While reading Malachi this week I made a couple observations I want to share. Although they are not directly connected with the message of the prophet, they do reflect on my views of Wholeness Witnessing.
Malachi 1:10, 11. “I wish that some among you would shut the Temple doors so that these worthless sacrifices could not be offered! I am not at all pleased with you.” says the Lord Almighty, “and I will not accept your offerings. But My name is honored by people of other nations from morning to night. All around the world they offer me sweet incense and pure offerings in honor of My Name,” says the Lord Almighty. (NLT)
2:10. Have we not one Father? Did not God create us? Why then do we break faith with one another, profaning the covenant of our ancestors?(TJB)
2:17. You weary Yahweh with your talk. You ask, “How do we weary Him?” When you say “Any evil-doer is good as far as Yahweh is concerned; indeed He likes them best”; or when you say “Where is the God of justice now?” 3:1. Look, I am going to send my messenger to prepare a way for me.(TJB)
I know that God was foretelling of the coming of John the Baptist, but the conditions today are not that much different today. Churches are justifying divorce, immorality, same sex marriage and homosexuality even though scripture speaks strongly against these things. And while they seemingly approve, or at least condone, these sinful natures, they criticize those who Pray to Jesus or worship in ways other than their own. They call them legalistic or even cults because they want to follow “the Law” or because they have traditions that are centuries old.
Every time someone disagrees with a teaching in a church, they go off and form another church that we teach what they want to believe. Look, I’ve left only two churches because I didn’t agree with the teachings. One because Scripture did not support the rules they set down as law and the other because the leadership would not bring accountability to the pastor. I left all other churches because I could not learn anything more from them or because God led me to SERVE somewhere else. In these cases I asked the pastors to release me from the church so that I could go forward in good standing and in faith.
Even in the church that I serve God now, I will not be in total agreement with and that is OK. I have that right. The one thing I see in the place I fellowship in is that we recognize Christ in each other and we see each other as family, from the weakest to the strongest.
It no wonder that the nations will bring pleasing offerings to God, those who live to serve and love the LORD Almighty in what they do, please HIM! And we who live in a “Christian Nation” should proclaim our obedience to Him in ALL our doings, keeping ALL his commandments, not just those that serve our desires.
So when a church says that “Sin is good,” we do not accept that teaching but protest it. When a church says that we must shun believers from another walk of Faith, we will not obey. Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered in My Name, I WILL BE THERE!” So I will, like John Wesley, gather with the workers of Faith where ever they may assemble. I will not separate myself from Catholics, Calvinists , Pentecostals or Adventist. We have one thing in common. We are all Children of Yahweh.