After our discussion on God's judgment versus revival on last week's Dose of the Ghost segment on Chosen Generation Radio, Pastor Greg Young asked me to stay overtime for a special recording and teaching on what the Lord was showing me for 2014. This is an encouraging word, but also a challenge to go deeper and higher in God.
Is God bringing judgment to America or sending revival? That was the topic of discussion between myself and Pastor Greg Young on Chosen Generation Radio's Dose of the Ghost segment on Friday. Many have spoken of the impending judgement of God on America for her embrace of the things God has called an abomination and for her removal of God from the public sphere. From abortion to same sex marriage to greed and fornication of all types to a refusal to allow God in any government facility, America has seemed to tell God that she does not need Him.
Granted this is not a true majority opinion but is the expression of its executive, legislative and judicial branches. Books like Jonathan Cahn's The Harbinger have detailed the coming judgement of God. In contrast Reinhard Bonnke in ealry February 2013 said he saw a great awakening, a harvest of souls in America. Can a nation which seems to have embraced a position in opposition to God see a great harest of souls? Both prophecies indicate a time of darkness, is it possible that God is requiring a true heart of repentance before He opens up the gates for the flames of revival? Do the pulpits of America need to first burn with callls to repentance? Does not judgement begin first at the house of God?
People are still talking about the Duck Dynasty-A&E flap. Personally, I was surprised that A&E suspended Roberton. I thought Duck Dynasty drove too much revenue for the cable network to bow to political correctness. I was wrong. On last week's Dose of the Ghost segment on Chosen Generation, I discussed the Duck Dynasty drama with Pastor Greg Young. Click here to listen to the broadcast.
When I was a teenager I had a laundry list of chores, from emptying the dishwasher to vacuuming the floor to dusting the house to washing the car—to laundry.
At first, I enjoyed the chores because it made me feel like I was helping out my mother and I was getting a boost in my allowance for taking on more responsibility. But after the excitement of serving and its rewards wore off, I dreaded my chores. It was drudgery. My mother had to nag me to do them and I did them half-heartedly just to collect my allowance.
Going to church shouldn’t feel like a dreaded chore, but for more and more people it does. Consider these statistics: There are more than 317 million people in the United States at this moment, according to the U.S. Census. Gallup Research reports roughly 118 million people go to church on Sundays. Type “I hate going to church” into Google and you get 103 million results in one-third of a second. That means there are at least 103 million different articles, blog posts, and discussion threads online about how much people hate going to church.
In the days and weeks ahead, prophetic voices around the world will release prophecies for 2014. You’ll read a handful of them on the "Prophetic Insight" section of charismamagazine.com.
But before we charge ahead to weigh prophetic mandates, directives and warnings for 2014, let’s take a minute to look back at the prophetic words declared over 2013. After all, you can’t always limit God’s words to a 12-month timeline. Indeed, it’s possible that some 2013 prophecies won’t be relevant for years and others will remain relevant for years to come. So, again, before we move on to the next new word, let’s review what the Lord said last year and respond according to His Spirit.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about what I’ve been thinking about. In other words, I’ve been listening closer into the spiritual realm to discern the demonic activity trying to come against my mind and trying to come against people in my region.
When I was driving to church last week, for example, I suddenly heard thoughts like, “I’m so discouraged.” When I got in the car and started driving, I was happy as a lark, listening to classical music and praying. But when I crossed the line into Fort Lauderdale, thoughts of discouragement suddenly started bombarding my mind.
Although I’ve experienced this before, I almost fell for it. I started thinking about discouraging things going on in my life and in the world. By the time I pulled into the church parking lot, I was deflated. And then the Holy Spirit broke in and reminded me, “That’s not your thought.”
I called a friend and asked her if she was sensing discouragement in the spiritual climate, and she offered a confirmation. As a church, we prayed against a spirit of discouragement, loneliness and oppression, and we felt something break. The joy of the Lord fell on the congregation, and we had a lovely service.
Pastors may not be perfect, but we expect to be able to trust them. We expect them to tell us the truth in love—even when it’s not what we want to hear. We expect them to live honest lives. Are we expecting too much? Have a handful of high-profile pastor scandals left us skeptical? Or are pastors just victims of an increasingly secularized society?
Americans’ rating of the honesty and ethics of the clergy has fallen to 47 percent, according to a new Gallup poll. That’s the first time this rating has dropped below 50 percent since Gallup first asked about the clergy in 1977. According to the pollster, clergy have historically ranked near the top among professions on this measure, hitting a high rating of 67 percent in 1985.
By way of context, nurses are the most trusted profession, followed by pharmacists, grade school teachers, medical doctors, military officers and police officers. Clergy ranked seventh on the list—and higher than judges, nursing home operators, bankers, newspaper and TV reporters, members of Congress and salespeople.
It’s hardly the abomination of desolation that Jesus warned about when He taught about signs of the end times (Matt. 24:15). But it’s nevertheless a disturbing sign of how hard antichrist spirits are pushing to push Jesus out of our minds.
Oklahoma recently decided to allow a Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol’s lawn. This is the type of thing that typically puts radical atheist activists up in arms, with billboards and lawsuits aimed at removing any reminder of God and His Son from the public square.
But the atheists haven’t launched an attack—at least not yet. Instead, other antichrist spirits are rising up, demanding equal time to celebrate their religions. Indeed, Satanists and Hindus want Oklahoma to erect statues for their false gods.
“A Satanist group has petitioned to have its monument, with an interactive display for children, put up alongside the Ten Commandments. And this week, the Hindu organization applied to have a monkey god statue placed on the Capitol grounds,” Reuters reports. “Socially conservative Christian groups fought for years to have the Ten Commandments displayed at the statehouse, and the monument went up in 2012.”
Mark Driscoll the popular Mars Hill Pastor has been accused of plagiarism. How do we address these kind of inconsistencies in the Christian world? Is there any truth to an attempted character assassination because of his stand on Pastor John McArthur, who is a friend of the radio host that started this? On last week’s Dose of the Ghost segment on Chosen Generation radio, I sat down with Pastor Greg Young to discuss this and also the recent suicide of Isaac Hunter and several other pastors. What's going on with so many pastors committing suicide? Click here to listen to the archive.
On last week’s Dose of the Ghost segment on Chosen Generation radio, I sat down with Pastor Greg Young to discuss the recent debate over issuing a resolution to support same sex marriage in Texas. Also have you ever heard of the Most Fabulous Story Ever Told? Adam and Steve or Jame and Mabel? The garden of eden is a myth and the bible is absurd. Sound to unbelievable to be true? This play is opening in Oklahoma City Friday night. This and more in our Dose of the Ghost segment. Click here to listen to the archive.