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Feeling Like A Remnant

 

 " Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace."

Romans 11:5

 With the growing apostasy sweeping through the Christian community, it occurred to me that there are many people going through "feeling like a remnant." It is impossible to know how many people have left their "churches" because the leadership or "sheep" are involved in heresy, false doctrines and commitment to the world instead of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and the Word of God.

Jeremiah 23:1,2

" Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord. Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord."

Matthew 24:12

"And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold"

The reality of loss is evident in the testimonies of those that have considered God's word and taken a step in faith and obedience. For some that has meant to remain faithful to God equals walking out of a group or formal fellowship, even if leaving means being isolated and even alone. What seems a common denominator is that those who "leave," consistently question and express their concerns to the leadership, beforehand, based on the Word of God.

They find those that they thought to be like-minded in upholding scriptural truth, are far from agreeing with them. Whether it is in issues of worldly thinking or issues in the church like Promise Keepers, the response of "the many" is to ignore and not speak up on these issues from knowledge of the Word of God. Some people even appear confused when asked if they weighed their ideas against the scriptures.

Those who do decide to question pastors and elders leading the flock into error, seem to leave the church after finding that the leaders do not like to have to base their position or actions on scripture. Those same leaders seem relieved when those that are questioning them finally do leave.

Perhaps most disconcerting is that after "a remnant" leaves the church, most report that neither the pastor, the elders, or few, if any others reach out to visit or encourage them back. The implications are that those who leave have "fallen" far from the Lord. In some instances, that thinking seems to be encouraged so that those who should be responsible to rectify the situation can make up excuses for not correcting or dealing with the problem.

The fact that many questioned resist any discussion involving how they base their position of various issues on Biblical truth, has shaken many that leave the fellowship. The response invariably includes disbelief, shock, and a deep and profound grief for the "sheep" and leadership who are so blinded. Another consistent that seems to take place with the "remnant" is being unable to find other fellowship. Although some do, many are finding isolation even in larger centers, where one would think, "believers reside." Overcoming the loss of fellowship also accompanies dealing with the verse:

Hebrews 10:25

"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."

What some discover is that God honors the desire to serve Him by providing some form of fellowship and encouragement. Often it happens in the strangest of ways. The challenge then, when "feeling like a remnant," is to come to grips with all of these issues, and not look back. It means coming to the understanding that God never said it would be easy. All through the scriptures, God often put individuals in difficult and lonely positions so they would:

Proverbs 3:5

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding."

That has never been more real than when we look at the progress of implementing a one-world government and the attitude of those in power. The scriptures say that there will be a great falling away from the faith before the return of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-3

"Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition."

Luke 21:16,17 says... "And you shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake."

Those verses become very real to those that "feel like a remnant." The betrayal felt is connected to those you love and care, often deeply, about. Yet, those same people turn their backs to you, for daring to believe the inerrant, wonderful and alive, Word of God. God brings to mind things He has promised us. Like:

Proverbs18: 24b.

"…and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother."

Moreover, the things of this world grow dim when we remember:

Hebrews 13:5b

"…I will never leave thee nor forsake thee."

And:

Philippians 4:19.

"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."

What concerns could we have when we remember to:

1 Peter 5:7

"Casting all your care upon Him: for He careth for you."

Philippians 4: 4

"Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say Rejoice."

Because we know

"…our redemption draweth nigh."


We don't have to be caught up in "feeling like a remnant".

We just have to remember Who called us out.

 

All scripture quotes from the Authorized King James Version

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