Saturday, July 18, 2015
And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
This is an interesting verse, and I wanted to explore it. We are warned betrayal will increase. This world as many of us know is growing steadily more wicked. Everything is about competition and measuring up. One thing writing this blog, I took some major hits even in real life, I spoke of betraying people in the earlier article warning about Christian message boards.
I did have people enter my real life years ago when I even started warning about the interfaith movement on message boards. One tried to take me down the Calvary Chapel of highway lies, another pressured me into thinking Roger Oakland was a true preacher even with the discrepancies of years ago. Life because of this blog has been very strange for me at times.
Every blog out there that speaks any truth, it seems people who want to work on you come out of the woodwork. Trust me on this one. This is a given. Even if you think your blog is little and "small potatoes", trust me they will surprise you.
I think of my years of disappointments figuring out that so many online "discernment" ministries are false. I don't expect everyone to agree with everything I write, I am human and make mistakes and so do other humans. Obviously in many cases finding huge discrepancies and other problems on websites, one figures it out. Some will even make obvious "hand-signs" on their websites. Others will cling to positions that make no sense among others. I can handle people who are sincere and disagree with me but the problem is there are a lot of wolves out there and they aren't sincere. As the Bible warns us, we are sheep among many wolves.
Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
It's scary that the gathering enemies were so immense since I am a peaceful person. I'm not living in a bunker or calling for anyone do anything evil. I don't want any enemies. With all of the betrayers, I wanted to be their friend and wanted them to be real and wanted positive fellowship but it was impossible. It hurt inside to find out what was really going on. God warns us we will be betrayed. Jesus was betrayed as well.
Luke 22:48 But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?
If you write any truths online, know that the Trojan horses will come out of the woodwork. Trust me on this. All of these false friendships gave me deep feelings of betrayal. I was betrayed massively. One even went on to trash me on a shared message board. With a few of them, things could have been worse, I felt God had warned me about them and in one case I even dreamed that things were very wrong. On the surface many of these folks were kind, good and giving but they all had an agenda and in that laid terrible betrayal.
Spiritual abuse can be where some of the greatest betrayals can lie. Many people have told me how churches or people within churches betrayed them spiritually or they were offered healing via deliverance and other ministries which became controlling and dysfunctional. Often the healing was done under the guise of focusing on their faults or telling them they were demonized and leading them to disheartenment. Be careful of deliverance ministries, I don't trust them at all, and even if on the surface, the prayers seem good in renouncing evil, be mindful of those who grow more legalistic or try and/or seek control. They often can have an agenda. People who have been severely abused or who have gone through horrific things will often be vulnerable to the predations of false deliverance ministries.
Often these types will change the goal posts, and put people in the place of pleasing a false pastor or them more then Jesus Christ. Many people who are lured into cults, or who are spiritually abused, are seeking fellowship and companionship and there the love-bombers and liars lay in wait.
A couple months ago, I lost a local friend. She never was a friend. This was not an online Trojan horse but a real person who lived locally. She did not like my ideas even though I was slowly introducing her to things and she was growing more and more angry. She did not show this anger and kept false smiles on her face however I felt near the end especially God was warning me too about her. She was so "good" at faking things, that my husband even told me, "I thought this was a near and dear friend, you two laughed together so much. She must have been one of the greatest actors in the world." I said, "I knew something was going wrong behind the scenes."
Think of that word betrayal. People fool us and we think they are something they are not. They are smiling and laughing towards us while planning destruction. Many are flat out predators. I had the predators who because of this blog decided to "work on" me, and I also have encountered emotional predators in the real world. Hopefully with time and seasoning and God's help, I am learning to recognize would-be predators faster.
I am not a perfect person and have many faults but one thing is if you are true Christian, people will hate you for it. I am not someone who acts like a snobby church lady berating people for not following rules. I don't hit anyone over the head with my Bible. However even with time, people realize where you are spiritually at, and as Jesus Christ warned us, we will be hated. Often some of my hatred in the real world came when some realized I did not hold to this world's values. They saw me as a "troublemaker". One time I got in trouble for telling people, that this world makes everyone chase carrots on sticks and we should look to God's standards instead.
The local friend gossiped about me and sided with an enemy of mine. This is someone who mocked me for being a Christian and put me down in front of others. Oddly in this case, this other lady had a son, who had become new world order aware and was either a Christian and/or very open to it. She was walking around telling everyone how "mentally ill" this son was and this betraying false friend of mine sided with her. I am praying for that young man.
The betrayers will present themselves as kind and good to us but inward they will be wolves in sheep's clothing. Wolves smile on the outside while planning evil. Too many Christians are kept naïve in the churches, so even the most false sociopathic pastors now are loved and lauded. In fact in this wicked world, it is most often the most dark and evil who have gained popularity and the love of the masses. I notice a lot of the pastors are way too charismatic, a lot of smiles, but very little realness. Have you ever wondered why that is? Why do the most evil get the most attention in this evil world? Proverbs 73 warns us that the wicked will prosper.
Very few miss this simple concept that the most wicked often appear the most good, loving and kind. One technique of sociopaths even is to do "love-bombings" on their future victims to prep them to be compliant and taken by surprise. This is one thing to be wary of. If you meet up with someone who never can admit they are wrong about anything, be very careful. That is a red flag even if they are nice to you. Personalities where they are "never wrong" and always in total control, be mindful and remember some of these warnings.
Spiritually we will make many angry at us. I had preached the gospel to the false friend and she through a feigned smile had told me she had been "born again" and loved and believed in Jesus Christ but I kept wondering through the next few years why she was clinging to a false church. She was in a conservative Lutheran church and I did my best to tell her the truth. One thing you will discover, is even in friendship if someone cannot tolerate the preaching of the gospel or the truth, they will depart from you even before you may make the decision to depart from them. Even if you take things slowly, if they have no love of the truth, things will come to a head one day.
Things got very odd during one of the last times we were together, she brought up this strange point to me, "Politicians are people too and usually good ones!" She was angry at me for questioning the political system. Her messages for me to conform, actually got stronger and stronger. She tried to tell me what to talk about even between ourselves. She was angry and outraged at my beliefs. I wasn't speaking about the new world order to her, but because I had told her a few things how the world system worked, she was not happy with me. She told me to stop speaking out against false churches and pastors and was outraged at my beliefs about the church system.
Perhaps some of you relate to this, you're a Christian that knows what is really going down. I'm not bragging here as there is plenty I do not know, but you are a Christian who God has shown the truth to about the churches and you start feeling very separate from others. You start getting that feeling if people really know you or what you stand for, they won't like you and will reject you. You meet the few who do really love you, but the world has become a harsh task master. With the rejection, it's already happened once some have found out how you truly believe! You sit in a church, hoping to find fellowship, and you get that wary feeling, knowing if you open your mouth about anything of importance there may be trouble. You noticed that there is little chance for any true personal discussions and think this is by plan via pastors who don't want any dissent in the ranks. This feels like a betrayal of another sort.
Maybe like me, you have lost your family already, my spouse is supportive of my faith thank God. I have only very few relatives I am in any contact with, and even there they do not agree with my religious beliefs. Others I departed from knowing there was no other choice, God commands us to depart from the wicked. This can feel very difficult. I think about my years of rejecting Catholicism within my own family which even happened years before I was born again, knowing something was very wrong with the religion. I was closed out by a very young age for rejecting Catholicism and for standing up against evil. This is betrayal to lose your family over religious beliefs. Of course they think I am the betrayer for leaving Catholicism.
Betrayal from those you grew intimate with or shared many personal things with or thought you were friends can be among some of the most painful things to go through. You open up to someone only to get squashed. In this pain however, we can grow closer to God in calling out to Him. We are to forgive those God leads us to forgive and to depart from any reprobates, and leave them to God.
There are those who have faced far worse betrayals of course in the world to the point of losing their lives. I have met those who have had worse spiritual abuse and entire churches betraying them and abusing them. The offense and hatred against true Christians is growing in many circles. The offense and hatred even with the false church system is growing for those who stand against it's wickedness.
I am noticing something about the "cultural Christianity" world. The people in that world seem to be very loved by the world. They have close ties with people in their church. They are close to their families. No one is betraying them. They are conforming to the system. Sometimes I feel nervous that I seem to upset people so and even at times have sinfully envied the ones who easily conformed, but while they are ignoring matters of conscience, I'm trying to follow mine and where God directs me.
They are popular and well-established in the community. Some have music ministries and others. Sometimes my own thoughts about these things trouble me, and I worry about my own cynicism as many of these folks are "nice" people but they aren't paying any price in this world for any religious stands. Most are very kind to me if I stay "happy acquaintances" with them and don't go too deep. There are a few who are okay with me even if I tell them my true beliefs but they are more the minority. Many of the "cultural Christians" are embraced, the world loves them. They aren't getting into social troubles like me. They aren't being betrayed. Doesn't that represent a problem of sorts?
I was reading this verse the other day, and notice how Jesus warned "all men", that's not just a few, that's just about everyone. It says we will be hated. Otherwise why did Jesus say ALL men? He didn't say a few. Betrayal comes with being hated. Jesus is warning us we will be hated.
Matt 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
How does one deal with betrayal? It helps me to know that Jesus Christ went through betrayal via Judas. His friends turned against him. [John 13:18, Mark 14:50] So even our Lord and Savior had to personally deal with these pains. This helps one feel not alone in betrayals. The fact that God Himself warned us what would happen to us, should give us a feeling of comfort and knowing we will be blessed for His name's sake. God comes first to me. I know with the betrayals that happened, there was no other choice, as I could not submit to other human beings and forsake God at their direction.
So often the Christian will be betrayed for refusing to betray God.