After many years of being grieved by the leaders of our Country, God’s Holy Spirit has departed. God has silently and ominously poured out His most severe judgment…He has withdrawn His Holy Spirit from our Nation. This is what the Sovereign Lord declares: You have rebelled against Me and grieved My Holy Spirit…is it not enough to try the patience of men? Will you try the patience of God also? Because you have not remembered the days of your youth but have enraged Me with all these things, I will surely bring down on your head what you have done. Even more…did you not add sexual immorality to all your other detestable practices? [Isa 63:10; 7:13; Ezek 16:43.] God’s Holy Spirit is the One Whose Presence restrains evil and keeps it in abeyance; He is no longer present. As a result, evil has free reign in this Nation, unhindered now, and rampant. Evil has only, continually, and relentlessly escalated, exponentially…and will continue to do so beyond anyone’s imagination, as we are now clearly witnessing before our very eyes throughout our Nation. We are now witnessing an unprecedented Satanic attack against God’s Divine institution of marriage and family; against our God-ordained physical gender at birth; against the People of God in our Nation; against our Country’s very foundational Constitution!

June 26, 2015 marks that infamous day when our once great Christian Nation officially became Post-Christian America. Just as Lucifer, in his arrogance and pride, attempted to usurp the rule and authority of God, and was therefore cast out of Heaven and banished to an eternal destiny in Hell, even so…our Nation’s Supreme Court, in their arrogance and pride, acted with brazen presumption to overrule the Supreme Being. That evening the White House…once the symbol of a great and respected Christian Nation…draped itself in rainbow colors, openly displaying itself before God and the entire World as the House of Shame. The great American eagle, pictured after 9/11 with a tear drop falling from his eye, is now pictured in full view of that rainbow draped House of Shame, his head turned away and tears streaming down from both eyes.

We did not reach this place suddenly, as if it came out of nowhere. It has been playing out over many years, beginning in 1973 with the Supreme Court granting license to kill unborn children. The blood of millions of unborn babies now cry out from the ground…How long, Sovereign Lord, Holy and True, until you judge the inhabitants of the Earth and avenge our blood? On 9/11/2001 God sent His judgment upon our Nation…the Twin Towers utterly destroyed in a blazing heap of rubble…that our people would learn righteousness, repent, and turn back to God. “Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For in one hour your judgment has come.” [Rev 18:10.] But we ignored the message. Though God showed grace to the wicked, even so, they still did not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they continue going on doing evil, and regard not the Majesty of the Lord. [Isa 26:10.] Our leaders continued in their resolve to remove God from our schools, the Ten Commandments from Government property, prayer from public events. What were once Christian Denominations and churches slipped into Apostasy, their visible leaders and scholars having rejected the Divine inspiration and Supreme Authority of Scripture. These leaders and scholars proclaim: Our theologians have thoroughly and diligently studied, and have thoroughly and diligently considered doctrine and human conduct, in the light of state of the art human wisdom, knowledge, and understanding as well as in Scripture, and as a result we therefore pronounce the following decrees:
1] Sexual activity of a man with another man [or a woman with a woman] is not sin;
2] Gay and Lesbian unions are true Christian marriage before God;
3] Jesus Christ is only one of many ways to obtain God’s salvation;
4] Etc., etc., etc. in their self-proclaimed “supreme authority” on all matters of doctrine and precepts of human conduct.
The One Whose eyes are like blazing fire has long since removed their lampstand from its place. They are no longer churches belonging to Jesus Christ. They are merely social gatherings worshipping an idol of their own fabrication and construction that they call “Jesus”…but not the Jesus revealed in God’s Holy Word.

For thousands of years core Biblical Doctrines outlined in Scripture have remained in place. It is only in recent years that new thoughts have been introduced, and the Supreme Authority of Scripture in all matters challenged and overridden. In this age of “intellectual enlightenment and knowledge” humankind has become so proud, arrogant, and haughty as to believe we have superior knowledge to God. We have forgotten that the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and that the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. Like 2 year old’s before their parents, we proclaim our superior wisdom, knowledge, and understanding before God. As parents, we smile and think our 2 year old is cute. But we are not smiling anymore, nor do we think it cute, when our teenagers come to us proclaiming their “superior” wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.

In September 2008 God sent another, more severe judgment…this time upon the entire Earth, in the form of a Global Financial Crisis. The result of that judgment is our current $18.4 Trillion National Debt…drowning in a tsunami of debt resulting from our insatiable greed: Those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. [1 Tim 6:9-10.] Even so…rather than learning righteousness, our leaders kept on continually doing even more evil, determined to remove God from the very fabric of our society, even rewriting our History books to recast our founding fathers as bigots and the Constitution as an extremely flawed document.

Christians are now being forced to live as exiles in our own Country. We are being threatened and persecuted at every level of this Nation’s Government…Federal, State, and Local. Huge fines are being levied against Christian business owners who dare to stand true to their faith and refuse to violate their own conscience. Their family owned businesses, for which they have labored and struggled to establish over many years of hard work, are being bankrupted and shut down in one fell swoop. They have been brought to financial ruin, threatened with the loss of their homes, and they, as well as their children, bullied with death threats through the social media…a tool used by Satan to steal, kill, and destroy. Christians in the work force…in government jobs, in the Public School system, in private employment…are being fired for just mentioning God, Jesus, or the Bible. Government employees, school teachers, and Christians in the Military…including chaplains…are being forbidden to do or say anything that is an expression of their faith…even in their private lives…and their employment terminated if they dare to do so. College students are being threatened with a failing grade unless they remove all references to God, Christ, and the Bible from any of their course written presentations. They are being forbidden by College Administrators to use literally dozens of words and phrases [e.g. “illegal alien;” “male;” “female”] in a blatant and unconscionable attack on their Constitutional right of free speech. Children in the Public School system are being indoctrinated with an LGBT curriculum, brainwashed with the idea that their sexual orientation was not determined by their God-ordained, God-given physical gender at birth, even being taught that there is no such thing as a “boy” or a “girl”…that gender is fluid and continually changing, and that there are “gender identities” other than male and female. Religious freedom is no longer a Constitutional right in Post-Christian America; as one State judge ruled: While the 1st Amendment protects your right to believe as you wish within the privacy and solitude of your own home, it does not necessarily protect your right to live out your visible public life in accordance with what you believe.

For the true Christian, these are the rapidly escalating days of great trial…of trouble and hardship and persecution. Today’s hero’s of faith are those who have stood steadfast and immovable with Christ…the Christian businessmen who endure suffering and loss rather than to deny Christ; Government clerks who endure penalties, fines, and jail as a result of their refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples seeking to override God’s definition of Marriage; Christian employees who have lost their jobs because they refused to remain silent; Christian College students who refused to remove the God of their life from their course presentations when bullied by their professors; Christian parents who refuse to stand by and watch as their children are morally and spiritually raped [pardon the graphic language, but I don’t know what else to accurately call it] in the Public School system, removing them regardless of cost in favor of home schooling or Christian school. These are today’s hero’s of faith.

Christians across our Nation are called to stand steadfast and immovable with Christ. We are called to pledge our allegiance to the Lamb…to be faithful and true no matter the cost. Jesus said, “When the Son of Man returns, will He find any with unwavering faith on the Earth?” [Luke 18:8.] Let it be that we are among those counted part of the remnant that Jesus will turn to and say, “Yes…there is faith.” I especially sense the need as a watchman to warn the people of God to prepare NOW for the persecution that will come upon each one of us…to count the cost, and be willing to pay the price, of standing steadfast and immovable with Christ. We must not bow down to the tyrant’s golden image: Our God is able to deliver us from your fiery furnace, but even if He chooses not to…even so, we will not serve your gods or bow down to the golden image you have set before us. [Dan 3:18.] We must not shrink back: My righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, My soul shall have no pleasure in him. [Heb 10:38.] We must not compromise: Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. [Josh 24:15.] I believe that oftentimes the persecution will come suddenly and without warning upon an individual, and if we have not already prepared for it in advance, we will be taken by surprise and caught off guard…and tempted to bow down, shrink back, or compromise. Christians in the work environment need to openly display their witness for Christ… whether it is a Bible or a Scripture verse on their desk…and not be ashamed to boldly proclaim the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes. I will not be ashamed, because I know in Whom I have believed, and am convinced that Christ my Lord is able to keep and to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that Day. [Rom 1:16; 2 Tim 1:12.] Christians in their everyday social environment cannot remain silent in the presence of what God calls evil…to hear evil and remain silent would be to convey our agreement, or at least a lack of disagreement. Bonhoeffer…renowned Pastor, theologian, and martyr in Nazi Germany…proclaimed that “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil; God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” We cannot remain in association with any group or organization that practices, accepts, or encourages what God calls evil…to do so would be to convey our acceptance of such behavior.

I also sense the need as a watchman [Ezek 33:6.] to especially warn Christian parents and grandparents of the moral and spiritual poison that our children are being indoctrinated with…in the Public School system curriculum, on television [both programming and advertisements], in the film industry, in children’s social groups [Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.]. How can a Christian parent even think of leaving their children in the Public School system, or even think of allowing television [other than for their own video tapes] in their homes, or allowing their children to participate in social groups that welcome adult leaders openly and unashamedly living a lifestyle that God calls an abomination? Is there any cost that is too much to pay to insulate our children against this ungodly brainwashing?

Since a parent cannot completely insulate their children from the evil that is all around us, it brings to the forefront the urgent need, for both parents and the Church, to diligently and thoroughly teach our children who they are in their sexual orientation determined by their God-ordained physical gender at birth; the wonderful plans God has for them in their created physical gender, but not outside of it; what God teaches about human sexuality; how to recognize this godless LGBT teaching and agenda; how to withstand LGBT peer and adult bullies; and how to stand as witnesses for Christ against their agenda. In other words, our children need to be trained as Warriors for Christ who will boldly stand up for His truth…and not be just passive resisters.

We can no longer remain careless, complacent, and indifferent toward the significance of the present evil. There is an urgency here! If we lose this generation, we will have lost it all for all future generations! The Marriage Pledge [defendmarriage.org] reminds me of the kind of boldness that is necessary, and witnessed in the Book of Acts: Then the rulers, elders and teachers of the Law called Peter and John in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. [Acts 4:18-31.]

I am writing this as an exhortation to our Christian Leaders and Pastors, to encourage them to actively embrace an urgent need for commitment to doing more than just the passive response, “We will not obey.” Of the many events reported upon and written about during the past months, one recent event has particularly riveted my attention and stands as a poster child of what is happening to our children: “A primary school in Maine teaches 5 year old’s about transgenderism.” This was done without parents being given any prior knowledge about it, and represents a blatant and unconscionable violation of a parent’s rights concerning their children. As one parent stated, “I feel like my thoughts and beliefs were completely ignored. My right as a parent to allow or not allow this discussion with my child was taken from me.” A later article recounted a parent’s heartbreaking sense of the harm done to her 5 year old boy, who came home confused and troubled from that utterly inappropriate lesson and asked his mother, “What am I, mom; am I a boy or a girl?” My heart was broken just hearing about it. The appalling truth is that our children throughout the entire Public School system Nationwide are being taught what God has labeled morally and spiritually abhorrent concepts and behavior…and, as you well know, parents are not even aware of it. They have been deliberately kept in the dark about this LGBT curriculum being forced upon their children. Their parental rights have literally been stolen from them…without their even being aware of it!

How can we as Christian Leaders, and parents, stand by and watch…while our children are being morally and spiritually raped before our very eyes, not to mention emotionally and intellectually as well? How can we stand by and watch what is being done to our children and do nothing but “strongly object?” The position that 60,000+ key signers of the Marriage Pledge have taken is clear: “We will not obey.” We desperately need a Family Pledge as well, signed by our high profile Christian Leaders AND by our millions of Christian parents willing to stand against this ungodly agenda for the sake of their children: “We will not allow our children to be morally and spiritually abused.” We need one million families…one million signatures…who are willing to openly and with all boldness stand steadfast and immovable with Christ!
The most overriding burden in my heart is…a Family Pledge having 1,000,000 literal signatures in support. That is something only God can bring about; I will continue to wait on Him for the leading and guiding of His Holy Spirit toward the realization of this vision. It is His work, not mine.

Michael Zanelli
September 11, 2015.

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