Containing the Evil
By Dave Breese
What shall we do to contain the evil which lives in the hearts of men?
Out of this, however, the thinking Christian will once again face the questions, What shall we do to suppress the evil nature of man? How can we inhibit human wickedness so that it does not break forth to the ruin of lives and even the desecration of the culture? The answers to those questions are not simple. In fact, a number of them come to mind that are currently being practiced in our society. They include:
How then can evil be prevented from taking over society? The thinking Christian knows that there is one answer and only one. It is in the life-changing, culture-altering of a marvelous message called the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is in connection with that Gospel that the Bible says, If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (II Cor. 5:17).
The external circumstances of our world cannot possibly be changed unless sufficient numbers of people become believing, consecrated Christians. A change of heartthat's the difference that counts!
It is therefore true that the person who commits himself to believing the Gospel and then does his best to advance in society the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christthat person is doing the most strategic thing in our world today.
In connection with this, there are two considerations that we do well to keep in mind. First of all, the events of our time must motivate Christians to be, as never before, an influence in society. Christ was speaking to believers when He said most earnestly, You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?...You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. (Matt. 5:13,14).
There are many who think that spiritual influences mean nothing within society but, alas, the opposite is true. They mean everything! The basis of life is not economic, political or social, but rather the ultimate basis of life is spiritual. The spiritual influence upon a society produced by the Gospel of Jesus Christ creates the moral basis without which a culture cannot survive. That means that you and I, being Christians, are the human hope of mankind.
A second consideration comes to mind in the midst of all of this. God restrains the rise of evil, but the Bible teaches that there is coming a time in which evil will no longer be suppressed by the working of God within our society. The Scripture says, Only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed. (II Thess. 2:7,8).
Considering the major, massive outbreaks of evil in every form in our society, one begins to wonder. We wonder, we ask the question of whether it is possible that the hand of God that retards evil is even now beginning to be lifted from our culture. If this is the case, then we are approaching the beginning of that awful period of time of judgment called the Tribulation.
This then causes us to remind ourselves that the Tribulation cannot begin unless there comes that spectacular event firstthe Rapture of the Church. Every believer in our time should regularly remind himself of the great hope of each one of us. The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words (I Thess. 4:16-18).
How wonderful, how inspiring is that grand promisethe return of Jesus Christ for His own! We can know, therefore, that the Christian will not be finally victimized by the evil of this world. Rather, when evil rises to a certain point, Christ will intervene on behalf of His own. The Church is promised, Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth (Rev. 3:10).
We can also rejoice that in the days preceding the Rapture of the Church, the Church will be given remarkable, unprecedented opportunity by the Lord. He speaks to believers and says, Behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it (Rev. 3:8).
How to move in the midst of opportunitythat is the great question and challenge of believers in our time. What will it take to rise to the great opportunities before us? This question should merit some of the deepest Christian thought and more profound attention to the Word of God than has been necessary in the entire history of the Church.
What then will it take to rise to these great occasions?
This once again points up the importance of Christianity and the Christian community in the world today. The voice of the Gospel is not simply a feeble cry in the wilderness, but it is the call to individuals and the nations to return to life, sanity and, therefore, survival.
The battle between good and evil now takes a most interesting form. There is a very real religious and ideological war developing in the United States. It is the abrasion between the Christian Right and the Pagan Left. What you and I believe as biblical Christians is being assaulted by the Pagan Left in the world as radicalism, fanaticism, obscurantism, religious bigotry, extremism and the like. Its almost as if a committee has been appointed to co-opt every insulting word imaginable to describe those who are simply heart-felt, believing Christians. We are being lampooned for holding that the Bible is the Word of God, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He died for our sins according to the Scriptures and that faith in Him is the only way of salvation.
Happily, you and I hold that an argument on these subjects is simply beneath our dignity. Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the only Savior of mankindperiod. The Bible is the Word of God and it is our only rule for faith and practiceperiod. Salvation is by grace because of the shed blood of Jesus Christperiod. In no way are these subjects negotiable for the Christian. Everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as personal Savior is going to heaven. Anyone who does not believe the Gospel and accept God's Son as His very own is going to hell. This is the way it is, this is what the Bible says, and that ends the discussion!
If believing this means that we are called religious fanatics, then so be it. These things are exactly what Jesus Christ taught us and what the Bible confirms on every page. Whatever the world says and with whatsoever we may be threatened, we take our stand on these fundamental, inalterable points of Scripture. I often sing to myself those grand words: The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose, I will notI will not desert to his foes; That soulthough all hell should endeavor to shakeI'll neverno neverno never forsake!
Along with this, I have often rejoiced greatly in the marvelous words: Since, by faith, I saw the stream Thy flowing wounds supply, Redeeming love has been my theme, And shall be till I die.
Therefore, may we make to you an absolute promise, as absolute as the human mind and human flesh can be? In this ministry, we will continue to hold forth the Word of Life to the best of our abilities. We will never go looking for a better Bible or a better Gospel or even make common cause with many of the creative new ideas which are coming upon Christianity. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the faith once delivered to the saints and will continue into eternity to be the precise and unvarying message by which alone we can be saved.
Is there salvation in Jesus Christ alone or are there many other saviors? The Scripture says, Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12).
The Apostle Paul was one day waited upon by certain sophisticated religionists who came from Jerusalem to see him in an attempt to get him to soften his message. He spoke of, . . . false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you (Gal. 2:4,5). It is this kind of spiritual resolution which alone will carry the hour, in this day or any day.
But concerning the Christian Right, Cal Thomas has now suggested that weve moved from the post-Christian era into the anti-Christian era. This may indeed be the case. If it is, the demand that you and I be strong for Christ is greater than ever. The Scripture says, Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of thisworld, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Eph. 6:10-12).
Because of this, let us make three recommendations. THE MARKS OF A CULT we have written and distributed in great numbers across the world. This book points up the forms of spiritual subversion that will come upon the world in the last days. We would love to send it to you in response to your contribution of $15 or more to the ministry of Christian Destiny. SATANS TEN MOST BELIEVABLE LIES will point up exactly the points of satanic theology that will come upon the world in our time. It is our prayer that this book will be widely read in these days. It is available also in response to your contribution to Christian Destiny of $15. If you'd like to receive either of these two books, please write a note on the enclosed order card to let us know.
SEVEN MEN WHO RULE THE WORLD FROM THE GRAVE will be of interest to all who are thinkers in these days. It points up the philosophical basis for the culture in the midst of which we live. Let us send it to you in response to your contribution of $15 to the ministry of Christian Destiny.
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Finally, let us remember that the name of the great gift given to the Church in our time is opportunity. Because of the anxiety in the hearts of people, more people than ever are concerned as to safety and even survival in these days. These do not concern the Christian, for we are promised of God the supply of every need and His own divine protection. But we are also promised the gift of opportunity. Let us therefore hold forth the Word of Life and we will watch with astonishment as that Word moves out, making its own inevitable impact upon the lives of people. It will never return void but will be used of God to accomplish His great purpose. Let us therefore, each of us, newly commit ourselves to the marvelous program of holding forth the Word of Life in times like these. We promise you that this will be the unchanging commitment to the ministry of Christian Destiny in these days.
Thank you for your help in bringing all of these things to pass. Because you have prayed and because you have contributed, we have been able to reach out across America in radio, television, publishing and a wonderful host of related activities. Its a grand thing to be a worker together with God and with you. As you make your contribution this month, please pray that God will make us all equal to the occasions that are before us in the great battle between light and darkness.
I do trust that this is turning into a marvelous summer of opportunity for you and that you are in the midst of every blessing from our wonderful Lord.