“If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching,
do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting,
for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.”
2 John 10-11
A couple of guys in a minivan drove into my driveway yesterday. One was a really tall, big, young man. The other was very small, skinny, mid-50s with a moustache. They wanted to talk about the deplorable state of the world and the good news that they had to offer. They pulled out a book that looked like a bible and turned to the prophet Jeremiah. I stopped them there and told them we wouldn’t have much to dialogue about. I recognized them as Jehovah’s Witnesses.
We probably spent 15 minutes standing in the driveway. I took his book and showed one verse that we simply would not be able to agree upon. Here’s my verse in my bible:
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. – English Standard Version
Here’s theirs. See if you can spot the difference.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god. New World Translation
Simply put, they do not believe Jesus is God, but rather, God made Jesus. They say Jesus is actually the archangel Michael. The guy in the driveway told me that Jesus is deity, but only after the resurrection. There are plenty of other unreconcilable differences.
Anyway, long story short, I told them their book was full of lies – rewritten to suit their own theology, in my opinion, because they refuse to believe in the doctrine of an everlasting torment in the lake of fire. I told them they are spreading these lies. I told them I admire their zeal. Heck, I told them they have way more guts than 99.99% of professing Christians, but, even so, they are liars. I shared the gospel with them and urged them to repent. They were very surprised when I ended the conversation by saying I hoped that no one would welcome them. I told them I would pray that God will frustrate every single effort they make so that they may remember me and start thinking about the things I said.
Here’s the thing that really irritates me about our churches. We spend ZERO time educating our congregation on how to handle tough topics, like these two false prophets. Heck, we are paralyzed to address topics such as homosexuality and transgenderism. Planned Parenthood is aggressively training our teaches and providing “educational” material to our elementary school kids, yet virtually no Christian knows enough about these topics to have an intelligent conversation with anyone. (Newsflash – “Because the bible says so,” is not an intelligent argument. Emotional, yes; intelligent, no.)
I happen to have done a little studying on Jehovah’s Witnesses to know that they are more dangerous than dope dealers to my kids. That’s why the bible warns us, over and over, to watch out for these wolves. Yet, you wouldn’t know it by what our churches teach about these topics.
Folks, we have some serious work to do. Jesus is coming. We are supposed to be waiting and watching for him. What do you suppose he will find if he comes today? A church that is indifferent to what schools are teaching our children. That’s what.
Luke 12:41-48 Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?” And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful. And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.
You tell me. Are we faithful and wise managers? I don’t think so.
Father, please have mercy on us. Stir up your lazy church. Please.
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