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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.

7 Responses to “Men who merely parrot.”

  1. Scarlett said

    My spirit bears witness with your written words spoken in truth and love. God bless you dear brother in Christ.
    May peace and grace be multiplied to you,
    Scarlett

  2. Lori Jackson said

    Thank you for giving out the power of the simple truth of God’s Word. I recently have found your site and read it most everyday. It is a blessing to my heart.

    May God multiply those with ‘ears to hear’ what the Spirit is saying today to the church today.

    In Christ’s Love,
    Lori

  3. Steve said

    Again, spot-on, brother.

    I see this daily on facebook. “Friends” there pass around Bible verses about God’s love; but however edifying the verses, it often just feels like posturing. How honest are we when we parrot scripture to inflate our public (and self-) image as a devout “Christian” ?

    It becomes more than “posturing” when the same friends as frequently (or more frequently) parrot the violent lies of “gun-rights” and “conservative” manipulators. Playing at godliness, while our hearts seeth with hatred…Jesus called that “hypocrisy.”

    “Men of God from every age past were solely and wholly devoted to Truth, in every sense of that word starting with Christ.”

    “Truth in the innermost parts” leaves no room for posturing, self-glorifying, hypocrisy.

    God, so rule Your peoples’ hearts ! Amen !

    Steve

    • appolus said

      Steve writes………… ” How honest are we when we parrot scripture to inflate our public (and self-) image as a devout “Christian” ?” Yes indeed, that is right on point. The men of God that I know are, above all else, authentic. What you see is what you get, not perfection, but real. They have a zeal for God and they have His Spirit flowing through their veins. Often times they struggle with their zeal, but it is easier and more desirable to channel a mans genuine passion for Jesus than to have to deal with hypocrites, actors on the religious stage who only want to promote the image that they are devout Christians. Life, and that more abundantly flows through the genuine saint. He has been born again gloriously from above and Jesus is the ruling passion of his life. Peter made many mistakes, big ones, but he was able to humble himself and be broken. What you saw with Peter was what you got, such a great example for most of us. ” Truth in the innermost parts,” this is it brother, this is the key to all of it, truth on the inside makes its way to the outside. Hypocrites have truth on the outside, they are satisfied with what men can see, the genuine saint comes to a place where He only cares what God can see. And from this place the world begins to see the authentic, and it is starving today for the authentic…………….bro Frank

      • Steve said

        Ah, “authenticity” !! It’s a continuing meditation since suddenly “SEEing” it reading John 1 a while back. Jesus greeted Nathanael at their first meeting with “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit !” I was impressed too that in his authenticity, Nathanael (despite his initial skepticism: “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth ?”) knew within seconds Who Jesus was (“Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel !”).

        Meditating too on how we BECOME authentic. As you say, Truth “in every sense of that word starting with Christ” in the innermost parts. Rigorous continuing self-examination (Proverbs 4:23, Haggai 1:5, I Corinthians 11:28, II Corinthians 13:5, Galatians 6:4, I John 3:21, and elsewhere). Humility to accept correction, even from others as flawed as we are: who may nonetheless see better than we that our outer man belies our profession of Christ. As you say, “truth on the inside” MUST “make its way to the outside”…lest we become hypocrites.

        And not for our own growth in holiness only. As you say, the world “is starving today for the authentic.” So starving that they fill themselves with the husks of deceit, when the Church has no True Bread to offer.

        blessing, Steve

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