Lifelines

by Gary Lacy

The Enemy From Within

We are living in a world of division. The Bible talks about a time when some people would not accept the sound doctrine of Jesus. We are living in that time. Those who have a love for the truth of Jesus...no matter how bittersweet it might be to take...are getting harder to find. Many are looking for sweet, sugar-coated sermons when they go to church...or they just don't attend church at all. Some call themselves atheist, saying they don't believe in God...but that, in itself, is still a belief.

It takes a lot of faith to believe there is no God...when the evidence is all around us in Creation's beauty. As we live in this end time generation, when the return of Jesus to Earth is imminent, true believers and followers of Jesus are meeting resistance like never before from government edicts and hostility toward conservative Christians. They are not really hostile toward us but rather the doctrine of Jesus. Most who are hostile would rather live in a corrupt, sinful state than give their lives to the Son of God. And many of them are our own family members. In Matthew 10, Jesus talked about how close to home our spiritual attacks would be: he said, "And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and and cause them to be put to death. And he shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved." (Matthew 10: 21, 22)

Jesus never promised a cakewalk down the yellow brick road when we become his disciples. Instead, he said those who truly follow his doctrine will be persecuted by those who don't love the truth...including some of those in our own families. I have a sister who hasn't spoken to me in 17 years because of my stand for Jesus Christ. She turned her back on my family because she didn't want to face the gospel and apply it to her life. We must choose to please Jesus, not men. Psalm 71:1 says it this way: "In thee O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion."