When we look at the pit we are in we often forget the blazing firebrand God has given into our wavering hands and commanded us to wield. A Christian does not need to squint his eyes to see the coming tsunami of moral corruption for the waters on the shore have already shifted. A nation and people that bear “In God we trust” have translated this phrase to “It is God we spurn (if He exists)”. Sad to say that the churches have had a hand in this.
Have you heard the saying, “As the family goes, so goes the church, so goes the nation?” The church, in failing to teach families the biblical standard of manhood, womanhood, and childhood, have watched the family dissolve. We have lost the marriages of Ephesians 5, the commands of Deuteronomy 6:1-3 and 11:19, the qualifications of men in the church to lead 1 Timothy 2:11-12, 1 Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1:5-9, we have lost the God-honoring, Christ-glorifying function of mothers Titus 2:3-5. The churches have lost the definition and consequences of sin, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, and the life changing power of the Holy Spirit, 1 Corinthians 6:11. We have forgotten that our God is a God of blessing and curses, that His wrath is upon the children of disobedience, that one day all accounts will be reckoned and the dead will be raised to life either with Him in everlasting joy, or without Him in everlasting punishment.
Yet, we still have the fire in our hands.
We must not forget that our Lord reigns, Matthew 28:18; Colossians 1:16. We must not forget that He upholds the universe by the power of His word, Hebrews 1:3. We must not forget that He has sent the Holy Spirit to indwell in His people for the sake of His name to the glory of God the Father.
As the darkness encroaches, the church will shrink and strengthen. Look to the day when we refuse to marry a man and man and the government, that all but has legitimized same-sex unions as “marriage,” will revoke tax exemption status and bear the weight of judicial authority over our heads. Look to the day when the line between church and state is torn down and the members of the bride of Christ are brought to trial (this is already occurring overseas, click here). Look to the day when the people of this nation will continue with their words to consider us bigots, and hate-filled fear mongers, then the day when the words turn physical. The blazing center of our pulpits and our lives ought to be the magnificence of Christ crucified and resurrected. We ought to focus on the sovereignty of God in human history and over human history. As persecution comes, in its many forms, Christ will be exalted. This is the way of things. This is God’s ordained means of strengthening the churches and spreading the Gospel. All of Satan’s attempts to destroy the church only serve to spread the church. The ancient dragon has been struck with a fatal blow, do not fear him, rather fear Him.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, look at the darkness out there through the light of the fire He has given us, never forget the Gospel. Be reminded of the early church under the authorities of Rome. Rome was not celebrated by the church, the standards of Rome were not hung in the churches, Rome was called to account by the leaders of the church. The church stood in opposition to the nations in which it dwelt. Listen to this account of Paul: God sent Paul into the world “to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in [Christ],“ Paul “declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance” Acts 26:18-20.
The authorities respond, “”Paul, you are out of your mind…”
Remain faithful to Him who calls.
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