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Remembering Billy - The Man of Perdition - Reign of Idiots - Salvation for the Whole House - The Wrath of God - The Homeless Preacher - Opportunities Arise With Inheritance Revelation

March 13th, 2018

Remembering Billy

Mel White

Billy Graham is dead. He was my friend, and I mourn his passing. For two years, I was Billy´s ghost. I travelled with him, met him in hotel rooms and backstage at his massive rallies, and interviewed him for hours at a time. We went on long walks, visited bookstores (to see where his books were placed), ate in restaurants that offered him a secluded corner, and worked with him on writing projects that were dear to his heart. I have to confess that from my childhood Billy Graham was my hero. I had no idea that one day I would be his ghost.

At 12, I began listening to Billy preach on his “Hour of Decision’ radio broadcast. At 15, I took busloads of my high school friends to his evangelistic crusade in San Francisco. All through the 1950s and 1960s, I watched Billy´s television specials and the full-length movies produced by Billy Graham´s World Wide Pictures: “For Pete´s Sake,’ “Mr. Texas,’ “The Restless Ones,’ “The Hiding Place.’ I dreamed that one day I would preach like Billy and even produce Christian motion pictures of my own. My feelings about Billy Graham shaped in my childhood and youth are rather biased in his favor. Everyone does not agree. While the first President Bush called Graham “America´s Pastor,’ Harry Truman labeled Graham a “counterfeit’ and a “publicity seeker.’

Whatever history calls Billy Graham, I have to confess that he was a primary influence in shaping my earliest Christian beliefs. So you can imagine my surprise in 1982 when Billy Graham himself called me from Acapulco, Mexico, to see if I would be interested in helping him write his next book. That same night, I flew from Seattle to Acapulco to meet my hero for the first time, and to my surprise, Billy was waiting for me at curbside driving an open jeep. Billy and Ruth were taking a few days off in a beachfront condo loaned to them by a supporter.

During the months that followed, he talked while I recorded his rather passionate feelings about the four horsemen of the apocalypse described by John in Revelation 6: war, famine, pestilence and death.

Billy Graham was the last real evangelical. Evangelical has its roots in the beautiful Greek word “evangel,’ or good news. For most of his ministry, sharing the good news was Billy Graham´s primary goal. He was often criticized for not raising his powerful voice against war, famine, pestilence and death.

Until meeting him in Acapulco, I had no idea that Billy Graham was determined to speak prophetically on those issues as well. In the book we were writing together, “Approaching Hoofbeats,’ Billy wanted to speak truth to power. He was determined to remind Christian believers that God calls us to “do justice; love mercy; and walk humbly.’ In Acapulco, I listened to a man who made it clear that being “born again’ is not enough. God´s spirit calls us to work for peace as well, to feed the hungry, care for the sick, and confront the powers that lead to death for our planet and for all those who live upon it. I´ll never forget the stories he told me from his own life that illustrated his change of heart.

Shortly after his first visit to India, Billy was invited to the White House by President Eisenhower. After a few minutes of “mindless chatter,’ Billy told the president of children and old people he had seen lying in the streets of Calcutta, malnourished, sick and dying. Being a farmer´s kid himself, Billy knew that the year´s harvest of wheat, oats and barley had been plentiful and that the nation´s grain elevators were full to overflowing.

“We must send tons of grain to feed the hungry people,’ Billy told Ike, apparently with the same enthusiasm he called people to “come forward and be born again.’ Ike admitted that he too had felt that way after seeing starvation across Europe—that is, until he had a conversation with John Foster Dulles, his secretary of state. Eisenhower summoned Dulles to give Billy a lesson in world trade.

“The secretary of state told me,’ Billy remembers, “that if we donated tons of grain to feed the starving, the price of grain would drop and American farmers would suffer. He told me that in the long run more good would be done if grain prices remained stabilized and the America farmer out of harm´s way.’

Billy paused and then said quietly, “I believed him then. I don´t believe him now. We are followers of Jesus who commanded that we feed the poor and if obeying that command causes prices to fall and profit margins to narrow, so be it.’

When finished, Billy´s book, “Approaching Hoofbeats,’ was rich in personal stories that illustrated what must be done if we are to stop the four horsemen: war, famine, plague and death. “Even in Eisenhower´s time, we could hear the hoof beats,’ Billy told me. “But now they are upon us and when we don´t answer Christ´s call to do justice and love mercy,’ he warned, “when we don´t feed the hungry and house the homeless, when we don´t welcome and care for the outcast, we sin, and the Bible promises that we will be judged for that sin.’

Coming from Billy Graham, this new sermon was strong stuff especially since the stories came directly out of the life and experiences of an evangelist with a prophet´s heart. But when galleys of the book came back from the editors and the all-too-protective members of Billy´s team, many of the most dramatic stories were missing. I understood why it was risky to condemn the rich for neglecting the poor when the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association had to raise $100 million or more a year, much of it from wealthy donors. I knew it was dangerous to confront the politicians who sat on the stage at Billy´s crusades for ignoring the world´s needs, and I realized that the more fundamentalist pastors in Billy´s camp would accuse the evangelist of getting off track with his sudden interest in “the social gospel.’

But during our time together, it was exciting to hear Billy Graham raising his powerful voice on behalf of people who were hungry, thirsty, sick, naked, homeless, outcast and in prison. And it broke my heart to see Billy´s entourage—for whatever reason—force him to focus on saving souls and, in the process, silence the prophet in their midst.

Now, looking back, I can understand why Billy´s handlers didn´t want their man to get into more trouble. He was already under fire by supporters for taking his stand against the arrogant and dangerous spirit of fundamentalism in newspaper interviews, news conferences and talk shows. Billy was using his own quiet voice to show the difference between an evangelical and a fundamentalist, and those same fundamentalists, once his most loyal friends, were howling.

Fundamentalist Christian leaders accused Graham of “breaking down the walls of biblical separation between sound and apostate churches,’ and for “sending thousands of converts back into Roman Catholic and modernistic churches that preach heretical gospels,’ and for “claiming that Pope John Paul II was a moral and spiritual leader and that when he died surely went to heaven,’ and for “accepting an honorary degree from a Catholic university,’ and for “inviting Catholic bishops, Jewish Rabbis, and even Muslim clerics to sit with him on the platform of his citywide evangelistic campaigns.’

Perhaps fundamentalists were most angry at Billy Graham because he dared to imply that people could find God through other religions. They claimed that in a 1985 newspaper interview, Graham expressed the belief that those outside of Christ might be saved. In fact, he just left the judgment in God´s hands when Los Angeles reporter David Colker asked Graham: “What about people of other faiths who live good lives but don´t profess a belief in Christ?’ Graham replied, “I´m going to leave that to the Lord. He´ll decide that.’

Graham infuriated fundamentalist Christians when he said, “I used to think that pagans in far-off countries were lost—were going to hell—if they did not have the Gospel of Jesus Christ preached to them. I no longer believe that. … I believe there are other ways of recognizing the existence of God—through nature, for instance—and plenty of other opportunities, therefore, of saying yes to God.’

Equally infuriating to fundamentalist Christians was Graham´s stand on biblical inerrancy, the cornerstone that holds the entire fundamentalist superstructure together. “I believe the Bible is the inspired, authoritative word of God,’ Graham says, “but I don´t use the word ‘inerrant´ because it´s become a brittle, divisive word.’

At the same time Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, James Dobson and other fundamentalist Christians were vilifying President Clinton for his infidelity and calling for his impeachment, Billy Graham said: “I forgive him because I know the frailty of human nature, and I know how hard it is, and especially a strong vigorous young man like he is—he has such a tremendous personality. I think the ladies just go wild over him.’

When asked about abortion on ABC´s “Good Morning America,’ Graham said, “There is a Christian position [on abortion], I think. But I´m not prepared to say what it is.’ Two weeks later on the same program, Graham added, “There are occasions when abortion is the only alternative.’ At the same time, fundamentalist media gurus were raising millions to end a woman´s right to choose, Billy Graham, the nation´s foremost evangelical, refused to be drawn into the fight.

He handled the controversy around homosexuality in exactly the same way. When asked about it on a “20/20’ television interview, Graham answered, “I think that the Bible teaches that homosexuality is a sin, but the Bible also teaches that pride is a sin, jealousy is a sin, and hate is a sin, evil thoughts are a sin, and so I don´t think that homosexuality should be chosen as the overwhelming sin that we are doing today.’

During the contentious battle over Oregon´s Measure 9, Graham was asked by a chairman of his evangelistic crusade in Portland to endorse the measure that would require the state of Oregon to declare homosexuality a condition that was “abnormal, wrong, unnatural and perverse.’ Graham replied, “I intend to stay out of national and local politics while here. God loves all people whatever their ethnic or political background or their sexual orientation. … Christians take opposing views on many issues. … Those on both sides of the issue must love each other.’

In June, 1994, shortly after the release of my autobiography “Stranger at the Gate,’ Billy Graham sat down to answer questions from America´s leading newspaper publishers. That Q&A session was taped live by C-SPAN. Mike Pride, editor of the Concord Monitor, asked Dr. Graham a question about a letter I had written asking Billy to meet with me to discuss the tragic consequences of the fundamentalist anti-homosexual campaign: “Dr. White has expressed frustration that after such a long and close professional relationship, you´ve spurned his attempts to speak with you since his coming out.’

Graham, obviously unaware that I had written, faxed and phoned his headquarters trying to schedule a meeting, answered, “If I saw him today, I´d gladly put my arms around him and hug him. I believe we should love homosexuals. God loves homosexuals. Homosexuality is called a sin in the Bible in the Old Testament. It´s not mentioned in the New Testament except in the first chapter of Romans. … But I love them and welcome them to our meetings. [Mel is] welcome to come and see me, have lunch with me, whatever. … I didn´t know of any instigation on his part to get to me. Perhaps he did. But I´m surrounded by a lot of people who try to protect me.’

Billy Graham is dead, and I´m grieving because I won´t be able to see my friend again. I´m grieving because over the decades his prophetic voice was silenced by associates who had to “protect’ his ministry from controversy and financial loss. I´m grieving because Billy was too ill to condemn Donald Trump´s assault on our democracy and on the war he and his Republican colleagues are waging against my LGBQ and especially my trans sisters and brothers, against Americans who were brought here as children and are now facing the possibilities of deportation, against people of color especially black men, against Muslims and people of other faiths, against immigrants with or without papers, against the disabled, the poor and the homeless. And I´m grieving because Billy´s son, Franklin, thinks he´s representing the views of his father when, in fact, he´s simply parroting the views of his fundamentalist friends and undermining every good thing his father said or did.

Goodbye, Billy. History will remember you as the 20th-century evangelist who called billions around the world to be born again. But I will remember you as the man who said, “Being born again is not enough. We are also called to do justice, love mercy and live humbly. Those who are born again,’ he added, “must also feed the hungry, care for the sick, house the homeless and confront the powers that lead to death for our planet and for all those who live upon it.’

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The Man of Perdition

Stephen Hanson

25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. Daniel 8

36 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.

37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.

38 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. Daniel 11

"I tell you that Obama is not the anti-christ. The one that is coming is already here. He is the one who boasts of many things, but he is bringing the nation to ruins. He is a divider. He will divide people. Many of you have jumped upon a band wagon thinking that the one to come is the one that many think of. Have I not said that the 'little horn' boasts of many things?  Look at those characteristics in the book of Daniel: One who is a lover of materialism--One who is the god of fortresses--One who is insolent and proud.

What would you be led to believe, my people? How will you know so that you won't be deceived?  You have been led down a road believing what others would tell you so. Your eyes are blind and yet I can open them if you would allow me to. You have wanted a savior to lead you out of the messes that you are in, and yet I AM the only one that can do that.  What is popular is not always true. What seems to be right may well be false.

There are false prophecies and dreams that speak of the one to come, and yet many of you don't have the discernment to see.  I have told you that you would know them by their fruit; and that fruit should be plain to see by all.  

It is time to go back into your prayer closets.  It is time to put away your preconceived ideas.  It is time to put away your favorite prophecies.  Don't follow what the crowd says. I have said that if possible even the elect could be deceived are.

What would you say to a people who are so easily misled?  How would they come to know the truth? How would they be misdirected and led apart from the truth?  These are those who follow after conspiracies rather than sitting before Me. How can my people come to know the truth if they are seeking what other men have said?  You are a foolish people.

What other tasty morsels of false prophecies would you seek today?  What other lies would you believe other than the truth?  You who have sat before Me in the past; at one time you could hear my voice clearly, but now you have added your own interpretation to my words. Now you have misled many in the body of Christ. When will you admit that you have been wrong?  The blood will be on your hands. This nation is very soon to come to ruins, and yet some of you laud a leader who is now at the helm.

Oh generation who has been birthed in many things...Oh generation who has come to know the truth. You have my word neatly tucked away in your leather bibles. You have your favorite bible verses. You have your favorite bible teachers. But you have ignored those who would speak for Me, and so it has always been."

Stephen Hanson

Reign of Idiots

By Chris Hedges

The idiots take over in the final days of crumbling civilizations. Idiot generals wage endless, unwinnable wars that bankrupt the nation. Idiot economists call for reducing taxes for the rich and cutting social service programs for the poor, and project economic growth on the basis of myth. Idiot industrialists poison the water, the soil and the air, slash jobs and depress wages. Idiot bankers gamble on self-created financial bubbles and impose crippling debt peonage on the citizens. Idiot journalists and public intellectuals pretend despotism is democracy. Idiot intelligence operatives orchestrate the overthrow of foreign governments to create lawless enclaves that give rise to enraged fanatics. Idiot professors, “experts’ and “specialists’ busy themselves with unintelligible jargon and arcane theory that buttresses the policies of the rulers. Idiot entertainers and producers create lurid spectacles of sex, gore and fantasy.

There is a familiar checklist for extinction. We are ticking off every item on it.

The idiots know only one word—“more.’ They are unencumbered by common sense. They hoard wealth and resources until workers cannot make a living and the infrastructure collapses. They live in privileged compounds where they eat chocolate cake and order missile strikes. They see the state as a projection of their vanity. The Roman, Mayan, French, Habsburg, Ottoman, Romanov, Wilhelmine, Pahlavi and Soviet dynasties crumbled because the whims and obsessions of ruling idiots were law.

Donald Trump is the face of our collective idiocy. He is what lies behind the mask of our professed civility and rationality—a sputtering, narcissistic, bloodthirsty megalomaniac. He wields armies and fleets against the wretched of the earth, blithely ignores the catastrophic human misery caused by global warming, pillages on behalf of global oligarchs and at night sits slack-jawed in front of a television set before opening his “beautiful’ Twitter account. He is our version of the Roman emperor Nero, who allocated vast state expenditures to attain magical powers, the Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang, who funded repeated expeditions to a mythical island of immortals to bring back the potion that would give him eternal life, and a decayed Russian royalty that sat around reading tarot cards and attending séances as their nation was decimated by war and revolution brewed in the streets.

This moment in history marks the end of a long, sad tale of greed and murder by the white races. It is inevitable that for the final show we vomited a grotesque figure like Trump. Europeans and Americans have spent five centuries conquering, plundering, exploiting and polluting the earth in the name of human progress. They used their technological superiority to create the most efficient killing machines on the planet, directed against anyone and anything, especially indigenous cultures, that stood in their way. They stole and hoarded the planet´s wealth and resources. They believed that this orgy of blood and gold would never end, and they still believe it. They do not understand that the dark ethic of ceaseless capitalist and imperialist expansion is dooming the exploiters as well as the exploited. But even as we stand on the cusp of extinction we lack the intelligence and imagination to break free from our evolutionary past.

The more the warning signs are palpable—rising temperatures, global financial meltdowns, mass human migrations, endless wars, poisoned ecosystems, rampant corruption among the ruling class—the more we turn to those who chant, either through idiocy or cynicism, the mantra that what worked in the past will work in the future, that progress is inevitable. Factual evidence, since it is an impediment to what we desire, is banished. The taxes of corporations and the rich, who have deindustrialized the country and turned many of our cities into wastelands, are cut, and regulations are slashed to bring back the supposed golden era of the 1950s for white American workers. Public lands are opened up to the oil and gas industry as rising carbon emissions doom our species. Declining crop yields stemming from heat waves and droughts are ignored. War is the principal business of the kleptocratic state.

Walter Benjamin wrote in 1940 amid the rise of European fascism and looming world war:

A Klee painting named Angelus Novus shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned towards the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe, which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.

Magical thinking is not limited to the beliefs and practices of pre-modern cultures. It defines the ideology of capitalism. Quotas and projected sales can always be met. Profits can always be raised. Growth is inevitable. The impossible is always possible. Human societies, if they bow before the dictates of the marketplace, will be ushered into capitalist paradise. It is only a question of having the right attitude and the right technique. When capitalism thrives, we are assured, we thrive. The merging of the self with the capitalist collective has robbed us of our agency, creativity, capacity for self-reflection and moral autonomy. We define our worth not by our independence or our character but by the material standards set by capitalism—personal wealth, brands, status and career advancement. We are molded into a compliant and repressed collective. This mass conformity is characteristic of totalitarian and authoritarian states. It is the Disneyfication of America, the land of eternally happy thoughts and positive attitudes. And when magical thinking does not work, we are told, and often accept, that we are the problem. We must have more faith. We must envision what we want. We must try harder. The system is never to blame. We failed it. It did not fail us.

All of our systems of information, from self-help gurus and Hollywood to political monstrosities such as Trump, sell us this snake oil. We blind ourselves to impending collapse. Our retreat into self-delusion is a career opportunity for charlatans who tell us what we want to hear. The magical thinking they espouse is a form of infantilism. It discredits facts and realities that defy the glowing cant of slogans such as “Make America great again.’ Reality is banished for relentless and baseless optimism.

Half the country may live in poverty, our civil liberties may be taken from us, militarized police may murder unarmed citizens in the streets and we may run the world´s largest prison system and murderous war machine, but all these truths are studiously ignored. Trump embodies the essence of this decayed, intellectually bankrupt and immoral world. He is its natural expression. He is the king of the idiots. We are his victims.

This article was first published by Truthdig -

Christopher Lynn Hedges is an American journalist, Presbyterian minister, and Princeton University professor.

Salvation for the Whole House

Olufunso J.Omidiran

Acts  16:30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?  16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Here is a candid view of God's plan for every clan in the land: He wants all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of Salvation (1 Timothy 2:3,4), no matter how far they seem to have drifted from Him. Let's quickly take a little time to  see this revelation concerning the purpose of God. By this we shall become effective instruments to bring many into the Kingdom of Christ.

A Desperate Scenario (Acts 16:16-34)

Paul and Silas have just been wrongly accused, chastised, humiliated and cast into prison in Macedonia where God has sent them on a mission. They're being persecuted and unjustly imprisoned because they're preaching the Gospel of Jesus. At such precarious and debilitating time in their life, they begin to pray and sing praises to God in their prison cell. God is moved and the unsual happens: an earthquake! All prison doors are open, all chains and fetters are loosed and the jail officer also loses his composure! This is just too much for one man to handle, for he is so sure that all the prisoners will escape, he will be in trouble, lose his job and possibly lose his life for not keeping them bound.
The next thing is a desperate cry for help since many things have gone awry. He concludes that he is done for, since a strange power is at work and he has put the wrong guys in the prison cell!
Fortunately for him, the prisoners have not escaped, the men that prayed and sang praises to their God definitely possess some unusual power. Now the jailer realises that he is indeed the real prisoner that needs to be rescued and saved! He just finds out that these two men are actually free and never prisoners of any sort - men whose extraordinary power of freedom or true liberty has brought freedom to all prisoners. "Indeed these men do have something that I seriously lack, I need to be saved" he thinks.

"What Must I Do to be Saved?"

Here's a question that many unwary prisoners, nay, lost souls have failed to ask. Indeed there is a ready answer and peaceful solution. This jail officer who exercised force and supremacy over these captive missionaries a short while ago suddenly realises how helpless and powerless he truly is! The world is filled with false confidence and baseless sense of security, self sufficiency, education, money, social connection and so forth. By these they feel like they're alright and don't need God. But how wrong they are!
The answer given by Paul startled me and brought in the light I'm sharing with you today. What is the answer?
 "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house"
This answer is very precise and applies to everyone walking on our streets, our neighbours, friends, colleagues and family.
The desire of our God is to save all that come to Him. The way is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. What shall be the outcome? You shall be saved AND your house. God does not just want to touch you and leave it at that; He will touch your entire house too. What He will start with you shall go beyond you.

God is Interested in Touching Individuals and Houses

He is the God of a person and of a people. When you come to the knowledge of Christ, there's basically a house connected to you that shall be saved as well. Entire households, groups, clans, neighbourhood classes of people are destined to be saved as ONE person comes to Christ. Hence, we cannot be selfish or individualistic about the matter of salvation.  An entire house is linked to you; you are indebted to them; your faith in Jesus Christ will lead to their own salvation too. Fathers, husbands, wives, sons, daughters, friends and neighbours - all are meant to be saved. It begins with someone and goes on and on. Don't give yourself rest until your whole house is saved. Your house is basically, your circles or spheres of influence. God started with you in order to save many. God called one man Abraham because He wanted to save many nations. You are a son or daughter of Abraham, so don't lose your place. The desperate jail officer became transformed into a vessel of honour or link for the salvation of his house. Your own house shall not perish in Jesus' name. Amen.

What about Zacchaeus?

Luke 19:5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. 19:9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Zacchaeus is a notorious sinner, fraudulent tax collector and selfish civil servant. He's made a lot of  money for himself and for the Roman feudal lords and brought hardship to his Jewish compatriots. In spite of his enormous wealth, he feels a vacuum in his life. Having heard that Jesus of Nazareth is passing by, he takes courage and seeks for the Lord. He is short in stature and so decides to climb a tree to have a good view of Jesus. But the Lord sees his heart, sees his keen faith and his vehement desire to be saved and goes straight to him. At this time Zacchaeus is overwhelmed with surprise because Jesus seems to have read his mind and intention! He also calls him by name and tells him "Zacchaeus, I must be in your house today and today Salvation has come to your house".
Thus, the Lord sees beyond just one man in need, but a whole house that must have salvation. There is a house linked to you and you are an arrowhead for victory for many.  On that same day that Salvation (Jesus) came to the man Zacchaeus, Salvation also came to the house.

Be Prepared

God has been looking for and focussing on you for a long while. He will make you different and you will make the difference in your house. So take courage and reach out to the rest of your house. Your house may be your family home, workplace, neighbourhood and wherever God has placed you in life. Release yourself to the Lord and make this count. This is the Day of Salvation. Shalom.

Olufunso J.Omidiran -

The Wrath of God

Juli Camarin

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them" (Romans 1:18-19)

This is the first sharp corner in the book of Romans. Earlier, Paul laid out his thesis statement that the gospel is the power of God (Rom. 1:16) and in the gospel a righteousness by faith is revealed (Rom. 1:17). Now, Paul is tasked with explaining this in detail.

The first step is to prove mankind´s guilt before God and show the need for a savior. He will address several things but starts out insisting that every person has an instinctive knowledge of God´s wrath against their sin. Deep down, we all know what is right and wrong. We all know what sin is. Our own conscience bears witness to this idea, making us feel guilty about choosing to sin. But as a whole, humanity continues to suppress this truth and continues in wickedness.

Paul explains that the wrath of God is against this unrelenting stubbornness of failing to recognize and honor God. His logic is that knowledge of God has been revealed and made plain to us, but humanity as a whole will not accept it. Instead, we choose the godlessness and wickedness that suppresses the truth of God and makes this truth inoperative in our lives and in our world.

This is why we need a savior! God's wrath is already written on our hearts because of sin and this doesn't draw us to God—quite the opposite as highlighted here. Rather, it is God´s kindness that leads to repentance (Rom. 2:4b). Here´s the good news in all of this, instead of placing His wrath against sin and godlessness on us, He has placed it on Jesus, the Savior, so that we can be rescued from sin. Once we recognize and accept this, we are brought into a new relationship with God himself and this kindness continually draws us to Him instead of pushing us away.

Today, it is my prayer that you will understand the wrath of God against godlessness was satisfied in Jesus. We no longer have any reason to listen to our accusing conscience that tries to suppress the knowledge of God. Rather, we can look to the Savior who will continually invite us to experience God. May you experience God and may your heart rest in His presence (1 John 3:19-21).

The Homeless Preacher
A Classic! - Author Unknown

Pastor Jeremiah Steepek transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon-to-be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service....only 3 people out of the 7 - 10,000 people said hello to him.

He asked people for change to buy food... NO ONE in the church gave him change. He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please sit in the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him.

As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such. When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation...... "We would like to introduce to you Pastor Jeremiah Steepek"... The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation... The homeless man sitting in the back stood up... and started walking down the aisle... the clapping stopped with ALL eyes on him... he walked up the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment... then he recited-

Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me some thing to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' "The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'

After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morning... many began to cry and many heads were bowed in shame.... he then said.... Today I see a gathering of people.... not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough disciples... when will YOU decide to become disciples? He then dismissed service until next week... Being a Christian is more than something you claim. I'ts something you live by and share with others...


This beloved story although not true is an urban legend that has been circulated thousands of times. It was actually conducted for a social psychology class at Princeton University in 1970. (

Opportunities Arise With Inheritance Revelation

Lana Vawser

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.(Hebrews 11:6 ESV)

My precious Church, I am calling you deeper into the revelation of who I am, My heart for you, and who you are in Me. I am calling you to draw closer to Me, closer than you have ever been before. In worship, surrender and rest, coming before Me and seeking Me, and seeing My heart manifested in all areas of your life. I am teaching many of you about inheritance, the inheritance that I have given you. The inheritance that was purchased for you  - I am teaching many of you in this season to stand on My Word like never before. To hear what My Spirit is saying unto you, and then standing on those promises.

The wind of My Spirit is blowing, the wind of My Spirit is bringing change into many lives. I am restructuring things, I am remoulding things, I am removing things and adding things in many of your lives. I am bringing many of you to a greater place of stepping into the next step of your destinies. Many of you are on the ‘shore line´ on the brink of what has been promised to you from long ago. The time has seemed to draw out, but My people, I say unto you, do not lose focus, do not lose your passion, and do not lose Me as your vision. For the harvest time is upon you.

My time is not your time, and My ways are not your ways, but My ways are perfect. Things have arisen in many of your lives that in the ‘natural´ could be seen as stumbling blocks or stop signs, but My people, these things are actually the ‘vessels´ that I will use to bring great acceleration into your lives and I shall move suddenly through what seems to ‘man´ to be obstacles, to propel you forth into the change of season. The new season. In the twinkling of an eye it shall seem that many things will fall into place by My hand for many of you who are waiting on Me for direction, guidance, and provision. Suddenly shall My Spirit move and bring about the manifestation of the long awaited promises.

Your spirits are groaning and full of anticipation and excitement for what I am releasing. Many of you have been crying out ‘release come now, release come now´ but in fact My people, you are already on the journey of ‘releasing´. The little things and little ways you have already seen Me move, are part of the greater releasing that is about to take place. Do not despair, do not let your hearts be troubled, but know that you are about to enter a greater realm of the miraculous. You are about to enter into a season of such great favour, such great heavenly manifestation of provision, and such great opportunity and revelation from Me that many will stand in awe of My beauty and heart. You are already being released My people. You are already on the journey. So do not despair, I am moving. The breakthrough may have not yet arrived in the magnitude that you are expecting, but you are on your way. My Spirit is carrying you.

Keep stepping into your inheritance in Me. Continue to be led by My Spirit to make the heavenly withdrawals by faith from the account of heaven, and stand stand stand. Make these faith withdrawals as My Spirit prompts you and continue to step out as you are led by Me. Many of you who have been hidden for a long time, are now being raised up, and shall step forth in faith suddenly into areas to bring My Kingdom. The veil is about to be removed, and many of you will see clearly. There will be no more assumption, but things will be made crystal clear by My Spirit. Stand! Stand! Stand! Continue to allow Me to draw you deeper into the revelation of all that I have purchased for you, and all that I have given unto you.

The promised land of My promises to you that are unfolding before you, is going to draw you to a level of worship and surrender in Me that you have never known before.A wave of awe shall overtake you! Awe of Me and My wonderful -plans and promises for your life.

Manasseh Christian Ministries

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