Denying The Deadly Wound
lthough even mainstream media has now begun to address
the unthinkable subject of nuclear terrorism as many political
figures are now referring to it as "inevitable," most Christian leaders
continue to sidestep the issue altogether. Some justify their stance by
lamely stating they only want to preach the "gospel," even as most shrug
it off by asserting Christians will never see such tribulational events as
they'll be in the clouds en route to heaven with the invisible Jesus.
Ironically, the "gospel" supposedly being preached is
the good news that Jesus Christ is the TRUTH -- thus
to deny the reality of our predicament is hardly an embrace of the
truth. The prophet Isaiah castigates those who "have made
lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid
ourselves" (Isaiah 28:15).
This process of denial is something
psychologists have addressed, and I won't add much to it in the present
context. It should be said, however, that the inability to perceive the
truth of a given circumstance speaks of the lack of a "sound mind" (II
Timothy 1:7). Those that cannot recognize danger when they see it have
reasoning processes that should be called into question.
When Paul writes about the "strong delusion" that will
come upon the whole world (II Thessalonians 2), the word underlying
delusion is a Greek word rendered elsewhere as error. If the
1st century Christians had committed an "error" and miscalculated
the connection between the gathering Roman armies and the stern warning
issued by our LORD that "when ye shall See Jerusalem compassed with
armies....flee to the mountains" (Luke 21:20,21), there might not have
been a Christian church left to spread the gospel.
When God says through Hosea "My people are destroyed
for lack of knowledge: because thou has rejected knowledge, I will
also reject thee..." (Hosea 4:6), He is saying if you refuse MY knowledge
and make lies your refuge, you will have rejected ME.
Hebrews says "Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved
with fear, prepared an ark..." (Hebrews 11:7).
To bring this all to the present timeline, you'd better
have some oil in your lamp, because the bridgegroom is coming, and if you
refuse His counsel, the door will be shut (Matthew 25).
Unfortunately, the "foolish virgins" in the parable provide us with
imagery that is a rather apt description of the majority of Christians
August 10 2005 -- James Lloyd
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