But God says, “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18). “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment” (Matthew 12:36). “And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them:thus shall it be done unto them” (Jeremiah 5:13).
No panel discussion, no discrediting of our accusers, no amount of money can stop this onslaught of allegations. Either these things were done in our midst, or there are a whole lot of bored peopled sitting at home with nothing to do but make up stories and bring accusations against us and our leadership.
But God says, “For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open” (Luke 8:17). “If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth” (1 John 1:6). “But we [must] renounce disgraceful, underhanded ways. We [must] refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we [must] commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God” (2 Corinthians 4:2)
As our numbers dwindle (no new potential mates are recruited, fresh blood begins to stagnate and ferment) a new tactic must be employed. How to do it without actually fessing up and repenting of all the well-documented evil deeds we have committed in our church? Just become an older, kinder and gentler false teacher/prophet. Reach out to those we have known and say, “Come home. All is forgiven and forgotten. We will take care of you this time. Our cover is blown. We are having credibility issues. But those of you out there whose families we still have a hook into, we need you now. Come home.” Especially wanted: the strong, silent type. You may privately disagree with us, but publicly you are silent. Hey, we can work together. You blink at me and I will blink at you.
Who shouldn’t bother to apply for homecoming status? All who walk uprightly, speak the truth openly, and are not respecters of persons. Sorry, this is a limited edition offer.
But God says, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away:and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches:He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit:for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned” (John 15:1-6).
Abide in Jesus, not in Calvary Temple.
We are taught to express in practical and outward ways our love for each other. It looks impressive and frankly, it is designed to. However, it will be gone in an hour. Every bit of it. If our pastor says so. No more greetings, smiles, hugs, phone calls, visits, babysitting, jobs, help, family ties, friendships, advice, assistance, encouragement, etc. The purpose being to shame you, break you, humble you, chasten you, purge you, discipline you, control you. You may be a loving and close member for thirty years or more, but will be blackballed in a day. No questions asked, per pastor’s orders.
But God says, “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him” John 3:17.
(For other references see: 1 John 3:14-19, Proverbs 17:17, Proverbs 17:10)