I am sending this post out very early on the morning of January 20, 2021, the presidential Inauguration Day in the USA. We are living in extremely unprecedented, unpredictable, and, frankly, unfathomable times! It is hard to project what the state of our nation will be even by the end of this day, let alone in the days, weeks, and months ahead! Things are changing rapidly and dramatically (to say the least!)
One thing that has become abundantly clear over the past number of months is that there is a deeply disturbing war on free speech in this country. Those holding and expressing views that conflict with the “official narrative” and what is “politically correct” are increasingly being demonized, shame-labeled, censored, banned, de-platformed, and persecuted. The foundations of freedom that have been the hallmark of this country for so long are quickly eroding and being replaced with a ubiquitous spirit of cultural, media, technological, and governmental control. In the name of “diversity” and “tolerance”, uniformity and intolerance are being foisted upon our nation and have become the atmosphere we’re being forced to live and move and have our being in. Because there is little to no accountability and consequence for those propagating this intimidating and forceful conformity, the push towards complete thought-speech-action-controlling tyranny is accelerating. If unchecked, what follows after that is not a mystery (to those who know and understand history!)
As of New Years Day, I began my tenth year blogging at Christ-Centered Christianity. Although it’s my desire and intention to continue blogging through this coming year, I’m aware that there are major developments that may greatly curtail or even crush that prospect. My purpose in this post is to bring attention to that reality and to offer some appropriate suggestions and even passionate urgings in light of it.
First of all, no matter where you may live as you read this post, I ask that you would earnestly pray and intercede for the United States of America at this critical crossroads! I believe that the future of this nation will greatly determine the future course of the entire world geo-politically, economically, technologically, and culturally. The Church is also greatly divided in our nation by the political and cultural polarization that has been stoked by “the powers that be”, especially over the past four years. This is deeply grievous to the Lord and needs to be the focus of concerted intercession. It also seems that a time of intense persecution and even purging of Christians is being planned, coordinated, and may be shortly unleashed on the Church in America if the godless, globalist, Marxist forces that have infiltrated nearly every aspect of our society have their way. I’m afraid that Christians in America are gravely ill-prepared for this level of persecution should it come.
Secondly, no matter where you may live (yet especially to my brothers and sisters in the USA), I urge you to take advantage today of the following free resource hosted on this site while it is still available: Principles for the Gathering of Believers Under the Headship of Jesus Christ by Gospel Fellowships. Of all the content and resources on this blog/website, I feel this is the most important and essential at this time to prepare the Body of Christ for what may be coming shortly! To make this as simple and accessible as possible, I’ve made a PDF of the Resource page on this blog of this work for you to easily download to your computer, tablet, or phone. This will give you quick access on your own device to all of the links for the print and audiobook formats to then download individually while they remain available. That PDF link is here:
I urge you to take advantage of this resource today, and then share it around with those in your circle of fellowship and influence. I cannot guarantee how long it will be available for.
Thirdly, I’m working on converting what I feel are some of the more important posts and pages that I’ve written over the past nine years into PDF format and am listing the links to those on a new permanent page, “PDFs“, found on the header bar/menu. I’ve begun that process and will continue it over the next few days, weeks, and months as the Lord leads and circumstances allow. Given the present atmosphere and what may be imminently coming, however, it’s possible that all of this content may eventually be de-platformed and disappear from the web, so I want to be faithful to steward these teachings/resources in the most efficient and expedited manner I can at this time. If you think you may have any interest in these resources going forward, I encourage you to transfer them into your possession now, “while the getting’s good”, and then you will at least have options going forward as to how you may use them. Please feel free also to share these with those you are connected with if you feel they serve the purpose of the Lord in your circles of influence.
Finally, since I last posted, I’ve added four new resources to the FREE AUDIOBOOKS section of this site. These are all extremely well written/read and carry a very timely message for this present hour. They are as follows:
A First Century Message to Twentieth Century Christians– by G. Campbell Morgan This is an in-depth exposition of the first three chapters of the book of Revelation focusing on the seven letters to the seven churches of Asia Minor. It is as relevant today as it was in the first (and “twentieth”) century. I highly recommend it!
Prevailing Prayer: What Hinders It? – by Dwight L. Moody This title speaks clearly for itself. Interestingly, this production was published by LibriVox shortly after I published my latest post, Stoking the Fires of Prayer and Intercession (especially for those who struggle) and its chapters tie in very closely to the different aspects I focused on in that post. If there is one burden I feel at this time, it is for the Body of Christ to increase in the degree and depth of prayer and intercession for the Church and the nations.
The Night of Weeping– by Horatius Bonar This is a classic treatise on the purpose and promise bound up with suffering and hardship in the Christian life. I truly feel this is a book richly written under the Holy Spirit’s anointing and is very timely for the Body of Christ at this time! It is also wonderfully read by a LibriVox volunteer.
Paul the Dauntless– by Basil Joseph Matthews This extraordinary piece of literature on the life of the apostle Paul really took me by surprise as to how well it was researched, written, and read. I would call this one a “hidden classic” that, while being in the genre of “historical fiction”, gives great care to the details of Scripture, geography, culture, and the like. It really “brings to life” the full sweep of the life of Saul of Tarsus/Paul the apostle. I believe that the spirit of this dauntless man is what will mark the remnant saints at the end of the age, and so we will do well to immerse ourselves in his life. As he said, “Follow me as I follow Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1)
All of the free audiobooks hosted on this site have serialized players added for ease of listening as well as links to download the entire book. Please take advantage of these wonderful blessings while they are available!
Dear saints, we are living in unprecedented, Biblical days! God is on the Throne, and He is our High Tower! We do not fear, but we must be prepared in spirit, soul, and body for what is coming and is even upon us! I give you my best as a fellow follower and servant of Christ. I am far from perfect and greatly covet your prayers in this hour for my family and me! We are all in this together for the glory of God and the expansion of His unshakeable Kingdom! May He find us faithful!!
In His love,
Update: Some very significant, insightful, and helpful comments have been contributed to this post after it was published. Please be sure to scroll down and take the time to read through what has been shared! It is as important, and even more so, than what I have written! All blessings!!