A local popular church has made national headlines. A pastor has fallen to ‘moral failure’. Opinions and gossip are everywhere. Even before the news broke out, it seemed like the word spread throughout the entire region as a wind blowing over the city. As I heard the buzz and read the overwhelming online reports, I was sad and silenced. Many point the finger, others cry out for his forgiveness, but to me – his punishment strikes fear in me for what lies ahead on judgment day for all of us. How horrible it is to be judged, found in sin and humiliated in front of millions. Imagine what judgment day will be like for all the world. No sin will be hidden. Jesus said “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” (Mt 12:36). This should be a wake up call for all of us to stop making excuses for our sins- no matter how “small” we may excuse them to be. Your secret sins are not secret before Almighty God. Our cries of “don’t throw the first stone”, “doesn’t God forgive?” or “he was a good man” will not matter on that day of judgment. A day is coming when there won’t be a second chance. Many will fall to eternal punishment even though our human reasoning cries; “No! but he was good, forgive him”. God’s judgment is final. God’s judgment is eternal.
“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” Is 64:6
Fear strikes through me as I consider the scriptures:
- We will not receive mercy from God if we don’t show mercy to others. Luke 10, James 2:13 “For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment”
- We will not be forgiven if we don’t forgive others Mt 6:15
- Few people find the narrow path to life, for wide and easy is the way to destruction Mt 7:13-14
- Faith without words is dead. James 2:14-26
- The righteous barely make it into to heaven 1 Peter 4:17-19 “If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?”
- Many will expect to get in but the Lord will say He doesn’t know them. Mt 7:21-22
- If you break one sin, you break them all James 2:8-13
- Surely our sins will find us out Numbers 32:23
- We will be accountable for every idle word we speak Mt 12:36
We are told that the righteous are scarcely saved and judgment begins with us first. We are to commit our souls to HIM in doing good:
For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? Now“If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?” Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator. 1 Peter 4:17-19
We are told to cease from ALL sin.
“ Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God” 1 Peter 4:1-2
Confess your sins to one another – who is the first to stand up to that?
And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:15-16
Cleanse your hands, purify your hearts, lament for your ways and humble yourself before God:
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, youdouble-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:7-9
Love your neighbor as yourself, but if you show partiality, you commit a sin. If you show no mercy to others, no mercy will be given to you.
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point,he is guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment James 2:8-13
If you can’t control your tongue and you say you are religious, you are fooling yourself.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religionis useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. James 1:22-27
Instead of passing judgment, I am silenced. I fear what lies ahead for so many- and even myself, for I am certainly not without sin. I can almost imagine that judgment day ahead. It should make each one of us get serious about eliminating sin out of our lives. Gossip? Hatred? Unforgiveness? Lust? Jealousy? Pride? Anger? Drunkenness? This should be our prayer:
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.
Psalm 139:23-24. Psalm 19:14
Perhaps this great fall just saved a man from eternal punishment? As painful and embarrassing as it may be for him and others who have publicly fallen, how much worse will it be on that last day? Better to fall now and be saved eternally, then hide in sin while on earth and pay eternally. It’s heartbreaking. The church was a good church with Godly men and women. I saw many lives changed there, many people who truly love the Lord. My husband asked, and I wondered too, could it be that our area is worse than others? Almost every local church around me has had scandals just like this one. Since I was a child, I’ve seen this so many times.
I began to pour out my heart and talk to the Lord:
I told the Lord what was on my heart and I heard
“My people have deserted me”
I asked the Lord about myself and what lies ahead and he answered:
“It’s is not about you, it is about my people. Call them back, call them back. I grieve bitterly for them. Come back my people, but do you hear my call?”
I asked about the recent situation and I heard,
“He was good man who took a wrong turn
Grieve bitterly with weeping tears, fall down before your God, weep bitterly.
All of you people , all of you have sin
A disgrace in my sight
Wickedness is everywhere
Even my shepherds’ fall
Who will lead my sheep?
Who can stand to fight?
Who can withstand what the enemy puts before you?
Everyone takes all their pleasure
Making excuses with the Word
Twisting them but I am angry
They go their own way with their own excuses
No one stops to ask me, no one fears the Lord
Fall down and weep O people for the Lord is about to take vengeance on the land”
O Lord, I said, give me good words to say, I feel like I only have warnings to tell, so many others speak words of blessing and good tidings, and over flow of blessings, and I heard
“Stop asking for good words to hear because you will not. Warn the people. Warn the people. I am about to come back in great anguish and wrath. I am Mighty and My Mighty army follows behind me. Be still, be silenced for I come quickly”
O Lord, I long to be with you , where are you, where can you be found?
In the highest mountain is where I reside
Watching all the earth
Lord, do you see Israel and what is going on?
My eye is on them
Lord, what do I do?
Pray for their peace
But Lord, doesn’t revelation say there will be no peace?
Just pray for them
No one knows when the Son of Man will arrive
O Lord, I am captured by your love
SUBMIT TO GOD, DRAW NEAR TO HIM AND HE WILL DRAW NEAR TO YOU.
“Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”? But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:“God resists the proud,But gives grace to the humble.” Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse yourhands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up James 4:4-10
LAY ASIDE THE SIN THAT TRIES TO TRAP US AND LOOK TO JESUS THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2
Judgment day- a day of works in the fire, a day of accountability
Riches won’t help on the day of judgment, but right living can save you from death.Proverbs 11:4 (nlt)
2 Peter 2:4 For God did not spare even the angels who sinned. He threw them into hell, in gloomy pits of darkness, where they are being held until the day of judgment.
James 5:3 Your gold and silver have become worthless. The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh like fire. This treasure you have accumulated will stand as evidence against you on the day of judgment.
1 Corinthians 3:13 But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value.
Romans 2:5 But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed
John 12:48 But all who reject me and my message will be judged on the day of judgment by the truth I have spoken
Zephaniah 1:7 Stand in silence in the presence of the Sovereign Lord, for the awesomeday of the Lord’s judgment is near. The Lord has prepared his people for a great slaughter and has chosen their executioners.
Zephaniah 2:2 Gather before judgment begins, before your time to repent is blown away like chaff. Act now, before the fierce fury of the Lord falls and the terrible day of the Lord’s anger begins.
Malachi 3:17 “They will be my people,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “On the daywhen I act in judgment, they will be my own special treasure. I will spare them as a father spares an obedient child.
Malachi 4:1 [ The Coming Day of Judgment ] The Lord of Heaven’s Armies says, “The day of judgment is coming, burning like a furnace. On that day the arrogant and the wicked will be burned up like straw. They will be consumed—roots, branches, and all.
Matthew 7:22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’
Matthew 10:15 I tell you the truth, the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah will be better off than such a town on the judgment day.
Matthew 11:22 I tell you, Tyre and Sidon will be better off on judgment day than you.
Matthew 12:36 And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak.
Matthew 12:41 “The people of Nineveh will stand up against this generation onjudgment day and condemn it, for they repented of their sins at the preaching of Jonah. Now someone greater than Jonah is here—but you refuse to repent.
Luke 11:31 “The queen of Sheba will stand up against this generation on judgment dayand condemn it, for she came from a distant land to hear the wisdom of Solomon. Now someone greater than Solomon is here—but you refuse to listen.
I heard someone say this the other day regarding the recent news; “ If you don’t want to end up in the river, don’t put your foot in the water”.
” Wail, you shepherds, and cry; and roll in ashes, you principal ones of the flock. For the days of your slaughter and of your dispersions have fully come, and you shall fall and be dashed into pieces like a choice vessel. And the shepherds shall have no way to flee, nor the principal ones of the flock any means of escape. A voice! The cry of the shepherds and the wailing of the principal ones of the flock! For the Lord is laying waste and destroying their pasture.” Jeremiah 25:34-36