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The Right to Smite

October 30

                “This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith"  Titus 1:13

"If popularity is your priest, find some other line of faith ..."

 

Wherever true error is discovered, the point of GOD'S Sword is to be brought against it.  "And take ... the sword of the SPIRIT, which is the word of GOD:"  It is the sometimes unpleasant, yet Divine duty, of Christian leaders to be their brothers keeper.  A good shepherd not only knows when to lead his sheep, but also when to shear them.  We must predetermine who (WHO) we'll side with when sin and evil rear their ugly head, and then purpose in HIS strength to follow through courageously.  That which would encroach, to reproach, the Family NAME given to us at the time of our conversion; should foster a righteous indignation which breeds an intolerance for anyone, or anything of that ilk, who call themselves Christian.  "These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee."  It is blood bought incumbent upon every child of GOD, to stand against wickedness, and for holiness in the Church.  "Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear."  If popularity is your priest, find some other line of faith, for cahoots with sin, or sinners, is at best cowardice, and at worst, idolatry. 

"Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine."  Thank the LORD for those faithful men of GOD in our lives who teach and preach the devil out of us.  So many today seek out the user friendly venues of religion which leave them to walk away feeling pretty good about themselves, and their world.  The difficulty of course, lies, with the lies they're told by those who have no interest in either leading or shearing, but only in fleecing the sheep. 

"Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the LORD hath given me to edification, and not to destruction."  Paul addicted himself to the ministry of the saints for the long haul.  He rightly perceived that there would be bumps along the way; and likewise understood that though the load belonged to GOD, it was HIS commission of him to secure it to its destination.  That he did with a tenacious passion rare to the New Testament Church of today. 

"Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head ..."


For Love of Country
Rev. Heinrich Richard Wurmbrand  (1909-2001)
(Lutheran Minister from Romania)
"Every freedom-loving man has two fatherlands; his own and America.  Today, America is the hope of every enslaved man, because it is the last bastion of freedom in the world.  Only America has the power and spiritual resources to stand as a barrier between militant Communism and the people of the world."

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