The founder of the Salvation Army, General William Booth, before his passing, gave six warnings, or some considered them as prophecies, that will come as the day of the Lord approaches. Many of us know about the Salvation Army, the thrift store, and we see them specifically around Christmas time. They are a Christian organization noted for helping the poor. This organization was formed by General William Booth.
This man of such caliber, who have impacted so many people throughout centuries, said this:
“Let us see if they are fulfilling before our very eyes today.”
Religion Without the Holy Ghost
William Booth says, the chief danger that confronts the coming century will be, religion without the Holy Ghost.
What does that mean?
The bible says that in the last days, there will be people who have a form of Godliness, but they deny the power from within, and that is the Holy Spirit. They may go to church. They may give money to charities. They may do a lot of things that “Christians” do. However, they are not truly Born Again.
Jesus said this when He talked to Nicodemus. He says,
“Unless you’re born of water and the Spirit, you will by no means enter the Kingdom of God.”
Are we seeing this in our world today? People are doing good acts. They think that because they are a good person. That they have practiced some form of religion. They’ve stepped foot into a church building before, and that’s why they feel that they have a relationship with God. But here’s the danger that William Booth says. In the last days, one of the six dangers will be religion without the Holy Ghost.
Is that happening with us today?
Christianity Without Christ
Number two, he says there will be Christianity without Christ.
Oh, how tragic!
How can you have Christianity when it starts with the word Christ? People are doing Christianity without following Jesus.
Isn’t that the same warning that Jesus gave his disciples? That on that day, many people would say to Him, “Hey Jesus, You ate in our streets, You taught in the street corners, and we all heard you.” But Jesus says, “I never knew you, because you never obey me, you practice lawlessness.”
Today, we hear a lot about Christian teachings on Christian TV about how to be a better you, how to be successful, and have a better life. But that is not the essence of Christianity.
The essence of Christianity is about Jesus Christ! Because without Jesus, no one can go to the Father.
While this world may tell you that, “Oh, come get all you can out of life, plan for your retirement and do everything you can to make yourself feel comfortable.”
Jesus Himself said the other way. He says that if you want to be great, you have to become low. If you want to be promoted, humble yourself first. If you want to be a leader and a master, you have to be a servant of all. And He demonstrated that by His own example and washed the disciples’ feet.
How many people today will look at the words of Jesus in red letters and say, “Wow, these are so precious!” So many times when I read the New Testament and read the words of Jesus, I’m like, yes! These are the words of eternal life, and I have to obey them.
But how many of us actually read the word of God, Jesus? What He says in the bible and actually obey them?
Forgive us, God, and change us from within so that we can truly follow You. We want Christianity with You being as the center, Jesus and not without You.
Forgiveness Without Repentance
Number three, William Booth says, there will be forgiveness without repentance.
Isn’t that so true today that people want the forgiveness of God? Oh, do you want the grace of God? Do you want the love of God? Do you want Him to forgive you? Yes, sure, of course.
But when you tell them to repent, people say, why can’t even stand the word repent. I’ve heard of Christians telling me this. Don’t talk about repentance; just say “believe” because that’s what some of the gospel writers are saying.
But that’s not the entire picture! You have to look at the entire gospels. John the Baptist started his ministry saying, “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” Jesus started his first sermon by saying: “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”
And on the day of Pentecost when people were cut to the heart, and they were convicted by their sin and they say to Peter, “What must we do to be saved?” What did Peter say? He didn’t say, “Oh, just believe. Just accept Jesus into your heart. Just invite Him into your life.”
He never said anything like that!
He says, “Repent and be baptized for the remission of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” In another place, he says, “Repent and be converted.” Because let me tell you that without repentance, there is no forgiveness. Jesus says, “Unless you repent, you will likewise perish.”
Repentance is not optional. It’s not something that we choose to do or don’t choose to do. It is a requirement in order to be saved and enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Repentance means a change of your mind metanoia that leads to a change of action. If you say that you’re going to head west one day and you change your mind that you’re going to head east, but you end up still going west, have you changed your mind? Have you repented?
No, you have not.
This is a tragedy of Christianity today. many of us think that we can just claim, “Oh Jesus, I believe you, Oh Jesus, I follow you.” I go to church on Sunday and I put my hands up in worship and yet on Monday to Saturday when no one’s looking I do exactly the same thing. Even on Sunday, apart from that one or two hours of church, I do exactly the same thing. I live the same way as the world. That my friends, is not repentance!
The way the bible puts it is that we are to bear fruits worthy of repentance.
Salvation Without Regeneration
Point number four: There will be salvation without regeneration.
How many times have we heard on TV or in churches? People say, “If you want to accept Jesus today and invite Him into your life, Everybody with eyes closed, just raise your hands and repeat this prayer after me.” And so they raise their hands and they speak that prayer.
And afterwards, the preacher goes, “Well today, all of heaven rejoices. Because you have invited Jesus into your life, and you have accepted Him into your heart.”
My question is, where is that in the bible? Now, I’m not fully against people saying a prayer to start their relationship with God. But our relationship with God is not only founded on just a prayer. It’s a lifelong commitment and process, just like a marriage. Just like a friendship. If you don’t put effort into it. If you don’t spend time with one another, it’s not going to work!
God is always faithful. He never leaves us or forsakes us. But you and I, we can be enticed and drawn away by the things of this world. These are the warnings that the bible tells us not to do.
A test of our faith to know whether with genuine or not is very simple. Do we live the same life that we used to live before knowing Jesus? If we still have the same desires, we watch the same thing, listen to the same thing, like the same things, the same way that the world does.
My question to you is, have you and I really been regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit? In the first-century church, if you read the Book of Acts, people revered them, people esteemed them highly and they dare not join them.
Why? Because they profess that they are Christians? Because they are wearing this little cross symbol? Everybody knew at that time that the cross means shame. It means death! It is not some fashionable thing that we wear as jewelry around our neck like today.
But this group of people, the early church, turned the world upside down. Not just the apostles, not just the 12 disciples that followed Jesus, but everyone! All the believers who are repented and truly regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit.
If we read the Book of Acts, that is the life that God called us to live today. Because Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever and He doesn’t change. The only people who have changed are just us.
Politics Without God
The fifth thing General William Booth says is that there will be politics without God. And unfortunately, I think that today, it even goes further than that. It is not only politics without God, but it is politics against God.
When the very essence and value of Christianity is being trampled underfoot in the name of tolerance, and in the name of love. You know that this danger and prophecy is being fulfilled in front of our very eyes and God is grieved.
May we ask God for wisdom to know who to vote for and who to support. Because as Christians, we need to stand up for what is true as the bible tells us.
Preaching of Heaven Without Hell
Last but not least, and perhaps the most important, William Booth warns that the sixth danger is that there will be preaching of heaven without hell.
Oh, we don’t want to hear those fire and brimstone messages because they are going to offend people. We want to be secret sensitive. We wanna be secret friendly so that they can come and attend the church, and they can go through our programs. I’m not against any of that.
We want people to come to church. We want people to come to know the saving grace of Jesus Christ. But you have to understand that we are the church. The body is the church! And if we don’t tell people the biblical gospel that Jesus talked about in the bible, how are they going to come to a saving grace and saving knowledge of Jesus Christ?
I understand hell is an uneasy topic to talk about. But you know what? The millions and millions of people who are in hell today, that wished that someone would have told them about the reality of hell when they were on earth.
Imagine going to a gas station and someone is pumping gas. But he didn’t know that while he was pumping gas, gasoline was actually dripping all over his pants and all over his body. He just didn’t know. And then you also saw another guy about to throw a cigarette on the floor right beside this guy.
You know what’s going to happen next. This guy’s going to get burned up and it’s not going to look good. What are you going to do? Are you going to sit there and be like, “I don’t want to offend the guy. I don’t want to yell at him that he’s going to burn, because I want to be loving and friendly.” No, that’s stupidity!
You tell him, “Hey sir! Look! Your clothing! Your pants are drenched in gasoline and that guy is about to throw a cigarette! Run!”
The same issue if you see someone in a burning building and they’re putting on their headphones. They don’t know that the building’s on fire and they’re just having a good time. What are you going to do?
Are you going to say, “Oh, I don’t want to offend them. I’m just going to let them burn in that burning building. Knowing it’s going to come to nothing.
This is the world that we’re living in today. People are content. They’re putting on their headphones, the distractions, the things of life. Jesus calls it the deceitfulness of riches and the cares of this life, drowning out the conviction of the Holy Spirit in their hearts that they think that their sin is okay, that God has love for them even without their repentance.
And before we point the finger on the world and to others, let us look into our lives and say, “Oh, Holy Spirit. Is there anything in our lives that are not pleasing to you? Things that we don’t even know on our blind side. Please reveal it to us. Because you say in your word, that we have to pursue peace with all men, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.
So what are you going to do? Are you just going to sit by and watch the world, your family, your friends, and your relatives, just go to a place that they can never get out from eternal torment? Or you going to tell them and shout from the rooftops,
“Hey, there is hope.”
“Hey, there is grace.”
“Hey, there’s good news that if we repent and turn our lives back to God that we can be forgiven!”
Not this shallow, wishy-washy forgiveness that the bible never offered. But that when we repent of our sins and we say, “God, today we want to turn our lives back to you. That we no longer want to only have a name that we’re alive, but that we’re actually dead, like the church in the Book of Revelation. We don’t want to leave our first love. We want to come back to You, God. This is our prayer for today.”
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