Is There Anyone Who Will Stand In The Gap?

TheCrossby Patricia L. Dickson   5/22/14
I have recently run across Christian articles presumably outlining ways to not be Biblically offensive. These articles run the gamut from basically how to be more politically correct when teaching what the Bible teaches about the homosexual lifestyle to insinuating that Christians becoming pacifist.

Is there really a way to not be Biblically offensive? Can the whole counsel of God be preached without offending someone? Are we Christians supposed to even be concerned about the Bible being offensive to unbelievers?

The Bible teaches us that all have sinned; therefore the bible (the unadulterated word of God) can’t help but be offensive to the sinful man. I am not advocating that believers use the bible as sword to cut up people’s spirit or as a means to win arguments. Nonetheless, we are not to shy away from teaching God’s word in fear of offending someone especially during such a time as this when the world desperately needs saving.

Hebrews 4:12:  For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the [g]breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

Witnessing today’s persistent moral decaying, it appears the current times are worse than the days of Noah. Any Christian can read scriptures and discern that we are living in the end times. However; no matter how evil this world becomes, God always calls someone to proclaim His word loud and clear.

God will never allow mankind to be destroyed and descend into hell without giving every opportunity for his salvation. He sent Jonah to warn Nineveh. He sent Ezekiel to warn Israel. God loves man! God loves us so much that He gives us the freedom to choose life (salvation) or death (sin and destruction).

Deuteronomy 30:15, 19 [15] See, I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil. [19] I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life that you and your descendants may live.

Surely the heart of God bleeds as He sees the destruction that man has caused and is causing, just like in the days of Noah. I am afraid though, that God has noticed that our churches are filled with people, yet the destruction continues and He is seeking someone to sound the alarm and stand in the gap before He renders His judgment on this world just like in Ezekiel 22:30 [30]:

And I sought a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.

Are you willing to stand in the gap? God does not look for the individuals who are physically strong, attractive or one who possess great oratory skills. God does not need one to be strong in his/her own strength. God equips and sends the one who is willing to go! Are you willing to go? God chose ordinary individuals like Gideon, Deborah, David, Esther, Moses, Isiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Jonah.

Surely God wants to use each and every believer in these end times, regardless of our or weaknesses and faults. When God calls on some of us, we respond like Gideon, Moses and Isiah. Judges 6:15 [15]:

Gideon said to Him, Oh Lord, how can I deliver Israel? Behold, my clan is the poorest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house. Isiah 6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone and ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts! Exodus 4:10 [10] And Moses said to the Lord, O Lord, I am not eloquent or a man of words, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and have a heavy and awkward tongue.

How much longer are we believers going to stand on the sidelines and wait for someone else to go? You may be thinking that you cannot preach God’s word unless your pastor sends you. We do not need man’s authority to preach and teach God’s word. Every believer has been given the power through the Holy Spirit and called to preach salvation to the lost. Mark 16:15:

And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the whole [e]human race].

We must use whatever gift that God has given us as a tool to evangelize. I have discovered that one does not need a church pulpit or a large following. People (regardless of their social economic status) are seeking spiritual answers to their problems. Every believer has the answer that money cannot buy. All of us can reach one person at a time, whether it is a neighbor, co-worker or stranger in a store. If not you, then who? If not now, then when? We must say to God, “Lord here am I, use me, send me”. Will you stand in the gap?
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11 Responses to Is There Anyone Who Will Stand In The Gap?

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I don’t come at this from a Christian perspective, per se, but the thrust of what Patricia says is central to our cause: Who will stand up against the beast of “Progressivism”? Who will dare to be called a racist, sexist, homophobe, Islamophobe, despoiler of Mother Gaia, etc., simply by pushing back against the BS of the Left?

    • Tony Bonagura says:

      There is a huge problem in Christian circles. I believe these statistics are accurate. About HALF of the Christians in America are registered to vote and only HALF of those show up to vote. It was pretty obvious that in the 2012 Presidential election many Christians chose to stay home rather than vote. I makes me sick to my stomach. I realize that Romney was a Mormon but I would also say he has led a more biblical life than many Christians. He was Pro-Life and Pro Traditional Marriage and extremely conservative economically. I blame the pastors in many of our Christian churches for not taking a stand against this immoral government. We are called to be good stewards of our God given blessings and our freedom is a God given blessing and the ability to choose our leaders is a God given blessing. Obama is in office because of the cowards we have in our Christian pulpits.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    As for the teaching of Christian morality, the rule should always be, “Hate the sin, but love the sinner.” No one can object to that unless they’re hopelessly committed to the sins (e.g., Edward Hyde, or for that matter most liberals; come to think of it, is there any difference between them?). For those of us not so committed, all we can do is stand up against the degeneracy that liberalism preaches. Unfortunately, those of us who don’t have a major media megaphone probably can’t accomplish much. But we can continue to do what we can.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      (e.g., Edward Hyde, or for that matter most liberals; come to think of it, is there any difference between them?).

      Yes, at least Edward had his Dr. Jekyll. I see no socially redeeming qualities in most liberals.

  3. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Patricia (who sent me this submission out of the blue, and I’m glad she did) is stating the point of view opposite to relativism and, most importantly, opposite to non-judmentalism.

    The Progressive-indoctrinated ideology isn’t that all men are sinners. It’s that all men (women, bi- and mixed-genders, etc.) are made bad by regressive traits inherent to traditional Western Civilization, particularly capitalism. If not for competition and the pursuit of the almighty dollar, we would all just naturally kumbaya and do art for a living instead of raping Mother Gaia and making “fruit cordial” jokes.

    As Allan Bloom states in “The Closing of the American Mind,” this “non-judgmentalism” is based on the idea of being “open” to all things, not closed. Closed-minded = bad. “Openness” (aka “diversity”) is good.

    Imagine your body’s immune system fighting off disease with this method. It couldn’t. And neither can Western Civilization. If the downfall of the Romans was the watering down of the value of Roman citizenship, technological stagnation, and the unsustainable mob created by bread-and-circuses, the fall of Western Civilization will be that it could not protect itself from the assault from within.

    Patricia is taking up, in particular, the assault from within on Christianity, which is a subject dear to my heart. But this same theme is playing out all over. If you are a member of a school board (or are simply a parent), are you fighting back? When you get a job and are immediately assigned to “sensitivity training” (or whatever they call their BS), do you fight back and say, “I haven’t committed any crime. Why are you treating me as if I did?”

    There are all kinds of ways to fight back. For me, it’s a start to share this site and let it become the property, in practice, of the people like me who want to at least fight back in this way by spreading the word, by exposing the corrupt, unsustainable, and just plain silly underbelly of Cultural Marxism (aka “Progressivism,” socialism, and even Communism).

    And it especially does my heart good to see a woman speaking out against this stuff. No, we don’t do “diversity” here at StubbornThings. But because men have become so emasculated by political correctness and feminism, if there is good change to come, it almost has to come from women. If men can find a way so sew them back on, this doesn’t have to be so. We can all participate. But because so many women have especially become mindlessly indoctrinated by Cultural Marxism, when another eloquent woman speaks out, I think this very much matters.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Speaking to your last comments, I once suggested Margaret Thatcher as Speaker of the House (there apparently is no requirement that the Speaker be an actual member, or even a citizen) on the grounds that she had more balls than the GOP House membership of the time. Actually, even dead she probably still does, at least compared to the leadership.

  4. john hartnett says:

    Along the lines of which you speak, Patricia, I saw something last week that astonished me; something I thought never to see again in such a bold and public manner.
    When it was announced that a student group at Harvard was going to sponsor a Black Mass (a satanic mockery of the Roman Catholic Mass), over 60,000 Catholics stood up and shouted, NO!
    A blizzard of petitions/demands hit Harvard in the most unexpected, and in recent decades, unheard of, fashion. Thousands of devout Catholics poured out into the streets, not to rampage and demonstrate, not to burn, loot, maim and overturn cars as members of a certain “religion’ do when offended as they are at the drop of a pin, but to join in a solemn and holy procession to escort the Blessed Sacrament, the sacred Host, the embodiment of Christ, across town to His holy house for an hour of public adoration. And this in the very heart of one of the strongholds of godless secularism in this country.
    In the face of such profound but dignified outrage, the Black Mass was cancelled. Moreover, the chancellor of Harvard, that bastion of Liberal screwiness, herself attended the Holy Hour to kneel before Christ in adoration.
    To non-Catholic Christians the significance of this may not be so obvious. But to orthodox Catholics, this was a most important event. The word in orthodox Catholic circles is that it will prove to be a watershed event, an awakening event, in the battle, not only for religious freedom, but in marking the beginning of an end to submission to secular bullying and abuse.
    Let us hope that this is the case, that not only Catholics but all Americans of tradition and faith, have finally had enough and are ready, individually and collectively, to stand in the gap!

    • Timothy Lane says:

      It’s well to point out — it needs to be done repeatedly in major media, but won’t be — that the Catholics didn’t riot (and wouldn’t have if the black mass had happened anyway), unlike Muslims (who would have done so if they merely heard a rumor of a comparable insult to their religion, as in fact has happened several times in the last decade). It’s also important to realize that Satanism is simply an anti-Catholic pretense of a cult rather than any sort of genuine religion (as Wicca, to some extent, is).

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Very well said, Mr. Hartnett. That’s the kind of spirit, backbone, and clear thinking that we need.

  5. Rosalys says:

    I remember years ago a visiting pastor telling us that today you have to get people lost before you can get them saved. In a day when good is called evil and evil good it is very difficult to convince someone that he is a sinner. “What do I need to be saved from? I’m a good person! I haven’t done anything wrong!”

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