Saturday, December 29, 2012
Standing as a Christian
It's not always easy. I do get myself in "trouble" more often then not. I have told people directly that false religions lead to hell, trust me this one isn't always received in good fashion. People do not take kindly to being told false religions lead to hell. One thing many people will fall into the trap of believing hell is the most hideous invention, hey I had those days in the UU when from their pulpits they would tell us how despicable hell was and how Christianity was not true. They didn't get the piece that Jesus Christ came to save us in love from our sins.
I tell people this verse to go along with it:
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
One thing to remember out there is the world has no problem with the "Christians" who embrace all religions as leading to "god", those "Christians" are loved by the world. Those are not the people who will face what the Bible believer will. In fact many of the false churches are joined with the world as I have shown time and time again on this blog.
Of course we want to to tell people that all are called to repentance [Luke 5:32] and Jesus Christ came in love to save them from their sins.
2 Thess 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
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Some people who may know you but disagree with your religious stands, may just shake their heads. The world will tell you that you have lost your mind, you do not understand and even more insidious messages then this. One's heart can break too, if you deal with people you care about who turn away from the Christian message and maybe even you for delivering it! Remain steadfast and go to God's Word. One cannot deny what they believe or He who has saved them. Look at the book of the Bible I named this very blog after....
Galatians 4:16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
Sometimes I have the kind non-believers who tell me, "you are such a nice person, how did you get these Taliban like beliefs?" when I say I believe other religions are false and will lead people to hell or that Jesus is the only way. That one isn't easy to hear either. I usually say or type this out in response:
1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
I know in America we are not suffering the intense persecution of some folks, but some instances are cropping up for me that are showing things as they are. Recently I've had someone tell me, you are bringing division between people! They told me, this "This With Me or Against Me" stuff is dysfunctional, bible believer!"
I said, well, there will be division in this world! This is where knowing your Bible helps....
Luke 12: 51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
I quoted that verse to them. Not sure what they thought but I hope it made them think. I can tell the pressures to "become one" or religions to join together or for humanity to join together with no divisions have only grown stronger. What was the "global awakening" message about but just another "unify" message? There is no mystery to me why every religion has jumped on the unity-globalist bandwagon, save for bible-believing Christianity.
You know you are witnessing a lot, when someone forbids you to discuss religion in their house. Yes, that happened very recently to me too. I didn't go to the event that was planned, and did stand up and say, "I can't deny I'm a Christian that would be denying God". One thing I am a polite guest and don't get up and preach and bang my bible but I guess quoting the Bible probably a lot and witnessing when I got the opportunities brought this to their notice.
I am know I am not always perfect in making my stands, I know I have to pray more myself about walking in faith and praying to God about what I am to do and when I am to speak out.
2 Corinthians 5:7
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But sometimes it seems hard. God has put me in the position where the numbers of Christians around me are very few or they are far away. I would like to ask my readers for prayer regarding this issue, as it has weighed heavily on me. I am not sure why this has been so long lasting but seeking to trust in God. Lately I have felt very solitary as a Christian outside of my relationship with God and a few friends. Maybe you do too. There are very few Christian people in my life around me, and even my old bible-believing church members are now far away. I relate if you feel this way and alone, like you are the "only one" out there. It is something I have to pray about all the time. I do have to hold on despite the constant pressure to "conform and be quiet" and not talk about such things. Satan's onslaughts to "shut up" can grow pretty intense out there. The world is working hard to silence the gospel and silence the Christians who still love the truth.