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5 May, 2017 21:27

May 5, 2017

PRAY

America is in desperate need of a visitation of the Holy Spirit. Our nation is divided not only racially, politically, ideologically, but also theologically. We know from God’s Word that a house or kingdom divided cannot stand. One has to wonder how many more months or years we have left before we experience some type of total collapse?

Only yesterday I was reading through the Book of Lamentations, which opens with this word. “How lonely sits the city that was full of people. She has become like a widow who was once great among the nations.” Jeremiah goes on to tell us. “For the Lord has caused her grief because of the multitude of her transgressions.” One of the reasons Jeremiah gives is, “Your prophets have seen for you false and foolish visions and they have not exposed your iniquity so as to restore you from captivity.”

No one would question America’s greatness in the world. We boast of having the world’s greatest Air Force, Navy, and Army of any nation on earth. What we fail to take into account is that at any moment we could be marred in the hands of the Potter due to “the multitude of our transgressions.” We have evolved into a nation that thinks of itself as being too big to fail. What we have failed to take into account is that there is a God who views the nations as mere grains of sand that can be blown away in an instant.

Just a few days ago Charisma Magazine published an article from a 90 year old Norwegian woman who prophesied years ago about the days in which we are now living. In her prophesy she warned that there would come a day in which, “Christians will not be open to penetrating preaching. They will not, like in earlier times, want to hear of sin and grace, law and gospel, repentance and restoration. There will come a substitute instead: prosperity (happiness) Christianity. The important thing will be to have success, to be something; to have material things…” She went on to say, “Churches and prayer houses will be emptier and emptier. Instead of preaching we have been used to for generations –like take up your cross and follow Jesus –entertainment, art and culture will invade the churches…” This certainly describes the condition of many if not most of our churches today. The message of repentance is very much needed, but sadly, not wanted.

The answer for our nation’s ills is simple. We need revival! The price for revival on the other hand is not as simple. Virtually every revival I read about was preceded by an intense hunger for God coupled with desperate and prolonged prayer. Like the disciples of old we have toiled all night and caught nothing. We desperately need to hear from God if we are ever going to see our churches and our nation changed.

Let me close by giving you a taste of what revival looks like. I’m quoting from the book Rent Heavens. The (Welsh) Revival of 1904 “If one were asked to describe in a word the outstanding feature of those days, one would unhesitatingly reply that it was the universal, inescapable sense of the presence of God… In 1904 the Lord literally rent the heavens, and scattered the satanic foes entrenched therein…A sense of God’s presence was everywhere… It mattered not where one went; the consciousness of the reality and nearness of God followed.” The book continues to describe how that from the mine pits to the amusement parks and from the football fields to the bars, people were gripped by the power of God.

If America doesn’t experience this type of revival we are doomed and will like Jerusalem of old fulfill Jeremiah’s prophetic word, “The kings of the earth did not believe, nor did any of the inhabitants of the world, that the adversary could enter the gates of (AMERICA) Jerusalem.

Pray, and keep on praying!

27 March, 2017 21:18

March 27, 2017

ANNIHILATION or VISITATION?

Congressman Peter King recently caused a firestorm over his comments about the flood of immigrants coming into America. The media immediately tried to paint him as a racist over his remarks. King however refused to back down, stating that he was not referring to race but rather to culture. His argument was that if the immigrant population doesn’t assimilate into our Western culture, but rather insists on maintaining their own, they will eventually weaken and destroy our culture and way of life.

King, I believe, is right in his viewpoint. Take the increasing migration of Muslims into America with their exploding birth rates; twenty years from now they will not only have outnumbered us but also radically changed our culture into their own. Once they gain the majority they will demand that we adapt and then adopt to their ways rather than their way to ours. This is the current problem facing my home country of England. Having opened it’s doors to any and all, it now finds itself with thousands of little enclaves that refuse to mix with those around them, while at the same time insisting that they be given the right to live and govern themselves according to the various cultures they came from.

Now where I disagree with Congressman King is that America has almost completely lost its Christian heritage and values, having replaced them with carnal, sensual, selfish, and worldly values of its own.

All that to say this, if America doesn’t have a God sent revival we are doomed!

Israel of old failed in this same regard. God told them not to mingle with the nations but they failed to listen or heed His voice; consequently they mingled with the nations, learned their ways (culture) and then began to practice their deeds, including the sacrifice of their children to demons and shedding innocent blood. (Psalm 106:34-38)

America is quickly adopting a far left agenda and culture that will soon destroy the very foundations of our great democracy. Consider how quickly the LGBT culture has impacted our society. Children are being taught that having two fathers or two mothers is as normal as having a mother and father. Muslims are demanding prayer rooms in our schools and colleges along with their own meal preferences etc. Now while all that may seem very innocuous for now, what happens when they become the majority and their lack of tolerance for anyone who wishes to live differently are considered as enemies for refusing to assimilate into their culture?

Which brings me back to our desperate need for revival. By revival I’m not talking about a series of meetings but rather a mighty outpouring of the Spirit of God that impacts our towns and cities resulting in societal change. I know that may sound far fetched for many of you but keep in mind the impact the early church had upon their world. ‘These men who have upset the world have come here also.’(Acts 17:6) If one can chase a thousand and two ten thousand imagine how many one hundred or one thousand could chase? If we don’t do the chasing we will be chased, and not for the better. I want to not only save America but see America saved! The alternative…I shudder to think…

6 February, 2017 15:47

February 6, 2017

FREEDOM!

I recently read the amazing story of how 600 prisoners of war sought to gain their freedom by tunneling out of the POW camp Stalag Luft 111 in Western Poland. Using primitive tools they had fashioned along with a few crowbars, shovels and hammers, they worked for several months on three separate tunnels they named Tom, Dick and Harry.

Using bed boards, tables and chairs to stop the tunnel from collapsing, they were able to dig down some 30 feet and tunnel over 300 feet. Many of the prisoners used fake German uniforms along with false identity papers, hoping to remain unnoticed and evade being recaptured once they escaped.

On the night of March 24th and 25th of 1944 some 76 prisoners escaped through one of the tunnels they referred to as Harry. Unfortunately, prisoner number 77 was spotted and the remaining 120 or so prisoners were detained. Of the 76 escapees only three made it back to Britain. Another fifty of them were executed by firing squad after Adolf Hitler became furious when he learned of their escape.

While the story contained greater details than what I have written, I couldn’t help but think of the tremendous cost of time and toil that they had expended in order to gain their freedom. Sadly, only three made it while dozens lost their lives trying. I can only imagine how those three felt when they realized how many had sacrificed their lives in order for them to gain their freedom.

What the story doesn’t tell us is whether or not any of the three escapees ever gained real freedom. I’m referring to the freedom from sin and the guilt of sin. Everyone, according to God’s word, is a prisoner. We are told that the one who commits sin is a slave or prisoner of sin. Some try to escape the guilt of sin through good works or church attendance, while others try and drown their guilt through drugs, sex or alcohol.

The good news is that Jesus Christ accomplished all the tunneling for us; leaving us the choice of accepting His freedom or remaining the captives of sin. If you are still frantically digging, hoping to gain freedom by your own effort, know this, the tunnel will never end and freedom will never come. Jesus has already provided you with a way of escape and all you have to do is believe in His finished work and step into His life-giving freedom. You can remain a POW or be FREE! The choice is yours.

12 January, 2017 21:52

January 12, 2017

NO EXCUSES!

Today I was reading through G. Campbell Morgan’s book THE PRACTICE OF PRAYER. I was particularly struck by a story he uses to close this very challenging book on prayer.

My prayer is that in reading it you will no longer use the excuse ‘what can I do?’ or ‘do my prayers really make a difference?’.

Here is his story:

“There comes to me the thought of one woman who, to my knowledge, since 1872 in this great babel of London, has been in perpetual pain, and yet in constant prayer. She is today a woman twisted and distorted by suffering, and yet exhaling the calm and strength of the secret of the Most High. In 1872 she was a bedridden girl in the North of London, praying that God would send revival to the church of which she was a member, and yet into which even then she never came. She had read in the little paper called Revival, which subsequently became The Christian, the story of a work being done in Chicago among ragged children by a man called Moody. She had never seen Moody, but putting that little paper under her pillow, she began to pray, “O Lord send this man to our church.” She had no means of reaching him or communicating with him. He had already visited the country in 1867 and in 1872he started again for a short trip with no intention of doing any work. Mr. Lessey, however the pastor of the church of which this girl was a member, met him and asked him to preach for him. He consented, and after the evening service he asked those who would decide for Christ to rise, and hundreds did so. He was surprised, and imagined that his request had been misunderstood. He repeated it once more clearly, and again the response was the same. Meetings were continued throughout the following ten days, and four hundred members were taken into the church. In telling me this story Moody said, “I wanted to know what this meant. I began making inquiries and never rested until I found a bedridden girl praying that God would bring me to that church. HE had heard her and brought me over four thousand miles of land and sea in answer to her request.”

This story is told in the life of D. L. Moody by his son: but now let me continue it. That girl was a member of my church when I was pastor at New Court. She is still a member, still suffering, still confined to her own room. When in1901 I was leaving England for America I went to see her. She said to me, “I want you to reach that birthday book.” I did so and turning to February 5th I saw in the hand writing I knew so well “D. L. Moody, Psalm XC1.” Then Marianne Adlard said to me, “He wrote that for me when he came to see me in 1872, and I prayed for him every day till he went home to God.” Continuing she said, “Now will you write your name on my birthday page, and let me pray for you until either you or I go home.” I shall never forget writing my name in that book. To me the room was full of the Presence. I have often thought of that hour in the rush of busy life, in the place of toil and strain, and even yet by God’s good grace I know that Marianne Adlard is praying for me, and it is for this reason that to her, in sincere love and admiration, I have dedicated this book.

3 November, 2016 15:08

November 3, 2016

WHO IS MAKING WHO JEALOUS?

Saul of Tarsus was certainly no fan of the early Church. His zeal drove him to plunder, persecute, prosecute and imprison whomever he came across belonging to The Way. Entering house after house he destroyed God’s fledgling flock, causing them to be scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. His very name evoked fear in all who heard it. Then it happened. Saul had an encounter with the Living God. This once proud Pharisee became the apostle to the very dogs he formally despised. Saul, their one time arch adversary, became their chief advocate. So great was his conversion and his subsequent revelation of God’s grace that he became even more zealous. Now Paul’s zeal turned against his former manner of life and against those Judaizers who sought to infiltrate his former enemies in the Church. So radical was Paul’s conversion that he compared his former religious life as one of bondage or slavery. Paul relished his new freedom in Christ. No longer was he striving to please God through his own efforts. No longer was he under an obligation to observe days and months and seasons and years which he referred to as weak, worthless, and elemental things leading back into slavery.

Paul was a changed man. Christ meant everything to him. Christ was his treasure in the field, his pearl of great price, his unspeakable gift. He soon realized that all the types and shadows he had grown up observing and zealously lived for were mere dung in comparison to Christ.

While Paul consistently loathed and opposed those Judaizers who insisted that the Gentile believers be circumcised as well as keep the law of Moses, he also carried a great burden for his own people, Israel, that they might be saved.

In his writings to the Romans Paul stated that Israel’s transgression led to salvation coming to the Gentiles, but then he adds “to make them jealous.” Israel’s calling was to be a light to the nations. It was their job to make us jealous, but now Paul says the shoe is on the other foot. It is now the Church’s job to make Israel jealous.

By now you may be asking where am I going with all this? I’m glad you asked. I’m concerned with what I see happening throughout the Body of Christ. Over the last decade or so as the Church has become increasingly aware of it’s responsibility to pray for and support Israel, there has risen the subtle yet false belief that Israel is somehow superior to the Church. As a result many are being drawn back to the types and shadows, festivals and Sabbaths, etc. In other words, Israel is now causing God’s people to be jealous for her ways rather than God’s people causing Israel to be jealous for Christ.

This got me thinking. I wonder how the Apostle Paul would react today if he were to tune into some religious broadcast extolling the virtues of a prayer shawl or hearing the clamor over blood moons and shemitahs. Added to that is the constant reminder that this is the beginning of such and such a feast or festival. Why have these days, seasons and Sabbaths proven to be more exciting than Christ? Why has the Feast of Passover become more attractive to God’s people than the communion celebration that replaced it? Why do these Old Testament types stir so much passion? Paul himself states they are merely a shadow of things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.

My concern is that there is a new breed of Judaizers who unwittingly are causing the Church to be drawn back into bondage and slavery. While that may not be their intention, nevertheless, they dress, act, and emphasize what the writer to the Hebrews declared to be over with. “He takes away the first in order to establish the second.” I believe if Paul were here today his message would remain the same; “You foolish believers, who has bewitched you…” “Stand fast in the liberty in which Christ has made you free and be NOT entangled again with the yoke of BONDAGE”.

23 September, 2016 13:14

September 23, 2016

SPARE THE ROD AND SPOIL THE NATION.

Once again we are seeing marches and riots in the steets due to another shooting of a black man. The death of anyone before their time is a tragedy. Also the senseless destruction of property is totally uncalled for and only helps to fuel the division between races. As I’ve watched and sought to understand what led to these untimely deaths I’ve come to this conclusion, spare the rod and spoil the nation!

There seems to be one common denominator in most of these tragedies and that is a total disregard for authority. Invariably when confronted by the police these victims refuse to obey the orders of those in law enforcement and consequently end up loosing their lives because of it. Where does this rebellion come from?

I have a good friend who back in the late seventies wrote a book on spanking. For several years the book sold well but then over time the tide turned against both the author and the book. Spanknig was soon considered a form of abuse and anyone holding that viewpoint, let alone practicing it, was labeld unbalanced. My friend received all types of correspondence denouncing his fanatical views. While I can undestand the world not agreeing with his thoroughly scriptural teaching, I find it hard to believe that so called Christians would also side against it.

Rebellion if it is not confronted early through loving discipline will eventually spill over into society. God’s word makes it clear that rebellion or foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child but the rod of reproof will drive it far from him. (Proverbs 22:15.) The percentage of black children with no father present in the home is at an all time high. With no loving leadership these children grow up with little or no consequences for their actions. This is not only true of black children but all children. It’s not uncommon to hear of pre-teen children roaming the streets at night when they should be home studying or in bed. When the rod is removed from the home, society ultimately suffers.

There is no doubt in my mind that there has been some serious miscarriages of justice on the part of some toward our black brothers and sisters. The same is also true of those who have misused the rod; turning it from an instrument of loving discipline to a tool of hated and abuse. That said, we shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. God’s word declares uniquivically that when we spare the rod we spoil the child and ultimately the nation.

20 August, 2016 17:32

August 20, 2016

THE GREAT SIN OF THE EVANGELICAL MOVEMENT

Could it be that the majority of the Body of Christ made an all too common mistake in choosing Trump as their presidential candidate? Was Trump really God’s first choice? Did the Evangelicals do what the Prophet Samuel almost did when he first saw Eliab? You recall how God had revealed to Samuel that one of Jesse’s sons was to replace Saul as king. The moment Samuel laid his eyes upon David’s oldest brother Eliab, he thought “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him”. Samuel looked at Eliab’s height and appearance and became convinced this man was Saul’s replacement. Fortunately, unlike our nation’s current batch of spiritual leaders, Samuel was sensitive enough to the Spirit to hear God’s small voice; “Do not look at his appearance or the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Surprisingly it was David, the under-dog of the family that God anointed to replace Saul.

Speaking of the heart, the scriptures teach us “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”. Trump has repeatedly revealed what’s in his heart. Every time he opens his mouth we hear nothing but derogatory statements about others while he continuously boasts about his own achievements and greatness. I believe this constant boasting is the most offensive sin in the eyes of God and could well cost both he and us the presidency.

Do you recall what happened to David after he became king, he called in Joab the commander of his army and asked him to carry out a particular task. Joab’s response was quick and clear. He tried to convince the king not to proceed with his plan. David insisted, however, and Joab was forced to comply. David’s actions resulted in the death of seventy thousand men.

We all recall David’s sin of passion when he lay with Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife. God’s judgment was to take the life of the child they had conceived together. Hollywood has forever immortalized David’s passion in film after film. David’s sin of pride, on the other hand, is rarely ever mentioned. What David asked Joab to do was to determine how strong he was militarily. What seemed like an innocent enough order was highly offensive to God. David had taken his eyes off God as Israel’s deliverer and was relying on the size of his army instead. When David’s heart troubled him for what he had done he said to the Lord, ”I have sinned exceedingly.” God’s response was to take the lives of 70,000 men. David’s sin of passion cost him one life; his sin of PRIDE cost himseventy thousand lives.

I firmly believe as evangelicals we have looked at Donald Trump in the same way that David looked at his army. We have taken our eyes off the Lord and placed our confidence in a man, believing that he will save us. In doing so we like David have sinned exceedingly and will, I believe, suffer the consequences for our actions.

Few of our national leaders called the Church to pray but chose rather to believe Trump alone was all we needed in order to win. I cannot overemphasize the vileness of that sin in the eyes of the Almighty.

Finally, this thought crossed my mind the other day that Trump may well save America and do irreparable harm to the Church. Hillary on the other hand may well destroy America but in turn bolster the Church’s faith. Let me explain. Trump may save America’s economy, military, and Supreme Court but the Church will no doubt wipe her brow and say, “Thank God we dodged that bullet,” and then settle back to her old passive routine of business as usual. Hillary, on the other hand, may well destroy America as we have known her to be in the past and promote a progressive and godless agenda with little or no regard for Christian principles and values. This could result in the Church finally coming to terms with the truth “that unless the Lord builds the house we labor in vain that build it.” Invariably when Israel was in dire straights it caused her to cry out afresh to God. Likewise stripping the Church of everything but God could be the best thing that has happened to her. A.W.Tozer said “God is more concerned about our holiness than our happiness.” Hillary may well be God’s agent to bring that to pass.