These are very serious questions that you would do well to ponder and prepare yourself for, since many have been faced with this crisis of faith and left God.
We belonged to a fellowship that God showed was sincerely wrong in some doctrinal issues, and our brothers and sisters (including us!) had a hard time handling making the changes we needed to make in understand how God wants us to live and love. Some, like us, remained with the fellowship, while others left to join splinter groups who reinforced what they believed or to be unchurched at home or pursue more mainline fellowships. Later, we had to leave the fellowship because we were being spiritually stifled and knew God had much for us to explore and experience spiritually. We are happy to share that we have recently been welcomed back into the fellowship, which appreciates and supports the work God has given us to do for Him and is now recovered enough to pursue God’s spiritual leading.
There are some false doctrines and spiritual misunderstandings floating around out there that could be stumbling blocks between you and your eternity with God if you find out that’s not how God intends for things to be.
Some embrace the doctrine of men called the rapture. Of course, Jesus will return in power and glory and those of us who are His will rise to meet Him in the air, but scripture doesn’t tell us the timing as to when that will happen. Scripture also doesn’t indicate that believers will escape the coming tribulation. It does indicate that believers will be protected from some of the woes just like the children of Israel were protected from some of the plagues prior to the exodus.
The rapture promotes a false sense of security that can rock those that adhere to the doctrine and see that it doesn’t happen. It’s better for believers to focus on Romans 8:28 and trust God to be true to His word’s promise:
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Another sincerely wrong mistake is that some believers think that a scriptural commissioning of an individual applies to them as well. God did commission Ezekiel to be a watchman, and He can commission others as well, but it’s very important to fully understand what His will and commissioning are for you personally. It’s easy to misunderstand what God may or may not be showing us, and that’s why wisdom and discernment along with waiting until you are sure about your path are spiritually vital. If you sincerely thought God wanted you to do a work for Him and found out you misunderstood after years of effort, would you still be His?
Ezekiel Is a Watchman
16 Now it came to pass at the end of seven days that the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: 18 When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.
It should be noted that sometimes God requires us to be witnesses and not watchmen. This way, we do warn those that are His but bear no responsibility for their choices to heed or not. The perhaps true vision and understanding that was given to you may not come to pass because of other’s choices not to yield to God working or speaking through you. Will you yield to your crisis of faith or will you still be God’s?
Let’s all focus on the simplicity that is Christ and serenity prayer living: to change the things we can and accept the things we can’t change.
Father God, thanks for bringing these words to my attention and helping me to see how they apply in my life or the life of someone I care about. Help me to make whatever changes I need to make and help me to focus on Jesus so that I can continue to walk on spiritual water with Him. Help me to grasp the simplicity that is Christ and hold fast to that. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Finally, brothers and sisters, a promise that you can take to heart from God’s word: nothing can separate you from God’s love.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
copyright 2014, Pastors George and Sharon Billington