Monday, April 03, 2017

Dial Daily Bread: Is It a Sin to Be Scared?

Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"

The Bible is emphatic: Jesus, Paul, and both Daniel and Revelation, warn us against the dragon's subtle counterfeits of the gospel--especially in our last days. "False christs and false prophets will arise ... so as to deceive, If possible, even the elect." "The man of sin ... sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God." "A little horn ... grew up to the host of heaven. ... He even exalted himself as high as the Prince of the host." "And all who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life" (Matt. 24:24; 2 Thess. 2:3, 4; Dan. 8:9-14; Rev. 13:8, etc.). Pretty serious! Could these deceptions go on under our very nose?

A heart warm with sweet emotion is necessary as we face the end time trials; but a perceptive mind alert to doctrinal truth is also needed. The great issue should be simple, but it eludes those nearly "all who dwell on the earth": how do you distinguish between the voice of "the dragon" and the voice of "the Lamb"? The dragon gets "wroth," and loses his temper in the mark of the beast crisis. Likewise the holy Lamb of God will exude a righteous anger when those majority finally re-enact the crucifixion of Christ (or try to) in the person of His saints (Rev. 13:12-17; 14:9-12).

Don't be dismayed by the dragon's roar. All he can do is to scare us. He "shall not prevail against you" (Jer. 1:17-19). Is it a sin to be scared?

--Robert J. Wieland

From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: July 18, 2002.
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