A RIGHTEOUS REVOLUTION
"Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of thieves in your eyes? Behold, I, even I have seen it," says the Lord. Jeremiah 7:11
The Lord Jesus Christ started a "Righteous Revolution" when He approached His own religious leaders and rebuked them for their hardness of heart and for making His house a den of thieves! I would hate to see what He would do today to the consumer driven, apathetic church of spectators sipping their Starbucks in their padded pews of complacency while having their ears tickled!
The body of Christ is called, commissioned and under a divine mandate to go and make replicas of the Lord Jesus. Disciples, trained and equipped to serve in the kingdom, healing the sick, casting out demons, raising the dead and preaching the un-compromised gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. It was never intended to be housed in a building, open one day a week and run by a pastor only mentioned once in the New Testament scriptures.
We as believers are the very house of God, the temple of the Holy Spirit and not a physical building to attend. We are in essence the supernatural, living breathing representation of the Lord Jesus in the earth! Can you wrap your head around the fact that what we have today is a counterfeit of what the assembly of the righteous is to be, no longer a place to go, but a Person to be as His glorious body! Instead, we have a multi-billion dollar religious enterprise run by predators in the pulpit!
Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer,' but you have made it a den of thieves.' " Matthew 21:12,13
AMEND YOUR WAYS
Thus says the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel: "Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place." Jeremiah 7:3
Jeremiah was sent to the gate of the Lord's house to proclaim His word to a people who had been hardened by the deceitfulness of sin and lulled to sleep with traditions and dead rituals that led them into gross idolatry. There was no longer any passion or devotion to God, only a dead and lifeless religion of works that had become a stench in a holy God's nostrils!
Jesus came to the temple in His day proclaiming there the same word as Jeremiah spoke eons before, that it had become a den of thieves, whitewashed tombs full of dead man's bones and all uncleanness! People were buying and selling animals for sacrifice, exchanging money and making God's house, a house of merchandise. Today, the selling of books, CD's and religious materials is a multi-billion dollar business, with "Super-star" preachers peddling the word of God and promoting themselves, not to mention the construction of mega-church buildings, luxury palaces of complacency, filled with millions of dollars of fine furnishings, musical instruments and high dollar electronic equipment.
The church of Jesus Christ, especially in the West has become a place to attend once or maybe twice a week to appease God's wrath by alleviating one's guilt and condemnation for their lack of devotion by showing up and helping Him out! Trudging off to another Sunday service to listen to a fuzzy little sermonette by pastor, singing a few songs, taking up an offering after being told you will be cursed if you don't give, and then go to lunch, go home and take a nap! Wow, what power!
"For if you thoroughly amend your ways and your doings, if you thoroughly execute justice between a man and his neighbor, "if you do not oppress the stranger, the fatherless and the widow, and do not shed innocent blood (abortion) in this place, or walk after other gods to your hurt, "then I will cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers forever and ever." Jeremiah 7:5-7
OBEY MY VOICE
"Behold, you trust in lying words that cannot profit. "Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods whom you do not know, "and then come and stand before Me in this house which is called by My name, and say, 'We are delivered to do all these abominations?" Jeremiah 7:9,10
The church of the Lord Jesus Christ, entombed in her stained glass sanctuaries has distanced herself from the world outside. No longer trained and equipped to go, she is satisfied with being entertained once a week by some showman or pastor who has claimed ownership over God's people. No concern for the lost or the fact that America has gone down the tubes and sunk into the deepest pit of debauchery since her inception, she continues to slumber.
Believing their vote instead of their preaching can change the land, they join forces with the world to choose one of the two worst candidates in the history of America. If either one of them win it will turn out to be disastrous for the country, resulting in further rebellion to God! 58 million unborn babies murdered and counting and no one has stopped the massacre in 43 years including the corrupt GOP! Most don't see the corruption of a land that once honored God, but I spent years rescuing their children from the pits of destruction, drug infested, disease ridden kids being robbed of their strength and mental faculties by the powers of darkness!
"Politically Corrupt," America continues its downward spiral into perversion of all kinds, sex trafficking our young people, allowing the slaughter of the unborn, pornography, prostitution and filth of all kinds, not to mention the flood of illegal drugs pouring over our borders killing our kids! God spoke to His people through Jeremiah telling them to go see what He did to Shiloh because of the wickedness of His people. The priesthood at Shiloh was led by a fat, lazy priest named Eli who refused to discipline his two sons who were also in the priesthood, kind of like what we have today. They were stealing the offerings and sacrifices, bedding the temple prostitutes and in total rebellion to God! The result was the two sons died and when Eli heard the news that the ark of God was stolen by the Philistines, he fell off the bench where he was sitting and broke his neck!
"But this is what I commanded them, saying, 'Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you will be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.' "Yet, they did not obey or incline their ear, but followed the counsels and the dictates of their evil hearts and went backward and not forward.'" Jeremiah 7:23,24
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin