I Will Not Be Quiet

Isaiah 62:1-3 ESV

“For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet,
until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
and her salvation as a burning torch.
The nations shall see your righteousness,
and all the kings your glory,
and you shall be called by a new name
that the mouth of the Lord will give.
You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.”

Zion is now Jesus Christ. But Zion is also his church, the ekklesia, the whole body of believers in Jesus Christ. We are the people of God called out from the world and to God and into His eternal kingdom. The English word “church” means “belonging to the Lord.” We are God’s possession, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people who are zealous for good works. For Jesus Christ bought us back for God (he redeemed us) with his blood.

[Rom 12:1-2; 1 Co 3:17; 1 Co 6:19-20; Eph 1:4; Eph 2:21; Eph 5:27; Col 1:22; Col 3:12; 2 Tim 1:9; 2 Tim 2:21; 1 Pet 1:13-16; 1 Pet 2:5-9; Titus 2:11-14]

For Zion’s Sake

So, if I were to say these words today, “For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,” it would mean that I will be speaking what the Lord gives me to say for the sake of his church, the body of Christ, and I will not keep silent with regard to the messages from God’s Word that she needs to hear.

And the reason I will not keep silent (or quiet) is because so much of what is called “church” today is not actually “the ekklesia.” The vast majority of what is called “church” here in America are businesses of men, corporations of the state, which are largely following man-made teachings on how to conduct and to grow their churches, and which are teaching them how to market their ”churches” to the world in order to draw in large crowds of people.

So, even though they are called “church,” and they may even have genuine followers of Jesus among them, they in themselves are not “the church, the ekklesia.” They are businesses being marketed to the world just like any other businesses and their products. And since their “target audience” is the world, they have altered the meaning of “church” to be more of a social gathering of people interested in encouraging talks and enjoyable music who want a comfortable atmosphere where they won’t feel judged or offended.

Thus, these man-made businesses called “church” have largely altered the gospel of Jesus Christ to make it more appealing and acceptable to the world. So, they have also largely removed God’s requirements for repentance (forsaking one’s sins), for obedience to the Lord and to his commands, and for submission to Christ as Lord (Owner-Master). And some are even vilifying these requirements for salvation set down by God.

Too Many Lies

So, they are lying to the people with BIG FAT LIES which are promising them heaven while they are sending them to hell. And the lies appear to be increasing as some teachings on the gospel are not even half-truth gospels anymore, for they don’t even resemble the gospel of Jesus Christ. For example, there are teachers out there telling people that God is just so enamored with us humans that he just wants to hang out with us.

But they have it all backwards. They are turning light for darkness and darkness for light, and evil is being spoken of as good, and good is being spoken of as evil. For example they see the true gospel as saying that people can believe (not defined) in Jesus and now be forgiven of their sins and have eternal life with God regardless of how they live from that moment forward. And this while they also vilify the true gospel which tells people they must repent, obey, and submit to Christ as Lord.

Some people who teach the lies may do so innocently, but not if they are reading their Bibles which they are supposed to be doing if they are supposed to be teaching the Scriptures. But many of these preachers and teachers are wolves in sheep’s clothing who are masquerading as servants of righteousness but who are devils in disguise. For what they are teaching is of the devil, and it is against God, and it saves no one but it deceives and manipulates the truth, and thus they are leading people to their deaths.

The Elephant in The Room

And this is not being talked about much at all, although there are people who are aware this is taking place, but they are not speaking up about it. It is kind of like “the elephant in the room,” which is obviously present but avoided as a subject because it is more comfortable to not talk about it and you will be more accepted if you don’t talk about it. But it has to be talked about because many people are buying into the BIG LIE and they are counting on heaven as their eternal destiny when it isn’t.

So, it needs to be discussed in the gatherings of what is called “church” because it is destroying the lives of people by the thousands and maybe even the millions or greater. We should not, in good conscience, just ignore this situation or not talk about it because people are not comfortable talking about it. For if we really love the body of Christ and our fellow humans, we should be voices of truth and hope and healing and not those who support the lies or who refuse to confront the lies with the truth of God’s Word.

We should care so much that people are dying and going to hell on a false promise of heaven when they die, so that we will speak up, even if we are hated and rejected and falsely accused in return. We should keep speaking the truth until we see the church in America (apply it to where you live) be revived and on fire for the Lord and walking in holiness and in righteousness. For right now, it is barely distinguishable between the American church and the world. But we are supposed to stand out as different from the world.

[Lu 9:23-26; Jn 6:35-58; Jn 15:1-11; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-17; Eph 4:17-24; 1 Pet 2:24; 1 Co 6:9-10,19-20; 2 Co 5:10,15,21; Tit 2:11-14; Jas 1:21-25; Rom 12:1-2; Eph 2:8-10; Php 2:12-13; Col 1:21-23; Gal 5:16-21; Eph 5:3-6; Gal 6:7-8; Rom 2:6-8; Heb 10:26-27; 1 Jn 1:5-9; 1 Jn 2:3-6; 1 Jn 3:4-10; Matt 7:21-23; Rev. 2-3; Rev 18:1-6; Rev 21:8, 27; Rev 22:14-15]

For Our Nation

An Original Work / September 11, 2012

Bombs are bursting. Night is falling.
Jesus Christ is gently calling
You to follow Him in all ways.
Trust Him with your life today.
Make Him your Lord and your Savior.
Turn from your sin. Follow Jesus.
He will forgive you of your sin;
Cleanse your heart, made new within.

Men betraying: Our trust fraying.
On our knees to God we’re praying,
Seeking God to give us answers
That are only found in Him.
God is sovereign over all things.
Nothing from His mind escaping.
He has all things under His command,
And will work all for good.

Jesus Christ is gently calling
You to follow Him in all ways.

Men deceiving: we’re believing
In our Lord, and interceding
For our nation and its people
To obey their God today.
He is our hope for our future.
For our wounds He offers suture.
He is all we need for this life.
Trust Him with your life today.

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