Prophetic Messages for Today’s ChurchFrom the Heart of God
Presented by Patricia BackoraCHAPTER 1
PEOPLE Problems in the Church
Love One Another
Isaiah 53:2; 45; John 15:12,17; Luke 16:19:31; I John 4:11When will My people learn to love one another as I have loved the Church?Behold, I have created diversity in nature, for I love variety in My handiwork.But many believers cannot tolerate diversity in the personality or appearance of one another. The hypocrite views with distaste anyone who hails from a differentcultural or economic background from his own. Or he feels contempt for theperson whose personal theology in all things great and small does not exactlymirror his own.The hypocrite harbors prejudices against that humble person I love. The onewho is “too fat” or “too unpolished” to sing or minister publicly. Often the hairor dress style, jewelry or some other trivial aspect of that person draws fire. Forexample, if you refuse to befriend a Muslim woman until she removes her headcovering and dons Western attire, what sort of witness is that to the Love of Christ? How shallow your “love” is when you show an interest only in peoplewhose culture is exactly the same as yours. Such a “love” is not My love, so it isreally not even worth sharing!If a heavyset individual shares My Word, his size is all-important to thehypocrite, who thinks:
If this person truly were Jesus’ disciple, he or she would fight the Good Fight of Faith_the Battle of the Bulge.
His or her lack of spiritualqualifications could easily be overlooked, but not those extra pounds whichprevent that person from being fashionably thin and glamorous.I see so many of My children self-obsessed, looking about them, wondering if others are sizing them up in the wrong way. One woman sucks in her cheeks andrestrains her smile for fear people will think her face is too fat. Her tight belt iscutting off her circulation, but at least it’s still fastened in the last notch. A manstands stiffly, sucking in his stomach and hoping no one notices the weight he’sput on since Thanksgiving. His friend worries about his receding hairline.My Son did not come to earth to win a beauty pageant or popularity contest,but to win back souls enslaved to satan. In the book of Isaiah it is written thatthere was no beauty that anyone should desire Him. When He was bloodied andbruised, He hardly looked glorious to the natural eye!The worth and integrity of the low-income saint are questioned. Speculationson him or her abound.
Could it be that he harbors secret sin in his life, and isunder God’s judgment? Is he being lazy, or is he just too stupid to know how toattain to earthly prosperity? So why waste time on him anyway?
People look askance at the lonely saint who attends church unaccompanied byfriends or family. He just don’t fit into their neat little scheme of a cozy “family-oriented” fellowship. He doesn’t make a good advertisement for picture-perfectconservative values.The hypocrite is often willing to travel to the far ends of the earth to convertthe man of a different culture and color. Gladly would he immerse himself in thestudy of a strange tongue and adapt himself to alien, and often unhealthy livingconditions. Sometimes it’s just to gratify his adventurelust. Yet there is a mission