DEAD PEOPLE WALKING

         The angel returned with his report and presented it to the Lord: The churches are dead. They act like they have it all together but are spiritually dead. They are congregations of pretenders…

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         The Lord Jesus did all He could do in the first century to bring the false religious leaders to repentance. He failed. It was, of course, not His failure. It was theirs. They refused. It did not matter how well He revealed their many errors. They were dead set on maintaining their dead religious ways.

         There is a clear record in the Gospels of all their many failures and wrong actions. He tells them plainly that though they believed themselves to be right with God they did not know God.

I SEE DEAD PEOPLE

         It is no different today. Pick out any church on any street in America and the odds are huge that the leadership there will be out of fellowship with the Lord Jesus and are actually in opposition to Him. They look great. They have a great level of control and almost everyone there does what they are told. They are dead churches because the people are dead, the leadership is dead. There is a completely different standard of spirituality. Their standard is something otherworldly. It does not line up with Scripture. It is infused with false doctrines and teachings and this is borne out by its complete lack of spiritual effectiveness.

         The Lord tries to get their attention but they refuse. They are smug. They are arrogant. They go about in their quiet manner looking and acting exactly like the world because that’s what they are—they are a picture of the unregenerate sinful world wrapped up in dead religious grave clothes. They are all prepared for a funeral.

         “For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” [Matthew 23:27-28] [1]

REFUSING THE PROPER COMPARISON   

         The Lord failed to convince the Pharisees and Sadducees to repent. He has so far failed to get this particular church to repent. A church like this is representative of many churches in America. Each one proves everyday that the Lord Jesus is not in charge. Their ministry looks nothing like His. They are dead. And they force everyone who becomes part of the congregation to be dead like them.

         As long as no one makes the proper comparison to the clear New Testament record of what a group of believers is supposed to look like no one is ever the wiser. All of these people want a church in which they can continue to be sinners and remain distant from the Lord and never be made to get right with Him.

         They absolutely hate being convicted. They refuse to surrender to the Lord and thus force themselves to surrender to the church status quo.

         They are filled with sin and corruption but no one there knows it because they refuse the Lord’s light and correction that would expose them for what they are. They want compromised Christianity, a place where they can be as worldly as the day is long so they can maintain their love of this world and their focus on worldly success.

         At best they want a halfway house. They want to be in that strangely mythical place, somewhere between heaven and hell. They loathe the full expression of the Kingdom of Heaven.

         The Lord’s truth does not interest them. They reject Him. They are not for real.  

         © 2017 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.


[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Posted on February 21, 2017, in Current Events and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. “The time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.”-Israel’s Messiah

    Anyone who is truly born again remembers when they too were spiritually dead; and when they came alive in the Spirit of Messiah. (Except possibly little children in enlightened families.) Those without that distinction are suspect at best as supposed Christians. Certainly a sad state of affairs. Thanks for the reminder.

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    • Thanks Gary. As real believers we must always hold our feet to the fire, as it were, to see if we are truly lining up with the Lord’s directives and obeying Him. It should be obvious to us all that the Lord Jesus is the God of the LIVING and the unrepentant and unregenerate who choose to walk in spiritual death need not apply. The call to LIFE always involves conviction. Conviction is not fun but is a vital part of real discipleship. Conviction is the LIGHT of the Lord shining upon sinful deeds. Churches which reject the full LIGHT of God bypass real conviction and thus are not compelled to properly repent, which means they become depositories of spiritual darkness with no effective cure.

      Be Blessed.

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  2. The title of your post “Dead People Walking” describes our American culture in general. In the past several years, I have noticed an obsession in the United States for TV programs and films on zombies. Is that an accident? Of course not. Our secular culture is a reflection on the dead Christians that walk our streets: spiritually dead zombies.

    Shiloh
    By Tim Shey

    Brutal deathdance;
    My eyes weep blood.
    Pharisees smile like vipers,
    They laugh and mock their venom:
    Blind snakes leading
    The deaf and dumb multitude.

    Where are my friends?
    The landscape is dry and desolate.
    They have stretched my shredded body
    On this humiliating tree.

    The hands that healed
    And the feet that brought good news
    They have pierced
    With their fierce hatred.

    The man-made whip
    That opened up my back
    Preaches from a proper pulpit.
    They sit in comfort:
    That vacant-eyed congregation.
    The respected, demon-possessed reverend
    Forks his tongue
    Scratching itchy ears
    While Cain bludgeons
    Abel into silence.

    My flesh in tattered pieces
    Clots red and cold and sticks
    To the rough-hewn timber
    That props up my limp, vertical carcase
    Between heaven and earth.
    My life drips and puddles
    Below my feet,
    As I gaze down dizzily
    On merciless eyes and dagger teeth.

    The chapter-and-versed wolves
    Jeer and taunt me.
    Their sheepwool clothing
    Is stained black with the furious violence
    Of their heart of stone.
    They worship me in lip service,
    But I confess,
    I never knew them
    (Though they are my creation).

    My tongue tastes like ashes:
    It sticks to the roof of my mouth.
    I am so thirsty.
    This famine is too much for me.
    The bulls of Bashan have bled me white.
    Papa, into your hands
    I commend my Spirit.

    Ethos
    February/March 1997
    Iowa State University

    Genesis 49: 10: “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.”

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    • Awesome Tim. Thank you. I was just praying about this, about how,

      “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.” [John 1:10-11]

      One can read throughout the entire Old Testament and find a common theme of rejection—the rejection of God Himself and everything He stands for. What kind of people are these? And what kind of people are so many Christians who treat the Lord exactly the same? The knowledge of the Lord Jesus, the presence of the Lord Jesus, and everything or anything about Him should cause anyone to hit the deck and get on their face in repentance and acknowledgement of one’s low status and lousy condition and strive to get right, but for most it is the opposite. We are all guilty and all He has ever done is attempt to reach us and help us. It is why the walking dead are all around, especially in places where they should know better.

      Be blessed.

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  3. Reblogged this on I ONCE WAS LOST and commented:
    “They absolutely hate being convicted. They refuse to surrender to the Lord and thus force themselves to surrender to the church status quo.”

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