Those Who Sigh and Groan

By Francis Frangipane

The true church is a child in the womb of God; what the Almighty feels affects us. We absorb into our spiritual DNA the great loves of God; His passions become our passions. However, there are things that He also hates. Without becoming self-righteous, we must allow ourselves to feel the Lord's hatred for sin and injustice; we must receive into our spirits His attitude concerning violence, abuse and abortion.

I am thinking of Ezekiel. The prophet was commanded to walk through sinful Jerusalem and take note, not only of its perversity, but those who were affected adversely by it. "And the Lord said to him, "Go through the midst of the city"and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations which are being committed in its midst."

The Fear of the Lord

By Francis Frangipane

"The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks . . ." (Matt 13:41).

We often will hear messages on sin and lawlessness, but the idea that the Lord will not only remove sinners from His kingdom, but specifically people who willfully cause others to stumble, needs to be addressed. This is no small issue with the Lord. Just as "dead flies make a perfumer's ointment stink," so a few stumbling blocks in a local church can cause an otherwise loving congregation to repel the unsaved, rather than draw them.

To deepen your understanding of why I am concerned, I need to take you back to my days just prior to my surrender to Jesus Christ. I had an experience that caused me to know the terrible fear of the Lord in regard to causing sheep to stumble.