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Testimony: Jerome

Posted by truthoughts on June 25, 2010

Testimony: Jerome I Thomas Jr.
Given 6/25/2010

I was about 5-7 when the Lord spoke to me from a cloud in the west. I had assumed at that age that the light was coming from the sun though it was early in the morning. Since that day the enemy attacked me and used the mistakes of unsaved friends and family and anyone who he could in order to destroy me. As I grew older I became self absorbed and prideful. I was being drawn to the occult and witchcraft and did not know it.

I experienced terrifying dreams and an angel tried to take me into the heavenlies, but I was so scared of everything. I believed that the evil beings that some called aliens where trying to take me and I even remember, what I believe was an out of body experience, where something was taking me. I had a feeling it was not good so I said put me back but they/it didn’t until I said, “Jesus, I want to go back.”

Many strange things and strange people came in and out of my life. I was molested, verbally abused and somewhat physically abused. So I craved the love and attention I only got when people saw me sing or dance. Entertainment was the only option for me in my mind and I idolized Prince, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Boy George, and Terrance Trent Darby.

I could not wait to get plastic surgery and I just wanted to be rich, beautiful and famous so I would not have troubles in life; so I could help people.

I grew older and had some success in dance and began to segway into acting, but by then, I became a homosexual, marijuana smoking, club hopping, sinner.

I was diagnosed with HIV and then became depressed, anxious, bitter, angry and somewhat suicidal but I know that I would not be forgiven for that. I started with cocaine and cigarettes by this time, and slowly progressed into crystal meth.

One day after drinking some vodka, I fell out on the concrete. Before this happened, I remember a swirling effect happening around me and evil forces pulling me down and laughing. I felt these things in my spirit but did not see anything. I knew I was dying and that I was going to hell. I felt like, “well, I’m a sinner so I belong in hell and God is doing the right thing.” But something in me said, “why don’t you pray?” So I told God that I didn’t feel like prying because I’ve been too bad but… I just was not ready to die and if You could please do something, maybe send some angels to help me. I cried and cried.

When I was out, everything was blacker then black and I think I may have been in hell but don’t remember because He has not allowed it, thank God. Then a very strong wind and then white, I got up thinking I was at home in bed only to see concrete and people around me. I don’t know how long I was out. I didn’t see any blood when I got up but some say my head was gushing blood. Nobody helped, only one guy who drank with me kept screaming, “get up… you ok… just get up.”

I stayed inside for the next 3 days crying because I knew I deserved hell and I thought how awful it would be to be there, knowing how good God is. I would be singing his praises because I always did. I just can’t help it, even when I’m depressed, sad or angry. If a gospel song comes on the radio, my vocal chords just start moving. It kept me from killing myself.

Well, I went to the hospital and nothing was wrong on the CAT scan, which was strange because I had terrible headaches. They thought I had a heart problem but the test showed a heart which the doctor said I could model for her students so they would see what a healthy heart looked like. She also said that there was no murmur, which I had as a child.

I felt words inside me saying, “a clean heart” and I thought of the scripture (Psalm 51:10) “create in me a clean heart.”

While in the hospital for those 3 days, the voice I heard in the cloud at age 6, said, “Choose!” I thought of the scripture (Joshua 24:15 ) “choose you this day” and I said, “oh God it’s time.” So ever since then, I decided to follow Jesus. No more sex, drugs and R&B for me.

I live a life of complete holiness, thanks to the power of The Holy Ghost. I ask that all who read this will pray that the Lord continue to sanctify me wholly as I die daily to sin and walk in the newness of life though Christ Jesus.

Time is short, when the Lord spoke to me at age 6, He told me I would do many bad things but that He would not forget me. I asked to go with Him when He came and for Him to stop me from doing bad things and let me know ahead of time when He was coming so I could warn everybody.

I felt led to ask for how much time and I said, “A couple years” but remembering that my mom said a couple meant 2, I said, “Oh no, we need more. I need more time because there are a lot of people.” So I thought well, several years, cause I thought that meant 7. So I said, “Yeah Lord 7 should be enough time.”

Then I felt His presence leave and I became confused about if He would give me 7 or was that too much, being that I first said 2, so maybe 4??

Interestingly enough, I was baptized in August of 09 and the Lord has been cleaning me up in preparation of something.

2010 marks the 70th anniversary of Israel, so if the generation spoken of in Matthew 24:34 which shall not pass away before they see all these things which includes Him sending His angels to collect the elect, is the 70 year generation according to Psalm 90:10 . Then we are 7 years away. God kept His promise to me. He did not forget me and He brought me out of darkness, so maybe we will get 7 more years. Keep looking up!!!

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Homosexuality in the Church

Posted by truthoughts on December 9, 2008

Before I begin this article, I know that I will probably spark a lot of controversy and I am not particularly looking forward to the comments that may arise… however, this must be posted. I received an email which contained an article entitled Homosexuals In The Rapture which is written by Jack Kelley who is a major player in the bible prophecy movement. In this article, Mr. Kelley attempts to share why he believes that homosexuals can be saved and still be homosexuals and that there is no reason why they would be prevented from taking part in the rapture of the church. (If this was not his intention, it was not clear)

Now, before you jump to any conclusions of where this post is headed… let me say that I do not necessarily disagree with the points that Mr. Kelley has made in his article, however, I think that he has left out some very important points in the Bible that could be used to argue against his stance. It does not do justice to the Word of God to leave out both sides of the argument so that individuals can have all of the facts when praying about what is truly to be thought of the matter. Anyone who makes their decision on 1/2 truths is not a wise steward. We are to search the scriptures thoroughly to show ourselves approved before God. This is why we are not to rely on man alone, but to align all things with the complete Word of God.

I highly encourage you to read through Mr. Kelley’s article and through what I will include here and then pray about it. Now, in no way am I advocating vengeful acts against homosexuals and I believe that anyone who does such things will be held accountable to God in the end because the Lord has said that vengence is His. God will be the judge of all in the end and He is a righteous judge.  Regarding the topic of salvation, we are to work out our salvation with God ourselves and leave the details of other’s salvation to the Lord to judge.

I am taking my time writing this article to make sure that I make all the points that I can and not allow any misunderstandings. So, by the time I post this article, the referenced article may be “old news”. I was very intrigued that those in the bible prophecy movement so far have not said a peep about this article that I have found. This may not be the case by the time I post this however. I am not trying to ‘bash’ anyone or any group… I am just wanting a little accountability from both sides. This is the reason for me writing this.

Now, one point that Mr. Kelley was trying to make is that the church is filled with sinners who continue to sin but are forgiven once and for all. I agree with that to a point. There is a difference between slipping up and outright consciously committing the sin, whatever that might be. We are to strive for the mark otherwise we are among those who draw back unto perdition (Heb 10:38-39).

The following verses for consideration are not in any particular order. Please consider these verses along with those Mr. Kelley has offered when you pray about what is proper for a child of God. I pray the Lord Jesus give you discernment in the Word of God so that you can stand firm in the Truth as He reveals it to you.

Hebrews 10:26-31For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance [belongeth] unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. [It is] a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Hebrews 10:38-39 Now the just shall live by faith: but if [any man] draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

Jude 1:7Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Romans 1:26-32For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Ephesians 5:3,7,11-13But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;… Be not ye therefore partakers with them… And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them]. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

John 5:14Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

Philippians 3:13-17Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] ye are.

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination.

Leviticus 20:13If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them.

In summary, I have listed some Bible verses to consider in the debate of homosexuality. These verses argue against it and Mr. Kelley’s article argues for it, which is why I have not added those. Again, I highly encourage you to read his article in full to help you gain a full understanding of both sides and in all things… pray. Regardless of the side that you take personally, it comes down to your accountability to the Word of God and what you do with that to His glory.

I personally believe that homosexuality is a sin and as with all sins, can be a struggle for the individual who deals with it. I believe that we are to resist the sinful nature of our bodies which is encouraged against by the enemy (James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.). Now that being said… in the end, it is God who makes the final decision on salvation, but it is the Church who are called to use wisdom in all things and to continually draw closer to the Lord in Truth and encourage others to do the same (Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works). I will leave you with that thought and pray that (Philippians 4:7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.).

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