The Gates of Hell
The councils of Hell are assaulting the church as never before: Jesus said, they shall not prevail against it."
Full Scripture Text
Matthew 16: 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
The gates of hell mentioned by Jesus is no doubt "the council of hell." In bible times, governments and courts sat at the city gates. We know that ever since Satan said "I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High" (Isaiah 14:14), there has been conflict between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness. This conflict is not likely to decrease but to increase. It is interesting that Satan did not deny God's existence or His power; he simply decided to elevate self to the place of Godhood.
The council of hell says that it is alright and a personal matter of choice to kill the unborn just as they are leaving the womb.
The council of hell says it is proper to end my life when I see fit. Of course this has been expanded in some countries to give the old and the infirm an extra push towards eternity.
The council of hell would redefine marriage and family to include any caring persons or groups and not as God decreed, that a husband and wife should be one flesh.
The council of hell declares that you cannot post the Ten Commandments in a schoolroom. It is interesting to note that while there have been many recent school shootings, court battles are being waged by those who would prohibit saying, "Thou shalt not kill," in the schoolroom.
The council of hell cannot stand the mention of God, much less His all powerful name, the name of Jesus. Scripture tells us that the devils believe there is one God and tremble. They cannot stand the mention of His name. They know that at the mention of the name of Jesus, their strongholds will be broken and their influence diminished.
The council of hell will tell us to simply give God a token part of our life. We need our rest, we need our relaxation and most of all we need to be entertained. In reality, we are being entertained to death.
The council of hell will have us substitute a dead form and ritual for worshipping God in spirit and in truth. Beautiful music will never take the place of the Word of God. It can, however, be a great tool for spreading the Word.
The council of hell tells us that all of the great mono-theistic religions are in reality worshipping the same God, so lets find a common ground. Others go beyond the mono-theistic religions to include paganism. Once again there is a problem with what to call this God that fits everybody's ideal. We can call Him the Supreme Being or some other title that is devoid of power; just don't call Him Jesus.
The council of hell causes "religious" people in the Sudan to hunt down and kill Christians. The same counsel will decide that the lives of a few poor black Christians are not worth disrupting our countries oil supply.
The council of hell will cause us to fall into a spirit of indifference to what is happening around us. Times are good, eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die. At least the last part is right, tomorrow we die. What then?
The council of hell will tell you that all of this is too big for you to do anything about. That is one of the biggest lies of hell. Mary Queen of Scots is quoted as saying that she feared John Knox on his knees more than all the armies of England. The Islamic president of Indonesia is quoted as saying that he didn't fear Christians, just praying Christians. One Christian on his or her knees is feared by the councils of hell. You can make a difference.
Jesus is building His church upon the revelation that He is the Christ, the Son of the living God. Nothing and nobody can stand against it, the church of Jesus Christ will be triumphant. He wants you to be a part of it without reservation!
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Last modified: 02-02-2017
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