DEL CITY, Oklahoma (Christian Examiner by Karen L. Willoughby | ) – The church needs to get involved in politics, Franklin Graham said last week at the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma State Evangelism Conference. (Now 14 months old; yet more critical now than ever).
Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse international relief organization and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, was one of eight guest speakers for the Southern Baptist group’s annual event. Jim Cymbala of the Brooklyn Tabernacle was another headliner.
“Take a stand in your community,” Graham urged his listeners. “Get involved in government; get involved in politics. … All the anti-God people are in politics. Why shouldn’t the church be there?”
But before he began his message, which he based on Matthew 8:23-27, Graham talked for five minutes about his 96-year-old father, the revered international evangelist Billy Graham.
He naps often, but his mind is clear and his love for his now-deceased wife Ruth Bell Graham is undiminished, Franklin Graham said in describing his father. A nurse and a helper provide 24-hour care so Billy Graham can remain living in his longtime home near Asheville, North Carolina.
Billy Graham stopped traveling when his wife Ruth grew ill, Franklin Graham said. He would pull a chair up to her bed, take her hand in his, and the two would look at each other for hours at a time, not saying anything because she had a soft voice and he was hard of hearing. “It was real sweet, the love they had for one another,” Franklin Graham said. “He still misses her very, very, much.”
Graham used the Scripture passage about Jesus and His disciples in a boat when a storm came up to describe the need he sees in the United States, and the only hope to meet that need.
Jesus told them, Graham said in a colloquial North Carolinian way: “Don’t you realize guys this boat can’t sink? I’m in this boat and if you’re in this boat with me, you’re not gonna sink.”
“America has changed and it’s not coming back unless the church takes a stand,” Graham preached. “There are storms that are coming,” storms of God’s judgment. “I’m here to tell you the only hope … is if this country repents of its sins and turns once again to the God of our fathers and to his son the Lord Jesus Christ.”
When he was a child, in the 1950s and ’60s, “we lived under the Red Threat,” Graham said. “We realized communism was real. When the Berlin Wall came down, everybody said, ‘We won!’ and secularism came.
“Secularism and communism are the same thing,” the Christian leader continued. “They’re godless; they’re antichrist. Now we have secularists who have taken control of our country. They’ve taken control of Washington, they’ve taken control of city governments, local governments, school boards all across the country and we have just sat back and it’s happened and we haven’t even realized it’s happened.
“Now, you say, “Well, Franklin, you know your father wouldn’t get on to these subjects. Wait a second. My father when he was going to school he had a Bible in school. When he was going to school they had the 10 Commandments on the wall. When he was going to school you could pray in school and the teachers would lead in those prayers. America has changed.”
Graham said he has no confidence that any politician or political party could right what is wrong with this nation.
“The only hope for this country is for men and women of God to stand up and take a stand,” Graham said. “We’ve got to take a stand. We cannot back up. We cannot run. We cannot retreat. …
“We need Christians running for school boards,” the Christian leader continued. “Do you know how important the school board job is? And so many times people don’t even know who’s running for the school board. We need men and women of God who take local elections serious.”
Graham’s plea for evangelical Christians to become engaged in the political process closed with a Gospel presentation and an invitation to make Jesus Christ the Lord of the new Christian’s life.
“My hope is in Jesus Christ,” Graham said. “I’m in His boat.”
Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness (Matthew 4:8-11)
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9“All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
11Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
I have found it interesting that the above verses disclose to the World who is in charge of the Kingdoms of the World. Is it any surprise why the Leaders and the Kingdom are so corrupt and full of Deception!
Revelation 10 is describing the Return of Christ coming back to take Title to Earth that Adam lost to Satan in the Beginning.
The Angel and the Little Scroll
1Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. 2He was holding a little scroll, which lay open in his hand. He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, 3and he gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion. When he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke. 4And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down.”
5Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. 6And he swore by Him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, and said, “There will be no more delay! 7But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the Mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.”
8Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more: “Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.”
9So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, “Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but ‘in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.’a ” 10I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour. 11Then I was told, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.”
We as Christians were raised and taught that it was politically incorrect to discuss Religion and Politics at social gatherings. This is certainly the case in our schools; taking the Bible and Prayers (1963) out of schools. We have almost taken God out of America! It makes me think of the Democratic Convention of 2012 when they actually Boo-ed God!
According to the Book of Daniel, the last 2 Kingdoms will be antichrists – the feet of iron and clay – Rome the all time Religious Leader, the Antichrist that our Reformists discovered in the 16th Century, a movement that brought our Forefathers to America running for their lives. No greater Religious Leader; who has the strongest Political influence in the World for Centuries; controlling the World Bank and Europe. The Rider on the White Horse, Lady in Purple drunken with the Blood of the Saints. Now, the Pale-Green Horse of ISIL who is also the strongest and fastest growing religion with a political agenda whose goal is to take control of all the kingdoms of Earth. The Lady in Purple riding the Beast who will later consume her. The Beast of the Sea and the Beast of the Land, Military Leader and False Prophet.
Prepare yourself with Almighty God who is sending His King of His Kingdom to crush the evil and corrupt kingdoms of man who shed Innocent Blood and destroy His Earth! The Book of Revelation describes the King of kings will be the only one who can stop these two. We have exceeded the Days of Noah. Man has gone past human resolve. Reading Matthew 24 is a good place to begin when Jesus says, “Let no man deceive you.”
The 7th Day Humbling of Mankind – December 21, 2012 – The Beginning of the End of the Age
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