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Repentance From Dead Works (21)

In our last broadcast, we saw that God was wroth with the church in Thyatira because they permitted Jezebel to teach her destructive doctrine in the church, and release its seductive influence on the children of God; leading them to commit fornication and idolatry. For those who are unfamiliar with what we are saying, a quick recap may be helpful. The Lord Jesus, in reviewing the activities of the believers in Christ in Thyatira, in the region of Asia Minor, in the 1st Century A.D., was wroth with them for permitting a woman, who called herself a prophetess, but whom He called Jezebel, to teach and seduce His servants to commit fornication and eat foods sacrificed to idols. We noted that the name Jezebel which the Lord called this woman was figurative of the nature of Jezebel, the wife of King Ahab, in the Old Testament. Jezebel, King Ahabs wife, was a seductress, who used make-up as far back as about 870 B.C., as a weapon of seduction, and, the apparatus of the State to her advantage. She was a heathen woman who married King Ahab of Israel, had in her employ over 400 false prophets, and was an avowed enemy of the God of Israel and His servants! So, when the Lord called this prophetess in the church in Thyatira, Jezebel, we noted that she was being referred to, as a replica of King Ahabs wife. We thus, averred that the Jezebel in Thyatira may have been the wife of a church leader or a prominent woman in the church, and was able to wield tremendous influence to the point of being allowed unfettered access to teach, unrestrained, in the church!

But for all the atrocities of the Jezebel in the church in Thyatira, the Lords condemnation of the church was that they permitted her to continue to teach her sensual and heretic message even though they knew that their leaders and members were being corrupted and being turned away from God! This is the case with the church of God today, where there are all kinds of women who are entrenched therein, calling themselves prophetesses, and coming up with all sorts of visions and revelations, and claiming them to have come from God!

The issue of Jezebels in the church must therefore, be a source of, and cause for concern for all well-meaning children of God, and all true leaders in the church of God. In fact it is the reason why we are taking up additional time to address this issue this week. Unfortunately, like Elijah, in 1 Kings 19:1-4, who fled for fear of his life, when King Ahabs wife, Jezebel, threatened to end his life, many church leaders have abdicated their responsibilities of either, disallowing Jezebels from teaching in the church, or, outrightly ex-communicating them from the church. Sadly, some other church leaders have been seduced by these Jezebels articulate, though poisonous speech; delicate, though alluring walk; and, immaculate, though sensual dressing; and have been taken in, or rather, enslaved by them. Like Elijah did, in 1 Kings 19:5-18, what we need most now, in view of the wreckage caused by the activities of Jezebels in the church, are church leaders who will embark on a journey in God, where they will be renewed and commissioned or re-commissioned, as the case may be, with purpose and power, to silence all Jezebels in the church!

Jezebel in Thyatira was a very dangerous influence in the church of God because it was not so much her spirituality that rubbed off on the people in the church, but her nature! The bible says, in Proverbs 22:24-25, Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul. If you befriend a person who by nature is angry, you will inevitably learn his ways, and be entrapped in his entanglement, from which you may not be able to break free. In the same way, if you associate with a Jezebel, it is a matter of time before you learn her ways and begin to act like she acts. This is one more reason why believers in Christ must unite together, with one mind and one purpose, to ensure that Jezebels have no place in the Body of Christ! Politicians all over the world have been preaching the sermon of anti-corruption for decades, and yet, corruption has made more converts each year; and this is because, the politicians who have been preaching these anti-corruption messages are themselves corrupt. It is their nature that is rubbing off on the citizenry, not their message per se! You cannot say one thing, while doing another thing, and expect people to follow what you are sayingthey will inevitably follow what you are doing! You cannot dress seductively, be estranged from your spouse, and be sensual in your disposition, then preach a message of holiness, and expect to have a congregation that is made up of sound believers in Christ in a scriptural sense. No! What you will have are sensual, seductive, promiscuous, immoral, and amoral church attenders, who cannot positively impact their environment with holy living. This is why we have the kind of local assemblies we are having today; where women are all but naked, all in the name of fashionthey are either Jezebels or have been enticed by the nature of Jezebel!

You cannot knowingly take poison, and then turn around and quote if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them (Mark 16:18), and expect that no harm will come to you. The scripture quote in reference, refers to the accidental or forced intake of poison, not one done knowingly and with consent! There was a young manan undergraduate in one of our institutions of higher learningwho thought to prove that he was a child of God, and so he jumped into the den of lions in the university zoo stating that as the lions did not eat Daniel when he was thrown into the den of lions, so will he not be eaten. The mistake he made was that Daniel did not knowingly enter into the den of lions, he was thrown in by the law of the Medes, and God spared him. But for this young manhow badly mistaken he wasthe lions made a meal of him! The point we are trying to make here is that Jezebel is harmful; nay, deadly to the Body of Christ, and must be eliminatedby stopping her activity in the church; by ex-communicating her where she refuses to repent; and, by refusing to recommend her to other churches. Friend, Jezebel is dead works itself, and a show stoppershe kills good works; she is bad news for the good news of the kingdom of God; and she is a distraction to those who want to make God their focus. She must be stopped!

The Jezebels we are talking about, like Jezebel, King Ahabs wife, are by nature, unrepentantly promiscuous. Of the Jezebel in the church of Thyatira, the Lord said in Revelation 2:21 I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Brethren, repentance was not in the nature of King Ahabs Jezebelin fact, she was brazen in her evil liaisons; neither is it in the nature of the Jezebels in our local assemblies; that means that they cannot, and will not change! King Ahabs Jezebel, and the Jezebel in the church in Thyatira refused to repent! This is also true of all Jezebelsthey just wont change! Hence, they must be removed from the Body of Christ, just as poison must be flushed out of the human body quickly, lest it causes permanent damage in the human brain (the head), bringing the human body into a vegetative state. Man of God, we hope that the local assembly in your care is not in a vegetative state already, and you brain dead? Man of God, we hope that the local assembly in your care is not in a coma and you in a sleep of death? Man of God, we hope that the local assembly in your care has not all but died, and you buried in Jezebels seduction? Remember, the Lord is at hand!
Jezebel is a corrupting influence. She is corrupt, and corruption itself, and so corrupts everything she comes in contact with. She must therefore not be allowed to come in contact with the Body of Christ in any form or shape whatsoever.
Jezebel is unrepentant, unyielding, and will not change. She will rather leave one church for another church, than change her ways. She must be publicly declared as such to forewarn others against her ways.
Jezebels mission in life is to destroy the work of God and to ensure that the souls of the servants of God end up in hell. She is not a friend, and must not be trifled with.
Jezebel can be seen. She has never really hidden who she is. She is loud, vivacious, and ostentatious! To the fleshly and worldly believer in Christ, Jezebel is attractive, and they are always attracted to her; but to those who are in the Spirit, Jezebel is odious, repulsive, and she is repelled by them. If therefore, the Holy Spirit is given free rein in your local assembly, a Jezebel will become uncomfortable and unable to remain there for long. She may try to douse the fire of the Holy Spirit in the local assembly by seeking to introduce, with the permission of the church leadership, worldly and fleshly programs that will lure Gods assembly away from focusing on God. This was her assignment and strategy in Thyatira; and it remains her assignment and strategy in the church of God today! But if believers in Christ, will put their trust in God, constantly have fellowship with the Holy Spirit, eliminate carnality and worldliness from their lives and local assemblies, a Jezebel will, on her own flee from that assembly. The bible says in James 4:7, Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. To submit to God is to subordinate yourself to God; that is, completely yield to God at all times; and to resist the devil, is to stand in opposition to the devil in all things that he wants you to do. To stand in opposition to the devil is to disagree with him or put differently, to refuse to agree with the devil and thus, act contrary to the devils desire. Jezebel will flee from your assembly, when you give full place to the Lord, and give no place whatsoever to the flesh, and to the devil. It is only after we are totally in subjection to God that we receive the grace to resist or oppose the devil; and then, he must flee, even though he may stage a half-hearted comeback just in case we are not standing fast in the things of God. That is why the bible says, in 1 Peter 5:8-9, Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. As you stand in opposition to the devil with all steadfastness (that is, with determination and resolve), he will flee from you! It is important to note that sobriety and vigilance are also required of believers in Christ, because the devil, through his agents, is roaming about, seeking whom he may devour. But in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, he will not find us.

All our good works can be corrupted unless the corrupting influence of the Jezebels in our local assemblies are completely flushed out. As some in the church in Thyatira maintained their good works by refusing to be influenced by the Jezebel in that church, so will all those believers in Christ be able to maintain their good works as long as they resist the Jezebels within, and refuse to follow the few who may have consented to give permission to Jezebel to teach her heresy. If you have inadvertently allowed a Jezebel to teach in your local assembly, you can return to God today in genuine repentance, and be saved from the judgment that is certain to come upon these Jezebels. If you refuse, there can only be the fearful expectation of Gods anger and judgment! Remember that the bible says in Hebrews 10:31, It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. It is better to be in the minority who are opposed to Jezebels teaching in the church, than to fall into the hands of the living God!

Let us pray!