Echoes from the Campfire

The trouble with monsters is they’re hard to control once they get loose.”
–Lou Bradshaw  (Texas War Lord)

“When they complete their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the bottomless pit will declare war against them, and he will conquer them and kill them.”
–Revelation 11:7  (NLT)
“Evil is on the march in jungles, mountains, deserts, and cities spread throughout the world.”
–John Vermillion

“Where are the men of the cloth sounding off against the wholesale slaughter of Christians the world over?  It appears to me they are in their cocoons, snug and warm, unwilling to confront the Evil of Our Day.”
–John Vermillion

People, for sure you better wake up and see what is happening.  Things are getting ripe for the release of the “man of lawlessness.”  Right now, in the good old United States of America we have an awakening of sorts, and very little is being done to stop it.  The awakening of perversion and evil is among us.  Government leaders are some of those who are condoning it.
Where are the pulpits?  Where are the preachers who should be rising forth to “sound the trumpet” in regard to the evil?  Don’t get me wrong, for there are some who stand and preach “thus saith the Lord,” but nationwide they are rare.  If they do the media blasts them, they lose congregants, and laws are passed to squelch them.  
That’s another problem–the complacency in the pews.  People are complacent.  Let them live their life, just don’t bother me with it.  Each to their own.  Instead of rising in righteous indignation and voting out the leaders of immorality, voting in laws of morality.  I understand that you cannot make people “Christian” but you can pass laws to protect the innocent.  Tell me why 4-5% of the population has such a powerful voice; why do transgenders who make up less than 1% have power in the government and the media?
I begin to see more and more the meaning of the “tough” verses of the Bible.  “I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8, NASB) Will there be people of faith, those who stand firm, those who will not waver on the earth when Jesus returns?  There might not be all that many with so many in the church not following the commands of the Lord.  There might not be all that many with so many in the church saying that an “alternative lifestyle” is alright.
Are you satisfied?  I mean satisfied with the Lord.  It seems like we try to bring things end to the church and not satisfied with the Holy Spirit.  A.W. Tozer wrote,

          “People in the church today leave the things that are first principles of doctrine.”

“Get hyped” or “get pumped” seems to be the norm.  Anyone who has to continually be hyped or pumped is in bad shape spiritually.  And there are those out there that “peddle” the gospel.  Anyone with a new gadget or gimmick tends to draw the crowds.
Bells, whistles, smoke, colored lights, etc., anything to bring in the crowd.  Hop around a bit at the altar, why I’ve even seen beach balls passed overhead while people are supposed to be “worshiping” at the altar.  Perhaps we have forgotten the reason we go to church.  “In our day, we seem to overlook the divine principle of what ought to happen in the life of a truly born-again man.”