In Matthew 25:1-13 Jesus give us the comparison of the church and the 10 wise and foolish virgins.
“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.”
The five wise virgins and the five foolish virgins both were dressed the same and all had lamps. They looked very similar but there were two things that separated them…
1.The wise virgins had the anointing (oil), and the five foolish didn’t.
2.The wise virgins were working and preparing for the groom, they got it for themselves while they had time, the foolish didn’t.
Just like that story the church is sadly very similar to this today.
I believe that so many of us, especially those in the holiness movements are just wearing masks. Doing works but not having a real relationship.
Works don’t get you into heaven, no matter how much you do.
We all look the same. We all have lamps. But do we all have the anointing and a relationship with Christ? Are you on fire for God or on fire for attention?
“You do not change because you shout. You shout because you change.” -Jeron Presley.
“God has not called us to religion, but He has called us to Peniel. A face to face experience with Him.” -Chuck Spencer
This is something that is going to be so detrimental to our churches. If our youth doesn’t start truly getting it for themselves where are we going to be in 5, 10, 20 years?
It is so important that we teach them and that they study the word out for themselves.
So many times we make salvation so much more difficult than it should be. Therefore people feel they can’t commit because of all the “rules” we tell them they have to follow before they are truly “saved.”
“We have given the devil a place in our churches by the organ and a place on every corner of our property. ‘Resist the devil and he shall flee.'” -Chuck Spencer
I’m just going to say this right here… If you add or take away from the word of God you are committing sin. (Rev. 22:18-19, Deuteronomy 4:2) We must stick to the word and what is written there, not the ideals of man and deception of Satan.
Because of all the pressure the church has put on “religion” and being “religious” it has turned so many hurting, desperate people away.
If we would just teach the word as it is written and love like we are commanded to, we would reach so many more souls for the kingdom.
I’m tired of us reaching for a religious mark and not an intimate relationship with our Savior.
How long will we follow in the way of laws and regulations? How long will we condemn people for not being exactly like us?
I believe we should return back to true religion. Helping the hurting, broken, seeking and loving souls for the kingdom of God.
So what are you going to do? Remain in the dead, fake, complacent place of religion? Or will you rise up and return to the true way of salvation and true Christianity?
Will you take of that mask and be real, or will you be another actor in the masquerade?
Get it for yourself while you still have time to do so. You don’t know when your time will come, are you ready?
“Your actions are speaking so loud I can’t hear a word you’re saying.”
I pray you choose to get it for yourself and be a warrior for Christ!
Stain glass Masquerade by Kaetlyn Smith
“The church has become a masquerade ball.
Everyone wearing a mask to hide their true identities.
Their hurt and sorrow, scars and pain.
All covered by their masks from a different domain.
Why do we feel like we must hide our true selves,
Nobody is perfect so why do we think we must be?
The mask of talent, beauty, popularity, religion,
I’m tired of living in this fake jurisdiction.
Take off the mask, you don’t have to hide.
Be real and show what’s really inside.
Those who matter will be there for you, those who don’t – who cares what they do.
Find your confidence in Christ Jesus, He’s the one that will never leave us..
Leave that stain glass masquerade ball and come to the Father who created us all.
He knows who you are and what you’ve gone through.
He loves you no matter what scar’s you bear.
He is the healer of all broken hearts, yes, even those who’ve missed the mark.
He’s our chain breaker, and He’s a way maker.
Just give Him your all, leave that mask behind.
You’re not defined by your past so don’t let the devil tell you you’re trash.
You are wonderfully created and loved by the Savior.
Be who you are, not what you’re not.
Stain glass masquerade or the rise of a new decade.
Stand for what’s right, that’s your duty tonight.
Tired of the masquerade? Let’s end this useless charade.
Get it for yourself, and put that fake religion on the shelf.”