Sunday, August 12, 2007

Fear !!!

"The remarkable thing about fearing God is that when you fear God you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God you fear everything else" - Oswald Chambers.

There are those of you that will think this is a stretch, and that's okay, but does this not send a message to the secular progressive folks (and, they do indeed exist. Check out the agenda of the ACLU, George Soros, etc)? If they can, over time, erode Christianity from our society, they can change the face of this entire nation, ala western Europe. Quite simply, set out to rid our schools of anything Christian, but leave the other religions to do their thing. I do not make this stuff up, it's in the news on a daily basis.

Watered-down theology is running rampant in our churches. Entertainment value is replacing worship. Certain denominations are questioning the validity of the Virgin Birth and the Ressurection. They give thanks to Mother Jesus. Think I'm kidding? Check it out! I think it was also Oswald Chambers who once said, "Holiness, not happiness, is the chief end of man". Where has that gone in our daily lives?

I am sure I will get letters and e-mails calling me paranoid, but that's okay, too. This is not about paranoia, this is about someone who cares enough about the spiritual plight of our country to stand up and say, "Hey! We got trouble in River City! And it ain't spelled P-O-O-L. This is about someone who cares enough to be vocal about the changes he has seen over the past forty years, and the downward spiral this country seems to be in. Is it all bad? No, of course not. We are still the finest nation on planet Earth, no doubt about it. Has everything gone to "hell in a handbasket"? I don't think so. But, can we continue, as a culture, to do business the way we are doing it now? Once again, I don't think so.

My honest, non-paranoid view of things is this: Unless we return to the Christian values that made us the great nation we are, unless we dance with Who brung us, we will not survive over the long term.We need to begin fearing God in our lives. Think of the impact that would have on our terrorist enemies. How would they act and react if they knew that, in our heart of hearts, we held no fear for them, but only for our Lord and Savior? It could totally change the dynamics of this entire struggle.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "The wise man in the storm prays God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear".


Anonymous said...

Hey there, Rantin' Atkin!

A few thoughts . . . . .

I appreciate your emphasis upon fearing God and not man. And, I don't think that you are paranoid. I also value your heart for God and our fellow-man.

My emphasis is a little different, holding out for Christian values rather than conservative values, and believing that only those who are born of the Spirit are capable of walking out those values in and by the Spirit. The flesh cannot please God. Therefore it is the redeemed community that must rise up and lead the way. I don't believe that Jesus is returning for a redeemed America; I believe that He is coming for a redeemed and prepared bride.

Bible: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.

Bible: You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals, for You have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and Nation . . .

Bible: You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation . . .

While I am thankful to have been born in this relatively comfortable and prosperous nation, I am even more thankful that I have been born again into God's holy nation. Having been privileged to travel into many foreign nations, I realize that many of them maintain much more moral fiber. I also have met many others who have been redeemed into this holy nation which has a culture of its own that is to be recognized and developed. When the corporate body of Christ begins to demonstrate that culture, multitudes will run into it with great joy!

Bible: For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.

Your prophetic gift is needed in both arenas.

I love and appreciate you!


Anonymous said...

Pretty impressive. I blame it all on Pope John and Vatican II because it caused the demise of the "Banned in Boston" philosophy we had in America. The Catholic Church at that time stood up to evil in movies, magazines and books. This resulted in more trash being put out for people to read and see. Next it started the downfall of respect for authority and the church. The pendulum hasn't reached it's peak yet but there are signs that it is close. Then hopefully we will return to a moralistic society again.
Keep the faith and keep on writing your great articles. At least you know you have one backer.
Have a good one.

Larry Whinnery said...

Help me out here - I have not been able to make a strong case linking the ACLU or George Soros to "secular progressive", at least not in terms I understand this to mean. You may be right though, so I'll keep looking for definitive proof. However, I do understand your dislike for Soros since he put up a lot of money to try and defeat George Bush and to further the cause of gun control. But, other than your reference to these two (Soros & the ACLU), I find no other indication of paranoia.
One other point (if I may) - During most of my studies of American History it was Judeo-Christian values most noted as helping to make this great nation.
I don't point this out in an attempt to be critical of what you wrote, but rather to make what I think is a very important point to anyone who might be reading this.