Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Hey Hated

A response to Stephen Furtick’s Hay Haters video
Hey Hated, We know this is not about us.  That is why we walk to a higher standard.

You say we are not suppose to judge.  But everywhere Christians in the Bible show discernment; there is high praise for that Church.

Hey Hated.  Many of us never knew you existed until you had to put out a video saying that we were persecuting you.

Be real, you think that you were the church of Smyrna;  I see no one breaking in and murdering all your members.  Come with me to a church in Iran or China and find out what being hated really is.

You claim that thousands have come to know Jesus Christ in your services.  Yet not a one of them  has been taught how to study the Word of God.   You lead them to salvation but you don’t teach them to become disciples.

Hey, hated.  You say that you have such great outpourings in your services.  Yet when you stand before Jesus on the judgment day, he’ll say I never knew you.  Depart from me you workers of iniquity.

You have a form of Godliness but deny the power thereof.   From such I am commanded to turn away.

Yes, this is not about us.  This is about being a part of the church of Jesus Christ. 

I agree that we need to be more loving.  The Church of Ephesus, while it was strong in its doctrine, would not have let you or your type teach in their church;  yet Jesus said they lost their first love.  For that he was going to take away their candlestick. 

But you are the church of Laodicea. Jesus said that you are neither hot nor cold.   Because of that he will spew you out of his mouth. To such Jesus commands you to buy from him gold, tried in the fire; white raiment, that you should be clothed; and eyesalve that you may see.  He is knocking on the door of your church.  If anyone opens the door, he will come in and fellowship with them.

This is not about a new day.  This is about preparing for the Day of the Lord.  A day which cannot come unless there first being a falling away.  There is a reward for those of us who stand until that day. 

Hey Hated.  You are really loved.  We wouldn’t even be talking to you unless we knew that there was hope for you.  We are not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

Repentance.  Do you even know what that word means?  It means that you are lost in your sins and that the proper judgment for what you have done is death.  Paul said the wages of sin is death.  It means an eternity in Hell.  I know you don’t believe in that place.  It is only mentioned in the Bible in fifty-four verses. 

It means that God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.  That word begotten was left out of your Bible too.  It means that Jesus was the only son born from the seed of God himself. Because of that death, we have all been given the power to become the sons of God.  But it is only through the second birth.  Don't be amazed when I say, Ye must be born again.

The word repentance means that you acknowledge that you are a sinner and have need to turn from that sin and pursue a life of Holiness.  I admit most of us are not there.  That is why I can only call myself a sinner saved by grace.  This is a doctrine you won’t teach because you don’t understand it yourself.  Turn from your wicked way today and be loved. 

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