Daily Devotional for Tuesday May 15, 2007
The Fallout from taking on Romney
(2 Chronicles 15:6, Psalms 137:1)
The fallout from taking on Romney, the Mormons, and several leading evangelical leaders. Even though my life is very interesting every day, virtually non-stop in doing all I can to bring God's Truth and the hope of Christ to the lost and hurting masses outside of the church, the past 72 hours have been interesting times 100. What I have been dealing with since Friday's Devotional on how a vote for Romney is a vote for satan and the growing number of leading evangelical Christian leaders who are supporting this satanic cult member's bid to become our next President, can very instructive for your life. It is the number one reason most people never take much of a stand for their faith, or even witness to the people in their life. There is a price to pay for taking a stand for Christ in a world that rejects the Lord. However, the one thing I want you to never forget is that it is not man you have to please, but God. One day you will die, and at that moment, it is not a man you will stand before....it is God!
The response to Friday's Devotional was pretty much what I expected. Alex Burgos, a spokesman for the Romney campaign said, "I guess what I can tell you is it shows that bigotry can still rear its ugly head in society. It's sad that anyone would target a fellow American on the issue of faith." Ah, the "b" word. If I had a dime for every time I have been called a bigot in the past 72 hours Liveprayer would be funded for the next 5 years! I've told you for years now that the way those who oppose the cause of Christ try to silence those who have the audacity to shine the light of His Truth on their lies is to attack them. If you speak out against the sin of homosexuality you are called a hate monger. If you call abortion what it is, murder, you are called intolerant. If you speak out against the cults and false religions of the world you are called close minded. Nobody I know wants to be called any off these things and even worse, so it has proven to be a very effective tactic to verbally assault people of faith who do speak out, and try to intimidate them into silence. Sadly, most of the time it works!
*Be honest. When was the last time you failed to speak up to defend your faith because you simply didn't want to take the grief you knew would follow???
For the nearly 8 years I have been writing the Daily Devotional and the over 4 years of doing the TV program, some of the most viscous attacks on our technical infrastructure, on me personally, have come when I expose the lies of the satanic Mormon cult. This time was no different, except it was at an unprecedented level of ferociousness since I was taking on their greatest hope to capture the most powerful office in the world. We had our website and servers attacked relentlessly all weekend. I've received 12 death threats so far in addition to the scores of emails telling me that "someone will visit me when I least expect it." I refuse to live in fear and having dealt with these types of threats for the past 8 years, have learned how to use the common sense the Lord gave me and ultimately trust Him to watch over me as I serve Him each day.
Even though I expected it, what made me saddest of all were the brutal attacks by those who identified themselves as Christians. People totally outraged that I would attack such a good man and brother in Christ (meaning Romney). This is why I do my best each day to expose the lies of the world so you are not as ignorant as the vast majority of Believers. This devious and deceptive cult has done a masterful job of selling the lie that they are "just another Christian church." A Mormon is no more a Christian than a Muslim is. The god and jesus born out of the rebellious mind of Joey Smith are NOT the God and Jesus of the Bible! The false theology of Mormonism is in 100% contradiction to Biblical Christianity. There is only one Truth, and if Mormonism is true than Christianity is a lie. I was not shocked, only saddened by how many who claim to be Christians are so deceived, so ignorant, that they think a Mormon is a Christian.
It was also sad to see just how many people are influenced, have their thoughts and views shaped by TELEVISION! If there was ever a case for why God has given me this passion, this drive to get the TV program back on nationwide, this was a classic example. I wish you could have read all of the emails over the past few days, the ones still pouring in, from people who parroted virtually word for word what they have heard from people like Sean Hannity and many who reach the masses on secular TV and radio and support Romney. Hannity is on record stating that anyone who attacks Romney for being a Mormon is a hate monger. The emails poured in from people who have been brainwashed by those they listen to on TV and radio who make the case for Romney that it doesn't matter that he is a Mormon, that he has great family values, that he is the best choice there is for a Republican to win the White House in '08.
This is another perfect example of how critical it is to have a program that is on every day, reaching the nation with a Biblical worldview. So many people, even Christians, have their thoughts and views shaped by what they hear on TV, and there is NOBODY with a nationwide platform on secular television who is dealing with the issues of this world and in people's lives from a Biblical worldview!
The legitimate question that this has also raised is who to vote for in '08. As in the past, I refuse to tell you who to vote for, that is a choice YOU have to make. However, let me give you this guidance. No person who is serious about their faith can vote for a person who is going to support the killing of babies. No person who is serious about their faith can vote for a person who is gong to support redefining God's Holy Institution of Marriage. No person who is serious about heir faith can vote for a person who is part of a satanic cult since that person will give mainstream credibly to that cult which will lead people to join and end up in hell for rejecting Jesus Christ. That makes this upcoming presidential election a very difficult choice since it is almost a certainty that the nominee from both parties will support killing babies, possibly gay marriage, and be the member of a satanic cult if Romney wins the Republican nomination. So who to vote for?
As you know I am a huge advocate of Christians taking their stand in all areas of the marketplace, including politics. Most likely our only real option will be choosing a third party candidate who will take a stand to uphold Biblical values. I already know that in this two party system we have, a third party candidate has virtually ZERO chance of ever being elected. However, this election is going to be a test of conscience for Christians. Do they compromise and vote for the "lesser of two evils," or as some will call it, throw away their vote by voting for a third party candidate who has no chance of winning? As I said, this will be a real test of conscience for Christians unless a strong man who will take a stand for Biblical values comes out of nowhere to win the Republican nomination. (Sadly, the Democratic Party will never put forth a nominee who doesn't support killing babies.)
Let me share this with you. Given that the next President is NOT going to be a friend of God and Biblical values, this will be a tremendous opportunity to see this nation come back to God and for many souls to be won to Christ. I have told you often that it will not be a politician but a preacher who will lead this nation back to God. With a President who will not lead this nation in any way spiritually, this is going to force true men and women God who can not be bought or influenced, who don't care about money or the temporal power of this world, to rise up and lead this nation spiritually. This nation is going to suffer and will be looking for hope and answers, and the Bible and Jesus are the ONLY true hope and answer there is!!!
I love you and care about you so much. Let me say a HUGE THANK YOU to so many in the Liveprayer family who have emailed me with your love and prayers. I can't even begin to tell you how much your kind words of support have meant. The strength I received from knowing how many of you were praying for me helped me get through some very long days. In the midst of the death threats, the threats of physical harm, the nasty and vicious attacks on me personally, came the love and prayers of so many in the Liveprayer family. No matter how strong we think we are, we are still flesh and blood, week frail humans. I have such great confidence each day in this work God has called me to knowing that you are there with me, standing with me, taking the time out of your busy lives to pray for me. THANK YOU!
In announcing last week that I would be dealing with Romney this past Friday, I heard from one of the top 10 donors of Liveprayer who over the past few years has given between $70,000 and $100,000 each year. He and his family have been blessed by God and have made the sacrifice to support what Liveprayer is doing each day in millions of lives. He called me and told me his family was very active in Romney's campaign and that if I spoke negatively about Romney he would not be able to support me any longer. I told him that I understood and took the time to explain my concerns with Romney being part of a satanic cult and why I felt he was such a danger to the eternal souls of people if he got elected. I told him that as much as I respected him, I could not withhold or water down this important message warning people of what it will mean if Romney became President. I also reminded him that he is giving to God, not Bill Keller, thanked him for his sacrifice for the Lord's work here, prayed for him and his family and asked God's blessings on them.
I heard from many more who said they would no longer give to Liveprayer as well as those who unsubscribed from the Daily Devotional But that is OK, I deal with this all the time. God is the one who has raised up this last day's work, God is the one who moves on peoples hearts to give, and God is the one who can replace what this one family and these others give each year with others in the Liveprayer family who will be burdened for a true work of God that is about saving souls. This ministry has literally operating month to month since we started 92 months ago. There are no reserves, no real estate, no safety net of any kind. As I sit here this very moment, we still need $60,000 just to pay the rest of May's expenses and I have no idea where that will come from. Actually I do. God will move on hearts to provide. Who, how, when, I can't tell you. I just know that my job is to be faithful for today and God will handle those things outside of my control!
Here is the bottom line to this whole Romney issue. What too many people, especially the people who have been reading what I said in the press can't comprehend is that this is not about politics, this is about SOULS! My frustration with the many evangelical leaders who are supporting Romney is that they have forgotten that God raised them up to lead people in the eternal things of God, not the temporal things of this world. Why men of God, great groups like the Southern Baptist Convention are willing to support a man who is part of a satanic cult is beyond my ability to comprehend. I realize he is running to be the commander-in-chief, not the theologian-in-chief. I realize that he has a great marriage, great kids, and says he will stand for family values. He actually might be one of the best men there is to be President and lead this nation.
Even if all of that was 100% true, it is still no excuse to support a man who is part of a satanic cult, whose election to the most powerful office on the planet will give worldwide credibility to that satanic cult, will cause millions of people to join their ranks, and ultimately cause them to die in their sins and spend eternity in hell! His candidacy alone has already been a non-stop infomercial for the Mormon cult! I am not saying to abandoned the political arena, quite the opposite. We must have a presence and be heard in all areas of life. However, we must never forget that we go into everything we do in this life guided ultimately by eternal goals, not earthly goals.
I REFUSE TO TRADE IN A FEW YEARS OF POLITICAL POWER IN THIS WORLD THAT WILL ONE DAY SOON NO LONGER EXIST FOR THE ETERNAL SOULS OF THOSE WHO WILL END UP JOINING THE MORMON CULT AND BURN IN HELL!