TRUTH VS POWER

What is truth? Well there is only one source. What is power? Again the same answer, that is, if you want to believe truth. There are many definitions of power. Many I’m sure believe it has to do with money and position. Well that is half the truth. Position is the right answer if it’s placed with the real source of truth.

There is only one place where truth begins and the only source that keeps real truth alive. “He who knows God, hears God. He who is not of God does not hear. By this we know the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of error.” 1 John 4:6.

People over the centuries have lied but this has grown worse over time until today where lying is just a very common way of life, especially those with what we look at as power. There has been many an empire and political system built on lies. Yet they will eventually crumble and truth will still be standing. The only way to address deceptions, misquotes, half- truths or whatever word you want to use which means lying, you can.

But it is only truth that is going to stand in the end. Today there are some, but few it seems, that will speak truth against the powers of the day that lie when and wherever they feel like it. Truth in a person is becoming more rare but it possesses great power against all others. And those that choose to make telling lies a habit will have no place in heaven and that is not my opinion. That is the truth from God’s Word. And the Christian has the greatest of all power when they live their life in the truths of God’s Word.

WHEN PRAYER BECOME SIN

There are some people who take the matter of God and make His word just as casual as most other things they treat in life. Those people treat the things of God, or God Himself, as just another word to use. They want to have to their benefit in some way or form so to make it look like they really care about someone or some event that’s happened.

These people use God as just another casual way to say something, make a statement about events or other people. How many I’ve heard say that they are praying for someone when their only thought is they could care less or want to really see them suffer somewhat.

This happens in politics a lot. People say they pray but their prayers are more deceptive than good. Others say that someone will be in their thoughts and prayers but sometimes those thoughts are laced with poison toward another. Many just say the words but never follow through with them.

We must be very careful to be so common with the word of God in making our comments because God is not a casual God. He is holy, the only God who’s not on the level with anyone or anything. God is mighty, not common and those that we use His name and make statements about Him should only do so with the upmost respect and fear.

It is God’s Son, Jesus, who sits and watches and is the judge of all of those words and ways. The Bible speaks in Psalm 109:7 about those who will be judged and be guilty of disrespect and that they’re prayers become sin when they act as they do.

You must be very careful how you use God’s name, how you represent it. For God is watching all of this and recording such things in a book.

TRYING TO GET OUR ATTENTION

As I write this my heart is very grieved for America and this world. We the people have been given warnings, I believe, by God and as time has continued on these warnings have increased in intensity and we generally see people trying to make a treaty with God. They could care less about focusing on God and to see how He wants to really help.

We as a people are heading toward an end. The world as we know it does not last forever. God’s judgement on the world and on America is coming and gaining speed as all head toward the end.

Yet we as a people can’t see this and even many in the church itself. Just consider events like we have faced or it be something else, we just have to deal with and move on and rebuild and come back as stronger but we never repent for our sinful actions, crying out to God for mercy. Most just continue on with only prayers for help for the people.

America has seen its first glimpse of what happens when government over-reaches. We the people are losing more and more of our freedoms and are willing to because a majority of Americans rely on flesh and government and know not God.

We are living in a spiritually dangerous time. Morality is now determined mainly by the culture. We can see how deep dishonesty has gotten into much of our political system. A deep state, there is no doubt. Lies and deception are common and every day place.

It helps one to understand how Jesus felt when He looked out over Jerusalem and wept because the people rejected Him. Let that not be us. Call upon Jesus while there is still time. Stand up for His kingdom and pray like you’ve never prayed before continually.

THIS IS JUST A TEST RUN

Have you noticed how we have experienced things we’ve never experienced before or even our forefathers?  Now I’m sure there are some situations Americans have faced in the past but not to the magnitude or so much that stepped on our basic right as Americans.  We have not seen such in our lifetime.  Have you ever wondered about this?

As always, the Bible has every answer for any time in history.  Attacks on American soil by foreign entities, flu epidemics, viruses, earthquakes, and massive tornadoes.  All of these should be getting people’s attention, but probably not many like it should. 

“For in those days there will be tribulation such as has not been since the beginning of the creation which God created.”  Those words are from the book of Mark in the Bible.

What we have experienced is only going to grow in intensity because God Himself is making attempts to get people’s attention, to get their lives in order with Him.

How many will?  I don’t know, but I do know that what is happening is only the test runs to what is really coming soon down the road for America and the world. 

People have allowed sin to have its way and as they are basically religious; few are truly born-again Christians and few have the faith to trust God.

Please really examine your life.  Is it in order with God’s word?  If not, make every effort now, because the next event coming will be worse than the last until the end comes.

THE MATTERS OF TRUTH AND FACTS

Today in America we find ourselves living in a post-truth culture saying evil is good and good is evil.  This is fueled by emotions and agendas that matters more than truth and facts.

So, what we are finding ourselves with is people saying that truth is the sin of intolerance, and if you are not tolerant by accepting whatever someone else claims is their right of lifestyle you are trying to limit and restrict diversity.

So today we are seeing the polarizing of society.  That is saying, “my lies are my truths and your opinion doesn’t matter” if you don’t agree with someone’s lifestyle preference.

We are beginning to see attacks on whomever or whatever stands in the way of liberal agendas so to establish a new culture in the land.

The first step toward destroying America’s republic way of government is to dumb it down, to limit freedoms, to discredit our Christian heritage.

A growing number of Americans are beginning to accept the lie of a liberal theology that is planting deceptions even in the church, and unless this is changed the gospel is going to be more marginalized in its exposure in society.

There are those inside and outside the church today that believe America’s way of religion must be taken apart and rebuilt in accordance with a new cultural standard.

In a recent survey among pastors it was asked what was their number one concern for today’s church.  Their answer was that truth is being compromised; therefore, watering down the gospel and making it lesser and lesser effective in society.

And this is becoming evident in the life styles of many. 

THE CHURCH HAS NO TRUE SUBSTITUTE

A Biblically based Christ-centered line of preaching has never been more important in the church. It is the church alone who is in possession of this understanding that can impart the real message to those who lack truth.

It is when the church performs its true task. Its primary purpose is to put people into the right relationship with God. Anything else is only a temporary relief and this disease will continue to worsen if not addressed with truth.

Faith in Christ without any depth is going to be shallow. There is too much distracting you. This is one of the problems confronting the Christian church today. Programs can only help so much. Only the preaching of the gospel from the Bible, not some book or internet article; only the Word of God has the power of God.

The business of the church is specialist work. The preaching of the anointed word is first and foremost. Some say that the old preaching of the gospel is too simple; that it does not deal with the social problems and conditions. This is part of the liberal modern view of the Scriptures.

When you depart from the primary task of the church and do something else, though your motive may be pure, that is the result of the social gospel. Gospel without Godliness simply does not work and it never will.

RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE

God has put His true church right in the middle of the problems and attacks of the world’s sinfulness to stand against the advances of evil. Ephesians chapter 6, verse 12: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of the age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

We are in a spiritual war; this election in November is a spiritual issue, not so political, and here stands the church right in the middle.  Who can make a difference?  God is standing in the center of the storm by placing His Son, Jesus, right in the middle of any mess or trial we face today.  Jesus has always been and is still the calmer of storms and the hope of the world.

God has equipped the church for battle and to take a stand for righteousness and being able to meet the darkness head on with the light of His word, His power and His mighty right arm.  The church, the Christian, has at their disposal all the weaponry, all the power, all the wisdom, and all the provisions needed to win this battle or any battle. Jesus is coming for a victorious church; not a beaten down or compromised church, but a church that has overcome all the world has thrown at it because the church is the Christian who has been bought by the blood of Christ!  God gives us authority, if we will step forward for duty for such a time as this. 

FRANCIS

Francis was born in 1912 in Pennsylvania to a poor uneducated family who had little religion. Francis became interested in Greek philosophy which lead to the study of the Bible and Francis became a Christian. He decided to later attend a college to study the ministry but his parents discouraged him and there were no finances. Yet Francis headed off to see if he could get in.

He met a young woman named Edith who would later become his wife. The couple became missionaries to Europe. While serving in Switzerland, Francis went through a struggle of the faith which left him with a firm conviction that the Bible applies to the whole life.

His studies lead Francis to write books gave lectures on culture and the Christian world view. He became a greatly sought after speaker and deep thinking debater between humanism and Christianity. He warned those that he spoke to of three future dangers to society. Number one – genetic tinkering with human life; number two – manipulation by the media; and number three – reliance on social law not based on Biblical principles but by public opinion.

His friend, Dr. C. Everett Coop, who became surgeon general under the Reagan presidency worked together with him to expose false values being established in society by secularists of the day.

Francis Schaeffer became a passionate advocate for Biblical principles against an ever changing liberal agenda. From abortion to communism, he attempted to show the people of America and the world the grave error of separating God from societal living and the great consequences of such decisions. His last book, The Great Evangelical Disaster, proclaimed what would come with the failure of the church to proclaim truth. When Francis Schaeffer died at 72 years old in 1984, he declared that without Biblical moral absolutes the next generation of Christians will have nothing from which to stand on because of evangelical leadership’s weakened view of the Scriptures.

WHAT WE ARE SEEING

Today in America, and even around the world but especially for us here in these United States, we are seeing some that are not united but rather divided in their thinking, desires and attitudes.  Over my lifetime I’ve seen marches, unrest and protests, but not like today.  There is very little peace in what is happening here in America.  It may be also around the world, but this our homeland and our forefathers have fought for freedom in a Revolutionary War, over differences for other’s freedom in a Civil War, but now the war our nation is facing is much more serious.

This war is spiritual, and a spiritual war is fought differently because its orders come from darkness and this dark leader wants both sides to lose in the end because he hates people in general.  This commander fights dirty and cares less who in the end gets hurt.

His battle is not really as much with people as it is with God.  He hates God and everything God stands for and so this radical, dirty, lying, deceiving leader uses as many of God’s created people to do his bidding in the flesh and those whose flesh has rebelled against the ways of their Creator. 

This is the mess we have today.  This underworld leader is only interested in complete destruction of all the people in the end.  So what we are seeing in the streets, schools, even government and yes, sad to say, in some churches is the work of this mastermind, Satan, himself.  Now his time is eventually going to be once and for all dealt with by God.

Right now God’s Son, Jesus Christ, is the best friend you can have in this world or will ever have.  Until God ends it, things will get worse but stay close to Jesus and you’ll make it through.

WHEN LEADERSHIP IS DECEIVED

I believe the word deception is more prevalent today than in times past.  People are deceived every day, but when even those that are doing the deceiving believe their own forms of lies and manipulation, then deception runs from leadership on down to its followers and causes a chaos that seems to have no end.

The Bible warns people who live this way what will happen if this behavior continues.  The scripture plainly says that because of people’s continual sinful ways, that people’s minds will become as reprobate, where they can no longer think clearly, they will act against their own natural senses and will become even worse than animal-like behaviors.

Satan is a master at confusion and deception.  And today he has become very active because of how many in the general public have chosen how to live according to their own desires.  This generally has started at the leadership and has then made its real appearance in the society that leadership has affected.  

Does any of this sound familiar?  Look how people lust for their own gratification.  Many are doing what they think is right in their own eyes, and again the Bible speaks directly to this.  Times are not going to get better because Jesus is on the verge now of returning. Sin is being given by leadership a broad path into society.  Restraints are being taken out daily and soon this all will run its course and actually get even worse as the day draws near for Christ’s emanate return.

A GOOD WORD FOR TODAY

It is the Lord your God that will help you. He will cast out the obstacles in your way. No matter if the circumstances are mightier than you, it is the Lord your God who delivers and conquers your situations.

Do not make covenants with evil for it will turn you away from following the true ways of God. The Lord will lay troubles on those who oppose Him.

Do not serve the gods of this world for they shall be a snare to your well-being. Do not be terrified of them. Do not say your enemies are greater. Remember the Lord your God whose mighty hand and outstretched arm will bring you through. Even if it is little by little you shall prevail, for the Lord your God is great and awesome.

It is He that will deliver you. No one can continue to stand against Him. Do not covet earthly possessions. Do not bring idols into your house. Keep the Lord’s commandments. Honor His judgements and if you observe those ways and keep covenant with the Lord your God and the mercy He has shown you, He will bless you in all that you do and you shall have increase.

Christians are to be a holy people to the Lord God. He will keep all of His promises to you. He loves you.

God has given His own Son as the forever sacrifice for humankind. Those that surrender their lives to Jesus shall be forgiven of all their sins. Those that are true followers of Jesus will live forever in eternity in heaven, the place of eternal life where there is no sin, sickness, death nor sorrow.