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"…of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…"1 Chronicles 12:32

 

Summit

In Tennessee, Geoffrey Botkin organised and hosted a Summit throughout Friday and Saturday, with participants driving in and flying in from far and wide. At the Summit I was asked to give presentations on Revival in the Bible and in History, How Civilisations Commit Suicide, Steps to Reformation Today, God and Government, The Threat of Global Islam and To Change the World. For the Sunday sermon I expounded on Jeremiah 3: Just How Did we get into this Situation? Each day was full, with discussion times lasting from 8 in the morning until midnight and frequently to 1am or 2am. 

 

Burning Questions

Some of the burning issues which we discussed were: Common sins of our congregations and priorities for congregational repentance. Where does our country stand in Covenantal Judgement? Threat assessments of what is facing our communities and civilisation globally. Where and how is God working today? Where is the Gospel bearing fruit today? Where and how is evil being manifested without being adequately addressed by the Church?  Where is persecution currently the heaviest? Where are our local communities making the most progress in local governments, for de-centralisation, for freedom and justice? How are they doing it? How can we be more effective at discipling the nations? During these open times of discussion we received special live briefings via Skype from Dr. Dallas in Washington, from the Institute for Disaster Management and updates from other guests, including from Great Britain. 

 

Sins to Confront and Repent of

From my rough notes taken during this Summit in Tennessee, some of the common sins which we need to address include: Worldliness, materialism, pragmatism, apathy, compromise, cowardice and idolatry. 

 

Priorities to Concentrate on

Some of the greatest needs in our churches today include: Bible teaching, discernment, examples of excellence from history to inspire faithfulness, perseverance and Biblical boldness. 
 

Threats from Within

Within the Church there are Christian traitors, character assassins and Judases, backstabbing and undermining the fulfilment of the Great Commission.

 

Threats to Faith and Freedom

Some of the greatest threats outside the Church include: communism, secular humanism, Islam and the New World Order. The globalist agenda is one world government, one world economic system and one world interfaith religion. The rise of the GayGB and the Pink Inquisition threaten religious freedom and could be used as a tool to bring about widespread persecution of those Christians who will stand faithfully for the Scriptures. 

 

Deceptions and Distractions

Lies enslave, but the truth sets free. There are a plethora of false gospels being tolerated, and even promoted, in many churches. The idolatry of statism, accepting the official Hollywood version of WW2 as the good war and justifying the alliance with Stalin's USSR when the Soviet Union was the worst dictatorship and the most severe persecutor of the Church in all of history. The betrayal of 100 million Christians in 15 nations behind the Iron Curtain, through the Yalta Agreement by the Western Allies, has never been honestly addressed and acknowledged by Christians in America and Britain. The idolatry and acceptance of idols of the New World Order, such as Lincoln, Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, Martin Luther King and Mandela, needs to be confronted. Idolatry is the most condemned sin in Scripture. 

 

Transforming Culture

Culture always trumps politics. Although many Evangelicals think that working for the election of a conservative Christian candidate will solve our problems (salvation through politics), the communists invest most of their attention in capturing the culture. The five culture carrying institutions of civilisation are: education, entertainment, news media, religious institutions and political institutions. Of these education is by far the most influential. The philosophy of education in this generation will be the philosophy of government in the next generation.

 

The Greatest Threat

The single greatest threat to Christian civilisation has proved to be secular humanist, state-controlled, education. What is often called education today is more accurately indoctrination. Instead of teaching children how to think - critically - all too many schools today are teaching children what to think. Politically correct brain-washing in state schools is at the root of much of the wickedness prevalent throughout our societies today. People vote as they do because of how they have been educated, entertained and informed (or misinformed) by the news media.

 

Our Priority

Therefore, our greatest focus needs to be on making disciples of all nations, teaching obedience to all things that the Lord has commanded, comprehensively fulfilling the Great Commission in education, the entertainment industry and through the news media. 

 

Strategic Focus

Home Education is the single most strategic step any family can take. Just protecting our family from the vile Hollywood poison by throwing out the TV and keeping our children from being indoctrinated by secular humanist state schools is already a tremendous step forward. Providing Bible-based, Christ-centred school textbooks for home educators is most strategic. Supporting and producing alternative God-honouring films, music, books and magazines is vital. Providing alternative sources of information through Desk Top Publishing, the Internet, social media and community Christian radio stations is critical. 

 

Recognise the Tactics of the Enemy

The enemy is using the tactics of: Confuse, Divide and Conquer and Corrupt and Conquer. We are at war! The Frankfurt School of Communism advocated destroying "all ties to blood, soil, mother, father and religion." They determined that the best way to destroy Christianity was through state education and by promoting sexual deviancy. The promotion of foul language, pornography and perversion are vital tools to invert every practice and tradition of Christianity. To adulterate marriage, break up families, encourage primitivism and encourage the animalistic urges of human depravity. The Enlightenment philosophers Jean Jacque Rossouw and Voltaire prepared the way for the French Revolution through attacking Christian civilisation and promoting the myth of the noble savage. 

 

Cultural Poison

Jazz, rock, hip-hop, rave and death metal are musical expressions of this war against Christian civilisation. The communist agenda is to bring division between rich and poor, male and female, young and old, black and white, employer and employee, promoting an anti-white, anti-western, anti-male, culture war of racial politics, breaking down every relationship essential for the maintenance of Christian civilisation. Distortion of Art into celebrating ugliness, cruelty and rebellion and the hijacking of schools, universities and the entertainment industry has advanced this destructive agenda to where civilisation itself is at risk.

 

Islamic Invasion

The Islamic invasion is one of the tools being used to undermine the demographic integrity of nations, as has already been seen in the once Christian nations of Egypt, Byzantine (now Turkey) and Sudan.

 

Demographics is Destiny

To breed the Europeans into extinction is a primary goal of the New World Order. Promoting abortion, sterilisation, heavy taxation, forcing mothers into the workplace in the West, and importing millions of Muslims and other welfare addicts who will swamp the demographically declined West, is a publically stated goal of those advocating the extinction of Christianity in Europe and North America. 

 

An Evil Empire

Under the Obama administration, the USA has become a threat to freedom, holiness, family and life itself. Bombing countries, invading countries, promoting homosexuality, perversion and transgenderism, internationally. Diplomatic Bullying. Culture Imperialism. Hollywood degeneracy, acid rock, rap, hip hop and death metal, are polluting and perverting the world. In many ways the United States government has now become the focal point of an evil empire, destabilising the Middle East, unleashing radical Islamic movements such as Al-Qaida, ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood to overthrow previously stable nations such as Egypt and Syria, Iraq and Libya, creating tidal waves of human tsunamis, refugees pouring across borders and threatening the very existence of Europe itself.

 

The Failure of Most Churches

All of this has happened as a result of the failure of the Church to be salt and light, failing to fulfil the Great Commission, failure to teach obedience to all things that the Lord has commanded, and make disciples of all nations. 

 

Defeat and Retreat

We need to be aware of the pre-millennial, pre-tribulation, dispensational, Arminian, antinomian, escapism and defeatism, which has enabled leftists to highjack great nations by neutralising, side-lining and making irrelevant and ineffective most men and women in mainline churches. 

 

Countries Experiencing Extraordinary Moves of God

It is interesting to note that some of the countries where the Gospel is bearing tremendous fruit today include: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. At the Association of Military Christian Fellowship's Global Interaction in 2014, Brazil had, by far, the largest and most dynamic delegation. Church growth in Brazil is exponential. The failure of atheism and triumph of Faith in Russia has been spectacular and today the largest number of born-again, Evangelical Christians in Europe is in Russia. Church growth in India is spectacular as in China. One of the most enduring Revivals in the world today is the Revival amongst the Zulus, centred at KwaSizabantu Mission in South Africa. 

 

Biblical Unity

We need to enlarge our vision, build Biblical unity amongst those who hold to the Deity of Christ and the inerrancy of Scripture.

 

Resist the Globalists New World Order

The BREXIT vote of Great Britain is a tremendous victory for those who love freedom and oppose the New World Order. 

 

Steps to Reformation

There is a tremendous need for repentance, conviction, contrition, confession and conversion. We need to bring holiness back into the home. 

 

A World War of Worldviews

Education is the most strategic battlefield in this world war of worldviews. Home Education is the single most important and strategic priority for every family. We need to be aware of division and divisiveness amongst fellow Bible-believing Christians. We also need to beware of paralysis by analysis. Faith needs to lead to action. We have all been indoctrinated and deceived, to a great extent, by the news media, entertainment industry and secular humanist state-controlled schools.

 

Re-evaluate Everything

We all need to re-think everything that we have assumed, in the light of Scripture and clear facts. Where our views have been influenced by God-hating, blaspheming Hollywood, we need to go back to primary source documents, eye witnesses and Scripture to ascertain what is real and what is not. Satan is deceiving the nations. Most Christians are distracted and deceived. 

 

Counter Attack

We need to have a plan, network, get back to door-to-door, personal one-on-one Evangelism. Praise God for Evangelism Explosion of Dr. James Kennedy, Way of the Master of Ray Comfort, Answers in Genesis, The Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter of Ken Ham, Home Education textbook providers, Missions that are on the ground, in the front line, serving the persecuted Church, working for Reformation and praying for Revival worldwide.

 

War on the Womb

Some participants pointed out that as far back as 1963 prayer was outlawed from American state schools. In 1973 abortion was legalised in America, every day more babies are killed through abortion in America than Americans died at the hands of Islamic terrorism on the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre and Washington fifteen years ago. We need to remind people of the 9/11 that occurs every single day through the abortion holocaust.

 

A Vision of Victory

Those who say that there is no hope have given in to an un-Biblical pessimism. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Greater is He Who is in us than he who is in the world. We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus Who loved us. Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. The day will come when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. We need to seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness.

 

God Judges Nations

It is possible that we are living in an age of judgement, when God will bring down the wicked nations that are at this time rejecting God's Law, promoting perversion and murdering babies. We need to take note of what Augustine wrote in The City of God. When the Roman Empire began to fall, many were horrified and saw this as the end of their world. Augustine put things into perspective, pointing out that there are cities that men build and there is a Kingdom which God is building. Men build men's cities and men destroy men's cities. But God is building a Kingdom which can never be destroyed. We must seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness and all these things will be added unto us. First things first. The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

 

Scenarios That Could Change the World

The possibility was also brought up that God could allow an Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) nuclear device to knock out the technology on which our modern society so heavily depends. Even a sun spot surge could trigger EMP-like destruction of existing technology. This may not be a bad thing. Technology is not necessarily evil. Technology is neutral. Martin Luther used the printing press to advance the Gospel. We should use technology to advance the Gospel. However, much of technology today is being used for evil.

 

Preparedness

The Swiss Military has a plan of surviving an EMP knocking all telecommunications in Europe. If some rogue state would do that, the Swiss have a plan of de-centralisation, local initiative and preparedness, utilising pre-digital technology to maintain order and protection of their communities. We must do all that we can and we must trust God to do all that we cannot. God will not do our duties. We cannot do God's job! Nehemiah provides a Biblical model of involving all the men to be vigilant, organised, armed and trained. It is essential to plan and prepare for church, community and family protection. 

 

"Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights, along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand; beside the gates leading into the city, at the entrances she cries aloud." Proverbs 1:20-21

 

Dr. Peter Hammond

Frontline Fellowship
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