Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. ~ Matthew 10:34-36
This passage from Matthew came to me this past P&FW morning after I had been invited to walk with warriors the night before…only to find them retired from active duty. The Matthew 10 passage above also included verse 38, And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me, which prompted me to write, Modernism turned Jesus into a hippy…wallflower…and turned the modern christian into a puddle of irrelevance. The REAL Christian roars Remnant with a bite the enemy fears most of all…perfectly illustrated at the head of today’s post. And moments later as I am listening to BardsFM from the night before, these words flowed through my ears and into my heart:
We are in the days that the early church longed to see. There is a remnant of believers who refuse to align with the Babylonian system. This company of passionate whole-hearted lovers of God will be small in number and will demonstrate supernatural power. Their hearts will be fearless, loving not their lives unto death, living only for an audience of one.
Now, just in case you’re thinking this is all random…this same Weds morning I get a reply from a POC (That means Person of Color in the make-believe land of Woke) to my INVITE to Prayer & Fast Wednesday from the night before, angrily rejecting my invitation and bearing false witness to my Jan. 6th participation in Washington as an expression of loyalty to our President, and love of our country, in his reply-all response. It should be noted that my P&FW INVITE was my reply-all reciprocation to the sender inviting me to a Zoom Prayer meeting Wednesday evening. God gave me the perfect response to the exchange that followed…
For you have brought these men here who are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers of your goddess. Therefore, if Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a case against anyone, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. Let them bring charges against one another. But if you have any other inquiry to make, it shall be determined in the lawful assembly. ~ Acts 19:37-39
I love the “Brother”. See, I prefer to call him my Brother rather than POC because brother is a term of unity whereas POC is a term (by design) of division. Which makes these events that much more significant in the broader scheme. You see, my INVITE carried His John17:21 intention “That we find the path to come together as one.” And if you are still in doubt regarding the identity of the Master Author and Finisher of these events, God had seen fit to introduce me to Voddie T. Baucham Jr. at our CLOTH (Christian Leaders Of The Hudson) meeting just three days earlier.
God clearly condemns injustice. He is also clear in his condemnation of falsehood and lies. The most succinct statement of this is found in the Decalogue. The Ninth Commandment simply states, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:16). However, this commandment carries more weight than one can imagine. Falsehood and lies are reprehensible because they not only harm those to and/or about whom they are told, but they also blaspheme the very character and nature of God Who is truth (John 14:6), whose very Word is truth (Psalm 119:43, 160; John 17:17), and whose very essence is that of “the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1:17). ~ Voddie T. Baucham Jr.
And then the Master Finisher uses the author of the recent Dietrich Bonhoeffer biography, Eric Metaxas to make His exclamation point! I cannot possibly urge you strongly enough…if you thought you knew all you needed to know about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, you most likely do not. I am meeting my mentor in the Faith who’s offered to loan me his copy, for lunch next week. The jaw-dropping takeaway from this interview with Metaxas, beginning at the 1-hour mark, is the eerie similarity between Hitler’s slow and steady seduction of the German churches into willing submission, and the very same forces driving so many of today’s churches to kneel at the Social Justice altar and read from the nefarious anti-John 17:21 scripture of CRT.
Voddie’s book Fault Lines reveals the Front Line in the war to save the heart soul of America. There may be no better explanation of the forces behind our divide using Critical Race Theory as their weapon of the mass’s destruction. God could not possibly have provided us with a more powerful wake-up call then the one He provided via the tandem read found in Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe and Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy…or so I thought, until we witnessed His artistic Holy Toledo stroke on the George Floyd Mural earlier this week…in Toledo, Ohio.
I want to be crystal clear here. What happened to George Floyd was a crime, but what his death was used for is worse than a crime. Its pure evil, and it is being used by the enemy to tear our country apart. Lincoln saw it coming…he was killed. Kennedy saw it coming…he was killed.
We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty. ~ President John F. Kennedy (Democrat) Inaugural Address January 20, 1961
Dutch calls this The Showdown. God asked me to change Shutupnsing to Standupnsing! I am encouraged that He still wants me to sing…All Together Now!
“For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” ~ Esther 4:14