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The Conspiracy of the Prophets

What will a person do to maintain the status they have achieved in life. At what point does a Christian leader forget why they chose to be full-time in the work of religion? I say “chose” because those who are truly called to the ministry by the Lord do not do the work of religion, but the work of God. Yet those who choose the work of religion do so for a paycheck. Even so, I believe those who chose religious work started out with good intentions and maybe even sound doctrine.

However, at some point, those people begin to compromise on the doctrine to achieve numerical success. Congregation size, offering size, student enrollment size, book proceeds and paycheck size begin to influence these Christian “leaders” more than the rightly interpreted Word of God.

Rest assured that the Lord will first judge the church. 

1 Peter 4:17 NASB, “For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?”

This conspiracy isn’t new. The Old Testament and the New Testament informs us of past deceivers and false prophets to come.

“There is a conspiracy of her prophets in her midst like a roaring lion tearing the prey. They have devoured lives; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in the midst of her. Her priests have done violence to My law and have profaned My holy things; they have made no distinction between the holy and the profane, and they have not taught the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they hide their eyes from My sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.” Ezekiel‬ ‭22:25-26‬ ‭NASB‬‬

“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.” 2 Peter 2:1-3

Our requirement as Christians and stewards of the church and the Word of God rightly divided is to vigorously contend for the truth by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

“I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭4:1-5‬ ‭NASB‬‬

For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not in cleverness of speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be made void.
1 Corinthians 1:17 NASB

Our responsibility to share the gospel does not include tricking people into coming to church by telling them that sin is not sin. Jesus died on the cross because we sin! He did not die for nothing!

We should not allow false prophets to teach that sin is not sin to appease the masses just to increase numbers. The gospel and the truth has power to do those things on its own when the power of God is not denied that He can and does forgive sin. We must also play our part of not being a judge, but we are to share the love of Christ with no condemnation. It is not our job to condemn people for their sin, but we are not called to say that sin is not sin.

Our faith in Christ who is the son of God, who came to this world as a man, lived a perfect life and died on the cross as a sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sin, and was raised from the dead, and is now alive again and preparing a place for us in Heaven, allows us to be righteous in the eyes of God.

I sin yet I am saved by faith. You sin and can be saved by faith. Telling people that their sin is not sin does not save them from the punishment that is required for sin.

Doomed to Repeat History (Election 2016)

Old sayings tend to stand the test of time because they offer lessons gleaned from past experience. 

Learn from your mistakes. 

Think past your current situation. 

Weigh the consequences of your decision. 

Money is the root of all evil.

It is easy to take Liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you. 

He that is good at making excuses is seldom good at anything else.

Everybody blames the culture without taking responsibility.

Unfortunately we have a large voting population of people who don’t take much time to learn and read about the past. They either don’t care about history or they are too self absorbed to see that everything around them is falling apart. The security that we so enjoy and the freedoms that we actually have are eroding away little by little. The seeds of evil intent are planted all around them, but they don’t know that. They don’t believe that. Why would they? Science taught them in elementary school that there is no creator, no devil, no spirits controlling the minds of men. Yes, indeed all people everywhere are kind and gentle with no aspirations to deceive to gain power. 

No, never has there been a man who deceived the people of such a powerful country and tricked its citizens into voting him in for change. No one ever used the patriot’s call of making their country great again to take control of a nation. Well, except….

I’ve often wondered if the generation before me felt that my generation would be the end of our country. At times I feel like the generation after me certainly could be. Sometimes there are glimmers of hope. Yet, the glimmers tend to be spread out among a field of dark minds who only think about “what’s in it for me”. Shells of people, skin deep people, people unable to think through the full spectrum of consequences related to a life decision. Even lacking the ability to understand that every choice we make has the potential to be a life altering decision.

I heard a Christian rap song today by KB called “Church Clap” and it made me think of this election cycle. One of the lyrics says; “we need discernment, check what you be affirmin”. This is exactly what we should be saying to our church friends today before they vote on Tuesday. Let’s not repeat history again.

I’ll leave you with these passages and quotes:

“All things are wearisome; Man is not able to tell it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, Nor is the ear filled with hearing. That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one might say, “See this, it is new”? Already it has existed for ages Which were before us. There is no remembrance of earlier things; And also of the later things which will occur, There will be for them no remembrance Among those who will come later still.”
Ecclesiastes 1:8-11 NASB

“Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” (George Santayana)  

 

Citations:

Wikiquote. George Santayana. Retrieved 02/23/2016,     From https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/George_Santayana

Bible.com. Ecclesiastes 1:8-11 NASB. Retrieved 02/23/2016, From http://bible.com/100/ecc.1.8-11.NASB

 

Copyright Johnathan Sexton

Faith, not Law

If all the blessed old saints would remember that faith in Christ saves, not the law, then maybe they could stop offending people with their mouth.

Encourage the younger generation to pray and study the Word. Then teach them how.

Let the Holy Spirit take care of sanctification.

Romans 4

“being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. This is why it was credited to him as righteousness”
Romans 4:21-22

Martin Luther King, Jr., a message for the church today

In April of 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote an open letter to several clergymen who had written him in jail. The clergymen were not favorable of his “nonviolent direct action” in Birmingham to affect change concerning segregation in the city.

In his letter, Martin Luther King, Jr. took aim at several groups, but the complacent Christian church was a big target.

Although these words were written to the church of the 1960s, the words ring true as much today as they did then. I am a big believer in the cycles that take place in human history. Why? Because I know so many people who are ignorant of true history and we are doomed to repeat it.

As you read the excerpt below. You fill in the blank on what social injustice your church is not fighting to correct. You fill in the blank on what your church has conformed to in the face of fear. There is no need for me to call out all the possible options for you. I believe you will feel the conviction placed on you as you read this excerpt from “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”. 

Yes, I see the church as the body of Christ. But, oh! How we have blemished and scarred that body through social neglect and fear of being nonconformists.

There was a time when the Church was very powerful. It was during that period when the early Christians rejoiced when they were deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Wherever the early Christians entered a town the power structure got disturbed and immediately sought to convict them for being “disturbers of the peace” and “outside agitators.” But they went on with the conviction that they were a “colony of heaven”, and had to obey God rather than man. They were small in number but big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be “astronomically intimidated.” They brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contest.


Things are different now. The contemporary church is so often a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. It is so often the arch supporter: of the status quo. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the Church’s silent and often vocal sanction of things as they are. But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If the church of today does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authentic ring, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century. I am meeting young people every day whose disappointment with the church has risen to outright disgust.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letter from a Birmingham Jail