On March 24, 2012 a large gathering of what was estimated to be 20,000 people attended an open air event called The Reason Rally in Washington DC in view of the Washington Monument. Their website states that there were numerous groups and secular organizations with one thing in common: their lack of belief in God. Here is a quote from their website: http://reasonrally.org/about/
"Across America, in every city, every town, and every school, secularism is on the rise. Whether people call themselves atheists, agnostics, secular Humanists, or any of the other terms used to describe their god-free lifestyle, secularism is coming out of the closet."
Here is a street preacher presenting to these atheists the gospel. Besides dodging the hecklers, this, lively discussion attempted to answer questions about God.
"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:: 1 Peter 3: 15
The Rally With No Reason For Hope
This past weekend in March was the Reason Rally 2012 in Washington DC. Atheists from all over the United States gathered in unison to commemorate their “faith” or lack thereof. There were those that mocked God and belittled Christianity. They denied the Jesus that died for them. With no absolutes and no spiritual parameters they were free to voice their disdain for a God that loves them anyway but will one day need to judge them.
Yes, it is true that our God is merciful but He is a righteous judge. There will be no excuses when an unbeliever stands before Him because the sacrifice of Jesus’ blood was readily available to all. With no forgiveness of sins available at the Judgment, they will stand before Him. The unbeliever will hear Him say to them that they must depart from Him. There is no place in heaven for unrepentant sinners. They will have chosen to believe the lie.
It is much easier to believe there is no God for those who do not want to believe that sin is sin. Ignorantly those that say they don’t believe in something actually do believe in a “doctrine” of no absolutes. They believe in human reasoning and science. They cast their fate to imperfect men. Meanwhile, at the Reason Rally, while these godless men and women were ranting in atheistic brotherhood, the spirit of Antichrist was busy preparing a lie even they will be forced to accept.
Romans 1: 28
“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.”
Maybe some of these will one day come to know the Lord as their Savior. I cannot imagine standing before God on Judgment Day, surrounded by His presence, with no hope in eternity, realizing I made a terrible mistake. I also cannot imagine passing away without Christ, should that happen first.
Revelation 21: 7-8
“He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
With the true Biblical prophetic time clock ticking away, I am concerned about an ineffectual church compromised in doctrines and promoting a theology based on lying spirits and doctrines of demons. I imagine that the unbelieving masses laugh when the church is copying the pagan rites that have been around for a long time such as new age style contemplative prayers, breath prayers and the unbiblical revelations that mimic soothsaying.
Although atheists have no belief in prayer, unbelievers who do attempt to pray, do not even know to whom they are praying. They are open to anything that looks religious. It is sad to say, but there are fewer people that seek the risen Lord in this godless age nor read a Bible that they do not believe is the only Word of God.
They find reasoning and human understanding more to their liking.
There is still a church of believers in this world. There are those who truly love and serve the Lord. However, there are also some in the church heading in the wrong direction. There are those foretelling unscriptural future events in the name of God that are conveniently calling it “prophecy”, many times to promote their dominionist teachings. Since they do not hold a stringent Biblical standard for determining if it is a true prophecy, we must biblically and logically come to the conclusion that they are not speaking from the mouth of the Lord. Various leaders claim to get directions from angels or special revelations. They preach God is doing a “new thing” to allow themselves latitude. They have spotty track records at best. To them that seems to be okay.
This is a portion of Joint Prophecies of Rick Joyner & Rabbi Cohen at
Messiah '99. (Source: http://www.seekgod.ca/cohenjoyner.htm)
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"Bob [Jones] was told that the general level of prophetic revelation in the church was about 65% accurate at this time. Some are only about 10% accurate, a very few of the most mature prophets are approaching 85% to 95% accuracy. Prophecy is increasing in purity, but there is still a long way to go for those who walk in this ministry. This is actually grace for the church now, because 100% accuracy in this ministry will bring a level of accountability to the church, which she is too immature to bear at this time; it would result in too many 'Ananias and Sapphiras.' That so many the (sic) prophetic ministries are still missing so much is also meant to work humility and wisdom in them so that they will be able to handle the authority and power coming in the near future.”
( PROPHETIC MANDATE -- LEVELS OF INTEGRITY, TRUTHFULNESS, AND RESPONSIBILITY,
http://www.harvestnet.org/articles/godmanDec97.htm ;The Prophetic Ministry,
The Morning Star Prophetic Newsletter, Rick Joyner, n.d., Vol. 3, No. 2, pg. 4)
This is not the Biblical standard of a prophet. Nowhere in the Bible is there anything that mentions a prophet is allowed to fail so that it will work in him humility and wisdom to handle more authority and power in the future. Why should Christians believe these false prophets masquerading as real prophetic men and women of God? In fact, they should not. Churches, prayer groups, and
individuals involved in this are being led like lambs to the slaughter. Christians are trusting in the “maybe” prophecies.
Isaiah 30: 9-11
“That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.”
My observation is this. It is because there is a susceptible group that has been conditioned to hear the “smooth things”. That is about all that many people can handle. We have always believed that we are immune from the worst possible scenarios in our Christian country. This is the future we plan for. What these prophets say sounds good to the flesh. These so-called prophets are appealing to the emotional desires of some Christians. They want to see the Lord. They want to figuratively sit on the throne with God, to take dominion, to help God rule this world. They think that it would be a wonderful world if a group of “elite prophets and apostles” ran it with help from a chosen group of believers that they happen to be a part of.
Yes, Christians, it will happen. We will rule and reign with Him, but when He comes back it will happen as foretold in the Bible and how He choses in alignment with His Word. He doesn't need us to perfect the world first. We are actually warned of perilous times (2 Timothy 3: 1). We need Him.
For the one who has based his spiritual life on what could possibly be a lie, devastating results could occur if he doesn’t stop and turn around. One must pray, read the Word, and examine what everyone who speaks prophetically in the name of the Lord says. Within the context of all Scripture, that person will see error in unbiblical prophesies if he truly looks. He must trust the Bible as the only real Word of God. There is no new scripture nor extra Biblical revelations out there. Here is the Biblical standard for prophets given in the Old Testament.
Deuteronomy 18: 20-22
“But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.”
We can assume that at times those proclaiming to be prophets can provoke a fear response from someone who dares to question their words. When their proclamations do not line up with the Word of God, they can proclaim that God is doing a “new thing.” As noted in the Bible verses above, the good news is that the Bible says not to be afraid of them. They are not real prophets of God because they failed the Biblical test of complete accuracy. There is no other standard but the Bible and no new revelations are needed to fulfill God’s utimate plans.
Unfortunately, when these prophecies do not come to pass these prophets are not always confronted with their false prophesies. In Biblical times, for a prophet to be truly called, he needed to be 100 per cent accurate or it would mean death. As stated in the verses in Isaiah above, these new so-called prophets are holding to substandard criteria so God’s people should be questioning what they hear from them. What can they possibly add to the saving grace of Jesus Christ? Nothing.
When an ineffective branch of the church causes us to lose ground, the salt has lost its savor. When people claiming to be prophets prophesy and it doesn’t come to pass the world laughs and the fear of the Lord is diminished. Christianity appears to have no more merit than any other belief system. It is a serious, destructive problem.
On May 21, 2011 the rapture of the church was predicted. When that did not occur, the date was changed to October 21, 2011 and the end of the world, as we know it, would also happen. The man prophesying, Harold Camping, was wrong on both instances. The world laughed, believers and unbelievers. The comedians and newscasters had a lot of fun with it. The fact that Jesus Christ is really coming back someday was put to rest and pushed aside by the world.
In the meantime, the unbeliever is turning to false cults, various antichrist belief systems, new age, and finally, in the case of the rally this past weekend, ending up with NO BELIEFS.
The dear brother in this video is preaching in spite of the laughs and the jeers. He
is an example of what more is to come as Christianity is demoted, in the minds of the world, to the religion of the uneducated and the unreasonable. In this evil day it is increasingly becoming harder to share the love and salvation that comes through Jesus Christ to a receptive audience. There are already hints of the hard times and persecution that seems to lie just around the corner for those who truly love the Lord.
John 15: 18-19
“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”
I am determined to stand for the Lord no matter what. I will base my faith on salvation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ alone. I will use my Bible alone to guide my faith. If what I hear doesn’t measure up to the Word, I will reject it. I will
trust the Holy Spirit to lead me and guide me. Finally, in these end times I will not succumb to apostasy and end up believing the final lie.
With Love In Jesus Name,