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Jesus Christ Divides Families!

Jesus Christ Divides Families!

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The Gospel of Jesus divides Families. When someone becomes a Christian, those who were closest to him sometimes become his enemies. Jesus is not in the business of the saving the whole family! The Christian may 'Baptize' his little baby, but that will not make it a Christian!
The Gospel of Jesus divides Families. When someone becomes a Christian, those who were closest to him sometimes become his enemies. Jesus is not in the business of the saving the whole family! The Christian may 'Baptize' his little baby, but that will not make it a Christian!

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The Gospel of Jesus Christ divides families! No honest Christian or student of the Bible willdeny this. One of the very first acts of God recorded in the Scriptures is ± ³And God
thelight from the darkness´! [Gen 1:4]. The Master Himself affirmed on many occasions, ³Supposeye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather 
´! [Lk 12:51].Again, ³Think not that I am come to send peace on earth:
I came not to send peace
, but a
does Jesus word bring division? The very next verse tells us "For from henceforththere shall be five in
one house
divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, andthe daughter against the mother; the mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and thedaughter-in-law against her mother-in-law [Lk 12:51-53]. Note the words µ
 from henceforth
 which means from the time the Lord began His ministry even until He comes again, the preaching of the truth
continue to divide families! The Lord said emphatically that this wasone of the reasons why He came. When He sent out His twelve apostles to preach, He cautionedthem beforehand saying the same words: "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth:
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 the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And aman
s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me isnot worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me" [Mt.10:34-37].How come we hardly hear any sermons on the above verses? When was the last time you heard a preacher tell you that Jesus Christ divides families? Beloved, this fact that Christ divides familiesis not an
but the
 "The gospel of Satan is not a system of revolutionary principles, nor yet a program of anarchy. Itdoes not promote strife and war, but aims at peace and unity. It seeks not to set the mother against her daughter nor the father against his son, but fosters the fraternal spirit whereby thehuman race is regarded as one great 'brotherhood' ³[A.W. Pink].The Lord said, He came to seek and to save His lost sheep, and His sheep are scattered inµfamilies
both Christian and non-Christian. So when the Lord calls out His sheep out of thesefamilies the division is
Remember? "A man
s foes shall be they of his ownhousehold" [Matt. 10:36]. The µ
in this passage is the
Lord¶s sheep
whom He has chosento save as opposed to the
of his family whom he hath
chosen not to save. H 
e says "five inone house shall be divided, three against two, and two against three." At times the Lord maychoose to save two or even three in a family of five,
but nowhere in the Scripture does the Lord  promise to save the whole family!
Was it not so from the beginning? Adam had two sons ± Cain and Abel. God loved Abel, butCain was of the wicked one [1John 3:12]. Noah found grace in God
s eyes and was thereforesaved. But were all of Noah
s family µchildren of God
? No! Ham the younger son of Noah
 proved to be wicked! [Gen 9:22-24]. The same with the sons of Issac, one was loved of God theother was hated. ³Was not Esau Jacob
s brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob, and I hatedEsau
! [Mal 1:2,3]The point being this: God has no grandchildren! Only Children! Preachers who Baptize their children assuming that they too are chosen to be saved have not fully understood and grasped theSovereignty of God in Salvation! Flesh and blood do not inherit the Kingdom of God! A.W. Pink rightly affirms ±³the taking place of the new birth is ³not of blood,´ that is to say, it is not a
matter of heredity
, for 
regeneration does not run in the veins
´!You cannot contend that God wants the whole family saved and yet do justice to the Lord
swords which emphatically teach that the Gospel divides families. He says, "And the brother shalldeliver up the brother to death, and the father the child; and the children shall rise up againsttheir parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated by all men for My name
ssake; but he that endureth till the end shall be saved [Matt 10:21,22].One of the reasons that we have not seen the true colors of our µloved ones
is because we havenot been persecuted and hunted down like many of the early Christians. Persecution alwaysseparates the goats from the sheep!
Jesus Christ is the
yesterday, today and forever! [Heb13:8]. The Lord has not changed andneither will the effects caused by His words ever change! In his letter to the Galatians, theApostle affirms, ³But as
he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit,
even so it is now
´! [Gal 4:29].The Christian is one who is born after the Spirit. And almost every µborn-again
child of Godwhen he initially becomes a Christian has testified of the hatred that he felt from his family andloved ones. He is then glad to relate to his Master 
s Words, ³The servant is not greater than hisLord. If they have persecuted
also persecute
´ [John 15:20].This persecution and hatred is only experienced by those who are making every effort to live liketheir Master! But if we are unfaithful by
hiding our light under a bushel
and are compromisingthe truth by attempting to serve
two masters
then we can successfully escape ³the reproach of Christ´!
was hated by the world and has called us to fellowship with His sufferings. And it isonly, ³All those who
live godly in Christ Jesus
who suffer persecution! [2Tim 3;12].I as a Christian have to constantly ask myself ± ³has my gold become dim and my silver turnedto dross´? ³Is the light that is in me, now darkness, and has my salt lost its savour´? To lose our zeal and first love for Christ is no small thing! It is the same as being ashamed of Him andforsaking him for a µmess of pottage
like Esau. It is something to be repented of!Of the saints at Rome Paul could say ³your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world´[Romans 1:8], while to the Galatians he complained ³ye did run well, who did hinder you?´(Galatians 5:7). To the Thessalonians he could say ³Your faith groweth exceedingly´ [2

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