Jesus was wont to say, “Let those who have eyes to see, see” and “Let those who have ears to hear, hear.” I understand the blindness of the lost, “Unless you are Born Again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” Pardon me if I ignore the lost in this article. My subject concerns those Born Again, children of the Living God, who choose blindness over sight and deafness over hearing, at the most critical point in the history of the world.
“I don’t want to talk about that. I am going to preach the Gospel to the lost, nothing else matters.” Says a Pastor as he lowers his head, excuses himself and walks away. That statement might be valid, except that his sermon of the morning had been about tithing, with a strong call to support the building program. His congregation is dwindling, offerings are down, a third of the seats in the building are empty but this Pastor sees his salvation in a new sanctuary. Talk about current events, the imminent collapse of the nation and the rise of the New World Order are things he chooses not to look at, listen to, or think about. To preach on such things would be ecclesiastical suicide.
We used to joke about Evangelists and their numbers. If my pastor was going to stretch the truth for an illustration, he would begin by prefacing his statement with the phrase, “Evangelastically speaking…”, combining Evangelistic and Elastic, in a single word. This was so because success or failure in ministry was and is measured in numbers. The pastor with the biggest church, largest congregation, most revenue, is the winner. We judge God’s Church by Babylonian standards and wonder where we failed.
Jesus gathered a congregation that numbered more than five thousand, preached a single sermon and ended up with twelve, and one of those was a traitor. That is success! If you can find eleven people who will listen to the truth and follow you anyway, you are witnessing great things. Babylon would have you judging by the numbers. Jesus would have you make disciples.
The Gospel is central but the Gospel as presented in Scripture, not the bastardized, Americanized, Babylonian gospel. The Gospel in Scripture requires repentance, makes disciples and is judged by observing the quality of the crop. The Babylonian Gospel centers on how many people you can get to walk down an aisle, shake the preacher’s hand and repeat the “Sinner’s Prayer.”
If you are making disciples, you will share the whole truth with them and you will guide and direct them to the road that leaves Babylon. You will lead your little flock into the Kingdom of God and they will dwell there. You will teach them what Jesus said to watch for and help them to see. You will encourage them to seek wisdom and understanding. You will not hide the truth. You will preach the truth, even when you know that a Disciple or two may reject the truth and leave the fold as a result.
Church Growth Seminars lead to Spiritual Death. Eleven disciples and a traitor is better than a church of five thousand Hell-bound sinners.
Babylonian pastors, in Babylonian churches, will never talk about prophecy, current events, or the sins of America. They will carefully measure their sermons by the offering plate and the number of seats filled on Sunday morning. Truth that lowers revenue will be avoided at all costs. They will not listen to the truth and they most certainly will not preach it. The Fourth of July will be celebrated as a church holiday. Christmas trees and Easter Baskets will decorate the sanctuary in their season but no teaching will ever be given that would help the people understand current events and the immediate future in light of Biblical Prophecy… These Pastors will blindly lead a blinded congregation into Tribulation and the Great Deception without a clue… They have chosen to be blind and they have chosen to blind their congregations.
Preach the truth. Preach the whole truth. Pray that God will give you a dozen disciples. It is enough.
Revelation 18:4 Then I heard another voice from heaven: Come out of her, My people, so that you will not share in her sins or receive any of her plagues.