Throwback Thursday ~ Persecution in the Pew

Michelle Lesley

Originally published August 7, 2015persecution in the pew

Beheadings of Christians by ISIS. Crosses forcibly torn off churches by the Chinese government. Pastors imprisoned. Believers tortured for leaving Islam or sharing the gospel.

The treatment our brothers and sisters across the globe receive at the hands of pagans is nearly unfathomable. They are made to suffer – simply for claiming the name of Christ – by those who openly hate God and want nothing more than to stamp out Christianity.

This is how we, as the American church, have come to define persecution. Outsiders, non-Christians, and the government, all on the attack against the Bible, our faith, our practices, and other beliefs we have long held dear. It’s a correct definition, but it’s not a complete definition.

While we already see a “light” form of this type of persecution in the U.S. – mainly over the issue of homosexuality – there’s another kind…

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FAITH, Being a living testimony

Faith is a beautiful act before the Lord of lords. Faith demonstrates our loyalty to Him who loves us. The one who gave His life as the sacrificial lamb for our sins. Amen and Glory to Him alone. Even as Scripture declares:

Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, a conviction of things not seen. For therein the elders had witness borne to them. By faith we understand that the worlds have been framed by the word of God, so that what is seen hath not been made out of things which appear. (Heb 11:1-3)

We cannot see God’s physicality in this life, but we can see His work and Glory. We see it in the very nature He created. In the animals, plant life, stars, planets, sun & moon. Everything according to its order.

These things of His creation are beautiful, wonderful and exciting to behold. Even unbelievers are taken aback by God’s Glory in the earth. Even if they refuse to recognize the Creator and King of the Universe.

But there is something even more beautiful that God beholds. What is it? It is the disciple of Christ who lays down their own life and ambitions and begins to walk in His way. Jesus spoke to us in this way:

23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. (John 14:23-24)

The answer to faith is love for Him who died for us. For if we love Him we will put away the ways of the world, walk in His character and nature in obedience. Then He will answer our prayers and keep us safe from the world.

I am not talking of the same safety as the world thinks. For the world locks away its own for protection. Our Lord will protect us by placing us into adversity to refine us for the Kingdom. He has called us to be living sacrifices

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Rom. 12:1-2)

So then if we have faith in Him who has mercy on us, then are we not also called to be a living sacrifice if we have left the world and entered His Kingdom? The apostle Peter spoke of faith in this same manner,

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls. (1Pet. 1:3-9)

Brothers and sisters, if you are grieved by your various trials, then look up and keep the faith. Whatever we are going through, we are going through it for Him. Peter encourages us further,

13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you 21 who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. (1Pet. 1:13-21)

Let us learn these words and apply them to our walk. For the days are getting darker and we need the Light to see. Be encouraged my friends. For many are falling away even now into utter darkness. Do not lose the hope that you had at the first. Be blessed in Him!

 

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Kids Tell Jimmy Kimmel The Story of Easter

To prove the point of the effects of the world upon to Truth of Christ I offer a recent video where Jimmy Kimmel sends his people out to ask children what happened to Jesus on the day of Easter. Story and video linked below from the Huffington Post. For those of us filled with the Spirit you will be offended.The Lord will be mocked but He will have vengeance on the unrepentant. Have mercy Lord Jesus on those who mock, that the scales of their eyes fall away that they may yet find everlasting life in you. May the offense and abomination be cleansed from their conscience as they turn to you alone. Amen.

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Eggs, Chocolate, Bunnies and Christ?

Ever wonder what eggs, chocolate and bunny rabbits have to do with Jesus Christ? So do I. I’ve read Scripture over and over and I can’t find anything that relates to Christ to these other things that folks seem to include in the celebration of what they call Easter. If you know what Scripture it is can you point me in the right direction?

Year after year many children wake up to an Easter basket placed at the foot of their bed. Parents bring their kids to church on Easter Sunday so they can hunt Easter eggs.  They are told the Easter Bunny left them a gift. After all this activity the parents and children all go listen to how Jesus was crucified for our sins followed by His resurrection.

But beyond the practice, what is the connection between these things? Truthfully, nothing at all. Quite honestly, as I understand God’s word and his character and nature, God is very angry that such practices are mixed in with His story of death and resurrection. Scripture is on His side.

Before I get to Scripture let us consider that we are called to holiness. Not our own, but Christ’s. The word holy is defined as:

dedicated or consecrated to God or a religious purpose; sacred.

The apostle Paul who knew God’s will encourages disciples of Christ in this way:

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
(Rom. 12:1-3)

Paul also wrote this

16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
(I Cor. 3:16-17)

Are you beginning to understand? Do you still think hunting eggs with your church family and then worshiping Christ is harmless? Maybe I haven’t thoroughly demonstrated that eggs, chocolate and bunnies don’t have a connection with Christ. But then perhaps you haven’t considered the cartoonish immature nature of such practices in the light of the holiness and righteousness of what Christ did for us on the cross.

26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Heb. 10:26-31)

 

 

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Forsaking the Assembly or God?

The cry of the churches is “Don’t forsake the Assembly” quoting Hebrews 10:24-25:

24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

But are the churches forsaking God for the assembly? When they refuse to walk in His Righteousness, Truth and Love they are. We are not called to put the numbers of the assembly first. We are to follow His commandments and let Him bring in the few who are called.

15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
(John 14:15-18)

Now it’s up to you to seek out His will. Read and study the Scripture for yourself and ask the author and finisher of our faith to develop your own relationship with Him!

 

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And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.

Original post found at churchwatchcentral.com

There’s a terrible truth that needs to be told. This will step on people’s toes and give a blow to egos everywhere, including us who are writing this. The terrible truth is this: Bible believing Christians who are supposed to be united around truth are more divided than Heretics who are united around lies.

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” (Matthew 24:9-13)

We live in a day and age where heresy is prevailing over the truth of God’s Word. Men and women who claim to be apostles and prophets of God are proclaiming doctrines of demons from within Churches, and yet, Heretics don’t openly attack each other like Gospel believing Christians do on the internet.

Just as an example of how loyal Heretics are to each other, it took well over TWO YEARS for Amanda Wells to have any sort of accountability for shamelessly publishing stolen blogposts and articles from various authors across the internet in her books. All of the Elijah List “Prophets” were notified twice; once in November of 2015, and again in November of 2016. Despite this, NONE OF THEM publicly rebuked Amanda Wells for her refusal to repent of her sins.

On the opposite extreme you have Christians who trust that Christ died for their sins not only REFUSING TO RECONCILE with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, but they openly and viciously attack, slander, and defame the brother or sister in Christ who has repented and asked for forgiveness.

“Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.

“Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’

So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.” (Matthew 18:21-35; Emphasis ours)

Far too many Christian men who should be leading by example are acting like immature children whenever they refuse to repent and own their sins when it’s pointed out to them and whenever they refuse to forgive and reconcile with repentant brothers and sisters in Christ. It’s really no wonder that Heresy is running rampant in the Body of Christ. God have mercy on us.

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. (Colossians 3:12-14)
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Walking on the Water

22 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. 23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. 24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.

25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.

27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”

29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”

31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.” (Mat. 14:22-33)

Brothers and Sisters, our Lord is calling us out onto the water to walk with Him. Are you ready? Do you have the courage? There are days where I myself falter as Peter did. But it is He who reaches out to grab me and pull me back onto the water.

What do we have to fear? What is holding us back? When we gaze out on the water in the flesh we know that we would sink into the water. But in the Spirit the Lord will support us.

Do you know what is holding us back?

“O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

Why do we doubt? Why do you doubt? If we believe what the Lord has told us we should not doubt. But we let ourselves get in the way. Many times Satan will whisper in our ear and challenge what we were told.

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”

Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Gen. 3:1-5)

Satan is always challenging God’s truth. If we do not stand on our Rock, the Christ then how will we ever stay in our faith. We can sometimes waiver and I think that’s OK sometimes. But as we move forward we must learn to stand stronger and stronger. The Lord helps us do that. He gives us opportunities to grow. But we must continue to look to Him.

Be encouraged. He is there. He knows what you are struggling with. He will help us all overcome. I know. I am overcoming the same as you, working out my Salvation in fear and trembling. God Bless.

12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. (Philippians. 2:12)

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Wimpy Christianity

Here is a link to commentary on Fox News.

Evangelicals need to stop being wimps

The author states that Christians should have gone to support Chick-Fil-A. I would tend to agree on this basis, it’s not about the food. It’s about standing up for Truth. All Truth. Not just what decide to support. Jesus said there is a cost to following Him. Are you afraid of losing your place in this world? Then you may have already lost your place in the Kingdom.

34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 35 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?(Mark 8:34-36)

While you yet breathe, there is time to repent and stand in His Truth. Find strength in Him alone!

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The Wrath of God

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

Folks we are in a wicked and evil generation. The sin of the world is being thrust upon us. Why? Because we have allowed it to happen. Instead of preaching against sin, people who claimed to follow Christ accepted it. Is that you?

Do you accept or tolerate adultery or stealing? Do you idolize others or accept other religious views? Do you accept the homosexual lifestyle? God condemns all this as sin. And His wrath will come down upon this world quickly.

Blow the trumpet in Zion,
And sound an alarm in My holy mountain!
Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble;
For the day of the Lord is coming,
For it is at hand:
A day of darkness and gloominess,
A day of clouds and thick darkness,
Like the morning clouds spread over the mountains.
A people come, great and strong,
The like of whom has never been;
Nor will there ever be any such after them,
Even for many successive generations.

A fire devours before them,
And behind them a flame burns;
The land is like the Garden of Eden before them,
And behind them a desolate wilderness;
Surely nothing shall escape them.
Their appearance is like the appearance of horses;
And like swift steeds, so they run.
With a noise like chariots
Over mountaintops they leap,
Like the noise of a flaming fire that devours the stubble,
Like a strong people set in battle array.

Before them the people writhe in pain;
All faces are drained of color.
They run like mighty men,
They climb the wall like men of war;
Every one marches in formation,
And they do not break ranks.
They do not push one another;
Every one marches in his own column.
Though they lunge between the weapons,
They are not cut down.
They run to and fro in the city,
They run on the wall;
They climb into the houses,
They enter at the windows like a thief.

10 The earth quakes before them,
The heavens tremble;
The sun and moon grow dark,
And the stars diminish their brightness.
11 The Lord gives voice before His army,
For His camp is very great;
For strong is the One who executes His word.
For the day of the Lord is great and very terrible;
Who can endure it? (Joel 2:1-11)

Men proclaim “Love Wins”. But the truth is they are spitting in God’s face. For the love of man is not the same as the love from God. For He is calling His creation away from their sinful lusts and desires. True love is this:

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” (John 3:16-21)

On TV we are seeing the homosexual lifestyles being portrayed more and more openly. We are being bombarded by programming forcing us to believe that these things are acceptable. Even normal. The floodgates were opened when the law of the land accepted homosexual marriages.

There weren’t enough of us standing up to proclaim the Gospel of Christ. But I am here to tell you that we now must stand up and proclaim this same Gospel despite the ground lost. We all have a calling to proclaim this Gospel. Let us find our courage and strength in Christ knowing that we will suffer loss in this world. But we will gain everything in Christ. For He has told us:

24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. 28 “Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.” (Mat. 16:24-28)

Yes, let us love the sinful unbelievers. For that is who we were called from when we answered His call to righteousness. For we are all born sinners. Found guilty as charged and sentenced to eternal punishment. If we have faith in Christ Jesus who died for our sins, then we are saved by His spilled blood! Thank you Lord Jesus! So then let us love others enough to warn them of their impending punishment if they do not repent and believe upon the Christ.

Consider this for a moment. If you desire to escape the fiery punishment. Why do you then remain silent in these evil days? Wouldn’t you rather proclaim the same Gospel you believe in the hope that through the light of Christ in you some of your loved ones and neighbors might be saved as well? Let us go forward in Christ Jesus!

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[c] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. (Eph 6:10-20)

Who then will be able to withstand the coming Day of the Lord?!

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No Church is Perfect?

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Many times I have had conversations with folks about the many denominations that claim to be Christian. Each time a statement is made along the lines of “Well, no church is perfect”; as if we shouldn’t worry about the state of things as they are. The underlying idea is that things should go along as they are until our Christ returns and He will sort things out then.

But is this true? Does Scripture bear this out as truth or is it a lie given to us by Satan to deceive us? Is it wrong to be the “doctrine police”?

If we first understand that the word church as it has been translated in the English Bible versions is the Greek word ekklesia. Strong’s Dictionary No. G1577 gives us the definition of this word as:

An assembly of called out people.

And what are we called out of? Isn’t it the world? To not follow the ways of the world?

Jesus said:

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Mat. 5:13-16)

If we who are of Christ are to be the salt of the earth and a light to the world, then aren’t we supposed to stand in His truth? If we don’t stand in His truth, who will?

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” (John 3:16-21)

He who does the truth comes to the light. Amen Glory and Halleluja! So then if our Christ has spoken in this manner is it not yet clear that it matters how we come together in His name? If you further study I Corinthians and II Corinthians, the apostle Paul wrote extensively how to come together in His name. I would challenge you to study and prove out those books.

Furthermore, let’s look at more Scripture that calls us to follow truth.

48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.(Mat. 5:48)

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1-2)

10 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name. 16 Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas. Besides, I do not know whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect. (ICor. 1:14-17)

So then let us go forward in the perfection of Christ without division in grace and mercy towards one another. Exhorting each another in His perfection and not our own by the blood of Christ Jesus. Pray and ask Him for a heart of truth so that you will not be decieved in this last hour and fall away into darkness.

27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30 For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.
(I Cor. 11:27-32)

Folks, your very eternity counts on knowing and following the one you claim to follow. Hell fire awaits those who are not of His fold.

11 O Corinthians! We have spoken openly to you, our heart is wide open. 12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections. 13 Now in return for the same (I speak as to children), you also be open.

14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

“I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.”

17 Therefore

“Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”
18 “I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the Lord Almighty.” (II Cor. 6:11-18)

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