Part-time Christianity is nothing but a cop-out to walk in a double standard of who God has called you to be!
The LORD begin to speak to me regarding the drawback spirit in the body of Christ; the one with two faces!
The one that will love you today and hate you tomorrow. You know, the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde salvation that is a fly-by-night kind of salvation that is afraid to stand up and to shine in the midst of darkness!
The one with no backbone or spine! The one where you have whispered your disgust to other people how you know sister or brother so and so ain’t nothing and when you speak to them in private it’s all good!
The Apostle Paul, like Jesus, had to remind Peter to stand up and to not deny who and what he was called to do in the Kingdom of God.
Sometime after Paul’s visit to Jerusalem, Peter came to Antioch. Paul tells us that initially Peter sat at table with the Gentile converts and ate with them, but later on some Judaizers pressured Peter to practice Jewish segregation.
Peter stopped eating with the Gentiles and withdrew from them. Other Jewish converts followed Peter’s example. Finally Paul stood up to challenge Peter’s inconsistency.
Many times the Apostles will be called to stand up and to confront evil; even when it is a Apostolic cohort in the Kingdom of God; and even another child of the King!
You see, Paul demonstrated he was dedicated and faithful in his walk with God and that he was a defender of the doctrine of Christ.
He also demonstrated that God was no respect of a person and that God has no pleasure in a drawback spirit when he sends you to do a work you shouldn’t come back contaminated with the ones He has called you of Egypt with.
So many of God’s people demonstrate that they are not genuine in their walk with God and other Christians when you see them in public and they act as if they don’t know who you are one minute and the next they want to fellowship!
And, the sad thing is that when we convey this type of behavior in a leadership position we cause others in the body of Christ to indirectly take on this same spirit of hypocrisy!
But, Apostle Paul refused to be a partakes of this type of behavior! Instead he sternly rebukes Peter for his unwavering faith in what God had called him to do!
Yet, in order to please the heretical Judaizers, Peter was wavering in his practice.
Perhaps Peter thought it was all right to do this in order to “be all things to all men.” Like so many church folks who want to still do the things the use to in order to draw disciples to the Kingdom.
And, perhaps he thought as the apostle to the Jews, he ought to make this accommodation, while leaving Paul free to minister to the Gentiles.
Whatever his reasoning, Apostle Paul brought correction! Instead, Paul points out that what starts as an “innocent Jewish custom” of separate eating can only end in the returning to the Old Testament law and a rejection of the work of Christ.
One of the greatest commandments of God is that we love our neighbors as ourselves!
But, yet we see so many in the body of Christ who are into social segregation and cutting themselves off from others just to get along but in this season God is calling his people to a higher standard of living!
It doesn’t matter if you are a Jew, Greek, gentile, African American, female, male, Hispanic or what status of life you are from or denomination God loves us all!
But, he does not want you to compromise who you are and what you are called to do just to fit in with the in crowds!
No Return to the Law
“Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed; for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision. And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy.
But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, “If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews? We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.
But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not! For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor,”” Galatians 2:11-18 KJV.
~ Apostle Geraldine Fisher
Apostle Geraldine Fisher has a World-Wide-Social Media Net-Work Ministry. As a Missionary, God moved her into the Office of a Prophet, revealing to her the qualities of a True prophet, humility, humiliation, loving others, interceding in prayer, as she keeps her own life clean to accurately hear from God. Since hearing the audible voice of God calling her to ministry, she’s been called to intercede and pray for others in ministry as God speaks, instructs, directs and gives prophetic words for her to give to others. God promised He would bring her to sit and to learn before great men, all of which He did!