Listening to some Christians talk at church, in the marketplace and in social media, at the end of the day, it sounds like they have decided they “want off the program”. Their terminology accompanied by accents of fear leaves the impression that they have completely forgotten the mandate of our LORD, “Go ye into all the world” (i.e., all seven mountains of influence in culture to establish the government and culture of Jehovah) and have opted for “get off the program—get off the planet”. One thing western Christianity must continually contend with is the desire to get off the planet every time our comfort zones appear to be threatened. A couple of Walmart closures had some Christians so upset that they believed most of what misguided and mischievous people on the internet were attempting to perpetrate about the closures and were ready to go to heaven. While they were ready to go to heaven, creation continued to groan for manifestation of the sons of God (Rom.8:19, 22) rather than the departure of God’s sons for some place more comfortable. Since when is fear, of any kind, to be the rule upon which the decision to opt in or opt out of Christ’s mandate tolerable? Somehow, it is very difficult to imagine Apostle Paul having a nervous breakdown over a colorful moon or the inability to purchase kosher food right in one’s own neighborhood. Until the mandate of The Lord is fulfilled (Ps.110:1), there is no option offered to “get off this program”, regardless the moon. There is no scripture that says, “Be ye slackers and fearful so things can get worse quicker so the coming of the Lord can happen sooner.” (Compare: Gen.15:1; Deut.20:3;31:6; Josh.1:7; 2Chron.32:7; Lk.12:7; 12:32; Rev.1:17) Jesus said, “Go ye” (Matt.28:19) and He never said, “Come back”.
(This is the second excerpt from Marty Gabler’s article “Regardless the Moon“. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)
Though some irresistible gravity be pulling on us to suck us down that abysmal “sifter” (Lk.22:31), our Lord has prayed for us and we can endure to the end and be saved (Matt 24:13). Jesus was so certain Peter could endure that He said, “And WHEN you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Lk 22:32, NIV) Cf. Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them (Heb. 7:25, NAU; also Rom 8:27, 34). Though the temptation is to draw away from God and the fellowship of the saints when we fail, it is obvious from the book of Hebrews that those who are saved are those who draw near to God through Him. The concern Jesus has is not only to see you and I turned back to purpose and productivity but that we might strengthen others to do likewise. While we acquiesce to the pain of our failures and disillusionment and award ourselves precious time to lick our wounds, the strengthening of others simply gets put on hold.
(This is the seventh excerpt from Marty Gabler’s article “Too Late“ which was published in SEEC Magazine -Volume 4 Issue 5 [Marty and Kathy’s ministry magazine]. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)
MARTY GABLER is speaking at the Kingdom Equipping Congress.
KEC2016 March 2-4, 2016
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