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The Gospel is being held for Ransom

There is a particularly urgent issue that the God of heaven has been bringing to my attention over several weeks. The matter of which I did not understand at first because the scripture the holy spirit provided did not relate to my situation. God persisted with me and for this, I am grateful he saw fit to impart his knowledge to me.

In the second book of Samuel chapters 13-19 we look at King David’s somewhat dysfunctional family. In today’s media, dysfunctional families are normalized especially among celebrities, the exception is some Christians because then the matter becomes unforgivable and we are called all manner of names. A lot of king David’s dysfunctional family seems to stem from his poor relationship with his wives which may have resulted in a lot of resentment against him that was shared with the children. King David’s children seemed spoilt and entitled so much so his son Amnon raped his half-sister Tamar and no reprimand was issued to Amnon when king David found out. Amnon was later murdered by Absalom, Tamar’s brother, who then fled to a foreign land and was not pursued for a reprimand but was brought back and restored by King David. This would prove to be a terrible decision on the part of the king. Absalom later captured the hearts of the people in Jerusalem and amassed enough followers to lead a rebellion against the king. King David fled across the Jordan and went into hiding to preserve his life and the life of his soldier. But here is where the story takes a usual turn, an opportunity had presented itself for king David’s army to go into a battle they could win but even after the betrayal by his son Absalom that would have certainly led to King David and his army being killed, king David ask his commanders to spare his son. To make a long story short the commanders disobeyed the king’s request and killed Absalom when he was found stuck by his hair in an oak tree. The oak tree is of particular importance, oak trees because of how their branches spread provide really good coverage and as such is a place where rebellious people conduct ungodly activities even in daylight. In the book of Hosea 4:13 the scripture reads as follow

“They sacrifice on the tops of the mountains
and burn offerings on the hills,
under oak, poplar, and terebinth,
because their shade is good.
Therefore your daughters play the whore,
and your brides commit adultery.”

Hosea 4:13

Ministry today is bombardment with a lot of satanic rules imposed by governing bodies that present a very difficult situation for Christian leaders to deliver messages without being imprisoned. Outside of these rules Christian leaders are themselves purposely manipulating and in many cases avoiding certain scriptures to save face because of rebellion by their families, friends, and the church. As such scriptures about witchcraft, gossiping, sexual immorality, and additional scriptures are being held for ransom by these Christian leaders that refuse to offend their children, friends, and rebellious church members. What will God do with such a leader? In King David’s case, God had commanders that were more vigilant and unattached to the matter than the King, this resulted in a victory that was almost converted to mourning when King David was found wailing for his son Absalom (2 Samuel 19:4). For a brief period the victory was made into a tragedy for no good reason and King David had to be spoken to roughly by his commander Joab, thereafter the king returned to a more sensible position on the matter.

In closing, I have 3 advice for ministers that are connected to a rebellious matter.
(1) Hand the matter over to those that are proven to be good stewards of the gospel of Jesus and unbiased about the matter.
(2) If you must weep do so privately, weeping openly is discouraging to those that are being affected by the matter.
(3) Not everyone who speaks to you roughly is a traitor, God has positioned people in ministry to be a voice of reason.

Millions have died for the gospel of Jesus Christ to be preached around the world and even today many are still being killed. Why should this gospel be held captive by Christian leaders because their children and church are living a rebellious lifestyle?

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