Watching end-time prophecy being fulfilled before one’s eyes is absolutely amazing and thrilling. At the same time there is the tragic side to this. Why do I say this?
There is an ever and rapidly increasing number of people throughout the world, including the UK and Europe in general, USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand who have become so anti-Christian, anti-God and anti-the Word of God, the Bible! They prefer to think of Bible-believing Christians as religious fanatics or nutcases or bigots.
Someone put it this way very recently: “the darkness has become so dark that a normal light seems blinding. Deception and false religion have spread so widely that the simple truth seems threatening”.
It is appropriate to share this comparison as we remember Billy Graham, that great Evangelist, who passed away into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ yesterday, 21 February 2018.
Just as recently as last year, Billy Graham was voted one of the most popular men in America for an amazing 61st time! He came fourth behind former US President Obama, President Trump and the current Pope.
But, when Billy Graham’s son, Rev Franklin Graham, spoke in honour of his father, there were people who viewed what he said as abhorrent. This is what Franklin Graham said: “My father has been faithful to God’s Word. He believes the Bible to be the inspired Word of God. He believes in Heaven and Hell, and preached repentance from sin and that people must put their faith in Jesus Christ who took our sins to the cross, died in our place, and then God raised to life.”
Mentioning Hell and Repentance from sin? That makes him a religious fanatic, according to some “leading” opponents to the Christian message, and many others these days! My prayer for Franklin Graham is that he will continue to proclaim the pure and powerful Gospel message and be used to bring thousands to Jesus as Saviour.
The Compromised Church
We are living in times where the Church is so compromised. It matches the description of the churches in the Book of Revelation (chapters 2 and 3). Yes, there are still some who have not bowed the knee to the modern, (so-called) progressive, compromised emerging church and who believe and obey God’s infallible Word and do not deny the LORD (the Philadelphian Church). But the sad spiritual state countries find themselves in today, globally, is because the Church has lost its first love. As a result, they wandered from the Truth. They’ve watered down the Gospel message which has power to save and change lives, and have adopted beliefs and practices that have nothing to do with God’s Word whatsoever. In fact, some practices are positively pagan within the modern church.
As a Church Age, it is clear that we are in the Laodicean Age: Jesus said: “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!” (Rev 3:15)
As someone wrote recently, “Rather than us changing the world, the world has changed us. Rather than us impacting the society, the society has impacted us. Rather than us raising the standards of the nation, we have embraced the standards of the nation”. So, what we find is that thousands and thousands of people profess to be Christians, but are not living out the faith once delivered to the saints. As Jude verse 3 states: “defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to His holy people”. (the Believers)
The words of Chinese Christian leader, Watchman Nee (1903-1972) still apply today: “By the time the average Christian gets his temperature up to normal, everybody thinks he has a fever.”
Or, as Leonard Ravenhill stated (1907-1994), “The Church has been subnormal for so long, that when it finally becomes normal, everyone thinks it’s abnormal.”
We are living in the last of the last days. Of that there can be no doubt! Now is the time to be about the Master’s business. Read and study God’s Word daily. Don’t follow man-made ideas. Stick to the Truth of God’s Word. “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15)
“For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight; everything is uncovered and exposed before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.…” (Hebrews 4:12-13)
RECOMMENDED FURTHER READING & STUDY
- A special blessing for those who read, hear and obey this prophecy: Rev 1:3 (Read Rev 1)
- The letters to the Churches: Revelation 2 & 3
- The Danger of False Teachers & a Call to remain Faithful: The Book of Jude