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Welcome to the show, everyone. Today, I’ll be talking about how so many things we see taking us in the wrong direction – everything from transgenderism to wokism to abortion – is all just a continuation of what I call “The Great Rebellion” that started when Lucifer decided he wanted to be greater than God. Plus, we’ll refocus our mission somewhat for the show and tell you how that will impact things moving forward.
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Satan’s Great Rebellion continues, folks. It’s all around us. And the truth matters. Get ready. Let the Kingdom Heroics begin…
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Alright, indeed. Let’s get started today by bringing everyone up to speed with our mission here at the Kingdom Hero Show, which is to advance the Kingdom through study of the Word and making real-world application of Godly character and Kingdom-mindedness. Now, I know what you’re thinking – that sounds great, but what exactly does it mean? Let me break it down a bit.
We deal a lot on this show with scripture and applying lessons from the Bible to our daily lives, but we also sometimes talk about current events and delve into political and social commentary. Whatever I discuss on this program, I want the focus to ultimately be on advancing the Kingdom of God. In doing so, we often have to touch on topics that may not – on the surface – seem like they would be relevant to our Christian walk. However, we live IN this world and we can’t just IGNORE it. Discussing the things going on in the world today can help us realize their significance, even when it’s socio-political in nature. There is a moral connection that should be explored and explained rather than ignored by us as Christians. The goal is to shine a light on the truth of everything, expose lies and deception, and keep our perspective in its proper place.
This is why the mission statement I mentioned speaks of Godly character and Kingdom-mindedness. What do I mean by that? Here’s an example…
Kindness isn’t random in the Kingdom of God. You’ve heard people say that we should practice random acts of kindness. But that’s still a worldly approach to being nice. Random acts of kindness can be great, but for a Christian who is Kingdom-minded, there’s nothing random about it. Kindness and compassion for others should be our default position. Yes, it initially takes initiative and intentionality, but if we acclimate ourselves to practicing kindness and compassion on a regular basis, it becomes our nature. It becomes an integral part of who we are, making us more like Christ. And we need to train ourselves to be Kingdom-minded if we want to be Kingdom Heroes.
With that in mind, I’m also introducing a central theme passage of scripture which I believe sums up what our Kingdom-minded approach to life should be:
“… seek and do justice, love mercy and kindness, and walk humbly with your God.“
If we keep this as our focus, then every subject we tackle should have an underlying Kingdom-minded theme running through it. Now, it may sometimes take a little time to hash all the way through each topic to find the truth and the lesson in it, but we don’t want to leave any stone unturned. And no topic will be ignored simply because it is controversial or uncomfortable to talk about. We have a duty to the truth, so let’s dive in!
I told you at the outset that today’s show has to do with rebelling against God. So many things we see happening in our modern culture, things that we are being told is okay and normal, are actually quite the contrary. This has been going on for a VERY long time. Every sinful behavior that we are introduced to and told to accept as perfectly fine can be attributed directly to a rejection of God’s established truth. And there are so many examples, I’ll just mention a few of them today and illustrate how they are connected to the Great Rebellion.
The Fall of Lucifer
That original fall, long before the fall of man in the garden, involved heavenly beings. Lucifer was a top-ranking angel, and it’s been said that he was second only to God Himself. At some point, he decided that wasn’t enough for him, and he sought to exalt himself above God – in fact, Lucifer wanted to BE God. His lust for more power and authority corrupted him, and he managed to convince a third of the angels in heaven to join him in waging war against the Creator.
Of course, this coup was quickly squashed by God Almighty. I mean, overthrow God Himself? Not likely. As a result of their rebellion, these angels were banished from heaven and cast down into the lower realms. The once great Lucifer became known as the satan, consumed with evil, and stripped of his high position and status. Those angels who followed him in rebellion became known as demons, and would be destined along with satan to eventually be thrown into the lake of fire and destroyed.
Their ultimate destruction, however, is not set to happen until after the second coming of Jesus. In the meantime, these evil forces are at work in spiritual realms and attempting to deceive as many people as they can. Their fate sealed, satan and his army of demons hold a bitter hatred for all of mankind. Unlike angels and demons, we have the hope of salvation. We can be redeemed, but they cannot. So they want to keep us from God’s love through sinful desires and hollow pursuits that serve to lead us away from holiness.
This is why the Word tells us that we aren’t in a fight with “flesh and blood,” but with “powers” and “spiritual forces of wickedness.” And this struggle continues today in many forms. The enemy’s tool chest is only so big, though. And we can learn to spot their tricks when we stay rooted in God’s Word and follow the teachings of Jesus. But what evidence do we see of this evil rebellion today? We look at that next . . .
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When we think about so much of the garbage going on nowadays – the stuff that clearly goes against scriptural truth and righteousness – it’s easy to get bogged down in the arguments and rationalizations of those who want to make excuses for bad behavior. We’re told to accept sinfulness as normal, good is evil and evil is good, right is wrong and so on. But upon closer inspection, we should note that these things are all part of a continued rebellion against God.
Sin has evolved somewhat over time, but it’s still sin. In today’s “woke” culture, lots of things are deemed as acceptable that shouldn’t be. It’s insane just how far the envelope has been pushed. Homosexuality is almost mild in comparison to some of the socially acceptable things of today. But how are all these things evidence of a continued rebellion? Let’s look at a few examples…
Whether it’s homosexuality, bisexuality, metro-sexuality, pansexuality, or whatever, all of these are clear examples of what the Bible calls sexual immorality. God’s design was for sexual activity to be enjoyed by a committed married couple, defined as one man and one woman. Any sexual behavior outside of that design is a rejection of His will.
Today we also have those who are biologically male calling themselves female, biological females calling themselves male, and others who claim to be some non-binary alternative gender or gender-neutral, or even undergo surgery or become transexual, etc. The truth found in Genesis is that God created male and female – period. To disregard the truth of who and what you are as a creation of God is to deny Him as your Creator. Or it’s like saying He made a mistake, and you’re not really meant to be what He made you. Any way you look at it, this is another rejection of God’s design.
And how about abortion? This barbaric butchering of the unborn is a direct afront to God. How? We are made in the image of God Himself, so this murderous assault on a developing human being is actually an attack against the image of God. It is a death sentence given to the most innocent, who were formed in the womb by the Giver of life. It is a blatant disregard for His authority, and a clear rejection of His very likeness.
How do they attempt to justify this awful act of killing the unborn? The only way they can – with lies that are pushed off as truth. A fetus isn’t really a human life yet. LIE. That is contrary to scientific fact. Embryology clearly tells us that at the moment of conception – YES, at the moment of conception – that is the instant when sperm from the male fertilizes the egg of the female. At that very moment, the resulting zygote is formed.
What is the inescapable truth of the zygote? Its genome is the combination of both parents’ DNA – meaning it is a new and separate life with its own unique DNA structure, containing all the genetic information necessary to form a new individual organism. In multicellular organisms like humans, a zygote is the earliest form of development. If it’s developing and growing, it’s alive.
So a fetus IS IN FACT a developing human life. That’s not religion saying that, it’s science! And the very people who want to say science trumps religion choose to ignore the realities of actual science when it deflates and contradicts their chosen narrative. They claim to be pro-choice, but that unborn baby is being denied its choice to live.
Remember it was Ronald Reagan who – by the way, earlier on in his life, he considered himself to be pro-choice, but he later changed his mind and became staunchly pro-life. But yeah, it was Reagan who once humorously said, “You know, I have noticed that everyone who is pro-abortion has already been born.”
And by the way, let me just interject this here… There is no middle ground where good and evil are concerned. And on this topic of abortion, it is undeniably evil. Okay? If you’re not pro-life, then you are pro-death. That’s the truth. You might say, “Come on, that’s just simplistic absolutism.” Uh, yeah. You’re right. It is, but that’s okay. You know why? Because the truth is simple and absolute. Wanna know what’s complicated and convoluted? Lies. But not truth. I’ve said this before. Truth is truth for all, or it isn’t truth at all.
Oh, and on the subject of lies, who is known as “the father of lies?” Satan. So if you are promoting deception and lies, that would make you an agent of evil. See, it’s important to make these connections so we realize what we’re truly up against. Anyway, let’s move on. We’re talking about rebelling against God and His ways, right?
Such open rebellions against God always bring about terrible outcomes. The acceptance of transgenderism in our society has created situations that would otherwise have never existed, for example. A male in a skirt, accepted as a female, was allowed into the girls’ bathroom in a school where he raped a young girl. Of course, those of us who see this for what it is saw this horror coming. But those who caused this situation tried to cover it up, and the school simply sent this rapist to another school, where – guess what – he did the same thing again. Yeah, this actually happened. And it could have been avoided.
To many of us, the decision to allow males in the restroom with females seems – at the very least – short sighted. But the evil forces behind this and other unwise acceptance of deviant behavior always knew where such behavior would lead. Accepting sin as normal is never a good idea. The point of all sin is to separate us from God. And more and more, even the most heinous of sinful acts is becoming acceptable by society.
Calling Evil Good, and Good Evil
Related to this is the redefining of what’s good and what’s bad. Speak out against things like abortion, and you’re called a radical who wants to force your morals on people. Though you are only trying to protect the unborn, you are labeled every bad thing they can think of and said to be waging a war against a woman’s “right” to choose. They say, “my body, my choice,” while ignoring the fact that the child growing inside them is NOT their body at all but a separate living being. Even though the act of killing that child is brutality at its worst, it is accepted as merely a medical procedure.
The name Planned Parenthood is itself a misnomer. Nothing they do there has anything to do with planning for parenthood. It’s all about abortion. Murdering babies is what they do, and pretty much nothing else. It was started by a known racist, Margaret Sanger, with the goal of exterminating the black population by encouraging the aborting of their unborn fetuses. This is documented fact, but it’s largely ignored now. Because, you know, historical facts don’t really matter.
Today’s far left is leading this war against history – part of a large-scale multi-pronged assault on truth. They seek to eliminate the truth of our history and rewrite it to suit their narrative. But again, the evil forces behind these ideas know exactly where that will lead. When you ignore the mistakes of history – or, in this case, get rid of all record of them – you are doomed to repeat those mistakes. And this rewrite of our history is being done in the name of wokeness. It’s being lauded as a good thing.
Everything that is good is being called evil today, and everything that’s evil is being called good. We were clearly warned in scripture against doing this very thing by the prophet Isaiah…
“Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter!”
Yet this is precisely what’s happening in our world today. And it runs contrary to intelligent thought, as well as going against the Word of God. The more woke or enlightened they claim to be, the more they are in rebellion against the truth and the knowledge of God. Scripture also speaks of this…
“For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools…”
It is an unfortunate fact today that so many of these kinds of people seem to be the ones leading our society down the tubes. They have rejected the truth and the will of God, rejected His ways and His righteousness, and instead they have embraced an opposite way of thinking. They have convinced themselves that they are right and anyone who opposes them is to be ridiculed and cancelled. Indeed, claiming to be wise, they have become fools, and the result of their ways will be nothing short of destructive.
Truth be told, this goes far beyond the political parties. We can’t simply point at the democrats and say it’s all on them. [Homer clip: “lousy democrats”] And we can’t just point at the RINOs – republicans in name only – and blame them, either. Though there may be a few good people on each side, the entirety of our political system has become infiltrated with establishment elitist ideals that have corrupted our government at the highest levels. And that corruption is rampant in Washington, DC. [Obi Wan clip: “scum and villainy”] [Young Guns 2 clip: “what’s scum?”]
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Assumed Power and Control
When you have people in our own government pushing for totalitarian restrictions like we’ve seen lately, corruption is evident. Worse yet, when you have a completely unelected official like Anthony Fauci dictating policy for how we can live our lives, that’s even more unacceptable. We are supposed to have safeguards in place to protect us from that kind of thing, but they’re being neglected along with any other parts of the Constitution that don’t suit the needs of those in power.
Now, I have no problem with anyone who wants to get the so-called vaccine. But I do have an issue with the mandates. You want to force me to put something in my body that I don’t want to? Wait, what happened to “my body, my choice?” I guess that only applies to killing babies. Seriously though, this isn’t about science when you’re ignoring the realities of antibodies and natural immunity. I mean, the CDC admits that it’s not keeping any data regarding people who have developed their own immunity and therefor don’t need any vaccine. Why? Because that data would serve to counter their preferred narrative. It’s all about control. It’s about an elite group of people who want to control everyone else.
They’ve even changed the definition of vaccine. Going completely against established science, the current vaccine isn’t even a true vaccine by the standard definition. If it was, it would protect you. But it doesn’t. People who got the jabs can still get covid. They still are told to wear masks. None of this makes any sense until you realize that it’s all about control. Understand, this drive to control us comes from a very evil place. It’s all connected to the desire to lead us as far away from God as possible, and when we won’t go willingly, to force us. When they use such obvious lies to control us, and they are therefore anti-truth, then rest assured that they are anti-God.
I mentioned Fauci, and his role is one that has a position of assumed power. He wasn’t elected by the people, yet he holds huge sway over the policies that are being used to control our lives. And did you hear his recent remarks regarding people who have the audacity to question him? He said, “When people question me, what they’re really questioning is science, because I represent science.” Wow. You see what he’s doing there? He’s absolving himself of the burden of ever being challenged, or having his views or opinions called into question, by equating himself with this grandiose idea of science being the final say, a penultimate statement which cannot be challenged – ever. What arrogant nonsense!
“How dare you question me! I am beyond what your feeble brain can possibly comprehend. Do not go against my righteous decrees. You will bow down before me and do as I say. Because I, Tony Fauci, am the embodiment of science!” This guy does NOT represent science, but he is instead the embodiment of unchecked corrupt power. And it’s power he didn’t earn, nor was he bestowed it by we the people. He assumed it. And that’s extremely dangerous to a free society.
But Fauci’s not the only example of someone wielding assumed power. A large portion of our elected officials in government are acting as though they are our rulers rather than our representatives. In truth, THEY are supposed to be working for US. That’s how our Constitutional Republic was wisely designed to function – a way of self-governing by making use of representatives of the people…a government that is of the people, by the people, and for the people. Instead, they want to rule over WE THE PEOPLE.
[TNG clip: “your lives as they have been are now over”]
Our founding fathers and the framers of our Constitution were very careful to craft this document in a way that would protect the citizens from the rise of tyranny. They knew that power would corrupt, and eventually even the elected leaders of our nation would begin to seek more power over those they were supposed to serve and represent. But the safeguards placed within the Constitution are being bypassed and outright ignored. Simultaneously, we are being conditioned to just accept it like everything else. You need to give up that outdated right you’re clinging to – it’s for the greater good.
[Hot Fuzz clip: “the greater good”]
Now, I know, someone out there might point to the Bible passage about submitting to governing authorities. So let’s look at that…
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.”
You may read that and say, AHA! As a Christian, you shouldn’t be resisting the authority over you. Right? Well, before you jump to conclusions too quickly, let’s look a bit further in this passage to gain some context…
“For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.”
Now hold on here. This particular scripture would seem to be assuming a very crucial attribute of the governing authority of which it speaks – that it is one who is just and Godly. This passage is apparently NOT speaking of an oppressive ruler who is wrongfully attempting to control every aspect of your life. It is NOT talking about the kind of corrupt and overstepping governance we’re currently dealing with. Further, we have discussed how being forced to accept evil as good and just live with it will ultimately lead to destruction. We cannot responsibly allow that kind of thing to stand. A whole lot of evil can win out if good people sit idly by and do nothing to stop it. I don’t think it’s our calling as Christians to just let injustice go unchecked. Do you?
It’s currently LEGAL to abort an unborn baby, but does that make it morally okay? It’s LEGAL in many states for homosexual couples to marry, but does that make homosexuality morally okay? In a lot of places, it’s LEGAL for a man claiming to identify as a woman to go into the ladies’ restroom, but does that mean it’s a good idea? Just because something is socially acceptable doesn’t make it morally right. And a controlling and corrupt government trying to force its will on citizens is not something that ought to be tolerated either.
We have a duty to truth, a duty to morality, a duty to justice, and a duty to God to resist every attempt to push the advancement of evil. We are supposed to be advancing the Kingdom of God, not the kingdom of hell. The differences are clear, even though the enemy keeps trying to blur the lines between good and evil. We have to stay rooted in the truth of God’s Word, seeking His wisdom in every area of life, if we are to be able to stand firmly against the tricks and schemes of satan. Be bold in the Lord, courageous in Him, and keep training yourself to recognize the tools of the enemy.
If something goes against His Word, or exalts itself against the knowledge of God, we have to see it for what it really is. These rejections of His ways and denials of His holy authority are simply parts of the continuing rebellion. And the attempts to make us dependent on government rather than on God are actually attempts to subvert His rule over our lives. His yoke is easy, and His burden is light. Remember that the next time a government overreach tries to lock you down, strap on a mask, or jab you with a needle. Hey, I’m just sayin’.