A man once told me that he knew Christians were losing the battle in the U. S. of A. just by laws that have been passed and the elections. My reply was, “No we did not lose, America lost.” God will have the final word and that final word is that everyone is going to live forever; issue is that we are not going to be all in the same place. Christianity is alive and well in America, but so are the evil forces of Satan and his army. 1 Peter 5:8-9 reads, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brother throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
We are in the midst of Battle for the live and souls of people. Several states have voted to legalize marijuana. In Massachusetts a plan to legalize physician assisted suicide almost passed. Sexual depravity is in every corner of our nation. Tax payers in this country are paying for abortions through the taxes they pay. Most of our politicians are pathological liars and have been exposed in their lies numerous times. Far too many in this country accept lying as a legitimate political and personal tool.
Are you beginning to see the trend? Christians have been chosen and appointed to oppose the Evil One when and wherever they find Satan’s evil. A man told me the other day that he sees evil every time he looks in a different direction. Lies have become truth and evil has become good, if it serves that person’s purpose. We have seen, and are seeing, the moral decline of our nation and it is right here in River City, Blanco.
Jesus warned the church at Laodicea about their lukewarm-ness. They were neither hot nor cold. This condition of lukewarm-ness has existed since the beginning of humanity. Jeremiah 9:3 reads, "They bend their tongue like their bow; Lies and not truth prevail in the land; for they proceed from evil to evil, And they do not know me," declares the Lord. Prophets Ezekiel, Hosea, and Haggai wrote about this rejection of God by God’s own chosen people. In fact, all the prophets and New Testament writers addressed this Satanic topic. Every church we have served has had an abundance of lukewarm-ness. But we have been blessed by faithful disciples in each congregation, which is such a blessing for pastors.
Jesus experience the Evil One when he was tempted in the desert. Jesus responded by quoting Scripture. That is our model. Jesus said in Matthew 7:21, “Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”
The battle in this world is between God and evil. Lukewarm Christians will never survive the attacks of an army of evil that is Legion. A Legion was a regiment of the Roman army, the number of men composing which differed at different times. It originally consisted of three thousand men, but in the time of Christ consisted of six thousand, exclusive of horsemen, who were in number a tenth of the foot-men. The word is used ( Matthew 26:53 ; Mark 5:9 ) to express simply a great multitude.
The man who told me Christians were losing the battle was wrong. I told him, “Either you can come to worship and listen to the Word of God, and the Church of Jesus, or you continue to ignore God’s Word to your own peril. Would you like for me to explain that to you?” Naturally, his answer was an emphatic, “No.”
May God bless you and yours,
By God’s Grace, Pastor