Christians can be very pharisaical in their judgement of others and what God may be doing through them. I was reading an article on CBN News about whether Lauren Daigle considers herself a Christian artist or artist. The focus seems to be coming from her appearances on secular TV shows such as Ellen DeGeneres. She was also criticized for how she responded when asked during a previous interview on another show if homosexuality was a sin?
Lauren Daigle is a powerful singer. Her music transcends religion reaching hearts and touching lives in the secular world. My favorite is “You Say.” The church can never win the lost with their religious attitudes if they are not willing to extend themselves to those who are lost.
Jesus was willing to step outside of what would be considered norm, set aside his deity and become flesh, die a brutal death on the cross so that we might receive salvation and have eternal life. In these last days the Lord is moving to open doors for the church to bring a harvest of souls into His Kingdom.
Jesus said in Matthew 21:23 when questioned by the chief priests and the elders of the people on his authority to teach. They came to him saying, “By what authority are you doing these things?” “And who gave you this authority?” Jesus flipped it back on them by asking them a question about where did John’s authority to baptize come from? From heaven or from people?” The religious leaders should have been his strongest supporters instead of opposing his ministry. They didn’t know how to respond because they didn’t believe in John the Baptist’s authority to baptize.
He later shared the parable of the two sons working in the vineyard with his disciples to show how those that received John the Baptist teachings were in a more favorable position than the religious leaders by saying in vs 31, “I’ll tell you the truth, corrupt tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the Kingdom of God before you do.” John the Baptist came to show the path of righteousness. The despised and outcasts believed in him, but the religious leaders did not. When they saw the people turn from there ways, they didn’t repent of their ways nor believed his words.
What a sharp rebuke to the religious leaders! Jesus spent time with sinners of all types, tax collectors, prostitutes, the woman at the well who’ had many husbands. Jesus came to seek and save lost (Luke 19:10).
Let’s not be so spiritually minded that we are no earthly good. The Lord is raising up new leaders to represent his Kingdom and carry his glory into the vineyard in this new season. Don’t be like the religious leaders of Jesus day and question by what authority they do this.
Acts 2:17-22 TPT says’ “This is what I will do in the last days!—I will pour out[ my Spirit on everybody and cause your sons and daughters to prophesy, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will experience dreams from God. The Holy Spirit will come upon all my servants, men and women alike, and they will prophesy. I will reveal startling signs and wonders in the sky above and mighty miracles on the earth below. Blood and fire and pillars of clouds will appear. For the sun will be turned dark and the moon blood-red before that great and awesome appearance of the day of the Lord. But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord[ will be saved.’”
Take note that we just witnessed a Super Blood Wolf Moon January 20, 2019. Time is short. God’s redemption plan is moving forward. Don’t despise the open door nor question the methods God chooses to use to win the lost before the return of Christ
Note: All Scripture is taken from the New International Version unless otherwise noted.