Is Obama Really the Problem?

I got this in my e-mail from Andrew Strom today and while I don’t agree with every word, I do believe he is making some good points, some I have considered lately myself.  While our fight is not political as Christians I believe it is good and right for us to fight for our freedom and to demand the truth from our officials.  However, there is a line to draw when it comes to gossip and lies and it is our responsibility to seek the truth in these issues.  A constant stream of bad news and scary topics will send us out of balance. God promised He would never leave us or forsake us! Not so long ago I was very angry at the things I was reading and hearing on the news. And some days I still get that way. So, this message is for me too!

Let us be careful that our emotions, namely FEAR does not rise up to become our driving force and defile our true purpose. We need to keep in mind that the things happening in America could be God’s plan AND just because we see things coming apart does not necessarily mean we are staring at the tribulation period!  The truth is we do not know the timing of these things. We have the clues, but no one knows the date!

At the very least, many of our freedoms as Americans and as Christians are being swept away because we did not do the work necessary to keep them intact!  Should we continue this fight, let’s do so with sober minds, taking our steps in order from the Lord and not return evil for evil, remembering to pray for those in office. They need Jesus too!

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word!  Re ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, will all longsuffering and teaching.

IS OBAMA REALLY the PROBLEM??

ARE WE BEING DISTRACTED From THE REAL FIGHT?
-by Andrew Strom.

Years ago a friend of mine, Robert Holmes, saw a vision of Christians leaving the Harvest field to go and join in with a “Civil War”. They were leaving their primary mission (the gospel) to go and make war against their own countrymen. What does it mean and why would they do such a thing? -This was unclear.

Like a lot of you, every day I get bombarded with the latest emails against Obama – and what he is up to. I can truly understand this.  Unlike a lot of overseas Christians who can’t comprehend this kind of American political partisanship, I truly get it. I lived in America for four years, and one of the things I saw clearly while living there is that America is at WAR with itself. And it is getting worse. Right against left, liberal against conservative. And there is no doubt that as an evangelical Christian, I am truly a “conservative” myself. But there is a lot that troubles me about what is going on.

When the US conservatives elected Bush, a lot of the world could not understand it. I understood it completely. America is at war with itself and Bush seemed like the most robust campaigner against the liberal agenda. It did not matter that he was not the “smartest” guy. He was strongly on “our side” in the culture war – and that is what mattered: Homosexuality, abortion, taxes, health care, and so-on. To a lot of US Christians, politics has become THE main arena where they fight and take a stand. So if I am a conservative myself, why am I so troubled by a lot of this?

Well, let me ask you some questions and hopefully you will see why:

-Is “Politics” the arena that Christians are supposed to be putting so much time and energy into fighting? Is that what the early church did?
-Aren’t we supposed to be more passionate about prayer and the gospel than we are about pulling the “liberals” down?
-Couldn’t this be a total distraction from our real mission?
-Doesn’t a lot of it amount to a giant “smear” campaign of rumor- mongering that should be beneath Christians to participate in? -In other words, isn’t the way we are speaking often gossipy, slanderous, mocking and ungodly?
-Why are prayer and the gospel taking a backseat to Obama-baiting?
-Is the Christian community in any country supposed to become a “voting bloc” for one particular party?

I think those are pretty important questions. And I think a lot of Christians may have trouble answering them.

The fact is, I get more “political” anti-Obama emails from US Christians every day than ‘spiritual’ emails. What does this say about conservative Christians? It says they care more about politics than the gospel. That is the conclusion I have to come to. And I believe this is Idolatry – pure and simple. Politics has replaced the pure milk of the word for a lot of Christians. They are on a “campaign” alright, but it is not a campaign for Jesus. And they devote hours and hours to it. They are feverishly checking out the “latest dirt” on Obama every night and hungrily devouring Fox News (which makes more and more ratings dollars as it drives every fresh controversy).
They love it! There is only one problem: It is not Jesus, it is not the gospel, and a lot of it is simply not godly at all. In fact, it is replacing Jesus and replacing the gospel.

If I was the Republican Party or Fox News or Talk Radio (each hungry for more ratings and dollars – these are not Christian organizations at all) then I would absolutely LOVE the fact that the Christians are so easy to whip up into a frenzy of Obama-rumors and Obama-trash-talk. But none of this is godly, is it? It is not remotely Christian. The early church would have renounced it utterly. They took no interest in politics. They only cared about Jesus and His simple gospel. And that is still the only thing that can save America today. We are being sidetracked.

But the frenzy continues. “Did you hear the one about Obama being likened to Hitler?” ‘Did you hear the one about Obama’s birth certificate?’ ‘Did you hear the one about Obama’s “death panels”? ‘Did you hear that there are really demons in the Swine Flu vaccine?’ (canned laughter please).

A lot of this amounts to a kind-of Christian “smear” campaign. In politics much of it would be considered in the ‘dirty tricks’ category – the kind of thing you do when trying to ruin someone’s reputation with sick rumors and innuendo. No matter if it’s true or not. As long as it does the job of “smearing” the person. Is that the kind of thing Jesus would want us involved in?

Here is the truly major thing that I believe the devil is trying to do in America today:
-He is trying to create division so bitter and so extreme that both sides literally start to fight one another with guns drawn. He is trying to tear America apart.
-He is trying to sidetrack the one group that truly has the answer.
He is trying to wrap them up in fighting politics, so they will forget that the pure GOSPEL is the only real hope for America today.

I believe the devil is truly succeeding in both of the above aims.

To conclude this article, I would like to ask some questions of the Christians who spend so much time on this “Obama War”:

-Do you spend as much time spreading the pure gospel as you spend spreading stuff about Obama? Why not?
-Is your mind and your energy and your passion more focused on getting the true gospel out – or defeating Obama and the liberals in politics?
-If you were asked to turn off Fox News and delete the “Obama”
emails and turn off Talk Radio, etc, could you bear it? Or are you more-or-less an “addict”?
-Do you really think it is right for this to be the big focus of your life?

I truly believe these are huge issues and huge problems in the American church today. But I guess I can expect a wave of angry disagreement in response!

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God bless you all.

Andrew Strom.


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Crying Wolf! Savage Wolf!

Acts 20: 28-31

28 Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

29 For know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.

30 Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.

31 Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.

Apparently Paul took the work of warning others so seriously that he did so continuously and with tears!

Look!  Again he warns and calls them out by name! 2 Timothy 2:17-18 And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, 18 who have strayed concerning the truth…

Again!  2 Timothy 4:14-15  Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm.  May the Lord repay him according to his works. 15 You also must beware of him, for he has greatly resisted our words.

Why did he name these people?  To protect the church!  YOU!  ME!  Because their lying message spreads like CANCER. And so true!   Cancer kills!

1 Timothy 6:5 …men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.

That means get away from them.

2 John 8-11  Look to yourselves, that we do not lose the things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward. 9 Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the son.10 If anyone comes to you, and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him, 11 for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.

I believe this is otherwise known as guilt by association.

Remember when Jesus said to remove the beam out of your own eye so that you can clearly see to remove the splinter from your brothers’?  I came out of this stuff. Been there done that and God – in his great mercy and kindness delivered me from these savage wolves. Now that I see clearly I want to better expose those who have put the proverbial splinter in yours. So, as I hand you the tweezers, you must be willing to PULL!

I understand that many of those who cry out “judge not” in my direction don’t have an understanding of the word and rely on others to teach them and so usually fall into the wrong hands or –  “paws”.   These are the ones who have been told by the savage wolf and savage wolf supporters that God is powerful and he can do anything, and therefore anything can happen and to just go along with whatever transpires. Out goes any discernment until they are so duped they will believe and follow anything.

These who have chosen to protect and defend, obviously to their own spiritual deaths, their savage wolf teachers rather than stand for the God  whom they call “Lord”, the one who died for them.  These who would rather download the savage wolf’s latest teaching via webcast, podcast, cd or book to “get what they need for the moment” instead of trusting the teaching of the Holy Spirit through the bible, the method designed by God.  This should not be.

To these I say to check your bible for all the warnings given by the original disciples and apostles.  Check your bible to see what will happen to your salvation if you follow after false teachers.  Check  your bible to find out what will happen to you for all eternity in following other gods. Because these false teachers, prophets, apostles, evangelists, and revivalists lead us exactly there.  They are all liars, not led of God, but led by their own fleshy desires for power, fame and cash and, just like it says above in Acts 20:30 – speaking perverse things to draw you away!  And we know that all liars, idolaters, and the abominable are put in the lake of fire – Revelation 21:8 – read it!

Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 2 Timothy 2:19b

Danger Looming – The Blog of Todd Bentley

Todd Bentley has done so much damage to the Word of God and all that is Christianity that I want to offer the same to him – rip and tear – here’s my take on his blog-

Out of fairness to blogging rules, here is the link, as much as I hate to post the demonic thing on my blog, but rules are rules. Ho hum.

http://www.freshfireusa.com/blog/

From Aug 17

As many of you know, I have been busy training hard in the gym and want to be in the best shape of my life in the next season of Revival.

The next season of revival. Here it comes. If at first you do not succeed, lie, lie again. Someone call Bob Jones and get a ruling on this to find out if the next season will be called the 4th Wave.

I have been very consistent and determined in losing weight and gaining healthy muscle mass.

The better to kick you with, my dear…

This reminds me of prisoners who have nothing else to do but pump iron all day long to better attack the guards when the rioting comes.

Instead of running to a fast food restaurant, I now run on a treadmill and instead of sneaking veggies to the dogs, I am now eating them! Lol!

…eating the dogs would not surprise me coming from a man who kicks those who are about to die and worshiping grandmothers in the face…

My trip to Kansas City was very refreshing. We attended World Revival Church for 3 days and it was truly encouraging and witnessed a real hunger, fire, and high praise and many testimonies of lives changed. I have felt a true spirit of Revival.

There’s that word again – revival.

We ended our time at IHOP by soaking to Misty Edwards live. There is a true mature and tangible presence of Holy Spirit.

What does that mean exactly? A true mature presence of the holy spirit. I didn’t realize the spirit of the living God had to mature, so he must mean the presence of the other spirit he calls God.

I think that Kansas City BBQ is the best in the world! Haha!

Hmmm..in case your personal trainer forgot to tell you before your big summer vacation, bbq is off the menu for those in training, Todd.

Am I picking on Todd and his blog? Yes. I’m trying to find a way to get through the “copyright” infringement without breaking the law. But honestly, I don’t see how a man who dissects and twists the Word of God the way Todd Bentley does can be protected by copyright. The whole concept does not sit well with me. I don’t see how he can be protected by anything under the law. But, as he twisted his way into America I guess he can use the laws of my country to gain his advantage

…to better manipulate you, my dear.

But, that’s why I am here. Let’s go back in his blog a little and I will show you somethin’.

From 5/23

The purpose of my blog is to share with you my personal thoughts, feelings, status, revelations, and updates on the ministry and restoration. Take the time to stay updated on the restoration process with Rick Joyner as the videos are featured here on the website.  Many of you have been faithful friends and loyal partners both in prayers and finances over the years. Please continue to stand with us.

Continue to stand – meaning keep sending your money…

At this time you may be asking, “What is Todd Bentley doing?” My main focus is rest and intimacy with Jesus. I have much time for prayer and meditation, enjoying reading many books, and studying the Word. Oh and don’t worry! I am having lots of fun too! There is a theme park five minutes from my house.

This is what your “contributions to his ministry” or as he called it “your stand” is doing for Todd.  You work, he plays. After all, the theme park is only 5 minutes away! Consider, your jobs, your family time, what it takes to get by day to day, all of your responsibilities. How much time do you have to do the things Todd does?

Um, if Todd had really spent all the time with God he claimed to during Lakeland, as he is again claiming here, he would not have been so inclined to fool around with someone he was not married to!  But, the divorce situation, bad as it may be, is only a smoke screen to get our attention off the fact this man, and those who endorse and promote him are steeped in false doctrine!

This is a key to false teachers, evangelists and prophets. They are all about telling us, the little people, how much time they spend with the Lord; how intimate they are with the Lord, and out of intimacy comes – yes – those coveted dreams and visions and trips to the throne room or the third heaven, that are oh, so important to our understanding as little people!! For God has sent them on this special mission to impart these revelations to us, the little people who have no focus, no passion, and no revelation! They say to “Do what I do and you will see what I see”, and…(watch yourself be seduced away to an intimate relationship with a demon!)

From 5/27

God has been speaking to me about mercy. We need it!

The last 10 months has been one of the most difficult trials for me. I have been overwhelmed at how much Jesus loves us. Even when we blow it. God’s reassuring love and grace meets me again and again. Honestly, through this season of restoration, I have feared that the judgment of God and embraced His discipline. I remember days where Ive questioned if God would qualify me again as a leader because of His holiness, His righteousness, and justice. To be frank, I came quite short of the character required of a leader.

Recently in Prayer God Spoke to me out of Isaiah 30:18 NKJ

“Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you;
And therefore he will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you.
For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are those who wait for Him.”

Sometimes when we expect judgment, God manifests His justice in goodness and mercy.  As it implies in the verse above, God’s justice and mercy are exalted in the Lord being gracious to you. The Bible goes on to promise in the same chapter, in the 20th verse, that though the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, God will restore you to His favor again.

Isn’t that sweet?  A God of goodness and mercy…with no consequences for sin!  And here is a nice scripture to prove what he claims is right on. Finally achieved – a true god of our own understanding.

Please understand that Todd is not repentant. And that is key for us to receive God’s mercy and grace.  Just because Todd seems to have gotten away with so many things, does not mean he has escaped judgment – not at all.  Just because Rick Joyner and Bill Johnson have made Todd their pet joint project for “restoration” does not mean Todd has been called of God into ministry. He has not.

And notice how he included his readers  – “when we expect judgment” – so that you will identify with the fact that you are fallen just as he is, and who are you to pass judgment?? Don’t be fooled by this!  Let me take this one step further. This is a trick by Bill Johnson who was all about “Grace, Grace!!” when Todd was found out!  I guess you could say that Johnson literally played the devil’s advocate! These are one sided messages having nothing to do with the fullness of God’s word and the purpose of repentance!!! They do not want to admit they were wrong about Todd, so they have taken it to another angle to a twisted and out of concept scripture! And yes, I do mean out of concept! God is not fooled by this, neither should you be!

Todd Bentley is using the word of God for his own gain. He is not repentant! If he had been, he would not be in the situation he is now. The teaching on his web site, which I will get to, proves he has not changed one bit. He just wants us to think that everything is A-OK with the big guy upstairs so he can continue his demonic charade.

Remember, in charismania, the leaders all want us, the little people, to believe they have received special revelation, wisdom and understanding, and even a special anointing that we have not, that is necessary to take us to another level of teaching. Don’t listen. Go back to the word of God because the Holy Spirit who resides within you as a true born again believer will guide you into all truth!  These are the very words of Jesus!

I will continue my blogging when I attack his teachings on the Holy Spirit in which the rubber meets the road! In the meantime, you may want to read my article linked below in which I did my own research comparing the claims of the charismania holy spirit and the one taught about in the bible.

Until then, may the Lord give you eyes to see and ears to hear!  Ephesians 1:17-19

Holy Spirit Manifestations