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From: "ANZAC Prophetic List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2005 11:59:19 -0500
"The CHURCH of the COMFORTABLE and TOLERANT" 
-by Jesse Morrell.

Once upon a time in the land called Feel Good there was a Church. 
This new Church was called "The Church of the Comfortable and 
Tolerant". Very recently this Church hired a new Pastor, Pastor 
Peace Keeper, who just graduated from the Seminary of Smooth Talking. 

The congregation "of the Comfortable and Tolerant" loved the new 
Pastor's sermons. Some of their favorites were "God is happy with 
everyone", "Everything is fine and dandy", and "There is nothing but 
good times ahead". 

Pastor Peace Keeper once made a terrible mistake. He wrongfully 
allowed Mr. Conscience into the pulpit. Mr. Conscience did nothing 
but call human mistakes "sins" and called the good folks of the 
congregation to "repent". Mr. Conscience had never been to the 
Seminary of Smooth Talking, and maybe he should have before 
attempting to preach. The congregation of the Comfortable and 
Tolerant were shocked at Mr. Consciences audacity and arrogance. 
They said things among themselves like "who does this self-
righteous legalist think he is coming and talking to us like that! 
Why should we allow this false preacher among us any longer to 
continue to persecute us?" 

Pastor Peace Keeper terribly regretted letting Mr. Conscience into 
the pulpit. Mr. Conscience has betrayed the trust he had with the 
Pastor. So Pastor Peace Keeper asked Mr. Conscience to please 
leave the church, he was not welcome there any longer. Everyone 
was happy that Mr. Conscience was asked to leave, except one 
member called Holy Spirit. So Holy Spirit and Mr. Conscience left 
together and after awhile nobody even noticed that they were gone. 

Once things were back to normal, the way they had always been, 
everyone was happy once again in the land called Feel Good. 
Pastor Peace Keeper continued to sugar coat sweet and wonderful 
lies that made everyone comfortable in their sins and heavily 
guarded his pulpit from abrasive truths. Who could blame him? 
You see, the Pastor loved his new home, his new church, and of 
course he loved his new income. He couldn't put such precious 
things on the line! So he absolutely guaranteed that "The Church 
of the Comfortable and Tolerant" were as satisfied and as happy 
as they possibly could be while they sat in their complacency. 

They lived the rest of their days happily ever after, that is, until 
they were finally cast into hell. 

The point: Rather then preparing the way of the Lord and making 
His paths straight, preachers are removing the bumps in the road 
to hell to make it as comfortable as possible for those who travel 
on them. The backslidden church utterly refused to remove the 
log out of her own eye and therefore also utterly refuses to remove 
anything from anyone else's eye. She vehemently opposes those
who try to do so also. God help those who attempt to clean up the 
church and the world! Joseph Parks said it best: "The man whose 
little sermon is 'repent' sets himself against his age, and will... be 
battered mercilessly by the age whose moral tone he challenges. 
There is but one end for such a man. 'Off with his head!" You had 
better not try to preach repentance until you have pledged your
head to heaven."

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