Preaching the Gospel, Preparing a People
Angel, when Jesus comes again, I’ll follow whatever He says. Fair enough. But, observing the world around us, it seems as if every major religion in or outside of Christendom wish that the coming Jesus OR, Yeshua, as He was originally called, would be Someone who would subscribe to their own theology and understanding of The Scripture, otherwise that Savior ain’t the real thing. But yes, Biblical.
I’m advocating sharing with one another, (for GOD loves a cheerful giver 2 Corinthians 9:7) with honesty/transparency with regards to the sale TO THE POINT OF DEATH if someone in the group or Congregation doesn’t play fair (like Ananias and Sapphira). I’m really praying that YHWH GOD would send that same spirit that would judge the corrupt in our world today—especially in the religious arena—so that leaders and members would think TWICE before screwing with His Majesty. Sadly, we don’t see that same thing happening nowadays.
But I’m still hoping it would be, who knows, at the Millenium. I’m thinking of preachers who live in extravagance while most of their members are poor or in want. It breaks My heart. Doesn’t reflect the image of the early called-out ones to Me.
Amen, Derrick. I’m happy to see someone who shares the same thought. I think in most cases, even up to the present, this is the thing that most of us (Believers or non-believers) have to deal with—“human nature”—which, more often than not, tends to be egocentric or selfish. That’s why I’m not in favor of capitalism and democracy, but more comfortable with a Government, where rulers, like The Greatest Role Model, learn to wash their disciples feet, and not lord it over GOD’s Heritage. Now we see the opposite, in most cases, is true (in both religion and politics). As Scripture reveals “man has exercised authority over another man to his hurt.” (Ecclesiastes 8:9 & Matthew 20:25)
If today’s world follows the equality among the early Christians, (Acts 2:44-46; 4:32 & 2 Corinthians 8:14) life would be much better than it is today. No one would be exempt. Actually theres a PUNUSHMENT to those who are dishonest with the sales. (Acts 5:1-11) But then, as living in the last days, what we now see was once prophesied long ago, so what can we do. However we should strive not to live righteously and not go with the flow if it’s wrong. GOD bless us all.
Thank you for your reply, Steven. But then again, the question is, “would you go against Him?” It’s not how you, we OR any of us for that matter think— (considering that there are hundreds, if not thousands of different and conflicting churches in Christianity alone, not to mention you church of God groups have over 50 splinter groups which makes it more confusing for us which church of God to follow, forgive the pun) — it’s what He thinks. Christians the world over understand the Bible from different perspectives, angles, etc., which makes it more confusing for the unbeliever. ☺
So going back, what IF HE asks us then, at the Millenium to do EXACTLY as His first followers on Acts did, and commands us, as He did the rich young ruler to “sell all our possessions and give to the poor” (Matthew 19:21) —(and even if you understand His words there differently from how many understand it) —would you argue with Him and fail the test, as did the rich young ruler, (besides His apostles who left all and followed Him Matthew 19:27) or no? It’s that simple.
I’m sorry, but, as a lifelong subscriber of your magazine, I don’t agree with your take on Acts 2:44-45; compare Acts 4:32-35. Let’s assume the opposite. What IF The Apostles of Yeshua (or Jesus) is indeed, advocating the essence of Communism in those passages (since it’s clearly evident they lived as one community) and what IF The Coming King of kings will implement the SAME rules at The Millenium, contrary to your beliefs, would you go against Him and follow the beast?