“We Are at a Transition Between the Ages,” says Charles Simpson
As we go about our daily lives, we can become focused on our tasks and responsibilities that are immediately in front of us. What we often do not consider is how things around us are changing. We are on the precipice of a new age. We may not presently recognize this, but when we look back on history, we can see those defining moments. Charles Simpson recently sat down with VFNtv and shared about the inevitability of changing times, and also the unknowns in our future.
In his own words, Simpson points out where we are in the present age. “We’ve come to the end of an age, and we’re in the transition between ages, the overlap of yesterday and tomorrow, and we don’t know what the future is going to be.” As Simpson points out, the age that is now upon is unlike anything before seen in history. “Ages start and end quicker than they ever did.” Simpson briefly recounts history’s notable mentions of the Guttenberg Printing Press, Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, World War II, 9/11 Twin Towers Attack, and the turn of the century. What is also significant to recognize is that industries are now more influential than ever before. Simpson emphasizes what they are capable of, “they can buy elections.” These realities highlight the urgency for the Church to be the Church more than ever.
As we see industries establishing a larger presence in cultures and economies throughout the world, people can become disillusioned in what these industries offer and neglect to hold to more important things like values and morals. In response to this, Simpson expresses what can be learned from what has happened within Hong Kong. “Hong Kong is a demonstration of what happens when control goes beyond moral basis and what you’re having in Hong Kong is not only a pro-liberty movement, you’re having a lot of Christian activity, and a lot of desire for freedom of thought, freedom of worship.” What people may not be aware of is China’s technological advancements that far surpass what America is presently experiencing.
As industries increase more and more, as the Church, we cannot focus on secular results while neglecting spiritual results. Simpson explains, “there are people that are for a secular solution rather than a spiritual solution…you could make two columns on a sheet. If they go for this, they’re probably gonna go for the rest of it. The sides are becoming clearer.” In a sense, this is a good thing as we will be able to define who we will choose to follow clearly. Simpson continues, “that’s what the Scripture said would happen, ‘The wicked would do more wickedly. The righteous would do more righteous.’ And I think that’s happening. And I think it has to happen so that people can see what the difference is and make their own choices.” In today’s culture, one may assume there are many different sides and choices to be made. But, as Simpson points out, there are only two sides. “When you look at the agendas, there’s only two sides, and we’re being forced to make choices that we don’t necessarily want to make. But, there’s only two sides.”
These nuggets of wisdom are so important for us to understand and walk in. As these days increase, the choices we make will become more apparent than ever before. See the full conversation with Charles Simpson about this new age, changing industries, and so much more. Also shared in this segment: Artificial Intelligence, AI, Hong Kong, freedom, truth, liberties, industries, elections, agendas, ages in history, and truth. Charles Simpson and Greg Lancaster shared in this segment.
Believers Should be Known for Forgiveness, but Are We? Charles Simpson
In our present culture, the sides that are being presented ultimately come down to only two. Regardless of what one may say or perceive things to be, there are truly only two sides to choose from. These can be found in words from Jesus in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy[a] that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” When Charles Simpson recently sat down with VFNtv, he talked about the importance of us recognizing what will ultimately happen when we do choose.
“When you choose your side, you’ve also chosen your opposition; and it’s unfortunate because we don’t think about it…there are a lot of people who will say, ‘now it’s time for me to take you down because I don’t believe in that,’ and that’s happening.” This is the sobering truth that brings Simpson much heartache. As he continues, “the thing that grieves me is that it’s so often Christians doing it to Christians.” Simpson openly asks the question, “whatever happened to the verse that says, ‘if you have odd against your brother, go to him’? That verse might as well be eliminated in the Bible.” These are the very words of Jesus emphasizing the importance of our relationships with one another before we boast assuming our relationship with Him. In the parable of the Unforgiving Servant, Jesus spoke plainly in Matthew 18: 34-35 and revealed what would happen to those who choose not to forgive. “And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.” We cannot overlook the importance of forgiveness. It’ very important to get any unforgiveness out of our hearts. Jesus forgave us. We cannot hold unforgiveness. As Believers, the Body of Christ, we should be known for forgiveness.
In our changing culture, it appears that more and more people are conforming to the status quo so as not to be singled out for the choices that they are making. As Simpson points out, God is looking for courage. “I think that God would rather deal with a sinner that has courage than a Christian that has got none, and God can use the sinner, He can actually change him, but passivity is absolutely useless, and it’s a sin in the face of crisis.” Simpson continues, “to watch something happen that you could intervene in, and not intervene is criminal. You’re part of the problem.” Regardless of what people do or decide not to do, it’s important not to get caught up in perceiving someone as our enemy.
See the full conversation with Charles Simpson as he highlights the Biblical importance of living a life of forgiveness, and so much more. Also shared in this segment: Conformity, the Mark of the Beast, unforgiveness, love, forgiveness, passivity, discipleship, Good News of the Gospel, and hope. Charles Simpson and Greg Lancaster shared in this segment.