Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

Not a single day goes by that you will not see a story like this…

Female Student Murdered, Body Burned by Classmates in Nigeria

From Persecution.org

Mob Attack Spurred by Supposedly Blasphemous WhatsApp Message 

05/12/2022 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Deborah Emmanuel, a 25-year-old Christian student at the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Nigeria’s Sokoto State, was fatally beaten and her body was burned earlier today, May 12. Her classmates were incensed at a supposedly blasphemous message she had sent to a school WhatsApp group. 

Deborah, who attends an ECWA church and resides with her parents in Sokoto according to International Christian Concern’s (ICC) contacts, apparently got into an argument with her female classmates after sending a WhatsApp message her classmates interpreted as blasphemous. 

A video of Deborah being beaten went viral on local social media channels and has been reviewed by ICC staffers on the ground and analysts overseas. The video shows her lying still on the ground with her bloody left arm attempting to cover her head as male and female students gathered around, beating her with sticks, throwing large stones, and shouting, “Allahu Akbar.” She pleaded with her classmates not to kill her. 

A student from the school who spoke with ICC said, “Muslim students and teachers don’t like Christians in the school.” The student told ICC that school authorities watched as the frenzied mob killed Deborah, but could not stop the Muslim students, though they tried. 

The road to the school and Deborah’s house is currently blocked by students, making it difficult for Christians to move around. The governor of the state asked for the closure of the school without asking for the arrest of the students who committed the crime. 

Despite the intense persecution that Christians in Nigeria face, Nigeria was removed from the U.S. State Department’s Countries of Particular Concern list in November 2021.  [Source]

Dear ones, we are promised not to suffer God’s Wrath (those truly in Christ). But that doesn’t exclude us from mans satanically inspired wrath. Persecution of Christians is more frequent now than ever in history. Even in Western Countries. Look up the name Artur Pawlowski.

Be ready for it. It’s coming.. But Why?

If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. (John 15:18)

Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you. (1 John 3:13)

Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. (John 15:20)

When/If it visits you, God counts it as a blessing:

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.“ Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:10–12)

Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man’s sake. (Luke 6:22)

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. (1 Peter 4:12–14)

It strengthens your faith and relationship with Father God:

Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10)

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:3–5)

Be not afraid:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (Romans 8:35)

To that I answer No one!!!

Pray for the persecuted saints. Because everyday a story like this comes across the wire…

The Great AWOKEning

Not to be confused with the Great Awakening Revival of the 1730s-1740s… The non-revival of today is deeply satanic in every aspect. Do you not see apostasy destroying the last assemblance of denominational Christianity? Why? Because “Christians” are not bible students. That’s right! I don’t mean student as in the sense of going to seminary school, but in the sense of studying God’s Word daily. Besides, seminary schools by and large are vastly liberal and in error. Most, not all, have abandoned sound doctrine for error. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. (2 Timothy 4:3–4)

Just Look at these Abominations that call themselves pastors:

Women Pastors:

Did you notice another thing about the videos? The Pastors are mostly women… Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says. And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church. (1 Corinthians 14:34–35)

And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. (1 Timothy 2:12–14)

Is that misogyny? No, it is Scripture. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16)

It speaks of Spiritual matters of Women over men. I have no problem with women holding political office or as heads of state. Historically many women were VERY effective rulers and leaders. However, a woman should not be a Pastor in a church. It leads ALWAYS into deception and error. I’m not the one saying “they are easily deceived”, rather the Bible tells us this. For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:6–7)

Are women the blame? NO! Men of the church have failed. We have become Idolaters and disconnected our role from the church. This process has been happening for over 60 years now. Why is it when you enter most churches you see mostly older ladies, a few relics of men, and that one token family with a few kids. Because men ceased being men and abandoned the home and church it led to women filling the role of Father, Pastor, and Spiritual teacher. A role they were not designed by God to fulfill. Therefore, we are in the state we are in. Because MEN FAILED in THEIR ROLE!

Sexual Perversion:

‘Cursed is the one who lies with any kind of animal.’ “And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’ (Deuteronomy 27:21) Bestiality will be the next sexual perversion to be normalized. Just wait and see…

You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. Nor shall you mate with any animal, to defile yourself with it. Nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it. It is perversion. (Leviticus 18:22–23)

“A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman’s garment, for all who do so are an abomination to the Lord your God. (Deuteronomy 22:5) No matter how badly you mutilate your body, A man will always be a man and a woman always a woman.

OK, the scriptures have MUCH to say about this. Do you think GOD is trying to warn us eh????

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, (1 Corinthians 6:9)

For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. (Romans 1:26–27)

So why do they abandon the Word of God for a myth? God has revealed to us by His Word who He is, what He is, and His standard of morality. So, WOKE church people. Do you tear out the scriptures and ignore the truth for a lie?

If you do not like parts of God’s Word, why bother removing just those uncomfortable parts? You either must accept all of God’s Word or none of it.  You cannot redefine who and what GOD is. It is HE that defined you.

A Woke Presbyterian Pastor in action:

This is beyond Heresy… This is Blasphemy!

When I watch that It brings me to ANGER! How dare this woman Blaspheme the name of my LORD!

There is no other Doctrine…

As I urged you when I went into Macedonia—remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith. Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust. (1 Timothy 1:3–11)

God’s Word is an unmovable object:

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. (Matthew 24:35)

Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. (Proverbs 30:5)

“For I am the Lord, I do not change;Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. (Malachi 3:6)

The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

It is us that must conform to it. Not it, to us:

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)

Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. (John 17:17)

Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)

Dear ones, please know the hour is getting short. Sharpen your swords and become students of the Bible. If we are to not understand His written Word, we will be easy prey for “doctrines of demons

Come to the Father. The closer we are with the Word of God, the closer our personal relationship will be to the Father. I am chief among sinners, and guilty and deserving of Hell. Yet I have placed my Faith in Jesus the Messiah who sought me out. He is the one that found me for I was lost. I fully place all Hope and Trust in my Lord and my God. Do you?

If not: For He says:“In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you. ”Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:2)

Are You Saved?

Can you hear The Approaching Hoof-beats?

One doesn’t need be an Einstein to figure out that the world is in peril. The media outlets as well as the internet are bombarding us with over-information/disinformation. It’s nearly impossible to find what is truth.

There is one source that never fails in delivering the truth, The Bible. As Hal Lindsey used to say, “The Bible is more accurate than today’s headlines”. If you drink the drink of the mass media and big tech, you’ll certainly be in a state of despair, fear, and hopelessness. It’ll latch on to you as a blood sucking leech and drain you into oblivion.  I’m not saying, do not be informed as to what is going on. Just be apprehensive and investigatory and run everything you see through the lens of God’s Word. Believe nothing you hear, half of what you see, and ALL of God’s Word!!

Right now, I see God starting to send shots across the bow of humanity. Time is getting short, and Divine Judgment is coming. We are getting a subtle taste and warning of what is to come. God in His lovingkindness and longsuffering sends warnings, and warnings, and warnings…  Many perceive things are really-bad now, but they really aren’t, not yet at least.

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)

Knowing this, it also warns us that one day the door of the ark will slam closed and all on the outside will perish in the Wrath of Almighty God.  But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. (Revelation 22:15)

Have you ever had a sample at the grocery store? A small taste of what you get in the full package. Knowing that these current events are NOT the opening of the seals, they do indeed seem as if a small sampling of them and what is to come — In the distance can you hear the hoof-beats of the horsemen?

The First Sample (Antichrist)

Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. (Revelation 6:1–2)

Antichrist. What do we know about antichrist? Is it a spirit? A man? A system? Look at the condition of humanity and you will hear his hoof-beats.

A spirit:

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. (1 John 4:1–6)

Therefore, the spirit of the antichrist is ALREADY in the world. Sound familiar? The utter denial that Jesus as fully God and fully man who He says He is. It deludes us with false teachers, false theologies, and a distorted view of Jesus that we do not even recognize. John says to “Test all spirits” Indeed so, test all spirits, premonitions, teachings, and so-called prophets, new revelations, against the backdrop of God’s written Word. If it does not align with the written word, it is a false spirit of antichrist at play. To my point, if you are not reading The Bible, how in the world will you have discernment? How will you be prepared for what is coming? What weapon do you really have other than the Word of God? And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; (Ephesians 6:17) For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12) Get in HIS Word and sharpen your sword. Keep it sharp and be ready for battle.

One need only open their eyes a but a little to see this spirit at work in the world. A spirit of deception and lies that have even infiltrated the church. Take note, that the so-called church in the world is not the true body of Christ. There is and has only ever been a small remnant of true born-again believers in the church.  Most churches are built on shifting sand and not the SOLID rock of Jesus Christ. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:26–27)

A Man?

Indeed so, the man of sin will come into the world as a leader that we call “the antichrist”. The one spoken of by scripture:

And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, (2 Thessalonians 2:8–9)

He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time. (Daniel 7:25)

As you see this rider is the opposite of Jesus in every way. The Real Christ is faithful and true, the false one is performing lying wonders.

He will be a false Christ an imitation of the real one. NOTE**This rider is not to be confused with the white horse in Revelation 19:11: Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. (Revelation 19:11) This Rider (rev 19:11) is Jesus Christ.

A System?

Biblically we call this system “The World” This system is also antichrist. Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. (James 4:4b)

 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. (1 John 2:15–16)

We are told to not conform to this system: And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)

We know this system HATES God and truth. “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. (John 15:18–19)

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20)

This system as an un-holy and un-just form of religion with sacraments such as abortion, practice sexual perversions, murder, strife, envy, and so on… Sound familiar? being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:29–32)

This White Horseman is to be set forth to conquer and dominate all aspects of human life, politically, spiritually, and economically. It’ll be like a high-tech Nazi Germany thousands of times worse and on a global scale.

The Second Sample (War)

When He broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come.” And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him. (Revelation 6:3–4)

This is the loss of peace and the conflagration of global war. Can you hear this hoof beat? Just look on the TV or internet at the foremost world event at this moment. War in the Ukraine. 

Currently the country (Russia) with the world’s largest nuclear arsenal of approximately 5500 warheads is mired down in the first major European war since WWII. What folks really do not fathom is how close we are to total nuclear war currently more so than in the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.

War is nothing new to mankind. It has been with us since Cain murdered his brother. However, this current war (birth pang) has connotations of total global conflict for the first time in the nuclear age. These advanced weapons of mass destruction are readily available to any nations (despotic or not) that desire them. They are many and more easily obtainable as each day passes.

The capability to kill with unprecedented efficiency has never been at the level it is now. It is also getting more lethal by the day. When this Horseman arrives on the scene, his warfare will be unlike anything humanity has seen yet.

Our news is permeated with war and conflict. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. (Matthew 24:6)

The Third Sample (Famine)

When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.” (Revelation 6:5–6)

Look at the stores now as of this writing. Shelves are empty, shrink inflation is out of control, and disasters are happening to fertilizer facilities daily in the news. The war in Ukraine also will burden the global food supply.

We will have this sample upon us soon I believe. Food shortages are already becoming reality. The current shortages are a major inconvenience to world and will effect food supplies. Again, it’s another warning shot across the bow of what will come later. Later when the Rider does arrive, it’ll be horrific. It’ll be 1970’s Ethiopian famine times a thousand on a global scale. An entire day’s wages for a quart of wheat. That’s enough to feed yourself but not your family… As you can see the inflation spiking upward on a global scale. My friend John [1] observed: “Do you notice those empty spaces on some grocery shelves as well as hard to obtain, or even unobtainable products, with numerous businesses closing shop? Any prophetic implications here?

The Fourth Sample (Death)

When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth. (Revelation 6:7–8)

Over the last few years, we have certainly seen a sampling of this. We had a global pandemic which albeit bad, it is nothing like others before. However, this current one sparked global fear and permitted leads and governments to start stripping away rights of the people in the name of safety. Nevertheless, many people have perished from it. When the real seal is broken, the world will be begging for the good old days of Covid again.  

What do we do?

My friend Pastor John concluded a similar article [2] with this:

ARE WE READY? WHAT ABOUT OUR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS? In other words, WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT IT? DO WE REALLY CARE (about others as much as we do about ourselves)?”

Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20) …!

“Things are getting hotter and will literally come to pass shortly and suddenly

Knowing we are being warned by The Almighty, what course shall we take? How do we Prepare?

1. Now is a good time to get right with God if you are not. Is there oil in you lantern? “Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’“But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’“Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour. (Matthew 25:11–13)

Are you saved?

2. Are you in God’s Word every day? If not, How can you be prepared to give a defense of what you believe? How can you discern truth from error? How will you know God’s will, and way? You are in a war! If you are not exercising your spiritual muscles you will be overwhelmed and unfit for what is coming. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16–17)

Make no mistake, the last few years have been a small sampling of what is to come. I believe we are experiencing the birth pangs Jesus spoke of at the Olivet discourse (Matt 24).

I don’t know about you. But, I certainly can hear HOOF-BEATS coming. Be Ready!

Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” (Luke 21:28)

Shalom, Brian

Footnotes

[1] John Pisarek Teacher-Feature

[2] Five Major Events That Introduce The 7-Year Tribulation Period

Is Apostasy Coming?

by Brian Lazewski

September 16, 2020

This article, written by Brian Lazewski, is one of his finest articles – a gem. I had to bring it out once again.

One comment from me (Geri) I believe that Apostasy is now HERE.

Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, (2 Thessalonians 2:3)

Are we living in the season of that day? It certainly seems so by the shock and awe of the 24-hour news cycle. I personally do not think we are quite there; however, we are trending that way fast. Just open your eyes and look at the new normal. Homosexuality, transgenderism, moral relativism, open slander and hatred, disobedience to parents, violence without restraint, and coming next, pedophilia.

 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.
(2 Timothy 3:1-5)

Let us look at “holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power.” I used to wonder what that meant exactly until this present day. Look at the condition of the church (professed believers in Jesus Christ), I fear it is beyond life support and dead except for a remnant of true believers scattered about. Why do you think The Lord said:  “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13-14) Did you get that? “Few who find it.”

“Birth Pangs” are starting to shake the foundations of the earth. The author of Hebrews elaborates on Haggai 2:6: And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN.” This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:26-29)

Therefore, Almighty God is shaking the foundations of the earth. This also entails the very shaking of the Christian faith. It is at this current time unlike any other time in history that large portions of the professed church are falling away. It is in a largely un-persecuted church that apathy has permeated in it like a cancer.  In the USA I call it “Americanity.” Indeed, it flows far from the borders of the USA. Look at Europe for example. Now, look at this trend: Where the church is persecuted it is flourishing spiritually. Its adherent’s cling to the faith despite threats of arrest or even death. Could you imagine if an American mega church entertainment center were faced with such perils? Indeed, it will be and is coming to them as well as all of us. This shaking will separate the Saints from the Aints to be sure.

So then, they have a form of godliness although deny its power. Can you not see this on full display? I would wager that there are more churches like this than there are true bible believing, God fearing churches nearer to you. To be sure, there were always false churches in our midst, but not like now, they have multiplied like a wildfire. So for the past 50 or so years we’ve been watered down by myriads of false teaching, Hyper Faith, Hyper Grace, Name it and claim it, God wants you to be healthy and wealthy, and any other heresies that have cropped in over the last century. We have had by and large, a pulpit bent upon enriching itself with money and material wealth with shepherds that live off the fat of the sheep they are starving, while they themselves are living in grandiose houses. I have seen this personally and firsthand. We have a pastorate when asked anonymously 60% admits to viewing pornography. We have churches crumbling as circular firing squads of envious troubled self-proclaimed believers are bent upon destroying and slandering other brethren. Especially pastors that are attacked and ruined by troublemakers.  All the while our children witness this failed state of Americanity and by the time they reach a certain age they simply leave the church. And to add insult to injury our children learn in academia how science disproves God and their brains are filled with leftist ideologies. They are attacked in multiple directions.

We also have a VERY ignorant church that hardly reads God’s Word, and if/when they do, they do not believe it to be inerrant. It is after all (to them) a book full of fables and ancient myth. Some may accept Jesus is Lord however it is a Jesus they created in their own image.

We live at a time where women are spiritual, and men are absent. There are not many men leading their families in a Godly manner as they themselves weighed down by this troublesome world. Besides, they need to provide material things to their families as well as themselves. (I once guilty of this).  We leave our women to spiritually lead our families a task they are not given by God nor seldom with success. After a while many of them fall away weighed down with sin, just as Paul described would happen, continuing on in 2 Timothy: For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:6-7)

So then some say an apostasy is coming, indeed so it is. In-fact it is underway right now. The groundwork is being laid down as I type. Don’t believe it? Let’s look at some numbers. Lifeway conducted a poll for Ligonier Ministries (I’m not a fan of theirs) with a sampling of over 3000 professed Christians in the United States in March of 2020.

From Worthy Christian News:

A new poll has found that 22% of US Evangelicals believe in “gender fluidity” rather than that people have a God-given gender that is either male or female, the Christian Post reports. The results of the “State of Theology 2020” poll was published by LifeWay Research on September 8.

Sponsored by Ligonier Ministries, the poll involved over 3,000 American participants. The study found that only 73% of American Evangelicals believe that gender is God-given and not a matter of choice.

The survey also found that Evangelicals are more likely to disagree that “gender identity is a matter of choice” (73%) than those who do not hold to evangelical beliefs (47%). Geographically, it was found that Americans in the Northeast are the most likely to believe in gender fluidity (44%). Moreover, those in rural areas were found to be more likely to disagree with gender fluidity (56%) than those in large cities (45%).

The poll showed that participants aged 18 to 34 are also the most likely to agree that gender is fluid (50%). Respondents aged 50-64 are the most likely to disagree (64%) with that premise, the Christian Post reports.

Church attendance appears to make a difference: the poll showed that respondents who attend services at least once or twice a month are more likely to disagree that gender is fluid (57%) than those who do not attend services (47%). [SOURCE]

Even beyond the Worthy News numbers, I found a few other disturbing trends when looking into the internal numbers of the poll.

{Jesus was a great teacher, but he was not God.}

Among all Christians: 51% agree, 37% disagree and 12% are not sure. When asked to Evangelicals the numbers are not much better: 66% disagree, 30% agree, and 4% are not sure. Did you GET THAT? 30% of evangelical Christians do not think Jesus is God. How is that possible!?!?!? Having a form of godliness and denying its power perhaps?

{The Bible, like all sacred writings, contains helpful accounts of ancient myths but is not literally true.}

Among all Christians: 48% agree, 41% disagree, and 11% are not sure. When asked to Evangelicals: 15% agree, 81% disagree, and 4% are not sure. How is it that 81% say the Bible is true, yet, 30% of the same people said Jesus is NOT God when the Bible point blank states so? In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. (John 1:1-3) 

{God accepts the worship of all religions, including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.}

Among all Christians: 63% agree, 24% disagree, and 13% are not sure. When asked to Evangelicals: 42% agree, 49% disagree, and 9% are not sure. So then, 42% of evangelicals think God accepts other religions and faiths outside of biblical Christianity. Put on a helmet this will make you want to bang your head off a wall. This very same group of evangelicals 100% agree that The Bible is the highest authority for what I believe. If that is so, do 42 out of 100 not have this in their Bibles: Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. (John 14:6) ???

What is very disturbing in the last several years of this poll is the fact that the numbers are going in the wrong direction. So indeed, the way is being paved for the coming apostasy. That poses a few questions for self-examination. Is your faith built on solid ground? Are you reading your Bibles daily? Are you truly born again and of the Kingdom that will not be shaken?   Because a shaking is coming.

Shalom,

Brian