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Topic: Embarrassed (07/19/07)
TITLE: The Test Of Death
By John Huckstep
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The very soul of America is being gutted while Christians socialize and wonder when the rapture will take place. We are afraid to get up, speak up, and stand up for Godly principles. We stand by while the liberal left wants to do away with the mention of Christ in any and all public places. They want to take Christ out of Christmas, remove In God We Trust from our coins and stop the pledge of Allegiance that our forefathers used to establish this great nation of ours.
Where are the watchman on the walls who will stand up and deliver the truth according to God’s word. Why do we now embrace homosexuality as if it was ordained from God? The church has become a launching pad for political correctness, appeasement, and apathy. Paul states it best in Romans 1:25. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie.
Dr Francis Schaeffer said: “Here is the great evangelical disaster–the failure of the evangelical world to stand up for truth as truth-------The evangelical world has accommodated to the world spirit of the age. To accommodate to the world spirit is nothing less than the most gross form of worldliness. We must say, with exceptions, the evangelical church is worldly and not faithful to the living Christ.”
I’m embarrassed that we embrace global warming while ignoring the weightier issue of abortion, homosexuality and secular liberal leftist attacks on God and America. It’s time that we acknowledge evil and call sin a sin. We can no longer sit by and let the devil spread his deceptions without fighting back.
Christianity is not just about knowing truth it’s about speaking the truth. Jesus called twelve disciples who had all kinds of faults but in spite of all their faults they loved Jesus. They went out and confronted Satan and his lies head on. They abandoned everything in the world but Christ and they were silenced one by one: Peter–Crucified, Andrew–Crucified, Matthew–Killed by the sword, James–Crucified, Phillip–Crucified, Simon–Crucified, James the brother of Jesus–Stoned to death, Thomas–Speared to death, Bartholomew–Crucified, James the son of Zebedee–Killed by the sword, John–Banished to Patmos.
These disciples went through the test of death to fight darkness and evil and proclaim a risen Christ. Their blood still cries out from the grave that Christ has risen. What are we doing for Christ? Are we standing up against those who are crying out there is no God?
The historical account of Andrew’s death says it best: Peter’s brother, was crucified by Aegeas, a Roman Governor, in the city of Sebastopolis, Andrew had brought so many to faith in Christ that the governor came to the province to compel the new Christians to sacrifice to idols and renounce their faith. Andrew challenged Aegeas to his face, told him to renounce his false gods and idols, and declared that the gods and idols of the Romans were not gods but devils and the enemies of mankind. In a rage, the proconsul ordered Andrew not to teach and preach, and warned him that if he did he would be fastened to a cross. Andrew replied, “I would not have preached the honor and glory of the cross, if I feared the death of the cross.” He was immediately condemned. As Andrew was taken to the place of his execution, he saw the cross in the distance and cried out, “O cross, most welcome and looked for! With a willing mind, joyfully and desirously, I come to thee, being the scholar of Him who did hang on thee: because I have always been thy lover, and have coveted to embrace thee.”
Dr Dobson said: “We’re at a pivotal point in the history of this country. Be a participant, don’t sit on the sidelines while our basic freedoms are lost.” It’s time to confront evil even if it comes to the test of death.
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