SPIRITUAL ALLEGIANCE….FAITH ON TRIAL!

SPIRITUAL ALLEGIANCE….FAITH ON TRIAL

“Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up..…And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.”  (Daniel 3:3&7).

Idolatry is an elusive and subtle practice of worship.  We unconsciously worship idols all the time. Every human being and symbol and every statue we honor is idolatry! Oh we call our actions by other names, such as, memorials, honors, tributes, awards, money, medals, degrees, trophies, family, national holidays and the obvious, statues and monuments.  These are all forms of idolatry.  But we don’t really relate our acknowledgments to these things as idolatry, but it is!  Anything that we hold in reverence and honor is idolatry!  However, the Lord has clearly stated in Exodus 20: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” (v.3). “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.” (v.4). God is a Spirit and they that worship the Living God must worship the Lord in Spirit and in truth! We must worship God in our hearts and the outward results will present itself.

In the days of King Nebuchadnezzar, the king constructed a golden image to test the loyalty of his officials and administration.  The king wanted everyone to kneel before a lifeless statue to prove their loyalty to him.  However, there were three young Hebrew men whose faith was put on trial due to this demonstration of the king’s power and obsession for complete domination over his subjects.  In his arrogance, the king had decided to build a statue and demanded that everyone worship the statue that he built.  All the provinces officials and high rating members of his administration, who were obviously afraid of the king and wanted to live, bowed down and worshipped the king’s idol.  In clear rebellion to the king’s demand for loyalty, three young men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to surrender their Spiritual Allegiance to Jehovah God to honor the king’s lifeless and powerless idol.  These three young men were devoted to their God and they were not going to denounce the Living God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to align themselves with a false god.  They knew that if they bowed down and worshipped this idol that they would be pledging allegiance to demonic spirits and denying the Living God.  Their faith in God was unshakable and they would rather die in the fiery furnace rather than to dishonor the Creator of Heaven and Earth, the true and Living God.

Consequently, fear was the weapon of choice, it was used to make so many yield to the king’s order to deny their Spiritual Allegiance to God.  The fear of losing their life, family, status and money. This is always the tactic used to force people to abandon their faith.  “And fear not them which kill the body, but are able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28).  Many will betray each other due to fear.  For instance, those who reported the three young men to the king.  Because the king did not know the three men did not bow! Nonetheless, faith was the battle axe that gave these young men the courage to stand and oppose idolatry.  Their faith in God and their knowledge of God’s power which was passed on from generation to generation; gave them the boldness to rebuke the king’s demand to denounce their Spiritual Allegiance to God.  As a result, the young men were tossed into the fiery furnace with their faith in tact! In the midst of the fiery furnace the Lord joined them and rescued them and they were untouched.  These young men were willing to die, not knowing if God would deliver them from the fire or not!  They knew that God is God no matter what trials they had to face to prove their loyalty to their Creator.  We as Christians must be prepared to stand when are called to deny our faith in Jesus Christ. Our faith will be put on trials sooner than we care to acknowledge. We must continue to proclaim our Lord and Jesus Christ to the death!

Please don’t be deceived Church, the force of idolatry is the being ushered into the forefront to put our FAITH ON TRIAL.  Soon it will be demanded of the Christian to deny Jesus Christ and not speak his name.  The vice that will be used is fear and persecution. This demonic plot to remove Christianity has been in the making for a very long time. Now it appears as if the nation is in disagreement about one thing that allegiance is demanded, but the truth is, it is all about destroying God’s people faith and demanding that we take the Mark of the Beast in order to survive.  It’s a plan to change the hearts of God people to reject our God and embrace the devil.  We must review this matter with spiritual eyes in order to discern the truth. All this talk about standing, sitting, kneeling, barking, fetching, scratching and bowing is the plot to turn all of this to Christianity.  It is a subtle way to put a spotlight on the Christian Doctrine and our walk with God.  Don’t be deceived or in disbelief, the enemy of God is as subtle today as he was in the Garden of Eden.

I pledge Spiritual Allegiance, my heart and my faith, to the Kingdom of God and all of His righteousness.  “My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus name.  On Christ the Solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.” We must abandon all forms of idolatry and take notice that subtleness, no matter how slight, will eventually lead to the Mark of the Beast.  We will have to take a firm stand like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to prove our devotion and Spiritual Allegiance to the True and Living God, because our Faith is on Trial.  Stand and do all to stand in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord! Amen.

For the record, the message is for the Body of Christ. Stay true to Jesus Christ and endure until the end. God bless you and Amen!

Written by Jessica L. Matthews

SOCIAL GOSPEL IS NOT CHRISTIANITY…DON’T GET IT TWISTED!

 

SOCIAL GOSPEL IS NOT CHRISTIANITY….DON’T GET IT TWISTED!

“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ…..I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:7&14).

“Beware of any social gospel apart from the blood of Calvary.  Do not mistake sociology for religion.” Millions of people are under the false assumption that giving to the poor and feeding and clothing the homeless, and making donations to a humane cause is Christianity! They believe that they have secured their place in Heaven…wrong!!!! That could not be further from the truth.  If that was so, the poor would not go to heaven and the rich would.  We cannot buy our way to Heaven! We cannot work our way to Heaven!  In contrast, millions of Christians are laboring in the social order more diligently than they are laboring in Christ. Christians have become social servants and are neglecting to execute THE GREAT COMMISSION; many houses of worship are vigorously trying to prove to the world that they are one of them!  Social Gospel is not Christianity….Don’t Get It Twisted!

What is the Social Gospel? It is a social organization based on social interaction and social etiquette and rules. It determines what is humane and inhumane.  Its standards are designed to dictate ones social behavior and morality in the world.  Social Gospel determines what the human flesh is allowed or forbidden to do.  It also sets the moral boundaries for society and they are implemented through the laws of man. The Social Gospel is inferior to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Its pattern of righteousness never reaches beyond the foundation of sin because its motive is driven by sin.  This social organization is in constant competition with the Gospel of Christ, which is tries, but fails to emulate!

Here’s where it gets “TWISTED.”  The Social Gospel is trying to mimic the works of Christ, by portraying itself as righteous, by imitating Christian missionary work without the love and spiritual power of Christ! What am I saying, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ, and no marvel; Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light, Therefore it is not a great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” (II Cor. 11:13).  Focus Church!!…The Social Gospel, is attempting to take the place of the Spiritual Church by a false reproduction of the works of the Body of Christ. “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Matthew 24:24).  In the Social Gospel godless people are ordaining other godless people and marrying godless people.  Joyfully, they are making mockery of the Church!

In contrast, the Church is struggling to be aligned with the Social Order! The Church is surrendering its superior spiritual position of authority for a powerless non-Christ position in the Social Order! “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (I Peter 2:9).  The Church is called to lead the Social Order into repentance!  Yet, the Church is following the Social Order straight to HELL! Christ ways are far above the ways of the Social Order and it is not and never will be equivalent to Christianity; no matter how hard they try to deceive themselves and the Church!

The Church is called to preach down Babylon, not build it back up again! God is tearing it down!  Christians represent the Kingdom of God, not the kingdom of the Social Order.  This Social Order is under the judgment of God for its sins and the Lord is calling his people to serve him IN THE BODY OF CHRIST! “Render unto Cesar what is Cesar’s and unto God what is God.”

What is Christianity? It is the GOOD NEWS! It is a message that Jesus Christ, for our salvation, entered into human history in a unique way to tell of God’s revelation and his plan of salvation for humanity.  Christianity is message of hope and love and everlasting life.  It is not about money, politics, economics or social order.  But it about soul saving and repentance from sin and damnation. It is about following the events of Pentecost, which mark the beginning of the witnessing life of the Church.

Christians are called to excel in Christ, not in the Social Gospel.  The true Christian is filled with the power of the Holy Spirit and can do great works in the name of Jesus.  The Social Order just change laws and the rules when they can’t get people do what they want them to do! “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other: or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other, ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24). Social Gospel is not Christianity…Don’t Get It Twisted!  He that has an ear, hear what the Lord has to say! Amen and God bless you! For the record, this is for the world!

Written by Jessica L. Matthews