Alcohol In The Pulpit


It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: Proverbs 31:4 KJV

I was an alcoholic when I was born-again in July, 1973. It wasn’t long after that when the Spirit of Truth quickened today’s verse to me.

I was reading my Bible and had just read Proverbs 31 when He asked me, “Who are you?”, and it hit me, “I am a king.”

And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. Revelation 5:10 KJV

I was delivered from alcoholism at that very moment and have not had a drink of any kind of alcoholic beverage since. I won’t even take communion with alcoholic wine. Grap juice is unfermented and pure.

Beloved of God, don’t be deceived, even a little alcohol is a hook with which the devil will ultimately destroy you. Why would God deliver me if it is good for you?

Christians need the Holy Spirit, not drugs and alcohol. If you’ve fallen into the devil’s snare repent and flee alcohols lure while you can.

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Ephesians 5:18 KJV

Abstain from all appearance of evil.  1 Thessalonians 5:22 KJV


Eternal Damnation


Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12 KJV

God is Love and does not want anyone to reject His mercy and grace. God is also Just and must punish sin.

Like it or not, this is an unalterable fact. Faith in Jesus is the only way for anyone to be saved from eternal damnation.
Hell was created for the devil and the angels that followed him in rebellion against their Creator. It is a place of eternal torment unlike anything experienced on earth.

All who reject God’s Savior and walk in rebellion against Him will join the devil in this eternal prison of fire that does not consume.

God made a Way of escape through the sacrifice of Jesus, His only begotten Son. His Love is manifest and extended to whosoever will receive Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior.

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: Deuteronomy 30:19 KJV

Choose you this day whom you will serve.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9‭-‬10 KJV


Destroyer

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Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.  1 Peter 5:8 ESV

Be on guard. The spirit of anti-Christ is out to destroy America and Israel.

Many things look and sound political when, in fact, they are symptoms of the spiritual war waging in the heavenlies over the control of mankind.


True or False?

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There are prophets in the land today. They are are the defenders and proclaimers of Truth. They speak for God by the Word of God empowered by the Spirit of Truth.

There are also far too many false prophets. Some speak out of their well wishing soulish hearts. Others speak from a spirit of Mammon for material gain while others simply speak by means of deceptive, demonic unction.

The believers in Christ need to be Bible literate and Spirit-filled, weighing every “word” by the Word and by allowing the gifts of discerning of spirits and word of knowledge to break through their fleshly yearning for a “word” through a “prophet”.

This is not a good time to be without a God called, godly, Spirit-filled Pastor who holds fast to the Bible. It is not the time to chase the signs that should be following rather than leading.

We’re all hungry for more of God but a little, not so common, common sense will go a long way.


Halloween

A Biblical Response to Halloween

Witches and Satanists are, of course, a small but growing minority. More and more people who celebrate Halloween these days are aware of the darkness that underlies most Halloween practices. However, there are still many who never give a thought about the evil that is behind Halloween’s evil practices.

A beaming child dressed in a black pointed hat and matching gown – with a wart carefully drawn on her nose and a trick-or-treat bag held tightly in her hand – is hardly thinking of death or the spirits of departed relatives. Nor should she be. She’s thinking of candy and fun. She’s glowing because of her delight in her special costume. And she’s anticipating the adventure of her house-to-house pilgrimage.

Merchants also look forward to October 31. The sale of candy, costumes, decorations, and party goods make Halloween one of the major retail seasons of the year.

Surely, no one can deny children or adults all the Halloween fun simply because of its unsavory history. Can there really be anything wrong with this lighthearted revelry?

What does the Bible have to say, if anything, about celebrating Halloween? In Corinth, meat that had been sacrificed to idols was sold in the market. People who bought it then ate it in honor of that particular pagan god. Speaking of his freedom to eat food that a pagan had dedicated to an idol, the apostle Paul said, “Everything is permissible” (I Corinthians 10:23). After all, he didn’t believe the pagan gods really existed.

If we apply Paul’s statement to the celebration of Halloween, then one could argue that Christians can dress in ghostly costumes and practice the traditions that have been passed down from the ancient Celts. After all, the supernatural powers they tried to appease don’t have power over those who belong to Christ. The Bible says that Jesus destroyed the power of death when He went to the cross. By Jesus’ death and resurrection, anyone who gives his or her life to Jesus doesn’t need to fear evil.

But Paul didn’t stop with a statement of his freedom. He said, “‘Everything is permissible’ – but not everything is beneficial.” It is in this light that Christians need to examine how to observe Halloween.

Three Reasons to Examine How You Celebrate Halloween:

1. What may not hurt you may hurt others.

Paul said that it wouldn’t harm a Christian to eat meat sacrificed to an idol. After all, the pagan gods that the meat had been sacrificed to weren’t real gods. In the same light, he probably would say that Christians are not prohibited from dressing in costumes and going trick-or-treating or attending Halloween parties. After all, “We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one” (I Corinthians 8:4).

But Paul went on to say that by doing what the believer was free in the Lord to do, the believer may be distressing another believer who doesn’t realize he has this freedom. “Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak” (I Corinthians 8:9). The weak ones would be those who still had problems with the idea of eating the food sacrificed to idols.

During Halloween, little children in particular are the weak ones. On TV, in movies, in school, and with their playmates, many children today are exposed to occult influences. We may be opening our children to these influences if we approve of these things in Halloween fun. We adults may be fully aware that we are only spoofing witches and ghosts, but the young may not be so sure.

If we have given our lives to Jesus Christ, then our eternal destiny is safe in the hands of Almighty God. But that’s not true of most of the people around us.

There is a valid reason for most people to fear a “lord of death” — even if they don’t take him seriously on Halloween. We who have found life in Jesus should be careful that our freedom doesn’t keep others from finding that same eternal life.

2. Some permissible things may hinder your Christian growth.

The Bible encourages us to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus” (Hebrews 12:1-2). This one night of the year, most eyes are not fixed on Jesus but on a darker image. The Christian’s “race of faith” leads him to eternal life, to a joy that has no shadow. Should we really be focusing on the devil, witches and other dark beings, even for one night?

3. God says, “Don’t imitate evil!”

When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium, or spiritist or who consults the dead? (Deuteronomy 18:9-11).

If our children dress as witches and sorcerers, if we hang cardboard ghosts in our windows, if we entertain with tales of ghouls and haunted houses – what are we doing but imitating that which is evil? We need to make it clear as Christians that witches and evil spirits are not funny and are not harmless, even if the people in witch costumes are only play-acting.

You might want to read my booklet on Halloween. You can order it online at: Halloween


Demonic Presence

“Be Vigilant”

Because of a situation that occurred in our ministry some years ago, I want to “blow a trumpet” in order to raise the awareness level of the church concerning the present reality of demonic activity.

Though we know about, and believe in, demons, we can be lulled into spiritual blindness if we are not careful. No wonder that we are admonished by scripture to “be vigilant and cautious” at all times:

Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring (in fierce hunger), seeking someone to seize upon and devour. 1 Peter 5:8 (AMP)

One of the precious ones who called our church home but were seldom seen in a service decided that they needed a surgery rather than to try to correct their eating and medication regimen as suggested by the person that they call their pastor. The results were disastrous. One surgery led to another and infection began to ravage the body of this unfortunate individual.

During a hospital visit instituted by a strong prompting of the Holy Spirit, the pastor noticed a leather thong around the patients neck. When asked what it was, the pastor was told, “Oh, a gift from (their) mother.” Upon further inspection it was found to be a fetish (a pouch with various contents that are used by Indian medicine men).

Until the spirit of deception was bound and cast out, the patient and spouse were adamant about keeping the “gift.” After all, “It was a good luck charm to help (the patient) heal.” Binding the spirit of deception immediately brought patient and spouse to their right minds and the item was removed and disposed of.

Isn’t it interesting that the doctors could not find the abscesses nor determine why the patient’s organs were failing or why, after over a month, their patient was not well until the object was removed from around their patient’s neck? Isn’t it interesting that the patient began to improve from that moment on? Isn’t it interesting that the doctors now know what to do to treat their patient and end this real life horror story?

The object was not only removed but destroyed:

And many of those who had practiced curious, magical arts collected their books and (throwing them, book after book, on the pile) burned them in the sight of everybody. When they counted the value of them, they found it amounted to 50,000 pieces of silver (about $9,300). Acts 19:19 (AMP)

Be aware, be vigilant, be cautious that you do not become complacent and undiscerning in this world where unseen spirits roam about to deceive as they steal, kill and destroy at the direction of their master:

The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. . . John 10:10a (AMP)


I Beheld

I Beheld Satan Fall

And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Luke 10:18 (KJV)

This powerful prophetic statement that came from the lips of Jesus, who cannot lie, decreed that He had seen the fall of Satan at His coming resurrection. Glory! The accuser is cast down.

And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. Revelation 12:10 (KJV)

Many, today, think that Satan is still in heaven accusing them to God. Beloved, nothing could be further from the Bible taught truth. When our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, rose from the dead and sprinkled His precious blood on the mercy seat, Satan’s right to stand in heaven was finished. War broke out and Satan and his followers were driven out and down to the earth.

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Revelation 12:7-9 (KJV)

Now, Satan cannot accuse you to God. He can only go about the earth and it’s atmosphere accusing one person to another. Once we grasp this wonderful truth, we can boldly stand against his age old devices of division and strife. We can stand against the wiles of the devil, wielding the sword of the Spirit victoriously (Ephesians 6:11 KJV).

You and I can begin to live a more than conquerors.

I beheld the Bride Ascend

. . . and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee. Isaiah 62:5 (KJV)

As God spoke to Jerusalem, so He speaks to the Church, the Bride to be, the help meet of the Lamb and rejoices over her.

The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the Lord of hosts: for the Lord is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord. Jeremiah 33:11 (KJV)

The Lamb and the Bride rejoice as one, praise as one, and speak as one as they bring and give glory to God Almighty.

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. Revelation 22:17 (KJV)

Together they beckon to all who hunger and thirst for righteousness.

Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. Joel 2:16 (KJV)

Jesus is coming to His Bride before He comes for Her. It is in the midst of the holy convocation of young and old together. His Spirit is being poured out upon all flesh and the glory of God is seen in those who are His own. She is becoming all glorious within, without spot or wrinkle; Washed with the water of the Word, anointed with precious oil of holy anointing. She is ascending in integrity, character, honor, and glory, to ever be with Him.