The hypocrisy of lip service
[June 27, 2022: There have been some changes made to this post. For more information, read the Editors’ notes at the bottom of the post. Editors.]
An ancient anonymous inscription inside Lubeck Cathedral, Germany
Ye call Me Master and obey me not,
Ye call Me Light and see Me not,
Ye call Me Way and walk not,
Ye call Me Life and desire Me not,
Ye call Me wise and follow Me not,
Ye call Me fair and love Me not,
Ye call Me rich and ask Me not,
Ye call Me eternal and seek Me not,
Ye call Me gracious and trust Me not,
Ye call Me noble and serve Me not,
Ye call Me mighty and honor Me not,
Ye call Me just and fear Me not.
If I condemn you, blame Me not.
‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth,
And honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'”
….”Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths
And honor Me with their lips,
But have removed their hearts far from Me,
And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men,
Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work
Among this people,
A marvelous work and a wonder;
For the wisdom of their wise men shall perish,
And the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden.
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Traditions of men Have largely Consumed the Evangelical Church and are Causing Widespread Suffering
All who are intent on doing evil will be cut off (Isaiah 29)
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Oh dear. They are blinded by the god of this world and don’t see their own sin as grievous sin. I’m in a group of about 25 women who pray for three hours every Monday morning for Jesus to open sin-blinded eyes and bring them all to revere and honor and obey and love Him. I can’t bite on bitterness because I know it will poison my own heart. True Justice comes from God alone, and I pray He sends it righteously to bring true conviction and repentance before these people blindly slide down the slippery slope to Hell.
God’s new work among this people will perhaps be a future event, but it is happening even today. It happens in small increments. Our eyes are slowly opening to the evil words and deeds. Only when we become aware can we act proactively against men who speak them.
This is a wonderful work of God in our lives to allow the eyes of our hearts to see evil, to act in wisdom to separate ourselves from it (to various degrees). Even a tiny act of refusing to look in their eyes so that they are not allowed to look us in the eye.
Evil men will not give up their power, but we can render them powerless in our lives, one life at a time, one decisive move at a time.
Would an abuser understand this?
As masters of blame-shifting, would they blame God for His condemnation?
Abusers are their own tin-pot gods. In their minds, the inscription inside the Lubeck Cathedral was written for – and about – them.
John Piper? Paige Patterson? All their ilk…
Are you listening?
And the rest of the Believers will stand.
Adding on to my own comment….
My “dad” believes he is the Me referred to in the ancient anonymous inscription inside the Lubeck Cathedral, Germany. My “dad” treated me as his slave, his automaton, an infant to be sacrificed to himself.
My “dad” will never know the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
If God condemns my “dad”, blame Him not.
UPDATE Sept 2021: I have come to believe that Jeff Crippen does not practise what he preaches. He vilely persecuted an abuse victim and spiritually abused many other people in the Tillamook congregation. Go here to read the evidence. Jeff has not gone to the people that he spiritually and emotionally abused. He has not apologised to them, let alone asked for their forgiveness.
Well, Cain certainly did. He complained that the sentence was too harsh.
Wise as Serpents: Cain is Still With Us Today
Thank you for the link, Barb. I read the linked post and the comments it generated, but I feel it’s more appropriate (for me) to comment here.
I don’t think ANY of my abusers would understand God saying to them:
And yes, they would blame God for His condemnation and “harsh” sentence.
In the minds of all my abusers, they believe THEY were the ones wronged. (Omitting details for my protection.)
Rambling Rose Inspiration commented:
Seeing Clearly wrote:
^That. Repeated multiple times.