Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Matt.5:4
Jesus promises comfort to those who mourn. “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”
I visited my friend Diane and her family last weekend. We had a wonderful visit filled with sharing, caring, loving, cooking, eating, helping, laughing, reading the scriptures aloud, teaching one another, encouraging one another. It was a happy 6 hours of fellowship.
She shared a story with me that illustrated to me how she had recently experienced grieving with mourning. Mourning over what? Over the state of Babylonian Churchianity: the apostacy, the abomination, the confusing, distressing “fully leavened” mess.
We met at our last Church, back in 2005. They were only there a year or so. Her family left several years before we did. They left because of Church teachings and practices(traditions) that they did not believe were right.
Since they left, they did some serious Church shopping all over the Peninsula and found nothing that seemed safe or real or true. They have been staying at home ever since, loving God as a family, practicing loving hospitality and having fellowship with Christian friends in an informal way at their home and in the homes of friends. Between her godly husband who has a gift for teaching, and the Holy Spirit who comforts, leads, and teaches all things, they are thriving spiritually as a family. Though their material circumstances are challenging, their little home just bursts with the love and joy of the Lord.
So we were talking during our visit, and she shared with me how they were out in the neighborhood with the kids, and they bumped into a neighbor who is a professing Christian. Their conversation turned to the topic of “Church”. He began promoting and recommending his Church to them. They said thanks but they were not interested. They were happy “as-is”. He gave them a brochure booklet from the Church about “making a commitment” (to the Church) to look over for their consideration.
Diane told me that they brought the booklet home and she and her husband looked it over. She was so disturbed that looking at it made her feel physically sick.
What was in the booklet? The first thing they saw was new age symbols and charts that were designed to convey the values, “vision”, purpose, and organization of the Church, as well as the “spiritual life” and “spiritual practices” of a member. These looked like business model charts and new age psychology charts. Second, they saw an illustration called, “Denominational Tree” (oh the irony!) with the caption, “One Body, Many Members”. The tree starts with Judaism (!!) and goes up to Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, Reformed, Lutheran, Mainlines, AOG,……..
…Baptist, (and many others) and….. Unitarian and Universalist! The brochure describes mandatory “Tithing” for members and has an organizational flow chart of the paid staff which illustrates a top-down hierarchy starting at the top with the lone, “Lead Pastor”, and going down to the “lower” staff workers at the bottom. The Church also practices Communitarianism (public- private partnerships/Agenda21/UN Charter Church), life-stage small groups, spiritual formation, Monvee, contemplative mystic experience practices, meditation, marketing, psychology (“coaching?”)….and “unity within diversity” whatever that means?
So my dear sweet friend Diane who just loves Jesus, (and not the world) was sick reading this. Seeing this Church booklet made her ill. She was sighing and groaning. She was in mourning. After all, the abomination has truly made desolation. Some see it. Many do not.
Over these last 3 years, God has brought into my life, many, many who mourn over these things: “Laodicea Church” and “Circus Church” and “Man Made Man Controlled Busine$$ Church” and “Love of the World System Church” and “Babylon (confusion) Church” and “Idol Worship Church” and “One World Order/ New Age Church”. They mourn over this abomination. They mourn because of un-Christian things done to them personally, in Babylon Church. I’ve talked to brothers and sisters who have experienced horrific abuse, cruelty, bondage, oppression, deception, and confusion in Babylon Church. I have been observing the apostacy for 20 years and writing about it for about seven. I have been out of the Harlot Church for almost three. I have many friends who have gone through this process of mourning. I could tell of 10 good friends I know personally who have experienced and mourned the abomination. Some were kicked out of Church. Some decided to leave. All the others were literally called out of the System, by God. (I know of hundreds of others who have also come out the System in order to follow Jesus.) They were hurting, sad and some were confused. They needed comfort. These who mourn need love and someone who understands. They need to know they are not alone in their seeing the abomination, that they are not alone in their mourning. Jesus mourns with them! They are in very good company.
Yes Jesus indeed provides this promised comfort to those who mourn. He understands this more than anyone. He mourned when He was here in the flesh, over the apostacy and idolatry. Loudly. Further back in time, in the old days of the prophets, He mourned the apostacy and idolatry. Loudly. His prophets have always seen the abomination, and have mourned it. Loudly.
He knows that for us, in our time, there are “even greater abominations” that we will see (from Ez.8). He knows we are experiencing this now. But our Lord Jesus comforts us Himself. His people are with Him where He is. They follow their Shepherd wherever He goes. He cares for them and feeds them and provides for them, and keeps them spiritually safe. He understands the sorrow, pain and distress. He understands their sighing and groaning. He understands their grief. He is spiritually protecting them from what is happening and what is coming. He is comforting His people who mourn.
The LORD said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, even through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations which are being committed in its midst.” Ez.9:4