Monday, February 12, 2018
Be Not Deceived
The great churches of Europe standing empty tells the story of the great falling away better than anything else. Secularism has taken over the Western World. From the words of Jesus we were forewarned.
“Take heed that no one deceive you. For many will come in my name, saying ‘I am the Christ’ and will deceive many.” Matt 24:4-5
We’re living in an age when the people of the world declare that every religion and every prophet leads to heaven. Those who dare to proclaim the true Christ to be the only way to salvation are enemies to the world. We’ve always known that to be true, but never has it been so glaring.
Christian persecution is rampant and varied throughout the world. In many countries people are imprisoned or executed for their faith. Iran and North Korea for sure, but many others don’t tolerate Christian teaching. It can be a crime to own a Bible.
Persecution is happening here in the United States. Standing up for Christ can get you bad grades in college, lose your business, lose friends, and pull families apart. At the least, speaking out can bring on ridicule. Evangelizing is considered taboo, even in Christian churches. You can only share your beliefs with others like you. Proclaiming the good news of Christ to the outside world is offensive.
Christian authors are accused of “preaching” if they dare to mention Jesus too much.
I suppose the older I get, the more aware I am of the deception tactics of the world. The wolf in sheep’s clothing pops up frequently in my stories. The bad guy is easily identified, but how he fools people is subtle and often surprising.
Should we be discouraged to be living in these turbulent times? No. As Jesus tells us, there is reason to rejoice. “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” Luke 21:28.
Our duty as Christians is the same as always. Keep the faith. Keep our light shining in a darkening world. And occupy until the Lord comes.