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Why Has America Lost Its Soul?

Posted by Job on April 5, 2009

MSNBC.com asks Has America become numb to tragedy?. (And this article actually only focuses on gun crimes, so it leaves out things like a brother stabbing his two sisters to death.) Well, I say turn to Matthew 24, the prophecy of the last days of Jesus Christ, and pay attention to verse 12: And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. That means that as the time of the return of Jesus Christ draws nearer, the sinful conditions of the world is going to become so pronounced that people will simply not care about even heinous crimes committed against large numbers of innocent people on a routine basis.

I suppose now would be a good time to run through the usual laundry list of social and cultural ills: economic problems, political and corporate corruption, capricious wars, disrespect of parents and authority, rampant fornication and homosexuality, violence in the media, and abortion. And yes, I am certain that dark powers, evil spirits, are afoot. But the root cause of this is a church in America that no longer stands for the Jesus Christ of the Bible.  

This is not a problem of a lack of values. It is a lack of the gospel being preached, and the gospel being lived by so many of the professed Christians in this country. Refer to the words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 5:13: Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Now is not the time to point the finger at the other guy. No talking about the problems with this pastor over here or the doctrinal problems of this movement over there. No, this starts with the man in the mirror. Point the finger at yourself. How does YOUR life measure up against the standards of holy living set forth in the Sermon on the Mount, 1 Corinthians 15, the book of Ephesians, and elsewhere in scripture? I am not talking about religious standards or cultural/moral standards, but the actual requirements of scripture.

It measures up pretty well? OK, if you say so, fine. That is between you and God, and He will be the judge of that. But that’s you. What about everyone else? When was the last time you told someone else about Jesus Christ? I have to say that if I look at you as a number and judge you based on statistics, chances are it has been quite awhile, because studies show that over 95% of “evangelical Christians” never actually evangelize anybody. Based on Barna, Pew, and the other folks who put out these studies on religious behaviors and attitudes, 9 out of 10 Christians don’t even tell their friends, neighbors, and coworkers about Jesus Christ, let alone go door to door or stand out on street corners handing out tracts.

This is no surprise.  97% of Christians, including evangelicals, don’t even regularly serve in their local congregations. In virtually every church in America, no matter how large or small, the work is done by 3% to 10% of the congregation. The teaching, preaching, worship, administration, edification etc. is done by those few. The rest just show up as if they are going to a movie, baseball game, or super market or something. Now much attention is given to the crisis that the vast majority of children raised in evangelical Christian homes leave those churches never to return once they reach adulthood and leave these homes, but since 90% to 97% of the people in these homes never brings the gospel of Jesus Christ to sinners and never even serves their fellow believers in their local fellowship halls, were the homes that these children are leaving ever Christian to begin with? How can you lose something that you never had? How you leave something behind that you were never actually in to begin with?

Oh, you might take your kids to church every Sunday, buy them the merchandise from the Christian bookstores, send them to the camps and trips, get them the purity rings and have them sign the pledges, but if you aren’t spreading the gospel or serving in your local congregation, what evidence is there that you are really in the faith, and therefore have a Christian home for your child to leave? This isn’t about your culture and values, this is about your standing before a holy righteous God that demands obedience to the plan of salvation and the plan for worship and living that He left recorded in the Bible! When James wrote not once but three times (James 2:17James 2:20James 2:26) who do you think that he was talking to? Atheists? Mormons? Muslims? Hindus? Jehovah’s Witnesses? Jews? No … James wasn’t talking to THEM. He was talking to ME.

That’s right. I didn’t say YOU. I said ME. Why? Because as I said earlier, this isn’t about talking about the speck in the other guy’s eye. It is about the log in the eye of the guy looking at YOU in the MIRROR. If 90%, 95%, 97% or what have you depending on the survey do not share the gospel and do not serve in their local churches, why do we expect anything else but a nation filled with perversion, hate and violence? Who do you expect the blame to fall on? Sinners? Come on! How else do you expect them to act? They’re sinners and they are going to sin! The sinners are not the salt of the earth, the ones who have the light of Jesus Christ that is supposed to shine and overcome the darkness. That is the job of Christians! That is the job of ME!

The blame is on Christians. It is the Christians that are supposed to be out there turning the other cheek, helping the poor, taking care of the orphans, showing mercy to prostitutes and adulterous women (well if we care so much about abortion, who do you think is getting them?), befriending tax collectors, visiting the prisoners and all the things that Jesus Christ did and commanded. Those are the sick people that need a doctor, remember? It is Christians that are supposed to go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. It is Christians who are supposed to know better because of Jesus Christ and are supposed to be empowered to do better because of the Holy Spirit and supposed to want to do better because of a burning zeal to glorify God the Father. It is Christians that are supposed to be rising early, staying up late, and getting up in the middle of the night praying, fasting, interceding so that this cloud of evil, violence, and wickedness passes from this land. 

Christians need to get reacquainted with the Apocalypse of John, better known as the Book of Revelation. That book is all about judgment, the wrath of God that falls upon the hard hearted, the stiff – necked, the proud, and the disobedient. And guess what? This judgment doesn’t start with the world, the sinners. No, this judgment starts in the church. So many of us like to read Revelation 1 about the glorious awesome Jesus Christ, skip on over to Revelation 4 and thereafter where it begins to talk about how the wicked rulers, nations, and people of the world are going to be judged, and in the process completely ignore Revelation 2 and 3, as if that isn’t talking about US.

It is US, people in the church, that Jesus Christ tells “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” It is US that Jesus Christ warns “Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.” It is US that Jesus Christ warns “Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.” It is US that Jesus Christ warns “Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” It is US that Jesus Christ warns “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

All those warnings of judgment. All of those calls to repent. Not a single one was directed towards the world. ALL were directed towards the church. You know what else is traditionally regarded as being aimed at the world that is actually towards the church? The famous Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” That is taken to be a classic evangelism verse. Why? Because it is out of context. Jesus Christ wasn’t addressing sinners ignorant of His gospel at any point in Revelation 2 and 3. That entire section is directed towards those who know the gospel and are in the church. The reference to Jesus Christ standing at the door and knocking wanting to enter someone’s heart is not a reference to His wanting to save a sinner. No, it is His commanding a member of the church to meet His requirements of obedience. Jesus Christ references the heart, which indicates love. Jesus Christ wants the Christian church to love Him. And how does one love Jesus Christ? The answer: John 14:15. “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” 

So in the actual meaning, the true context of Revelation 3:20, Jesus Christ IS NOT knocking at the door of the heart of some lost sinner asking to be let in so that He can save Him. No, Jesus Christ is standing at the door of the 90+% of Christians who never share the gospel, the 90+% of Christians who never serve in their local churches, the percentage of Christians who do not heed His instructions in the gospels and Revelation, who do not heed the instructions of Paul, Peter, James, John, the unknown writer of Hebrews etc. in the epistles by obeying His Word. Jesus Christ is talking to the foolish Christians who do not build their houses on the rock because they hear Jesus Christ’s words and do not obey them, Matthew 7:23-27! It is the Christians that obey the commandments of Jesus Christ that Jesus Christ will enter in and have dinner with. It is those Christians who will endure to the end and attend the marriage supper of the Lamb, counted among those considered the bride of Jesus Christ and the body of Jesus Christ, adopted into God’s sonship through Jesus Christ. And it is only obedient Christians that are capable of effectively standing against the wickedness that has gripped America and the world at this present evil hour. 

So, professing Christian, I ask of you right now, take a look at yourself in the mirror. Are you an obedient Christian? Has your salt lost its savor? Is your light hid under a bushel? Is Jesus Christ standing at your door knocking? You are known by the fruit that you bear (Matthew 7:16Matthew 7:20Matthew 12:33Luke 6:44). Christian, now it is judgment time, time for you to test and try yourself as the Bible commands you (2 Corinthians 13:5). Here’s the test: look at yourself in the mirror, and ask yourself: “Where is my fruit, and what kind of fruit is it?”

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Amillennialism Was Invented By PAGANIZED Origen! Postmillennialism Was Invented By UNITARIAN George Whitby!

Posted by Job on June 11, 2008

Millennial and Rapture Positions

End Time Charts: Rapture Positions Compared

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When And Why Some Christians Root For Evil

Posted by Job on January 19, 2008

I am a big fan of the Living Waters Ministry of Ray Comfort (and yes Kirk Cameron). Some have their concerns with them; I understand but disagree. But I will use them to illustrate this point anyway. Living Waters printed up all these gospel tracts in anticipation of The Golden Compass being a major hit, but when the movie went bust, they had to give them all away. Again, I like Living Waters, so I am confident that they did this for legitimate purposes: first to counteract the evil of the movie, and to use what they felt would be a phenomenon – or at the very minimum a hit Christmas movie that would be in people’s minds and as such a good conversation starter that one could turn into an evangelism opportunity.

But alas, a great many Christian “ministries” did not have nearly so honorable motives. They had big plans to spend the next few months, years even, talking about how horrible “The Golden Compass” was to anyone and everyone that would listen, not for the purpose of spreading the gospel and shepherding Christian flocks away from dangerous influences, but of spreading their own fame and shepherding CNN, Fox News, and talk radio to their manufactured outrage demonstrations and press conferences to spread their own influence. Case in point: a California former Southern Baptist leader that is leading demonstrations to get an atheist schoolteacher fired for not pretending to respect Christianity has a radio talk show. But perhaps the best example is probably “the war on Christmas” led by none other than Bill O’Reilly, who does not even believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal life.

Such people were secretly disappointed inside when “The Golden Compass” was a bust, crying internally when “The Da Vinci Code” didn’t make any money or win any Oscars. And do not be surprised. In the 1980s, these same people did a huge favor for “The Last Temptation of Christ”, a poor quality obscure independent film produced by the notorious Jews against Jesus Christ Miramax company of Bob and Harvey Weinstein (which incidentally once had a distribution deal with “traditional American values” Walt Disney Company) that would have gone completely unnoticed into obscurity, a humiliation for its director Martin Scorcese, had the defenders of “traditional Christian values America” not given it a ton of free publicity. Now the movie has its place in history and is treasured by the left as “the movie that the religious right tried to censor.” Had they left well enough alone, the movie would have quietly gone away. But oh, some folks sure did raise a lot of money and gain a ton of publicity for themselves didn’t they? Well, remember what the goal of the people who attempted to build the Tower of Babel was: to make a name for themselves. Which is the same reason why Pat Robertson is always prophesying natural disasters. He wants them to happen so A) he can get credit for predicting them ahead of time, B) it validates his suspect theology, and C) widespread misery and misfortune means more frightened confused hurting people watching the 700 Club and sending him money. Please pray for and give the real gospel of Jesus Christ to these frightened confused hurting people rather than adding to their misery.

We are supposed to respond to negative cultural trends, we are supposed to do it in a God – honoring realistic fashion. We are to do it in a way that brings honor to Jesus Christ and spreads His gospel to all that will hear it. It is not to be done for self – seeking self – aggrandizing purposes, and it is certainly not to be done to try to impose your will on people. Using legitimate legal and political avenues to prevent an untoward establishment from opening near a school or residential neighborhood? Fine. Using protest marches, boycotts, and other coercive street thug intimidation tactics to prevent them from opening anywhere and everywhere? Certainly a Christian should have better things to do with his time. What is the goal anyway? To stop people from sinning, or to convert them from being sinners? The former is a fool’s errand, the latter is a task which Jesus Christ has given to those who are willing to be counted as fools by the world for His sake.

You know the phrase “Today is the first day of the rest of your life”? Well, each new day brings us that much closer to the return of Jesus Christ than the previous one. Unless you are a post-millennialist (the leftist social gospel and ultimately liberation theology doctrines derive from this), then you should embed the meaning of the coming return of Jesus Christ in your daily Christian living: the closer we draw to return of Jesus Christ, the more evil the world is going to get. 2 Peter 3:4Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation” is not my motto. I do not believe that things are just going to go along as they always have until one day out of the blue the anti – Christ is just going to stroll into the temple and commit the great desolation and the great tribulation is going to just happen out of nowhere. Some disagree with my interpretation of Matthew 24:38, but to me it says that things are going to gradually get ever more wicked, ever more depraved and perverse, with passing time. Even without that, when one considers Luke 21 and Mark 13 goes into detail the birth pangs of the endtimes described in Matthew chapter 24 verses 7, 8, and 9 would still strongly support that conclusion.

So, this world is coming to an end, and conditions are only going to get a lot worse until the end comes. Instead of following after false, self – interested, or even sincere but misguided people in trying to correct it, we need to be Christlike through submission to the Will of the Father by studying the Bible and applying its doctrines to our lives. Instead of trying to impose righteousness on a world that wants to be wicked by trying to pressure wicked governments and corporations to coerce people – which by the way only makes those worldly entities even more powerful and evil even when they succeed – we should emulate the work of Jesus Christ and His apostles and disciples. Our response to the wars and rumors of wars should be to tell everyone that Jesus Christ is the prince of peace and that we as His followers are children of peace. Our response to the greed, avarice, and materialism of this world should be to lay up our treasure in heaven and give generously of our money and time to help the poor. Our response to the sensuality, lasciviousness, and self – indulgences of the world should be to choose temperance, self – control, and humility. We will not eliminate poverty, but we can demand just and dignified treatment of the poor. We cannot stop the famines, pestilence, and diseases, but we can and should help any and all that we can with individual and church action. Even if we never overturn Roe v. Wade, fail to prevent gay marriage, and never make a dent in the divorce rate, many of us can adopt children or become foster parents, and still more of us can volunteer at the various children’s mentoring organizations, or even at public schools whether our own children or in them or not.

There is so much good that can be done, so many opportunities to glorify and serve God by showing love, mercy, and compassion to those that are less fortunate, why do Christians spend so much time tilting at windmills? Simple: tilting at windmills brings fame, money, and self – satisfaction. Lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and the pride of life. From such, turn away. Instead of following after spiritual ambulance chasers that sensationalize and exploit selective evils to feather their own beds and suit their own ends, follow the example of Jesus Christ so that you might serve Him the way that He desires you to in a fallen world. And yes, that may even include passing out some of Living Waters’ tracts somewhere, like maybe outside a movie theatre. The Golden Compass may not be playing there anymore, but don’t worry, something else just as bad or worse is. It is just that the usual culture warrior fearmonger suspects didn’t tell you so because the evil in those movies were not as easy for their highly paid marketers to use to create fundraising drives and their public relations people to get them booked on Michael Medved and Larry King.

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Matthew 24 From A Post Tribulation Rapture Perspective

Posted by Job on November 6, 2007

 

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