Monday, November 17, 2014

Standing On The Rock

I am an international preacher/teacher/missionary/evangelist/pastor. Via the Internet, I preach every single day to hundreds of thousands of people in virtually every nation and island on earth.

Standing on the Rock
Every day, I receive hundreds of personal messages via email, FB, Twitter, YouTube, all my websites, blogs, and other networks. I barely have time to read them all, much less respond at length to them.

Almost daily, I receive hostile letters from atheists, anti-Pentecostals, ex-Pentecostals, non-Christians, or other non-believers who either think I am a lunatic, a hate-monger, a heretic, or an idiot. I categorically delete such things.

At the same time, I get a fair amount of encouragement from those who agree with me, or appreciate my efforts, and for that encouragement, I am very deeply thankful.

But overall, my ministry is unique. Not many preachers or Christians deal with as many people every day as I do. In some ways, it could make me extremely cynical. I have been beat up so many times by those who don't agree with me, there is a sore temptation to walk off the stage and never come back. There are not very many criticisms left in the world that I have not already taken many times over.

But the net effect is that I have learned to stand concretely on the Word of God, the Bible. I have learned not to flinch with what I believe. I have learned to crystallize my thinking on virtually every Bible doctrine of any significance. I am hard core. I know what the Bible says, and I know what I believe about it.

I have also learned that the Bible is not made out of Silly Putty or Play-Dough. It is made out of Stone. It is changeless. It is inflexible. It is forever the same. The Message of God's Word is ONE MESSAGE. It is ONE GOD with ONE IDENTITY and ONE DEFINITION. I do not believe for one second that the Bible supports all the various religions on earth. It only supports ONE true religion, and it is every man's business to know what that one True Bible religion is.

It is ONENESS. There are not various definitions of God. He is ONE Spirit, incarnate in ONE MAN, a Son, conceived by the Spirit in a human named Mary.

It is APOSTOLIC. It follows the preaching and teaching of Jesus Christ and His apostles. The eternal formula for the true Church of Jesus Christ is laid out in the book of Acts. The subsequent New Testament epistles are addressed to those who were already born again by the Acts 2 formula. The formula for salvation is not found in the epistles. It is found in the book of Acts, chapter 2.

It is PENTECOSTAL. Jesus came to baptize all men and women in the Holy Ghost and fire. The INITIAL EVIDENCE of that baptism is speaking in other tongues. The Early Church was born on the day of Pentecost, in the Upper Room, when the Holy Ghost came upon them and they spoke in other tongues as the Spirit gave them the utterance. Outside the Upper Room, thousands came to ask how they could receive the same experience. Peter commanded every one of them to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus for the remission of their sins. THAT is the Pentecostal way. That is the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ. Acts 2:38 is the formula for the New Birth. Repentance, Water Baptism in Jesus' name, and Holy Ghost Baptism; representing the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Christ.

It is HOLINESS. A golden thread weaves throughout the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. It is God's call to mankind to OBEY His Word and His commandments, to CEASE from sin, and live a holy, consecrated life unto Him. The call to holiness has never been silenced, never been revoked or rescinded. EVERY generation of believers has been called to come out from the world, to be separate, and to touch not the unclean thing. That affects every single element of our living. Our conversations must be holy. Our behavior must be holy. Our appearance must be holy. Our associations must be holy. God has given us commandments to obey regarding every element of our lives, and to ignore them or disregard them is to render ourselves unholy, and therefore displeasing to God. To every man, in every age, Almighty God says, "Be ye holy, for I am holy."

So, it does not make any difference to me whether you are from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia or anywhere else. It doesn't make any difference to me whether you are an Atheist, a Hindu, a Buddhist, a Taoist, a Catholic, a Muslim, a Democrat or a Republican. I have the same, identical message to everyone I speak to.

"Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. ...SAVE YOURSELVES from this untoward generation," Acts 2:38-40.

"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for 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? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty," 2 Corinthians 6:14-18.

"Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him," 2 Corinthians 11:1-4.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Backslider is a Troublemaker

The Backsliding Heifer
God calls the failing "saint" a backslider. God called sinful Israel a "backsliding heifer," (Hosea 4:16). Like a stubborn animal that refuses to cooperate with its master, the backslider is at odds with God and His people. The backslider is a troublemaker, and a hindrance to the purpose and work of God and His Church.

A backslider is a transgressor and an offender. "But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor," Galatians 2:17-18.

A transgressor is a violator, a law-breaker. The etymology of the word indicates one who steps across boundaries. The transgressor breaks the rules and prefers forbidden territory. In these days of licentious "grace," very few people truly believe they are breaking any rules, but they are. And in doing so, they are committing grave offenses against God and His true Church.

The backslider does not want to do the perfect will of God, but has other interests that are contrary to God's best interests. The backslider wants the wrong friends, wants to be in the wrong places, and wants to do the wrong things. The true things of God and Church and fellowship with the saints are of little or no interest to the backslider.

The backslider offends God, His purpose, and His people. In the New Testament Greek, to OFFEND (skandlizo) is to SCANDALIZE, ENTRAP, or ENTICE TO SIN. The offender is a snare, a trap, a stumbling-block, one who causes others to sin. Men and women who have known the ways of God but who now spurn them will be judged severely for their role in hindering other saints and sinners.

The backslider has a morbid, deadly influence on others who might have done the will of God. The backslider encourages backsliding, emboldens spiritual slackers, and would discourage those who are striving to do the will of God. But God will not always tolerate the backslider. His longsuffering is long, but it is not indefinite.

"Because 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. Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God," Ecclesiastes 8:11-13.

"And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man,"  Genesis 6:3.

"Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost," Acts 7:51.

"Grieve not the holy Spirit of God," Ephesians 4:30.

"[Let] no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way," Romans14:13. A backslider will be judged for stumbling others.

"The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom ALL THINGS THAT OFFEND, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a FURNACE OF FIRE: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth," Matthew 13:41-42.

If you are not living right, you had better get your act together before God calls your name. You may not live until the Second Coming. He could come for you today, and that would be a horrific tragedy.

"Whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea," Matthew 18:6.

The Church is a mighty army, but no army performs as it might have, when troops mutiny or desert. If you are a backslider, you are a mutineer. In naval history, mutineers were counted the worst criminals, and faced the harshest penalties and even death sentences. In other military branches, the deserter faced court martials and harsh criminal prosecution.

So it is with the true Church. Many souls perish when a Christian abdicates. If you have deserted the cause of Christ, or are in mutiny or rebellion, be afraid of the harshest judgments of God. The sacred purposes for which God birthed you into this world and gave you life and breath and strength will be forever unfulfilled, and there will be Hell to pay.

"Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever," Jeremiah 3:12.

"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you," James 4:7.

"Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble," 1 Peter 5:5.

Backslider, get the backsliding out of your heart. Get the love of God, His Word, His Truth, and His people in it, and get with the program - God's program.

Saturday, October 25, 2014


Even the best and most powerfully anointed preacher on earth cannot help you if you just won't listen.

In Israel today, Tel Aviv is a modern, "party" city, full of nightlife, bars and clubs, even called, "The city that never sleeps." Only 30 miles from Jerusalem, the deafened ears of God's historic people patently ignore the Word of the Lord, and celebrate lifestyles that are flagrantly contradictory to everything in the Bible. In the very shadows of all the miracles God ever did for the Jews at Jerusalem, and where the echoes of countless ancient prophets warned them again and again to turn from their sins, Israel shoves its fist in God's face and turns a blind eye and deaf ear to the Word of God.

Likewise, in America today, the once-Christian nation has become a nation of God-haters and perverse ideologies. In the very place from which armies of Bible-believing missionaries were once launched, the voice of God is brazenly defied.

"Because 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," Ecclesiastes 8:11.

"And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man," Genesis 6:3.

JUDGMENT is coming.

"The wicked shall be turned into HELL, and all the nations that forget God," Psalms 9:17.

"...the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with FIRE and brimstone," Revelation 21:8.

"And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of FIRE," Revelation 20:15.

"The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of FIRE: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to HEAR, let him HEAR," Matthew 13:41-43.

"He that hath ears to HEAR, let him HEAR," Matthew 11:15.
"Who hath ears to HEAR, let him HEAR," Matthew 13:9.
"And he said unto them,  He that hath ears to HEAR, let him HEAR," Mark 4:9.
"If any man have ears to HEAR, let him HEAR," Mark 4:23.
"If any man have ears to HEAR, let him HEAR," Mark 7:16.
"And when he had said these things, he cried,  He that hath ears to HEAR, let him HEAR," Luke 8:8.

"Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to HEAR, let him HEAR," Luke 14:33-35.

"He that hath an ear, let him HEAR what the Spirit saith unto the churches," Revelation 2:7.
"He that hath an ear, let him HEAR what the Spirit saith unto the churches," Revelation 2:11.
"He that hath an ear, let him HEAR what the Spirit saith unto the churches," Revelation 2:17.
"He that hath an ear, let him HEAR what the Spirit saith unto the churches," Revelation 2:29.
"He that hath an ear, let him HEAR what the Spirit saith unto the churches," Revelation 3:6.
"He that hath an ear, let him HEAR what the Spirit saith unto the churches," Revelation 3:13.
"If any man have an ear, let him HEAR," Revelation 13:9.

"Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and HEAR, O earth, the words of my mouth," Deuteronomy 32:1.

"HEAR, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me," Isaiah 1:2.

"HEAR, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it," Jeremiah 6:19.

"O earth, earth, earth, HEAR the word of the LORD," Jeremiah 22:29.

"HEAR, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: and let the Lord GOD be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple. For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth," Micah 1:2-3.

“For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: YET THEY WOULD NOT HEAR.

But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and FALL BACKWARD, and be BROKEN, and SNARED, and TAKEN.

Wherefore HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD, ye scornful men,” Isaiah 28:11-14.

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: IF ANY MAN HEAR MY VOICE, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. …He that hath an ear, let him HEAR what the Spirit saith unto the churches.,” Revelation 3:20-22.

Even the best and most powerfully anointed preacher on earth cannot help you if you just won't listen.

Open your ears. Open up your heart. Listen to what God is saying to you today. HEAR the WORD of the LORD.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Christians Should Dress Modestly

A.W. Pink said, "If lustful looking be so grievous a sin, then those who dress and expose themselves...are not less, but even more guilty."

Whatever you do that requires you to abandon Godly, holy manners of behavior or dress is wrong. It is more important to please God than men.

Your body belongs to God. Represent HIM, not sports, sex, rock stars, movies, undignified, unholy, profane lifestyles. Represent JESUS 24/7.

The WORLD doesn't care if a Christian is modest. They are happy if you are not. But God wants you to be modest. You owe it to your Creator.

The WORLD does not WANT Christians to be modest; it LOVES to see Christians profane themselves. DEFY the world. Be pure, holy, godly, virtuous.

A Christian cannot prove it necessary to expose bare shoulders, bare midriff or bare thighs. Immodesty is contrary to Godliness or holiness.

There has never been a generation of Christians before now who considered bare shoulders or bare thighs on a woman to be modest. Cover up.

For MILLENNIA of time, the protocols of modesty have dictated that a woman be covered to at least below the knee. Only in our time has that standard been abandoned.

The Prophet Isaiah defined NAKEDNESS to include bare legs and uncovered thighs. Godly women should NOT expose bare legs and thighs.

"...make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, ...Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen," Isaiah 47:2-3.

That verse alone would totally EXCLUDE and condemn all short dresses and shorts on women, AND shorts on MEN!

If God wants us to dress, act, talk, live certain ways, SO BE IT! His Word governs hair, apparel, right/wrong friendships, more. Just DO IT.

Satan knows you are a billboard. Do you? What does your body advertise; the holiness of Jesus, or cheap, worldly, perishing fads and fashions?

Don't ask the world to define modesty. Nothing is immodest anymore. Nobody objects to anything. Christians MUST learn modesty from the Bible.

Christians who refuse to dress in fashions that are not clearly modest and dignified tell the world that they are not beholden to it.

A CHRISTIAN'S WARDROBE should not say "I'm a slob" "I have no self-respect" "I'm an exhibitionist" "Rock-Star Groupie," but "I AM CHRIST'S."

If we yield to popular fashion, it is inevitable that modesty and gender specificity will soon vanish, along with all semblance of holiness.

McDonald's employees cannot wear Taco Bell uniforms to work. God forbids His saints to wear the world's unholy fashions.

"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 obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance," 1 Peter 1:14.

"...the fashion of this world passeth away," 1 Corinthians 7:31.

A Christian's REJECTION of worldly things is one of God's ordained witnesses to the world that saints value His Kingdom more than the world.

Christians should use every opportunity to bear witness of the Truth of Jesus Christ. This is no time to be ashamed of Him, but to be bold.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Gospel: Take It or Leave It.

Over the years, I've had thousands of people, including hundreds of preachers unfriend me or unsubscribe from my teachings, and I have a pretty good idea why in many cases.

1.) They don't like my strong statements against false doctrines. They have an ecumenical mindset that believes people can be saved whether or not their core doctrines are Biblical. I do not, and can prove it again and again scripturally.

2.) They don't like my anti-Trinitarian, pro-Oneness, Jesus' name, Holy Ghost tongue-talking position. They don't believe that it is important what you believe about the Godhead. They ignorantly think that it makes no difference whether you believe God is ONE LORD or THREE. They don't think water baptism in Jesus' name is necessary, but it is. They don't think that Holy Ghost tongue-talking is necessary, but it is. I can and have proved all these doctrines over and over again. They just don't want to hear it.

3.) They don't like my strong holiness preaching. They think I'm too hard, too "legalistic," or they believe that I'm preaching salvation by works. I am not. I am preaching separation from the world and holiness unto the LORD, and I will not back down. From Genesis to Revelation, God calls His people to holiness.

4.) They don't like my Post-Tribulation prophecy teachings. They believe that Jesus will rapture all the Church out of the world before the Great Tribulation. I do not. The Bible is no more ambiguous about this than any other doctrine. It is NOT unknowable, but is extremely and explicitly clear in the scriptures. I preach and teach the Post-Tribulation rapture because that is what the Bible teaches, and I am under a divine mandate to preach "all the counsel of God."

5.) They don't like me preaching against organized sports or TV or HAIR issues or immodest clothes or gender-confusion. Fifty years ago, every major evangelical denomination condemned organized sports, TV, immodesty and homosexuality. Now, none do. But those things are MORE WRONG TODAY than they were ever perceived to be. Christianity is being DESTROYED in very large part by "Christian" obsessions with sports, movies, TV, immodesty and gender issues than ever before. I will never change my position against these things because they are emptying out true Churches around the world. I will NEVER believe they are good for Christians, because they are not. We must hold a Biblical stance on EVERY issue of life.

6.) They don't like me preaching all the time on every subject in the Bible. They think I'm just a wild-eyed religious fanatic. They are right.

I believe that true Biblical Christianity - Apostolic Pentecostal Holiness Christianity - Deuteronomy 6:4, John 3:3-7, Acts 2:38, Hebrews 12:14 Christianity - is the ONLY way to God. I do not believe you can be saved by any one of a thousand different Gospels. There is only one way. There never has been more than one way, and never will be more than one way. Without true and full repentance, water baptism in the name of Jesus for the remission of sins, and the Spirit-birth of the baptism of the Holy Ghost speaking in tongues, and holiness "without which no man shall see the Lord," nobody will be saved.

There are many millions of Oneness, Apostolic, Pentecostal, Holiness believers around the world who would agree with my conclusions here. I'm not afraid of being branded narrow-minded, heretical or cultish. I've studied the Bible and preached and taught and written extensively on everything in that Holy Book for decades and I am perfectly convinced that the Oneness, Apostolic, Pentecostal, Holiness Church in these modern times is the closest thing you will find on earth to the original New Testament Church, and all who contradict it are frauds.

So those who unfriend me or unsubscribe to my teachings can just believe whatever they want to believe. I feel genuinely sorry for them and their hard hearts, deaf ears and blind eyes. But I must not and will not be discouraged because they have tuned me out. Somebody else will listen. I'm here to deal my bread to the HUNGRY (Isaiah 58). And I KNOW there are multitudes of hungry hearts yet to be reached. Whosoever will, let him come.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

HEAVEN, yes. HELL, no.

There is not a more sobering topic in the Bible than HELL. No one in the Bible preached more fervently about Hell than Jesus Christ. Nothing is a greater hazard to any man or woman than the risk of eternity in Hell. In harsh reality, the vast majority of all the seven billion souls now living on this earth will spend eternity in Hell.

Moses warned Israel about God's wrath, prophesying, "For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell (hades)," Deuteronomy 32:22. The psalmist prophesied, "The wicked shall be turned into hell (hades), and all the nations that forget God," Psalms 9:17. The wise man said, "Hell (hades) and destruction are never full," Proverbs 27:10. Isaiah said, "Hell (hades) hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it. And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled," Isaiah 5:14-15.

Jesus Christ firmly indoctrinated His Gospel with repetitious warnings against failing to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Virtually every major message included some direct or indirect reference to the juxtaposition between entering into the paradisical wonders of Heaven and the horrifying and eternal torments of Hell, the judgment, and the wrath of God.

Jesus taught that a man who is "angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment," Matthew 5:22. Is that not a threatening message? Is that not a warning that you will go to HELL if you are unjustly angry at your brother?

"Whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of HELL FIRE?" Matthew 5:22. Is that not a warning that you could spend eternity in HELL for calling a brother a fool?

Jesus declared that hatred is tantamount to murder, and lust is tantamount to adultery, then hammered His conclusion:

"...if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole BODY SHOULD BE CAST INTO HELL. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole BODY SHOULD BE CAST INTO HELL," Matthew 5:29-30.

In Matthew 11, Jesus warned the villages of Bethsaida and Chorazin that they would be judged harsher than the ancient evil cities of Tyre and Sidon.

Jesus told the citizens of Capernaum, " And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to HELL: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of SODOM in the day of JUDGMENT, than for thee," Matthew 11:23-24.

Jesus hung them over Hell. Oh, yes, He did. Again and again. And if He did, it is not inappropriate for the modern preacher to hang them over Hell. Hell is still as dreadful, just as horrifying, and just as much to be feared as it ever was.

Jesus warned that anyone who offended "one of these little ones who believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea," Matthew 18:6. That was not an oblique reference to the fact that those who offend a young Christian will go to HELL and be tormented FOREVER.

Jesus' entire ministry was based on admonishing people to strive for Heaven and flee from Hell. It was His recurring motivational imperative. You should be diligent to make sure you go to Heaven. You should be diligent that you not be condemned to Hell.

He asked the hypocrites of His day, "Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of HELL?" Matthew 23:33. Jesus FLAUNTED HELL in the faces of hypocrites.

If Jesus had not so recurrently enticed His hearers with the rewards of Heaven and the horrors of Hell, His ministry would be unrecognizable. And that is why most of modern Christianity is not consistent with the New Testament Gospel.

When modern Christianity dwells incessantly on such ridiculous "major" themes such as sportsmanship, wealth-building, never-ending happiness and your best life now, it is as far from the true Gospel of Christ as Mars is from Venus.

The Gospel is about ETERNITY. It is NOT about HERE or NOW.

"He that findeth his life shall LOSE IT [go to HELL]: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it [go to HEAVEN]," Matthew 10:39.

Jesus said, "if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched, Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. " Mark 9:43-44.

ETERNAL "FIRE that NEVER shall be quenched." That was Jesus' threat - yes, threat - to those who allow their hands to sin against God.

"And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having TWO FEET TO BE CAST INTO HELL, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having TWO EYES TO BE CAST INTO HELL FIRE: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched," Mark 9:43-48.

People do not want to hear about Hell. They do not want to think about Hell. They do not want anyone to threaten them with Hell. They do not want to be afraid of God or His judgments.

They use the word HELL profanely and defiantly, as if to spit in its face "HELL this, and HELL that, and HELL the other." "HELL, yes!" and "HELL, no!"

Well, HELL will be no laughing matter VERY SOON, because every man has 70-80 years to do as he pleases. He can curse God, revile, revel, party, and waste his substance with riotous living. But there will be HELL to pay. Jesus said it.

So when I preach about HELL, I do so with divine inspiration. When I warn backsliders that this could be their last chance, I do so because I know beyond any doubt that it really could be their last chance. Jesus Himself preached in those very same terms.

Tomorrow, they could be in HELL. On more than one occasion I have pleaded with healthy, vigorous men to get right with God, to no avail. And in less than one week they were in their graves and in the eternal, inescapable torments of Hell.

If the rewards of Heaven, and the damnation of HELL cannot and do not motivate you and me to righteous living, there is nothing else in the bag more potent.

If I have to put on a baseball tournament to get you to come to Church, you are dead while you are living. If you have to be enticed with money and success and worldly pleasures to visit the House of God, you have been deceived before you ever got inside the door.

Your life is nothing but a vapor. "Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin," James 4:14-17.

You are here today and you will be gone tomorrow. Only one life will SOON be past, and only what's done for Christ will last. Why is that so hard to comprehend, and why do men and women yet spend EVERYTHING they have and EVERYTHING they do on temporal pleasures?

Jesus said, "And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And IN HELL he lift up his eyes, being IN TORMENTS, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and COOL MY TONGUE; FOR I AM TORMENTED IN THIS FLAME.

But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now HE IS COMFORTED, and THOU ARE TORMENTED.

And beside all this, between us and you there is a GREAT GULF FIXED: so that they which would pass from hence to you CANNOT; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into THIS PLACE OF TORMENT. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but IF ONE WENT UNTO THEM FROM THE DEAD, THEY WILL REPENT. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead," Luke 16:22-31.

You may want a more profound messenger than me. Maybe you want an angel from Heaven to talk sense to you, or somebody to come back from the dead. Maybe you want a profound dream or a vision from God.

But today, all you have is a little guy on the Internet posting a little message in the midst of all the other Internet blather, saying, "If you don't get right with God and do His will, you are going to die and go to Hell."

If you won't believe an ordinary Gospel preacher when he warns you, you have no promise from God that anybody else will ever bring this message to you again.

You may soon wake up in Hell and find that there is no way out. Forever.

Think about it.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Heroes and their Battles

San Jacinto Battlefield with modern Houston in background
One of my favorite places in the world is the San Jacinto Monument on the east side of Houston, between Baytown and Pasadena. It is the memorial to the battle that won Texas from Mexico in 1836.

Being a native Texan, I have visited the monument and the battlefield several times in my lifetime, but it is only as I have grown older that I have been more and more in awe of what it represents. When I pass through Houston, I like to ride the little Lynchburg Ferry across the Houston Ship Channel and have lunch or dinner at the Monument Inn seafood restaurant in the shadow of the monument. The restaurant affords a mesmerizing view of the ships and barges going to and from the Port of Houston into Galveston Bay, as well as an overview of the battlefield where Texas' independence was won, almost 180 years ago. As I dine, I have a panoramic view of both the waterfront and the adjacent battlefield where 630 Mexican soldiers were killed, and Santa Anna, the President of Mexico, was captured. It is an awe inspiring story.

The events surrounding the birth of the Lone Star State. 

Under the entrepreneurship of Stephen F. Austin, American colonists moved into what is now south Texas, and had favored relationships with the Mexican government. But when Santa Anna overturned the Mexican Constitution of 1824, and became the harsh dictator of Mexico, the colonists felt betrayed and endangered. In 1826, the "Fredonian Rebellion" near Nacogdoches was the opening salvo in the Texas Revolution, or the Texas War for Independence. But those first moves to secede from Mexico failed.

In the early 1830s, Stephen F. Austin spent months in Mexico attempting to persuade the Mexican government to grant Texas statehood. Just as it seemed he had succeeded, Santa Anna had him arrested and imprisoned without a trial for more than a year. The colonists' animosity toward Santa Anna fomented until the fall of 1835 when Santa Anna began sending armies to drive out all the Anglo-American colonists from their settlements.

A number of skirmishes and clashes took place between the Mexican Army and the Texas colonists. Two major confrontations - one at Goliad and one at San Antonio - were devastating setbacks for the Texians. The Alamo was considered the Texians' last stronghold against Santa Anna west of the Sabine River, and was thus vital to Texas' future.

At the Battle of the Alamo, more than 3,000 of Santa Anna's soldiers laid siege on the walled mission where only 100 Texians were garrisoned under the leadership of James Bowie and William B. Travis, and with the help of Davy Crockett. The Texians didn't have a chance. In dire circumstances and near-freezing weather, the Texians were greatly outnumbered and out-armed.

On March 6, 1836, Mexican troops finally advanced on the tiny fortress. Travis was one of the first to die, shot on the front line. The fighting began at 5:30 AM, and by 6:30 PM, all the brave, heroic Texians were dead.

But during that 13-day siege, 41 elected delegates from around Texas were convening at Washington-on-the-Brazos, drafting the Texas Declaration of Independence, severing ties with Mexico, and officially establishing the REPUBLIC OF TEXAS, making Texas a sovereign nation!

News of the tragic massacre at the Alamo only fueled the flames of independence that were already burning. Hundreds of men joined with Sam Houston and moved eastward to prepare for another battle with Santa Anna.

On April 21, Sam Houston's little army took Santa Anna's army by surprise while they were encamped near the Lynchburg Ferry on Buffalo Bayou. Hundreds of soldiers, crying "Remember the Alamo!" opened fire on Santa Anna's troups, and in only 18 minutes, the Battle of San Jacinto was won. 630 Mexican soldiers were dead, and 730 were captured. Only 9 Texians died.

The next day, Sam Houston took Santa Anna into custody, and forced him to order all his armies back to Mexico, giving the new Republic of Texas a much-needed reprieve.

Buffalo Bayou is now the Houston Ship Channel. The city of Houston is one of the world's largest metropolises with a sprawling population approaching 7 million people. Houston has one of the strongest economies of all the cities in the world. In 2014, Houston became the most culturally diverse metro in the United States.

The city of Houston is the Number 1 job creator in the United States, and home of 26 of the Fortune 500 companies. Its Texas Medical Center is the largest medical center IN THE WORLD. Its hospitals alone are larger than downtown Dallas.

Texas, with a population of 27 million, is the second most populous state in America. It is as large as the nation of Iran, and outproduces both Iran and Iraq in oil output. Texas is the sixth largest oil producer in the world (Aschere Energy News, 8/19/2014), outranked only by OPEC, Russia, the entire United States, China and Canada. Texas is home of the Space program.

I could go on, and on, and on.

But I have told you this story for a reason; and that reason is a spiritual reason.

In this blog, I speak to Christians who understand that the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.

The BATTLE that won Texas from Mexico in 1836 was won by Sam Houston and a small band of freedom-minded soldiers against a formidable opponent.

I want to compare that to the BATTLE that every true Christian wages every single day for Truth, righteousness and holiness, against all the demons of Hell, against sin, sinners and Satan himself.

Sometimes it seems to be a hopeless battle. It seems we are grossly outnumbered and out-armed.

But I want to remind you of the Power of One. One soldier. One commander. One general. One pastor. One Christian. One believer.

In the name of Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Ghost, ONE MAN, ONE WOMAN, or ONE YOUNG PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.

San Jacinto Battlefield with modern Houston in background

The next time you take a stand for God, for the cause of Jesus Christ, for TRUE DOCTRINE, for holiness and godliness and righteousness in this world, remember Sam Houston. And remember Houston, Texas, 178 years later.
The day will soon come when Jesus Christ will resurrect all the righteous dead and all the living saints to take them with Him to the great and final battle of Armageddon, where He will defeat every evil empire on earth. In Daniel 2, the prophet saw a great stone as it was hewn out of a mountain, and it crushed all the kingdoms of men, then became a great mountain that filled all the earth.
That prophetic allegory depicts Jesus Christ conquering all the great governments of the world when He comes. And the saints of God will be with Him. Afterward, Bible prophecies tell us that the saints of God will "rule and reign" with Jesus for 1,000 years on this planet earth.
In Jesus' teachings about the parable of the Mustard Seed, He said that it "is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof," Matthew 13:32.
Jesus also spoke of the power of leavening which, when placed in a lump of meal, would leaven the whole lump.
All these allegories are reminders that SMALL things, SMALL events, SMALL people can and do have enormous influence over time.
"Who hath despised the day of small things?" Zechariah 4:10.
"Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong," Joel 3:9-10.
Sam Houston fought for Texas. You and I are fighting for the eternal Kingdom of God.
That little battle near the Lynchburg Ferry in 1836 changed the world.
The little battle that you and I are fighting today will someday TAKE POSSESSION of the entire world, and make changes for all eternity.
FIGHT ON! Be valiant!
Do not be afraid of the enemy. He will soon be defeated, and you will be so glad that you fought on the right side of the battle!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Saving Them From The Fire

If you think the world will ever see a major spiritual revival without stirring up a tsunami of demonic attacks, or the animosities of worldly, carnally-minded men, you need to put your thinking cap on.

Men who are entrenched in false doctrines and intertwined with the countless devils that propagate those false doctrines will not be converted without some real-time spiritual warfare.

You are going to HAVE to be willing to march into Hell.

Men and women and young people who are bound in Satan's delusions will not be set free until some saint of God rises up and challenges the status quo. SOMEBODY has to rebuke the devil and cast him out. SOMEBODY has to preach the only Truth that can make them free. And that is the Apostolic Pentecostal Holiness message.

One of the reasons why we see so few people dramatically converted in our time is that we are so reluctant to offend anyone or provoke controversy. Well, Jesus caused controversy literally everywhere He went, and so did His Apostles. Their message was never apologetic, bashful or reluctant. It was straightforward and to the point. People either loved them or hated them. That was an indicator of how well they got under peoples' skin. And when the hatred boiled, their lives were imperiled. Again and again, they literally had to flee the conflict, because the holy Gospel they preached was in fact offending rebellious carnal minds and stirring up whole nests of devils.

Go ahead and remind me here to "speak the Truth in love." 

Is it love to remain silent while your loved one perishes in flames?

Many years ago, I pastored a man who had long resisted the call of God. On a particular Sunday night, I pleaded with him to come to the altar and get right with God, but he would not budge.

Only a few days later, a terrible explosion at a local refinery killed and injured several men. I received a call to come to the Burns Unit in Hermann Hospital in Houston. When I arrived, there lay the man I had begged to get right with God only a few days earlier. He was burned over 100% of his body. He was swollen twice his normal size, to the point it looked like he would burst. He was unconscious. When I spoke to him, huge tears began to roll down his cheeks, but he could not respond in any way. He died shortly after I walked out of the room. 

On another occasion, I preached in a church on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. A group of teenage boys sat on the front row. One of them had a history of rebellion and misbehaving. At the conclusion of my preaching that night, I did my best to get him to the altar to repent of his sins, but he stubbornly resisted. Later that night, after I had gone to my room and was in bed asleep, I was awakened by the sound of ambulances screaming up and down the beach highway. I learned the next morning that the very teenager that I had pleaded with the night before had been involved in a fatal accident after midnight.

Save them from the fire.
Don't talk to me about coming on too strong with the Gospel. I've seen too many people die and go to Hell. We have lost our sense of urgency. We have forgotten how hot Hell is and how long eternity is. ANY ONE of your loved ones could be called into eternity before you ever see them or speak to them again.

If I saw one of my children, grandchildren or any of my loved ones engulfed in a house fire, I would scream, cry, run, kick down doors, or break out windows to get them out. I would NOT say, "they have a right to believe what they want to believe." I would NOT say, "it is their choice to remain in the fire." I would NOT say, "I might scare them if I come after them too aggressively." And I would consider them to be completely delusional if they argued, "I'm OK! This fire is not going to kill me!" I'm too smart to believe that. I must not be put off by their delusion.

I would just move heaven and earth to get to them and pull them out of the fire. Then, if they literally fight me off and demand that they have the right to die in the fire, or if they want to hate me for the radical approach I used to save them, they will be free to hate me.

But I will have shown MY LOVE FOR THEM in the highest form I know how to show, by confronting them shamelessly with God's Truth; AND I will also have delivered my soul from their blood.

But that will be precious little consolation.

I will forever wish I had done more.

"And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire;
hating even the garment spotted by the flesh," Jude 1:23.

We have dignified the devil and his heresies and heretics by respecting their point of view. We mock God by tolerating damnable lies that send multitudes to Hell in the name of Jesus. We have surrendered to the enemies by tolerating the very people and devils who entrap and enslave the ones we love more than all the world in their wicked self-serving false gospels. Why should I show even one ounce of reverence to any preacher who lies to the people I love, and snares them with false doctrines, deceptions, delusions, lies and heresies that will damn their souls to Hell for ETERNITY?

(Do we still believe in an eternal HELL?)

Is that not all the reason we need to raise our voices against every false gospel on earth? Is there not a CAUSE?

What kind of LOVE is it when I pat them on the back and bless them, and kiss and hug them while they are already in a free-fall into the Bottomless Pit?

This is no time for pretending that all is well. 

It is time to preach the fear of God and the only Truth that can make them free.

What will you do when you stand at their casket and realize that if you had only said something more, they might have been saved; but because you did not intercede, they will be forever damned?

You will be ready to scream and kick down doors then.

But it will be too late.


Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Evil Spirit from the LORD

I am in slack-jawed wonderment at modern pseudo-preachers and singers who can dupe their followers with big talk of being "SOLD OUT" for Jesus, while they spend enormous blocks of time obsessed with sports, movies, carnal, worldly materialistic lifestyles, immodest dress, secular entertainment, irreverent mocking humor, and emulating celebrities, athletes and this secular, sinful culture. The hypocrisy of it all is suffocating. It's like a drug dealer preaching sobriety, or a prostitute preaching abstinence.

The whole lot of them are under a Heaven-sent strong delusion. 

Their delusion and self-deception is reminiscent of "the evil spirit from the Lord," that troubled rebellious King Saul in 1 Samuel 16:14 and again in 1 Samuel 19:9.

God dealt with Saul on several occasions to carefully obey His Will, but Saul was stubborn, petulant and rebellious. Saul hated David and would have killed him, although the anointing of God was on David. And when God told Saul to utterly destroy the Amalekites, Saul kept the most valuable spoils and gave asylum to the enemy, the King of the Amalekites. God was furious - and cursed Saul for that.

"But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them," 1 Samuel 15:9.

This is the IDENTICAL syndrome that we see in Christianity today. When God says, "Come out and be separate," they never actually come out. They never actually separate from the world.

"Love Your Life"
preachers are everywhere.
Where are the "deny yourself" preachers?
They keep back "the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, ...and would not utterly destroy them."

"Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying, It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments."

So God looks at modern Christianity, sees the same kind of disobedience, and repents again that these men and women are in power.

But like Saul, modern preachers and modern Christians defend their silly behaviour, saying, "I HAVE PERFORMED THE COMMANDMENT OF THE LORD!"

And the prophet answers, "What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?" 1 Samuel 15:14.

If you are a truly consecrated Christian, what is the meaning of all these worldly obsessions? What is the meaning of all this love for money, love for worldly things; worldly music, worldly movies, worldly sports, and worldly entertainment? Why have you not separated yourself from these things? Why have you not put away these things as I have commanded?

These pseudo-Christians HONESTLY BELIEVE that God does not object to their carnal, worldly, sinful obsessions. But they are wrong. DEAD wrong.

Consequently, an "evil spirit from the Lord" came upon Saul, and Saul came to ruin. God took his kingdom from him, and pronounced judgment on him. Saul was killed in battle forthwith.

The deception in modern "Christianity" is also of the same kind as "the lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets," that led to the death of King Ahab in 1 Kings 22 and 2 Chronicles 18.

If you are not familiar with that story, you should study it. King Ahab and Queen Jezebel were both stubborn, self-willed shepherds of Israel.

The prophet Elijah prayed down fire from Heaven on 800 of their false prophets, but it did nothing to sober up Ahab or Jezebel. Elijah pronounced a horrific death on Jezebel, yet Ahab sinned on. Ahab ignored the counsel of the Lord. He spurned God and the prophets, and pursued his own selfish agenda.

Ahab set out to conquer a neighboring kingdom, when the Word of the Lord was against it. He called in four hundred false prophets to preach prosperity to him. But a TRUE prophet named Micaiah prophesied his doom, and declared exactly how it would come to him.

A lying spirit FROM GOD in the mouth of all his prophets.

"And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so. Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee," 1 Kings 22:21-23.

Ahab had 400 prosperity preachers who told him to go and prosper. They told him that the Lord was with him. But one TRUE prophet said, "I see all Israel scattered sheep that have no shepherd," 2 Chronicles 18:16. He prophesied Ahab's death. Ahab died on a battlefield within 24 hours of that prophecy.

Far too many professing Christians have NO IDEA
that Almighty God DECEIVES people
who are insincere, hypocritical or rebellious
against His Word and His Will. 

If you mess with God, He will mess with you.

God STILL sends lying spirits to rebellious men today.

If you rebel against God long enough, He will send a lying spirit to deceive you, and you will be damned to Hell.

It's in the Bible. 

"And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness," 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12.

"And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;" Romans 1:28.

The deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that PERISH...

DELUSION is more than mere delusion. It is DEATH.
Delusion from God is a sentence of death.
Once DELUSION overcomes you, you will not be saved.
Delusion leads to death.
God destroys those who despise His Truth.

At the end of time, the prophesied Man of Sin will come in the power of Satan, "with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved," 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10.

These are the days that forebode the rise of the Man of Sin. These are days of lying wonders. These are the days of the deceivableness of unrighteousness.

will deceive you! 
("the deceivableness
of unrighteousness")

Former Christians who reject holiness and godly living will fall into GOD'S TRAP of the deceivableness of unrighteousness. Even YOUR PREACHER WILL DECEIVE YOU.

The man you think is your man of God is actually your GRIM REAPER. 

There is no way out of that trap except radical repentance and change of heart - renouncing sin, unrighteousness and unholiness.

There is not enough money in the world to make me join up with that phony, deluded, double-minded crowd. Their actions speak louder than their words, and what their actions say contradicts what their voices say. Such hypocrisy exceeds that of the ancient scribes and Pharisees. It is a self-righteous generation, not the righteousness of Christ, which comes by complete obedience to the teachings and commandments of Christ and the Word of God.

Living for God requires a great deal of affection for God and His Word, and a die-hard commitment to live by His Word no matter what the cost may be.

Living a holy life means separating yourself from the world, rejecting and renouncing the world's entire agenda, and completely giving your BODY, MIND and SOUL to be molded like clay on the potter's  wheel, consumed like the wick in a candle; and conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, while utterly dying to self and self-will.

God's people are to be identifiably different in every imaginable way. SOLD OUT actually means SOLD OUT. Everything. Everything in submission to Him. God wants the world to see that HIS PEOPLE have set their affections on things above, not on things below. When you really sell out, the things in this world dim and lose their value, and the things of God, His Word, His Will and His Kingdom become your consuming desire and obsession.

You need an Apostolic Pentecostal Holiness Church and preacher to lead you in the way of the Word of God. Oneness. Jesus' name baptism. Holy Ghost baptism. NEW BIRTH of the water and the Spirit. And HOLINESS, without which NO MAN shall see the LORD (Hebrews 12:14).

Nothing less will get you to Heaven.  Phony religion will NOT save you.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Poisonous Christianity

Poisonous Preachers
Poisonous Christianity. 
Toxic Teachings. 
Messengers of Deceptions.
Tickets to HELL stamped "HEAVEN"

Where can I find the hyper-grace Church in the New Testament?

I'm looking for a cool, hip, culturally-savvy, swag, or with-it Church that defended its carnal, worldly indulgences as if God was actually pleased with their love for temporal things and wanted them to indulge even more.

It is not there.

I'm looking for a preacher in the New Testament who was addicted to sports, hobbies, investments, or a high lifestyle; who was known in public as a cool trend-setter.

He is not there.

I am looking for scriptures about high-rolling, multimillionaire Apostles. Not there.

If I visit the Holy Land, where will I find the ancient lavish edifices of the Early Church? Nowhere.

Where are the historic sites where the Early Church pastors had their mansions? Non-existent.

Where in the writings of Josephus, the historian, will I find records of the luxury chariots owned by Peter, James, John or Paul? Sorry. Didn't have any.

Is there any museum that exhibits the high-end designer fashions worn by Mary, Elizabeth, Anna, Martha, Priscilla, Lydia, Lois, Eunice, Phebe or Dorcus? Of course not. Don't be ridiculous.

Where in the Bible are the painted-up, jeweled-up, hyped-up thunder-mommas of the Early Church? All I can find is two JEZEBELS. One in the Old Testament. One in the New. Both were just alike: equally wicked and full of the devil. God cursed both of them.

What, if anything in the Bible, suggests that the early ministers had first-class travel tickets or stayed in five-star hotels? (Ask Paul to rehearse the "perils" chapter to you: 2 Corinthians 11.)

What in the Bible suggested in any way that the Apostles had big expense accounts, or entertained lavishly, or ate grande cuisine? Are you kidding?

Where is the Church, synagogue or home Bible study group where any New Testament saint taught financial prosperity seminars.

They are NOT there, and for good reason.
Saints of God do not live or behave that way.

There is absolutely NOTHING even VAGUELY resembling that in the New Testament Church.


Where is a SAINT in the New Testament who owned or boasted of a palatial home?

Where is a PREACHER who spent his days ranting against obedience, and holiness, and godliness, and promising blessings, blessings, blessings and NEVER rebuking, never reproving, never admonishing the saints? There is not ONE.

Where is the New Testament preacher who hated doctrine? NOT ONE.

Name ONE New Testament figure who was ANTI-Pentecostal, who forbade speaking in tongues, or condemned anyone for speaking in tongues, or even mocked speaking in tongues?

Where is a single event in the Bible where divine healing was tied to financial contributions?

Who is the New Testament preacher who encouraged giving for selfish gain in return?

Where is the TESTIMONY of ANYONE in the New Testament who became wealthy because of an act of faith?


The Apostles LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES for Jesus. 
They FORFEITED their lives for Him. 
They lived SACRIFICIALLY for Him.  

NONE of the Apostles ever recanted or renounced their belief
that Jesus was God incarnate, nor did they ever soften their message
to repent, be baptized in Jesus' name and to receive the Holy Ghost, speaking in tongues. 

To the day they died, their consecration to Him never diminished.

Neither Jesus nor the Apostles were ever vain, materialistic, money-hungry, flamboyant, arrogant, or worldly-minded. 

This is no time for us to give in to a perverted gospel
This is no time to water down the true Gospel. 

It's time to take a BOLD STAND like never before, against ALL the phony, carnal, worldly, even demon-possessed preaching and singing freaks that the world is now full of.

Nothing even remotely resembling that stuff is recorded in the Bible.

What we see RIGHT NOW is a modern phenomenon
that was PROPHESIED by many of the ancient prophets:

"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in DAMNABLE HERESIES,

...And MANY shall FOLLOW their PERNICIOUS ways;
by reason of whom

And through covetousness shall they with FEIGNED WORDS make merchandise of you:
whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not,"
2 Peter 2:1-3.

"Evil men and SEDUCERS shall wax worse and worse, DECEIVING, and BEING DECEIVED," 2 Timothy 3:13.

"For men shall be LOVERS OF THEIR OWN SELVES, COVETOUS, BOASTERS, PROUD, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce,



Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: FROM SUCH TURN AWAY,"
2 Timothy 3:2-5.

"Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth," 2 Timothy 3:7.

"Ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. 

For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, UNGODLY MEN, turning the GRACE of our God into LASCIVIOUSNESS [licentiousness; lewdness; unrestrained by law; disregarding rules; going beyond customary bounds or limits], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

[Here is a warning to those who put their trust in
the FALSE Eternal Security, Once-Saved, Always-Saved doctrine...]

I will therefore put you in remembrance, though
ye once knew this, how that the Lord,  
having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, 
afterward destroyed them that believed not.

And the angels which kept not their first estate,
but left their own habitation,
he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness
unto the judgment of the great day.

Even as Sodom and Gomorrha,
and the cities about them in like manner,
giving themselves over to fornication,
and going after strange flesh [homosexuality],
are set forth for an example,
suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh,
despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

...these speak evil of those things which they know not:
but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.


for they have gone in the way of Cain [false worship],

and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward [mercenary; money lust],

and perished in the gainsaying of Core [rebellion against God-given authority].

...clouds they are without water, carried about of winds;
trees whose fruit withereth,
without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;

Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; 
wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. 

And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying,

Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
To execute judgment upon all,
and to convince all that are ungodly among them
of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed,

These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts;
and their mouth speaketh great swelling words,
...remember ye the words which were spoken before of
the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

How that they told you there should be
MOCKERS in the last time, 
who should walk after THEIR OWN UNGODLY LUSTS.
These be they who separate themselves [from the saints],
SENSUAL, HAVING NOT THE SPIRIT [anti-Pentecostal]," Jude 1:1-19

"For MANY DECEIVERS are entered into the world [evil spirits entering men]..."

(At the core of all these deceivers and deceptions is poisonous false doctrines.)

"Whosoever transgresseth,
and abideth not in the DOCTRINE of Christ,
[God in Christ - the Oneness of God]  HATH  NOT  GOD."

The TRINITY doctrine is the BRAND of ancient Roman Catholicism - the "Great Whore" of Revelation 13-18. Those who preach and teach Roman doctrines are the harlot daughters of the "Mother of Harlots." The entire lot of them are doomed. The prophets prophesied their violent destruction (Revelation 17-18).

"...If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine,
receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds," 2 John 1:7-11.

"There be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

But though we, or an angel from heaven, 
preach ANY OTHER GOSPEL unto you
than that which we have preached unto you,


As we said before, so say I now again,

unto you than that ye have received, 


For do I now persuade men, or God?
or do I seek to please men?
for if I yet pleased men, 
Galatians 1:7-10.

It's time to get dead serious about this Christianity thing.
It's time to utterly cast down all false doctrines, false preachers and false churches.
Get out of them. Stop supporting them. Stop attending them. Stop talking favorably about them.

"I charge THEE therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ,
who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; 
reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 

For the time will come when  
but after their OWN LUSTS shall they
heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 

And they shall TURN AWAY THEIR EARS from the truth,
and shall be turned unto fables.

But watch (stay awake/alert) thou in all things, endure afflictions, 
do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry," 2 Timothy 4:1-5.

Preach the Truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth.
Love it and live it. In Jesus name.

SEE: The Early Church was absolutely, unequivocally NOT Trinitarian.

SEE: The Folly of Pursuing Wealth

SEE: Is Anybody Holy Anymore?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Christian Music Wars

Why are all the old Gospel songs and hymns suddenly anathema - cursed? Why does this generation so despise the Christianity of yesterday? There is demonic arrogance and pride in it. 

It is the fatal Rehoboam syndrome, rejecting the counsel of elders, and making their young peers their counselors. 

"He forsook the counsel of the old men,
which they had given him,
and consulted with the young men
that were grown up with him,"
1 Kings 12:8.

Everything in the Bible tells us to honor our elders, ask for the old paths, don't remove ancient landmarks, and earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered. The only real hope for this generation is to reconnect with the faith of their fathers. To reject the old paths is wicked, and is ultimately spiritually suicidal.

There is divine continuity in what God does. But a whole lot of Holiness people have rejected their own, and have taken up with pseudo-Christians, and turned against their own. That is Apostasy.

There is a diabolical disconnect between the new generation of "Christians" and the real roots of the authentic Pentecostal experience. This generation has never heard and does not know the power and anointing of the Holy Ghost that was upon earlier generations of Pentecostals; and on their preaching and their singing. They make mockery of things they know little or nothing of. Many of our children have never heard our preaching or our singing. They don't know why we believe what we believe and do what we do. They don't know who the patriarchs and elders of the last generation were, and don't know the mighty signs and wonders and miracles that followed them because of what they believed and lived by. If they did, they would realize that the old path was a good path.

"Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways,
and see, and ask for the old paths,
where is the good way, and walk therein,
and ye shall find rest for your souls
But they said, We will not walk therein,"
Jeremiah 6:16.

Satan has declared all-out war on the old paths.  

But I'm on to him, and intend to expose him as the nasty, stinking, Truth-hating, poison-fanged devil that he really is.

I do not for one second believe that the new generation of "Christians" has a more intimate relationship with God than the old-time Pentecostals. That is an enormous deception. There is strychnine in that Kool-Aid.

There is a worldly spirit in much of the new music. Many of the writers and singers of this generation are extremely carnal and worldly people, and their music projects that spirit. I studied the TWITTER timeline of one of the biggest names in Christian music. She had well over 200,000 Twitter followers, but in the latest 125 tweets, she NEVER mentioned God or the Bible; just her concerts, her travel, her sports teams, and FUN, FUN, FUN. Complete vanity. Nothing Christlike. She should be banned from every Christian venue. Her influence is utterly toxic.

It's time to drive the world, the flesh
and the devil out of our Churches.
THIS IS WAR. We must run the world, the flesh and the devil OUT OF THE CHURCH! We must run evil spirits of entertainment, sensuality and mockery off of our platforms.

It is time for us to refocus. We have given ourselves foolishly to fads and fashions in music, rather than in preserving things that are sacred and holy and truly intimate with God. I know I've stirred up a firestorm here, but these things need to be said. Our Churches need to bring back the old hymnals and rediscover sacred music.

I'm not going to equivocate or rationalize about it. We are in denial of the evil forces that are at work in "Christian" music. Someone recently wrote me after visiting Hillsong in Australia, and sensing some very bad spirits in the place. Another person expressed his consternation over the intense sexuality/sensuality of singers in a particular Hillsong video he had seen.

I am sick and tired of our being suckers to these big-time hoaxters. They don't preach the gospel truth, and in fact spend a great deal of their time bashing the kind of things that Apostolic Pentecostal Holiness people believe. Don't think for a second that the Holy Ghost is in that. Yet we devour their music and have turned our Pentecostal Churches into Hillsong substations. I will decry that till there is no more breath in me.
Every kind of Christian music has now been commercialized, plagiarized and corrupted. Carnal, worldly, materialistic people run the Christian music industry. There are essentially NO Apostolic Pentecostal Holiness people at the helm of the Christian music industry. It is an ENTERTAINMENT industry, and as such is no more sacred than the money changers in the Temple that Jesus drove out with WHIPS!! We must return to the innocence, naivete, and sincerity of sacred music, and forever boycott the endless thumping, heart-stopping, sensual, comedic, mockery that comprises the bulk of pseudo-Christian music.

A friend, Craig McCracken, sent me this quote from Stan Moser former head of Word Records, CEO of Star Records, and pioneer and executive of CCM (Contemporary Christian Music). He said, "to be candid, I look at the majority of the music I hear today and I think it's virtually meaningless... There is a growing chasm between CCM and the church; between what's actually happening in the real world of ministry, or even in the music ministry of the church, and what we're doing in CCM." That was in Christianity Today, May 20, 1996. If that was said of CCM THEN... what about now? TIME magazine stated that CCM performers are "indistinguishable, except for their lyrics, from their secular counterparts." 

That is downright abominable.

Modern Christian music is more technically expert, more intellectual, more entertaining, more physically stimulating, more hypnotic, more faddish, and stirs superficial emotions masterfully. 

But it is not deeper, more godly, or more spiritual, nor does it tend toward more holiness or Biblical maturity. It is far more superficial than the older music which tends to have a far more in-depth and comprehensive scriptural message, addressing many more doctrinal matters, and reflects a far more scriptural consecration, self-denial, humility, and genuine submission to the will of God.
In a large percentage of modern "Christian" concerts the music is harder, louder, forceful, pounding, near-heart-stopping. It generates a sensual, physical response before the "gospel" message ever begins. And in fact, if you completely threw out the lyrics so that nobody even knew what the lyrics were, they would still dance and scream and cheer. 

What does that tell you? DUMP IT!!

For God's sake, let's get back to the basics. Turn off the million dollar sound and light show. Dump everybody in the band who spends all their time playing instruments and listening to worldly music, and no time praying and reading their Bible. Anything that even REMOTELY looks like "Dance with the Stars" should be kicked out violently. And I won't even get started on the evils of trance-like chants and lyrics that are repeated over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over. Meaningless lyrics. Rock star Christian celebrities can make one phrase in the Bible sound heavenly while they totally ignore and utterly REFUSE to live by hundreds of others. They are devil-paid phonies.

We have fallen into a hellacious trap of believing that if the whole crowd is jumping up and down and going wild, that there is a spiritual revival going on. But I just don't buy it, and I know a lot of other people who don't buy it either.

There are literally thousands of wonderful Gospel songs that are doctrinally sound. It is easy enough to look through the lyrics and toss out a song that has unscriptural lyrics. But as many - and more - of the new songs are heretical, with the false doctrines of eternal security, unconditional love, hyper-grace, and worldly prosperity occurring again and again. And that says nothing of the inappropriate raw sensuality and hard-driving physicality of so much of it. Most pastors and worship leaders pay little or no attention to those hazards. We've GOT to put the brakes on that kind of stuff.

Let's just start over. Find a praying, holy-living, God-fearing singer. Hand him or her an old hymnal. Give him or her free choice of 300-400 songs. Learn it and sing it with NO showmanship. No phony gyrations. No phony screaming and hollering. No 125-decibel bleeding ears. No wall-shaking drums. Just sing a good, godly song for Jesus, to Jesus. And see what happens.

Can anybody tell me why not?