That is what it took, that is what it still takes, to get people to betray Jesus, and to get people to deny Jesus. I sit here on Easter Sunday, grieving in my heart at the state of the Church, and of my country. It is Easter Sunday, and our churches are still closed. Why are they closed? Well some people claim that “if we go to church people could die.” My first question is, “Is that true”. Some people will say “Who cares if it is true, better safe than sorry” No, that is wrong, believing a lie can have horrible consequences, and acting out of fear can cause us to do horrible things we will regret.
Last night I watched an interview by Alan Keyes with Dr. Scott Jensen. This interview was on Alan’s show Let’s Talk America on Iamtv. You can watch it on YouTube, and I recommend you do it. It is titled: “Dr. Scott Jensen Talks COVID-19 Statistics-Let’s Talk America.” My last article: COVID-19 Is Really The Phony Flu covers some of the truth that is coming forward, so if how we have been lied to is important to you, read my other article and watch the interview of Dr. Jensen.
The purpose of this article is to hopefully get people to realize how horrible it is for us to believe lies and act out of fear. Deception makes us ask, are we excused from doing the wrong thing because we have been deceived? No of course not. The first recorded account of being deceived causing a problem is in Genesis, of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
In Genesis, you can read the whole story, and you should, sometimes when you get off track, you need to go back, to get back on track. Look at chapter 3 verse 13:
“And the Lord God said unto the woman, what is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.”
I like the King James Version it is like poetry to me. Sometimes the different words drive home the point. Beguile is defined as: “1. deceive or trick 2 charm 3 pass (time) pleasantly.” In one word we are shown that as Eve was pleasantly passing time the Devil charmed her into being deceived. I hope we all realize that COVID-19 could not happen if sin had not entered the world. It is important to realize that COVID-19 is because of disobedience to God. Some may be thinking I am going to far back, to get us back on track, but we are so far off track, I think it is necessary.
The bible is the owner’s manual to life. When you buy a car you get an owner’s manual. It tells you things like, if you do not change the oil you will wreck the engine. That is what the bible is, how to live life better, by what God tells us to do. The Garden of Eden sounds like a better world than the world Adolf Hitler created for Germany, so I hope you get the point. Follow God or you eventually get Hitler.
The next question is who can you trust? Well, how about a disciple? Someone who sat at the feet of Jesus, surely we can trust a disciple, can’t we? Actually no not all of them, Jesus told us in Matthew 7 about False Prophets in verse 15 through 17:
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.”
Look it up and read the entire chapter 7. Jesus is telling us that it is not who you are, that matters. It is what you do, that matters. So just because someone is a doctor does not prove we should believe them. It also proves that just because someone is a church leader does not prove we should believe them. Trust should be earned.
Back to the question of who can you trust, how about trusting a disciple? The disciples thought they could trust each other, only to find out that Judas could not be trusted. When you think about it, Jesus really proved verse 15 true, by letting Judas betray him for 30 pieces of silver. Read Mathew chapters 26 through 28 and you will see for yourself. However, chapter 26 verse 50 says a lot when Judas came, and Jesus said to him: “Friend wherefore art thou come?” That was after in verse 49 when Judas said: “Hail, master; and kissed him.”
Does that remind you of anything? Jesus is in the Garden of Gethsemane and he is betrayed by a friend greeting him pleasantly and kissing him. Remember Beguile is defined as: “1. deceive or trick 2 charm 3 pass (time) pleasantly.” Judas, pleasantly calls Jesus master, which acknowledges Jesus’ control over Judas, as Judas is betraying Jesus. Does that tell you something? People, who are going to deceive you, and betray you, are going to be pleasant, and sound very convincing. You need to look at the fruit of their actions. If you allow them to deceive you, you share the blame with Adam and Eve. Jesus said to: “Beware” so do what Jesus commanded and “Beware.” If your church doors are closed, do not assume that is a good thing, even if your church leaders say it is.
Back to the question of who can you trust. How about trusting yourself? Peter did that. Peter loved Jesus, and Peter was a disciple, if we can trust anyone we should be able to trust Peter, or ourselves, can’t we? Actually not always, Jesus knew he was going to be betrayed. In Mathew 26:33: “Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.” Peter meant well, and Peter loved Jesus, but Jesus knew when he said in verse 34: “Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.” Peter was not going to believe he would deny Jesus, so in verse 35: “Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee.” However, Peter did not know how allowing fear into his heart could cause him to do something he could not imagine.
Later in Mathew 26 at verse 69-75 Peter is accused of knowing Jesus and out of fear he denies knowing Jesus. It got so bad that by verse 74 the bible tells us: “Then he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.” Peter found out the hard way, you cannot always trust yourself. If you let fear get the best of you, you will lose control, and do things you do not want to do.
At least Peter realized what he had done as verse 75 tells us: “And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.” Judas realized he had done wrong as well. In Mathew chapter 27 verses 3-5 it tells us:
“Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders. Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.”
So, Judas went to the religious leaders to confess his sin, and Judas found out you cannot always trust religious leaders. We need to pay close attention to how we handle things once we realize we have done wrong. Doing more wrong will not fix wrong. When the bible says Judas “hanged himself.” that means Judas impaled himself on a post. Judas’s response to his sin was to murder himself. You cannot fix sin with sin.
Peter’s response to his denying Jesus was to go on and build the church, the church we are part of today. As followers of Christ it began back then. Peter became bold and brave. He learned from his mistake, and moved on to do great things. Which brings us to the question, what are the churches in America going to do? What are you going to do?
Are we going to continue to allow people in public office to have a reckless disregard for the truth? Are we going to continue to tolerate our church leaders obeying false information? Even if the information was true, do we want to be lead by a government that is putting some people in constant fear? That is not what the bible tells me to do. That is why I said in my article, Government wants the power to save you even if it destroys you that:
“Jesus said: “fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Fear God not COVID-19, your soul is more important than your life. Freedom to worship God is more important than forced protection. Give back our freedom to choose going to church or choosing to stay at home, but let the choice be ours.”
The churches of America have sent a loud message to the world. All that needs to happen to get churches to shut their doors and show the world that the church’s fear of getting ill, and the fear of their death, or someone else’s death, is stronger than living for God, is to tell the church something frightening. Get the church to put their faith in government not God. The churches of America have shown that deception is an effective tool against them. The churches of America have shown that fear is an effective tool against them.
What is next? Do we follow Judas, and solve mistakes with more mistakes, or follow Peter, and be brave? The choice is ours. The time is now. It starts with you, and it starts with me. If the churches do not open their doors and show the boldness of serving God, it is time to start new churches… Churches that follow God not fear.
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