Americans are accustomed to use when confronted with racist people.

Predominantly, and sadly, White homosexual folks have taken on our plight. As I would say, put my skin on for one split second and then you will know what true racism is all about.

There is a difference between sin and skin.

One person put it like this.

“When I walk outside, I did not come out of the closet another color. I walk out as a Black man. You do not have to ask me about my “orientation” of skin color. When I walk out that door, you can easily see, without a shadow of doubt, that I am a Black man. But when you need to know if I am straight or gay, you have to ask because the pigmentation of my skin generally tells you my ethnicity. My skin color doesn’t tell you anything about my sexuality.” 

In a nutshell, Joseph Ward said that “Christians are consistently becoming more visible advocates for full inclusion of our LGBT neighbors.”

Not true.

I and many other true believers have not become one because of our immoveable stand on the standard of the Word of God. Moving from the Word of God is non-negotiable according to James 4:4 and 1 John 2:15-17. We will be glad to lead you to The Lord, but I will not let you lead me from my Lord and Savior. The progressive thinking of sinners always lead people astray and away from The Lord to commit perverse acts that is prohibited in Scripture.

It’s amazing that people want to change God instead of being changed by God. They always claim that God is wrong and behind the times, when people in their reprobate minds are wrong and behind the times.

Catch up to the way God thinks.

Joseph Ward also said, Christianity does not have to be exclusive of LGBT equality, and when it is, people are leaving the church.”

He really wanted to say Christ does not have to be exclusive…

You can’t make this stuff up. LGBT, you can’t have the righteousness of God and be in the condition of sin. As Jesus said, “You must be born again!”

Therefore, we who believe the written inerrant Word of God dare not progress from the God who gave it.

You can view a slideshow regarding this by clicking this YouTube link…http://youtu.be/UKTrjghAW94

Washington National Cathedral now performs same sex marriages. In the African American churches, gay bishops are emerging in record numbers. One by one, we are seeing catholicism enter the ranks of African American churches to give these bishops legitimacy in ministry.

However, we all know that God is not pleased and God never approved such things according to Leviticus 18:22, Malachi 3:6, and Romans 1:18-32.

They do not see that the place at the highest political table is just a token. The real power behind the White House has controlled what we see.

It is amazing that only 2% of the American population is homosexual, yet, they are able to wield power as if they are a massive majority that dares to be challenged. It reminds me of the Wizard of Oz where a short man behind the curtain is so insecure of himself that he needs loudspeakers, smoke, and people fearful of him to be accepted.

Such as it is with LGBT. They want to be able to steamroll their way into the political system, overthrow the faith of many, and establish their own State Church. These are telltale signs of the end of a superpower. Just look at the book of Daniel and every major dominating power rose and comes to an end.

Psalm 75:6-10 says this….

“For exaltation comes neither from the east nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another.

For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is fully mixed, and He pours it out; surely its dregs shall all the wicked of the earth drain and drink down.

But I will declare forever, I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. All the horns of the wicked I will also cut off, but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.

Notice also what Paul said in Acts 17:24-31.

“God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.

And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said,

For we are also His offspring. Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising.

Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”

Take a good look at the Inauguration. Babylon is emerging. In order for a new world order to emerge, a superpower must decline.

Spiritually, morally, economically, technologically, educationally, and militarily.

While some states are holding out and establishing their hold against same sex marriages, we are seeing LGBT impose their end around game. If you think that the incident at Sandy Hook High School is just an isolated incident, it sparked outrage regarding guns in the US. So much so that many in political circles desire to change the 2nd Amendment.

The founding fathers, in their wisdom saw that if you take the weapons, you rule the people with an iron rod. Such as it was with Germany in 1938. Such as it is in North Korea. When a people have no weapons to defend themselves, it is inevitable that the people will be ruled with an iron fist.

The founding fathers knew that one day America would attempt to make changes in the Constitution and they set a very high bar to prevent drastic changes from taking place easily. However, if you see them make changes in the Constitution, then it is very easy to set it aside. That’s why when you see a usurping of a document that exceeds the wisdom of men today, it’s because Babylon is sure to emerge.

All of these things are interconnected because this is the end times.

So do not be surprised when the State Church of LGBT gets a stronghold in the United Staes.

Just be ready as Jesus said, “For your redemption draws nears.”

Is It Worth It? By James Penn

The I’m Free Project is the edge of the cut about dealing with the issues of sexuality and other critical themes confronting the church and this nation today.

The title above is an excerpt of this video that brother James powerfully presented. You will never be the same after listening.

From every corner of the United States, the Lord is raising up voices to speak the truth in love, Biblically, and prophetically to the hearts of people. This is not your average seminar class. God is looking to free His people and sinners by the proven power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

James Penn and his wife, Angel Penn have really pull out the stops on addressing this critical issue.

In my short time of deliverance from Secret Sexual Sins, I have come across some tremendous people that have walked in the power of the Word of God. It is a privilege to be a part of the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit to minister freedom from all forms of sexual bondages and addictions, and to teach time tested principles of Healthy Sexuality, which brother James powerfully taught in this video.

This is a concerted effort to spread the Word of God without fame, fortune, or glamor.

It’s a team effort and only God is to be glorified.

This God ordained presentation speaks for itself….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3xBAENzCG8

Preachers And Money; Tithes And Offerings

I can’t help but see this almost every time in certain places. Such places like World Changers, with Creflo Dollar, Leroy Thompson of Ever Increasing Word Ministries, and Eddie Long, of New Birth Missionary Baptist.

Anytime the place is in an emotional uproar, people start coming up to the pulpit to give money.

During the 2012 New Year’s Service at Eddie Long’s church, an emotional frenzy was in full swing and people started coming up to give money.

Since pastoring for 19 years, I’ve learned some things and I’ve made some critical adjustments regarding membership, tithes, and offerings.

As a pastor myself, I believe in tithes and offerings.

However, I do not do it out of compulsion or command, but I do it out of my covenant relationship with the Lord like Abram.

I believe that we should never look down upon people that tithe and we should never look down on people that do not tithe. It’s not a heaven and hell issue. God has been so good to me that I will honor Him with my best. The level of my best is determined by me paying my tithes.

Now, many will say then you need to follow all the OT rules of tithing.

No. I’m not buying cattle and there is no temple or Levites to give them to. And I am not a Hebrew.

So why tithe?

It’s my business between the Lord and I. I do not impose this on anyone from the pulpit. If they choose to tithe, it’s their business. I will not check their records to see who is tithing. I used to check, but that’s witchcraft and covetousness.

I also believe that the moment that the Lord cannot pay for its expenses through the people He sends, that it is time to close its doors forever. I will never beg, borrow, or manipulate anyone to keep open something that the Lord no longer wants open.

I believe that pastors should not use any form of manipulation to coerce people to give to a pastor or a ministry. The one thing that I do believe in is that a church should live within its means. Also, I believe that what the Lord calls for, He provides for through people whom He sent to be a part of that ministry.

I have also changed my way of thinking about membership. We are the Body of Christ, and members in particular.

There are many people that demand loyalty to a local church and its pastor. There is nothing in Scripture that gives anyone the right to demand loyalty by membership. We do see in the NT a command to be a part of a local church. We are baptized into one Body. The true identity of the local church is not found in activities and events. The true identity of the local church is found in people living the life of Jesus for the world to see, and to be a vocal witness and testimony to those that live in darkness. Membership should never be by manipulation or coercion.

We do see that those that have the call of God upon their lives must be examined and ordained, but we do not have any criteria for local church membership.

What we see is that it is important that people be a part of the local church. They should go through some sort of structured “indoctrination” to know what this local church is about based on the Bible, in terms of tenets of faith, and discipleship in Christ. They should know what the pastor believes and what to expect in a local church. Each local church is different and we should never impose upon people certain things that fail Scriptural support.

Besides, pastors do not own the sheep, the flock of God. We are automatically disqualified because we didn’t die on the cross for people. Our sinful blood doesn’t qualify.

First, tithes and offerings.

Tithing was first seen in the Scriptures with Abram after he returned from the slaughter of the kings who took Lot as hostage. Upon returning from the battle, Melchizedek brought Abram bread and wine, and Abram gave Melchizedek ten percent of the spoils of war. We’ve never seen in Scripture that Abram tithed before or after this incident. Please note that Melchizedek was high priest of Salem, and in Hebrews chapter 7, the Lord Jesus would have a ministry after the order of Melchizedek. Please note that bread and wine are emblems of communion, which was used at the last supper of Jesus.

You can’t make this up.

We also see that God did bless Abram before he left Ur of the Chaldees with material wealth. There is no record that Abram tithed when he was in Ur. Therefore to speculate would be error. We can only say that it is possible that Abram tithed because we lack solid Biblical evidence.

Jacob vowed to tithe after he named the place Bethel where he observed the angels of the Lord ascending and descending. This was commonly called, “Jacob’s Ladder.”

We do not hear of tithing until the law of Moses where the nation was instructed to pay tithes to the Levites because no land would be given to them as an inheritance to this tribe. They were exclusively a tribe for the service of the tabernacle of the Lord. The Levites didn’t have to do anything but service.

It is important to note that when the children of Israel were exiled to Babylon that when it was time to return, Ezra and Nehemiah would lead the way. When they were just about to finish the task, they ran into a problem. The prophet Haggai gave a word that revealed a problem. The wall was rebuilt but the temple remained in ruins. The people were using the money to build their own houses while leaving the house of the Lord in ruins.

70 years is a long time for the temple of Solomon to be in ruins.

The Lord blew upon their houses, put holes in their pockets, and literally judged them for not building the house of the Lord first, then their homes. They finally got it right and the house of the Lord was restored.

The last time that we see tithing in the OT is when the prophet Malachi shared about robbing God. Even after the temple was built, they continued in their old ways of robbing God. The Levites weren’t getting the tithes and offerings for their service of the tabernacle of the Lord. So the priests were financially abused. The Lord imposed the curse for robbing God in Malachi 3:9. This curse was lifted when Jesus became a curse for us according to Galatians 3:13-14.

Fast forward to the NT and we see that tithing was still a part of their temple worship. Jesus mentioned tithing in Matthew 23.

Please note that prior to the resurrection of the Lord that the OT was still in play. The people pretty much started giving to the ministry of the Lord Jesus (see Luke 8:1-3 and John 13:29). It is interesting to note that during the ministry of the Lord Jesus, there is no place written in the four Synoptic gospels that Jesus demanded tithes or offerings. However, he did instruct the Pharisees and Sadducees that they were not to leave tithing undone. What we also do not see is the Lord altering the tithes to come to Him. People still went to the temple to pay tithes and offerings.

When the crucifixion of Jesus took place, the Lord said, “It is finished,” and the curtain in the temple leading into the Holies of holies was ripped into two pieces. It signified that the OT is no longer to be used. In Biblical numerology, two is the number of a witness. In 2 Corinthians 13:1, Paul said, “Out of the mouth of two or three witness shall every word be established.” 

This is from Deuteronomy 19:15 regarding establishing whether a witness is speaking the truth or not. The Lord Jesus used this when the Sanhedrin questioned Him about Jesus being equal with God (see John 8:13-18).

When the veil was ripped in two pieces, it was a witness against the entire nation of Israel that the OT is closed. God will never inhabit a building or tabernacle ever again. So the Levites are now unemployed.

That meant that the high priest and the Levites no longer had a job. Meaning that it was no longer necessary for tithes and offerings to be given to them for the service of the tabernacle because the tabernacle is no longer to be used as the place of worship for the Lord.

The new tabernacle is the heart of men (see Ezekiel 11:19-20, 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, and Ephesians 2:14-22).

Now we do see, just for example purposes, that tithing was instituted during the OT, but we do not see any instruction for tithing for NT believers.

Here’s where we need to end the error.

When something is no longer instituted, what is the way of the Lord regarding the Christian church, after the resurrection of the Lord Jesus?

Some will refer to 2 Corinthians chapter 8 and 9.

2 Corinthians chapter 8 and 9 hasn’t been taught correctly either.

If you look very carefully, this act of giving was about a one time offering (not a weekly offering), to support the saints in need. If you read it very carefully, you will note that it took them one year to get this relief offering together, and it is not clear that it was only money. It could have been a combination of perishable and non perishable items. Paul was encouraging them to finish this up so that the saints could be ministered to. It wasn’t an offering to the church. It wasn’t an offering for Paul. It was a relief offering for the saints during a time of need.

Also, the rule of giving is to give what you can. Not give what you do not have. If you do not have it to give, God is not going to curse you. You can only give as the Lord has blessed you. So we should never look down upon those that do not have to give. Another rule is that the Lord doesn’t want you to get into debt when you are giving. Don’t put nothing on a credit card or loans, or home equity. God is never in debt to no one. God never commands a person to go into debt to get something done. If you have to go into debt to get something done, you haven’t heard from God.

Paul said, “Owe no man anything.”

The Lord told the children of Israel, “You shall lend and not borrow.”

Why?

“The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant (slave) to the lender.”

If a preacher tells you to get into debt, he lied to you, and all liars will have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone (see Revelation 21:8).

2 Corinthians chapters 8 and 9 would be used as a place where somebody would talk about tithes.

WRONG!!!

There is no place in 2 Corinthians chapters 8 and 9 where tithing was ever discussed.

So where does tithing fit for the NT believer?

The correct answer would be… no where is it stated that tithing is commanded of the Lord for NT believers.

I am aware of Proverbs 3:9-10 where we are to honor the Lord with your possessions. Traditionally, this portion of Scripture would refer to tithing. The first fruits that this verse is referring to is the best that you can give from all that God gave you.

To me, what I would do in light of this is go beyond a dollar. If a dollar is the best you could give after receiving a bi-weekly take home salary of $1,500.00, a dollar is not your best. That’s a tip for a waiter. This is being grudging and a miser. God is never that way with us and we should never be that way with Him. Just imagine that you got to pay rent and all God blessed you with is a job that earned a dollar? Would that be enough to pay rent? You know the landlord will give you an eviction notice if you give the landlord a dollar.

Then what would we consider to be the best that we could give the Lord of all that we possess? Your giving is already settled in your heart between you and the Lord. To keep calling for somebody to go beyond what the Lord already placed in your heart to give, is abuse. You know what I am talking about.

“I know that the Lord told somebody in here to give $1,000. We ain’t leaving till you do it, in Jesus’ name.”

So the music plays for another half an hour.

Foolishness!

We see that giving is said of the Lord in Acts 20:35. If the Lord said to pay tithes, He would have said so, but He said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Jesus didn’t belittle receiving. All He did was showed that it is more blessed. So receiving is blessed, but giving is more blessed.

The other thing that we would see is a pastor receiving enormous offerings and honorariums. In some cases, outrageous money would be given. I’ve heard that one preacher would get half the offering. If the stadium was filled to capacity, that’s a huge offering. I’ve also heard of VIP seating where a fee would be paid in advance for people to sit very close to speakers.

I’ve heard this done with two prominent speakers.

Joel Osteen and Myles Monroe.

I’ve also seen where there would be two offering plates. One for the speaker and the other for the church. Some places would have a check already written out and the speaker would never see the offering in the plate.

However, note what Paul said in Acts 20:33-34.

“I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me. I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak.”

Many pastors do not get paid to support their families today and are forced to work a secular job while pastoring. I know of a situation where a male pastor is working full time at the church but his wife had to work a secular job to make ends meet.

Paul was sometimes forced to labor and preach.

Even the Lord commanded that preachers should get paid.

Notice 1 Corinthians 9:11-18.

If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things? If others are partakers of this right over you, are we not even more?

Nevertheless we have not used this right, but endure all things lest we hinder the gospel of Christ.

Do you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar?

Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.

But I have used none of these things, nor have I written these things that it should be done so to me; for it would be better for me to die than that anyone should make my boasting void.

For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!

For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have been entrusted with a stewardship.

What is my reward then? That when I preach the gospel, I may present the gospel of Christ without charge, that I may not abuse my authority in the gospel.”

I think that according to Paul, we can learn something from this.

The Philippian church was the only church that supported Paul and his entourage. Everyone else said to Paul, you are on your own. Or, for the sake of not being accused, he refused to receive an offering.

Paul had a right to demand he get paid, but he refused to exercise that right. He had a higher place of advantage. Go and work for yours. Many pastors do this year in and year out. With small congregations that cannot financially carry a pastor, he has no choice. Especially when he has a wife and children.

Paul saw that people didn’t trust preachers. Sadly, peddlers of the gospel in Paul’s day made it bad for them and for us that are legitimately called by the Lord. However, Paul took the high road and worked so that the gospel would never be blamed in any way.

However, the shenanigans of our day have really taken advantage of the sheep.

And here is the reason.

The prosperity gospel started because disgruntled preachers weren’t getting paid what they feel they were worth and then the race was on. People started to give to preachers out of three places. The gospel of prosperity is a clear violation of Jesus’ instruction in Matthew 6:19-21 where we are told not to lay up treasures on earth. The giving to get doctrine is the law of reciprocity at work but the purpose behind giving has always been about getting more by giving.

At one point, Jesus did mention about giving something to someone in need, looking for nothing in return. Folks today would have ran Jesus out the building and over the cliff.

Here is the three reasons behind the hype of church paying tithes and giving offerings.

1. Emotional Manipulation.

2. Intellectual Manipulation.

3. Revelatory Manipulation.

What helps in all three categories is music. The right words said at the right time, with the right music, and some people will give their houses away. That’s what I’ve noticed on Eddie Long’s watch night service in 2012. The stringed keyboards would be used in the background and it would give that worship feel that tugs on your heart and clouds your mind.

Folks, it’s time to look at the reality of the Word. God knows where you are in your finances and He is not going to rob you and leave you dry. He will put enough in your hand where when it is time to give, you will be cheerful about it.

The false prophets started teaching these things as well and what cropped up was the money line.

$50, $100, $1,000, $2,000, $10,000.

People were giving their rent, light, gas, car notes bills away.

Many pastors were climbing onboard with these heresy doctrines and building all sorts of temples unto themselves.

Building buildings instead of building people.

Sadly, people would come and give so much money that they thought that God would give something back substantially in return.

I heard of people leaving certain local churches to attend Creflo Dollar’s church. Without going into detail, they went down there in hopes of turning their financial situation around. Their outcome is uncertain. When you attend church for the wrong reason, you will never get the right reason. When pastors abuse the people, they are hirelings.

So what did we learn?

We learned that tithing is not commanded of believers in the NT. We learned that pastors are entitled to be paid because Jesus commanded it to be so. We learned that certain pastors work a secular job to make ends meet, and to not let the gospel be blamed in any way. We learned that 2 Corinthians is not about tithing or regular weekly giving but to meet the needs of the poor saints with a one time offering. We learned that Jesus never demanded tithes and offerings during His ministry, but He did receive financial help. We learned that we do not give our best after God blessed us; we tip God.

We learned that we are not to be manipulated or coerced to give, and that we are not to allow anyone to impose a guilt trip upon people. We learned that music could be used to soften the heart to give. We learned that the Lord already placed in our hearts what to give, and not beyond it. We learned that the church is not a place where it supposed to rob people but to help people get closer to the Lord in a relationship with Jesus.

Is the place where you are supposed to be worshipping God, a den of robbers?