"The key to understanding the Bible is to look for Jesus in the Bible. Jesus is the hero of the Bible. If you read the Bible and don't find Jesus, re-read it! The Bible has one hero, His name is Jesus; one villain, that is Satan; one problem, that is sin; one solution, that is salvation. That is what the Bible is all about." -Dr. Adrian Rogers

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Where the Real Battle Lies

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,
But against principalities, against powers,
Against the rulers of the darkness of this world,
Against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Ephesians 6:12

I saw on AOL the other day where New Jersey has decided that they will be the next state to legalize same-sex “marriage.” Does this bother me? To a degree, yes it does. However, when it comes down to the nitty-gritty, I know that this is not where the real battle lies. The real problem is not the homosexual movement or even the homosexuals themselves. Neither is the problem corrupt judges who pass immoral laws. Therefore we ought not to be angry with these people, because the real problem goes much deeper than that. The Bible tells us that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities [and] powers.” The main problem here is sin; not the sinner himself.

I believe that the main reason we are seeing things like this happen in this country is that the church has lost its focus. We have taken our eyes off the main problem. Therefore, although we seek change and revival, we are going about it in the wrong way. Adrian Rogers said that “the Gospel is not intended to save civilization from wreckage; the Gospel is intended to save people from the wreckage of civilization.” That, my friends, is where our focus really ought to be. I think too often we try so hard to save civilization from men that we forget to save men from civilization. Does that make sense? We will never again have a true Christian nation until there are true Christians in this nation. And in order for that to happen, we must first seek and save the lost.

So I ask you: Are you against same-sex “marriage”? If so, why are you against it? Are you against it because it goes against the values this country was founded upon, or are you against it because it has the power to take people to Hell? We must be against it for the latter. That is the only biblical reason. And if we are against it for that reason and that reason alone, we will stop trying so much to save this nation and start trying to save the lost, for that is really the only way we will ever save this nation. A nation is made up of nothing more than the people who occupy it. If we want to save the nation, we must first save its people.

Do you know Jesus Christ as the Lord of your life? Do you know for certain that, if you die before you reach the end of this sentence, you will go to Heaven? If not, I suggest that you get it settled right now. Don’t wait. If you will simply turn from all sin (we call that repentance) and trust Jesus alone to save you, He will save you today and keep you saved forever.

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