“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
“According to Wikipedia the Holy of Holies was covered by a veil, and no one was allowed to enter except the High Priest, and even he could only enter once a year of Yom Kippur (the day of atonement.) Now before the priest can enter the Holy of Holies he must be made clean.”
Coming into God’s presence is like entering the Holy of Holies to some extent. God’s presence is Holy and perfect. Man’s presence is one of unholiness. We must enter into God’s presence on His terms.
However, God made us and He knows that we are imperfect sinners able to stand before Him, in a state of grace, only because of what HE did for us on the cross.
Ministering to God’s people is a place of responsibility. We are responsible to God, first and foremost, and then to those people we minister too. By minister I am not just speaking here of those who are ordained ministers. I am speaking to any Christian who witnesses God to others through words and deeds. I am talking to anybody that wants to encourage people, or daily lets others know they belong to God.
The responsibility we, who call ourselves Christians, have is to make sure that our lives are set apart from those that don’t know God. If a person who looks up to us sees, or hears about, us being involved in secret sin they will think that all Christians are a bunch of hypocrites and it doesn’t just turn them against us but also against God.
So today I want to encourage you to really get to know the lives of those whose teaching you sit under.
Recently God spoke to my heart that we are taking the same demon on us that our leaders may have attached to them. I questioned the Lord. I am a person that must be convinced of the truth before I believe. I want scriptures and teaching to back things up.
God began to explain it to me like this, suppose we sit under a minister that is married and cheating on his or her wife. That person is not following God’s law on marriage and is not only breaking the marriage covenant but the commandment that says, “Thou shall not commit adultery.”
So lets say a person goes to him for marriage counseling. If that person is having an affair what do you think the pastor’s advice to this person will be based on? His knowledge of God’s law or his own experience that is not what God allows?
It will be hard for that person to guide us right, and if we do not know any better we could become further steeped in sin. That is why you may see a church where not only is the pastor breaking the law of God but he may be encouraging those who are under him to do the same. I have noticed that now that they are in deep sin, instead of repenting before God, they will find scriptures to back them up. Of course, the scripture is taken out of context but the new Christian may not notice that.
I have found that most people, when doing things they know is against the Word of God, will find a way to justify it. Things like saying, that was only in the Old Testament or that was only for those days and not for today. My favorite is this one, “God loves me too much to want me to be unhappy.”
The Word of God says this, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
So how God felt about things in the old days is the way He still feels about things.
This scripture is often taken out of context to ignore sinning of ministers, “Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm.” Psalm 105:15
It is not then smart for us to go around gossiping and mocking a minister of God. It is however smart for us to understand that to stay in that place is not what God wants us to do. Pray for the person, pray for your situation and let God work it out. To stay there is not helpful for you. A pastor is supposed to be “a covering” over us. A pastor is to shepherd God’s people.
We all know people who sinned and God still used them, after they repented, in a mighty, mighty way. I think of David. God had His hand on David from his childhood. David did not lose his anointing when he sinned, but God did bring some troubles to him that caused him to repent and ask God’s forgiveness for his affair with Bathsheba and having her husband killed. God then restored David. There is hope for everyone. It’s God’s business and not mine or yours.
When Chuck and I first got married he was going to a church he liked. Because I moved away from the town and church I was going to, when we got married, I started going to Chuck’s church.
One of my gifts is Spiritual discernment. I began to notice that the pastor was out of line with his foster daughter. It was so blatantly bad that it appeared his wife knew about it but was too physically sick to leave the marriage.
I spoke to Chuck about it. He didn’t say much but I noticed that he then began to look at some of the things going on and I could see it troubled him.
I kept quiet but I was praying for Chuck to be truly convinced that I was right. Finally, one day a few things happened and the pastor and his foster daughter’s affair was made clear right in front of Chuck and me.
At that point Chuck and I discussed it on the way home and he said, “We are leaving there. We aren’t going back.” Later, people from the church would call us and try to find out why we were leaving. We had decided to not discuss it with anyone. We would tell them, “It’s a personal reason.” Even the deacon called us, then his wife. Still we declined to tell them. I don’t know what happened to that man, and his church. I can say that we still, to this day, are thankful God gave us the strength to not gossip and simply leave the church.
There was no way that a man, that out of step with God, should be leading and guiding others.
Today there are a lot of ministers, prophets, apostles, and teachers cropping up. The majority of them are wonderful people, ordained by God and full of the Holy Spirit.
Pray for discernment. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is a duck.
Move on, and pray for the person. Unfollow them on Facebook and go on.