Luke 6 26 Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets.
Neither the pursuit of popularity or politeness lead to the kingdom of Heaven. Do you love to please and love having people begging you to come hang out with them more or tell them your opinions? Are you well liked by many, respected by most, and generally thought to be a good person by the majority? You may be a false prophet!
Galatians 6 12 Those who want to make a good impression outwardly are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 Not even those who are circumcised obey the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your flesh. 14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation.
False prophets and outward politeness go hand in hand. People in pursuit of politeness (i.e. the false prophet) deeply cares about what other think of them. They desire to present an outward appearance that is pleasing to others regardless of the inner state of their being. These people attempt peace with others-not because it is right-but to avoid persecution. The exterior is polished while the interior rots without a sign of any such darkness on the outside.
Matthew 23 27 ‘Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.’
Was Jesus “polite” in the face of blatant religious hypocrisy?
Luke 11 52 ‘Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering.
Matthew 23 23 ‘Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices – mint, dill, and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law – justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. 24 You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.
Did it matter to Jesus when He was in the home of a such persons He deemed worthy of a public word lashing?
Luke 11 37 When Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee invited him to eat with him; so he went in and reclined at table. 38 But the Pharisee, noticing that Jesus did not first wash before the meal, was surprised. 39 Then the Lord said to him, ‘Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. 40 You foolish people! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? 41 But give what is inside the dish to the poor, and everything will be clean for you. 42 ‘Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone. 43 ‘Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces. 44 ‘Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves, which men will walk over without knowing it.’ 45 One of the experts in the law answered him, ‘Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also.’ 46 Jesus replied, ‘And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them. 47 ‘Woe to you, because you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your forefathers who killed them. 48 So you testify that you approve of what your forefathers did; they killed the prophets and you build their tombs.
Did Jesus humiliate those who are clearly in sin and who are NOT claiming to be right with God?
Luke 18 9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: 10 ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men – robbers, evildoers, adulterers – or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ 13 But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ 14 ‘I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
False prophets do not like to cause any friction, especially among family, because that is the one environment where we should get along the most, right? In fact, many would probably say it’s the “christian” thing to do to gather with earthly blood-related family, long and often through the year.
Proverbs 27 10 Do not forsake your friend and the friend of your father, and do not go to your brother’s house when disaster strikes you – better a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.
Christianity does not mean peaceful relationships, especially in family.
Luke 12 51 Do you think I have come to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you but division. 52 From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’
Jesus’s standard is that we get along with Him not that we are well loved by everyone who knows us. The Lord desires that everyone who knows us knows that Jesus is well loved by us. When it comes to the gospel, division among the closest relationships is often evidence that the gospel is flourishing because the very nature of it leads to conflict in the world. There is a “god” of this world who is at odds with Jesus. The world right now is under his sway. That is why God calls us to friendship with Him and enmity with the world.
John 7 (the world cannot hate those who are of the world-the Lord is talking to His earthly brothers here!) 3 Jesus’ brothers said to him, ‘You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do. 4 No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Sine you are doing these things, show yourself to the world. 5 For even his own brothers did not believe in him. 6 Therefore Jesus told them, ‘The right time for me has not come; for you any time is right. 7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil. 8 You go to the Feast, I am not yet going up to this Feast, because for me the right time has not yet come.’
John 8 42 Jesus said to them, ‘If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but he sent me. 43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I saw. 44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! 46 Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47 He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.
2 Corinthians 4 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For we do not preach ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said , ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
1 John 5 18 We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm. him. 19 We know that we are children of God, and that they whole world is under the control of the evil one. 20 Who know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is truth. And we are in him who is true – even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
John 15 18 ‘If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.
James 4 4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely?
If your family has a lot of peace with each other then likely there are no Christians in it. Or perhaps the true believers are staying home on the holidays rather than gathering with your self-righteous, flesh loving and flesh gratifying, worthless excuse for gratitude giving to God, UTTERLY VOID OF ANY REVERENCE FOR JESUS family gatherings. Perhaps such true believers would rather sit in the cold, congregating with the homeless and the drug addicted who don’t always have access to toilet facilities and often have to urinate on themselves than to stand near you-reeking of pride, justification, and a blatant disregard for the holiness of the great I AM who is forever praised amen! Perhaps such true believers would rather talk to “crazies” than gather with your selfish, pride indulging, life sucking family feasting celebrations where the only point of the family gatherings is to pat each other on the back as you all race toward hell and are proud of yourselves along the way. Perhaps such true believers would rather claim a criminal, homeless, crucified man, disowned by his own pastor and his own family who was cursed with hanging on a tree and bleeding for the sins of the world, who was seen as wretched and unfit to live by the culture and the rich, stuck up religious folks but who was chosen by GOD HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS to be glorified, as family-and more than that, as KING-than claim you on any level other than the superficial recognition of sharing human blood.
Too often in this country we take for granted when people say they “like” God or “like” Jesus. But when God tells them to do something they do not want to do they don’t do it. When God wants something from their lives that they do not want to give God they turn on God- often quickly, fiercely, and defensively.
According to the Word such people are false and the truth is not in them. They will be found without wedding clothes unless they repent. The Bible also warns that not many will be saved.
Luke 13 23 Someone asked him, ‘Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?’ He said to them, 24 Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.
Realistically, if we think that most of our family is saved, that does not line up with what scripture says about the extent to which people will truly accept Jesus in their hearts. Similarly, if we think that most of the people we know and commune with are saved that also does not line up with scripture. What lines up with scripture is that most people will not want to follow Jesus. They may desire to avoid hell. They may even desire to hear from God or be in His presence sometimes, but not to follow Him in the way that leads to eternal life for His true disciple.
People today hardly believe in miracles- like science and psychology defying, where there is no other explanation except for the Lord moving. However, scripture teaches us that people who actually do these great works, where the Holy Spirit is clearly manifesting in them, may not get into heaven. Matthew 7:21-28
IF we don’t even believe in prophecy, or casting out demons, or miraculous works and we certainly are not doing them ourselves on the Lord’s behalf, then we should not be entertaining the slightest hope that we are going to heaven. Even people who manifest God’s Holy Spirit in a big way will not get in. How much more do you think the Lord will reject a person (made in God’s image) who says that God Himself, who formed mouths cannot speak, and that God does not move in ways that we can see and perceive? That person limits the Lord and God gets no glory from his or her witness.
Revelations 22 12 ‘Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
Be warned! The Lord Jesus is coming soon. Come, Lord Jesus!