Satan Desires to have us… The George Floyd Slaying

And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. (Luke 22:31-32)

I have no doubt that the warning Jesus gave to Peter is applicable to us here in America. in light of the recent slaying of George Floyd by members of the Minneapolis Police Department. “Satan desires to have you, that he may sift you as wheat…” .

The traumatic events playing out in America, will definitely have this effect, they will force out into the open, things we have hidden in our heart, for all to see, whether they be good or evil.

First of all Satan is definitely in this.

Of course, Satan didn’t directly kill George Floyd, the Minneapolis Police department did, particularly officer Chauvin, when He pinned the handcuffed man to the sidewalk, putting his knees on the helpless man’s neck, as Floyd begged and pleaded for his life, as did the people passing by the scene of horror. Floyd died under Chauvin’s knee.

That same Police department (Minneapolis) fast tracked a Somali immigrant, so that they could showcase “Diversity” , but failed to vet him. ( Diversity is one of the highest ideals of the New Religion).

Early in his career, This newly minted Somali Muslim Police officer shot to death an Australian lady who was merely trying to report a crime.

There were no riots, or race based condemnations of entire people groups. Neither was the media dominated by reports and condemnations of the nation. The Somali and Muslim communities were not harassed and hounded, for everyone understood that they didn’t do the crime. The Officer did.

Not everything That happens is about race, until the leftists try to make it about race in order to divide and conquer us.

Satan doesn’t directly kill people, what He does is harden their hearts, and sows hatred and prejudice into men’s hearts, (of all hues), and sets up situations for them to hate and kill each other. He sends out a flood of Words and images, non stop propaganda of hate, prejudice, corporate guilt, to build up pressure, creating a tense and explosive environment.

The nightmare video of the atrocity, shocked and outraged ALL Americans, at least any one at all of decency, good will, and a sense of humanity. There has been a national sense of outrage over this, it is not limited to the socially “woke” people of the left, but all of mainstream America is shocked and disgusted at this turn of events.

Here is Where Satan has jumped in to test us all, The Question is, ‘What evil lies in our hearts, that this nightmare exposes’?

The Prophet Jeremiah warns us all…

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.( Jeremiah 17:9-10)

All of the Racism, self Righteousness, violence, avarice and greed, rebellion, self pity (victim status), and a host of other sordid vices hidden in our hearts as individuals is being forced out into the open. This test is designed to reveal all of it, in everybody.

Satan has been cultivating hatred and bias very carefully in this nation for a long time. He has conditioned many of us to think only in terms of identity blocks, and not of each of us as individuals.

Satan has concocted a new civil religion in America, in which there is no individual sin, only group sin. He has divided humanity into different groups, warring against each other. Some of those groups are virtuous, and others are guilty just by virtue of being in the group, and partaking of the group ‘privileges’. Satan’s control of the media and education has helped to foster and entrench this new religion.

According to the tenants of the new religion America itself is guilty, She is systemically “racist”, and there can be no forgiveness, only constant repayment for the past transgressions of the ‘privileged group’.

The only ones who for the most part are truly exempt from this new civil religion, are those who recognize it as a counterfeit Christianity. We have an account of the Fall of man, and it didn’t happen in 1619, it happened in the beginning, in Genesis 3. The fall is universal, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God”, it doesn’t just apply to the one group, and not the others.

Furthermore, in Christ we have forgiveness of our sins, we cannot be shamebased or controlled therefore by tyrants who selectively apply history to our situation. The Truth sets us free.

But as the Bible says, not all men have faith. That very faithlessness is being revealed on many levels now.

It is going to be revealed when people attempt to justify or mitigate what appears to be a murder on a public street, as well as when people attempt to pin blame and fault on an entire group of people or a nation, for what what single man did. Anyone who hates Blacks or whites is demonic by definition.

The burning of property, assault and looting reveals the greed and lust in the hearts of many, who would make use of this tragedy, to commit mayhem. What hate, Lust, and murder is being revealed in this day! We remember what the mayor of Chicago, Rahm Immanuel onse said about leftist approach to tragedy, ” we never let a crisis go to waste”.

There are some at the very top of the society, who are truly doing Satan’s work to further an Agenda. If only we would quit looking at the Red cape and instead see these ‘matadors’ who seek to destroy what is left of western civilization, by magnifying and exploiting our historic faults.

Sheer godless, demonic rebellion is on display also, as for example the current Mayor of Chicago disparaged President Trump in the vilest of terms. Hate is now out in the open, violence and even murder cannot be too much further away now.

Things are going to get ugly now, as the hearts of men are revealed. Only Christ can save us, the religion of Jesus is the only way men can love each other and live together in peace.

Like so many others, I am horrified and grieved by what happened to George Floyd. It doesn’t matter what color he was, murder is murder, the man carried the Image of God, and that image was destroyed right there! He was and is a Father, and a Christian minister. He left people behind, brokenhearted and grieving.

The only silver lining I see in this test, is that perhaps people will come to see their need of Jesus Christ, his forgiveness and the transformation which He can make in the heart of any who open up to him. Remember the last phrase of the verse I opened with, where Jesus tells us, “...But I have prayed for you that your faith not fail…”. Love and Grace, Pas Bill

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28 Responses to Satan Desires to have us… The George Floyd Slaying

  1. wvbalrog says:

    Amen, Pastor Bill.

    • Mavis Harris says:

      This article is so true.mens hearts are becoming hard and cold.Lord please turn hearts to yourself before it is too late .Send your Holy Spirit powerfully before all hope is gone.I pray for that poor man and who he has left behind.Lord i am ashamed of people and humanity that has become so violent and evil Help us Lord to be who you want us to be and soften hardhearts People cry out for forgiveness..

  2. James Westbrook says:

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    On Sat, May 30, 2020 at 5:25 PM Pastor Bill Randles Blog wrote:

    > billrandles posted: ” And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath > desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for > thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy > brethren. (Luke 22:31-32) I have no doubt tha” >

  3. Marleen says:

    I have to wonder why the response to what has happened lately is to bring up diversity as a “religion” — and wonder, likewise, what is the religion (some dirisive label as a religion) of letting purported police or keepers of the peace get away with this kind of behavior. The officer you named already had many official complaints against him. But he’s considered normal or acceptable, apparently. I absolutely know that there is racism in this country, and I have met such people in church planning to become police officers. I have been stunned to hear black people spoken of as another species. That’s not all churches; some places are blessed with an environment and the very Spirit that would have such bigots finding themselves not so much at home there, while other places are more conducive to hateful attitudes or excuses. I’ve been in both kinds of venues.

    Anyway, I want to share some AP reporting from Minneapolis as of yesterday morning:

    11:30 a.m.

    Attorneys for the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor are calling for an independent investigation of the actions leading to Floyd’s death.

    They also want national reforms in response to the three deaths.

    Attorney Ben Crump said during a news conference Friday that he’s asked to take custody of Floyd’s body for an independent autopsy. He and attorney Lee Merritt said they want murder charges brought against the four Minneapolis police officers involved in Floyd’s arrest. And they want the Minnesota attorney general to take over the investigation.

    Crump says the families from Georgia, Kentucky and now Minnesota have all had to dispel narratives from law enforcement that their loved ones “brought this upon themselves.” They cited an initial report in Floyd’s case that said he threatened police and died of a medical condition.

    [Accusations like this are standard and regularly unquestioned.]

    Videos show an officer kneeling on the back of Floyd’s neck as the handcuffed black man pleads for air.

    The attorneys said they’ll seek national legislation seeking better training and to lower the burden to charge officers for excessive force.

    11 a.m.

    A now-fired police officer and a black man who died in his custody both worked as security guards at a popular Latin nightclub as recently as the end of last year. But the club’s former owner says it’s not clear whether they knew each other.

    Officer Derek Chauvin worked at the El Nuevo Rodeo club as off-duty security for nearly two decades. Maya Santamaria told The Associated Press that George Floyd had worked there only more recently for about a dozen events that featured African American music.

    Santamaria says she doesn’t believe the two knew each other before their encounter Monday night when the officer was seen on cellphone video kneeling on Floyd’s neck. Santamaria says that if the officer had recognized Floyd, “He might have given him a little more mercy.”

    Santamaria sold the venue within the past two months. She says Chauvin got along well with the regular Latino customers, but didn’t like to work the African American nights. When he did, and there was a fight, he would spray people with mace and call for police backup. She says a half dozen squad cars would soon show up, something she felt was unjustified “overkill.”

    It is remarkable, in this context, that Chauvin also threatened to pepper spray the seventeen-year-old girl who was recording him and other witnesses while he was committing murder.

    • billrandles says:

      I would be stunned also to hear “Christians” refer to anyone as a species, but what does that have to do with this article. There is a “civic religion” with a false fall, a false accusation , no forgiveness and which features corporate guilt . I refuse to give it any reverence. It is AntiChrist and extremely divisive.

      • Marleen says:

        Evil is not only residually collected in a personally or corporately chosen enemy “the left” within democracy/republican process [it’s not worth quibbling, as is common practice, over which word is better or not the end of the world]. In an article called “The Party of Lucifer” — from April 7th — that I just read today (while I was aware of the general facts), there is this information:

        ……. GOP state Supreme Court – voting remotely due to the pandemic and the death of irony – overturned the order [to allow vote by mail in consideration of the novel virus] because, residents noted on social media, “Chaos gives Fascists power” and Wisconsin’s GOP “is officially the most fascist organization in the U.S.” Asked one curious soul, “So how long have #Wisconsin#Republicans been the party of #Lucifer?”

        Voter suppression was in especially full swing in Milwaukee, where two-thirds of the state’s black voters live and where many waited in two-hour-plus lines after 97% of polling places closed, leaving just five. The large turnout despite the hardships, with lines persisting after darkness and hard rains fell and the Super Moon rose, prompted many to alternate between anger, pride, inspiration, and anger again. The crowds showed “democracy matters,” they argued, but also that nobody should have to choose between “Vote Or Die.” The day’s two most startling images: Republican Speaker Robin Vos standing in full hazmat garb frantically telling his constituents, “You are incredibly safe to go out!” and people standing outside in pouring rain and lightning during a pandemic to cast their stubborn votes. …….

        Now, I would say that the wording used for the organization in Wisconsin is hyperbole or exaggeration. At the same time, the concerns are well founded. (The alternative to the wording being overstated is that there is evil all around, regardless of left-right supposed ideological tendencies; in which case left is not equal to evil.)

        I haven’t included a link, as it seems you don’t want to have links in your comments. But I could provide it if you prefer (and it can be, rather, searched on basis of what I’ve provided). Evil can be found in “both” parties and in both “the” right and “the” left (these are not really monoliths). We should seek better ways to do things, not only a favorite faction with another characterized to be, effectively, the devil. It is our responsibility to sort through the details of policy and practicalities.

        Chauvin is the person I meant with my words [t]he officer you named who already had many official complaints against him. There is a problem with officers not being taken out of duty when they ought to be. And with some getting back into duty (whether in the same precinct or another). There is also a matter of police seldom being charged and less often being convicted (even when they are observably guilty). Recognizing this isn’t an evil leftist plot.

        You may wonder what voting has to do with police work. Rather than try to write a long post of connection, which could be done but isn’t my point, I will get to the point — that I notice whenever you see something as damned to hell, you call it leftist. Our civil life would be better served if there could be people who rise above such reductions. As I said, likewise, it would probably be better not to call a party in Wisconsin the party of Lucifer. On the other hand, we may be entering a time when activities are more discernible, on their face, as plain evil. [Something that is coming to the fore of late is the deployment of non-identified and mis-placed supposed law enforcement. We have a lawless president. And I don’t know if enough people will speak up to stand him straight, if that is even possible with his stubborn self-righteousness.]

        While the murder of George Floyd was committed by one person (or perhaps four people), the failure to reform department policies and police union pressures is by definition systemic. Saying so isn’t worse than people complaining about government, which the “right” does quite often if not almost always. People need to be encouraged to improve decision-making, not fling categories as the end-all-be-all.

  4. joiful77 says:

    Bill you mention at the end that Floyd was a father. I’d like to find a link that shows that (just so we are not challenged on that).

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  5. Watching what is happening over in the US is heartbreaking. Truly awful. We are praying for you and your family Pastor Bill, and for our other brothers and sisters.

    Thanks for once again bringing the Word to clarify current situations. Blessings to you and dear Kris

  6. GJ says:

    From the virus draconian actions, continuing on with this… it’s like God judgment on Egypt described in Isaiah could be used to describe our country, today. Sobering.

    Isaiah 19 1The burden of Egypt. Behold, the Lord rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it.2 And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbour; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom.3 And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof; and I will destroy the counsel thereof: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards.4 And the Egyptians will I give over into the hand of a cruel lord; and a fierce king shall rule over them, saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts.
    8 The fishers also shall mourn, and all they that cast angle into the brooks shall lament, and they that spread nets upon the waters shall languish. 9 Moreover they that work in fine flax, and they that weave networks, shall be confounded.10 And they shall be broken in the purposes thereof, all that make sluices and ponds for fish [10 And the pillars of Egypt shall be broken in pieces; all they that work for hire shall be grieved in soul. (ASV)].
    14 The Lord hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof: and they have caused Egypt to err in every work thereof, as a drunken man staggereth in his vomit.

  7. Robin says:

    I’m sorry, but with all due respect to you as a pastor, I honestly do not understand the point of this post.

    You acknowledge that what happened to Mr. Floyd was wrong, however, the rest of your post devolves into what appears to be your own personal resentments as a white man.

    You mentioned the Australian woman who was killed by a policeman – I remember that and was appalled at the sheer stupidity of another needless death by a cop – she was about to be married – however, I viewed it as a result of the incompetence of that officer – you seem to view it as some sort of problem with quotas. You also lament that nobody marched on her behalf–what stopped anyone from organizing and marching for her simply as another human being needlessly murdered? Did she even get a chance to ask God for forgiveness of her sins? According to some reports, at least Mr. Floyd did.

    The Church loses its testimony and purpose if there’s no difference between the world and us. I wish more Christians would lay politics down and simply follow Christ —

    • billrandles says:

      Thanks for your thought Robin, I don’t think you understand what I was saying at all, but if these articles can get us thinking, and talking, I feel they have done their job.
      For example I have no resentments as a “white man” actually I don’t think of myself or others in terms of race. Our nation is being torn up by those who do think that way, and I was trying to share the hypocrisy in the case of the Minneapolis Police Department, and the deadly, pseudo religious nature of Political Correctness. The problem with avoiding politics these days is that our politics are Spiritual in nature and the forces of Good and evil are playing out in the political struggle in America. Doesn’t the true Church have an obligation to give her perspective? I hope you keep on with us and even interact, respectfully, pas bill

      • Robin says:

        What too many Christians don’t appear to understand, in my opinion is that politics and Christianity are in opposition to each other. Too many Christians appear to find their identity in whether they are Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, etc. I should not need to tell any Christian that our identity is in Christ — but apparently, this needs to be repeated over and over again. Too many Christians appear to be settling for this world as opposed to being in preparation for Christ’s return — and, some of our days are numbered sooner than we anticipate. The true Church needs to, in my opinion, represent Christ — as opposed to representing ourselves. And yes, we should stand up for those who are oppressed, etc., because I’ve also seen a gross lack of basic empathy, grace (not conformity) and compassion in the church — and as insignificant as I am, and as sinful as I can be, I have the sense that God is angry with the church and judgement is imminent — Covid 19 is just the beginning — there is much more to come. Thank you for your response to my comment.

      • billrandles says:

        Thanks Robin, I am not a political partisan I loathe both parties, but I do believe that “wisdom cries out in the streets” calling men too repent, I don’t advocate for republicans or for Trump. Having said that there is true and a very dangerous false guilt, and also there is a true compassion as well as a false, contrived empathy being used to subdue
        People. I aM open to the conviction of the Holy Spirit for
        My very real sind, but very much opposed to the shame basing corporate guilt dealt out by regenerates such as BLM , which I regard as a dangerous chult

      • Onesimus says:

        I am not a political partisan…

        That is clearly not true Bill – as proven by your continual condemnatory references to “leftists” and also your pre-election posting of a video that made blatantly false statements regarding Hilary Clinton.
        By posting that, not only were you adding your agreement to the lies being promoted, you aligned yourself with her political opponent – your current president. You have never recognized your error in recommending that video on this blog despite the very clear manipulative lies it used, And therefore you have never repented of doing it.

        Your post:

        and my response to it:

        As usual you will not pass this video through moderation.

        But I strongly suggest that while you will reject what I said – that you SHOULD heed what Robin says.

      • billrandles says:

        Would it have been wrong to condemn Naziism during world wR two? Would that make a preacher a mere partisan and be wrong? I would think it my duty to have done so. I am not a Republican but I see evil in the left and call it out, I care not what you try and make of it Onnesimus. I don’t advocate Trump, but am so glad to have dodged the Hillary bullet,
        And if anything , I have understated about Hillary

      • Onesimus says:

        Thank you for posting my comment Bill. But how about the others that you have failed to pass through moderation – including the one where I referred to the political partisanship you mentioned in your reply to Robin, a term Robin didn’t use.

        How far would you have got opposing Nazism from inside Germany during WWII?
        But how many believers showed their opposition to Nazi ideology by living the gospel, such as Corrie Ten Boom and her family.
        To what extent are the church in China speaking out against their government? Instead they are sharing and living the gospel and the growth of the Church in China far exceeds anywhere else in the world.

        How well is the church going the US in comparison? I suggest in the US there is too much worship of the nation, the so-called land of the free, where personal liberty is valued far more than the sacrificial life that Jesus expects of His followers.

        You say you see evil in “the left” and call it out – but what about the evil in “the right”?
        Why aren’t you calling THEM out if you are not a follower of partisan politics?

        Maybe you need to familiarize yourself with what scripture says COUNTLESS times about the oppression, exploitation and abuse of the poor; and the enrichment of people at the expense of the poor.

  8. ali says:

    Candace Owen paints a much different picture of George Floyd than you. Perhaps you might want to check this out and post a retraction. From what she has found, GF was far from a peaceful man.

    • billrandles says:

      Thanks Ali…I got my original info from Franklin Graham, and I may or may not have given Floyd more credit than he deserves. I don’t know! If I had called a good man a bad man I definitely would issue a retraction…but in this case I heard that he had been a criminal who found Christ. God alone knows for sure now. Thanks Ali for your heads up.

    • Robin says:

      Mr. Floyd allegedly paid for his purchase with a counterfeit $20 bill. In Minnesota, the highest penalty for knowingly using counterfeit money less than $1,000 is up to 1 year in prison and a fine of up to $3,000.

      When I listened to cable news, I heard someone say that when Mr. Floyd was in the police cruiser, he appeared to at one point put up some kind of struggle and then “go stiff”. An acquaintance of Mr. Floyd’s mentioned that he suffered from claustrophobia.

      Mr. Floyd had 3 children – 2 girls and a boy (who looked to be about 20). Mr. Floyd grew up in Houston, TX and moved to Minneapolis around 2014. I think in 2009, he served five years for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

      From 2014 on, he appeared to have turned his life around.

      I believe that the preliminary autopsy indicated he had drugs in his system; unless I missed it, the independent autopsy didn’t mention this in their report.

      His death was ruled a homicide by both Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s and the independent autopsy commissioned by Mr. Floyd’s family. The Hennepin County ME initially reported that Mr. Floyd showed signs of underlying health issues; the televised independent report stated they saw no signs of underlying health issues – that Mr. Floyd was healthy.

      Regarding Candace Owens — I must push back — All she and I have in common is that we are both black.. Ms. Owens says a lot of things. She has also said something about Mr. Floyd being made into a martyr of sorts. My opinion of her is that when she discusses the black community, she is addressing a particular audience. Whatever preconceived ideas that audience may have about the black community, she validates. I find her and “Diamond & Silk” to be embarrassments in much the same way.

      • Marleen says:

        Candace argued or spouted off that white people and “even” Hispanics don’t tend to defend their guilty. Nonsense! We (but not with my help) even made a guilty man president and view him as exempt. Robin, I agree with you — she says a lot of things.

      • Marleen says:

        By the way… forgot to mention what I’m sure you agree with: he’s innocent of knowingly using a counterfeit (unless proven guilty). I know I don’t check over every piece of currency I use.

      • billrandles says:

        It as my understanding that Floyd had turned to the Lord recently, God knows.

      • Marleen says:

        One can find videos and other evidences of George Floyd online as a Christian leader or influencer (to use a current term easily understandable).

  9. Robin says:

    Hi Marlene — even if Mr. Floyd knowingly paid with a counterfeit $20 bill, the penalty for that is a fine and a prison sentence: not death. So absolutely — I agree with you.

    • billrandles says:

      No one , I repeat no one thinks that Floyd should have been murdered no matter what he did. No one in this conversation has justified what
      The Minneapolis Police did…

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