The Victory is Assured

It seems that everywhere we turn we see that the world is focused upon stopping the mouths of Christians. Our own government (the land of the free) has made laws against speaking certain truths, classifying that speech as hate speech. Already, in Canada, there has been one tried and convicted of hate speech who simply quoted scripture, which incidentally condemns homosexuality. And in this country, where “congress shall make no laws respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” they have demanded that the public display of the Ten Commandments be removed, citing an erroneous concept of “separation of church and state.” They have basically gone beyond their authority by making laws respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Apparently there are many who fear that jurors and the public may be influenced by viewing these Ten Commandments, reinforcing the concept of a standard of authority greater than that of the courts, themselves. This writer does not dispute that the Law of Moses was nailed to the cross (Col. 2:14); but most certainly the posting of the Ten Commandments should give one pause for circumspection of one's responsibility to his Creator.

Elsewhere, there are those espousing that we ought to be tolerant of a religion they fallaciously call the religion of peace, and should not be spoken against (which in fact means the truth about it ought not be be exposed) for fear of offending its followers. Consequently, truth is squelched and lies are perpetuated. The Bible says “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet,and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” (Isa. 5:20-21). Frankly, when a nation prohibits open, truthful debate in the public square, that nation calls evil good, and good evil. That nation's leaders are prudent in their own eyes.

Is Christianity on the run? Has the special interests of political correctness neutralized the Gospel? Should Christians be afraid of the evolving cultural and social developments toward humanism, hedonism, paganism, and anti-Christ religions? What are we, the members of the Lord's church, to do?

This kind of struggle has existed all along, and it is important to know the characteristics of the conflict the Christian faces. It is not one of a physical nature.

Eph. 6:10-12 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might, 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

We are not fighting flesh and blood, but our warfare is spiritual in nature; we must gird ourselves with spiritual weapons for spiritual battle. Verses thirteen through eighteen of the previous passage enumerate those battle implements with which the Christian is to arm himself. Note especially, that we are to be strong in the Lord, in the power of his might. We do not have a wimpy king; we have a strong, capable leader; one who has power and might. We have the necessary armaments which enable us to defeat the wicked enemy of darkness.

We have no reason to be timid, retreating to the shadows for fear of failure. What spirit have we been given: that of cowardice and weakness? No, indeed!

2 Tim. 1:7-8 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;

We need not to flee from the fight, but we must face the enemy head on. Remember Joshua and Caleb: they had no doubts that God had given them the land, and were ready to take what God had promised them. God has given us the victory; for truth to prevail we need to stand fast and be courageous to fight the good fight, both within and without the church.

Curtis A. Little, Royse City, TX

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Sunday
Morning Worship . . .9:30 AM
Bible Class . . . . . . 10:45 AM

Evening Worship . . .5:00 PM
(except for every 1st Sunday of the month, devotional at ~12:30 PM)

Wednesday
Bible Class . . . . . . . 7:00 PM

Ladies' Bible Class
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Royse City, Texas 75189
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Royse City, Texas 75189