Understand The Times
by Roger Oakland
Throughout biblical history there has always been a remnant. As you know the word remnant does not mean the majority. The purpose-driven-emerging church is very popular and few are those who are standing against it. Could those who resist be the remnant?
For a perspective of the human spiritual journey throughout history, read the scriptures. The Bible gives us God’s revelation with regard to how well man has done. How could this possibly be if God is God? Wouldn’t you think the whole world would believe in Him? Scriptures seems to indicate the whole world has been deceived most of the time from the fall of Adam on.
The reason for this is that Satan is god of this world. It seems that God allows man to choose what he wants for just so long and then there is judgment. Remember it happened at Noah’s flood. There were only eight who listened. It didn’t take long after those eight multiplied that their ancestors were also deceived.
Abraham was chosen out of the pagan nations – just one single man. He became the father of the Jews. The Jews did the same. Even though God delivered them out of bondage, they chose to go back to the gods.
Church history is not much different. What starts out right ends up wrong. In the case of the church we have the majority professing to that God can’t operate without them. They add to the Scriptures to make them more important than Jesus. They say that His sacrifice on the cross was not enough and only they have they the solution. They say that it is best to contact Jesus through His mother, when His mother has died and the Bible says not to contact the dead. The Word also says there is only one safe way to contact God. Jesus is the only mediator.
Now we have the purpose-driven-emerging church growth program authored by man taking over Christianity around the planet. You can hardly find a church that hasn’t joined. Those who are concerned about kingdom building techniques are called “resistors”. They are told to get with the program or leave.
I have discovered that these “resistors” are becoming another remnant. As I have traveled around the world, I have found they exist in every country. They all seem to believe the same. For example, they believe the Bible is the Word of God, that God created and that Genesis is not poetry. They also believe Bible prophecy is important and that Israel is actually Israel and not the church.
They also believe that Jesus Christ will return and establish a thousand year rule. They refuse to believe that Christianity is about building the kingdom here on earth through whatever means it takes by joining together with Rome and eventually all other religions. These “resistors” even still believe that the cross is the cross and not “false advertising to God.” They believe the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness and that there is still only one way to heaven.
However, the resistors seem to be dwindling. I wonder how many will remain when the real delusion happens that Paul warned about mentioned in 2 Thessalonians chapter two? Do you remember what Jesus said, “When the Son of Man cometh, will He find faith?
I am Roger Oakland. This has been a biblical perspective to help understand the times we live.