And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner. And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so. 1 Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee.
But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near, and smote Micaiah on the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the LORD from me to speak unto thee? 2Kings 22:20-24
If one were to speak to the Church today in the manner that Micaiah spoke before the two kings and his fellow prophets, he most likely would get the same treatment that Micaiah got from Zedekiah. The truth is not popular in “this present evil world” (Gal. 1:4). That’s why you can’t help but admire men like Micaiah!
I do not believe that it is God’s will that any man should die the way Ahab died. But I also believe that if God sees that you are firmly set on a course of destruction from which you are unwilling to be persuaded from, then He has no option other than watch you waste yourself down that road.
In the age we are living in I am willing to join Micaiah’s ranks and say that this is a generation where the Church has been lied to. Every servant of God is speaking about how God loves His people and how He wants to bless them. The ‘Good News’ has been made extremely sweet! The Church is being encouraged to have a positive confession in every circumstance. And yet, I believe God wants to warn the Church that there is a narrow road which it needs to take. It is not time to listen to the ‘victory’ band, the materialistic gospel that has craftily wormed its way into the Church of our day.
The Apostle Paul tells the Corinthians that he determined to know nothing among them “save Jesus Christ, and him crucified” 1Co. 2:2. I wonder how we can preach any other gospel other than the one these Apostles preached! I do not see the early Apostles preaching the sloppy, solve-all-my-problems-at-the-press-of-a-button gospel that is so abundantly preached in our churches today. The Early Church heard and lived a gospel that said, “…It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Act_20:35). Those words of scripture mean so much more than meets the eye.
Today, instead of having a Church that believes it is “blessed” in the carnal way it thinks it is, I am persuaded we should be having a Church that is warned. A Church that has taken heed to the warning not to depart from the narrow road of denying self, taking up our Cross and following Jesus – Mat. 16:24. Any other gospel apart from that is deception.
And, if the Church is bent on following after its own worldly philosophy and ways, then it will end in destruction like Ahab did.