It’s Good Friday (Scripture N/A) and time to prepare my sermon for this coming Sunday. …Butt, before I do that I›d like to go over last Sunday’s service with You and point out some things I hope You didn’t miss!
Did You notice how good I looked when I took the chief seat in the uppermost room? Never mind that Jesus Christ told us not to do that (Mark 12:38-39). How am I supposed to PREACH if they don’t look up to me? Of course Jesus said we›re all brothers and equal in Your eyes, and no one has Lordship over another (Mark 10:42-43, Galatians 3:28). …Butt, remember how I arrived with the Bible in my hand and held it up for them to see, it upheld my place and put them in their place – right?
Then I loudly proclaimed that this building they bought was The House of God. Never mind that You said You don’t dwell in houses made with hands (Acts 7:48, Acts 17:24). They don’t believe that either or they wouldn’t be here! Now really, after seeing this glorious building with it’s stained glass windows, beautiful flowers, lovely music, air conditioning and every one dressed in their Sunday best sitting in these comfortable pews (please don’t say PEEEEEUUUUU), do You really believe they are going to go into their own closet – shut the door and pray to You, in secret no less (Matthew 6:6)?
We have carefully taught them differently through the years and we have done well! Look at the thousands upon thousands who are going to church every Sunday and some even on Saturday! You know where You said «God added to the church daily as many as should be saved (Acts 2:47)?» We›ve taken that honor upon ourselves – of course not daily – just one day a week – and we only add those who become members; they must believe what we say and commit to giving us their money.
Even though they were first called Christians at Antioch (Acts 11:26), we›ve given ourselves a new denominational name. The name of Jesus Christ just isn’t popular right now and we don’t want to offend any prospective members! …Butt, we still claim him as our Lord and Savior, and You as our Father, You know obedience is our byword!
I hope You especially noticed how I humbled myself and even came down from my Chief Seat and prayed for them? I know, I know – Jesus said not to pray in public to be seen and heard of men (Matthew 6:5), …Butt, they do ask for it, and we›ve got to keep them out of those prayer closets, surely You can understand that? Public prayer keeps us humble too, we come down from our High Place and pray with them and for them! God forbid that they ever learn that «there is only one mediator between God and man – the man Christ Jesus…» 1 Timothy 2:5 and that Jesus and You will come and abide in their own houses (John 14:23), and that they can speak for themselves to You at ANY TIME – through Him. You›re both there!!!
Now as to the offerings, have You noticed that not one of them has ever taken the time to learn from You or figure out that the Gentiles were never under the Law of Moses or the Law of the Tithe (Romans 2:14, Romans 8:2, Romans 10:4)! You even said, «may your money perish with you who think that you can purchase the gift of God.» Acts 8:20 …Butt, you can see we›ve even put Your name right on our money, it says In God We Trust, we›ve really honored You there! So as we are Fleecing the Flock (2 Peter 2:1-3) who’s really to blame, us or them?
Jesus said not to make Your house a house of merchandise (John 2:16), selling books, tapes, CD’s and DVD’s …Butt, THEY BUY THEM! Of course we add to and take away from Your Word as we please (Revelation 22:18-19), it makes it so much more useful! Just look at all the Christian stores, they›re doing a VERY profitable business selling your Word figuratively just as Judas sold Him physically (Mark 14:11).
So Father, these are perilous times for us, as there are some freaks out there (notice I didn’t say Jesus Freaks, as some do) …Butt, they are beginning to read, study and pray for themselves at home, or with others in their homes, and our fear is that they might find the Truth and be made free as Jesus said they would (John 8:32)!!! Our livelihood is in danger!!! Our beautiful buildings could end up as Your temple did… (Luke 21:5-6)
Please Father, as I prepare my Sunday Sermon, keep my feet from stumbling onto any of these truths and keep my mouth from uttering anything that could cost me my Chief Seat and I Pray that these The Fleeced Flock of Men may never hear the Truth of Jesus and You as One in them (John 17:21) – that would leave me OUT – You and Jesus would have my PLACE!
I am truly the servant of all the denominations of men,