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"... Lest You Even Be Found
To Fight Against God"
By Malcolm B Heap, Midnight Ministries
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During 2015 I wrote to scores of tele-evangelists and preachers who promote themselves on TBN and GOD TV. I sent each of them one or more of the Mighty Miracles of God volumes, together with other selected MM publications and a personal letter. As “men or women of God” I expected some sort of response.
I was astonished at the response I got! Only one replied via a thank-you note, and that was merely a pre-printed regular piece of wording to look good while what I had sent was effectively ignored. From all the others, there was a complete blank!
That exercise illustrates the sleepiness of the Church at this late hour. Jesus’ parable of the ten virgins employs the metaphor of sleep to portray lack of spiritual awareness (Matt 25). ALL the virgins sleep – even the five who take oil (the Holy Spirit) along with their lamps (biblical truths or beliefs).
The parable is surely a condemnation against preachers who are to a great extent responsible for this dreadful state of affairs. If you think that’s harsh, who else do you blame? Aren’t leaders responsible for leading people into sin, or misleading them by just not giving them “the whole counsel of God”? (Acts 20:27.)
Isaiah said so:
As for My people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths (Is 3:12).
The way that the Bible teaches, which is fundamentally based upon the Ten Commandments, is NOT taught by any of these rogues. They have substituted the pure exposition of Truth with a defiled one which fits more conveniently into their tradition.
Jesus condemned the religious leaders of His day for this same compromise, although the features or specifics are different now. He castigated them:
...You have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition (Matt 15:6).
Jesus chided them strongly:
HYPOCRITES! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: These people honour Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men (Matt 15:7,8).
Astonishing, isn’t it, that “men of God”, who will boldly stand up to promote the Word of God, will equally brazenly ignore some Bible truths for the sake of convenience or expedience?! Shamelessly, they simply ignore the issue(s).
Jesus comes to them, knocks on their door, but instead of opening the door and letting Him in, they shut it in His face! Of course, they don’t think they are doing that. But what else is it when a prophet comes to them with some aspect of God’s Truth, asks them to review the issues that they are neglecting, invites repentance and reformation so the Church can get in line with the Word of God instead of established human tradition, and they simply don’t bother?!
Paul wrote about sons of stubbornness (usually translated “sons of disobedience”) in Ephesians 2:2 – people who walk according to the course of this world – unwittingly guided by the prince of the power of the air – Satan! You wouldn’t suspect it of church leaders!
No wonder Jesus’ lament in Matthew 25 about the Church being asleep is so encompassing, and His inspired prophetic warnings against church leaders are so strident!
A self-willed person won’t be saved. Nor will church nabobs who teach heresy without a care to reform. Luther wasn’t saved, though he was a reformer. His overbaked grace teaching criticised the epistle of James as an “epistle of straw”. It is not! The straw was in Luther’s apostate character.
When the first apostles challenged established religion with Jesus’ pure teachings, God’s revelation was met with hostility and denial. The establishment was warned:
If it is of God you cannot overthrow it – lest you even be found to fight against God (Acts 5:39).
Those in our time who resist similarly will find that they too have been resisting and fighting God!
Malcolm B Heap, Dec 2016
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