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The Last Days Of The World XXX

 Despondency does not occur when you’re seeing what you expected to see and experiencing what you were expecting to experience. Despondency becomes overwhelming, however, when what we have expected does not materialize, and what we are experiencing is contrary to what we were promised by men whose interest was to keep the sheep mollified, placated, appeased, and pacified.

It goes against their best interest to have a church body that reads the Word and believes it because, sooner or later, the church body realizes how little of the Bible is being preached from the pulpit. The little that is being preached is so mangled and twisted that what’s being said and what is written look nothing alike.

It used to be that men deferred to the Word of God, and beyond all the debating and the back and forth, it was the final authority in any matter of spiritual consequence. Nowadays, if we don’t like what the Bible says, we shrug our shoulders and make up new doctrine on the spot, justifying our recklessness with tropes such as it was a different time; they didn’t understand modernity; love is love; we have to change with the times otherwise we’ll get left behind, and countless others.

Those excuses might look good on paper and convince those who are already biased toward believing lies because they are harder to swallow than the truth, but sin is still sin, God is still God, and His word is true no matter how many people insist otherwise.

Walking humbly with your God and working out your salvation with fear and trembling might not be as exciting as being an accredited prophet to the nations, a leader of leaders, a spiritual life coach, or whatever made-up title people like to give themselves nowadays, but one is biblical, and the other is not!

But brother, you don’t understand. The Lord is doing a new thing so we can usher in the great end-time revival. Two problems with that: first, the new thing the Lord is supposedly doing isn’t focused on Jesus, repentance, sanctification, or holiness, and second, if we’re trying to manufacture something God has not sanctioned or initiated, then we can’t blame Him when it crumbles under the weight of our own hubris. Behold the fallout and glorious ruin of man-centered movements and celebrity preachers. As the Carpenters once crooned, we’ve only just begun, for everything that can be shaken will be shaken, and the shaking will begin within the church.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention the third thing. The Bible warns of a falling away rather than an end-time revival, but that doesn’t animate the lifeless corpses sitting in pews half-listening to a sermon while they’re scrolling through Facebook, hoping the preacher doesn’t go over his allotted twenty minutes, so we’ll just ignore it.

A large swath of professing believers will go from disappointment to doubt to bitterness to all-out hatred and rage because what men have promised them never materialized. Even though they could have saved themselves all the heartache by reading the Word and believing it as it was written and not as they would have liked it to be written, they will find a way to blame God, joining the ranks of the mockers who will be ever-present during the last days.

It’s not God’s fault that you didn’t heed the words of Christ when He said beware that you are not deceived. It’s not God’s fault that you didn’t heed the words of Christ when He said all these things must come to pass, but the end has not yet arrived. You chose to believe the whispers and the fables rather than the truth because the whispers and the fables required nothing substantive of you. Nothing needed to change. You could remain as you were, enjoying what you’ve always enjoyed, and for the low price of a few bucks in an offering plate, you got fire insurance, eternal security, and the promise of inheriting the wealth of the wicked. Just sit back and enjoy the ride, and keep your hands inside the vehicle at all times.

We’ve gotten so used to having it our way that we’ve come to believe God has likewise changed with the times and must, therefore, appease us somehow. He’d better. Otherwise, we’ll leave Him a scathing review on Yelp. If you want it your way, I’m sure there’s a Burger King within driving distance of where you live. God is God! He doesn’t pander, placate, or otherwise become permissive of things contrary to His nature just because enough people have a hissy fit about it. Even if a majority wanted something different from what God established, God is not beholden to majority rule either.

It all boils down to obedience and to possessing the willingness to humble ourselves and submit to His authority. Since such things are anathema in many churches because we’d rather have our heads filled with fairy tales about how we’re going to be movers and shakers for the kingdom, we’ll cling to anything that we deem will make us special in some way, even though it never really does. Just so we’re clear, and there are no misunderstandings, neither you nor I nor any human currently living is on equal footing with God. It doesn’t matter who it is that appears out of nowhere and starts insisting that they are; it doesn’t matter what parlor tricks they perform in order to try and convince you of the veracity of their claims. They’re lying liars, and you should avoid them.

We’d rather spend years counting down the end of the Mayan calendar as if it were some oracle or divine prophecy than dive into the Word of God and see what it says about the last days. It never occurred to anyone that the guy working away with a hammer and chisel started getting hand cramps and just gave up his pet project. It has to mean something, brother. How readily we blend the sacred and the profane when it suits us. They are not interchangeable! Just because some gypsy guessed your age or weight does not make her godly. Just because some sweaty guy on stage guessed your puppy’s name does not make him a holy man of God. Godliness makes men godly; obedience and faithfulness make men godly; steadfastness and truth make men godly; being imbued with the righteousness of Christ makes men godly, not the exhibition of some extra-biblical talent or ability.

We’ll overlook the absence of godliness if the show is good enough. We’ll overlook the warning signs that things aren’t what they seem and something’s a bit off if the individual is enigmatic, charismatic, charming, and well-spoken. We shouldn’t, though, because we’ve seen the wreckage of what remains after men ignored the warning claxons on their way to deception.

With love in Christ,

Michael Boldea, Jr.  

Posted on 25 June 2024 | 10:34 am

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