It was a calm Tuesday morning. In NYC, the polls were open. Voting was in full swing. My wife took my daughter to school on the upper east side of Harlem. I just got back from running and voting. I went to bed and then I decided to turn on the TV. On the screen was the North Tower with a gapping hole at an angle.
Smoke was ascending and blowing to the south, south west.
I went to the roof and wondered what was really going on.
First, the air traffic pattern for that area flies right over the apartment building we were in. Since my dad was the landlord at the time, I had access to the roof. I quickly went to the roof for a better sight. I said to myself this must be a serious error of judgment from the pilot. Several planes flew over the house from the south, on final approach to LaGuardia.
I went back to my apartment to get my camera because this was a significant event. After retrieving my camera to take photos, I thought that perhaps, the pilot had equipment trouble but with clear skies, VFR (Visual Flying Rules) were in effect. However, on approach, there is a certain pattern that requires a few turns to get “in line” for your final, but never from the north unless you are flying at a certain altitude.
Such an alternate pattern would take you back towards Coney Island north to south, circle around to the east, and then north again, and then the final to LaGuardia.
I was never an Air Traffic Controller in the Navy, but as an Operations Specialist, vectoring military helicopters was part of my MOS.
Then out of the corner of my eye, I observed a dark plane flying from the south, flying at a very high rate of speed, sloping into the south tower.
Sound travels at eleven hundred feet per second and I was roughly three miles or more from lower Manhattan. In three or five seconds, I heard and felt the explosion as the plane slammed violently into the tower.
At that moment, I said to myself, “This is no accident. This is an attack.”
I went back down stairs and my wife just got home.
We watched in horror what was happening.
Then the south tower collapsed. Then a while later, the north tower collapsed.
I said to my wife, let’s get our daughter.
The smell was incredibly toxic. For weeks, this smell of death permeated the area. It was a solemn reminder that death could happen at any moment.
We drove to the Triboro Bridge (renamed Robert F. Kennedy), parked the car on the Queens side. I asked my wife to stay with the car as I walked over the bridge to Harlem. Sheryl was not there because she had left with a friend over the Triboro Bridge on the opposite side. I came back to the car and Sheryl was with my wife.
At that moment, it was God that made that happen because I didn’t want her to take the train. Underground is too complicated when a city is under attack. It’s the last place you want to go unless you have no other options.
Reunited with my family, I felt obligated to go back into military service but I would have to get waivers for my age. My wife and daughter cried because the way I saw it, the only way to get back at who did this was to go over there and kill them.
The attacks were too close to home.
Years later, it would have been the wrong decision to go.
Almost 3000 people were wiped off the face of the earth. You want revenge and you want to do it in a way where there is no mistake about it. Having served in the greatest Navy the world has ever seen, I know that we would be able to deliver the goods.
I found out later that like the children of Israel, when you sin as a nation, the boarders are wide open for judgment.
That’s right. JUDGMENT!!!!
The symbols of power of this nation were attacked.
Financial and military.
Note Psalm 33:10-16 “The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.
The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
The plans of His heart to all generations.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.
The Lord looks from heaven;
He sees all the sons of men.
From the place of His dwelling He looks
On all the inhabitants of the earth;
He fashions their hearts individually;
He considers all their works.
No king is saved by the multitude of an army;
A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.”
When a nation and the people of God in this nation deliberately defies God and turn its back on Him, we have no protection. Under all the intelligence operations apparatuses, under the radar of our military might, under the watchful eyes of our satellites, we were reduced, mocked, and made a laughing stock.
People from the mountain regions, that lived in the valleys visited America to do harm.
Much like the children of Israel. Invincibility is never a guarantee when God is not found among the people of God. We must also remember that America, or any other nation, for that matter, is not Israel, nor are Americans true believers unless they repent and make Jesus Lord, and be born again.
To humiliate this nation, God sends a weak group of people to terrorize a mighty nation.
That’s right. God sent them.
Look at the many small and large nations that the Lord sent to judge Israel because they deliberately disobeyed Him.
This nation is not to be blamed alone.
The sleeping giant, called the church. Christians. Believers of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Any believers that live in sin opens the doors of judgment.
Even today, the people in the church, the Body of Christ is Samson, tied between the posts with our eyes gouged out as the Philistines make sport of us.
Peter said these words, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?”
What about this nation?
Study the OT, and you will see that every nation that never repented were severely judged. Some nations never recovered and ceased to exist.
The United States has experienced the grace of God for 238 years. This graced is about to come to a close.
We must remember that these are the end times.
Sadly, many people want the good times to return. However, as Jesus said in Matthew 24, “Because of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold.”
We are seeing this unfold before our very eyes.
The major sins of this nation is covetousness or greed, the sin of homosexuality, and abortion.
As long as we kill innocent children and insist on the sin of homosexuality, adultery, fornication, bisexuality, bestiality or zoophilia, porn, masturbation and all other sins, this nation must come to a close.
Repentance spares people from what is to come.
Hell for all eternity.
Many people do not believe that this is going to come to an end. That life will go on.
Do not fool yourself.
Hebrews 9:27 says, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, after this the judgment.”
If death is true, judgment is true.
Those that died that day on 9/11 was judgment on this nation for its pride and arrogance.
Many will say that I am very cold for saying this.
Luke 13 is your answer.
Was Jesus cold in saying that “Unless you repent, you shall all likewise perish?”
The very Jesus that sinners want believers of Jesus to become.
This Jesus, who is God is warning every one of us to repent or we will perish in the same manner. Out of all those that died on that fateful day, we pray that some of them were true believers and made it into heaven. In Matthew’s account of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Lord said, “Many are on the road leading to destruction.”
On the streets as I am preaching, many pass by me and never pay attention to the warning to be saved, to repent and be born again.
Noah, not the movie, a preacher of righteousness, according to Peter’s general epistle, preached to the people about the coming judgment. No one listened and they all perished. Sodom and Gomorrah. Same thing. No one repented. God rescued Lot, his wife, and two daughters. Lot’s wife looked back and became a pillar of salt.
Such is the case today.
Many of God’s people have already looked back and became a pillar of salt.
As we preach, many ignore the call to repent.
A sure sign of one thing.
At every Yankee game during the seventh inning stretch, they would play and sing “God Bless America.”
With beer in their hands, they would sing.
With sin in our lives, we would sing.
With unrepentant hearts, we would sing.
God Bless America, when we kill babies.
God Bless America as the Congress sung on the Capital steps on the night of 9/11. The same ones that legislate immorality.
God Bless America when we perform SSM.
God Bless America without God in our schools.
God Bless America with attacks on preachers regarding free speech.
God Bless America when preachers watch porn and masturbates.
God Bless America when church vixens dress provocatively to trip up a pastor.
God Bless America when a pastor infects women with HIV/AIDS, or sexually takes advantage of emotionally unstable women in church.
God Bless America when Jezebel and Delilah walk through the doors.
God Bless America when homosexuals play and sing gospel.
God Bless America when pastors take over churches on the rogue.
God Bless America when child Sunday School workers are child molesters.
God Bless America when Preachers of LA, Preacher’s Daughters, Ex Wives of Preachers, Sunday Best uncover what is really going on in the house of worship.
God Bless America when churches are having orgies as they are worshipping sex.
God Bless America when we are covetous in goods, rich in wealth and not rich towards God.
God Bless America when good is evil and evil is good.
God Bless America when LGBTQ churches open up all across the land.
The hypocrisy in the church is reflected in the fabric of America.
There is still a remnant that refuse to live in sin. There is a remnant that is serious about living right before God in holiness. There is a remnant that is preaching the gospel and living what they are preaching. There is a remnant that is praying and seeking the face of God. There is a remnant that tells the devil forever no, and told God forever yes.
One of the best part of the job I had in the Navy was reading intelligence reports of potential activities from potential adversaries. These reports would give us the leg up on anyone that would attempt to make moves. We would have the upper hand in defending ourselves and ensure a decisive victory in our favor.
All across the world and in the United States, the enemy has had it’s way. The devil is taking things to another level and the church is so out to lunch that we wonder what is happening and why are we in the position that we are in today. The sad thing is that we’ve been reading the intel reports and yarning at them.
All the while the enemy built up their forces to ensure victory. Each setback is attributed to not using what we have. In order for forces to win any battle on the battlefield or battle space, they must train to win. The use of overwhelming superior force, constant training, good morals, and discipline, and unending vigilance is the only way to ensure victory.
There was a time that when a doctrine or something questionable would be preached that it would be struck down with fervent vehemence that you could feel the fear of God. Not today. Everyone is bringing a strange doctrine and no one is fighting it. We just wink at it. Worse yet, they insist on abusing Psalm 105:14-15. We get told, “Don’t you put your mouth on the man or woman of God, he or she is God’s anointed.”
There is no anointing that comes from God when the error of Scriptures is preached. God never protects error and the perpetrators of error, and He never protects the people that protect the perpetrator of preaching error. Every one of them is left out in the open in the killing field of the Lord.
Some of the churches and pastors no longer have this edge in refuting doctrine, and there is a reason.
Several months ago, I preached a message called “Compromise or Conviction.”
Compromise is usually borne out of fear.
Conviction is the courageous ability to stand your ground in the fear of the Lord in the face of the fear of men.
Such a conviction was found in Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.
Fear is what the world would do in response to your stand in Christ. The atmosphere is filled with intimidation and fear, however, Paul told Timothy “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life.”
When the world threatens you with lawsuits, violence, and protests, they want you to capitulate. After watching some leaders refusing to hold the line in sexual discipline, it’s because they’ve compromised in secret.
The things that are hidden in leaders is what fallen leaders fear the most. The discovery of porn and masturbation is the secret world of sexual fantasy that most men do but really don’t want to be revealed. Self gratification is perversion.
Their adulterous relationship is a beeline to the root cause of their sins.
Porn and masturbation.
“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world, and the world passes away, and the lust thereof, but he that does the will of the Father abides forever.”
There are many preachers, pastors, and other ministers that claim to be apostles, prophets, and so forth that live hypocritical compromised lives. I know what it is to live like this until the Lord lovingly rescued me from the darkness. When you live in Secret Sexual Sins, it is very easy to determine the place of compromise. At first, masturbation was an innocent thing. Or so I thought. When it comes to compromise, all that matters is what you think.
You do not think that your relationship with the Lord is on a decline. When you do not call what you are doing a sin, it is very easy to sin.
Such is the thing with LGBT.
As long as homosexuality is not a sin but an orientation, it is very easy to engage in this sin, or any sin for that matter.
Such is the case with lying. If you do not think that lying is a wrong, you can lie all day long. As long as you do not think that sin is sin, you can sin all day long.
The Holy Spirit’s job is to convict the world of sin (see John 16:8-11). The word “convict” means to “convince or to bring to light.”
The Word of God and the presence of God on the Word is the primary way the Holy Spirit convicts. If people in and outside the church refuses to hear the Word of God, or are not convicted when the Word comes, then consequential judgment comes.
1 Corinthians 11:31 says….
“For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.”
Listen to the Amplified Version of this verse.
“For if we searchingly examined ourselves [detecting our shortcomings and recognizing our own condition], we should not be judged and penalty decreed [by the divine judgment].”
Look at what the book of Hebrews 12:5 tells us….
“My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.”
In the Corinthian church, they would take communion unworthily or in the wrong manner. Judgment came in the house. Some would take communion and end up sick, or they would die because they didn’t discern or understood the purpose of communion. This judgment was the result.
So it is in the church. The Lord loves us so much that He brings these things to us to correct us so that we would not be judged with the world. However, very few will take heed and the obvious course of action is to bring judgment.
As I survey the land, you look at many of the churches today (AA African Americans) that advertise their meetings, and what do you see?
Empowerment. Purpose. Destiny. Empowerment. Financial Breakthrough. Money. Hip Hop R&B Praise and Worship and Dance.
Essentially, the world is comfortable with the church and pastors are responsible, and will be held accountable. So comfortable that we now have reality TV and other worldly entertainment operating in the church. The abomination is in the house of the Lord. These pastors got it so backwards that when you attempt to correct them, they are prepared to curse you and condemn you. When they do this, it is a clear indication that they are full of themselves. When you believe you are final authority, your train is about to reach the end of the line.
These, and other cliche`s have been used to pull people into places where the Lord is not. Then you look at Praise and Worship, and you see the line up. I’ve often wondered what would happen if someone advertised a line up of just “Special Guest Artist: Jesus Christ.”
I know what would happen. No one would show up.
Conviction will keep the loins in the den from feeding on you.
Compromise will ring the lion’s dinner bell.
Conviction of faith means that you will never cross God, but you will remain faithful to Him. Conviction means that you will endure temptation and not fall prey to the tempter. Conviction of faith means that you will fight the good fight of faith and lay hold on eternal life. Conviction of faith means that you love God more than you love sin.
When it comes to conviction, it means that you are fully convinced of the fear of God in your life.
Compromise means that you are quick to cross God and commit adultery. Adultery against God is worse than committing adultery against your wife. Compromise means that you are willing to look lustfully at another woman instead of keeping your eyes on God. Compromise means that the Word of God means nothing to you and the word of the world means more. Compromise means that your love for the sin you love is stronger than your love for God. Compromise means that you will listen to the songs of the world and listen to the songs of faith. Compromise means that you are determined to have it both ways when the Father is looking for faithfulness from you. Compromise means that you will cheat on God while acting like you are faithful.
I tried not to go there but there is such a compelling and impression in my heart to get the message out. Impressed by the unprecedented results of Sandy, there is a reason behind what we are seeing.
But I said something about natural disasters that Sandy, as a result of Adam’s transgression, is just another natural disaster. Upon further review, I must share this.
These natural disasters that occur is a revelation of the fact that when a man departs from order, chaos comes about. Natural disasters come and go. When they do come, the destructive force is terrifying. Natural disasters point to one thing, if you are in the way, it will cost you. Including the loss of life.
I mentioned as a title, the “J” word.
Take a look at the path of Hurricane Sandy and most storms usually glance the coast or go out to sea. This storm took an unprecedented turn right towards the northeast and then the brunt of the storm hit NYC, Connecticut, and NJ. It pivoted and did a flanking maneuver when it should have turned and headed east, away from the coast.
No one wants to speak of the consequential judgment of the Lord.
In fact, go to your modern day prophets for profits and these spiritual inept misfits will not tell you anything but how blessed, prosperous, favored, (excuse me….highly favored), and purposed you are. Never will they read the signs of the times and seek the face of God to discern the times we are currently living in.
In Hebrews 6:1-2, the elementary principles of the doctrine of Christ were listed. In other words, the thing Jesus taught are called, “building blocks” or rudimentary doctrines. Another way of putting it is “the basics.”
When you look at….“and of eternal judgment,”this speaks of the basics of the judgment of God after we depart this life.
But the book of Revelation speaks of the judgment of God, commonly called, “The Day of the Lord”(see Amos 5:18-20, Matthew 24:15-22, Jude 14).
This is the wrath of God where God pours His righteous judgment upon the earth.
But another form of judgment that occurs on the earth while you are passing through is called “consequential judgment.”
Consequential judgment is something that is done as a result of personal sins committed.
For instance, when you fornicate or commit adultery, the possibility or risks of STDs come into play.
While condoms serve for two purposes, oneto protect against STDs, two, prevent pregnancies, we know that condoms are used to subvert the Word of the Lord not to commit sexual immorality and to deny consequential judgment associated with the sin of fornication and adultery to run its course.
Judge them for sinning against God and His righteous Word.
Homosexuality is in a class of sin by itself.
The judgment against Sodom and Gomorrah, and the surround cities, is the wrath of God upon the sin of homosexuality. Fire purifies and that’s what judgment is about. Purification. But this form of judgment should serve to others that the Lord is not playing. God’s hatred for all sin is clear and any form of judgment, whether it is the wrath of God or consequential judgment, itshould serve as a deterrent to not deliberately and intentionally sin against God.
But with man and his fallen nature, defiance against God is the law of sin and death. Defiance against the righteousness God is the course of this world, as directed by the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience (see Ephesians 2:1-3).
The sin of homosexuality is the highest form of sexual immorality and is judged on a commensurate level. This form of perversion brings upon it the consequential judgment of an attack on the immune system where a practicing homosexual that acquire HIV/AIDS cannot fight off a simple disease. A regiment of medicines is used to take the place of the natural immune system to hold off death.
Just go the CDC site and click the statistics for sexually transmitted diseases.
The lives lost because of Sandy is going to rise. The monetary damage will continue to climb. People are suffering. While any loss of life is regrettable, we must get to the root cause of why this unprecedented event took place.
Is this event just a natural disaster?
When we leave off the table consequential judgment, we risk going back to spiritual business as usual.
We must address this issue.
Look at what the Lord said in Luke 13:1-5….
“There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
And Jesus answered and said to them, “ Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things?
I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem?
I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”
These events were not natural disasters but the point is to repent, or we will all likewise perish. That is that when an event comes that causes the death of someone, unless we repent before such events takes place, we will end up eternally lost.
All throughout Biblical history, we see the world experience natural disasters.
The children of Israel, when they disobeyed God, they would experience a series of disasters. The judgment of God would come in many forms.
Plagues, natural disasters, such as no rain, famine, drought, floods, earthquakes where people that sinned against God, the earth opened up and then closed upon them. We see also that God sends nations to the borders of Israel and attack them.
Because they failed to do what God said to do. Deuteronomy 28 details the “Blessing and Curses.”
But the Lord also sends judgment upon the other nations too.
9/11, Storm Katrina, Economic judgment called recessions and joblessness brought about by the sins of covetousness, same sex marriage, adultery, fornication, porn, bisexuality, and masturbation, and abortion, Storm Isaac.
There is always a penalty for thumbing your nose at God. And there is judgment in the house of the Lord for leaders not living right and preaching against all sin. We just want to preach feel good messages like what you see on TV. We want to be like them instead of being like Jesus.
When the children of Egypt held the children of Israel in bondage for 430 years, they were judged for not letting them go. God sent Moses to demand to Pharaoh to let His people go. At one time Egypt (the children of Mizraim, descendants of Ham- black folk), didn’t mind having the children of Israel and then they turned on the nation of Israel, enslaved them, and forced them to work.
This bondage caused the nation of Israel to cry to the Lord for deliverance. As a result, 10 plagues came upon Egypt and the passover was Israel’s last night in bondage. The passover served as a powerful illustration of several things.
One, if you were a child of God in bondage, and you cry out to God, He will answer and deliver you.
Two, if whatever is holding you refuses to let you go, it will be judged.
Three, when judgment comes, it will not be pretty.
Now with Sandy, many of you will say that this was just a natural disaster.
Take a look at many of the past hurricanes that came through the tri-state area. Can you remember anything like this? Of course there was damage and even fatalities in the past but what makes this a very costly storm of $50 billion plus dollars?
Let’s add this up.
In defiance of God, the following took place in NY State.
We have a lesbian for City Council president in NYC. We have a pro homosexual mayor that passed out education pamphlets on homosexuality in the NYC public schools, and has made available the morning after pill to teens who get pregnant. We have a governor that signed into law same sex marriage.
These leaders are responsible for the consequential judgment that came upon NY, but the impotent, gutless spiritual leaders in the state are equally responsible. We’ve failed to live right before the Lord and we’ve failed to preach righteousness and true holiness. We’ve opened the door for these things to be established in this state.
1. In NY alone, the state has more gay affirming churches than most states.
2. In NY State, gay marriage was made and signed into law.
3. The church (pastors and people) in NY state refuses to live sanctified lives.
4. Covetousness and greed fills the minds of people.
5. Fornication and Adultery that 98% of the time, end in abortion.
There was a time when people would serve God and go to the house of worship. Not anymore. The house of worship is, in some places, as corrupt as the world. There is no light in these places because people’s minds are just as corrupt as the world.
Some of you will recall the HMS Bounty that sunk off the coast of Cape Hatteras, NC.
This captain, Robin Walbridge took this ship out to sea, towards Hurricane Sandy.
Many captains are wondering why would someone do such a thing as to head into the teeth of one of the most destructive storms that puts fear into the hearts of any captain?
Most of the time, it is prudent to get underway before the storm intensifies and ride the storm. Because staying tied up, dockside, more damage will take place. It is only prudent, if you get underway before the storm hits.
He got underway with bad timing. Granted, it takes a lot to get a ship underway. It is not that easy. Mast ships are especially not easy to sail, let alone get the ship underway. Mast ship require team work and prudence. There is no question about their capabilities and seamanship. Just the judgment to take to the seas is the only thing that is in question.
He paid with the lost of his ship, and he is presumed lost at sea.
14 souls were recovered. 2 died.
Here is my point.
As long as the church takes a perilous course towards a storm, the outcome is certain.
The place where leaders are supposed to live right are living just as bad as the world’s leaders. There is no fear of God before our eyes. Very few are seeking God, repenting, and living holy lives. These are very dark days and times we are living in.
What have we been preaching is the feel good messages without any convicting power of the Holy Spirit. There was one time a hatred for sin. Now, it is expected that sin is permitted because we have given up on the righteous standard of the Word of God.
Just because people fail the standard, it doesn’t mean that the standard failed. Men fail God and His Word.
The protection of God has lifted from NY State. The church is under judgment in NY State. The evidence speaks for itself. The church must return to the Lord in repentance and seek the Lord for forgiveness. The inept preachers of our times must be dropped.
Stop trying to be like them and be what God called you to be. This is not a popularity contest where you become well liked for preaching about “destiny and purpose and prosperity.” People need answers and the first answer they need is that God is against all sin, so must we be against sin.
The next form of consequential judgment will come. However, we need to find grace in the face of God. We need to find a house where true worship of the living God takes place, make Jesus Lord over your life forever, repent of all sin, and never defy God and His Word again.
Disagree New Yorkers or anyone else?
Take a look around you when you walk outside. Read the news. If this isn’t consequential judgment, just remember, God is merciful and it could have been worse.