By Jim Towers
I’ve written about apostasy before, but things are increasingly getting worse. The Pope has been praying to Allah along with Muslims, thinking he is doing a good thing by building bridges with this evil, erroneous and insidious religion.
Now it is reported that certain other “Christian” people are also following suit.
A certain reader who lives in North Carolina sent me an e-mail to inform me of some Christian church leaders who were “reaching out” to Muslims by letting them take over a Pentecostal church in her home town, turning it into a Mosque. Pastor Jim Melnyk of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church took part in the ceremonies, as did other clergy from Baptist and Methodist congregations. He talked about building bridges of understanding with these mislead people.
Bible prophecy continues to be fulfilled about the “falling away” and apostasy.
Something we have to realize is that these are only sinful men like the Pharisees and Scribes who condemned Christ Jesus to death. Such people lean on their own understanding.
As things continue to get hairy and we get a sinking feeling that things aren’t going to turn out well, we are reminded that Jesus said, “When I return, will I find any faith?” But we who are resisting being sucked into this politically correct fallacy can rise above it all.
We all know the Bible story about how Peter saw Jesus walking on water and got out of the boat to greet him. He even began walking on the surface of the water, but when he realized he was doing something extraordinary he began sinking.
All too often we find ourselves in the same boat (pun intended). When the storms of life surround us we too begin to panic, even though Jesus is right there with us in the form of the comforter. The amount of fear and/or panic is related directly to the amount of faith we’ve acquired through scripture. Repeatedly Jesus says, “Fear not” about every instance of adversity in life. We should not lean on our own understanding but trust our Creator in every circumstance.
The Bible says, “The just shall live by faith.” “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” But where do we get faith? Again the Bible has the answer, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” If you aren’t growing in faith it is because you aren’t reading the Bible. The more you read it the stronger you become. “The Word of God is swift and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing to the asunder of bone and marrow and the soul and spirit and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
The Bible leads us into all truth. “Although all men are liars, God is not.” “Thy Word is Truth.”
I’ve never known God to go back on His word, even during times when He seems to be out of reach. Perhaps this is a test to see where you are in faith. I’ve noticed that all too often God waits until the very last minute to answer our prayer, resulting in stretching you and refining you to become more like His son Christ Jesus, who himself cried out in agony to be spared the brutal fate that awaited Him. But three days later Jesus ascended to the Father of Lights for His inheritance, gloriously and radiantly alive. Today He sits at the right hand of God, interceding for us who are going through difficult times.
Just when we think we are about to drown Jesus reaches out to us when we cry out in desperation, and we are saved from our doubts and delivered from the evil one.
After a time with the faith you’ve garnered from Scripture you will begin to walk on water fearlessly, knowing that God is your mainstay and anchor in times of trouble, and that He delights in your efforts to know Him better and better. The Bible says, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” That is why it is imperative to study to show ourselves approved, rightly discerning the Word of God.
We should have no fear of tomorrow. Jesus said, “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Learn to live by faith in God’s Word and many promises.
With no movie to report on this time around I will recommend a book.
I love nonfiction books and movies based on true stories. I always had trouble in believing that we should turn the other cheek when someone threatens us or our loved ones, but after reading “A Time to Kill” (The Myth of Christian Pacifism) written by Greg Hopkins, I now know that scripture permits defending ourselves and our loved ones as well as our neighbors and country.
Greg, a Sunday school teacher from the age of eighteen, a former magistrate and lawyer, has taken it upon himself to research this often misunderstood topic. I strongly recommend this book to all who would like to give justification to the act of self defense. Greg deals with PTSD and ATTK as well. The title of the book comes from the saying of Solomon in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, one of the wisest men who ever lived.
This informative book can be found at your local book store, Amazon and Kindle and can be ordered on eBook on the Barnes and Noble website.