I ready today’s “Days of Praise” devotional from ICR, and it rang loudly in my heart and spirit. This is what I have been seeing happening in the churches more and more as the decades have gone by. More church leaders are willing to give up the very callings of God on their lives, and no longer teaching the truths of the Bible, in order to change with the times and follow Satan’s lead instead of God’s. It is creating a recipe not only for spiritual disaster, but imminent JUDGMENT from the Almighty that is prophesied to happen. This is the time of “mercy” that the Lord God has given this generation, since the time of His Son Jesus’ death on the Cross, and resurrection. But this time will not last forever.
Judgment WILL come, and as St. Peter wrote in his letter, “For it is time for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do NOT obey the gospel of Christ?” (1 Peter 4:17). The judgment will start with God’s own—His leaders of the Church, and those who have at one time, committed themselves to teach His Word. Then will be all those who say they are Christians, from whatever branch of Christianity they hail from.
For the Lord Jesus, it will be both a time of happiness and sadness, because He will end up condemning some who have said, “Lord, Lord” (Matthew 7:21), but never really followed Him due to their fear of being “offensive” and hurting people’s feelings with the truth of His Word. They will find out the hard way that there was always to be division and offence in this world, because the truth of the Word of God is exactly what it is written as in Hebrews 4:12–“For the Word of God is LIVING and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, PIERCING to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” God’s Word is hated by those who follow the evil ones who deceive them and turn them away from His Truth, and the father of lies himself—Satan.
May we always strive more each day, to have an ear to “Hear what the (Holy) SPIRIT says to the churches” (Rev. 2:11a), so we do not get caught up in either learning or teaching wrong doctrines, and causing more division between the Body of Christ. Allow the Holy Spirit to do His job here—“When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, BUT WHATEVER HE HEARS (from the LORD God) HE WILL SPEAK, and He will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take what is Mine and declare it to you” (Jn. 16:13-14).
TRUTH offends. TRUTH of God’s Word causes divisions, BUT those who are OFFENDED by those truths, are not really looking to be humbled by His Word. Their hearts are hardened like Pharaoh in Moses’ day. We all know how THAT turned out for him.
A major part of what the LORD God has been doing with me these past few years is written right in 2 Timothy 3:16–learning the right doctrine, for reproof, correction, for instruction in righteousness…”. He has shown me were my errors were, the corrections that needed to be made in my spiritual walk with Him, and now, after “maturing” over these past 6+ years, I will now be able to speak more about it, and pass on the information to you. But truth always comes with some pain—the “faithful wounds of a friend” (Prov. 27:6). I’d rather offend with the loving truth of God’s Word, than deceive someone with the hateful lying tongue of the enemy.
The Body of Christ has been split thousands of times over, that shreds of the Truth of Scripture has been spread out amongst the Body; some have much of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, but are lacking in doctrine, while others have the richness and beauty of the liturgical truths, but do not pray through the Holy Spirit as they ought, leaving them powerless against demonic attacks and also personal growth and maturity in the Word of God.
The Body of Christ has been too busy fighting with one another, causing divisions, making their own gains in this world, and forsaking the reason why they were called to preach and or teach the Gospel of Christ to begin with. Satan loves that, and he makes sure that he keeps them chained up with just enough of the worldly lusts to make them a vessel of dishonor, instead of one to be honored by the Lord Jesus, at the end of their time serving Him on Earth (Romans 9:21-23; 2 Timothy 2:20-22).
Decide whether or not you will be the one who will cause divisions because you want to live in the worldly sense while saying you are a Christian, not becoming a vessel of honor, or–
Be like JESUS, Who caused divisions and offences BECAUSE He not only spoke the truth of the Word, but taught it and LIVED it.
I choose to be like JESUS. If I am to cause divisions, it is only because those who do not like to be called out for their sins of the flesh, the world, and all the lusts they love to live with, hate when I speak the TRUTH. It is “offensive” to them. TOO BAD.
I’d rather be right with the LORD God, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit at the End of Days and the Judgment Seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10) as a true believer and servant of Elohim and His Maschiach, than standing naked before Him at the White Throne Judgment Seat (Rev. 20:11-15), hearing those words, “DEPART from Me, for I never knew you” (Matthew 7:23).
The choice is yours to make.