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I have written many articles about the last days. I am grieved to see so many so-called professing Christians simply fall away from the faith and dive into apostasy. I don't understand! Don't these people care? Don't they realize they will stand before God and give an account? A pastor who falls away from sound Biblical doctrine has much to answer for when he stands before God! Why do pastors let rock and roll into the church to lead a generation of young people astray? How come pastors refuse to stand against false doctrine and Biblical compromise? Don't they care if God's people are led astray from God and sound Biblical doctrine? Many pastors will give an account to God one day!
On the other hand many of liberal pastors are not saved. They are just professing Christian tares who are employed as pastors. Why they became a pastor is beyond my understanding. They certainly are not serving the Lord!
Then there are pastors who are truly saved but simply do not have the backbone to stand up for what is right. They allow some false doctrines to come into their church. They are afraid of being called a 'fundamentalist' and of offending people by giving them the truth. Many congregation members do not have a heart for sound Biblical doctrine so the pastor is afraid of offending these people. The young people also want to feel like they are like the world. Therefore some pastors do not have the guts to disallow Satan's rock and roll music from coming into their church and youth groups. As a result rock and roll is now the norm in most professing Christian churches. A whole apostate/backslidden/false-Christian tare generation of young people are listening to the latest secular rock music. This is all sin and one day people will give an account to God. I certainly wouldn't want to be a saved but a backslidden pastor who hasn't the guts to stand up for Biblical truth and uphold Biblical standards!
The apostasy is not just with pastors. Lets not forget those in congregations who endure and accept liberal and apostate churches. I have seen many professing Christians fall away in these days of apostasy. I have seen incidents like one person who used to warn kids about the dangers of rock music. This demonic music will lead people away from God and right into the arms of the devil. So what does this person do? He gets married, has a child, and both mom and dad happily allow their child to get addicted and obsessed with Satans secular rock music. Then when he is warned, his reaction is to laugh - like something was funny! He certainly will not have that attitude when he stands before God one day!
It's time to wake up and take a stand! The days are short and soon the Lord Jesus will rapture home His Church!
In this tract we will look at the life of King Jehoshaphat. He was a Godly King and walked with the Lord. However, he had some major sins that he didn't control that ultimately brought judgment and the wrath of God into his family. He aligned himself with men who hated and rejected God. We will read about the life of King Jehoshaphat and relate that to today. The Christian who is saved but lives a life of compromise and tolerance of evil can be likened to King Jehoshaphat.
The Old Testament has many events which are examples for us today. We can learn and grow by learning from the sins and failings of God's people as recorded in the Old Testament. Below is the story of King Jehoshaphat.
2 Chron 17
1 And Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead, and strengthened himself against Israel.
2 And he placed forces in all the fenced cities of Judah, and set garrisons in the land of Judah, and in the cities of Ephraim, which Asa his father had taken.
3 And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim;
4 But sought to the Lord God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not after the doings of Israel.
5 Therefore the LORD stablished the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought to Jehoshaphat presents; and he had riches and honour in abundance.
6 And his heart was lifted up in the ways of the LORD: moreover he took away the high places and groves out of Judah.
7 Also in the third year of his reign he sent to his princes, even to Benhail, and to Obadiah, and to Zechariah, and to Nethaneel, and to Michaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah.
8 And with them he sent Levites, even Shemaiah, and Nethaniah, and Zebadiah, and Asahel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehonathan, and Adonijah, and Tobijah, and Tobadonijah, Levites; and with them Elishama and Jehoram, priests.
9 And they taught in Judah, and had the book of the law of the LORD with them, and went about throughout all the cities of Judah, and taught the people.
10 And the fear of the LORD fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were round about Judah, so that they made no war against Jehoshaphat.
As you can see by reading the above, Jehoshaphat was a Godly King that loved the Lord. He destroyed the things of the devil and saw to it the people were educated in the ways of the Lord. As a result, God was with him and blessed King Jehoshaphat.
11 Also some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat presents, and
tribute silver; and the Arabians brought him flocks, seven
thousand and seven hundred rams, and seven thousand and seven
hundred he goats.
12 And Jehoshaphat waxed great exceedingly; and he built in Judah castles, and cities of store.
13 And he had much business in the cities of Judah: and the men of war, mighty men of valour, were in Jerusalem.
14 And these are the numbers of them according to the house of their fathers: Of Judah, the captains of thousands; Adnah the chief, and with him mighty men of valour three hundred thousand.
15 And next to him was Jehohanan the captain, and with him two hundred and fourscore thousand.
16 And next him was Amasiah the son of Zichri, who willingly offered himself unto the LORD; and with him two hundred thousand mighty men of valour.
17 And of Benjamin; Eliada a mighty man of valour, and with him armed men with bow and shield two hundred thousand.
18 And next him was Jehozabad, and with him an hundred and fourscore thousand ready prepared for the war.
19 These waited on the king, beside those whom the king put n the fenced cities throughout all Judah.
Above we read about King Jehoshaphat and saw that the Lord was with him and blessed him. Jehoshaphat loved the Lord and was faithful to him. However, in the next chapter we read about the weakness and sin of King Jehoshaphat.
1 Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab.
Why would King Jehoshaphat join up with Ahab who hated the Lord? Ahab married Jezebel who brought in Baal worship and had God's people killed. Why would Jehoshaphat make friends with Ahab? What would they have in common?
2 And after certain years he went down to Ahab to Samaria. And
Ahab killed sheep and oxen for him in abundance, and for the
people that he had with him, and persuaded him to go up with
him to Ramothgilead.
3 And Ahab king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Wilt thou go with me to Ramothgilead? And he answered him, I am as thou art, and my people as thy people; and we will be with thee in the war.
Again, why would Jehoshaphat align himself with the wicked King Ahab? Why would Jehoshaphat say that he is as thou art... and my people as thy people? This is not true. Jehoshaphat wanted his people to love and follow the Lord. Ahab wanted his people to love and follow Baal. This is an example of an unequal yoke between light and darkness!
4 And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray
thee, at the word of the LORD to day.
5 Therefore the king of Israel gathered together of prophets four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall we go to Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for God will deliver it into the king's hand.
6 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD besides, that we might enquire of him?
Interesting, Jehoshaphat heard 400 prophets yet he know they did not speak for the Lord. He still asked for one more.
7 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, by whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he never prophesied good unto me, but always evil: the same is Micaiah the son of Imla. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.
The reason the prophet of the Lord prophesied evil unto Ahab was Ahab's love of the devil and idols. Ahab rejected and hated God so why would a prophet of God say anything good about him?
8 And the king of Israel called for one of his officers, and
said, Fetch quickly Micaiah the son of Imla.
9 And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah sat either of them on his throne, clothed in their robes, and they sat in a void place at the entering in of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied before them.
10 And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah had made him horns of iron, and said, Thus saith the LORD, With these thou shalt push Syria until they be consumed.
11 And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramothgilead, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into the hand of the king.
12 And the messenger that went to call Micaiah spake to him, saying, Behold, the words of the prophets declare good to the king with one assent; let thy word therefore, I pray thee, be like one of their's, and speak thou good.
13 And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, even what my God saith, that will I speak.
14 And when he was come to the king, the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall we go to Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And he said, Go ye up, and prosper, and they shall be delivered into your hand.
15 And the king said to him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou say nothing but the truth to me in the name of the LORD?
16 Then he said, I did see all Israel scattered upon the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd: and the LORD said, These have no master; let them return therefore every man to his house in peace.
17 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would not prophesy good unto me, but evil?
18 Again he said, Therefore hear the word of the LORD; I saw the LORD sitting upon his throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his right hand and on his left.
19 And the LORD said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one spake saying after this manner, and another saying after that manner.
20 Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will entice him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith?
21 And he said, I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the Lord said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt also prevail: go out, and do even so.
22 Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil against thee.
Prophet Micaiah spoke the judgment that God had planned for wicked King Ahab. There is a lesson for today. Wicked leaders may have their time. However, there is always a day of judgment and reckoning coming.
23 Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near, and smote
Micaiah upon the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit
of the LORD from me to speak unto thee?
24 And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see on that day when thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself.
25 Then the king of Israel said, Take ye Micaiah, and carry him back to Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king's son;
26 And say, Thus saith the king, Put this fellow in the prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I return in peace.
Notice the bad treatment that was given to Micaiah. King Jehoshaphat was present and he was on the same side as the prophet Micaiah. However, because of his compromise with evil, he sat still and allowed God's prophet to be ill treated and locked up in prison.
Here is a point to remember: compromise with evil men who hate and reject God results in personal compromise and failing.
Below we read of the death of wicked king Ahab, just as prophet Micaiah said.
27 And Micaiah said, If thou certainly return in peace, then
hath not the LORD spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, all ye
28 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramothgilead.
29 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and I will go to the battle; but put thou on thy robes. So the king of Israel disguised himself; and they went to the battle.
It is interesting that Ahab (good "friend" of Jehoshaphat) went to battle in disguise but Jehoshaphat went with his Kingly robes. Quite a friend!.. Hey shoot him... not me! Read below and it is a good thing God is faithful to King Jehoshaphat in his failure.
30 Now the king of Syria had commanded the captains of the
chariots that were with him, saying, Fight ye not with small
or great, save only with the king of Israel.
31 And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, It is the king of Israel. Therefore they compassed about him to fight: but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the LORD helped him; and God moved them to depart from him.
32 For it came to pass, that, when the captains of the chariots perceived that it was not the king of Israel, they turned back again from pursuing him.
33 And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness: therefore he said to his chariot man, Turn thine hand, that thou mayest carry me out of the host; for I am wounded.
34 And the battle increased that day: howbeit the king of Israel stayed himself up in his chariot against the Syrians until the even: and about the time of the sun going down he died.
Now Ahab is dead and Jehoshaphat has lost a wicked friend. Next we read of a rebuke from God to King Jehoshaphat for making friends with the wicked.
2 Chron 19
1 And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned to his house in peace to Jerusalem.
2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD.
Here is the rebuke from the Lord to King Jehoshaphat. He was rebuked from the Lord for loving those who hate the Lord. It is sad but today (in the name of "love") there are those who love the God rejecting wicked person. False teachers and movements are embraced rather than rejected.
Today this would include:
1) Uniting and fellowship with the false religion of Romanism.
2) Allowing rock and roll in the church
3) Charismatic foolishness (barking, howling and claiming it is of the Holy Spirit)
4) Acceptance of evil groups that profess to be Christian. This would include promise keepers who seek to break down doctrinal barriers where Catholics are considered Christians... or Mormons are considered Christians. Other evil and Satanic groups like Masonry should also be rejected.
Because Jehoshaphat accepted the wicked King Ahab as his buddy and friend, he was given 'wrath' from the Lord. The end result of his sin was wrath from the Lord upon Jehoshaphat which is a big price to pay for accepting and loving the wicked and God rejecting.
However, through it all, God remembered the faithfulness of King Jehoshaphat:
3 Nevertheless there are good things found in thee, in that
thou hast taken away the groves out of the land, and hast
prepared thine heart to seek God.
4 And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: and he went out again through the people from Beersheba to mount Ephraim, and brought them back unto the LORD God of their fathers.
5 And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city,
6 And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment.
7 Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.
8 Moreover in Jerusalem did Jehoshaphat set of the Levites, and of the priests, and of the chief of the fathers of Israel, for the judgment of the LORD, and for controversies, when they returned to Jerusalem.
9 And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of the LORD, faithfully, and with a perfect heart.
10 And what cause soever shall come to you of your brethren that dwell in your cities, between blood and blood, between law and commandment, statutes and judgments, ye shall even warn them that they trespass not against the LORD, and so wrath come upon you, and upon your brethren: this do, and ye shall not trespass.
11 And, behold, Amariah the chief priest is over you in all matters of the LORD; and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the ruler of the house of Judah, for all the king's matters: also the Levites shall be officers before you. Deal courageously, and the LORD shall be with the good.
King Jehoshaphat truly loved the Lord and sought to honor and exalt Him while he reigned as King. He sought to turn the hearts of the people to the Lord and teach them in the ways of the Lord.
Next we read about a trial and how Jehoshaphat reacted and how the Lord reacted.
2 Chron 20
1 It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.
2 Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi.
Here is the problem... A great army rose up against Jehoshaphat. It was a great army and Jehoshaphat knew he had no chance of defeating this army -- on his own.
What did Jehoshaphat do? He and his people sought the Lord.
3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD,
and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.
5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,
6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?
7 Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?
8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,
9 If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.
10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not;
11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.
12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
13 And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.
Jehoshaphat was a man who trusted in the Lord and he called out to him in the time of trouble. Quickly the answer from the Lord is given:
14 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of
Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite
of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the
midst of the congregation;
15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.
16 To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.
17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.
God answers His people when they call out to Him in their need. In fact God said that this battle was His. This whole story shows how Jehoshaphat was a Godly King who loved and trusted in the Lord. And as you can see, the Lord was with Jehoshaphat.
18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the
ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell
before the LORD, worshipping the LORD.
19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high.
20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.
22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.
24 And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.
25 And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.
26 And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Berachah; for there they blessed the LORD: therefore the name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah, unto this day.
27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy; for the LORD had made them to rejoice over their enemies.
28 And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of the LORD.
29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel.
As a result of God's deliverance for King Jehoshaphat, the other nations were fearful and left the nation in peace. Jehoshaphat had a major trial of his faith and he trusted in the Lord. As a result he saw the deliverance from the Lord against his enemies.
30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave
him rest round about.
31 And Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah: he was thirty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.
32 And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and departed not from it, doing that which was right in the sight of the LORD.
Even though Jehoshaphat was a good king... there is a "But". He was good except..... he didn't remove the high places for the worship of idols and false gods. What about you reader? How many "But" conditions exist in your life?
33 Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet
the people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of
34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Jehu the son of Hanani, who is mentioned in the book of the kings of Israel.
Here we are about to read about the sin and failing of Jehoshaphat. He was a good King but he had an area of failure that he would not resolve. He liked to make friends with men who hated the Lord!
Again we will read about how Jehoshaphat joins up with the wicked who hate the Lord.
35 And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join
himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly:
36 And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Eziongaber.
37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the LORD hath broken thy works. And the ships were broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish.
God did not bless this joining up with the wicked. His business endeavor with the wicked King Ahaziah was destroyed by God. The Lord sunk the ships and sent a prophet to inform Jehoshaphat.
Today pastor/congregation member, God will not bless you either if you join yourself up with the wicked! Many weak willed pastors seek to bring sin into their churches and still wish to have the blessing of God. Of course I'm talking about pastors who are saved as I'm very well aware in these days of apostasy that there are all kinds of heretical wolves and false Christian tares standing behind the pulpit.
Here are some sins and evil endevors done by pastors:
- Uniting with Roman Catholicism. This would include Promise Keepers who has the goal to break down denominational barriers. They think Catholics (or Mormons) are just as saved as Christians. This is not true at all.
- Rock and roll music to lead astray and enslave the youth to Satan's music. Rock music is like a drug. It is very addictive and when Satan gets a hold of a young person through this demonic music, changes occur to that young person. The evil fruit of: rebellion, mockery, immorality, drugs, love of the world become evident in young people's lives.
- Charismatic foolishness. All this crazy babbling, barking, slaying in the spirit, convulsing is just plain evil. It is energized by Satan and should be rejected and thrown out of church!
Just like Jehoshaphat, Pastors who get involved in evil will not prosper in the long run. It is time to stand up for the Lord and stop being weak-willed and a man-pleaser. There are times to take a stand because this is what the Lord would want. Guiding God's people into separation and holiness is a good thing for a pastor to do.
Next we will read about the judgment of the Lord on King Jehoshaphat. Because Jehoshaphat was a good and faithful man God held off judgment during his live. However, in this case his children suffered and were affected by Jehoshaphat's sins and failures.
2 Chron 21
1 Now Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David. And Jehoram his son reigned in his stead.
Here we have the death of Jehoshaphat. However, now the judgment and all the evil fruit Jehoshaphat has sown by his alignment with the wicked can be seen. His family is going to be devestated as a result of the sins of Jehoshaphat.
2 And he had brethren the sons of Jehoshaphat, Azariah, and Jehiel,
and Zechariah, and Azariah, and Michael, and Shephatiah: all these
were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of Israel.
3 And their father gave them great gifts of silver, and of gold, and of precious things, with fenced cities in Judah: but the kingdom gave he to Jehoram; because he was the firstborn.
4 Now when Jehoram was risen up to the kingdom of his father, he strengthened himself, and slew all his brethren with the sword, and divers also of the princes of Israel.
5 Jehoram was thirty and two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.
6 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did the house of Ahab: for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife: and he wrought that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD.
Where did Jehoram, the son of Jehoshaphat meet this wicked girl? The answer is by being with his father as he had an evil relationship with the God rejecting King Ahab. Ahab's wife was Jezebel and she was very evil. She was also very pretty and I'm sure her daughters were just as pretty. Unfortunately they were just as evil as their mother! As a result of the compromise and sin of Jehoshaphat, sin and destruction came to his son Jehoram. Yes, Jehoram is accountable for what he did, but he was also influenced by the sins and compromise of his father! There were other judgments in the family of Jehoshaphat in future years which we are not covering here. However, they all could have been avoided if Jehoshaphat had obeyed God.
Is it really worth compromising with evil? Do you wish to see the destruction of your children and family because of your sin and disobedience to God?
The key verse of this whole tract is 2 Chron 19:2
2 Chron 19
2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD.
Jehoshaphat had no business making buddies with the wicked God rejectors. As a result he was given rebuke and judgment from the Lord on his family.
This is also true today. God's people are to stand up and be counted as followers of the Lord Jesus. We are to give out the Gospel and not compromise our stand. Aligning and identifying oneself with wicked Christ rejectors should not be done. God has warned about an unequal yoke and it should be obeyed!
2 Cor 6
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
Pastors and others who compromise should take note of the life of King Jehoshaphat. It is time to take a Godly stand and cast away the things of the devil. Deception is everywhere in these last days of apostasy. Don't worry about offending people if the offense is caused by standing up for what pleases the Lord!
There will always be doctrine rejecting people who, in the name of some kind of false love, tolerate and defend error and heresy. These people will always get offended when people stand up for what is right. They are the first to cry with their big mouths: unloving, judgmental, legalistic and all other kinds of nasty names. However, we are not here to please such people. They are hard hearted, liberal, and unteachable. Here is what the Bible says:
2 Tim 4
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Decide today to follow and serve the Lord. The time is short and soon the Lord Jesus will return to rapture home His people! It would be great to be found doing the work of the Lord on the day of the rapture! And guess what? Perhaps that day will be very soon!
15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.