by Colonel Max Ryan
If, as the old saying has
it, “the road to Hell is paved with good intentions,” then a
fair number of people who think they are Christians are on the
broad road. These
are weak people who at one time or another made an emotional
decision to follow Jesus but who were uninstructed in the
faith. As well,
they were too lazy to learn what it meant to be a Christian,
and when the Lord did speak to them there hearing was tuned to
other, more palatable, sounds.
Such people are known by
their attitude and lifestyle of spiritual frivolity.
That is, they are so biblically illiterate and so deaf
to the Holy Spirit, that they cannot discern between good or
evil. They are
more interested in the adornment of their pampered and
over-fed bodies than they are in the adornment of their
spend time and money on clothing for their person but never
give a second thought to the garments of personal
They are, if the truth
were known, bored to death with talk of spiritual matters, and
a growing life in Christ, but they are eager to have their
ears tickled with the latest bit of news, and they are
positively enchanted by the newest movie.
Their god is the status quo, and they live aimless
lives which ignore the finer things of the Holy Spirit.
These are the heartbreak
of the prophets, the despair of preachers; a silly and blind
people who are ripe for the judgement of a holy God.
These are the spiritual descendants of those who
crucified the Lord of Glory, spiritual corpses whose ghastly
attempts at beautifying themselves only bring further
degradation and despair.
These are the false Christ-naming wolves who are
willing to sacrifice everything and everyone but themselves;
people who pay lip service to the Most Holy One, but who, in
their inner lives, serve the lord of Hell itself.
God says to such: “Wake
up!” “Awake from
the slumber of death!”
And those who respond to that call find themselves
beholding beauty of such poignant glory that what before
ravished their spirit now seems tawdry in comparison.
To those who awaken to righteousness God has the
exquisite wonder of living in moment-by-moment communion with
Him. Oh, what a
cause of celebration, of true seventh-heaven glory!
During this last decade
of our century, there will be a falling away from the true
Church of Jesus Christ.
The spiritual frivolous will be successfully seduced by
the destroyer whom they have never ceased to worship in their
lukewarm Christians, those who are along only for the good
times, will be scattered when the enemy begins to press the
many will flock to forms of religion which promise only peace
and personal security, there will be fewer who, at personal
cost, will be willing to follow the way of the Cross.
And yet, far above the
raging of the enemy, and distinct from the noise of the
world’s mad dance of death, sounds the wild sweet music of
Heaven – the muted thunder of celestial melody that has an
unutterable beauty, and that fills the heart of the
hard-pressed soldier of Jesus Christ with bursting joy.
Mark where your
affections lie in these perilous times, know the source of
your energy, be away of the centre of your life.
And, if need be,
awake from the sleep of death.