Nationalizing institutions seems to be increasingly popular in America. The auto, energy, and health care industries are already largely taken over either outright or covertly brought under government control by means of onerous government regulations and the eternally vigilant bureaucratic leviathan. Apparently, even the environment is to be nationalized, what with the EPA and the global warming theorists seeking to control the water we use, the substances we utilize for energy and even the very air we breathe.
However, the creeping nationalization of America’s churches and their institutions has been less noted. But the current attempts by the Left to nationalize American churches, their institutions and properties is ongoing, with separation of church and state as defined by the Left rapidly becoming a handy tool used for government appropriation of American churches and for taking over church institutions such as hospitals, colleges, private schools, and charities.
Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.americanthinker.com
The third chapter of second Timothy pretty much covers this topic in depth and I strongly suggest my Christian brothers and sisters take the time to read it through thoroughly, but let me summarize it by quoting just two verses:
12 Those who try to live a godly life because they believe in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 13 But evil people and phony preachers will go from bad to worse as they mislead people and are themselves misled.
Scripture warns that in the last days scoffers would arise and attempt to take over the Christian church by means of false teaching and by twisting the teachings of Christ to reflect a secular world view, These people will try to appear as Godly but will lack any appearance of a life changed by an encounter with the true and living God. They will be lovers of pleasure and of self, eager to gain monetarily, will slander anything or anyone that is good, and be immovable in their opposition to all things Christian, They will distort the scriptures to suit their own earthly and fleshly desires rather than allow the scriptures to transform their carnality and renew their thinking into that of Christ.
As this onslaught continues not only in America but throughout the world what is the church to do? Stand firm and be ready to endure the persecution that is headed straight for you. Remember the Apostle Paul’s example as he withstood severe persecution. Look to the author of our faith Jesus Christ as an example of how to deal with those who oppose you.
Listen to what Paul tells Timothy to do when this time comes to the church:
2 Timothy 3:14-17 (GW)
14 …continue in what you have learned and found to be true. You know who your teachers were.
15 From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures. They have the power to give you wisdom so that you can be saved through faith in Christ Jesus.
16 Every Scripture passage is inspired by God. All of them are useful for teaching, pointing out errors, correcting people, and training them for a life that has God’s approval.
17 They equip God’s servants so that they are completely prepared to do good things.
I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God for salvation to all who would believe, and it is the only rock upon which you can stand firm against any onslaught. Remember to live is Christ and to die is gain. If the life you live is led by Christ himself.
Stand firm and see the salvation of the Lord! Oh yes the onslaughts are only going to get worse as Satan sees his time is running out. He will stop at nothing to attempt to eradicate any resemblance of God in the earth, but his destiny is sure and his future is a lake of fire prepared by God.
Jesus said to Peter that upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. Jesus is that solid rock all other ground is sinking sand.