It Should Not Be Happening
Read Jeremiah Chapter 14
Jer 14:14 Then the LORD said to me, “The prophets are prophesying lies in My name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds. 15 Therefore, this is what the LORD says about the prophets who are prophesying in My name: I did not send them, yet they are saying, ‘No sword or famine will touch this land.’ Those same prophets will perish by sword and famine. 16 And the people they are prophesying to will be thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and sword. There will be no one to bury them or their wives, their sons or their daughters. I will pour out on them the calamity they deserve.
When the disciples were sent out from Jerusalem, after Christ’s ascension, they were commanded to go out into the world and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. They were to change the world so that it would more resemble God and His nature and character. That small handful of disciples did impact the world in a mighty way. Today, the gospel of Christ is told in every corner of the world because of their faithfulness.
We are given the same instructions today. Our responsibility is to go out into the world and change it by introducing the world to the truth. Christians haven’t done a very good job lately. Do you see what is happening? Instead of our changing the world to look like Jesus, the world has infiltrated the church and is changing the church to look like the world. One by one, our churches and denominations are falling from the truth of God’s word. One by one they are preaching a watered down gospel; a false gospel which requires no repentance and a gospel which does not recognize the preponderance of sin within their congregations. In fact, churches are applauding sinfulness by “legalizing” sin.
That kind of thing apparently runs in cycles. Even in Jeremiah’s day, the religious leaders had allowed the world to infiltrate the circles of the prophets and spiritual leaders. The Lord said of them, “they are prophesying lies, false visions, divinations, idolatries, and delusions.” The results would be that calamity would overtake them. It gets worse. Not only were the false prophets going to suffer, those who listened to them and followed their teachers were going to suffer as well.
We are going to see the same thing happen. Our Lord will not continue to allow false prophets to preach lies from the pulpits of our modern day churches. There is coming a day when calamity will strike. The cycle we mentioned has repeated itself over and over throughout biblical times, and even in the 2,000 years since Christ. God cannot and will not allow His truth to be distorted and twisted for long periods of time.
It is extremely important that we stand firm in God’s truth about homosexuality. There must be a remnant left to carry on and pronounce real truth the next time God brings disaster upon the religious community. We must not allow ourselves to become a part of the problem. We must remain firmly planted in truth and become a part of the solution. No matter what happens in our lifetimes, we must be ready to spread God’s words, truth recorded in God’s word. Let’s not wait until calamity strikes. Let’s speak truth now and every day for the remainder of our lives.
Jer 2:8 The priests did not ask, ‘Where is the LORD?’ Those who deal with the law did not know Me; the leaders rebelled against Me. The prophets prophesied by Baal, following worthless idols.
Jer 11:15 “What is my beloved doing in My temple as she works out her evil schemes with many? Can consecrated meat avert your punishment? When you engage in your wickedness, then you rejoice.’
But before we close today’s thoughts, I must confess that I haven’t always been true to our Lord. I have “taught lies” every time I have engaged in unholy acts with other men. Simply by my acting like the world, I have prevented those men from receiving real truth. I could have been a witness for truth. Instead, I was being a witness to a lie. God forgive me.
Prayer: Lord, give us the strength and ability to be true to You and Your word. Forgive all of us for our failure to change our world. Forgive us for spreading untruth through our actions. Give us many chances to reverse and repair any damage we have done. And Lord, we pray for our churches and the many pastors who have accepted homosexuality as a legitimate way of life. And especially, we pray for all the men and women who are being led astray by the words of false prophets. God have mercy!!