Are we not the ones?

Posted by Mark Labuschagne on Monday, May 11, 2015
If we speak against or accuse, slander, turn our backs on another believer or minister, are we not the persecutors, the haters and the real enemies of God or is there another Jesus was talking about when He said, ""They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God." Surely if we act in the same manner as the world does, we too fall into the same category?

It pains me to see how we treat one another and yes, I am speaking to everyone who reads this because we are all guilty for doing exactly the same thing Jesus was speaking about when He said, "
Even those closest to you--your parents, brothers, relatives, and friends--will betray you. They will even kill some of you."

I have been involved in ministry ever since I was a twelve year old boy and never thought that persecution Jesus was talking about would not only come from the world, but from the very ones closest to us. How dare we speak out against and reject those Jesus died for, as if we have the right to do so. How dare we stand behind the pulpits, take communion and yet have nothing to do with our brothers and sisters who might be of another vineyard, yet still an integral part of Christ's Body. Yet we have the audacity to speak out and ridicule one another.

My heart is simply this, may God forgive us, the Church, for we do not understand His love. We say we love Him, yet we do not love one another. We turn aside and against those we disagree with as if it is pleasing to the Christ. We have become so self-absorbed that we think our self-righteous acts honor our heavenly Father.  

When the truth is spoken, there we will always find resistance, yet, those who know Christ, should be the ones of least resistance. We remain divided and think that God is pleased with us. No wonder the world laughs at us, for in many instances we do not look any different to the world. We have a form of godliness, yet we deny the truth.

Has the time not come that the Church should search her heart, repent and return to the Lord? Arrogance will ask why? Ignorance will demand an explanation, yet, we remain unrepentant and think that God does not see the actions and attitudes of our hearts.

May the sons, the true sons of God, the redeemed of the Lord, bow their hearts before His majesty in humble adoration and call on His name so that God may heal, deliver and restore His Church to the image of His Son, to the glory of Jesus Christ and His holy name.

Our love for our Father

Mark Labuschagne We are a vessel set apart, cleansed, emptied, consecrated; just standing, waiting every moment for God, in Christ, by the Holy Spirit, to work out in us as much of the holiness and the life of His Son as pleases Him We worship Him only!

Ministry Bio

Mark Labuschagne At the age of 12, God called Mark to ministry and for the last 44-years his desire to stay true to this calling remains his passion. It was in the desert place, the road less traveled that God gave Mark a prophetic voice and sent him to the nations. In his 30 years of ministry, Mark has traveled to 60 countries and has seen the hand of God move in amazing ways in the hearts and lives of those he was sent to. He has a special love for the USA, a nation that he has visited and traveled extensively for over some 20 years. He currently lives between South Africa and Botswana and is an accomplished pianist, a sort after speaker, a respected preacher and seasoned prophet who desires to see the Kingdom of God established in the hearts of people across the earth. Married to Andi, they have two children, Carey 30, now married to Matthew and Ryan 28, engaged to Chantal, with Arabella their first grand baby and a cat named Tiga...