Wednesday, November 25, 2015
WHERE IS THE GOSPEL OF JOHN THE BAPTIST IN OUR CHURCHES TODAY??
Matthew 3:1 “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.”
In our day, the true gospel that brings true repentance from sin and make one to focus and wholly depend upon GOD for his/her salvation have been exchanged with the gospel of riches and prosperity in the churches of JESUS CHRIST, hence sinners are church members today and saints are in the streets. This exchange of the true gospel with vain gospel is responsible for the proliferation of churches in every crannies of our society, which has make it a norm that the more the churches, the more the wickedness and evil practices in our midst. The preachers of the gospel today are now engaged in materialism and membership strength competition among themselves, which has led many to the churches for true salvation message but turned out to become hardened in their sin and wickedness. Well, let me quickly remind our pastors that they will surely account for every single soul that left their altar straight to hell fire in their death due to the fact that the real truth was hidden from them thereby making them comfortable in their sins while in their churches. The pastors of today carryout their church activities as if they were the ones that died for the souls of their members, as they now caused their members to focus their attention on them, instead of pointing them to CHRIST, who died and shed His BLOOD on the cross of calvary for their redemption. This is visibly seen and noticed across all churches in the land as majority of them are now experts in eternal security messages, prosperity and wealth making philosophy, grace that accommodate sin, and painfully, most of them today are nothing but mere entertainers who entertain their guest (church members) into amusement to the satisfying of the flesh, which in turn greatly draws the attention of their guest far away from the knowledge of sin, let alone seeking repentance of sin from GOD in such matters. This is where we are just as 1 Timothy 4 verse 1 and 2 succinctly captured: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.”
I want to appeal to you that if you want to make heaven at your death or in the imminent rapture, work out your salvation with fear and trembling. Avoid every form of compromise that will deny you heaven. Know that the standard of GOD regarding making heaven is still very high just as it was in the days of Noah. They’ve not been lowered and it can never be lowered for no man for any reason. The wages of sins is still death and you certainly have no one to blame but yourself if you make it to hell fire in the end. The way that leads to eternity in heaven is still very much narrow, which will not accommodate your luggage of sin and carelessness. Above all, remember that not all who says LORD, LORD, will end up in heaven and therefore, choose to be in the number that will be accepted by GOD. All churches may point you to CHRIST, but remember that NO CHURCH leads to heaven and therefore, if you have ears to hear, hear now. Prayers for your dead corpse and repentance in hell fire are efforts in futility. Don’t allow mortal men to wish you rest in peace when you are dead whereas your soul is in great torments in hell fire which has no end as it lasts for eternity. Do you want to spend your eternity in hell fire, or in heaven? The choice is certainly yours as your works today is the determinant of your eternal destination tomorrow. Repent therefore of all your sins and give your life to JESUS CHRIST now, so that your soul will be saved from hell fire.
Now, the gospel of John the Baptist lives no room to pamper sinners in their sins. It was a sore teaching that pricked the hearts of the sinners thereby leading them to true repentance, as the message exposed their sins to the unhidden truth. No man ever felt comforted in their sin as they trooped to John out of every place and repented of their evils and wickedness, just as John never spared to preach that the wrath of GOD coming on the children of disobedience was fierce. But in an opposite proportion, the pastors of today now spare no time in comforting their members in sin as they have assured them that no matter what may happen in the end, they will make heave even though they don’t worth it as a result of their fat offerings, church commitments and participation in every church activities.
When last did your pastor preached on true repentance? When last did he preach that liars are hell-bound believers? When last did you hear people groaning in tears as a result of hard message that pricked their hearts which convicts their sins? Is it not ‘ride on sir’, ‘shouts of excitement’ that usually rends the air when your pastor gives his oratory sermon? If you don’t want to regret your ever coming to GOD through that your wicked pastor in the end of your life, start to obey the instructions of the Bible in totality now. Your pastors have succeeded in making you candidates for hell as a result of their refusal to preach the undiluted truth to you. His interest on you is your financial commitment to his church and nothing more. He doesn’t want to lose you as his member hence his selective messages that keep you comfortable even when you are aware that your end is hell fire. He keeps comforting you that your offerings will appease GOD for your soul even if you die in your sin. Friend, escape for your life now as tomorrow will certainly be too late. I hope that you are aware that moment you closed your eyes in death, you cannot repent of your sins again. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Always remember this as you draw close to your death.
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” Revelation 2:7.