If You Are Willing

The Lord Jesus led me to read Matthew 11 (Select vv. NIV).

“‘I will send my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way before you.’” V. 10b

“From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. He who has ears, let him hear.” Vv. 12-15 NIV84

I believe the Lord has a message here for the church in America, particularly for its leaders. I believe he has sent us many messengers throughout the years, and including still today, to speak his words to our hearts, and to show us the way to true faith in Jesus Christ, via repentance, i.e. via turning from our sins and turning to Jesus Christ to walk in his ways and in his truth.

But, so much of today’s church has rejected those messages and they have gone the way of the world instead, and they have bought into a false grace gospel which tells people what they want to hear, not what they need to hear.

So, the present spiritual condition of the church, overall, but not speaking of the entire church, is problematic. It is a mess. What is spiritually alive, pure, and is wholesome is scarce, while what is lewd, worldly and immoral is rampant (widespread) within the church and within our nation. And, yet they are arrogant. They are proud. They are haughty.

The messages coming forth from this worldly church are inconsistent, all over the place theologically, and divisive. Much of what is being taught is contrary to scripture. And, the church is on a huge spiritual and moral decline and is plunging further and further into oblivion and degradation.

On a surface level, it does not appear to be as bad as what it really is, but below the surface, much evil and immorality exist and are often ignored, so they are allowed to continue to go on unchecked. Yet, the more you dig down to see what lies underneath, the more you are able to see all the filth, the immorality and the lewdness. A very large majority of pastors, church leaders and heads of households are addicted to or are regularly entertaining themselves with pornography, sensuality, masturbation, extra-marital affairs, lust, prostitutes, homosexuality, and/or other sexual perversions.

These sins are not confined to just men, but I believe the Lord is addressing men primarily here, because they are the ones given the responsibility for the spiritual protection and guidance of the church and of the home. And, the Lord is telling them that they need to clean up the mess. They need to get rid of all this filth in their lives, in their homes, and in the church, and they need to replace this filth with what is pure, holy, righteous, and moral. And, they need to love their wives and their congregations with the love of Christ instead of being self-serving, feeding their own flesh (See: Ez. 34).

One of the reasons sin has been allowed to go unchecked in the church and in the home is because of all the lies and the deceptions that are also running rampant. Many are self-deceived and they have been able to convince others of their lies. But, when we get to the bottom of it all, and our eyes are opened to the truth, and we see what is really going on, we need to stand up and say “NO!” We need to no longer tolerate all the lies and deception, but we need to speak out about it. And, we need to confront the lies and open people’s minds to the truth, so that they can see, too.

We need to be the people of God who stand on the truth, who stand up for what is right, and who refuse to be intimidated or shamed into believing the lies and into joining in with what we know is not of God, but is of Satan.

“To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:

“‘We played the pipe for you,
and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
and you did not mourn.’

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.” Vv. 16-19

Yet, when we choose to stand for what is right and against what is wrong, and we expose the lies and the deceptions and the dilution of the gospel, we can expect to face much opposition. And, we can expect to be verbally or even physically attacked, too. We can expect people to make comments to us which are disparaging, taunting, intimidating, and boastful. Again, they will do this to try to shame us into compromise, and to try to get us to disobey God and his Word. They will try to make us look bad so that we will feel guilty, but we have to know that trick, and not fall for it. Instead, we have to say we will have none of it, but we will continue to obey our Lord.

A lot of this opposition comes from the US government, which serves in a subservient position to the de facto government of these United States, which is a small privileged class of people, the elite of the world, i.e. a shadow government. And, this small group of elite, wealthy and powerful, are the ones truly running the world, who are bringing the world into a New World Order, i.e. into a global government with a global one-world religion. The US government serves this N.W.O. in conquering nations, peoples, Christians, lands, property, and natural resources in these nations.

Much of this opposition, though, comes from within the institutional church, which is comprised of the church in an unholy union with the government, i.e. in an adulterous relationship with the government, who they have made their head in place of Christ. And, thus, many have turned the church into a place of business, and they are marketing it just like any other business, and so they plan their gatherings to appeal to the masses and their message to appeal to human flesh, rather than to be in concert with the Holy Spirit.

And, so they try to get the Lord’s servants, the teachers of the Word, to compromise with the world and to bring forth messages which are sometimes mocking of God and of spiritual matters, which are often misleading and deceptive, and which are fashionable, i.e. “cool”. They want to convince us to preach what is popular and that which is pleasing to the ear. They also want us to pad the gospel message with humor, and even with that which is borderline profane. And, they want us to show movie clips from movies which are sometimes sexually provocative. And, all this is because they want the church to turn to that which is of Satan and to reject that which is of God. This is the agenda of the New World Order.

So, we must cry out against such perversions of truth and such blasphemy of God and against all the filth and immorality going on inside the walls of Christianity. We must cry out against all the lies, deceptions, and trickery, and the diluting of the gospel which is intended in order to appease the flesh of man and to lead people away from Christ. And, we must not yield to their intimidation tactics which are intended to try to get us to back down from the truth and to compromise with the world. And, we have to stand strong on the Word of Truth, for only in it will people be able to find true life.

We have to open our eyes, too, to this enemy which is hidden within the walls of institutional Christianity, which is there to destroy the church and the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have to realize that the church, for the most part, has partnered with the antichrist, and she is allowing the antichrist to destroy the church from within. We, as the church, have to stop dancing to the tune of this “Pied Piper,” and we must come out from among her, so that we don’t share in her sins and in her punishment, and so the Lord will receive us (See: Rev. 18:4-5; cf. 2 Co. 6:14-18).

And, instead, we must follow the leading of Jesus Christ and his Spirit. We must know what the Word of God teaches on these matters, and we must follow the truth, and reject the lies. We need to turn to the Lord for our support and as our sanctuary, not to men, and not to the government. And, we must learn from the Lord and not from humanistic philosophies, which are contrary to God’s Word.

Oh, I pray with all my heart that God would open the eyes of the deceived and that they would follow Jesus Christ in purity of heart and devotion and forsake all their idols.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Vv. 28-30

Near the Cross
Fanny J. Crosby / William H. Doane

Jesus, keep me near the cross;
There a precious fountain,
Free to all, a healing stream,
Flows from Calvary’s mountain.

Near the cross, a trembling soul,
Love and mercy found me;
There the bright and morning star
Sheds its beams around me.

Near the cross! O Lamb of God,
Bring its scenes before me;
Help me walk from day to day
With its shadow o’er me.

Near the cross I’ll watch and wait,
Hoping, trusting ever,
Till I reach the golden strand
Just beyond the river.

In the cross, in the cross,
Be my glory ever,
Till my raptured soul shall find
Rest beyond the river.

Thursday, December 28, 2017, 7:24 a.m. – Thank you, Jesus, for this teaching from your Word. Show us the truth, I pray. Amen!

9 thoughts on “If You Are Willing

  1. I don’t know what percentage of the other lustful sins are being utilized by Christians but I do recall that Ravi Zacharias mentioned that at a seminary he had spoken at, about 90% of the students that were going into the ministry had problems with pornography. That statistic is shocking and gives insight into the depth to which we have gone astray. You and I differ on our approach to a number of issues including the institutionalized church but I’m pretty sure that we agree on the dire need for this to stop. You simply can’t do this kind of stuff and walk faithfully with the Lord. Our God is Holy and we are called to be a Holy people, it’s as simple as that. I thank you for your insightful post. Blessings.

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    • Bruce, in preparation for writing this blog post, I looked up some statistics. I think that is when I read an article that said that, at one seminary, not sure which one, they no longer ask the incoming students if they are struggling with pornography, for they assume they all are, but they ask how much or how deep or how serious the problem is. Wow! And, these are our future pastors of churches.

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      • I know, talk about scary. I was among those who indulged a few years ago but it all came down to what I wanted, you know it’s wrong but until I wanted Jesus in my life more than I wanted porn…. when I look back I can’t believe that I allowed it to happen, but I did. No more – praise God and that’s where the daily walk comes in, you simply can’t have it both ways. Did you get a chance to read my post on “The Perfect Church”? Blessings!

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      • Bruce,

        You said: “Did you get a chance to read my post on ‘The Perfect Church’? Blessings!”

        Under the post “Foot Washing,” when you tried to turn the conversation back to my beliefs with regard to the institutional church, and how you feel about it, and after you had done this previously, and I had asked you not to, and now you were doing it again, I said:

        “Bruce, it sounded more like needling. I would appreciate it if you would cease on that subject with me, especially on posts which have nothing to do with that subject. Please limit your response here to the content of what I shared, which was a beautiful story of God’s grace. Thank you!”

        But, now you are doing it again. Now, you are continuing to discuss with me the subject of the church and our discussions about the church and you have asked me to read what you wrote about it on your blog. I did. I read it. You might as well have just attached my name to it. Who else are you having such discussions with but me? But, even if it wasn’t directly about me and our discussions, it was indirectly about me by you bringing it to my attention and you asking me to read it. It is the same as if you wrote that on my blog, after I told you to stop.

        You are needling me again, and I asked you to stop that. Needling (Google): “to provoke or annoy (someone), especially by continual criticism or questioning; to goad, provoke, bait, taunt, pester, harass, sting.” This is harassment, and once again I am going to ask you to cease having these discussions with me concerning what God gives me to write about the church. You don’t agree with me. Noted. Now, leave it alone. Stop reading these writings and then continuing to needle me because you disagree with me.

        Stop trying to imply, too, that I am living in disobedience to God or that I have left the institutional adulterous church because of hurt I received from them. Did they hurt me? Yes! But, I stayed with them for 65 years through all the hurt. I did not run away just because they hurt me. I left because the Bible teaches that we are not to be unequally yoked together with the ungodly, and I am walking in obedience to God, and for no other reason. Stop goading me! Especially since you are trying to lead me to disobedience to God.

        If you cannot respect me in this, and you feel you must continue this abuse and this harassment, then I will be forced to block you. You certainly have the right to disagree with me, but you don’t have the right to keep pressuring me to disobey my Lord, and to return to what his word says we are to depart from. I have not left the true church. I have left a business of men, of man-making, that is in direct disobedience to God and his Word.

        Sue

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  2. OK Sue, I get it. I mistakenly assumed that when you write something on your blog wherein you advocate that others should follow your example on decisions you have made with regard to the institutionalized churches, allegiance to your country and Christian holidays that you were open to discuss your reasoning with others and answer questions. I did exercise my right to state my understanding on one issue that we disagree on, on my blog and I don’t think I violated you or your beliefs by doing so. You folks aren’t the only two people who have decided to leave the institutionalized church and it was a valid discussion. I’ve already expressed to you that it was never my intent to hurt you in any way. Dialogue is just dialogue between two adults and I thought that I was asking my questions in a respectful manner but evidently I’ve crossed the line at some point and for that I am truly sorry. My concern was genuine and God knows my heart. I give you my word that I shall not question you again. I offer you and your husband my apology for any distress I have caused to either of you and wish you both well.

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    • Bruce, you stated your points, and then again, and then again, and then after you agreed not to talk about this subject with me, you did it again. It isn’t that you didn’t have the opportunity to give your opinions, you did, multiple times, but it was the false accusations, the personal attacks, and the needling, even after I asked you to cease.

      I am going to continue writing the messages God gives me, but since you already have voiced your thoughts on the subject, more than once, and we don’t agree, I think you should let it rest, on my blog, at least. What you write on your blog is your business, just don’t invite me to read it.

      So, you are still welcome here as long as you refrain from responding to me on this subject of the church. I know your thinking. You know mine, which I know to be God’s, and that is where I take my stand. It serves no valuable purpose for you to keep trying to convince me to go your way. I won’t. I must follow God, not man.

      In Christian love – Sue Love

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