2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—
I have tried to awaken people through this blog to be at least aware of the conditions that are changing in our world. Anybody who reads a newspaper, or watches the news, is aware of a power play being played out between good and evil all over the world. Evil is on the short list of extinction when Jesus comes back, so evil is playing its best game now, and they are playing against teams that are clue less as to the score. The Bible teaches that Hell, or Lake of Fire, was prepared for Satan and his demons.
For 30 years or more, the modern church has been inundated with the idea of relevance. Relevance defined is: closely connected or appropriate to the matter at hand: Now that makes sense to the modern mind, because we have been trained by our education to keep things relevant. Especially in the communication field, you have to keep your presentation connected to what is happening in the lives of people. Every ten years our lives change, and relevance takes on another meaning. When you are ten, life will be different when you are twenty, or when you are thirty, or forty, etc, life keeps changing at these ten year junctions, so relevance changes as well.
As we age, trying to keep your life in step gets harder, because most of the time, you don’t always agree with the changing world, or the differences in the values and views of an emerging world. We just can’t relate, and we don’t want to take the time to figure out why everything has to be so relevant.
So what happens when relevance translates into the church? It often means we are trying to fit the culture into an ancient document, and hope it relates. Most of the time, I think we do a fairly good job of transferring values and principles of the Bible into modern living, but sometimes we go too far in trying to make the spiritual into a more common experience. For example, I hear all the time how people will use a cultural philosophy and synchronize it with scripture. For example, lets take unity, we hear all the time we need to find ways to being unity into the picture with our Christian values. The problem with this cultural idea is that it may just be in contrast with what the Bible teaches.
What do we do with this verse as it relates to tolerance and philosophies that oppose the very nature of God?
1 John 2:15-17
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
Or what do you do with this verse?
2 Corinthians 6:17
Therefore go out from their midst,
and be separate from them, says the Lord,
and touch no unclean thing;
then I will welcome you,
There are many Biblical teachings that are in stark contrast to what the world thinks, so how can we be relevant with the world? So when we try to synchronize the culture to Biblical thought, we end up with a compromise that isn’t in keeping with God or His word. Yet some would think it is relevant to keep the two in concert so people can relate. I am not sure we are giving God’s hope to people when we merge it with cultural ideas. I hear quite often how Christians have used environmentalism as the eleventh commandment, “thou shall not pollute.” It is true we should be conscientious about the earth, but it is not part of the gospel message. In fact, environmentalism is the new force that will rally together all nations, and all faiths in order to save the earth. It becomes a movement that doesn’t divide people, but it rallies people together for a common cause. This global movement supersedes all religions, and encompasses all cultures to a new level of unity. Something, no religion has been able to do. However, the synchronization of the gospel and environmentalism just isn’t compatible on the priority list of God. As I have experienced with other social justice themes, the gospel gets lost in the emphasis of pursuing justice. I think we need to be very selective in what we make compatible with the message of the gospel, where we prioritize it on the same level as the Bible.
Keeping it honest and truthful…K
I just watched a short Fox news debate on Howard Deans reaction to calling the Paris murderers Islamic terrorists, he wants them to just be called terrorists, dropping Islamic.
It seems to me that we talking heads in the news that are quite ignorant of the Muslim agenda. It may be true that the majority of Muslims won't carry out terrorist attacks, but the foundation of their religion is to take over all cultures and subject them to Islam. Now, some could say that various strains of Christianity want to win the world for Christ, and they too have a culture by culture agenda to change people into followers of Christ. The difference is found in the methods used. Christians present a case, and allow people to choose or to reject the proposal that Christ makes to them to follow Him. The Islam on the other hand has an extreme view of forced allegiance.
Daniel Pipes is president of the Middle East Forum, he says this: Not willing to co-exist. Hatred against the West inspires a struggle with it for cultural supremacy. Fundamentalists see the rivalry as cultural, not military. "It is a struggle of cultures," a Muslim Brethren leader explains, "not one between strong countries and weak countries. We are sure that the Islamic culture will triumph." But how is this victory to be achieved? By producing better music or coming up with a cure for cancer? Hardly, as Saddiqui, the Iranian spokesman in London, vividly makes clear: "American GIs clutching photos of their girl friends would be no match for the soldiers of Islam clutching copies of the Qur'an and seeking shahadah [martyrdom]." Islam will triumph, in other words, through will and steel.
Most former Muslims like Wallid Shoebat do not think there is a moderate position in Islam. The Islamic great commission if you please, is to take control of the cultures of the world, and submit them to Allah. Some will do this in a violent threatening way, while others will simply work the culture from within. In either case the objective is the same, just the methodology is different. For more on this from Wallid Shoebat follow this link.
When Howard Dean come out and says we should drop the label Muslim terrorist, he is ignorant of the foundational principles of Islam. I am not sure if Dr Dean was honest, he would admit that the recruitment of Islam terrorists, do not just come from a group called terrorists. Islamic Jihad is a pervasive fundamental belief among all Muslims, and at what point does a moderate become a terrorist? These Islam terrorists are on every continent, blowing up buildings, and killing people. So when will people wake up to understand Islam as a terror ideology that uses religion as a scapegoat.
The only international leader who has called for a revolution in Islam to stop these radicals from conducting terrorist acts has been the Egyptian President.
Until Islam makes some internal corrections, these terror attacks will continue to happen. It is much like the abortion clinic bombings of years ago, where pro-life activities had only one way to changed people's minds about the killing of unborn children, and that was to bomb abortion clinics. The Christian community rose up and denounced this practice, and it soon stopped. The case was made that a just cause does not give you the right to to destroy property and potentially kill abortionists and their staff. There was a religious correction made, that ended up fighting abortion at the voting booth and in the courts. Islam, can not and will not win the hearts of people to Islam without a course correction. Again, I would hope and pray that this correction can be made, but at the fundamental core of Islam is a violent spirit protecting their cause and moving their agenda forward. This is why many people in the discernment community would call Islam an evil based religion, because it fights so hard against God's son, Jesus Christ.
One of the first discernment tools I learned as a young Christian was to ask the question, "what does this group or this person do with Jesus Christ, who is He to them?" If they deny the deity of Christ, or relegate Him to a lesser status other than the Son of God, that religion, or philosophy is not from God. Let's be honest, we even have churches today that have elevated ministry philosophy above the deity of Christ, at least in practice.
But all of this is another sign of the last days. It is the marginalising of Christ, the denial of Christ, and the redefining of Christ that is the sign of the age prior to His return. Jesus said, many Christs would come in His name, and many would deny the power of God. (Christ)
24For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
Other scriptures also remind us of the peril of our age.
Islam is not a moderate religion, for them, global jihad is their goal, and whether it come with a bomb, or a birth rate, what they want is Allah over everyone, no exception, there is no other way.
To me, that is the correction they will not make, and so Islam will remain a terror formulated religion.
Keeping it honest and truthful....K
| Isaiah 6:8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” 9 And he said, “Go, and say to this people:
“‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand;
keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’
10 Make the heart of this people dull,
and their ears heavy,
and blind their eyes;
lest they see with their eyes,
and hear with their ears,
and understand with their hearts,
and turn and be healed.”
God knew that the Jews would not see, nor would they hear His prophet Isaiah, but He sent Him anyway.
There are two parts to God calling.
1. Are you willing to go, regardless of where I send you?
2. Will you do what I tell you to do regardless of how hard it will be?
No matter the cost, or the end results, I am sending you. I always think about how difficult it would have been for Isaiah, people just didn't care, nor were they willing to even listen. Much like our culture today. When I think about the hardest people to reach with God's message, I think of two groups.
2. Teens through early 20's
These two groups to me seem to be the least interested in what the God of the Bible has to say. Yet, just as God sent Isaiah to His own people, God described them as being deaf and being blind, just like any Muslim or young person is today. This passage of scripture reminds me that no person, or people group is ever beyond being reached with the gospel. In fact, I am always encouraged when I meet missionaries who come home on furlough telling their stories of how God is reaching people many thought unreachable. Only God knows what it will take to bring an unreachable person to Christ, and He never gives up trying. God never gives up on people, because He wants none to perish.
2 Peter 3:9
9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
The more impossible it becomes in reaching people, the more patient God becomes. His heart is to reach people period, and the task of reaching people requires people like the prophet Isaiah to say, "Here am I, send me."
No one knows what 2015 will bring at this point, but whatever it is, can we say to God, "here am I, send me?" The harvest is ready, but the laborers are few, let's pray we all become a laborer in God's ripe field of harvest.
Keeping it honest and truthful....k
In 2012, a Rabbi by the name of Jonathan Cahn wrote a book called the Harbinger: the Ancient Mystery that holds the secret of America's Future. It was a best seller all across America, and now Rabbi Cahn has written a new book called, The Mystery of the Shemitah. Both books are warnings to America, that unless there comes
repentance and a turning back to the God of the Bible, judgment will come. Negative message right? Sure it is, and no one likes to think that their behavior will bring the wrath of God upon their heads. Yet, what if the Rabbi is right? What happens if America loses its financial footing, and we have to cut back in military spending, weakening our position in the world as a super power? What happens when the government runs out of money, and all the social programs go broke because there are no resources to fund them. You think we have anarchy in the streets now, wait until there are no more welfare checks, no more government subsidies then what? You see, we are not far away from a total collapse in this country, but no one wants to talk about it. They just ignore all the warning signs, like the 17 trillion dollar debt the Untied States has racked up, and only a few are really addressing it. What happens to all that debt, will there be a day of reckoning? Most people in America live their lives by completely ignoring the obvious, and hoping for a better day.
Americans are ignoring the signs all around them. Anarchy and lawlessness in the streets, hatred for cops and law and order. Undocumented aliens flooding our Southern borders, with a complete disregard for our laws and policies. We have politicians who are taking away the rights of our citizens by ignoring the Constitution of the United States, and making laws by executive fiat. How does a country go from having a civil discussion about issues, to riots in our cities? Anger is everywhere, there is no satisfaction with life anymore, and everywhere you turn, you find another angry crowd.
When Rabbi Cahn wrote his books, he had one thing in mind. Can America be spared, can she turn from her wicked ways, and come in repentance to a Holy God? Will America humble herself? Many of us have our doubts, because it seems she has crossed the point of no return. I know that may not sit well with some of you, but remember what Jesus said:
37 As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
Noah's day was a day of judgment, Noah knew what was coming, but the people were totally unaware. America is totally unaware, oblivious to a future without God. Judgment always takes people by surprise, because they ignore the signs. They have become desensitized to the warnings around us. People like Jonathan Cahn, and David Wilkerson before him, were warning us that ignoring God will turn us away from peace and safety and instead face His judgment. Now, if you don't think we are desensitized to that message, go tell it to your church, and see how they react? As I read the scriptures, I see how God sent the prophets to warn, to encourage people to return to God. Today, we have Christian leaders who don't think prophets have a role anymore in the church. No prophets, no warning, well, guess what? The end result will render you unaware, just like the people in Noah's day.
When we ignore the warnings of God's word, we will become victims to sickness of society. There are so few who are calling forth a warning today, but when they do come along, like a Rabbi Cahn, he is marginalized and ignored by the majority. Just like the days of Noah. Go figure!
Keeping it honest and truthful....K