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Daniel Blair is a retired Minister, who has studied at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; and served as Pastor of churches in both California and Kentucky. He has led many revivals in this country and preached internationally. Reverend Blair stays active podcasting Revelation Truth and is an inspired writer keeping up a popular blog, and producing Christian videos. Reverend Blair ministers and counsels many hurting people on the social media site Facebook. He has seen firsthand how the devil and a multitude of psychological problems have taken their toll on Christians. Blair's passion for helping Christians to overcome their many problems has led him to write his second book entitled "Stand Firm" available at my online bookstore or at a bookstore near you. His first book was published in 2006 entitled "Final Warning." Reverend Blair and his wife, Robin, live in Round Rock, Texas. They have six children and fifteen grandchildren.

The Flame is Burning Close to the White House

I come humbly before the throne of grace asking that you confirm to me what has been revealed not by dreams or visions but simply by seeing what’s there for everyone to see if they have eyes to see. Through a course of unrelated events, I have witnessed you working in the world to bring the time of the Gentiles to a conclusion (See Luke 21:24, and Romans 11:25) so that you can open the eyes of your people, the nation of Israel. As your beloved children, we never wish to run ahead of you or lag behind, so I ask that you confirm to me when I should go public with what you have so purposely revealed to me. I know to move ahead takes a great deal of faith believing that your children are ready for your next great move in the life of all humanity. I also know that you have never done anything major without first revealing it to your servants, so I will step out in faith and follow your lead. I pray this in the mighty Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The Bible says, “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7).

Jarred Kushner the President’s most trusted advisor, seen by some in the administration as a genius, works behind the scenes shaping the world. The outcome may be beyond what you could hardly imagine. Mr. Kushner, a soft-spoken millionaire, in his own rights, is married to the President’s daughter, Ivanka. He has given up his position as the CEO of his own business and the leadership role as the owner of The New York Observer to help his father-in-law get elected as President of the United States. He was the brains behind the social media campaigns to help him win the election. This was a tremendous ideological change for Mr. Kushner who has given generously (as much as $10,000.) to the Democratic Party in years past and has always since childhood, the age of 11, embraced the tenets of liberalism, which is openly shared by his wife, Ivanka. You would think by now that red flags should already be raised, but we have barely scratched the surface.

Jared Kushner, an Orthodox Jew and the grandson of Holocaust survivors led his wife to Judaism before their marriage. They both have followed closely all the Jewish rites and holy days living in a kosher home. They have both opposed all the ultra-right leaders in the administration during its early days and winning, causing much of the revolving door in the West Wing. Mr. Kushner has been the mastermind behind many of the major decisions in the White House, working behind the scenes and giving few interviews. They say that he was responsible for the latest revision of the NAFTA deal and has been working hard to revive the Peace Deal between Israel and all of its Arab neighbors. Apparently, his direction has been seen as ingenious from those who have been involved in the process. As Christians, we would do well to keep an eye on Mr. Kushner, especially if he ultimately becomes responsible for the Peace Deal and if he has future aspirations in political leadership. Most of us, are not unaware that Israel is actively looking for an Orthodox Jewish Messiah to come back as a powerful political leader that would allow them to build their third Temple in Jerusalem. It is clear that this must be a political and not a legal action. Those who understand Daniel’s prophecy of the seventieth week (See Daniel 9:27) know that it is a future political leader, the Antichrist of Revelation 13, who will one day make a deceptive covenant with the Jewish leaders, leading to the rebuilding of the Third Temple.

Not only was Mr. Kushner instrumental, by working behind the scenes, to relocate the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem he is also active in the Prison Reform and the Opioid epidemic allowing him into prisons, half-way houses, drug rehabilitation centers, and hospitals with his plans, which accounts for a large part of the population. One can only wonder what kind of rehabilitation may be mandated with his liberal tendencies and especially his participation in the movement of Transcendental Meditation that has captured most of the liberal elite, which includes Hollywood. I must admit that I was not too surprised at its popularity in this country and from around the world but was quite amazed at its acceptance in the nation of Israel. This along with the total acceptance of Psychology and Psychotherapy one wonders who is left to put their total trust in God alone to fix all their problems through salvation in Christ. Where is our faith in the transformation? The saying is true, “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations” (Revelation 13:7). And all this without one shot being fired.

Like we said, we have barely scratched the surface of this “Ultimate Jewish Power Couple”, as reported in the Jerusalem Post, and currently the most trusted advisors of our President. It was just reported not long ago that Mr. Kushner just won his permanent Top Security Clearance allowing him to sit with the President and offer his advice during all the intelligence briefings. I understand his office is the closest to the President. They have also won the respect and the ear of many of the world’s leaders. Time will only tell what political position this couple will ascend to in the coming years, but it would be wise to keep our eyes on them and not be blind to their supposed allegiance to the Christian right. The coming years may appear the most exciting and at the same time the most horrifying to the Christian community worldwide. God help us to keep our eyes wide open so that we can truly Stand Firm.

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The Prophetic War Manual

The whole world is being conditioned to follow a certain path that promises an exciting future free from hunger, greed, a so-called religious imperialism and the enslavement of the old morality. It’s slated to introduce a brave new world of fading borders, mutual agreement among nations and a push towards space exploration. The whole world has been gradually conditioned for nearly sixty years now and those in future leadership are determined not to let their plans fail. They will do whatever is necessary, even to the point of changing the history books and removing the monuments that remind us of past failures. Therefore, it’s essential that God’s true children understand what is ahead and how we must prepare now to stand firm and wage a different kind of holy war unlike the world has ever seen.

Let’s be clear the only way they can rationalize destroying the physical body is through false accusations. We must become repugnant in the eyes of the world. We must be so hated that they will rush toward us with great physical strength to destroy us from the face of the earth. How can we as God’s beloved children stand against these false accusations against our character? False accusations made mainly because they don’t want to accept our Christian morality? First, we will look at the effectiveness of God’s holy weapons in standing against our false accusers then we will learn together how to use these powerful weapons of righteousness. Let me be clear, if we attempt to use the weapons of this world we will fail. Some may side with us but ultimately, we will lose our credibility. We will lose the battle against the forces of evil. The moment we strike back with anger, frustration, hateful attacks, belittlement, or our own accusations cradled in an emotional outburst then we have lost. The moment we strike back twice as hard against our accusers, we will no longer have God standing by our side with all the power of the universe at our disposal.

On the other hand, we have a better example from the long line of Christians who suffered greatly for their faith, yet they stood firm and only used God’s holy weapons. The early Christians were accused of eating the body and drinking the blood of their leader. They were accused of cannibalism. They were falsely accused of burning a section of the great city of Rome. Later, in their history, they were accused of false doctrine and burned at the stake, sawed in two, drowned, decapitated, imprisoned, and tortured by the worse means possible. Yet, in all this, they maintained their Christian character and fought back with the holy weapons of God. Indeed the ancient saying is true, “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” The Apostle Paul also suffered the same fate through beatings, imprisonments, tumults from angry crowds, toils, sleepless nights, and hunger. However, the great Apostle persevered against his accusers by using the weapons of God.

The Bible says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (II Corinthians 10:4-5).” God’s spiritual weapons will pull down strongholds by exposing the weakness of the very things that they are depending. It will lay bare the foolishness of their arguments, not with our wisdom and insight but by the mighty power of God through the indwelling Spirit. Our weapons will cast down the vain imaginations that exalts itself before the knowledge of God. It will expose that their arguments are built on nothing more than vain imaginations (learned talking points) taught to them by their liberal professors with no root or substance. If we allow God to work through us as we use his powerful weapons, then it will bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. Their minds will be changed. The battle will be won. We will soon discover that our weapons are mighty through God.

But how do these mighty Spiritual weapons operate? The Bible says, “By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left” (II Corinthians 6:6-7).” Putting this verse in its fuller context the Apostle Paul also dealt with his fault finders and accusers, but he remained pure. Now, this is a hard thing to do when you are being railed against. However, our Christian character must remain intact. Every evil inclination must be jettisoned. Every thought of retaliation or striking back must be repented of and not allowed to change our demeanor in the slightest. What we can do is maintain our innocence by producing knowledge of who we are in Christ Jesus, by elaborating on what Christ has done for us, and by giving a detailed defense of our beliefs and Christian character. We must continue in long-suffering even as our accusers grow harsher in their threats, hostility, and character assassination. The early Christians did not retaliate in hateful rhetoric or cry out in an emotional outburst but remained steadfast in good Christian character. Even in today’s world we have a great many witnesses of Christians silently bowing their head to be decapitated or suffering all manner of abuse and torment while keeping their Christian character intact.

What we have seen thus far is our defensive weapons, now we turn to the offensive weapons. Weapons that will win the day for Christ, that will safeguard our Christian character. As a Christian we demonstrate kindness toward our accuser. We attempt to feel the way they do with both empathy and compassion for their fallen state. We try to understand what they are going through and if they feel threatened by our Christianity. It is recorded in Christian history where the Christians being persecuted through true kindness brought tears of regret and even repentance from their persecutor. In sincere-kindness from our hearts we too can attempt to turn the tables with God’s help of the Holy Spirit directing us and bringing conviction to our accusers. Remember the words of Jesus who said, “But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak” (Matthew 10:19).

This kindness is coupled with love unfeigned. This is a sincere love from the heart. Yes, we can love our accusers and persecutors. With God all things are possible. Hopefully, you have seen so far how opposite this is of the world. Instead of retaliating we turn the other cheek, we go the extra mile, learning in the process how to love our accusers, always hoping and praying that they will come to the truth. Before they come to the truth, they need to hear it. Not with hell and brimstone, but with a sincere love and kindness. We must learn to speak the truth in love. When we do, it will be with the power of God. To do so is our true armor of God, our armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left. Dear friends, truth has great power to really turn things around. The devil always speaks lies and the only way that we can stand against him and his followers is to speak the truth, the whole truth. It is the only thing that will break the shackles off those caught in captivity of the evil one.

Dear children, a time is coming when we may not have the backing of the established order. The other side is already saying that they have a long memory. They know that we have stood shoulder to shoulder with the right. They will remember. We must prepare now to stand firm, fighting only with God’s holy weapons. It is the only thing that will keep our Christian character intact and our message relevant. Let me encourage you to begin today practicing the truths in this little “Prophetic War Manual” direct from God’s Word so that you will be ready when the time comes. Let me say it again, the time will come when Christians will be singled out and held accountable for the failure of the New World Order to implement its plans to stop Global Warming and the progression of its liberal agenda. In the eyes of the world, we will be seen as haters of humanity and its survivability. We must stand firm and wage this new holy war in the Name of Christ. I will leave you with these encouraging words from our Lord, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

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Use Your Gifts, Our Second Step to Transformation

The Bible says, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant” (I Corinthians 12:1). Yet, we live in a day when most Christians, even those who claim to be mature, are ignorant concerning spiritual gifts. Unfortunately, this ignorance is a choice in the lukewarm church. They purposely chose to ignore the Spiritual gifts because of the many abuses and the inclination for pride among those who claim to use them. So, instead of picking out the Spiritual gifts that have less controversy they throw out the whole lot. To do so not only is a rebuke against the Holy Spirit, which grieves Him, but it also stunts the growth of God’s children not allowing them to experience the full measure of their transformation in Christ.  Denying or embracing the gift of tongues, which has the most controversy, should not be an excuse for ignoring the other precious and powerful gifts of the Holy Spirit. Quite frankly, the lukewarm church would have no need of their so-called professional counselors if they unleashed the power of the Holy Spirit working through all of God’s people in their respective churches. They have no need for slick advertising and their grandiose promises of fun, friends, and fellowship if they taught their people how to discover their own unique Spiritual gifts.

To say that discovering your unique Spiritual gifts and using them is the second step to transformation clearly indicates just how quickly this needs to be done in the process. I am convinced through study and the indwelling Spirit that He comes into the life of the new believer immediately. The process begins on day one. No waiting involved.  Why is this so important? It is because the Holy Spirit is our Teacher, He is our Counselor, and He is our Guide. Nothing happens without Him and His work in us. So, it is a tragedy that the lukewarm church puts this off and rarely discuss it in the beginning. Unfortunately, the stress is put on the new converts own decision instead of putting the stress where it really belongs, which is on God and the unction of the Spirit extending the call, convicting the heart, and drawing them into the Kingdom. He is already there before they walk the proverbial aisle. So, they need to know about the work of the Holy Spirit and also the gifts which He imparts to the new believer in Christ. For some reason, the lukewarm church no longer trust God to teach His disciples through the indwelling Spirit but wants to hold Him at bay while they fill the new converts with all the doctrines of man and the doctrines of the established church. How tragic.

Anyone doing a quick survey of the Spiritual gifts will see immediately that they are meant for building up the body of Christ, the Church. Not only do they build up others in the church they also greatly benefit those using their Spiritual gifts to the glory of God. There is no greater joy and satisfaction than having God work through us as He touches others. The more we help others with our own unique Spiritual gifts, the more we grow up in Christ, the more we experience transformation in Christ. We see the great benefit of teaching new converts how to discover their own unique gifts right at the beginning of their pilgrimage. Let me stress right here that these gifts are not the same as our own natural talents. Unfortunately, again we see the lukewarm church fanning the flames of one’s natural talents, while ignoring their most valuable gifts from the Spirit. There is definitely a place for natural talent, but there is a greater need for the Spiritual gifts to be used in God’s Holy Church. That is, among His beloved children for the edification, encouragement, admonishment, discernment, teaching, and helps. Why do we fear the greater gifts of prophecy, wisdom, healing, and miracles? Why do we limit what God can do through His beloved children? Thank God that He gave us the greatest gift of love that binds them all together in perfect harmony without pride and the self-seeking spirit.

After many years I have witnessed many wonderful and powerful gifts come and go as God had a need to use them in and through me. Let me say in all humility that these gifts were not by my own power, or by my own righteousness. Often, they came unexpectedly through faith, which not only helped others but was a great joyous benefit to me. Not only did they increase my own faith but helped me to grow closer and stronger in the Lord. They may never happen again and if they do then I pray that God receives all the glory. Over the years I have had the great honor and privilege of seeing people healed through the laying on of hands and prayer, seeing the devil flee from another individual as I stood my ground; seeing food miraculously multiplied when times were tough; and, receiving a prophecy through dreams and a vision. However, the greatest of these gifts were the divine appointments of seeing hardened individuals weep and rejoice in repentance; seeing a brother delivered from a horrible trespass through admonishment at the proper time; seeing people restored through a word of encouragement; building others up when they were broken and ready to give up; and, the great joy from using my gifts of teaching, writing, and preaching. Let me stress again, although I am sure that many others were helped, I feel the greatest benefit was to my own spiritual growth and transformation by not holding back but allowing God to work through me.

So, why does the lukewarm church keep the brethren from experiencing this great joy and transformation in their own lives? Why do they pay a staff to do all the work of the ministry while the rest sit idly by in their pews becoming stagnant in their spiritual growth? This is tragic. Let me encourage every group that calls themselves a church to help their people grow by taking this second step to transformation. First, they need to learn about all the Spiritual gifts recorded in the Bible. Help them to discover what their divine purpose is and how they were used in the New Testament times. Then lead them to pray about each gift and see how the Holy Spirit leads. As He leads then try out the gift and be ready to use if He leads. As I have already stated some of these gifts come and go as God has need for the gift. So, we must always be ready. Trust me, He will not ask you to use the gift without success. I can remember each time the Holy Spirit called upon me to use my Spiritual gift; you truly feel the unction of the Holy Spirit. You may even feel a bit trembling, but you learn to step out in faith. Let’s be clear, these gifts will never hurt another individual or the cause of Christ. They are meant for the opposite, for building up the body of Christ, His Church.

Finally, the Bible says, “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him” (I Corinthians 12:18). Let me be very clear, that God chose you from the beginning. He is the one who brought conviction upon your heart and called you into His Kingdom and has placed you in a specific body of believers, the local church. Furthermore, it is God who has chosen the Spiritual gifts for you. We did not do the choosing, nor are we allowed to choose our own gift. I cannot stress how important this is, for many have gone astray thinking that they have one of the greater gifts when God never gave it to them. This is the problem we see today in the lukewarm church, where everyone sees themselves as a prophet, healer, or has a word of wisdom. As the learned Apostle said can we all be the hand? Of course not! We need every gift to function properly as the true Church of God. So, every member must be doing something in the local church. They must be using their unique gift that God has called them to use. There is no wonder that the lukewarm church is so weak and worldly. Let me please encourage everyone reading or listening to this article in one of our Tribulation Radio Shows to discover you own unique Spiritual gifts and use them to the glory of God. The benefits are amazing for you will grow and will be transformed as you take your second step. Amen

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Walking in Truth, Our First Step to Transformation

Are you in a church that’s helping you to be transformed? Another way of saying it, are they helping you to put off the old life and put on the new life in Christ? I hope so. If not, then let me encourage you to stay where you are and join the ranks of the faithful remnant by learning how to really walk in truth to experience transformation in Christ. To do so will not only help you, but it will start a movement within your church to help others. Most of us have heard the old saying tossed about for years but few these days really understand its meaning. The saying is, “The whole Gospel truth.” As a believer, I venture to say that you know your church doctrine and may even have large portions of your Bible memorized, but you may not know if you are being transformed. Are you truly experiencing the new life in Christ? I hope to remedy that by showing you how to walk, in truth, which is our first step to transformation.

Once you have taken the first step no one will be able to stop your growth and that includes Satan. Let me be very clear. We are not preaching a different gospel. There is only one Gospel, the one written down so clearly in the New Testament. We believe the old gospel that Christ died on the Cross and then rose again so that through faith we could have a new life in Christ. So, if it’s still there, why is it no longer believed even though it’s still being preached and taught in your Bible classes? The short answer was covered in my last week’s article about the Lukewarm church, but simplistically stated again: “we must believe, really believe, the truth that God wants to give us life, to transform us.” He wants to make us into a new creation. As a new creation, you will not have one of the four static personalities, but you will have a dynamic personality that’s being changed into the likeness of Christ. We cannot go any further if you don’t believe this truth. To build on any other foundation will keep you in Christian infancy or as the Bible refers to as a carnal Christian unable to experience transformation.

To really believe this truth will open a whole new set of possibilities that will bring to light obscure passages of Scripture that may have been read before but not fully understood. The first one we will look at is in the letter to the Romans. The Bible says, “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life” (Romans 6:22). The first thing we see here is a process, we are now “being” made free. We are no longer under the control of Satan or the old sin nature. The Apostle says it again in another letter, where he says, put off the old life and put on the new life in Christ. So, we must get the process started by believing that it’s not only possible, but it will become a reality. Trust me, I will say it one more time. If you don’t believe this you will not be transformed no matter how many sermons listen to, no matter how many Bible studies you attend and no matter how many Scripture verses you memorize. We must truly believe in the transformation. We must believe that God wants to make you into a beautiful new creation like you were originally meant to be.

The next thing we need to do is to expect the transformation. We must expect it to take place in our life. This is much more than wishful thinking, walking the aisle, and accepting Jesus. It is expecting the transformation to take place in our lives. To expect God to re-create a brand-new life in us to the glory of God. Most walking the aisle and accepting Jesus, which by the way isn’t in the Bible, don’t really expect to be changed. Most are just looking for acceptance, fellowship and their free ticket to heaven. They may even look for miracles, visions, and healing, but that’s it. That’s all that most people expect. And if that’s all you expect that’s all you will get. We must expect the transformation to take place in our lives. If you want to be transformed and you really want to experience the new life in Christ, then read further.

At this point, we must realize that we cannot possibly do this on our own. You may have already tried. We don’t need to, because God gives us two things to cause the transformation to happen. Let’s look at the first. God gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit that puts a seal on us; we now belong to God. Then the Spirit comes to dwell with us 24/7 for the rest of our lives. His job is threefold. He brings to your mind what other believers have taught you, the words of the Bible, and His still small voice. This voice of conviction tells you the things you need to put off, repent of, no longer do and very importantly the things you need to put on or put in their place. For example, if you learn that you can no longer lie then that is the thing to put off; then what do we put in the place of it? We speak truthfully to our neighbor (See Ephesians 4:22ff). As you learn this one lesson along with many others quickly to follow you will begin to grow in your new life. The Bible refers to this as growing from one degree of glory to another. This is the Spirit’s job. He is our Counselor. Our job is to listen and obey.

The second thing God gives us to help in our transformation is other believers in the Church. Now here is the exciting thing about transformation. God through the Holy Spirit will work as fast as you are willing. It does not need to take years while you sit in the church waiting for the next weekly sermon. No, it happens every day by spending quality time with other maturing brothers and sisters in the Lord. Your spiritual growth or transformation must, I repeat, must happen every day. The established church may only come together once a week, but God’s holy children of the faithful remnant must come together daily. In the old days we used to call this discipleship where a mature believer who is being transformed meets with a new believer in Christ, desiring transformation. Watch this! Everyone must be involved. You are either the mature believer being transformed, or you are the newer believer who is struggling with putting off the old life and putting on the new life in Christ. This is not a counseling center, it is the Church of God filled with His beloved children helping one another in their growth.

So, the question we must ask ourselves is, “are we truly helping others to grow up in Christ.” Be careful how you answer that question. This is not just about sharing your opinion for that particular day. It is not just a casual, fun fellowship. It is walking with the other person. Observing their behavior, the things they say, and the things they believe about their relationship with Christ. It always begins with listening. The Bible says, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath” (James 1:19). We must really listen without thinking of something else, then pause while you speak quietly to the Spirit so that He alone can lead you on what to say to your brother or sister, to really help them in their transformation. This is the job of the Church. We are the Church. This is our responsibility. Not just the responsibility of the Pastor, the teachers, and not the job of so-called professional counselors. It is our job to help others to grow in their faith, to become all that God has called them to be in their new life. The Bible says, “And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another” (Romans 15:14). God has given all His children the ability to help one another grow in their new life. So, let’s help one another walk in truth and take their first step to transformation.

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The Lukewarm Church is Blinded by The World

When did we stop trusting God? When did we stop trusting Him to really make us into a new creation and then to grow us from one degree of glory to another (See II Corinthians 5:17; 3:18)? Perhaps it all started when the world turned its back on God and then discovered very quickly that humanity was in trouble. Why were they in trouble? There was no longer a moral anchor and humanity began to drift into a greater sea of immorality. Many tried desperately to reign in terror and gross immorality with new laws and mandates, but everything failed. As churches emptied and immorality increased fallen humanity needed a solution and they needed it quick. So, in time they resurrected some old theories of a pagan writer who lived a few centuries earlier; someone who thought he understood human nature. Then with the experimentation of new drugs, seemingly to affect behavior, and this new science of mental health, then the art of modern psychology was born. So, humanity no longer needed God to direct their path and provide them a moral anchor, because a new quasi religion had arrived on the scene to solve all the problems of fallen humanity. So how does all this affect the lukewarm church?

Let’s back up a minute. Humanity had been in great trouble once before. Many centuries before when every man called upon his own deity and decided his own fate. A time when most of humanity could change his moral commitment or religious devotion as easily as changing his soiled clothes. The world was on a collision course with destiny and all would have been lost if it were not for one solitary figure. Jesus Christ came offering a new life to all who would follow Him. This was the miracle of miracles! He came to offer eternal life, but the real miracle is that it would start immediately. There was no waiting.  The new life in Christ was not just a promise, but a reality to be experienced now. All that was needed was faith to open the door and even that would become a free gift through His amazing grace. If God could create the heavens and the earth, then surely he could re-create new life in His children. Nothing was left to chance, but everything was planned down to the smallest detail. God would begin by giving us the indwelling Spirit with a specific job of growing us from one degree of glory to another, by putting His laws into our hearts and writing them in our minds, giving us a desire and the ability to obey them, and even convict us when we strayed from the path. But that’s just the beginning!

Jesus Christ would establish His Church. Let’s be clear this is not the building. It is the people of God who are encouraged to come together as one people. Jesus Christ knew we needed one another as we grow and change becoming the new person in Christ. We would realize almost immediately that becoming different from the world would cause some dire problems. We would soon discover that we are no longer loved as their own, but rejected, scorned, and even persecuted. In the beginning of my own Christian pilgrimage, I can still remember the words of exhortation, encouragement and even an occasional admonishment from other dear children in the Lord. Of course, the greatest teacher was the indwelling Spirit that validated the beautiful Words in Scripture and helped me apply them to my own walk. I also discovered the great joy that comes from corporate worship and intercessory prayer. Then there was the great reward of helping others who had just begun their new life in Christ. All the “one another statements” in the Bible became especially meaningful as we learned to mutually encourage one another. So you might be wondering how did counseling from the world, devised for fallen humanity, get into the Church?

Well, there is a two-fold answer. Most people coming from the world, especially the adults, have grown up being told about all the things that they could suffer from. People started looking at their mental health the same way that they looked at the rest of their health issues. For us older folks we know it didn’t always be that way, psychology and any talk of mental health was only for crazy people, not for us regular people. As time progressed it became the most natural thing to suffer from worry, anxiety, stress, depression, loneliness, fear or any other number of disorders. For the record, the book containing these disorders has grown very thick over the years. The counselor’s office became just as important as the regular doctor or even the preacher. The great turning away from God created the humanistic counselor who promised to help those who struggled with their sins, which by the way was no longer called a sin, but an illness. This became so popular among fallen humanity that the Seminary started teaching psychology to new pastors, first in the Catholic Church, then also in the Protestant churches. I can remember taking a class in psychology at Seminary 35 years ago with many new pastors vehemently resisting the notion of needing to learn something that was designed to help fallen humanity – for those who turned away from God.

So over the past 35 years, psychology or at least its bedfellow Christian counseling (that utilizes the same methods as psychology) found itself fully established into the ministry of the local church. Now I know some pastors today will say that my Christian counseling always points people to the Bible. Yes, I am sure that it does, but it does a lot more. It uses most of the same operative words of psychology allowing them to stay trapped in their perceived illnesses that takes a great deal of time to bring about healing even if that’s totally possible. Where is the promised new life in Christ? Where is the miracle of miracles? Some pastors even take it a step further and preach this lie of needed counseling for the new person in Christ and the perceived illness straight from the pulpit. Whatever happened to sin? Jesus Christ never established the Church to set up counseling offices to help His children. What He did do was give everyone a new life in Him along with the indwelling Spirit who is our Counselor. He gave us a body of believers to help one another by bearing one another’s burdens and utilizing all the beautiful “one another statements” in the Bible (See Galatians 6:2).

What we should be doing is helping them to confirm their new life in Christ. Help them to see if they are really saved and if not, then perhaps there is an issue with faith, not an illness. We need to be as bold as the New Testament that says, if we say that we have fellowship with Him then we no longer walk in darkness (See I John 1:6). If we say that we know Christ, then we keep His commands (see I John 2:3-4). If we love the world then the love of the Father is not in us (See I John 2:15). If we do righteousness, then we are born of Him (See I John 2:29). If we are born of God, we do not purposely sin or make a habit of sinning (See 1 John 3:9). That should do away with the idea that we continue to struggle for years with the same sins of worry, anxiety, fear, depression, and many other sins now categorized as illnesses. Where is the new life in Christ? We need to help people to know if they are truly God’s precious children then we should be helping them to put off the old life and put on the new life in Christ immediately. Yet, the lukewarm church has constant, non-ending counseling allowing them to remain as little more than babies in Christ or of a carnal mind which is an enmity to God. We pray Lord that you awaken the lukewarm church.  It’s time we threw the heretical teaching out of the lukewarm church and become the true Church. Let us experience the miracle of miracles, our new life in Christ. Amen

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