Why The Rage Against God Will Continue To Increase As The World Approaches The Return Of Christ

By: Tia Johnson 0 Comments   8/20/2012

Though we don't know when Jesus will return as stated in Acts 1:11, we do know that we are one day closer to that moment than we were yesterday. Scripture also declares that the days before He comes will involve greater tribulation than has ever been or ever will be (Mark 13).

History has shown times of even greater turmoil for Christians than we have now, and decisions of seemingly greater sin than we witness today.

Yet it seems that the distinction between Christianity and other worldviews is becoming easier to identify.

For example, decades ago church pews included many parishioners who attended solely because of family or community pressure-- not to worship God.

Though that pressure still occurs, it's become more common and acceptable for people to stand apart from the church if their heart isn't in it.

This growing distinction could be described by the parable of the "wheat and tares," in Matthew 13. In this parable, Jesus described how two seeds were planted together, but weren't safely separated until harvesttime. The "wheat" and "tares" in our culture seems to be more identifiable now than they were in previous decades as people embrace sin. It can be seen even within the church.

For example, the Episcopalian convention recently approved a special liturgy for same-sex marriage ceremonies.  Also this summer, televangelist Creflo Dollar was arrested after his daughter and her friend testified that he choked and hit her. Sadly, Dollar denied the charges, saying that "emotions got involved, and things escalated from there." Truthfully, many churches have become no more than a community club that looks more like the world than Jesus Christ.

We also see this distinction when people define their Christianity by their works for God's house instead of their devotion to His name. Like the pharisees, their public appearance may shine, but their actions at home reveal a different heart altogether.

This growing distinction may appear discouraging, but part of it isn't. It's encouraging to me that Truth and authentic Christianity is becoming more distinguishable in our culture. And the more our culture embraces sin, the thicker this distinction will become.

Plainly, our beliefs stand out much stronger today than they did in my grandmother's generation. Just watch the public's reaction to Chick-fil-A's stand on gay unions, or the impact model Kylie Bisutti had when she left her post at Victoria Secret because of her growing convictions.

The closer we get to the awesome day of Jesus' return, the more obvious it is that we have to choose where we stand. This choice may be presented by a young gunman as it was reportedly posed to a student during the Columbine, Colorado school shooting in 1999, or it may be presented by the daily moral choices made in the workplace.

This distinction between Christianity and other worldviews is also made clear by the growing animosity toward God and Biblical values. Why? Because Biblical truth confronts sin, and this confrontation can result in Godly sorrow and repentance OR incredible offense.

2 Corinthians 7:10 says, "For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death."

Also, 1 Peter 2:7-8 says, "...to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, 'The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone'... 'a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.'"

We see this played out in scripture, where religious rulers who did not believe in Jesus were angered by his teachings. I've also seen this in college, where professors who stand by a different worldview are incredibly offended by the submission and teachings of Jesus Christ.

Peter Hitchens wrote a book detailing his personal experience as a former atheist. Titled "The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me To Faith," Hitchens shares of his journey from atheism to Christianity. He also sees a growing divide in nations whose people are rejecting God for a different worldview.

Yes, this is devastating news for these countries, and can be very discouraging. But the good news is that people are being forced to take a stand. No longer can we fake it. Will we embrace sin or Jesus Christ?

The scripture in 2 Corinthians goes on to describe the benefits of repentance when confronted with this choice: "...See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done..."

The good news is that those walking this earth will always have the choice before them. No matter how far-gone we may think they are, they can still choose repentance to Jesus Christ. God's redemptive power is not weak and will not wear out. Even the "worst of sinners" can be redeemed.

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