“He That Loveth Not Knoweth Not God”
Back in the early 1990s I was involved with a tiny congregation that was a part of a large national reformed “denomination”. We had some wonderful sermons and Bible studies and many times the “pastors” would seem to try and dig out spiritual truths from Scripture, which delighted many of us. However, it seemed rather strange to me that so many of the “pastors” from that “denomination” held a vast fascination to guns. After “Sunday morning services” there were times when the leadership would engage in conversations concerning guns and rifles and even exchange magazines on the subject. I simply brushed it off as sporting enthusiasts until one day.
This day came when the congregation was asked to devote a Saturday to the cleaning and maintenance of the small church building. Later I heard one elder tell members of the church that we needed to place a bright light in front of the church since there had been reports of possible burglars on the premises. The elder flatly stated in a voice of urgency: “We need to get a light out there before the pastor is forced to kill someone.”
Yes, truly there are FEW who see the Gospel of Jesus Christ all the way through to the end. We do not pick and choose what we will or will not abide by. One’s own physical well being is where the “rubber meets the road” in regard to the true Gospel. This is where many stray from the true and narrow path of salvation. The same holds true for the thousands of “churches” in this country that fly the American flag on the “holy pulpit” of Christ and yet say it is not an object of worship. Masses of congregations preach each and every week the need to support the so-called war of terror. But as true Christians we need to flee this harlot and the beast she rides on.
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”
(2nd Corinthians 6:4)
After a bright light was installed in the front of our little building some of the governing body felt a sense of relief in that any potential burglars from that point forward would think twice about breaking and entering. But the best relief was the possibility that our “pastor” could avoid shooting and/or killing a potential burglar. How can people who proclaim a love for God’s Word possibly come up with such a violent and ungodly justification as this? We are to be followers and Disciples of Christ and that means NOT loving our lives.
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”