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15 May, 2018 14:00

May 15, 2018

WHY IS JEZEBEL SUCH AN OBSESSION?

I graduated from Bible School in 1964 and have been in full time ministry ever since. For the first thirty years of ministry I barely ever heard the name Jezebel mentioned; but all that changed about twenty years or so ago. Jezebel suddenly became the queen of spirits spiraling to the top of the charts in record time. Ever since then she has taken on a life of her own surpassing all other spirits, and to this day remains by far the most popular and feared of all spirits.

What is so amazing about this unprecedented rise to fame is that nowhere in the Bible do we find such a spirit ever mentioned. Yes, there was a so called prophetess and teacher in the Church of Thyatira who taught a false grace message that produced immorality, rather than sanctity in the lives of her followers, however God gave her time to repent . There is no mention of her having to be delivered of some spirit. (Yes, I do believe there are spirits at work today and that as believers we have the authority to see people set free through the triumphant and glorious name of the Lord Jesus Christ.)

What really concerns me about this whole fascination with Jezebel is that we are falling right into the hands of the enemy by our obsession with her. Years ago I vividly recall a message by the late Judson Cornwall in which he shared openly how God had dealt with him regarding his own congregation at the time. He explained that every Sunday the worship leader would stop the service after the first or second song and announce to the congregation that there was a spiritual battle going on. He would then bind the spirit of heaviness or call for Judson to pray against it and then proceed with the worship. This became a regular part of the Sunday morning routine until one day Judson heard the Lord say to him, ‘Why do you give the Devil the place of honor in your church.’ or words to that effect. Judson was stunned by what he heard and began to explain to the Lord how much they loved to worship. The Lord then said ‘But you always give honor to the Devil before you honor me.’ Suddenly Judson got the message. The following Sunday when he was asked to rebuke the spiritual oppression he explained to his congregation what the Lord had spoken to him. He told them that from that Sunday on they were never going to give top billing to the Devil.

I believe there is an unhealthy obsession with Jezebel that is working to the enemy’s advantage. She loves all the attention she is getting. It’s time to move on and focus our attention on the one who alone is worthy of our praise. Magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt HIS name together. So let God arise and Jezzie will soon bite the dust!

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8 April, 2018 18:07

April 8, 2018

DELETED!

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg is due to appear before Congress this week to answer questions regarding the company’s massive data leaks and any role it played in the presidential election. According to various news reports Facebook allowed some 80-100 million subscribers personal information to be used by third party players for their own ends. Needless to say people are worried about having their personal information pass into the hands of possible unscrupulous players.

The fact is, we live in an era where virtually everything we do is recorded or monitored by some company or government agency. Anyone with a credit card, drivers license or passport has already given away their personal information that could be maliciously used against them.

Imagine though having everything you have ever done, said, thought or imagined recorded. Thankfully there is no such machine, computer or nation capable of such a massive collection of material. That may well be true except for the fact that God declares in His Word that, “all things are naked and bare before the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” God knows every detail of your life and mine. Every thought, motive, and deed, along with every fear, worry, pain or failure are all known by God.

It’s only natural to want people to know of our achievements as it boosts our ego and self worth. Our sins and failures on the other hand we tend to keep hidden, hoping no one will ever stumble across our personal data that could ruin our reputation or be used against us in some way.

People will go to extreme lengths to rid themselves of any incriminating evidence that could be used to destroy them. Hillary Clinton went as far as smashing her BlackBerrys, acid washing her email sever, and then lying to Congress in order to escape the possibility of punishment. Let’s face it, we would all like to have our sordid personal data erased or deleted and the opportunity to begin all over again.

Well the good new is we can! Paul in his letter to the Colossians reminds us that we were all dead in our transgressions and that all the data that God had collected against us and was hostile to us He DELETED through the Cross. Read it for yourself in Colossians 2:13-14. Hillary Clinton along with every other sinner will discover that you may be able to acid wash your computer and delete all emails but only the blood of Jesus Christ can erase your sin and mine. Everything against us has been deleted. Our rap sheet has been wiped clean, deleted, erased, cleansed, washed. Hallelujah, Thank you Jesus!

1 March, 2018 13:03

March 1, 2018

Guest Article by Thomas Littleton

A LITTLE LEAVEN…

Infiltration of the Church – Cultural Marxism and the redefining of the Gospel

This outline is to help navigate a personal investigation of dangerous trends within the broader biblical conservative evangelical church. Denominations such as the PCA and Southern Baptist Convention have been impacted as have the Nazarene , CMA ,Assemblies of God . The new wave independent, multi-site and church planting networks are a further product of the influences behind these trends.

The church is experiencing a massive infusion of new language like Community, Social Justice, Faith Based, Same Sex Attracted Christian Trans Christian and others. Theologies of Work, Vocation, Economics, and the participation of the local church in Community Development, Community Transformation, Building Community is being touted as the churches calling to equality and Social Justice. This includes the vision of providing health and social services ,disaster relief, and to operate in these capacities as part of Faith Based Partnerships (FBP) WITH State and Federal Governments, large corporations and private foundations. The main issue is not with the work itself but with the partnerships.

The origins of and dangers of FBP to both the autonomy of the church and the Gospel itself are outlined here https://barbwire.com/2016/09/22/where-is-the-conservative-evangelical-voice-in-todays-cultural-tsunami/ . The weakening of the churches resistance to progressive policies like gay marriage and the LGBTQ agenda and the adoption of radical immigration policy and participation in massive Muslim refugee resettlement are part of the FBP vision being sold to and by many denominational and church leaders.

Health Care is another area of massive problematic, long term impact by the FBP vision. https://barbwire.com/2016/10/20/faith-based-healthcare-clinics-prove-a-slippery-slope/

A Cultural Marxism Invasion and Vision Casting

A close examination of the origins of the leadership principles and vision reveal the use of Sociology, Theories and Processes of Social Change, Critical Theory, Race, Queer, and Social Theory on unsuspecting trainees ,pastors, seminary students and churches

Influential pastors who have been promoted, funded and trained by these influences now have their own organizations to train, equip, and vision cast for smaller churches and leaders as they carry out massive church planting strategies . Tim Keller’s, City to City and New York Leadership Center http://www.nycleadership.com/dr-mac-pier , and The Gospel Coalition are leading the promotion in the once conservative PCA and now reformed SBC affiliates. Bill Hybels and Willow Creek Association and his Global Leadership Network, with the help of disciple Andy Stanley, reach a broad audience of both denominational and independent churches with the ideology. Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven and PEACE Plan alone boast over 400,000 churches internationally involved in his network. Association of Related Churches is creating large multi-site non-denominational church /planting networks with similar vision .

Funding, resourcing and training from outside the church is making the unnatural growth of these models possible. Here is one example of such funding discussed in Philanthropy Roundtable. http://www.philanthropyroundtable.org/almanac/religion/1984_leadership_network_helps_build_megachurches

A recent infiltration of evangelical and reformed seminaries with the Jesuit curriculum for social justice /liberation theology provided by Acton Institute and funded by The Kern Family Foundation began in 2013. Both Acton and Kern have very radical history with or partnered with promoters of the LGBTQ movement. These issues are discussed and extensive researched linked here http://sbctoday.wpengine.com/is-this-the-evangelical-deep-state/ and here http://sbctoday.wpengine.com/is-this-the-evangelical-deep-state-part-two/

Most disturbing are the plans to exploit the churches resources once these distortions of the Gospel and vision casting is fully in place. The Obama Era FBP tool kit shows the extent of these goals co-opting the churches mission of both local outreach and domestic and foreign missions. It is worth the investment to read it. https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/sites/default/files/faithbasedtoolkit.pdf

Little has changed so far under the Trump administrations FBP vision. Massive dangers to religious freedoms and protections still exist. Though the work of the FBP may seem attractive however the churches and ministries/ denominations involved become government contractors and prohibitions to any actual gospel ministry are in the Obama era reforms and doubled down upon in 2015 . The Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution is used to validate such restrictions. The focus on dominion theology style /seven mountains / redeeming culture /cultural engagement – along with the yoking together of the church with government and extreme progressive corporate and private foundation funding goals (Warren, Hybels, Keller work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ) are and will continue to have a devastating impact on the churches eternal vision of the Kingdom of Christ in the Hearts of men. Have we have forgotten His words to Pilate “My Kingdom is not of this world “ John 18:36 or the reminder of Paul that” our citizenship is in heaven from where we eagerly await His return” Philippians 3:20 ?

These trends are not going away nor the concerns they present the faithful church and ministers of the Gospel. For more information you may contact me at revcoltom Thomas Littleton

12 February, 2018 10:17

February 12, 2018

“THE CROSS HAS THE FINAL WORD” or did it?

Yesterday was one of those cold icy February days. One look outside made you feel like spending the day in front of a roaring fire drinking hot chocolate. Yesterday also happened to be Sunday and so despite the objections of our flesh my wife and I set off for the early 9 am Church service. The roads were icy as stated by the weather service but I drove carefully only to arrive at an empty parking lot. Yes, the service had been cancelled due to the parking lot being too dangerous to walk on let alone drive on. We headed home determined to go to the second service beginning at 11am. Fortunately I looked at my iPad and found the second service was also cancelled. This was indeed going to be one of those hot chocolate days. ( Perhaps I should have listened to my flesh after all.) The email notifying us of the second meeting closing said that there would be a live broadcast available on the church website. Sure enough right on time the service began with only a handful of brave hearts that had weathered the weather along with one of the worship teams. I settled down to listen. There was one song in particular they sang that got me to thinking. The words were:

The cross has the final word
The cross has the final word
Sorrow may come in the darkest night
But the cross has the final word

Perhaps I’m just wired this way but I found myself saying that’s not true. Now God forbid that I should stand in opposition to the Cross. I too, can agree with the old hymn writer who penned those wonderful words.

In the cross of Christ I glory,
Tow’ring o’er the wrecks of time;
All the light of sacred story
Gathers round its head sublime.

My objection was not regarding the Cross, but the words ‘has the final word.’

We sometimes forget that the Cross as incredible as it was, was altogether pointless apart from the resurrection. There was no final word if Christ had not risen. Listen to Paul’s very poignant word in First Corinthians the fifteenth chapter. “But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.”

The Cross apart from the resurrection, would have left us still in in our sins.

The Cross apart from the resurrection, would have left us powerless over an undefeated enemy.

The Cross apart from the resurrection, would have left us without the hope of Christ’s return.

As much as we emphasize the cross, and rightly so, we need to also magnify the glorious resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who conquered the grave, and ascended to the right hand of the Father; and will return one day in God’s perfect timing.

Thank God for the Cross, but the resurrection has the final word!

9 January, 2018 14:59

January 9, 2018

SOUND DOCTRINE?

I consider myself Pentecostal, Charismatic, Evangelical and Fundamental. In other words I believe in the whole council of God. As the old song states ‘Every promise in the book is mine, every chapter every verse every line.’

Growing up I would often hear my Father emphasize Paul’s words to young Timothy “Preach the word”. By the grace of God I have sought to do that throughout the past fifty three years of ministry. Paul’s admonition to Timothy concerning the last days was that teachers would gather around them followers who would turn from the truth and turn aside to myths.

While what I’m about to say may not fully describe those I’m about to refer to nevertheless, they are edging that way. I’m referring to those who add the word ‘spirit’ to something or someone. For example the Jezebel spirit. Nowhere in the Bible do you find such a term and yet in recent years thousands of tapes and CD’s, numerous books and countless sermons, have been dedicated to this teaching. I vividly recall a well-known prophetic leader in the Body of Christ who has since passed on to glory; thirty years ago he wrote a book on the Jezebel spirit. John Wimber read the manuscript and rejected it for not having a sound Biblical base. Unfortunately that didn’t stop those with ‘itching ears’ from picking up the ball and running with it. First of all we have no right to combine the Jezebel of the Old Testament with the Jezebel of the New Testament. They are two totally different people and therefore we have no right to make a hybrid teaching by combining the two.

Jezebel was a self-appointed prophetess who seemingly taught and led in such a way that her teaching led to acts of immorality. Perhaps this was a perversion of the grace message, that all future sins have already been forgiven, therefore live as you please. What we do know is that the Spirit of God told the angel of the Church of Thyatira that Jezebel had been given time to repent; not that she had a spirit that needed to be bound or cast out.

Now I know that when you place the word spirit after some aberrant teaching that it helps to sell books and CD’s but it can also damage the lives of those who simply need to repent and yet are branded as some type of witch. As a former pastor I’ve had to deal with some of the fallout this type of labeling has caused.

Only the other day I was reading an article that was warning people about the Ichabod prophets. Once again this is a figment of somebody’s imagination and not a Biblical term. According to the writer, an Ichabod prophet is someone with a harsh or judgmental word. My recollection of why the prophets were stoned to death was not due to some sugary, syrupy word, but rather a word that went contrary to their beliefs and actions.

The point I’m trying to make is that when we begin to drift away from God’s Word and begin to fashion our own speculative theories and doctrines we are treading on thin ice. Remember Paul’s admonition ‘Preach the Word’!

1 December, 2017 11:35

December 1, 2017

IS OUR WORSHIP WORTHY OF OUR KING?

I may be left-handed and tone deaf but I love to sing. My problem is that if I raise my voice too loudly I’m prone to draw the attention and ire of those around me. The only way to overcome this troubling and embarrassment predicament is to have those around me sing louder than I do. While that sounds like a simple solution to my problem it doesn’t help. The fact is, I’m surrounded by fellow believers who barely sing.

I’m a committed member in one of the largest churches in town with an incredibly gifted group of singers and musicians and yet when the worship leader points his microphone out toward the congregation you can hear a pin drop.

Recently our daughter was home from the mission field and after we arrived home from a morning service, she said to me ‘Dad, why don’t they sing at your church?’ I told her that this had been troubling me for some time and thanked her for confirming my own observation. She went on to tell me that the church she attends in _____, the entire congregation sings at full volume drowning out the worship team.

The scriptures abound with exhortations about singing, clapping hands, raising hands, dancing and shouting to the Lord etc. The fact is that according to Peter, we gather as living stones to form a temple in which we are to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

One of those sacrifices we are exhorted to offer is the sacrifice of praise. Notice though that the sacrifice has to be acceptable. In other words the Great High Priest the Lord Jesus Christ either accepts or rejects our sacrifice depending on whether the sacrifice meets His standard or not. We read all about this in the book of Malachi, where we find God rejecting the sacrifices of His people because they didn’t measure up to His requirement. God even goes as far as to tell the gatekeepers to shut the gates of the temple because their worship from His viewpoint is useless.

In the third chapter of Malachi we are confronted with robbing God due to not bringing Him our tithes and offerings. Everyone knows that this passage is used (and perhaps abused) effectively when it comes to reminding the congregation to give. The fact is this also applies to ‘the sacrifice of praise’ When the congregation assumes the role of being more of a spectator than a participator then we too are guilty of robbing God of the worship due His Holy Name.

The role of a worship leader is to lead. Many times the worship team are caught up in their own world with their eyes closed and lost in wonder, love, and grace. The worship leader especially should be aware of the congregation’s involvement or lack thereof. His role is to inspire, exhort, encourage and stir the people to offer God their very best; not just some half- baked, mediocre, lackluster expression passed off as worship.

Perhaps I just need to forget about those around me and raise my voice regardless. After all, my focus should be God alone and He looks at my heart more than what’s coming from my head.

This is the time of year when we celebrate the birth of Christ and recall the story of the three magi bringing their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. They clearly understood that their gifts had to reflect the worth of the one to whom they brought them. Shouldn’t our worship do the same?

2 November, 2017 13:53

November 2, 2017

PULLING DOWN STRONGHOLDS

For months prior to our last Presidential election I found myself repeatedly praying that God would bring to light the hidden things of darkness. I’ve continued to pray the same ever since. Much of our political system, I believe, is driven by demonic forces. These spirits seek to manipulate and influence whoever they can to oppose any and all righteousness. Our former President and many of his appointees were pawns to these powerful spirits of darkness. Although we now have a new President in the White House these same forces continue to work to undermine God’s purpose for our nation. One thing is certain and that is that these spirits can’t be banned but they can be bound! No legislative act is going to limit their influence so that means there is no political solution to the problem, only spiritual. The Church alone has been entrusted with the power to change things. That power is released through the fervent praying of God’s people. God has provided us with weapons that are more than adequate for the task. Yes, we can pull down strongholds and effect Godly change in our nation.

I recently read the following article that clearly exposes what is going on in our nation to undermine our current government. Keep in mind that a nation divided cannot stand. Hopefully this article will provide you with some insight as to what is going on behind the scenes. It is then up to us to ask God just how to effectively pray and stop these destructive forces from dividing our nation.

The Enemy Amongst Us!!

"When Krauthammer provides his opinion and facts, he’s definitely someone to listen to!" DS

Oct 11 2017

Krauthammer is about the best and brightest journalist and political analyst we have, in my opinion. His words of warning in the below message should be taken seriously and spread throughout the country so as many of our citizens as possible are made aware of what is happening right under our noses!

An article from the New York Post:

I do not understand how living in a country with its democracy established over 200 years ago, and now, for the first time in history, suddenly we have one of our former presidents set up a group called "Organizing for Action" (OFA).

OFA is 30,000+ strong and working to disrupt everything that our current president’s administration is trying to do. This organization goes against our Democracy, and it is an operation that will destroy our way of governing. It goes against our Constitution, our laws, and the processes established over 200 years ago. If it is allowed to proceed then we will be living in chaos very much like third world countries are run. What good is it to have an established government if it is not going to be respected and allowed to follow our laws?

If you had an army some 30,000 strong and a court system stacked over the decades with judges who would allow you to break the laws, how much damage could you do to a country? We are about to find out in America!


Our ex-president said he was going to stay involved through community organizing and speak out on the issues and that appears to be one post-administration promise he intends to keep. He has moved many of his administration’s top dogs over to Organizing for Action.

OFA is behind the strategic and tactical implementation of the resistance to the Trump Administration that we are seeing across America, and politically active courts are providing the leverage for this revolution.

OFA is dedicated to organizing communities for "progressive" change. Its issues are gun control, socialist healthcare, abortion, sexual equality, climate change, and of course, immigration reform.

OFA members were propped up by the ex-president’s message from the shadows: "Organizing is the building block of everything great we have accomplished Organizers around the country are fighting for change in their communities and OFA is one of the groups on the front lines. Commit to this work in 2017 and beyond."

OFA’s website says it obtained its "digital" assets from the ex-president’s re-election effort and that he inspired the movement. In short, it is the shadow government organization aimed at resisting and tearing down the Constitutional Republic we know as AMERICA.

Paul Sperry, writing for the New York Post, says, “The OFA will fight President Donald Trump at every turn of his presidency and the ex-president will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House."

Sperry writes that, “The ex-president is setting up a shadow government to sabotage the Trump administration through a network of non-profits led by OFA, which is growing its war chest (more than $40 million) and has some 250 offices nationwide.

The OFA IRS filings, according to Sperry, indicate that the OFA has 32,525 (and growing) volunteers nationwide. The ex-president and his ‘wife’ will oversee the operation from their home/office in Washington DC.


Think about how this works. For example: Trump issues an immigration executive order; the OFA signals for protests and statements from pro-immigrant groups; the ACLU lawyers file lawsuits in jurisdictions where activist judges obstruct the laws; volunteers are called to protest at airports and Congressional town hall meetings; the leftist media springs to action in support of these activities; the twitter sphere lights up with social media; and violence follows. All of this happens from the ex-president’s signal that he is heartened by the protests.

If Barack Obama did not do enough to destroy this country in the 8 years he was in office, it appears his future plans are to destroy the foundation on which this country has operated on for the last 241 years.

If this does not scare you, then we are in worse trouble than you know.

So, do your part. You have read it, so at least pass this on so others will know what we are up against. We are losing our country and we are so compliant. We are becoming a "PERFECT TARGET" for our enemy!

Charles Krauthammer