The Shaking that is Coming; How it Affects the Church and the World
Looking around at the present state of America and one can see that everything is being shaken. Man has his ideas but God has His purposes. When we look at the shakings that are happening, we must see them with the right perspective. When Lance Wallnau recently spoke on the Jim Bakker Show, he highlighted this important truth.
Times of crisis in this life are bound to happen. The question is, what will we do in the moments of crisis? As Wallnau details the story of some of those caught in an elevator during the 9/11 attacks in New York City, some may be surprised as to the one that led the group to safety. While bankers were talking to their assistants trying to get the elevator operational, a window washer was breaking his mop and prying the elevator doors open. Through a sequence of events, all of those in the elevator escaped the building as it began to crumble down violently. Wallnau highlights the lesson of the story, “In the midst of a crisis, the person that knows what to do automatically is the leader.” This is the Church’s finest hour. God has been warning us and preparing us for the days that we are in and are seeing.
Yes, the shakings are happening and they are coming, but when we begin to see why, they are happening, we can have peace if we are abiding in the Lord. If we are in Christ, we can be greatly encouraged from the words of Hebrews 12:26-29:
At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”
We do not have to be fearful or apprehensive about what we are seeing take place, in America. Everything that can be shaken WILL be shaken. Now is the time to be encouraged and reminded of the plans and purposes that God is bringing about. The wind of God has been blowing in Heaven and it is about to be blown upon the Earth. Hear the full segment to hear the details of Lance Wallnau, and so much more. Also, shared in this segment: Presidential election, New York City, 9/11 bombing, crisis, emotional intelligence, abiding, and hope. Greg and Steve shared in this segment.
“The Church Has Lost its Voice” says David Barton, looking at the Johnson Amendment and how it affects the Church
As we continue the discussion on the approaching Presidential election, we look at the Johnson Amendment. Some may not know exactly what it is, or how it affects the Church. But, as we get closer and closer to elections, we can see how important the understanding of this issue truly is. Kenneth Copeland, Pastor George Pearsons, Bishop Keith Butler and David Barton do an outstanding job educating us all as they have an in-depth conversation about the Johnson Amendment. Initially put into practice by then Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, essentially states that tax-exempt organizations cannot express certain opinions about political candidates.
As David Barton eloquently points out, the original intent of America and the Church was vastly different from how we perceive things to be today. “When a Church gets a 501(c)3 letter, it’s called a ‘Letter of Recognition’. It doesn’t grant anything. It recognizes that you’re a Church…” It’s important to recognize this important truth and not think that tax-exempt status is granted those successfully receiving a “tax exempt” status. Barton continues to share, “The reason we don’t tax Churches, and the reason they’re tax exempt, John Marshall… said, ‘the power to tax is the power to destroy’…If you can tax the Church, you can destroy the Church. You can cut out their free speech…” Bringing an even deeper clarity as to how the Johnson Amendment is being used in today’s culture, Barton expresses these words, “Suddenly in America, we can’t do what the Bible says anymore; at least we’re told that. So, the Johnson Amendment is what is used by the critics to say the Church has lost its right of free speech from the pulpit.” To add an even more surprising reality, Barton points out, “…unions are 501(c)3, they endorse all the time and they speak about anything they want to.”
It is simply because the Church has listened to what the government has implemented as opposed to what the Bible commands that we have arrived at today’s reality. As Barton physically points out message after message that was preached from the pulpit, creating a stack of messages in front of the very chair he is speaking from, he concludes, “The Church has lost its voice.”
Because the current events are not being talked about in the pulpits across America, many believers want to stand up for what the Bible teaches but aren’t fully confident in knowing what exactly the Bible teaches. When Barton began to ask the question of what people in the Church want their pastors to preach about, he passed on the questions to George Barna, and comprised a list of the top 12 issues.
God is about to pour out His presence and His glory upon the face of the whole Earth. There is no greater deciding factor when wondering whose Kingdom you are part of, than when the Kingdom of God arrives. It doesn’t matter what someone says or proclaims to be, clarity comes when the Glory of God is revealed. We are either with Him or we are against Him. Now is the time to speak out in boldness and truth for the Kingdom of God. But, not only must we speak it, we also should live it out each day in our daily lives. Be encouraged in your faith to understand, not only what the Bible says about such important realities, but also the urgency of the hour, and so much more. Also, shared in this segment: politics, freedoms, legislature, conservative, liberal, values, religious persecution, abortion, pro-life, poverty, sexual identity, marriage, Israel, and choices. Greg and Steve shared in this segment.
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