Well, there is another malady that has snuck into the consciences of believers. All it takes is a minor misstep - one misguided, selfish, carnal act - that descends upon of a slippery slope leading the Church on a path of self-destruction from the inside out! Like pride, a little leaven, leavens the whole loaf! So what is this insidious silent disease?
Compromise. The silent killer of the Body of Christ. As the great parliamentarian Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Evil triumphs when believers encounter sin - the mistreatment of God's people, manipulation, taking advantage of the poor and broken, greed, selfish ambition, spiritual abuse, sexual misconduct, ungodly living, and immorality - and they look the other way, and choose NOT to confront it in a godly manner,
WE'VE BEEN HACKED!
OUR IDENTITY AND OUR WITNESS HAS BEEN STOLEN!
I've witnessed this first hand having spent more than 15 years in full-time ministry. I've seen believers and leaders compromise themselves and their morals for position, to keep the peace, to please those around them, to please their parents, to keep tradition. They exhibit a "blind loyalty" to leadership that is the very definition of idolatry. Not only have they compromised themselves, they have brought harm to those believers who are watching and following their example. They are WOLVES IN SHEEPS CLOTHING!
When we allow ourselves to be compromised for selfish, ungodly motives, our witness is of no effect, and the anointing on our lives is weakened - or worse - destroyed. We grieve the Holy Spirit and when the dust settles, we're left angry, frustrated, confused, disillusioned and lost.
O The Good News is - there's always Good News! - God has given us a way of escape. It's called repentance. It's time to take a BLOOD BATH! What can wash away our sins? Nothing but The Blood of Jesus Christ! Confess your sin; repent (stop, think and change your mind) and turn again to Jesus.
[Now let me stop here for a moment and say, I'm well aware the sin of leadership must be addressed and dealt with according to scriptures. That is the job of the prophetic voice. I will address this responsibility in another post; right now, I'm more concerned about the offended rather than the offender(s). ]
Most likely, by the time you get to this point, you may well have found that the situation has already imploded, members and key leaders are leaving in droves, and you now find yourself without a Church fellowship. You feel confused, disoriented, out of sorts. That's because in these kinds of situations, it's always better to "jump" than to wait to be "pushed". Nonetheless, here you are. Again, the good news is the scriptures reveal God's will that there be no schism (division) in the Body of Christ. Therefore, you are free to move about the Body of Christ and fellowship somewhere else as the Lord leads.
ATTENTION - CAUTION: DON'T DO ANYTHING RIGHT NOW! Slow down; get quiet and wait on The Lord. Wait for His instructions and direction. You are emotionally and spiritually vulnerable. It is at precisely this point, that the devil desires to sift you as wheat; but I pray that you hold on tight! Don't even flinch! Set your eyes on Jesus and Him alone. Don't make a move until He tells you.
Of this you can be sure: God has something NEW in store for you. Eyes have not seen, nor ears have heard what God has in store for you! So don't be hasty. This is a very important season of transition.
Give it your full attention.
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