Luke 18:6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
These verses are talking to the church at the end time. Verse 7 mentions the elect and verse 8 His return. The question, “shall he find faith on the earth?” is not asked in vain. There are serious implications from this question and we just cannot ignore it.
This “elect” in verse 7 is Strong’s #1588, meaning “select, by impl., favorite:-chosen, elect.” This indicates that God is starting to show a problem INSIDE the church. The faith of his favorite, chosen people is being tested as indicated in verse 7 where the elect “cry day and night unto him.” What does He do? He delays answering, stretching out the time before acting, in order to test their faith. Nevertheless, He avenges them speedily. And we all know that God’s speed is NOT ours. Then He leaves us hanging with the question, “shall He find faith on the earth?”
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Habakkuk 2:4 Behold, his soul [which] is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
When the Bible says something more than once, we had better pay attention. The just are COMMANDED, not suggested, to live by faith. Hebrews 11:6 says that it is IMPOSSIBLE to please Him without faith. If Christ is NOT PLEASED with us, it means the lake of fire.
What is the core of faith? Isn’t it believing God’s Written Word? If this Word goes through any man’s mind and mouth, it is subject to pollution and deformity.
Look at a couple of examples of scriptures that would put our faith to the test:
Rev 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
This is our promise of protection: GOING TO A PLACE OF SAFETY, if you will. There is probably not a person in God’s Church who doesn’t believe that we will be protected some way. Now, look at Revelation 3:4, just six verses previous.
Revelation 3:4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
Our God says a whole church era only produces a FEW who will attain salvation. “Few” is Strong’s #3641, meaning “puny (in extent, degree, number, duration, or value).” Webster’s definition of “puny” is “slight, or inferior in power, size, or importance, petty, weak, insignificant.”
NOW: can you believe ONE verse and NOT ANOTHER? If you believe that God will provide you with a place of safety, then you turn around and call Him a LIAR when He says a whole church era only produces a FEW to salvation, YOU DO NOT HAVE REAL FAITH IN GOD. You cannot PICK AND CHOOSE what you want to believe. It is sobering to think of the thousands or hundreds of thousands who may have passed through this church (Sardis), and our God states emphatically that only a FEW will be saved. Will we call God a liar in one verse, but six verses later, put WHAT WE THINK IS FAITH in Him to save our lives. NO, we can’t have divided loyalties. It is one way or the other.
Do you believe that every person is hand-picked and placed in the church by God? That is NOT what the Bible says. Look at the following verses, TEST your faith, and SEE if you will believe what God says.
Matthew 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
Verse 24, God calls and places good seed in His field, the church. Verse 25, they ENEMY sows WEEDS. Verse 27, the weeds are beginning to be recognized. Verse 29, the weeds are so thick and the roots so intertwined with those of the good seed that the field must contain at least 50% weeds. Verse 30, God says that He will separate them at the harvest.
Now, notice how Christ explains this parable:
Matthew 13:36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked [one];
39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Verse 37, God and Christ place the good seed. Verses 38-39, the WEEDS ARE CHILDREN OF THE DEVIL. Notice, this is the explanation straight out of Christ’s mouth. Also, verse 39 shows that it is the end of the age, which makes it apply right now. Verses 40- 42 show what happens to the weeds–They are cast into the fire and burned up.
Now, what does this do to your faith? Will you believe what your Bible says? GOD DID NOT PLACE THESE WEEDS IN THE CHURCH. They are the children of the Devil. Yet this is considered their calling, and they are tossed into the fire and burned up at His return.
Someone will make the argument that no one can come unless the Father draws him, John 6:44. Would we dare accuse God of not working with these weeds as hard as He does with the good seed? You bet He will. He is not willing that ANY should perish, 2 Peter 3:9.
What do these two examples do to your faith, or what you thought was faith? Can you start to believe God’s written word? Can you brush aside what your local minister says, when it doesn’t stack up with what the mighty God who inhabits eternity claims in His Written Word. This Awesome God can back up His word; your local minister can’t. If you cannot believe what your Bible says, and you insist on clinging to the human reasonings and false teaching that we have been exposed to over the years, YOU ARE IN BIG TROUBLE WITH THE BOSS. Is this the reason that Christ questions the very existence of faith on earth at the time of His return? (Luke 18:8)
Published March 5, 1997
© Edgar Y. Bennett
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Black Hawk, CO 80422 USA