By Bradlee Dean:
“And what cause soever shall come to you of your brethren that dwell in their cities, between blood and blood, between law and commandment, statutes and judgments, ye shall even warn them that they trespass not against the LORD, and so wrath come upon you, and upon your brethren: this do, and ye shall not trespass.” – 2 Chronicles 19:10
We can see in America today that the church is countering their very purpose on this earth. Rather than the light reproving the darkness (Ephesians 5:11), we now have the church spreading the darkness as they attempt to put out the light.
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;”
– 1 Timothy 4:1
They are simply advocating what God abhors (Proverbs 6:16-19). In fact, they are going so far as to set the people at war with God.
“Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.”
– Micah 3:5
Instead of preaching real grace, the kind that says, “Go and sin more” (John 8:1) and “Where sin abounds, grace does much more abound” (Romans 5:20), the professed church preaches a stark contradiction of grace, which is nothing more than licentiousness.
In other words, the message of the professed church in America has been, “Do what you wilt” (the first scripture in the satanic bible) and you will still get a pass into Heaven.
The great reformer Martin Luther said, “Satan, the god of all dissension, stirreth up daily new sects, and last of all, which of all other I should never have foreseen or once suspected, he has raised up a sect such as teach … that men should not be terrified by the Law, but gently exhorted by the preaching of the grace of Christ.”
Jesus said, “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked (Revelation 3:17).”
It is absolutely amazing how these hypocrites, who strain at the gnat and swallow the camel when they jump over Scripture such as when Jesus said, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous, therefore, and repent (Revelation 3:19).
I often find that it is those that seem to talk much of love know nothing of Christian love! Jesus, rebuking the hypocrites of the day said, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone (Matthew 23:23).”
Christ would also expose them for their hypocrisy when he said, “But I know you that ye have not the love of God in you. I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? (John 5:42-44)”
Real love bears the cross (Luke 9:23) of Christ and fights for the present generation. “Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down for his brethren (John 15:13).”
And what follows that kind of love? Jesus tells us, “These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.”
William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, prophesied in his day, “The chief danger that confronts the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, heaven without hell.”
There are self-professed Christians that might want to put themselves in the light of Scripture (2 Corinthians 13:4). When they do so, they just might find themselves destitute of the righteousness only Christ can give. They cannot blame the preacher for what is preached if they do not know what The Good Book says. For it warns:
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” – Matthew 7:15-23
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