They claim to know the Messiah, but seems to cary a powerless cross. As they walk down the path of faithlessnes and compromises.
The bible says Paul was in danger of false brethren. Who are they? How can we detect people who claim to know the Messiah, but do not?
1 Corinthians 1:18
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation! For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
Philippins 3: 18-19
For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things.
You have often heard religious people adding some few words to the truth, that nullifies their claimed faith in the Messiah. I call them « ad-on Christians ». There is always a « but » added, after truth has been spoken. An excuse for not being able to stand up and preach the true cross. To follow His example. The cross enables us to walk in the power of His resurrection, to be persecuted and even martyred for our faith in Him.
« I know I have to follow Jesus, but I need to have income » That is a typically normal statements from the camp of the compromised. Yes we need money. But how are we as caretakers of the Lords money and time? Jesus faced lot of excuses without any empathy. Remember that this message was to people claiming to be his decsiple.
Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.”
And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”Then another of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
In John 6 we read about disciples who grumbled and were rebuked by Him.
John 6: 61, 64-66.
When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you?
But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him. And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.” From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.
Unfortunately, it seems that these « disciples » continued to preach that they had met Jesus. But their message seems to be watered down, and conformed to a more acceptable message to those who listen to them. Their mantra is, « You can follow Jesus, but ». Feel free to add the most used excuses. « I need to work », “I need money”, “I need to take care of my family”. “I am a little bit busy”, “My pastor said”, “I am not worthy”, “I have a friends who is gay”, disabled, etc, etc, etc.
Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
What is your excuse?
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