We received an email just this morning, asking us (in part):
“I was wondering if you two would care to speak on the highly significant and evil shift that has occurred in the world this year, and if you would also discuss tips for how Christians should try to navigate this increasingly dangerous and deceptive time. That could just mean discussing how you two are handling it so far and how you think people should protect themselves from what is coming.”
While I (Loren) have been working on and off, writing down some thoughts for a blog article on this very subject, based on my own thoughts as well as what Carolyn and I talk often about, I keep putting it off because I don’t want to have the wrong focus or the wrong tone.
So, that article may be coming up soon (but who knows, because we’re working on a different one right now…), but for now Carolyn and I would like to quickly mention a few things about what the Bible says about how we, as Christians, should navigate these increasingly deceptive and dangerous times:
But the Day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and its works will be laid bare.
Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to conduct yourselves in holiness and godliness as you anticipate and hasten the coming of the day of God, when the heavens will be destroyed by fire and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with God’s promise, we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
Therefore, beloved, as you anticipate these things, make every effort to be found at peace with Him, without spot or blemish.
… be on your guard so that you will not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure standing. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity.
Amen.2 Peter 3:10-14, 17-18
So, how should we, as Christians, navigate these increasingly deceptive and dangerous times?
According to 2 Peter 3, we should:
- Conduct ourselves in holiness
- Conduct ourselves in godliness
- Make every effort to be found at peace with God
- Make every effort to be found without spot or blemish
- Be on our guard so that we will not be carried away by error and fall from our secure standing
- Grow in the grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ
And this is just one passage of Scripture. There are many others, including:
“And do this, understanding the occasion. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day has drawn near. So let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Instead, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.”Romans 13:11-14
“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to test and prove what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”Philippians 1:9-11
So, this is how we are handling these times: getting into the Word of God (reading and studying the Bible), striving to align ourselves with His Word and with His Will (in other words, being obedient to Him), and by faith submitting to the work of His Spirit within us, for it is God alone who completes this work that He began within us, and it’s not something we can achieve by our own efforts.
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your entire spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
This is how we learn to walk in holiness and godliness; this is how we learn to be at peace with God; this is how we learn how to be without spot or blemish; this is how we learn how to be on our guard and avoid error; this is how we stand, secure, in our salvation; this is how we learn to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ: it’s all in His Word (the Bible)!
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work.2 Timothy 3:16-17
There could be plenty more thoughts added concerning these turbulent times, sure (much of it being speculative), and there may be some common sense measures that some of us can take, if we are able, and we may add our thoughts to the overall conversation at a later date.
Or to get off track of what the Bible says, and get caught up in sensational speculations, in the “what-ifs” of today, in the countless “dreams and visions” of other people, get caught up in the latest dire “prophetic warning” from So-and-So. (Jeremiah 23:31-32, Ephesians 4:14, Ephesians 5:6, Colossians 2:8, Hebrews 13:9, 1 Timothy 1:4, 1 Timothy 6:20, 2 Timothy 2:16, Titus 3:9, etc.)
But the most important thing is what God’s Word tells us about being prepared, and when we get into His Word, the Bible — when we immerse ourselves in what God has to say — we will not get sidetracked from the Truth.
This is what really matters. And this is what we want to remind everyone of today. 😊
Then Jesus called the crowd to Him along with His disciples, and He told them, “If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and for the gospel will save it.
What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? If anyone is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in His Father’s glory with the holy angels.