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Opinion: Rev. Bill Harrell – The Train Has Arrived

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I am a great fan of that classic western movie, High Noon.  You might remember that the movie is based around the High Noon arrival of the train which was carrying a man who had a gang awaiting him with his guns in hand.  They were going to terrorize the town and, in the end, only one man was willing to stand against them; the Sheriff.  Everyone else was willing to roll over and play dead while the gang would be allowed to do as they willed with the town.  The point is that it finally came down to a showdown.  No one wanted that but the bad element forced it on them.  Thankfully, that one man, the sheriff, met the challenge and succeeded in saving the town by dealing with the problem of the trouble makers.  As a lifelong observer of the direction of America I believe The Train Has Arrived.  It’s been coming down the track for a long time, but now the day has come of its arrival.  This train is loaded with all the elements it would take to destroy our American way of life unless there is a resistant force and that force will ultimately be the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ because, in reality, it must be destroyed before the goals of those desiring to destroy America can be met.

Remember, this is all a spiritual battle and it is centered around removing God and His Son Jesus from society.

I have said for many years that one day it is going to be very difficult to be a Christian in America.  It is to our peril that we ignore or blithely pass off with the wave of a hand, the events that we have seen manifested in recent days.  Satan has been in a long quest to destroy the only nation in the history of man that was founded upon the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.  No nation in the world would be able to bring America to her knees with military force and satan knows that, but, working his wiles from within he has fervent hopes that he will be able to meet his goal of the destruction of this nation and the banishment of Christianity. 

If one will only listen and observe the developing situation in America, he will be able to hear satan roaring and screaming with all his fury in the riots and killings we are now witnessing.  Who, in their right mind would do such things as we have seen manifested in recent days? These people are not in their right minds.  They think they are but satan has them fooled.  They are trying to set up a new world order for America while satan has another goal: to destroy our country and even those who are so ardently helping him presently.

Ultimately, the fiercest battles will be focused around the Church, Christians and Jews.  The reason for this is that all of this is a spiritual battle; not a political one.  The underlying quest is to discredit God and destroy His influence on the earth.  The troubles we see coming go much further than just America but this bastion of Christianity must be annihilated before the rest of the world can be conquered.

The Church, Christians, must be defeated if satan is to reach his goal of world domination.  Christianity is at the fulcrum of it all, and Christians must be prepared to fight if necessary.  It is wonderful to pray and we had better be fervently doing that NOW because the day is coming when we will have to respond with force.  In 732 AD, a crucial battle was fought that literally saved Western Europe from being overrun by the Spanish Moors.  It was the battle of Tours.  A Christian, Charles Martel defeated a large army of Spanish Moors and in doing so halted the Muslim advance into Europe.    We must do as Charles Martel and his army did and be willing to stand up for our beliefs or be defeated and subjugated because that is the goal of the forces which are now so evident.

I have been reading again the way in which God dealt with disobedient Israel.  He let them, in the freedom of their will, go where they wanted to go regardless of His warnings.  They went to idols and Godless practices.  Finally, when He had had enough, He would turn them over to their enemies to suffer the consequences of their chosen path of sin.  He can and just might do the same thing to America.  The problem is that the good people of Israel had to suffer along with those who had caused the judgment by dishonoring Him in sin.  But, there came a day when He would see the nation in repentance and then He would call them to arms.  War ensued and God would bless His people with victory. 

Christians are abused by the world because we are perceived as graceful, loving, peaceful people who will take the abuse of the world with little consequence to our oppressors.  We should pray and seek a peaceful solution but our enemy only understands force.  And they will rule over us and subjugate Christians and Christian America unless they are met with the only thing they understand, force.  There was a day when David had to kill Goliath.  And, Christians are going to have to be willing to step up as David did if necessary, and we all hope that day never arrives. 

The Train Has Arrived……its High Noon!  The free expression of our Christian faith hangs in the balance as does our nation as we have known it.  There will be a struggle but according to Him, we survive.  It won’t be pleasant but we have the assurance of God that we win!  But remember…you don’t gain a Victory without there having been a battle.  We must be prepared for it.  Yes, The Train Has Arrived!

Reverend William (Bill) Harrell has been in ministry 48 years. He served as the pastor of Abilene Baptist Church in Martinez, GA for over 30 of those years. He can be reached at wfh@williamfharrell.com. You can also check out his blog at www.williamfharrell.com

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  1. But what is *actually* happening in America now is that things are really just becoming more equal and White Christian privilege is becoming less pronounced, and it scares y’all. I see hypocritical judgment all around from much (not all) of American Christianity, and that’s why us younger people are leaving it behind and forming our own beliefs (I am in my upper 30s, so I’m an older Millennial). Personally, I still uphold Jesus as a great figure and think the world/country would be better off if Christians actually took Matthew 5-7 to heart and strived to live it out. But I really never heard much about the Sermon on the Mount from all the Christian churches I attended and didn’t really know about it until after I grew up and read it for myself. I now read it often and in many different Bible translations. Maybe if there wasn’t so much focus on clobbering the LGBTQ community and more focus on the actual teachings of Jesus, mainstream American Christianity could hold onto us younger folks who have access to the Internet and can easily learn about other cultures and beliefs. -Signed, someone who was raised conservative Christian

      • Thanks for the reply. Is that the only part of my thoughts that you could focus on? By the way, I attended Abilene Baptist Church for a while as a teenager (of my own volition; my parents were nondenominational) around 1998-1999. All I am really trying to get across is that people like me do *not* see the teachings of Jesus coming through many pastors… I especially don’t see it after reading the Bible (and continuing to read the Bible) and praying myself.

        • Your response was full of issues that require far more in response than this forum can handle. It was obvious to me that you, like many others in today’s world are frustrated and looking for answers. The only way to get your questions answered completely is if you continue to read God’s inspired word and to have a personal relationship with His Son. Thanks for your responses.

  2. Perhaps many should go back and study the Bible and it’s teachings. Many, in my opinion, attempt to alter the Bible to fit their personal beliefs and desires. Basically many should stop wondering if God is on their side; and, instead pray that they are on God’s side. There IS a difference.

  3. What about the problem of the church itself turning into a concert performance by twenty year olds gurgling words and waving their arms while fog fills the room followed by a ” you too can be rich and successful by just believing in your buddy, God” s” speech by a fifty year old wearing a motorcycle vest?

    • Thomas: You have hit the nail on the head! Thank you. It is an encouragement to me to know that people see what is happening to the Church into today’s world. The world has changed the church instead of the Church changing the world. I have often preached that you can’t do God’s business with the world’s methods. Thanks again for your response. BH

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