Anger, bitterness, hatred, it seems to be everywhere, surrounding our culture and permeating every aspect of our lives. It seems that our safe havens are not immune, sports and other forms of entertainment no longer offer the escape we so desperately crave. Journalism, once a bastion of integrity and impartiality, seems to have embraced its own agenda and no longer reports the news of the day but preaches the ideology of its brand, tilted towards the right or the left without apologies to anyone. Late night comedy, long a source of parody towards the events of the time, has now drawn a line to which the viewer must stand and celebrate or become another part of the punchline. We are being overcome by the dark evil spirit of hatred and anger…bitterness is the tone of the day. Parody is now a cheap mockery, debate no longer exists, you either agree or become the target of the oppressive voice that controls media, entertainment, and the news. Justice is not balanced, up is down, right is wrong, do not question the worldly agenda or you will pay a heavy toll.
2 Timothy chapter 3, verses 1 – 5 gives us this warning,
“But know this: Hard times will come in the last days. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, demeaning, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid these people.”
Never in my lifetime has there been a time where this has been more applicable than today. Read it again and take a moment, dwell on the words and note how many of these descriptors are evident to you. Not just in the world but unfortunately inside the church, we see it creeping in and destroying the very truth of God’s word. “People will be lovers of self, lovers of money…”, this describes the numerous false doctrines that are thriving today in churches all over the land. The danger of the prosperity message is the application in our lives, the destructive turn down the path that leads to the love of money and love of self. There is a reason these warnings are listed at the very beginning, they carry the greatest weight of destruction. Matthew chapter 6 verse 24 states the following, “No one can serve two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Jesus did not come to share a doctrine of contradictions which is why we warn often of the deceit found in the prosperity message, you simply can not pursue riches on this earth and avoid the idolatry and divisive nature that comes with it. I encourage you to read “The False Doctrine of Prosperity Faith” to find out more regarding this topic.
We live in the time described by Jesus when he replied to his disciples as they asked for signs of the end times. Matthew chapter 24 verses 3 through 8 states, While he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples approached him privately and said, “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what is the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus replied to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and they will deceive many. You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because these things must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these events are the beginning of labor pains. These events are all around us, political unrest, wars and rumors of wars, North Korea and Iran both in relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons, earthquakes and tremors are reported almost daily, all at a volume we have not seen in our times.
So what are we to do? Is all hope truly lost? To the contrary, as believers, we have hope and peace in these confirmations of our faith. These words are beyond prophetic, they are now a living example of the world we see today. For non-believers, or to those that proclaim a belief in a higher being but have yet to accept Jesus as the true Messiah, this is your warning. These words are meant for you, do not turn away and deny the truth, it is here for you to read and it is playing out for you to see with your own eyes in our world today. Do not wait or bury your head in the sand in hopes it will all somehow go away. Jesus did not tell the disciples that once these things started there would be any turning back. No coming election will solve these issues, this path goes above and beyond the world as we know it. The battle of good versus evil is now playing out in real time and we must take our stand, you must choose a side, and believe me, ignoring this reality or choosing to live in denial is the same as denying the very existence of God and our savior Jesus Christ. In Matthew chapter 10 verses 32 to 33 Jesus makes it very clear, “Therefore, everyone who will acknowledge me before others, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever denies me before others, I will also deny him before my Father in heaven.” Do not make that mistake for it will cost you everything.
Time is short and there soon will come a moment when you will no longer be given the opportunity to seek the free gift of salvation that comes through Jesus Christ. Don’t wait until it’s too late, consider making that step of faith today, right now, by asking Jesus to forgive you of your sins and welcoming Him into your heart. Go to this link, “Pathway to Salvation”, and follow the easy steps to salvation that are explained in simple detail, then pray the prayer of faith and salvation is yours. Reach out to us and share your decision, let us pray for you, there are no strings attached and we are not seeking your money, we hope that everyone will have the chance to see the truth and find redemption through our savior, Jesus Christ. He gave his life for you and for me. May God bless you and if you’ve made a decision today or if you’re thinking about doing so, please follow up by visiting our link, “Helpful Resources”, where you will find an online bible and many helpful ministries that provide every resource you will need to answer your questions and grow in your new faith in Christ.
John Stephen Frey, Director and Senior Editor, Life Beyond Horizons
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