In His Name
As of late, I have pondered a question wondering if we have reached a tipping point in God's plan for humanity. Our trip through the End Times will not be easy, nor a straight-line, nor instantaneous. Have we entered the phase of the Falling Away?
2 Timothy 4:3-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
Here we have a very clear warning from God. He is telling us that at some point along the way people/groups will decide to forego God's Word, in part or in whole, in favor of their own misguided ideals. Not might decide but WILL decide. If you are honest enough with yourself and sit back and take a good look, it is happening right before our eyes.
God's first and primary enemy Satan is also known as the Adversary, the Tempter, the Deceiver, etc. He is a supernatural being who is far from stupid, very far. Satan is not going to have some human lackey form the "Christian Church of Lies I'll Feed You." No, he will take established churches of at least moderate repute and move people who are open to his machinations into upper level positions.
How might the Deceiver work this? He could cloak the act of turning against God's Word as an act of kindness, even righteousness. And yes, I am going to use some hot button social issues as examples. Not to judge but to show how insidious the Devil is. Imagine a conversation like this.
Devil: Hello again Johnny.
Johnny: You again??
D: Yes. Johnny, why did you vote against the gay marriage bill?
J: Well, the Bible says homosexuality is a sin.
J: Of course!
D: Are you sure you're not over thinking things a bit?
D: Come now! Why are you worrying about the nitpicky stuff? Look, the Bible says God loves everyone. He wants everybody with Him for Eternity, right?
J: Well sure, but......
D: And humans are all His children, yes?
J: Yeah, that sounds right......
D: Exactly! And He made homosexuals too??
J: Sure......of course.
D; And God wants all His children to be happy.
J: Well, duh.....
D: So why are you trying to stop the homosexuals from the happiness they could share for the res of their lives here?
J: Well, yeah I guess so.....I mean who am I to interfere....
D: Exactly Johnny, exactly.
And so the social pressure to be nice, to seem non judgmental muddies God's laws and dictates. Then, as more and more of those "itchy eared preachers" jump on the bandwagon and give a veneer of legitimacy to the idea it starts to become the "Right Thing" and God's instructions and those who still live by them are marginalized and even vilified.
I know I can seem to harp on homosexuality, but really I am just using issues at the forefront of the collective consciousness of America right now. Islam is another issue impacting the States, indeed the entire world, today. And again, those who should be decrying it the loudest are leading people down the road to destruction. Granted it is a nicely paved, wide, easily traveled road. But then again we who actually read and believe the Bible already knew it would be.
People who hold themselves out as Christian leaders, that is to say authors, television preachers and mega-church pastors (which includes the Roman Catholic Church if one thinks about it, they may not meet in one building together but they are one flock under the same leader) are denying Christ's own words. So many of them are parroting the "Religion Of Peace" mantra along with Obama and trying to find "commonality" with Islam that the "Average Joe Christian" has little to no chance of discerning the truth. The Qur'an and Hadith are available for anybody to read, I have a copy of each right here. Sadly, at least here in the US, the desire to learn for oneself has been drummed out of us by the Progressive Liberals in favor of a paradigm where the vast majority just take as Gospel whatever the most bellicose of the secular, intellectual and religious leaders feed the masses. We are seeing today what happens when Satan gets control of that particular triad. But, I digress.....
Islam. Regardless of the horrors we see reported day in and day out that ISIS/Daesh and their newly pronounced vassals Boko Haram (amongst others) are perpetrating in the Middle East/Persian Gulf region, even into Europe to an extent, we are still hearing how they don't represent Islam. Let me tell you right now, that is one huge LIE. These evil monsters, these agents of the Devil himself, are THE by the book followers of Islam. For less than $50 you can pick up good translations of both texts and read them for yourself. And yet men, and women, who count tens of millions of people among their followers do a tap dance around the truth of Islam or just outright deny the inherent evil of that religion. God will deal with these "teachers" on Judgment Day and they deserve every ounce of their Eternal Damnation. However, God will also hold each person responsible for his own behavior on That Day and therein lies the rub and the source of my anger with these people. God's Word is abundantly clear that the one and only way to Eternal Life and to avoid eternity in the Lake of Fire is through the Christ Jesus [John 14:6, Acts 4:12, 1 Timothy 2:5, and more]. But these false prophets who claim to speak God's Word are leading those millions upon millions of people to deny the Truth of Jesus Christ and are leading them like a pack of lemmings right off the cliff and into the Lake of Fire.
Matthew 10:32-33 New King James Version (NKJV)
Confess Christ Before Men
32 “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.
Mark 8:38 New Living Translation (NLT)
If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
Now, that sounds pretty horrible to me.Ha! That is the epitome of understatement. Deny Christ and He will deny you before the Father. An even tit for tat exchange. Well, maybe not so even and you do NOT want to be on the short end of that trade. Stop blindly accepting what you hear and Think. For. Yourself. Because in the End it will be you and God. Alone. One-on-one.