My daughter received an invitation from Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, LI, pastored by Donnie McClurkin regarding the 10th annual NYCALL. This invitation was very unusual because we haven’t heard anything about this from previous years. However, the Lord does keep things from us until it is time. He invited the pastors for a Vision Casting Dinner to share his vision on reaching the lost. So my wife and I went to Freeport, NY to see what this was about.
I’m glad my lovely wife joined me because no one would believe what we heard.
Pastor Donnie, as you well know, is one of the most prolific gospel music singers in the world, but he has a very powerful testimony.
My wife and I didn’t know what to expect but he shared a powerful message that pretty much summed up where we are spiritually in the United States.
Before I share this, let me say that when you come with speculation and leave with confirmation, you need to reassess what is happening and where the Lord is leading.
During the 2012 election, Pastor McClurkin was asked to be a part of the festivities for president Barak Obama. As far as I am concerned, this was staring at me in the face because anytime you are asked to do something for this president, it will require a compromise as big as the universe. However, as Pastor McClurkin shared what happened that because of his deliverance from the sin of homosexuality and his Biblical stance against the sin of homosexuality, that doors that were once open, were closed.
Pastor Donnie also shared that he was invited to be on a panel on NBC. As soon as the LGBT people heard that Pastor Donnie would be there, they forced NBC to disinvite him because of his powerful testimony of his deliverance of the sin of homosexuality by the grace of God. They threatened to pull the funding and that’s what forced them to disinvite Pastor Donnie.
When you hear these things on radio and television, it’s powerful. However, when you see the testimony up front and personal, you can see a lot more in terms of the personal conviction.
One thing that sticks with me about preaching is that for African American’s we have somehow, mastered the delivery of a homily with such mastery of the emotions that sometimes, if you are not careful, this is all showmanship.
When you see the person, there can be a mask in all that we do. In all actuality, it’s not who we are in front of people that reveal who a person is. It is who we are when we are by ourselves that reveal who we really are.
Only God, the devil, the angels, the devil’s angels, and the vast cloud of witnesses in heaven that really know who we are, except when we lay ourselves bare before people on earth.
Now at the dinner, Pastor Donnie, laid it on the table, as far as his former life as a homosexual. He used a key word.
Not many pastors want to be transparent with their lives because many pastors want to keep their sexual lives a secret. There is only one reason why a person wants to keep his or her sexual sins a secret.
To continue in sin while preaching righteousness before the people.
Pastor Donnie used another key word.
At this point he got my attention.
At first, I thought that he would stick to the script to describe what was to happen about the NYCALL, and to a certain point, he did, but the anointing came upon him. I call it the grace of God. The grace to share his life of homosexuality is what stood out.
Then he revealed another key word.
Now I was trying to understand the moment and it didn’t take long that God is addressing these issues and it is reaching the places where people need to pay attention.
If that wasn’t enough, Pastor Donnie used another key word that sealed the deal.
Sunday past (06/02/2013), at Prevailing Word, I preached on 1 Corinthians 6:11, you can watch it on UStream.
“And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by the Spirit of our God.”
Pastor Donnie didn’t use this Scripture, but he did use the word….
When he said that word, I lit up on the inside.
My wife and I tried to contain ourselves because it was like we were hearing Sunday’s message being preached. Only, it was Pastor Donnie doing the preaching, not me.
It was confirmation that what was started by the Spirit of God about EX GAY AFFIRMING CHURCHES was the will of God.
So, the Bible says, “Out of the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.”
So, EX GAY AFFIRMING CHURCHES is established.
Yes, Pastor McClurkin went further and said that he was an ex gay.
Yup, you heard me right.
Pastor Donnie then tied it up that whenever God is about to do something it is always after there is an attempt to snuff out in mass, the children.
When Moses was birthed, prior to this, man was in such a state of sin that God would bring a someone in to deliver. The name Moses means, “drawn from water.” Pastor Donnie described the fact that “right under the devil’s nose,” God would hide who He wills to use them to deliver.
So it was with Jesus. When Jesus came on the scene, even with the star in the sky and the shepherds following, the devil couldn’t find Jesus. Jesus was birthed “right under the devil’s nose.”
Pastor Donnie didn’t mention this, but both times, these occurrences took place. Once in Egypt and again outside of Egypt, but The Lord God would send an angel to Joseph to hide Jesus and Mary in Egypt until Herod died.
“Right under the devil’s nose.”
The devil has been trying to kill children by way of abortion and the sin of homosexuality.
Just recently, I watched two videos of teachers and gays instructing in the acceptability of the sin of homosexual marriage. Yes, we are seeing the systematic indoctrination of the sin of homosexuality in the BSA and our public schools.
We see it every day.
Pastor Donnie mention Kirk Franklin getting hammered about the sin of homosexuality, but just today 06/04/2013, Brother Lonnie Poindexter passed a video by way of Pastor DL Foster of a radio interview of Kirk Franklin sharing on homosexuality and Franklin failed miserably, to be consistent.
It was like watching a basketball player, like John Starks, trying to make 13 three pointers, and miss them all. Shots that you were supposed to make. Layups that you are supposed to make, and miss them all.
Let me pause and tell you. This is what LGBT loves. When pointed questions about same sex marriage are deliberately asked and there is wavering on the issue from people that are supposed to be solid in the Bible.
Here is the link…..http://youtu.be/QMc4kHfV7gc
But here is where the church need to show up as a united church. This is the one thing that Pastor McClurkin shared time and again that we need to be united as a church to have a powerful effect on the world. So far, we are so discombobulated that we can turn on each other on a doctrinal issue.
We could argue, all day about healing, tongues, and water baptism, and souls will pass us going to hell.
The Lord birthed a powerful example.
Just recently The Lord inspired an idea to counter “gay affirming churches.” In NYS alone, there are over 486 gay affirming churches. Just read the blog before this one and go to the “Overcomer’s Network” for details.
To show that we are unified in purpose against the agenda of LGBT to reduce the true church down to an insignificant pile of rubbish, The Lord is calling us to unite and show ourselves strongly in opposition to gay affirming churches.
We are witnessing some defining moments in church history where only those that understand the “coming into the unity of faith” is the only thing that matters. If we preachers could just throw away our savior cape and settle for a towel and serve, perhaps we can make a dent in our communities.
When church becomes all about a leader, you have signed their death certificate.
Pastor Donnie shared that he was in Africa and India where half a million to 1.2 persons came hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pastor Donnie shared (sarcastically) that in a “God fearing” nation like the United States, you may never see the results like that which was seen in third world nations.
Over there, signs, wonders, and miracles.
Over here, almost nothing.
It reminds me of a story in the book of Mark when The Lord Jesus came to a city and He could there do no mighty work, except He laid His hands on a few sick folk with minor ailments and left for another city.
Because of their unbelief.
So it is the same here in the United States. The media and our unwillingness to admit that we are maimed, blind, and miserable. The church is tied between the posts, and our eyes are gouged out by watching more television than watching God.
And we wonder why we are in the mess that we are in. We are ineffective as a church because we haven’t recognized that “Ichabod” is firmly stamped on our church doors, and when I mean church doors, I am not talking about the house of worship.
Look at your heart as the door that The Lord, at one time, was knocking on, and you wouldn’t let Him in. For some of you, He walked away because you refused Him entrance. But before He left, He did leave a memento.
“I once was allowed here, but you have another lord. I leave you this memento…..ICHABOD!!!!! For My glory has departed!”
Reading the first 3 chapters of the book of Revelation is confirmation of the fact that when there is no repentance, the candlestick is removed and the messenger is judged. The candlestick represents illumination, light, revelation. When the light goes, there is no longer any redemptive revelation and the house is dark.
The Lord has no place because the devil has place.
Paul said, “nor give place to the devil.”
The very person that we are to keep out, has full residence. In some lives, it’s not squatters rights the devil has. It’s full residency.
It’s called “Resident Evil.”
This is why it is easy for local churches to become gay affirming churches. We have no backbone against the interrogation tactics of the devil, and as long as we shout, jump, have a good ol’ time in church, the devil is not nervous. In some “religious services” as Pastor Donnie mentioned, is where all sorts of sexual immorality is taking place with seemingly no hesitation and with impunity. Our worship services is no different that a sex orgy before the throne of satan.
We need to take a lesson from the Tower of Babel. As long as they were able to communicate as one voice, with one mind, and with one heart, nothing would get in their way. Except what they were doing was for perverted purposes, but there is a place where we can come to be of one mind.
When we pray to the Lord in the beauty of holiness. When we seek the Lord together as one Body in Christ.
As Paul shared, “endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
Wherever you are, join up with a group of pastors and their churches. Throw aside your doctrinal differences. The only doctrine that matters is the gospel of Jesus Christ. As long as we are divided, as Jesus said, and as Pastor Donnie reiterated, we cannot stand.
Obviously, compromised church will not join up because of their thirst for sin, but The Lord is calling the Body to come together. You can repent of sin and receive forgiveness, then join up. We can’t have light and darkness abide in the house at the same time. Come into the light, as John said, and we can have fellowship, one with another.
Don’t just sit there to wait for somebody else to do it. And stop being scared.
“God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
Stop leaving it up to someone else to get the job done. Get up and hook up.
Move from the sidelines and get to the front lines.
As Pastor Donnie McClurkin said….“Gays are organized, the abortion industry is organized, but the church is disorganized.”
We simply refuse to come together.
The time is now, no hesitation.
Get up, let’s get together, and let’s get to work!
Please be advised that no affiliation, association, or connection in any way, shape, or form with Perfecting Faith Church, Pastor Donnie McClurkin, and NYCALL and EX GAY AFFIRMING CHURCHES, And Prevailing Word Ministries, with Pastor Fred Rochester exists.
Any such connection perceived by the readers of this blog must conclude that such connections never existed. Any observations regarding NYCALL is soley that of Pastor Fred Rochester, subject to corrections as deemed appropriate.
How to become an ex gay affirming church?
The word affirmation means “a statement affirming the existence or the truth of something.”
When we affirm an EX GAYS, we are declaring that there exist among us those that received the gospel of Jesus Christ, repented of sin, and they are living in obedience to the gospel.
Since there are a number churches throughout the United States that affirm the sin of homosexuality by affirming gays at an alarming rate, the church must make a bold statement to counter what LGBT in the church has done successfully.
They affirm gays, the true church affirms EX-GAYS.
If you are a pastor of a local church and you want to be an EX-GAYS affirming church on the record, the first thing that you want to do is go to the “Overcomer’s Network” site. “ON” is spearheading this movement. Here is the link to their site…
The Overcomer’s Network (ON) is a network of people that were delivered from homosexuality and is walking in total victory through the grace of Jesus Christ.
In cities around the United States, “ON” is reaching out to those bound in the sin of homosexuality and helping them to live Christ centered lives in holiness.
They have a listing of EX GAY AFFIRMING CHURCHES that speaks the truth about homosexuality and are prepared to minister to those bound in the sin of homosexuality.
Prevailing Word Ministries is proud to be a part of the listing of churches on the Overcomer’s Network (ON) that affirm EX-GAYS.
By listing your church on the Overcomer’s Network (ON), you are standing for righteousness, holiness, and you agree that you stand against the sin of homosexuality, but you also agree with the Word of God that God’s power to deliver all sinners from the power of sin is accomplished through repentance and obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ to live free of sin, including the sin of homosexuality.
The next thing that you want to do is go to your website and boldly make your church a place where EX GAYS are welcomed and affirmed. Communicate the fact that you welcome gays to come to your local church.
I recommend putting this statement in the vicinity of your tenets of faith. It should be seen that you are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ.
The next thing that you need to do is develop a statement using 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 as your base Scripture.
After that, you need to boldly declare the following things.
1. The Inerrancy and infallibility of the Word of God.
2. The unchangableness or immutability of God and His Word regarding homosexuality.
3. Make a Scriptural statement about the love of God to deliver all persons from all sin, including the sin of homosexuality.
4. Make a statement about the LGBT agenda attempting to silence the church into submission by hijacking Civil Rights; turning the sin of homosexuality into an argument about sexual orientation, and discrimination. That these are false means to condone a sin that God clearly condemns in Scripture.
Finally, 5. Make a statement that all sinners are welcome but that you will unequivocally speak the truth, live the truth, and stand for the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Spirit of God will give you what you need when you make a courageous move to declare unapologetically that you are an EX GAY AFFIRMING CHURCH.
Feel free to go to our website at pwbconline.org, click the “ABOUT” column, and that will lead you to our “PWBC: AN EX GAY AFFIRMING CHURCH” page.
This is a God moment and God has people in place to make this happen.
The worst fear of LGBT is when a person comes out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Together, we can make a bold statement.
Be prepared for the rewards of this but be prepared for the war.
Several politicians “floated the buoy,” and signaled that there must be preparation for what will happen after the hurricane pass.
Of course, they were referring to the cleanup, restoration of electrical power to homes and business, rescue and recovery efforts of first responders, and the monetary damage in its wake.
But no one really anticipated the lack of gas for automobiles, trucks, and other essentials. For the first time in over 40 years, we’ve seen gas lines just like during the Carter Administration.
I remember my dad having to drive cab and go to the gas station every other day and wait on line. All throughout the country, people were getting on line for gas. This brought about the strategic petroleum initiative where during a crisis, the United States would be able to tap into these reserves until the crisis is resolved.
But here were are again. But in the northeast.
In looking back at the oil crisis in the late 1970’s, it opened my eyes to the end times where goods and services would be rationed or during the seven year tribulation period, if you did not have the mark of the beast in the right hand or on your forehead, you were prohibited from buying or selling (see Revelation 13:16-18).
I know that there are a lot of pre and post tribulation beliefs, but this is not the time to argue about that, so please save your comments along the lines of arguing to prove your point about pre-trib for another time. Just write a blog about it.
Any way, there is no question that we are seeing a conditioning for governments to take action at the expense of people. Never would I thought to see the day where soldiers would walk the cities, armed and ready to do battle. Watching police units train on the level of special weapons and tactics (SWAT) to go after criminals that walk the street with military grade weapons.
Close Quarters Battle is an urban thing.
But now, we are seeing regular deployment of military forces on the federal and state level (National Guard). Terrorism changed the climate and playing field to where, at anytime, the government will impose a “marital law” on its own citizens. We all know that freedom is never free, but the freedoms that we used to enjoy is now removed because of the paranoia of government. But it’s more than that. Governmental paranoia is smoke screen for the willful intent to control apart from the rule of law, its citizens.
These are the end times.
All across the world we are seeing our militaries “cozy” up to each other by training together. This is not something new. During my days as a Navy Cold War veteran, we’ve always trained with allied forces to tighten up integration to ensure tactical cohesion in the event the Soviet Union crossed the line, so to speak.
During the Cold War, NATO forces were defending true democracy against Soviet aggression. In a way, there is still some measurable distrust but they have subsided because of the monetary pursuit of nations.
Wars of the future are now about money instead of Idealism.
Paul said it very powerfully, by the Spirit of God in 1 Timothy 6:10….
“For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.”
After all, covetousness is what brought us to the current economic crisis to begin with. This form of covetousness is consistent with the sins of the flesh. And the Lord Jesus touched on this in Luke 12:13-21.
A young man complained to the Lord about his brother not sharing the inheritance. But Jesus cut right to the chase and shared about covetousness.
Paul called covetousness idolatry (see Colossians 3:5). Idolatry, according to the Greek Interlinear means “image worship.”
So the young man that approached Jesus was worshipping the inheritance. Whatever was left behind by his father, it turned into an idol and he bowed down and worshipped possessions. He was obsessed with possession to the degree that he sought the Lord to join in his obsession, but the Lord Jesus would have no part with it and set him straight.
Remember when the Lord Jesus was tempted of the devil?
The devil took Jesus “on a high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.”
And the devil said to Him…“All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I will give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”
Like the true snake that he is, the devil offered to the Lord Jesus what was already His.
Did you see this?
The worship of things always lead to the worship of the devil.
Covetousness is idolatry.
We know that idolatry is demon worship so the way the devil gets his worship is when you start worshipping your car, your house, your money.
Eventually, you start worshipping you. When you go to the gym or the beauty shops and parlors, your appearance is an image. The outward human is now worshipped. Then the body expresses further self worshipping through commission of sexual immorality in fornication, adultery, homosexuality, bisexuality, porn and self gratification, commonly called masturbation.
The worship of you.
The things of the world is not really yours outright anyway.
It all belongs to the Creator and we are stewards of what we possess. If we were to remain on the earth and if we were the creator of the thing, we would be out right owners of what we possess. But because we have to die, we are stewards.
It gets turned over to others after we die. Or it gets turned over to the Lord after He restores all things. Then after a thousand years, a new heaven and a new earth will be made. Regardless. Ownership belongs to the Lord.
I said all this to say this….
The conditions of the aftermath of Sandy is further conditioning the generation that now is, and should the Lord Jesus tarry, the generation behind us, of the condition that is to come.
Already we are seeing a continual deterioration of the spiritual fiber of pastors, ministers, bishops, and elders. We are seeing false apostles, prophets, and teachers rise up from within the church. We have seen sexual immorality topple churches. For years, the homosexual agenda to infiltrate and now, boldly plant churches, and multiply, is the current trend. Just look at the Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops and other similar “credentialed” organizations (see GCMWatch.com for this story).
The face of the church is just changing to attract those trapped in the sin of sexual immorality to find a safe haven where they could sin at will and worship Jesus simultaneously.
Sexual immorality is the new religion.
For the African American, we are seeing a continual reduction in our numbers. If African Americans could see that as long as we remain ignorant of the times we are in, we will not look at abortion as one of many demonic tools to further decimation of our numbers. We will never look at homosexuality and lesbianism as a threat to our existence.
Two men and two women cannot procreate.
We’ve always looked at the disproportionate numbers of African American males incarcerated. If we fail to look at this diabolical plan to keep us away from the economic empowerment that we’ve sought for years, we will continue to buy products that we do not need through credit and unfair lending practices. Not that I am a fan of borrowing because the borrower is slave to the lender.
By the way, the purchasing power of African Americans could eclipse the total wealth of the American government if we would stop aborting our children. If we stop and do things the way the Lord intended by getting married and having children, and raise them in the Lord. Instead of fornicating and having love children through adultery, we could raise up righteous seed to bring about the changes in our societies that would glorify God.
African Americans makes up roughly 12% of the American population. According to George Barna, 6% attend church. It doesn’t mean that the entire 6% know the Lord. It is indicative of the fact that we know where to find God. While White Americans are still the majority, they attend church much less.
A white man once said, (paraphrasing) that the Black man is the most powerful preacher. Do not let this get to your head. We now preach messages of inclusion and prosperity, and we are still economically impotent. Besides, when the true power of the gospel is preached, society is liberated, when they heed the Word of God, and make Jesus Lord.
Pastors have defected and they are coming out of the closet, and they are taking many that are confused, lukewarm, carnal people, to hell with him or her. Professing to know Him, but deny Him with the way they act (see 1 John 1:7-10).
We all know that worshipping Jesus and deliberately and intentionally participating in sin is impossible because of Romans 1:18-32, 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, and 1 John 3:7-9, 5:1-5.
Jesus is not Lord over the house of whores, homosexuals, and other blatant sins of the flesh and mind.
Catholicism has always been labeled as part of the system of Babylon. For centuries, they have been harboring sexual immorality and their hidden shame is exposed for all the world to see. For an organization that is against homosexuality and abortion, the sins of their organization is the only thing that they are really known for.
Also, for the first time, at least to my recollection, the election day may be moved because the northeast is recovering. In the air is so many lies, misconceived and misconstrued theories, and other rumors that is bringing more confusion to what is a very confusing election year.
That’s why there is no Biblical mandate to vote. There is only a Biblical mandate to pray. You do not have to listen to God, the Word of God, or His true ministers. You are a free moral agent and you can do what you want. But I have made a decision not to vote.
Except for Jesus to be Lord over the nations. Hands down, He has dominion anyway, so why not go and vote for God? The political pundits, and even religious or even evangelical pastors and people are voting for Mitt Romney. Folks, I’m not fooled in the least. Just because you say you believe in God, it doesn’t mean that you are a shoe in. Besides, Mitt Romney is a Mormon, and Mormonism is a cult. So hands down, it’s a no vote for me.
We all know that president Obama is pro homosexual and pro abortion. So, that’s another person that will not get my vote.
But what is this all leading up to?
More end time issues.
Oh, by the way. The Lord has a way of setting the stage. No matter what the plans of men may be, the Lord knows how to interrupt these plans. The Lord did not speak a word through this storm. Natural disasters are a result of the fall of Adam. The timing of such disasters, however, cannot be ignored. Halloween was postponed, at least in the areas hit by Sandy.
Natural disasters are not planned by man but they are a result of the fallen state of man. Natural disasters further put a damper on any economic recovery in the northeast. Covetousness already decimated people’s lives. Add to these sorrows natural disasters and what you are now watching is a struggle just to live.
But thank God Jesus is still on the right hand of the throne of majesty. Thank God that His Word never changes. Thank God that your name is written in heaven and that you are a child of God.
That no matter what happens, you are watched and kept by God. That nothing that the devil does will separate you from the love of God. That nothing that this earth can do, in terms of natural disasters, could disrupt our spirit and in truth worship of God.
We must remember what’s important.
Loss of life, family, material, and other things is devastating. But when you have the Lord on your side, it makes what you are going through bearable. We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. We are over-comers by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. In Christ, we are always led in triumph.
The sufferings of this present hour cannot be compared with the glory that shall be revealed.
So, take a good look as you walk or drive around NYC or any part of the United States that was hit by Sandy.
What you are seeing is what is to come, but on a scale unimagined.
But for the saints of God, you can look up to the God of our salvation, and hope in Him. He will bring His expectation for you to pass.
Do not let the aftermath of Sandy drive you to depression, despair, and heartlessness. Do not dwell in hopelessness.
The Lord is on our side, and Jehovah is His name. He is a Strong Tower, and a Mighty Fortress is He. The Right Arm of the Lord does valiantly. Trust in the Lord God, Jehovah, for in Him is everlasting strength.
But here it is…Out of the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established….
I was impressed by the Lord to capture this moment and put it in a blog because we are about to see something that we’ve been crying out to God for, for a long time. We are in the middle of a shift planned and purpose by divine province and we are just getting in on this.
Sexual immorality has always plagued the church but it is usually masked with a series of “so close” to the truth preaching and teaching that we can’t detect sexual immorality unless a scandal is exposed.
The roots of these messages is in the Jezebels and Ahab in church leadership. That’s why the devil was successful in bringing about same sex and marriages of same sex into a church like a freight train. It is indicative of the fact that the church is weak and impotent. The church is on the plains of MOAB and we are overrun in the Mother Of All Battles called sexual immorality.
But, a danger close mission is underway.
God always uses small things to locate His people and those that are in tune with God will see the manifestation of shifts, adjustments, and divine change where the true encounter of God will be there waiting.
What is this shift, adjustment, and divine change where the true encounter of God will be there waiting?
“That He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water through the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church without having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.”
My thanks to Minister William Walton for being obedient to post on FB this partial powerful quote of an incident that took place.
From Minister William Walton today (10-23-2012 FB post), a partial quote….“Too, many cowardly, charmin soft, henlike men; and too many butch, loudmouth, Jezebel women coming to their defense.
You can have it. This is YOUR black church.”
I followed with a comment……
That is so on…..Charmin soft…. Mr. Whiffle kind of people are Ahab. Make no mistake about it. And Jezi….they are out there by the thousands, seeking “empowerment.”
Another form of witchcraft that they call “anointing.”
Pastor DL Foster followed with this post on FB……
“Sorry, Im no longer a part of the institutionalized system of man-controlled ponzi organizations called the black church. Since God has left, I felt it expeditiously prudent that I depart as well. As Minister William Walton said,” You can have YOUR black church”
I posted, at length these posts on FB prior to Minister William Walton on 10/22/2012…
Get ready! Get ready! Get Ready!
More friends will have to be dropped before and after November 6.
More will become friends of God and give sin and the devil eviction notices and pink slips.
More devils attached to your friends will be detached from your life as they get mad about your full and complete devotion and unadulterated commitment to God, for “where the Spirit of The Lord is there is liberty.”Sometimes, you are only as free as the company you keep.
Water spilling out all over the place because the vessel has holes in his or her life. Instead of being holy, we are broken cisterns that con hold no water. The water spilling out all over the place because there is no personal relationship with the Lord of the fountain of living waters.
God fill me. Water is poured. And you leave empty because you are not whole.”
“From the Bible. How to spot a Jezebel? They never submit to male leadership, they search for weak willed, barely can think for themselves, disgruntled women to manipulate, coerce, and deceive them join her ranks, Jezebels are spiritually and mentally domineering, they know enough Word to mix it with their opinion to sound like it is God, they are condescending of strong male leadership, and they will assassinate them on sight with strong Words, they act almost like on the level of militant, domineering “beards” lesbians, and they despise and defy the pastor’s wife.”
“Watch them FB Jezebels too. They are ever so slick. Hard to detect them but you can see domineering signs and signals. Don’t be like Ahab, a weak male, emotional sissy, that can think for himself. Ahab is a sucker and will never muster courage to put a wife that usurp male authority. Usurping male authority of a husband for empowerment purposes and not to help a husband fulfill the will of God, in balance of a relationship, is a clear sign of domineering.
And when they are loud and boisterous, that’s a clear sign of a headstrong woman. A strong woman in a husband’s life never seek to dominate but her strength is as Peter said, of the inner heart. She is confident, yet, knows when, how, and what to say to godly influence her husband. She never chases her husband to the rooftop. And she never dishonors God by entertaining demonic thoughts to use her sexuality in provocative ways to get what she wants.”
Finally, today, I posted this as a comment…..
It’s time to expose the common themes of “empowerment, anointing, purpose, and blessing.” These common themes is what attracts the wrong crowd to places where nothing is really happening. Nothing but sin and detachment from God. In another post, Pastor DL and I were taken aback by Malachi 2. This is why we are so impotent and the devil has gotten us comfortable in just the emotions where there is no real definite power of God to change the heart.
What’s so interesting is the when you deal with just the emotional feeling and translate that into empowerment and then call it the anointing, the results are always the same…No real manifestation of the presence of God for lasting change into the character of Christ is evident.
The emotional rational thinking that by shouting and jumping, and tears, and all is not an indication of the move of God.
The character of man is challenged by the Holy Spirit in the Word to alter something that once resisted God. When you can cry it can mask the unwillingness that follows afterwards.
When you do something different than you did before and not go backwards, that’s true change. When you hold yourself from falling into sin, that’s supernatural. When you yield to sin after receiving an “anointing” that’s demonic empowerment to abuse 1 John 1:9.
Real change takes place when you truly hate sin. And that means hate it for the rest of your life.
Pastor DL Foster came out with another powerful post…..
“I’d like to rename the PUSH (pray until something happens) acronym to PUSH Preach Until Sinners Hear.”
Then Pastor DL followed with this comment….
“I believe if we reintroduce preaching with power (not prosthetics) and aim it at sinners (instead of trying to get them to live their best life now while they are still in danger of hellfire) we will see a dethronement of jezzybelle in the church.”
These posts were a result of one man of God that had enough of watching something that is common in african American churches. A weak male pastor and a headstrong Jezebel.
All across the nation, the Lord is speaking into the church to look at the chaos and bring order. Everything comes out of order first. But when the devil did what he did, he brought chaos.
I’ve already gone through a long discourse on Jezebel and there is no need to rehash what the spirit of Jezebel is intending to do. However, I will say this that there is an alert that this spirit is not making a resurgence. This spirit is in the house. Many churches are in chaos because male leadership is not in place and in proper order in the house of the Lord.
The spirit of Jezebel is always looking for weak male leadership. And in some cases, the male pastor’s wife may exhibit signs of a Jezebel if you are not careful. Not all male and female pastor teams are like this but there is no doubt in my mind that the connection to the latest “empowerment” messages is at the root of these issues in the church.
For years, I wondered so much about female church leadership and the Lord brought to my attention that there is order. Divine Order.
I said…”God is about to deal with me and this is not going to be comfortable.”
When ever God desires order in the house, it begins with what He established first. Never mind everything else. God is God of order. If there is no order, there is chaos. Even chaos looks controlled but it always ends up in destruction.
When God sets thing in order, it is for a reason. When things are out of order, no one will think straight.
Jezebel is not about order but disorder, confusion, and disruption of the power and purpose of God. If we do not come back to order, we will see nothing but chaos in the church and we are already on fumes.
With the “empowerment” messages, go to Gay Christian Movement Watch and look for articles about Dr. Juanita Bynum. All these empowerment, self help, self improvement messages are from the devil and not God. When there is a connection to sexual immorality and make no mistake about it, it is clear that the church is under the spell of sorcery and witchcraft because the church is out of order and in chaos.
Just as there must be order in the divine Godhead, man and woman must be brought under divine order in His house.
These catchy words is what is driving people crazy to go to these places and to be empowered for what?
“Anointing!” FOR WHAT?
“Blessing!” FOR WHAT?
“Favor!” FOR WHAT?
“Purpose!” FOR WHAT?
“Empowerment!” FOR WHAT?
You are not going to get a crowd when you talk about sin.
You never intended to do what was prophesied over you to begin with.
You just playing and you know it.
And then the emotional boogaloo.
Fast paced out of control dancing called “Getting the Holy Ghost.”
All this emotion and no real change in the heart. Nothing takes place where it matters the most.
The judgment of God is in the church and we got time for foolishness? The Word of the Lord is already out against the Jezebels and Ahab in church leadership. Revelation chapters 2 and 3. The Word of the Lord is against these empowerment, feel good mess. They may be having a good time but it will be their last time. Many that have blogged about these emotional escapades have been warning about this for quite some time.
The manifestation of judgment was held off because God is merciful.
This is getting to the crunch time of the end time and the real church is emerging. There is no time to be playing games. You are either for real for God or you are an enemy. The time has come to awaken out of sleep since the days of John the Baptist. The ark is about to close and the impotent church must cry aloud and spare not.
We must weep over our sins and desire God like never before. We must “Preach Until Sinners Hear.”
We must crawl on our knees to God and begin to seek Him in earnest. We must trim our lamps. We must gird our waists and stop wasting time. We must look at the hour glass and see that there is only but a few grains left before they fall. For once the hour glass empties, the trumpet will sound. And the earth will see the judgment of God.
Chick Fil A Appreciation Day was a defining moment in world history.
While it is the right of American citizens to protest, remember, Chick Fil A Appreciation Day was not a day of protest.
The LGBTQ community will have their “protest” and they have a right in America to do so.
But just because they have a right to protest, it doesn’t exonerate them or justify them and the sin of homosexuality.
The Bible is still the same and the Lord is still the same about all sin.
One more thing.
The love of the Lord for homosexuals, lesbians, adulterers, fornicators (porn), bisexuals, and all sinners is the same too.
They may or may not believe that the Lord and true believers in Christ love them, but we cannot make them come to Christ just as they cannot make us accept the sin of homosexuality.
For the most part, we do see serious and egregious statements made by extreme radical LGBTQ people as well as extreme radical overzealous people that claim to be Christians.
Many people, carnal Christians too, believe that preaching and living against sin is inconsequential. And many believe that the maladies associated with sin is not going to happen to them but the numbers (which I will not get into) speaks for itself.
Christians were asked by former Arkansas governor, Mike Huckabee to show “appreciation” for a Christian organization to make a concerted stand on Biblical values that teach that marriage, as ordained by God, is between one man and one woman according to Genesis 2:24. And that the sin of homosexuality brings reproach and judgment upon a nation according to Proverbs 14:34.
This statement was made by Mr. Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-Fil-A and it resounded.
All across America, people came out to support, not protest, an organization that cherish and support family values etched and evidenced in their own personal family lives.
As a result of glorifying God, the benefits in a downturn economy is being reaped. Chick-Fil-A doesn’t work on Sunday so that the families that work for Chick-Fil-A would have a day of worshipping God and rest. As a result, records for their fast food chain were broken.
And yes, even residual tax revenue will be passed to some struggling city economies. God knows how to bless His people that honor Him and His Word, even in the face of fierce opposition from those that love their sin more than they love God.
Why was it necessary for a statement of this magnitude be made?
Take a look around you and you will see unemployment at 8.2%, for African Americans, 14% to 16%. And for Latinos, it’s around probably 10%, more or less. Drought is hitting the Midwest hard. The system of greed is still in place. The housing crisis is showing very small signs of recovery but banks, in their greed mode is not lending and they have tightened restrictions.
The existing homes in foreclosure is putting a damper on the economy. The property tax collections is hurting the overall state and local economies.
Europe is about to capsize, and you know it.
Going back to the banks, they still think that people will pursue credit and their system is rigged to swallow what little paycheck you have left in hefty interest rates.
Already, the Fed Chairman, is looking for banks to have 7% liquidity in the event of another financial crisis. Federal law require banks to have 2% liquidity.
This is only an indication that they know another recession is about to hit and Europe is about to go under with long term repercussions affecting the whole world, including the United States.
You can’t be the richest nation on earth with a 13 trillion dollar deficit with China holding the American economy hostage with our debt. It’s like a large cruise ship is taking on water and only one person has a bucket, trying to scoop the water out while saying, “We are not sinking.”
The abortion industry is still killing 1.2 million babies annually and their funding is evaporating rapidly.
Corporate jobs in the private sector is not flowing freely as before. Kids coming out of college will not find jobs for which they carry degrees for. Saddled with student loan debt and credit card debt before they could get a job, is forcing them to look at other alternatives unimagined. Cuts across the board in pay, pensions, medical, dental, and other benefits is hurting people all across the board and now you see the reason behind Obamacare.
Even the military has tighten restrictions on admitting below standard civilians and with reason.
It used to be easy to get into the military in a downturn economy but now, the nation’s military only want the best qualified candidates.
Here’s the reason. Less trouble. Trouble people in the military decreases military readiness. Trouble people in the military decreases “good morals, good order, and discipline.”
Isn’t this a joke now that DADT is repealed.
Trouble people is defined as the combination of out of shape and low education standards civilians.
The military spends billions on training and equipment.
The greatest resource of any military power is the soldier, sailor, marine, and airman. If they scrutinize more, it’s because they want to spend more time training the right mentally and physically fit person. There is no more under the radar civilians getting a free pass.
If you are looking to get in, do not try “Just barely.” The military is looking for civilians that will exceed standards to maintain the military edge over potential adversaries.
For the military, that means less jail time, less dropouts, less trouble people all across the board. So if you wonder why you didn’t make the cut, it’s because the military has raised its standards. And don’t even think that you may get to stay if you are in.
If you are below par, retention is not as easy as you think.
They will let you go in a heart beat if you are underperforming.
Even the drug trade is experiencing a significant decrease in revenue.
When you have major drug cartels fighting each other with ferocity, it’s serious. Just recently, a drug cartel beheaded three rival drug cartel workers on the border of Mexico. It is a clear indication that the United States is still demanding drugs on an unprecedented scale, but nonetheless, at a slower demand pace.
The competition for dollars is fierce. It used to be that they would negotiate and settle the issue amicably. Not any more. Greed is greed and there are no rules in covetousness on the depraved indifference level.
The combination of a downturn economy, and semi effective drug interdiction.
Record billion dollar deficits is hurting the states and they are looking for ways to squeeze every dollar, including obtaining concession from union workers as well as increasing work production rules.
Less money to staff first responders such as fire, police and other emergency service personnel. If a natural disaster were to hit in the United States, it would hurt no matter where the disaster takes place.
The state tax revenue that once was there, is gone. Just ask the mayor of Chicago. Right now, for him and any other mayor, God did him, and the other towns that have a Chick Fil A franchise, a favor. And they should be thanking God that the little extra tax revenue helped. Not to mention residual tax revenue.
Just take a look at Detroit, Michigan. Thousands of houses are empty and certain sections have become dumping grounds for murder victims.
The education system is more concerned about teaching children sexual acts of homosexuality cloaked in the “tolerance” teaching, subjecting innocent children to sexual perversion. Preparing the next generation of perversion.
Not to mention pedophiles, criminal sex addicts, child molestation, serial rapists, and other forms of lewd criminal behavior. This includes those that use their professional position to access vulnerable people and abuse them sexually. Including pastors.
Are we sure we want to educate children on the perverted ways of homosexuality? Knowing that this door is the door that further the moral erosion of families?
WHAT BROUGHT THIS ALL ABOUT?
Selfish Individual Needs.
Many want to lie to you and tell you that homosexual love is equivalent to heterosexual love. This is never the point. It is smoke in mirrors. It is about the commission of sin. A violation of the Word of God. The willful disregard of the Word of God. Sin is the blatant act of hatred against the known will of God. It is the transgression of the law. Sin is lawlessness. Sin is what Jesus died for.
THE DEFINING MOMENT IS THE ACKNOWLEDGMENT THAT MAN HAS SINNED AND COME SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD. AND MAN’S ONLY REMEDY IS THE CROSS OF CHRIST, REPENTANCE AND THE RESURRECTION POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, CALLED THE NEW BIRTH.
The late Dr. Lester Sumrall preached a message almost 10 maybe 15 years ago about the economic experiences and conditions of our time. That sin is inextricably connected to poverty. Scriptural authority for the statement, Romans 5:12.
The change of course in the morals of Christians and sinners in this nation demanded a defining moment.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012, was that defining moment.
The promotion of sin is never in the best interests of people. For sin is defiance of God.
The church didn’t help prior to this because of its dirty laundry of double standards that precipitated the homosexual agenda. For years, homosexuals sang, played keyboards, and preached without opposition. Not to mention the fact that adultery, fornication, porn, and self gratification is still rampant in the church today. Pastors are involved in more sex scandals than at any time in it’s history.
Internet accessibility has made it easier to tap into porn, masturbation, setting up sexual rendezvous, and other connected sins. Pastors are bringing the world of sin right into the pulpit from their homes.
The evidence is when they are asked to make a stand against the sin of homosexuality or any sin, they can’t, because chances are, unless you know them, they are in bed with Secret Sexual Sins.
If they aren’t in bed, they are preaching soft Christian messages that fail to challenge the child of God today to live sanctified, holy lives, free of sin. They are still preaching “Christian light” messages that fail to bring people to a place of conviction of personal sin and repentance before God.
Unless I am wrong, we have yet to hear these “heavy” preachers stand with Mr. Dan Cathy. But they won’t. A defining moment in history for the church must be taken advantaged of. Personal kingdom and empire building is for the dead birds. For once, we need to see these people stand for something meaningful and not for themselves to improve their legendary rock star of preachers status.
Some of them are so afraid of losing people that they steer clear of controversy intentionally. That’s so they don’t offend the biggest contributors that sit in their churches, giving away thousands. It’s tough preaching in an empty church but if you got a crowd of sinners, and you do not bring them to the altar in true repentance and giving their entire lives to Jesus, it’s no different.
It’s a shame when a known prostitute, based on a documented interview said that prostitutes sit in a known west coast mega church with ease. They sit near their clients and their client’s wives during service. Why? No conviction messages about the holy presence of the Lord. Why? Because perhaps, the pastor is a client. You never know these days.
Some of you know full well what your pastor is up to, yet, you still go to their church and listen to their hypocrisy. The worst kind of hypocrite is a pastor. Just read Matthew chapter 23 and Ezekiel 34 and you will see it.
What I am getting at is that the church has made a statement but if our statement has the hint of Secret Sexual Sins, we are hypocrites of the highest order. And that makes satan proud.
We must now look at ourselves through the mirror of the Word and make drastic corrections to bring our lives up to the standard of the Word of God and stop being hypocrites.
Many have accused the Body of Christ of not feeding the poor and sheltering the homeless. These accusation are powerful if we are not doing first things first. “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…” But I also find that statements about feeding the homeless and ministering to the needs of the poor are distraction statements designed to shift the focus of attention off this issue of sin.
Folks fall for it all the time and when we forget about sin, it doesn’t matter. God is concerned about your heart attitude toward Him and He can feed you any and every day. But when you die, which would you rather have?
The salvation of the Lord or a full belly going to hell?
Cold. Not really. Especially when you have an expiration date which make food and shelter almost a muted point.
We must seek God in righteousness first and then minister to the needs of others. And this could be done simultaneously. But we can no longer look the other way and sin at will as the world.
The worst thing that we can do is stop seeking God and seek to please LGBTQ’s accusation.
More defining moments are ahead of us.
What we do after this is the true defining moment. Will lives be changed by the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ or are we satisfied with this one display of Christian camaraderie? Are we going back to our cubby holes or will be choose to be salt and light in the earth. And yes, would we be daring enough to invite sinners to sit at the table and feed them, clothe them, house them, and minister the gospel to them?
We should never be a social gospel alone. But we should never look the other way after we came out and made an open display.
Let’s work on our out of the spot light defining moments.
It starts with coming back to the Lord in true repentance. It continues in the true family nucleus. One man, one woman. Marriage. Not alternatives. Not substitutes.
It continues by teaching our children Biblical values that promote righteousness, not sin.
It is solidified, nurtured, and cared for within the local church.
Perhaps, by changing the way we do business, the church would once again be a place where God’s convicting power be ministered, lives would be changed, and God would be glorified.
Are we up to the challenge?
GCMWatch further explains this defining moment… please click this link.
Years ago, I would make reference about Ananias and Sapphira. As some of you may recall the story in Acts 5, they conspired to lie to the Holy Spirit. There were wealthy people in the church and they sold land to give money to the church.
It appears that everyone of them gave all of the proceeds of what was sold to the church.
Ananias and Sapphira did the same.
Except, they kept back part of the proceeds.
At any time, they could have told the apostles.
“We sold the property but we decided only to give you a portion.”
That would have saved their lives.
They intentionally conspired to tell a lie and it cost them their lives.
Death came for both of them because they lie about how much money they gave.
In the Bible, we do see that consequential judgment is serious.
However, we know that God is a God of mercy and endless compassion.
The end result of this incidence was that the fear of the Lord came upon them all.
In fact, verse 11 said,
“So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these sayings.”
The NIV said,
“Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.”
The Amplified Bible said,
“And the whole church and all others who heard of these things were appalled [great awe and strange terror and dread seized them].”
Today, we are not as fearful to walk into the house dedicated for the service of the Lord. I was in sin myself and I had no fear of dying. I thought that I could quickly “repent,” sort of mean it, and thought that God was pleased that I quickly got right with God.
It was like playing chicken with a train on the railroad tracks. It was like truth or dare.
Almost four years ago, the gig was up.
Not that God tolerated my stupidity, but He had mercy on me. Mercy prevents that which you rightfully deserve. And God had every right to fire me by way of death.
Every week, I brought my perverted self to the house of the Lord. Stood before the people to “preach.” Before Sunday, Monday through Saturday would be my time to occasionally watch porn (from 1998 to 2008), masturbate and then ask for forgiveness.
But it was more than that.
I would fill my mind with watching women lustfully. Committing adultery with my heart by watching flesh as I strolled the streets or ride in the car (see Proverbs 27:20, Matthew 5:28, and Job 31:1). I would get up Sunday morning, pray and preach, and return to business as usual.
1 John 1:9 meant little more to me than a “get out of sin and judgment” verse.
I deceived myself into thinking that God was pleased when I “confessed” my sin. All I was doing was lying to Him because I never really meant it. I loved my sin more than I loved my God and His Word.
Those promises. Empty promises to quit became the epitaph of my dead life. The calculated coldness of how I treated God with utter contempt didn’t mean nothing to me. And the complete disdain for my wife who faithfully prayed for my deliverance every night.
A sex addict is one that cannot control, stop, or manage his sexual urges and impulses.
In my one bedroom apartment, while my wife would be praying, I would gratify myself.
Such perversion was a regular thing in my life prior to God’s deliverance.
The utter disrespect of women and my daughter was nothing to me.
One night while watch porn and masturbating, the Lord said to me, “You know, you could be watching your daughter?”
I ignored Him, suppressed His warning and continued. Talk about running a red light.
At age 14, my daughter checked the history on my Directv receiver and discovered my porn addiction. The year was 1999. A year after I first started watching porn.
At any time, my greatest fear would destroy me. Thankfully, the Lord did my wife a favor because when you are in sin, your prayers are not heard according to Psalm 66:18.
I’m sharing this because all over the church world, we know that there are many pastors, music ministers, singers, preachers, bishops, and deacons, elders, apostles. You name it. We blatantly sin and bring our morally corrupt attitude with us before the presence of the Lord as if God didn’t mind at all.
We bring our Secret Sexual Sins as idols right into the temple. We bow down in obeisant worship to our Secret Sexual Sins and we disrespect God.
It would be a matter of time before the last measure of warning would come.
God said this to me.
“Come Clean or be exposed.”
That was no imagination. He was the voice of the Lord.
As a result, the Lord set me on a path towards the intersection of destiny.
Either come clean or you will not come this way alive again.
While I will never know what would have happened if I persisted, it is clear to me that I know that something dramatic would have happened.
Looking back at those days about four years ago, I should have resigned the ministry. At that time, I wasn’t thinking about resigning. But it would have been good if I would have taken time away to get my bearing straight.
However, a friend of mine, Pastor Roger Jamson, after I came clean about sexual sins, he recommended several places on the Internet to delve into to fortify my walk of sanctification in the Lord.
These last few years were very challenging to say the least but well worth the effort to be free forever. And like all men, we have our moments where relapse occurs. No, not into porn. No relapse there, I praise God to report. You really do not need porn to do masturbate. Just imagination.
But the Lord warned me again.
If you ever know what it is like to clearly hear God’s voice in sin, and to hear His voice after you come out, the difference in His sternness and volume is incredible. The grieving of the Holy Spirit is more intense. The holy attitude of God is more pronounced. The failure you experience, overwhelming. But His love is incredible. He doesn’t want to condemn us with the world and that’s why His consequential judgment varies.
And after all that, when you disappoint God, it’s kills you.
You begin to weigh the fact that you crossed God and He never tolerated it. Then He began to teach me all over again.
“Son, what are you doing with your moments.”
So that became uncoded. There was something that God was doing in me.
Do you want to be the same or do you want to be changed forever?
Several weeks ago the Lord shared this song with me. A song that led me to a song that set the pace for the next level was “Give Me You.”
Then the Lord shared this song…..
“I’ll Never Be The Same.” From the album “I Love You (Live),” by Shana Wilson.
It became the new level of challenge in my life. I no longer want to be the same.
Another song, prior to this one was…
“I Won’t Go Back” From the album “Arise,” by William McDowell.
Then the Lord brought something else that changed my life.
“Do you desire to sin?
You see, you cannot be for something that God is against.
So I had to decide that I no longer desire to sin against God. That meant controlling my urges and impulses to the degree that I no longer desire to cross God. To love the world is to be an enemy of God according to James 4:4.
There was something that the Lord was doing within me. Hence the next level.
Check sin at the door of the facility of Prevailing Word Ministries.
As I am led by the Spirit of God, those that serve with me will be challenged and confronted. Not to do them harm by embarrassment but to show the seriousness of approaching the things of the Lord with the level of holiness required to serve Him. It is not just to sit them down, but to get them help. The Lord was gracious to me and in that same graciousness, I desire to help as many as need His help (see Hebrews 4:12-16).
We’ve been playing church too long.
It starts with me, the pastor.
If I ever go down the path of porn and masturbation, I will resign the ministry on the spot.
The worst kind of preacher is a hypocrite (see Matthew 23).
It is not fair to God, His Word, and the people God entrusts in our care. We are a small congregation. Only 16 persons.
Been that size for the last 18 years. But it is still the work of the Lord. It is that serious. God and His people expect their pastor to be an example in word (speech), conduct, love, faith, and purity. If we can’t live right, we cannot expect people to live right.
This is not an “incentive” to keep me holy because it’s not about that. To please the Lord overrides any wild pomposity edict.
It’s about approaching the holy things of the Lord with the level of gravity required for the service that God deserves. If we are not prepared to do this church service on the same level, we are lying and we do not the truth, as John, the eyewitness apostle of the Lamb said.
The reason why LGBT don’t believe some of what we say is because we are great liars when we want to keep on sinning.
The time for lying and Secret Sexual Sins ceased with me.
WIll you choose to cease and desist in your operations to sin against God?
In Isaiah 52:11, the captivity prophet Isaiah said,
“Depart! Depart! Go out from there, touch no unclean thing; go out from the midst of her, be clean, you who bear the vessels of the Lord.”
I mentioned Ananias and Sapphira, because we will see this. When you take communion in sin, many are sickly among you and some fall asleep.
Whenever you take the next communion, in mockery to God, it might be your last.
Judgment is already in the house of the Lord but the degree and severity of the judgment of the Lord all depends on where you stand in your relationship with the Lord.
People will come to church a lie to the Holy Spirit about their sins. The Lord was warning me and because I know, first hand, what His warning to me is like, there is no question that pastors need to be put on notice.
Will you join me in checking sin in your heart first?
There is a difference between making a mistake and intentionally sinning against the Lord.
You can stop sinning because Jesus told that to the man at the pool of Bethesda and to the woman caught in adultery.
You can stop sinning.
If you dare to serve the Lord while habitually sinning, I admonish you to stop and think about what you are doing. If you are falling into temptation, it’s because, according to the parable of the sower in Luke 8, that you are not giving the Word place in your heart. You are on stony ground and the Word cannot penetrate a stony heart.
You need to change the texture of your heart from stoney to good ground where the Word could penetrate and produce fruit.
Oh. By the way. You will notice that AF followed LGBT.
The AF is for adulterers and fornicators.
by Fred C. Rochester, Pastor. Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved.
I know, the title is serious but many sinners and carnal Christians use this word in the wrong manner as illustrated in my title. The improper use of this word is downright wrong. If you are going to use the word “hell,” you might as well understand the true meaning of hell. In the right sense, you want to avoid this place at all cost.
Preachers and believers in Christ must warn people about this place. All who pass through it’s portals must abandon all hope.
Many have said, “Yeah. Don’t tell me. I know I’m going to hell.”
Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
So because of their sins, they already know they are destined for hell.
But you do not have to go there when Someone went there for you to pay your debt.
The NLT of verse 25 says,
“For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God’s anger against us. We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed His blood, sacrificing His life for us.”
There are many “church growth specialist” that are more concerned about filling church seats than warning people about the worst place imagined. Church growth specialist are more concerned about not intimidating or using “scare tactics” to get them to come into the church.
Hell is not a scare tactic. Hell is a real place. Just as heaven is a real place but there is only One Way to get into heaven.
This is where the calling of God on my life, and many other ministers, surpass the doctrine of church growth and look to save souls from the region of the damned and the lake of fire to come.
After all, this is what Jesus ultimately died for. This is what the gospel of Jesus Christ is all about. To save us from our sins and to pay the price for sin so we will not have to spend eternity separated from the presence of the Lord forever in hell.
HOW SHALL WE ESCAPE?
In the news, three 20 year olds lost their lives because they ignored the purpose of the guard rail and posted signs. They jumped over the guard rail to pose for a picture on the slippery rock and lost their lives in a fast moving river in Yosemite National Park.
The man and his wife were posing for a picture. When she slipped, her husband grabbed her and they both fell in. Another man also jumped in to attempt to rescue them. The people on shore that watched in horror could only scream as the couple were holding on to each other for the last time alive, as all three fell over the waterfall. Never to be seen alive again.
I can’t help but think of the Scripture in Hebrews chapter 2 and verse 3.
“…how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation…”
The well posted signs and barricade were intended to save a person from doing the unthinkable thing. This is neglect of the highest order. Over the course of time, well over 400 persons have lost their lives in Yosemite because they ignored the saving grace of wisdom, signs, and barricades.
They underestimated the slippery rock and the power of the water. While it would be fool hearty of me to determine their eternal fate, the wisdom of this story is twofold. When you see a sign that warns of impending danger, to neglect its wisdom and to intentionally ignore these signs of wisdom, it demands that a price be paid.
Before you die is the time to accept the provisions for salvation, not after. There is no salvation after you die.
Hebrews 9:27 tells us,
“It is appointed unto men once to die, after this the judgment.”
No one will miss this appointment.
Ignore as you walk past the Christian church at your own peril. Neglect the Christian tract at your own risk. Just remember. You’ve been warned.
It is sad that many people ignore the Christian church, its preaching, and warnings about a place called hell.
In Matthew 7:13-14, the Lord Jesus said,
“Enter by the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
Over the course of time, many things have been said about the abode of the damned or condemned. It is not surprising that we use the word “hell” to express troubling times in this life or when we are experiencing extreme heat on earth.
But the trouble we are experiencing in life or the heat we may be complaining about is in no comparison to what the departed condemned of this life is presently experiencing.
WHAT IS THE DESCRIPTION OF HELL?
In the natural, the closest word that we can come up with to describes hell is the word Gehenna. In studying out this word, if you study the history of the city of Jerusalem, according to Nelson’s Bible Dictionary,
“…the Valley of Hinnom was used as the garbage dump for the city of Jerusalem. Refuse, waste material, and dead animals were burned here. Fires continually smoldered, and smoke from the burning debris rose day and night. Hinnom thus became a graphic symbol of woe (doom) and judgment and of the place of eternal punishment called hell.
Translated into Greek, the Hebrew “Valley of Hinnom” becomes “gehenna,” which is used 12 times in the NT (eleven times by Jesus and once by James).
In the OT, parents sacrificed their children as a burnt offering to the pagan god Molech (See 2 Chronicles 28:3; 33:6).”
OUT OF WOMB ABORTION?
As a side issue, this is what I would call, “out of womb abortion.” In other words, sexual immorality would be committed and they would sacrifice the child by tossing the child into the fire alive.
According to Nelson’s Bible Dictionary, Gehenna was also called “Tophet” (see 2 Kings 23:10).
According to Fausett’s Bible Dictionary, “…toph, [means] the “drums,” [they were] beaten to drown the shrieks of the children made to pass through the fire to Molech;”
Why would drums be necessary? To drown out the cries of the children to make the worship of Molech tolerable. For the cry of a child will pull on the mother to rescue her child from experiencing any pain. The drums of “Pro-Choice” continue to be loud over the cries of the unborn child to make the worship of Molech tolerable.
While this is a side issue, we need to see the origins and seamless connections of the worship of Molech in the past and sexual immorality, children conceived and born out of wedlock, and abortion raging throughout the world today.
Therefore, the Valley of Hinnom describes the horrors of hell after physical death.
A PARTY IN HELL? WHAT A LIE!
Hell is not a party. It is not good times. It is not a celebration for sins committed. It is not a club. It is not pretty. If this natural description is horrible, then the real place is no walk in the park.
Imagine burning day and night. Imagine smelling smoke night and day. No rest. No breaks. No water. No air conditioning. No fan. No wind. No ice. No comfort. No ease. Just torment forever.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THIS PLACE?
First, hell was prepared for the devil and his angels (see Matthew 25:44).
As told by the Lord in Matthew chapter 25, there will be a separation. The Lord will sit upon the throne of His glory. The nations will be gathered before Him. He will separate the righteous to stand on His right and the unrighteous to stand on His left.
The righteous will, “inherit the kingdom prepared…from the foundation of the world.”
The unrighteous will enter, “into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Second, after people die physically, and their names are not found written in the Book of Life, God sends to hell those that refused already to accept the terms or conditions of salvation.
Sinners are condemned to hell by their choice in this life according to John 3:18-19.
“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.”
ARE YOU WILLING TO TAKE A CHANCE?
Many of you do or do not believe that hell exists but are you willing to take a chance that it doesn’t exist? Knowing that hell exists but refusing to accept the terms is fool hearty risky.
I pray that you are not any of them.
IS THERE A WAY OUT?
There is the only Way out.
John 14:6 says, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father but by Me.”
Acts 4:12 says, “Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.”
Just in case you do not know Who “the Way, Truth, and the Life is.” Just in case you do not know Who the “…Name under heaven…” is. His Name is Jesus.
DIFFERENT RENDERING OF HELL
There is different renderings of hell in the Bible. We’ve used Gehenna as one description. The description given by Nelson’s Bible Dictionary is clear that it is a fire that smolders and the smoke ascends day and night.
The graphic depiction and use of Gehenna in Matthew 25:41 mirrors Revelation 20:11-15. Please take time to read both accounts.
Hades, in the Book of Revelation, is defined as the “region of departed spirits of the lost,” according to Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words. “It corresponds with the word “Sheol” in the the OT.
However, according to Vine’s, “It never denotes the grave (where human remains are interred), nor is it the permanent region of the lost; in point of time it is, for such, intermediate between decease and the doom of Gehenna.” Parenthesis are mine.
In other words, the lost must be held in Hades, “the region of departed spirits of the lost” until the consummation of the ages according to Luke 16:19-31 and Ephesians 1:10.
Luke 16:19-31 is the account of the rich man and Lazarus, the beggar at the gate of the rich man. Lazarus was carried into Abraham’s bosom (just another term for the bliss side of Hades), and the rich man lifted his eyes in the torment side of Hades.
Hades, before the Lord Jesus paid the price for sin, was separated into two places with a large gulf fixed between the two. Those that lived righteous lives before the law of Moses and those that followed the law, when they died, they entered into Abraham’s bosom. Those the lived evil lives, when they died, they lifted their eyes in the torment side of Hades.
When Jesus died and was resurrected from the dead, He “led captivity captive…” according to Ephesians 4:7-10 and Hebrews 2:14-18.
Hades is not purgatory either. The error of purgatory gives the lost a glimmer of hope to escape if someone prays for their soul to be released. Sort of like parole. But with sin and unrighteousness, there is no parole if you die in your sins according to Luke 13:1-5 and John 8:24.
Why would a loving God send people He created to hell? The answer is simple. Sin. Sin is inconsistent with the nature and characteristic of the Holy God. Sin is defiance of God. Sin hates righteousness, peace, and holiness. Sin and righteousness are never compatible.
Sin was paid for by the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus appeased or satisfied the conditions of the Father that sin must be paid for by the sinless life of another human. The conditions are simple. All we need to do is believe and accept the terms of salvation.
At the judgment, death and hades (the region of departed spirits of the lost), will be cast into the lake of fire.
Lake of fire?
There was a tour guide showing some tourist people places where volcanoes erupted. In one location, there was lava that looked like a lake. I couldn’t help but use this as the ultimate illustration of what the lake of fire is like. In the natural, anything that drops into it would instantly vaporize. Nothing would be left. Life would be snuffed out in less than a second.
But just image being thrown into an eternal lake of fire alive? Remember when Adam was created an eternal being. When sin came into the world, physical death came. But spiritual death came first. Spiritual death is separation from the presence of the Lord because of sin.
If anyone died or was killed, their body was to be buried. But when the judgment comes, their bodies will be resurrected. Will you be at the resurrection of the just or the unjust is your choice to make.
If you choose to be a part of the resurrection of the unjust, all of your faculties will be present.
The only thing that will not happen when you are cast into the lake of fire is that you will not burn up. You will feel the torment day and night. Smoke ascending up, day and night. Now, if the devil, the false prophet, and the beast will experience torment day and night, the unsaved will also.
Revelation 14:11 says, “And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever, and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”
Hades, the region of departed spirits of the lost, is torment. The lake of fire is torment continued. If you have ever went swimming in water, you know what wet is, but imagine swimming in fire without burning up or a chance to take a break.
You do not want to go there.
To be saved from hell, all you need to do is repent of all sin, receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior today. The next moment is not promised to anyone.
Please go to our website at www.prevailingwordbiblechurch.org and click the Sinner’s Prayer. At our website is all the information you need, based on the Word of God, to be saved.
If you are saved, you have a responsibility to warn the wicked. Email and blogging is a part of it. Pass this blog along. You may be responsible for starting a chain reaction of people getting saved from the torment of hell.
Do it today.
“Time is always moving and it will not wait for you.”
by Fred C. Rochester, Pastor Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved.
When will he come? When will he ask me the question? When will I get married? When? When? When? Why do men wait so long? Why don’t they commit? Why does everyone else find a mate and I am left all alone? Is it because I’m not attractive or beautiful? What’s wrong with me? Why won’t God answer my prayers for a man? I am about ready to quit? God I hate You for putting me through this waiting period! God. I don’t believe You any more!
If you haven’t asked any of these questions or made any of these or similar statements, then you are married or you have completely walked away from the issue of getting married.
While you probably do not care about the statistics, they serve as vital pieces of information that will help us to understand the current trends of today.
It was estimated that during the 1950’s and 1960’s that over 60% of families were married. In other words, the household had a male and female figure that were joined in holy matrimony. Today, that figure is significantly reduced to around 30% or 40%, or less.
A number of significant dynamics occurred.
DECLINE OF MORALITY
Males that claim to be men fail to uphold the standards of morality according to Proverbs chapter 5, chapter 6, verses 20 through 35, and chapter 7.
The moral fibre of those days were far better than today.
Then there is the immoral woman as recorded in Proverbs chapter 7.
It’s a two way street.
If you slept around in those days, the stigmatization applied to unmarried women of being a “slut” or an adulterous woman being called a “whore,” was once very damaging. Yet, it compelled some women to “save herself” for the right man and from having these negative titles applied to her.
For men, it was a badge of honor to be in adulterous or multiple relationships. There was little, to no negative stigma attached to men that engaged in adultery or fornication.
Completely wrong, inappropriate, sinful, shameful, and downright filthy of men. Equal responsibility belongs to both male and female that engage in sexual immorality according Hebrews 13:4.
As far as male dominion was concerned, sleeping around and scoring was normal.
Today, it is almost no big deal for women to steal “experienced” married men or to fornicate regularly. In fact, this game of sleeping around is now almost on equal footing. This means that women hunt for “booty call” just like the men do.
Single women play the field just like men do. It is also common knowledge that women engage in porn and self gratification, commonly called masturbation. In fact, one out of six women will watch porn, one in three will act out or “hook up” with a man for sex to feed an intimacy connection need.
It is already common knowledge that men engage in lustfully watching women, being Beyonce or Angelina Jolie seduced, watching porn, and masturbating more often than you think.
There was one article that was called “Cheap Sex.”
Cheap Sex was about the fact that some women no longer demand that a man marry them in order to have sex. It is now normal to text a person for sex.
They would use their electronic devices and set up a rendezvous for a sex romp. A one night stand. Maybe two or three, if the sex was good, and then they call it quits. More couples that aren’t married are still “kicking the tires” or “shacking up.”
They enjoy the benefits of marriage, but there is no legal contract or marital obligation. They can walk out from each other at any time. No commitment, no marriage, no real meaningful relationship except in the bedroom, if you call that “meaningful.”
Risky, non condom sex always end tragically.
There is no such thing as “safe sex” except between two married persons of the opposite sex.
Pregnancies, still births, miscarriages (they happen between married couples too), an abortion, STD’s (only happens when one of them cheats on their spouses of the opposite sex). Children born out of wedlock or arrange for adoption after birth. Both the mother and the child contracting HIV/AIDS. Even if there were no births or STD’s, the emotional emptiness is still there until it is temporarily filled with another sex romp.
Or is completely fulfilled in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ according to John chapter 4:1-27, John 8:1-11.
For the most part, most women desire romance and commitment in a monogamous relationship.
The search for real intimacy and relationship continues to end for the available single woman in frustration, anguish, despondency, and utter despair. A single woman’s needs go unmet and this cycle of frustration continues.
WHAT ARE SINGLE WOMEN FACING TODAY?
The variety of apparent negative dynamics.
Black men marrying White, and Asian women, and White women are marrying Black and Asian men.
In my opinion, when two persons of the opposite sex truly love each other, it should never be a problem. When it comes to population statistics, it is true that in the United States, African Americans make up 12% or 13% of the US population.
When Black males marry White women, it is a very serious issue that significantly decrease the chances for available Black women to marry Black men. There is no question that some Black women seriously object to Black men marrying White or Asian women, and they are hurt by this.
However, I find that White men cross the color line too.
My opinion doesn’t have to be accepted, but it is clear. When two persons of the opposite sex love each other and are willing to look past the shell for the person, that’s what matters the most.
There is no way to smooth this over because the realities are before us. There will be disagreements and anger because of what I said (this is I speaking, not the Lord), but we must be honest about what is before us and begin to look at the total picture. It doesn’t mean that you have to accept it. Just look at the facts with an honest and open heart and mind.
Even if I were say that God really brought two racially different persons together, for the person that isn’t married to object and take exception, I have to agree with you that there is very little comfort and solace.
My prayer to the Father, in Jesus’ name is that you do not be bitter about it. Be better about it by “walking in the Spirit” and “let love be without hypocrisy,” according to Romans 12:9. Resist and refuse to harbor resentment, envy, and jealousy according to James 3:13-18.
When you can’t do this, (that is walk in love about it), you have made a choice to refuse to do what Christ would want you to do about it. Anytime we refuse to do what the Word says to do, we are walking in disobedience, and we cannot expect God to do much to change our own situations when we willingly stuff our disobedience in His face.
There are things that must be broken in us if we want to see a breakthrough for us.
More men are incarcerated. More men are exploring same sex, self sex, or bisexuality to self satisfy sexual intimacy needs apart from women. More men are unemployed and are unable to financially sustain a family, let alone themselves. More males remain childish males mentally.
These factors significantly decreases the possibility of women getting married. What this means is that some of the men still see life as a game and sex is a part of that game they play. They must be broken, in Jesus’ name. Available single women are waiting for men to show up.
Which of you males are willing to put away childish things and become a man?
You know that men have a penis but they don’t use their brains first. Their sex drives compels their lower anatomy to do all their thinking for them.
Sexually only minded males will only view of women from a commodity perspective. The “sexual objectification of women” only for satisfying a sexually immoral desire. The male’s flawed thinking is that the body of a women is just a container to get off on. Use and discard a woman just like a condom.
Not realizing that the woman is a person with feelings, emotions, and is a human being. Worthy to be loved, honored, and respected.
With this type of immorality going on, men are no longer forced by single available women to commit to her and be in a meaningful relationship when “free tail” from immoral women is offered.
Then there is the flawed, at best thinking that, “If I don’t let him have me, I will never get him.” Or. “I’ll give him a baby, and he will marry me!”
That’s the whole purpose of prostitution or one night sex romps. Give a man only one thing and that’s it. All of the other stuff is not a part of what men pay for.
But deep down inside, the male will one day, be a man and come to the conclusion that they need feminine connection, relationship, and spousal affirmation. Not just from the bedroom but from life as a whole. Deep down inside a man, he is looking for a person that would accept him for who he is. And right now, all he is thinking about is to be accepted and affirmed from one selfish aspect.
The sense of physical sex and achieving orgasm for accomplishment, or job well done in the bedroom, is his only objective. It’s a cry for intimacy by relationship that he, himself concluded could only be attained through sex acts.
Why do men take so long to come to their senses?
Sex to him is incorrectly considered a sport. A “score.” A reward for winning. When everything else fails around him, he goes to the one place where it is a guarantee that he will be rewarded.
These are just some of the things that single women face as to why men do not commit to a meaningful relationship.
Then there are men that can’t get past wounds inflicted from previous relationships. He self determined that they are too painful for him to overcome to engage in another relationship. So he engages in meaningless sexual relationships for sex only because it requires no commitment.
This is very disparaging for single women.
For single women, the “competition” is fierce and intense. Even in the church. For the most part, the church is somewhat to blame because there is very little, to no teaching to men about dating, sex, relationships, commitment, connections, how to rightly treat women, and so forth.
Then the places where connections take place is more of a worldly culture than Christian.
The night clubs, malls, movie theaters, street hangout, private and semi-private parties are the common places where “hook ups,” are happening. Some “so called” Christian concerts is another venue.
Looking at the church scene, we see that not many men show up in small churches. In fact, there was one article that revealed that the place to go meet a man is in the mega churches or a fairly sized church. That’s because the chances for being noticed exponentially increases where more males show up.
But also in these mega or large churches, there is a lot of single available women waiting to be noticed. These women range from chaste, to extremely provocative. I find that for the most part in the medium and mega churches where there is a single male pastor available, more single available women will show in hopes of being noticed and get married to that pastor.
There is no doubt that marrying a pastor is on the list because the pastor’s personality, outspoken nature, possible good looks, power, influence, money, and other high end aspects is extremely appealing to single available women. There is no doubt that even married women will “get counseling” just to get in bed with that pastor. It has happened, so don’t be naive or fooled.
But for the most part, righteous single women just want a man that would be interested in her. She wants him to be successful, working, responsible, caring, loving, sensitive, fun, and above all, one that is serious about the Lord, as well as be serious about family values, and commitment to one woman.
She is looking for someone that will love her for who she is. A beautiful, attractive, intelligent, and a well grounded woman. Grounded in the sense that she lives by basic godly principles.
These virtues is very appealing to a man.
These principles is not about housekeeping, child bearing, and raising. It is not about being a “momma” to the man. It’s more about common relational connections that makes being around each other fun, exciting, and challenging. Challenging in the sense that you are learning each other and adapting or adjusting to make a relationship work.
It is in this aspect that women shine and the best is brought out of her.
All she needs is for a man to take a chance.
Finally, the risk is there. A man takes a risk. A woman takes a risk. In my judgment, mistakes are going to be made. Perfection is a fleeting thing. First impressions are lasting impressions but somewhere along the line, in making a choice, a hair or two will be out of place.
Men. Stop dawdling and accept her with that hair out of place. All she needs is a brush or comb to put it back in place.
Man. A piece of meat will be found in between your teeth when you put on your best smile after dinner.
What am I saying?
Men. You need to get off the sidelines and pick one. She is right there in front of you. Pick her. Compatibility is sometimes determined when you first set eyes on each other and begin to look past the skin, and see a person that desires your love.
And if you are in a relationship, how ready for marriage are you going to get? She is waiting for your proposal. She is waiting on you to get serious and pop the question. She is waiting to walk down that isle and give you everything you could ever imagine.
My brother, if you are reading this, perhaps you need a little push. You might be asking the question, “How will I know she’s the one?”
Sometimes you won’t know until she walks down that isle. You won’t know until you are on your sick bed and you look up, and she is right there. You won’t know until you can’t pay the bills but she willingly puts her resources together to help you. You won’t know until you wake up next to her after the wedding, and you see her smile across her face.
That smile is a smile of, “I thank God you picked me.”
Single women, do not give up on God.
Sometimes what you need to do is venture outside the normal. See new places and meet new people. It’s a risk that everyone takes. But you won’t know until you go. Sometimes you are waiting too long for the one that you think is to be your soul mate.
But he keeps you waiting and waiting. HE is a fool because he failed to recognize that God put you there for him.
It’s time for you to make a decision because you can’t let a male person that is known to go no where keep you from going somewhere.
There are many place where you shouldn’t go. God knows that you do not need to go to places where the dating is nothing more than going to clubs/brothels, or strip joints.
You are worth more than that, and you should never lower your standards to hook up with the wrong bozo/bonehead that thinks only about satisfying his other head.
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Truth be told.
by Fred C. Rochester
Covetousness; Greed Is Good? Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved.
If you have many maxed out unsecured or secured credit cards, home equity loans, a mortgage on a house that is beyond your means to pay, car notes, personal loans, and other forms of debt, it is a clear indication that you are, or you were covetous.
In Luke 12, two brothers were fighting over their inheritance. The matter was brought before the Lord Jesus. The Lord Jesus told him, “Who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?” It seems to me that there was more to it than meets the eye.
First take note that the brother was standing in a crowd of people. He aired his sibling’s dirty laundry before the people. All in an effort to get the Lord Jesus to rule in his favor.
We do not know if his brother was present, but it appears that some people in the crowd knew these guys and word was to certainly get back. However, we see that it wasn’t for the Lord to rule because no one in the legal system made Him an arbitrator.
Then the Lord gets to the root of the issue.
“Take heed and beware of covetousness,” The Amplified Bible is quoted as saying,
“Guard yourselves and keep free from all covetousness (immoderate desire for wealth, the greedy longing to have more).
Immoderate is defined as “beyond reasonable limits.”
HOARDING; EXTREME COVETOUSNESS
There is a powerful series called “Hoarding.” It talks about people’s compulsive desire to accumulate things. Rat packing is a serious issue because when you have the ability to buy an item and then store it, you are creating a mess that becomes extremely difficult to deal with.
The sad part is that they grow emotionally attached to the various items in the house and will become very combative. The reasons for this kind of behavior varies from person to person but there is a consistent pattern common to most people that hoard.
1. An serious emotional event occurred in their lives that compelled them to shut down common sense and normal reasoning.
2. Accumulation was permitted to reach a stage where undoing what was done became unbearable. Not just for the person that is hoarding but for the family members that attempt to correct years of compulsive accumulation.
3. Emotional detachment ( a complete clean up) would mean death to them. In other words, each item gave them a warped reason to coexist and if a separation took place, they would freak out.
While I am addressing a total different subject, you do not have to be a hoarder to be covetous. Hoarding is just an extreme case of covetousness associated with traumatic events that immobilizes a person. The majority of their accumulated items become their memento to happy times before a tragedy or emotional trauma. It becomes for them their security or comfort. It is an extreme compulsion that has the potential to eventually kill a person.
One such case took place a few years ago. The man had so much stuff inside the house that it concealed his death for quite sometime. It was only until the mailman couldn’t put any more mail in his box that they decided to call the authorities.
When they tried to enter the front door, they could not go any further. It wasn’t the smell of his corpse that repelled the authorities. It was the accumulation of stuff that prevented access to the body. There was so much stuff in the house, they had to take it out, piece by piece before they could remove his corpse.
The parable of the sower is a classic example of where the hearts of people are. The most common place where people abide is among thorns. The seed, which is the word of God, is thrown among thorns where the Word is being choked with “cares, riches, and pleasures of this life.”
This is the place of covetousness.
STAYING FREE OF COVETOUSNESS
If God’s people want to stay free of covetousness, they must get to the place where the good ground is, where the seed will produce fruit. Those that are on good ground will always be content with what they have in life because of Psalm 23:1.
In Philippians 4:11-13, Paul gave us these powerful words.
“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Paul didn’t permit his need to drive him to do things that would violate his relationship with the Lord and God’s people. He had a common sense approach to life. He went to work.
In 1 Timothy 6:6-10, Paul tells us,
“Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
When the love of money became the only pursuit in the life of a believer, there is only one result. You will stray from the faith in greediness. Once again, it is a depiction of a believer that is among thorns where the word is choked because of “cares, riches, and pleasures of this life.”
Hebrews 13:5 tells us, “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you not forsake you.”
When everything runs out, the one thing that you will always count on is that God will never leave you nor forsake you. He will make a way so you won’t have to. It takes faith to trust God to get through in this life.
In none of these Scriptures do we see the Lord advocating that we do without, remain poor, or suffer lack. However, we do see that regardless of the conditions of our lives, we are to be content.
You will recall in 1 Kings 16, when Elijah walked up to Ahab and told him that there would be no rain for 3 and a half years (see James 5:17-18).
The Lord sent Elijah to Zarephath and commanded a widow woman to provide for Elijah.
When a nation refuses to repent of sin, dire conditions are released to nudge the leaders and the nation to the place of prayer to repent for the sins committed in the church and the nation.
If you carefully read the stories in the OT, you will see that the origin of these conditions began in Deuteronomy 28:1.
“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God:”
The downside of conditions always have one conclusion.
Deuteronomy 28:15 says,
“But is shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:”
While this Scripture appertains to the children of Israel based on the law, we must remember that the principle of obedience and righteousness to God is applied to every nation on the planet. While “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law” (see Galatians 3:13),” it is not a blank check to “…continue in sin that grace may abound” (see Romans 6:1).
Jesus did not die for our sins so that we can continue to sin.
RIGHTEOUSNESS EXALTS A NATION
Proverbs 14:34 says,
“Righteousness exalts a nation. but sin is a reproach to any people.”
Please note that it didn’t say, “Righteousness exalts only the nation of Israel.” The New Living Translations says,
“Godliness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.”
It is interesting to note what 1 Peter 2:9-12 says,
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.”
Notice that Peter called the church, “a holy nation.”
So when the church is holy, it is a godly nation. God, therefore, exalts that holy nation, within a nation. The rest of Proverbs 14:34 is appropriate for the sinful nation, including the church. When we are in sin, we are a disgraceful nation. If exaltation uplifts a nation, disgrace is the downfall of a nation.
ONE STATE AT A TIME
If you have noticed, the governor of Texas called for the State to enter into a time of prayer with fasting. He’s been getting heat but it seems to me that it will go forward regardless of the may lawsuits and fuss.
In Oklahoma, the governor is setting out time to pray for rain. Let me tell you. I think somebody is getting the message. But it’s not coming from our prominent pastors and leaders. It’s coming from the politicians. Do not get me wrong. If the pastors are influencing the politicians, telling them that they need to pray, then we do not need to know their names.
What we need to be more concerned about is getting each state to come back to God. Who cares about who did the influencing so long as we are found on our faces before God. But I also find that some parts of the church isn’t getting the message. We haven’t put two and two together.
Immorality is still the business of most pastoral leaders and congregants.
How do I know?
When you see a lot of people leave their churches because you preach against sin, same sex unions, adultery, fornication, pornography, masturbation, bisexuality, pederasty, and other sexual sins, it is clear that they want to send you a message that they intend not to give up sins of the flesh.
If they leave because a pastor is found to be in sin, sadly, that departures will happen. That’s because the people expect their spiritual leaders to be held to a higher standard and be held accountable. The wrong message to send is for the leader to salvage his ministry.
What he is really doing is salvaging his empire at the expense of the kingdom of God. The godly thing to do is surrender the ministry, salvage his relationship with God, his family, and then to the congregation.
When you see that the prominent preachers are still peddling the prosperity message and the gospel of inclusion, we haven’t gotten the message. When you see elements of the world’s brand of “gospel music” in the church. When you see a rise in sexual immorality because of it, then you know the church is in trouble, let alone the world.
I mentioned the story about Elijah and the widow woman for a reason. The economic conditions in this nation is a direct result of covetousness, same sex unions, and abortion. These sins are evident in the church and in the world. We do not know how to be content with what we have and we desire more.
We desire intimacy with ourselves, same sex, and opposite sex, illicitly. When we conceived a child out of wedlock and then abort that child because we can’t afford the child or the conception was a mistake, these are gross sins that defile a nation.
With unemployment at 9.2 percent. With interest rates on credit cards and loans at an all time high. With a decreasing taking home paycheck. With the high cost of living to purchase the basic necessities; gas, light, phone, food, and clothing.
WHAT MUST WE DO TO REVERSE THIS?
Repentance, confess our sins, forsake our sins, live righteously before God. Sanctify the Lord in our heart. Seek the Lord while He may be found. Call upon Him while He is near. Weep between the porch and the altar. Set a time for prayer and fasting, with weeping and mourning.
God will honor the pastor that falls on the sword. That’s right. Crucify himself. God will honor the church that seeks His face. God will turn churches around and then turn a nation around. We must be serious about killing covetousness, sexual immorality, and same sex unions in the church, first.
When we judge ourselves, we will not be judged. Hence, we won’t be condemned with the world. If you want to see an outpouring of the presence of God, all you have to do is bring to Him what He requires. A contrite and broken heart. A heart that is sorry about sinning against God. Then, and only then will our sacrifices be acceptable in His sight.