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Lead Us Not Into Trumptation…

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Lance Wallnau’s 4 Gifts To Help You Understand Trump & What God Is Doing Through Him

  • 10 Prophetic Insights about Trump
  • What is a “chaos” candidate? And why America needs one…Lance Video Snapshot
  • 27-Minute video explains the Prophetic Word given to Donald Trump and how you can help him
  • BONUS: Strategy Report by political strategist Marc Nuttle

CLICK HERE: www.lancewallnau.com/trump

CHRISTIANS HAVE LOST THE LUXURY OF VOTING

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Christians have lost the luxury of voting.  Christians have lost the right to vote for their candidate of choice.  They have lost the right to vote for a social conservative or maybe even a constitutional conservative.

The United States was founded on principles of freedom that were fought for, in war, byCross Flag Christians.  Religious liberty was a core value that war was waged for.   Sure, not everyone who fought was a Christian, but everyone who fought was fighting against oppression; fighting to the death, literally.

So why have Christians lost the luxury of voting?  They lost the will to fight.

Somewhere over the last few generations, Christians have relegated themselves to church on Sunday, especially evangelicals.   Somehow, they thought five-fold ministries were most effective in four-walled buildings.

We could examine that this possibly paralleled the industrial revolution, which caused the decline of our agricultural society and apprenticeship values.  This in turn saw family and business values not being passed along as part of the work day.  The industrial revolution also promoted the rise of employees, employee benefits and employees relying on their employers.  When employers failed, the government became the choice to rely on.  In this, Christians forgot to rely on God. The industrial revolution brought a bar on every corner and a church on every other corner.  The lifestyle of provision through employer created ease in every area of life.  Suburbs fertilized complacency.

JQA QuoteRegardless of how, Christians have become complacent.  It can be argued that Christians led the charge for freedom during the American Revolution.  Christians have also led the charge into complacency that plagues America today where neither the neighborhood bar nor the neighborhood church exists.

How do we know Christians are complacent?  Their values ring on deaf ears. There is one huge deciding piece of evidence that proves Christians are complacent.  They have made their God impotent. In fact, Christians have become irrelevant.  Their beliefs are ruled against in courts of law.  By definition, the God of the Christian faith is anything but impotent; he is actually, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent.  So who has relegated the omnipotent to impotent?  The Christian.  If Christians actually believed their God had any power, they and their beliefs would not be irrelevant. In their complacency, they have voted out their own freedom (or didn’t vote).  Piety produced sideline Christians. Christians not involved in government, the arts, education, business or media.  Oh, they have their own versions of those, just like they have their ministries in their own four walls. Their influence has waned to practical nonexistence.  Christians were some who picked up arms and fought to death during the revolution.  The same have retreated to their four-walled safety zones away from the carnal horribleness of the world.  Their God has left them to their own devices. (Rom 1)  They have failed to sustain their culture.

You hear them on Hannity touting characters like Huckabee and Carson.   They are so irrelevant their votes no longer count.  They sit back and vote in luxury but have lost the luxury to vote.  If they were relevant, Presidents Huckabee and Carson would each be re-elected.   Christians are so irrelevant, the freedoms their ancestors have fought for have eroded to nothingness.  They are attempting to legislate morality from a place of weakness.  They don’t even recognize the political serf system created in the United States.  They even vote for and promote candidates that perpetuate the serf system (Cruz) and create a greater reliance on the government instead of God (Obama, Sanders, Clinton).

Christians have to fight to get their freedom and power back before they can have the luxury to vote.Dec of Ind

Perpetuating a serf system their ancestors fled from by electing political cronies who support a unified North American government only drives them further into government slavery.

Christians must gain their relevancy by proving the power of their God at a grass roots level.  If they don’t first save the country from political tyranny, they may not even have the freedom to worship their God.  Christians are under attack.  Islam and counter cultures have weaved their way into society and Christians sit back and talk about how “love wins.”  If one is unable to operate a business according to one’s beliefs, you are irrelevant.  If one wants to love your enemy to the point of letting them overrun the country, you are nonexistent, dead that is, because they want to kill you.

Christians, your four-walled behavior can benefit you if applied correctly.  You have to save the country in order to have a place to actually be a Christian.  First, the United States needs to be a safe place to both practice your beliefs and to actually remain alive.  You need boundaries to make a safe and focused battlefield.  You need to stop the bleeding.  The overrunning by those wishing to kill you and the political elite wishing to destroy you must be stopped.  There is one candidate that will accomplish this: Donald Trump.  The namby-pamby Christians don’t like his tone, his attitude or his business shrewdness.   But alas, Christians have lost the luxury to vote.  Defeating Hitler required the uncouth, fowl-mouthed, cigar-smoking Sir Winston Churchill. Defeating political serfdom and radical Islam requires someone with an edge to them. Oh, and God prefers shrewd.  Matthew says that the children of the shrewd are more capable of dealing with the world around them than the children of light. (Matt 16)  Go figure.

Once you preserve your country, then you are free to fight for your beliefs.  If your God is so powerful, you should be able to sway an audience of anyone. In fact, if your God is so powerful, you don’t need to legislate morality.  Your lifestyle should exhibit his power in such a way that the the moral high ground you claim to exemplify is indeed high ground.  Instead, you have positioned yourself as defeated, irrelevant and pious.  Fighting for your morality is requires a platform to fight from and unless you have the platform, the safe place to practice your beliefs, it doesn’t matter.

If as a Christian one believes freedom would assist the cause in the United States, one must first save the country.  Stand up to political serfdom tyranny and stand up to those who wish to literally kill and destroy.  It is passed the time to legislate morality or elect a pastor-type to the presidency.  Christians have lost that luxury.  It is now as simple as saving the soil one walks on from oppression.  Create a fighting chance by creating a safe place to fight.

Then again, complacent Christians aren’t about fighting for their beliefs.  They are about exercising their right to vote effectively letting their government do it for them.  News flash: the government can’t love like a Christian is supposed to. Regardless, their vote has become irrelevant, complacency has foiled that luxury.

Ironically, If Christians actually believed their God had power, they would be unstoppable. (2 Tim 2)

© Tim Porter and MeridianMinistry.org, 2016

Christians: How Should One Then Vote?

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Who Should Christians Vote For…? (it might surprise you)

Choices, not exactly sure of the caliber, but there are choices in this year’s presidential election.

Heard this week: “I look at the state of our nation right now. We have a dude who has one foot in the grave, who is flagsan avowed socialist. We have someone over here who is a liar all these other things. This guy over here is just an idiot; the things that come out of his mouth bewilder me. Then we got this guy over here, at least in my opinion there is a moral factor but gosh, he is a flip flopper, I can’t trust anything that comes out of his mouth. The whole world just said politicians are liars but we don’t care. And I am just scratching my head going, “Good Lord, Jesus, what a mess.” There is this man who is not a career politician, a man of integrity and man of his word. They use everything he says against him, so he doesn’t have a chance.” Reminds one of the song lyrics, “Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.” (Stealers Wheel, 1972) Filling in a name for each individual one may be difficult, some descriptions apply to multiple candidates.

Who do you vote for? How about as a Christian, who do you vote for?

You have a responsibility, a great responsibility, when voting.

Kennedy“For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.” This quote from Luke 12:48 inspired President Kennedy when he said, “For of those to whom much is given, much is required.” In the same speech, Kennedy famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Some say he requoted President Harding, “We must have a citizenship less concerned about what the government can do for it and more anxious about what it can do for the nation.”

Christians need to quit voting for a man and instead vote for their own God-ordained personally responsibility. Who can empower that personal responsibility?

The current challenges in the United States of America are not due to a lack of Christian leadership but lack of Christian leaders. A leader in the White House, who happens to be a Christian, is not going to get the United States where it needs to be, President Carter is proof. Please carefully consider this point: a single leader cannot change the course of a nation. Christian leaders, by the hundreds, thousands or hundreds of thousands must arise. Now, who is a Christian leader? It is not a pastor; a pastor is a leader of Christians, huge difference. We need leaders who are Christians who lead in the arts, education, media, family, government and business, and they must be effective Christian leaders. If Christians are to make disciples of nations (Matthew 28:19) then they better start being effective leaders in the gates of influence of those nations.

How does that help in deciding who to vote for in this year’s presidential election? Remember our choices? Don’t look at the choices for your decision, look to yourself. If you desire to be a much needed Christian leader in one or more of the gates of influence in your city, state and country, you should ask yourself three questions.

  • Am I willing to do the hard work required to be an effective leader in the area of influence related to my calling? (If not, it doesn’t matter who you vote for.)
  • Which candidate will protect Christians the most and allow them to be the freest to pursue their ideals? (Christians who are neither free nor safe are limited in potential.)
  • Which candidate will allow the business and economy to flow freely to best allow Christians to make money in their jobs and businesses? (You can’t accomplish anything without funding.)

If you have the desire, the freedom and the funding, you can accomplish what you are called to accomplish – as long as you are willing to do the work and have the freedom to pursue it.

Dear Church, quit voting for someone to fix the problems and vote for someone who empowers and allows YOU to fix the problems.

TRUMP, CHRISTIANS, DONKEYS and T-SHIRTS

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TRUMP, CHRISTIANS, DONKEYS and T-SHIRTS

© Tim Porter and MeridianMinistry.org, 2016

Stubborn, boisterous, uncouth and often viewed kicking and screaming, does this remind you of a particular barnyard animal or did a presidential candidate come to mind? More on that comparison later.

Some are concerned as to why there are strong Christians so “infatuated” with Trump. Let’s clear the air on that one. They are not infatuated with Trump; they are infatuated with Christ and see how God can use him and them at the same time.

There is indeed a Christian camp divided, which should come as no surprise and is nothing new.   Christians are verydivided-people at odds on electing a strong leader who is not a Christian, or portrays Christian social values. Many seem to be concerned about social conservative values and morality. There is an assumption that morality can be voted on or legislated.   Libertarians and social conservatives should take note and should be working together.

ONE CANNOT LEGISLATE MORALITY

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his speech at Dartmouth (1962) said, “It may be true that morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, religion and education will have to do that. But it can keep him from lynching me and I think that is very important, also.”   His listeners laughed at the last line that day. However, his last line was proved incorrect on April 4, 1968 in Memphis. Murder has been legislated against for quite some time now. Legislation did not change the morality of those who wished him dead.

Dr. King and Senator Goldwater were on the same team. Barry Goldwater voted for the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1960. The Senator pointed out the dangers of legislating morality when he expressed concern about Sections II and VII in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He viewed them as an over-zealous attempt to unconstitutionally regulate commerce in the drive to legislate morality.   Senator Goldwater was more of a libertarian than conservative, understanding that morality cannot be legislated. His libertarian leaning is evident in his advocating for homosexuals in the military and abortion rights.   As a reminder, Mr. Goldwater was a presidential candidate in 1964. Ronald Reagan’s “A Time for Choosing” speech was during Goldwater’s campaign.

Morality is determined in one’s soul (will, mind and emotions). It is impossible, unconstitutional and unbiblical to legislate thoughts of the soul. God, is in His omnipotent wisdom, has the ability to transcend the soul and judge the thoughts. Man can legislate the physical body by causing action for consequences the body commits. Man is known by the fruits of his thoughts; this is the outcome of one’s morality. As “fruit inspectors,” society can respond to one’s behavior.

A GOOD OF FREEDOM

American Christians somehow feel that legislating morality is the key to creating a God fearing society.   Christians should indeed be involved in politics and run for office. However, Christians readily admit that the sinful or ungodly nature of man is innate. All the rules and laws passed are moot as applied to the thoughts of the heart and soul. Yes, God can see one’s thoughts, but man cannot regulate them.

Christians should be involved as political leaders just as they should be leaders in business, education, the arts, media and the family. However, does that mean a Christian leader is required? Is it necessary to have a Sunday School teacher in the White House? One is aptly reminded that having a Sunday School teacher in the White House is not always what is best for the country or for more than sixty hostages held in Iran. Jimmy Carter’s presidential legacy may be that he didn’t leave one.

Personally, I thought it awesomely cool such a Godly man was in office, even visiting Plains, Georgia. However, the telling sign of my change in thinking came the day I held a Carter/Mondale sign in one hand while shaking Ronald Wilson Reagan’s hand with the other, the day before the presidential election of 1980. One hand contained a sign of my Sunday School thinking while the other hand followed my heart and was drawn to a greater good, a good of freedom.

SATAN THINKS YOU’RE A WUSS

“Jesus loves you,” and the fine print read, “Satan thinks you’re a wuss,” Wussadorned probably the most thought provoking t-shirt ever printed. It is also eerily accurate. Christians have become wimps running around “saving souls” when they have been called to make disciples of all nations (MT 28:19). Christians have been given all power over the enemy (LK 10:19) but wish to defer that power to government programs and ministries inside the four walls of the church.   Christians, as previously mentioned, are to be leaders and influencers in government, education, the arts, media, family and business. However, Christians have predominantly missed the calling for the taking of nations. Islam has done a much better job in discipling nations than Christians have, by far. They do it by putting their leaders in charge of government, the arts, education, media, business and the family.   Ideals are promoted throughout all of these areas of influence.

Why are Christians so hesitant? Waving a magic voting wand to place a Christian as president will not change the hearts and minds of Congress or society. Christianity should weave its leaders and ideals into the fabric of society and create change from the inside out; it is the biblical mandate. Christians are a little too much like sheep sometimes. For those who believe in the rapture, it won’t happen until God’s kingdom mandate is fulfilled. Christ riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, on what is now called Palm Sunday, was the coronation of a Spiritual King reigning over a spiritual kingdom. Christians are called to bring to life by discipling nations. Christians did disciple one nation, but had to do it from the start and have since lost control (The United States of America). Can they not do it from the inside? Can one not change the hearts of a country so that the majority is appalled at the killing of babies or the euthanasia of the elderly? Love wins, seems to be a call to arms. Love isn’t sitting around letting someone else do the work, allowing taxes to pay for welfare programs or legislate God’s will into being. Love and faith take action, or is God not big enough to take action?

A CYRUS ANOINTING

Donald Trump may carry an anointing. Dr. Lance Wallnau and others have proclaimed Trump has an anointing from God to lead the United States, an anointing similar to Cyrus. Cyrus the Great was not a Sunday School teacher, he was the king of Persia. Cyrus ended the Babylonian captivity of the Jewish nation (EZ 1:1-4). In Isaiah 45, God calls Cyrus his anointed. God goes before him knocking down the gates of bronze and iron. He is knocking down the gates of influence of political correctness and political captivity.   Isaiah 45 continues with God asking, “Why have I called you and equipped you for battle when you don’t know me?” “So the world will know there is no other God.” The punchline here is a little scary for many Christians. After they were set free, the Jewish people had to return and rebuild the temple (EZ 1:3). This meant work. Many Christians are afraid of Donald Trump not because he is an unbeliever but because he means Christians will have to work. Dr. Peter J. Daniels has said many times, Christians would rather “sit around on their blessed assurance. “ Christians would rather just love everyone. Love will change the world, indeed, but only by it acts. Rebuilding the temple signifies reestablishing the ruling power of Christ’s throne and thus His kingdom. In addition, a more literal question could be posed. Could someone with a new Cyrus anointing be ushering in the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem and could Christians be called to actually assist in this process?

Dr. Wallnau reminds that Churchill and Lincoln were not evangelical favorites but were appropriate leaders in perilous times. He also humorously points out that this destructiveness could be a referred to as a Miley Cyrus anointing, as Mr. Trump seems to be coming in like a wrecking ball destroying the political elite. What an opportunity for Christians to rise up after the destruction of the political elite!  It is time to do away with government programs and four-walled ministries that squelch the efforts believers like bureaucracy and meetings squash employees. Freedom allows Christians to engage society personally, or is that more work that Christians have signed up for?

TRUMP THE ANOINTED DONKEY

There are donkeyDonkeySheepBiltmores at the Biltmore Estate even today. The estate still has an active farm. The donkeys protect the sheep. I had never heard this until a few weeks ago when visiting the estate. Donkeys apparently do an excellent job in keeping predators away. Their territorial nature is ideal for guarding a flock. Their boisterous noise and strong kick could easily disable a foe.

Mary and Joseph came with a donkey and Christ rode one on that Palm Sunday. The Donkey was there to protect the Lamb. Christians, did you get that? The donkey was there to protect the Lamb. In fact, there is a specific reference to a foal for the triumphant entry. A foal would be more immature, noisy and even less couth than a mature donkey. An immature and uncouth foal was charged with ushering in the King.

Mr. Trump, with all due respect, you may be an Anointed Ass.

Mr. Trump is here to free Christians from political captivity and to protect the sheep who are the followers of the Lamb of God. Mr. Trump is here to empower Christians to work to rebuild the kingdom and disciple nations. Those who directly threaten the sheep are being confronted by Mr. Trump. Political correctness idols are being destroyed. Opportunity is being created in the path of destruction. One does not need social conservatism to change hearts. One needs the freedom to do the work required to change hearts. Mr. Trump is guarding and protecting freedom.

Christians need to be on the God Train and let the Trump Train clear the tracks.

Christians who respect Mr. Trump are not infatuated by him but rather infatuated by what God can do through them.  They are infatuated by freedom as they are ready and willing to work in a societal rebuilding process for Christ and His Kingdom.

© Tim Porter and MeridianMinistry.org, 2016

Baptized Inflation : A Critique of “Christian” Keynesianism (Free e-Book)

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Admittedly, this is a little heavier reading than Hovind’s Godonomics.Baptized Inflation

Baptized Inflation: A Critique of “Christian” Keynesianism

From the description: “It is a Bible-based critique of the monstrous lies of Keynesian economics, and written in clear language, unlike the books of Keynes and Vickers. It also sets forth the biblical case for the free market economy.”

“Australian Ian Hodge has written a devastating critique of Vickers and “Christian Keynesianism.” The myths of Keynesianism are exposed in clear, no-jargon language. Vickers has never published a book in response. Baptized Inflation silenced him. If you want clear answers to Keynes, this is the book.”

Get a free PDF copy from Gary North: click here.