I come from a long line of Scottish people. Proud. Powerful. Lost. For many years now I have read of the downgrade in Scottish society and it saddens me.
Of course this can be said for the world as a whole, but Scotland is near and dear to me.
I remember watching the Revival Hymn for the very first time and it scared me. It shook me and rocked my religious foundations to their very core.
I remember listening to Duncan Campbell and staring in disbelief over how “God stepped down!”. Imagine? What must it have been like to have revival in the town of Lewis? Imagine having people, strangers stop on the sides of the road and throw themselves down pleading to an angry God for mercy?
To have the public houses closed down and the churches filled with repentant sinners.
I would be honored to be part of a revival like that one day, if God chose.
The problem is, we, for the most part can live without revival–can’t we? As long as we’re saved, that’s good enough, right?
I can still remember the feeling of gratitude toward God over how He saved me. The difference between my living a religious lie and actually being set free from all my sin. I felt the weight of my sin lift, never to return. And I’m not willing to help others feel that? I’m comfortable in my security and don’t want to be bothered by anyone else? The attitude of “They’re sinners and if God wants to save them, He will…” has crept into me on more than one occasion, and I am ashamed. The world is full of lost people and many of the elect who don’t even know it yet, and here I am safe and secure…and complacent.
I will pray for the salvation of Scotland, my bonny homeland. I will pray that God sends His fires of revival to this dark and oppressed land. May God show mercy upon whom He will, and may He receive the reward He deserves for His suffering.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1.7
If God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear, then where does it come from? Where does fear come from? From where does it originate?
Fear can be called the evil twin of faith. Where fear dwells, faith has been pushed out. Remember Peter? He had faith and walked on the water toward Jesus. As soon as he took his eyes off of Jesus, and concentrated on the waves around him, he sank. That is just one illustration where faith and fear cannot exist in the same place.
If the enemy of our souls, the devil can suggest fearful things to you, he will have succeeded in stripping you of your shield. Once the shield is down, he can attack you with reckless abandon.
Why do I write this post on fear? It occurred to me the other day as I walked through a dollar store. I walked past the isles that contained the Halloween paraphernalia. I am continually shocked over the horror that is now Halloween. It was bad when I was a kid, no question, but compared to what is pushed on children and families today, there’s no comparison. I saw a woman and her child picking out dismembered body parts for decoration, and I just shook my head in disgust and heart-ache.
What has happened to this world when a family can browse fake blood, zombies, demons, skeletons and dismembered body parts without the slightest sense of revulsion?
What has happened to society when your next door neighbor can hang fake bodies and goblins from their porch by a hangman’s noose and think it’s fun?
Since when do we find gore, violence and murder fun?
I have written posts in the past regarding this horrid day and year by year it’s just getting worse. I find myself continually shocked and horrified by the gore of this day. Am I the only one? I know that I am in the minority, that’s for sure. Most people laugh it off to having a bit of fun.
It has come to me that this day focuses on one thing: fear. What do you fear? Do you fear spiders? Zombies? Death? Think about Halloween and the various elements that are used to “spice it up”. There’s nothing edifying about this day whatsoever. There’s nothing redeeming–nothing good. It’s a day where the powers of darkness are exulted. Where evil is celebrated and fear is made the bosom-buddy of so many ordinary citizens. People whom you share the bus with, work with, share the picket fence with…these ordinary folk who would shake their heads in disgust if you mentioned someone being caught with dismembered body parts in their home, or if we read in the paper where someone murdered a bunch of people and drank their blood for “strength” and power. Yet, on Halloween, these same people will decorate their homes with the very same things that supposedly disgust them on any other day. It makes no sense. It gives people power over that which scares them. This element, that on any other day would scare the person into paralysis, now they can hang it up and take it down at their leisure. This gives the person a false sense of power and control. But the fear is still there, damaging and destroying souls and consciences. It still controls and compels. It still desensitizes.
Fear makes us do things that we would normally never do. It causes us to act irrationally. It makes us do things that we should regret. Yet, how many people regret their choice of decor from Halloween? Does anyone feel guilty the next day? I doubt it.
The double standard of society today makes one wonder if the world has gone completely mad. It reminds me of Alice in Wonderland. A world of confusion. A world where up is down and down is up. Where right is wrong and confusion is celebrated.
What if a group of people decided to dress up like thugs and roam the streets looking for homosexuals to kill? What if they shouted out their hatred for homosexuals and acted out acts of violence toward them in the name of Halloween? I can guarantee the police would be called in and they would be vilified in two seconds.
What if someone dressed up and went around dragging a dummy that resembled a dead Muslim by a rope? How many people would be greatly offended and call for changes to protect these poor, beleaguered people?
Yet, if the violence isn’t directed at anyone in particular, then it’s okay. Is this right? No!
This is the deception and true danger of Halloween. It desensitizes a people to accept violence as a general way of thinking and acting. It keeps the cross-hairs off of anyone in particular, but allows Joe Average to commit acts of violence against no one in particular, and allows him to sink into a place of horror and ugliness that he would normally be averse to even think about.
This is where Halloween does its damage. This is where a society’s soul is being seared to accept violence, hatred and evil and it doesn’t even realize it.
Oh we can make excuses and say, “I’m just handing out healthy snacks…and a tract”. Or we can set up “Harvest Fests” where we bring the world into the church and think we are protecting them and keeping them off the streets. But the evil is still there, breathing its hot, acrid breath down our necks, confusing and deceiving us into thinking we are doing good.
This is the time where we, as Christians must make a statement and shut this holiday out from our lives. Turn off the lights, lock the doors and do everything we can not to participate in its evil. There’s nothing we can do, save standing on the corner and shouting out the Gospel and the world’s need for repentance, to make this day good. And I can guarantee, there will be few or none doing that on such an evil day as this.
Unless you regard this day as an opportunity to evangelize, then stay inside, do not open the doors to the knocks and hope and pray that you and your family are spared the evil.
This day, Halloween is evil and there’s nothing we can do to change this. In thinking we can, we will only be compromising in the name of fun.
What He has purposed in eternity past–He works in time
(James Smith, “The Evening Sacrifice; Or, A Help to Devotion” 1859)
“Remember the former things, those of long ago. I am God, and there is no other. I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times–what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please!” Isaiah 46:9-10
Thus the Lord speaks–and thus the Lord acts.
What He has purposed in eternity past–He works in time. Then the plan was drawn–and then the provision was made. God’s purposes cannot fail, nor shall His work ever be left unfinished. What He has promised to us–He will give to us; and the work He has commenced in us–He will complete. Whatever concerns our salvation–He will perfect, according as it is written, “We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those God foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son . . . And those He predestined–He also called; those He called–He also justified; those He justified–He also glorified!” Romans 8:28-30
This is God’s plan–commenced, carried on, and completed by Himself–to the praise of the glory of His grace!
Very true, A good reminder in this age of deception.
“Nor should we ever forget that God’s word, though tried so long, and by so many, in every condition of life, has never failed in one instance. Could such a case be found our joy would be at an end. Morison: ‘The accumulated experience of the whole church of God has but served to demonstrate, that gold seven times purified is not more genuine or unmixed, than is that word of the living God, which has been the guide, the spiritual nourishment, and the divine support of the children of God in every age.’ ” –William S. Plumer “Psalms” p. 251
“Will you set your eyes upon that which is not? Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone–for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle!” Proverbs 23:5
People are badly cheated in this world. They often imagine that gold, silver, houses, lands, and stocks are the real treasures. So they toil for these things and gather them into their possession, and pile up what they suppose to be wealth. Thus they live like princes in their fine houses, and call themselves millionaires.
But one day their supposed riches take to themselves wings and fly away like eagles to the skies. Or they may keep their wealth, perhaps, and die at last in the midst of it, and have a great funeral. But then they find that they cannot carry a penny of it with them!
“How much did he leave?” was asked about a rich man who had died.
“He left all of it!” was the answer.
If men only knew that there are other things far more worth setting eyes and heart upon–things which will never fly away–they would pass by these glittering unrealities–to lay hold of the true riches!
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived–what God has prepared for those who love Him!” 1 Corinthians 2:9
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We have just published Arthur Pink’s superb 36 page booklet, “Eternal Punishment“. You may want to make time to read this helpful booklet this weekend.
“They will be Mine!” says the Lord Almighty, “in the day when I make up My jewels!” Malachi 3:17
God’s people are His jewels–His own special treasure!
In what sense are the saints, God’s jewels?
Jewels are precious things; the Hebrew word for jewels signifies a treasure. A treasure is made up of costly things–gold, and diamonds and rubies. Such a precious treasure, are the saints to God.
They are jewels for their sparkling quality. Their holiness shines and sparkles in God’s eyes! (Song of Solomon 4:9), “You have ravished My heart, with one glance of your eyes!” That is, with one of your graces.
The godly are jewels for their scarcity. Diamonds are not common. Just so, the godly are scarce and rare. There are but few of these to be found. There are many false professors (as there are many plastic diamonds)–but few true Christians. Among the millions in Rome, there were but few senators. Just so, among the swarms of people in the world–there are but few true believers.
The godly are jewels for their price. Queen Cleopatra had two jewels which were worth half the price of a kingdom. Thus the saints are jewels, for their value. God esteems them at a high rate; He parted with His best jewel for them–Christ’s precious blood was shed to ransom these jewels!
The saints are jewels for their adorning quality. Jewels adorn those who wear them. The saints are jewels which adorn the world. Their piety mixed with prudence honors the gospel. Hypocrites eclipse true religion and make it badly spoken of. The saints as jewels, render it illustrious by their sanctity.
God the Father has chosen these jewels, and set them apart for Himself!
Christ has bought these jewels with His blood!
The Holy Spirit has sanctified them. When they were a lump of sin–He made them into His jewels! He will string these pearls together–and put them into His celestial cabinet!
Bless God who has wrought such a change in you! From lumps of dirt and sin–He has made you into His jewels!
“Seldom do troubles come alone, and as seldom are God’s deliverances from one trouble only. Often does God draw his loved ones out of many waters. He can save from a world of troubles as easily as from one. Nor does our inability to help ourselves make the displays of God’s power less but more illustrious. Whether he saves by means, or without means, or contrary to means, he is still our deliverer.” –William S. Plumer “Psalms” p. 249