How well will the church survive this end-time turmoil?
The great rebellion is upon us, we see this in both the world and in the church.
If we are in the middle of an apostasy, “the great apostasy” as many of us believe. The only ones that survive are those who adhere to the word, who love the truth (2 Thess.2).
These are called the remnant. So who are the remnant?
Those who hold to word of God and try to live by it through the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s not about how successful they do this but it is a matter of their heart, their willingness to press forward and resist the spirit of deception that is gaining strength in the world. The term is used profusely in the Old Testament.
We are also told that at this time the love of many will grow cold. It’s many, not all. We see this taking place in every facet where people no longer have care for each other. They don’t listen to another person’s views, what they are going through, they have their minds made up before you say a word (this is especially seen in politics, a religion unto itself). Respect is gone as Paul wrote in his list in 2 Tim 3 of what will be lacking or change.
Love also contains within it doing good. That takes effort, doing sin and evil take no effort, it comes naturally to man.
True love protects, it takes action it speaks out when it sees something is wrong. It does not turn away. Love that sacrifices the truth is not real love. It pretends to care, having kindness, and compassion but it is only “tolerance” disguised as love, a fake substitute.
The time of the end will be indicative of saying good is evil and evil is good. It’s not like this has not happened before, it has many times. As Isaiah says “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight!” (Isa. 5:20-21)
Mal 2:17”You have wearied the LORD with your words; Yet you say, "In what way have we wearied Him?" In that you say, "Everyone who does evil Is good in the sight of the LORD, And He delights in them," Or, "Where is the God of justice?
In one word we can sum up this matter, tolerance, which sees wrong but does nothing. It’s like watching a crime take place in front of you and you do not lift a finger or say anything. Why? Because tolerance protects self. It allows one to make excuses that can be harmful to others. Those who hold to this philosophy of life believe they are acting in love.
How did we get to this point of mass confusion and having good accepted as evil? Tolerance.
Today’s ecumenical tolerance in the name of love has caused many to depart from the truth, which has subsequently left it with little strength. One has to first be aware of what is taking place to be part of the solution. What the Lord said to the church in Sardis is applicable “Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain” (Revelation 3:2). We may not be able to bring some things back to life but we certainly can concentrate on what is left and protect them.
In a human body each organ is dependent upon the other. If one organ gets unhealthy and shuts down the other organs get affected. If left alone not only will that organ shut down but can bring death. Then it becomes an emergency situation. It could have treated earlier but it was neglected. We are to defend Christ, protect his body from attacks without AND within.
Mankind originally created in God’s image, was to bring this to the family unit, and to be a cohesive to the society that would be built around the family. But it did not make it past the first family as Cain killed his brother Abel.
The dark against the light
Christianity as a belief, as a way of life is strong, it has lasted through the persecutions. It has endured what the enemy has used against it for centuries. There is always a remnant that withstands. But it is fragile for the individual who stands up against the enemy and may lose their life. As said, the seed of the church is built on the blood of the martyrs. For those in the faith the world presses against them to not do things God’s way, this is why so many are facing suffering and death today.
There are so many open minded “believers” who say we can do other religious practices and still be followers of Jesus. Tolerance, they do not know that they have transported themselves onto the broad road. This is not like choosing to try a new ethnic dish of food from another country. Tolerance is like a sweet poison to ones palate. We are to spiritually eat from the book God gave us, our bread of life is the Word. Not adhering to it makes one wishy washy, as the Bible says lukewarm.
We live in the days of shadows where both light and dark mix. Cold and hot as in the stream of Laodicea. This is what tolerance does to those that adopts its ways.
Tolerance brings compromise which changes us. To be “tolerant” means one cannot hold to absolutes, they are to accept the statements of all others as valid. Tolerance synthesizes all beliefs as legitimate. This disengages one from truth which is absolute. For worldly peacemakers it is the way of least resistance, to avoid any conflict in life.
Like in the beginning it will be in the end, Jesus said it would like in the days of Noah for the second world judgment (the Tribulation) to occur. As in Noah’s day all but one family was in rebellion to God and his ways. In like manner first comes the apostasy:
As Paul writes 2 Thess.2:1, 3-4 “concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, … v.3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”
This falling away has begun and as Paul describes it will escalate until its zenith in the Tribulation when he goes into the temple declaring himself God. In the meantime we can choose whom we will serve. As for your house whom will you serve?