The picture above represents the “building” to which I refer.
It is the church of Jesus Christ.
Two tall buildings, and others, were destroyed 9 years ago.
The church will never be destroyed. It is not a building. It is a group of people.
Jesus said, “…the gates of Hades will not overpower it.”
Some members of the church of Jesus Christ died 9 years ago. They were attacked and killed, but their souls were not destroyed.
The church can be and is being attacked today. It can’t be destroyed.
Most church goers today have trouble finding 2nd Timothy. It is a small book towards the back of the Bible that was written by Paul while he was imprisoned in Rome. They are his last words before martyrdom.
It would be good for everyone to read the four chapters of this little book today. It takes about 20 minutes.
From chapter 3:
1But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.
2For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,
3unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good,
4treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…
Sure sounds a lot like our world today.
Those men who were responsible for killing over 3,000 Americans 9 years ago could not be described better.
In the final chapter (4) that he ever penned, Paul wrote:
3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires…”
This is a good description of many within “Christian” churches today. Many in those churches no longer believe in absolute truth.
The truth is:
An insidious attack took place in New York 9 years ago.
An insidious attack has been taking place within many of the churches for years.
Many think they are going to heaven because of their good deeds. The Bible says that no one will go to heaven because of their goodness.
We must get back to simple Bible truths.
When Paul wrote these final words, the many churches he had started were experiencing attacks from within and without. It is no different today.
Today’s news will be filled with stories of the events that took place 9 years ago. It should be a reminder. Life is vaporous (Ecclesiastes). There are no guarantees.
It should cause us to stop and examine our condition.
Do we know God?