“For Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world.” 2Tim4:9
The Early Saints understood that they were at War with evil. That Satan was a Roaring lion seeking to devour them at every turn. They knew that the Weapons of their warfare were not carnal but spiritual for pulling down Strong holds. The Cry was ‘Love NOT the World or the Things that are in the world!” To them all that in the World, ‘the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the Pride of life is NOT of God.’ As Sojourns and Pilgrims in a Strange land, they seen the World as Passing away and the lust of it, but DOING the Will of was Eternal.
Christians are not in this World to enjoy themselves or partake in the vanities of life. The trappings of Success are nothing more than a snare that will drown men and pierce them through with many sorrows. The Persona of Prosperity and normality of life is nothing more than a deception designed keep professing Christians under strong delusion. They think that the blessings and longsuffering of God are His approval rather than an incentive for them to Repent. Thus they bask in their false Religious Systems oblivious of the Truth.
Those who follow Christ are promised nothing more than spite and hatred of the World. ‘Beware when all men speak well of you!’ Families will be Divided, friends will desert you. The Religious System will cry for your head on a platter! Be Certain that if you are Comfortable in your associations with this world, that you are either NOT of God or fallen into Deep Compromise. The Truth of Christ is always at odds with the world. It’s a War you cannot avoid if you choose to follow Christ. There is no neutrality. You cannot trifle with evil. The entire World is the under the influence of Satan. He is called the Prince and Power of the air, the god of this age. He confronted Christ in the wilderness and offered Him all the Kingdoms of earth! (They are his to give!)
The World exits under his Dominion of sin and death. There are no Rules, no Code of Conduct, no Order, ONLY under his control. Anything Goes! All the institutions of men that THINK they represent God exist under the influence of the Prince and Power of the air. The Governments, the Justice System, the authorities and the systems of religion, are Corrupted to the Core by his manipulative power. Once men have sold themselves into his bondage they serve his agenda of deceit and deception. The ONLY way to escape his grasp is through Christ! You Must Come out from among them and be Separate! This World is not your home. It will be dissolved in the flaming fire of vengeance. In Christ we look for a New Heaven and New Earth in which Righteousness dwells.
He who loves this world and is fascinated by its amusements and self-importance and still consider themselves in the Light of God, are horribly deceived. There is no promise of worldly success and prosperity. We brought nothing into this world and we will take nothing out. If we have food and clothing, we should be content. We are passing through enemy territory and must fend for ourselves. There is no place for complacency. Without the full Armor of God you do not stand a chance against the fiery darts of the wicked one. We are surrounded by false teachers and deceivers of every kind! Satan can transform himself into a Minister of Righteousness. Pastors appear as Sheep, but inwardly have become Ravenous Wolves! The faithful are assaulted from every side. FEW endure Steadfast in the face of opposition. MANY have capitulated already.
The spirit of anti-Christ controls the institutions of man. In most cases he is a willing participant for personal gain, more power and influence. For his thirty pieces of Silver he has sold his birthright to the Devil. He has rationalized his way into Satan’s Web of lies. Now it’s impossible to escape! The amenities are too appealing, rewards too great.
The alternative is loneliness and alienation. Exclusion from all the Systems they love! If they Stand firm for the Real Christ and His Truth the façade is over. Genuine faith involves Moral courage even in the face of death. He who seeks to Save his life will lose it! In Early times persecution and torture were a given because the Saints were taking the offensive against the powers of darkness.
Now we have so-called ‘Committed’ Christians communing with the World! They have almost perfect camaraderie without the slightest concern for the lost and deceived condition of friends and loved ones. In order to maintain their connections they avoid the ‘hard truths’ and suppose their ‘life style’ will be sufficient witness to convert them to Jesus. Worse of all this type of attitude normalizes worldliness in the minds of everyone. The Children of these professing Christians grow up thinking its ok to bask in the comforts of life. The whole thing is an insult to the early Saints who suffered so much for their faith and a cold slap in the face of Christ! Obviously we are NOT to suffer as evil doers, in the face of our adversaries. BUT we are to Defend the Truth against all odds. We’re in a pitch battle against the forces of darkness! Souls are perishing. If you Don’t care enough to fight the good fight, perhaps you are perishing with them.
Yes, Real Christians have to work in this world to earn a living. They must fulfill their responsibilities to family and community. But in the World there must be a distinction between those who serve God and those who do Not!
‘If anyone makes himself a Friend of the World he is the Enemy of God!’ The Professed of all types Suppose they are Saved and can Remain Saved, and NEVER DO anything! They stand idle on the sidelines casting dispersions on those in the Arena. To them a Radical commitment is fanaticism and they avoid it like the Plague. Their battle consists of getting up on Sunday morning and attending another church service. The Devil has swallowed them down long ago before they ever landed on
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The Church System believes there is a Godly order to society. That under God all things are appointed and Determined in advance, including conquest and war. They participate in the political process believing they can alter the outcome for the Lord. Most Pastors will say that liberty is
’s blessing from God and our Rights descend from above. However they are all overlooking some vital Biblical Truths. America
God may indeed intervene in the affairs of man, BUT He Will Not override man’s Free Will! If Governors and Kings receive their appointment from above, they are Still deceitful on their own. Man, in all his positions of authority on earth, remaining unregenerate of the Spirit, is Totally Corrupted by the Devil. Personal Power is distorted by greed and lust. The Power of itself Corrupts, because you CANNOT Do Good using Evil means. You MUST overcome evil with good! Does ANYONE: Seek Justice, Reprove the oppressor, Defend the fatherless and Plead for the widow? NO! They exploit and coerce there way to the top. Then Murder, lie and steal to gain more!
They Speak lying words that do not profit. They shed innocent blood on the battlefields of shame. They call evil good and good evil and take away Justice from the Righteous! Is THIS the World you wish to befriend, as a follower of Christ; To pass through this charade without blinking an eye at the overflow of iniquity? Can you hide yourself in some Church or Study group and Pretend that all is well with your soul?
Your Country is desolate, your cities burn with lust and crime. Strangers devour you substance. You are in the Depths of Satan, blind and numb. You laugh at iniquity and scoff at the Truth! Your Shepherds are dull hearted and Watchman blind. Like dumb dogs that cannot bark they look to their own way and pursue only gain. The Hearts of the Righteous are made Sad and the hand of the Wicked Strengthened. The Church System has sold itself for nothing and offers only Bondage to the people. The Righteous Perish and no one takes it to heart. WHO will ascend the Wall of the Lord and sound the alarm? We face a State of
. Iniquity is at Critical mass! The Emergency lines are drawn; it’s Time for you to CHOOSE a SIDE. Battle