We use prophecy for our own ends, to attract the world’s attention, to draw in new members and co-workers, to give form [the raison d’être] to our “watchman work”, but we are using our own sins [for we are complicit] instead of repenting of them !! – in effect we are utilizing our sins, their outcome, ostensibly to bring others to God – THIS IS NOT GOD’S WAY !! — we neatly package news and prophecy together, we immerse ourselves in the world for credibility when God so plainly says for us to separate, to not partake of her sins [separation into God’s community will bring the blessings] — we must now focus on bringing the blessings, to obeying our God and Father, to follow the lead and instructions of our elder brother [Matthew 12:19] — the *purpose* of the church includes a strong “watchman” work within the community context, a work where the prophetic blessings stand in stark contrast to the curses, a true *living witness* – Isaiah 58:1 “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and *shew* my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins” – we must provide a strong warning message and we must provide the alternative, we must show Israel [the COG and physical Israel] the way !! – Ezekiel 18:31 should ring in our ears: Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and *make* you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? [spiritual as-well-as physical Israel] – ** the way of escape is made plain **; the prophetic curses can be avoided !! – we have *not* lived up to our responsibilities; we must return to God and His ways – we have to cease the internecine [the conflict within the COG] attitudes and machinations which are mutually destructive both within and without the COG.
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