You cannot expect harvest to remain by preaching hell, fire and brimstone when a person doesn’t understand the God kind of love.
Yeah, I will probably get called on that statement. It is through His loving kindness that HE leads us to repentance.
As a woman of God, I have watched through the years and experienced these things first hand and I have NEVER known of one person remaining in Christ, when they were strong armed into fear and scared to the altar.
Fear doesn’t keep a person with God, LOVE DOES.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. We are to be as children coming to a good, good Father! We grow by that same principle.
For example, I watched personally a woman from years ago who came to a meeting that majored on hell, fire and brimstone. These messages indeed were putting people into fear instead of faith.
The woman was so terrified that she ran to the altar. Afterwards, she did what everyone told her to do.
For a few months, I watched as she tried to be perfect to please the religion. Due to all the requirements, she got confused and burned out! She did not understand religion and tradition. She had no idea nor comprehended, God is Love.
The LORD had me pray for her and I watched her progress and process coming out of being a lesbian, as she asked for prayer. I continued prayer and followed up on her.
Her motive in her confession was not love at all! She was so afraid, and fear can never keep a person! God’s Love and God’s fear brings wisdom!
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding,” Proverbs 9:10 KJV.
“When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first,” Luke 24:24-26 KJV.
The woman came to church for a while because of fear, and but ended up back worse off than she was in the beginning.
She went back to being a lesbian. She burned out trying to be some sort of perfect religious person and went back to being a lesbian.
The woman figured God didn’t want her, because it was so hard to be able to live up to their standard (she thought was God’s standard). So she abandoned the religion and went back to her lesbian lifestyle.
Oh the Zoe life, “the God kind of life” that brings love, hope, and peace.
Church we need to use wisdom on leading people to salvation or deliverance. God will through His lovingkindness lead to repentance. If the motive in coming to Christ is anything but his lovingkindness, it is wrong and it won’t keep them.
We need to pay attention to this truth.
We must be ambassadors of hope! Fear will never keep a person for very long. The rules and regulations are too many to count. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power love and a sound mind.
Either Jesus did it all, or we might as well close our doors. None of us can do it. It is all by faith in Christ. To the religious we may be heretics, but in the beloved we are well know of the Father!
It is all Jesus from beginning to end. He is Alpha and Omega, He is the beginning and the end and all there is in between!
We must teach that ‘rules without relationship equals rebellion’. Religion makes things so hard that we can never live up to it.
It ‘religion’ attacks us when we don’t know who we are in Christ and causes us confusion and lack of peace. Having a relationship with Christ is motivated by love. His love abides, his keeping love.
“The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee,” Jeremiah 31:3 KJV.
May we always reflect the nature and character of Christ. For rules without relationship equal rebellion. None of us can measure up! It is all Christ from beginning to end.
In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey
Sherry Edwards Mackey
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