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Tuesday
Feb092010

Pannonhalma, Hungary

The Archabbey of Pannonhalma, Hungary. (Click to enlarge)During the autumn of 2009 Andrew and Jamie visited and ministered in Europe. Their trip included stops in England, Germany, Poland and Hungary. While in Hungary Andrew had the opportunity to minister across a denominational gap. Andrew was welcomed with open arms to the Archabbey of Pannonhalma, an eleven-century-old Roman Catholic monastery. There he met with his ministry friends Titusz Hardi, a former Charis Bible College student and Benedictine monk, and Titusz' superior, Dr. Várszegi Asztrik, Arch Abbot of Pannonhalma, member of the Bishop Congregation of Hungary's Roman Catholic Church.

These three men first became acquaintances several years ago through a fourth friend, Zsolt Katona. Zsolt is a CBC England graduate and a former teacher at both of the Abbey's schools. After graduating from CBC Zsolt did not return to the Abbey, but chose instead to go to work for Andrew Wommack Ministries where he is currently in charge of Andrew's European book translation and distribution center in Hungary.

Titusz Hardi, Assistant to the Arch Abbot of Pannonhalma, greets Andrew during his visit in the fall of 2009.
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The noticeable change in Zsolt, as a result of his experience at CBC, made such an impression on Titusz that it stirred within him a hunger for more of God. This hunger led Titusz to request a sabbatical from his life in the monastery, where he has served as a monk for more than 25 years. He sought the break to attend CBC in England. Much like Zsolt, the time Titusz spent at CBC changed his life, and he returned to the monastery refreshed and inspired by the Word of God. Upon his return to Hungary, the Arch Abbot took note of the change in Titusz.

The progression of changed lives continues as the Arch Abbot has blessed Titusz by making him Headmaster of a very prestigious boarding school in Pannonhalma. There Titusz teaches Discipleship Evangelism lessons, and also incorporates some of Andrew’s other teachings, including Spirit, Soul and Body, in the curriculum for his students. Andrew’s teachings are transforming the monks and students in several of Pannonhalma's Abbeys. Titusz takes every opportunity to share his revelation and is having an impact; many who attend his meetings are born again and Spirit filled. He has brought a revival of sorts to Hungary’s Catholic Church.

Zsolt and Titusz' time at CBC opened the door for Andrew to meet with the Arch Abbot for the first time three years ago. During Andrew’s most recent visit, the Arch Abbot extended his grace and allowed Andrew to minister in one of the monastery’s cathedrals. With Zsolt as his translator, Andrew was able to share with Titusz’ students and members of his Bible group. He taught about destiny and had the opportunity to prophecy over some of the future leaders of Hungary's church. Be sure to watch the video summary below for a glimpse of this powerful time of ministry in Hungary.

 

We invite you to watch the video clip below which shares highlights of Andrew and Jamie's visit to Pannonhalma, Hungary in 2009.

Friday
Feb052010

Andrew's Thoughts On The Haitian Earthquake

A number of people have asked me to comment on the Haitian earthquakes. Our local Sunday paper even had a collection of comments from local pastors about why all of this happened. Their responses ranged from "God did it" to "Satan did it" to "who knows who did it."
 
There appears to be a lack of clear understanding about why things like this happen. This isn't limited to the Haitian earthquakes either. The same thing happened with hurricanes Rita and Katrina and the terrorists attacks of 2001. It also happens on a daily basis with our individual lives. People struggle to understand why bad things happen.
 
Certainly bad things happen on an individual basis because of our poor choices. God gave us the choice between life and death, blessing and cursing (Deuteronomy 30:19). And sadly, the vast majority of people are making choices that give the devil dominion over them (John 10:10). In order to avoid Satan's devices against us, we have to submit ourselves to God and resist the devil (James 4:7).
 
And there are scriptural examples of God bringing judgment on a nationwide scale because of the sins of people. Classic examples of this are Noah's flood and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
 
BUT...there was a HUGE change in the way God deals with people after Jesus died for our sins. Jesus bore our sins and all of God's wrath against them (John 12:32). And this doesn't only apply to believers. First John 2:2 says Jesus, "is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world."
 
So, God isn't personally judging nations today for their sins. He judged Jesus for our sins. That doesn't mean that it doesn't matter how we act. It does. When we act in an ungodly manner, it makes us subject to Satan's control (Romans 6:16). The devil wants to devour everyone (1 Peter 5:8) but he can't do anything to us without our consent and co-operation.
 
I'm sure the fact that Haiti's national religion is voodoo is a factor in their poverty and social issues that made the devastating effects of these earthquakes even more severe. But I don't think the devil has the power to cause the earthquake.
 
There are just natural things that happen in a fallen world. And I think the earthquakes in Haiti were just the natural results of tectonic plates rubbing against each other. It was just natural. Those who are submitted to God have supernatural help to deal with life in a fallen world and those who don't have a relationship with the Lord find how limited their natural abilities really are. But this wasn't a direct result of sin or the judgment of God.
 
I could spend a lot of time justifying that statement but let me simply say, if you think this is God's judgment on those people, then you are totally wrong to try and help them. If God is punishing them, get out of the way and let them learn their lesson.
 
Of course, I don't believe anyone would agree with that approach, and that is not what I'm advocating. Therefore, I think it's inconsistent to  see this as an act of God and yet intervene in a way that would thwart God's purposes by giving aid to the Haitians.
 
Blaming God for this tragedy has turned some people against God. I read one account of a woman walking by a pile of burning bodies and she took the Bible out of her purse and threw it in the fire. But God didn't cause this nor allow it. Therefore, it is compassionate to reach out to those who have been hurt (1 John 3:17).
 
When Adam and Eve sinned, they plunged the whole world into sin. This not only includes mankind but the animal creation and the natural world. Animals were originally herbivores but now they are carnivores. Likewise, the original earth was in perfect balance. It didn't rain but there was a mist that went up and watered the whole earth (Genesis 2:5-6). Everything was perfect.
 
But all of that changed when man rebelled at God. Now we live in a fallen world where things aren't perfect. If an animal kills a person, God didn't do it, the animal did. This could be traced back to man's original sin but not always to an individual's sin. Mankind set the animal creation at odds with us. And if a natural disaster happens, we are the ones who set the whole course of nature on fire (James 3:6).
 
Through Jesus, we have been reconciled back to God (2 Corinthians 5:19) and with that comes authority and power. But it's not automatic. We have to believe and exercise our power and authority. I've prayed and seen weather, including hurricanes, change. I've taken authority over animals and I've seen miraculous healings. We aren't just helpless in this fallen world.
 
But it takes knowledge and persistence to grow and develop our God given authority to the point of making a difference on all the ungodliness that has been unleashed in this world. Jesus exercised His dominion over the forces of nature (Mark 4:39) and so can we (John 14:12).
 
Although I support helping those who have been devastated by the Haitian earthquakes, (Jamie and I have personally given to their aid), I am constantly moved by the devastation I see in people's lives daily. It amazes me that when people can see with their eyes the physical effects a natural disaster causes, they respond generously. But the devastating effects of sin and ignorance are all around us daily. I'm moved just as much to help those who are struggling to cope with the loss of a loved one or trying to figure out why they haven't seen their prayers answered.
 
We all pray the Lord will comfort those who have been left homeless and lost loved ones in Haiti. We pray those who don't know the Lord will turn to Him in this time of crisis and find Him to be their source of strength. I also pray the Lord will help us to see that everyone who doesn't know the Lord is hurting just as much as those who have been affected by the Haitian earthquakes. They may not realize their need as much as those in Haiti, and therein lies the problem. God make us all vessels to represent You to a lost world.
 
Andrew Wommack

Thursday
Feb042010

Clarification Of Uganda's Anti-Homosexual Law

I have ministered in Uganda for years and have offices, a bookstore, and a Bible College in Uganda. We broadcast twice daily over Lighthouse Television, have made three trips there, and therefore have a presence and influence in this nation.
 
I received an e-mail from a man wanting me to come out against Uganda's Anti-homosexual law on the basis that it was prescribing death for all homosexuals and even harsh prison terms for anyone who didn't turn in a homosexual. He cited Rick Warren's opposition to these laws and wanted me to follow suit.
 
I knew this information was wrong and the punishments were vastly exaggerated as is so often the case. I met with the member of parliament responsible for this bill and he gave me his reasoning for introducing this legislation. Uganda had just had the United Nations try to pressure them into passing pro-homosexual legislation in order to obtain a large sum of money offered to them (a bribe). They responded with this legislation in order to stop the strong arm tactics of the pro-homosexual western influence. Would to God American leaders had enough integrity to not be bribed or badgered into compliance.
 
Although I knew the situation was being misrepresented, I didn't feel qualified to deal with this personally. But Leland Shores who runs our office in Kampala, Uganda is well aware of the details and has written a response worthy of everyone who has an interest in this reading. He has included a letter from over 200 Ugandan Christian leaders explaining the situation.
 
I encourage you to take a few moments and carefully read Leland's response. The Ugandans are taking a stand for righteousness and they should have the support of American Christians, not their condemnation.
 
Andrew Wommack

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