by John and Ruth Greene
“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” – 2 Timothy 4:2-6, NKJV
Over the centuries, the leaders of Christianity have attempted to reinvent the ‘church’ by growing consensus in order to become more widely accepted by the world [Greek: kosmos]. In this way, they have become part of the world. (Romans 12:1-2) Today, genuine disciples of the Messiah face the same temptation, to listen to those that teach fables of men according to their own desires. The politicians of the world would cast off scriptural truth for contrived unity, making diversity an excuse for a myth of harmony. (Proverbs 14:12) Through history, religion often buys off on the same contrivances of men. Because of these worldly influences, the ‘church’ (yes – possibly your gathering) often dwells continually on the wide road leading to destruction by who they listen to and how they live their personal lives. (Matthew 7:13-14; John 14:6; James 1:21-22; Revelation 20:15; “Blind Leading the Blind“; “Which Shepherd Do You Believe?“; “Foundation of Salvation“; “The Hidden Lifestyle Message of Messiah“; “Disciples of the Messiah & Spiritual Fruit“)
“Enter in through the narrow gate. Because wide is the gate and spacious the road, put to death through destruction, and many, by their reason, agree to enter. For narrow is the gate and troublesome is the road, the one that leads to life, and few agree to obtain it.
Take heed that you separate yourselves from false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inside are ravening wolves. You will know to mark them by their fruit. Does anyone gather grapes from a thorn, or a fig from a brier? In this way, all beneficial trees bear honest fruit, but a worthless tree bears harmful fruit. A beneficial tree cannot bear harmful fruit, neither a worthless tree bear honest fruit. All trees that do not bear honest fruit are cut down and cast into fire. In this manner, by their fruit you will know them.
Not all that say to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ enter into the purpose of the Kingdom of Heaven. To the contrary, he that yields the purpose of My Father in Heaven. Many say to Me in that Day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and in Your Name cast out devils and in Your Name yielded many miracles? Then at that time I will agree with the authority of Heaven, them I never knew. You! Depart from Me ministers of wickedness.’” – Matthew 7:13-23, direct translation
Everyone that listens to the fables and traditions of men is in real danger. That is why developing your own closeness to Father YHWH, clarifying your spiritual maturity and growing a spiritual relationship through the Holy Spirit is so important. Salvation through Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah is the only Way. Through abiding in the Messiah and the power of the Holy Spirit, you are able to discern the truth instead of accepting falsehood. What you do is your day of salvation. (Titus 3:5; 2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Corinthians 6:2; Hebrews 10:26-27; Colossians 2:8; Isaiah 55:8-9; “Delusion & the Tightening Noose of the Beast System“; “Living in an Apostate World“; “Strongholds & the Armor of YHWH“; “Spiritual Disease that Easts at Your Salvation“)