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by Dana Smith
03/27/07
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Daniel 12:10  Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

Romans 10:13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

2 Timothy 3:1  ¶This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.


I heard a shriek from the bedroom. As I moved quickly to react to what I had heard, I again heard the cry, “Oh, no!” I entered the room to find my wife looking at a picture on a website from the local news in town. The big story was to be featured as well in the next day’s papers. It was the story of a young woman who we had come to know on our regular business in town. My wife had gotten to know her and talk with her.

The story of this young woman is probably not new at all. She had drug problems and when we came to know her, the habit had been gone from her for a year. The word is “clean”, being clean from the use and addiction to drugs. The society we live in is adrift in the drug culture. From Prescription to the illegal use of narcotics, this culture seems adrift in it. All had been going fine, or so we thought. The woman somehow had now managed to get herself caught up in murder. The man she was with now, her husband or so we thought, had been shot numerous times. This woman had shot him after some drinking and arguments. She admitted to the police what had happened and now stood before the court in tears. The picture my wife looked at was a horrible scene. The D.A. was aiming at Murder One, being a premeditated act. This young lady, who we knew, now faced life in prison or the death penalty. My heart fell as I looked at the picture, “what a waste” I thought out loud.

We had seen her many times and talked with her. It was more of listening as this young woman, who really liked to talk. Over the course of the time we knew her; we could not or was not able to work in how important it was for this young woman to know the Lord. The bottom line was, many times when we talk to people about what we see as coming on America and the church, no one believes us. When we talk about the need to repent, many just look at us as being weird. The truth is, people need to repent. The days we live in are truly perilous, just as Paul said in 2 Timothy chapter 3.

The day and age we live in brings to us one important point after another, of which is the sad scene today in America, and the true coldness of many churches to outsiders. Add to this the division among churches, secularism of the gospel, and the spread of the prosperity gospel has brought a message which is devoid of substance and power.

Today, we know that people who do not know God cannot come to him, unless the Spirit draws that person. Unless we pray for the unbelievers and spread the gospel of salvation, how can a person be saved? We live in a society today that is religious, powerful, and rich. It is one which sees America as having built herself up. The pride we have is seen in the way we blatantly curse God and do what we want. Scripture tells us in these days we live in, that the “wicked will not understand”, see Daniel. The times will be full of wickedness, trouble, and turmoil. For those who do not know God, they will not understand what is really happening. For them it might just be Global warming, power hungry dictators, or violent people causing all the trouble. The only ones who really know what is happening are the “righteous of God”, which are those who are born again, walking in obedience with Jesus Christ our Lord, keeping his commandments and his faith.

If we who know what is going on don’t warn the wicked, then who will? If the church doesn’t present the true gospel of God, then who will? The answer to both is, no one will. God, however, will still hold us accountable for what we do. Remember what Christ said about the “salt losing its savor”? The church, its people, and many leaders today have lost their savor. This savor is the excitement, faith, and love of Jesus Christ. It is following in true obedience to the known will of God.

This young woman, whom we know, is just one of the many people we meet in our daily life. I have stood with people talking about many things. In those talks I try to bring around the judgment we are facing. The truth is, we need to bring to people another fact that Christ died for. That is “whosoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved”. If we cannot give that message, then what will the Lord say about us?


If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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