In Luke 12, Jesus said to His disciples, “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.” The word translated “yeast” or “leaven” in some translations literally means, “metaphorical of inveterate mental and moral corruption, viewed in its tendency to infect others.” As yeast that is used in baking bread spreads throughout the loaf, causing it to rise; corruption acts the same way in a society or group of people. We have seen the truth of this in our government. The corruption we have been seeing and hearing about daily has greatly affected our entire nation.
Sadly, it has also infected the Church. Not only is our nation more divided than ever, so is the body of Christ. Jesus said in the above passage that the “yeast” was hypocrisy. We all know that hypocrisy is pretending to be something or someone you are not. It is acting in a way externally that belies one’s internal reality. In other words, hypocrisy is deception. Jesus also said that the enemy was a liar and the father of lies, with no truth in him. (John 8:44) When we act deceptively, we are in agreement and alignment with the enemy of our souls. When we condone deception in others, we partner with darkness and destruction.
We deceive ourselves by believing we can participate in immorality and deception and not be found out. This goes for all people – not just believers. Notice what Jesus said immediately after He spoke about hypocrisy. That which is done in darkness will be brought into the light; we will be exposed. This is what has been happening with our government leaders. We’ve also seen it happen with Church leaders, though I believe we will see more of that in the coming weeks and months. In dealing with His people, God usually tries to get our attention in order to bring us to repentance, but if we fail to heed His warnings, He has no choice but to expose us, in hopes that it will bring us back. This is His mercy, in order to save our soul from destruction.
Many in the Church have partnered with the spirit of this age. We have become politically correct out of fear of offending and losing the people who give and support the Church. This fear causes us to remain silent on important issues like abortion, same sex marriage, and others that are destroying the family, and will ultimately destroy the Church if not confronted. I sense in this new year, God is going to shake up the Church in a way that will bring the truth to light for those who are unrepentant. Others will humble themselves and receive freedom and mercy. We can no longer afford to be “of this world,” though we are still a part of it, physically. We must decide now, where we will stand as God’s people – with Him, and against the current tide of our culture, or with the world, which is opposed to Him.
Rather than being influenced by society’s standards, the Church must become shapers of culture, taking on every sphere and establishing a beachhead for the Kingdom. We have sat back and watched as the enemy has taken over our education, media, government, arts and entertainment, families, businesses, and infiltrated the Church in many ways. Instead of getting involved in these vital arenas, we have complained and lamented about how we are losing our freedoms, blaming everyone but ourselves and taking on a victim mentality. This year is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and we are greatly in need of a new one – a Reformation that leads to a cultural Transformation. It is time for the Luthers, the Daniels, the Josephs, the ones who aren’t afraid to truly stand up for what they believe in and step up to be a part of the solution.