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Synopsis of Are We Practicing Lawlessness
Good and joyful day today to all Christian brothers and sisters on this the day the Lord has made. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite, we’re about to slice a piece of the Bread of Life, the Word of God. And today’s Three slices comes from the same loaf: Matthew 24:12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
Matthew 7:22 On judgment day many will tell me, ‘Lord, Lord, we prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’
23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me you who practiced lawlessness.
1st John 3:4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness.
The title of today’s message is Practicing Lawlessness. We all know the word “lawlessness,” it simply means “unrestrained by law.” And I’m sure that there is none among us that have never broken one of God’s laws; for we have all sinned. But here Christ is talking about “practicing” lawlessness.
My point is that’s these three verses are a warning to this nation, to all Christians, and each individual of us. The warning comes from the fact that the first of the three verses begins: “And because lawlessness will abound…” it is referring to the end of this age. Well it seems that’s Bro. Dick is back to preaching on the warnings or Harbingers associated with the Shemitah.
Yes, I guess that’s right, because we must understand lawlessness to comprehend the cause and effect of these times. Lawlessness has become an extremely serious threat to not only our nation but to civilization. I think it is important to study the roots of lawlessness that seek to discipline those who are working in the light. Yes, those of us who are walking in the light – calling ourselves Christians.
The Lord’s dialogue concerning the end of the age was intended for believers, us, nots those who do not read His word. Having your love grow cold is a threat to Christians, not to unbelievers.
Just as the devil plotted to destroy Moses and even Jesus, by terminating many of their generation, he is again trying to extinguish this generation of disciples about to emerge. And, he is doing this through lawlessness. All we keep hearing is the word, “crises.” Back to Webster’s dictionary, for the definition of “crises.” The point in a disease when it is determined if a patient will live or die…”
You see, our system of law is built upon what? …… the constitution! If the government becomes uncoupled from it, it loses its legal legitimacy. Lawlessness can and will result…. simply through sanction or authorization, or allowance.
Pastor / Prophet Rick Joiner made a statement back in 1997 as follows: Lawlessness is being sown in the hearths of our children in our schools.
Let me stop right there. Is this not what we are experiencing when teachers and other students are not safe in the classrooms? Back to Rick.
“….and we are not far from reaping it. The meltdown of authority will not be limited to the inner cities And neither will the riots, but they will spill over into the suburbs.
We do have a choice in the matter – we will either have a harvest of righteousness or we will have a harvest of rebellion and lawlessness. If you do not change your direction, you will end up where you are headed, and that is where we are headed.
Lawlessness is pouring through a major gate of hell into not only America but also many nations. But, hear-ye – hear-ye— Only the the church can shut this gate by standing for truth, righteousness, and justice. Even though this may now look like an overwhelming task, it is a small thing for the God we serve. So…. what must we do?
1. We must honor authority, doing all that we can to display respect for them as all authority is established by them. Check out chapter 13 of the book of Romans; all authority has been placed there by God. Don’t shake your head no-no-no. Just remember that God may send us those we would rather not have, in order to get our attention about our own lawlessness.
2. We must teach respect for authority to our Children. This is absent in many single parent homes. Educator’s hands have been tied by recent laws of the land.
3. We must not try to combat lawlessness with legalism, this only releases further lawlessness. Legalism is not the opposition to lawlessness.
4. We must walk in the ultimate counter to lawlessness. What is that, Bro. Dick. According to my Bible it is: the love of God – and the love of people.
The reason why lawlessness causes love to grow cold is because it lawlessness ultimately selfish and arrogant. Love is the opposite of this, and it is the only true counter to lawlessness. As stated, neither is legalism the answer to this plaque. Because of the New Covenant, we are no longer under the law. This does not mean we are above the law, a belief that leads to lawlessness, but love, not rules, is our weapon in combating this enemy.
The Lord warns us in Matthew 7:22, that we just read, “…. I never knew you, depart from me.”
We see by this that we can do greater works in Jesus’ name and yet still practice lawlessness. The gifts and callings of God are, as we are told din Romans 11:29: that even if we fall into sin, He will not take His gifts back. He remains faithful even if we become unfaithful. This is why we are told not to judge people by their gifts, but by their fruit. In other words, do not admire someone by their use of their gifts as: prophesy, tongues, miracles, healings, etc. but by love, joy, peace, patience, self-control, etc.
Matthew 7: was, and is, a warning of the trap that could lay in waiting for those blessed with great power and gifts. Those who fall into this trap do so when they consider their ability and anointing as an indication of God’s approval. You know, a person can walk in great power and authority but live a life that is displeasing to the Lord. A understated but deep pride enters when such people think they have risen so far above others that the rules do not apply. Some have even become so deluded that they think they can live in terrible perversion and the Lord does not care. When He continues using them to heal, perform miracles, and even cast out demons, they think they are safe. These are the ones He warns in Romans 7:22.
I promised three slices of the bread of life today, here comes a fourth: . Matthew 13:41 The Son of man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness….
And will cast them into the furnace of fire; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
This warning indicates that there are many stumbling blocks in the midst of God’s people. It also indicates that there are those practicing lawlessness in His Kingdom. They have not yet been taken out as they serve as an important part of the training for the Kingdom people. The day is coming however, when they will be cast into the fire. Ah-ha, this must be what is meant in the old cliché’ …
”There are many un-saved in churches every Sunday.” OH-OH !
The same spirit of self-righteousness and legalism that was on the Pharisees is alive and well in too many of today’s churches. Presently, this evil religious spirit appears to have more influence in the churches than does the Holy Spirit. Could this be why we see in Revelation 3:20 that Jesus is outside the door of His own church knocking to see if anyone will open it to Him?
What should a pastor do if this is true in his or her congregation?
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