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The Danger of Departing from God

“Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.” – Hebrews 3:12

CNN reports that professing Christian recording artist, Toby Mack’s son, died of an “accidental overdose of fentanyl and amphetamines.” There is no such thing as an accidental overdose of that combination of drugs. The risk is clear that to submit ones life to be medicated by the agents of Satan is to invite spiritual and physical death. It may be slow and years into the future, or quick.

There was a time when such incidents only occurred in the hopeless and sin-bound people of the World System. Now that the Great and Final Apostasy has occurred, the majority of professing Christians are apostates. The young generations are with the blessing of leadership accepting the influence of the kingdom of darkness. They are dying of sin-caused maladies.

Everyone makes mistakes and no one is perfect, but true Christians do not commit flagrant and willful wickedness and rebellion against God. To do so would require rejecting the indwelling Holy Spirit and defiling His temple. It is to depart from God.

It is a great mistake, and extremely dangerous to young and impressionable professing Christians, to project dying from a combination of illegal drugs as a mere Christian mistake. Instead, it should be identified for what it is—the consequence of departing from God. It should be a warning to the ones who are on the verge of doing the same thing.

No one wishes to injure the grieving friends and family members. But they will grieve matter what. So why marginalize the rebellious and dangerous behavior, leading more young people to take the same risk. Why make certain that more parents will be awakened in the night with the tragic news that their son or daughter is in eternity?

Maybe if the true path of discipleship, what it means to be a genuine child of God, was preached and taught more often and thoroughly, fewer young men and women would depart from the “Fountain” of living water to drink from Satan’s broken cisterns.

Tragically, that is not the case. Instead there are millions of people claiming to be Christians but are unwilling to live or accept what that truly means. They believe it means—under the guise of loving lost people—to conform to the World System and its lust of the flesh, lust of the eye, and pride of life. To listen to their music or preaching is like drinking from a sewer pipe.

TobyMac offered the following statement about his son:

“He didn’t want to be a child star, he wanted to be a man with scars and a story to tell. I always admired, respected and encouraged that stand.

“Truett always had a soft spot for God. The Bible moved him. His heart was warm to the things of his King. He was by no means a cookie cutter Christian but give me a believer who fights to keep believing. Give me a broken man who recognizes his need for a Savior every time. That’s who Truett was and how he should be remembered.” (TobyMac releases statement on son’s sudden death: ‘He had an untamable grand personality’; Matthew Leimkuehler, Nashville Tennessean)

And people wonder why so many individuals in the younger generations have no clue about true, biblical, Christianity.

This is not a game! Satan has no pity for his victims. We are temporarily on this earth, invited to spend eternity with God, or can choose to spend it with Satan. It’s that clear. Choose wisely!

To all my Safe Friends

I once was an associate to a popular pastor in a large church. A big mistake that I never repeated. However, I learned a lot about “playing it safe.” The game has several rules that I broke and continue to break today. The reason is that God did not call anyone to “play it safe.”

Nevertheless, “playing it safe” is considered a necessary paradigm to advance one’s career. About the career thingy, I’m not interested in that either. One of my friends disinvited me as a speaker for a large event because he believed one of my beliefs would create a problem. He remarked that he did not want to build someone’s career that he might not agree with. I thought, “I don’t have one of those (career).”

To someone who is called by God unto a position, he or she does not seek a career or a carefully crafted image to protect by compromise or “wise diplomacy.” Certainly, there is room for tact, and we should not be perceived as scurrilous and carnal individuals. But Christ made Himself of no reputation (Philippians 2:7). He certainly did not become a man of ill repute but took on the form of a servant.

That is what a man or woman of God is—a servant, not only to people but to God. That is not “playing it safe.” They put their lives in the crosshairs of gossip hunters, pointy fingers, tongues on fire with bile and bitterness, and nowadays, weaponized Social Media. Our “safe space” can only be accessed on our knees. Otherwise, we do not have a “safe” place on the frontline of God’s will. Continue reading

What will they do in the end?

An event called Global Awakening is coming to a large city nearby. I saw people I knew personally commenting positively about it, so I posted the truth on their Facebook ad. It was founded by a notorious heretic and emissary of Satan, and its speaker roster is filled with diabolical charlatans. Predictably, they removed my comments and blocked me. That is not going to stop me from exposing it as a work of Satan.

This is not the period to speak softly when exposing the darkness. If it was a raging, out-of-control wildfire consuming everything in its path, we would be warning people and take actions to prevent our loved ones from losing their lives.

Worse than a wildfire is a deluge of wicked deception, a virtual tsunami of very compelling evil people and their satanically empowered works that are encompassing our nation and the world. They claim to be God’s people, but their view of God is that He works their works of darkness, exalts people and their gifts like Hollywood stars, makes them exorbitantly wealthy, and struts them about on stages like eminent members of His special and elite army, et cetera. In truth, they are frauds operating in satanic power and mimicking the gifts and supernatural works of God.

This is their day—a day of darkness, of very little discernment, and of people that crave from their religious activity the same adrenalin rush and sensationalism that occurs when they get emotionally drunk on the entertainment of the world system. It is the era of compromised professing Christians, of a religious people too fat with the world system to receive one thing from God. However, they always seem capable of cramming in another confection from Satan’s “ministers of righteousness.” Continue reading

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