Increasingly as this age draws to a conclusion, true faith in Christ will come under attack and will no longer be tolerated. The world will become more hostile to true Christians as lawlessness, apostasy and hatred of God increases. The world will believe in the “spiritual unity and deity of all humanity” and through this, worship the god of this world. They will believe the lie. Devotion to Jesus Christ will one day be illegal. Persecution at a level we have never known, will come.
Let us prepare now so that we will have the strength, boldness, courage, humility, peace and love to stand for the Lord Jesus Christ. This preparation happens as we abide in Christ through the Word and prayer, through dying to ourselves, taking up our cross, and following Him each day. It happens through fellowship with the saints and through proclaiming the gospel to those He leads us to. We prepare through such worship and love for Christ.
We will have opportunity to witness in the One World Religion. It is a time to testify to Truth and to proclaim our allegiance to Christ alone. It is a time to show our love for Him. One of my favorite biblical accounts about witnessing in the One World Religion is Daniel 3.
The king of Babylon set up his own kind of interfaith “one world religion” and decreed that everyone, at his command, worship the image that he had set up. There was pressure to conform to the new system of worship. There was a choice to be made by all. And there were severe consequences for not obeying the earthly king and going along with the crowd. The consequence for not committing idolatry by worshiping the image, was persecution and death.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego put their faith into action. This was an opportunity to witness by demonstrating that their allegiance was not to the one world religion; nor to country or king, but to the Lord.
“O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” Dan.3:16-18.
They would not fall down and worship the idol, no matter what happened to them. They would worship the Lord God, and no one and nothing else. They did not dialogue with the king’s officials. They proclaimed Truth and declared their allegiance to God. They stood boldly and refused to compromise whether God chose to deliver them from the fire, or not.
God sent His ‘angel’ and delivered His servants who trusted in Him. The men violated the king’s command and yielded up their bodies so as not to serve or worship any god except their own God. But they did not go alone into the fire. The fourth man in the fire was with them. Jesus was with them.
hopefully not but then ‘ I came not to bring you peace but the sword.’ but Christ did say ‘ …go to all nations.’ or as ignatius of antioch (c. 110) wrote kathikos ecclasia, or the church that is everywhere. there is supposed to be only one religion for the world. to many have missed it.
Eric, yes Jesus said,”I did not come to bring peace but a sword.” (Matt.10:34) He knew that the world would be divided over Him. The world unites together against Him (Ps.2:2-3) while those who are His, are united in Him. These, the true church, are all over the world. These are called out to be part of His Kingdom, which is not “of this world.” Until Christ comes again, this dividing continues. Yes the whole world should worship the Lord, but Jesus said the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life and few are those who find it. (Matt.7:14.)
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