That Same Faith

Can faith in God lead to riches and a blessed life? Perhaps in America, in Somalia or the Sudan it leads to slavery and death. It is the same faith.

THE SAME FAITH!

Hebrews 11:39 “These were all commended for their faith…”

The writer of Hebrews says that some Saints saw triumph and victory while others received persecution and death. He concludes, “These were all commended for their faith.” It was the same faith that gave victory, that brought shameful conditions, floggings, cold, hunger and death.

In the same week I heard testimonies of a California businessman who came to Christ and a Chinese official who made the same decision. The man in California saw his family restored and his failing business prosper. The Chinese official lost his job and his family. After years in prison he was given the job of sweeping streets with a hand broom. Brothers and Sisters, I am here to tell you that these both were commended for their faith. It was not greater and lesser faith; it was the same faith.

In the earliest days of the church James was beheaded in prison. In that same place an angel rescued Peter and brought him out. Did Peter have the greater faith? No! It was the same faith.

Of the eleven surviving Disciples, ten were martyred for their faith. Was this a lesser faith? Do those who preach the Gospel for years and die of old age in their own bed have a greater faith than the Disciples? No! It is the same faith!

2 Cor. 11:23 Are they servants of Christ?—I speak as if insane—I more so; in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death. 24 Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. 26 I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; 27 I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. 28 Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches.

Does this list indicate the weakness of Paul’s faith? Of course not, it was the same faith.

 Billy Graham spent his latter years at home with his family. Watchman Nee, the great Chinese evangelist and author died in prison. Does Billy Graham have the greater faith? No, it is the same faith.

 Corrie Ten Boom, author of The Hiding Place, was jailed along with her entire family for hiding Jews from the Nazis. She alone survived to tell the story and preach the forgiveness of Christ. Did she have greater faith than her father and sister and the hundreds of thousands of Christians who died in that awful holocaust? Her calling was different, but it was the same faith.

 Richard Wurmbrand suffered twenty years in a Romanian prison for preaching the Gospel. Then he was miraculously rescued and spent thirty years in the United States heading up a worldwide ministry to the persecuted church. Did he suddenly find real faith after twenty years in prison? No, It was the same faith that put him in prison that brought him out.

As we speak, Christians in a hundred nations of the world are being persecuted for their faith. Does our freedom to worship here tonight result from a greater faith? No, it is the same faith.

Does the sister who is healed of cancer have more faith than the sister who faces death with dignity and a calm assurance of her salvation? According to my Bible, it is the same faith for which they are both commended!

Can faith in God lead to riches and a blessed life? Perhaps in America, in Somalia or the Sudan it leads to slavery and death. It is the same faith.

Jesus said to forsake all, take up your cross and follow him. Nearsighted American evangelists with no understanding of history, the Bible, or the state of the church in the rest of the world, have told us to grab our moneybags and run after a Jesus who is constrained to heal us and make us rich.

Jesus, the Bible, history and current events, clearly teach that faith can nail you to a cross or burn you at the stake! The same faith that heals one allows another to suffer agony. The same faith that rescues one will martyr his brother. God alone is sovereign!

Friends, I watched Venezuela fall from the inside. I lived through 200% inflation and 60% unemployment. Most Christians were blessed and provided for through the worst, others lost everything, and some lost their lives. No one was talking about getting rich with Jesus. Christians were in all night prayer meetings begging for food to feed the babies. Most received provision, but the poverty brought death to Christian homes.

If your faith is based on the search for healing, riches and a blessed life, it won’t work in a depression or under persecution. Brothers and Sisters, I will tell you plainly that a faith that can’t handle sickness, poverty and persecution is not a saving faith. It is another faith.

You must understand that because the faith that Jesus spoke of calls for forsaking all and taking up a cross, and the faith that Paul spoke of calls for enduring beatings, imprisonments, cold, shipwreck and hunger, I have trouble following those who speak only of healing and blessing.

A missionary from Wycliffe told us of 3,000 languages without a word of Scripture. There are billions of people in the world who have never heard the Gospel once. If the Kingdom of God is to be extended in the world it will take more than “feel good Christians” in “bless me churches.” God is looking for men and women who will commit to follow him to a martyr’s cross if that is where He leads.

There was a great mission movement in the late nineteenth century. Young Americans lined up for the trip to Africa. There are cemeteries in Africa full of little crosses. The average life span of these young people once they reached Africa was three weeks. Almost all of them succumbed to jungle fevers and died. They knew the odds when they signed on. A few developed immunities and lived to carry on the work. Millions of Christians in Africa owe their salvation to these brave young people. God is still seeking Christians with that same faith.

 After 9/11 the Muslim religion in America saw the greatest conversion rate in history. Young people were drawn to a religion worth dying for. The problem is that the Islamic martyr is always intent on murdering others and dying in the process. It is Murder-suicide, not martyrdom. The Christian Martyr dies rather than renounce his faith. That same faith causes the Christian Martyr to forgive and pray for his killers. That is true martyrdom!

The Senior’s Pastor at First Assembly of God in Fort Myers told the story that when communist rebels neared the compound in East Africa where he was working he and his family fled. Another missionary family there felt God calling them to stay. The rebels forced the man who stayed to dig a large pit. The missionary, his wife and two small children were thrown in the pit and buried alive. As the dirt was falling and the children were screaming, the man told his wife that they could renounce their faith and live – there would be time to repent later. The wife said no, that she couldn’t live that way, and that family died together in that hole in the African soil. The details of their death became known because their faith so touched the Lieutenant that lead that squad of rebel soldiers that he later accepted Christ. He then went and led seven more of those soldiers to the Lord. They formed an evangelistic team and today are preaching in French Africa, France and even in Québec. It took faith to leave, faith to stay, and that same faith to turn a rebel soldier into a preacher. “These were all commended for their faith…”

 Abraham: Heb. 11:By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise;10 for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

Israel: Heb.11:13 All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.

Overcomers:  Rev. 12:11 And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.

 

Statistics

  • World Population: 6 billion people.
  • One third of earth’s people call themselves Christians.
  • One third of non-Christians live in already reached people groups.
  • One third of non-Christians live in unreached people groups.
  • 680 million (~11.5%) are Evangelicals or Bible reading Christians.
  • Active persecution of Christians takes place in: Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, North Korea, Laos, Vietnam, China, Iran, Morocco, Libya, Egypt and Algeria. Over 160,000 believers will be martyred this year.
  • Of the world’s 24,000 Major People Groups, 10,000 (having 2.1 billion persons) are considered unreached – though Christian work occurs among most of them.
  • Most of the unreached people groups are located geographically in what some scholars call “The 10/40 Window” – from West Africa across Asia between ten degrees latitude north of the equator to 40 degrees north.

Within this 10/40 window are:

  • Most of the world’s unreached peoples;
  • Two-thirds of the world’s population, although only one-third of the earth’s land area;
  • The heart of the Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist religions;
  • Eight out of ten of the poorest of the world’s poor, enduring the world’s lowest quality of living.
  • Only 8% of the world’s missionary force and 0.01% of the income of the world’s Christians.
  • While about 900 of these unreached people groups are scattered among various world cultures, 9,100 of them are primarily in five major cultural blocks:
  • 3,330 unreached Muslim groups. Nearly a billion individuals are Muslims. One sixth of the world’s population.
  • 2,550 unreached tribal groups with only about 140 million individuals.
  • 1,660 unreached Hindu groups comprise a population of about 550 million individuals.
  • 830 unreached Han Chinese groups in which live 150 million individuals.
  • 830 unreached Buddhist groups. About 275 million individuals are in these groups.

These 10,000 groups in total are in 3,000 clusters, which have similar cultural characteristics such as having dialects of the same basic language, etc.

  • Over two billion people live in these unreached people groups and every day some 50,000 of them perish without having heard the Gospel. That is about 26 million a year.
  • 60% of unreached people groups live in countries closed to missionaries from North America.
  • 22 million internationals visit the US each year. Of these, some 500,000 are university students from 220 countries 25% of which prohibit Christian missionaries. 80% of those students will return to their countries having never been invited to an American home.
  • 40% of the world’s 220 Heads of State once studied in the US.
  • 60% of international students come from the 10/40 window (the most unreached nations).
  • 10% of international students are reached with ministry while in the US.
  • Worldwide Christian churches devote more than 85% of their resources on our own development. That is, only 15% of this arsenal of personnel, finance, prayer and tools goes to bless unreached people groups. In the U.S., the picture is even bleaker. According to the Bibles for All World Prayer Map, American Christians spend 95% of offerings on home-based ministry, 4.5% on cross-cultural efforts in already-reached people groups, and 0.5% to reach the unreached.

American evangelicals could provide all of the funds needed to plant a church in each of the 10,000 people groups with only 0.2% of their income. If all the missionaries needed came from this country, less than 0.5% of evangelicals aged 18 – 35 could form the teams required.

Missionaries:

  • 410,000 Missionaries from all branches of Christendom
  • Only between 2 and 3% of these missionaries work among unreached peoples.
  • 140,000 Protestant Missionaries
  • 64,000 Protestant Missionaries from the US
  • Distribution of Protestant Missionaries among cultural blocks.
  • 74% Among Nominal Christians                      3% Among Buddhists
  • 8% Among Tribal Peoples                              2% Among Hindus
  • 6% Among Muslims                             2% Among Chinese Folk Religions
  • 4% Among Non-Religious/Atheists                          1% Among Jewish People

Global Church Member Finance in US Dollars:

  • 12,300 Billion – Total Annual Income
  • 213 Billion – Giving to Christian Causes (1.73% of total income)
  • 11.4 Billion – To Foreign Missions (5.4% of giving to Christian causes
  • 87% of foreign mission money goes for work among those already Christian,
  • 12% for work among evangelized non-Christians; and
  • 1% for work among the unevangelized.
  • The church of Christ has over 100 times the resources needed to plant native churches in these people groups.

Two-thirds of the world’s population is functionally illiterate (including millions of adult Americans). That’s more than 4 billion people who wouldn’t understand the Bible in their own language if they had it.

  • At a steady rate over the last 20 centuries, and in all 238 countries, 70 million Christians have been martyred – killed, executed, murdered – for Christ.
  • Christians spend more on the annual audits of their churches and agencies ($810 million) than on all their workers in the non-Christian world.
  • 818 unevangelized ethnolinguistic peoples have never been targeted by any Christian agencies ever.

Perhaps God would send you…

David…

Busy Days

These are busy days, both in prophetic news and on a personal basis. On a personal note, my wife and I had been “House Sitting” for several years. The beginning of this year, that situation came to an end and we purchased a small, two bedroom house in an older neighborhood. Our mortgage is much less than the going rate for rent in the neighborhood but a 100% jump over what we were used to paying… As a result, I have come out of retirement and  am once again employed. A new job, a new house (with a to do list thousands of pages long) and this ministry, I hardly have time to breath!

On the Prophetic news, we have:

  • An embattled President Trump who continues to win almost every battle.
  • The seventieth anniversary of Israel has come and gone…
  • The completion of the Jubilee year… 51 years for Jerusalem.
  • The American Embassy in Jerusalem. (With new embassies opening at a good rate.)
  • We have buildings, train stations, and an entire neighborhood in Jerusalem being named for President Trump.
  • Rabbis in Israel are identifying Trump as “Mashiach ben Yossef” the one who paves the way for Mashiach ben David… the guy the Bible calls the Antimessiah and the “Man of Sin.” (You could think of Mashiach ben Yossef as a Luciferian, militarized, John the Baptist type, paving the way for the Antimessiah.”
  • We learned that the Jews, quoting the Prophets, say that it will be a man from Ephraim (The Ten Lost Tribes) and NOT a Jew from Judah who fills the role of Mashiach ben Yossef and destroys the Ishmaelites… (Since we do not know which gentiles are and which gentiles are not from Ephraim, we cannot discount anyone except the Jews of Judah…)
  • Trump pulled us out of the Iran deal.
  • The US is leading Israeli bombing raids on the government of Syria.
  • Damascus is barely holding on. The prophecy that “Damascus shall be a heap of rubble,” is almost complete.
  • The enemies of Israel surround him…

This Watchman on the Wall thing will never be a boring job…

Anyway, thank you for joining me on the Endtime Thinker!

David…

WASH ME JESUS…

When you realize just how naked, sinful, and dirty you are, you will cling to the cross and fix your eyes on Jesus…

The Simple Gospel

How distracted we become when we take our eyes off Jesus. Lucifer loves to mess with Christians. How many Christians have fallen by the wayside, consumed with the unimportant and the trivial. How very large and important can the peripheral appear in the light of Lucifer.

You are a sinner, lost and bound for an eternity in Hell. Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God, died on a cross and shed his Blood for your sin. He was made sin for you, in order that you, through him, might become the righteousness of God. This salvation is offered freely but you must accept the conditions…
• You must believe.
• You must repent.
• You must agree with him that you are a helpless sinner.
• You must take up your cross.
• You must follow him.
• You must endure to the end.

If you are saved, the doctrine of “Once saved, always saved,” is a stupid peripheral… No one who is saved asks how much sin they can get away with and still go to Heaven… Such questions are unthinkable to the man with a cross on his back and his eyes fixed on Jesus.

No saved person would ever consider grace as a license to sin. Hyper-Grace is an offence to the one who loves God. Grace is what saved that man from Hell. Grace is what made him pure. Grace is what set him free from the power of sin… grace could never be permission to live a lifestyle that is offensive to the God who saved him.

My friend Jim, is not consumed with the idea that I must call him James because his mother did. Jesus is not concerned that you call him Yeshi because his mother did or Yeshua because the Rabbi did… The man who is in love with Jesus knows that his Savior is not concerned with such trivia…

The fellow with the cross worn blisters on his back does not worry about the Ten Commandments and he has no illusion that he has the power to keep any of them. That cross tends to get heavy and you find that you are staring at Jesus… You cannot commit adultery or kill your neighbor with a cross on your back and your eyes fixed on Jesus… You never think about the Law or it’s consequences. You think about Jesus, you go where Jesus goes and you do what Jesus does… It ain’t words on a rock, it is the Rock of your Salvation. Your Sabbath is not a day but a man… you rest in Jesus and you carry on…

It is hard to be consumed with the shape of the earth… the road to Heaven goes straight up and it is covered with the blood of the saints… Your back will bleed under the weight of that cross…

Jesus is concerned with the salvation of your neighbors and family. If you follow him, that burden will pass to your shoulders…

If your mind is filled with trivia, you will not care for the souls around you. You will not love God or your neighbor… Distraction is such a powerful weapon of the enemy…

When you realize just how naked, sinful, and dirty you are, you will cling to the cross and fix your eyes on Jesus… The Hymnwriter wrote, “Wash me Savior lest I die…” when you understand that, deep within your soul, the rest of the garbage will fade away…

Nothing but the Blood… Nothing but the Blood.

David…

MIXTURE: The Babylonian Gospel

The Babylonian Gospel and mixture is the only message I ever heard. Even five years ago, if you had asked me to tell you what I believed, much of what I told you would have had its roots in Baptist Denominational Distinctives, the Masonic Religion and the Great American Lie. Even after years abroad, where I was confronted by a Gospel not mixed with American Patriotism, much of what I believed was more American than Christian.

My Grandfather was a 33rd Degree Mason and a “Lifetime Deacon” at First Baptist Church in West Palm Beach, Florida. I do not know how many of the men on that board were Master Masons, but I would imagine that it was a clear majority. This was an upscale church… a church where the Rich and Famous could feel at home.

It was my Grandfather and his Masonic buddies who planned the new Sanctuary as a Greek Temple, designed and built with strict Masonic Architecture…

We would sing the right hymns. The basics of the Gospel were preached, but it was all about walking the aisle, shaking the Preacher’s hand, repeating a canned prayer and getting dunked in the ornate, marble baptistry. With “Once Saved, Always Saved,” as a core doctrine, what you did after that was relatively unimportant. A strict moral code was taught but more from the Masonic point of view than the Gospel. The thrust being that you need to live right because it is good for your country, society and your community, and living right will make you healthy, wealthy and wise.

It was always assumed that if you had walked an aisle, shaken the preacher’s hand, repeated the prayer and got dunked, you were going to Heaven… No one dared question that formula.

Some of the old men in the church had fought in World War One. Most of the adult men had fought in World War Two and or Korea. The young men were going off to Vietnam and returning, often in a box. No matter what the truth about Vietnam, Korea or any other war, if you were a Christian, you supported America, the Flag and the latest war. The most ungodly and unchristian thing a young person could do was to question America. They probably never said it but we all knew that America was the Kingdom of God and God was an American.

The Methodists could lose their salvation, but they too thought that God was an American. The Presbyterians knew that God was an American and a Presbyterian… We all could agree that to be a good American was very important and that if America did it, it was God’s will and God’s way.

On the Fourth of July, the National Guard Color Guard would march the American Flag down the Aisle and we would all stand and sing the National Anthem as they stood at attention, flags in hand… The Pride was palpable…

At Christmas, the children would perform a passion play, baby Jesus in the manger, under the Christmas Tree…

For Easter, we would hold a Sunrise Service. That was followed, at Sunday School time, by an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids and then the 11:00 Church Service where we would all sing “Hallelujah, He arose!” at the top of our lungs…

Then, I went off and became Pentecostal… I spoke in tongues, prophesied and saw real miracles… But they were still sold on the America thing, Christmas Trees and the Easter Bunny. More than that, they were frightened and legalistic to the max. I could tell how spiritual a man was by looking at his wife. If she was ugly, wore dresses to the floor, kept her head covered and wore neither jewelry nor makeup… that was a Holy and Righteous man!

The question that continually surfaced was, “If I get in an accident and I say a bad word and I die before I can repent, will I go to Hell?” Not pleasant people to be around…

Over the last twenty years, I have watched Pentecostals go through a great change. They started a rapid flight away from legalism. Unfortunately, they passed the truth going ninety miles an hour and slid right into what some have called “Sloppy Agape.” The current, approved term is Hyper-Grace. This is a politicly-correct religion… You NEVER preach on sin or call for repentance. You preach on the importance of accepting everybody and offending nobody. Scriptures to be read and sermons to be preached are carefully scrutinized. If there is any way that a verse could offend anybody, it is not read. If there is an offensive phrase or word in a sermon, it is scratched out and never spoken. Only Happy Verses and Happy sermons are allowed.

It no longer matters what you wear. As a Sailor, a lifetime ago, I saw Pole Dancers better dressed than some of the young ladies in church…

Altar-Calls are for Happy Prophecy, Blessing and Miracles, NEVER for repentance or salvation.

But still, the lie of American Patriotism pervades the American Church. You cannot be a Good Christian if you are not a strong patriot. You cannot have a cross unless it is draped with a flag…

President Trump must be from God… America and the Kingdom of God are one and the same… God is American and Jesus lounges around Heaven in red, white and blue pajamas… Surely Trump is a Prince, sent from God to save God’s Country, in her sin, and grant her time and freedom to sin some more…

I see that attitude, in posts and comments on my Facebook Page…

Jesus asked, “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8) I am leaning more and more to the negative reply… “No, none or very little.”

If you just go back, with a prayerful attitude, and throwing out everything you were taught, read the Book, you will find that it is very simple and straight forward… I think that you will discover that America is not the Kingdom of God but rather Babylon. Jesus is nothing like what you always thought He was, and being a Christian has nothing at all to do with walking an aisle, shaking a Preacher’s hand, repeating a little prayer and getting dunked in a baptistry…

Not even an ornate, marble baptistry…

David…

HAPPY PREACHERS, OFFERING PLATES, AND HELL BOUND MEMBERS

If you teach a man to praise God but never speak of the gravity of sin and the need for repentance, you create a strange being who will praise a God he does not know, pay his tithes, make big offerings and go to Hell when he dies.

How many faithful church members will spend an eternity in Hell, right beside a Pastor who based the subject of every sermon on its effect on tithes, offerings and church attendance? How many human beings have been damned to a Devil’s Hell by the purveyors of Church Growth Seminars?

That which will grow a church will often damn its members.

A “Good Preacher” today, can start with 12 members and grow a church of 5,000.

Jesus started with 5,000 and ended up with 12.

I am convinced that there are churches with 5,000 members where less than 12 will make it to Heaven.

God is Love but God hates. To preach the love of God but never mention the Wrath of God is to condemn real men and women to eternal punishment.

We preach acceptance and tolerance, we would never offend. Jesus called the Governor a fox, a lady asking for his help a dog, and the most righteous men of his day, “Whitewashed Tombs, full of dead men’s bones” and children of the Devil.

Scripture talks about “speaking the truth in love.” We interpret that, “Never speak the truth if it might offend.”

John 3:16 speaks of God’s love. John 3:18 speaks of condemnation. A sinner who understands John 3:18 will be desperate to find salvation in Christ. A sinner with no understanding of John 3:18 will think of John 3:16 as a “nice thought” but hardly necessary.

If you teach a man to praise God but never speak of the gravity of sin and the need for repentance, you create a strange being who will praise a God he does not know, pay his tithes, make big offerings and go to Hell when he dies.

The same God who said that He will bless you coming in and going out said that if you disobey him, He will curse you and everything you lay your hands on. No, that blessing is not based on your tithes and offerings, it is based on obedience, repentance, salvation and the Spirit of God. You can make huge offerings but insist that that which God calls sin is not really sin, continue in a sinful lifestyle and bust Hell wide open when you die.

No, I am not speaking of Judaistic Legalism. I am speaking of agreeing with God that what He calls sin is really sin, asking forgiveness when you fall and accepting God’s help in overcoming. I am talking about taking up your cross and following Jesus. I am talking about fixing your eyes on the Author and Finisher of our faith. I am talking about doing what He does and not doing what He does not and would not do. I am talking about a very real relationship with a Living God.

It is better to end up with twelve members who are all going to Heaven than 5,000 members who are all going to Hell. It is better to work a secular Job in order to eat and take people to Heaven than to live luxuriously off of tithes and offerings and take people to Hell.

Call Sin, sin and evil, evil, but don’t get hung up with a single sin. If you spend more time condemning homosexuality than you spend condemning gossip, you are out of balance and in danger of falling. Is the homosexual act a sin? Yes, of course but a Gossip in your church will do more damage than ten thousand homosexuals on the street.

If you are willing to offend, if you are willing to call sin, sin, if you will preach the Wrath of God, you will find that those you preach to feel the need for a Savior and come willingly to Jesus. If you refuse to preach the whole Gospel and preach only messages that will fill the pews and the offering plates, you will end up with a church full of very happy, Hell bound sinners…

David…

TRUMP AS ANTICHRIST AND POPE FRANCIS AS FALSE PROPHET

Two days after Trump lays hands on a crystal ball with King Salman of Saudi Arabia, on the 22nd day of the month, a 22-year-old boy, bearing the name of the Saudi King, Salman, blows himself up and kills 22 people. Despite the fierceness of the blast, just like 9/11, the bombers ID somehow survives… The next day Trump is playing Jew at the Western wall, and the day after that, Trump meets Pope Francis.

Somehow, I smell burning Sulphur.

Let’s talk about Pope Francis:

I believe that the change of the ages happened the end of 2012 and the Tribulation period probably started in September of 2015. They are in full swing now and evil will increase exponentially…

Somehow, Pope Francis and the Vatican are at the center of all this. I know what has been said about an Islamic Antichrist but Rome is the oldest and best established Antichrist system in the world and Islam is the bastard child of Rome.

Two time periods have been of great interest to the whole world, December of 2012 and September of 2015. Everyone had a theory of what would happen during those two time periods. Almost none of those visions came true at the appointed times. Two events that snuck under the radar, for the most part, really happened and they are tied together with an unbreakable bond. These actual events, one tied to December 2012 and the other to September of 2015, should really grab your attention.

First, let us review why the whole world was looking at these dates.

DECEMBER 2012:

God works on a different calendar. December 21st, 2012 fell on 8 Tevet 5773. The year 5773 started on 1 Tishri or September 17, 2012 and ended on 29 Elul or September 4 2013. Let us use that Jewish year for the purposes of our discussion.

  • The Zohar, written by Jews 700 years ago, claimed that in the Jewish year 5773, God would rain Fire and Hail on Rome and the Antichrist would be revealed.
  • The Mayan Calendar ended in the Year 5773 with the return of their “Flying Dragon” god, Kulkulkan.
  • The Aztec Calendar ended in the year 5773 with the return of their “Flying Dragon” god, Quetzalcoatl.
  • The Cherokee Indian Calendar ended in 5773 with the return of their “Flying Rattlesnake” god.
  • The Hindu Kali Yuga Calendar ended in 5773 at the end of the age of the “Male Demon”.
  • Using math and Astronomy far above my head David Flynn, in his scholarly work CYDONIA, claimed that the Platonic year changed on 8 Tevet 5773 and we, measured by astronomy and not astrology, entered the Age of Aquarius on that day.
  • Jonathan Edwards tied, the arrival of the Antichrist and the Great Tribulation to 2012 (or 5773)
  • In 1878, Rev. William J. Reid wrote, “…we are prepared to answer the question, When will the Papal system come to an end? …in the year 2012.” (5773) (Lectures on the revelation. Author: Reid, William J. page 306)
  • The thousand-year-old Prophecy of St. Malachy predicted that Pope Francis would be the “Last Pope” a man who will usher in the Tribulation and whose reign will end with the coming of the “Terrible Judge”.

So, what happened in that time period?

We know that right before Christmas, in the same time frame as the December 21st, 2012 end of the Mayan Calendar; there was a terrible Coup in the Vatican that forced the resignation of Benedict XVI. While the resignation was not announced until February of 2013 and did not take effect until the end of that month, the deed was done in the year 5773.

The “Last Pope” was installed on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, In the Jewish Year, 5773.

SEPTEMBER 2015

All eyes were on September of 2015 because of the end of the Shemitah and the four Blood Moons. That was more recent and I do not think it necessary to go into detail. I am sure that you remember all the hype. We are still under the effects of the Shemitah and the current Market Woes and economic downturn are undeniably tied to the end of the Shemitah. Nothing earth shattering happened on that particular day however, as many had expected. The night of the last Blood Moon, many were expecting something to happen that would shake the world. When nothing of that magnitude happened, many were disappointed.

So, did nothing happen at that time? No, something very prophetic happened. It was quiet. Many Christians picked up on it at the instant it happened but most never saw it at all.

Jesus, in John 5:43, said, “I have come in My Father’s name, yet you don’t accept Me. If someone else comes IN HIS OWN NAME, you will accept him.”

“IN HIS OWN NAME”

On September 28th, 2015, the largest group of Heads of State, ever assembled together in one place, in the history of the world, was at the United Nations in New York.

Pope Francis stood before that group and the world. In his opening remarks, the Pontiff said, “Thank you for your kind words. Once again, following a tradition by which I feel honored, the Secretary General of the United Nations has invited the Pope to address this distinguished assembly of nations. IN MY OWN NAME…”

“IN MY OWN NAME…”

Who is it who has rejected the Christian façade of Catholicism and returned to its pagan roots?

Who is it that seeks to cause all religions to reject the doctrines that divide them?

Who is it who seeks to unite the whole world under the pagan religion of Sumer, Babylon, Egypt and Rome?

POPE FRANCIS!

2 Thessalonians 2

The Man of Lawlessness

1 Now concerning the

COMING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST and OUR BEING GATHERED TO HIM:

We ask you, brothers, 2 not to be easily upset in mind or troubled, either by a spirit or by a message or by a letter as if from us, alleging that the Day of the Lord has come.

3 DON’T LET ANYONE DECEIVE YOU in any way.

For THAT DAY WILL NOT COME UNLESS

THE APOSTASY COMES FIRST and

THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS IS REVEALED,

the son of destruction. 4 He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he sits in God’s sanctuary, publicizing that he himself is God.

CONCERNING:

  • THE COMING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
  • OUR BEING GATHERED TO HIM

DON’T LET ANYONE DECEIVE YOU

THAT DAY WILL NOT COME UNLESS

THE APOSTASY COMES FIRST

THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS IS REVEALED

THE APOSTASY IS ALL AROUND US. If you are saved, you cannot help but see it.

THE FALSE PROPHET WAS REVELED on September 28, 2015 at the United Nations.

The Beast is yet to come… Nimrod will rise. Could that be Trump?

UNDERSTANDING THE RELIGION OF POPE FRANCIS AND DONALD TRUMP

With Pope Francis making statements that shock most Catholics and appall Protestants and Evangelicals, many are confused. How could a Christian say that the Biblical account of creation is a lie, that evolution is correct and that the Creator God is not all powerful and was not capable of creating a fully functioning universe? Yet the Pope has said all those things. The truth is that the Pope is not a Christian and has never been a Christian. This article will explain the religion that Pope Francis shares with the world’s most powerful and influential people.

In his book, THE LABYRINTH, Mark Flynn writes:

“There is a religious institution whose members are the most devout and serious of any faith on earth. Those who are a part of this institution unquestionably believe in a god that directs their activities and they look to this deity with the ultimate hope of gaining his favor. They, unlike many of the people ascribed to the popular religions of today, have no doubt that their god lives and interacts with them. They see the favor their god bestows upon them. The riches and power gained through their piety actively demonstrates the reality of their god’s existence. The precepts of their secretive religion are contra to that of the Judeo-Christian religion that values above all, love for their fellow man. They consider the people outside of their group inferior creatures, unworthy of their god, but necessary for manipulation towards the completion of their final objective. Through devotion, submission to the will of their god, and dedication to his secretive plan, they believe that they will achieve immortality and live in a coming golden age where their god will appear on earth and rule them in a new paradise of his design.”1

The “Gospel” of the Illuminati is the ancient GNOSTIC Mysticism. The real Gospel is Good News… the Gnostic story, not so much… this is from a Gnostic site.

“Adam and Eve

“Just as Adam and Eve are regarded as central characters in the Christian creation myth, they are equally as important in that of the Gnostics. As mentioned in previous articles, the creation of the world according to Gnostic tradition is an account of the world created not by the True God, but by a false god. As Adam and Eve were created and placed in the Garden of Eden in Genesis, the same has been done in Gnostic scripture.

“However, the demiurge is responsible for the placement of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The demiurge has created the fleshly bodies to entrap the spirits of Adam and Eve. Adam is placed under a spell of ignorance and put to sleep by the false god. Eve is placed next to him, and she commands Adam to awaken. When Adam sees Eve, he believes that she is his creator.

“The demiurge wanted to keep Adam and Eve ignorant; forever worshiping him. The Gnostics believe that the demiurge was posing as the false god, thus keeping Adam and Eve under his spell of ignorance. As long as Adam and Eve believed that he was the only god, they would worship him forever.

“The serpent is regarded as an evil figure in traditional Christian stories, but to the Gnostics, the serpent is the hero! The Gnostic text teaches that as the demiurge tells Adam and Eve that they may help themselves to anything the Garden, they are to stay away from the Tree of Knowledge. As Adam and Eve listen to the serpent, their eyes are opened, and the spell of ignorance is broken forever. Because they chose to listen to the serpent, Adam and Eve no longer worship the demiurge, but recognize that there is the True God, and he was not the creator of the evil, imperfect, material world.

“Adam and Eve gave birth to two children, Seth and Norea. The descendants of Seth regard themselves as Sethians, those that have been blessed with the gnosis.”2

Eve, according to the satanic version, became a completely new creature after she ate the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of good and evil. Because she recreated herself by an act of her own will, she is seen as virgin born. All of the ancient goddesses and the Catholic, Mary the Mother of God, are virgin born. They represent the self-created Eve. There is always a serpent god who represents Lucifer, unfairly judged and punished… once beautiful, now damaged goods. There is always a bull or a cow god who represents Jehovah. The serpent god, in every ancient pagan religion, kills the bull or the cow. Adam is strangely missing except as represented in the common man. The unholy trinity is a self-created goddess, a serpent god and a bull… all of mythology, renaming the characters a thousand times, revolves around these three.

The symbolism is everywhere. The Mary of Catholicism who is highly esteemed by Muslims, mentioned in the Koran more than thirty times and the only woman mentioned in the Koran, is the pagan representation of the self-created (virgin born) Eve in her fallen state. She was known as Isis who impregnated herself with a prosthetic phallus that she herself made for her brother/husband Osiris, giving birth to the god Horus. She was worshiped in ancient days as the Queen of Heaven and the Mother of God. She is mentioned in Jeremiah 44.  Then, look at a bullfight in Spain or Mexico. The brightly clothed Matador (killer) represents Lucifer. The bull represents the much larger, bully God who tried to keep Adam and Eve as ignorant slaves and unfairly judged Lucifer. The much smaller, Lucifer is smarter and through superior knowledge and cunning, kills the bull. The snake always wins in the end.

All of the ancient, pagan religions and the Gnostic or secret knowledge of the secret societies… including Freemasonry hold that Apollo / Nimrod is going to return and rule the earth in a New World Order. Scripture supports that idea and the idea that the Nephilim return. Something supernatural is about to happen. This is the religion of the Illuminati.

Did you know that this is the Gnostic, secret knowledge of the Master Mason? This is the belief system that led Joseph Smith to found the Mormon Church and this is the religious system behind Jehovah’s Witnesses. This is the foundation behind the Satanist churches and most major cults. This is the base doctrine of the Church of Rome and the founding belief behind Islam. This is the central foundation of all the ancient pagan religions. This teaching drove the first organized religion in Sumer, it is the foundation of Egyptian, Greek and Roman religious cults.

Masons below the thirtieth degree do not know this. Only the leadership in the Mormon Church is aware… the College of Cardinals and the Pope are certainly aware but your average Parish Priest hasn’t got a clue. Those in the Watchtower group in New York are fully aware but your average Jehovah’s Witnesses has no idea. This is a religion of the elite. This is knowledge reserved for the few… the select.  All of these groups are preparing the common man for the coming of a glorious New World Order led by a supernatural, messianic figure.

In these last days, Israel’s Kabalistic Rabbis are speaking of two Mashiachs, Mashiach Ben Yosef and Mashiach Ben David. Having never been able to reconcile the prophecies of a conquering Messiah with the prophecies of a suffering and dying Messiah, they have declared that there will be two messiahs, Ben David, the conquering Messiah and Ben Yosef, the suffering and dying Messiah. Of course, it would be difficult to reject the Gospel of Jesus Christ if they were to accept that one individual could fulfill both roles.

The prophetic Rabbis believe that both Messiahs are human and that having fulfilled their roles, they will die as all men die. They say that Mashiach Ben Yosef will die in the Battle with Magog but Mashiach Ben David will show up, kill the bad guys and raise Ben Yosef from the dead. Ben David will then go on to purify Jerusalem and Israel, rebuilding the Temple and restoring the sacrifice.

The strange thing is how closely that follows Christian eschatology which speaks of an Antichrist who dies and a False Prophet who raises him from the dead. One of the heads of the “Beast” has a fatal wound” which is healed. When the people see it, they will marvel.

Revelation 13:3 One of his heads appeared to be fatally wounded, but his fatal wound was healed. The whole earth was amazed and followed the beast.

The prophecies which spoke to the first coming of the Messiah were intentionally occluded by God. Even the Disciples who lived and walked with Jesus failed to understand. Even after the resurrection and having seen Jesus walk through walls, they did not understand. It was not until the Holy Spirit fell on them at Pentecost that their eyes were opened and they finally understood. Jesus said that those who are not born of the Spirit cannot even see the Kingdom of God. That holds true today as Jew and Gentile alike fail to understand the first coming of the Messiah.

Those prophecies were purposely made clear enough that, in hindsight, we could clearly see that they pointed to Jesus but not so clear that the powers and principalities could figure it out in advance and defeat God’s plan.

1 Corinthians 2:8 None of the rulers of this age knew this wisdom, for if they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

In a like manner, the prophecies concerning the end times, the tribulation, the Rapture of the Church and the Second coming are occluded or hidden. After the fact, we will look back, with 20/20 hindsight, and say, “Yes, of course, this is clearly what God has prophesied.” Looking into the future, it is not so clear and we argue over what we think that it means and what will happen. This is not to cause confusion in the Church, this is to keep the Devil and his minions from figuring it out and coming up with a battle plan to counter it. One thing we know for certain, times are going to get rough and we need to be right with God now.

Biblical ignorance is at an all-time high. People who think they are Christian worship a Jesus of their own imagination and will bust Hell wide open when they die. Their Jesus does not even vaguely resemble the Jesus of the Bible, although the demon they worship is glad to use his Name. Even among the saved, Biblical ignorance leaves most open to deception. The coming deception will be great and many who claim to follow Jesus will be deceived.

If we assume that the two Messiahs Israel is looking for are indeed the biblical Antichrist and False Prophet, we can easily see that the Antichrist will be Jewish, or at least successfully pretend to be Jewish. He will defeat the enemies of Israel in the Gog, Magog war. He will be a hero and all Israel will accept him as their Messiah. He will be a hero to the Dominionist and Seven Mountain Cults. Their Prophets will declare him as Messiah and follow the False Prophet in worshiping him. If you doubt me, remember Trump.

Exactly how or when this is going to happen is not for us to know. What we do know is that those who are deceived and do follow the Antichrist and the false prophet will pay for their mistake in the Lake of Fire, which is the second death.

If you expect the Antichrist to be evil, cool, and calculating, like the one in the movies, you will love the real Antichrist and follow after the False Prophet with all your heart. The Antichrist is going to look just like the Jesus those in the Emergent Church have imagined. The False Prophet is going to look like a Hyper-Grace version of Elijah… even calling down fire from Heaven.

The Antichrist will be a Military Hero. He will defeat Israel’s enemies and build the third Temple on the Temple Mount. He will slaughter Muslims by the millions and leave Mecca a nuclear wasteland. He will level the Dome of the Rock and bulldoze the Al-Aqsa Mosque off the side of the mountain. The Dominionist Cult will just know that they have found their Man! Antichrist will be everything the Hyper-Grace Gurus have always wanted Jesus to be, kind, forgiving and nonjudgmental. The only thing he will require is that you pledge your allegiance to him and take his mark.

Israel’s two Messiahs are at the door. There will be a death, a resurrection, and an incarnation. Fire will fall from Heaven. Miracles will abound…

The closer you are to the real Jesus, the Jesus of the Bible, and the more you know of God’s Word, the less likely you are to be deceived and the more likely you are to make Heaven your eternal home.

If you believed the Dominionist prophecies about Trump, you are really going to be impressed with the prophecies proclaiming Antichrist to be God’s only hope for the world and the False Prophet to be Elijah in the flesh…

Get in the Word and get right with God now. This very well could be your last chance to avoid deception and the Lake of Fire.

David…

LINKS:

Pope Francis just concluded Vatican III and declared “all religions are true”!

http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/2826/pope_francis_just_concluded_vatican_iii_and_declared_all_religions_are_true.aspx

Pope Francis: ‘Evolution … is not inconsistent with the notion of creation’

http://www.religionnews.com/2014/10/27/pope-francis-evolution-inconsistent-notion-creation/

The Audacity of Pope: The ‘Francis Doctrine’ puts the Vatican back on the world stage

http://www.religionnews.com/2014/06/03/audacity-pope-francis-doctrine-puts-vatican-back-world-stage/

Pope praises ‘feminine genius’ as Vatican readies report on U.S. nuns

http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/2014/12/05/pope-praises-feminine-genius-as-vatican-readies-report-on-u-s-nuns/

Pope Francis Has Single-Handedly Destroyed Catholicism

http://catholicstand.com/pope-francis-has-single-handedly-destroyed-catholicism/

Pope Francis wants Catholics to doubt the Church. He’s right.

http://theweek.com/article/index/261732/pope-francis-wants-catholics-to-doubt-the-church-hes-right

Cardinal Burke: Catholic Church under Pope Francis is a ‘ship without a rudder’

http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2014/10/31/cardinal-catholic-church-under-pope-francis-is-a-ship-without-a-rudder/

Why even atheists should be praying for Pope Francis

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/15/atheists-pope-francis-obama-liberal-voice-change

Pope Francis: Muddying doctrine, conservatives complain

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/11/22/1254619/-Pope-Francis-I-Muddying-doctrine-conservatives-complain

Pope Francis on Evolution and Creation: ‘God Is Not a Divine Being or a Magician’

http://www.ijreview.com/2014/10/193636-pope-francis-evolution-creation-god-divine-magician/

THE SINLESS PERFECTION HERESY

Let us not continue to live a sinful lifestyle but let us not sin by pretending to be perfect.

I just ran into a couple of people, on Facebook, who are preaching the doctrine of Sinless Perfection and trying to tell people that they, themselves have attained to that state and no longer sin.

1 John 1: 10 If we say, “We don’t have any sin,” we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

If you view sinless perfection as a real and reachable goal, you will chase after it for the rest of your life and never attain to that goal. This will leave you frustrated and feeling condemned. This can lead to suicide or worse.

If you lie about it and pretend to others that you have attained to sinless perfection, God is not amused and Scripture says that you are calling God a liar. That is not a place that I would like to find myself, and I would strongly suggest that you do not go there.

Those who preach sinless perfection, pull a number of verses out of context and try to convince you that both Paul and Jesus have commanded you to be sinless. You can find verses that appear to say so. For instance:

Matthew 5:48 “Be Ye Perfect as your Father in Heaven is Perfect.”

However, as in every verse they pull out, they make gross errors in understanding the meaning of the text. In Greek, the word translated “perfect” is teleios. (a) complete in all its parts, (b) full grown, of full age, (c) specially of the completeness of Christian character.

Teleious is an adjective meaning, “consummated goal” – mature (consummated) from going through the necessary stages to reach the end-goal, i.e. developed into a consummating completion by fulfilling the necessary process (spiritual journey).

[This root (tel-) means “reaching the end (aim).” It is well-illustrated with the old pirate’s telescope, unfolding (extending out) one stage at a time to function at full-strength (capacity effectiveness).] It means “reaching the end (aim).”

There is nothing in the definitions of the word “teleios,” that could ever be construed to mean “sinless.”

Jesus told the woman caught in adultery to “Go and sin no more.” The sinless perfection doctrine would understand him to mean, “Go and be sinless.” That was not Jesus’ intention. Jesus was more than aware that she, an unsaved Jew, still under the Law, could not stop sinning altogether. What he was saying was that she should get out of that relationship and not live an adulterous lifestyle. She could not be sinless, but she very well could stop sleeping around with other women’s husbands.

Paul speaks of being “Dead to the Law.” In this sense, we are perfect. Dead men do not break the Law. It is true that when we are Born Again, our sins are washed away. God sees us through the Blood of Jesus and He sees us as the perfection or righteousness of God. We are sinless if we are in Christ. However, we live in a sinful, fallen body and in a sinful, fallen world. We are still subject to temptation and we still sin. This sin, messes with our relationship with Christ. We must repent. When we do, He forgives us and makes us right again.

Those who preach sinless perfection are divided into three groups:

  1. Those who believe in it but admit they have not yet attained to it.
  2. Those who lie about it (and call God a liar).
  3. Those who turn to Gnosticism for an answer.

Looking at them:

  1. The first group is frustrated, condemned and suicidal.
  2. The second group is going to Hell in a handbasket.
  3. The third group is, of all people, most to be pitied.

I will leave the first two groups lie. Let’s talk about the third group. This group will tell you not only that they believe in sinless perfection but that they are indeed, sinless. When you examine their lives, you find drunks, drug addicts, wife beaters and sodomites, all of whom are telling you that they are “sinless.”

“How can that be?” you ask. Good question.

Gnosticism is a deep subject and far too deep to cover here. Let us limit our conversation to the issue of how a rank, habitual, unrepentant sinner uses Gnosticism to proclaim himself “sinless.” Gnosticism predates Christianity but it infected Christianity from day one. Paul fought the Gnostics, day and night. The one Gnostic belief that applies here is this:

The Body and the Soul may be separated, one from the other. It is possible for a sinless soul to dwell in a sinful body.

In other words, through prayer and meditation I can develop a soul that is perfect before God. My body is getting drunk, whoring around, cheating on my wife and robbing my neighbor but my soul is sinless. My Body will die and go to the grave because it is evil. My soul will go to God because it is perfect.

There is a sense in which this is true. As a Christian, my body will die or, if Jesus comes first, it will be changed. My soul has been washed in the Blood and made perfect. Based, not on my own works but on the Grace of God, my soul will go to be with God. Later, my body will be resurrected, changed and reunited with my soul.

However, my soul and my body cannot be separated while I live. When my body sins, my soul sins. When my soul sins, my body follows. My soul is not, in fact, sinless in practice. If my body commits adultery, it is usually following my soul, where the act first took place. This calls for repentance.

I cannot live in sin and claim that I am sinless because only my body is sinning. This is foolishness of the first order.

Interestingly, the Bible speaks of three salvations:

  1. We have been saved.
  2. We are being saved.
  3. We shall be saved.

We were saved the day that we accepted Christ. By the Grace of God, we left the road to Hell and got on the path to Heaven.

We are now being saved. Salvation is a process. Being freed from sin and changed into the likeness of Christ is a lifelong process. We are born again as spiritual babies. After years of Prayer, Bible reading, Christian fellowship and discipleship, we find that we have grown and matured a lot. However, the closer we get to God, the brighter the light. The brighter the light, the easier it is to see our own sin and failings. Baby Christians compare themselves to other Christians and feel pretty good. Mature Christians compare themselves to Jesus Christ and see themselves as wretched sinners. This is why Paul wrote, at the very end of his ministry, that he was the “Chief of Sinners.” Paul was not comparing himself to other Christians but to Christ. In that light, the great Apostle could only see himself as a sinner, having never attained to the likeness of Christ.

On the day that we die, or on the day Christ returns, whichever comes first, we will be saved. We will, at long last, be freed from all sin and all temptation and we will in fact and practice, have become the righteousness of God.

John’s short thesis is an amazing piece of Scripture; he covers two heresies in one paragraph.

1 John 1:5 Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him. 6 If we say, “We have fellowship with Him,” yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say, “We don’t have any sin,” we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

A FAITH THAT DOES NOT CHANGE YOU, HAS NOT SAVED YOU!

Those who claim that Grace has given them a license to sin, are not saved. Period. When you are Born Again, you do not become perfect, but you do change directions. If you are a drunk, you may not stop drinking but you agree with God that drunkenness is a sin and you start the fight to free yourself from alcohol. You may still fall to temptation and get drunk when a friend stops by with a bottle, but you no longer hang out in bars five nights a week. If you fall and get drunk, you feel conviction, you know it was wrong, you ask God to forgive you and help you beat the temptation to get drunk. If you say you are saved but still get drunk five nights a week and you feel no remorse, no sorrow, no conviction and you go on your way, insisting that the Blood of Jesus has cleansed you from all sin, you are a liar, and the truth is not in you.

NEVER CALL GOD A LAR!

On the other hand, sin is a strange thing. There are things that I did without a thought when I was a baby Christian… things that I cannot do anymore. It is a strange thing, as a Christian, to wake up one day, under conviction that something you have done freely, as a Christian, for twenty years, is a sin. Sometimes, just when you are starting to feel really holy and righteous, God suddenly convicts you that something you thought was okay, is not okay with him. He let you do it while He was working on your grosser sins. Now that they are conquered, there are, you discover, some finer points that God wants to work on. Just when you think that you are about perfect, God stands you up next to Jesus and starts comparing the two of you. That is a very uncomfortable process.

Years ago, in an old fashioned, country Church of God, I ran into two very self-righteous old biddies who claimed to have attained to sinless perfection… They were “Totally Sanctified.” They wore clothes from head to toe. Only a little of their face showed. Even their hands were hidden in gloves. Their hair, never cut but very gray, was neatly stacked in a “Pentecostal Bun” and hidden under a scarf prayed for by Oral Roberts and never washed. Not a hint of makeup or jewelry could be seen and no perfume hid their body odor. The Black, King James Bibles they carried, seemed to weigh them down. They were, however, the meanest backbiters and the most terrible gossips I have ever met in my life. They would stand and pray things like, “Lord, please help Brother Smith who I saw coming out of a motel with a woman, last Thursday Afternoon…” Mean women… really mean, but “perfect,” as they would happily brag.

Let us not continue to live a sinful lifestyle but let us not sin by pretending to be perfect.

David…