This is not directed to any one person at all, but rather to many who have listened to twisted doctrines here and there, and accepted what was falsely claimed to be the Love of God.
I have posted this article to my own mailing list, and from which Raymond picked up and posted to His list, just as others on my list post to their own lists. At the request of Raymond I also post it here, so that if anyone wishes to comment on it, or wishes to contact me, they may. Either here or to my private email address.
Not only on these list, but also in the churches, the homeless shelters, the jails, the prisons, the nursing homes, where their ideas of the Love of Jesus is the Compromise of God's Word so that they do not upset anyone. I have been bared from preaching in places because the conviction of the Holy Lord God fell upon those listening to my preaching of what the Lord God gave me to preach on that particular night. I have been repeatedly told that I could only come back if I would only preach of Love, and of Jesus, but nothing else of the Bible. But the following is forbidden to be preached in those places. I have not once been back to those places which bared me from preaching, for I will always preach the Entire Word of God as God gives it to me to preach.
So here is the article on what the True Love of Jesus is, as the Bible gives it, and not as it is preached in so very many churches today.
The Love of Jesus
Let us look at how Jesus Christ expressed His Love for us. Perhaps it is not the way that you thought it was.
Jesus is Love. Jesus Taught Love. Did Jesus live, and show the Love that he was, and taught???
Yes he did, and today I see that Love of Jesus being severely twisted and misunderstood. Today many have the idea that to show Love that one must never speak harshly, must never correct, must tolerate everything for the sake of Love. But that is NOT Love. Love is wanting the very best for those around you. Love is saving someones life, even if you have to cut off his arm in order to save his life.
Jesus went even farther than that to save our life. He gave up his own life to save ours.
But today, there are many who say that they would gladly give up their own life to save yours, but they draw back in horror at the very thought of cutting off your arm in order to save your life, for they claim that it would hurt you too much, so they stand there and let you die, rather than to give you any kind of discomfort now. And that is Not Love.
Is that rough talk? Yes it is, but it is also the truth!! Their twisted idea of what Love is would have you die the second death, rather than to say anything to you now that would hurt for the moment, but would save your Spiritual life .
Lets look at what Jesus showed as Love. The True Love of God.
In Mt. 12:33-37 Jesus Rebukes the people who were Pharisees, the church people of that day, with words that you would find very objectionable today, when Jesus called them Vipers, (snakes) and that they are Evil, then proceeded to tell them why they were evil.
In Mt. 12:38-39 Jesus calls the Scribes that he is speaking to, Evil, and Adulterous people.
In Mt. 15:1-9 and Mk 7:1-13 Jesus calls the Scribes and Pharisees Hypocrites who are teaching wrong man made doctrines.
So Harsh that it tells us In Mt. 15:12 that the Pharisees were offended, when they heard him. Just as people today are offended when the Loving truth of the Word of God is spoken to them. The people today say that we should speak nice to them, to not offend them, they are offended by the Truth just as the Pharisees were offended at the Truth.
And many of you cry out that it is not Love to say something to you which will offend YOU. But if everything Jesus did, was done out of Love, Then every thing which Jesus did was done out of the Love of all mankind, then why do you chew on, and attack, those who speak the Harsh Correcting truth to you, just as Jesus spoke the harsh truth to the Scribes and Pharisees?. For those speaking now are only doing the same as Jesus Did out of Love for you.
In Mt. 16:6-11 Jesus warns the Apostles to look out for and to stay away from the false Doctrines being taught by the Pharisees and Sadducees.
And so it is, the Love of Jesus. I could go on quoting and pointing out how the Love of Jesus manifested itself.
The Love which Jesus had and showed to the people of the World is nothing like so many of you would like it to be, but rather, All of the Love of Jesus was directed to only one goal, and that was to lead as many as possible to salvation and heaven. If this took strong words, then strong words was used. If this took Rebuke, then Rebuke was used. The Word of Correction was constantly coming out of the mouth of Jesus Christ.
If you wish to be like Jesus Christ, then you too will show your love for others by acting even as Jesus did. To Teach the True word of God; To give warnings when needed; To Rebuke those who have turned to evil ways; To give correction from false teachings.
When Jesus spoke these warnings, and rebukes, and corrections, do you think that Jesus was afraid that he just might hurt their feelings? No, of Course not. For you cannot bring correction to walk the correct path when you are not willing to turn them over your knee and spank when you need to. Jesus did not hesitate to do all of these things because He had a Love for all of us. Jesus had a Love for each and every one that he warned and corrected. For as the Word says:
How many times have I heard someone say to me, I listen to God, but you are not speaking from God! and You are not God so I will not listen to you! and many other similar words, as they reject every correction from God.
Were the Apostles speaking for Jesus or from themselves? Were the Disciples speaking for Jesus or from themselves? Today, you believe that your pastor, whom ever they may be, is speaking for Jesus. You look out there and see many pastors, many ministers, who you believe are speaking for Jesus. Why then do you reject those Apostles, Prophets, and Disciples who post to this, or any other, list? Saying that they do not speak for Jesus because you do not like what they tell you, or the way that they tell you!
Remember, whom the Lord Loves, the Lord Spanks every time they get out of line.
With the Love of Jesus
This is the same truth that the Lord shared with me concerning the false standard of love that is now very popular in Christain culture, and exactly what I was talking about when I shared with the e-mail list, that this standard is a false standard and doesn't line up with who Jesus was and what He did.
From Jack Barr
May the Lord God contunue to bless and keep you in the palm of his hand.
The True children of Jesus Christ understood what I have said even before I spoke it, for it is the same message which the Holy Spirit of God has told every one of the Children of God.
But there are many who are followers of Christ who have their ears blocked by the false teaching which they have received in the Churches which call themselves Christian. And many of these good people, for they are good people, and will go into heaven as part of the Bride of Jesus Christ. For they will take correction, and they are overcoming the false teachings of their pastors. For any pastor to NOT preach All of the Bible is a False teaching, for it twist the Word of God into what it is not.
An example of that is one of my own brothers, who was convinced that his Church and his Pastor had been preaching all of the Bible to him every year, who after listening to me speak many times, and asking me questions, finally sat down and read the Bible from cover to cover, before his death, and learned that His Church, and His Pastors had not taught even a small fraction of what the Word of God was in the bible. He found out when he read the bible for himself that his church and his pastor had lied to him by omitting the telling him about most of the word of God. My Brother is in Heaven today. For he overcame.
Understand that not all pastors are teaching false teachings, but most of them are, for they do not know any better.
I received the following from one who had read "the Love of Jesus" and took exception to the meaning, and to some part of it. so the following is a part of what passed between the two of us. I believe that by posting it here, that it may help someone to see God as He really is. While God is a Loving God, and a long suffering God, He is also a God who will give correction, and a God who will destroy those who hate Him, and not only the one who hates Him, but their family also to many generations. A God who demands absolute and complete Obedience to what God Says. That he is NOT a God that loves you so much that he would never even upset you with harsh words.
Oh but you say that you are not one that hates God, because you follow Jesus Christ. But I say to you that so were the Israelites following God when God destroyed so many of them, time after time. Just because you say that you love God, does not make it so. God is the Judge.
Now having said that, I will also say that I love MY God, and MY God Loves me, And MY God has Corrected ME, and MY God has given ME Warnings, And MY God has punished ME when I did not Obey HIM. And I have turned from the path that I had been following so that I could follow Jesus Christ. So understand that when MY God tells me to speak thus and thus, that I will indeed speak.
So now the words which passed between someone and myself.
Yes! And even of those who think that they are following God, read again throughout the bible, how God gave entire peoples warning after warning, from gentile words to harsh rebukes, before finally destroying them. There is a place for every way of speaking of God's Word to the people. See in the Bible how God used the Prophets to speak to the people, Even to the killing of people. How much harsher can a message be than that??? The bible tells us of a man who disobeyed a command of God, whom God then commanded the death of that man, his wife, his children, and all of his physical belongings destroyed. How harsh was that message? And you worry that we may make someone upset by the way that we speak to them??? I could go on and on with the examples which the Bible gives, but who cares.. I am rebuked by the people because they neither know what God has told us about himself, or they do not care what God has said. Do you not truly understand?? the God who they have been taught is so loving that he would never send them to hell, and is so loving that he never spoke anything but love and peace to the people, is NOT the Almighty Lord God Jehovah, nor is it the Lord God Jesus Christ who is the Word of the Almighty Lord God Jehovah, nor is it ever the God who has spoken to us in the Bible. That Loving God is a False God that they teach. The God of the Bible is a God who has not only spoken harshly to some but has repeatedly destroyed entire peoples, men, women, children, animals, and there belongings, because they disobeyed Him. Do you really believe that the God who would destroy entire nations for disobeying him, would not send his servants to speak whatever corrections that are needed???
I carry messages which the Lord gives me to carry, to this person or to that person. Do you think that Ray's list is the only places that God sends me? These messages cover everything from messages of Love, Messages of Encouragement, messages of lifting their spirit, Messages of information, messages of confirmation of what the Lord has already told them, messages of correction, messages of warning, Messages of Rebuke, messages of their Damnation by God, that is that they have just been cut off by the Lord God and will now only see the fires of hell. These are Messages, not sermons. Messages for one or two people, not for congregations. Yet on some occasions, there has been messages for a congregation, and even these are usually rejected.
Do you think that I would ever dare to speak such messages without the Holy Lord commanding me to speak such messages?? No, for to speak any such messages with out the command of the Lord, would be to put myself into the deepest hell fires. Yet when I do speak even a message of correction, I am then condemned by almost everyone as being too harsh, of not being Loving enough, even by you my friend. But that does not bother me.
Yes God is a Loving God, Who showers blessings upon those who love and serve HIM. And even these, God will not hesitate to spank to correct then to walk in the way that He wants. And God uses many of His Servants as His Messengers.
With the Love of Jesus
Rev. Jack Barr
I totally agree with you jack, for if you love someone ,you will point out where their wrong, even if it means they attack you, which is what usually happens, for things of the devil hate correction
yours in Christ