Proverbs 18:13 says “He who answers a matter before he hears it,
It is folly and shame to him.”
Then verse 17 says….“The first one to plead his cause seems right,
Until his neighbor comes and examines him.”
There’s two sides to every story. We love to assume that we have the whole story when in fact, we only have a very small piece.
I am guilty of this in many ways. Including hearing this situation regarding Fred Hammond doing a gospel album with Snoop Dog.
I answered a matter before I heard it.
First, we all know what the Scriptures says in 2 Corinthians 6:14-18.
There must be a distinction between the believer and the unbeliever. There is no equality with the righteous and the unrighteous. There can be no fellowship with light and darkness. NO accord with Christ and Belial. Etcetera.
Based on this premise of Scripture, and another one in James 4:4 that friendship with the world is “enmity with God.”
When it comes to these two Scriptures, it’s very easy to put on the Pharisee hat and attack something without hearing the matter.
Based on actual fact, not word of mouth or hear say, this story is more than what meets the eye.
First, I didn’t directly apologize when I should have for acting and saying something without some knowledge as to what is really going on behind the scenes. We make these mistakes to crucify any Christian that may be sent by God to be the one that may be instrumental by God to reach someone that others may not be in a position to reach.
The only thing that I will say about additional insight that some or most of us are not privilege to see or know, is that we who are in the Body of Christ are zealous for the Lord. But we must never let zeal cloud our judgment based on assembling and segregating points of Scriptures to justify a point. In many cases, we pontificate our points and blaspheme anyone with a plausible view. We do take it personal and we must never that mistake.
We do a better job attacking the people that are legitimate in the Body of Christ than attacking the forces of darkness.
Consider this Biblical example. The disciples were upset at Jesus for talking to the woman at Jacob’s well. As the woman said, “Samaritans have no dealings with the Jews.”
Jesus ministered to her anyway because something bigger than inner fighting among cousins would take place. The whole city came out to meet Jesus all because Jesus didn’t condemn the woman to hell but offered her living water. In another incident, Jews bought a woman caught in adultery. Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. GO! And sin no more.”
We have learned the art of condemning people before hearing the matter.
It is called “Rush to judgment.”
We’ve established a tradition over the commandment.
Jesus said “Go into all the world” and we’ve established a tradition of “condemn all the world.”
Jesus said, “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
Why is it that we want to call fire down (see Luke 9:51-57) on those that need the fire of His compassion, not to excuse sin, but to save them from sin?
Have we become so detached from the power of the gospel that we quickly condemn, not only the world, but anyone that may be used as an instrument to reach the world?
We’ve therefore, established the tradition of condemning the people whom God might be using to win a soul into the kingdom.
We all know the dangers of the world diluting the power of the gospel. We’ve seen where “Hip Hop” has and is continuing to have a demonic influence on young Christians that never bring fruit into maturity because of never disassociating themselves from the world and it’s music.
We know the dangers of a well known minister of the gospel in song to join a man of the world to do a “gospel album.”
The world has a nasty habit of making worldly music appear safe to listen to.
And when you add to the mix any “gospel” to the world, it is a potential trap for darkness to lord itself over unsuspecting believers.
But on the flip side, what if the Lord is using Fred Hammond to reach Snoop or his faithful listeners?
Jesus still knows how to plant seed in places where we don’t believe His seed has a chance. Jesus still knows how to reach the lost when we’ve failed miserably. Jesus still knows where the fish are and casts a wide net into the deep, even when we don’t “approve.”
What if the Lord knows something that we do not know?
We think that we know everything that God is doing.
Is the gospel powerless or powerful?
Who gave us the right to say that God would never use Fred Hammond or Tasha Cobbs or anyone for that matter in the music world? With Tasha Cobbs, I do not have all of the information so the jury better remain out on this one. As wicked as Hip Hop is with its demonic purpose, darkness cannot force light to another part of the room.
Look at what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 5:9-10…..“I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.”
Is Fred Hammond keeping company with Snoop Dog?
When we mean keep company, we mean celebrating and participating in smoking dope, sexual immorality, partying, clubbing, hookers, harlots, porn, solo and acting out sex with prostitutes.
There is a difference between “keeping company” and being among people that may or may not be involved with sin.
What if this is Snoop’s last chance for coming to Christ and Fred Hammond’s gospel track is the seed planted to start something happening?
Who are we to tell the Lord how to do what He does best without anyone’s permission?
When you were in the world, God did everything to reach you. The Lord is doing the same for Snoop. Like it or not.
I didn’t know this and my daughter ran information to me that Snoop’s mom is a preacher and has been praying for her son to come to the Lord. Could this be the one thing in this album that shows signs of the Lord getting ready to manifest a “glorious salvation?”
We do not know, but to rush to judgment and answer a matter before it is heard, is folly and a shame.
I do not endorse Snoop’s gospel album nor do I recommend listening to it IF Snoop is not legitimately saved. We’ve all seen what happens with the world that take on doing something for “God.”
Separation from the things and activities of the world is different from celebrating and participating in the things of the world.
To my knowledge and based on first hand knowledge, Fred Hammond neither celebrated nor participated in the past or present worldly activities of Snoop Dog. Let me also say that making a gospel album saves no one. Knowing the Lord in the pardoning of your sins in repentance and receiving salvation, being born again by the power of the Holy Spirit is the way to salvation.
Participating in a Snoop Dog gospel album raised serious eyebrows.
In fact, it brought about wrath from some segments of the Body of Christ on Fred Hammond.
James 1:19-20 says…..“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”
Many of us believe that we should remain separated from the world and not bother with them. However, when Jesus is found among the world in the nation of Israel, he gets a puzzled look from His disciples who would later be commissioned (Pun intended) to do the same.
Before they turn away from the Lord there was a couple that sang a song “Jesus, With Skin On.” We are the one that is to be salt and light in the world. Who are we to withdraw our light or the light in someone else because they were asked to do a legitimate gospel track?
Let’s be careful and not be quick to condemn unless we know without a shadow of a doubt that legitimate believers celebrated and participated in the sins of the world. When such irrefutable evidence of collusion in sin is confirmed, it is expected of us to sound the alarm to warn the believer.
But when there is no evidence, the rush to judgment is no different from answering a matter before we hear it.
Many will not like what I shared. That goes with the territory. But I am not absolute and God is. All of what we say is subject to be judged by God.
If this is a plan to save Snoop before it is too late, let’s not interfere with how God may be doing this. Based on inside information, not hear say, this plan to save Snoop was in the making 17 years ago on Snoop’s tour bus. That’s all I will say about it.
Could it be that God is using a man that isn’t supposed to be here?
Fred Hammond told a story of his about him being aborted almost. Could it be that God saved Fred Hammond’s life just to be used by God to get Snoop into the kingdom? Could it be that Snoop’s mother’s prayers may be answered because somebody prayed to save Fred’s life in the womb?
Gamaliel said a few words of wisdom that I will share to this new generation.
“Leave these “men” alone. If this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing, but if it is of God, you CANNOT overthrow it-lest you even be found to fight against God.”
Fred Hammond and Snoop Dog? Nicki Minaj and Tasha Cobbs?
What do they have in common?
When it comes to Secret and Overt Sexual Sins, this is the only thing that is in common.
For the record, two people are “entertainers” in the world, and the two persons are “entertainers” in the “church.”
The backgrounds of Snoop Dog and Nicki Minaj is clearly of the world with heavy sexual immorality.
There is no evidence of these people coming to Christ but what has happened is that there is serious infiltration from decades ago of worldly people doing what appears to be “righteous” things like singing as guests on either world albums or “gospel albums.”
Lately, it’s been the thing to be on a record with some of the worlds recording artists in either spectrum but we tend to forget that their spiritual connections identify who they work for.
Infiltration is part of devil’s plan to dilute the efficacy of the gospel.
If the gospel is the power of God unto salvation, what is this power for?
To deliver sinners from sin and the power of satan.
When you see sexual immorality solidifying its hold on people, worldly entertainers will go to great lengths to appear righteous when they are not. Since the inception of the called out ones, the enemy sought ways to destroy the institution placed in the earth to redeem the lost.
The Lord knew that this would happen and called it “Tares” among “Wheat.”
Both performers of the world have found willing partners to enter the gospel market to demonically influence unsuspecting believers. Se all know that they weren’t the first. First they were covert. Now, they are overt.
We know that there are baby Christians that still need maturing and developing in Christ in prayer and obedience to the Word of God. These are the ones that satan is after.
They do not know any better. Then there’s the believers that been in the house of the Lord for a while and dibble dab back and forth in the things of the world. Never wiling to part ways with the world, they associate themselves with the wicked and struggle every day.
When the worldly entertainer’s brand of “wickedness” appears, they fall into the trap of sexual sin.
They are the “Don’t Judge” crowd that defend the indefensible.
You can’t defend sin when God condemned sin in the flesh of the Lord Jesus on the cross.
For you who are struggling, these are the last of the last days.
People that we thought were on fire for God, we thought that they would stay with God. But we are finding that they’ve turned their backs on the Lord for riches, fame, and notoriety of the world.
If they have true pastors, they should and would have warned them about their association with these instruments of perversion. Or their pastors did warn them and they just did it anyway.
Snoop Dog was involved with producing porn. Nicki Minaj is a sexual seductress.
The combination of these two in the “gospel music industry” is cause for sounding an alarm.
You would do well to avoid them, unless you want to associate yourselves with the wicked. For which James 4:4 is looking at you to convict you of your defection to satan.
If Snoop Dog and Nicki Minaj has come to Christ in true repentance, by all means, provide conclusive evidence.
Below is evidence of Snoop Dog’s porn connection should you think that it’s not real. It could be read here
The Scriptures are there for a reason.
To warn the wicked of what’s to come and to help those that were delivered from sin to remain faithful to the Lord till the end.
In their ignorance, they assume that death and hell is a joke but the Scriptures are clear about what is to come for those that fail to repent and turn to the Lord.
As Paul said, “The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but to us which are saved, it is the power of God.”
The true born again believer does not wish hell upon anyone.
That’s because God’s mercy is extended to all who would accept His terms of deliverance.
This should cause many of us in Christ to intercede more. Preach salvation to the sinners in the streets more. Be more zealous to remain faithful to the Lord.
Psalm 5:4 says, “For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness,
Nor shall evil dwell with You.”
God does not sit there and is pleased to watch men and women operate in wickedness. And for those that think they could take sin into heaven, the latter portion of this verse eliminates that thought.
Evil shall not dwell with God.
While this verse that I am about to quote is referenced to Israel, the Lord doesn’t take pleasure in the death of the wicked.
Notice Ezekiel 18:32….“For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord God. “Therefore turn and live!”
In the book of 2 Peter chapter 3 and verse 9, Peter says….“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
God has done everything in His power to deliver us from so great a death. But it is up to man to choose deliverance or be condemned into eternal suffering forever. Sadly, people are deceived into thinking that hell would be fun.
The earth is the last place for “fun.”
In hell, there will be pain, misery, darkness, and suffering.
The judicial system is a type of what you will see when you are thrown into the eternal lake which will burn with fire and brimstone.
You will not be able to use the excuse and ask…..“Why didn’t someone tell me about this?”
You’ve mocked it. Made joke of it. Laughed at it. Ridiculed it.
You’d never thought it would happen to you……but it did.
All the time, you’ve heard the Scriptures, argued on FB or other means of social media, and contempt of God simmered in pride, defended your sin, and condemned in the heat of your anger, the righteous for preaching the gospel to you. You were sickened to hear the truth about Jesus and cursed Him to your hell.
You’ve slapped away the grace of God to deliver you. In your progressive rhetoric, you’ve stood your ground and suppressed the truth.
All for what?
Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
But you could be delivered right now.
Repent!!!! It means to change your mind or reconsider.
The Lord is not going to turn you away but receive you into His kingdom when you ask Him to forgive you and to cleanse you from all sin. God said that He would abundantly pardon you.
Jesus said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
The Holy Spirit will make you a brand new creation in Christ.
Free from every enslaving yoke of sexual immorality and all other sins associated.
Are you willing to continue to make a joke of it? Or will you take this seriously?
Hell is full of misery, torture, pain, heat, and no relief. There is no parole, no escape, and no second chances. There is no pleasure, water, or coolness.
But that’s the least of your worries.
On the day you stand before the Great White Throne Judgment Seat, you will behold the One that you’ve joked about. After there is no discovery of your name in the Book of Life, you will be cast into the lake which burns with fire and brimstone forever (Read Revelation 21:8).
This lake which burns with fire and brimstone will make hell a much better place to be held in prison.
Hebrews 2:3 says ‘…..how shall you escape if you neglect so great a salvation?”
If there were ever such a sign over the doorpost of hell, it would shake some sense in people. “All Who Pass Through Here, Abandon All Hope.”
The untold numbers of those that rejected the Lord is unfathomable.
The many that had a chance to get it right, threw it all away for the pleasures of sin. Their days of pleasure ended on the day of their deaths. For thousands of years for most of them, all they’ve know was “weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
You do not have much time to reconsider. Do it today.
Since covering the porn scene among professed believers and coming across mind numbing statistics, we see that nothing’s changed in terms of believers decreasing their exposure to sex filled movies, shows, and skin exposure in church services.
Porn watchers are enslaved to the images and enslaved to sexually manipulate him or herself in masturbation to satisfy themselves.
Porn is only an accelerant. More on this later.
The ability to be immodest is continuing in church service. The deliberate lack of discerning certain shows that what we expose ourselves to, is rampant.
In other words, we dethrone God to enthrone sin.
First, to address the modesty issue.
Men and women are exposing themselves to wearing certain articles to attract the opposite or same sex.
We all know that it’s summer time out there but it doesn’t give anyone the authorization and blatant excuse to wear things that we know are sexually provocative.
If you have to pull up your blouse to cover your cleavage, you know that this is a red flag. If you have to pull down your high skirt, you know it’s a red flag.
When you have to wear a cover to cover up your legs in church, it’s a red flag.
Now, this is not wrong to cover up in and of itself. At least you recognize that too much flesh is showing. It should be a very loud indication to you that perhaps your dress is a little too short.
Modern dressing doesn’t allow to look “old fashioned.”
It’s not fashionable these days. But holiness is the requirement when entering and participating in the holy worship of our Holy God.
As I was going street preaching one day, I walked by a “Seventh Day Adventist” Church and observed these red flags. I’m not an Adventist, so scratch that thought. I was walking by that church.
They appeared to be attending “church” but looked like they were going clubbing for men. Legs and cleavage.
A few years ago, I was listening to an interview of a believer interviewing a former prostitute. She said that in a well known mega church in California, female prostitutes would enter the service and sit in close proximity of their “client” while the client was sitting next to his wife.
She also said that there was no fear of God in the house of worship because the preacher would never preach on holiness.
Let me say this, that even if a preacher were preaching on holiness, for some, it will not make a difference.
If a person is bent on sinning sexually, only their death would stop them, unless they catch themselves and repent.
In the book of Numbers we see a story of Zimri and Cosbi.
Zimri was a leader and brought a Gentile woman into the camp against the commandment of the Lord. He and she walked by the Lord, the tabernacle of meeting, Moses, Aaron, and Phinehas.
At that time, the plague was moving throughout the camp because of sexual sin with the Moabites. Phinehas picked up a javelin, went into the tent where Zimri and Cosbi were, and killed them with one thrust of the javelin.
It stopped the plague and Phinehas was blessed by the Lord because the zeal of God within him judged the sin.
This was the “example” that Paul mentioned in 1 Corinthians 10.
In many of our regular Christian services, woman are wearing less and less. They are pushing the boundaries and men that aren’t disciplined will look at them lustfully.
Now we know that it is one thing to come to church sexually provocactive but when a man has lust in his heart, he doesn’t care what a woman is wearing. So there is two sides to this thing.
It’s not always one sided.
Intentional sexual dressing for church service to immorally tempt a man is more than provocative. It crosses the line of modesty where men, who are struggling to maintain their consecration to God are doing everything in their power to ignore them.
Feminine power to sexually influence a man immorally is demonic. It is passive manipulation. On the other hand, lust filled men is demonic and it is active manipulation. The collision course of the two brings death in their lives.
Most men do not know how to “bounce” their eyes to avoid looking at deliberate sexual provocation inside the service or outside as they are walking the streets.
But the sexually disciplined man will find a way to completely ignore these immoral women.
Not every woman that comes to church is immoral or deliberately intend to entice a man. There is holy women that come to church for the right reason and there are men that come to church, walking in wholehearted consecration and dedication to God.
But let’s face it.
Sexually immoral women will do everything to attract the attention of a foolish man.
Proverbs 7 speaks a such a man that went looking for sexual sin. The married, spiritually speaking adulteress found him and coerced him into her house.
It’s the same in today’s world of church service.
More and more, we are seeing an abandonment of morals and men diving into their house to commit adultery, homosexuality, bisexuality, and fornication.
But the door into sexual immorality has always been that the sexually suggestive tv ads, movies, and shows that introduce porn. The internet always have teaser ads next to the articles that you are reading. Reading the internet news is no different. The sexually suggestive ads draws a man’s attention. Photo shopped pictures increase the attractions in making pictures appear larger than normal.
Provers 27:20 says that “Hell and destruction are never full. So the eyes of a man are never satisfied.”
The Lord said to me as He was instructing me….”No sense in looking at someone that you can’t have. If I can’t have her, there is no sense in lustfully looking at her.”
Makes sense to me.
The basics of temptation are recorded in James 1:14-15.
A man is enticed when he is drawn away with his own lust-filled desires.
In other words, the moment he desires illegal sex, the enemy sends the enticement.
The enticement is a direct suggestion (temptation) to pursue that which is not lawful.
Sin is conceived in the desire to fulfill an evil fantasy. Sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.
That’s why in the church service, you have to be very careful not to allow your eyes to “travel” from the presence of the Lord.
Which brings me to emphasize again that the purpose of porn is no different than an accelerant for fire. When evil passion is in the heart of a man, he will go to places to fulfill that evil passion. Acting out sexually in adultery, fornication, bisexuality, homosexuality, and masturbation, or all of the above.
So be careful about the movies that you expose yourself to.
Radical amputation is the ability to cut off the right hand and pluck out the right eye to avoid sexual sins. If you are not willing to do without movies, you run the risk of being so overwhelmed with lust that you deliberately fall into sin.
This article on “Game of Thrones” is powerful.
Please click the link here.
Would you want Jesus to lust after you?
Sadly, eye candy is what some, not all women become when “Easter” comes around.
They shop for clothing that is not appropriate for any church service.
Body hugging, low cleavage, high skirt hemline.
Well, they are only dressing according to the goddess of fertility and sexual immorality. Is it any wonder that some women dress sexually provocative?
satan has always perverted the most holiest day of the year.
The crucifixion of the Christ took place, coinciding with the Hebrew calendar, on the month of Nisan during the time of the annual atonement and release from the house of bondage of the children of Israel. The month of Nisan is the first month in the year for the Israelites.
According to Exodus 12, the Lord instructed Moses to tell the people to kill a lamb without blemish of the first year, take its blood and place it on the door posts and lentil. They were to eat the lamb, burn its entrails and other non edible parts, eat herbs, unleavened bread, with their staff in their hand, sandals on their feet, ready to leave Egypt.
The death angel would come at midnight and “passover” every house that had the lamb’s blood on the door post and lentil, sparing the firstborn in that house. But Egypt’s firstborn would not be spared.
This was to be a time of celebration in awe of the great deliverance that God would give the children if Israel.
This would be a type or shadow of the NT sacrifice of the Lamb that take away the sin of the world.
It would be an unmistakeable sign to Israel that Jesus, the Messiah, had died for the sin of the whole world. But they’ve rejected this Man and the sacrifice.
Early church fathers would turn this sacred ceremony into a festival. With eggs, and today, chocolate bunny rabbits. In modern times, fashionable dressing also became a part of the festivities.
I remember growing up as a kid that my mom and dad would buy new clothes for us to wear during this time but I never connected the dots.
Today, we see that when people come to church, they don’t care what they wear.
Inappropriate dresses are dead give aways that all they have on their minds is sexual attraction.
Some will say, that it’s all in your mind preacher.
Well let me ask you a question?
When you have to pull up to cover up, or pull your dress down to cover down, do you think that this is normal?
Almost in every local church, some one will come in with cleavage, or showing a lot of body and leg. Making it very difficult for the heart of a lust filled man……….or theses days, homosexual women.
Then there is the praise and worship singers that wear inappropriate clothing while “ministering.”
And the pastors will not take appropriate action to stop them at the door. They’d rather have the crowd instead of correcting this behavior.
Summer is coming too and you know that when it gets too hot in a service, covering up is not going to happen. I’d much rather prefer that you ask the Lord if He approve of what you are wearing or not wearing.
It’s much better not to come to church and go to the bar than to make the church a night club.
Self control is all in the Bible and modest dress is also in the Bible.
We do not have “elderly mothers” to stop this madness at the door any more. If they exist, it’s extremely rare.
We are too afraid to confront, discipline, and when necessary, stop them at the door.
A parent is having a very difficult time disciplining her son about what he is watching on the Internet. She comes to church with a dress to attract men.
Well, what do you expect?
Next year, it will be the same thing in many places. And sadly, men will not concentrate and IGNORE the sexually provocative seductress that comes to the house of worship to be worshipped.
So if you are wondering why we are seeing what we are seeing, just look at the source of the trouble.
Easter is not about “PASSOVER.”
It’s about sexual immorality.
I find that dealing with the area of porn, it just leaves the impression that men and women just sit there and watch naked people commit the sin of adultery, fornication, bisexuality, and homosexuality, and then turn off the TV, cellphone, iPad, or whatever device they are viewing and that’s the end.
Nothing else goes on.
But those of us that have been bound to this know that when it comes to watching porn, acting out sexually is part of the package.
Whether we act out sexually with another person or masturbate, the heat of sexuality is ever present. There must be a release of sexual tension.
Charisma put out an article on their page regarding overcoming porn.
Every one of us that came out from viewing pornography applaud anyone that address this issue.
In most articles that Charisma posts, they usually leave a place for comments but evidently, they chose not to allow for comments. And that’s fine.
Thank goodness for bloggers that will reveal a lot more of what goes on with pornography so as not to cut corners or “sugar coat” the anti porn message.
Porn is not just a show. It is demonic activity. Pornography is an “accelerant.”
Lust is already in the heart and mind of a man or woman, and all they want is something a little extra to heighten and “hijack” the chemicals and emotions operating in the body to achieve orgasm or releasing sexual tension.
But on the spiritual side, a man or woman must defect from righteousness, operate in disobedience to the commands of the Lord to remain pure, obey the enticement from demonic sources to be drawn away to commit sexual immorality.
Demons are always involved in sexual immorality and it is covetousness, which is idolatry that takes place wherever and whenever porn is involved.
Men are sight oriented and women are touch oriented.
What is the combination that occurs in sexual activity?
Sight and touch.
What attracts men to porn?
What they see. Then the arousal process begins. Sight and stimulation.
In the case of men, manual stimulation while aroused by sight is what makes masturbation, that leads to orgasm, the number one reason why men are bound to porn. A man doesn’t have to mentally manipulate or coerce a woman into sex. He engages in solo sex without relational involvement.
According to Dr. William Struthers, “porn hijacks the brain,” and he engages in masturbation, pretending to have sex with that image.
He deliberately avoids the normal relational process because all he wants is sex.
In the privacy of his home or hotel room, he engages himself sexually, brings himself to orgasm, and it’s over.
According to a source, the average time a man spends watching porn in a hotel room is 12 minutes.
A man doesn’t need porn to engage himself in masturbation. His mental capacities can engage in solo sex because, again Dr. William Struthers, in his book “Wired For Intimacy,” said that a man is wired for sex. He’s done a case study of individuals regarding the effects of porn on the brain.
While I was taking a course from Liberty University on Sexuality, another person did a case study years ago on the effects of porn on the brain. There is scientific evidence that porn is dangerous to the brain and its objective is to impose and implant abnormal sexual behavior.
But these studies all come to the same conclusion.
Porn is just an accelerant.
In order for a fire to start, all you need is three basic components.
Fire, material, and oxygen.
Eliminate one of these three, and you cannot have a fire.
But a person isn’t satisfied with just the basic components.
To get a bigger fire you need an accelerant.
It’s not a bigger orgasm that will be achieved. It’s the way, methods, or instruments that you use to get to the place of no return.
The man or woman is bound to use this and other accelerants to achieve orgasm.
So he or she returns, day after day, night after night to achieve something that is illusive.
You could also factor in the emotional episodes that people go through during the day that ties into achieving complete human satisfaction.
It’s an acronym for H– Hungry. A– Angry. L– Lonely. T– Tired.
When any of these emotions surface, this is the place where sexual temptation is sure to come, but also remember what James 1:14-16 says.
“But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.”
These things are always operating in the carnal believer until crucified.
Only those that respond to satan get resurrected from the dead to commit sin.
Remember what Paul said that we are to be dead to sin but alive to God.
We cannot be alive to sin and alive to God at the same time.
With HALT, we could see satan personally attacking the Lord Jesus in the wilderness. Jesus was Hungry. Jesus was physically Lonely. At the very least, two out of the four were present.
Remember. Jesus was tempted in all points like ourselves yet, without sinning (see Hebrews 4:15).
Now men are looking to be seduced and women and men (homosexuality) will use the tools to draw them from strength to struggle. They give in to the struggle because of the reward of orgasm, but it always lead to an empty feeling inside.
Sexual intimacy is to be shared with a person of the opposite sex within the confines of matrimony. Yes, it involves relational involvement so as not to cheapen the person. Hence, “Marriage is honorable in all and the bed undefiled, but adulterers and fornicators God will judge.”
Above that is the fact that sexual immorality is an act of sin, which is an act of betrayal of the only One that could fully satisfy our every need (see John 4:1-42).
When a man or a woman engages in sexual immorality, he or she is seeking intimacy.
The highest form of intimacy is with the Lord in spirit and in truth, worshipping the Father. In the natural, the Lord provides for natural intimacy in marriage. And when the natural intimacy is achieved in legal matrimony, we go back to the Father for full satisfaction.
So when it comes to masturbation, achieving orgasm outside of the marriage, we are robbing ourselves of complete satisfaction as designed by the Lord.
You can read the Charisma article here
In Toledo Ohio, two men, allegedly involved in sex trafficking were arrested by the FBI.
One of the men arrested happens to be the pastor of Abundant Life Ministries.
Should the allegation prove to be true, there is nothing “Abundant” in his ministry except sin.
For the young ladies trapped in their illicit web of ministerial deceit, they were probably relieved.
It’s one thing for the allegations to be shared by church members but when the authorities report the incident, depending upon how they will defend themselves in court, there is little chance of these allegations to go away.
Until then, as they say, “Innocent, until proven guilty in a court of law.”
Paul shared a word in Ephesians 5:3.
“But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints;”
The word “named” also means “mentioned.”
Back in the day, the 70’s and 80’s, growing up as a new believer, certain local churches were “mentioned” as places of homosexual activity. In NYC, particularly Brooklyn NY, there would be several Baptist churches harboring practicing homosexuals as minister of music.
Or in other places, heterosexual activity with unmarried and married people in the local church would take place.
It’s one thing to mention true activity, but it is another thing to spread salacious accusations lacking evidence. The latter must be addressed so as not to slander the righteous. But when sin is mentioned in the house of what is to be a true worship of God, there must be a courageous act to deal swiftly with the activity.
Otherwise, it is not a house of worship of the Lord. It is a house of whoredom and homosexuality.
No different than a brothel.
In the OT, that’s what took place.
Many scholars try to write off the literal action of harlotry as just a spiritual description of the activities of the house of Israel. And to a degree this is true. But ask yourself a question.
What made idol worship so attractive to Israel?
What compelled them to leave the living God to serve dead gods?
Also, one of the gods that Israel would worship would be Molech.
It would be in the valley of Hinnom, which was located south west of Jerusalem, and would be used as the city’s incinerator, that children would be burned in the fire.
Where did the children come from?
As whoredom would be committed, the women would get pregnant from their promiscuity and they would sacrifice them at the altar of Molech. At the end of Solomon’s reign, Solomon would worship Molech. With 1000 women he had, is it no wonder? Solomon was a whoremonger and a murderer, with the women that he had in bed, they too would be whores and murderers.
This would be called out of womb abortion.
This area where child sacrifice would take place, would also be called the valley of Tophet. It would be there that they would beat the drums as they pass children through the fire to make the worship of this god tolerable. Drowning out the cries of the child in excruciating pain of the flames. Both Tophet and Hinnom would be types of Gehennah, descriptive of the realm of the unrighteous departed spirits.
Why the mention of these things? What’s the relevance?
Professed female believers today would commit sexual immorality with pastors and music ministers, and some of them, 49% of female believers would profess faith in Christ.
A true believer would never do these things but they do happen.
Today, believers are caught in the whirlwind of fornication and adultery that fuels abortion.
There is no question in my mind that some of those young girls that were trafficked by these temple pimps got pregnant and were forced to get an abortion and go back to work.
We know this is happening but we are unwilling to admit it, face it, and destroy it.
The sexual immorality that is plaguing the local church is still in full swing.
But this isn’t the real church.
The real church would never have a mention of fornication, uncleanness, or covetousness among them.
In many circles, deacons would commit adultery and never be disciplined, and thrown off the deacon board. The women in the church would never be chastised and disciplined. They would come to church as if no sin were committed.
There was no fear of God before their eyes. They wouldn’t be afraid to walk in the house of the Lord. For their protection, sometimes the Lord would remove His presence. Or His presence would be there in judgment as saint after saint, after taking communion, would get weak, sick, and or die before their time.
In most places, it may seem like the Lord is in the house with people operating in emotion out of their soul, but there would be no real repentance. No change of mind because a “sentence” wasn’t executed speedily (see Ecclesiastes 8:11-13).
When a person doesn’t get caught the first time, they erroneously calculate that the chances of them getting caught are slim, if they play the game right.
Sadly, folk do not believe that they were caught before they were born (see Psalm 90:8, 139:1-18). But many of them act like the Lord is blind and that He is not among us and can’t see what people are doing (see Ezekiel 8:12).
If the allegations prove to be true, God caught them before they were born. They were given space to repent and didn’t take the offer. Instead, the FBI caught them and now they face serious jail time. For the rest of their lives, if convicted in a court of law, they would have to register as sex offenders if they ever get out.
But worse, if they do not repent, they will experience their part with the transgressors.
Some of you reading this may have been given a final warning.
Take advantage. Because when the music stops, you do not want to be without a chair to sit in.
You’ve been warned.
The news report from Toledo OH could be read here