Economic Catastrophic Disaster

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

For the last 20 years, the current economic system is showing clear signs of an impending catastrophic collapse. Not just in the United States but around the world.

Two instruments opened the door for this to occur.

One, China entering the WTO (World Trade Organization) and two, the Free Trade Agreement.

The economic pressure is rising and must release a cataclysmic disaster that will be unrecoverable by mere humanistic means. While there were other factors that opened the door for a complete global economic collapse, the Bible clearly speaks to the events surrounding our time.

For instance, James 5:1-6.

“Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter. You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you.”

Where the Word says, “he does not resist you,” is evidence of a person giving up without a fight. For many, death is more welcomed than continuing in suffering. “Just kill me,” is their cry.

This crying out is evidenced in Libya, Greece, London(?), and Syria. Famine is hitting Somalia and other nations where millions of people and children are dying in the thousands.

Just as I was thinking about this, the Lord took me back to the Book of Genesis. The sons of Noah in particular. The Lord told me that Ham had his day. Shem had his day, and Japheth, his days are coming to a close.

If you look at the prophecy of Daniel. Daniel 2:28 says, “But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days.”

Notice the latter portion. “…what will be in the latter days.”

It is amazing that the Lord sets in motion the final events from the time the Israelis were exiled to Babylon. Why? The book of Revelation speaks of the Great Whore, Babylon in Revelation 14.

The current financial system is about to close in dramatic fashion to set itself up for the arrival of the kingdom of Babylon as declared in the book of Revelation. All across the world, we are seeing clear indications of many nations attempting to climb out of a slippery financial pit just to get sucked under as part of the beginning of the end of all things.

The only humanistic answer that the European nations and the United States have is to raise the debt ceiling or make more loans to itself. Bailout or borrow to pay for what we borrowed. This kind of madness is very risky.

Billions of people are maxed out on credit cards and loans. The United States government is experiencing what every American in debt is experiencing and they are using the same system imposed on it’s people to attempt to bail itself out of debt.

Billions of people do not have jobs to pay for what was borrowed, let alone provide for their basic needs. Many are strategically defaulting because their pay, for those that are working, will never be able to catch up to pay down their debt, taxes, and the increased cost of living.

Greed has finally caught up to every person on the planet.

Just look across your towns, municipalities, and “empires.” Businesses are closing. The buildings that they once occupied are closed. For “sale” or for “lease” signs are all across the nation. Small businesses are closing because no one is buying their products. People are unemployed. State budgets are beyond saving. Most states are selling their own properties to attempt to close their out of control budget gaps.

Some states are touting their fiscal discipline but it will be short lived. Many other states are attacking unions to destroy their bargaining agreements and pensions. Companies are laying off thousands of workers to save their bottom lines.

Come to think of it.

Perhaps Bernie Madoff and Ken Lay saw what was about to come. Panicked. And started to store up or have a good time because it would be the last time anyone would have good times. One is serving time and the other one is dead.

It is time for the church to grasp this reality.

Throw away the error of the gospel of prosperity.

It is time to preach the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ commensurate with the times we are currently living in.

1 Timothy 6:6-10 says,

“Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

Verse 11 says, “But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.”

Have you ever watched a movie when the part comes where destruction is about to come and someone is told to run but they don’t run? They ask a whole lot of questions, questioning why they have to run. Then some of them end up dead or barely escaped disaster?

So it is with many of you that do not pay attention to the Scripture above. I and God cannot make you run, but after you are destroyed, when it’s too late, it’s the only time when what is said here makes any kind of sense to you.

We are not about to enter into desperate times.

We are in desperate times.

Doomsday is no longer a great novel.

Doomsday is at the door.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 says, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”

Already we are seeing regular families struggle. Recently, I read where a mother killed her son and then committed suicide because she was unable to financially make ends meet.

China sent a message to the United States through the New York Times (NYT) telling us the truth. The United States is addicted to debt. This is a clear sign to the US that the sins of this nation are approaching full. The judgment for sexual sins, covetousness, abortion, and blasphemy against the Lord have come upon her and the Christian church.

This is too gloomy. Could you please preach nice things preacher?

No!

It’s time to face reality and preach the Word of God in season and out of season. Whether you want to hear it or not.

Because these are the times that the Lord warned us about. Forget about any return to the good ol’ days. From here on out, we are going to see more financially destructive times. Just pay attention to 1 Timothy chapter 6 and verse 11.

Just as Paul told Timothy. “But you, O man of God, flee these things…

And while you are running, you might as well… “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.”

Perversions Of A Pastor

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

On Saturday, you retreat to the living room, pick up the remote and flip through channels. All of a sudden, a woman, or a man is on the screen that aroused you sexually.

That image wasn’t enough so you retreat to the privacy of your room to go on the Internet, or you go “pay per view” to watch porn. You go back to your bedroom to release sexual tension. Self gratification, commonly called masturbation, or use other forms of sexual perversion to release sexual tension.

These are some of the behind the scenes scandals that always lead to the big scandals.

Acting out sexually always begin in the secret places and then when it reaches it apex, the big story comes leaping out at the church, the Internet, and the world.

Sometimes we wait for a big scandal to discover a pastor’s secret perversion. Not realizing that there are many pastors that live perverted lives in secret.

No sex scandal is without this level of secret perversion.

I was one such pastor that live a life of sexual perversion. A level one sex addict. Having came clean about porn and masturbation, the Lord caused me to see a serious predictable pattern in my own life that may be somewhat similar in the lives of other perverted pastors.

LUST OF THE FLESH

For many preachers, we are mere humans. We succumb to the flesh. We know what the Bible says to others but we refuse to receive what the Bible says for us. We know how to minister to others but we dare not receive the Word for ourselves.

We love to hide our perversions behind the personality. You can’t hide sin behind the anointing because the anointing always leave where sin is present (see 1 Samuel chapter 4).

When we are in sin, we believe that there is nothing wrong with us. Saints, there is more to it than meets the eye. Sin is not a “train wreck.” Sin is defiance of God.

Man loves to fulfill the desires of the flesh and mind.

Perversion is “the curve that reverses the direction of something,” or “the action of perverting something (turning it to a wrong use).”

When it comes to fulfilling the desires of the flesh and the mind, you will do things to escalate or heighten the pleasure to achieve satisfaction. When the normal course of sexual satisfaction isn’t enough, the suggestions that come from ourselves or from the devil, if acted upon, sets the stage for experiencing perversions of the vilest kind.

One of the things that I am aware is that when it comes to the paths, means, and methods of achieving satisfaction, there is no end. In other words, we look for fulfillment in prescribing certain activities that add to achieve illusive pleasure.

Meditating on sexual thoughts, watching sexually laced movies, feminine seductions in music videos, porn, sports, exercise videos, sex filled books and magazines, Internet porn, sex filled chat rooms, prostitution, adultery, fornication, and homosexuality. Ultimately, we will cross the line into crime in search for that heightened sense to achieve orgasm.

It’s just a matter of time.

Cutting right to the chase.

It’s not just the orgasm that is important. It is the path, means, or methods used to achieve orgasm. This is what sexual perversion is all about. But what makes what we desire powerful is the path, means, and methods to achieve fulfillment. Our willingness to commit sin is what gives sin it’s power.

Hidden deep inside a pastor is several things that is evident.

The desire to be loved, affirmed, and touched.

But what we are really looking for is true intimacy with God. Sexual perversion has replaced God. Sexual perversion dethroned God from our hearts. Sexual perversion is the deification of man. Sexual perversion is false satisfaction. Sexual perversion is the carrot on the stick that will never be eaten.

TRIGGER MECHANISMS

Rejection, failure, loneliness, fear, disappointments, frustrations, anger, disillusionment, despondency, depression and other emotional “trigger mechanisms” are used to put us on a path to search for emotional healing of these wounds.

In a nut shell, we are all looking for true intimacy in false places.

We are looking for God but we refuse to come to Him because we’ve become emotionally attached to healing ourselves in the place of false intimacy. That’s why when a person is challenged to “flee sexual immorality” the fight is on.

Because we are spirit, soul, and body, we fail to keep these areas in their proper sequence. When we are out of sequence, it always begins with something perverted.

Body, soul, spirit. Hence, the definition of perversion, “turning it to a wrong use.”

We act like a little child. The body says, “I want this.” The mind says, “I want it.” The spirit is told to, “Sit there and be quiet.”

We must turn against all perversion and allow the Lord to help us to assume complete command of our spirit, soul, and body.

Our spirit man says, “Prayer and fasting.” Our soul is commanded to, “Agree. Resistance is futile.” Our body just goes along for the ride….in the hearse. Remember, we are dead to sin (see Romans chapter 6).

Body, soul, and spirit dictated my sexual perversion. Alive to sin, but dead to God. The secret perverted life of porn and self gratification, commonly called masturbation, was permitted to govern everything I did.

I was using the commission of sex acts as a means of “medicinal properties.” When a doctor self prescribes an anecdote, if it isn’t the right medicine, it could have devastating results and consequences.

I was a pharmacy. Prescribing my own healing solution or spell.

It’s the same with preachers.

To be honest, the pleasure was too intense to give it up. That’s the whole concept of sin. Satisfaction will never be achieved because you’ve grown accustomed to being satisfied with sin. Sexual perversion is soothing but deadly because you are cutting yourself off from the Author of life.

The book of James reveals why humans sin.

James 1:14 says,

“But each on is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.”

“Sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.”

Sin will never produce life. From the beginning, sin brought nothing but death.

James 1:14 is critical because it all begins with our “own desires.” These desires come from “urges and impulses” interconnected with our thoughts, emotions, and preferences.

Relapse has occurred in my life in the area of self gratification. There was never a relapse of porn. My declaration of freedom in December 3, 2009 was a date established as a reference point to herald my freedom from masturbation.

That date was violated.

I literally worshipped that date instead of worshipping God. It turned out to be another form of pride and arrogance.

I’ve found out that there were more than one way to achieve self gratification. This is when you can achieve self gratification by other means. Your hands may start it but you can have an orgasm another way.

You can argue all you want, but it doesn’t matter. I’ve tried arguing to justify sin but there is no justification of sin. Period! It is the job of the Holy Spirit to convict the world of sin (see John 16:8-11).

I’ve sinned.

So where do I go from here?

I go back to the place where it all started. I start all over agin to re-establish personal holiness in the fear of God. I repent, all over again. I declare that I’ve sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. I ask and receive His love and forgiveness. Not for violating the date. But for violating the Lord.

I look to Him to forgive me of hypocrisy, selfishness, lust of the flesh, the eyes, and the pride of life. Sexual perverted thoughts in the slightest ways.

I look not to deliver but to be delivered. I look to the Lord to teach me, lead me not into temptation.

DOOMED TO SEXUAL PERVERSION

There are many pastors that feel doomed to their hidden sexually perverted desires. They feel that there is no way out. But like me and many others, we relapse because we haven’t found or fully intended to yield to true satisfaction in Jesus.

It is when you have declared Jesus Lord over every part of you, including your sexual organs, that you have to make a stand that freedom from sexual perversion is secured.

Paul said, “I beat my body” (see 1 Corinthians 9:27).

Breaking free and staying free is about beating the urges and impulses back before they rise above the limit of your resistance.

But you cannot break free and stay free on your own.

This is the mistake that I, and every pastor that desires to be free makes. Please do not assume for one minute that I remain perverted. To confess something that Christ delivered you from is error.

“He whom the Son sets free is free indeed” John 8:32.

However, if we practice sin, then our declaration of freedom is questionable, at best.

You cannot be in prison and be free at the same time. Either you are free or you are not.

If you are making a good faith effort to be free, the Lord will take where you are and build within you a stronghold of righteousness for His glory. Just leave the sin outside the door, and never look back.

When a relapse occur, you think that you are anointed enough to minister to you. You think you have enough Bible knowledge in you that you can “speak a word” to yourself and be delivered.

When you gain knowledge about how to stand and you stand a little while, there will come times of testing. Not just from the devil but also from your own flesh and mind. Sometimes we want to attract attention to ourselves for selfish reasons. We take pride before others in being “delivered.”

Not realizing that the fall is coming if we do not do what Paul said.

Paul said, “…take heed, lest you fall” (see 1 Corinthians 10:12).

When you take heed, you are carefully watching yourself. You are watching your tendencies, your thoughts, your actions, your ways. You are exposing yourself. You are giving yourself to God and His Word. You are talking to other men or women of faith to keep your heart pure before God. You are humble and contrite. You are fasting and praying. You are accountable to others in your circle of accountability.

This is all a part of taking heed.

Relapse may occur but it is not final. There is hope and victory. Lasting victory in Jesus.

You have to stop trusting your own independent ability apart from the ability of God. When you trust in your knowledge to deliver you, this is pride and arrogance. When you try to “help” other men or women be delivered when you are not ready, you will fall.

There is no question about your desire to be zealous to deliver others, but when you fail to grasp the Lord and the Word for yourself, with others watching your life, speaking truth in your inner man, it is just a matter of time before you will have a relapse.

There were times in my own life when the urge to fulfill the desires of the flesh and mind overwhelmed me. The porn could be played over and over again in the mind because of the sheer volume of porn introduced to the portals of the soul in our memory.

It takes time to dethrone each image. It takes time to identify the “trigger mechanisms” in my life. It takes time to dismantle each device and to guard my heart and mind with the Word. In my own life, these thoughts are constantly bombarding and attacking the Word of God in me every day. But every day, I must be found in the Word for me.

Then the flesh cries out to be self touched. The flesh cries to be touched instead of disciplined. The discipline comes when you reckon your flesh to be dead to sin but alive to God. When you tell your flesh that you cannot respond to the urges and impulses, the flesh will cry out more.

This is where prayer and fasting comes into play. You shut off the TV, DVD’s, and everything else that starts you down the path to arouse your flesh to fulfill its lusts.

Lasting victory is the will of God, provided that we “take heed.”

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