Looking Back Toward Sodom

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Looking Back Toward Sodom

Claiming to be ‘looking to their Blessed Hope’,

many Christians still have ‘one foot’ stuck in Sodom!

Deny it as they will, I see Christians stubbornly living very secular lives while paying lip service to ‘Being separate’ from this world.

Planning For The Future, Denying The Present

Planning things is a necessary part of life, there is no denying that. Ignoring the present however is a setup for making the wrong plans! End Times story proliferation is increasing at a very fast pace. Keeping up with the sheer volume of stories, even for a long time student of the Prophetic is close to impossible today. Recent events in our country sicken Christians while liberals celebrate evil as something good, even desirable. These stories are too numerous to mention, and are obvious to even the casual observer, so I won’t got into specifics here. This post is not about those stories. Its about our priorities from this point forward.


Count Them on One Hand

How many people have said this to you? “Thank you for warning me. I had no idea that I was heading in the wrong direction. I was blind to ‘End Times’ events. I didn’t see that America was in such terrible trouble, morally! Thank you  for waking me up!”

The ‘one hand count’ is very generous actually . I’d guess that a ‘one hand count’ would be generous even for a life time of warning folks about the times we find ourselves in right now. As one of my Facebook friends pointed out, “The people that need this warning are not here reading these posts!” They are gathered up with ‘Their own kind’ as we are with ours. Warning them is much akin to ‘spitting into the wind. What to do?

Strengthen What Remains

‘Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God.
(Rev 3:2 NASB)

If anyone needs ‘Waking Up’, its the church itself! Those who try to ‘wake up the lost are sometimes forgetting to take care of ‘their own house first!’ Yes, its our job to evangelize the lost. We also must heed the rest of what the bible tells us in these very tumultuous times. “Strengthen The Things That Remain!”

Reevaluate Priorities

If an opportunity arises to witness to the lost, I will certainly take it. I’m not saying to ignore evangelism. I’m saying to take care of ourselves, our family, our fellow Christians in these dangerous times. God’s justice will not wait forever. We see that happening all around us. The Moore Oklahoma tornado struck that city during their ‘Homosexual Pride Days’ festival. It struck on the very same day that President Obama declared June to be Homosexual, Transgendered, and LGBT month! Coincidence? No Way!

If this is not God’s judgement, it will do as such until the real thing gets here!

‘The rain falls on the good and with wicked’! We must be expect trouble in an ever increasing frequency of events. The OK tornado is merely one of many more ‘judgements’ to come. I recon these times with WWII; this is 1932 and we are Germany all over again, but this time, there is no place to run to. The bible tells us exactly what the future will hold. There is no ‘Great Revival’ coming. Its a ‘Great Apostasy’! We are told that ‘The love of many will grow cold!’ We are certainly seeing that.

Trying to ‘wake up’ those who have ‘willingly turned away from God’ is futile. Yes, I know some will disagree with me and say some ‘churchy thing’ like ‘as long as there is breath there is hope’! This is exactly what I am addressing here. They completely ignore the obvious! America is suffering the ‘Judgement of God’s abandonment’! Read all about it in Romans 1. These people WILL NOT wake up. They have been ‘given over to do what is evil!

And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,
(Rom 1:28 NASB)

Jesus warned us to not throw pearls before swine. We must set our priorities to ‘save what remains’!

‘Nevertheless what you have, hold fast until I come.
(Rev 2:25 NASB)

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The Love Of Many Has Grown Cold

A long time ‘Facebook Friend’ became irritated and wrote unkindly to me after I told him that I was taking him out of my news feeds, (not unfriending him) for his belligerent O.S.A.S. post. Clearly, in these End Times, ‘the love of many has grown cold’!

“At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. “Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. “Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. (Mat 24:10-12 NASB)

There are bigger fish to fry than arguing among and with our Christian brethren about non-salvation issues. Doctrine is important, but so is brotherly love, the love of Jesus. I don’t see the love of Jesus in arguments that will never be satisfied this side of eternity. There are more important things to do’, more souls to be saved, more brothers and sisters in desperate need of a kind word, and some encouragement than this.

O.S.A.S. is a stupid thing to argue over. Here’s why. It basically argues ‘How much sin can a person get away with and still get to heaven’!

This is a wrong attitude!

A better attitude is to do as much as possible to insure that I am the best possible Christian that I can be, (beatitudes come to mind here), and have the very best outlook toward God, (he is in charge & I am not), and continually embracing the Christ centered law of ‘love thy neighbor as thy self’!

I don’t see a lot of brotherly love going around during these arguments.

Instead of seeing how much sin we can get away with and still get to heaven, why not focus on doing the most for the ‘most high’? Rather than walking close to the ‘sin line’ as possible without going over it, why not stay as far away from sin as possible? Isn’t that a better attitude!

“At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.

“Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. “Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. (Mat 24:10,11,12 NASB)

But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, (1Ti 4:1 NASB)

Clearly, if ‘Some’ fall way from the faith,’ they must have had faith to begin with.

Here, ‘falling away’ means ‘loosing salvation’ but not like ‘loosing a set or car keys.’

Falling away indicates ‘willingly turning away from faith’ in an act of total defiance against God!

Heb 6:4  For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit,

Heb 6:5  and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,

Heb 6:6  and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.

Heb 6:7  For ground that drinks the rain which often falls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God;

Heb 6:8  but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close to being cursed, and it ends up being burned.

that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears. (Heb 12:16-17 NASB) 

Can we ‘loose our salvation?’ Not like loosing a pair of gloves, but ‘we can throw it away in an act of willful defiance against God.

In these, the ‘End Times’, insulting or betraying a brother or sister is counterproductive, especially over issues like O.S.A.S.

Who are your enemies?

“The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists”

J. Edgar Hoover

 June 29 , 2011

Who are your enemies?

Mat 10:21NASB  “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.

We call one another ‘Brother’ in the body of Christ. I expect betrayal. Jesus goes on to state; Mat10:36 NASB  and A MAN’S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD.

History bears this out.

Throughout history, conflicts of major proportions produced traitors. The French and Spanish Inquisition were major problems for the body of Christ. Driven by the insatiable quest for power, the false religion of Roman Catholicism caused neighbor to betray neighbor, son and daughter betrayed parents and on and on it went.

The Nazi era was no different. Traitors abounded. Although there were heroic people who ‘did the right thing’, their efforts did not stop massive betrayal.

In the 1930’s, the US government declared owning gold to be a crime. Neighbor turned in neighbor. They were ratted out to government officials, reasoning that their neighbors were indeed, criminals.

It will be no different in the modern day church of today!

In past blogs, I have written about people in the modern day church having ‘Superstar’ heroes. Following a ‘Superstar Preacher’ or Superstar ‘Preacherette’ requires a sports team mentality. Woe to him who says anything bad about the Yankees in NYC! 

The same is true for ‘Superstar heroes’ in the church today. There is nothing new about the ‘Superstar’ Mentality. Paul preached about it in the book of 1Co1:12NASB  Now I mean this, that each one of you is saying, “I am of Paul,” and “I of Apollos,” and “I of Cephas,” and “I of Christ.”

A Difference of Opinion? 

When a church member does not share the same opinion about another’s beloved ‘Superstar’, a conflict occurs. In today’s relatively polite society, this is not much of a problem. When persecution comes to the Church in America however, this will become a very big problem. A very big problem indeed! 

What may seem like an opinion about a ‘Superstar’ becomes a deep seated animosity; (the old ‘You’re OK, I’m OK, game’)!  It will become magnified during persecution. Brother will betray brother once more, just like Jesus said they would!

Hate Crimes 

We would all like to think that we know what a ‘Hate Crime’ is. A so called ‘Hate Crime’ is punished with greater severity than an ordinary, ‘non-hate-based’ crime. Hate Crime legislation is the forerunner of persecution of the true Church of Jesus Christ.

Eventually, ‘Brothers and Sisters in Christ’ will turn each other in to the legal system!

The legal system will not charge us with ‘Reading the Bible’ or ‘Believing the Bible’!

They will accuse us of ‘Hate Crimes!’ 

I don’t hate anyone! You might say, but what you say matters little in this scheme of ‘Hate Crime. ‘Hate Crime’ is defined by others, not by you. If the law says you have committed a ‘Hate Crime’, then you have committed a hate crime!’

It’s that simple! 

No one would do that, you say! 

Ah, but it is happening around us every day. This is being foisted upon believers who ‘Pray silently’ on a public sidewalk’ at a Homosexual rally. All it takes for a hate crime to be committed is for a Sodomite to ‘feel threatened’ or to ‘feel hated’ and you will be summarily arrested and put in jail. I can prove everything I say because I got this information from published news articles around the US.

Silence Is Not Golden 

The Apostle Paul named names!

He did this on several occasions which proves that doing so is biblical.

There is a ‘Good Ole Boy’ (GOB) unwritten law among church leaders today. It goes like this, “If I don’t say anything bad about so and so, then they won’t say anything bad about me!”

The point here is that they should not be doing bad things in the first place! That way no one could hold anything against them. Remaining silent about false religions and heresy is damaging to the sheep.

The bible is very clear; 2Thesalonians 2:3-4 NASB  Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,  (4)  who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.

There IS a GREAT Apostasy taking place! 

We see it happening right before our eyes. Entire denominations have gone the way of Sodom! Chrislam is a very misguided liberal attempt at blending Christianity with Islam. All this is happening now!!!!

It irritates me no end, when pastors pussy foot around naming names. (GOB mentality)

The apostate preachers and leaders are wolves in sheep’s clothing. There should be on a public list of rogues, the false teachers clearly named! It should be shown exactly where they deviate from the Word of God. This policy was good enough for the Apostle Paul, why not now?

Here is an example of the Apostle Paul, naming names, warning the flock!

2Timothy4:14-15 NASB  Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.  (15)  Be on guard against him yourself, for he vigorously opposed our teaching.

Part of a pastor’s job is to guard the sheep. Many but not all are failing to do this.

Conventional Wisdom 

The conventional wisdom of not naming names goes like this.

“I want to preach the authentic word of God so well and thoroughly that the sheep will recognize a phony right away!’

How well does this work?

If it worked at all, the sheep would not be following a bunch of ‘Superstars,’ would they!

Superstars abound! ‘Christian Radio and TV’ are full of them. Pastors are often quick to name some of the more outlandish superstars but they refrain from mentioning others who are more subtle but none the less still damaging to the body of Christ. Pastors do not even mention the ‘Emerging Church, or Contemplative Prayer, Centering Prayer, Mystical Practices’!

Each of these categories contains its own cast of Superstars! Sadly, the average church goer does not have these terms in their vocabulary. They have never heard of them so they could not possibly know the great danger that the false teachers of these kinds of things pose to the ‘Body of Christ!’

The sheep willing follow false teachers, thinking that these Superstars are legitimate followers of Jesus Christ. The sheep become agitated when anyone shows these Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing in the proper light, the light of scripture.

The sheep don’t want anyone to upset their Idol Worship! Nothing upsets the sheep more than when their favorite Superstar is revealed as Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing!

They just don’t want to hear it!

A man in my church told me that the phrase “What would Jesus Do?” is found in the Gospel of Luke. People spout this phrase so often that some of then think it is actually in the bible!

People believe what they want to believe, even in the face of enormous opposing evidence! It cannot be repeated often enough, the sheep must be warned, and warned often!

Conventional wisdom continues; “If I warn the flock about every false teacher out there, I’d spend all my time doing that and not preaching the word!”

Balance 

Clearly, there must be a balance here. I am well aware that the Pastor’s job is not easy. Sheep have a tendency to stray, they must be warned about the ‘Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’!

Completely omitting the naming of names is not doing the sheep any good. They are sheep! Sheep get themselves into trouble regularly.  They must be warned about false teachers, false religions, and heresy within the church itself. All this is biblical and there are numerous examples of it for all to read.

Therein lay the problem! 

The sheep don’t read the bible as much as they should if they read it at all. Some think that attending Sunday school and studying a reader, booklet, or some such thing, is reading the bible. Reading a booklet that contains a few verses among the photographs and heart warming stories is not reading the bible!

Sheep are easily distracted. Jesus did not pay us much of a compliment by calling us ‘Sheep’! People do the same thing that sheep do. Good thing He loves sheep, huh!

Good supplemental reading on this subject can be found in this book; “A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23. 

It is written by W. Phillip Keller

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_28?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=a+shepherd+looks+at+psalm+23&sprefix=a+shepherd+looks+at+psalm+23

Summary 

The Great Apostasy is Here!

Jesus Christ should be ‘Our ‘Superstar’.

Psalm 118:8 NASB  It is better to take refuge in the LORD Than to trust in man.

Naming names is biblical 

Pastors should protect the flock by following the example of the Apostle Paul, naming names and clearly warning about false teachers and false religions!

There will be treachery in the End Times Church.

Prepare yourself for it. It’s later than you think!

John 16:2 NASB  “They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God.

Closing

Not all big named preachers are false teachers. There are sheep, (Christians) do not follow them or idolize them. These people are not deceived by false teachers because they focus on Jesus Christ and his Word.

How will the sheep know the difference if they are not warned which ones are which?

“Pride, The Chameleon”

“The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists”

J. Edgar Hoover

 June 23, 2011

“Pride, The Chameleon” 

There is a group of people who are most easily deceived. These are those who are already deceived in some way. It takes very little energy to further deceive them, to cause them to continue along the road of deception.

The Deceived 

I have been deceived at various times in my life.

Sometimes it was not my fault, but at other times I willingly participated in the deception. I didn’t realize that I was being deceived or that I was even taking part in it, but that is the very nature of deception.

Without any investigation, I decided how things were, what things were true and how I would conduct my life. I bought into the lies of Satan. The lie revolved around my base nature. I wanted to please myself and ‘get what everyone else had!’­­

The desire to have what the world offered me in the way of pleasure and comfort was the base for my belief system. I had completely disavowed my upbringing in Roman Catholicism, (I’ll write about this at great length in later blogs, please bear with me until then!)

Satan does not care if I go to hell as a worldly person or as a member of a cult. His bottom line is to get as many people as possible to disregard Christ, the real Christ; so that they will end up in hell.

The ‘Chameleon of Pride’ had me convinced that I had missed out on the ‘Good things’ in life. Chasing women, booze, big boy toys, and whatever else the world had to offer in the way of ‘forbidden pleasures,’ was the bait! Satan had me convinced that these things were being withheld from me by religion.

Having suffered greatly ‘At the hands of the Catholic Church,’ pun intended, I railed against all forms of ‘religion!’

Inoculation! 

A vaccine is either a weak live virus or a dead one that is given to a person to inoculate them against the target disease.

The purpose of this inoculation is to make a person immune to the real thing! 

Cults are a tool of the devil used to inoculate people against the real thing, true Christianity! There is ‘True Christianity,’ on one hand and then there are all others! 

True Christianity stands alone! The rest are phonies! 

Satan knew early on that he could not destroy the church, so he joined it instead!

He inoculated people with a vaccine against the real thing. These poor souls think that they have True Christianity, but they do not. They have been inoculated against the real thing by phony religion! 

This is Satan’s greatest work! To convince a large portion of people that they have Christ when they are really worshiping an idol is his scheme. It has been hugely successful, unfortunately.

Mat 7:13-14 NASB  “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.  (14)  “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

This is a very sad thing. Few will find it because they have been inoculated with a terrible vaccine that makes them immune to the real thing.

How is this possible?

Pride The Chameleon 

I wouldn’t admit that pride was the root of my deception when I was a ‘Card Carrying Pagan’ but hind sight is 20-20! Eventually, I could no longer deny that I wanted what I wanted because I wanted it, I had been self absorbed and self centered. Woe to him who stood in my way of acquiring them!

I didn’t care much about doing ‘The right thing’ or following civil law, let alone ‘The Law of God!’

Pride was the root cause of my worldliness! I was completely deceived. My big mistake was to not investigate the claims of the bible. Later on, after careful and thorough investigation, I was shocked to learn just how wrong I had been. 

Humiliation Turned to Humility 

I was so thoroughly embarrassed by the realization of how wrong I had been. I realized that I had bought the lie, hook line and sinker. I had been hoodwinked! Satan had appealed to my base nature. He deceived me, but fortunately, Christ had other plans for me.

My humiliation soon turned to humility. I accepted Christ, the real Jesus Christ of the bible as my Lord and Savior. He rules in my life today. By the grace of God, through faith alone, I trust the finished work of Christ on the cross. He paid a debt he did not owe for a debt I could not pay.

He paid the price in full for all my sins, past, present and future.

Eph 2:8-9 NASB  For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  (9)  not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Pride leads the list of the seven deadly sins for good reason. It is insidious! It will take hold of the unsuspecting in ways they never imagined!

It is a crying shame that people remain unsaved although they are very religious!

Pew warmers, I call them. They think that the sermons are for ‘someone else!’ Certainly not them; as they mentally rehearse their laundry list of accomplishments ‘of good works!’

Eph 2:10NASB  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

Verse 10 makes it very clear; we are saved for good works and NOT by good works! 

Closing 

Have you thoroughly investigated the claims of the bible? I found out that Jesus Christ is exactly whom he claims to be. 

The evidence is overwhelming! What evidence? You might say! I could tell you but you would not believe me. You must investigate it, find out for yourself! Only then will you be convinced!

If you have not investigated these claims, what is stopping you from doing so?

Could it be pride? No one likes to admit it when they are proven wrong. I was embarrassed by having to do so.

The alternative of not finding out for yourself is eternity in hell. Hell is a real place and it is the default residence of all mankind without the free pardon that only Jesus Christ provides. 

Please don’t put it off. No one is guaranteed a single breath beyond the one he is presently breathing. Do it now.

Epilogue!

If you would like more information on where to begin you search for truth, please feel free to write to me at ernestaa1ik@gmail.com

Denial In The Face Of Overwhelming Evidence

“The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists”

J. Edgar Hoover

‘I don’t believe you!’

This is often the response that a person gives when confronted with  truth that they did not consider to be in the realm of possibility. I hear it often, far too often!

Three stages of truth 

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” — Arthur Schopenhauer

The following comments are mine. Ernest J, Gregoire

Schopenhauer, although correct, missed a vital point.

The first stage is not ridicule but denial.  The second stage is trivialization; this is where ridicule comes in. The third stage is fierce opposition.  The fourth and final stage is acceptance!

The Church, as a whole is in denial. Yes, I know there are watchmen on the wall who know what is happening. They keep track of unbilical  doctrine taught by false teachers. Its the rank and file that I will address in this blog. This where the real danger lies in the future. Keeping up with Prophetic News is like trying to drink water from a fire hose. Stories are coming at us so fast that we suffer overload. These stories blow by with just a cursory look at the headlines.

Precious Few, are paying attention!

Mathew 10:36 is where I want to start. It seems an appropriate place in the light of the horrific headlines in the daily news.

A MAN'S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD.

Just before Jesus said this, he gave some details about just who those members would be.

Mat 10:21-22 NASB  “Brother will betray brother to death, 

and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents

and cause them to be put to death. 

(22)  “You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.

Sad as this might be, we must face the reality that we are facing a time like no other since the very beginning!  

Joh 16:2 NASB  “They will make you outcasts from the synagogue,

but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God.

These scriptures will be the underpinning of my blog. I see a ‘Clear And Present Danger’ in the Church today.

The focus of this blog will be to warn others in the church of pending danger

and to provide encouragement for those who are being persecuted. I’ll cover danger signs, what to watch for.

This is a very difficult subject to cover, mainly because the rank and file cannot imagine the horror of persecution

and cannot foresee its danger signals in America. Said more correctly, The refuse to see the danger signals that are all around them.

We are Germany, and this is 1932~ all over again.

Only this time, there is nowhere to run! We cannot escape our fate. We can band together for encouragement

and support however. When the time comes for persecution and come it will, we must be ready with a plan of action!

We must ask Holy Spirit to steel our resolve, that we not deny Christ!

I’ll provide links to other blogs as time goes by that will be helpful in our walk of faith.

Php 2:12-13 NASB  So then, my beloved,

just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only,

but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;

(13)  for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.