That the Lord distinguishes among those professing to know Him is first seen again in the case of the two brothers, Cain and Abel. Both men were most likely taught by their father, Adam, about the kind of sacrifice involving the shedding of blood because of sin that pleased God (Genesis 3:21; Hebrews 9:22). Both men clearly had dealings with God. But only Abel set his heart to make the sacrifice that pleased Him. Cain did as Israel would later and many professed Christians do today: offer God what they want or deem sufficient and expect acceptance (Malachi 1:6-14). God was not pleased with Cain’s offering, told him so and Cain became so angry, he murdered his brother.
God punished Cain by separating him from Himself and his father’s house to become a “fugitive and a vagabond.” Though Cain and his descendants did great things, none of them called "on the name of the Lord” as did Enosh, grandson of Adam, and the godly line of men after him (Genesis 4:9-26, NKJV). These men are the faithful saints of old such as Enoch, who is one of only two men to date God separated out and took alive from the world, Noah, who God separated out with his family during the flood of His wrath that destroyed the rest of mankind and the earth of that time and reaching down to Abram from “Ur of the Chaldeans,” (Genesis 5:21-24, 6:5-22, 11:26-32, NKJV).
God spoke to Abram who He named “Abraham” and directed him to separate out from his people to go to a land unknown to him in order to found a new people of promise descended from him (Genesis 12:1-7, 15:1-21, 17:1-14, NKJV). During the days that ensued, Abraham’s nephew, Lot, separated from him and settled in the city of Sodom in the Jordan plain. God visited the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah and determined to destroy them, but not before separating out Lot, the only righteous man therein and his family to save (Genesis 13, 18:16-19:29). Abraham fathered Isaac his promised son and he Esau and Jacob--God’s chosen (Genesis 21:1-7, 25:19-26; Romans 9:6-13).
After separating from his Mesopotamian kindred to whom he had fled escaping the wrath of his brother, Esau, Jacob returned to the Promised Land with twelve sons and a daughter (Genesis 35:9-29). Among his twelve sons, God chose Joseph for His purposes. He separated him out from his family through the treachery of his brothers to become a slave, but eventually second only to Pharaoh in Egypt to save and keep all alive there (Genesis 50:15-26). After 430 years God came down to deliver Israel from slavery and bring them back to the Promised Land. By His vessel, Moses, God brought plagues upon Egypt, but in separation protected Israel (Exodus 2:23-3:8, 8:20-24, 12:40-42).
On the way to the Promised Land God punished those that rebelled against Him when they refused to go in after a faithless report from 10 of 12 spies sent to spy it out. God separated out and preserved those of faith, obedience and faithfulness such as Joshua and Caleb, but allowed those 20 years old and above in that generation to die through 40 years of wilderness wandering (Numbers 13-14:38). Joshua replaced Moses and led the faithful along with the children of those that had perished in the wilderness into the Promised Land (Joshua 1:1-9). From the death of Joshua and his generation through the next 1,300 years Israel would vacillate spiritually before God.
There would be brief seasons of faith, obedience and faithfulness to the Lord by the people as a whole with godly leaders then, prolonged seasons of unbelief, rebellion and unfaithfulness judged by Him as the prophets warned (Deuteronomy 31:24-29; Zechariah 1:1-6). Always, there were godly individuals of faith that God preserved and blessed during all times of His judgment as He has done, is doing and will yet do (Ezekiel 9; Daniel 1:1-16; Zechariah 13:7-9; Malachi 3:13-18). The New Testament draws from the written experiences of Israel with God and exhorts Christians to give full heed to avoid their mistakes and consequences (1 Corinthians 10:1-11; Hebrews 3). Not the unbelieving disobedient will enter God’s promised rest, but the faithful obedient (Hebrews 4:1-13)!
The writer of Hebrews plainly warns the danger of remaining obstinate in the face of God’s call to repentance is becoming “hardened through the deceitfulness of sin;” that somehow God will not judge for whatever false reasons (Genesis 3:1-4; Hebrews 3:13, 6:4-8, 10:26-31; Jude 5-23, NKJV).4 Thus, Jesus Christ, “the Chief Shepherd” over the flock of God “who knows those who are His” stands in the midst of professing Christianity (2 Timothy 2:19-21; 1 Peter 5:4, NKJV). He separates out the faithful obedient to Himself through the fire of testing and persecution as judgment He allows to reveal them like those of old; many going out as martyrs as foretold (Daniel 3:1-28, 11:33-35; Acts 7:51-60, 12:1-19; Hebrews 10:35-11; 1 Peter 1:3-9, 4:15-19; Revelation 6:9-11, 7:9-17, 12:7-11).5
As the Lord led me to recently write, persecution will not only reveal the faithful, but professed Christians as wicked impostors, rebels and apostates who align with the world in hatred and betrayal to persecute them, sealing their eternal doom.6 At the end of persecution in God’s final exam (Revelation 14:9-13), a faithful remnant will see and be separated out by flight with those resurrected to meet the coming Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). After His wrath, He will gather remnant Jews He as their Shepherd too, has separated out to Himself (Ezekiel 20:33-38; Revelation 7:1-8). On His throne of glory, the King will separate out nations unfit for His Kingdom (Matthew 25:31-46). The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, "Who is on the Lord's side?"
4 Besides deceitfully wrapping themselves in an invented cloak of eternal security, many that beyond a shadow of a doubt know they defy the plain commandments and
instructions of God in His Word shamelessly attempt to remove their guilt and certain consequence for disobedience by asserting commandments and instructions
that are not eternal are no longer important to God or applicable. Every commandment and instruction of God’s Word for this present, mortal age is important to Him
and applicable until the end (Matthew 4:1-4, 5:17-20, 24:35; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28; Revelation 20:11-21:8). Read the December 4, 2016 post, Now Is The Day Of
Salvation, under the category, Call To Repent.
5 This is every aspiring strong man and great woman of God I write about in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics who are equipped with biblical instruc-
tion to stand. Get a print copy or digital download of the book at major internet booksellers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ChristianBooks.com and Apple (digital
only). You can also purchase a print copy in the Strong Man Store.
6 See the two-part post beginning May 17, 2020, Persecution, Hatred And Betrayal, under the category, Bible Prophecy. Professed Christians that persecute their sup-
posed brothers in hate and betrayal fulfill the indictment of them as liars by the apostle John since authentic Christians love each other (Romans 13:8-10). Like Phar-
aoh long ago and their worldly cohorts, professed Christian hearts completely deceived and irreversibly sin hardened certify their just eternal damnation by and sepa-
ration from the Lord (Exodus 14:15-29; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-10, 2:7-12).
The call to spiritual unity the Lord led me to make in a recent post was to and is only possible among His followers genuinely repentant and revived by the Holy Spirit in the paradigm shift created by His Coronavirus judgment.1 This should not be shocking since authentic, Spirit-filled believers are strictly who the apostle Paul is speaking to when he issues his unity call to the church at Ephesus (Ephesians 4:1-6). It is also important to understand now, as the Lord’s Coronavirus judgment has ushered in another clear reality of the paradigm shift spawned with it: the launch of His days of separation not completed until after His Kingdom reign in this present earth and mortal age end.
The love of God in us and for each other that fosters unity is Christ’s standing “commandment” and instruction of His apostles to all disciples that would make up His Body, the Church (John 13:34-35, 15:9-12; Romans 5:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; 1 Peter 1:22, 4:8; 1 John 4:8-11, NKJV). The Lord Jesus is direct in declaring real love for Him is displayed in obedience to His commandments--agreed with or not; disobedience from Adam being why He had to come (John 1:29, 14:15, 19-24)! Likewise, the apostle John pulls no punches about the Lord’s standing commandment that His disciples love each other; describing those that refuse as still “in darkness,” (1 John 2:7-11, NKJV).
John goes on to mark the presence or absence of love for one’s Christian brother and practiced “righteousness” as a point of “manifest” separation between the “children of God and the children of the devil.” This separation was first made in the world by wicked Cain when he murdered his righteous brother, Abel, and continues to this hour. John further describes a professed Christian that does not love, but hates his brother as abiding “in death” and being “a murderer” (Genesis 4:3-8; 1 John 3:10-15, NKJV). He also calls the professed Christian man who claims to love God, but “hates his brother,” “a liar” (1 John 4:20-21, NKJV).2
There is then, a very real separation between the children of God and those of Satan in the world and within professing Christianity! We understand why this is so in the world since Christians are called out of it to follow Christ (John 15:19; Galatians 6:14; James 4:4; 1 John 2:15-17). While we remain in the world physically, we are no longer of it spiritually, morally or ethically (John 17:9-19; Romans 12:1-2)! Indeed, this world--enemy territory--is hostile to Christ, His Kingdom and us in Him (Ephesians 6:12; 1 John 5:18-20). We supposedly understand this too, and the fact we are destined by God to be separated from the wicked of this world forever (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, 47-50)!
However, why until now, has God allowed His children and the children of Satan as religionist impostors, rebels and apostates to co-exist in the churches or has He? From the beginning Christ and His apostles warned and taught about separating out and barring from among the churches those that would not stop sinning against a brother or obey right (sound) doctrine (Matthew 18:15-20; Romans 16:17-20; 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15; Titus 3:9-10; 2 John 7-11). And while it is true “certain men crept in unnoticed,” the apostles with the Lord fatally judged even some sinning believers as an example to all (Acts 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians 5:1-8, 11:23-32; Jude 4, NKJV).
Historically after the apostles, the church fathers stood against many false teachers through the 4th century using excommunication and public repudiation. At the end of the 4th until the 19th century Christianity the religion of men manifested prominently among Roman Catholics with others and Protestants that followed, wrongly and wickedly took it into their own hands to put to death those that were heretics in their eyes to include true saints and prophets of God sent to call them to repentance (Revelation 17:1-6)!3 Today though, like the church at Corinth fearfully slow to deal with a man in sexual immorality so, many churches all manner of sin that sanction it too (1 Corinthians 5:9-13). They do this to fill empty seats, give support to and serve their manmade religious purposes.
Church discipline of any kind in this 21st century epoch of tolerance is virtually non-existent in all but the most conservative (not necessarily biblically so) of churches. The result is much carnality, corruption, wickedness, turmoil, acrimony and falsehood from false prophets, brethren, teachers and churches (Matthew 24:11; 2 Timothy 3:1-9, 13; 2 Peter 2:1-3; Revelation 18:1-3) influenced by unchecked demonic deceit as foretold (1 Timothy 4:1-5). Now, the Lord during His Coronavirus judgment has served notice to all professed Christians emptied out of their buildings that He has come to the end of His forbearance with the status quo. With judgment, His days of separation are underway within professing Christianity; the Lord, separating out His faithful from the wicked!
1 See the April 26, 2020 post, There Is Only One..., under the category, Instruction.
2 Here is where the glaring inconsistency of being a professed Christian and racially bigoted is so striking! John calls such a person what he or she really is since God
who is love and has commanded Christians to love one another is not at all behind ethnic or racial prejudice. So, you cannot be both a Christian and a bigot! This
means the evident hardened, institutionalized racial bigotry extant in professing American Christianity is not ordained of God or His Word, but a counterfeit Christianity
of manmade invention. See my most recent February 2, 2020 post on racism, Ethnically Diverse Mankind Is Of God and on February 3, 2019, Christianity In Black
And White both under the category, Black History.
3 Read the Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica for articles on Christian heresy for more details.
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