Are You Whitewashed Or Washed White?

April 2, 2016 in Bro. Heath's Blogs, The Holy Bride

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ARE YOU WHITEWASHED OR WASHED WHITE?
(Yes, a message that may take you a whopping 10 minutes to actually read but could make an eternal difference.)

Nobody likes a hypocrite… unless you are one. Hypocrisy and pretentious people are repulsive to anyone who tries to live transparent and real. This is because for the most part our souls and psyches are hot wired to truly relate to others in honesty and sincerity.
Have you ever met a person you knew was being insincere and “hamming it up” in their charisma and charm to impress you or try to manipulate a situation to get what they wanted? (kinda like a majority of television evangelists and so called “anointed preachers”) I bet it left a very bad taste in your mouth. Unfortunately, if we are honest, most of us have participated in some form of hypocrisy and insincerity at times in our life. But having a spontaneous insincere moment is much different than living a lie of trying to be or “appear to be” someone you are not.

Personally, I’d rather hang around a foul mouthed sinner who is sincere and transparent in who they really are, than to have the fellowship of hypocrites and overly pious religious people who I am uncertain as to who they really are. I think that’s why Jesus chose smelly sinful fisherman over squeaky clean pharisees. It’s better to be in the presence of someone who is transparent in their motives even if they are unrefined and sinful than to walk with a whitewashed, two faced person who could easily turn on you. Proverbs 27:6 says “The wounds of a friend are better than the kisses of an enemy.” Psalm 55:21 says “The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.” Because the truth is, hypocrites are really just very dishonest, untrustworthy souls who are an enemy to your soul, not a friend. They may flatter you and tell you what your flesh wants to hear (kinda like a majority of television evangelists and so called “anointed preachers”) but in the end they will rob you of your money and leave you damaged or destroyed.

One of the harshest truths that Jesus told was concerning hypocrites, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. You blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like to white washed tombs, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity!”

You see, we all have gone astray and become corrupt. No, not one of us are righteous. All mankind is evil and wicked through and through.
God is repulsed by hypocrites because they whitewash their evil hearts to deceive not only themselves but others into thinking they are genuinely virtuous and pious. But deep down they love sin and envy the sinners who frolic in the filth of lawless, fleshly pleasures. “For he flatters himself in his own eyes that his sin cannot be exposed and hated.” Psalm 36:2
Instead of being truly transformed and “born again” to begin to hate sin and all forms of evil thoughts and motives, they whitewash their outward appearance, “become religious”, join a church, and conform their personality to a bunch of “do’s and don’ts” set forth in whatever religious group they are a part of.
But whitewashing or “christianizing” a sin loving heart does not qualify as a true conversion anymore than putting a band-aid over a rapid form of cancer does any good.

Religious people are the biggest hypocrites because they circumvent the only true way of being cleansed and made holy by “pretending” or having an outward show of Godliness” but they deny the true power to be Godly for real! As the scripture says, “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof…” 2 Timothy 3:5

This is the difference between the true church and the harlot church. The true church are people (not any certain denomination or church organization) who have repented of their sins and had a true conversion where they no longer love sin or want to make a practice of evil doing. They want to live for God and His ways. This doesn’t mean they are perfect or completely sinless. As long as we are in this fallen world, there may be occasions where even the righteous may fall, the saint may stumble… but we don’t wallow in our sins. We don’t enjoy them like the sinner does. We abhor them and if we fall, we immediately feel the crushing sadness of hurting God and our testimony. We are quick to repent and strive to overcome the temptations that led us to the fall. Our hearts have truly been changed and transformed that we no longer take pleasure in sinning.

The harlot church or false converts of Christianity are also people (not any certain denomination or church organization) who instead of having a true “aha” moment of a godly sorrow and shame over their sin loving hearts… and instead of a true repentance to sincerely want to be delivered from their sins, they circumvent or find a pathway they like better to blend in with the true church… (the “tares” that are sown by the enemy which appear to be “wheat”… as Jesus warned in Matthew 13.)

They are religionists who in pretense having taken on Christianity as their preferred religion but they are no more truly converted as the atheist or Satanist. They have been deceived and somehow missed the cross of Christ that stands just right in front of them! Instead of the cross being a real, revolutionary experience in their hearts and souls, the cross is only a symbol on a church building, a necklace they wear or a bumper sticker they have on their car. Hypocrites or white washed religious people prefer “symbolism over substance”. They prefer APPEARING righteous and virtuous rather than truly BEING righteous and virtuous. They like PRETENDING to be in the role of a Christian rather than living with Christ in them (the Holy Spirit) to change them into a new creation. They prefer working on their charisma and personality, the outward man, rather than working on their true character and soul, the inward man.

Thus, the white washed religionist will be sadly and rudely awakened on Judgment day to find that his or her religion or “churchianity” was a fraud and an epic failure. Indeed, “Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23

But the truth is, we don’t have to be whitewashed. We can be washed white! We don’t have to wear self righteous garments which are “filthy rags”. We can put on the Lord and be clothed in His white garments of holiness and love, washed in the blood of our Savior! We don’t have to worry about “appearing holy or pious before men”. We can truly be holy and pious before our God!

We don’t have to pretend that we are Christians who hate sin. We can truly be followers of Christ who hate sin because His Spirit is within us, transforming us to hate sin! It’s a beautiful salvation! It’s a real salvation! Yes, God wants us to truly be saved from our sins! Imagine that! “You shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people FROM their sins!” Matthew 1:21 Wow, now that’s pure religion, undefiled before God! Pray that prayer- Jesus, here’s what I want… the real deal.. nothing less than true salvation, Jesus!

Jesus never said the journey to follow Him would be easy peasy. He said the very opposite. He said that to be His disciple we would have to “take up our cross”… that we would be persecuted. That, “yea, all that live Godly would suffer persecution” and some of us even to die a martyr. I think this is why most take the easier route of hypocrisy and “pretentious religion”. It’s easy to act like a soldier than to be a real one.

But personally, I can’t settle for pretending to be a Christian. Because there is no prize or reward in that way. “The hypocrite’s hope shall perish.” Job 8:13 I’d rather go back and be a wicked sinner than to live the life of a hypocrite. But since the Spirit of God is within me, I hate every false way, especially an empty sin loving and selfish life that hurts me, God and everyone around me.
I want to be in that remnant few… in that number when the true saints go marching in… and some angel looks and says “Who the heck are those people?” And another angels says to him, “These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have WASHED their robes, and made them WHITE in the blood of the Lamb.” Revelation 7:14

Oh precious friends, are you whitewashed or washed white?

Love you Bro. Heath


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