(Part 2 – continued from same day)
The Refiner’s Fire Must Not Fail to Remove the Dross
The Lord is saying that many are dressing the wounds of our nation and His people as if they are not serious. Many are prophesying “‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace” (Jeremiah 6:14; 8:11). But the Lord says that the wounds of our Nation and many of His people are incurable apart from wholeheartedly returning to follow Him.
He says He has turned up The Refiner’s fire, but that the dross has not been purged. (Jeremiah 6:28-30) This has resulted, in part, due to doctrines of lawlessness (counterfeit grace or hyper-grace) that have infiltrated His church. Some teach that God no longer sees present, ongoing sin (but only sees us perfect through Christ no matter how we’re choosing to live), or that if He does see our present, ongoing sin, that He has no problem with it since Jesus already paid for all sin ~ so there is no need for repentance. Many presume upon His grace, using it as an excuse to sin while relying on His forgiveness. God’s mercy, grace, and longsuffering in giving people time to repent has been misinterpreted by many to mean that we can continue living willful lifestyles of sin and still be saved as long as we “believe” in Jesus. But this is not God’s definition of having faith in or believing in Jesus (more about this later).
In addition, the dross has not been purged in The Refiner’s fire due to doctrines that have spread which teach that God no longer disciplines in any way except through His Word. Some even deny this form of discipline. Many believe He no longer brings any form of discipline, punishment, or judgment (until the Final Judgment). God has called out in warning, attempting first (as any good parent) to correct through His Word, saying,
…Stand by the roads and look; and ask for the eternal paths, where the good, old way is; then walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk in it! Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hear and obey the sound of the trumpet! But they said, We will not listen or obey.
So the Lord says,
To whom can I speak and give warning? Who will listen to me? Their ears are closed so they cannot hear. The word of the Lord is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it. (Jeremiah 6:16-17 AMP, v.10 NIV).
When God’s attempts to correct through words have gone unheeded, and He has resorted to discipline in other ways, many of His children still do not repent because they have been taught that God is not the One doing these things (that God, under the New Covenant, only disciplines through the Word).
Therefore, in spite of The Refiner’s fire blazing, the dross has remained. The Lord says that when the dross refuses to be purged, what more can He do but reject the silver? Children who consistently reject His attempts to discipline eventually become illegitimate children, no longer having a legitimate relationship with Him (Isaiah 1; 5:3-5, 10-13; 30:9-14; Jeremiah 6:29-30, Hebrews 12).
We are now at the critical stage where our nation has been set on course for devastation. Our nation has “the Solomon syndrome.” We had such a great beginning ~ covenanted with and dedicated to Him. We were blessed and prospered above all others, and the world sought us. But we “married” many foreign “wives” and allowed their foreign gods to turn us away from Him (I Kings 11). He has also compared us with Israel, saying we have forgotten Him, our miraculous beginning (of being brought out of another nation to follow Him), and all He has done for us, and have turned to serve “idols” (Psalm 78). He has given us some very sobering and frightening words about what’s coming as we’ve sought Him wholeheartedly in the past months. As the Lord showed Jesse in a dream last year, the “building” is on fire, yet the people inside are continuing to go on with life and business as usual. Yet, when I ask Him if there’s still time, still hope, He has said, “It’s not too late.”
By His grace and mercy He is still giving us the opportunity to repent and return to Him with our WHOLE HEARTS AND LIVES and see that course altered. He says if He decrees destruction for a nation, and that nation repents, that He reconsiders the things He planned to do (Jeremiah 18). But there is no more time for continuing to go about life and business as usual. The course being altered requires His people being “altar”ed ~ putting our whole lives on the altar to Him. Lukewarm Christianity and compromise with the world must be purged from the church. The church must hear the ALARM He is sounding (Joel 2:1), awaken from its sleep, break free from all that distracts us from His purposes, and come out of all darkness fully into the Light to become the mighty army for the Lord He has called us to be.
to be continued…