Thrust From God’s Presence Soon

Friends,
It is very true that when someone chants, “Peace, peace,” where there is no peace, they do no one any favors. And it is also true that if a person who sees danger ahead, yet does not warn others of it, should be considered evil. Thus, the preacher of God’s Word, who is responsible to explain that Word to others, but who either remains quiet concerning the “hard” truths –or deliberately, or even ignorantly, twists or ignores those hard truths– is one who incurs the Lord’s wrath upon himself, and unfortunately as well upon his hearers.

Does not 1 Tim. 4:16 warn the preacher? “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” Conversely, if the preacher does not watch his life and doctrine closely, he will NOT save either himself or his hearers.

But… most preachers across the land, across the globe, care more about their own fame, their own financial status, and the keeping of their own pet sins, to even want to speak out truth anymore. As God says in Jer. 5:30,31, “A horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land: The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and My people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?”

For those of us who do try to give warning, we weep along with Jeremiah, “To whom can I speak and give warning? Who will listen to me? Their ears are closed so they cannot hear. The word of the LORD is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it. But I am full of the wrath of the LORD, and I cannot hold it in.” (Jer. 6:10,11a)

What are the truly righteous angry about? We are angry at the sin and wickedness in the world, yes. But we are especially angry about those in the pulpit –those worthless shepherds –the crowd of them which are now so abundant we can hardly see past their perverse, indulgent bodies, escape their lustful eyes, and refrain from hearing their abominable, twisted teachings which have now spread like gangrene through the whole Body of Christ.

“The shepherds are senseless and do not inquire of the LORD; so they do not prosper and all their flock is scattered.” (Jer. 21) The scattering and the division have now been speedily escalating, but hoards of foolish church-goers still keep their heads deep in the sand, pretending the Lord is not coming in furious judgment against THEM. For what does 1 Peter 4:17 warn us of? “For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not OBEY the gospel of God?” And sadly, most in the church itself are in no way even coming close to obeying THAT Gospel –the true Gospel of God! Instead, they choose for themselves whatever gospel suits their feelings for any given day, and behave accordingly.

What an anguishing surprise they shall have when they stand before The Holy Judge. All of those “good deeds” done with wrong motives, or without Truth, or in having blended lies in with the Truth, will only be viewed by God as hanging on those who are unclean within. As Isa. 64:6 warns, “All our righteous acts are like filthy rags.” Saying “Lord, Lord” means absolutely nothing in God’s sight, for the words must be backed up by action –action that is strictly done as He has willed for that one to do. (Matt. 7:21 & 1 John 2:17)

Who were God’s Old Testament prophets speaking to? Was it not the chosen race? And where did the prophets often stand to speak? Was it not at the gate of the temple? Yes; it is His people (now the church) who God is particularly warning today –just as He always has. For as He says in Jer. 7:2-10, “Hear the word of the LORD, all you people of Judah who come through these gates TO WORSHIP THE LORD. …Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place. Do not trust in deceptive words and say, ‘This is the temple of the LORD…’ Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods [like friendship with the world and being enamored by its enticements]… and then come and stand before Me in this house, which bears My Name, and say, ‘We are safe’ — safe to do all these detestable things?”

Watch out, Churchianity, for you do not even see your own filthiness! You have wallowed in the world’s gutters too long to even smell yourselves! For those of us who have come out and become separate, refusing to touch the unclean things (2 Cor. 6:17), we can hardly assemble or dialogue with you anymore –without retching! “How can you say, ‘We are wise, for we have the law of the LORD,’ when actually the lying pen of the scribes [your sermon writers and any of your false teachers] has handled it falsely?” (Jer. 8:8)???

No, as God says in verses 9-12, “The wise will be put to shame; they will be dismayed and trapped. Since they have rejected the word of the LORD, what kind of wisdom do they have? Therefore I will give their wives to other men and their fields to new owners. From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit. They dress the wound of My people as though it were not serious. ‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace. Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush. So they will fall among the fallen; they will be brought down when they are punished, says the LORD.”

It will happen. The church, with its sinners inside, are coming down… soon to be destroyed.

“Go now to the place in Shiloh [a worship place] where I first made a dwelling for My Name, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of My people [today called “Christians”]… While you were doing all these things, declares the LORD, I spoke to you again and again, but you did not listen; I called you, but you did not answer. Therefore, what I did to Shiloh I will now do to the house that bears My Name, the temple you trust in, the place I gave to you and your fathers. I WILL THRUST YOU FROM MY PRESENCE, just as I did all your brothers…” (Jer. 7:12-15)

Do we understand what it means to “be thrust from God’s presence”?!

For as Jesus sternly warned, “But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” (Luke 13:3)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on December 1, 2009.

 
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