By Peter Michael Martinez
We want leaders, preachers, and messengers to give us the truth … and then we summarily punish them for doing so.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
Now more than ever we live in an age of blatant deceit and witchcraft meant to enslave the hearts and minds of men.
Even those upon whom people depend for unbiased authenticity are compromised because telling the truth is a most unpopular and costly enterprise.
“Where are the ministers that will preach the Truth?” we ask but do we really want to know the answer? It is we who have slain them.
What is valued and cherished should be protected and secured. In the natural world we understand that. We spend resources to protect what we consider valuable and yet this does not extend to that which portends to our most precious endeavor … life.
You wonder why so many fall victim to the “spirit of the age” and compromise telling the truth as the bible predicted they would? You wonder why so many whom you hoped would be true ministers of the Kingdom have turned dark? The answer may disappoint you.
With rare exception the vast majority of those who stand up in the public arena are swayed by the pull and allure of popularity. Growth is worshiped as a sign of divine favor such that even the most essential doctrines may be sacrificed at the altar of increase.
We lament this in every sector of society from the media, politics, business, society, and especially the work of the ministry. We long for those who would stand true and waiver not.
Consider the fate of those who have attempted to deliver on the deep yearning of the heart to know the truth. What has been the fate of the prophets, apostles, and even the greatest of them all?
With a deep and sober sigh we must come to grips with the reality that we have what we have supported. We have the messengers that we have demanded. Like the old saying, “you get what you pay for.”
John 6:66 “From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.”
When the God of heaven sends a messenger with a word of pure light and truth, do we rally to protect this word or do we take it for granted? History shows plainly that few are as abused and mistreated as those who have sown their lives to deliver the truth to the public.
We support corrupt political systems, and wonder why they stick around. We laud corrupt media that produce lie after lie, yet they garner our abject loyalty and consumption.
We cringe at the false but do we truly honor and bless those who come in the name of the Living God? The reality is that unfortunately we generally do not.
The compromising and corrupt play the masses like an instrument and grow in wealth, prestige, acceptance, and the favor of the people. Is it really any wonder that few messengers endure the price of the anointing?
Those like John the baptist are left eating scraps and suffering the ire of leaders bent on maintaining their enterprise and their devoted flocks intent on maintaining their illusion of divine favor.
Matthew 21:34-36 “And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.
Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.”
Yet we wonder where the true are? Are we so naive to wonder why so few will hold true to the cost of the anointing of the Holy One? Are we so deceived that we don’t understand the value of even one messenger who will not compromise and kneel at the altar of corruption for the sake of increase?
Preserving the Priceless
What if instead of taking these precious few vessels of light for granted, they were protected and preserved? What if we as seekers of the truth faithfully and overwhelmingly rewarded and strengthened their battle for integrity?
What would happen if we walked away from the corrupt to lend all our support for those “voices crying in the wilderness” that we know instinctively speak to our eternal benefit?
What would happen is exactly what you’d expect. We would have MORE of it. What you sow to you reap. If you sow sparingly as Paul taught us, we reap sparingly. If we sow bountifully, we would reap bountifully.
We receive and are harvesting lies, half-truths, and deceptions because that is what is generally supported overwhelmingly by the masses. How can we expect a crop of the truth when we only sow to lies?
The Remnant Understands
When you do in fact encounter one who will not bow their knee at the altar of popularity and will call a people to repentance, you have encountered one sustained not by the masses … but a remnant.
In the tradition of the King himself, each generation of these bright lights have counted their lives as lost and given themselves as prisoners for the sake of the souls hanging in the balance.
There is a remnant that look past natural time and space and see into the deep and sow into the lives of these messengers to ensure their course is completed. This remnant remains in the shadows and is known and directed by the throne.
These are they who quietly sacrifice to ensure the mission is completed so that the few can reach the many with the message of the Kingdom.
In this hour the Remnant is needed more than ever as the serpent coils to strike the few who will not bow their knee to worship the beast. This moment is critical and yet so few discern it.
Most are consumed with their own consumption. Walking by the anointed most are indifferent to the eternal while engulfed in the throws of the temporal world. It has always been this way and now more than ever, we see the effects in our world.
Let us not cry to the LORD to send out messengers of LIGHT without also praying for the Remnant of Faithful attendants that will support and strengthen the messengers of the Truth.
Isaiah 10:21 “The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God.”