As I sit back and take a deep breath regarding the pope’s visit to the United States, I hear him say the following words:
“The cross shows us a different way of measuring success. Ours is to plant the seeds. God sees to the fruits of our labors. And if at times our efforts and works seem to fail and not produce fruit, we need to remember that we are followers of Jesus Christ and his life, humanly speaking, ended in failure, the failure of the cross.” Pope Francis.
As a Blood bought child of God, those words make my blood boil. Then I realized these words should not surprise me. There are only two sides and I already knew which side he was on.
Then the Lord brought this scripture to my heart, “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 many, far too many, Blood bought Christians who need to be pointing their/our fingers at our “own” prophets and screaming blasphemy before we point at the enemy’s prophets and scream blasphemy.
We must look in our own house, the House of God, and discern the doctrine before we go marching into the enemy’s camp screaming blasphemy. We have to get our doctrine in one accord before we can go ironing out their doctrine. Get rid of the schemes, the motivations and the hirelings and look to the One who has called us to be His and follow Him, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10. There is a thief among us but we are scared to offend them. At the same time we are offending the Lord. – Donna Clark Warren