Tuesday, November 17, 2015


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An abbreviated meaning and intent of Rules of Engagement is: “Rules of Engagement (ROE) are rules or directives to military forces (including individuals) that define the circumstances, conditions, degree, and manner in which the use of force, or actions which might be construed as provocative, may be applied. They provide authorization for and/or limits on the use of force and the employment of certain specific capabilities. In some nations, ROE have the status of guidance to military forces, while in other nations, ROE are lawful commands. Rules of Engagement do not normally dictate how a result is to be achieved but will indicate what measures may be unacceptable to achieve the result.”

The current Rules of Engagement for the United States in the so-called war on ISIS/ISIL are vague and place considerable limitations on what the military is permitted to do. The traditional rationale for warfare has usually been the understanding that things will get broken and people will get killed. In the current effort to “degrade and destroy” ISIS/ISIL, (or the current expression is to “contain”) has had almost no impact on the so called purpose of the mission. The current administration doesn’t even know how they should define the enemy or who the enemy is that they are seeking to degrade and destroy. The past few days has seen France clearly define the enemy and declare they are now at war with that enemy. Additionally, France has stated they will respond to that enemy cruelly.

When we consider the Rules of Engagement for the Church of Jesus Christ, we find that some are all too willing to blur the objective and have become reluctant to clearly define the mission or to identify the enemy. For a moment, imagine Jesus Christ walking in the Middle-East today, particularly in Iraq or Syria. How do you think He would identify the enemy? We tend to forget that when Jesus Christ was challenged by “religious leaders” as He conducted His earthly ministry, He confronted them clearly and forthrightly. An example is given in John 8:43-44, “Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you are unable to accept My message. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out his desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, refusing to uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, because he is a liar and the father of lies.” How was this defining of the enemy was incorporated into the Rules of Engagement for His disciples? One example is given in I Peter 5:8-9 when Peter wrote: “Be sober-minded and alert. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in your faith and in the knowledge that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering.”

How or when did the Church of Jesus Christ become so weak-kneed and spineless in its assigned task given it by Jesus Christ? He instructed His disciples and followers clearly when He said, Matthew 28:18-20, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Why has the task been hindered and slowed down? 

It boils down to there being some weak-kneed and spineless “shepherds” of God’s flock. They have become mercenaries concerned more with a paycheck and salary packages than they are with engaging the enemy. It is an old and chronic issue. In Ezekiel 34:2, “Prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Woe to you shepherds of Israel who only take care of yourselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock?” In Verses 7-10, “As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, because my flock lacks a shepherd and so has been plundered and has become food for all the wild animals, and because my shepherds did not search for my flock but cared for themselves rather than for my flock…I am against the shepherds and will hold them accountable for my flock. I will remove them from tending the flock so that the shepherds can no longer feed themselves. I will rescue my flock from their mouths.” Where are you in terms of God’s Rules of Engagement? Consider these things with me!

Monday, November 16, 2015


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In corporate America, there are all kinds of effort made and action taken to generate greater market share for a product or service. Mass Media is one method as increased advertisement occurs. There are times for special sales and price adjustment to generate greater public response. We have all been familiar with the White Sales for linens, etc. on Columbus Day. Black Friday is an example of an emphasis on special and lower prices within a five to seven hour time factor on the Friday following Thanksgiving. Hundreds of people jam parking lots and stores to benefit from the advertised lower prices. It becomes one of the highest sales days for most businesses. Year-round, the business model that has been attempted by well-known firms has seen the lower prices advertised but merchandise is often of sub-standard quality.

If we translate this to consider churches and their need for revitalization, we find less enthusiasm or participation occurring. Thom S. Rainer is president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. One of his reports was a feature article in the Christian Post on November 15, 2015. In that article, he states the following: Nine out of ten churches in North America are declining, or they are growing slower than the community in which they are located. Nine out of ten churches need revitalization.” There are some usual reasons given for this as churches attempt to explain their shrinkage of “market-share” in the spiritual realm. A more usual one is that demographics have shifted dramatically and people who were the likely candidates for church involvement have relocated to other less “demographically-challenged” areas. For many community churches, it boils down to a reluctance to consider or allow integration of ethnically different people into the church that has maintained restrictions in that area. 

Thom S. Rainer shares a major reason from his studies and surveys. He writes: “Many times the pastor is a major contributor to the failure to revitalize…These four hindrances are factual because pastors shared them with me. They let me know they are blockages. They let me know these four issues are a major challenge for them everyday.” The hindrances enumerated are: (1) They spend too much time trying to placate nagging critics. Ministry is totally draining if it's spent trying to appease the constant naysayers. (2) They fail to be an example of an outward focus….People will rise no higher than their leader. (3) They do not emphasize member expectations in an entry level or membership class. If there is a key characteristic of declining churches it is that the members are self-serving. They have a "me attitude." It's all about their preferences and desires. (4) They fail to focus on corporate prayer…I know a lot of pastors who do not emphasize corporate prayer in their churches. I know of one church that took five to seven minutes of their worship services every Sunday to pray that God would use them as instruments of revival and revitalization. He did.”

Revitalization is AWOL within too many churches. Harry Reeder’s paradigm for Church Revitalization is based upon one primary text, Revelation 2:5, “REMEMBER therefore from where you have fallen; REPENT, and (RECOVER) do the works you did at first.” He then adds, “Interestingly, this Divinely-designed three-fold revitalization paradigm consistently reflects the Divinely-designed three-fold emphasis in the Covenant Meals of Renewal. From the Old Covenant, the Passover meal called God’s Covenant people to “remember” the Lord who delivered them from bondage, “repent” (cleaning out the leaven) and “recover” the first things by taking up their staff to follow the Lord of Glory. Likewise, the New Covenant meal, the Lord’s Supper, commands His people, “remember” our Lord’s atoning sacrifice, “repent” through self-examination and “recover” the first things through the vitality of a Gospel proclaiming life until He returns.” Church Revitalization is possible if God’s Word is taken seriously and implemented in individual lives and corporate application. Consider these things with me!

Saturday, November 14, 2015


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Yesterday, November 13, 2015 in Paris, France, the unexpected and unwanted occurred as at least six terrorist cell groups unleashed their attack on innocent people who were enjoying public and social events. The death toll was extensive and some of those who were the cause of the carnage were not immediately captured. As a result, the “W Factor” once again came to the forefront. Who? What? When? Where? Why? The answers to those questions will take civil authorities days and weeks to determine “Who” the devious minds were that conceived and coordinated this deadly attack.

In a far more practical and spiritual matter, especially as we soon enter the Advent Season, is making application of the same questions posed above. The Biblical “W Factor” refers to The One upon whom the Advent focus should be. Who is this one? “W Factor” number one is the summary given in Philippians 2:5-11, when Paul wrote: “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to hold on to, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross.”

What is it this one came to be and do? “W Factor” number two is the succinct statement in John 1:29, “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” A further expression of this focus is given in Luke 19:9-10, “And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that having been lost.”

Where in human history did this take place? “W Factor” number three is stated in different ways. In Galatians 4:4-5, Paul wrote: “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, having been born of a woman, having been born under the Law, that He might redeem those under the Law, so that we might receive the divine adoption as sons.” 

The “fullness of time” is more specific in Luke 2:1-20. Where did this event occur?  “W Factor” number 4, the historical specificity is given as: “And it came to pass in those days, a decree went out from Caesar Augustus to register all the world. This registration first took place when Quirinius was governing Syria. And all were going to be registered, each to his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee out of the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the City of David, which is called Bethlehem, because of his being of the house and family of David, to register with Mary the one being betrothed to him, she being with child. And it came to pass in the time they were there, the days of her giving birth were fulfilled. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and she wrapped Him in swaddling cloths and laid Him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”

Why was this the divine plan? “W Factor” number five is comprehensive. It can be summed up briefly: In I Timothy 1:15, Paul wrote, “This is a trustworthy saying, worthy of full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” In John 3:17, Jesus stated that “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” John’s summary to his Gospel states, John 21:25, “There are many more things that Jesus did. If all of them were written down, I suppose not even the world itself would have space for the books that would be written.”

The issue of the terrorists is one of evil and hatred. Their “W Factor” is driven by a satanic force where the hatred of Jesus Christ and anyone who believes in Him becomes their cause for cruelty, heinous acts and murder. The issue that surrounds the birth of Jesus Christ is a demonstration of God’s eternal love, mercy and grace. The “W Factor” for the follower of Jesus Christ is the Gospel (Good News) because it can take the one wallowing in darkness and wickedness and bring him/her into the light, Jesus Christ. This meaning, reality and purpose is stated in I John 1:5-7, “And this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you: God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” May this be your reality and purpose for your life. Consider these things with me.

Thursday, November 5, 2015


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There are all kinds of groups that speculate about world events as they unfold and predict what it means in terms of the end of the world. There is a webpage that calculates and speculates about events “Before It’s News” and wonders aloud what will occur if Nation A decides on retaliation against a Nation or Group B that has committed a dastardly deed that has caused the death of some of its citizens. For someone to be truculent means an action that is: “fierce; cruel; savagely brutal or harsh; vitriolic; scathing.” The “Before It’s News” speculation is headlined: “Breaking! Russian Nuclear Units on the Move, Non-Essential Civilians Told to Leave, Putin’s Ready to Nuke ISIS!” There are a lot of “what-if” scenarios as this tragic event of a downed Russian Airliner flying from Egypt to Russia unfolds. One can only wonder, if any of this is proven to be true, is the suggested response greater than the deed evoked? If limited nuclear weaponry of Russia or Iran is utilized, what will the collateral impact be in the Middle East?

While there is only speculation about what occurred to the aircraft and why the plane crashed at this point, it does raise a question on the ways by which human behavior responds to truculent events. The Sermon on the Mount contains the words of Jesus Christ regarding the law of retaliation. In Matthew 5:43-48, Jesus instructed: “You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on evil and good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous…” Jesus is instructing His followers of the necessity of entering into His love (agape) and adopting His actions or reactions when evil or injustices occur. Throughout the Gospels, there are several accounts where Jesus employs a logical response to the calloused adversary. He urged against retaliation and taught there would be times of suffering because of one’s righteous lifestyle and promulgations. 

Another concern pertains to how professing Christian people act or react in the routine interactions with other professing Christian people. Psalm 37:7-8 summarizes the natural tendencies with these words: “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.” Four phases seem to leap out of these verses: “Be still before the Lord…Wait patiently for the Lord…Do not fret (worry, anxious)…Refrain from anger…Turn away from wrath (extreme anger, outrage).” When Paul wrote to the Ephesians about new life in Christ, he shared this instruction: “Be angry, yet do not sin. Do not let the sun set upon your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity” (Ephesians 4:26-27). The NLT paraphrases these words: “And don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.” There are also the words in James 1:19-20, “My beloved brothers, understand this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteousness that God desires.” If this is the Word of God to His people - and it is - then why do we have professing Christians who refuse to talk or have fellowship with other professing Christians? Why is the carnal DNA of certain ones not addressed or dealt with? 

The word of God is very clear when it states the reality that a person can grieve the Holy Spirit by a lifestyle that ignores or disobeys the instructions for godly living. In Ephesians 4:30-32,“Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness (harshness, acidity) and wrath (rage, fury) and anger (irritability, ire, fury) and clamor (loud noise, shouting vehemently) and slander (statements that damage a person’s reputation) be put away from you, along with all malice (ill will, vindictiveness).” How then is the Biblical Christian to live? What should be the natural behavior and instinct of the child of God? Ephesians 4:32 states that we are to:“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Any other behavior is unacceptable to God and should be to us as well. If we do not forgive one another as Christ has forgiven us, we should cringe in fear of the implication and consequence of the non-forgiveness posture and action. Too many professing Christians love to recite The Lord’s Prayer while ignoring the summary words of Jesus to all who would follow Him, Matthew 6:14-15, “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Pause and let these words resonate in you. What do you think they mean? The words of Jesus are not ambiguous but very plain and easily comprehended. Personalize it (put your own name where “you” occurs) as you phrase it slowly: If “I” do not forgive others their sins agains “Me” personally, then “My” Heavenly Father will not forgive “Me” of “My” sins against Him.” The Amplified Bible states Matthew 6:14-15, “For if you forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins], your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others [nurturing your hurt and anger with the result that it interferes with your relationship with God], then your Father will not forgive your trespasses.”

Individual professing Christians suffer from stunted spiritual growth because they lack a forgiving spirit and are too willing to respond to others with bitterness , wrath, anger, evil speaking and malice. The visible Church that allows this behavior to continue will also suffer from both stunted spiritual and numeric growth. There are no shortcuts around God’s required prerequisites. What do “You” plan to do about “You” in this regard? Consider these things with me.

Thursday, October 29, 2015


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When the visible Church is referenced, it is often referred to as “the flock of God.” A basic reason for this is the understanding one has received from passages of Scripture, such as Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd…” and John 10 where Jesus declared: “I am the Good Shepherd who lays down His life for the sheep…My sheep near My voice and they follow Me…” In Luke 2, shepherds come to the place where Jesus was born and in John 1, when John the Baptist saw Jesus he declared: ““Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”

With all of the above being stated, The Scriptures also point out the reality of dicrocoelium-dendriticum becoming a disturbing presence within the flock of God. The question is: What is it and how does it become a factor in terms of the sheep and flock? It is described in the following way, “Dicrocoeliosis is a globally present parasitic infection caused by Dicroceolium, which infect the bile ducts and gall bladder of wild and domestic animals. Since it is not as pathogenic as other flukes very little is known about this parasite…The adult lancet fluke necessarily inhabits the liver of its definitive host, specifically the bile ducts and gall bladder of domesticated and wild ruminating animals (sheep, goat and cattle). Although, they can also be found in the liver of dogs, rabbits, horses, humans and some rodents,” (Subject-matter gleaned from the Blog: dtjsoft.com).

Within the flock of God, the greatest contributor to the spread of Dicrocoelium-Dendriticum are the shepherds who neglect the flock and show very little regard for its well-being. Ezekiel 34:1-6 summarizes: “The word of the Lord came to me: Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them…Thus says the Lord God: Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep. The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them. So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd, and they became food for all the wild beasts…”

In a personal one on one session with Peter, John 21:15-17, Jesus asks Peter about his love for Him. Jesus indicates that a demonstration of professed love would be seen in his relationship to the lambs and sheep. Jesus told Peter: “Feed My lambs…Shepherd My sheep…Feed My sheep…” To the persecuted and scattering Church, Peter shares a lesson from his heart to those who will have to be responsible to tend to the needs of the believers. In I Peter 5:1-4, “As a fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings, and a partaker of the glory to be revealed, I appeal to the elders among you: Be shepherds of God’s flock…watching over them not out of compulsion, but because it is God’s will; not out of greed, but out of eagerness; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock…”

We live in a day of disenfranchisement, delusion, discontent and disruption within the visible Church. The larvae infiltrates the church when the Pastors (Shepherds) neglect their duties and fail to safeguard the flock from the intrusions of the culture. As a result, the flock becomes diseased or disillusioned and scatters. There is an increasing number of the “Nones” (religiously unaffiliated) and the “Dones” (dedicated church members who have decided to stop going to church). The Good Shepherd longs after and prays for His sheep to return to Him (John 17). What is the level of your care and concern for the “other sheep” and the flock the Savior loves? Consider these things with me.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


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Have we arrived at a place in life where the culture is allowed to dictate the values and disciplines for entire societies? Who or what is allowed to dictate the terms of behavior and action? Is there any true standard remaining where one can reference the moral, ethical and acceptable behavior that is to be common for the entire human race? When we observe a world that is being marked more and more by upheaval, distrust, and opportunism, it appears that the most assertive and ruthless is dominating a world that has been lackadaisical and indifferent to foundational values and disciplines. It is not just the societal structures that have moved in this direction but the visible Church as well. Once the boundaries are no longer preserved or abandoned the greater is the disregard of the warning signs that a slippery slope is imminent and destruction will soon occur. In the secular world, rogue and opportunistic nations are on the move to attain their goal of recognition and domination. Within the spiritual world, the negative influences and the readiness to accommodate cultural trends has been emerging.

The Psalmist observed and asked a thought-provoking question in Psalm 11:2-3, “The wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart. When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” When David asked the question, he also offered a response regarding that which will ultimately happen, Psalm 11:5-7, “The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion. On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot. For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face.” Between the observation and the ultimate determination, what are the “righteous” expected to be and do? Should there be a militia formed to combat the evil advances with human weapons and strategies? Should the words of an old Hymn, Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war; With the cross of Jesus going on before…” be interpreted as a physical and militant approach to the issues of the day? Should it not be an obedience to Ephesians 6:10-13, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand”?

Several years ago, Dr. V. Raymond Edman wrote a book, The Disciplines of Life, in which he stated: “Discipleship means ‘discipline!’ The disciple is that one who has been taught or trained by the Master, who has come with his ignorance, superstition, and sin, to find learning, truth, and forgiveness from the Savior. Without discipline we are not disciples, even though we profess His Name and pass for a follower of the lowly Nazarene. In an undisciplined age when liberty and license have replaced law and loyalty, there is greater need than ever before that we be disciplined to be His disciples… It is His sons whom God disciplines that they might bring honor to His name. He wants to teach and train them, to soften and sweeten them, to strengthen and steady them, that they may show forth the excellencies of Him who told them, ‘’Learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls’’ (Matthew 11:29). Without discipline we are not His sons; but as His own we need the exhortation, ‘’My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him; for whom the Lord loves he chastens, and scourges every son who he receives’’ (Hebrews 12:5, 6). This discipline at the moment may not seem ‘’to be joyous, but (rather) grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby’’ (Hebrews 12:11).

Where do we find ourselves today? Are we disciplined or undisciplined? Are we bent on doing whatever we deem to be right in our own eyes or are we learning obedience to and from our Lord and Master Jesus Christ? Do we adhere to His instruction and guidance or do we stubbornly resist and do our own thing in our own way? Are we more like the straying sheep of Isaiah 53:6 or the responsive sheep of John 10:27 who listen to The Shepherd’s voice and eagerly follow Him? Consider these things with me.

Thursday, October 15, 2015


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It is a historical fact that in most instances a person is either a witness or a victim in terms of what unfolds. This is especially true in warfare or nations where ethnic cleansing or other forms of persecution are occurring. There is considerable discussion about Global Warming on the part of politicians in this country. While these formulations and executive orders are executed, the nations give almost tacit approval to the rogue nation Iran to develop Nuclear Weaponry. It seems as though no proponent of the possibilities of global warming has paused to think of the definition and potential of Thermo-Nuclear Bomb Development and testing. Thermo-nuclear means: “The fusion of atomic nuclei at high temperatures or to the energy produced in this way.”

Most people were probably unaware of particular events that took place near the end of World War II. They were designed to bring about the surrender and cessation of the war with Japan. In an effort to achieve the desired results, six months prior to the use of Atomic Bombs, the U.S. 20th Air Force under General Curtis LeMay executed low-level incendiary raids against Japanese cities. On the night of March 9–10, 1945, Operation Meetinghouse commenced and 334 B-29 Super-fortress bombers took off to raid, with 279 of them dropping 1,665 tons of incendiaries and explosives on Tokyo. The bombing was meant to burn wooden buildings and indeed the bombing caused fire that created a 50 m/s wind, which is comparable to tornadoes. Each bomber carried 6 tons of bombs. A total of 381,300 bombs. Within a few hours of the raid, it had killed an estimated 100,000 people and destroyed 16 square miles of the city and 267,000 buildings in a single night. An estimated 450,000 people had died as the U.S. had intensely firebombed a total of 67 Japanese cities. While the Allies applauded these bombings and the affect of them, many ordinary people became either witnesses or victims to these events. 

If we bridge over into Biblical History and God’s judgment against a sinful people and/or nations, we will find similar parallels. One would do well to review the prophetic words of Zephaniah 1:7-18 and the descriptive words of I Thessalonians 5:1-11 regarding The Day of the Lord. Peter gives a succinct statement of God’s final judgment upon the world He has created, II Peter 3:8-13. We note the catastrophic result as Peter wrote: “The day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be dissolved in the fire, and the earth and its works will not be found. Since everything will be dissolved in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to conduct yourselves in holiness and godliness as you anticipate and hasten the coming of the day of God, when the heavens will be dissolved by fire and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with God’s promise, we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.” 

Those who believe the Word of God, the Holy Scriptures, will be witnesses of this final judgment scene, whereas those who made a mockery of sin and who rejected God and His Word will become the victims. John the Baptist utter the direct words to the mockers and scoffers in Matthew 3:7-8 (NLT), “Who warned you to flee God’s coming wrath? Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.” The question is - have you repented of your sins and turned to God for His salvation? Will you be a witness or a victim? Consider these things with me!