Me against all Christendom (exhibit one)
I asked if there was any evidence that a whole group of people, even God’s people, could be wrong. I hinted that Jesus taught of such a people. He not only used this example of His people being wrong once but twice. That is right, twice the people of God missed what was right there for them. Not because it was hidden, they just didn’t seek it. I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed–only Naaman the Syrian.” Jesus gives us two different examples where the people of God missed completely what was available to them. They were so off in left field that what was meant for them went to the enemies of Israel. Not one widow received the benefit that the widow in Zarephath received. Jesus makes it clear there were many widows who could have been the one to receive from God supernaturally, but the people of God missed what was for them. Like wise the situation is true again with the lepers. Not one was healed in the days of Elisha from within Israel. The supernatural touch from God went to a foreigner. Yes this does show in a type how the gospel will go to the gentiles, but it also shows how a people of God can totally be all in the covenant, but totally be outside of what God would have for them. No body mentioned above apparently sought out God through these prophets. So here we are today and we like them are of the covenant and I contend we, like them, are missing what God has intended for us. We not only miss the promises of His supernatural power moving in us, we miss the very gospel. You may say I am crazy, but at least I know that the people of God with all their promises and covenants and grace can still miss as a people what God has for them. So I am not without some ground to stand on when I say I stand alone and say Christendom has it wrong.