In times of war, collateral damage is the damage caused by an explosive that was not intended.
In times of social upheaval, it is the innocent who are hurt when the guilty are dealt with.
In the church, it is the entire body that suffers in some way, when I AM forced to deal with sin that has not been dealt with. ‘The time has come that judgment must begin in My house: and if I first begin with believers, what shall the end be of them that deliberately live in disobedience?’ 1 Peter 4:17.
In spite of the collateral damage, My holiness will take precedence over My grace when it comes to those who mock mercy by staying in leadership while hiding their sin.
Anyone who helps to hide another’s unrepentant sin that stumbles the little ones is an accomplice and needs to repent as if they were committing the act. Exposure would have prevented the stumbling, so if you had exposed it, you would have lessened the collateral damage. But instead you may have invited and welcomed people to their own spiritual death trap!
If you saw your daughter’s boyfriend taking drugs just before he came to pick her up, what would you do? These are all My daughters and sons that you are allowing to ride in a vehicle (church building) that is being steered by a drunken leader.
My word will not return void and everything you receive in life, will be the result of what you sowed, unless you repent. Everyday that passes and you do not repent, the collateral damage will be greater and more deaths will occur.
Do not complain about the worldliness in the church if you know a leader who is hiding his sin and you are not forcefully dealing with it. By doing nothing you are promoting it, because it is spreading and the leaders no longer fear Me.
Here is My word to you that have kept your mouth shut and pretended all is well, while covering sin: ‘I have made you a watchman to My house; therefore hear the word at My mouth and give them warning from Me.
18 If I say to the wicked, You shall surely die, and you do not give him warning or speak to warn the wicked to turn from his wicked way, to save his life, the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood will I require at your hand.
19 Yet if you warn the wicked and he turn not from his wickedness or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity, but you have delivered yourself.
20 Again, if a righteous man turns from his righteousness (right doing and right standing with God) and some gift or providence which I lay before him he perverts into an occasion to sin and he commits iniquity, he shall die; because you have not given him warning, he shall die in his sin and his righteous deeds which he has done shall not be remembered, but his blood will I require at your hand.
21 Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man not to sin and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he is warned; also you have delivered yourself from guilt,’ Ezekiel 3:17-21 AMP.
‘However If he pays no attention to them refusing to listen and obey, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a pagan and a tax collector.
18 Truly I tell you, whatever you forbid and declare to be improper and unlawful on earth must be what is already forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit and declare proper and lawful on earth must be what is already permitted in heaven,’ Matthew 18:15-18.
Because the western church is filled with enablers, there is no Godly fear in leadership, and the church is filled with wickedness.
Stop counting how many people were slain in the Spirit. Start counting the collateral damage, because of your fear to deal with and expose sin in the camp!
‘Did not Achan son of Zerah commit a trespass in the matter of taking accursed things devoted to destruction and wrath fall on the whole church? And he did not perish alone in his perversity and iniquity,’ Joshua 22:20 AMP.
How far will you allow the collateral damage to spread?
You can be sure it will include your household if let another child of Mine get in the car without saying anything?
~ Jim Hammerle
Jim Hammerle (1941-2017) began ministering with David Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz, founding Teen Challenge Philadelphia. 6 times pastoring a mission ship, 15 years with TV and radio, a retired businessman, Jim helped feed Ugandan widows and orphans, and helped Muslims find the Jesus who fed them. He was His banker and was privileged to give His money away, helping to build a Haiti orphanage and invest in USA lives. Jim passed away on May 23, 2017 to be with the LORD.