America Is Detroit

This was an awesome article that reflects what I’ve been saying about Detroit for years… Its ground Zero.

America judges Detroit, but America IS Detroit.

Detroit just happens to be the leader, and the city that God is pruning first, as an example. The day of reckoning is coming for the whole nation… not just Detroit.

We are a  “nation of rules” that is about to come into contact with God’s laws.

The article is from Jay Zawatsky – found here http://nationalinterest.org/commentary/america-detroit-8789

“America as Detroit

Jay Zawatsky

July 29, 2013

The malignant cancer cells oozing from the petri dish of progressive policy known as the City of Detroit are soon to metastasize throughout the body politic. The disease, which has been described by Mark Steyn as the “malign alliance between a corrupt political class, rapacious public-sector unions, and an ever more swollen army of welfare dependents,” will first lay low other formerly great American cities. Newark, Oakland, Cleveland and Los Angeles initially come to mind. But the same fate awaits nearly every other large municipality ruled for generations by so-called progressive thinkers.

Once U.S. cities have danced to Motown’s latest bankruptcy beat, it will be the rest of America’s turn to confront unfunded liabilities. In the case of Detroit, fully half of what the city owes—$9 billion out of Detroit’s unpayable $18 billion—is the unfunded pension liabilities to retired public employees and those still on the city’s payroll.

But wait. $9 Billion? $18 Billion? Those amounts are mere rounding errors in the context of the U.S. budget deficit and aggregate national debt. Former Obama car czar Steve Rattner opined recently in the New York Times that “the 700,000 remaining residents of the Motor City are no more responsible for Detroit’s problems than were the victims of Hurricane Sandy for theirs, and eventually Congress decided to help them.”

But Detroit’s fiscal problems are not a natural disaster. Indeed, the city’s economic and social problems are what Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano might have called a “man-caused” disaster. Rattner even obliquely acknowledges that free will was behind Detroit’s disaster. The six words preceding his plea for a second, smaller Detroit bailout (GM was the first) were “[b]ut apart from voting in elections…”

That is the rub. There is, there never has been, and there never will be a free lunch. Yet Americans have been voting themselves money since LBJ’s Great Society. According to the Federal Reserve, the nation’s unfunded liabilities stand at over $125 trillion, including Medicare ($86.6 trillion), prescription drugs ($21.8 trillion) and Social Security ($16.4 trillion), which amount does not include the $16.8 trillion current U.S. Treasury debt. These entitlement programs were sold to the public as “pay as you go” and were supposed to build surpluses to balance already known future demographic shifts. But leaders in both major parties invaded these programs’ current income (from payroll taxes) to win votes by financing discretionary programs such as farm supports, food stamps, weapon systems, student loans, housing-loan guarantees, green-energy subsidies and literally hundreds of other spending initiatives—all for political constituencies capable either of making contributions or putting political boots on the ground.

Politicians, particularly with the IRS as unpopular as it is today, know that they cannot raise taxes any further, even on that “fellow behind the tree,” as Senator Russell Long famously quipped. Congress also knows that with a Federal Reserve as compliant as Chairman Bernanke’s, there is no current restraint on borrowing. Both parties assume that the Fed simply will print up sufficient digital dollars to purchase any federal IOUs that cannot be sold. For fiscal year 2013, that has been $540 billion, the price tag for nearly all nonmilitary discretionary spending.

But the final reckoning is approaching….”

Read the rest here http://nationalinterest.org/commentary/america-detroit-8789

Here’s the best quote:

“In 1960, before the Great Society, Detroit was the wealthiest city per capita in America among cities with more than two hundred thousand residents. In those years, the United States was the world’s largest creditor nation. Today, Detroit is the poorest city per capita in America among cities with more than two hundred thousand residents. Today, the United States is the world’s largest debtor nation.

Welcome to Detroit, America.”

And just like Detroit will rise… hopefully the Nation will rise again.

Blessings on Ishmael | Countdown to The Call Detroit 11-11-11: Day 5 –

Blessings on Ishmael

A lot of unfortunately ignorant pastors, right wing watchers, and muslim imams are speaking against The Call, saying its divisive because we are doing something against muslims. We are not against muslims, we are for muslims being saved from sin by Jesus Christ and stepping into their full blessing and calling as the sons of Abraham!

God told Abraham that He would bless all the nations of the earth through His family. That includes not only Isaac – but Ishmael. It includes not only Jacob – but Esau! It includes Jews and Gentiles, and every nation of the earth.

Jesus Christ is the seed of Abraham that God uses to bless every people group of the earth. Instead of keeping a bunch of religious laws, we get to trust in the fact that Jesus hung on a tree for us and took our punishment as the lamb of God. That is part of the blessing of Abraham that is for everyone!

13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written , Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Galatians 3

I was preaching the gospel earlier this week, I had a couple of conversations with some very religious people. One was into Sikkhism – he worked for his church, tried to do right, and everything, but he knew he wasn’t clean from all his sins, and he was just hoping that he was good enough for his god to let him in. Another group was Muslim – they didn’t even know if they were going to heaven, or what level of they were going into, but they were very devout.

Jesus came to give you The Way! He is the only guaranteed Truth, and Life. No one gets to the Father but by Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is a True Prophet, and this is what He said. So that makes Him more than a Prophet. If this wasn’t true, that would make Him a false Prophet.

6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way *, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. – Jesus Christ (John 14:6)

The Blessing of Ishmael

20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee : Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful , and will multiply him exceedingly *; twelve *princes shall he beget , and I will make him a great nation. Genesis 17

Even though God brought the Messiah Jesus Christ through Isaac, Jacob, and the Jews – God put a special blessing on the sons of Ishmael.  Twelve princes, (national leadership), and a great people group. Many of the muslim nations consist of the sons of Ishmael. They are blessed.

But a much greater Eternal blessing is coming when they come to salvation through Christ and get rid of their dependence on the false prophet Muhammed. Jesus Christ is the only offering of sinless blood that can wash away the sins of Ishmael, Esau, Israel, and every other nation of the earth.

Make your way to Detroit on 11-11-11 for The Call. Pray with us. Join people all over Detroit that are fasting and praying in preparation for God to do something BIG in our city, nation, and world… NOW. Yes, NOW.

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– Read Killing Idols For REVIVAL – help God destroy false idols and set people free to worship Jesus Christ.

Destroying Dogs and Wolfpacks in the Church | Countdown to The Call Detroit 11-11-11: Day 21 –

Destroying Dogs and Wolfpacks in the Church

What animal walks around with their tongues out and their mouths open? Gotta be dogs.

1 Deliver me from mine enemies , O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me. 2 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men...6 They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city. 7 Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear ? Psalms 59

2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. Phillipians 3

David had dogs persecuting him. Paul had people following him around speaking negatively about his ministry. Jesus talked about dogs as well (Psalms 22). These people who used their tongues and their mouths for evil were called dogs several times in scriptures. Don’t be a dog! Use your tongue for blessing and not cursing.

What animal hunts and maraudes as a group? Gotta be wolves.

15 Beware *of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Matthew 7

29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Acts 20  

Wolves are similar to dogs… they followed Paul’s team in packs. They took it as their responsibility to discredit and steal his ministry fruit.

We don’t need any more wolf packs in the church – ministries who’s specialty is tearing down and stealing from other ministries. This is part of division and denominational divides. How often have you heard preachers that always have to diss the “big church” or the “small church” or the “baptists” or the “charismatics” or “those calvinists” or “those noncalvinists.” Its useless to tear down our brothers instead of build them up.

Its okay to reprove the works of darkness (Ephesians 5), but when we don’t speak for God we turn into dogs and wolves. Speaking for God involves Gods timing, Gods place, Gods responsibility, Gods Scripture, and Gods attitude. Its not dragging peoples name down behind their back. Let’s bind up the dogs and wolves within the Church, and lets loose a culture of:

 

– thanksgiving to others for what they have done,

– honoring others for who they are (not for who they aren’t),

– blessing others for the good qualities they have

– praying for others, and

– interceding for any of their deficiencies that we may notice.

Sometimes we think that God is like us, that our opinions are His. But His ways and thoughts are higher than ours.

19 Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. 20 Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son. 21 These things hast thou done , and I kept silence ; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes. Psalms 50

The gang violence of the city is a direct responsibility of the churches’ dog and wolf-pack violence of the tongue. What we loose on earth is loosed in the atmosphere (Matthew 16). Our racial tension and division is a direct result of the churches dog talk induced division. iRepent for using my tongue like a dog.

What we bind on earth is bound in the atmosphere. We need to repent, guard our tongues, and bring down the authority of the dogs and the wolfpacks in the Church. No more barking! We are made in God’s image, not dogs.

Join us on Fridays leading up to The Call and join us at The Call in TRUE REPENTANCE….

Make your way to Detroit on 11-11-11 for The Call. Pray with us. Join people all over Detroit that are fasting and praying in preparation for God to do something BIG in our city, nation, and world… NOW. Yes, NOW.

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If My People: The Cry and the Joy | Countdown to The Call Detroit 11-11-11: Day 22 –

 If My People – The Cry and the Joy

 As we prepare for the Call 11-11-11 National Solemn assembly in Detroit, we want to pray that it would really be Solemn. We are praying that God would release a Cry for the Abominations we have done.

The key to turning a nation is in God’s people turning our hearts back to God. Sometimes we aren’t even aware of the sins that we have committed. We think that how we live and what we do as the Church is normal and Godly. A messenger of God, that will boldly and gently point out the specific sins and errors that we don’t yet recognize, is a crucial component of any revival and awakening that God seeks to bring to a people.

14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray , and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7

We know this scripture back and forth, but what is missing? We gather to pray and we have more pictures than prayers. We have gatherings that are everything but solemn, and we have a Church culture that glosses over and covers up sins, rather than exposing them so that we can cry or feel emotion over them. This stops us from turning to God from the heart. God is going to turn this type of Church culture on its head. 

When Does the Joy Come?

7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth , more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need *no repentance. Luke 15

Is there anyone in the Church who is perfect, and “needs no repentance?” We are righteous by the blood of Christ, but when we really seek God and observe His ways, oftentimes we will find items where we need repentance. GOD in heaven has joy when those who have sinned repent and turn their heart to God.

We need to take part in the full emotion and personality of God. Full joy, full celebration, partying, music and dancing (Luke 15), but ONLY after we receive full vision, full disgust, crying and sadness over sin, and turning. No its not bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. Its abandoning our soul to Him and being filled with the Word and Spirit of God.

Join us on Fridays leading up to The Call and join us at The Call in TRUE REPENTANCE….

Make your way to Detroit on 11-11-11 for The Call. Pray with us. Join people all over Detroit that are fasting and praying in preparation for God to do something BIG in our city, nation, and world… NOW. Yes, NOW.

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Mark the Ones Who Cry… | Countdown to the Call Detroit 11-11-11: Day 25 –

Mark the Ones Who Cry

Ezekiel 9

 1He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand.

 2And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer’s inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar.

 3And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side;

 4And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

 5And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:

 6Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.

Where are those in God’s house wo will cry out? Who will literally cry for the abominations done in His sanctuary? For the unclean being called clean? The church celebrates while “gospel” singers and choirs sing with worldly purposes. Who is going to cry out for homosexuality being tolerated in the church? For the fornication that is tolerated and covered up for in the church? For the children that are neglected and left to the school system and entertainment to raise? Where is the CRY?!

We as the body of Christ MUST be sensitive to the heart of God, loving what He loves and hating what He hates. In Ezekiel 9 those who were troubled by the ungodliness going on in God’s house, those who cried about it, who lamented over it, who hurt over it, they were sealed from destruction. Why? Because they took the time to seek and know God, loving God’s commands and hating the ways of the flesh. Those who knew of the abominations, who saw the evil happening in God’s temple, but who did not cry, who were indifferent, who pretended not to see, not to know, they were given over to destruction. Where are those who CRY?!

Our young people are being taken from the church to the world, before our eyes…WHERE IS THE CRY?!

Our marriage covenants are being broken, God hates divorce….WHERE IS THE CRY?!

Pastors are preacing and teaching false doctrine and we eat it…WHERE IS THE CRY?!

Fasting and prayer and studying God’s word is the ONLY way to have your eyes open to the truth, to know God’s heart, to understand the seriousness of the hour. According to Psalms 19, in order to see our sin, we must know and treasure God’s law, testimonies, statutes, commandment, fear of God, and God’s judgements. Then we will see our errors, and be cleansed from secret faults, and sin will not have dominion over us.

Isaiah 58

6Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

 7Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?

 8Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward.

 9Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;

 10And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day:

 11And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

 12And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

 13If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:

 14Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

PRAY FOR GOD TO RELEASE THE CRY AGAINST SIN IN YOUR HEART AND IN HIS CHURCH!!!! HE IS ABLE!!!

Make your way to Detroit on 11-11-11 for The Call. Pray with us. Join people all over Detroit that are fasting and praying in preparation for God to do something BIG in our city, nation, and world… NOW. Yes, NOW.

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