Battle scars: When the church wounds its own, part 6

Praise the Lord saints.

If you will recall, I spoke on Ezekiel 34 and trust me, we will go into detail even more but I need to include another passage of scripture that I believe is probably just as unpreached as, and clearly explains in explicit details why so much has happened in the past 3-5 years in the manner in which it has.

Before I do, congratulations to the 2 winners of the city council elections that occurred back on Tuesday.  I pray you allow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to lead and guide your decisions and stance as you embark on this new chapter in your lives.  I also pray that the 2 that didn’t win continues in their pursuit to fulfill those things you felt needed to be addressed and put into motion for a better South St. Pete.  At some point we all must come to realize that more can be achieved by supporting one another rather than fighting against one another.

This passage of scripture will be eye opening and mind blowing in the sense that it totally dispels the notion that God is a God of Love ONLY and this totally false notion that everyone will make it into paradise regardless of your life choices and decisions.  It will also explain why these decisions are being made and that the spiritual leadership must now teach on this to better help those that are lost or confused.

Again, this falls right in line with how the church has be the main culprit in the injuring of so many saints just like in Ezek 34 but from a different approach, however, just as damaging and destructive.

Let’s look first at what Jesus Christ Himself says how He feels when one in leadership does this.

Matthew 18 Amplified Bible (AMP)

18 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 He called a little child and set him before them, 3 and said, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless you repent [that is, change your inner self—your old way of thinking, live changed lives] and become like children [trusting, humble, and forgiving], you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever [a]humbles himself like this child is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 Whoever receives and welcomes one [b]child like this in My name receives Me; 6 BUT WHOEVER CAUSES ONE OF THESE LITTLE ONES WHO BELIEVE IN ME TO STUMBLE AND SIN [BY LEADING HIM AWAY FROM MY TEACHING], IT WOULD BE BETTER FOR HIM TO HAVE A HEAVY MILLSTONE [AS LARGE AS ONE TURNED BY A DONKEY] HUNG AROUND HIS NECK AND TO BE DROWNED IN THE DEPTH OF THE SEA.

7 “Woe (JUDGMENT IS COMING) to the world because of stumbling blocks and temptations to sin! It is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; BUT WOE TO THE PERSON ON WHOSE ACCOUNT OR THROUGH WHOM THE STUMBLING BLOCK COMES!

He said this to His disciples!

The main point I want you to focus in on is that misleading can be also categorized as watering down, sugar coating, or just plain avoiding a certain particular passage of scripture.  

Tell me you knew Jesus said this about misleading saints.

It gets better or worse depending on your stance.

2 Thessalonians 2 Amplified Bible (AMP)

2 Now in regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to meet Him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, 2 not to be quickly unsettled or alarmed either by a [so-called prophetic revelation of a] spirit or a message or a letter [alleged to be] from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has [already] come. 3 Let no one in any way deceive or entrap you, for that day will not come unless the apostasy comes first [that is, the great rebellion, the abandonment of the faith by professed Christians], and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction [the Antichrist, the one who is destined to be destroyed], 4 who opposes and exalts himself [so proudly and so insolently] above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he [actually enters and] takes his seat in the temple of God, publicly proclaiming that he himself is God.

10 and by unlimited seduction to evil and with all the deception of wickedness for those who are perishing, because they did not welcome the love of the truth [of the gospel] so as to be saved [they were spiritually blind, and rejected the truth that would have saved them]. 11 BECAUSE OF THIS GOD WILL SEND UPON THEM A MISLEADING INFLUENCE, [AN ACTIVITY OF ERROR AND DECEPTION] SO THEY WILL BELIEVE THE LIE, 12 IN ORDER THAT ALL MAY BE JUDGED AND CONDEMNED WHO DID NOT BELIEVE THE TRUTH [ABOUT THEIR SIN, AND THE NEED FOR SALVATION THROUGH CHRIST], BUT INSTEAD TOOK PLEASURE IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.

Till next week,

Blessings Bishop Elect Dr. Rob Harrison

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