Just this morning I learned about the planned presence of the Westboro Baptist Church at a funeral of a fallen soldier, to be held at Pentecostal Holiness in Licking, MO on April 14, 2012.
The date of this post is April 13th. Would anyone be interested in holding an impromptu prayer meeting at a to be determined place somewhere here in south central Missouri to address this subject in prayer on Saturday morning, April 14th, the day of the funeral? Or this evening? I would be happy to open the meeting with the following, and invite other concerned Christians to join in and to participate in carrying out the defeat of evil. Please contact me by PM on Facebook if you are interested or can donate an appropriate central meeting place.
Effective prayer involves deep mental confirmation of God’s all-presence, all-power, and all-goodness. As Christians, we each can do this, and we can all defeat every attempt of evil to stir up hatred. Hatred, as Jesus so many times proved, is powerless in the face of the recognition of God’s love. The affirmation of God’s infinitely powerful love brings our natural harmony to human experience. It dispels the myths of evil until they literally melt from our lives. In this mental light, let us affirm some related facts about God upon which all (true) Christians should agree (hate groups excluded!).
God is good, God is Love, God is omnipresent, and God is omnipotent. Good, love, IS the very foundation of our being. God, good, love, is all-powerful.
ALL POWERFUL! Contemplate this. NOT partly powerful and not with any exceptions! There exists therefore nothing to even stand in the way of Love, Christ. When we insist that there can be a second power named evil, either sanctioned by God, or that God somehow “allows” evil, this admission indicates that evil has successfully accomplished its goal of persuading man to believe evil’s own lie. Evil’s lie is that omnipotent God can have an opponent, such as a hate group. The only author of this lie must also be a liar. Would not the very presence of an opponent to God remove the truth that God cannot be opposed? Would not the presence of an opponent to God REMOVE the meaning of the word “omnipotent”? God is ALL and omnipotent, and therefore the supposed opponent IS powerless! Our job in prayer is to realize this fact and bring it to fruition.
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Ex 20). Let us take care not to accidentally treat evil, represented by a hate group, as a god by believing it to have some power which it does not possess. One may ask “What is evil, or the devil? Why is this hate group powerful and stirring up hatred, if evil is really nothing? What is this thing calling itself evil?”
The opponent, called evil, the devil, Jesus clearly told us is “a liar and the father of it”. The father, the origin of the lie which the devil tells, is in Jesus’ own words, also a LIE. Therefore, according to Jesus himself, evil is pure deception, pure delusion, a lie and a liar. God is not and cannot be the author of deception, the author of hatred, or of anything which is the opposite of His own loving and all-powerful nature. Jesus taught us in this statement about evil, that the source of what feels like evil, is lying to us! We must not believe the lie. The presence of this hate group, is, in God’s eyes, actually only a deceptive lie about God’s perfect children.
Within God’s kingdom of goodness, nothing unlike God exists against which to fight. The battle with evil has already been won there. We are assured in the book of Revelation that in the kingdom of God, the angels of Satan have already been cast to earth, into the vacuum of nothingness. This battle appears to be one happening in Licking, Missouri. Is this really where it is taking place? Spiritually viewed, this is not a battle with an external force of evil in a physical place, but a spirutal battle which has already been won in the kingdom of God. It is a humanly mentally internal battle which each of us must fight mentally through prayer. We each can each cast the angels of Satan out of our OWN consciousness and thus find the kingdom within us. When we each find and confirm our presence in the kingdom of God, which Jesus assured us resides within us, we can then be assured of being in that realm in which no evil resides. We are then assured of our isolation from evil, and of the isolation of all other men from evil. The battle with evil takes place in man’s own thought – not in the kingdom of God, and not on the parking lot at Pentecostal Holiness Church in Licking, Missouri.
God includes us in a realm separate from the earth, a separate, spiritual, and all-inclusive infinite environment of protective love, isolating us from all which is unlike Him. This is where we must remember we are truly residing. Our weapon is omnipotent God, goodness. We fight evil by mentally putting on the impervious armor of God, knowing and declaring Him to be ALL, in heartfelt prayer and gratitude for all His good, and by affirmation of His omnipotent goodness. Such prayer brings the realization that there is not really an opponent! The opponent is only the lie, and a lie is never sanctioned by, nor originated in, God. We have only to have faith and to understand the truth that God is indeed ALL – Not ALL sometimes, or with exceptions to certain rules, but always, omnipotent, and exclusive of evil.
We might still insist that evil stands on its own. We might ask, “If this is true , then why does evil continue to influence or effect us, even when we admit the truth of this proposition of evil’s nothingness?” As Jesus told his disciples when they failed to cast out a demon, it is “because of (y)our unbelief”. If we are to feel the all-powerful and loving influence of God’s omnipotent love in our lives, we cannot entertain the slightest conviction of a secondary power, or the slightest fear that there exists a power named evil contrary to good. Our mental recognition of evil is the result of human fear, doubt, weak faith, and a lack of understanding and acknowledgement that God, Love, comprises ALL of existence. We experience exactly what we believe in. So, let us choose to believe in an omnipotent God!
In God’s eyes, there is no hate group. There is, to God, no “Westboro Baptist Church” practicing hatred. Let us then, stand with God, manifesting His innate omnipotence in human experience. As His image and likeness, His children, we reflect and can wield that very same omnipotent goodness. This is our divine right! Hate resides only in an empty realm of thought, in a mental vacuum, and is not included in God’s ALL-inclusive infinity. Where could such an empty realm reside where all space is filled with goodness? Only in a fancied mental environment, made only seemingly real by the fact that we experience as humans only what we believe and expect. So, again, let us then choose to expect only good, and believe only the Truth – that God is omnipotent!
Let us remember the words of Psalms 139:
Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
While remembering that God’s Love is all that is present, let us also recall the words of I John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
We are surrounded by Love. No one need fear a hate group, for it has no foundation. Spiritually viewed, it resides in an empty mental vacuum. Evil’s assumed power is only self-assigned, and that selfhood is a liar. We each can remove evils’ supposed influence now, by earnestly praying to acknowledge God’s omnipotent goodness