by Pastor Bob Cotton, Maitland
Dear Pastor Danny,Â Â Â
I want to encourage you to keep declaring the truth according to Godâ€™s Word regardless of how it is received.
I noted that when you declared what the Lord had told you, you included the word â€œIFâ€. While some would see this as a disclaimer for you to dodge criticism should the prophetic word not come to pass â€“ the â€œIFâ€ is meant to be an encouragement & motivation to the Church.Â 2 Chron 7:14Â is an example of this type of condition. â€œIF my peopleâ€¦.. etcâ€.Â Obviously, the condition was not met.
One of the Fatherâ€™s criticisms of the Old Testament priests was that they did notÂ teach the people how to choose between the clean & unclean, the holy & the common nor did they dress the wounds of the people according to their severity but declared â€œpeace, peaceâ€ when there was no peace. When the truth became offensive or unpopular, at times they chose to offend God rather than offend the people & it seems that nothing much has changed over the ages.
Brother, youÂ however, have boldly declared the difference between right & wrong in obedience to Scripture. We are told to have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness but rather expose them (Eph 5:11) & this you have faithfully done.Â Unfortunately, when declaring the truth is uncomfortable many â€œleadersâ€ either go quiet or ignore & cover up and as a result, the Church suffers.
We should not be too surprised for the Bible is clear that in the last days people will not put up with sound doctrine & they will find preachers who will tell them exactly what they want to hear much the same as the false prophets and corrupt priests comforted wayward Israel by â€œwhitewashing wallsâ€ & declaring â€œpeace, peaceâ€ when there was no peace between them & God. The result is an apathetic, compromised â€œchurchâ€ that arrogantly thinks it is rich and needs nothing but, in reality, is poor, naked & blind, having a reputation for being alive when really quite dead. Nothing more than salt without savour.
Much of todayâ€™s modern church is more concerned with lifestyle, money, pleasing man rather than pleasing God, outward appearances,Â being politically correct & not rocking the boat. Little wonder Jesus and the Apostles spoke/wrote so much about deception in the end times and all the trappings that go with it such as false prophets, blind guides, doctrines of devils, heresies, other gospels, hirelings, lovers of money & pleasure, servants of mammon, wolves in sheepâ€™s clothing etc.
I cannot remember an election where it has been easier for a Christian to make an informed vote relative to matters of righteousness. Information such as the Christian values checklist made it a â€œno-brainerâ€. Even if one understood nothing of politics â€œrightâ€ & â€œwrongâ€ were clearly identified & the choice should have been simple. How can a Christian cast a vote in the direction of candidates (or those supported by the preferences of candidates) who support what the Scriptures so clearly condemn? Many within the Church have sown a vote that may well return a harvest of unrighteous legislation, loss of religious freedom & even persecution.
In my opinion, this election was cross road for the Church. We had a choice, there was an â€œIFâ€ factor and I believe that we missed it. A man of God once told me that Australia was going to see a great move of the Spirit of God & it would happen either under blessing or under persecution. The move of God will come regardless but the circumstances under which it comes would be up to the Church.Â Perhaps we have chosen.
May the Lord bless you, Bob CottonÂ