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October 26, 2020 8:00 am
The division in church and listen to Adrian Rogers. We must never, never, never divide over incidentals, but we must stand for conviction. If we have to stand alone.
Sometimes denomination at the standalone and if they won't charges at the standalone model of the church is at the standalone family center standalone sometimes you might be in the church about Dagestan for the word of God that you need to get your family in another church.
Sometimes individuals at the standalone you may be the only one in your family that stands up for the truth but it is better to stand alone with the truth that would be wrong with a multitude to love worth finding in part on today's message pastor, teacher and author Adrian Rogers revealed that it's better to be divided by truth and to be united in error.
It's also better to speak the truth. It hurts and then heals to tell a lie that comforts to and it's better to be hated for telling the truth than to be loved for telling a lie. What happens when we standalone for truth rather than be wrong with a multitude what happens when lies temporarily succeed. If you have your Bible turn to second Kings chapter 22 as Adrian Rogers delivers an unchanging message to a changing world. What we have here is the story of a good man and his name was Thomas, but it was a good man will try to do a good thing but admitted a wrong way to God himself and league with an ungodly man whose name was they had and he's about to read the consequences, so like many people today they plan they plot they agree. And then after that they carried to God in prayer and ask God to rubberstamp their plans and so let's look at verse five and Josip at seven the king of Israel in wire.
I pray the word of the Lord today. Josip had to give a will to pray about the same. Remember, he's already made up his mind. He's already given his word. He's already entered into an alliance and any tries to get God to Robert Stanton so he says, less pray about it.
We need a word from God. Now became the wicked king whose name was Ahab. He had his court prophets. He had his paid pussyfooting pandering prophets. There were 400 of them and he called them together. Notice in verse six and the king of Israel gathered the prophets together about 400 men and set under them shall I go against my mouth, get into battle, or shall I forbear and they said, for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king 400 preachers speaking with humanity. At that time Josip had knew something was really wrong with 400 preachers to together about anything and so he's doing a little nervous that he says up, I was suspicious of this. Instinctively, he knew that something was wrong and he said isn't there someone else that we can get other than these 400 and notice in verse seven Jehoshaphat said, is there not here a prophet of the Lord. Besides that we may inquire of him. Now notice verse eight, and the king of Israel set of the Josip that there is yet one man McKay, the son of M law by whom we may inquire of the Lord God I hate him, for he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil, Jehoshaphat said, let not the king say so. That is king to have him a chance.
Let's hear what this 401st prophet will say and so they asked him to prophesy. Let's go get McKay. Ahab said I had all my preacher around the he never says anything good to me. He never says anything good about me. He never prophesies good concerning McCarthy couldn't practice anything good to her for a bad man. This was God's man. McKay with a sinful McKay because Ahab needs Jehoshaphat, and he doesn't want to lose that cooperation. So they sinful McKay the answer that this man of God gave whose name was McKay has put steel in my backbone and I pray God that every man of God will resonate with the words of McKay. Look, if you will, in verse 14 and Machias said as the Lord liveth what the Lord say to me, that will I speak that's underscored in my Bible as the Lord liveth what the Lord say to me that will I speak it may not be pleasant but I'll say it may not be prudent, but I'll say it may not be pleasing but I'll say it may not be profitable but I must say I may go to jail and by the way he did. They may kill me, but I'll say I may not get a promotion but I will say I will not be intimidated by the king. The king can put strings. Only you know the difference between a puppet and a prophet of puppet has strings on no man of God can have strings on him and so he said what God says to me that I will say now, here's the first thing it is better to be divided by proof them to be united in error is a lot of sentimental preaching about Jesus being the great unifier, but Jesus has caused more division than any other four cents creation. Listen to what Jesus said in Matthew chapter 10 verses 34 and following Jesus and of these words of Jesus. They may surprise you think. Not that I'm come to send peace on earth I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father and the daughter against her mother and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law and a man's foes shall be they of his own household and some of you could say that is true in my house ever since I gave my heart to Christ. There's been strife in my house is been a division in my house concerning the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who value unity above truth have missed the spirit of Jesus. It is better to be divided by truth than United in error.
Now again I want to say I am not asking God's people and good people to divide over incidentals, but when the great eternal values of the word of God or jettison and crucified upon the altar of conformity and cooperation. It is a sin against Almighty.
Not only is it better to be divided by truth than United in Arabic number two it is better to speak the truth that hurts and then humans than to tell a lie that comforts and then kills these 400 man told Ahab and Jehoshaphat ally here was a lie that Ahab love to hear Eli Lee's pandering preachers because they told me what he wanted to hear rather than what he needed to hear and as a result, felt a great calamity.
Preachers need to stop trying to win popularity contest. I want to say it again, it is better to tell the truth that hurts and then heals them to tell a lie that comforts and then kills may have said I hate the message that this man brings. He saw a man who was his friend as his enemy former pastor this church. Dr. Robert G. Lee used to say when he preached on hell. Some will call preaching about hell crew, but Dr. Lee used to say I'd rather be called cruel for being kind than to be called kind for being cruel, rough, true is better than polished falsehood.
Levison versus Ecclesiastes chapter 7 in verse five it is better to hear the rebuke of the wise than for man to hear the song of food. Some people today in our churches for hearing the song of fools. You know what is happening and some schools of church growth, church growth that is being studied in America and are saying I don't on Sunday morning, don't say anything that might offend don't preach own judgment. Don't preach on hell don't preach on separation don't preach these things because if you do this generation of people will be turned away just talk to them in glittering generalities.
As Amanda typifies that he is a well-known preacher in California is on many television stations, but I want you to hear what he said this is a quote taken from Christianity today. I don't think anything has been done in the name of Christ and under the banner of Christianity that has proven more destructive to human personality and hence counterproductive to the evangelism enterprise than the often crew uncouth and unchristian strategy of attempting to make people aware of their lost and sinful condition. The same preacher said my number one rule is that I don't want to do anything that would turn somebody all, so they will not be open to listening to my invitation to accept Jesus Christ as their best friend, my friend. People need a Savior they need to know that their lost they need to know that they are sinners under the wrath of a righteous and holy God is not a popular message but it is better to tell the truth that hurts and then he better tell a lie that comforts and then kills I've told you of the sailors asked the chaplain this question. Chaplain, do you believe in hell.
He said yes I do. Why do you ask my said. For this reason, if there is a hell and you don't believe in it. We don't want you for chaplain and if there is no hell we don't need any chaplain. There is friend the wrath of God. McKay refused to be bought. He refused to be intimidated. He knew it's better to be divided by truth than United in error.
He knew it was better to tell the truth that hurts and then heals them to tell a lie that comforts and then kills. I don't believe that we ought to go out of our way to be rude to people but primarily it is not my job to fill the two.
It is my job to fill the pulpit to preach the word of God is better.
It is better to tell the truth that her's and then heals better tell a lie that comforts and then kills. Let me give it to. From the word of God. Proverbs chapter 27 verses five and six open review is better than secret love, faith, the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. What Ahab was receiving was 400 kisses from faithless prophets who never heard from God rather than hearing and wanting to hear the wounds of a friend, a man who wanted to tell him the truth. The third thing is this, it is better to be hated for telling the truth than to be loved for telling a lie. Ahab said concerning this man. I hate him like if you will, in verse eight in the key bistro set in the Joss affair. There is yet one man McKay, the son of M law by whom we may inquire of the Lord, but I hated and I say this, that every man of God is not going to be love and I want to be loved. I love to be love.
I don't like to be disliked, but it is better to be hated for telling the truth and the beloved telling a lot.
McKay was a man of God, will have to be elected clergyman of the year. We have to stop running for popularity contest. The apostle Paul would not give way when he talked to the Galatians and he told the Galatians that they were often doctrinal error, and then he said to them, he asked them this question in Galatians chapter 4 and verse 16 MI. Therefore, your enemy because I tell you the truth, I'm not your enemy because I tell you the truth, but sometimes somehow we think that those who tell us the truth. Our enemies I was in my car in South Florida supposed to go to an engagement and I was on a very fine road and a good rental car had beautiful music and I it was wonderful. The sun was shining. McKay was running smoothly. I'm praising the Lord driving along there listening to this music, but I got a suspicion that something was wrong. I wasn't seeing the right signs that I needed to see that was to get me to my destination.
So I ask a highway patrolman is this the way to lessen such a said Mr. you hated the wrong way and you'll way away from where you are to be I will ask a question, was that man who told me I was on the wrong road was he an enemy are free and I mean I was enjoying myself on the wrong I mean a way it was wonderful. He was afraid he didn't bring the good news he brought me bad news but had he not told me it would've been worse news. I did make my engagement because a man told the man on the wrong road and a good car listening to beautiful music on a sunny day you're headed the wrong way and I therefore, your enemy because I tell you the truth. McKay told the truth and they put them in prison on bread and water. Jesus told the truth and they crucified him. I had a woman in a former church called me on Monday.
She was a friend. She said pastor were you preaching to me Sunday I said Bertha I was shooting down in a hole if you were down in it. I can't help it. I loved her but she was wrong.
She knew it. When I called on to be loved by everybody else, but the better approach of Jesus the matter fact, if you study the Bible.
It's almost impossible to find anybody in the Bible who stood for the truth. It was loud by everyone. That effect was impossible able, was killed by his brother Noah was so hated that he could not get seven converts a number in 20 years, Joseph was sold into slavery Moses was hated and ridiculed by his family. Elijah was chased he thought he was the only prophet left. Elisha was called a ball hit Isaiah preach to their fears.
Jeremiah was a weeping prophet because of recalcitrance of those that he preached to Daniel was put in the lines in the Hebrew children were put into the fiery furnace. David was chased in hunted by Saul and John the Baptist lost his head and Peter was crucified upside down and Stephen was stoned and Paul was left for dead outside of Lister John the apostle was exiled to Patmos. James was martyred in Jesus was crucified. Must I be carried to the skies on flowery beds of these while others thought to win the prize and sailed through blood. He sees sure I must find if I would rain increase my courage, Lord barely toil and endure the pain, supported by thy word.
Here's 1/4 thing I would say to you, it is better to stand alone with the truth than to be wrong with a multitude like if you will, in verses 13 and 14. Again, and the messenger that was gone to call Machias bacon am saying, behold now the words of the prophets declared good unto the king, with one mouth that is their humanity. Let thy word. I pray they be like the word of one of them and speak that which is good and Machias said as the Lord liveth what the Lord said to me, that will I speak. That is all not make it unanimous. I don't care what 400 preacher say I want to say what God says it was 401 below what I've learned in life, the majority is almost always wrong majority in America is generally almost always wrong. What we headed for today is where everybody wants the spirit of uniformity and what the antichrist is working to build is a world church in a world state and those who want to homogenize society and obliterate conviction and the religion of America today is get along his were almost un-American. If we open arms around everybody else's shoulder so your religion is just as good as mine and to say that Jesus Christ is the only way to say that the Bible is the word of God is the brand you as a big, narrow, uncooperative and horror of horrors of fundamentalist, but men of God always stood alone. Noah had to stand alone when he preached. Elijah stood alone on Mount caramel against the foreign 50 prophets of bail.
Amos stood alone in the courtroom at Bethel. True prophets must stand alone. They tried to soften McKay. They try to save McKay get along with the ministerial alliance 400 preachers have agreed on this. I was again we must never, never, never divide over incidentals, but we must stand for conviction.
If we have to stand alone.
Sometimes denominations have to stand alone.
Sometimes churches have to stand alone when I came to be the pastor of this church.
They asked me about my relationship to the denomination I said I am a southern Baptist I love Southern Baptist, I was saved in a Southern Baptist Church. I said I want you to know this, but I'm a Christian.
First Baptist second Southern Baptist third but I will not be a Southern Baptist if it means that I have to compromise the word of God and I want you know that going out ahead of time and I love at this denomination I believe is worth struggling for I believe is worth preaching to them it's worth loving. I believe that nowhere light years from being perfect. We are moving in the right direction, and for that I praise and thank God.
But denominations have to stand alone and if they won't. Churches have to stand alone modeling the churches at the standalone families have to stand alone. Sometimes you might be immature to them. Take a stand for the word of God, then you need to get your family in another church is a bit been a member of this church for so long and besides that my grandmother is buried in the church cemetery in the backyard latte grandma would leave if she could I'll guarantee you. Sometimes individuals at the standalone you may be the only one in your family that stands up for the truth again. Don't divide over incidentals. It'd be possible as much as live in you, live peaceably with all man but it is better to stand along with the truth than to be wrong with a multitude now here's the fifth and final thing, it is better to ultimately succeed with the truth than to temporarily succeed with a lie like if you will, in verse 34 of the same chapter.
This concerns Ahab and a certain man drew a blow at a venture and smoke cannabis real between the joints of the harness.
Wherefore he said into the driver. His chariot turned Linehan and carry me out of the host, for I am wounded. It was a tragic battle for Ahab he would not listen to the man of God and the word of God.
The preacher was thrown in prison might give God time for God's arrow found Ahab and God's crown has found McKay. It is better my friend to ultimately succeed with the truth than to temporarily succeed with a lie.
Now the thing that is desperately needed in today's world is the crew. The Bible contains the precepts of proof.
Jesus is the person approved and the Holy Spirit is the power we desperately needed. Today's world is the truth in Jesus is the person of truth. Do you have a personal relationship with him. Maybe you have questions about who Jesus is what he means to you or how to surrender your life fully to his Lordship today. Good aware discover Jesus email@example.com/radio you'll find resources and materials answers to many questions you may have about your faith. Go to LWF.org/radio and click discover Jesus for a copy of today's message request one by the title and unchanging message to a changing world. Call 1877 love God, to order of this message is also part of the powerful series standing for light and truth for the complete collection all 11 insightful messages: number 1877 love God or go online to LWF.org/radio or you can write is that love worth finding box 38, 600 Memphis, TN 38183 thanks for studying with us in God's word today in these tense times I can't help but hold tight to these comforting words Adrian Rogers said in America we need to come to a fixed standard, not a conservative versus liberal, but of the word of God versus everything is. Don't forget to tune in next time for more time was right unless it is a powerful message from a listener who wrote us recently. He said I claim pastor Adrian Rogers as my mentor because of his simple, practical presentation of biblical principles. I watched lots of his messages from you to for personal development and of adopted sermon presentations. As a pastor. He is a blessing to he lives on in my heart. We are glad to share these messages and resources to help equip listeners with the truth of the gospel in some very dark days this month as a thank you for your generous support. We want to send you the book standing for light and truth books, a collection of Adrian Rogers best love messages that reveal the causes of America's moral dark and the destiny. Those who turn away from the light request this book. When you call, with a gift right now. 1877 love God will give online. It LWF.org/radio