A certain radio personality often refers to people as “ sheeple, ” and I can understand why. People today are so lethargic and apathetic that they even need others to think for them. Especially as pertains to religion. Sheeple have a tendency of following anyone who will lead them – much like Lemmings and Democrats. It is my perception from having been a churchgoer for over forty years that this is so, especially in these “last days.” Some churchgoers have become so institutionalized that they are no worldly good to anyone but themselves, “having a form of Godliness but denying the power thereof.”
Many feel obligated to “do church” in order to garner respectability and/or socialize with the right crowd. However, that reason is being phased out as our country and the church become more secularized and even more corrupt. Soon, as the church comes under attack, more and more people will be leaving in what is called the great “falling away” in the Bible. According to the Bible, this is supposed to be happening at the end of the church age.
In some cases, this leaving the church is due to the pedophilia taking place in the Catholic denomination (which has long been suspect of being a self-serving cult). Protestants are not exempt from such behavior and are themselves only too human to walk the straight and narrow which, incidentally, can only be achieved through the help of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said “I will send you a comforter and He will lead you into all truth.” But we can only discern the Spirit of truth as we study scripture diligently. “Thy Word is Truth.”
We must remember that many in the church are made up of repentant extortioners, liars, homosexuals, pedophiles, crooked politicians and lawyers. While some of these sinners are saved, others are not. They only claim to be, and we can only speculate. Since we are asleep at the wheel, is it any wonder that the church has become tainted by the un-regenerate shysters?
There is much to pick from by biblically illiterate sheeple.
Everyone knows Jehovah’s Witnesses is a manmade cult begun by a lonely, religious lunatic named Charles Taze Russell, and the same can be said about Joseph Smith Jr. who founded the Mormons. To this craziness, Jesus said, “Straight is the gate and narrow is the way that leads unto life, and few there be that find it.”
True faith is not a product of churchgoing but of Bible reading and adhering to the truths set forth from Christ Jesus, as in, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” That is, the freedom attained from fear, guilt and anxiety. If you don’t have this freedom, then there is something missing in your walk with God, be it repentance, prayer and/or study, “Study to show yourself approved, a workman that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of God.”
Since so many people are living under a rock, not knowing or even caring about the state of the nation or their fellow man, it is becoming more and more imperative, as time runs out, for strong, well-equipped Christians to share Christ with others.
But we must show others we care before we can share the gospel with them; non-believers instinctively know when you are only trying to score points with God. Your testimony is often a good way to go.
I used my testimony the other day at my mission station, the Naples Fishing Pier. That’s where I go to witness to the regulars as well as visitors from all over the world.
The middle-aged couple were from the New England States. Under the shelter while sitting at one of the picnic tables there, the man and I began a casual conversation about our love of literature. I told him how I only read non-fiction, and his reply was that he too only read non-fiction.
The conversation drifted onto history, geography and biographies with each of us recalling our favorites.
Somewhere during our chat, he mentioned that he was a Catholic, and I told him I was raised a Catholic too. At this point I had to ask him what he thought of the scandalous pedophilia permeating that (cultic) denomination, to which he replied that he was ashamed of the ongoing revelations; and I could tell he was sincere – his face turning red and speaking in a whisper. Both he and his wife were devout Catholics.
I told the man that I was a contributing writer to Rapture Ready and handed him my two-sided card with my website on the front and Rapture Ready on the back. After this, I proceeded to warn him about impostors (wolves in sheep’s clothing) in the last days that Paul wrote to Timothy about. Quoting scripture, I laid it on the line, and he was strangely silent. Noting this, I asked if the church still read from the Douay Rheims version (which incidentally has fairytales included). His wife, who had been listening intently, leaned over and said they didn’t read the Bible at all. I urged them to acquire a King James version and learn from it.
The couple got up, and the man shook my hand – she smiled a subdued smile and nodded in agreement with a look of contrition. As they left, I could only assume that this was the reason for my being there –for another divine appointment.
Our sister in Christ, Geri Ungurean, did a good and thorough write-up on the book Dark Agenda by David Horowitz – which I have yet to acquire. After reading what Geri said about it on Rapture Ready recently, I’m looking forward to reading the book myself.
In the meantime, I find myself engrossed in a new book by Dr. David Jeremiah titled The Book of Signs with the subtitle 31 undeniable prophecies of the apocalypse, and enjoying it very much as we agree on nearly everything.
Sad to say, my pastor Dr. Hayes Wicker will be leaving us after 25 years of ministry. He was a good friend to Chuck Colson and Adrian Rodgers among many others. I will be sad to see him go.