Same Song, Different Verse :)
Until we see Him face to face :)
In the year 1620, in France, there was a man named Armand-Jean du Plessis, also known as Richelieu. Du Plessis, Richelieu, was titled France’s “Head of Foreign Affairs.”
Richelieu’s contribution to history was this militant and conniving obsession: he was determined to squash out those who were not a part of the prevailing religious culture and regime. He was compelled by his sense of duty to destroy anyone NOT a part of the widely-accepted institutional religious ceremonies and format. He made alliances and solicited shady informants, secretly opened others’ mail, and manipulated leaders and officials. He used “unity for God” to justify his commando tactics, death threats, slanderous political assassinations, and dishonesty. Even murder was not beyond him, since he was as the Bible warns, “doing God a favor” in his quest.
For anyone who has risked for Jesus in exposing satan in his many forms, in trying to save the innocents, you have already “met” Richelieu, no doubt. And if not yet, YOU WILL. “If they hated Me, they WILL hate you,” promised our Leader, Jesus. The Master said that it is not real Christianity if there is no such difficulty from those who do not “love the light”! You probably don’t often raise the dead, heal blind eyes, or walk on water, or show the compassion and prophetic insight that Jesus did. Not on His level exactly, right? We’ll never be wiser or more loving than HIM. So HOW EXACTLY are you more “lovable” than Jesus to those who will not listen to God, and the religionists? I don’t want to be the bearer of such challenging news, but Jesus DID say, “If they hated Me, they WILL hate you.” How’s it going on that? Representing Him REALLY? IF you stand for Jesus FOR REAL (rather than blending in where compromise exists), you will be accused and lied about. That’s just how it goes.
Here is a classic. This is SO realistic. : ) What follows is quote from the fetid Judas Worm-tongue Richelieu, openly displaying some of his tactics as he pursues his mission to harm the Christ in you:
“If you give me six lines written by the most honest man, I will find something in them to hang him.”
—Armand-Jean du Plessis Richelieu, 1622
Ahhhh. If you haven’t encountered such treachery as THAT one yet firsthand, you WILL hear Richelieu’s echo in your ear, eventually. That is, IF you are laying down your life for Jesus and His Heart, His Truth, every day, regardless of personal cost. In the face of irrefragable evidence of the nugatory or marginal world where “the gates of hell continually prevail,” Worm-tongue will pursue retaliation, when repentance could have brought “times of refreshing” (Acts 3:19). But, if and when that happens... That’s Life. We are simply called to “be faithful unto death.” And that is by NO means the worst that can happen to a human. : )
“To him who overcomes, I will make a pillar in the temple of My God. (The Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are that temple. Rev.21:22.) Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the NEW Jerusalem which is coming down out of Heaven from My God; and I will also write on him My new name. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches” (Rev.3:12).
I may be asking the obvious here, but I will ask anyway.... if Armand-Jean du Plessis were say your physical dad and mom, would you think that totally backing off would be appropriate? Or just limit contact as much as is appropriate without completely cutting off from them?? The remark always seems to find a way of coming up that “you are not honoring your parents,” etc., etc...
Hi Theo...... “Honoring your father and mother” does NOT mean “affection” or allowing your children to have affection for, or be influenced by them. It does NOT mean that you can be commanded to not talk about your Savior and His Truths (inseparable, John 1, etc.). It means you “entreat them gently” rather than harshly. It means you may well send flowers on a birthday, but WITH A NOTE that does not lose the point: “We are still praying for you. Happy Birthday! Please reconsider who Jesus is—we want to see you in His Paradise!” There are many things you CAN do that reinforce Truth, rather than sell it.
You would, at a federal building, or during a court trial, address a judge as “Your honor.” You “honor” him in your dialogue, with the very word in question. How do you TREAT him? You tell him the truth, no matter what he wants to hear. But you don’t do it without doing it respectfully! “I beg your pardon sir, but, if I could say....” “Excuse me sir, and I don’t mean this disrespectfully, but actually that’s not true at all because....” You “honor” a judge. BUT, does that mean you HAVE to eat with him (particularly if, because he “calls himself a brother” but is in deep unrepentant sin, you are COMMANDED not to eat with him, 1 Corinthians 5)? Of course not. You can “honor” him by being respectful WITHOUT allowing him to go fishing with your children, and show up at his house for an unconditional “fellowship time” as he might demand. Sorry for the pain. I know it’s real....
In His Love,