There’s war in Ukraine and the Middle East. And persecution of Christians in the Holy Land and around the world. Even in the United States.
Trouble looms on many fronts, but if you are just starting to prepare, says evangelist Jim Bakker, “You are awful late.”
Gallups was discussing his new book, “Be Thou Prepared,” which shows Christians how to survive persecution and disaster.
“I love it,” commented Bakker on Gallups’ ideas. “You have to take care of your family.”
Gallups said it’s not just a good idea but a “God-given responsibility.”
And the pastor believes preparation isn’t just about providing for those close to you – it’s about carrying out the Great Commission.
“We make these preparations so that we might survive. We survive so that we may provide for our families, so that we might minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those around us, particularly those who haven’t prepared,” he said.
“So if we’re sitting around worried about food and water and clothing and shelter and we’re scrounging and scrapping and scraping, we can’t minister to the neighbor next door, or to the person across the street or to the lost person down the road – or, to the world that’s going crazy because they thought we were a bunch of nuts until the time came when they don’t have anything, either.”
Gallups advises Christians to “take care of your family first, but not in a selfish way.”
The goal, said Gallups, is for you to have the “peace in your heart” so that on the “day when it all falls apart, you haven’t fallen apart.”
The audience applauded as Gallups recounted how he ministered to his community after a hurricane. He was only able to do that, he said, because he was prepared.
But as Gallups noted, preparedness isn’t just about natural disasters. It’s about responding to man-made tragedies, too.
Bakker said the recent shooting at an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, was part of a trend of churches under attack. Bakker also spoke of reports alleging terrorist infiltration of churches.
Gallups urged people to reject paranoia but embrace preparedness, because the possibility of danger is always there. Gallups observed that the murderer in South Carolina was able to reload five times.
Because the church was a “gun-free zone,” all victims could do was sit, huddled in fear.
“That ain’t gonna happen at my church,” said Gallups.
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