The Church Sleeps While The World Burns

April 10, 2011 4:28 pm 1 comment

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Bill Kneer

I heard this story recently and then looked it up and thought I would share it with you. Today in the United States we seem to be going down the road that leads us all to eternal death and damnation. We seem to love the world and hate He who made the world. The Bible says in Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” But today instead of loving Christ we love the things of the world.

Today the Muslim belief seems to be conquering the world and we all see it but many turn a blind eye. Even the Church and those in the church say and do nothing to spread the gospel. We sit back and act like nothing is wrong. Instead of doing what Christ commanded us to do in the great commission, Matthew 28:16-20 we preach peace and tolerance. It seems as though we would rather not offend others than share the Gospel. What does that say about us? Should we focus on pleasing men or God?

In Matthew 5:9 Jesus said “Blessed [are] the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” This does not mean, do not tell everyone about the gospel. But out of fear and unbelief many of us, including me, ignore the will of our Creator. Because of this the false regions of hate and death are prospering and the true Church of Christ is dying on the vine. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says “(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” but since we have little faith, we do not walk by faith. Too many sit and do nothing. Now as we sit back here in what used to be that “shining city on a hill” and watch our reality shows and the news we see, that the false Religion of peace is choking out the light of Christ not only from America but from the world as a whole. Europe is all but lost. The Middle East is a death bed for the faithful and in Nigeria the peaceful Muslims are killing believers by the hundreds, burring villages and burning Churches. Our elected socialist leaders on the left here in America have the charge to hold hearings on Muslim persecutions in America. They should be ashamed but for one to feel shame one must fist have honor, and they have none.

As Christians and as Americans we must stand up and make our voice heard at every opportunity, sharing what we know to be good and just and true. When you feel the desire inside to say or do something (in accordance with Scriptural principles), that very well may be the Holy Spirit prompting you to act. In Acts 8; 26-40 we read the story about Philip and how an angel of the Lord came to him and said “An angel of the Lord speaks to Philip and tells him to go to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” Phillip did not know what to say, or why he was to go, but he acted on faith that the Lord wanted him to go so he took a leap of faith. Do not quench the spirit when He is working, and do not be afraid to stand up and do what is right even in overwhelming odds. Remember the quote from John Quincy Adams “Duty is ours; results are God’s Just do what is right and do not worry about the outcome. Your job in life is not to win it is to do what is right and to please Him who created you!

Here is a story of what God can do if only we will listen and obey Him.

In 1985 Clarence Duncan arrived in Africa as missionary to the solidly Muslim people called the Yao who live mainly in Tanzania, Mozambique, and Malawi. When he settled in his village, he called for a meeting with the elders. After the pleasantries the chief asked him his name. Clarence replied, “Mr. Clarence.” The council looked at each other for a moment and then the chief asked, “Why are you here?” Again Clarence simply said, “I want to tell your people about Isa Al Mahsi (Jesus the Messiah).” A couple months later, when the chief decided he could trust Clarence, he said, “Do you know why we allowed you to stay?” Clarence said, “I never thought about it.” “Twenty-one years ago a very old Yao man came to our village and called for a meeting as you did. When we asked him his name, this Yao man said, ‘Mr. Clarence’—which isn’t an African name at all! When we asked him why he came, he said, ‘I want to tell your people about Isa Al Mahsi.’ These were your very words. Twenty-one years ago Mr. Clarence led four of our villagers to follow Jesus. So we ran them out of the village. And we killed Mr. Clarence. The reason we allowed you to stay was we were afraid.”

That was 1985. Two years ago on a January morning 24 Muslim elders approached Clarence Duncan’s house. After a meal the leader sat in the middle of the room and said that they had come to ask questions about Christianity. Clarence said, “fine but that he would only answer them by reading from the Bible” so they would know he did not invent the answers. So he gave each of them a Bible in the trade language. The first question was, “Why do you Christians say that there are three gods?” Clarence said the answer was found in Deuteronomy 6:4 and gave them the page: “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God. The Lord is one!” And he mentioned that Isa (Jesus) said this very thing in Mark 12:29. The questioning went on till five in the afternoon. When all had left, the leader, Sheik Abu Bakr, stayed and asked if he could see Clarence in a week.

When they met Abu asked if Clarence knew why they came to see him last week. Clarence said he assumed it was to ask questions. But Abu said, “No, it was because the Christian church is growing so fast we knew we had to kill you. We had consulted for three days and prepared our magic. You were to be struck dumb when we asked questions, then fall on the ground paralyzed and then die. But when you kept talking, and even stood up and moved around, we knew you had a stronger Spirit and we gave up.” Then Abu said, “I want to become a Christian.” And he told an amazing story.

“When I was a teenager, in our village we were not Muslim people and we were not Christian. We were Achewa people with our own religion. Behind our village was a hill where I would often go to pray.
“One day I was on that hill praying. Suddenly all around me was a blinding light. Out of this light I saw a big hand coming toward me holding an open book. I looked at the book and saw writing on the page. A Voice told me to read. I protested that I could not read, never having been to school. The Voice again told me to read. So I did. And suddenly the book and the hand disappeared. “I ran back to my village and all the people were looking for me, thinking I had died on that hill! They asked about a fire they had seen up there. When I told them the story, they laughed at me saying, you can’t read!” Someone got a book and I began to read! Then people came from all around to find out more about what happened and asked questions. The Muslim authorities found out about me and I was trained in the ways of Islam. Soon all or our village became Muslim. For 15 years I was the greatest debater against the Christians.”He paused and then said, “You remember when I asked you the first question about why Christians believe in three gods? Your answer was Deuteronomy chapter 6, verse 4.” “That’s right,” Clarence said. Sheik Abu Bakr looked Clarence Duncan in the eye and said, “That was the same passage that this Voice on the mountain showed me. At that moment I knew that the God you were talking about was the True God!” “Then why did you keep asking me all those questions the whole day?” “Because,” he smiled, “I wanted all these Muslim leaders to know what the Christians believe and I wanted them to hear it from you. The whole day I pretended unbelief so that I could ask more questions. Now I want to become a Christian.” You see, by Mr. Clarence’s obedience to God, he was able to bring a village to Christ. What does God want to do through you? What will become to our nation if more don’t step up, ask God for wisdom, examine their own hearts and beliefs, and obey the Lord in all that we think, say and do? May God grant repentance and mercy to our nation, and may it start with each one of us!

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