Monday, March 16, 2020
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

hen I look at the direction the present world is heading, especially as regards the state of Christianity, I am no longer surprised that Noah's painstaking preaching of many years (some theologians say 120 years) only produced eight souls. Yes, only eight souls were saved after God had exhausted every means to warn of a coming terrifying judgment. But why is it that so many people are blinded to the looming catastrophe that stares our present world? Or should I rather say; why is it that many, including so many Christians seem impervious, unconcerned even so detached to the reality of our time?

A few years ago, a young man met his tragic but avoidable death in the city of Toronto, Canada. It was a sunny, bright day giving ample opportunity for people to revel in fun-soaked activities. This young man, taking advantage of the spring sun sparkling and warm, was walking on the rail road at Finch / Weston axis, one of the densely populated neighborhoods in Toronto, Canada. In what is now a common feature of many young people, this man had his ears plugged with ear phone listening to his choice music and bouncing along the rail track, oblivious of anyone, except himself, totally lost in his own world of empty fantasy. But trouble was lurking in the distance.

The young man was too absorbed to sense any imminent danger of a cargo train heading in his direction. The train came at a close distance, blaring its earth-rending horn, yet without any impact on the young man. Passersby who saw what was coming at him frantically signaled, shouted, but it was too late before he could make sense of their motions. A cargo train is not equipped with close range emergency braking system. With the fury of a fast-speed tornado, the train ran over the young man, pulping him and leaving him shreds of flesh and blood splattered along the rail track. He had stepped into gloomy eternity with his ears stubbornly clogged to the reality of his sphere.

Every time I remember this accident, I am reminded of so many whose ears are plugged to the reality of the time we live in. My concern is less of unbelievers; I am worried about so many Christians and their leaders who adopted self-appeasing fad to lessen the impact of gospel truth so that people can continue to live in their self-delusion. It is agreed that a Christian is one who had a personal encounter with Jesus Christ and whose life is governed and sustained by the same LORD after that encounter. If that were the case, the world would have known a distinct faith entity whose presence is a death-knell to its evil core. But the world is at ease knowing that Christianity of today is far detached from truth which birthed it in the Book of Acts.

Many ministers of the gospel have either turn to soothsayers or lousy comedians. I watched with dismay and sadness of how in some churches, congregants shout and howl at the preaching of their ministers as if they are in a cinema house. Truth brings reflection, but this generation seems to hate any quiet interlude that can provoke introspection. It is a generation that can hardly bear the risk of listening to inner voice. The ears must be plugged with ear phones blaring heavy metal sound to drown the inner whisper of starring truth. A generation that is running away from reality, preferring to chase after mirage have a short distance to run before collapsing into predictable ditch. Truth has a long arm and its enduring. As the Scripture would say; "For we can do nothing against the truth but for the truth." (2 Cor. 13:8). No one escapes the long arm of the truth in the end.

It is sad to note that so many Christians and their modern-brand Christianity are now in the firm grip of men and women (of gods?) with commercial instincts so boundless and their material appetite astonishingly bizarre. With the Lordship of Christ overthrown, and men knowing their inadequacy to ascend the throne of power without help from banished spirits, have eagerly pledged allegiance to Satan for empowerment. Undoubtedly, the last days are days of the spirits. The mortals, by sheer exposure to the world of errant spirits let-loose, have clearly entered into extremely dangerous and murky waters. Sure enough, the only Christians who will survive this horrific onslaught are those whose ears and hearts are trained for the truth. Herein is the breaker: Truth is the enemy of this generation and the Bible makes no pretense about it.

Some of the dangers listed as evidence of the last days, where we are now, have to do with Truth.

  1. People will be more welcoming of seducing spirits

  2. Will prefer to listen to fables, comedies and folktales in the place of sound biblical teachings

  3. Will not endure the truth

  4. Will seek preachers (soothsayers) who will tell them what they want to hear. (1Tim. 4:1-3, 2 Tim. 3:1-7, Rom. 1:28, Titus 1:16)

Of course, God has no place for anyone who has no place for the truth (Proverbs 28:9). Like Pilate (John 18:38), many have sought to know the truth only to turn away from its penetrating light. Jesus said, "Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed." (John 3:20) The days of Noah are certainly upon us and it will do us well if we will heed God's warning signs of imminent danger by running to Jesus Christ who is the only Refuge. Remove the ear plugs (whatever it is) and let your eyes be stripped of veil so that you can see correctly the approaching cataclysm. Jesus Christ remains your hope and anchor in these troubling times. Run unto Him while the door of salvation is still open. It won't be long before it is shut.