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The Ultimate Prepper October 16, 2014

Posted by stevekerp in Church, End Times, Uncategorized.
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(Note: Many, many thanks to those of you who have been praying for me and writing to encourage me. I realize how much my podcasting effort meant to many of you and I am profoundly grateful to God for His blessing on my efforts. I hope to get back to podcasting in the near future, so please stay tuned and keep praying.

There is no “sand in the hourglass” as far as I can see. I believe we can be snatched literally at any time, so while attempting to calculate a “likely” date for the rapture is fun, it is now a distraction. The Biblical FACT is that we are on the threshold of our transition, and there will be no makeup classes. What we are when His trumpet sounds – mature or immature, spiritually rich or poor, virtuous or otherwise – is what we will be FOREVER. I don’t anticipate a broad-based spiritual revival, but I do believe each of us can be powerfully revived if we choose to be.)

Belle Ringer of the “Salvation And Survival” blog posted an item entitled Rethinking My Prepper Mindset that leads nicely into the topic I broached in my note above. Arguably, the biggest problem in the visible church today is the idolatry of materialism. We get comfortable with our “stuff” and convince ourselves that having lots of nice things and, more importantly, having funds and resources for the future, is responsible Christian stewardship and in no way in conflict with discipleship.

Apparently, the Laodiceans felt so, too. “I am rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing …” and we know how that story goes. According to a story in the telegraph on October 14th, “If you have $3,650, you’re among the wealthiest half of people in the world, according to Credit Suisse’s new report on global wealth.”

Scripture does not say there is anything wrong with being wealthy. However, scripture does say that we, as disciples, are to be distributors of wealth, NOT accumulators. I have discussed this previously in the context of Roger Hertzler’s book, Through the Eye of a Needle and that is the direction I will be going in forthcoming blog postings, and also (by God’s grace) on future podcasts.

We need to get this right. Hertzler asserts that a return to a rigorous and radical non-accumulation lifestyle on the part of Christ’s disciples has historically triggered revival, and that a return to a compromise with materialism has always ended it.

I WANT REVIVAL. I want to be totally, radically transformed and I want to be outrageously rich in heaven. Let’s make this transition together.

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1. arthurmealer - October 16, 2014

I want what you want, too.

Not sure Roger’s non-accumulation will be the holy grail. Maybe. Getting church “right” didn’t bring transformation in the lives of any number of denominations that claimed they finally had it right, including the house/organic/simple church crowd. I am one, and it hasn’t transformed me.

Nor does poverty bring about spiritual transformation for the majority of poor, in this country or abroad. I am significantly in the bottom 50%, but that hasn’t transformed me.

Beyond the symptoms, what was the recommendation of our Lord to the Laodiceans? He presented Himself to them as, “the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God.” Maybe that’s significant for us? Maybe we can hear Him out on what to do about our condition?

Rev 3:17 is sort of an example of Jer 17:11. One way or another, that condition is always true, though the specifics change.

Rev 3:18 specific counsel to address our actual condition.

Rev 3:19 a warning

Rev 3:20 a promise for right now, today. His very presence and what? Nourishment? Intimacy?

Rev 3:21 a promise for the future, a promise of more than wealth: power. It is interesting that so many wealthy people want to buy power with it.

Hungry.

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stevekerp - October 16, 2014

I don’t think it’s non-accumulation for its own sake, but rather distribution as opposed to accumulation. I have two coats, you have none. I give you one. The point is not in depleting my inventory, but in supplying your need.

You will enjoy the book. It’s on the way.

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arthurmealer - October 16, 2014

Looking forward to the book, but liking Rev 3.

James 2:15 “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,”

That is a pretty rare case in America (for anyone who is willing to work, II Thess 3:10)

But you can also distribute uselessly, I Cor 13:3.

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Steve - October 16, 2014

Anything that can be done right can also be done wrong. Anything done for the right reasons can also be done for the wrong reasons. Roger’s purpose in the book is to identify with precision what Christ has commanded and how to best obey. WHY Jesus told His disciples to do what He told them (and us), and what the ramifications or impacts might be, is a separate issue. I feel his case is compelling and Biblical. You are certainly urged to read the book with an open mind and an open Bible and come to your own conclusions. I look forward to the journey.

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2. cjlilly1977 - October 17, 2014

Loved this post , Steve and we were told that we must decrease and He must increase. The best supply for days ahead is not to be in a famine of the Word. Being blessed means also being prepared to be a blessing to give to others and supplies will multiply for needs.
Check out sermon 12-Oct-2014 Steak and Snake by Carter Conlon http://www.tscnyc.org/media_center.php?pg=sermons

“October 12, 2014 – The Bible says, in the last days there will be a returning to discernment. It’s sad to say, but a portion of the church have fallen prey to voices that don’t speak for God. Some of you love the true meat of God’s word, but you have also opened your heart to the seductive voices of false teachers. It’s a seductive religion that is all about self and prosperity. Cry out for the true oil of God’s word so we can be a light in darkness.” ~ Carter Conlon

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