In today’s world, there is only one place that you can always turn to for truth, and that’s God’s holy, inerrant and inspired Word! In this modern age of social media and 24 hour news broadcasts, it’s hard to know who or what to believe anymore. So where do you turn to find truth? CNN, MSNBC, social media, fake-news or where? That question is critical today, because one of the signs of the last days is rampant but very subtle deception and lies, that we now see so prevalent in the world and in our nation today.
Never before, have we seen Christianity and the Bible under such assault in our nation and culture, nor such disdain and hostility toward Christian values and beliefs as we are seeing today. And sadly, it’s even infiltrated the church, as we see mainline denominations and preachers compromising and diluting the Word of God, in order to accommodate and try to appease this increasingly ungodly and immoral culture we are now living in. And as a result, instead of influencing the culture, the culture has been influencing the church for several decades now, until today, the church in America bears little resemblance to the pattern, example and influence of the early church.
Listen friends, the Bible says that in the last days there will be a great falling away from the truth! (1 Thess: 4 & 11 and Thess: 2) And there are simply too many Christians today that just don’t know the Bible very well, and therefore, they are defenseless to the tricky arguments, half-truths and subtle lies that are being thrown at us today, Sadly, sometimes even by pastors. And even if Christians know what they believe today, far too many don’t know why they believe what they believe. And as a result, we have a generation of Christians today that are biblically unprepared for the ever-increasing deception Jesus warned would be so prevalent in the last days, that I believe we are now living in!
And folks, we simply can’t afford to sit on the fence any longer about what the Bible teaches. Some of you and some of your children may, even now, be teetering and starting to waver under the cultural pressure that is immense and unrelenting and growing. But beloved, that’s how it’s going to be and there’s just too much at stake here, way too much at stake, for us to just crumble and fall prey to the powerful lies of our day! And that’s why we must know the truth of God’s Word as never before, so we won’t become deceived by the subtle and persuasive and forceful arguments designed to chip away at our confidence in the Bible’s clear teachings. And they will even try to use Bible verses to do it!
So friends, we simply must realize that we are in a battle for the truth today! We are living in a culture permeated with lies and false doctrines and we are being bombarded daily by secular, humanistic values and beliefs. And the only way to know the counterfeit is to know the authentic really well! If you were being lied to wouldn’t you want to know it? Of course! So in order to know the truth about the world, and human life, and the truth about human suffering, and the truth about human sexuality, and the truth about morality and mortality, and the meaning of life and eternity and salvation and God and whatever else, you fill in the blank. If you want to know the truth, you must know what the Bible says about those things. It really doesn’t matter what this world and this culture believes or says- it doesn’t change the truth of God’s Word! Because right is right, though no one believes it, and wrong is wrong, though everyone believes it. God’s Word stands forever, even though the world or this culture falls away from its truth – and it is! ( “The grass withers and the flower fades, but the Word of God stands forever”. Is.40:8 )
In closing friends, I ask you to pray for this ministry and not just me, but please pray for all preachers and missionaries all around the globe and this nation and our region. Because they are the ones who are going to give a greater account to God one day. Why? Because they’re the ones who are called to preach and teach what the Bible teaches, called to speak the whole truth of what the Bible says, no matter what the rest of the world is saying. And we will give an account to God because we have a responsibility to proclaim the truth of God’s word, clearly, lovingly and boldly. Our calling is to preach and teach the Gospel uncompromised, undiluted and unmixed with error. Not man’s opinions, not worldly philosophy, not what’s culturally acceptable or even what’s now been made legal. But rather, what is true and what is acceptable to God! So pray for men and women of God to be always faithful to stand firm and unwavering on the inerrant, infallible and inspired Word of God! AMEN & AMEN (11 Tim. 2:15)
And dear friend, understand, that you and I and all believers will be tempted to fall away from the truth, as never before. You see the biggest danger we face is not being mocked or jeered or called intolerant bigots or even being persecuted. No, the biggest danger we face today is that under the growing pressure, we will abandon the truth of God’s holy, inspired Word. God forbid brethren! There’s simply too much at stake and at the heart of the Truth War is the very same battle for truth that began in an ancient garden when the serpent tempted Eve: “Indeed, has God said…….?” (Gen.3:1)
So always remember friends- Jesus is coming soon! – please pray that God will help us keep fighting the good fight of faith because our redemption is drawing near. Amen! This is Rev. Ron signing off as usual- MARANATHA – COME LORD JESUS!!!