Modern-day believers in Christ are not influencing the world around them—they neither are responding like the “salt” (a preservative) nor the “light” (a guide) that Christ Jesus says they are to be. Instead, they are Christians who have buried their heads in the sand, simply because they have committed the fundamental error of misunderstanding their calling. Once again, for the record, their calling is EVERY believer’s calling: They are to minister (serve the Lord and others) by evangelizing (preaching), making disciples, and teaching the Gospel (Word of God)!
Contrary to popular opinions, as a whole, the world is NOT getting any better. Consequently, the embarrassing fact is that, as a whole, humans’ treatments of other humans are less than exemplary! But, what the heck, since racism and sexism aren’t directly affecting us, we figure that because there are not that many people who are speaking out about racism and sexism these days, then, as far as the issues of racism and sexism are concerned, everyone must be doing okay! Talk about burying our heads in the sand!
For believers to walk with God in the newness of life—the newness of the holy work His Spirit is doing within them daily—their personal lives and their beliefs in religious dogma must be flexible. Believers, thus, cannot be more focused on being in control of their own lives and more focused on hanging on to their traditional beliefs, which may or may not be in error, than they are focused on walking in the newness of life—walking in the newness of the Holy Spirit’s mighty workings. Bottom line: Those who like flaky, shaky business-as-usual churchianity will resist the rocking of their religious boats only to end up sinking with their ill-prepared vessels. The end result, they will not be open to receive the Holy Spirit’s new wine; therefore, by refusing to drink from the Holy Spirit’s new wine (cf. 1 Corinthians 12:13b), they will not become spiritual winos; instead, they will continue to suffer from their spiritual sobriety condition.
There doesn’t seem to be any way to avoid the biblically prophesied bleak end times. For sure, everybody in America is moving toward the New Word Order of one-world government, one-world currency, and one-world religion. Moreover, the prophetic Word of God leaves no doubt that, globally, everyone is transitioning to the time of Mystery Babylon (cf. Revelation chapters 17 and 18 KJV). For these reasons, those American evangelical Christocrats who are endorsing Constitutional conservatism, or the need for Americans to return back to the Founders’ fundamental Constitutional values, should instead focus on living the principles of God’s Word and God’s Government—they need to model the teachings of Jesus the Christ!
Contrary to popular opinions, being filled with the Holy Spirit IS NOT about us receiving a specific amount or “quantity” of the Holy Spirit. Being filled with the Holy Spirit just means that God has chosen and designated His Holy Spirit to be the One who causes us to live a Christ-like lifestyle—God has chosen and designated His Holy Spirit to be the supernaturally influencing factor that causes us to do what we do for Jesus the Christ, like witnessing to others, as well as ministering to others, edifying (building up) others, exhorting (encouraging) others, speaking in tongues, prophesying, performing miracles, and so forth.
The truth about Saul’s, and everyone else’s, conversion is that conversion IS NOT regeneration, which is a sinner’s born from above spiritual rebirth. Then too, conversion IS NOT salvation, which is a sinner’s sins being forgiven so that this believer can be justified, meaning he or she is treated as if he or she has never sinned. Moreover, a sinner’s sins are forgiven so that this believer can receive the Lord’s imputed righteousness, and the indwelling Holy Spirit. Lastly, conversion IS NOT sanctification, which is a believer being filled with the Holy Spirit, being made holy (sanctified), being transformed (changed) into the image of Jesus the Christ, and being glorified.
Apparently, the “last-days scoffers” are those have chosen to be ignorant for ignorance sake. According to Jesus the Christ, their spiritual blindness, then, is unto death, as was the spiritual blindness of the people in Noah’s day. Indeed, just as God’s promised wrath, a long time ago, was poured out upon the Earth, assigning a watery death to all but eight humans, He also has promised, once again, to destroy by fire this current world’s evil men and women, and to bring the end-time age in which they live to an end, and to do it swiftly (cf. 2 Peter 3:7-12). Moreover, Peter uses this promised future wrath of God, not to frighten believers, but to encourage them, so that they will continue to trust that God will fulfill ALL of His promises.
There is nothing beyond our witnessing, our preaching, and our praying that can lead anyone to Christ, or that can be instrumental in getting anyone who is lost, saved! To teach or preach that we can do more than witnessing, preaching, and praying is to teach and preach a different Gospel. In short, it means that we are doing our own “thing”!
Today’s born again, saved (justified), and filled with the Holy Spirit believers know that the present day “institutional” church is crumbling. Moreover, these believers know that God Himself is the One who is causing the “institutional” church’s breakdown. This revelation knowledge is the reason why these believers definitely won’t get caught in the metaphorical wreckage caused by the fallen pastoral elitists’ top-down hierarchical leadership structure, nor will these believers get caught in the literal rubble caused by tumbling steeples, bell towers, posts, and walls. Therefore, let there be no doubt about it. The 1st-century Way of Jesus Christ, the ekklesia/ecclesia’s koinonia, is being born again, and this time His Way will remain as the unstoppable movement He promised it would be.
Father God knows just how weak we are and just how much strength we have to handle whatever temptation, affliction, or persecution that comes our way that has the potential to cause us to yield to it (to cave in; to be overtaken in a fault). That is to say, because Father God created us, He knows how much temptation, affliction, or persecution we can endure before we reach that abandoning our allegiance to our Lord point, which then leads to deviating from the Gospel’s Truths (to committing a sin).