2 Corinthians 6:4-10 KJV
But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;
By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,
By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;
As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;
As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
As much as things have changed in the two thousand years since Apostle Paul wrote these words, very little has changed in the two thousand years since the apostle wrote these words. Among the many contrasts Paul mentioned was this one, "as deceives and yet true". America has made an about face from the days when almost every American would have never dared to challenge the message of the Bible even when they did not keep and obey that Bible in their personal life. We are now reaching a critical period when very nearly the majority of Americans not only disobey the Bible; they deny it is true.
Our day is becoming more like the day of Paul. Not long from now, if things continue as they are, we will see ourselves in a country where
· to have a Christian world view is the exception rather than the rule
· practicing faith will be an act of faith and
· being a witness will be more like becoming a martyr
I think this could be good news. The Bible clearly demonstrates how to be a believer in a world like that. It is practicing Christianity in a world that is friendly to Christianity that has no biblical precedent and has proven to be our downfall.