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Mike is the general manager of Q90 FM and co-host of Stand Up For The Truth. His new book, "Are You Really Saved?" Understanding Sin, Grace, Salvation, and Sanctification, published in 2014.

Reviewing 2013

English: Tony Blair, David A. Harris and Rick ...

English: Tony Blair, David A. Harris and Rick Warren at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Davos, Switzerland, 24 January 2008.

2013 has been a very interesting year indeed for Christians.  The end of 2012 saw the “Mayan Calendar” propaganda being spread as people around the world wondered if the end was upon us, and that is a pretty tough act to follow, but 2013 had its interesting moments.

We watched Rick Warren address continued challenges that he was covertly promoting Chrislam by allowing “Kingdom Circles Theology” to be taught in Saddleback Church—a charge Warren vehemently denied.  But proof was presented that the charges were true, and Warren spun into damage control, going as far as hiring a PR firm to present Warren and Saddleback in the best possible light.

In 2012 Mormon Mitt Romney was the Republican nominee for President.  Leading up to the election, several Christian leaders, in their zeal to unseat Barack Obama, started calling Mormonism a Christian religion in order to help Romney win the election—proof that politics does indeed bring out the worst in many people.  Well, 2013 saw a steady stream of Evangelical leaders head out to Utah to meet with Mormon leaders about partnering on social conservative issues that the nation was facing.  Some stood their ground, clearly defining the uncompromising differences between Mormonism and biblical Christianity—others not so much.

Some Christians saw no problem in Evangelical leaders partnering with Mormon leaders on social issues—others are convinced this is continuing the trend toward religious syncretism.

Speaking of religious syncretism, T.D. Jakes, Rick Warren and Joel Osteen partnered with New Age promoter Oprah Winfrey on a series of television

appearances, and I am sure by mere coincidence, at a time when each was promoting his latest book.  Some saw it as very sad and disturbing that these Christian leaders would appear with Oprah given her obvious heresy on the nature of Jesus Christ.  Others saw nothing wrong with it, citing that any opportunity to speak to a world wide audience as a Christian was a good thing.

Well to those of you who thought this was a great opportunity for Christian leaders to address a world wide audience, I ask you this:  Was the gospel presented?  No!  Because the gospel is offensive and foolishness to those who are perishing and the last thing leaders like Jakes, Warren and Osteen want to be seen as is foolish—it just isn’t good for book sales.

Some very interesting Christians died in 2013, among them Harold Camping who loved to predict the date of the Lord’s return repeatedly, and Paul Crouch who built a multi-billion dollar Christian television network promoting prosperity preachers like Benny Hinn and Kenneth Copeland.

But I think the most intriguing story of 2013 is not something that happened—but rather something that didn’t happen.  The Church had a chance to stand up and be heard, but hardly a whisper was heard at all when the Supreme Court opened the doors for homosexual marriage in 2013.  For the most part Christian leaders and churches sat back silently as the Supreme Court put its stamp of approval on the depravity of man and turned its back on God’s definition of marriage.  And if the church cannot find the courage to stand up and protest when the biblical definition of marriage is changed, just what would it take for the church to act like the church?

Satan probed the depth of our conviction as Christian leaders—and found it soft and vulnerable.  In our zeal to be seen as loving and accepting as churches, we have opened “Pandora’s Box” and enemies of biblical Christianity are having a field day.

Yes, 2013 was a very interesting year and on the whole the temptation is to say not a very good year for the church.  But I think it was actually a very good year for several reasons:  First we had a chance to see the true colors of many who hold themselves up as leaders in the church.  We have a much clearer understanding for the values and principles—or lack thereof—of those who are held up as our leaders.

And second, we are one year closer to the time when our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ triumphantly returns to this world and ushers in His eternal Kingdom.  He will rescue the faithful and judge the wicked and His Kingdom will have no end.

So we say farewell to 2013 and welcome in a new year.  No doubt, it will have its own challenges.  We will probably see greater compromise within the church and the continued preparation of the one world religion that will lead many astray in the coming years.  And while we will continue to

report and comment on these events, I for one choose to be positive about 2014.  I plan on sharing the gospel of salvation whenever I can and spending more time in prayer and in God’s Word.  And I will continue to wake up every morning; look to the East, and wonder if this is the day the Lord returns to redeem His faithful.  What a great time to be alive!


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2 Responses to “Reviewing 2013”

  1. Mr Davis #

    I have to agree with Richard, what a writeup. I think too of how apparent the nature our government's Anti Christianity was so clearly revealed. The US influence ushered in even greater persecution of Christians in the Muslim world than was previously thought and I'm sure it was all done in the name of bolstering relations with allies as if those who love death cold be our allies. But I guess that we likewise have proved we likewise love death especially at the Supreme Court level. As far as our nations politics it doesn't matter which partner is leading, they are both dancing to the same tune, both chase after money and power and one overarching objective Global Unity.

    But this is the government we deserve for it is the very one we asked for. One of our own making, one we can effect through influence and those with means have. This is also why all efforts to level the field have failed because it would strip away the power of those with the means.

    Yes as long as folks can go to work, get a paycheck, go home and be entertained who cares what happens elsewhere. Most Americans don't care what the Government is doing or what is happening in the rest of the world look at what passes for news here in the USA.

    Most Americans in Church fellowships aren't grieved over their own sins so why should they care about the sins in others unless of course by someones actions they be offended. There is no stomach to clean up the church by discipline or exercise of the body of Christ. Status Quo is esteemed above being biblical.

    But these are exciting times also. When I share the gospel now I talk a lot more about the cost of following Christ and a lot more about how in every way our lives run in rebellion against the MOST HIGH. How everything in our culture is trying to make you both blind and numb to your need for salvation. It looks to heal slightly saying peace peace when there is not peace. Not true peace anyways, the peace that isn't dependent on our circumstances, our comfort or happiness as it has been defined in this country. No this is a peace that transcends all understanding, one that is grounded and rooted in the promises of Christ Jesus the one who is Sovereign over all. A peace that we have when we know we have been acquitted of our sins never again to have any of that brought against us. Knowing God is just to acquit because that price was paid in full by Christ Jesus our LORD. When He acquits us He doesn't do this for our sakes but for His namesake does He sanctify us by the blood of HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON. Sealing us with the Power from on High, the HOLY SPIRIT that we may no longer live unto ourselves but for the sake of Him who died for us and rose again. You will know when you are born again, He will testify to your spirit you are His child and heir to the promised redemption and the kingdom of Heaven.

    I take a lot of time to explain you cannot claim to be acquitted for yourself. God must do that for you. He is the offended party He must release you from your debt. The rightful wages you have earned through your insolence, your insubordination, your utter disregard for His word. Your hatred of Him. God must remove those chains, that heart of stone that cannot even feel his touch. So cry out to God plead with him for His mercy submit to His will for He is Alone is WORTHY of our Complete and utter devotion. Until He does acquit you try to live according to His doctrine to walk in love even with our enemies do this to understand how impossible this is apart from Him. Yet this is what He Requires.

    Matthew 5:38-48

    Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law , and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

    May God bless you and strengthen you all in accordance with His divine glory that you may be able to stand in the days ahead and not shrink back.

    To God be the Glory both now and forever Amen!

    1 Peter 4:2-16
    Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

    December 31, 2013 at 1:25 PM
  2. Richard #

    A nice write up. Your next year goal of spending more time in prayer and in God’s Word is always the best recipe as that's what God created us for. The 'great falling away' will continue and the wheat and chaff will continue to become more prevalent and apparent which bodes well for those who have indecision on adhering to the true Gospel. Being an eschatology fan I'm quite fascinating with the 4 Blood Moon Tetrad phenomenon and whether anything of biblical import happens in 2014/2015. As always keep your eyes firmly fixed on Israel to see how things progress towards the glorious return of our Lord. Happy New Years to everyone and keep the faith my brothers and sistes.

    December 31, 2013 at 4:31 AM