“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God” II Tim 3:1-4
I recently received an email requesting Christians to pray for Valley Forge Christian College because they have been targeted by Soulforce, a homosexual activist group. Each year Soulforce conducts “The Equality Ride” which targets Christian/religious schools that they deem to be teaching injustice toward homosexuals. They travel to schools and promote their philosophy. There have also been other GLBT (Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender) groups who have invaded churches while in worship in order to disturb the preaching and proclaim their agenda. Though their mistreatment of Christian groups is plainly obvious to everyone, the world mostly says nothing.
Then there is the upsurge of modern-day atheism which is very vocal and self-righteous in proclaiming their message. Atheistic groups have made it their agenda to publicly criticise any scientific research that promotes intelligent design, and are particularly vociferous in decrying creationists. Though Christians have been openly vilified (even being dismissed from employment without cause), the world does not rise to their defence.
So what about the church? With such militancy being paraded by secular/humanist groups, it should be natural to conclude that the Christians would also be militantly active. Sadly, the opposite is the case; the church is passive, acquiescent and often sides with the world against Biblical Christianity.
II Tim 3:3 states that the last days will reveal people who are fierce and despisers of those that are good. Fierce has the original meaning of savage, while despisers of those that are good carries a far greater meaning; those who despise others who are good must themselves be radically bad.
While atheists stand and proclaim their agenda “Christians” are cajoling the world into “asking Jesus into their hearts”. While GLBT activists broadcast their agenda “Christians” are attempting to show the world how relevant they are by declaring the benefits of being a Christian.
But what did Jesus tell us to do? Placate the masses with sappy extra-Biblical appeals? No! Jesus ordered the church to preach the gospel to everybody, everywhere. In these times Christians will either stand up, or we will slip away into safe obscurity. That choice belongs to each believer.