I write this message as if I’m writing to my very own family.....
One of the scariest things I've ever seen is not current the current President! It's a man of great stature coming in P.E.A.C.E with an ecumenical plan that signs a covenant with Islam, giving Imams access to pulpits. Jesus said He didn't come to bring peace but a sword! He didn't say we all need to work together, He said "I AM The WAY" "follow me" YET due to the biblical illiteracy of this hour, hundreds of thousands of "Christians" have been led to call this man "Americas Pastor" ..now that is Scary!!
In my home town there is a restaurant (that I will not name) that a lot of people eat at, that is constantly in the local paper with “critical complaints” via the county health inspector . This restaurant is convenient, has a large buffet and many people eat there. That is the reason it continues to exist. It draws a crowd. But I refuse to take my family there. Nuh uh, no way. I don’t want to take my family and give them “food poisoning”
Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
The Word of God warned of a time when many would "fall away" in fact it describes what they will fall away to.
2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
Sadly, in this apostate hour its growing more and more painful to watch and hear as people who name the name of Christ "proclaim" many messages in His name and go unchecked, allowed to proclaim it to the multitudes who "drink it in" as TRUTH, as it appeases the flesh and proclaims man "good" and "righteous"
So much of the selling points of what is allowed in comes under the “he’s a good guy” But that premise is not biblical. “Why do you call me good? there is no one Good except God”
It seems the only thing needed to be said for someone to gulp it up, it to just use “Jesus Name” and once his name is used, it’s a license to authenticate everything else that is said after is ok. But Jesus warned us in Mathew 24 “take heed and let NO MAN DECEIVE YOU” Through Paul we’ve been taught to “test all things” We’ve been exhorted to be a “good Berean” and to “study to show ourselves approved”
Most Christian Bookstores now owned by secular companies promote "best seller's" that tell you that you can have "it all" if you just follow these 7 steps, Or NOT that Heaven is your reward, but NOW is when you can have your best life, there are even "how to prophesy" books as if You can "just do it."
It's such a far cry from the actual Word of God but the problem is we have a generation if not generations that have forsaken God's Word with itching ears.
WHY? Because many were raised under a legalistic religion of do’s and don’ts instead of being raised and trained up to “hide God’s word in our hearts.” Many of this generation have rebelled against “sound doctrine” thinking they are rebelling against “legalism” and that is very understandable. But running towards “seeker friendly” “entertainment” in the name of Jesus instead of running to the Word become Flesh is a major point of distinction. And its lulling many into a false assurance of salvation because they are trusting in this “new thing” for salvation instead of “Christ Alone”
I mean a famous Burger Chain was just busted for using “horse meat” instead of beef in the UK. Now the burgers themselves were sold under the banner of the restaurant and under the same name ..”the Whopper” or “whopper JR” but it wasn’t real anymore, it had become “a form of” but denied or hid “the truth of” what was really being consumed.
OVERTURN THE BUFFET TABLE
We live in a time where the litany of sins grows darker and darker, euthanasia, abortion on demand, adult entertainment a global leader in industry, drug trafficking, sex trade, kidnapping for sex trade, divorce, addictions of all kinds, credit card debt, godlessness, lawlessness, video games that promote the vilest of sin ..now babysit an entire generation and then people are shocked at school shootings?
It has been said If God doesn't Judge America and every nation for that fact.. He will owe Sodom and Gomorrah and apology.
Yet the Word tells us "judgment begins in the House of God" and that is a place where the saddest of all acts of godlessness has taken place, tolerance has replaced repentance.
Horse Meat has replaced Beef
AGAIN, There is a way that seems right to man, but it leads to death, and I’m in shock that we have been sold that we need to be “purpose driven” instead of “Spirit Led” and because so many bought that message, they are now being sold a way more dangerous and deceptive one.
There is an ecumenical message that has spread across the Globe ..called COEXIST and it's origin is from Babel and Satan and it has a forerunner called Chrislam and its coming in the name of a movement called P.E.A.C.E. Its covenant agreement between Islam and Christendom, trumpeted by a man that many are woefully deceived into believing he is “America’s Pastor” YIKES!
That poison has flooded churches with “church growth” of man made marketing “schemes” It actually has the mindset that The Church needs to ask goats what they need to become sheep??
Its sold in the vein of....
"Can't we all just get along?" "We are the world" in the name of unity and tolerance? But I remind You, broad is the way that leads to destruction and narrow is the way that leads to Life.
We are not called to compromise TRUTH for the sake of "getting along." Yet that spirit/ideology has spread like fire amongst this generation. Moral relevance and humanistic poison has come in and said MAN is central and what is right or wrong for one might not be right or wrong for another. It comes asking “what’s your dream?” Instead of calling for you to DIE TO SELF!
"No one can serve two master's"
James 4:4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
If you research just a little you will see the explosive “church growth movement” was not born in prayer but through compromise. Man in desire to become “successful and popular” sold out and began to seek out wisdom NOT from God but from CEO’s of successful enterprise and began to espouse, not the word of God but “cliches’ and quotations from the hierarchy of this “new thing” But this “new thing” is “strange fire” and its ecumenical in nature!!! So much of what is shared comes not from the Actual word of God but from the latest book “trending” and because so many are eating it, it must be not only good, it must be the “way.” I mean if it’s popular and the “fastest growing” in the region or the US, that has mean they are doing something right..RIGHT? Ok, so now we are being told to go “the broad way?” That is how we are to discern if something is of God, is because so many are going that way??
In the book of Acts, the church grew because The Gospel was being preached and God Himself added to their numbers daily. That is true biblical growth. If your adding numbers through marketing and man made efforts, you have just “church planted” a bunch of tares! You have 3,000 people coming to “church” but how many have been changed from being a goat into a sheep?
We can not hang onto this world's message of "we are the world, we are god's children" falsely believing that "everyone is good and right" when the Bible, God's Word tells us completely the opposite.
"there is no one righteous, no not one"
No matter how good it might "feel" ...we are not called to compromise but rather just the opposite, to boldly proclaim the "narrow way" Jesus Christ. Not the brand name of some church, but Jesus Christ and Him Crucified.
No One comes to the Father but through the Son, NO ONE!!!! and it's Not the thought that counts.
You can't serve this world or another "god" and serve Jesus. It's NOT Possible ...You must repent or you will perish.
Have You repented of Sin, Have you taken Hold of Jesus Christ?
Let me illustrate a huge difference between biblical "believing/repentance" and the world's version.
Tonight you sit on Your Couch, ...Your TV interrupts your night by bringing to You an Urgent Warning.
A Tornado is headed towards Your town, You see the radar. Your Friend calls you and says "get over to the basement" to biblically believe (repent) you would not only agree there's a tornado coming, but you would respond by running to the basement, producing "fruit" obeying the message
but today we have multitudes and multitudes in the valley of decision being taught that all they have to do is "believe" in the storm without "repenting" instead of going to "the basement" they sit believing they are ok...trusting in their self or their own wisdom or what some preacher has falsely assured them instead of... .
Running to Jesus and clinging to Him and never letting go, WHY? because people are too comfortable in their lazy boy sin filled lifestyles to leave the place they sit.
"Jesus, I've got to bury my dad" He answered, "let the dead bury the dead" He didn't say "ahhh sure I understand, believe and then follow Me later"
Good Master what must I do to be saved? ... "go and sell all that you have and come follow me" the rich young man went away sorry because He loved his rich lifestyle, today he would be given a false assurance and welcomed in gladly?
The difference between Judas and Peter??? they both failed Jesus by denying and betraying Him, but one in his failure looked to self and found despair, the other looked to the One he failed and sought Him and His forgiveness ...He repented.
We have got to get back to biblical disciplines and “doing it God’s Way”
You can't make a goat into a sheep by any human endeavor! It's impossible. God has ordained that its possible to make a Goat into a Sheep by proclaiming The Gospel! That divine intervention can happen anywhere! In a barn, in a bar, on a side walk or even in church. It has nothing to do with lighting or coffee or comfort or cool music. All those things can make a goat believe its a sheep because they are told they are loved "just the way they are" and all they need to do is "be themselves" God loves us just the way we are..that much is true, but because of that same Love, In His Goodness, He leads us to Repentance!!
Seeker Friendly churches? For illustration lets change that into seeker friendly hospitals! You show up with Stage IV something, but because they want you to come back and love the experience, they pronounce you healthy and give you a placebo...is that Love?
What is the power of God unto salvation? What does God bless or anoint or give His seal of approval upon that we would share with someone in hopes to take them out of darkness into the Light? What is THAT Which is sincerely Good News? Not watered down or generically labeled?
So many are striving to get believers to unite around A church. But believers are to unite at The Cross, and that is what makes us The Church! In seeker friendly terms, the effort has become to try and get you to like Church. That would be like if you have Stage IV, just trying to get you to like the Hospital. You don’t need to like the ambiance of the hospital, you need the medicine that the Hospital has way more than you need the ambiance. The Medicine is your only hope and if they are getting you to come there only to give you a placebo....YIKES. That is a picture of the apostasy that is running rampant in the land today!
Our Job is to proclaim The Cross ....
And it’s THAT Cross that is the power of God unto salvation! But devastatingly sad is the truth that The Cross has been replaced. No longer do believers unite under the Cross but under the brand name of their local “in thing”
It is time to Return to The Cross and Cling and Never let go!
Our greatest command is to "Love the Lord Your God with all your heart, soul and strength" and we can't do that hanging on to false teachings and doctrines of men"
That would be like telling my wife I "love her" but want to stay in touch will all those before "not forsaking all others" ...that wouldn't fly with her and it don't fly with God.
We must forsake humanistic Christianity which is no Christianity at all. WE must be born again by His Spirit and be led of Him to live a life that causes the world to say "you live like Christ" and that only comes from a person who has been to The Cross and died to SELF ...
I don't expect this message is one to applaud, but rather blast and I understand, I’m sure its heard as “critical” but thank God there are those out there “holding up Scripture” as the standard and not what popular church culture declares as “the standard” To those who have ears to hear, I pray God's challenge to "take up your cross and follow Him" will be heard. Part of taking up our cross, is taking ahold of God’s Word and hiding it in our heart, so that no man can deceive us.
I pray for every minister, pastor, believer who might read this with this mindset. Please examine the origin of what you are feeding your people. I challenge you to take an hour and half of your day and watch a you tube video called “church of tares"
I pray you awaken to the hour at hand and realize Our Lord and Savior said one of the things that makes today a “perilous time” is APOSTASY. Falling away from Biblical Truth.
Today one of the most quoted passages of scripture is Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord” and its awesome and “feel good” and yet in context of what is being sold especially here in America, can I ask you this? How does that mindset line up with the early church? Today I want you to dream big Stephen, for today my plans are for you to preach The Gospel, and in so doing you will be stoned to death for my Glory. Or Church, I want you to assemble today in my name, for my plans are for you to be arrested and thrown into an arena and be eaten by lions.
Or prosperity preacher, who sells to your people that God wants you to live in multiplication and you are the standard bearer, driving the latest Mercedes. If your doctrine was what you say, then why don’t you take that to the Sudan and give just a handful of people a million dollars and by your wisdom of increase ..a multi-level marketing miracle should take hold and poverty would be eradicated in supernatural fashion. But no, you take it to the neighborhoods that already have a means to your desired end!
Believe it or not, I say all this in the Love of God! I’m compelled to self examine my heart and in so doing, if I don’t share this, then I don’t love you!
We are staring down a time that is of eternal consequence and the only bridge from death to life is the Biblical Truth of The Cross!
I will close with this, when my family goes to an event or place where we all scatter. I and My wife always instruct our kids to “meet back” at a certain place, at a certain time. Jesus Christ has done the same. His people have been scattered into denominations of all kinds, under a gazillion different banners and movements and there is NO WAY we can meet at any of those places at any time in any agreement. Why? because we are a sinful people. But there is ONE place that was set and it was for an appointed time for us all to meet. Today is the day, and NOW is that appointed time. At The Cross, At the Cross where I first saw the Light and the burden of my heart was rolled away. God is calling out all those who are His and know Him by name to come out from being under any other banner and any other name...to meet HIM and meet together ...AT THE CROSS!!
2 Peter 3 tells us this world that we live in is headed for a time of destruction by fire. That this planet will go the way of “as in the days of Noah” and “as in the days of Lot” Noah’s job was not to change culture or to win a cultural war. It was to build an ark of salvation for He and His family and any that would hear. That today is our calling, our mission. There is no place on this planet that the Church is winning the cultural war. Is God failing? No, He’s yielding to the will of man, giving them up to a reprobate mind and it’s heading for a time of such peril that unless God shortens the days “No flesh will survive” yet in His Goodness He has made a way of escape. That escape is not a church or brand name, it’s not a movement, it’s not a denomination or the trendiest conference. It’s an end time ARK ...named Jesus Christ.
The Spirit and the Bride “come Quickly Jesus”