Spies Among Us

Luke 20:20 “So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might seize on His Words, in order to deliver Him to the power and the authority of the govenor.” If you’re a Christian and you think you are not being watched. You better think again. Now the question is; who was watching Jesus? And to what spy orgainzation did the spies belong? Were they Roman spies? Russian spies, or Arab spies? No. They were people from the local place of worship in whatever city Jesus happened to be in at the time. Who were they going to turn Jesus over to if they caught Him committing an act of sin? Since these religious murderers didn’t have the guts to kill Him themselves; they planned to turn Him over to the heathen or godless Romans to commit the act for them.

I think it is important for us to understand that every story written in scripture is there for us to learn something from. And we need to read them carefully and try to understand how they apply to us. These stories do two things for the believer. They inform us how the devil operates in this world, and two, through whom he works.  God help us to understand that everything that happened to Jesus in His earthly walk is a life lesson for the modern believer. If it happened to Him; it is happening, or is going to happen to the believer. The same devils that plagued Him are still here to plague us today. Their intentions remain the same, as well as how they operate. So when we read the scriptures; we need to ask the Lord to show us how the things He and His followers confronted apply to us. The point of this particular story is: not everyone who talks about God is a true believer. There are pretenders, and there are spies in the church buildings of America and they have one goal in mind, and that is to persecute the followers of Christ in whatever way they can. The persecution is only beginning in America through the removal of our fundamental rights, but in many parts of the world believers are dying by the hundreds for their beliefs.

At this time in their history Israel was a godless society. America isn’t quite there yet, but our government with the help of the church is working on it. The Israelites had a form of religion, but their hearts were far from the Lord God, so the presence of God stayed in the Holy of Holies until Jesus set foot on the earth. Now we need to understand that God had a purpose for Jesus coming into the world, and He has a purpose for the true believer in todays world. As soon as Jesus began to declare the Good News telling people, “to repent because the kingdom of God was at hand,” (Matthew 4:17) and doing His Good Deeds in the name of His Father, the persecution began because He was exposing the hyprocrisy of the religious folks. They should have been doing the works He was doing, but they couldn’t. So what Jesus was doing among the people had to be the work of the devil. If you have followed church history you will discover that everytime a man or woman of God came performing the works of Jesus, healing the sick, casting out devils, raising the dead, speaking in tongues, etc., the traditional church began to proclaim their works were also of the devil. Why do they persecute the work of God? Because the works being done removes the power and influence of the religious leaders over the common man and causes those same people who are on a starvation diet in their places of worship to believe in the living God.

I think the next thing people need to know is how to identify the true believer from the pretenders. Titus 1:15-16.”To the pure (the believer) all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving (the pretenders) nothing is pure; but even their mind and consicence are defiled. They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualifed for every good work.”  According to this description given by a great man of God during the early church age; the unbelieving pretenders, are unpure, abominable, disobedient, and disqualifed for every good work. So it doesn’t matter if they wear three thousand dollar suits, or preach from behind a podium in a multi-million dollar church building, stadium, or are on national television; they are known by their works, (actions) and their words give them away. I know there will be some people who read this blog and think I am against ministries who are on television or who preach in great buildings. That is not what I am saying at all.  I am saying the same thing Titus said, “The pretenders profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualifed for every good work.” And this is shown in their attempts to destroy the work of God.

I will leave you with one last word to illustrate how evil these seemingly nice people are. On the morning Jesus was crucified; Pilate stood Him before the religious leaders and said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” These self-righteous religious leaders replied before God and man, “We have no king but Caesar.” (John 19:15) “We have no king but Caesar.” Ah, the truth behind their true nature is revealed. Corruption, deceit, and their lust for power and money drove them to make this obscene statement. This description also describes many of our political leaders and leaders of many denominational church organizations who live in the lap of luxury while the common people they are responsible for are loaded down with burdens. When John the Baptist, and God’s own Son spoke out against their tierny, they were killed. We may not understand, but God placed the church leaders and our elected officials in the positions they hold to give guidance to the common man and to help them through their difficult times; but that is another lesson for another day. God Bless, and have a Wonderful Day in the Lord. DThrash



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