happy-new-year-2013-Wallpapers-1024x768-27Well here we are at the beginning of a new year.  2013 is now upon us.  So what will it bring?  Only God knows!

The passing from the old year into the new was greeted by the customary fireworks and festivities around the world.  Reviews were made of 2012; the highs and the lows, honours were given to all those who were seen as contributing to the “National Good”, homage was paid to all those who had died (beloved actors, politicians, personalities, sportsmen and women, et al) and reviews of the news were made.

As usual, via the miracle of modern technology, we were able to watch the New Year firework displays as they actually happened in various parts of the world as each continent on the globe entered the New Year with the passing of each time-zone!

For those inclined we could watch the Pope wish a Happy New Year to everyone in many different languages.  One striking comment was his criticism of the gap between the rich and the poor, this from the head of the wealthiest church in the world!  Sounding gongs and tinkling symbols come to mind!!

So, what can we add to this?  Well, there’s only one message that we can give to the world this new Year–

“Repent, therefore, believe the Gospel and be Baptised in order that your sins be remitted.”

As more and more Christian leaders lead their followers into (and more and more churches become partakers of) the Great Apostasy, upon the back of which the son of perdition will come riding onto the scene, our prayer is that God will preserve His remnant followers during the coming 12 months.

And may we be counted worthy to be in that number!

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that
your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward
each other aboundeth; So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: [Which is] a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be
counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
(2 Thessalonians 1:3-5)

Do you have patience and faith in the face of persecutions and tribulations?  Or are you of those who escape persecution and tribulation by virtue of being part of the religious system of things?

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together.
(Romans 8:16-17)

How will you be a joint-heir with Christ if you do not suffer with Him?

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
(2 Timothy 3:12)

Could the fact that some do not suffer real persecution be down to the fact that they do not live godly lives?

Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is
enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (James 4:4)

Does this sorry state of affairs not stem from this, that too many Christians are friends of the world?

Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love
the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
(1 John 2:15)



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