By Chuck Metzger
“We ought to obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29.
A great crisis awaits the people of God. A crisis awaits the world. The most momentous struggle of all the ages is just before us… . The question of enforcing Sunday observance has become one of national interest and importance. We well know what the result of this movement will be. But are we ready for the issue? Have we faithfully discharged the duty which God has committed to us of giving the people warning of the danger before them? (Matthew 28:19,20)
There are many who have never understood the claims of the Bible Sabbath and the false foundation upon which the Sunday institution rests. Any movement in favor of religious legislation is really an act of concession to the papacy, which for so many ages has steadily warred against liberty of conscience. Sunday observance owes its existence as a so-called Christian institution to “the mystery of iniquity”; and its enforcement will be a virtual recognition of the principles which are the very cornerstone of Romanism. When our nation shall so abjure the principles of its government as to enact a Sunday law, Protestantism will in this act join hands with popery; it will be nothing else than giving life to the tyranny which has long been eagerly watching its opportunity to spring again into active despotism. (Exodus, 20:8-11, Daniel 7:25)
If popery or its principles-shall again be legislated into power, the fires of persecution will be rekindled against those who will not sacrifice conscience and the truth in deference to popular errors. This evil is on the point of realization. (Revelation 13:16,17)
When God has given us light showing the dangers before us, how can we stand clear in His sight if we neglect to put forth every effort in our power to bring it before the people? Can we be content to leave them to meet this momentous issue unwarned? (Revelation 14:6,7)
When the laws of earthly rulers are brought into opposition to the laws of the Supreme Ruler of the universe, then those who are God's loyal subjects will be true to Him. (Revelation 14:12)
W.W.J.D : What Would Jesus Do?
W.D.J.D. : What Did Jesus Do?
What would He have us do in the 21st century in Flathead Valley, Montana?
By Jon Hayden
We influence each other in many ways. In most of these interactions we may not even be aware of the impact our actions have on others. Since we can lead others to Christ, we can also lead them away from Christ. Although each one of us has to make our own decision regarding salvation, we are swayed by the opinions and interactions of those around us.
We will be overjoyed in heaven when we are able to see those that we have helped bring to Christ. However, in the full accounting of our lives I suspect that we will also come to understand that there will be friends, family, and church members who chose not to accept Christ because of our influence.
Let us therefore consider our actions and interactions carefully so that we will maximize our effect for good and minimize our effect for evil. Paul states that he died daily to self (1 Cor 15:31). Only by putting away our selfish and sinful character and putting on Christ’s character each day (hour, minute) can we hope to be the positive influence we wish to be on those around us. I pray that in the final accounting each one of us will have the joy of seeing those we helped bring to Christ and not have the sorrow of knowing that some are not there because of our actions.