Summary: God's Word is truth in a world of contradictions and falsehood. We must, as followers of Jesus Christ, stay firm in what Scripture teaches and demands of us, regardless of what the world, the flesh, and the devil say and do.

The Lord Jesus taught that the end times would be characterized by deceit, hatred of God, lies, malevolence, lack of love, and an intense persecution of believers. False teachers would plague the church (Matthew 24:11-12), and many who claim to be "Christians" will fall away from the faith (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4), embracing the things of the world (2 Timothy 4:10). Selfishness and pride would be the foundation of a religion celebrating humanity and the insane idea that we can rid ourselves of God by embracing "science", "intellectualism", atheism, and all things repugnant to the message of the Gospel and of Jesus Christ (Psalm 2:1-12). Satanism and all types of occult practices have accelerated to the point where more people believe in aliens from space than God Himself. People do not and will not take the time to think about whether or not an issue is true or not as they have adopted a relativistic mind-set that tells them that truth is different for each person and that there are no absolutes in the world. Feelings now override facts, and woe be to someone who challenges this belief. What I am presenting is obvious to anyone who takes the time and effort to survey the world and its quandaries (Ecclesiastes 1:9-10).

It is all too easy for the earnest followers of Jesus Christ in these last days to throw our hands in the air and say to ourselves that presenting the Gospel to a sinful world is not worth the hassle. We get tired of telling people about the saving grace of God only to face derision, ridicule, hatred, and mockery from those who hear and end up walking away, cursing God as they do so. It is even more frustrating to those of us who are called to preach the Gospel to every living creature (Mark 16:15). In these final days, fewer and fewer churches will bother to open their pulpits to someone who will preach the Word without compromise or fear of "offending" somebody and end up being called every kind of name or worse (Acts 20:28-32; 2 Timothy 4:3). It is all too easy to want to "throw in the towel" and consign these reprobates and sinners to hell. That option is not found in Scripture. We need to be dedicated to the spread of the Gospel more than ever as the time draws forth for the return of Jesus and the Divine Judgment spoke of in Revelation to come to pass. Our emotions and feelings are not the guides by which to do ministry. Any serious follower of Jesus Christ will be led by the Holy Spirit to go and present the truth of the Word regardless of the circumstances.

The business of the preacher is to declare the truth of God's Word and the exclusivity of salvation in Christ alone (2 Timothy 4:1-5) without compromise or what people say and think to the contrary (Romans 1:16-17). The Bible has been around longer than contemporary social opinions and personal feelings. Despite centuries of opposition and attempts to destroy it, the Bible has outlasted every objection, every tyrant's rage, every religion's desire to downplay its significance, and every so -called "intellectual" attack on its integrity and inerrancy. The critics become obsolete, yet the Word remains eternal. The Bible is not a collection of "myths and fables" and certainly not the idea of fallen humanity. Why would anyone in the obvious sinful state in which we find ourselves ever want to write a book that condemns our sins, expose our wickedness, and declares that we are utterly incapable of redeeming ourselves in our own strength before a Holy God? (Isaiah 53:4-6) Would any kind of "holy book" that we would want to write include the fact that our so-called "righteousness" is no better than the rags that hold together the rotting skin of a leper, or worse (Isaiah 64:6)?

The Word of God, when preached, does not return void (Isaiah 55:10-11). Even if we think that the people who hear it don't accept it at first, we are to take comfort in the fact that it is the Holy Spirit who will open the hearts of the hearer and open his eyes to the fact that he is a sinner in danger of judgment and draw him to the open arms of Jesus Christ (Matthew 11:28-30), who offers salvation to everyone who will come to Him in faith (John 3:16, 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 6:23, 10:9-10, 13). When someone truly repents and asks Jesus to save him, he will gladly obey the commandments of God and desire to live in a way that pleases Him. When we surrender our lives to Christ, we die to self and allow Him full control of everything. We are brought with a price and are now His possessions. Once we are His, He will be with us always and never let us go (Luke 14:25-33; John 10:28-30; 1 Corinthians 6:20; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Hebrews 13:5). This should give us not only comfort but motivation for us to share this with our loved ones and others. Who wouldn't want to have this kind of assurance? Unfortunately, there are those who will reject this offer of mercy and grace and be content with their philosophies and excuses for unbelief (Romans 3:10-18, 23). They reject the only hope that any of us have to escape the approaching wrath of God upon this wicked world, to their eternal regret (Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:11-15).

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