Echoes From the Campfire

One had to be aware of danger to defend oneself against it.”
              –Louis L’Amour (Comstock Lode)

    “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”
              –Matthew 25:13 (NKJV)
Do you not see?  Do you not understand?  Of course not, not if you’re not reading the Bible, not if you’re relying upon your personal opinion.  The enemy works in darkness and people, including some in the Church are becoming lovers of darkness rather than lovers of the Light.

         “But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way…  He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this…'”
                   –Matthew 13:25,28 (NKJV)

The enemy will come to sow seeds of darkness into an individual’s life, but he also does the same to the Church.  Now for sure, the gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church (Matthew 16:18) and the Lord will not allow His Bride to be sullied, however, with that being said–there are wolves in amongst the sheep.  The enemy sows evil into the hearts of those in the Church; he destroys families and that in turn hurts the Church.
    The church (notice I switched to little “c”) has discord.  There are those in the church who believe and promote false doctrine–the seeds of evil.  There are those in the church who are allowing their personal hatred of an individual to cloud and affect the more urgent issues such as abortion–the seeds of evil.  There are those in the church who hold to the false truth of universality, that all men will eventually be saved–the seeds of evil.  There are those in the church who are calling evil good and good evil, blasphemy–the seeds of evil.
    While the servants slept… While the church was sleeping the enemy came.  Jesus tells the story of the ten virgins who were on their way to the wedding (Matthew 25:1-13)  Five of them were foolish and five took along extra oil, just in case.  Because of that they were able to waken, light their lamps, and go into the feast.  The others were given one of the saddest statement in the Scripture:  “I do not know you.” (25:12)
    While we slumber the enemy is at work.  He is in the process of sowing evil seed to split and dirty the Bride of Christ which will not be tolerated.  Do not join his ranks.  Heed the warnings of God’s Word.  Jesus will return for His Bride, one that is without spot or wrinkle or blemish (Ephesians 5:27).
    Beware of false preachers.  Beware of false gospel and fake news.  Beware when others say it is all right to have your opinion of God’s Word.  Beware when men are defiling one another and saying it is all right.  Beware that you are not duped and deceived.  Beware lest your hatred and bitterness destroy you.  Beware lest you trample on the blood of Christ that has purchased your redemption.