Foolish, Deaf Church, I Weep

Friends,
My heart has been heavy lately whenever I think of the state of the church. Yes, there are some very good and noble things still going on… some still devoting their lives that others may hear the Good News… But for the most part, what I have found, is that the general populace of Christianity is highly ignorant of Scripture, very naive concerning God’s true character, and appallingly indifferent to God’s expectations…

God has spoken a judgment against His church. His hand IS upraised –about to come down. He is very angry about the disgusting wickedness He finds amongst those who profess His name. Everyone who sits in the council of the Lord, His Book open before their eyes, hearing from His promised Holy Spirit, does know this is the case… the impending doom. We have heard correctly.

But… do the foolish, the majority, even blink, even blush, even shed one tear? No. They sit in front of that T.V. and internet –gorging on the world! Probably most DO know deep down that a calamity is coming, but they are so addicted, so unable to figure out what to do about it, that they just do more of the same. The same diet for their spirit, the same mind, the same heart… complaining about the woes they see (feed themselves with) every night… but won’t get on their knees and pray about it –OR read God’s Word so they are infused with His supernatural strength –that they actually could do something about it.

“This is what the LORD says: ‘Look! I am preparing a disaster for you and devising a plan against you. So turn from your evil ways, each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions.'” (Jer. 18:11) Oh, yes, this was back then… it was a prophecy against Judah. But it applies to the church today. Just look at the warnings in the New Testament. Start with Revelation 2 & 3 –addressed to the churches. Or 2 Thes. 2:1-12. Or Matt. 24 & 25, Mark 13, or Luke 12. Or how about Jude 1:4, 1 John 4:1-6, Gal. 1:6-9, 2 Cor. 11:3,4,13-15, or Matt. 7:13-27?

Shall I go on? –Because there’s ever so much more. 1 Tim. 4 discusses false doctrines, while 2 Peter 2 speaks of those who are like Balaam –who was a prophet of God, turned greedy and wicked. 1 Peter 4:17 says it right out, “For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God.”

Yes, many know this. Whenever I witness on the streets (concerning the Gospel and holy living), many bring it up. In fact, whether they claim to be Christian or not, I can’t think of one person, besides atheists, who do not think that God is bringing judgment soon. Yet what is their response to their own assessment –besides complaint and worry? The response, from the vast majority, is the same as in Jeremiah’s day. Look at the verse following the one I quoted above. “But they will reply, ‘It’s no use. We will continue with our own plans; each of us will follow the stubbornness of his evil heart.'” (v. 12)

Can we believe this?! Yes, we can. Because it is sadly the words of almost EVERYONE. From street urchin to pastor. Almost everyone, and you know it, say they believe judgment looms over the church, the United States, the world, but they just “can’t help it” –just can’t help but fall continually to their pet sins.

Shockingly, though these individuals believe this, maybe even preach it, they however do somehow think they themselves will escape the judgment –or at least, the ultimate judgment– the one of hearing what those “other” preachers will hear: “Depart from Me, you evil- doers.” (Matt. 7:23)

So, “Weep and wail, you shepherds; roll in the dust, YOU LEADERS OF THE FLOCK. For your time to be slaughtered has come; you will fall and be shattered like fine pottery. The shepherds will have nowhere to flee, the leaders of the flock no place to escape. Hear the cry of the shepherds, the wailing of the leaders of the flock, for the LORD is destroying their pasture. The peaceful meadows will be laid waste because of the fierce anger of the LORD.” (Jer. 25:34-37)

Why is God so angry with the church, particularly the pastors? At least three reasons:

1. Negligent shepherding: “Because you have scattered My flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them.” (Jer. 23:2)

2. Filling the sheep with false hopes concerning peace from the Lord, even though the people continue in evil ways: “They prophesied by Baal [a false demon god] and led My people astray… so that no one turns from his wickedness… Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes… They keep saying to those who despise Me, ‘The LORD says: You will have peace.’ And to all who follow the stubbornness of their hearts they say, ‘No harm will come to you.’ But which of them has stood in the council of the LORD to see or to hear His word?” (Jer. 23:13,14, 16-18) And in verses 21 & 22 God says they do not speak His words to His people and that is why they don’t turn from evil deeds.

3. The church leaders themselves are full of wickedness: “Both prophet and priest are godless; even in My temple I find their wickedness… from the prophets… ungodliness has spread throughout the land.” (Jer. 23:11,15)

Yes, this is all a true evaluation of the church. Indeed, I can barely point to a handful of people who exhibit fruit that shouts their whole-hearted devotion to God, His Son, His Word, and His ways. And I am surrounded by Christian ministers of all sorts. No, most who are serving the Lord also serve idols. Idols of worldliness… its philosophies and entertainment. The fruit shows, though they may think it doesn’t. How many “strong Christians” have to admit that they spend only a fraction of their time sitting in the Lord’s council with His Word, listening to His Holy Spirit, yet spend 20% of their day in front of the T.V., reading man’s words, or indulging a hobby? Most.

Truly, I have learned from sad experience that even most of my friends, those who SAY, “Oh, yes, cool… I’m going to read the Bible, fast, pray, witness, memorize Scripture, get strong, be holy…” really do not ever do it. Well, they might –half-heartedly. But soon enough their devotion to the world floods right back in. Devotion to the malls, the greed, the entertainment… even good things (if balanced) like family, career, housework, knowledge… it all crowds Him out. Jesus is last on their lists, and it is obvious… except to all the others who are also blind.

“This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but […………………..] you would have none of it.” (Isa. 30:15)

Foolish, foolish church. I weep for us all… especially for those you are dragging to Hell with you… Some of us stand on hilltops, shouting the warning. But… most of you…? –You just refuse to listen.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on December 12, 2009.

 
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