Opposition to ungodly persuasion becomes a factor when acknowledgement comes to focus of its diverse application towards acceptance and participation. There is optimum electronic availability to promote ungodliness that was not previously a factor but now has become the norm; except for those who recognize its devious intentions and its tentacles of allurement.
The Prophet Daniel revealed that in end-times many shall be purified and made white, and tried (refined); but the wicked shall do wickedly, and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand (Daniel 12:10). Many today are being deceived into partaking of devilish impulses towards ungodly persuasion while others have tuned into the Word of God; as the prophet Daniel foretold that knowledge shall be increased (Daniel 12:4).
Thank God, for those who are in opposition to ungodly persuasion and will stand for the truth and not be deceived by those who attempt to spread untruths that would bring great harm to the soul of man. The Prophet Jeremiah said: Thus saith the Lord, stand you in the ways (godly ways), and see, and ask for the old paths, and walk therein, and you shall find rest for your souls. But they (the people) said, we will not walk therein.
I (God) set watchmen over you, saying, hearken to the sound of the trumpet; but they (the people) said, we will not hearken. Therefore, hear, you nations; behold, I (God) will bring evil (calamity) upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened to my words, nor to my law, but rejected it (Jeremiah 6:16-19).
How many nations today are suffering because of failure to stand in opposition to ungodly persuasion, having fallen into its grip, and are endorsing devilish influence rather than rejecting it? Are nations, who have walked away from godly influence, being blessed as before or still under God’s umbrella of protection and provision?
The Prophet Elijah stood in opposition to ungodly persuasion, having withstood four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, through God’s miraculous intervention; but when threaten by queen Jezebel ran for his life (1 Kings 19:3). Elijah was in a cave when God asked him: What do you here Elijah; Elijah answered saying, I, even, I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away (1 Kings 19:9-10).
As we see the promotion of ungodliness; often those opposing such agenda feel alone as Elijah. But God said to Elijah: Yet I have left (reserved) me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal. Elijah was not alone in his stand, as revealed by God, and was sent to another area of prophetic service.
Opposition to ungodly persuasion is needed to countermand Socialism, Marxism, cousins to Communism; Critical Race Theory (CRT), the Great Reset Plan, instituted by the World Economic Forum; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Transformation; to name but a few, that would upset the normality of life. Included in opposition to ungodly persuasion is legalized abortion, homosexuality, same sex marriage, and transgenderism as a way of life, though condemned in God’s Word.
Goals include: Discredit family as an institution; control of the schools to use as tools for promoting ungodly agenda; eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them violation of free speech and free press; break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography in books, magazines, motion pictures, and TV; promote homosexuality as normal, natural, healthy; infiltrate the press, gain control of key positions in government, radio, TV, and motion pictures; infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with social religion.
The Psalmist David, in opposition to ungodly persuasion, knew what it was like to be in troublesome times. He wrote: Lord, how are they increased that trouble me; many are they that rise up against me (Psalm 3:1). When one opposes the ungodly opposition to suppress one’s effort will be forthcoming! David knew this and his response was: You, O Lord, are a shield for (around) me; my glory, and the lifter (who lifts) up my head (Psalm 3:3).
When I cry to you, then shall my enemies turn back; this I know, for God is with me (Psalm 56:9). O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation (deliverance), you have covered my head (provided a shelter) in the day of battle (Psalm 140:7). As God was with David, so is He with the godly that are in opposition to ungodly persuasion of our day!
We live a world of uncertainty created by those willing to conquer the seemingly weak and oppressed; but as long as one’s faith is intertwined with determination and expectation towards victory, through God, there is hope! Scripture reveals: Let us hold fast the profession of our faith (hope) without wavering; for he (God) is faithful that promised (Hebrews 10:23). Faith is the substance (realization) of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).
Without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him (Hebrews 10:6). The same God who delivered Elijah out of a moment of despair; is available today, to one who will take a stand in opposition to ungodly persuasion!
Thank God for churches which stand in opposition to ungodly persuasion; who will not cave-in to demands towards tolerance and acceptability of the culture drift of today! There is drawing power towards the truths of God’s Word, through God’s Spirit, by those who will are open to the truth, rather than believe a lie, promoted by those who have withdrawn from the truth!
The early church experienced such having to be rebuked by the Apostle Paul, saying: I marvel that you are so soon removed (turning away) from him that called you unto the grace of Christ unto another gospel; which is not another, but there be some (false teachers) that trouble you, and would (want to) pervert the gospel of Christ (Galatians 1:6-7).
The Apostle Paul wrote: Do I now persuade men, or God? Do I seek to please men? If I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. But I certify you (make known), that the gospel which was preached by me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither as I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:10-12).
It was noted that if the Apostle Paul were to persuade men (court their favor) or seek to please them by preaching a false gospel they wanted to hear, he should not be the servant of Christ. There is a social gospel being introduced that is not in opposition to ungodly persuasion; rather helps promote such, by failure to minister the wholeness of God’s Word!
The Apostle Paul encouraged Timothy, a young evangelist, to preach the word; be instant (ready) in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine. For the time will come (and now is) when they will not endure sound doctrine.
But after their own lusts shall heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and shall turn away their ears (hearing) from the truth, and shall be turned into fables (that which is fictitious) (2 Timothy 4:2-4). It was noted that preaching is the God-ordained means to prevent defection from the truth. Teachers who appeal to itching ears tell people what they want to hear, not what they need to hear.
There is a rising up of ungodliness that is engulfing many a nation; those formally aligned with God’s Word! There is an imprint of ungodliness being manifested with indulgence encouraged rather than expose the danger that it promotes. When opposition to ungodly persuasion is offered; it is as little David facing the giant Goliath!
David challenged the giant that threatened to
enslave the nation with the words: You come to me with a sword, and with a
spear, and with a shield; but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts,
the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defiled. This day will the Lord
deliver you into my hand, and I will smite you (1 Samuel 17:45). It was noted
that David’s confidence in the Lord came out of experience of previous deliverance by the hand of God!
Apostle Paul wrote: God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles (schemes) of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood (human standards), but against principalities, against powers, against the rules of the darkness of this world (forces of evil), against spiritual wickedness in high places. Take upon you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand (Ephesians 6:10-12). The whole armor of God consists of: Truth, Righteousness, Gospel of peace, Shield of faith, Helmet of Salvation, and Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
The weapons of our warfare are not carnal (of human standards), but mighty through God, to the tearing down of strongholds; casting down imaginations (arguments), and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God (opposition to godly persuasion), and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).
Scripture reveals we may boldly proclaim: The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall (can) do to me (Hebrews 13:6). Opposition to ungodly persuasion opens the door towards suffering reproach but one’s allegiance to a heavenly Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ, will see one through difficulties experienced in taking a stand!
We face a seemingly flood of filth and degradation that promotes a great need for any nation, individual, caught up in its wake; and it will take the hand of God, as in Elijah’s day, to bring deliverance!
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