History In The Making

History In The Making

Today, May 14, 2018 is a historic day for both Israel, and the United States.  The reason is that the United States of America will open it’s embassy in Jerusalem.  This is a campaign promise that President Donald Trump made, and clearly has kept.  It will be a day to be remembered for both our countries, which are great friends.


Timing is Everything

If you will recall, in 2017 during the festival of Hanukkah, Donald Trump made the declaration that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the eternal capitol of Israel.  During this announcement, he stated that the United States was making plans to move it’s embassy to Jerusalem.  It is usually customary to give gifts during Hanukkah, and this certainly was a gift welcomed by Israelis, and Israel loving Americans.

The opening of the embassy in Jerusalem is also being timed with the 70th anniversary of the formation of the modern state of Israel.  This was not done by accident.  This was deliberately done by the United States, to send a strong message, at the right time.  That message is effectively, “Israel is our friend, and she has a legitimate right to exist.  Jerusalem is her capitol and it is time for other countries to get on-board.”  The timing, again, could not have been better.



The opening of our embassy in Jerusalem also well timed for another reason.  This past week, the United States backed out of former President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.  It was a disastrous plan to begin with, as it put not only Israel at risk, but the entire Middle East as well.  When Trump made his December recognition of Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel, many naysayers thought that the Middle East would literally implode into a mass of violence worse than we have ever seen.  In fact, the exact opposite happened.

In response to this past week’s announcement, Iranian forces inside Syria decided to call the United States, and Israel’s hand, by launching a rocket attack in the Golan Heights.  That would prove to be a major mistake.  As expected, Israel responded with precision strikes that decimated Iran’s infrastructure inside Syria.  Israel showed that militarily, they are the supreme military force in the region, and frankly embarrassed Iran’s military.  Yet, despite Iran throwing a temper tantrum, the US Embassy dedication is continuing on.  Our solidarity with Israel has not only been displayed with words, but backed up with action.  Action I might add, that had been lacking with the past three US Presidents, who are both Republican and Democrat.


What Believers Should Be Doing Right Now

All this pomp and circumstance surrounding tomorrow’s opening of the embassy can and should be celebrated by all Americans, but certainly by believers in Yeshua.  Yet throughout all the celebrations, what else should believers be doing right now during this historic time?

First, we should be blessing Israel.  The Bible states in Genesis Chapter 12:

“I will make of you a great nation, I will bless you, and I will make your name great; and you are to be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you; and by you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

It is our duty as believers to bless the nation of Israel.  Now, that does not mean we agree with every decision it’s government makes.  However, we should be blessing them with our prayers that the country will prosper financially, militarily, and most importantly, spiritually.  That they will come to recognize that the Messiah (Mashiach) that they seek, is Yeshua and that they will be saved!

Second, we should also do with the Bible states by praying for the peace of Jerusalem in Psalem 122:

“Pray for shalom in Yerushalayim;
may those who love you prosper.”

The Jewish people are our brothers and sisters, and in the coming days, they are likely to have some very real security threats over all of this.  As of the time of this blog post there is amassing on the security fence between Israel and Gaza, 35,000 protesters.  However, this should not dissuade us from blessing Israel, praying for shalom in Jerusalem, and praying that our diplomats will also be safe and secure.

May G-d bless Israel during this time, and may He also bless our nation for keeping His commandment to bless Israel!






The Only Answer To Give To Our Children

The Only Answer To Give To Our Children

By now, we have all been inundated, and continue to be assailed, with the news cycle of the tragic event that took place on February 14, 2018.  Seventeen innocent lives were taken from this world.  Their crime:  Simply going to school to get an education, and for the adults who were killed, for going to work and doing what they loved, which was to teach.  I cannot think of a single person over the last half of February, and now into March, that still is not talking about this horrific incident.


Out of the ashes of this event, we have seen a ground-swell of young kids, many of them students at Marjorie Douglas High School, organize and are set to protest on March 24 in the “March For Our Lives.”  Names like Cameron Kasky and David Hogg have emerged as the leaders of this movement, garnering much time on all the cable news shows, late night talk shows, and basically anyone that will listen to them.  There is no doubt they are passionate about what they believe in, and whether you are a liberal, or a conservative, they have a right to be heard according to the laws of the land.


Many of the sayings that I have heard are that, “Prayers are not enough.”  Also, I have seen Kasky state himself, “Demanding – “we” take action now.” (emphasis added)  Clearly emotions are still running high, and who can blame them?  They watched their classmates get slaughtered by a very disturbed individual, and that is traumatic.  So many young people are asking why this sort of thing happened yet again?  Remember Columbine, Paducha, Sandy Hook, and sadly a host of other tragic shooting events?  Why are our children doing this?


The answer is simple, but it is a matter of just accepting it.  We are a lost, sinful, prideful, and fallen people.  “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23.  Our nation has systematically been falling apart at the spiritual seams, and instead of us humbling ourselves before Jesus and repenting of our sins, we continue to not only idolize our children, but in doing so, they see themselves as an idol.


We say things like, “Follow your heart son/daughter.”  But what does the Bible state?  Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is more deceitful than anything else and mortally sick. Who can fathom it?”  In other words, we encourage them to follow what they think, instead of doing what God states when He said, Proverbs 3:5-10 “Trust in Adonai with all your heart; do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him; then he will level your paths.  Don’t be conceited about your own wisdom; but fear Adonai, and turn from evil.  This will bring health to your body and give strength to your bones.”


Did you see that?  It will bring strength to our bodies, and strength to our bones.  His Word is what sustains us, and this is what happened to our children.  We stopped teaching them the Word, and instead let Reality TV, the internet, violent video games, and sexual promiscuity and confusion teach their gospel.  We have fatherless homes due to no-fault divorce, and even when there is a man in the house, they are virtually checked out, by not engaging with their kids and their wives.  Also, before the ladies shout “Amen!”, please understand that there are plenty of moms out there that are un-engaged with their children just like some men.


When we look at what took place in Parkland, Florida, the fault is not the NRA, gun manufacturers, or even our politicians, be they Democrat or Republican.  The problem is right back in the home, with a lack of Biblical teaching, prayer, and seeking the righteousness of Jesus.  The answer we need to give to our children is parents coming back to Jesus, and getting their spiritual lives right with Him.  It’s about turning off the TV and cracking open the Bible to edify our spirits and one another in the Word of the Lord.  If American families would simply turn back to God and seek his face, we would see the miracle of God take place and school shootings like the one in Parkland will become a thing of the past.


Hunter Bonner is a blogger for The Watchman Report.  He can be reached on Twitter @RealWatchman



Political Agendas vs Rule Of Law

Political Agendas vs Rule Of Law

As of this writing, the government has officially shutdown.  Democrats and Republicans could not reach a consensus over spending, and thus with the budget deadline reached, spending for various government departments have ceased.  This government shutdown did not come suddenly.  For several months Congress has been authorizing extensions on spending month to month, but there was one thing looming on the horizon that indicated this day would come.  What we have arrived at is a situation where political agendas conflict with the rule of law.

What I am referring to is the source of this impasse.  Republicans wanted any budget spending tied to dealing once and for all the flood of illegal immigration that has existed for decades.  One of the promises that Donald Trump made to voters during his campaign was to build a wall on the southern border to physically stop the flood of illegals into the United States.  Additionally, what was also at stake are the literally thousands of people who were brought to this country illegally by parents and what their fate holds.  Democrats and some Republicans are wanting to give the so called “dreamers”, as well as the millions of illegal aliens in this country, amnesty while most Republicans want current immigration laws enforced.

What happened late Friday evening was that Democrats mustered enough votes in the Senate to block any spending measures.  However, make no mistake what took place was politicians on both sides effectively chose to value the interests of law-breakers over American citizens.  When I say American citizens, I am not just referring to those who are naturally born here, but millions who legally immigrated to our country.  Our congressional leaders have shown through their actions, very and loud and clearly, that US citizens rights and our immigration laws mean nothing to them.  What matters more is satisfying a political agenda.

The Bible is very clear that we are to, “Obey the laws of the land.”  The law of this land is that you cannot just walk into America whenever you feel like it.  There is a process every person is supposed to go through, and if you want to remain here, like obtaining employment or living permanently in the United States, then there is a process for that.  Incidentally, this is not unique to our country, as other countries have similar laws.  I cannot just enter Mexico, Britain, or Poland without following those nation’s laws.  Why then is America the exception?

What is this political agenda?  Very simply, Democrats have for years set themselves up as the so-called guardians of immigrants to this country.  However, they do not do this out of the goodness of their hearts, but do so with one thing in mind.  They are using illegals to load the ballot box during elections with promises to them that they will “standup” for their interests.  Once elections are over, they do absolutely nothing for them, until the next election cycle and the process repeats.  But the bottom line is, there is a large lobby of politicians in our nation’s capital that have zero interest or inclination in the rule of law.  That rule of law is that to enter America, there is an immigration process, i.e., laws that must be followed.

What we as Americans should see is that predominately one political party has chosen to hold the entire nation hostage financially to satisfy this agenda.  They have literally exposed themselves, beyond all reasonable doubt, that Democrats do not care about the rule of law.  These are the same Democrats that would not even consider taking up to vote about “Kate’s Law”, months after the measure passed the House.  Kate’s Law would essentially end sanctuary cities and compel local municipalities to cooperate fully with national immigration authorities.  This bill was inspired by the tragic death of Kate Steinle, who was killed by a 6-time deported illegal alien from Mexico who was released by San Francisco authorities, and not held for immigration authorities, because they have laws to not cooperate with immigration officials.  Again, Democrats across the board have rejected passing such a law to protect Americans.

So here we are at a government shutdown.  Strangely, while this is totally unnecessary, I woke up this morning and the world was not on fire, due to the shutdown.  However, make no mistake that this shutdown is 100% the fault of both sides.  Democrats for ignoring the rule of law, and Republicans who went along with Democrats, either through silence and inaction, or those GOP lawmakers who refused to effectively make the case to the American people that their government was being shut-down by lawmakers who care nothing about the law.

This is what happens when we as a nation forsake G-d and Yeshua as our L-rd.


Matthew 23:28 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

28 Likewise, you appear to people from the outside to be good and honest, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and far from Torah.


1 John 3:4 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

4 Everyone who keeps sinning is violating Torah — indeed, sin is violation of Torah.

Until we as a nation decide to collectively get on our knees and repent of our sins, things like this government shutdown will only get worse and worse.  It is time for America to repent.  Some have elevated the current President to some type of savior status.  He is not the savior of this country.  He certainly has been used by G-d for several things, but is that any different than any other story from the Bible?  The answer of course is no.

The rule of law is not just American codified law, but the law of G-d.  This should always be number 1 and political agendas will always conflict with His Word.  As believers, it is time to stop aligning ourselves with political parties and agendas, and align ourselves with the Word of our L-rd Yeshua.



Thoughts On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Even though Martin Luther King Day has passed, I want to share some thoughts with you regarding the man, and the woman who taught me about him.

In 4th grade, I had Mrs. Evelyn Berryman as my teacher at Northside Elementary School in Waxahachie, TX. Mrs. Berryman was, in short, one of the most fantastic teachers I ever had in my public education. It was in her class that I was first taught the subject of “Black History”.

In her class we learned all sorts of things, like the first gas mask was invented by a black man, the first open heart surgery was performed by a black man, and of course, we learned about the legend and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. One of the first things she taught me was, that Dr. King and I had the exact same birthday. January 15.

What I learned about Dr. King, is that he was a brave man. He literally went to jail, not to show off, or gather followers just for the sake of having them. Rather, he stood up, along with many others, and said there is something inherently wrong treating someone differently because of the color of their skin. I learned that there were many white people that marched in protests with him, much to their detriment of their families, friends, and employers. But what I learned about Dr. King is that, a man can have a fundamental disagreement, and not start a riot or tear the place up. In fact, Dr. King abhorred violent protests.

Dr. King was gunned downed in a cowardly act, and the reason for that was as clear then, as it is now. Someone, and really, many people did not like the idea of “colored people” being empowered. I use that term not to be offensive, but it was a term used back then of contempt. If it makes you mad to read it now, please know that there are many black people, and people of all colors, who are alive from that era today, that found it equally if not more so offensive back then.

I would like to think that one of Dr. King’s legacies is what happened in Mrs. Berryman’s 4th grade class. You see, Mrs. Berryman was a black teacher, teaching public school to a room full of kids of all different colors, creeds, and religions, whereas just a decade prior to that, it would have been unheard of. Dr. King was also a believer in Christ, and as such, because of his profession of faith, he went to be with the L-rd Yeshua. I think he had to smile, when looking down from heaven, to see the scene in Mrs. Berryman’s class. I know it makes me smile even today.

Mrs. Berryman was a lady who did not care what color you were, where you came from, or how much money your momma and daddy made. She treated everyone based on the “content of their character.” This was the essential message in Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Dr. King stood up for people of all colors. Today, there is much racial tension in this country. Some of it is artificial, meaning, that some people just thrive off stirring up trouble, when none exists. And then there are real racial injustices that are taking place, and unfortunately, people tend to take sides based on political parties.

As I posted in a quote from Dr. King earlier today, the church, that is, we as believers, should not be sold out to any political party. We should be the moral conscience of this great land. That means even when our political party is saying we should think one way, what we should be doing is getting in our Word, getting on our knees, and then submit to what He wants, and not what man wants. That may mean sometimes agreeing with people you may disagree with on many other things. Bottom line is, Dr. King stood up for what was morally right, and we as believers should too.


Dr King

A Watershed Moment For America

A Watershed Moment For America

As I alluded to in my social media feed on Friday, the outrageous verdict in the killing of Kate Steinle in San Francisco, has rocked America from sea to shining sea.  When I read the news late Thursday evening, that Jose Garcia Zarate was found not even guilty of manslaughter, it rocked me to my very core, as it did many people.  In the wake of this travesty of justice, and that is exactly what it is, we need to understand that we have arrived at a watershed moment in American society.

Pivotal Moment

Why is this moment so pivotal you may ask?  First, Zarate was a 5-time offender of our immigration laws, and 5 times he was deported.  On the sixth time that he illegally entered the United States, he was caught by the San Francisco authorities, who US Immigration ordered the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department to hold Zarate for deportation.  Due to San Francisco having a law that prohibits cooperation with U.S. Immigration authorities, they let him go.  What resulted was him getting his hands on a weapon that fired, and killed Kate Steinle.  This all took place near the Embarcadero, a popular local and tourist area that many people visit each day.


The very fact that the City of San Francisco would have the audacity to pass such a ridiculous law to begin with is utterly ridiculous.  We have a Supremacy Clause in the Constitution, and it applies to every city, town, and cattle-trail in the USA.  It certainly does not exempt any government authority from being under that authority, and that applies to San Francisco.  However, this city, and many others like it, have been allowed to pass such ordinances with impunity, with zero response from the federal government.


This law led directly to the death of Kate Steinle, and there is no way that anyone could credibly say otherwise.  Had Zarate been detained, as ordered and as required by federal law, Ms. Steinle would be alive today, because Zarate would be behind bars awaiting deportation.  Instead, because of a stupid law, that I believe to be 100% illegal in the first place, that woman is now dead.  What is very troubling is, why this law was allowed to stand in the first place, and why has not our federal government done something about it?

Politics As Usual

The simple fact is, it all comes down to politics trumping the rule of law.  You see, Kate Steinle’s case is not the only miscarriage of justice.  In the last 3-5 years, we have seen politicians with clear-cut evidence of violating federal laws, not have so much as an indictment against them levied.  Some could run for President of the United States, such as the case with Hillary Clinton and her illegal home email server.  We even had the FBI Director James Comey testify before Congress, that had it been anyone else in a similar situation, they would likely face prosecution.  But that didn’t happen with Mrs. Clinton did it?  Political power played every bit into her lack of prosecution, and in the case of Ms. Steinle, politics played a major role in her killer being exonerated.  The whole reason why such a law exists in the City of San Francisco, is that the city is run by left-winged ideologues, that believe in open borders.  To be even more clear, they do not believe, nor recognize, our federal immigration laws, because they believe everyone deserves to be here.  If you do not believe like them, you are a racist.


So, with a precedent of one set of laws applying to certain classes of people, in hindsight, the Steinle verdict should not surprise us.  Of course, it is still no less upsetting, but what else should we expect of those we elect to govern over us?  Who are these people that we elect to positions of power?  Why does it seem more and more each day that justice is not just miscarried, but thrown out altogether?

The Answer

The answer is simple, but many will reject it outright.  Our American society is in this situation, because we have turned our backs on G-d and our L-rd Yeshua.  We are a nation that knows G-d and His Commandments, but we have turned our backs on Him.  The Bible illustrates that when a nation does this, complete and utter chaos sets in and destroys that society.

Matthew 24:12 “And the love of many will grow cold, due to increased distance from Torah.”

The “Torah” is the law of G-d on how our spiritual and civil lives are to be conducted.  Yeshua said Himself, “If you love me, you will keep My Commandments.”  G-d handed down His Word so that society would have justice, and justice is based solely upon His Word.


Cities like San Francisco are like a modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah.  Those two ancient cities were wicked cities, completely devoid of any obedience to the law.  We have cities that celebrate the gay lifestyle, even to the point of indoctrinating children that are Pre-K into accepting their immorality.  Arrogant government leaders from local, state, and federal levels feel that they are above the law, and can do whatever they want.  Across America, we have leaders that are in positions of power, because the electorate failed to seek G-d’s face on who they should vote for, because their own spiritual lives are a wreck.  We are reaping what we have sowed.

Full Circle

This brings us back to Kate Steinle, and the travesty that occurred on Thursday in court.  What message is that city and state sending?  That message is, “You can break our federal laws, and we won’t report you.  If you commit a crime, even murder, there will be no consequences.”  I read some remarks from a talk-show host today who said, “The state of California is sending the message that it is an unsafe state.”  I firmly agree with this assessment, but it’s not limited to California, or the City of San Francisco.  This is spreading across the nation like cancer, and it needs to be dug out.


The only way to root out the corruption, the lawlessness, and the utter lack of caring that is going on in our society is nothing short of a revival in America.  This nation needs to collectively get on its knees and pray first for forgiveness of its sin of abandonment of G-d, and for opening the door for all these horrible atrocities to take place in our nation.  We need to seek Yeshua (Jesus) and ask Him to restore a right spirit in every man, woman, and child in this land.

“Create in me a clean heart O G-d, and renew a right spirit in me.”  Psalm 51:10

Only by doing this, can we even begin to hope that miscarriages of justice, like what happened with the trial of Jose Zarate, become a thing of the past, never to happen again.  When we get on our knees and pray hard for true change in our lives, and seek his righteousness, only then will we be able to, with G-d’s help, to ensure that godly men and women will be placed in governmental offices and govern justly.

This is a watershed moment for sure in America.  Will we be a nation that returns to G-d and His justice, or, will our nation continue down the path of complete and utter annihilation?  The clock is ticking.



Hillsong New York Is Not A Christian Church

Hillsong New York Is Not A Christian Church

If you watched the daytime TV show “The View”, you may have seen a special guest that appeared on their show recently.  Carl Lentz was a guest on the show, and was asked a wide range of questions.  It did not take long for those questions to get down to the point on issues on homosexuality and abortion.  This show has an all-female host lineup, many of which are liberal in their political and moral train of thought.

She Said/He Said

“Pastor” Carl was asked his view on abortion, and this was his response.

“So, it’s not a sin in your church to have an abortion?” pro-abortion host Joy Behar asked.

Lentz responded: “That’s the kind of conversation we would have finding out your story, where you’re from, what you believe. … I mean, God’s the judge. People have to live to their own convictions. That’s such a broad question, to me, I’m going higher. I want to sit with somebody and say, ‘What do you believe?’”

“So it’s not an open and shut case to you?” Behar asked.

“Some people would say it is,” Lentz responded. “To me, I’m trying to teach people who Jesus is first, and find out their story. Before I start picking and choosing what I think is sin in your life, I’d like to know your name.”


At another point, co-host Sara Haines asked where Lentz stands on issues like abortion and homosexuality.

“Hillsong is seen as this hip, progressive church that’s drawn huge millennial crowds, but it’s still evangelical,” Haines said. “So, where do you stand on social issues that young people are particularly passionate about, like gay marriage [and] abortion? Like, how do you address those types of things?”

“Hillsong is seen as this hip, progressive church that’s drawn huge millennial crowds, but it’s still evangelical,” Haines said. “So, where do you stand on social issues that young people are particularly passionate about, like gay marriage [and] abortion? Like, how do you address those types of things?”

Lentz replied: “I think our job is still to help people—not necessarily change how they think—but try to point them to what God has said, what we believe the Bible [has] to say. We believe that God is good, that God loves everybody, that Jesus was here to set people free, and that’s still the good news of the gospel.”


The Agony Of Defeat

You may need to read this a few times over and let it sink in.  This was not some popstar sharing their so-called “faith” in G-d, although, Carl Lentz tries his best to appear to be one, wearing trendy, popstar type outfits and hanging out with celebrities.  This was the pastor of one of the biggest mega-churches in the country, and in New York City, being asked questions that any true believer of the gospel would be able to give definitive answers.  Yet, his responses were not just non-committed rebuttals, but frankly, they were a load of platitudes designed to tickle the ears of a broad spectrum of people.


“Pastor” Lentz had an amazing opportunity to share the truth of the Word of G-d, in front of millions of viewers, who likely would never step foot into any church, much less the one he pastors.  They are people that would not tune into any sort of Christian programming, and certainly not Hillsong New York’s streaming of their church services.  This was a secular TV show, viewed by many unchurched and likely, backslidden people, and it was a pivotal moment to share unashamedly what the gospel says on these subjects.


And Carl Lentz failed.


The Truth

The Bible states that, “You shall not murder.”  For any believer in Christ that is reading this, who attends a church that says the Old Testament is no longer valid anymore, I have news for you.  It is 100% valid and still in effect.  This is one of the 10 Commandments, handed down to Moshe (Moses) himself to the children of Israel, as part of a larger guide of right living.  That right living is of course having a relationship with G-d.  Killing a baby in the womb is murder, because it is 100% premeditated, and that fits the very definition of murder, because it deprives someone of the life that G-d gave them.


The next point Lentz failed to make a definitive statement on was homosexuality.  The Bible says,

“You are not to go to bed with a man as with a woman; it is an abomination.” Leviticus 18:22. 

For those of you hyper-grace church goers out there who still believe that only the New Testament matters, try reading,

“Don’t you know that unrighteous people will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t delude yourselves — people who engage in sex before marriage, who worship idols, who engage in sex after marriage with someone other than their spouse, who engage in active or passive homosexuality, 10 who steal, who are greedy, who get drunk, who assail people with contemptuous language, who rob — none of them will share in the Kingdom of God.”  1 Corinthians 6: 9-10


Compromise At Every Turn

There are of course many other verses in the Bible that address these topics.  I expect that man who has attended seminary would know about these things.  Yet, when the moment of truth came, Carl Lentz chose not to take a stand for the gospel.  This is not the first time that he, or his ministry have done things that are directly contradictory to the Bible and it’s teachings.  Here are some other examples.


  • Hillsong Church sponsored a women’s conference, and as part of the festivities, had a male come out on the stage dressed like the “Naked Cowboy” of New York. That is to say, he came on stage wearing nothing but a cowboy hat, and dressed in his underwear.  I fail to see how this promotes spiritual purity for women, or anyone for that matter.
  • Carl Lentz was seen just three months ago in a bar, and photographs were taken of him taking shots with Justin Beiber. I have heard of bar outreach ministries, but this is ridiculous!
  • Lentz, like other prosperity and hyper-grace teachers rely on motivational sermons that have very little, if any, points on the gospel of living a life of holiness. Instead, you can live the life of a believer, and still keep one foot in the world.  Or on the case of “Pastor” Lentz, one foot still in the bar.

Now one might say that during the moment, being in front of that many viewers, that he might have become nervous.  That would be true for most people, but not for Lentz.  This man is the face of Hillsong NYC, and he is constantly in the public view on TV, radio, and the internet.  Even on social media tonight, writers like Matt Walsh have repeatedly asked him to give a definitive answer to the topics of homosexuality and abortion.  What is his response?  His responses are cleverly worded deflections to try and paint the person asking the hard questions as a “mean ole bully”.  I must agree with one commenter, in that, Carl Lentz took a coward’s way out on “The View.”


The Evidence Is Here

The point in all of this, is the following.  We are truly living in the last days, and one of the signs of the second coming of Christ would be the arrival of “teachers” teaching people what they want to hear.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

For the time is coming when people will not have patience for sound teaching, but will cater to their passions and gather around themselves teachers who say whatever their ears itch to hear.  Yes, they will stop listening to the truth, but will turn aside to follow myths.

This describes not just Carl Lentz, and Hillsong NYC, but it describes the very age in which we live in.  Many believers out there think that they can look, do, and say the same things that the unchurched and the rebellious do, because at the end of the day, they have “grace” that covers their sins.  However, when a pastor, or a congregant continues in what they know to be sin, or when confronted with the truth of the Word, and then dismiss it, relying upon religious, man-made dogma, or the inspiring words of their charismatic preacher, then they are choosing to willfully live a sinful life.

It does not matter if you are reading this now, and are at church every time the doors are open.  It does not matter how much you jump around and how loud you sing in the worship service.  If you are living a sinful life, with no desire or conviction to change, the Bible says you are, “deceiving yourselves.”  Carl Lentz and Hillsong NYC are in no way a Christian church, and they are certainly not Bible believing as evidenced by their own actions.  God’s Word says, “You will know them by their fruits.”  On “The View”, we saw what that fruit was.  It was the fruit of being pleasing to man, instead of pleasing to G-d.



Note:  To view the interview yourself, please click on the following video.

Carl Lentz on “The View”










Reformation Day – Why Believers Should Not Be Celebrating Martin Luther

Reformation Day – Why Believers Should Not Be Celebrating Martin Luther

Today was Reformation Day, which commemorates Martin Luther’s act of writing his 95 theses and nailing them to the door of the church in Wittenburg, Germany.  There were many things that Martin Luther took issue with the Roman Catholic Church, and it was this single moment in history that is celebrated as the start of the Reformation of the Christian Church.  Martin Luther is celebrated in virtually all mainline Protestant faiths throughout the globe, because among other things, he made the point that it was faith, and not just works, that get a person to heaven.

However, many people do not know the darker side of Martin Luther.  Specifically, Martin Luther found the Jews extremely abhorrent.  Before I go on, I will enumerate in his own words what he thought should be done with the Jews.

“First, to set fire to their synagogues or schools … This is to be done in honor of our Lord and of Christendom, so that God might see that we are Christians …”
“Second, I advise that their houses also be razed and destroyed.”
“Third, I advise that all their prayer books and Talmudic writings, in which such idolatry, lies, cursing, and blasphemy are taught, be taken from them.”
“Fourth, I advise that their rabbis be forbidden to teach henceforth on pain of loss of life and limb …”
“Fifth, I advise that safe-conduct on the highways be abolished completely for the Jews. For they have no business in the countryside …”
“Sixth, I advise that usury be prohibited to them, and that all cash and treasure of silver and gold be taken from them …”
“Seventh, I recommend putting a flail, an ax, a hoe, a spade, a distaff, or a spindle into the hands of young, strong Jews and Jewesses and letting them earn their bread in the sweat of their brow … But if we are afraid that they might harm us or our wives, children, servants, cattle, etc., … then let us emulate the common sense of other nations such as France, Spain, Bohemia, etc., … then eject them forever from the country …”

In reading the many articles, Tweets, and other things on the internet on this subject, very few, if any, made even a passing reference to this well documented history of Luther’s hatred for the Jews.  Instead, I saw stories and posts lifting up the name of Martin Luther, and how great of a man of G-d he was.  However, when you read his own words, how can any believer expect to be taken seriously, given his antisemitic history?  Luther may have believed in G-d, and been a student of the Bible, but clearly from his own hate speech, did not take what he studied to heart.

Consider the fact that Luther is pretty much responsible for kindling the fires of antisemitism in Europe that would carry on from the early 1500s, all the way up to the start of WW2.  This time period, of course, was a horrible period of persecution of the Jews at the hands of the Nazi’s.  Take note of some of the things he states should be done to the Jews, and then look what the Nazi’s did to them.  Looks like the instruction book was written for them about 400 plus years ahead of time.

Notice that “common sense” to Luther was to take the lead of Spain and kick the Jews out altogether.  Let us remember, that just a few short years before, in 1492, the Edict of Expulsion was decreed in Spain that not only kicked the Jews out of a land that they had lived in for hundreds of years, but took all their wealth and lands as well.  My favorite quote of Luther’s is, “First, to set fire to their synagogues or schools … This is to be done in honor of our Lord and of Christendom, so that God might see that we are Christians …”  Yes, nothing shows the love of Yeshua (Jesus) than burning down a synagogue or a Yeshiva.  I will not get into the fact that persecution, which is cursing, G-d’s people, the descendants of Avraham, is expressly forbidden in the book of Genesis Chapter 12.

Martin Luther was a man railing against what he perceived was an unholy agenda being carried out by the Catholic Church.  He felt the Word of G-d was being perverted by bishops and the Pope, and thus something had to be done about it.  However, while he may have made some very sound theological points, they were not his original thoughts.  He simply quoted what had already been stated in G-d’s Word, His Torah.  What is a shame is that his antisemitic rhetoric overshadows much of the good that he may have helped to promote.

What I find most troubling, is that the Christian press today did not mention any of the above things that I have outlined in this article about Martin Luther.  Instead, I read such headlines as “America Needs It’s Own Martin Luther”, or, “Why Donald Trump Is A Lot Like Martin Luther”, oddly enough written by a Jew, but makes only a very high altitude reference about hate speech towards Jews.  Dr. Richard Land stated in an article today, over at the Christian Post, “On a more personal note, let us all express admiration and gratitude to that incomparable Christian, Martin Luther.”   There is/was nothing Christian at all about advocating the persecution of Jews, anymore than there is persecution of Muslims today by some believers, simply because they are Muslims.

I will not venerate a man who, not based on speculation, but on his own written words, advocated the genocide of G-d’s people in direct contradiction to the very Word of G-d he claimed to follow.  All believers in Yeshua are Jews according to the Apostle Paul in Romans Chapter 2 which reads:

Romans 2:29 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

29 On the contrary, the real Jew is one inwardly; and true circumcision is of the heart, spiritual not literal; so that his praise comes not from other people but from God.

The fact that the Christian press did not make mention of Martin Luther’s antisemitic past, is simply due to the fact that there has been, and continues to thrive, an undercurrent of antisemitism in the church.  There is this replacement theology that is taught from pulpits that somehow, the Jews abdicated being G-d’s chosen people, and that believers now are the new Israel.  Nothing could be further from the truth, and such a replacement theology directly contradicts scripture on this very subject.

Romans 11:18 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

18 then don’t boast as if you were better than the branches! However, if you do boast, remember that you are not supporting the root, the root is supporting you.

To be completely blunt, it is high time that Christians stop being willfully ignorant of the history of antisemitism in the church, and that it continues today by marginalizing anything to do with the Jews or our Hebraic roots of our faith.  Martin Luther is celebrated loudly as starting the reformation, but people are completely silent that his antisemitic attitude helped to fuel a 400 year run-up to the most atrocious event in the course of human history, that being the Holocaust.  In short, believers need to take note that while they are celebrating “Reformation Day”, that to Jews everywhere they are lauding an antisemite of the first order.