For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.
SHOULD WE PREACH AGAINST CHRISTIAN EVENTS OR CHURCHES?
Without a doubt, we must as our forerunners had in the Bible. We should spend more time preaching to those that believe rather than those who are reprobate. Most men in the Bible confronted fellow believers rather than pagans or sodomites regarding sin. We should have more issues with a dead backslidden Church than a drunken atheist homosexual cigarette puffer with a foul mouth that does not believe.
IS YOUR CHURCH DEAD?
Who are we kidding…..every Church believes they are the real deal, every denomination believes their sect holds he hallmark of truth, with a history of names who are the pillars in Christianity and all others are but mere knock offs. Every Church believes they are New Testament, filled with the Holy Ghost, obey the scriptures and it is the other steeple down the street that is a cult.
“They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him”
Why would God ALLOW HERESIES among His Church?
“For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you” I Cor. 11:19
Did you get that? THERE MUST BE HERESIES AMONG YOU and with reason.
To recognize who is who in the body, as in expose and manifest the lover of truth as it openly reveals those that just want it so. God would also like to see what those that disapprove with heresies do. As per Jeremiah 5:31 which ends that verse with a question,
AND WHAT WILL YOU DO ABOUT IT?
“The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will you do in the end thereof?”
There is not a street preacher out there that does not rebuke sin when he sees it and rightly so.
We rebuke sodomites at a homosexual parade but in reality we should be more upset with religious Churches for taking God’s Name in vain.
Sodomites only pervert themselves but these religious Churches pervert the very Name of our God, therefore we should have much more ought against them. We should take it personal, no?
“Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
We should be offended more when the speaker in the pulpit justifies sin or considers disobedience a normal behavior in a Christian life, than the homosexual prancing in the street proud of his sin. Our real issue should be with those who have a knowledge of God, the worst beating I have had while preaching was not from drunks in Mardi Gras, homosexuals during their pride parade or atheists on campus but believers. Prophets had issues with the religious people of their day, John the Baptist had issues with the religious leaders of his theater, Pharisees were envious of Jesus and was put to death from the religious, the early Church was persecuted by religious sects and within the Epistles, the Churches were reproved over and over. So standing outside a Church before service should be considered to admonish the flock.
“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name
have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto
them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity”
Now if you are a stat keeper, five out of seven Churches had eternal issues with He that is the “faithful and true witness” as this is not good for the home team and how much more is the Church leavened with tradition and heresy today after hundreds and hundreds of years? Abortion in America is not due to liberal courts or politicians but the BLAME GOES TO THE CHURCH.
Prayer removed from school, don’t blame the few atheists that removed it, BLAME THE CHURCH. Homosexuals marching in the streets of every major city and being taught in schools as an alternative lifestyle, don’t point the finger at the sodomites, BLAME THE CHURCH.
Wicked laws and amoral politicians rule the land, I say BLAME THE CHURCH.
“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what
shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”
-1 Peter 4:17
There are degrees of judgment as per “therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation” and those inside the Church will receive the harder verdict “My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation” and servants will be punished with beatings “And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes”
Almost every Epistle written to saints in a particular city, had the writer expose and rebuke the sins of the Church or the false teaching that was growing within the early Church and this type of exhortation must continue.