History Screaming with Lungs Burning

I believe that a revival and resurrection of revolutionaries are on the horizon. Mankind is in need of revolutionary lovers, givers and thinkers. This seems contrary to the entitlement and self-serving generation that is now inheriting the earth. But I believe that the revolution in the hearts of man will be birthed from the divine rather than from the fruitless efforts of man. So many in the world seem hell-bent on killing and dying for perverted and warped doctrines or dogmas. This must be countered by a deep appreciation and revelation of how precious life is and how rare we are as a human soul. All of us are “one of kind” rare – but we fail to treat each other as such and history screams with lungs burning.

The “Guf” in Jewish tradition is a place that all of the souls of mankind initially reside. Sooner or later the last seed and soul will be planted into the womb of a mother and the Guf will be finally empty ushering in the very end of days as we currently understand it. The Bible states that God knew us before the foundations of the earth and with that understanding – we can conclude there is a finite amount of souls that are rarer than anything in the universe. Yet we treat each other so selfishly, so callous and so often as common trash.

Just as God will breath life into that last seed – He has breathed life into you and me so that we could experience the wonderful opportunities in this short vapor of time on earth to reach our ultimate and eternal destination. It’s how we live our lives that define our legacy, the memories of others, our contribution to humanity and our eternal home. Today’s world stage is our dress rehearsal for eternity. There is no “second act” or “take two” in life. All of us without exception will die, but it’s how we live our life toward others that means and determines everything.

A revolutionary has two common traits whether exhibited in the American Revolution, French Revolution, English Revolution and even the Bolshevik Revolution ~ They collectively believed in their cause and they were willing to sacrifice dearly for it. Until humanity is willing to collectively exhibit both attributes – history will continue to repeat itself.

Becoming More White or Becoming More Dark?

Something to think about: How does an individual become more “white” in a particular society? It’s easy to stereotype others that may reflect aspects of being more “Black”, “Oriental”, “Hispanic” etc. in cultural expressions. But it’s very difficult to define “whiteness” because we have erroneously elevated it by demonic influences to be a standard that all other cultures must achieve to reflect what is the societal “norm”. The more “white” (although we cannot define whiteness) an individual complies to – the more “normal” or acceptable they are viewed in First World culture. The prophetic application is stark – The end-time societal “normal” is on the horizon of mankind that will perpetuate the culture of antichrist and replace “whiteness” as the warped status quot.

The Manifestation of the Haruspex Spirit

Haruspex:

“In Etruscan and Roman religious practice, a haruspex (plural haruspices) is a person trained to practice a form of divination called haruspicy, hepatoscopy or hepatomancy. Haruspicy is the inspection of the entrails of sacrificed animals and humans. Haruspicy is one of the three branches of the “Etruscan discipline” preserved in written texts that were known to the Romans, along with ritual practice and divination from lightning.” (I find it interesting that Lucifer was cast out of heaven like a bolt of lightning.)

I titled this article not to compare the natural manifestations or parallels of the haruspex practices to prophetic ministry today. Rather, I utilized this ancient spirit to draw attention to spiritual manifestations and parallels in which mankind as well as those within the church oftentimes seek signs, wellness and direction in life outside of God’s plan through Christ. Much of mankind’s warped searching for direction and purpose is due to the lack of prophetic ministry functioning in its ordained power and purpose.

I believe that many (including myself) are not just looking for spiritual direction in this hour and season – but a directive from the Lord in reference to our calling and commission as a prophetic generation. We can only proclaim prophetic truth with accuracy to the degree that we understand how prophecy moves within the church or societal environment that the Lord has approved. Please notice the word “approved.” Presumption is the ultimate killer of destiny and is the catalyst for spiritual disappointment. Many who know me understand my softer position on prophecy in regard to those who are just beginning and learning walk in their calling and eventual commission. There must be a understanding that we need and must gradually mature in our gifting just as a baby learns to crawl and just as a child learns to walk and as we grow older – finally learn to run. Sadly, spiritual patience has been nominal as most just learning to crawl in their prophetic gifting have been silenced into submission by immature and insecure leadership or not given the opportunity at all.

All of us who are running the race to finish strong have struggled through child-like crawling and unsteadiness in our spiritual giftings. But this is also a time when we must confront the reality and signs of the times in a spirit of love and purpose in regard to the advancement of falsehood that has and will continue to infiltrate the prophetic voice as even the elect are being deceived. Discerning truth from falsehood and even more importantly – aggressively exposing shades of gray is of the utmost importance at this time in history for angels disguised as light will deceive many as the days unfold.

I find it tremendously enjoyable to be a part of a congregation which equips the saints for ministry through encouragement and the love of God which is expressed toward me to write and prophesy via the power of the pen. Even though they may not agree with every aspect of this article, they realize that I am on a path seeking to grow. Within the environment of this freedom comes an awareness that we (the church) are in a spiritual hour of deep contemplation, repentance and transition which is the key to a genuine prophetic resuscitation. Our love for the destiny of the church (the people of God) is what makes bold, but yet loving confrontation necessary at times as we move toward the soon return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Likewise, we must realize that there are many “wrong” ways to be “right” in proclaiming truth. A grave matter at hand is that most individuals in our modern churches, businesses, societies and cultures are easily offended by truth. Simply put, we are an offended generation due to the entitlement spirit that is spreading like a cancer across the world. Some camps desire to not stir the pot and are willing to allow error to go unchecked and run rampant while other camps desire to hammer you over head with what they believe to be “truth”. The gift and spirit of wisdom has been under-developed and undesired within the church as well as humanity in general. This must change and a desperate apprehension for wisdom’s benefits must be sought after in this hour. Sacred cows and compromises are being slaughtered on the alter of divine truth.

Jesus Christ (the spirit of prophecy) as our prophetic example – humbled himself and only spoke what the Father showed or revealed to Him. I’m convinced that Jesus in the form of natural flesh and blood would have had much to say concerning the state of world affairs in his day (The heyday of pagan Rome). However, he humbled himself to only reveal the heart and purpose of the Father. The cool thing is that Christ has chosen you and me at this time in history to speak “His” direct words. With that said, I will maintain my stance and patience with the need for prophetic training and the certain mistakes that will be made as we grow in maturation. But on the other hand, we must also take prophecy very seriously and steward it well as the spirit, heart and actual words of Christ. The abuses and falsehoods must exit stage left with all the casualties that are at stake in this hour and the casualness that words seem flow off the tongue of man as “Thus says God”.

“I don’t receive glory from men, but I know you, that you do not have God’s love in yourselves. I have come in My Father’s name, and you don’t receive Me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. How can you believe, who receive glory from one another, and you don’t seek the glory that comes from the only God?” (John 5:41-44)

Jesus said, “that if another comes in his own name, you will receive him.” I certainly do not believe that the Lord was referring to this issue in a complimentary way. I do believe that this statement has no better application than the current days in which we live in. It seems that men who come in “their own names” are still attracting large crowds of men-worshipers who are ever increasingly reliant upon “them” for a word from God. It seems that many will travel half-way across the globe for a word from the man or woman of God who comes in his own name rather than from God Himself. The bride is continually running away from the alter to attend the latest conference or buy the hottest book to gain spirituality. After all, this method is so much more easier and pleasing to the flesh than genuine intimacy and prayer. It is the Lord’s desire that genuine prophecy stir, direct, and challenge people to hear his voice, his calling and his commission for themselves.

The Lord is confronting the users and abusers of his ministry gifts that have been plagiarized or stolen and promoted by the names and agendas of man. The Scriptures state that the Lord will never rescind a spiritual gift once given. However, the Lord can and will remove the opportunities to use or exercise them. The carnal man loves to see his name attached to what he perceives he has accomplished. The carnal man loves to hear his name and accomplishments roll off the tongues of others. The fleshly man by nature loves to see his name shining in lights for all to see. These men, women and ministries are naturally attracted to one another and feed off of each others compliments of how well they are doing (or, should I say: “performing”) to justify their approach to ministry. Likewise, the people who follow these ministries love to be identified with them for the purpose of recognition, association, affirmation and acceptance. We are not as individualistic as we would like to believe ourselves to be – we are groupish by nature and embrace what our families, businesses, and societal groups or sub-cultures dictate – whether it’s truth or falsehood. In other words, people don’t simply embrace abortion for no reason. Many are horrified deep down inside but support it anyways because the groups they been embraced and committed to for social identification have determined it. This includes the church and its many sub-cultures.

“Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching. For a time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to fables.” (2 Timothy 4:2-4)

I am saddened when I go to websites of well-known evangelistic and prophetic ministries to read more than half of their material lifting up themselves up and their accomplishments under the guise of “testimony.” They will weave in a few scripture verses along with a little revelation to make it justifiable. Beloved, this is not the heart of Christ for anointed ministry to bring permanent change in people’s lives and what he has entrusted to us. We must be honest and come to terms with our human nature to desire recognition, affirmation and admiration. By nature, we love to be rewarded by recognition of what “I” have accomplished. The taking up of our cross daily is the crucifying of our need for fleshly recognition and praise. When we follow Jesus, only He is seen as we become a shadow in His leading. It is at this time of spiritual maturity and humility that our shadows (like Peter) will possess anointing and power. True and authentic ministry requires and demands a dying to one’s self so that Christ may be glorified in all areas of our life.

It is critical at this hour before a quickening judgment begins within the prophetic umbrella that we cease from charging silver and gold for prophetic words, articles and materials. I understand the value of supporting ministries through the offering of ministerial materials etc. However, if “prophetic” words are truly prophetic…Then they are directly the words and Spirit of Christ and are offered as a free gift of grace and have already been paid for in full. The plagiarism of Christ and the Spirit for gain will no longer be tolerated in the kingdom and will be swiftly exposed.

“For if I were still pleasing men, I wouldn’t be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10)

If the favor and acceptance of man is our focus, we will never truly desire to decrease that Christ would increase. Most reading this already know that not one miracle was ever attributed to John the Baptist. Yet, Jesus said that he was the greatest of all men. Why? Because as you already know – John desired to greatly decrease so that Christ would greatly increase. It seems that many equate ministerial greatness and validity with the miracles and visions they hear and read others claim under their personal ministry as well as the circle of friends they keep – rather than biblical substance and humility. The Lord gave us a blueprint in his Word for storing up eternal treasure in heaven and I believe that the formula for storing up eternal treasure is very simple: Anything that glorifies Christ on earth will be rewarded in heaven and anything that glorifies our name on earth will stay here on earth and blown away as chaff.

“For I say unto you, you have received your reward.” Jesus also said, “How can you believe, who receive glory from one another?”

Many of today’s ministry leaders would like us to believe that there is a “new wineskin” of revival being constructed in the body of Christ. First of all, I don’t see this in the scriptures. However, a “great falling away” is clearly stated and defined. The truth is that all of modern movements named by “man” – whatever you would prefer to call them: (“Third Day”, “Third Wave”, “Apostolic-Prophetic”, “Last Days”, “Hebraic Roots”, “Remnant”, “Five-Fold”, etc.) have the same religious hierarchical order that resembles the world system and a Greco-Roman structure of government. Thus, the lack of societal results are reflected. This is easily discerned by the casual observation of the modern leaders of these ministerial networks taking on the names and title of “apostle” and “prophet” along with “set-men”, “overseer”, and “apostolic covering.” The controlling spirit behind these newly coined movements is still the same old religious wineskin under a new guise. While the recognition of the five-fold gifts and the individuals commissioned by the Spirit to operate in them is paramount to the church’s life, power and success – it is the self-entitlement and advertisement of these “titles” that removes the anointing, power and spiritual potential within a congregation of believers.

For instance, I am quite proud of my aerospace engineering career, but I do not expect to called “Aerospace Engineer Danny” or “Doctor Danny” or “Accountant Danny” etc. The demand and accountability to “man” is in the forefront of such leadership focus for the purpose of preserving power, displaying position and a reliant following to financially support and maintain the status quot. Frankly, I am not interested in supporting or even maintaining the status quot because it simply has not worked as history has so clearly painted. With this said and on the other hand, if you cannot submit under the authority of man within the government of the church which is seen – we can expect that you will never truly submit to the authority of God which is not seen and you are deceived otherwise. My point is the absurd titling we that have bestowed upon man in their like weaknesses as any other man. We don’t need titles…What we need are results and behaviors that confirm our spiritual identity rather than promote them.

I am not stating that that the recognition of others and their spiritual position or commission within the church are not needed in the lives of God’s people. They certainly are and should be expected. We vitally need to know and understand who has spiritual authority and anointing at a particular time to meet and speak to our needs (especially when God seems to be silent or that he desires that we rely upon each other in relationship). The problem is when these recognitions become the primary focus of the local church for the garnering of affirmation and acceptance. The result that is produced is man-centered religiosity rather than Christ-centered ministry. The focus becomes the religion, dogmas and anointing of man rather than the relationship with Christ and the power of his Spirit. Ministry leadership moves into error when a man’s true spiritual value and maturity is based on attendance, tithing, and the covering of man, rather than the covering of Christ’s blood which is completely sufficient. Spiritual maturity and aptitude is not based on a set of rules. Those who mature through intimacy will naturally exhibit spiritual growth and desire to gather with the saints and submit to another in a spirit of love. It was the rule driven religious mind-set of the Pharisees that Jesus so vigorously confronted. As a matter of fact, it was the only thing I can find in scripture that He really hated besides the single person of Esau which was a symbol of worldly rather than spiritual focus or priorities. I am very fortunate to attend a church in Darien, Georgia where the leadership has earned spiritual and genuine apostolic recognition through humility, character and a daily lifestyle. I hope and pray you experience the same. If not – leave and find a place that reflects as much. I’m not kidding. Time is too short for these silly religious games and pitiful manipulations.

What is manifesting today is nothing more than new names and faces put on old systems or wineskins rather than the manifestation of kingdom government. The environment that man-centered religion produces is the manipulation (witchcraft) of false submission. Man-centered religious systems create an atmosphere for others to utilize false submission, false humility and corrupted tithing to gain a warped and counterfeit spiritual promotion rather than producing a genuine relationship and anointing from God. In other words, it no longer becomes the fruit and integrity of a man’s life, but how much a man is willing to submit and approve of a religious leader’s agenda or complete lack of agenda (a dead church). Of course, anything that is contrary to the agenda is considered “rebellion.”

The call to prophesy comfort, encouragement, and edification is for all of us who have faith to proclaim and to receive of its benefits. Thus, “we all may prophecy.” This is vital to the health and life of the church. However, the primary call of the “prophet” has always been to proclaim repentance in a spirit of concerning love when man corrupts what God has ordained. However, it seems that the church is content and comfortable with the gift of prophesy but has an aversion and resistance to the words of the prophet. Those who are naming or calling their ministries “prophetic” but refuse to confront sin and religion within the church are the creations of man, for they seek man’s approval. Prophetic ministry is one of the few things in life that we must have both ways. We must readily take the message that edifies and encourages and we must also embrace the message that confronts and calls for personal repentance.

The fruit of authentic prophetic ministry is that it speaks to the issues of one’s soul and life both individually and corporately. It penetrates past the walls of rejection, rebellion and denial. It comes from the heart of God to reveal genuine truth to one’s life for the purpose of conforming that person to the image and mind of Christ. It is only this avenue that leads to the abundant life. Many are saying that the church has lost its relevance to a lost and dying world. Sadly, I must agree with this statement. We have created institutions that tickle the ears with comfortable words, rather than equipping and challenging people to fulfill their destiny as kingdom participants and disciple-makers in their particular gifting. Or, we tilt so flaky in “weird prophetic goulash” that the church has little to no relevance in our societies. The lost simply cannot relate to prophetic expressions of “warfare”, “swords”, “armor”. Imagine if a “Islamic prophetic revival” started and they began expressing these catch-phrases in their proclamations and writings? The Christian prophetic camp would be the first to protest in awe…Yet we express the same words so flippantly in our self-righteousness.

“For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things that are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen…” (1Corinthians 1:16-2

Some might think that if Christ had desired his message to have impact – that he could have easily promoted his popularity more effectively. Modern thinking would suggest that Jesus should have done everything possible to promote his fame and tone down the controversies that arose out of his teachings. I suppose that many today would have counseled Jesus to employ strategies to maximize the crowds around him to validate his ministry. However, Jesus did just the opposite. Instead of taking the popular route to enhance his acceptance, Jesus began to stress even more the very things that made his messages controversial and personal.

Jesus went on to preach a message so confronting and offensive that the multitudes left, leaving only a handful of devoted men and women. Among those who stayed were the twelve disciples whom Jesus had personally chosen and appointed to represent and continue his ministry. They were ordinary men and Jesus’ strategy for advancing his kingdom and church hinged upon these twelve ordinary men. Many, in Jesus’ day and much like today, came for the purpose of what they could get out of Jesus’ ministry rather than what they were willing to give back to it. The church is comprised of “living” stones and not the dead stones of debt-laden buildings and parsonages. It seems many are more concerned of investing in a building or ministry rather than the kingdom – which are the people just like you and I. The Son of God came and dwelt among men and it seems that most of mankind just wanted what they could get out of Him. Has it really changed?

Jesus chose to build His church and ministry through a few un-exceptional, ordinary and fallible men. Jesus sought this over military might, personal popularity, education, and a good comfortable sales pitch to win a following. The future of the church would literally hinge upon the faithfulness and humility of a handful of repentant men who loved and embraced the truth of Jesus’ ministry. The choosing of these twelve (handful) was a judgment against the institution of religion that man had created and erected. Jesus didn’t choose a single Scribe, Pharisee, or Sadducee. He didn’t choose a single man to lead his church who was theologically trained. He didn’t choose a man with an impressive spiritual or natural title. He chose fisherman and even a repentant tax collector who counted themselves as no reputation for the glory of Jesus Christ.

You are not reading this by accident. Christ has chosen you to continue building His church through your faithfulness and love for the truth…Just as a handful of men were chosen many years ago. I am convinced that the Lord is calling us back to the model of love and ministry that he gave us through the scriptures and is speaking through his Spirit to the churches today. Yes, the Lord is inspecting the condition of our lampstands. The Lord is calling us back to a prophetic ministry that meets and heals people in a real and genuine way. The last days are unfolding and will hinge upon our coming back to our roots and sharing the heart of Christ with others in a real and personal way – our lifestyle. This will come quickly when the name and works of Jesus become the focus rather than ours.

The purpose of this message is not to criticize any particular individual, denomination, or ministry in any way. All of us, including the unbeliever, are deeply loved by our Father and saved by grace lest we boast. Because He does love us, He has given us the gift of prophecy and prophetic ministry to touch people’s lives in a very special and relational way. And what is so special about prophetic ministry is that it builds deep and meaningful relationships in our care for one another. It shows those who are searching for life’s answers that there is a God and He loves them very much. So much so that he sacrificed all that he had for them. What about us?

Truth De’Jour

I wonder how much of modern prophecy is true?
I wonder how much of prophecy stated by others to be from the Lord himself is really “himself?”
I wonder how much prophecy that I read today is really relevant to the world and the lost in this hour?
I wonder what will be reaped from prophetic falsehood?
I wonder why the “new thing” God is doing rarely reflects specifics and has been a “new thing” for the last 50 years?
I wonder why the prophetic camp keeps stating the same ultra vague proclamations over and over – year after year?
I wonder how many simply desire to be prophetic but are not?
I wonder if modern prophecy truly impacts the nations or is simply prophetic folks speaking prophetic jargon to one another within their own subculture?
I wonder how many who strive in prophecy are starved for affirmation and acceptance?
I wonder how many truly understand the signs of the times?
I wonder how many will continue to tickle the ears when the Scriptures clearly foretell of collapse and a great falling away?
I wonder how many prophetic individuals are truly prepared in word and deed for a great falling away?
I wonder why proclamations of natural disasters or phenomena which happen thousands of times everyday and year after year seem to garner prophetic respect and accountability?
I wonder if the prophetic sub-culture has truly paid the price in prayer or simply riding on the coattails of yesteryear’s stale proclamations?
I wonder how many read their own posts numerous times?
I wonder how many are unhealed and still wounded and hurt?
I wonder how many have an agenda to promote?
I wonder how many steward their physical bodies well which is the base reflection of true stewardship?
I wonder how many are naturally lazy but present spiritual activity?
I wonder how many cannot manage money but seem to manage prophecy?
I wonder how many embrace what is expected of them rather than what is truth?
I wonder how many “prophets” have prophesied in public?
I wonder how many “prophets” have relational and social issues and of no practical affect?
I wonder how many “prophetic people” desire to gather with the saints?
I wonder if this post will be received in humility and introspection or defensively?
I wonder and yet hope that some of these questions that apply in my life will be healed so that the untainted and pure word of the Lord would flow as a refreshing stream to my family, friends, associates and to the nations…

Future Economic State – May, 2013

Future Economic State?

I write this as the U.S. economy “appears” to be making a comeback.

If the current financial trends and economic ideologies continue:

It will start with the current and reckless strategy of the Federal Reserve to print massive amounts of money out of thin air at close to 0% interest in an attempt to continue stimulating the economy. Everything from mass welfare to road projects to interest debt must be paid from “something.”

These printed “funds” I speak of haven’t made it into the U.S. markets and the economy yet. But it is a mathematical certainty that once a single event or trigger happens – the dam will break open and once this money passes through the current reserves and hits the markets, inflation will surge at a record pace.

For instance, once you hit 10% inflation, a 10-year Treasury bond will lose about half its value. And by 20%, any value is all but gone. Interest rates can only increase dramatically at this point, and that will cause real estate values to collapse. Thus, the stock market will collapse as a consequence of these other dynamics.

Don’t take my word…Just check out what investors “in the know” are doing at this hour in history. Let’s hope I’m wrong!

The Love of Truth or the Worship of Reason?

Is it really that easy to change our minds? Is it really that easy once we have bought into a training of thought whether scientific (educational), social-political, or spiritual?

Is there such a thing as a study, position, or dogma that you “must” believe? The answer is “no” and that we can always question the methods, findings, or find an alternative interpretation of the data or what is being promoted. And if all else fails, we can call into question the honesty (integrity) and ideologies of the promoters. As I stated in the Word press article Mind Games to Mind Melt: “Since we have computers and search engines hanging from our hips – we can simply Google a team of supporting scientists, theorists and authorities 24 hours a day for almost any conclusion to support whatever reasoning you choose to believe.” Our white knuckle beliefs range from global warming to whether a fetus is a baby to political views on marriage to evolution versus creation. Again, just Google your belief and you will find supporting evidence to justify your immovable stance. Could it be that this new dynamic in our modern and highly informational world has created a double edged sword of blind polarization which lacks intelligent and rational debate on its back-swing? I believe the answer is “yes” and humanity will pay the ultimate price in its rationalized, self-delusional and prideful state. Shades of gray will continue to spread over the earth and the aspects of genuine truth and blatant falsehood will blend into a lukewarm tonic that will poison the collective soul of cultures and societies. Even the body of Christ will require an anti-venom to counter the poison of the graying of absolute truth. The embracing of “everyone is a winner” and “everyone is right” will manifest as mass losers and mass deceived on a corporate scale.

Will humanity continue to believe almost anything that will support “Our Team?”

Many political scientists and gurus have assumed and taught that people vote selfishly or to serve their own interests. Thus, they vote for the candidate that will benefit them the most. However, decades of research in regard to public opinion have led to the conclusion that self-interest is a very weak predictor of policy preferences. For instance, parents of children in public schools are not any more supportive of government aid to schools than other citizens. Young men who are subject to the military draft are not more opposed to military escalation than men too old to be drafted. People who lack health care insurance are not more likely to support government issued health care insurance than people covered by insurance. Rather, people care about their groups or subcultures whether those be racial, regional, religious or social-political.

In matters of public opinion and in my opinion, citizens ranging from the elite to the poor seem to be asking themselves, “not what’s in it for me” but rather, “what’s in it for my group?” Political opinions, religious dogmas and various behaviors function as badges of social membership. They are like the array of bumper stickers that people put on their cars showing political causes, universities, sports teams and even habits they support. Simply put, our politics, religion, and behavior is groupish and not necessarily selfish. So, may I ask what do “you” really believe is true and serves the betterment of humanity? Do you even know what is true? Or maybe, we are simply believing what is expected of us by the subculture we have embraced?

If people can see what they want to see and believe what they want to believe – just imagine how much propensity there is for political partisans and religious zealots to see different, tainted and obscured facts in the reality of the social world. This “attitude polarization effect” occurs when you give a single bit of information to people with differing partisan leanings. For example, liberals and conservatives actually move further apart when the research clearly defines whether the death penalty deters crime or when they rate the quality of the arguments made by candidates in a presidential debate or when they evaluative arguments or results about welfare, affirmative action and gun control. I may be loosing some readers (especially religious or spiritual) at this time who have convinced themselves that they are “not of this world” and have mistakenly taken these scriptural words as literal which denies social or institutional accountability rather than spiritually which defines a believer’s eternal position. The denial of participation in social-political interests by Christians is both dangerous and delusional. I hope you will stay with me because without political institutions – you would not have a road worthy to drive on to work let alone to be safe from crime and the quality of life you experience today. As I have stated before, “How would a simple pot hole get filled to save your tires from blowing and axles from breaking after a winter thaw if not for basic and participatory political institutions?” The crux of this message is coming to terms with our composite social belief systems and why we believe them. The corporate beliefs of a nation and society will ultimately define its blessing or curse as the days unfold.

Is the worship of reasoning about being reasonable?

All human and animal brains are designed with a major reward center and create flashes of pleasure when the subject does something important for its survival and small pulses of the neural transmitter dopamine in the brain is where these good feelings are manufactured. Heroin and cocaine are addictive because they artificially trigger this dopamine response in the brain. Rats who can press a button to deliver an electrical stimulation to their reward centers will continue pressing until they collapse from starvation. The catch is that when we find avenues to escape the handcuffs of “truth” to justify the survival of our beliefs – we get a little hit of dopamine. If what I am stating is true, then it would explain why extreme belief systems and its zealous partisans are so stubborn, close-minded and committed to beliefs that are bizarre and even paranoid. Like rats that cannot stop pressing a button, partisans may simply be unable to stop believing weird things. Simply put, the partisan brain has been reenforced so many times for performing mental contortions that free it from unwanted beliefs, although these unwanted beliefs may be genuinely true. Extreme partisanship and polarization may be literally addictive. I clearly see this in much of the Christian prophetic and hell-fire camps in it’s continued proclamations of doom and destruction rather than the love of God. These expressions of beliefs are also active within many other religious expressions of conquest (e.g. Islam) and military justification under the guise of national security.

Have we been brainwashed and deluded by the delusional?

Websters Dictionary defines delusion as “a false conception and persistent belief unconquerable by reason in something that has no existence in fact.”

Maybe the worship of “reason” is itself an illustration of one of the most long lived delusions in western culture? I will coin this the “rationalists delusion.” Many know and understand the story and event of Adam and Eve. Likewise, many believe that Eve was tempted, deceived and fell when she partook of the forbidden fruit. This couldn’t be farther from the “truth.” Eve was approached by the serpent and told that if she partook of the fruit – she would essentially see and be like God. On the other hand, God had previously told her, “not to partake of the fruit from the tree in the midst of the garden lest she die.” Before we hypocritically judge Eve too harshly; we must ask ourselves if Eve had ever been lied to before? Did Eve even know what a lie was or have a frame of reference? The answer is no and we can only conclude that Eve had “two perceived truths” at this time in history. The ultimate sin did not happen when the fruit showed the imprints of Adam’s and Eve’s teeth. The fall and sin occurred well before when Eve rationalized God’s absolute truth against a possible option that preyed upon the glory of self. A good analogy would be if I stepped off the 2nd story roof of my house. I immediately “fall” when I step off the roof (rationalization). I experience the impact or pain of the fall when I hit the ground (result of the rationalization).

Has the world been invaded by the Political Intelligentsia, Academic Elitists and Religious Zealots?

The problem with truth is that most western thought hinges upon the idea that reasoning is our most noble human attribute and is thus worshiped as such. As Plato stated in regard to reasoning: “It makes us like the gods” in our truth diluted state. Sadly, this line of thought and reasoning will ultimately take us beyond the belief in God as the harbinger of truth as we deceivingly become gods unto ourselves. Such was the tragedy of Eve. This probably wouldn’t have happened had Adam exercised his dominion over all creation. Rather, he let the serpent and a serpentine delusion infiltrate his domain, social and spiritual order. The rationalists delusion is not just a reflection of human nature, it’s also a claim that most people in positions of influence will be granted more and more power and it usually comes along with a utopian program or agenda for raising more “rational children.” I speak more directly to this prophetic development in the article: The U.S. Invasion of the Political Intelligentsia. Many rationalist have asserted that the ability to reason well about ethical issues causes good behavior which they see or interpret as universal truth. They believe that reasoning is the highway to moral truth and they believe that people who reason well are more likely to act morally. But if this were the case, then moral philosophers who reason about ethical principles all day long should be more virtuous than other people. Or are they?

I have found on-line (Google!) which provided several reputable research studies to address or attempt to answer this question. Moral philosophers and educators were measured on how often they give to charity, vote, call their mothers, donate blood, donate organs, clean up after themselves at philosophy based conferences and respond to emails supposedly from students. The results were stark and in none of these criteria are moral philosophers better than other philosophers or professors in other fields. The researchers even dug up missing books from dozens of college libraries that specialize in moral philosophy and found that academic books on ethics which are presumably and mostly borrowed by ethicists are more likely to be stolen or never returned than books in other areas of academia. In other words, expertise in moral reasoning does not seem to improve moral behavior and it’s belief systems. Likewise, it does not prove the morally educated to be more moral than anybody else in all social classes.

The love of truth or the worship of reason?

Anyone who loves truth should cease from worshiping “reason”. We all need to take a cold hard look at the evidence and see “reasoning” and “rationalization” for what it is and how they have defined history. When combined, they are the elixir of mankind which casts us under the spell of antichrist. Divine truth will always confound the wise of the world for a variety of obvious “reasons”. Most of the bizarre and research findings that justify ungodly behavior make sense once you realize that human reasoning has evolved not to help us find truth but to help us engage in argument, persuasion and manipulation in the context of discussions with other people. In other words, skilled arguers are not after the truth, but after arguments supporting their views.

Humanity will ultimately believe and defend the positions of its groups and subcultures. Truth will always be looked upon by the world body as individually personal rather than eternally divine. All of us must come to this conclusion as mankind’s track record has proven. We simply have very little success in changing another person’s belief system and positions – especially when backed into a corner to prove their error. This is compounded when aspects of spiritual truth which are not seen by natural eyes are taken into account. A wild animal that falls prey to a trap will mangle itself and even attempt to chew its own leg off rather than submitting to the truth of its situation. We can argue that this is simply in the animals nature. This is exactly my point. It is indeed a part of our fallen nature and prayer is the only power on earth that can change a person’s conscience, beliefs and behavior through the working of the Holy Spirit.