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Throughout the ages the Bible has always withstood any ravages against it and Christians have always upheld it for good reason. Through it we learn about God and our eternal destiny. It teaches us, leads us, and through the presence of the Holy Spirit, illuminates us to its truths, while simultaneously, transforming us from one glory (the old man) into another glory (the new man). In it we find hope, comfort, healing, and joy. But not all people share our joy and adoration of the Lord and His word.
Today, in America, Christians stand as a people that many believe will be silenced because of our convictions. Vice President Joe Biden is just one of the latest voices to bring such a charge. According to OneNewsNow.com, the VP, with reference to Dr. Ben Carson, not only took the name of the Lord in vain (showing his uncouth behavior -- for from the heart the mouth speaks) but he went on to slam Christians as a shrinking population implying our voice is limited and will soon fade away. In the hit piece he states the following:
"We're never going to be able to eliminate the bigots," Biden continued his rant. "They're a small percentage of the population."
Biden went on to assure the pro-LGBT crowd that even though the Obama administration cannot enforce a thought police, people who stand for their religious convictions are in the process of being wiped out — as the White House's homosexual agenda continues to proliferate across the nation. ... "They'll continue to be vocal," Biden conceded. "But make one thing absolutely clear, folks, they are an incredibly smaller and smaller minority. This country is changing."1
The VP is correct if he means to say that we Christians are smaller in number than the unbelieving but he is incorrect in thinking we are going away because of LGBT sentiment or any other. Christians are not going to vacate this earth till Christ calls us home and not one second before! Nor will we bow to the accepted sins of the culture. God has always raised up a remnant of faithful who are willing to take up the cross and follow till Jesus returns and it will only be then that we will be going away, (See "The Sifted Generation").
It is statements of hate and intolerance on a national level and from a position such as Biden holds that continue to make me think that day is nearer than ever. But again, I am not talking from a "be silenced" perspective or even a Rob Bell, "Lots of people are already there. We think it's inevitable and we're moments away from the church accepting it [SSM]"2 perspective, I am talking about the soon Rapture of the church. Yes, one day soon the blood-bought church of Jesus Christ is going to be whisked away into the presence of Jesus (1 Thess. 4:13-17), and those left on earth will be left to deal with mass confusion, chaos, starvation, riots, war, and judgment as mankind fights against itself through mass genocides while the wrath of God against sin is poured out on earth. Jesus told His disciples when referring to those final days, "And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened" (Matt. 24:22). Praise Jesus for His grace!
To go one step further, and in a timeless passage of Scripture, the apostle Paul spoke in more detail of the day that God would mete out His wrath in a vengeance. Hear what he said to the Thessalonian church concerning their unjust suffering being perfect evidence of God's righteous judgment's to come:
"...so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer; since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed" (2 Thessalonians 1:4-10).
Now what does this have to do with the current majority opinion of the culture against Christianity? A lot. The Bible is, and always has been, and always will be the Christians foundation through faith in Jesus Christ. It is the words of the Bible that will judge all people. Jesus said, "He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him--the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day." And in with whose authority did He speak? He went on to tell us, "For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak (John 12:49). Jesus spoke with the authority of God the Father, the first person of the Trinity, and the Father will use His word to judge humanity.
So every idle word that is spoken and every thought against God, Christians, and the Bible will one day be brought to light (Matt. 12:36, 37). To Mr. Biden and any who dare ridicule or persecute Christians for standing on God's word I say this: Be very sure that the things you state will stand before the Father in heaven, because they will be sure to come back and haunt you.
I believe as do many thousands of my fellow believers that this time in history (to include the tribulation period to come) will probably be the last time that unsaved humanity will be making these threats and promoting their vitriol against believers and the Lord. In the past one wise sage wrote the following:
“A thousand times over, the death knell of the Bible has been sounded, the funeral procession formed, the inscription cut on the tombstone, and committal read. But somehow the corpse never stays put.
No other book has been so chopped, knived, sifted, scrutinized, and vilified. What book on philosophy or religion or psychology or belles lettres of classical or modern times has been subject to such a mass attack as the Bible? with such venom and skepticism? with such thoroughness and erudition? upon every chapter, line, and tenet?
The Bible is still loved by millions, read by millions, and studied by millions.” --Bernard RammFor now, John 1:12, 3:16, and Rom. 6:23 still hold true. But soon enough believing those passages and standing upon them may cost you your life. Better to place your faith in Christ now than wait until the days of vengeance on the horizon.
1 -- http://www.onenewsnow.com/culture/2015/03/12/taking-christs-name-in-vain-biden-blasts-biblical-marriage-bigots#.VQNhl-FLWao accessed 03/12/2015
2 -- http://www.christianpost.com/news/former-megachurch-pastor-rob-bell-tells-oprah-the-church-is-moments-away-from-embracing-gay-marriage-134264/ accessed 03/12/2015