Bisexuality In The Church

by Fred C. Rochester, Pastor

Bisexuality In The Church. Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved.

The end times has a lot to do with bisexuality in the church.

In the book of Acts, chapter 1, just before the Lord ascended into heaven, the disciples asked the Lord a question. The greatest miracle that they have ever seen was to see the Man that was crucified, raised from the dead. After this, for many of them, there was no doubt about Who was standing before them.

With the Lord standing before them that was once dead, the next thing that they wanted to know was will the Lord restore the kingdom of Israel.

The disciples thought that it was a good time for Israel to come out from the bondages of the Roman empire. Remember Daniel’s prophecy? The four kingdoms that were to come to pass in Daniel chapter 2 is one of many keys in understanding the end times.

Babylon was the first kingdom. Medes and Persians were the next. And then, the Roman empire. But a fourth kingdom will emerge that will have no end and will destroy them all.

While Roman rule did come to a close in one sector of the world, we see a continuation of Roman rule in many government systems. A king, a president, a prime minister. An assembly of some sort with local representation or state, and federal senators, and a judicial system.

Since September 11, 2001, the world spent an enormous amount of money on security. It is a fact that trillions of dollars were spent to make the world safe. But it was never safe. The economic disaster of recent times is strangling every person. Government systems are reeling in debt. Raising credit limits to pay just the interests on the debt and passing the bill or “kicking the can” down the road.

The new thing is destroying early retirement, firing workers, and destroying unions to force people to work harder and longer for less or no pay.

Let’s look at the moral condition of the church. The Lord brought judgment into the church on several occasions because of it’s refusal to be separate or sanctified. Sexual scandals continue to rock the entire church. Additionally, the financial dealings of ministries have now been brought into question.

Many pastors have built palaces and many of them had to relinquish their empires because the people that would have been able to finance their ministries are unemployed. Foreclosure for a church is a serious issue but worse is that the believer cannot make ends meet, let alone tithe or give offerings to the ministries like before.

And the church leaders are oblivious to the fact. They are putting more pressure on the believers to give more. There are many believers that is facing foreclosure, high rents, high grocery and utilities than ever before. At the same time, the morality of pastors and the people are lower.

There is no question in my mind that the leaders in the church are in bed with the politicians. That if the pastors do not expose the sin, then same sex legislation can be passed. The church is told to sit down and shut up.

There is no question in my mind that the Lord is not pleased with the condition of the church from the pastors to the people sitting in the pews. We are not living holy, sanctified, separated lives before the Lord.

When you see the world set the standard for the church and the church fails to refuse sin, rebuke sinners and carnal saints, and take a stand for holiness, there is no question in my mind that the Lord is against it.

When you see, hip hop, R & B, and all of the other worldly entertainment enter the church, there is no question in my mind that compromise has entered. The sad part is that very few preachers will have a Mount Carmel episode. “The God that answers by fire, let Him be God. If God be God follow Him. If Baal be God follow him.”

There is no question in my mind that spineless preachers are in our pulpits. Afraid to take on sin in their own lives, let alone sin running rampant in their churches. Because if you talk about sin in the church, you will have an empty church.

So let’s talk about something safe so we can keep the money coming in.

Sexual scandals are no longer a cause for alarm. It is now expected and accepted for pastors to sleep with men and women. It is now commonly accepted for the church to live with homosexuality in the church among pastors, music ministers, singers, and church folk. Bisexuality is nothing new among pastors. It is now common. The only thing that hasn’t happened is their discovery and exposure.

There are many pastors that are dying to tell their church of the sin that they are in. One by one, they will come out. Not to come clean, but to open the door for sin to run rampant in the church.

The Lord opened my eyes and showed me some preachers and people in church, in a worship service. Hands were raised and it appeared that God was moving, and being worshiped.

Then in a moment, the Lord showed me the same church, the same people that were worshipping. In the same church building that they were worshipping in, it turned into an orgy. Sex immorality every where. In the building that housed the church.

Over 3 decades ago, when I was just born again and involved in the sin of porn and the sin of self gratification, commonly called masturbation, one of the first pornographic movies that I’ve seen was a orgy. Up until that time, I didn’t know what an orgy was. It is the most vile exposure of simultaneous sexual activity among people.

It is where everybody is engaging in some form of sex with different partners. Male on male. Female on female. Opposite and same sex acts. Switching partners and switching body parts. Entering a man and then entering a woman. Entering a woman and then entering a man.

I know that this is graphic but you need to see and understand clearly what is going on in our churches.

This is what is going on in the church today and the world is telling us that it’s all right. They approve of what we are doing and we cannot tell them anything about morals because the church is immoral as the world.

Just now, the Lord gave me this.

The church is a bisexual church. We are in a relationship or claim to be in a relationship with Almighty God but we are sleeping on the side with the devil.

Do not misunderstand me. I am using bisexuality as an analogy.

Spiritually speaking, we claim to love God but we have betrayed Him. We are not faithful. We are “Adulterers and adulteresses,” (see James 4:4).

Church, these are the last days. Make your calling and election sure. Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand. Time is running out and the day is at hand. Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord.

The Gospel or Gimmicks?

by Fred C. Rochester, Pastor.

The Gospel or Gimmicks, Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved.

The moral decline of a nation has it’s roots in the moral decline of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ (see Proverbs 14:34).

There was a time in the church that people would be unashamed to tell folks of their eternal destiny should they die in a Christ-less grave.

My, have times changed.

Our prominent preachers on Daystar, The Word Network, TBN, and other broadcast venues are too preoccupied with pulling more money out of the pockets of saints across the United States and the world to be concerned about souls.

Covetousness is the doctrine of the church in this hour according to 1 Timothy 6:3-10.

Do not get me wrong, at the end of most of their broadcasts, they do give an “invitation” but is it effective?

Only the Holy Spirit will know.

Almost every broadcast, you see them or their spokesperson asking you to buy books, cd series, and other “Christian” paraphernalia to raise money.

For what?

The claim is to “preach the gospel throughout the world.” 

While some of these ministries are involved in international missionary work, the backdoor is left wide open.

What are we really getting out of these conferences?

We go from conference to conference, praise and worship concert to concert. And we do not care to ask someone to come and be in the presence of God. Let alone, having an altar call at these conferences or concerts.

It has gotten to the point that all we care about is the Grammy and other worldly awards. Just remember, you got your reward. Do not look for Jesus to give you one according to 1 Corinthians 3:9-15 and 9:24-27.

Do not get me wrong. There are conferences and concerts that do give an altar call but there are others that do not. Some of them believe that it is wrong to “intrude.”

Excuse me?

Jesus died for the sins of the world to save us from hell and we do not what to “intrude?”

Are you kidding me?

Then the sin that takes place after these conferences and concerts would make the world blush. Sexual immorality and pederasty taking place in the hotels after being in the “presence of the Lord.”

Falling prostrate before the presence of the Lord in prayer with fasting in one of these conferences or musical conferences, is something left to be desired.

Are we really on fire for God in the United States? What is really happening in our prayer meetings? And what is the results in the communities the Lord assigned us to minister to? Are we a church purporting community services, “faith based” ministry, or are we changing lives by the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ?

Have we become so disconnected from our Lord that we allow the world to dictate what the church is supposed to be doing? Are we just a convenience store or are we the blood bought church of the Lord Jesus?

Are we being silenced by the local governments so we could receive government money for our silence?

Talk about separation of church and state.

The government wants you to take their money but you can’t talk about sin when you need to. Hence, our silence is their permission.

Pastors that compromise the gospel of Jesus Christ will have to answer to the Head of the Church. Children of God that compromise will have to answer to the Head of Church.

No one escapes according to Luke 12:42-48.

Are we being persecuted like the early church for taking a stand against the moral decline of our communities? Are we feeling the heat or are we too comfortable in our air conditioned sanctuaries to make a difference for Jesus? Are you willing to leave it to “other” churches to be a witness or are you willing to take a risk and do something extraordinary for Jesus?

Jesus did something extraordinary for you over 2000 years ago. What will the final chapters of the book of Acts speak of you, your ministry, and your church? Are you chasing after gimmicks or are you preaching the gospel?

We are seeing church growth decline. The answers simple. The believers are too preoccupied with the “cares, riches, and pleasures of life” to be concerned about a person’s eternal destiny, let alone, their own. Our churches are emptying. Few to no births are taking place in the house to offset the decline of attendance according to 1 Timothy 4:1-2 and 2 Timothy 4:3-4.

We are substituting the gospel of Jesus Christ with gimmicks. We are not challenging people to live holy before the Lord. We are no longer concern about sharing Christ after we preach a message of salvation. We are no longer concerned about discipling them to live like Jesus lived on the earth.

There was a YouTube video of a man dying of cancer. He shared about the eternal bliss of heaven that he had a glimpse of. But suddenly, he talked about the most horrible place that unsaved people are destined for.

Hell.

He said that it was a place that you should avoid. He said that it was horrible. You do not want to go there.

Obviously, he made Jesus Lord before and was warning people of the horrors of hell. His daughter had the wisdom to capture on tape what he experienced.

Just a few hours later, he passed into eternity to be with the Lord forever. Glory to God!

But as he passed away, think about the many individuals that passed away on that same day, in that same hour. Think about the many people that entered into eternity, expecting to go up to glory, only to feel the pull of gravity, the flames intensifying, passing through the gates of hell, never to escape. They forfeited their chance to repent by choice to never receive Jesus as Lord and Savior.

All who pass through there must abandon all hope. Their only break from the torment will be the Great White Throne Judgment. Then it’s the lake of fire.

On National Geographic, a man was a tour guide for volcanoes. They came across one that was spewing molten lava. The only one of its kind in the world. It literally looked like a lake of fire. Viewing this presentation took place after I viewed the YouTube video and I couldn’t help but to firmly come to grips with the fact that once you pass through, there is no hope.

Imagine burning, but living. Burning, but never dying. Never ending burning that will never cease forever.

Carlton Pearson, who I believe is an apostate preacher, asked a question. Why would a loving God throw men and women into hell? The answer is simple.

While hell was made for the devil and his angels (see Matthew 25:41), sin and death must be placed there as well (see Revelation 20:14-15). When the Lord God sent Jesus to die for the sins of the world, we have an opportunity to accept the terms of salvation, through the life, death, physical burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus to avoid hell.

When man willingly refuses the gift of God, eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord, the wages of sin is death. God is a holy God and sin cannot abide in His presence. Sin is rebellion. Sin is opposed to God. Sin is inconsistent with the nature and character of God. Therefore, we are given a choice. To live or to die. To be with the Lord or be separated from the Lord forever.

This is the true purpose that is to drive the church. To preach the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. The good news that we do not have to die and go to hell.

Think about the thousands of people that refused to accept Jesus as Lord in that same hour. Their eternal fate is sealed forever.

On this side of eternity, you have one life to live. Each day the sands of the hour glass drop. Your time is coming too.

You see, the church is headed in the wrong direction because we do not preach the gospel like we should. The gospel of Jesus Christ is about redeeming mankind from sin. The church is caught up in covetous activities.

Our leaders are preaching a different gospel. A social, self help gospel. Apostate preachers are preaching an “inclusive” gospel.

We are wondering if the economy is ever going to get back on track so we can have “Rag Time” all over again.

When will the “Good Times” roll? When will we be able to live again like we used to? Sorry to let you in a little secret. But you will never see the days of the last decade ever again. Remember, we are living in the last of the last days. These are perilous times according to 2 Timothy 3:1-9.

But it doesn’t matter now to the carnal Christians and preachers living in sin or refusing to preach the gospel to win souls. Their empire matters more than the kingdom of God. The preachers of prominence are out there and almost every preacher is preaching what they are preaching. Souls be condemned.

After reading an article about Robert Sculler’s children taking control of the Crystal Cathedral to set it back on the righteous intent of His church, I began to take stock of what Prevailing Word Ministries is doing.

Are we effectively preaching the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ? Are souls being won to the Lord? Are people getting born again through our ministry? After all, the church is here for one purpose only.

The church is built on one statement. Peter said in Matthew’s gospel, chapter 18 and verse 16,

“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 

Pastor, child of God, if you and your church is doing everything else but reaching the lost, it is a purposeless, Christ-less agenda and you will answer to the Head of the Church for it. Pastor, child of God, in your church, there will be 6 out of 7 reasons why your church is ineffective according to Revelation chapters 2 and 3.

Which one or more is the reason your church is ineffective?

In this hour, it is time to give up the gimmicks and preach the uncompromising gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. A dying sinner awaits your message of good news.

Cliques vs. The Body of Christ

CLIQUES VS. THE BODY OF CHRIST

by Fred C. Rochester, Pastor. Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved.

There is a difference between a clique and the Body of Christ.

The definition of clique is an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose. The synonyms are interesting.

A clique is also called “coterie, ingroup, inner circle, pack, camp.”

There is a threefold bond that cliques have in common with believers in the local church.

1. Both desire connection.

2. Both desire a sense of belonging.

3. Both desire a sense of God worth, God value, and God purpose.

Depending upon the size of the local church, association of cliques along these lines manifests among several inter-communities of believers. In other words, within a local church, there could be several interconnected or disconnected cliques operating apart from the Body of Christ. Paul called them “schisms.”

Paul expressed in 1 Corinthians 1 and verse 10 that, “…there be no divisions among…” them. If you haven’t noticed, schisms means division.

In 1 Corinthians chapter 1, Paul understood that when sectarianism takes place, the local church is fractured and it won’t last because contentions in the Body is very destructive.

In Mark chapter 3, verses 24 – 26 (NIV), the Lord Jesus said, “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come.” 

Contention’s root cause is personality conflicts and egos.

You could be called a pastor but for some reason, they cannot receive from you because of your personality or because of pride in the heart of the believer, they refuse to receive. So, they pursue associations with a company of people that feel comfortable with their personality. And sometimes that company is a company of egotistical people.

In the negative, you may be a part of a clique that is against pastoral leadership. Sometimes, this clique exist because of some kind of wound inflicted by the pastor (whether knowingly or unknowingly).

Sometimes believers do not know the difference between pastoral leadership and pastors wounding people in the church. That’s because sometimes hurt happens so often to some believers in church, that when pastoral leadership is exerted, it is mistaken for pastoral hurt.

For instance, when the pastor places a policy that everyone is to meet for prayer before choir rehearsal. All of a sudden, each week, the one that is to sing the solo constantly and intentionally miss prayer. Then the pastor steps in and sits the “soloist” down.

While it is important to find out the reason, it is left up to the pastor to enforce the policy. When they are told that they cannot sing, believers feel wounded. But the policy must be enforced because it is not fair to the other choir members. Latitude is given to understand the reason for not attending prayer but if the reason is not legitimate, the pastor has no choice but to enforce the policy.

Sometimes people are not persons under authority. In other words, they do not want to be told anything that would undermine their rule of cliques. The rule is simple; never submit to authority, especially pastoral authority. And if there is people closely associated with the pastor, make life difficult for the associated. Resist everything they say and do.

Cliques are born out of a rebellious nature. When the pastor exercises Biblical leadership and pastoral authority according to Isaiah 40:11, Acts 20:28, Hebrews 13:17, and 1 Peter 5:1-3, people will either come under that authority or reject it. It is not right for the pastor to coerce or manipulate people to follow.

It is the pastor’s job to foster church atmosphere where people can be a part of the local church. It also demands that the pastor quickly eliminate anything that counters the Christ like flow of the local church, including cliques.

Eliminating the clique will take firm Christ like pastoral leadership, love, grace, and a willingness to divert their energy from destructive habits to constructive unity. Remember, Jesus loves everyone. However, such love is not to be taken as weakness and permission to engage in destructive behaviors.

Psalm 23, the latter portion of verse 4 states, “Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”

When it comes to a pastor fostering the Christ like atmosphere in the church, he or she will use the staff, not the rod. The staff is used to rescue, guide, and fold the flock of God. It is never to be used as a weapon of choice or used to separate, and cause divisions.

The staff is only used in the case of sin among rebellious believers, and a refusal of the clique and clique leaders to drop the issue of disunity in the church, that separation is warranted. A pastor cannot afford to spend a disproportionate amount of time diffusing issues. We are to spend precious time being on fire for God, not putting out clique fires among believers.

When cliques are causing a disturbance in the church, the Lord gives grace to a pastor to diffuse the disturbance. Pastors that know their flock according to Proverbs 27:23, will seek to bring understanding, healing where necessary, and firm spiritual leadership to bring people together before things get out of hand.

All disturbances will have a demonic root cause.

There is a difference between disagreements and disturbances.

Disagreements can be resolved or a person may choose to agree to disagree. Bringing a disturbance is attempting to violently bring about attention to a position that cliques want established. Disturbances requires a usurping of pastoral authority, or any authority for that matter.

When a disturbance takes place, it is important for the pastor to stop the disturbance before it gets ugly.

WHY DO CLIQUES EXIST? What’s the difference between the two groups?

It’s about the kind and reason for the connection. When there is a person or group of people disconnection from the godly group, they will form a clique. The difference between the godly group and the clique is twofold. The difference is the substance undergirding the reason for the connection.

THE FOUNDATION OF GODLY CONNECTIONS

Righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit, and walking in love is the foundation of godly connections in the Body.

THE COUNTERFEIT

The counterfeit of godly connections is ill-conceived misunderstandings based on speculation, assumption, mis-information or lack of facts about the godly group.

THE REASON CLIQUES EXIST

The reasons varies but the common denominator is that you believe, whether true or not, that the godly group has something against you. Therefore, you have something against the godly group. This happens because cliques never get to the real fact of the matter.

Sometimes people never get to resolution because of the heat or rage within the mind of the cliques and clique leaders. The only thing that matters to cliques is the nuance of the issue. It’s called “drama.”

THE MISTAKE OF PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH

The mistake of believers in the local church is that they make unrealistic set of additional rules that are not Biblical. Almost like a sorority. Sometimes it is designed to keep others away that they wrongly consider as undesirable for association. Certain ungodly rules from a group professing to be godly is a form of rejection. These things is not consistent with Biblical or Christlike fellowship based on 1 John chapters 3 & 4.

THE MISTAKE THAT THE LOCAL CHURCH CANNOT AFFORD TO MAKE

Permission of inconsistent lifestyles. Permission of sin, confusion, discord, disunity, disharmony, gossip, backbiting, hating, jealousy, wrath, and sexual immorality of any kind. You’d be surprised of the cliques that want to keep their sin in the church. Pastors and the believers in the local church cannot compromise to have peace among believers. The only peace that is allowed is through the shed blood of Jesus. He brought peace through the blood of His cross. Peace with God, that is. To permit sin to coexist is error of the highest kind.

THE MISTAKE OF CLIQUES

You feel you can’t be a part of the godly group because you’ve misconceived in your own mind that you can’t get in. This is all dependent upon what you want to bring to the table of the local church. Then what happens is that a wide range of self generated unjustified acts against the local church is initiated when what you desire to bring is inconsistent with the Word of God, and against pastoral policy. Then there is generated reasons and actions that are completely graceless and baseless. Such as…

1. Lack of facts, even half baked truths.

2. Ridiculous hear say.

Misinformation, misunderstanding, misconstrued information, and misconception emitted from clique leaders always miss the point. They are missing the one ingredient. The Body looks to love, not hate. Connect not assume connections. Pursue God and peace with everybody while learning to walk in the Spirit.

Misinformation could be demonically inspired if you refuse to confirm or affirm any information against the righteous principles, the Word of God.

If you are looking to bring in your godless lifestyle, then that is reason enough to make adjustments in your life to line up with the Word of God to be a part of the godly group.

Cliques develop a mirror of what is seen in the godly group and they attempt to establish connections with others that agree with your heart.

Most cliques will mirror what the Body of Christ is doing except when it comes to the core reason of existence.

The difference between cliques and the believers in the local church is known in three areas according to Romans 14:17.

1. Righteousness in the Holy Spirit.

2. Peace in the Holy Spirit.

3. Joy in the Holy Spirit.

A clique will not have any of these things evident. They will give the appearance but the substance, the depth, and serious commitment to righteously connect will be found to be lacking.

People that are connected to cliques are not right, they have no peace, and they are not happy or joyful.

Cliques are disgruntled, disillusioned, dissatisfied, and disconnected.

BUSTING THE CLIQUE

What is the remedy? How do you prevent yourself from joining a clique?

WALK IN THE SPIRIT

It’s found in Galatians 5:16-26.

When we walk in the Spirit, we will erase cliques and become the Body of Christ. You must remember that the devil will do anything to divide the Body of Christ. The devil will use any device (fiery darts) to burn a hole in the defense of the local church. We must be vigilant against the devil and not be tricked into yielding the smallest weapon in the devil’s arsenal. Our tongues (see James chapter 3).

We have to learn to keep our minds holy and our mouths shut. Except to speak the Word of God.

HUMILITY, HUMBLENESS OF MIND

“Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.” Proverbs 16:19

The same energy that it takes to be proud is the same energy used to walk humbly before God and people. It’s a matter of the human will to climb down from Mount Ego to walk in the Valley of Humility. The shadow of death is always in the valley, never in the mountains. You might feel justified establishing a clique that is crosswise of the flow in the local church. But what did you gain? Dividing the spoil with the proud. Humility, and humbleness of mind will always prevent episodes of humiliation.

“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18.

WALK IN LOVE

“And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” Ephesians 5:2

It takes just a decision to walk in love. Cliques can be destroyed when we choose to take the road that Christ walked on. You will not have any time to be a clique when you give yourself like He gave Himself to the church.

The result is that you will come out smelling as a sweet sacrifice to God.

To do anything else just plain stinks.

Like the example Dr. Earl Johnson gave about the Valley of Dry Bones in Ezekiel chapter 37.

When the bones were commanded to come together, they clicked and clacked as they came across each other. But the noise of the clicking and clacking came to an end. After the bones came together, the skin came back to the bodies and the breath of life came in to the bodies.

Sooner or later, the noise of cliques will end, the Body will come together, and God will breath the breath of life in us so we can live.

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Remain exceedingly abundantly blessed in Jesus! Ephesians 3:20

The Direction Of The Church

It is clear that the direction of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is questionable. The world is heading on a collision course with the end times. The economic conditions worldwide is funneling the people in a direction that is unavoidable. This includes many believers or those that profess to be believers in Christ. Where is the Church and it’s leaders? Where is strong Christian leadership in the hour needed the most? Why are believers unaware of the hour we are living in? These are very good questions and the Bible has the answers. The direction of the church is crystal clear according to 2 Thessalonians 2:1-11. The one thing that you will know, and it is consistent throughout the Scriptures, that God always has a faithful bunch of people in reserve that will never yield to the conditions of the world according to Romans 12:1-2. If you dare to take a step towards completely renouncing evil and walking in the light as He is in the light, you will never be denied by the Lord Jesus when this is over.

What do you believe is the direction of the Lord for the Church?

Please share your thoughts.