THE UPWARD CALL
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 CHRIST JESUS.
(Philippians 3.13-14 NASB)
TUC #10-1616
by – Stuart H. Pouliot
November 20, 2016
Only One Advocate, One Deliverer, One Mediator
"And there is no other God besides Me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none except Me. "Turn to Me and
be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other. (Isaiah 45.21-22 NASB) "But the LORD is
in His holy temple. Let all the earth be silent before Him." (Habakkuk 2.20 NASB)
In the last issue, I shared that I was groaning. Well, today, it is back and stronger than before. Actually, I am groaning
and rejoicing at the same time, but sharing on the rejoicing will have to wait for another issue.
The groan emanates from what I am reading coming from the Christian community that is clearly divided even after
the election of Donald Trump. Along with this are the many prophecies that came forth about who would and would
not win the election. Some had Clinton and others had Trump. Was God having a hard time making up His mind on
who He wanted in office? Obviously, those who flipped the prophetic coin and came up with Trump were right. The
others must have used the wrong coin. Some are saying that Trump is God's chosen leader. Does this mean that
Obama was not, or any of the other elected presidents were not? Perhaps God is more Republican than Democrat.
Definitely, two camps have emerged during and from this election. How many are in each camp and how deep each
runs is hard to tell; the Lord knows.
According to some exit polls, high numbers of white, born-again Christians (evangelicals), along with a majority of
Catholics, voted for Trump. This camp believes they now have their man moving into the White House. One article
quoted three Christians expressing how glad they were to be a Christian right now, how Christians took a big stand
for their faith, and how they now have an advocate moving into the White House. I thought we had an Advocate.
Job said his advocate is on high (Job 16.19). John wrote that we have an Advocate with the Father (1 John 2.1).
And, Paul wrote that we have one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2.5). This
camp was willing to overlook Trump's glaring flaws in hopes of having one who would protect their religious
freedom. It sounds like they are looking for a savior or deliverer from among men (a Moses or a Cyrus); a leader
who will protect them as they continue doing their Christian things or who will establish the Kingdom for Christ.
The second camp is composed of non-white evangelicals who saw/see Trump as morally unacceptable and one who
campaigned based on "racialized politics." In other words, he is a racist, as they see him. This camp celebrates their
racially diverse community of evangelical Christians and claims the core of the message of Jesus is "racial justice
and reconciliation." To them, racism strikes at the heart of the gospel. This seems to be taking a cause (i.e., social
justice) and reading it into the gospel rather than it coming forth from the gospel, which is summed up in one word,
JESUS! Their concept of reconciliation focuses on human relationships and not the reconciliation of which Paul told
us we are to be ambassadors. God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses
against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5.19). We are to be
ambassadors for Christ in the world with a message to the world to be reconciled to God through Christ. Surely,
reconciliation between people and races (tribes, ethnics) is important, but, from a Christian perspective, it must
start with reconciliation to God through His Son who has reconciled all things to Himself (Colossians 1.20). To put it
bluntly, racial justice, even social justice, may have merit in a temporal setting, but it is not the gospel.
Interestingly, both evangelical camps hold to many of the same tenets of Christian doctrine, such as the unity of the
body of Christ and the centrality of Christ, but in this context, one is looking for a deliverer and the other is looking
for racial/social justice. And, neither seems to be looking for the coming or Presence of the Lord, the one and only
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Deliverer, to bring heaven to earth and establish true justice, peace, and righteousness among the nations that is
impossible to attain without Him. As written in past issues, Jesus is part of the message of these two camps, but He
is not the whole of it. His name has been placed on man's causes (and politics), as if the gospel is driven by causes
that are means unto their own ends. But, where is His life in it all? Is He truly central and supreme in life or only in
name and doctrine? The latter seems to be where the public church is these days.
Now, there is one other thing that has caused a deep groan within, and it is a prophecy given by Kim Clement in
2006, 2007, and 2013 regarding Trump who would be elected president and will be a praying president filled with
the Holy Spirit; he will be a trumpet; Hillary Clinton who would not become president of the USA but will have a
great testimony and be "president in a Christian world"; and Bill Gates who will open up a financial realm for the
church.
Frankly, I don't know how to react to this prophecy. All I know is that when I read it, I groan in a way that causes me
to question it. In time, it might be proven to be of the Lord, but I just don't know. As I consider this, two points strike
me.
First, why is it that Christians seem to be continually looking for leaders from among men when they have one Lord
and one Spirit? We are exhorted to hold fast to our Head, Jesus, for we have no one between us and God but Him.
Besides, we are His body and, as such, He is our only Head. But again and again Christians want to place men and,
according to this prophecy, a woman on pedestals, as if they are the anointed and our head. What generally follows
is: "Touch not My anointed." The result is that we end up with mediators who we expect to do God's bidding for us.
This is not the gospel according to Paul. Mind you, it would be a wonderful thing to see Jesus break into the lives of
these leaders; this is a good thing, and it may happen sooner than we realize. However, we need to guard against
putting them on a pedestal or making them our head, for this is a form of idolatry, which I believe the office of the
president, along with the many man-centered pulpit ministries, have become to many Christians.
As shared previously, I believe an Anointing is coming, but it will be an anointing of Christ's body. It will not be
focused on one individual but upon His body that will come into oneness in a way the world has never seen. There
will be no more camps. I have more to say on this in the next issue based on a living experience my wife and I
recently had that was centered on the love of God.
Second, suspicion raises its head whenever I see a prophecy about wealth coming to the church or, in this case, the
opening up of a financial realm. This sounds very much like a teaching or emphasis that comes out of certain
prosperity groups of Christians that claim the wealth of the nations will come to the church so we can advance the
Kingdom (that God gladly gives!). I asked the Lord about this one day based on "The silver is Mine, and the gold is
Mine." What I heard was: "You are the gold and you are the silver. The gold is My Divine essence of love in you,
and the silver is your redemption." The Lord took His written word and made it rhema to my heart by taking it from
the temporal realm to the spiritual realm. This leads to my concluding point.
We must guard ourselves from becoming temporal and political in our in-union walk with the Lord Jesus, making
Jesus into some social justice warrior or into a warrior for our many causes. This does not mean to imply that one
should not be in politics or righteous causes. If led to do so, then do it as unto the Lord. But, let us be cautious in
raising the Christian banner over these things, as if God has stamped it with His approval. We are still living within
the kingdom of this world or of man and, as such, many things can and will undoubtedly happen. We are in the time
of Mystery Babylon that is falling, but it has not yet been ground to dust. We need to set our minds above where
Christ is and not be dictated to by temporal and political events and causes. We are seated with Christ among the
celestials, and we need to be spiritually minded, setting the evidence of His heavenly enthronement, not earthly
minded. As the opening verses declare, there is only one God and He saves or delivers, not man. Let us not make
men into our saviors or gods or heads; this is idolatry. Let us turn to the Lord, not to men. Let us tune out the many
voices and be on guard for what is false, disguised as an angel of light. To this end, we are the Temple of God and
He is in His Temple, Christ in us. We are still of the earth, but we have the Spirit of Christ within us. As Habakkuk
declared: Let all the earth be silent before Him . Let our earthen vessel be silent before the Lord as we listen for His
voice to speak to our heart in these last days. The Deliverer is coming!