Daily Devotional for Friday October 11, 2013
Being Fleeced and Distracted by the Political Pimps of Our Day
(2 Corinthians 6:14, 2 Chronicles 7:14)
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, I teach a class of children each week at church. My kids are second graders to 5th graders. They have asked me a couple of questions . And I'm not sure as how to answer them so they can understand what I'm saying . They two questions are does God die and was God born?
ANSWER: Great questions and here are the answers. God always was, God is, and God will always be. That means God has always been, is now, and always will be. He is from everlasting to everlasting!
Being fleeced and distracted by the "political pimps" of our day! As I read the OT, the one thing that always stood out to me was how many of the priests of that day were involved in politics and would sell out God in a second for money. In the end, they were more about building their own kingdom (under the guise of serving God) than God's Kingdom.
Sadly, while the people of their day fell into apostasy, turned their back on the God of Israel to worship the false gods and idols of the world, got involved in every type of sin imaginable, the priests weren't warning the people of the consequences of their sin and rebellion. As long as the people brought their tithes and offerings to the temple, that was all they cared about.
IT WAS THE PROPHETS OF THAT DAY WHO WARNED THE PEOPLE OF GOD'S PENDING WRATH AND JUDGMENT. IT WAS THE PROPHETS OF THAT DAY WHO WARNED THE PEOPLE TO REPENT AND TURN BACK TO THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB. IT WAS THE PROPHETS OF THAT DAY WHO CALLED OUT THE PRIESTS FOR THEIR SPIRITUAL MALPRACTICE!!!
Sadly, as I share with you often, little has changed since man began in the Garden of Eden. Today, as we watch our nation spiral into the spiritual abyss, having turned our back on God and embracing every sin imaginable, the "Christian leaders," or priests of our day are no different than those we read about throughout the OT as the children of Israel lived in rebellion to God, which ultimately caused His judgment to fall on them several times!
Why? MONEY! For a fraction of what they raise for their personal fiefdoms (in the name of God), used properly, this nation could be barraged with the Gospel through mainstream vehicles. But their "god" is power and money and the building of their personal kingdoms..NOT GOD'S!!!
Nothing appalls me more than when the news reports about businesses who have "ins" with the government and receive hundreds of millions in loans from taxpayer dollars that suddenly disappear while the business goes bankrupt. Being part of or closely involved with the government is the only way I know someone can make incredible amounts of money while being a total failure. Government workers who have failed are routinely promoted and given bonuses. The only other time I have seen people make tens of millions of dollars while accomplishing NOTHING are those who I without hesitation call the "political pimps!"
*The government spent over 600 MILLION DOLLARS for their non-working "Obamacare" website. 600 MILLION DOLLARS! I could have provided them a fully functional site for less than $100,000 that would handle the very basic needs that site requires!!!
They are those men and women who claim to be of God and the Christian faith and rake in tens of millions annually, year after year for decades, yet fail to accomplish ANYTHING! In the scheme of how the world operates, they have failed by any definition to do what they claim they are using donor funds for. Despite being labeled as a "Christian organization," they save no souls, they minister to nobody in their time of need, since their focus is on the political issues of the moment.
Let's take a look at those issues. The radical homosexual agenda. Despite 20+ years of effort, the radical homosexual agenda in this nation has been achieved. The sin of homosexuality is now accepted as normal by society. Over 25% of the states have legalized same-sex marriage with more coming. In most every state same-sex couple can now adopt children. Despite this being a top priority, these Christian/political organizations who continue to raise millions annually on this issue have utterly failed to do anything to stop it from becoming accepted mainstream by our culture.
How about the abortion issue? 40 years after Roe vs. Wade and 56 MILLION slaughtered babies later, the efforts of these Christian/political organizations have made virtually NO PROGRESS in stopping the legalized slaughter of babies despite raising hundreds of millions every year around this issue. I said 8 years ago that I am certain that the last thing most (not all) pro-life organizations really want is for this issue to go away since the executives pulling down hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation and perks would go away!
The two largest of these organizations are The Family Research Council run by Tony Perkins and The Faith and Freedom Coalition run by Ralph Reed who goes way back in running these types of Christian/political organizations when he headed up Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition in the 80's and 90's. These two organizations raise over 100 MILLION each year combined, and have for years, promising their donors to be on the front lines and win victories over the political issues of the day Christians care about. There are hundreds of other smaller organizations who also work in the political arena from a Christian perspective.
In addition, you really have to include the conservative talk radio and internet sites along with FOX News in this as well since most of them claim to be Christians. They clearly play to a Christian audience which is a huge part of their base, since Believers care about the spiritual issues of the day that transcend into the political arena and most lean towards a conservative political ideology. This would also include the Tea Party and those huge organizations like Freedom Works who are making tens of millions co-opting this grass roots movement.
This current shutdown and debt limit crisis is the perfect example. You now have different factions of Republican groups cannibalizing each other in order to do one thing...RAISE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS!!! Everything I have tried to warn you about over the years is embodied in this sad power grab going on in the party where most identify themselves as Christians!
Probably nobody in this world has profited more from targeting true Christians with this blend of conservative politics and faith than satanic cult member Glenn Beck. Beck is the embodiment of the Biblical warning that "satan masquerades as an angel of light!" I warned people about Beck 8 years ago when most had never heard of him, since he buys off modern day Judas' like David Barton, James Robison, John Hagee, RALPH REED, and others who trip over themselves to sell out the Lord for Beck's 30 pieces of silver which helps him perpetuate the LIE that he is a Christian. A first day Bible college student know a Mormon is no more a Christian than a Muslim is since Mormon doctrine is 100% inconsistent with Biblical Christianity!
Here is the bottom line my friend. Just like the OT priests, the "political pimps" of today are focused on the WRONG THING but they don't care! It is obvious all they care about is building their own kingdom under the guise of building God's! The reason they have failed year after year, decade after decade, is because they are focused on the political issues of the day, when it is the SPIRITUAL ISSUES that are destroying this nation!!! If every political issue was changed to what Christians desire today, it still wouldn't matter because the problems this nation face are NOT political...they are SPIRITUAL!
I love and care about you so much. I am in NO WAY saying Christians shouldn't be involved in the political process. I have stated over and over that Believers need to be involved in every aspect of daily life. However, it really doesn't take a Biblical scholar to look at where we are as a nation, and despite the social issues we fight that are also political issues, our problems are clearly spiritual!
This is not a complicated issue. We must as a nation repent, ask God's forgiveness, and turn back to the Almighty and His Truth! There is no other answer if we are to escape the judgment and wrath of God for turning our back on Him and our gross sin! While the nation is experiencing God's increasing judgment, the "priests," or so-called Christian leaders of our day are raising tens of millions each year to pay for their buildings, huge staffs, private jets, CEO salaries and benefits, while using whatever is left out of each dollar to fight the same battles they have fought and LOST for decades!!!
Jonah, while running from his calling until God got his attention, didn't go through the political channels of his day to deliver his warning to the people of Nineveh. He certainly didn't go through the spiritual leaders of his day. No, Jonah took God's warning directly to the people of Nineveh! That is what Liveprayer is doing!!! We have been under attack for years from the government for the bold and visible stand we take in the marketplace on the issues of the day from a Biblical worldview. We certainly have no friends in the world of big-time Christian ministries since I refuse to play their games.
BUT THAT IS OK, SINCE GOD IS WITH US AND HE HAS BROUGHT ALONG SIDE TO HELP MANY FRIENDS LIKE YOURSELF WHO WE HAVE THE HONOR OF MINISTERING TO EACH DAY, TO PRAY FOR US AND AS LED AND ABLE, SACRIFCE TO SUPPORT GOD'S WORK HERE!
I am here to share this fact with you as I have for the past 5 years now. We are already seeing God's judgment being poured out on our nation, and it is only going to increase as time goes by. I have no doubt that ultimately, like the children of Israel many times, God will punish this nation for turning our backs on Him and His Truth! We have only one hope. The "political pimps" and priests of our day won't tell you the truth since it would hurt their ability to rake in millions.
THAT ONE AND ONLY HOPE IS TO REPENT, ASK GOD'S FORGIVENESS FOR OUR SINS AND GROSS WICKEDNESS, AND TURN BACK TO HIM AND HIS TRUTH! WILL YOU STAND WITH ME TODAY? IT WAS A FEW WHO STOOD WITH AND SUPPORTED JONAH THAT ALLOWED THE PEOPLE OF NINEVEH TO BE SPARED GOD'S WRATH FOR A SEASON AND SEE A MIGHTY HARVEST OF SOULS. WHAT GOD DID FOR NINEVEH HE WILL DO FOR US..IF..WE RESPOND AS NINEVEH DID!
That is what Liveprayer has always been about. That is why for 15 yrs we still work out of the back of the same used car lot owned by one of my Board Members we started in. A blessed address where tens of millions worldwide have had their lives impacted and over 700,000 souls we know of have come to faith in Jesus! No private jets. No staff other than my assistant and tech crew. A modest salary of $40,000 that I cut to right around $20,000 4 yrs ago to simply take care of basic living expenses. No fleet of Bentley's. No mansions. No $10,000 a night hotel suites. Why? YOU PAY FOR ALL OF TH AT WHEN YOU GIVE TO THESE PROSPERITY MINISTRIES AND POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS!!!
I will wake up tomorrow as I did today, and simply do my best to be faithful for that day. I will do all in my power to fulfill God's call to help lead this nation back to Him and His Truth. It is our only hope. While most others are building their own kingdom, wasting tens of millions each year on the same failed political issues they have for decades, I will keep focused on the real answer for this nation and ask you to pray and help me!
***SEPTEMBER FINANCIAL UPDATE: THANK YOU to everyone who prayed, and was able to help support Liveprayer in September. Ten days into October, we still have to cover the last $12,000 of our September shortfall. I am praying and standing in faith the Lord will move on the hearts of our friends who are able so we can have that shortfall covered by the weekend and begin working on the $40,000 we need for our basic October operations. PLEASE PRAY ABOUT HELPING ME TODAY TO INSURE THIS SHORTFALL IS COVERED BY NEXT MONDAY!
Of course if everyone will pray and everyone who is able will send what you can, I am standing in faith that by the end of the weekend, ALL of September's basic operational expenses will be taken care of! Will you please pray today about helping me with $10, $20, $100, $1,000, or whatever God lays on your heart to stand with me at this critical time? Our God is able!!!
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Thank you my friend. Together, we will fulfill God's calling for us in these final days and see the spiritual course of this nation turned around and a mighty harvest of souls as His hand of wrath and judgment is stayed for a season!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,