Good morning and welcome back to Old Truth Ministries. I am Jeremy Roberts and I am the Pastor here at Old Truth Ministries. Today I am here with your wake up call. It is 2023 and it is time to rise and shine. Time to get out of the House and spread the shining truth of God’s word. Now when I say House I am am talking about God’s house and not your comfy house in the suburbs or wherever.
This is a continuation of last weeks message about facing persecution for your beliefs. This week it’s all about actually getting out there and sharing the Word of God and standing up for what you believe. So many “Christians” today go to church on Sunday and socialize and listen to the preacher and then once they leave it’s back to life as normal. They treat church as a place to lift their spirits and make themselves feel better about themselves. That’s all well and good but it is not the complete purpose of the Church. Church is also meant to be a place to refuel your battery because you have been out spreading the Gospel all week and sharing the love of God either through words or through actions. It is the pastors job to equip you to spread the Word away from the Church building.
As Christians we seem to want to just stay in our own Christian circles. We are comfortable with the people at our church (or at least we should be). It is Home and we are comfortable in our homes so we tend not to go out much. We just want to sit back and watch the show and then wonder about what the preacher is going to talk about next week. Well I am here to tell you it is time to get out of the House and get out of your comfort zone. The pastor at your church can only do so much. It is up to each of you to spread the message out in the world.
Mark 16:15 NKJV
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
If we continue to stay in our Home we will continue to lose this and future generations. Christianity and belief in God and Jesus are on a decline and only you can stop it. We can no longer afford to sit on the sidelines and watch as the world gets further and further away from God all while saying “I wish God would do something about this”. Guess what? He is trying but you won’t listen. He has called you to action long ago and yet you do nothing. You are to be the voice to the lost and deceived. You make the introductions.
2 Timothy 4:2 NIV
“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.”
Satan has entered our schools in 1969 when they removed prayer from the schools. Now today he continues to work on our children with “woke ideology” such as letting 8 year olds decide what gender they are and “Drag queen story hours”. Satan has removed prayer from the schools and put his narrative in and we did nothing. Ok maybe you are homeschooling your kids now but what about the thousands of other kids whose parents don’t have that option?
2 Corinthians 11:3 NIV
“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”
Satan has gotten into our politics where God is no longer allowed and they have removed the Ten Commandments from public view. Now politicians answer and cater to the fringe and those people and causes with the deepest pockets. They are trying to pass laws to make such things as saying “homosexuality is a sin” a hate crime and label Christians who stand up for their beliefs as domestic terrorists and you do nothing.
1 John 3:8 NIV
“The one who does what is sinful is of the devil,because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.”
Satan has gotten into our workplaces where we now can talk favorably about abortion and homosexuality but can’t talk about our faith and our religion because it may offend someone and yet you did nothing.
Satan has entered our churches. The United Methodist Church now allows openly active homosexuals to preach and allow their clergy to perform marriage for same sex couples and you did nothing. The Catholic Church has let priests who molest young boys to remain active and you do nothing. Sure it’s not “your church” or “your religion” but do you think the devil is going to stop with the Methodists? Churches everywhere are rewriting scripture to fit the new narrative and you do nothing.
2 Corinthians 11:13-14 NKJV
“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.”
Now let me stop right here because I don’t want you to think I am bashing homosexuals as people. Quite the opposite. I’m saying that we should love everyone. Everyone should be welcome at church and any church that bans any class or lifestyle from attending their church is not doing the work of God. What I’m saying is that churches should still preach the true gospel and not bow down to the new narrative. God gives everyone the opportunity to be saved but when you are saved you have to give up your sinful life style. Want to call me “homophobic”? Ok let’s look at the current definition of “phobic”.
Miriam Websters dictionary currently defines “phobic” as having an intolerance or aversion for
and they define “homophobic” as irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or gay people.
So firstly we should not have an aversion or fear of gay people but we should have an aversion to the sexual-immorality of homosexuality just as we do adultery or any other sexual immorality. Secondly it’s not “irrational”. It is based on God’s Word. Third, by this same way of thinking, I am equally “adulteryphobic”, “rapephobic”, “murderohobic”, pedophiliaphobic”, “sinphobic”, “satanphobic”, and the list goes on and on. As far as the Methodist church allowing openly practicing homosexuals as clergy I would have the exact same response if they allowed a man who openly and actively cheats on his wife to be clergy.
Satan has also gotten into our homes through things like Disney cartoons and shows that glorify homosexuality and the sexualization of children. Evil has come in Through video games that glorify devil worship and make it cute and appealing to children. (Look up a game called “Cult of the Lamb”) and evil has also gotten into our homes through porn which is readily available on any electronic device with no safe guards to keep children out. The immorality that bombards our families daily the the screens we have in our homes was unheard of just a few decades ago. Porn used to only be available in the seedy part of town or in back rooms at video stores and you couldn’t even show a woman’s belly button on tv. Now they show a lot more than that even on network television and yet you still did nothing.
Ok so if you haven’t exited this video yet then thank you and that means you see and understand what is going on in the world around us and know that it is all the work of evil.
So when are you going to do something? When are you going to leave the comfort of the House and fight for God’s kingdom and all the lost and deceived souls that are in this world? How about NOW? Now is the time before it is too late! If not now then when? If not you then who? God needs you to answer His call. God needs you NOW!
As Christians we are called to be set apart and to live in the world but not be part of it yet many Christians try to do their best to fit in.
Romans 12:2 ESV says “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Now I know some of you out there are saying “But I honestly don’t know how to share my Faith or I’m not comfortable sharing my Faith” and I understand. We have all been there. It starts simply by your actions. Be helpful, loving, caring, and honest. That alone will show you to be different than most people. This many times will create opening for you to share your faith. People will be asking you why you are always so happy and why you are always so kind. There’s your chance. Take it!
If you are not in a church that teaches Truth then find one. I promise you there are still some out there. Use the church as a refueling station and a way to supplement your learning. Unfortunately most churches do not have Sunday morning Bible school like the old days. That should make a comeback.
Read your Bible daily. Nothing will build confidence for sharing your faith more than a good knowledge and grounding in the Word of God. The answer to all of your problems and worries and stresses of life can be found in the Bible. Use it!
Finally Be a better example to your kids. You may not think they are watching but they are. Give them a wholesome environment to grow up in. Also Ask questions about what they learned in school, what they are watching on tv, what websites they visit and what games they are playing. Be someone they feel comfortable coming to talk to and make sure they know the difference between right and wrong, good and evil, and truth and lies. Above all be a parent and share your faith with your kids and bring them up in a good church. Teach them the Bible so they have a better understanding of it because, just like you, they need to be able and comfortable to share their faith too. Remember that The kids they interact with daily are our future leaders and decision makers so let’s get them headed in a better direction.
But whatever you do wake up and start standing up for and sharing your faith. Our world needs it now more than ever. It is not too late to get out there and make a difference!
As I leave today I want to leave you with this from 1 Peter 5:8 NLT
“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”
Don’t let the devil devour you, your loved ones, or anyone you come in contact with.
Until we meet again may God bless you and keep you. Bye bye.