Cults, Evil and Destruction

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Cults distort truth and lead people astray

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Small percentages take the headlines but the vast number of people and events are lumped in as just ordinary people and events; this is the same for Christians. When Jim Jones “Peoples Temple” and David Koresh “Branch Davidians sect” came to a horrific demise along with many of their followers the news headlines around the world provided the details, editorials and religious implications.  While these tragic events commanded our attention millions upon millions of Christians went on about their lives without being noticed. Cults distort the reality of being a Christian.

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2 Peter 2:1 ESV

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.

Evil defies the good of GOD and is the opposite . . .

 

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Instead of love, empathy and assistance, evil is hate, uncaring and provides no good. Just the recent news stories report  rapes,murders, home invasions, pushing elderly people down stairs, hostage taking and a great deal of stealing.  The most insidious may be killings over parking spaces, road rage or for thrills.  I find understanding and great comfort from the truth revealed in GOD’s Word The Holy Bible.

1 John 4:8 ESV

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

 

Destruction undoes GOD’s creation, beauty and wonderful places and things . . .

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Killing, defacing, marring and annihilation of the good and beautiful; human nature without GOD destroys the wonderful things GOD has created and pronounced good.

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Genesis 1:31 (NIV)

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day

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The torture, disrespect and murder by Crucifixion of  Jesus Christ is the most hideous example of all that is evil.

DO NOT LOOSE HOPE. WE STILL LIVE IN GOD’S BEAUTIFUL CREATION

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God’s Beautiful Creation

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Christians in Society

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Revival leads to Christians throughout society

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It was explained to me that if a Christian ran an honest business he or she already charges a fair price for their goods or services.

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This implied to me, if I asked for a special consideration as a brother in Christ something was not right. The business person either was charging non-Christians too much or, if I obtained a special discount it was at their personal expense – coming out of what they needed for themselves and their family.

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Honest Christians functioning with integrity are needed in all jobs, careers and leadership roles.

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Sudden Death

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Your tomorrow is not guaranteed . . .

 

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From: Luke 12:13-21 (ESV) The Parable of the Rich Fool
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. . . “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, ‘ ‘ ‘

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In sports there are conditions when the team that scores wins immediately: Sudden Death This in American Football overtime for example.

You can secure your eternal destiny “right” now and know you will always be with GOD because of what Jesus has done. Your personal spiritual insurance policy.

John 3:16 ESV

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

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Mighty to Save – Hillsong United

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A long struggle with an illness or injury may afford

. . . ample time to prepare for our demise, but what if we fall victim to a violent death: accident, natural disaster, explosion or even at the hands of another? Would you be confident of your eternal future? Sometime in this world GOD allows a physical struggle because our response can illustrate to others our faith. We are in this world but not of this world; we in our own abilities cannot correct the evil and the wrongs; only GOD can.  We can demonstrate GOD’s Love and teach others to share the hope we have and, the assured eternal salvation.

Apostle Paul (ST Paul) atests to this condition:

2 Corinthians 12:7 ESV

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So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.

 

As a Christian we believe Jesus and know what our eternity will be like and where.

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John 14:3 ESV 

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

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If you have any doubt accept Jesus as your Lord and savior . . . if you need help seek it from a believer . . . a christian.

 

 

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Surrounded with Darkness

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Russian Christian Songs…All To Jesus I Surrender

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The darkness around Earth in this photo is a metaphor for the evil that surrounds us in the spiritual struggle.

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It is a Spiritual War played out in the flesh

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The Crusades were ill-conceived and therefore wrongly prosecuted because people did not fully understand the true nature of the war between good and evil – or ignored the truth.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 ESV 

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For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

So we may wonder how someone could slay those children in such a hideous way; why destroy life for small material gain? Abuse helpless people? Cheat those dying in a famine. Murder because they are different in appearance? The value of life so cheap? The reason behind all of it is an ongoing spiritual war:

Ephesians 6:12 ESV 

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

 

Then what can we do?

Ephesians 6:11 ESV

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Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

The Word of GOD is our weapon and our protection.

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As Christians we are to be the light to the world as Jesus said:

Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

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Time to Worship and be Revived

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Be Revived it is Long Overdue

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Start with you where you are right now.
If there is any hope for this world it is not with great powers, powerful armies or strong leaders it lies with you: The individual Christian. Start with, leading your family, leading your neighborhood, leading your nation . . . To The Lord.

In our power we fall short . . . we fail to stop the evil in the world on a global scale:

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Death and harm . . . . brother against brother. . .
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Matthew 10:21 ESV

Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death,

 

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Famine and illness . . . .
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Matthew 24:7 ESV

For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

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Theft, greed, oppression . . . .

Isaiah 1:17 ESV

Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.

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With GOD Nothing is impossible.

Matthew 19:26 ESV

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

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