After being delivered from Egypt the Lord promised the nation of Israel a land of their own, a land flowing with milk and honey. Before Israel entered the promised land, Moses told of all the good things that would happen if they obeyed the Lord. “The Lord will make you abound in prosperity, in the offspring of your body and in the offspring of your beast and in the produce of your ground, in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. The Lord will open for you His good storehouse, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. The Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you only will be above, and you will not be underneath, if you listen to the commandments of the Lord your God, which I charge you today, to observe them carefully, and do not turn aside from any of the words which I command you today, to the right or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them. (Deuteronomy 28: 11 – 14) Wait a minute. Aren’t these the same blessings America enjoys today? Wonder who gave us our blessings? The blessings of the Lord begin in chapter 1 and run from verses 1 through 14. The promise for what will happen if Israel disobeyed start in verse 15 and end in verse 68. I’ll record a portion of those verses. “But it shall come about, if you do not obey the Lord your God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes with which I charge you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you: Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the country. Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Cursed shall be the offspring of your body and the produce of your ground, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock. Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out. The Lord will send upon curses, confusion, and rebuke, in all you undertake to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, on account of the evil of your deeds, because you have forsaken Me.” (Deuteronomy 28: 15 – 20) If we’ll just open our eyes we’ll see the curses have already begun in America. As we read the books of Kings and Chronicles we see the Lord’s blessings and destruction played out over and over again in Israel. Blessings came when the people obeyed the Lord. Destruction overcame the people when they disobeyed the Lord. And in every instance blessings came when the king obeyed the Lord wanting to do the right thing in His sight. When the King obeyed the Lord the people did the same and the land enjoyed prosperity. When an evil king took over, one who refused to follow the Lord, the country suffered great hardship and eventually was destroyed. Those not destroyed were forced off the promised land into exile. These events have been given to us as examples of what will become of America if we fail to turn away from evil and restore Jesus Christ as Lord in our country. “For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” (Rom 15: 4) America is in its darkest hour and I am not sure how much longer the Lord will withhold His wrath. He has warned us with Nine Eleven, killings by illegal aliens, mass killings at the hands of terrorists, bombings, citizens slaughtering each other throughout the land, and massive debt. “We The People,” have polluted ourselves. How have we polluted ourselves? It’s not only what we’ve done, it’s also what we accept. We accept abortion, homosexuality, fornication, divorce, pornography, movies and television shows that curse our Father while revealing degrading behavior, and the list goes on and on. The worse act however is our acceptance of Jesus’s removal from our society. Because we accept these things, and more, “…God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.” (2 Thess 2: 11 & 12) This Scripture is being played out right before our eyes because, “We The People,” are taking pleasure in unbelievable wickedness.
The three branches of government, which are the Administration, Judicial, and Congressional, will have a lot to answer for on the last day if we fail to change. First the Administration. “I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world. But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler – not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? But those who are outside, God judges…’ (1Cor. 5: 9 – 13) Our Lord’s message is clear and simple. Don’t be involved with those inside the church who commit evil acts, and don’t judge those outside the church because the Father Himself will judge them. The Lord really means it when He says we are not to judge those outside the church for, “…Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgement, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (Jude 1: 9) So in regards to the Administration, in the name of Jesus, “The Lord rebuke you!”
The Judicial branch of government is responsible for more death than all the wars ever fought in America because they legalized pornography, abortion, and homosexuality. Pornography: Ted Bundy, a notorious serial killer of women, stated before his execution, that he began his life of crime by feeding off pornography as a youngster. How many others have been murdered because of pornography? How many children have been abused because of child pornography? Abortion: One of the key issues the Supreme Court used to make abortion legal was that an unborn child is not considered alive until birth. I guess their education of higher learning didn’t include, “…You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for, When as yet there was not one of them. (Psalm 139: 13 – 16) Any questions? We have become so wicked we even dare to destroy His creations. Homosexuality: How many homosexuals will never repent because the Supreme Court legalized homosexuals to marry? Legalizing marriage gave consent to their behavior, and will lead to eternal destruction for the masses. Do we really think that this pitiful, short period of time we spent on earth compares to eternity. “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.” (Lev 18: 22) Some will say, “well that’s the Old Testament. It’s not nearly as forgiving as the New Testament.” Oh really. “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. (1Cor 6: 9 & 10) Notice the Lord says do not be deceived. I am saddened on this account because most are deceived which means homosexuals are not hearing the message of salvation and ever lasting life. In reality our society is saying it is alright to be lost forever. The Justices have indeed fallen out of favor with the only real King. In this regard our Lord has a word for the Supreme Court of the United States. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes And clever in their own sight! (Isaiah 5: 20& 21) Lastly the Court’s decision to remove Jesus from the Government, with separation of Church and State, has left the court without the Lord’s presence or council. The Court listened to those who do not believe in God, and the whole country has, and will suffer for their decision. People will say, “Things are great in America, nothings really changed.” That’s what Israel was saying before they were slaughtered and taken into exile. If, “we the people,” truly believed that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, how can the Supreme Court possibly remove His name from the government?
When it comes to the United States Congress we only need to understand one thing. The Constitution identifies Americans as, “We The People;” however, Congress has made themselves separate, identifying themselves as, “We The Me.”
Now lets get down to the topic of this writhing which is “politics.” For the most part a person doesn’t chose a political party when they first become eligible to vote. They’ll belong to the party their parents and grandparents belonged to from the beginning of time, and woe to the person who breaks the chain. Political parties have turned the American people into sheep, and indeed has become a religion itself. Sheep don’t have the ability to think, and neither do we when it comes to politics. In fact politics has a stronger effect on people than religion. A person will quit one church, to attend another, and no one ever gives it a second thought. But to change from one party to another is a traumatic family event to say the least. There is however, a correlation between politics and religion.
I have read that eighty five percent of Americans claim to be Christian, and in Christianity I see three different groups. I will label each group and relate how each relates to politics. The first group are those who do not believe in our Father. The Lord has told us not to accuse this group because, those who are outside, God judges.” Therefore I won’t say anything further. In this group most don’t bother to vote, and those who do look to family party lines to make their choices.
The second group are the believers. This group is very small in number, actually just a, “few.” We’ll see what I mean by just a “few” in the Scripture below. A couple of months ago I stopped by to get a blood test at the request of my doctor. My healthcare program requires me to get a blood test every three months so I am a frequent visitor to the clinic. I guess at my age it’s the only sure way the doctor can determine if I am still alive. I always try to be the first one at the clinic so I get up early in the morning to be the first in line before the doors open. After all my scheming and hustling around early in the morning, to be number one, I have yet to be the first one in line. On this visit there was an elderly, gray haired lady, already waiting at the door before I arrived. I thought to my self, “some things just never change.” We exchanged, “hellos,” as I took my usual second place in line. We began talking and I mentioned the Lord in our conversation. When I mention His Name she gave me a piercing glance which sank deep into my soul, and said, “Are You A Believer?” She didn’t ask me if I was a Christian or what church I attendant. She simply asked if I was a believer. I said yes, and from that point on our conversation was about the Lord. I came to find out she was a missionary with New Tribe Missions (NTM) which is located down the road from where I live in Sanford, Florida. Missionaries with NTM travel to the deepest jungles of the world to locate tribes that have never had contact with the outside world. Once the missionaries earn their trust they learn their language so they can record the Bible, or parts of Bible. The tribe then learns to read their own language and salvation follows. The missionaries are by themselves in the remotest parts of the earth and are completely reliant upon the Lord for all things. Believe me they know Him. I was at a prayer breakfast a number of years ago and several NTM missionaries were at the meeting. One of the missionaries was asked to offer the prayer before the meal. After the prayer I knew I was in the presence of a believer who had a deep, deep, personal relationship with Jesus. It was the most humble prayer I’d ever heard, and I felt Jesus was indeed present to hear his every word. The missionary was in the flesh but during this prayer he and Jesus were the only ones in the room. This brother was a indeed a believer. In regards to politics a believer is very cautious when it comes to voting not wanting to offend the Lord. Others refuse to vote knowing the evil that is part of the political process. If we doubt the, “evil” part, just listen to the way politicians talk to each other, and about each other, and that’s just for starters. It should be noted that, although “few” in number, many believers do attend church services on Sunday.
The third group I will classify as religious people. Religious people are those who know of Jesus. They attend church on a regular bases, some wear the Lord’s Cross around their necks, and some attach Christian bumper stickers on their cars. This group believes that Jesus is the Son of God. Of those who claim to be Christian this is the largest group, and the most likely to vote. They are also the most puzzling to me. I’ve heard political figures, who profess to be Christians say they don’t believe in abortion even though their party does. Wh———–ah. How in God’s name can we not believe in abortion then belong to a party whose major component in their platform is abortion. Yet that is exactly what we do when we say we don’t believe in abortion then vote for the party that does. We go to church, wear the cross, and apply the bumper sticker, then walk into the voting booth and cast a vote for the destruction of God’s creations. We say that we are Christians then walk into the booth and vote against the Precious One when He says that certain behavior is an abomination. We think its alright because our parents and grandparents are party members? I have news for religious folks. I am old to say the least, and I can tell you that many of the parents and grandparents in my generation would not have never voted for such obvious evil regardless of their party affiliation. We can’t place the corrupt system of politics over the Kingdom of the most high God. And if we don’t repent, and quit backing wickedness, we’ll never enter the heavenly kingdom we are so sure our church membership guarantees.
The comment I most here about out our behavior is, “well things are different now.” Well that may be true; however, God hasn’t changed which means we’re in trouble. We must remember what the Lord shared with us at the beginning of this message. “For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence” And why will He send a deluding influence? “so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all my be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.” The message is very simple. If we are living by what is false the deluding influence is at work in our lives. We all know what sin is, and if the Lord doesn’t cause us to give it up we shall be judged. When the Lord revealed His relationship to me I was very excited; however, I did hesitate because I was not sure I was ready to give up my old life. I am so glad the Lord kept me moving forward because there is absolutely no comparison between His light and the false hope a deluding influence has to offer.
I know people will say, “he’s just trying to get votes for his party. No, this is the reason I am writing this message. “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are FEW who find it. (Matt 7: 13 & 14) There’s that word again. The word “few” which I referenced above. Do we truly understand what our Lord is telling us? The operative word here is, “few.” Few will find the narrow path that leads to ever lasting life. Now the question, why is it that way? What is it that leads the masses to destruction? Here’s the answer, “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits…” (Matt 7: 15 & 16) It, “ain’t rocket science,” folks. If a person is telling us to do anything that is contrary to God’s Word we are being led by a false prophet. We know their fruit because they are saying, and doing things that are totally against God’s will. If we don’t repent and stop listening to them we will be lost forever. You won’t hear this message in churches on Sunday. Why? Because a pastor will lose most of his congregation. People in churches today, “…will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. (2 Tim 4: 4) The Lord knew how America would act one day so He wrote us a letter which He sent to the angel of the church in Laodicea. “The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this: ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor not; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are luke-warm, and neither hot or cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing, and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.’ ” (Rev 3: 14 – 19) Even though the Lord admonishes us, and it would appear there’s no way out, He finishes His letter by saying, “Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. Behold I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Rev 3: 19 – 22)
Many will say, “why are you bringing the church into politics?” Because if the eighty five percent of people who say they are Christians would refuse to vote for false prophets we wouldn’t have the problems we have today. What would happen if Christians stopped voting for all politicians who backed abortion? The practice of abortion would be stopped over night. Our government is a reflection of, “We The People.” If we continue to back false prophets, and by our vote place them in positions of authority, things will continue to deteriorate. Do we really think our Lord will bless our nation’s leaders with wisdom when they refuse to follow Him? When we threw Jesus out of government all righteousness went with Him. America will change when Christians become believers instead of church goers. Some will think these words to be harsh; however, it won’t be as harsh as when our Lord decides to put an end to our foolish, evil behavior.
For thirty-five years of my life I was a religious person. However I did not want to be known as a religious person. I would have hated for people to say, “Oh, he’s religious.” That would have been too sissified for me. I wanted to be one of the guys, and my behavior indeed portrayed that imagine. Then one day, out of no where, I understood that God was my Father. It was not a religious experience, it was a relationship experience like I had with my earthly father. From that moment on His presence has never left me, and I do my best to obey Him in all things. All the things I use to do to have fun and pleasure in the world doesn’t compare to the joy I’ve found through obedience to Him. When we think of the word, “father,” do we think of religion? No, because the word, “father,” identifies with a relationship. It’s no different with our heavenly Father. He wants us to know Him, to be with Him, to talk with Him, to ask Him questions. He wants us to know Him in all things, and to totally rely on Him. When He allows us to be that close all things become new. Sin is the only reason He will not allow us to be close to Him. Simply sitting in the pew on Sundays, then doing our own thing during the week, will not cut it with the Father. Yet the masses are doing it this way which is the reason Jesus says, “…the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matt 7: 14) This is reality folks, and the only way we can personally change it is to die to the bondage of sin. The only way we can remove the bondage of sin is to be sanctified, and the only way we can become sanctified is by the truth, and the only way we can know the truth is by HIS WORD. “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.” (John 17: 17 ) A word of caution my dear brothers and sisters. When a large number of religious people become believers, persecution will indeed follow. In its present condition America will not tolerate people who are totally reliant upon Jesus Christ.
Who are we going follow; false prophets or the Lord? “Now above the expanse that was over their heads there was something resembling a throne, like lapis lazuli in appearance; and on that which resembled a throne, high up, was a figure with the appearance of a man. Then I noticed from the appearance of His loins and upward something like glowing metal that looked like fire all around within it, and from the appearance of His loins and downward I saw something like fire, and there was a radiance around Him.” (Ezekiel 1: 27 & 28) This is our Father. “Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands; and in the middle of the lamp stands I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash. His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes are like a flame of fire. His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters. In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength. (Rev. 1: 12 – 16) This is the Son. Now that we have a visual, whom shall we chose? The Father and His Son, or the False Prophet? Truth is most in our nation chose the false prophet. It’s this way because we are looking through the eyes of religion not the eyes of relationship. Our Father and our Lord are not religious figures that we visit on Sunday mornings. They are eternal, and Their relationship with us is also eternal. Our relationship with the Father and Son begins right now, right here on earth. “even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life. This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. (John 17: 2 & 3) Eternal life begins when we know Him. Death has no place in this matter. And where do we find Him, how do we know Him? “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1: 14) Jesus is the Word, They are One and the Same. So when we know Him (the Word), and obey Him (His Word) we walk in heavenly places with the One whose appearance is like …fire, and there was a radiance around Him, and whose…face was like the sun shining in its strength. Everything we know and see in the universe was created by His power which was fueled by His love for us. Do we know of anything, or anybody, who laid down their life for us so we might live with Him now, and for evermore? Love to all!
Roger D. Casterline
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