The Man Behind the Curtain…

The Man Behind the Curtain…

 

This post contains some controversial topics and information that tend to provoke angry and indignant feelings for many. From the outset, please understand the perspective this is written from is spiritual. We are at a critical juncture in history and it has never been more important that we begin seeing this reality through spiritual eyes. With that, please direct your attention to “the man behind the curtain.”

Have you noticed during the last few election seasons how politics and religion seem to get uttered in the same breath? Republican = right wing, conservative, evangelical Christian. Democrat = left wing, liberal, atheist (the religion of self-worship) sometimes anti-religion, generally speaking. It’s a curious paradigm. Why are religion and politics so integral to each other? Well, the fact is politics are religious and religion is political. One does not function without the other.

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It is common place in our day for the “Christian right” to use politics as a platform for moral behavior modification while the “liberal left” uses politics as a platform to advance the “do what thou wilt” philosophy. The First Amendment to the Constitution is the justification for both sides to fight for their right to their amoral/moral soap box. The religious right claims freedom of religion and the liberal left claims freedom from religion and separation of church and state. Have you ever considered that this whole right\left paradigm was, by design, a distraction from more important issues?

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As believers, is political activism what we should spending or time and energy on? Let’s examine that closely for a moment. Jesus was neither political nor religious. In fact, he spent a good bit of his ministry rebuking the religious leaders of his day who were, ironically, also the political leaders. This should be a clue…

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When Jesus came on the scene 2000 years ago his followers expected him to establish his kingdom here on earth and overthrow the Roman Empire. Conquering Rome was the evidence Jesus’s followers were looking for to prove that Christ was indeed the Messiah. So much so that even Jesus’ disciples doubted he was the Messiah after he was crucified because he didn’t conquer Rome and set up his earthly kingdom. It wasn’t until Jesus rose from the grave that his disciples realized that Christ’s purpose had nothing to do with politics or redeeming their earthly lives but to redeem their eternal souls from damnation.

Christ purpose on this earth was to redeem mankind from the curse levied against us by sin in the Garden of Eden. I think our understanding of the curse and Christ’s redeeming act are very shallow. Christ came to redeem us from the curse of time which results in death, and from a gene pool that was desecrated by sin. As a result  sin has drawn the line that divides good and evil through the heart of every human being. This condition is not corrected until we take that step from time into eternity if we have believed in Christ.

Romans 7:17-23

17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.

In the meantime believers are given a robe of righteousness to cover their sin.

2 Corinthians 5:21

21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

We also begin to transform into the likeness of Christ, but we are not rid of our fallen state until we die a physical death or Jesus returns and transforms our mortal bodies to immortality. Transformation is not something we can do ourselves, this is the work of Christ in us. This transformation only occurs by spending time with Christ in prayer and meditation. The more time we spend with him, the more like him we become. No amount of religion or good works helps with this process.

The political\religious system that we live in was designed and built entirely to distract us from understanding the curse and Christ’s redeeming sacrifice. It is the beast system that has been engineered to usher in the Anti-Christ and the end of time. It is a con and let me just tell you that the stage is set and the actors are in their places. We are just waiting for the curtain to open and the most horrific performance in human history to begin.

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So why, in this late hour, have we returned to the faithless belief system Jesus endured with his disciples before his resurrection? Why do we think the answers to the problems of our day have a political or religious solution? Why do we believe participating politically is part of doing our duty to God and Country? Why have we equated patriotism with Godliness?

I implore you again to read what follows from a spiritual perspective. From this point on there is going to be a massive slaughter of sacred cattle. Jesus is the only answer.  He is the Messiah and redeemer of mankind not the president of the United States or religious leaders and affiliations.

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Yes, I realize that the US is the reigning world power and the leader of the free world. Do you know what that really means? It means that oil, the most highly sought after natural resource in the world, is traded in USD$. That is the only reason that the good ole US of A is the world super power, this and the fact that the US has built up the most massive superior military fighting force on the planet.

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So America is wealthy and powerful. This probably seems like a good position to be in for American’s who don’t consider the ramifications. Scripture tells us that the love money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10) and you’re probably familiar with the quote by John Dalberg-Acton, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” and the golden rule…he who has the gold makes the rules. *Sigh* Are you starting to see the problem here…America is an evil, corrupt nation whose influence reaches around the earth.

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America could very easily be the political incarnation of Mystery Babylon in Revelation 17. Meditate on this for a bit if you are of the mindset that the US is or ever was a great Christian nation. It simply is not so.

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This belief that America is\was a Christian nation and was founded by Christian, God fearing men  is largely the reason why “the church” is of the persuasion that patriotism and godliness are synonymous and many ministers teach that it is sinful not to participate politically.

There were, without a doubt, God fearing believers involved in the founding of this great nation. However, they were not the men we revere as the founding fathers, George Washington, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, etc. These men were deists and Free Masons, neither of which are Christian nor God fearing.

I realize this is a contentious issue especially among the “Christian right,” but it is so disheartening to hear Jonathan Cahn and David Barton of Wall builders perpetuate these deceptions. The situation this nation now finds itself in has its roots in the time of America’s founding and is a testament to the fact that America is not and never was a Christian nation.

This nation was destined from the beginning to be the foundation stone that would usher in a global system of governance, economy, and religion. We are witnessing this system materialize before our very eyes. Every president since George Washington has played his part in bringing this country and the world ever closer to realizing this global system. Those presidents that did not comply were assassinated.

Has every president been aware of their part in the grand scheme of things? I honestly do not know, but I don’t think so. What I do know is that we do not battle against flesh blood, but against principalities and powers in spiritual places and that Satan is the prince of the power of the air and he ultimately is the ruling force behind the leaders of every nation. Rulers of nations are nothing more than puppets doing the bidding of their puppet master. Honestly, we would not be where we are as a nation if this was not so.

Ephesians 6:12 (ESV)

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 2:1-2 (ESV)

 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—

This is not to belittle the Christian influences that were present at the founding of this nation. There is no doubt that scriptural morality practiced by immigrant groups like the Puritans and Pilgrims have held American society on a steady course for many years, really until around the 1960’s. From then on we have been sliding down a slippery slope to total moral debauchery. I submit to you that if electing God fearing politicians were the answer to this, the moral problems of this country would have been solved long ago. Unfortunately, it appears we have reached a state Spoken of in Romans 1 where the Most High delivers the people over to a reprobate mind.

Romans 1:18-32

God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,[a] in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

On a side note, I find it interesting that this nation’s moral decline has been blamed on the removal of prayer from public schools. Oddly enough, prayer was banned in schools in 1962, around the same time television was popularized. In 1946 8,000 American homes had television sets; by 1960 47.5 million American homes had television sets. In 2015 we carry them with us everywhere we go in our pockets and purses. Have you ever wonder why the television line up is known as television “programming?” Think about it…the media has been programming us since the inception of television.

So, laying the moral decline of a nation on the shoulders of school age children doesn’t make much sense. Certainly, I wish prayer had not been removed from public schools, but it is doubtful the cause of moral decline. On the other hand, millions of Americans sitting around television sets every night for the last 50 plus years could easily instigate moral decline. Just something to consider…

Christian media and ministers have used issues like the removal of prayer from school to enforce the idea that it is our Christian duty to vote and ensure Godly men\women are elected to prevent policies and laws like the removal of prayer from schools, or legalizing abortion, or constitutional protection for gay marriage from being enacted. Scripture clearly demonstrates that Christ is the only answer.

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Really…? There is no scripture that supports this.

Based on the track record Godly politicians have done nothing to help the situation. (Godly politicians…what an oxymoron.) I refer to the previous statement that, “power corrupts.” Humans can’t handle power. We have seen it over and over again in politics and religion…people in positions of authority and power being exposed for some form of corruption, immorality, abusing their authority to pilfer money or to manipulate and control the laity and constituents. I could insert a lengthy list of examples here, but I’m sure you can fill in the blanks.

With that…let me line up a few more sacred cows while we turn our attention to an egregiously failed institution in America…the Church. It really pains me to discuss this topic. In my experience church and Christmas are two of the most tightly held traditions among Christians. I don’t mean to be crass here, but who or what are we worshiping, Christ or tradition? Church and Christmas are both traditions of men. Neither is in the Bible and I think both are a foul odor in the nostrils of the Most High.

By now, I’m sure a fair number of you would like to spit nails at me and I am truly sorry if this angers you. I love you and desperately want you to awaken to the truth. Christ is waiting for his chosen ones to respond to his call, to turn from all of the man-made customs and traditions and buildings and ministries and programs that distract us from the truth of who he is and the life he has called us to.

Can you just imagine if we spent as much time and energy leading people to Christ as we do political activism and trying to change the moral behavior of society. These behavior changes are typically the result of a life redeemed by faith in Jesus Christ. We have the whole thing backwards.

The Most High is not looking to the church for answers either. There is a huge difference between church and followers of Christ. In fact, the word church in the New Testament is translated from the Greek word Ekklesia which does not mean church!

Church – a building for public Christian worship; public worship of God or a religious service in such a building:

Ekklesia- a calling out

As you can see it is quite a leap to go from a calling out (or called out ones) to a building for public worship. Ekklesia is speaking of a person or people. Church is a building or place. Do you see the problem here?

The called out ones have lost their identity. The ekklasia (people) have been replaced by the church (a building) and most don’t even know it. The church people think they are doing the work of the ministry by working in the nursery and taking up the offering and helping people find a parking place on Sunday. It is such a travesty, it is heart breaking really.

The worst part is, the church as we know it, is nothing more than a weekly fund raising operation. Church buildings cost money (especially the ones that are built now), church staff cost money, youth and children’s ministries cost money. A church cannot operate without money and spends most of its time and energy trying to get more of it. Simply put the church meets weekly to keep the doors open and stay in business.

The ekklasia on the other hand are people charged with caring for the orphans and the widows:

James 1:27

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. 

Designed to live in community:

Acts 2:46

And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,

To love The Most High and people:

Luke 10:26-27 (ESV)

He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?”  And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

To be salt and light:

Matthew 5:13-16 (ESV)

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[a] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Church as we know it is not found in scripture. The first century ekklesia met in homes breaking bread and praying. This is evident throughout the New Testament. The ekklesia was not replaced by church until the time when the Roman Emperor Constantine made Christianity the state religion of Rome.

“The Church” is impotent and carnal spending most of its time and energy raising money while depending on politicians to do the work of the Ekklesia. Paul described this in 2 Timothy 2:15 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

We need to seriously reevaluate our involvement with religion and politics. Keith Green once said, “going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to McDonald’s makes you a hamburger.” If we could refocus our attention on serving Christ and leading others to his redeeming grace and less attention on presidential candidates and church buildings and programs we would see revival. I think some are slowly awakening to this, but there is a long way to go.

The reality is that the current age, often referred to as the church age or the age of grace, is coming to a close. It is time to take a serious look at our lives and how we perceive the reality in which we live. Electing a different president isn’t going to change anything. In fact it will likely only push us closer to the prophetic age of the beast. In my honest opinion, I believe that Obama will be the last president of the United States anyway. Mind you, that is just my opinion and you are welcome to disagree, but we are so close to the end of the age that big things are going to start changing in big ways very quickly.

The way we have always done things does not work. It has not worked and it’s not going to start working. It is time to take a fresh look at scripture without the biases and indoctrination we have learned in churches and religious groups. Ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom and depend on him to lead you.

James 1:5

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Do not look to men for what only the Holy Spirit can give you. He will answer you and show the way onto the narrow path that leads to eternal life.

Matthew 7:13-14 King James Version (KJV)

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

I love you and pray these words will be bread and life to you, even if at first they might anger you. Peace be with you.


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For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39