I’m referring to a donkey, and if you read this entire post, by the end you’ll understand. I make no apologies if you’re offended, except for that I’m sorry for you. I am very angered by the Christians of this world who refuse to get out of the world and start truly living in Christ! Am I perfect? No! But I at least will admit the truth and refuse to sugar coat it with a bunch of lies and loopholes! I know what I’m supposed to do…do I always do what I am supposed to do? No! But do I know and admit this? Yes! Does every Christian so boldly admit to what I’m about to say here? No. They are what I call rock candy Christians.
Do you remember the old-fashioned rock candy? Crystallized sugar candy? I see so many Christians like this; hard as a rock, and full of sugar at the same time. I will never, ever make excuses or find loopholes to make any sins I commit okay. I love you all. I will not sugar coat my love. My love is true, and real. True love tells the truth and does not lie, whether it is accepted or hated, or none of the above. If anyone hates me for this, they also hate what the Word of God says, not that I compare myself to God by any stretch of the imagination…but I am quoting from the scriptures here. If anyone hates me over this, I still love you…I dearly love you. Read on.
Aren’t we supposed to be weird, different, peculiar? Let’s see what the Bible has to say here on this.
I Peter 2:8-15
“8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light;
10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
15 For so is the will of God, that with well-doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:”
Now let’s see how the dictionary defines peculiar:
strange; odd: peculiar happenings.
uncommon; unusual: the peculiar hobby of stuffing and mounting bats.
distinctive in nature or character from others.
belonging characteristically (usually followed by to ): an expression peculiar to Canadians.
belonging exclusively to some person, group, or thing: the peculiar properties of a drug.
1. eccentric, bizarre. See strange. 2. extraordinary, singular, exceptional. 5. individual, personal, particular, special, unique.
Antonyms (opposite of peculiar)
2, 5. common.
Let’s see what else the Bible has to say about all of this craziness:
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
“My son, do not walk in the way with them; hold back your foot from their paths,” Proverbs 1:15
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.” Mathew 7:13
“Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept;and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.” John 17:11-19
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” Romans 13:14
“Who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.” Titus 2:14
I could post so many more verses here, but I think I’ve placed enough to show you what I’m trying to say—we’re supposed to be different! We’re supposed to be separate from the world!
As far as keeping a stiff upper lip about the things of God to keep peace…what does Jesus say about that?
Jesus the Cause of Division
49 ‘I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!50I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed!51Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!52From now on, five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three;53they will be divided:
father against son
and son against father,
mother against daughter
and daughter against mother,
mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’
Interpreting the Time
54 He also said to the crowds, ‘When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, “It is going to rain”; and so it happens.55And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, “There will be scorching heat”; and it happens.56You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?
He tells us to be different, and we were given examples of how we are to be through Jesus, Paul, John…and so many more. Paul was loving, yet zealous, and so was Jesus. Jesus told the truth, and He commanded us to be truthful, because the truth shall set us free. Let me ask you this, does telling the truth about our beloved Lord, just as we see different people doing in the Bible, make us arguers or judgers? I don’t think so. If we do it the way we see it in the Bible, then it can’t be wrong.
Some of the most liberal and outspoken godless people who accuse we are forcing our beliefs on them are the ones doing that to us! And we just sit back and do nothing, and say nothing, going through our daily routine as if nothing is happening at all. There are people murdering other people, there are babies being aborted as we speak. There are mothers killing their children and babies as we speak. There are people, even those who once called on Jesus, putting a gun to their head right now. There are homeless people, people going to hell as we speak who have never been told the truth! So you don’t see it in person, only on the news? Stand up now and stop sitting around saying how sad it is, but that it’s not your problem because it’s not in your little world. Because I will tell you, everything going on out there is going to come to your little world and you’re going be awakened from your slumber and not have one clue what to do with yourself!
I have found so many people who want to sit in their little box of so-called ‘peace’ and not say or do anything, some even saying God has not called them to do so. Let me tell you this—if you seriously call yourself a Christian, you are called to tell the truth! It automatically comes with the free gift of Salvation. If you aren’t sure about that, or you want to argue it, feel free to search it out in the instructional manual God gave us for our lives. Do you want to know how to walk in Jesus Christ, and get to heaven? Open up your road map; it clearly tells you how to get from here, to there. Don’t bother Googling it, you won’t find it in the world! My friends, we were all called to minister God’s word! We were all called to tell others about Him. If you’re waiting on a word from God as to whether or not you should minister to others of God’s truth (not your own loving thoughts or words..but God’s!) you’re never going to hear it because you already have. The moment you read a book called the Holy Bible, you were told. And let me tell you this…for every person I’ve walked past and didn’t tell the truth too, I will be accountable before God.
As I kneel before Him in judgment, “Lyn, did you know this man you took care of for two years went to hell?”
I look up, not sure what to say, because I know I am guilty. I swallow hard. “No Lord, I didn’t.”
He looks down at me, “Why is it you do not know?”
Again, feebly I answer, “Well, I uh, God, um, I guess I never, uh, asked…”
Will some people we minister the truth to still go to hell? Absolutely. But, you will not be held partly accountable for the eternity of their soul.
Why are so many people so passive, so afraid, so hung up on peace and love, yet forgetting everything else God’s word has to say? Yes, the Bible tells us that nothing we do matters if we don’t have love…so we need to have love obviously…but is this the only verse in the whole Bible? I can’t tell you how many of my sisters and brothers I have come across here who use this whole “love” business to avoid the truth…to avoid the confrontation they don’t want to deal with…or to avoid being less popular with others because they might offend someone. Me, personally, I could care less who I offend. If the truth be told, I’m way more concerned about offending God than what I am people. You may hurt me in the flesh, but you can’t have my soul, praise God! Man can do whatever to beat me down, in the flesh, but my heart belongs to Jesus! I’m sorry, but I’m here to serve God, not man.
If I tell the truth and someone hates me, argues me, leaves a bitter message, know this now, I will post your comment, but I will not respond. I refuse to argue. I am speaking the truth. Need I remind you that all throughout the Bible, we are told love involves correction. Are you forgetting about this, you people who cower away from the truth because you don’t want to get up and do what you’re called to do? Go ahead, throw love in my face…it is in the Bible, as I’ve stated…but did you somehow forget about the verses on love I’ve mentioned? Do I need to post them here to prove it? I will, in just a second. Stop using this love stuff…the hippie movement used that too, and they even said Jesus was cool…did that make them godly people?
Love is not just flower fields and butterflies folks; love is also the things we don’t like. Correction, steering someone who is misguided in the right direction, telling others the truth, even if you’re too afraid to do so. Love is all of the good, wonderful things we know of, but it’s time to start looking at the book our Lord gave to us as a whole, and not just in pieces where it is convenient for your cowardice, political correctness, or lack of desire in our hearts to turn away from our lives of sin. We all sin, but let’s not live in it, and let’s do our job here and try to help our fallen brothers and sisters in Christ by telling them the truth, and let us also reach out to those who have never known Christ Jesus and start reeling them in.
Who cares if you’re not popular in the crowd anymore; who cares if you get yelled at, mocked, scorned, ridiculed, or if you suffer in some way. Jesus was beaten, spat upon, kicked, tormented, hung with nails rammed through His wrists and feet for you! Do you realize this? Stephen was stoned to death! Peter was hung upside down on a cross! Others were burned at the stake, eaten by cannibals…still, knowing that the risks were great, they all told the truth. What’s your excuse? It is your job in this short life that you live. Quit waiting around for talking mules and burning bushes, because it’s not going to happen. God has already burned enough bushes and spoken through enough jack asses to get His point across.
I am very righteously angry right now. Not because I’m better than anyone else, because many of you are probably better than I am. But I admit and know the truth! I don’t lie about it to myself or anyone else, and I don’t deny it. I don’t try and conform God’s word to my present, past, or future sins. I resign myself now. You think about this. The sand has been slipping through the hourglass for quite a while now…it’s almost finished. What’s it going to be? It seems to me that the talking Jack ass in the Old Testament had more sense than some of us Christians! Love is kindness, forgiveness, and all of those good things; but love is also telling the truth, and correction. If we do not tell the lost or the backslidden the truth, it is the same as hating them.
Proverbs 12:1 “He that loves discipline loves knowledge, and he that hates reproof is a fool.”
Proverbs 27:6 “The wounds of a friend are better than the kisses of an enemy.”
By the way, I am speaking to the people who come across this that have this problem. I am not speaking to everyone here, because to be honest, most of you feel the same way I do. I am sorry if I sound mean, I’m not trying to be; rather, I’m just attempting to blatantly tell the truth. I don’t beat around the bush, that’s not my personality. I try to be respectful and kind, and someday the people who continue on this behavior will look back and say, “She really was trying to help me!” I feel so badly for all of those souls who are tied up and tormented, in bondage to Satan. Friends, they are dependent upon us to free them from their torment! What comes out of their mouths in anger toward us is only those nasty devils who are tying them down to begin with! We need to witness, pray, and have faith! To just ignore it and say nothing, or just act loving without saying a word is wrong. Love is speaking up just as much as giving someone a hug, or feeding a hungry person. There are many forms of love depicted in the Bible. Not just wishy-washy love. Jesus wasn’t wishy-washy, and I won’t be either.
1And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in the plains of Moab on this side Jordan by Jericho.
2And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. 3And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel. 4And Moab said unto the elders of Midian, Now shall this company lick up all that are round about us, as the ox licketh up the grass of the field. And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time. 5He sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me: 6Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land: for I wot that he whom thou blessest isblessed, and he whom thou cursest is cursed.
7And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the rewards of divination in their hand; and they came unto Balaam, and spake unto him the words of Balak. 8And he said unto them, Lodge here this night, and I will bring you word again, as the LORD shall speak unto me: and the princes of Moab abode with Balaam. 9And God came unto Balaam, and said, What men are these with thee? 10And Balaam said unto God, Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, hath sent unto me, saying, 11Behold, there is a people come out of Egypt, which covereth the face of the earth: come now, curse me them; peradventure I shall be able to overcome them, and drive them out. 12And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed. 13And Balaam rose up in the morning, and said unto the princes of Balak, Get you into your land: for the LORD refuseth to give me leave to go with you. 14And the princes of Moab rose up, and they went unto Balak, and said, Balaam refuseth to come with us.
15And Balak sent yet again princes, more, and more honourable than they. 16And they came to Balaam, and said to him, Thus saith Balak the son of Zippor, Let nothing, I pray thee, hinder thee from coming unto me: 17For I will promote thee unto very great honour, and I will do whatsoever thou sayest unto me: come therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people. 18And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do less or more. 19Now therefore, I pray you, tarry ye also here this night, that I may know what the LORD will say unto me more. 20And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise up, andgo with them; but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do.
21And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab.
22And God’s anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him. 23And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way. 24But the angel of the LORD stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side. 25And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam’s foot against the wall: and he smote her again. 26And the angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left. 27And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff. 28And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times? 29And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee. 30And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I wasthine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And he said, Nay.
31Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face. 32And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me: 33And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive. 34And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD, I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me: now therefore, if it displease thee, I will get me back again. 35And the angel of the LORD said unto Balaam, Go with the men: but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak. So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.
36And when Balak heard that Balaam was come, he went out to meet him unto a city of Moab, which is in the border of Arnon, which is in the utmost coast. 37And Balak said unto Balaam, Did I not earnestly send unto thee to call thee? wherefore camest thou not unto me? am I not able indeed to promote thee to honour? 38And Balaam said unto Balak, Lo, I am come unto thee: have I now any power at all to say any thing? the word that God putteth in my mouth, that shall I speak. 39And Balaam went with Balak, and they came unto Kirjathhuzoth. 40And Balak offered oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that werewith him.
41And it came to pass on the morrow, that Balak took Balaam, and brought him up into the high places of Baal, that thence he might see the utmost part of the people.