That Dreadful Day No One Wants to Talk About                     

A noted TV evangelist stunned our country in 2007 with a prophetic warning. He said God revealed to him that a sudden terrorist attack is coming soon to the United States, and that multitudes will be killed. A similar prophecy was given nationwide by another respected TV evangelist. 

 

In recent weeks I have received prophecies from unknown but godly ministers who are crying out this same kind of message. These shepherds are warning, “A great disaster is coming upon us soon and suddenly. It will be so devastating, the world is going to shudder. Things will never be the same.”

News commentators have now joined this chorus

I repeatedly hear news broadcast­ers predicting the same thing: a terri­ble world crisis is about to happen. I believe these premonitions by the sec­ular world are the Spirit of God’s way of warning nonbelievers. Now even the wickedest people on earth feel in their souls an inner nagging that an awful, fearful day is inevitable and fast approaching.

Right now, the world is in fright­ening disorder. I think of the horrible atrocity taking place in Darfur in Sudan. Over 300,000 people have died there, and 2 million others have become refugees. As the world looks on in horror, unable to stop the slaughter, a corrupt United Nations sits paralyzed. Much of the food aid goes to support insurgent military forces.

Terrorism is escalating, and world powers are confused. The U.N. is being called “Mission Impossible,” with its Security Council hopelessly divided. Meanwhile, Iran and North Korea are racing to build nuclear arse­nals, with Iran threatening to wipe Israel off the map. To these renegade nations, any threat of U.N. sanctions is a joke. They openly scoff at that body’s solemn resolutions.

Most will not likely even hear the warnings, like the stiff-necked kings in the Bible who tore up the prophets’ warnings.

All this time, China is fast rising in global power, determined to replace America as the world’s sole superpower. The Chinese government is pouring billions of dollars into Africa, South America, the Far East and Latin America, buying the influ­ence of nations. Now it seems that everything is being made in or by China.  

Who is listening to all of these prophetic warnings and heeding them?

The nations of the world and their leaders aren’t listening to all the alarms that are sounding. Most will not likely even hear the warnings. Like the stiff-necked kings in the Bible who tore up the prophets’ warn­ings, they scoffed at what was being prophesied to them.

Indeed, all haters of Christ are scoffing. The secular world mocks the preachers who speak these dire warnings, calling them doomsayers, saying they’re out of their minds. Just as Scripture predicts, these present-day mockers claim, “All things con­tinue as they have from the beginning of time. Nothing is going to stop the world’s prosperity from continuing. All is well.”

The fact is, those who love the things of this world are going to shrug off every such warning and prophecy. This is true also of numbers of Christians. If a believer is given to the pursuit of wealth and success — if he wants an easy religion, one of cheap grace — he’ll turn his ear from a hard-sounding message.

Personally, I am shocked by the many ministers of God who openly despise those who warn of perilous times ahead. I don’t understand how they can dismiss every prophetic mes­sage being sounded. Think of it:

Right now, national security leaders are sending out alerts in the U.S. – yellow, orange and red alerts including aviation warnings.

Top security people are warning of a possible dirty bomb to be set off by terrorists, with multitudes at risk.

In New York City, every security agency has been running drills for when an attack occurs. News reports continually state that this attack is not a matter of “if but “when.” Its occurrence is but a matter of time.

Health experts are warning of worldwide pandemics, predicting that millions upon millions will die. HIV/AIDS is already ravaging the world, engulfing most of Africa.

How is the body of Christ responding to these warnings? In many churches, there is no mention of atrocities, of terrorism, of tragic pandemics. Instead, the messages being brought forth from those pulpits are comprised of motivational pep talks, jokes, entertainment. It’s all spiritual baby food, with no word spoken about coming judgments.

Yet the handwriting is on the wall, declared by Scripture and echoed by the world: a dreadful day is ahead.

What, exactly, are religious people being told during this crucial time of warning?

More and more preachers are urging their people, “God wants you to get rich. He wants you to go first class. So, get in on it now.” They are falling into the same money-focused gospel that Jesus drove from the tem­ple in his day.

I believe God loves to bless his people, and there are promises of increase to those who give to the needs of the poor, widows and father­less. It is not a sin to be prosperous. Many financially blessed believers support missions and charitable works around the world.

Still, the Holy Spirit is right now pleading with the world, through many prophetic voices, as well as through the world’s own voices. A dreadful day of reckoning is at the door, yet most people — including multitudes of Christians — don’t want to talk or even think about it.

If so few are listening, then who are these prophecies meant for? Why would the Lord deliver them, if so few will give heed? Who in the world is going to hear*these warnings?

I think of Jeremiah, Ezekiel and other Old Testament prophets who warned about the fall of Babylon, the world power at the time. Prophets also spoke of coming destruction upon the Chaldeans, the Medes, the Persians, Tyre. Yet these prophecies never reached those heathen nations or their leaders.

Even backslidden Israel scoffed at the voices crying in the wilderness. So, why did God bring these warn­ings at all? Who would believe such reports? And to whom is God speaking?

The Lord is always speaking to his faithful remnant.

Throughout history, God has always sent prophets with a warning to wake up his sleeping bride. He reveals the lateness of the hour in such warnings in order to wake up a slumbering ministry and church.

While God speaks through men with national pulpits, many times the Lord has to find humble, unknown, hidden watchmen to deliver his warn­ings. He’s picked preachers who have no personal agenda, men who are shut up with God in prayer. These ministers are despised and ridiculed as ignorant and unlearned. Yet they are unafraid of reproach. Indeed, they are the “weak” sent by God to con­found the wise.

And only those listeners who aren’t in love with the world will hear the prophetic warnings these prophets bring. Only those who yearn for the coming of the Lord will have this message ring true in their hearts.

Here is why God warns his faithful ones: it is so that when sudden disaster strikes, they are not swept away with fear. When that dreadful event comes, God’s people must know that what has happened is not an accident or a random act of ruthless nations. They are to have the peace of Christ in their hearts, knowing that our God is still master of the universe.

In this way, the Lord’s people will have been warned. And they won’t panic when other men’s hearts fail them for fear at all the frightful things they see coming on the earth.

by David Wilkerson —Excerpts from 02/05/07 World Challenge Pulpit Series

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Resting In Jesus In Perilous Times

We are to listen carefully to prophecies, but we are not to become obsessed with them.
For years, I have been faithfully warning of a soon-to-come worldwide economic holocaust. Right now, we are seeing this coming to pass around the globe. I have warned that Christians are going to suffer, that there will be great loss and hardship, and already this is happening. Multitudes of precious saints all over the world are now enduring great financial and mental stress.

 As awful as these things are, none of them should be the focus of our energies and ministry. Rather, we must continue proclaiming the love of God the Father and the tender mercy of our Savior Jesus for us.

I know the American lifestyle -indeed, the lifestyles of those in every prosperous nation – are about to change permanently. I know everything is reeling and shaking. But when I get up in the morning, I don’t worry, “What are we going to eat? What are we going to wear? What about heat, light, security?” Jesus warned us not to do that.

Instead, when I go to bed at night, I rest in my Father’s love. The fact is, I know I am not God and that he alone is in control of all these things. I simply do what the prophet Isaiah did: he put his mind to rest by fully trusting in his Lord. This prophet declared to be­lievers in every age, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” (Isaiah 26:3). God cannot lie.

Scripture makes it clear: we are to be alerted and warned by the prophetic messages delivered by godly watchmen. Likewise, we are to heed every prophetic message revealed and confirmed in Scripture. In short, we are to gather all the knowledge we can about the oncoming storms, so we can pre­pare our hearts for whatever we will face.

But we are not to let fear or anxiety consume our thinking, dominate our minds or take hold of our hearts. Darkness is certainly coming and judgment is at our very door. But as God’s people, we cannot allow any cloud of darkness to hide the great light of his promises of love and mercy toward his people. We must be well informed by God’s Word and his prophets, but we are not to dwell on prophetic knowledge so much that it takes over our lives.

The devil would love for this to happen. He knows he can’t get us to doubt the Lord’s Word concerning judgment, so he will attempt to take us to another extreme and drive us to a fearful obsession with perilous times.

Simply put, Satan wants to rob you of all hope by consuming you with foreboding thoughts. But you cannot figure out the future through being totally preoccupied with this. In reality, it can get you bogged down in fear and obsessing about frightful events.

The apostle Paul reassures us with this instruction: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8, my italics).

In other words: “You have heard all the warnings. Now, take heed to what God’s Word reveals and to what his watchmen are saying. And, finally, fix your thoughts on Jesus and his goodness.”

In a time when great judgments were falling on the nation all around him, 

Isaiah testified he had a double portion of peace.

The same wonderful outlook that Isaiah had in the perilous times of his day is available to us also. This promise of rest applies to “all whose minds are stayed on him ”

Isaiah was overwhelmed by what he saw happening in the world around him. But Scripture reveals he enjoyed great peace. How did he come into such a place of peace, with everything he saw? There were two reasons for it:

First, as judgments were poised to strike the nations, Isaiah was in constant communion with God in prayer. “Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O Lord, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee ” (Isaiah 26:8). Isaiah was prepared for anything because he was already “praying without ceasing.”

I must ask you: as the storm rages, are you going to the Lord in prayer, as Isaiah did? If you are, then you’re gaining strength, because your mind is becoming fixed on your sovereign heavenly Father’s love, and he is continually revealing his power to you and encouraging you that you’ll make it through.

It is not God’s will that any of his children face the perilous times ahead with paralyzing fear.

The Lord does not desire that bibli­cal prophecies and warnings frighten us. Instead, here is Jesus’ heart on the matter, stated very plainly: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be trou­bled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).

In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus prophesied of world events to come that sounded frightful. He spoke of wars, pestilence, earthquakes in various places. And he warned his hearers, “You are going to be afflicted, and some of you will even be killed. Iniquity will abound. False prophets and messiahs shall arise deceiving many.”

Later in Matthew, Jesus explains his reasons for forewarning of these catastrophic events. He says he told us these things so we would believe in him when we saw them coming to pass.

Jesus wasn’t trying to put a burden of fear on us. Rather, he simply doesn’t want us to be surprised when we are hit by awful storms. He doesn’t want our faith to be shipwrecked when suddenly we face incredible suffering. Most of all, he wants us to believe there is a Lord over all these awful things, a Father who is loving enough to warn us about them and keep us through them all.

Isaiah preached hope in perilous times.

Isaiah was looking beyond all the things that were happening, toward a greater vision God had given him. In this vision, Isaiah saw the Lord coming to wipe away the tears of his children, remove their burdens and deliver them from all guilt and fear:

“It shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation… He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath Spoken it” (Isaiah25:9, 8).

Here is the second reason Isaiah had come into a place of peace despite all the upheaval around him. He was saying to us – indeed, to believers of every age – in effect: “You who live in the very last days can also have this double portion of peace. Abandon yourself to simple trust in the Lord, your Rock.”

“Trust ye in the Lord at all times: for in the Lord Jehovah is [your] everlasting strength” (26:4). “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation” (12:2).

God does have a word of hope for this hour.

For many months, I have searched and studied the Scriptures, pleading with the Lord to give me a message of hope and encouragement for these hard times. My spirit has cried out, “Lord, please speak a word to my heart for your children, for you alone have the words of eternal life. Only you can speak a word of comfort to us in such times.”

The Holy Spirit answered my prayer, speaking the following to my heart: “I am going to give you a single promise from my Word. And if you will commit your very life to it, this word will keep you through any and all perilous times.”

Beloved, I know if we will especially embrace this one verse, fully believing it, it will be a daily power-source of faith. Here is the promise the Spirit showed me:

 “YOUR FATHER KNOWETH WHAT THINGS YE HAVE NEED OF, BEFORE YE ASK HIM” (Matthew 6:8).

In Luke 12, Jesus enumerates the things he says our heavenly Father knows we need. Those needs are, in short, food, drink and clothing.

“Therefore, I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on… If then God so clothe the grass, which is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?” (Luke 12:22, 28).

Jesus speaks of grass that is full and green today but tomorrow is cut down. He would have us remember he gave it life and care. We dare not think he cares for our needs less than for grass. He knows full well what we need, whether it is food, finances or clothes.

Jesus added, “All these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things” (12:30). Again Christ reminds us, “Here is all you need to know: your heavenly Father knows what your needs are. He has already enumerated them.”

My theme now is this: GOD KNOWS, AND THAT IS ALL THAT MATTERS.

God will never abandon his “little flock.”

Jesus promises, “Rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock” (Luke 12:31-32). If we will simply trust him, our Lord will bless us with all we need.

If you are concerned for your family’s welfare in the coming days, I have good news for you: Your children are God’s children. And he cares for your loved ones more than you do. Jesus knows exactly what you all need to survive.

HE KNOWS ABOUT YOUR NEED TO HAVE A ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD. HE KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT YOUR RENT BILL OR MORTGAGE PAYMENT IS EACH MONTH. HE KNOWS ABOUT THE MOUTHS YOU HAVE TO FEED AND THE AMOUNT OF FOOD IN YOUR CUPBOARD. YOU CAN TRUST HIM FULLY TO MEET ALL OF THESE NEEDS, BECAUSE HE PROMISES TO DO IT.

Tragically, many people are going to grow bitter in the coming days because God won’t answer their prayers to protect their present lifestyle. Many have never known the kind of suffering we now face.

But the Lord says to rich and poor alike, “Don’t fret about your worldly possessions. Give me quality time and trust me. I am going to take care of all your future needs. You will be supplied all the essentials you need to get by.”

There is one lesson every believer must learn and practice.

At this moment, world events are moving so fast that nobody can keep up with them. Even as I write these words, the American stock market has lost billions. The implications of such things are too deep and complex to fathom.

Our faith is anchored in this: OUR HEAVENLY FATHER KNOWS US -HE KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT WE NEED AND WHEN WE NEED IT -AND THE VERY FACT HE KNOWS IS PROOF ENOUGH THAT WE ARE UNDER HIS CARE. HE DELIGHTS IN US, AND WE ARE SNUGGLED IN HIS BOSOM, SAFE AND SOUND.

Daniel said of the Lord: “He knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him” (Daniel 2:22). God knows all about the dark days ahead. And he knows that even this darkness cannot obscure his face from us.

Indeed, our clear path through hard times will be found only in trusting the Lord. He is calling us today to have a simple, childlike trust in his faithfulness.

Let us all keep our eyes on Jesus. Let us trust his great love and care for us. “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7).  

—This letter introduced the above article—

Dearly Beloved:

In my prayer walk today, I asked the Holy Spirit to give me a word of hope and strength for these troubling times.

I want to share with you what I heard the Lord speaking to my concerns. I strongly believe God still speaks to his children today. Let me summarize what was made known to me:

There may still be a short respite from the financial crisis — but it would be a mercy call to repentance, both to wicked society and to an apathetic church.

It will come down to this:

Do I truly believe that my God of the Bible always was, always is, and always will be?

If I believe God always was, is and will be, then I must believe nothing is impossible to him.

If I believe he is truly God, then he can and will do the impossible. I must believe he is all he claims to be: my Father, my hiding place, my shepherd, my provider, my keeper, my strength, my all-in-all. I must believe he will do for me what seems impossible in my times of trouble.

Beloved, hold to your confidence. One day our precious Lord will explain it all to us. So, in the meantime,

“Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward” (Hebrews 10:35).

“For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end” (Hebrews 3:14).

Brother, sister – THIS IS ALL GOING TO PASS. We will all stand before Christ’s throne one day, and I hope to fight the good fight of faith until that day. I do not want to stand before him disillusioned, fearful, unbelieving. All I have now to bring him is my faith, my unwavering confidence in the saving power of his shed blood.

A closing word: Financial panic and confusion still grip the world. We are all going to be affected in one way or another — even churches and all missionary endeavors.

I pledge never to beg or plead for finances. I will not send you desperate letters or pressure you in any way. We will keep giving to all our missions outreaches to orphans, feeding ministries and other works, as the Lord provides.

I have trusted God for finances for over fifty years of ministering to the needy, through three major reces­sions. He has never failed! He will see us through this one, too.

Our prayers are with all God’s people who receive our messages. God will not fail you, either. Hold fast now to your confidence in the Lord.

Yours in Christ,

DAVID WILKERSON

DW:bbm 10-27-08

David Wilkerson 

Oct. 27, 2008…..This message was delivered at Time’s Square Church in New York City

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BRING YOUR OWN GOD TO CHURCH

New Trend: ‘Radically Inclusive’ Churches That Embrace All Religions And All Lifestyles

InterfaithIf you want as many people to attend your church as possible, why limit yourself to just Christians?  All over America, “radically inclusive” churches that embrace all religions and all lifestyles are starting to pop up.  Church services that incorporate elements of Hinduism, Islam, native American religions and even Wicca are becoming increasingly common.  And even if you don’t believe anything at all, that is okay with these churches too.  In fact, as you will see below, one Presbyterian minister in Oregon is even inviting people to “bring their own god” to church.  But if these churches don’t really stand for anything at all, what is their purpose?  And what does the popularity of these churches say about the future of religion in America?

One such church that has gotten quite a bit of attention lately is led by D.E. Paulk.  The son of Earl Paulk, he was once considered to be the “heir apparent” at one of the largest megachurches in America.  But these days he leads worship at a church that recognizes “all gods and prophets, including Mohammed“…

The Spirit and Truth Sanctuary, which D.E. founded in 2012, welcomes everyone from Wiccans to atheists, Hindus to Muslims, recognizing all gods and prophets, including Mohammed.

‘[Scandal] has a way of wiping out the things that keep you from being authentic,’ he said.

‘All you have left is who you are. The games are gone… If there was anything I wanted to say I thought would be unacceptable to the church, now is the time to say it.’

After much soul searching, D.E. established his church based around one principle: ‘Christ cannot be, and will not be, restricted to Christianity‘.

Paulk insists that there is “no hell except what one creates with one’s own actions“, and he is very proud of the diverse group of people that currently attends his services

Today, the church is a rarity on many levels: interfaith, interracial, a mosaic of people deep in the Bible Belt where many churches remain segregated. The church has gay couples, college students, agnostics, some Muslims and even a Wiccan priest. Pictures of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi adorn the walls.

A stained glass window looming over the pulpit captures the spirit of the church. It’s a design that contains a Christian cross, ringed by symbols from Judaism, Islam and Hinduism. In the middle is a dove, which symbolizes the spirit of peace that binds them all together.

A CNN reporter visited one of Paulk’s recent services, and it was definitely far different from what Earl Paulk’s services would have looked like in the old days…

The service then started to feel like a Pentecostal tent-revival but with an unusual twist.

A group of singers took to the stage and opened with a hypnotic Tibetan Buddhist chant that evoked the spirit of compassion: “Om Mani Padme Hum.”

The chant segued into “Shanti, Shanti Om,” a Hindu prayer for peace. Then as the chanting grew louder, the drums and bass kicked in as the singers switched to a Muslim chant about the sovereignty of God: “La ilaha, Il Allah.”

And of course D.E. Paulk is far from alone.

All over America there are ministers that are going out of their way to be more “inclusive”.

As I mentioned above, there is even one Presbyterian minister out in Oregon that wants people to “bring their own god” to church…

A Presbyterian USA minister in Oregon who says that he doesn’t believe in God—and doesn’t require his members to believe either–remarked in a recent article that he is offended by those who assert that he is not a Christian.

Someone quipped that my congregation is BYOG: Bring Your Own God. I use that and invite people to ‘bring their own God’—or none at all,” wrote John Shuck of Beaverton’s Southminster Presbyterian Church in a guest post for Patheos last week. “While the symbol ‘God’ is part of our cultural tradition, you can take it or leave it or redefine it to your liking.”

Even though Shuck has publicly acknowledged that he does not believe in God, he insists that he is “still a proud minister”, and he gets offended when people try to tell him that he is not a Christian…

Shuck reiterated his unbelief in his article “I’m a Presbyterian Minister Who Doesn’t Believe in God” on Tuesday, as he asserted that “belief-less Christianity is thriving.”

“We all have been trained to think that Christianity is about believing things,” he wrote. “Its symbols and artifacts (God, Bible, Jesus, Heaven, etc) must be accepted in a certain way. And when times change and these beliefs are no longer credible, the choices we are left with are either rejection or fundamentalism.”

But Shuck says that although he rejects the Bible as being literal, and denies the existence of Heaven and Hell, he takes offense when people tell him that he’s not a Christian.

Even though I hold those beliefs, I am still a proud minister. But I don’t appreciate being told that I’m not truly a Christian,” he stated. “Many liberal or progressive Christians have already let go or de-emphasized belief in Heaven, that the Bible is literally true, that Jesus is supernatural, and that Christianity is the only way. Yet they still practice what they call Christianity.”

Elsewhere in the Northwest, other ministers are trying similar approaches.

Just consider the following excerpt from an article in the New York Times

Clad in proper Pacific Northwest flannel, toting a flask of “rocket fuel” coffee typical of Starbucks’ home turf, Steven Greenebaum rolled his Prius into a middle school parking lot one Sunday morning last month. Then he set about transforming its cafeteria into a sanctuary and himself into a minister.

He donned vestments adorned with the symbols of nearly a dozen religions. He unfolded a portable bookshelf and set the Koran beside the Hebrew Bible, with both of them near two volumes of the “Humanist Manifesto” and the Sioux wisdom of “Black Elk Speaks.” Candles, stones, bells and flowers adorned the improvised altar.

Some of the congregants began arriving to help. There was Steve Crawford, who had spent his youth in Campus Crusade for Christ, and Gloria Parker, raised Lutheran and married to a Catholic, and Patrick McKenna, who had been brought up as a Jehovah’s Witness and now called himself a pagan.

Other churches are attempting to become more “inclusive” by being willing to embrace alternative lifestyles.

For example, one of the largest evangelical churches in San Francisco has decided to take a new approach to the LBGT community

Now, San Francisco’s City Church is putting an end to its policy of banning LGBT members who are unwilling or unable to take a vow of celibacy.

What led to the change of heart at City Church? Apparently, Ken Wilson’s book A Letter to My Congregation was a big part of it. Fred Harrell, senior pastor of City Church, feels the mind-changing book “shows great empathy and maturity to model unity and patience with those who are at different places in the conversation, all while dealing honestly with Scripture.”

“Our pastoral practice of demanding life-long ‘celibacy,’ by which we meant that for the rest of your life you would not engage your sexual orientation in any way, was causing obvious harm and has not led to human flourishing,” Harrell wrote in a letter to the church from the elder board. “It’s unfortunate that we used the word ‘celibacy’ to describe a demand placed on others, as in Scripture it is, according to both Jesus and Paul, a special gift or calling by God, not an option for everyone.”

But if people can just “believe whatever they want”, what makes these churches “Christian” at all?

We live in a society in which it has become very trendy to “choose your own path” and in which nobody wants to do anything that might “offend” someone else.

For instance, consider the words that one CNN reporter used to describe her transition from “Christian” to “seeker”…

After years of spiritual reflection and inquiry, I am at a place where I don’t want to feel guilty, hypocritical, judgmental, closed-minded or arrogant. So, where do I stand now — 30 years after “finding God,” questioning my faith, committing sins, seeking hazardous adventure and trying to love life and people to the best of my ability?

I am a “seeker.” A constant seeker within this world, among people and, of course, for spiritual enlightenment of all kind. Because if I did possess the truth — the “final answer” — I am convinced I would spend the rest of my years missing out on the enrichment and surprise of seeking it.

Those are some lovely words.

But it almost sounds as if she is actually afraid of the truth.  It is almost as if she does not want to find it, because if she did it might offend someone.

In the final analysis, this CNN reporter is just like so many other Americans.  Most people end up believing exactly what they want to believe.  And what this CNN reporter wants is to avoid feeling “guilty, hypocritical, judgmental, closed-minded or arrogant”.

Of course there are thousands upon thousands of Christian ministers all over the nation that want the same thing.  They never use the word “sin” because they want people to feel good about themselves.  And they never talk about anything controversial because they want people to keep coming back and they want the donations to keep rolling in.  So they preach messages about how wonderful everyone is and about how God wants to help all of us “achieve our destinies” and make all of us very wealthy.

But meanwhile our nation continues to swirl even farther down the toilet.

In the Scriptures, we were warned that such a day would come…

For the time will come when people will not endure sound doctrine, but they will gather to themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires, having itching ears, and they will turn their ears away from the truth and turn to myths.

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Pope Francis Vs. The Holy Bible

The Sayings Of Pope Francis Vs. The Holy Bible

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by NTEB Feature Story Contributor Geri Ungurean

Where is Repentance and trusting the Lord Jesus Christ for Salvation in the Pope’s dialogues with the press?  Did I miss it?

“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” Galatians 2:16

Scriptures about justification by faith and not by works clearly separate us from the RCC. Catholicism is a cult. We as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, should not align ourselves with that apostate church — not for any reason, as noble as it might sound. Pope Francis has repeatedly said things like “Mary is more important than all of the apostles”, and that it is “nonsense to share the gospel with lost people”. How might these quotes line up with the very scripture that he claims to follow?

“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”  James 4:4

He came onto the world stage much in the manner of President Obama. The left wing “Save mother earth” radicals are embracing him as their own.  Funny, isn’t it?  Wasn’t the job description of a Pope to lead the so-called faithful upon the earth — spiritually speaking? This speaks VOLUMES about the Vatican and RCC worldwide! I love the Catholic people, and because of this love — I must speak truth to them.

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Where is Repentance and trusting the Lord Jesus Christ for Salvation in the Pope’s dialogues with the press?  Did I miss it?  I think not.  Is this man saved?  Does he know Jesus as Lord and Savior of his own life?  If we look for fruit worthy of repentance in his life, it’s just not there.

What are his beliefs?

Well, let’s take a look at what Pope Francis deems important enough to give to the press:

  • “Each of us has a vision of good and of evil. We have to encourage people to move towards what they think is good… Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place.”   

Isaiah 5:20 – “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

  • “Since many of you do not belong to the Catholic Church and others are non-believers, from the bottom of my heart I give this silent blessing to each and every one of you, respecting the conscience of each one of you but knowing that each one of you is a child of God.”

John 1:12 – “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name:”

  • “From my point of view, God is the light that illuminates the darkness, even if it does not dissolve it, and a spark of divine light is within each of us.”

This is NOT what the Bible says.  To say that there is a spark of divine light within each of us SMACKS of New Age teaching!

  • “A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person.”

Romans 1:24-27  – “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”

  • “I am always wary of decisions made hastily. I am always wary of the first decision, that is, the first thing that comes to my mind if I have to make a decision. This is usually the wrong thing. I have to wait and assess, looking deep into myself, taking the necessary time.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 —“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

  • “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge? We shouldn’t marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society.”

Proverbs 14:6 — “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

  • “There is a need for financial reform along ethical lines that would produce in its turn an economic reform to benefit everyone. This would nevertheless require a courageous change of attitude on the part of political leaders.”

Giving advice to political leaders and to the leaders of the financial market — this is for the Pope to do? I thought that bringing people to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ is what the church should be about.

  • “The Jesuits have a vow to obey the pope, but if the pope is a Jesuit, maybe he should have a vow to obey the superior general… I feel like I’m still a Jesuit in terms of my spirituality, what I have in my heart.”

1 Corinthians 11:1 — “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.”

  • “Proselytism is solemn nonsense; it makes no sense. We need to get to know each other, listen to each other and improve our knowledge of the world around us.”

Matthew 28:19-20 — “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

  • “A church without women would be like the apostolic college without Mary. The Madonna is more important than the apostles, and the church herself is feminine, the spouse of Christ and a mother.”

WHERE in the Bible does it say that the mother of Jesus is more important than the Apostles??

  • “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone!”

Romans 10:9 — That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

  • “Right now, we don’t have a very good relation with creation.”

Can you say ‘WICCA’?

  • “My authoritarian and quick manner of making decisions led me to have serious problems and to be accused of being ultraconservative. I have never been a right-winger. It was my authoritarian way of making decisions that created problems.”

Oh, Pope Francis — we would NEVER call you a right-winger!

  • “God is not afraid of new things. That is why he is continuously surprising us, opening our hearts and guiding us in unexpected ways,”

This came from the Pope’s mouth, when asked about homosexuality.  GOD is not afraid of new things??  He is Creator of the Universe and of each one of us!!! Guiding us in unexpected ways??  HIS WORD NEVER CHANGES!!

  • “Safeguard Creation,” he said. “Because if we destroy Creation, Creation will destroy us! Never forget this!”

New Age, New Age, New Age……….

  • “But when we exploit Creation we destroy the sign of God’s love for us, in destroying Creation we are saying to God: ‘I don’t like it! This is not good!’ ‘So what do you like?’ ‘I like myself!’ – Here, this is sin! Do you see?”

No, Pope Francis – I do NOT see.

  • “Climate change, the loss of biodiversity and deforestation are already showing their devastating effects in the great cataclysms we witness.”

Now he is a scientist?

  • “Beauty of nature and the grandeur of the cosmos” is a Christian value, noting that failure to care for the planet risks apocalyptic consequences.”

Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” 

I believe that Pope Francis will be used by our God in these last days, to usher in the Antichrist. I also believe that he may be the last pope.  The world is so blind to truth, because they reject the Truth!

John 14:6 — “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

MARANATHA!

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Abiding in “The Shadow of the Almighty” Verse One

Psalm 91:1
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Charles Spurgeon

Verse 1. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High.

The blessings here promised are not for all believers, but for those who live in close fellowship with God. Every child of God looks towards the inner sanctuary and the mercyseat, yet all do not dwell in the most holy place; they run to it at times, and enjoy occasional approaches, but they do not habitually reside in the mysterious presence.

Those who through rich grace obtain unusual and continuous communion with God, so as to abide in Christ and Christ in them, become possessors of rare and special benefits, which are missed by those who follow afar off, and grieve the Holy Spirit of God. Into the secret place those only come who know the love of God in Christ Jesus, and those only dwell there to whom to live is Christ.

To them the veil is rent, the mercyseat is revealed, the covering cherubs are manifest, and the awful glory of the Most High is apparent: these, like Simeon, have the Holy Ghost upon them, and like Anna they depart not from the temple; they are the courtiers of the Great King, the valiant men who keep watch around the bed of Solomon, the virgin souls who follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. Elect out of the elect, they have “attained unto the first three”, and shall walk with their Lord in white, for they are worthy.

Sitting down in the august presence chamber where shines the mystic light of the Sheckinah, they know what it is to be raised up together, and to be made to sit together with Christ in the heavenlies, and of them it is truly said that their conversation is in heaven. Special grace like theirs brings with it special immunity.

Outer court worshippers little know what belongs to the inner sanctuary, or surely they would press on until the place of nearness and divine familiarity became theirs. Those who are the Lord’s constant guests shall find that he will never suffer any to be injured within his gates; he has eaten the covenant salt with them, and is pledged for their protection.

Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

The Omnipotent Lord will shield all those who dwell with him, they shall remain under his care as guests under the protection of their host.

In the most holy place the wings of the cherubim were the most conspicuous objects, and they probably suggested to the psalmist the expression here employed. Those who commune with God are safe with Him, no evil can reach them, for the outstretched wings of his power and love cover them from all harm.

This protection is constant—they abide under it, and it is all sufficient, for it is the shadow of the Almighty, whose omnipotence will surely screen them from all attack.

No shelter can be imagined at all comparable to the protection of Jehovah’s own shadow.

The Almighty himself is where his shadow is, and hence those who dwell in his secret place are shielded by himself.

What a shade in the day of noxious heat!

What a refuge in the hour of deadly storm! Communion with God is safety.

The more closely we cling to our Almighty Father the more confident may we be.

Charles Spurgeon

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The Ways of God are Hidden

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Charles Spurgeon

And then, when I sat there musing upon God, thoughts struck me as the clouds careered along the skies thoughts which I must give to you this morning. I trust they were somewhat for my own instruction, and possibly they may be for yours. “The clouds are the dust of his feet.”

I. Well, the first remark I make upon this shall be—the way of God is generally a hidden one. This we gather from the text, by regarding the connection, “the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.”

When God works his wonders he always conceals himself. Even the motion of his feet causes clouds to arise; and if these; clouds are but the dust of his feet,” how deep must be that dense darkness which veils the brow of the Eternal.

If the small dust which he causes is of equal magnitude with our clouds—if we can find no other figure to image “the dust of his feet” than the clouds of heaven, then, how obscure must be the motions of the Eternal one, how hidden and how shrouded in darkness! This great truth suggested by the text, is well borne out by facts. The ways of God are hidden ones. Cowper did not say amiss when he sang,—
“He plants his footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.”

His footsteps cannot be seen, for, planted on the sea, the next wave washes them out; and placed in the storm, rioting as the air then is, every impression of his chariot wheels is soon erased.

Look at God, and at whatever he has deigned to do, and you will always see him to have been a hidden God. He has concealed himself, and all his ways have been veiled in the strictest mystery. Consider his works of salvation.

How did he hide himself when he determined to save mankind? He did not manifestly reveal himself to our forefathers. He gave them simply one dim lamp of prophecy which shone in words like these “The seed of the woman shall bruise the serpent’s head;” and for four thousand years God concealed his Son in mystery, and no one understood what the Son of God was to be.

The smoking incense beclouded their eyes, and while it showed something of Jesus, it did hide far more. The burning victim sent its smoke up towards the sky, and it was only through the dim mists of the sacrifice that the pious Jew could see the Saviour.

Angels themselves, we are told, desired to look into the mysteries of redemption, yet though they stood with their eyes intently fixed upon it, until the hour when redemption developed itself on Cavalry, not a single angel could understand it. The profoundest sage might have sought to find out how God could be just and yet the justifier of the ungodly; but he would have failed in his investigations.

The most intensely pious man might meditate, with the help of that portion of God’s Spirit which was then given to the prophets, on this mighty subject, and he could not have discovered what the mystery of godliness was—
“God manifest in the flesh.”

God marched in clouds, “He walked in the whirlwinds;” he did not deign to tell the world what he was about to do; for it is his plan to gird himself in darkness, and “the clouds are the dust of his feet.”

Ah! and so it always has been in Providence as well as grace. God never condescends to make things very plain to his creatures. He always does rightly; and therefore, he wants his people always to believe that he does rightly. But if he showed them that he did so, there would be no room for their faith.

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God and the Whirlwind

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Henry Morris, Ph.D.

“The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.” (Nahum 1:3)

The short prophecy of Nahum consists almost entirely of pronouncements of impending judgment against the great and wicked nation of Assyria, and Nineveh its ancient capital to which Jonah had earlier preached. Many times the Lord sent witnesses to ungodly nations, giving them opportunity to repent–Moses to Egypt, Daniel to Babylon, Mordecai to Persia, Paul to Rome, for example. He is slow to anger, but He will not acquit the wicked.

Furthermore, He is great in power! He created the sun and all other sources of power in the universe. He “hast prepared the light and the sun” (Psalm 74:16), and He still controls the use of their power. “He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good” (Matthew 5:45). A great part of the efforts of modern physical scientists is devoted to learning just how the power sources in nature (all deriving their energy ultimately from the sun) maintain all the processes and systems of the earth and its living creatures.

The most spectacular and awe-inspiring of these processes, of course, are the great storms, generated in earth’s atmosphere in some little-understood fashion by the sun. Scientists may study the mechanisms of the great whirlwinds (or “hurricanes”), and storms, and clouds, and earth’s other great “natural” catastrophes, but they will never fully understand, for they are truly “acts of God.”

God has His way (i.e., “path”) in the mighty whirlwind, and we do well to hear Him speak as He passes by, for He is reminding us once again that, although He is long-suffering, He is still as able as in the days of Nineveh to cut away “the paths of all that forget God” (Job 8:13). HMM

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