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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Removing the Tares From the Wheat, #4
I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. (Jude 1:5)
Jude warns us clearly.
It is said today that once we "accept Christ" our salvation never can be placed in jeopardy. But consider the preceding verse!
Deliverance from Egypt is the strongest of the types of Scripture relating to the Christian salvation. Jude states that God brought the people out under the protection of the blood of the Passover lamb and then destroyed them in the wilderness. How, then, can we state that our salvation never can be placed in jeopardy?
What did the people do that brought destruction upon them? They revealed their unbelief, their lack of trust in God, by turning back in their hearts to Egypt. God's wrath fell on them as a result.
How many members of the Christian churches of our day still love the world? They never have come out of the world in their heart. They look, act, think, and speak like worldly people. They with their children sit for hours before the ungodly television. Yet they are members of Christian churches.
How could they possibly be termed disciples of the Lord Jesus? They are tares. They are not Christians. A Christian is a disciple of the Lord. They are not wheat. They shall be removed from the wheat in the near future.
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? (II Corinthians 13:5)
Unless we are serving the Lord faithfully and diligently, rejoicing with trembling in the holy fear of the Lord, growing in righteousness every day, continually washing our robes and making them sparkling white in the blood of the Lamb, we are not of God.
It does not matter how long we have been in our church or what denomination we belong to or what doctrine we subscribe to or what we have accomplished "for God" or whom we know or how we feel. Judgment has fallen on the Christian churches. Those who are not serving the Lord with all their strength will stumble and fall because they are not practicing the righteous ways of the Holy One of Israel.
There is a danger that multitudes of Christians in America, as well as in other places, will never believe the warnings coming forth today from the Lord's servants. The believers are too confident of their position. They are smug in their belief that they are safe in their churches. They are of the church of Laodicea, having "need of nothing."
They (the "believers" in the Lord Jesus) soon will be crying to God for mercy as Divine judgment falls on every nation under the heavens. There will be no pre-tribulation "rapture." The believers are unprepared for what is coming on the earth and unprepared to meet the Lord Jesus.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matthew 7:22,23)
To be continued.