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Is Our Nation at a Crossroad?

As we look over the span of history, it is evident that Satan has ruled a number of nations through narcissists and other despotic dictators. His method is clever and usually succeeds. Satan thrives from the faults of humanity. He points them out to people open to his influence and shouts in their minds, “I have the answer—I can fix this.”

But his “solutions,” e.g., Liberalism, Socialism, Communism, sexual perversion, the New Age Movement, Atheism, godlessness, Apostasy and unrighteousness ecumenism, et cetera, all lead back to worshipping him. He ensures that conclusion by adding the most despicable wickedness to his “solutions.” In fact, that wickedness, such as sexual perversion and abortion, becomes the rallying points for the ones who come under the sway of the satanic argument. They are not solutions but deception that lures souls into the kingdom of darkness.

Therefore, when corporations such as Nike believe that they must destroy American heritage to be relevant, I say that they have submitted to a treacherous Master. Certainly, we are all flawed and our nation does not have a perfect history of being right. But that fact does not give any individual, group, or organization, a valid basis for tearing it all down. Continue reading

How Much Can We Stand?

In an effort to encourage someone I often hear people quote from a scripture, “Well, He won’t put more on you than you can stand.” That is actually a partial scripture taken out of context. Here is the full context.

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13

The word “bear” in the above passage is the Greek word, “hypopherō,” which means; “to bear up under patiently and endure.”

The passage has nothing to do with affliction or another harsh trial, but with temptation that has the potential to overwhelms us and cause us to sin. It is actually referring to the fact that our flesh, Satan, and the world system, can overwhelm us with temptation except for the “way of escape.” That “way” often includes prayer, sometimes fasting, surrendering or yielding up something in our lives, et cetera. The reason is because the “way” of escape is often through a difficult trial. There are no verses that declare God will not allow us to be overwhelmed beyond what we can endure in a trial. Continue reading

A Crisis of Conscience and Identity

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.” – 1 Timothy 4:1-2

Like most individuals, I have witnessed professing Christians openly living as if they have no commitment to God. Then someone will invariably say about them, “Oh, he (or she) loves the Lord.”

What Lord? Lord Obsession? Lord Pleasure? Lord Perversion? Lord Money? Lord Fame? Or Lord Entertainment? Can one love any of Satan’s “lords” and properly love the Lord Jesus Christ? All those “lords” are actually surrogates of Satan, the “god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4). That compels me to address a particular situation concerning loving the World System.

Christianity is currently struggling with a crisis of conscience and identity. The crisis has been brought to a crossroad by several “lords” of media and entertainment companies. After Georgia’s Governor signed the anti-infanticide “heartbeat” bill, Netflix, Disney, and WarnerMedia (et al) are threatening to cease film and television productions in the State. In other words, if Georgia’s citizens do not honor its amoral directives they will go elsewhere. Really? But they should not expect a good outcome when the consumer is threatened by the merchant for disagreeing. There is seldom a good outcome for the merchant when the consumer is threatened for disagreeing. Continue reading

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