Independence Creates Pandemonium

Independence Causes Pandemonium

Christians, seeking religious freedom started several colonies in this country. When England’s rule became oppressive, the colonies declared themselves independent from England. That declaration caused pandemonium throughout the English empire and England forced the colonists to risk their lives and fortunes in a war to secure their freedom. Fortunately, the new Americans prevailed in the war and in the subsequent difficulty of establishing a country governed by free people. Today, I’m thankful for our freedom and for those who struggled and gave their lives so that we can be free.

But in 1776 not everyone was free. Later, a bitter civil war was fought that resulted in freedom from slavery. Since then, America has fought several wars so others in the world could be free. Today, freedom continues to be something Americans must fight for. Within our own borders and government, there are those who want to take away our freedom.

1 Peter 2:16 “Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.”

How have Americans used our freedom in recent years? We have used it to do whatever we want independent of God. By declaring independence from God, this nation has rejected the Truth and become a slave to sin which will lead to its destruction.

John 8:34-36 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

Freedom is found in serving Jesus Christ and living according to His Word. Therefore, independence from God is the cause of America’s problems and the evil pandemonium we are currently experiencing.

The biggest threat Americans face today is not the hoax of man-made climate change, nor the Corona virus. It is something called, “Political Correctness.” Anyone who speaks contrary to a socialist or political persuasion, is branded a “hater or bigot”. They can lose or be denied a job. There is no debate nor different opinion allowed without social castigation. This is a threat to free speech and the exchange of ideas. So, when we don’t allow the truth to be heard, all we are left with are lies. As a result, America is being led by dishonesty, distortion, misinformation, deception, fabrications, and propaganda.

Without the Truth, America has lost her guiding light, God Almighty. We have taken Jesus Christ out of our society and we are plunging headlong into a dark and painful misery that is just beginning. And misery doesn’t just apply to nations—it applies to every individual who fails to live according to the Truth of Jesus Christ and His Word.

Psalm 33:10 The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.

When God is removed, evil prevails. Therefore, we are witnessing the fall of America. Everywhere we turn, we see hatred and belligerence. We see God and Christians being attacked, and our society is unravelling before our eyes.

There is no respect for the law. A prison record has become a badge of honor, like military service used to be. Many Americans are no longer industrious by seeking an education or a job. They are seeking government handouts and electing those who promise more.

America is on the path of receiving God’s punishment just like the ancient Israelites received when they ignored God and His Word. The prophets who witnessed Israel’s destruction described a horrible sight, culminating in suffering, slavery, and death.

What can we do? We are not responsible for what others have done in the past, nor are we responsible for what others may do in the future, but we are responsible for what we do today. We must exercise our political freedom while we still have it, but more importantly, we must pray for revival. God has brought revival before and He can do it again if we humble ourselves, repent, and pray. It will not be a quick fix. We did not get this way overnight, nor will national revival happen quickly. This is a call to seek God with persistent and persevering prayer and repentance.

John MacArthur said, “Certainly God can bless America, but the necessary prelude to national blessing is a sweeping spiritual renewal that begins with individual repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Apart from such a profound spiritual awakening and a decisive return to the God of Scripture, we have no right as a nation to anticipate anything but God’s judgment.”

On the other hand, revival may not be God’s plan. There is another possible outcome. We could be living in the last days before Jesus returns. In such a case, people will not repent and the evil pandemonium will increase. This, too, calls for humility, prayer, repentance, and perseverance.

Matthew 24:3-14 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. "Tell us," they said, "when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?" Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ, ' and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. "Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

If these are the days Jesus is speaking about, Christians should not fear the coming pandemonium and persecution, but they should get prepared for it, repent of all sin, and be willing to suffer and die. At the same time, we should be focusing on Jesus and spreading the Gospel, for our redemption draws close.

A light shines brightest in the darkness. Like the early days of Christianity, this could be our brightest hour. Many of our brothers and sisters in Islamic countries are already experiencing the ultimate persecution, leading to death. Don’t be afraid. Keep your eyes on Jesus and His Word.

Matthew 24:44-51 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. "Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, 'My master is staying away a long time,' and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Since we don’t know when Jesus is coming, we need to be in a state of readiness for His return. While we wait, we must do God’s will.

1 Peter 4:7-11 The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

While the world kills and destroys one another, Christians must be filled with the Holy Spirit so they have grace to love one another deeply, bind together, encourage one another, serve the Lord, and glorify Jesus Christ.

Pandemonium may be created by the Holy Spirit or by evil spirits. In either case, we need to realize God has a purpose for permitting it and we must trust Him. For instance, God had a wonderful purpose for the most important event of pandemonium—our salvation.

Matthew 27:22-26 What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?” Pilate asked. They all answered, “Crucify him!” “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!” When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!” All the people answered, “Let his blood be on us and on our children!” Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

Here we see the forces of darkness creating pandemonium in the presence of the Light of Jesus. This has happened throughout history. There will always be those opposed to the Truth, who will create an uproar in the family, on the job, in the Church, and in the world.

If we walk according to the Truth, they will persecute us, but we are not to fear them. We are to expect persecution and act like Jesus as we go and make disciples. The darker this world gets, the more our light will be seen.

After all, people should be able to look us in the eye and see the light and love of God.

Matthew 6:22-23 The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

One problem with our witness to the world is that not everyone who calls themselves a “Christian” is filled with the Light of Jesus Christ. For example, people can be steeped in religion that is not the Truth. On the outside, they may look proper, but inside they are full of darkness. We must not assume they are saved because they go to church. Just going to church is an “inadequate religion”. In their self-deception, they are the hardest to convert, but we are not to leave them satisfied with empty ritual. We need to show them they can have a vital, thriving, saving, relationship with Jesus Christ! But before we can do that, we must repent of all darkness in our soul and be filled with the Light of Christ—the Holy Spirit. We must have a vital, thriving, saving, relationship with Jesus Christ ourselves before we can share it with others!

Other people have an “imitation religion”. This really turns unbelievers away from “Christianity”. We can see imitations by turning on today’s “Christian” television. There we see that for a donation, we can get a nice prayer cloth or bottle of miracle spring water, prayed over by the preacher on television. Or we can turn to social media…and see this offer, “If you forward this to ten people you will receive a miracle or avoid a curse.”

Christians, beware of imitation religions, superstitions, myths, and those who practice them! They may be popular, but they will not accomplish God’s will. We need the real thing to accomplish real things. People do not need an inadequate religion or an imitation religion; they already have those. They need Jesus and our job is to introduce Him to them through our words and actions.

The mighty revival of God that this county needs will begin when believers clean up their own lives by confessing and repenting of the hidden practices they do in private. Unbelievers will take notice when believers repent and fall in love with Jesus, becoming humble, and Christ-like.

Jesus commanded us to go and make disciples. However, we have a tendency to camp where things are pleasant. Therefore, God uses pandemonium is to awaken us, to keep us going, and to spread the Gospel.

For example, why did the minister, in my testimony last week, have to leave when people were being saved? Why did God allow the religious hypocrites to create a pandemonium that forced his removal? It appeared evil was victorious. Who would teach us the Truth? I feared all of us left behind were in danger of falling away without our mentor. But, God had a plan for our minister. And God had a plan for us to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I soon learned the Holy Spirit is our mentor and teacher, not man. So when God moves a man to minister elsewhere, the Holy Spirit remains in the hearts of the new believers and He imparts the Truth directly to them through His Word. Consequently, new believers learn to cling to God for comfort, direction, and power to be witnesses of Jesus Christ.

Although we see pandemonium has a purpose, we still tend to avoid it. For example, when we see sin tolerated in the church, should we keep quiet to keep the peace? Speaking the truth that comes against man’s traditions, false religion, or a denominational hierarchy in the church is a fearful act. It will create pandemonium and persecution.

Regardless of what people do to us, we must always speak the truth with gentleness and kindness. The truth does not need to be loud to be heard. It is powerful enough when spoken with love.

Even then, a lot of pandemonium will erupt when we speak the truth. Knowing that, there is a temptation from fear to say nothing. But that is Satan’s will, not God’s will.

We can take comfort from Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:10-12,Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Jesus told us to expect the same pandemonium and persecution that He received for speaking the Truth. After all, Jesus did not come to earth to leave people in the same lost condition. He came against the power of darkness, the ruler of this world, the father of lies, to set us free. Satan causes pandemonium, but Jesus said, “Fear not.” He is with us as we follow Him and come against the powers of darkness in His Name.

We need to be busy making disciples while there is still time. Besides, we haven’t seen anything compared to the biggest day of pandemonium yet to come.

2 Peter 3:10-14 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.

Are you ready for that pandemonium if it came today? Are you ready for the day when Jesus returns? If not, you can get ready by believing Jesus Christ is Lord, the Son of God, and the Savior of your life. If you believe that, then publicly confess your faith. Also, confess your sin to the Father and ask Him to forgive you. Repent of all independence from God and become dependent upon Him and His Word. Begin obeying His Word by submitting to baptism. In exchange for your old life of independence and sin, He will give you eternal life born of the Holy Spirit.