Finally, brothers, whatever is true; whatever is noble; whatever is right; whatever is pure; whatever is lovely’ whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8 NIV)

This week, on a popular American news show, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, co-hostess and regular, Mika Brzezinski, made a statement that seemingly passed without anyone raising an eyebrow. As part of a panel discussing—who else—President Donald Trump and his “attempt to undermine the media”, Ms. Brzezinski sounded the alarm. Speaking for her partners in the press, she said, “Our job is to control exactly what people think.” She and her ilk consider themselves the people’s “thought masters”.

Weekday mornings, in about a million homes across the U.S., people are getting ready for the day by switching on the TV. They want to see a familiar, trusted face, informing them of the latest developments. There to plant the thoughts that folks will take into the market place of ideas is Ms. Brzezinski along with her circle of friends.

They talk as if they are at war with Hitler or Mussolini. “Opposition has to be defeated.” They alone deserve the title of thought master. They alone are qualified to censor what you might hear? They are entitled to mold and shape public opinion. Filthy discourse, threats, lies, slander or physical harm; if the target rejects their ideas, then the consequences are fully warranted. Have we ever wondered who is the thought master of this group?

Yield to these thought masters and what happens? Prophecy tells us in Matthew 24:9-13, Romans 1:18, 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12, Revelation 9:20-21, et al.

Sundays, millions enter the church sanctuary to tune into the person in the pulpit. It is a familiar voice. The speaker’s job is to feed the minds and souls of the people, planting “the good seed” and censoring what they consider “harmful” ideas. This may be beneficial–or maybe not.

Before the day begins in homes around the globe, others are preparing. At their favorite sitting place, they open the Bible and resume where they left off. Closing the Scriptures, they pause and meditate on its life-giving message. Next, they write in a journal what soaked in. They note how they want to apply what the Spirit planted. Later, they take this good seed into their world, praying for an opportunity to share. They have one thought master—God’s unfiltered and pure Word. This counter-force to the thought police are regarded as enemies of the state.

Does that help explain the divide and rhetoric common to our times? The battlefield is the mind. Our weapon is the two-edged sword of truth. Whose side might you be on? Who or what masters your thoughts?

But as for you, continue in what you learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 3:14-15)

“These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:14 NIV)

I love prophecy. It reveals the multitude that no one can count standing around the throne. Dressed in white and waving palms, they cried out, “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne and to the Lamb.” (Rev. 7:10)

A few verses later we hear who they are and from where they came (above).

The saints who received salvation “came out of the midst of” the great tribulation. Their robes had been dirty with mud, blood, sweat, tears and who knows what else. Nevertheless, they appear before the throne white and clean. It is obvious from Revelation 7, the multitude earned something no one can ever take away.

What don’t we see? We don’t see anyone with a clean robe that had never been dirtied? Everyone, regardless of nation, tribe, language or people, came out of the great tribulation. No one before the Lamb escaped the test of patient endurance.

We live in a culture that rewards participation. We receive prizes for showing up, trophies for stepping on the field and ribbons for walking in the door. Some are paid for breathing.

The attitude that in order to be fair everyone should receive the same reward has made its way into Christianity through the error of universalism: Everybody receives a crown and everybody sits at the wedding supper of the Lamb. The only requirement is believe in Jesus—and even that may not be necessary. As far as outcomes, everyone should be equal.

Prizes for participating is not how life works. The real prize for participation is simply the opportunity to achieve, to succeed or to fail—and nothing else. God rewards, but his reward is for those who exhibit faith and who diligently seek him (Hebrews 11:6).

Heaven is not an entitlement. Paradise is not a default position. If it were, it would not be worth dying for or worthy of carrying our cross. Sacrifice would be unnecessary.

We should all aspire to give our Savior our maximum. (Isn’t that what He gave us?) Yet, many leaders advocate “minimalism”. Going to church, reading our Bible, praying, maybe not all the time, but… you know. They say, “Believing in God and being a good person is all it takes.” But is that true? Intellectual assent to some facts, if that were enough, would make heaven as meaningful as a certificate of participation.

Paul encouraged believers not to merely enter the race, but run to win (1 Corinthians 9:24).

We ought to be ambitious for eternal rewards. Find out what pleases God, then do it! (Ephesians 5:10)

In 1 Samuel 16 we see David taken from watching the sheep then anointed king of Israel. Afterward, he went back to shepherding. David allowed God to orchestrate events and provide his tests (like facing a giant, fighting the Philistines, etc.). David did not just walk in the next day and demand his crown. He embraced every chance to earn his destiny, and to listen for God to teach him what he needed to know. His self-respect and confidence needed time to develop. He knew the One who called him would place him in a position to act on a kingly level. To  not endeavor to live up to his calling, would–like his predecessor–condemn him to utter failure.

Superficial, untested belief is as good as a certificate of participation. That and some folding money will buy a cup of coffee.

“Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:19 NIV)

Jesus told his followers their position in God’s kingdom was relative to their faithfulness to God’s commands. The people must have been stunned. Position was always something determined at birth.  Status with God was different. Rule in the kingdom was attainable through obedience to, and the accurate teaching of, God’s commandments.

I want to link the kingdom teaching of Jesus to an issue dividing some Americans. When the presidential pendulum swung to the right last fall, opposing forces began to prepare for war; the anticipated battle over the next U.S. Supreme Court justice. The sides are fixed. At stake is the role of the judiciary. Will the nominee (who turns out to be Neil Gorsuch) interpret the constitution in a literal way, or will they take a “judicial activist” approach? Activists are subjective. Their interest is in achieving the “correct” outcome. Allegiance to their ideology is primary, which makes liberal judges political. To them, the constitution is outdated and must change with the times.

Our political ideas and arguments have spiritual roots. Outcome-oriented spiritual leaders are filling our seminaries and pulpits. Churches are abandoning the Scriptures as their constitution and taking an activist’s role. Rather than bringing culture into conformity with God’s Word, their ideology argues for accommodating the Word to culture.

The Book of Judges details Israel’s history during an era of steep spiritual decline.  The people were all about outcomes. Everyone did what they saw fit. God raised up judges (leaders) who would return Israel to the rule of law, but no sooner had their enemy been defeated then the people again set God’s Word aside and did what they wanted.

It is ironic that proponents who praise and honor America’s Constitution, favoring a literal interpretation, do not show Scripture the same reverence. While raising the alarm about a nation without laws or regard for tradition, some political conservatives flaunt their independence from God’s commands. Those on the right are many times spiritual liberals. They read into Scripture the outcome that suits them, if they read it at all.

In a real twist, we have self-proclaimed Christian conservatives who maintain they believe the Bible, yet obey a maximum of nine of the Ten Commandments. If the Bible is indeed their constitution, why do they only give lip service to Jesus’ Great Commission? If they deplore judges who serve as political hacks making law out of thin air, why do they honor teachers of doctrine that does not exist in Scripture?

Why is it taught that Jesus’ coming is not really accompanied by signs and is, therefore, at any moment? Pre-tribulation Rapture (PTR) teachers offer opinions rather than substance. There is no (zero) Scriptural backing for their teaching, but that does not stop them.

I see a parallel in U.S. judicial history. In a case that gave precedent for Roe v. Wade and legalized abortion, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas wrote that he saw a “penumbra” (a term for “shadow”) of “a right” in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. I challenge any objective reader of that amendment to find in the wording a woman’s right to abort her baby. Others who wanted to find the penumbra somehow saw it too. As a result, the activist Warren Court legislated from the bench, and in 1973 added abortion to U.S. law after earlier banning prayer in public school. The teaching of Pre-tribulation Rapturism also had as its origin, a penumbra. (See “Shadows” in Lifesaver: Rescuing God’s People from the PTR Ship.)

The Bible is God’s Constitution. Those who hear Jesus’ teaching (above) on the kingdom should heed his warning that was confirmed in Matthew 7.

But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. (Matthew 7:26)

Then they brought a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”

 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.”

Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.” (Matthew 12:22-25 NIV)

The Son of God’s arrival on the scene came at the cost of peace. Simeon prophesied to the baby Jesus’ mother, Mary, ”This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” (Luke 2:34b-35)

In Matthew 10,  Jesus confirmed Simeon’s warning, “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. (10:34)

Picture the strife Jesus caused by walking among the people, performing miracles and teaching about the Kingdom of God. The strife was not among the people because they loved the Lord. The strident opposition to the Savior was from the ruling class, the religious aristocrats. Especially hateful was the slanderous accusation that Jesus cast out demons by the power of the prince of demons. The religious establishment tried personal attacks by declaring he was illegitimate before they renewed the charge he was from Satan (cf. John 8:41b, 48, 52). Their irrational hate was barely satisfied when they crucified the Lord.

With all the evidence, why didn’t everyone welcome Christ as the Prince of Peace? It was because of judgment. Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world (John 9:39).

Judgment reveals innocence or guilt. If we’re old enough we may remember the fictional TV defense attorney Perry Mason. Perry took the hard cases. His clients looked guilty from the start. What Perry had a knack of doing was flushing out the real killer. It happened at the trial as the prosecutor’s case against Perry’s client began unraveling. Perry would then describe the murder scene in such detail that the person who did it would confess.

This is what Jesus means by for judgment. The righteous will stand in stark contrast to the wicked, like light contrasts with darkness. In judgment the wheat is separated from the weeds or the kernel from the chaff. Since judgment begins with the household of God (1 Peter 4:19), Jesus was the sword of judgment that divided God’s flock and flushed out the wolves in sheep’s clothing. The loud howling came from the wolves. Jesus said, “Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.” (Luke 12:51)

This is a tough concept to grasp. We all want to believe Jesus brought peace and love, but that is not what happened–not among the Jews. He came unto his own but his own received him not (John 1:11). The Lord’s presence exposed the wide gulf between powerful King Herod, along with the religious leaders, and God who came to save them.

We lament the great divide in the U.S. and throughout the world, but to blame it on the new U.S. president is a stretch and politically inspired. Because the division is along truth and spiritual lines is why we hear the howling. God will judge who is on his side. It won’t be hard because of the difference between love and hate.

I am in no way morally-equating U.S. President Donald Trump with Our Savior. Not at all. But the charge that Trump is a divisive figure is undeserved. Their are two sides to every separation. If he had his way, he would like to win his enemies over and make them friends. There were two sides to consider. It is self-defeating to try and defend oneself.

Division was already present in 2015 when Trump announced his plan to run for office, only it was a bit more under the surface. It is true that America is deeply divided, but it has been for some time. By now we have forces at work attempting to overthrow the government. Without a spiritual revival, there is no way of healing the divide.

As rioters shout their protest slogans, smash windows, set fires and curse law enforcement, remember the world has seen this before: The Bolshevik Revolution before Lenin or Hitler’s brown shirts in the 1929 Munich “beer hall putsch”.  Unrelenting blame and accusation will, in fact, divide the house and then chaos. None but the most evil are going to like what emerges when God’s judgment comes.

In the middle of  America’s bloody Civil War, Abraham Lincoln quoted from Jesus. In his 1864 inaugural address, he said these profound words, “A house divided will not stand.”

In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit. (Judges 21:25 NIV)

In the weeks leading up to Donald Trump’s inauguration as America’s Commander-in-Chief, Head of the Executive Branch and Leader of the free world, great attention was given to the angry, the disenchanted, the outraged and the fearful opposition. Across the U.S., protests against President Trump were planned, carried out and still continue.

The day after the presidential oath, masses of women marched on Washington D.C. and other cities. With signs held high and chanting loudly, their hostility was palpable.

Also in Washington D.C., last Friday’s crowd (January 27th) was as numerous as the group the week before, yet markedly different. Love not hate motivated the second rally. Many made commitments to protecting the unborn.  They cheered Vice President Pence as he spoke. Their gathering was covered with prayer. They were Pro-Life. Compared to those lining the same streets the week before, participants in the “44th Annual March for Life” sparked little interest from the national media. In the war between love and hate—at least as far as news coverage is concerned—hate wins ratings.

During the presidential campaign, prayers were heard in each of America’s state capitals. Led by Evangelist Franklin Graham, and supported by pastors and churches, pleas were made to God for a restoration of traditional values. Those joining in the petition sought a reversal of the nation’s moral decline and a return to Christ. God gave them the miracle for which they asked.

In  Judges when the Israelites (above) threw off the chains of godliness, they turned to idols. After everything fell apart, they cried out to God. The Lord heard their plea. He sent a leader (judge) to defeat their enemies and restore their peace. As soon as all was well, Israel returned to pagan gods. They failed to love the Lord who rescued them. We can’t let history repeat itself.

There was no protest against the then-President Obama, only intercession for him, his family and for the country. In brokenness and faith, believers sought God’s mercy. After November’s election surveys showed evangelicals turned out for the Trump/Pence ticket in numbers not seen in over thirty years. Say what you will, love for God, love for morality, love of country, and concern for their family’s future, guided their ballot. Love wins with God.

Do not surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not have love remains in death. Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him. (1 John 3:13-15)

The hate that’s nightly screamed in our ears is no-doubt coming from spoiled children who’ve had their way for too long. Parent-figures must deal with resentments when discipline has been lacking for too long. When the law is laid down—especially laws that were unenforced—wails of anguish are sure to follow.

Sometimes love must be tough. Angry and hurtful words may be spoken, but if mature grown-ups hold their ground and remain patient, there is a chance that one day scorn will become gratitude. Eight years or more of doing only what is right in their own eyes, will cost America plenty.  If, however, we can correct this attitude of entitlement, weather the storm of insults, the false charges and the tantrums, there is hope. In the battle of hate v. love, love must prevail. Love will indeed conquer all.

    Most worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him? The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise authority for forty-two months… He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. (Revelation 13:4-5, 7 NIV)

Americans are rich in Bibles, but poor in understanding them. Last summer “the antichrist” came up in our study. One new student blurted out “Trump,” implying the then future U.S. president was the devil with a red tie. I’m sure others in the class noted my grimace. I would have been just as displeased had he named Mr. Trump’s opponent.

I don’t believe it is wise to say someone is the antichrist.  “Be careful,” I said for the benefit of the class. “You’ll know it is the antichrist when those with the world’s power lay their crowns before him.” (cf. Revelation 13:1-8)

A scheme of the enemy is to misuse a Bible term like “the antichrist” until it is obscured. When the true definition has been confused, the devil turns it into a weapon for evil. An accusation of “the antichrist” omits many others equally deserving of the title.

Our problem is in the definite article “the”. In our minds, “the” implies “one and only”. I’ll try to explain with Scripture: The one and only Apostle John wrote near the end of the first century A.D. At that time there were many “antichrists” (1 John 2:18). That was then, so how many are there over 1900 years later? If Jesus has followers who are “like Christ”, then why can’t the devil have antichrists? If there are many “the” cannot be “one and only.”

So who is “the antichrist”? Again, our Bible tells us: It is the one who promotes the big lie. It is “the” one–not “a” one– who denies Jesus is the Christ, “such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son.” (1 John 2:22)

In past years, I have heard former U.S. presidents George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama referred to as “the antichrist”. Pointing a finger is a sign of Biblical illiteracy, a Pharisaical attitude and a foolish slandering of authority (Jude 7-11).

Deceit is a characteristic of the antichrist. Biblically, the gender is neutral, so, the antichrist also applies to females. Were Jezebel or Herodias (Herod’s wife), the antichrist? Is the woman in Revelation 17 not a consummate example? John asks “Who is the liar?” (1 John 2:22). Deceiver and lover of wickedness does not just describe males.

“I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone into the world. Any such person is the antichrist.” (2 John 7)

The devil is a liar. Do we all agree? Where do all liars eventually go? Revelation 21:8 tells us theirs is the second death. Those lying and deceiving are “the antichrist.” Repeaters of falsehoods–however far removed from the original untruth–are on dangerous ground.

Boasters, the conceited and the blasphemer are “the antichrist”. Beware of calling someone an awful name. By doing so, we break “the Golden Rule”. Since slander is so hateful and destructive, the Lord warns the consequences are equal to what awaits the evil one. “But anyone who says ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.” (Matthew 5:22b)

The one who will deceive the nations and wars against God’s saints is THE ANTICHRIST or “the beast of Daniel and Revelation”.  Stick with prophecy. No adding or subtracting or we join in the deception and disinformation, and we know what that means (cf. Rev. 22:18-19). It means don’t worry about Trump or Putin being “the antichrist”, we are–with the definite article.

Great is our LORD and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. (Psalm 147:5 NIV)

Christians have placed themselves in a box that they were never intended to occupy. From the sky where birds fly free, the box resembles four walls with a roof. Inside are many saints; outside are the “ain’ts”. The two are divided.

It is the four walls that offers a feeling of security and a sense of belonging. But no one ever becomes bigger intellectually or spiritually than their box. It’s impossible to live a life without limits strictly on the inside.

We do not need four walls to have a prison of our own making–but it helps. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” (Galatians 5:1)

Think lions, tigers and bears. Who wants a box when we were made to be free? “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32) “And if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

Think lions, tigers and bears. Who wants a box when we were made to be free?

The first centuries of the Church were lived dangerously and free, outside the box. There were no physical walls that divided, only mental and spiritual ones to be exposed and destroyed. Today we tolerate many walls, including physical, intellectual and spiritual, inside what we call the church.

Soon God’s saints will again be freed by their Creator. Then those who love the Lord will not be told what to think. Each will sit under their own fig tree. They will know how to think, how to discern truth, how to test the spirits, how to understand prophecy and how to use logic (a sound mind for reasoning). They will use knowledge, along with the ability to apply Scripture to everyday life. Truth implies freedom. No one is free without truth.

Truth implies freedom. No one is free without truth.

When the walls come down, truth will be unleashed on ignorance, prejudice, intolerance, wickedness and superstition. Left in rubble will be the once proud walls of political correctness, enforced uniformity, philosophies and all “isms”. The walls that gave Antichrist the stage he needed to deceive the nations will never be rebuilt.

Nothing of value to the generations comes from doing church in a box. The church is people. (Where is the Church in Sardis? Where is the Church of Laodicea? It is no more than a pile of stone.) If we are to reach the lost, we must get off our padded pews and go where the people are.

It is time for Jesus’ followers to exit the building. Time to test our spiritual wings. Soar above the boxes. Touch down to rescue souls from walls of hate, fear and deceit. When the walls that divided fall inward, those who escaped will thank you and call you blessed.

For he [Christ] himself is our peace, who has made the two [Jew and Gentile] one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility… (Ephesians 2:14 NIV)

As long as people have been around, there have been walls. Walls made of stone, wood, brick or concrete, it does not matter; they are all designed to serve as barriers. Walls may act as fences to mark personal property or they may hide things from view. They may keep prisoners or zoo creatures in or keep unwanted guests out. Good purposes and bad, walls are what we make them.

Walls have been in the news. In America, the question was raised again about who should pay the $12-36 billion for construction of a wall along the southern border. This year marked the first time in American politics that a wall became a pivotal campaign issue .

Soon to be former-President Barack Obama reportedly has a wall of his own going up in front of his Washington D.C.-area residence. In an interesting juxtaposition, Mr. Obama has steadfastly opposed enforcing laws restricting illegals at the border, but, as ex-president and private citizen, he is erecting a brick barrier to prevent snooping.

No doubt walls have their place, such as protecting privacy, but ponder a moment their negative impact. First, building and maintaining them consumes time and resources. Speaking of negative impact, fear and insecurity–emotions that can enslave–are prominent motivations behind creating walls.

Walls provide a measure of security, which is why multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious (or non-religious) societies produce physical, mental and emotional walls. Each group vies for position. Keep out those who do not belong and keep in those who fit the mold–that is why walls are considered necessary. Dividing walls are inevitable when people choose isolation over communication.

Control is also why we have walls. I want to address this issue next in relation to modern Christianity and the church. As we go forward, consider this: The walls we build to divide are liable to collapse on us.

Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled. (Joshua 21:45 NIV)

It’s New Year’s resolution time. My brother Elijah and I were exchanging goals were were setting for this year. In the past, exercise and diet were at the top of my list. After a few weeks my good intentions had a tendency to dissolve. The spirit was willing, but the flesh was weak.

We make a huge mistake if we attach our weakness to God. With Him, there’s never a gap between what he says and what he does. At Sinai, Israel vowed to do everything the Lord commanded (Exodus 19:8). Shortly after, they were dancing around an idol, giving a golden calf praise God deserved. Israel’s abysmal record of keeping promises is common.

Setting goals is important. If they line up with God’s will, expect plenty of resistance from the enemy.  Alone, we are no match for the evil one’s devices, but, if we hitch our resolutions to God’s promises, then no power can stop us. His promises switch the focus from our self-will to the Lord’s unchangeable word.

God is not a man that he should lie, nor a son of man that he should change his mind. Does he speak and not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? (Numbers 23:19)

This is where accurate understanding of prophecy (God’s unfulfilled promises) places us on track for the next level. When we know where the Lord is heading and what he’s certain to do, we are wise to climb on board and start to work. If our resolutions do not produce a greater sense of calling, we may be wasting our time. Our resolutions can easily fall short, but the Lord’s words will never fall short. He will achieve everything that came from his mouth (Isaiah 55:11).

Through these, he has given his very great and precious promises so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (2 Peter 1:4)

In this year, 2017, I, hereby, resolve to allow Christ to perform his perfect will through me.

To the Jews who had believed in him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32 NIV)

We live in unprecedented times. Never has truth been more reviled and tarnished. Could it be the vilification of truth (the Bible) and of truth-tellers (God’s prophets) is setting the stage for the Antichrist and his beast kingdom?

Jesus told his disciples that if they failed to hold to his teaching, they could not be his disciples. (Read into this the prophecies that many will abandon the faith in the last days.) After holding on and remaining obedient to Jesus, the faithful will know the truth and the truth will set them free. We learn freedom must be fought for; lies must be stubbornly resisted; obedience is non-negotiable and that slavery as well as death are products of rejecting truth.

As promised in the previous post, I want to put forward a proposition; namely, “Truth is essential to salvation.” I say again, “Salvation and truth are inseparable, one cannot exist without the other.” Examine the text below.

This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:3-4)

From 1 Timothy 2:3-4, we ask, “Is there salvation without truth or vice versa?” No, the two merge for a divine purpose. Nowhere is this better exemplified than in prophecy. God our Savior wants everyone to be saved, but that is just our first baby step. If we are to walk, the first foot (salvation) must be followed by the other moving forward (truth) and so on. In this way, with salvation and truth, and by ruggedly opposing every sort of lie, we gain ground toward total freedom.

How many say that they are saved, yet are “indifferent” to prophecy? Perhaps it is because they swallowed the lie that the subject is confusing or a mystery Christians are not supposed to fathom. Do not be misled: To demonstrate God’s total sovereignty, tomorrow has been revealed in the Word (Isaiah 42:9, Amos 3:7, John 15:15). To be saved, the Lord wants everyone to grasp His truth–and that includes prophecy! Salvation (the future, the glory and heaven itself) belongs to those holding on to Jesus’ promises and warnings (truth).

Today, as we put “I’m saved” on as a helmet, do we dare leave truth behind? If we put on salvation, then around our waist also have on the belt of truth. In this age of deceit, do not risk being talked out of what you’ve gained. In this age of delusion, be careful if you think you stand, lest you fall. Don’t leave home without “truth”.

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