I feel like the guy you used to see as a caricature on television shows and in cartoons. You remember him, don’t you? He wore the sandwich sign that said, “The end is near.” Everyone either ridiculed him or ignored him. Don’t misunderstand. No one has ridiculed me to my face. I have faced no pushback from the things I have preached and taught about the last days. Some may wonder if I really believe all this stuff. I do. I know it’s true. The biblical signs are lining up as prophecies are being fulfilled. I sense it in my spirit. Jesus criticized the religious leaders of Judaism for not knowing the “signs of the times,” and I believe He would do the same today. So whether or not you believe Mark Biltz’s teachings on The Blood Moons or Jonathan Cahn’s books, The Harbinger and The Shemitah, or Bill Salus’ teachings on Psalm 83, is your choice. But how we behave as Christians and how we respond as a church is not a choice. We are commanded to be salt and light, change agents in a world that has drastically changed for the worse in recent years. So in the face of all this, how should the church, the true Bride of Christ, respond? The way that we should have been responding for 2,000 years. The church must be the church.
What follows is part of my message from last Sunday morning at Southside Baptist Church. Please note that I have taken the point of personal privilege in which I have editorialized somewhat.
If we want to change our world, if we want to bring our nation back to being “one nation under God,” we must seek God through worship, share His grace through evangelism and missions, and shape lives through discipleship. It isn’t enough that we lead people to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. We must help them understand what it means to be a disciple. We can’t leave new believers to figure this all out for themselves. That would be the same thing as bringing home a newborn baby, laying him on the couch, and telling him where everything is in the house so that he can take care of himself. The baby would die; spiritually, so do new converts when we fail to disciple them. No, they don’t lose their salvation, but they become weak and useless as Christians. They become nominal Christians who never become what Christ intended.
Instead, we teach them what it means to be disciples by equipping them to do the work of the ministry. Folks, we must understand that discipleship is not a one-time event; it is an intentional process that is built through relationships of trust by which we teach disciples to also make new disciples of Jesus and how to make new disciples of Jesus. Never before has it been any more important than it is now to be disciples and to make disciples.
Listen to what I’m saying. The world is doing everything that it can to indoctrinate us, to make us believe as they believe that there is no such thing as sin. Television, commercials, programs right now are filled with same-sex marriage propaganda. Why? Because now that it is legal, they want us to sit down and shut up. Folks, we must never, and I will never, sit down and shut up about the truth of God’s Word. Our children and our grandchildren are going to be overwhelmed with the media propaganda telling them that our beliefs are archaic and irrelevant. We need to make sure that every boy and girl, every young person and young adult, every senior adult has the proper foundation in the Word of God and are willing to share that foundation with the next generation. We must commit to stand against the onslaught, this tidal wave of moral relativism that is confronting the church of the Living God. We’ve already seen it. Our youth turning away from God, dropping out of church. Why? Some would say it’s because we don’t have enough activities for them. Listen to me. The Christian life isn’t about activities. You see, church isn’t about having fun. It isn’t about friends. Church is about coming into the presence of Holy God for worship where He will change our lives. If we train them up from infancy to young adulthood in the way that they should go, they will not depart. But if we are going to do this, it means that we are going to have to rethink the way we do ministry at Southside Baptist Church. It means that our children’s ministry, our youth ministry, our senior adult ministry, our music ministry, our missions ministry, our Sunday School and Discipleship Training ministry is going to have to focus like never before on raising up disciples of Jesus who make disciples of Jesus.