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Hee_Haw_21

“The time is coming when everything that is covered up will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all.” Luke 12:2

This is a significant departure for me when or as it relates to prophecy and revelation as it concerns issues within the church, but this has been in my spirit since the vision came several days ago to which I will reveal now. Understand, I do not deal with issues for the most part with subjects like music (although I have in the past), I typically only deal with issues that relate directly to the church as a whole as it relates to the last days. However, a few nights ago the Lord gave me a dream which was so shocking, so disturbing that at first I thought it had to be the enemy, but as I began to test the spirit, I understood more that the Lord himself was showing me something that he was about to do. It was only because of the images that I saw, the perversion, the lewdness, the blatant sins which stood in occurred in front of me that I at first thought how is this possible that God would show me this? But then it hit me, that sin and perversion has no barriers, and is moving throughout Christian circles. This is the night vision I was given.

I stood in a large auditorium that was filled with people numbering well into the hundreds, maybe a little over 1,000 in attendance. It was obvious that the majority were associated with Christian music, and it was obvious to me that this was a southern gospel event as many well known people and singing groups were shown on the stage. The dream changed rather quickly, as I stood near the end of the stage next to the curtain that seemed to open before me in that I would be able to see the following occur. I saw a young woman come up onto the stage, she was an attractive girl and very sensual in dress, and acted like a prostitute in her behavior. I watched as she began to dance in front of the men on stage, well known gospel singers, as the crowd in the audience did not seem to be moved at all by what was happening. The young woman began to undress herself and then proceeded to have sex with several of the high profile men on stage. I wanted to look away, but something in my spirit said “Don’t turn away, look!” and I watched as more sexual perversion began to occur with others on stage. What stunned me more, besides the individuals who participated in this perversion, was the level of applause coming from the audience itself, seemingly encouraging the orgy that was happening before me. Then as it it did before, the curtain closed and the dream ended.

I believe the Lord was showing me that there is significant sin and perversion within this industry and that eventually all will be revealed. But even more so, there is a level of wickedness that is beginning to seduce and even change the very nature of the music of Southern Gospel itself to be more a reflection of the changing times, and less to do with the foundation from which it came. Ecumenical movements, liberal, progressive Christianity and the desire for money and fame are all changing many aspects of those who utilize these types of platforms, and they are doing so at the cost of their souls.

Please understand, I live in China, I have very little access to what’s going on in many circles due to my work within this Communist nation. Yet when God reveals certain things to me, I take them serious as a message as well as a word of warning that things will be shaken in these last days as we move further into the period of time which Christ warned us about. However, let it be known that God will reveal, expose what he sees as a threat to his people, and if people do not repent, then his only option is to show the entire world what needs to be shown. This is why I used an image such as Hee Haw, Hee Haw was a provocative television show in the late 1960’s-1980 that was set in the south which featured large breasted women, sexual enticements, off color humor and to hook Christians, southern gospel music as a lure to seduce believers. Hee Haw is an example of the world infiltrating the church, much to what is happening today. That is what God was showing me, the world and its influence is changing everything when it comes to traditional Christian principles.

These are the last days just before Christ returns, and it’s beginning to show how far we are straying from the truth, and subscribing to the false in this last hour.

From my desk in China,

Christopher

email:christopher152@gmail.com

website: http://www.chinamissions.org

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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invasion

 

They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.” (1 John 2:19)

 

They look like us, they act like us, they go to our churches, sing the same songs we do, even pray as we do, and sometimes they even behave like us. On the outside they appear just as normal as you or I, but deep within them they are not the same, they are not like us, for behind the mask they wear so well, there lies a secret, one which reveals their true identity –  they are antichrist. Yet what makes them deadly is their deception, their sinister agenda, which is to serve a greater purpose, one which will change the very dynamics of Church doctrine when it comes to sanctification as it relates to the union between one man and one woman. They are homosexuals, and they are growing in number within the modern church.

In recent weeks we’ve seen popular Christian artists such as the lead singer for Jars of Clay openly give his support for gay marriage, not to mention the support for so called “gay” Christians. Then Vicky Beeching, a Contemporary Christian artist out of the UK , whose style and influence surprised many with her recent admission that she is a lesbian. Yet what is so astonishing is the fact that she believes completely in the idea which says she can live a life of perversion over the directives of the word of God, which openly condemns such a lifestyle. Yet Beeching is not the first, nor sadly will be the last of those who claim Christ to come out of the closet. Actually, she joins other well-known Christian artists such as Ray Boltz, Jennifer Knapp and Clay Aiken who themselves came out of the closet.

One might ask why is this occurring? Why are these individuals beginning to reveal themselves for who they are? Not to mention the perversion they have embraced. But why now? I believe the main reason we are seeing these instances of a growing number of people who call themselves “Christian” and are within the ranks of today’s modern church on some level, is a systematic plan of attack by the enemy to bring into the mainstream of Christianity a doctrine of perversion. Yet this was not a plan which was quickly pieced together overnight, this was years in the making.

On June 28, 1969 the homosexual political movement, which had previously defined its goal as “the right to be left alone,” took a militant turn. At the Stonewall Bar on Christopher Street in New York City, “gay” activists rioted against police who tried to arrest an underage “drag queen” prostitute. That episode of violent rebellion is now commemorated annually as “Gay Pride Day.”

Their inspiration was Herbert Marcuse, the German-born philosopher and political strategist who headed the “Frankfort School” of Cultural Marxism. From a perch in the highest branches of American academia Marcuse railed against “the repressive order of procreative sexuality” and called for the “disintegration of the…monogamic and patriarchal family.”*

In 1972, two hundred homosexual organizations, representing the entire LGBT movement, met in Chicago to outline their Marcusian agenda: a blueprint for supplanting Biblical morality with sexual anarchy — in essence, the overthrow of family-centered Christian civilization.

In 1973, their “long march through the institutions” began with the political takeover of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to redefine homosexuality as psychologically healthy.

In 2013, after just forty years, the last secular institution to resist LGBT bullying was finally subdued: the Boy Scouts of America.

One last barrier to “gay“ cultural hegemony remains: the Christian church. All of the battle-hardened “gay rights” activists with all of their formidable resources are mobilized for an assault on Christianity itself under the hijacked rainbow banner of “Gay Theology.” Indeed, the process has already begun, like the retreat of the tide before the tsunami.

The issue today is not if it will come, but when.

Because of the lack of scriptural, Bible based preaching in many of today’s pulpit’s across America, the lack of preaching against sin, and not holding up the standard of righteousness, more of these types of incidences will be occurring in the near future, leading many astray. That’s the key – leading many astray.

Christian music is one of the greatest venues which were given this spirit of perversion a platform to operate out of. Closet homosexuals are rampant within the ranks of Southern gospel music, CCM and the ever popular praise and worship. People like the late Dotti Rambo, Reba Rambo and the Martins, are just three of today’s popular Christian artists who have embraced, to some extent, this perversion. Sandy Patti has been associated with the gay community to one of being tolerant to their social plight. Bill Gaither, a promoter of ecumenism, found himself celebrating the life of one Marsha Stevens.

In late 2002, Bill Gaither and Mark Lowry met with and encouraged Marsha Stevens, the lesbian author of the popular gospel song “For These Tears I Died.” Stevens, who has a ministry called BALM (Born Again Lesbian Music), attended the Gaither Homecoming concert in Phoenix in December 2002, with her lesbian partner. Mark Lowry, who has sung with the Gaither Vocal Band for many years, approached her and said that he was proud of what she is doing. Surprised, she said, “You know what I’m doing now?” He replied: “I sure do and I wish the fundamentalists would find Jesus. They’re going to have a lot to answer for, leaving out people that Jesus died for” (source)

To be clear, homosexuality is sin, it is perverse, it is detriment to the spiritual life of those who find themselves actively participating in this lifestyle. It’s not only against the nature of creation, but it’s against the moral law of God, and those who continue in this lifestyle will not inherit eternal life.

The biggest danger to the church today is not the prosperity gospel, it is not the doctrine of Psychology, nor is it the false teaching of the hyper-grace message, or even the acceptance of the Roman Catholic church. The largest threat right now to the body of Christ will be the invasion of this teaching called the “gay theology”. This is why many within the church are “coming out” and not finding resistance. Because tolerance and diversity teachings have widely affected the church and those who follow Christ. In other words, people have been dumbed down to accept, or at least not speak out against what is clearly an assault to the foundation plan of God.

The invasion of this perversion is knocking on the doors of many a church, and if we’re not careful, we will ignore it in favor of being called “tolerant” and by doing so, we will lose more ground in this area than we did with the abortion issue. The sad truth is, this gay “theology” is nothing more than another plan of the enemy to strip the church, the body of Christ, from having an impact upon society. If he can silence may within the church, he can severely hinder it from its main directive – the preaching of the gospel.

When we see these people come out as gay and call themselves “Christians” they are fulfilling scripture, “having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.” (2 Timothy 3:5)

The church must unite and stand against this evil, this perversion which is trying to make inroads within many of our popular brands of Christianity. We must take up the cross and challenge those who maintain one can live in sin and sinful behavior and still claim Christ. We must oppose any and all doctrine which rejects repentance, rejects God’s standard of living, and we must reject those who claim Christ but deny his regenerating power of the cross by remaining in their sin. (2 Cor. 5:17)

An invasion has begun, Satan’s attack is clear and open for all to see if we would just look at it through the eyes of the Holy Spirit. Once we allow the scales of apathy and tolerance to fall from our eyes, then we’ll see the great danger which is now pushing its way into the church of Jesus Christ, and how we need to respond, in love, but in stern condemnation.

 

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com