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Do you Have What it Takes to be a Christian Survivalist?

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In a time of crisis, do you know how to survive?

What is a Christian survivalist?

The man you're about to meet next

has spent his life studying and practicing

spiritual and professional survival.

He's even written a book about it.

Pastor and Author Dr. Larry Horton joins us now to explain.

Welcome Dr. Horton.

Good morning Mark-- or afternoon Mark.

How are you?

Doing well.

Thanks for joining us today.

First of all, you've written the first book

of an intended trilogy entitled The Final Journey,

A Diary Of Survival.

Give us a brief synopsis.

The book is about the first four months

of a Christian couples journey from their home in Texas

to what they hope will be a safe location in the Allegheny

Mountains in West Central Pennsylvania.

The husband of the couple has been spending his life

studying history.

Obviously he has a scriptural background.

And they have identified signs that they

will look for in society, and politics,

the international world, business, and so on that

will be their triggers to let them

know that it's time to head for the hills

so to speak, to get to a place where they believe they can

build a new life and be safe from the breakdown of society

and the world as we know it today.

What exactly is a Christian survivalist?

A Christian survivalist is an odd combination.

Most people today think of survivalists

as hardcore preppers, hardcore people

who come out of a military background maybe,

or a backwoods background.

They have a set of skills.

They believe that they need to take care of themselves

for their own safety and for their long term survival.

A Christian survivalist believes in the depths of their heart

that their eternal survival rests on Jesus Christ.

They believe that the one missing

piece in traditional survivalism is that faith in Christ that

will guide and direct people for whatever the future holds

for them.

They totally put their lives in the hands of the Lord

and follow scripture, and through faith

believe that Christ would guide them

to the place they're supposed to be in this life.

I know in the book you talk about the four E's.

Take us through them.

Those are pretty simple words to say,

but they're extremely difficult to do.

Evaluate is what I was just talking about.

Evaluating your environment, looking

for signs of the breakdown of society and of the world,

knowing when those signs exist, basing a decision process

on that first step-- when you see those signs,

you know it is time to move.

If escape is to get out of that environment that

presents to you a great deal of danger to your life

and to the life of your loved ones,

do whatever possible to get as far away from those dangers

as you can.

Evade means that while you're traveling on your journey

you do everything possible to avoid

any physical or emotional risks from people

that are around you.

Confrontation is one of the most important dangers

that you have to think through when

you're in a survival journey.

Confrontation with people who might want to actually do away

with you, steal your goods, anything that they

can do to survive themselves.

When this time is present in the world,

people are going to be looking out for themselves.

They will do anything they can to maintain

their own lives at the cost of the lives of other people.

The last step, the endure peace is once you

have gotten to a point--

a place of safety--

that you have to endure the future.

Endurance through the journey is the beginning of that process,

but it's just the first step.

In the second book of the trilogy,

this married couple begins to build a place where

they can live for the future.

That's part of the endurance process as well.

And in the third book, the last four months of the year

long journey, the endurance is getting

through a very harsh winter and the things that

occur through the confrontations that

include other people that they have to be involved with.

So evaluate your situation.

You escape that situation.

You evade any future dangers.

And you endure through that whole process

and into the future.

Dr. Horton you've spent your life studying and practicing

spiritual and professional survival.

What does that involve?

It really started when I was a missionary in Taiwan.

I lived there in a time of great political unrest

for that country as the United States recognized China

as the official location for the US embassy.

The embassy was moved out of Taiwan,

so it was a very stressful, risky time

to live in that part of the world.

We went overseas, to be perfectly honest with you,

without any money in the bank.

We went overseas in what we called our faith-based profit,

promise-based mission agency.

So we trusted the Lord to bring the funds

in that would support us without knowing

where it was coming from.

That was pretty risky and pretty dangerous

for us with two small children, but the Lord

was very faithful to us.

We were able to complete a 4 and 1/2 year

stint as a Professor of Old Testament studies in Taiwan.

Then at a point in my life I went through a very

traumatic time where as the Aboriginals in Australia

would say, I went on a walk about.

I lost touch with the Lord for 10 years.

And it was a very tough time for me.

When God calls you, that call is always there.

And when you walk away from that,

the potential for guilt and feeling

like you have abandoned the one who gave His life for you

is pretty dramatic.

In 1993, I met my wife.

She brought me out of that walk about.

And she's been there beside me every step of the way

as we've gone through a lot of trauma

and stress in our own lives with the death of family

and the typical living things that you live through.

When I go back and think about all those years,

I go back to our faith promise when we were in Taiwan--

Philippians 4:6-7.

We put everything in the Lord's hands

and whatever life is brought to us, whether it's good or bad,

He's been faithful to us.

In the business world, in which I've

worked for 35 years for many of the largest

corporations in the United States,

including the largest company in the world,

I faced environments that were neutral at best, sometimes

hostile to my faith.

I was involved in doing change management

work and strategic leadership development.

In that work, I built servant leadership

to be the foundation of what I believed

a leader should be doing.

Servanthood is counter culture to not just

our social environment, but to in many ways

the business environment.

So Dr. Horton, you have lived out surviving professionally

and spiritually.

What would you say to those who say Christians are not just

supposed to survive, they should thrive?

That's a great question.

To me, thriving is to be as close to the Lord Jesus Christ

as possible, and putting our lives in His hands,

putting our future in His hands.

That doesn't mean that we renege on our responsibilities,

our intellect, our strength, our integrity, our ethics--

the basis of our humanity and walk

into life without any involvement personally

on what happens to us.

Finding the combination between absolute faith in Christ

and then allowing Christ to use our God

given skills and strengths, and experience, and knowledge,

and smarts, and common sense, and so on is something

that every Christian struggles with.

We're often told to just trust and don't worry about anything.

Well, that's true, we do trust Christ.

But at the same time, Christ trusts us

with the gifts He's given us to reach our world

and to live successfully in our world.

So finding that right combination between absolute

faith and then using what God has given us--

our innate skills and so on--

is really important.

In a survival situation, there are

things that you have to do that some people might say, well,

why did you do that?

Well, I felt led to do that.

Of course, you did.

But you didn't do it without possessing

the skills, and the knowledge, and the experience,

and practicing those things to successfully survive

in any kind of situation you find yourself in.

All right, Dr. Larry Horton, Pastor and Author.

Thank you so much for your time today and your insights.

We appreciate it.

Thank you for your time.

And God bless you folks and your ministry in what you're doing.

You, as well.

Thank you, sir.

You bet.

Bye bye.

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