God opened the door for me to speak on the subject of Bible prophecy at a small church in northwest Tennessee. A good friend who is a retired university professor showed up. He attends a very large nearby mainline church.
Prior to the service he asked me if I knew his pastor. My answer was, “Yes, he graduated from seminary about 40 years ago and has held several important positions in your denomination.”
My friend said:
I have learned many things from the Bible by teaching Sunday school for almost 50 years, but if I ask my pastor about the Rapture, the Tribulation period, the Millennium and things like that, he doesn’t know what I am talking about. How can a supposedly educated preacher know absolutely nothing about these Bible teachings?
The scribes and the Pharisees thought they found a way to ignore what the Scriptures say about honoring their parents without losing the respect of others in the community. Their solution was to tell everyone they were going to give their possessions to God (Matt. 15:1-5).
Jesus accused them of making the Commandment of God of none effect and He called them hypocrites (Matt. 15:6-7).
I think He said this because they were rejecting some of the Scriptures and they wanted to cover it up by pretending to be devoted to God.
Put another way, these religious leaders were unwilling to accept all of the counsel of God. But they didn’t want to be condemned by the public for just accepting part of it.
There is a good possibility that the time will come when they will regret this.
On his last trip to Ephesus Paul said, “I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God” (Acts 20:26-27).
He was determined to preach all that God said because he didn’t want to be held accountable for preaching just part of it. If people don’t know about the Rapture, the Tribulation period, the Millennium and things like that, it is not Paul’s fault and it is not God’s fault.
It is the fault of preachers and others that are shunning these things in the Bible.
Jesus told them to watch, but they refuse to be watchmen (or watchwomen). They refuse to admit that the modern watchman is the preacher. They refuse to preach on some subjects or to condemn some politically “correct” sins.
They prefer to ignore some of what God said and try to cover it up by pretending to be broadminded, loving and non-judgmental. In some cases one can almost hear their false piety gushing forth.
Not long ago, about fifty pastors read verses from the Koran and sang Muslim songs in their worship services.
I am not their judge, but I would hate to be in their shoes or to be responsible to God for what they have done in those churches. It is likely that they deliberately broke the First Commandment in their churches (Exodus 20:3).
It is even possible that some not only don’t know that the King is coming they also may not know the King as their Savior. They are in danger and they are placing their members in danger.
Reading from the Koran or singing Muslim hymns in a church may not have the effect on Jehovah’s ears that it has on the ears of the politically correct.
We should not ignore God’s admonitions to be faithful to the entirety of His teachings found in His Holy Word:
“Wherefore I testify unto you this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I shrank not from declaring unto you the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20: 26-27).
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Daymond & Rachel Duck