Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
- The "mystery of iniquity" is behind the scenes of the evil powers are at work and will climax when there is a complete ridicule and disregard for Biblical standards. According to scripture lawlessness will cause man to grow cold (Matthew 24:10-12; Luke 18:7; Revelation 2:7). However, a faithful few will remain loyal to God and His Church and they will continue to preach Christ while using the sword of the Spirit as their attack weapon (Ephesian 6:17).
- There will be a "falling away" which means a departure or abandon Biblical truths. Falling away carries two dimensions, Theological and Moral apostasy. Theological apostasy is a rejection of part or all of Christ's teaching (1Timothy 4:1-2; 2 Timothy 4:3), while Moral apostasy severs the believer's relationship with Christ and returns to sin and immorality. 1 Timothy 4:1 records how "some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deducing spirits, and doctrines of devils." This means that many will fall away because they prefer deception rather than the truth. Therefore, leaders (preacher and teachers) who distort the gospel will find little resistance in many churches. Another thought on "falling away" is that for appearance sake some leaders/churches will tolerate or comprise on many sins for the sake of money, numbers, success and honor among their peers (1 Timothy 4:1). What does the Bible say about sin? We are to preach and teach Christ and renounce sin to whomever and wherever sin is seen and or practiced. Let's look at the second question of choosing church or saving for basic family needs? Well, that's a faith and personal issue each must answer. God said in His word that He would "supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19).
In closing, times may be tough, but let's remain focused on God and His Word as He is our salvation. Lastly, God's standards and His moral laws is what we are to live by. Therefore, modern day society and its humanistic values cannot and will not prevent God's judgment on sin.
The true Christian community (church) is a beacon for all to see as the church is Christ's bride. Stay with Christ!