Absalom, the son of King David

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(Illustration from Free Bible Images) «Then the king burst into tears, and went up to his room wailing, ‘O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom. If only I could have died for you! O Absalom, my son, my son’» (2Samuel 18:33).  As people heard of the king’s deep grief for his son, the joy of victory was turned into deep sadness. David later returned to Jerusalem to reign as King of Israel once more.

On December 2nd, 2015 I wrote a blog article called «The Revengeful Father?»

I conveyed that revenge is never the way of a true father.

That was almost three years ago, and I am even more convinced today. Although I have been backstabbed, again and again.

The pain that I personally learned of firsthand from Rev Øyvind Fragell (1914-1993) over the incessant betrayal by his own son, gave me insight that has helped me to understand.

But even more I am helped by the accounts in the Holy Bible. Perhaps especially the account of King David and his son Absalom who had been close to his father, but abused David´s trust by betraying him. He went from village to village to turn the people against his own father,

When the time came for God to intervene, King David covered his face, and cried with a loud voice: «O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!» (2Samuel 19:4).

A true father will always love his son and daughter. There is always hope.

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The Tears and Despair of Rev. Øyvind Fragell

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The cover of one of Rev. Øyvind Fragell´s albums.

In 1975 – when I was 17 – I met Rev. Øyvind Fragell (1914-1993) for the first time. He was a beloved minister in Norway´s Pentecostal Movement who wrote some of the most heart-warming and tender songs about our relationship with Jesus Christ.

I will never forget that conversation in 1975 which happened openly in the lunch room of the Filadelfia Church and Publishing House.

Fragell had heard that I had come back to Jesus after 1 1/2 years of being away from the Lord. I had sought guidance in the Humanist Association. The meaningless and empty lives that I encountered there threw me into a despair so deep that I finally fled – back home to a life with Christ! I have followed Christ faithfully ever since.

Rev. Fragell shed tears of gratitude when he heard my story. But he also sobbed deeply when he told the painful and tragic story of how his own loved ones had left and betrayed the Lord.

I learned from Rev. Øyvind Fragell that betrayal of the Lord is a terrible thing. Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking that he was happy and content with that. His despair and tears speak today – 25 years after his death.

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May 1st marks the Coming to Life

The larvae of the May beetle

Copyright: Restoration Oslo, 2018 (via Storyblocks)

Aina & I have been seeking God together today on May 1st, and God has spoken to us about today marking the beginning of the next phase of our life and ministry.

May 1st is a day to say farewell to winter, and marks the beginning of springtime fertility. It is a celebration of things coming to life.

God is affirming the created purpose He has for us and that we are destined to prosper! The specifics are for us to pray and follow-through!

This is a Word with promise for many!

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Waning Criticism from the «God-hater», Levi Fragell

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Screenshot from a video I produced when Levi Fragell was speaking in Oslo earlier this year.

I am somewhat amused by some of the severe criticism of me from the waning and almost obsolete anti-Christian, aggressive secular humanist group in Norway, connected to the Norwegian Humanist Association. They are being pumped on a daily basis by their former leader (1976-1990), Levi Fragell, the 77 year old backslidden pentecostal preacher boy who almost 55 years ago left his father Øyvind Fragell´s vibrant faith to instead live a life committed to oppose great men of God such as the evangelists Aril Edvardsen and Emanuel Minos, and for the past 6 1/2 years against me. His warm-hearted preacher father cried in despair when I interviewed him as a young journalist in the mid-1970´s. RIP, Øyvind Fragell!

Levi Fragell´s rage has been so massive that he even followed Aril Edvardsen on a crusade in India, just to prove that the great evangelist was a fraud!

His rage against me has increased, almost feverishly, as he has seen the blessing that God has heaped upon Aina & me during the past 6 1/2  years. In 2011, Levi Fragell demanded triumphantly in the secular-Christian newspaper Vårt Land that I had to resign as a pastor! Instead, God has promoted us in Norway and worldwide. My tv programs are supported and watched by the high and low in our nation. I am summoned into meetings with leaders of Norway, Europe, and beyond.

The most interesting thing about this Fragell-based criticism is that it attacks classic Christianity, both catholic, orthodox, protestant, evangelical, and charismatic-pentecostal: 1) The Bible as the authoritative Word of God. 2) Jesus as the only Way to God. 3) Conversion unto Christ. 4) The two outcomes of life: Heaven or hell. 5) The reality of angels and demons. 6) Healing of the sick. 7) Speaking in tongues. 8) Ministry unto children. 9) The gospel as an integral part of a Christian home. Etc, etc, etc.

The bottom line for the aging Fragell is his hatred of God. I participated in a meeting with him earlier this year in Oslo, and there he denied that he had ever said he hates God. But afterwards he had to admit it, because it is written explicitly in his autobiography from 2010.

I hope and pray that Levi Fragell will find peace at this late stage in his life.

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Celebrating the Values of Norway’s Constitution – 203 Years after

“The Eidsvold Men” in 1814

You might have heard of “Eidsvolds Plass”, the round, park-like place in front of the two lion-statues that guard the main entrance to “Stortinget” (Parliament) in the beautiful downtown area of Oslo.

This is the place where almost daily demonstrations are being held – for or against every issue on Planet Earth. The megaphones and posters aim at catching the attention of the 169 elected members of Parliament.

Personally, through more than 25 years, I have initiated and spoken at rallies on wide-ranging topics as abortion, homosexuality, marriage, family, prayer for Norway, re-Christianization, elections, democracy, Israel, European Union, Afghanistan, islam, freedom of speech, religious liberty, barnevernet, refugees, migrancy & more. Some have brought change, and others have been forgotten, but we have fought – and hoped.
But geographically speaking, Eidsvold is really a small county cirka 50 kilometers north of Oslo with only one claim to fame: That is where a group of 112 visionary men worked together in 1814 to produce the Constitution of the independent Kingdom of Norway.

This photo of the original Grunnloven of 1814 hangs on the wall of my office in Oslo, beautifully framed.

“Eidsvold” is more an ideal than a geographical place. That is why some of us chant on May 17th (the day when we celebrate our Constitution): “1814 shall still live”, or “Eidsvold shall still live”.

As criticism is mounting all over the world against the negative ideals and practices that have developed in the Norwegian Child Protection Services (CPS), or “barnevernet” in Norwegian, it is important to find common ground that we Norwegians can continually build upon. Our Constitution is such a common ground. (In Norwegian, the Constitution is called “Grunnloven”, meaning literally “the ground rule”.)

 

 

What makes “Grunnloven” an excellent foundation for the modern Kingdom of Norway 203 years after it was written?

 

Firstly, Grunnloven is a Declaration of Independence.

Paragraph 1 declares that “the Kingdom of Norway is a free, independent, undividable, and indefeasable kingdom”.

“The Eidsvold Men” were visionary during the turbulence between European mega-powers in 1814 to include our Declaration of Independence in Grunnloven. The kings of Sweden and Denmark got the clear message that we want our independence!

Secondly, Grunnloven is a constitutional law that established fundamental principles:

The limited and hereditary monarchy; the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches; the expanded right to vote; compulsory military service; and the end of nobility, aristocracy, peerage, titles and special privileges.

Thirdly, the principle of representative government (democracy) was later written into Grunnloven and the first democratic elections were held in 1884.

Aina & I had been recently engagedd when our friend Marie took this photo on May 17th, 2010.

PROBLEM

One may ask: How can a Kingdom with such excellent “ground rules” develop such an undemocratic institution such as barnevernet?  That actually destabilizes and dissolves the family unit at its most vulnerable moments, and at times leading to lifelong psychological problems for children? Even leading to suicide….

I still believe in our foundations. 

But the problem is really with “a sleeping beauty” called the Church which has become tolerant and compromising with limited commitment to wage the spiritual and ideological wars of our nation.

While media and academia have worked ferociously to undermine the “ground rules” of Grunnloven.

Norwegian Christians, and concerned citizens who believe in our traditional values, must stand up again to wage spiritual and ideological warfare in the arenas that matter: Politics, Government, Media, Education & more.

We need the same visionary power of the 169 “Eidsvold Men” of 1814.

“1814 shall still live!”. “Eidsvoll shall still live!”

“Hurrah for 17th of May!”

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«Politics between God and the Demonic»

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Walter Künneth (1901-1997)

The Biblical world view is so different that the world views of liberal Christianity and secularism, but it sure harmonizes with the gut of modern men and women, who in our own nation have left the liberal Church of Norway by droves – by hundreds-of-thousands. The recruitment of future priests, as evidenced by the numbers at the state-financed  theological faculties, is so low that the Church of Norway will be extinct within a few decades.

Modern Westerners seek help and guidance from anyone who actually believes in the reality of the spiritual realm. Much like when Jesus confronted the wickedness and hollow religiosity of the Judaism of His day, 2000 years ago.

Today in the 20th Century we need to give people not just «spirituality», but the reality of the Cross of Jesus Christ and the unwavering truth of the Bible.

Liberal Christianity has taken control of the state-financed Church of Norway. It is no exaggeration to say that the official Church of Norway is 100 percent pro-LGBT (pro-Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transsexual). The next change will be a massive turning away even from heterosexual marriage. We will see multiple-marriages (3 or more marriage partners), marriages with non-humans (dogs, items of affection) etc. The list is long, and it is coming – full fledge.

Who is at fault?

«For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?» (1Peter 4:17)

We – the Christian Church – have allowed this to happen by our compromises, lukewarmness, experiments with modernistic theology, play with «church politics», marital infidelities, sexual lenience, our pride and arrogance.

What is really happening?

We do not like to acknowledge it, but the unquestionable reality is that a systemic spiritual take-over has taken place in the institutionalized Church, to such an extent that it is no longer «the Church».

Jesus warned against this in Matthew 12:43-45:

«When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.»

There is a parallel in modern history, namely in the Third Reich, when the Lutheran professor of theology Walter Künneth (1901-1997) opposed the co-opting of the Lutheran Evangelical Church by the Nazi state by founding in May 1933 the Young Reformation Movement (Jungreformatorische Bewegung). The Gestapo replied by questioning him and banning his works across the entire Reichsgebiet.

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Politik zwischen Dämon und Gott

Künneth co-published in 1937 «The Nation of God», which addressed the themes posed by National Socialism: Führer-headship, obedience-principle, Jewdom, and the Race Question. This work was also forbidden, and he was banned from either publishing or teaching throughout the entire Reich.

After World War II Walter Künneth published in 1954 an ethics named «Politics between God and the Demonic» («Politik zwischen Dämon und Gott»). On account of his experience during the Third Reich, Künneth captures the tension that characterizes our world between secular authorities as the ordering power of God (Romans 13) and the demonic state (Revelation 13). Künneth concedes citizens the right to resist the state and its laws.

Demons trembleBut Künneth takes this one step further by acknowledging the Biblical and practical reality of the demonic. He was succinct in his analysis of systemic demons that he had seen take over the Church in the 1930´s.

But Künneth´s antidote was his «Theology of the Resurrection» («Theologie der Auferstehung») which he wrote in 1933.

The victorious resurrection power of Christ trumps the demonic. 2000 years ago. During the Third reich. And in 2017!

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Lenin´s Atheism brainwashed Children

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«Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted» – Vladimir Lenin

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