Tell a dream as a dream…
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From time to time God will speak to me in a dream that I know is from Him. We all have what I call “cornbread dreams”; those that happen because we ate too much or just because we are human. There are other dreams that, though we know that they are sent from God, we might not have the full interpretation yet. If God sent it, you will get what He means eventually. I will only share those dreams that I clearly understand. There are some dreams that God sends that are made as clear as day because He does the interpretation. Dreams of this nature I will share in this Blog, especially if they have meaning for others as well as myself. Someone needs to know that God is real and that the prophetic ministry is alive and well today. I share my life experiences here because someone needs to be told that God is active in the lives of His Saints. Perhaps…
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From time to time God will speak to me in a dream that I know is from Him. We all have what I call “cornbread dreams”; those that happen because we ate too much or just because we are human. There are other dreams that, though we know that they are sent from God, we might not have the full interpretation yet. If God sent it, you will get what He means eventually. I will only share those dreams that I clearly understand. There are some dreams that God sends that are made as clear as day because He does the interpretation. Dreams of this nature I will share in this Blog, especially if they have meaning for others as well as myself. Someone needs to know that God is real and that the prophetic ministry is alive and well today. I share my life experiences here because someone needs to be told that God is active in the lives of His Saints. Perhaps they too will seek to be saved, sanctified and filled with God’s Holy Spirit so that they can also have a real relationship with Him.
So, here it is, hot off the press: The Dream of Tuesday A.M. October 7, 2014
I was driving uphill going around a mountain on a very narrow and circular road. There were rocks on the road and the drop off to my left was straight down. One of the brothers at my church (who has recently gone on to be with the Lord) was standing in the vehicle looking at the road ahead through the skylight. Suddenly, the car went into reverse and I was speeding down and around the mountain going backward at a very high speed. In a panicked voice I yelled, “You’re going to get me killed!” A boulder came flying from a higher level, barely missing us. In spite of all of the drama, I never lost control of the vehicle and was able to bring it to a safe place. The brother in the dream calmly stated, “Don’t worry; you’re not going to be killed.”
At that point I woke up feeling that going down the mountain backwards at such a high speed meant that I had lost ground with God and was actually backsliding. Then God spoke to me in a comforting voice and said the following:
No, the dream did not mean that you are backsliding or going backwards. Those thoughts were planted by your enemy, the devil. Often, when I am actually taking you higher, you may feel that the opposite is happening. The person standing in your car was Jesus and He is with you at all times. The road that you have traveled with Him over the years has been winding and treacherous, but He has been there all the time. Remember the dream that I gave you years ago in which you were inside a cave walking up narrow and very steep steps? There was water pouring down on the steps, making them even more treacherous. But Jesus was just ahead of you, walking the same steps. He told you to follow Him and He would lead you to safety. As you placed your feet on the same spot where He had just waked, you were safe. As you followed Him you grew in confidence and faith. In this current dream notice that you were driving a vehicle but Jesus was right there. In this new technological age Jesus is still there. Also notice that in the dream as you were speeding backwards, you never lost control of the vehicle. The skill that you used amazed you because you never realized that, even going backwards without looking, you were a skillful driver. As long as Jesus is on board you will not falter or fail. The way up is down…on your knees. Be not afraid because Jesus is still at your side; He is in full control. Trust what He has taught you over the years and you will never fail. You will accomplish all that has been ordained for your life.
I immediately came to the computer to write the experience to share with you. Jesus is soon to come and I invite and encourage everyone to get saved before it is too late. Jesus willingly gave up his life in obedience to His Father, so that man might be saved. Dreams are but one of the means that God uses to communicate with us. God wants to speak to us but we have to be able to hear His voice. Christians are still here on earth because God wants us to continually present Him and Jesus to the world. The Holy Spirit will help us if we are willing vessels. The bottom line concerning what we are to do is to get souls saved and into the Kingdom of God.
The pathway to salvation is easy, because Jesus has already done the hard work. When an individual comes to God for salvation through Jesus Christ, that person must acknowledge that he is a sinner, must be sincerely sorry for the sins that he has committed, be willing to give up his sinful lifestyle and live God’s way. Every human being who has ever existed, and will exist in the future, is a sinner until he has been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. This includes the wealthy, the movie stars, the self-righteous, the morally good, the poor, those of other faiths, the down and out and everyone else.
After one realizes that he is a sinner and is ready to be saved, he must repent. Repentance is simply asking for forgiveness, turning from sin, and intending to never commit it again. Acts 17:30 shows that everyone must repent of their sins.
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent.
If an individual will simply ask for forgiveness, and mean it with his own heart, Jesus will cleanse him from all sin. Jesus promises that if one repents, He will receive that individual and not cast him out. According to John 6:37, the Scripture states:
All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
To be saved, or born again, simply requires praying a simple but sincere prayer in obedience to God. When an individual prays the following prayer (or one that uses similar words) and means it with all of his heart, that individual is saved:
“Father, I’m sorry for the sins that I have committed. Forgive me for all of my sins. Save my soul and give me the power to live holy. If you save me, I’ll live for you.”
Anyone who prays this prayer and means it is saved. A person must believe that he is saved, not because of what he feels or thinks, but because the Word of God says he is. When God forgives an individual, that individual must receive that forgiveness and forgive himself. Once an individual has received salvation, he needs the power of the Holy Ghost in order to stay saved. The gift of the Holy Ghost is a second act of grace that follows salvation. Acts 1:8 states the following:
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you. Ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Acts 2:38 informs us that the Holy Ghost is for everyone.
Then Peter said unto them, 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.
Someone might ask, “Who is the Holy Ghost, and what is his role in our lives?” The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of God. He is the third member of the Godhead, along with the Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. When we receive the Holy Ghost, we can always depend on Him to lead, guide, protect and comfort us. Jesus was aware when He left earth and ascended to Heaven, that we would require help with living for God. According to John 16:7, Jesus promised to send the Holy Ghost as our comforter:
Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
The Holy Ghost was indeed sent to earth to help anyone who would receive Him. The Bible, In Luke 11:9-13, tells us that we must ask for it.
And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
If you are already saved and filled with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues, you must grow in Him. Live holy, pray without ceasing, study the Word of God, assemble with other believers regularly, fast as He leads, and build yourself up on the Holy Ghost by speaking in tongues every day. Trust Jesus, love Jesus and live for Him. Our time has come to be used of God. Desire a real relationship with our Heavenly Father and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Acts 4:12-13 (KJV)
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
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In the name ofJesus, In the name of Jesus,
We have the victory.
In the name of Jesus, in the name of Jesus,
Satan has got to flee.
Who can therefore stand before us
When we call on that great name?
Jesus, Jesus, wonderful Savior we have the victory.
What exactly is a name and why do we all have one? A name is a word or combination of words by which a person, place or thing is identified. The purpose of a name is to differentiate one thing from another. Wouldn’t it be strange if we all had the same name? Let’s say we all were called Betty Jean. If I said, “Betty Jean come and get this dollar”, either everybody in the room could get up to get the dollar or maybe nobody would. That would be confusing.
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23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Verse 23 lets us know that Jesus is faithful. Since he is our example, we must also be faithful. The Scriptures indicate that Jesus, who is Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2: 28) was faithful to the Sabbath and, according to Luke 4:16, He was regularly found in the House of God.
16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, (emphasis added) he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
After we have professed our faith we must hold on to our new saved life without wavering. To waver means to reel or totter back and forth as though one would give up or quit. We are helped to hold on to our profession of faith by gaining from the strength and encouragement of others, as well as being strong and encouraging to others. Hearing the testimonies of how God is moving in the lives of others is so encouraging. Seeing the love that is demonstrated among the Saints provokes and inspires each of us to do likewise. The best way to see this godly behavior in action is by coming together on a regular basis. Verse 25 says that we must not forsake this assembling together, and should do so even more when we see the day approaching. That day is certainly upon us now, letting us know that assembling together is even more important than ever before.
We are created to be social beings. Some of the unchurched (those who claim to know God but feel that they do not need the church experience) insist that they do not need to go to church because they can read and study on their own. The Bible, however, tells us that we are to do several things for each other as a body of believers. We are to encourage and comfort each other, and to bear one another’s burdens. The supporting Scriptures are 1 Thess. 4:17-18, 2 Cor. 1:3-4 and Gal. 6: 2
1 Thess. 4:17-18 (KJV) states
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (Emphasis added).
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (KJV) says
3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
Gal. 6:2 (KJV) says that we are to
2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Positive relationships with other Saints are not only good for our emotional health, but they are the basis of our Christian commitment. We do not attend church to be saved. We do so because we are saved. We enjoy the presence of Christ in our fellow travelers. I’ve heard it said that we can evaluate just how much we love God by how much we enjoy being in His presence. If we enjoy the conversation of our former lying, cheating and backstabbing friends more than saintly friends, it’s time to re-evaluate our walk with Christ.
Specific programs such as weight loss and stop-smoking classes encourage us to open up to others and let them know when we are attempting to obtain a goal. We should tell our friends when we are on a diet or when we are giving up unhealthy habits. This principle also applies to a committment to regular church attendance. It is harder for the enemy to convince us to stay at home and be depressed because of some minor problem or to choose to skip church to watch TV when we know that others expect to see us in church. We don’t go to church to be seen, but we do want to be seen going. Our diligence might inspire the unsaved ones in our neighborhoods to go to church. The children in one neighborhood that I lived in called me the “Church Lady” because they saw me on my way to church very regularly. Perhaps one day they will remember the “Church Lady” and emulate my behavior.
For those who are parents, let’s talk for a few minutes about the benefits that regular church attendance provides for your children. Several research studies identified positive outcomes in children who actively participate in church attendance. The studies found:
An increase in the average life expectancy of children by 8 years.
They improve their attitude at school and increase their school participation
They reduce their risk for rebelliousness
It provides them with a life-long moral compass.
It provides children with a caring extended family
And it will also statistically improve the odds that they will lead an active church life in their adult years.
None of this information is a surprise to the Saints of God, for the Word says in Proverbs 22:6 (KJV)
6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
The identified natural benefits are wonderful, but add to them the unspeakable benefits of having your child understand the importance of a real relationship with the God of the Universe and His son Jesus Christ. Think of the advantages that they have in knowing that they will go to Heaven at the end of this life. There are no greater benefits than these.
In many cases, when we are first saved, we have to change an entire lifestyle. Some are homeless when they come to Christ. Others may have been down and out on drugs. Conversely, some might have come from a somewhat higher standard of living. But that life might have been full of pride and self-exaltation. Before we were saved we were all sinners. We all needed the Lord to change us. God expects us to blend and become one on the Highway of Holiness. The enemy fights hard to attempt to stop the transformation into the image of Jesus Christ that God requires. We should fight to make that transformation happen.
Some of the hardest trials of our Christian walk may come when we are initially saved. Family members or friends may try to change our minds about Christ. Life circumstances may take a dive such as the boss deciding to have you work on your church attendance nights when you’ve been the day person for years. Unsaved spouses may decide that the church attendance days should become family movie days instead. Any number of things may come against us. However. our commitment must be, “I will be faithful to the House of God”. When we realize that all of the negative circumstances are simply staged by the enemy, it should be even easier for us to refuse to take down.
We must remember that being faithful to the House of God is an important commitment. It is at church that we learn what pleases the Lord, how we are to live, act and be as Saints of God. We need the Word of God that is preached in church, the presence of God that is experienced in church and the modeling of good behavior of the established and strong Saints that is demonstrated in church. Our own lives, no matter how new we are in Christ, can motivate, inspire and validate others. Let us all be faithful to the House of God.
If you are regularly attending church, keep up the good work. You’re doing a good work and you can not come down. If you haven’t been attending as you should, now is an excellent time to begin. God bless and I’ll see you in the House of God.
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Recently, I had an experience with an individual that left us both disturbed. I believe that we both want to resolve a difference of opinion that we had. I was asked to give my opinion on a particular topic. Unfortunately, my opinion was not the one that the receiver expected to hear. That person became very angry, leaving me to wonder why my opinion was sought in the first place. Since anger is a universal emotion, I thought this Post would be a favorable spot to discuss it. My position: I was not going to lie and provide a positive assessment when I did not feel that one was due. These are the questions that I would like to discuss:
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Recently I have been updating some of my older posts. This one is re-written for clarification so that there will be no question about the population that I am speaking to. I love you with agape love but I must tell you the truth.
Good Morning Everyone. I awoke with a clear message from God that it is time to throw the lifeline to a group that I will call the Miserable People. If you are “gay” and not miserable, this message is clearly not for you. Kindly disregard it. This message is for that small number of people who find themselves caught up in the “gay” lifestyle and THEY DON’T WANT TO BE THERE! This is a message of Love, because for you, there is a way out. And so, because you are different from that man or woman who loves his “lifestyle” and all of the hype that has recently surfaced, I am going to change your name. For the purpose of this Post I will call you Miserable. Some of you may feel the tug of God on your life and may wonder why you cannot be happy in your current situations. Others around you may be ecstatic about the recent changes in the laws related to marriage, but not you because you are miserable. Just know that the pull that you feel is simply the grace of God, calling you to Salvation. Don’t resist it, hoping it will go away. Yield to God and He will lead you in the path of righteousness.
Some people find themselves in the state of Misery because of life circumstances. Many women, for example, suffered sexual abuse at the hand of cruel fathers, brothers and other family members that they should have been able to trust. They had their innocence absolutely torn away and they are full of hatred for men as a result. Some have run to other women for protection and are now caught up in that lifestyle. They may want to get out and simply don’t feel that they have a choice. Some of them are Miserable. I was particularly struck by an Oprah Winfrey Show that opened our eyes to the large number of men who were sexually abused as children. It became evident that male sexual abuse is a much bigger problem than most of us ever imagined. The pain in the faces of some of the men was evident. Some of those men grew up to become abusers of others as a result of their life-altering experience. Their faces showed that they were Miserable.
A few years ago I ministered at a prison for men. The night before my group went, God gave me a dream. In this dream I stood, looking at a swimming pool full of body waste. The smell was horrendous. God spoke to me and said, “Go down into the pool and feel along the bottom”. In the dream I couldn’t believe what I was told to do. After clarifying with God that I’d heard Him correctly, I obeyed. I took a big breath, went down to the bottom and felt around as instructed. What I found surprised me. I grabbed the hand of an individual and pulled him to safety. When I awoke, God explained to me that he was sending me into a place to bring men to safety. I later thought of the fact that the pool represented how Jesus saw the world when He was directed to go down to save the lost. Jesus not only found one individual, but He found all of mankind. The next day I shared that dream with the prisoners in my message. Later, I learned that the prisoners understood the significance of the pool of waste better than I did. About thirty men came to the altar during the early service. Prior to the service, I asked the Chaplain if he had any instructions for me because I had never spoken at a prison before. His answer was, “Let the Holy Ghost have full control”. Well, to a Holiness minister, that meant we were free to pray them through to the Holy Ghost. My group and I laid hands on them and many of the thirty were filled with the Holy Ghost. They came up speaking in tongues as the Spirit o Go gave utterance. The same thing happened at the afternoon service. The total number was about sixty men who were saved, sanctified and baptized with the Holy Ghost that day. We later learned that the Chaplain was upset because we were not supposed to touch the prisoners. We did not know this because he didn’t tell us. Also the sixty men that were baptized with the Holy Ghost were dispersed throughout the prison system. I believe that this was the grace of God because He was able to send sixty witnesses through the prison system. Many men who had been miserable were set free by the power of God.
Just imagine, those who are not in the aberrant lifestyle, how you would feel if you were caught up in a group where you did not want to be. Yet you feel that no one hears your voice or understands your misery. Wouldn’t that be a Miserable state? Well, to my Miserable friends, I hear you. My heart goes out to you and I want you to know that Jesus hears you. He already knows your pain and he is offering you a way out. Many of you feel that you will be abandoning your “fellow lifestyle members” if you come out. Right now, your agenda should be to save yourself, so that you will later be able to save others. If an oxygen mask drops down during an emergency on an airplane, we are instructed to first put the oxygen mask on ourselves, then help others put theirs on. This is even true if you have a child with you, and you know you love your child. Get help for yourself first, so that you can help others.
A little history on the cause of the “problem”. How was this lifestyle born? Romans 1:21 (KJV)
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
As you read on down through Romans, you will find yourself. You are Miserable, dear ones, because you know that God is not pleased with your behavior. But I have good news for you. Jesus Christ is the antidote for all sin. He can bring you out of your miserable state as quickly as he can deliver from the sin of lying or stealing. He died on Calvary’s cross for all men and women. As with all sin, we must first recognize that we are in a sinful state and repent. You can’t repent if you are making excuses for the sin. You can’t come out if you are blaming others and holding on to hatred. Let blame and hatred go so that Jesus can set you free. To repent simply means to ask God to forgive you and intend to never commit that sin again. The Bible tells us that if we confess our sins, Jesus is just and faithful to forgive our sins.
1 John 1:5-9 (KJV)
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
This means that we have to be real with God and sincerely desire to come out of the state of Misery. Once we have confessed our sins we have to receive the power to resist a return to that sin. That power comes only through the Holy Ghost.
Acts 1:8 (KJV)
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
I encourage you, my friends, to save yourself from this untoward generation. Acts 2: 40. Jesus and Jesus alone can change you from the state of Misery to a state of Joy, peace and righteousness. Join up with a group of people who love the Lord and live for Him each day. I recommend Full Gospel Holy Temple Churches, Inc. which is headquartered in Dallas, TX. May God bless you.
Today’s post is a re-write of one of my older posts. Very often, when ministers point out the dangers of and consequences of sin, those who are sinners say that we are “judging” them. They often reject the life-changing information that ministers give and hide behind the phrase, “Don’t judge me”. But is it really judging when we tell the lost the truth?
It is the mission and mandate of the church to help people 1) to see the error of sin; 2) to get forgiven for sin; 3) to receive the power of the Holy Ghost in order to resist the pull of sin; 4) to do a work for God while living a holy life and; 5) to make it successfully into the Kingdom of God with all of its splendor and rewards. In the process, we must praise and worship God, allow the Holy Ghost to mold us into the image of Jesus Christ and teach others to do the same.
What does the Bible tell us about judging?
Matthew 7:1-5 (KJV)
1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
Judgment for sin falls within the province of God’s business. Ministers are fully aware of that. We have to remember that we do not know all of the aspects of an individual’s life. What may appear to be an adulterous marriage, for example, simply because an individual has had four spouses, may not be the case at all. Let’s say the first three spouses died. In that case the fourth marriages is certainly not an adulterous one. Not our business. And yet, as ministers, it is our responsibility to help to guide those who seek to make it into the Kingdom of God. Ministers are mandated to “cry loud and spare not” about sin.
Isaiah 58:1-2 (KJV)
1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.
We must boldly speak as God directs. Nathan the prophet in 2 Sam. 12:1 did just that. He was not afraid to confront David, the king, when he was in error concerning Bathsheba. God sent Nathan to David and Nathan stood boldly and told him “Thou art the man!” Nathan did not judge David, God judged David. Nathan simply told David the truth. As a result, David was able to REPENT and he got his life right with God. David had to bear the judgment of God, but at least he did not die in his sins.
2 Samuel 12:13-14 (KJV)
13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.
14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.
If ministers do not tell a sinner about his sin and his soul is lost God will charge us, the ministers, with the responsibility for that soul.
Ezekiel 33:7-9 (KJV)
7 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.
8 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
9 Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
It is especially important that a minister (or anyone) assures that his own life is right before God. How can one preach against sin if he personally is actively involved in sin?
Luke 6:41-44 (KJV)
41 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
42 Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye.
The Bible is our standard of living. We all must live a clean, holy and sin free life before God. This kind of life is absolutely impossible to live without the Holy Ghost. But when the Holy Ghost comes in we can live as God requires.
My answer to the original question, “Is it judging when Holiness preachers and teachers tell sinners the truth?” is no, it is not judging when Holiness preachers and teachers tell sinners the truth. We are commanded and commissioned by God to expose sin. If an individual dies in his sin and we have refused to tell him the truth, God will hold us responsible for that lost soul. Therefore, ministers and Saints of God, we must obey God and carry out His mandate for our lives. We must assure that there is no unrepentant sin in our own lives and continue to do the work of soul winning that God requires of us. Love God and live Holy because Holiness is still right!
Jeremiah 18:6-10 (KJV)
6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
7 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it;
8 If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.
9 And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;
10 If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.
Judgment has already been pronounced against our country because of our national sins, our national rejection of the Word of God and our national support of those who walk in open defiance of the Word of God. God’s judgment is sure. A nation cannot stand in open defiance of God and not be plucked up. But my search of the word of God reveals this one little passage in the book of Jeremiah that tells us that if a nation will repent, then the certain judgment against it will be cancelled. Rather than recognize that, in all likelihood, America will not repent and be saved, I choose to pray that it will.
All history supports the inevitability that our nation will not repent. Israel kept to its path and went into judgment. I know, I see all of that. But what about Nineveh, a country that went on a national fast of repentance and turned the tide for the country? Yes, I am also aware that eventually Nineveh went back into sin and God’s judgment eventually fell. But at least they received an extension of time. Surely someone was saved and made it into the kingdom of God during that interval. So here is what I choose to do. Rather than wimp out, roll over and allow sin to take us out I am going to use the weapons of warfare that God gave us. Christians, we have great power with God through prayer and intercession. Our role is to hold back the tide of inevitability. Our role is to pray and hold back the tide of judgment, allowing a window through which others will be saved. If only one soul is saved before judgment falls because of our prayer for our nation and its leaders wouldn’t it be worth it? Ministers have to preach, teach and tell the people the truth about the coming judgment. Intercessors have to stand in the gap and make up the hedge. Church, let’s fan the tiny glimmer of hope that is provided in Jeremiah8:8.
8 If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.
Let’s choose to be an example of holiness, demonstrating to a dying nation and to the world how to escape the coming wrath of God. Let’s you and I hold back the tide of inevitability and cause as many souls to be saved as we can. We can do it through prayer and intercession. And always remember, “Holiness is still right!”