Lately, the past few weeks especially, I have been struck by the intensified scorn and derision against the things of God and the people of God.
Of course, it has always been around, in this fallen world, but it seems that over the past few weeks and months . . . motivated by the public political discourse and social issues presented "in the news" . . . it is like a seething hatred and raging vitriol has exploded . . . via the comments, responses, and editorials all through the media--on television, in newspapers and online--showing the utter despising of the Biblical view in such matters.
It is also coinciding with the very real and overt attempts by the statist political/academic/journalist class to--through the force of law--IMPOSE Godless interpretations of the law . . . on "the people" universally.
No where to run. No longer will churches and the protections of "freedom of conscience/religion" be allowed to be safe haven for "unacceptable" viewpoints/beliefs . . . nor will towns, communities, states be allowed to maintain their independent laws and morals IF they contradict what is being established as a CENTRAL, "authorized" . . . "viewpoint".
Godless, totalitarian, anti-Christian, pro-sin collectivism . . . is being forced as the norm.
And so, we have a ramping up of coercion . . . of Biblical believers . . . to conform, and when they resist, then they are violently attacked (mostly just verbally and in print at present, but this will change) as "bigots", "racists", "homophobes", "anti-woman" etc.
I'll tell you, I have never felt so profoundly . . . the holy wrath of God . . . against the wicked as I do now. But it is a healthy fear and brings with it an immediate sense of urgency to see myself and others obedient and turning away from sin; for His perfect justice is drawing close in its awful fury as it is simply a fact that He cannot tolerate any part of darkness, that which is evil, to remain . . . in any sense triumphant. ALL those who have fought against the Lord--who spit in His face and torment His people . . . WILL ANSWER--and that too, according to the light they have received . . . and refused.
What it is . . . is that we have been so deluded and bathed in deceit . . . culturally and spiritually . . . that we do not appreciate or understand just how serious sin is. Lying, cheating, lusting, coveting, idolatry, greed--in a word SELFISHNESS--is so prevalent . . . that it has all become normal. And the excuses and justifications for it are legion, so that . . . hundreds of people will tell you that it is "ok" . . . "not a big deal"--who mock the notion of hell and eternal punishment, while only one, here and there will try to warn, and this one will be set upon by the mob with shouts of "hater", "extremist", "fanatic", "bigot" . . . .
However, the more and deeper the precious Spirit of Truth continues to invest and transform one's soul . . . the more easily and clearly the deplorable state of this world is seen and felt. And too, comes a driving motivation, born of righteous fear and concern, as love for others truly develops within, that we find we MUST say something, do something--take a stand against the dangerous lies and seductions permeating our "community".
Hence, recently I have been vigorously describing the heretical and blasphemous teachings and doctrine of the L.D.S. church. I have many family and friends who are caught in its devious and, I say deadly snare. "Deadly" . . . because the eternal soul is at stake. And Jesus warned most strongly to beware of false prophets and those coming in His name in the "latter days". Even that the devil will come as an "angel of light" to steal souls away.
Following and/or "staying in" . . . a perversely false religion . . . for the sake of convenience, or for socializing, or for the vocational/professional networking and "hook-ups" . . . is NOT worth losing eternal life over! Here is a religion that says we are "God's children" . . . and that . . . God had PHYSICAL (which would mean "passionate") sex . . . with his "daughter" Mary . . . to produce . . . our "brother" Jesus! And that God was once a sinner! And that we can become gods . . . as great or greater than our god!
What sort of implications . . . follow in the mind and heart . . . of a person who believes this . . . in this life . . . and with which the devil has to work with? I mean, can you imagine the material the devil and the demonic has to work with . . . in the mind and heart and passions of a person . . . who believes that God was once a sinner, incomplete . . . but who "overcame" . . . became a god . . . and that the person too can be as perfect and "good" as our god has "evolved" . . . become . . . ?
Simply dangerous . . . and frightening!
Not to mention, the sleight to Jesus, saying His sacrifice is not enough . . . but that, through our own works of "goodness" . . . we can be saved!
But overall, the trend is clear, that the war against God and His Word . . . and His followers . . . has become starkly vicious . . . and the outright prideful rebellion and disobedience, flauntingly and mockingly displayed . . . surely approaches as it was in the days of Noah, where the people laughed and jeered and ridiculed he who prepared . . . for God's coming judgment.
Whether we understand it or not, the Lord has precisely and boldly warned . . . of the dangers of willful sinning and the dire torments that await those who ignore and reject . . . His grace.
How foolish and dangerous it is . . . to shrug off or argue against the possibility of hell and judgment for those who reject the Lord. And all because you don't want to repent, acknowledge your sinful and lost condition, throwing yourself on the mercy of God, but would rather continue on in vanity, self-love, self-promotion, temporary pleasures, social competition, worldly ease and comfort!
You who reject and deride the notion of hell and judgment for sinners . . . also want to add calling Jesus a liar to the score? You want to pick and choose what sayings or teaching of Jesus you like and feel comfortable with, but ignore and dismiss those with which you personally disagree? And so you run to so-called "hidden teachings of Jesus" . . . "gnostic texts" . . . other, possibly more accurate books about Jesus "kept out of the bible by the church" . . . because these support your desire to avoid changing your prideful and sinful ways?
Dangerous and foolish! And frightful! Playing with fire. REAL, ETERNAL FIRE! Forget whether you can understand why or how this is. Either Jesus is telling the truth or He is crazy . . . or lying.
He said it!
"This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
No creature, no hobby, no social club, no religion, no social standing, no vocation, no association--friends, lovers, spouses, family--is worth . . . continuing in sin and disobedience, BUT LOSING YOUR SOUL OVER!
These are frightful times. And a time for shining forth--letting your light shine, seeking to save people from their vain and dark delusions, and boldly and courageously turning from ALL those things which keep you from being His most useful servant!
There WILL be a separation--the wicked from the righteous--and pray you to be counted among the saved--you who turned from your sinful ways, repented and found your calling in the service of righteousness and the Lord--part of His army!
your friend, and fellow in righteous fright, brother, thomas.