There are many church leaders, and churches in general, falling into sin and deception. I started really noticing this in the late 1980’s, when I was in my late teens and early 20’s. Deception and foolishness wasn’t as rampant back then … or maybe it was, and had not yet been brought to light.
I was still heavily involved with the world back then, but I listened to christian music frequently, and the lyrics of a song had a heavy influence on me:
Would I Know You Now?
If you stilled the crowd
If You light dispelled the gloom
And if I saw Your wounds
Touched Your thorn-pierced brow
I wonder if I’d know You now
Would I cause You shame
Would my games be Your disgrace
Or would I worship You
Fall down upon my face
I wonder if I’d know You now
So distorted who You are
That even if the world was looking
They could not see You–The real You
Have I changed the true reflection
To fulfill my own design
Making You what I want
Not showing You forth divine
Would my flesh cry out “I don’t need You anymore”
Or would I follow You … Could I be restored?
I wonder–I wonder
Will I ever learn
Would I know You now
Don’t Let Me Miss You!!
One day, after listening to this song, and in a season of hopelessness, I prayed desperately … “Lord! If these people can fall, certainly I can be deceived! Please don’t let me miss you! Don’t let me miss out on what you’re doing!” It’s been a long, hard road … but He’s been faithful to answer my cry.
Everyday, and in increasing measure, He reveals to me from His Word a new aspect of His Godliness, leaving me in a continuous state of wonder and amazement. I constantly feel like one of the disciples on the road to Emmaus, who just got done spending 3 years with the guy, and yet couldn’t recognize Him as He walked beside them.
One could argue that Jesus changed His appearance, but I don’t think what took place. The Word says:
And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
First, He taught them from the scriptures [the Torah and the Prophets, there was no New Testament back then]. And then:
Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke [it], and gave it to them.
After Jesus revealed Himself to the disciples in His Word, He partook in fellowship with them. Luke goes on to say:
“Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.
He Is Constant
God opens my eyes so that I can know Him by revealing His awesomeness to me from the scripture, and then He takes time to discuss it with me. I don’t have to spend any time jiggling on the floor, or reading the latest “prophetic word” for this revelation. Without fail, I find that God never changes, He is constant …. always (don’t let ANYONE tell you any different)!
One could say that God changes, I would heavily and adamantly disagree. My perception of Him changes almost daily, and I am left with “Heavenly Heartburn” (Luke 24:32), but He always will be …. beautiful.