Four men came together to plan a back robbery. They cased the bank for several weeks, and set a date for the robbery. On the day of the bank robbery three men went into the bank, and the fourth man was posted outside the bank in the get away car. Upon entering the bank the robbers encountered a problem they had not planned for, and things got out of control. The bank guard had gone into the restroom, and upon returning to the lobby, one the robbers over reacted and shot the guard to death. During the commotion a bank teller hit the silent alarm which was unknown to the robbers. After the shooting the robbers quickly took the money they had collected and rushed to the get away car. Because the police had been alerted the bank robbers were apprehended a block from the bank. The four men were charged with robbery and murder, and after a lengthy trial all the robbers were found guilty as charged. Before the sentencing phase the attorney for the robber who drove the get away car appealed to the judge for a lesser sentence stating his client had not touched the money nor had been involved in the officer’s death. The judge denied the appeal stating that even though the driver had not entered the bank, or was involved in the shooting, he was still a willing participant in the robbery. As a result of their conviction, the Judge sentenced all four men to a very, very, very long prison term.
A few months ago I was watching a news show on television which featured several panel members. They were discussing the problems in the middle east, and their attention turned to the Christians who were being killed because of their faith. At this point one of the panel members identified himself as a Christian stating, “I am a devout Christian.” One of the other panel members then asked, “how do you feel about abortion,” and the Christian fellow stated, “I don’t believe in abortion.” I about fell out of my chair because I knew that particular panel member, who said he was a Christian, to be a staunch worker and supporter for his political party which not only believes in abortion but uses millions of tax payer dollars to support the abomination. Like the get away driver, won’t our Father find him, “the devout Christian,” just as guilty as those who make abortion possible in this country, and do all they can to fund it’s mission. The leadership of his party also supports homosexuality, and gay marriage, and fornication (having sex out of wedlock). One might say how could a political party support fornication. Before the last general election the leader of the, “devout,” Christian’s party offered free birth control to women. What do we think? Would free birth control encourage righteousness or fornication? How could a person who says they’re a Christian, a devout one at that, be so deceived? Now if the guy who drove the get away car was guilty, won’t we be found guilty by backing those who promote such abominations previously mentioned. Think of how many people will be lost for eternity because our leaders back behavior that is clearly against our Father’s will. Won’t those loses be on our heads if we back people who who are so bold so as to defy our heavenly Father ?
Before going further let me once again review the Lord’s take on the abominations listed above. Abortion: “Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.” (1 Cor.3: 16 & 17) There is nothing more righteous, more God like, than a baby in the mother’s womb, and yet we think nothing of destroying them. Those who take part in the abortion process God will indeed destroy if they do not repent. Taking a part in the process includes the, “devote Christian,” who staunchly supports those who make abortion possible in this country. Homosexuality and Fornication: “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, no adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Cor. 10: 9 & 10) Then there is this. “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.” (Leviticus 18: 22) I have written about these matters before and one may say that I hate homosexuals and people who promote abortion. Not true, why, because I am telling the truth, and the truth is if they repent they can have eternal life. The ones who hate them are our leaders who not only accept their behavior, but through their acceptance encourage others to do the same. As Paul states, “So have I become your enemy by telling you the truth? They eagerly seek you, not commendably, but they wish to shut you out so that you will seek them.” (Galatians 4: 16 &17) Isn’t this passage a perfect example of what our leaders are doing? Those who are weak in faith, or have no faith at all, are being deceived, and will be lost forever without repentance. And if we back leaders who advocate the behavior mentioned above we are just as guilty as those who participate in the behavior, and those who promote such behavior. Not only do they participate and promote, they harshly come against those who point out the error of their ways. Our Lord has a message, “He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.” (Proverbs 17: 15) As a foot note I recently learned that our government has allocated tax dollars to transgender therapy for illegals who are imprisoned. These are people we elected to office not once but twice. You talk about being deceived. Our Father’s greatest miracle is His patience. If it weren’t, He would have wiped us off the earth by now. Yet our Father has a firm rebuke for America. “You have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet you say, ‘How have we wearied Him?’ In that you say, ‘Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and He delights in them,’ or, ‘Where is the God of justice?'” (Malachi 2: 17)
According to surveys 79 percent of the people in America are of the Christian faith. If that is the case, how could anyone get into office who advocates, abortion, homosexuality, and fornication? The truth is plain and simple. A large portion of the 79 percent support people who believe in these abominations. I believe there are three groups that make up the 79 percent. The first group is very large. They believe that there is a God and that Jesus Christ is His Son which in the survey qualifies them as being a Christian. However these people fail to realize Satan believes that much. “You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.” (James 2: 19)
The second group is also a large group of people, who see Jesus as a religion. They attend a denominational church, some a lot and others on occasion. They’re faith is based on their denomination. They believe that by belonging they are assured a place in heaven. If we don’t believe this explain why does attendance sore on Christmas and Easter. The Pastors in these institutions are regarded as spiritual leaders; and therefore, the congregation is content to receive their spiritual guidance through him. Many members seek popular Bible teachers to teach them. As a result we rarely, if ever, read the Scriptures to find our Father’s purpose for our their lives. Instead we rely heavily on the created instead of the Creator. If we believe this is not true, listen to whom people quote in their Bible studies. Is it Jesus or some man? In regards to denominations,“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life. I do not receive glory from men but I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves. I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, you will receive him. How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?” (John 5: 39 – 44) Every domination has a doctrine. Where do they get the doctrine? They, “search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.” In regards to doctrine, “You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you: THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME. BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.” (Matt 15: 7 – 9) Do we believe we’ll be divided by church denomination when we get to heaven? Of course we do. At almost every service we pray saying, “…Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven…” (Matt 6: 9 & 10) If our Father asks us to pray for things to be done on earth like they are in heaven we must surely believe there are denominations in heaven. Of course we do not believe this is true, but we sure do practice it. Many in the second group will take part in earthy things which are contrary to what our Father wants for His children. How can we possibly say we, “seek the glory that is from the one and only God” then support leaders who believe in measures that are anti Christ in nature. Do we honestly believe our Lord is going to impart His wisdom on such leaders? Before concluding this segment let me say that I do not think it is wrong to attend church. However I do believe it to be a tragic mistake to believe membership insures our place in heaven.
A small percentage of people comprise the third group. These people recognize Jesus as a relationship. Some in this group attend denominational churches, others do not. The one thing they have in common is they follow the Lamb, and are totally committed to Him. “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.” (John 10: 1 – 5)
The vast majority of the 79 percent are confident in their salvation; however, because of the activities they take part in it is evident they are deceived. How can I make such a statement? Because in order to enter into life we must, “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 though 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) Far to many of our number have been deceived, and are following ravenous wolves which accounts for the ungodliness we see in our society. Jesus was with his disciples, “As He was sitting on the Mount of olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, ‘Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming. and of the end of the age?’ And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘See to it that no one misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying, [I am the Christ,] and will mislead many.‘” (Matt 24: 4 – 6) When Jesus was asked by His disciples about the end of the age and His return, think of the, “mind blowing,” answer He could have given them. Instead He simply said, “See to it that no one misleads you.” He goes on to say that many (not a few), many will come in His name and mislead many. Jesus is not saying that many will come saying that they are Jesus Christ. He’s saying they will come testifying that Jesus is the Christ and thereafter mislead many. Who are these people anyway. They are preachers and Bible teachers, and sadly leaders of our country. Praise God for the people many people who preach the Gospel, and who are writing and preaching the Scriptures encouraging people in the Word. However, there are also many people who mislead others with their teachings. I don’t want anyone to believe that all pastors and teachers are misleading their flocks, because “…He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ.” (Ephesians 4: 11 – 15) Any pastor or teacher who does not teach others to learn from the Lord has indeed lost his way.
Matt. 7: 13 & 14 tells us that the masses are going to destruction. The question is why is this happening. Continuing to verse 15 we find that we must, “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. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?” (Matt 7: 15 & 16) Our Lord is not talking about apple trees and orange trees when He talks about fruit. He’s talking about people who advocate teachings and practices that are contrary to righteousness. The false prophets our Lord is talking about are seated in the halls of government, and other places of leadership in our society even in the pulpit. We cannot know a false prophet by what he says; however, we can know them by what they believe, accompanied with the administration of their beliefs. Because people who believe and follow their practices the masses are being led to destruction. How did these people get in positions of power? It happened because a large number of “the 79 percent” chose to back them.
Our Precious One does have an answer for us all. “And He also spoke a parable to them: ‘A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit? A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.'” (Luke 6: 39 & 40) If we make a leader of a faith our teacher will we not be like him after we are fully trained? If we make the Scriptures our teacher won’t we be like Jesus after we are fully trained? Some will say it is outrageous to even think that we can be like Christ. “If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same. Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matt 5: 47 & 48) Then there is this. “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.'” (1 Peter 1: 14 – 16) As long as we think we can’t be holy we will not make any effort to be holy. What is it we say when someone messes up? “Well, nobody’s perfect.” Our Father not only wants us to be perfect, He expects us to be perfect. I know I am not perfect; however, I do know the goal. Each step we take towards perfection the closer our relationship becomes with our Father. The first thing I said to my self when I first met Christ was, “I can’t really do this. I’ll have to give up too much, I won’t have anymore fun.” “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you so that My my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” (John 15: 10 – 11) Let us not be deceived my dear family and friends. No matter what the world may say, the only path to real, ever lasting joy, is through obedience to Christ who is the glorious Word of God.” “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)
To all the brethren I say we must put on the armor of God to prepare for battle, for our battle is not against flesh and blood. It would be a huge mistake to come against flesh and blood when the real battle is fought in heavenly places. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREAST-PLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints”…) (Ephesians 6: 10 – 18) For the believer these things are a must because we are indeed nearing the end. I say this because the signs of His coming are with us today. “Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness in revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.” ( 2 Thess 2: 1 – 4)
There are three things that must happen before the Precious One comes. First there must be a falling away from the faith which is the apostasy, the anti christ is revealed, and finally the anti christ will seat himself in the temple of God displaying himself as being God. The time frame for these events is unknown except to the Father; however, the end could be closer than we think. The reason I believe we’re close is because the apostasy, the falling away from the faith, has already begun. In fact it’s been going on for many years. Let me explain. I always thought that falling away from the faith meant that many people would quit going to church. Actually there is something very different taking place. If we put leaders in office that believe in abortion, advancement of homosexual activity and fornication, are we not falling away from the faith? If we back movies and television shows that curse our Father and His Son from start to finish, are we not falling away from the faith? If men and women live together out of wedlock, are we not falling away from the faith? If our divorce rate is above fifty percent, is that not falling away from the faith? Look at all the things we feel, touch, and hear, knowing full well it is not God’s will for us to take part. Is that not falling away from the faith? The tragic reality is that a very large portion of “The 79 Percent” back these things which in turn makes them as guilty as those who institute such evil. If this were not true, none of these things would exist in our society. Any time we take part of what the world has to offer, we deny ourselves a relationship with the One who created all the things we see, and cannot see. The worst thing that could ever happen to us is to see Him face to face, to know His love, then to be cast out of His presence for an eternity. To say, “I am sorry,” erases a multitude of sins.
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