WARNING PREACHER: The World Will Hate You

Our Lord warned His followers from the very beginning that the world would hate us because they hated Him. The contrast of letting our lights shine by living in obedience to God’s Word throws a shadow over the people around us, and they will feel condemned by your righteousness, even if you never say a word to them.

You will be accused of being a hypocrite, a judge, or worse because your light will be visible to all. Please remember this, God never condemned Noah for the world refusing to listen to his warnings of judgment. God never encouraged Noah to build a bowling alley inside the ark and build friendly relationships. God called Noah to simply obey Him, warn others and build the ark.

I wonder how many people are in hell because they did not like Noah, the preacher? I wonder how many aimless and disobedient Christians exist today because they do not like the preacher God sent them? Did you ever compare this crazy idea to other situations in life? How many inmates get out of prison because they do not like the guards? How many get out of a speeding ticket because they do not like the police officer? How many get out of death and judgment because they do not like God?

“Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.

So the LORD said, ‘I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.’ But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.” [Genesis 6:5-8 NKJV]

You realize your creator did not care if the world did not like Noah. He did! He also chose Noah to be the preacher and warn them of their doom, for all their wickedness.

“God didn’t spare the ancient world either. He brought the flood upon the world of ungodly people, but he protected Noah and seven other people. Noah was his messenger who told people about the kind of life that has God’s approval.” [2 Peter 2:5 GW]

Yes, Noah the “preacher of righteousness” was not liked in his day. He was not popular!

Even his relatives ignored him and did not like his message, his methods, and his constant preaching. They did not like the preacher (2 Peter 2:5). But, they are in hell forever because they did not like, nor listen to the preacher God sent them! I wonder how many people there were, back then?

Like the present time here in the USA, people of the past also did not like preachers! The Bible records that God acted by, “turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)” [2 Peter 2:6-8 GW]

What was their conduct that brought God’s angels to travel directly to Sodom to wipe it off the face of the earth? For one thing, homosexuality!

“He said, “Please, gentlemen, why don’t you come to my home and spend the night? {You can} wash your feet there. Then early tomorrow morning you can continue your journey.”

“No,” they answered, “we’d rather spend the night in the city square.”

But he insisted so strongly that they came with him and went into his home. He prepared a special dinner for them, baked some unleavened bread, and they ate. [4] Before they had gone to bed, all the young and old male citizens of Sodom surrounded the house. [5] They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to {stay with} you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.” [Genesis 19:2-5 GW]

Lot frantically tried to save these strangers, not realizing they were angels and not really in danger. And to his credit, he fearlessly stood up to the whole city endangering his own family.

“Please, my friends, don’t be so wicked,” he said. “Look, I have two daughters who have never had sex. Why don’t you let me bring them out to you? Do whatever you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, since I’m responsible for them.” But the men yelled, “Get out of the way! This man came here to stay awhile. Now he wants to be our judge! We’re going to treat you worse than those men.” They pushed hard against Lot and lunged forward to break down the door.” [Genesis 19:7-9 GW]

Well, it is no obscure message here! The males wanted sex with the new males who came to town for a visit. This community was out of the closet and demanding a party! And the Bible illustrates that this sin is so wicked Lot was willing to give up his own daughters to rape, to keep these men from such a sexual encounter.

The Bible is clear the sodomites did not like this preacher either, and God destroyed their city in judgment. How many of them are in hell because they did not like Lot, the preacher?

God picks His servants and does not check with you to see if you will like them or not! He sends spokesmen to your city and churches and gives you His message as recorded straight from His revelation, the Bible. The sad record is just like Israel refused to follow God for most of its history, Americans feel they are religious and going to heaven according to their terms. They listen to the preachers they like and reject the ones that don’t suite them. The Bible records Israel’s history and it reveals rebellious Jews always liked the prophets that they picked BUT rejected the ones God sent.

Rebellious Jews always liked the prophets that they picked BUT rejected the ones God sent. God’s messengers were NOT POPULAR.

“Since the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have even sent to you all My servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them. Yet they did not obey Me or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck. They did worse than their fathers. Therefore you shall speak all these words to them, but they will not obey you. You shall also call to them, but they will not answer you. So you shall say to them, ‘This is a nation that does not obey the voice of the LORD their God nor receive correction.Truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth.” [Jeremiah 7:25-28 NKJV]

Our God never condemned the prophets for the people rejecting His message of repentance. He never said they should have been nicer, more politically correct, or softer in their style.

The people’s choice was always listening to the preacher who gave a liberal interpretation of God’s kindness by excusing sin or being silent about their sin, and never demanding repentance or full obedience to God’s commands!

When they did this, the Lord warned them, “These are the lies that the prophets are telling in my name: They claim that I sent them, commanded them, and spoke to them. They dreamed up the visions they tell you. Their predictions are worthless. They are the products of their own imagination.” [Jeremiah 14:14 GW]

Notice they did not twist the scripture, but falsely claimed God sent them to His people. Then they showed softness and acceptance for all, instead of warnings of judgment. They gave positive messages of blessing, in spite of the people’s sin and disobedience. They would not confront the people about their rebellion!

Even our God and Savior Jesus Christ proclaimed in Luke 6:

22    Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man’s sake.

23    Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, For in like manner their fathers did to the prophets.

24    “But woe to you who are rich, For you have received your consolation.

25    Woe to you who are full, For you shall hunger. Woe to you who laugh now, For you shall mourn and weep.

26    Woe to you when all men speak well of you, For so did their fathers to the false prophets.

Today the evidence is in, our country is full of people just like there were in ancient Israel. “Evangelicals have long prided themselves on a commitment to biblical Christianity, to absolute truth—convictions that, they often point out, Mainline Protestants abandoned years ago. Yet, a Pew Research poll found a slight majority of those claiming the label “evangelical” believe that many religions lead to eternal life.” [Probe Ministries July 19, 2008]

The majority of “God’s people” have turned from God’s Word. Pew Research poll found a slight majority of those claiming the label “evangelical” believe that many religions lead to eternal life.

This is no surprise! God warns us in scripture, “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” [2 Tim 3:12-13 (NKJV)] In these last days it is not going to be easy to share the message of Jesus. And it will not be easy to even teach the biblical truth inside the local churches as “evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse.”

Will you stand up for the truth of God’s Word and speak the truth in love, or be silent and watch the world silence all God’s servants. Over one-half of the supposed strong and real church of Jesus has already left the faith by adding salvation for men without Jesus. And many churches and the culture surrounding us are already demanding that what they are doing is not evil and if you oppose them, you must be forcible silenced! The only hope for eternal life is still the same, “repent and follow Jesus.” But in our day most claim there are many ways to heaven, so stop being judgmental and become tolerate! The clash is here in America! Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but by me.”

Be prepared to be unpopular, but “love your enemies, and do good to those who despitefully use you.” Be diligent and continue your training and don’t be afraid. The Lord Jesus wants you to go “make disciples” even to the end of the age when the world will have great hatred toward God. But He already promised that He would be with us, and He has the power to keep His promises!

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