"For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities -- his eternal power and divine nature -- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator -- who is forever praised. Amen,” [Romans 1:20-25]
“First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, "Where is this `coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the Day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men,” [2 Peter 3:3-7]
“Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief,” [1 Thessalonians 5:1-4]
For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved,” [2 Thessalonians 2:7-10]
“Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge,” [Daniel 12:3-4]
“No longer will there be any curse,” [Revelation 22:3]
Imagine a world with no disease, with no war, no starvation, no oppressive government and no crime… -a “perfect” world.
But there are two philosophies –only two, that explain how we can obtain a perfect world. The first philosophy is that of God. Only God is capable of reversing the curse on this world and bringing an end to death and destruction. He plans to do this through His Son, Jesus Christ, to teach us the Way of peace with God and everlasting life. The other philosophy is the philosophy of man. This philosophy teaches that man must save himself through his own efforts. While acknowledging (or vehemently trying to deny) that there is a teaching of God, man, seeking to be god himself, exchanges the truth of God for a lie. This is the tendency of man because of his rebellious nature. Instead of worshipping the God who made the mountains, the subjects of Nimrod began constructing a man-made mountain (a ziggurat), not a “tower” as we understand towers, but a pyramid-shaped, “better-than-the-ones-God-makes” mountain. Instead of giving honor to God as the Only Creator, man fabricates a substitute religious system and claims that this is “truth.” Truth is exchanged for lie, life for death, humility for pride, sacrifice for convenience and theocracy (the understanding that God is the only legitimate, true Ruler of the earth) for dictatorship. Our contemporary philosophies about life are, as Solomon would say, “Nothing new under the sun.” It’s just more of the same. Daniel, at the end of his prophetic record, writes these words that were revealed to him: “Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.” From Renaissance to Enlightenment, to Industrialization to Modernism, to Aerospace to Nuclear Physics, to Microchips to DNA sequencing, man has certainly advanced much in the past 300 years. While we have achieved much technologically, we have lost something in the process: We have exalted man’s achievements over dependence on God. We have constructed many man-made mountains to replace the God who made the mountains. The rebellious heart of man says, “If enough of us deny God’s existence, then we can live life however we choose –and force the remainder of people to adopt our philosophy.”
Christians, however, follow the Way of God and find Life. But we are tempted on a daily basis to exchange God’s truth for a lie. The Church’s members have compromised much, not even realizing how detrimental it is to the entire world when the salt and light gives up a little more salt and light to keep the “peace.” While compromising the truth of God in the short term may seem appealing so that nobody “rocks the boat,” the long-term effect is more dominion for Satan’s antichrist kingdom. Ask the Germans from the W.W.II era if compromising truth a little at a time results in a long-term peace. Ask the people of the C.I.S. (former Soviet Union) if compromising truth results in peace. The outcome of the future does not rest with wicked men –it rests with God’s people, whether they are willing to stand at critical moments in history, to boldly proclaim, “No, King Nebuchadnezzar, we will not bow.” We will not bow to false gods. We will not cave to satanic philosophies. We will not take part in constructing man-made mountains that exalt human pride. We will not compromise the sanctity of life by excusing the wickedness of others. We will not ignore God’s rule concerning family, marriage, purity and holiness. If we dare to call ourselves Christians, then we shall ever grow in God’s wisdom and live by it –never compromising or exchanging the truth of God for a lie to ingratiate ourselves with worldly Christians or godlessness. No, King Nebuchadnezzar, we will not bow. We love our Savior too much. We would never trample the blood of Christ under our feet by accepting your godless philosophy. We will not accept evolution, it’s godless teaching and repercussions. We will stand. Because our Rock is the only Rock and no man-made mountain will ever do! We worship the God who made the mountains, and humbly believe all that He says. He is our Master, and He is Good. He will bring us peace. He will bring on this earth an amazing dominion where Earth will be the home of God and man and the universe will be our playground. We won’t need an SUV-sized Mars Rover to dig in the rocks. We won’t have a need to find life on Mars so that we can say, “See! Evolution IS true! We therefore don’t need God anymore! We have an alternate explanation that we can “prove!” No, when the King of kings and Lord of lords returns… no exchanges, returns or refunds. The Truth shall forever be the Truth. GOD BE PRAISED!!!
On the Solid Rock we stand!