Woe Unto The World!
by Brian Price 7/23/2011

"Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!" - Matthew 18:7

I am sick and tired of reading the news, and seeing some story about a young girl being harmed. There are way too many freakshows out there who for some reason go around raping and killing the innocent. What is wrong with the world?

I tell you what really opened my eyes to the reality of our world. A few months ago I was reading the news online, and they had this link to look up sexual predators in the city. Won't say which city for the sake of protecting my identity. But nevertheless, when I looked at all the sexual predators which were within a 3 mile radius of my home, I was completely shocked. I could not believe it. All I could think about was my little daughter. She is not safe in our city.

This world has gone utterly mad. And you know what I think? I think the internet is partly to blame. Not the internet itself, but the people who do things on the internet. They are to blame. You know how easy it is for some pervert to acquire child pornography? It is as easy as typing in those words (child pornography) into Google or Yahoo. I think because the entire world (especially America) is constantly barraged with images and videos of violence and sexual perversion, it causes others to practice exactly what they see.

"The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!" - Matthew 6:23
You know what they say, "Garbage in, garbage out." The slime and filth of internet pornography invades the reprobate mind and heart, and in turn, influences the wicked person to stoop to that same level of depravity, as if he were not deprayed enough already!

In my opinion, I think men, the older they get, become worse and worse in their sin. I think in their youth, they start out desiring the natural affection and use of a woman. But then the older they get, they become insatiable. Unsatisfied with natural affection (natural sexual pleasure), they begin to burn in their lust toward the young and innocent, and often times, they burn in their lusts towards one another in homosexuality.

"But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived." - 2 Timothy 3:13
But what is wrong with people? Don't they understand the consequences and shame of their actions? Do they not understand their ultimate demise? Don't they know that they will face eternal doom?

Just recently, I read about the bombings and shootings in Oslo Norway. About 100 people were destroyed. For what? For sheer political gain? Revenge? Enjoyment? Or just plain terror? How sad. How vain of a thing for those culprits to do such a crime without any justifiable reason! What compels these fiends (not friends, but FIENDS) to do these heinous acts of murder?

"5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth." - Genesis 6:5-6, 11-12
See what the Bible says? It says that because of man's wickedness, God actually regretted creating human life! Can you imagine? How terrible of a thing! To actually grieve God to point of regretting the creation of the most beautiful thing in all of the universe - human existance.

You want to shed blood? Join the military and go fight the Taliban, or the crazy Haji Bobs in Afghanistan, or in Timbuktu! But for Pete's sake, LEAVE THE INNOCENT ALONE.

I was walking home today from a local restaraunt, and these two young children were playing outside nearby their home. As I walked past them, the little girl (she must have been 8 years old) walked right up to me and started asking me questions. She had no clue who I was! I could have been a murderer or a rapist. I thought to myself, "Doesn't she know not to talk to strangers? Does her parents know she is doing this?" After briefly speaking to the child, I continued on my way home, and prayed, "Dear God, protect that child from evil men!"

If you are like me, you are not ignorant of the crazy wicked men in this world. I tell you what, if you harm a child, you are going to answer to the Almighty Judge himself. And you know what he says about harming the innocent? Listen:

"And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!"
- Matthew 18:2-7
He said that it were better for a man to have a millstone hanged about his neck, and have him drowned in the depth of the sea, than for him to offend a little child. You know why he said that? Because the men who offend (harm) the innocent are going to face HIM on Judgment Day. And that end will be everlasting fire.
"The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that OFFEND, and them which do iniquity;
And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth."
- Matthew 13:41-42
Jesus loves the little children. In fact, he says children are the GREATEST in the kingdom of heaven. John the Baptist was and is supposedly the greatest prophet who ever was born of women. GREATER than Elijah, than Moses, greater than even Daniel, or Job. And yet, Jesus said that a LITTLE CHILD is even GREATER than John the Baptist. Watch out Pastor Osteen, or brother Rick Warren. If you came to the church that Jesus pastored, your reserved seat would be given to the little children, and YOU would sit in the back. That's how special children are to God.

Woe unto the world! Your time will come. Just as God looked on the corrupted, violent earth back 4,000 years ago in Noah's time, so God is looking on our earth now. And our earth is just as corrupt, just as evil, just as godless as it was back then. God WILL avenge the innocent. Take for example Israel. If God did not spare his own people Israel due to the shedding of innocent blood, how much more will God not spare us in America, or Europe, or wherever for the thousands of gallons of innocent blood shed every year! I imagine that the blood of every innocent child and innocent person cries from the ground unto God, and he hears them.

"And the LORD said unto Cain, 'Where is Abel thy brother?' And he said, 'I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?'
And he said, 'What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.'" - Genesis 4:9-10.

"Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child.
If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry;
And my wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless."
- Exodus 22:22-24

I pray for the day when the innocent blood will no longer be threatened. I wish for the day when a little child will be able to play on the hole of the asp's den without fear. I pray it speedily come. This world is not worthy of the innocent and precious lives that it steals away from God on a daily basis. Those are HIS children. You have no right to take away what is his.

I'll close with this. I remember reading about 2 maybe 3 children who had been kidnapped and held for sexual pleasure. After they were rescued, they said that they prayed to God everyday for him to deliver them. Well, God did. Isn't that sad? Poor souls were held against their will by some devil. But thank God that he does answer prayer.

I said that to say this. There isn't much we can do to help these helpless ones. But we can tell God about it. He does care. I've made it a habit to pray everyday that God would protect innocent children from the likes of evil and wicked men. I know my prayers are not in vain. The Bible says that God is the helper of the fatherless. He is a defender of the weak.

Yes, offences will come. Yes, there will be innocent lives lost. But that does not mean that God does not care. Nor does it mean that he will not repay. On the contrary.

"Vengence is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord." - Romans 12:19b
So if you are a Christian, please pray.
"Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy."
- Proverbs 31:8-9
Prayers like incense are lifted up to God, and he does hear them. He hears everything. So open your mouth, and pray that God protects and avenges the innocent. As for me, I'm done raging against the evils of our world.