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There is not a more controversial topic in the body of Christ than the idea which says Christians struggle from time to time with sin. From the moment of someone’s salvation, they are told, and rightly so, that salvation has been made complete because the person has made Christ their savior and they have placed their trust into the finished work of salvation. Romans 10:9

But do Christians still continue to sin? Or do they merely struggle with sin?

The first question that needs to asked is, what IS sin? By pure definition, sin is an act, whether mental or physical that violates God’s moral law. The word says that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)  So we know that each of us, believer or unbeliever, all have fallen into sin and come short of God’s perfected glory. But what happens after a person repents of sin and a lifestyle that comes from sin? (Hebrews 8:12) and (Romans 11:27) tells us that when we repent of our sins, God does something special and unique that no one else could ever do, he removes our sins and remembers them no more. The fact is, God literally erases our past and we are a NEW creation to God – 2 Corinthians 5:17

So we now know that if we sin, God is faithful and just to forgive us of those sins (1 John 1:9). But that verse has a double meaning. Not only is John referring to sinners, but his main emphasis is to the Christian who is walking in this life of sin and death. Now I know that there are a surprisingly many who have come to a conclusion which says that once a person becomes a Christian, they are now perfected and have and are become sinless before God. And part of that is true, we are perfected in Christ through the atoning work of calvary. But, this does not mean that Christians are above sin.

There is a saying, “Christians at best are people, and people at best are sinners”. The fact is, Christians are not above sin, nor are they above reproach. The truth is, Christians are imperfect human beings with the same desires, faults and failures as those who are not Christians. The ONLY difference is, Christians have the one thing that those in the world do not have – an advocate.

(1 John 2:1) says, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous”. Do you notice what John was saying? John was making a point to the believer that we should not sin, BUT, if the Christian places his/her trust in God and what Christ did on the cross, they have an advocate to plead their case before the Father. This is the difference and one that we should be ever thankful for.

But do we continue in sin when we are saved? Paul himself dealt with this matter in Romans 6:1 when he said, “Shall we continue in sin so that grace may abound?” His answer in the next verse was no! But notice what Paul was saying, he was asking a question, “Shall we CONTINUE in sin”? The idea is, we do NOT continue in sin, this means, we do not continue walking in the past life that Christ came and died for us, but, we trust in the finished work of the cross in our lives and that we shun sin. This does not mean that we won’t fall or stumble or struggle with sin from time to time, even the word says that we are not to allow sin to have dominion over us. Romans 6:12

The fact is, although there is grace and mercy, this does not give us a right to violate this truth by viciously living a life that makes grace and forgiveness a cheap gift, it is not and those who would use such an excuse to continue in a life contrary to grace as a means to justify their wickedness will not truly receive that free gift of salvation.

Now, many think or would think that we would advocate a life of sinless perfection and they would be wrong. Even Paul struggled with his own sin nature – Romans 7: 14-20. So if Paul, a man whom God had appointed to preach the message of the cross to the gentile world, could sin or struggle with sin in his life, how much more will we? The truth is, we are NOT above sin! Romans 3:23

What about professed Christians who live in unrepentant sin, i.e., they have no desire to repent of their sins? Are they genuinely saved? The Apostle John stated… “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother” (1st John 3:8-10).

Obviously, we cannot live above sin as long as we are living in this corrupt, carnal, flesh. 1st John 1:8 confirms this, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” No mortal can live above sin (Romans 3:23).

So then what does 1st John 38-10 mean? It simply means this–there should be a sincere desire in the soul of every born-again believer to live righteously to please the Lord. Are any perfect? No. Are any above sin? No. So what then? Are we subjected to sin continuesly? Yes! See that? You are not condemned because you are not above sin, nor are you condemned because you are tempted, nor are you condemned IF you do sin – why? Because there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ! Romans 8:1

Please understand, so many Christians today feel condemnation by many because they have failed and made a mistake (sinned) in their life and then they are told that they are no longer Christians and nor can they ever be used again. This is bad theology and more so, these are people, usually preachers and pastors who have a controlling spirit and use that control to manipulate weaker believers. The truth is, we will all deal with sin at some point in our lives, it’s impossible not to. And I reject any preacher, pastor or theologian who would argue otherwise!

So what do we do if we fail the Lord? Repent. Remember 1 John 1:9? This is what John was saying, that IF we fail, and we will, then we are to go before the Lord, humbly and earnestly ask the Lord for forgiveness and strength to overcome those issues in our life.

Someone once told me that can a person who has a problem still struggle with personal issues? Yes. The problem is that many times those individuals never allow God to help them overcome those desires, and problems with their flesh. When we do not allow God into all of our lives, then somewhere down the road those problems will surface again and once again those issues will overcome that person and once again that person will fail and they’ll wonder what happened that they went right back into that area of their life? And the reason is it’s because they truly never allowed the cross of Christ access into their life. This is what Paul dealt with when he stated he did things he did not want to do and he found himself doing what he knew was wrong but couldn’t understand why he did them.

Jesus told us many times that in this world we will have trials, tribulation, temptation, but the good news is that he overcame the world and if he could and did overcome the trials of life, so can we.

So yes, we will always struggle with issues in our lives, we will struggle in some area of our life with sin and the flesh, but we can honestly know that when we do give in to that struggle and weakness, Christ is great enough to give us grace and mercy to lift us up and help us overcome it, if we ask him to. It’s not by our strength or ability, but it’s by the finished work of Christ on the cross that we receive our strength.

Christopher

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“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1)

Many years ago, I was involved in a relationship with a young woman whom I loved very much. We were both young at that time those many years ago, yet in that one particular relationship, it became strained to the point where she would become weary, not because of her not loving me in her heart, but because I walked on eggshells around her. During this period of courting (dating) there was not a time where I didn’t either ask her to forgive me even though I had never done anything wrong, or I would often say “I’m sorry” when with her, not realizing that there was nothing to be sorry for. The insecurity and lack of understanding that she already loved and cared for me seemed to be as foreign to me as a snowman in south Florida. The fact was, I walked on eggshells around this young woman to the point where she eventually left, not because she didn’t love me, but she simply could not make me see that it was not possible to have a relationship with someone who simply could not handle being with someone because they themselves would not nor could not accept the fact that they were loved completely, with faults and failures, I could not see what I was doing until it was too late.

How much more do we do this exact same thing with God in our walk with him?

The word says in Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Notice what Paul says about the believer? No condemnation. That means when we sin, when we fail, when we stumble (and we will at times in our walk) God never, ever condemns – why? Because we are justified by our faith in Christ and what he did for us on the cross. Yet so many times the believer walked in this life before God on eggshells, worried about something they might have done, said or thought which might not have been pleasing to the Lord, yet constantly lives in direct fear that they are going to be punished by the Lord. Friend, that’s not a proper relationship with God, that’s fear, and seeing how God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind, the only one whose bringing guilt and condemnation is Satan. He is the author of guilt. Not God. Never forget that.

Some might say “But I have to constantly repent every day” really? Is that Biblical? Let’s go to the word over this matter. In Colossians 1:21-23 Paul says “And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach– if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.”   Here is what Paul is saying, before Christ, we are separated from God due to sin, however, when we come to Christ, repented of our sins and believing upon him for what Christ did on the cross, something happens, something wonderful begins to occur – we become a new creation, the old things (sinful state) is gone, long forgotten and never to be remembered again (2 Cor. 5:17). What happens? Paul says that at that point the believer is now 1. Holy. 2. Blameless. and 3. Beyond reproach. What does that mean? It means that God no longer sees us as we once were, why? Because we’re holy, blameless and beyond reproach. This means that God accepts us as one of his own, all because of the atoning work Christ did for us on the cross. Christ took our place, he took our guilt and sinful stain, he took our justified penalty that we were rightfully due us, and instead he presents us before God completely free from the condemnation of the law of sin and death! So why are we walking on eggshells with God every time we make a mistake or worried that we have failed the Lord? Because Satan has made us forget this very important truth he does not want us to know, that when we are in Christ, everything (our sins) have been forgiven, past, present and future! That is the truth Satan does not want us to know, why? Because he wants us to constantly walk a defeated life, worried that we have done something today or yesterday that God is going to punish us for, but he’s a liar!

Does this mean we never repent when we do wrong at times? God forbid – no! However, 1 John 1:8 gives us one of the greatest truths we need to remember, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” John makes it clear, God’s mercy, his grace and his desire is to forgive – God wants to forgive us each and every time we stumble in our walk, because of his great love. How many times does God forgive us when we sin? When we fail along the way? Jesus answered this in Matthew 18:22 “Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.” The rendering of this verse literally means infinity! God’s willingness to forgive us has absolutely no end.

Here are the facts. 1. We are saved by faith alone (Ephesians 2:8). 2. There is nothing we can do on our own part to further that grace, for it cannot be done through works (Ephesians 2:9). 3. Repentance, while good when we are convicted of something we’ve done by the Holy Spirit, will sometimes not occur in our day to day walk. The fact is, we do things almost daily and throughout the day which should be repented of but is forgotten, does this disqualify us from salvation? Absolutely not! Why? Because if we had to repent every 5 minutes, or at the end of the day, then are we walking by faith or by works? This is why many fail to understand what justification by faith means – it means that when our faith is in Christ, secured in that working knowledge that it is not anything we could do or can do, we are saved in the faith because of the working grace Christ gives us daily thru the cross.

Religion says man has to work his way to God. Justification says man is saved as a result of grace through faith. This means that no matter what the believer may do, even though that person might fail at some point in their walk, their rightful place in the faith has been met because of justification, they are redeemed, not because of works, but because they have placed their complete trust in what Christ did on the cross, that alone promises salvation. For a Christian, justification is the act of God not only forgiving the believer’s sins but imputing to him the righteousness of Christ. The Bible states in several places that justification only comes through faith alone (e.g., Romans 5:1; Galatians 3:24). Justification is not earned through our own works; rather, we are covered by the righteousness of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8; Titus 3:5). The Christian, being declared righteous, is thus freed from the guilt of sin.

So do we continue to walk on eggshells with God? No. Do we continue to sin because we are justified? No, we do not. Yet because we are in the flesh, and because we are not perfected yet, sin will occur at some point in our life. Why? Because we are not yet or have not yet been glorified. Until then, we crucify ourselves daily, crucifying the flesh and walking by faith knowing that Christ has already done the work for us on the cross, yet understanding that our hearts must constantly be led by the spirit in every manner of conduct and behavior. Again, not a license to sin, but an understanding that when we do sin, when we do struggle in areas of weakness, we can go before the throne, asking the Lord to forgive us and trusting in what he did on the cross that it’s already been forgiven. Yet, what about those times where someone who might have done wrong, messed up, said something that they would regret later and maybe, God forbid, died during the day? Justification by faith.

Human logic, mixed with religious jealousy would tell us that it would seem impossible that God would accept someone who died while in the middle of sin, or failed at the last minute of something that they might have done wrong and not had time to repent. But grace covers a multitude of sins, and while it’s not up to us to understand how or why, thank God that he intercedes for us daily, knowing that we are saved not by continuing to having to do something, but that it was all paid for on the cross. That is why walking on eggshells with God never works, because it presents not a trust in God, but a relationship of fear, doubt and worry. Would a man married to his wife continue to have a lasting marriage with his spouse if he continued to say “I’m sorry” over and over and over throughout the day? Chances are they would end up in divorce court before the year was out, why? Not because the wife didn’t love him, but because he failed to trust his marriage with his wife and the vows they took. Same principle with God, if we fail to trust him (by faith) then how can we serve him? We can’t. And sooner or later that distrust, that lack of faith will be fodder for the enemy to use to bring discord with the believer and before they know it, that relationship will end up in spiritual disaster.

Don’t walk on eggshells with God, instead, walk in the liberty and trust God has given you because of the atoning work Christ paid for us on the cross, that is the only type of pure faith God will ever accept out of us, to trust him completely knowing that our sins have been forgiven and that we are secure in him as long as we maintain that trust and yielded faith in Christ and his work on the cross.

Christopher

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Merry-Christmas

“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.” (2 Timothy 3:2)

In 2009 I was given a dream of the coming future, this future pertains to how the world will become very dark to the things of God and that in much the same way, it will have nothing to do with organized religion or those celebrations many today partake in. In this case I refer to the long held tradition of Christmas. What God was showing me in this night vision was that there is coming a day in which the world will not be participating in the Christmas holiday. The day is coming in the future where there will be no merchandising of Christmas, or people lining up to buy the latest toy or electronic gadget, instead, the world will become so spiritually neutral that they will have nothing to do with this holiday, not even the church will support it out of fear of being ostracized any further. Here is that dream I had:

“I dreamed I was in a mall, a large shopping mall that I am familiar with and I was playing a video game, I decided to leave and go and get some quarters to finish playing and so, going inside the local drugstore, I began to take notice of certain things being promoted. I also realized that my motivation had changed from getting quarters to something more. I felt in my spirit that I should take note of what I was seeing, it was Christmas, but something was out of place which I could not put my finger on. I knew it was Christmas because there were Christmas candy being sold on the shelves, my favorite, chocolate covered cherries, a holiday favorite, was also being sold and I was going to get one but something compelled me to keep moving. I then took notice of several more things being sold in relation to Christmas, but there was something odd, out of shape, out of character. Anyway, I went to the counter and I decided to buy a toy, I grabbed a bb gun, which I thought would make a good gift for a young boy, growing up in the country every boy had a bb gun, although most mothers hated this fact, still, it was in our part of the country, a right of passing for boys to own a bb gun.

I bought the gun and began to ask where do I drop it off? the woman at the counter gave me a very strange look as I asked again, where do I drop this off for the local needy? The reason I found it odd was because that during every Christmas time the salvation army and other charities had what was called “toys for tots”. But there was no toys for tots being offered, again, this seemed strange to me.

i then found myself walking through the store hoping to find a business that would take the toy for a needy child. I then seemed to be motivated to look at what was going on. Every store was promoting Christmas but here’s the thing, they were NOT promoting Christmas like you would think today or years past. There was no santa’s, no rudolph, no reindeer, no Christmas trees, no decorations, yet there was no emphasis on Christmas as a holiday, a celebrated holiday. Not even a mention of a manger. It was as if Christmas had become a post era celebration that was nothing more of a remnant of things past, they only mentioned Christmas sales in passing like, “Oh, by the way, here is some Christmas sales if you celebrate it.”

I spoke to a man, he owned a business and I asked him would he take the toy, but he became angry at my insistence that he take the toy to give to a child. He would have nothing to do with it, but he told me something else, no one celebrates THAT holiday, it was like the holiday had become a thing of the past! I thought I had literally been taken into a different world, like George Bailey, I too was grieved at what I was seeing. I found myself driving, searching for a place to give this toy to, churches, charities, but in my spirit I knew the answer, no one celebrated this holiday any further.”

The interpretation.

I believe what I saw in my dream is what is coming in the world, especially here in America. I believe that what I had seen was that Christianity and Godliness will be so removed from this nation and its foundation that we will not even celebrate the most glorious season of all, the birth of our savior. I believe what I was given (dream) is a warning that not only times are going to change, the love for Christ will no longer be acceptable nor shared by men. This is the end of the age and if what I have seen is going to come to pass, which I believe it will, I can only now say, come lord Jesus and come quickly.

Christopher

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I was given a simple word while in my spirit last night as I slept, the voice spoke 3 times the same thing and I believe God was giving me a clear word about President Obama, that word was this, that when spring arrives, President Obama will do something which will change the course of the nation. I do not know what he will do, all I know is, 3 times it was spoken to me while I lay sleeping that when spring comes, he (Obama) will drastically change the very course and direction of this country. Before I woke, I saw runners, marathon runners going in one direction, a runner trotted up to me – a woman, and repeated the same word to me, that come spring he (Obama) will change the direction of this nation. Let Gods will be done.

Christopher

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I’m very troubled within my spirit at the level of spiritual compromise (not ignorance because these men and women know what’s right and wrong) which is occurring within the church today of pastors and some pretty well known names, even in the Pentecostal movement, who are seemingly leaning to a general acceptance of the belief which says the Roman Catholic church and those within its structure are to be welcomed into the body of Christ. Here’s what I “see” coming prophetically speaking within the church in the near future: The day is coming where mainline Christianity in all its forms will have adopted a measure by which they will “unofficially” accept fellowship with the Roman Catholic church. While the mainline evangelical Denominations will appease the older generation by suggesting that they won’t support the doctrine of salvation within the RCC, they will however openly embrace Catholics regardless whether or not those individuals were truly born again or not, they will accept them as “brothers and sister”.

The once held great divide between both factions will be broken in an effort to merge spiritual policy under the guise of common spiritual/religious bond. This will finally put an end to almost a century or more of separation between the Catholic church and the Protestant church. However, the deception will come upon the evangelical church for compromising the gospel for conformity sake. The next merger will be in fact the Mormon church. The Mormons will be the second wave which will merge into the evangelical church and one which will cause great confusion. Yet it will not be the current leadership currently who will finally bring this about – it will be the younger generation leadership, those who are 35 and younger, the youth leaders of today who have fallen for the seeker sensitive gospel, the social gospel, the gospel of conformity to the world and other paths, these will be the leaders who will bring about this change after the older leadership dies off. Out of this will come a final end to traditional Pentecostalism, the Charismatic movement, all will be changed to endorse this new idea, unification. This is what I “see” that is about to come in the near future.

Christopher

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Postmodernism

Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.” (Jeremiah 6:16)

Since the time of the late 1960’s, when America was beginning to become radicalized with the growing youth movement, where liberal leftists such as Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Bill Ayers, Carl Oglesby, and Saul Alinsky (a Communist propagandist) who influenced the lives of Hillary Rodham (Clinton), Bill Clinton and even President Barack Obama. It was Alinsky who formulated the idea of progressive political activism with his writings, such as Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. Alinksky created a set of rules (12 to be exact) and in those 12 came the following “rules”:

RULE 1: “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood. (These are two things of which there is a plentiful supply. Government and corporations always have a difficult time appealing to people, and usually do so almost exclusively with economic arguments.)
* RULE 2: “Never go outside the expertise of your people.” It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone. (Organizations under attack wonder why radicals don’t address the “real” issues. This is why. They avoid things with which they have no knowledge.)
* RULE 3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.)
* RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules. (This is a serious rule. The besieged entity’s very credibility and reputation is at stake, because if activists catch it lying or not living up to its commitments, they can continue to chip away at the damage.)
* RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions. (Pretty crude, rude and mean, huh? They want to create anger and fear.)
* RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones. (Radical activists, in this sense, are no different that any other human being. We all avoid “un-fun” activities, and but we revel at and enjoy the ones that work and bring results.)
* RULE 7: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news. (Even radical activists get bored. So to keep them excited and involved, organizers are constantly coming up with new tactics.)
* RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new. (Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest, regroup, recover and re-strategize.)
* RULE 9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist. (Perception is reality. Large organizations always prepare a worst-case scenario, something that may be furthest from the activists’ minds. The upshot is that the organization will expend enormous time and energy, creating in its own collective mind the direst of conclusions. The possibilities can easily poison the mind and result in demoralization.)
* RULE 10: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog. (Unions used this tactic. Peaceful [albeit loud] demonstrations during the heyday of unions in the early to mid-20th Century incurred management’s wrath, often in the form of violence that eventually brought public sympathy to their side.)
* RULE 11: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem. (Old saw: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Activist organizations have an agenda, and their strategy is to hold a place at the table, to be given a forum to wield their power. So, they have to have a compromise solution.)
* RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)

Alinsky’s tactics were based, not on Stalin’s revolutionary violence or ideas, but on the Neo-Marxist strategies of  Antonio Gramsci, an Italian Communist. It was Gramsci who declared that Lenin’s Communist agenda would not destroy the West (The United States), instead, Gramsci declared that the real enemy was not the American Constitution, although a genuine threat to the Communist machine, its real threat was in fact the Bible. Gramsci’s quest was more of an assault, an assault that would be on Biblical absolutes and Christian values, which must be crushed as a social force before the new face of Communism could rise and flourish. Malachi Martin states:

“By 1985, the influence of traditional Christian philosophy in the West was weak and negligible…. Gramsci’s master strategy was now feasible. Humanly speaking, it was no longer too tall an order to strip large majorities of men and women in the West of those last vestiges that remained to them of Christianity’s transcendent God.”

In almost every case, from Alinsky to Lenin, to Stalin and Gramsci, the central theme of these propagandists was rebellion, rebellion from the root core of God centered belief that said God gives men freedom (freewill), but instead, they devoted their energy, their finances, even their very lives to one Satanic theme – world dominance. It’s the same song but different tune. Yet their impact, like every demonic doctrine, theirs began to influence many of those who came out of the 60’s revolution, and are now affecting our policies in Washington, and influencing our children in the post-secondary educational institutions, Colleges and Universities. Yet there is one more aspect that radicalism is influencing many which will dramatically influence how the church operates in the future – the Christian church. It even has infected the Roman Catholic Church as well.

Alinsky pioneered a new face of political activism through his powerful grassroots social movement. The old stockyards neighborhood of Chicago was the birthplace of America’s twentieth century phenomenon known as “Community Organizing.”

In 1936 Alinsky left his positions with the state agencies to cofound the Back-of-the-Yards Neighborhood Council. This was his first effort to build a neighborhood citizen reform group, a form of activity which would earn Alinsky a reputation as a radical reformer. Back-of-the-Yards was a largely Irish-Catholic community on Chicago’s southwest side near the famous Union Stockyards, which had been deteriorating for many years. Alinsky organized his neighborhood council among local residents willing to unite to protest their community’s decline and to pressure city hall for assistance. The council had great success in stabilizing the Back-of-the-Yards neighborhood and restoring the morale of local residents.

What Alinsky formed with the BYNC set the pattern for what became known as the Alinsky school of organizing. A neighborhood’s existing social groups were utilized—membership in a newly-formed council was based on organizations, rather than individuals. An organizer from outside the community would work with local leaders in setting up a democratic organization. This was a place in which people could freely express themselves, their situations, needs, and fears. The initial efforts of the council centered around basic organization and economic justice. With such goals, the BYNC was successful in uniting the Roman Catholic Church and radical labor unions towards a common goal—the betterment of the community. This is where we now get the Social Justice from – Saul Alinsky’s communist views, and why Social Justice has become very seductive to the evangelical church today, because it’s geared in transforming the gospel into another gospel, a gospel of deeds and works and not the cross alone. A dependance upon community and not the cross.

Not since the Jesus Movement have we seen a change in the fundamental core of beliefs as we are seeing today. What was once considered “sin” 50-100 years ago, has now been deemed as “progressive” open and now tolerant of other opinions. Evangelical core teachings such as the creation belief, has now become theory, 6 days of creation is now deemed unscientific and considered vague, even laughable in many a Christian Seminary. Traditional beliefs such as God performing miracles throughout the Old Testament have been called into question, as many post-seminary graduates find it more difficult to believe in the very existence of God, and instead have willingly adopted the evolutionary claim by secular teaching than sola scriptura. The harsh reality is the church is changing from a Bible centered source for all truth and instead, it’s developing a secularized theology based on a neo form of theology which says “My theology is whatever I want to make it” instead of the word being the guide. Feelings have replaced scripture, experience is desired more than substance and absolute truth has been replaced by subjective truth (meaning truth to ones ultimate spiritual belief is based on personal ideas and not necessarily that of scriptural truth).

Postmodernism simply states that the old way of thinking was off, not by absolute truth, but by group or social opinion. This worldview affects the following areas of our lives: spirituality, pluralism, the experiential, relativity, altruism, community, creativity, the arts, environmentalism, globality, holism, and authenticity. In many ways we are transitioning away from the “modern” values of rationalism, science, dogmatism, individualism, pragmatism, capitalism, nationalism, compartmentalism, and veneered religiosity. This is the change which is now occurring, and we can see this radical change by two things, 1. Replacement theology from the values of the past, and 2. Theology conditioned by social secular influence. Meaning, if society deems something as morally good, even though it’s scripturally wrong, it is then mixed into current theology to adjust to make secularists (sinners) more comfortable, thus secularism creates theology by social and political influence instead of theology influencing culture and its society. This can be seen in the continuing turn from the view about homosexuality. Nothing has done more to cause a radical shift in the parameters of dialogue than the controversial issue of same sex marriage. Today, more Christians age 35 and younger have become acceptable to same sex marriage.

It’s no secret that Millennials — generally perceived as individuals ages 18 to 35 — are more out of tune with faith and religion than any other generation. Consider Gallup’s research earlier this year of Americans’ views on gay marriage, which found 55 percent of the nation expressing support for same-sex matrimony; that proportion jumped to 78 percent for individuals between the ages of 18 and 29. The source for all of this? Radicalized Pastors.

Rick Warren, considered by mainstream media as “America’s pastor” quotes his own views on social engineering of “change” within Christianity to make it more developed than those of the older generation, in other words, Warren not only believes radical change must come, but it must come even by force – theological force by implementing another gospel.

Repentance is just changing the way we think about something by accepting the way God thinks about it. That’s all repentance is. The new words for repentance are “paradigm shift.”Pastors, we are in the paradigm-shifting business. We are in the repentance business. We are about changing peoples’ minds at the deepest level—the level of belief and values.[9 Preaching Tips That Will Change Lives] by Rick Warren, Radicalis Conference Feb. 2011.
Small churches tend to base their identity on the past. They’re not necessarily thinking about the future.  Many of them tend to be late adapters, maintaining the status quo.  Often they’re the very last to accept change in a community.” ~Rick WarrenBreaking Through the Attendance Barrier, Issue #109, 7-2- 2003
In Warrens view, the church is a failure, not because of it’s past teachings, although he tends to desire a more progressive and more tolerant view of other religions such as Islam, Warren seeks to bring about a more of a spiritual revolution very similar to what Alinsky declared. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution. To bring on this reformation requires that the organizer work inside the system, among not only the middle class but the 40 per cent of American families….. “ — Saul Alinsky
Sound vaguely familiar? Radical change, that is what is occurring within the modern church today, unregenerate, unforgiving radical change at any cost. This is Satan’s greatest attempt to bring about his one world system, including a world religion, what stands in his way? The cross. Remove the cross and you remove his his hindrance. Remove the cross and you allow the enemy to dominate the body of Christ. That’s not to say the church will become weak, not at all, but it will allow the growth of another gospel to give rise in the last days, one which is based not on scripture alone, but one a more open theology based on a more open universal appeal. This is the plan, dominate by infiltrate.
Finding it hard to believe that? Take Warren’s example of his idea of revolution – “The first Reformation was about belief; this one’s going to be about behavior,” said Warren, “The first one was about creeds; this one’s going to be about our deeds. The first one divided the church; this time it will unify the church.” 
Notice how Warren believes the Reformation concerning belief and Martin’s 95 thesis against the Catholic church was, in his eyes “division”? Why is that? Why would Warren declare the Reformation as being wrong by causing division? The answer is simple, Warren, like many others hate the cross, and instead, want to have a more unified theology, a system of works, governed by the central church. Yet the funny thing is, Warren is actually and I believe cleverly telling how he really wants to bring this new “reformation” about – through Ecumenicalism with the Catholic church. It’s the Catholic church who believed (and still does) that the Reformation is over with, and it’s time to come back to the church.
Yet this is exactly what is going on within the church today – a postmodernist view of Biblical theology, and which I believe is setting the foundation for the man of sin in the years to come. There is no more of a threat to today’s traditional Christian view than postmodernism. The apostle Paul warned us that in the last days, perilous times are coming; “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5
We are witnessing a broad based backlash against reason in our culture. This backlash is widely promoted in contemporary higher education. The argument is that every time somebody claims to be in possession of the truth (especially religious truth), it ends up repressing people. So its best to make no claims to truth at all. Rejecting objective truth is the cornerstone of postmodernism.

Pastor Juan Luis Hernandez Polanco attributes a theme concerning postmodernism through 12 steps that we must reject bravely with authority and firmness:

1. Evolutionism: God is not the creator of life. Man comes from an autonomus bacterium whose origin is unknown.

2. Humanism: God is not necessary. Man is the center of everything.

3. Relativism: God does not exist. There are no absolute truths. There is no good nor bad.

4. Materialism: There is nothing after death.

5. Social Acceleration: There is no time to fellowship with God.

6. Modernization: Dependence and idolatry towards technology.

7. Consumerism: Money and material things as the only means of satisfaction.

8. Globalization: Empire of the secular world culture.

9. Ecumenism: All religions lead to “God”.

10. Light Christianity: Condescending gospel with the world.

11. Egocentrism: Idolatrius worship to physical beauty, individualism and self-reliance.

12. Debauchery: Disrespectful attitude towards law and morality. Surrender to the pleasures and lack of self-control.

We must beware and not allow these forms of conduct, prevalling in this world pollute us and condition to act the same way.
Let us remember what the Bible says:

1 John 2: 15 – 17 “Do not love the worlds or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world, the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does, comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever”.

James 4: 4
“You adulterous people, don´t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who choosese to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God”.

Colossians 3: 1,2
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christi is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things”. There are many Christians who feel so “comfortable” in the world, that instead of saying: “Amen, yes, come Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20), almost come to say “No, do not come yet, Lord Jesus”.

The coming change that will impact the modern church has already started, how we deal with it in the coming years will determine if we are successful in our goal of preaching the cross, or instead, succumbing to the pressures of another gospel. That is what is left to be seen.
Christopher
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satanism

Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short. (Revelation 12:12)

There is an estimated 800 Satanic cults in the United States, along with over 600,000 followers. In a 1993 study that was created to evaluate ritual abuse found that in 2,292 alleged ritual abuse cases,15% of the perpetrators in adult cases and 30% of the perpetrators in child cases confessed to the abuse and were connected to a satanic cult or coven.  [Brown, Scheflin and Hammond (1998).”Memory, Trauma Treatment, And the Law” (W. W. Norton)]  The reality is, the growth in occult activity is on an increasing trend within our society, and to most we do not see it nor understand it when the signs around us begin to warn us that something dark and sinister is occurring – until it’s too late.

In a survey of 2,709 members of the American Psychological Association, it was found that 30 percent of these professionals had seen cases of ritual or religion-related abuse (Bottoms, Shaver & Goodman, 1991). Of those psychologists who have seen cases of ritual abuse, 93 percent believed that the reported harm took place and 93 percent believed that the alleged ritualism occurred. [“Ritual Abuse: A Review of Research” by Kathleen Coulborn Faller (1994)]

From cult ritual sacrifice in recent weeks (source) (source) to cult celebration and/or glorification (source) within the music industry as well as the film and television industry with such artists as Katy Perry and the movie OUIJA, it’s apparent that a subtle darkness for occult interest is making a rise just as it did in the 1970’s, where satanic themes permeated throughout Hollywood as well as the culture of its day. So just what is causing this increasing interest in the occult and satanism? I believe it’s because of the spirit of the age, the same spirit behind Nimrod, the same spirit behind Ahab, the same spirit behind the Babylonian’s, the same spirit behind Hitler as well as Stalin – the spirit of antichrist.

It was Anton LaVey and his satanic vision to bring about the first “church” of Satan on April 30th, 1966. It’s fitting that it was LaVey who used April 30th as the date to establish his “church” since April 30th (not Halloween) happens to be the most highest day on the occultist calendar which is called Walpurgis Night. Walpurgis is an ancient word taken from the German word Walpurgisnacht. In German folklore Walpurgisnacht is believed to be the night of a witches’ meeting on the Brocken, the highest peak in the Harz Mountains, a range of wooded hills in central Germany between the rivers Weser and Elbe. Walpurgis Night are observed across Europe in the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Lithuania, Latvia, Finland and Estonia. Needless to say, while most Christians take exception to Halloween (as they should) they fail to realize that one of the most darkest occult times and seasons in our calender year is in fact April 30th. Never forget that.

Satanism is not only expanding from the secret club of the stereotypical attributes once associated with those who participated in this underground mesh of occult worship and activity, it’s almost become commonplace within our community, although still not to a degree where name tags are given out declaring ones allegiance, but allegiance just the same is held by many, and the list of those who are apart of the “Satanic club” would be surprising to many who would desire to open up the pages of the membership rolls. Names of past membership include Jimmy Hendrix, Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis Presley, Jayne Mansfield, Kenneth Anger, Marilyn Manson, Richard Ramirez, and Liberace. But the list does not end there. Many popular Satanists today, or those who are closely associated with Satanism within the music industry are quite well known in this current generation, artists such as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Beyonce’, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Madonna and Keisha.

But it doesn’t end with our popular artists, which there are many more, the growth of this secret order goes deeper, deeper into the political structure far beyond a group of disillusioned teenagers, it goes to the White House, the U.S. Senate, and the House of Representatives. It’s mark can be found in some of our most distinguished halls of education such as Harvard as well as Yale, raising up Presidential leadership, to even the military. The reach of this coven of darkness where membership is guided by fear and the promise of power, can even be traced to our religious institutions such as Mormonism, as well as Catholicism. Even the Vatican has its occult skeletons.

Men such as Jack Parsons (NASA founder) and even well known contributors to our news agencies such as Fox News with men such as military analyst and Fox News contributor Paul Vallely, a retired general, as a military affairs commentator. Vallely co-authored a tract with a Col. Michael Aquino, who was a practicing satanist. Mr. Aquino performed black magic ceremonies along with Vallely at the castle Wewelsburg castle  in Germany where Heinrich Himmler held rituals for his cult. The deep ties to occultism are widening, not closing in our neighborhood, our City and towns, our nation nor the world, it is screaming to the church “We are rising” and we best be listening.

All of this, the rampant growth in interest in genuine occultism, books, games, the rise of occult related murders, rapes and torture. Across the world the symbol of Satanism is placing itself at the center of man’s allegiance, the allegiance to self, which is one of the tenants of the church of Satan – the worship of self. So it’s not only reasonable to understand why high level artists and sports figures, musicians and playrights owe their allegiance to the devil, but also Government world leaders. Satanic symbols or numbers, animal sacrifices, grave robberies, ritualistic child abuse (some satanic groups require molestation of children for initiation), these are all aspects of a declaration of Satan declaring of his soon coming child, the man of sin, otherwise known as antichrist, is soon to be born upon this earth.

The word of God gives us a clear and ever present warning that says that in the last days, a form of wickedness will sweep the world, conditioning all who would listen and follow its core values to serve only one – the man of sin. Occult researcher and well known expert Gregory Reid states why this is all occurring in these last days, “I believe that the rise in satanic activity is the spiritual Equivalent of a demonic John the Baptist preparing the way for the antichrist in sacrificial blood.”  I echo this as well.

Everything we are seeing is the preparation of a time where one man, a creation of Satan himself, will arrive upon this world, bringing with him the necessary belief to discard the faith of almighty God, but lift himself up as God. Satanism is not only real, it’s growing at an alarming rate, it’s prophets are mediums, psychics such as John Edward, Theresa Caputo (Long Island Medium), and so many others, all are rising up in one accord, echoing of this coming dark Lord. The church needs to be aware of this and ready it’s rod of faith, using the sword of truth, for only the word of God, combined with the power of the Holy Spirit, will we defeat this power of darkness.

But a warning they are indeed sounding, so let me share with you the reader one comment from Paul Vallely, Satanist and Government official, ” We have but to reach out and seize this tool; and it can transform the world for us if we have but the courage and the integrity to guide civilization with it. If we do not accept Excalibur, then we relinquish our ability to inspire foreign cultures with our morality. If they then devise moralities unsatisfactory to us, we have no choice but to fight them on a more brutish level. And it should be: It is a term of attack and victory-not one of rationalization and coaxing and conciliation. The enemy may be offended by it; that is quite all right as long as he is defeated by it. A definition is offered: Mindwar is the deliberate, aggressive convincing of all participants in a war that we will win that war.”‘

Christopher

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