New Temples/Old Temples

The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former: The glory of this temple was in fact greater.  the LORD of Glory – Jesus – personally visited it and worshipped there.

 Our new temples are better than our old temples. Our old temples could never house the Holy Spirit. Therefore we must keep ourselves from all forms of immorality as described partially in Ephesians 5 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,

“Awake, O sleeper,
    and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

2 Timothy 2:21-23   21 Therefore, 

if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.22 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 23 Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. 

In everything you will have peace in Jesus. Phillipians 4:Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

In closing our new temples will be better than our former temples, because now we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us. We are to live our lives in a way pleasing to God. We will receive power to overcome sin and the Holy Spirit will give sue the strength to do God’s will. We will also have a supernatural desire for His people and the building of His church.

 

 

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Compromise

Compromise

 

There is no greater word that can describe the state of the modern day American church than compromise. The root of all the fruitlessness is compromise. Somehow we let the heretical doctrine of a perverted grace message infiltrate the church and today most people think the church should look like what they see on “Christian” television rather than what in the book of Acts. The grace and salvation we receive at conversion is a doorway to a new life, but it is not always viewed that way. The Romans had heard the Gospel message and came to the conclusion that since they were now under grace, they should sin all the more, so that grace might increase. Paul replied in Romans 6:2 by saying: ” God forbid! How can we who are dead to sin continue living in it?” They tried to use the grace of God as an excuse for sin, but it is precisely because of the grace of God that sin should not have dominion over us (Romans 6:14).

This problem is often perpetuated by people who make up their own definition of grace. Their definition may sound beautiful – it may even seem to exalt the Lord – but it is a deception, nonetheless. This is a sad state of affairs, but we shouldn’t be surprised or caught off guard by it, as Jude saw this and wrote with great urgency and conviction:

“I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once and for all entrusted to the saints. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are Godless men who change the grace of God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ, our only sovereign Lord.” Jude 1:3-4

Titus 2:11-12 teaches about the grace of God:

“The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say no to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled , upright, and Godly lives in this present evil age.”
This is what the grace of God does in our lives. Through grace, God fills our hearts with love and teaches us to live Godly lives in this evil world. Yet many want to use grace as a cloak to hide behind. Often people want others to be accepted without requiring true faith and real repentance. It should cause one to ask if they have really received the grace of God, or merely an excuse. All an excuse can do is to ease a sin-stained conscience. Similarly, narcotics or alcohol might make a person feel better, but they don’t solve problems; they only make them worse. As drugs are to an addict, so cheap grace is to a false convert. Cheap grace might make you feel better, but it can never make you right with God; it can never compare with a clean heart.

God does not grade on a curve and He will not change the standard because He has a hard time finding people that can meet it. Genesis 6:9 Noah found grace but God did not change his mind because He couldn’t find more who could meet the standard.

He also will not change the standard because you can’t put down things of this world and get into an intimate relationship with Him.
I am going to show you that most of us are content to set up camp just out side of Egypt and far from the entrance to Canaan, and are content to live free of bondage but not in the land flowing with milk and honey.

Numbers 32:1 Now the people of Reuben and the people of Gad had a very great number of livestock. And they saw the land of Jazer and the land of Gilead, and behold, the place was a place for livestock. 2 So the people of Gad and the people of Reuben came and said to Moses and to Eleazar the priest and to the chiefs of the congregation, 3 “Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Sebam, Nebo, and Beon, 4 the land that the Lord struck down before the congregation of Israel, is a land for livestock, and your servants have livestock.” 5 And they said, “If we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants for a possession. Do not take us across the Jordan.”6 But Moses said to the people of Gad and to the people of Reuben, “Shall your brothers go to the war while you sit here?

Compromise is a leaven that when it hits a movement it does not only affect the ones in compromise but it permeates to the point that a little leaven, leavens the whole loaf.  Jesus talks about this when He is sitting with the disciples talking about the doctrine of the Pharisees. Matthew 16:6
What would we do if we truly believed that we have a bread multiplier on our boat?
What would we really do for God if we stopped thinking our name was Jireh and the provider and stop putting our faith in the NASDAQ,,S&P500,stock market,etc.
If we could ever catch the revelation that God lives in a realm that money is not relevant  what could we do for Him?
We are not to look at “Christian Television” as a guide on how to be the church, it has so mismanaged money ,I think God has completely removed his glory from it until someone has the guts to stand up and say you can’t rape the bride to pay for things that God never told you to build in the first place. Stick another adulterer up there and its ok we need to get our stuff paid for, stick another homosexual up there and its ok because we have to pay for our stuff. They are manipulating and making statements like “we need 700 seeds for $700 in the next hour and you will be blessed 7 fold.” Stuff like that makes God vomit, the lukewarmness of it. I believe He would rather them be cold in the world doing everything they can to worship, serve and raise mammon than to be in the church doing things that violate every principal of the word of God.
The litmus test for good theological prosperity is not what am I gonna aquire with all this money. It is what am I gonna do for the kingdom with all this money, end of sex trafficking, buy the babies from the women at abortion clinics, build orphanages,etc.

Then the disciples though revelation got it that He was talking about the teachings of the Pharisees that was a teaching of compromise. Do enough to follow the rules but don’t really respond appropriately out of the heart. This is what Jesus was primarily concerned about talking with the disciples.

Going back to Numbers, they have livestock that God gave them, the land they were in was suitable for livestock but they weren’t where God told them to be. It is subtle example of comprise. The problem with compromise is it is always pregnant with logic. We have fallen into a logical western way of thinking and have birthed a heretical thinking that God is logical. God is the most non logical being there is.
Numbers 31:32-35 Now the plunder remaining of the spoil that the army took was 675,000 sheep, 72,000 cattle,61,000 donkeys, and 32,000 persons in all, women who had not known man by lying with him. All given to them from God all from the spoils of war. They didn’t have to get together for meetings asking how they were going to acquire all those cattle and sheep. God gave it to them in the most illogical way.
The issue with them was not that they were or were not blessed it was that they were about to make a grand mistake by letting the blessing dictate their position.
Perversion is when we apply the principle without applying the purpose. The enemy has no power to create only to perverse what God has created. Like sex, God created that to be a wonderful gift between a man and a wife but the enemy perverted it into something nasty. The perversion does not negate the purpose. God’s purpose for prosperity is not trumped by a person’s greed to acquire wealth. They had thousands of sheep,cattle,donkeys and its about to be the worst thing that happened to them.
In the story when Peter is fishing with the other disciples and Jesus is on the land and they had been fishing all night and haven’t caught anything. Jesus tells them to throw their nets to the other side of the boat and they caught so much fish the boat couldn’t contain it. Then Peter realized who was on the bank and jumped in the water and when he got to the bank Jesus had cooked some fish. Everything that Peter worked all night for was in the boat yet he left it all to be in the presence of the Lord. Who enabled him to catch the fish? God did and when God enabled him to catch the fish supernaturally that which he could not catch on his own,he left the blessing to get back in the presence of the one who instigated the blessing. . Because he knew that presence is more valuable than material. What’s important in this story is that he leaves a boat full of raw fish and when he got to the bank there was cooked fish. Cause whatever you have wont taste right unless you have presence. You can have a lot of it but it doesn’t taste right unless you in the presence. What’s the difference between the fish on the boat and the fish on the bank? FIRE, when you live in the fire you understand what the increase is for, when you live in the fire you understand what the favor is for, you have an understanding that prosperity is God’s idea of winning the lost though the gospel of Jesus. People try to aquire stuff without going to the cross ”God wants me to be rich” sure He does but it’s not for you to buy a $750 watch. The problem is people try to get stuff without going through the death, burial and resurrection. Because when you go through that the only thing you care about is seeing people on their way to Hell not on their way to hell anymore.

Prosperity only make sense in the light of winning souls, it’s not about you getting stuff God did not give them cattle and sheep and donkey because he did not want them to have milk and honey. Do not miss milk and honey because you are counting sheep and cattle and donkeys. Like all comprise there is enough reason in it to be logical.

Don’t think the devil wont try to give you everything you desire to keep you from your purpose. He can only tempt you with what you can be tempted with. He knows if he can get you to compromise in worship, then he can get you to compromise in church, then in your prayer time and eventualy you will fall way. If he can’t get you to do that he will keep you busy with work chasing the American dream to keep you from your purpose. Don’t think he won’t make taking that job away from home, stepping down from ministry, missing your wife and kids and forfeiting your purpose is of God.

He tried it with Jesus Matthew 4:1-11 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written,“‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
    but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple 6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,“‘He will command his angels concerning you,’and“‘On their hands they will bear you up,
    lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,“‘You shall worship the Lord your God
and him only shall you serve.’”11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.

Notice Jesus never left the mountain..He used the devil to bring him to a place that he couldn’t have gotten to within his human body. The mountain that he went up was not an earthly mountain , there is no mountain on earth that you could see ALL of the kingdoms.

The first thing you lose in comprise is not the anointing, the revelation or the gift it’s the intimacy. You stop spending time with God. Intimacy with God is where supernatural things are produced. Spiritual reproduction is a result of intimacy with God. God made Adam from dirt and Made Eve from Adam. We all know that men are women are different physically. God  had everything he needed to form Eve from Adam. God could’ve just made another person from the dirt or give Adam the ability to form people from dirt. But it wasn’t God’s will to reproduce without intimacy. The problem with the modern church is that we have so compromised that we are no longer intimate with God and we are trying to reproduce things without presence.

We are producing a Babylonian culture because we are reproducing without presence, we are so called outreaching without presence, we are building buildings without presence, building multi campus without presence, multiple services without presence, were becoming Rock Star huge “success” without presence writing multi million dollar selling books on how we learned to procreate without intimacy.

Abraham even at 100 knew that he could not reproduce without intimacy with Sarah. At 100 he still believes, not that God will do it another way but that intimacy is still relevant to reproduction. Abraham is a man of enormous faith who refused to stop believing God. Regardless of the mistake he made he was still unwavering in the promise that God made him. What God spoke to him at 75 he still believed at 100.What God spoke to him at 75 that he made a huge mistake of getting intimate with something that should have been serving him. Hagar was supposed to serve Abraham but when you get in bed with things that are supposed to be serving you like your job, your career, materialism, secular humanism, philosophy, intellect, whenever you get intimate with them you end up producing something that will fight against your promise. Later on Sarah looks out and sees Ishmael picking on Isaac and says to Abraham get that bondwoman and her son away from my Isaac. If you never separate them your mistake will begin to mock your miracle. Isaac was the miracle and Ishmael was the mistake and Abraham wanted them to live together but God is showing us that there must be a place of consecration and disconnection if there is going to be a real elevation to the next level. Whatever God is asking you to get rid of, whoever he is telling you to disconnect from is not because he wants to see you in pain or suffer its because you cannot elevate to the new level with that amount of baggage.

What happened here is Abraham stepped in and took a matters into his own hands not because he didn’t believe its because he compromised and when you compromise you lose intimacy. When you compromise you diminish the role of the bride and you start partnering with stuff you should be communing with. God is not looking for partners, He is not looking for friends, he is not looking for buddies, He is looking for brides. Sarah was the bride but her role was diminished when Abraham turned to self management. When we compromise and move into self management we lose our bride status. We become busy, sensible, reasonable and practical and just getting things done seems much more easier than just waiting in prayer.We move into busy but we don’t labor for him anymore. We lose the intimacy that marks us and our ability to reproduce and any thing coming out of us isn’t of any divine consequence because we spend our lives like hamster on the wheel running round and round and never accomplishing anything worthwhile for Him.

The church is in the state it is in because the church leaders have lost their intimacy. We have worship leaders who can sing and entertain but would not know the glory of God if it came in like a bulldozer. Preachers who have great skill and great gifting but would not know how to shut their plan down for the glory of God if their life and ministry depended on it. What it going take is for you to recognize you’re a leader and you have got to maintain your commitment to His presence and stay in the intimacy if we are going to become the bride that God has intended us to be, the warring governing bride of all mighty God representing on the Earth the great groom who has never lost a battle in the history of all mankind. But its going to take intimacy to get us back to the place he called us to be.

Matthew 7:21-23“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Luke 1:34 And Mary said unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man

That word know, “ginosko” in the Greek, refers in this context to an intimate relationship of union and approval. That is the kind of relationship a believer needs to have with Christ.

Paul said, “But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him.” (1 Corinthians 8:3). Jesus will not say those words of condemnation in Matthew 7:21-23 to someone who truly loves Him. God recognizes, approves and truly works together with those who love Him. If we love the Lord, we will be looking to Him for power to overcome sin before we look for miraculous displays of the power of signs and wonders.

If we have lost intimacy then we must fight to shut everything down, repent of what we have compromised and partnered with. We must fight to get back what is of any worth in this life and it is the presence of All Mighty God. Deep is calling to deep just as shallow is calling to shallow. We must get so deep into intimacy with God that we can no longer hear the calls of shallow. We  must stay the course that God put us on when we first came into His presence, we must stay in His presence and stay in intimacy with Him. We must remember that God timing is not our timing. If god told us to do something we must do it until it comes to fruition and he puts us on another task.

Finding your tone

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The quest for tone is an expensive, heartbreaking, and time consuming trek through the unknown. I started with borrowed gear. A GK amp with a hartke 4×10. Then to an Ampeg SVT4 Pro with an Ampeg 8×10 finally stopping with a Thinderfunk 550B with an Ampeg 8×10. I plan on staying here a while. I can pretty much dial in whatever tone I want. I can go sterile solid state or nice warm vintage tube. High mid funk sound to gritty numetal. I also chose to stay with Rickenbacker. Before I go any further Rics aren’t for everyone. To spend almost $2000 for something you need to really like it. The tone that you can pull out of those guitars are heavenly. I started with a 6 string Ibanez then a 5 string ibanez then a ERNIE ball Musicman stingray 4 string. Then a Ric. I play it with my fingers and really dig in or some songs I use a pick and double time strum up and down to give a rhythmic flow to a song. All in all the reason for this is buy what you want from the beginning save yourself time and money. Oh and I didn’t even mention my pedal board. That’s a whole different trek in itself, maybe I will tell that story one day.

Why America is not a Christian Nation(Never has been)

WIth everything happening in the Government today I am going to say some things that are truth,not opinion. It is a long post. Read it thoroughly and I ask you to check the facts, remove what you were taught in school and in church about this country. First let look at what the Bible says about Government.

Romans 13:1-7Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.

If you still don’t think you should obey the government it is written again in

1 Peter 2:1313 Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 16 Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants  of God. 17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

Jesus never said much about the government when he was here,remember the Roman government was one of the most evil,corrupt and most powerful of it’s time he basically said pay the government what you owe them, Luke 20:22 Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not?” 23 But he perceived their craftiness, and said to them, 24 “Show me a denarius. Whose likeness and inscription does it have?” They said, “Caesar’s.” 25 He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

There a bunch more scriptures on it. Basically God gave the USA the government it deserves. We are an immoral, greedy,lazy, entitle driven, power hungry lack of respect for God and a no God fearing country. We got the leadership as a country that we deserve.

The next thing is socialism, OH NO OBAMA wants us to be a socialist nation, HEY!!! Hero the bible calls us to be socialist….

Acts 2:44-45 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.

 

Acts 4:32-35 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

Matthew 19:21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

 

1 John 3:17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?

Pretty much explains it. It says for us not to be stingy with our money and to make sure no one lacks,hmmmmm…

Next how can a “CHRISTIAN NATION” allow abortion? Homosexual marriage? Corrupt politicians?etc…
Here are some Abortion Statistics:
In 2008, approximately 1.21 million abortions took place in the U.S., down from an estimated 1.29 million in 2002, 1.31 million in 2000 and 1.36 million in 1996. From 1973 through 2008, nearly 50 million legal abortions have occurred in the U.S. (AGI).

  • On average, women give at least 3 reasons for choosing abortion: 3/4 say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or other responsibilities; about 3/4 say they cannot afford a child; and 1/2 say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner (AGI).
  • Only 12% of women included a physical problem with their health among reasons for having an abortion (NAF).
  • One per cent (of aborting women) reported that they were the survivors of rape (NAF).

 

This Country the USA, is not and never has been a Christian Nation. It was founded on a Freedom of religion basis, therefore you are free to practice any religion you please or if you don’t want to practice a religion you CAN! Below are few reasons why this country is NOT a Christian Nation

 

1. The Text of the Constitution Does Not Say the United States Is a Christian Nation

If a Christian nation had been the intent of the founders, they would have put that in the Constitution, front and center. Yet the text of the Constitution contains no references to God, Jesus Christ, or Christianity. That document does not state that our country is an officially Christian nation.The First Amendment bars all laws “respecting an establishment of religion” and protects “the free exercise thereof.” Nothing here indicates that the latter provision applies only to Christian faiths.

2. The Founders’ Political Beliefs Would Not Have Led Them to Support the Christian-Nation Idea

Key founders such as James Madison and Thomas Jefferson opposed mixing church and state. They would never have supported an officially Christian nation. Jefferson and Madison came to this opposition in two ways. First, they were well-versed in history and understood how the officially Christian governments of Europe had crushed human freedom. Moreover, they knew about the constant religious wars among rival factions of Christianity. Second, they had witnessed religious oppression in the colonies firsthand.

3. Shortly After the Constitution Was Ratified, Conservative Ministers Attacked It Because It Lacked References to Christianity

Ministers of the founding period knew that the Constitution didn’t declare the United States officially Christian—and it made them angry.

In 1793, just five years after the Constitution was ratified, the Reverend John M. Mason of New York attacked that document in a sermon. Mason called the lack of references to God and Christianity “an omission which no pretext whatever can palliate.” He predicted that an angry God would “overturn from its foundations the fabric we have been rearing and crush us to atoms in the wreck.”

4. Religion ran countries the laws are based on religious beliefs,enforced by the government.

Again this country’s laws are not based on the bible, if it is then why is abortion and homosexual marriage legal? Why people are protected by the First amendment to practice whatever religion they wish? Why people are not jailed for being any other religion? Countries like Pakistan,Iran,Turkey,etc. are Muslim countries.Their laws are based on the Koran, you are jailed for practicing your religion if its not Islam. See the difference?

5. This country was founded on the Holocoust of a nation, The American Indian Nation..

Remember playing cowboys and Indians as kids? Who were the good guys? the cowboys right? Not according to true history, the Indians were the good guys defending their land, family and lives from the white man.

Even in the initial stages of contact between European “Christians”and Native Indian people the stage was set for ethnocentrism, and the attitude towards the Indians was that of white superiority. The Indians were read a proclamation in Spanish which they had no hope of understanding, they had no hope of understanding the death sentence they were being read, and it went something like this:
“We ask and require you to acknowledge the church (Roman Catholic not christian that will be another blog)as the ruler and superior of the whole world and the high priest called pope and in his name the king of Spain as lords of this land. If you submit we shall receive you in all love and charity and shall leave you, your wives and children and your lands free without servitude, but if you do not submit we shall powerfully enter into your country and shall make war against you, we shall take you and your wives and your children and shall make slaves of them and we shall take away your goods and shall do you all the harm and damage we can.”

The Europeans saw themselves as the superior culture bringing civilization to an inferior culture. The colonial world view split reality into popular parts: good and evil, body and spirit, man and nature, head and hear, European and primitive. American Indians spirituality lacks these dualism’s; language expresses the oneness of all things. God is not the transcendent Father but the Mother Earth, the Corn Mother, the Great Spirit who nourishes all It is polytheistic, believing in many gods and many levels of deity. “At the basis of most American Native beliefs is the supernatural was a profound conviction that an invisible force, a powerful spirit, permeated the entire universe and ordered the cycles of birth and death for all living things.” Beyond this belief in a universal spirit, most American Indians attached supernatural qualities to animals, heavenly bodies, the seasons, dead ancestors, the elements, and geologic formations. Their world was infused with the divine – The Sacred Hoop. This was not at all a personal being presiding ominpotently over the salvation or damnation of individual people as the Europeans believed.

For the Europeans such beliefs were pagan. Thus, the conquest was rationalized as a necessary evil that would bestow upon the heathen “Indians” a moral consciousness that would redeem their amorality. The world view which converted bare economic self interest into noble, even moral, motives was a notion of Christianity as the one redemptive religion which demands fealty from all cultures. In this remaking of the American Indians the impetus which drove the conquistador’s invading wars not exploration, but the drive to expand an empire, not discovery of new land, but the drive to accumulate treasure, land and cheap labor.

The “Indian Removal” policy was implemented to “clear” land for white settlers. Removal was more than another assault on American Indians’ land titles. Insatiable greed for land remained a primary consideration, but many people now believed that the removal was the only way of saving American Indians from extermination. As long as the American Indians lived in close proximity to non-Native American communities, they would be decimated by disease, alcohol, and poverty. The Indian Removal Act began in 1830. Forced marches at bayonet-point to relocation settlements resulted in high mortality rates. The infamous removal of the Five Civilized Tribes — the Choctaws, Creeks, Chickasaws, Cherokees, and Seminoles — is a dismal page in United States history. By the 1820′s the Cherokees, who had established a written constitution modeled after the United States Constitution, a newspaper, schools, and industries in their settlements, resisted removal. In 1938 the federal troops evicted the Cherokees. Approximately four thousand Cherokees died during the removal process because of poor planning by the United States Government. This exodus to Indian Territory is known as the Trail of Tears. More than one hundred thousand American Indians eventually crossed the Mississippi River under the authority of the Indian Removal Act.

For a brief periods after the American Revolution, the United States adopted a policy toward American Indians known as the “conquest” theory. In the Treaty of Fort Stansix of 1784, the Iroquois had to cede lands in western New York and Pennsylvania. Those Iroquois living in the United States (many had gone to Canada where the English gave them refuge) rapidly degenerated as a nation during the last decades of the eighteenth century, losing most of their remaining lands and much of their ability to cope. The Shawnees, Miamis, Delawaresm, Ottawans, Wyandots, and Potawatomis watching the decline of the Iroquois formed their own confederacy and informed the United states that the Ohio river was the boundary between their lands and those of the settlers. It was just a matter of time before further hostilities ensued.

There’s blood from sea to shining sea,with roots in white supremacy just like Hitler’s Nazi Germany. Andrew Jackson made his ethnic cleansing by the removal of the Cherokee Indians because of the gold on their land.He made his name as “Old Hickory” because of his toughness and aggressiveness toward the Indians. He won many battles between the USA and the Indians as general. So ask yourself, if Hitler was on the 20 dollar bill,How would the Jews feel?

Cross check what I am saying. It is historical and biblically accurate and may not line up with what you were taught through the years. Here is my take I am a Christian, I am not patriotic. There are worse countries out there, but I am not a patriotic zombie pledging my allegiance to a country. I pledge my allegiance to Jesus.

 

Judgmental Christianity

The very thing most Christian’s complain about. (Government imposing laws that are against what they believe,Getting judged,etc..) they are doing to non believers. The bible specifically says we are not to judge the world.1 Corinthians 5:12 It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning.
There are alot more important issues we as Christians should be rallying against . Child slavery, sex slavery, feeding the homeless, reaching the lost,loving people and each other. But instead we are focused on something that doesn’t matter in the scope of eternity.In doing so we turn people off to Jesus. I have heard time and time again from non believers about Christians judging them and their lifestyles and it is a huge turn off to them. I mean why would they want to be a Christian and then sit there and turn their proverbial nose up and judge everyone. its not enticing to anyone. As a Christian we cannot be upset when the world acts like the world,but when the kingdom acts like the world then we must take a stand and judge.
Most people Christians and Non-Christians alike will misquote this scripture Matthew 7:1 “Judge not, that you be not judged. When you quote scripture you have to quote it in context. The whole part of that scripture is Matthew 7:17 “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
What Jesus is saying here in context is : If you have a problem with a certain sin(Porn,adultery,cussing,greed,thievery,etc) then you cant tell someone else that they need to stop while you still doing it. BUT once you overcome the sin you can help walk your brother/sister through overcoming their sin. It needs to be done in love and not in a judgmental way.
Also when they say “Only God can judge me” if they aren’t a born again Christian they are 100% totally correct. but if they are a born again Christian church goer, they are opening themselves up to judgement by their fellow Christians. If a believer sees another believer sinning, it is his Christian duty to lovingly and respectfully confront the person with his sin. Most people what they mean is “Don’t tell me anything about the way I behave”
Matthew 18:15-1715 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
We judge situations everyday and we also judge people everyday. the Bible also exhorts us to beware of evildoers and false prophets and to avoid those who practice all kinds of evil. How are we to discern who these people are if we do not make some kind of judgment about them? We are to “judge” sin, but always with the goal of presenting the solution for sin and its consequences—the Lord Jesus Christ
John 7:24  Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”
There is a difference between judging and condemning we are to judge a righteous judgement but without condemnation. Most Christians get this wrong, I, myself get this wrong alot of times. When we judge it is always to bring a fellow brother or sister closer to God and further from sin. It is not to be superior christian or Mr Holy Roller. As Christian you will be judged, get over it. Until the day you die you will be judge here on earth. Christians will judge you and non christians will judge you. I think as a Christian we need to be more loving and caring in our walk and be mindful that the people around us have a very good chance of spending eternity in Hell, and we should do all that we can to make sure that we can help as many people as possible spend eternity in heaven worshipping God and not in eternal Damnation.

Spiritual Drought

During times of a drought people pray for rain for two reasons.
1. For their lawns to look good
2. To feed their children

The revival rain that we are praying for as the church needs to be the kind of rain that makes a generation live or die , not make us look good. We need to stop looking at rain as something that will make the church look good amongst all the functions and start looking at rain as something necessary to germinate the seeds that have been planted. We need to move away from the mindset that revival is fun, revival would be neat and move into a mindset that if we do not experience revival we will lose a generation of people. If we do not experience an outpouring of the Holy Spirit we are in danger of losing an entire generation of people who will not come to our church because they like the building, the music or the preaching. It has to be the kind of rain that comes to germinate a dormant seed that grows into producing fruit.

LOve……..

Some have equated it with caring, benevolent giving or nothing more than sheer emotions.On occasion, we use the term very casually and loosely. People express their “love” for the teachings of a certain church. Some will say they just “love” ice cream, a certain song, pizza, style of clothing,color, automobile, fashion, performer or team. People say they love an endless number of things. What some call “love” a theologian might call unbridled lust.
 
But these statements become ridiculous once we begin to understand what biblical love is. People’s “love” of something is merely an opinion, a preference. A preference is not love, and to use “love” in this way devalues it.
 
GOD’S love is unconditional in a sense but He does place conditions on us to initially gain His love.all throughout scripture God  imposes “ifs” and “thens”
A good example of a plain old “if” statement is John 14:15.  Jesus is essentially saying, if you love me then obey my commandments.  In this conditional statement there is an implied “else”.  If we truly love Him then we will obey Him else we do not love him and we will be disobedient.  In fact, He says that if you love me, then I command you to obey my commandments.  
 
If You Love Me Then
            Obey My Commands
 Or Else
            You Are Disobedient
 
The implication here is that if we love God we will be obedient to Him and we will then be able to hear from Him in order to do His will…in essence we will be His children. If we are disobedient to Him, we do not love Him then we are  rebels and bastards…in essence the children of disobedience (Ephesians 2:1-5).  Another example
if my people who are called by my name  humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV)