I can’t believe that I had to write that as the title. But, what I heard over the past few days, leads me to make that statement.
I would love to believe that he has just gone insane, or that his hatred of the Jews and Israel has consumed his mental faculties. But, I can’t make that assumption. The evidence from his own mouth condemns him, and I do not have any other way to think about this.
No follower of Christ deliberately lies about another Christian – especially, in an attempt to deceive other Christians.
I certainly welcome your thoughts on this, once I have laid out what I have seen and heard.
As I look back on this week, I see a theme that runs through it – our sinfulness. We have made compromises on the truth. We have compromised our morality. And, we have chosen pastors who do the same.
And, when that happens, God sends strong delusions among us:
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. – 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
The word for ‘damned’ is the Greek word, krithosin – or, should be judged. And, THAT is what is happening right now. We are being judged by God.
When I start an article, I don’t always know how it will end, and yesterday was a prime example of that. I started out by talking about how the CIA became evil, and ended up talking about why everything is a mess:
We have sinned against God. So, God has turned us over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh (1 Corinthians 5:5).
We have chosen pastors that will scratch our itching ears (2 Timothy 4:3). And, our pastors have chosen the way of cowardice, instead of truth.
Well, I received an article from Sheila Zilinsky that speaks directly to that subject, and she gave me permission to share it with you.
Those of you reading your Bibles know that all the big showdowns happen at Jerusalem. The big battles, as well as big covenants happened there.
When it’s all over, Satan will have been defeated by God – three times at Jerusalem. Satan was defeated first, on the cross of our Lord – at Jerusalem. Satan will be defeated, when Jesus returns – at Jerusalem. And, Satan will be defeated a third and final time, at the very end of the Millennium – at Jerusalem.
And, two great covenants were made there. The covenant between Abraham’s children and God, was made – at Jerusalem. The covenant between ourselves and God, was made – at Jerusalem.
It can be REALLY hard to know who or what to believe. We can trust God, but we can’t always trust our ability to understand what He’s telling us. We can trust numbers, but not the reporter of those numbers. We might be able to trust a dream or vision – but not the interpretation.
Worse, we have lying liars who cloak themselves in righteous robes and tell us tall tales, so it’s hard to know WHAT to believe – and from whom to believe it. This age of lies and deception, has made it difficult to follow the Lord’s command in Luke 21:36, to watch.
Sometimes, the only thing that you can do is present the observation, indicate the uncertainty, and allow the hearer to be the judge.