January 26, 2020
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked
Over the past 40 years, I have watched, with great dismay, the inexorable dismantling of a once-proud and vibrant community of people. I am speaking of THE Church, that institution that our Lord Jesus Christ gave Himself up for so that we, the people, could have everlasting life.
What was once a bastion of truth, compassion and morality has become a cesspool of dead buildings, filled with dead people listening to dead sermons preached by dead preachers, and all under the guise of "becoming more relevant" to the society they find themselves in.
Unfortunately, the society, which has also become increasingly lifeless, is a result of the lifelessness that began in the churches, and now feeds upon itself and overflows back into the same churches in a never ending cycle of uselessness.
While God has reserved to Himself a remnant, it is more difficult than ever before to find them, because the church (the institution) has chewed up and spit out the Church (the remnant of true believers).
Preachers, whether they be on TV, radio, or in the corner assembly pulpit, struggle weekly with finding a new "hook" or gimmick to entice more people to join the church, or swell the numbers of attendees and thus increase the amount of money going into the church coffers.
I watched as a preacher on TV, mounted upon a horse, had himself led onto the stage so that he could deliver a "sermon from the mount". For an hour, he sat upon his motionless steed while waxing eloquently about how "when we get knocked down..." "you gotta just climb back up in the saddle and try again."
I watched as another endlessly entoned how we must invoke the words "I Am", and then use whatever word we wanted to describe ourselves, and that by doing so, we would be using he creative power of God Almighty to turn ourselves into whatever we desired. "I Am beautiful", "I Am smart", "I Am rich", I Am blessed", and so on ad nauseum.
I watched as a worship band carried on for 30 minutes about how "big a yard there is at my Father's house....so we can all play football."
I watched as a preacher spoke dolefully about the horrors of human trafficking, and how his ministry was fighting the problem but he "had a need for seed" and spent most of the hour exhorting listeners to call in their pledge, put it on the credit card or write a "faith check".
I watched as another declared that we can take out our wallet, look at it and say "I love you, you wallet full of money," and it would miraculously fill up.
I watched as major denominations declared the Word of God as invalid while they bowed before the relentless onslaught of the LGBTQ movement.
I watched as public libraries invited drag queens to read books to minor children, with some churches following suit and having transgenders lead VBS.
I watched as the Democratic party declared the murder of newly born but unwanted babies as a "constitutional right".
I watched as the society the Church was supposed to transform instead transformed the Church and morphed the Gospel of Jesus Christ into an unrecognizable and never-ending series of light shows, concerts, dance fests and bacchanalian love feasts.
I watched as a popular "life-style guru" preacher intoned breathlessly how Jesus was "created" on the third day when God spoke Him into existence.
While some might say these are just "a few bad examples", I would submit that they are not just a few, but are instead the examples of what has become commonplace in our churches today. It's almost as if the dictum of "publish or perish" which crippled our institutions of higher learning has invaded the pulpits and seminaries. Every one is trying to find the next "new teaching", or "new revelation", or new something as a ploy for attracting followers and "growing the kingdom".
What kingdom, I would ask....yours, or God's?
Jesus said preach the Gospel and make disciples. The scholars of the Jesus Seminar say that Jesus never said any such thing. And the church believed the "scholars".
Pastors, preachers, evangelists...whatever you want to call yourself, please PLEASE heed these words.
The Word of God stands as the ONLY hedge between righteousness and anarchy. The Gospel of Jesus Christ stands as the only answer between life and death, heaven and hell, and that Gospel is this; Jesus died for our sins, was crucified dead and buried, and rose again.
HE lives today, waiting at His Father's right hand to come and get us.
Our job is not to grow churches, but to preach the Gospel, and let the Spirit of God separate the wheat from the chaff. Our job is not to concoct programs, but to ground new believers in the inviolability of His Word, and let His Holy Spirit lead them to higher ground.
Our job is to get back to our first love, to preach the ONLY Gospel there is, to be a light that isn't hidden under a basket, and we can only do that when we do what Jesus said, to "lift Him up".
"He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it" John 8:44
Satan's modus operandi began in the Garden of Eden, and he has consistently used it ever since. Come with us as we take a look at how he operated then and now, so that "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices." 2Cor 2:11
The Garden Conspiracy is a short book (only 7 chapters) detailing how satan works by using Christian pastors, teachers and "prophets" to corrupt the Word of God, and introduce doctrinal errors, snares and heresies into the Christian community.