“For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind….”
The laws of harvest are sometimes painfully realized. It is nigh unto impossible to convince those who are enjoying themselves while living in noncompliance to the Word of God of the inevitability of God’s judgment. However, the Scripture could hardly be plainer: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked. For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. He that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption…” The divine sentence has already been pronounced: you will reap what you sow. However, as our text clearly shows, there is also a quantitative corollary to this qualitative axiom: you will reap more than you sowed. Thus we see that while we shall reap exactly the quality of what we have sown, we shall also reap much more in quantity than that which we have sown.
This principle can be a blessing or it can be a curse. When we sow good things, whether natural or spiritual, we will reap proportionally more good things. However, when bad things are sown, the bitter harvest is invariably much greater than we ever want or expect. “Behold how great a matter a little fire kindleth.”
To be off course by a fraction of a degree at the beginning of a journey seems almost inconsequential. But let time go by. The farther you travel, the greater the ultimate degree of variance and discrepancy from the original course. And at the journey’s end, you will be nowhere near your intended destination.
Maybe it was just considered “sowing the wind” twenty and thirty years ago. But with the passing of time and the progression of years, we are now apparently “reaping the whirlwind.” It doesn’t matter how witty or cute or charismatic a leader is; if his doctrine is not absolutely and certifiably Apostolic, he is ultimately a blind leader who can do no better than lead us off the beaten path into a ditch of heresy. Perhaps someone was just “blowing off a little steam” at first. But now they have become totally out of control, with no boundaries—going around in circles without aim or purpose, completely unpredictable; yea, they have turned into a veritable cyclone—extremely powerful and therefore extremely dangerous, because their energies can neither be harnessed nor focused.
When a passion for reaching lost souls is replaced with sanctimonious platitudes and caustic, sarcastic rhetoric, beware the harvest! While the souls of men perish around us, how can we in good conscience whittle away the only lifeline God has given by which they may be pulled to safety? How dare we, from the safety and comfort of our established congregations, begin to dismantle the very apparatus by which they were established? —or deride the tools that were used to build them?
If we succeed in nothing else, we must maintain the purity of our doctrine. We simply cannot afford to open our pulpits to any and every voice in the land. We are not to believe every spirit, but we are to test every spirit with the Word of God—because many false prophets are gone out into the world. We must know them who labor among us, and who are over us in the Lord. For as the Scripture says, “If the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” We definitely have no desire whatsoever to face the spiritual challenges of our day without being properly armed and prepared!
The challenge that is facing the Apostolic Ministry like never before is to “stay the course.” We absolutely must not allow doctrinal discrepancies to creep up in our ranks. The message that birthed us and established us is the same message that will transport us all the way home. We, the Bride of Christ, must go on to perfection or completion, leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ. This does not mean we are to abandon these principles in favor of the latest trendy “new cart,” but rather we must ensure that they remain in place! We must not leave our first love in pursuit of contemporary passions and passing fads!
A wise man once said, “We must not allow in our friends that which we would condemn in our enemies.” If we are very quick to point out the faults of others, let us be just as quick to see and rectify our own. That which was unethical and unprincipled twenty and thirty years ago is still unethical and unprincipled today. No amount of equivocation can alter this fact.
What was merely a whisper when planted becomes a bold shout in the harvest. Someone who ridiculed certain aspects of our message thirty years ago now finds it perfectly acceptable to actually denounce them—with impunity. A deed that goes unchecked long enough has a way of eventually winding up as a part of our doctrine. Should adultery be permitted to sit long enough on the pew, it will inevitably work its way onto the platform, and from thence to the very pulpit itself. If sin is not named from the pulpit it will eventually take over the pulpit.
Let us be ever vigilant lest we sow the wind. Otherwise, somewhere down the road there will come a screaming, howling, whirlwind that will destroy all those in its path. And we will only have ourselves to blame.
Rev. Tim D. Cormier
Reprinted from the November, 2000 issue of the Apostolic Standard.