In a day where fear abounds, and where Christians see certain persecution looming on the horizon of history, in a day where people seek manmade solutions and develop timelines and deadlines, the Lord encourages us to be steadfast and to trust Him, no matter how deceptive the narrative and how dark the winter.
There is but one man in whom we should place our ultimate trust. One man who sits on the throne. One who knows truth. One who ultimately orchestrates.
His name is Jesus, and He never fails, never disappoints, never abandons, never lies, and never surrenders. He is the only one worthy of our praise, our adoration, and our worship.
When we place our hope in human governors and governments, or in media, or in authorities, we misplace our trust. Jesus rules over all, and someday that will be evident to all, but today, on this side of eternity, that is not yet apparent. For many, all appeared lost on Jan. 20. For others, all appeared gained. Yet only the King of Kings and Lord of Lords knows the full truth, and only He can redeem humanity from the curse brought on by sinful men who do the devil’s bidding.
There are some who await President Trump’s return on a white horse to set all things right. He is not going to. Whether he reappears in the pages of our human chronicle of history remains to be seen. Whether he will rescue our Constitution or rise up as the personification of evil also remains as yet history unwritten. The point is that too many have put too much hope in this man, and those who have need to repent and let God show Himself to be our only Savior. While Trump may yet return and do great things, he is not God. He can not ultimately rescue humanity from what ails us most — sin! It is not even fair to expect the things many have expected from this man.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, I believe we are coming into a time of intense, worldwide persecution of Christians. We need to be ready. We will be cancelled, demonized, misrepresented, falsely accused, imprisoned, and perhaps even killed. The church is currently being refined and many are walking away. Perhaps you think I’m going a little overboard, but did you ever think churches would close, here in America, as a result of government orders? Did you ever think Christians and Christian textbook publishers would be blamed for a Capitol “insurrection?” Worse is coming. But ultimately, this should not worry us.
When we know our eternity is settled, and we are right with our Creator, we can experience peace that passes all understanding, and even if we are called to face a martyr’s death, we can be at perfect peace. Take courage, redemption is just around the corner!
What does liberty cost? And if you knew how to get it, what would you be willing to give for it?
Many today mistakenly put their trust in countries, governments, leaders, organizations, or other human entities. People all over the world have joined the ranks of Q-anon and other groups that believe President Trump has the solutions for the world’s problems. Many worry that if he is not in power, the whole world will cave in to the New World Order, democracy will be lost, that socialism will overtake us, and that all will be lost. I do believe we are headed for socialism, as well as the end times. I do believe that we are moving toward one world government and the rise of the antichrist and the beast system. While we are likely going to lose many freedoms, our republic, and perhaps even our lives, that doesn’t mean we will lose our liberty.
Does that sound ludicrous?
Look at it this way:
No matter who is in the White House, God is on His throne. No matter what goes on in Washington, heaven’s purposes will be fulfilled. Sometimes things seem really bad, and sometimes they truly are, but keep in mind that, for the Christ-follower, our heavenly citizenship overrides our national citizenship. Jesus is preparing a place for us that is so much better than anything here on earth. Our Savior has already come and will return one day. No mere man can save us. No mere man can save America or the world. No kingdom can rise or fall without God’s permission. If America falls, and I believe it will, it will be because God has allowed it, and perhaps even purposed it. Things are not always as they appear. If your hope has been in any man but Christ, perhaps today is the day for that to change. If you do not yet know Jesus as Lord, today could be the best day to become part of His family.
One thing 2020 did for me was to loosen my grip on this world and its grip on me. I am a patriot, but I have become deeply aware that my true citizenship is in heaven, and I have come to long for the day I arrive there.
There is much in this world to grieve us, but it’s time to let go, to go through the grief process, and to accept that no man can be our savior and that no country is invincible.
Without a personal relationship with Jesus, we have no hope. This life is but a blink of an eye compared to eternity, so we need to be sure our eternity is secure. Nothing matters otherwise.
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, yet loses his soul? Nothing — nothing is worth spending an eternity of regret.
None of us know what the future will hold or how much time we have on this earth. If you don’t know the Lord, please put your trust in Him today. If you do know Him, please spend every last breath and ounce of energy urging others to repent and put their trust in Christ. There is nothing more vital.
Persecution is coming to the church. Whether we have a week or ten years to openly worship and to share the Gospel, we need to use that time to the fullest.
And if you’re putting off a decision for Christ, you may find yourself suddenly standing before God and realizing that it’s too late. We all are sinners. Hell is real. Heaven is too. Jesus wants to forgive your sins and be in charge of your life, but you need to acknowledge your sinfulness, accept him as Lord (Master), agree that you want to change, and put all your trust in Him. Otherwise, you remain lost in your sins and on the road to hell.
True liberty comes from finding freedom in Christ. When your sins are forgiven, and you have a relationship with the living God, no matter what griefs come in this lifetime, the assurance of eternity with God in heaven is enough.
Perhaps America must fall in order for Christ to be lifted up in the world, or even in our lives. Perhaps men need to be brought down off their pedestals, that those who have put their hope in them may give up their idolatry and turn their eyes on Jesus, the author of liberty and our only true hope. If the “Land of the Free” must fall in order for us to understand true liberty, so be it.
Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty or give me death.”
Today perhaps we should say, “Give me death (to my hopes and desires), that I may understand and enjoy true liberty.”
This has been the worst year ever! COVID. Civil Unrest. Economic Collapse. Isolation. Shortages. Uncertainty. How can I be thankful?
Let’s remember that that the Apostle Paul admonished us to give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Paul had been through many tough things, including persecution, imprisonment, beatings, loss of friendship, anguish over the trials of the church, shipwreck, hunger, nakedness, and more.
It’s interesting that this admonition came in the midst of Paul’s teaching about the Day of the Lord. Prior to this verse about thanksgiving, Paul shared with the Thessalonian church that they were not to worry about those who had died missing the Lord’s return, and not to worry that those on the earth would miss it either. He also told them not to worry about when this would happen; instead, he focused them on how to live in the meantime.
He urged them to have self-control, to show brotherly love, to mind their own business, to encourage one another, to work, and to abstain from evil. He encouraged them to be at peace, to pray, to rejoice and give thanks. He told them not to quench the Spirit or to despise prophecies. His message was one of hope, peace, and unity.
And all of it came from the heart of a man who, by our standards of peace and safety, had a rough life. Not just a rough year. Decades of difficulty.
This man admonished us to live out our faith by being thankful in all circumstances. No exceptions.
This year has been challenging for everyone. Nobody has been exempt from the effects of the worldwide crises taking place in 2020, and it’s highly probable that 2021 will bring surprises and hardships of its own. Yet I am thankful.
I’m thankful for all the “good” things, of course — things like God, family, friends, shelter, food, and meaningful work. But it goes deeper than that this year.
I’m thankful for a lot of things I previously took for granted — things like toilet paper and gatherings with friends. But it goes deeper than that this year.
I’m thankful for the ability to creatively do things I used to do differently — things like teaching and tutoring online, grocery delivery, and curbside pickup. But it goes deeper than that this year.
I’m thankful for the hard things, the bad things, the irritating things:
I’m thankful for the lockdown that brought my family home full-time and gave us time together that we never would have had otherwise, that taught us that we really don’t need nearly as much outside our four walls as we had thought.
I’m thankful for our tyrannical governor, who has shown me how precious our freedoms are and given us a chance to realize that liberty is worth fighting for, that it is precious and should not be taken lightly.
I’m thankful that Joe Biden appears to have won the election, because perhaps now evangelicals will take their eyes off a perceived political “savior” and turn their eyes on the one-and-only true Messiah.
I’m thankful for the refining of the church, in which the true believers will come through stronger, and those who were just playing church are faced with making their faith real or simply walking away. This crisis has clarified allegiances and values.
I’m thankful for the remnant community I’ve been united with in brotherly love, and I’m looking forward to what the Lord is going to do through this group of believers.
I’m thankful that I’ve been drawn to search the Scriptures much more fervently, looking to see when the Lord may return, and how to live in the meantime.
I’m thankful for a greater awareness of the socialistic, humanistic assault on God-given liberty and the understanding of the demonic forces behind it.
I’m thankful that the uncertainty and unrest has made me much less attached to this world and increasingly aware of my heavenly citizenship.
Today we remember a group of Pilgrims and a group of Native Americans who came together, though they had many differences, and gave thanks to God for the simple provision of food, which allowed them to live just a little longer. May we be thankful for the simple things as well. May we be thankful for the good things, the things previously taken for granted, the ability to creatively do things differently, and yes, even the hard, bad, and irritating things.
I have heard Christians say that we should stay completely out of “politics.” As I’ve prayerfully considered this stance, I’ve found it lacking. Instead, my dual citizenship compels me that, in order to truly be heavenly minded, I must also be of earthly good. Just because Jesus is coming, and hopefully coming soon, that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be about His business until the very day the trumpet sounds or He takes me home.
My dual citizenship compels me that, in order to truly be heavenly minded, I must also be of earthly good.
Some have said that America is done, past the point of no return, and that we just need to let events play out. While I would agree that it appears that the sun is setting on our beloved republic, and that it is only a matter of time before we willingly submit to socialism, and subsequently join hands with the coming “new world order,” that doesn’t mean it’s time to give up.
Consider the parable of the talents: The master left three servants in charge of various amounts of his wealth. Two servants invested his money wisely and brought a return, and were therefore rewarded. The third, who feared his master, buried the talent apportioned to him, rather than making it work for his master until his return. As a result, he was disinherited and his talent given to another. Only recently did I realize that Jesus shared this parable in the context of end times prophecy. Church, we are not to bury our talents as we await our master’s return! We are to be about our Master’s business until the very last second.
If, instead, we as the church, forfeit the culture war, the war for the very soul of our nation, and the very soul of the church itself, with the excuse that “our citizenship is in heaven,” we should be charged with spiritual treason. He has called us to “rescue those being led to the slaughter,” to hold back evil, to warn the sinner, to admonish the saint, to subdue the earth, to, like our Creator, in whose image we were formed, use our gifts and talents, not to bury them as we await His return. This does not mean our hope is in this world; rather, unless our faith is evidenced by these actions, how are we to draw all men to Him, and ultimately to that eternal reward He desires for them. If the ministers, missionaries, and apostles of old, would have had the attitude that the culture is lost and we simply need to submit to ungodly authority as we await our heavenly Savior’s return, where would the Kingdom of God be today? Would this country even exist?
If, instead, we as the church, forfeit the culture war, the war for the very soul of our nation, and the very soul of the church of itself, with the excuse that “our citizenship is in heaven,” we should be charged with spiritual treason.
Think of men like William Wilberforce, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Patrick Henry, and George Washington. Think of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These men were heroes because they refused to submit to tyranny, and because they instead stood against tyrants on behalf of those who could not stand up or who would not stand up for themselves. They were not necessarily considered heroes by their peers during that time, yet they risked their reputations, their livelihoods, and their very lives for the righteous causes to which they had been called.
“Well, these men were exemplary in their time,” you might say. “They were specially gifted and called by God for those tasks.” Yes and no. We are all plainly called to “love mercy, practice justice, and walk humbly with our God” (Micah 6:8), “to rescue the orphan and widow in their distress and to live lives unstained by the world” (James 1:27), and to “rescue those being led away to the slaughter” (Proverbs 24:11). These admonitions are for all believers, not a select few. We consider these men to be extraordinary, but only because we have settled for mediocrity in the Kingdom of God. We now view ordinary Christianity as extraordinary, or perhaps even as sin.
The American church has so watered down the Gospel that countless souls are deluded into the illusion of justification before a holy God; unless we sound the alarm boldly and unwaveringly, their blood will be on our hands.
Perhaps it is because of this watering down that we have bought into such heresies as the social justice gospel, which tells us that man can cure the world’s ills without requiring repentance, easy believism, which gives us Jesus as Savior while neglecting His Lordship, and “open and affirming” faith communities, which deny essential scriptural truths.
We now view ordinary Christianity as extraordinary, or perhaps even as sin.
Perhaps it is because of this watering down that we have believed the lie that we need to keep our faith private and not speak into the culture. That there are two realms — the sacred and the secular. Not at all! Either Jesus is our life and governs every aspect, or we are not alive in Christ at all!
If the Gospel hasn’t changed our lives, we haven’t accepted it, and are not beneficiaries of His grace. This is sobering, as it should be. We are called to examine ourselves in light of the Gospel, and judge ourselves, not by our peers’ actions and reactions, but by the Word of God. If we are not in line with it, if we are offended by it, if we are unwilling to live by it, we would be presumptuous to trust our eternal security.
Do we live our lives worthy of this very Gospel? Does our faith cost us anything? Should it perhaps cost us everything? In attempting to keep our lives, we lose them, but in losing our lives for Jesus’ sake and for His Gospel, we gain an eternal glory to which nothing in this world compares.
We have allowed a stunning degree of apostasy into the church. We have played the harlot with the gods of this world. We have trampled the grace of God with the foulest of sins, and we have failed to reprove — and worse, even given hearty approval to — those who prostitute themselves to an Americanized “grace.” In doing so, we have baptized converts into the very gates of hell. For this, we must give an account. From this, we must repent.
Christians, our country is falling fast into an evil that steals, kills, and destroys. That evil is socialism, an ideology devoid of God, an ideology that dictators have used to rise to power at the expense of the vulnerable. Do the names Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler bring up any hint of virtue? No, these men are considered an anathema in the rolls of history. These men were all socialists, communists, Marxists.
Socialism, a pretty name for Marxism, is purely evil. Today it may look like the government is doing some good things that fall in the realm of socialism, but don’t be deceived. Consider public education: isn’t it a good thing? How would our children learn to read and write and do math otherwise? How would they become responsible citizens otherwise? What about the poor who can’t afford private schools?
Don’t fall for it!
John Dewey, father of modern public schools, believed that the best way to change the society for the better was through education. As a religious humanist, Dewey believed it was the duty of the schools and other social institutions to transform society, from what he saw as the antiquated traditional model embraced by theists, to a modern secular society ruled by pragmatism and a devotion to community ideals.
Public schools are a socialist construct. Before the state ran public schools, the church offered free education to those who were able to partake. Others were home educated in academics, practical skills, vocations, or a combination. The humanistic, socialistic takeover of schools was by design, and as a result, we have ridden the slippery slope into a pit of immorality and decadence, and our children can not understand the Bible or the Constitution, and they scoff at both. Government has no place in educating our children; it is our responsibility as the church and as the family.
The result of the slide into socialism is that we now are canceled as old-fashioned, homophobes, closed-minded, delusional bigots who are out of touch with reality. In many cases, our neighbors, family members, friends, and even our own children have developed animosity and bitterness toward us, but more importantly toward the God that created them. Yet, some still spout scripture to justify their attitudes and action, and they even use it against us.
For example, in my home state, our governor regularly cites his faith as reason to implement tyrannical measures to “fight the coronavirus,” yet this same man defies the God he cites allegiance to by celebrating homosexuality and abortion. This man who alleges to personally feel the pain of every loss to this virus has no problem severing the livelihoods of healthy people and shaming those who don’t agree. He tramples liberty and belittles those who disagree.
Submitting to unjust laws is not Biblical. Should the German Christians have submitted to Hitler? Of course not! But it was a gradual descent, one that they probably didn’t see because it started out subtle and continued subtly until they got to a point of no return. It likely would have been hard to recognize as it was happening, unless they were really paying attention. In saying that, I’m not likening any of our government officials to Hitler, but I’m simply saying that, if the German Christians would have seen the whole picture from the beginning, perhaps they would not have submitted to the gradual steps that got them to the horrific place they ended up.
I don’t believe this nation has much longer. However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to hold back the darkness as long as we can. I don’t necessarily mean to take up arms. But I do mean that I will not submit to unjust mandates if it is in my power to resist, and I’m not doing it to “demand my rights,” but instead to demand your God-given, Constitutionally-affirmed, rights as His image-bearers. If that makes me unpopular, or if it brings me difficult consequences, so be it. Regardless of how one feels about liberty, it is an absolute, and I won’t give up our collective liberties without resistance.
“I can’t believe this is America!” I’m not sure how many times I’ve said that in the past few weeks. This country is becoming decreasingly recognizable as the America I grew up in, as the America I committed to defend, as the America I once took great pride in.
Lockdowns, mandates, rioting, talk of a coming mandatory vaccine. Chaos around every corner.
Nothing is more shocking than the covert rise of socialism that has suddenly emerged into plain sight and that looms close on the horizon. How did this happen? Why do young people (and old) think this is okay?
We could analyze this from a historical perspective and trace the roots back to Darwin, Nietzsche, Marx, Dewey, and countless American Socialists/Humanists throughout the generations. The tentacles of this beast are pervasive and destructive.
We could analyze this from a political perspective and defend the free market economy from philosophical, economic, and biblical viewpoints, and we would see that socialism doesn’t work.
Instead, I would like to analyze this from a worldview perspective. How is it that our society has bought into the lie that we can create a Utopia where there is no poverty, no inequality, no difficulty? Where the government owes us peace, prosperity, and health? Where we allow a few to dictate to the majority of us that we are politically incorrect, homophobic, bigoted, privileged, and flat-out wrong if we have biblical values? Where trees and insects are more valuable than people? Where feelings dictate our perceived reality, and facts no longer matter? Where we fear the whims of children and ignore the wisdom of the elderly?
This is by design. The enemy masquerades as an angel of light and has deceived the whole world into thinking that humans can solve their own problems, that God is dead, that we evolved from primordial goo, that this life is all there is, and that we must therefore do everything we can to make it everything we can while we’re here. “You only live once! Follow your heart! Live your dreams! Live and let live! Love who you want!”
This year has been shocking to many, but it didn’t come out of nowhere. The world has been working toward this chaos for many years, and this chaos is part of the process of our evolution toward the grand finale, in which a cosmic battle will conclude.
There is a Satanic plot to steal, kill, and destroy, and that plot has been unfolding since the Garden of Eden. Today we see it manifested in so many ways, including blatant deception through the media and education, election fraud, division on every imaginable and created issue, and worldwide civil unrest. The devil and those he has deceived into working for his agenda are creating mass chaos so that they can be false saviors who bring order from chaos.
The Bible tells us that one day Jesus will return for his bride, the church. When He returns, we need to be ready. Church, be ready! He is coming soon. How soon? That’s a mystery. The Bible tells us we won’t know the day or the hour, that He will come like a thief in the night, that it will be sudden. However, we should recognize the season, but we have to be paying attention, and we have to guard our relationship with God as the day grows closer.
We are told to endure to the end, and we are warned a great falling away of believers in the last days. No matter what lies ahead — persecution, tribulation, martyrdom — we must be steadfast. There is nothing more precious or prized than our eternity, and nothing is worth missing the riches of an eternal home with our Savior.
There is one cure for what ails our nation — Jesus. That is all. Sound simplistic? Perhaps. It is a simple answer, yet not an easy one.
Many people believe that turning to Jesus is as simple as inviting Him into your life as your Savior. While this is part of it, this would be what Dietrich Bonhoeffer referred to as “cheap grace.”
According to Bonhoeffer, who was martyred for his stand against Hitler, grace is costly. It was costly to Christ, of course, but it also is costly to those of us who partake.
The American church has cheapened the concept of grace by, whether purposefully or inadvertently, deluding people into believing that they can simply say a quick prayer, asking Jesus to be their Savior, and then continue business as usual. Brothers and sisters, may we never be guilty of this heresy!
We are told in Romans 10:9-10 (ESV), “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved” (emphasis mine). Lord means master, one who is in charge. Servants submit to their lord’s will and order their lives according to his wishes; they do not tell him what they will do or not do; they do not tell him what his orders mean or what he demands; they do not shape him according to their image and likeness. Their works don’t make them his servants; on the contrary, they do his work because he is their lord.
We are called to be disciples, which means students. We are to study our master and to emulate Him, and we are to teach the next generation to do the same. The Bible is clear about many matters of morality. If we choose to dismiss this divine instruction, we should not delude ourselves into thinking that Jesus is our Lord. And if He is not our Lord, then we serve the god of this age, the devil.
Make no mistake: Things in this world will get worse, and it will be increasingly difficult to live out the Christian life. The church must be steadfast. It may require everything we have, including our lives. Whether or not we are martyred in Christ’s name, we are to willingly die to ourselves daily, every day we have breath in our lungs.
The future of this nation and this world are bleak, yet we await a kingdom not of this world. In the meantime, we are called to shine forth as gold, to share the true Gospel, and to serve our fellow man. We are to worship the Lord in Spirit and in truth. And we are to “love mercy, practice justice, and walk humbly with our God” (Micah 6:8).
The current and coming crisis are the result of man’s sinfulness, for which there is one and only cure: the costly grace of the risen Christ! If you don’t know Him, I urge you to repent and surrender to Him today. If you do know Him, yet aren’t following Him as fully as you ought, I urge you to repent and surrender to Him today. This is the cure to all crises, both temporal and eternal.
About 20 years ago, shortly after I became a Christian, I was participating in some job training. One day we took a lunch break at a local outdoor food court. As we ate, a bee took an interest in my food and wouldn’t leave me alone. I was terrified of insects, especially the stinging type, so I began panicking like a 3-year-old. One of my fellow trainees, a middle-aged Jewish woman, looked at me pointedly and said, “You know, I’m really surprised that someone with your great faith would be so scared of a little bee.”
At that moment, I was stung with such conviction that I determined that I would no longer fear insects, and to this day, I have succeeded. My fear had ruined my ability to enjoy lunch, but more than that, it had marred my testimony to an unbelieving friend.
A pastor told a story of a family taking a car trip in which a bee decided to ride along. One of the children was shrieking in terror, when his father decided to intervene. The father caught the bee in his hand, took the sting, and then let the bee continue to fly around the car. He assured his child that there was nothing more to fear, since he had already taken the stinger. The pastor likened this father to our Lord, who took the sting of death for those who trust in Him, that we might not fear the sting of death.
How many of us are doing just that, though? We are living in fear of so many things today:
a microscopic virus that could make us sick and has less than 1% chance of killing us
losing our livelihood
losing our savings
being shamed for wearing/not wearing a mask
losing our civil liberties
who will win the election
being forced to take a vaccine
what the next big development of 2020 will be
Add to the list any personal fears we each carry, and it can be really overwhelming.
I’ve been considering a few questions lately:
What’s more important — surviving or living?
First, what’s more important — surviving or living? If I have to live in a bubble in order to stay alive, is that really living? If I have to fear every little thing when I walk out of my house and every little thing that comes into my house, is that really living? If I am missing out on relationships, is that really living? Would I rather live long or would I rather live well?
I’ve also pondered why this particular illness is the ONE that has us all paralyzed and isolated. We’ve never done anything like this before, as far as shutting down so systematically and for so long. Other illnesses and activities have killed far more people, but went virtually unnoticed. What’s the difference?
Part of the problem today, I think, is that we are so entitled as Americans. We believe that we simply should live to be very old and that we should have our needs provided for us. We expect life to be safe and sterile, and current events don’t fit our expectations.
I look at America today and, technological advances aside, I doubt our ancestors would recognize us. Think about it: People boarded ships, risking illness, starvation, and death, to come to America. Pioneers trekked across the country on foot and in wagons, risking life and limb, to make a better life for themselves and their posterity. America has been known for its independent spirit. Americans have historically been leaders who took risks to advance and rise above circumstances. Yet, here we are, allowing our country to be brought to a screeching halt by a microscopic organism that is not nearly as likely to affect us as the dangers our patriot predecessors faced.
At the turn of the 20th century, the average life expectancy was mid-forties, meaning I personally probably would have gone onto glory by my age if I had lived during that time. Today, we expect — even demand — to live twice that long. The average coronavirus death happens to those over the average life expectancy, and though every death is sad, it seems presumptuous for us to expect to cheat death. With the exception of two people in history (Enoch and Elijah), every single person has died or will die, barring the rapture. God has determined every one of our days before even one of them came to be, so for us to think we can come up with a humanistic solution to the problem of death is utterly prideful and foolish.
We are creating a generation of germaphobes and hypochondriacs. We need to remember that we shouldn’t fear death so much as we should fear and revere the One who determines how we spend eternity.
Another area of fear relates to our liberty. There are people threatening America’s freedoms, people who violate the Constitution in the name of peace and safety and people who push a Marxist agenda. Many of us know we need to stand against this, yet we are afraid to do so. We fear legal penalties, social stigma, family safety, and more. We would do well to look at the example of our nation’s founders. They put it all on the line for their families and their descendants. They risked all of this for us, people who were not yet born, but would benefit from their willingness to sacrifice. How would they feel, knowing we have taken this freedom so for granted that we don’t mind giving it up?
Let’s take it a step further: How must God feel toward us, knowing that He created our bodies to be resilient and our brains to be wise, yet we are so fearful? How must He feel, knowing that He sent His precious Son to die for us, that we may have the abundant, eternal life, yet we are so caught up in the physical existence? How must he feel, knowing that He died to set us free, never again to be enslaved, yet we willingly submit ourselves to multiple yokes of slavery? How must He feel, seeing us shaking our fists, kicking our legs, writhing in anger and fear, and demanding long life, prosperity, and security, when He has all of those things laid up for us, just not in the form we demand?
There are at least 100 verses that tell us not to fear. Why?
God is on His throne.
He is never taken by surprise.
He has promised never to leave or forsake us.
He has our best interest in mind.
He takes care of the lilies and the birds, and will certainly take care of us.
He loves us.
He is our father and we are His children.
He determined our times and places, and knew all of our days before even one came to be.
He gave us a spirit of power and a sound mind.
He has promised us the abundant life.
Our eternal life is secure if we trust in Him.
He delights to take care of us.
He will provide for us in the midst of our enemies.
He will not allow evil to triumph.
Nothing can separate us from His love.
He is the One with the power over life and death.
Greater is He that is in us than He that is in the world.
He will uphold us with His righteous right hand.
He has already told us how it ends. Spoiler: He wins and we get the spoils.
He has prepared a place for us.
We are already seated with Him in heaven.
He has freed us from slavery.
He has taken away the sting of death.
He will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear.
He is in control!
I could go on forever …
If you’re a Christ follower and you’re fearful or anxious, this is understandable, especially given the uncertainty we currently face, yet the Lord has given us the remedy:
This is the believer’s prescription for peace. It’s not necessarily easy, but it is attainable.
If you don’t yet know the Lord, then no wonder you are anxious or concerned; not only is this life precarious, but your eternity is unsettled. I have good news: That can change today!
Simply acknowledge that you are a sinner, meaning you agree with God that you’ve done bad things, and that you have offended Him with those actions. Because of this, you don’t deserve to spend eternity in His presence. However, God sent His Son, Jesus, to live as a man, to identify with our weaknesses, to live a perfect life, and to die an atoning death, not for His own sins, because He was sinless, but for our sins. Accept that payment for your sins and transfer your allegiance from this world and your flesh to Him. Commit to allowing Him to be in charge of your life from here on out. Confess Him as your Lord, knowing that He died for your sins and rose from the dead, confirming that He is God and that He has authority to forgive sins and power to give you eternal life. When you do, He will save you and begin the process of sanctifying you, which means making you a more Christlike person. Your eternity will be secure, and you will be reconciled to Him. This will give you peace, joy, and comfort, no matter what circumstances come your way. Out of response for what He has done, get plugged into a local congregation, get baptized, read the Bible, pray, and serve others, all in order to know Him better and to glorify God to others, all because you’re grateful for His free gift. We can’t earn any of this; we simply accept it and it’s ours.
A right relationship with God, one in which we believe His promises are true and that He has our best interest in mind, is the cure for the fear pandemic.
Donald Trump. Few presidents have polarized the people to the extent that our current president does. People seem to either despise or worship him. I have seen people from diverse views sing the president’s praises and laud him as the best president ever. I’ve seen churchgoers, nonbelievers, good ‘ol boys and professionals alike, unite under the MAGA banner. Though many claim he is racist and sexist, I’ve seen men and women of every shade, and I’ve even seen LGBTQ Trump supporters. Despite his nationalistic line, Trump seems to even have a global following.
#WWG1WGA: Where We Go 1, We Go All: You may have seen this hashtag or heard prominent political figures recite it, along with an oath to protect the U.S. against all enemies, foreign and domestic. This sounds compelling, but it’s important to examine where those who take the oath think they are going. The oath is the motto of a group called QAnon, a loose organization of supposed patriots who gather and disseminate intel to aid Trump in the righteous cause of “draining the swamp.” This secret group creates coded Q Drops online, alerting devotees of upcoming significant events and exposures of evil. At first, this group seems innocuous, even noble, as they strive to expose the “deep state,” and prohibit the New World Order. But as I began following the Q crowd on Twitter, I sensed that something unsettling. Scratching a bit below the surface, I realized that these are more than patriots gleaning information from some elite government intelligence operation. QAnon actually is a new age movement, whose followers analyze vibrations and light waves to foretell a coming “Great Awakening,” in which the “Deep State” is exposed, the New World Order thwarted, and the human race will evolve into a higher collective consciousness. Along the way, many “sheep,” who aren’t fit for Q’s rebranded New World Order, will perish, vanishing from the earth, absorbed by the universe’s groaning evolutionary process, or perhaps abducted by aliens (This is a fantastic cover for the coming rapture of the church). If you haven’t researched Q for yourself, you probably think this sounds crazy, but I’m not making this up!
Trump, who at times has retweeted Q Drops, is theoretically leading this charge, so how do Q followers see him? When you read their tweets, you see that they see him as a messiah. This is clearly dangerous.
The Q Crowd sees Trump as a savior. But they’re not the only ones. Ever since Trump got elected, it has baffled me that evangelicals seem to be drawn to him like the proverbial moth to the flame. Many say he is a great Christian. Yet, Trump personally said that he never asked God for forgiveness. He said he tries not to do things that he needs to be forgiven for. He speaks generically about his Protestant/Presbyterian faith, but not about a personal relationship with Jesus. While the president has initiated and enacted policies that Christians support, that does not make him a Christian. He has used his relationship with his former pastor, Norman Vincent Peale, as evidence of his faith, but this is hollow support, given Peale’s new age views and his leadership in the Freemasons. Take a look at this quote:
This sounds like the philosophy of many in the QAnon movement. Trump, Q, and others are doing some things that look good, but it’s likely a bait and switch, because this Great Awakening is actually a false gospel, involving human achievement and new age philosophy. There is a lot of talk of “darkness to light,” but let’s look at what the Apostle Paul had to say:
I urge my brothers and sisters in Christ to follow Jesus, not Q, not Trump, not any leader, unless that leader can say, like Paul, “Follow me, as I follow Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1). It’s dangerous to exalt someone who clearly exalts himself, and who does not speak or act like a believer. Christ alone is worthy of our complete trust, and Christ alone can save us from the ills of this world and transfer us to an everlasting kingdom.
Jesus is the real light of the world, and He calls us to accept Him as Lord and to shine forth His light into the darkness. The greatest awakening occurs when we understand that we are sinners in need of a savior, that Jesus is God, and that He, being perfect, paid our sin debt on the cross, and rose again, proving that He is God and has power over the grave, and in response, we accept Christ’s Lordship over our lives. Then we receive the Holy Spirit and have the power to live a godly life, a power we would not have outside of His provision. This gives us assurance of eternal life, spent in heaven with God, for eternity. If you have not made this decision yet, I would urge you to do so today.
Jesus is the only one who can take us from darkness to light, the only one who can awaken us. Jesus Christ is our only hope. Time is short. Choose wisely whom to follow.
As a Louisvillian, I’d like to share my perspective on the fact that the NFAC is coming tomorrow. I’ve been doing a ton of research on what’s going on in the world ever since March 14, when everything got locked down. There is much going on behind the scenes. As a Christian, I believe we are in the last days. I realize you may not agree, and that’s your right, of course. Regardless, it is clear to me that there is a behind-the-scenes agenda in play.
Last night I saw a picture of Master Jay using the “triple six” illuminati symbol. When you look at his logo, it’s clearly linked to illuminati/occult. His theology is mystical, along the lines of evolving to a higher plane. Grandmaster is an illuminati term, but it’s also a chess term. He has said that the government has engineered the COVID crisis and civil unrest to distract us from the fact that there are asteroids on an orbital path to crash into the earth.
Regarding chess, he also has said that there are forces trying to incite a race war, which is something I’ve heard elsewhere, and seems legit, as it’s the perfect way to implode America for the purpose of installing Marxism and a New World Order. The NFAC leader said he knows that they are trying to create a race war but that he will beat them at their own game, and likened it to playing chess.
Here are some things that don’t add up:
1. The governor has issued a travel advisory, saying anyone coming in from out of state needs to self quarantine for 14 days, and he told us, “Change your plans,” regarding vacation travels. However, when asked about this group coming in, he said that he believes they’ll be peaceful and that his biggest concern is whether they wear masks and socially distance. He says COVID is our biggest threat. When asked if he planned to send the National Guard, he said he hadn’t been asked.
2. The mayor and the police are acting like this is going to be fine. The police spokesman said they’re more concerned about the counter-protest groups. (I am concerned too, because it would be easy to plant someone on the other side to start something. However, I’m not “more” concerned.)
3. The LMPD has allegedly asked Grandmaster Jay to advise them on what community policing might look like.
4. The president is sending federal troops to four other cities this weekend, but as far as I can tell, nobody on the national scene is talking about the NFAC or Louisville. GM Jay previously said that if he came to Louisville, it would be the “shot heard round the world,” and that it would make Stone Mountain look like nothing. Now he says it’s all going to be good, and he is talking more like a kitten.
But seriously, there are opposing militias coming to Louisville, a city that is within 6 hours of 2/3 of the U.S. population, a city that has had two months straight of protesting, a city where reportedly there is going to be some earth shattering announcement in the Breonna Taylor case, and nobody thinks this is cause for concern (except maybe if some of the “far-right” militias do something “stupid”). WHAT???
Something is up. I believe:
1. This could be a trap.
2. GM Jay doesn’t care about moving to Africa, but likely wants to fire “the shot heard round the world,” that ushers in the fall of America and gives rise to a Marxist “Utopia.”
3. Either those in power have something planned that they aren’t revealing, or perhaps GM Jay and the government somehow have a similar agenda. I’m not saying they’re consciously working together, but something is just off here.
4. The federal government either doesn’t see this, doesn’t care about sacrificing a smaller major city, or is complicit.
Again, these are just ideas, and time will tell whether there is any truth to them. Whether government officials acknowledge it or not, what happens in Louisville isn’t likely to stay here. We will know soon.
There are so many things going on in the world right now that it’s easy to get lost in it all, not knowing what to think, how to address the various issues, or even how to pray. Most of these issues have value, and many are complex. As a Christian, I earnestly want to express the right thoughts, feelings, and actions regarding each and every one of them, However, there are many unknowns and few clearcut or perfect solutions.
I want to share one such issue with you:
I live in Louisville, KY. Right now this is not on the top ten list of greatest places to live. (Okay, so it may not ever be, but I have lived here most of my life, so I’m partial.) If you don’t live here, there is a possibility you know why I say it’s not prime real estate right now.
We have had nearly two straight months of protest because of the police shooting of Breonna Taylor. Twitter has been off-and-on abuzz with calls to burn Louisville to the ground. There has been looting. Protestors and journalists have been shot, shot at, jailed, run over, mobbed, gassed, and on and on. I have to hand it to the protestors; many have remained steadfast even though they have not gotten much of a response from the local government or the police department.
The police have softened considerably, so much so that I wonder if I would even get a response if I were to call them to report a crime. More than that, I wonder why.
The mayor has been asked to resign by just about everyone, regardless of political affiliation, and he’s refused to turn over evidence to the Metro Council regarding the Taylor investigation.
A few days ago, a group that includes the mothers of Breonna Taylor and Ahmad Arbury, as well as several celebrities, was protesting at the Attorney General’s house. Nearly 100 were jailed and felonies were charged. Those charges were later dropped.
And now Grandmaster Jay, the leader of this black militia called NFAC, has mobilized his followers from all over the Western Hemisphere to come to Louisville because nobody in leadership can tell him when the case will be resolved. If you’re not familiar with the NFAC, they marched on Stone Mountain, GA, and in Arizona, on July 4, with automatic weapons, and got things shut down.
Grandmaster Jay (John Fitzgerald Johnson) met online with Louisville community leaders yesterday, demanding to know when there would the investigation would be complete and an outcome announced. They informed him that this is in Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s power. The NFAC leader asked who the AG reports to, and they told him he reports to the people directly. Grandmaster Jay replied that the people want justice for Breonna Taylor and that he needs to carry it out. He adjourned the meeting, saying that the man he needs to talk with wasn’t on the call, and asking him to get Cameron to join them for a call as soon as possible. According to Johnson, Cameron instead responded with a statement that it is not 100 percent in his hands since the Louisville Metro Police Department still holds information and the FBI is investigating the case.
In a previous segment, Johnson gave his reasoning for the outrage: There are allegations that Taylor was targeted because she was “in the way” of a gentrification program, which has something to do with redlining for the purpose of negating the effectiveness of black votes, and making real estate developments “better” by getting rid of black people that live there.
On the other hand, I’ve heard derogatory comments about Taylor, saying she’s been made a martyr when, in reality, she was no angel.
Can I just say that I have no idea what to believe in this case, and as an ordinary citizen, I have no clue what I can do to make this better. There is so much deception going on behind the scenes and so little truth being shared with the public that it would be hard for me to weigh in.
I think the gentrification angle is completely possible, and the fact that I can even entertain this possibility is horrifying. Yes, I believe racism is real. I also believe greed is real. The human heart, apart from God, is capable of the greatest of atrocities. I hope the truth comes to light and that justice is served to those involved. I want to see a world where racial injustice and all injustice is nonexistent.
Truly, I do not expect justice to be served in this case, no matter what the truth is.
I do not think the NFAC expects justice; neither do the practice justice. They threaten our city, saying that those in power must acquiesce to their demands or ELSE. They want to start a revolution that leads to their exodus from the United States with all black citizens who want to join, including those currently incarcerated. According to Johnson, they want reparations in the trillions from the government and to take all of their property with them, so they can start a United States of Africa, pushing all white people out of Africa and building their own Wakonda. Johnson claims to have a special connection with the “Most High,” and that black people are the true Hebrews. He uses scriptures from outside of biblical cannon, including the Book of Enoch and some other writings that he claims are only available to the truly wise. He alleges to be a holy man, yet his language alone defies that. He claims to get his power from the “Most High,” whom he also refers to as Yah or Yahweh. He says he gets his power and insight from the Most High and that he is not the same man he used to be because of it. Who is this Most High to whom he refers?
Lucifer was an angel of light; he was God’s top angel, and it made him proud, so he decided he would rebel against God. In doing so, he took a third of the angels with him and eventually incited the fall of man. We know that Yahweh is the name for the true God of the Jews and the Christians, but this man is not referring to the true God. He is referring to one who masquerades as an angel of light, the deceiver of old, the devil. He is calling a false God by God’s Holy Name, and that is a dangerous, blasphemous thing to do.
Today we have the potential for an armed black militia of thousands getting ready to invade our city. This group is not interested in equality or racial reconciliation; they are black supremicists who want their way, and are willing to fight to get it. They are willing to kill and to die, and they have vowed to take no prisoners. Johnson says if they come, it will be like the “shot heard round the world.” Will they come, and what will meet them when they get here? Will this begin a declared civil war?
There are scoffers who think this group is crazy, disillusioned, or ridiculous. Their leader isn’t crazy. He is brilliant, charismatic, connected, and dead serious. His “Most High” is none other than the serpent of old, the devil. I can see people getting behind this movement, and if they do, it will be a force to be reckoned with.
How then should we respond? First, I’m asking every Christian who reads this to pray. If police or leaders are hiding anything, I pray it is exposed, that they repent, go public, and take whatever consequences come. I pray that justice is established for Breonna Taylor, but I also submit that she already has received justice. If she put her trust in Christ, she is justly in heaven with Him because of His shed blood on her behalf.
There needs to be justice for anyone involved in this terrible act, so I pray that it is served. If leaders are hiding things, bring it to the light. If they are not, I pray that will be accepted. Either way, I pray for racial reconciliation and that our community, our country, and our world will find healing.
I pray that Gov. Beshear, Mayor Fischer, Attorney General Cameron, the police chief, the city council, the officers involved, and every other leader will recognize the need to repent and to publicly call out to the Lord for forgiveness and healing.
I fully believe that, as a nation, we are reaping what we have sewn. Our founding fathers never should have allowed slavery. That was a catalyst for all sorts of corruption, leading right down to today when we reject God, murder the unborn, and still allow racism to exist. We have turned our heads to atrocities the world over and we have aided and abetted nations that practice persecution and ethnic cleansing.
I do not support the NFAC or its disillusioned leader. Yet I concede that he has some valid points. I do not support violence as a resolution to violence, not in this way. However, I firmly believe that God has removed His hand of protection from the United States of America and that the world as we know it is about to change more than most of us could have ever seen coming.
This passage of Scripture reads like today’s news. Brothers and sisters in Christ, we need to be ready for whatever comes, continuing in the assurance that the Lord is on His throne and that He will complete what He has begun. We may be the terminal generation. We need to persevere, that we may hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” We need to remain courageous, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7 ESV).
And if you have not yet placed your trust in Christ, it’s time to do so. Don’t put it off one more day! No matter what is going on in the world, not one of us is assured our next breath. There are many false messiahs in the world today, whether they be causes or individuals. But there is only One legitimate Savior, and that’s Jesus Christ.
All who trust Jesus as Lord will be saved, but those who don’t will perish. Our Lord is no respecter of persons. He shows no favoritism. There are only two categories, the righteous and the wicked, and the only way to be righteous is to accept the payment Jesus gave for our sins. There is no room for pride.
The enemy seeks to divide and destroy us. Let’s not let him win any battle. Thankfully, we know he doesn’t win the war. Hate can conquer a nation, but love conquers all.
I was an oddly patriotic kid. Growing up in the 1970s and 80s, under the continual threat of the Soviet Union launching a nuclear attack or invading our land. Movies like Red Dawn and The Day After made a strong impression on me, and I wondered if someday we would face an attempted totalitarian takeover or a nuclear holocaust.
During my senior year of high school, my oddly patriotic spirit was intrigued by the opportunity to serve my country. While I was still in high school, I raised my right hand and vowed to defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I began going to weekend drills in January 1989, and left for basic training at Fort Dix, NJ, in June. The following February, I graduated from Defense Information School as a photojournalist. I returned to my reserve unit, the 100th Division, in Louisville, KY, and started college, only to be activated for Operation Desert Storm a few weeks into the semester. When my service was up in 1995, I didn’t leave my patriotism behind.
Though I grew up during the Cold War and served my country during an era governed by a different threat, I never actually feared that America would cease to be a nation. In the past few years, though, I started to wonder if the sun was getting ready to set on the American era. It seemed plausible, given that we have, in so many ways, descended headlong into depravity.
Yet there was always hope. I was never truly concerned that I’d live to see the end of the United States of America …
Tomorrow we “celebrate” our 244th birthday as a nation, and I wonder if it will be our last. We are fighting an unseen microscopic organism, with threats of other micro-enemies almost surely promised. We are witnessing our leaders trampling the Constitution, that same almost sacred document I swore to protect from all enemies, foreign and domestic. And, I believe worst of all, we are living through an undeclared civil war. We are literally destroying ourselves from within.
How do you celebrate a birthday under these conditions?
There’s a part of me that wants to petition the Lord of the universe to spare our nation, but I’m going to be honest: I don’t think He will. I think we’re getting what we deserve, as we have spent our entire history stained with the blood of innocent lives, whether through slavery, prejudice, senseless violence, or abortion. Whenever people decide that some human lives are worth less than others, God is not pleased.
I also believe the world is gearing up for the Great Tribulation, and that our days are numbered.
Recently I read Daniel 5. King Belshazzar received a supernatural message, directly from the hand of God:
What did this mean? Perhaps America is being given the same message now:
God has numbered the days of every kingdom and every person in that kingdom. Though we began, in many ways, as a God-honoring nation, we had some fatal foundational flaws. For the past 150 years, we have been on a downward moral slide in many other areas, and that has accelerated exponentially since the Bible and prayer were removed from schools and public life. Our days may be drawing to a close.
Is the handwriting on America’s proverbial wall?
We have been weighed in the balance. We have not practiced justice. We have not acted rightly. We deserve to be judged.
And we have been divided across most any imaginable or man-made division. We now have no idea who we are, or who the real enemy is.
Those of us who follow Christ know that Satan came to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). He is a deceiver, a murderer, and a liar (Genesis 3:4-5; John 8:44; 1 Corinthians 5:5; 2 Corinthians 2:11; 2 Corinthians 4:4; 2 Timothy 2:26; 1 Peter 5:8). Right now he is getting us to destroy ourselves from within.
We are likely more divided than ever, because we are divided over every conceivable issue. We are not divided on geographical lines and in danger of splitting the country in two parts; instead, we are divided in every state, in every city, and perhaps in every church and every family, and therefore in danger of destroying ourselves in our quest for justice and peace.
If we do celebrate another Independence Day, the likelihood that we will celebrate the birth of the country that our founding fathers fought for, that our grandparents fought for, or even that my generation fought for, is very unlikely. As an oddly patriotic American, I mourn that.
Yet there is cause to celebrate, though in a bittersweet way. As a Christian, I have put my trust in Christ alone, not in this country or this world. All of this will pass away, and maybe it will be sooner than any of us can imagine. Perhaps, for those of us who follow Christ, we will soon celebrate a true Independence Day in heaven, where we will be free from sin and death, where our mourning will be turned to dancing, where there is no more fear, no more deception, and no more unrest. The more I see what’s going on today, the more I long for my heavenly home, because my true citizenship is in heaven.
If you don’t yet know Christ, I urge you to repent, to put your trust in Christ alone, that you may have assurance of salvation through a relationship with the Living God. If you have never accepted Jesus as Lord, you can do that right now. This takes an honest and genuine acknowledgement that you are a sinner, that you can’t do enough good deeds to be right with God because He is holy and we are unholy, that you need Him to save you, and that you are willing to follow Him and allow Him to govern your life. Baptism is the outward expression of this inward decision and should be done publicly and by immersion, in an act of obedience, submission, and testimonial to others. You also should read the Bible, pray, gather with other believers, and obey God’s commands, not to be saved, but out of gratitude for salvation, a desire to grow in your relationship with God, and in hopes of winning others to the Lord. Taking this step will provide a freedom that cannot ever be taken from you, no matter how bad things get in this world.