I have written, and preached some strong words, I have said before, it is not legalism, condemnation, judgment, but conviction, I hope. I preached and just posted my last message about comfort, a voice in the wilderness and the poor, It was a hard word, but at times there must be a hard word, I am not out to make friend's, to be popular, or even liked, my call is to preach in boldness the truth of the bible. This was the norm many years ago, now it is looked down upon, by liberal thinking, well meaning Christians that are big on love, unity, separate beliefs, I understand that, but the word does not change. The word cuts like a knife for a reason, and believe it or not it is part of the Good News, Repent, repent, repent, is step one in the good news, you have to swallow a bitter pill before the honey of spiritual blessing flows form your life.
We all make mistakes, I am no more than a sinner, like you, saved by grace, but a mouth piece for the lord, I have yielded myself and it has come with a high price tag. ( for all that choose to live Godly in Christ Jesus WILL suffer persecution).
The condemnation, hell, issue is never the lords intent in a hard message, it is always to lead someone to, or back to the real true path.
The lord wills that all men would be saved, the son of man came not to destroy men, but save mens lives, part of this is by the word of the lord read, or heard preached under the anointing and conviction. In EZEK ch 3 and CH 33 , we read the whole deal, the way it all works, read those chapters and you will understand where I am coming from, and others who preach and teach truth.
To the sinner, seeker, Jesus was kind, to the Pharisee, as our modern day Christian can be called, (some not all), but most. Jesus spoke very hard, to those, and thus I do to Christians because they claim to know the truth and confess Jesus, but do not do the things he said.
I will give you an example of why I called the hate of the poor an abomination to the lord, as I know some disagreed with that, well we have the word on this matter.
Eze 18:12 Hath oppressed the poor and needy, hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored the pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to the idols, hath committed abomination,
Eze 18:13 Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him.
The poor, being mistreated is listed right in there with idolatry and other sins, and it is called an abomination.
The lord speaks hard sometimes to try and reach those that confess his name, but do not walk the walk, in this same chapter you will see the heart of the lord, he wants all to be made restored, all to come back to their first love, all to be made clean.
Eze 18:22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.
Eze 18:23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?
Did you get that part, it is good news, not bad news, not condemnation, Eze 18:22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him:
Yes, as far as the east to the west, this is the heart of the lord in a hard word, in a warning, so a seed of good news and restoration can be planted and watered. EZEK has a few more verses in this chapter, read it all, it is very much like ch 3 and 33 it shows the loving father heart of our lord.
Eze 18:27 Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.
Eze 18:28 Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.
Eze 18:30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.
Eze 18:31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
Eze 18:32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.
Our loving father is not sadistic, many say, ' how could a loving God allow all this, the suffering of children, the death of the innocent, good people being sick unto death" it is the fall of Adam that caused this, also the stuff sprayed on us, what we eat, pollution the list goes on, man made death, not the heart of a loving father.
Next time when you hear a strong word from me, or another servant , consider this, it is a call, it is our job and it is the job of all to warn. The lord has no pleasure in death, no pleasure in the Judgments being poured out, no pleasure in the death of America, no please at all. It is a hard word indeed, but looking beyond , or deeper into hard words , as I have been showing in this Chapter, you will see the Good news, you will see the love of the father.
Heb 12:5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Heb 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
Heb 12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
Do you see the message, those who the lord loves he Chastises, it is the love of the lord, it is part of the Good news, and as I wrote, the good news starts with the word repent, coming back to the lord starts with the word repent, being restored starts with the word repent, and thus the word repent is the good news, we have the chance by the blood of Christ to repent, that is good news and to go from death to life, by Jesus blood, by repentance, and sometimes it comes by a strong word. That is the Good News