By Don Schanz, Citizens for Tax Reform
â€œWoe unto them that call evil good , and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darknessâ€¦ (Isaiah 5:20). This prophecy in Isaiah tells us that the concepts of good and evil will be reversed in the last days. How can that be? How does it happen?
One reason is that tolerance has been redefined. Tolerance used to mean â€œto respect the beliefs of othersâ€, but still holding fast to our own beliefs, traditions and Christian values. However, with the advancing of a generation or two, the â€œnew toleranceâ€ has been redefined to mean that anyoneâ€™s views, habits and lifestyles are equally as valid as our own. And because they are as valid, we cannot be intolerant of their views and must embrace them as being as true or good as ours. No longer is there a Christian God of absolute truth, good and light. Evil and wrong are done away with in the â€œnew tolerance,â€ and we are all the same with a new civil right that no one can speak or say anything that might hurt our feelings.
When we are no longer guided by the absolute truths of right and wrong that come from God, we are left with only our own reasoning, feelings and emotions to guide us. We then are easily manipulated by Satan, because we fear man more than God. We are afraid of being labeled â€œjudgmentalâ€, â€œracistâ€, â€œbigotedâ€, â€œhomophobicâ€ or â€œprejudicedâ€ and of losing the respect and approval of our peers. We quietly surrender our minds and former beliefs to ungodly principles and political correctness, while the society around us boldly embraces the violation of the sacred commandments of our Heavenly Father. Old sins get renamed and the â€œnew toleranceâ€ demands our approval of them as acceptable behavior and equivalent to our own God given values.
These include such practices as: abortion of innocent babies now called pro-choice; deviant life styles renamed as diversity; the enemy of Judeo/Christian values masquerading as multiculturalism; the banning of all traces of Christianity in school, including prayer and pledge of allegiance, under the banner of separation of church and state; allowing extremely addictive pornography to be called free speech, etc. Society has now insisted that we Christians embrace one last satanic principle to conclude the take over: a new tolerance of their immorality and decadence. They cannot be wrong or evil, but you are guilty of a hate crime if you do not tolerate their decadence and depravity. Thus, good becomes evil and evil becomes good!
Ezra Taft Benson once observed that: â€œWe are too â€˜broadmindedâ€™ to challenge what we do not believe in. We are afraid of being intolerant â€“ uncouth â€“ ungentlemanly. We have become lukewarm in our beliefsâ€¦ This is a sad commentary on a civilization which has given to mankind the greatest achievements and progress ever known. But it is even a sadder commentary on those of us who call ourselves Christians, who thus betray the ideals given to us by the Son of God himself.â€ (Jerrrald Newquist, Prophets, Principles and National Survival. p. 236)
The scriptures tell us that â€œwhere there is no vision, the people perishâ€ (Proverbs 29:18). Let us not perish but hold to the Rod or word of God and find eternal life with our Savior by keeping his divinely inspired principles and commandments.
May 25, 2007
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