Premature victory party?
Its happened before, so this is no surprise to see satan methodically releasing his emissaries into the public arena to declare that the battle is over and the people of God should surrender. You will see more of this in the coming years. Societal voices who are influential, socially and religiously ecumenical and accomplished will declare that any opposition to homosexuality is futile. We have told you before and say again the promotion and defense of homosexuality is a signal weapon in the antichrist push to destroy the church of the Living God. We must understand the times and seasons. This didn’t just began with the modern gay rights movement, its been in the plan since Sodom. Jesus specifically told us that. In short, we are on the cusp of an inevitable war.
But before all out battle takes place satan is attempting to beat down as much resistance as possible.
The messaging now combines an insistent yet syrupy tone. That’s to convince those with marginal commitment to the Lord Jesus to voluntarily silence themselves on the issue. Incrementally, it will grow to demands and then finally threats and persecution against anyone who will not fall in line with the “new reality”. All the elements are in place: government (illegitimate authority), religion (credibility) and media (to amplify the false prophet’s voice).
First, what we call history is repetitive. After some disastrous human madness occurs, people swear “never again!”. But then they unwittingly turn and empower the next madman or mad movement to do it all over again. Since the tower of babel, we are caught in a cycle of humanism that disavows God’s sovereignty. Thus, humanity will circle in the wilderness until he comes and puts all foes under his feet. Satan, is the consummate opportunist who manipulates every evil work to his advantage. His agenda can be summed up in 3 words: kill, steal and destroy. And he will use anyone to accomplish that goal.
This isn’t just antichrist spring fever. There’s no way to talk about what we are seeing and hearing on the world stage and in our own country without inclusion of the “spirit of the antichrist” as a significant factor. Michealjournal.com explains:
“Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. (Cf. Luke 18:8: ‘But when the Son of man comes, will he find any faith on earth?’ and Mathew 24:12: 12: ‘And with the increase of lawlessness, love in most people will grow cold.’) The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth (cf. Luke 21:12; John 15:19-20) will unveil the ‘mystery of iniquity’ in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. the supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh. (Cf. 2 Th 2:4-12; I Th 5:2-3; 2 Jn 7; I Jn 2:1 8, 22.)
That’s why —if you read your bible— the spirit of the antichrist is both predictable and astonishingly oblivious to the historical facts where God has defeated him with little to no effort. You can almost clock its point by point progression. Allow me to refresh your memory.
The first example occurs in 1 Chronicles 20:1-24. The aggressors are two countries God had spared on Isreal’s march to the promised land. This was treacherous aggression. You should read it carefully and watch how God masterfully allows it to play out. You will witness what happens when the tide is against the people of God. Several things of note:
- Messengers were sent out in advance to spread intimidation and fear.
- The king was told a “vast army” was coming against him and Isreal. Just like today we are being told that more and more people are joining the gay is okay army against dwindling number of people who will be on the “wrong side of history”.
- Numbers and perceived victories have no bearing with God. In fact, the greater the numbers and odds stacked against us, the better. It allows for God to showcase his power.
- We are expected to suit up for war and go out as if we are going to fight but its only part of his plan to embolden the enemy’s rage against us. Again, he wants to push their threats to absolute maximum to show how great he is.
- Defeat of our foes will be utter and complete.
- A messenger is sent out in advance to spread intimidation and fear
- The aggressor brags how he has taken down others who have opposed him
- The numbers against the people of God were overwhelming
- A personal insult is issued against God
- The enemy suffers a stunning and decisive defeat
In both cases, each king of Isreal and Judah plead their case directly to God, calling on him to remember the threats of the enemy. And God sends a prophet to tell them what will happen.
Enter the rat maker
Don’t become a experimental lab rat by listening to the messengers of satan.
This time a member of USA Today’s board of contributors whose gangly contemproism all but crows “the battle is over”. Tom Krattenmaker‘s opinion editorial about Christian leaders confronting homosexuality is making its rounds. Krattenmaker is predicting that a coalition of cultural giants led by the homosexual movement will inevitably vanquish the voice of the righteous. To avoid defeat, he suggests we either “adapt” or turn our attention to “other things”. First Krattenmaker cites several “victories” in favor of gay rights which he claims are signals that the battle has turned in favor of the giants of perversion. Don’t you find it bizarre that anyone would root for Goliath? Krattenmaker does.
“If the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” weren’t enough to signal the turning point, or the classification of several gay-resisting Christian right organizations as “hate groups” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, there came news that Exodus International was ending its involvement in the anti-homosexuality “Day of Truth” in U.S. high schools.”
Get the message? If you resist the gay change patrols, you will be marginalized. People like Krattenmaker see the hordes of goose stepping gay rights troops and “allies” seeming to defeat every opponent in their path. They see the social, political, religious victories. They see that many religions are fearfully caving in and “welcoming” homosexuals despite what the scriptures teach. They see that the government has taken their side and come to the premature conclusion that these things mean certain defeat for those of us who stubbornly stand against homosexuality. Listen at the litany of threats satan’s messenger has come to deliver.
“Prayerful discernment and simple Christian decency would strongly suggest the latter. The alternative looks worse by the day — a quixotic battle more likely to discredit its fighters and their fine religion than win any hearts and minds for Jesus. Christianity has far worthier causes than this.
For all its drama and rally-the-troops appeal, “fighting to the end” is a sure loser. More and more Americans — young people in particular, Christians very much included — know gay men and lesbians and see how the anti-gay talking points and caricatures fail to square with the reality under our noses.” (our bold)
Conservative Christian leaders ought to be very careful about their rhetoric going forward — careful not to continue giving the impression that being Christian is in large measure about opposing gay rights, and careful not to let the public expression of their faith become primarily associated with something that looks, sounds and feels like hate to growing segments of the population.
Fighting to the end might sound gallant, but it’s not a road to glory so much as a ticket to infamy — an infamy akin to that borne by the likes of Bull Connor, George Wallace and other villains of civil rights history. Is that any hill for Christians to die on?
So what shall we say to all these threats? Let the Word of the Lord answer:
The LORD is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes
who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident. Psalms 27:1-3
Wait on the LORD and keep His way, and He shall exalt thee to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it. 35I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. 36Yet he passed away, and lo, he was no more; yea, I sought him, but he could not be found Psalms 37:34-36