- Posted by Edith Ohaja
- On February 6, 2017
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Dear American Believer,
I feel led to talk to you about certain issues of the moment because of our shared bond in Christ and common destiny. Although I’ve never met you personally, my view of you and of your compatriots (saved and unsaved) are of caring, outgoing people, eager to share their blessings with the rest of the world. Examples abound of schools, hospitals, churches, water projects and lots more built in different parts of the world from your generosity.
The issues I want to address stem from your just-concluded presidential election and its aftermath. It makes no difference who you voted for, God has graciously assisted in a transition of power at the White House. This is a source of hope to those from other parts of the world with more fragile systems where the deep divisions and bitter disagreements that arose in your polity in the recent past could easily have degenerated into prolonged armed conflict.
You are an example to the rest of us. So more or less, as I’m talking to you, I’m talking to every other believer on the planet who is not yet facing unmitigated persecution for their faith. For according to Bible prophecy, these things are coming. No one can say exactly when but the indications are that the end is near. It will only be a while before the train wreck that is called globalisation steamrolls in with the one world government and the unveiling of the anti-Christ. (2 Thessalonians 2:3-8, Revelation 13:16-18).Globalisation will ultimately steamroll in with the one world govt. and anti-Christ. See #blog. Click To Tweet
I will leave the seminary-trained brethren to debate whether the saints will be here when that happens or not. My concern is, what should you, what should we, be doing in the interim?
The way the Barak Obama administration was moving, it seemed that things were coming to a head spiritually fairly swiftly. But with intercession from some within your ranks and some believers around the world, you seem to have bought yourself a little time with the inauguration of a new president, who acknowledges God, in the person of Donald Trump. He may not be a shining example of a Christian but He acknowledges God and is concerned about the way America let things lapse to the point where you guys are now endangered on home soil.American Christians gained a reprieve with the election of Donald Trump. See #blog. Click To Tweet
This may not seem like much to you, but it’s a lot to go on to do the things that need be done to prepare the church for the end, a huge part of which is a great harvest of souls.
3 WAYS IN WHICH YOU CAN WASTE THIS INDIAN SUMMER*
1. Watching and analysing every move made by Trump and every word he speaks: In the grand scheme of things spiritually, you are more important than Donald Trump. It does not matter whether you belong to any of the arms of government or you are an ordinary citizen. God has appointed him your servant. You can direct him (and the rest of his administration) on your knees, not to make life super comfortable for you or anyone else, but to provide an enabling environment to foster revival and spread the gospel within and without your borders.
Trump does not have to speak with all the delicacy you desire to do this. Stop dissecting his words and actions to see how refined and becoming they are of his office or how inclusive and representative they are of the America you cherish, the America you may feel he’s out to destroy. Stop instigating and fighting “wars” against Trump and his administration that have little bearing on God’s end-time agenda.
When Nehemiah wanted to go and rebuild Jerusalem, he got permission and funding from the pagan king, Artaxerses, by appealing to God (Nehemiah, chapters 1 & 2:1-8). How much more will you get what you desire of God in this dispensation that pertains to the expansion of His kingdom before the curtain is drawn on this age!
2. Fighting among yourselves along theological and political lines, thereby pulling down your witness before those who hate the Lord: Disagreements are inevitable but when you are so caustic in your condemnation of fellow believers, when you breach fellowship on the ground of spiritual non-essentials and political leanings, you make yourselves a joke to the rest of the world. However, powerful anointing flows when you are united.
“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the LORD has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.” – Psalm 133:1-3
All who believe that salvation is by accepting the finished work of Christ on the cross of Calvary should work together to prepare the bride for the return of the Lamb. That includes inviting in those appointed unto salvation who are still outside the body of Christ. Remember the prayer by our Lord Jesus:
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” – John 17:20 & 21
3. Striving to make yourselves acceptable to the world: The world will hate you as they hate the Lord. No amount of compromise will change that. Here are some words from our Lord Jesus on this:
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” – John 15:18 & 19
No matter how you water down your message and make room for this and that (LGBTQIA…, unconditional abortion rights, inter-faith initiatives, etc.), it will never be enough! The world will demand and demand more grounds and keep putting you on the spot until you begin to push back. I suggest you begin to do that right away. Or you’ll end up confusing yourself and making the way to God fuzzy for those who would believe.Christian, what else will you endorse to make the world love you? Transability? Polyamory? #blog Click To Tweet
No matter how hard you try, the world will still think you’re a moron for believing in God. They will consider God’s plan of salvation through the death of Christ laughable (if you’re bold enough to share it). But therein is God’s power and yours.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” – Romans 1:16
“You should know this, … that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!” – 2 Timothy 3:1-5 NLT
Now, none of this is unfamiliar because these are those days the Bible speaks of above. It’s a waste of time trying to satisfy folks like these. More than that, it’s a violation of God’s express commandments.
“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” – Ephesians 5:11 (KJV)
“Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.” – 1 Timothy 4:16 (NLT)
Preach the unadulterated truth, the raw gospel that is able to bring souls into the kingdom, plant them and see them reproduce after their kind. No more patting of people on the back, “You’re loved, you’re beautiful, just do your best and everything will be fine!” On what basis? That is not the gospel. “Your happiness is more important than anything else!” Really?
The gospel is “offensive,” people! It says, “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand! Turn from your sins and embrace the Son of God, Jesus, whose blood was shed as an atoning sacrifice for your sins.” There’s no love without accountability, everyone is ok as they are, in the Bible.
We should not present less than or a perversion of what the scriptures teach as shown below:
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” – Romans 3:23 (KJV)
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:20 & 21
Quit the feel-good, motivational stuff. It will pack your churches and open-air neetings full but it won’t get souls into the kingdom of God.
Time is of the essence! Don’t fritter it away on appealing, ear-tickling stuff that lacks regenerative power.Preacher, don't fritter away time on ear-tickling stuff that lacks regenerative power. See #blog. Click To Tweet
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” – 2 Timothy 4:3 & 4
The true word of God does not affirm evil, rather it corrects it.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” – 2 Timothy 3:16.
If you feel convicted by this message, ask God to restore or establish your focus and that of other believers on the things that really matter within the window of opportunity He has given to America and the world.
Yours in Christian love,
If you wish to give your life to Christ, please pray this simple prayer:
Almighty God, Creator of heaven and earth, I humbly come to be reconciled to You through the redemptive work of Christ on the cross. I repent of my sins and receive Jesus as my Lord and personal Saviour. Write my name in the book of life and fill me with Your Spirit to teach and guide me in the way of righteousness via your word. Thank you, Lord, for I am now saved and await my Lord’s imminent reurn in Jesus’ name.
(If you prayed this prayer, locate a group of Christians (fellowship or church) near you where your faith can be nurtured and through which you can begin to serve God in due course. God bless you richly in Jesus’ name.)
The scriptures used in this post are from the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible except where otherwise stated.
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*I learnt the term, “Indian summer”, in the mid 1990s as I sought to understand my Bible better. It was used in one the books I devoured then, The Lion Handbook to the Bible, The reference was to the period of prosperity and expansion Israel (the northern kingdom) enjoyed under King Jeroboam II as prophesied by Jonah, son of Amittai, after a time of decline (2 Kings 14: 23-29). The time was not properly used by the people, though, because godlessness abounded in the land. Warnings by Amos the prophet and his like were ignored with the result that the nation subsequently suffered God’s judgment.
The Lion Handbook to the Bible, Special Edition, edited by David and Pat Alexander (Lion Publishing, Tring, Herts, England, 1983), p. 444.
Kindly suggest other things Christians in America should refrain from doing in order not to waste their Indian summer.
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