Proof text? Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. James 3:1
Examples? Moses who didn't get to enter the promised land. Nadab and Abihu, sons of Aaron, Moses' brother who presented strange fire to the Lord, Phineas and Hophni, sons of Eli who profaned God's altar, Saul who was removed for false sacrifice and died for it, Uzzah who died for touching God's Ark, Ananias and Sapphira for lying to the Holy Ghost and Herod who dropped dead and was immediately eaten by worms for NOT honoring God. Acts 12:23.
How is it in this day and age people who have high positions in the body of Christ think they can get away with profaning where God has brought them? Is there no fear? Do they not act according to eternity? Do they thin God is going to just wink at the sin in their life?
No, I tell you, he will act as he does, using the secular to punish the sons of God. Isaiah 7:18
He will call the insects of the media, the bees of the law, the flies of the world to come against unrepented evil.
Don't call what God is doing an attack of the Devil. It's his way of taking the Bride to the Cleaners for a bit of a laundry job.
This is NOT only about the allegations against Bishop Long. I don't know about that. The world will measure him. If he is found wanting, he will pay.
This is about a rampant evil of disregard for the Sheep in the Pew. God told me a year ago, I love my sheep MORE than I love my Shepherds. He said to me, I died for them, they didn't. He always has.
The prophetic books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel contain harsh words against these failed spiritual leaders. In Isaiah 56 the priests are accused of being self-centered, foolish, and drunkards (56.10-11). Jeremiah accuses the religious shepherds of leading the people astray (50.6). And Ezekiel writes of the religious shepherds: “You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock. You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals” (34.3-5). This indictment brings a curse of woes upon them in succeeding verses (34.7-10).
“A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?”— Jeremiah 5:30-31
“Woe be unto the Pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture, saith the Lord. Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord.” (Jeremiah 23:1-2)
“Thus saith the LORD of Hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you; they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.”
It's time to get back to the basics. If by some chance you read this and it stings, REPENT. My friend Apostle Marlon Hester constantly warns against "Playing" in God's presence.
He's right. It's time to get serious about serving God. Maybe what we need is a few of these abusers of the sheep to drop dead in the pulpit like Ananias and Sapphira. Maybe THEN the evil ones will close up shop and slink away.
EVEN SO, Come Lord Jesus, Do Your Will.