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My Vote For Donald Trump?

 

Donald-Trump-Hillary-Clinton-9001I have finally resolved my personal pain of conscience and my conflicted soul over being put in a place of having to choose “the lesser of two equally horrific evils”  nominated for President of these United States.

My conviction is that either candidate will absolutely take this country “deeper into the judgment of God” presently being manifest throughout our culture and society. This isn’t fatalism, it’s biblical realism! As is apparent to all who have eyes to see, divine judgment has already begun in the Church and is being severely unleashed upon our nation. These two Presidential nominees evidence the fact that we’ve crossed God’s own “red line”. 

The Apostle Peter lays this reality bare for us to see and apply: “It’s judgment time for God’s own family. We’re first in line. If it starts with us, think what it’s going to be like for those who refuse God’s Message!”  [1 Peter 4:17-19]

Interesting to that Peter is quoting from Ezekiel 9 where the Prophet declares that the beginning point of Judgment is God’s own Sanctuary and is then commanded to be unleashed upon society. 

Then the glory and brilliance of the God of Israel went up from the cherubim to the threshold of the [Lord’s] temple. And the Lord said, “Go through the midst of the city, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh [in distress] and grieve over all the repulsive acts which are being committed in it. But to the others I heard Him say, “Follow the [executioner] throughout the city and strike; do not let your eyes have pity and do not spare [anyone]…But  do not touch anyone on whom is the mark. Begin at My sanctuary.”  And He said to the executioners, “Defile the temple and fill its courtyards with the dead. Go out!” So they went out and struck down the people in the city.”

Dr Michael Brown recently wrote an interesting article entitled “Clinton,Trump,the Presidential Election  and The Sovereignty of God.  Michael states,”More than 2,500 years ago, the prophet Daniel declared that God “removes kings and sets up kings” (Dan. 2:21), and throughout the Old Testament, we see the Lord orchestrating history according to His plans, either to bless His obedient people or to judge His disobedient people.

Dr Brown poses a “concern” that lesser men would never broach. He asks the probing question,”What if Donald Trump was raised up by God to defeat 16 Republican candidates, some (if not most) of which could have readily defeated Hillary Clinton? What if he was raised up, not to become president, but to pave the way for a Hillary presidency?”

Selah!

[In the event some try to misinterpret this, let me be clear, I would NEVER vote for Hillary!  My Pro-Life conviction rules out any candidate from the Democrat party]

 

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2016 in Apostasy, Hard Sayings, Prophecy, Voting

 

Mark Driscoll Compares Twilight Saga To Porn

A serious reading of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians will show that the Corinthian believers pushed back against the Apostle when he informed them  that attending temple restaurants of their day to eat idol food was in fact an act of fellowship with demons.

Why would the Corinthians reject Paul’s imperative to stop attending these idolatrous feasts? Because it meant refraining from a popular and culturally sanctioned activity.

It seems some Christians parents today may have the same Corinthian attitude when serious ministers warn of  attending the seductively popular but demonically  dangerous Twilight series.

Mark Driscoll is one of the more prominent voices and  the following extracts are from a CharismaNews write-up regarding a recent Driscoll blog post.

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“Millions of fans lined up to see the final installment, Breaking Dawn Part 2, which brought in $141.3 million dollars in its debut weekend, scoring the eighth biggest opening weekend of all time.

In a blog entry titled “A Father’s Fright of Twilight,” Driscoll writes, “Twilight is for teenage girls what porn is to teenage boys: sick, twisted, evil, dangerous, But these moviegoers did not just consist of teenage girls.

As Driscoll said, “Tragically, many will be driven by their parents, including some cougar moms encouraging and joining their daughters’ obsession with handsome young males.”

“He explained that he is particularly concerned for Christian parents “who are naively allowing this filth into their children’s lives, buying these books and driving kids to see these movies.”

“He ended the article stating, “To such parents, ‘It is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God’ (Phil. 1:9–11).”

http://www.charismanews.com/culture/34646-mark-driscoll-compares-twilight-saga-to-porn

 

7 Quetions To Ask New Converts In An Asian Country

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virus world, featuring, various extended definitions (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wow! We should implement these questions in the church of the  good ole U.S.A.

I hear the charge of “legalism” or worse, by those who continue advocating an un-biblical “non-lordship easy believism” in the form of telling respondents to “pray this simple prayer and ask Jesus to come into your heart”.

David Fitch recently made this  statement in Christianity Today,” statistics continue to show that only a small percentage of  our recorded “decisions” are made by people who will still be following Jesus a year later…and yet, we keep doing this.” 

Maybe it’s time we transition to the Gospel Jesus preached that is now  being implemented by the Asian church. Just a thought.

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Asian Access (or A2), a Christian missions agency in South Asia, listed a series of questions that church planters must ask new believers who are considering baptism. (Due to safety concerns, Asian Access does not mention the country’s name.) The country is predominantly Hindu, but over the past few decades Christianity has grown in popularity—especially among poor and tribal peoples. These are the seven questions asked to help determine a new convert’s readiness to follow Christ:

  1. Are you willing to leave home and lose the blessing of your father?
  2. Are you willing to lose your job?
  3. Are you willing to go to the village and those who persecute you, forgive them, and share the love of Christ with them?
  4. Are you willing to give an offering to the Lord?
  5. Are you willing to be beaten rather than deny your faith?
  6. Are you willing to go to prison?
  7. Are you willing to die for Jesus?

If the new convert answers yes to all of these questions, then A2 leaders invite that person to sign on the bottom of the paper that of their own free will they have decided to follow Jesus. But here is the risk. If a new convert signs the paper and is caught by the government,he or she will spend three years behind bars. The one who did the evangelizing faces six years in prison.

Christianity Today Magazine spring 2012 pg 60

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2012 in discipleship, doctrine, gospel, Hard Sayings, prayer

 

Evangelical Apostasy?

A. W. Tozer

A. W. Tozer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is the evangelical church on the brink of apostasy? Are we headed for a time when there will be mass exodus from  “liberalized” Evangelicalism? Can it be possible that the Evangelical house will be left  desolate?

A.W. Tozer (April 21, 1897 – May 12, 1963) would answer yes to each question. Tozer was  known as one of the most perceptive writers in the 20th century. He served as a pastor, conference speaker and widely known to be a prolific author who wrote with biblical insight and prophetic precision. His best-known books, The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy, are perennial best-sellers.

His prophecy  appears to be most accurate and reveals we are in some serious days. Be sober and vigilant as never before my friends.

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“…The Evangelical church in America is facing some serious hazards that threaten to bring it to the brink of apostasy. My prayer is that it is not too late for an awakening that will lead to successful reformation. My use of the term ” Evangelical,” includes churches that are fundamental, full Gospel, holiness, Anabaptist and Pentecostal-all Evangelical churches that believe the Bible and proclaim Jesus Christ to be the only Savior of the world. I have nothing to say to any other church.”

“… Let me go out on a limb a little bit and prophesy. I see the time coming when all the holy men whose eyes have been opened by the Holy Spirit will desert worldly Evangelicalism, one by one. The house will be left desolate and there will not be a man of God, a man in whom the Holy Spirit dwells, left among them.”

“…As the Church now stands, the man who sees this condition of worldly evangelicalism is written off as somewhat fanatical. But the day is coming when the house will be left desolate and there will not be a man of God among them. I would like to live long enough to watch this develop and see how things turn out. I would like to live to see the time when the men and woman of God-holy, separated and spiritually enlightened-walk out of the evangelical church and form a group of their own; when they get off the sinking ship and let her go down in the brackish and worldliness and form a new ark to ride out the storm.”

A.W. Tozer: The Dangers of a Shallow Faith: Awakening from Spiritual Lethargy, Chapter (1)

http://pjmiller.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/a-w-tozer-at-the-brink-of-apostasy/

 

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Francis Chan Repents For Softening Jesus Words

Francis Chan

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Francis Chan is the founder and former Pastor of one of the largest churches in Ventura,California. As a national speaker and successful author, he is known for his forthright communication regarding scripture and fearlessness in confronting lukewarmness in the church. [Check out his video below]

That’s what makes this segment of a recent interview so interesting. Chan humbly confesses to “hiding things about Jesus” in order to make his teachings more palatable, attractive and appealing.

Why would he resort to such a compromised approach? He tells Christianity Today that it was rooted in his own personal arrogance.

In my mind, this simply demonstrates what lesser  men have been doing for years. Chan’s confession reveals he is genuinely authentic and worthy of being followed.  

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 “…As I reread the Gospel passages, Jesus’ words are much harsher than I remember. There’s a tone in some of the things that he said that are really difficult to stomach, and he says things in a way that I would not have.

Because we in America read certain passages over and over to the neglect of others, we start to believe that Jesus had a friendly tone all the time. And that there isn’t any wrath or anger or judgment. When you read it all like you are reading it for the first time, you walk away going, “Wow, he was pretty hardcore.”

Here’s what I had to repent of: I had felt the need to soften a lot of Jesus’ statements, because in my arrogance I think, “Okay Jesus, I’m not going to say that like that. Trust me, people will like you more and be more willing to accept you if I say it like this.” Obviously I’ve never said that to God. But that’s the attitude I’ve taken, and it made me sick. Who in the heck do I think I am? To think that I can make God more palatable or attractive if I try and change the tone in which he says some things. I know people say, “Well it’s just cultural this or that.” That’s garbage. People back then had a much deeper reverence for God than we do. Especially the religious community. Yet it’s to those people whom he speaks so harshly.

What in the world would he say to us today? I don’t think it’d be a softer message. I had to come before God and say, “Lord I feel sick.” And I confessed to Mark [Beuving, who edited the book] and Preston [Sprinkle, the coauthor] as we were working on the book, “I confess to you guys, I confess to the church, I know I have backed away from certain things because of my arrogance. I thought I could attract more people to Jesus by hiding certain things about him.” I had to confess my arrogance.”

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/julyweb-only/francis-chan-hell.html?start=2

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Chan

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2011 in Francis Chan, Hard Sayings

 

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