To use the lukewarm church and catastrophes in the same sentence unveils what most would like to escape, the Great Tribulation. There appears to be a commonality between the lukewarm church and the increase in catastrophes worldwide driving most to seek additional signs. For two thousand years prophets and seers have foretold the end of all things as we know it. Even the Bible is replete with detailed scenarios of the end time events spawning numerous interpretations most in rock solid cement. What if. What if the time has finally come. No matter what your interpretation, you feel compelled to do something. Going to a mountain top, sitting down and waiting for Christ to come is not an option. As world events get worse and the Church slips deeper into lukewarmness we can argue how close the Great Tribulation is or we can prepare to stand firm in the day in which we live. Continue reading Commonality of the Lukewarm Church and Catastrophes
Has anyone noticed that we live in a hopeless generation? As the Doomsday clock clicked two minuets closer to Midnight most wonder if they will survive the coming distress. As the world ponders an increase in global disasters, a nuclear holocaust, worldwide persecution of Christians, or a pandemic the civilization is left with little hope. Anxiety has reached an all time high. Many are hoping that they will escape the clutches of fanatical terrorist or the terror of evil gangsters roaming our inner-cities. Gun sales have skyrocketed. Many are hoping for financial independence to pay more than the monthly minimum payment, freedom from dependence on the State and its welfare rolls, and the ability to feed and clothe their family. Yet, total dependence upon the State to provide assistance is on the increase. Many others hope for a good marriage that will last, while co-habitation has become the standard. Others hope that they can escape their bondage to the multitude of emotional and psychological problems, yet every day more enter into bondage to worldly counseling and psychotropic drug addiction. The tragedy is that most will not hope beyond what they can see or touch. We live in a hopeless generation!
In the past four years rebellions, riots, protest, and fractured governments have become the norm. We have seen dictators toppled, forms of government change, and thousands more killed in an attempt to dispose of their leader. As the whole world appears to be hemorrhaging from internal conflict one can only wonder how long our national unity can remain intact. As our country faces its national election it has become self evident that the population is clearly divided over fundamental issues. The lines have been drawn between capitalism and socialism; between taxing the rich to trusting in liberated capital to produce more jobs; between same sex marriage and a marriage union of the opposite sex; between abortion and the sanctity of life; and, between government heath care and private sector health care. Unfortunately, others have attempted to draw lines between the rich and the poor; between white and black (or Hispanic); and, between a woman’s right to choose and her inability to do so. Four years ago the rhetoric of a young man attempted to unite a country when he said things like, “There is not red states and blue states, but the United States.” Four years later the rhetoric has changed. Division is now a hallmark of both campaigns with aggressive behavior, divisive television ads, false accusations, and disrespectful interruptions during national debates. Continue reading A Nation Divided