SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10,2023
This letter is for all of you who are struggling with being in the refiner’s fire; with the trials of pain, betrayal, loneliness, and hardships.
Matthew 22:14 ESV
“For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Many Believers are called by God to His service. However, few are ever chosen and appointed to walk in that service. Many of us wonder why.
Good parents must teach their children to be self sufficient, responsible, accountable, and grow in knowledge and wisdom. Our Father is a loving parent and wants us to be not only in His Image, but in His Likeness! Wow, what a humbling thought.
The more responsibility you carry, the more is required of you. Our learning consists of testing. The Bible continually warns Believers that they must expect to undergo testing.
1 Peter 1:6-7 CJB
“Rejoice in this, even though for a little while you may have to experience grief in various trials. 7 Even gold is tested for genuineness by fire. The purpose of these trials is so that your trust’s genuineness, which is far more valuable than perishable gold, will be judged worthy of praise, glory and honor at the revealing of Yeshua the Messiah.”
1 Peter 4:12-14 CJB
“Dear friends, don’t regard as strange the fiery ordeal occurring among you to test you, as if something extraordinary were happening to you. 13 Rather, to the extent that you share the fellowship of the Messiah’s sufferings, rejoice; so that you will rejoice even more when his Sh’khinah/Holy Spirit is revealed. 14 If you are being insulted because you bear the name of the Messiah, how blessed you are! For the Spirit of the Sh’khinah/Holy Spirit, that is, the Spirit of God, is resting on you!”
Moshe/Moses is one of many examples of great servants who learned to endure testing. His first test was worldly rank and pleasure.
Brought up in pharaoh’s house as the presumptive heir to Egypt’s throne, Moshe could have enjoyed all wealth, culture, and luxury of Egypt. He could have had it all, according to the standards of this world. But he refused the earthly temptations and was rejected by his own people, persecuted by pharaoh, and endured 40 years of exile, poverty, and loneliness. He overcame these hardships because he knew the temporary wealth here in earth was nothing compared to the true glory of God and the eternal reward that God offers.
Hebrews 11:26-27 CJB
“He had come to regard abuse suffered on behalf of the Messiah as greater riches than the treasures of Egypt, for he kept his eyes fixed on the reward.
27 By trusting, he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered as one who sees the unseen.”
How many Believers stand true to the glory and eternal reward of service to our Lord and Saviour when confronted with losing any of their world comfort and success.
Two main ways Our Father tests those who are called to service are by:
1) Allowing things to become hard, and
2) Allowing things to become easy
In the parable of the sower in Mark 4:17-19, Yeshua/Jesus compared the seed which fell on stony ground to believers who “endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble”. (Verse 19)
But He also compared the seed that fell among thorns to believers for whom “the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and then desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.” (Verse 19)
For me, most of my life I let the opinions of people and standards of this world drown out the opinion of Our Father. I compared myself to others in the world and thought I was doing well. However, there was never any satisfaction, as the many goals of my life continued to never be enough. I always felt as though I had to “perform” for others, as topics of conversation and ideals of success were guided by the superficial media. It was a grand revelation when I realized what a lie we were all living, following the opinions and lifestyles of others that truly did not care for our wellbeing.
I also went through a tremendous number of fiery trials in my lifetime, and it was trust and faith in Our Lord and Saviour that got me through every time.
I realize that more is to come in the upheaval of the world’s system; however, my training through these trials has prepared me with the Armour of God to face any Goliath that comes my way.
Remember you are not alone.
Remember you are loved and watched over.
Remember there are more of us than you realize.
You are stronger than you know.
Wonderful things are planned for those who are Faithful and True.
I thank God for all of the ups and downs in my life, even when I do not understand them. I know His Way is perfect, and His Timing is perfect.
With Shalom and Blessings,
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2023
How It Ends
It ends as it began, with God on the throne. That in itself should suffice as far as encouragement is concerned. Whether bedraggled, unmotivated, discouraged, bruised, beaten, wounded, or hurting, God is still on the throne, never stepped off, and has you in the palms of His hands.
The journey is what the journey is. It may be taxing and challenging at times, but that’s because we overthink it. We do the opposite of what we are commanded to do, and rather than try to please our commanding officer, we entangle ourselves in civilian affairs, putting down the sword and shield for a spot on a panel about inclusivity and inclusion: similar words, different meanings. It's sort of like equity and equality, but I digress. I thought I’d gotten away from it, but old habits die hard, and I digress with the best of them.
We are given to know the how, yet not the when, but for some of us, that’s not good enough. When we ask for a date, and He doesn’t answer, we take it upon ourselves to read His thoughts, and that never ends well. It doesn’t matter how many times men have said this is the day, only to see it come and go with nothing more than the usual real-time collapse of culture, morals, and decency taking place, we still fall for it every time as though it were some pavlovian response. You ring a bell, and your poodle comes running for its meal. You set a date, and ordinarily level-headed folk start prematurely celebrating.
As I’ve said on occasion, if one of these people would have the strength of their convictions and sell everything they own and give it to the poor a week before, then at least I’d believe that they believe what they’re saying.
“Jesus is coming next week, but just in case He doesn’t, I’m still going to make my mortgage payment.”
If that’s the case, you’ve just confirmed that you don’t really believe what you’re saying; you’re just putting out false hope, and the laughter and jubilation will turn to tears and resentment the moment the clock strikes midnight, and they’re still here.
Matthew 24:36-39, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of man be.”
Notwithstanding the undeniable truth that Jesus said of that day and hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven but the Father only, what was Noah doing while everyone else was eating, drinking, marrying, and giving in marriage. Jesus refers to the godless as being ignorant, not Noah. He was busy doing what God had commanded Him to do, which in his case was building an ark.
He wasn’t concerned with the timing. He cemented His relationship with God, heard His voice, obeyed God's commands, and did as he was told without complaint or excessive queries about how long he had to finish the project.
Noah obeyed. He didn’t second guess God, revise the blueprint for the ark, ask why it needed to be so big, or why it needed to be built in the first place since he’d never seen rain fall from the sky before. God commanded, and Noah obeyed. He didn’t know how long it would take, how much time he had, or wonder if the ark would be ready on time. By faith, he moved with godly fear and prepared the ark.
Hebrews 11:7, “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.”
Once Noah was divinely warned of things not yet seen, he did two things. First, he moved with godly fear, and second, he followed through and prepared the ark for the saving of his household.
There wasn’t any back and forth, no request for further information, and he didn’t ask to know the timeline; he moved with godly fear and did what God told him to do. But that’s not exciting enough nowadays. If you put out a video titled “Why You Should Repent” and another “Why Jesus Is Coming Tomorrow,” which would get more clicks and views? Even though without having repented, knowing the timing of His return is useless, they’ll still click on the video about Jesus returning tomorrow by a crushing majority.
1 Peter 1:13-16, “Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.’”
Are we moving with godly fear and doing what God commanded us to do, or are we squandering the time we’ve been given with fanciful tales of when something will occur that Jesus said we could never know?
Jesus promised He would return, and He keeps His word. Rather than focus on when He will return, we ought to be asking if He will find us doing what He commanded us to do when He does.
It’s easier to have endless debates about the day and hour than it is to strive for holiness, being obedient children, being sober, and girding up the loins of our minds, but something being easy doesn’t make it right, and sooner or later we will be called to account for the time we’ve been given. What did you do with your time and talents? You should have an answer since when Jesus returns, He will want to know.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea, Jr.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2023
I was never in the military. I could say it’s because I have flat feet, but in all fairness, the idea of spending months on end in a desert somewhere trying to fend off sunstroke and stomach bugs while being shot at by men whose idea of romance is not beating their wives before dinner but after, didn’t appeal to me.
Yes, I’m generalizing. Yes, I’m stereotyping. Then again, I said nothing about goats, so you have to give me a little credit for my self-restraint. The point isn’t the medieval mindset the West is trying to win over with fried chicken and rainbow flags. The point is that if you enlist, get through basic training, and come out the other side whole, then your expectations won’t be for umbrella drinks and fancy dinners. You signed on to serve and obey your commanding officer's orders, watch your platoon’s back, defend the homeland, go where you’re told to go, and do what you’re told to do.
The best you can hope for is that you don’t get deployed somewhere where everyone hates you and wishes you dead. Christians don’t have that luxury. Our deployment is guaranteed to be somewhere we are hated and targeted because as long as we are here, we are behind enemy lines, and the devil knows we’re on his turf.
Maybe it’s because our mommas told us we were special that we think we deserve to be treated with kid gloves and make sure that every itch, rash, hangnail, or blister is lovingly tended to, bandaged, and for our inconvenience and distress we are given leave for at least a year. Neither you nor I were conscripted or drafted; we volunteered. Christ asked who would follow, you said I, and so did I, and from that point forward, your life was no longer your own. You no longer belonged to yourself. You no longer belonged to the world. You belonged to Him and promised to faithfully obey for the rest of your days.
If you wanted easy, you should have gone to a spa and gotten their exfoliating package with the cucumber mask. You signed on to be a soldier, so soldier on. This isn’t tough love; it’s just the way it is. You thought today was tough? Get ready for tomorrow; it’ll be a bruiser. The day after doesn’t look so hot either, but no matter how bad it gets, you have a predetermined exfil date that your General has marked on His calendar, and when that day arrives, come what may, your General will be true to His word, and your work will be done.
You don’t have to line up every morning to inquire when your discharge papers are due to arrive. You’re done when the fight is done, and hopefully, you’ve built enough trust in your General that you keep fighting, pushing, preaching, and praying until He calls you.
This isn’t a picnic; this is war, and if you haven’t come to terms with that reality, then what follows will cause you many a sleepless night. Today’s church whines more than the French, and that’s saying something. When can we be done? When He says you’re done. When can we leave? When He decides it.
I love you. I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t, but how many times do you need to get deflated and have your hopes dashed on the rocks of reality before you start listening to Jesus and believing His words over the words of people who cry out “Look, He is here, Look He is there” every other month?
2 Timothy 2:3, “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”
There it is, in the Book, full stop!
But you don’t understand. Life’s hard; I’m tired, my feet hurt, and nobody listens. Welcome to the club, soldier; you’re not alone. You’re not the only one whose soul is vexed, but quitting is not an option. If you desire to be a good soldier, you must endure.
If you lack strength, pray for strength, and He will give you strength. If you lack boldness, pray for boldness, and He will give you boldness. If you lack faith, pray for faith, and He will give you faith. But we don’t pray for these things. All we pray for is that He take us away. As the eighties ballad so aptly put it, we don’t want to fight no more, and we’re looking for any opportunity to call a truce with the devil in order to get our way.
Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
But Lord, you don’t understand; there are giants in the land. And? He promised He would be with you wherever you go. He will stand beside you no matter who you will have to face. Be strong and of good courage. Be neither afraid nor dismayed because God has never lost a fight.
If need be, while we’re busy whining, the stones will cry out in our stead. Perhaps that’s what it will take for us to be shamed into action. Maybe that’s what it will take for the soldiers of the cross to actually do some soldiering and not live off the stories, testimonies, and victories of those who have already gone to their reward.
It’s when the children of God are silent that the devil can spread his lies. It’s when the children of God stop fighting that the enemy can gain a foothold. It is not our duty to stare at our navels, waiting for the end. Our duty is to fight the good fight, keep the faith, and finish our race. Everybody wants a crown, but nobody wants to do anything for it. Sorry, not sorry, that’s just not Biblical!
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea, Jr.
God vs. the Gods
You’re standing on a battlefield. A war rages around you, although you can’t perceive it—not directly, anyway.
The combatants are supernatural. On one side, the Creator of the universe: God. Yahweh, or YHWH, if you prefer. On the other, evil intelligences who chose rebellion over service long ago.
In former days, people were closer to the conflict than we are today. Or maybe they were just more sensitive to the struggle. Three thousand years ago, if the Bible is to be believed, people understood that nations were under the rule of gods. While people might believe in a pantheon, nations in the ancient Near East were championed by national deities—Chemosh for Moab, Molech for Ammon, Marduk for Babylon, Ashur for Assyria, Hadad for Aram, and so on.
Today, Christians have a cosmology that’s been, well, dumbed down since the apostolic age. For the last 1,600 years, we’ve been taught that since God is the only true god, then the gods of the nations around ancient Israel were just imaginary beings represented by carved images.
That was not the understanding of the prophets, apostles, and early church.
The authors of the books of the Bible understood that there were many small-G gods. They knew that these supernatural entities had been assigned to the nations, but that Israel had been reserved for Yahweh. Their writings reflected this. It’s in the Bible. We just haven’t heard about it in church. For example, when God told Moses:
For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord.
Exodus 12:12 (ESV), emphasis added
Or later, when we read:
They set out from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month. On the day after the Passover, the people of Israel went out triumphantly in the sight of all the Egyptians, while the Egyptians were burying all their firstborn, whom the Lord had struck down among them. On their gods also the Lord executed judgments.
Numbers 33:4 (ESV), emphasis added
Now, are we supposed to believe that God inspired Moses to write about His righteous judgments on lifeless bits of wood and stone?
The conflict between Yahweh and the gods who chose to rebel is most clearly seen in Psalm 82:
God has taken his place in the divine council;
in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:
“How long will you judge unjustly
and show partiality to the wicked? Selah
Give justice to the weak and the fatherless;
maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
They have neither knowledge nor understanding,
they walk about in darkness;
all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
I said, “You are gods,
sons of the Most High, all of you;
nevertheless, like men you shall die,
and fall like any prince.”
Arise, O God, judge the earth;
for you shall inherit all the nations!
Psalm 82:1-8 (ESV), emphasis added
Traditional analysis explains away the use of the word “gods” in this psalm as references to human rulers. This makes less sense than a straightforward reading of the text.
Yahweh presides over a divine council that is tasked with carrying out His orders. Some of these supernatural beings disobeyed orders and were informed by God that their punishment would be to die “like men.” That makes no sense if God was addressing a human audience.
The divine council concept is not new, although it may be to you. It was to me when I first encountered it twenty years ago. Rather than build a case for it here, which would cover territory that’s already been explored in greater depth by better minds, I recommend Dr. Michael S. Heiser’s excellent book The Unseen Realm. In a nutshell, a group of seventy bene elohim (“sons of God”) were assigned to supervise the nations after God divided mankind at Babel. (You’ll note that seventy ethnic groups are named in Genesis chapter 10, the Table of Nations.) They apparently decided to present themselves as gods to humankind, which required God’s counter-move—reserving one nation for Himself that would someday produce the Savior.
Mountains have always been key in this drama. People have known since our earliest days that mountains are sacred, the abode of the gods. Why? Is it the mystery inherent in locations that are remote and inaccessible? Is it the awe inspired by their size and beauty? Is it simply that primitive humans noticed that mountains were tall and closer to heaven than where they lived?
No. Mountains are sacred because the original location of the divine council was on a mountain. The original home of humankind was also on that mountain. After rebellion broke out, the Fallen chose other mountains to call their own. And all of history is a chronicle of the long war that broke out on the original cosmic mountain, Eden. (Yes, it’s a garden, but it was also on a mountain. See Ezekiel 28.)
But the accounts of this war aren’t just contained in the Bible. Secular history records important information about this conflict, although most scholars don’t see it for what it is. The war between God and the gods has been fought in the supernatural realm and in our time-space domain by human agents of the warring parties. In the months ahead, we’ll look at some well-known events in the Bible in a way you probably haven’t before—acts of war by God against gods that you’ve been told were imaginary.
We’ll examine one of the people groups Joshua and the Israelites had to fight to claim their new homeland in Canaan. We’ll document the connections between this group of people and the shadowy race of giants called the Rephaim, the occult center that was Babylon (past and future), the king of Egypt who was forced to let God’s people go, and the mythical race of old gods called the Titans.
You read that right: There are links between the Titans of Greek mythology, ancient Egypt, Babylon, and Canaan, and the prophesied Babylon the Great.
We’ll also examine the roles of two divine entities that have been particularly resilient in the long war, appearing again and again at key points in history. And we’ll present what we think is a plausible scenario for the end times that’s best described as a cosmic double-cross, a PSYOP that exploits our human biases and weaknesses—nationalism, racism, and a desire to take onto ourselves a role that God has reserved for the Messiah.
This all sounds like what skeptics call “woo,” but it’s not. These claims are based on documented history, theology, and linguistics. No fringe research, and only a little speculation—although the scholars whose work I cite would probably disagree with my conclusions. That’s to be expected. We’ll apply a supernatural filter to offer an analysis of why history happened the way it did, and to demonstrate that the historical record supports the biblical account if you look at it the right way.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2023
Who You Serve
Because the flesh desires to usurp God in prominence and authority, men constantly attempt to whittle Him down to their size. They know they can’t compete; there will always be the delineating factor of Creator and creation, but that doesn’t mean they won’t try. They attack His omnipotence, His omniscience, His inerrancy, and His supremacy, whether directly or indirectly, by their words and actions.
Everything the world does has the singular goal of diminishing God. Even the latest craze of people claiming to be born in the wrong body, to the wrong gender, with the wrong plumbing is rooted in the idea that a sovereign, inerrant God made a mistake with Billy because Billy believes he should be Betty.
It’s man’s way of convincing himself that God is fallible. Why would man go to such great lengths to make God fallible in their minds? Because if He is fallible about something as basic as one’s gender, then maybe, just maybe, all that stuff about eternal judgment can be ignored. Perhaps it is a bedtime story to scare the youngsters into brushing their teeth and saying their evening prayers.
Even those claiming to be of the household of faith need to be reminded about the God they serve, who He is, what He has done, what He can do, and what He will do. If God has declared a thing, then no matter how improbable to human intellect, it’s as good as done because there is nothing He cannot do. He spoke the universe into being, created man from the dust of the earth, and knew the end from the beginning without breaking a sweat.
That anyone would think their feelings or opinions take precedence over the word and will of God only goes to show man's hubris. You mean to tell me you can’t hold down a job for more than two weeks, but you can dictate terms to the Creator of all things? You live in a van down by the river subsisting on baked beans and Spam, but you have the temerity to declare that God was wrong and you are right, and one of these days, God will see it your way?
At the end of his short letter, Jude pens both an exhortation and a reminder of who the God we serve is. It is beautiful and poetic and ought to have the effect of lifting your head from the dust of the earth, standing up straight, and reminding yourself that you are His son, you are His daughter, you are counted among those He loved so much that He sent Jesus to die the death of the cross that you might be reconciled unto Him. Before you get a swelled head, God loved the world, not just a handful therein, so let’s not jump to declaring and speaking into existence quite yet.
We cling to memories we should let sink to the bottom of the sea of forgetfulness, but we allow time to dull the reality of who God is in our hearts and minds. We remember every insult, cross word, and offense to our person since we were in diapers but readily forget all the great things God has done for us. The shortest route to bitterness for any heart is to forget the goodness of the Lord and concentrate on the injustice and corruption of the world. You can’t blame God for what the godless do. Free will is sometimes a fanged beast with poisoned talons, and consequences are an absolute that none can skirt around. We fail to see what the Lord has done but anxiously speculate on what He will do, and peace can never have a place in such a soul.
Jude 24-25, “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.”
Of all the things Jude could have ended his letter with, he chose to end it with a profound humility that reveals his understanding of man’s frail nature and his need to lean on God. He could have gone through the various attributes of God, but he chose to focus on the fact that He is able to keep us from stumbling and present us faultless before the presence of His glory.
Even as Christ’s younger brother and one who was committed to the way of truth, Jude understood that the continued presence of God in one’s life keeps one's foot from slipping, one's eye from wandering, and one's focus from shifting.
If you desire to remain in Him, God will keep you from stumbling. If His will for your life is your preeminent priority, He will finish the good work He has begun in you. Does this mean that men can’t fall away? Does this mean that once you wave a hand at a crusade, you’re grandfathered in no matter what? The answer is self-evident, given the epidemic of mega church pastors renouncing their faith in Christ and feeling the need to shout their renunciation from the rooftops.
Some men choose rebellion. Some men choose to run back into the arms of the world because they love it more than they love God. These are not the ones Jude is referring to. Jude is referring to those who walk humbly with their Lord and whose love for Him is consuming and consistent. They are the ones whom God keeps from stumbling as they navigate the snares and traps of the enemy.
No matter how strong you may think yourself to be, you would be felled without God's grace, mercy, presence, power, and aid in your life. Eventually, one of the fiery arrows would get through. Eventually, your foot would slip without Him keeping you from it. For all that He is and all that He does, for His love, mercy, correction, holiness, and grace, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever.
Jeremiah 9:23-24, “Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord.”
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea, Jr.
Coach Dave Daubenmire
September 7, 2023
The Republicans left me. I did not leave them.
I do not remember for sure who said that, but I believe that is the heart cry of millions of Americans in flyover country.
The Republicans used to be known as a “Christian” Party…back in the days of the Moral Majority and Rev. Pat Robertson’s fight to return America to the moral high ground.
There was a time when the Republican Party STOOD for something…right against wrong…good against evil…Christ against Lucifer…other than invasive wars.
That was before the days when the Republican Party traded Christianity for Conservatism.
If we really want to Make America Great Again, the Republican Party must become Christian with a backbone again. As Jesus warned, a saltless message is good for nothing.
Conservatism is Pretend SALT…A watered down version of Biblical principles designed to curry the favor of voters without coming across as…well…too Christian. Jesus told us that “no man can serve two masters.” I am a Christian who happens to vote Republican. I am not a Republican who just happens to be a Christian. I used to think they were one in the same.
But not so much anymore. Fool me once shame on YOU…fool me twice, shame on ME. I am done drinking the Rush Limbaugh Kool Aid…Republican good, Democrat bad. I am done with RINO’s…but also done with CHINO’s…Christians In Name Only. The Republican Party is full of them.
One of the CHINO’s years ago tried to promote the BIG TENT approach to politics. That was the idea that if you really did not take strong positions on the moral issues that the Party would thrive based on all-inclusive positions that were sure not to offend anyone. That birthed such groups as the Log-Cabin Republicans. You know…the sexually deviant Republicans who voted for strong fiscal policy.
Somebody stupid sold that as a wise move. Enlarging the tent simply poked more holes in the foundation. Psalm 11:3 warns us, “If the foundations be destroyed what can the righteous do?” Answer…vote for unrighteous conservatives. Non-Christian, sin promoting, immoral values promoting “conservatives” became the flavor of choice. CHINOs elect RINOs. Get it?
Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Chris Christy, John McCain, Jeb Bush, John Boehner, Kevin McCarthy, Poppy Bush, Bill Barr, GW Bush, Dick Chaney, Liz Chaney, just to name a few. “Conservatives,” FAKE SALT, that Christians hired to fight the Spiritual War that IS politics.
Lest we forget our dear friend CONSERVATIVE Barry Goldwater:
“Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.”
That was long before COVID exposed the phony, fearful, compromised Church.
Let there be no doubt. Compromise is surrender. Christians cannot win elections, they tell us. We need to hide our faith under a bushel and call ourselves CONSERVATIVE! Maybe we can trick the voters into electing our team. After all, the Name of Jesus is sooo divisive…
Perhaps you haven’t noticed , but at the heart of the MAGA movement is Christianity. Maybe not organized “religious” Christianity, but MAGA’s values are Christian. The establishment Republicans HATE Christians…they hate our values, they hate the idea of MAGA, yet we capitulate to their wicked schemes. BOTH parties are rushing us headlong into the New World Order.
Wasn’t it Poppy Bush, a Republican, who first announced the New World Order to the world?
President Kennedy, a Democrat, before the CIA murdered him, warned us:
“For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence–on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific, and political operations.”
The Republican Party has been infiltrated by non-believers. They no longer represent CHRISTIAN values. They didn’t even fight for honest elections. They sold us out to China Joe and the phony Ho.
Look around. The “Injustice Department” has locked up over a thousand “Republicans” in the DC Gulag without a trial. Those who do make it to trial end up in a kangaroo court designed to punish them. ANTIFA walks free…MAGA does time. DC hates MAGA. They don’t hate Trump, they hate US and our Christian values.
Not a peep from the “Republicans” in Washington. We corn poke Christians, “deplorables” Hillary called us, are an embarrassment to the Establishment Republicans. They wish we would all just go away. They are looking the other way as our own two-headed Government beast removes Christian influence from the scene of the crime.
Pro-lifers are thrown in jail for simply defending the lives of the pre-born. The Supreme Court overturns Roe V Wade and the Republicans act like it never happened. Baby murder continues unabated. Why? Because CHINO’s elect RINOS.
You do not have to be a Christian to not want your SON to be homecoming QUEEN! Why can’t they understand that?
George Carlin was right. He told us that Washington is one big club and we “ain’t in it.”
The Democrats hate Christians and the Republicans are embarrassed by us. Ask Oliver Anthony.
That is why MAGA is such a threat. Donald Trump was God’s wrecking ball. Stop with the moral judgements about whether he was “Christian” enough. The Bible is replete of stories of God using un-Godly men to advance the cause. You do not have to be a man of God in order to be God’s man.
“You shall know them by their fruit.”
Christians are being thrown in jail. Soon they will be fed to the Lions.
Has anyone seen or heard anything from the Republicans?
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2023
For the longest time, there was a moisturizer company whose tagline was ‘Love the skin you’re in.’ It was a good tagline. It is succinct, punchy, and memorable enough that it occasionally shows up on crossword puzzles as a clue. Notable as the tagline may have been, it was never meant to be deemed as instruction for the people of God, but for some, it has become their refrain.
While the ungodly are encouraging the masses to love the skin they’re in, Jude instructs us to hate even the garment defiled by the flesh. As I’ve said often enough, when individuals and the Bible take contrarian positions, I will believe the Bible every time, without fail, no matter who the individuals happen to be.
Perhaps it’s because we’ve downplayed the danger sin poses for decades that even those who warm a pew every week are reticent to part ways with it. If no one tells you that a cobra will kill you with one bite, you may be tempted to treat it as a pet. What’s worse, if they insist that it’s harmless and inoffensive and everyone they know handles the serpents without any adverse effects, you may be tempted to try your hand at it, too. You have never touched a snake before, and everyone says it feels different. What could be the harm? Everyone else brags about being amateur snake handlers, and they’re still around. Live a little; you deserve it.
Unlike those who care not a whit for your spiritual well-being, Jude contextualizes the danger sin poses and insists that not only aren’t you supposed to love the skin you’re in if you haven’t been born again, but have such an aversion to sin itself that you hate the garments defiled by it.
The other day, it was brisk here in Wisconsin. We’d had some scorchers for a few days, then one morning, the temperatures dipped into the fifties. Since my girls will use any opportunity to eat something sweet, they concluded it was the perfect weather to make a fire, toast some marshmallows, and make s’mores.
I suggested watermelon since I wouldn’t have to make a fire for that, but as is usually the case where I’m outnumbered three to one, my idea got the axe. I dutifully went to the local supermarket and grabbed some marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate. I made a fire, and the girls had their fill of s’mores. Then, once the fire died down, my youngest sniffed herself and said, “I stink. I smell like smoke. I’m going to go take a shower and change.”
There are a couple of lessons worth remembering from that seemingly innocuous event. First, you must be honest enough with yourself to acknowledge when you stink. If you can smell yourself, be sure others can smell you, too. Second, once you recognize that you stink, it must be off-putting enough that you’re willing to do something about it. It’s not sufficient to say, “I’m a sinner.” You must hate the sin you’re in enough to want to make a change, repent, turn away from it, and never revisit it again. Third, once you’ve washed and made yourself clean, don’t put on the stinky clothes again. New birth, new life, new garments.
Some people try to put on new garments before they’ve washed themselves clean, and that doesn’t work. Others stink to high heaven but pretend as though they don’t, and that doesn’t work either. Others still don’t mind their reek and insist that no one around them should mind it either. Rather, they should be deemed brave for being so filthy that the dirt is caked on in layers.
The individuals Jude is referring to, when he instructs us to save some with fear, pulling them out of the fire, are those who’ve been the way they are for so long they are unaware of their wretchedness. Some people have been filthy and stinky for so long that they are unaware of the odor they emanate. It is toward ones such as these that we must show compassion and offer them the soap, the water, and the clean garments. Whether they follow through and wash themselves clean is not on you. You can’t force someone into the bath, but you can point them to it and lovingly say, “You stink.”
It would be mean and unloving to state the obvious and go about your day without offering the individuals the means and opportunity to remedy their situation. It’s not unloving, however, to make someone aware of their sin and then provide them a way they can be free of it. Even in our hyper-sensitive age, where everyone is offended by everything, that should be deemed appropriate. The reason it’s not is because the enemy wants those in darkness to remain blind to the darkness they are in. He wants those in the fire to go on believing that it will never burn them, and when supposed Bible scholars strengthen the hand of the wicked by echoing this sentiment, they must be called out on it.
No matter how syrupy a voice, inoffensive a demeanor, or how big the smile is, they’re still telling people headed to hell that they aren’t and demonizing anyone who would say otherwise.
One surefire indicator that someone isn’t preaching the whole counsel of God is that they are popular with those in darkness. We’ve all woken up in the middle of the night and turned on a light. What was your first reaction? I know what mine always is. I cringe and shut my eyes because the sudden light offends my sensibilities. I have to wait until my eyes adjust to the brightness before I’m comfortable in the light, and it happens every time.
Why do those who live in darkness not cringe away from some who claim to be bearers of light? That’s a question worth pondering. It will tell you all you need to know about the current state of the church.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea, Jr.