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We are fighting a spiritual war; time to defend righteousness

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From page C3 | March 23, 2014 |

What happens to a society that turns its back on God? Our Nation once had a great reverence for the things of God. Even unbelievers showed some respect for the belief’s of the truly devout. In our society unbelief has moved from a passive role to open rebellion and hate against God and His followers.
Isaiah 5:20 warns, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil . . .” So called educated secular unbelievers not only reject God and His word, but question the integrity, faith and knowledge of Christ’s followers. Jesus told us that such things would happen. At the Last Supper, Jesus said in John 15:18-20, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because you are not of this world, but I have chosen you out of the world, the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you . . . “
Romans 1:21- 28 speaks of the downward spiral that occurs as a nation forgets God. It begins with unthankfulness and continues to idolatry. Idolatry is more that a statue made  of stone or metal but anything that takes the place of God. It could be sporting events, leisure or our jobs. God is crafted into a god that is convenient and molded to our desires. This sometimes is followed by sexual uncleanness and the misuse of the man/woman relationship that God intended for marriage. The final destination of such reject of truth is, “God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.”
A person that is given over to a reprobate mind is lost for eternity. They are the walking dead who have willingly sinned against the truth to the point of no return. 2 Peter 2:21 declares, “For it had been better for them not to know the way of righteousness, then after they had known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.”
Jesus has commanded us to be salt and light in a rotting world that loves darkness, Matthew 5:13-16. Salt not only preserves but in an open wound, it burns. In today’s society, where evil is greatest, the sting is painful to such large open wounds. The light that we shine blinds the eyes of those whose eyes have adjusted to evil.
The Apostle Paul warned in 2 Timothy 4:3-4, “For the time would come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. Let us heed God’s word for what it says, not what we wish it to say. Living for God will be difficult in this world.”

So put on the armor of God and in faith and your daily walk, stand for what is right. We are in a spiritual war and we must fight, surrender being not an option. Matthew 5:13 teaches us, “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”

It is time for Christians to stand firm in the faith and without apology defend righteousness. To do less is to be of no value to God’s kingdom.

The Rev. Art Zacher is pastor at Berean Baptist Church in Fairfield. He can be reached at artzacher@sbcglobal.net. 

The Rev. Art Zacher

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