A VERY DANGEROUS OIL SPILL
1 "Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, The worst oil spill in U.S. History has parallels with what may be the worst Oil Spill in the history of the U.S. Church. The similarities are
who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 "Five
of them were foolish, and five were prudent. 3 "For when the foolish
took their lamps, they took no oil with them...
6 "But at midnight there was a shout, 'Behold, the bridegroom! Come
out to meet him.'
8 "The foolish said to the prudent, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out. 9 "But the prudent answered, 'No, there will not
be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some
for yourselves. 10 "And while they were going away to make the
purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in
with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut.
serious and worthy of consideration.
In Scripture, Oil represents the anointing of the Holy Spirit. (Lev.8:12) In Jesus' parable above, it represents His grace at work through the power of the Holy Spirit, enabling believers with the light of life, to be ready for His return. Half were sincerely living for Him. They had "oil in their lamps" and were burning. The others were half-hearted. They wanted the blessings of knowing the Lord without the effort required.
The Lord returned for them. They missed it.
The oil escaping into the Gulf of Mexico is not a sign of the free-flowing oil of the Spirit of God for the church today. To the contrary, it is an omen of the enormous losses occurring on a daily basis of a Church not flowing with the Holy Spirit! And like those who get on the wrong side of the Holy Spirit of God, it will kill you when not recognized and reverenced for His holiness. (Ananias and Sapphira)
PARALLELS TO THE OIL SPILL
IT WAS POSSIBLY CAUSED BY TAKING SHORTCUTS. When the spill occurred, it has been reported shortcuts in the drilling method were being taken. It is a fact that a party was being held on board the rig as they celebrated their accomplishments. Oil is a good thing...if it is being properly respected.
Today the church wants results without leaving the world, praying, or practicing self-denial, and preaching the straight forward truth...
the things which Jesus said were necessary for being a disciple.
It has a lamp with no oil.
PEOPLE DIED AND ARE GETTING SICK. The Oil Spill was caused by the oil rig exploding and sinking. 11 men died. People are dying also because the church is not embracing obedience to the Holy Spirit. Daily opportunities to minister to them are escaping like oil into the Gulf, and will continue as long as Christians live for themselves.
THERE IS A LOT OF ANGER AT BRITISH PETROLEUM. There is
much anger at the church today as well. Why? Because we have
rightfully told the world we have the answer, but when they came for it, we didn't have it to give them. There was no oil in our
SOMEONE NEEDS TO STOP THE LEAK! It starts with me.
It begins with you. Where is the sin in my life? Where are
the needless distractions? Show us Holy Spirit!
THERE IS A HUGE MESS TO CLEAN UP. Whenever the oil leak
gets stopped, there will be an enormous cleanup ahead. Fortunately, when we decide to stop living without the leading
and anointing of the Holy Spirit, repentance and the blood of
Jesus will instantly clean-up our mess!