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The Daily Word of Righteousness
I Never Knew You, continued
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44—NIV)
Today Dispensational teaching is advising us that we do not have to keep the commandments of God. This is the spirit of the False Prophet. Of course we have to keep God's commandments! Of course we have to remain faithful to Jesus!
We must die in the Lord. We must count ourselves crucified with Christ. Only then will we be able to rest from our own works during the night when no man can work, and yet bring forth the deeds of God.
You may think, "Christian people will never support the secular government in this fashion. Christian people would never use the name of Christ to work miracles and support Antichrist."
When religious people think they are doing God's will, and they are not accustomed to waiting on God until they know what God's will actually is, then they are capable of anything.
Consider the scribes and Pharisees, the chief priests and elders of Israel. They were of God's chosen people. They were thoroughly convinced they were doing God's will. Do you suppose they had any idea Jesus was the Christ who was to come?
The Jews were so utterly perverse they tried to kill Jesus for reminding them that Elijah and Elisha sometimes ministered to people who were not of Israel. The leaders watched Jesus carefully to see if He would heal someone on Shabbat. The members of God's chosen nation sought to kill Lazarus because people were believing in Christ because of his being raised from the dead.
Finally the custodians of the Law actually given by Jesus on Sinai cried out for His murder.
So don't be too quick to assume what Christian people who are ambitious but not hearing from Christ will do under certain circumstances.
As I see it, the majority of the Charismatic people will end up cooperating with a humanitarian leader who asks them to help him end the problems of the world. It is but a step from such cooperation to the persecution of those weird people who are more intent on worshiping God than they are on solving the problems of the world.
Do you want to see a picture of what God expects of a Christian assembly?
And I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and over the number of his name. They held harps given them by God and sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb: "Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the ages. Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed." (Revelation 15:2-4—NIV)
This is a picture of what a Christian assembly should look like. Every member is standing before the Throne of God. They have been made as transparent as glass because the Divine Fire has driven worldliness, lust, and self-will from them.
To be continued.