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When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?"
Revelation 6:9-10

Time to wake up, and take a stand!

The following lyrics are from a song by Christafari called Valley of Decision which is based on Joel 3:14-21:

Run come and fall people take heed to His call, Valley of Decision. Valley of Decision. This is no game people have to die in His name Valley of Decision. Valley of Decision.

Think of it, every three and a half minutes a Christian is killed because of his/her belief in Jesus Christ! Many, many more are beaten, put in prison, have their belongings taken, or otherwise harassed because of their faith.

Yet many Christians here in America, won't or at least don't spend any time in prayer for the persecuted church. What are we waiting for? When will we start praying? Maybe when it comes to our front doors?

This is our Valley of Decision, will we take a stand for Christ? Will we take the time to fast and pray for those who are being persecuted? Or will we go to church once a week, give our tithe and feel good about ourselves because we are "good" Christians?

It is time to wake up! This is life and death. It is also life and eternal death. I say that because not only are we not doing enough for our persecuted brothers and sisters, but we are not doing enough for those whose souls are lost. They face eternal death, unless they accept Christ as their Savior. They are dying from a terrible disease and we know who the Doctor is who can cure them, yet we don't tell them about Him! That is not showing Christ's love for them, it is a tragedy!

We accept many different doctrines and even lifestyles in the name of tolerance. Tolerance is a word Satan has made great use of lately. It is never put in this way, but the bottom line is that the world says we should tolerate sin, and all too often we rush head long blindly to accommodate those views. This is wrong!! Sin is wrong and we better start screaming it from the roof tops, or we may find ourselves at the bottom of the slippy slope of moral decay.

It is happening even in churches. In some denominations openly gay (sodomites) are being ordained. Seminaries in America are turning out ministers who don't even believe in the deity of Christ, let alone His resurrection! If you don't believe this, than you need to go to your local Christian book store and start getting an education. Many churches want to embrace people of all faiths, New Age, Protestants, Catholics, Mormons, Buddhists, Jehovah Witness', and many others. It does not seem to matter whether they believe that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ or not. We hear, 'we are all worshiping the same God.' This is another lie. Not all religions do worship the same God that we do. But even if they do worship God, if they don't accept Jesus Christ it does not matter. That does not come from me it comes from Christ Himself: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well." John 14:6-7

Christ did not have a problem telling people that not all religions were the same, even those that claim to do His work in His name: Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' Matthew 7:22-23 Lip service is not what it takes, it takes serving Him. Anyone can say they are a Christian, but serving Christ and following Him are much tougher to do.

The Bible warns us to even test the spirits: Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. 1 John 4:1-3 If we are to test even the spirits who claim to come from God should we do any less with the churches/religions?

You are in a Valley of Decision right now. You might not want to be in it, but ignoring it won't make it go away. To delay the decision is the same as making the decision to do nothing (being apathetic). One way or the other you are making a decision daily.

Will you take a stand for Christ or accept things that God cannot look upon because they are sinful, all in the name of tolerance?

E-Mail Ralph

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