My fellow brethren and dearly beloved of God our Father and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
As it is written in the scriptures that before the day of the Lord (which is at hand) should come, there should be a great falling away, and that evil men should wax worse, so too shall heresies and seditions be in the Church of the Lord. As such, I write unto you that Christians as well shall both deceive and be deceived (2 Timothy 3:13), and some shall depart from the faith, (1 Timothy 4:1) as did Demas (2 Timothy 4:10). It doesn’t take much for us, in this present world, to be distracted by the things in this world, turn our backs on the Lord and His Holy Scriptures, and to forsake our fellow brethren in the Lord. We even tend to excuse ourselves of sin while we do this, all the while thinking we are justified before our brethren. As we always give an answer for why we can’t pray for one another, or study the bible together under the guidance of the Holy Ghost. For the Holy Ghost has always guided the saints in His word, as said in 2 Peter 1:20-21, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost”
Yet, do we not see that these “justifications” are not true? And if they be not true then it is not before man that we bear false witness, but it is before God whom we shall give account. This is a serious thing to consider, for God is truth and Holiness, and we must be Holy as he is Holy (1 Peter 1:16). How shall we convince men of the Truth of the Gospel if we boldly lie before God? What is there to glory of in this? For God is not glorified in us when we lie, and the lost world blasphemes God because of our lies. As it is written, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). If we then excuse ourselves from the holiness of God and justify our actions which (God knowing our hearts and the intentions thereof), shall be brought to light in the day of Judgement, how then can we say that we worship God in spirit and in truth if we are in darkness?
Consider Ananias and his wife Sapphira, how they sold a possession and kept back part of the price; for they thought to excuse their actions before God by outwardly showing that they gave (when they were not told that they had to give), and thereby not glorifying God and therefore received the reward of their error, which was death. For they lied before the Holy Ghost, and not before men. Yet, through their death the church feared God, and thereafter continued to worship God in spirit and in truth. Are we, therefore, greater than Ananias? Are our lusts and excuses greater than what our Lord and Savior endured? Who in the forty days and nights of fasting did not eat food, nor did he forsake the words of God, which are the scriptures. As he was tempted of the Devil, who said that if Jesus be the Son of God that he should command the stones to be made bread, to which Jesus said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Brethren, the time is short and the end is upon us, as Scripture hath foretold.
Now, more than ever, we need to walk in truth, not reject the things of God, and not excuse ourselves from sin. We need to keep our accounts short and strive to work for Christ the things that will last in eternity. We need to set our affections on things above and not on this world. We must not heed the temptations of the Devil, or the lusts of the flesh, which produce death. And Finally, brethren, we must always walk honestly, not only before men, but especially before our God and Savior Jesus Christ, who is blessed forever more, Amen. We need to keep in remembrance the commandments of God by reading and meditating on the Scriptures. And we must pray without ceasing, for God hears our prayers and answers them by His will (either granting or denying our requests) as He alone is good and knows what we need. Be thankful in all things, not despising the day of small things, lest the root of bitterness spring up in our hearts. The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Written by a fellow servant of Christ
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