God has His mighty warriors across the world in the global conflict against the anti-Christ and anti-Christian powers of darkness. The warfare is becoming ever fiercer, and as it does, I sense that the army of the Lord Jesus Christ is ever being heightened by the Holy Spirit in its bravery for and loyalty to their Master. Martyrs are now many and the deserters are few.
As we shall see in this exciting and gripping call to strengthen our faith in the Lord, the global war against the principalities and powers of darkness is being fought on every front and in every occupation. Jesus Christ has his faithful ones everywhere, and we must remember this:
“IT IS NOT FIRST OF ALL THE ABILITY BUT THE VALOR OF
THE SOLDIERS THAT ALWAYS WINS THE DAY.”
BRAZIL’S SOCCER WARRIORS FOR CHRIST
“‘Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord.”
The Brazilian Soccer (Football) Team has recently been chastised by FIFA (International Federation of Football Association) as members of the squad displayed their love and commitment to Jesus Christ on their uniforms. This included “Real Madrid” forward Kaka and captain Lucio who wore athletic shirts with the following witness for Christ written out for all to see:
“I BELONG TO JESUS,”
Wow! Owned by Jesus! How is that for a team logo? Nike would never dream that up. The same people in America who would object to bringing Christ into sports have no objection to sending their kids out on Halloween in red costumes with a pointed tail, and a hood with black horns on top. Of course they would downplay it all by saying that they are not dressed as the devil, but only as a little devil. My, my, how cute. What our children should do is wear Kaka’s and Lucio’s Athletic-Jesus shirts on Halloween and go around the neighborhood with their parents handing out candy and Gospel tracts to their neighbors. No trick, just truth and treat!
I Belong To Jesus! Of course, for we as Christians have been bought with a price. We are not our own, but we belong to our faithful Savior Jesus Christ. We read in I Corinthians 6:20,
“For you have been bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body.”
That means that the soccer players are not FIFA’S soccer players, or even Real Madrid’s Soccer Players, but that they are “Christ’s Soccer Players.” That is the real kick in FIFA’s shin bones. Kaka and Lucio have not first of all been bought with multi-million dollar contracts, but with the inestimable price of the blood of Jesus which makes their contracts look like mere pennies.
Another soccer jersey shouted,
“I LOVE JESUS.”
Dear me, some of us won’t even put Christian bumper stickers on our cars for fear of being alienated from the masses, or for fear of being scorned or even targeted for physical or automobile abuse.
First of all, it should be noted that most of Real Madrid’s soccer players of faith are “Pentecostals.” Holy Spirit-filled Christians cannot live a double life. They are not half soccer players and half Christians. Christ is their entire life, including their soccer life. They are not so much “Christian Athletes” as they are “Athletic Christians.” The word “Christian” is never an “Adjective” but always a “Noun.“ As the spirit-filled Apostle Paul puts it in Colossians 3:4,
“When Christ, Who is our life….”
If you will:
“WHEN JESUS SENDS DOWN THE HOLY SPIRIT UPON THE BELIEVER,
THE BELIEVER IS LIFTED UP ABOVE AND BEYOND HIMSELF
INTO CHRIST WHO BECOMES HIS TOTAL WORLD.”
That alone explains it all, for the “Baptism” and “Fullness” of the Holy Spirit always lifts hearts to a whole new Jesus-plane off the soccer field and on. Jesus becomes their soccer life too. He infuses and permeates every aspect of life. He is all of life, and therefore whether they eat, drink or play soccer, they do it all as unto the Lord. (I Corinthians 10:31)
When Jesus spoke about the coming of the Holy Spirit, he said in John 16:14,
“He shall glorify Me….”
All glory be to Jesus! All spiritual inhibitions give way to overflowing Jesus exhibitions no matter the opposition. I did not say exhibitionism. This is not show time. It is a supercharged state of being. Where the heart is full of the Holy Spirit, the mouth runneth over with and for Jesus, and spills on to the soccer jersey and the soccer field! When the Holy Spirit fills the heart, Jesus cannot ever again be a “Footnote” but always and unstoppably the “Keynote“even though to FIFA He is a “Sournote.”
To try and put a lid on Holy Spirit filled-to-overflowing Jesus-witnesses is like trying to keep squirrels out of your bird feeder. To attempt to quiet Jesus’ Spirit-filled witnesses is like trying to plug a leaky pipe with whip cream. To hope to silence them is like trying to muffle thunder in a good ole rip-roaring summer storm. To seek to shut Christians up is like trying to put the Holy Spirit in solitary confinement. Jesus did not say in Acts 1:8,
“…and you shall be My whisperers.”
What He did say was,
“…and you shall be My witnesses.”
It may come to them as whisper, but it comes from them like roar. Jesus said in Matthew 10:27,
“…and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops.”
“FROM THE SOCCER FIELDS IN FRONT OF THE TENS OF THOUSANDS.”
Second, even as soccer is not an nice quiet and innocent romp on the lawn, so the Spirit-filled life is not a safe passive walk through the meadows of this world. The Holy Spirit is known for many things, and one of them is not passivity. Wherever Holy Spirit-baptized followers of Christ went in the 1st century, they either started a spiritual revolution or a riot. They never left anything or any place the same. That has not now and never will change. They are still dong the same. If we as Christians are not offending the secular status quo, we are not scoring any goals for Jesus. In fact, we then are the ones being kicked in the shins and getting smeared.
The world and tragically now the modern church want to make Christians as bland as unsalted meat and potatoes. You know, the toned down, muted gospel of “Seeker Friendly Churches” and “Servant Evangelism” with none of this “In Your Face Jesus Word Stuff.” Much of the modern American and even British church would side with FIFA – you know, “Soccer Neutral Friendly.”
No way Hoezee! Jesus describes his followers this way in Matthew 5:13,
“You are the salt of the earth….”
No tasteless, savorless artificial flavoring in the authentic Christian Spirit-filled life. Each Spirit-filled Christian is a walking shaker full of savory and very salty salt , and wherever he goes, as far as the world is concerned, he shakes out uncomfortable levels of Jesus and righteous seasoning. The true Christian has a real bite to him! You know immediately when he is around. You can feel it for he stings those who have been wounded by sin and Satan and didn’t even know it until the salt of the earth showed up. No hurt no help! No pain no gain! No guilt no glory!
Way to much saltiness for the world’s taste buds, so the heathen masses continue to try and spit the Christians out of their mouths as fast as they can and in every way possible. It is happening and will continue to happen in constantly attempted anti-Christian legislation on every level around the world.
By the way, the “I Belong to Jesus” T-Shirts are being sold and are in great demand everywhere. A Jesus-Soccer Revolution in Brazil and spreading! But the battle will continue. Jamie Stjerne Hansen, Secretary General of the Danish Football (Soccer) Association, states, “Just as we reject political manifestations, we should also say no to religious ones.” He has another think coming. You might just as well try to keep all Canadian Geese from flying through airplane corridors, as to keep Heaven’s Dove from flying over Real Madrid Soccer Stadium. How is that for a kick in the secularist’s soccer ankles?! Fight on soccer-warriors of God! FIFA has not seen or heard the last of these soccer-warriors for Christ.
NORTH LONDON CHRISTIAN WARRIOR-TEACHER SUSPENDED
God’s Warriors are taking their brave stand against the awful stuff of homosexual perversion that is spreading out of control all over the globe and destroying lives, families and children. I call it awful, while modern society and even the modern church calls it lawful. God calls it abominable (Leviticus 18:22) while modern society and even the modern church calls it a legitimate alternative. God calls it damnable ( I Corinthians 6:9), while modern society and even the modern church calls it simply different.
What concerns me no end these days is that the church’s cries against the abomination of homosexuality are being softened, muffled and in some cases even extinguished by pro-gay fellowships such as The Episcopalians, the Presbyterians and even the Methodists. The church world is more and more underwhelmed by and underreacts to evil that is being normalized by society. It is a disastrous state of affairs which is all part of the end time great apostasy in the church prophesied by the Apostle Paul in II Thessalonians 2:3.
This is exactly what recently happened to a school teacher by the name of Kwabena Peat in a North London secondary school in Great Britain. We are now talking about Junior High and Senior High students. Kwabena Peat is a committed Christian who with his colleagues were mandated as an official staff function to attend what they thought was a teacher-training session to provide them with information to enable teachers how to come against homophobic bullying. Intriguing, while the North London school is concerned about protecting homosexuals, they should be even more concerned about protecting their students against the lie and perversion of homosexuality.
Instead, Sue Sanders, who is a co-founder of “Schools Out Organization,” in that mandated teacher training seminar which was billed as a seminar on how to prevent “Gay Bashing,” she promoted a radical homosexual agenda that rejects heterosexual marriage as unnatural and promotes homosexual marriage as natural. Heterosexual bashing! Not only that, but she stated that those who had objections, “Should sort out their prejudices,” when she was oozing with anti-heterosexual prejudice.
What we have today is the age old Satanic MO. It began in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, and is best described and denounced by God in Isaiah 5:20,
“Woe to them who call evil good and good evil; who substitute darkness for
light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter.”
Understand what is going on here! We no longer simply have the desperate and hellish crusade for “Gay Rights.” or “Alternative Lifestyle.” No, no, no, that has never been the ultimate objective of the perverts. Rather, they are not satisfied with attaching “Right” to “Gay” without also and equally attaching “Wrong” to “Straight.” If you will,
CALLING IT GOOD, BUT ALSO A PASSIONATE MILITANCY
AGAINST WHAT IS GOOD BY CALLING IT EVIL.”
That is because Satan not only loves evil, he hates God! You never have the one without the other when you are dealing with the raw powers of darkness. In short:
“TO REVERSE MORALITY BY THE SINISTER TRANSFORMATION OF
VICE INTO VIRTUE AND VIRTUE INTO VICE.”
That is what Kwabena Peat saw and heard in his school as an official after-school-training session for teachers. This was a front line “Post Graduate Study” for an entire faculty in a North London Secondary School. It is all part of the “Educational Progress” being made in modern education teacher training.
First of all, dealing with this end-time homosexual frenzy in our world is becoming more and more like having to defend ourselves and our children against starving, ferociously ravenous killer lions. Remember the frantic, raging gang of “Homo Lions” who were trying to knock Lot’s door down in Sodom to get at the fresh cuts of meat in Lot’s house and rape his male guests who were in fact angels in human form. That is our world! We are there! The mobs outside of Lot’s door are just outside of every church door, school door and government door in America and Great Britain and throughout the world! It used to be that we called Africa the “Dark Continent.” Europe and North America are now also fast becoming “Dark Continents.”
Second, this is now the driving force behind what is going on in this world’s educational systems today. Kwabena Peat saw and met it first hand! Frankly what gay activists really want today as their main course is our children. They are hell bent on having wrong taught as right and right taught as wrong in the schools of the world. It is a global gay unholy jihad against school children. They want to sink their homo-fangs and homo-claws into our children’s tender flesh and susceptible minds.They want our children generation by generation to become perverted and change the whole world into a entirely new social order which is nothing but the old decaying society of Sodom and Gomorrah all over again.
Our school’s today conjure up in my mind pictures of shell-shocked children cowering under their school desks as demonic homo-bombs of lies and deception are going off overhead, with the debris of shattered and splintered Judeo-Christian ethics falling all around them. Far more fact than fiction! In America the NEA is on the side of perversion.
There is a worldwide education war taking place, and the call of God is, “Rise up you Christian Teachers and Christians Parents.” I am sure you will agree with me that what a child learns and sees first in life will set the mold for his entire character. Will he enter into a home, school and church that gives him a view of what is righteous and pure, or a view of what is rotten and perverse? Paul Goodman wrote a book entitled Growing Up Absurd. Satan wants our children to Grow Up Perverted.
Kwabena Peat, the 54 year old Christian school teacher in North London took action. He went on the offense. He did not run and hide to save his neck and his job. Without letting fear of reprisal from school authorities dictate his actions, he wrote a letter to the three members of the teaching staff who had organized the event and vigorously complained about the aggressive promotion of homosexual rights. He shared in the letter his Christian anti-beliefs about homosexuality and his conviction that marriage should be between a man and a woman. He gave them the “Straight Truth” without compromise.
The letter made its way up the chain of command with the now three sulking sponsors crying foul and charging that they felt ‘harassed‘ and ‘intimidated‘ by Mr. Peat. He was then suspended by the school authorities, when in fact the three sponsors should have been fired.
Here we have an exact illustration of Proverbs 24:24,
“He who says to the wicked, ‘You are righteous,’ peoples will curse
him, nations will rebuke him.”
I think we can safely say that the curse also includes, “Those who say to the righteous, ‘You are wicked.”” We can be assured of this that no matter how “Injustice” is made to look like “Justice” and “Unrighteousness” is made to look like “Righteousness,” those who perform this black magic in the end of this world will be hated by the deceived masses, and in the next world will be the objects of full Divine vengeance. The day is coming when those who pushed and legislated in favor of these hellish reversals will be far less popular than the name “Oswald” was after Dallas.
This true story isn’t over. It never is when you are dealing with a Christian soldier of righteousness and the powers of darkness. Kwabena Peat, with the Christian Legal Center in his corner, challenged the school’s employment procedures and told them that the three plaintiff’s charge of “gross misconduct and harassment” was highly exaggerated and disproportionate to any alleged offense that they claimed to have taken place. Mr. Peat then informed the school that he was prepared to take them through the Employment Tribunal, and if necessary, to seek Judicial Review of the Human Rights of Christian Teachers via the high court if necessary.
Then the school’s appeal panel agreed that the charge of ‘gross misconduct‘ was indeed disproportionate and Kwabena Peat will return to work when the new school terms begins in September. The North London School has not heard the last from this warrior of God. We salute him! Fight on oh man of God!, fight on and never stop fighting! The enemy surely will not! (CCFON Reporting)
CHINA’S AWESOME WARRIORS FOR CHRIST
Let us always remember this about “Atheistic Communism,”
“MEN ARE COMMUNISTS BECAUSE THEY HAVE REPLACED GOD WITH
THE STATE, AND THEY ARE ATHEISTS BECAUSE THEY
HATE CONCEPT OF A GOD OF LOVE.”
“Communistic Atheists” and “Atheistic Communists” are afraid of the Bible’s “God of Love and Compassion.” He is antithesis to all that they stand for. Atheistic Communism only knows conquering by the sword and by fear.
But notice what the Apostle Paul says in Romans 8:37,
“But we are more than conquerors through Him Who loved us.”
We must grasp this:
“HATE WILL FILL A THIRD REICH WITH FURIOUS ENERGY AND MAKE IT A
“LOVE WILL FILL A PEOPLE WITH COMPASSION AND MAKE THEM LIFE-GIVING
MORE THAN CONQUERORS.”
And God says in Jeremiah 31:3,
“I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore I have drawn
you with lovingkindness.”
“POWER FORCES PEOPLE AGAINST THEIR WILL, BUT LOVE DRAWS PEOPLE
TO BE WILLING.”
“When Fa was taken to the police station Chinese officials searched his home. They confiscated all his publications including Bibles, hymn books, books including such as How To Know The Truth and Westminster Confession. Over Fa’s protest the police confiscated all the books and took Fa back to jail where they interrogated him until 11 p.m.”
“‘I was thrown into jail,’ Fa said. ‘They threw cold water on me and that was my first shower. When they put me on the floor to sleep, I asked the Lord to get me out as soon as possible because I was so weak. I missed my family members and I missed the fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ. I prayed, ‘Lord, you enabled Peter to even walk out of prison. Please do the same thing for me.'”
“‘I started distributing the clothes that my wife has (sic) left for me at the prison gate. Previously one guard had searched the pockets. Taking out a piece of paper, he said, ‘What is this?’ I saw the strip of paper which said do not be afraid I will be with you. This is in the book of Isaiah. As soon as I read it the security guard took it, but the Lord had already enabled me to be comforted, I do not have to fear anymore. I knew that whether I died or lived, I belonged to the Lord.'”
“Brother Fa was imprisoned for seven months. He continues to minister in the Uyghur Autonomous Region in northeastern China where the New Testament in the Uyghur language is totally forbidden. Fa states that the police regard this New Testament as ‘more dangerous than opium.’ He is right.”**
Where do these incredible “Warriors of God” find such awesome courage to be able to stand firm in the face of their enemy’s spite? It was the Psalmist who said about the Lord in Psalm 87:7 (KJV),
“…all my springs are in Thee.”
Notice carefully, “All my springs are in God.” Not some but ALL! And because He is God, there is never short supply. Infinite, eternal artesian springs! Unending and unlimited supply!
When fear would dry up faith, and cowardice would dry up courage, God’s Global Warriors find in Him those hidden springs of supernatural power and resolve that lift them not only above the hatred of men and devils, but far above themselves. No matter the level of the brutality of the haters of Christ, He will lift us up to heights of faith that blunt their blows into feebleness.
I stand in awe of the Fa’s of life in China and their daring, invincible, and champion spirits as they fight, suffer, and yes die for their beloved but despised Christ. Let us remember always and believe God for this, that when we face the enemy’s of Christ and therefore our enemies, He will give us a fortitude which far exceeds our own strength and overflows our own abilities. He is able and He will do it! God bless you our fellow warrior for Jesus – Fa. Thank you for your shining example of what it means to be a true soldier of the cross. We honor you!
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