From the time the church was formed until now, the church has experience controversy and has had to deal with issues, from the leaders, to the congregation.
There has been things that have taken place which have caused God to send forth persons to warn, rebuke and bring correction.
The people are out of order with the Word of God and must be brought back into alignment so that the judgment and wrath of God can be stayed.
It’s amazing that when we speak as an oracle of God against sin, we are told not to openly discuss the issues of the people; that we are not walking in love; that we are creating an distraction for souls; or we are angry with somebody.
We want to hide what is going on from the people, because we don’t want the world to know that the church has problems.
WAKE UP YOU WHO SLEEP!!! The world already know the church has issues and problems. They see the divisions because of our religions and denominations. They see our sins, because of the news and activities they witness in the world from those who say they are followers of Christ.
Do you not know that your actions, attitude and character in the secular world have already testified to them that the church has problems? Them hearing you at work; in the lunch room; gossiping about the leaders and other Christians; your attitude of disrespect when you are out in public; your character when you act ungodly by cussing; fighting and going off on people.
You see, there’s always been problems with leaders toward each other and the people acting out against each other. We talk about the problems, but we also give the solution to the problem.
We tell the people to turn from the wicked ways, we let them know they need to repent, be baptized, and to receive the Holy Ghost. We let them know they need to form a relationship with God and to pray and fast.
When the people address the sins of the people openly, we want to shut their mouths and tell them they are wrong for bringing forth the issues, but yet, these same people will be in agreement with a news articles from the world condemning preachers, or exposing the sin of the church.
Open rebuke is better than secret love. We are alright when the sins addressed are not something we are dealing with, but when somebody touches our issues, we struggle with them/ We call them hateful, spiteful and unfeeling.
Listen, the voices of the righteous will be heard in this hour. We won’t back down and remain quiet when we see a universal problem in the churches.
We will not just take it lightly or turn a deaf ear, or blind our eyes to the issues that are happening. We will let it be known to the church and the world, that these things are wrong and that God doesn’t condone the actions of sin period!
Yes, we will tell them about the love of the Father, but we will also tell them what the Father loves and don’t love. We will tell them that they need to repent and turn from their wicked ways.
We will tell them they need salvation and we will continue to cry against sin.
Isaiah 61:1-3 and Luke 4:18-19 tells us why we have been anointed. Read it and get an understanding also Romans 1.
God does not want us dwelling or remaining in sin. He wants us delivered and set free.
Religious people cry foul when the sins are addressed. This has been a problem from the days when Jesus walked the earth until now. Even The LORD was attacked because He spoke truth and cried out openly against the unrighteousness and ungodliness of the people and leaders.
He rebuked in the temple and even openly among the sinners. He corrected those out of order.
Yes, open rebuke is always a challenge when people want to keep hidden their secret sins!
Those whom God has appointed to repair the breach and to reestablished the order of God concerning holiness and righteousness, continue to cry out. Remember, He sent you forth as lambs among wolves (Luke 10:2-3) but you have been given power over the enemy (Luke 10:19).
So don’t back down don’t compromise don’t be afraid of the people faces. When you speak truth you will be attacked continue to stand because Romans 8:28-39 establishes the fact that we are going to be alright as we have made up our mind that we will not let anything separate us from The LORD or what we are called to do! I
If you’re not ready to die for the Gospel, then you’re not ready to preach the Gospel!
~ Apostle Barbara R. Thomas
Apostle Barbara R. Thomas is founder of I Come to Heal Ministries, A Woman’s touch Ministry, The Next Dimension Global Outreach Ministries and Spoken Word School of Ministry and is on a mission, traveling the world, proclaiming the Gospel, for souls to be won to the Kingdom of God. She has life mandate to help bring others to their divine purpose.