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In my last newsletter, because of some erroneous teachings on finances, I spoke about guarding your heart against this. The love of money, according to 1 Timothy 6:10, is the root of all evil which some have coveted (overly desired). The Scripture then goes on to say, because of it, some have erred from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. One is told to flee these things and follow after righteous, godliness, and the fruit of the spirit. Most are presenting the need for finances in the biblical way (not motivated by the love of it).
I say this to present a biblical truth which isn't presented by some in their teaching. While ministering in Quebec a saint came to me and told me this story: God confronted a pastor and asked him, "When are you going to start to preach the full Gospel?" His answer was, "Right away!" Before he started to do this, he had a huge congregation. Upon obeying the Father, people left as though the pastor was a leper. With 300 people left and a tremendous amount of monies going out, he was devastated. After giving this to God, his answer was, "Now I can work".
Some teachings I've heard, neglect speaking about the satanic powers operating against believers. They're giving a feel good tickle your ear gospel. When those don't receive this teaching are attacked, they will be confused. A couple of days ago there was an article in the paper, in bold letters, saying the next target for Isis is the Egyptian Coptic Christians. Every day saints in many countries are experiencing tremendous persecution. Some are humiliated; like a woman who was forced to strip naked and walk down a street. Another lived in spite of a match being put to gasoline on his body. Many have been thrown in prison. Not to mention the countless number of believers that have lost their lives. Does this sound like a tickle your ear conflict free gospel?
All major religions have the same concept. This concept is doing good works. Christianity is faith motivating works of love. This dates back to the days of Cain and Abel. Cain's offering of works (what he did) was not acceptable to God. While Abel's offering of faith (had nothing to do with him) was accepted. Cain was furious and killed his brother. To me that started the war of works (religion) vs faith (relationship with Jesus). In the New Testament Jesus and his disciples were killed because they're message was an attack on works (religion).
The Apostle Paul warned us in 2Corinthians 10:3-4. "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds". When his life is read by the persecuted church, they know what he experienced: imprisonment, stoning, and beatings. More of his sufferings can be found in 2 Cor. 11:23-27. Heb.11:35, 38 tells us more about the hate spewed out toward believers. Their faith was tested and their persecution was intense. They knew this was a divine preparation for a spiritual kingdom prepared for them. They loved not their lives even unto death.
By God's grace, in America, we haven't yet experienced anything like this. One might think this letter brings no hope. Reality is, we serve the God of hope and this is a test we face, because of the evil one's hatred. Our hope always is in the cross of Christ. The commission the Lord has mandated for the last 2000 years has not changed. Go into all the world and preach the Gospel. In America persecution has been so much different. People are shunned by family and friends, one loses their job, they're thought of as cultish, a traitor who left their religion for Jesus.
It's easy to be relaxed, because America hasn't gone through what many countries are. As believers we must not think it could never happen here; "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole amour of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand" Eph. 6:12-13. Fight the good fight of faith against complacency. The truth is, the evil one, his angels, and demons are never complacent. Their assignment is to kill, steal and destroy.
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