As I see it, from both near and afar, the traditional Bible believer has two main tenets:
1. The sky is falling; and
2. Everyone is a satanic heretick except me and mine.
On these two commandments, it seems, hangs all the Bible believer's law. In fact, this short paper will probably be proof positive for many, and possibly even a sermon illustration, of the two, above, aforementioned positions.
A good, recent example of the first main tenet is this noisome pestilence called Ebola.
I have seen and heard Christians vary from one end of the spectrum to the other, saying: “It’s far more widespread than what ‘they’ are letting us know,” to “This pandemic is really just a ‘false flag’, and no one really has Ebola. This is all done in an effort to make us fearful, and to force us to take ‘their’ vaccines.” But either way, make no mistake, the sky is falling! To be a true-blue, dyed-in-the-wool Bible believer, YOU MUST BELIEVE THE SKY IS FALLING!!
Now, that we are living in what the Bible calls the perilous, last days (II Timothy 3:1-5), I have no doubt. However, anyone who takes the time to actually take a look at that list of proofs of peril, will notice, that most of the supposed dangers, that many Christians, not only point to, but are truly fearful of, are noticeably absent from that list. Of course, this doesn’t stop the majority of that many, to scream incessantly about today’s most pressing danger and attach Second Timothy 3:1 as their proof text.
Moreover, I don’t believe that God gives us that list of proofs of peril, in order to scare us. In fact, Paul wrote that epistle, to a man in the ministry, who was apparently given to a spirit of fear. But not to make him more fearful, but so that he would instead quit himself like a man, be strong, and endure hardness and affliction as a good soldier.
I strongly believe the same holds true for us today.
Second Timothy 1:7 says: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” This sound mind, as should be obvious from the verse, is the opposite of the spirit of fear. Therefore, when we Christians are fearful, not only are we not trusting God, but neither are we thinking with the mind of Christ: we have given in to the enemy’s deceit.
I believe we should look at this malady (and all maladies, for that matter), in much the same as Nehemiah, when the enemy would have put him in fear. Beginning in Nehemiah 6:10 the Bible says:
“Afterward I came unto the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah the son of Mehetabeel, who was shut up; and he said, Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us shut the doors of the temple: for they will come to slay thee; yea, in the night will they come to slay thee.”
Sounds like today’s typical Bible believer: Doom and gloom; the sky is falling! But notice how Nehemiah responds in Nehemiah 6:11-14:
“And I said, Should such a man as I flee? and who is there, that, being as I am, would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in. And, lo, I perceived that God had not sent him; but that he pronounced this prophecy against me: for Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. Therefore was he hired, that I should be afraid, and do so, and sin, and that they might have matter for an evil report, that they might reproach me. My God, think thou upon Tobiah and Sanballat according to these their works, and on the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the prophets, that would have put me in fear.”
Brethren, here’s my plea, as one of you: Let us neither be overcome by the spirit of fear, when Tobiah, Sanballat, and Noadiah attempt to put us in fear; nor let us be a Tobiah, Sanballat, or Noadiah, and be used by the enemy to put our brethren in fear – unnecessarily. Of course, there are healthy fears, and there are times when it’s foolish not to flee. However, these are exceptions to the rule: “… God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
And, mind you: I am not writing this because I am strong, but because I don’t want to be weak. I am not writing this because I am bold, but because I don’t want to be a coward. So, may the Spirit of God, through the word of God, empower us to stand confident, in, through, and by God’s grace, against the wiles of the devil! If the saints during Daniel’s seventieth week can be strong, and do exploits in the face of that Wicked – may it never be said of us, that we couldn’t do the same in the face of our light afflictions. And may none of us ever be found trembling in fear, hiding behind the shut, locked, and barred doors of: “The Church of Chicken Little of Latter Day Scaredy-Cats: One Bane of the Bible Believer.”
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