If you’re on social media and have read my morning posts from yesterday and today, you’ll see that I’m talking about people who may have your best interest at heart, but the truth is, many don’t fully understand (and granted, they can’t understand) the promise that God has for you. In fact, many will not be able to understand what you truly believe. It always bothered me for years about how some people (believers & unbelievers) will go out of their way to make you seem crazy just because they don’t believe the Bible or because their faith isn’t where yours is. The primary objective of people doing such a thing as this, is to make you question what you truly believe. Many legalistic Christians will do this, but the root is strictly from the devil. Think about it, the devil took the Word of God and twisted it to tempt Christ. I said all of that to say this, no one who reads the Bible or knows the Bible but twists it to make you crazy or play Pharisee with you should tell you what it says.
They always say, “if that were me!” The problem is, it’s not them! 1 Corinthians 2:14 says (from the Message Bible): The unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, can’t receive the gifts of God’s Spirit. There’s no capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spirit—God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion.
This issue is damaging so many believers within the Body of Christ. We’re so legalistic and want to play God to the point that we’re hurting others. It’s one thing that the devil and his demons are after us, but it’s more of a tragedy when it’s coming from people who say they are Christians.
Let me use the realm of relationships as a perfect example.
Psalm 1 says blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly. There are many believers who are giving advice that’s ungodly (granted, that lacks any form of common sense). Why is this? Many are trying to play God and not allowing God to be God. The Bible says “do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers” (2 Corinthians 6:14). But we’re turn around and tell Christians, they can go ahead and marry an unbeliever because God gave Hosea the right to do that in the Old Testament. Newsflash: even though this happen, this was under the old covenant, and God is actually showing a picture between the relationship between God and the children of Israel.
And then we’ll turn around and say God can save your husband and/or wife. This is true, He can, but at the same time, but under the new covenant, we’re not to be unequally yoked. And then we have the audacity to tell believers, don’t divorce your unbelieving spouse (even though they went into the marriage with an unbeliever – which you approved) while he’s beating the living daylights out of you, he’s financially bankrupted you, separated you from your church brothers and sisters, and the minute you think about leaving, he’s beating you with a baseball bat. And we legalistic Christians are saying, God approves of your marriage. How in the world can we allow a Christian to become part of a far country – to the point where we’re like the prodigal son? Praise God the prodigal son made it back, some people don’t make it back, so why would you want to take that chance? And oh yes, telling an unbeliever they are to submit to the Bible is a waste of time, considering they have not made Christ Savior and Lord. Yes, God can save them, but we as believers should be lovingly tell each other that they can find someone that’s saved and loves God with His heart. But you must discern, because many have played the front, walked down the aisle with the woman, and then BAM, the angel of light became a devil that is about to shred your life in every area of your life. And we brothers and sisters need to be standing in prayer for each other, and for the life of me, stop putting the institution of marriage on a pedestal as an idol (caring more for that than over the woman who is actually living in fear for her life).
Ok, I think I beat a dead horse on that, let’s move to the next thing. The counsel of the ungodly can actually come from people who hold a position within the five-fold ministry (apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher). So many especially on social media have puffed themselves up to the point where they will twist the Bible around to gain followers, or they are so much in a BAM state (bitter, angry and mean) to the point that they’re preying on believers who are in a BAM state. What does that do? Create chaos when we are to show love, compassion and healing. Being in a BAM state especially in a five-fold is ungodly. I understand the zealousness, I understand the passion, but where’s the love? And granted, you don’t have to prove you are a five-fold by wearing your title like people need to bow down to it. If anything, that’s playing Pharisee.
Listen, the premise of this post is to say that it’s time for us to see things with our spiritual eyes. People are hurting, and where we seek advice from can make or break a believer. We’re not praying for them, interceding for them, but we are sure shouting that it’s a new season and a new day (and praise God for that). Please watch who you’re taking advice from and who you’re following.
The Mayne Man