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by: Bishop Samuel Smith

The war between light and darkness continues! It began when Lucifer rebelled against God and was cast out of Heaven. Since then he has caused havoc, misery and in general… "hell on earth." Satan's works are many, you need not look far to see his craftiness. His followers are dedicated and numerous. The struggle between right and wrong intensifies as we approach the finale of a fated generation.

Once, the Egyptian Pharoah seeking to destroy the child who would lead Israel out of his clutches, murdered all the Israelite boy children under the age of two. No wonder even now the enemy of mankind's soul salvation fights the "truth" that sets people free from sin!

Demon-driven Herod tried in vain to kill the Christ-child. Why should we be surprised when today, the devil stops at nothing to prevent souls from following Jesus Christ all the way?

The early Christian Church was persecuted, battered, and beaten. The New Testament saints and the generations that followed were burned, suffered, and bled; but, they never bent, never surrendered, and grew stronger with every trial. Should we be surprised that the 21st century church is attacked by the power of darkness? Likewise, the true church will overcome!

Recently, a noted advocate of iniquity publicly proclaimed the Bible to be "…old stories that should not be read through 'tainted glasses' of reverence." He continued, "…even young, intelligent, liberal ministers of our day are too smart to stick out their necks to defend the 'faith.' " Such taunting reminds us that the Pharoahs, Herods, and persecutors of our faith still abound! Darkness still bids for the minds and souls of billions. But remember, there are millions whose faith has survived the present tidal wave of educated doubt, licensed lust, and condoned carnality! We will “stick out our necks” for the “truth” clearly revealed in the Word of God! We believe the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Amen!

The children of light walk in good company. Abraham Lincoln said, "I believe the Bible is the best gift God has given to man. All the good from the Saviour of the world is communicated to us through this book."

George Washington said, "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible."

Patrick Henry proclaimed, "The Bible is worth all other books which have been printed."

Andrew Jackson stated, "That book, sir, is the rock on which our republic rests."

Daniel Webster said, "If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering; but if we neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity."

Compare these men of faith with the likes of Hitler, Stalin, Osama Bin Ladin, and Saddam Hussein. I'm sure you will agree that the "servants of light" have left a far greater legacy than have the "slaves of darkness."

You may be neither a Lincoln nor a Hitler, but neither is it possible for you to be neutral. For you are a living soul who will serve one master or the other, God or Satan! History reveals the fate of those who make a foolish choice.

Today the "Light of the World," Jesus Christ, is shining through darkness to open blinded eyes to Bible Faith. The Kingdom of God is recruiting Christian soldiers. Step forward while there is still time!

The battle rages, but we know who will be victorious in the end. Sin will be conquered and Satan and his "cronies" will descend to the Lake of Fire. The Lord in that day shall rule forever, and to His faithful soldiers of Light, he promises, "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne" (Revelation 3:21).

There are times when “if” is an honest inquisitor of dubious circumstances. Other times it can be a "lingering cancer” to positive faith. It is the latter that is the object of serious concern as more frequently "if” has become a weapon against Bible faith. Long before thoughtful people disregard anointed scripture, they first tolerate doubt. All “faith” must stand the test of study and be proven by the inerrant Word of God. When that is done, to further doubt is “raw” unbelief, the cancer to spiritual hope.

God has proven Himself! His Word has been prophetically accurate and his principles when applied have brought peace, happiness, and love to those who have applied them. And to the unbeliever, time and again we have seen eternal ruin become their portion. Faith in God depends on being able to say humbly and completely, “I believe.” This manner of faith has been the bedrock on which great nations have risen. Likewise, it has been the backbone of men like Washington and Lincoln.

Washington said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”
Lincoln proclaimed, “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book."

We expect the atheist to boast of his unbelief. We sadly tolerate the rambling doubts of the agnostic. But what cuts deeper than a cold knife is the frequent statement by liberal churchgoers, many, many youth, and the so-called intellectual community; “If there is a God?"
The Bible says, "that from the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh.” That being true, then doubt relative to God is becoming a wide-ranging trend; thus, accounting for the latter-day turning away from his Word. "Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of His coming?” (II Peter 3:3-4)

History has a remarkable way of repeating itself. Great civilizations have risen, based upon God-blessed “truths. ” When they departed from them, decay, ruin, and destruction followed. Gibbon’s “Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire” gives us an insight to the fate of any people who depart from spiritual values and seek to gratify only the "carnal” man.

At the peak of Rome’s power, Apostle Paul gave an ordained warning in his epistle addressed to the Romans. "Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God neither were thankful ... who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator...” (Romans 1:21 and 25)

Rome never heeded the warning! It decayed from within and was overrun and destroyed by the barbarians.

Our beloved land is riddled with internal moral decay. From abortion, sexual immorality to crime, the problem is “sin”. "Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people." (Proverbs 14:34) Seeking any and all pleasure while ignoring Bible warnings, “Lady Liberty” surely must be blushing! Be sure of this, America’s enemies wait the moment to capitalize on her weaknesses! Will history repeat itself? Should America follow its present course, it will go the way of Rome. Will some future historian, God willing, look back and say the road downward began with "if": “If there is a God ... If the Bible is true... If there is a judgment?"

Mankind is God's creation! The Creator has provided a way of salvation for every soul, but has given man a choice. Each person, based on his faith, has the opportunity to accept or reject the gift of God.

“If” can be the “searchlight” that finds out God and starts a soul towards eternal glory. Or, "if" can be the excuse to doubt, like liquor to a drunkard, a driving master, an elusive dream, and a goal in itself.

We must return to Bible faith. Every positive law enacted by successful people anywhere has its roots in the Word of God. The good way is the Lord’s way!

From our adults through to our youth, moral revival and spiritual renewal is the need of the hour. God’s way works! Believe Him. Obey Him. It is not a matter to be regarded with an uncertain "If", but rather, the searchlight of reason reveals that Jesus Christ "Is” the hope of the world.

 
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