The prophet Hosea said, “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” Many, perhaps even most of those who profess faith, do not seem to be serious about doing God’s will. They believe the enemy’s lies and settle for less than what God says they are to become in Christ. At best, they become some kind of religious club member, not recognizing that born-again children of God are far more than an organization or part of some affiliation. True Christians are new creations and members of Christ’s body, the church.
In 1 Corinthians 12, the apostle Paul points out that each member is critically important to the health and function of the whole. He goes on to say in Ephesians that these members are to be directly connected to other parts, each supplying the need of the other and committed to others. We are to be one body, yielded to and supporting one another while submitted to the head, which is Christ.
When we recognize the truth of His Word in the power of the Holy Spirit, we are then built up together into the fullness of Christ as a healthy body of believers, revealing the nature of God, living in holy harmony, and becoming bold, effective witnesses for our Father. He will be glorified by the individual and collective influence of those who live filled to the overflowing with His Spirit, controlled by love, joy, peace, kindness, faithfulness, meekness, and self-control. We are to be seekers of truth and followers of Christ every moment we live and everywhere we go.
Life in Christ is not to be expressed like some mere pastime, “go to church to practice religion.” We are to be the church, expressing the very life of God. Believers are to be serious about God, studying to show ourselves as approved by God, as faithful workers who are not ashamed. We are not to be overcome by this world and distracted by it or inappropriately attracted to it. We are to be “more than conquerors” and overcomers in this life. As disciples we study and read—not for mere entertainment, but for enlightenment, for meaningful education, to have “understanding of the times.” We will not accumulate for ourselves teachers who tickle our itching ears according to our misguided desires.
Now is the time to wake up, put on the armor of light and wisdom, and run faithfully and fearlessly the race God has set before us. When we do this with our whole heart, we will be one with the Father, truly loving one another and all who do not know our wonderful Father and awesome Savior. Dedicated Christians want the best for everyone, and only in Christ can the best be found.
My heart breaks because many professing Christians are defeated, having little or no understanding of the times in which we now live. They seem clueless rather than filled with wisdom and knowledge. If believers read, it is only for entertainment rather than enlightenment and knowledge. They can’t seem to focus their undivided attention on God’s Word, truth, or reliable insights concerning issues or history. Most Americans give more attention to American Idol, mindless entertainment, meaningless fiction and sports than they give to truth about American history, what made us great, biblical principles, purposeful living, and acts of compassion. This is a sad, destructive reality.
For the benefit of believers who need to understand why certain principles are so important, God led me to risk being misunderstood and even criticized by joining with a brilliant Catholic philosopher who is in love with Jesus to offer meaningful help. Jay Richards and I came together to write a very serious book explaining why the current issues we face in our nation and in the world are so important to understand. Because we are so passionate about the content, we were most grateful when we learned that the book became a New York Times best seller immediately upon its release. Titled Indivisible: Restoring Faith, Family, and Freedom Before It’s Too Late, the book deals with many areas of serious spiritual and moral concern that have been dragged into the political arena to be misrepresented and cast aside, destroying basic morality and indispensable principles. Jay and I are diligently seeking to help all who claim to know the Father and believe Jesus is the Savior gain understanding of the times so people will not “perish for lack of understanding.” The book is a gift to the church, believers, and all who love the freedom we are rapidly losing.
Jesus said He “came to set captives free,” to “proclaim liberty to those who are downtrodden” and that “the truth will set you free.” Our nation has been forsaking truth for many years. Elections now demand that you vote to ignore, discard and even mock God’s Word, truth, and moral virtues. Believe this: It is not a matter of disappointing some party or special interest group, elitist media representatives, or ethnic groups. It is a matter of disregarding God and His Word. Our Creator gave us the freedom to choose how we live, what we do, and who we serve. True freedom grants all citizens the right to choose how they live, and unprincipled choices always produce damaging consequences. Who would have ever imagined that both major political parties, popular candidates, and voters would divide over whether marriage is between a man and a woman?
When a nation forsakes biblical principles, we won’t simply be in trouble with one another, but with God Himself. Please hear the heart cry of God calling us back into the “shadow and security” of His presence. This is where we must be determined to live, along with our families and all those we can influence. Outside of that shadow and shelter, all hell will break loose. Remember, Jesus said to the church, His body, to those who follow Him with their whole heart, “the gates of hell shall not prevail” against those who live by His Word as “more than conquerors in Christ.” It is not too late for the church to get “suited up” in the armor of God and lead the way out of darkness, but we must begin now. Please read Indivisible and encourage others who are concerned and love God to also seek to find understanding of the times so they can share the truth necessary to preserve that which is precious. Give it as a gift to church members, friends, and neighbors. Encourage community and church groups to meet and discuss the principles shared in the book and in my weekly commentary. Pray for our nation and all people to gain understanding.
The content Jay and I share is not mere entertainment—it is enlightening and very helpful. Understanding why certain beliefs are essential is critical in order to protect and preserve freedom. Do not allow political correctness to keep citizens from being corrected and taking proper preventive action. Get into God’s Word and get His Word in you. Don’t simply carry His Word in your hand, hide it in your heart so it will carry you! Start neighborhood and church discussions around the topics discussed in the book we wrote to help you and those you love. I think churches would find it helpful to make it a study course, encouraging serious discussions and prayer time concerning critically important issues we face nationally. Pray for pastors and priests to boldly speak out, calling for a return to godly principles and practices. Prayerfully seek ways in which you can bring significant issues to the forefront in your home church.
Years ago when I was speaking in stadiums and coliseums, God led me to know I was to become first and foremost a servant and also a spokesman, spending my life encouraging and supporting others. Our outreach multiplied immediately more than tenfold—including the number of commitments to Christ each year. We went from 200,000 to over 2 million decisions for Christ annually. We found people, including missionaries who were totally yielded to God, and began to undergird them. It was like providing more oil for the lanterns or lights shining around the world. This same thing must happen here as we seek to find and support called and committed leadership.
I wrote a few weeks ago about Dr. Ben Carson being a breath of fresh air and an answer to prayer. There are many men and women like him who could lead if people had enough wisdom and understanding to encourage and support them. It is imperative for all who believe God’s Word and that biblical principles are important to become well-informed and stand together for the truth that makes us free. My own precious wife who is very shy became a bold witness for Christ with a servant heart and has inspired many people to become aware of dangerous trends and the necessity of standing against them. You can do the same. Betty has become a great student of God’s Word and has diligently sought to gain understanding of the times. She has put her light up on the lampstand boldly and is a continual blessing to me and all who know her.
You can be a servant leader also. Jesus said “servants are the greatest in the kingdom” for God’s glory. For His kingdom purpose and the sake of all those you love and He loves, make a commitment to get serious, to be totally sold out to God’s will in your life right now. Let’s grow in Him together and share Jesus with those He gave His life to redeem and change forever. If those who profess to know God will get serious about doing His will, grow in understanding, and share truth and love, we will witness miraculous corrections. I, as one American, do not want a flawed man’s idea of “transformation” and “change” in America. I want what God and His Word calls “transformation” and “change.”