MODELS OF BIBLICAL HOLINESS EVANGELICAL MINISTRY
A DAILY DEVOTIONAL
MONDAY, 13TH AUGUST, 2018
TOPIC: THE REPROBATE MINDS IN THE CHURCH
KEY TEXT: “Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate” (Titus 1:15-16).
The reprobate in the church are the people that have developed thick skins against the penetration of the word of God. They are in the church in the body, but their spirits are not in the church. No matter how many hours a preacher stays talking to them about the gospel, they don’t take it in. They are in church, but their behavior is of the world.
This could be because the enemy has hindered them from being attentive to the gospel and spiritual things. “When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side”(Mathew 13:19).
But sometimes, pride could leave one reprobate in church. This is because some, if not most, of the reprobates in church are pastors, ministers and workers. It takes only a pastor or minister that is humble to the word of God to accept, adore and assimilate into his or her personal life what another pastor or minister preaches, whether physically or online. They think they have arrived and known it all. If you mention the topic of the preaching, they already know the places you will support it with from the Bible. When preachings are going on, they go to the corners and backgrounds of the church and have other ” more important and necessary ” meetings. Such people have been giving over to reprobate minds. “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Cor 19:12). For me, I love and would prefer to listen to other holiness ministers to gain more, and also correct possible mistakes in my spiritual lives.
When crusades are held in church and ministers are invited, some church leaders see it that they are inviting the minsters to talk to their church members who are sinners and not to them. Even, most old members of the church or their workers won’t pay attention to the gospel, because it’s for the new members who are categorized as the sinners in church.
One general overseer invited me to his church to preach for three days. At the invitation, he said: Sister Jane, my reason for inviting you is that i want my church to hear from you all they have been hearing from me and confirm them as true?” He had never met me before. How could he conclude that what he preaches is same as what I preach? Preachings are done according to the inspiration and direction of the Holy spirit, how would he know the target of the Holy spirit? Before I went for the program, God gave me some aspects to preach on. Just the first day of the program, God exposed the pastor’s sin which are known by the church and there was turmoil everywhere.He became physically uncomfortable at the altar where he was. I later asked somebody the reason for the uproar, she said that what I said at that moment that is a sin is loved and done by the pastor and the church members know it. The pastor thus became humbled and had to pay adequate attention to the preachings.
Another dangerous thing about being reprobate is that it could be given to a man by God Himself! Yes.
“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient” (Romans 1:28). There are many people in church that have been given over to the reprobate minds by God. The Bible says that this is because they hear the gospel, but because they don’t humble themselves to assimilate it and put it into practice in their lives, God will give them a type of mind that will expose them to the evils of the things they prefer to accept and do without a prick of the conscience.
Brother/sister, has God given you over to the reprobate mind? Do you see and judge the things you do as right when the gospel and bible is telling you it is wrong? Imagine, when others in church are receiving blessings from God, He is giving you a reprobate mind. No reprobate will make heaven. They will be condemned at judgement time by the same word of God which they heard on earth and refused to accept and put into practice.
“He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48).
1.God, forgive me for being inattentive to your word all this while.
2.Jesus, deliver me from the devil’s power denying me the retention and the blessings of the gospel.
3. Father, show me mercy and take away the reprobate mind from me.
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