(we live in a Christ-Rejecting World)

Have you ever stopped to think what the fate of this world will be when every true Christian has been removed?....(1 Thess. 4:16 and 5:3.) Doubtless there will be many nominal Christians and Laodicean churches left (see Matt. 25:1-12), but it will be a sad day for them and the world when not even a single sleeping saint is left. (1 Thess. 4:16.) With the salt all gone, corruption will set in. The world's midnight is yet to come and is fast approaching.

It was a sad day when the great flood swept this earth (Gen., chap. 7). It is interesting to note that God has permitted abundant evidence of the flood to be revealed. It was a sad night when Pharaoh defied God and the plagues swept Egypt (Ex. 9th to 11th chapters). It was a dreadful day when the fiery billows swept the fair plains of Sodom and Gomorrah. (Gen. 19.) The Siege of Jerusalem under Titus, when people ate human flesh and untold horrors reigned supreme, was the penalty of a Christ-rejecting world. (The elements of revolution are already strongly organized).

The French Revolution affords another striking illustration of what befalls a nation which rejects and blasphemes God. In her frenzied fury, she banished God from her government, her coin, etc., she blasphemed His name, defied his power and dared Him, but God did not need to act. He simply let her alone. All moral restraints were removed. Hell was let loose and the guillotine and axe, suicides and murders, turned France into a slaughter pen. The Seine actually ran with human blood, children of murdered parents were herded together and shot down like brutes. Yet again, I would warn you, this is but a mere shadow of the fate which is coming upon this Christ-rejecting world.

The prophets foretold it, the Lord Himself confirmed it, the Revelation re-confirms it, and the world to-day is preparing for it. At the time appointed the crash will come (1 Thess. 5:1-3; Dan. 8:19), when the number of faithful ones is complete. Meanwhile, the duty of these faithful ones is to be in the world, but not of it, warning others of the wrath to come. Calling people out of the darkness and death into light and life through Jesus Christ.

The Christian's hope is NOT on the earth, but in Christ, not an outward, but an upward look. This world under man's organization is doomed. God has clearly shown that it will sink deeper and deeper into sin, distress, and perplexity, yet we find to-day professing disciples of Christ working and organizing to prevent these conditions which God has so clearly foretold will come - trying to patch up, as it were, a Christ-rejecting world.

They have departed from the Word, ceased to co-operate with God, and therefore their efforts are in vain. (See Matt. 7:26) The Lord likens them unto a man building his house in the river bed; quite all right until the flood comes. Their one duty as disciples of Christ is to obey God and preach the Gospel for the salvation of souls, and leave the world alone. Paul's ministry was one of tears for perishing souls. Have the modern servants of Christ received some new commission? Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. (1 Cor. 10:12.)

Again, in support of these Truths, I would remind you that the Old Testament is teeming with Types and Pictures of these vital commands which God in His fore-knowledge planned and recorded as examples for us in this dispensation (1 Cor. 10:1-11), and it is in these pictures, or types and shadows as they are called, that one sees not only the love and long-suffering of God, but also the judgment and sure punishment that must follow disobedience, as I have already shown....In each dispensation God has made known to man His will, and punishment has followed disobedience, so it will be again and even more so for us, because we, not only have the will of God contained in a Gospel so clear that a child can understand, but we also have these examples of God's previous dealings with man.

Again before closing, I would remind you it is half the battle of the Christian life to bear in mind the mighty power of the devil to deceive. Beware, for the wages of disobedience is death, but the gift of God is Eternal Life through Jesus Christ. The condition of that Life is OBEDIENCE, which, bear in mind, is impossible apart from the Holy Spirit.

"For the branch cannot bear fruit except it abide in the vine, no more can ye EXCEPT YE ABIDE IN ME".

.....F.C. Payne
(disobedience is sin)