Loud sounding gong? A Word on ‘harsh’ prophecies
Delivering a prophecy that seems harsh to our modern sensibilities doesn’t make you a loud-sounding gong without love, contrary to the absolute tripe being taught today.
There was once a prophet who said things like:
Generation of vipers! (Matt. 12:34)
Though you are exalted to heaven, you shall be brought down to hell. (Luke 10:15)
I will profess to them ‘Depart from me, ye who work iniquity, for I never knew you.’ (Matt. 7:23)
He also cursed a defenseless tree for not having fruit.
Who was this mean old ogre of a prophet?
Today’s teaching on how the prophetic must always be uplifiting would condemn JESUS as not having love.
The truth is that we often fail to understand what the Bible teaches because we read it the way it’s been erroneously preached to us. Prophecy is for edification, exhortation, and comfort, but this does not mean it will always be comfortable.
In the US Marine Corps, my Drill Sergeants edified me, getting me into the greatest shape I’ve ever been in. They exhorted with tremendous intensity. Their training is now a comfort when there’s an emergency or danger of any kind.
Some may argue that we’re still supposed to be gentle, but not all situations call for what we now regard as gentle.
Feel free to call me harsh.
The lake of fire is harsher than anything I could possibly say to you.
Am I your enemy, because I tell you the truth?