Today I would like to talk about three things: surrendering control, obedience, and submission. When we ignore God in the day to day matters of our lives, we are effectively saying to Him, “No, I can do this without Your input.” We don’t want to release full control of our lives to Him. We may hear what He wants us to do, but we don’t obey Him. Without obedience to God, we are ignoring His will. Without submitting to His will, we miss out on the blessings He had planned for us. These three things: surrendering control, obedience and submission, must be present in the life of every believer. Yet, for some reason, that word “submit” seems to rub people the wrong way.
While Canadian Christians have been dealing with the legalization of gay marriage for ten years, we all assumed that it wouldn't affect us. For the most part it hasn't. Yet, like America, we are seeing our rights to our beliefs slowly being stripped away due to the homosexual agenda. From the Canadian Law Society's vendetta against Christian law students, to having Biblical Speech (which speaks against homosexual behaviour) ruled as hate speech - Canadian Christians are slowly and almost imperceptibly having their rights stolen from them and no one is crying foul. Why? Because they can't see it happening. If it doesn't personally affect them, then like all Canadians - they don't worry about it. Today's guest blogger Matt Ward, helps put into perspective what many Christians need to take seriously.
The focus of everybody's attention is on the recent Supreme Court decision over gay marriage. It really is a perverse juxtaposition. The Middle East is on the brink of self-destruction and the entire world wide economy is about to self-implode. Life for everybody on this earth could get drastically worse very quickly, yet the issue which occupies all the attention is gay marriage. Why?
The real motivation in this decision is not perhaps what it seems.
The real issue here is not to win equality in marriage for gay people, as so many believe. The real agenda here, and it is a satanic one, is to marginalize Christians. That is why this is being celebrated so widely and why, despite the plethora of other more important events and issues around the world, it occupies such a place of prominence.
The real agenda here is to put Christians in a position where they are finally legally exposed if they follow and practice their faith. The endgame is "to get" Christianity.
The desired outcome is not to liberalize and bring equality for gay people; the desired outcome is to put Christianity directly within the cross hairs so that its adherents can be proactively attacked and persecuted.
If you live in the United States of America and you are a Bible believing Christian you woke up in late June criminalized. If your desire is to live your life in a way pleasing to your Savior, then hard times are ahead; you and your beliefs have been rejected by the legal system of your country.
The repercussions of this judgment will be far reaching.
People write often, men and women that I respect, about the possibilities of national repentance and the spirit being poured out once again upon us. People better than I believe that if we would just turn our hearts back to God, then even now He would forgive us as a nation. With all my heart I wish that this were true but in reality, I simply don't believe that it is possible anymore.
There is no coming back from what has just happened.
What has taken place is an absolute affront to God. God ordained marriage as a covenant between one man and one woman. It is a picture of Jesus Christ's relationship with His Bride. This decision fundamentally corrupts God's will for mankind and it mocks Him.
This decision is a very deep offense to the nature of God. Even the rainbow colors, which are the symbol of the Pride movement, is purposely offensive and insulting to God. It is designed specifically to cause God offense. These are the colors which symbolize God's deliverance of mankind from a time of evil the likes of which this earth had not seen before.
A rainbow even surrounds the holy throne of God Himself. This rainbow, a symbol of deliverance, has now become corrupted and twisted, now in our time a symbol of sin and rebellion, the symbol of the Pride movement.
As I write this my heart is very unsettled within me. I am deeply troubled spiritually by what has happened. When we look at the biblical example of Sodom and Gomorrah, we need to understand that these cities were not destroyed until the leadership of these places actively mandated a homosexual lifestyle. With this decision America finds itself in an identical situation to Sodom and Gomorrah.
God loves mankind, deeply and desperately. He loves us so much that He has told us what is good for us and what is bad through His Word. He cares for us to such a huge extent that He has actually put Himself in the place of our execution. God Himself stands directly in our stead on our behalf.
God loves humanity, each and every person within it.
Yet it is because of this love that God will ultimately allow each person and nation to decide for themselves what they think is good. If a nation chooses friendship with God then He will come and make his home with that nation. If a nation chooses to walk away from God and follow its own path, God will allow it.
This decision means that America has chosen enmity with God. There will be consequences for it. For those of you who will hold to Jesus and His testimony, you are now marginalized, set apart.
Even though I genuinely believe that as the bride of Christ we will not see the wrath of God come upon this world, I do believe, especially in light of this decision, that we will see persecution.
From this moment on we will never be as free as we once were in our faith. We will be systemically harassed. I believe that there will be a brief pause now, a moment of calm while people and forces take stock of what has happened and what it means.
Then will come the outright persecution. You are in the cross hairs. You have been warned.
Attend to your God and His Son and be about His work. The night is coming when it is not possible to work. In fact, I think that dusk has already begun to settle on this fallen world.
Matt Ward is a free-lance writer commenting on current issues and Bible prophecy. He can be contacted at Wardmatt1977@gmail.com.