Evidence or Faith: A Clear End Times Choice
It’s a dangerous step to base one’s faith on “evidence.” .
“(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)”
—2 Corinthians 5:7
IF there was evidence of one’s faith, faith would no longer be faith: it would be something else
“For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?”
In the near future, there will be (already exists!) an entire world full of people who will be deceived by the counterfeit miracles and lying wonders of the man of sin. Many of these deceived souls will be sitting in churches, congratulating each other on the “powerful move of God” that is taking place and heading to eternal damnation because they have “evidence” in the form of supernatural power about which they had already been clearly warned by the Bible.
“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”
“And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”
“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.”
“For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.”
Because they placed their faith in the smiling wolves who prowl the aisles and pulpits of their churches; because they trusted in those things which impressed their neighbors, their families and their “church family;” because they put more faith in their own eyes than in the Word of God; because they so badly wanted an experience: these deceived, faithless, lukewarm sight-walkers will be damned for all eternity.
Regardless of how many pot luck dinners and spaghetti suppers they attended at their local church.
This then is the judgment of the sight-walkers: though they have been warned repeatedly by God’s Word for thousands of years, the Word of God is completely ignored and these men follow after supernatural signs, wonders and miracles–particularly those in the churches.
FAITH IS ITS OWN EVIDENCE.
It needs no further proof–or it would not be faith.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Faith is that which is NOT SEEN.
IF it is SEEN, it is not faith: it is something altogether different.
In dozens of little ways, God continually strengthens the faith of those who ask and are sincere.
Relying on evidence or proof or logic or any other faculty of man is not wrong in itself.
But when the leap is made to apply the standards of the world in order to validate what God’s Word declares, then those who follow such things veer off into grave error.
There’s certainly enough of that going around these days.
Especially at the churches, various “ministries” and other misnamed “discernment ministries.”
Is the reader waiting for a sign? Has the reader been hungering for to see a wonder? Has the reader been indoctrinated into believing it will be God–in clear refutation of His Word–working miracles in the end times?
Do not be deceived: God has sent clear warnings in His Word.
Do not be deluded: trust God, not your pastor, not your friends or family, not your senses.
Do not be fooled: God is not mocked.
IF the reader is looking for the evidence of his faith, that faith is not faith. IF any faith remains, that faith needs strengthening.
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:”
—2 Corinthians 4:3
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in OF INTEREST: Independent Thoughts from around the Internet August 13, 2014 and End Times Prophecy Headlines: August 13-14 2016.]
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