“From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. 4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” James 4:1-4.
Instead of God’s way of true repentance, the modern church strives to make peace with the world. I saw a prayer yesterday for “Christians who live in disagreement and discord with various faiths or church denominations”. I ask you, how can a Christian live in agreement and accord with other faiths? Furthermore, denominations are not recognized by God. As long as one believes the ONLY way to God is through the Blood of Jesus Christ, they are a Christian. Please understand, I’m not talking about Jesus plus anything (water baptism, baptism in the Holy Spirit, sacraments, etc.) – Jesus and Jesus alone is the only way for our Salvation. Water baptism is an outward showing of our inward change the day we are saved but it is NOT a requirement of Salvation. Baptism in the Holy Spirit, as in the Book of Acts, endues the Christian with power for service but is not required for Salvation. I would encourage everyone to seek the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and I am thankful for this gift…but not even the mighty infilling of the Holy Spirit is a requirement for Salvation. The sacraments the catholic religion requires…well that’s just man made adornments added to the Cross of Christ.
The peacemakers are constantly trying to justify what the Blood of Jesus has not cleansed. They offer up their sacrifice before God. Their good works and formal rituals are their idols. ” I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. 22 Though ye offer Me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. 23 Take thou away from Me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. 24 But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.” Amos 5:21-24.
The peacemakers attempt to multiply what Jesus came to divide. They are at enmity with God and the Cross of Jesus is the division. It is There that morality meets immorality and the choice is made to accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour or reject Him. It is also There, at the Cross of Jesus, that morality will continue to offend. “Blessed is the man whom Thou chastenest, O LORD…” Psalms 94:12. The Peacemakers will quickly comfort the offended and hinder the Lord’s chastening. They will offer up fruit of the flesh in the form of a program or man made method to soothe the offense and direct the Believer to another bridegroom for comfort.
Beware and be warned of the Peacemakers. “16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” Matthew 7:16-20.
They have turned the Grace of God into a law of man. You will know the Peacemakers by their fruit. They will quickly be offended and war with their members (James 4:1) when you won’t condone their compromise but will quickly excuse the compromise with other beliefs…they are the Peacemakers, they are friends with the world and at enmity with God.
“Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:” Luke 12:51. Jesus Christ IS peace. He is the Prince of Peace. It is only in Him that the lost will ever find peace…not in man’s methods of making peace by hindering the conviction of sin in a Believer’s life. Upon our Salvation and we are baptized into Him, we are immersed in a peace that surpasses all understanding. If you are a born again Believer and have lost that peace, you have probably been seduced by the harlot to another bridegroom, another comforter. It is never too late to repent and turn back to Jesus Christ. He remains at the door knocking…He is the division between rest and rituals. Turn to Him, Jesus Christ and His finished work on Calvary’s Cross and allow Him to give you peace. Quit fighting for peace, yield to Peace – His peace, Jesus.
-Donna Clark Warren