Why should the love of God given to mankind through His Son Jesus Christ offend any human being?  Isn’t that what we all want, to be loved?  Don’t we yearn to be cherished, protected, well taken care of?  The Lord God Almighty has compassion and love for mankind; He has put it on display through His Son Jesus Christ.  Many, however, will never respond to His love because they are offended by the cross of Jesus Christ.  Why?

Scripture gives us two ways that people are offended by the cross of Jesus Christ.  The first is because Jesus Christ’s death upon the cross nullifies our self-righteousness.  The second is because His death doesn’t align with our sensibilities. Following are the two passages from God’s Holy Word, the Bible, that reveal these mindsets.

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.  (2)  Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.  (3)  For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.  (4)  Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.  (5)  For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.  (6)  For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.  (7)  Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?  (8)  This persuasion cometh not of Him that calleth you.  (9)  A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.  (10)  I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.  (11)  And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.  Galatians 5:1-11 

Certain Judaizers had come to the region of Galatia telling believers they must be circumcised to be justified before God, or saved.  This was completely contrary to the gospel which Paul had preached to them.  Paul preached belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ as sufficient for salvation.  The Galatian believers were leaving the sure foundation of truth of the gospel laid down for them by Paul and were reverting to a works righteousness salvation procured through circumcision.  The Holy Spirit, through Paul reminded them and us that works righteousness is incompatible with the grace of God given to us through faith in Jesus Christ and what He has done for us through His death upon the cross for our sins and resurrection from the dead for our justification.  Self-righteous people can never believe they are too evil and their works completely tainted to ever deserve God’s grace.  They refuse to see their utter depravity and inability to do anything to affect their salvation.  So they refuse the grace of God proffered to them in the cross of Jesus Christ. Self-righteous people are offended by the cross of Jesus Christ and refuse to humbly accept His genuine offer of gracious salvation based upon His merit, His work, His standing before Almighty God.  Through the cross of Jesus Christ, we either die to sin and self and live to God for all eternity in heaven, or we die to life and true righteousness and enter eternal damnation in fiery hell.  The cross of Jesus Christ not only slays our self-righteousness it also smashes our sensibilities.

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.  (19)  For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.  (20)  Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?  (21)  For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.  (22)  For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:  (23)  But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness;  (24)  But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 1Corinthians 1:18-24 

Paul, by the Holy Spirit, clearly lays out the conflict between mankind and the message of the cross of Jesus Christ. The Jews, or religious, want signs to prove the veracity of the cross, while the rest of the world wants intellectual feats of wonderment to win them to the cross. The gospel of Jesus Christ renders the wisdom of man of no effect and at the same time is the greatest display of God’s power throughout all time.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  (17)  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. Romans 1:16-17 

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; (2)  By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.  (3)  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures;  (4)  And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures: 1Corinthians 15:1-4 

In the final verse of 1 Corinthians chapter one we see that Paul acknowledges the only way that anyone overcomes the offense of the cross of Jesus Christ, they must be called.  Jesus Christ Himself made this abundantly clear when confronting Jewish unbelief recorded for us in the Gospel of John.

Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.  (44)  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.  (45)  It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto Me.  (46)  Not that any man hath seen the Father, save He which is of God, He hath seen the Father.  (47)  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life… But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray Him.  (65)  And He said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto Me, except it were given unto him of My Father.  John 6:43-65 

The cross of Jesus Christ renders human pride of no effect.  We either humble ourselves before God, repent of our sins, and receive His gospel grace given to us through Jesus Christ’s death upon the cross taking the punishment we deserve and His life given to us for all eternity through His resurrection from the dead, or we continue on in our lost estate, die in our sins, and spend eternity suffering in fiery hell.  God’s commands all to repent, His power is sufficient for us to heed His call, is efficacious to all who are called by Him.  May Christ Jesus grant you repent faith and salvation through belief in His gospel of grace.

Lord Jesus Christ You are the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through You. May you bring many to repentant faith in You for their salvation and Your glory.  Amen!

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Open Letter To Congress

Beloved brethren my education about the corruption within the government of this country has increased while I have been reading information on twitter and other sites. It is important that you know the truth. Please read this and contact your elected officials and demand they do their job and protect our country!


I realize that you are all corrupt, and are indebted to special interest groups and donors, however, this does not allow for your inaction in addressing treasonous activity, regardless of the position that the perpetrator holds.

In this particular instance, I am referring to your lack of attention and inaction referencing President Barack Obama.  Are you going to  allow our country to fall into the hands of the United Nations?  Have you no regard for the sovereignty of the United States?  Are you going to ignore the fact that Barack Obama is using executive action to surrender our nation to the UN?

Our forefathers drew up a constitution to protect us from, exactly, this type of behavior.  Since when has the United States sponsored terrorism?  This is exactly what Barack Obama did, when he gave $400,000,000.00 to Iran for release of hostages, thereby painting a target on any American traveling…

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Prayer: Part Four

Beloved we live in a nation that has been hijacked by wicked and depraved forces.  The candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton is mired in scandal due to her wanton corruption, collusion with wicked regimes, obstruction of justice and lying to the American people.  We have been subjugated to her intrigue against our nation, and to eight years of Obama’s blatant attack upon the American people and the values of our nation.  Obama and Clinton are both members of the global elites bent on disenfranchising American citizens from our Constitutional form of government and the Bill of Rights.  At times like this it is good that we can pray for our nation, against the forces of evil and for the establishment of righteousness.  Following are examples of saints from the Old Testament praying against the wicked.

Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?  (2)  The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.  (3)  For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.  (4)  The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.  (5)  His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.  (6)  He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.  (7)  His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.  (8)  He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.  (9)  He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.  (10)  He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.  (11)  He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.  (12)  Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.  (13)  Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.  (14)  Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.  (15)  Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none.  (16)  The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.  (17)  LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:  (18)  To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress. Psalm 10:1-18 

Beloved we can and should pray against the work of the wicked usurpers in this country who are caught up in scandalous graft.  Note these wicked workers reject God and His truth; they are set upon doing evil in the land against the innocent and helpless.  We must pray for continued exposure of Clinton’s corruption and the collusion of the mainstream media in working to keep her unaccountable from her criminal acts.  Another portion of the Psalms gives us a clear understanding of the abhorrence of them to our Holy God!

A Prayer of David. Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.  (2)  Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal.  (3)  Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.  (4)  Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.  (5)  Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.  (6)  I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.  (7)  Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.  (8)  Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,  (9)  From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.  (10)  They are inclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.  (11)  They have now compassed us in our steps: they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth;  (12)  Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.  (13)  Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword:  (14)  From men which are thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.  (15)  As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.  Psalm 17:1-15 

Wicked men and women have always been on the face of this earth.  As the righteous of the Lord we must oppose them because of the havoc and destruction the wreak throughout the earth.  Let us commit to pray against these evildoers and intercede for Donald Trump that he will prevail in his bid to be President of the United States of America!

When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.  (11)  By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.  Proverbs 11:10-11 

Lord Jesus Christ You are God Who rules overall and You know the hearts and see the actions of all of the depraved.  Please protect US from the schemes of these wicked people and establish righteousness in the land.  Amen!

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As He Walked

As believers in Jesus Christ, that should be our goal, to emulate Jesus Christ so we are justified when we call ourselves Christians.  In 1 Peter, God the Holy Spirit, in His Holy Word the Bible, calls us to walk just as Jesus walked.  This call is diametrically opposed to what we think, what our flesh wants, or what much of the visible church teaches.

21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: 22 “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; 23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return, when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.  25 For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.  1 Peter 2:21-25

One thing to keep in mind is that Christ’s behavior was controlled by the divine purpose of His work to save sinners.  Through Christ’s humility He saved us when He died upon the cross bearing our sins, so that we can die to sins and live for righteousness, following our Savior, who is our Shepherd and Overseer.  All of this gives me great comfort and encouragement.  I hope you are encouraged too.

This passage comes after Peter exhorts slaves to be respectful to their masters whether they are kind or not, and after this passage, wives are encouraged to exhibit the same behavior.  This epistle ends with the declaration that living this way is the grace of God.  As we look to other verses in the New Testament Scriptures we can see this exhortation repeated over and over again, and we can read of Christ’s supreme example that we should follow for His glory and the blessing of others.

Before, I write out those other passages, I just want to confess that these verses are more for me than for anyone else.  I am sharing them because I believe we all struggle with the flesh, which is biblical truth.  I am far too often more concerned with my rights and well-being than I am with God’s glory and the benefit of others.  This exhortation speaks directly to my heart and I am thankful the Lord laid it upon my heart as I was cleaning up the kitchen this evening.  Jesus Christ is so kind and loving to us, praise His Holy Name.  Amen!

So the verse that I started to think about was out of Ephesians, the verse that exhorts us to walk worthy of the Lord with all lowliness.  I want to share that verse and then share a passage about Jesus Christ and His amazing, gracious lowliness.  Sharing godly exhortation through the Scriptures should encourage us in the love of Jesus Christ and incite within us a greater desire to obey and glorify Him, as laid out for us in God’s Holy Word, the Bible.  It is worth noting that the passage I share comes after God’s declaration of His glorious salvation and love given to His church, His beloved people.

1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love.  Ephesians 4:1-2

Paul, God’s Apostle called out of due season, expressly emulates Christ’s behavior by being a prisoner of the Lord, not bewailing his imprisonment, but using it as a springboard to exhort his beloved brethren to walk the same way.  My beloved brethren, we are the ones to whom he is writing.  Paul’s lowliness caused him to consider his imprisonment only in the light of Christ’s calling and how it could further the gospel and minister to his brothers and sisters.  That is lowliness.  Not considering ourselves but considering others.  The lowliness must be with the right attitude of gentleness, longsuffering and love, not resentment or self-righteousness.  The Holy Spirit, through Paul, again exhorts us to follow Jesus Christ in lowliness in another passage in the Scriptures.

27 Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel…Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, bit in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.  4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.  5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 Who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.  9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.  Philippians 1:27 & 2:3-13

Again our beloved brother Paul exhorts us to walk worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ in the unity of the faith not allowing anything to keep us from esteeming others better than ourselves, instead being concerned with their well-being and interests.  Jesus Christ epitomized this perfectly when He left heaven, became a man and died upon the cross.  The love of God drove Him to deny Himself and His glory so that He could save us from our sins.  The end result is salvation of sinners, those who repent of their sins and put their faith in Jesus Christ, and the ultimate universal exaltation of Jesus Christ as Lord.  His name, Jesus, our Savior, is the unique name given to the only One Who can save His people from their sins.  As Christ’s beloved redeemed ones, we must follow Christ’s example by denying our wicked flesh and submitting to the will of our Father in heaven.  As we seek to obey and glorify God in all circumstances, He works in us to do His will for His good pleasure.  As God the Father honored God His Son, Jesus Christ, for His faithful obedience, He promises to honor all who will walk as Jesus walked, in all lowliness, humility and obedience, as we follow Jesus Christ our Savior.  Praise God for His work in us and praise God for His blessings to us through Jesus Christ.  Amen!

21 “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”  Matthew 1:21

26 “If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also.  If anyone serves me, him My Father will honor.  John 12:26

12 By Silvanus, our faithful brother, as I consider him, I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God in which you stand.  1 Peter 5:12

Lord Jesus Christ how can we sufficiently thank You for all of Your goodness and love given to us.  May our lives be worthy of Your gospel, and may we follow You in lowliness of mind.  In Your name we pray.  Amen!

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God’s Nation

There is only one nation of the face of the earth that is called to be God’s nation, and that is the nation of Israel.  They alone were specifically chosen of God to be His special people, a nation to follow His statutes and to dwell in the land that He gave them to possess.

1 “Now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I teach you to observe, that you may live and go in and possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers is giving you.  2 You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you…7 For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the Lord our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him?  8 And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day?  9 Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life.  And teach them to your children and your grandchildren, …Deuteronomy 4:1-2 & 7-9

20 “O, Lord, there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.  21 And who is like Your people Israel, the one nation on the earth whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people—to make for Yourself a name by great and awesome deeds, by driving out nations from before Your people whom You redeemed from Egypt?  22 For You have made Your people Israel Your very own people forever; and You, Lord, have become their God.  1 Chronicles 17:20-22

Israel did not keep God’s judgments, nor worship Him alone, and added to and took away from His Word; and God drove them from the land that He had given to them.  He promised to restore them to the land and He did, not once, but twice.  And so we see the nation of Israel dwelling in the land that God gave to them in national unrepentant unbelief.  This also is God’s plan, because He has sent a Savior, His Son Jesus Christ the Messiah to save for Himself a people from among the Gentiles to be His very own.  My brethren, this is the time of the Gentiles in God’s economy, until their number is fulfilled and then God promises to save His people, the nation of Israel.

25 For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.  26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:  “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; 27 For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.”  28 Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers.  29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.  30 For you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, 31 even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy.  Romans 11:25-31

God’s plan for all peoples is they repent and put their faith in His Son Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and reconciliation to God.

21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might be the righteousness of God in Him.  1 We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.  2 For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.”  Behold, now is the accepted time; behold now is the day of salvation.  2 Corinthians 5:21-6:2

If the peoples of any nation will repent of their sin and put their faith in Jesus Christ the Redeemer, then that nation will be blessed by God even though they are not His called out nation.  God’s people are only those who have believed the gospel and put their faith in the Savior Jesus Christ.  They have believed that God the Father sent Jesus Christ His Son to be Savior of the World that whosoever should believe in Him should not perish but have eternal life, because they believe that Jesus Christ died upon the cross for their sins, was buried and then rose again from the dead the third day, ascended into heaven sitting at the right hand of God on high, whose return for His church is imminent, and will come back to judge this world in righteousness as clearly taught throughout the Old and New Testaments.

If individuals of any nation collectively repent of their sin and believe in Jesus Christ they will be saved, and God will pour out His blessings upon that nation.  On the other hand, if the people of any land collectively reject Jesus Christ through worshipping a false Christ, rejecting His Holy Word the Bible and believe they can sin with impunity then God will withdraw His hand of blessing and allow calamity throughout that land.  America is experiencing calamity because the church has preached a corrupted gospel and rejected the Word of God, the Holy Bible as true.  If we want to see our nation turned around, then the church must repent and turn back to God.  May God pour out His Holy Spirit upon this nation and graciously grant us repentance to turn from our evil ways and be reconciled to God through His Son Jesus Christ.  We are witnesses to the destruction that is occurring within the nations that mock God and His Son Jesus Christ.  Do we think we are stronger than God?  We must repent!  The fruit of our lives will bear witness to His work of repentant faith within our hearts, that we are His saved children bound for heaven, saved from the terrors of hell which we deserve because of our sinful works, and delivered from the calamities reserved for the peoples of nations who reject the truth.

11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.  15 Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority.  Let no one despise you.  1 Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.  3 For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasure, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.  4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  Titus 2:11-3:2

Lord Jesus Christ may we always remember that You are the only One Who can change the human heart and create a saved child of God bound for heaven living a life to please You.  May You bring many to repentant faith in You.  Amen!

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Deadly Deception: Part Two

When the truth is replaced with lies, then we can expect deadly results.  This has happened throughout the history of the world.  We have witnessed the mass decimation of populations throughout the world due to the lies of leaders and corrupt governments.  The very first lie, Satan’s lie to Eve, plunged the world into chaos from which it won’t recover until Jesus Christ comes back to set things right.  At this time in our country we are reeling from the destructive consequences of the lies that come continually from our media.  Black Lives Matter rioters tear apart cities on the weakest of pretexts and now are promising to attack white people, no longer are they wanting peace and justice.  The radical Islamists are butchering people across our nation, and there are stories of sexual predation engaged in by these wicked extremists.  When a government no longer fulfills its God given duties of condemning the wicked and protecting the righteous it is no longer legitimate and should be overturned.  When it overthrows the law, as this administration and Hillary Clinton have done, then they no longer have the authority or right to be the governing body.

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.  (2)  Whosoever therefore resists the power, resists the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.  (3)  For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:  (4)  For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.  (5)  Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.  Romans 13:1-5 

Praise God we have the opportunity to right the wrong through our election process.  We are in the midst of an election for the President of the United States of America, and the stakes couldn’t be higher.  Hillary Clinton is being dogged by story after story of her corruption during her time as Secretary of State, much the same way Bill Clinton was continuously exposed for his wicked behavior.  Yet, unbelievably, there are people who seriously consider her to be a legitimate alternative to Donald Trump.  Trump isn’t being dogged by scandal after scandal, instead the corrupt media is parsing his words in order to distract from his policies and his reasoned expose’ of Clinton and Obama.  The media continuously disparages him on his remarks, all the while letting Clinton escape with the mildest of exposure.  Today, while watching the Fox program The Five, I saw this coordinated effort against Trump in full swing.

Jesse Waters, a guest on the show, but a Fox employee, did not give a fair and accurate accounting of what Trump laid out as his plan against ISIS.  So those of you who think that Fox is somehow, fair and balanced, think again.  They just have a subtler way of insinuating their disdain for Trump.  Rather than give the meat of the speech, Waters tore apart what little he did comment on, and then said he should have written another speech.  The regular hosts agreed.  Well it just so happens that Trump released the transcript of this speech, and I am including it in this post.  He gives credible policy to end the rise of ISIS and remove these radical Islamists from our nation, all the while speaking the truth about how Obama and Hillary helped to set up our current tenuous situation through their lies, deceptions, and immoral policies to enable the rise of these radical jihadists.  This present administration has excelled in reducing our security.  Hillary worked right along with Obama to fundamentally change our nation, from one of hope and promise to one of uncertainty and insecurity.

The deadly deception coming from Obama, Clinton, and the mainstream media will only lead to continued death, destruction and degradation.  May we be wise to vote for Trump and reject all the lies against him, and the propaganda supporting the disastrous policies of Obama and Clinton.  The following links expose their lies and the promise of change that Trump is championing.

An hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.  (10)  When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoices: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.  (11)  By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.  Proverbs 11:9-11 

Dear Lord Jesus Christ please deliver us from this deadly deception that will destroy our country.  May you keep Trump safe and give him the victory in November.  May You bless our country.  Amen!

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Diabolical Deception

Jesus Christ was born into a nation ensnared by lies and murderous treachery against God and His people as shown by Herod’s savage slaughter of innocent children when he was deceived by the wise men.

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, (2) Saying, Where is He that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him.  (3)  When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.  (4)  And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.  (5)  And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, (6) And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule My people Israel.  (7) Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.  (8)  And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the Young Child; and when ye have found Him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship Him also.  Matthew 2:1-8

The chief priests and scribes told the king where Jesus was born, but like him, they didn’t go to find Him so they could worship Him.  They were troubled!  Herod was so troubled that it led him to murder children approximating the age of Jesus to make sure to get rid of the Christ.

(12)  And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.  (13)  And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the Young Child and His mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the Young Child to destroy Him.  (14)  When he arose, he took the Young Child and His mother by night, and departed into Egypt:  (15)  And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called My Son.  (16)  Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.  (17)  Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, (18) In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.  Matthew 2:12-18

Jesus Christ continuously fought against this diabolical deception that enshrouded the land of Israel in a smothering smog of treacheryHis forerunner, John the Baptist, exposed the wicked hypocrisy of the governmental and religious elites occupying Israel with non-genteel terms.

In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,  (2)  And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.  (3)  For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.  (4)  And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.  (5)  Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,  (6)  And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.  (7)  But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?  (8)  Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:  (9)  And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.  (10)  And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  (11)  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:  (12)  Whose fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.  Matthew 3:1-12

Jesus also spoke the truth to these deceivers, expressly declaring to them their origination being from the devil which explained their wicked rejection of Him.

They answered and said unto Him , Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.  (40)  But now ye seek to kill Me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.  (41)  Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to Him , We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.  (42)  Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love Me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent Me.  (43)  Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.  (44)  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.  (45)  And because I tell you the truth, ye believe Me not.  (46)  Which of you convinces Me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe Me?  (47)  He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.  (48)  Then answered the Jews, and said unto Him , Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?  (49)  Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honor my Father, and ye do dishonor Me.  (50)  And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth.  (51)  Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. John 8:39-51 

Diabolical deception led the Jews to believe they were of God, but Jesus Christ was of the devil, when indeed, the opposite was true.  The devil had them convinced they belonged to God, and because Jesus Christ convicted them of their sin and the imminent judgment hanging over them, they were furious and plotted to kill Him.  They had the power and the means because this network of diabolical deception covered the nation ensnaring all stations of life so that it was easy from them to convince the governance and populace that Jesus Christ must be executed for blasphemy and treason.  Praise God it was His plan to send His Son to die in our place that we can be forgiven for our sins and be reconciled to God through repentant faith in His Son Jesus Christ and belief in the gospel.

It is distressing to realize that this same network of diabolical deception has bound our nation in a conceit of deceit that blinds people, media, government and churches to what is really going on here.  Our nation is being led to the slaughter by deceptive con men and women, frauds and felons, who want to cripple our nation and enslave the people for their own nefarious purposes and aggrandizement.  It is a reproach to the United States of America that Hillary Clinton has support from the people and complicit defense from the media and government.  She is thoroughly corrupt and unfit to be president of the United States of America, and if it wasn’t for the people choosing their own candidate rather than the establishment pick, then her presidency would be guaranteed, just as Barak Hussein Obama’s presidency was a sure outcome as he competed against McCain and Romney for the presidency.  Dear readers we are in a fight for our lives, and we must come together to support the nominee that the people chose, rather than the globalist elites, we must support Trump!  We do not have the redemption story as the outcome of the continued overthrow of our nation by the globalist elites.  We will suffer further degradation under a Hillary presidency, loss of freedom and likely loss of life.  For believers in Jesus Christ, we know that if we die we are present with the Lord, but how can we stand by enabling the corruption of our nation and threat of destruction to our children, grandchildren, and fellow citizens?  To not vote for Trump is an act of misplaced sanctimony and furthers the spread of diabolical deception.

And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment. 1Chronicles 12:32

Lord Jesus Christ, please give us understanding of the times that we may know what to do.  We look to You.  We pray that You would expose the diabolical deception of the government under Barak Obama, the campaign of Hillary Clinton, and the coverage by the media.  We pray that You would protect Donald Trump and encourage him to continue to expose the evil that has become entrenched in our country, and to speak the truth about what needs to be done.  May he be encouraged to seek You and Your strength, to turn from sin and believe in You.  Only You can turn our country around.  Thank You Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen!

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