So, here I am expecting blow-back over my Christian conversion and instead I get emails criticizing my misuse of verb tense. I have to laugh, because I can criticize my own writing to no end. So my writing style is different than what most English teachers try to impart to their students- do they even teach writing in school anymore? Just asking. For me, creating an outline has always been stressful- too much forward thinking involved; I like to dive in and revise as I go. My introduction may be three paragraphs in and my conclusions strewn about here and there. I do jump around between points and my posts have a tendency to stretch into essays, but I wonder if anyone out there is actually reading them in an attempt to understand what is being said, or are people more interested in skimming through with a red pen?
It may seem haphazard how I go about putting together a post, but there is a guiding force behind it. I spend a good portion of my day listening to interviews, sermons, news and music. I attempt to read the Scriptures daily. I observe the unfolding events around me. For days, sometimes weeks, I ponder what I should write about next. I often do not know ahead of time, even at the point where I sit down at the computer and start writing, what the focus of an article will be. Then, I start to see connections. Or rather, the connections start to appear, as I do not credit myself alone with this insight, I have only taken up the task of cultivating the ground. I feel called to share these connections with you. That is what One American is all about.
This is not Rolling Stone. A trend these days is for people to be contrary to anything widely accepted as good or normal, just for the sake of being contrary. Sunsets at the beach are cliché, but somehow Jimmy Buffet is cool. Huh? You probably had a friend like this; Johnny Cash is the man when everyone else is listening to Snoop Dogg, but as others discover Johnny Cash, suddenly he becomes overrated and they move on to Miles Davis. Or, if they are feeling particularly adventurous, they chase after hipster nirvana, a detached state achieved by complete immersion in obscure crap. I find humor in watching them stumble from one trend to the next as they attempt to outpace the hordes of other arrogant, bearded clones. The trouble is, they are quickly joined by the masses, because they are not exceptional at all, they are just tools like everyone else, advertising their “uniqueness” to the world through external adornments and peculiar associations. With God absent from their lives, their sense of self is distorted. This mental illness has its root in a desire for adoration; in the extreme, you could say worship.
You’re not hip, you’re Megyn Kelly. The FOX News host, appearing on the O’Reilly Factor last year asserted, “Some things do require the involvement of Big Brother,” when asked a question about mandatory vaccinations. How bold! A good number of these miserable creatures have made their way into the world of journalism and author blogs of lesser significance. Seriously, if you want to study the effects of mind control on the younger generation, just search: random thoughts and blog. Talk about a lack of vision. So, if you are just joining us, One American promises to keep the pop-culture references to a minimum and you wont find any snarky liberalism here. The mainstream press may thrive on shock and sensationalism and faux controversy, but the real revolutionary was Jesus; the world put Him to death on a cross.
The weak-minded fall for the lies of collectivism, feminism, progressivism, atheism, humanism, etc. but it is all unified in Satanism, which places man at the center of creation instead of God. But this sort of behavior is not exclusive to non-believers. There are a lot of self-righteous people out there who think because they claim to follow Jesus, they should go about wearing sandals and speaking in a gentle, breathy voice. Or, they believe they must adopt the trappings of teen culture to evangelize the youth. Please. Once, before I became a believer, I was stalked in a Walgreens by some dude who looked like Fred Durst (it’s ok if you don’t remember Limp Bizkit) with his baseball cap on backwards. He cut through the isles and made a direct line to me. “Jesus loves you,” he blurted. “Yeah whatever,” I replied. My point? Stop being stupid, bro. People- young people- are starving for the Word of God. They will respond to the Truth. They are looking to the Christian community hoping to find something different in us. Christians should stand out, not blend in.
Does God want me to grow this blog into a ministry? Is it the Holy Spirit guiding me? How do I know? A pastor may find fault with my fledgling understanding of Scripture or prophecy and that is ok, because this blog is for you, the patriot, the seeker, the sinner, the newly awakened, the new Christian. I suspect there are a lot of ordinary folks like myself in need of the same ministering I received. Does the Lord desire to use One American to fill a gap not reached by the televangelists and alternative Christian media? All of us should be asking the Lord what He wishes to accomplish in our lives. This helps us ensure our motivations and behaviors are in alignment with His will.
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
[1 John 4:1-3]
The antichrist spirit that is described here by John was already at work in his time (the first epistle of John is believed to have been written between 89-95 A.D.). Its influence has ebbed and flowed in direct proportion to our solidarity in Jesus Christ ever since the crucifixion. As the late minister Derek Prince pointed out in his sermons on True and False Christ, “anti” means “against” and “in place of.” Meaning, the antichrist opposes Christ (the Messiah) and serves as a substitute for Christ.
Nearly two-thousand years later and its hard to argue that the spirit of antichrist is not rampant in the world, indeed, it is everywhere and, tragically, even sanctioned within the Church. According to the catechism of the Catholic Church, Muslims are included in the plan of salvation because of their belief in the God of Abraham [Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 841]. In an address from 2013, Pope Francis praised Muslims who worship the “one God.” This notion is directly contradicted by numerous Scriptures, including the above passage from 1 John. Muslims do not worship the true and living God. They do not believe Jesus to be the Messiah, they have their own messiah- the Mahdi. They do not believe Jesus to be the Son of God, but merely a prophet setting the stage for Muhammad, the last prophet. They do not believe Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins. Completely absent from Islam in fact, is the Resurrection and the concept of redemption. These are teachings at the very core of Christianity. How is it possible that the Pope can make such a statement? Why do Catholic apologists line up in defense of the Pope’s increasingly disturbing proclamations when they are clearly not based in the Gospel of Jesus Christ? We cannot value kind words over the truth. Muhammad did not rise from the dead. The Qur’an is a counterfeit of the Holy Scriptures, stripped of all its essential and redeeming truth. Islam is both a religion and a political ideology of the antichrist spirit. The Pope is not their leader, his role is to tranquilize the Church with deceptive doctrines of global unity. He is a false prophet; whether he is the False Prophet spoken of in Revelation remains to be seen.
These lies are echoed by the likes of Rick Warren and others seeking to diffuse tension by focusing on religious similarities rather than differences. The trend is to lump Judaism, Christianity and Islam together as “the three great monotheistic religions,” promoting the idea that it does not matter which path you follow. Others in the New Age movement lie about the nature of God and Jesus. They bypass the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ needed for salvation and teach that we can become one with God; all that is required is that we attune ourselves to the proper frequency. All this squirming around is not a quest for spiritual truth, but rather, a cheap compromise. The Word is the Rock. Everything else is just… concrete. It is philosophy, humanism and ethics, poured into a man-made mold, casting the blasphemous pillars of Babylon The Great.
Satan is a counterfeiter. Just as a counterfeit bill is not obvious except upon closer analysis, Satanic deception is not always obvious. That is the nature of deception. If Satan came directly to you, twisted into a hideous form by sin, and revealed the true nature of his plan, you would run. Remember though, the Bible describes Lucifer as the most beautiful and talented of the angels [Ezekiel 28]. Those who worship him today, the Illuminus, make war with God; like cunning salesmen, they market peace, harmony, knowledge and immortality. They even claim to be Christian in many instances and operate with stealth at high levels in the Church. In this way, they have sought to ensure their acceptance and go about their corrupting from within. The Word of God is like a counterfeit pen used to detect fake currency.
There is the spirit of antichrist, and then there is the Antichrist. There are many false prophets and false prophecies and then there is the False Prophet. Just as the Spirit of God was made manifest in a man, Jesus Christ, the Satanic counter-force, the antichrist spirit of deception and rebellion is coalescing to manifest in the person of the Antichrist. His regime is supported by the False Prophet [Revelation 19:20]. Although there is considerable speculation about who these individuals are or if they have even been born yet, one thing is clear: God remains in control!
I have to remember this when I lament the crumbling of the foundations, when I try to understand how we have become so deceived, when I try to wrap my mind around the reckless and foolish manner in which our leadership has cast aside all reason, all sanity, all integrity- hurling our once great nation into the fire. All these things must come to pass before the end. If they must come to pass, how can we stop it? It is futility, but not futility without hope. We are under judgement. We can sit back and blame Bush or Obama or Ryan, but they have been sent a delusion. They have been instituted to bring about our judgement. Apathy amongst the people is a direct result of the absence of the Gospel in their lives. Therefore, instead of focusing on political change, we need to focus on our own relationship with Jesus first and foremost.
I do not mean we should withdraw completely from our civic duty. We may be able to slow the nation’s decent into mayhem with our votes, but our focus as members of the Church should be turning hearts towards Jesus. Remember, we are in the world, but not of the world. To go about championing Donald Trump or Ted Cruz as saviors is foolish. We should seek to elect statesmen, people who will uphold our Constitution and who honor God as chief covenant-maker. In a harmonious environment, civic enterprise radiates our acceptance as stewards and our commandment to love one another is witnessed by the unbelievers. The system is broken because we are broken, if we have not been made whole again in Jesus. The world is looking for the “good” Christians without recognizing that Christians are fallen human beings, redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb. It is only the Truth that has transformative power. Unlike the world prior to Jesus, ours is an apostate world, having rejected the message of Christ. There is a new evangelization; it is not set against a pagan world, but a Satanic one.
With most of the world already in tow, Satan focuses much of his energy on crafting schemes against the Church. As Christians, we should expect this and learn to spot the serpent engineer behind the curtain. As a new Christian, I found myself especially disheartened over a recent schism that developed over Christmas concerning a Christian doctor mixing New Age teachings into his healing message during an interview on a popular Christian talk-radio program. The doctor’s errant use of terms like “chakra” and “third eye” as well as repeated assertions that God inhabits the “13th dimension” caught the ear of a pastor, who sought to contact the doctor about the matter privately by phone; the doctor became defensive and hung up. These ideas are not based in Christianity, but are centered in Hinduism (chakras) and the so-called Christ Consciousness movement, which teaches that Jesus is just one of numerous “ascended masters” or human beings who became gods. In a separate interview, the doctor made an outrageous claim that the fetal Jesus was a clone placed in the womb of Mary and did not possess any of her DNA. In other words, Jesus was not born of woman- a direct contradiction of the Word [Galatians 4:4]. Jesus is fully God and fully man [Revelation 1: 17-18]. If this were not the case, his suffering and death would not have been possible.
In an audio exposé, the pastor sought to explain his motivation for withdrawing from a Christian conference occurring in Dallas this spring where the doctor was also invited to speak. A firestorm of threats and personal attacks quickly grew to dwarf the original dispute, as followers took sides. Instead of admitting his errors, the doctor moved to save face with an insincere apology that misrepresented the pastor and his claims. The pastor accused the radio show host of threatening a lawsuit over his use of audio clips from the program to defend his position.
As a new kid on the block, I am hardly qualified to weigh in on this issue, but I wonder if these individuals realize just how damaging to the cause of Christianity these disputes are. It rattled my faith, because I consider this radio show to be instrumental in my Christian conversion. However, as I researched developments in this conflict, I came across several blogs bashing all the parties involved, accusing the watchmen of fear-mongering in order to sell precious metals and survival gear- a common criticism against Christians with a message of preparedness which I find no merit in. In other words, there are more than enough attacks coming from the outside as it is.
It is my understanding that this spat has since been resolved, for which I am thankful. One thing I know for certain, God takes us through the fire, in order that we might be purified by it. In my estimation, this fire quickly got out of hand because the various individuals involved, instead of seeking the counsel of Jesus, sought instead after their own preservation. This spawned deception and animosity among brothers. The parties involved scrambled to save their reputations and advertising dollars instead of humbling themselves before the Lord and one another. Smoothing things over and deflecting responsibility is not the same as confessing wrongdoing. The purification fire can quickly turn into a consuming fire if we are not following the lead of Jesus Christ.
When it comes to the alternative Christian media, I think there is a lot of pressure to distinguish oneself as an expert possessing special knowledge, whether the focus is giants or UFOs or prophecy or numerology, etc. But we are all brothers and sisters in Christ; we must be open to rebuke when we stray and foreign ideas are introduced. Many new Christians like myself have come in from the world of the occult, witchcraft and mysticism and easily recognize that language when we hear it. I understand the allure. For me, the most powerful Christian message is simply this- repentance and being born again in Jesus Christ. We must be careful not to speak when we do not know all the facts. I too considered rattling off a few emails when I learned of all this. Thankfully, I did not have the time to do so. It’s easy to get caught up in the snares of the Devil; it’s predictable because it all goes back to Genesis. Our hope as sinners, to escape, is in Jesus, not the campaigns of man.