Archive for March, 2016

John 10:10

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: …

Consider the words of Jesus in this passage of Scripture and their relevence to the destruction of humanity taking place all around us.  The Chief of all thieves is none other than satan himself, and it his supreme desire to steal, kill, and to destroy each and every human being made in the image of God.  In fact, through the pervasive deception of evolution theory, secular humanism, and atheism, untold multitudes of people have been duped into believing that they are nothing but merely  evolved masses of molecules with no ultimate value or real purpose in this universe.  According to this worldview, everything–their families, their work, and even their own existence–is all utterly pointless in the end.  If we consider the possible ramifications of such a hopeless view of one’s existence and the world in general, it’s plain to see the damaging effects of such a position, since people tend to behave according to their beliefs.  For instance, with no ultimate reason to value human life, why SHOULD anyone care what happens to another person, in a purely evolutionary universe?  After all, if people are just rearranged assemblages of atoms, what does it ultimately matter if they get rearranged a little more by someone else in this ‘dog eat dog’ world?  In fact, according to this misguided and twisted line of reasoning, there is no ultimate reason why extermination (of one’s self or others) SHOULDN’T be the primary means of dealing with any conflict (internal or external) in the world.

Remember, according to evolution theory, defects and weaknesses in the gene pool must be eliminated in order for the continued advancement of higher life forms to occur.  By that logic, someone suffering from, say, depression due to a chemical imbalance in their brain or some other ‘abnormality’ is doing everyone else a favor in eliminating themselves or being eliminated by someone else (along with their defective genes), sooner rather than later.  This is the type of warped and horrendously destructive reasoning that abandoning God and His Word as one’s ultimate Authority inevitably makes a person vulnerable to (Hitler, anyone?)

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way.  Jesus finishes the Scripture above by providing mankind with a blessed hope and refuge from satanic deception when he says in contrast:

“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”. 

Part of that abundant life in Christ is the blessed assurance that comes from acknowledging the truth of God’s Word which tells us that each human life is of the utmost value and deserving of the highest esteem, since each person bears the image of the God who created them and are the object of His supreme love, as manifested by the willing sacrifice of Jesus Christ upon the cross.  While it’s too late for those who have gone to their graves under satanic deception to undo what’s been done, you don’t have to be deceived and robbed of your intrinsic value like they were—-simply repent and submit to Jesus Christ today as both Lord and Savior.  God will save you and then transform you by the renewing of your mind unto the Truth (Romans 12:2)—–you’ve got His Word on that!  Please go to http://www.needgod.com and take the test.

 

 

You may be wondering how these two words go together in any way, shape, or form.  First, let me assure you that this blog is not about advocating physical violence and has nothing to do with the items in your gun cabinet.  This site is about answering the call of Nahum 2:1 in our modern era:

He that dasheth in pieces is come up before thy face: keep the munition, watch the way, make thy loins strong, fortify thy power mightily.

Without a doubt, the enemy of our age, Satan, is launching an uprecedented, in-your-face attack upon mankind and the Church of the Living God.  This attack is not one of tanks, machine guns, and surface-to-air artillery, but rather it is one of ideas and philosophies that seek to undermine Biblical Truth and to overthrow the authority of God in the minds of people.  The mind is truly Satan’s battleground of choice in our age, and unlike ever before, strongholds are being raised up by him to hinder the Gospel from reaching the hearts of men.  Consider 2 Corinthians 4:3-4:

3But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

According to these Scriptures, how does Satan prevent people from receiving the Gospel of Jesus Christ?  By blinding their MINDS.  He that controls the mind controls the individual.  A person will not accept in their heart what their mind rejects as false.  Satan knows this, and as the ‘father of lies’, he is very skillful at using deception, lies, and false ideas to lead men away from their Creator and into ultimate destruction.  This has been his agenda since the very beginning. He is the thief that desires to steal, kill, and to destroy that which God loves and will stop at nothing to condemn as many to Hell as he possibly can, by any means that he possibly can.  Fortunately, God has provided us with everything necessary to not only expose Satan’s methods, but to also utterly overcome him.  2 Corinthians 10:4-5 tells us:

4(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

The Word of God is our best and most powerful weapon in this battle.  It is the ‘two-edged’ Sword by which we attack the kingdom of darkness and pull down the strongholds that Satan uses to take and hold his prisoners captive.  Our enemy knows all too well the power of God’s Word and is trying very hard in our day to discredit the Bible as a way of keeping people from accessing its sacred contents and powerful Truth.  As Christians, God and His Word must be our ultimate Authority and the lens through which we view and interpret the world around us.  That is what this blog is about—equipping Christians to rely solely upon the Truth of Scripture in order to expose, dismantle, and overcome the lies of the enemy and to deliver a reasoned defense of the Christian faith to those who oppose the Gospel. It is no longer enough to simply declare what we know to be true, but we must also be able to show WHY it is true. For too long, the mighty spiritual weapons of our Faith have sat neglected and unused.  It’s time to take them up again and to fortify ourselves mightily with the absolute truth of God’s Word, building up the Kingdom of Christ upon the ruins of the kingdom of Satan. After all, if God is for us, who cares who is against us!

A few years back, a small, grey haired woman came into my office to conduct a business transaction.  She was probably in her late sixties or early seventies and was very elegant and proper in her speech and mannerisms, possessing a certain old southern charm that you rarely see anymore.  Our meeting started off pleasantly enough–we made small talk as I worked through assisting her with her transaction on my computer.  As we chatted, she made me aware that she was a nationally-known psychic medium and author who had assisted in solving several high profile police and FBI cases in the past (a small medium?).   I wasn’t really sure how to respond to this, and just decided that it would be best to make a very deliberate and concentrated effort on my part to steer our conversation back to the business at hand and to get things wrapped up as quickly as possible (the sooner the better, as far as I was concerned!).  That was not to be, however, as she continued with her biography by informing me that her ‘gift’ of psychic divination was, in fact, a spiritual gift from God and that the Bible confirmed this.  She then proceeded to tell me how that many Christians had ‘shunned’ her because of her ‘abilities’ and declared that most Christians didn’t really know what prayer was all about anyway or how to ‘do it correctly’.  According to her, true prayer was to be done via a state of intense meditation where one’s mind is totally cleared and the ‘holy spirit’ is allowed to flow through them.  I sat flabbergasted as I listened to her tell me, in a no-nonsense way, that the’holy spirit’ is the spirit which dwells in the rocks, trees, water, birds, etc. (pantheism, anyone?) and that we should endeavor to become one with that spirit.  As you can imagine, I had become very alarmed at what I was hearing by this point.  I leaned forward and spoke gently, yet firmly, across my desk to her and said,

Ma’am, I am a born again Christian and, as a Christian, I hold the Bible to be my ultimate authority.

I then proceeded to explain to her that the things she was telling me were not in the Bible.  “Yes, they are.”  She replied.  “No ma’am, they’re not.”  I answered back.  “Yes, they are.”  She said with more firmness this time.  “Where in the Bible are they?” I asked.  A brief pause from her, as she seemed a little surprised by the question.  She answered, “I don’t know but they are in there……y-you just need to look.”  “Ma’am, I have looked,” I said, “and they are most definitely not there.”  What came next was quite astonishing, yet not completely unexpected.  With a tone of defiance in her voice, she said

well, the Bible has been changed a bunch of times since it was written.

Without batting an eye, the same woman who had just been trying to use the Bible to justify herself, was now trying to undermine its credibility when it no longer suited her purpose!  “How do you know that?” I gently asked.  Her countenance seemed to change for a moment as she processed that simple, but direct, question.  It was obvious that she was not used to having her claims against the reliability of the Bible challenged (and didn’t seem to appreciate my having done so, either).  “My friend is a historian who has researched this extensively, and he told me” she responded.  “And how do you know that the information he gathered during his research is accurate?” I inquired.  She seemed at a total loss as she contemplated an answer and, then, very matter of factly, asked that we just get back to finishing up our initial business.  I was more than happy to oblige her request, as the atmosphere in the room had grown somewhat tense by now.

Once we were done, I handed her a few pieces of paperwork and then walked with her to the door of my office, where we cordially said our goodbyes.  As she was leaving, she reached into her purse and produced one of her business cards advertising her psychic services.  She offered the card to me, which I respectfully declined to take.  Boy, did that do it!  All at once, her whole demeanor changed as a fury welled up inside her and that spirit that was in her reared its ugly head and showed its true nature.  In an angry tone, she began to mutter all sorts of unpleasant things about me under her breath (most of which I couldn’t understand—thankfully) and her once elegant, sophisticated movements became erratic and forceful as she threw her purse upon her shoulder and briskly stomped out of my office and into the parking lot, where her tirade continued even as she got into her car and drove away.

I do not recall ever seeing her again since that day (although she did call in to complain about being ‘preached to’ when she came into the office.  The complaint was dismissed, though, once it was brought to light that she had initiated the discussion and was simply asked to justify her specific claims she made against the Bible).  Looking back, this experience serves as a clear reminder to me that, even now,  Christians must remain sober and vigilant, for our adversary, the devil, is still very much on the prowl and seeking whom he may devour via his many lures and manifold deceptions. Truly, the Enemy of our faith wears many disguises–whether masquerading as an angel of light, or even (as in this case) lurking amongst us in the form of a small medium at large.

UPDATE:  I received word not long ago that the woman in this story has since passed away.  I sincerely pray that she repented and came to know the Lord as her Saviour before she died.