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Topic: Great Expectations (not about the book) (08/25/11)
TITLE: “Depart From Me; I Never Knew You”
By K Godfrey Easter
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This present age resembles that of Nineveh, during the period in spiritual history when God commanded the prophet, Jonah, â€śUp on your feet and on your way to the big city of Nineveh! Preach to them. They're in a bad way and I can't ignore it any longer.â€ť God also shared his plan with Noah saying, â€śI intend to make an end of all flesh for through men the land is filled with violence; and behold, I will destroy them and the land.â€ť
In the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah, God never told Abraham that He was fed up with the cities because of homosexuality or homosexuals. Yahweh forewarned Abraham of the impending doom headed toward the cities because less than ten righteous people could be found dwelling therein. God destroyed those inhabitants for the same reason he washed away the inhabitants of Noahâ€™s day and almost did in Nineveh. In each case both lands were filled with utter spiritual darkness and confusion to the extent that righteousness couldnâ€™t be distinguished from unrighteousness.
By the time Abraham had haggled God down to the prospect of locating just five righteous people, God, in His eternal sovereignty, abruptly ended the conversation by royally dismissing Himself from Abrahamâ€™s presence. He was done talking to Abraham. As I absorb the stories nowadays related to Christianity, it has become easier for me to swallow Godâ€™s logic for destroying mankind rather than the misguiding zealousness that depicts God as destroying the corrupt twin cities because its inhabitants were gay.
Virtually everything in nature today excruciatingly groans in prophetic agony for authentic Kingdom representation. Meanwhile, todayâ€™s news sources bombard radio waves, the internet and flat screens with religious greed, abuse and hypocrisy, almost nonstop. Closeted shepherds are being forced from closets through worldwide, gay-related scandal, while others just burst from psychological dungeons, reinforced by millenniums of systematic religious negligence and tyranny. Meanwhile, a spiritually confused Christian school district official publicly wishes death upon all gay youths, while gay teens commit suicide on his right hand and left. Journalists skillfully unearth the bigotry, spellbinding manipulation, entrenched bullying and long-term emotional abuse lurking beneath the welcoming smiles of Christian shepherds, dripping each week with practiced sincerity. These facts only highlight the spiritually heinous truths that have made worldwide headlines, as apathy from organized Christianity continues breeding confusion, like rabbits.
Most believers give shepherds the benefit of the doubt that they walk uprightly before the God that called them, and that they always keep the best interests of the sheep close at heart. This is the primary assignment of any gifted shepherd. But, as Hebrew Scripture, the Gospels and even todayâ€™s headlines all unanimously agree, even the most gifted of pastors can belong to Satan.
Godâ€™s pulpit must represent indistinguishable Light. Unlike Christ and the early Apostles, pulpits today dishonor God by nullifying it. Collar-wearing hypocrites offer warm embraces to the unnaturally divorced and adulterous shepherd caught in sin. Then, they turn 360 degrees around and all but spiritually slit the throat of same-gender attracted believers, caught in the scientifically and biologically proven natural, yet sinful act of homosexuality.
The most devastating spell ever cast by Satan from a Christian pulpit has been to con pews into believing that they are â€śsaved,â€ť rather than â€śsinners, saved by grace.â€ť This particular witchâ€™s brew has all but devastated Godâ€™s house, until nothing stands out today but the utter carnality of traditionalists, legalists and hypocrites.
End-time preachers compare similarities between ancient biblical periods and prophecies and the spiritually dark state of todayâ€™s unrepentant humanity in order to convince others of the soon return of Christ. I, on the other hand, choose to take the opposite approach. To make similar predictions, I more closely examine the heart of the church, Godâ€™s pulpits. That is where the light of Love should shine brightest, as Christ did during His earthen ministry. And from the spiritual state of Christian pulpits today my greatest expectation is to soon hear Christ proclaim to most Christian pulpits today:
â€śDepart from me; I never knew you.â€ť
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