Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have just pledged 3 billion dollars to "cure, prevent or manage all diseases" by the end of the century. Chan, a pediatrician, is hoping to spare the pain she sees when she delivers bad news to parents. Few people would argue with this noble goal.
But it is one example of an impossible dream held by so many of the leaders in the "world." It is a place opposed to God`s plan of salvation, redemption and true abundant life.
The dream sits squarely on the lie of evolution. This generation, baptized in technology, believes that they can speed up evolution by altering DNA and create a super race, freed of disease, aging, poverty and hatred. Robots, bright with artificial intelligence, will be willing servants to bring a utopia of abundance and harmony.
This counterfeit heaven on earth will be funded by the mountainous fortunes amassed by such as Zuckerberg and his techno-cohorts. Sadly, many who claim to believe the Bible are buying into this fantasy instead of discerning the "signs of the [end] times" that describe the increasing chaos until Christ comes to rule in righteousness.
Daniel is told in chapter 12 that "...many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased." This certainly describes our freeways and internet. But he was also told that: "Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand."
We still see multitudes around the world, coming into Christ`s Kingdom and being "purified, and made white." But also many are "tried," with persecution rising in much of the world. Instead of being on the threshold of a new, man-made era of harmony and abundance, those who "do wickedly" will torpedo the dreams of those who refuse to include God in their plans.
America`s prosperity is the direct result of including God and honoring His word. That abundance has financed the spread of the gospel to all nations, just as Christ promised in Matt. 24:14. After that, though, He said that the end would come, not some man-made utopia.
Only righteousness can exalt a nation (Prov. 14:34.) As long as the hearts of sinful men are unchanged, sin will bring reproach: poverty, war, hatred, by those who "do wickedly." The enemy of men`s souls, the trinity of "world, flesh and the devil" will not permit man to get his dream, no matter how much money they spend.
Daniel was told that the wise will understand. And Solomon declared that "The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise" (Prov. 11:30). Never before in history has temptation of the "world" been more subtle for the Bible believer.
Church leaders and future leaders are told that using tracts is old fashioned and doesn`t work. Evangelism must be done through the long process of building a relationship to get permission to share the gospel.
But random sowing of the gospel seed does work. Thousands have written or called Chick Publications, testifying of changed lives from the message in a single tract —or a series of tracts found at random times.
A sample of these testimonies can be seen at Evangelism> (Select "Testimonies)". Here is an example:
“In 1989 I was depressed and even suicidal. I was walking the streets of Nashville one night and I happened upon THIS WAS YOUR LIFE! laying on a grease spot in a parking lot. I read it, threw it down and then came back and read it again. In the months that followed I repented and was saved.”