Monday, March 14, 2011
SUCCUMBING TO FEAR: THE OLD PAGANISM
SUCCUMBING TO FEAR: THE OLD PAGANISM
There are some among us who teach that we should be watching the daily headlines, and preparing ourselves for a grim future by stocking up on food and essentials. They insist, and use isolated Scriptures to prove their point, that like Noah, God wants us to build an ark to carry us through the coming last days. They are what I would call Christian Survivalists, who claim Christ while relying on the arm of flesh. I wrote the following in answer to a forum on another website, because I know what Scripture tells us, and our Lord Jesus was clear: FEAR IS NOT AN OPTION, AND GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF HIS OWN.
Fear is not an acceptable motivation for any believer. We are to fear nothing and nobody but our Lord God, who says to us:
"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear,
because fear has to do with punishment.
The one who fears is not made perfect in love...
and whoever loves God must also love his brother."
1 John 4:18-21
I say to you who are storing up for your own futures, what brother down the street from you needs what you store up NOW? What person is hurting alongside you that could use your help NOW? Look into James, into Corinthians, into Christ's Words about helping others. It's all about NOW. Your excess is to be used NOW for others.
Fear of the future that drives us to "preparation" is just such forbidden fear. Does that mean we don't keep enough food on hand for the next week or the next month? Of course not, that's prudence and simple planning for now.
Does it mean we are NOT to store up for future calamities? That's correct.
All day long on talk radio in
, we are urged by pagan and Christian speakers alike to stock up, to invest in gold, to build shelters, to prepare for disaster. All day long in America we have wealth-building experts telling us how to invest to protect ourselves and our retirements. All day long in America we are succumbing to the old paganism Christ taught against, when He said, America
"...For the pagans run after all these things,
and your Heavenly Father knows that you need them.
But seek first His Kingdom and its righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow,
for tomorrow will worry about itself."
Christ came to destroy that fear, and to bring us into His Kingdom of love without fear and faith without worry, for His yoke is easy, and His burden is light.
We are to come to Christ as little children. Does your 3-year old child or grandchild worry about tomorrow? They have true faith in their fathers, and in their grandfathers. They believe. Faith is knowing our Father will take care of us today and tomorrow.
Shortly after teaching all his disciples about not worrying over food and clothing and shelter, Jesus sent out the twelve to preach and teach. (Matt 10:5-42) Before they went He gave them strict instructions about NOT preparing. He told them to eat what was offered them, to stay in the homes that were open to them, to take no extra clothes, and to be prepared for great opposition and persecution, and again and again He said, "DO NOT FEAR".
This teaching is very unpopular today, especially among the churches. Some say we are to be "wise" and "mature" and that "God helps those who help themselves". As if God measures our faith by how smart we are in the money markets.
Beware of such false teachings. Cling to your Lord Jesus Christ alone. He will take care of you as He has promised.
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