“You are the salt of the earth;
but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?
It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out,
and trampled underfoot by men.”
Believers are to be the salt of the earth, preserving what is good, preserving what is truth. But when the salt becomes stale, it’s no longer useful, it’s “good for nothing but to be thrown out.”
This is what has happened to the church. The church was meant to be the salt of the earth and for a long time it was. But in these last days, it has become corrupt. It has fallen away from the truth. The great and prophesied apostasy.
“Let no one deceive you by any means,
for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first…”
2 Thessalonians 2:3
As we see the approaching “Day of the Lord,” the great Tribulation that Jesus spoke of concerning the last days, we marvel at how accurate the Word of God is. Who ever would have believed a time would come when all morality is set aside BY THE CHURCHES, and licentiousness is approved, a time when “anything goes,” when all immorality is “tolerated” and heresies abound.
“…there will be false teachers among you,
who will secretly bring in destructive HERESIES…
BECAUSE OF WHOM THE WAY OF TRUTH WILL BE BLASPHEMED.”
2 Peter 2:1, 2
Homosexual clergy – who ever would have believed it would come to this IN THE CHURCH? Priests committing despicable acts with little boys. And perhaps the most damning of all heresies, “ecumenism,” which is joining religions together, the “all paths lead to God” heresy. Why is that heresy? Because other religions do not set Christ as the foundation. No, we do NOT all worship the same God. They say we simply call him by many names but it’s all the same God. That is heresy! There is ONLY ONE way:
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.
NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME.”
How can the church embrace Islam which states emphatically “God has no son”??? They acknowledge Jesus as a “prophet,” but deny all that he said. They deny the Crucifixion, the death and resurrection of Christ. They teach that when the Muslim “Mahdi,” their version of the Messiah comes, Jesus will come with him and convert the world to Islam before he (Jesus) dies and is buried with Mohammed. How on earth can any church leader not recognize this horrendous heresy and even think to join with it? But that is what is happening. Incredibly. And led by the Pope, of all people!
“Who is a LIAR but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ?
He is ANTICHRIST who denies the Father and the Son.
Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either;”
1 John 5:22-23
Scripture tells us that there is a restrainer holding back iniquity until the time when the Antichrist will be revealed, the “Man of Lawlessness” who will lead the world into the horrors of the great Tribulation.
“For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work,
only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.
And then the Lawless one will be revealed…”
1 Thessalonians 2:7-8
Most teachers identify the restrainer as the church because it is the church that holds back iniquity, or that is SUPPOSED to be holding back iniquity. Imagine if the true Bible-believing church were removed, – then all the false doctrine and sin would be free to reign unfettered. There would no longer be voices opposing immorality. There would no longer be voices warning against heresy. False religions and false religious practices would no longer have anyone resisting them.
Well …that is what is looming on the horizon. Jesus taught that before the revealing of who the Antichrist is, the Lord will remove the church – not the denominational church, but the believers in all churches who have been born again, standing faithful on the Word of God, and who are that salt preserving truth and holding back lawlessness. They will be gone. And lawlessness will be free to take over with no one opposing it.
The Word of God has much to say about the days leading up to the Tribulation. And all that it says concerning those days is exactly what is before our eyes today. One of the great teachers in the Body of Christ likened it to the time when you see Christmas decorations in the stores, you know Thanksgiving is near – so likewise, because we see the kingdom of the Antichrist taking shape before us, the “New World Order” rising which he will lead, then we realize our departure is near, even at the doors.
If there ever was a time to be ready, it’s now. If you are not certain of your standing with Jesus Christ, you’d best be seeing to that right now.
Jesus told the parable of the ten virgins waiting for his coming. They were ten who would have called themselves believers. But when the bridegroom finally came, five of those virgins were left behind. Five of those waiting for the Lord – will be left behind. And to those the Lord said, “I never knew you.” (Matthew 7:23)
Likewise, on the day after the Rapture, the corrupt churches will still be here, filled with the unfaithful, those who chose prosperity rather than the cross. All who truly belonged to Jesus will be gone and what will be left is the religious unfaithful who condoned immorality, who defined “love” as tolerance, and who saw nothing wrong with joining all religions together. Those – will be left behind.