Jesus Christ’s preaching was rarely, if ever, preceded by verbal pleas of "I love you", nor was it followed with such statements that this world holds to be the foremost proof of love. He exposed sin, condemned hypocrisy, opposed the leaders of His day, cleansed the Temple, gave warnings, preached on hell more than heaven, and was in danger of death on many fronts because of His sin-exposing preaching - this is Biblical Judgment. Everything Christ did, verily, is LOVE, but it was not what this world or carnal Christianity deems as love. My reader, when reading a text which is on this website, please stop and pause when you see a verse quoted or cited. Consider the scripture carefully – its force, its wording, its offensiveness, and how unashamedly it was delivered by God-incarnate. Please keep in mind that Christ was criminalized and hated BECAUSE He loved men, but they HATED His love…Do you?
The Sword = Love
Spiritual War = Love
Personal Crucifixion = Love
A Conflict with Persecutors = Love
Death to Adam = Love
Death to the Old Man = Love
Destruction of the Works of the Devil = Love
Open Condemnation and WOE to Pharisees = Love
Division of the Anti-God Family, Religion, or Authority = Love
Preaching in the Midst of Contention = Love
Unrelenting Even While Unwelcomed = Love
Unwelcomed Messages Heralded = Love
Light Reproving Darkness = Love
Exposing sin to be EXCEEDINGLY SINFUL = Love
Exalting God to be breathtaking in HOLINESS = Love
Describing humanity to be infinitely unworthy of forgiveness = Love
Declaring self-sacrifice and personal-crucifixion as the only reasonable response to the gospel = Love
Hating the unfounded confidence of sin-loving rebels, being moved therefore, to expose sin and preach hell = Love
Bitter-belly preaching against the enjoyments of sin, that they are animal-like in SHAME = Love
Heralding WOE upon false prophets in the public square = Love
Unmasking the good intentions of false prophets so as to hold them to their God-judged guilt, even if the common public gasps in disbelief – Namely that false prophets are: as treacherous MASKED MURDERERS to the human soul, as an EVIL PLAGUE cursing both earth and man, as an infestation of VENOMOUS BEASTS resulting in widespread death and tragedy = Love
Weep in secret and wait...and suddenly lift up the CROSS of Christ before sinners who are ready, for the first time, to appreciate their wrath-mangled savior = Love
Exclaim the wonder - The Atonement! - for those who are stabbed in the heart and made able to admire it! Thence the happy throng will be illuminated to sing: "Just as I am, without one plea, but that thy blood was shed for me, and that THOU BIDST ME COME TO THEE, O Lamb of God, I COME,I COME"(Charlotte Elliott) = Love
“Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.” – Acts 19:19
Men of more sound understanding lived in generations different than now, a time when ordinary and meek men were so used to turn lost men to God! Sinners were saved! Men who would have burned in the Presence of God for all eternity, they rather broke their idols and burned their books of witchcraft. The city backlashed the bold repentance and faith of countrymen crucified with Christ, and this clash created the predestinated witness that God sought after at last (Rom. 8:36) – “we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter”. This climactic Image of Christ living in the Church on earth was sealed by this God-ordained, yet mysterious clash, man to man, when holy men and unholy men, with God, met face to face. These 1st century Christians “endured such a contradiction of sinners” in their “striving against sin” (Heb. 12:3-4), which meant that they rejected their popular cliques, did upset their family unity, and became the troublesome aggravation of society’s honorable elite who domineered in idolatrous fraternities! The self-obsessed “nobility” of the city was the power class of the heathen – emboldened in sin – and they, even they, FEARED that their life of sin was in danger! Can you imagine it!? The highest class of wealth and power, which fared sumptuously in sin and debauchery, even they were melting with fear that their livelihood of sin was in danger of extinction! The idolatry-fueled economy was crashing into a depression with no economist making the claim, but streetside bonfires hailing Jesus’ Name! Men were in fear, fear for the safety of their world of lies and sin, that this Christ in men would utterly end it at last! Therefore did the servants of the devil bestir themselves to violently oppose it with boundless immorality. Blaming God and beautifying the devil, they shed the blood of their converted family, friends, and fellow countrymen. Do you see the point? These Christians had POWER; therefore sinners feared to let them have a fair-standing freedom to preach in the public eye. Doomed to do the devil’s will, the heathen murdered the righteous children of Christ, and no wonder; it is just like they did to Christ. It was because Christ in their countrymen was destroying sin (1 John 3:8)! This Christ in the 1st century Christian men – He did “fill Jerusalem” (Acts 5:28), and then “every where” (Acts 21:28, 28:22) else in “the world” (Acts 24:5), with sin-destroying, sinner-saving Truth! “I am the Truth” – saith Christ! Oh! Will we ever recover that wondrous secret of abiding in the Lord?
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!" (Luke 13:34)
"And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes." (Luke 19:41-42)
So many deceived, how can I be consoled (Rom. 9:2-3)?
Strangers, the world, and my dearest adamic friends… the alarm is bold.
Going through life, many works I multitask,
But the breath of God does show the monotony as a mask.
Time slips away in a perpetual bask as I am confronted by a ceaseless task (Mark 16:15),
That by some endeavor, and before the END, pleading and preaching might eternity unmask (2 Cor. 4:18).
My heart breaks in unrest; I am moved and distressed…
Oh to gather the condemned from vanity!
To bring them nigh to Christ, even to His chest,
That they would be the chicks under His wing and upon His breast (Luke 13:34),
That they would cease from pleasure and smiling (2 Tim. 3:4), and know what is best.
"The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God:
God is not in all his thoughts." (Psalm 10:4)
Stadiums of souls circle to behold,
Sports and fame, and for the world they’re sold...
Their hearts are dead and cold; they know not the rest of the Savior's fold.
Of His face they are unaware, the joy of His Kingdom they do not share,
Though nothing on this earth could nearly compare (2 Cor. 3:17-18).
Happy merry-making and pleasure without God (Psalm 147:10),
these rags of menstrual blood they do applaud (Isa. 64:6).
Oh such love that seizes upon my soul (2 Cor. 5:14),
It is like a wound, a pain, a breaking, Christ-life role (Gal. 2:20).
My mind does meditate what I might do, seeking salvation for this one or two.
I imagine suffering a thousand crucifixions just for you,
That for you these blessed words might be true…
“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).
To me, in Him, a thousand deaths do seem small (Php. 1:8),
I earnestly hurt that you would hear the gospel call.
Oh, I wish a sinner could behold it all (2 Cor. 4:4)…
"Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree,
that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:
by whose stripes ye were healed." (1 Peter 2:24)