1Cor 3:17                              Church Bashing                                         08/11/2013

·        A Lovely Parable (1Cor 3:16-23, Matt 24:15, John 14:23)

 

 

 

 

#1.       The Body of Christ (Eph 5:25-32, John 3:5, 1John 5:8, 1Cor 3:17)

 

 

 

 

·        The Household of God (Eph 2:19-22, 3:1-12, Isa 62:12, 1Tim 3:15)

 

 

 

 

#2.       Always a Remnant (Rev 2:7, 11, 17, 26)

 

 

 

 

·        The Survival of the Church (Rom 11:4, Rev 18:4-5, Psalm 2:1-4)

 

 

 

 

#3.       Eschatology of the Church (Matt 24:12,14, Rev 20:7-10)

 

 

 

 

·        The Future of the Church (Rev 19:9, 1Thess 4:15,17, Matt 24:22)

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Epistle to First Corinthians, 1Cor 3:16 (2X). The sermon of today is titled Church Bashing (2X). The reason I chose this topic is that we are in the last days, and many deceivers have crept into our midst, first claiming that Christ would return on May 21 of 2012, and when that did not pan out they are trying to save face by claiming that the church is dead. Can it be true, according to the Bible, that the church is dead? Has God changed His plans in the midst of history? Has God completely abandoned something He has created in the past? This sounds almost blasphemous, as if God made a mistake, and now He is withdrawing from His earlier commitment. Let us search out this matter, and let us remain as faithful as possible to the Bible. We read in 1Cor 3:16-23, about A Lovely Parable:

·        A Lovely Parable (1Cor 3:16-23, Matt 24:15, John 14:23)

1Cor 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  17  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.  18  Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.  19  For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.  20  And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.  21  Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;  22  Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;  23  And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.

The Greek text of verse 17 says literally: “If anyone corrupts the temple of God, God will corrupt this one; for the temple of God is holy, which ye are.” We can glean from this parable certain principles to help us understand the concept of the church. What constitutes the church? The church is not the church building; that we can say with certainty. The Church is a group of people who have committed themselves to worship God in a certain place. Now we are getting somewhere. When the Lord Jesus said in Matt 24:15, “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)” we understand that the holy place refers to the church. Definitely, the holy place does not refer to the Old Testament temple, for the Old Testament temple has been done away, never to be rebuilt. And so, the church is a group of people who have been recognized by God to belong to His congregation, His flock. Has the New Testament church then come in the place of the Old Testament congregation? That is indeed true. But now we have to make a distinction. In some places in the Bible the New Testament church consists of all the people who worship there in that local church, lock stock and barrel, and in other places in the Bible the New Testament church is a worldwide group of people containing only saved people. That is why 1Cor 3:18-21 speaks of those who have the wisdom of this world, referring to people who are spreading the false gospels. Are there unsaved people in the local church? Definitely there are, just like there were unsaved people in the Old Testament congregation. Unsaved people can be deceived with false gospels. Those who have been saved were the elect, and the elect cannot be deceived. How does anyone corrupt the temple of God? They do that by spreading false gospels in the local church, and the unsaved people of that local congregation believe those false gospels. That is why we read in 1Cor 3:17, “If anyone corrupts the temple of God, God will corrupt this one; for the temple of God is holy, which ye are.” It means that those who are spreading false gospels are under the curse of God, and they will in turn be deceived by false gospels.

Nevertheless, this is a lovely parable, because God says here that the saints in that local church are the temple of God. The physical temple structure was only a shadow of the real temple of God. The real temple that God always had in mind was the souls and bodies of the saints. But Solomon’s temple and Zerubbabel’s temple were only shadows of the real thing. We are the temple of God, which is also what the Lord Jesus said in John 14:23, “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and WE will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” The triune God will make His abode within us.

#1.       The Body of Christ (Eph 5:25-32, John 3:5, 1John 5:8, 1Cor 3:17)

Please turn to the Epistle to the Ephesians, Eph 5:25 (2X). God has a few more words to say about the church. In fact, we will not be able to speak of all the aspects of the church in this sermon, because we cannot fit it in a one hour or two hour sermon. We read in Eph 5:25-32,

Eph 5:25  “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;  26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,  27  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.  28  So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.  29  For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:  30  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.  31  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.  32  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.”

Initially we thought that this passage was addressing husbands. But no! This passage is describing the intimate relationship of the elect to Christ. That is why we read, “Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it.” This is the real church consisting of only people for whom Christ suffered and died. The local church was only a shadow of the real church. The real church is the substance of which the local church is only a shadow. At the end of time the shadow will be done away and only the real church will end up with Christ in heaven.

The expression in verse 26 explains clearly why God used the word “water” in John 3:5, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” and it explains why God used the word “water” in 1John 5:8, “And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.” The Spirit refers to God the Holy Spirit. The water refers to the water of the Gospel; the true Gospel must be heard. The blood refers to the blood of Christ when He was crucified. No one is saved without hearing the true Gospel of Christ crucified, and without the presence of the Holy Spirit during this Gospel presentation, who must open the ears of the sinner so that he can hear the truth and believe what he has heard.

And so, the church is called the body of Christ, for we read in verse 30, “For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.” Therefore the church is also called the Bride of Christ, for this entire passage compares Christ and the church with the husband and his bride. This is a worldwide church which cannot be corrupted, for it consists of only elect people. This is not the church in view in 1Cor 3:17, for there it is a church which can be corrupted, and woe unto those who are bringing false gospels into that church.

·        The Household of God (Eph 2:19-22, 3:1-12, Isa 62:12, 1Tim 3:15)

Please turn in your Bibles to chapter 2 of this Epistle to the Ephesians, Eph 2:19 (2X). The church is called the temple of God, and it is called the Body of Christ, and it is called the Bride of Christ, and there are at least 50 more appellations by which the church is called. Let us look, for example at “The Household of God” and “The Habitation of God.” We read here in Eph 2:19-22,

Eph 2:19  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  20  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;  21  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  22  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Speaking to the elect among the Gentiles God says to them, “ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God.” The Gentiles were an accursed group of people in the eyes of the Jews. But God revealed to the apostle Paul and to the others in the apostolic band that the Gentiles were included in the Gospel and in the church from the beginning. How is it that they discovered it so late? Their eyes were not opened. It was a fact so plain in the Scriptures, but they did not see it.

And we can go on and discover that God calls the church “The Assembly of the Saints,” and “The Assembly of the Upright,” and “The Branch of God’s Planting,” and “The Church of God,” and “The Church of the Firstborn,” and “The City of the Living God,” and “The Congregation of the Saints,” and “The Congregation of the Lord’s Poor,” and “The Daughter of Zion,” and “My Dove,” and “My Family in Heaven and Earth,” and so on and so on. Especially for today we want to know that God calls the church “A City Not Forsaken,” in Isa 62:12. We read in Isa 62:12, “And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.” All these are interesting facts, but we are not going there now. Today I want us to focus on the fact that in the church world there is a lot of church bashing going on. It is not done by the people outside the churches; they could not care less. It is done by people inside the churches who have developed the idea that the church is dead, and we have now come to a period in history where individual Christians are now picking up the Lord’s work of evangelizing the world. Let us seriously consider this new movement which was generated by the same people who predicted the end of the world on May 21 of 2012. Their main starting point is that all the references to the church in the Bible refer to the invisible eternal church consisting of all the saints worldwide, but that God is now so disappointed with the local churches that God the Holy Spirit has abandoned the local churches, and this is a phenomenon that has taken place worldwide. Can this be true? After all the beautiful things that God has said about the church, is it possible that God has now abandoned the whole idea? Let us look at a few examples in the Bible which prove that God has not abandoned His saints, and He has not cursed their place of meeting. First of all we need to remember that there will always be a remnant.

#2.       Always a Remnant (Rev 2:7, 11, 17, 26)

Please turn in your Bibles to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 2:7 (2X). The Lord Jesus Christ is addressing the church at Ephesus. The year is about 100 AD, which was only a few decades after the apostle Paul and the apostle John ministered to this particular church. This was why the church at Ephesus was strong in doctrine, and the Lord commended them for remaining faithful in doctrine. But the Lord scolded them for having lost their first love. This referred to their love for Christ. You cannot be saved if you do not have a love for Christ. And so, what were they faithful in? It was cold orthodoxy that they held on. Their brains were in gear, but their heart was not in it. You can learn all you can from books, and write down the essential points, and earn a PhD from all this knowledge, but if your heart is not in it, if you have not been “Born Again”, then what you have learned does not affect your lifestyle, for your love is not with the Lord Jesus, but with something else, or with someone else.

And so, almost the entire church of Ephesus was not saved. They followed what their elders and pastors were teaching them, but that was not the whole Gospel, and they remained unsaved. But there were a few truly saved individuals in that church, for the Lord addressed them in verse 7,

Rev 2:7, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” In other words, there are some in that church who belong to the “overcomers”. You see, as long as there are a few people in that church who are truly saved, that church is still called a Church of God.

Let us move on to the church at Smyrna. This was a faithful church, a persecuted church. Were there unsaved people in that church? Yes there were. We read in Rev 2:11,

Rev 2:11, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.” In other words, not everyone in that church has spiritual ears to hear; some have not. But since the majority in that church has spiritual ears to hear, that church is recognized as a Church of God.

Let us move on to the church at Pergamos. This was a church where much idolatry was occurring. We read in Rev 2:17, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” Although the church at Pergamos was involved in much idolatry, we can see from this passage that there were still some people in that church which remained faithful. And the Lord Jesus Christ says that it was still His church. There was no sign at all that the Lord was going to abandon that church.

Let us move on to the church at Thyatira. We read in Rev 2:26, “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations.” Again we see that there are some in that church who are overcomers. In other words, there Is Always a Remnant of saved people. There are always those whom the Lord saves out of this mess of mankind. O yes, it is the Lord’s doing. We do not manifest such faithfulness. It is God who saves people and who keeps them in the faith. It is God who sovereignly works out His plan. Did the Lord abandon His prior work in these seven churches? Absolutely not! For hundreds of years after John sent this letter to the seven churches the Gospel in Asia Minor flourished. Then this area was overrun by the Moslem religion and presently, when we look at this area in Asia Minor we see no Christian Church activities there. Did the Lord abandon these churches? To see the change we have to consider the survival of the church.

·        The Survival of the Church (Rom 11:4, Rev 18:4-5, Psalm 2:1-4)

How did the Christian church survive throughout the centuries? Please turn in your Bibles to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 18:4 (2X). The Reformation in the 15th century gave us a clear picture of this. You see, there is always a remnant. The Lord told Elijah “I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.” (Rom 11:4) How did the Christian Church survive the oppression of the Roman Catholic Church?

At night the remnant hid themselves in a barn, or in a house, or in some other secret place where they could meet and have a worship service, or where they could secretly make plans to establish their own church. That is the key. They needed to step out and establish a new church, their own church, where they could preach on anything that is in the Bible. We read in Rev 18:4-5,

Rev 18:4, “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.  5  For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.” This is not only applicable to the end of time, but it is God’s recommendation at all times. That is what the elders of the churches did during the Reformation. They stepped out of the apostate church that they were in, and established their own church. This was not only happening during the Reformation, but it took place all the time during the centuries. This is how our present church came into existence. And this is how the church survived. God’s Holy Spirit guided us to take the steps necessary so that the church of God did survive, and we became a non-profit organization. We abandoned the apostate church which has presently drifted into speaking in tongues, and appointing women as elders and deacons, and has drifted into free-will gospels, because they do not like a sovereign God who does not tolerate a people who have their own free will. And so, we became a conservative church who went back to use the King James Bible, and where we could preach like the conservative preachers did during the Reformation. But this is essentially how the church of Christ survived during the past centuries. And the churches who drifted into apostacy remind me of the words I find in Psalm 2. Please turn to Psalm 2:1 (2X). This is a Psalm which clearly points out the rebellious nature of mankind. God is not popular to mankind. In fact, the God of the Bible is hated by most of mankind. We know this because God’s Words and God’s laws are hated by most of mankind. Think of the popularity of the theory of evolution, which gave people a reason to doubt the truth of the Bible, and to forget God.

Psalm 2:1-4, “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?  2  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,  3  Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.  4  He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

Why do the heathen rage? They desire to break away from the laws of God and to cast away the constraints that God puts upon us, such as “God hates divorce.” But before the heathen can cast away God’s laws they first want to prove that God does not exist, or that His laws are unreasonable. And so they find all kinds of excuses not to adhere to the laws of God. This is what is going on in the churches. The outside world is not bothered by the laws of God; they could not care less. But in the churches people are a bit more conscious of the laws of God, and thus they try to pacify their own constituency by the reasoning of men and by the wisdom of men. This is what is going on more and more as we approach the end of time. Let us consider now the timing of the end.

#3.       Eschatology of the Church (Matt 24:12,14, Rev 20:7-10)

What is going on in the churches? Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 24:14 (2X). It is true that the churches near the end of time shall preach more and more a gospel that is not pleasing to the Lord. Their love for Christ shall be waning, as we can read in Matt 24:12, “The love of many shall wax cold.” But like the seven churches of Asia Minor, this was no reason for the Lord to abandon the church. And then we read in Matt 24:14,

Matt 24:14, And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” In other words, the true Gospel shall be preached in all the world until the Last Day. Who is going to bring this Gospel into all the world? Someone might be bringing up the idea that the Gospel will be spread by individuals, because the church is dead. That is a fairy tale sucked out of someone’s thumb. People have suggested that for the past 11 years, but the evidence has been contrary to the expectations. What is the evidence? Those who have left the church for one reason or another have manifested a greatly reduced love for Christ than before. In fact, none of those who have left our church with the intent to witness for Christ personally, have ever returned to bemoan their repentance of a failed vision for the end times. When we consider Matt 24:14 honestly we have to say that the Gospel of the Kingdom shall be spread by the faithful portion of the church until the end of history has come. We do not have to introduce any speculation about something that is not proven. When the rapture comes on the last day God will most likely have mercy on a few people and their families, like He did so in the rapture of Noah and his family, and like He did so in the rapture of Lot and his family. And then shall the end come. Please turn in your Bibles to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 20:7 (2X). Here we have the end of the church age, without any speculation about what else must come to pass. Like I have said before, the people who have left the church in Rev 18:4 did not generate a new event, for this has taken place all the time during the church age. This was the normal way the Gospel was retained during the centuries. We read in:

Rev 20:7, “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,  8  And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.  9  And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.  10  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” Even though this passage is written in symbolic form, we can understand the scenario that God is revealing to us at the end of time. The Christian Gospel which has been proclaimed throughout the world will be so thoroughly degenerated by the false churches that God calls them Babylon. (Rev 17 & 18) The city of God is called “the New Jerusalem”. The city of Satan is called “Babylon”. Babylon seems to conquer the world. The Arminian gospel will be at its maximum strength. But when Babylon is at her maximum strength and is about to swallow up the true Gospel, which is the city of God on this earth, the fire from God shall destroy the city of Satan and cast Satan as well as Antichrist into Hell, and the smoke of their torment shall ascend up forever and ever. This is not a pretty picture. The people of the true Gospel shall continue to be diminished and suffer until they finally want to give up. At that time God shall intervene and will make an end to this testing program. The saints will be raptured, and the wicked will be killed and be brought before the judgment throne. There is no indication anywhere that the churches will fall apart, or that God will abandon he churches. The churches will continue to exist until the time of the rapture. In fact we read in 1Cor 11:26 “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.” It means that the Lord’s Supper will continue to be celebrated, most likely in the churches, until the time of the rapture. Having said this we need to take another look at the future of the Church.

·        The Future of the Church (Rev 19:9, 1Thess 4:15,17, Matt 24:22)

We have talked about “church bashing” and about the Scriptures that teach that the church of God is not dead, but it will remain faithful and in existence until the last day. Having said this, I now need to listen to what God said about the future of the church. Please turn one page back to Rev 19:9. The Lord says in Rev 19:9, “And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.” Do we really believe it when God says, “These are the true sayings of God?”

What does that mean for us? Now we are not talking about the eternal church, but about the visible external church, the mixture of saved and unsaved people that is commonly known as the church of God. There are saved people in this church, for it is still called “The Church of Christ,” for 1Thess 4:15 and 1Thess 4:17 speak about “We which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord.” The words “We which are alive and remain” refers to saved people who are still alive when the Lord comes. What should we be warned for? What can we expect in the near future?

Please turn to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 24:22 (2X). Over time we have allowed things of the world creep into our life, and to occupy our time in such a way that we now think we cannot let them go.  If in the past we have been able to attend a Bible Study faithfully, then now we have something better to do in that time slot.  It is the effect of Satan seeming to win during the Final Tribulation Period.  It is the attack of Satan on the church, which attack we experience today, and which we see all around us. The Lord Jesus said in Matt 24:22,

Matt 24:22  And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

What does this verse say?  This is an ominous verse, full of dreadful things we must expect. Paraphrased it says, “If the Final Tribulation Period would run its full length there would not any saved person be left on this earth.”  Why not?  Will it be such a violent period in history that all the Christians will be killed?  NO! They will not at all be violent, for the Lord Jesus said that those days will be as peaceful as the days of Noah before the flood came and took them all away, and those days will be as peaceful as the days of Lot just before Sodom was destroyed by fire and brimstone.  It will be business as usual.  But why would no flesh be saved?  Will there be no succession of the younger generation picking up the baton?  Paraphrased the Lord Jesus said, “NO!” In general the younger generation will fall away.  And why do they fall away?  Do they not learn the true Gospel from their parents?  The Lord says, NO!  They will not be interested to pick up the baton where the older generation has left off.  The older generation will die and will take with them the desires to learn the true Gospel.  And today we see that even in the most conservative denominations the younger generations are disinterested.  When we observe Bible study groups today we see mostly older people gathering for Bible Study.  Today the younger generation has something better to do.  They are not interested in joining the older generation, for they have been brainwashed that this is not a cool thing to do.  Old people are a little stupid you know.  Young people should only mix with other young people.  Now that is a lie from the Devil, for young people need salvation as much as older people do, and the Gospel does not change with age.  If it is the true Gospel, then it must be the same Gospel.  In previous generations the young people would always mix with the older people, for then they could learn something. And herein we can also see that God has been preparing the church and the world for Judgment Day.

But since there must be saved people still living when the Lord comes, it must mean then that the Lord would come in our lifetime. I do not want to speculate about the timing of Christ second coming, but this is the logical consequence of the Lord’s statement of Matt 24:22. And this is not condemning all young people, for there may be some of the young people who are among the elect. But if you are raising children you should warn them of Matt 24:22 and of its consequences, for most of them will give in to their peer pressure. What is that peer pressure? It is the pressure to disbelieve Election, to disbelieve the sovereignty of God, regardless what the Bible says, because it is so unfair, so cruel, and so threatening. This is the prevailing trend among the young people. They cannot believe all these dreadful consequences that I am seeing here. And what are these dreadful consequences?

If the Bible is true then the majority of mankind will stand before the judgment throne and will be cast into Hell, like the days of Noah, and like the days of Lot and only a very small fraction will be saved. Where do all these unsaved people come from? The people we know are almost all of them good, moral, law abiding citizens whom we see as people of God. Why is God seeing them as idolaters? And the answer is that we have been conditioned to allow people to believe their own way. We have allowed them to develop a god of their own liking. We have allowed people to be our brothers and sisters in Christ when they obviously have cast out the sovereignty of God, the true God of the Bible. And when you do that you have created for yourself another god, but he is no longer the God of the Bible. And so, when we ask: Where do all these unsaved people come from? We have to understand that all the free-will religions are under condemnation, and all the religions which claim that God is still speaking today through saints and through speaking in tongues, and through dreams and visions, and so on, are also under condemnation. Let me be a little clearer on this matter. It means that all the protestant congregations which have converted to a “Do it yourself salvation” are under condemnation, and that is almost all of them. All those people who disbelieve “Election” hate the Word of God, which means that they hate the God who wrote that Word. All the Charismatics who believe that God is still bringing audible messages today are under condemnation, including the Roman Catholic Church, who really is the front runner of the Charismatic movement. All the Moslems follow the Koran, which was introduced after Rev 22:18 was introduced, and thus they also are under condemnation. And all the other religions in the world which have a salvation not based on Christ crucified are also under condemnation. And now we can understand where the crowd comes from standing before the judgment throne. We may refuse to believe it, but the Bible declares it plainly.

And so, what we can expect is not that the church will be dead, as if God the Holy Spirit has left the church of God, but what we can expect is that the condition of the church will grow worse and worse, the majority in them drifting further and further away from the Bible. The faithful churches will be attended by mostly aged people, for most of the young people have left. This then is the future of the church of God. It will not be dead, but it will be very very small. Nevertheless, there is hope for those who desire to remain faithful to the Bible, and God will provide them a place of worship and fellowship. Christ will not abandon those whom He has given the desire to love Him. Antichrist is presently ruling the world, but this is not the end yet. Christ will be victorious, and the church of Christ will be The Church Triumphant. We should hang on, for Christ is faithful.

AMEN.