Church vs. World: Who is influencing Who?
A society is defined by many factors, including, but not limited to, its economic condition, degree of natural disasters, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), poverty level, crime rate, religious affiliation, entertainment production, educational opportunities, advancements in science and medicine, life expectancy, ethnic demographic, political affiliation, size of government, measure of military might, and the list continues…
Many of these factors are influenced by the focus and direction of leaders within that particular country. Whether these perceived leaders reside in a religious institution, a renowned university, a government agency, or a national sports team, they possess a considerable amount of power to direct the path of that country, whether for evil or for good.
–Hence; the power of persuasion and propaganda—
Author and social scientist Gustave Le Bon made an incredible statement regarding the dynamics of a functioning society.
“Are the worst enemies of society those who attack it or those who do not even give themselves the trouble of defending it?” —Gustave Le Bon
The Holy Bible makes mention of how leadership, whether secular and spiritual, affects the vision of a people. In a secular sense, in any given society, numerous leaders will involve themselves in driving the spirit of the “world.” The world can be identified as the realm whereby various systems or institutions operate. This sphere of influence is driven by an anti-Christ agenda. To prove this, we must look to the Word of God. The Apostle John writes,
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (1 John 2:15-17, KJV).
Shall we examine a few examples of worldly influences?
- The National Football League (NFL) and its defense of programs and financing behind the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transsexual (LGBT) movement is not of God; rather, it is of the world’s anti-Christ agenda.
- The film & motion picture industry, of which includes American companies such as Hollywood, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Lightstorm Entertainment, Walt Disney Corporation, and Universal Studios, through their support of immorality, violence, sexual impurity, and false religion, is not of God; rather, these companies support this world’s anti-Christ agenda.
- In 1972, the infamous Supreme Court ruling of Roe vs. Wade, to approve the murder of a living child within the womb of his or her mother, along with the Court’s decision to approve same-sex marriage as of late, is not of God; rather, this national arm of justice has, time and time again, represented an anti-Christ assault.
***I am not speaking of all justices who serve on the Supreme Court; however, I am speaking to the spirit behind the direction of the Court, as shown by the numerous decisions of various justices who were chosen by the Commander & Chief of the United States of America.
- The media’s vision to embrace the cutting of women’s hair in the early 1900’s, motivated in part by French fashion designer Paul Poiret, entertainment moguls Eve Lavallière & Isabella Duncan, and others, portrayed a ‘New American Woman’—a perceived modern woman in society of equal strength and ability as that of a man. As women became busier, more active on the battlefield, and more influential in the workplace, our society iconized a woman who was free from tradition. This ideology captured the masses, entrapping many into a culture, who in former years, would have rejected such a radical shift towards unnatural and unscriptural behavior. This agenda was not of God; rather, it was, and still is, of the world—a sphere of influence which continues to reject God’s command for women to keep their hair uncut, untrimmed, or unshorn.
Who is to Blame?
In areas where Godly principles once resided, these same areas have become strongholds for demonic influence. For example, in the public educations systems, sexual education courses have replaced the 10 Commandments; school sorority parties have replaced prayer meetings.
What we have witnessed is a “spiritual high-jacking” of nearly all public institutions; one can see how the Devil has expanded his influence, in a more blatant and obscene manner, over the entire world, especially so in the United States America.
The church is commanded by Jesus Christ to demonstrate God’s truth and love to a world lying in wickedness. Through preaching, teaching, praying, fasting, prophesying, making disciples, healing the sick and diseased, casting out demons, and glorifying God in the name of Jesus Christ, unbelievers will come to understand that hope is found in Jesus Christ—the only true Savior of the world.
A weak church will be influenced by the world; but a powerful & spiritual church will impose a Godly influence upon unbelievers. As God calls His church to consecration and commitment, who will respond to challenge the spirit of this age?
Who has changed?
The Devil has NOT changed.
**The Bible labels him a father of liars, a thief, stealer, killer, and destroyer. He is void of truth and grace and always will be.
Our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, has NOT changed.
**The Bible speaks of Him as being unchangeable, unbeatable, all-powerful, all-knowing, merciful, just, loving, and righteous—the same yesterday, today, and forever!
Has the True Church Changed?
God admonishes the church in the Book of Revelation regarding various requirements to maintain a true relationship with Him and to possess a right standing with Him. A church which falls away from faithfulness to the Lord, fails to obey the Acts 2:38 doctrine, and refuses to follow the principles of separation from the world and holiness unto God, will have her candlestick removed; in turn, a church which is zealous for that which is holy and true will become highly favored by God to usher His Kingdom upon this earth.
The choice is ultimately ours; we can sit idly on the church pew, (or chair), and wait for the 2nd coming of the Lord. (I venture to believe that these people will be in for a very rude awakening when He comes). Or, the church can take the Great Commission seriously, and become a powerful force which imposes spiritual violence upon the world and its vain systems. When this happens, strongholds of Satan will fall, the church will be revived, and the harvest of fresh souls will be poured in the garners. The true church of the living God in 2018 ought to be patterned after the vision shown in the Book of Acts; anything less is a sign that much work is left to accomplish!
“Man has tested the boundaries of science; peered through the history of time; explored the ‘inner limits’ of outer space; theorized the edges of philosophy; plumbed the depths of seas; and scaled the heights of mountains. This one thing I know—Man has yet to scratch the surface of God’s unquenchable love and consuming power. To access is to possess unction from the Holy One—Jesus Christ of Nazareth”