Making a Public Declaration of Your Faith

It is glaringly apparent that the world is becoming increasingly hostile to Christians. That should come as no surprise, as Jesus warned us of this very thing:

“Brother will betray brother to death, and the father his child; and all children will rise up and rebel against their parents and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by everyone because of [your association with] My name, but it is the one who has patiently persevered and endured to the end who will be saved.” Mt. 10:21, 22. AMP

The world hates us just because we follow Christ. Why? Because if we do our best to emulate Him, we are vicariously heaping judgment upon it as He did:

“…it (the world) does hate Me because I denounce it and testify that its deeds are evil.” Jn. 7:7


“For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.” Jn 3:20 NKJV

And so it is with us:

“…and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.” Mt. 24:9 AMP

All you have to do is pick up any issue of the Huffington Post to validate that. Indeed, we are entering tumultuous times, where we will see both persecution and a falling away of many of the faithful:

“At that time many will be offended and repelled [by their association with Me] and will fall away [from the One whom they should trust] and will betray one another [handing over believers to their persecutors] and will hate one another. Many false prophets will appear and mislead many. Because lawlessness is increased, the love of most people will grow cold. But the one who endures and bears up [under suffering to the end will be saved.” Mt. 24:10 – 13. AMP

The time will come when Jesus will separate the sheep from the goats. You definitely want to be in the sheep crowd. (Mt. 25:31 – 33.)

Sometimes, Christians are their own worst enemies, by letting their flesh take precedent over their spirit. For example, you have people playing with snakes, denying their children medical care, protesting outside of military funerals, killing abortion providers, advocating war over peace and putting politics over the kingdom.

We all have our human side, and fall repeatedly. This is where we must stay humble in the face of our sinful nature, take Jesus by the hand, and get up over and over to once again try our best:

“…he who comes to the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” Jn. 3:21 NKJV

And we mustn’t lose sight that Jesus is depending upon God’s children to spread the gospel message for the salvation of the world:

“You are the light of [Christ to] the world…Let your light shine before men is such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Mt. 5:14 & 16. AMP

“What I say to you in the dark (privately), tell in the light (publicly); and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim from the housetops [to many people].” Mt. 10:27 AMP

So, it is both what we say and do for the kingdom that matters; and the more that we can do that publicly (teach the word, evangelize, volunteer, etc.) the larger the net we will cast for Christ.

Our public outreach begins humbly, but powerfully, with our first public declaration of our faith – our baptism. Why is that an important deed to undertake?

“I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless a person is born again [reborn from above – spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified], he cannot [ever] see and experience the kingdom of God.” Jn. 3:3 AMP

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” Jn. 3:5 NKJV

This was Jesus’ first ministerial teaching – laying out the entire reason that He came, i.e. that there is nothing that we can do in and of ourselves that will get us into the kingdom of God. It is only open to those who allow God to birth them anew by changing what is in their hearts. Then, the continued presence in that kingdom is assured for those who do their best to live by those changes.

Water baptism is a requirement from God, through Jesus – not only for ourselves, but we are also called to help facilitate the baptism of as many people as possible:

“Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.” Mk. 16:15, 16. ESV

When we get baptized, our example of faith in God and our obedience to His word can potentially draw others to do likewise. It is an outward sign that our faith is both growing and being reinforced. Without the faith, the act of baptism would be worthless. The water is just water. It is the connection of the water to the word of God, by faith, that fulfills our requirement.

Water baptism by itself however, is not the way to salvation. It is a declaration of one’s faith in salvation through the Spirit. Baptism in water is a metaphorical demonstration of being re-birthed as a newly cleansed child of God, through the forgiveness of sins – confirming that your old ’worldly self’ has been buried (symbolized by your immersion in water) and that your ‘spiritual self’ has been resurrected and cleansed from the stain of original sin (portrayed by your rising out of the water).

The act of water baptism begins with your repentance of the actions of your flesh and ends with the declaration of your faith in the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.

True salvation (having been made righteous from the cleansing blood of Christ) comes when you ask God for your Spiritual new birth by petitioning Him to fill you with the Holy Spirit – changing you into a new child in Christ. Only then, does God provide kingdom guidance and eyesight so that you can walk in His ways.

This is so BIG:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Pt. 1:3 – 5. ESV


Goodnight and God bless.


The State of Our Christian Nation

Not very long ago, mainstream media was cheering exultantly over a new study that showed that ‘white Christians’ had become a minority (43%) in the USA. Yet what does that mean? A Christian is color-blind. It doesn’t matter what percentage of Christians are white.

Moreover, most of the U.S. (70.6%) classifies themselves as Christians; thus, they would be from a myriad of races – just the way that Jesus would have it. So, always be on the lookout for how the media skews its presentations to divide and inflame the populace, so that it can turn around and make money off its disenchanted viewers.

America was founded upon Christian ideals. Yet the influence of Christians over the nation has waned. It leads us to consider whether the examples of our Christian behavior are lacking and / or our evangelizing efforts leave something to be desired.

There is no doubt that certain elements in the populace are becoming more hostile to Christianity.

If we look to the Old Testament, there are many parallels where we can compare our present state with ancient Israel. After King Solomon died, Israel was divided into the kingdom of Israel to the north, and the kingdom of Judah to the south. Both kingdoms sank into rebellious pagan depravity. In other words, much like America, many fell away from faith.

God sent four prophets to Israel to persuade them to return to Him. They wouldn’t. So, in 722 B.C., God sent the Assyrian army to take the people captive, and they were ultimately displaced in other countries.

The kingdom of Judah fared no better. God was warning them that in the near future, the Babylonians would conquer them and take them captive as well. However, God had promised King David long ago that He would preserve a throne in Judah, specifically in the city of Jerusalem, for eternity. So, God tried to help the people of Judah stop their efforts that were leading to self-destruction. He first sent them the most famous prophet of the Old Testament – Isaiah.

His first task was to tell the people what their present spiritual state looked like in the eyes of God:

Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity…children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the LORD, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged. Is. 1:2 ESV

Their land is also full of idols; they worship the works of their own hands… Is. 2:8 NKJV

For Jerusalem has stumbled and Judah has fallen, because their speech and their actions are against the LORD… Is. 3:8 NASB

Are we not seeing the same in this country? Many people are hating and hurting one another just for having different opinions. The Ten Commandments are progressively considered archaic and inapplicable, as throngs of rebels are elevating their personal desires over the laws of God. And do not these insubordinates worship whatever new bauble the world has to offer?

In another example, people are trying to foist their self-righteous chromosomal denial – through surgery, drugs and dress, onto those whose only crime is to try to hang onto what their Creator has clearly stated is His created reality. Yet, we as Christians must love them first above all else. We must never judge anyone, but we can judge other’s actions if they run afoul of our Lord’s commands.

The bottom line is that we must stand by the word of God over that of man in all situations; and there is no shame or prejudice in doing so. Indeed, we must persist in teaching His word to all those who will listen – in a manner as when the apostles Peter and John spoke, when ordered by the Sadducees and the high priests to quit talking about Christ:

“Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you and obey you rather than God, you must judge [for yourselves]’; for we, on our part, cannot stop telling [people] about what we have seen and heard.” Acts 14:19, 20. AMP

Too many of us are afraid to express our zeal for God and His salvation and about what is right in His eyes, for fear of being labeled ‘prejudiced,’ ‘racist,’ or ‘politically incorrect,’ which are tools of the media and certain ideologues when their objections have no merit – trying to shut the mouths of those who would speak for God.

So, our efforts for God become ineffective and Christian walk loses its authenticity:

“…these people draw near with their words and honor Me with their lip service, but they remove their hearts far from Me, and their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote…” Is. 29:13 NASB

Being a Christian is not an easy job. Most people of the world do not want to hear our (God’s) message:

For they are a rebellious people, lying children, children unwilling to hear the instruction of the LORD; who say to the seers, “Do not see,” and to the prophets, “Do not prophecy to us what is right; speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions, leave the way, turn aside from the path, let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.” Is. 30:9 – 11. ESV

Yet, we have a God-given mandate to do so:

“…receive into your heart all My words that I speak to you…And go, get to the captives, to the children of your people, and speak to them and tell them, ’Thus says the LORD GOD,’ whether they hear, or whether they refuse.” Ezek. 3:10, 11. NKJV

“…give them warning from Me: When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.” Ezek. 3:17, 18. NKJV

We must warn those who live in the ways of the world because we are called to obey our God. Thus, we must tell the people that there are consequences to their ways:

“There is no peace,” says the LORD, “for the wicked.” Is. 48:22 NKJV

Tell the righteous that is shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds. Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, for what his hands have dealt out shall be done to him. Is. 3:10, 11. ESV

Woe to him who strives with his Maker! Is. 45:9 NKJV

But our message doesn’t stop there. We need to tell those who do not know God, that He is the only way to salvation and that Jehovah is waiting right now with open arms to give it to them:

I, even I, am the LORD, and besides Me there is no savior.” Is. 43:10, 11. NKJV

Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. Is. 30:18 ESV

And when they grab that salvation, God shows them how to have that manifest:

“Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil from your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless; plead the widow’s cause.” Is. 1:16, 17. ESV

There is only two ways that they can go; and as a Christian, you can only bring them to the water. They must decide to drink it – or not:

“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the LORD, “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword.” Is. 1;18 – 20. NKJV

Jesus told us to let our lights shine and to shout His words from the rooftops. We can bring that light into the swirling darkness that this country is sliding into. We can point our potential brothers and sisters in Christ towards the outstretched hands of our God; and He can revive the state of this Christian nation by bringing more of those who are in it, to the grace of His salvation…

“Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer, you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’ “

If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desires of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom shall be as the noonday. And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Is. 58:8 – 11. ESV

Goodnight and God bless.