“For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” (Malachi 3:6)
There are those, although they may not come right out and admit it, that believe there are two different Gods, the Almighty and Jesus Christ, while the Holy Spirit is relegated to an almost ethereal position, acknowledged, but not as visible, or served as God Himself. I do not believe they mean any disrespect, but they have either not searched the Scriptures diligently, or have been deceived in such a way that is not Scripturally correct.
“I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.” (Psalm 139:22) “But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you.” (Luke 6:27)
To these individuals, the Holy Bible was either written by two separate entities, or God has changed His mind. The Old Testament to them speaks of a God who is vengeful, wrathful, and demands that His laws, commandments and precepts be followed to the letter or there will be dire consequences, the New Testament God fulfilled the law, brought in grace, and told the people to stand down, love only, and never hate anyone or anything. The Holy Spirit was not active to them in the Old Testament, and in the New He has arrived to bring us peace and contentment, and, wrongfully in their minds, the knowledge that God has changed, that He is no longer wrathful, but is just peace and love.
“For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”
Satan has used this to his great advantage, for what the average Christian has become is a mealy mouthed, passive, scared rabbit who will not stand for the Word of God against the evil of these days for fear of offending, and therefore not showing what they have determined is the love of Christ. There are no actions behind anything that might even come close to any righteous indignation they may feel towards unrighteousness, for that would not portray an image of what they see Christ as, a humble servant who never offended, never reproved, never corrected, was never angry and just loved everybody no matter what.
“And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do.” (Gen. 18:17) That was the Lord Jesus, the preincarnate Christ with two of His angels getting ready to kill everyone in that valley of sin and immorality.
“And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables.” (John 2:15) That was the Lord Jesus Christ, and He didn’t make that whip just to scare some folks.
“And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Rev. 19:16) That is Jesus Christ, coming back to this earth to kill and send to hell every living soul that refuses to acknowledge Him as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
“I am the Lord, I change not.”
Grace is a word that far too many believe, as it is to be applied in their lives today, means that they are to love everybody, that all have the ability to sin willfully and as they please, and that we are just to accept that, because Jesus Christ died for them also and it is not our place to judge, reprove or correct anyone, that love means always being polite and kind, and never looking that sinner in the eye and informing them that if they do not repent they will suffer eternal damnation. That just wouldn’t be Christlike to them.
And so, they sit in the pews on Sunday morning with smiles on their faces, listening to pastors who have forgotten the fire and brimstone services of the past, forgetting the men of God who stood on the walls with warnings of hell and damnation, and tell those in their congregations to just be polite and kind. Anything else would not be Christlike, for God has changed.
“I am the Lord, I change not.”