And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any [of them] that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

(Act 4:32)

 

 

Alternative Living

 

I wanted to write a short message on Christian living that I think needs to be heard. Today Christians are living as the world lives. There is no remarkable difference in lifestyles and between the Children of God and the Children of Satan. I know many will not really agree, yet and still this is the truth. Christians live pretty much the same way as their worldly counterparts. Divorce rates are just as high in the Church as in the kingdom of Satan. Gays are in the pulpit and in Church councils. Hatred between Christian and Jew, Black and White, rich and poor is ever increasing in the modern American so-called ‘Church’. Brothers and sisters, are these things according to the kingdom of God and his righteousness? Or is another spirit at work?

 

The early Church ran things differently and there was real authority in the Apostles and the people obeyed their God appointed leaders and had all things in common. Much has changed since those days and in some (not most) respects, these things may not be practical in our very modern world where men can be such deceivers. Yet this is the witness of the scripture as to how the people of God lived.

 

Today in America Christians are individualistic, they are by and large very selfish and are looking to get more of what mammon has to offer for themselves; new cars, bigger houses, more money, big screen TV’s, lavish vacations, etc. This is not how the early Church lived.

 

Now granted this little paper will anger some of you, it is not intended to, it is merely an exhortation to more Godly living that may very well save your souls and perhaps even your (natural) lives in the times ahead.

 

In the times that I see coming, I see great economic difficulty. I see this before I see any ‘Earth Changes’ and astronomical phenomenon like those vividly described in the Bible. Remember, the THIRD seal in the book of Revelation is famine, that rider of his horse comes after war.

 

I know that many come from different prophetic perspectives on Revelation. I say to each of you, in the name of the LORD, “Get in tune with God’s interpretation, not that of men”. There are so many false doctrines and hate-religions posing as Christianity that I know that it can be very confusing.  Know this, famine and hunger are coming to the whole planet.

 

And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and [see] thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

(Rev 6:5-6)

 

The ‘penny’ mentioned here is about a days wage. So… if you will read the scriptures and believe the things that Jesus taught you know that trouble is coming. Those who do not believe Jesus will not prepare for these things.

 

I bring this up because there will come a time when by ourselves, we will not survive. We must group ourselves in such a way as to assist one another. Even today with jobs going overseas and many Americans unable to find work that can support themselves, creative solutions are necessary. I would rather say that we need Godly solutions rather than creative solutions, but the times will require, I think both.

 

We need to be more sensitive to this needs of our brothers and sisters. While many think they can ‘go it alone’ I sincerely doubt it and exhort each truly born again Christian to get before the LORD about getting yourselves prepared for what is coming.

 

Practice kingdom living. Share with your Christian brothers and sisters. Is your best friend (who is saved) out of work, has Children and having difficulty making ends meet? Take her (or him) grocery shopping and pay the bill for them. Is their phone disconnected? Pay it for them. Help your brothers in sisters in Christ. Will it cause you to rework your finances? Probably. Is this the kind of thing God requires? Yes.

 

But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels [of compassion] from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

(1Jo 3:17)

 

Do not do it to show your spiritual ‘superiority’ or to show how righteous you are. In fact, if you can do it secretly, so much the better! This is true for family members too. Help and assist one another, but do it responsibly and in love.

 

I know this system can work if those who participate in it are genuinely saved and truly hearken to the voice of the LORD. I believe the key is this: who do you trust really for you sustenance; God or mammon? The spirit that says ‘give’ or the spirit that says ‘take’. Who does your lifestyle say that you really trust? 

 

 

It is not my intention to write a long  involved article on this issue. I merely ask each of you to get your priorities right. What is more important to you? Your brother who needs food or that brand new SUV? You best friend’s children who may be going hungry or that new big screen TV?

 

Finally brothers and sisters, love one another, murmur not, obey Christ in all things, heed the prophets and let every Christian seek his brothers good.

By,

Mark Watson