Why the Body of Christ Needs to Get Out of the Den of Vipers by DAWN HILL for Charisma News
This could open up a can of worms. With all humility, the can needs to be opened, and we need to be stirred out of slumber and complacency. Opening up a can of worms is better than dwelling in a den of vipers. I pray that this would stir us to take spiritual inventory of ourselves and of the body at large and to make some distinctions in this hour of the real body of Christ.
Some will say I am embittered and speaking out of turn, but as a disciple of Jesus Christ and a member of the body of Christ, I am grieved and hopeful at the same time. The truth of the Word of God and of the Holy Spirit will bring division and unity simultaneously, and unity in Spirit and in truth is desperately needed right now while removing the leaven. This may not get shared, and it matters not to me. What matters is that we who have ears to hear awake and speak the truth. Not our truth, but the truth. We need a holy indignation and a reverential fear to bring us to attention.
It does not take much effort to see scandal, deception, manipulation and perversion all around us, and sadly, this is happening in the professed church. We are not called to judge the world, though we are masters at that, but when sin is called out in the body in accordance with the plumb line of the Word of God and fruit is judged, individuals sounding the alarm are demonized and labeled as religious. The Word warns us about hidden reefs feasting among the body without fear, waterless clouds swept along by winds, fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted, wild waves of the sea casting up the foam of their own shame and wandering stars for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever (Jude 12-13). Notice that this is not talking about the world but those professing God, those having a form of godliness but denying its power (2 Timothy 3:5). We all have religion whether we want to admit it or not. But pure religion is not legalism. Rather, it is pure worship unto the Lord. My God, may we embrace pure religion and right relationship with You, and may we open our Bibles so as to not be deceived!