Standing In Christ

Revelations 3:5 “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. 6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” God also speaks about being overcomer in 3:12 “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of  God, and he shall go no more out. ” And in verse 21 ” To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in His throne.”   So, being an overcomer, and letting God change us and our bad habits, sins, is really important in God’s eyes.

God also speaks of war.  Many do not think we as Christians should be involved in war.  But, what does the word of God say?  For Israel now in the news is being bombed and having to defend herself.   They have that sovereign right as does America or any other country.  In Ecclesiastes 3 the preacher ponders this too. “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.   A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.  A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up.  A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;  A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing.  A time to get, and a time to lose, a time to keep, and a time to cast away.  A time to rend and a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.   A time to love, and a time to hate, a time of war, and a time of peace. ”  I think that answers it very well.

II Chron. 6:34 “If your people go out to war against their enemies by the way that You shall send them, and pray unto You toward this city which You have chosen, and the House which I have built for Your Name. 35 Then hear thou from the Heavens their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause. ” (God does maintain the cause of HIS people, as long as they live right, but when sin is committed, He Himself becomes the Judge and metes out the penalty for sin.)

Psalm 144:1 “Blessed be the Lord my strength which teaches my hands to War, and my fingers to fight: ” (the time of this writing was after the putting down of the rebellion of Absolom in II Sam. 18. The ‘fight’ we are now to fight is the ‘good fight of faith) I Tim 6:12

II Cor. 10:3 “For though we walk in the flesh” (refers to the fact that we do not yet have Glorified Bodies), “we do not war after the flesh “(after our own ability, but rather by the power of the Spirit.) ” 4. (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal” (carnal weapons consist of those that are man devised) “but, mighty through God “(the Cross of Christ  I Cor 1:18) ” to the pulling down of strongholds; and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God” (all the pride of the human heart) and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” ( looking to the Cross) 6. And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience”  ( STANDING, even politically against all that is opposed to the cross; our Christian heritage in America, our beliefs, against abortion, holding on to the Constitution as our nation was founded!) “when your obedience is fulfilled.” (We must STAND; WAR against evil.  Christians should not be silent!  Speaking out against those that come against moral absolutes (terrorism, socialism and fascism, wickedness in high places [the government, evil, power and corruption.] vs freedom and democracy putting Godly values back in our country. and patriotism.)

I Tim. 1:18 “Warfare – holding faith!  (we are not to be apathetic and stay out of the politics of our country…Neither should churches not speak out!  That is exactly the censorship they want to impose on us now.  It is exactly the apathy that was prevalent in Germany before the 3rd Reich. No one spoke out against the evil one.  Even Martin Luther’s Lutheran Church was silent! And a madman was ushered in to the Holocaust.  Have we not learned from history?  From the past?   Do we tell the terrorist with a bomb strapped to him how much he is loved, when he’s going to blow Americans up?  Are we actually that naive to think “love” alone is going to change his mind?  That is ridiculous.  There is no balance.

Here is an excerpt from Hitler’s Cross by Erwin W. Lutzer, with a forward by Ravi Zacharias.  “The Conflict of Church and State.  The story of how Hitler crushed the church in Germany is of course, the primary focus.  He banned prayer in schools (so has America)  changed the Christian Holidays into pagan festivals ( as State after State is trying to eliminate Christmas and Easter and ban any nativity scene from being displayed), and eventually forced the church leadership to accept his outrageous demands.  His political machine (ie Obama and his Chicago thug cronies) swallowed the church whole because the church had LOST its biblical mission.  Thus the state not only interfered with religious practices but controlled them.  A powerful state has always been a threat to the existence and influence of the church.  Whether the threat be Nazism, Communism, or humanism, a state that is hostile to religion will always attempt to push the church toward forced irrelevancy.   Even without a dictatorship a state can marginalize the influence of the church’s freedoms. ”   ( We may not even be allowed soon to have prayer in our DAR meetings, not to mention that having “home fellowship’s” are now being attacked by different states, and going to court.)  ” The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, guarantees that government must stay out of our churches, yet it doesn’t.  What the ACLU does is instead of making it free for all religions, it makes it free for none.”  Still think we are not at war, and should not be Watchmen?

II Tim 2:4 “No man who wars entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please Him who has chosen him to be a soldier.”  (A soldier has one thing on his mind and that is to carry out his duty;  the Christian is to have the SAME motive, the SAME spirit, and the SAME consecration; hence, the Apostle using the word “soldier) “For even after love, then salvation, the WAR  continues.  ie James 4:1  “lust that war in your members.”…As we have seen sin constantly invades our church as well as Christian politicians.   Love alone cannot accomplish the mark Paul constantly struggled with.  All of Romans are the struggles Paul showed.  Was he being too righteous with attitude?  I Peter 2:11  “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against those in high places” (the government and evil greed, power and corruption!) I Tim 1:18   Said to “War a good warfare – holding faith!” (We are not to be apathetic and stay out of the politics of our country.  Neither should churches not speak out.  The repeat of history and the 3rd Reich, could be right here on American soil.

Having salvation is not enough nor the end of the war Christians face, for the “sin nature” is STILL within us as Christians, too).   I Kings 14;19, Isa 37:8, Rom 7:23.  Ephesians 6:13 “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God” (because of the evil we as Christians face) “that you may be able to withstand in the evil day”, Paul said.  (Why? Opposing powers of darkness.) “and having done all, to STAND!”  (This means the believer, not giving ground,  nor a single inch!  14. “STAND therefore, having your loins girt about with TRUTH  ” (The truth of the Cross)”and having on the Breastplate of Righteousness; shield of Faith!  Wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. ” (temptations and assaults Satan hurls at us.)

God does not want us to be milquetoast Christians.  That’s why there is so much sin and apathy in Churches today.  Love isn’t enough!  If they aren’t taught, grounded in faith, preached sin, Heaven, Hell, prophesies and CONSEQUENCES,  they STILL  after salvation may not make the Rapture.  We are now an Apostate Church…And before Jesus comes we need to be purified, to meet the Bride.  And where is this purification going to begin?  THE CHURCHES…And whose responsibility is it to preach SIN…to clean us up? Pastors…Salvation too in a milquetoast church can go back to backsliding and iniquity.  Love and  salvation alone is NOT enough!  To not believe we are at war constantly against evil is a FALSE GOSPEL!  How do you fare?  Do you STAND for righteousness and speak out against evil?   There is a revolution for freedom and democracy brewing in Iran.  Meanwhile, America is losing hers.    For all the evangelism that was poured into Africa in the 80’s and 90’s….ie..Reinhardt Bonke and his massive salvation healing services. Now Africans are coming here to Evangelize America.  You can have billboards and advertise churches and Jesus in Africa. Here? It will put you in jail.  And  Christians shouldn’t STAND? Does it not say in Revelations, “I’d rather ye be hot or cold, for if you are lukewarm I will spue thee out of my mouth”…That applies to us who call ourselves Christians.  Christ wants us to stand up for HIS beliefs, in ALL areas of our lives, including politics, and against evil.

Dr. James Dobson, Focus on the Family  (from Hitler’s Cross pp 112) in a letter sent to his supporters, challenged his readers with a series of questions:  “At what  point will we be willing to defend what we believe?  Will parents object if their children are routinely indoctrinated in homosexual ideology or occultism in the public schools?  Will we object if the state tells pastors what they can or cannot say from the pulpit?  (In Sweden an evangelical pastor who preached on Sodom and Gomorrah was convicted of “verbal violence” against homosexuals an sentenced to a four week prison term.)  Will we object if the state assumes ownership of our children and tells us how to rear them, or else lose custody? Will we object if every church has to hire a homosexual to satisfy a quota obligation?  Whether in Nazi Germany or America today.. ” (look at Ms. CA- when this was written stood up and was persecuted for her Christian beliefs. ) Believers cannot choose to remain silent under the guise of preaching the gospel.   I had a preacher ask us once, “would you take a bullet for Jesus?” Yes, and like Yousef, the pastor arrested in Iran, refusing to denounce Jesus and turn Muslim, we all might face that persecution.  Would you stand?

When I was unsaved in my 20’s and 30’s (actually backslidden for I went to church as a child and taught Sunday School), I was a liberal, a democrat, and tried being a feminist when failed  marriages hurt me so much.  Instead of coming to God, I did what many are doing today, I rejected Him.  I was even in the Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom.  Go look that one up, as it is a hard core, feminist organization with a  Marxist agenda.   Yet, I received and read these newspapers once a month.  I was bitter, I was lonely, I was resentful and God had to break me.  And break me He did.  When I got saved, I’d had my last husband desert (he was bi-polar and I never knew), my father died, and I was stuck in Probate in 2 States, FL and NH, and I had a 2 year old son, who I never knew would end up bi-polar too.   When we get saved we kill the old man.  I left all the hates, resentment, my foolish ideologues at the CROSS.   Whatever political independence and feminism included, were quickly killed and replaced by BIBLICAL principals, that did not include abortion, women ruling over men, and I finally understood God’s ways in a scriptural context.  Then Ronald Reagan came into the scene, and I have been a conservative, with CHRISTIAN values ever since.  From this? I will not move!  I will STAND!  For I’ve been on the other side, and it is not of God.  The old man in me is DEAD!  And now, I will have Rivers of flowing waters!  If God in Deut. says homosexuality is wrong, then it is WRONG!  It is a sin!  God loves the sinner but hates the ACT!   WE HAVE TO STAND UP FOR WHAT IS NOT ONLY RIGHT, BUT RIGHTEOUS!   Wherefore if we vote for something like a candidate that is not a Christian and is for abortion, i believe with all my heart that God’s wrath will pour out HIS judgement on us!   I fear God, not man.  If a political candidate, does not have Godly principals, then no matter WHAT party, no Christian should vote for him….period the end!  We need to obey God’s word!

Hitler forced the church to adopt what he called “positive Christianity” …now in Congress, we have a “progressive ” movement..  Churches are already being scrutinized as radical right wing extremists. Well, they can add me to that list if they want.  As for me?  As a Christian I will put on the whole armour of God and fight the good fight and I will war against the evil besieging the America I loved.  For I want our Constitution preserved, and Judeo Christian values as our Founding Fathers intended, lest we find ourselves in a dictatorship.  I will STAND!  “God is my rock and my foundation.  I SHALL NOT BE MOVED!  ” Psalms 62:6

Still think love is enough?  We need to be Watchmen…and the Church needs to be purified! God bless America, our Republic, our Veterans…God protect our churches and convict them of your truths…and God heal our Land.  For as Israel is defending God’s Holy land, we too, may have to defend our own beliefs, and be overcomers.  I pray for peace in Israel..Thine will be done Lord, whichever comes first, the Rapture of death in the natural.   Amen

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