"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
In a previous article, I tackled the issue of whether or not preparedness is a Biblcal concept (a decisive YES!). In this article, I explain the five reasons why I think it is absoltely critical for traditional believers to embrace self-reliance and preparedness.
1- God tells us to prepare for the future. Yes, this means both spiritual AND physical preparedness. There are many, many verses from both the Old Testament and New Testament in which we are warned to prepare for future hard times and even persecutions. 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. I give many of these verses in my previous article, so check it it out if you doubt me. Preparedness is not only prudent, but in fact is commanded by God.
2- We have a Biblical responsibility to take care of our family, in both good times and bad times. It is not the government's responsibilty. It is not society's responsibility. It is ours. "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 Christians, so man-up and don't be worse than an unbeliever.
3- God guarantees tough times and persecution ahead for those
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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 incrreasinly being forced to choose between following God, or or following the world. Political correctness is largely meant to silence traditional Christian values and viewpoints. (Sadly, many modern "Christians" are trying to fit in with the world by rejecting large swaths of the Bible, but that is for another article.) 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 God's way 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. It is as simple as that...
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