Letter One: This will be the first in a series of letters written to a church in exile. As the great apostle John was exiled to the island of Patmos in the first centuries of Christianity it’s my belief that the true church of God has also been exiled. Not simply to an island but exiled from significantly influencing the modern world. Evil is marching triumphantly across the world stage making its disciples and forcing the Church into submission or unfettered silence. Yet in the midst of this encroaching evil and the demise of classic Christianity one still hears the relentless cry of Holy Scripture that says its gospel will spread throughout the entire world then the end will come. Therein is the problem, if silenced by the captivity of worldliness and secularism then how can the gospel continue to spread where no one can say, “opportunity of life was not given them.” There are two major points of view where one says that there will be a great revival at the end of the age and another opposing view that says it will only get worse where true Christians are decimated by the coming beast and horrified by the worldwide judgments of God that reign down on fallen humanity. Of course in America there is a popular third option that says Christians living at the end will neither concern themselves with world evangelization nor suffer the fate of end time saints. On the other hand, these letters will explore the biblical mandate of surviving the end and spreading the true gospel to the ends of the earth.
There is much confusion concerning our response to the Muslims living amongst us, especially since the recent bombings at the Boston Marathon. To unravel this confusion we must not allow our culture norms to cloud our thinking. In our Western culture which is radically turning more secular every day it grants equality and a limited freedom of expression from Christians, Muslims, and other world religions. I say limited because icons, symbols, and dress are being removed step by step from the public domain. Moreover, it has become illegal to witness about your faith in all public buildings, schools, and many common areas. Because of these culture norms most will not openly share their faith with the lost and especially with those of a different faith. As sin comes bursting forth from the proverbial closet many Christians have retreated to the closet in fear of offending others with their faith in Christ. Is that not what’s being taught in a secular society that we should not offend our Muslim brothers by sharing our faith, but rather we should respect their faith by loving our neighbor and remaining silent. Continue reading Christian Response to Muslims
The most dangerous threat to Christianity is secularism. You might object and say quite forcefully that Communism is the greatest threat. I would argue that it’s really not because the deception of secularism is more dangerous and has already led millions astray, whereas communism in its purest form allows no voice to the people, no freedom of expression, and no religious tolerance. Therefore, Christians in a communist country know that they are being oppressed. In 1844 Karl Marx a revolutionary German socialist philosopher declared that religion was the”opiate of the masses.” For any form of government that states unequivocally that all religion is a drug to its people that must be forcefully removed will in time become a failed state. For any philosophy of government that denies the voice of her people in time will not only lose the heart of her people but will experience a counter revolution to bring forth some form of democracy as witnessed in Russia. At the conclusion of the revolutionary coup in Russia I traveled through Moscow to the Russian state of Latvia to openly proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Even China a communist state over the years has moved toward an increased freedom of religion and a socioeconomic platform of capitalism to provide for her people. As communist China moves to the center her closest neighbor, North Korea, has remained on the far left. Continue reading The Great Deception – Part II
This will be a series of articles to help Christians to think globally. To do so will immediately recognize that there are powerful forces at work reshaping our world into a secular utopia galvanizing all nations to accept its destiny. The world population is spoon fed bits and pieces of world events by a media that keeps them blind to a larger truth. Although facts are reported, some correctly, the big picture is never realized even by their best commentators. Prophets, seers, and religious academia have also offered their interpretation of world events either drawn in part, often times out of context, from their holy books or simply from their own imagination. The civilization is deeply confused clutching to an emotional rollercoaster as its being jolted about by every crisis or dilemma facing the world. To think globally we must start by looking up and stop being captivated by each individual event. Clearly the media reports many stories but loses its focus quickly when a larger story comes along. We must move away from the tunnel vision practiced by the media and start to associate ourselves with all of history, with events in every country, with the ebb and flow of humanity and then put that all into context with God’s Word. We must learn how to think globally. Continue reading The Great Deception – Part I