Matthew 10:34

“Do not think I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.”

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There is a wave of influence in the world today which is not a new spirit but is as old as the Tower of Babel. In Genesis 11, all men spoke the same language, and they as one unit planned on making a name for themselves. The problem is that they didn’t want their Creator in the picture, but in pride, they wanted to be the god of the universe. This will always happen until sin is done away with and God makes all things new.

The word “tolerance” means to accept the differing views of other people in religious or political matters. While Jesus commanded us to love our enemies, He in no way told us to live in peace with their wrong views. On the contrary, Jesus tells us He did not come to bring peace but a sword. The truth will inevitably produce controversy, even as light conflicts with darkness.

God will in no way tolerate sin. He is light, and in Him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). There is not even a shadow of turning in Him. Jesus said He is the Truth (John 14:6), and that truth will stand forever. Scripture says that the LORD is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, that He does forgive iniquity and transgression, but He “by no means” clears the guilty (Numbers 14:18). God is merciful enough to send His only Son to be crucified in our place, but outside of Christ there is NO place of forgiveness. For those who reject Jesus and continue in sin, God will not tolerate it, nor should He.

Many in the “Church” world today have given into this spirit of tolerance; preachers and denominations are surrendering the truth so they may please sinful man, instead of pleasing God. It grieves my heart so much, even though Scripture warned that these times would come. The Presbyterian denomination just removed the song “In Christ alone” out of their hymnal simply because it says, “on that cross as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied.” They even asked the song writers to change the verse to “on that cross as Jesus died, the love of God was magnified”, and the writers refused, saying they wrote the song to present the whole gospel. That’s alarming to me, that these people want to replace the word wrath with love. I’m sorry, but it’s God’s word, and He says He that we are saved from wrath through Jesus (Romans 5:9, John 3:36). (If God didn’t have righteous anger towards wickedness, then He would be unjust and unholy). I have also seen multiple Churches in Hollywood (united Methodist being one of them) that have signs declaring that they support equality for all (supporting homosexuals).

Now we are commanded to love all people, but not to align ourselves with them. Scripture says to come out from among them and be separate, and do not touch what is unclean, and the LORD would receive us and make us His sons and daughters (2 Corinthians 6:14- 18). For what communion does light have with darkness and what fellowship does righteousness with lawlessness? We must stay faithful to preach the whole truth of God, and teach others of God’s perfect character: His love, His holiness, His righteousness, His justice, His judgment, His mercy, His grace, His goodness and His severity.

In failing to do so we are not only “not loving” enough to warn people of the truth, but also there awaits a heavier judgment, for Jesus said it would be better to tie a millstone around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea than to cause one of these little ones to stumble (Matthew 18:6). Teachers who mislead the flock will have to face the wrath of God for all the people they led to destruction. That is why we are told that teachers will receive a stricter judgment. (James 3:1)

Therefore the conclusion of the matter is to love God with all that we are and to love our neighbor as ourselves. And because we love God we will be faithful to declare all that He has said to others. And because we love others, we will tell them the truth in humility, with a gentle spirit, so that God might perhaps grant them repentance and that they might come to know the truth, turn from their sin and be delivered from death (2 Timothy 2:24- 26).

Please study the word of God daily to see whether these things are so.

Someone who loves each of you,

 Jonathan Ball


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