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I begin this post with words excerpted from comments made by Timothy. Yellow highlights are mine for emphasis on Timothy's mentioned points.
Tim R. Temple said...
1 Cor. 11:29-30 shows God's judgment on wicked Christians. This shows God's judgment on Ananias and Sapphira wasn't the exception.
Jesus used a fig tree as an example of God wanting fruit from us, or else. (Matthew 21:18-20) He is patient, but we eventually must bear the fruit of the Spirit.
In John 15:2a, "He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, ....." See also Luke 13:6-9.
Yes, God is Love. But God is also Justice.
END OF TIMOTHY'S EXCERPTED COMMENTS
Some months ago, the Lord informed me that, among other ways that He deals with people, He deals with levels. Those levels are:
Level one - He requests us to obey Him.
Level two - He warns us to obey Him. This level happens when we ignore His requests.
Level three - He judges when we persist in our disobedience. This level happens when we ignore His warnings.
Many of us have found ourselves at level three and it can be O so painful. It is always best to obey GOD at level one. I have been at level three enough times that now the memories of the pain cause me to embrace level one most often though, on occasions, I find myself at level two. That is not to say that I will never be at level three again - Lord, please help me...
There have been times when I have allowed myself to bypass level one and I have actually clearly heard in my spirit the Lord sharply say, "Didn't I tell you?!..." When I hear that, it moves me to obey - most of the time.
Now to get back to the issue of traitors in the church. We are now in a place on GOD'S timetable that His longsuffering has come to an end for steadfastly disobedient people who are in churches. For the most part this is not about baby Christians, but those who have been in church for years - some of them have been wreaking havoc for GOD knows how long. Scores of people in churches are at level three - where it is imminent that the judgment of GOD is about to come down on them.
Some of the steadfastly disobedient Christians work in churches. I'll call them "brother and sister T's." Brother and sister T's usher, sit as deacons, church administrators, sing in choirs, teach, preach and feed the hungry. Yet they spew their malicious words, socialize in the sanctuary while prayer warriors are walking around the sanctuary praying, distract people during prayer/praise and worship, gossip, and treat people rudely. Love, is typically NOT on display. The Bible teaches us in 1 Corinthians 13 that without love, we are nothing. I cannot recall how many times I have been told or heard of people who are against churches and Christians because of lack of love shown.
I had a "season" where I was knowledgeable about GOD but was not much in the love zone. The Lord revealed this to me. I prayed for months, daily, for Him to please teach me to love. I still pray it. Thanks be to GOD that I have improved considerably and was told by one of my sisters in Christ that she noticed it. There is still much to learn. Our Lord is pleased with holy progress. He does not expect perfection from us but He does expect us to strive steadfastly to be holy. During my "season" when I was more self-righteous than holy, I was not much inclined to pray for those who were my enemies and/or those who persecuted me. Now, I am led by the Spirit to address sin in others with a spirit of love, and humility. Also, I am led at times to "rebuke them sharply" as instructed in Titus 1:13 which states, "This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply that they may be sound in the faith." I inform others to alert me when they recognize sin in me - we must be accountable to others. Also, I pray for my enemies - Christian and otherwise. Now, praise the Lord, I sincerely desire that they will righteously change - whereas before I wanted the Lord to "get em." Now I know that He will judge them when/if they reach level three, but I do NOT gloat or feel good about it. What I feel mostly is pity for them. Continued prayer is a practice, as well. We all need prayer - no doubt.
The wicked church people conduct must be addressed because the name of GOD is being affected. The world watches and knows, baby Christians are observing, and true worshippers of GOD are being persecuted in churches! for being holy. Some people cannot separate the sin of GOD's so-called people from Holy Sovereign GOD. They cannot always wrap their minds around the truth that the sinful Christian conduct is NOT representative of the GOD that the steadfastly disobedient Christians profess. The rampant sinful conduct by professing Christians affects how GOD does His business. Yes, He is always in control but He needs the renegades "arrested." Hopefully, they will reform but they must be disciplined, and judged for the betterment of the kingdom of GOD system.
I heard a pastor in Tampa, FL tell a story of how his teen-aged son refused to make up his bed after being told repeatedly. One day the son came home and the bed was gone. I do not recall how long it was gone but the pastor did say that after the bed was returned his son never failed again to make it. The pastor explained that he had younger children in the house and that they were watching how he dealt with their older brother. One of his daughter's was in the congregation when the pastor told the story and she confirmed what her father said - that she never failed to make up her bed based on what she observed relative to her big brother.
What will deeply impact people is the observance of steadfastly holy people who love, obey GOD, and boldly proclaim the gospel of the kingdom. Yokes are destroyed because of the anointing. People are transformed by pure truth. Heavily anointed Christians go and glow. The glory of GOD is seen upon them - Isaiah 60:1.
When I lived in Tampa, FL, a crack addict (I'll call her Anita) told me that Christians who are not doers of the Word run people out of churches. She stated that she was run out of church. I met Anita through another crack addict (what is it with the Lord and me with crack addicts? - I don't know). Anyway, I had just met crack addict (I'll call her Bess) and the Lord told me to invite her to dine out at a restaurant. She accepted my invitation - she and her young son. As we dined, Anita joined us. I learned that Bess' mother was an evangeliest in another state. The next day, I saw Bess again and she told me that Anita had told her that she saw an aura light around me. This post has become lengthy so I will continue on another post this week to express more about my Tampa, Florida experiences.
On another day, again in Tampa, I rode the bus with a man for only the second time. He was an alcoholic who was struggling to live for the Lord. He told me - this was the second time that he saw me on a bus, "I see Jesus all over you!" We cannot be steadfastly disobedient and have a glory glow nor can the glory of the Lord be seen upon the steadfastly disobedient. Those who persist in disobedience deprive themselves of GOD's best which is His glory and His anointing that destroys yokes. The glory realm of GOD is the highest level that can be attained while we have these earthly bodies. Glory realm Christians have souls that follow hard after GOD (Psalm 63:8). Sin separates from GOD and He is no respecter of persons. Colossians 3:25 states, "But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done; and there is no respect of persons."
It is apparent that this post issue needs to be continued. I will post more on it this week.
Thank you for your indulgence.