I have a special post I would like to add today. We have a newsletter in our church, and our Pastor writes a message each time. This message is “The War Has Heated Up” and I would like to share it with you. It is written by Pastor Lee Call, from Faith Baptist Church, in Warrensburg, NY.
THE WAR HAS HEATED UP
Chuck Swindoll recently wrote a book entitled, “The Church Awakening”. The subtitle of this book is “An Urgent Call For Renewal”. In this book he exposes the reality of what is going on in America today and in particular in the church, the body if believers.
He states, “The challenge is given that we need clear headed discernment in the church. And along with discernment we need an equal supply of courage.” He clarifies the problem “…with the embracement of postmodernism which has caused us to slide into the murky waters of a post-Christian swamp”
To define the term postmodernism he provides a description of it as follows, ” Postmodernism thrives on chaos. It desires to destroy all moral criteria and replace it with no criteria, It seeks a world where everything is relative, where there is no truth, and perception is reality. Since God’s eternal truth has no place in such a world, with the rise of postmodernism we witness a commensurate decline in biblical knowledge.
The way this has evolved is interesting. Postmodernism began in the rarefied atmosphere of the academic literary community. It soon began to ooze from the erudite eggheads in academia to virtually everyone in any position of leadership. It has morphed from the halls of academia, to the halls of Congress, to halls of public schools, and finally into our private homes…..The great tragedy of all is that the church of the 21st century has capitulated.” [Found in the Introduction of his book]
I encourage you to get a copy of this book. It is good reading for good thinking. He does not only show the problem and how serious it is but calls on true believers of Christ to have the courage to obey the Lord and realize that the Christian World view is superior to the World View and we alone have the words of hope for real change.
One great fact we cannot escape is that God is in charge. He is sovereign over the affairs of man.
The world view may not want to hear from God and has the erroneous belief that we don’t need God in public life.
The church, we who know the Lord Jesus, are targeted by Satan daily to yield ground to the World View of life. This world view denies God, the Bible and all that is holy and true. It is destroying our world around us. It is a faulty view with no good end in sight. Many are turning their back on the church, the home and truth as they rush headlong into a chaotic blackness cause by such a view of life.
As a member of the body of Christ we have a promise from the Lord, Himself, as regarding the church. 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH; AND THE GATES OF HELL SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT. [Matthew 16:16-18]
One more quote for the moment from Chuck’s book is important regarding the church historically speaking. He quotes from another reminding us….”Eighteen hundred years or so of Hebrew history capped by a full exposition in Jesus Christ tell us that God’s revelation of Himself is rejected far more than it is accepted, is dismissed by far more people than embrace it, and has been either attacked or ignored by every major culture or civilization in which it has given its witness: magnificent Egypt, fierce Assyria, beautiful Babylon, artistic Greece, political Rome, Enlightened France, Nazi Germany, Renaissance Italy, Marxist Russia, Maoist China, and pursuit of happiness America. The community of God’s people has survived in all of these cultures and civilizations but always as a minority, always marginal to the mainstream, never statistically significant.”
Indeed the church has been under attack since Christ created us. He is our head and He cannot be defeated by the enemy no matter what.
I agree with Chuck’s statement that, “It is high time for today’s church to awaken to the gathering storm upon us…. To realize the invisible war around us… and to apply discernment, decisiveness, and passion for appropriate action.
It is high time for us to believe the Biblical Truth that we are engaged in a Spiritual War. We do well to heed the advice given by Paul to Timothy in his second epistle in the third chapter where he describes the condition and attitudes of the world in the end times… But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. [2 Timothy 3:13]
We must recognize the fact that we have to have a realistic understanding of the times we live in. Evil is the defining word in the above passage. We live in evil times and we must not allow ourselves to be deceived bywhat is going on around us.
Also we are reminded from this passage that there are seducers [imposters]. These lead many to turn from correct sound biblical teaching into error. There are many charlatans. We must watch out for these phonies. Paul reminds us they go from bad to worse.
Today we see too many churches caught up in this mentality in that they have become entertain ing churches with a shallow, superficial, feel-good message which can never prepare one for real life situations. They have twisted scriptures to conform to the culture. They lack depth and are as Swindoll says, “They are papiermache facades that crumble under stress.”
Indeed in the description of the armor of God in Ephesians 6:10-18 it is obvious the early church fathers new what they were up against and God inspired Paul to remind us of the truth-We are in a Spiritual War. We will be in it till Jesus comes for us. Time to gird our armor on and fight with courage.
The victory is ours and this should cause us to have a mindset that causes us to be convinced of the truths we have been taught through the Word are just that—they are truths. Our faith stands on solid ground because it is based on Christ the Solid Rock.We need to lean on the everlasting truth of God. All Scripture is inspired of God and is given to enable us to experience victory.
The church is God’s idea. We are a part of it and God has placed us together for His purposes.
We must never forget that the Church is His idea. It is His. He is the Head and He is the one who is growing His church. The gates of Hell cannot stand against it successfully.
So let us fight the good fight of faith with courage. Let us hang onto the truth of God’s Holy word All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
WE ARE ON THE WINNING SIDE. PRAISE THE LORD FOR OUR SALVATION AND HIS DIVINE PROTECTION IN THESE DAYS OF INTENSIFIED SPIRITUAL WARFARE.
Written by Rev. Lee B. Call