REJECTING THE TRUTH (When It Hits Too Close To Home)
At first the prophets were respected. Then their pronouncements caused discomfort. Then the people got angry. Then the prophets were rejected.
This is the way it always goes. The message of the prophets never changed. The only thing that changed was the reaction to the message. The reaction was worse in relation to the prophet’s closeness to home. Rejecting truth caused unrepentant people to turn inward, ingrown, and interbred. They eliminated the possibility of receiving the seed of God which always came from without. They became anti-fruitful, grew spiritually lazy and sluggish, and wanted an easy time of things. God would have nothing of it.
The Lord Jesus spoke nothing but Truth. The Truth inevitably caused a bad reaction. The bad reaction denoted the place the reaction came from in that the hearts of such people had grown far away from God though they all considered themselves just fine with God.
THANK YOU LORD THAT WE ARE NOT LIKE OTHER RELIGIONS
Christianity in general likes itself and sees no problem. This is the problem. The Lord is fixing the problem. That’s why we are in the early stages of a national Great Awakening. But the Awakening is still being opposed by the very people who should be supporting it. They oppose it because they like things the way they are. They are resistant to change. This is not new. They take the correcting and reforming words of the Lord as an offense.
I wrote the following 16 months ago: Americans Deciding with Their Feet: The Ongoing Exodus from Traditional Christianity. It speaks of the fast-approaching future, ready or not, some of which has already arrived, which demands TC get its act together or face complete irrelevance.
I have written hundreds of well-researched articles like this reflecting the exact scenario regarding the closed hearts and minds of so many so-called Christians who oppose the Lord while claiming to support Him. The evidence for this should be obvious to any nominal believer by the very lack of evidence among the unreal believers of actually obeying the Lord and carrying out His plan.
“You men who are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit; you are doing just as your fathers did.” [Acts 7:51]
Their hearts are not right. They resist. They oppose. None of it surprises the Lord. He has a bit of experience in this area. The same spiritual dynamic always happens and it always happens the same way. For a refresher course, it goes like this:
(1) An obscure nobody suddenly speaks forth something so profound and so different that the first reaction from the entrenched religious traditionalist status-quo is silent shock (“What did He just say?”).
(2) They try to throw Him off a cliff.
IDOL O’ PROTOCOL
This is exactly what they attempted. Only it was not, as one may suppose, the actions of some strange evil street protesters who advocate for killing everyone who doesn’t believe exactly everything they believe. But wait. It kind of was. But before they assumed that form they were nice church-law-abiding pew-sitting go-along-with-the-program types who somehow found great spiritual nourishment in silently watching the pros perform while making sure such pros performed in exactly the way they were accustomed. They had no hankering for anyone even thinking of doing anything even the slightest bit different or break in any way from the correct time-honored protocol.
Then the Lord Jesus broke protocol. Actually, on His very first visit to His home town church after beginning His ministry when asked to read He proceeded to the front, turned and faced the crowd, and read a very familiar passage. Then he said some other things from right out of the very Scriptures those people supposedly honored but never, ever mentioned. About this time and in that process He let everybody know that things would be different from now on and demonstrated it by very calmly picking up the dead carcass of religious protocol in His strong and mighty construction-worked hands and slamming it against the nearest wall splintering it into a thousand pieces. It was pretty cool. The church people were not happy. Here is the narrative:
And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read. And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written,
“THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.”
And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” And all were speaking well of Him, and wondering at the gracious words which were falling from His lips; and they were saying, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”
And He said to them, “No doubt you will quote this proverb to Me, ‘Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we heard was done at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.’”
And He said, “Truly I say to you, no prophet is welcome in his hometown.”
“But I say to you in truth, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky was shut up for three years and six months, when a great famine came over all the land; and yet Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.”
And all the people in the synagogue were filled with rage as they heard these things; and they got up and drove Him out of the city, and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to throw Him down the cliff. [Luke 4:16-29] 
© 2017 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.
 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 March 4, 2017, in Current Events and tagged Christian Pharisees, Christianity, Circumcision of the Heart, Lord Jesus, Nazareth, Rejecting God's Prophets, The Great Awakening, The Prophetic Word, Traditional Christianity, Unreal Christianity. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.
And so they will hate us, too.
Thanks Gary. There is such an overall disconnect in this area, though. The Lord certainly warned us but many appear oblivious. Hate is one thing, and real Christians often get it from both sides. Murder is another. One wonders just how many millions of Christians have been martyred for their faith since the first century. But very few ever talk about this. Most preachers in the West never talk about it. For the early believers it was very real, however.
There was the first early persecution campaign in Jerusalem and throughout Judea. Then the Romans jumped on board and continued the process for a few centuries. Then there were the “Christians” persecuting Christians. Then the major governments already steeped in their own non-Christian religions fought violently against real Christianity which lasted all the way to the 20th century when multiple millions were eliminated in the Communist Soviet Union and Communist China.
One also wonders then how Christianity ever survived. And yet real Christianity thrives. China will one day have a majority Christian population. Muslims are getting saved in large numbers. These are phenomenal statistics. The Lord’s great love continues to overcome hate. I believe the best is yet to come.
Or you could have written:
“At first the prophets were respected. Then their pronouncements caused discomfort. Then the people got angry. Then the prophets were rejected. THEN THEY KILLED THE PROPHETS.”
I did a little research and here is a list of the Old Testament prophets that were killed by proper, religious people:
John the Baptist
The above list came from THE BOOK OF THE BEE, Chapter XXXII:
I thought it was fascinating reading.
THE BOOK OF THE BEE
edited and translated by
Earnest A. Wallis Budge, MA
[Oxford, the Clarendon Press]
Bill O’Reilly wrote some books titled KILLING LINCOLN, KILLING KENNEDY, KILLING JESUS, KILLING PATTON, etc. He should write a book titled KILLING THE PROPHETS.
Matthew 23: 37-39: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”
Jesus could say today:
“O Traditional Christianity, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee . . .”
Thanks Tim. I appreciate the comment. I can’t vouch for the credibility on the book or website you referenced and it will take a lot of research to vet it properly, but I can tell you that the author is using legendary accounts that cannot be backed with facts.
For example, we have no credible evidence that Jeremiah was killed as a result of religious persecution. I am certainly not saying that the prophets were not repeatedly attacked by religious persecutors because they certainly were and the Lord says they were. I argue this point all the time, that the prophets were routinely eliminated to silence GOD’S VOICE because that’s what they were and those in power and control most often hated them for outing them. I argue this point especially for the fact that there is little written evidence for prophet-killing in the OT writings though we know it happened.
I also wrote in my book that Solomon, the guy so many Jews and Christians think was awesome, actually did away with prophets in that there is no record in his reign that he consulted and honored them except in the very beginning and at the end. It was obviously due to the lack of prophets and the prophetic word that almost all the kings of both Judah and Israel, and especially Solomon, were so morally bankrupt and evil.
It is why we MUST have the prophetic word no matter how uncomfortable it may be because it keeps us right with God. Better to suffer the fate of being found to be a money-grubbing weasel or a wimpy religionist if it drives one to repentance rather than running off all the prophets and then going to hell. It’s why all these pretender ministers are what they are: No one in their assemblies for the most part has the guts to call them out.
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I realize that John the Baptist (on the list in my previous comment) was not mentioned in Chapter 32 of THE BOOK OF THE BEE, but I thought I would put John the Baptist on the list anyway.
Matthew 11: 7-15: “And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”
Jesus did say that John the Baptist was Elijah . . . . .BUT . . . . .I don’t think Jesus meant it literally. Jesus said “if ye will receive it” and “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”
I believe what Jesus meant was that John the Baptist had the same anointing as Elijah or the same spirit as Elijah. I don’t think that Jesus was talking about Elijah being reincarnated as John the Baptist.
Yes. The Lord Jesus was certainly not saying that John was the reincarnated Elijah. He was saying that John had the same powerful anointing. Christians must realize that though the Lord loves us enough to die for us that we are merely vehicles for His use when it comes to spiritual ministry. It is all about His anointing and the gifts and talents He gives us. We are bought with a price. His desire is to work with us and through us and that He can create real spiritual communities so we can work together. But history repeatedly tells us that most Christians have a different agenda.
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Just thought you would like to read this post by Franco Guerri:
Of Job and Jesus
Thanks Tim. Good read.
Appreciate this blog post