Sunday, March 11, 2018


Billy Long

Excavations of pre-Israelite Canaan uncovered a large number of jars containing the remains of children sacrificed to Baal. Other excavations discovered many jars containing the remains of infants who had been sacrificed to Baal during King Ahab’s time. These jars bring to mind the photos of garbage cans filled with baby parts at abortion clinics. I showed one of these pictures to a high school girl once. Her reply was, “That’s just propaganda.” She was not able to bring herself to face the fact she was looking at actual babies dismembered and thrown away. Her political position would not allow her to accept the fact that these babies went through torture and excruciating pain as they were being killed and taken from their mother’s wombs. 

The religious rites of Baal worship were noted for their sexual and immoral indulgences and for child sacrifice. Our own culture with its rampant sexual promiscuity has produced over 60 million abortions. The sexual practices of Baal worship and the promiscuity of our own current culture show that unbridled sexual activity outside of marriage leads to the death of children, whether sacrificed in religious worship to a pagan god or dismembered inside a mother’s womb to the god of convenience. In either case, the remains of infants are left behind in jars and garbage bins.

Statistics show that a large percentage of women/girls who are allowed to see the ultrasound of their baby will choose not to go through with the abortion. They see a child in the womb and not a blob or mass of cells. That’s why the abortion industry lobbies so hard to block any legislation that requires them to show the ultra-sound to the mother. The child in the womb recoils in pain from the sharp instruments of the abortionist. One well-known video showing the ultra-sound of an abortion was appropriately titled “The Silent Scream.” If the same procedures were performed on a baby outside the womb the cries of that same child would be heart-wrenching.

The practice of partial-birth abortions proves the evil and callousness of the industry. It is absolutely astounding that any normal adult would not grieve and be repulsed at idea of partial-birth abortions. In this practice the live child is first pulled from the womb and into the birth canal, except for the head. The abortionist then punctures the base of the skull, suctions out the brains, and removes a dead baby from the mother’s body. If the entire body of the child were to be removed first, this practice would legally be considered murder. It is foolishness to say that location determines life. The practice of partial birth abortions proves that the debate over when life begins is a waste of time when dealing with avid abortionists. The evidence seems to show they do not really care.

Our culture has degenerated to the point that sexual promiscuity is prevalent, encouraged, and expected. In this atmosphere there will be growing numbers of unplanned and unwanted pregnancies. The operative word is “unwanted.” Abortions are given not for medical reasons, but rather for the convenience of the mother and because of economic factors in her life. The mother does not want the child, and the abortion industry is making millions and millions of dollars.

Murder, whether it is on the street or in the womb, causes the land to be defiled and “guilty of blood.” The moral issues do matter. A godly and righteous nation might survive even with bad economic policies, but an immoral nation filled with ungodly practices will inevitably face the judgments of God, unless there is repentance. Where are the cries from the church and from the pulpit?

We are fearfully and wonderfully made. It is in the womb that God first breathes life into a person. We should stand in awe and reverence at this divine and mysterious process. We should also be afraid to trample upon that which is so sacred and wonderful.

Rulers and legislators should take note. God is the righteous judge, and all men must give an account to Him. This applies to those who make the laws.

“Shall the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by law, have fellowship with YOU?
They gather together against the life of the righteous, and condemn innocent blood.” –Psalm 94: 20-21.
Who is more innocent than the babies in the womb?

(This article is stern in its words to the industry and to those who make the laws, but God is merciful to individuals who sincerely call upon him. He forgives and heals. ---Billy Long)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Steve was a homeless fellow at Myrtle Beach when one of the hurricanes came through a few years ago. Huddled in a corner alone and frightened he cried out to the Lord for mercy and said, "Oh God, if you will bring me through this thing safely, I will get rid of my cigarettes and my false teeth!” Then having made it safely through the storm, he got rid of his false teeth and went around toothless, but hung on to his more pleasurable sins such as profanity and whoremongering. When I asked him about his logic in the matter, he told me that it is a sin to wear false teeth because the Bible warns us about things that are false. He told one of his friends, “You don’t want to be wearing false teeth when Jesus comes back. But then again, you just as well go ahead and smile and look pretty cause it will be too late then.”

This story is true, and we smile at the crazy logic involved. However, the world often sees the church in this light. We often "strain at a gnat and swallow a camel." I think this is what Jesus meant when he said the sons of this world are often wiser in their generation than the sons of light (Lu.16:8). When the church gets religious it ends up like the children playing games in the marketplace, irrelevant and not touching people in the realities of their lives (Matthew11:16-17). It also loses touch with the heart of God.

I learned in a sociology course in college that one of the unspoken requisites for being an accepted part of a group is that everyone in it consciously and subconsciously ignores the inconsistencies of the group. I have been in ministry for many years, but I think I saw the church more clearly during a few years in a “secular" profession. Being on the outside gives a different perspective. “Not seeing the forest for the trees” is a true saying. It is also true that some people often “don’t see the tree for the forest.” Therefore, we should not quickly dismiss our detractors. While they may see us in a distorted light, yet very often they will see and point out faults that our friends cannot see.

That season of being on the outside caused me to cry out to see the real church. What will the church be like when the Holy Spirit is allowed to develop it without all of our impositions, when the church genuinely represents the fullness of Christ in the fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit and actually manifests and makes known the love, grace, and wisdom of God to the world and to the principalities and powers in heavenly places, as the Apostle Paul foretold in his letter to the Ephesians.

God is going to work according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. He is going to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we can ask or think, and He is going to do it in, with, and through the church. It has its faults and peculiarities, but God in His glorious power and sovereignty will one day present her to himself a glorious bride without spot or wrinkle.   ---Billy Long

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Quotes from Arthur Burt

Quotes from Arthur Burt
Arthur Burt was from North Wales, United Kingdom. He went home to be with the Lord in 2014 at the age of 102. Glenn Anderson, who pastored Forrest Drive Baptist Church in Columbia, SC, introduced me to Arthur Burt sometime in the late 70s. I later invited him up to Raleigh to speak to our church. He was a unique individual and his message was rich. Below are a few quotes from Arthur Burt’s message to us at that time.”

“All men want progress; no man wants change.”

“Grace is free, but you have to pay a price for truth.

“The way has been strewn with ‘don’t wants.’”

“Should you submit to a pastor who doesn’t believe the Bible? 
You can’t put a live chick under a dead hen.”

“In the passage of years, time is on the side of truth.”

“Jesus said, ‘I have much to say, but you are not able to bear it now.’ The need is to be able to bear the truth.”

“Don’t be among those of the last wave who persecutes those of the next wave. Every wave upsets somebody.”

“The last move of God will be a ministry of the PRESENCE.”

“The agony and the ecstasy: Two emotions not known in many churches today.”

“To ‘Scab-pickers.’  Leave it alone or it will never heal.”

Regarding the Welsh Revival he said:
“The emphasis was on obedience (unconditional and absolute) and on forgiveness. God does not forgive unforgivers.”

“The Spirit fell on a young lady, and she ‘laid bare’ everyone in the room.” (1 Cor 14:24-25).

“A fellow entering the meeting and seeing the way the Holy Spirit was moving on the people, said, “I don’t believe in all this. God is not the author of confusion.’  Then instantly the Holy Spirit hit him, and he dropped to the floor out cold.”

“The Holy Spirit was still moving, and one of the elders wanted to close the meeting. A young girl said to him, ‘Wilt thou measure the immeasurable within the confines of one hour?’ The elder fell to the floor, and the meeting went on.”

Thursday, February 22, 2018

A New Era In Evangelism

There is a fasting and prayer conference occurring in Washington, D.C. this week (Feb 22-24). Multitudes of Christians are praying for our nation, the church, for a new Jesus Movement, and also praying in behalf of the millions of unborn babies that are being murdered in the womb through abortion.
In response to the passing of Billy Graham, whose death came the day before the prayer conference in Washington, and in praying for the prayer objectives of the conference, my wife Laurel felt a strong sense of the Lord speaking to her the word given below.

A prophetic word from Laurel Long.
February 21, 2018
This is what the Holy Spirit spoke to me.
"It is not insignificant that my faithful servant Billy Graham passed away a day before this conference and the call for a 40 day fast. The church has been held in the grip of *evangelicalism. Today I will usher in a new era of church history. I will raise up a new generation of evangelists like Phillip (Acts 8:5-25), true evangelists who will call cities to repentance with miracles, healings, and deliverance from sorcery. Signs and wonders will be done in the name of Jesus. Apostolic teams will enter and pray for them to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Cities will be filled with the joy of the Lord; and the fear of the Lord will fall on our nation.
And 'I will do a work in your day that you would not believe it even if I told you.'”  (Habakkuk 1:5).                                                                                                            
*A note from Billy: 
Laurel and I appreciate that the Evangelical church has faithfully preached the Gospel of salvation and the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The reference above to "the grip of evangelicalism" refers to the fact that the evangelical church has not preached the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and the gifts and power of the Spirit that followed. The word given above tells us that in the days ahead we will see evangelists like Phillip preaching the Gospel of Salvation with the sick healed and demons cast out. And those new believers will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit in the same way as those converts in Samaria (Acts 8) to whom Phillip preached.   ---Billy Long

Monday, January 8, 2018


This article is written for those who are called to intercession and for those who desire a deeper prayer life. The paragraphs below are just the tip of the iceberg. There is much more beneath the surface. Anyone interested in the list of Biblical references that inspired the message can email me at    ----Billy Long
Special Qualities of the Effective Intercessor

It takes faith and humility to be an effective intercessor. Most deep intercession takes place in the “prayer closet” and in secret rather than in the spotlight on stage. The intercessor prays “unto the Father who sees in secret and who rewards openly.” People who are self-centered or selfish or who need to receive recognition and the praises of man will have difficulty with the anonymity of being unheralded in the background. But the intercessor will have the joy of knowing he has access to the heavenly court in the Father’s presence.  

Intercessors are often given insight into the spiritual realm and are thus armed for effective prayer. From their position as “watchmen on the wall” they have a view into the city (insight into the lives of those for whom they pray), and also a view of the surrounding countryside (discernment to see the approaching enemy, his snares, and schemes). Being sensitive to the Holy Spirit, they are able to experience the groaning and intercession Paul speaks of in Romans 8:26 in which intercession is made according to the will and mind of God. This stands in contrast to the shallow, ineffective prayer of those who “beat the air” while missing the target.

An intercessor must have a level of maturity that enables him to handle information in a wise and godly manner. When God gives insight, exposes issues, and entrusts a person with knowledge, that person must be able to maintain sobriety without yielding to pride or being overwhelmed by the information. Shallow, immature, or insincere Christians, when given insight, will tend to engage in gossip rather than prayer. They will criticize and condemn rather than interceding with compassion. A godly attitude is required for effective intercession.

Intercession involves labor. An intercessor cannot be spiritually lazy. Prayer can be a casual discussion, joyful praise, and peaceful worship, but the scripture also describes prayer as “fighting,” “wrestling,” “laboring,” and “travail.” The battle can sometimes be hard because the intercessor encounters resistance. He stands in the gap for those rushing toward disaster and oblivious to the danger. He may be praying for people who resist God in unbelief, whose walls are broken down with breaches where the enemy can enter unhindered to destroy…were it not for those prayers. The intercessor stands in the way to warn those who are speeding in the dark towards a precipice where the bridge is out. He blocks the road to prevent them from blindly falling headlong to destruction.
The intercessor’s work is sometimes hard because he is crying out to God in behalf of those who are too weak to stand up for themselves, too blind (ignorant or oblivious) to realize the danger, or too rebellious to care. Sometimes he prays for those in sin who have no desire to do the right thing.
The intercessor stands in the gap to…
1.     …prevent someone from plunging off the cliff. He stands in the gap before the person.
2.     …prevent the enemy from entering through a breach in the wall. He stands in the gap before the enemy.
3.     …prevent the wrath and judgment of God. Like Moses, he stands between God and those who would face judgment.(Ezekiel 22:30).

The enemy works very hard to hinder, prevent, and discourage Christians from fervent prayer. And our own flesh (human weakness) also gets in the way. That’s why Jesus told the disciples that “men ought always to pray and not to faint.” He knew we would be tempted to give up and quit. We tend to think a task is not of God unless it is easy. We are like the disciples who fell asleep in the Garden of Gethsemane while Jesus was in the agony of intercession. The intercessor must realize that prayer is not always goosebumps, “glory clouds” and thrills, but can also be agony, labor and warfare that require us to press in knowing that God responds to faith and importunity. Jacob wrestled through the night and told the Angel of the Lord, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” Lately in my own prayer life in my desperation I have prayed, “Lord, I will not let you go unless you bless me…because I cannot go unless you bless me!”  

An intercessor may sometimes be led to pray when he senses something but doesn’t know what “it” is. In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus told the disciples to watch and pray. They had no idea what was coming, even though He had told them. They must have seen His agony and struggle of the moment. But still they were not moved to action. They were troubled but did not understand why. They suffered with two problems that often prevent us from effective prayer: First of all, they did not feel like praying. And secondly, they did not realize the hour that was upon them. We start to pray…but suddenly we are sleepy or dull of mind. We are troubled, but still we are comfortable enough to fall asleep. Like Lot, we may walk in righteousness but in our spiritual insensitivity are oblivious to the fire that is coming. If we could see into the spiritual realm and really know the activity occurring there, we would wake up, fall on our face, and cry out to God. Thank God for the “Abrahams” who enter the council room and hear the Lord’s voice telling them the seriousness of the hour and the intensity of what lies ahead. Without Abraham’s prayers, Lot may have perished in the fire along with the people of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:29).
The intercessor is often given prophetic insight to see into the spiritual realm and is able to pray with knowledge and understanding. But he must also be prepared for those times when Jesus tells him to “watch and pray,” but does not tell him why. Those are times when the intercessor prays in the Holy Spirit and waits before the Lord.

Thursday, December 21, 2017


I am re-posting this article because of its encouraging insights. It deals with the significance of a "boat" and how we should face the "storm" when it seems the Lord has sent us on ahead without Him, and when it feels like the Lord is "passing us by." ---Billy Long


 "Immediately He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side...Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by."    Mark 6: 45-52

“He made His disciples get into a boat.”
The “boat” is significant because it represents a context from which we can not easily escape. The disciples, on that small boat in the middle of the sea, could not simply change their minds and walk away from the problems and issues at hand. They could not escape the process; they had to ride it out. The Lord desires to work deeply and significantly in our lives, but He knows that human nature wants to run from the fire and will attempt to escape if it has the option to do so. We would rather sin than suffer, and in the crunch we seek relief rather than the purpose and glory of God. We tend to be like the Psalmist who cried out, “Oh that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. Indeed, I would wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.” It is interesting to note that a "successful" escape leads only to “wandering” and to “the wilderness.” Wandering gives the illusion of freedom, and the wilderness gives the temporary illusion of comfort, only because it is less intense than the crucible God designed for our change and growth.

This explains the boat. He places us in a class room or training context from which we can not escape, by-pass, or take the easy way out, at least not with integrity and righteousness. This is a good thing. It shows that God loves us enough to work with us in spite of ourselves.

“He made …His disciples go before Him.”
Jesus promised to go "before His sheep" when He sends them forth, but here He commands His disciples to go “before Him.” This seems to be in contrast to the promise, and when it happens to us we are tempted to feel alone and left to ourselves.
But the reality is the opposite. The psalmist, in his dark hour, feeling forgotten and forsaken, and crying out daily with sorrow in his heart, came to understand that God was actually dealing bountifully with him. Sometimes our darkest moments indicate God’s most intense presence rather than His absence. We must remember that the disciples, although in the middle of the sea in a storm at night, were not really alone. Miles away and through the darkness “Jesus saw them.” With Him there is no darkness nor distance. God may be out of our sight, but we are never out of His sight. He saw them and went straight to them. They were not ignored by God. To the contrary, the whole experience had been designed especially for them. They were getting special attention. As one story goes, we see only one set of footprints not because He is not walking with us, but because He is carrying us.

“He…would have passed them by.”
This sentence requires more discussion than can be done in this short space. It represents a principle that Christians often miss. While there is such a thing as Divine resistance which is accompanied by the absence of grace, there is also an area in our training where we encounter what appears to be Divine resistance but which is actually the Lord’s desire to stimulate us to aggressive faith and prayer, to provoke us out of passivity and apathy, and to move us to the assertive and determined action of obedient children passionate to do His will. It is a place where we work together with Him through intercession and patient endurance. How often do we let the Lord pass on by because we think that is what He wants to do? How often do we interpret His apparent reluctance as a genuine lack of interest? We think He does not want to engage us and so we back away, drop the subject, and let Him pass on by. It is clear that Jesus never intended to pass by that boat. His heart was with those men. They were the object of His special care and focus at that moment. We should take note and learn from this example.

There are other Biblical examples of God’s children pressing into Him when on the surface it appeared they were encountering resistance. The two men on the road to Emmaus constrained Jesus to stay with them when He made as though He would have left them behind and gone on further. The Canaanite woman cried out to Jesus and obtained healing for her daughter after Jesus had given her three negative (almost offensive) responses (that would have caused most of us to turn and walk away). In wrestling with the Angel of the Lord, Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless bless me!”

I don’t fully understand this principle, but I do know that God wants us to “trouble” Him with things. Our quickness to let Him pass on by is not courtesy, but rather complacency, passivity, and spiritual laziness. Sometimes it reflects our low self-esteem. We think we are not worthy of His attention and help. But ultimately it reflects our lack of understanding of God’s love and desire to be involved in our lives.

“He made His disciples…go…to the other side”
Our destiny is the “other side,” which means we will make it through. We must not be afraid of the storm that comes on the way. Jesus will silence and still it as soon as its purpose is completed. The experience in the boat was to make them grow and to cause them to know Him at a deeper level. Peter even had the opportunity to walk on the water with Jesus at this time. So maybe our goal should be not simply to get to the other side, but to be at His side. Let’s not jump to the conclusion that the Lord does not want to be bothered, that He has better things to do. Let’s touch the hem of His garment and cry out to Him to abide with us. Let’s also cry out to Him as Peter did, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” We will find that He is not only present, but very present, "a very present help in time of trouble."

Biblical references for further study:

Mark 6: 45-52; John 10: 3-5; Luke 24: 28; Mat.15: 21-28; Gen 32: 22-32; Luke 11: 5-8; Lu 18: 1-5; Psalm 13; Matthew 14:22-32; Hebrews 10:19-23; Psalm 46:1.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


“For…you have known my soul in adversities, and have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy.” Psalm 31: 7-8

The following paragraphs are intended to help us see that God’s hand is the undergirding “moving sidewalk” that is constantly carrying us forward in His purpose even when the enemy and circumstances try to point us in the opposite direction. Lawless hands may “grab” us, but God’s hand rules. We must see ourselves in God’s hands rather than victims of those who mistreat us.

Whose Prisoner?
“…I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you…” Ephesians 3: 1

“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner….” 2 Timothy 1: 8

The apostle Paul did not take on the role of victim nor did he rail against those who placed him in chains. Focusing upon them would have depleted his spiritual life leaving him bitter and frustrated. He counted himself a "prisoner of the Lord" not of the Romans. And his enemies, without realizing it, sent him to the very city (Rome) to which Jesus had told him to go (Acts 23:11). His epistles from the Roman prison are in our Bible today and have been read by millions. Though he was bound, the word of God was not bound. His testimony is a poignant reminder that we are in the hands of God, not in the hands of those who afflict us.

Who Sent Joseph?
“But the patriarchs, being envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him.” Acts 7:9

“He [God] sent a man ---Joseph--- before them, who was sold as a slave.” Psalm 105: 17

Joseph’s brothers sold him to traders who carried him off to Egypt in chains where he served as a slave and was unjustly accused and imprisoned. His “owners” and masters controlled all the decisions for his life. They “hurt him” and had no regard for his God, yet unwittingly sent him to the very position of which God had spoken in the prophetic dreams of Joseph's youth.

“God sent me.”
“But now, do not be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.” Genesis 45: 5

Had Joseph focused on the cruel acts of his brothers and masters, he would have developed the victim mentality with all its self-centeredness, ungodly attitudes, and deficiencies of character. He would have been overwhelmed with bitterness and anger. He might have written a book with a sad ending about how he had been mistreated and sent to Egypt as a slave. He most likely would have committed adultery with Potiphar’s wife and wasted away in prison.

Joseph, however, did not focus on those who mistreated him. His business and call was higher. On the surface it appeared that his brothers in cruelty had sent him to Egypt, but the truth is that God sent him to save his family and a nation, and to settle his people in a place where they could grow and develop until God was ready for them to enter the promised land 400 years later. Lawless hands had “grabbed” him, but God’s hand ruled.

In Whose Hands?
“Him, being delivered over by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, and have crucified, and put to death; whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.” Acts 2: 23-24

“Lawless hands” were at work with malevolent intent grabbing Jesus to crucify him upon a cross, and yet beneath it all was the hand of God delivering Jesus over to his determined purpose. Here is the mystery of God's sovereignty. The actions of wicked men against an innocent person were turned to the purpose of God and to the salvation of the world.

Oppressed people tend to see only the “lawless hands” that mistreat them. The result is loss of faith accompanied by harmful and ungodly attitudes. Jesus, however, kept his heart toward the Father's plan knowing that the redemptive hand of God was at work to fulfill the greater purpose of God. The enemy's plan backfired. Christ became the crucified lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world, and He was raised from the dead as our Lord and Savior.

We are in the hands of God.
The sovereign hand of God undergirds and holds us in spite of the “lawless hands” that work against us. His hand is the “moving sidewalk” on which we stand and which carries us forward even when it seems the enemy and life attempt to carry us backwards.

When we spend our emotional, mental, and spiritual energy on the "brothers" who "threw us into the pit" or the "Romans" who "threw us into prison," we make ourselves their victims and their prisoners. But when we engage the Lord, surrender to Him, and stand in faith with a right spirit, we experience the grace and power of God working all things together for our good and to His purpose.

We may not always be given the most comfortable route. The Apostle Paul might have preferred to go to Rome on a wonderful Mediterranean cruise ship with the bountiful buffet meals and lively entertainment. Joseph may have preferred to go to Egypt as part of a family vacation, a group tour of the Holy Land with all the first-class accommodations and helpful tour guides followed by a first class excursion to Cairo. But each man’s journey was painful and in chains. They took the way of the cross and drank the “cup” of suffering on their way to the joy set before them and to the fulfillment of a purpose which was greater than themselves and their comfort.

“When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, ‘Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him.’ So they sent messengers to Joseph, saying '…I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you. Now please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your fathers.’ And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said, ‘behold, we are your servants.’ Joseph said to them. ‘Do not be afraid.... But as for you, you meant it for evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive…and he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.” Genesis 50: 15-21