November 30, 2009
For those who begin to serve the Lord and get whacked broadside… let’s remember that Satan doesn’t want to chance the Gospel going out, and especially not through a holy, strong vessel, so he’ll do his best to try to nip one’s energy and zeal right at the start. Because that’s often when we can most likely feel defeat and that it isn’t worth the trouble; so then we toss aside the Holy Spirit’s promptings concerning God’s plan for us and go on to something easier.
However, we already know that the Bible warns us that we have an enemy and that he is also the enemy of the Gospel going forth, as well as the enemy of anything good. As Eph. 6:12,13 tell us, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against… the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes you may be able to stand your ground…” –To be able to stay calm. For as Isa. 26:3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is focused on You; because he trusts in You.” And we can confidently say “that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Rom. 8:28)
What do we do when the enemy comes in like a flood? We raise the banner! The banner of praise and confident faith. “Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Heb. 11:6), but with it we can move mountains. (Matt. 21:21,22) And praise? Oh, the enemy flees that! He hates hearing it. I praise out loud and I say verses a lot, and I believe the evil realm really doesn’t like to hang out with me at all. And because God inhabits the praises of His people, they really get scared off by THAT presence! Yes, the evil spirits are stronger than us, but we do have One in us that is way more powerful than all those evil hosts combined.
So praise and faith is how we focus, and how we put on the armor is through praise, faith, and “living out” the armor. Like, one example –the belt of truth. Do we practice truth –speak it and uphold it and meditate on it? Because when we put this armor all on, that’s how we withstand the enemy. He’ll try to frighten us at first, but then when he sees we mean it –our genuine faith and praise and armor living– he’ll leave.
Ps. 37:7-9,11 are wonderful reminders: “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways… Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret –it leads only to evil. …but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land. [Yes,] the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace.” Peace… Isn’t this what so many want? Well, true peace only comes from the Lord. When we please Him, He rewards us with peace.
So, let us not be afraid. Fear is probably our worst enemy (and Satan knows it.) Just think, even death isn’t too bad except for the fear factor; like fearing the pain, the fear itself, and fearing for those left behind. Or even fearing that we didn’t do enough for God and will have regrets at the Judgment. No, we put fear from us, casting it to Jesus who takes all our burdens. The only one we are to fear is God. Not man. Not devils. Not death. Not ourselves. Not even pain. Because when we walk through the valley, He will breathe into us what we need –if we call on Him to do so.
I like Ps. 120:1 –“I call on the Lord in my distress and He answers me.” It’s a promise. And He and His Word cannot lie. ALL His promises are for His trusting, obedient children who are “IN” Christ. (2 Cor. 1:20) (If any promise we ask to have appropriated for us, but God’s best is not to apply that one for a given situation, He will clearly let us know that too as we pray about it; and He will gently change our desire to fit our greatest benefit.)
I sure do also like Ps. 56:3,4 –“When I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?”
All of God’s Word is beautiful –and living… and it gives life… and comfort… and healing… and rest… and wisdom… and peace… So let’s read the Word. Let’s soak in it like it’s our true food –like we’d die without it. Because we WILL die without it. Or at least be weak or flung about by the enemy… or fearful…
His peace to us all,
November 29, 2009
Rick Warren is teaching falsehoods –things that are contrary to the Scriptures– and his “Celebrate Recovery” is another gospel. It is the promotion of a reliance on man and a program, rather than on Christ Jesus and the power He gives us by His Spirit taking up habitation within us.
Reliance on a mature man (not on a group of immature sin-addicts) is acceptable for a baby Christian, just as an infant is certainly and naturally reliant on the parent; but this is unacceptable for those who should by now be mature “adults” in the Lord. And any pastor should know this. Therefore, if a pastor is promoting such a gospel in his church, he should be rebuked. Like with this passage: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD. He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.” (Jer. 17:5,6) Yes, that is a clear warning of curse for any pastor who himself trusts in, or encourages others to put their trust in man or man’s programs.
Of course as verse 7 says, “But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him.” Yes, many blessings await that person.
But, again: “This is the curse that is going out over the whole land… The LORD Almighty declares, ‘I will send it out, and it will enter the house of the thief and the house of him who swears falsely by My name. It will remain in his house and destroy it…” (Zech. 5:3,4) The curse will destroy not only the criminals, but also those who use God’s name to preach their falsehoods. And where are these falsehoods being preached? In the churches, the seminaries, the rooms holding “Christian” seminars, workshops, and retreats.
“Beware, the LORD is about to take firm hold of you and hurl you away, O you mighty man [you false preacher, teacher, leader, guide]. He will roll you up tightly like a ball and throw you into a large country. There you will die and there your splendid chariots will remain– you disgrace to your master’s house! [Christ’s church!] I will depose you from your office, and you will be ousted from your position.” (Isa. 22:17-19)
“Therefore, this is what the Holy One of Israel says: ‘Because you have rejected this message, relied on oppression and depended on deceit, this sin will become for you like a high wall, cracked and bulging, that collapses suddenly, in an instant. It will break in pieces like pottery, shattered so mercilessly…'” (Isa. 30:12-14) “‘You will each go straight out through breaks in the wall, and you will be cast out toward Harmon, O mountain of oppression,’ declares the LORD. [But] ‘Go to Bethel and sin; go to Gilgal and sin yet more… for this is what you love to do,’ declares the Sovereign LORD.” (Amos 4:3-5)
Bethel and Gilgal were places of worship. So, “This is what the LORD says to the house of Israel [today –to the church]: ‘Seek Me and live; do not seek Bethel, do not go to Gilgal… For Gilgal will surely go into exile, and Bethel will be reduced to nothing, to wickedness, and to grief.'” (Amos 5:4,5)
It is going to happen. And I strongly urge everyone to know their Bibles and even to memorize Scripture. You will most definitely wail for the days –days you spent feasting your gluttonous eyes with the T.V. and other enchantments– sobbing for even one hour to relive so you could have fed your parched soul with at least one supernatural, living word to sustain you through the desert.
For “‘The days are coming,’ declares the Sovereign LORD, ‘when I will send a famine through the land– not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD. Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the LORD, but they will not find it.'” (Amos 8:11,12)
November 28, 2009
It is quite alarming that C. Peter Wagner, a leader in many “Christian” circles, has stated that a government can only be overthrown by another government, and that this is the way for the church to rule the nations. He has found it to be one of his callings to push for “transformation” in the workplace, and promotes the writings of Ed Silvoso who believes that revival starts in the marketplace.
Really? Does it? Who says? I don’t find that supported by Scripture. In fact, when they say that this revival will usher in the kingdom of God, we should remind them to reread Luke 17:20,21. “Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, ‘The kingdom of God does not come visibly, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.'” IN us. Jesus rules in our hearts, our minds, our spirits. That’s what it means to be born from above, born of His Spirit. (John 3:3-8) When THAT transformation happens, then a person is a totally new creation, the old nature gone, the new nature in place. (2 Cor. 5:17 & 1 John 3:9) It has nothing to do with a physical take-over of government, or of the business sector, or of a government in or of the church! To even suggests such smacks of attempting to usurp the rule of the Holy Spirit in each born-again individual’s life.
“Christian” leaders such as Rick Joyner who are speaking about using physical militancy to bring in the rule of Christ need to be reminded of some Scripture passages. For example, John 18:36 –“Jesus said, ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, My servants would fight to prevent My arrest by the Jews. But now My kingdom is from another place.'” We do not fight physically! And no, the word “now” does not mean then versus 2009. It means spiritually then all the way up until the time when He will come to judge and set up His righteous rule on this earth. And no, that does not mean, as many false teachers teach, that He will be reigning invisibly through the church who is “Christ incarnate”. –Talk about joining up with Buddhist and New Age teachings! –as well as mystics and Catholics who say Christ is incarnate in the wafer of the “mass” (the communion bread).
Instead, as God’s Word teaches, Christ Jesus will come in person visibly, “coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of Him.” (Rev. 1:7) “They will look on Me, the one they have pierced, and mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child…” (Zech. 12:10) For “God’s judgment… will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with His powerful angels.” (2 Thes. 1:7) Yes, He will come again –as He truly is: God in bodily form; only this time not to die, but to judge; for He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Rev. 19:13,16 & 17:14)
“On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west… Then the LORD my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.” (Zech. 14:4,5) “For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.” (Matt. 24:27) THEN there will be judgment, the wrath of God, death, and a shaking of the earth. (v. 28,29) And in verses 30 & 31 Jesus continues, “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”
No, Rick Joyner and his cronies are not the angels who will gather the elect, nor are they the ones who must inflict the judgment. Jesus Himself –in one body… no, not through “the body of Christ, the church”– His one glorified body will be seen by the inhabitants of the entire earth, and HE will judge and HE will rule. No, not through the church! HE Himself is going to rule. The righteous will rule alongside of Him, but He will be SEEN. And He will be seen as one King –in a body! Good grief, how we have to overemphasize a clear truth because of how these false teachers twist the Scripture with their word games!
What is this that Peter Wagner and Rick Warren are trying to hasten? The church’s global rule? What does the Bible say about the church rule that is to come? It prophesies a harlot church. And the leader of it? It won’t be Christ. It will be the antichrist, for the true Christ’s reign will not happen until He comes in great splendor, and “that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness and sin is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He opposes and exalts himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, and even sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.” (2 Thes. 2:3,4) This evil guy has to be around because as verse 8 says, “And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrown with the breath of His mouth and destroy by the splendor of His coming.”
Can’t these “Christian” church leaders understand that until Jesus, the one and only God, comes to reign in person, no man or group that rises to total power can refrain from getting corrupted and oppressing his fellow man? What foolishness! The “Christian” church plays right into the hands of the kings who will later hate her. As the angel said to John, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters. With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries… The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire.” (Rev. 17:1,2,15,16)
True Christian, come out from this apostatizing church “so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.” (Rev. 18:4) Get away from churches that promote the philosophies of Rick Warren, C. Peter Wagner, Ed Silvoso, Peter Drucker, and Bob Buford. They are teaching a global P.E.A.C.E. plan with a “three-legged stool” that merges the public sector (government), the private sector (corporations), and the social sector (churches) all into one, thinking they are going to bring in the kingdom of God.
No, such a man-inspired global rule instead brings in a kingdom of a false god, and they are merely joining in with the plan of the enemy. It’d be wise to keep the church out from under anyone’s authority except that of the Holy Spirit. And one way to do that is, for starters, take Jesus’ advice in Matt. 22:21, “Give to Caesar that which is Caesar’s and to God that which is God’s.”
In other words, keep church and state completely separate. Because once those two join up, then businesses will also, and that sounds too much like the way the beast operates in Rev. 13:15-17, who caused “all who refused to worship the image to be killed. He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.” And we know that all who take this mark will later receive the full fury of God’s wrath, torment forever. (Rev. 14:9-11)
One more passage of warning for those who are trying to force in the rule of the kingdom of God is Isa. 5:18,19.”Woe to those who draw sin along with cords of deceit, and wickedness as with cart ropes, to those who say, ‘Let God hurry, let Him hasten His work so we may see it. Let it approach, let the plan of the Holy One of Israel come, so we may know it.'”
Do we see that word “woe” concerning those who demand that God hasten His work and His plan, and try to illegitimately bring it about? Um-humm… So how about if we all go back to the Scriptures and read what it is exactly that Jesus anoints us for and commissions us to do as His ambassadors on this earth?
November 27, 2009
It is the sick people of this sick world that are dragging it down to levels of utter filth, but it is the church itself that is really doing even more damage. Why do I say this? Because if those who say they have the answer really do not have the answer, then the wretched, already-hopeless inhabitants of this fallen planet truly have much to be forlorn about as they ask for answers, but receive “chaff in the wind.”
Where is the hope when so many in the church –themselves unbelieving, unfaithful, lukewarm, and impotent– say, “Love Jesus. He heals.” Or “God loves you.” Or “Try Jesus.” Or “God has a purpose for your life.” …? It all means very little; and such statements coming from worldly, indulgent, sinning “Christians” really just confuse others… and even turns their stomachs (–as it should.)
The Lord doesn’t need or want unholy people extending the Gospel to others. For one thing, it will most likely be a tainted gospel, and even if it is not, the real Gospel will only fall flat in the mouth of one who doesn’t practice what he preaches. Besides, even Satan can give out a gospel that looks so much like the real that it cleverly deceives masses and does worse damage than a blatantly false gospel.
In giving power to proclaim the Gospel, the Holy Spirit can use any vessel… cracked, bent, small, ugly, simple, or handicapped. But one He refrains from filling, helping, and using is a pot that is unholy.
Jesus addresses believers in Matt. 5:13, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” Salt flavors, it heals, it irritates, it stings, and it keeps food from rotting. So… tell me, would you say that the church is being salt to the earth?
But can you join in the effort to change this? Can you stop your worldliness, repent of your unholiness, get in God’s Word, and boldly proclaim Christ?
November 26, 2009
Some beautiful Scriptures to read on Thanksgiving Day:
Ps. 34:1-5 –“I will extol the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul will boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together. I sought the LORD, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” Meditate on those promises as you read them. They are an absolute comfort… because they are true… because they are promised by God… who never lies.
Ps. 29:2 –“Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name; worship the LORD in the splendor of His holiness.” I thank Him that He is splendid and holy…
Ps. 8:1 –“O LORD, our LORD, how majestic is Your name in all the earth! You have set Your glory above the heavens.” He is majestic… and this can be seen everywhere… for the ones who have eyes to see…
Ps. 19:1-4 –“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” The whole world can see God’s handiwork… and therefore all can know that He exists… and that He is a good and powerful God… One to be sought…
Ps. 68:32-35 –“Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, sing praise to the LORD, to Him who rides the ancient skies above, who thunders with mighty voice. Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the skies. You are awesome, O God, in Your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to His people. Praise be to God!” Yes, praise Him! Thank Him! Sing to Him! His Word tells us to do so! Do we want to please our God? Then let us obey Him. And we will find that for His true born-again one, to do so is exactly what meets the real longing of our soul. It is a huge privilege, for it brings His presence down, surrounding us in perfect love, joy, peace, thrill, bliss, hope, confidence, comfort, and all other realities of happiness. This is also our assured eternity.
Rev. 7:12 –“Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever.” And from 5:12,13 we see that we can join the others in ascribing to Him: “Holiness, reverence, worship, splendor, majesty, beauty, wealth, kingdoms, rule, dominion, authority, and love to our awesome God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, who was slain!”
Yes, may all the peoples of the earth praise, worship, and thank Him!
November 25, 2009
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. It is a lovely day, a day to concentrate on giving of thanks to our great God.
Whenever we go to my aunt’s house, she always asks everyone to share what they have been most thankful for during that year. I almost always cannot help but say, “God’s Word.” Yes, there are so very many –abundantly many– things to be exceedingly grateful for, like: Sight –being able to see another’s smiling face, a sunset, golden-red leaves fluttering down, elegant horses prancing in a field, colors, shapes, etc. Or how about hearing –being able to hear a loved one’s voice say, “I love you”, or hear children laughing, or hear the microwave bell… some people can’t hear these things, you know… How about being utterly grateful for our hands and fingers –that we can write, type, brush our own teeth… many of my friends at the nursing home can’t do these things… And if we’ve ever had our hand in a cast, we quickly learn how privileged we are when we do have full use of our limbs.
Well, I could go on and on and on speaking of all the excellent gifts God has given us. Things I never want to take for granted. Things like a couch to sit on, a table to eat at, a lamp –oh, electricity–definitely! Have you ever gone without electricity? Like when a thunderstorm has come through and knocked it out for a night…? –alarm clocks, curling irons, and microwave didn’t work –ahhh, no coffee! Well, most of my growing up years, we lived in the jungle –no electricity or running water– but now I’m spoiled… but still very grateful too!
Again, like I said, I could go on… but I won’t for now. I just want to say, besides all these other blessings, still, the one I find I could not live without is… God’s Word. Those precious words… promises… exhortations… encouragements… are truly my main food, my joy, my love. I love the Lord with all my heart. Therefore, I love His words with all my heart. Oh, the precious Word… How could I go on without it? Truly, how do people live their lives without this living bread, without this treasure… found amongst the pages…?
Yes, I say with the Psalmist in 119:111, “Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.”
So, “Let us give thanks to the LORD for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men. Let us sacrifice thank offerings and tell of His works with songs of joy.” (Ps. 107:21,22)
And what is the verse before these two? –“He sent forth His word and healed them…” (v. 20) Indeed, His words, His Word, and the gentle whisper of His Holy Spirit who abides in us… does heal. He heals our souls… –where we need it the most.
May you too, love His Word. And tell Him so. Not just at Thanksgiving Time. But all the time.
Amen. (That means, “So be it.”)
November 24, 2009
It is one thing to work a secular job under a boss or system that is perverse or corrupt, and it is quite another thing to join in with illegal, unethical, or unbiblical actions. The first is that which can be tolerated, provided we are not forced to participate. Examples: If we work for a company stocking shelves with food, but we know they also sell games that delve into occult practices. Or if we work under a male principal who we know is having an affair with a married woman –and everyone already knows about it, including the woman’s husband. 1 Cor. 5:9,10 addresses this when Paul says, “I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people –not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother [in Christ, and does these things]…”
However, to join in with perversion or corruption or anything antichrist is different. The Bible strictly condemns it. Remarkably though, many so-called “Christians” lack discernment in this area and are calling other “Christians” to join them in partnering with systems and organizations that are anti-biblical.
There is a difference between living under the heathen king Nebuchadnezzar, and in worshipping the image of gold that he erected. (Dan. 3:1-6) The first was acceptable to (even planned by) the LORD; the second was not acceptable to the LORD. And all the Jews knew this based on God’s First Commandment, “You shall have no other gods besides Me.” (Ex. 20:3) This is why the three Hebrew young men said, “…we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” (Dan. 3:18)
So, what about us? Where do we fit in? I am trying to warn that we need to think about this ahead of time –BEFORE we are asked to bow. And though right now there are few who are telling us to bow to a statue of gold, rock, or wood, there are many who are, nonetheless, trying to coerce us to bow to gods other than Christ –who is King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Rev. 19:13,16)– God in bodily form (Col. 2:9), and the only One to be served and worshipped. These other gods, these false gods, which are being promoted are gods of ideologies, of pleasure, of ego. And we find their promotion even within the church.
No, we don’t see people on their knees worshipping these gods, but they are worshipping them through acts of service. Friends, the true Christian life is not about works. We all know that. Yes, works will show, but they must be Spirit-led works. Otherwise, it is no different than the cults who demand certain deeds to either receive or prove salvation. Jesus does command obedience –which He equates with love (John 14:15 & 1 John 2:3,4), but it is loving obedience to NONE except Him, the Word, and that which is done through His Spirit. Otherwise, it is simply a service done to another god. And any god other than the True God is demonic or demonically inspired.
So when you are invited to participate in an act of service that is done in the name of Christ or God, yet it is a blending of His name with gods of antichrist ideologies, or with worldly pleasures, or in order to boost egos or pocketbooks, turn away from such. For we are not to peddle the Word of God for profit (2 Cor. 2:17) –ANY kind of profit, including monetarily, or for a man’s or a church’s reputation.
The world’s antichrist ideologies have decided to aggressively, but deceptively, rein in the services of church-goers by a new tactic. By appealing to the church’s desire to show Christ’s love to a hurting world, the world’s government is now offering money to “faith-based” organizations by accessing Christians’ man-power and time to do acts of service for THEM! And sadly, “Christians” are falling for the bait. Even when Obama comes right out and says that these groups, once they receive tax-payer funds, cannot promote one’s religion.
This is tragic. Yes, we are to help one another physically, but the body is of low priority compared to the eternal soul. (Luke 12:4) “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?” (Luke 9:25) “In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be My disciple.” (Luke 14:33) How do these demands from Jesus relate to what the government is enticing churches to promote within their communities? For as Jesus told the crowds who were looking for another hand-out, “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” (John 6:27) Yes, for HE is the true bread (v. 35), the living water (4:14), the only door of deliverance and abundant life. (10:9,10)
Luring church masses into partnering with the world’s systems only spells disaster for the furtherance of the Gospel. And not only are parishioners’ energies and church funds waxed thin, but partnering with the world will only incur God’s wrath! As 2 Chron. 19:2 says, “Should you help the wicked and make alliances with those who hate the LORD? Because of this, the wrath of the LORD is upon you.” And why would the church prefer to do the government’s work above God’s? Because God tells us to preach His Word. When His Word is preached, IT changes lives –more than any community efforts could ever do! Does the church not believe this? Or are they just too timid to help change lives the way God’s Word says to do it? –because it is too UN-politically correct?
Or, perhaps, is it about the desire to control others? History shows that that is a deep-seated lust of the unregenerate man. And is that not what Satan desires? –Control and worship? (Matt. 4:8,9) Why would anyone say that their faith-based group will hold others “accountable”? That is not the job of the church for those they bring “a cup of cold water to”! No person is to be spiritually accountable to any but the Holy Spirit! Otherwise they attempt to usurp His position and the guidance is a counterfeit. Besides, is this not providing the global world governance with exactly what it wants? –Files of information on where each person lives, what his values are, and details of his medical records and lifestyle? If someone doubts that this is truly what the government is trying to access through the gullible efforts of church people (in the name of “compassion”), then that person needs only to do some easy research from websites that give plenty of documentation.
God says in His Word to not trust in man (Isa. 2:22 & Jer. 9:4-6) and He pronounces a woe upon all who look to the world for help rather than Him. (Isa. 31:1,2) For “the Egyptians [the world’s systems] are men and not God; their horses are flesh and not spirit. When the LORD stretches out His hand, he who helps will stumble, he who is helped will fall; both will perish together.” (v. 3)
Besides all this, what will a Christian do when, after having invested much time, effort, money, and relationship into a community organization, he is faced with a person desperately in need of Christ, or even prayer? Who will that Christian bow to? –To the world’s intolerance of speaking of the power of the name of Jesus… or to God’s Word? Because Jesus says in Mark 8:38, “If anyone is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
Are you going to say it’d be no big deal to just remain quiet when you see someone in need of Christ, because you think it best to obey the government? Okay. Suit yourself. But I bet you’d be one to then also say that the three Hebrew young men should’ve just bowed outwardly to the image. “No big deal. They didn’t have to mean it from the heart. It would have saved them from getting thrown into the furnace and it certainly would have also been a lot less divisive and uncooperative. And Jesus wants us to strive for unity, remember?”
True unity is never attained except under the banner of Truth. And only Jesus is the Truth. As He says in Luke 16:13, “No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Mammon [the world].”
So decide who you serve, who you bow to, who you worship. There’s only two choices. Fence-sitting is called “lukewarm”, and we already know that those types will be rejected by God (Rev. 3:16) along with those who automatically make themselves enemies of God by their friendship with the world. (James 4:4)
Make your decision now. Because if you love the world, the true Bride of Christ does not need you, receives no benefit from you, and we do not want your pollutants.