Pink Sheep and Preying Shepherds
by Patricia Backora
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Pink Sheep and Preying Shepherds
Ezekiel Chapter 34; Acts 20:29;
Titus 1:10-13; I Pet.5:2; 2 Pet.2:1
My flock is being disturbed by rustlers stealing their hearts away from the true Christ of the Bible Who longs to give them rest and cause them to lie down in rich green pastures. False prophets and teachers entice them into deep error saying you can ALWAYS have what you confess, even in this world. Regardless of whether I, the LORD think itís good for them, so long as the right words are mouthed and the right faith formulas are followed to a T, I am allegedly BOUND to grant every wish, even desires which destroy My people and are clearly NOT in their best emotional or spiritual interest.
For far too long positive confession faith gurus have been fleecing My flock to enrich their so-called ministries. Even My littlest lambs, who have had no time to study and rightly divide My Word, are being sheared down to their bare skin. Newborn lambs ought to be snow WHITE. So what are all these pink, naked lambs doing in My flock, with the blood streaming down because theyíve been nicked by men and women covetous for carnal gain? Bleeding hearts and desperate souls put up with this constant pressure to give, give GIVE till it hurts so badly they are no longer able to recover quickly from their grievous wounds. Just like when the white buffalo hunters shot and skinned the helpless beasts of the prairies only for the purpose of enriching themselves off their hides, killing not because it was necessary but profitable. Countless bleeding carcasses were left on the plains to rot, and lo and behold, I see the wreckage and ruin left in the wake of false ministries of greed. Many ignorant or immature souls are being finished off spiritually because a few greedy men covet what they have.
Do you seriously think that once the disenchanted, hurt souls walk out of these ďfaithĒ churches, they will automatically take up where they left off in another church? Not always. Many wounded souls swear off Christ altogether, because they canít clearly discern that it wasnít the REAL Lord Jesus Who deceived them, but a false Christ fabricated out of the unsanctified imaginations of spiritual sorcerers. They were hurt not by the TRUE faith of Christ, but by carnal churchianity.
The merciful sheep rancher will allow his sheep to keep enough of a wool coat to keep them warm in the winter when the snows and winds of adversity come. The considerate rancher will GENTLY shear his sheep even when shearing is actually necessary. But I constantly see scissors-happy spiritual butchers stealing not only the finest of the fleece but every last hair of the wool and leaving My sheep broken, bruised and bleeding.
Many so-called megachurches are so watered down My Son is barely ever mentioned. He is an embarrassment to those whose mission is only to make money by helping people feel good about themselves. The Blood of Christ, the Atonement, the need for cleansing from sin and for deliverance from the wrath of God and hellfire, are seldom if ever mentioned or even hinted at. Visitors might take offense. Instead of courageous MEN willing to suffer unpopularity in their communities in order to get the REAL gospel out, I see a lot of wimps behind pulpits talking only about some vague ďloveĒ which stands for nothing and demands nothing. Nothing, that is, except a continual flow of MONEY! Money makes the preacher feel good and the people pay him to be a painkiller to soothe away the emotional pressures of daily living.
Oh, that My people would rediscover the LORD Who redeemed them and take refuge underneath His everlasting arms! I charge you NOTHING to be a Friend Who sticks closer than any earthly brother. My precious sons and daughters, you can come to Me any moment of any hour of the day or night and I will give you true comfort and peace down in your innermost parts. Never turn to the arm of flesh. Even as it reaches out for its carnal reward, it will fail you.
Those smooth, polished hands jabbing at the air behind the pulpit, so unused to a real dayís work, are not strong enough to bear the weight of your problems. Those greedy hands so intent on shearing My sheep to the bare skin, they are so full of gold and money they cannot grab hold of the eternal riches which are incorruptible. The moment the flow of cash is cut off to these parasites, that is the time these hirelings will make a fast exit out of your lives and wonít be around to let you suckle their snakesí milk doctrines anymore. Instead of drawing your nourishment from these evil nursemaids, you ought instead to be feeding your soul on the Sincere Milk of the Word, quickened to your heart by the inspiration of the Christianís true teacher, the Holy Spirit.
Peter, who realized that Christ was the Rock upon which all sound doctrine is built, foresaw the influx of false teachers and greedy men into My end-times church. He was grieved that this would come to pass. Peter never commanded Christís under-shepherds to fleece the flock, but to FEED the flock. Not as lords over Godís heritage hoping to make an easy buck, or as quisling hirelings who cut and run as the wolf approaches. But with sincerity of heart, doing My will from the heart, hoping only for the true reward which Christ would bring at His appearing.
Ye shall know them by their fruits. A true minister of Christ will seek the welfare of the sheep and not his own personal enrichment. He will preach ALL My true counsel, not just the part people enjoy hearing. He will not deviate into strange, weird doctrines or occult practices just to build up a following and make himself more popular. Instead, he will stick to the basics taught by the Biblical apostles through the inspiration of the Spirit of the Risen Christ.
If you feel like youíre being skinned to the bare bones, itís time to seek Me for further direction and wise guidance as to where to go from here. I am the true Shepherd of My flock, and they hear My voice and will follow Me to spiritually rich pastures and clear pastures unmuddied by the foul feet of greedy preachers of the gospel of gain.
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