Keep The Faith - Duck Season Print E-mail
Keep The Faith - Duck Season
by: Mark H.

Have you heard the buzz about Phil Robertson being "suspended" from the Duck Dynasty show? I'm sure there isn't a person reading this that hasn't heard about it, and would have a strong opinion about the matter. Let me offer this consideration...this didn't start a couple weeks ago with this latest fiasco. It didn't even start six months or more ago when they tried to make him stop praying in Jesus name. Actually, this didn't even start with the invention of one of the most lucrative TV shows ever, called Duck Dynasty...this problem has been going on for a couple of centuries now. Ever since Jesus (Yeshua HaMeshia) walked this earth, there has been a war going on between the Christ and the anti-christ.

Good and Evil has clashed since the fall of Lucifer (angel of light...interesting to note this time of year) from heaven, and it didn't take long for it to raise it's ugly head in the Garden of Eden...and keeps struggling even today.

Isn't it amazing how that we pick and choose that which we want to call sin. We all have areas that we have had to repent, turn about face, and walk away from. It’s a daily challenge for many...drunkenness, fornication (including looking upon an individual with lust), money, fame, sports, idol worship, and so much more. We wink at sin almost daily and then become irate when one of the "top 10" gets our hacks up. Believe me, I'm not opposed to jumping on the Duck Dynasty/Phil Robertson band wagon, for I agree with many of his Biblical stances...including prayer and baptism in Jesus name... But, I'm disturbed at how many have woke up only long enough to get frustrated and then will roll back over and go to sleep again. Reminds me of Sampson playing with Delilah’s deception...there will be a day (and may already be upon us) where we shake ourselves and the power has departed. God is not to be mocked. We have allowed a whole lot more than homosexuality to creep into our tolerant mindset; until we have become a powerless church (I use that in the most generic of terms to include us all).

Paul's second letter to Timothy warned of the day that we live...2 Timothy 3:1-13 reads;

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was. But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. “

Yes, “without natural affection” includes homosexuality, in Mr Robertson’s defense.

Who was Jannes and Jambres? Careful study will show that it was the magicians of the Pharaoh’s who could do many of the same signs that Moses and Aaron did before Pharaoh. Paul warns that “so do these also resist the truth”.

The promise is this…”Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution…evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” Yes, that is a promise…not very positive I know, but a promise none the less. It ain’t gonna get any better!!

Buy the Truth and sell it not!

I want to pursue Truth as I have never done before…I don’t want a partial truth or some watered down religious experience. I want to know Christ Jesus as Lord of ALL in my life. You can have the religious formality, doctrines built of fables, and idol worship…just give me Jesus and a relationship with him.

Let’s not just get aroused by the current treatment of Phil Robertson. Let us awaken out of our sleep and become what God would have us to be…for now it’s Duck Season, but what will we do when this season passes. Will you stand on the Word of God in every area or just those you wish to pick as right? Eat the whole roll…or none.

Keep the Faith,
Mark

 
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