Special Point #6 – sometimes you have to be offensive

Our ministry has two primary purposes (you already know this):  Pure Bible Study without compromise, meaning that man’s input (denominationalism) is left at the door and discarded, and exposing the fact that the God of the Bible is not the same as the god of Islam as many would have you believe (do a simple Google search on “common ground” or something similar and you’ll be treated to a plethora of folks trying to make peace and find commonality where the Bible plainly says it doesn’t exist).  But sometimes, in order to get to the Truth, or to get the Truth out, you have to be offensive.  So we have another motto in our ministry:

“If it offends you, you need to study the Bible to find out why you are offended.”

You see, in preaching God’s (of the Bible) Word, you *must* remain true to what He says or you are simply preaching your own decisions.  In fact, when one reads the Bible in English (whatever translation), one is faced with two objects to overcome – the opinion of the translator and the opinion of the reader.  Both of these combine to take us further away from the plain and simple Truth of Scripture, but worse, both of these combine to make a pathway for those who would distort Scripture and make it seem as if they and you have an obligation to bend over backward to accept the world over the Truth of Scripture.

The problem with accepting the world is that it is governed by a false god named Satan.  And Satan causes EXACTLY what we’re talking about here, both now with this article and overall with a ministry that does not compromise the Word of God (of the Bible).  Even Paul alludes to not allowing dishonesty and deceit but into men’s consciences and he blames their blindness on Satan:

“Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
2nd Corinthians 4:1-4

Because of the many who see this ministry as offensive and, at the same time, refuse to read the Word of God (the Holy Bible) without blinders, I thought it time to show some examples of offense in Scripture.  Truth be told, the stories listed below are stories of my heroes (especially the Prophet in the New Testament Who spoke in Red Letters) and this is EXACTLY where I get my offensive, blunt, but honest approach to Scripture.  If you get yours from anywhere else, well, see the motto above about examining why you are offended.

Let’s get started with an Old Testament prophet of whom we’ve recently spoken, Elijah.  Elijah defended the worship of God (of the Bible) over that of the Phoenician god Baal.  Today, we do the same but are defending Him over the worship (or even the tolerance of) the false, moon god of Islam, behind whom we fully believe is the spirit of Satan.  The two (God and Satan) are so far apart that there can be no similarity, much less sameness, and even still much less the idea of worship of the god of Islam or even visiting a mosque in order to feel “tolerant” and inclusive.  This was the example set by Elijah (and other prophets as we’ll soon see) and it should be the example set by us today.

Elijah’s tactics were harsh.  To begin with, go back and read Talking Point #57 for a review of his actions on Mount Carmel.  He proved the prophets of Baal wrong and then slaughtered them!  How’s that for offensive?  Actually, you may be saying, it sounds a bit like the harsh punishments of Islam today, so how can we say that the God of the Bible is a nicer, more easy-going God than the god of Islam.  Slaughters, killings, and other extremely offensive antics in the Bible may seem to equate the two books (the Holy Bible and Holy Quran) and the two gods, but God (of the Bible) merely uses this to cleanse the land of those who He already knows will not turn to Him because of the hardness of their hearts.  Please go back and read Talking Point #55 for more in-depth study on violence in the Bible compared to violence in the Quran.

So we have the story of Elijah on Mount Carmel.  Let’s now recall Elisha, Elijah’s disciple (if I dare call him that).  He had the nerve to ask for a “double portion” of Elijah’s spirit.  If Elijah was offensive, what do you think could have come from Elisha?

For starters, when he was taunted by children to “go up, thou bald head” (meaning, depart in a fiery chariot and “go up” like Elijah had done), he called out two female bears to destroy 42 of them!  Yes, the bears killed 42 children at Elisha’s bequest!  You probably think that extremely harsh for a little teasing by children, but consider a few points.  First, God (of the Bible), being the Perfectly Holy Being that He is, Who cannot even look upon sin much less allow it in His presence, granted the request of the prophet, meaning that the request did not have any ill intent or man’s anger in it.  It was a holy request even if we can’t see it or understand it today.  But think about this – those children were only kids and were already acting this way toward God (of the Bible) through acting out at a man of God.  There was no Internet back then, no public schools or television either – these kids got their attitudes from their parents and nothing else.  Could it be that, like the destruction of the inhabitants of the Promised Land, God knew the hearts of these little kids and allowed their destruction to prevent future problems for Elisha’s ministry?  We have to give a “holy” attitude toward things that we read in the Bible and know that, even if we don’t understand it, God has reasons for it all and would never allow anything like this to happen if it didn’t have a holy element to it.  But it sure sits well with the subject, doesn’t it?  Elisha was rather offensive!

That wasn’t the only time Elisha was offensive though.  He had a servant named Gehazi.  After Elisha healed Naaman the Syrian of leprosy, Naaman had tried to give Elisha gifts but Elisha refused them.  Shortly thereafter, Gehazi decided to trick Naaman into giving the gifts to him on behalf of Elisha.  Elisha knew what Gehazi was up to, however, and the following occurred:

“But he went in, and stood before his master. And Elisha said unto him, Whence comest thou, Gehazi? And he said, Thy servant went no whither.  And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants?  The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow”
2nd Kings 5:25-27

Do you think that Gehazi was offended?  What would you feel like if you went to church today and spoke with your pastor and he afflicted you with leprosy?  Would you be offended?

The point is that Gehazi had sinned and Elisha let him know it!  He didn’t fawn over him and play games – he gave him no uncertainty in judgment for his having misrepresented God!

Let’s look into the New Testament to see other examples of offensive behavior.  Let’s look at the Prophet of Prophets, Jesus Christ (of the Bible), the One Who most of the church absolutely refuses to see in any light other than a soft-spoken, child-loving, all-forgiving Savior Who is totally contrary to the mean, wrathful God of the Old Testament.  Believe it or not, He was actually quite offensive!  By the way, He *IS* the God of the Old Testament and there is no difference – see John 1:1 and compare it to Genesis 1:1 to see that Jesus Himself actually created the world.

So, how was He offensive?  Recall His actions on the temple mount as recorded in all four Gospels.  The narrative occurs in Mark 11:15–19, Matthew 21:12–17Luke 19:45–48, and John 2:13–16.  Matthew’s account is provided below:

“And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.  And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.  And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased, And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?  And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there.”
Matthew 21:12-17

Can you imagine how those guys must have felt?  Can you see yourself in that position?  You’re selling your goods and someone comes along and destroys your tables and scatters all of your animals and wares all around.  How long would it take you to call the police?  You can’t tell me you would just walk away with your head down.  No!  You’d be offended and it would take you a week or more to get over it!  Jesus (of the Bible) was OFFENSIVE when He was angry with cause, and this cause was people going against the Word of God (of the Bible).  He was RIGHTLY JUSTIFIED in what He did and He didn’t care that the Truth offended the people.  Why is so hard for us to be this way today?

On another occasion, Jesus offended even those who were following Him.  Check this out:

I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.  The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.  Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.  For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.  He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.  As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.  This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.  These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.  Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?  When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?  What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.  But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.  And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my FatherFrom that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.”
John 6:51-66

Wow!  Talk about offensive!  This was so bad that “many of His disciples…walked no more with Him.”  Yeah, I’d say that the answer to His question “Doth this offend you?” was a resounding “Yes!”  They couldn’t take what He was saying, and many cannot take it even today.

One last message from Jesus Himself.  I’m certain that this one can be misconstrued by those bent toward trying to equate God of the Bible with the god of Islam, but I will reiterate that you should read Talking Point #55 if you haven’t done so already and get a clear understanding of violence in the Bible and then pray hard for understanding of what God (Jesus Christ) is saying in the following passage:

“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.  But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.  Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.  For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.”
Matthew 10:32-35

What could Jesus have meant by this statement about the sword?  Did He literally mean a sword to simply reek havoc on the world?  Of course not!  He meant the same thing that is exemplified in all the examples in this post:  He meant that disobedience will result in punishment but that His Love and Grace is always available to those who would obey.  And in this last example, He is telling us, Christian, that we will have persecution even within our own families because of our faith and obedience; how much more then among different church denominations and especially those churches led by serpents in expensive suits (or even blue jeans and shirt tails hanging out) serving halal foods to their unsuspecting congregations members while they learn about “tolerance” and “peace” in the pursuit of the 2nd greatest commandment even at the expense of the first great commandment.

Why should we seek common ground, peace, or anything else that may lead a member of the church into the belief that there are many ways to get to “the Kingdom”?  There is one way, and it is a way without compromise.  Call right, right.  Call wrong, wrong.  Imitate Christ (of the Bible)!  Don’t ever be afraid to speak the Truth of Scripture – don’t give the first care if someone else disagrees.  If they disagree with the Word of God (of the Bible), THEY ARE WRONG.

Always remember that there is no similarity between God of the Bible and the god of Islam.  Anyone who tells you there is, is a minister of Satan (and don’t overlook the pulpits when searching out these serpents).  Also always remember that…

Jesus is NOT in the Quran!

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