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“In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed.” (2 Peter 2:3)

 

It’s financial structure is surmounting. It’s broad vast of wealth is not only impressive, it’s envious by many. It’s prophets are vast as they are many in number and it’s following is in the millions. But most of all, it’s all tax free. What is this which many stagger at by just its mere presence? Christianity.

Now, some might want to argue and say that it is wrong and immoral, (maybe even blasphemous) to even remotely suggest that Christianity is corrupt, and they would be right – if it was the same Christian faith found in the cross. But what I tell you here and now is this, that what we are seeing, mainly in America, is not true, genuine Christianity, but a false version of it. For in this religion, faith is not truly in the cross, but in its works, in its merits and worse, in its wealth.

The word gives us a clear picture of seven churches that John saw which the Lord dealt with, one of them was the church in Laodicea. The Laodicean church is the last church mentioned in Revelation (Revelation 3:14-22), it was the last church from the church age, and prophetically speaking as it relates to the end times, it is believed that it it is mirroring the last church period in our time now. Just as the actual Laodicean church had problems in John’s day nearly 2,000 years ago, we can see the uncanny resemblance spiritually as well as physically today.

Some of that resemblance the church in Laodicea was guilty of, which seems to be mirrored to our day is the following examples:

1. Laodicea had become complacent.

2. The Laodicean church was spiritually arrogant in its self-satisfaction and its accomplishments.

3. The church thought of itself as rich and in need of nothing from Christ.

4. The Laodicean’s were prideful and became materialistic (focusing more on wealth than spiritual truth).

5. The Laodicean church was Biblically illiterate.

 

What is so unique about the words John wrote from the heart of Christ to this particular church, from all of the other’s Jesus mentioned, some he praised, others he had a few things against, but still his heart was desirable for the others; it must be noted that when it came to the Laodicean church, not one time did Jesus commend them for anything! Actually, it was the only church Christ did not praise, but told to repent! (Revelation 3:19)

The issues of the Laodicean church were vast, as already mentioned, they felt that because they needed nothing due to their vast wealth, nothing was required. Yet Jesus revealed their true heart, while physically they were blessed on the outward, spiritually speaking, they were blind, naked and starving. The reason? They had left their first love – Christ and the cross.

Jesus would tell these spiritual vagabonds that they were to obtain their gold which had been refined in the glory of God and cover themselves with the precious blood shed for them on the cross, the only means they would be accepted before God before the judgment. These Laodiceans had relied on their own efforts rather than relying upon Christ and Christ alone, because of the cross. Today this same spirit, this spirit of the church of Laodicea, is spreading rapidly throughout America and many parts of the world.

Like Laodicea, we have become complacent, prideful, arrogant of who we are and with our “accomplishments”. No other time in our modern church age can we point to a time like now where the church is more comfortable in its mega church complexes. Yet like the Laodiceans before us, we too are naked, blind and miserable. We’ve become proud of our prosperity and our “gospel” and believed that gain is Godliness.

The modern church today has invested much in its desire to take its cues not from the word or the Holy Spirit, but from Wall Street. Instead of Pastors, we have CEO’s. Instead of evangelism seminars, we have financial planning conferences. Instead of all night prayer meetings to seek the power of God, we have movie night. A lot has changed within the past 100 years of the 2oth century, and the results are staggering. Some might even argue by saying I’ve not been open minded. But if we truly search our hearts and minds and allow the Lord to reveal the truth, they will understand that if there is a call today it is this – repent.

Today the modern church has invested itself in money making ventures. Popular television ministries continually flood the airwaves with gimmicks that promise wealth and the American Dream thru spiritual means. From end time food to cd’s, t-shirts, clothing, study Bible’s, the list goes on and on that someone is making money at the expense of the flock. In other words, the modern church today has become incorporated as a business and not a ministry. Where its model is the fortune 500 companies in the secular world and less of the early church. The gluttony of spiritual perversion is at such extremes that the only way the church will have any hope of becoming who she is in Christ is a shaking to its core.

There is a scene in the life of Christ where a rich young ruler came to Jesus, he had followed the law perfectly as he claimed, and asked what he might do to inherit eternal life? Jesus told him to keep the commandments, which the young replied he had done to that day. But then Jesus told him to go and sell all he had and follow him, this is the only time we know where Jesus invited someone to follow him, implying to be one of his possible disciples and learn from him, yet was rejected. (Matthew 19:16-22)

The young ruler was wealthy, like much of the church today. The young ruler was observant to the law, much like the church today. The young ruler boasted in his keeping of the law, much like the church today. But Christ desired the young man to sell all he had and follow him – the finisher of the law, which would bring forth grace. The church has trusted in works, keeping the law, a set of rituals and has forsaken the only means to satisfy the debt – the cross. The only hope for the church is to repent and be restored.

Christianity incorporated, is a false religious system. It’s foundation is not the cross, not Christ or his shed blood, but it is based on self worth, self achievement and self awareness. This form of religion is deadly to those who follow it, yet there is hope – Jesus Christ and the cross.

There is a shaking coming, one which will bring about the true remnant of believers, who have sold everything to follow Christ. For these have been crucified to the cross and have placed their trust in Christ and Christ alone. Laodicea’s spiritual works were described as neither cold nor hot (Rev. 3:15-16). The church does not show forth the power of Christ and the Holy Spirit and why this period church needed to repent. Today much of the church is treading into a powerless area where many are not being equipped to heal the sick, cast out demons and so on (Mark 16:17-18).

Today, many Denominations have succumbed to allowing alcohol for their members, homosexuality is rising in our land and many are simply turning a blind eye to the sins around us. Again, the spirit of Laodicea is rampant within our world today. The cares of this life, the penetrating power of the society around the modern church and wrong spiritual attitudes have blocked out the church’s view of Christ to one degree or another. Our only hope is a powerful move of God, not with the world, but with the church – judgment. For judgment brings repentance and repentance brings restoration. That is the only hope for this period of time in these last days.

 

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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