Dear <<First Name>>,
Greetings in Jesus name. Truly we've entered a day where we see Isaiah 5:20 come alive. Evil is being called good and good is being called evil.
Many of my old friends have been caught up in the deceptions of our day and because of the hardness of their heart they've become blind so that they to are calling evil good and good evil. Here's my concern. Jesus said, in Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
I've been trying to reach them. But more than that, I find myself reverting back to our original call in 1991 which was that of the watchman. Ezekiel 33:6-7 says "But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman's hand.’ “So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me."
Some accuse me of being harsh or mean. All I've done is speak the truth. Truth that many other refuse to speak. Sometimes the Lord shares with me His attitude and feelings. Did you know there are acts which when repeated can provoke God to anger. For example, the Barna survey reveals that 90% of the pulpits refuse to address moral issues for fear of losing their offerings.... well, I submit to you, visit Immature vs Mature Love in the Culture War
to see what God says "loving your neighbor" really is.
God's word in Malachi says He's going to send Elijah before our Lord's return to turn the hearts of the father's to the children and the children to the fathers. Have you ever looked at what Elijah, Elisha and John the Baptist and even Jesus did? I marvel at how the "what would Jesus do" crowd conveniently forget to include Jesus' making a whip, overturning tables, calling out hypocrites and snakes and the Jesus described in Revelation. All He did was love. Sometimes love is aggressive. Love confronts and the goal is not to condemn but rather to restore.
In the service of King Jesus,