Embarrassed and yet fearful of denying the man of God, the two went on with the ceremony. There was no premarital counseling, no Godly advice given, no marriage license presented nor was the minister registered in their county, as required by law, to perform the ceremony. Adding insult to injury, the minister commanded the new husband publically to, “go up in her tonight.”
A little while after the marriage ceremony, the new husband told his pastor that he and his wife do nothing but fight and bicker. He said they don’t agree on anything concerning the marriage, finances, living arrangements nor their future and wanted to know what to do.
Is it just me or did everything go terribly wrong at that camp meeting? Were the people were so entrenched with the sensational, the platform of other finely appareled male ministers, the charisma of the guest minister, his stern looks, his waving hands and body gestures; that they failed to see “Satan’s devises” (2 Corin. 2.11)? To many the word preached felt like it should’ve been true. And because none of the other ministers on the platform moved towards silencing or correcting the guest minister after making a mockery of God, His word and His people, the onlookers believed the doctrine and show as truth.
As for the two who were married, well they were led to sin and if having not repented, are separated from God.
Why did this happen? And why didn’t anyone say anything?
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected
knowledge.” (Hosea 4.6)
Because of Adam’s sin, a man’s soul, if not blood washed, will lean toward and hunger after temporal and visual stimulation. The devil knows what you like and what you want to hear. He knows how to stimulate you. He sends his demons in to lead you away pretending as if they were sent from Christ.
We are all born with an instinctive desire to love and please God. This knowledge comes after a life has been submitted to Him through the sacrifice of Jesus and much study (Matt 11.29, 2 Tim 2.15). Jesus has said that Satan desires to sift us as wheat (Lk 22.31-32.) The devil uses this info in hopes of separating you from Jesus and stopping the ministry of reconciliation from advancing.
Repeatedly throughout the Bible is the declaration that false teachers will rise up and lead away people, even God’s elect, with doctrines of demons: read 1 Kings 13.11-29, Matt 7.15-20, 2 Corin
11.13-15, and 2 Tim 3.1-9.
As is stated in Hosea above we will not want to realize this truth. The enemy knows that Jesus will, “clean house—make a clean sweep of your lives. He'll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he'll put out with the trash to be burned." (Lk 3.17 MSG) So the enemy uses fear to paralyze many and keep them afraid of rocking the boat! It’s how he gains access into your lives and perverts the word of God.
What do we do now?
“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matt 26.41) You must be transformed by the renewing of your mind, when you are born again. Now is the time to die to your feelings/emotions leading the way. Now is your time to be led by the Spirit of God!
To the ones whose lives have been submitted to Jesus, He gives us the power in the Holy Ghost. A surrendered life is able to demonstrate the faith we have in Him (IS 61.2b-11, Matt 21.19-21, Mark 16.20, Jn 1.12, Rom 8.19, 1 Corin 2.4, Phil 2.15.)
You have God’s authority to walk out of any meeting where God isn’t present, the word has been corrupted and/or the acts bring to mind the People’s Temple or the Heaven’s Gate cult groups. Take every word spoken and line it up with that of God. Throw away anything in thought or deed opposite of God’s word. Watch the character and lifestyle of a leader in God’s house. Steer clear of those who don’t exhibit a Christ like lifestyle of change.
Invite God in to your heart today. Pray He leads you by His Spirit. Ask for Godly discernment. Read, study and learn His word. Inquire of God for a local ministry that will feed you the unadulterated Word of God.
Tithe and offer into a living and thriving ministry that the Word of God may reach the world.
Grow the measure of faith He’s given you. Then help another!