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.