by Mike Ratliff
34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36 and A man’s enemies will be the members of his household.
37 “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it. Matthew 10:34-39 (NASB)
A few days ago I shared an encounter I had on social media with a fellow who many would call a “troll” in my post Born of the will of God. That started a couple of days of some very ugly encounters on Facebook in which I finally realized that God was putting me through some fiery trials. I shared some of that in my post last night, Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you. I prayed about all this a great deal last night and this morning and came to the conclusion that I could no longer participate on some of those ugly discussions in that group. To my surprise the admins of that group met and reinstated me last night. However, as I perused the posts this morning the ugliness and hatefulness permeating many of those posts repelled me so I left the group. I then contacted the two admins that are my friends and thanked them for reinstating me and then told them why I was leaving. The head admin said he wanted me to stay because the group was being overrun by a bunch of hotheads and he needed men like me to stand firm and not budge. I told him I would take some time off and perhaps be back later. I think I am suffering from a form of battle fatigue.
In this post we will look at why there are so many of those who are infiltrating our churches and Christian discussion groups, etc who are obviously counterfeit Christians. I used to be perplexed by the growing apostasy in the ‘visible Church’, however I no longer am. Why? God is sovereign. I believe God is a Covenant God who has not relinquished any of His sovereignty nor has He left His people’s eternal status up to their fickle, fallen natures. Those whom God saves are truly saved. Their hearts are regenerate. They are eternally His. None of eternal security is in their hands. Instead, they are held in His capable and omnipotent hands. Continue reading