Happy June 1 to All!
Fake- adj.- Having a false or misleading appearance; fraudulent; v.tr. To contrive and present as genuine; counterfeit.
When the men got up to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way. Then the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.” Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.”
The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord. Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”
Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?” If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.” Once again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found there?” He said, “For the sake of forty, I will not do it.”
Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?” He answered, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.” Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?” He said, “For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it.”
Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?” He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.” When the Lord had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.
Don’t leave. Stay with me on this please. Finding Fake in the Church.
I place no focus on any particularly named church. I’m speaking of the Christian Church as a whole. I’m sure to make some hot about my thoughts, and that’s cool. The Christian Church is NOT perfect. The Lord said he wishes the church was one or the other, just not lukewarm. (Revelation 3:15-16- I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.)
I was reading about Sodom and Gomorrah this great evening and the title of this blog flew out from the pages with a few run-ins with the Book of Revelation. So let me get this right. The cities were destroyed anyway, and there were less than ten who were found righteous in the eyes of the Lord. I wonder why Abraham didn’t ask for the sake of four. That Abraham sure knew how to count by fives and tens. Amazing how the Lord started out with a head count of fifty and the count dwindled.
What I found shooting at me is that God told Abraham, “I will know.” That has never stuck out to me before while reading those verses until now. We forget sometimes that God knows whatever it is we do in and for the church that appears as work in the Lord to others. We forget sometimes that God knows what we say, think, and feel about others in the church, it is no secret to Him, nor a few of its church members, i.e. GOSSIP. What the church is doing today with its fake members is an outcry that has reached God and He knows. The signs are upon us. If a head count of fifty were to be done in the church you attend, how many do you think would end up on the “found righteous” list? Would you be on the list? Are we trying to pass plexiglass off as a diamond in the church? God loves working with things and people that His light can shine through. See the difference below in being like plexiglass (Fake) and being like a diamond.
***Note (Courtesy of EHow) – Plexiglass is a clear type of acrylic most commonly used in place of glass. It is considered a “soft acrylic”, meaning it has a higher sensitivity to heat than harder acrylic materials. Plexiglass is prone to some melting (smearing) and chipping on the edge that is being cut.
Diamonds are the hardest natural substance known that resists scratching. They are used for their durability to cut through many solid materials, including other diamonds. The beauty of how light passes through and shines upon a diamond has made it the favorite choice for jewelry and most popular gem around the world.***
Since the beginning of the Christian church through the present,(reference the New Testament), there were/are those committed to the Lord and then there are those who were/are committed to running things their way and putting a fake plexiglass spin on how the church and its member should be. Ask self from within your heart… Self what is the reason the Christian Church exist?
What’s shocking to me is that most of us can still Find Fake in certain churches of which we attended as a child. Too many church members are participants of a fake group. It’s like a bad gene that passes from generation to generation within the church. There are children who need discipline in church when it comes to being attentive and respectful during worship service or bible study classes. There are members in our choir stands, behind our pulpits, in front of the pulpit( the pews), teaching, serving on church boards, and over various programs within the church who have fake-I-tis. And we wonder why some churches don’t prosper in the name of Jesus. Hmmph! Here’s why…God doesn’t like fake, especially when it comes to His people.
Take a look around…The church is neither hot nor cold, fluctuating here and there, where its members cater to the body called self and to appointed positions within the church while proclaiming to be a child of God. Some church staffers cater to older namesakes of the church they attend, or to those they think have a status in the community or with their job, and that is sad. There are members who think they own the church they attend. Has anyone ever asked to look at the deed for your church? 🙂
The church have always had ministers or other church leaders throughout the ages that were afraid to speak up the truth for fear of losing their place in the church. What about losing your place with God? The church also had and currently have ministers and church leaders who were/are not afraid to speak up the truth , rebuke and discipline certain members within their congregations. Jesus didn’t fake it, he said what was needed to be said, never losing His place, and kept on spreading the truth. People need to realize that FAKE actions feed division in the church. Division in the church does not allow the church to multiply in the name of Jesus. I don’t do fake, simply because of life and death situations I’ve gone through. We all go through things that should stop us from being fake. Time is not a joke. It is real and it is short. I repeat, I’m speaking of the Christian Church as a whole.
I’ve seen and heard a lot of fake things going on in the Lord’s house since I was as they say….knee high to a grasshopper. I too, have specks in my eye, but they are not fake specks. The Holy Spirit can show you a lot of things while sitting in church and anywhere else. It pays to be very aware of your spiritual surroundings and people around you, no matter where you are. Yes, we all sin. Yes there are those who work towards being more like Christ. Here’s your sign. Revelation 3:14-22. Read about the Church in Laodicea. We CANNOT fool God. Those in this type of communion with others every Wednesday, Saturday, or Sunday need not only to be in prayer for those who fake it, but give rebuke and discipline out of love, and repentance should follow.
Here’s our sign again!….Church of Laodicea. Being lukewarm, i.e. being insincere will cause us to be spit out of the mouth of God. Faking it with others is the same as being insincere, i.e. two-faced, that’s my opinion. I never did like that aphorism…..“Fake it till you make it!”
Acknowledging and rebuking FAKE-I-TIS works when you do it out of love for Jesus and the person in question. Jesus said so to this type church “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with them, and they with me. To those who are victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.”
Each of us, who are Christians that attend a church of our choice, belong to one of the seven types of churches mentioned in the book of Revelation. It is within us individually to use our God-given power to work together to end the act of being fake in our churches. Prayer works. But Jesus said rebuke and discipline works even better for those He loves. So if we claim to love those in our congregations that we KNOW are faking it, should we not rebuke and discipline as well? There is nothing wrong with a person being called to the side in confidence about their ungodly action(s) or behavior. If most of us were to be called out in front of the church today, there would be some empty pews and pulpits.
Rebuke is just a stronger form of encouragement when done out of love. Most of us get mad when rebuked and disciplined by others, because we lack wisdom and/or we are “set in our ways”.
Side Note:- Proverbs 28:23 (NIV)
Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue.
There is nothing wrong with encouraging others, just don’t put ice in a cup with boiling water, to make it lukewarm. We’ve got to bring fire to get fired up in the Lord so we won’t be put in the ever-burning fire. We have got to bring fire to overcome the fire that’s a coming per the book of Revelation…. let us prepare ourselves. Being fake will not help us overcome. With that being said, that takes me back to the story above about Sodom and Gomorrah. The cities were destroyed by fire. When Jesus returns for His REAL Body, the Christian Church, make sure you are not one of those amongst the fake lukewarm body of believers. Those who are still sitting up in the church faking it and not repenting upon His return will be destroyed by the ever-burning fire. Don’t proclaim that you love everybody in the church when your actions show otherwise. There is no way in the world that a fake person can be considered a righteous person. You have to serve the Lord with everything REAL.
Being fake my beloved prohibits the Body of Christ, i.e., the Christian Church, from becoming earnest and repentant. Being fake especially in His house grieves Him and does not glorify Him. It was obvious to me that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah did not glorify the Lord. Check out this State of the Cities address the Lord gave to Abraham—- Then the LORD said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.” What state will your church be in before His return? Will the Lord find it filled with FAKE members?
I’ll say it again…. We cannot fool God. God said, ” I will know.” Beloved ones, there WILL BE NO FAKING IT TILL WE MAKE IT.
Now, I do like this aphorism….Keep it Real! Let’s us all be earnest and repentant ( Keep it Real) so that we may be well-disciplined in Him upon His return. I am speaking to self as well via the Holy Spirit. Let us get our churches on fire and in order for the Lord by being on one REAL accord when we worship Him wholeheartedly together. Let us pray to become a diamond in our lives and in the church. Kudos and blessings to those who are keeping it real in the church. Jesus is the reason for every season, not just the Christmas season.
I am through shooting off my thoughts. Ahem! You may now start firing the darts or water gun.
I LOVE YOU
LOVE COVERS A MULTITUDE OF SINS
Closing Note: Psalm 141:5 (NIV)
Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness; let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.