THE CONFLICT WITH BEING SALT AND LIGHT   According to the word of God, you and I, the children of God, are responsible for salting the earth and bringing forth the light of the gospel.   Matt 5:13-17…

THE CONFLICT WITH BEING SALT AND LIGHT

 

According to the word of God, you and I, the children of God, are responsible for salting the earth and bringing forth the light of the gospel.

 

Matt 5:13-17

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

 

Matt 5:11-13

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

 

In my previous blog “GOOD FOR NOTHING”, I said that being salt and light is God’s only plan for humanity.  There is no plan B or C.  We’re it!

Therefore, it’s our responsibility and distinct honor I might add to serve him in this manner; reaching out and making a difference in the lives of people.

 

Every one of us, from the pastor on down, needs to understand God’s chosen method, or plan for changing this world.  As salt and light, we start salting and giving light to this world the moment we’re saved.  The quicker we come into truth and revelation, the more valuable we are to the peoples of the earth, and the Kingdom of God at large.  In order to give the right message, we must know the right message, as it is revealed to us by his Holy Spirit.   Learning to rightly divide the word of God makes us effective.  So, our message must be clear, correct, and concise.

 

Most people don’t realize the conflicts involved with being salt and light in a world like ours, especially at this time in history.

 

 

1 John 2:18-23

Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

 

Inserted…  Do you understand what the word of God is saying here?  Over two thousand years ago, the Apostle John wrote this passage of scripture.  If it was impressed upon him by God concerning the terrible condition of the world during his lifetime, then it shouldn’t take a Christian long to figure out that our situation is far more precarious today.

 

Scripture cont’d…

19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

 

Who’s the liar spoken of in verse 22?  It’s anyone that denies Jesus is the Christ.  Our world is full of such people / antichrists.

 

1 John 2:23

Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

 

Please turn to…

John 5:22

For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:

That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.

 

These are powerful scriptures, and they convey a powerful message. 

 

This passage of scripture tells us something that is crucial to our faith, but rejected by so many religions. It emphatically states that Jesus Christ is equal to the Father; equal in honor, tribute, respect, and distinction.  Why is that important to us?  The most important thing is that it affirms our faith in God according to scripture.  It also confirms our relationship with Christ as both Savior and Lord; the only true and legitimate source for redemption, relationship, and intimacy with God.

 

In other words we’re to honor Christ, the true son of God; in the same fashion we honor the Father / God – equal terms.  If we disavow Christ, we must disavow God, because you cannot separate the two.  Such people are liars.  We have multitudes of people claiming to be Christians today who simply are not what they profess.  As a result, they have this demonic spirit of antichrist.

 

Please let me clarify something…

I do not hate these people, nor do I have any issues with any of them, apart from what is stated in the word of God.  I only desire to be salt and light to them; to bring forth the same truths I learned, so they too might be made free.  I love them, because he loved me first.  Our love for them should be the same love Christ had for all of humanity when he came to the earth - Rom 5:8 KJV But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Love brings freedom.

 

Examples…

There is a religious group called Jehovah’s Witness, who enthusiastically minister door to door, proclaiming to be the mouthpiece of God, heralding truth.  Their doctrine proclaims that Jesus Christ is none other than Michael the archangel incarnate, exalted, and manifested in the flesh.  They do not believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God, thoroughly rejecting his deity. 

 

Though I have no personal malice against these people, I cannot sit idly by while they promote their false gospel.  Scripture says that you and I are the salt and light that’s needed to combat the errors of antichrist.  Their doctrine is the spirit of antichrist, and they do not know the truth.

 

Let me make myself abundantly clear.  The deity of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is an absolute, and it’s non negotiable.  There’s no compromise concerning that absolute.  Either you believe it entirely, or you have the spirit of antichrist.

 

The religion of the Mormons states that Jesus Christ came from another planet.  Because he lived so holy, he was exalted to the place of godhood.  They claim that all of us can live holy and then be exalted to the place of godhood ourselves and thus bring life to other planets.

 

Catholicism gives credence and status to the worship of human “Saints” and further proclaims that Mary is in fact the mother of God, equal with Jesus.

 

These are only three religions, representative of countless others.  Their errors are obvious, and the word of God says that they are the spirit of Antichrist.

 

Let me say it one more time.  The deity of Christ is non negotiable.  He and he alone is equal with God.

 

We have religions, churches, and organizations across the globe that desires all people to be brought together in the spirit of love and unity.  It’s been tried countless times, but I assure you, it will never ever happen.

 

1 John 2:19

They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

 

More scriptural proof…

1 John 4:2

 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

 

2 John 7

For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

 

Being salt and light is not very popular in the world you and I find ourselves in.  I struggle with how to bring this revelation to you, so that you will have proper understanding.

The conflicts facing our world today are not about liberal or conservative views, or political persuasions.  The conflict is far deeper.  It’s about the spirit of Christ, which is the gospel; the power of God unto salvation and the spirit of antichrist which is against that gospel.

 

There is a current political party here in the United States which is antichrist.

It is both anti-gospel and anti-Christian.  Yet their members have no problem offering up prayers, or even evoking the name of God for convenience sake.

Such people are clearly antichrist as defined by scripture. Their thinking is antichrist; their actions are antichrist, and their agenda is antichrist. 

 

These people are certainly not anti-religion.  In fact they embrace religion.  Their religion serves only one purpose, which is the cause that suits the enemy of God – Satan himself.   They are antichrist.

 

It takes salt and light to destroy the lie.  

 

Though truth telling can be hazardous, be salt and light anyway.

 

 

 

 

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