2021: the year of war

I know.

The Year of War sounds like something that you would be turning into if you turn on an Alex Jones, Michael Malice, Vaush, or any other wild, political, (possibly religious) conspiracy theorist. 

Trust me, I am aware how insane this sounds.

It sounds almost as insane as: an end of times preacher, they put watermarks in the ballots, Obama is the anti-Christ, Joel Osteen’s idea of living your best life now, big tech companies are acting in your best interest, a small farming community calling themselves the ghetto, Hitler had good ideas.

Yeah, it is that insane when you say it.  However, I believe that when you actually pay attention to the things going on around you, then you see what we are dealing with is much worse than what our minds will allow us to believe.  Why is that?  Because it is terrifying.  I’m sitting here putting out a call of action to Christians when roughly half of the people think we are about to see better days. 

Take a gander here at 2 Timothy 3:

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.

10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Now, you’re going to hit me with the “But Mikeal, you can line this Scripture up against any point in time.” No.

We are dealing with a different type of beast, and they made themselves very clear during this “pandemic” known as COVID-19 (side note, it is a real virus, but it’s not as bad as what they are saying). Here in America, we are about to get a dose of reality.  Want to go to church?  You’re a grandma killer.  In California, they say singing spreads COVID so you’re not allowed to verbally worship. They have locked you down, told you that you can’t fellowship, made you beg for their handouts, stripped you of your freedoms and livelihoods.  And they expect you just to take it.  You are to bend the knee to them and everything they tell you. 

To this, you want to quote Romans 13 to me.  About submitting to authority because they were appointed by God.  Ask yourself reasonably, would an authority established by God go out of their way to restrict the body of Christ from gathering together?  Would an authority established by God isolate individuals causing mass suicides and people to lose sight of God?  Close churches?  Strip freedoms?  Punish you for worshipping Jesus?

Here’s the deal, the Church is under attack.  We are in a time where persecution is reaching American soil for the first time.  I mean real persecution.  Government ordered persecution.  If you think that it won’t happen, look oversees.  There are parts of the world where if you get caught having a Bible study, prayer meeting, or try to teach someone about Jesus then you are going to be killed.  Often time, you will be killed on sight.

The American church is not run very Biblically.  In fact, in a lot of cases, the message of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins is the only Biblical thing about it.  We’ve stopped leading with love. We focus on rules instead of relationship. We’ve let non-believers infiltrate our churches and break up the unity. We’ve watered down the message to prevent from offending or convicting people. We implemented white Jesus because a country started by white people using minorities as slaves could never serve someone who didn’t look like them (America is not the only country to do this).  The list goes on.  That being said, it is very easy to overlook a lot of things going on.  It feels better to live in denial of what is happening.

Every December and January, for the last handful of years, I ask God for a word or mantra for the year.  Here’s my problem.  Back in October, God was telling me to prepare for war.  Back in October, God was revealing to me, and others, the foundation of things that are about to happen.  It’s why when we pray about knowing we are going to be the only Bible some people read and asking God for strength to show Him, we have to be serious.

If we are going to call ourselves “Christian,” it is time to stand up.

This is the very reason we have been reading and dissecting the book of Acts outside of our Sunday message.  I need you to hear me.  It is time to get back to the basics.  It is time to actually start following Jesus and what it says in His word.

 If that means you can’t be gay anymore, you have decide: who do you love more?  Jesus or the gender of person you sleep with? 

If that means you have to move out of your boyfriend/girlfriend’s house, you have to decide: who do you love more?  The person you aren’t married to or Jesus?

If that means you have to go into the nastiest parts of your town or city and love on people who cuss you out, spit on you, are ungrateful for what you are doing…you have to decide.  Do you love your comfort zone or Jesus more?

To bear the name “Christian,” “Disciple,” “Christ follower,” your actions have to line up.  Stop watching porn, stop getting drunk, stop getting high, stop sleeping around with people you’re not married to, stop closing your churches, stop watering down the Gospel, stop spreading hate, stop talking about the damn election.  Get on your knees and seek Jesus.  Dive into your Bible.  Give to people who hate you.  Love on people.  Love love love…and then love some more.  Go serve people.

There may be a time in the near future where we aren’t allowed to say Jesus’ name in public so we are going to have to SHOW Him to people without saying a word. 

Jesus laid down His life to save yours.  Are you willing to lay down your life to share the message?

With love,

Pastor Mikeal

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