state of Christianity
Are you dumber than a TV evangelist (the false ones)
To those awake, and grounded in the word of God, it is obvious that there is
more wrong than there is right inside many of the churches across the land.
People in the church are not as often helped as they are hurt. This is why many
do not want to go to church, they have been hurt so many times, they have lost
their trust in church leaders. There is little accountability, especially for
those in leadership, like pastors. When a pastor compromises with God the
congregation is affected.
What is the reason for the decline? It
is multiplicit: foremost, many peoples love for the truth and their fellow man
has grown cold. We see very little evangelism to false Christian groups. There
is a lack of going beyond the ABC’s of doctrine and teaching people on how to
explain or defend their faith to individuals or in public. This has become a
hostile world, especially among the Bible believers who hold to scripture for
living. Doctrine is no longer the
churches guideline for their Christianity, instead feelings and human reasoning
We are to defend the weak, and this does not mean only the physically weak but
the weak in faith, those who are downtrodden. The love of many will (has) grow
cold. Love is an action, faith without works is dead, it’s not just about words.
It’s our willingness to tell the truth and receive the truth. We need to check
our hearts about doing something to help another.
When you no longer stand up for the truth, proclaim the truth you will
eventually believe lies. At this time in history lying is pervasive. Pastors and
those in ministry can lie also. Though there are liars in every vocation the
worst kind of liar is a religious liar, and they seem to be everywhere these
days. When they tell you the church is to take over the world and bring God’s
government, His kingdom to earth now by us. When they teach we
can have whatever we want by prayer, that is a lie. When they teach Jesus paid
the price in hell, they deny the victory by the cross (crucifixion), where he
made the new covenant and our new life begins. When
they tell you that we are little gods they make the only true God a liar.
Do you believe when they say what they say, or do you check out what they teach
when it does not sound right?
Are we to accept those who claim Christ but deny his deity, or only the Father
is God. who say he is only a man or that we can become Christ, or are little
gods? For some doctrines there is an abundance of Scripture for others, not so
much. We can be assured that Jesus being the only begotten Son, the only God man
(by virgin conception) will be continually challenged.
Thankfully, some of the people have more discernment than the pastors, but that
is not the way it should be. A pastor is required to protect the sheep, if he
can’t distinguish error then he has failed in his duties as a shepherd.
The reason so many
follow these numerous false teachers is because many people are convinced by a
person’s passion but overlook the substance. Do they check to see if it’s
Biblically sound? Many react to those who have tested the teachings to warn
them, only to find out later they were wrong and do not retract their position.
This is prideful. They try to stop any vocal opposition to those who are
distorting core doctrines. They don’t see these false teachers as dangerous,
enemies of the faith but friends, brothers in Christ that we should accept and
be quiet about. They think they are taking the high road, because they accept
and love all who claim Christ while overlooking the people being destroyed with
their lies in doctrine. Prov.
17:15 “He who
justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, both of them alike are an
abomination to the LORD.”
They do not
understand that this makes them betrayers of the faith when they fight for those
who are false teachers. Prov.
24:23-25 “These things also belong to the wise: it is not good to show
partiality in judgment…..those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, and a
good blessing will come upon them.”
word tells us “Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed “(Proverbs
says “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten.” Therefore
to love like Jesus includes this as well.
In the last days all the errors, the heresies from the beginning resurge and
gain new life. They will converge on the church like some horror movie. All the
doctrines that have been held will be challenged by the false prophets and
teachers. The many “authoritarian” voices will add to the confusion, people will
not know where to turn.
There is only one place to turn to for the truth when you are overwhelmed with
John 8:31-32, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed." And you
shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." The truth will not
improve you but will give you freedom, it will train you as you continue to
John 14:23-24 "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love
him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him." He who does not love
Me does not keep My words.”
Those who do not love Jesus or the truth will always show it by their not
wanting to hear it. They will not pursue a matter to its end to find out what is
right. These are those who are hostile to the truth that Jesus delivered. The
church should be united against such men and women. But we are not, instead we
are fragmented and this nonsense has reached the zenith point.
When you are prevented from judging teaching, for whatever reason, the first
casualty is the truth. The false teachers survive and thrive when we do not
judge their teaching. They have no reason to correct themselves without being
Are we to say nothing BECAUSE they are brothers in Christ? No, we are commanded
to say something if we consider them brothers or sisters in Christ. Love
tells the truth, it sacrifices to bring someone to the truth
Let me put this another way so we can understand a unreasonable liberal or
carnal mindset. Let’s use a secular example: Take a bank robber or someone who
does an identity theft who is an American citizen. They live here, they may have
a family, pay taxes, so should they not be held responsible to the law? Or do we
say let them be them be, they are an citizen of this country. Sounds lame
doesn’t it, but that is exactly what some are doing allowing false teachers to
not be rebuked or corrected.
Let me put it another way, in even clearer terms. You are a bank manager and you
give robbers the accounts of everyone because they have an account at your bank.
You give them the key to everyone’s safe deposit box – would that be right? That
is what Pastors who are to protect the flock are doing when they allow the false
teachers into their assembly. "The thief does not come except to steal, and to
kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may
have it more abundantly. "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His
life for the sheep” (John 10:10-11)
Let this be a reminder that that we do not measure the worth or fruitfulness of
a ministry by their supposed giftedness or how they speak or motivate us. Or how
many books or DVD’s they produce, how famous they are or how many people view
their website, or how much money they take in.
1Thess. 5:13-14 “Be at peace among yourselves. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn
those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with
It’s how they affect people by the truth. To have them protected and stay in the
pasture of the Lord. Do they have them grow in the Lord, do they encourage them
to further their knowledge and have grace. And most importantly do they have
their words seasoned with grace (Col.4:6) and spoken in love to produce love, to
mature in Christ. 2 Cor. 8:6-7 “So we urged Titus, that as he had begun, so he
would also complete this grace in you as well. But as you abound in everything--
in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us-- see
that you abound in this grace also.”