Monday, July 21, 2014

Deception is not Harmless.. it can and does kill

If you study scripture very long you will come across many many admonitions to NOT BE DECEIVED.  We all know the verse, "Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap"  Galatians 6:7

Deception is not harmless.  It kills vision, dreams, hope and it kills people..

Psalm 24:3-5 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

Note the context of the passage above.  We spend a lot of time talking about clean hands and a pure heart... but what about the rest of the passage?  He does not lift his soul up to what is false.

Our soul is our emotions, mind and will.  When we lift our soul to falsehood, lies, deception we no longer are able to ascend his Holy Hill.  The difficulty comes when we are deceived we pass on our deception.

Guarding our hearts carefully is the key.  It's critical to not allow ourselves to buy into lies.

Knowing the difference requires supernatural discernment.   The gift however is operated by a washing of the spirit of God thru His word.  There must become a screen of His word thru which all things must pass.   When something doesn't line up.. it must be suspect.

But what of those things that LOOK like goodness... but are full of lies.  We then fail to discern because we will swear those things are right.

Right now our world is filled with deception.  There are lies and twisted truth everywhere.  Good men and women of God, people who believe the word are being led to spiritual slaughter by deception.  Oh, they probably will make it to heaven, but they no longer have the capacity to ascend the Hill. 

Look at what many Christians now accept as OK. Not perfect.  Just not horrid.  They have sworn an oath to evil that has come wrapped up as good. 

  • Abortion on demand.  No longer considered murder by many Christians.
  • Homosexual acceptance as an alternate lifestyle is being loving and compassionate.
  • The desecration of marriage even to the level of Homosexual Marriage in the Church
  • Drug use now embraced.  Did you ever think you would see Marijuana legal in our nation?
  • Invitation to invade under the guise of tolerance while enemies of Christ are manifested as Islam
  • Support for Islamic causes when in fact the antichrist spirit is alive in that theology
  • Using government to provide for people when it was never the government's duty - that was left to us.  Our failure to discern has caused aberration here.
  • Using the guise of religion to enrich ministries in the name of "Spreading the Gospel"

The last one is most grievous.  It is taking the name of the Lord in Vain.  It is manipulation.  These are all deceptions.. but they are all dangerous.

What is most deceitful are people who cannot discern evil and yet occupy a pulpit or platform on Sunday mornings.  The hill is never ascended no matter the hype.  It is a sad state and in the end will destroy them.  Deception isn't just deceptive, it's dangerous.  It can kill people and does. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Profane Worship = Worship Pornography

I love pure worship. Prophetic Worship. Worship that allows me to touch the heavens. Worship that is clean.

The definition of Profane is "to treat something sacred with irreverence, as common".

Sometimes when I am in a church service or worship meeting where the worship is spiritually mundane I am grieved in my spirit.. the Spirit of God in me grieves. It's not about skill. It's not about ability. It's not about talent. It's about the heart.

If a talented pagan (you make your own choice who) were to do a stirring rendition of How Great Thou Art... but with only skill, you would know.

We have developed a worship culture of talented people on the platform "Doing" worship sets.

I'm old school. I remember what it was when 300 men stood and sang "Stand up Oh men of God"... true worship. When at a funeral, "Faith of my Fathers" was sang.. and it brought tears. When Holy Holy Holy (casting down our golden crowns) was sun by Matthew Ward and Second Chapter of Acts... and I fell to my knees. When at a conference in Kansas City "Here I am to worship" was sung and the refrain "I'll never know how much is cost" was repeated till everyone came to grips with how much it really cost.

Some of that was in Todd Beery's living room on a Monday Night. Some at Faith Center in Rockford a decade ago. When things really mattered.

I'll confess. Maybe it's me. I don't need my ears tickled any more.

I know anointed worship when I see it. When a man or woman of God enters into the Holy of Holies and makes the connection. When worship is real. I have worshiped with people who could barely play and sing but who's heart was pure towards God. The heaven's opened. I have also been in places when the band was tight, solid, gifted, able and flat as a pancake spiritually. Oh people were excited.. but it was nothing. In fact it was worse than nothing.

When that happens it is not just profaning the holiness of worship, it is Christian Worship Pornography. God is about to Judge This. IF you don't know God like that.. get off the platform. We don't need another dog and pony show.

HOLY SPIRIT IS PROPHETICALLY WARNING HIS PEOPLE.. RICK RENNER

 The only way to thwart a coming dark spiritual season is to heed Christ’s warning and apply His prescribed solutions. If the church has no affixed, absolute, biblical truth on which it stands and for which it will not negotiate, it simply becomes a good will, humanitarian organization with a “Christian” philosophy.

It is no secret that the spiritual environment in the world is undergoing a radical change – and a great gulf is beginning to divide those who are moving away from established truth and those who see what is happening and are responding by making personal re-commitments to absolute truth. The winds of change are blowing and it is producing a sifting, a dividing -- a separation of wheat from chaff. The rift has become so severe that who is wheat and who is chaff may be looked upon differently depending on which group to whom you belong.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Ministry to the F'd Up

I was in a bible study Monday invited by a friend. The young pastor of a new church plant in our area was conducting the study. During the meet and greet portion of the night discussion about the Sunday Service there was a story that was told. A guy had come to the altar for prayer and when he was asked by the Pastor what his prayer need was, he responded (not a religious person) "I'm all F___ked up".

Fortunately the young pastor is not a religious person and took this as a cry for help and began to minister to him. It was frankly refreshing to hear someone so transparently in need and willing to come for help without a load of religious jargon.

IF the all f'd up offends you, you would have been offended by Jesus who said: "Why is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?" 12But when Jesus heard this, He said, "It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. 13"But go and learn what this means: 'I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners." Matt 9:12

We have sanitized this too much in our cultural context.. the fact is the all f'd up are the ones who most need Jesus.

Tuesday night I was ministering at Crusaders, a young man came. Maybe 30. He didn't use the phrase exactly, but he certainly described the situation he was in and it was all messed up. I spent a long time with him. Till they were kicking us out of the building. I hope he finds peace. I prayed with him, for him, laid hands on, prophesied, counseled... loved on him.

I wonder if any ministry would have the courage to say, "We are looking to help people who's lives are all F'd UP", that's who Jesus spent time with.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sometimes the Prophet gets FED UP!!

I am hard on nominal traditional denominational religion. It's not because I don't believe that they can do good things. They can. My disgust (that sometimes translates into anger) is the powerlessness They can teach people, love on people, make people feel secure and have a place to bring their kids... BUT when the poop hits the fan, these patty cake religious games fall apart.

This is personal to me. I have friends and family trapped in nominal religion (in my case Lutheran). There are some serious crises. Things that are going to take the Hand of God to cure. But they have no relationship, they have no faith, they have no capacity to pray (beyond the Lord's Prayer, Psalm 23 and the Beatitudes) and no authority over the devil. They are unequipped because religion has robbed them.

When it hits the fan and life falls apart, three hymns and a her with a readers digest message won't cut it. Subjecting people to nominal religion is the worst kind of spiritual abuse there is. We need the Power of God released in people's lives. Without that folks are lost.

The truth is, when it all hits the fan it's too late to catch up. You suffer, the pain is great and if you survive (you can die from bad religion) there will be another time where you can leave the dead religion behind and become a warrior. It happens. Sure I can pray for you, rebuke the devil.. but your house isn't swept clean and until you get that putrid nominal religious spirit out of your house.. you will be captured and put back to sleep a moment after the crisis ends. Vulnerable once more to the schemes of the enemy.

Here endeth the rant.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Corporate Jezebel Manifested

A Whole Assembly can have a Jezebel Spirit and then wonder why God never moves among them.

This can be a denomination. In fact I think denominations were manufactured by Jezebel.  If you can't kill the prophets, divide them up.

This can be a movement.  Every move of God starts out right and then drifts off into apostasy as they reject the next move of God.  Jezebel.

This can be a church body.  If only the approved and vetted have input, if church leaders put a stop on who can bring the word, if there is intention to control things, you got a Jezebel on your hands.

It can be a leader, but most often is not.  This is why I honor an apostolic leader above a group think board of elders or some such.  In fact the whole idea of membership as a gateway is flawed.  What if The early church had done this.  We'd all have undergone early surgery on our foreskins by now to be members.

Thank God for men of God who ignored Jezebel.  Who fought hard against the allure of her control.

I know of many fellowships where she manifests with approval. She is evil.. don't let her in and if she somehow has weaseled her way into your fellowship, if you stand as senior leader of the house, if you are the Jehu who can throw her down, if you don't no one will.  Be strong. Be courageous.  Only the life of your fellowship is at stake. 

It will be hard, Jezebel is hard working, makes herself (Can be a Him except in the spirit) indispensable, uses emotion to get her way, ingratiates the power structure, makes it seem impossible to get rid of her.. which is the exact reason why you must.

She will RULE YOUR ROOST.  The words you will use why you cannot throw her down are, "You have no idea of all the things she does for me, how much of the load she takes off my shoulders, how much we would miss if she weren't here.  I don't have anyone to pick up the load of she is gone". 

Mr Senior Leader, Allow me to introduce you to your house Jezebel.  You just described her.

Now THROW HER DOWN...  She is killing you and the move of God in your fellowship.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Lambs Book of LIFE... you are there unless...

There is a lot of strange theology about the Lamb's Book of Life.  Like no one has ever read the word of God on it.  I challenge you to do the work. Google or take your Strong's out and read every single word in THE WORD regarding this issue.  Then after you have done so... you will come to the same conclusion I have:

Every person's name from the time they are conceived is written in the Lambs Book of Life. Every One.
           This will help explain the question about dying babies and the aborted eternal fate.

Baptism of babies does not help (nor hinder) any eternal destiny any more than a dedication to God of a child does.  It's tradition mostly for the parents and grandparents who were badly taught.

After sin entered the earth, we are all born in iniquity, not sin.   We have a tendency in our flesh to sin.  That's what iniquity is. A tendency to be twisted (the real meaning of iniquity).    Sin is not misbehavior.  We teach our children badly when we tell them this.  Sin is a conscious act of disobedience against God.  One that distances you or me from God.  One that without redemption has the capacity to trap us and drag us away from Him until our heart is hardened.

Our sins were already been paid for on the cross.  Our capacity to enter into this redemption is not accepting Christ, but coming to grips with the sin in our lives and the hopeless state we are in.  At that point asking for Jesus to Forgive us and entering into our salvation.  After that is a walk of faith that takes years.  One that requires much soul searching. One that means we have to find that place in God that makes our sonship sure (or daughtership if there is such a word).  Working out our salvation.  We are just as saved, but we must stay diligent.

Since your name was already in the book of life since the before the earth was formed.. he declared your name, when you come into your salvation it's not RE written.  It's just certain.

The only way your name is NOT found in the book is if there is a legal reason for it to be expunged.  The one who has the right to claim the expunging is the Devil, Satan, the Accuser of the Brethren.   IF there is no capacity for defense (this one's mine) you are blotted out. If he makes the claim that it cannot be there because you have rejected your salvation, there is no hope.  Your sin doesn't condemn you.  Your positional salvation or lack of it does.  It's a legal issue. 

Once your name is certain in the book because you have entered in to the best of your knowledge, can you lose your place because of sin.. ?  NO  Your sin has been paid for. It does have the capacity to rob you of intimacy with God but your position is secure.   I know this seems like dangerous ground, but the opposite is actually true, if you are secure in Jesus you WON'T sin. or will try not to.

Can you loose your salvation?  YES but it is very difficult (you would have to renounce Jesus and his Price Paid for your sin) and once you are a child of God He will not let you out of His sight easily nor out of His hand...even if He has to kill you beforehand.  That has happened.

Your name has always been in the Lambs Book.. not to be expunged as you are reading this that is unlikely.