When you look closely at the past history of music in the church and what is being played and sung in the church today, we are noticing that depending upon the worshipper of the Father in spirit and in truth, and the artist, their music is what drives the people into one of two places.
The holy hill of God or the demonic pit of the devil.
A familiar passage of Scripture comes to mind.
“Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, “ Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.”
And Aaron said to them, “Break off the golden earrings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” So all the people broke off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron. And he received the gold from their hand, and he fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a molded calf.
Then they said, “This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!”
So when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made a proclamation and said, “ Tomorrow is a feast to the Lord.” Then they rose early on the next day, offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
And the Lord said to Moses, “ Go, get down! For your people whom you brought out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves. They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them.
They have made themselves a molded calf, and worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt! ’” And the Lord said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and indeed it is a stiff- necked people!”
In this passage of Scripture we see a series of things that lead to sin. Notice what they said of Moses. “as for this Moses.”
This is contempt. Not just for Moses, but for God. This is what we are seeing in the houses of worship. When certain songs are not allowed to be played, contempt enters the heart and it won’t be long before they look for the first opportunity to usurp leadership and a calf is made.
The Lord said, “QUICKLY.”
God summoned Moses to the mountain to receive instructions to give to the people, but while he was away, the people took advantage of the vacuum of leadership and made new rules. This is what happens in the church when the leader is away. The people will rise up and make new rules.
Three principles of the vacuum of leadership.
1. When there is an absence of leadership, people will not maintain discipline and they will revolt.
Proverbs 29:18 says,
“Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.”
The Amplified Bible says,
“Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish; but he who keeps the law [of God, which includes that of man] —blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he.”
Moses was chosen by the Lord God to lead the children of Israel from the house of bondage to the promised land. Moses was the direct connection to the Lord. Notice that the Amplified Bible says, “…but he who keeps the law [of God, which includes that of man] —blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he.”
So Moses had the vision and Moses was graced to lead the children of Israel. We will note the fact that the Lord had to discipline the children of Israel when they failed to walk in the Word of God. Moses also served as an intercessor. So a leader is graced to lead and he is graced to intercede should the people violate the Word of God.
When Moses was summoned up, the people of Israel revolted and the people cast off restraint.
In the Navy, before I became an Operations Specialist, I was in the Deck Department. When the ship is about to put out to sea, ships are moored to the pier with heavy nylon ropes, doubled up to ensure that if one rope were to break, the other line would serve as back up until that line is replaced. When the ship is about to get underway, the command is given to “single up all lines.” Then a few minutes after the lines are pulled in, the command to “take in all lines” is given and the ship is officially underway.
“Cast off all lines” is the command and the ship slowly moves away from the pier either under its own power or by tug boats until the ship is safely in the center of the channel and is able to proceed under its own power. Tugs are predominantly used under the direct command of a Harbor Pilot to help avoid other ships moored in tight spaces.
So it is with people in the church. They cast off all lines and move away from the safety of the Word and solid spiritual leadership. They drift away and live reckless lives.
Why did the children of Israel cast of restraint? They had no direct leadership in the person of Moses and that was excuse enough for them to make a break from the discipline that Moses imposed upon the people. Sadly, the leadership that remained failed to enforce the discipline of Moses. Aaron went along with the request of the people.
In many of our churches, there is a “party” atmosphere where the music sounds so much like the world. Just close your eyes, and you will see it and feel it. That’s why we can easily transition from one thing to the other without blinking an eye. Heaven is filled with music and so is the earth. Sadly, the earth is under the sway of the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience. The unregenerate heart show up in the service and carry within them the heart of the spirit of disobedience.
When righteousness is introduced to the unregenerate heart, if there is no repentance, the unregenerate heart will long for the music of the world because darkness feeds into darkness.
It is only when a person makes a break from the darkness and repent of his or her evil deeds, that the power of God comes in and does a wondrous work.
2. The people will make a god to worship instead of worshipping the Father in spirit and in truth.
When the people of God has no leadership or if the leadership went to seek God for instruction, when the coast is clear, the true god that they want to worship will emerge. In chapter 32, we see that after all of the miracles that they Lord performed before the eyes of Israel that they no longer cared about how powerful God was. Israel was in bondage for over 400 years and the Lord told Joseph that they would be delivered.
The cry of Israel ascended to heaven and God heard their cry. It took 10 plagues to get the children of Israel out. Along the way out of Egypt, the Lord fed and watered the children of Israel. Yet, they rebelled and provoked the Lord.
How soon the people in the church forget how good God is. How soon we forget the awesome display of deliverances by the hand of God. We go backwards and assume that God is pleased. What do we do today? We bring our blessings (gifts and talents) and we make a golden calf. The calf represents self worship. The calf represents a replacement of authority, rule, and righteousness. In other words, it is a rejection of the Word of God and the God who gave the Word.
This calf is indicative of the fact that since we can’t tell the living God what to do, we will make ourselves a god that can’t hear, can’t discipline, and can’t do anything against us when we do our thing. This calf is indicative of their heart. Don’t want to hear God. Don’t want to respond to God.
3. Sexual immorality.
Notice that they “rose up to play.” We all know that to rise up to play is not to just sing and dance. This is about sexual immorality in the services. There was one particular church in New Jersey that had a “threesome” during Bible Study in the back room of the church while a staff minister instructed the class. This threesome was the senior pastor, his wife, and a male deacon. Ungodly and vehemently disgusting. Folks, this was a few years ago but this is the kind of stuff that goes on in the church.
Rising up to play is incorporated with the praise and worship offered as entertainment in the local church. If you are not entertained enough, just go to a local church that offers the hottest music and close your eyes. You think that you were in a club. The sacredness of music and the lack of seeking God has been thrown out of the house of God to appease the people to fill seats.
You cannot throw God out just to fill seats. Yet, this is what pastors do. To fill seats, they have the deftest musicians. They copy the songs that other “professional artists” do and the worship of God is canned. The worship of self is introduced and it is like a drug. Once you see the overall affects and the people loving it, they want more and then you have the golden calf effect.
Then all of a sudden, the women come in, pregnant out of wedlock. Homosexual activity. Perversion all in the house of God.
If we do not stop this nonsense, we will have Ichabod placed on the door post of every house. We will have the candlestick removed, if it hasn’t been removed already. Holy must not mix with the profane. Unrighteousness must not mix with righteousness. The devil doesn’t mind if you are dancing all over the place. The devil doesn’t mind if you are emotionally charged. He minds when you walk in the Word and be just like Jesus. He minds when you refuse to worship a cheap exhibit of the lower nature that reflects the dark heart without God.
Put away among you “Showtime In The Church.”
All of those Thieves In The Temple” as EXMinistries puts it. Get them out of the church. Cast them out and the devils that instructed them.
CAST THEM OUT! In Jesus name!
Sanctify the Lord in your hearts and depart from iniquity.
Only then will the people that claim to worship God will emerge and God will be pleased.
When you see someone pull a video, it is a clear indication that something is not right. When you are caught saying or doing the wrong thing, the most important thing for a person to do is to protect their image. Never mind the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and His righteous standard. What is more important to a man or woman in the music industry is their image.
We need to take a page from what Paul said about the Lord Jesus. “…but made Himself of no reputation.”
With “artists,” bad publicity directly affects music sales, contracts, if any, engagements worldwide, and other issues. When the truth of the matter comes front and center, we see that the Body of Christ is in crisis.
We have abandoned the fact that God gets the glory and we are to be the praise of His glory.
Nope. Just like the devil, we want the glory. So when a video tape is unbecoming of an “artist,” the best thing to do is pull the tape. Now, it wasn’t about a song performance, it was about the Word of God that was supposed to be correctly released when posed a pointed question about homosexuality and porn.
Image of man is everything in a world where dollars and cents make more sense to a person purporting to be a child of God, yet live below kingdom of God expectations.
The Lord is slow to anger and is full of mercy.
God is always quick to forgive, but forgiveness is offered when one repents. Forgiveness is not free. The blood of Jesus paved the way for all man to receive forgiveness. The requirement to receive forgiveness is simple.
Repent (turn away from sin forever) and ask for His forgiveness.
We pray for Kirk Franklin but we also declare that from this point on, if you are not going to use the Bible as the ONLY answer when asked questions about the sin of homosexuality and porn, just ask to be excused from the interview. Decline to go to interviews that you know will question your stand. It is much preferred to defer to other strong believers in the Lord than to give wishy washy answers that defame the name of Christ.
It is also important that when we are to answer these questions, we must not be found denying the Lord and His Word. The world is not competent nor qualified in the handling of the Scriptures. Remember that the Sanhedrin constantly questioned the Lord Jesus about the Word. The Sanhedrin were scholars of the law, doctors of the law, yet, they were able to twist the Scriptures. They replaced the commandment of the law with their traditions.
When questions are posed, the world will do the same thing. They will bring people that have degrees to challenge the already interpreted Word of God to attempt to bring into question what God really said. Sounds like another episode of the serpent questioning the Word of God and deceiving Eve.
At this point, Kirk Franklin could be hurting but the chastisement of the Lord is for the purpose of restoring him to the place of right standing and right relationship. He also needs true, disciplined leadership.
Get rid of them weak willed, milky way, passive pastors that stroke the egos of “artists.”
We pastors carry the rod and the staff. The rod to beat the wolf, but the staff is used to rescue the sheep. To use the hook to rescue them when they fall into a ditch. When they want to go in a direction other than the way they should go, the other end of the staff is also used to guide or to steer.
1 Peter 5:2 out of the Amplified Bible (AMP) says, “Tend (nurture, guard, guide, and fold) the flock of God that is [your responsibility],”
That’s what Kirk needs desperately. A pastor that will “(nurture, guard, guide, and fold),” provided, Kirk is willing to submit himself to be under the spiritual care of a genuine shepherd.
The music industry is full of sheep without shepherds. Sheep that refuse to have a shepherd. Sheep that believe they could shepherd themselves in song. These sheep wander from place to place. Some are never under authority and they believe that they are mature enough not to be told anything. Hidden underneath all of their glitter is litter. Secret Sexual Sins and all sorts of lewdness that would make porn stars blush.
The Lord has a standard that must consistently taught, preached, and lived. When we are found whiffing at questions, it is clear that there is no conviction, strength, or courage. The enemy “seeks whom he MAY devour.” Peter said it this way because, sadly, it seems like the devil has too much choice over which sheep to devour. The easy ones are the ones that lack strength, faith (conviction), and courage.
GCMWatch got it right……It was a Joel Osteen moment. Here is the link……http://www.gcmwatch.com/10190/kirk-franklin-pulls-a-joel-osteen-on-gay-marriage-and-porn
I do have to admit that recently Joel Osteen edged a little closer to the conviction that homosexuality is a sin. However, he needs to close the gap and speak with decisive conviction. Something that his late father, Pastor John Osteen, never lacked.
As for Kirk Franklin, it is important that he find strength, conviction, and courage. The vacillation and capitulation is text book for those that fear the media more than they fear God. In a previous video with Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin appeared to be preaching the Word, but one of the things I always look for is the conviction. There is a difference between crowd pleasing and conviction.
One of these days, the preaching will be so thick, an altar call will not be necessary. Right where people are, they will simple recognize the holy presence of the Lord and repent on their faces before God. The days are coming in humble places where people will just do what is supposed to be done.
Recognize the holy presence of God.
As I’ve said, all you have to do is go back to the Garden and you will see that the enemy waits until you are ready to be tempted. Then he brings out his half truths, until you agree with him. Then he lies to you. Then he murders you in cold blood.
This is what’s happening all across the globe. People are running from the truth in this apostate era of time. Quick to walk away from the Lord and His Word because the pressure to stand for the truth is ever present. When we fail to stand for the truth of the Word of God, we’ll fall for anything.
It cannot be that Kirk was embarrassed. After looking at that video and observing the way that it started, (remember the “Church Ain’t Going No Where” song before the interview if some of you have seen it?), it seems like the believer in Kirk went somewhere.
“With their lips do they worship Me, but their hearts are far from Me.”
When you have no conviction of God in you, you have no fear of God in you. You fear the people more, and that’s when your heart is turned away from the truth. You believe in fables, and other young believers that watch you will live the way you are living. Compromise is easier than standing. Paul told Timothy to profess a good profession like Jesus did before Pontus Pilate. In other words, when it is time to testify, remember how Jesus did it before the Romans. The Romans were intimidating but Jesus didn’t flinch.
So keep Kirk in your prayers, but also learn from this lesson. The Lordship and dominion of Jesus must be so strong in you that you remember that the “eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong on the behalf of those whose hearts are LOYAL towards Him.“
You go to a “concert” or a “praise and worship” conference, show, performance, or even a simple church service. The anticipation is incredible. The musicians and singers that are on the list are the hottest performers ever. You raise your hands and shout like you are in the greatest worldly stadiums in the world.
But for some reason, you come away feeling “funky.”
There is a spiritual and soul connection when it comes to music.
But it is not the music.
Some of the greatest songs are so powerful that you can’t deny that it came from the presence of the Lord but something else came with that music that took the righteous effect of the power of God away.
The right kind of music and holy musician and singer can take you into the presence of the Lord.
The wrong hearted preacher, musician, or singer can take you to their bedroom where they committed sexual immorality a few hours ago.
The Contaminated Rebellious Vessel
You see, God’s power passes through vessels.
Jesus said in Mark 5:30,
“And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes.”
We all know that the clothes of Jesus carried power because the vessel that wore the clothes carried the power. I know that I am probably getting ahead of myself but a clean, sanctified vessel is the prerequisite for the flow of the Holy Spirit power.
Not emotional hype and talented musicians.
Do not misunderstand me. There are “anointed” vessels but there are also demonically anointed vessels of perversion that lurk in the open to prey on the unsuspecting, gullible, undisciplined child of God to keep them in their carnality.
Notice Mark 6:56.
“Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well.”
The power of God does abide in persons. We see this in the case of Jesus.
But an opposing power dwells in people that “perform” in our churches.
At night, before church, darkness makes its move upon countless “vessels.”
At night, the church plays the harlot with the prince of darkness and his demons. All sorts of lewdness and sexual immorality takes place before the people that come to church show up to assume leadership positions, music instruments, and other “church” functions.
Sometimes, when you walk into a church, the atmosphere is thick with dark spirits but we cannot understand why.
When a person comes in with a bad attitude, it is a good indication that something took place. A transaction that stained the heart. Sin. And we wonder why when people come to church one week, they seem fine, but next week, they keep their distance. These same persons that claim to be free of sexual sins speak evil of your walk in the Lord.
Some of them, you never hear from them ever again.
Until we see that many of those in leadership and in music have sinned before God. The one thing that perversion fears is discovery. As long as the mask is on and the prophets fail to discern and detect sin in the house, it appears that they are safe.
Exposure of Secret Sexual Sins is man’s greatest fear.
We fill the house when a “prophet” shows up to tell us how financially blessed we are but the cobwebs are heavy in places where a real prophet shows up and calls people’s sins out in the open. You do not have to worry about this happening because the majority of these “prophets” were never called and couldn’t prophesy the Word to themselves to save their own lives.
You can prophesy about someone else’s marriage but you haven’t had sex with your spouse in 9 months, but you had sex with yourself or you are a lesbian or bisexual yourself. Or worse. You molest young boys, you are a catamite, a NT TEMPLE PROSTITUTE, or you rape young girls in the basement of the church even while service is going on.
God doesn’t expose you just to embarrass you, although you will be when He has to expose your sin. But the church cannot act like the world and the hand of God is heavy upon those that abuse righteousness. The cleansing of the temple by the hand of the Lord today will make the scourging and overthrow of the temple money exchangers of Jesus look like a very lenient, merciful act.
He does it because people that are bent on bringing sin in His house is like putting dirty feet on a coffee table. It’s like walking in mud and you track the mud through the house that has white carpet. It’s like sticking your hand in raw sewage and you raise your hands to God in praise as if you haven’t sinned.
But we need light in this hour. To expose the smallest flaw in the light of His countenance so that we can be right before God.
But these same people say a quick prayer of repentance, thinking that they are straight with the Lord. Their fake repentance seemed to work because the service was very powerful, except that they already planned to sin again after service is over. Thus, the repentance was a failed and flawed attempt to appear “right.”
“Straighten Up And Fly Right” by Robbie Williams/Nat King Cole is a great title and many preachers have preached the title of this song but the church will not straighten up.
The spiritual funk that is in many churches has resulted in outright rebellion of leadership in the church against God. And the people in the pews have picked up the scent of rebellion and follow in the lifestyles of the sinful and rebellious.
Do these contaminated vessel pray to demon power? They do not have to. The sexual sins that they are involved in releases enough darkness that all they have to do is start playing, preaching or singing and the venom is released.
The emotional impact is so powerful, it makes preaching the Word easy but it make receiving truth difficult. There is a difference. When you are emotionally charged, you are not really paying attention to the truth of the Word. You are paying attention to the way you feel. The emotions get “spiritual” but it is a false spiritual because there is no real intention to hear the truth of the Word and conform to the image of Jesus.
Have you ever wondered why musicians leave when the Word goes forth?
Known, unconfessed sins and the willful disregard of the authority of God and His Word. The perfection of their gifts and talents easily masks their deep involvement with the sexual demons. This insures that they live in deception and this same deception envelopes their minds and their listeners and people can’t get free because they are under the spell of witchcraft.
Saul, the first king of Israel was told that…
“Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.”
When a person refuses to come out from their sin, they are in rebellion and the conjuring up of their demons surrounds them as they play, preach, or sing.
In Romans 8:5, Paul gives is the reason.
When a preacher, musician, singer gets up to “perform,” if they are not completely sold out to the Lord,“…those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh…”
“Because the carnal mind is enmity (hostile) against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”
So if their minds are set on the things of the flesh, when they play, demonic spirits that rule them begin to come upon those who are unsuspecting. Emotions has a way of opening the reasoning to the degree that deception is easy. That’s why if the pastor, the musician, and the singers are not holy and disciplined, witchcraft can come in the atmosphere and perversion will be transferred to the people.
It’s called transference of spirits.
So if a person is engaging in sexual immorality, the music played, even though it sounds “holy,” the life is not holy.
When you wash a cup on the outside, the inside remains dirty, if it is not washed. And that’s exactly what we are dealing with. People come to church clean on the outside but contaminated with deception, deceit, and demonic perversion on the inside. And when we allow them to “perform” and preach, everyone drinks of that cup and everyone, if they are not watching their own lives, they can get contaminated.
You see, with musicians and singers, there has to be connection in order for music to sound right. Sex is the same way. That’s why when there is sexual immorality in the church, the connection is so strong that you sometimes cannot tell if sexual immorality is going on in the church until someone comes back pregnant, or they do not come back at all because the sin was so great and the conviction was too much to bear.
Or they show up anyway as if nothing happened and the sin continues until the church is in a full blown orgy of epic proportions.
And even as there is singing unto the Lord, sexual thoughts can take place in the minds of saints. And physical connections are sought to fulfill the tri-part being of man. That’s why it is important that where there is an expenditure there must be replenishment. You must understand that when you are ministering, you are releasing all that is within you to the service. After the expenditure, you are at your most vulnerable state.
It is there that you must get back in the presence of the Lord for you.
The anointing upon your life is not for you. It is for the people. The anointing or the well of water, springing into everlasting life is your own personal well that you drink in personal fellowship with the Lord.
In other words, you need to be ministered to. We expend so much that we do not know how to receive for ourselves. Learn to receive for yourself.
You need the Word of God and prayer for you because the enemy is looking for one moment of weakness and it is when you have expended spirit, soul, and body to minister to others.
It is at that moment where the devil also fills your mind because you are least on guard. He amplifies failures, flaws, mistakes. And if your mind is not on guard, the deceptive trick of the enemy is to get you to use the greatest pick me up in the mental and natural.
Sex. And of the illicit nature.
So, the next time you leave a “praise and worship” concert or when you leave you own church, and it felt like the presence of God was there, just wait a week or two to see if a lasting, eternal affect took place, or if sexual immorality just added another layer to the stronghold of demonic oppression.
Is the deliverance sticking or was it just a fake exercise exercised by known demonic activity. Did people get saved or did they recite a prayer, only to return to the world? Did people really sensed the presence of the Lord or was it the presence of demons that just made you “feel” good?
One of the gauges for change that I’ve noticed when I hear the Word was that it ministered to me in a known area where I intentionally resisted the Lord and the resistance no longer abides. I surrender to the anointing that came with the Word of God and the music carried the anointing to where surrender to the will of God is easy.
Then after several days, I watch myself to see if the change was real or was I fooling myself. Music carries an anointing from the Holy Spirit when the vessel is sanctified for the Master’s use. But music alone will not get the job done.
It takes a commitment to seek the face of God and stay in His presence. To wait for a feeling only invites the emotions a seat upon the throne to drive you in different directions. The Word of God must remain the anchor of your life so that regardless of where your emotions are, you stay grounded and settled.
How do we get the witchcraft out of the praise and worship?
Constantly preach holiness and proactively live in holiness. Be in hot pursuit of the living God and offer your gift to the Lord for His holy service. Consecrate yourself through prayer and fasting. Cut the connection of performance away from your repertoire and look to be a vessel of service unto the exclusive use of the Lord.
Your gift is not yours. It was given to you by God and it is irrevocable (see Romans 11:29). But it can be suspended when you fall into sin. Never mix the world with the Word. Never mix the anointing of the Holy Spirit with devils. Never cross God.
Until these things come as far as divine consecration and dedication unto the Lord, you are a witch on an organ. A magician in the pulpit. A singer influenced by devils.
You hear story after story about straight Music Ministers watching porn, masturbating, screwing choir members, praise and worship singers, or praise dancers. You see gay music ministers lusting after young males and boys in the church.
When will we see pastors take a stand and fire these musicians and then offer them help from the bondages of Secret Sexual Sins?
Is music that important over holiness and pleasing God?
And then when we don’t take action against these sinful acts, these sinful music ministers exercise their ungodly influence to make it seems as if you can’t make it without them. They hold the church hostage with “their gifts and talents” and the church erodes further into the dungeon of darkness and Secret Sexual Sins.
Another thing that is happening is that you see slick talking “prophets” lusting after young boys so they could make them “armor bearers.”
You see this every Sunday. Pastors screwing church secretaries or young hot girls. The church is overrun with lust and it doesn’t look like it’s about to abate.
And we wonder why the homosexual community is successful in establishing alternative churches in the very community where light is to be shed. And they are filling up rapidly. Transvestites, trans-gender humans, and people with lascivious lifestyles that cannot bridle their “animal impulses.” They are abandoning real authentic Christianity standards to have church and sin at the same time.
They are walking in such delusion that if you were to have a conversation with them, they will tell you that the Bible is outdated, wrongly translated, and we who walk in the truth are the ones that is deceived, lost, and going to hell because we do not walk in love or tolerate their sins.
I’m beginning to realize that it’s not just the gay issue that is affecting the church. It’s the entire sexual immorality atmosphere that invaded the church and we do not have a clue as to the ramifications of our inability to reign in second and third tier leadership when Secret Sexual Sins is unchecked in the church.
People burning with lust for same and opposite sex.
We have gone absolutely in the opposite direction of righteousness. We no longer have right standing and right relationship with the Lord because we are in wrong relationship with the Lord.
The root cause is what is really happening in the private lives of people that claim to be Christian.
You have real Christians and you have fake Christians.
Either be real or stay fake.
Then you have bisexual pastors, music ministers, and singers. They play both sides of the fence. They try to play with that “religious fervor” then after service is over, it’s back to business as usual. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.
In the late 1970’s, early 80’s, there were two gay musicians at Zion Baptist Church. As a teen, I really didn’t know what a homosexual person was, but on two occasions, I was propositioned to meet with one of the musicians at his house. Obviously, I knew not to go because of the way he “look/lusted” at me. Like men checking out women, front and back, up and down, same sex attracted men would do the same while looking at other men.
I’m not trying to arouse anyone. I’m just stating the obvious facts.
I didn’t help matters any because after church, I would go home, come out of my church clothes, and dress in shorts to go play basketball. As I would cross the street, that’s when he would propositioned me but I kept on going.
In the opposite direction.
Both of these musicians died.
Chances are, they died of unconfirmed AIDS related illnesses.
Over time, I began to see that this was their way of communicating to you that they want to have Secret Sexual Sins.
The proposition is eye contact as well as their seductive words of intent to see if you knew exactly what they meant. Now get this. This is right after church. Right after the Lord moved and people got saved during service. And all of a sudden you get caught up in the lusts of the flesh.
Fast forward to today and you will see that it is no longer eye contact and signals. It is now communicated with clear intent during service. They no longer wait until after service to make their intent clear. Or they come right from the bedroom, same and opposite Secret Sexual Sinners to lift up unholy hands before God.
The highest form of human depraved behavior is same sex. Remember, perversion in any form is demonic. In manifesting perversion on this level, only reveals that satan himself is perversion at its apex.
The next level is beyond humans where bestiality takes place.
Dr. Michael Brown made a very powerful statement. If we are repulsed at men (catamites) having sex with boys, should we be any less repulsed when two men have sex?
Then the perversion is brought right into the church during praise and worship as they play on the instruments. Performance covering perversion.
God help us.
Listen to what Peter said in 2 Peter 2:12-16,
“But these, like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption, and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you, having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children. They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice restrained the madness of the prophet.”
These are people inside the church and rogue believers at that. When you correct them, they want to correct you. They sit there, knowing that they are in Secret Sexual Sins, and they have the nerve and audacity to continue in sin that grace may abound. The sad thing is that they don’t go elsewhere to continue in sin. They sit right there in the place of righteousness to thumb their nose at God and you in unrighteousness.
Listen to the Spirit of the Lord through Peter again in 2 Peter 2:7-9.
“…and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds) — then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority.“
Read the underline. It underscores exactly what is happening in the church.
When a pastor brings a word of correction, all of a sudden, after service, they get into their cars and they say, “I don’t agree with what the pastor said.” Now mind you. The pastor was preaching the Word of God, line upon line precept upon precept about porn and self gratification. About abstaining from Secret Sexual Sin and you do not agree?
They “speak evil of the things they do not understand…those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority.”
Have you ever walked in to the church service feeling oppressed? Feeling tormented? And somehow, you sense, not only sense but you know that people are despising authority? The only time authority is despised is when their sins are brought out before others in the open. We forget that when we sin in secret, like David, our judgment will be seen in the open, noon day sun for all to see.
If you thought that Adam and Eve were embarrassed when they knew they were naked after they sinned, was something. You haven’t seen the embarrassment that’s coming for you if you are thumbing your nose at God and bringing your Secret Sexual Sins to church during praise and worship.
The root cause could be sexual immorality.
And the problem is that the pastor and people in the church don’t really mind.
Pastors don’t want to “rock the boat” because if you start addressing the issues, the choir can’t sing. You have to hire another musician. And God help us all if the pastor has to step down because of an “indiscretion.”
In one segment of “Gay Christian Movement Watch,” there was a Scripture that was used that blew my mind and really articulated the current state of the church.
“Then He said to me, “ Son of man, lift your eyes now toward the north.” So I lifted my eyes toward the north, and there, north of the altar gate, was this image of jealousy in the entrance. Furthermore He said to me, “ Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations that the house of Israel commits here, to make Me go far away from My sanctuary? Now turn again, you will see greater abominations.” So He brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, there was a hole in the wall. Then He said to me, “ Son of man, dig into the wall”; and when I dug into the wall, there was a door. And He said to me, “Go in, and see the wicked abominations which they are doing there.” So I went in and saw, and there —every sort of creeping thing, abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed all around on the walls. And there stood before them seventy men of the elders of the house of Israel, and in their midst stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan. Each man had a censer in his hand, and a thick cloud of incense went up. Then He said to me, “ Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the room of his idols? For they say, ‘The Lord does not see us, the Lord has forsaken the land. ’” And He said to me, “ Turn again, and you will see greater abominations that they are doing.” So He brought me to the door of the north gate of the Lord’s house; and to my dismay, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz. Then He said to me, “Have you seen this, O son of man? Turn again, you will see greater abominations than these.” So He brought me into the inner court of the Lord ‘s house; and there, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty- five men with their backs toward the temple of the Lord and their faces toward the east, and they were worshiping the sun toward the east. And He said to me, “Have you seen this, O son of man? Is it a trivial thing to the house of Judah to commit the abominations which they commit here? For they have filled the land with violence; then they have returned to provoke Me to anger. Indeed they put the branch to their nose. Therefore I also will act in fury. My eye will not spare nor will I have pity; and though they cry in My ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them.”
In most commentaries, I took note of the fact that when you see the part where the Lord said, “Indeed they have put the branch to their nose,” it is equivalent to THUMBING YOUR NOSE AT GOD!
And that’s what we see in the church. An escalation of abominable practices that reaches its apex.
THUMBING YOUR NOSE AT GOD!
For some reason, we fail to make the corrections because if we lose the people, we lose the money, we lose the church, and we don’t want to do that. We want to be “positive, upbeat, leave with a good feeling.”
All the while, the Lord Jesus gathers all of heaven to pray for your local church because He ever lives to make intercession for us. Yes, Jesus is praying specifically for you to turn from your wicked “Eli” ways. Eli failed to correct his sons and the ark was taken.
The presence of the Lord may not be in the house like you think. You might be feeling good, but deep down you know that Secret Sexual Sins is running rampant in the house of the Lord that has now turned into the house of abomination.
The church need to stop bringing fruit to offer before the Lord because God brought the Lamb.
The church had grown accustomed to bringing before the Lord a “Cain” offering when God requires a Lamb sacrifice. God didn’t ask for fruit because if He were hungry, He wouldn’t tell you.
Man is always trying to substitute and then shove it before the face of God in defiance.
God demanded a Lamb.
How dare you bring Him something He didn’t ask for?
Bring a sacrifice. Not fruit. Stop making God change when it is impossible for Him to change. Stop trying to re-write the Bible when the Word of God cannot be altered. God extended His scepter of righteousness to those that bow before His throne. Only they can approach. God has spoken and you cannot alter it. God placed His eternal seal on the Word of God and there is no way possible for Him to change His mind. Otherwise, He would be a liar and a cheater just like you.
The sanctifying and washing in the church, to prepare the church for the coming of the Lord according to Ephesians 5:26-27 is underway.
This is the Word of the Lord and the former and latter rain wave of the Spirit for this successive age.
Will you be ready?
To listen to our groundbreaking series Secret Sexual Sins, please click this link
by Fred C. Rochester. The Fastest Way To Grow Your Church, Part Two. Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved.
In Part One we covered two out of seven things that is essential for church growth.
1. Worship and
2. Prayer and Evangelism
Without these two important things, your church cannot grow.
Church growth begins when there is a pursuit to minister the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost. True church growth is never a shift in numbers. Transfer growth is when people that are already believers stop going to one church just to attend another church.
That’s church hopping.
They are pursuing membership, not discipleship.
When church hopping happens, this is an indication of immaturity on the part of the believer unless they are arriving at churches that are faltering or failing to provide true stability. Granted, there are some churches that do not provide genuine discipleship but God never called His people to uproot at random based on feelings.
You must have a solid discipleship plan to bring them along and help stabilize them in their relationship with the Lord Jesus.
If you are only counting numbers of people in a chair and not ministering to them so they can grow in the Lord, you will have a church full of babies that will never reach their full potential in Christ. The Lord wants you to be fruitful and multiply, however, maturation is a long term investment process.
It is important for the pastor and the people working with the pastor to establish an atmosphere of worship, prayer and evangelism.
Too often, many pastors look for natural means to do a supernatural work. In other words, when they see that nothing is happening, they look to do natural means alone to get the job done without inquiring the Lord.
What kind of natural means?
Marketing. Mailings. Attraction gimmicks.
I am not saying that we are not to do these things (except gimmicks) but we are not to be totally reliant on these things.
I encourage you to do like David. Before you make a move, inquire of the Lord. Get God’s counsel on what you need to do. When you get God’s counsel, anointing, and grace, you must be prepared for twists and turns.
You cannot rush God.
As a side note, when you are with working with people, there will be some that will not agree with what the Lord placed in your heart.
There is two kinds of opposition in the church.
All opposition comes from the devil, however, the opposition originates in the realm of the spirit and enters into the heart of the unsuspecting.
Demonic opposition is when the devil is fighting everything you do in the realm of the spirit. This is where the “Daniel kind of praying” is warranted. You go into prayer and fasting against what is against you, or against what is preventing you from receiving what God has in store for the local church. And you take a stand until there is a definitive release from the Lord.
People opposition is Galatians 5:7-26 in operation in the local church.
When the people inside the church is fighting one another, it is a clear indication that the devil has found someone to work through to stop the momentum. When people intentionally become unwilling to do certain things to help you facilitate growth in the church, it is people opposition.
When people disappear at the right moment or quit when they are most needed, it is people opposition. I should point out that not all disappearances and quits is a person’s fault.
There are other factors that do occur that makes disappearances and quitting easy. Sometimes, difficult pastoral leadership or difficult leaders alleged to be working with the pastor can make doing the work of the ministry difficult.
When people willingly agree to disagree, and it is their right to do so, it is still people opposition. If they disagree just over trivial things, they are being difficult and they want to control the pastor.
As a pastor, you cannot make people agree with you. You cannot stop people from opposing you when they’ve made up their mind to stand against you. You cannot stop people from disappearing when you need what they have.
What you can do is pray for those that are in opposition to come into agreement with you. Or, pray for new people to come and replace them.
Pray, as Pastor Robyn Gool would say, “for the right kind of help.” Don’t just pray for help because the wrong kind of help will show up.
Pray that God would send people that is agreeable with the will of God, the vision, and mission for the local church. Pray that they can receive pastoral authority and Biblical leadership. Pray that they are teachable and have a humble spirit. Pray that they have the wisdom of God.
Pray that they can work with little to no supervision to get the task done. Pray that they can discern the will of God for the house and work with each other, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
And when the Lord sends them to you, you must teach them that they are necessary for the body to function according to 1 Corinthians 12:12-27. Teach them to operate in the fruit of the Spirit according to Galatians 5:22. Teach them that their measure is required of them according to Romans 12:1-13.
You teach them that they cannot hold the church back by withholding what God gave them. You teach them that they do not have the right to withhold the gift of God. God gave us life, health, and strength. He has blessed us and we feel that we have the right to tell God that we are not going to give Him what is His all along.
All of a sudden, we assume the right to tell God how we are going to be used.
“In Him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28.
In the same way He gives us breath, in an instant, we can stop breathing. In an instant, because we were obedient, the abundant blessings of the Lord comes. In an instant, because of willful disobedience against the known will of God, the abundance could be dried up.
Sometimes, only a few people will grasp what you see and join in with you to get the job done. Sometimes people are not patient and will exhibit frustration and anger. This is not the time to join in their frustration and anger. It is the time to be patient and teach them what the Lord told you to do.
As a pastor, you must be faithful with what is in your hands.
by Fred C. Rochester, Pastor.
The Gospel or Gimmicks, Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved.
The moral decline of a nation has it’s roots in the moral decline of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ (see Proverbs 14:34).
There was a time in the church that people would be unashamed to tell folks of their eternal destiny should they die in a Christ-less grave.
My, have times changed.
Our prominent preachers on Daystar, The Word Network, TBN, and other broadcast venues are too preoccupied with pulling more money out of the pockets of saints across the United States and the world to be concerned about souls.
Covetousness is the doctrine of the church in this hour according to 1 Timothy 6:3-10.
Do not get me wrong, at the end of most of their broadcasts, they do give an “invitation” but is it effective?
Only the Holy Spirit will know.
Almost every broadcast, you see them or their spokesperson asking you to buy books, cd series, and other “Christian” paraphernalia to raise money.
The claim is to “preach the gospel throughout the world.”
While some of these ministries are involved in international missionary work, the backdoor is left wide open.
What are we really getting out of these conferences?
We go from conference to conference, praise and worship concert to concert. And we do not care to ask someone to come and be in the presence of God. Let alone, having an altar call at these conferences or concerts.
It has gotten to the point that all we care about is the Grammy and other worldly awards. Just remember, you got your reward. Do not look for Jesus to give you one according to 1 Corinthians 3:9-15 and 9:24-27.
Do not get me wrong. There are conferences and concerts that do give an altar call but there are others that do not. Some of them believe that it is wrong to “intrude.”
Jesus died for the sins of the world to save us from hell and we do not what to “intrude?”
Are you kidding me?
Then the sin that takes place after these conferences and concerts would make the world blush. Sexual immorality and pederasty taking place in the hotels after being in the “presence of the Lord.”
Falling prostrate before the presence of the Lord in prayer with fasting in one of these conferences or musical conferences, is something left to be desired.
Are we really on fire for God in the United States? What is really happening in our prayer meetings? And what is the results in the communities the Lord assigned us to minister to? Are we a church purporting community services, “faith based” ministry, or are we changing lives by the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ?
Have we become so disconnected from our Lord that we allow the world to dictate what the church is supposed to be doing? Are we just a convenience store or are we the blood bought church of the Lord Jesus?
Are we being silenced by the local governments so we could receive government money for our silence?
Talk about separation of church and state.
The government wants you to take their money but you can’t talk about sin when you need to. Hence, our silence is their permission.
Pastors that compromise the gospel of Jesus Christ will have to answer to the Head of the Church. Children of God that compromise will have to answer to the Head of Church.
No one escapes according to Luke 12:42-48.
Are we being persecuted like the early church for taking a stand against the moral decline of our communities? Are we feeling the heat or are we too comfortable in our air conditioned sanctuaries to make a difference for Jesus? Are you willing to leave it to “other” churches to be a witness or are you willing to take a risk and do something extraordinary for Jesus?
Jesus did something extraordinary for you over 2000 years ago. What will the final chapters of the book of Acts speak of you, your ministry, and your church? Are you chasing after gimmicks or are you preaching the gospel?
We are seeing church growth decline. The answers simple. The believers are too preoccupied with the “cares, riches, and pleasures of life” to be concerned about a person’s eternal destiny, let alone, their own. Our churches are emptying. Few to no births are taking place in the house to offset the decline of attendance according to 1 Timothy 4:1-2 and 2 Timothy 4:3-4.
We are substituting the gospel of Jesus Christ with gimmicks. We are not challenging people to live holy before the Lord. We are no longer concern about sharing Christ after we preach a message of salvation. We are no longer concerned about discipling them to live like Jesus lived on the earth.
There was a YouTube video of a man dying of cancer. He shared about the eternal bliss of heaven that he had a glimpse of. But suddenly, he talked about the most horrible place that unsaved people are destined for.
He said that it was a place that you should avoid. He said that it was horrible. You do not want to go there.
Obviously, he made Jesus Lord before and was warning people of the horrors of hell. His daughter had the wisdom to capture on tape what he experienced.
Just a few hours later, he passed into eternity to be with the Lord forever. Glory to God!
But as he passed away, think about the many individuals that passed away on that same day, in that same hour. Think about the many people that entered into eternity, expecting to go up to glory, only to feel the pull of gravity, the flames intensifying, passing through the gates of hell, never to escape. They forfeited their chance to repent by choice to never receive Jesus as Lord and Savior.
All who pass through there must abandon all hope. Their only break from the torment will be the Great White Throne Judgment. Then it’s the lake of fire.
On National Geographic, a man was a tour guide for volcanoes. They came across one that was spewing molten lava. The only one of its kind in the world. It literally looked like a lake of fire. Viewing this presentation took place after I viewed the YouTube video and I couldn’t help but to firmly come to grips with the fact that once you pass through, there is no hope.
Imagine burning, but living. Burning, but never dying. Never ending burning that will never cease forever.
Carlton Pearson, who I believe is an apostate preacher, asked a question. Why would a loving God throw men and women into hell? The answer is simple.
While hell was made for the devil and his angels (see Matthew 25:41), sin and death must be placed there as well (see Revelation 20:14-15). When the Lord God sent Jesus to die for the sins of the world, we have an opportunity to accept the terms of salvation, through the life, death, physical burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus to avoid hell.
When man willingly refuses the gift of God, eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord, the wages of sin is death. God is a holy God and sin cannot abide in His presence. Sin is rebellion. Sin is opposed to God. Sin is inconsistent with the nature and character of God. Therefore, we are given a choice. To live or to die. To be with the Lord or be separated from the Lord forever.
This is the true purpose that is to drive the church. To preach the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. The good news that we do not have to die and go to hell.
Think about the thousands of people that refused to accept Jesus as Lord in that same hour. Their eternal fate is sealed forever.
On this side of eternity, you have one life to live. Each day the sands of the hour glass drop. Your time is coming too.
You see, the church is headed in the wrong direction because we do not preach the gospel like we should. The gospel of Jesus Christ is about redeeming mankind from sin. The church is caught up in covetous activities.
Our leaders are preaching a different gospel. A social, self help gospel. Apostate preachers are preaching an “inclusive” gospel.
We are wondering if the economy is ever going to get back on track so we can have “Rag Time” all over again.
When will the “Good Times” roll? When will we be able to live again like we used to? Sorry to let you in a little secret. But you will never see the days of the last decade ever again. Remember, we are living in the last of the last days. These are perilous times according to 2 Timothy 3:1-9.
But it doesn’t matter now to the carnal Christians and preachers living in sin or refusing to preach the gospel to win souls. Their empire matters more than the kingdom of God. The preachers of prominence are out there and almost every preacher is preaching what they are preaching. Souls be condemned.
After reading an article about Robert Sculler’s children taking control of the Crystal Cathedral to set it back on the righteous intent of His church, I began to take stock of what Prevailing Word Ministries is doing.
Are we effectively preaching the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ? Are souls being won to the Lord? Are people getting born again through our ministry? After all, the church is here for one purpose only.
The church is built on one statement. Peter said in Matthew’s gospel, chapter 18 and verse 16,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Pastor, child of God, if you and your church is doing everything else but reaching the lost, it is a purposeless, Christ-less agenda and you will answer to the Head of the Church for it. Pastor, child of God, in your church, there will be 6 out of 7 reasons why your church is ineffective according to Revelation chapters 2 and 3.
Which one or more is the reason your church is ineffective?
In this hour, it is time to give up the gimmicks and preach the uncompromising gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. A dying sinner awaits your message of good news.