Choose this day who you will serve. “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” – Joshua 24:15 These words ring as true today as they did thousands of years ago when the were first uttered.
Will you continue to serve the Gods “your fathers served that were on the other side” of your enslavement? How long will you continue to serve the Gods that require you to love an enemy who refuse to be loved? An enemy that the longer you try to love him, remember it’s been 400 years since Africans were enslaved to build this Empire called the United States, the more he hates you. Should hate be synonymous with the inability to protect oneself and one’s family from constant destruction?
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect – Matthew 5:43-48
This love that Jesus speaks about has been used by the enemies of God to teach something, I believe, that he never intended. The love Jesus speaks about has been perverted. The enemy who persecutes you should be prayed for, this is love. To continue under persecution is not an act of love on the part of the persecuted it is insanity or a misreading of scripture and nowhere in the Bible is this expressed in this way. If it is, I challenge any preacher to find it….
Deception is subtle. One who is deceived does not announce to the world that they have been a victim of deception. That’s because they don’t realize they have been deceived. Deception is revealed from someone removed from the deception. Someone who knows what the situation or relationship was like before the deception occurred. In Genesis 3:11 Adam when confronted by God reveals the end result of his deception by declaring he was “naked”, vulnerable, but Adam didn’t realize he had been deceived, although being "naked" had never been a reality to him. But because he was unable to question his new knowledge he became afraid, very much like modern Church people when confronted with new knowledge. Adam realized something had changed and his immediate reaction was fear. God had to tell Adam and explain his deception to him by reference to his disobedience. Whenever we are disobedient to God we are deceived. Deception causes fear, the same sort of fear that grips the families of loved ones who have lost a family member to an enemy, an enemy they that have been taught to love. Anyone who has watched the news media over the last year will have to agree that seeing innocent people being slain by the authorities and go unpunished is quite disturbing. There is no lower form of deception than that which causes you to realize you’re naked and defenseless and then understand that you are unable to do anything because you have been deceived to believe that love has no defense. It is written in Ecclesiastes 3 that there is a time for everything; “time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace”, that’s verse 8. So, when is it time to protect oneself from an enemy? Who decides when it is time to face an enemy? They deceiver is afraid as well. The deceiver fears that his works of deception will be discovered or revealed by someone looking in. An enemy who uses deception is a wickedly evil coward. This is why the enemy destroys innocent lives. It is innocence the deceiver hates most because innocence is pure and the deceiver by his nature can never be pure of heart. So, the destroyer destroys the innocent. Jesus parents, according to scripture, had to go into Egypt for a season so that Jesus would not be destroyed with the innocent children, so it is today.
In the national best seller Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States: 1492 – Present Zinn quotes from Christopher Columbus’s journal concerning the Arawak “Indians” he first came into contact with in the New World. Columbus said, “They… brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawk’s bells. They willingly traded everything they owned….They were well built, with good bodies and handsome features… they do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane…They would make fine servants…with fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want”. Christopher Columbus heart was dark and corrupt. This is why his words condemn him from the grave.
Spiritual deception is most dangerous. In Matthew 20:26-28 Jesus said, the greatest among us are servants. The Arawaks were natural servants. They didn’t need to be evangelized to love. Actually those who seek to evangelize others have proven to need love the most. These early Europeans who came to the New World were the ones who came to seek, kill, and destroy, the same thing the Bible says about the devil. So, is this racist or intolerant to shed light on this darkness by speaking the Truth? In Matthew 20:28 Jesus said he came to give his life as a “ransom for many”. In 1 Timothy 2:6 speaking of Jesus Paul writes, “…who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time”.
There are fundamental differences between the statements “ransom for many” that Jesus declared and “Paul’s “ransom for all” that Paul prophesied would be testified to “in due time” and today it is, as Paul prophesized. Today Christians continue to uplift the “Apostle Paul” even when what he says contradicts what Jesus says and commands us not to do as in Matthew 23: 9 where it is written, “… We are Christ's Ambassadors
…15and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf. 16Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. 17Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.… so, now Paul is teaching that even Jesus must be recognized in a "new" way. What about the scripture (Hebrews 13:8) that say Jesus never changes but remains the same. Do we now dismiss the fact that scripture says Jesus is unchangeable in order to cling to Paul's newness? For those of you truly seeking Truth take a look at this http://www.problemswithpaul.com/aboutus.html
May God continue to Bless you as you seek Him....