Summary: The lying prophets of Israel left Isreal with walls that would crumble when the storms came. Are we, in the church, listening to those same lying prophets today?
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Pastor James May
THE LEGACY OF LYING PROPHETS
The church needs to hear what God has to say if we are to be the church that is without spot or blemish and be ready to meet the Bridegroom when He comes. This speaks of a process of sanctification and purification that we must go through if we are to be ready.
The problem we see is that there are many churches where the truth of the gospel message is lost somewhere in the mixture of teachings on the Love of God, faith, prosperity, and a host of other, more comfortable, ideas.
The world needs to hear about the Love of God for those that are lost. We all need to feel the Love of God and the Mercy of God – but that isn’t the only message that we need to preach. Along with the message of Love and Mercy, must come the message of Holiness, Righteous living and Personal Sacrifice for the Kingdom of God! An obedient servant to the Lord Jesus Christ won’t always have a comfortable life. There will be times when serving God will require you to stretch and grow.
We all love to hear of faith! Faith is taught, in our present world, as though it were a magic talisman to give us everything and anything we want. There are a lot of preachers who tell us that is we will, “Just have faith to believe and we will receive anything we desire.” There is some truth to this statement but the real truth doesn’t lie in just having faith to believe – it is also tempered with having the Will of God in your life.
You can have faith to believe anything you want but if it is not according to the Will of God for your life, God won’t bring it to pass, and if it does come you better wonder about the source. I’ve seen too many Christians whose lives have been wrecked by the teachings of “hirelings” who promised them that God was with their decisions when God was nowhere in the equation.
Ezekiel 13:1-3, "And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!"
God is bringing an Indictment against those who will not preach the truth but bow to the gods of money, prosperity and big crowds to create their own legacy of a mega-church. I want you to understand that there are some very large churches where the truth of the gospel is preached and those that teach in these churches are walking in obedience and are reaping the benefits of God’s blessings.
I also want you to know that God blesses the smaller churches the same way. It’s not the size of the church that makes the difference; it’s the power of the Holy Ghost and the presence of God in the church that makes the difference.
No matter how large or how small the congregation, Zechariah 4:6 still says, "… Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts."
God doesn’t care whether you drive a Hummer or a “Junker”. He just cares that you have what you need to get the job done that He has called you to do.
God doesn’t care if you have $10 or $10000 in your wallet, as long as it is what you need to accomplish your mission for Him.
God doesn’t care if you have on Bill Blass, and carry cash; He is more concerned about your immortal soul and whether you are running for His goal!
There are a lot of “preachers” who say they are called, but God didn’t call them and the messages that they bring are not from God, but originate in the dark recesses of their own minds.