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Exclusive: Matt Barber points to 'fundamentalist allies' closer to home than ISIS
It’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys anymore. You’ve seen it in the news. It has shocked and horrified the civilized world. Christians and Yazidis, by the thousands, are fleeing for their lives in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere as devout followers of the “prophet” Muhammad, aka, the “Islamic State,” continue to brutally slaughter these “infidels” on the run, even torturing, dismembering and beheading children as their parents are forced to watch.
As the father of three, it’s unfathomable. I can’t even let my mind go there. What would I do, what would any of us do, to stop it? If you and I were in place of our Arab-Christian brothers and sisters, would we not give up our very lives so that our precious babes might live?
In a heartbeat.
Now this: It has come to light that, under the Obama administration, the U.S. government has been subsidizing, to the tune of billions, another sect of militant extremists who, likewise, are, with an equally religious zeal, torturing, dismembering and beheading children en masse. The only material difference is that, according to officials within the U.S. government, and as per formal U.S. policy, this second batch of terrorist monsters are somehow considered to be “freedom fighters.”
Multiple reports have come in proving conclusively that these fundamentalist fanatics are coaxing families away from relative safety with beguiling talk of freedom and a better life, and then abruptly turning on them like the godless sociopaths they are. It’s almost too horrific to describe, but I think I must.
These “freedom fighters” are then callously torturing to death terrified children in the very presence of their parents. Reams of evidence reveal, for example, that these barbarians are, in many instances, brutally sawing off the arms and legs of innocent children as they writhe in excruciating pain, only to finish them off with an unceremonious beheading.
Perhaps the most sickening and unpardonable aspect of it all, however, is that, while reports have established that most members of Congress, governors and even state legislators have been alerted to the fact that the U.S. government is helping to both fund and facilitate these widespread crimes against humanity, only a minority of lawmakers are willing to lift a finger to stop it.
And so this U.S.-taxpayer-funded genocide continues unabated.
Even as our elected officials, Democrat and Republican alike, look the other way, the Obama administration continues to quietly funnel $540 million per year (that’s $1.5 million each day) of taxpayer dollars to arm and equip this murderous band of religious radicals.
And so any notable distinction between the child-murdering Islamists in the Middle East and the American government’s child-murdering ally at home is, at most, somewhere between superficial and negligible.
Whereas ISIS, the fundamentalist Muslims in Iraq, behead children and, in so doing, consider themselves freedom fighters for Allah, America’s fundamentalist allies behead children and, in so doing, consider themselves freedom fighters for Aphrodite.
While the former don black masks, wave black flags and, even as I write, are driving their caravans to Baghdad, the latter don medical scrubs, wave the banner of “reproductive freedom” and, even as I write, are driving their Mercedes’ to your local Planned Parenthood.
I’m still waiting to see how Obama tries and stay in office after 2016.
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Former New Jersey Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano hit out at the President this week over revelations that the Obama administration is overseeing a federal order for 34 million blank work permits and green cards, an indication that Obama is set to issue an executive order on amnesty after the midterm election.
Speaking on Fox News, the libertarian analyst said “He can’t make illegals legal. But he can do the following: he can open the borders, arguably he did that a few months ago with the Central American children in Texas; he can issue green cards to whoever he wants; he can stop deportations for the rest of his presidency.”
“…both Republican Congresses and Democratic Congresses have given to Republican and Democratic presidents extraordinary authority.” Napolitano clarified.
The order for the blank cards, to be delivered over the course of five years, was actioned by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) department, which posted a draft solicitation earlier this month announcing its intention to seek a vendor capable of delivering “an estimated 4 million cards annually with the potential to buy as many as 34 million cards total.”
“The objective of this procurement is to provide card consumables for the Document Management Division (DMD) that will be used to produce Permanent Resident Cards (PRC) and Employment Authorization Documentation (EAD) cards,” the solicitation reads.
It adds that a vendor should be prepared to “support potential ‘surge’” in demand for the cards, and be ready to “support possible future immigration reform initiative requirements.”
An unnamed USCIS official revealed that the solicitation was posted “in case the president makes the move we think he will.”
The move prompted frenzied reactions from immigration watchdogs and GOP lawmakers. Bob Dane, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform called the move “another petulant display of contempt of Congress,” adding that “There aren’t enough federal employees from here to Pluto to do adequate background checks on 34 million.”
Rep. Lou Barletta, a Pennsylvania Republican, said Thursday that the solicitation is “proof that the groundwork is already being laid to grant amnesty post-election to millions upon millions of people who have broken our laws to enter this country.”
Further referring to the possibility of an executive order on amnesty, Napolitano said “That will be so inflammatory if the Republicans take the Senate you will see the “i-word,” impeachment, bandied about.”
“Whether they want to do it, whether they think it harms them in 2016 is a political judgment. But it would be a profound reason to discuss it.” he added.
“When the president discusses his discretion about how to enforce the law in such a way that it is the opposite of what the law was intended to do, then he has violated his oath to uphold the law and is a candidate for impeachment.”
An Alabama school district has landed itself in atheists activists’ crosshairs after a high school football coach allowed players to be baptized on the field following a practice session earlier this month.
After a “concerned citizen” reached out to the Freedom From Religion Foundation to complain about the incident, the group sent a letter to officials at Russellville City Schools in Russellville, Alabama, citing “unconstitutional religious activity” and asking the district to investigate.
The atheist organization contends that it is illegal for public schools to host or promote religious activities, claiming that both the head coach, Mark Heaton, and the so-called team chaplain, Tanner Hall, had both subsequently publicized the October 2 baptisms on their social media accounts.
A tweet dated October 3 on an account attributed to Heaton reads, “Three baptized after practice Thursday. Building the Kingdom!!” and it includes accompanying pictures.
A separate social media message from Hall that was posted to Facebook is also cited in the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s letter. He wrote, “Man I love that God allows me to do what I do! Baptized players today after practice.” This post also includes photos of the baptisms.
The atheist activist group made it clear in its letter to the district that it believes these acts were unconstitutional and that a team chaplain cannot be legally employed by public school athletic teams.
“It is … inappropriate for a public school to offer religious leaders unique access to befriend and proselytize students,” Freedom From Religion Foundation attorney Andrew Seidel said in a statement. “Accordingly, public high school football teams cannot appoint or employ a chaplain, seek out a spiritual leader for the team, or agree to have a volunteer team chaplain, because public schools may not advance or promote religion.”
Heaton confirmed with the Franklin County Times that three baptisms did unfold after practice October 2, adding that one of them was his 37-year-old brother; he said that the event was something students had expressed they wanted and that it was not “school-sanctioned.”
“Neither of these kids had a home church, and they had accepted Christ and wanted to be baptized in front of their teammates who also shared their faith and wanted to be there to support them,” Heaton told the outlet. “This wasn’t school-sanctioned. This was something these students wanted to do, and I believe it was important to let them do this because these kids are going through a very important part of their lives.”
The coach, who noted that some players left before the baptism took place and that it was an optional event, said that he felt it was important to support the kids when they came and asked about a baptism.
Superintendent Rex Mayfield added that the football team doesn’t have an official chaplain, despite the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s contentions.
“There may have been people who referred to Tanner Hall as the team’s chaplain, but that isn’t an official position, paid or volunteer, and never has been,” he said.
The atheist group’s letter also took aim at teachers’ official biographies on school district websites, which activists claim contain inappropriate Christian messages.
AMERICA IS HEADED FOR DEPRAVITY ...
Dr. James Dobson, one of America’s best-known Christian leaders, founder of Family Talk Radio, a courtroom opponent of Obamacare and, just recently, the National Day of Prayer speaker who called Barack Obama the “abortion president,” warns American is heading toward “depravity.”
In his October 2014 newsletter, a copy of which is available online, he wrote about the Old Testament account of Abraham’s nephew, Lot, “who chose to take his family into the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.”
“The men living there had become desperately depraved, burning with lust for each other. Jehovah told Abraham that their sin was so grievous that the Lord decided to rain utter destruction upon them. Abraham pleaded with the Lord on behalf of the people, but the patriarch could not find even ten righteous men in either of the cities to justify mercy,” he wrote.
“Why have I chosen to recount this biblical story from so long ago? Because I am convinced that America and other Western nations are sliding in the same direction,” he warned. “We have not yet reached the depravity of Sodom and Gomorrah, but that appears to be where we are headed.”
Dobson added, “Judge Robert Bork, the brilliant jurist who was shamefully denied a seat on the Supreme Court, wrote a book about this danger 18 years ago. It was titled, ‘Slouching Towards Gomorrah.’ I think he had it right.”
“Many influential men and women of the judiciary are leading us toward perdition.”
His blast at America lined up with the comments made by the Rev. Billy Graham in a Sept. 30 column for Decision magazine.
Only Graham didn’t hold quite as positive an opinion about America as Dobson. Where Dobson said America is sliding down, Graham said America already is there.
“Even though America is just as wicked as Sodom and Gomorrah ever were, and as deserving of the judgment of God, God would spare us if we were earnestly praying, with hearts that been cleansed and washed by the blood of Christ,” he wrote.
Graham did offer the hope of prayer, like Hezekiah, who “prayed when his city was threatened by the invading armies … and the entire army of Sennacherib was destroyed,” and like Elijah, who prayed “and God sent fire from Heaven to consume the offering of the altar he had built in the presence of God’s enemies,” and Jesus, who “prayed at the door of the tomb of Lazarus, and the one who had been dead for four days came forth.”
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Graham wrote, “What a glorious thing it would be if millions of us would avail ourselves of the greatest privilege this side of Heaven!
“The problems of the world will never be settled unless our national leaders go to God in prayer,” he said. “If only they would discover the power and wisdom that there is in reliance upon God, we could soon see the solution to the grave problems that face the world!”
Graham’s commentary, headlined, “Turning the Tide of History,” was reprinted from a January 1962 radio program sermon, according to a report from CNS News.
What do YOU think? Does the world seem to be falling apart?
Dobson pinned part of the blame for a crumbling America on federal judges – especially those who of late have found ways to undermine traditional marriage by opening it up to homosexual duos.
“Modernists, libertarians and atheists today recognize no condemnation of sexual perversion in the Bible. However, this historical account illustrates how God views it. The outrageous behavior of the wicked men of Sodom and Gomorrah sealed their doom. Fire and brimstone fell from the sky on both cities and utterly destroyed them,” Dobson explained.
“The story of Abraham and Lot also illustrates how entire societies can become so corrupted by evil that divine judgment eventually destroys them, or they simply fade away. It happened to the people of Greece, Rome, Pompeii and other cities and cultures where wickedness became the order of the day. One thing is certain. God is the holy Sovereign Lord of all heaven and earth, and He will not be mocked.”
And Dobson identified one of those leading the descent: Judge Richard Posner, a “federal judge sitting on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.”
“He became a hero of the pro-gay marriage community by helping to ‘discover’ a provision in the Constitution that laid the foundation for legalizing same-sex marriage. The American people in thirty-one states voted that their Constitutions would henceforth define marriage as being exclusively between one man and one woman. Posner and other imperious judges and justices had a better idea. They simply overrode the will of the people and issued ‘court-made law.’ Whatever happened to Lincoln’s speech at Gettysburg in which he said this government is designed to be ‘Of the people, for the people, and by the people?’ It’s no longer true,” Dobson wrote.
He also noted “another idea” discussed by Posner in his writings – that of “rape licenses.”
Under the judge’s premise, “The ‘right to rape’ exceeds the victim’s physical and emotional pain,” and Dobson said, “Believe it or not, that is the idiocy of the judge’s reasoning.”
Dobson also cited as evidence of the slide the various LGBT education programs being imposed on schools, including “gay history.”
“Well, how about it, parents?” he asked. “Are you willing to send your children off to a public school that is required by law to teach LBGT propaganda to students? I pray not. Are you concerned enough to stand for righteousness and build a wall of protection around your family? Do you know that this great institution is crumbling, and that children will be the victims of its demise? Mrs. Phyllis Schlafly, who has fought boldly and passionately for traditional marriage and the welfare of children, has just published a book titled, ‘Who Killed The American Family?’ It is dying in her view. We can all see evidences of it.”
WND reported previously when Dobson described Barack Obama as “the anti-religious freedom president.”
In his newsletter at the time, Dobson said, “Among other things, [Obama] was targeting religious freedom and set about accomplishing that from the beginning. That was the activity to which I objected strenuously during my comments in Washington. I offer no apologies for expressing those views now. The effort to force Christians to violate their consciences must be opposed with all vigor, regardless of the consequences – primarily because it is unconstitutional. Christians are being chastised, dismissed, harangued and sued for daring to practice their deeply held convictions in the public square. Family Talk is among those who have been pressed against a wall.”
WND also reported that when Dobson spoke to the National Day of Prayer, hundreds stood and cheered his condemnation of the government’s ongoing attempts through Obamacare to require Christians to participate in something that profoundly violates their faith – abortion.
Dobson, through his Family Talk, had fought the Obamacare requirement that employers must pay for abortion-causing agents for their employees. The U.S. Supreme has struck down that requirement now.
Dobson at that time bluntly backed up his opinion.
“[Obama] has made it so that every American will have to pay toward the support of abortion,” he said, citing hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds that already go to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion industry player.
“How can anyone challenge my characterization of Mr. Obama as ‘the abortion president? … He even voted three times in the Illinois state senate not to protect babies who were born alive after surviving botched abortions,” he said.
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BREAKING: Illegal Immigrant Voters Discovered in Key State… Could Swing Next Election
”North Carolina State Board of Elections officials have discovered at least 145 ineligible voters on their voter rolls after a sample cross-check with the state’s DMV looking for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) licenses.
The illegal immigrants who have had their deportations deferred by the Obama administration are allowed to obtain drivers licenses but remain ineligible to vote.”
If a sample cross-check produced 145 illegal voters, I wonder what the real number is, and how prevalent this is in other States.
America we have a problem! We have a group of domestic enemies who have managed to gain political power and whose mission is in fact to bring “change” to America ___ the dismantling of our military defensive power; the disarming of the American Citizen; the allowance of our borders to be overrun by the poverty stricken, poorly educated disease carrying populations of foreign nations, the diluting of our election process by allowing ineligible persons to vote; the circumvention of our Republican Form of Government by Executive Orders; a continual attack upon the right to freedom of speech and a free press; the weakening and destruction of our manufacturing capabilities by tyrannical regulation; the transferring of America’s weapons of defense and military technology to hostile foreign nations; the strangulation of our agricultural industry and ability to produce food under the guise of environmental necessity; the infringement upon the American People’s inalienable right to make their own choices and decisions regarding their health care and medical needs; the intentional sabotaging of our nation’s health care delivery system, the taking of private property for purposes other than a “public use” as limited by our federal Constitution; the use of federal taxing powers in a manner unauthorized by the legislative intent of our Constitution, and particularly violating the rule of apportioning “direct“ taxes; the interference with our ability to develop our natural resources, namely oil, coal and natural gas to fuel our economy; the looting of both our federal treasury and an unconstitutional federally mandated retirement fund; the brainwashing of our nation’s children in government operated schools; the trashing of our nation’s traditions and moral values; the creation of an iron fisted control unauthorized by our written Constitution over America’s businesses and industries; the devaluation of our nation’s currency by Federal Reserve Notes, a worthless script, having been despotically made a legal tender for all debts public and private, and, the future enslavement of our children and grandchildren via unbridled debt and inflation, not to mention an iron fisted government which intends to rule their very lives!
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On Tuesday, November 4th, the midterm elections will take place. There is a concern that I want to share with you with regards to AUTOMATIC, COMPUTERIZED, TOUCHSCREEN VOTING MACHINES!!!!!
SEVERAL computerized voting machines, across the USA, which require you to touch the screen for your choice and candidate, have been automatically casting votes to democratic candidates even when a person votes for the republican person running for office. This is what has happened: A person will touch the computer screen for the Republican Candidate, and then after the vote is cast, the vote cast for the Republican candidate, automatically switches to the democratic candidate after a short delay and after the voter has moved on to cast their next vote for the next race. Their is a slight delay..just enough to insure that if the person voting is not paying attention, their vote will go for the democratic candidate and not the republican candidate they intended their vote to be cast for.
Please be vigilant and go back and go over your computerized ballot a final time, before the computer asks you to complete it. If you encounter this problem, stop voting and go to the person in charge--telling them that your voting machine is not correctly casting the votes you are entering. With many of the key democratic candidates, who support Omama, will do anything to win...Remember this, Omama and his minions come from Chicago, which is known for its corruption.
In a heartbreaking video released by ISIS, a Syrian woman is accused of committing adultery. Within the brutal judicial system of the Islamic State, adultery is a crime punishable by stoning-to-death.
The woman in the video asks her father for forgiveness multiple times. However, her pleas fall on deaf ears as her father says, “I’m not your father anymore” and…”I’m sorry but my heart won’t let me.”
You can feel the pain in the woman’s voice as she continues to ask for mercy. Eventually her father says, “I forgive you.”
But then to add even more sorrow to the woman’s suffering, her father begins to ties her up with a rope and takes her to the stoning pit.
Jesus cries out laments against the Jewish cities most exposed to his miracles; none are known to have been particularly hostile to Jesus, but their reception was not close to commensurate with their opportunity. Following the ancient Near Eastern practice of judgment oracles against other nations, prophets like Isaiah (13-23), Jeremiah (46-51), Ezekiel (25-32) and Amos (1:3-2:3) denounced the sins of various nations in succession.
Jesus cries out laments against the Jewish cities most exposed to his miracles; none are known to have been particularly hostile to Jesus, but their reception was not close to commensurate with their opportunity. Following the ancient Near Eastern practice of judgment oracles against other nations, prophets like Isaiah (13-23), Jeremiah (46-51), Ezekiel (25-32) and Amos (1:3-2:3) denounced the sins of various nations in succession. Like the biblical prophets, however, Jesus also prophesies woes against those who claim to be God's people (as in Is 22; Jer 2-11; Ezek 24; Amos 2:4-3:8; Mic 1:9-15). Like the king of Babylon in Isaiah 14:14-15, Capernaum thought highly of itself, but Jesus teaches that people's response to himself and his message will determine their standing at the coming judgment (Witherington 1990:167).
This narrative warns that God judges peoples according to the opportunities they have had to respond to his truth. This is not to say that anyone is without some light and therefore escapes punishment, but to say that those who know best-in our day perhaps those who grow up in loving Christian homes-yet reject the truth will be punished most severely (Lk 12:47-48; Rom 2:12-16; 12:19-20; Rev 9:20-21). Those who claim to be God's people are often the most hardhearted hearers of all (see comment on Mt 2:1-12). Tyre, Sidon and Sodom would have repented, but God's people took the signs for granted (compare 2:4-11).
God often judges corporately for corporate sin. Sometimes large groups of people lead others to starve or slaughter opponents in war; those who profit from or approve of the sins of their allies will suffer judgment along with the actual perpetrators of the acts. Sometimes entire cities or nations withhold God's truth from their children, perpetuating a hardness against God for generation after generation. In such cases, judgment may be God's primary means of gaining the people's attention (as in Ex 7:5, 17; 9:14; 10:2; Is 26:9-10; 28:9-13; 29:9-14).
If the Republicans won the White House tomorrow, these are the very first things that should be done:
DEMAND Mexico release Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi immediately. Given Barack Hussein Obama’s penchant for slow reactions to critical incidents, there is still an outside chance that the poor guy will still be in that Mexican prison when the Republicans gain control of the White House. Yes, DEMAND his release! The rationale being that Mexico obviously believes that it controls both sides of the border. They encourage their citizens to sneak across the border, while holding one of ours who crossed over accidentally. If mere words would not be enough, withhold all foreign aid to Mexico and use that money to send dangerous illegal immigrants back to Mexico.
Fire CDC Chief Dr. Thomas Frieden. The contagious illnesses expert might as well have written his Ebola warnings to the country on a chalkboard. If the United States is to survive a pandemic it must stop listening to Dr. Frieden.
Establish an Ebola travel ban for fliers whose visas indicate they have been in one of the Ebola states in West Africa. There is no rational reason for allowing any non-citizen to enter the country that could potentially infect thousands of Americans.
Approve the Keystone Pipeline. The White House has “studied” it for years and the obvious benefits to the nation FAR outnumber the negatives. And at the same time, open all federally controlled lands to fracking. This nation should have been off Saudi oil decades ago. The longer we pay American dollars to the Arabs for oil, the longer we can be assured that some of those dollars are going to Islamo-terrorists.
Return troop levels and Armed Forces Rules & Regulations to those in effect in 2008. Obama has systematically whittled away our strong defense and has virtually emasculated our fighting forces with his ridiculous rules and regulations based on deference to Muslims and gays.
Declare war on Islamo-terrorists. They declared war on the United States way back in 1989, and we have struck back in minimal surgical attacks and isolated drone assassinations. And repeal current Rules of Engagement which literally handcuff our fighting forces. By formally declaring war, the nation could treat the enemy as combatants instead of criminals. No longer would the enemy be afforded the same rights in American courts as American citizens. They are the enemy… NOT American criminals.
Deploy American troops and a command structure to Iraq immediately. Every American knows that Obama PREMATURELY withdrew our troops from Iraq. And that we cannot expect to defeat ISIS and other Islamo-terrorists by pushing buttons from afar. There are excellent fighters among the Kurds and certain Iraqis, but they must have leadership and logistics of the United States ON THE GROUND to be effective.
Institute racial profiling for terrorists immediately. Everyone except Obama knows that our enemy is composed OVERWHELMINGLY of Middle-Eastern males, Islamists, 18-32 years old. The Israelis, through El Al Airlines have successfully profiled without losing an aircraft or passengers. Have the TSA stop strip-searching grandmas in wheelchairs just to prove we’re not prejudiced.
Reclassify the Fort Hood massacre and other similar attacks as terrorism instead of WORKPLACE violence. Because of his reluctance to associate anything Islamic with terrorism, Obama is probably the only man in America who sees it as workplace violence. By reclassifying it as a terrorist attack, the Islamo-terrorist who perpetrated it would NEVER have been given American citizens’ rights. It would also allow the brave soldiers who died or were wounded at Fort Hood to be awarded the Purple Heart and would allow them additional benefits because of being wounded in combat.
Award the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously to the heroes who died at Benghazi. And while on the subject, issue an apology to the film-maker who was targeted and falsely imprisoned during the Obama/Hillary cover-up.
Release all correspondence and papers related to Congressional investigations. The Executive Branch has failed to comply with Congressional subpoenas in so many investigations that they cannot all be listed. Additionally, prosecute Eric Holder for Obstructing Justice.
Repeal Obamacare. Obamacare: A ridiculous attempt to give a few citizens insurance coverage at the expense of far too many. The law that more than 50% of Americans opposes, was drafted by Liberals without ANY Republican input, passed both the Senate and House by legislative trickery, and was NEVER allowed to be read by anyone simply does not deserve to live.
Institute drug tests as a condition of receiving welfare payments. Because welfare recipients represent a huge part of the national budget, and there is glaring proof of welfare benefits being used for alcohol and drugs, this is a necessity.
Cooperate with House and Senate to pass a balanced-budget Amendment to the Constitution. Senator Harry Reid has not submitted a budget during the Obama presidency, despite being required by law to do so. This nation will fail without immediate attention to the federal debt.
Last month’s e-letter was sent out in response to the way many churches malign their leaders over small and trivial matters such as carpet color or the songs sung during worship. Far too many sheep seem to think their pastors are like Ahab, who sold himself to evil. There is a massive difference between evil and carpet color. I was not intending last month’s e-letter to be specifically applied to some of those national ministries that have recently fallen.
There is no gift or anointing that is above Scripture, and yes, there are sins that require confrontation. However, our response to the moral decay we are witnessing in the Body of Christ today must include God’s will, His timing and His heart both for the person and for the gift. In the quagmire of all of this, there are times to act, times to speak up, times to keep quiet and times to step back and allow God to bring justice Himself. Moses stepped back, and God acted with Korah (Numbers 16). Peter took one step forward by addressing the sin and then let God do the rest with Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5). Knowing God’s ways is essential to knowing the type of action to take with any sin.
As sin continues to abound and accelerate, the understanding of this subject will become more and more important. Discerning holiness, God’s justice and the consequences of sin is vital and will become a distinction between those who desire righteousness as a way of life and those who simply view it as an idea or concept.
We are experiencing a massive decline in the moral and ethical fiber of the Western Church today. Sin management has become the norm, and the apostolic exhortation that demands deep sorrow over sin as evidence of repentance has seemingly been discarded as “lacking in grace.” Thus pastors who divorce their wives, commit adultery with one or more women, father illegitimate children, view porn, visit prostitutes and secretly record video of women in skirts on escalators and stairways are allowed to remain in ministry, or within a few months are rushed back into ministry. All of this is allowed because of the supposed need for their incredible anointing.
In some cases, the church body actually stood to applaud the minister after his or her confession. Interviews with some of the parishioners were surprising in that they seemed to think the humanness of their leader somehow alleviated the weight of their own sin. So sin in the flock now becomes justified by sin in the pulpit.
‘Didn’t I heal in Your name...?’
I am now convinced that if we haven’t already seen it, we soon will see Matthew 7 played out in the lives of many who heal, prophesy and cast out demons. Blindly, the Body of Christ will accept them as anointed leaders — even though, according to this passage, these men and women one day will not be allowed to enter the gates of Heaven.
Evidently, Jesus did not consider signs and wonders to be proof of ministry fruitfulness. If signs and wonders were the litmus test for righteousness in ministries, how would we be able to distinguish between the Holy and the profane — as healings, prophecy and miracles are seen in both?
‘What do You mean You don’t know me?’
Perhaps even more bizarre is that those who did these signs and wonders written about in Matthew 7:20–23 were actually surprised when they were not allowed to enter Heaven. Clearly, they believed that the miracles they performed were more important than intimacy with God, which would have transformed them and shown them the Father’s heart in the matter. I am afraid that many of those in ministry today believe that signs and wonders are God’s endorsement of their ministries and lifestyles. Instead, we must ask the difficult question: “If signs and wonders are an endorsement of God on a ministry, how could Matthew 7 be true?”
As Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 8:11, “Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.” In other words, the apparent delay in judgment is taken to mean God condones their sin.
Judging the fruit versus the heart
Scripture commands us to test the fruit, not the motivation of the heart. Judging the heart is for God and God alone (Romans 14:12). He is the only One who knows our thoughts and intentions.
A friend of mine, Sid Molenaar, recently reminded me, “It is dangerous to follow any ministry without weighing and testing that ministry.” Yes, God’s anointed men and women are capable of stumbling, and yes, I believe the Bible directs us not to “touch” them in a harmful way, verbally or otherwise; however, like most things in life, this, too, must be balanced. You might remember that in the moment when David could have killed Saul in the cave, he chose not to (1 Samuel 24). That does not mean David did not recognize Saul’s problems, and one could assume they were discussed that day in the confines of the cave.
What fruit should we look for?
Healings, miracles, signs and wonders are not fruit; they are gifts, and that being the case, what fruit are we to look for in any ministry?
Do the people have a greater love and concern for others than they have for themselves?
Do they radiate a contagious joy that others feel and take on?
Do they ooze a tranquil peace when life’s events do not go the way they anticipated?
Do they show a steadfastness or unwavering nature in the midst of long suffering, betrayal or deep disappointment?
Do they display gentleness with others who appear weaker or less capable?
Do they have an overriding goodness that seeks the wellbeing of others over their own wellbeing?
Do they have a faith in the unseen and the “not yet” purposes of God?
Do they radiate a meekness or softness, evidenced by how they handle others when they disagree with them?
Do they display a temperance or an ability to master their passions and desires?
These nine points are found in Galatians 5 and are noted as fruit of the Spirit. All deeply spiritual people will have fruit that is spiritual. Why? Because thorns produce thorns and grapes produce grapes. That which is Spirit will always have spiritual fruit.
There must be a change in the moral fiber of the Church, because the culture is not to blame for the condition of the Church, but the Church is to blame for the condition of the culture. When the Church actually begins to behave like the Body of Christ, we will see the fruit of that — not only in our pastors and ministers but also in our judicial systems and in our politicians. In other words, the culture will reflect the Church’s passion for Jesus.
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