Birth Pangs

earth-405096_1920So we are told in Matthew 28:6-8, “You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. 8 But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.” If these times are the beginnings of  birth pangs then please someone give us an epidural!

I start each day thinking that it can’t get much worse. That somehow overnight the world will have awakened to the depravity and sorrow that it brings upon itself, and each day I am disappointed a little bit more. In the book of Mark 8:36-37, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? 37 For what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” It’s almost as if our souls are leaking out bit by bit and yet some are not even aware or just don’t care.

The church is becoming complicit in letting quite a few things slide too just so that they can say that Jesus is love and they are showing the love of Jesus. We as Christians should be doing as Paul told Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:2, “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.” But yet what seems to be happening in churches all over is more of what Paul goes on to tell Timothy is verses 3-4, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.” Ministry leaders, deacons, elders and in some cases are even allowing or letting slide behaviors and choices that go directly against The Word of God because it’s easier or the church needs to be relevant.

When did we move so far away from God and so close to the fiery pit? We were warned and what makes me sad is we are, even as Christians, choosing to be of this world not just in it. (And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2)

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3 thoughts on “Birth Pangs

  1. Hello,
    What honest thoughts you have shared. I too have wondered similar things. I have written a number of posts regarding these subjects. I have been watching this for years, and it is very sad. When I look at the church I sometimes wonder what Bible is being read. We (believers) have forgotten that we are supposed to be passing through here, not setting in for the duration. I think the reason is that we have allowed our hearts to travel far from God. We’ve become content with our form of godliness. I get tired of the weak excuse of showing the love of Jesus, when that is not what it is at all. Today’s church walks in selfish cowardice, under the guise of love, because they don’t want confrontation, they don’t want to lose “our” members/money, and they don’t want anyone to say anything about the worldliness they choose to indulge in. They have ate at the table of the enemy so long that he’s slapped a muzzle on ’em. What’s so heartbreaking is that many professing Christians fail to realize this and the condition they are in.

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  2. I agree wholeheartedly. It saddens me to see it happening, but we were warned there would be a falling away of the church. I just wish it didn’t look like this because non believers can easily say, “Where is your Jesus now?”

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  3. You are right, but those of us who know the truth are able to tell non-believers to look beyond the hypocrites, look at the true Children of God (they know who’s real) and they will see The Christ; He’s not hiding.

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