|Hebrews 13:7-8 |
7 Remember those who have rule over you, who have spoken to you the word of God.1 Consider the outcome of their conduct, and follow their faith.
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.
1 Remember those who have rule over you, who have spoken to you the word of God. This is to hear words spoken by a mature Christian, whose words are supplied by the Holy Spirit. Today, there is no one to hear such words from. Hopefully, soon there will be many; as there was in the time of the Apostles church, and as there was in the 17th Century early Quakers. But alas! The cross is hard. And men are always looking for the easy way. False teachers arose in the early Church, even while the Apostles were alive; false teachers arose within the early Quakers, even while the founders were alive. But it is God's way, and the way of love, to not be a dictator, to not purge such people out; for love does not insist on its own way.
The cross is bearable, but not easy. It is not easy to lose your life. It is not easy to forsake everything. It is not easy to find the narrow gate to heaven, which many will try and be unable pass through. It is not easy to suffer. So any alternative to the cross, which supposedly allows one to escape Hell, is eagerly received; and false doctrines and lies have quickly become pervasive. (See Suffering and Tribulation for more on suffering.)
For the time will come when men will not endure sound doctrine, but they will gather to themselves teachers after their own lusts, who will say what their itching ears want to hear;
And they will turn their ears away from the truth, and will be turned to fables [man made fictions]. 2 Timothy 4:3-4
The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end? Jer 5:31
For many walk, of whom I have often told you, and now tell you weeping, who are the enemies of the cross of Christ;
Whose end is destruction, whose God is their stomach [appetites], and whose glory is in their shame, who set their mind on earthly things. Phil 3:18-19.