“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
The only thing that stands between man and eternal Hell is the Cross of Christ Jesus. As the modern church entertains the people, keeping them occupied by directing their attention to the entertainers and away from the only answer to our dilemma, the people are perishing without ever realizing it because they are eating what the church is dishing out.
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17
If the rightly divided, full counsel Word of God is not being proclaimed, faith of the Son of God does not come…living by the faith of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, is not possible.
“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me.” John 12:32
It is the Gospel of Jesus Christ that will deliver the captive. This faith which comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God, is the very thing that affords the Believer the effective work of the Cross of Christ. I dare not frustrate the Grace of God for if righteousness comes by the law, the Cross of Christ was in vain (Gal. 2:21). If righteousness comes by entertainment, the Cross of Christ was in vain. If it comes by partaking of religious ceremonies, the Cross of Christ was in vain.
The vanities man can conjure up as ways to ‘honor’ God are nothing more than Cain’s sacrifice. Lifting up Jesus Christ, Who HE is and what HE has done to the people, the Holy Spirit will draw the sinner to Salvation and the Saint too Sanctification. This is what He does! The Holy Spirit does not stop calling us to Righteousness and Holiness once we are Saved. No, not at all.
However, it is the preachers and teachers who have stopped lifting up the Cross of Christ to the Saved and allowed the corruption of the Gospel to infiltrate the church which has led to it’s current condition as the church who needs nothing and is increased in goods.
“So shall they fear the Name of the Lord from the west, and His Glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in, like a flood the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” Isaiah 59:15
The enemy has come into the churches. He has killed, he has stolen and he has destroyed the faith of God’s children through corruption. God’s people have perished because of lack of knowledge of the Word of God.
“For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are Saved it is the Power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18
Like a flood, the Lord is raising up a standard against him and it is His Cross. The finished work that He there did, is once again being lifted up to the people, both the Saved and the sinner, drawing them ever closer to Him as they decide this day in whom they are going to serve.
God is not coming back for a weak, emaciated church who is fornicating with the world and it’s precepts for victorious Christian living. No, no. The Lord is coming back for a church who is without spot or wrinkle. One Who is not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. One Who will stand flatted footed and contend for the faith; one who is daily fighting the good fight of faith…faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified – be determined to know nothing else among you.
“Behold, He comes with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen.” Rev. 1:7
-Donna Clark Warren