There is a drive in society for people to conform more and more and Satan desires human drones who are member of one big hive who no longer can think for themselves. Ever wonder why false religions love the symbol of the bee hive? [I'm planning a future blog entry on that]
David Stewart in the article I mention above, mentions the communist factor in this quote:
"To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, loyalty to family tradition, national patriotism, and religious dogmas."
Now reading my last article, where I talk about the "common good" and the use of that term by so many in religious and political circles, remember that is what that is all about, everything chosen for the good of the group, and the suppression of the individual. "Be a good team player" and conform, its for the "Common good" is the basic message.
In my life, I've seen a change even from 20-30 years ago where was more differences in dress and ideas, then there is today. Everything has become more codified, locked down and less informal. New technologies while valuable in some ways, such as in writing this blog, have eroded natural human relationships and ways of doing things. A gargantuan centralized media has influenced people to even think the same things, and one reason the system has become so corrupt is people have become more and more indoctrinated. This of course is happening in the churches. Even among evangelicals, I've been told to join the hive. There are many who are very angry with me, and other Christians because we hold to biblical separation in other words and refuse to join with the crowd.
The Bible talks about the "one mind of the beast" in Rev. 17:13, now I don't know who is totally deceived or merely badly influenced by a horrible church, but sometimes it is very strange when you are a Christian standing alone or with one or two others on a message board for the truth, and you see people even writing the same exact sentences. I've talked about the scripts that are used already. Having several people all write "you have an axe to grind" is a little weird. It really is like talking to the same person over and over.
Going along with the article he states:
"Sadly, in these apostate modern times in which we live, few Christian believers are willing to stand alone for God. If we don't take a stand, who will? If not now, when? If not here, where? If not me, then who? It is each and every INDIVIDUAL Christians duty to live for God, contend for the faith, and stand for righteousness"
I wrote this elsewhere online that goes along the same line:
People today are scared to stand alone for anything anymore. Peer pressure is not a concept that disappears once someone leaves junior or senior high but continues in adulthood. It's like today, the more you are like others, the more you are respected. Uniqueness is no longer celebrated. In fact the more alike you are with everyone else, the more acceptable you become. I often predict innovation even on a secular level will diminish in America, as society pushes the whole "common good", "team player" lines not only in the business world but out to the churches.
The Christian Life is NOT one of popularity. Could You Stand Alone?
And to be honest, for some of us being told YOU WILL BE ALONE, or you are an AWFUL person because you stand alone, those can be messages that slam like rocks against our heads. But let me be frank,
The world really does hate the bible believing and separated Christian. Jesus gave those warnings for a reason. Not every unbeliever will hate you, there will be those out there who are teachable and who are seeking the truth vs. the seared. Some of the worse hate will actually come from so called "Christian circles". Christian message boards in many cases have become cesspools of too many think-alike types, who if you question their favorite teachers, start becoming very upset and who start using the scripts immediately. Many of those type of folks both in the churches and outside of them will tell you that one of your biggest duties is to conform, stop rocking the boat, and "grinding that axe".
Keeping those things in mind, Christians will suffer for standing on the truth, this will mean lost companions, lost friendships, and even lost family members. The gentle approach works with some and the direct with others, that must be discerned with God. However Christians in this this world will have IMMENSE hardship and disappointment. In America we are still relatively free, but even posting the basics about Roman Catholicism or other false religions, in many countries, means prison or worse.
Right now in America, we are blessed, but I have thought of those sitting alone in prison cells worldwide and during the Inquisitions, who very well, could have been totally ON THEIR OWN save for Jesus Christ, with families, friends, and others all rejecting them, telling them they are wrong, and telling them they are "MAD". How many were told as they were getting out the torches and stake, were told give in for the sake of the children? To stop making trouble? To bow before the Catholic Eucharist and go home and stop causing pain and suffering for everyone? [This is how they weeded out the "heretics" you know, those who refused to bow before the bread]
As things get worse and worse, one thing I want to extort Christians here to ask themselves, is...
COULD YOU STAND ALONE? If it was YOU, and NO ONE else SAVE FOR GOD? Even if your whole family told you that you were crazy, or if everyone in the world had turned their back on you? This is a question we should all ask ourselves. There are end time scenarios that are going to happen, such as when they demand you take the mark if the Lord does not tarry this could happen in even some of our lifetimes. Don't wait and ask yourself this when bad things start happening, ask yourself this now. Times in life may come when you have to stand on your principles even at cost, sometimes this may be a smaller matter such as refusing to take part in a community event tied to a false church or the big stuff, which Christians are facing in this world now in foreign countries where to be a Christian in some places means death.
The power to resist evil conformity and compromise will come via the Holy Spirit, and God will meet your needs. I've faced my own temptations where God helped me, facing the facts about Calvary Chapel was not easy, leaving a church never comes without some sacrifice of fellowship. I found out certain things that could not be ignored, and would have been a hypocrite to excuse ecumenism in Calvary Chapel while warning of it elsewhere. Later of course, I found out even more, that told me I never belonged there in the first place.
Many Christians coming out of the churches and standing for the truth, are finding out they are few in number, against the crowd. Some of the conforming types are even mocking them for the fewness of their number, such as in one confessing Christian telling another, "who would want to join you in your church of 3-5 people"? The crowd is praising the false teachers and leading many blind teachers of various kinds into ditches galore. Some Christians are finding themselves in a pretty isolated places standing up for God.
Here one needs that relationship with God, that surpasses all others. Where you pray daily and He comes first in your life. Where you can pray about these matters in an honest way.
I was reading this verse this morning, and thought about how this verse serves as a reminder to us.
Jhn 16:32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
Jhn 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
This of course talks about when Jesus will go to the Cross, but I think it reminds Christians we are never alone either, the Father is always with us, being "scattered" in this world or alone in standing up for God. Hebrews 13: 5-6 tells us God will never leave us alone or forsake us either there. Christians know that peace with God comes first, even if they must make hard stands that are very difficult in this world at times.
Christians need courage, a back bone, and to speak the truth. Love is not denying people the truth but being honest and forthright. We need to be able to make a stand and now what the price is in this world, and pray for those who do the persecuting. Many Christians while we have to face our own sin in front of God, avoiding anger, one feels a sadness for those held under the sway of false teachers. We pray: if only they could "see"! If only they could understand, what we are warning of them of. Romans 12 tells us not to conform to this world.
God wants individuals, He made your personality for a reason, you do not have to be like everyone else to be acceptable. Christians need to conform to God's Will not the world's. God calls people to "let us reason" together in book of Isaiah. The world desires conformity of the worse way, for control and to lead people down the path of perdition. Refuse it. Pray to God for faith, and for your relationship to grow with Him, in having that as a refuge against this world and its endless messages telling you to give in. I wonder at times about those popular preachers, and all the fancy ecumenical statements and organizations they sign on to and support, the peer pressures to join the crowd, has to be immense, but even there, they should have said, "NO!". Where is the strength of any conviction?
So I say Don't Lose Your Individuality too, and add to it, STAND ALONE for GOD!