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February 15, 1997

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In Response to: "No Changelings"
Q.
>The parable of the sower comes to mind regarding your article. Many >people quickly accept the Lord but in "time" the cares of the world, >various lusts etc. etc. creep in and they are gone. Many of these >"new" Christians have not counted the cost. They jump in with zeal but >wither in the end.

A.
Yes...this came to my mind when I was meditating on what to write, too.


Q.
>What good advice!!Right from God! I preached on the 5-wise-5-foolish and was >immediately attacked. Maybe we should just take those words out of the Bible. >After all they ***offend***and we wouldn't want to do that now--would we? I was >told these words bring **division** not unity.

A.
Yes...I think Jesus was just a "tad" offensive when He said, "Woe unto you...hypocrites." Or..."unless you repent, you will likewise perish." Not the nice sweet lovey dovey...Oh just come and gather 'round and let's all just "love one another." Graeeeeessssssss!

It is really amazing how that parable has stirred up so many harsh comments. But, let's consider...it was part of Jesus' "final teachings" before His crucifixion. Part of the "picture" which made them yell out, "Crucify Him...." If they crucified Him...can we expect anything better? I guess we should expect the "unkind words" eh...as we follow our Master.


Q.
>and **wanting** to minister THAT I've decided to JUST SAY NO! They get in a >***snit*** and run off to wherever they go to pout and the Holy Spirit just >keeps flooooooooooooooooooooowing!

A.
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. (Isa 55:8-9)

Thanks for writing.


Comment:
Excellent as usual. In years past, I've been there, been gullible! Again, PTL!
Q.
Lest you begin to think that I am all negative. I just wanted to respond to your last memo. It was very good and I agree keep up the good work.

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(Smile)


Q.
I just wanted to drop a line and tell you that I agree with you t-totally!

Something has really been on my heart lately regarding the masses of "reliousness" thats present in our society today. There are religious stations on tv that have "church" 24/7, churches on all 4 corners, everyones a preacher and look at this world in which we live. I believe there are too many "christians" in the church believing God and not enough "saved" folks believing "in" God. Saints today are in a serious comfort zone. Being saved should not be comfortable. None of the saints of old lived comfortable lives. Some were stoned to death, crucified, cast out etc. all for the glory of God. Whats comfortable about loving your enemies, denying self, etc.? Everyone is conforming the church to the world and not the other way around.

You have various recording artists that have used a variety of ways to influence youth in their music such as hip/hop beats and rap and dancing etc... Thats all fine and good it does attract their attention and even ups their attendance in church but what happens once the music is over? Before the preacher can give his text theyre sleep. And this includes the adults who encouraged them to attend church. I feel that teaching and scripture are being left out in a big way which is the most important because thats where you learn about God. You go to church to hear the word. The singing, shouting, and fellowship are just extra. Just believing there is a God is not enough. People need to know that God created them for a love relationship with Him and He want to minister to this world through us the same way He did through Christ. Noone wants to stand up and tell that deacon he needs to quit sleeping with so and sos wife because their life is not holy. I know married deacons personally will try to hit on younger women and in the next breath pray. Now aint that pathetic. And whats sad about it, they think those prayers are really going somewhere. Theyre just hitting the ceiling and coming right back down. Or what gets me is as soon as you tell someone theyre wrong or that theyre living foul (and they know it) "who are you to judge" is the statement that always follows. That gets under my skin like nothing else. I thought we were supposed to love what God loves and hate what God hates. We shouldnt condemn but we shouldnt condone either. There are peopl e who claim to be saved and they cant even tell you what God has done for them..I think thats a shame....

Well, im through,,,thats just been on my heart and it still is because i really believe something is wrong with the church big time. Theres too much of the world in the church...

Pleeze feel free to correct me in anyway.........

A.
Very well put! What is there for me to add or "correct?"

I understand your frustration very much. I have been the brunt of the label "judgmental" for many years. During my college years when they did this, I eventually "softened" a bit. But, as it turned out, the "softening" also produced in me a loss of "Truth" ...until the Lord got my attention 6 years ago. Now, the taunts don't bother.

There is an extreme SADNESS at times. There are many churches I "know" in my memory from my days of itinerate concertizing and/or deputation meetings when I was a kid and parents were missionaries. The sadness...to tears at times...of the realization that most of those "christians" are actually not on their way to heaven. They have never repented. They have never been to the cross and had their burden of sin removed. They are busy "loving" one another and calling it "grace." But do not understand God's "holiness" or "justice."

But then, after quite a few weeks ...perhaps months... of this sadness, then the Lord brought to my heart His Peace about it all. A sense of His justice. A realization that most of them will not repent. But it is their "just due." (Rev16:6) They are "without excuse." (Rom 1:20) And there comes a time where God draws that line..."thus far, and no further." (Rev22:11)

But my goal is to be found "faithful." (1Cor4:2) And to be found "well pleasing to Him." (2Cor5:9)

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. (Gal 6:9)


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