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by General James Green
LUKE 19:42-44 predicts the awful judgment of Jerusalem. Verse 41 speaks of Jesus, the Jew's Messiah, weeping over that city because He knew its impending doom. His own people, for the most part, absolutely refused to accept Him as their only Savior. His lamentation was well grounded and right, for 40 years later, Jerusalem was utterly destroyed: hundreds of thousands of Jews were slaughtered and the city was laid to waste.
I feel that Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and God the Father are weeping over the awful backslid condition of His Church today. Merrymaking seems to be the program (and downfall) of the day among the professed followers of Jesus: food, fun, and foolish fellowship have caused the Body of Christ to be put in the same dangerous situation that Israel was in during Jesus' day. You see, instead of totally rejecting Jesus to His face, instead of completely leaving Him, the backslid Church MOCKS Him by sinning in His home! What a sickening game! This generation of churchgoers is fast asleep concerning their own deadly peril. The professed Christians' souls are in danger of everlasting Hellfire!!
But not all are asleep at their posts of duty. Thank God there are a few good soldiers still in the war. Captain John Eliel Williams of Life Fore Team (Cape Coast, Ghana, Africa) reports the following (Jan. 2006): "Please be advised before our King (Jesus), we here, and all soldiers that are given to understand the TIMES and KNOW what to do, are determined to outreach more aggressively to Muslims. We have prayed to our merciful King to help us reach at least ONE MILLION Muslim souls..." Amen! Reports from ACMTC leaders all over Africa (and also Asia; some from Europe too) have declared more "aggressive warfare" against the forces of darkness.
Unlike the Jews of Jesus' day and the backslid Church of today, WE WILL PRESS THE BATTLE--souls are precious to God. We are "saved to serve," my dear Christians, not "saved to sleep"! We are not called to be as the ancient Israelites who went on their own paths, doing their own works in hypocrisy. We are called to stay awake and alert to the will of God, and fulfill His will by His strength.
Jesus' words were not "nice," tolerant, permissive and warmly accommodative, but were sharp as a double-edged sword (see Matthew 23). Why? Because the religious leadership was asleep concerning their visitation from God, and Jesus was not going to tolerate all their hypocrisy in God's name. NO!! Jesus denounced their sin and corruption on all levels--in high and in low places.
There is no doubt in my mind that the present condition of the Church will cause God's anger to completely take over. The Church is full of "hypocrites," "children of Hell," "blind guides," "fools," "extortion and excess," "whited sepulchres," "uncleanness," "iniquity," "serpents," "vipers" and "murderers"...PLUS A WHOLE LOT MORE!
Let us not be like ancient Israel, who spent a lot of time looking into the future for the Messiah--looking for Him to fit HER OWN ideas for His coming--while the Words of the promised One sounded in her streets. [The ancient Israelites sound like today's Christians (especially those in the West) who claim to be looking for the second coming of Christ by anxiously awaiting either some supposed pre-tribulation "rapture" (i.e., by popular definition, an "escape") or another fairytale future event that fits their fancy--all the while Christ is neglected in their midst.] Ancient Israel searched the books (scrolls) of the prophets for comfort while the Messiah, the literal fulfillment of the Covenant, spoke openly in Israel's synagogues and was thoroughly unheeded. Today, millions of sermons are taught and preached in the churches every year, yet the Cross is despised, discipline and divine standards are mocked, and judgment is literally scoffed at like it's something useless and antiquated . . . and the religious show goes on. Spiritual pimps and prostitutes, whores and whoremongers, multiply right inside the "houses of God" (or should it be "gods"?). Bible colleges and schools demand their students to "know the Truth," but all the while that very Truth condemns the students' (and teachers') many evil thoughts and deeds. WAKE UP!
Luke 19 speaks plainly about Israel's visitation: "thou knewest not the time of thy visitation" (v. 44). It was the Jews' day, as today is ours, oh sleeping Church. AWAKE!! SHAKE THYSELF!! God's commandments (and His promises) are spread on every page of our Bible...yet you, dear sleeping churchite, pay no attention to them but sleep on restfully, showing to the world of lost sinners just how indifferent you are towards God's laws and His Truth. However, we can thank God for those who are AWAKE, displaying to the world of lost sinners His power, His miracles, His cutting Truth, His love, His justice and righteousness--"To save to the uttermost."
Sleep on, ye sluggards; your time of judgment is here. The judgment for your backsliding is clear from Luke 19: it is the pitiful fall, the tragedy and RUIN, of sleeping souls. Oh dear sleeping churchites, you are blind because you do not believe that the same heart that bled over Jerusalem weeps today over the same indifference and blindness in you! REPENT!
How long, oh sluggards, wilt thou sleep? "Be not deceived," Paul wrote to the sinning Corinthian believers, "evil communications corrupt good manners" (I Corinthians 15:33). With true Gospel authority, he further penned, "Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame" (v. 34). Could he say any less to the sleeping and sinning churchites of our evil day?
How much, churchgoer, do you witness for Christ? Do you witness to your friends that are unsaved? (And why are they your "friends" if they are unsaved?) What about your neighbors? Romans 13:10-11 speaks thus: "Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to AWAKE out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed." That means WAKE UP and start witnessing for Jesus!
If the above isn't rebuke enough, verse 12 orders us to "cast off the works of darkness, and...put on the armour of light." (Read verses 13 and 14 too, if you dare!) Yet in this generation and in this hour, church leaders do the very opposite of the Word. All this "LOVE GOSPEL" stuff is phoney love: it is neither intrinsically (inherently, naturally) sound nor aesthetically (outwardly) pleasing, despite what these modern New Agers want us to believe. We need to obey the pure Word.
"Human Potential" thinkers and actors use twisted Bible versions that promote their silly sinful doctrines. All this "self"-centered teaching and preaching has literally put most of the professed Church to sleep in dreamyland USA--"KING-SIZED BED style." Take heed, Christians: "have NO fellowship with the unfruitful works [and workers] of darkness, but rather REPROVE them" (Ephesians 5:11).
Dear churchgoer, when was the last time (or first time) you spoke out against all this wickedness that has set up camp in your church? Paul the Apostle penned this by the Spirit: "Wherefore He (God) saith, AWAKE thou that sleepest, and ARISE from the dead (in sin), and Christ shall give thee light" (Ephesians 5:14).
Will you, dear churchite, go to your church counselor and explain your sins away with a bunch of meaningless rhetoric? Will you say, "My random (not often) and non-pervasive (non-widespread) acts of disobedience are attributable to a psychological problem that I never even suspected I had. Really, it is the truth. I have already begun treatment for this disorder (pills for my ills!) and have been assured that, with treatment, this disobedient behavior can be prevented in the future--honest!" I'm oh so sure that your counselor will grin real big after hearing such an honest confession. But I'm also oh so sure that Jesus, the real Healer of "sin-disorders," isn't impressed at all.
What is badly needed, if I may say, is a REPENTANCE REVOLUTION. In fact, we need a REPENTANCE, DELIVERANCE REVOLUTION RIGHT NOW!! The Church's fixation with trying to out-smart God is rather characteristic of the ol' Garden serpent, don't you think? My dear readers, WISE UP! The serpentine attacks against believers is unrelenting, never-ending, and even explicit in nature. You don't believe this? The proof of it is seen in the falling away of many from the faith. Yes, Satan long ago launched his own revolution--and it has been a smashing success. Each generation he introduced more ways to emphasize the "self," and he added new vile methods and means to the already existing ones. He added evil currents of thought to existing evil ideological currents. His wicked plans aren't over yet, either, . . . and so the war for souls goes on and on.
Awake, sleeping Christian! Will you sleep your way into HELL? It is time to reevaluate (and THROW AWAY!) the encrusted academic and religious manmade beliefs that carry Satan's revolution on to succeeding generations. It is time to put a dead stop to Satan's brutal practices, wicked influences, and accusatory rhetoric that he hurls viciously against God's true message (i.e., the Cross) and messengers (i.e., those who have embraced the Cross).
We live in anti-Christ times. We live in indifferent times. I personally think the churchgoers in this present (sick) generation have won the crown for both disobedience to plain Biblical instruction and indifference to Jesus and what He has done for them as their only Savior who died for their sins.
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