We Are All Witnesses

he scriptures place a considerable emphasis on the concept of "bearing
witness" (Romans 2:15). In the Gospels, Jesus said "There
is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness
which he witnesseth of me is true" (John 5:32). It is clear that
Christ was referring to John the Baptist
- "He was not that light, but was sent to bear witness of that light"
(John 1:8).

In the Old Testament, God demonstrated that the concept of bearing a true
and accurate witness was so important that He codified it in the 10
Commandments

- "Thou shalt not bear false witness" (Exodus
20:16). He further ingrained the severity of the issue in the Mosaic law by
requiring sometimes extreme consequences when false witnesses were exposed:

"If
a false witness rise up against any man to testify against him that
which is wrong...the priests and the judges...shall make diligent
inquisition: and, behold, if the witness be a false witness,
and hath testified falsely against his brother; Then shall ye
do unto him, as he had thought to have done unto his brother: So shalt
thou put the evil away from among you. And those which remain
shall hear, and fear, and shall henceforth commit no more any such
evil among you."
-Deuteronomy 19:16,18-20.

This passage tells us the reason for the stern warning
concerning bearing false witness. It was to be sure that the evil
did not flourish among the people and be in a position where it could
spiritually reproduce. The text plainly shows the penalty was to be
imposed so that "those which remain shall hear, and fear...."

Under the New Covenant, Jesus clearly instructed the
Christian church that the order of things shifted to the degree that
we are not to seek to destroy the liars. In the
parable of the wheat and the tares, he identifies "the good seed
[as] the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of
the wicked one" (Matthew 13:38). The "tares" (which are
essentially weeds that look like wheat) are seeded in among the
children of the kingdom of God and have heavily infiltrated the body
of the Christian church.

When the disciples asked "Wilt thou then that we go and gather them
up?" Christ specifically instructed the disciples "Let both grow
together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to
the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in
bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn" (Matthew
13:30).

Those that bear false witness are tares, because they are liars.
They do the works of their "father the devil...there is no truth in
him, when he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar
and the father of it." (John 8:44). When individuals
bear false witness, they are doing the works of their father
- and identifying themselves as to whose child they actually are.

While as children of God we are strictly forbidden to seek to destroy
the tares, the text implicitly demonstrates that we are to
identify them. We are to bear witness to the truth.
Indeed, in the parable, it was the "servants of the
householder [that] came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow
good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it tares?" (Matthew
13:27)

Although the precise legal practice seen in the Old Testament relative
to judging a true witness and punishing a false witness
is now overshadowed by the present grace that is found in JESUS
CHRIST
, the basic principles that God has imparted through "the
law and the prophets" (Matthew 7:12) are intact. Thus, we are
always to bear witness to the truth and can never be found to
sustain a lie. Indeed, in the final analysis we see that
God will judge the world "because they received not the love
of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall
send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie" (II
Thessalonians 2:10,11).

Because of the very legal nature of this process when God will
ultimately judge men for the evil they have done, the Bible provides
examples that demonstrate that the law and grace of God never allows
an ANONYMOUS witness. For instance, in I Kings, we find
an instructive story of stealth and intrigue where the notorious Jezebel
is seen as the hidden architect of a false witness.

In this illustrative story, Jezebel and her husband Ahab
have designs on the possessions of Naboth the Jezreelite.
Jezebel schemes and not only bears a false witness, but she does it secretly
as she writes letters in another person's name. In this
scriptural account, she is the hidden assassin that arranges
matters to that Naboth is eventually destroyed and she can obtain her
victim's property. She also arranges to have other two men bare
false witness to further her covetous plan (I Kings 21:8, 10)

Most know how Jezebel and Ahab end up as God ultimately
punished them, but the point of the Biblical account is that those
that secretly slander and anonymously attack by stealth
are hardly moving in the truth that is supposed to pour forth from a
servant of God.

As a modern day Naboth, I hold "property" that other "ministries"
want. Even as I write these words, Christian Media is being
slandered ANONYMOUSLY on the internet by nameless
parties that represent themselves as Christians. For over 2 years we've
been engaged in aspects of this conflict as we've sought to track
down the source of the lies and attacks, and the trail eventually led
us to specific ministries and "Christian" leaders.

I'm not allowed to pull up the tares, so I've sought to bear
witness to the truth. In every case, my name is plainly
associated with the any broadcast and/or printed statements I've
made. My cowardly enemy, on the other hand, attacks my wife, my
friends, my associates, my integrity, and even my appearance
- and they do it ANONYMOUSLY.

Because the mainstream Christian church as well as significant
portions of the so-called remnant church continues to allow
such unscriptural practices to occur unabated without an
overwhelming rebuke, the evil within the body remains like a
festering cancer on the soul of the remnant of Israel. The Old
Testament requirement of removing the evil among us was designed to preserve
the body (Ezekiel 20:38). The modern body of Christ is dying because
of this grotesque deteriorative condition.

However, God has promised that He will always
preserve a righteous remnant. I have one question for those that
continue to seek to maintain relations with liars and deceivers
that have been thoroughly and methodically exposed by name.
If you continue to have fellowship with any of the offenders
(or those that strengthen them) how can you expect to be a part of
the remnant that God will preserve?

James Lloyd

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