Hillsong. A Haven For Sexual Immorality Spirits?

The leader of Hillsong, Brian Houston, has been charged with child sex abuse.

What’s been happening, not just at Hillsong, but all around the world, is a strong spirit of lust is operating in many places that purport to be true houses of worship.

Try not to skip reading this entire chapter.

2 Peter 2 (NKJV)

But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.

They’ll be among the people that will secretly bring in destructive heresies. They hold their cards to their chest and then put the cards on the table after they feel secure enough that they’ve won your trust.

How are they doing it now? They sing great Bible affirming songs. That’s how they lure the unsuspecting. After your emotions are high, you’re disarmed. Your guard is down, and that’s when you’re the most vulnerable.

And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.

Many will follow their destructive ways. MANY. The mega church. Not all of them (2000+ is considered mega). We don’t throw out the baby with the bath water. But when you have a large audience, it’s ripe for false doctrine and its teachers. Then out of no where. They blaspheme the truth by establishing their own personal doctrine as the doctrine above the Bible.

Then by covetousness, they exploit you with deceptive words. You’re disarmed. You give beyond your means. You max out your credit card. Empty your bank account. You spend only to get robbed. God sends a word of rebuke and repentance (Revelation chapters 2 and 3), but they refuse to repent.

For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly;

Just like Sodom and Gomorrah, and Noah’s days. Noah preached for 100 years. Why? God was long-suffering, kind, merciful, and compassionate. Yet, they went their way of immorality. Tick Tock. Time’s up for them. With Sodom and Gomorrah, when the 2 angels came into the city, that should have been a big signal to repent or be destroyed.

and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)— then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment,

and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries, whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord.

But these, like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption, and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you,

having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children. They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

When you see the video, married men, full of lust. They can’t keep their hands off of other women. In one instance, one man working for Hillsong, had eyes of adultery and cannot cease from sin, enticed a young woman that was unstable. How was she unstable when she was trapped behind a locked door?

An immoral man knows who to look for. Women that do not have their wits about them. Not every woman is like this. The women in this report didn’t appear to be unstable. Stable women can see that they’re being targeted and will NEVER put themselves in a vulnerable position.

but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice restrained the madness of the prophet. These are wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.

For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.

Did you see the doctrine in use? “You’re free.” “While they promise them liberty.”

And through this doctrine, many are deceived. Just as Peter said, they’re slaves of corruption to bring others into bondage.

For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.

People come out of one mess of sin and then end up in another. Not only those that were sadly targeted and abused, but the ones that promise to never be caught in bondage again, only to return to bondage to commit more corruption and sexual sins.

But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”

Peter, by the Holy Spirit, accurately describes the condition of ANY house of worship that sing great songs and preach strange doctrines, and then in private, commit secret sexual sins.

It was hard to watch 60 Minutes Australia’s report on Hillsong Australia and New York.

There’s two sides to every story, but this story was compelling. But just because something is “compelling” (Christie B Ford/Kavanaugh), it’s doesn’t make it true. Even a compelling lie sounds true until fully examined and the truth emerges.

The leader of Hillsong, Australia, Brian Houston, has been charged with child sex abuse.

The leader of Hillsong New York, Carl Lentz, committed adultery.

So far, the end result isn’t repentance from dead works but perversion.

Years ago, the Lord told me that it wouldn’t be the last. And He’s been true to His word because immoral men and women are around.

I’m convinced that sexual immorality is the “high place” of satan’s dwelling.

Why?

in 2008, there were 298 million Internet porn sites. Today, there’s well over 302 million Internet porn sites and growing.

So between 2008 and 2021, 4 million NEW porn sites, or more, have been added to the World Wide Web in the United States.

Now Brian Houston was charged and if the charges are frivolous, then whoever falsely charged him, are liars, bearing false witness.

While there may be a good possibility that Brian never watched porn, it would be slanderous to conclude an assumption that porn fueled his alleged habits of child sexual abuse.

However, there’s a good chance that Carl Lentz and Brian Houston may have been watchers of porn, whether in the past, or current. Usually, they lead to fulfilling their sexual immoral fantasies. They move from fantasy to reality. Or perhaps they were involved in both.

Should Brian Houston be found guilty, God gave him space to repent and they refused.

You can see the report from 60 Minutes Austrailia here

Pornography In Public School Libraries

Your child is given an assignment by the teacher and to complete the assignment, your child goes to the school library. But a book catches the child’s attention. At first it looks innocent because there’s children on the cover, but inside the book is sexually explicit content.

By deliberate intent, your child has been exposed to the high place of demonic activity.

Sexual immorality.

Once these images are placed in the brain, the child’s inquisitiveness takes over.

Few children will tell their parents what they’ve seen because of the embarrassment, but it doesn’t matter. The images are evil seeds, planted within them, only to become a harvest for later.

It’s bad enough that we have a problem with SOME parents that see no harm but SOME of these parents are sexually immoral themselves.

The continued indoctrination should be alarming to most parents. When children become the target, all bets are off the table. To the devil and his children, children are NOT off limits. Children are the most vulnerable because they’re very impressionable. In this day and age, when something is seen, it takes less than a nano second for any image to do its damage.

Pornography, even in a world gone crazy over Covid, is, no doubt, affecting adults. With nothing to do, and with no work, pornography and masturbation is the place where most men and women go to access the dopamine in the brain to feel good.

But now, with the fear mongering of the media and pharmaceuticals, we see that it doesn’t stop sexual immorality.

For centuries, pedophilia has been the perversion of men and women. But the grooming process is in places where we thought were off limits to children.

Homosexuals can’t reproduce because scientifically (believe the science), men cannot reproduce. It takes a biological woman to be inseminated and after the course of time, give birth.

Even homosexuals admit that they have to go the surrogacy route in order to have children.

So indoctrination is happening several ways but there’s two primary ways.

Male and male or female and female in the home, under the guise of wanting a “family“, or in public schools.

Good parents will attend community school board meetings to demand answers and to demand the removal of all sexually explicit material. If they’re not removed, then the child gets pulled out of that school. Home schooling is a challenge because the parent has to remain home and become unable to work.

So what is a parent to do?

If you love your child, no sacrifice is off the table. The war against the child is ongoing and if a parent is to spare the child of the ungodly wicked world of sexual immorality, a good parent will lay everything on the line to protect the child.

If the parent does nothing to protect the child, then the parent is complicit with the rulers of the darkness of this world. A parent must never give in or give up.

The moment that the parent gives in or gives up, it’s game over.

The Secret Life Of Sexual Sins

Romans 2:16 (NKJV) “… in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.”

We all assume that our secrets are safe. That no one will find out what we’ve done in secret. It’s in the hidden places that we find safety and security. That no one really knows who we are and what we’ve done.

The false sense of security that many professed believers have is that if we sin, we could quickly ask the Lord for forgiveness and it’s like we’ve achieved a free pass to cross into darkness, and then cross back into getting right with God in less than a second.

But if we really look at it, we’re abusing the grace of God.

What is it like before God?

Before the Lord, it looks like we could slap Him in the face and not get slapped back. We plea the blood of Jesus before His judgment gets a good head of steam to smack us.

Paul mentioned this about those that take communion.

1 Corinthians 11:27-32 (NKJV)

“Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.

For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.”

How many times have I taken communion in an unworthy manner?

Thousands of times.

I remember the instruction of the Lord that was given to the man healed at the pool of Bethesda. The Lord Jesus instructed him, “Go, and sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”

Is it possible to sin no more?

Absolutely. We can stop sinning anytime we want. Well, look at it like this. To sin, you have to stop being righteous.

Porn and self gratification, commonly called masturbation is a stronghold that need to be completely demolished.

Many people struggle with porn and masturbation because it’s an intense pleasure with instant gratification without involving yourself with a person. But look carefully at what the Lord Jesus said about the thoughts of adultery in the hearts of people.

Matthew 5:27-28 (NKJV)

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

Matthew 15:18-20 (NKJV)

“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man…”

You see, what the heart does is that we look to do things in secret and then it manifests outwardly.

Remember what James 1:14-15 (NKJV) 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.”

The place where we can’t see is where desire and enticement is conceived. It then takes us to the next level. It gives birth to sin. And deep inside, where it’s not seen, death takes place. A severance from life. But even worse.

The trap door of departure of this life. Go back to communion. One of the things that Paul said is that those that take communion. “Fall asleep.” This is the physical judgment of a sin not crucified or brought to the place of mortification.

Our secret lives will be brought out by Jesus and judged.

At the time of committing the sin, we’re not concerned about the Lord Jesus judging us. We’re concerned about fulfilling the desires of the flesh and mind. The pleasure it brings. But it’s a false pleasure. What we’ve done is that we’ve suppressed any sense of judgment because we’re looking forward to that pleasure of secret sexual sin.

But this happens all of the time.

After the climax, a sense of guilt hits us like a ton of bricks.

It’s our conscience informing us that we’ve sinned. No one escapes the conscience because the Lord placed this in us to let us know that we’ve sinned against Him. Just because you ignore it or even suppress it, doesn’t mean that it won’t tell on you.

1 John 3:20-22 (NKJV)

“For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.”

“If our heart condemns us” is your conscience. The word science means knowledge.

Look at the etymological origin of the word.

“Middle English (also in the sense ‘inner thoughts or knowledge’): via Old French from Latin conscientia, from conscient- ‘being privy to’, from the verb conscire, from con- ‘with’ + scire ‘know’.”

So con (with) science (knowledge).

God placed this in you because you are with knowledge about right and wrong. As soon as you do something, your conscience will let you know whether it’s right or wrong.

So with porn and masturbation, you can argue to pursue it with some of the best arguments in the world, but your conscience will not agree with an argument that is wrong. Why? Because God created you with a conscience. Even if you didn’t know the Scriptures, the conscience will immediately inform you of what’s right or wrong.

Now Romans 3:20 we see that “…by the law is the knowledge of sin.”

But you already know that lying is wrong. You already know that murder is wrong. You already know that stealing is wrong. You already know that when you look at a man or woman with lust in your heart, it is wrong. You already know that when you’re hostile towards your father and mother, you’re wrong. You already know that when you’re on the witness stand and you bear false witness, you’re wrong. You know that when you use the name of the Lord in vain, you’re wrong. You already know that when you want what a person has and you’re willing to do anything wrong to take it, it’s wrong.

So it is with porn and masturbation.

The only reason why people watch porn is to pretend to have sex with that person or persons, to release sexual tension through masturbation.

You’re struggling with this because it’s so much apart of your life that everything revolves around it.

Everything suffers in order for you to achieve the pleasure with a false sense of impunity. You don’t think it will harm anyone because you’re doing it in secret to release sexual tension. But deep within you, your conscience is telling you that you’re wrong.

Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.

Could you honestly say that you have complete 100% confidence towards God?

To masturbate, you don’t need an image of another person. All you need is the ability to pretend to have sex.

2 Timothy 3:4-5 (NKJV)

“…lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power.”

The world of fantasy is the world of being selfish.

It takes a complete willingness to do without this pleasure.

The Lord Jesus gives the solution. Radical amputation. Plucking out the eye(s), cutting off the hand(s) (see Matthew 5:29-30 and Hebrews 12:4). What are we willing to do to stop sinning sexually? To what lengths are we willing to avoid being cast into hell, soul and body?

When you have reached this place, porn and masturbation becomes a thing of the past because you don’t want to harbor secrets that the Lord will judge us for. We don’t want to assume that we’re saved and be found in hell because we were in sin all of the time.

Those that have a form of godliness are pretenders. Masquerading around as believers when all the time, we faked our way. Fooling others but never fooling the Lord.

Pretending ended for me when the Lord showed me the trap door. At anytime, I could have slipped through into hell because I loved sinning sexual sins in secret. Pretending to ask God for forgiveness but returning to sin again.

My request for forgiveness was a figment of my imagination. Pretending to be godly, but it was without power.

The trap door would have opened, I would have descended into hell, and I would have deserved it.

“The soul that sins it shall die.”

God doesn’t lie and He is deadly serious.

Sin & The Father’s Business

As Jesus was a young man, a few years before He reached the age of 30, Joseph and Mary took Jesus to Jerusalem for the Feast. After the feast concluded, Jesus remained in the Temple with the scholars and scribes asking questions and also giving profound answers to difficult aspects about the Law.

Joseph and Mary determined that Jesus was missing and searched. Then they went back to Jerusalem.

They found Jesus in the Temple and no doubt wondered why Jesus had done what He did.

His profound answer.

“Can’t you see that I must be about My Father’s business.”

Mary kept this in her heart. Regarding Mary, she probably went back in time to remember what the angel Gabriel said.

For us in the NT, what would the business of the Father be to us?

The book of Matthew is the answer.

Matthew 28:18-20

“All power has been given to Me in heaven and in earth. Go and make disciples of all nations. Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all things I commanded you, and lo, I am with you, even to the end of the ages.”

This is the business of the Father. Make disciples and teaching them to observe all things He commanded them.

Evangelizing is a big part of the Father’s business but notice also that we are to teach them to observe all things that Jesus commanded His disciples. Therefore, Biblical discipleship is just as important so true disciples bring forth good fruit.

The entire NT is what Jesus wants us to observe because Jesus is the Word of God as stated in John 1:1.

Does this include the OT?

Absolutely because in the 4 gospels, we see Jesus refer to the Law, the Psalms, and the Prophets.

That’s why we have 66 Books. 39 Old, 27 New.

The Bible is the Book we must choose to live by because Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”

What separates the false believers from the true believers is in how well we live by the Word of God.

James 1:22 tells us, “But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”

Many professed believers just hear the Word but never do the Word.

The number one reason why some carnal believers struggle with doing the things the Lord Jesus commanded is because of a love for sin our lives.

The Lord Jesus said in Matthew 7:21, “Not everyone that says to Me ‘Lord Lord’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven. In that day they shall say to Me, ‘Have we not prophesied in your Name, cast out devils in your Name, and did many wonders in Your Name. Then I will say to them ‘Depart from Me, you that practice lawlessness.”

Doing the Father’s business is not doing works in His name to get saved, or to appease some godless feeling while practicing lawlessness. When it comes to living a carnal life, it’s about being so self deceived that we indulge in sin and righteousness at the same time.

2 Corinthians 6:14-16 (NKJV)

“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?

And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God.”

Carnal believers want to participate in both worlds and this can’t be. The world and being in Christ is not the Father’s business.

My life wanted to indulge in sexual immorality and righteousness at the same time, but it’s inconsistent and incompatible with true Biblical Christian living.

I couldn’t be clean and dirty at the same time.

I had to be one or the other. Then I had to look at what was getting into my life that would start the process of searching for sin.

Then get “clean enough” to preach to sinners and true believers.

Then start the habit, pattern, and cycle all over again.

The parable of the sower is a locator. It will tell you where you’re standing with God.

Those on the wayside are the ones that hear the Word and the devil comes immediately and takes the seed.

Those on stony ground are the ones that hear the Word, receive the Word with joy, and the Word doesn’t penetrate, it has no root, and they stay with the Word for a little while, then temptation comes, and they fall away.

Then there’s the ones on thorny ground that are choking the Word with cares, riches, and pleasures of this life, and become unfruitful.

Then there’s those that are on good ground that hear the Word, and receive the Word, and produce fruit. Some thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold with patience and persecution.

This parable will reveal where you are and who you represent.

Are you tares among wheat? Are you false among the true? Are you serious or are you playing? Genuine or fake. True or false. Real or a hypocrite?

This reveals whether you’re about your Heavenly Father’s business, or the devil’s business.

At any time before the casket closes, you can transition from the pretender to the actual true believer, observing all things the Lord commanded.

IF you’re playing, you’re one decision away from making the greatest decision of your life.

To be a true believer.

The Lord Jesus told the man that He healed at the pool of Bethesda and the woman caught in adultery in John chapter 5, and 8.

“Sin no more. Lest a worst thing come upon you.”

“Neither do I condemn you. Go. And sin no more.”

Do Christians sin? Make no mistake about it. But it brings into question whether you’ve been born of God. Because 1 John 3:9 said “Whoever is born of God cannot sin.”

In 1 John 2:1-6 (NKJV) “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”

What are signs of the abuse of this Scripture?

When you deliberately intend to sin against God, knowing full well that sin is lawlessness.

The practice of lawlessness is the lifestyle of a sinner. Are we allowed to indulge in what we used to practice?

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature, old things are passed away, behold, all things become new.”

Romans 6:1-2 says, “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we that are dead to sin live any longer in it?”

In other words, you’ve reached a point in your relationship with the Lord that you want to please Him more than yourself. Paul said in Ephesians 4:27, “…give no place to the devil.”

This means that 1 John 3:8 is a reality.

“For this purpose the Son of God was manifest that He destroy the works of the devil.”

It’s when we’ve learned that sin only leads to one place. Death.

If we believe that the Word is the absolute Word of God and is final authority, we employ everything to fight the very thing that God hates. Sin.

We do what Hebrews 12:4 says. “You have not resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.”

What does this mean?

What RADICAL THING (“radical amputation”), are you willing to do to stop yourself from sinning? Please do not commit suicide. That’s self murder.

You have not cut the part of you that commits sin, to stop sinning.

This ties in with Matthew 5:27-30.

This isn’t accomplished without God’s grace, and you can’t do it alone. The work of grace helps you to “abstain from all forms of evil.

Cutting off the TV, discontinuing subscriptions like HBO, Showtime, Netflix, Directv Playboy Hustler Channels, Sex Chat Rooms on FB, Instagram, or other social media entry points. What radical thing are you willing to do to abstain from all forms of evil?

Ephesians 2:8-10 (NKJV) “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

We’re saved by grace through faith. Doing the Father’s business or His works comes as a result of being born again, not to get born again.

The Holy Spirit will give you help to escape the temptation (see 1 Corinthians 10:13).

And when you enter trials and testings, count it all joy (see James 1:2-7), and go to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (see Hebrews 4:16).

Every believer struggles in their flesh to subdue the passions, sinful desires, and cravings of sexual wickedness. However, if we play with this, one day, we’ll give an account of it before the Lord.

When the fear of the Lord is absent, it’s very easy to sin, but sin always comes with a penalty.

“Everyone is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires, and enticed. And when lust is conceived, it brings forth sin, and sin when it is finished, brings forth death.”

Lust Is More Powerful Than Pornography

Lust is more powerful than pornography?

Prove it.

James 1:14-16 (NKJV Strong’s) “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.”

Pornography is an accelerant. It’s just a tool to tempt you to fulfill the lust in your mind and flesh.

Romans 13:13-14 (NKJV Strong’s) “Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”

Ephesians 2:1-3 (NKJV Strong’s) “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.”

Lust originates in the mind and fulfilled in the flesh.

Matthew 15:18-19 (NKJV Strong’s) “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.”

Making provision is no different than Dr. Carnes’ addiction cycle.

1. Thoughts/fantasy.
2. Ritual.
3. Acting out.
4. Remorse.


It’s in the heart and mind of man where arousal begins.

Mental sexual arousal then searches out.

Whether it would be walking in the grocery store, movies, TV shows, the Internet, Walmart, Shopping Malls, beaches, the subway, riding around in your car, in church services, and other places.

Anything that looks beautiful to a lust hearted man, or any man that turns their head to look at you.

The venue doesn’t matter.

It’s the heart of men and women where the search for sexual fulfillment begins.

Pornography is an accelerant.

It’s the place where, in secret, and all alone, a male or a female uses sex tools or other fetishes to sexually satisfy themselves in masturbation.

The screen where the images become a tool to reach orgasm is idolatry.

These victims are Secret Sexual Sins victims.

Used over and over again in a vain attempt to feel loved, or sexually fulfilled or both.

Last count, there’s well over 289 million Internet porn sites, and growing.

Our iPhones and other devices is the place where men and women view porn or hook up for a sexual encounter. Texting locations such as homes, hotels, motels, and other places to rendezvous for sexual immorality.

Then there’s the criminal element in prostitution/human trafficking for the sex trade. There’s been an unending quest to engage in sexual immorality.

Professed believers are caught in the middle.

Some have given in to this world to attempt to feel sexually satisfied or loved.

There’s no satisfaction in sin.

But the rewards are never received.

Sin never rewards.

Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

When self sex (masturbation) is fulfilled, the conviction of sin hits the heart.

Arriving back at the bottom of the sexual addiction cycle, remorse, not repentance, sets in.

After recovering from the conviction of sin through remorse, the mind and body experiences a reset. The sexual urges and impulses return. The cycle starts all over again. We’ve learned how to suppress the conviction. We’ve learned how to overcome the voice of the Holy Spirit to seek the Lord in the time of temptation.

But people and even professed believers don’t care.

We walk into Walmart, the Mall, the movie place, and the look of and for lust returns. Or the wardrobe to turn heads is put on.

We rush right by the Holy Spirit to chase after a fantasy that will never be fulfilled. We go back to that image or that feeling of feeling loved, and start the process all over again.

All the while, we deliberately suppress the Word that the Holy Spirit speaks to our hearts and minds.

“Come to Me all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me. For I am meek and lowly in heart. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”

There’s only one purpose of pornography.

To engage in Secret Sex with that person or persons (whether homosexual, bisexual, or monogamous sex) on the screen in the fulfillment of self pleasure (masturbation), without dealing with the person in a relationship in marriage.

All in a pursuit to fulfill lust or to be loved, or both.

But what is it that males and females are really after?

John 4:1-42, in particular, verse 24, gives us all the answer.

You could ready the story from Christian Post here

XXXChurch. When Dope Smokes You

Years ago, when the Lord delivered me from pornography, I came across many sites to help me understand my former addiction.

I came across a different article called The Seamless Fabric, parts of which could be read here

Somewhere in my blog, the full article is available.

Drugs is connected to sexual immorality.

In many of my blogs, I’ve shared how porn stars/prostitutes would use drugs and alcohol to help them cope with the on-going sex acts, or the next shooting scene.

The women would be raped or knew that they would be severely sexually abused and they needed to place their mind in “suspended animation” to get through the utter humiliation.

Craig Gross, according to this article reported in the Christian Post, demonstrated that other forms of addiction and justifying it with the use of medical marijuana, is cool.

Cigarette smoking is the gateway to the drug culture. We all know this.

But what’s disappointing is when we offer deliverance from pornography and support the use of drugs, seamlessly connected to porn, to be a part of a person’s worship, it’s sad.

XXXChurch does fall under the guise of Catholicism.

That’s one thing I’ve noticed.

It’s clear that when there’s a clear confusion and massive conflict of theology, sooner or later, the underlying things come to the surface.

My point is not to blast Craig Gross, but to help expose underlying issues.

Complete deliverance is what we need.

Not excuses and extra Biblical justification that clearly conflicts with the harmony of Scripture.

Such as…………God made weed so since He made weed, we can smoke it.

God may have put the plant in the earth, but man, in his fallen condition, extract it from the ground to abuse (abnormally use) the element.

God didn’t roll the joint and handed it to you.

Just because marijuana, heroin, meth, cocaine, and other drugs are found in the earth, these elements, when used improperly, in the hands of mixed up, sinful man, is deadly, addictive, and dangerous.

Chemical dependence is just another chain to keep man bound.

To worship the Lord declares that you’re no longer dependent upon yourself to make you happy. To worship the Lord means that you’re a “living sacrifice.”

Like Paul said, “I die daily.”

The Lord Jesus said “If any man desires to follow Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”

IF you can’t sacrifice marijuana or any addiction, it will inevitably sacrifice you.

Your body is offered as a living sacrifice that you may “…prove what is that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God.”

John 4:24 means what it says.

John 4:24 (NKJV Strong’s) “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

We don’t use natural means (dope) to enhance communing with the Lord.

Some will argue that we use musical instruments.

Can an instrument, by itself, enhance worship?

No.

It takes a person, skilled in music, to be used by the Holy Spirit, to play or sing skillfully.

It’s called Divine Inspiration.

Therefore, the HOLY Spirit will not inspire a person to use a substance, known to impair a person’s judgment, to enhance a person’s worship of the Lord.

Such inspiration is DEMONIC INSPIRATION.

God doesn’t authorize the use of drugs to worship Him.

He uses us as He pleases without controlled substances.

In the book of 1st Samuel, we see the sons of Aaron misuse the Altar of Incense.

We don’t speculate what they’ve done.

However, we see that any misuse of the OT temple artifacts can be costly.

Nadab and Abihu decided to abuse the temple and it cost them their lives.

We are in the NT and we are the temple of the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 3:17 still stands.

The absurdity of smoking dope to enhance a person’s worship of God is an open invitation to keep many seeking deliverance from porn to remain trapped in marijuana, or other forms of drugs and alcohol.

The Christian Post article could be read here

I Want Jesus & I Want Sexual Sin

Make no mistake about it. If you ask most professed Christians whether they want sin and Jesus at the same time, the answer would shock many of us.

But it shouldn’t because all we need to do is check the way we’re living.

We want sexual sins and we want righteousness.

We want homosexuality and we want God to accept our choice to keep sin.

We want adultery and we want to keep Jesus.

We want fornication and we want to keep Jesus.

We want bisexuality and we want to keep Jesus.

We want sex with animals and we want Jesus.

We want porn and masturbation and we want Jesus.

We pretend that we could be saved from sin but our actions show that some of us aren’t as saved as we claim to be.

Christian music or a “worship” experience can have a “positive” affect but when temptation comes, that “religious” feeling goes away and we find ourselves yielding to sin without putting up a fight to stop ourselves.

The very thing we’ve “repented” of invites us to be controlled by it.

The Lord confronted me and said “You’ve never repented.” “You don’t repent and then change your mind about repentance.”

Repent means to change your mind.

You don’t change your mind and then change your mind back.

The devil never hits you and I with truth. God hits you and I with truth and awaits our response. satan keeps the lies going and when we want to give ourselves an excuse to violate God’s Word and be lawless, we close our eyes, become blind and deaf, ignore or deliberately suppress the truth, and yield to sexual sins.

Paul mentioned that apostasy would take place in the last days, and then the “Day” of the Lord would come (see 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3.

It’s a deliberate renunciation of the Lordship of Jesus and the sovereignty of His Word, and completely surrender to the sin that easily beset us.

Some of us have gotten to the place where we’ve declared ourselves hopeless, and completely allow ourselves to come under the power of sin. We deceive ourselves, we’ve convinced ourselves that we’re no longer redeemable, condemning ourselves to the prison house of bondage to sin.

We give ourselves over to our urges and impulses with lascivious (absence of restraint and discipline) living.

We beat ourselves and then we reward ourselves with the pleasures of sin.

In every denomination, people are abandoning the true teaching of the Lord because of a thirst for sin. The believers watch too much of the world, allow the seed of the world to enter their hearts, and allow their sinful reasoning to overwhelm them.

When we watch too much of the world, it’s a matter of time before we become so consumed in our minds with the affairs of this life.

People are walking away from Jesus.

We’re not talking about people outside the assembly of the righteous.

We’re talking about people that were once overwhelmed with the love of the Lord. Overwhelmed with Jesus in their lives. Overwhelmed with living for God. Slowly, they drift away. Sometimes family and friends are used by the enemy to slowly suggest alternatives to the Word. To get them to “excuse” their sin.

Little by little, we find ourselves agreeing with what they do against the Lord, and we find ourselves compromising, capitulating, and surrendering to the madness within their fallen minds.

And that’s what satan was waiting for.

We give in because we either don’t want to fight, or we grow weary of fighting our mind and flesh.

This is what we’re seeing in many denominations and non denominations.

We quickly give in to our urges and desires to satisfy the flesh.

Not realizing that many people within and without the assemblies of the righteous, are flowing in that direction of apostasy.

There’s a difference between struggling with sin and calling it quits with the Lord, however, when we habitually fall into sin, it’s just a matter of time before we find ourselves on the brink of making a decision to walk away from the Lord for good.

Hebrews 6:4-6 (NKJV Strong’s) “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.”

These are consistent end time signs.

People are permanently walking away from the Lord.

It’s been reported that 20% of people in the last 2 decades have ceased coming to a local assembly. To put it in perspective, just because a person goes to a local assembly, it doesn’t mean that they know the Lord.

So going to a local assembly is a poor indicator of kingdom growth.

In that same statistic, more people in the Catholic religion leave their Catholic assemblies than people that attend true protestant assemblies.

But again, we should take this with a grain of salt because we don’t know where people stand in the Lord, whether saved or unsaved.

Those that commit apostasy will never be allowed to come back according to Hebrews 6:4-6.

Salvation was never meant to be a revolving door.

You can’t play for two teams. You can’t deal for satan and deal for God.

Pick which way you want to go.

We need to make up our minds to never put our hand to the plow and look back.

We need to not look back as Lot’s wife, and turn into a pillar of salt.

Pulpit Whoremongers – Parishioner Whores

There probably was a time when the fear of God served as an incentive to abstain from the sins of the flesh.

Since the day the dispensation of grace entered, the devil uses the same old tactics to trip up the believer.

In the OT, Numbers chapters 19-25 revealed the reason why the children of Israel were stopped in the plains of Moab.

Sexual immorality.

According to the Lord Jesus in the Book of Revelation, Jesus revealed the reason behind Israel’s failure. Balak, king of Moab, was in fear of the children of Israel because of the other nations that were wiped off of the face of the earth. The Moabites were so fearful that they got physically sick. To know that you are about to be killed would probably make anyone sick.

Balak asked for the services of a seer. The double agent, Balaam. Balak paid a hefty diviner’s fee to get Balaam to get the God of heaven to curse the children of Israel. God told the prophet that He cannot reverse the blessing. Not that God would reverse it because a deeper reason as to why God wouldn’t curse Israel is before Him.

The Seed (the Lord Jesus) was determined by the plan and purpose of God to come through Abraham.

To curse the children of Abraham would mean the end of the plan of God to send the Seed to save man. Below this is the fact that the Lord, by His immutable counsel, blessed Abraham and God will not change His mind (Malachi 3:6).

To further pervert man, sexual immorality is the one thing that was used in an attempt to pervert the promise of the Seed as spoken by the Lord in Genesis 3:15.

Sexual perversion among pastors is still a major issue. More than ever, it is being addressed, but not regularly. It’s only when we read about another pastor falling into Secret and Overt Sexual Sins that we start talking about it.

In most of Paul’s writings, we see that he addressed it regularly.

Notice what he said in Ephesians 5:3-7 “But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.

For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

Therefore do not be partakers with them.” 

The word “fornication, fornicator.” It means “whoremonger.”

Pathetically, pastors that are not disciplined in their private lives, will be exposed publicly.

The combination of pastoral whoredom and parishioner whores is still wreaking havoc in the church.

Just because there are other subjects to deal with, if we fail to keep a watch in this area, we will get into trouble.

Jesus said in Matthew 26:41, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

If the disciples could fall asleep, there is no difference in falling into sexual sins. It is when we are not attentive to the moments of vulnerability that we fall into sin. Temptation comes at any time, however, it is when we are weak that temptation is at its strongest. The will to fight isn’t as potent. That’s why every opportunity of temptation is used to weaken your resistance.

Temptation is like a torture test.

Each drip is designed to break your will, where you just can’t resist that one hot looking man of woman. Sooner or later, if you are not careful, you will give in to this temptation and fall into sin. That’s why Jesus went to the place of prayer regularly. To avoid the place of falling into sin as a result of being tempted. The obedience He learned (see Hebrews 5:8 and Philippians 2:8), paid off and when it was time for Him to die, there would be no question about His resurrection.

The glory that He had before the foundation of the world would be restored to Him.

Just as Hebrews 12:2b said

“…who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

His obedience earned Him the name that is above every name, a seat at the right hand of God, and authority over everything in heaven, earth, and under the earth. Until all things are subdued and then the Father resumes as Lord of all according to 1 Corinthians 15.

There is no question about the ratio of men to women. Predominantly, more women are in church than men. Women are not the problem. Sexually immoral women are part of the problem. The combination of sexually immoral women and sexually immoral pastors raises the potential of a scandal. When it comes to scandals, it all started years ago when sexual inquisitiveness entered people at an early age.

For people, being married to one person is not enough. “Extramarital affairs” is really illegal sex on the side.

When pastors and female parishioners commit adultery and or fornication, they risk being denied entrance into the kingdom. As Paul said by the Spirit of God, “fornicators” have no inheritance in the kingdom of God.

They must repent of sin. It is evident that the kind of whoremonger is that of the world, however, what about those that practice fornication as a believer?

Were they a believer in the first place? Were they genuinely saved?

As Paul said in 2 Corinthians 13:5 “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? — unless indeed you are disqualified.”

Here’s how you examine yourselves.

Paul said in Ephesians 4:17-24 “This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”

If you are walking like the world, your salvation is suspect. If you are giving yourselves over to lewdness, your salvation is suspect.

If you are coming to church looking to “score,” your salvation is suspect.

Level one sexual addiction is porn, masturbation, adultery, fornication, prostitution.

It takes obedience, faith to implement or apply the Word of God, and courage to abstain from sexual immorality.

Sack time with Sister Suzy-Q is the staircase to hell. Sack time with a preacher is not worth going to hell over.

That’s what people do not think would happen. That when a person commits sexual sins, they are still going to heaven.

Read carefully 1 John 2:15-17. And read Ephesians 5:3-7.

Matthew 7:21-23, Revelation 21:8, and Hebrews 13:4, while you are at it.

Hell is full of people that never repented of sexual immorality. They never judged themselves.

If you are a pulpit whoremonger or a parishioner whore, the Lord offers forgiveness when you repent.

There is no need to turn the house of prayer into a gentlemen’s club.

Just In A Nick Of Time: The Eulogy Of My Late Brother in Law, William Barry Dye III.

A Scripture comes to mind about the time we have on earth.

James 4 :14 says “…whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”

While this blog has been about sexual immorality, I just want to take the time to talk about a connected issue which I will include.

William Barry Dye III, the oldest son of William Dye, Jr. and Lessie. B. Dye, passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2012.

Just one day before my late mother in law’s birthday on Christmas Eve. She went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 10, 2011.

For years, Barry, my brother in law, would live life his way. It’s quite common in families that serve the Lord that children live rebellious lives.

For years this would be the case. However, it pays to pray. Parents that pray for their children know the power of God. Mom Dye did this every day. She prayed every day for her children. One of the things that I love about the Lord is that He has inside information.

No prayer that man prays goes unanswered. Many of us do pray prayers in accordance with His will but the answer never materializes, but just because what we’ve prayed for didn’t manifest, it doesn’t mean that the Lord didn’t answer it. There are many variables that take place. We must also remember that man sometimes do not cooperate with God but when man cooperates with God, the answers were always what the Lord had in mind.

When the Father knows all things and the “cloud of many witnesses” are given inside information, the praise in heaven is deafening.

Mom Dye, while she was here, had many prayer partners. One person of note is Mrs. Thomas. A very close friend and prayer partner in the Saratoga projects in Brooklyn, NY. There is no question that they prayed in agreement and in earnest for Barry.

As another side note these ladies of Zion Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY, had prayer partners all over Brooklyn. My first landlord, Mrs. Marion Batson, a long time member of Zion Baptist Church, would have prayer with other prayer partners in her house almost every day during the late morning hours, or at noon.

I’m here to tell you that somewhere in the United States, in a community near you, there may be prayer partners praying and you will not know who or where they are but when you see the results that turn positive, just know that the God of prayer answer the saints of prayer.

While circumstances happen and while the devil will use every thing in his playbook to get a soul into hell, Barry was no exception. Every time he would attempt to join certain organizations, he would get kicked out. Martial Arts. Masonic Lodge. You name it. He didn’t last long. Certain churches. It didn’t matter. Barry wouldn’t last.

There is no question that prayer to prevent entrance into places where he wasn’t supposed to go, had something to do with why he wouldn’t be accepted into these organizations.

When it comes to prayer, God works in a spectrum of time but He is not governed by time. God governs time from eternity. Just because “there is a time and a season” for every purpose, God doesn’t look at a clock. The will of God was completed before time began. However, man is governed by time on earth. So when the Lord begins to pull man, there are times when they will know it and there will be times when they will not.

Nonetheless, Barry was running out of time but God is God.

It’s amazing to watch God unfold His plan without man’s permission, with the exception of the human will. God will not make you come into His kingdom. You have to desire Him and His Word. Barry knew where truth would be but when you are still led by the flesh and the mind, sometimes you really don’t care about time or eternity.

Just as we were driving away from the Crematorium to have his remains cremated, we were talking about getting into the apartment he was living in. In NYC housing, it’s called “succession.” After Mom Dye passed away, Barry had succession rights to the apartment. Barry had a roommate. This roommate had a porn problem. There would be porn pictures all over the roommate’s wall. So, my daughter found out about these pictures through a friend of my other brother in law, Vernon. To protect me from being exposed to these pictures, because I wanted to help out getting the apartment squared away after Barry’s passing, the Lord used my daughter to warn me not to go.

Without hesitation, I immediately complied, and I will not go.

LESSON. No matter how much distance you put, the affects of porn are still strong. Paul says we are to “Avoid the appearance of evil.” Strength is in avoiding, not in exposure. Name me one person that stuck his head up with a sniper taking shots at you and he survived. Not one. Each one got a hole in the head as proof that the devil is not out to wound you but to kill you.

But after Barry received Jesus, one Sunday, when Barry came to our church, the Lord dropped in my spirit that someone was watching pornography.

Right before my sermon, I said, “The Lord told me that someone was watching porn.”

You see, when you’ve been cleansed from the devastating affects of porn and self gratification, commonly called masturbation, you begin to pick up things along these lines. It doesn’t happen often but the Lord will tell you something.

I looked at all the brothers and the sound of silence was deafening in the house of the Lord. Yes, even the ladies were shocked but not that shocked because I’ve made an effort to inform the wives to check up on their husbands before this incident took place. I believe that wives need to know what is going on in the life of a man and if they are to save their marriage, if you haven’t confronted your husband about porn, your marriage may not last long.

Anyway, I looked at Barry and you could see that God was speaking through me about that situation. It is not certain that the Lord told me specifically that it was Barry that was watching porn, but I’ve seen my brother in law in action when women would walk near him. Like most men, there is a lust of the flesh and lust of the eyes problem. His eyes would travel and he would lay his best rap on these women.

One day, we were driving my mother in law home and in the back seat of my car, I had a copy of my book, Secret Sexual Sins. He looked and saw these three words and there was no question that his interest perked.

Why am I sharing all of this?

You and I do not know the degree of God’s grace. No one knows the limit of His measureless, abundant grace.

All those prayers and all of these incidences. God doesn’t care where you’ve come from or what you’ve done, so long as you finally make a decision to quit sin and come to Him. To cut right to the chase, shortly after my mother in law’s death, Barry came to church and received the Lord as His personal Lord and Savior. Mom’s prayers were answered by the Lord.

We all know that a sinner’s prayer anyone could pray, but it is what a person practices that determines if the salvation sticks. Now, mind you that Jesus mentioned that we must be born again. We know that Jesus said that “the wind blows where it wants and you hear the sound, but you cannot tell when it comes and where it is going. So is everyone that is born of the Spirit.”

In other words, you cannot see the work of the Holy Spirit according to Titus 3:5, but you can see that a person begins to change. They begin to say and do things that shows signs of a person that is genuinely born again. The organizations that Barry would be thrown out was because Barry would say things and make statements that would drive you nuts.

When Barry received Jesus, he didn’t have carfare to get to Prevailing Word and his sister, (my wife) told him just to go somewhere and get the Word. After mom’s passing, Barry’s closest voice to remind him of mom was his baby sister, but Barry needed a pastor. Bishop-elect Al Jackson, pastor of Highways and Hedges Christian Church, right across the street from the Saratoga projects, was right there. He baptized him on the profession of his faith and Barry participated in the church’s Men Talk men’s meeting.

Even there, Barry brought about controversy but the pastor, and the men at Barry’s new church handled business to “reel him in,” and bring him along in the Lord. You all know how much of a handful some of us were when we got saved, so do not look at yourself in your “perfection.”

Every one of us came with stuff and some of us still have stuff.

Pretty much the story of William Barry Dye III.

Yeah, this was the real Barry before the old Barry died and came alive in Christ.

In the last year, we’ve seen signs of a child of God emerge while he was making his way through so much struggling. Over 20 years before he gave his life to Jesus, from losing his job, losing his marriage. Angry and bitter at the world, and just causing controversy and mayhem with everything and everybody, God still had His hand on him.

Over this short period of time, one year’s worth, we’ve seen the Lord save him and delivered him. However, as with all persons, relapse does happen, as it did with Barry, but you learn to pick yourself up and keep it moving. Sometimes, even a relapse is costly. It turned out to be the tipping of the scales against him.

Drugs, alcohol, and a rebellious life. Pretty much a story of many people searching for answers to life that could only be found in Jesus. Or, perhaps, looking to mend wounds of the past by drowning oneself in the world’s pleasure drugs.

However, God’s love is greater. The Lord never overlooks sin, but He uses people to point the way to His grace. Even if circumstance of life happen, through it all, God is still a marvel.

In the remaining months of Barry’s life, congestive heart failure (CHF) took away from him a life that would have been wonderful to watch fully bloom in the Lord. Barry had a habit of “crying wolf” and we really didn’t put stock in what he was telling us. That he had what Mom Dye had, CHF, but Barry knew something. That he didn’t have much time left on earth.

We thought that Barry was joking but he was dead serious. We didn’t know how serious it was until after he departed this life. We’ve should have known when he gave his life to Jesus that something was up.

With reconciling and getting closer to his own three sons, and grandchildren, and reconciling with his younger siblings, somewhat accomplished, the grains in the hour glass of life were quickly assuming its place on top of the other grains of sand of his past. The last grain of sand fell when his heart stopped for the final time.

As we stood around to view his remains, at Matthew Barrett Funeral Home for the family viewing, at his Homegoing, and again, on Saturday, January 5, 2013 before we escorted his remains for the last time to the Crematorium, we couldn’t help but remember and laugh at the many antics of Barry. He left us with a treasure of memories that is characteristics of a life filled with, not just controversy, but a desire to see people laugh.

Even in pain, laughter is a medicine.

I recently hung my wedding pictures in our house. I look at how young we were, Valeria and I, but even though you may not see Barry, you see his handiwork. It’s just as good as a picture of him. For those pictures he took now serve as my own personal memorial of him on our living room wall.

What an amazing gift from you that you gave us Barry.

But what was the Lord doing?

He was showing us that life happens but eternal life happens too.

We also looked at the standpoint that sometimes when a person that has been through so much, that to avoid other incidences that have the potential to pull him away from the Lord, we can only say that in heaven, there is no better safe haven. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

You’ve often wondered if certain loved ones made it into His kingdom. We will soon find out, but when you have that assurance in your heart as the Holy Spirit witnesses to you, you get that sense of knowing that at least, he professed Jesus as Lord. The rest is up to us to be even more diligent to make OUR calling and election sure.

Again, it is good to have inside information that Barry would finally make it in his Lord’s kingdom. No preacher can preach a man or woman into the kingdom of heaven. Even when we have a sense in knowing that he made it, we are only assured of our own individual salvation.

Nonetheless, we all want a story to end nice and neat. However, one thing is certain, you can always tell when a person crosses over from death to eternal life. It’s all about practicing righteousness, but when you are a babe in Christ, while there is no exception, we must remember that even babies are vulnerable, but babes are still in the family.

While there was a number of factors that help a person come to the Lord, sometimes the small things are enough to place a marker in a person’s mind that perhaps someone is in your corner. That’s all Barry wanted. No quicker that God uses small things to attract them, they come to your church and get saved. We did that for Barry. Paid some of his bills. Helped him stay in the apartment. Put money in his hands. The little things pay big dividends. In some cases, eternal ones.

Barry, we miss you but we will meet again in Jesus. For now, we will chase after the Savior you now behold. And we will do our best to command those in our family to repent and receive the gospel of Jesus Christ, just as you did if they are to have any chance of seeing the Lord and you, in that great getting up morning.

The plan of the devil to get him into hell was foiled, and the prayers of the saint once again prevailed.

Barry, with all that happened in your life, you knew that you didn’t have much time left, but you made the right choice in the end.

God saved your spirit man, just in a nick of time.

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