You must warn each other every day, while it is still "today," so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.
As I was scrolling through facebook today I couldn't help but think that we are all deceived in some way or another. There is such a lack of balance in the body of Christ today. We get so easily side tracked, even by good things, that we aren't able to see the full picture anymore and therefor we miss the mark.
We gather with people who think and act like us so that we are comfortable, but this keeps us from growing. We need to be challenged. We need to question why we believe what we do. We need to be able to relate to others and appreciate their differences. We can't be whole, fitly joined together, until we embrace those who don't walk in our doctrine. We need balance. We need to rightly divide the Truth.
Here are just a few of my observances:
We are so into casting out devils that's all we talk about or we don't believe in it
We are so into the Holy Spirit moving that we cast out sound teaching or we
only have sound teaching and shun the movement of the Holy Spirit.
We call everyone to pray in tongues as loud as we can or we don't allow tongues
We prophesy over everyone or no one.
We pray to angels or we don't mention them for fear of being a heretic.
We blast people out of the Church with loud music or we sing high Church hymns.
We send everyone on mission trips or no one at all.
We are all about OUR denomination or we are against denomination and
therefor create a new denomination.
We name-it-and-claim-it, blab-it-and-grab-it or we don't believe we have
any authority in our mouths at all.
We are extremely legalistic or we live in sloppy grace.
We honor the men and women of God seated in authority to a place of idolatry
or we dishonor them all together.
We intimidate people into giving or we go so far as to preach that God
doesn't require a tithe any more.
We manipulate people into receiving Christ or we don't evangelize at all.
We make it all about showing up every time the Church doors are open or we
turn against organized Church all together.
I am sure there are a ton more, but you get the picture.
Then you have all of the leaders building their own kingdom and others clinging to them hoping for a platform. If anything we are doing is dishonorable to our brothers or sisters then we are dishonoring Christ.
It is time for the Bride to repent and turn from every form of evil so that we and our land will be healed.
Let's pray that we are no longer deceived and that are eyes are opened so that we can rightly divide the Word of Truth and begin to set the captives around us free.