Beware the Slight of Hands and 3 Card Monte Preachers, Least You be Tempted!
Praise the Lord saints of the Most High God.
Today everybody is told they have the assurance of going to heaven as long as they are good people, so who needs Jesus! The narrow road is abandoned for the broader path. Tolerance is just another excuse to cover their sin.
The new love preached on TV talk shows reassures every one of all religions on their deathbed that everything will be all right because God loves you just the way you are, you’re accepted. This is NOT love according to scripture, but is actually “the lie” for those who refused the love of the truth. Millions are being anesthetized into false assurances from those who said I have been to the other side and it’s wonderful everyone makes it.
Can we leave them on their current destructive course that will eventually bring the ultimate destruction on them in the afterlife? Love that sacrifices the truth is void of real love. It props itself up as the ultimate caring, but all it is, is tolerance in disguise, a fake substitute.
We actually exhibit love to correct someone who has gone off course. We are not showing love by being silent and allowing them to continue. It is love coupled with truth that motivates us to speak out because we care for them.
We are so careful not to OFFEND our neighbors, friends and family by THE TRUTH, so we can love them. But are we loving God by doing this? Are we really loving them? Are we so unwilling to endure any rejection that we have become ashamed of Gods words! It’s better to do what is right in Gods eyes and suffer the consequences from man, than to do what is right in man’s eyes and suffer the consequences from God!
Even for those inside the Church, James 5:19-20 says “Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.” Essentially we are our brother’s keeper. To keep silent James calls it a sin of omission. James 4:17 “to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”
Today the very definition of love has been changed it now means tolerance at the expense of truth. Love must find its source in truth or it is a fake love. John 1:14…We have seen his glory, the glory of the Only begotten, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” This is the one God the father sent because of his love.
Jn. 8:31-32…”If you abide in my word (live in the teachings), you are my disciples indeed; you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” Jesus did not just say to dwell in his love only, but his truth as well. Love alone will not save anyone from Hell but love with the truth will. Jesus is the truth and told only the truth and we should as well. Not beating it over people’s heads but first present it in a kind but firm way so it can be received.
If you love me you will keep my commandments, his word and precepts. The love Jesus asks has loyalty it means for us to stand against opposition no matter where it will lead. But how can we know his commands and teachings? By staying in his word and acting on it by faith.
John 13:34-35 ” A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Most Christians interpret this as having unity or to be accepting, but this is not what Jesus is saying. He said to love as I loved you. How did Jesus love? Did he accept everyone for who they were and disregarded what they did?
When Peter received a revelation from the Father and he proclaimed who Jesus is, he was commended. But right after this he was prompted by the Devil to prevent Jesus from accomplishing his mission. Jesus rebuked him openly. I imagine it must have been humbling to have this occur right after everyone thought “right on Peter.”
Jesus did not overlook his error because he did something right beforehand. Nor did he say his good outweighed the bad. What was at stake was the truth. Neither did Jesus keep silent and have Peter influence the others falsely.
Can love bring unity? If one wants to disregard the truth it certainly can! But it is not honored by God, only man.
Till next week,
Rev. Dr. Robert L. Harrison, PhD
Soon “Bishop-Elect” & District 7 City Council Candidate