Posted September 23, 2009:
There Are Only Two Powers

by Fr. Bob Wild.

Since the coming of Christ, there have been two forces powerfully at work in the world. Every idea, every spirit, every attitude, every movement comes under one of these banners.

They are both succinctly stated in the Acts of the Apostles, which was written during the early days of Christian preaching, when those two forces clashed head-on.

The first force, the most powerful, the most life-giving, is this: There is no salvation in anyone else, for there is no other name in the whole world given to men by which we are to be saved (Acts 4:12).

The second opposes it: We give you strict orders not to preach about that Name (Acts 5:28).

The spirit of Christ says: Jesus is God. Jesus is alive. Jesus is love. God loves us. Goodness will triumph over evil. Life has meaning. The person is the image of God. We shall live forever. We owe our lives and allegiance to the Lord.

The second force, the anti-Christ (whatever other name or label it might have) says: Jesus is not God; he is dead like everyone else. Don’t preach in his Name. Life has no meaning. Evil is greater than good. Evil will triumph. Death is the end of everything. Do whatever you want. There is no God.

The world is a mixture of these two forces, and unfortunately, so are the hearts of Christians.

The point is that there are really no neutral forces. He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters (Mt 12:30).

The world has always been filled with a smorgasbord of philosophies, beliefs, lifestyles, and approaches to life. There are probably more today than ever before. But be that as it may, because of modern technology, these views are being broadcast and propagated on a scale hitherto unknown.

And so much emphasis today is put on sincerity. As long as one is sincere, he or she can be a white witch, an atheist, an abortionist, a revolutionary, a humanist, or whatever else he wishes. It really doesn’t matter, as long as one is sincere.

God will judge the person; we are not judging persons. But we can certainly judge ideologies, attitudes, approaches to life. They are either with Christ or against him.

We can assume that many of the leaders, scribes and elders at the time of Acts were sincere, but they were forbidding the preaching of the Name, the only name under heaven by which we can be saved.

There were no neutral forces then, and there are none now.

Either "Jesus is Lord" or "Don’t preach in his Name."

Adapted from Desert Harvest, Living Flame Press, (1985), pp. 23-24, out of print.


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