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Why are there so many Believers suffering today?

Peter wrote about suffering, that one could suffer for doing evil, or doing good (1 Peter 4:15-16). But the fact is that God’s people appear to be suffering unjustly. Wicked people take advantage of the Believer’s suffering to insist that they are being punished by God for heresy. However, God’s word does not state, “Many are the afflictions of the heretics.” (Psalm 34:19)

God’s people may indeed be under His chastising, but He only chastises the ones He loves (Hebrews 12:6). However, the wicked often appear to be greatly blessed by the measurement of earthly standards.

Asaph wrote about that status of the wicked:

“Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.” (Psalm 73:7)

Asaph erroneously focused on the deceptively “better” life of the wicked. He reached the point where he began to believe that he was living righteously in vain.

“Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches. Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency. For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.” (Psalm 73:12-14) Continue reading

A Dream: A Massive Dark Storm is Coming

I will likely pay dearly for writing this article, but I have no choice. I made the only choice I needed to make over 4 decades ago when I chose to surrender my life to God. All that follows is obedience. That said, I am battling strong reluctance to share this article. I am opening myself to derision and contempt by my enemies. It is possible that I will never be invited to speak at another conference, or have another book, booklet, or article published, and my Social Media presence will be adversely affected.  

Nonetheless, I must reveal a dream that I had last night. I’ve never had a dream like it, and I fully believe that it is a spiritual dream. People nowadays do not react well to such announcements because the eccentric Charismatics, especially the New Apostolic Reformation crackpots, are spouting bizarre revelations, heresies, dreams, and personal experiences, that make sane people shake their heads in disgust. 

Some Believers have ceased believing in healings and other miracles because of Benny Hinn. That is allowing oneself to be robbed of truth by fear of association with error. We should beware of becoming so disgusted with Satan’s lying signs and wonders show that we go to the other extreme and deny supernatural manifestations that are of God.

Please consider the following scripture. Is it relevant for the endtimes? Would God send a dream to warn people that are seeped in apathy and are rejecting every conventional warning? Continue reading

Is Christianity becoming a Designer Religion?

Celebrities have been claiming to be genuinely converted for decades. Some of them have been downright defiant about the particular degree to which they mixed their new life with the old. Most professing Christians gave them space to work both sides of the fence. Some only voiced belief long enough to sell a “gospel” album, then went back to being “silent witnesses.”

One singer/songwriter that was not even loosely connected to Christianity wrote a popular song regarding his spiritual status.

“Me and Jesus, got our own thing goin’

Me and Jesus, got it all worked out

Me and Jesus, got our own thing goin’

We don’t need anybody to tell us what it’s all about…” Tom T. Hall, 1972

Of course, that’s not the way God’s Kingdom works (Ephesians 4:11-16). In one of the verses, he explains how he felt about traditional Christianity.

“I know a man, who once was a sinner

I know a man, who once was a drunk

And I know a man, who once was a loser

He went out one day and made an altar out of a stump”

Then he sings the chorus again indicating that such an experience can be customized to make one an “island Christian” without any guidelines or standards except “me and Jesus.”

Back then, the attempt to promote an unbiblical customized arrangement with Christ wasn’t very effective or an organized trend. The “Me and Jesus” philosophy had no chance of becoming a successful Movement. The song became popular because in every beer joint sat daily scores of individuals who held the same philosophy. Continue reading

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