2Co 5:11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences. (KJV)
2Co 5:11 So, since I know what the fear of God can do, I am trying to win men. My inner self is perfectly known to God, and I hope, to your consciences too. (Williams NT)
I believe that there has been a substitution for genuine Biblical faith going on in this country, something that takes just about all the time many people have, leaving no time for Bible reading and study in their lives.
I call this time-stealer the new, and the real, opiate of the people.
I won’t make any friends or influence many people by my observation, but I think the new opiate of the people, something like the “bread and circuses” in ancient Rome, is the wildly rampant all-consuming interest in the subject and activity of sports.
My other observation is that we need a new brand of terrorism in this country, a terrorism that would do everyone much good, and put the wrong-headed politicians and officials in government and elsewhere in their place. I am speaking of unleashing the power of the true Gospel (Romans 1:16) found only in the Bible, and terrorism of the kind the Apostle Paul was engaged in spreading:
2Co 5:11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
That is the kind of terror we need to spread far and wide. If under God we could be successful like the Early Church was, we would see God “turn this world upside down,” and we would no longer have any need for the Department of Homeland Security. And if we saw real revival like was seen in this country during several of the last Great Revivals of the Nineteenth Century, as under Charles Finney’s ministry, among others, like Whitfield and the Wesley’s, our jails would be empty, our saloons all closed, and this nation would return to righteous living.
The Early Church succeeded in a more hostile atmosphere than we face today (though in our time things are getting worse, not better), and succeeded without modern technology, not even the printing press.
And it all starts with our becoming knowledgeable about Scripture (what this site is about!), and our obeying what we know, starting with the last command Jesus gave in Acts 1:8.
Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.