There is a love that is readily perceived as hatred and selfish ambition. And there is a hatred that is readily perceived as love, but is full of hatred and selfish ambition.
There was a time when one man turned an entire city to God. For in that day people cared about what is true. The love of God for the people was sent in the body of a reluctant man, and the fruit of that love was blatantly obvious.
Today no such thing can be done. Jonah caused Nineveh such great anguish that they fell to their knees in repentance and prayer. Such words today are ignored as if they are full of hatred and selfish ambition.
But preach to the people what they want to hear, and you will amass to yourself millions. Your words will be full of hatred for the Living God and full of selfish ambition, but the people will perceive that you love them.
Do not be surprised in this day if the preaching of the true Gospel receives such a tiny welcome. This is not the day of Nineveh. This is not the day of Babel. It is not the day of the great Egyptian empire. Nor even that of Rome.
This generation is special unto itself. For these are the last days. This is the day which gives birth to the generation who celebrates at the death of the prophets; sending gifts to one another, for they despise the Word so greatly.
Take heart if you are cast aside and vastly unpopular. So mankind has treated God’s prophets from the beginning. And from here on, it becomes even more so.
And if you are a teacher who receives great welcome in this world for the words you speak, it would do well for you to consider the truth. For if the world loves your words. . .
By His Grace