Jerry Brown’s Latest Attempt to Silence the Bible AND Revival History

Governor Jerry Brown of California is pushing a pro-LGBTQ bill as quickly as he can through the California state assembly. This bogus anti-Bible bill now goes to the state Senate for a vote. If this heresy is passed, Assembly Bill 2943 could ultimately threaten free speech and freedom of religion for Christians in California, and perhaps spread to other liberal states like the cancer that it is. Trying to silence God has never gone well. The Bible clearly states that homosexuality is an abomination. That means ‘God said’, it is not an offhanded remark, nor was that a suggestion.

Is it coincidental that California is behind this attempt to silence God? The history of the the Great Azusa Street Revival, one of the greatest Pentecostal outpourings of recent history, is behind tightly closed doors, kept eerily silent, for now. Is Jerry Brown trying to erase the greatest revival of modern times? Is Brown purposely negating the Great Pentecostal Movement, forsaking the Gospel, just to appease the Gay Agenda? A resounding YES.

California is where one of the greatest revivals in human history was held, the Azusa Street Revival in Los AngeWilliam J. Seymourles:

“Christianity was forever changed by the Azusa Street revival in Los Angeles at the beginning of the last century. Services were held three times a day, 7 days a week during its glory days from 1906 to 1909. Led by an African-American pastor, William J. Seymour, the meetings were held in a run-down mission under the name Apostolic Faith.As unlikely as it seemed at the time, the Azusa Street revival was destined to become a major turning point in world Christian history…..Those humble believers who gathered at Azusa Street in 1906 could not have imagined the historic results of the revival they helped unleash in Los Angeles. Today, the worldwide Pentecostal movement is the recipient of many lasting, influential, and far-reaching legacies of the Azusa Street revival……The historical record shows that throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa the first reports of the new movement claimed that it began in Los Angeles under an African-American pastor…….Every classical Pentecostal movement around the world can trace its spiritual roots, directly or indirectly, to the humble mission on Azusa Street.” Read more here.

A visiting Baptist pastor said, “The Holy Spirit fell upon me and filled me literally, as it seemed to lift me up, for indeed, I was in the air in an instant, shouting, ‘Praise God,’ and instantly I began to speak in another language. I could not have been more surprised if at the same moment someone had handed me a million dollars.” Read more here.

All this being said, the Holy Spirit fell on Azusa Street in Los Angeles, creating the Assemblies of God, Church of God, Church of God in Christ, Foursquare Gospel, Pentecostal Holiness, to name just a few. History is history, God is not mocked, the Glory fell.

California may have forgotten it’s first Love, but now, more than ever, California needs the Gospel. TODAY. It would be pretty awful if they missed the greatest revival of all time, one that is soon to come, one that will define us all.

Regardless of what Jerry Brown espouses, homosexuality will always be an abomination, a sin against God. History is history, and the Bible is STILL the Bible, even if it becomes contraband.

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Judging Righteously.

To make sure I was correct, that I was reading scripture correctly, I asked a Pastor, with whom we are ordained, a question: Can Christians ‘judge’?

Jesus said, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment,” (John 7:24).

MyLifeasAChristian3Christians take ‘judge righteously’ out of context, definitely making their own rules as they judge along. But remember that the Bible does give us ‘rules’ to judge by. For instance: homosexuality, abortion, idol worship, adultery, to name a few. As Christians, we are to ‘judge righteously’ THE SIN, not the sinner. Unfortunately, the opposite is the usual ‘norm’.

As a sinner, before salvation, I made many mistakes that were evil and should have been judged with righteous judgement. And in a perfect scenario, the person who called out my sin would lovingly follow up with the Gospel and leading me to the Lord. My conversion did not happen that way, but it should have. Judging without having Biblical precedence leads the sinner to see a wagging finger, not a loving gesture.

To answer the question I gave my Pastor, YES, we can and should judge, or discern, righteously especially to the brethren, the House of God, and the sinner. BUT it has to be the intention to set the sinner free, and to give the brethren correction if they sway from the Truth.

We are all accountable to a Holy God, saved or not.

“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1Peter 4:17)

The Fence.

In the spirit I saw a Fence  fencerowky
And it was without end.
I considered my defense,
But I could not judge.

As in my youth, I pled,
My appeal was not heard.
Who has my heart?
Where is my Love?

Then I heard Him from afar
As He came nigh,
“For I am on the Right side of the Fence
To make your paths straight.”

©RevKMarple

Resurrection Day

On the Glorious Day that Christians reflect on the Empty Tomb, I have this for you: A true revelation of WHO Christ is, WHAT He did for us, and WHERE He is now.

I wish for you to have the same REVELATION I did. Like many others, I ‘knew’ about Jesus, I read and saw movies, sort of like researching for a book report. There was no true understanding of Him, just knowing about Him. Then one day I ‘got it’; the He truly took every stripe in our stead, when we deserved every single bit of it [Isaiah 53:1-5].

I had to learn what the Love of Christ really is. He was despised, a Man of sorrows,He took the beating we deserved. ONE DAY, I got it, I realized His love, throughout the horrific pain and hatred, HE STILL LOVED US, He died for ME. And while I still marvel at that, He ROSE and sat at the RIGHT hand of God, giving us the CHOICE of Eternal LIFE, if we only repent and accept Him as LORD. Yes, He ROSE from the grave, but He has NEVER left us:

Matthew 28:5-6: “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said.”

Matthew 28:18-20: And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. GO THEREFORE and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Thank YOU, Jesus.

“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers,” 3John 2.

Happy Resurrection Day.

Preach the Word. Everywhere.

Witnessing on a public right-of-way is just as biblical NOW as it was in the times of Jesus. However, public being ‘public’ means that we have to share a public venue with religions who may not hold to the very foundation of Christianity. Think of it, all ‘religions’ are in prison ministry, homeless ministry, prolife ministry, etc. Then, what do we do as Christians – evangelize the lost or tell the other religions that come to the same venue they’re doing it wrong?
 
Hold fast, hold true, and hold on! Strike a balance or you are just as guilty as a man-made ‘doctrine’ that soothes the seeker, not save the lost. Always remember your task at hand, don’t sway to conformity, preach the Word.
“v1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, v2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, v3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.” 1Timothy 4:1-3
If it is your ‘ministry’ to go to venues and tell everyone they are doing it wrong – not witnessing to YOUR specifications – then you do not do the Will of God. If your are in public ministry as we are, remember the public does not need to see your displeasure with a fellow servant. That will create chaos that cannot be ignored. Remember your venue, remember Who sent you, remember the servant who led YOU to the Lord.
“But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” 2Timothy 4:5
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Babylon Rising, a Word for 2016

Christians will have momentary glimpses of Glory but we will be tested. Despite what many religions and denominations teach, this world cannot get better before Jesus comes. But before He does come, we have to occupy and understand that Babylon is not our home, continue to teach and preach: “Preach the word! BE READY in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and teaching,” 2Timothy 4:2 [emphasis mine].

Babylon is rising and encompassing Christians and non-Christians alike. This new Babylon is forcing people who have lived and worked and raised families for generations away from their home to places they never thought possible. The new Babylon targets Christians to force them to commit to their agenda; this has already been proven true recently with ‘gender identity’ and forced ‘refugee resettlements’ and legalizing unborn child murder for 40+ years. The president has shown repeatedly that he is allowing Babylon to take over, reteach, and then target the non-believers of his agenda to wipe out God and morality. The best we can do as American Christians is BE READY; be ready to lose your home, lose your job, and have your Faith tested like never before. You will lose those who you thought were your closest friends, family members and even other ‘Christians’ will be used against you. Each of us has to BE READY to go, to preach, and to love again. Discernment and the Bible will be your guide.

The validity of the Constitution will be compromised, particularly our fundamental right to bear arms. This slow motion remake of ‘1984’ in plain sight should awaken every American Christian but will not. Self-protection will be considered a threat against the government and anyone associated with a ‘____ lives matter’ hate group, among others. These groups, and others, are marginalizing themselves into self-segregation rather than uniting as they say Christians do not do. Do not be fooled, do not let your guard down. Your Faith will be used against you to exemplify their agenda.

The Church is producing large numbers without basic doctrine taught or heeded. The very acts of abortion and sexual sin [homosexuality, plurality, polyamory, etc.] will be celebrated even more so with the help of the government or they will be targeted and categorized as ‘hate mongering’ for professing the Gospel. ‘Inclusion’ is the new  and only agenda. The new Church will be low in numbers but mighty in Spirit. Jesus said to “Go into all the world”, and this will be played out in this dispensation because they will be NO OTHER WAY. Professing Christ will be hate speech, and has already been classified as such in certain groups and associations, most of whom have government funding.

America has been putting up with domestic terrorism of ‘____ lives matter’ rhetoric, murdering unborn children and persecution. This is not a new ‘ism’, this has been festering for decades. Targeting public places of any kind as places of derision of all things against Jesus is the new ‘normal’, like shutting down major expressways for demonstrations, etc.

Too many Christians are doing NOTHING in light speed believing that God will just show up. Of course God can do anything, but it is highly unlikely He will just show up and drag you out of Babylon without prayer, fasting, supplication, and readiness, “Why are we sitting here until we die?” [2Kings 7:3]. BE READYTake the opportunities He gives you during these times of tribulation, “If He breaks a thing down, it cannot be rebuilt; if He imprisons a man, there can be no release”, Job 12:14. 

Even so, there is GOOD NEWS!

God said [Jeremiah 29:4-14] to continue to have a family, work, cultivate, and worship Him WHILE in Babylon until we are brought back from our captivity. Truly, this part of scripture is for today and that day when we meet Him face to face. We cannot lose hope or our Salvation and purpose, we cannot allow persecution to determine who we are in Him or where our Eternal home is. We cannot allow a faulty government and false gods to keep us from bringing more souls to a risen Savior.

Do not waiver but prepare. Gird up with the Truth, hold on and STAND FAST. If you are pushed away from your home, wipe the dust from your feet and go. If you lose your job, wipe the dust from your feet and go. When your church bows to Baal [government funded and approved God haters], wipe the dust from your feet and go. When Jesus said ‘Go out into all the world’, GO:

v16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
v17 But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues.
v18 You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.
v19 But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak;
v20 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.
v21 “Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.
v22 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.
v23 When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.” [Matthew 10:16-23]

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To Pray or Sleep?

VOICE OF THE PERSECUTED

Agony_in_the_Garden Jesus praying in the garden after the Last Supper, while the disciples sleep, by Andrea Mantegna c. 1460 (en.wikipedia.org)

And He came to his disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, ” So you men could not keep watch with me for one hour? Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation, the Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:40 -41

(Voice of the Persecuted) Many of us have often read these scriptures. At the time when the Lord Jesus needed his three closest friends to pray for him, these disciples exhausted from sorrow and found sleeping. One can only imagine that Jesus was grieved much in his heart. At the time when Jesus was about to go to the cross and lay down his life for us—at the time when Jesus was about to carry His cross to Calvary, so that we might have…

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PRAYER TIME: I claim Jesus FIRST.

Waiting to die is not the abundant LIFE Christ has for us or died for.

There is a time in our church service when Pastor asks what our prayer needs are. And as I looked around, I see and hear what is contradictory to FAITH. It seems to me thatbeach many Christians have faith in the Pastor and Church, not so much in what Jesus did for each of us at the Cross. Has the Church given up on the basics of Faith and left it at the foot of the….pulpit?

Do we limit God? We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed…” 2Cor 4:8-9.

In many churches, there is too much sickness and strife, and I have to wonder if they think that prayer is a magic wand for other people and they just get the bits and pieces left over. Do they not have enough or any faith for themselves?

Where is Faith? Yes, Faith in the Cross is key, but are Christians leaving Faith there rather than living through Faith in Him because of the Cross?

Can we ever truly realize the power God gave us? Is this preached or taught in the Church? The Pulpit has to equip their flock to have this power. Then, is the Pulpit keeping this ‘secret’ to themselves or are they NOT equipped? I wonder at times if Pastors want their flock to believe only he or she has the answer.

Paul said: “I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” 1Cor 2:3-5

Protestant Churches [Episcopal, UMC, UPC, etc] deny the power, thus the deity, of Christ and put themselves in the position to be as God to their congregation. They go AWAY from the Cross of Christ TO a worldly appreciation of abortion, gay agenda, and liberal social justices that deny God. Parishioners of theses denominations expect the ‘Pastor’ to do the work for them, using the Pastor’s magic wand.

Then, when I see our wonderful Saints in Church who are in agony and without hope, remember that healing and restoration is in the Atonement, and we simply have to have Faith:

And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” So the Lord said, If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” Luke 17:5-6

Get your head out of your hands, look up…and believe.

Narrow Way

When we go through this life, it’s not unusual to feel unloved…but some people are displaced and unknown, or so they think. Sin will take you where you never thought you’d go….here you are.

We are not forgotten or forsaken by God [Deut 30:6], and He remembers us even in our worst of times.

God has KNOWN us AND has a plan for us since the beginning of the world [Jer 1:5]!

Do you feel worthless…hopeless…useless? Are you full of strife and pain?

YOU ARE NOT DISPOSABLE! YOU ARE NOT OVERLOOKED!

“Then why can’t I overcome this miserable life?” you say, I’ve said it, too. I had to ADMIT, BELIEVE & COMMIT…ABC. The Plan of Salvation is for EVERYONE, not just an elect few. Your mountain is not too high, your valley is not too low for Jesus.

Are you afflicted? Addicted? Alone?

A = Admit you’re a sinner who needs to be saved.
(Romans 3:23) “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

 B = Believe that Jesus died for you & rose again
(Romans 10:9) “That if you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

 C = Commit to accepting Christ as Savior & Lord
(Romans 10:10-13) “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation… for whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved!

Let Jesus be the LORD of your life today!

 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6

Addiction is NOT a Disease

I cannot agree more. The writer did a great job of what has been on my mind. As I’ve written before about being on the OTHER side of addiction, this so-called ‘disease’ is a nasty byproduct of sin. Since reading through the scriptures it’s easily seen that God is not a respecter of persons and every person is accounted for and precious to Him.

Addiction is NOT a disease, much to the dismay of my family members who believe this. My opinion is that people want to shirk some of the responsibility of their addiction to something or someone else calling it not just a disease, but a hereditary disease. Nothing can be further from the truth. God did not make one person an alcoholic, another a meth addict, another obese & diabetic, and another pristine clean. However, understanding that there is truth to generational sin will free the addicted from thinking in terms that it’s someone else’s mess they have to clean up. Rather, let the addicted understand, accept, and believe in restoration. ~ My Life as a Christian