Here are two signs of our times: one proclaims a national holiday celebrating el diablo, the other proclaims the work of God’s men claiming the world for Christ. Both events are happening as I write this, within a mile of each other. Nationwide people are partying with el diablo. In three cities this weekend, TPI is teaching, and men are learning, biblical truth. Some people are celebrating worldly pleasures, many inspired by Satan, while others are studying under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
Just as in Jesus’ time, the national leaders, even the religious leaders, were aware of what was happening but thought they were powerless to stop it. The Roman leaders sanctioned anything the Jews wanted to do, as long as it didn’t interfere with their control. The religious leaders tolerated the money-changers in the temple as normal, even God-sanctioned, activities.
Jesus knew better. He put a stop to it. And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. (Matthew 21:12) Jesus took an unpopular stand (He did that a lot!).
The men here are also taking a stand. They are not overturning tables or emptying the temple, but while others choose to celebrate el diablo, they have chosen to teach and study God’s Word. It is such a blessing to know these men, to be with them, and to call them friends; men who take a stand for God against what many others in society have found acceptable, against what the government deems acceptable.
I thought you would want to know.
Please continue to pray for them.