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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2010 14:12:50 -0800
WITHOUT SPOT or WRINKLE
-by David Wilkerson.

Christ's church has never been approved or accepted by the world. 
And it never will be. If you live for Jesus, you won't have to separate
yourself from other's company; they'll do it for you. All you have to 
do is live for him. Suddenly, you'll find yourself reproached, rejected, 
called evil: "Men shall hate you, and- they shall separate you from 
their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name 
as evil, for the Son of man's sake" (Luke 6:22).

Yet, Jesus adds, this is the path to true fulfillment. "Whosoever 
will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for 
my sake shall find it" (Matthew 16:25). In other words: "The only 
way you find meaning in life is by selling out your all for me. Then 
you'll find true joy, peace and satisfaction." Christ tells us, "My 
church is without spot or wrinkle. So, when you come to me, you 
must be willing to lay down all sins. You must surrender all to 
me, die completely to self, ungodly ambition and ego. By faith,
you'll be buried with me. But I will raise you up into new life."

Think about what it means to be without spot or wrinkle. We know 
a spot is a stain. But what about a wrinkle? Have you ever heard 
the phrase, "a new wrinkle"? It means adding a new idea to an 
existing concept. A wrinkle, in that sense, applies to those who 
try to improve on the gospel. It suggests an easy way to attain 
heaven, without full surrender to Christ.

That's the kind of gospel that's being preached in many churches 
today. The sermons are aimed only at meeting people's needs. 
As I read Jesus' words, I see that this kind of preaching will not 
work. It doesn't accomplish the true work of the gospel.

Don't misunderstand: I'm not against preaching comfort and strength 
to God's people. As a shepherd of the Lord, I'm called to do exactly 
that. But if I preach only to people's needs, and ignore Christ's call 
to lay down our lives, then true needs will never be met. Jesus' 
words are clear: Our needs are met by dying to ourselves and 
taking up his cross.

-SOURCE: http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/7655

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