Please let me explain before you stone me.
Brothers Of The Faith Meeting
I was having a conversation with some of my “brothers of the faith” about church. One of these brothers has been doing a deep study of the book of Revelation. He brought up the seven angels of the seven churches in Revelation 2 & 3. If you’re unfamiliar, Jesus sends these angels with a warning against the churches some are rumoured to be ‘alive’ in faith, but are dead.
This is what was brought up against me in our discussion:
Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. (Rev. 2:4-6)
This was the angel sent to the church in Ephesus. The church in Ephesus was supposedly very focused on God with a very ‘holier than though’ attitude. As we read, they hated the practices of the Nicolaitans.
So, I asked this brother, “What are you saying? I love God and I try to take care of those in need. But I cannot compromise the Gospel message of repentance to make the masses feel better.”
I explained it this way:
“A person goes to the doctor. The doctor says, ‘I’ve seen your blood work and your charts. Your cholesterol is high. If you don’t stop eating salts and red meat, you’re going to die.”
The brother commented that if we are truly born of the Spirit, we shouldn’t speak in parables. But that’s another topic to discuss later.
My point, however, was that the patient has essentially two option:
- The patient can say, “Well, Doc. I don’t believe in your medicine and your analysis. I’m going to eat what I want, when I want. And if I die, so be it.”
- The patient can say, “Thank you, doctor, for taking the time to examine me and tell me what’s wrong. I will do the best I can to limit my salts and red meat.”
What that patient CANNOT say is, “This doctor is a hateful, red meat-a-phobe, salt-a-phobe, biggot.”
The brother concluded that this same example can be used that if the doctor is rude and straightforward, the patient will never return.
So, let us conclude with:
Jesus Christ Was An Utter Failure
In John 6:1-15, Jesus feeds the hungry people following him. Verse 10 says that there was about 5,000 men (not including women and children).
The next day, the crowd found him on the other side of the lake (John 6:25). While they came for food (John 6:26), Jesus began to teach them and many left (John 6:66). Finally, Jesus’s crowd was left to 12:
“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. (John 6:67)
That is a horrible number. From 5000 to 12 is a loss of 4,988 people. I can hear the church group now, “Hey Jesus. Lighten up. You’ve offended the audience.”
Imagine if Joel Osteen invited you to preach in his mega church, easily holding 5,000 people. After preaching the Word of God, the auditorium is empty aside from 12 people. You would never be asked to speak again.
Note that I don’t encourage listening or reading Joel Osteen’s books. In fact, as I said, if he or anyone genuinely preaches the Word of God for truth, you will likely lose most of your audience by next Sunday.
I conclude with saying that I worship God for who He is. I was a man lost in sin and the Word of God gave me direction. And while the Word of God also condemned, the Works of Christ gave me hope that His death on the cross brought me back to the Father.
Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. (John 17:3)Try Audible Premium Plus and Get Up to Two Free Audiobooks