Woe to the Scribes and Pharisees

Another new year another election, is around the corner and the spiritual battles will continue… but the battles are not ours to fight… but God’s. That’s what God’s people need to keep in the forefront of their mind and that is the thing they seem to take lightly. God is either who He says He is, or He isn’t.  And we forget that our battles are not against flesh and blood. God’s people should be focused on cleaning the inside of their cup, instead of decorating and polishing the outside. They should be content in all things instead of trying to live their best life ever. They should be testing all the spirits to make sure they are from God. They should be diligent to present themself approved to God, as worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

I have been praying, asking God to help me understand how evangelicals can support a leader that causes dissension, a man whose greatest accomplishment has been to divide a nation. And, historically we have been a nation by race and politics. These days, so many issues divide us. I won’t even go there. So, how did we get here – to this point – this year – this day? Where evangelicals embrace a man of dissension. The whole purpose of God’s church, God’s people is to bring glory to God. Frankly, I can’t see how anything that happened this year has brought God any glory.

Our walk with Christ is a personal journey, Romans 14:12. It’s a personal journey to become more Christ-like. Yes, to be transformed into the image of Christ. We are to gather with fellow Christians to encourage one another daily on this journey, 1 Thessalonians 5:11. We are to learn from those He appoints as teachers. And those appointed to be pastors are held to a higher standard. They will answer for his good or bad shepherding of God’s people. If we as believers are led to believe in a false doctrine, these leaders will be held accountable for their actions. Who will save their followers? We are to store up treasures in heaven, not earth.

Why? Why does it matter whose message we choose to believe? Why does it matter if we don’t know God’s word? Why? Take a look around the country.

NKJV 2 Peter 2-3 “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.

Faith leaders seem to have lost sight of their purpose. Much like the religious leaders during the time of Jesus. What was their main concern? Their own desires. Their own positions in a power structure, and in high places.

Most recent events

When Barack Obama ran for office, I was sure Americans were not ready for a black president. I was doubly sure they were not ready for a woman president. When Trump ran for president, I saw something that truly made me shiver in my boots. I saw evangelicals drawn to a man spewing all sorts of lies, boasting and saying all the things they seemingly had been eagerly waiting to hear. It was music to their ears. God had sent them a king. I recall asking my sister what she thought would happen if Trump got elected. She said, that would never happen. I also recalled telling a client that Trump had a good chance of stealing this election. He agreed. But I added that evangelicals would be the reason he would win the presidency. This man was speaking all the right words that fed the very religious desires of all evangelicals, to boot he represented their fleshly desire – prosperity. He was speaking their language. It made sense that Christians, believing God forgives all sin, that God appoints leaders – they would without hesitation, a bible on the one hand and offering prayers in the square, would support such a man. He didn’t have to do much of anything else.

I don’t know about other believers, but that attraction gave me the heebie-jeebies. Today, I still get that same eerie feeling – only today, it doesn’t matter if he wins or loses. Americans, as a whole have lost. He has already loosened the chains that once held the demon off discrimination.

Keep reading Part 2 “I see Pharisees!”

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