This could be about the most consistent command of Jesus or the most basic command of Jesus. But I call it the most hated. The other titles go better with the greatest command of Jesus: Love God and others with all your heart. People like talking about love. They love the sound of it. I cannot say that the world hates the command to love God and others. Of course they do little to practice it. The few apparently loving things we do from time to time are usually part of a righteous show. But the topic of this video is hated because it shows HOW to love. Where the rubber meets the road. It shows how little love the church world has for either God, or for others. Show people this command (the one I will soon tell you), and you probably will not hear from them again. That is how much people hate it. In a few minutes, you may feel the same way, Brace yourself. This command is consistent and it is basic too. Consistent means there are a lot of verses that all express the same thought, especially in the teachings of Jesus. It is not just one isolated verse. I keep asking people to read through all that Jesus taught with an honest and open heart. They do not need me watching them. Without help from me or anyone else they will see this requirement again and again in one way or another on almost every page of the gospels. In the middle of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus talks about our eyes. If we get the tiniest speck of dirt in our eyes, our whole body is useless until that speck is removed. Jesus was talking about something that is fundamental to all that we do as Christians. If we do not get this one right, it will destroy all that we do or say as Christians. We will become useless to God. That is where I see every church I have ever heard of. Drowning in uselessness. They have ignored this most basic, most consistent, and most hated teaching of Jesus. The verse about eyes, could be referring to almost anything. Something is seriously wrong with the churches. And because of this, everything they do has been invalidated. But what is it? Maybe they need better buildings to make them more useful for God. Do you think so? Maybe it is something more spiritual. Maybe people are not reading their Bibles enough. It could be errors in their theology. Maybe they need more prayer meetings. What do you think is the reason that even the big churches are so ineffective and lukewarm spiritually? Look at the context of what Jesus said. The verses before and after he said the eye is the light of the body. Here, at the heart of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus points to the corner of the Cornerstone. Where we must start, to get everything else into perspective. He wants us to see what we
might call the root of all evil… the source of all our problems…
the barrier to revival. Here are the two verses that precede
the illustration about the eye. “Do not accumulate wealth on earth, “where moths and rust destroy them, and where thieves steal them. “Accumulate wealth in heaven instead, “where moths and rust cannot destroy, and where thieves cannot steal. “Where your wealth is, that is where your heart is.” Have you ever heard someone say, “God knows my heart”, when they are being criticised? Here Jesus tells how we can know where their heart is too. Just look at where their money goes? Is your heart here? Or here? Or here? God knows your heart, but we can know it too. Now, look at verse 24, the one that follows what Jesus said about eyes. “No one can serve two bosses. Either he will hate one and love the other, “or he will hold onto one and despise the other. “You cannot serve God and money.” Why did Jesus not say, “You cannot serve God and the devil”? Why did he contrast God with money instead? Jesus exposed something so fundamental to faith in God that even today it must be whispered, if said at all, because of the anger it stirs up when it is mentioned. In the garden of Eden, there was no money.
In heaven there will be no money. But here and now we treat money like it is the source of life. Without it you are nothing.
With it you are everything. Ask Donald Trump. He will tell you. When we ask, “What do you do for a living?” what are we talking about? Serving God? Doing volunteer work? Giving to the poor? No, we are asking, “How do you make money?” If you are not making money, you are, in their thinking, not even alive. Notice, too, that Jesus says ‘serve’ here, not ‘worship’. People pretend he said ‘worship’, so they can argue: “I can work for God and money if I am careful not to WORSHIP it.” But working for money is serving money. Paul said, “Don’t you know that whoever you obey, you are serving?” So, who do we obey? Most churches teach it is dangerous to obey Jesus. But they never stop telling children to obey their parents, members to obey the elders, everyone to obey the laws of the land and especially employees to obey their bosses, as a way of witnessing, they say. But what do your employers, and fellow employees really witness when they see how hard you work to make money? Afterr all your talk about God,they see that your faith is really in money. God gets the leftovers… Sunday mornings, and mid-week prayer meetings, unless the boss, the real boss, the real master, asks you to work overtime. Churches everywhere tell you to go out and make a lot of money. Oh, and don’t forget to give them some of it. The churches that preach greed most strongly are the ones that are growing the fastest. The whole world is obsessed with greed today. This amazing church growth is the strongest evidence for how depraved the church and society are today. A few churches speak out against the prosperity gospel, but if you look closely, you see that they, too, are trying to make a business out of religion. Even the churches that have no paid pastor just show that they all stopped working for God so they could all concentrate on making money. Church, for these people,
is a hobby for after work. Ask yourself this: when has any church ever kicked anyone out for serving money? In fact, the more money you have, the more enthusiastically they will welcome you. All of them. Someone complained that I’m too critical of the churches when I should just be teaching John 3:16. I would love to preach John 3:16. But no one, inside or out of the churches, cares about eternal life as much as they care about their jobs and all the money that it gives them. They have never met God’s Son. Their faith is always in a counterfeit for what Jesus actually taught. But I will give you John 3:16 right now. “God loved the world so much that He
sent His Son.” That is Jesus, you know, the One who preached that great Sermon that I just quoted from… the One who said you cannot work for Him and work for money at the same time. Only one boss. You will learn to hate the other one. Which one will it be? “That whoever believes on Him…” Do you believe what Jesus said? Or did you replace it with a magic prayer, and an empty promise that if you say He is your Savior, then it is all done… finished? Jesus is asking you to believe Him today… now. “… will not perish, but have everlasting life.” This real Jesus, the one in the Bible. Not the one your pastor told you about. The real Jesus said if you obey what he said in the Sermon on the Mount, your house will never fall. The same Jesus said, if you listen to that sermon and do NOT obey what He said in it, your house will be destroyed when the storms of life and death come. Do you want eternal life? Then do it the way He said, and forget the counterfeits. Jesus said His Father will feed us if we stop working for the food that perishes, and look for His kingdom and His righteousness instead. His first followers left their jobs and followed Him. The first Christians sold all that they owned, and gave the proceeds to the apostles. They lived together 24/7, showing the good news by their lifestyle. Do you believe Jesus? Do you believe His Father will feed and clothe you if you stop worrying about food and clothes and build His kingdom instead? If you cannot believe God for a little thing like that, how can you believe He will resurrect your dead body when He returns? Jesus said that he will be ashamed of anyone who is ashamed of what He taught. You have heard today some of what He taught. Does it excite you? Do you want to live in a world where we all work for free, and where God takes care of us? Or does this embarrass you? Are you ashamed of what Jesus said? Sadly, hardly one person in a million is prepared to trust Jesus. We see in His life, and in the lives of his first followers that receiving Jesus means laying it all down before Him. Jesus said that the whole world worries about where they will get money for food and clothes. He said that what makes His disciples different is that we trust our heavenly Father, as we travel the world preaching the gospel in obedience to Him. Please look at one special word from John 3:16. It is the word ‘whoever’. Do we say that what Jesus said to Nicodemus was only forNicodemus? That it was Nicky’s special problem? Trusting his religion more than trusting God? Was it Nicodemus’ special problem,
or is it a problem for all of us? ‘Whoever’ means it applies to all of us. Now, look at another verse with that same word in it. It’s in Luke 14. “Whoever does not forsake all that he has, cannot be My disciple.” Where is that being preached today? The church has contradicted every word in that verse. “No, no, not whoever,” they say.
“He only said it to the rich young ruler.” No, no. That is a lie.
He taught it to His twelve disciples. He taught it to the Pharisees. He taught it to the multitudes. And His disciples taught it to the thousands who joined the church. “No, no. Not forsake,” they say. “Just imagine yourself doing it… in your heart. “Keep your wealth. You need it. “It would be foolish to do that. How could you do anything for God without money?” Lie number two. Ask yourself, what is the church
doing with its wealth even now? Less than one cent in every hundred dollars given to a church today reaches the mouths of the world’s poor people. And you are not working so you can help the poor. Most of you do it to pay off bills that
happened because you could not wait for God to give you money for what you wanted “Oh no, no, not everything,” they say. “Not all that you have. Ten percent or maybe twenty percent. “If you are extremely rich, you can give ninety percent. “That is better than how Jesus did it. “Put something in the collection plate. That is enough.” Once again, It is a lie. God may give back after we forsake it. But even then, He asks us to let it go again and again, just to see His miraculous provision. Your home, your car, your bank account, all your possessions…forsake it all. “Cannot be my disciple? “No, no,” they say.
“He’s talking about exceptional people. “They can forsake all, like the twelve apostles, and that’s fine. “But we are not all disciples. “We can get to heaven without that.” Just one more lie. The twelve were apostles, but all Christians are disciples. The disciples were first called Christians at Antioch. We call ourselves ‘Christians’ today, but ‘disciples’ was the word used in the Bible. Jesus was saying that you cannot be a Christian unless you forsake all that you own. Do you hear me? And do you understand that it is not just me that is saying it? Come one, come all! Receive your Lord,
the Son of God! Ask Him into your heart. Reach out and believe all that He has said to you, and to everyone else on this planet. But do it, knowing what he demands of His followers. If you cannot do that,
now that you have heard, then have the courage to admit that you are not a Christian. You are not one of His disciples. You are not born again. You are not filled with His spirit. In each case, you have been sold a counterfeit gospel. I have showed you what the real Jesus… the Jesus of history… the Jesus of the Bible… requires from His followers. I know it will blow many of you away. Some of you compliment me for saying it like it is. Something is very wrong in the church today. But what about forsaking all? What about this log in the eye of every churchgoer in the world? What will we do about that? You can message me, but it is God that you need to message. Discuss it with Him. Tell Him, if you like, that I am too extreme. Tell Him that Jesus did not mean for us to take Him literally. Or tell Him that you want to get it right, that you will drop everything to become one of His children. Jesus came to His
own people and they rejected Him. He did it with the Jews, and now it is happening in the churches. They have rejected Him. But anyone who DID receive Him received power to become children of God. Are you ready to receive the real Jesus? God is building a spiritual army, brothers and sisters. It is worth more than everything you own.
It is worth more than all your loved ones. It is worth more than your own life. Do you want to be part of it? I want to hear your answer. Please subscribe to this channel and share these videos through blogs and other social media. Click the box that says you want to be notified when new videos come out. But most of all… subscribe to Jesus Christ and follow His instructions, starting today. Thank you. Sick of self-indulgence, a life of luxury. Tired of your existence, wanting to be free. Here is the solution, to the mess you’re in: there is no freedom without self-discipline. Get rid of what you own Got to get out of the comfort zone. Get back to the Cornerstone. Get out, get out of the comfort zone. The comfort zone. Life is like a runner, going through a race. The effort’s always worth it, when you run a place. But running is a drag on the road or on the track, if you’re wearing too much weight upon your feet or on your back. Get rid of what you own. Got to get out of the comfort zone. Get back to the Cornerstone. Get out, get out of the comfort zone. The comfort zone. Life is so exciting, when challenges come your way. Even though the hardships may cause you some dismay. Everything you master may cause some
growing pain but you will grow much stronger and help others do the same. Get rid of what you own Got to get out of the comfort zone. Get back to the Cornerstone. Get out, get out of the comfort zone. The comfort zone. Don’t think your possessions will give you security. Living the soft life is spiritual poverty. To whom much is given, more will be required. To live and work among the poor is what’s to be desired. Get rid of what you own. Got to get out of the comfort zone. Get back to the Cornerstone. Get out, get out of the comfort zone. The comfort zone. The comfort zone.