Following Jesus

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Following Jesus

by Joshua Agan

JUST RECENTLY:
At the mayor’s orders, authorities ticketed every car that appeared for a drive-in. They held service using the radio in their cars, and received a $500 fine and court summons (it is unclear if they ticketed each member, or only the drivers). The authorities threatened the pastor with jail time for not complying with a stay-at-home order.

The mayor warned the city to stay home to stay safe and use Zoom, Google Hangout, or Facebook Live for church.

The majority of the 25 cars that appeared were elderly church members who don’t have smart devices, according to their pastor. The pastor has accepted the threat of jail time if authorities push the issue.

• If you are thinking that
the Mayor is wrong
(or reasonable);

• If you are thinking that
the Pastor is right
(or unreasonable);

• If you are thinking that
this proves a political point
about liberty and freedom;

These are not the points I want you to think about.
Set those thoughts aside for a moment.

————————

Know this:
The authorities one day—reasonably or wrongly—will very plainly suppress the free exercise of religion. You will have to decide if you are a follower of Jesus or a follower of those around you.

I do not say this in a political doomsday way, as though I’ve given up hope in the patriots across our nation. I’m saying this as a person who believes Jesus’ words are plainly true and they apply to us:

“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”

Look at the nations, friend. Look at the pestilences that are erupting. Famine will soon follow a disrupted food supply system. Earthquakes rock the nations, even in places which never had one before. Those who relegate these verses only to a future generation are deceiving themselves.

Jesus adds,
“All these are the beginning of sorrows.”

Just the beginning, friends.
There’s more.

“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.”

Do you see the trends around you? Easy offense toward anything about objective Truth from God. Raw hatred toward those who walk in righteousness, even from those who profess Jesus. People betraying their own neighbors over a virus; the present consequences of that betrayal are beside the point. We see it happening.

Jesus says,
“And because iniquity shall abound,
the love of many shall wax cold.”
(Matt 24)

Iniquity already abounds, even in places that call themselves churches—in homes that call themselves “Christian.” If the very “lights” of Christ are in darkness, how great is that nation’s darkness!
(Matthew 6:23)

Do not be deceived
(Ephesians 5:6; 1 John 3:7)

Because of this, the love of many will wax cold. Are you serious about following Jesus in these dark days? Do you LOVE Him and obey Him, or do you follow a gospel that gives you the best of this life AND promises you Life despite your abounding iniquity?
(John 14:23; John 15:10; 1 John 5:2-3; Jude 1:21)

Do you really believe the words Jesus said?
Behave like these words are true.
(Luke 6:46-49)

The right or wrong party in the news story is beside the point.

👉The commission of Jesus does not rely on civil liberties to permit your obedience. Jesus warned that His followers would be hated, afflicted, even killed. Even professing “Christians” will do it to you (John 16:2-4).

Do you have a faith that will walk through the times that Jesus warned about, or do you behave as if those words are not true?

Examine yourself.
Be prepared for the storm Jesus said is coming.
Look to Jesus.

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
(Matthew 7:24-25)

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