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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Our Goal Is To Be Saved, #10
I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God. But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God. (Luke 12:8,9—NIV)
A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: "If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name." (Revelation 14:9-11—NIV)
Picture a situation in which you are suddenly faced with extreme suffering. Let us say in the middle of the night you are dragged from your home, thrown into a police car, not permitted to say good-bye to anyone of your family, taken to the county jail, and shoved into a cell with rapists and sexual perverts.
In the morning you are brought before a judge and told that if you will go along with the ways of the government, not take a stand against the sins that are being legalized, you can return home safely to your family.
But if you refuse you will never see any member of your family again.
How would you or your Christian friends respond to a situation like this? Such an experience is not unheard of. Similar attacks are being made against Christians in other countries. If you will think carefully about the response of the average Evangelical believer in America you will understand why Satan has brought the super-grace, flight to Heaven doctrines into the churches. It is so we Evangelicals will not be able to bear witness of Christ during the darkness that is close at hand. We will be so terrified at the thought of losing our comfortable existence we will compromise our faith.
We must—we absolutely must—prepare ourselves now. There is not a moment to lose. We indeed are American babies, just as the Lord said. But our fellow members of the Body of Christ in Sudan, China, Peru, Egypt, and other places are not living such a soft, comfortable life where the chief Christian concern is who is going to win the Super Bowl.
Jabotinsky, a brilliant Russian Jew with a prophetic gift, for several years warned the Jews in Europe of the coming Holocaust, going from city to city. They would not heed the warning. Relatively few responded.
Today the Christian prophets are warning us that difficult times are ahead for us in America. We had better listen and do what Christ and His Apostles commanded in the New Testament. We can stand in the evil day, but only if we put on the whole armor of God; only if we fight the fight and run the race.
The days of the silly, sloppy, Hollywood, Disneyland American gospel are soon to be brought to an end by the fires of Divine judgment. For America, the handwriting is on the wall. It is time to return to the Bible. It is time for a reformation of Christian thinking. (from Our Goal Is To Be Saved)