6-Week Series: Against All Odds


Summary: Shalom can never be a goal where bitterness thrives.

Part #2 of two part leson.

Wearing Religious Masks?

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr.


As we continue pondering,

Wearing religious masks and going to hell,

while I sit on a pew --- let me share my heart.


PONDER: Why do people wear masks?

Several years ago, I had a nightmare, it was terrible.

For many days my spirit was greatly troubled.

In a dream, I saw one of my most serious workers at

church dying a terrible death.

As my church worker was dying,

I saw a battle going against my member.

I was broken beyond belief, as I saw this dedicated

Christian worker die and the Devil was grabbing the

individual and taking the soul to hell.

The smell was terrible, I could smell the enemy and

hell. This was so real.

In the dream, I started screaming, this is a terrible


No way enemy, you can’t have this worker!

I have counted on them to do many things to build

this church.

They have touched many people and led many to the


I am a better pastor because of this individual, and

the church is a better church, after all the hours

and efforts this family has invested in the church.

The enemy was slowly dragging my church member toward

the lake of fire and great torment.

We could hear the horrible sounds coming out of hell.

The smell was so real and horrible, I shall never


I was thinking, maybe there was secret sin, and they

were playing Christian games.

This was not the problem. I tried to fight for my

dear friend and the enemy kept slowly pulling my

member towards hell.

The fight was very painful.

I said, this is a good person.

This family paid their tithes.

They were faithful to church.

I could count on them.

What is going on here?

Jesus help me? What is going on here?

With tears in His eyes, Jesus came to me,

and said, I have tried and I have tried to change the

events of this day.

I have personally sent messages through you to warn

this individual?

I have sent radio messages to expose the sin?

I have given the words to television preachers, and

they watched with zeal, but My words were unheeded.

This person has cassette tapes that has warned them,

but they have not heard the message I have spoken to


This person has books on their shelf, they have read

the parts they like, but the message I warned them,

was unheeded.

As a matter of record, when they heard the message,

they said the message was for someone else.

They even said, amen, let it be, but they thought the

message was for the other party.

I again questioned, Why Jesus, what is the wrong?

I knew them! They are good people.

With tears running down Jesus’ face,

Jesus said, "This individual was very angry,

and full of wrath.

Bitterness was rampant daily, and unforgiveness had

helped to bring an early death.

The home was full of coldness and painful rejection.

This person had allowed a critical spirit to tear

down the confidence in everyone.

They refused to pray.

Their hurt and disappointments had become the driving

force in their heart.

The anger they carried had brought physical

affliction, yet this never got their attention to


The person had rejected forgiveness, and justified

because of unforgiveness.

I was absolutely broken, as I saw one of my best

friends escorted into hell.

I could do nothing to change the hard heart, the


the bitterness, --- the bait had been accepted.

The trap had locked on the neck.

I understood blasphemy as never before.

By focusing on the bitterness and pain, the person

had shown contempt and the lack of reverence for God

or His people.

Jesus had warned, the anger was turning into wrath,

and a vengeful driven isolation.

Yet every warning was given meant someone else,

they thought.

In my dream, they went to hell. I still cry over this.

I was awakened and I went into my office and prayed

and cried.

My heart was broken.

I asked God, give me the message to bring a change.

I fasted and prayed.

Slowly the person lost interest in church and


The hurt and pain was never healed.

The hurt festered, infection spread.

They explained it was not me, that I was a good

pastor, but ---?

The individual withdrew from all activity and stayed

on the fringe for a while.

They stopped attending prayer meetings, had their own

for a while.

They stopped coming to the altar during service.

They were so alone, in the midst of the hurt and


My heart was broken, they were hurt.

God, what can I do?

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