A Great MLK Speech

And then the Greek language comes out with another word. It’s the word agape. Agape is more than Eros; it’s more than an aesthetic or romantic love; it is more than friendship. Agape is understanding, creative, redemptive goodwill for all men. It is an overflowing love which seeks nothing in return. Theologians would say that […]

And then the Greek language comes out with another word. It’s the word agape. Agape is more than Eros; it’s more than an aesthetic or romantic love; it is more than friendship. Agape is understanding, creative, redemptive goodwill for all men. It is an overflowing love which seeks nothing in return. Theologians would say that it is the love of God operating in the human heart. And so when one rises to love on this level, he loves every man, not because he likes him, not because his ways appeal to him, but he loves every man because God loves him, and he rises to the level of loving the person who does an evil deed, while hating the deed that the person does.

And I believe that it is this kind of love that can take us through this period of transition and we can come to that brighter day. This is what we’ve tried to do. In the midst of our struggle we haven’t always succeeded, but somehow in some of the dark moments we have been able to stand up before our violent oppressors and say:

We will match your capacity to inflict suffering with our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force. Do to us what you will and we will still love you. We cannot in all good conscience obey your unjust laws because non-cooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good. And so throw us in jail and we will still love you. Burn our homes and threaten our children and, as difficult as it is, we will still love you. Yes, send your hooded perpetrators of violence into our communities at the midnight hours and drag us out on some wayside road and beat us and leave us half dead, and as difficult as it is, we will still love you. But be assured that we will wear you down by our capacity to suffer and one day we will win our freedom. We will not only win freedom for ourselves, we will so appeal to your heart and your conscience that we will win you in the process and our victory will be a double victory.

We know that in the final analysis God is not interested merely in the freedom of black men and brown men and yellow men; but God is interested in the freedom of the whole human race, and the creation of a society where all men will live together as brothers and every man will respect the dignity and the worth of human personality, and so the challenge ahead is to move out with a strong action program undergirded by a philosophy and methodology of nonviolence.

If we are to solve this problem really, we must continue to have a sort of divine discontent. Modern psychology has a word that is probably used more than any other word in psychology — it is the word “maladjusted.” And this word is the ringing pride of modern child psychology, and suddenly we want to live a well adjusted life in order to avoid neurotic and schizophrenic personalities.

I would like to say to you this evening my friends that there are some things within our nation and within the world of which I am proud to be maladjusted, which I call upon all men of goodwill to be maladjusted until the Good Society is realized. I must honestly say to you that I never intend to become adjusted to racial segregation and discrimination. I never intend to adjust myself to religious bigotry. I never intend to become adjusted to economic conditions that would take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few. I never intend to become adjusted to the madness of militarism and the self defeating effects of physical violence.

It may well be that we need a new organization in our world: The International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment. Men and women who will be as maladjusted as the prophet Amos, who in the midst of the injustices of his day could cry out in words that echo across the centuries: “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream”; as maladjusted as Abraham Lincoln, who had the vision to see that this nation could not survive half slave and half free; as maladjusted as Thomas Jefferson, who in the midst of an age amazingly adjusted to slavery could scratch across the pages of history words lifted to cosmic proportions: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”; as maladjusted as our Lord and our Master who would say to the men and women around Galilee: “He who lives by the sword will perish by the sword” and who could look into their eyes and say “love your enemies,” bless them that curse you, “pray for them that despitefully use you.” And through such maladjustment we will be able to emerge from the bleak and desolate midnight of man’s inhumanity to man into the bright and glittering daybreak of freedom and justice.

And so I call upon you tonight not to be spectators on the sideline, not to be individuals who are looking on, but to be involved participants in this great struggle to make our nation a greater nation and to end all of the evils of racial injustice, poverty, and the evil of war.

I must admit to you that there are not always pleasant moments when you stand up in this struggle. I must be honest enough to say to you if you stand up in this struggle it may mean that you will have to suffer for righteousness sake.

The thing that must always console us is that as we struggle, we do not struggle alone. And there is something in our Christian faith to remind us of this: The God that we worship is not some Aristotelian “unmoved mover” who merely contemplates upon himself. He’s not merely a self-knowing God, but He’s an other-loving God working through history for the salvation of his children. And there is an event at the center of our faith which reminds us that Good Friday may occupy the throne for a day, but ultimately it must give way to the triumphant beat of the drums of Easter. There is something in our faith which reminds us that evil may so shape events that Caesar will occupy the palace and Christ the cross, but one day that same Christ will rise up and split history into AD and BC so that even the life of Caesar must be dated by his name.

There is something in this universe which justifies Carlyle in saying, “…no lie can live forever.” There is something in this universe which justifies William Cullen Bryant in saying, “Truth, crushed to earth, [shall] rise again. There is something in the very structure of the cosmos which justifies James Russell Lowell in saying,

Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne,— Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown, Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own.

This is our faith, and this is what will carry us through.

– Excerpted from MLK’s Address To A Methodist Youth Leadership Conference

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A Great MLK Speech

And then the Greek language comes out with another word. It’s the word agape. Agape is more than Eros; it’s more than an aesthetic or romantic love; it is more than friendship. Agape is understanding, creative, redemptive goodwill for all men. It is an overflowing love which seeks nothing in return. Theologians would say that it is the love of God operating in the human heart. And so when one rises to love on this level, he loves every man, not because he likes him, not because his ways appeal to him, but he loves every man because God loves him, and he rises to the level of loving the person who does an evil deed, while hating the deed that the person does.

And I believe that it is this kind of love that can take us through this period of transition and we can come to that brighter day. This is what we’ve tried to do. In the midst of our struggle we haven’t always succeeded, but somehow in some of the dark moments we have been able to stand up before our violent oppressors and say:

We will match your capacity to inflict suffering with our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force. Do to us what you will and we will still love you. We cannot in all good conscience obey your unjust laws because non-cooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good. And so throw us in jail and we will still love you. Burn our homes and threaten our children and, as difficult as it is, we will still love you. Yes, send your hooded perpetrators of violence into our communities at the midnight hours and drag us out on some wayside road and beat us and leave us half dead, and as difficult as it is, we will still love you. But be assured that we will wear you down by our capacity to suffer and one day we will win our freedom. We will not only win freedom for ourselves, we will so appeal to your heart and your conscience that we will win you in the process and our victory will be a double victory.

We know that in the final analysis God is not interested merely in the freedom of black men and brown men and yellow men; but God is interested in the freedom of the whole human race, and the creation of a society where all men will live together as brothers and every man will respect the dignity and the worth of human personality, and so the challenge ahead is to move out with a strong action program undergirded by a philosophy and methodology of nonviolence.

If we are to solve this problem really, we must continue to have a sort of divine discontent. Modern psychology has a word that is probably used more than any other word in psychology — it is the word “maladjusted.” And this word is the ringing pride of modern child psychology, and suddenly we want to live a well adjusted life in order to avoid neurotic and schizophrenic personalities.

I would like to say to you this evening my friends that there are some things within our nation and within the world of which I am proud to be maladjusted, which I call upon all men of goodwill to be maladjusted until the Good Society is realized. I must honestly say to you that I never intend to become adjusted to racial segregation and discrimination. I never intend to adjust myself to religious bigotry. I never intend to become adjusted to economic conditions that would take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few. I never intend to become adjusted to the madness of militarism and the self defeating effects of physical violence.

It may well be that we need a new organization in our world: The International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment. Men and women who will be as maladjusted as the prophet Amos, who in the midst of the injustices of his day could cry out in words that echo across the centuries: “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream”; as maladjusted as Abraham Lincoln, who had the vision to see that this nation could not survive half slave and half free; as maladjusted as Thomas Jefferson, who in the midst of an age amazingly adjusted to slavery could scratch across the pages of history words lifted to cosmic proportions: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”; as maladjusted as our Lord and our Master who would say to the men and women around Galilee: “He who lives by the sword will perish by the sword” and who could look into their eyes and say “love your enemies,” bless them that curse you, “pray for them that despitefully use you.” And through such maladjustment we will be able to emerge from the bleak and desolate midnight of man’s inhumanity to man into the bright and glittering daybreak of freedom and justice.

And so I call upon you tonight not to be spectators on the sideline, not to be individuals who are looking on, but to be involved participants in this great struggle to make our nation a greater nation and to end all of the evils of racial injustice, poverty, and the evil of war.

I must admit to you that there are not always pleasant moments when you stand up in this struggle. I must be honest enough to say to you if you stand up in this struggle it may mean that you will have to suffer for righteousness sake.
The thing that must always console us is that as we struggle, we do not struggle alone. And there is something in our Christian faith to remind us of this: The God that we worship is not some Aristotelian “unmoved mover” who merely contemplates upon himself. He’s not merely a self-knowing God, but He’s an other-loving God working through history for the salvation of his children. And there is an event at the center of our faith which reminds us that Good Friday may occupy the throne for a day, but ultimately it must give way to the triumphant beat of the drums of Easter. There is something in our faith which reminds us that evil may so shape events that Caesar will occupy the palace and Christ the cross, but one day that same Christ will rise up and split history into AD and BC so that even the life of Caesar must be dated by his name.

There is something in this universe which justifies Carlyle in saying, “…no lie can live forever.” There is something in this universe which justifies William Cullen Bryant in saying, “Truth, crushed to earth, [shall] rise again. There is something in the very structure of the cosmos which justifies James Russell Lowell in saying,

Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne,— Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown, Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own.

This is our faith, and this is what will carry us through.

– Excerpted from MLK’s Address To A Methodist Youth Leadership Conference

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The Grand Illusion Vision

The Vision:

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Jer 1: And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. 10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.

Ephesians 2:6 (KJV)

And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

During the second term reelection of President Obama, in October of 2012, I had an incredible burden to pray for America. Such a deep burden was this, that I quit working, locked myself in my house, and prayed day and night for eight weeks in other tongues, for the call of God upon my life, and with agony of soul, for the spiritual plight of America.

During this time, many things were revealed to me, and God did many things within me, purging me of deep pain, offense, and bitterness, giving me grace to truly, from my heart, forgive, release, and bless many people that I felt had wronged me in the business world.

As I did this, and determined to have the pure will of Jesus alone for my life, I began to see some things spiritually, that are the purpose of this book.

I had a vision, of a map of the United States of America, and superimposed upon it, was a demonic principality, that looked like a puppeteer, that was actually ruling this nation through secret societies, and godless people. These organizations operate secretly here, and are actually controlled by this mind blinding spirit, that literally provides for its leaders a demonic shield of protection around them, making them untouchable by natural means.

Like any revelation from God, I asked Holy Spirit to show me this from the Scriptures. He did, and I will explain this in the next chapter.

Knowing we have authority over demons, I asked the Lord why we could not simply command this evil spirit to leave. He showed me that this demon prince had legal right here in America, and had three main roots in US soil, that allowed it to operate.

I asked him what these roots were, and He showed me that these root systems were: 1. Broken covenants with, and atrocities committed against First Nations peoples. 2. Racism. 3. Abortion.

In the vision, I saw three domino’s, and the finger of the Lord pushed the first one over, causing the next two to fall. I asked Him what this meant, and He showed me that the first, and most important mandate for His church in America, was ministry to First Nations peoples, that the great move of the Holy Spirit we all seek, will begin with them.

As they come into the kingdom in power, and are recognized and established in their place in the kingdom of God, they will usher in the move of the Holy Spirit, that will destroy racism, and the blood sacrifice offered to demons through abortion.

As this is done, this demon prince currently blinding the minds of good American people, will be forced to leave this land, and America will be restored.

He confirmed this to me from His Word, through Ezekial 28 as I read word of the Lord spoken through the prophet Ezekiel to first the ruler (or prince KJV) of Tyre, then to the King of Tyre.

28 The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

The first rebuke is to the earthly political system of the day, while the second, is clearly to satan himself, as the spiritual ruler governing the affairs of men.

I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord.’”

11 The word of the Lord came to me: 12 “Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“‘You were the seal of perfection,     full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13 You were in Eden,     the garden of God;

Over the past years, I have stayed in the face of God in prayer, and many keys of knowledge have been given to me, as to how best dismantle this evil rule, through prayer.

This is the purpose of the book, by this same title: Welcome to the Grand Illusion – A Prophetic Prayer Strategy to take America back.

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The Earth Weeps, so we weep….

The Earth Weeps, so we weep....

The Earth Weeps, and we pray….
Jer 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Ps 139: 13 For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I will confess and praise You for You are fearful and wonderful and for the awful wonder of my birth! Wonderful are Your works, and that my inner self knows right well.
My Theology is very simple on certain things, and this is one of them.
I believe that God gives our spirit into the earth, the moment our fathers sperm hits our mothers egg, at conception.
I also believe that God plans for each and every life, and that when He gives our spirit into the earth, that our unique DNA, is encoded in that very spirit, as is the call of God. He plans for our life, provision, and prophetic destiny, before we are even born.
This is why murder, whether in the womb, or out, is wrong.
Thou shalt not kill means though shalt not murder.
Murder
The unlawful killing of another human being without justification or excuse.
(legal definition)
When someone takes the life of another person, who is defenseless, or who has done nothing wrong towards them, it is murder.
This is the crime perpetrated by abortion. There may be accidental parents, but there are no accidental children, God knows and plans for every human being in the earth.
Killing an unborn child, is, murder.
In the list of things that God hates, we find: Pr 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
Yet, the blood of Jesus, is more powerful than all the innocent blood shed in abortion. God hates it, I hate it, but Jesus died upon the cross for sinners, and we have all sinned.
Whether greatly, or minimally in the eyes of man, sin has consequences, and there is only one cure: looking upon Jesus upon the cross, where He paid the price for sinners, of which I, and you, find forgiveness…
If you have murdered, either through abortion, or some other way, Jesus will forgive you, if you honestly ask Him to, and turn from your wrong doing…
De 21:8 Be merciful, O LORD, unto thy people Israel, whom thou hast redeemed, and lay not innocent blood unto thy people of Israel’s charge. And the blood shall be forgiven them.
De 21:9 So shalt thou put away the guilt of innocent blood from among you, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the LORD.
This verse is not only your solution, but mine, as a man of God. Daily, I humble myself before His throne, for the cry of the slaughtered unborn arising from this nation, is great before Him. My cry for mercy, along with many others, is also great, as we weep, and pray that this bloodshed stop.
And now, I hear another cry, also deep, also painful, also before His throne…this is the cry of the countless innocent red men, that have died upon this land we call the United States of America. Innocent blood, speaking before the very throne of the Creator, for justice…
Re 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
Rev 6:9 ¶ And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
Re 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
Indians, that cried out, and spoke for peace with the white man, yet were slaughtered in their teepees, for land, gold, racism…
Black men and women groaned under oppression of slavery, and those that spoke out, were killed for it…
Innocent blood, heard before the throne of God, speaking, still….
Ge 4:10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.
Ge 4:11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;
The Ro 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
The earth groans, and the Holy Spirit, hearing the prayers of the innocent, who still live before His throne, groans, and we, with ears to hear, and hearts to obey, also groan…mourning deeply in prayer, for the sins of this nation…praying for mercy, praying for healing for this blood drenched land…
And it is coming!
Despite the foolishness of proud men who think they rule, heaven rules! Jesus is Lord, and that which is wrought in agony of intercession, is bearing fruit in the hearts of the oppressed. The blood of Jesus is being applied to the lands, and curses are lifted, broken, shattered, and demons, that have held uncontested sway, from the time of Adam, are now being contested by the Church of the Living God!
Here, and only here, can mercy triumph over judgment, as the army of God, takes on and takes out, the very demons of murder, and their reign of terror and oppression.
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
This is the generation that knows our place, knows our authority, and knows how to use it effectively against the real enemy, satan.
He is the one ultimately behind the violence, murder, injustice, and bloodshed, and he is a defeated foe!
As we stop him, in prayer, wicked people serving him, are also stopped…
Let’s pray:
‘Father, we see, we feel, and we understand, the pain of your heart for the murder of our future, the unborn. We hear the pain in Your heart, for the innocents that have been slaughtered on this soil, both the host peoples, and our black brothers and sisters, in this land we call America, and some of us, feel the groaning in creation, in the very earth itself, from the weight of this sin. Yet, you reign! You rule, and you have given us authority, to bring life from the dead, that they not die in vain. We take our place, and stand before this nation, knowing that you back our authority in Your kingdom. As we sit above this nation, in our station in heavenly places, so we pray that Your mercy would again triumph over Your judgment. That the blood of Jesus, would wash this land, and that You would forgive us…..
Now Father, we take our place, and command every spirit of murder to leave this nation, now! We command abortion, to cease, now! We pray for Your visitation, restoration, and restitution to come to the red man. We stand against racism, and believe we receive your grace upon our black brothers and sisters. We come against the deception, treachery, lies, and blindness over the land, and bind it, declaring the truth, freedom, and love of Your kingdom in every heart, every home, at every level of authority, in the mighty and matchless name, of our King, Jesus. Amen.’

Hearing the Voice of the North American Indian!

Hearing the Voice of the North American Indian!

Hearing the Voice of the North American Indian!

You know, here is a thought: I hate racism. Whether a brutally oppressive white man, or a bitter black man wanting vengeance, it all reeks of pride, hatred, murder, bitterness, anger, rage, and wickedness. We must rise up in honor, to become who God created us to be. To love, respect, and seek to understand one another’s unique gifts, to build bridges instead of walls.

The cure for racism is still Jesus, reconciling us into covenant with God, through His cross and His blood. Although God sees and understands different skin colors and cultures, He is not preferential to black, white, red, or yellow men. We each bleed red blood.

God is not pro-black, white, red: He is looking for covenant men. Sons and daughters that will accept His offer of royal adoption! People who will accept royal rank, privilege, and eternal destiny, not of this earth, rather, heavenly citizenship.

Yet there is a thought today, that will not leave me.

Though there is still much work to be done in destroying racism between the black and white man in the United States, battles have been fought against slavery – there was a Civil War over this!

Then, my generation saw Martin Luther King Jr raise his voice against the hand of white oppression, and many of us paid a great price to see schools integrated, and social justice and an attempt at equality in the workplace.

Yet, as I study the plight of the Red Man here in America, and I study the histories of myriad First Nations peoples, I read of horrors untold, injustices, murders, and treacheries that, if they were not true, would be unbelievable in this great land, home of the free and the brave, with supposed freedom, liberty, and justice for all…

“Congress Granted Citizenship to All Native Americans Born in the U.S.
June 2, 1924
Native Americans have long struggled to retain their culture. Until 1924, Native Americans were not citizens of the United States. Many Native Americans had, and still have, separate nations within the U.S. on designated reservation land. But on June 2, 1924, Congress granted citizenship to all Native Americans born in the U.S. Yet even after the Indian Citizenship Act, some Native Americans weren’t allowed to vote because the right to vote was governed by state law. Until 1957, some states barred Native Americans from voting”

As I study, pray, and listen to Holy Spirit for His heart with respect to the American Indian, I find myself dwelling on this recurring thought:

The black man has had a war fought to end slavery, and his voice has been heard to some degree in the Civil rights movement in the 1960’s, but the voice of the Indian has never been heard!

It has been muted, muffled, muzzeled and silenced from main line Media, and in generally omitted entirely from US History texts in our schools.

The devastation and tragedy of the First Nations peoples of the United States is a story as yet untold, a very shameful chapter in this great land and nation.

The question screaming inside of me is this: ‘Who will be their voice?”

Who will tell their story?

Jesus is alive!

Heaven is real!

Those great peoples of our ancestors, still live before the throne of God, and I believe that God Himself, is now about to take up the cause of the red man in America.

This, will be the thing, that brings healing back to this land, as justice, understanding, love, and acceptance is brought to these people, who have suffered horribly here, for many generations….

There is a cry I hear from heaven: ‘Red Man Rising!”

Let’s Pray:

‘Father: Open the eyes of America, all people, to understand, and to embrace the First Nations peoples of this country. Give us eyes to see, a heart to understand their pain, their culture, language, honor, traditions, and the ways that you Jesus have visited them in the past. Somehow God, heal their hearts, their lands, and ours, where we have lacked so much, in the rejection of the gifts you have given them. Make impossible wrongs, somehow right, through your cross and shed blood Jesus! Deliver us from our blindness, our foolishness, our pride and foolishness of way, and somehow reconcile us! Give us grace to see and hear truth, and to turn from our wickedness and treacherous ways, and forgive and have mercy upon us, for our great sin in Your sight! Somehow, Holy Spirit, visit each and every Indian tribe here, and heal, restore, reveal Your love, and give them courage to be able to forgive us, that somehow we might walk before You in honor, respect, dignity, strength, humility, and love and truth. Let their stories be told, restore to them their voice in the land! I ask this Father, in Your great name Lord Jesus, Amen…’