Hello Family of God,
"Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, [God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble]. [Submit] yourselves therefore to God. [Resist the devil], and he will flee from you. [DRAW NIGH TO GOD], and he will [DRAW NIGH TO YOU]. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. [Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord], and he shall [LIFT YOU UP]." (James 4:5-10)
One of the first things mentioned on the local news was about avid movie-goers bidding up to $10,000 for a ticket to watch a pre-screening of this movie. There are people who are dying of starvation who would give an arm and a leg for a piece of fruit, and this is the level of selfishness that is spreading throughout this world. I had to separate myself from some of my "friends" who claimed to be Christians, but are now living a life of worldliness, habitual carnality, and pornography addiction. I love them, and I pray for the Salvation of their souls; however, none of us can afford to live like the rest of the unbelieving world, or the hypocrites who attend church only to live like hedonists the rest of the time. These types of false converts we often see in the church visible are those where the Gospel has never taken "root" within them, and as a result, their souls are parched, and there is no fruit-bearing in their lives at all, and they are self-deceived, believing that their "church membership" is their "get out of hell free ticket" to Heaven (Matt. 13:21; Mk. 4:11-12; Jn. 3:3; 12:40; 17:17; Rom. 8:7; 15:4; 1 Cor. 2:14; 15:1-4; Jude 4).
Why are there so many Christians confused as to what direction God wants them to move in their lives? As with all illusionist's, the Devil is very adept at misdirection; his subtlety and craftiness has led "self-professed" Christians groping in the dark and working their way through life unguided by the light of life (cf. 2 Sam. 22:29; Ps. 27:1; Jn. 8:12; 12:46; 2 Cor. 4:4-6). God does not abandon His children as human fathers sometimes do, especially in a time as now where moral decline (e.g., sexual deviancy and immorality, lacking natural affection: such as abortion, and wives having authority over their husbands and women pastors, etc.) is diminishing. If God seems afar off in your life, it is because you are distracted by the cares of this world and shortsighted, and this ought not to be so.