Welcome to BCNN1’s The Gospel According to Greenleaf Episode #26. This episode is titled, The Devil is Still Trying to Destroy the Family, With a Mention of the Pastor Stoecklein Situation
The first episode of the third season of Greenleaf focuses on the crumbling marriage of Bishop Greenleaf and Lady Mae. Over the past two seasons, both have had major secrets about themselves and their past revealed. And, now, those secrets are threatening to tear them apart.
What many people don’t realize when it seems like their family is falling apart is that that is exactly what the devil wants to happen. Most people assume that the problems are just between the husband and wife or between the parents and children or between different factions in the extended family. Few people realize that the devil is behind most of the problems in families today. He hates the first institution that God established and he has always sought to tear it down. He does not like loving marriages, he does not like positive parent-child relationships, he does not like harmonious relations between members of extended families. Anything good that God creates, he seeks to corrupt and tear down.
And, he works over time if that family is involved in the church or other Christian ministry. Why? Because, if he can destroy a family involved in ministry, he can kill two birds with one stone — wrecking the family and severely wounding a ministry. (Of course, any true church or ministry that puts God first and keeps the Gospel central is never truly defeated. They may suffer some setbacks but the gates of hell will not prevail against the church.)
A recent example of the devil’s attack on a Christian family involved in church ministry is the tragic suicide of Pastor Andrew Stoecklein this weekend. Whatever else can be said about the matter, one must admit that Satan got in some heavy licks. Now, a church with hundreds of members is without their pastor and has a heavy cloud hanging over them for months and years to come. And a wife and three boys are without their husband and father.
First Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” The devil certainly did some devouring of the real-life Stoecklein family just as he is doing some devouring of the fictional Greenleaf family. If we as Christians believe what the Bible says and accept it as reality, we ought to be encouraged to be even more sober-minded and vigilant. We ought to be more eager to fight for our families because we know that the devil is actually behind the conflicts and division that we face. He is doing what the Bible says he would be doing, but we must not let him win.
In closing, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can be forgiven of your wicked sins of the past no matter how dark, God is available to hear your prayer of confession and to hear you ask to be saved from sin and from the punishment of sin which is eternal hell and separation from God. And you can begin a light-filled relationship with God Almighty today.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s laws. You have done some bad things. You have broken the commandments of God. So have I. And so has the Pope. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…” We die physically because of sin and we go to hell to burn forever, to be tormented forever because of our sin. God does not put us into hell; we put ourselves into hell because of our sin.
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ, the loving Lord of glory, preached more on hell than anybody in the Bible. He preached more on hell than he did about Heaven. He said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Now that is bad news, and I know most people do not want to hear any bad news. But you have to hear the bad news because the good news is good news because there is bad news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins. He is the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world, your sins and mine. And all we have to do is trust Him and believe that He died for our sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you and me so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
And please believe these words found in Romans 10:9 & 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Saved from what? Saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell.
If you believe in your heart on the Lord Jesus Christ, that He died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer and mean it from your heart: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life — even some of the sins being brought out in this show called Greenleaf. I am sorry for my sins, and today, please have mercy upon me a sinner. I believe with all of my heart that You died for me, was buried, and rose again. Now, Lord I pray that You would fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins and to follow You for the rest of my life for Your glory, praise, and honor, and, from this point on, to be the shining light that You want me to be. In Jesus Christ’s name I pray, and for His sake, Amen.
Beloved friend, if you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read my pamphlet titled, “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Until next time, my beloved, may God bless you and keep you. We look forward to seeing you for the next Gospel According to Greenleaf podcast.