Wednesday, September 26, 2012

JIDGEMENT NOT WARNING

Judgment not Warning
9/13/2012
 
“Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.” Proverbs 28:5. As we move ever closer to a world of totalitarianism we will be confronted with some realities that will boggle the mind – some of which will destroy many souls. Such realities will include the denial of basic rights. Freedoms we’ve enjoyed in America for a couple of hundred years are disappearing, most of them during the last four. As an American you may still have the perception of freedom, but that perception is diminishing while despotism becomes increasingly more palpable. God’s judgment is intensifying here on American soil. Yet, most Christians in America are blind to the truth of what is transpiring, and they are not ready for what’s coming.
 
Apparently expressing our views in a public setting is already a crime in this country. A Christian man who had complained about Obama on his blog and on a radio show received a visit from the authorities who came to his home at night and took him away to a mental hospital for observation. Although they released him after a team of doctors examined him, he was forced to hand over his weapons. There are numerous stories such as this appearing on a continuing bases through various news sites on the web. What America is turning into is obvious. What was that old adage that rang so true during the 40’s and 50’s? “I’d rather be dead then red”. Something evil this way comes.
 
“And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.” Malachi 3:5. Immorality and paganism in America are rampant today. God has declared His righteous judgment on America. The land of the free and the home of the brave is now the land of the greedy and the home of the apathetic.
 
The current outlook for America is not a good one. One hundred million people who could be in the workforce are not. Over half of the population in America is on some kind of government assistance. The ones paying the bills are also fit to be tied. There’s a feeling of foreboding permeating this land. Currently we are watching as the bottom falls out of this once great economy. All Americans are systematically being thrust underneath an ever increasing mountain of debt which has been imposed upon us by our greedy and immoral government leadership. With the ever escalating popularity of government handouts, more and more Americans will be inclined to go along with the status quo rather than to make tough decisions to avoid further loss. We’ve all grown used to the many amenities our culture offers, and many Americans have no idea how to live without them. Question: Will Americans, when their inalienable rights are on the line, still opt for government handouts in lieu of freedom? The world economy is on the ropes and America is teetering on a precipice. Soon all will come crashing down and the ensuing civil unrest will be devastating – the power brokers behind our government leadership already know this and they are currently preparing for worst case scenarios. The implementation of martial law may well be one such scenario. Certainly there will be new unconstitutional laws forced upon all American’s.
 
Many Christians see the gloom on the horizon but believe that the Rapture of the Ekklesia will occur before any serious consequences ensue. This is flawed thinking at best. The word of God tells us that the saints will be removed prior to the wrath of God to come, but we are never told that we won’t go through trials and tribulations prior to the Rapture. On the contrary, we are told by our Lord Himself that we will face much persecution, hatred, and menacing times. “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you…” John 15:18-20.”
 
How can American Christians look at their brethren who are suffering horribly in other countries and then say America is different? I’ve actually read that some believe the reason America is immune is because we have more Christians. What? Does God love His Children in Somalia, China, Korea, Russia, Libya, Syria, Iran, et al, less than those who live in the US? My advice for all the born again “in Christ” believers in America is to strengthen yourselves through the word of God for what’s coming. America is not immune to persecution – we are on a precipice and there is nowhere to run.   
 
“I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:” Proverbs 8:20. People, what is happening in America today is not a symptom of the times or even a “warning” of coming judgment. Judgment is here, America, and it’s not going to get easier to contend with. It’s growing exponentially worse every day. It may seem like I’m harping on this issue but as a watchman I have a responsibility to my brethren – and to my God. All God’s watchmen have been entrusted with godly discernment. So we step out into the front lines, place our focus on the coming storms, and then ride back to town and lay out a scenario of what we see coming – to all who will listen.
 
Reading news headlines from many sources, some obscure sources, is time consuming but enlightening. Studying scriptures to place our current societal events in perspective with prophecy can be daunting, but it needs to be done – daily. What can be easily seen by your watchmen today is a systematic burgeoning attempt to placate the masses with unfunded thus unsustainable liabilities in order to hasten the collapse of the economy of the US. The impending destruction of America is necessary to bring about the agenda of the evil one. America must diminish (be taken out of the way) so that Israel can be attacked without there being anyone standing up for God’s chosen people – save God alone. 
 
Many in America’s government leadership are currently doing everything possible to take our military and our economy out of the arena of worldwide dominance. There are other nations that see this occurring and they in turn are focused on expanding their worldwide influence and supremacy, ready to jump in and take our place – minus the support for Israel of course. The completion of this scenario is not far off. Moving our military into the realm of fully accepting the homosexual agenda was a planned maneuver by the principalities and powers – the prince of the air. Turning our homeland security into jack boot thugs reminiscent of Hitler’s day was also a planned tactical maneuver. The HLS now has a massive and fully stocked arsenal of weaponry and militaristic leadership – certainly not a sign of benevolence toward Americans.
 
Keep watching for the sovereignty of the US to be handed over to the UN. This will end horribly for all those who plan on taking a stand against such corruption. I can’t be more urgent regarding the coming storm. We are heading into a dark and horrible time and the only way to be prepared is to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
 
“If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.” Malachi 2:2. For many years now America has been constant in sending a message to God – stay away we don’t want you here. Now that we have a sitting president that through his own deceived mindset has proclaimed the U.S. a homosexual nation there should be no shock at what our future holds. God will not be mocked. Our blessings as a nation have turned to curses. Why? We keep the glory that belongs to the Lord for ourselves. Our hearts are unmoved toward our God. In short my friends, America deserve what’s coming.
 
Soon it will be forbidden by the law of the land to try and help someone out of the aberrant lifestyle of homosexuality. To tell a homosexual that their lifestyle is a choice not a DNA trait will include severe punishment for those individuals. When the laws of the land include punishment for anyone who speaks against homosexuality, the Christian culture in America will decline as many will be so intimidated that they will no longer wish to be a part of the club. Yes, much of Christianity has turned into the “club” atmosphere in this country.
 
The same will be found for those who oppose abortion. Those who are against abortion will be removed from society. Those who are against the moral decline of this nation will also be removed – eliminated. Most Christians will not stand against the natural flow of progress no matter how deranged that progress becomes. Placing oneself in harm’s way is not a pleasurable thought. But that is exactly where all those who stand for God’s truth will find themselves in the not so distant future.
 
The obvious fact is this; the children of the One true God, the God of the Holy Bible, are under siege. The attacks on our Christian values and heritage come from every direction. The nation that once enjoyed God given blessings of prosperity and health is now a nation of very unhealthy people, and prosperity has fallen off the cliff. People are heading into poverty at breakneck speeds. Why is that? When the majority of the populous of any nation says there is no God or that God is irrelevant to their existence, then what they can expect is a natural progression into moral and physical decay – judgment. The Democratic National Convention, a representative body of Americans, booed, hissed, and jeered as one of the speakers tried to put God back on their national platform after they had decided to remove Him from their convention, proving beyond the shadow of doubt that many Americans want nothing whatsoever to do with their Creator.
 
I’m inclined to believe that my time at writing these commentaries is growing short. Not because of my illness but because of the coming persecution. Here on the home front our mail box has been under attack of late, first by someone using a shotgun at 1:00 AM on a Saturday morning. Then more recently the pole holding the new mailbox was demolished and the new mailbox has gone missing. Obviously someone is trying to make a point. The post office allowed us to place our new mailbox in front of our house instead of down on the highway. Question is will they hit our home next? Who knows?  
 
I have no fear of these thugs that may be approaching my doorstep soon. As a matter of fact I believe it will open up numerous opportunities to share the Gospel of peace. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7. God empowers us and loves us and has bestowed upon us a sound mind so that we can continue without fear while surrounded by a society of perverted and degenerate lost people. How many times in our Bibles does Jesus tell us to fear not? Therefore, since the Creator of the universe admonishes us to fear not – fear not my brethren. Our Saviour is nigh at the door.
 
God bless you all,
 
Ron Graham
 
All original scripture is “theopneustos” God breathed

Thursday, September 06, 2012

GOING SECULAR--ABANDONING CHRIST

Going Secular – Abandoning Christ
9/6/2012
         
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2. As the born again children of God, we have been transformed into the exact representation of our Lord. Obviously as we look at the Ekklesia of Christ today, this concept is foreign to many professing Christians. We are a peculiar people as Paul tells us in his epistle to Titus. “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people…” Titus 2:13-14. The Greek word translated into English as peculiar is “periousios”, which actually means “possession”. What we understand from this verse is that Jesus has taken us (His followers) as His possession. When our Creator justifies us we become His property, which means we have been transformed. Our minds too are to be transformed, thus conformed to God and His will – and no longer to the world.
 
How is this transformation possible? “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;” Ephesians 1:7. When Jesus died on that cross His blood was shed. His death and the shedding of His blood was the full purchase price for our redemption. We who believe in Him have been redeemed. The very fact that we will have no part in the Lake of Fire, that we have been given eternal life through Jesus Christ should give us pause when we are confronted with tough decisions during our sojourning on this planet. Tough decisions are only a dilemma when we see two paths before us. As God’s children there is only one path, therefore no dilemma, no decision. We stand with God – period. 
 
“I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.” John 10:14. Jesus bought and paid for His possession (His sheep) with His very own blood. Therefore we, the children of God, no longer belong to another, but Jesus Christ alone. If you dispute His claim over you then perhaps you should re-evaluate your future eternal destination. 
 
“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:” Ephesians 1:4. There it is. We, God’s children, should be holy and without blame. Holy in the Greek is “hagios” and it means to be set apart. Set apart by God from what? The secular world. Being set apart by God should bring about our devotion to God’s precepts, especially in regards to our conduct in the midst of a lost world.
 
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.”  John 15:4-6. Since we now belong to Him we are to abide in Him as He abides in us. We must never allow ourselves to be conformed to this world. Falling back into the things of the secular world and participating in those things as though God didn’t even exist, and as if your faith in Christ has no bearing on your decision making, is a blatant refusal to conform to the authority of Christ and His doctrines. This attitude of dissention in the ranks is not worthy of a child of God. Sadly there has been a rate of descent toward the secular occurring among the Christian Ekklesia for so long that many Christians currently live their lives in secular mode. There is no visible outward sign that a transformation had ever occurred.
 
Here’s an example of non-conformity to the world. I will not place my Saviour on an outside handrail as I go in and place my vote this November. I’ve received numerous letters condemning my stance on America’s current choice of people running for the leadership of this nation. Just so there is no confusion, I stand opposed to both individuals currently running for the office of president. Why? Because I have been set apart by God to be holy and blameless. When we take God’s word seriously, only then will we begin the most incredible trek of our lives. Standing on God’s precepts means we will at times be confronted with difficult decisions, many of which will oppose God. This is where every born again child of God will stand at various junctures in their life. How we honor God will be determined by our response to those difficult decisions. Voting for the lesser of two evils is simply conforming to the world. The lesser of two evils is still very much evil.
 
“Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,” 2 Timothy 1:8-9. The children of God are called with a holy calling from God to stand firm on His precepts. Standing firm means we do nothing that would move us to the dark side. “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;” Ephesians 4:14. Standing firm on God’s word is fully expected by God of His holy children – never suggested.      

There are many professing believers who simply ignore the fact that God is not a part-time God, nor does He expect His children to be part time children. Stepping away from the faith while we once again join the secular world is heresy. A very visible sign of the times in which we live is Christians subordinating their faith in Christ by supplanting His precepts with secular motivations and desires. There are numerous scriptures in our Bibles declaring we hold fast to the doctrines of God and never divide ourselves between the sacred and secular. “That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.” 2 Timothy 1:14. The word “keep” is translated from the Greek word “phylassō” which actually means to guard, to keep watch over as though someone is continually trying to take away from you what God has entrusted you with. Satan will do everything possible to separate you from what God has committed unto thee to guard (Godly instruction). Even while enticing you with the lesser of two evils.
 
We live in a time where faithfulness is only expected so long as it serves our own interests. When faithfulness stops being to our immediate advantage many Christians feel just fine about giving up their responsibility to God as they wallow in the secular. How can divided loyalties be honoring to God? As God’s children we are to be faithful to Him at all times. Our hearts are His, our minds are His, suffice it to say our full being is His. Standing firm on God’s precepts means having the heart and the will to do what is right even when it seems to be crazy or even contrary to our own personal interests. But God honors those who fear Him and keep His commands.
 
Doing the right thing may be difficult, and it may seem like it is contrary to everything we see crumbling around us. Many times we are motivated to do the wrong thing out of fear. Fear of course is a very powerful emotion, if allowed to fear will steer our lives. Because of fear we may take the wrong path believing it to be the less dangerous when in fact it may lead to destruction. But God tells us over and over again to fear not. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7. When we honor God by trusting Him, He blesses us - exceedingly. When we dishonor Him by descending into the muck and mire of the secular world leaving Jesus behind, we then become subject to our own wrong choices which invariably bring about heartache and pain. Making choices contrary to those that God would approve of means we aren’t taking God seriously. The fact is it means we are in rebellion to our Saviour. As God’s children, we are entrusted with His word to promote it and to follow it ourselves – without question. This concept has either been lost or was never embraced by many who profess to be Christians.
 
“…what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?” 2 Corinthians 6:14b-15.  Question: does God turn a blind eye to those who intend to compromise their faith by choosing the lesser of two evils? I’ve asked this question previously and as yet have not received even one response. My response to that question is. Not hardly. The path of least resistance is, in many cases, the most desirable, but it usually runs contrary to God’s will. When we choose one evil over another, in the end we’ve still made a choice for Satan not God. We should never attempt to justify our rebellion to God by thinking He might condones, at least this once, our failure to stand firm in our faith.
 
How do we face our God once we’ve compromised our faith by promoting one evil over another? Chosen one demonic doctrine over another (Muslim or Mormon)? According to the word of God, we, who He sees as His children, are never afforded such liberty.
 
Many are in a quandary these days as it becomes harder and harder to remain a solid conservative Christian. Christians are given very little to choose from that is actually godly in this secular world, especially in regard to politics. This dilemma didn’t just recently raise its ugly head. Decades ago when the followers of Messiah Jesus let down their guard and allowed a more liberal mindset to become entrenched in every aspect of national government, the pendulum began to swing toward the enemy of God. For decades the Ekklesia of Christ, on a whole, has been usurping the word of God in order to secure a more harmonious relationship with the god of this world (Satan); thus pacifying themselves in the process.
 
God says have no fellowship with unrighteousness (doctrines of demons), period. God has set His saints apart from the world, and as such we must shun all doctrines that oppose His word in any way. “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:” Ephesians 5:6-8. We, the justified children of God are the light in the Lord. As such we are to walk in that light – always. Everything we do in this life must reflect Messiah Jesus. Never are we to choose evil, no matter how appealing or self-satisfying that evil may appear. Siding with the enemy can only bring disaster. America has been siding with evil for far too long, you don’t think so? You better take another look at the current state of this once great nation.
 
It has become glaringly obvious to me that the majority of Christians understand very little about what Messiah Jesus meant by His statement “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” Mark 8:34b. When we take up our cross we must be prepared to deny ourselves even if it means suffering. We will be rejected as Christ was, persecuted, maltreated, denied the fundamentals of God given rights, even to die for our Lord. That’s what it means; the followers of Jesus Christ must be prepared to take up their cross – daily. The doctrines of Jesus Christ are binding on all the born again believers in this world. There is no middle ground, no putting Jesus on a shelf until after we make the hard decisions, and then picking Him back up again as though we were completely blameless.
 
The more the Ekklesia of Christ in America compromises their faith through the casting of their vote for the lesser of two evils, the more persecution will increase. How can I say that? The more influential the doctrines of demons becomes, the more pressure will be put on the followers of Messiah Jesus to toe the line of those demonic doctrines. Then how will the Gospel of peace be preached without the freedom to speak the truth? Satan wants your vote, are you going to give it to him? Jesus says “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” Matthew 12:30. Satan, his doctrines, his religions are diametrically opposed to Jesus Christ. When we fall for Satan’s lies we follow his doctrines/religions and we scattereth abroad. Decision time in America is almost upon us; path to destruction – “Obama/Romney”, straight path – Jesus Christ who died to give you life. Chose wisely!
 
God bless you all,
 
Ron Graham