Have you ever unknowingly turned down a one-way street, only to get caught by the local police ? Well, I've been there and done that.
This can easily be done. Especially, if you are in unfamiliar territory. Guess what, from a spiritual point of view, we as a nation, appear to be progressing further and further into unchartered territory, by infinitely moving down a one way path in the wrong direction. And where this path lead , is anybody's guess.
You see, we are now living in a pretentious time. ( 1 Timothy 4:1-2 ) A time when the majority of the world population has a completely distorted view of the Christian concepts. One need only surface the internet, today's main reference source on any subject be it true or false, to see what the world thinks about the attributes of Christianity.
Our Christian values are being attached from all sides, from the politicians, to the educators, to the so-called church clergy. I once heard a well know evangelist say that when the rapture occurs, most churches won't miss a beat.
As one well known world politician put it, "So, I have a deep faith. I'm rooted in the Christian tradition. I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people.
Another spokes person, from a well know Bible seminar stated, " "I think ( Hell ) is such a difficult and important biblical topic, there's a big change that's taken place as far as evangelicals not wanting to be as exclusive." At their recent annual Pastors School, two workshops discussed "Whatever happened to hell?" When ask how many of the pastors had ever preached a sermon on hell, Nobody had, he said. ( Psalm 9:7 ) ( Isaiah 33:14 ) ( Mark 9:43 ) ( Luke 16:23 ) ( 2 Thessalonians 1:9 ) ( Revelation 19:20, 21:8 )
What has happened to the " old time religion" concept ?
You see, as the world sees it, there are many gods and many ways to reach their final abode, heaven. One main religion alone has in excess of 300 million variations of deities. My complete unscientific guess is if you count the millions of other sect's and environmental religious convictions, that worship a variety of gods, the number would be as many as a half a billion gods.
What has caused this shift in philosophy, or better still the shift in theosophy ? It's the very same under laying factor that has been active, from the very beginning of creation, that being sin. ( Genesis 3:1-7 )
Satan is alive and well, ( Matthew 13:39 ) more so today than in any other time in history. ( 2 Cor 4:4 ) ( Luke 8:12 ) ( Revelation 2:3 ) Not only is he alive but he employs demons ( Revelation 2:13 ) Some Bible scholars even think as many as a third of the angels followed Satan in his fall from heaven .
Yes, Satan has infiltrated our government, our education systems, our work place, our financial systems, and yes even our churches. ( Ephesians 6:11-12 ) "Thus, over the ages, the mind-set of many gods and many ways to heaven.
However, It's just sad, because the scripture makes it perfectly clear that we have only one God ( Exodus 20:3 ) and only way to that God. ( John 14:6 )
The following scripture verses are given in support of this reality: ( Deuteronomy 4:35 ) (Deut 6:4 ) ( Deut 32:39 ) ( 1 Kings 18:39 ) ( Isaiah 43:10 ) ( Isaiah 44:8 ) ( Isaiah 45:5-6, 21 ) ( Isaiah 46:9 ) Mark 12:29, 32 ) (John 17:3 ) ( 1 Cor 8:6 ) ( Joshua 24:14 )
As Christians, in parallel with today's secular life style, we should always be on guard ( 1 Peter 5:8 ) and should always take a firm stand ( James 4:7 ), by using our Christian armor. ( Ephesians 6:11-18 )
For Satan, being a fallen angel of the most high status, ( Ezekiel 28:12- 14 ) is currently the prince of the power of the air, ( Ephesians 2:2 ) and the prince of this world ( John 12:31 ) However, Satan is only a creature and therefore not omniscient or infinite. Thus, he can be resisted by us Christians. ( James 4:7 And God has placed limitations on him. ( Job 1:12 )
As mention beforehand, one of Satan's biggest tools is to cause confusion. Especially, within the most influential entities, such as government, education, and religion. ( Galatians 1:8 ) Hence, the lie of having a multitude of convenient gods, which results in the false theory of " more than one opportune way to get to heaven".
You see Satan is a murderer and a liar ( John 8:44 ) He is an accuser . ( Revelation 12:10 ) And he is a sinful ( 1 John 3:8 ) skillful adversary. ( 1 Peter 5:8 ) More than ever before, he is dead set on destroying our Christian concepts, by using various individuals. ( Matthew 2:16 ) ( John 8:44 ) ( Matthew 16:23 ) ( John 13:27 )
That's why, as Christians, we need to let our voice be heard. ( Romans 8:31 ) ( 2 Timothy 1:7 ) ( Mark 16:15 ) Our eternal future depends on our willingness to only believe the true gospel. ( 2 Cor 11:4 )
In today's political correct world, there are millions of sincere men and women who have been mislead or misinformed. They have been deceived by any number of false enmities such as politicians, educators and religious leaders. ( 1 Thessalonians 5:21 )
Beloved, the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. (Mark 1:15) Have you believed the same Gospel, which Jesus preached? You need to be sure! There are many, many "gospels" being preached in the world today!
Consider what Mark Twain wrote, :
"In religion and politics, people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing" (Mark Twain's Autobiography, 1959).
Having a relationship with God, through His beloved Son ( John 3:16 ), is simply a matter of excepting God's free grace by your faith ( Ephesians 2:8-9 ). Just search the scriptures .( John 5:39 ) ( Hebrews 4:12 )