THE GOSPEL OF HATE
I have been an imperfect follower of Jesus for almost 39 years. There has never been one moment where I did not need God's grace. I remember being saved for only a couple of months when I heard a pastor take a stand against making gambling legal in New Jersey. Even as a new babe in Christ I felt something not right about bringing politics into the pulpit. That was in 1975 and since then not only has politics become a mainstay in the pulpit, but hatred is now invited into the pulpit as well and even into the lives of professing believers.
But as preachers became more political than spiritual, and more conservative than gracious, and more American than Christian, the church slowly drifted into the morass of political pride and hatred. To hear a so called preacher lament over how to save the republic is not only shocking it is also frightening. And his heart is so given to this secular nation that he openly believes a military coup would be good. These kind of men like Joyner are leading millions astray and actually are part of the end time antichrist spirit. They are bound in a prison called nationalism and are enlisting others to come join them. Again, it is shocking.
Where did the church walk away from Jesus and all He lived and taught? Isn’t the faith supposed to be about following Jesus? Isn’t He supposed to be our Lord and Master? What year was it that the church decided that being an American superseded being a devoted follower of Jesus? Where did the ax head fall and where did the church begin the road to apostasy? Things that would have been unheard of many decades ago are now championed by the western evangelical church.
So here we have a so called minister wishing for an armed takeover of the United States government because he hates President Obama and wishes to return to the “good ‘ole days”. His hatred refuses to allow him to love the man Barak Obama and to pray for the salvation of his eternal soul. He can only see in the carnal and temporal realm. The eternal kingdom is foreign to him and so it is to the church. Marching in lockstep with the world the church is wallowing in the carnal delights and pursuits of this fallen kingdom.
Jer.5: 31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?
Those who claim to be God’s people sit and listen to abominable lies about money and power and success and they love to have their ears scratched. They leave church buildings feeling refreshed and ready to go and earn more and enjoy entertainment more and buy more and get promoted. And all the while the wolves they submit to gain more and more of this world. I suggest that if the sacrificial and intense prayer time of the average preacher was revealed it would shock the world.
The truth about New Testament Christianity is now almost lost even to the evangelical churches. We have concocted a hybrid which soothes the conscience, satisfies the flesh, and has nothing to do with Jesus at all. In essence the west has created a religion which calls itself Christian but which has abandoned the Person and teachings of Jesus altogether.
When professing believers who spent little if any time with Christ during the week, and who watched things that offended the Holy Spirit, and who spent money almost entirely on their own lusts, when these kinds of people can leave the church building feeling uplifted and good about themselves then we can be assured they have not been in a Christian service. And mi9llions upon millions drift out of a church service every Sunday morning only to repeat a week where Jesus is nothing to them. There pro-life and anti-gay positions will satisfy their souls until next week’s fleshly service. It is an exercise in redundancy.
But in an attempt to appease their lack of contrition and submission to Christ men like President Obama can fill the gap and provide some type of enemy which will make people feel like spiritual warriors when in fact they are just religious “conservatives” who sacrifice nothing, who speak unkind and carnal words, and who close their eyes every night after living the day just like their unbelieving neighbors. And this is what we call “Christianity”?
And the hatred becomes so deep and visceral that men even suggest a military overthrow complete with blood, life changing injuries, and death. And again, this is what we call “Christianity”? This a fraud, a forgery, a bastardized version of the faith. In fact in most ways it is the exact opposite of what it means to follow Jesus.
Lk.7: 34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!
Look and see dear people. Jesus was accused of being a “friend of publicans and sinners”. But what they could never realize or understand was that Jesus would literally give His own life for these vile sinners! And who among us can fathom such a love? And even in the face of such profound sacrifice and suffering carnal men speak atrocities toward other men simply because they fear for the country in which they happen to live. And more than just vicious words they suggest massive violence against their political enemies.
Where is the blessing we are commanded to give to our enemies? Where is the good we are commanded to do to them? And where is the love that God Himself showed to the whole world that caused Him to sacrifice His own Son? What kind of religious nonsense and spiritual poison is now carried over the airwaves? Men like Joiner are servants of the Wicked One and not servant of Christ. There are many exhortation in the New Testament, and yes, Jesus did show anger in a few places. But the overwhelming and overarching theme of this New Covenant is love and redemption. The kind of head shaking hatred spoken by these kinds of men does not come from the Spirit.
Let us rebuke and reject the vicious ramblings of such false teachers and let us bow before the glory of the cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. Jesus did not come to condemn sinners since we all were already condemned. But He came to seek and to save those that stood condemned, and when a sinner is rescued from darkness and by grace brought into God’s glorious light, that redeemed sinner should be permeated with humility, and he should reach out in love and grace to those with whom he was once numbered.
Lay down your arrows all you redeemed of the Lord and shine forth His wonderful gospel. Stand still and see the salvation of your God. Run from any allegiance aside from the Lord Jesus. Forsake all except for Him, and live the cross. Love the sinner and hate the sin, and especially your own sins which are many.