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January 20, 2017, 9:50 PM

Look Up, Not Around

Martin R. Castro, chairman of the US Commission on Civil Rights, in the commission’s latest report on discrimination laws, writes, “The phrases ‘religious liberty’ and ‘religious freedom’ [are] code words for discrimination, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamaphobia, Christian supremacy [and] intolerance.?

The report singles out Christianity, argues that LGBT rights are more important than the Constitutional guarantee of religious liberty, and suggests that the government may restrict citizens’ freedom to practice their religious beliefs.1

Since the creation, this is not new. Goodness has been under attack from evil, actually, before man was created, when satan rebelled against God.

God’s Word warns those who would oppose Him.

Isa 5:20 

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! KJV

As my wife and I were discussing this she came across this scripture from the Worldwide English New Testament. We love the way it words things.  

2 Timothy 3  

Worldwide English (New Testament) (WE)


  Be sure of this. In the last days hard times will come.

People will love themselves. They will love money. They will talk about themselves and be proud. They will say wrong things about people. They will not obey their parents. They will not be thankful. They will not keep anything holy.

They will have no love. They will not agree with anybody. They will tell lies about people. They will have no self-control. They will beat people. They will not love anything that is good.

They cannot be trusted. They will act quickly, without thinking. They are proud of themselves. They love to have fun more than they love God.

They act as if they worshipped God, yet they do not let God's power work in their lives. Keep away from people like that.

They are the kind who go quietly into people's houses. There they get foolish women to believe them. These women know that they have done many wrong things. And they want to do many kinds of wrong things.

They are always trying to learn, but never able to find out what is really true.


Unfortunately, this is our world’s situation. The scripture is telling us hard (perilous KJV) times are coming for the Christian. The disciples worshipped the Lord and praised Him that He counted them worthy to suffer for His name’s sake.

True Children of God are NOT prejudice, do NOT hate but try to show the love of God. The situation is that Jesus came to take away the sin of the world. He came to save the lost. And we represent this wonderful gospel. But some of the lost don’t want to be saved and they hate anyone or thing that embodies a viewpoint of judgment against a world that rejects Christ.

We must hold on to our faith. To be overcomers we must truly love Jesus with ALL our hearts. We must also understand that we may lose our lives and freedom by the hands of wicked men and laws.

If this scares you, please realize it will take a sacrificial love for Jesus, just as He had died for you to be strong enough to hang in there. But remember Jesus words in Luke 21:28 

But when these things begin to happen, look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near.”


Also read 1 Thess. 4:16-18


   For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with God’s trumpet. The dead in Christ will rise first,  then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air.               So we will be with the Lord forever.

   Therefore comfort one another with these words.


God bless you,

Pastor John Koonce


1 Answers Magazine; Answers in Genesis; Jan-Feb, 2017, Vol. 12 No.1; page 46


01-24-2017 at 12:33 PM
Cheryl Thompson
Excellent ... how could anyone dispute 2 Timothy Chapter 3 being the very world we are living in...
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