the-end-of-america

“The wicked go down to the realm of the dead, all the nations that forget God.” (Psalm 9:17)

There is no question that in the past, America was influenced greatly by the gospel, to be more precise – the church. Whether or not our leaders (past or present) were believers in Christ and had a personal relationship with the Lord is irrelevant, yet the fact remains that down through history, our foundation as a nation itself was guided upon the principles of the Christian faith. This, for the most part, due to the nature of America’s earliest beginnings, we were a “Christian nation”. That does not suggest that America was a nation which had a covenant with God – it didn’t. It simply means that there were believers in every aspect of society which influenced the early beginnings of the United States, from political to educational, Christians had great influence in early America. But over time that influence began to drift with each passing decade to such a degree that now our influence has become void in the direction of the nation, and worse, we have drifted away from the principles of the cross. In short, America is no more a ‘Christian’ nation.

The rise of immorality, perversion, violence, and social issues such as gay marriage and other issues which clearly have signaled a drastic change in the direction this nation is heading, is a clear signal that something has happened in America. I desire not to go into each and every reason for what I am about to post, the truth is, any bible believing believer who believes that there has been a significant change in the spirit of this land, can point to one thing and one thing only as to why things are progressively gotten worse in this country, and it’s because of what I have heard in my spirit 1 month ago, which I feel the time is now to release such a word. Here is what I heard in my spirit for both the church, as well as for the nation itself.

The glory has departed the nation.

There was a time where God greatly blessed America. Even when this nation did horrible things, the church still remained vital in the direction of the nation, and that glory rested, I believe for a period of time, and throughout history God’s glory shrouded the nation. But that glory has been lifted. As a result, the nation is now facing one of its greatest challenges, and it’s only getting worse.

The nation that forgets God shall come to ruin. It is the end of a Christian nation.

Any nation which has been given great spiritual light, which the United States has, from the past to the present, and ultimately turns to a spiritual whore, which this nation has ultimately done, then that nation, regardless of its past, will come to ruin. We are witnessing this now.

The hand of God has been removed.

For decades, America’s enemies have tried (and failed) to invade this nation. Throughout the past centuries since the founding of this nation, America has had a special protection upon it, but we can see from September 11th, 2001, that this nation has suffered great hostility from its enemies. We now live in a world of terror that threatens our very way of life, and there seems to be no end to those who would wreck havoc upon the land. The reason is simple, whatever protection we had, has been lifted.

Darkness has crept over the land.

When President Obama went on national television and declared his position which was in favor of same sex marriage, the first of any sitting U.S. to begin the shape of this nation by incorporating the idea of perversion. Since 2009, the rise of same sex marriage, followed by the U.S. Supreme Court in its declaration that gay marriage was indeed constitutional, changed the very fabric of this nation. Yet it’s not just gay marriage, spiritual darkness has crept over the land, from lawlessness, to rioting, to a spirit of apathy within the church, it is all a blinding spirit of darkness which has fallen over the nation.

The spirit of antichrist now reigns.

We can clearly see that the spirit of antichrist has appeared. Even now, spiritual leaders such as Pope Francis, and other spiritual leaders such as Rick Warren (among others) are pressing the issue of coming under the banner of a one world system, followed by a one world religion. This is the spirit of antichrist.

The nation shall not repent.

I know that many within the church has desired, and even declared that America shall be “saved”. But the reality is this – it won’t. It is going the way every other nation is going, the way of the beast. It shall not repent, but get worse.

It is the hour of selective judgments.

From water droughts in the west, to massive winter storms in the midwest and east coast, to warm/hot summer days, not to mention the rise of earthquakes in the midwest, there is a series of shakings which have captured the land. Even the past economic shakings have came to the land, all of which is due to God removing his hand from the land of plenty, turning it over to the spirit of the age.

The beginning of a beast kingdom is coming.

I don’t believe this needs any explanation, nor do I believe the Lord requires me to explain it in any great detail. We see this currently in our world.

They will do away with the Constitution and walk in agreement with the European nations.

This is one of the more surprising aspects of the word which came into my spirit. It is no question that the Constitution, which has been the central form of Government that gives men their freedom, is currently being shredded by past and present leaders. The reason is simple, the nation, like every other nation, must return back to a form of control and rule, maybe not as dramatic as past tyrannies such as Mao or Stalin, but suffice it to say, Satan is undermining the Constitution for one purpose, to bring about a world Government, which will be under his rule.

The nation shall not be used in such a way again.

No question that when we think about the United States, the image that comes to mind is the American flag waving, or the statue of Liberty shining brightly. This nation has fought wars, set many men free across the globe, and more importantly, God has used the modern church in America to reach the world for Christ. But that period of use is ending. It shall never come again. Whatever we once was in the past, and currently, to some degree, still are, it is coming to an end. Even countries such as China no longer fear us. That should tell us something has indeed changed.

The hope of the world lies in the cross through the move of the church – his remnant.

There is no question that there is a clear and growing separation in the modern church today, from that which is focused on self, money, materialism and spiritual encounters (such as angel feathers, gold dust and strange prophetic utterings) and less for the things of Christ. The teaching of the cross, the preaching of righteousness, the call to repent and the desire to crucify the flesh has all been forgotten in much of what is called the modern church. God is separating the wheat from the tare right before our eyes, and it is that group, the remnant, which will do great exploits for the kingdom of Christ. For it is the preaching of the cross which sets the sinner free, and brings freedom to those who are bound in religion.

That is what I heard in my spirit that I believe God would have me declare.

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com

 

A DREAM OF A COMING FAMINE

Posted: January 9, 2016 in Uncategorized

The sun lights a wheatfield while a storm approaches nearby.

“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, “when I will send a famine on the land— not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. People will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the LORD, but they will not find it.” (Amos 8:11-12)

Not long ago the Lord gave me a dream, a very real, disturbing dream that I have held onto for sometime, simply because I just did not feel that the time was right for it to be published – until now. The dream is as follows:

I was with a group of people who were visiting a place – a house, of someone we knew. The person in question was not home, but the house was one of a great mansion, it was the home of a writer, an author of many books who had a collection of old to rare books, as well as paintings. When we walked into the office library, I noticed immediately that the book shelves we scattered bare, as if someone had come in and dismantled the area, removing most of the books in question. Why I do not know. It was as if someone was looking for a specific book in general. I turned and noticed a large window near the desk where the person in question wrote most of his material, and I could see outside in the yard a large bonfire.

Something within my spirit began to reveal what was happening, and why the fire was present. It was as if I knew and understood why his library was in disarray. It was because someone was looking for a specific book – the bible. I quickly ran outside into the yard, there I stood in front of the large billowing fire and noticed that the books which were being burned were all Christian materials. Nothing secular was or had been burned, only that which presented the gospel to the reader.

I could see books nearby on the ground, as if they were about to be burned but weren’t, books such as Moby Dick, Huck Finn, Harry Potter (why that was in my dream I don’t know), The Hobbit, and other popular writings, all of which were deemed “permissible”, but not the bible.

I then caught something smoldering within the fire, it was a large bible, a giant print edition which lay on a heap of charred ash, its edges burned beyond recognition as I reached into the fire and grabbed it at the risk of my own physical harm. I quickly smothered the smoldering flames and extinguished the last ember, when I looked down and in bold type the words HOLY BIBLE could still be seen, but the book itself was black as coal.

I began to weep, holding the word of God to my chest, rocking back and forth till the dream ended, only to ask the question – “why?”The dream ended.

Here is what I feel in my spirit what the dream meant. I believe that in the last days, the bible will become once again a book which will be severely limited among the people. I believe that in the last final days (which are yet to come) there will be such a famine in the world that the gospel itself will be only made to those who truly want it. I believe that the word of God will become illegal throughout the world to own or possess. I believe that the spiritual famine will be God’s judgment upon not only the world, but also to the modern church for failing to preach the gospel as it has been instructed to do. God allows and permits his people to be tried when they fail to be obedient to his commandments. I am convinced that whatever is coming, it will be in part due to the church failing to preach the cross, preach holiness, preach righteousness, preach against sin and hold to the standard by which it should have held to.

The church today is becoming less and less dependent upon scripture and more dependent upon self. We are more illiterate today as a church when it comes to the written word than ever before, and the sad case is, we like it this way. The modern church world takes its cue from false teachers and selective writings from popular preachers who focus less on spiritual warfare, and more on spiritual gluttony. We thrive on pleasure more than on sacrifice. We seek to be more entertained from the pulpits of America and less convicted by the the message God would have us hear. We seek after prophetic words which tickle our emotions with promises of wealth and prosperity, and less about personal conduct and God’s righteousness. This is all part of the spiritual famine that is only now beginning to occur, and will become much worse as the days grow darker.

Jesus, as well as Paul the Apostle, speaks about a time when people will become lovers of themselves, pleasure seekers and less about the things of God. They will seek after the false instead of God’s instructions and warnings. Paul referred to what is coming as a great falling away, which I believe will be in part due to the coming satanic deception which will shock the world, but also confront the church. This is what I believe the Lord was showing me of what is yet to come, when the bible, the very essence of the word of God will no longer be sought after, but neglected. Yet Jesus warned us in his words that when he returns, he will not find much faith (gospel) in the world, and I believe it will be partly due to the spiritual famine which is only now beginning to grow within the church.

Let us stay strong in the years to come, and grow in his word, for the night is coming where only those who remain faithful to the end shall be saved.

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com

 

fatalbert-cosby

“But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the LORD, and be sure your sin will find you out.” (Numbers 32:23)
Part of the problem with a society, especially one which has been conditioned by popular culture found in sports, music, but most of all mediums – television, is that it conditions people into a world of make-believe. They begin to accept and embrace the character that is being portrayed by the actor, and the results devastating for many when the truth is finally revealed. We see this in the lives of those whom society praises for their performance, but the truth is, especially in the world of television, it’s ONLY a performance. This is the powerful medium of sitcom television.
So what happens when people learn that a lovable tv star whom they have invited into their living rooms week after week, month after month turns out to be anything BUT what they portrayed as their celebrated character? The people become upset, even betrayed. But the truth is, many find out eventually that the person they have idol worshiped was just as human as they were, this presents another problem, what happens when that individual who is placed on such a platform is shown to have attributes of a monster?
Yet we see this being played out right now in our society by a loved tv “dad” to millions, but also to children as well. Even I can remember when Bill Cosby echoed out his familiar “HEY-HEY-HEY!” back in the early 70’s with his Saturday morning cartoon/educational persona as the overweight, but moral guided Fat Albert. But Cosby would go on to greater fame and influence with his alter ego Dr. Cliff Huxtable, a lovable doctor/father figure who would be known for his comical antics, playful admonishments, and relentless teasing humor. The television show, “The Cosby Show” would go on to network fame for NBC during the 80’s, placing Bill Cosby into our society as America’s “dad”. But when knowledge of personal behaviors, episodes of drug use, and worst of all, allegations of rape surfaced, not by one, but many women of all nationalities, it became clear to all that once again, America’s persistent people worship would leave many with heavy hearts.
Yet the list of fallen stars who gained the nations trust, not to mention their wallets, is long as it is thorough. Names, which over the years were fondly spoken of, only to be stained by the mud they wallowed in, prove that this is the result of worship – human worship, that God tells us to avoid. The reason is simple, when God is removed as the object of our faith, glory and worship, then something – anything, must fill that void, such is the case of millions who follow after talents of men, be they a politician, actor, athlete or even a preacher, the results always end up the same – hurt.

In the city of Lystra there was a certain man who had no strength in his lower extremities, having been a cripple from the time he was born, he had never walked.

This man heard Paul preaching. Paul watched him, and seeing that he had faith to be healed, told him loudly, “Stand up on your feet immediately!” And, immediately he lept to his feet and walked. When the citizens of Lystra saw the miracle performed by Paul, they cried out in Lycaonian,
“The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!” They thought Barnabas was Zeus (or Jupiter – the chief god of Greek and Roman mythology), and Paul was Hermes (or Mercury – the messenger of the gods of Greek and Roman mythology) because he spoke more than
Barnabas.

The priest of the god Zeus brought oxen and garlands to the gates of the city from the temple of Zeus, to sacrifice to Paul and Barnabas along with the crowd. When Paul and Barnabas realized what they were doing, they ran into the crowd tearing their clothes (in the manner of Mid-eastern mourning) and shouting. Why are you doing this?

There was nothing special about Barnabas and Paul that would place them on an equality with God to accept worship and sacrifice, they too were mere men, equal in the sight of God with all those in the crowd. Their message to those in Lystra was to turn away from doing things like this, no longer offering sacrifices to false gods or to men. The idols and gods which they worshiped were dead stone and incapable of doing anything, in contrast with the living God who has made the sky, the land, the water and all that are in all three. Sod had not, in the past, said anything to the Gentiles, but now he has sent his message to all men. That is the message which Paul and Barnabas were preaching to them. (Acts 14:8-20)
Even in the world of the church, we can see men being glorified to the level of worship, even praise, which should have went to God (as it’s reserved for him alone) being shown upon men. The results, like that of the secular world remain the same, when these men are shown to have feet of clay, the results are the same across the board – people are devastated. The reason is because we have become a society of man worship, be it celebrities or preachers, the worship of man is an abomination to God. It is an affront to all that is holy to the Lord.
Have you ever wondered why the early church never truly had this problem of man idolization? It’s mainly because the church always knew that God was the foundation of the church, and that its leaders were just that – men. But because of the instant influence of television, especially in the church world, we have made images made of flesh and bone into something greater than ourselves, much like the persona presented on television, these individuals have become something like saints to the non-catholic church. Peter had this encounter with Cornelius, who upon meeting Peter at the door, fell down to his feet and began to worship him. Peter immediately stopped and corrected him by saying, “Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.” (Acts 10:25-26)
The only thing we are required to do as it relates to other believers who hold a calling from the Lord is to give them honor and nothing more, “Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.” (Romans 13:7)
True, the world will always find another source to worship, just as we see with Bill Cosby, his measure of fame is now ruined by his personal demons as a result of SIN, for someone else will come along to fill that void, and it’s only because they themselves cannot fill that void they so desperately seek, which can only be found in Jesus Christ. Yet the church must understand that the men and women they are putting up for all to worship is idolatry to the Lord, they are, as Peter said to Cornelius – men. They are flesh and blood. Yet by lifting these people up to such a level, not only harms the church, but the entire focus of our purpose, which is drawing men to Christ.
When idols of men fall, everyone suffers, and the reason is because of misplaced worship. When we look at another brother or sister in the faith, regardless of how much praise they have among others, or how many seats they can fill in a stadium, we must understand that if we place these individuals upon a platform of worship, the end result will always be failure, both on the person being glorified, and the Christian who follows them. It’s because we have left the purpose of the cross, where our only hope, our only salvation, our only desire should always be Christ centered and nothing more.
Let us remember the word as it comes to glorying in men, “Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless.” (1 Samuel 12:21)
The world will always find an idol, because they do not know the cross. Yet for the church to gain idols is because we have left the cross for something else. The solution must always be a returning to Christ and what he did on the cross, only then will we finally see an end (at least within the church) when idols fall.
Christopher
christopher152@gmail.com

One-world-religion

 

It’s happening. It’s happening on the news, the internet, social media is declaring it, Facebook prophets and preachers galore are promoting it, and the world is taking notice. Yes, it’s happening. The tearing down of every world religion on this planet is occurring, and not one shot, one loss of life, or shedding of blood came before it. It’s happening.

Jude tells us something very interesting about the last days, the time period by which we are living in now, “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men. turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Jude 1:4)

Let us take a closer examination of what is truly happening in our world right now, and how this change of attitude of religion, faith and humanity is being played out, not only affecting Christians worldwide, but also Muslims and Jews.

One of the signatures of change within Christianity itself has been over the years the slow introduction of progressive liberal views, meaning, views which embrace a more contemporary way of thinking when it comes to conventional theology. In other words, anything which conveys the old traditions of worship, praise and biblical teachings have become sidestepped, bringing out a new way of thought, a more conventional method of reaching the world. Yet the reality is, this new, modern method of reaching the world is not in essence anything new, but a ploy, a ploy which attempt to undermine scriptural teachings and its main message (which is the cross), and in its place, fill the void with a more tolerant form of modernist theology which focuses more on self and less on man’s sin. In other words, a more acceptable form of gospel is being presented.

We can actually see this being unfolded in five ways:

  1. Replacing the cross as the core message.
  2. Embracing modernist theology.
  3. Incorporating relativism in order to gain favor with society.
  4. An emphasis on works, and less on faith. An emphasis on material gain (prosperity) and less on personal sacrifice.
  5. A rejection of core traditional doctrines such as original sin, which run counter to today’s new contemporary message.

In each of these five measures I’ve listed (there are more), the modern church has become more self-centered with its theology, and less centered on the cross and what it demands. We saw this at the beginning of the prosperity gospel in the mid to late 1980’s to present years. The focus was on God’s best, and not God’s demands. It was a time of seed sowing in order to reach a personal financial harvest/reward, and millions of church going believers ate it up, at the cost of billions in personal savings.

Yet it was this particular gospel (prosperity) that began to erode the necessity of personal sacrifice, humility and denial of self. In its wake came another new found message, one that I believe has done more damage to the church today than anything in the past, the Purpose Driven gospel of Rick Warren. In 2002, Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback church, published his book which has gone on to reprint and DVDs, and has literally changed the narrative as it relates to the gospel, yet this purpose driven gospel is a prime example of another gospel, which seeks to undermine and lay claim to a new type of presentation, the gospel of inclusion.

The concept is simple, change. Change everything from the past, the center message which is the cross, to a contemporary narrative. Change the praise and worship from the more long held methods such as the hymns of the past, and replace them with contemporary music which removes even a hint of traditional praise. Change the vision of the church to a more emergent, seeker sensitive/community based program, less on the preaching of the gospel, and more on social reforms through social/political/economic change. And finally, change of spiritual leadership, out with the old and in with the new. Under this mentality, Warren issued these in six measures of change:

  1. Identify those who are resisting the changes;
  2. Assess the effectiveness of their opposition;
  3. Befriend those who are undecided about the changes;
  4. Marginalize more persistent resisters;
  5. Vilify those who stay and fight; and
  6. Establish new rules that will silence all resistance.

In a way, what Warren has accomplished in just one small decade, is undermine and challenge the traditional method of preaching the gospel that brings sinners to repentance. In this new type of method, the term sinner has become replaced with the more politically correct term called unchurched. This was not by accident, this was selective direction by Warren and the reason is simple, it brings into the equation of inclusion, whereby the “sinner” is no more guilty of his present spiritual condition, and less demanded to change. If the gospel does not allow conviction, then that gospel is another gospel. Such is the case with Warren’s Purpose Driven Life. Those who do not know Christ are accepted into the church without fear, without guilt, without condemnation, and by doing so, they are welcomed with open arms, knowing that they will never be confronted with their sinful state, but encouraged to simply be a good person without the need for spiritual change which brings true repentance.

So how has Warren’s Purpose Driven changed the face of modern Christianity? We can see these changes through not only Warren’s liberal theology, but through the voices of others who equally have attempted this new change/approach, men such as Joel Osteen, TD Jakes, Rob Bell, Tony Campolo, Greg Laurie, and Pentecostal/Charismatic leaders such as Kenneth Copeland, Joyce Meyers and Jesse Duplantis. These men and women are changing the narrative of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and its not by accident, but by demonic inspiration.

Yet it’s not just those within the modern Christian movement where we can see this dismantling, the deconstructing of religion and faith. But it’s occurring within other religions as well. In Catholicism, Pope Francis has gone on record more than once, declaring the need for reconciliation between Roman Catholics and Protestants, but even stating that Jews and Muslims can co-exist. Catholics, marching in order to the sound of this current Pope, are being changed to not only embrace the possibility of Muslims within their sanctuary, it’s being presented in such a way that they themselves are becoming molded in this new ecumenical movement which is happening across the globe.

When men such as Kenneth Copeland, Joyce Meyer, and even Southern Baptist leaders such as SBC President Ronnie Floyd was guest speaker at IHOP ‘onething2015’ conference, where not only did the mixture of Catholicism and Protestants meet and fellowship, but became immersed in the ecumenical movement. It is a deconstructing of religion to bring about world change.

And now it has begun even in the most strangest religions of all, not just Mormonism (which too are beginning to change) but in Islam. Take away the rhetoric and violent talk of ISIS radicals, remove yourself away from the butchering of fundamentalists in Islam who deny women their rights, who force sharia law upon the world, who demand worship of Allah alone, and you will see there is another quake occurring within this religion just as it is occurring within faiths such as Judaism and Christianity – change.

Time would take too long for me to go through what I believe is occurring right now in our world, and the people’s mindset right now, needless to say, is not looking at the bigger picture.Yet I believe that what we are seeing, with efforts by some, such as Pope Francis, President Obama among others, are changing the narrative to bring about a peace between all faiths, including Islam. Once this effort has become successful, then something powerful and decisively deceptive will occur – bondage.

Make no mistake, everything I have poured out in this meager attempt to show what I believe is occurring behind the scenes, is a plot by Satan himself to break down our walls of beliefs, and bring us all into a new era of world, religious peace. This can, once successful, change the people’s mindset to believe one lie, then once they are conditioned, to believe the greater lie. This will end with the rise of a one world religion, where a fallen being (the antichrist) will be ultimately worshiped. This is the reason why Christianity has been under attack for several decades. Why other religions are only now beginning to sense this attack upon their own brand of beliefs, it is to tear down the walls of religious separation to make way for something bigger, where all religions are merged, all paths lead to God, but this god will be created in hell, thrust upon the world in the last hours.

If what we see occurring is the end of all things as we know it when it comes to religion, then it proves that this spirit of antichrist is much more alive today than ever before, undermining our very way of spiritual life, and the men behind it are but puppets, pawns to bring men under the control of a satanic leader who will demand all worship him. It is the deconstruction of religion, and it’s alive and well on planet earth today.

Christopher

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2016

 

Today, while sitting and eating with my wife at a waffle house here in our city of Chongqing, China (of all places), God began to speak to my spirit and gave me a word for the new year. Here is what I hear in my spirit that we need to take into account.

2016 will be the year where lines will be drawn. These lines will be drawn politically, culturally, economically, and yes – spiritually. But it’s the drawing of the line in the sand spiritually God dealt with me more about than anything else, for it is the SPIRIT of man he is worried about, not only for the sinner, but for the believer. 2016 will be a year where those who have placed their faith in Christ and his work on the cross, those who have continued to pick up their cross and follow him, will have a greater manifestation of his power in their lives. Yet those who have, and continue to have a spirit of lukewarmness will not find solace in God’s favor. This is where I believe we will begin to see a genuine separation begin, from those who are determined to lose all to follow Christ and gain heaven, from those who continue to reject the call to come out from among them and be ye separate.

2016 will be a year where the line will be drawn from truth and fable, scriptural fact versus religious myth. The line will be drawn on the teaching of Jesus Christ and him crucified (the cross), and that which is based on false teachings which reward the flesh.

The lines will be drawn to determine whose truly in this life to see the great commission come to pass, and those who are in it for material gain. The lines will show us the truth of preachers, pastors, prophets and apostles, as well as evangelists and teachers who are either teaching truth, or determined to continue to teach their lies. But it’s those same lines which will be drawn where the believer will have to choose what teaching/message they truly desire, the false from the good.

This, I believe will be the year where God begins to really shake his people up from their spiritual slumber. Make no mistake, the lines must be drawn so that those with eyes to see can make their choices clearly, no false pretenses, no manipulation. If one desires the words of a wolf, they will find that line clearly drawn out before them so that they will cross, knowing the consequences of their actions.

I believe this is setting the stage for the great falling away which is coming in the near future, where a spirit of deception will come upon the land and devour those whom have placed their faith in something other than the cross of Christ.

Yes, 2016 will be a year of change – lines of change. But lines which must be drawn so that all will know where their heart truly is in these last days on planet earth.

“And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)

Christopher

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star-wars-the-force-awakens
What I’m about to say I say NOT with the intent to condemn, but to encourage. That said, be very careful to what you allow in your spirit in these last days we’re living in. Let me be more clearer…..just because a movie might seem to be innocent, doesn’t mean that it is. Case in point – Star Wars, The Force Awakens. Folks, I woke up today feeling something strong in my spirit, and this verse kept running across my mind, “What fellowship does light have with darkness?” (2 Cor. 6:14)
I remain convinced that there is an underlying approach to what is being created, produced and ultimately marketed to this world, as well as to believers in general, that will ultimately force the believer to decide where he or she stands with Christ or this world. There is a consensus growing within the kingdom of darkness to do all it can to undermine the walk of the believer, and many today are compromising that walk. Folks, I believe 100% that we are nearing a point in time in the very near future that believers will no longer be allowed because of conviction, not to mention conscious, to partake in the things of this world because the nature of this world is growing steadily against the things of God. It’s come to a point in time where we, as believers, will have to simply no longer participate in anything which is not of God simply because the darkness is contaminating everything in its wake, it’s almost as if God is purposely allowing this to separate those who are truly his, and those who are in name only. Make no mistake, the tide is turning in this nation against the church.
Yet many will say they can do whatever they like because of grace, and while that is true (to a large degree) I remain convinced that eventually the things which we once could participate in, we won’t be able to simply because the atmosphere has muddied the water. It’s all fine to take a swim in the pool, even though one can see the mire toward the other end, but once other contaminants begin to form within that same pool, logic clearly says that you just can’t swim where you once did.
I believe what is happening is that Satan is taking his domain in this world to new heights, and because of this, we who are in Christ, can simply no longer can do the things we once did, simply because times have changed. But back to Star Wars.
When George Lucas made his epic piece, isn’t it strange that even today, 40 years later, this same movie has such a following? I believe – no, convinced, that it’s because of the SPIRIT behind this movie which has garnered such a place in our society. There is something working within the world of entertainment which is in fact revealing something very telling, and that is something rising. We see this in films such as Harry Potter, The Avengers, and even with Star Wars, I remain convinced that the world is being conditioned to accept the unacceptable, to believe the unbelievable, and embrace the impossible. Make no mistake, we are living in the last days, and I believe these films are conditioning NOT adults, although to some degree they are, but to children, because I am convinced that the children of this generation will in fact be the generation which will see supernatural events just as they have been seeing in movies, which will make them immune to natural understanding of Satanic events that are coming.
So I say this to every Christian who is about to pay homage to the god of this world and his displays of evil and perversion, be careful to what you allow in your spirit, because one day, if you live long enough, and God grants you the right to see those events come to pass, you won’t be persuaded to become deceived as millions will when they see such deception played out before them. It is in fact coming. In other words, don’t wait for the movie, it’s already here.
Christopher
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WHY I’M HYPER ABOUT GRACE

Posted: December 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

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“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)

I’m convinced more and more that Christians walk more under condemnation, guilt and fear than they do love, mercy and grace. Why is that? I think it’s partly due to their past and how they see themselves in Christ. Something I preached to the church last Sunday morning, and that is when they see themselves, they should see a new creation, but more than that, they should see themselves as a child of God. How strange it is that believers are more frightened about sinning and losing their salvation than they are about living for Christ? That is not growing in grace, that is living in bondage – religious bondage. Please don’t misconstrue my words, for I am no more advocating a license to sin anymore than I am advocating sinless perfection. What I am saying is this, when we come to terms that we are flesh, weak and fall short in our daily walk, then we realize more importantly why we must rely on the finished work of the cross.

This is why the church is in a divide right now between hyper-grace believers and orthodox traditional views of sin and the need for daily repentance. Yet is there a middle ground? Yes. It is the cross. When we are in Christ (by faith) we are not only a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17), but we have become one with him in spirit, mind and body. We become saturated in his grace. We are blameless before God, no matter what we might do AFTER the cross, as long as our faith is in him, Paul states we are blameless, Holy, and not a reproach (if we continue in the faith). (Colossians 1:22)

I loved my earthly Father, he was my dad, same as my Mother, she loves me and I love her, how much more should I not fear my heavenly Father? If we are in Christ, we are joint-heirs. We are servants by faith, children who are endeared by this one thing – love. So when some advocate a more law binding type of relationship, is it a relationship based on love, or obligation? There is a difference between the two. One is a based on love, the other is based on bondage to an obligation through fear. That is not Christ, nor what Christ is all about. We love him because he first loved us, and that same love affords us grace, grace to walk in his footsteps, knowing that in our own self we fall short (continually), but through grace by faith, we excel tremendously. That is because of love.

Yet many today continue to walk with the idea that they have to perform under some sort of ritual or moral obligation to receive God’s goodness, when in reality all they have to do is accept everything he did for us on the cross – by faith. It really is that simple. This is why there was no confusion over repentance (repentance is simply this: admittance, acknowledgement and correction), we admit our sin, we acknowledge our weakness, and we correct the wrong done by asking for forgiveness. Not a “changed” mind as some teach, for that promotes the concept of self-effort. If/when we repent, and our mind, as some claim is changed, then why did John say in 1 John 1:9 that if we confess our SINS (meaning more than one act) he (Christ) is faithful and just to forgive us our SINS? If repentance is a changed mind, then why did Peter, who wept sorely after he betrayed the Lord, was rebuked AGAIN for jealousy (sin) toward John? Notice something Jesus told Peter about forgiveness when he asked the Lord a simple question about another doing wrong? “Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18:22)

The truth is, there will never come a point or time in your life where you will never have a “changed” mind in your life after you repent. The reason is simple, we are corruptible vessels, flesh and blood, men and women who have feet of clay. This is why Paul says we are justified by faith. The reason? Because the truth is, we are weak minded due to the flesh and sometimes we fail to repent when we do wrong, even in the simple things, we simply don’t measure up daily, this is why the believer is justified regardless of their actions, because the work has been accomplished by Christ and we receive the benefits. Again, this does not give license to willful sin, but I tell you a greater truth, that when we do sin, we are just as saved the moment we sin as the moment before we sin. Why? Because we are children, sons and daughters of God through Christ and what he did on the cross. Yes, we repent, but can we honestly say to ourselves we repent all the time? Most must answer no to this fact.

Living for Christ is more about fulfilling God’s will and serving him than it is about walking on egg shells toward God. I prefer to know that my salvation came because of my love for Christ and his finished work, than my attempting to appease the Lord through works. For it is my demonstration by faith, loving him and serving him which makes me his child, not because I have to repent every time I make a mistake in his eyes and toward his word, but it’s because even when I do sin, his grace affords me that same merit of unconditional love which I did not deserve, which covers my entire walk in grace, that I can openly with my heart acknowledge my failures when the Holy Spirit has access to my life. That is growing in grace and not walking in rules and rituals. More so, it’s knowing that I’m forever his child, not because of anything I could do, but what he did – on the cross. This is not hyper grace, but simple grace which has been afforded me because I didn’t deserve it, but given to me regardless because how much more he loved me.

Christopher

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