This generation is constantly clamoring for unity, love and acceptance while also demanding that all nations and all faiths be embraced, that all individuals have the right to do as they please, that there be no police, no laws, no incursions on the rights of the individual. What kind of la-la-land does this current generation live in?? They claim that they are for love and harmony, but they are the most INTOLERANT bunch of haters of everyone or anyone that does not think, feel or believe EXACTLY as they do.
The problem is that the world is demanding that man be glorified, honored, respected, satisfied and happy. This can NEVER HAPPEN. As long as man IS KING and everything is focused on self the world will continue to spiral deeper and deeper into darkness. It is my hope that this post will help you understand why.
When I first read the lead on the following article, I thought oh, ok. Some wise folks are deciding that they don’t have to join the crowd who loves to be offended. I am glad I read the article. That is not what it was about at all.
Oxford University boss says it is ‘unfortunate’ that some students ‘claim a right not to be offended’
“>Cherwell, Dame Louise Richardson, who has served as Vice Chancellor since 2016, said that “there is a view amongst some students – and it’s not all students – there is a right not to be offended”.
“I think that’s unfortunate. I’d like to persuade them that that’s not a healthy approach to take,” she added.
She said that Oxford was “pretty robust” on freedom of speech.
>“We both know that the press – or some parts of the press – likes to use the issue of freedom of speech as a stick with which to beat certain universities,” she said.
“>“But I think we’re pretty robust on the issue, even if not every student or every staff member would agree with me precisely on where to draw the lines. My own view is that all legal speech should be welcomed at universities.”
“>Dame Louise has previously told students that they must be prepared to “hear the other side” of arguments and that “they should, through reasoned debate, seek to change the other’s mind and above all, be open to having their own mind changed too”.
𝐖𝐡𝐨 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐠𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐑𝐈𝐆𝐇𝐓 𝐭𝐨 𝐍𝐎𝐓 𝐁𝐄 𝐎𝐅𝐅𝐄𝐍𝐃𝐄𝐃?
Proverbs 19:11 – The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
Proverbs 18:19 – A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
James 3:16 – For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
Leviticus 19:18 – Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.
1 Peter 2:23 – Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
James 1:19 – Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
Acts 24:16 – And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.
Matthew 18:7 – Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!
LOVE, real, honest, pure, world changing love; can only come from the Father above. To be filled with love, you must be filled with love for our Creator.
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:4
Matthew 6:5-15 aka The Lord’s Prayer. Jesus taught us to pray this way.
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Only when we take our focus off our own selfish wants, desires and demands and turn our focus to what GOD has for our lives can we ever find peace, joy, contentment and fulfillment.
When we focus on lifting up GOD in the earth, he becomes our glory and the lifter of our head.
And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. John 12:32
“But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, And the lifter of my head.” Psalms 3:3
Yes, I know that the disciple stated that scripture applies to his death on the cross. However, God showed me that it also applies to life NOW. If we lift up JESUS/YESHUA before the world, he will draw people back to him, to truth, to real honest love.
Even the so called ‘Churches” of today have learned that trying to please people and avoid offense DOES NOT WORK!
Why Seeker Friendly CANNOT Work
- People would find the church more inviting and more welcoming
- People would, “Like God More.”
- More people would, “Hear the gospel.”
- More people would, “Come to Christ As Savior.”
- They would bring more, seekers and church consumers into the church.
- By joining church programs they would hopefully become true disciples and followers of YHWH and of Messiah.
- Church is more popular.
- Church is more fun and entertaining.
- People start out their journey with YHWH and Messiah more energized and enthusiastic.
However, here’s where it FAILS:
- People are NOT becoming biblical disciples of YHWH and of Messiah.
- Most people are NOT overcoming through their own life challenges as a result of this movement
- Many people are NOT growing beyond their initial commitment to Messiah.
First, reinventing and reimagining church is NOT the solution to the problem. Reinventing, and reimagining church IS the problem. This whole problem started by using worldly American business building model thinking and applying those standards to church planting. They already admitted that didn’t work. So another man made and man invented process will work better?
Second, If using failed man-made techniques didn’t work once, how will using more man-made techniques and surveys succeed if you tried again? In other words conducting man-made surveys on what church consumers want didn’t achieve biblical discipleship, then how will more man-made surveys solve that problem?
For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.
so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
By changing church so that the un-churched sinful world will be happier with God and with church, they are actually training people to become friends with a sinful world, and thereby make themselves enemies to the living God. That can’t work. That’s the OPPOSITE of Discipleship. It’s a clever TRAP!
Romans 3:11 NASB95
There is none who understands, There is none who seeks for God;
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good. The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God. They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one.
They took the gospel which Messiah said WOULD NOT be POPULAR, and set about making the gospel more popular. So they set about achieving an end that MESSIAH SAID would NOT occur. By definition, that CANNOT possibly function well.
“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.
“If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.
Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you.1 John 3:
“They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God.
- We are NOT making successful disciples
- We are disobeying a direct command of the Messiah
- We are violating the New Testament
- We are failing in our mission as churches
The Apostle Paul instructs the church in these words concerning offenses…
“…giving no offense in anything, that the ministry be not blamed” – 2 Co 6:3 KJV
The Living Bible Translations says it like this… “
“We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry. In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind. We have been beaten, been put in prison, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food. We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, Or by our holiness of spirit. and by our sincere love.
We faithfully preach the truth. God’s power is working in us. We use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack and the left hand for defense. We serve God whether people honor us or despise us, whether they slander us or praise us. We are honest, but they call us impostors. We are ignored, even though we are well known. We live close to death, but we are still alive. We have been beaten, but we have not been killed. Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.” – 2 Cor 6:3 – 10
Paul instructs ministers to give no place to the devil by not taking offense to any mistreatment one might and quite possibly receive in life or even on a daily basis. As he said, our actions and deeds must represent God in a righteous way where we do not offend others as well. This can be done only through living and walking in the spirit.
“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will never fulfill the desires of the flesh admonishes to walk in the spirit and we will be able to put under our bodies. We will be able to set aside offenses caused by others and not holding these things against them. We must quickly forgive and not hold things against people.” – Gal 5:16
Some things can be discussed a few times however, to constantly rehash the misdeeds of others keeps it alive in our spirits. The act of constantly rehashing an issue is in essence, to wound yourself all over again in the exact same area. A wound that is continually reinjured will never heal. Our minds and spirits will move forward quicker without carrying the weights of offenses and the ill treatments perpetrated against us.
(Bear this in mind. If you take no offense, there is NO OFFENSE. You will be amazed at how much it FREES YOU! Forgiveness should come easy to a Christian covered in the Blood and Filled with the Spirit. He who is forgiven much, forgives others.)
When you have a right attitude, it will keep the door closed to the enemy. He will have no access to you whereby he can attack at random. We must not fall for the tricks of the enemy by acting contrary to the Word of God.
“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” – 2 Cor. 2:11
When we follow the Will and the Word of God, we are setting a standard for ourselves as well as our children. The Bible says in Cor 3:2 (KJV)
“Ye are our (living) epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: a type of walking bible for others to read. “
Therefore, we must constantly be aware that people are watching our reactions and responses to things that come up in life. We must quickly cast down thoughts of retaliation otherwise they will become a “high thing”.
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ…” – 2 Cor 10:5 (KJV)
Let’s quickly forgive and don’t be offended. Do not allow yourself to become agitated with the politics of the world, antics of the enemy and the perils of our society that often arise to try and cause us to move away from walking in the spirit. Through developing a consistent lifestyle of prayer and study of the Word, it will free us from the temptations presented on every front.
-May God Grace Abundantly Reign In Your Life
Apostle Ric & Prophetess Kathy Steele
So, my friends, the bottom line is this: YOU DO NOT HAVE A RIGHT TO NOT BE OFFENDED…
𝐘𝐎𝐔 𝐇𝐀𝐕𝐄 𝐀 𝐂𝐎𝐌𝐌𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐓𝐎 𝐁𝐄 𝐍𝐎𝐓 𝐎𝐅𝐅𝐄𝐍𝐃𝐄𝐃!!