With the following End Time video, let us first watch what servants of God, past and present said of events we are seeing or reading or hearing in the here and now.
BILLY GRAHAM WITH LARRY KING
As we near the time of the Second Coming of our Messiah Jesus Christ, we are being bombarded with various doctrines and dogmas which will seduce the vulnerable to lose “the way, the truth and the life.”
Again, here is what has transpired between two “seemingly” successful servants of God; RobertSchuller with his CrystalCathedral and BillyGraham for his mega meetings of old throughout the world:
The transcript of a discussion of the two is quoted below:
Dr.Schuller: “Tell me, what is the future of Christianity?”
Dr.Graham: “Well, Christianity and being a true believer, you know, I think there’s the body of Christ which comes from all the Christian groups around the world, or outside the Christian groups. I think that everybody that loves Christ or knows Christ, whether they’re conscious of it or not, they’re members of the body of Christ. And I don’t think that we’re going to see a great sweeping revival that will turn the whole world to Christ at any time. What God is doing today is calling people out of the world for His name. Whether they come from the Muslim world, or the Buddhist world, or the Christian world, or the non-believing world, they are members of the body of Christ because they’ve been called by God. They may not even know the name of Jesus, but they know in their hearts they need something that they don’t have and they turn to the only light they have and I think they’re saved and they’re going to be with us in heaven.”
Dr.Schuller: “What I hear you saying is that it’s possible for Jesus Christ to come into a human heart and soul and life even if they’ve been born in darkness and have never had exposure to the Bible. Is that a correct interpretation of what you’re saying?”
Dr.Graham: “Yes it is because I believe that. I’ve met people in various parts of the world in tribal situations that they have never seen a Bible or heard about a Bible, have never heard of Jesus but they’ve believed in their hearts that there is a God and they tried to live a life that was quite apart from the surrounding community in which they lived.”
Dr.Schuller: “This is fantastic. I’m so thrilled to hear you say that. There’s a wideness in God’s mercy.
Dr.Graham: There is. There definitely is.”
It is easy enough to condemn this two as being apostate, but the Lord JesusMessiah did lead us into safe-guarding our own righteousness introspectively:
Matthew 7:1-6 Judging Others
“Do not judge so that you will not be judged.”For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?”Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
Why did the Lord Jesus forbid us to be a judge to others? Most of the time, we ourselves, in our fleshy frailty, do not realize that our own vision is blocked by a log!
Granted, the two “greatly known” servants of God have denied Jesus’ statement: “…I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” [John 14:6], we have no authority at all to judge them.
We are expected to steadfastly hold on to the Lord’s claim as quoted from John 14:6 above. Thus, without being judgmental ourselves, whether expressed or otherwise; we prove ourselves as agreeing with the word of God only! Which, in turn, prevent us from participating in other doctrine or dogma or understanding deviating from the redemptive power of the Lord Jesus!
Having said that, let us look at how well we are living in righteousness and in full obedience to the Lord Jesus’ commandment? Please understand this; the basic tenet of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is “God is Love!” It was so, in the Old Testament period, and much more made evident in the New Testament; in fact, throughout eternity.
John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
John 14:15,21,23 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.”By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another…””He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him…” Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.
John 15:10,12,17 “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. “This I command you, that you love one another.
Now, we all can introspectively examine how well we stack up to our Lord Jesus’ commands? Do we love one another? Let us be honest. Do we not love those who are members of our church only?
A couple of years ago, I left a “supposedly” Messianic assembly, led by a rabbi who tried to lead us back to Judaism. Since then, no one from the assembly tried to contact me, just for old time sake; even those who are counted as friends for decades past.
Let us consider this: when one left an assembly for some reason other than apostasy, is that one still not categorized as “one another?”
And when I was hospitalized for three whole months, no one, I mean no one, from this assembly came to visit me, even for just one second, or call me by telephone.
Note: before you accuse me of being bitter, please read on, because this life experience is included as an illustration only, with unexpected ending!
For even more dangerous is harboring the unforgiving spirit:
Mark 11:25-26 “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.”But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.”
If one is counted as unforgiven, one is definitely unsaved! There is no two ways about it.
Galatians 5:14 For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Are we reading the word “neighbour” for the people in our church pews only? Or to love friends and acquaintances who are living in our neighbourhood, as well? Or it is much wider than those, including but not limited to people we meet in the supermarket, in the bus, in the same plane, on cruise ship, etc. etc?
Here is what the Lord said about the “Law of love” which fulfills the whole Law (Commandment):
Matthews 22:35-39 One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ “This is the great and foremost commandment.”The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
According to James [2:8] If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.
And the Lord Jesus defined the royal law in the following verses:
Matthews 5:43-47″You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? “If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
The book of Luke records the following:
Luke 6:27-31 “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. “Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either. “Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.”Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.
The Luke 6:31 says a lot to most of us; myself especially. The Lord says “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye?”You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” [Matthews 7:4-5]
Not only have I placed myself as an illegal judge, but on top of that, I am also a hypocritical one. That is bad, even more than just being bad.
Furthermore, what I have said in my life experience treatment from friends of the Messianic assembly somewhere above, Luke 6:31 “Treat others the same way you want them to treat you;” this verse nonetheless point the accusing finger towards me in a big way!
If this devotional touches your heart as well as mine, let us put our spiritual house in Godly order. For the time of Jesus’ Second Coming draws closer and closer.
Let us bless each other with the Aaronic Blessings:
YAHWEH bless you, and keep you;
YAHWEH make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you;
YAHWEH lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.’