[I have revised and updated this post from a couple of years ago.]
Are your problems like other peoples’ problems?
Have you ever thought to yourself that you were the ONLY one concerned about . . . (name it).
Let’s take a few minutes and look at the 8 biggest problems people face (whether they know it or not). See where you fall out in comparison.
This is not a scientific study**. These are my personal reflections over three decades of serving people. As a busy, involved Life Coach I get lots of questions from clients, friends, and family. They all center around the following eight concerns:
1. Relational Issues. Human beings are relational. Those who aren’t are considered abnormal, and for good reason . . . they are. Men relate to women, women to men, children relate to parents, people to employers, teachers, and government. Everything in life revolves around relationship. Why are so many so bad at them? Relational equilibrium is what Life Coaches help to establish. People sometimes need a new or different perspective on their old habits of relating that aren’t working for them. Perhaps they need a new mental window to look through when they’re communicating with others.
If you want to see shallow, superficial relationships and attempts at “love,” just watch some of the contemporary reality TV programs. The problem with watching them of course is that they have nothing to teach you. Unless you learn from them that relationships need to be other-oriented rather than selfish and self-serving. Who would want a “friend” like some of the people you see on the “Bachelorette” or “Jersey Shore?” I’m hoping these aren’t the new “reality.” If they are, we should add a ninth problem to our list: Shallow Reality TV.
2. Fear of Running Out of Money. Will the money last? Will I have a job tomorrow? Most people are concerned about their income, especially the lack of income. They are concerned about expenses. He says, “She shops like there’s no tomorrow. She can’t possibly wear all the shoes she owns!” She says, ”He thinks a boat is more important than renovating our bedroom or kitchen. If it were up to him, I wouldn’t have anything.”
Some have more than enough but worry that they’ll lose it. Others have just enough to squeak by today but are not sure about tomorrow. Some say they don’t care . . . and among those are the truly content and the obviously deluded. Life and death, sickness and health are tied up in these issues. FREE ADVICE: The best place to be in regard to finances is completely out of debt.
3. Health Issues. What happens if I get sick? How will we get by? OR I’m so tired of hospitals and doctors. I’m sick of sickness! How can I keep myself healthy? Many are deeply in debt through no fault of their own and see no way out. Many folks I talk with are ignorant of healthy nutrition. Others have begun to take seriously the way our food in America is raised and processed (for a real education watch the documentary Food, Inc.–you can stream it on Netflix). They are opting in on organic produce and fruits, grass-fed cattle, and free-range foul. Some worry about their health future. There are solutions that do not involve medical insurance. More and more believers I know are taking advantage of group sharing programs like Samaritan Ministries (for those who are disciples of Jesus).
4. Anxiety over Finding or Losing Loved ones. Am I lovable? Will someone care for me? Am I worth caring about? Am I perfect enough? Can I find mister/ms right? Will I ever find someone like . . . ? Love is at the center of most relationships. All but the most dysfunctional people care deeply about finding, keeping, and losing love. Yet no two people can agree upon what “true love” is. Some say there’s no such thing . . . and they have enough broken relationships to prove it. Relational issues in families, between families have escalated since the late sixties, early seventies. I’m not a sociologist, so I can’t give you the reasons for this. What I can say is that the majority of people I speak with or coach desire whole, functional relationships. Others don’t want to pay the price to change. They want the OTHER person to change. Our difficulties are always easier to blame on someone else when we’re too immature to take responsibility for the way we relate.
Abandonment, rejection, and loneliness have attacked every one of us through some relationship. Good reason exists for us all to be love-shy. Yet, people who can’t or won’t love will remain incomplete and dysfunctional. Love is after all what our Creator says we were created for. All the negative experiences are the result, not of love, but of SELF-love.
5. Religious Questions. Is there a God? Or is this life all there is? Are we alone in the Universe? What if there is a God and I’m wrong? Do I end up in Hell or Heaven? What are the requirements? Who’s right? Muslims? Jews? Buddhists? Hindus? What’s the big deal about Jesus? Why are Christians so insistent on Him for everybody? Do we really need religion? These are not problems for some, but for those who deeply examine their lives, they have to come to terms with whether they want to live a Tea Bag Philosophy of life or encounter and relate to the One who claims to be Creator, and lover of their soul. The reason Jesus is such a big deal, the reason that every known religion has had to come to terms with Him is because He claimed a relationship with God as Father. Then he rose from the dead and was seen by over 500 credible witnesses. His followers number in the 10′s of millions. Like Him, they claim that God has “revealed” Himself to them. They experience fellowship with their Father-God. Other religions make claims as well, but of a very different sort. None claims that their God is the God who is Love. No other God has demonstrated that love by reaching out to human beings to bring them into his Household. For this reason, and many others, I’m a Christian spiritual formation Life Coach.
6. Concerns about Death. What happens when I die? Of course, the obvious answer is “You’re dead. It won’t matter to you.” Don’t we just die, go into the ground, and float around as a spirit looking to hang out in a place that was special to us? Most of the cultural views regarding death are based upon a misinformed Epistemology–Most people are clueless about immortality, death, the grave, and what happens after (including, and sometimes most especially, religious people). You can change that. You can know what happens when you die. That’s why beyond the grave books are such hot sellers. That’s why Life Coaches, who also deal with spiritual formation, can bring clarity to many of these issues.
7. Global War. Aren’t we headed toward destruction of the world? Why can’t we just all live together? Why can’t we live at peace? For the same reason that people struggle with so many of these life questions. Most people look only on the surface and refuse to see the invisible, underlying realities that shape our existence. I guess they feel that they can’t impact those unseen things. So now combine misplaced Epistomology with a misplaced Anthropology. War is the result of men who are unsatisfied with what they have (greed) OR of men who think that they have to institute their religious laws on everyone else (religious legalistic totalitarianism). By the way, Christians to not believe they must institute religious laws on everyone. Quite the opposite. They fulfill and satisfied the law in their relationship to Jesus Christ. What do Imean? Take a week and read, then reread The New Testament in the Bible. Then you’ll understand.
Think long and hard over these two causes (greed and religious law) before you’re tempted to move on. The lust of man, the pride of life, and the desires that he can’t control all drive him to take what is not his or want what is someone else’s. He wants to control, to enforce his will upon others. No god offered by other religions encourages freedom or liberty. They can’t. They want to control. The One True God–Yahweh–is the God of freedom and love. A person adopted as His child, is truly free and beloved.
8. Concerns about the Future. What should I do with my life? Where are things headed? Scores of questions abound regarding the future–what it holds, how people are to face it, perhaps leverage it. The future is big business too. So naturally people wonder if it’s OK to seek out fortune tellers, palm readers, psychics, and other practitioners of divination. As a Christian spiritual formation Life Coach, I share God’s view regarding those practices. They open people to demonization by seeking future information from supernatural sources–which God has expressly forbidden (not because He’s a Blue Meanie–but for our safety). I explain that two sources are available for believers to KNOW their intended future, including preparing for unforeseen events. But that’s another post.
The eight biggest problems people voice to me seem to cover most things human. The specifics change, but the concerns seem to group together under one of the eight–relational issues, fear of running out of money, health issues, anxiety over finding or losing loved ones, religious questions, concerns about death, global war, and concerns about the future.
QUESTION: Can you think of any BIG problems I’ve overlooked?
©2011, David C Alves
**MY RESEARCH: Just to give you some context to why I know something about this topic: I’m speaking from tens of thousands of conversations for over twenty-six years as a Life Coach. The questions and concerns people bring to me tend to be repetitive. I also speak as someone who has weathered bankruptcy and am now completely out of dept. I have been divorced and have been happily married now for 32 years in my second marriage. I was lost and have been found. I was rejected and am accepted. I have defeated panic attack disorder and quit smoking and drinking decades ago. All this just to say, I’m not someone who can’t empathize with the people I coach. Character and wisdom come from weathering life’s storms, caring for others, being teachable, and taking sound counsel.
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I share what I’ve gleaned from my research, study, and My 10 Best Resources on the Islamization of the World. Most of what I share was taught by those Muslims who have escaped Islam’s grip and share at the risk of their lives.
IMAGINARY INTERVIEW BETWEEN ME and A COLLEGE STUDENT
IN THE NEAR FUTURE
STUDENT: What happened in the early 21st century that led to the demise of the United States of America?
DR. ALVES: Many factors went into its downfall. But two issues sealed the fate of America. The primary catalyst–propelled by modernism and materialism of the 1930′s through the 50′s–was that we turned our backs on God in the mid-1960′s. The subsidiary factor in the first decade of the 21st Century, was that we turned our backs on each other.
We turned from God to worship human beings. This is the greatest sin our culture could have committed. But it is no surprise. This is mankind’s chronic error. Humans were created to worship. If they do not worship the One true God, they will worship anything. Simply look at undisturbed primitive cultures. Here’s the way the Bible states it:
Romans 1:18–32 (ESV)
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. 24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. 28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
Since we turned from the truth of God to follow man-made illusions, God gave us over to “depraved” minds (meaning simply, that he let us follow our thoughts and illusions to their end). So, in a sense, our culture went into a form of societal insanity. The primary presenting symptom of that insanity is the denial of our very human natures. Evolution–the idea that we all evolved from some protein riding on the back of a crystal and moved through every possible lifeform from the simple to the impossibly complex–takes more faith than to believe God about how we were really created. We have forsaken the doctrine of creation and have become so confused that first we thought we descended from beavers and monkeys. Now men think they’re women and women think that they’re men. And the rest of the culture, instead of having mercy and compassion on these lost, deceived souls, props up their cognitive distortions. So instead of finding them help, they cheer them on in their gender confusion and godlessness. This is the spiritual root of what happened that led to our implosion. Certainly the financial catastrophe and rampant disease are also symptoms of the spiritual malaise.
STUDENT: Are you saying that our society is insane?
DR. ALVES: In a manner of speaking, yes. We have jettisoned ultimate Reality–God–for our replacements (idols). Insanity is a wholesale departure from Reality. Another Scripture puts it this way:
2 Timothy 3:1–5 (ESV)
1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
Ephesians 4:17–22 (ESV)
17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles [non Jews] do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,
STUDENT: How did this happen?
DR. ALVES: Notice in the Romans passage above. First comes turning away from God. This is the spritual action which leads to unbelief. Then later, God gives them over to their own naturally deceptive, self-centered and self-directed mindset. Then comes the darkened mind. There is actually a spiritual veil over their minds and hearts. Before God gave them over to their own darkness, he was offering them the grace to know Him if they so chose. But people love sin, so they won’t choose God naturally.
STUDENT: If true, this sounds really scary.
DR. ALVES: God’s Word is always true. And you’re right; it’s a terrifying reality. But notice, it’s entirely in the free choice that persons make. People who abandon God are saying to Him, “Hey, I don’t want anything to do with you.” So, he gives them over to the darkness that dwells inside their minds. He removes the restraints in accordance with their wish and choice. In that way they are given over to a depraved mind, and are no longer able to discern Reality.
As frightening is the fact that those who support their unregenerate choices and condition, participate in the guilt over their lostness. In other words, supporters of homosexuality and human worship–because they knowingly supported their rebellion and decadence–will receive the same effects as though they themselves were homosexual, because they supported their dark, perverted behavior.
The next step leads to a seared conscience. Now the conscience no longer functions as it should, it has lost its bearings and the person with a seared conscience calls good, evil and evil, good. They are heartless and hateful. Thus they condemn and demonize God’s sons and daughters, who out of love, are trying to turn the darkened minds back to God. What could be more horrifying than to allow people to die of spiritual darkness when we–who were also once in darkness–have been given the light ourselves? The righteous, illumined mind hates sin, because sin locked us up in darkness and separated us from God and one another.
STUDENT: So Christians hate homosexuals right?
DR. ALVES: That’s your brainwashed education at the hands of American media, homosexual advocates, and public schools talking. How can the people who are trying to help the burn victims to move away from the fire, be hateful. Rather, the ones who won’t warn of the fire or help the victims to safety are the ones who are hateful. And they project that hatred upon the ones who are helping. As far as homosexual advocates go, they are filled with rebellion, hatred, and the blackest darkness. Unless they are willing to turn from their darkness to the light, they will not only perish and be cast into outer darkness (their own choice), but will be destroyed so that when God remakes everything, nothing that stains or causes sin will exist.
STUDENT: So, those who support the homosexual agenda and gay friends and family are the true haters?
DR. ALVES: No, you’d be misrepresenting or misunderstanding my position to say that. Not all the people who support the homosexual and transexual lifestyle are “haters.” But those who are accusing God’s people of hate speech are indeed the most hateful because they project their hatred onto innocent lovers of God. They not only hate Christians and people of faith, but they have murder in their hearts, because their lives are sinful and they hate the righteous lifestyles of the true believers in Christ and Jews who love God.
1 John 3:14–15 (ESV)
14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. 15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
And, according to Jesus, those who hate and murder are animated by Satan:
John 8:44–47 (ESV)
44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. 46 Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? 47 Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”
STUDENT: You mean to say, there’s really a Satan?
DR. ALVES: Yes, there is. And non-western nation realizes it. But that’s for another interview.
STUDENT: Who are Christians to judge sins? Didn’t Jesus or somebody say, “Judge not?”
DR. ALVES: First, let’s clear the record. Not all who claim to be Christians are indeed Christians. Second, Christians have no right judging sin. That’s one way to tell the real Christians from the religious ”Christians.” You’d do well to read my post on this subject if you want to better understand the distinctions.
What has been going on for centuries is spiritual warfare. All that has happened in the past fifty years is that the warfare has intensified and surfaced. Spiritual warfare is what is behind all that you see in the public arena. The Apostle Paul says it this way:
Ephesians 6:11–12 (ESV)
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
STUDENT: What are principalities and powers of the unseen world?
DR. ALVES: Use your imagination. What do YOU think they are?
STUDENT: Like demons? or Satan? or spirits? or something invisible?
DR. ALVES: Yes! Precisely!
STUDENT: You’re serious?
DR. ALVES: Of course. Why wouldn’t I be? Don’t you believe there’s a spirit world?
STUDENT: I don’t know. I’m not sure.
DR. ALVES: Let me ask you a question: Are you willing to bet your eternal soul that there is no spirit realm and that there is no such thing as demons or spirits?
STUDENT: Of course not!
DR.ALVES: Why not? You don’t even have to believe the Bible or Christians to believe that. I’ve seen many who believe in the spiritual–the spirit world–the supernatural. All I’m saying is that the sons and daughters of God know the One who RULES the spirit world. The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, the Messiah, the Anointed One, has allowed us to have authority in that realm (and to some degree this one too, where the two realms intersect).
STUDENT: So how does all this apply to the Implosion of our nation
DR. ALVES: Except for the true believers and followers of the Messiah, our nation is a nation of rebels whom God has given over to their own self-directed, narcissistic choices. We are reaping the wages of those choices. God is simply allowing our choices to play themselves out according to our free wills.
We could have chosen what is good and right. After all, let’s suppose you were going to start a brand new race of beings. And you wanted peace and love to reign. Would you be willing to take onto your new island people who love darkness, sin, decadence, and made choices to harm and hurt those who chose the opposite?
The righteous have always been persecuted by the sinful and truly demon-led and inspired. And sometimes the sinful wore robes and miters. The demon-led hung out in churches and monasteries and had ecclesiastical titles. At other times they carried symitars and shouted Alah Akabar or they simply loved to harm people and encourage lawlessness. It’s all the same to Satan.
As C.S. Lewis once said:
“There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist [atheist] or a magician [or a religionist] with the same delight.”
–The Screwtape Letters
Satan doesn’t care which extreme you embrace, at any pole, he has you. And he has many in our nation who don’t believe in his or God’s existence. Have you ever wondered why Islam calls America the “Great Satan”? We have exported our sensuality, our materialism, our shame and perversion far and wide among the nations. Satan and his forces stand behind the world’s deception, violence, rebellion, carnality, and sin.
One final thought: Christian Scriptures make no mention of the existence of the greatest world power of the twentieth century in the end times. I find that remarkably curious. The American Empire is no longer on the scene when Jesus returns to sort things out and establish HIS government. We are now closer than ever to His Coming!
Maranatha, Lord Jesus!
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DISCLAIMER: If you have a squeamish stomach or are easily frightened, you may want to skip my rant. Also, my family and friends know that I’m not normally pessimistic, but occasionally “Christian realism” kicks in and my hopefulness for America is overcome by present reality. True friends let one another vent from time to time. Please consider this my need to vent publicly and to warn the nation I love of the coming destruction.
The United States of America is reentering the dark ages.
Daily we grow closer to the final act.
In my opinion, we are at the middle of the end. The end of America as we have loved her is closer than ever. And there is no way out. No shining knight will arrive. No brilliant minds will extract us from our self-chosen end. There is no Plan B. Contingencies do not exist that will take us down a yellow-brick-road toward a new and brighter Emerald City.
We have consistently chosen darkness. We have chosen blind leaders who have taken us deeper into darkness, and God will let us have our way. It’s called free will. Our decline has been prophesied centuries before.
Mine is not the only voice of warning. Mine is not the only voice on the Titanic, crying “Iceberg ahead.” But our captain and crew don’t care. They’re too busy being impressed with the ship–texting their imagined progress and boasting of the speed with which they’re steaming us toward our end.
NOT TALKING POLITICS HERE
This is not an Obama-Romney thing. I believe that BOTH parties have ruined our nation. No President or majority of the House or Senate will be able to turn this ship in time. Only God can do that. And I believe that He has made up His mind to let the cruise continue along the line that the passengers have chosen. Granted, some of the passengers have not desired to continue steaming toward the coming implosion (see Joel Rosenberg’s important new book), but I believe their appeals to their leaders and to God to change our direction have received “No!” for an answer.
CHAMPIONS OF CHOICE
God honors our “choices.” We have made the choice by choosing blatant, in-your-face, immorality. By our spiritual decadence we have insured our demise. The unbelieving American people, for the most part, do not want God. They mock him. They consider Him a burden. They hate God’s people. They hate God’s values, or at best give them lip-service. And they will whore after anything but what’s true and pure. As a nation, we will have what the people have decided in their hearts. And many in the churches have embraced, and even championed, the decadence and decline.
God describes a similar scenario in ancient history:
“The great day of the Lord is near, near and hastening fast; the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter; the mighty man cries aloud there. A day of wrath is that day, a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of trumpet blast and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the lofty battlements. I will bring distress on mankind, so that they shall walk like the blind, because they have sinned against the Lord; their blood shall be poured out like dust, and their flesh like dung. Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them on the day of the wrath of the Lord. In the fire of his jealousy, all the earth shall be consumed; for a full and sudden end he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.” (Zephaniah 1:14–18, ESV)
Understand, I am heartsick about this. I love my country. I have a deep love for the American people. I also love the people of other nations. I’m not one of those content to stand on the deck, watching the ship go down. In many previous posts, I have been throwing life-rings into the churning seas. Warning of the dangers of Islam. Warning of the worst that religion has to offer. Warning of our moral waywardness. With the Spirit, I’ve been calling people deeper in, higher up.
I’m in the prayer closet regularly. I have sought God’s mercy and favor for people–reminding Him of all the good our nation has done in the past. Reminding him of what a great people we could once again be with Him as our God. Reminding the Lord that He has many of His children on board the ship. That they have tried to warn the crew and ship’s company and passengers about the looming disaster ahead.
NO HEART FOR THE FUTURE
But the revelers would not listen. Instead, they silence our voices by demeaning us with mockery and closed, callused hearts. The unbelieving demonize the sons (and daughters) of God and think that they will escape God’s final justice. They have seared their consciences. They have sold their birthright for a morsel of stew. They know in the deepest places of their hearts that they have approved of this present wickedness. They love the darkness; it hides their sin. By demonic inspiration, our culture and its champions have helped them to soothe their defiled consciences. In their love of sin, they have even hated their own nation, their own families. We have professors, elites, and politicians who have no heart for future generations, no desire to leave a moral and spiritual legacy that would glorify God and usher in the true Kingdom. They spurn righteousness and revel in sin. But . . .
“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34, ESV)
I’m afraid God would have to pardon Sodom & Gomorrah if he rescues America. Of course, the majority of Americans don’t even know about these two cities or what their sin was.
And a vast majority of the American people love and support the decadence of Sodom & Gomorrah–even so-called Christians (an increasingly meaningless term). Much like the word “gay”–which used to mean “happy”–”Christian” used to mean “follower of Jesus,” forgiven and “born-from-above” by God himself. Now, it mainly means “one who goes to church and believes things about Jesus and God.” Some even consider themselves “gay Christians.” Talk about an oxymoron. Rather than repent and allow God to heal, they parade their shame.
We have imported the perversions of Hades, baptized those proclivities, and called them “lifestyle choices.” And anyone who points this out is considered “hateful” or a hate-monger. The mob calls truth–the truth of God–”hate speech.” It’s almost too amazing for the mind to grasp. Human beings, created in God’s image, accuse the God of love of being hateful because–through his people–He warns them of the course they’re on, in order to bring them to their senses and repent, that they might know freedom, love and peace.
The beginning of the end came with the legalization of abortion on demand–infanticide–murdering babies. Now our leaders are moving us toward selective baby murder. Joel Rosenberg, in his newsletter “FlashTraffic” wrote that the United States has almost murdered as many babies as the number of people who died in Nazi Germany’s Holocaust. And we are ramping that up. If that weren’t bad enough. A number of people in our nation couldn’t even tell you what the Holocaust was or who died in Nazi Germany.
Terrorism, the rise of Islam, as well as our decline and soaring financial debt may just be the harvest of the seeds of rebellion we’ve sown, as we’ve turned away from God and His Kingdom. I honestly believe that terrorism is a sign of the times. It is our wake-up call. We are receiving what we’ve invited. Only the most obtuse and historically ignorant in our midst would argue that ALL Muslims are radical jihadists; but, the vast majority of terrorists in the world today are Muslims. They delight in obedience to the Koran and obeisance to Allah (who is not Yahweh, the Father of Jesus Christ. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise–including well-meaning, but ignorant “Christian” leaders).
First I thought in the ’80s that God might turn things around through another great revival or awakening. But I believe that we have passed the point of no return; we have crossed the middle of the end. We are not yet at the end of the end, but Joel Rosenberg calls that destination, the coming Implosion. His book is entitled, ”Implosion: Can America Recover From Its Economic and Spiritual Challenges In Time? (which releases on Tuesday, June 12th).”
Joel believes we can recover. I don’t. We have self-destructed. And the politically correct, etymologically incorrect, and philosophically illiterate, are so lost in their minds that they have played the biggest part in our Implosion and demise. Our societal amnesia arrived with Timothy Leary, LSD, free love, and has blossomed beneath the morally bankrupt within our public (and elitist private) university system.
Where every man and woman’s opinion is equally valid, truth is banished. People calling evil, good. People calling good, evil.
Deceived professors taught the nonsense of “relativism” to gullible young minds for several generations. These young people, raised on a steady diet of video games, staring for hours at screens in darkened rooms, have become mindless zombies parroting these professors–professing what they themselves can’t live. Any wonder why people have lost their way, when there is no way to know the way? Several generations of public educated adults believe we crawled out of a primal ooze and developed from slugs, to Duck-billed Platipuses, to apes to human beings through an endless succession of mistakes for which no evidence exists. Think about how dark and fallen a mind has to be to entertain such a diminished, self-loathing, pseudo-scientific worldview. This nation has had its historic values and foundations ravished by people educated beyond their own intelligence. As a result, our nation as lost its collective mind. How can God let this American darkness spread any farther?
We are not genetic accidents. We have the potential to be a new and different humanity–sons (and daughters) of the living God (you need to read my book if you’re at all curious about what God intended for you).
PRAYER WILL NOT SAVE AMERICA
How can we survive? We can’t. I actually have come to the place where I believe that not even prayer will save our nation. The prophet Jeremiah was told by God to stop interceding for a person because God had already decided his fate. His fate was sealed. No more prayer allowed, was God’s answer to Jeremiah.
God hears our intercession for America, but has already judged based on the blood of the innocents and the debasement of the doctrine of Creation in our flaunting of the basest views of humanity. Transhumanism, transexualism, transvestism, marriage between the same sex are all symptoms of a spiritual malady. The cure exists in God alone for those who will humble themselves and turn to Him. For those who justify their “lifestyle,” the future will be greater and increasing darkness and disease.
Based upon His character and revealed will, I believe God’s next move will be to allow us to have what we’ve embraced. This will mean great distress for the body of Christ. For a time, we will lose. Persecution will follow. We will be blamed. Because Satan always blames the truth-tellers. He is the Accuser of the family of God. When the culture implodes, no one who has not aligned with the darkness will be spared. The French Revolution has nothing on what I believe is in store for us. I wish it were not so. I desperately HOPE I am wrong, believe me.
A BLEAK PICTURE? YES.
This post paints a bleak picture. I wish I had a “7 Ways to Turn the Tide” list I could end with. Unfortunately, I believe that the Americans who do not want God to intervene in their lives will get exactly what they have been asking for. And when they finally cry out for Him, He will not answer. The problem is that many of the rest of us who saw the collapse coming, who tried to warn and turn people–and were mocked and ignored–may also be casualties along with the murdered babies. A culture that can murder its own children has no problem cannibalizing faces, shooting students, aborting its children, and unleashing its blood-lust and hatred upon those who long for righteousness.
The light is fading fast to a pin-point. This is the hour of darkness, when darkness reigns.
WAR ON THE HORIZON
War is coming to America. War in the middle east is inevitable. Putin was in Syria, China, and its former states. Russia is consolidating and shoring up its alliances. War will come to Israel and the United States. It will happen when everyone is saying, “Peace, peace.”
Then, after the darkness has appeared to win for a season, Jesus will return. And the Father has given all sorting out into His hands. He will make all things right. Those destined for fire will go to the fire that destroys. Those who loved righteousness and longed for His coming will be swept into His new heaven and new earth.
One way or the other, I believe that we are the generation that will see the immanent, bodily return of the Savior. No man knows the time, the day, the hour–but He said that we will recognize the season. The axe is at the trunk of the tree. History is winding up.
I leave you with Joel Rosenberg’s questions:
We must not kid ourselves. The evidence suggests we may very well be aboard the Titanic, heading for icebergs and inexplicably increasing our speed toward disaster. So many on board are unaware of the dangers fast approaching and not concerned in the slightest. We haven’t hit the icebergs yet, but if we don’t make a sharp turn fast, we soon will, and we will sink. Who will serve as our captain and crew going forward? Will they understand the gravity of the threat and have the wisdom, courage and speed to take appropriate action before it is too late? What is our role as passengers? Are we to succumb to decadence, indulging ourselves in amusements and entertainment and alcohol with no regard for our own safety or the safety of others aboard? Or will we rise up, sound the alarm, and take action [while] we can?
I believe it is too late. But perhaps–and I hope–I’m wrong.
QUESTION: Are we moving deeper into darkness?
- UPDATED VERSION: CULTURAL IMPLOSION? CANNIBALISM, “MOMMY PORN,” GAY MARRIAGE DRIVE U.S. HEADLINES: What’s going on? (flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com)
- The Devil’s Arithmetic (1988), by Jane Yolen (karynskidlitreviews.wordpress.com)
- Amazing Christians who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust; From Bibles for Israel (terri0729.wordpress.com)
- Time to prepare is almost over. (hearhisheart.wordpress.com)
The spirit of prophecy is the testimony of Jesus. What Jesus has said (and is saying to the Church) stands–God is Father (Abba).
God has given the body clarity by His Word first. With regard to the claims of Islam and those demanding that you be politically correct, we do not need to be conflicted or blown around by various winds of teaching or opinion.
Islam is a lie! God has spoken:
“Who is a liar but he that denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denies the Father and the Son” (1 John 2:22). [emphasis mine]
Islam denies BOTH! Father and Son.
Islam claims that no god but allah exists. And that Mohammad is his Prophet. This is the first lie–allah is the moon god of the Canaanites. It is not just an Arabic name of our God. To Islam, allah is not Yahweh–the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. They argue that God is not a Father because he has no children. If their god is not a father, then He is not Yahweh. If their god has no son, then their god is not our God–he is a usurper. Do not be deceived by any claim of Islam to be compatible with Christianity. Or by any “Christian” who believes that allah is our God. If ANYONE teaches you other than what you have heard the apostles of Christ teach you, let them be eternally condemned:
“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:6–10, ESV) [emphasis mine]
Please turn away from compromise with Islam immediately or you will lose your way. Do not forfeit the truth in order to “please man.” We already have been told that the Good News, the Gospel, will offend. So appeasing in order not to offend should be out of the question. It’s one thing to not intentionally offend when a better delivery can pave the way for an acceptance of the Gospel, but to change Scripture or deny God or Christ as his Son in order to not offend a Muslim is not an option for those who love God.
Islam says that allah has no Son (sons). That is the second lie and denial. God the Father has declared that Jesus is His “beloved Son” in whom, He is well pleased.
Therefore, comparing Islam’s stated beliefs with the biblical text above, Islam is Antichrist. Flee from it.
When 2+2 no longer equals 4, rational discussion is at an end because facts no longer matter. This is how far relativism has splintered the modern mind.
Scripture warns that even Christians will believe a “strong delusion” in the end times.
“The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:9–12, ESV)
If you have read this far, You have been clearly warned.
“Do not despise prophecies,” (1 Thessalonians 5:20, ESV)
Do not reject or dismiss prophetic warnings. This is an imperative–a command of the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul. Instead, take action. Do not believe what the politically correct appeasers both inside and outside the church believe. They are misleading you in the same way Israel was misled in the Prophets, by false prophets.
No religion that demands that you compromise the Gospel or the Word of God has any validity in the Church of Jesus Christ–among the regenerate sons and daughters of Abba (Yahweh). We are to love Muslims but reject their belief system–lock, stock, and barrel. We are to proclaim the Good News to Muslims–that they can be set free of enslavement to this moon-god and can know a Father who loves them enough to have given his Son.
How much do you love Muslims? Do you love them enough to discern and clearly speak the truth to them in love?
Understand that the only God who deserves our love and honor is Yahweh–the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
© 2012, David C Alves
**I have intentionally not capitalized “allah” because I cannot bring myself to capitalize the name of a usurping, fallen principality–the moon god of the Arabs. No such honor is deserved.
This is part II of a bibliography of resources for a study of the dangers of Islam (See also Part I). I’ve tried, for the most part, to compile voices from INSIDE Islam. So that we hear ex-Muslims or current Muslim leaders or Imams describe their understanding of Islam. This is a select list for beginning to understand the concerns that those who love peace and freedom hold.
Imam Choudary on the Islamic Way:
- Choudary on Sharia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddA_VjIwzn4&feature=related
- On Phobias, Americans are Criminals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDjxHI4ZYLM&feature=related
- On Superior way of life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TqPK5oYZBk&feature=related
Who is Allah?
Islam in UK:
Right to Fight Terror?
(Zuhdi Jasser vs. CAIR)
Islam’s Response to Homosexuality:
What’s coming to America: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHUDdSHDTic&feature=related Why are you not speaking out?
Wafa Sultan on Mohammed on Women: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiIENsa-lCY&feature=related
Islam devours freedom wherever it goes:
The Third Jihad:
Newt on Islam:
- On the Edge of the Precipice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZiw3qVdFzw&feature=related
- On Sharia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMvQ95ftvYI
Iranium–Iran and Nuclear Weapons:
ACT for America: Brigitte Gabriel
Censorship of Islamic terms in US Govt:
Political Correctness is deadly:
Obama’s View of Islam:
What John Voight says about Obama & Islam on Huckabee:
Islamization of Paris:
Muslim Brotherhood & Islamization
Many more video resources exist out there on the web. Better ones I’m sure. But this is my attempt to help others get a more historic and realistic perspective than the herds who believe everything they hear because they desperately desire Islam to be a “religion of peace.”
We need some voices of truth and realism to break the spell that people fall under when principalities and powers of this present darkness are at work.
Hope these are helpful to you.
©2012, David C Alves
- My 10 Best Resources on the Islamization of the World (davidcalves.com)
- Why No Outrage From the Left? (davidcalves.com)
- Karen Armstrong wants us all to love Islam (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)
- Muslim Children in America are Being Taught to Hate (lettingfreedomring.com)