“This is what the LORD says–your redeemer who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself, who foils the signs of false prophets and makes fools of diviners, who overthrows the learning of the wise and turns it into nonsense, who carries out the words of his servants and fulfills the predictions of his messengers.” (Isaiah 44:24-26 NIV)
With America’s election still on our mind, during breakfast my friend and mentor described a hand-out he received. It was passed on to him and his fellow church board members by his pastor. Catching his attention–then mine also–was the title “Destroy a Church in 4 Simple Steps” by Tim Challies. From the article, friend Dave received a revelation: The four steps that ruin churches are ruining our nation.
Briefly, the four steps Challies cites are: Reject truth; reject truth tellers, embrace false teachers and embrace false doctrine. If this does not describe the current charged political atmosphere, what does? Rejecting Scripture, then persecuting those who stand on Christian principles, has raised its ugly head. Examples of Christians fined and persecuted for their faith are many–and grows daily. Odd to say that for a nation founded on Christian morality and religious freedom.
What will cause more fear from the news media than a politician who declares they follow Jesus? The same is true for those who exhibit common sense. Currently, illegals flood the U.S.’s southern border at the rate of 1500 per day. In politics to suggest immigration laws presently on the books should be enforced, is to be a racist and anti-immigrant. For those who reject truth and truth tellers alike, voicing opposition to their ideas is an act of war .
In politics false prophets are embraced as they are often in the church. Secretary Clinton was a prophet, as was President-elect Trump. The cult of personality is such that whatever she or he said or did was right. To her friends, doctrines Mrs. Clinton promoted were unquestioned. When she went down in defeat, it was because dark forces stole her destiny. Anger spilled over into the streets. Would the same reaction have occurred had Mr. Trump lost? Doubtful, because his side did not feel entitled nor were they as certain of victory. The cultist aspects of today’s politics is proof positive that it indeed is spiritual.
Is the tide of ruin in America temporarily halted? If the four simple steps destroying the country’s churches continues unabated, then there is no remedy. It is a contradiction for a Christian to reject truth, reject truth tellers, embrace false prophets and false doctrines. Whenever the cult of personality invades the church, as it has politics, then the death spiral begins. Paul wrote: “Follow me as I follow Christ.” Following human leaders without using critical thinking will culminate in the religious worshiping the beast.
Since all politics is spiritual, standing firm in the truth of God’s Word while denying everything opposed to Christ, offers the world its only hope of salvation.