Paul Washer

Paul Washer Almost Abducted

Do you Know Brother Paul Washer?

Brother Paul Washer is one of the most influential evangelists on earth today. His consistent voice of truth has made him one of my favorite pastors. I, of course, was turned on to him by Todd Friel at Wretched Radio. Brother Paul is a strong Calvinist and evangelist, spreading the news of Jesus Christ our Savior all across the world. This notion alone debunks the claim that Calvinists do not believe in witnessing.

The video from Wretched Radio is Paul Washer explaining how he was almost abducted in Peru. This story alone shows that the Holy Spirit is alive and well within Paul Washer. Even in dark times, Paul looks onto the Lord for strength and might.

Attempted Abduction!

He begins the video discussing the moments that led up to the attempted abduction. He stopped at a store in Peru to purchase some Bibles. When he left the store the local police told him that his car was illegal.

Paul was met by the policeman in the car and was berated with screaming and yelling. Then, Paul tells us that the policeman called some of the other cops to meet them at the place that Paul was driving to.

While the man was screaming, Paul was calm as he was praying to God. The man confronted Paul, asking why he was so calm. Paul then responded, telling the man that he was afraid. This made the man prideful.

But Paul was not afraid of him.

The Promise of God’s Wrath!

Paul went on to explain that he was afraid for the man as God’s wrath was going to kill him. He told the man that when he dies, which could be any minute, God would certainly send him to hell.

The man was so afraid and was so distraught that he let Paul go. He kept begging Paul to pray for him! Even in the heat of an abduction Paul was witnessing!

God bless brother Paul and all that he does to bring the Word of God to every corner of this world.

 

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Standing Firm in the Face of Persecution

Sermon Recap from Yesterday Regarding Persecution

Yesterday my wife and I participated in a child dedication at church for our 9 month old. He is usually the most well behaved child, but on stage yesterday he decided that he should blow chunks all over himself and my wife. Of course, the associate pastor who was sitting in front of us could not hold back his cackling laughter! But our pastor’s discussion of persecution was the most memorable part of the service.

Towards the end of the sermon, Pastor Harrell started discussing persecution in the west. As I have discussed before, persecution is headed to the west and we are unprepared as a nation. He agreed with that sentiment and he fears that many “Christians” will scatter with the wind when the government starts coming for us.

Persecution in Acts

As I was reading this morning in Acts 3 and 4 I cam across the jailing of Peter and John. As the beginning of Chapter 4 states:

“As they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to them, being greatly disturbed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they laid hands on them and put them in jail until the next day, for it was already evening. But many of those who had heard the message believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.” – Acts 4:1-4

On the next day facing the rulers, elders, and scribes, Peter had an interesting and amazing response to the accusers:

“When they had placed them in the center, they began to inquire, “By what power, or in what name, have you done this? “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of the people, if we are on trial today for a benefit done to a sick man, as to how this man has been made well, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead-by this name this man stands here before you in good health. He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders , but which became the chief corner stone. And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:7-12

Persecution and Imprisonment in the 21st Century

It is inevitable that we will face some type of persecution in our lifetime here in the United States. As I look at the political climate, it is foreseeable that we will face persecution. This is not necessarily due to one political party but the fulfilling of the prophecy and second coming of Christ.

As we highlighted here in Acts 3 and 4, Peter and John did not back down when they faced imprisonment. For bringing thousands to Christ and healing a lame man, Peter and John were sent to prison and were later forbidden to us the name of Jesus (since everything was being done in His Name).

It is hard telling what percentage of proclaimed Christians will face this persecution boldly.

Brought before a judge, will we proclaim His Name? Will we cower facing punishment? Friends, the reward waiting for us in Heaven is infinitely greater than any promises in this world.

One Day the World will Forget You

I am sure that most of you have heard the saying, “The only guarantees in this life are death and taxes”. While we would like to do without the taxation part, we cannot escape either of these truths. We will all die and we will all pay taxes.

african christianIt has been hard for us to acknowledge that one day we will die. Some of us will be able to die a natural, peaceful death of old age, while others of us may suffer an excruciating death. In the United States most of us can expect and plan for a peaceful death, but Christians in Africa are expecting an excruciating death. This death can come from malnutrition, animal predators, civil wars, or persecution, but almost none of our brothers and sisters are planning on a peaceful death.

For example, take this article from Open Doors USA.  African Christians are being slaughtered by Muslim and other extremists based on the fact that they are Christians. We discussed in an earlier blog posting that we are to expect persecution. In the United States the persecution may come from losing a job or being shunned from your family. In African nations this persecution is almost guaranteed to result in death and chaos. But our brothers and sisters being persecuted for their faith can take comfort in God and His promises:

‘”Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ‘ Matthew 5:10

If you are a true Christian, truly saved, you WILL face persecution. This verse and promise from God can bring us comfort, knowing that we will find trouble in this world, but rejoice for eternity in the kingdom of heaven.

Earthly Desires from Evangelicals

furtick homeIn this life I often find to many pastors enjoying the spoils of this world. I call them pastors because Christian leaders is a title that I do not wish to give them. Pastors such as T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, and Steven Furtick live like royalty while exploiting the emotions of their sick flocks. True Christian leaders in this world are expected to be forgotten, only to be working for an eternal life in heaven, to where they can rejoice with God each and every day.

Even bloggers and young evangelicals are expecting to enjoy the riches of this world and what it has to offer. We can only find true wealth being obedient to God and His Will working through us, whatever that cost is to us in this world. Take the promise that God gave to Jeremiah:

‘”Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”‘ Jeremiah 1:5

As he promised Jeremiah, he also promises us. Before we were even in the womb, God knew us and the plans that He had for us. What a rejoicing and wonderful thought that is as true believers in Christ! We have been anointed to our positions with God before we were even in the womb. That is even before our parents were married or even thinking about children! Generations ago, the Lord knew us and the plan he had for us. Whatever that may be, we can take comfort in knowing the the most high God had a plan for us and what we were to do on this earth for His Will.

‘Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. ‘ Matthew 5:11-12

Our reward in heaven is great. Our reward in heaven is great. Our reward in heaven is great.

Just keep repeating and rejoicing in that statement. A false teacher or televangelist may just stop here and tell you that your reward in heaven is great. What brings mighty power to this verse is what comes before and after this promise. On this earth we are guaranteed persecution because of our belief in Him. No matter what you are going through because of your faith in Jesus Christ, just know that our reward is in heaven and that is great.

No matter the persecutions that we face, we are guaranteed a great reward in heaven. Those Christians in Africa face persecution and death every day from the enemy working in those lives. We do not know why God does certain things and we are not supposed to know. Since the beginning of time with Adam and Eve we have sought to know that wisdom and knowledge of God. Can we take comfort in not knowing?

aloneSome of you reading this may be facing depression and suicidal thoughts. You have come to the realization that most people do not: That you will one day be forgotten. You may in fact not be important in this world and to be honest, none of us really are. The greatest leaders that have led nations on this earth have been forgotten by mortal man and his memory.

But you should take comfort in knowing that the most high God has had a plan for you before you were even in the womb, before you were even thought of. Just as he promised the prophets, he has promised us eternal life for following and trusting in Him. Just as he has promised us in the book of Matthew, we can take great comfort in knowing that persecution will come our way and our eternal reward is infinity greater than the pain we face here.

My prayers are with you who are facing persecution. Know and take comfort that God has had this planned and your reward is great. For those facing depression, know that I am praying for you as well. Take comfort in knowing that your feelings are not alone: God himself is knowing exactly what you are going through and is here too. Take great comfort in knowing that the Lord Jesus Christ has a plan for you and it is good and just.

God bless

Episode 23 – Crossfit and Progressive Hypocrisy

Click Here to Listen to Episode 23!

 

Hello and welcome to the pod!

 

-Today we are discussing the decision Crossfit made to fire one of the executives that decided to post his personal beliefs on his own Twitter page in regards to the LGBTQ pride workout that Crossfit was promoting.

 

-The executive in question, Russell Berger, was sharing some of his own opinons regarding the Crossfit Box in Indianapolis that canceled an LGBTQ workout, citing his personal beliefs as the reason. Because of this, national and local outrage ensued, thus leading to many employees quitting and the owner shutting down his business. Russell’s job as well was in the cross-hairs to the LGBTQ internet mob. Shortly after he posted his beliefs and later deleted the tweets, Crossfit had terminated his employment.

 

-Yes, this type of western persecution of Christians will not get very much attention from our brother and sisters overseas who face physical persecution for simply going to Church. They live in the shadows, changing church locations weekly, walking miles through the jungle just to worship with fellow believers. They face death every time they go outside, so yes, the persecution that we receive will not fall on very many listening ears.

 

-It is becoming increasingly more difficult to show our personal beliefs at work and online. The atheistic world will act as if defining certain actions as sinful is bigoted, sexist, or racist. The infallible word of God is the Holy Bible. In the scriptures it is laid out how we all shall live in our daily lives. Certain parts of this scripture have recently been deemed to be hateful, even by the progressive Christians that say they believe in the same Jesus Christ. He gave us these laws for a reason: To show that even though we sin daily and live in a constant battle against our flesh, God sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross to save us from ourselves. We now have a savior, that died for us, so that we may live in eternity with Him in Heaven.

 

-The text that we are studying in 1John 2:20-27 today is discussing how we have been anointed, thus having the knowledge to not be deceived by false teachers and the antichrist. In these times, if in fact they are the end times, we will face many different false teachers in our time. As the anointed ones written about in 1John Chapter 2, we have the strength to fight against these forces.

 

God bless!