Monthly Archives: September 2014

Revelation 19:5-10

And a voice came from the throne, saying, “Give praise to our God, all you His bond-servants, you who fear Him, the small and the great.” Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he *said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’” And he *said to me, “These are true words of God.” 10 Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he *said to me, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

 

Because this fourth Hallellujah mentions salvation, it is likely that these are the believers who were caught up in the Rapture of the Church. They have been vindicated, and this is the hour of their inheritance. It might be noted that they are in a pretty good mood. The scene of a marriage supper of the Lamb is significant; in contradistinction to the imagery of the Great Whore to whom we were introduced in chapter 17, we here see a woman who has been kept pure and is clothed in linen. While the Whore held a cup of abominations, the Bride wears the linen of “righteousness.” While the Whore sits on the beast who eventually turns on her, the Bride is with the Groom—the Messiah, Who has already given His life for her and is now fulfilling His promise to her (Jn 14.3). The world system was set up for its own gratification, enhancement and self-worship. It was Man’s sin on full display, and blossomed into full flower. But Christ’s Church, who had remained steadfastly dedicated to Him through horrific tribulation and martyrdom, had prepared herself for HIM, not herself. And in the end, she comes into the promise.

 

It’s not difficult to see John’s meaning here. The system of the Self sets itself up against the system of the Christ. We are part of one system or the other. Are we living our daily lives to please ourselves? Or is our priority the pleasing of Christ? When a man and a woman keep themselves sexually pure until their wedding day, they can attest to the very real problems that this decision can cause. It is profoundly difficult, and can seem fairly nigh impossible. It is the delay of self-pleasure in the interest of pleasing the Other. This is the perfect illustration for the life of the Church in this age. We know how the story ends; we’re just not there yet—and we’re in a hurry to see it come to pass.

 

Everyone’s living for someone, and everyone’s going to his reward eventually. For whom are you striving today? Do you live to please Him, or are you living to please yourself?

 

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Revelation 19:1-4

After these things I heard something like a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying,“Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God; because His judgments are true and righteous; for He has judged the great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her immorality, and He has avenged the blood of His bond-servants on her.” And a second time they said, “Hallelujah! Her smoke rises up forever and ever.” And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sits on the throne saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!”

 

 

Toward the end of chapter 18, there had been a call for all heaven and the saints, apostles, and prophets to rejoice. Now, in the interlude before the description of Christ’s great victory, all heaven responds with unrivaled praise. While 17-18 dealt mostly with the fall of the Babylonian world system, this vision takes place in heaven, and is introduced by throngs of people worshiping. The word “alleluia” is the Greek transliteration of the Hebrew “Hallelujah,” which is a command to praise YHWH. It is, literally, “praise the Lord!” This is the first place it occurs in the New Testament, and the people musically give praise and honor to God for His true and righteous judgments. His justice has righted what was wrong. The second hallelujah expands on that notion to reflect that the punitive torment of the Babylonian system is eternal. When the 24 elders (possibly the Church) and the four living creatures fall down, they worship God Almighty in affirmation of His great victory.

 

From our perspective, it feels like God is taking His sweet time in righting what is wrong. More and more terrible things happen, and often it doesn’t feel like He’s in control. But from God’s perspective, outside of time, His victory is being won in the present tense. There is no doubt of Who wins, and the praise scene in heaven reflects that. When we praise God in the midst of our trials, we create a crude facsimile of this awe-inspiring scene. His judgment is righteous and true, and He will defeat the enemy. He is to be worshiped and praised, and He inhabits the praises of His people.

 

Are you just “keeping on keeping on” today? Are you just getting by, hoping for a modicum of comfort in the sea of sorrow in which you tread? God inhabits the praises of His people. Worship Him. Praise Him. Prostrate yourself before the Mighty One, giving Him glory for His great victory. You’ll be surprised how your day is different when you’re in an attitude of praise.

Revelation 18:1-24

For all the nations have fallen[c]
because of the wine of her passionate immorality.
The kings of the world
have committed adultery with her.
Because of her desires for extravagant luxury,
the merchants of the world have grown rich.”

Revelation 18 details the fall of the great Babylon, and outlines the reasons for her ruin. Much debate has centered around the identity of this city and correlations have been drawn between Babylon and Rome, the Catholic Church and Jerusalem. However, for the purposes of this devotional, what’s important is the message of the city’s fall. Words associated with Babylon in this passage are rich, passionate, immorality, extravagant, and luxury. This city had made wealth and indolence the hub of it’s existence. Kings “committed adultery” with this great city because of her wealth. According to John she, “glorified herself and lived in luxury.” The city and its inhabitants were consumed with their own glory, comfort, luxury, and pleasure. Wealth and prosperity are not inherently evil, but when this becomes our sole focus and ambition we need to stop and examine our lives. Does the pursuit of wealth and possessions consume our thoughts and actions? Have we replaced the love and worship of God with the pleasures of this world? The world lauds the rich and famous, and is motivated with a desire for more. Times haven’t changed much because John writes of great mourning and wailing when Babylon fell, “they will cry out as they watch the smoke ascend, and they will say, “Where is there another city as great as this?” 19 And they will weep and throw dust on their heads to show their grief.”

If you have lapsed into this type of lifestyle, God has a solution for you. Verse 4 states, “Come away from her, my people.   Do not take part in her sins, or you will be punished with her.” As Christians, we should not seek after the luxuries the world has to offer. Are you “drunk” with the pursuit of wealth and prosperity? Confess this and ask God to change your heart and attitude. Trust Him to provide and meet all of your needs according to his riches and mercy. For they are limitless.
 

Revelation 17: 1-18

1And one of the seven angels who had the seven vials came out and spoke with me, saying, “Come! I will show you the judgment of the great whore who sits on many waters, 2with whom the kings of the earth have fornicated and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk from the wine of her sexual immorality.” 3And he took me into the wilderness, in the Spirit. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, being full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns. 4And the woman was wearing purple and scarlet and was adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand that was full of abominations and the unclean things of her sexual immorality. 5And on her forehead had been written a name, a mystery: “Babylon the Great, the Mother of Whores and of the abominations of the earth.” 6And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled greatly. 7Then the angel said to me, “Why do you marvel? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and the beast carrying her, that has the seven heads and ten horns. 8The beast you saw was, and is not, and is about to ascend from the Abyss and go to destruction. And those inhabitants of the earth, whose name is not written in the book of life from the creation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast because he was and is not and will be here. 9Here is the mind that has wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains, and the woman sits on them. And they are seven kings: 10five are fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come, and when he comes, he must remain a little while. 11The beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven, and goes to destruction. 12And the ten horns that you saw are ten kings, who have not yet received a kingdom, but they receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour. 13These have one purpose, and they give their power and authority over to the beast. 14These will make war with the Lamb and the Lamb will defeat them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are called and chosen and faithful.” 15Then he said to me, “The waters that you saw, where the whore sits, are peoples and crowds and nations and tongues. 16And the ten horns that you saw, and the beast—these will hate the whore and will make her desolate and naked and they will eat her flesh and burn her up in fire. 17For God has placed in their hearts to do His purpose and to do one purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God have been fulfilled. 18And the woman you saw is the great city, who has rule over the kings of the earth.”

 

 

Some of the most infamous imagery of the Apocalypse occurs in this chapter. Throughout scripture, god has frequently employed sexual imagery to describe the Man-God relationship. Faithfulness to the marital sexual ideal is symbolic of faithfulness to the one true God, while adultery is used to describe apostasy. This chapter introduces us to the Great Whore of Revelation. She is wealthy, comfortable, and adulterous, which is a symbol of apostasy. She is the religious aspect of Babylon, and it is preferable to see Babylon as the world system. It is also important to note that this activity doesn’t follow the seven bowls, but rather “is supplying details of the angelic announcement of Babylon’s fall in 14.8” (Horton). The woman in this chapter provides a stark contrast with the woman in chapter 12 who was “clothed with the sun.” The word “Babylon” is a corruption of “Babel” from Genesis 11, and Babel has always symbolized human pride and rebellion against the one true God—yet another place where God intended a sort of booked to a scene in Genesis. Her cup is full of “abominations,” and Horton observes that “the word ‘abomination’ is used of anything that is detestable in the sight of God, especially everything connected with idolatry, astrology, fortune-telling, spiritualist mediums, heathen magic, witchcraft, drug-induced experiences, and the occult.” She has martyred the saints, and John is perhaps astonished that she lounges comfortably, unpunished for this outrage.

 

And what of the beast? This is the world political system that existed in empire form but hasn’t since Rome. Right now, this system is the “iron and clay of nationalistic state as described in Da 2.41-43” (Horton). The Empire concept will be back, and it will come straight from the Abyss and will be heading for its own destruction. The world union will ultimately succeed with help from the dragon, Satan. She sits on seven hills, which seems an obvious reference to Rome. The people in John’s day were in the “Roman stage of the history” of this world system (Horton). There are five fallen empires—Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonia, Medo-Persian, Greek. Rome “is” when this was written. Antichrist belongs to this system and will culminate the same Babylonian system. Daniel treats Antichrist similarly in chapter two, when he speaks of the “little horn that rises out of the fourth beast.” Rather than concern ourselves, Hal Lindsey-like, with a high level of speculative specificity concerning the identity of the ten horns within this system, it might be preferable to take their number (ten) as symbolic of completeness. There will be a fullness of kingdoms at the end of the age. The scene fast-forwards to the end of the Great Tribulation, at which time Jesus returns to defeat the armies of Antichrist (Man). The fighters who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful. Finally, we see the doom of the woman—the Antichrist’s confederation will ultimately turn on the churches, possibly in the middle of the Great Tribulation when Antichrist declares himself God and demands worship (Horton).

 

The gospel is, and always has been, about love. It is about God’s love for Man, and Man’s love for fellow man. It is about Man’s love for his God. It is about selfless sacrifice for the “other,” in the ultimate model of the Savior, and often at great cost. But the Great Whore of Revelation has turned the gospel on its head; she has made it a message of individual achievement and selfishness. She has turned it into an organization that is wealthy and powerful and influential. And she will be the perfect partner of the coming man of perdition who will ultimately betray her as he demands worship of himself. The contrasting picture of the crowd who returns to earth with the Messiah to defeat the man of perdition is simple and uncluttered in its loyalty: called, chosen, and faithful. They are those who considered the true gospel to be of more worth than their own lives. They are those who loved others more than themselves. They have been called by Jesus. They have answered His call and are chosen. They are faithful to Him, despite the great costs associated with it.

 

Everybody’s “churched up” somewhere or another—they just may or may not realize it. If you are living for yourself and your accomplishments and your habits, then you might be drinking from Babylon’s cup. If you are diligently pursuing the path of the called, chosen and faithful, then your day of victory is yet to come.

 

But it’s coming.

 

The preoccupation with the spiritism, astrology, channeling, and other aspects of the satanic lie are popular today, just as popular as individualism and selfishness. Have no part of them or that system, for that is the vehicle of Antichrist. You are called, chosen, and designed to be faithful. You have been saved from Babylon.

 

Let your day reflect that.

Revelation 16:1-21

 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple, saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God.” So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth; and it became a loathsome and malignant sore on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image. The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became blood like that of a dead man; and every living thing in the sea died. Then the third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of waters; and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters saying, “Righteous are You, who are and who were, O Holy One, because You judged these things; for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. They deserve it.” And I heard the altar saying, “Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.” The fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun, and it was given to it to scorch men with fire. Men were scorched with fierce heat; and they blasphemed the name of God who has the power over these plagues, and they did not repent so as to give Him glory.10 Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became darkened; and they gnawed their tongues because of pain, 11 and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores; and they did not repent of their deeds. 12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up, so that the way would be prepared for the kings from the east. 13 And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs; 14 for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty. 15 (“Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his clothes, so that he will not walk about naked and men will not see his shame.”) 16 And they gathered them together to the place which in Hebrew is called Har-Magedon. 17 Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl upon the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne, saying, “It is done.” 18 And there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder; and there was a great earthquake, such as there had not been since man came to be upon the earth, so great an earthquake was it, and so mighty. 19 The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. Babylon the great was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of His fierce wrath. 20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 21 And huge hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, came down from heaven upon men; and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, because its plague was extremely severe.

 

 

John now sees an outpouring of the bowls of God’s wrath, and in order to properly contextualize this list we must see in in conjunction with two other lists: the plagues in Egypt and the terrors which followed the seven trumpets earlier in Revelation.

 

  • water into blood (Ex 7.20-25)
  • frogs (Ex 8.5-14)
  • lice (Ex 8.16-18)
  • flies (Ex 8.20-24)
  • murrain on the cattle (Ex 9.3-6)
  • boils (Ex 9.8-11)
  • thunder and hail (Ex 9.22-26)
  • locusts (Ex 10.12-19)
  • darkness (Ex 10.21-23)
  • slaying of the first-born (Ex 12.29-30)

 

The terrors associated with the seven trumpets:

 

  1. hail, fire and blood (Re 8.7)
  2. flaming mountain cast into sea (8.8)
  3. fall of Wormwood, poisoned waters (8.10-11)
  4. 1/3 of sun and moon and stars darkened (8.12)
  5. Unlocking of pit of abyss (9.1-12)
  6. Loosing of 4 angels in Euphrates (9.13-21)
  7. Announcement of final victory of God, rebellion of nations (11.15)

 

 

The list in this chapter is reminiscent of the plagues in Egypt, and is associated with the earlier terrors; it is all part of the same ball of wax.

 

  1. Ulcerous sores
  2. Sea to blood—they have shed the blood of the saints
  3. Fresh water to blood
  4. Sun becomes scorchingly hot
  5. Darkness over the beast’s kingdom
  6. Drying up of Euphrates—there were episodes and references in the Old Testament of God drying up water for various reasons (Ex 14.21, Jos 3.17, Is 11.16, Jer 51.36, Zec 10.11)
  7. Pollution of air, accompanying earthquakes and natural cataclysms

 

The end is near, and Man refuses to repent of worshiping himself. He curses God, though there can surely be no doubt left Who is afflicting him. He is relentless in his self-worship and sin, and now nature is at war with him. As Barclay notes: “if a man sins against God there is a sense in which the whole universe becomes his enemy.” The final, penultimate moment of doom comes when Man sets himself up against God in the valley (or mountain, depending on your translation) of Armageddon for the ultimate fight for supremacy. There is no question as to the outcome of this battle, except in the mind of rebellious Man.

 

Conversely, if a man trusts and follows God, there is a sense in which all things work together for his ultimate good (Ro 8.28). The plagues that will ultimately strike the inhabitants of the earth form the counterweight to the provision that God gives to His people now. As broken and fallen as this creation is in the present time, it’s nothing compared to what will ultimately come. Today, God provides for you. He provides income, food, medical care, and relationships which nourish the living soul. He broadens the path beneath your feet and is happy to generously give to you when you ask of Him. His character is one of love and giving, even to the point of giving rebellious Man as much time as possible to repent and trust Him.

 

The scenes we’ve read today belong at the last of the Great Tribulation, and they contrast sharply with the way that God deals with you. After all, you’ve trusted Him for your righteousness. This means that you’re sealed with His seal, and belong to Him. Your day isn’t spent serving the Self, but being part of the throng who lives for Him—and, by proxy, each other. Trust Him today. If prosperity is defined as “having what you need when you need it,” then trust God to give you that today. As surely as He will ultimately win the faceoff with rebellious Man, He today is the source of your life. Trust Him all day.

Revelation 15:1-8

1And I saw another sign in heaven, great and wonderful—seven angels having seven plagues, which are the last, because in them the wrath of God is complete. 2And I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had victory over the beast and his image and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass having harps of God. 3And they were singing the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and wonderful are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Righteous and true are Your ways, King of the nations! 4Who will not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy, and all nations will come to You and worship before You, because Your righteous acts have been revealed.” 5And after these things, I saw the temple of the tabernacle of testimony was opened in heaven, 6and the seven angels who had the seven plagues came out of the temple, wearing pure bright linen and golden belts wrapped around their chests. 7And one of the four living creatures gave the seven angels seven golden bowls that were filled with the wrath of God, Who lives forever and ever. 8And the temple was filled with the smoke of the glory of God and of His power, and no one was able to enter into the temple until the seven plagues from the seven angels were finished.

 

The scene shifts once again to heaven, forming a contrast between the kingdoms of the beast and of the Lamb. The inhabitants of the earth, sealed with the number of the beast’s name, are contrasted in today’s readings by the martyrs who have overcome the beast by simply dying. They overcame him because they confessed the Savior’s name at the cost of their lives. They stand on something that seems like a sea of glass mixed with fire, a symbol of judgment. For centuries, the inhabitants of the earth have had their way with the sealed of God—now that changes. As they stand on the sea, they sing the song of Moses and of the Lamb. This “song of Moses” is from Exodus 15, and every line of this one is an Old Testament reference of some sort.

  • Great and wonderful are Your works. (Ps 92.5)
  • Righteous and true are Your ways. (Ps 145.17)
  • Lord God Almighty. (El Shaddai)
  • Who will not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? (Ps 86.9)
  • For You alone are holy (1 Sa 2.2, Ps 99.3, Ps 111.9)
  • And all nations will come to You and worship before You. (Ps 86.9)
  • Your righteous acts have been revealed. (Ps 98.2)

It is the song of Moses—earthly deliverance—and the song of the Lamb—spiritual deliverance. Seven angels come from the “temple of the tabernacle of testimony.” We need not picture a literal temple in heaven; as is typical in apocalyptic literature, this is symbolic of something else. Such a place, for example, was where the ark of the covenant resided; this was the law of God, and therefore the imagery being drawn here is of His justice going out. The seven angels are dressed in clothes that indicate priestliness, royalty, and heavenly dwelling. Most fascinating about the song of the overcomers, however, is the fact that there is not one mention in their song about their own victory over the beast. As Barclay puts it: ““Heaven is heaven because in it at last all self, and self-importance, are lost in the presence of the greatness and glory of God.” There is no sense of individual achievement or individual overcoming or individual anything…rather, there is only God Almighty and a collective throng of overcomers who sing of Him.

 

We will never achieve that sort of selflessness of this side of eternity. But how would our church life differ if we dissolved our own individual desires before those of the Body more regularly? How would our lives be different if each day was lived as a testament to the Lamb and not our own fidelity to duty and responsibility? John the Baptist famously said of Jesus, “He must increase, and I must decrease” (Jn 3.30). Shouldn’t that be our guiding philosophy?

 

We’re all singing a song today. Are you singing your own, or His?

 

Revelation 14:14-20

14And I looked-and behold! A white cloud, and He Who sat on the cloud was like a son of man, having o His head a golden crown and a sharp sickle in His hand. 15And another angel came out of the temple [tabernacle], crying out with a loud voice to Him Who sat on the cloud, “Put in Your sickle and reap, because the reaping hour has come, since the harvest of the earth is ripe.” 16And He Who sat on the cloud swung His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped. 17And another angel came out of the temple in heaven, having also a sharp sickle. 18And another angel came out of the altar having authority over fire, and called with a loud voice to Him Who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Put in Your sharp sickle; gather the bunch from the grapevine of the earth, for her grapes have become ripe. 19And the angel swung His sickle to the earth and gathered the bunch from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God. 20And the wine press was trampled outside the city, and blood came out from the wine press, up to the horses’ bridles, for a distance of two hundred miles.

 

As John looks, he sees one “like a son of man” on a cloud. The reference to Daniel 7.13-14 is unmistakable: this “son of man” is, to Barclay and Horton, Christ Himself. Morris points out, however, that the Greek is “a son of man,” and not “the Son of man.” This may be a valid point, and he employs it in his overall premise that these are two angels in charge of judgment. It seems preferable, though to recall that judgment is in Christ’s hands. Either interpretation is rooted in sound biblical knowledge. There are two metaphors for judgment: one is the harvest, and the other is the winepress. When the angel says that the harvest is “ripe” (14.15), the Greek here actually means “dried up.” As Horton points out, this is a harvest of bad fruit. The second metaphor is that of the winepress, Barclay explains it: “this judgment is to take place outside Jerusalem where, it was held, the Gentiles would be judged. In it the risen Christ collects His own for glory, and the avenging angel collects the wicked for judgment.” The valley described is the valley of Jehoshaphat (“YHWH judges”), and is referenced in Joel 3.2, Ps 97.3-5, 110.5-6, Pr 2.21-22, Is 34.3-8, 63.1-6, 66.15-17, Je 25.30-33, Mt 13.4, 25.31, and Lk 17.34. It might be a way of describing the battle of Armageddon (so say Walvoord and Horton). More details of this judgment are to come in chapter 19; John’s point here is to generally show that the end of Man’s foul reign is, at some point, over. The level at which the blood flows is generally symbolic of the completeness of the judgment.

 

The fact that God is a just God is scary. In our postmodern time, we don’t like to think of this attribute of God. When Christians draw attention to it, other Christians frequently shout them down as being “judgmental.” But if God is not just, He is not God—He’s Santa Claus. God’s judgment is scary because we deserve it. We have lived selfishly, and daily battle the urge to continue doing so. If I had to stand before God and give an account of my deeds, and hope that my good outweighed my bad, I would be in trouble. But I was given a great gift: first, the opportunity to hear about His grace in the “here and now.” Second, that grace itself. Because I trust Christ to save me from my justice, His righteousness has been applied to me. I no longer stand in judgment.

 

This is what it means to be “saved.” When you trust Christ, you are saved from your just desserts. You are saved from the power of sin. You are saved from judgment and damnation. You are saved from yourself. And if you are saved—AND STILL BREATHING—you have an obligation to share this with others. You have been handed a great and historic faith, and you are to be a good steward of it—and hand it to someone else. If your life is a daily grind of getting yourself dressed, putting some food in your mouth, getting in your car, driving to your job, doing your work, coming to your home, and getting your rest, then you can honestly conclude that your life is about yourself. If you are to have the “love for one another” that Christ mentioned, you will need to invest time in others—specifically, in handing this historic faith to them, as well. The day we evangelicals turned the faith into an “individual life choice” was the day we perverted the gospel.

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You’ve seen what God’s terrible judgment will look like. If you’re not doing everything you can to stop those around you from being part of it, then you’re not doing this right.