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"Casting Your Pearls Before Swine"

Jesus used this graphic figure of speech to warn us not to “cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” – (Matthew 7:6)

Jesus used this analogy to tell us about the reality of wasting our pearls of wisdom upon those who would not recognize the value of our words, would consider them worthless and would invariably turn and tear us to pieces with their criticism and hate.

I no longer write to the nominal pew-warmer, lukewarm churchgoers, business as usual crowd, sensation junkies, or groupies in church fads. I learned long ago that they not only don’t have the ears to hear and despise those who would dare challenge them. When it comes to what God is speaking to His church the masses of professing Christians in churchianity don't get it, can't get it and won't get it. To reach the masses you need a message that has mass appeal. Mass appeal can only be achieved through messages that are hyped, accommodating, culturally correct and user friendly. This fact requires us to make it enticing, sensational, trendy, ear-tickling, seductive and acceptable.

The masses are reached when the message is dumbed down, toned down, and dispensed in bite-size, sugar-coated portions that nobody will choke on or be offended. To make it appealing to the masses of churchanity you almost always have to compromise the truth. The hard truths of God's word must often be ignored or minimized and the sharp edges filed down so no one gets hurt. The less appealing truths must be watered down to avoid the risk of being offensive, distasteful, or turning people off.

The sobering reality is that the masses just don’t get it whether they’re churched or unchurched. They don’t have ears to hear. I do not entertain any unrealistic hopes or expectations that they will get it or even be receptive to what God is speaking to His church today beyond lip service at best. As far as the masses are concerned, nothing substantial can be expected beyond a further hardening of their hearts and resistance to the message. For the masses, it will always be business as usual, playing church as usual and going through the religious motions as usual.

Throughout the history of God’s people, the prophets, Jesus, the apostles, His watchmen, steadfast shepherds, and faithful saints have always refused to compromise the truth regardless of whether it was distasteful to the masses, objectionable to the majority or ran “cross-grain” to cultural correctness. Those whom they were trying to reach were ultimately those who would have the spiritual ears to hear and the eyes to see ‑ In other words, those that will settle for nothing but the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

That is why I could care less about what the masses like or dislike. With rare exceptions, wasting time trying to convince them or win them over is as futile as shooting yourself in the head to get rid of a headache. I refuse to cast my pearls before the proverbial swine who will not only trample the truth in the mud but turn to rend you with their mocking, censorship, and skewed opinions.

Just so we are clear on this subject, I write to the remnant and not the masses. I have given up casting my pearls before swine. I’ve learned that it is pointless to debate them or endeavor to persuade them. It is not only useless, but also counterproductive. I know those with ears to hear will ultimately receive what the Spirit is speaking to His church. I also know that God is more than capable of leading them to it.

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james ndumbi
james ndumbi
Dec 23, 2023

Amazing! You just don't know how much you have encouraged me today. The path of a watchman is a lonely one. So my heart is delighted to meet one who seems to be hewn from the rare rock of faith. A living stone. A rare find.

My wife and I spent a whole year attending midweek fellowships in our estate for members of one of the most popular denomination among the "elite" in Kenya.

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