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Religious Prejudice


The devil has engineered a new method of destroying Christians.

by Lynford Heron
The Centurion Press - Posted Monday, December 14, 2002


As a servant of Jesus Christ, to all Christians around the world,    

grace be unto you, and peace, from God our father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
My heart is heavy and I am troubled about a few things concerning the Christian community.  The Lord has revealed that the devil has engineered a new method of destroying Christians.  Initially, he executed many gruesome acts against Christians via their enemies in times past. These individuals were those who did not subscribe to their believe system and practice.  One of such were the Romans.  The resentment was so strong that the Romans slaughtered the Christians in the coliseum.  The slaughtering was a great success, but it only lasted for a while.  New and more efficient methods were constantly in view to aid the devil's corrupt and destroy initiatives.  But none has been so ingeniously orchestrated as his current scheme.  He was able to turn Christians against Christians.  Isn't that ironic?  But how in the world was he able to do that?  Religious Prejudice!!

Webster defines prejudice as "An adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge or examination of the facts" or "Irrational suspicion or hatred of a particular group, race, or religion."  Therefore, "Religious" Prejudice is a preconceived notion about a religious group.  This issue is extremely important, for this dark, ugly spirit of religious prejudice will enrage some Christians to destroy other Christians.  This article will explain how that is possible, and the fact that all Christians are on the same side.  Let us consider the following to get a foundation.

Who are Christians?
Acts 11:26
And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
Now the next logical question is, "Who are disciples?"

Mark 2:18
And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees used to fast: and they come and say unto him, Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not?
The Bible said that John, the Pharisees and Jesus had disciples.  But what does it mean to have a disciple?  Webster defines a disciple as "One who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of another", or "Disciple, a member of the Disciples of Christ."  Now, let us move on and identify a disciple.

Matthew 10:1-4
10:1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;
3 Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus;
4 Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
Bear in mind that the lifestyle, mission, and objective of the 12 listed above were the same except for one, Judas.  One of the 12 was Peter.  We will look at the life of Peter after the cross in order to expose the primary function of a disciple.  Consider this scripture.

Acts 10:42
42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.
43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

Friends, if you read the previous verses, it is clearly outlined that Peter was preaching about Jesus Christ to the gentiles.  Why was he doing that?  The Bible said he was "commanded" by Christ in verse 42.  Now we have clear evidence that Christians are individuals who follow and spread the teachings of Jesus Christ to this dying world.   In fact, for those reasons, the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.  In Acts 11:20 there were disciples in Antioch as well, preaching about the Lord Jesus, and as a result, a great number believed on Him.  Saul and Barnabas joined them later on, preaching and teaching in the name of Jesus Christ for an entire year.  Consequently, the disciples were called Christians.  

Who are our brothers and sisters - Who are considered Christians by Christ?
Matthew 12:46-50
46 While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.
47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.
48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?
49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

Therefore, our brothers and sisters, Christians in other words, are those that do the will of the father.  What is the will of the father?

Matthew 28:19-20
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.


Friends, do the Baptist preach, teach and baptize in the name of Jesus Christ, Father and Holy Spirit?  Well, what about the Methodists, Pentecostals, Lutherans, Charismatic, Presbyterian, Church of God, Seventh-Day Adventist, Non-denominational and so on? Do they believe and preach Jesus?  Yes, they all do.  We are all one big family.  We are not living under the same roof as yet, nor do we believe the same things as yet.  But Jesus will fix that, and one day there will be one fold and one shepherd.  Until then, let us love each other.  That does not mean we are going to be compromiser.  Does that mean we are going to accept all doctrinal points from all denominations no matter how erroneous they might be?  No, friends.  Rather, we will love our brothers and sisters with a redemptive love.  We will express the same type of love that Jesus extended to his once confused disciple.  We will present the complete teaching of Christ on a consistent basis, rather than walking around finding faults, judging and condemning to hell.  Those actions will only develop the character of a devil.

How do Christ consider other Christians?
Mark 9:38-41
38 And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.
39 But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.
40 For he that is not against us is on our part.
41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

Consider what is going on in this scripture!!  There where other Christians (we are going to refer to them as denominations) speaking in the name of Jesus Christ, but because they were not with a certain group, efforts were made to silence them.  But Christ forbid the silencer.  He was trying to communicate to the Christian community, that all who preach and teach in His name, are on the same side.  Those who are professing me to others, leave them alone, Christ said.  Friends, we cannot change the problem of having many denominations.  Each Christian denomination serves a specific purpose by highlighting precious truths to the world.  The Baptist does a beautiful job by explaining the correct method of baptism, which is emersion.  The Pentecostals highlights the importance of being baptized by the Holy Spirit.  The Lutherans brought Justification by faith.  Seventh-Day Adventist calls the world to remember God's Sabbath, Saturday, and so on.  At the same time, they are all professing Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior to the world, baptizing in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.   Evangelicals and Protestant Churches should not fight against each other.  That is the plan of the devil.  We might not see eye to eye right now, but Christ said that we are actually working together.  How is that?  Because we are all lifting up Christ.  "If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me" - John 12:32 & John 3:14.  Christ and Him crucified is the central theme.  The Holy Spirit will do the convicting thereafter.  He will lead every honest individual to observe all the commandments of God at the right time.  

Christians have a tendency of wanting everyone to join and be apart of their specific denomination.  That was John's problem.  He was wondering how can this man truly speak in the name of Jesus, if he was not walking with his group.  Likewise, the denominations of this time are like minded.  But, Jesus is saying to us as he said to John, "Leave those groups alone. Verily I say unto you, they shall not lose their reward. They are not against you, they are with you, for they are professing me to the world as well."

John 10:9,11 & 16
9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

Friends, Christ is Father of all, the good shepherd, the one who gave his life for every man.  Notice that the "others" are considered "sheep" as well.  They are not considered goats.  Therefore, our Pentecostal, Seventh-Day Adventist and Baptist friends (We are addressing all Christian denominations), if you consider yourselves a member of the "this fold," just remember that the Lord has other sheep in other denominations as well.  If Jesus considers them sheep, then why are we calling them goats or anything else but sheep.  We are not grazing at the same pasture as yet, but the assurance is given that there will be one fold and Jesus the shepherd of all.  Consider the following scriptures to understand that our protestant and evangelical brothers and sisters are sheep.  They might not understand all that Jesus would have them understand, but He will explain to them more perfectly His way and eventually we will all unite together in one fold.

Consider the story of Cornelius in Acts 10.
In the days of Cornelius there were many religious groups that openly exhibited religious prejudice against other believers.  This was not healthy, for the Christian community would not be united in brotherly love under God, if such attitudes prevailed.  In Act 10:2, Cornelius was introduced as a devout man and one who fear God.  The Bible went on to say that he gave alms to the people, and prayed to God always.  Basically, Cornelius was a man of God, a sheep.  He was seeking God whole heartedly, and he wanted a full understanding of the path the Lord would have him trod.  God heard his voice and sent Peter.  However, He had to prepare Peter beforehand.  Peter was a Jew, and he considered himself a member of God's spiritual elite.  He had a "better than thou" complex.  However, it is understandable why. For many years the Jews were told not the mingle with other nations, because of their corrupting influences.  In fact, in those days the gentiles were consider dogs. Why?  Peter did not understand what the life and death of Christ did for every man.  The Bible says, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus."  Galatians 3:28  Many of us, many Christian denominations still do not understand.  They have a Jewish mentality. Some consider themselves "Modern Jews."  Somehow, they believe that they are the only ones that God speaks to, they are the only ones that God can truly use.  Well, the scripture contradicts that misguided belief.  God is no longer the God of a nation nor the God of a certain denomination, He works on a individual basis.  That is why He has sheep in every denomination.  While He works on an individual basis where salvation is concerned, He is a God of order and structure.  That is why there is a fold and a shepherd.  He will gather His saints together in His time.

He explained to Peter in a dream that no man is common or unclean.  Christ is saying to us, "Clean up your "better than," "holier than thou" attitudes towards other Christian denominations."  Now, while the Lord was working on Peter, He appeared to Cornelius in a dream instructing him to summon Peter.  In a nutshell, Peter went unto Cornelius house and preached Jesus Christ unto the house of Cornelius, the Gentile.  While he was speaking to them, they were baptized by the Holy Spirit.  Consider what Peter said about those who he once considered dogs.

Acts:10:34-35
34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

Friends, God is no respecter of persons.  Peter moved on to say, "In every nation..."  In other words, in every denomination, he that feareth God and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.  We should be afraid to speak bad about anyone, about any other Christian denomination.  Jesus Christ, the righteous, the only sinless one said, "I come not to judge nor to condemn."  Therefore, why would corrupted, demented, retched, naked, miserable, blind and misguided sinners like us all, engage ourselves in concluding the faith of other Christian denominations?  He that is without sin, let him cast the first stone.  Friends, the Lord will explain to the Christian community more perfectly His way, as He did with Cornelius.  And eventually, Non-denominational, Presbyterians, Charismatic, Church of Christ, Church of God and all Christians who truly serve him, will make up His fold and He will be the Lord of all.  All we need is the attitude of Cornelius.  As long as we are honest individuals, diligently searching for truth, the Lord will not leave us in darkness.  Another example...
 
Acts 19:1-5
1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism.
4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Notice, the Bible said that Paul found disciples.  These were men who believed on Jesus Christ as a result of the teachings of John the Baptist.  The important thing for us to understand, is that these men where Christians.  They believed in Christ, but there were more for them to understand and experience.  They were of John's baptism, by repentance.  This group of believers needed to understand the baptism of Jesus Christ.  Paul explained through the power of the Holy Spirit and they were baptized in the name of the Lord.

Some Christians (most of them are hypocrites because there are many of God's commandments they themselves do not keep)  are of the persuasion that everyone who profess Jesus Christ, if they are honest, should know and embrace all His teachings.  For example, the Pentecostal "might" be of the persuasion that all denominations that does not believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit, does not know God.  The Baptist "might" be of the persuasion that every denomination that does not believe in baptism by emersion, does not really know God.  The Seventh-Day Adventist "might" be of the persuasion that every denomination that does not believe in Saturday as the Sabbath of the Lord, does not really know God.  While those doctrinal points are correct as thought by Jesus Christ, "if" that is their mind set, they are totally wrong.  However, the Baptist are correct in the point of baptism, for Jesus Christ thought baptism by emersion.  The Pentecostals are correct on the point of the Holy Spirit.  We should be baptized by the Holy Spirit.  Jesus told the disciples to wait for power.  They waited and the Lord sent the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.  The Seventh-Day Adventist are correct.  The custom of Jesus Christ was to worship in the synagogue on the Sabbath, Saturday.  The Jehovah's Witnesses are correct on their practice of witnessing, in the sense that we should all be Jehovah's Witnesses.  We should all seek out the lost children of God.  Some, of these denominations might not understand all the principles of God, but the point is that, God is using the Christian community.  All Christian denominations has a vital role to play.  Friend, if you know of any denomination, independent ministry, group or company that is hostile against any other group, their hostility is a clear sign that the spirit of God is not with them.  Why?  God's spirit builds up, it does not pick at faults nor does it tear down.  To correct that mind set, if it is held by any, consider those disciples that believed wholehearted in Christ but just did not know about the Holy Spirit.  That was important for them to know, for therein lies power.  But they just did not know (as yet).  Likewise, there are Christians in other denominations that believe in Christ but they are not exposed to all the teachings of Christ as yet.  In time, the Lord will send His messengers to them and enlighten their minds on certain doctrinal points that is important for them to understand.  Therefore, friends, don't ever say a Christian denomination or certain Christians do not know Christ because they are not observing all His precepts.  We should not judge another man's servant.  Christians are the servants of God.

Matthew 7:3-5
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

If you say, dear reader, that a certain denomination truly does not know Christ because of differences in doctrinal points, then consider the following.  How many backbiters do you have in your church?  How many liars, adulterers and fornicators are members of your congregation?  Judge within yourselves, which is worst?  How can we say that one denomination does not know God when the members of our church are living that way?  The devil will always get our eyes on everybody else but ourselves.  What determines if someone has a relationship with God or if that individual truly know Him?  Is it our lifestyle or doctrinal beliefs?  It is both.  We should allow Christ to live out His sin free life through us so that we can truly teach his doctrines and live a righteous life.  If we do not confess for judging another mans servant, we too like them will likewise perish.  "Judge not, that ye be not judged."
Romans 2:1
1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

Those who are professing that Jesus is the Christ, baptizing in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost should be treated as brethrens and not foes.  Sad to say, that is not the case.  Religious Prejudice is real and active in Christendom.  But how is that possible?  Well, by segregating the believers by assigning names under the leadership of a shepherd.  For example, the Baptist Church began in 1609 by John Smythe of England (Roger Williams 1639 A.D. in USA).  All other denomination started in like manner (the Baptist was used as an example).  Now all these religions are debating who God really spoke to.  They are so preoccupied researching those who are teaching heresies, that they are taking away precious time from studying and preaching God's word.  Consider what the Lord has to say to those denominations.

John 21:20, 22
20 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?
22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me
.
Your business is to follow me, Christ said to that disciple.  He is saying the same to all denominations.  We get so caught up in everybody else's business that we leave the work undone.  Always competing.  Every denomination wants to be number one and admired.  This competitive spirit is not of God, it is of the devil.  The Lord does not tear down or try to make somebody else look bad, so that He could look good.  

Jude 1:9
9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
The devil was presenting a good case against Moses, why he is just not worthy for heaven.  And the accuser of the brethrens, the devil said, "Moses is not worthy, he is a murderer, he killed that Egyptian."  Then I can imagine he said, "But he disobeyed you and strike the rock, he is mine for he is a sinner."  The Bible said he was contending and disputing with Michael.  He was presenting his case.  Michael could have said, "Look who is talking.  You are the father of lies, the deceiver of the brethren and the enemy of souls."  He could have highlighted all of Satan's faults, but he simple said, "The Lord rebuke thee."  The battle is not ours friends, it is the Lord's.  It is a win, win situation with Christ.  But we have become like crabs in a barrel, always tearing down and finding fault with the other denominations around us.  God did not give us that calling.  God gave us one marching command, and that is to preach the word in love and longsuffering with prayer for all men.  This is it.  He will take care of everything else.  He is our provider, our shield and butler, and a ever present help in the time of trouble.

Consider a bank tell and the task of identifying counterfeits.  They understand that they will never be able to identify all the counterfeits, because they are so many and new ones emerge everyday.  Therefore, their game plan is to study and know the genuine perfectly.  Therefore, if a bill does not match up and look exactly like the genuine, then the error is easily detected.  Likewise friends, "to the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." Isaiah 8:20.  As long as we know Jesus Christ and his word intimately, we will easily detect error.  Don't be an accuser of the brethrens, that is the devils job.  Rather, be a reconciler.

The root of the problems - How it all started
1 Corinthians 12-17
12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;
15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.
16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.
17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.


United we stand and divided we fall.  Our eyes are one the wrong object.  The object of our focus should be Jesus Christ.  The problem is, we want a man to rule over us.  We want to follow a man rather than following Christ.  Just like Israel of old.  They rejected God by asking for a earthly king and God appointed King Saul.  The devil has used pride and spiritual prejudice to separate the body of Christ.  Every denomination, under a particular leader (the founder) are professing to have the complete truth.  They are not only professing that they have the truth but they are tearing down other Christian denominations that preach salvation through Jesus Christ only.  If we check the origin of each denomination, we will find that most of them broke away from a movement, or a sincere brother was searching for truth and a multitude followed him.  Just to name a few, consider the following.  The Charismatic movement began in 1960 by Dennis Bennett.  The Baptist began in 1609 A.D. by John Smythe of England (Roger Williams 1639 A.D. in USA).  The Lutherans began in 1520 by Martin Luther.  The Methodists in 1729 by John Wesley and the Presbyterian in 1534 A.D. by John Calvin just to name a few.  These men brought precious truths to the table that were hidden for years.  The Lord works in mysterious ways.  One thing is certain, the spirit of God does not accuse, judge nor condemn.  We should treat our Christian brothers as allies and not foes.  Eventually, under God, there will be one spirit, one baptism, one Lord and Savior of all, Jesus Christ.

Religious Prejudice - A weapon of mass destruction
 
Matthew 10:36
36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

Which household?  The household of faith.

John 16:1-3
1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.


The time is coming when Christians will turn against Christians, believing that they are doing the will of God.  Dear reader, are you a Pentecostal Christian that is annoyed with the Seventh-Day Adventist believers because they are preaching about the only day that the Lord honored, blessed and sanctified.  The Lord's true day, the Lord's Sabbath, which is Saturday and not Sunday.  Are you a Lutheran believer who is annoyed with the Baptist because they are preaching the true method of baptism, which is emersion.  Are you a Methodist believer who is annoyed with the Jehovah's Witnesses because they believe that they are in deed Jehovah's Witnesses.  Nothing is wrong with that, for we are all Jehovah's Witnesses - Acts 1:8 "and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."  Most denominations judge and condemn this group daily.  They highlight all the errors in their doctrine in an attempt to discredit them.  When that disciple asked Jesus who it was that betrayed him, Jesus responded by saying, "If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me."  To all denominations, the Lord is saying in other words, "If it is my will that Jehovah's Witnesses should tarry until I come, what is that to you?  Follow thou me."  Our business is not to get preoccupied with what this body, and that body is doing.  Our business is to keep focus on Jesus.  We do not have to call denominations by name, the preaching of the truth will expose of error.  Friends, the power is in the word.

If hate, and the destruction of Christians are taught by certain groups or maybe some denominations, the Lord already gave us the assurance that no weapon formed against us will prosper.  And like the three Hebrews boys, we should be able to say, "but if not, still will I serve him."  Pray friends, and ask the Lord to open your eyes, as Elisha prayed for the opening of his servants eyes, so that they could see that there were more for them than those that were against them.  Therefore, fear not and be not dismayed, for victory is already ours.  Why?  For the battle is not ours, it's the Lords.

We exert so much energy and resources trying to research the faults of others, that the studying and proclamation of the word suffers.  If we were studying God's word as we should, preaching the complete truth about Jesus Christ, then maybe other denominations would make the comparison and accept all Biblical principles.  But instead, we run and hide when Jehovah's Witnesses, when those sincere people come to our door to witness.  Or we become very rude and act in an unchrist-like manner.  We can learn from the Jehovah's Witnesses.  If other denominations were as committed, witnessing on a consistent basis, then "maybe" the gospel would have been preached to all the world.  Centurion Ministry do not endorse some of their doctrinal points.  While we do not agree, we will not bash them because we do not see eye to eye.  Our business is to lift up Christ.  If each denomination is trying to silence the other, thus silencing the entire Christian Community, then who is going to profess Christ to this dying world.  Do we see now and understand what is going on.  The devil has been using us to destroy each other and handicap the work of the Lord.

Luke 19:39-40
39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

If we believe we are preaching truth, then keep preaching truth and it will expose error.  The truth does not need a bodyguard.  It is like a beach ball.  We cannot hold it down.  It will return to the surface and remain there.  If we rebuke each other, who is going to present the message?

If the spirit of prejudice continue within Christendom, it will blossom into persecution.  At that point the persecutors will feel justified.  The devil will explain to them that the protection of impressionable minds are important.  Then the evil spirit which lead the Pharisees, will also lead those groups to persecute other Christians.  Is this far fetched? No, my friends, it is not.  Consider what the Pharisees did because they wanted to silence Jesus. 

John 18:31
31 Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death:

The Pharisees, believing they are doing the will of God, solicited the help of the state to persecute the Christians.  The Pharisees were Jews.  They believed in God the Father and the prophesies of the professed messiah.  The disciples were also Jews, members of the nation of Israel.  Jews were persecuting Jews.  Will history repeat itself?  Will Christians persecute Christians?  Will they solicit the help of the state to execute their plans?

John 16:1-3
1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.


Christians, through the aid of the state will put other Christians out of their place of worship.  And if they do not comply with the law of the land, they will be persecuted.  Christians killing other Christians believing that they are doing God service.  Consider Saul, he was so annoyed with those that were preaching in the name of Christ that he dragged Christians kicking and screaming to their executioners.  Saul was sincere.  He really believed he was doing the will of the Lord.  His attitude must have been, "I am protecting others from the heresies of those Christians."  In other words, "I'm protecting others from those Jehovah's Witnesses, from those Baptist, from those Seventh-Day Adventist and so on."  The spirit of God does not attack, it enlightens and restores.  We should not try to separate the sheep from the goats, the wise from the foolish or the wheat from the tear.  The Lord did not lay that responsibility on any Christian denomination, group or government.  That is the Lord's job.  He will do the separating in His time.   Look around you friends, do you see any organization, Christian or religious groups that are acting in like manner.  Remember, it is only the spirit of devil being manifested in their actions.  Don't just look at this time, but in the future, those who we will least expect within the body of Christ, will turn against other Christians.  I hope our attitude will be that of the disciples when the Lord told them that one of the twelve will deny him.  Each one said, "Is it I Lord."  They did not look around and try to figure out who it could be.  Each disciple only wanted to make sure that they were not the one.  Follow their example friends, and stop searching for Judas.  Their is a Judas in Christendom, but what will be done, must come to pass.

Luke 9:52-55
52 And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him.
53 And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.
54 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?
55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.


Here we see the disciples of Jesus, the church in other words, Christians, feeling the need to attack for Christ sake.  But Christ rebuked them.  Friends the battle is not ours, it is the Lords - 2 Chronicles 20:15.  Peter tried to fight a loosing battle by cutting off the ears of the soldier, but Christ told him to put away his sword.  Christ is saying to us, "Put away prejudice.  It is not by might nor by power, but by My spirit" - Zechariah 4:6.  He is also saying to every Christian denomination that is on the attack as he said to Saul, "Why persecutes thou me.  I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.  It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks."  Act 9:4-5.  Every Christian denomination wants to be the greatest in the kingdom of God, just like the disciples.  Christ's spirit embodies a win, win atmosphere.  We will never have peace on this earth, there will always be persecution.  Just make sure you are not the one doing the persecuting.

1 Thessalonians 3:14-15
14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
On a grading scale, we are excellent where the execution of that scripture is concerned, but we fail miserable with verse 15

15 Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
Even within our respective groups and denominations, it is evident that this principle is not observed.  We only know how to separate and make others feel ashamed, but the love of reconciliation and restoration is not within our hearts.  Some Christians are the ones that will be saying, "But didn't I cast out demons in your name and did all those wonderful things."  But the Lord will say to many, "depart from me, I knew you not."  Why, because most of us do not know the man of love.  Love your enemies, friends...  We just cannot see that the devil is using us.  Most of us are rotten and full of mucus in our self righteous condition, yet we consider ourselves as a good person.  I saying to you today, as Nathan said to David, "You are that man, you are the one that is fighting against my kingdom."  REPENT, and ask God to forgive you, for the remission of sins.

Matthew 5:43-48
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.


John 13:35
35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Study Topics

  The Gospel
  Creation or Evolution
  Accidental Sins
  Baptism
  The Sabbath Day?
  Man's Nature
  Testimony or Law
  Christ or the Law
  Religious Prejudice
  Marriage/Divorce 
  Successful Marriage  





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