My friend, Brother Kevin Boudreau, shared a link about former mayor Michael Bloomberg. I thank Kevin for bringing this to my attention.
Many people believe that their good works will get them into heaven.
Not so fast.
A couple of years ago, the mayor saw a video demanding that he repent and change his ways or the city was going down. All of a sudden, mortality comes into play.
When you see people declaring that they will get into heaven, you take note.
The Bible is clear about what the Lord said as to who is allowed into heaven.
Here are some Scriptures to go by.
John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
Isaiah 64:6 “But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; (menstruated cloths), we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
Here is the first link that was passed to me.
But here is the direct quote after searching
“Mr. Bloomberg was introspective as he spoke, and seemed both restless and wistful. When he sat down for the interview, it was a few days before his 50th college reunion. His mortality has started dawning on him, at 72. And he admitted he was a bit taken aback by how many of his former classmates had been appearing in the “in memoriam” pages of his school newsletter.
But if he senses that he may not have as much time left as he would like, he has little doubt about what would await him at a Judgment Day. Pointing to his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking cessation, he said with a grin: “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”
The first thing that caught my eye was he said “if there is a God.” It’s strange that we know there is heaven but we are not sure that there is the God of heaven. And also note that there will be no “interview?”
That’s right there will be no interview. It’s called Judgment.
Here is the link if you think this is a joke….
It is clear that the former mayor wants to make a difference with the remaining time he has on earth, whatever that may be. However, according to the Word of God, we can never do enough on earth to make a difference and use that as “leverage” to boldly assume that it would be enough to gain entrance into the kingdom of heaven.
The Bible is clear about sin and righteousness.
But the Word of God is also clear about rich men getting into heaven.
Matthew 19:23-24 “Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Let’s be clear.
The Lord is not looking to banish all rich people. The Lord desires for all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. Rich people banish themselves by imposing upon God their terms of getting into heaven. Few understand that heaven is holy because God is holy. Few understand that man cannot work to get into heaven.
The work was done on the cross of Christ.
It’s called grace!
Unmerited or unearned favor.
Earning our way into heaven cannot be done because God does not want you to boast about how great and good a guy you are.
What we do as far as good works is not enough to earn our way into heaven.
Titus 3:5-7 says “…not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
A sinner must be made new. A sinner must be washed. A sinner must be cleansed.
We must admit or acknowledge that we are sinners.
We throw ourselves upon the mercy of the Lord to save us because we cannot save ourselves from sin, death, and hell, and later, the lake that burns with fire and brimstone forever.
Why is it according to “His mercy?”
Mercy prevents what we rightfully deserve.
We deserve punishment because “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
“There is no one righteous, no, not one.”
The Righteous Judge of all the earth demanded that man be sentenced to death and eternal separation from the Holy God because of our sins. But He made a way out for man. He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to die for our sins.
“Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
To be justified means to declare a person innocent of all charges even though they are guilty of all charges.
Now bear in mind that we all have or had stuff that would prevent us all from getting into heaven.
We all have stuff.
The one thing that condemns us to hell is whether we believe in the provision of salvation, graciously made by Jesus. If we declare that Jesus is Lord, and believe in our heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved (Romans 10:9-10).
Then looking at the works of Michael Bloomberg and the world, we see that his support for same sex marriage is before him. This is not the sin that will prevent him from getting into heaven. This is a sin that God is against. God is against the sin of homosexuality. His performance of officiating a same sex wedding is a work of darkness.
Then there is the “morning after pill” given to teens when they get pregnant as students in the NYC Board of Education system to reduce the number of abortions in school children. This is not the sin that would prevent him form getting into heaven. However, this is the sin that God is against. Fornication and murder.
If he repents or change his mind, ask for God’s forgiveness of his sins, reconsider his wicked spiritual condition, declares that Jesus is Lord, and believe that God raised Jesus from the dead, he and all rich men would be saved.
The Book of Revelation tells us that we would be judged by the works we have done.
Revelation 20:11-15 says “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.
And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life.
And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.
Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”
The most important part about this Scripture is whether your name is in the Book of Life.
So, if Michael Bloomberg is reading this, my advice to you, sir, is to repent, ask for God’s forgiveness. He is gracious and kind. He will abundantly pardon you of all your sins. The Holy Spirit will come into your heart. He will take your stony heart and make it new and responsive to God. Then find a good Bible believing local assembly where people are living the Word of God. Get water baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Don’t even bring your check book. Leave that at home.
Any pastor or church that looks like they want to hound you for any money is not the right church to attend. On the other hand, if you think that righteousness could be bought or attained by your giving, you are sadly mistaken.
Leave your money at home. It is not necessary to get into the kingdom.
But if you love your money more than God, you might be able to buy a great looking casket for your remains, but you will not have a place in heaven on your own merits.
When George W. Bush won the 2004 election, the Christian Conservative vote took him into his second term over Senator John Kerry. Carl Rove made sure that the conservative base in Ohio carried the vote.
It is documented that the conservative vote was present and accounted for.
This time, the conservative Christian vote was noticeably absent.
Never before have we seen a Mormon cater to evangelicals. And Romney did make an attempt. But it failed and everyone knows it. They’ve tried to get Governor Huckabee and Reverend Billy Graham to back and support Romney.
And that failed, miserably.
Sadly, there were many evangelicals and Christian conservatives that suppressed the basic Bible belief of true Christians to vote for Governor Romney. It is also clear that most Christians intentionally and deliberately disregarded the facts behind President Obama and voted for the re-election of a president that advocates the sins of abortion and homosexuality.
It is true that many people are upset that the president was re-elected and Romney was soundly rejected. But this rejection isn’t as obvious because the popular vote still shows a split down the middle of America. On the Democratic side, we know that there are many people that profess their belief in Christ but they’ve pushed aside the Word of God.
They will not admit a compromise took place but there is no doubt about it. They’ve clearly compromised the Word of God in their hearts and joined themselves to the sins of this nation. I am speaking of those that deliberately and intentionally knew the facts about each of their candidates and voted for either candidate.
The outcome of the election came about…..
partly because some of the professed believers are not living holy and separated lives unto the Lord. They resist the counsel of God’s Word, and they live like the world in thinking and deeds. They can quickly tell you their favorite shows but when it comes to basics of Christianity and the Bible, it is found lacking in fervency and intense fire.
Partly because some of the professed believers are living godly lives and they were led to believe that patriotic duty must transcend solid Christian beliefs. Or that Christian beliefs are to directly influence American politics. These people that voted for Romney have good hearts, and they mean well because they want to see the country move back into a conservative course.
Kevin, my brother in the Lord and friend from Connecticut said this….
“You are right about the choices we faced. It was like satan (obama) versus satan lite (Romney). It sickened me that so many Christians caved into Romney. There was no need to be SO enthusiastic about him. I had no problem with a Christian voting Romney (I did) —- but I could not be RAH RAH STRIKE UP THE BAND FOR HIM.”
It does take courage to make a stand these days and I think this election exposed a deep rift that is split right down the middle about America but there is that one thing that sticks out like a sore thumb.
The “No” vote.
Let’s just say that the Christians that deliberately and intentionally purposed not to vote because the Biblical standard brought about a conviction that should we stand before the Master, we would have to render an account. The no vote of Christians truly affected this outcome.
This is no time to exalt or smile that the “no votes” didn’t vote. It should be a humble reminder to us all that the devil is very crafty and will take anything he can get to turn it to his evil advantage. The choice not to vote doesn’t sit well with many. The choice to be vocal about not voting for the president didn’t sit well with African Americans.
If you were African American and Democratic, you were expected to vote for the president. Many African Americans hated the fact that independent thinking African Americans wouldn’t cave in to the pressure from supportive Democratic African Americans.
However, let me be clear.
I am a child of God before I am an African American. The Lordship of Jesus takes precedence over patriotism, denominationalism, and political party affiliation.
Many African Americans are not patriotic but when it comes to seeing a Black man assume the presidency, it is expected that the political support be there no matter what the president believes, disbelieves, or what wicked agenda he supports. It’s because we all know that in this rare moment in history, a Black man was able to ascend to become the most powerful man in the world.
Once again, my friend Kevin, from Connecticut shared these words……
“Thank you pastor Fred! It’s so nice to see an American who is black — not give into the Obama worship.”
And this statement is something that hits the ball out of the park. We must worship Jesus, not man.
From a political sense, voting for this Black man doesn’t make sense because in all actuality, the odds were clearly stacked against him, but he won against Hillary Clinton, and twice against powerful Republican candidates. John McCain, a decorated POW hero, and Mitt Romney.
These stunning victories is huge.
But I couldn’t get past what the president stood for and no “faith” statements would be enough to compel me to take a chance and suppress the Word of God and vote for a candidate that wholeheartedly and unapologetically supports the heinous, and disgusting sins of homosexuality and abortion.
The interesting thing that you will hear from African Americans that support the president is that when it comes to presenting the facts, many of them do not care. Many will say that they did not vote because of skin. Many of them will say that because they do not want to tell the truth.
Let’s face it. He is Black.
Let’s face it, it is normal to look at a person of color and gravitate towards that person.
Even when the facts are laid on the table, there is no question about what will take place.
But here is another thing of interest.
Whites are still the majority in the United States. But they didn’t vote a Black man out.
To be honest, we all know that the race for the White House was not about one White man against one Black man. It was about the economy but noticeably and notoriously missing was the two major issues of our times.
Abortion and The Sin of homosexuality.
Both candidates elected to make statements in the media and kept clear of this well traveled minefield.
But it really didn’t matter.
The icing on the cake is the fact that some Christians bypassed this critical aspect that Romney is a Mormon.
For good measure, Kevin, shared these powerful words…
“Mormonism is a cult. Mormonism plagued my family for 40 years. My grandparents were mormons (dad’s side). My dad was a mormon for a brief time. Grandparents left, but my aunt is still a mormon (35 years running) I was sickened when Bill Graham’s evangelistic association removed Mormonism as a cult from their website — 3 weeks before the election!! How many millions were given to Samaritan’s Purse because of that?”
This is a game changer that to suppress the basic belief of Christ to vote in a Mormon to somehow, steer America back to conservative Christian values is beyond reasonable comprehension.
Hence the reason for the no vote.
What happened was the “no vote” chose not to side in with either candidate because of the president’s and Romney’s support of the sin of homosexuality, and the president’s support for the sin of abortion to cover for the sin of adultery and fornication.
The media made it seem like the issue is about the economy but underlying, the issues turned out to be about sin. Three states joined the band wagon of same sex marriage, and Washington State and Colorado decriminalized marijuana use for medical purposes, in addition to Californication imposing the use of condoms on porn sets to protect porn stars from acquiring STDs including HIV/AIDS.
Paul told Timothy… “nor share in other people’s sins, keep yourself pure.”
That’s what the conservative Christians did. They, like myself, refused to join in and share in other people’s sin, to keep ourselves pure.
Love for God transcends love for country. We seek a better country wherein righteousness dwells.
The direction of this country is at stake but like I said, are we found fighting against the inevitable course of the last days? I do not believe that we should give up on America. However, I do believe that as time progresses, the spiritual climate will continue to deteriorate. Defections from the Lord will increase, apostates and apostasy will increase, and persecution will exponentially rise.
As Jesus said….“The love of many will grow cold.”
Notice that He didn’t distinguish between the righteous and the wicked. For there are many that profess Christ whose love for the brethren is cold, and getting colder.
So if you were one who is second guessing your “no vote,” just remember that the world is on a collision course towards the culmination of all things. Just know that the Lord is not surprised about the outcome, and do not let the world, and well intentioned professed believers discourage you. You were led not to vote. Just look at what may have happened. The Lord is not blind to what happened. This is not a lesser than the two evils situation. It is evil. All evil.
Go back to Jeremiah 17:5-10 and rest confident in the faithfulness of the Lord. Trust also in Him and He will bring His will to pass.
Before Roe vs. Wade, women were subjected to the cruel use of a coat hanger in back alleyways and other dark places to annul a life. After these women found out that they were pregnant, to terminate the pregnancy, this would be the method of choice. Many women bled to death and many pre born children would lie motionless, in pools of blood, after being pulled by compassionless extreme force from the safety of the mother’s womb.
After society found that this was unacceptable, Roe vs. Wade became landmark and precedent. Since then, over 50 million innocent children were “medically” terminated. It is estimated that 1.2 million abortions will take place this year in 2012. Meaning that 2.4 million males and females had sex (safe to say-committed adultery or fornication), and conceived a child.
98% of these abortions are unwanted or unintended pregnancies.
For years, since out of wedlock pregnancies took place, the arguments for or against abortion was, and is still being made. Emotions run high on both sides. Both pro-life and pro-choice camps are passionate about their positions but….
we preachers have failed to address the one point that really makes the difference.
Secret Sexual Sins.
Notice what the Lord Jesus said in Matthew 15:19 from the Amplified Bible…..
“For out of the heart come evil thoughts (reasonings and disputings and designs) such as murder, adultery, sexual vice, theft, false witnessing, slander, and irreverent speech.”
The evil spiritual condition of the heart is behind ALL “adultery” and “sexual vice.”
This is what we’ve been missing.
As the years progressed, the shame of births out of wedlock decreased. Years ago, the woman was stigmatized as a whore or prostitute.
To have children out of wedlock, used to be one of the most horrible things for a new unwed mother to experience. Single parenting.
Today, it is common as breathing air. Our inner cities are filled with baby carriages pushed by unwed, un-ringed mothers. Proudly strolling their child or walking them to school as they get older. Leaving them at the many day care homes and centers while they look for work, or go to school, work, and a second or third job while “brother man is screwing another beguiled woman, and producing another child or have children elsewhere.”
Fornication and adultery is an expected act in and outside the church.
And some pastors, either they are not preaching against fornication and adultery, they simply refuse to address the issue because single or married preacher man is watching porn and masturbating, or preacher man is screwing emotionally unstable church member, a choir member, or church secretary.
The problem is that the woman receive the brunt of the stigmatization while the men just smile and walk away. Children, generation after generation, are unaware of their biological fathers. Or the children will never know their biological father because they were aborted, rejected twice.
As long as the unregenerate heart snubs their nose at God and continue to commit whoredom in the land, we will see more abortions. The freedom and the right to choose…to terminate a life, conceived out of wedlock, is traced all the way back to the bedroom of fornication and adultery.
When it comes to the world, they will argue all day long about abortion. That it is their right to chose. However, when it comes to fornication and adultery that the Bible says “comes out of evil thoughts such as…adultery and sexual vice,” this is the root cause of all abortions. If we can preach this without flinching, the fear of God is made aware.
As we can see, people avoid the places where the fear of God is. People avoid the true house of worship because God, through His ordained, holy, sanctified, and consecrated preachers will preach the Word in season and out of season. It doesn’t mean that there will be complete adherence to the Word. It’s been known that even those in church will not adhere to the Word of God for their own good.
Sadly, some in the church will just call adultery and fornication a mistake. The Bible calls it “whoredom and harlotry.”
The street calls them “hoes.”
The Bible, in Proverbs, calls brother man “a fool.”
But regardless of these Biblical names, they will commit evil because of the unbridled lust that is in their hearts. The Word is evil spoken of and preachers are ridiculed as stupid for not understanding the times.
They tell preachers today, that they are behind the times. “GET OVER IT.”
In fact, they tell you not to “judge them” and to “stop throwing stones.”
All this is code for “Stop telling me about my sin. Get off my case!”
When the convicting power of God’s Word comes, there is no escape. But why does the conviction come? It’s because the Lord desires to save you from the sin that you are about to commit because He sees, down the road, ALL the stuff that the wind of your sin will bring.
It’s bad enough that the Lord is offended. What makes this all the more difficult is the fact that you could have avoided the trouble if you had listened. We all know that people will not listen. Sadly, many will do what they feel is right knowing that what they are doing is sin. The pleasure is just too much not to bypass. But after the pleasure, the decisions made by two fornicators or adulterers only reveal that the sin brought about contemplation of an immediate remedy.
This is done to avoid a 20 year whirlwind. But the whirlwind will come because of murder, no matter how legal the government makes it, is unavoidable.
Hosea 8:7 says….
“They sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind…”
The NLT says….
“They have planted the wind and will harvest the whirlwind.”
By abstaining from fornication. By keeping your flesh under control until you get married, you are preventing a whirlwind of problems and issues associated with your decision to have sex before marriage.
Sadly, some women will sow the wind. Sadly, some brothers will sow the wind.
There is no doubt about the whirlwind and it’s power to destroy.
That’s why we pastors must get at the root cause and not just voice the Word of God alone about the heinous crime of snuffing out the life of a child that was caught in the middle of a person’s sin of adultery and fornication. The “expedient” “expeditious” annulling of a life is a coward’s way out of assuming full responsibility.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Few realize that fornication, adultery, homosexuality, and bisexuality are destructive to the true family nucleus of father, mother, and legitimate children. The sins of the flesh, Secret Sexual Sins are destructive to the Biblical pattern of family. Divorce because of sexual immorality is destructive to the family nucleus, ordained by God. Sexual immorality is MOAB, The Mother Of All Battles. And the devil has stopped the church on the plains of MOAB just like he stopped the children of Israel in the plains of MOAB. All because of sexual immorality.
With President Obama signing off on more funding for abortion, the root cause of fornication and adultery is “approved” by the laws of man.
But thanks be to God that you do not have to go this route no matter who says that you have a right to right a wrong with a wrong.
We must remember that the root cause of adultery is fornication and adultery. No matter how unpopular the Word of God is, we must be found preaching the righteous Word of God and do more to not let society teach us how to circumvent Genesis 2:24.
Together, we can lessen the lives lost every day. Together, we can stop sowing the wind and watch a whirlwind continuously destroy our people.
Lurking in the waters of this election year are the sharks of perversion. What’s at stake is not just the presidential election. It appears the house will remain in Republican hands and the Senate appears to remain the same, under Democratic control. What does this mean?
Anticipate more gridlock no matter which way the presidential election goes.
Hypothetically, if the Governor Romney wins the White House, will they turn the clock back on DADT? Will good order and discipline return and discharge practicing homosexuals? I do not expect this to happen. Will he enforce DOMA? The jury is out on this as well.
The issues of the economy is at the forefront but we cannot escape the moral issues of our times. Should President Obama get a second term, there is no question that in the first two years of his second term, more legislative enactments to further entrench immorality in this nation will proceed.
There is no question that the church is in a compromised position. With sexual immorality running unabated in the lives of church leaders and people, the United States is closer to achieving its goal of silencing the church. The power of politics is fearful of the righteous moral stand of believers. But there must be a solid voice or voices that must unequivocally declare what is sin.
We do have a voice or voices that shared their concerns about marriage between one man and one woman.
All across the United States, pastors, bishops, and other members of the clergy have stood their ground to advocate marriage and to stand against the revision of marriage between two males and two females. Some have used the Bible and it’s specified verses, and some have not.
When there is just a statement of fact about the precedence of marriage as ordained by God, the Bible must be quoted. Do not misunderstand me. Some have used the Bible and the standard must continued be shared.
But just in case some of you that are preachers have forgotten, here is a quick refresher course.
The Bible is the infallible Word of God. The Bible is incapable of error and mistakes as far as the context is concerned. The Bible is man’s basic instruction while living on earth. There is no other source equivalent to the Word of God.
It is in the Word of God that we understand God. It is in the Word of God that we understand God’s creation of man in His divine image. It is in the Word of God that we understand the fall of man and God’s love for man to demonstrate His love by sending His Son to die for the sins of man. It is in the Word of God that we understand that evil comes from the devil and that the devil hates God and everything He is.
It is in the Word of God that we understand that because of the fall of man, fallen man is now an expression of evil. It is in the Word of God that we understand man’s need to be saved from sin. It is in the Word of God that we understand why perversion is expressed in fallen man.
Without making these kinds of statements from the Word of God, we will fail at pointing man back to God because it is not enough to advocate marriage between one man and one woman. We must use the Bible to point out that when man wants to have sex with another man, it is perversion. We must use the Bible to point out that when a woman wants to have sex with another woman, it is perversion.
God called it “an abomination.”
We must not forget that adultery, fornication, pornography (children and adult), masturbation, pedophilia, and bisexuality are all attached to perversion. These sins go under the radar and we must reckon with the fact that all these sins are destructive to the true family nucleus as originally intended by God. Anything that counters husband, wife, and children born in wedlock, is a clear and present danger to the family structure. The deliberate, intentional act of sexual sins is a clear and present danger to society and pastors must address these issues from a Biblical perspective as well as by living as holy examples before the church and the world.
We cannot expect people to abstain from fornication if we are committing adultery with our eyes, hearts, minds, and bodies.
Just because people fail the standard, it doesn’t mean that the standard has failed. We must live by what we preach or not preach at all.
What does this have to do with the election?
There was once a moral conscience in some politicians. Just like in the world and sadly, in the church, there is crooked people, but it’s the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ that brings fear in the hearts of people, regardless of their background. The political system is no longer as fearful of men and women of God that lived and preached the Word of God.
In many political circles, pastors are found eating their dainties and drinking their wine (see Proverbs 23:1-3). I’ve read almost article after article and in one of them, in Charisma magazine, I read of preachers going to meet with these politicians. And when they emerge, there was no real vehemence of the sins that roar across their communities. They have a press conference afterwards or are interviewed and these preachers say things that make you wonder what really went on in their meeting.
“Oh, he (the politician) isn’t that bad a guy.”
“We disagree on some issues, but we had a nice meeting about the issues we agree most on.”
When there is an assignment from God, the gravity of the assignment is what must be at the forefront. When you are given an opportunity to deliver what “Thus says the Lord,” or even if there is no direct Word from God to deliver, if you have an opportunity to sit with a politician, and the Word of God within you starts to burn, it is clear that you might want not to eat and drink their dainties.
What will happen after these elections is this.
God will be opening up the hearts of politicians to hear from the clergy like never before. It is in these times and places that unprecedented access will be given. You preachers will be given a specific Word from the Lord. Others of you will receive a Word from the Lord at the moment you walk through their places where you will meet them. Some of you will waver. Others will not.
It will not be a moment where you will curse them or be mean to them. You are just a mouth piece by which the truth of the counsel of the Lord will come through.
In a nut shell, politicians are lobbied by LGBT and other groups. Politicians are lobbied by groups of people that hold the “purse strings” of political agendas. But the Lord will speak to them in an unprecedented manner. The outcome of many lives is at stake. The lives affected by the decisions made by politicians is firmly before the Lord. Preachers must not flinch when given the opportunity. Just like Joseph was sent to save the nation of Israel, preachers will be given the same opportunity to affect change and perhaps, save whole communities from the destructive policies of lobby groups that have the ear of politicians by way of money.
Should these politicians fail to give unprecedented access to meet with preachers, their fate is sealed. Should the preachers that receive the invitation of unprecedented access fail to fulfill their assignment, their fate is sealed. We must also remember that certain preachers were given access and delivered the Word of the Lord but they were ignored, passed over, or isolated.
You must also remember not to be upset if the candidate you voted for didn’t get elected. It is common for people to get upset when they see the political landscape remain the same. But know this. Man cannot vote God off the throne. Man did not vote Jesus as Lord, and they cannot vote Him out of His Lordship. You can’t vote Jesus in and you cannot vote Jesus out. He remains Lord regardless of what happens in politics.
Always look to the Lord to keep you, and look not to the arm of flesh (see Jeremiah 17:5-10 and Psalm 33).
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.
TO NYC: The Church, NYC, and Mayor Bloomberg
It is an act of mercy for God to spare a city with many of His people, worshipping the Lord. Every Sunday, thousands of people in NYC, rise early to seek Him.
Yet, on Sunday and during the week, millions don’t.
The political leadership in New York has been very harsh against the church. New York State, the Empire State, is acting just like its name.
The Empire State.
And as with all empires, they come to a tragic end. No amount of wealth, influence, and affluence can stop what must inevitably come should the church fail to repent.
The Lord has been gracious and kind to NYC.
Since 1996, terrorists have come to wreak havoc on this city.
There is no other reason for it except that God has warned the church in NYC to get clean and pray. I’ve concluded that based on the Scriptures, whenever the church or the righteous live below God’s requirement of righteousness and true holiness, the results is the same as it was in the OT.
The judgment of the Lord comes.
When there is no fear of God before our eyes, we can’t expect anything less than the displeasure of the Lord. Just recently, we’ve experienced an earthquake. Yet, people just turn over in the beds or continued as if it was no big deal.
Disobedience of His children attracts the correction or chastisement of the Lord (see Hebrews 12:1-17).
The church, for years, has declined in potency. Look in the book of Acts chapter one, and the Lord instructed that the church spread out. The church stayed in Jerusalem. In Acts chapter 8, persecution came and the church spread out. That’s right. The Lord allowed persecution to come to the church because the church failed to obey the Word that the Head of the Church gave in the first chapter of Acts.
We are seeing the terrorists return as a reminder but the church is not paying attention. We are still living like the world. We still have adulterous and fornicating hypocritical preachers assume the pulpit and live wretched lives while handling the Word of God.
We are seeing preachers turn coat and defect into homosexuality, announcing their “conversion to perversion.”
We are still seeing homosexual men play piano, keyboard, and organ before the people that come to church and their sexually laced emotions took the place of holiness. We are seeing adulterous affairs of church leaders become so common that it is normal and expected. We are still seeing whores in the church; sexually immoral women tempt and pervert the church. We are still seeing Jezebel rise to take over local churches, trash married pastor’s wives, and assume great power in these places as high priestess of sexual immorality.
In the secret lives of pastors, they are watching porn and masturbating regularly.
Many of which are level one sex addicts.
Terrorism is not an act against the ideology of America, “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave.”
Prophetically, terrorism is the judgment of God. Along with terrorism, the financial judgment of God is also in the church and upon this nation.
When a nation insists on perverting the right ways of the Lord (see Proverbs 14:34), America is now the “Land of the Bound and Home of the Timid.”
Many of today’s prominent preachers will not say what this season is about. That’s because with blind eyes, all they see is just people with issues and problems and they need just a little “coaching or mentoring.”
They see these people come to their churches with magnificent money issues and they “motivate” them to be a better “You.”
You can have your best year yet! You go to their seminars, conferences, and meetings. You are told lofting things about your purpose, or to be “purpose driven.”
Yet, you are driven far from God. You are worshipping you. Your lips talk so much about God but your heart fails to know HIm.
And these preachers are preaching the best sermons in town but they dare not address homosexuality, same sex marriage, porn, masturbation, bisexuality, bestiality, and all the abominable perversions of our day. They fail to discern the times as the days of Noah and Lot.
Yet, many of them fail to correct the perilous path that they are on.
The pride that is in their hearts refuse to heed the warning signs and sadly, they will never turn. Many of these pastors and preachers are in the ditch and cannot get out because if they lose their popularity and let Jesus be Lord, they would lose all that they’ve accomplished.
Seats would be empty and many saints that were preached to about their sins will never return because of “church hurt.”
The church “hurting” carnal people about their sinful lifestyle.
The acts of terror is the hand of the Lord lifted up off the city.
Since 9/11, there has been successful deterrence and thwarting of terror acts against this city.
For the righteous’ sakes. God is hearing the cry of His people.
And no, the unrighteous is not His people. They are beneficiaries of His protection, thanks to the prayers, seen and unseen, of the righteous. Because “the Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness, but is longsuffering towards us, God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (see 2 Peter 3:9).
In Yankee Stadium, since 9/11, they sing God Bless America, beer in hand, and drunk with the wine of the world. With the organ blaring, it sounds like they were in church. But we all know that if you do not know the Lord, you are not a part of His church.
To qualify to know the Lord and to be a part of His church, you must receive Jesus as Lord and forsake sin forever (see John 3:3).
How long will this continue?
God’s protection on NYC, since 9/11, is a an act of His mercy.
Admittedly, when 9/11 hit, I did not think one moment about the judgment of God. I too, thought that it was just an attack on America by terrorism. How naive I was. The recessions, the economy, the unemployment. All these things were happening and I didn’t have a clue as to what was happening.
Then after while, it was concluded that the judgment of the Lord is in the nation because the church failed to do it’s job. To live holy and speak into the issues with the Word of God.
As a result, compromise has overrun the church and we can no longer speak morally because of our own immorality.
But when you thumb your nose at the righteous God, the record against you will surely be brought to bear against you.
In NYC, Mr. Mayor, when you introduce lewd pamphlets of homosexuality to children, when you put into effect the morning after pill to suppress teen pregnancy numbers, it is a diabolical plot to usher in more unrighteousness.
Over 11 years ago, I was there in Harlem, when, as Candidate Bloomberg came to a small local church to solicit the support from pastors. He arrived and we prayed for him that God would give him wisdom to run NYC. Little did we know that such requests would work against the pastors years later.
We do not know how long NYC, the political empire of empires and its authorities will be able to avert judgment, but saints of God, now is not the time to walk drunk in the world. It is time to be sensitive to the voice of the Spirit of God because when the judgment hits, many will not make it. Saints included. Pray that you stay sensitive.
For all who read this. Only the holy saints of the Most High God will avoid what is to come (see Romans 13:12-14).
The harm that will come is not because the terrorists hate Americans but they are allowed to come, and do harm because of the unrighteous ways of the church in NYC.
As long as the church fails to respond to the Lord, the hand of the Lord is lifted. Should whatever come comes, just remember that this could have been avoided.
Stop sinning against the Lord. Stop taking for granted His grace. Stop living like the world. Stop agreeing with wicked politicians. Stop voting for unrighteousness. Stop harboring sin and giving sin a safe haven in the church. Stop being a coward and running from spiritual conflict. Not from intercessory prayer but in the place where people would much rather be silent, which gives the politicians permission to pass legislation and propose policy to harm the people of God.
As long as the church walks proudly like it hasn’t sin, we will see a further erosion of the spiritual attitude of the church. The politicians and authorities have enjoyed considerable protection. However, it is limited. Man believes that he can keep this going. Protecting the citizens of NYC.
But here is a word from the Lord to NYC and Mayor Bloomberg in Psalm 33:13-22
“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. A horse is a vain hope for safety; neither shall it deliver any by its great strength. Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in Him. Because we have trusted in His holy name. Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, just as we hope in You.”
A word for the church in NYC.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18, 7:1.
You have lived in sin long enough. Your days as Capernaum are similar. Your rise to the heights have come to a close. Your pastors are no longer as holy as you think. The house is no longer a house of prayer but a den of thieves. The level of rebellion is similar to that of Israel in the days of Hophni and Phinehas. Your eyes are dim and there is no redemptive revelation from God. The famine of the Word is in the house. The right ways of the Lord are perverted. Great abominations abide in the temple. As the shackles of the bound remain on the saints as they come into the building that houses the church, they remain as they go. Going in and coming out, bound in heavy chains. Coming in, they are bound by the devil and no one looks to free them. With great emotions, their praise and their worship sounds like heaven but their hearts harbor hell. They turn to Me, the fountain of life for a brief sip of living water and in detest, they spit out that which is holy. They abhor the drink of eternal fountains but buy by the gallon of the wine of the world. They sit and are satisfied but the hangover intensifies. Yet, they love demons more than they love Me. Oh, how they hate the righteous ways of the Lord. Oh, how they hate Me, even while they sing “I Love The Lord.” But the days are approaching, says the Lord, where I will gather My true flock and My true shepherds into everlasting habitations wherein righteousness dwell. In a blink of an eye, they shall see Me, and the terror of wrath shall fill the streets. Such as never been seen before. The wrath of my displeasure will be poured out in great measure. The sound of the trumpet, once it is given, will usher in great pain. Do not long for these days. Do no long for it because once My wrath is pour out, there is no turning back.
Take heed, My people, for the time is short.