Paul was with the Ephesian Church for 3 years; He loved that Church like his own child. Whenever Paul would speak with them, tears would well up in his eyes and he would begin to sob bitterly. Everyone wondered why he was crying. What is it that made Paul so sad? As Paul was leaving the Ephesians, he made clear the reason for his tears:

“I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.” Acts 20:29-31

Savage Wolves:

Paul saw wolves that would distort the Gospel and draw away God’s people – this filled him with tears. I see today, savage wolves all over the Church, merciless and brutal in their operation. Paul has a command to the Church and it’s leaders – Be On Your Guard!

Today in the Church there is very little discernment. Sadly, in many Churches Satan’s ministers are on the pulpit. What are Satan’s ministers preaching? You might be surprised to know that they are preaching righteousness! However, preaching righteousness vs living righteousness is a BIG DIFFERENCE.

These ministers have created doctrines that talk a good talk but never affect your walk.

You say “Kirwin give me an example!” Well here is one:

“I didn’t come today to talk about sin, I came to speak about God’s love…”

I am seeing ministers with the spirit of Jezebel, who make light of sin or claim sin is not a big deal. Ahab married Jezebel when he made sin a light matter (1 Kings 16:31). Additionally, I am seeing ministers who add to the Finished Work of Christ. Truth can be distorted in several ways: add to it, take away from it or make light of it. The Book of Revelation has a warning to those that will add or take away from God’s truth.

“I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.” Rev 22:18-19

Paul once again wrote to the Corinthian Church and this time he was concerned that they would cause him great grief and sadness. Paul discerned that many were not living lives of repentance and had grown accustomed living with sin:

“For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:

And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.” 2 Cor 12:20-21

Paul didn’t say – God is love or grace grace or don’t worry we all sin or sin is not a big deal – rather he said he would “bewail”. The word “bewail” here comes from the Greek word “pentheó”. It means to bawl, mourn or lament like if someone died! It essentially means “manifested grief”.

So I ask why is Paul crying?

What does he see that many preachers today do not see? Doesn’t Paul understand grace? Is Paul emotional?

I prophecy a message lost is about to be returned to the Church in the fullness of Spirit. I prophecy, He that has the Bride is the Bridegroom. The Bride of Christ will hear this message and forsake every other. Once again mighty men will stand on the pulpits with fire in their eyes and every false foundation will be shaken with this word – “REPENT!

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