Romans Chapter One says it all in the circumstances the world finds itself in these latter days. The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness. For although they knew God, they neither glorified God nor gave him thanks. They claimed to be wise, but their foolish hearts were darkened.
Therefore God gave them over to sin. Paul goes on to say that since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not be done. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things instead of the creator.
Some emergent and social justice leaders are openly questioning the truth of scripture and even the character and nature of God. They are questioning Jesus’ substitutionary atonement for our sins and calling God a liar by claiming there is no eternal hell.
Others seek compromise and common ground with an antichrist religion—Islam; a religion that denies the foundation of Christianity—that Jesus is the Son of God. While these are blatant examples of rebellion against God, all of us are guilty to some extent. When we look to a political candidate to solve our problems instead of God, are we not also worshipping the created instead of the creator?
When we refuse to stand strongly on the truth of God and confront false teachers because we don’t want to risk our positions of authority, are we any better than the false teachers? When we compromise the gospel for church or ministry growth, are we not worshiping our ministries over God?
It is time we face facts; the world is rapidly spinning into chaos and turning more and more evil—and there is nothing we can do to stop it! Yes, we are called to be light and salt to the world, sharing the good news of the gospel in words and deeds. But we are not going to change the bible’s prophecies and God’s ultimate plan for this world. No social justice or dominionist movement will change the outcome God has planned from the beginning. So let’s stop thinking so highly of ourselves by thinking we hold the world’s fate in our hands or that we can change the outcome.
Rather, look at it this way: the world is the Titanic and it is sinking fast. Rather than spending our time on futile efforts to patch the hole and save the sinking ship, let’s man the lifeboats and get as many people as we can off the sinking ship. By the gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit, let’s work diligently to get people to dry land—eternity with God through faith in Jesus Christ.
So pick the world leader—Ahmadinejad, Obama, the U.N., whoever—they will do what they will do, but they have no real power over life or death for those who have been sealed in the Lamb’s book of life. Let’s do all we can to share that good news with a world desperate for some real good news.
- Search My Heart, O God! (standupforthetruth.com)
- Getting the call (standupforthetruth.com)
- A watchman for the times (standupforthetruth.com)
- A great divide: The growing emergent church (standupforthetruth.com)
- Today’s Challenges Birth Tomorrow’s leaders (standupforthetruth.com)