“He stationed the gatekeepers at the gates of the house of the LORD so that no one should enter who was in any way unclean.” 2 Chronicles 23:19
It was the responsibility of those appointed by the Lord to monitor what came into the house of God. The porters (doorkeepers) oversaw and guarded the inner court as well as open and close the doors to the temple. To keep out the impure or improper people from entering into the temple or allowing items within the temple to be taken out, equally, the gatekeeper made sure nothing idol came into the temple, he was the first defense.
How odd that today our first defense to what comes into the church is being neglected and/or worse, being ignored. If there was ever a time where we, the body of Christ, should be monitoring everything that is coming into the church, it is in these last hours. Even the apostle Paul gave us a clear warning of this in 1 Timothy 4:1 “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,”.
We are seeing these events occur within the body of Christ and yet where is the voice of concern? Where is the warning that should be coming from the first defense? It seems silence has become a common sickness found within many these days where men who have a heart for deception are bringing in every doctrine known to man and deceiving the people, without any proper reproof (2 Timothy 3:16) or examination. A spirit of compromise and tolerance has came into the house of God and it’s because those whom God has entrusted to stand guard at the gate of the house of God (the pastor) has left their post to run off into other areas of interest. They have left the responsibility of protecting their congregation from wolves to focus instead on other issues that deal with the business of church, not the mission of the church.
Recently, news of Kenneth Copeland bringing into the evangelical camp the alignment (or attempt of alignment) with the Roman Catholic Church sent shock waves throughout the Pentecostal and Charismatic circles as followers and believers alike stood in confusion as Copeland expressed his new found love for Pope Francis’ call of unity between the two factions of faith. Yet, when pressed by many within his own following, Copeland further defended his position for ecumenical harmony and brushed off accusations of heresy. But heresy it is, and this heresy will have ripple affects for years to come as we see more of this attempt to bring into the house of God foreign idols of idolatry.
Today the gatekeepers to the house of God, (the body of Christ) are the preachers of righteousness, the prophets call to come back to the cross. When the gatekeepers neglect their duty of preaching against sin, against holding the body accountable in their lives to live a holy life before the Lord, to shun worldliness and immorality, then the end result is the house of God becomes adorned with the idols of this world and a spirit of antichrist fills the house. When the gatekeepers leave their post, even for one moment, the results are spiritual disaster.
The church is facing its greatest test, where the focus is no longer on the cross, or on Christ and the blood, but on other things which are spiritual idolatry. It comes in many forms; psychology, entertainment, secular music, false signs and wonders, financial prosperity, works, these are all symptoms of the gate being left open and no one to guard what is coming into the body of Christ.
Unless the leadership begins to wake up and sound the alarm, many will fall victim to the spirit of deception which is flooding into the body and not one gatekeeper is blocking the entrance way for they have grown weary from the fight, they have laid down their defenses and they have succumbed to the alluring spell of the spirit of the age. If the gates are left open, what hope for the people? If the gatekeepers are gone what shall happen to the righteous?
The question begs to be asked, where are the gatekeepers? Where are they?