How Shall a Man Return To The Lord?
How shall a man return to the Lord? Jesus said, "Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:" (Matthew 23:34) Well, this prophesy certainly has been filled to the fullest. When I survey the men sent by the Lord in our current dispensation, and see what the compromised church world has done to them and to their message, it makes me wonder what it will take to correct the damage that Satan has done through the majority. Satan has his workers in every system of the world, whether it be Hollywood, the Arts, government, or the confused denominational church systems. Great men have been given a glimpse of the Kingdom, from Martin Luther, to John Nelson Darby, to T. Austin Sparks, to Watchman Nee, and many others who were outcasts of the systems of the church world. Of course the Lord wanted them out, and many are outside the camp today. I am not concerned with those who are completely out of the systems, but rather the ones who are half way out and who write books and sell tapes. Oh the damage they do to the sheep of the Lord. They have one foot in the world and one foot in the outer court. So many today profess great revelation of the Kingdom, but by their works and professions they are obviously still in darkness.
I certainly feel robbed these days because I canít go and listen to these men of God who paid the price here on earth. Oh the powerful messages of T. A. Sparks to the church, and most have never heard his name! The agents of Satan will always tell you how these men got off the mark. However, what about their messages which were on the mark and were never lived out by the hearers of their words. Have we asked the Lord, "Are we off the mark?" Have we been deceived also? Have you made a stand in your area, or do all the churchgoers accept you as you are? If so, you are in for much tribulation in the days that lie ahead.
I have observed the multitudes of believers today who are not ready for the dispensational change which is soon coming on the whole universe. When most believers hear the message of the Kingdom, they reject it quickly and then the messenger, and behold, their house is left unto them desolate. How shall a man return to the Lord?
There is going to be a lot of weeping and wailing in that day from believers who will not enter the Kingdom. Oh the damage done to believers by TV and the Christian bookstores which have little to offer but compromise and merchandising. They feature many books and music by adulterers and adulteresses, and the believers buy them up and take them into their homes. They donít have much there by Sparks or Nee, because that is not the message that people shopping there want to hear. Anything which sells to churchgoers can be bought without any restraints. Babylon has certainly risen again "and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do." (Genesis 11:6) Yet, how shall a man return to the Lord?
I have observed a strange thing in the nations of the world. Demons have robbed the Word of the Lord so quickly from the believers. In the last days it will not be the compromised church systems that will suffer persecution from anti-christ, it will be him who walks in the Light as He is in the Light. Donít worry about your church building or your spiritual books or your paid clergy. Where there is compromise, there will be no persecution. These wandering stars, these multitude of double agents, these enemies of the cross, they will find themselves without the proper clothes in that day and will be speechless!
However, He has chosen those in Him before the foundation of the world. Let us rejoice in our tribulations, the misunderstandings by believers, as outcasts from the systems of this present darkness, as children of God standing against the works of the enemy all around us. He is able to keep us until the end because we know that He is in us. We are the vessels which contain the testimony of the church universal on earth. In Him is life and this life is the Light of those who are the true church. T. A. Sparks well said "This is the lesson of life for us. For any glory Ďwithiní now, or any hope of glory in the great day of the manifestation, the sole ground of expectation must be Christ in us, because the glory is simply the manifestation of the Father within."
How shall we return? It is time to repent and begin to listen to the Holy Spirit within and stand against the works of misled men and women who preach their own false gospels. If you are in the court of mixture, you need to be delivered from its attraction. Satan will always give you reasons why you must stay and most will until it is too late and the door is shut.
Jim D. September 2003
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