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"An Inside Perspective"

May 2012


                           


My Dear Family in Christ,

Ever precious greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! As you may remember from 2011, Harold Camping from Family Radio was busy, with the help of the media, stirring up “the world” with his false prophecies of the end of the world.

It is written, “When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him." (Deut. 18:22)

Beyond comprehension, many people were found to have given away all their substance, even their life savings, while others sold their houses in preparation for the coming of the Lord’s day of judgment. Sadly, this was not the first time that he had “the world” all wound up with his spiritual shenanigans and was proven wrong. Notice that I use the phrase “the world” because those who know their Lord, and thus revere His Word, should have known the truth. It is written, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” (Matt. 24:36)

Beloved, we are people of the truth. We are keepers of the truth. We are dispensers of the truth. It is our protection and rule. Jesus said to the Father, “Sanctify them [us] by the truth, Thy Word is truth.” (John 17:17)

It amazes me how quick people are to believe everything that the media tells them. The world is being set up. It is clear as a bell to me. The TV truly has become the world’s oracle. I ask people, “How do you know that so and so is true?” And they reply without hesitation, “It was on channel seven last night, didn’t you see it?” Accepting that as the final authoritative proof of truth, and more so, testifying [test-a-lying] to it!

They seem to put no thought into it and then I hear them repeating the same lie later as truth. I constantly hear the phrase “my shows” among the brethren. My show this and my show that, “I must get back to my cell before ‘my show’ comes on!” They’ve all gone mad, I tell you! They have owned the shows in their hearts, and worse, they delight with bated expectation in viewing the iniquitous dregs!

The world has no source of truth. Everything is relative to them and so they fall quickly to the lies of the enemy. Satan gleefully spoon-feeds them ungodly mindsets while incrementally dispensing his nefarious lies, and soon, everyone knows it’s true. The devil has indeed erected his pulpit, enthroning himself everywhere you look, even in every household and family. Christian households with three or four alters, discipling the children day in and day out. As is his want, Satan is now as omnipresent as possible for a created being.

It’s normal now. I tell the young believers at Bible study that they do not “need” a TV and they look at me like a loony-tuned old codger who’s lost his spiritual marbles! They truly cannot conceive of life without their TV! I guess I’m in good company, though, because Festus said, “Paul, thou art beside thyself: much learning doth make thee mad.” (Acts 26:24b)

Make no mistake about it, the TV is the devil’s pulpit and he is preaching 24/7. His deception is so thorough, yet so subtle, that he has lured his sheep into loving his lies. His doctrines are clothed in all the pleasures of the world. He has encapsulated the world in a box, thus birthing the lust of flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life in all who drink thereof. Beloved, ask yourself, “Do I love it?” Be truthful, at least with yourself.

It is written, “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work...and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth [God’s Word], that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thess. 2:7-12)

You all know that every once in a while I have to come down hard with this truth to challenge you. It is my prayer that you will be receptive, and if needed, tweak your walk accordingly. You are out there in “the world,” I am on the inside looking out. Things have changed radically out there in the 21 years I have been inside here. Precious one, certain things are radically clear to me; this subject is one of them and so I speak.

The world’s fascination with the end-times belies their denial of a coming judgment. They intrinsically know it’s coming, that much we do have in common. The Mayan calendar says 2012 is the year and there is much hoopla concerning it. What say ye? Can you really imagine your life without TV? Have you received “the strong delusion?” Beware, beloved, the old serpent...

“DECEIVETH THE WHOLE WORLD.” (REV. 12:9)

JOYFULLY IN JESUS,
LOVE, PHILIP