THE DEATH OF AMERICAN CHRISTIAN ARROGANCE

For years, I have wept over the self-inflated pride and egotism of American pastors and their deceived little sheep…

In the first weeks of 2020 I sat down with a Pastor and tried to tell him what was coming. Some of the Scripture I shared with him actually shocked him. If he had ever read those words, he had skipped over them, certain that they did not apply to him, his church or America. He argued with me, actually saying that we would never face the kind of persecution faced by Christians in the Middle East and Africa. They were, he maintained, suffering for thousands of years of sins. America would never see that kind of persecution.

Just a few weeks later, America, along with the rest of the world, was locked down by the Corona Virus. The judgment of God had begun and, surprise, surprise, neither America nor American Christians were exempt. That Pastor found his church closed and himself holding drive in services in the parking lot. Imagine that!

For years, I have fought against this American Christian Arrogance… For years, I have warned of judgment coming to America. For years, I  have wept over the self-inflated pride and egotism of  American pastors and their deceived little sheep…

Thirty years ago I was a missionary, working in the backwoods of a third world nation. I heard, even then, what they thought of the United States and the American Christian. It was not pretty. The American Government used money and might to blackmail their government into doing things that were very bad for their own people. The American churches would come on Short Term Mission Trips and teach things that did not work there. Name it, claim it does not work in a third-world jungle. These Christians would promise to send support and money for the Christians there… They never, ever, sent a penny.

The Church in the third-world faces death, pain and suffering every day. Miracles come in little packages… a couple of eggs in the hen’s nest or a neighbor sharing a little meat from an animal he butchered because he could not feed it. There were miracles… lots of healings! I saw my own son’s legs move and his feet reform in front of my eyes as God healed his severely clubbed feet. Demon’s fled and people were freed… but Christians we prayed for suffered and died. The idea of claiming a new car or a house in a gated community was inconceivable.

When we returned to the States, I was overwhelmed by the arrogance and the inflated egos in the church. A Pastor in a working class church, full of people making it day to day, called out his whole congregation to admire the new Lincoln SUV “the Lord” had bought him!!! He spent at least ten, sometimes twenty minutes every Sunday morning talking about tithing… It was the sacrifice of these poor people that paid for that car… but he never mentioned that.

Then, there is the idea that we can manipulate God… God, according to the American church, exists to make them rich, healthy, and happy. They are at ease in Babylon. Somehow, we can be totally ignorant of Scripture and history, existing in a happy bubble. The overwhelming belief in both Pentecostal and Charismatic churches is that by cherry-picking a few happy-verses out of the Bible and quoting them over and over, and over, we can build our faith and that faith can force God to do what God never wanted, planned or even thought of doing.

The United States has been in a moral and spiritual freefall for as long as I can remember. The answer was to quote 2 Chronicles 7:14 ten billion times. We do not actually have to repent or change our ways… No, all we have to do is quote that verse enough times and God will be forced to save America. What utter and absolute foolishness!

If we ever speak of the sufferings of Paul or his death, or the death of Stephen, Peter, James and the rest… If we were to mention Timothy’s stomach troubles… that would ruin everybody’s faith and they would stop making so much money, and the offerings would decrease… If we talked about the Judgment of an angry God or taught on the destruction of Jerusalem… people would abandon our church altogether and go find a pastor more willing to tickle their ears…

Those days are over. Some American pastors will repent and weep over their error. Most will burn in Hell, cursing God for all eternity for not bending to their will and doing what they told him to do… “After all, God, I quoted that verse 1,572 times… Why didn’t you do what that verse said you would?” I can hear God laughing now… The absolute arrogance of one who pulls verses out of context, ignoring 98% of the Bible and insisting that God must perform “according to his Word.” He is performing exactly according to his Word… It is not his fault that you never read it and had no idea what it really said.

May God have mercy on the American Pastor and the American Christian… Perhaps COVID-19 and the coming judgments will prove God’s mercy by bringing them to their knees.

David…

Putting it all together

Putting it All Together

Corona Virus, Lucifer, Babel, and the New World Order… Putting it all together…

David…

Real Faith

If getting ill and dying of the disease would cause you to lose your faith and your testimony, you just might catch it…

But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” (Daniel 3:18)

Reality would tell us that faith-filled, genuine, Spirit-filled Christians get sick, suffer and die. That is a fact that no Name-it-claim-it preacher can deny. However, they have not been shy about preaching and teaching a lie. That lie goes something like this: “Learn this verse, say it over and over, send me money and you will become invincible… no demon can touch you!” That, friends, is a lie, and the Evangelist, lounging with his girlfriend at the pool behind his mansion knows that it is a lie…

Paul wrote to Timothy: “No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.” (1 Timothy 5:23)

Perhaps Timothy didn’t have a magic verse, or maybe he forgot to send Paul a check… Who knows?

In John 5, when Jesus healed the man by the pool in Bethesda, we are told that there “lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed” there… Jesus healed one man and left the rest lying there.

Acts 3:6 tells us, “But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” That man had laid there for years. Hundreds of times he had watched as Jesus walked in and out of that gate… but Jesus had never healed him… It was on this day, after the ascension that God decided to use Peter to heal him… Perhaps he had memorized a magic verse of Scripture and sent his tithe to the Disciples?

It isn’t about a magic verse… it is about a real relationship with a living God!

Perhaps it takes faith to stand up, quote your favorite verse in church and testify as to how God is not going to let you get sick. But what if you, like so many others, get COVID-19? What happens to your testimony? What have you done to God’s reputation?

I like the faith of the Three Hebrew Boys, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Their faith was genuine, not fake and it took death as a serious possible outcome… Even if you know the story well, take a minute to read it again…

Daniel 3: 13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in furious rage commanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought. So they brought these men before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar answered and said to them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? 15 Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, well and good. But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?”

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. 18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” (Emphasis mine)

“But if not”, I love that quote!!! They believed that God would save them, but there was a real possibility that He might have chosen them as Martyrs instead of survivors… Yes, there was and they knew it! With that reality in mind, they testified and showed that the strength of their faith included death!

I will insist that if your faith is not strong enough to handle death, it is not strong enough to bring healing. If you are not willing to die of COVID-19, maintaining your testimony to the very end, your faith is probably not strong enough to gain divine intervention and supernatural protection from the virus… and, that is a fact! If getting ill and dying of the disease would cause you to lose your faith and your testimony, you just might catch it…

Can we not offer a testimony of faith that takes reality into account? Paul and James lost their heads, Stephen was stoned, Peter crucified upside down and Spirit-filled Christians will die from COVID-19… No matter how often they have quoted those magic verses and irrespective of how much money they have sent to Benny Hinn. That is a fact!

Would it not be better to stand in front of the congregation, or post on Facebook a testimony that says: “My God is able to deliver me from COVID-19 and I believe that He will, But if not, even if He takes me home, I will serve him to the end and praise him forever in Heaven.”

That is the kind of real, strong and honest testimony I continue to look for, but never see…

Oh, for Christians who will demonstrate a real, honest and fearless faith… Please God, we need Christians who are not afraid to die…

David…