UPWARD CALL
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but this is my one aim:
to forget everything that's behind, and to strain every nerve to go after what lies ahead.
I press on toward the finish line, where the prize waiting for me is the upward call of God
IN KING JESUS.
(Philippians 3:13-14)
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by – Stuart H. Pouliot
November 20, 2016
Only One—Advocate, Deliverer, 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)
These days, I have almost a continuous groaning in my heart that 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 they
go 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
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
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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. It goes like this: Trump will be elected president and be a praying president filled with the
holy spirit; he will be like a trumpet; Hillary Clinton will not become president of the USA but will have a great
testimony and be "president in a Christian world"; and Bill Gates 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, at this point, I seriously doubt it. 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 could happen to the glory of God. 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 elsewhere, I believe an anointing is coming—an anointing of Christ's body that will rise up from within,
not from without. As John wrote, we have an anointing within us. The issue is that we have suppressed this
anointing, but not for long, for we are soon to awaken to what we have possessed all along. 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.
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 the beast kingdom of men 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 King Jesus, 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!