The situation is dire: the church in the UK, and in general in the west, has to remember Christ’s warning via the prophet Daniel: “And the host [the chosen people] was given [to the wicked horn] together with the continual burnt offering because of the transgression [of God’s people—their abounding irreverence, ungodliness, and lack of piety]. And righteousness and truth were cast down to the ground, and it [the wicked horn] accomplished this [by divine permission] and prospered.” (Daniel 8:12, Amplified Version). Notice how the Amplified Version gives an uncomfortable level of detail: it is the actions and attitude’s of God’s people that allow such evil to prosper. So clearly our actions matter…
The consequence is the “truth being thrown down”, which is happening as I type right now in the United Kingdom and in many other nations across the world: the issues, emphasis, stage and tactics are different, but the attack will always be the same, because the devil is a liar (John 8:44). Jesus wants His Church to get in step with His Spirit and stop compromising with the world. Right now there are a host of beliefs that want to be unquestioningly accepted with no criticism* that are utterly opposed to Christ and His Church: Islam, the “gospel” of sexual orientation and evolution (ignore the biased tripe in Wikipedia about this last link) are but three. False gods, twisting of the good things God has given and “did God really say…?”- one would think these hallmark tactics somewhat familiar by now. The situation is such that, simply because of their faith, Bible-believing Christians can not apparently be trusted to foster children, and soon may not be able to work (some have already lost jobs or positions concerning these issues) or raise their own children if they refuse to compromise their own values. I mean, if we are too immoral to raise someone else’s children, why are we considered moral enough to raise our own? The media and the law are working in tandem, trying to sideline Christians and label them as evil hate-mongers. (One might think that such consistently poor portrayal would actually constitute a hate-crime, no?)
*NB Freedom of speech and the freedom to insult are exactly the same thing: one could always say things that did not offend Hitler in Nazi Germany, (and Jesus himself offended many, but only with the truth they did not like)! Yes, this unfortunately allows people to be rude if they so choose, but that is a small price to pay for genuine freedom.
I say all this, not to wallow in despair but to encourage action. So what hope is there? Oh, “much in every way”!
1) Truth is not a democracy: should the devil lie and persuade all six billion or so people of a lie, including me and every other breathing person on earth, God will still decide the truth. Numbers will not matter in the final reckoning. There were many storm-troopers loyal to the Emperor of Star Wars when the second deathstar went pop along with the entire evil Empire: numbers made no odds. The author had already decided the outcome: before the first move of evil, good had already won, and the same is true in real life. The devil knows his time is short, which is the cause of his current rage.
2) Alone we could do nothing. On the face of it, there is precious little we can do, when faced with a brainwashed society, a compromising church -apparent and an increasingly restrictive legal system. And our weakness is the clue to the true solution to this and almost every problem. Get close to God, urgently! Seek His Spirit and His ways! Look to Him! For “with Him, all things are possible“. Act while you still can. Snatch a few from the flames!
20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
You notice that praying in the Holy Spirit is key to keeping ourselves in God’s love. Let’s do more of that then! Not to mention building ourselves up in faith.
On the subject of encouragement, I was recently greatly encouraged seeing this blog.
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