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Where Are the Christians?
The Silent Church
Writer: Lea Sylvester | firstname.lastname@example.org | 2013 | www.raptureforums.com
Today, many Christians are looking around at the gross immorality in our nation and are asking themselves, "where are the Christians?" Many are asking, "where are the churches?" To understand how we got to where we are today, it is necessary to look back at what has happened and read God's Word to see what it is that the Body of Christ should be doing. Many confuse "the church" with The Body of Christ - Ekklesia. To quote a beloved and discerning friend:
"The word church is not Biblical. It is a building, but it is also a word used to indicate a doctrine or belief system. The Presbyterian Church interprets God's word different than the Methodist Church which is different than the Catholic Church and so on. All of these (and every denomination) pick and choose which part of God's word they feel needs to be followed, or needs to be updated to agree with modern life. We can be sitting in a pew every week and be fellowshipping with Belial if the doctrine of that "church" does not conform to God's word. On the other hand, the word "Ekklesia" means to be called out, and this is the word used in the original language of the New Testament and mistranslated "church" in most Bibles. Why is Ekklesia important? Because God's word emphasizes that Christians are called out from the world and are not to be a part of the world. Our lives need to reflect Christ, not Belial. 'Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.' 2 Corinthians 6:17-18."
So, we see that God intends us, as believers, to be separate; not a part of this world. Our lives should reflect Christ, not the things of this world. This means we should never tolerate evil. How should we view evil?
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength. Proverbs 8:13-14
As Christians, we must remember above all that God is holy. God cannot and will not nor will He ever tolerate sin. God will not tolerate evil. Nor will He tolerate evil men. Therefore, we are instructed to hate evil. We are told in the passage of Scripture above what God hates. We are also reminded that He is understanding and strength. As we mature in Christ, we should want to obey God's commandments. All wisdom comes from God.
Christians should know that lying, deceitfulness, theft, jealousy, adultery, and other sins of the flesh are - sin. They are also evil. But, what of adultery? What of homosexuality? What about "tolerating" other religions - such as Islam? Some self-professing Christians as well as their churches are teaching that we should be tolerant. They are saying that the Bible is outdated and that homosexuality is okay. Not only that, they are saying that Christians who do not tolerate these things are "haters," or are intolerant. You betcha! When did God tell them that He had changed His words, His commandments, His teachings? Where did God say we should EVER tolerate that which is not of Him? That which is not of Him is - evil.
It is time for those who believe in Jesus Christ, who believe He is the Messiah, that He is the Son of God who died for our sins and who rose again; who is now sitting at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us; who will return again-and who choose/have chosen to follow in His path - His teachings, abandoning the things of this world, living and serving Him; to stand up and do what we are told to do. This is not an "interpretation" this is what Christians ARE to do. It doesn't matter if a preacher or a church or a denomination teaches or says differently. To the contrary, there are those who are not teaching God's Word. They will have to answer for that and Jesus Christ had much to say on that subject.
Individually, we are responsible for knowing right from wrong, for discerning truth from a lie, to know evil from good. Why is it that so many Christians are "pro-choice," and believe we should tolerate sin? They are straddling the fence between Jesus Christ and the world. They are only fooling themselves. And, it is those and those who stood/stand silent as attitudes, behavior, and laws are changed to cater to carnality who will shoulder the blame for why our society is decaying before our very eyes.
What is evil? Evil is the absence of God. Anything not of God is evil. The Bible doesn't "define" evil, it describes it. Evil and good are absolutes. They are benchmarks or standards by which all things should be measured. It is a reference point for us, a "moral compass." Good and evil can NEVER coexist. They divide, classify, label, profile and we must understand this. Why would we wonder why "the left" hates (God) Christians so badly? It is because of this very fact.
Our society has been fed numerous lies. One of them is that there are no moral absolutes. It is said now that what is right for you might not be right for me and what is wrong for you might not be wrong for me. Horse manure! This is called situational ethics. This is what humanism teaches. By the way, humanism IS a religion and it is being taught to our children is public schools all over America each and every day. Yet, prayer to God Almighty, and in Jesus' Name is not allowed. Public displays of Christianity are frowned upon, even detested more and more every day. But, we are to tolerate prayers of other religions, teachings of other religions and not say a word? No!
Yes, there are absolutes! Cold is the absence of heat; in the same way darkness is the absence of light. God is good, God is not evil. If God is good, evil is not that; because God is good. We have multitudes of Scriptures which tell us the goodness of God.
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him." Psalm 34:8
The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. Psalm 34:16
Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolute [held guilty, found guilty]. Psalm 34:21
Scripture is pretty plain, even a child can understand that God does not tolerate evil nor those who do evil. Does seeing evil and taking no action; turning one's head or sticking one's head "in the sand" differentiate between those who do evil and those who do not? No, those who see evil and say nothing are complicit in that which is evil. They are guilty.
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkeness, not in chambering and wantoness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. Romans 13:11-14
When we allow society to get away from moral absolutes, it opens the door for those who stand in darkness, workers of iniquity to change laws. This has happened in our nation. Natural Law (God-given law, not given by man and that which can never be taken away), was changed to "case law" which is now the standard by which things are judged in this nation. In 1948, because of this departure from Natural Law (which our forefathers understood and acknowledged; it was "declared" that "separation of church and state" was the intention of our founding fathers. These "progressives" who propagated these lies, (who were/are away from God, the Bible), usurped God's laws. The "church" did nothing to stop this. This began the downward spiral which we see our nation in today.
Let us not forget that the founders of this nation were well-aware of what an evil government could do. They wanted freedom TO worship - not from it. They sought to shape a society that was civil, that understood and respected God's laws and that would never be allowed to act in tyranny again. They usurped King George and the persecution that they were subjected to (and it was extreme) to come to a new and uncharted land. They faced death, they put everything they had on the line, including their lives and the lives of their families, in order to make it possible that no one who followed would be subjected to what they had to live through.