“Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell‘. ‘O Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee‘. Who spoke these seething words? From whose lips came this terrible indictment, this awful condemnation? Who put the Pharisees, the religious leaders – the Ecclesiastical Biggies of His day into the pillory. Who cried out against them in language that has within it the lightning strokes of Heaven’s indignation and the thundering roar of Heaven’s condemnation? – ‘Scribes, pharisees, hypocrites‘. This was none other than the tender, compassionate, meek and lowly Jesus. This was none other than the One Who upon a Cross of shame was to Bleed and die on behalf of guilty men. In this Age in which we live the religious biggies, the ecclesiastical establishment, those that control the forces within the great major religious groups still need to be indicted and pilloried in the same language.
“. . . what we need is a breed of prophets; men with God’s fire in their souls; men with God’s burden upon their heart; men whom nothing will be able to stop as they cry aloud and spare not and show God’s people their sin, and this nation its iniquity. God is looking for prophets.
“. . . The prophet will be known to be a prophet when he is the recipient of stonings and persecutions. Show me a man in the pulpit of which the world speaks well; show me a man in the pulpit of which the religious establishment speaks well and I will show you a man upon whom is not the blessing of God or the unction of the Almighty. But show me a man of whom is said every evil and wicked slander; show me a man who becomes the recipient of wave after wave of condemnation; who is condemned out of hand, who is accused of the most outrageous of crimes and I will show you a man whom God has commissioned, whom God has called, whom God has sent to be a prophet to his generation.”
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