The Bible tells us the battle is intense in the “last days”. There will be a great falling away in the church.
The world has rejected God’s values, particularly having approved same sex marriage and transgender. Sadly, we are seeing many church denominations compromise with the world and become apostate, as prophesied. It is important to remember, Jesus said of himself that He would bring division:
- Not peace but a sword (put on the full armour of the Lord, take up the sword of faith)
- Son against father, daughters against mothers, in-laws against in-laws, family member against family member
- Enemies will be in the same household
- With me or against me
- Heavenly kingdom not of this world
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.” Matthew 10:34-37
“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 10:38-39
“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” Matthew 11:12
“I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to be baptised with, and how distressed I am till it is accomplished! Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division. For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three. Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” Luke 12:49-53
“Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” John 18:36
WHY IS THIS DISRUPTION AND FORCE NECESSARY?
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12
Victory in this battle is never found at a negotiation table filled with compromise and conditions.
It is past time for marketplace believers to step into our co-destiny with Jesus – to take back lost territory. The battle will be fierce, but Jesus said, “when these things begin to happen look up, lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” Luke 21:28 His return is not too far off.
Hence, it is time to:
- Refuse to bow to ungodly secular pressures that push non-Kingdom agendas;
- Resist society’s expectations within entertainment, art or education that subvert a Godly standard of living;
- Come out of apostate churches and ensure we raise God fearing children.
- Resist political, governmental or special interest group pressure to lower our standards or behaviour.
We must hold to God’s inerrant Word.