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Being Told What to Think About

The powers of darkness have much more power and authority over our thinking than most people are willing to admit. I have been writing sermons to preach, blog articles, news briefs, and books for many years now as I am led by the Holy Spirit, but one thing I have noticed is that some things have a much greater appeal than others. I wonder if it’s just how the wind is blowing or if there is a much greater force at work leading people to either accept or reject what is being said. I have noticed also that the world can lose interest in a topic or story very quickly even if it’s of great importance. They say that humanity’s retention span is about two weeks. The news outlets and social media platforms are keen on that idea and are quick to develop new interests to pull humanity along giving them new things to pique their interest, giving them new thoughts to control them, to consume their time. As a pastor for many years, I have discovered that many who claim to know and follow the Lord are not much different than the world by always wanting something new to pique their interest. Moreover, I have found that they are always desiring new undiscovered truth instead of understanding the depth of God’s plan for humanity.

This kind of thinking has led to cults, new denominations, or religions, and even a trackback to atheism. The powers of darkness are wielding such great power upon the minds of humanity that many in our day are losing complete interest in the simple truth of Christ’s glorious Gospel. Well, I hate to disappoint you, but the simple gospel has not changed in over two thousand years. It is the same. Unfortunately, most have either forgotten it all together or they have really never known it. What they have done is added so much to the simple gospel that it’s no longer the same, and it has lost all its original power. It has simply become religious dogma or the latest doctrine to enter the church. The real untampered gospel is so powerful that it could turn the entire world upside down as it did in the first century. It is so powerful it can truly change people into something quite foreign to the modern world. It’s so powerful that the modern world would see it as an anomaly. It would truly change everything causing the powers of darkness to enact the old persecutions to stop it.

We have ventured so far away from the simple gospel that we are no longer a threat to the powers of darkness. We are no longer a threat to Satan’s reign. Like sheep, most will follow the world into an alternate reality consuming their time and telling them exactly what they should be thinking about every moment of every day. They don’t want you to be free to think for yourselves. They don’t want you to be free to do anything constructive for the Lord. They don’t want you to be free to experience the new life in Christ by being transformed from one degree of glory to another. They don’t want you to be free to hear the still small voice of God. They don’t want you to be free long enough to learn the depth and power of this simple gospel. The powers of darkness want all your time on social media believing that you are making a difference but in fact you are only doing mundane things that are not making a real difference in your life or the life of others. Eventually, they want you in the Metaverse as I explained in my new book, “God’s Loving Pursuit” where you will be led into a new alternate reality and further away from your Creator. The powers of darkness want all your time chasing the latest news articles, the latest courtroom scenes, or the next political race that promises to change everything.

Jesus Christ who originally shared the gospel first to His disciples, then to the crowds that followed Him, now continues to share it today through His faithful remnant. So, how powerful is the Gospel? It is more powerful than a double-edged sword, which means it can cut two ways, first to expose all the evil in the old sin nature and then the other way by bringing forth great conviction and deep sorrow. The Word of God in its purity with no mixture of error can prepare the soul to receive their new resident, the Holy Spirit of God. The Bible says, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). When this happens, it will bring forth true repentance, then the Holy Spirit will begin immediately the process of transformation in Christ. It will bring forth an immediate joy beyond comprehension as the new disciple believes in the death and resurrection of Christ with all its promises of a new life in Christ. Unfortunately, many take this first step of faith, which opens the door, and that’s as far as they get because they start chasing one perverted doctrine after another. They never go on to experience the new life in Christ.

If we really want to experience the new life in Christ, then we must press on staying focused only on those things that will help us to put off the old life from being led around by the nose by the powers of darkness. This is a big step that many never take; what they do in the place of it is learn how to play church. You will quickly learn that putting off the old life will drive you further and further away from the fallen world, (and even alienating you from many of your fellow church members). It will cause you to loathe the sin exposed in your life moving you to stop the trespass immediately. You will soon discover that with every evil put out of our life there is a corresponding good to be put in the place of it. This corresponding good comes from the Holy Spirit most often through the reading of the Bible, which was written under the inspiration of the Spirit. Putting the good in the place of the bad will gloriously fill your time causing you to grow up in Christ, to become all that He wants you to be. In time those things in the world that keep fallen humanity busy are no longer appealing.

Being satisfied with the simple Gospel and putting off the old life and putting on the new life in Christ will have a profound effect upon you. It will drive you to face-to-face relationships with people who are doing the same. These new relationships will discover new ways to teach their children privately. They will discover new ways to occupy their time in worship and praise. They will discover how to use their Spiritual gifts to build others up in Christ, which will take more time than they think. They will discover how to truly come out from among those in the fallen world. They will continually look to Jesus Christ alone to direct their path every moment of every day. In these new relationships, you will soon discover that this is God’s plan for humanity, a magnificent plan of allowing God’s love to flow through you to others. Stop for a moment and try to imagine a world like this, a world built on godly love for one another. When this begins to happen, believe me, the world will take notice. They will do everything in their power to stop what Christ is doing in your midst. However, God’s chosen children will continue to spread the gospel among the heathen trusting in Christ to bring the victory (see Revelation 19:11-21). It was possible in the first century for just a brief moment in time after the resurrection of Christ and it can be possible again through faith. Lord, raise up your faithful remnant like the army from heaven to bring forth your Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven (see Matthew 6:10)

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On Which Truths Are You Willing to Die? (Video)

As we approach the end, we need to know, which truths we are willing to be persecuted for, even to death if necessary. We cannot wait until it happens before we decide. Let’s be clear, your persecutors will typically give you an opportunity to recant of your strongly held beliefs and accept their false religion or heretical beliefs. If you refuse to recant then you will be hated, shunned, or persecuted. We must prepare now … After watching the video on my secure website, please share with others.

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On Which Truths Are You Willing to Die?

As we approach the end, we need to know, which truths we are willing to be persecuted for, even to death if necessary. We cannot wait until it happens before we decide. Let’s be clear, your persecutors will typically give you an opportunity to recant of your strongly held beliefs and accept their false religion or heretical beliefs. If you refuse to recant then you will be hated, shunned, or persecuted. We must prepare now by being fully committed to what we believe in, knowing that it is the irrevocable truth from God’s Word. Moreover, our firmly held beliefs should have a direct correlation with our salvation and its process from beginning to end. If we don’t have a firm grip on what we believe, then it will be easy for Satan and his demonic host to lead us into error and eternal damnation. This will not be an exhaustive study of everything in which we as Christians should believe but will only examine the pillars of our belief system that must not be recanted of, even if we must face a cruel and untimely death. You will soon discover the three topics that will be discussed are already under attack by the unbelieving world. Continue reading On Which Truths Are You Willing to Die?

Letters to a Church in Exile

Letter One: This will be the first in a series of letters written to a church in exile. As the great apostle John was exiled to the island of Patmos in the first centuries of Christianity it’s my belief that the true church of God has also been exiled. Not simply to an island but exiled from significantly influencing the modern world. Evil is marching triumphantly across the world stage making its disciples and forcing the Church into submission or unfettered silence. Yet in the midst of this encroaching evil and the demise of classic Christianity one still hears the relentless cry of Holy Scripture that says its gospel will spread throughout the entire world then the end will come. Therein is the problem, if silenced by the captivity of worldliness and secularism then how can the gospel continue to spread where no one can say, “opportunity of life was not given them.” There are two major points of view where one says that there will be a great revival at the end of the age and another opposing view that says it will only get worse where true Christians are decimated by the coming beast and horrified by the worldwide judgments of God that reign down on fallen humanity. Of course in America there is a popular third option that says Christians living at the end will neither concern themselves with world evangelization nor suffer the fate of end time saints. On the other hand, these letters will explore the biblical mandate of surviving the end and spreading the true gospel to the ends of the earth.

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