Does Living Faith Christian Fellowship have enemies?
Anyone who has googled our name can see that not everyone loves what we are striving to do; which is to build a first century apostolic church after the pattern of the Word of God. This is not the goal even of many who come here. Many come because their marriage is on the rocks and they need help; or they come because they have been rejected elsewhere and we are loving to them; or they come for some "novel" idea of being Biblical -- only to find that living on the narrow road is hard work, and this is not just a game we are playing, but a serious race we are running(Hebrews 12:1-4). When you set out to build a godly home and raise godly children in the setting of a Biblical church all hell is going to oppose you. Satan will bring people of unstable character to the church only to draw them away and use them to slander and lie about the church. Jesus said, "Ye shall know them by their fruits” -- just watch the fruit - theirs and ours -- for a few years, and see who is really striving to please Jesus. Whether they realize it or not, all their labors to make us look bad are only filtering out and protecting us from more people like themselves; because they are the only ones who will believe such slander - spiritual people can see right through it -- and they are still coming - praise God!
How hypocritical to slander us for being too critical when all they are doing on the entire blog is criticizing us -- but, of course, that is OK since they are "just warning others". But if we warn others of false doctrine, missing heaven, and other dangerous choices or behavior patterns, we are suddenly at fault. If you could only know the sad state of all our critics -- Their marriages, children, doctrine, lifestyle, etc. -- If you only knew, you would immediately discard their supposed expertise in criticizing churches and church ministries.
When you hear slander it forces you to be a judge; and this is part of your test before God. It is the natural fruit of a depraved nature to be suspicious of a group trying to live holy or leaders of such groups - to assume some hidden sin or secret error exists, and even find pleasure in it or hope for such because of the conviction it brings when one sees people really striving to live for God and maintain a holy walk. Why are most people quick to believe the slanderer against the one striving to live holy? Why don't they examine the fruit of the lives, and see that the one being slandered is not a slanderer, but striving to live a holy Biblical life and save others from sin and deception. What is the slanderer doing positive for God? Why are they slandering while leaving the faith and living more worldly? When people want to go another way, they must vilify the preacher and church that is standing in the way or condemning their actions. Why does a child slander his own dear parents when he wants to rebel and go his own way? Why don't you ask the parent the truth about the slandering youth? Should I disclose why these slanderers were excommunicated? Should I tell what I know of their life? Wouldn't I just be lowering myself to their level? Well, not really, because I would be telling the truth, and they are not. The picture would drastically change if I simply told the truth about those who are attacking me. Their hilarious, yet grievous fabrications are laughable to any who know the truth. They should call their post www.truthisirrelevant.com
Look at the life of Jesus and all the good He did and ask yourself why they hated and slandered him while He only hated iniquity and tried to save them from it. Listen to Paul: (Ga 4:16) "Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?"
Now listen to Jesus:
Lu 6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. 23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
Lu 6:26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
Joh 7:7 The world cannot hate you [unconverted brothers of Jesus]; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
Joh 15:18 ¶ If the world hate you [Christ's disciple], ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
Joh 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
1 Jo 3:13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
"The world" are those who are not servants of Jesus Christ. Whether they claim to be or not, they are not obeying His words, so they are not his servants. They have a natural hatred for those who are striving to live right
1Jo 3:11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.
13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
Why did Abel have an enemy? What had he done? He just tried to obey God.
I've been preaching the same basic message for 18 years now, and serving the Lord for over 30 years. Our belief and practice is on the World Wide Web for everyone to read and study. There are no secrets, and we have never kidnapped or forced anyone to join. We are a big happy family serving God together, and have no torture chambers or secret control tactics. We do admit that we have spent much hard earned money and time helping people move and settle in, which is then sometimes ungratefully turned around and used as though we were "courting" them (though they never return the money given); but be it so, we will continue to love and help, and let Christ be the Just Judge of it all. Even the Romans knew that before you condemn a person you need to have the accusers and accused face to face -- then the truth will come out!
Ac 25:16 To whom I answered, It is not the manner of the Romans to deliver any man to die, before that he which is accused have the accusers face to face, and have licence to answer for himself concerning the crime laid against him.
If you are quick to believe slander, then this reveals injustice in yourself. The story of an ex-member, an ex-wife, an ex-husband, or an ex-employee will almost always be distorted to cover one's tracks. We are at perfect rest in knowing every case will come into the courtroom of Christ - the Just One. I find no pleasure in seeing the judgment of my enemies, but I do rejoice that Christ is my judge; and so I say to my enemies who lie and slander, "I'll see you in court" -- Christ's court. This is what Jesus told his enemies:
Luke 12:56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?
57 Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?
58 When thou goest with thine adversary [Jesus] to the magistrate [God], as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him [get it right]; lest he hale thee to the judge [God], and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison [Hell].
59 I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite.
Here we see it said in a different way:
I Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
This is our policy, and so you must make your own choice of who you believe. Jesus taught us to "shake off the dust"; and this has partly the idea of shaking off the bad experience or rejection or mocking, and not carrying it to the next person we try to help or witness to. We strive to give each new person a fresh start even if we suspect another potential Judas or Simon. Paul faced these same challenges: 2Co 12:15 "And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved." 2Co 11:26 "... in perils among false brethren;" Paul was hated and accused of being a cult leader, Ac 24:5 "For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:"
Don't forget there are many people who love what we are doing here. If you wish to speak with members of the church, or ask about any particular situation that you've heard about, please call or visit, and check us out yourself. You won't find us eagerly slandering the poor lost sheep who have gone astray -- you might find us praying for them. Someone once said, "The Moon couldn't keep shining if it paid too much attention to all the little dogs that bark at it". We plan by God's grace to keep shining in spite of the discouragement it brings when those you sacrifice to help turn and stab you in the back like Judas did to Jesus.
God bless all who seek HIM in justice and sincerity
PS. We live in the "show me" state, and I want to challenge our critics who have never built a church to realize that until you've done it better or shown us a better way to do it you should really keep quiet. Anyone with a judicious mind can recognize "hippy mentality" which never builds anything productive, but is only expert in "tearing down the establishment" with a "victim syndrome" or "poor little old me" psychosis. We are open to sit down and discuss issues from the Bible, but it is very immature to stab people in the back, slander, lie, fabricate stories, and throw mud at those who have done nothing but try to help you spiritually, financially, physically - shown you love, hospitality, and all they could to point you in a Biblical direction -- shame on you.