Monday, September 5, 2011

Christianity is Under Attack in America

If you told a Christian fifty years (50) ago that there were people who wanted to remove the God of the Bible from every area of American life, they would say you were crazy. But that is the American landscape in September 2011, ten(10) years after the World Trade Center tragedy. Christians need to take these signs more seriously.

We are living in a period of intensified attack on the Christian worldview, on believers in Jesus Christ than ever before in America.

We have banned prayer in school, trying to remove God from everything even the dollar bill. There is open attack on marriage, seduction to accept the things of the world – its culture, beliefs, and social norms. TV, movies, Internet, technology, music, relationships between people, fashion, culture are all used to draw Christians away from Christ and to the world. Our young people and children are under intensified attack to accept the ways of the world and not the way of Christ. This attack is a spiritual attack. Satan and the kingdom of darkness want to seduce and draw every Christian away from God. That system of darkness has people who promote sin as "natural" and "normal". They include people with power, influence and money in our society, many of whom are behind the scenes regardless of political party or political viewpoint. Their methods are manipulation and deception that keep the majority of people preoccupied with entertainment.

The Bible in 1 John 2:15 - "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him". Here the Word of God says “love not the world”. Don’t get tied up, hooked up with the society’s way of doing things.

So Christians cannot afford to think like, look like, dress like, behave like, believe like the world to be popular or accepted. So don’t look for the society to accept you. The world will hate Christians because they already hate Jesus. Why does the world hate Christian Lifestyle? – Because your lifestyle expose their sinful lifestyles. In fact, if the society loves you and celebrates you, then you should examine your Christian lifestyle.

The secular society doesn’t need a Christian who behaves like them; they need Christians to stand firm on the Word of God. They will come to us for answers when they have no answers to life's problems (when their money, power, title or position can't solve their problems). Christians cannot have "one foot in church and one in the world". Can’t mix the two; it is Christ or the world, heaven or hell, holy or profane. Don’t mix. The Bible in James 4:4 states "…….. know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

Did you hear that? A Friend of the world gets involved in the things of the world; secular talk shows that promote ungodly acts, celebrity worship, looking for star status, marrying an unbeliever, having sexual relations outside marriage etc. This may look innocent at first but it’s satan’s way of drawing you away from your faith in Christ. Christians must measure everything by the Word of God. What you say, hear, see, do, read - if it does not line up, discard it right away. Your eternal destiny is at stake. Be ye separate.

Why? The society (world system) and its belief system represent a moral, rotten, decaying, lost future. Many Bible scriptures already prophesied that these days about the world system were coming and we are seeing the proof every day. Christians have no excuse to mix the things of God and the world. We must stand firm on the Word of God.

What then should we Christian be doing?
Hear what Jesus said John 4:19 -Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

This is Jesus. He’s saying that he does not do His own will; He does what the Father tells Him to do. We must do the same.
1. Read and believe the Word of God every day (not only Sunday in church)
2. Meditate on the Word of God (go over it every day)
3. Practice the Word of God (the key to victory) by measuring everything against the Word of God and you would not be seduced.

Christianity is under attack. Christians must stand firm on the Word of

God. The society has nothing redeeming to offer you and I. Loving the world will separate you and I from God. God is depending on Christians today to stand firm on His Word, it’s a lifestyle; it’s the central criteria in winning the lost. We cannot afford to do anything less than that.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Time for More Real Men to Stand Up is Now

I remember when I was a boy, all the men of my community had the authority to correct and discipline any youth when it was necessary. Today it is a different situation. We are living at the stage in the history of mankind where too many young men have no regard for the adults around them and believe that they can and should do whatever feels good. If you travel on any public transport in New York City, you can see and hear the foul language and rude, lawless and lewd behavior of some youth in the presence of their elders. Even more tragic is that some of this behavior is from young girls! How did this happen? What is going on?

The first typical response is to blame the youth. This is incorrect. We have to first look at the adults, especially the men in our society. Young people see preachers preach one thing and practice the opposite, rich men commit crimes and don't get punished, politicians make promises and never keep them, parents do wrong and tell the child "do what I say and not what I do"; businessmen use sex and violence to exploit women and youth in movies, videos and the internet and call it "just doing business" - Hollywood, BET and MTV are good examples; talk show hosts tell people to do whatever feels good and that there is no absolute truth nor right or wrong. In other words "Do whatever feels good to you". Sounds familiar?

More than 2,000 years ago the Bible predicted that these things will happen.

2 Timothy 3: 1-5 says:
"You should also know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control; they will be cruel and have no interest in what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act as if they are religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. You must stay away from people like that"

Surprised? So you thought that the Bible was an irrelevant book? In the last 30 years, young people have seen this type of behavior from adults more and more. Our youth are the product. But there is hope if more men would begin to stand up for truth, holiness and righteousness instead of worrying about what "society" thinks or what is popular. Popularity is temporary, but holiness, righteousness and truth are eternal. It is time for more men to stop seeking power, position, and titles and I believe, get to know God through Jesus Christ, who is the source of every good thing. Young people would follow such men of integrity, courage and wisdom. A few years ago a friend of mine gave me a birthday card which said:

• This world needs more real men and fewer pretenders
• More courage, fewer excuses
• More wisdom, less egotism
• More stepping up to the plate and less beating around the bush
• More leaders, fewer players
• More muscle, less beef
• What this world needs is more men of character.

I could not have stated it better myself. Every woman would want such a man for a father, brother or husband. So men, let us take up the challenge and fulfill that call.