Sunday, December 11, 2022

Why Christians Should Be Survivalists

By Tim Gamble
"I hear too many Christians say, “I’ll just trust God.”  Trust God? He’s telling us what’s coming. He’s telling us very clearly. He’s commanding us to be prepared. So doing nothing is the opposite of trusting God." -- Joseph Farah
There are five reasons why I think it is absolutely critical for those of us who follow the Messiah to embrace self-reliance and preparedness, to be survivalists.

1- To be obedient to God. Throughout the Bible, God tells us to prepare for the future. He warns of future hard times and even persecutions that His people (us) will have to go through. Yes, this means both spiritual AND physical preparedness. There are many, many verses from both the Old Testament and New Testament in which God makes it explicitly clear that we are to prepare both spiritually (get right in our relationship with Him) AND physically (food storage, self-defense, etc.). If we are to obey God, we must do both. Preparedness is not only prudent, but in fact is commanded by God. Some examples:

"A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself; The simple pass on and are punished." -- Proverbs 27:12 (NKJV)

"The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down." --  Proverbs 21:20 (NIV)

"But if anyone does not provide for his own, that is his own household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." -- 1 Timothy 5:8 (HCSB)

"Then He [Jesus] said to them, “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one." -- Luke 22:36 (NKJV)

"By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith." -- Hebrews 11:7 (ESV)

"And you shall take for yourself of all food that is eaten, and you shall gather it to yourself; and it shall be food for you and for them." -- Genesis 6:21

A host of other verses could be quoted also, including Genesis 41:47-57 (food storage), Exodus 22:2 (self-defense), Psalm 144:1(self-defense training!), Proverbs 6:6-11 (look to the ant's example - constantly prepare for the future), 1 Corinthians 16:13 (stay alert, be brave, be strong), 1 Thessalonians 5:6 (stay alert, situational awareness), and Matthew 25:1-13 (the wisdom of the five prepared virgins compared to the foolishness of the five ill-prepared virgins).

2- A Biblical responsibility to take care of our family, in both good times and bad times. It is not the government's responsibility. It is not society's responsibility. It is our responsibility. "But if anyone does not provide for his own, that is his own household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever" (1 Timothy 5:8). This is especially true for those of us men who call ourselves His followers, so man-up and don't be worse than an unbeliever. 

3- God guarantees hard times and persecution ahead for those
Coptic Christians Beheaded in Libya.
of us who believe in Him. A peculiar, and frankly unbiblical, modern theology has arisen in recent decades that falsely proclaims that Christians will be spared harsh times and future persecution. Popular pastors and "Christian" authors proclaim that w
e'll be raptured out before things get really bad. But that feel-good message isn't the message proclaimed in the Bible. Believers will face difficult and dangerous times, even persecutions. Just ask those Coptic Christians beheaded in Libya in 2015, or the thousands of other Christians who are persecuted and even killed every year around the world. Read Matthew 24, Luke 21, 2 Timothy 3, and the entire book of Revelation, among many other warnings given by God. Or ignore what God says and follow those "feel-good" pastors instead. Your choice.

4 - Around the world and here in America, the tide of popular, worldly, opinion has turned against those of us who are traditional believers. We are increasingly being forced to choose between following God, or or following the world. Political correctness and wokeness is largely meant to silence traditional Christian beliefs, values and viewpoints. 
This should come as no surprise to those of us who read the Bible, for Jesus Himself warns: "But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you... and put you in prison... You will be betrayed... they will put some of you to death. Everyone will hate you because of me" (from Luke 21, please read the entire chapter yourself). It will only get worse during the End Times.   

5- The more independent and self-reliant we are, the more we can escape the worldly system and live by God's ways instead.  The more we are able to survive on our own - as individuals, families, and communities - the less we will be tempted to compromise with the World. The more we need the World in order to survive, the more likely we will be to compromise our walk with God.  

This fact is is obvious to the Elites, which is why they have focused so much effort on attacking the concept of self-reliance, labeling it as too hard, unrealistic, unfair, and selfish, among other things. They have even labeled it "un-Christian" in an effort to deceive God's people. The Elites want us as dependent on their worldly system as possible. Then they can control us. 

The Scriptures - This new English translation includes Genesis through Revelation, and restores the Name of our Creator to the text in each place it occurs. This new version in English is a literal translation by Institute for Scripture Research, overseen by Dr. Chris Koster. New in this 2009 edition: Improvements to the text - seeking a yet closer equivalent to the literal meaning of the original language. Quotations / Allusions from the Old Testament are in bold type in the New Testament, and are accompanied by the text references - aiding your understanding of the original contexts, and how they influence the writers drawing upon them.

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