Dear people of God’s Week,
Peace to you in the name of God our father through the Lord Jesus Christ according to his Holy Spirit drawing us to him.
I write to you a reminder in a few words of love.
Firstly, recall that we have been entrusted with the keys to heaven. Let us not lock heaven away, and by all good means let us direct any eyes which begin to stare at the church straightaway to heaven, to Christ Jesus. Indeed, like with a child dangle the keys in front of them, and perhaps they will be diverted and so be delivered from death. I say this because we doing just what we ought not do, hide the keys of our Lord and so lock heaven from the earth.
Therefore I urge that we boldly teach our steadfast and sure doctrines, the ones with which we have been entrusted. Have we forgotten all the oppressed? The captives? What does Paul say, “Not all have the knowledge.” He even says of preaching with the gospel that he does this unwillingly because it is a stewardship. It is not our choice; we must do it. Woe to us if we do not!
Our American church is disgraceful with its handling of the keys. We must take them out of our pocket, polish them, and begin to dangle them in front of the world.