Liberals vs. Christians :: By Nathele Graham

Christian persecution has been going on since the first person declared faith in Jesus. For instance, one day as Peter and John were entering the Temple they saw a man who was crippled and asking for alms. Through the power of the Holy Spirit and in the name of Jesus, Peter healed this man and then preached about Jesus.

“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.

This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:10-12)

Peter’s boldness in testifying about Jesus caused the religious leaders to arrest him and John. There are some people who won’t tolerate Christians proclaiming Christ as Savior. In Peter’s day it was the Pharisees, Sadducees, and scribes who would not tolerate truth. Today it’s the liberals.

When Christians stand firm on God’s values we get accused of being intolerant. If being intolerant means that we won’t join the world in sin, then so be it. If being intolerant means we want as many people as possible to repent of their sins and turn to Jesus for salvation, then the liberals will just have to tolerate us. There’s the rub. Liberals don’t want to turn from their sin or be tolerant. It was Hillary Clinton who called us “A basket of deplorables.” It seems that liberals enjoy living according to a moral code that has no right or wrong. On the other hand, God is very clear about right and wrong.

“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

God’s rules won’t change just to pacify people who live to honor Satan. The truth is that Christians have been way too tolerant. Christians have stood by and watched as the United States of America turned from a nation that had some moral ideals to a nation where the likes of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are heroes.

There’s no excuse for Christians to embrace liberal ideals, but over the last few years even Christians seem to think that God should change with the times, that all paths lead to heaven, and that since God forgives sin it’s okay to keep on sinning. The opposite is true. Accepting Christ for salvation should change even the most liberal person into a person who seeks to honor God.

“And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11)

Even though every Christian has at one time or another embraced ungodly ways, the blood of Christ has washed your sin away. Now it’s time to turn from liberal un-Christian behavior. The liberal agenda includes everything that God calls sin, such as abortion, sexual infidelity, homosexuality, and much more. As Christians we know that there are rules to life, and those rules are established by God Almighty.

Peter and John didn’t back down from their commitment to Christ. When they saw the crippled man they knew that Christ could heal him. They didn’t make a big deal out of it but simply spoke to him with authority through Jesus and he was healed. The man was thrilled!

“And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.” (Acts 3:8)

He had been lame since birth and now he could leap with joy and he praised God, not Peter or John, for his healing. All of us were once crippled by sin, but since coming to Christ and being forgiven we too should be “… walking, and leaping, and praising God.”

Do we? Probably not. The liberals want to silence us. Like the Pharisees of old they would have us arrested for making Jesus Christ known to a dying population. In America this is getting to be a big problem, but it’s also true in Canada, England, France, Iran, North Korea, and any country you can name.

America came very close to being destroyed by Satan’s liberal agenda. Bill and Hillary Clinton should be tried in a court of law and jailed for crimes they have committed. They will face the ultimate Judge, and He cannot be paid off or bribed to let them slide. Obama’s eight years as president followed a long line of administrations backed by Satan. For those of you who might be too young to remember Bill Clinton’s impeachment, look it up.

You might also look up Monica Lewinsky to learn more of the sick happenings in the Oval Office between Bill and Monica. Hillary Clinton, who was a failure as Secretary of State (remember Benghazi?), would have continued to bring America to ruination, but it was Obama who forced the homosexual agenda upon us and God is very clear about this lifestyle. Very clear:

“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” (Leviticus 20:13)

The wages of sin (any sin) is death, but Christ died for our sins and we can be forgiven. If you accept the homosexual agenda or live that lifestyle, you can find forgiveness through Jesus. Repent (that means change your mind) and ask Jesus to forgive you. Then change your lifestyle to one that follows God. God doesn’t want anyone to spend eternity in the burning lake of fire, but if a person rejects Him then that’s exactly where they will be forever and ever. They condemn themselves.

Hollywood stars have been acting like spoiled brats because the liberal ways of Hillary were thwarted by Donald Trump being elected. If you want to hear Satan whine, then listen to Meryl Streep, Rosie O’Donnell, Bill Maher, and other liberals who just can’t get over the fact that Hillary and the liberal agenda were defeated in this last election. Open your eyes, Christians, and don’t be duped by lies spewed by people who have no Christian values.

What about George Soros? His support of Hillary for president is well known, but did you know that he was behind the violent riots in places like Ferguson, MO, and the ugliness of that woman’s march during Mr. Trump’s inauguration? Whenever there is trouble to be stirred, George Soros will finance it.

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20)

Look to God’s Word to judge what is evil and what is good. You will find that liberal thinkers are far from the will of God.

Satanists have no shame in calling on demonic forces to come against Donald Trump and anyone who abets him. The New York Post even carried an article describing how to do this. Where are the Christians? Are prayer warriors on their knees praying for God’s protection? We are in a spiritual battle, so why are we not fighting this battle with spiritual weapons? The Satanists are.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:12-13)

First you need to know who the enemy is. The enemy is Satan and his minions. Then turn to God in prayer and pray for President Trump, pray for the kings of the world. Don’t forget to pray for Christians everywhere who are being persecuted and abused by liberal people who follow Satan. There is a battle raging and Christians need to turn to Jesus for guidance in fighting the war.

Where does that leave us in the liberal vs. Christian battle? No man can save us. There is only one Savior and His name is Jesus Christ and it is He whom we need to look to for salvation.

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)

He gave His all for us. While we live in this life we have the choice whether to follow Him or not. When Christians prayed during our last presidential election God answered our prayer and Donald Trump was elected. Is he perfect? No, but had Hillary won America would have been destroyed. We need to keep praying. Obama, Hillary, Hollywood, George Soros, and Satanists are coming against him.

That fact should open your eyes to whether or not God allowed Mr. Trump to win. Satan wanted Hillary. Since elected Mr. Trump has faced much opposition from both Republicans and Democrats in Congress and the Satan inspired liberal news media rails against his efforts to make America great again.

Christians need to pray daily for this man who leads our nation. Don’t be swayed by CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, etc. They are voices for liberal lies and the conservative Christians in America are made to look like fools. They call evil good and promote darkness.

America, and indeed the whole world, is in a spiritual battle. Liberals embrace the values, or lack of values, promoted by Satan. Christians embrace, or should embrace, God’s values. As Christians we need to fight for our faith.

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” (Jude 1:3)

Fight. Fight on your knees. Fight with prayer and fight with boldness in your way of living. Be like Peter and John and demonstrate your faith by action, and when liberals come against you speak boldly in truth and love. Pray earnestly for Donald Trump. Pray for Christians imprisoned for their faith. Pray for the liberals—the lost souls who are damning themselves to hell.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

Live your life so there is no doubt that you love Jesus and go around “… walking, and leaping, and praising God”. Tell everyone about what He did for you. He purchased your salvation.

Liberals vs. Christians? It’s a spiritual battle, but boldly stand up for Jesus.

Nathele Graham

twotug@embarqmail.com

www.straitandnarrowministry.com

ron@straitandnarrowministry.com

Ron and Nathele Graham’s previous commentaries archived at http://www.raptureready.com/featured/graham/graham.html

All original Scripture is “theopneustos” (God breathed).

 

Babylonian Ways :: By Nathele Graham

Babylon is synonymous with paganism and evil. It had its beginnings soon after the Flood of Noah when evil  once again began to take hold in the hearts of men. Nimrod was the leader among those people who were easily led away from God. These heathens wanted to build a tower in Babel to reach to heaven.

“And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.” (Genesis 11:4)

God saw what was happening and confused their language in order to stop this united force that tried to build a tower to heaven. There are many Babylonian practices that remain in our culture today, and Christians need to separate from them. The way to do that is to know God’s Word and hold it in authority over the way we live.

God  confused the language and people were scattered, but rebellion against God continued. There were a few people who honored God, but others embraced idol worship, false gods, pagan lifestyles, human sacrifice, and other abominations.

In the southern part of Babylonia was a city called Ur, which was a center of moon worship. Pagan ways abounded there and the voice of the one true God was obscured. Ur is where a man named Abram, later known as Abraham, lived. His family was a part of the idol worship that took place there, but God called him out of that pagan culture to establish the nation of Israel.

“Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: and I will make of thee a great nation and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” (Genesis 12:1-3)

Before Abraham could be of any use to God he first had to leave the pagan culture behind and move away. The same is true of us today. How many who claim to be Christians cling to pagan ways? You can be of no use to God while you embrace Babylonian ways. Are you living a life of sexual immorality? Is it more fun to have friends who smoke a little marijuana and party rather than attend worship services?

Like Abraham, you need to leave friends and family who reject God. Repent and turn away from the sins you embrace and then allow God to accomplish great things through you. Abraham would eventually have a son named Isaac, and through him the nation of Israel came to be. If Abraham had continued to embrace Babylonian ways  he couldn’t have fulfilled God’s perfect plan.

Abraham’s grandson, Jacob, had twelve sons who established the twelve tribes of Israel. In time, Jacob and his family faced a famine and were forced to relocate to Egypt where they found food and prospered. Egypt wasn’t in Babylon, but the same paganism abounded there. They had a god for this and a god for that and it was a heathen culture. God had changed Jacob’s name to Israel, which means “God prevails.” God always will prevail.

As time passed, the Israelites grew in numbers and became a threat to Pharaoh. His way of limiting the Israelites number was to kill male Hebrew children. God did prevail and preserved Israel. A male child was hidden and was found by Pharaoh’s daughter who raised him as her own. Moses was raised in the pagan Egyptian culture and schooled in their ways, but God would use him to lead the Hebrews from captivity. First, Moses had to leave Egypt. He had to leave the pagan ways behind and travel to where he was able to hear the voice of God.

Moses fled Egypt because he had killed an Egyptian and he ended up in Midian, located in the desert north of the Arabian peninsula. There he married the daughter of Jethro and he tended his father-in-law’s sheep. In this land, far from the pagan culture he was raised in, Moses heard God’s voice call from a burning bush.

“And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.” (Exodus 3:4)

God knew his name and who he was, but Moses could only come to know God after he left Egypt. With God’s help he led the Israelites out of captivity and eventually they entered the land that God had promised to Abraham. Both Abraham and Moses had been raised in very pagan circumstances, but they left the evil behind and followed God. If you call yourself a Christian then you need to leave the paganism of our culture behind and cling to God.

After the nation Israel entered the Promise Land, time passed and they became a great nation. There were times over the years when they turned away from God and He judged them. One of those judgments came at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, who besieged Jerusalem, destroyed the Temple, and took many captives. Nebuchadnezzar had ordered that certain children be taken to the kings palace, and a youngster named Daniel was one of them.

“Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.” (Daniel 1:4)

Daniel was schooled in Babylonian ways and could have chosen to embrace the pagan life there, but even at a young age he loved God. Instead embracing the evil of Babylon, Daniel chose to be separate from them and he bowed and prayed towards Jerusalem daily. He did this in spite of the fact that the Temple had been destroyed. Because he didn’t embrace the pagan lifestyles and pagan worship, Daniel was able to serve God by interpreting dreams, reading mysterious handwriting on the wall, and he was given an amazing prophecy describing the end times.

Daniel lived in Babylon, but didn’t allow Babylon to live in him. We can learn a lot from studying Daniel’s life and seeing how he put God Almighty above all else. This is what every Christian should do. We have the Bible to guide us and the Holy Spirit indwelling us so there should be no room in our life for Babylonian ways.

Paganism didn’t stop in the Old Testament. Most of the letters contained in the New Testament were written to congregations located in pagan cities, such as Ephesus and Corinth. These letters encouraged the Christians there to stand firm in their faith and reject the pagan practices around them.

The Corinthians seem much like Christians of today. Instead of following the straight and narrow path they tolerated sin and that sin was corrupting the congregation. We live in a pagan world ruled by the prince of the power of the air, but like Daniel we can’t allow the pagan ways to live in us.

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14)

The answer is “None.” If you yoke yourself in partnerships or friendships with non-believers you embrace pagan ways.

“And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?” (2  Corinthians 6:15)

Belial means “worthless or wicked” and is another name for Satan. If you claim to be a Christian then you should never enter into any partnership with non-believers. If you’ve entered these relationships prior to you becoming a Christian then you need to stand firm on Christ and not allow compromise of your faith.

“And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (2 Corinthians 6:16)

The Holy Spirit indwells Christians and if you’re yoked with Babylonian ways then you’re taking God with you into sin.

“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:17-18)

Yes, brothers and sisters, come out from among them. We are living in the last days and as we draw ever nearer to the Rapture, Satan tries harder to deceive people. Times are getting perilous.

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

This sounds a lot like today and it will get worse.  As we draw near to the end of time the Babylonian ways grow stronger by the day. Instead of honoring God, Christians are becoming more tolerant of sin and evil because most don’t even know what the Bible says. They are schooled in Babylonian ways, but not in God’s ways. God’s Word isn’t an outdated book of rules and regulations, but a guide to a way of life that pleases God.

We have God’s Word to teach us to judge between His ways and Babylonian ways, so don’t let anyone accuse you of being judgmental. Sin is to be rejected and the sinner is to be witnessed to in order to bring them to Christ. Don’t yoke yourself with unsaved sinners but stand firm upon God’s word.

“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.” (Matthew 7:13-14)

If you follow God’s ways then you’re on the right path. We make a choice whether to follow the strait and narrow road or the broad path that leads to destruction. The broad path follows Babylonian ways.

Whether we live in Babylon, Egypt, Rome, or the United States of America we choose which path we follow. When God is rejected, Babylonian ways are embraced and that leads to eternal destruction.

God bless you all,

Nathele Graham

twotug@embarqmail.com

www.straitandnarrowministry.com

ron@straitandnarrowministry.com

Ron and Nathele Graham’s previous commentaries archived at http://www.raptureready.com/featured/graham/graham.html

All original Scripture is “theopneustos” (God breathed).