“Confidence in Religion at New Low…” reads a partial headline today of a Gallup poll. It comes on the heels of a Pew poll weeks ago stating those who self-identify as Christian supposedly dropped dramatically. When you add to those things the concerns that the U.S. Supreme Court will likely legalize “same-sex marriage” to unleash a flood of persecution on believers, things can look rather bleak for the saints–unless you take into account that we walk by faith, not by sight and that our God is more powerful than anything man or the devil can conjure up.
Jehovah provided the following nine examples in his word that he’ll always look out for us, even if some are martyred for the faith:
1. Job in his darkest hour of the devil’s torment proclaimed this truth from God’s Spirit who is in the spirit of every saint–“…when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept… Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food,“ Job 23:10-12. Saints consider God’s word as more important than food, making it certain they’ll pass it on.
2. When Elijah hid in fear of Jezebel’s contract on his life in 1 Kings 19, he cried to God that he was the only saint left, but God informed him he had 7,000 saints who refused to bow to Baal (1 Kings 19:18) and sent him to Elisha who became his apprentice.
3. Psalm 119: 89-90 tells us, “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.” If his word is settled in heaven, it’s settled in earth to comply with this part of the Lord’s prayer–Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. If his faithfulness is to all generations, then as long as humans inhabit the earth, there will be saints.
4. Isaiah gives us at least three witnesses saints will never be extinct–Witness #1: “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.“ Isaiah 54:17
5. Witness #2: “…as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11. Saved souls are part of this promise.
6. Witness #3: “According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence. So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.“ Isaiah 59:18-19. God’s judgments on sin causes people to repent and become saints even when the enemy unleashes a flood of evil.
7. Habakkuk tells us that when things fail, including our livelihood and food sources, “The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places,” (Habakkuk 3:19). Like the small deer that can run skillfully on rocky mountains, God gives us the ability to navigate even the most difficult terrains in life.
8. The Lord Jesus said, “…upon this rock [i.e. confession of faith in Christ] I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it,” Matthew 16:18.
9. Revelation reveals there are many believers during Earth’s darkest period–the great tribulation (see Rev. 7:3-14, 11:3-12) and that many of them victoriously survive the reign of the Antichrist (Rev. 15:2).
So all this talk about Christianity dying out is nothing but the enemy’s fear tactic and we should turn it into encouragement for us to gird up our loins to get busy doing God’s works.
Harry A. Gaylord