To the Senior Followers of Jesus Christ

1 Peter 5:1-4

Click for a description of the mark of the beast.

“The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ.”

Senior followers of Jesus Christ have a lot to share with us because they have experienced sufferings for their testimony of Jesus Christ, and they share the hope of eternal life. The elders of today, who are senior in age, have lived through many changes that have transformed this country from “One Nation Under God” to “One Nation Under god.” The God with the big “G” is the one with a Son named Jesus Christ, the god with a small “g” is the one that has power over physiology and is the mark of the beast. Christian seniors are able to share experiences of affliction while trying to share the teachings of the Bible, and they encourage us to continue on in the name of Jesus. The new age elders, of this younger generation, can share the affliction of living for Jesus against all odds. They know the afflictions of trying to find the truth in a world that is slowly changing the text of the Holy Scriptures. For example, instead of talking about “immortality” many translations refer to it as being “enduring.” All elders in Jesus Christ share the hope of eternal life and have experienced sufferings in the name of Jesus Christ. “The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed.” 1 Peter 5:1

In today’s world, it’s nearly impossible to join with the elders of Jesus Christ because the body of Christ has been hacked to pieces and are scattered. The churches have discarded the Gospel of Christ as they embrace the “community family” frame of mind of humanism which is empowered by the mark of the beast. The elders, ministers, and leaders of those churches do not have personal experiences of hardships for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the hope of eternal life. They are not shepherding their congregation according to God. All the while, they are being paid in the name of ministerial services, but they are preaching a different Gospel than John 3:16, which is earning money dishonestly. Through blogs, websites, and social media, I’ve run across very few elders who hold to the testimony of Jesus Christ, who are the ones who share their struggles and hardships for being a Christian. They are prophetic, encouraging, enlightening, and true shepherds of the flock. “Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but according to God, not for dishonest gain but eagerly.” 1 Peter 5:2

 Elders are an example to us on how to live for Jesus Christ within a changing and Christless world as they cling to the hope of eternal life. They are never controlling, nor bossy, nor superior, nor anything other than an example to us. They are shepherds who guide us through the gates of eternal life, and who keep us on the narrow road with Jesus Christ to avoid the broader way of destruction. Elders are the shepherds who inspire us to carry the cross every day to endure in a Christless and hostile world. When Jesus Christ returns, who is the Great Shepherd, the elders will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. “…nor as being masters over those entrusted to you but being examples to the flock. and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.” 1 Peter 5:3-4

“….to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets,“
‘I will not impose any other burden on you, except to hold on to what you have until I come.’”
“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.”
Revelation 2:24-25, 3:11

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