Thursday, September 28, 2006

Take Up the WELCOME Mat

“No more sacrifice. Your tolerance is not of Me,” says the Lord.

God is still speaking about idolatry in the Body of Christ. He is still speaking about sanctification and holiness. God is still speaking against the COMPROMISE shown forth by the saints.

In our legal system, a person doesn’t have to commit a crime in order to be found guilty of that crime. He only has to be present and make no attempt to correct the situation in order to be guilty of the crime itself. He is then referred to as an accomplice.

In the church, we have many who are guilty of idolatry by way of accomplice. There are many still standing by as God’s word goes forth without standing against that which is not of our Father. I hear God saying, “Guilty by association!”

Too many of us have been taught the incorrect definition of love. We think “love” means tolerance and acceptance. The word of God tells us that “God is love.” If this be the case, we show pure love by revealing the true and living God, by speaking what He says to speak and doing what He says to do. Feelings, emotions and even relationships are irrelevant beside the commands of our Heavenly Father.

2 John 1:10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine [is disloyal to what Jesus Christ taught], do not receive him [do not accept him, do not welcome or admit him] into [your] house or bid him Godspeed {or} give him any encouragement.

2 John 1:11 For he who wishes him success [who encourages him, wishing him Godspeed] is a partaker in his evil doings.

We must get rid of the mindset that the Church is supposed to accept everyone. Not so! Yes, the sinner should come as they are, but we cannot allow them to stay as they are. No, God has set order for His house. He wants unblemished offerings on His altar. Anything else is an abomination. It will be spewed from His mouth and the offering will stink in His nostrils.

This message was difficult for me, but God said it’s time for the Church to literally kick some people out. Yes, the word does speak of excommunication (Gal 1:9; 2 The 3:14; Titus 3:10; 1 Cor 16:22; 2 John 1:10), and now is the season when some need to clean the Body of cancer. My Pastor was talking, not too long ago, about how cancer (in the natural) is attacking so many of God’s people. The Lord showed me this is simply a natural manifestation of a spiritual epidemic. Cancer multiplies in the body and takes over the healthy cells until death sets in. Such is the Body of Christ. We have allowed so many sin-sick and diseased cells to come in. Now, they are taking over, and killing off holiness. They are choking out true worship, and multiplying the ways of the world in God’s house. It must stop…NOW!

God’s standard must be set. Those who wish to worship Him must do so in spirit and in truth. As painful as it may seem, THEY must change…not the Church.

God is saying to the Church this day, “Take Up Your Welcome Mat!”

Not only the Body of Christ as a whole, but individuals as well. Now is not the time to seek many friendships and acquaintances. Again, God wants His people to protect the investment He has placed in us. NOT EVERYONE CAN HAVE ACCESS TO YOU! No, you are not called to accept everyone. No, you are not called to help everyone. You are not even called to pray for everyone! Some of us are wasting our prayers and fasting on those God has already rejected. Even in our prayers and fasting, we can displease the Father. We must operate in His will, not our own. In this season, be led by the Spirit of God.

Take Up Your Welcome Mat. Now is the season when some will be turned away. Remember, many are called, but few are chosen!

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