T HE U PWARD C ALL
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet;
but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God
IN C HRIST J ESUS .
(Philippians 3.13-14 NASB )
D ECEMBER 2, 2008
G OD , C OUNTRY , G UNS , W AR #4
“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your
enemy.’ “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so
that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on
the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. … Therefore
you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5.43-48 NASB)
In the last issue, I stated that the responsibility for this warrior heart of the nation rests with Christians
that have not been true to the word of God and that have taken up the wrong sword. At times,
generally speaking, Christians have acted like ancient Israel demanding an eye for an eye, rather than
turning the other cheek. As a nation, the US has ignored the command of God to love our enemies
and has taken up the sword to destroy them. I realize that this is a hard thing to grasp. After all, are
we not to defend ourselves if someone attacks us? Maybe, maybe not! Has it ever occurred to anyone
that if we all fell on our faces before the Almighty God and cried out for mercy, turned from our own
wicked ways, and then sought for His wisdom, we might actually discover that there is a much better
ay than through guns and war, or even failed and hypocritical diplomacy?
Previously, I stated that George Bush is a warrior president who is a reflection of the Christian
church that has failed in its mission of love, especially loving its enemies. This is not an indictment on
our sitting president; it is an indictment on the church of God. Leaders of nations are often a reflection
of the people that elect them into office. The militant church of our day demanded vengeance for
hat happened on 9.11.01, and they got it.
Now, before anyone goes off half-cocked, so to speak, thinking that president-elect Obama will
reverse this trend to the good, I offer a caution. At this point, no one knows how this man will govern,
even the media that helped to get him elected. It has been reported recently that one of the first
Executive Orders that he might repeal is the one that prevents foreign aid going to pay for abortions.
Is not abortion applying the physical sword to kill? This murder is the worst kind, for it is against ones
who cannot defend themselves. Unfortunately, the world-at-large will not concern itself over such a
matter, for it is enlightened thinking to categorize abortions as merely “choice.” As Christians, are we
to elect a man to high office while turning our backs on God’s moral law ? I don’t think so! And yet, I
have heard of Christians who were willing to overlook this matter because they want change and a
harismatic leader that talks intelligently and makes them feel good.
Further, the president-elect is touted as one who is inclusive and who will embrace the many. But
what will this look like? Will Christians be included in this, or will the name of Jesus continue to be
ostracized from affairs of state? Will Christians be part of it only if they refrain from holding up the only
name by which men are saved? Or worse, will the name Christian take on an entirely different
As Christians, we are to fight the good fight, but this fight is not against flesh and blood but against
world forces of darkness (Ephesians 6.12). We walk in the flesh, for we live in bodies of flesh, but we
do not wage war according to the flesh, that is, through the physical sword and war (2 Corinthians
10.3-4). Our response to our enemies must be to love them and to pray for them, not to try to destroy
them and send them to what many call hell . I refer those who might not understand why I take a stand
against the concept of hell to my book The Purpose and Plan of the Eons , Volume 2, Chapter 5, Our
God is a Consuming Fire . Further, our sword is the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God
(Ephesians 6.17), the word that is sharper than any two-edged sword that has been devised by man
o kill another man (Hebrews 4.12).
It may not be very popular to state, but this worldview seeks to replace Christ as the One seated on
the throne. It places men on their own throne as they snub their noses at God’s true King who is
coming to rule and reign over the nations through His elect company that will be counted worthy to
reign with Him, for they overcame (conquered) him (the Devil) because of the blood of the Lamb
and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced
with death (Revelation 12.11 NASB). What is their testimony? Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of
Let us not forget this testimony or be ashamed to declare it in the days ahead when the world initially
will not want to hear it but will eventually cry out for an answer to what has happened. If I have heard
he Lord correctly, you can be assured that a major crisis is coming to the world.
Now, to continue with what is on my heart, I have a serious concern for black brethren in the so-called
black church, a term I find very polarizing and against the concept of the one body of Christ. I hear
that some, perhaps many, see the election of the first black president as leading them into the
promised land. Please, do not take me wrong; I realize how important it is for our black citizens to
have the first black or, more accurately, multi-racial president. It truly speaks to the very heart of
America as the land of opportunity for all, even though in our history this has been a nebulous goal for
ome. Obama’s rise to power is truly a great accomplishment to be applauded.
But as Christians, there is only One who can lead us into the promised land, and that is our Joshua,
the Lord Jesus. Our promised land is not a piece of real estate or even social justice; it is the
emancipation from our earthly dwellings or bodies of death and the transfiguration into bodies in the
image of Christ. Now, if you want to talk about being set free, this is true freedom. I find it unfortunate
that so many of the Lord’s people have become sidetracked with the things of this earth and are no
onger seeing things with the eyes of the spirit.
It has been a long road for our fellow citizens of African descent, but may this election bring true
healing to their hearts and lead them to forget the past and to press on toward the goal in Christ
Jesus. May their hearts be filled with forgiveness for those they have blamed for their plight! May they
be set free from the yoke that they have felt and truly be set free into the liberty of Christ! I have
written a series on forgetting what lies behind; if you are interested, I refer you to issues #02-0821
April 11, 2008) through 02-0824 (May 2, 2008).
The very real danger for African-American Christians (another term that I find polarizing within the
body of Christ) is putting all their hope in a man, even a gifted man, and losing sight of the Man, the
Lord Jesus Christ, our true hope and expectation. Barack Obama is a man and, just like Bush, he is
ubject to failure as well. I suspect that many are going to be disappointed in the days that lie ahead.
We need change, but it needs to be change that speaks to the heart of our heavenly Father and our
Lord Jesus. We do not need change that bolsters one man or the religion of humanism , which places
man at the center of all things. As a nation, we need a change of heart; we need to turn from our
wicked ways; we need godly leadership based on God’s ways, not man’s ways. We need the kingdom
f Christ to take root in the nations.
We can only pray that our new president will fall on his face before the Lord, call for repentance of the
nation, and openly proclaim to the world that Jesus is the true King of all the nations. Apart from the
spirit of God moving on his heart, I would not hold my breath waiting for such a thing to occur. There
is too much of the man and the machinery that got him to where he is today to allow for such a thing.
There is simply too much at stake in the realm of the flesh of men.
ut God can do it!
The Upward Call #02-08145 by — Stuart H. Pouliot
meaning that actually denies the Master? Some of those who secretly supported Obama but
remained silent for fear it would hurt his chances of getting elected are now beginning to speak out.
Why would they have remained silent? The answer is that their views of the world are contrary to a
Christian worldview and would have attracted negative press against their candidate. The worldview
of some of these people, as well as whole segments of the US population, is clearly antichrist , which
believe is the greatest danger we face as a nation that once considered itself Christian.