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WOF “Word Of Faith.” What Is It All About?

This obviously is off my usual subject on sexual immorality in the church, yet, this is a worthy subject that need to be shared.

Over the last few years, I’ve come across some positive and negative discussions regarding WOF, commonly called “Word Of Faith.”

Very few understand where this came from as far as the Word of God is concerned.

Romans 10:8 says, “But what does it say? ‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.” (that is the Word Of Faith which we preach):”  Isolated, it gives the basis for faith in God and His Word. When certain doctrines come along, we must pay attention to its origins. Anyone could make the Bible say anything it wants, until it is brought under contextual scrutiny.

Now within the context that Paul preached, verse 9 and 10 is brought into the picture. “…that if you confess with your mouth The Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

So contextually speaking, word of faith is speaking about faith in Christ for salvation. However, we do see a solid, indisputable principle that is consistent from the Garden to this very day.

Who said what and who will believe it?

Before I begin, there was a very compelling video on YouTube entitled WAR Word of Faith And Reformed Theology with Pastor Saiko Woods and Pastor Fred Price, Jr.

You can view it here http://youtu.be/KXGng28f4MQ

It was not the fireworks, rockets red glare kind of back and forth, although there was plenty of back and forth, but it was a cordial discussion on points of the Bible regarding faith in God and the sovereignty of God. At the onset, it was agreed upon that the originator of the Word Of Faith movement was determined to be E. W. Kenyon (1867-1948).

For those of you that do not know who E. W. Kenyon is, he started the “Positive Confession” Theology that transformed the way people think and believe about God and His Word. He’s written many books on this subject. Such as “Two Kinds Of Knowledge,” The Two Kinds Of Faith,” “New Creation Realities,” and so forth.

Yes, over thirty years ago, I’ve read these books.

I am not ashamed to say that these books helped me to see things in the Word of God that I’ve never seen before. However, as time progressed, many preachers caught wind of this radical way of understanding faith and abused it to death. So much so that many false teachers and preachers began to say things that we all know that is a violation of Biblical Hermeneutics, and basic sense.

Now proper Biblical faith never makes sense. When we got saved, it didn’t make sense.

How could God save a sinner?

It’s called “foolishness of preaching.” 

We believed what someone preached. Faith to believe came as the Word is preached (“So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”), we repented of sin, God forgave us, and the Holy Spirit made us new creatures in Christ by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the HolySpirit, and made us the righteousness of God by Christ Jesus.

In another instance of faith in God that doesn’t make any sense, when God told Abram that he would have a son, God told Abram this when Abram was at the tender age of 75. Abram and Sarai never had children to this point. It would be almost 25 years later that the Word that The Lord told Abram would come to pass.

Does it make sense that an old man would have normal sexual relations with a hot looking old lady and have a child?

If you say it makes sense, you are absolutely wrong in the natural but right in faith.

We all know the story of the children of Israel when they were given a land flowing with milk and honey. The Lord instructed Moses to send 12 men to spy the land. What took 40 days should have been done in 11 days. Ten came back with a bad report, two came back with a good report. It would be because of unbelief that they would not enter the promised land for 40 years. That’s why they were judged for forty years. It took forty days to talk themselves out of what the Lord told them.

Does it make sense for a nation that never seen war for over 400 years, yet, go in and take land from several nations that fight all the time?

In the natural, it doesn’t make sense, but in faith, the way God sees it, it does.

Adam was given a Word from God to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil for in the day that he ate, he would surely die.

Eve didn’t believe that she would die and took a chance that cost us all to this day. In all three instances, it comes down to what was said and who would believe. Now here is the issue. The extremes of the Word of Faith. We begin to hear doctrines of the “god” doctrine. That Jesus used a Scripture and called men “gods.”

This is from Psalm 82:6. “I said, You are gods, And all of you are children of the Most High.”

The Hebrew word, “lohiym” is a derivative of Elohim. In the verse above, it is mentioned in the plural, meaning more than one. In error, it is taught that you are in the same class as God. Here is where this is clearly error.

No man that God created is in the same class as God except that man’s spirit is made of the same substance of God’s Spirit. Remember. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 says, “I pray God that your whole spirit, and soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of The Lord.”

Man was created a tri-part being. God, in the book of Genesis, created man in His image, after His likeness. However, man cannot be in the same class as God. Man in the Garden never possessed three attributes that sets God apart from man.

Omnipotent. Omniscient. Omnipresent.

In character, we can be like God through the new birth. We are restored but not to the place of Adam because we still must die and we still have the choice to sin.  So with even being in Christ, three things will always be missing.

Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Omniscient.

So when you connect positive thinking theology to this “god”manology (made up word), you get error.

The definition of “lohiym” is “magistrate or judge.” Now when you look at verses 3 through 5, the definition of “gods” or magistrates or judges now makes sense.

“Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy; free them from the hand of the wicked. They do not know, nor do they understand; they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are unstable.”

These verse has everything to do with ensuring that justice is done in the land. Sadly, people will sell the Brooklyn Bridge and we will buy it (see Proverbs 14:15).

That is the error but as far as believing God for what He promised, this is what we are permitted to have.

What God promised in His Word. Mark 11:22-25 is the basis for believing God in His Word, however, 1 John 5:14-15 is the qualifier. Now with Hebrews 11:6, “For without faith it is impossible to please Him for he that comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”

Verse 5 is usually left out because many teachers leave out the fact that Enoch lived a life that pleased God.

The book of Jude underscores the kind of life Enoch lived that pleased God to the point that Enoch was taken up into heaven. Body and all. The hyper-grace teaching that is in the air today, that you could live any way you want to live but grace will cover you is error of the highest order.

Psalm 66:18 is the qualifier.

Grace never gives us permission to sin.

Grace is God doing something for us that we do not deserve to be done.

When it comes to the confession of the Word, could we say something and it comes to pass? I believe that what The Lord promised in His Word, when we say what He promised, God will bring it to pass. We are powerless to bring something to pass with the Words of our mouths. However, when we agree in faith with what God said, God is well able to bring what He said in His Word to pass

But doesn’t Proverbs18:22 tell us that “death and life are in the power of the tongue and they that love it will eat the fruit thereof?”

Only when we speak God’s Word in faith or the devil’s word. The discussion ranged from proving points of Scripture about whether God sovereignly heals or that we speak by faith what God said in His Word to receive healing. In one point of the segment, they’ve discussed the Holy Spirit whether He gave gifts and then we are able to turn on the gifts when we want to.

When it comes to the gifts of the Spirit, we do not have control over the execution of the gifts of the Spirit. We do have the Biblical right to act when the gifts of the Spirit are not in operation.

For instance, the Bible says “They shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.”

Or in another place, “Is any among you sick, let him call for the elders of the church, let them anoint them with oil in the name of The Lord and the prayer of faith shall save the sick and Lord shall raise him up.”

In my ministry, I’ve seen The Lord work in both ways to heal a person, whether it is the gift or gifts of healing/healings, or by the laying on of hands in faith.

However, I’ve seen where people didn’t receive when I would lay hands on people in faith. There are many that believe that because the gifts of the Spirit were not in operation that it was God’s sovereign destiny to die.

That’s far from the truth.

Here’s why.

Does it mean that The Lord doesn’t heal?

Absolutely not.

The reasons are varied as to why a person doesn’t receive healing. But because someone doesn’t receive healing, we dare not accuse the Father or suggest to the Father that He is incapable, or that His sovereign will picks and choose who gets healed, saved, delivered, and who doesn’t.

Anyone, in faith, can receive. But many will say, but what if God doesn’t heal? See that’s doubt. As Brother Hagin once said, you could have faith in your heart and doubt in your head. What matters to The Lord the most?

Faith in your heart.

Here’s another thing that I wanted to share.

There is a difference between doubt and unbelief.

Doubt means there is a possibility that it could happen. They believe that it could happen for others but they doubt that it could happen for them.

Unbelief is when you flat out refuse to believe that God can do it for you and for everyone else. A person could recover from doubt. All they have to do is change their minds.

With unbelief, their minds are already made up. We must always remember that we do not have the complete picture. A failure of healing is never to be assumed as a failure of God. We must remember that on the heaven side, we will not see what really went on.

The woman with the issue of blood is a classic example of faith in the Word of God. If you remember the story, she heard about Jesus. She heard about how people would touch His garment and would be healed. We must always remember that healing and health is an act of God’s grace, appropriated by faith in God’s Word. Healing postpones death.

That’s why I understand as a pastor to see which way a person is going. Do they want to believe God for healing, or allow the process of death to run it’s course. Sometimes a person’s will is involved to the degree that they allow the course of death to take place.

God never overrides the will of man because He made the will of man to be free to choose. You choose to get in the car. You choose from a menu to eat certain things. You choose to sin. You choose to believe. You choose to disbelieve. You choose to walk in righteousness.

As a pastor, The Lord instructed me to be ready to go either way. That is when a person desires to be healed, to minister the laying on of hands and believe God with them. When a person desires to go home to be with The Lord, be ready to prepare their hearts to enter the kingdom.

Is it unbelief?

Is it doubt?

No.

It’s called preparation.

You see, The Lord is about ministering to people where they are and never impose upon them our will. The Lord is about being believed for what He is willing and able to do. The Lord is about His Word and what we do in response to His Word.

As far as the blatant extreme teachings and teachers, we need to learn what the late Brother Hagin, Sr. had said for years. “Learn to eat the chicken and leave the bones.”

Few extreme agitators that speak against the valid points of Scripture regarding believing God in faith wouldn’t dare refer to Hagin’s last book before He went home to be with The Lord called “The Midas Touch.”  

I dare you to read it.

Some of you won’t because you’re too afraid to see that correction was at least attempted.

It would sink your boat.

He brought stunning correction to the extreme teachings of the Word of Faith movement and teachers and really, very few paid any mind to it. In the latter end of his ministry, he held “Ministerial Ethics Seminars” for pastors and ministers because he saw the trend of false teachers and prophets engage in heretical teaching, sexual immorality, and money.

Yeah, you never heard of this either, did you?

Dr. Fred Price, several years ago, over twenty years ago talked about Marriage and Sex. He shared about “oral sex” that would put hair on a place on your head where it should remain bald.

Bet you missed that, too.

And Dr. Betty Price shared a book on “”A Warning To Ministers, Their Wives, and Their Mistresses.”

A must read for all pastors and pastor’s wives, and mistresses.

My pastor friend, Pastor Darren Butler of International Good News Fellowship in Hicksville, NY, said something that I will paraphrase.

We should never judge someone by one message but in the totality of their messages.

And I agree.

Now if they continually show a decline in the Word, that’s when you reveal and expose the error.

Like Carlton Pearson, John Swilley, or Dennis A. Meredeth, and others.

Everyone of us preachers have, at one time or another, said something that was deliberately crosswise of the Word of God until revelation comes, or correction comes.

We all want to be correct in our teachings because according to James 3:1, we are held to a stricter judgment.

There is no doubt that controversial things were said by proponents of Word of Faith, but it doesn’t mean that the whole bunch of preachers associated with the correct and balanced teaching of the Bible is also in deliberate error.

Granted, there are many that intentionally overstep boundaries to “push” a “heavy revy” to be famous in the pulpit.

There is no question that we have false prophets and teachers throughout the entire body of Christ, teaching damnable heresies. They should never be given a free pass. Neither should any of us that preach correctly, the Word of His grace, be given a free pass. We know in part and we prophesy in part. We see through a glass darkly, as Paul said. There is no excuse for preaching false doctrine. There is equally no excuse to label everyone a heretic if they didn’t intend to deliberately deceive people.

Therefore, let’s heed the advice.

Eat the chicken, and throw away the bones.

FB (FaceBook): Understanding The Ambush Of Perversion

Recently, I was ambushed by the ad section of FB (Facebook).

Everyone knows about the “Ad” section on FB. It’s the advertisement slide show. New friends to connect with as well as other interesting ads that connect with your taste constantly flashes before your eyes. These items are connected to your profile and preferences. With certain FB potential friends, sometimes they wear stuff (low cleavage items) to catch your attention. Some women that profess to know Jesus do it all the time.

While there are nasty male preachers and believers, there are nasty women that profess to know Jesus too.

Yes, ladies, it is a problem.

Femininity is a power that females use to attract men, whether men or women are married or not.

Females that profess to know the Lord should know better than to flaunt themselves but they do it anyway.

When these women are successful, and because of a lack of discipline, males and females engage in fornication and adultery. The male is called a fool and the female is called sexually immoral, whores, harlots, and seductresses.

It is just as bad with males.

Straight, as well as homosexuals advertise themselves too. For those that struggle with SSA (same sex attraction) issues, FB constantly reminds those that were delivered from the sin of homosexuality of the “fun.”

For those that were recently delivered from Secret Sexual Sins, the sins are still “fresh in their flesh.”

Many items pass through and every now and then, you will see things that should be flagged.

Paul said this, “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.”

Love of money is what drives all kinds of evil.

When the Word of righteousness is brought to bear on unrighteousness, money will be used to stop someone from getting delivered by the power of God. That’s because when a person gets delivered, they will not spend any more money to watch porn, go to the bars, straight or gay, they will not buy condoms, no longer will they to go to the doctor to get treated for STDs, and abortion would not be an issue.

God broke the addiction which breaks the money chain, and that’s why they do incredible warfare to get you to return. This is the reason they hook little children early. In the food chain, they have to keep a supply of people willing to go to great lengths to have something fulfilled. The addictions, the desires, the false sense of satisfaction. All of these things are equated to keeping a person in the dark to commit dark acts of depraved indifference to themselves and to others to satisfy themselves.

In most cases, people are willing to spend money on satisfaction, knowing that they need to pay for rent, lights, gas, and other necessities of life. Hence, the reason behind the economic judgment on the church and the United States.

Pleasure comes before responsibility.

While fallen man knows the limits, as long as a man is willing to chase after certain things, the money chain will not be broken. It’s the theory of the predator in operation. You gotta stay addicted because I gotta live.

The moment you get delivered from the addiction, they will look for others to remain addicted, or they suffer.

Folks, I have chosen to let the world suffer.

I gotta stay saved and they can be saved too.

That’s why there is such a fight against righteousness.

Revenue.

Everything is connected. Drugs, alcohol, medicine, hospitals, clothing, cars, hotels and motels, make up, and food.

When you put up the Word of God, (not destructive criticism, there is a difference), someone will get offended because somewhere in the chain, the money is about to get cut off.

If you study the book of Acts, particularly the 19th chapter, the gospel came to the city of Ephesus. The city of Ephesus was a commerce area with a population of over 300,000. The coppersmiths were in business making statues of Diana and they were raking in the ducats.

Diana is a multi breasted idol distantly connected to the Asherah or Baal forms of worship. Infertility is connected to sexual immorality.

The coppersmiths were making money off of these perverted statues and the people brought their sorcery books and other forms of the occult to be burned. The revival was so powerful verse 20 revealed the outcome of a direct move of God.

“So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.”

At the end of the revival that Paul, Aquilla and Priscilla founded, and Timothy, later sent by Paul to be the First Bishop of Ephesus, the membership or people that regularly attended that church numbered over 100,000. John, the apostle of the Lamb and Mary, the mother of Jesus, were among members there.

How?

According to tradition, the bones of Mary and John were discovered in the region. Also remember that John was exiled on the isle of Patmos and when he had a vision on the Lord’s day, he was given instructions by the Head of the church to give a letter to the messenger or pastor of the church at Ephesus.

Here’s what I wanted to get to.

The revenue was jeopardized as a result of the gospel being preached. Sales declined on occult books. Sales declined on spells to cast upon people to curse them or cause them to fall under a perverted spell. Sales declined on the purchase of Diana of the Ephesians. They all went to the theater. Paul, who wanted to enter the middle of the riot to preach, was kept from sealing the deal. I do not think Paul would have been harmed but then again, you never know. For two hours, the people shouted.

The gospel threatened their economy.

The effective preaching of the gospel caused a riot.

Ineffective preaching will not cause a riot.

No one will bother you but when you strike a cord, you will see them come at you because you are a threat to their economy.

On a different note, when truth comes, people act like little babies and cry to momma FB to block, remove, or close the accounts. Granted, I’ve said some things that definitely raised a few eyebrows, but not worthy of a block, removal, or closing of an account. There are other tactics that is utilized. Such as temporarily cutting off your account, freeze certain pages, eliminate the share button on certain items detrimental to cash-flow, and image dressing.

However, there are some ads that will not get blocked that come very close to violating obscenity laws. And the use of vulgar language is constantly seen on the social networks, but nothing is done to address it. However, put the Word of God up and God’s Word to the sinner is obscene and vulgar.

The ambush that took place was probably generated because of the articles that I post regarding Secret Sexual Sins and other related items.

When it comes to applying the Word of God in the world, you will draw much criticism from those that are not in the Body of Christ masquerading as bona fide believers and especially those that profess to be believers in the Body of Christ, but live in sin.

Sadly, those that profess to be believers and live below the level of Matthew 7:21-23 are the wayside people that Jesus spoke of in Luke 8:12 that let the devil steal the Word from their hearts, unless they believe.

Anyway, the ambush was salacious ads. One by one, of women. Naked, cleavage/scantily clad, and hand covering certain obvious parts.

Some of you that were delivered from the sin of homosexuality may have seen ads that are connected to the gay lifestyle like, gay cruises, bars, parades, and things of this nature.

Some people, including misguided, gullible children of God will not think nothing of it and tell you to just ignore it. Some will tell you that you are misguided, gullible, and into this stuff too much.

These are the same believers that really do not understand the wiles of the devil.

As a side note, this is true spiritual warfare when images are thrown at you and you have to exercise discipline not to yield to these temptations.

You intercessory prayer folks that border on space cadets think that you understand spiritual warfare and cry out to the principalities and powers, and command them to come down, in Jesus’ name. There is no Scriptural evidence of the Lord Jesus ever carrying out that level of warfare you claim to talk about. The devils He cast out were in people. Within the safe confines of the four walls, many claim to chase demons out of cities. Yet, the demons remain at large in the people on the street corner.

We think that prayer changes things. Wrong! It’s the God that answers prayer in accordance with His will that changes things. it’s time to dispel the myth of non Biblically unsubstantiated empowerment.

Go figure!

Anyway, true spiritual warfare is when you have been inundated with things that pull on your flesh. You resist by renewing the mind with the Word of God. You resist by prayer. You resist by praise. You resist by turning off the Internet, shutting down FB, and cut off the avenues of demonic attack.

You must remember, if you keep yourself, it is not by walking through the fire. It is by keeping away from the fire.

Jesus prayed, “…and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.”

Paul said, “Avoid the very appearance of evil.” And “Flee fornication.”

You go to the movie theaters and the trailers are full of salacious ads. Some of you have already made up your minds to go see that movie, not realizing that the devil is preaching to you. The devil is ministering to you the word of death. The devil is ministering to you the very things that pull on your flesh and mind.

Brothers are seduced and they file every feminine body part to fantasize and masturbate off of later.

So it is with these ads that come at me. I am firmly aware of the intent and I identify it as a clear and present danger to the sanctification and holiness of God established in me by the grace of God.

You must recognize quickly that the enemy will not let you off the hook when you claim to be delivered. You must be able to run like Joseph. No man can stand where he once was conquered. We must utilize every means of escape according to 1 Corinthians 10:13.

I am not going to leave nothing to chance. When you do, that is a position of pride that the enemy was waiting on. When you think that you can handle it, this is where you are the most vulnerable. Flee and avoid is the position of strength. Stay and camp is the position of weakness. Grace works when we flee and avoid. Foolishness works when we stay and camp.

Therefore, the ads targeted against the righteous is not just harassment. It is a vulgar form of perversion to stop righteousness from destroying their bottom line at your expense. It is also a double whammy. It is also designed to pull on your flesh to get you back in the dark world of Secret Sexual Sins. Take a good look at certain news on the Internet, and you you will see the same thing.

Somewhere on that page, there will be a woman or a man to sexually attract your attention.

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God to the pulling down of strongholds. Casting down imaginations (reasonings) and every high thing (salacious pictures) that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

Facebook makes a living on ads, but you have to be careful, child of God.

Sexual Immorality: Demonic Crossfire In The Church

I was never in combat situation while I was in the Navy. However, while I was on the USS Savannah AOR4, in 1983, we were ordered on a contingency operation to Beruit, Lebanon in support of Marines on the beach for peacekeeping purposes. Washington tasked us to deliver whatever supplies we had left by Commander, 6th Fleet to the amphibious forces. For the first time, I saw and participated in combat operations but from sea. We anchored just off the coast and delivered our dry goods and other supplies. Then we received orders to transit out the next day to proceed on duties assigned.

However, just before we transited, we heard shooting and bombings. The pounding from both sides were incredible. This was my only brush with observing combat while serving my country. We got word after we departed the area that the fighting turned towards the peacekeepers and the ships anchored at sea. The task force commander ordered all US vessels to aweigh anchor and get their ships out of range. Just a few months later, 241 marines, sailors, and other military personnel were killed in a car bomb.

The reason why I shared this story is because in many battles, brushes with death can and will occur. When you are sent to fight, death is imminent. The sad thing is that it’s one thing to be shot at by the enemy. But when you get shot at by friendly fire, it’s another thing.

Sometimes these incidents occur because of miscommunication. Wrong coordinates. Malfunction of weapons systems. Human error or all of the above. However, there is also intentional firing upon another person by a person that claims to be on the same side. Much of that is happening in Afghanistan.

When there is a clear objective, the intent is to pull your resources together and deal with the objective. In spiritual battle, at times, there will be dissenters. People who, for whatever reason, decide no longer to fight against sin, when they fire off at the preacher, it is a clear indication that rebellion is before you.

Pastors and preachers are expending enormous amounts of energy fighting against the world and their insistence of infiltrating sexual immorality in the church. The church is over run and the enemy is inside the camp at will. At the same time we are fighting against “well intentioned” believers that insist on living their lives of Secret Sexual Sins, and when their sins are exposed they are blasting away at pastors.

Pastors are shooting at the devil and then have to turn around and shoot at rogue preachers and believers.

The devil has us in a crossfire.

The world has season tickets to the great joke on earth.

The church.

Ringling Brothers can’t top the show in the church. The ratings are off the charts and they are laughing at some of us with disdain.

It is a shame when people that called themselves preachers are sympathetic towards sin. Here you have two persons in an interview and you can’t discern the difference. You expect a stand, a solid stand on the Word of God and you expect a solid stand on sexual immorality. The position of sin was clear but the rebuttal was….inept, at best.

Preachers must state their position and back it up with Scripture. Not with politically safe rhetoric that cause one to scratch their head in bewilderment. God never minced words. He said what He meant and that’s what we need in this hour. Preachers with backbone. Preachers that will not wear collars and apologize for being a messenger of God.

The fear of God must return to the preacher in order for the fear of God to return to the church. Otherwise, our impotent performance is another charade.

When a believer becomes sympathetic of sin, that’s when they have turned into a pillar of salt. There they stand, callous, cold, and unresponsive.

God is against all sin.

If you cannot agree with this objective of hating all sin, you are an enemy of God.

If you practice sin, you hate God. If you practice righteousness, you hate the devil.

You can’t do both.

Sometimes people that claim to know Jesus forget that Jesus was sent to the earth to die for the sins of the whole world. God hates sin and He condemned sin in the flesh of Jesus.

So if God hates sin, and you claim to know God, it’s a no brainer.

You too must hate sin.

So when you love sin, you hate God.

And don’t you dare say that you love God but you love sin too.

It’s a contradiction.

Then when it comes to leaders expressing that other leaders should support the president in same sex unions, I STRONGLY CONDEMN AND REBUKE THAT!

Leviticus 18:22 is the grounds for issuing the rebuke. 

I will stand on the authority of the Word of God and rebuke what people say that is against the Word of God and those that choose the side of sin. 

If you cannot come up with Scripture to support God permitting you to commit sin, do not tell preachers to stop preaching against sin. 

And when a person insists on committing sin and we rebuke them, it is for the purpose of getting their attention to repent.

If a person genuinely repents, we forgive them, pray for them, and admonish, and help them to live for Jesus. 

Do we continue to rebuke them? NO!

Unless they rebuke you for rebuking them.

You want to help them stay from the curse of sin. You want to help them live clean lives for Jesus.

Pastors must be sensitive to the degree that abrasive, harsh words, and un-Scriptural action is not a part of their pastoral responsibility.

But when others insist in committing sin, when carnal Christians teach others that sin is permitted, when they turn on a preacher, and then blaspheme the name of the Lord, like Hymenaeus, Alexander, and Philetus, that’s when the rebuke is to be issued.

Where is Phinehas when you need him? Cozbi and Zimri, a leader of Israel walked right past God, the Tent of Moses, Moses, Aaron and Phinehas. While the plague was in full swing in the camp. Phinehas said, “Oh, no y’all don’t!”

He took a javelin and thrust them through.

It appears that they were in a compromising sexual position because all Phinehas needed was one thrust to kill them both and the plague ceased in the camp.

Zimri made it by God and Zimri thought he was safe. He thought that God permitted his sin. Zimri made it by the Tent of Meeting. Totally disregarded the worship place of God. It’s called desecration. Zimri made it past Moses and Aaron. Certainly, they approve. But Phinehas wasn’t having it.

The zeal of the Lord rose up within him and he took care of business.

By the way, Cozbi was a woman of Moab that was part of the Moabite leadership.

Which is consistent. Whenever leaders desire sin above God, you can be sure that their punishment will be worse. Hence, Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson, and any other sinful preachers or pastors that fails to uphold the standard of the Word of God.

You can’t be sympathetic for sin and call yourself a preacher.

Paul said, “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid!”

Many carnal believers want to have it both ways.

You cannot walk down both sides of the street at the same time.

You cannot live in two houses at the same time.

You cannot be a sinner and a saint at the same time.

You cannot live for God and live for the devil at the same time.

You cannot be good fruit and bad fruit at the same time.

You cannot speak righteousness and speak evil at the same time.

There are too many “believers” that claim to know God but when you bring the truth about the Word regarding sin, they can’t stand the truth.

And then they speak against you to try to condemn you.

All we preachers are doing is agreeing with what God said and repeating what God said.

In the name of Jesus, I rebuke you!

Paul said to Timothy about leaders, preachers that sin, “Those that sin, rebuke before all.”

Believers are shooting pastors and preachers that live the truth and preach the truth in love. If we didn’t love you, we would let you be judged and that would be the end of it.

We see the car that is about to hit you. It would be wrong for us not to warn you, wouldn’t it?

But before God brings judgment, we are tasked to warn you.

Sadly, people pull out their weapons that they are supposed to use against the devil and shoot the preacher that is living and telling the truth. These people do not realize that they are in a combat situation and they do not know who to fight, much less know how to fight.

People in the church are so confused that they sit too comfortably in church.

So comfortable that when you tell them to pray and fight, they roll over and look at you like you are mad crazy. We are in the fight for the church and the devil has us fighting and shooting at each other.

You fell for the devil’s trick to deflect responsibility and place the blame all on the preacher.

It’s the pastor’s fault.

It sure is if he or she is living in sin.

But woe to you if they are living what they are preaching and you are caught in sin.

Just be warned. Your day of exposure is coming.

Preachers are shooting against the enemy with the truth of the Word and then they have to shoot at their own people because the preacher has discerned that there are people that claim to know Jesus that turned against God, and they have become enemies of the cross of Christ.

This is expected.

Enemies of the cross.

Jesus met heavy resistance because He lived and preached the truth. The spiritual leadership of His day changed the commandment of God and replaced God’s Word with their traditions.

They were money grabbers and spiritually inept to help people get it right with God. The church is asleep and drunk with the world. It’s no wonder that the world is playing us against each other because they want to live in their world of sin. And they want to drag the whole church into sin so they can live comfortably without confrontation and conviction.

It is our job to confront sin in the house of God. If you do not want to hear about sin, stay away from the church. Don’t read our blogs. Just avoid everything that has to do with God and His Word. But we know that can’t be possible because the Holy Spirit lures you back to where truth can be found in God’s Word and you have to make a choice to receive truth in the inward parts or reject truth and be judged.

Some of you do not realize it that preacher must now turn up the intensity of the fire of the Scriptures because the world is trying to tell us what the Bible says. Sinners have no right telling the righteous what the Word says.

They are not in the kingdom until they are born again.

Carnal Christians do not have any right to tell a preacher that is living by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God what the Word says.

We are called to be an example in “in word, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”

It is out of being that example that gives us the right to rebuke people that is in sin. The worst thing in the world that carnal believers can do is live in such deception that when they are caught living in sin that they lose their minds and try to go up against the Word of the Lord that comes from the preacher whom God sent to straighten you out.

You try to get us to back off.

You do not realize that the Lord was speaking through that preacher and you use everything to curse, condemn, ridicule, slander, abuse, and berate a pastor that is living by the Word of God.

I command you to repent, in Jesus name, and command you to back off.

STAND DOWN!

You do not know what you are getting yourself into. You got a right to say anything you want but we will, by the authority of the Head of the Church to rebuke you.

I was told that I could quote Scripture all day long but it doesn’t make me right.

I know that I am right just by this statement.

When a person says, that I could quote Scripture all day long but it doesn’t make me right, I was waiting for “because the Bible said……”

And that’s where you rebuke people because there is no excuse for sin.

NONE!

And if we are to know where a person stands, it must be done by examining them through the Scriptures. So far, some misinformed people still do not know their Bibles and that is a travesty.

You expect believers to uphold the Word of God at all times but I find that people uphold the Word when it’s convenient.

I rebuke you in Jesus’ name for that!

Babes in Christ, that’s one thing. But people who claim to be in the faith has much left to be desired.

You can’t pick and choose when it’s convenient to follow the Word of God.

You must follow the Word at all times.

When it comes to rebuking our national leaders from every level of government, the reason why they get away with what they get away with is that pastors are not strongly condemning their actions. It’s a give in that the majority of the politicians will do it regardless of what pastors are charged to say, but they should know that pastors that supposed to have impeccable credentials and the highest credential…God’s ear, must never be lightly esteemed.

I do not think that this level of the fear of the Lord may return but God has a way of turning it around.

Pastors and preachers called by God do not work for politicians and it is abundantly certain that pastors and preachers do not work for people in the church.

Pastors and preachers have One Boss.

His name is Jesus.

He called us, and by His grace, He found us to be faithful to Him and His Word, and He placed us in the ministry.

The politicians and people in the church do not pay us. We work for the Head of the Church. Any pastor or preacher that fails to live according to the standards of God’s Word and teach others to do so must be strongly rebuked and their acts must be condemned.

When it comes to the president of the United States, do not let the office mesmerize you. Too often, pastors and preachers lose their bearing. God puts them in strategically to give them the Word of the Lord to these politicians and it is the responsibility of the preacher to uphold the standards of the Word of God at all times. They must never be allowed to intimidate a preacher.

We fear God not man.

When a preacher fears a man more than God, it is bad because your opportunity to minister the Word of Life must never be lost.

For the most part, why would a sitting president be in support of gay marriages? My first question, which I know I would never get an opportunity is to ask him if he is gay. It is rare that a person supports homosexual sin and not be homosexual themselves. Now we all know that there are many heterosexual couples that support gay marriages that is not homosexual but what is interesting is that there are many men that will admit to some bisexual activity.

In this day and age, we must never put it past people of the possibility of bisexuality unless there is conclusive evidence that they are not. Such questions must be asked so that we can have a clearer picture of the intent of our political leaders. Again, we are headed down a perilous path of judgment and if we do not get at the heart of the issues and deal with this and other spiritual issues, we will face what must be an inevitable series of consequential judgment upon the nation that will have implications until Jesus comes.

Friendly fire will continue to happen in the church. But it must come to a stop. Otherwise, the real enemy, the devil, will continue to ridicule us until Jesus comes.

UPDATE:

As I have mentioned on FB, we are seeing a smoke in mirror situation. Why would the president come out and support gay marriage? He and those that are “steering” his presidency is avoiding the up coming issues that will face this nation. At this stage of the game, it looks like everything is mending but it’s not and we know it.

The economy is still in shambles. The Federal Reserve admits this. When you are looking for a job, your salary will not be able to pay for the basic necessities of life. Benefits are also cut. The price of the cost of living is no longer tenable. It is clear that something sinister is on the horizon.

That’s the price for thumbing your nose and turning your back on God.

The combination of immorality and the economy is a diseased umbilical cord and the death of a nation because of its refusal to repent is before this nation. When you have 3% of the American population crying out for marriage rights.

Why? 

It’s the destruction of the economy stupid.

The gay issue is a big immorality issue but also what’s interesting is that the African American base is in shambles.

So in essence, it appears that the president is dependent upon a new minority.

The gay vote.

And with such a solid support from the gays, their 3% voting will trump the 12% African American vote. More like 10 or 11% with 1% or less of them gay African American.

But we all know that according to Proverbs 14:34, sin will never sustain a nation.

These are the end times.

Preachers that refuse to bring their congregations to the place of repentance for sin to seek the forgiveness of God are playing with men’s souls. And the price will be eternal retribution. Just as the Lord Himself came and rebuked the Sanhedrin in His day for not knowing the time of His visitation, so too, the church is oblivious to the seasons and times of our day.

We need to cry out before the Lord comes. Because when He does, no one will be spared.

It is time to get ready and stay ready. We do not know the day or the hour and we can ill afford to use Israel as the time piece to discern the Lord’s coming. When will He come? James tells us that the “Judge stands at the door.” We do not know when but now is not the time to walk away from the Lord.

Now is the time to get ready.

The End Times Are Not Fun Times

About 35 or 40 years ago, the church appeared to be moving in a very powerful direction.

Or so it seemed.

A shift took place when many denominational believers started abandoning the traditional churches for “WOF” or Word of Faith churches. Faith churches, as we would call them, were popping up all over the place.

Mind you that during the 70’s and 80’s, the economy wasn’t doing well either. Some of you will remember the long gas lines, high inflation, and low employment. The Cold War and other threats significantly heightened our anxiety levels. For some believers, the “rapture” seemed imminent.

All of a sudden, faith, other tongues, healing, and “positive thinking” according to “E. W. Kenyon” came out. At the same time, credit was a “blessing.” Greed is good even in the church. Many faith teachers came on the scene had overlapping messages. Sometimes you could close your eyes and it may be a different voice but the teaching was consistently the same.

Preachers that you never heard of were taking advantage of the simultaneous boom. Giving in these WOF churches and para-ministries increased. The preachers of today emerged and were living like the stars of Hollywood. Such extravagant living would make the apostle Paul drool.

Then, things appeared to stabilize and increase in the 1990’s. The United States economy was now showing a surplus and mega churches sprouted out of the ground faster than corn. The office of the pastor and teacher were the prominent offices. Praise and Worship was like heaven on earth.

It appeared that the church is in a “Third Wave.”

Then sexual immorality sprung up during the 90’s in the White House which almost cost the Presidency of William Jefferson Clinton. Reverend Jesse Jackson, President Clinton’s counselor during the Monica Lewinski scandal, had a “love child.” Reverend Lyons using hush money to conceal an affair and a “love child.”

In the 80’s it was Jim Bakker with a secretary. Jimmy Swaggart with a prostitute on more than one occasion. Even politicians were caught in sexual scandals such as Presidential candidates Gary Hart, and Jonathan Edwards had an affair and “love child” while his wife had terminal cancer.

As a foot note, Donna Rice, the woman in that famous “Monkey Business” photo with Gary Hart, is now married (not to Hart) and is President of Enough Is Enough which is an organization dealing with Internet Safety for children. This is true redemption. Donna Rice Hughes is getting back at the devil by heading an organization determined to blow the whistle on Internet sleaze designed to attack children.

During the Civil Rights era, according to sources, it is alleged that Dr. King was involved in adultery. “The King Tapes” that the FBI, under J. Edgar Hoover, a known homosexual, illegally had on Dr. King were ordered sealed by a judge until 2027. The wires for these tapes were placed in his hotel room because they thought that Dr. King had connections to communism.

It turns out that they (the FBI) may have gotten more than what they’ve bargained for.

According to one source, right up to the night of his “Mountain Top” speech, allegedly, he had committed adultery. If this is true, it is devastating. If it isn’t true then it was just another attempt to smear a man of God.

Dr. Ralph Abernathy, Dr. King’s very close friend, said that Dr. King “had a weakness for women.”

While I am aware that anything could be done to make tapes and voices, there is a claim of eyewitness accounts. I pray these are lies.

This is not about slinging dirt and mud on folks.

This is about revealing the darkness in places where light ought to be. Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:3 that, “fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you…”

Homosexuality was real hidden, yet, out in the open in the church. James Cleveland and many other “gospel” singers, keyboard players, and “praise dancers” emerged as practicing homosexuals in the church. In my former home church, there were many practicing homosexuals playing for the church.

We didn’t understand it until HIV/AIDS became the disease most associated with homosexuality. No one ever thought that the unnatural act of same sex would be so disgusting. No other disease distinguishes homosexuality (see Romans chapter 1).

Fast forward to today, and you will see that the fast pace of sexual immorality in the world is in the church on the pandemic level.

When there is a moral decline of this sort in a nation, there is nothing left but to watch the nation be reduced to depravity unless the church repents, seeks the face of God, and rise up in this hour.

The USS Cole was attacked. Two US Embassies in Africa were hit by terrorist bombs. The World Trade Center was bombed.  9/11. Katrina and more natural disasters. The Great Depression of the 21st Century.

How much more could this unrepentant church and nation take?

These are the last days and it’s not over. More turmoil at the hands of unrepentant man are on the way. More natural disasters are coming.

The Lord is not sitting by and permitting things to happen because He hates man.

The Lord is only revealing these things to us to prepare us for the final hours of this world. We can no longer assume that things will be easy and that there would be a resumption of “peace and safety.”

With millions in the US unemployed, and now we are seeing Michigan about to limit further welfare benefits, it is about to get desperately drastic unless the church prays and then affect change in the communities.

Everyday that the church waits. Every day that the church sides in with the world. Every day that the church fails is a day that souls that could have been won to the Lord are now lost forever.

Is there a bright spot? Is there any hope?

Yes.

But it all depends upon you, child of God. You must no longer debate what you need to do.

Stop reasoning with the Word of God and live the way Jesus lived! The Holy Spirit will give you grace to help in time of need.

Be holy for God is holy. Walk as children of light. The night is far spent. Put on light like a garment and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts. Glorify God in your body and your spirit which are God’s.

From here on, we must be prepared for persecution, pain, economic disasters, natural disasters, and other end time events.

The end times are not fun times.

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