Saturday, March 04, 2006

A Warning From The Lord

At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps,
and I will punish the men who are complacent,
those who say in their hearts,
'The LORD will not do good,
nor will he do ill.'

Most Christians are blissfully unaware of the great struggle that is being waged around them for the heart and soul of the Church. Content to just watch as the faith once delivered to the saints is gutted and distorted by smiling faces and pseudo-scholarship, they rarely think deeply about the issues of time and eternity. In the quest for unity and peace, they are willing to sell their spiritual birthright for a mess of pottage.

The enemies of truth are allowed free range in our pulpits and seminaries, while the person in the pew settles into a state of stupor. Wolves ravage the flocks no longer even under the pretense of sheep's clothing and the only sound we hear is the bleating of lazy lambs. And those who dare cry wolf are shamed into submission or cast from the sheepfold. The hired hands are accorded more honor than the Good Shepherd and the gate is lowered to allow more wolves in.

Rather than being seen as unloving, the majority of Christians will tolerate and even embrace the very thing that threatens them the most. Whether through biblical ignorance or sheer laziness, we are in danger of fulfilling the words of Edmund Burke: "The only thing necessary for the truimph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

Ultimately we have the confidence that even when we are faithless, God will remain faithful, but at what cost to ourselves and future generations?

"Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God."
(Revelation 3:2)

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