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"Betrayest thou the Son of Man with a kiss?"—Luke 22:48.

The kisses of an enemy are deceitful." Let me be on my guard when the world puts on a loving face, for it will, if possible, betray me as it did my Master, with a kiss. Whenever a man is about to stab religion, he usually professes very great reverence for it. Let me beware of the sleek-faced hypocrisy which is armour-bearer to heresy and infidelity. Knowing the deceivableness of unrighteousness, let me be wise as a serpent to detect and avoid the designs of the enemy. The young man, void of understanding, was led astray by the kiss of the strange woman: may my soul be so graciously instructed all this day, that "the much fair speech" of the world may have no effect upon me. Holy Spirit, let me not, a poor frail son of man, be betrayed with a kiss!

But what if I should be guilty of the same accursed sin as Judas, that son of perdition? I have been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus; I am a member of His visible Church; I sit at the communion table: all these are so many kisses of my lips. Am I sincere in them? If not, I am a base traitor. Do I live in the world as carelessly as others do, and yet make a profession of being a follower of Jesus? Then I must expose religion to ridicule, and lead men to speak evil of the holy name by which I am called. Surely if I act thus inconsistently I am a Judas, and it were better for me that I had never been born. Dare I hope that I am clear in this matter? Then, O Lord, keep me so. O Lord, make me sincere and true. Preserve me from every false way. Never let me betray my Saviour. I do love Thee, Jesus, and though I often grieve Thee, yet I would desire to abide faithful even unto death. O God, forbid that I should be a high-soaring professor, and then fall at last into the lake of fire, because I betrayed my Master with a kiss.

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O My, the truth of this post. In 1982 I was called to be the Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Turners Falls Massachusetts. In beginning the ministry there, the Elders and a few of the members couldn't have shown more love toward me. It wasn't long though, that their kiss of welcome changed because I preached against their liberal false idea's about the Word of God.

To my disappointment, the Elders soon wanted me to leave. Because the Lord Jesus Christ brought me there, He soon started saving a lot of sinners and the membership swelled to over 100 people from about 50. Because the preaching was so blessed by Jesus the Son of God, these Elders were out numbered and although they tried to vote me out, their efforts failed.

It wasn't all that long before the new members ousted to old Elders and a new Elder Board was elected to the praise of My Lord Jesus. I remained there 7 years before the Lord moved me back to the State of Maine....All glory to God.
 
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Awesome testimony my brother! @Chopper
Such joy brother in the reading of your words! Alleluia!
All Glory and Praise to God that he used you as an instrument of His will!
I truly thank-you for sharing this!
Love you brother.
YBIC
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