Category Archives: Devotionals

These posts are our shortest posts intended to build basic dedication and devotion.

Rejoicing the Heart

Psalm 19:8a “the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart.”

To the weary and downcast I want to say “rest in the word of God”.

This word “statutes” is the Hebrew Verb “פָּקַד (pāqad); though it has a wide range of meaning, it’s core meaning basically expresses the action of overseeing an individual for a particular purpose” (Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old & New Testament Words (p. 29).

This brought this to my mind:

Psalm 23:1-3 “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.”

No matter what you are facing in your life, the Word of God is your Shepherd; listen to His voice and let Him lead you beside still waters where your heart can rejoice in the joy of the Holy Spirit, as it is written “the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:15, 17).  He has a purpose for His overseeing of your soul (1st Peter 2:1-5, 9-12).

Therefore, “enter His courts with praise” and rest in the Word of God, for He is your good Shepherd, who alone can refresh your heart with living waters and nourish your soul in green pastures so that you will be fit for every good work.

False Prophet Blasphemy

ISAIAH 66:2 “But to this man I will look, even to him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at my word.”

False prophets abound everywhere; but who is it that trembles at God’s word?

Those who tremble at and revere God’s word with the highest of esteem are usually scoffed at and reviled.  Taking a firm stand against false prophets is seen as divisive, demonic, and carnally minded; the contemporary generation views prophecy as something that is subject to their will and vain imaginations.   We hear things like “you should be so critical of prophetic words” or “this author may have made a few mistakes that could have been worded better, but….”

People don’t seem to understand that when it comes to prophetic words, error is far more than simply a matter of a “few mistakes that could have been worded differently”.   When someone presumes to speak the living and infallible word of God, they must be held to that standard!  A prophetic word is not something crafted by the mind of mortal men.  Despite modern trends, a prophetic word is delivered to the prophet by God in the exact form God wants it to be delivered to people.  If a prophet is “wording” his prophecy, he did not receive it from God, he has derived it from his own empty imagination!

It’s necessary to be clear here: if someone is honest and humble, and says upfront that what they are presenting is their own opinion or interpretation, then mistakes can be understood and addressed constructively and any errors can be easily mitigated by God’s word and by a committed Church body that is intent upon unity in truth and love.

But if someone prophesies and delivers errors in God’s name, then they are a false prophet and will be held under the eternal judgment awaiting false prophets (Jude 3).

Tremble at His word! 

To speak lightly, saying, “the Lord said” (or to indicate in another way direct divine revelation) is no small matter.  Guesswork is not acceptable when speaking the word of the Lord, neither is mystic-divination.  The only thing that can be presented in God’s name is direct and divine revelation received from God. 

I am not a cessationist, but neither will I be swept into this abominable flood of perversion being passed off as Charismatic (i.e. “of the Holy Spirit”)!

If someone speaks a word in God’s name, it must carry the full weight and glory of God’s word.  What is being passed off today in God’s name is nothing more than a flood of “arrogant words of vanity” (2 Peter 2:18 Modern English Version).

A generation of Christians are being instructed in the ways of blasphemy! 

2 Timothy 3:1-2, 5 “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come; for men will be… blasphemers… And from such people turn away!”

The word Paul used here for blasphemers, translated in the NASB as “revilers”, is the Greek word βλάσφημος (blasphemos, #989), which means “abusive, speaking evil,” (see Acts 6:11, 13; 1st Tim. 1:13;  2nd Tim. 3:2; and 2nd Pet. 2:11 (Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words).  HELP’S Word-Studies states that it “reverses spiritual and moral realities”.

The Lexham Bible Dictionary offers this remarkably poignant insight on what constitutes blasphemy:

“Blasphemy can include flagrant actions and disdain for God’s Word, His promises, and His people. Scripture bears consistent witness to the severity of the offense.

When God first appears to Moses in the burning bush, He emphasizes the sacredness of His name (שֵׁם, shem), Yahweh (made up of four Hebrew consonants, יהוה, yhwh), which reveals His person and character as the covenant-keeping, redeeming God (Exod 3:13–16; 6:3). In the exodus story, God performs mighty deeds for the sake of His name (Exod 9:16), a concept reiterated in numerous Old Testament passages (e.g., Psa 25:11; Isa 43:25; 48:11). The “name of Yahweh” (שֵׁם־יְהוָה֙, shem-yehwah) carries profound significance, referring “to His full being and power” (HALOT, 1550). To assail God’s name is to attack Him personally and directly.

Speaking both to Moses and the people of Israel, God strictly prohibits the misuse of His name: “You shall not take the name of the Lord (יהוה, yhwh) your God in vain, for the Lord (יהוה, yhwh) will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain” (Exod 20:7 ESV). The Hebrew term “vain” (שָׁוְא, shaw’) refers to what is empty or purposeless; it can also mean something false or deceptive, in such contexts as prophecy (Ezek 13:3–7), worship (Isa 1:13), and speech (Deut 5:20). A breach of the first two commandments naturally leads to a violation of the third (Exod 20:7).”

Citation: Mills, D. W. (2016). Blasphemy. In J. D. Barry, D. Bomar, D. R. Brown, R. Klippenstein, D. Mangum, C. Sinclair Wolcott, … W. Widder (Eds.), The Lexham Bible Dictionary. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Blasphemy refers to using God’s name for empty, purposeless, false, or deceptive reasons!

Anyone who presents the constructs of their own imaginations as the divine revelation of God – in other words they present these things in God’s name – has presented that which is empty and false in God’s name!  To do this is to blaspheme the name of God.  According to God’s 3rd commandment in Exodus 20:7, God will not hold the person who does this guiltless!

Thank God for His unfailing mercy, because Jesus said “all kinds of sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven men.  Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven.  But whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, neither in this world, nor in the world to come” (Matthew 12:31-32).  If you have been guilty of blasphemy by speaking empty or false things as if they came from God, then turn away from this sin and repent.  God will abundantly forgive you and provide the grace that you may stop this practice and be counted among those upon whom God looks, who “tremble at His word”!

We must note for the purpose of clarity so that Satan cannot take advantage of this teaching that there are different kinds of blasphemy; the unforgivable blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is specified in Matthew 12:22-30, Mark 3:20-30, and Luke 11:13-23, 12:10.  It is specifically attributing to Satan the divine work of the Holy Spirit.

The end times will be filled with blasphemers; let us not join in the emptiness of those who would presume to speak vain and false things in God’s name so that they can promote their own way, their own agenda, their own fame, and their own prosperity.  Let us humble ourselves before God and revere His word!

Let us seek the full weight and glory of God’s inerrant word!

Be Viscerally Compassionate

Luke 6:35-36 “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be the sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and the evil. Be therefore merciful, even as your Father is merciful.”

Before I can get into the meat of this text I have to look at some definitions real quick:

MERCIFUL: Greek Cognate: #3629 οἰκτίρμων (oiktírmōn – an adjective, “express visceral-compassions”) – compassionate, experiencing deep pity and lamentation as God has for people who look to Him for help in their difficult situations.

VISCERAL: (adjective) coming from strong emotions and not from logic or reason

Therefore, we are told to be viscerally compassionate from the heart, just as God is viscerally compassionate from the heart!

Nothing except the call to the cross demands greater faith and necessitates greater love for God than Jesus’ call to this unfailing, unmerited, and merciful love. Certainly no other commandment confronts us with our own human inability more than Jesus’ commandment to supernatural-love.

HOW CAN I express visceral compassions towards even my enemies when I find in my heart only apathy, distrust, ill-will, or even hate? God’s word tells you that you can’t; only the Holy Spirit working in you can take your cold heart and make it burn with compassion for even your enemies (Galatians 5:22)! Whoever tries to produce this kind of love in their heart by the strength and will of their own flesh will meet failure time and time again (Romans 8:4-9; cf. 13:8, 10).

Am I then acquitted from any and all responsibility to be merciful as God is merciful? Let me quote Paul by saying “By no means!”

Because of the Holy Spirit who dwells within you – if you are born of the Spirit – you are doubly responsible!

Let me encourage you not to embrace the lie that says “love is only action and does not include emotions at all”. Love is to be unhypocritical (Romans 12:9) – which means “unfeigned and sincere”. Love must not be only an intellectual exercise that leaves the heart behind, wallowing in bitterness against those you are trying to love!

A believer may ask “what do I do if my heart does not feel love like this towards my enemies?” Do not be content to continue in heartless love! Cry out to God; weep and mourn for your heartless condition! But “love in action” all the while. Yes – if your heart does not “feel” love, then you must lead your heart by the truth of God’s word and repent before God that your heart remains so unregenerate. God will renew your heart by the power of the Holy Spirit and create in you the fruit of love.

CLOSING EXHORTATION

I cannot make my heart express visceral compassions for others when all my heart possesses is selfishness, apathy, and enmity! If you despair of your inability to love due to the coldness of your heart, then you need the renewal of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit! Turn away from the temptation to accomplish this by your own strength and look to Christ to create in you a pure heart!

You must fight the desire to become content with your lovelessness; love your enemies and your brethren in action, and cry out to God to renew your heart so that you can also love in truth!

Once you begin seeking God to renew your heart in love He will begin to send opportunities to love your enemies, neighbors, and brethren to you; I call these “opportunities” because God has shown me that they are truly opportunities, but they may look like trials and tribulations at first. Arm yourself with the mind of Christ (please read Philippians 2:5-10), and prepare to walk by faith through these trials and exercise love in action while you cry out to God to renew your heart so that you can likewise love in truth.

Declare to Jacob his Transgression

Micah 3:8 “I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin.”

The last thing I want to do is inspire someone who is not called of God to start rebuking the Church. God calls the humble, not the prideful, and empowers them by His grace and the Holy Spirit to preach His living word to the stubborn, obstinate, and self-righteous. But rather, I want to expose a deception that claims God does not send His servants to expose transgression.

Ezekiel 3:18-19 “When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die’, and you do not warn him, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. Yet if you warn the wicked and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity, but you have delivered your soul.'”

God does raise up servants, whom He charges with His word to preach against the wicked. He gives them an anointing and a responsibility to carry the message that He gives them. These preachers are not to speak where God has not spoken, nor are they to be silent when God has spoken!

I believe cowardice on the one hand, and presumption on the other, are the primary reasons the Western Church is in such decline – cowardice on the part of those who were entrusted with God’s message to rebuke and warn but didn’t, and presumption on the part of those who were not call to preach but did!

Isaiah 66:2 “But to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.”

God does not look upon the proud, the contentious, the arrogant and boastful; He will not call them to be His preachers. God looks upon the humble and contrite of spirit, and upon the one who trembles at His word! He does not call those who are ready to “call fire down from heaven” (Luke 9:55) to preach for Him without first reforming them, rather, He calls those who say “we are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done” (Luke 17:10); neither does God call those who use His word for their own purposes, but He calls those who quake within at the sound of His Word!

The Church is not purifying herself through the blood of Christ and the washing of the water of the Word like she is called to; so many continue practicing sin and are not mournful for it, but instead, many even boast in this! The Church must open her ears and begin listening to the truth being preached by God’s true servants.

Ephesians 4:17-18 “From now on you must not walk as the Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their minds, having their understanding darkened, excluded from the life of God through the ignorance that is within them due to the hardness of their hearts.”

In closing I wish to encourage those who are called by God to preach His word: if you preach God’s word, you will be surrounded by enemies and those closest to you will turn on you, but do not fear!  For “the LORD is your light and your salvation; whom shall you fear?  The LORD is the strength of your life; of whom should you be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)  You will not be without trials and tribulation, but Christ is your portion and the hope of your soul; delight yourself in Him and you will not be disappointed!

Stealing

 

Exodus 20:15 “Do not steal”

My eyes have recently been opened to how concealed and widespread this sin is within the Church. So I must exhort with the authority of God because God is going to judge with His authority all who practice theft.

Leviticus 19:11 “You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another.”

Stealing is not difficult to figure out.

Simply put, the essence of stealing is taking something that does not belong to you. This applies to both material objects, like money, taxes, property and possessions, as well as to immaterial property, like digital music, movies, video games and intellectual works.

I’m sorry for being so elementary, but, it is evidently much needed: taking intellectual work and presenting it as your own; downloading music, movies, or video games without paying for them; cheating on taxes – these are all the works of thieves.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 “Do not be deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters… nor thieves… will inherit the kingdom of God.”

The warning against deception here is because God knows the human tendency to hide from the Light in dark layers of deception; He knows our tendency to cover ourselves with excuses and cast blame on others for our evil doings. But these excuses do not stand with God: “No unrighteous person will inherit the kingdom of God.”

Romans 13:8-10 “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, ‘do not commit adultery’, ‘do not murder’, ‘do not steal’, ‘do not bear false witness’, ‘do not covet’… are all summed up in saying ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself’. Love doe no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”

One of the greatest lies Satan has ever sold to the Church is that love justifies sin. What a preposterous notion! Love is the antithesis of sin. Nothing is more contrary to sin than love. Therefore, love is the holiest expression of holiness, and the fulfillment of all righteousness.

TEST YOURSELF:

  • Do you cheat on your taxes?
  • Do you withhold fair wages from your employees?
  • Do you own pirated media like music, movies, or video games?
  • Do you steal intellectual works from other authors without acknowledging the author(s)?
  • Do you steal?

Please consider this last verse carefully and examine your life to make sure that you are not stealing anything:

Revelation 9:21 “And they did not repent of their murders or their sorcerers or their sexual immorality or their thefts.”

Who Hates the Light?

“This is the verdict, that light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that it may be revealed that his deeds have been done in God.” ~John 3:19-21 MEV

I’m going to be very pointed in this dialogue because to blunt this would shame Christ: “everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed” (3:20 NASB). Anyone who works evil and refuses to come into the light is the one that hates the Light and loves the darkness.

Those who hate the light are marked by two aspects:
1. They protect their sin(s) when confronted.
2. They refuse to come into the light of the truth.

There is an erroneous perception in the Church today that because someone “is interested in the Bible” and acknowledges that things like “homosexuality”, “abortion” and “pornography” are sins, that they are children of the light and walk in the light. Nothing could be farther from the truth! If you agree with God in all things except one point, and in that one point you flee from the light and despise it, then your hatred for the light has been exposed.

A few years back I became close to a high ranking member of the Baha’i faith with whom many Christians would get along splendidly – he holds many conservative views better than many Christians that I know – but the verdict is clear that he hates the light because his deeds are evil and he refuses to come into the light. He readily accepts all of Scripture’s social-justice doctrines, but despises the greater commandments that call upon him to love God in action and truth with all that he is; he loves his idolatry and refuses to submit his sense of pleasure to the commandments of God.

This may be easy for many Christians to see, but are we guilty of the same? Do you agree with God regarding “homosexuality”, but believe it is ok to “lie” and “steal”? Do you agree with God that is is wrong to steal an iPhone from the store, but yet cheat on your taxes or steal intellectual property online?

Here, then, is the exhortation:

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them… But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is the light” ~Ephesians 5:8-11, 13

Thanksgiving Praise: the Fruit of Lips

Through Him, let us continually offer to God the sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name! Hebrews 13:15

This year for Thanksgiving I am offering the fruit of my lips as my sacrifice of praise to God my Savior.

  1. I thank You for my wife- a virtuous woman clothed in the beauty of meekness, and I thank You for my daughter- who is the work of Your hand even so young as she is!
  2. I thank You for Your calling to salvation in sanctification by the gospel- for You have overcome my sins and my past, even my future, that I may be redeemed in the Body of Christ!
  3. I thank You for the fellowship of my brethren who have surrounded me in prayer so that You may be glorified in the abundance of fruit! And I thank You for every answered prayer that You have answered this year- how full will the Kingdom be because of the grace that You have poured out in answer to prayers!
  4. I thank You for the gift of repentance that You have given in our assembly- for how highly magnified Your mercy has been in our sight!
  5. I thank You for being the Father to our brothers and sisters who have never known the love of a father- for being a husband to those who have none, the joy to those who are overcome in sorrow, and the welcomer of them who are unwelcome!
  6. I thank You for Your ever-faithful daily provision of food, shelter, clothing, warmth, cooling, health, and understanding of Your Word, that we might be nourished and strong in both body and spirit!
  7. And I thank You for that which my flesh cannot give thanks: for abandonment, which has taught dependence on You, for false accusations and mistreatment, which has shown me the blessings of truth in Christ, for infirmity, which has taught me humility and the strength of your grace in joy!

Oh how marvelous are Your ways, and so high above my plane of comprehension! You make Your rain to fall upon the just and upon the unjust, and you give the sun to shine upon both the unrighteous and the righteous! Blessed be Your name forever and ever, amen!

Tomorrow We Begin Our Harvest

Tonight while praying from across the ocean on the other side of the world, I had a passage impressed upon me: “Do not be deceived. God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that will he also reap” (Galatians 6:7).

For the past 18 months, America has watched an election cycle unlike any other in our nation’s history, and we have sown the seeds of contention, deceit, and division, not only in our nation, but in our church as well. Tomorrow we will begin to reap the harvest of what we have sown, both in our nation and in our churches.

Those who know me the best know that my heart is irrevocably pierced for the unity of the Church; Christ’s own words in John 17 formed the steel of the sword that pierced my heart with the burden of unity in His body. And in this election my sorrow has compounded to an almost unbearable measure for the defilement and destruction being wrought in the Church by the personal ambitions and agendas of greedy men and women (both in the pulpits and in the pews).

So I want to call on my brothers and sisters to consider how you have sown during this election cycle.

  • Has your online presence stirred up strife, or pleaded for peace?
  • Have your family discussions entrenched bitterness or worked forgiveness?
  • Have your church discussions caused divisions or mended wounds?

What will our harvest be because of our labors?

Unity: Wisdom is Justified by her Children

Unity in the body burns in Christ’s heart so much so that it consumed His last prayer before His crucifixion (John 17:20-23) and by the Holy Spirit who speaks only what He receives from Christ instructed the Church to reject a divisive man (Titus 3:10). For my part, through the communion of the Holy Spirit, my heart has been broken over the disunity that plagues the Church today. The Scripture certainly hit the nail on the head, saying, “know that the divisive man is warped and sinning” (Titus 3:10).

But I am not without hope! The very nature of “love” always hopes, and I believe that those who love Jesus will be broken over the state of disrepair the Church’s love for one another has fallen into, and we will all be compelled together again someday; even that one day tears will run over the time and fellowship that we needlessly lost!

Does this make me ecumenical? By no means! I believe the Church will unite in sanctification and honor. I believe that in humility and meekness we will one day endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Perhaps it will be through trial and tribulation that we will have our pride and arrogance purged from us and learn to walk in the grace of God, rather than just being content to talk about the grace of God. But I am certain that through the work of God love with be revived in the Church again and unity restored to our Body!

The difference between the move of God towards unity and the apostate ecumenical movement is that the latter is made on man’s terms, on man’s timetable, but the former is according to the infinite wisdom of God who works all things together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose; one is made in the peace of Christ, and the other is made in the peace of the world.

Ephesians 4:11-16 (MEV) He gave some to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, for the equipping of the saints, for the work of service, and for the building up of the body of Christ, until we all come into the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, into a complete man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so we may no longer be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about with every wind of doctrine by the trickery of men, by craftiness with deceitful scheming. But, speaking the truth in love, we may grow up in all things into Him, who is the head, Christ Himself, from whom the whole body is joined together and connected by every joint and ligament, as every part effectively does its work and grows, building itself up in love.

“Teachers” were given, in part, for the purpose of building up the body until we all come into the unity of “faith” and “knowledge of the Son of God”. Though teachers today are more known for accomplishing division rather than unity, it is my hope here to offer something by which the body may be strengthened according to the timely work of God for the “unity of the faith and the knowledge of His Son”.

WISDOM IS JUSTIFIED BY HER CHILDREN

Matthew 11:18-19 “For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon. The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a wine bobber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children.”

Luke 6:43-45 “A good tree does not bear corrupt fruit, nor does a corrupt tree bear good fruit. Each tree is known by its own fruit. Men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a wild bush. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bears what is good, and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bears what is evil. For of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. ”

Perhaps one of the greatest stumbling blocks to Christian unity has been in knowing how to exercise unity in light of faithfulness to God. There can be no doubt that many of the “divisions” that have occurred in Church history have followed great moves of the Holy Spirit to separate His children from various apostasies (1 Cor. 11:19 & 1 John 2:19). But the vast majority of divisions within the brotherhood throughout our history have come from contentions over the appearance of godliness, but which in substance had nothing to do with godliness.

If we will humble ourselves and wait to observe the fruits of a matter, perhaps we will not be so easily divided against one another. In waiting- and praying- for the fruits of a matter to be revealed we will more clearly see the hand of God at work in our midst, and we will be slow to form harmful and unrighteous judgments against one another. But one thing may be said of this that I can see no way for the boastful, the proud, or the mighty who are puffed up with knowledge to practice this kind of patience; I believe this practice will only bear fruit worthy of the Holy Spirit when it is received with the meekness of wisdom, then we will see the fruits of righteousness that are sown in peace by peacemakers in the church of Christ again.

Perhaps the Lord will create the platform and provide the environment for the Church to be strengthened by what every joint and ligament supplies for the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God; perhaps we will again see the love of God awakened and rekindled to a fervent pitch in the heart of the Church until we can no longer stand to walk in the darkness and be divided against one another like we were enemies (1 John 2:11).

THE VOICE OF TRUTH: Donald Trump

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” ~Isaiah 5:20

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The Church has a responsibility to raise the voice of Truth in the midst of darkness; to warn and exhort against falsehood and deception even when the people seem hungry for it! Our responsibility to be the voice of Truth in our generation doesn’t diminish simply because the truth is not appreciated. Nor does this call contradict our responsibility to be peacemakers and healers; it is possible- indeed, even necessary- to speak the Truth in love and peace. But to raise the voice of truth requires an accurate conviction of the truth and the virtue necessary to stand immovable on the truth even when it is opposed by the majority.

As a result of prayer and a great deal of time studying how one must answer the challenges we face, I feel an obligation to offer my voice as one entreating the Church with warnings and exhortations against the deceptions being welcomed into our ranks; what little platform I have here, I will use to lift up the voice of Truth.

DONALD TRUMP & HILLARY CLINTON

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” ~Romans 13:1

Whether it is Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton that is elected, we can be sure that it is God who appointed them to office. All authority is God’s.

As Christians, we are called upon to live with this wisdom in mind. We are to let this wisdom guide us and direct our hearts; we are to submit to it by faith, and attend our ear to it for counsel.

There is, therefore, no doubt in my mind that God will have His way in November. My concern is for the way in which we are walking upon this earth as followers of Christ! I fear that the Church is being deceived about the nature of Donald Trump. We must not allow ourselves to be fooled.

FOR JUDGMENT

Some have said we must vote for Donald Trump in order to prevent Hillary Clinton from getting into office.  They say “all that is necessary for an evil man to come to power is for good men to do nothing”; but might we not also say that “all that’s necessary for an evil person to come to power is for good people to pick between two evils”?

I believe our current events demand an alternative response from “good men and women”: I believe it is time for the Church to take an account of itself and repent for the sins that have caused breaches in our walls by which the enemy has flooded in!  We are flooded by carnal sins and apostasy; it is impossible to expect that we can fight any good fight in the political arena with such strangle-holds on the Church!

We need to acknowledge that God gave us a selection of fine men this year, and our nation abandoned them in favor of Donald Trump; we cannot blind ourselves to the fact that God is raising up judgment upon this nation either way we go.

I believe our only way forward is to specifically acknowledge our sins and repent; we must repair the breaches in our walls and drive out by the weapons of our warfare the enemy that has invaded our midst!

Then let us look to our State and local elections. But rest assured that if we do not repent and repair the breaches that are in our own walls, the corruption that has culminated in this years Presidential election will take over our State and local offices as well!

WE REAP WHAT WE SOW

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” ~Galatians 6:7

The great deception that is blinding the Church is that we believe we can elect a wicked man or woman and reap a good harvest! Wicked leaders advance Satan’s cause; one leader might make the world more comfortable along the way than another, but both lead to the gates of Hell!  We’re placing our hope and trust in a wicked man, and that is folly!

Is Donald Trump a wicked man by God’s word?

Yes, by God’s word, he is a wicked man. Donald Trump has been unfaithfully divorced and remarried three times; God says that He hates divorce (Malachi 2:16) and it is adultery (Mark 10:11 cf 1 Corinthians 6:9). Trump has a very crude, profane, and filthy mouth. God’s word says “because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience” (Colossians 3:5-9). Trump is a pathological liar on the scale that even the media cannot keep up with him on it. Trump has openly supported murdering unborn children until very recently. By Trump’s lifestyle he has consistently denied Christ (Titus 1:16).

This is why I am deeply troubled when I hear Christians trying to say that Donald Trump is “a good man”; even comparing him to Cyrus or even Elijah! We must heed God’s warning from my opening verse from Isaiah 5:20. We must not call “evil” “good”. If we do we will find only destruction at the end.

The “Devil” is the “Devil” no matter whose mask he wears. I hope I’m clear in my meaning; not that either candidate is “the Devil”, but simply that they are both evil, regardless how they attempt to appear.

The Church must remember that we still have not seen any widespread repentance in this nation, neither by the unbelievers, nor by the Church. We simply are not going to incur blessing from God for this; rather, we will incur judgment!

JUDGE A TREE BY ITS FRUIT

My earnest prayer is for Donald Trump’s sincere repentance. I eagerly desire that Donald Trump would come to a true revelation of Jesus Christ and repent in His name for the salvation of his soul. But I will not buy into publicity shows and turn a blind eye to the fact that there has still been no manifest evidence of his repentance.

Let Donald Trump bear the fruits of repentance first, then our consciences can be confident in giving him our votes. But where is the fruit of his repentance? God does not diminish His standards just because of the high office someone holds.

I cringe when I hear the Church say “well he has publicly confessed Christ now”. This is one of the breaches that we must repair! We have diminished what it means to confess Christ to allow anyone that serves our own cause into the Church!

RESPONDING CAREFULLY

I believe there is a big difference between walking in the understanding that a President has been appointed by God- especially understanding that his appointment may be for judgment- and casting a vote of approval for him.  The Church must raise its voice for Truth, we cannot compromise our voice by promoting and supporting candidates who are wicked.  While we support every candidate in prayer, lawful obedience, and beneficial service wherever possible, we must not strengthen the hands of the wicked to do wickedly!

I have no hatred in my heart towards either candidate; I pray earnestly for both to uphold justice, equity, and truth. I pray that whoever is appointed to the Presidency by God may lead this nation in peace for the furtherance of the gospel world-wide. And I pray that both would come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ.

But I believe our first response must be inward; to acknowledge where we have allowed sin to breach our walls and repent so that we can repair these breaches that the Church may once again be a pillar of “truth” and “justice” in the world. Then I believe we must prove ourselves faithful with the local and State offices. We must demonstrate the moral fortitude and virtue necessary to successfully stand against the popular tides of sin in this nation. But more important than our involvement in the political arena- an area that I believe Christians should be involved in- is our involvement in our local communities as ambassadors for Christ!

This world has been “secularized” under the watch of the Church. What we are seeing today is the result of our decisions from yesterday. Unless we repent of yesterday’s sins, tomorrow will only be worse than today.