Out of the many places I have traveled in life, which includes through the bad and the good, and in my sin and out of sin into victory. One thing is for sure, my experience as a parent, a wife, a student, minister, and in my careers in sales, finance, the nightclub industry, and the medical field.
Throughout the many years of ministry work and through the several up and downhill battles with depression and backside, the place I have found the most wickedness is in the church and full-time ministry.
Now, I have seen and taken part in my fair share of sin and sickness; however, pure wickedness is different than a sinner who finds no comfort in life without something to patch their brokeness. The reason Heaven celebrates when someone who was once held captive finds freedom in Jesus Christ; when a sinner truly becomes a Saint and gives their life to the Lord.
Luke 15:10 In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
Luke 15:7I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
The Bible says blessed are you, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out you e as evil, for Christ’s sake.
Some do not like what I say, but the truth remains the same; I am not here to make friends or enemies; I am here to speak on facts.
Opinions are a dime a dozen, and each has his or her perspective, but evil lurks in the church, and it’s hard to discern until we are entirely divided from this world and consumed in Christ.
Apostle Paul knew all too well what it meant to be saved from sin and find a prophetic and Holy calling beneath the pain of his sin. In Acts 9:16, he teaches.
“For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.” (The name of Jesus Christ.)
Ironically enough, and as the Bible teaches, this is the ultimate goal for each Christian. So, why then, when this happens, do Christians hate these people the most?
Riddle me this, Christians?
The Bible has this to say, “if you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. (John 15:19)
Why does obedience in Christ breed contempt from those claiming the Spirit of Christ? We find the truth in Luke 6:22, Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil because of the Son of man.
The answer to the question is found in several places throughout scripture; however, here, we see two.
In 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.
Titus 1:16 They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.
Allow me to conclude with 1 Peter 2:7-8,7 So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not think so, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
Finally, when we are who we say we are, there is nothing left to be found out; but through Christ, we are scouted out.
There is a great need for the truthtellers to step forward and face the giants, and sadly, many are found in the church and government, the two places forbidden to talk about at the dinner table.
Evangelist, Christine’s Cornerstone Ministries