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by Jerry Tucker
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Matthew 21:12 Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 13 And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a 'den of thieves.'"

We have all heard the terms "what would Jesus do?" or "be like Jesus" at one time or another in our lives. The question is do we really know what we are saying or desiring people to do what we say that? Do we really know what we are asking for? Do we really understand the age old but truthful warning, "be careful what you wish for because you just might get it"? As believers, we have been saturated with teaching on attributes of Christ such as peace, love, grace, forgiveness, and mercy. Is the Lord all of these things? Absolutely! However there is a characteristic of The Lord that is mostly overlooked in the deceived, tolerant church nowadays and that is the fact that God is a just God and make no mistake about it, He is a just God who can have no fellowship with darkness. What’s more is the fact that He will chastise His people when they go astray as testified in Hebrews 12:6 For whom the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives. “That’s right folks, He is not afraid to take us to the proverbial woodshed when we need it.

We live in a day and time where our Lord has been blasphemously watered down to resemble a syrupy acting hippie. This is not the Biblical Jesus but a false one created by the demonic "do not judge/feel good" movement. Before we go on, I know because I have been delivered from that deception, so before anyone asks, that plank has been painfully removed from my eye. This movement only seeks to live as its pleases without consequence, living the lie that we are just to look the other way concerning sinfulness without ever taking a stand and in doing so, every ungodly abomination has infiltrated the church. Why do we dare wonder why the church is in the shape it is in when we (me included) have opened the gates to the wolves? In saying that, I love the scene in the movie The Patriot, where the pastor of a community church takes up his arms and joins in the American Revolution. When the people ask, he responds "A shepherd must tend to his flock and at times, fight off the wolves"

I say this just as much for myself as I do for everyone else, it is past time for all of us to get over ourselves. We also need to open our eyes and see that being Christ-like does not mean we are to be cowards with no firm ground to stand on. It does not mean we are to allow anything and everything that is forbidden by Scripture to infest the house of God. Many falsely believe that if Jesus were to walk into our churches today, He would pat people on their heads and kiss up to them. The fact is that if He would walk into a majority of churches today, He would come in and turn over tables while running the many thieves out from His House. And all of us, myself included, have tables in their lives that need to be over turned.

What has happened is we have sugarcoated the Word and our lives down so much that we have lost all reverence for the Lord and His ways. And I know from personal experience from my past sinful ways, He is not pleased with our disobedience at all. He is not honored by feel good, watered down teaching. He is not represented or lifted up by a body of believers who are tolerant of evil because it is politically correct to do so. The lost are not being reached for Christ and believers are not being challenged to live God pleasing lives through the unholy feel good shredding of God's Word by so called preachers who "don't want to offend." Well the rightly divided Word is offensive to mankind's sin nature. The only people who get angry at the Word being rightly preached are the ones living lifestyles contrary to God's Word. The Scriptures testify that the Holy Spirit conflicts with the flesh. The Holy Spirit also convicts through the rightly divided Word. I have been there myself many times under conviction by the Spirit through sound preaching of the Word.

In closing, we are in desperate need of men and women of God who will unashamedly and boldly serve the Lord even in the face of severe persecution. We must realize not to take it personally as they are not against us, they are, in fact, fighting the Word. Let's go forth making disciples in His name, showing the same mercy, grace, and love that Christ first showed us as we remember to avoid at all costs compromising our testimonies as well as the truth of God's Word. With that said, let's deny ourselves, take up our crosses, and follow Jesus because it is the only way to truly live for Him.

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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