Not So Random Thoughts 13

Matthew 22:29 But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God. 30 “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 31 “But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God: 32 ‘I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB ‘? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”

Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. 28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper.

Amos 8:11 “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, “When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the LORD. 12 “People will stagger from sea to sea And from the north even to the east; They will go to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, But they will not find it.

Recently, while visiting out of state, I want to a place with the word “church” on the sign. I must admit that I was not attending with high expectations, but that is because I rarely find a place where Christ and free-grace are preached. My expectations were met and perhaps exceeded. The man behind the pulpit had attended seminary years ago and appeared to think that his knowledge of Greek allowed him to abuse Scripture and the character of God. He gave a fair amount of historical background to the text and spoke of things that might have happened in the area. He spoke of a lot of things, but he seemed rather averse to the truth of who God was and His free-grace. It seemed as if the Gospel of Jesus Christ was of far less importance than the historical background. There was not a hint of the Gospel and not a hint of the work of Christ. He did, however, speak of being a Bible-believing preacher.

When I left that Sunday morning I was irritated that this was thought to be something even remotely thought of as a worship service and how anyone thought that the speaker actually preached a Christian sermon. I entered the door thirsty and hungry and went away with nothing that fed me or quenched my thirst. I was also irritated (bothered) that there was nothing said about sin in a way where people would be convicted of sin and so see their need of a Savior. The offering plate was passed so that the people could give back to God, or at least that was what was said, but while the sermon was from the hand of God it was more of a hiding of who God is than a revealing.

I cannot believe that the professing Church is anywhere but under the judgment of God. When those who speak in His name and do nothing but hide the character of God and the truth of the Gospel, that is nothing but judgment upon the people. Even sadder, the people did not appear thirsty or hungry. They just sat there and laughed at the jokes and nodded when he said something religious. It was a sad state of affairs in that place and yet that is precisely what is going on across the nation. The people are quite mistaken and they do not understand the Scriptures or the power of God. The preachers are in the same boat and what they dispense is not knowledge of God but ignorance of the Scriptures and the power of God.

When those behind the pulpits are blind, it is the blind leading the blind. When those behind the pulpits would rather tell jokes and set out historical backgrounds more than setting out the Gospel, we are under the judgment of God. It is so sad to enter wanting to hear of Christ and leave with a bitter taste in the mouth of not hearing of the sweetness of grace and the Gospel. If it is the case that the professing churches in our day are more interested in about anything than the truth of Christ, then we are under a severe judgment. How sad it was to look upon a people that appeared satisfied with what they heard, which is to say that they were satisfied with not hearing the truth of the Gospel. Perhaps they have been blinded to the Gospel as well.

The professing Church is in a desperate state and simply does not know a thing about it. The professing Church hears a false Gospel Sunday after Sunday and has been lulled to sleep by that. The professing Church has no real life because it has no Gospel of life and no life of Christ. The professing Church is simply doing rituals Sunday after Sunday and is deaf to the fact that God has turned it over to its own desires. There is nothing in our abilities that we can do, though some seem to think so. We must seek the Lord for grace in order that we may truly seek His face and plead with Him to come down and revive us again.

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