By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
False sense of security is a real issue as one sees man's feeble efforts to bring peace as we are living in dangerous times that eludes peace in many countries in the world.
We are seeing the corruption of man that far outweighs previous times; leadership in many lands of an ungodly nature, with the evilness of man becoming more deplorable with each passing day. We are in a revolutionary change in many nations with little value placed on human life.
Many today place their hope in a leader; bank account assets safely tucked away, material possessions, relying upon one's own strength or ability; which gives a false sense of security, oftentimes with the most important element left out!
For Jesus said: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you, not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27). One needs to come to the realization that there is a false sense of security being offered; that has no real and lasting value, as placing one's hope in Jesus Christ.
Security is the state of being free from fear of danger, or injury; from apprehension or anxiety. One can have fervent hope, stability, and an unshakable faith in a time it is much needed.
King Asa, the ruler of Judah, was given such an assurance by a prophet of God, who said to him: Hear you me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The Lord is with you, while you be with him; and if you seek him, he will be found of you; but if your forsake him, he will forsake you (2 Chronicles 15:2).
One needs to note the conditional part of that verse: If one walks away from God; no longer seeking after Him; allowing ungodliness to reign, there is a price to pay. Scripture reveals: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap (Galatians 6:7).
Jesus said: Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and you shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake (Matthew 24:9). We are seeing this happening in many lands today; demanding acceptance of a particular religion; or face persecution or death.
I believe as Christianity takes a stand, against the evils of our day, we will see more persecution against the believer in Christ. Those who presently live under threats for their belief in Christ, in many nations, know in whom their real security lies.
Scripture reveals: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time; No, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened (Matthew 24:21-22). Because iniquity (or lawlessness) shall abound, the love of many shall wax (or grow) cold (Matthew 24:12).
Know this also, that in the last days (which we are in) perilous times will come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy. Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent (or without self-control), fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady (or reckless), high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof: from such turn away (2 Timothy 3:1-5).
God's Word reveals the nature of the ungodly: They walk after (or according to) the lust in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government (or authority). Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries (2 Peter 2:10). They utter words that deceive (bringing a false sense of security), that will increase only in more ungodliness.
In many once godly nations we are seeing the promotion of ungodliness that has seduced many towards a false sense of security. Laws are being passed, and judicial rulings made, that continue to promote the ungodliness of man; with many blinded to that fact.
Scripture reveals: You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil (or bad) fruit. (Matthew 7:16-17). Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire. Whereby by their fruits you shall know them (Matthew 7:19-20). Such illustrates a picture of the future of the ungodly, unless repentance comes, a picture of eternal punishment.
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