In the second year of Israel's departure from Egypt there arose some who complained to Moses about the manna that they were given daily as their food. They began to pine away for the luxuries of their former home, manna was no longer good enough for them, they demanded meat. The Lord's thoughts and actions concerning this are found in Numbers chapter 11. "Now when the people complained, it displeased the Lord; for the Lord heard it and His anger was aroused. So the fire of the Lord burned among them, and consumed some in the outskirts of the camp." How quick, how severe His actions to quell this rebellion. They craved meat, God's provision of the manna was no longer good enough for them. They didn't like the consequences of their demand (fire burned to death some of them) so they asked Moses to pray to God for them, he did and the fire was quenched. But the rebels still craved meat and God gave them quail for a month, some much quail that it will 'come out of your nose' and you will detest it (V. 18-20).
What a picture of today's "church" as they have flatly stated that God's provision of salvation through Jesus Christ is not good enough for them, it must be augmented, changes need to be made, some deletions, some additions and so they flounder on with all their "denominations" that are a stench in nostrils of God. The simplicity of Christ and the Gospel have departed today's self-proclaimed institutions of religion and they wonder why no one pays them much, if any, attention. They have become the laughing stock, the whipping boy of the world as they compromise over and over again to the wishes of the enemy of the Cross of Christ. They have morphed their "Christ" into ten thousand images and expect all of us to find common ground for the sake of some ill-gotten unity. A person can believe whatever he wants just so long as "love" is his bottom line (tolerance and acceptance of everything, no matter what the Scriptures condemn). It is no accident that the Lord used fire (literal fire) to consume the rebels; that, too, is the picture of the literal fiery hell that awaits those who have deemed the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus not good enough for them. That is what's called unbelief (John 3:18-21).
Today's "meat" that so many crave, that is coming out of their noses, is the false doctrine that has become the substitute for the Real Substitute, the Lord Jesus Christ. It's almost as if God were saying 'you want this junk theology, then here it is and a thousand times more' hence He has sent them "strong delusion that they should believe the lie." Or maybe 'You want something other than My Son? well here it is, take you pick from an infinite supply of lies.'
At first glance there seems to be no restraint in God's swift actions toward the complainers, but there was much restraint. He only "consumed some in the outskirts of the camp" and not the whole camp which could have been done in an instant. He also listened to the "effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man" (Moses) James 5:16 and thus many of the complainers were spared their just fate, at least until a later time. So it follows today, these "churches" are allowed to continue to speak their lies in hypocrisy, their just condemnation waiting for the proper time. But the Lord still saves His elect, no matter where they are found.
Complaining is a dangerous pastime, one so unbecoming a child of God.
"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan