Weekly Memory Verse: May 21
2 Timothy 3:13 "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived".
This weekend I heard on the news that another symbolic cross was taken down by the pressure of godless groups.
I hear this happening a lot, so much so that we are getting inured to it. We kind of throw it off, thinking that it's not that important, and as we watch the insidious removal of all that represents Christ, the Christ-haters are "waxing worse and worse".
In 1960, when forbidding prayer in schools was upheld, we began a slow decline that has steamrolled into a full-fledged "anything is tolerated but Christ" way of thinking within the elitists now running the schools.
I've heard that a high majority of our children in college campuses now believe that there is no absolute truth. (You have to ask them if they believe that absolutely, but of course you will be castigated for offending them).
I also heard that some architect built a building to represent this type of thinking, where doors and stairs led to nowhere, so there was no coherent passage throughout the building. It was asked of him whether the foundation was secure enough to walk through it. (Ravi Zacharias presents this much better).
For if the foundation is not secure, it doesn't matter what you build upon it.
I think of today's passage, how that the evil men are not only deceiving, but are deceived themselves. They remove the foundation of absolute truth presented by God from the beginning, and create their own "truths", which are ever-changing to whatever suits them in their quest for dominance and self-justification.
I think many turned away because they were sick of stodgy, self-righteous "Christians" who added a lot of their own "truths" to the Truth, and nit-picked and exaggerated esoteric parts of the Bible for their own gain and neglected the Truth Himself.
Others, filled with their own sin and lustful desires simply capitalized on the apathy of a lazy and worldly church who, instead of using the freedom God had so richly bestowed in our country to have a say in government affairs, simply ignored the godless policies infiltrating our government until the antichrists acquired a stranglehold on the vital seats of power.
And slowly, policy after policy the values of Christ are being eroded, and the spirit of antichrist has gotten bolder and bolder until it is now ingrained in the very hearts of our children.
But, as long as we have our TVs. cell-phones, and places to live, we really don't think much about our country falling into the hands of seducers.
The answer to this followed in this chapter: "that from a child you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus."
The seducers have grabbed the hearts and minds of our children from kindergarten, with unwitting Christians neglected the teaching of God's truths in their homes. We've given a generation of minds over to deception, and are now paying the price.
May the Lord have mercy on us, and let us begin now to right the mistakes we have made, and train our children with the Word of God, and teach its absolute truth to those already deceived.
We must "work while it is day, for the night cometh when no man can work". (John 9)
And as one cross is removed, we must tell those around us the real meaning behind that cross while some still remain as symbols of He who "loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
Today if you hear His voice, harden not your heart.