White Washed Sepulchres
Jesus had this to say, and much more, to the religious leaders of His day.
unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto
whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within
full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.” (Matthew 23:27)
I wonder what He would say to us today. My guess is He could use the same words and still be right on target.
Even as Christians, none of us are
perfect, but just how many who are in leadership positions today are
truly Christians? Let me put it this way. Knowing what we know about the
scribes and Pharisees, were they saved? What did Jesus say concerning
are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.
He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth,
because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of
his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44)
So Jesus cut right to the chase. With
their attitude of self-righteousness, they were not saved. They were as
lost as a feather in a strong wind out over the ocean. To get the full
flavor of those Jesus was addressing, or dressing down, in Matthew 23,
read the entire chapter. If these guys didn’t get their heart right
before God through Jesus before they died, and some did, they must have a
made a big splash when they landed in the fires of hell.
It is very tragic that today we too have
church leaders who are playing church on their way to hell. Not only
that, they are leading so many others along with them.
Satan is throwing every lie he can at
people in these last days, because time is running out for him, and so
many people are buying his false gospel. Apostasy seems to be growing
rapidly in these final days before Christ’s return, as Jesus said it
Is it really easier to believe a lie than
a truth? I suppose it is when that is what you really want to hear, and
someone is pulling you in that direction, that someone being Satan’s
henchmen of course.
Some denominations that were actually
founded by strong Christians are now nothing more than spiritual
graveyards pulling people away from God’s Truth. Schools of learning
such as Harvard and Yale, once Biblically based are now nothing more
than bastions of evil thought.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
The airwaves are saturated with religious
teachers, preachers, evangelists, and pastors, who are wolves in
sheep’s clothing, bilking the life blood from innocent people who are
searching for the Truth. What do they get in place of the Truth? Instead
of steak and potatoes they get watered down worm infested soup not fit
to feed to swine.
Are there any men and women of God left
who stand with God? Are there any left who aren’t trying to fleece the
innocent? Yes there are, but if you don’t know the original, you may
very well be taken in by the counterfeit. I’m referring to God’s Word in
comparison to man’s word of course.
Why isn’t there a fire in the soul of
self-professing Christians? Could it be that they have accepted the
teaching of those who are nothing more than white washed sepulchres?
“1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud,
blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. [Emphasis mine] 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 3:1-7)
Notice verse five again in the above
passage. If you don’t know the Word of God for yourself, you will in all
likelihood be taken in by those false leaders who appear to be
righteous, but are not.
According to Jesus, they have put on a
veneer of righteousness that looks good and sounds good, but they are
phony. They are rotten inside.
I was listening to a minister yesterday,
not by choice, that was spewing some of the most outlandish dribble I’ve
heard for a while, and out in his audience were those innocent souls
soaking it all up. Why? They did so because very few Christians are like
the Bereans of Paul’s day who searched the Scriptures daily.
And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto
Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11These
were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the
word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily,
whether those things were so.” (Acts 17:10-11)
Why are there so many white washed
sepulchres with such large followings today? The answer lies in the
laziness and gullibility of those who claim to be a Christian. All they
can see is the glitter. They don’t have enough Biblical sense to discern
real gold from fool’s gold. Again, why? They want to be spoon fed the
Gospel and often accept a false gospel. I am convinced that the
charlatans who prey upon others know this. They know that few will
actually search the Scriptures for the Truth. Instead of reading and
studying for themselves what God has to say, they depend on others to
tell them. Bad idea!
Every Christian should have a “Berean”
attitude about the Scriptures. When we have that attitude, we are
blessed beyond measure because we actually get the Truth, not opinions
of others or out-right lies. In addition, when we hear the false gospel
of man, we smell the stench of “dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.”
Whether people gather in a small poorly
constructed building on a country lane, or a grand cathedral on Main
Street, they need to know that what they are hearing is the Truth. When
you turn on your television or radio to listen to your favorite
ministers, are they providing you with the Truth or their opinion or a
lie? If searching God’s Word is not part of your day, you will never
Behind the pulpits, on the radio and by
the television are God’s men who preach the Truth. These are usually the
guys who will encourage you to check out what they say by comparing it
with the Scriptures. Unfortunately, there are many, many more who will
either lie to you or are just plain ignorant of the Word. How are you
going to know which is which? How are you going to know that what you
are hearing is the Truth?
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
There is no thrill like knowing God’s
Word, the Bible, for yourself. It is a rich, rewarding and humbling
experience. It is communication between you and the Lord that can’t be
Watch out for the white washed sepulchres
though. They are abundant. They look good. They sound good. They tell
you just what you want to hear, and that’s fine, if it’s the Truth. Is
it? Find out for yourself. Get in the Bible today.