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Antinomianism in the Church and the Scourge of Abortion in our Nation:

“Therefore, the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith” (Galatians 3:24).

There are some schools of thought in the Body of Christ that has done much harm in the church’s effectiveness to confront and overcome evil. Pietism on the surface seems righteous and holy and it is indeed when it comes to the personal application of Christianity in one’s life. It can, however, become a moral and spiritual disaster when it comes to our public lives as Christians.

Pietism in the church as a movement combined Christianity with the Greek dualism of the Renaissance and Enlightenment era. It leaned more towards spiritual subjectivism instead of God’s objective truth contained in His Law/Word.

Through pietism, the terms of Christianity subtly shifted. The church took a high view of “spiritual” otherworldliness and a low view of the effectiveness of Christianity in the real world. Pietistic preachers filled the pulpits of America to convince Christians that topics such as, law, government, and politics were of this world and Christians need not to be concerned about “worldly affairs.”

It was therefore the duty of the church to withdraw, retreat, and abandon the “gates” of our land. The problem of course is nature abhors a vacuum. If the church is not acting as salt and light in all areas of life, darkness and all its subsequent evils fills the void. Pietism led to the church to embrace antinomianism. A person who is antinomian is someone who rejects the validity of moral laws. Law need not have a religious and moral base to support its validity. It is someone who opposes or dismisses God’s law as having any relevance spiritually as well as politically. There is a distinction between strict and implicit antinomians. Strict antinomians are the unconverted, unsaved souls who show contempt by brazenly disregarding God’s law.

The Apostle Paul affirms this truth, “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Romans 8:7). Implicit antinomians are professing Christians who hold that God’s moral law is not relevant in the present era. They typically substitute subjective, arbitrary standards for God’s clear commands.

When the Apostle Paul wrote we “are not under the law, but under grace,” he was revealing two important revelations every Christian should grasp. They are profound and full of unspeakable glory. First, we are not under law as a means of securing God’s salvation. We are saved by God’s amazing grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Salvation is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8).In other words, we do not keep the law as a means to obtain God’s salvation; we keep God’s law because we are saved. We are not performing good works to earn God’s redemption. Good works are the evidence that we have partaken of God’s redemption.

How does this brief teaching apply to the injustice being committed against the preborn? To this day, most preachers in America believe that the solution is only found in the salvation of men’s souls. On the surface, no argument from me. If folks are truly born again and the Spirit of God has filled them, they will desire to love God by obeying His commandments and keep his Word (John 14). “Thou shall not murder” will convict most Christians not to offer their seed to Moloch.

Is personal salvation alone sufficient to end the American holocaust? A resounding no! When Martin Luther King Jr dealt with the issue of racial inequality in his day, he stated, “It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.”

Those of us who are seeking the complete and total abolition of abortion reject both pietism and antinomianism. We do, however, believe at its core, abortion is a Gospel, Kingdom issue. Both love and law need to be applied if God will cleanse our land and finally deliver our nation from this grave evil. It is not an either-or situation. Both are required. The grave error of the pro-life movement is they have pitted God’s love against God’s demand for justice on the behalf of the preborn. They are not mutually exclusive, but a part of God’s divine order to set the preborn free. This is the thorny point with Christians who have been taught pietism and embrace antinomianism. They accuse abolitionists with hating the sinner simply because of our desire to come into agreement with God’s assessment that abortion is a crime. He calls it murder and it must be penalized by law.

These two aspects of God’s nature, justice and mercy, are not in contradiction to one another as the pro-life lobby groups have maintained. They are in complete harmony with God’s order, character, and will in the earth. One can have his sins forgiven and still stand trial for crimes committed in violation of the moral, civil law of God. Micah 6:8 settles the issue, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” Amen!

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Message to Pastors

Special shout out to Handel Humphrey for putting together this brief, powerful video from our challenge to pastors at our recent OSA event in AZ, Further Up and Further In. If you find any merit, please pass it on in your sphere of influence. Thanks!


Jeremiah the Faithful

The Lord continues to use Jeremiah’s legacy and testimony to touch and change lives. This was just released by No Greater Joy ministries in their monthly magazine. To God be the glory! If you find any merit, please pass it on in your sphere of influence. Thanks!

Jeremiah, the Faithful

By Kendra Thomas

Jeremiah ran his hand over his head, half expecting his fingers to comb hair. Instead, he felt a smooth cue ball. His thick blonde hair was gone. He sighed and let his head fall back on his pillow, thinking of his diagnosis . . . his chemo . . . his Make-a-Wish. He wanted to leave this bedroom, to do anything he used to do. But he couldn’t get out of his hospital bed now that his legs were paralyzed.

Jeremiah lifted the blanket and glanced down at his chest. A large white bandage covered the 10-inch crater of a tumor on his chest. Jeremiah let the blanket fall back in place and picked up his tablet from the overbed table. He logged into his Instagram.

Why were there so many vile comments? Why did so many people hate the fact that a 16-year-old football player spoke out in defense of unborn babies?

“Cancer is about to abort you.” “Cancer is giving your mom a late term abortion. LMAO.” “You aren’t dead yet? God, do your job.”

One rather lengthy comment accused him of supporting “a racist, homophobic, misogynistic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, hateful” agenda, therefore he was “garbage” and deserved to suffer.

Twitter was worse than Instagram. “See u in hell, ugly.” “Natural selection doing its job.” “He’s young, brainwashed, and mentally ill.” A meme of someone “pulling the plug” on Jeremiah. A cartoon of him dying in bed. Accusations that he wanted “children to be abused and women to die.”

Threats of bodily harm. Jeremiah almost smiled as he thought, “What more could they do to me than what cancer has already done?” The Facebook page “Prayers for Jeremiah,” had horrible comments too.

The Bible describes these haters and how they think.

Psalm 37:12, “The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

Proverbs 21:10, “The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.

Proverbs 29:27, “… and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.

Psalm 10:2-7, “The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined. For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth. The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them. He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity. His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.”

Jeremiah’s dying wish was to abolish abortion. He had asked Texas Governor Greg Abbott to abolish abortion. Governor Abbott called Jeremiah in the hospital and told him, “Your wish is granted.”

Before his cancer, when he a was a strong, handsome, football jock all the girls would love to call their own, Jeremiah stood with God against the evil killing of babies, publicly functioning as a prolife activist. And when his body was failing and death seemed imminent, instead of retreating into self-pity, Jeremiah used his notoriety to continue the fight against abortion.

It was his prominence and effectiveness that provoked the Liberals on social media to spew their hate. His videotaped conference call with Governor Abbott garnered over 500k views. He also wrote a challenge to his generation, calling on thousands of young people to live for Christ. He talked with politicians from Oklahoma and Texas, encouraging them to lobby for a bill to abolish abortion.

While in the hospital Jeremiah was interviewed by an ABC affiliate. He did a radio interview while on hospice with Jeff Durbin of Apologia Radio. During some of this time he was followed around by an abolitionist documentary film crew. He wanted to let his light shine into the darkness of this world until he was translated into God’s presence.

A large anti-abortion publication in Italy interviewed him. The Daily Mirror, England’s second largest newspaper, ran a story on the kid from America who loved God and was trying to save babies. He did a photoshoot for The Home Educator Quarterly magazine. Then young Jeremiah, deathly sick, gave two sermons at churches and preached at a youth camp. And when he was confined to a wheelchair, you could still find him outside of Planned Parenthood begging mamas not to kill their babies.

In Hebrews 11 God commends his faithful warriors from times past. After describing what they endured, he said of them, “Of whom the world was not worthy” (Hebrews 11:38).

One day as Jeremiah read though some of the ugly comments, he said to his mom, “To have that much darkness in your heart that you’d want a kid with cancer to die, it’s a scary place to be—mentally and spiritually. I pray God will have mercy on them.”

Jesus warned in John 15, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”

For Jeremiah, being hated for the right reasons wasn’t bad. He knew, loved, and served the Living God. Jeremiah chose to be the voice for the unborn.

Jeremiah was a righteous rebel standing against the law when the law was unlawful. He never backed down. The day Jeremiah departed this world and entered the gates of glory, I could almost hear Jesus say, “Jeremiah, thou good and faithful servant, job well done.”

To learn more about Jeremiah, visit www.jeremiahstrong.com.Jeremiah Thomas was the son of Kendra and Rusty Thomas. Rusty Thomas is the founder of Elijah Ministries and National Director of Operation Save America, a national Christian ministry that equips the church to abolish abortion. To learn more about what you can do to abolish abortion, visit www.operationsaveamerica.org or www.elijahmin.com.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. ~Theodore Roosevelt


January Newsletter

Blessed New Year in God’s Kingdom saints. Prayerfully, some of you are planning to join with us as we storm the gates of hell in Arizona from January 21st-24th. We are going to have a rally at the state capital to fling David’s stone at the Goliath of Roe vs. Wade. Plan, as well, to come back to Arizona for our June national event called “Further Up and Further In.” It is important for you to be there at the appointed time. There are big changes about to take place and your participation is vital to the future of the ministry. More on that later.

This month’s newsletter features the Introduction to a new book I am writing called Biblical Success in Life. If you would, please let me know if the Introduction interests you in this new work. The chapters will include Chapter One: The Doctrine of Man, Chapter Two: Success as a Male, Chapter Three: Success as a Female, Chapter Four: Success as a Child, Chapter Five: Success as a Wife, Chapter Six: Success as a Mother, Chapter Seven: Success as a Husband, Chapter Eight: Success as a Father, Chapter Nine: Success as a Friend, Chapter Ten: Success as a Christian, Chapter Eleven: Success as a Church Member, and Chapter Twelve: Success as a Citizen.

There are two other major writings in the works. The first is Jeremiah Strong. My lovely bride, Kendra, has completed the rough draft of Jeremiah’s testimony that impacted the world. We are now working together to put the final touches on it and have it completed soon. We are writing it in such a way as to make it screenplay friendly. The other work is a screen play called Sheep in Wolves’ Clothing. Please keep us in prayer as we work on these Kingdom projects. We trust many lives will be transformed by the Gospel of the Kingdom in Jesus’ name! 

Biblical Success in Life’s Introduction:

The title of this book might be misleading. It may suggest another manuscript promoting the prosperity message so enamored by those seduced by the American Gospel Enterprise. Some might think this is another “get rich quick scheme” done in the name of religion. Others might think the “Word of Faith” movement is trying to make a desperate comeback with its “name it and claim it” distortions of the Word of God.

Tragically, much of that avarice masked in pietism is merely humanism wrapped up in “Christianeze.” It attempts, in most cases, to spiritualize greed by charlatans who make merchandize of men’s souls. The Bible warns of this type of religious con job done for “filthy lucre sake” (Titus 1:11).

Speaking of false prophets and teachers, the Apostle Peter warned, “By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words” (2 Peter 2:3a). Jude 1:11 affirmed, “Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.” Jesus declared, “Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but your inward part is full of greed and wickedness” (Luke 11:39).

Keep in mind, Jesus was excoriating the religious system and leaders in His generation. Like many today, they were more concerned about nickels (Bank accounts) and noses (How many sitting in the pews), than they were about God’s truth and righteousness being established and inscribed upon the souls of men.

Be assured, this will not be the case concerning this tome. There will be no “Your Best Life Now” citations to tickle people’s ears (2 Timothy 4:3, 4). Though, one can certainly prosper in the traditional sense by diligent labor, perseverance, strong Protestant work ethic, exercising Biblical principles, and by faithfully investing in the Kingdom of God, these virtues will not be the main Biblical concepts pursued.

This work will concentrate on other Biblical truths that most people ignore that denote Kingdom success. It will be more about being a successful human being rather than being successful in human activities.

Success can mean many things to many people. Here is just a sampling of different “influencers” and their definitions of success. Tony Robbins suggests, “My definition of success is to live your life in a way that causes you to feel a ton of pleasure and very little pain — and because of your lifestyle, have the people around you feel a lot more pleasure than they do pain.” He went on to state, “Success is doing what you want to do, when you want, where you want, with whom you want, as much as you want.”

Winston Churchill, “Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” Dale Carnegie, “Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.” Woody Allen, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” Maya Angelou, “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” Jon Bon Jovi, “Success is falling nine times and getting up 10.” Dalai Lama XIV, “Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.”

Albert Einstein, “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” David Brinkley, “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” Martin Luther King Jr., “We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind. George S. Patton, “Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” Booker T. Washington, “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” Michael Jordan, “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”

Theodore Roosevelt, our 26th President, who advocated “The Strenuous Life” ethic stated, “It is not the critic who counts. Not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause. Who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

As you can see, as each human being is unique, so is their opinions relating to success. Their worldview informs their definitions. For instance, in the case of Tony Robbins, it appears he holds to a hedonistic philosophy of life. He believes experiencing pleasure and avoiding pain is the ultimate measure of success to achieve in our fleeting lives. It appears Mr. Robbins holds to the “eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die” viewpoint.

One man’s pleasure, however, can be another man’s torment. Remember Hitler’s Germany? Some people are sadistic and derive pleasure from other people’s pain. Should achieving pleasure be considered the plumbline for success? If so, would we consider Jesus Christ successful as He hung naked on a cruel cross enduring unspeakable agony for the sins of the world? 

This is Noah Webster’s definition of success from his first edition 1828 dictionary, “SUCCESS‘, noun [Latin successus, from succedo.] 1. The favorable or prosperous termination of any thing attempted; a termination which answers the purpose intended; properly in a good sense, but often in a bad sense.” A modern definition from Merriam-Webster states, “favorable or desired outcome, alsothe attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence.”

In the book of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon, considered the wisest man in the world, went on a grand experiment. He sought to discover if there was any merit to pursuing the world’s standards for success. Was there any lasting value or meaning in obtaining what most men and nations covet?

His father, King David, was a man of war. He defeated all of Israel’s enemies, which established peace in the land. This afforded Solomon the opportunity to be reflective, meditative, and become a man of immense learning (1 Kings 4:32-34). Solomon did not squander his prospects. He gave himself fully to the task. He withheld nothing he thought beneficial to his life. He gave full vent to his desires.   

One of his inquiries led him to wonder if there was any profit to man’s labor under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:3). Solomon stated, “I, the Preacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem.And I set my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all that is done under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 1:12, 13a). All things done under heaven is quite the intellectual, spiritual, and moral quest. Most do not possess the wherewithal to seek such high and lofty aspirations.

Yet, Solomon was keenly aware of his prized position. He had attained greatness. He gained more wisdom than all who were before him in Jerusalem. His heart understood great wisdom and knowledge (Ecclesiastes 1:16). From this advantage, his first task was to determine wisdom and to also know madness and folly (Ecclesiastes 1:17). His conclusion, “Then I saw that wisdom excels folly as light excels darkness” (Ecclesiastes 2:13).

After setting the agenda, his great adventure began. He experimented first with hedonism, like Tony Robbins after him. He tested his heart with mirth to enjoy pleasure (Ecclesiastes 2:1). He gratified his flesh with wine, women, and song and whatever else his eyes desired. He gave himself fully over to satisfying ever yearning (Ecclesiastes 2:3, 2:10).

Next, Solomon turned his attention to accumulating wealth, possessions, fame, and fortune (Ecclesiastes 2:4-8). His fame spread far and wide amongst men and nations. God’s Word testifies, “And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore… And men of all nations, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom, came to hear the wisdom of Solomon” (1 Kings 4:29, 4:34).

This is what a special personage, Queen of Sheba, and her entourage declared concerning Solomon’s preeminence in the world, “It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom. However, I did not believe the words until I came and saw with my own eyes; and indeed, the half was not told me. Your wisdom and prosperity exceed the fame of which I heard” (1 Kings 10:6, 7).

Did these praise reports, royal flatteries, and worldly successes prove satisfactory to Solomon? Not even close. His life was empty as a vacuumed bulb gasping for oxygen. What did Solomon conclude when it came to the world’s definition of success, “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity and grasping at the wind” (Ecclesiastes 1:2, 1:14)?

Recently deceased, Ravi Zacharias, a Christian apologist, witnessed similar responses amongst celebrities today who suffer the same disillusionment. He stated, “One of the loneliest moments a man will ever experience is when he has achieved that which he thought would deliver the ultimate, and in the end, it lets him down.” The world is cruel in that regard. Furthermore, the world inspired by spirit of the age loves to place successful people on pedestals, lift them up, and then demand they jump. 

Solomon experienced the “let down” firsthand. It was a huge disappointment. His endeavors left him with a bleak, somewhat fatalistic mindset. He reasoned that with all his accomplishments, there was one unavoidable problem. It is what Satan uses to torment the souls of men to this day (Hebrews 2:14, 15). Solomon, like all men, was mortal. So, no matter how healthy, wealthy, and wise he may become, he was destined to die, just like the fool, the sickly, and the impoverished.

He complained, “Then I hated all my labor in which I had toiled under the sun, because I must leave it to the man who will come after me. And who knows whether he will be wise or a fool? Yet he will rule over all my labor in which I toiled and in which I have shown myself wise under the sun. This also is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 2:18, 19).

Later in the book, Solomon working through the implications of death, decided it was still better to be a live dog rather than a dead lion (Ecclesiastes 9:4). Regardless, Solomon’s grand experiment under the heaven did not work out as he imagined. The worldly pursuits of success in this life were fleeting at best and at worst, the grasping at the wind, vanity.

Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, also addressed this human dilemma. He taught, “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul” (Matthew 16:26)? Men can achieve much in the earthly, temporal realm, and yet lose what is most important in the eternal realm. This blatant short sightedness requires a huge shift in our thinking and priorities, if we want true success in life.

My advice to those who are seeking success, please factor these truths into your thinking. Do not just make temporal investments, for temporal rewards, but make eternal investments for eternal rewards. As the Apostle Paul reminds us, “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out” (1 Timothy 6:7).

In the following pages, this book will seek to lay out what God considers a successful life. It will not be based primarily upon what we achieve, but by how faithful we are to His Word. Principally, the righteous goal will be fulfilling our assigned roles and functions as human beings. More often than not, it is not what we can do, but what we are supposed to do according to God’s will that leads to Biblical success in life.   

There are many who attain great things in life. The world considers them phenomenally successful, but upon closer examination, what about their souls, marriages, family, children, and other areas of life? Most of them are in shambles, neurotic, and abject failures. Can we truly say with any degree of certainty that these people are successful? I think not. At least, not where it matters most.

The Apostle James reminds us that our life in this world is but a vapor (James 4:14). We appear like the grass, we wither away, and are gone (Psalms 103:15, 16). That is why Moses asked the Lord to teach us to number our days to make wise use of them (Psalms 90:12).

Thankfully, in the midst of this brief life, God granted us Biblical standards to judge true success. Joshua 1:8 points the way, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

It will be by this standard; the foundation for Biblical Success for Life will be prayerfully laid and carefully built upon (1 Corinthians 3:10, 11). May it bring glory to God and may it benefit all those who read it in Jesus mighty and holy name!

IN KING JESUS’ SERVICE,

Rusty Lee Thomas, Christmas Advent Season, December 2020

PS: Right before our event in Arizona, I’ll be traveling to PA to help transition a church from pro-lifeism to abolitionism. Your love, prayers, and support are appreciated, Thank you!


December’s Newsletter

Love Life Report

Brother Flip, Dr. Matt Harrison, and I at the Love Life Outreach

Well, the trip from Waco, TX to Charlotte, NC was long, but well worth it. These long ministry trips are my “Tent of Meeting” times with the Lord. It is a concentrated time to worship, praise, pray, and listen to His Holy Word.

Upon arrival, it was time to break the fast, enjoy some vittles, and have some sweet fellowship with my family and dear friends. The next morning it was off to a familiar place, the notorious death camp called Latrobe. The last time we were there the pro-aborts blew trumpets in our ears as we sought to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom to set the captives free.

My youngest daughter, Jubilee, was so effective in her broken heart over abortion, hell manifested. The pro-aborts were so enraged, they sought to contact Texas Child Protection Services to remove her from our home. Yikes!

Coming back, I was not sure what kind of reception it would be. Well, let’s just say the powers of darkness did not forget. The profanity, cursing, and the wishing of my death and my family’s death, to “join Jeremiah” came forth like a fire hose. It was a good time to practice, “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you (Luke 6:27, 28).

Love Life was of a different Spirit. Where there was death, they sought to bring life. Where there were lies, they sought to bring truth. Where there was darkness, they sought to bring light. The contrast could not be starker.

Love Life and Cities for Life merged in Charlotte recently and the Lord has blessed this partnership. They have physically and spiritually taken much territory. They have surrounded the death camp with an office on one side, and they purchased a good chunk of land right next door on the other side. There is something about possessing the land that dispossesses the enemy’s camp. Their days are numbered in Jesus mighty name!

The saints gathered by the hundreds led by their pastors (Love Life has 300 hundred churches that partner with them). It was a glorious sight to behold. Honestly, it was a little overwhelming. When Flip Benham was the national director of OSA, he led us 3 times to the gates of hell in Charlotte. Saints from all over America came to break up the follow ground, plant the seeds of the Kingdom, water it, and behold, we saw massive increase on this trip. To God be the glory.

The ministry set up at the gates of hell consisted of anointed worship, high praise, fervent prayer, and other powerful expressions of the Gospel. About 6 or 7 women testified, with most of their babies with them. One highlight of the gathering came when we were praising the Lord for the great things He had done and one of the little girls who was rescued just danced with all her might before God. It was such a joyous moment that drove home how precious life truly is in Christ.

The rescued women went on to share how they came to Latrobe with the intent to murder their babies and ran into the safe arms of Jesus working through His Church. Some tears were shed as they not only confessed how the church was used to stop the madness of abortion in their life, but also, how the church stood with them and provided all that they needed to care for their families after the child was born. Most of them, I believe, are in church now and being discipled. Praise God!

Another powerful testimony was from a former deathscort, who was a part of the misguided souls that blaspheme, curse, and treat the people of God with great vileness at the Latrobe death camp. One day the Gospel pierced his hard, darkened heart. The Lord, by His Holy Spirit, drew this brother to Himself and translated him out of the kingdom of darkness and placed him into the Kingdom of God’s beloved Son. He is now one of Love Life’s team leaders ministering the same blessed Gospel that saved his soul. He defected from the enemy’s camp and now seeks to plunder it to set the captives free. Hallelujah!

This was a first. Love Life did a live sonogram on a big screen. From a mobile unit they set up a pregnant woman with twins and we all got a huge peek into the womb and saw on screen the beating hearts. From what we understand, at least, one baby was saved, and a family spared the horrors of abortion as the church showed up.

While we were gathering in Charlotte, there were other Love Life gatherings in other cities throughout America. In fact, there were 4 new outreaches in different cities that was launched on the same day. Love life’s goal is to have a Christian witness at every death camp throughout America. They have a plan. They are working it and are bearing good Kingdom fruit.

The Love Life leader, Justin Reeder, and his team will be joining Operation Save America this coming January at our winter regional event and our national event this June in Arizona. The dates in January are the 21st-24th. The dates in June are the 19th-26th.

Apologia Church and End Abortion Now will be hosting both events. I promise you; you don’t want to miss these gatherings. These are crucial times when young lions filled with vision and mission, from different groups and ministries will gather in the Lord. The holy purpose is to build this Kingdom, abolitionist network to increase the effectiveness of this much needed movement to revive the church, vanquish the evil of abortion, and restore our land in righteousness. Hope to see you there!

The Shaking of the Nations

For quite some time, we have been warning our nation is at the crossroads. In the tumultuous year of 2020, the evidence of that warning became starker. Regardless of which way the political winds blow or who is in the White House in January of next year, it is clear, a day of reckoning for our beleaguered nation is swiftly approaching.

Will the Lord give what this nation so richly deserves by turning us over to the Marxists? Or will He be merciful and grant us a new birth of freedom, one that secures our Constitutional Republic for a future and a hope?  The jury is still out. Notwithstanding, it behooves the church to intercede to seek clemency during this time of national judgement.

The political intrigue in connection to our fraudulent election does not just impact America. It is tied to other despotic regimes throughout the world. Where there is smoke, there is fire. The fire of scrutiny is revealing totalitarian elements throughout the world conspired with the Democratic political machine to steal this election from the American people.

Whether the Trump administration will have a chance to prove that betrayal is an entirely different story. The powers that be are censoring the mounting evidence to convince the American people there is nothing to see. They just want us to move on and pretend all is well, while “something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”

Tragically, some know this election was falsified, filled with massive voter fraud, and was rigged towards Biden, but are content to let it slide and demand Trump concede. Can our nation afford to turn another blind eye and deaf ear to another treacherous act and survive as a nation? Something tells me this should not be put off for a later time. It may be too late to recover by then. The damage could fundamentally change America for the worse, at least, for the foreseeable future.  

Thankfully, man proposes but God disposes. We may not know what the future brings but we know the One who holds the future. We can trust Him. The powers that be may escape man’s justice, however, they will never evade God’s justice. Proverbs 19:21 reveals, “There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.”

Job 5:12 declares, “He frustrates the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot carry out their plans.” Psalms 33:10, 11 states, “The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations.”

Though the Tower of Babel was thwarted by God in the past, covenant breaking men are still prone to insurrection. Since the Fall, men and nations have sought to reach up into the heavens, pull God down from His throne and replace Him by becoming a law and god unto themselves. It did not work for Babel and it will not work for the globalists, elitists, and billionaire despots playing god amongst men and nations today.

The Scriptures affirm that God rules in the affairs of men (Daniel 4:17-32). All authority has been given to Jesus Christ our Lord in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18-20). He possesses and dispossesses nations as the earth’s landlord. Daniel 2:20-22 declares:

Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His.And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him.

As Christians we have a blessed hope for our future. No matter what befalls this fallen world, God has a redemptive plan that will come to pass in time and history. No wicked plan of men or schemes of the devil can ultimately stop it.

Through this battle, one cannot escape that there is a massive shaking going on in this generation. It is disturbing. It appears great distress is coming upon men and nations. Heart are failing, knees are knocking, and suicide is rising. Nobody is sure what is going to happen. We just suspect it is not good for the future. There is an unspoken foreboding feeling looming over this world.

Amid this shaking, some may ask, “Where is the Sovereign God of heaven and earth?” He is seated at the right hand of the Father, expecting henceforth till all His enemies be made His footstool (Psalms 110:1). This is the most quoted Old Testament passage that is cited in the New Testament. When God repeats Himself in Scripture, it is not because He has a stuttering problem. He does it for maximum emphasis.  

There are two verses that I want to highlight that addresses specifically the title of this article, “The Shaking of the Nations.” The first one is discovered in the New Testament. It is found in the book of Hebrews. God’s Word states:

Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven. Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.For our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:26-29).

Prior to the promise of another shaking in the earth with the additional shaking in the heavens, the Hebrew writer warns we need to take heed. We should not refuse to hear God’s Word. If folks did not escape when the Lord spoke on earth, how will we escape, if we turn away from the Lord when He speaks from heaven? Truly our God is a consuming fire, and it is a fearful thing to fall into His hands (Hebrews 10:31).

Notice the reference to the “shaking” in Hebrews is connected directly to the God’s Kingdom. The good news is God is going somewhere in and through this mighty shaking. His divine purpose is to shake loose from men and nations everything that is contrary to His loving and just rule, till all that remains is His Kingdom. For Christians enduring this shaking, the Biblical pray, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” should take on greater fervency. The Biblical significance should inspire us to move forward in faith, and not fear (Matthew 6:10).

The second reference of the shaking of nations is found in the book of Haggai. I love this verse. It is absolutely delightful and deeply encouraging. God’s Word states, “For thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land;and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts” (Haggai 2:6, 7).

In some ways the passage in the New Testament and this one in Haggai have similar meanings, but different ways to express it. Men and nations have passions, desires, and longings that this world just cannot fulfill. Thus, mankind ends up looking for love in all the wrong places. Typically, our passions and desires betray us as lust consumes our lives like a fire. Proverbs warns, “Hell and Destruction are never full; So, the eyes of man are never satisfied” (Proverbs 27:20).

Haggai prophecies that the shaking of heaven and earth will lead men and nations to the “Desire of All Nations.” Notice the D, A and N are in capital letters. This designates the phrase as a Messianic title. Our great deliverer, our mighty champion, and the Promised ONE is also known as the “Desire of All Nations.” It fulfills the promise given to Abraham. Through him and his seed (Jesus Christ) God will bless all the families and nations of the earth.

The nations right now may not know this is what they are ultimately seeking. They may not recognize yet the holy object of their passions. Their desires may still be held captive by godless lust. The day is coming; however, the present shaking will bring them face to face with the only One that can fill that God-shaped vacuum in their lives. Their earthly desires and passions enslaved by their sinful nature will be transformed by heavenly desires and passions. This is God’s promise to the nations of the earth.

This does not mean we avoid difficult days ahead. We may have to sludge through the fallout of this shaking of the nations. Be assured, however, His Church will not be left in that wretched state. God has a plan. It is redemptive in nature. We are going somewhere. Ultimately, it is God’s Kingdom that fulfills the Desire of All Nations.

IN KING JESUS’ SERVICE,

Rusty