Pretty Good Gauge
Read Matthew Chapter 23
Mt 23:33 “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? 34 Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. 35 And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 36 I tell you the truth, all this will come upon this generation. 37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.
There is an easy way to tell whether a spiritual message is from God or from man’s own warped wisdom. It is not a 100% foolproof method, but it is pretty close. A word from God will almost never be one which the world accepts. Actually, the world will likely hate a message that is clearly from the Lord. Jesus had some stirring, harsh words for the religious leaders in His days on earth. Most of those who heard Him despised Him and His message. The New Testament is full of examples where God’s word caused men to despise the truth and despise the messengers of truth.
Verse 34 indicates that those who are true messengers are not going to be well received in this world. That’s an understatement. Jesus is saying that the world will treat God’s prophets and wise men with extreme disdain and even physical harm. As we look around us, which messages are we hearing that do NOT upset our evil world? Perhaps the most-well received message of all today is that homosexual behaviors are acceptable. Same-sex marriages are fully within the will of God. The huge majority of our modern world today will stand and applaud this message.
What has happened in Canada? It is now against the law to teach and preach that homosexual behaviors are sinful. That is now “hate speech” according to their laws. The same thing is slowly beginning to happen in parts of the U. S. Just recently, a bakery was forced to go out of business because the owners could not afford the costs of a long legal battle over refusing to bake a gay wedding cake. These kinds of events will only get more common as our world draws nearer to its end.
A false and destructive message is being preached from more and more of our pulpits today. The Unitarian Church has been spreading this false teaching for a long time and some traditional denominations are beginning to follow suit. When our world begins to feel comfortable in our church congregations, we can know without a doubt that God’s word is not being heard. The liberal churches today would empty quickly if suddenly God’s word were to be preached.
Jn 15:18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
Mt 24:9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of Me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.
It’s just a simple fact. Our world does not want to hear there is a real, fiery hell. They do not want anyone to speak of self-control, submission to a Holy God, repentance, self-denial, and many other tenets of Christianity. The world strongly objects to any word that doesn’t approve of pre-marital sex, unwed partners, babies born to single mothers, or homosexual behaviors. How can we know that we are on the right pathway? We know because the world hates what we know to be true.
Prayer: Father, give us Your discernment as we listen to anyone who purports to have a message from You. Do not allow us to be deceived, and do not allow us to spread a false word. Reveal Your truth to all our friends and family.