The two most important ignored scriptures in the church today are the beginning of the Bible and the end of the Bible – the teaching about creation, and the teaching about the end times. Both have been spiritualized way too long.
If pastors are not teaching it, then people have no hope…nothing to grasp on in the time of struggle. Why has depression become one of the # 1 factors in life today? If everything is spiritualized, how do we know if anything in the Bible is true? Most of it has to do with laziness on the part of our study. We become too busy, and the only word we take is from the message of others. Without studying for yourself, how do you know if I’m even speaking truth? But there are real snakes out there who capitalize on the emotions of people. It’s easy to look at the daily needs – the cares of life – and watch people get excited and cry over a “feel good” sermon. If that’s the only tactic to keep them coming, then we’re off track. The truth is not always easy to hear, but people should never feel guilty for not “giving” enough – especially when they don’t have much to give. The idea is that if they give, their needs will be met. In order to fully understand prophesy though (the beginning and end times), it requires real study and real prayer for understanding. We have to get back to the basics of why we were created – the purpose we are to really serve during this time. This will guide us to a better hope toward our future. When we know, we won’t become afraid of the things to come when we understand the main goal (what to expect). So why not be willing to share what we can with as many people who want to listen without the guilt trip. The Bible tells us that Jesus is coming for those who belong to Him. So that has to mean that there are only two kinds of people – those who belong to Him, and those who don’t right?. But if we know that there are only two kinds of people, then why is there so much disagreement among us? All this is based on faith. This is not a forced message. We either believe it or not. It’s just that simple, but it’s made complicated by many of our leaders (the guilt trip). Food is given behind the four walls of the church, and that’s great, but we need to step out and reach our starving communities to lift them up. But, I almost forgot, we can’t make any money that way correct? :-)
Romans 8:18 states: “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
Peace and blessings,