Psalms 57:1 ESV
“Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
for in you my soul takes refuge;
in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
till the storms of destruction pass by.”
What “storms of destruction” are we, as Christians, being faced with today?
In America and in the world at large we are under Christian persecution, although the persecution in America may look somewhat different than it may look in some other nations in the world. For the persecution here is somewhat hidden, though not entirely. For it is more about weapons of deception than it is about physical guns coming against us.
But this didn’t begin just recently, although it has definitely worsened much in the past twenty years or so. It actually began with the founding of our nation. For Christians in America have been sold a lie that our nation is a Christian nation and that we are one nation under the one true God – Father, Son (Jesus Christ), and Holy Spirit.
Many of our founding fathers were freemasons, and much of our history is based in freemasonry, as are our national symbols and monuments, which are also patterned after Greek, Roman and Egyptian gods and goddesses. So, our national religion was not Christian, but a blend of Christian in with freemasonry and foreign gods, which is syncretistic.
From the very founding of our nation, our nation was designed to espouse universalism, which accepts all religions, as does freemasonry, and which centers around doing “good deeds” and the idea that we all believe in the same god. And we have come full circle back around to this today.
American Church Today
Look at the church in America today. Look at what it is teaching, for the most part. The church at large in America is teaching a social gospel. It relies heavily on books written by mere mortals (not God-breathed writings) which blend the Scriptures in with modern philosophy and psychology and even with foreign religions, too.
Even though the modern church teaches against works as part of their salvation, they will often stress good works as a way to share the gospel with people, in place of actually sharing the gospel with people. They will teach that we are to “be the gospel” by doing good deeds.
And instead of Bible teachers in the church teaching the Bible (the pure word of God), we more often have facilitators and moderators who guide discussions which are preprogrammed and given to the facilitators in some sort of book form (paper or digital) which they are required to follow.
So, instead of the enemy coming after us with physical guns and hunting us down physically so that they can kill our bodies, the enemy is going after people’s minds, hearts, and souls to rob them of the truth and to convince them of the lies so that they can destroy them from within.
Deception is Subtle
For, slowly and subtly Satan has worked his way into the gatherings of the church and into the hearts of the people and their leaders (not all) and he has convinced them to accept a gospel of salvation that is in opposition to the gospel that Jesus and Paul and the other apostles taught.
And he convinced the vast majority of today’s “Christians” in America to accept a gospel which denies the Lordship of Christ over our lives, and which rejects Jesus’ and the apostles’ teachings on repentance and obedience to Christ and to his commands (New Covenant).
And he has convinced them to halt the working of God’s Holy Spirit in people’s hearts and lives, and to rely on the teachings of human beings, and to accept an adulterated gospel which permits its adherents to continue living in sin without guilt while it teaches just being nice (pleasant and agreeable) to people in place of sharing the gospel with them.
Are we to do good deeds? Yes! But they are the ones God assigns, not the ones we decide to do. And they need to be in accord with the teachings of Scripture, not in contrast with them. For if “good deeds” excludes sharing the gospel so as not to offend people, that is not of God, but of man.
And if doing “good deeds” means us immersing ourselves in our culture and becoming like and blending in with the world in order to identify with the people of the world, then that is not of God, either. We don’t become like the world to win the world, for then what we are winning them to?
Psalms 57:2-3 ESV
“I cry out to God Most High,
to God who fulfills his purpose for me.
He will send from heaven and save me;
he will put to shame him who tramples on me. Selah
God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness!”
Those of us who have eyes to see the deception that now exists within the church and within its teachings ought to be crying out to God to fulfill his purpose for all of us. We ought to be praying for revival of the church and for God to open people’s eyes to see the deception they are under.
We need to be praying to the Lord to expose these fruitless deeds of darkness for what they are by exposing the lies and deceptions which are coming from the mouths of liars and deceivers whose tongues are as sharp as swords coming against us.
We need to be crying out to God for mercy because the enemy is laying many traps to catch people in his lies, for it is working, and many are being deceived, and many are rejecting the truth in favor of the lies, because the lies soothe them in their sins.
For the lies tell them that they only have to say some magic words after someone else or they have to just make a profession of faith in Jesus Christ and that now heaven is guaranteed them when they die regardless of how they live or what they do with Jesus.
But the truth teaches that we must die with Christ to sin and live to him and to his righteousness, for this is why Jesus died, not just to forgive us our sins and to promise us eternal life with God, but so that we would be delivered from our slavery to sin and live holy lives, pleasing to God.
The truth also teaches that if we do not die with Christ to sin, we are not raised with him to new lives in him, and thus we are not saved from our sins, and we don’t have eternal life with God. For, if we continue living in sin, we will not inherit eternal life with God.
So, study the Scriptures in their context prayerfully, seeking God’s face, and seeking the truth, for it is the truth, if you believe it, which will free you from your bondage to sin and which will free you to live godly and holy lives to the glory and praise of God, in the power of God’s Spirit living within you.
[Lu 9:23-26; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-17; Eph 4:17-24; 1 Jn 1:5-9; 1 Jn 2:3-6; Gal 5:16-21; Eph 5:3-6; 1 Co 6:9-10; Gal 6:7-8; Rom 2:6-8; 2 Co 5:10]
What the Lord Says
An Original Work / February 24, 2014
Based off Isaiah 43:1-44:5
This is what the Lord says to you:
Fear not, for I have chosen you.
I have summoned you by your name.
You are mine. I died, you to save.
When you go through your trials, so deep,
I will be with you; you will not sink.
You are so precious always to me.
Trust in your Lord, Savior and King.
This is what the Lord says to you:
He who gave salvation to you;
Who delivered you from your sin;
Takes your burdens now upon Him:
Forget the former things of your life.
Give of your heart not now up to strife.
See all the new things I have for you.
Walk in vict’ry. Trust in what’s true.
This is what the Lord says to you:
He who made you; who will help you:
Do not fear what humans may do.
Walk in freedom. Follow what’s true.
Drink of my Spirit given for you.
Trust in my mercy, for I love you.
I have a plan for all of your life.
Follow my ways. Do what is right.