Monday, May 23, 2011

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My People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge

The Word of God tells us that to be "forewarned is to be forearmed", and that "My people perish for lack of knowledge." If we are not rooted and grounded in the Word of God, we leave ourselves vulnerable and open to deception of every whim of man's imagination that comes down the road. My hubby and I both recently sent out an article to expose the false teaching of "universalism" (the belief that there are many paths to God, as opposed to one way through Jesus Christ) that has been proclaimed by many, including our President. Another such proclamation concerns the false teaching of Collective Salvation. My intention is not to use this as an opportunity to bash our President, but to help make each of us that much more aware of the need for each follower of Christ to lift our President and our country up in prayer.

Until recently, I had never heard of the false teaching of “collective salvation,” the belief that that is dependent upon the salvation of the group, rather than an individual relationship with Jesus as Savior and Lord. It was only brought to my attention because it is one of the teachings that our President does proclaim to be a part of his faith system. We can use this knowledge as an instrument to bash our President, or we can use it to stir up the urgent need for each of us as followers of Christ to pray for him and our country.

We must become increasingly aware that we are in a war against the powers and principalities of the darkness of this world. As Christians we are called to pray and intercede for others. Prayer is vital and important. But is that the only weapon of our warfare? I thought we were supposed to put on the FULL armor of God. We are all too often silent rather than being a part of the body of Christ with an active voice to stand up and speak with boldness for the Lord. Others are speaking with boldness against our Lord and all that He stands for. If we do not speak out boldly for Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, we have no one else to blame but ourselves for the continual degradation of the Biblical doctrines of faith in Christ. For the sake of ourselves, our children, and their children, we must be bold witnesses for our Lord while there is still time. They may not heed the call even if we do speak out and stand up strong for the Lord. However, if we don't speak at all, we are not fulfilling our commitment to our Lord to be witnesses for Him in this world.

Witnessing boldly in this present day is not a popular thing to do. We have been turned into a weak and ineffective body because we have swallowed the lie that we should keep silent. Can you imagine Peter or Paul even thinking of NOT proclaiming The Way? What was their response when they were told to keep quiet, and don’t you dare speak out about Christ in the public arena? They were thrown into jail and suffered all kinds of persecution, even to their death. They did not become intimidated by even the leaders of their time, but spoke out that much more with a boldness that would not be quenched. That is the kind of power that comes not from our own individual strength, but through yielding ourselves to the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s true that you can’t force anyone to believe. The opposite is also true. If we don’t speak out for the Lord in our daily lives by thought, word, and deed, we become as effective as a bump on a log. Remember, faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God. The atheists and false teachers of humanism, and every other ism, speak out for their beliefs anywhere and everywhere. Believe me secularism humanism is their religion, and we sit back while they boldly ram their beliefs down our throats and the throats of our children and their children. We become silent while their voices are spreading their beliefs and values across all the land with very little or no resistance from us. If Jesus and His disciples had been like most of us have become, the body of Christ on Earth would be nonexistent.

The world would have us believe that our Christian faith belongs only in the privacy of our own homes or in our churches, and don’t dare to speak out for Christ in any other venue. We live in a world where fewer and fewer people are even going to church to be taught of the Lord. If you and I continue to keep silent and let ourselves be intimidated by the anti-Christ spirit prevalent in the world today, we are truly handing our loved ones over to Satan.

I realize that truly taking a stand for the Lord carries a lot of risk. It can cause division within families. When I meet my Lord face to face, I pray that I can honestly say “Lord, I know I wasn’t always successful, but I did try to witness for you.” God does not wish that any would perish, but that all would come to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ginger Rahn


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