There is this narrative of Love which cast Love as being irresistible to all. This irresistible love is touted as the love of the true Christ and if we as Christians could just embody it, we would be rock stars in our families and communities. Christ was perfect love walking about in the flesh and how did that work out for Him? Did multitudes of people fight to get Him freed from prison and to stop His crucifixion? No, they overwhelmingly chose Barabbas over the Lamb of GOD. So, where does this narrative come from that says if we were more like Christ then Christianity would be more popular in the world. It is an evil stronghold of anti-Christian belief that persecutes the true Christ. If that seems harsh, perhaps your thinking is going against the grain of reality. When we allow truth to renew our minds, we find comfort even in the harshest truth because we know it is come from GOD to liberate us and bring us closer to Him.
18 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He who hates Me hates My Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. 25 But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’ (John 15:18-25 NKJV)
So, who is this Christ that the world finds so irresistible because He never expresses anything that rubs them the wrong way or makes them feel uncomfortable? It is an anti-Christ formed by idolaters who have their own idea of what GOD should look like. I thank GOD for the exhortation that comes from holy men filled with His spirit who have left us words of encouragement for the times in which we live.
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (2 Timothy 4:2-4 NKJV)
I give thanks to the Lord for this prophecy coming through the Apostle Paul which He preserved to be guidance and counsel for us today, when even the closest brothers in the church have succumb to doublemindedness. You can’t live to please people and GOD. You can’t be led by your feelings and imaginations when the scripture says plainly that as many as are led by the spirit of GOD are the sons of GOD. To sanctify means to set apart. As you commit to serving GOD in spirit and in truth, you will be set apart from those who live from their soul with its worldly orientation. This sanctification is not as much a physical separation as it is a divergence of values, and principles lived by. The disagreements will grow, and in most cases, evolve to alienation and persecution. We all have a desert journey where we have been called to walk as outcast from this world, but embrace it, because it is a path that leads to true life in GOD.
13Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it. 15Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. (Matthew 7:13-15 BSB)