Bill Gates in a recent tweet pledged support for a new project “Big History”…an online learning menu offered by David Christian to spread understanding of the history of the universe and how humanity fits in. According to this often refined doctrine, the world started by a “Big Bang” 13.7 billion years ago and progressed through eight thresholds, specific events at which ingredients and the right conditions combine to permit leaps of increased complexity from nothing to the world we live today. God is nowhere in this new history curriculum. Bill Gates is an example of a true disciple, and David can expect that he will have enough to finish this “Tower”.
Christ called twelve, and spoke often on discipleship so we can discern if we are His or not. For the gospel and the Kingdom of God to be established … indeed for any agenda - there are costs to be borne … and not only by angels. His Disciples must be found.
Luke 14:28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 14:30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. 31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. 33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
Discipleship is costly … and Christ said it will cost all that we have (v.33). But then Christ will not send anyone anyhow, for it will only be an embarrassing waste to do so… instead He must check the quality of the stock of saints. Verse 31 states that He is not looking for numbers as He has no intention for our resources to be leveraged in the carnal combat we are used to … He declares that the few (ten thousand) – if they can be found - are meant to overcome the twenty. Human strength is not what He fights with. Verse 32 then explains why Christ must often choose His battles and leave the culture to go riot, doing nothing while the saints watch the world on a downward unstoppable spiral. The saints that will not pay the price must therefore be prepared to broker conditions of peace with the world view and this is what often happens. Where are the disciples needed? What are they to do when sent by Christ?
Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
The gates of hell were not cheap to erect, and demolishing them will require more than prayer. Sacrificial service, people, finances, infrastructure, technology, organization, planning and actions backed by faith in the Lord of Hosts – are all required. Christ builds His Church with an undefeatable army attacking mighty fortifications of darkness. The gates of hell should not be confused with the ornate gates of the Church building. Delivered saints testify of personal relief - celebrating and contented when the congregation is peacefully growing while corruption, poverty, witchcraft and heresy thrives in other spheres. But the true disciple of Christ has relocated himself to the boundaries of corruption in government, media and intelligentsia - tearing down poverty through community empowerment/involvement and provoking centers of evil - disturbing and pulling down that which must be destabilized even when they are not immediately threatening Church events. The disciple is not to be dormant, or be reacting to issues … but is a proactive and aggressive change agent targeting stubborn wrongs until gates give way.
The modern day gates are the arguments, legal fortifications and every new, well-funded idea that promote the irrelevance of God. Our children are now being taught via the global internet about alternative lifestyles, evolution and big-bang theories and tolerance of the abominable while we are permitted to sing amicably in the pews. Who challenges and attacks evil that seems invisible and remote to the safe church walls without being taunted even in the church as misguided or just spiritually “incorrect”? Who is sent to discover if indeed the gates of hell prevail or fall when soldiers are safely gated behind our programs. The other saints wait even as the gates of hell relocate closer to our services even towards the revered priesthood.
The gates of hell are not in Egypt, Iraq, Iran or Russia … look again. They are closer than you think … not as far from your Church gate as you imagine and advancing closer ? Where will you find the strongest and fastest spreading financial and intellectual fortifications and corruptions against Bible truths, justice and divine order? Who will go and take on these gates …Where are the Christian scientists, authors, technology gurus, lawyers, legislators, politicians, revolutionaries, financiers … set to be mobilized to stop alternative messages? There is a purpose to your gift in the Kingdom. Can you be His disciple? Will you go? Do you fear the cost of the resistance and tearing down the gates or scared of not accomplishing what you were created to do.
A preacher once said many are occupied - protecting and growing selfish interests or trying to copy or accommodate the world view. Who will forsake all? All …yes, like when we sing “take my silver and my gold, not a mite will I withhold…” ..”How many will remain if told they have to forsake all …their dreams … especially self?"
David Christian may or may not have found an ideal disciple in Gates, but he seems to have access to resources to sponsor his dream of every young innocent child seduced with free online media learning to accept this peculiar view of history. Soon, teen minds are to be assailed to believe that more complex levels of order emerge spontaneously … without God the supremely intelligent creator.
One of the eight thresholds of “Big History” – Collective Learning - happened according to David Christian about 200,000 years ago when man appears after the dinosaurs are wiped away by a cosmic catastrophe 65 million years ago and language is developed thousands of years later. Human language allows intelligence, creativity and innovation that causes another leap of complexity. The Bible instead speaks of a people who sought to build a tower at Babel and were unstoppable because of their unity and single language …only for God to scatter them with different languages and cultures … awaiting a time when Christ will reintroduce a new Kingdom culture to restore the right unity.
Christ explains in His illustration that if saints sing, dance and gather but none are found who can forsake all, then all we should expect is peace with the gates of hell, and a continued propagation of strange principles inside and outside the church …seeds that germinate years later in new strains of social evil. The increased acceptance of abortion and other post-modern social evils are not completely unrelated to the new godless knowledge-ware.
So, how many millions of dollars will you give for the gospel? Why the outrage when the Church calls for funds to spread the gospel or when billionaire disciples are being sought? Learn from Bill Gates. If we are not disciples with our money then we are not disciples at all. Lord, help me to forsake all that must be forsaken. Self is the most difficult to forsake, not money. But there are other Christian Davids who must be helped with His funds for the gospel
God must always have his remnant … they must always be there … His chosen disciples – the lives that are the true cost of revival … they who are used to bring down the gates of hell by the power of God - in His time. His word can never return void.