The Church’s Need to Press Into God

This is not intended to slam the church, but the time has come for Christians to stop “playing” church and start being the church. It’s time to jettison the numbers game and to start getting serious about authentic discipleship. It’s far past time for treating churches like businesses and trend-setters, and to start getting serious about Jesus Christ and His Great Commission—adhering to Jesus’ instructions instead of sinful men’s ingenuity.

For the past several decades the church has pressed more into the world, learning from its practices, ways, and examples to try to woo persons to Jesus, instead of pressing into God in prayer, proclaiming the true gospel, and trusting the work of the Holy Spirit to convict people of sin and drawing them to Christ in truth. However, what has happened instead is the church has become, by and large, impotent, ineffective, and irrelevant. In the meantime, the world is rapidly changing—and not for the better. Spiritual deception is running rampant, the world’s powerful elitists (including the Pope—who is not an ambassador of Christ) are pushing for a one world governance, which the Bible says will be demonically orchestrated and will give rise to the evil-to-the-core Antichrist. A secular, godless world is already being conditioned to embrace such a horrific leader to be its pseudo-savior.

Sadly, many preachers are more concerned with building megachurches, and many who profess to be Christians are more interested in feeling warm fuzzies, playing religious games, and slithering in and out of services without any commitment, rather than becoming genuine disciples and ambassadors of Christ, and being ready at any time for His return.

It’s high time for Christians to get serious about sin and repentance, and for so-called “backsliders” to stop feigning an empty faith and get right with God. We are entering a time when we can’t afford to play and mess around. Governments around the world are becoming increasingly corrupt, and it seems godless Marxism is is increasingly taking root. These, and the globalist elites do view Christianity with hostility. There is a strong storm brewing, and those who are not truly building their faith on the solid foundation of Christ and His teachings are in for a terribly rude awakening.

It’s timed or the church to press into the holy God, and to stop trying to appease the world. It’s time to return to proclaiming the true gospel and to warn of the wrath to come (1 Thes. 2:16). Indeed, we must speak the truth in love, but it’s high time to stop cuddling people in their sins. It’s true, they might choose to walk away forever from the grace offered them, but it’s their choice to make (Matt. 19:21-22). But this is better than cradling them in their sins and lying to them, giving them a false hope—which is exactly what it is when we try to say God accepts us and our sins or to simply deny something is sin that the Bible does call sin.

I wonder, when the storm comes, how many persons have genuine faith in Christ and His gospel that they’re not going to be swept away by the tides of deception and persecution? I’m both saddened and angered by how many are called pastors, but who are nothing but mongrels who have no business being behind the pulpit. They do not preach the whole counsel of God, they do not truly disciple and equip believers for kingdom living, but simply spin sermon lullabies, keeping persons lackadaisical. Many of them offer “gospels” which are not gospels at all, worthless teachings of temporal prosperity and a sense of belonging, but void of the true Spirit of Christ.

I’m not simply being unnecessarily critical. The Bible warns that in the last days deception and lawlessness will abound, and there will be a great apostasy (i.e., a falling away from the faith). Furthermore, we are warned: “But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!” (Rev. 12:12). This dragon’s rage against the people of God is going to intensify, and he is going to give his authority to a man someday who is going to deceive many. This time might be closer than we think, if our world succumbs to a global governance. Eventually this is going to happen, but church, must it be now? Are we really to be like drunken or sleeping sentries who are oblivious to the forces of evil standing at the gates and ready for battle? Are the faithful to be left defenseless simply because so-called pastors are afraid of people leaving their churches because of truth or simply trying to make a name for themselves, rather than exalting them name of Jesus? Understand, every one of us will one day give account, and not everyone who says of Jesus, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 7:21-23).

The church can no longer afford to “do business as usual.” We must begin pressing into God. First, we need to confess and repent of our religious games, idolatry, and apathy. Second, we need to plead for God’s protection from the storm to come, which might be closer than we think. Third, we need to plead for  divine discernment in these times, for lies and deception are all around us and are growing increasingly worse. Our nation and world have entered a downward spiral of which there is no recovering from except for the mercy of God in response to the prayers of His people. But the question remains, will we cast off our obstinance and pride to press into God for healing and restoration?

6 Warnings of Living in the Last Days

The Bible warns of a time of growing confusion and tribulation, as a chapter in human history comes to a close. Like a great novel or movie, evil will intensify and seem to have the victory; however, the final chapter will reveal that good will prevail. Nevertheless, the devastation (considered by the wicked mere collateral damage) evil will leave in its wake is, and shall be, real and horrible.

The Bible gives warning to believers to not be taken by surprise or swept away by the foretold events of the last days. We are exhorted to be alert, and given instructions to watch for certain happenings. While we don’t know the time of the Lord’s eventual return, we do know we are in the last hour (1 John 2:18). We are drawing ever closer to the hour when all hell will break loose throughput the world. As we consider the following things the Scriptures tell us to watch for, we might be closer to the hour than we realize.

  1. A world of mounting turmoil, lawlessness,and confusion. Jesus says to watch for a time when there are wars and rumors of war, famines, and various earthquakes—but these are only the beginning. John MacArthur notes that these “have always characterized life in a fallen world … Jesus indicated that things will get notably and remarkably worse at the end of the era.” [1] Persecution of Christians will increase to a global scale. Presently, around the world there is a growing hostility toward Christianity on all fronts, and many are abandoning the faith even within churches. Of natural consequence, since people’s hearts bend toward sin, false prophets arise to speak what people want to hear and people increasingly throw off restraints. Hollywood has always been a haven for sensuality of all kinds, but many politicians are nothing less than criminals, guilty of extortion, blackmail, prostitution/human trafficking, and all sorts of deception. Around the world we are seeing evil applauded as good and good condemned as evil. It is not surprising that love will grow cold where hearts cannot be warmed by genuine love’s flames.
  2. Perilous times. The apostle Paul, being guided by the Holy Spirit, writes, “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people” (2 Tim. 3:1-5). Is this not descriptive of much of what we are seeing today? Can we deny the three great loves of the day is self, money, and pleasure? We see much arrogance and abusive speech, the resistance of any kind of authority. Even the natural affection of a mother for her child is cast off as persons literally celebrate after having abortions. Many persons of the cloth, having the pretense of servants of God, are nothing more than wolves gratifying themselves. Genuine Christians must beware of this and not turn a blind eye.
  3. Itching ears. Paul later writes, “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound[a] teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth” (2 Tim. 4:3-4). The apostle urges pastors to preach the truth of God’s Word, although the time will come when people will refuse to listen to it. Many will continue to be “religious,” but they will find preachers who will condone their sinful behaviors and won’t offend them with sermons on the Cross, Christ’s exclusivity, God’s offense against sin, and the like. It is no exaggeration to say many seminaries are nothing more than breeding grounds for snakes and many churches are nothing more than a refuge for the vile, where the Lord and Christ of the Bible is not truly welcomed.
  4. The falling away. Paul, again guided by the Holy Spirit, writes, “Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed” (2 Thes. 2:3). Before the Antichrist comes onto the scene, there must be a preparation for his coming, a conditioning before people are willing to accept such evil incarnate. There are many today who unashamedly renounce Christianity. The last couple of years this has become in vogue.
  5. Scoffers. The apostle Peter, also guided by the Holy Spirit, writes, “scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, ‘Where is the promise of his coming?’” (2 Pet. 3:3-4). There was a time when theology was considered the loftiest of the sciences. Today, universities have become hostile towards true theology. Many scoff with such disdainful arrogance. William MacDonald notes that Christians “should not be bowled over by the arrogant and blasphemous denials of these men. Rather they should see in them a definite indication that the end of the age is nearing.” [2] Often it seems the most aggressive against Christianity are wicked men in defiance of God and the Christians’ warnings of hell. MacDonald writes, “What they really say is this: “You Christians have been threatening us with warnings about a terrible judgment upon the world. You tell us that God is going to intervene in history, punish the wicked, and destroy the earth. It’s all a pack of nonsense. We have nothing to fear. We can live as we please.” [3] An irony is many godless individuals who are adamant about there being no God—thus, no moral Law Giver—are ones who talk about evil in the world. Strangely, many of whom are indulgent in their own passions, be it in sexuality or cruelty. We witness much condescending scoffing in our day.
  6. Antichrist spirit. John, another apostle guided by the Holy Spirit, writes, “it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us” (1 John 2:18-19). John wrote this approximately two thousand years ago. If it was the last hour then, how much more now? There is an antichrist spirit that has taken hold of politics, education, ideologies, and entertainment all around the world. There is a growing acceptance of the most despicable behaviors, yet a louder outcry against the sacred and holy. This is no less true within modern Christendom. Every major mainline Christian denomination has been severed by those with itching ears wanting sins and ungodly behaviors to be condoned and treated on par with what is sacred. Let true believers stand true to the Scriptures which are “God-breathed.” John writes that we are in the last hour. Even today, many have gone “out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us.” 

The Scriptures are given to us for a reason. They’re not meant to confuse us but to guide us, as well as to help us discern between what is false and what is true. But the only way the Scriptures will benefit us is if we are first willing to yield to its authority. If not, then we greatly risk being swept away by the deception and wickedness of the last days.

[1] John MacArthur, The MacArthur Bible Commentary (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2005), 1172.

[2] William MacDonald, Believer’s Bible Commentary, 2nd ed. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2016), 2399.

[3] Ibid., 2400.


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