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Men who merely parrot.

Posted by appolus on April 23, 2015

CLIP000701 002Martin Luther writes………….”If we look aright at what people now do who reckon themselves as Evangelical and know how to talk much about Christ, there is nothing behind it. Most of them deceive themselves. They learn indeed to speak words, as a parrot repeats what people say, but their hearts do not experience them.They remain just as they are, they neither taste nor feel how true and faithful God is.”

It was true in Luther’s day and before, and so in ours. In so many circles, so much talk about Jesus but nothing behind it. The born again life is a supernatural life not a superficial life. The power of God is demonstrated in the transformed lives of men and women, such are trophies of His grace and His workmanship. First and foremost there must be a transformed life. The Kingdom of God must beat in the hearts of His followers. They must be led and guided by the Holy Spirit of the Living God. If men are not being led by the Holy Spirit then they are being led by their own souls and they deceive themselves. They speak, they write, they use words but they, as Luther says, are merely parroting what they have heard other men say. It is a regurgitation and not an impartation. Men without the Holy Spirit leading and guiding them, are like waves tossed upon the sea driven by the wind, unsound and unsettled, never learning only ever following other men. One day they will violently oppose something, and the following week when the wind changes so to will they change their unbridled minds. They are grasping in the darkness and can only parrot what they have heard and desperately try to give the appearance of one led by the Spirit.

I have found in my life that men of God are loyal and faithful and loving and true. Truth above all else drives them. Men of God from every age past were solely and wholly devoted to Truth, in every sense of that word starting with Christ. If the nature of God burns in your bones then you will be a lover of truth unto death, forsaking all things for its cause. This is the thread that runs through the ages. Some have been tested more than others on this in times past, yet the same Spirit and the same passion exists in every genuine saint. Truth, Christ, on Him alone we stand, all other ground is sinking sand. In the times present and a time soon to come, our generation will be tested by this on a scale never seen before.

The Body of Christ will stand in that day. It will be the finest hour for the Church of Christ. Yet faithless men, men who know nothing of divine love and divine loyalty, devoid of the Holy Spirit, will simply twist in the wind as they always do because they are driven and tossed by an earthly wind that makes them unstable in all their ways. They will become the deadliest enemies of the saints, accusers, night and day with a fierce jealousy that burns in their souls and turns to violence. This spirit is already rising. It is an ancient spirit and it is about to have its day. It has had its moments in time, but it is about to have its day. Who will stand in that evil day? God’s Kingdom children with royal blood coursing through their veins will stand by the power of the Holy Spirit that leads and guides and empowers them and magnifies Christ in their hearts. Amen Lord, be glorified.

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