At the conclusion of this article I have a link to a video by pastor Sonny Islas of the ELW Church in Tucson. He has asked me to please share this with the saints, and I have done so on Facebook, and also here. This message has been a great burden to our brother Sonny and he (and myself) implore you to take the time and watch this video.
The day and age in which we live is getting spiritually darker and darker (ROM. 13:12). In the headlines we read of random shootings perpetrated by psychotic, drugged-out teenagers and young adults. On the television we witness the rising of civil unrest and the harbingers of race riots. Signs of a Marxist takeover of our nation are becoming more observable.
Leaders in our government are pronouncing the Constitution of the United States as "obsolete", "antiquated", "a deeply flawed document", "no longer relevant", and so on. National and historical monuments as well as the Ten Commandments are coming down by the droves. We are losing our Judeo-Christian roots - no, we are being robbed of them!
Just recently we have witnessed the Supreme Court doing its work in restoring and renovating the inept, even diabolical (for those who do the reading) program of Obamacare.
Even more recently they made the ruling that same-sex marriage will now be recognized lawfully across this once godly nation. And so goes the world . . . following after the practice of Sodom and Gomorrah which God destroyed in holy offense!
Historically and morally this is an extremely significant decision. There has always been those who were prone to homosexuality, since the beginning of fallen man's reign on this world cursed with sin. In America, homosexuality has been a reality for the entirety of its existence. What makes this significant is that this unlawful practice has been officially recognized, sanctioned and approved of by our national government. Much like Sodom and Gomorrah (GEN. 18 and GEN. 19) this extreme minority (3-5% of the entire population) has received special status and recognition.
There is a significant benchmark that measures the spiritual development or declination of any nation - the acknowledgement of GOD: not merely of His existence, but of His sovereignty and His Holy Authority and Truth.
Evilution has wrought its fiendish work and there are more atheists, agnostics and God deniers than ever before. Because they will not acknowledge God; they have restrained and prohibited the truth and instead they worship the universe as 'god' and a host of other things they deem worthy of worship, but never EVER do they acknowledge the Creator GOD of the BIBLE.
Therefore GOD in the spirit of JUDGMENT is giving up such people to uncleanness and vile affections - homosexuality is drawing souls down a road that leads to spiritual REPROBATION, from which there is likely no return in repentance to the LORD GOD. And they will not be content to engage in abomination on their own - they will take pleasure in seeing others involve themselves in such things. It's not about the right to privacy to do as one wills, it's about promoting a Godless 'death-style'. ROMANS 1:18-32.
1 COR. 6:9-10
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
For more about this crucial issue, check out the following article from CREATION Ministries (NOTE: Be sure to read some of the linked articles at the conclusion of the one above!).
Now that the SUPREME COURT has passed law on the legal status of same-sex marriage, enforcement of this status and moral rejection by biblical Christians of the same may well be the pillar of perdition upon which persecution may be based here in AMERICA!
ARE WE READY? ARE WE READY TO LAY DOWN OUR LIVES FOR THE LORD and FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS - OR WILL WE SUBMIT TO THIS GODLESSNESS and INIQUITY?
Biblical churches are becoming rare; those who are remaining faithful are flying under the radar of the Federal government's 501-c3 tax exempt code and meeting in private homes instead of public buildings.
Corporate churches are sprinting into spiritual madness (1 TIM. 4:1-2) as they wholly embrace liberalism and Post-Modernism as ably represented in Emergent Churches; or they partake of the dainties of New Apostolic Reformation and follow apostles and prophets who claim that their word has higher authority than the Word of God: the Holy Scriptures!
New Age Spiritualists claim that the world is about to undergo a massive paradigm shift where the old ways (Judeo-Christian faith and Scriptures) will be swept away and the new way will be heralded in as a global religion suitable to serve and worship 'The Christ' (read that, anti-Christ) who is coming on the scene very, very soon! They state (along with pseudo-evangelical Christians; 2 THESS. 2:10-13) that 'biblolaters' will have to drop their notions and change, or they will be 'removed'. The method and means of 'removal' doesn't sound at all benign or non-violent to my ears . . .
Which brings me to the question that's been on my mind lately:
ARE YOU PERSECUTION PROOF?
I'm asking this question from two different perspectives; firstly:
1) Is your Christianity so anemic, so watered down, so seeker sensitive (JAMES 4:4) and allegorized so as to not bring even a single tid-bit of truth to this fallen world and would offend people who find the Holy Bible offensive (MATT. 13:21)? Has your Christian witness been so dimmed, well nigh dark, that you are not in the least endangered of persecution by a world full of rebellious sinners who hate the Light of God's Word?
2) Are you spiritually prepared in your knowledge of the truth, hidden deeply and safely in your heart (but with an ever-readiness to "speak the truth in love" as the needful occasion arises) and will willingly stand for the LORD and His righteousness no matter what the cost? Even if celebrity pastors refuse to, or even your own pastor? When people that you considered solid, strong Christians pale and drop like flies in the face of adversity?
Do you have your spiritual armor on so that when the onslaught of satanically driven tribulation commences, you won't grow weary in the battle, but will remain steadfast and resolute, totally persecution proof?
The situation here in America is becoming serious; such New Age Spiritualists that we snickered at in the '80's like Shirley MacClaine and others that supposedly (?) channeled spirits of warriors and 'enlightened' (1 TIM. 4:1) beings from millennia ago are now multiplied, entrenched, absolutely dedicated and determined to see Christians and the Holy Bible scoured off the face of this planet.
From GOOD FIGHT ministries we have the following:
"...the Piscean Age, as you know, lasts two thousand years or so, as do other zodiacal signs. Its inception marked the beginning of the Christian era. It is passing out of manifestation now, as the new Aquarian age is coming in." (Vera Stanley Alder, The Initiation of the World, Samuel Weiser, Lucis Trust, p. 245). Note to readers: Lucis Trust is the publishing arm of The Theosophical Society - an esoteric body of New Age Spiritualists who shape global politics and policies in the U.N.
Hollywood Hills Astrologer Ed Steinbrecher, regarding the so-called Harmonic Convergence that had taken place, claimed that those who were not in tune with what was taking place "could" experience "death."
A New Ager who anonymously identifies himself as "Solar Questor" writes in his book, The World Restored, Not Destroyed:
"These are wondrous times ... because the world has gone through this terrific experience as it spins slowly back to its rightful orbit in the position that it should be in the heavens ... And as this happens more and more, more comfort and well being will come upon this world ... And those who hinder will be removed ... liquidated ... [they] must be wiped clean off the face of the earth." (Solar Questor, The World Restored, Not Destroyed: The Astounding Revelations of the Solar Quest).
From the political realm we hear this:
Gus Hall, the former General Secretary of the Communist Party, U.S.A., stated:
"I dream of a time when the last Congressman is strangled to death on the guts of the last preacher and since the Christians love to sing about the blood, why not give them a little of it." (Gus Hall, speaking at the funeral of Eugene Dennis, February 1961, None Dare Call It Treason-25 Years Later, Liberty Bell Press, 1992, pp. 39-41)
Even the entertainment industry, from the likes of The Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley:
"I believe we are moving on to a new age in ideas and events. Astrologically we are at the end of the age called the Pisces age, at the beginning of which people like Christ were born. We're soon to begin the Age of Aquarius, in which events as important as those at the beginning of Pisces are likely to occur. There's a young revolution in thought and manner about to take place." (Brian Jones, from Rolling Stones In Their Own Words, Quick Fox, 1980, p. 29)
"Someday in the near future we'll see how the so-called ministers of God react as they see their worn-out ways and the whole 'old age' start crumbling...they'll get theirs. They've been building up some bad karma. I can't wait till this new age comes, so this stuff will stop." (Elvis Presley, If I Can Dream: Elvis' Own Story, Larry Geller & Joel Spector, p. 140).
And more New Age Spiritualists chime in regarding this paradigm shift about to occur and the consequences for those who won't cooperate with it:
"The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old an new - the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism, resplendent with the promise of a world in which the never-realized Christian ideal of 'love thy neighbor' will finally be achieved." (John J. Dunphy A Religion for a New Age: The New Faith of Humanism and Teachers in The Humanist Magazine, Jan-Feb 1983).
New Age writer Foster Bailey has taught that those who do not live up to "New Age standards" will end up "irreconcilable outcasts." (Foster Bailey, Things to Come, p. 39)
New Age leader, Barbara Marx Hubbard, has stated, "people will either change or die," for "that is the choice." According to those who would concur with Hubbard, Christians will need to be more open minded so they too can receive the mark of the Antichrist. If they will not join with the global community and its agenda, they will be killed by the "opened minded" New Agers. Hubbard states:
"This act is as horrible as killing a cancer cell. It must be done for the sake of the future of the whole. So be it: be prepared for the selection process which is now beginning . . . "
(Barbara Marx Hubbard, Manual for Co-Creators of the Quantum Leap, pp. 55-57).
The infamous Aleister Crowley had this to say about Christianity:
Professed Satanist and patron saint of rock n roll Aleister Crowley (who died in the early 40s) taught that, "Judaism is savage and Christianity a fiendish superstition" (The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, p. 72).
For the entirety of this article by GOOD FIGHT ministries, go here.
Such protocols of persecution will be Federally mandated under the euphemistically labeled, The Department of Peace and no doubt driven by religious motivations of the Roman Catholic Church which has already begun to infest evangelical Christianity in a heinous infiltration of iniquity!
We must be keenly aware of what's happening and resist the temptation to bury our heads in the sand; to remain standing firmly on the truth of God's Word (1 TIM. 3:15; EPH. 6:11-13) is necessary, to have anxiety or ungodly fear is unwarranted - we have all read the end of the Book and we know, WE WIN because CHRIST has acquired the VICTORY ALREADY (1 COR. 15:57; ROMANS 8:37)!
What can we do spiritually to prepare for potential persecution here in America? It's rather simple really because its the same sort of preparation that the church has always engaged in when ever persecution would rear its religious and ugly head (The religious and unregenerate sinners of this world have always persecuted the spiritually righteous children of God!).
Satan's ploy in his schemes against God's saints (Israel and the church) are a two fold attack:
A passive, feminine, seductive method known as Plan A with such allurements of sinful pleasures and appeal to our pride as necessary to get us to fall - and if this fails, he uses Plan B which is aggressive, masculine, and violent with pain, suffering, torment and bloodshed. He has used Plan A here in America for as long as we have enjoyed materialism and wealth. Seduction into pleasure as well as spiritual deception can be seen in our nation as well as in our churches. Yet there are still some saints who are holding fast, denying their flesh and walking with the LORD without compromise or stain from this sinful world. For those who refuse to follow the global agenda of the new world order of Lucifer, Plan B is in store!
For an explanation of the details in this satanic ploy watch this five minute video produced by The FUEL Project in the video series KNOW YOUR ENEMY.
WHAT MUST WE DO TO BECOME PERSECUTION PROOF?
Here are five basic steps that we must all take:
~ We must vehemently, tenaciously and violently rip away every shred of seduction that Satan, sin and this world may have over us: carnality, covetousness and compromise must all go!
~ We must take the Word of God seriously both in its study (not only reading, but studying to truly know and understand God's Word) and its application.
~ We must as the saints of God determine to walk in obedience to the LORD, holiness and sanctification (ROM. 6:16; 1 PET. 1:2; 1 SAM. 15:22; LUKE 6:46).
~ We must humble ourselves before the LORD (JAMES 4:10; 1 PET 5:5-6) with sorrow (PSALM 30:5; IS. 22:12; MATT. 5:4), prayers (1 TIM. 2:1-3; 2 CHRON. 7:14) and fasting (JOEL 2:12-13; PS. 69:9-11) for both this fallen nation and our negligence to be "salt and light" (MATT. 5:13-16) which would have staved off the corruption that has invaded both our country and our churches (1 COR. 5:7) had we been faithful in our commitment to the LORD by being such!
~ We must sow the seed of the Gospel to the lost of this world, and bring the babes in Christ to maturity through discipleship (MATT. 28:19)!
Richard Wurmbrand, founder of VOICE of the MARTYRS once said about persecution of the true Christian church: "It doesn't matter what church you attend, or how many verses you have memorized; how clear and correct all your doctrine is [and may I add - how marvelous your ministry is, or how great a following you have], none of that will help you in times of persecution! The one thing that will help you endure in such times is your love for the LORD Jesus Christ [and even more so], His love for you! (REV. 2:4-5; JER. 31:3; JOHN 3:16)"
For too, too long Christians have perceived this world - and our lives - as a play ground, when in the reality of the spiritual domain, this world is a battlefield in an ancient war between the LORD God and Satan, the god of this world (2 COR. 4:4). We saints are soldiers, and we have our orders to stand fast and resist the devil and his diabolical agents, both physical and spiritual!
The LORD is drawing nigh (REV. 22:12), the prophecies of the Scripture are forming the final scene before the LORD brings it all to a screeching halt, rids the world of the Beast, the False Prophet which He casts into the Lake of Fire and assigns Satan to prison (for 1000 years and at which time he will bring a final rebellion to Earth, but is promptly dispatched to the Lake of Fire as well) and establishes His reign of righteousness. Let us by the grace of God prove faithful to the LORD, remain steadfast and do all that's necessary in preparation of the coming storms!
For more on this issue of the coming persecution, may I strongly recommend you watch this sermon video by pastor Sonny Islas of the ELW Church, here in Tucson, AZ. He brings up a lot of calamitous issues and grievous ordeals happening in this nation that are reeking offenses in the nostrils of the ALMIGHTY!
May the LORD Jesus Christ bless and keep us in the power of His Spirit of grace and truth!
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
9 For my name's sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off.
10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.
11 For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.
2 COR. 4:16-18
16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.