Turn Up The Signal; Drown Out The Noise

Turn Up The Signal; Drown Out The Noise

The noise of this world seems to be increasing to a dizzying pitch: a pulsating babble of glorified sin being loudly trumpeted through the megaphones of this age. Instagram, Google, Disney, and Netflix (among others) are the transmitters of a constant wave of subversive noise that inundates the soul’s receptors with a deafening blast against the truth of God. Without apology, these unholy instruments of digital dissemination have boosted the bass line of idolatry, lust, and pride until it sounds like a catchy pop tune to our tone-deaf society. Is it any surprise, then, that Satan himself is the hidden conductor behind this swelling dissonance?

Granted, you won’t find a Luciferian radio tower rising up through the stratosphere like a grotesque steel-beamed colossus, but one thing is for certain: Satan and his minions are flooding the surrounding airwaves with a high-voltage broadcast of toxic propaganda. Even at this moment, whether your ears are tuned to it or not, a cacophony of rebellious and accusatory rhetoric is being transmitted through the metaphysical air, bombarding mankind with an evil static that often permeates into the inner operations of the mind and corrupts almost every school of human thought.

The Bible certainly confirms this unsettling fact. It is no accident that Paul portrays Satan as “the prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2). The apostle’s inspired wording evokes a fitting vision of Satan and his unseen forces hovering like a menacing swarm under the firmament. According to John Gill, in fact, the people of Paul’s day were quite aware of a supernatural climate filled with a multitude of “noxious and accusing spirits, who fly about in the air.” Likewise, the Pulpit Commentary describes this “power of the air” as a strategic point of operation for winged demons to secretly “exercise a real influence on human souls, and draw them in worldly directions, and contrary to the will of God.”

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Where Would We Be Without TRUTH?

Where Would We Be Without TRUTH?

“The church has lost her testimony! She has no longer anything to say to the world. Her once robust declaration of TRUTH has faded away to an apologetic whisper.” — A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

In my earlier essay Why The World’s Dark Business Is Booming, I described how the world’s ancient business of moral chaos has grown into a mega-monopoly of soul-crushing power. With its unabated glorification of sin and self, the industry of this world has succeeded in supplying products of discord to the masses in order to ensnare them with a false sense of freedom and protection. Self-agency and temporal security may be the world’s sly promise, but tyranny over humanity is the tragic end result.

Sadly, this evil world conglomerate has come to dominate today’s global market because of one simple fact: It has capitalized on the current devaluation of biblical stock and a depreciation of the Gospel proclamation. The world’s only legitimate competition, the Truth-bearers of Jesus Christ, have too often shuttered their factories of bold witness and settled for a curiosity shop that plies its religious trinkets among the world’s seducing lies, with little awareness of their dangerous compromise.

Looking over this barren landscape of Christian appeasement, one can easily see a massive segment of our population living in spiritual confusion because they believe the world can provide the solution to their struggles. Without truth to guide them, however, they will continue to toil under such satanic delusion. So who is there to help them out of the chaos? Where are the fearless disciples of old who, under penalty of death, reached out to the lost and dared to proclaim truth against the lies of this world? And why are some professing Christians today outsourcing truth to the world’s business, where it will always be retooled into a cheap knock-off for mass consumption?

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Why The World’s Dark Business Is Booming

Why The World’s Dark Business Is Booming

“To have one foot on the land of truth, and another on the sea of falsehood, will involve a terrible fall and a total ruin.” — Charles H. Spurgeon

Have you noticed that the citizenry of this world, with all our global connectivity and technological advancements, seem to be shifting more and more into a trajectory of chaos and uncertainty? Why is this? Surely in an age of scientific precision and meticulous social engineering, we should be achieving a high level of stability. Yet, obviously from our current state of cultural upheaval and political warfare, we seem completely unable to reign in the darker elements of our nature. A gathering swell of violent rage, fear, depression, and a growing lust for drugs, alcohol, and pornography are tearing at the moral fabric of our society. But why?

Perhaps we should seriously considered the distinct possibility that all the guiding philosophies of this world have unionized to cobble together a central message that drives us into the moral chaos in which we find ourselves. Like a fat-cat global conglomerate, the world and its board of directors have fine-tuned their mission statement and built a business model around it to achieve its vision of complete domination in the marketplace of souls. And like a scheming conglomerate, it has engaged in a massive PR campaign to transmit their corporate message into every mind and heart on the planet.

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John 3:16 Is Great, But What About Another?

John 3:16 Is Great, But What About Another?

I’m sure you’ve seen the phenomenon before. You’re sitting there watching a baseball game on TV when all of a sudden a large sign pops up in the stands behind the batter’s box reading, “JOHN 3:16.” It’s a well-known technique of stealth evangelism and quick-strike Gospel proclamation that’s been around for decades at various televised sporting events. As soon as that sign appears, no doubt thousands of unsaved viewers are sent scrambling for a Bible to see what the hubbub is all about.

But do they really?

It makes me wonder what would happen if someone decided to really shake things up by holding a sign that read (for no particular reason), “HABAKKUK 3:8.” Hoo, boy, I bet a good number of folks would be suddenly Googling THAT peculiar reference on their smartphones — just to get some sort of informational closure. A “John 3:16” sign? Not so much.

The fact is, most folks know the basic gist of John 3:16 because they’ve seen it constantly promoted as Christianity’s go-to catchphrase. They know it’s an advertisement slogan for Jesus as much as “Just Do It” is a pithy salute to Nike. And therein lies the problem. In some ways, “John 3:16” has become just another billboard cliché in a sea of American consumerism that has blended into the cluttered landscape as a benign symbol of conventional Christianity.

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Digital Dementia And The Mind Of Christ

Digital Dementia And The Mind Of Christ

How important is it for the believer to cultivate his or her mind through regular, prayerful study of God’s word?  Well, this is what the apostle Paul taught the Church way back when:

Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God — what is good and well-pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:2). …For we have the mind of Christ (I Corinthians 2:16).

Surely now more than ever, the apostle’s exhortation must be heeded by professing Christians. It is the only way to ward off the deterioration of thought that comes from repeated exposure to the buffeting of the Enemy and the toxic indoctrination of the controlling world mechanisms. The current dark forces against us appear more energized in this age of digital dementia where minds are becoming conformable to machines. We must be both mentally and spiritually equipped to defend against these mechanized attempts to subvert the mind of Christ. Paganism, once thought antiquated and impotent in civilized society, has arisen again, now perfectly joined with the world’s postmodern sensibilities, digital imagery and technological advancements. From that breeding ground we now see new counterfeit belief systems like scientism and transhumanism making inroads into the visible Church with the intent to promote man’s high-tech wonders and marginalize God’s holy word.

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Fun Is No Comfort When Called To Mourn

Fun Is No Comfort When Called To Mourn

“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” — Matthew 5:4

Of all the beatitudes of our Savior, perhaps one of the most accessible pronouncements given to His hearers is on the topic of mourning and our great need of comfort in that low state. Indeed, the death of a loved one is a tragic thing for everyone, and a brutal reminder of man’s fleeting mortality. We are immediately shaken to our core at the loss of dear souls taken from our immediate senses, much more aware at that very moment that “all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass,” which withers and falls away (I Peter 1:24). And thus, we all mourn.

But is the object and quality of one’s mourning truly a blessing?

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Beware False Christs Arising In Literature

Beware False Christs Arising In Literature

“For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe him. For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:5-26).

When Jesus warned of false Christs appearing here and there to mislead with great signs and wonders, the general consensus was that we should look out for those individuals throughout the physical world that proclaim themselves to be the true savior of man with all the manifest powers of deity, yet are liars. Such a myopic view, however, forgets to take into account that the appearance of false Christs could also come through the written word of man. Surely if the written word of God testifies of Jesus as the true Christ and Son of God (in fact the Word Himself), then ungodly men might similarly use their creative energies to set down in writ a facsimile of Jesus within the framework of a fantastical story with all the signs and wonders that the human mind can imagine.

Indeed such is the case with some of our most beloved fictional literature in Christendom.

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