Do You Stand?
It is human to stand with the crowd,
but it is Divine to stand-alone.
It is of human-nature
to follow the people and drift with the tide. But it is Christ-like
to follow doctrine and principle to stem that tide.
It is natural to compromise conscience to follow the
social and religious fashion of the day, for sake of worldly-gain
and worldly-pleasure. But it is divine to sacrifice both, on the
altar of truth, accountability and true virtue.
"No man stood with me, but all men forsook me", wrote
the battle scarred Apostle Paul on describing his first appearance
before Caesar. This was to answer for his life's passion of believing
and teaching contrary to the Roman and Jewish world-view.
Truth has been out of fashion since Cain attempted
to initiate a new way of worship and this was after the incident
in the Garden of Eden.
Noah built an Ark, then voyaged nearly alone. The
theologians of that day mocked his strange doctrines and they perished
in worldly style.
Abraham also wandered and worshipped nearly alone.
The kings with their kingdoms of that day following worldly fashion,
smiled at the simple shepherd; then were fed to the flames.
Daniel dined and prayed alone. Elijah sacrificed and
witnessed alone. Jeremiah prophesied and wept alone. The Messiah
Jesus Christ, loved… and died alone.
Of the lonely way His disciples should walk, Jesus
said; "Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth
unto life, and few there be that find it." (Matthew 7:14)
Remember, this was stated to religious people, NOT to the world!
Of His disciples treatment by the religious masses
who walk in the broad way, Jesus said,"If ye were of the
world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not
of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore
the world hateth you." (John 15:19).
The church in the wilderness praised Abraham and persecuted
Moses. The church of the Kings of Israel-era praised Moses and Abraham,
yet persecuted the prophets. The church of the Caiaphas-era praised
the prophets, Moses and Abraham, yet persecuted Jesus who stuck
to the Word of God. The churches of this modern era praise Jesus
and persecute those who stick to the Bible (KJV).
Multitudes now, in both the churches and the world
applaud the courage of the patriarchs, the prophets, the Apostles
and martyrs, but their religious "leaders" condemn as
stubbornness and foolishness, like faithfulness today.
Of this condemnation Jesus stated, "yea, the time
cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God
service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have
not known the Father, nor Me." (John 16:2-3).
Jesus stated also, "Not
every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom
of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven...
WANTED TODAY: men and women, young and old,
who will obey the Biblical convictions of truth and duty at the
cost of fortune, friends and… possibly life itself.
Most people at some point in their life, stumble across
truth… But most all of them jump up, brush themselves off, then
hurry on about their business as if nothing had ever happened… and
then run, anytime they think they might see truth coming
at them again!
Where Do You Stand?!
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