“But he that endures to the end shall be saved.” – Matthew 24:13
Various recent polls show that America’s religious landscape has rapidly changed in the last five years. More and more Americans have been “turned off” to institutionalized religion. One fifth of the U.S. public and one third of adults under 30 no longer claim a religious affiliation. According to the Pew Forum, “they became unaffiliated, at least in part, because they think of religious people as hypocritical, judgmental or insincere.“
Their issues with institutionalized religion, we have to admit is not unfounded. Religious failure in leaders has shaken the faith of millions for decades. Shocking, well-publicized scandals have weakened the faith of Americans. Leaders who preached against adultery engaged in fornicating affairs. Some who taught against the sin of homosexuality were found to be themselves homosexuals. Priests sexually abused children. Popular televangelists extorted millions of dollars from their faithful. Is it any wonder that most thinking people would say, “Why should I go to church?”
Despite all the criticism and arguments against religious deceit in religion today, Jesus declared that He would establish His church on a sure foundation, and the gates of hell would not be able to prevail against it.
“…I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” – Matthew 16:18.
The true church of Jesus Christ [Messiah] is alive and well and being prepared as a bride without spot or blemish for the second coming of Christ, the Bridegroom. The question we need to ask ourselves is, “Are we part of the true church of Jesus Christ? Or do we attend a church that is part of the apostate brand of Christianity that is so prevalent today? Does the example of our Christian lives draw people to Jesus, or repel them away from God?” Examine yourselves daily, confess your sins quickly to God, allow the Holy Spirit to transform you, and use the Bible to guide you in search for the truth.
After a powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit Guatemala recently, at least 52 people were left dead, and thousands more without power. The Guatemalan president visited the affected area to declare three days of mourning. Sadly, nothing was said about repentance from sin. When tragedy happens in any country, the first thing anyone should do is seek God for forgiveness, since God controls the weather.
Earthquakes and other disasters are increasing in both frequency and severity across the globe. Jesus told his disciples that earthquakes would be one of the signs of the last days.
“Then said he to them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.” – Luke 21:10-11
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Comment from Cygnet: “Wise words, Brother! It reminds me of the letter that our Lord directed Apostle John to write in in The Revelation to the church of Laodicea (Revelation 3:13-22). He admonishes the true believer to buy gold tried with fire (purify his or her heart) for the true believer to be clothed with clean white linen. (be clothed with righteousness – Revelation 19:8). In other words, we must line ourselves up with Christ and his provision. We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).”