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. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
Therefore, God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
2 Timothy 3:14-17
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Things as They Are…
Across the entire globe - nearly 7 billion people are being kept in the dark or purposefully being lied to about a variety of powerful and polarizing issues such as illness, disease, justice, liberty, human equality, and the future outcomes for our planet. A planet by the way that mankind did not create and is not capable of saving or destroying, because you see, before there was a Mother earth there was “The” Father God (more on that later).
As a result of either the intentional or unintentional omission of truth and honesty, nearly 7 billion people are presently controlled and manipulated like pawns on a chess board by the nature and narrative of that dishonesty. This is not a conspiracy - we are living in a world tilted by the evil and godless choices of mankind.
Rejecting the love of God, it appears that mankind would almost rather die by a lie than live with the truth. For now, on the surface the COVID Virus appears to be the vehicle with which we are being controlled. And, why not?
One, COVID the virus (by any name) is real.
Two, people we love have died mercilessly, needlessly, quickly and inhumanely alone and away from their family.
Three, the thought of dying in such a way creates the actual pandemic and mechanism of control - fear.
From fear, panic. From panic, anxiety. From anxiety, depression. From depression, delusion. And from delusion the complete loss of reality. The only way to create enough fear to cripple 7 billion people is have the wealth and motive to cover up the path leading back to its cause or origin, and enough wealth to create the next pandemic/crisis worse than the first, and so on. Evil is the root cause. Power and control are the motivation. Wealth and influence are the means.
There have been two times in history where either a religious or privately owned or publicly held organizations have possessed more wealth than the combined wealth of two-thirds of the nations in world. The first was at the end of the Middle Ages (the 5th to the 15th centuries) when as the “gatekeeper” to heaven the Catholic Church amassed a staggering amount wealth through the means of penance, indulgences, taxation, land exchanges, and generational endowments. So much wealth in fact, that the Catholic Church of the early 1500’s was wealthier than 90% of the rest of the entire world. In our present day economic metrics the Churches revenue/wealth would be estimated at nearly two trillion dollars. The power of this wealth was magnified by the fact that at the time the Catholic Church had no debt! Although there was world-wide mission, benevolence, and help for the poor and destitute it was overshadowed as the majority of its wealth was used for power and controlling people’s lives.
Imagine that for a thousand years most of the world living in complete fear of dying without the blessing and absolution of sin by the Roman Catholic Church. There was enough fear there to deceive centuries of the Catholic faithful to transfer over their personal wealth and financial security, believing that the Catholic Church had the spiritual authority and power to either get men, women and children into heaven or keep them out of it. That is a deception and a lie that no one believes any longer. And, why would we – it is not Biblical, it is not true, but millions did for ten centuries.
The second time there has been world-wide deception generated by the means of the wealth of evil men and women is now - our present day where between the top ten companies in the technology industry and the top ten Pharmaceutical companies they possess nearly 2 trillion dollars of annual revenue/wealth. If you add to that the annual revenue/wealth of the global porn industry and that of both the human and sex trafficking industry the number reaches nearly 2.3 trillion dollars. Tipping the combined revenue/wealth of those industries to that of over two-thirds of the revenue/wealth base of the entire world. This is more than enough resource and power to exploit and control global issues such as illness, disease, justice, liberty, human equality, and the future outcomes for our planet. Create a crisis that generates chaos, confusion, and fear. The loss of human life is only the means to and end and so it is callously and strategically necessary. Necessary in that it spreads the fear - panic - anxiety cycle among the billions of isolated, faithless and godless masses of humanity. How long will we believe and allow this deception and reign of fear and terror against humanity to continue?
This is a lot to process on a Sunday morning, but as people of faith in God, we are about to close out year two of this power/control movement. This is not a political ideology it is not a government it is the evil of men who have the wealth to buy governments. This is a rebellion against the authority and sovereignty of God the Creator of heaven and earth. This is the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil, darkness and light, faith and faithless, hope and hopeless.
A truthful witness saves lives, but one who breathes out lies is deceitful.
2 Timothy 4:3-5
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. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
Things As They Need to Be…
The response of the Christian believer must be precise and above all must be founded in Biblical truth. There is a Biblical template for persecution against Christians and the faithful people of God.
Now when they heard this (Message of the Gospel) they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
The Christian Community
The answer is - the community of Christ. The active Community of Christ Jesus - gathering, serving, praying, learning, and breaking bread together is made new and filled with new life built on specific and humble foundations of love towards God and one another. We can resist and confront that old spirit with the new-life resources we have been given by Christ and His community. As simple and as dated as these foundations may be, they remain God's way for us to build up, secure and support one another, to find the love we seek and desperately in Christ Jesus. These foundations are crucial to overcoming the harmful and hurtful behavior of the old and selfish persons we used to be, and the evil deception of the world around us As Christians living life-together in Christ, we look for these loving foundations to help connect within the community. The Christian community first forms itself in Christ and then around one another through these eternal and divine foundations of love to become Christ's body. These faithful expressions are not religion - but God's way to life- together in Christ. The practical and Biblical way to identify these foundations looks like this:
Worship Together – John 4:23, 24
Pray Together – Ephesians 1:16-23
Learn Together – Colossians 1:9-14
Break Bread Together – Acts 2:46, 47
Serve Together – Ephesians 4:11-16
These were the foundations of faith practiced daily by the early Christian Church. The fruit of those foundations is still evident today. Critics might argue that the early Church is no longer a relevant model for today's millennial world – an all- access technopoly filled with diverse and complex societal dynamics and our present fear and feelings culture. But that argument is skewed with the influence of secularized and anti-Christ thinking. The anti- Christ thinkers argue there must be more than blind faith, or the foolish belief and trust in a God who is not around to satisfy humankind's wishes and will. They protest that having faith in an all-knowing, all-loving, all-or-nothing God is naive, claiming that absolutely nothing is absolute. However, it is the absolute experience of Christ's love that moves us to follow when we are called to a life together in Him. So, we must be objective and single- minded to answer the radical demands of His calling.
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