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“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:8

 

There is a simple fact that every believer must acknowledge in their walk with Christ, and that is this, you and I are not God. Nor are we little gods. Nor do we have the same power or ability to think and act and create like God. Even more so, neither do our words have the same power as Gods words. The simple fact is, man is a creation of God, made a little above the angels itself, without the ability nor power to imitate God in action or in deeds, or in this case – words. The truth is, our words are not on the same level as God almighty and have virtually no power within themselves. In other words, when we speak nothing happens, but when God speaks everything happens, because he’s God and we’re not.

Yet there is a teaching which has gained prominence within the Charismatic/Pentecostal circles by suggesting that not only are we little gods, not only can we duplicate what God can do, we can equally speak things as a god and see those words literally transform nothing into something. It is called Positive Affirmation, or what is generally referred to by some as the power within the tongue. The belief is very simple, and very dangerous, but it goes something like this; A believer has a special need (money, health, career change, relationship, etc.) and they desire this with great fervor, but they don’t know how to bring it to pass. The answer? Simply speak it into existence. Sounds far fetched right? Yet if the truth be told, there are millions of Christians within the Charismatic/Pentecostal circles who have bought into this lie that says if one desires to change their circumstances in life, all one has to do is simply speak it into being and it will come. The problem is that it never works.

Teachers such as Kenneth Copeland, Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Jesse Duplantis and a boatload of others, have made millions of dollars in book sales all in trying to convince an unsuspecting Christian that they have the power within themselves to speak something out of nothing and gain whatever they want. The problem is, A) It’s not scriptural, and B) It’s not possible. To be clear, Jesus told us that if we followed him, that we too could (and would) perform miracles – but as the Spirit leads. The fact remains that while the gifts of the Holy Spirit are valid today (1 Corinthians chapter 12), the ability to just speak something is not only foolish, or unscriptural, it was never taught by the early church leaders, or Christ himself.

Believe it or not, the Positive Confession movement has no actual basis within the early church, nor was it rooted at all within modern or even past Christian teachings, it literally came from the occult world and went by another title, The Law of Attraction. This occult method is standard 101 information for anyone involved in the secret world of witchcraft and sorcery. The idea is simple, whatever you are attracted to, or desire, all you have to do is channel the strong desire within your mind to receive it, and by doing so, you can have it. This method has been utilized for hundreds, if not thousands of years by those who perform the dark arts of gaining whatever they desire. The problem with the confession, speaking it into existence, law of attraction is, it’s tapping into the spiritual realm, and certainly not what is of God.

It is amazing that when we examine the teachings and ideas promoted by a select few who claim to receive a revelation from God that is never based on the word of God, we begin to see its true source – Satan. Yet this is exactly the facts as it relates to the Positive Confession movement that has unfortunately polluted the church world today. From its roots from the early druids and pagans, the teaching of the Law of Attraction remains to this day the tool by which some within the modern church world has cleverly utilized which would deceive many by its false teachings. One would think that if they understood that ours is not to simply call forth everything into being that it would become true, nor by simply suggesting that if one merely spoke something by faith that it would happen. The truth is, God desires us to pray his will for whatever we need, not ours. This is the problem of self, it does not desire to submit to God’s perfect plan, but instead, rely on self and self desires (money, material things) to gain something simply by declaring it so. It’s all a clever ruse to blind the believer to a belief that he or she is able to do things on a thought, or word, and not rely on God’s word.

So how did this particular teaching come into the church today?

His name was E.W. Kenyon. Kenyon was born on April 25, 1867. He was introduced to the faith from the Methodist movement of that particular time. It was there he was introduced to the early teachings of the New Thought movement, and subsequently became aware of this new teaching which stated that if one speaks something, one will receive something, all by faith. Kenyon would go on to become affiliated with the growing Pentecostal movement which was happening in that time, the re-birth of the advent of the Pentecost in the book of Acts, and would find himself learning as well as teaching at the Emerson School. From the early writings of E.W. Kenyon, his works would include many gleanings from the occult world, new age spiritualism, and the Law of Attraction that would be taken and used by later generations, namely one Kenneth Hagin, who equally was influenced by Kenyon’s claims of Positive Affirmations.

Yet even though Kenyon was a contributor to what we now call “Positive Talk”, it has literally taken on a life of its own. But not just by the church world, even today, New Age teachers such as Oprah Winfrey, Eckhart Tolle, Rhonda Byrne (author of The Secret), as well as many more. This Law of Attraction, the ability to think and then say something into reality is not a product of man, far from it. The teaching itself dates back to one individual who said to himself “I shall be like the most high. I will place my throne above his.” – Satan. It was Satan who was the originator of Positive Confession, and it was Satan who went into the garden and said to Eve, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”(Genesis 3:1) For when Eve reminded Satan of what God said not to do, it as Satan who then presented a different way of thinking, “You surely will not die.”“For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4-5)

Satan presented a positive affirmation, which was literally the foundation to Law of Attraction with Eve. Satan simply said, ignore what God says, confess that you shall have great wisdom and great understanding and I will not die. In other words, think it, say it and believe it and it will come to you. The reality is, Eve did receive understanding, but it was the understanding of what God strictly forbid, and thus, because of Adam, sin entered into the world. Thus, the Law of Attraction, power of the tongue to say something into existence is rooted directly from pride. It is sin.

If we could simply say things into reality, then why is there great trouble in the world? If we can simply speak something into being, then why is there hunger? Or war? Or death and disease? If there is power in our tongue, then why did Paul, the great Apostle who faced many a hardship pray three times that God would remove the thorn in his side, but God said “NO!”, but that his grace was sufficient for him? (2 Corinthians 12:8-9)

The fact is this, our authority is limited to what Christ has given to us in his word because of the cross, and nothing more. Yes, we have the power (authority) to claim some spiritual matters as it relates to our faith, but it must always be found consistent with the word of God, it can never go beyond God’s word. If we pray his will, then we will find our will and prayers will be aligned perfectly, even if some things we confess or pray for do not come, sometimes God simply says “No” and we must learn to trust him regardless, for he knows better than we.

Jesus only gives us authority to do what he commissioned us to do – preach the gospel, disciple the nations, heal the sick, cast out demons, etc. He does not give us ALL authority. Nor does he give us the power to speak things into being simply because we want it or desire it, that is the lure of the garden and the tree itself that Satan continues to tempt fallen man with, even Christians, that if we think it and say it, we can have it. But God says otherwise. Don’t fall for this trap, but instead trust God, pray with faith with what he has faithfully given to us, the cross, and believe for those things which he desires, that souls be saved. Everything else will come, or not come based on God’s determination and plan, not by our words.

From my office in China,

Christopher

Contact me at christopher152@gmail.com

http://www.chinamissions.org

 

One-world-religion

 

It’s happening. It’s happening on the news, the internet, social media is declaring it, Facebook prophets and preachers galore are promoting it, and the world is taking notice. Yes, it’s happening. The tearing down of every world religion on this planet is occurring, and not one shot, one loss of life, or shedding of blood came before it. It’s happening.

Jude tells us something very interesting about the last days, the time period by which we are living in now, “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men. turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Jude 1:4)

Let us take a closer examination of what is truly happening in our world right now, and how this change of attitude of religion, faith and humanity is being played out, not only affecting Christians worldwide, but also Muslims and Jews.

One of the signatures of change within Christianity itself has been over the years the slow introduction of progressive liberal views, meaning, views which embrace a more contemporary way of thinking when it comes to conventional theology. In other words, anything which conveys the old traditions of worship, praise and biblical teachings have become sidestepped, bringing out a new way of thought, a more conventional method of reaching the world. Yet the reality is, this new, modern method of reaching the world is not in essence anything new, but a ploy, a ploy which attempt to undermine scriptural teachings and its main message (which is the cross), and in its place, fill the void with a more tolerant form of modernist theology which focuses more on self and less on man’s sin. In other words, a more acceptable form of gospel is being presented.

We can actually see this being unfolded in five ways:

  1. Replacing the cross as the core message.
  2. Embracing modernist theology.
  3. Incorporating relativism in order to gain favor with society.
  4. An emphasis on works, and less on faith. An emphasis on material gain (prosperity) and less on personal sacrifice.
  5. A rejection of core traditional doctrines such as original sin, which run counter to today’s new contemporary message.

In each of these five measures I’ve listed (there are more), the modern church has become more self-centered with its theology, and less centered on the cross and what it demands. We saw this at the beginning of the prosperity gospel in the mid to late 1980’s to present years. The focus was on God’s best, and not God’s demands. It was a time of seed sowing in order to reach a personal financial harvest/reward, and millions of church going believers ate it up, at the cost of billions in personal savings.

Yet it was this particular gospel (prosperity) that began to erode the necessity of personal sacrifice, humility and denial of self. In its wake came another new found message, one that I believe has done more damage to the church today than anything in the past, the Purpose Driven gospel of Rick Warren. In 2002, Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback church, published his book which has gone on to reprint and DVDs, and has literally changed the narrative as it relates to the gospel, yet this purpose driven gospel is a prime example of another gospel, which seeks to undermine and lay claim to a new type of presentation, the gospel of inclusion.

The concept is simple, change. Change everything from the past, the center message which is the cross, to a contemporary narrative. Change the praise and worship from the more long held methods such as the hymns of the past, and replace them with contemporary music which removes even a hint of traditional praise. Change the vision of the church to a more emergent, seeker sensitive/community based program, less on the preaching of the gospel, and more on social reforms through social/political/economic change. And finally, change of spiritual leadership, out with the old and in with the new. Under this mentality, Warren issued these in six measures of change:

  1. Identify those who are resisting the changes;
  2. Assess the effectiveness of their opposition;
  3. Befriend those who are undecided about the changes;
  4. Marginalize more persistent resisters;
  5. Vilify those who stay and fight; and
  6. Establish new rules that will silence all resistance.

In a way, what Warren has accomplished in just one small decade, is undermine and challenge the traditional method of preaching the gospel that brings sinners to repentance. In this new type of method, the term sinner has become replaced with the more politically correct term called unchurched. This was not by accident, this was selective direction by Warren and the reason is simple, it brings into the equation of inclusion, whereby the “sinner” is no more guilty of his present spiritual condition, and less demanded to change. If the gospel does not allow conviction, then that gospel is another gospel. Such is the case with Warren’s Purpose Driven Life. Those who do not know Christ are accepted into the church without fear, without guilt, without condemnation, and by doing so, they are welcomed with open arms, knowing that they will never be confronted with their sinful state, but encouraged to simply be a good person without the need for spiritual change which brings true repentance.

So how has Warren’s Purpose Driven changed the face of modern Christianity? We can see these changes through not only Warren’s liberal theology, but through the voices of others who equally have attempted this new change/approach, men such as Joel Osteen, TD Jakes, Rob Bell, Tony Campolo, Greg Laurie, and Pentecostal/Charismatic leaders such as Kenneth Copeland, Joyce Meyers and Jesse Duplantis. These men and women are changing the narrative of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and its not by accident, but by demonic inspiration.

Yet it’s not just those within the modern Christian movement where we can see this dismantling, the deconstructing of religion and faith. But it’s occurring within other religions as well. In Catholicism, Pope Francis has gone on record more than once, declaring the need for reconciliation between Roman Catholics and Protestants, but even stating that Jews and Muslims can co-exist. Catholics, marching in order to the sound of this current Pope, are being changed to not only embrace the possibility of Muslims within their sanctuary, it’s being presented in such a way that they themselves are becoming molded in this new ecumenical movement which is happening across the globe.

When men such as Kenneth Copeland, Joyce Meyer, and even Southern Baptist leaders such as SBC President Ronnie Floyd was guest speaker at IHOP ‘onething2015’ conference, where not only did the mixture of Catholicism and Protestants meet and fellowship, but became immersed in the ecumenical movement. It is a deconstructing of religion to bring about world change.

And now it has begun even in the most strangest religions of all, not just Mormonism (which too are beginning to change) but in Islam. Take away the rhetoric and violent talk of ISIS radicals, remove yourself away from the butchering of fundamentalists in Islam who deny women their rights, who force sharia law upon the world, who demand worship of Allah alone, and you will see there is another quake occurring within this religion just as it is occurring within faiths such as Judaism and Christianity – change.

Time would take too long for me to go through what I believe is occurring right now in our world, and the people’s mindset right now, needless to say, is not looking at the bigger picture.Yet I believe that what we are seeing, with efforts by some, such as Pope Francis, President Obama among others, are changing the narrative to bring about a peace between all faiths, including Islam. Once this effort has become successful, then something powerful and decisively deceptive will occur – bondage.

Make no mistake, everything I have poured out in this meager attempt to show what I believe is occurring behind the scenes, is a plot by Satan himself to break down our walls of beliefs, and bring us all into a new era of world, religious peace. This can, once successful, change the people’s mindset to believe one lie, then once they are conditioned, to believe the greater lie. This will end with the rise of a one world religion, where a fallen being (the antichrist) will be ultimately worshiped. This is the reason why Christianity has been under attack for several decades. Why other religions are only now beginning to sense this attack upon their own brand of beliefs, it is to tear down the walls of religious separation to make way for something bigger, where all religions are merged, all paths lead to God, but this god will be created in hell, thrust upon the world in the last hours.

If what we see occurring is the end of all things as we know it when it comes to religion, then it proves that this spirit of antichrist is much more alive today than ever before, undermining our very way of spiritual life, and the men behind it are but puppets, pawns to bring men under the control of a satanic leader who will demand all worship him. It is the deconstruction of religion, and it’s alive and well on planet earth today.

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

95 theses

“For my people have committed two evils; they have forsake me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can old no water.” (Jeremiah 2:13)

I’m tried. Sick and tired. Not physically mind you, no, this kind of tired is about what I see occurring in the modern church world today and why I’m simply sick and tired of what I’m seeing.

The church is literally drunk on success, be it personal success, business success, success in marriage, life in general and a better “you”. You will be hell bent to find one major ministry today who tackles on a daily basis about sin, persecution, troubles and the coming tribulation against the church. Why is that? It’s because I believe Satan has rocked the church asleep with the cares of this life to such a degree that many in the church today are not one bit concerned about Christians being beheaded in the middle east, or the past persecutions against the church in China, or the rise of militant Islam.

We can prove this by simply doing a random examination of every major evangelical conference under the sun today and see that the churches focus is no longer about world or global evangelism, but about materialism. It’s the seduction for having wealth, having fun, having a nice house or nice car that we care about these days. And this is what is caused the church, in my estimation, on becoming a non-issue as it relates to the world today. Because we have become drunk on excess. We have become drunk on ego and pride, we have become drunk on self that we no longer care about the state of the world, the state of sinners, the state of God’s righteousness. We are drunk and we refuse to wake up while the rest of the world, including Christians in other nations suffer. But the American church simply does not care.

When Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses at the door of the church, he did so with the understanding that it would might well cost him his life – and he was right, it did. The fact is, Luther had it right then and I have it right now, the American church, for whatever one might one to call it, is drunk, drunk on sin, drunk on worldliness, drunk on self, drunk on the cares of this life. We are drinking in the bed of the harlot and we want it so. Simply turn on any major Christian (entertainment) channel and you’ll see exactly what I am referring to, a gospel of greed, excess, vanity, lucre, self, gross entertainment of all sorts and least but not forgotten – false doctrine. It’s like the church has openly and willingly embraced idolatry – and still we claim supremacy to scripture over other nations. But we would be wrong – dead wrong.

Right now there is a Christian revival happening in Russia, China, India, Burma, Africa and even in parts of Muslim controlled nations such as Turkey and Iran. Even in North Korea, where carrying a bible will either get you an immediate death sentence, or a trip to the death camp for forced labor, either way, it’s a death sentence. Yet Christians are still praying, still seeking God in this last hour – but does the American church care? Not at all. We’re too busy asking God for more money, more stuff, more “glory” when we are not willing to pray 5 minutes let alone seek his word. Yet we still boast in our numbers at church Sunday morning and our shout Sunday night. It is a strange fire the modern church in America is offering at the altar of many popular churches and God wants nothing to do with it.

Yet many today claim revival is happening in our nation – really? Where? The truth is, what is being passed off as “revival” is nothing more than built up emotionalism by a mixture of secularism and false worship. The truth is, if you want to see revival come to China where I am and you won’t see a light show or rock music blaring, but men and women, boys and girls crying out to God in a small house church, their hearts desiring for more to come into the fold.

What I hear in my spirit, from the Ecumenical movement by some in the Charismatic church (Copeland) and the sign seekers and omen watchers of the blood moon hype, to the more heretical teachers such as Jonathan Cahn, who is leading many astray with a return back to law and keeping to shadows of the past such as The Shemitah, and other Hebrew Roots foolishness, is a shaking is coming. Yet I also hear the word ICHABOD. Still, God has a remnant of faithful believers. Yet I know something is coming to the American church and one which I fear will send many into error.

it is time to hold the false prophets accountable for their false words. It is time to hold popular pastors who manipulate the people of their money claiming supernatural blessings if they sow a generous seed (God does not require a seed, just faith). It is time to call the state of the modern American church what it is – pagan. Because it has replaced the cross with another god, a false god. It is time to render judgment and a time to expose the falsehood of so many who are weighing the people down by their greed and desire for control. It is time for a second reformation and one which is long overdue. May it come quickly.

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com

American-revolution

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams” Acts 2:17

A change is about to take place in the modern church and it’s been one which has been long over due. Since the turn of the century the church has underwent a dramatic change in its belief system, its core values and its teachings. One would almost dare say that the church is almost a shadow of its former self these days. Especially in the past 100 years we’ve seen dynamic moves of God that literally changed whole Cities as well as nation’s. In the early 20th century some of the greatest moves of God took place which shook the foundations of the world. But nothing lasts forever.

The apostle Paul gave the church a glimpse into what was coming in the last days, “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.” (2 Timothy 4:3). From the implementation of the prosperity gospel to replacement theology, the church today is NOT what it used to be. Just what in the world is going on when the vast majority of Christians are no longer shocked to hear false teachings, or a play that depicts Jesus as a homosexual? Just what in the world is going on when that play is actually performed inside a packed church? The truth is that a huge number of churches have completely abandoned the Bible and have instead surrounded themselves with “pastors” and “priests” who will tell them whatever they want to hear. And its spreading.

Someone said to me recently, “You need to get off this kick!” As if denouncing sin and maintaining a certain level of standard was an evil thing? But I refused to denounce that statement because it was an elder, and Paul reminded us to always respect our elders, wrong or right, we treat them with love and kindness. But that doesn’t mean I respect their point of view. I recall some weeks ago, I was contacted by someone in a high position of spiritual authority, and that person told me every which way how I was wrong in my stance against sin and rebellion in the church. By the time I got done with the conversation I was beaten, thrown under the church bus, ripped to shreds of whatever dignity I had and felt like Jonah, find myself a juniper tree and just sit there and complain.

But God spoke to me almost immediately and asked me a simple question, “Are you going to obey what men tell you or are you going to obey me?” Simple enough wasn’t it? And just as quickly as my ego left and my body came back from the virtual beating I took, God reminded me that it was HE who called me into this office of the prophet and it was HE who demanded that I obey him and him alone. It was settled. Yes, since that time I have endured attacks from all sides, but this time I have an advantage, I’m not called by men, I’m called by God.

The hour is late and we are living in the last days my friends. Many of the large churches across America are another example of the rank apostasy plaguing the church in America. The truth is that the vast majority of “ministers”, “pastors” and “priests” currently “serving” in the United States should immediately resign. The truth is that the majority of churches in the United States should immediately close their doors in disgrace. The “church” in America is in an advanced state of apostasy. Very few churches in the United States ever preach about sin, judgment, heaven or hell anymore. Very few churches in the United States believe in the basic doctrines of Scripture anymore. That is why so many people are leaving these dead denominations. Nobody should sit there and listen to these jokers as they openly deny the Word of God. If you are sitting there in a dead, apostate church it is time to get out.

The popular “Woman thou art loosed” pastor TD Jakes stated recently that his opinion about homosexuality has evolved and evolving (source). Jakes goes on to further state that homosexuality is a complex issue. Now, how is that even possible? Does Pastor Jakes not read the Bible he claims to represent as a pastor? Has he not read 1 Corinthians 6:9? Or Romans 1:22-26? Has Pastor Jakes not searched the word to know when something is fundamentally wrong? Apparently not. The bigger issue is not so much about TD Jakes waffling on the issue of sin, but the church itself not calling him into accountability. But this is what happens when popular preachers who have a large following, combined with deep financial pockets can escape scrutiny, because no one wants to touch their favorite idol.

But it’s not just Jakes, it’s many of the popular mega-ministries such as TBN and Hillsong, where ironically pastor Brian Houston can’t even set the matter of his position on homosexuals straight. When men who are supposed to be pillars of the word cannot even speak openly and honestly of what their position is on social issues which have a genuine affect upon the church, then that man or woman has been compromised. They are incompetent.

Paul tells us in the word for us to “mark them” and expose them who teach and preach, leading many astray (Romans 16:17). The fact is, we condemn the preacher who advocates rebuke, yet we endorse and protect the spiritual criminal today who are fleecing the flock. It used to be that Christians knew sound doctrine when they heard it and shunned the false. But not so today. Today we have allowed dramatic flare, wealth and fame to blind our eyes. We have allowed a “celebrity” kind of Christianity to come into our midst and because we look the other way, we ignore the teachings, we wink and nod at the false all the while ignoring the dead bodies that are literally piling up almost daily from those who are being mislead at the hands of wolves in well tailored suits.

I’ve seen good men, preachers with substance, succumb to the pressures and glamour of Christian television, and betray their first command from the word, to preach the word without prejudice. How many preachers and prophets have sold out in these current days we live in merely for money, position and fame? To be seen and heard by thousands rather than to preach the word and let the chips fall where they may? Yet that apostate list continues to grow in number. A young preacher wants a cadillac, he wants fame, applause and the “hot” preacher girlfriend/wife, but at what price? Another sell out to the gospel of prosperity and self. The truth is, a revolution is coming and its near the door. Yes, we cannot change the path this world is heading down, but we sure can change the current path the church is heading on!

So what does that revolution look like? It’s exposing false preachers and pastors. it’s denouncing the rhetoric that is prevalent in the church world today which are leading multitudes astray. It’s calling the church back to holiness and a sanctified life. It’s preaching against sin. It’s calling us all back to the cross. Even if that means removing these reprobates out of the pulpit, so be it. There needs to be a spiritual awakening that must take place and I believe that we’re overdue for a correction. Remember, before God judges the world, he must first bring judgment to his church.

God is calling a people, free from the bonds of this world and he’s calling us to come out from among them and be ye separate. Yes, there is going to be a great falling away, and its only going to get worse, but does that mean that we must stand by and remain silent? Not a chance.

There is a divide taking place in the church right now and a line is being drawn. One faction wants purity, holiness, a Godly standard, while the other wants worldliness, secularism, socialistic Christianity and then there is the flat out apostate church that is growing at an enormous rate in the world. And that’s fine by me, for the word tells me that one day God is going to separate the wheat from the chaff and when he does, we will know for certain whose on the Lord side.

But until then, it’s business as usual. We are to expose the unfruitful works of darkness, expose the sin of worldliness, the continuing watering down of the word of God by Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Rick Warren, or Kenneth Copeland, as well as many others. A revolution needs to occur in the body of Christ to denounce sin in every shape and every form and preach the love of Christ to the world, but also warn of coming judgement.

We have allowed these men and women to have their say for too long and I for one don’t wish for one more day for these idiots to maintain their grip on God’s people. So I say let a Godly revolution arise and the church be the church once again! Yes, this will mean persecution like you have never seen before, but I believe when the revolution breaks out and people reject the false gospel of Joel and Rick and others, a shift will begin in the last days where sinners will actually feel convicted of their sins and not made to feel comfortable as they are currently.

A revolution is coming and I for one think it’s been way long overdue. I’ve got my gun locked and loaded — do you?

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com

prosperity1

“I believe that it is anti-Christian and unholy for any Christian to live with the object of accumulating wealth. You will say, “Are we not to strive all we can to get all the money we can?” You may do so. I cannot doubt but what, in so doing, you may do service to the cause of God. But what I said was that to live with the object of accumulating wealth is anti-Christian.” — Charles Spurgeon

Does God want his people rich? If one would watch any popular Christian ministry on television at any given time, not only would they hear that God wants his people rich, he demands it. Some who adhere to this teaching would even go so far as to suggest that it’s a sin to be anything other than rich. Yet the question must be asked; Does God really want his people rich or wealthy?

One of the more sinister doctrinal messages which has come out of the Charismatic movement that has done more harm to the body of Christ, and has literally ruined not only the countless lives in the process, but as well has harmed, even destroyed the finances of many a person who has bought into the lie is in fact the Prosperity gospel. This other type of gospel message took hold back in the late 80’s and throughout the 90’s. By the early part of the 21st century, the modern church had not only been seduced by the prosperity gospel, it had adopted its teachings to such a degree that the prosperity gospel was the central focus of every mega church in the nation, regulating the message of grace and the cross to the sidelines of other scriptural doctrines which once were held to high esteem. In other words, the modern church found something better than the cross, something better than grace, something better than the demand for holiness, or the admonition against sin in the life of a believer.

So where do those who teach that God expects his people to be rich or extremely wealthy? It can be directly traced to the Abrahamic covenant. The belief is this, when God told Abraham he would bless him and make his seed great, (this includes the church (Gal. 3:7-9)) that all the promises given to Abraham are by right been given to the church as well. This includes the blessings as well. (Gen. 12:1-3, Deut. 28) The problem? The old covenant has been relegated to the new covenant and one which we, who are now children of the promise thru Christ, have a better covenant because of the cross and not Abraham. (Hebrews 8:6)

While it is most certainly true that God does indeed bless his children, the problem with the so called ‘Prosperity gospel‘ is that it makes God more or less a bell hop, who has to pay out for our paying in to a system of giving and/or works. The teaching goes like this, if someone gives $100 God is obligated to give $1,000. If someone gives $100,000 dollars to a particular ministry, then God is then obligated to give up to 1 million in return. That is the prosperity message in a nut shell. The reality is, this sort of teaching is nothing but a ‘give to get’ gospel. Yet today, over a decade later, this same belief is blinding hundreds of thousands of believers, robbing them of not only their spirit by teaching them a lie, it is in fact robbing them of their finances while the only ones who are reaping the harvest of their ill-gotten gain is those teachers who are fleecing the flock.

The truth is, the prosperity gospel (which is no gospel at all) is actually something far more worse than realized, and it is directly rooted or taken from one of the most secular ideas to date – the American Dream. That’s right, the prosperity gospel is in fact just another version of the American Dream by which attaining wealth and having homes, cars, the 401K and stocks and bonds, are the rewards of serving Christ. But only to those who can pay to participate. It is not only dangerous to believe this, it is a doctrine of demons. This is where the teaching of the prosperity gospel is flawed, because it shuts out those who cannot afford to participate due to their economic standing, and only accepts those who are able to pay into its scheme. In other words, if one is poor, destitute and/or facing financial hardship, this teaching and all its benefits are not for them. This again settles the argument which says God is only for the rich or for those who are able to pay, it makes God a player of favorites and not one of love of all men who diligently seek and serve him.

To believe the prosperity gospel is in essence to believe a false gospel, it is a manipulative message that is a combination of both new age teachings (law of attraction/positive thinking) and materialism. So whose getting rich from this type of “gospel” message? If we look at the yearly income tax returns (that we know of) it is obvious to see that the ones who are generally reaping from this deception is in fact the preachers and teachers themselves and none other. Currently, the top leading proponents of this so called ‘gospel’ message are abundantly wealthy, yet one of more startling facts of the result of the prosperity gospel is that as of 2013, 33% of those who are born again believers are in financial debt and are unable to get out. (George Barna, Barna Research Archives: Money, Barna Research Group.) If the gospel of wealth and financial return is actually true, then why are so many Christians falling into bankruptcy? Because it is based on greed, the single most inward problem with man – his desire for gain.

The fact is, when we look at the prosperity gospel in its entirety, we begin to see that the only ones getting rich are the ones preaching the lie, the rest are suckers. Strong words, but even stronger are those found in the word of God concerning those who would fleece the flock for gain, “And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.” (2 Peter 2:3)

The question reprised: Does God want us to be rich? The answer is not does God want us to be rich, but instead, he desires us to follow him thru his son, to believe upon Christ and be saved. (John 3:16)  The truth is, Jesus never once told us that the benefits to serving him would be material, nor did he tells us throughout his word that those who serve him would gain wealth or riches, actually, Jesus had a great deal to say about riches and those who follow that path, and it wasn’t nice.

The words of Christ concerning wealth and riches:

  1. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth” (Matthew 6:19)
  2. “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me” (Matthew 19:21)
  3. What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit His life? (Mark 8:36; Luke 9:25)
  4. Foolish is storing treasure for self; not being rich toward God (Luke 12:21); do not store up treasure on earth (Matthew 6:19-21)
  5. Cares of the world, delight in riches and desire for things, choke the word (Mark 4:19, Luke 8:14)
  6. Where your treasure is your heart will be also (Matthew 6:19-21)
  7. We cannot serve God and money (Matthew 6:24, Luke 16:13)
  8. What is exalted by men (wealth), is an abomination before God (Luke 16:14-15)
  9. Wealth is tied to faith and worry.  People who are concerned about earthly possessions and money are not depending on God’s provision (Luke 12:22-34)
  10. It’s difficult for the rich to enter heaven (Mark 10:23-25)
  11. In extreme cases where wealth is a god, sell all you have, give to the poor and follow Jesus (Matthew 19:21, Luke 12:33).  Sell all and give to the poor to have treasure in heaven (Luke 18:18-23)
  12. It’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for the rich to have eternal life (Luke 18:24-27)

Yet how many today will hear this truth taught or preached in most of the popular pulpits across America or on Christian television? Still, many of these preachers and teachers who advocate the prosperity gospel will link money to faith, give to get, and worse, cause fear thru condemnation and a penalty to anyone who doesn’t give to their particular ministry. Do you find it ironic that with all of the leading proponents of this gospel (and it’s not a true gospel) message that God will only bless those who give to their specific financial need? Is God playing favorites? It seems so. Yet people will believe a lie to such a degree that they will allow their money to leave their hand in order to receive some type of financial windfall. That my friend is manipulation to the highest degree.

Yes, God will bless us. Yes, God will take care of us. Yes, following Christ is a blessing, but that is in fact what the word tells us to begin with, that Christ is our greatest blessing – salvation and not financial wealth. The problem I go back to with the prosperity gospel is that it denigrates the cross to nothing more than a token of a past truth. In other words, the prosperity gospel is yet another attempt to replace the cross, replace the real truth and that truth is in this life we are not promised that our days will be filled with contentment and financial ease, actually, the gospel message is one of sacrifice, suffering and endurance. Notice what Paul said in Romans 5:3 “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance.”  We are not called to serve our own desires, but to come to the cross and deny ourselves, deny our wants and what our flesh would seek, actually, ours is a faith of sacrifice, submitting our will to his perfect will. The problem with the prosperity gospel is that it focuses on self and not on denial of self. Let us continue to weigh every teaching and every doctrine so that we too shall not become deceived in these last days.

This makes the prosperity gospel a dangerous doctrine.

Christopher

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love_wins

Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34)

When the U.S. Supreme Court declared to the nation that homosexuals had the same rights as heterosexuals for equality when it came to marriage, cheers rang out across the country and a new sentiment was born. Banners declaring victory were draped along streets and sidewalks, colored rainbow flags adorned businesses, Government buildings and even the White House (source). Social media equally was lit up as millions tweeted on Twitter, or posted on their Facebook pages “Love Wins” as though a great battle had won. Yet it was this particular message of ‘Love Wins’ which stood out for many within the Christian community as prominent Christian leaders began to echo the same sentiment of ‘Love Wins’. Men such as Jay Bakker, Rob Bell and Tony Campolo were quick to attach their names to this sentiment which has become a badge of honor for the gay community. Yet what this phrase has become has more to do with what it really represents, who are the people that is promoting it, and why the church is in this mess in the first place.

The whole concept behind ‘Love Wins‘ has more to do with another gospel than it does a political/social cause, it is the message of a non-judgmental theology which not only accepts someone in their sin, but encourages them to continue in that sin without the need of repentance. This brings us back to what ‘Love Wins’ really represents – liberal Christianity. For over the past few decades, a subtle but growing idea began to emerge within the church and that idea was based on the position which said the gospel was not a condemning gospel (half truth), but a gospel of social acceptance. Christian authors, musicians/artists and charismatic preachers began to slowly embrace this progressive liberal approach to social behaviors in making those who are without Christ more comfortable when they come to church, and birthed a new type of message whereby the sinner is not condemned, but accepted as they are without the need for inward change.

With this new approach of liberal Christianity, the traditional, more conservative aspects of Christian doctrine which revealed man’s main problem (which was/is sin) and the doctrine of original sin, began to be deemed as unkind, uncaring and an aggressive approach rooted in an archaic form of evangelism which many began to reject as counterproductive to this new message of  tolerance and acceptance. Authors such as Brian McLaren, Rob Bell and Matthew Vine have become popular purveyors of this new ‘Love Wins’ liberal theology and the results can be seen in an entire change within the modern church today. As the older generation which tends to be more conservative in scripture interpretation, the growing segment of younger believing evangelicals are now embracing this new liberal twisting of God’s word and giving birth to not only a more vicious gospel, but one which is harming the sanctity of the word of God when it comes to the teaching of the cross.

‘Love Wins’, and the rising tide of seeker sensitive, emergent Christianity as well as its promoters, have created a new breed of theologists and preachers which no longer accept the literal version of the word of God, but instead promote their own view of truth not rooted in the cross, but in other forms of thought, such as Psychology. ‘Love Wins’ is the end result of what happens when the church slowly begins to move away from the core teachings of Christ and the foundation of the cross, to a more liberal form of religion where none are set free from their sin and bondage, but encouraged to remain as they are.

This type of liberal Christianity can be seen in its own tenants which are as follows:

1. Diversity of opinion which may lead from the truth.

2. Less emphasis on the literal interpretation of Scripture and more emphasis on man centered beliefs often rooted in Psychology.

3. An ambiguous view of God.

4. Non-traditional views on heaven and hell.

5. Less emphasis on evangelism and more emphasis on community service.

6. A works based form of theology and less on faith alone.

7. Ecumenical worldview.

8. Critical of traditional believers who rely solely upon scripture for guidance and instruction.

9. Rejection of the Deity of Christ and his sinlessness.

10. Non-judgmental presentation of the gospel.

This brings me back to where the modern church today is, and why something such as same sex marriage could prosper in our nation in such a relative short time. ‘Love Wins’ is the end result of the long held motto of many within the church today which says “Love the sinner and hate the sin” which is not only unscriptural and a creation by Mahatma Gandhi (Hindu), but demands a more non-judgmental approach based on Matthew 7:1 “Judge not”, an often misunderstood and routinely misapplied scripture to justify wrong doing. The truth is, we are called to judge (John 7:24). The reason why same sex marriage, the emergent church, seeker sensitive preachers and a liberal Christian gospel (which is in fact another gospel altogether) have now become accepted in our nation as well as in the modern church is in fact due to one thing – the rejection of the cross.

The apostle Paul warned us that in the last days men shall no longer hold to the same views as God requires us as believers, but “For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,” (2 Timothy 3:2-4).  Yet worse, Paul gives us another glimpse of the spiritual decline within the church itself when he stated “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,” (2 Timothy 4:3).

‘Love Wins’ is not only the result of the modern churches failure to cling to sound doctrine, but it’s a complete rejection of the only solution by which man can escape his eternal destination (Hell) and embrace the one thing which can save his soul – the cross. ‘Love Wins’ is another gospel, another path, another way.

Christopher
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house of God

For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? (1 Peter 4:17)

(A letter to the leaders of the body of Christ – and then a prophetic warning)

It’s been 24 hours now (at the time of this writing) since the landmark ruling came down from the U.S. Supreme Court which legalized same sex marriage, making it the law of the land, and yet I am stunned that we have drifted this far and this deep in not only perversion being accepted, but worse – ignored by most of the church. There have now been a total of four (4) Supreme Court rulings in this nation which has not only divided America, but also divided the church and they are:

1. Prayer removed from public schools (1962).

2. The Bible removed from public schools (1963).

3. Abortion became a legal right in the United States (1973).

4. Same sex marriage becomes the law of the land (2015).

In each of these court rulings the one common denominator which has connected them altogether was and is in fact the church itself remained silent. Some would accuse me of being too harsh, that the church as a whole has stood up to the progressive movement which has been swiftly been sweeping across the land since the late 60’s with the whole “sexual revolution” and into the beginning of the early 90’s when the liberal progressive movement started to take root into the heart of America. In each of these rulings, the church found itself dusting off the disbelief that these events not only took place, but questioned why they happened to begin with? The truth is, in each of these court rulings, it came about because the church refused to take part in the social movements of the times and in so doing, the church watched (almost apathetically at times) society give itself over to the spirit of lasciviousness as the culture drifted further and further away from the path which was laid before it. To say that nothing could have been done in each of these events is not simply disingenuous, but duplicitous as well. We, the body of Christ are to be blamed for what we are now seeing taking shape across this nation, much less the world, and we owe it all to the pulpits across America.

There was a time when the church prayed for America. From the early beginnings of this nation, to the start of the 20th century, saints prayed faithfully and often. In the efforts by the early saints God rewarded the early 20th century church with great moves of God, from Azusa street to the Appalachian revivals, God revealed and filled himself upon all those who diligently sought him and God blessed this nation. Yet as time progressed and society became more abundant with prosperous living, something began to happen to the early church, it began, not at once, but over time it found itself beginning to drift further and further away from the cross and by the time of the late 70’s, the church at that time was not the same as it was merely just 40 years previously.

Throughout the 1920s thru the 1960s, America as well as the church saw powerful moves of God. From the healing revivals of A.A. Allen to Oral Roberts and Jack Coe, to the prophetic tents of William Branham, the church was seeing great ministries and preachers such as Billy Sunday and Maria Woodworth Etter rise up and touch the heart of the nation. It was said that when Billy Sunday came into a particular city, that the bars would shutter their doors because of the impact of Billy’s message (which was the cross) had upon the lost. SInners got saved when Billy preached. Yet the church started to embrace things which would eventually not only change her directive (the harvest) to other things. By the 1980s the church had completely moved away from the message of the cross and in its place would come another gospel, another message, another cross. Let me quote to you A. W. Tozer, “There has come in modern times a new cross into popular evangelical circles. It is like the old cross, but different: the likenesses are superficial; the differences, fundamental. From this new cross has sprung a new philosophy of the Christian life, and from that new philosophy has come a new evangelical technique-a new type of meeting and a new kind of preaching. This new evangelism employs the same language as the old, but its content is not the same and its emphasis not as before. The old cross would have no truck with the world. For Adam’s proud flesh it meant the end of the journey. It carried into effect the sentence imposed by the law of Sinai. The new cross is not opposed to the human race; rather, it is a friendly pal and, if understood aright, it is the source of oceans of good clean fun and innocent enjoyment. It lets Adam live without interference. His life motivation is unchanged; he still lives for his own pleasure, only now he takes delight in singing choruses and watching religious movies instead of singing bawdy songs and drinking hard liquor. The accent is still on enjoyment, though the fun is now on a higher plane morally if not intellectually. The new cross encourages a new and entirely different evangelistic approach. The evangelist does not demand abnegation of the old life before a new life can be received. He preaches not contrasts but similarities. He seeks to key into public interest by showing that Christianity makes no unpleasant demands; rather, it offers the same thing the world does, only on a higher level. Whatever the sin-mad world happens to be clamoring after at the moment is cleverly shown to be the very thing the gospel offers, only the religious product is better. The new cross does not slay the sinner, it redirects him. It gears him into a cleaner and jollier way of living and saves his self-respect. To the self-assertive it says, “Come and assert yourself for Christ.” To the egotist it says, “Come and do your boasting in the Lord.” To the thrill seeker it says, “Come and enjoy the thrill of Christian fellowship.” The Christian message is slanted in the direction of the current vogue in order to make it acceptable to the public. The philosophy back of this kind of thing may be sincere but its sincerity does not save it from being false. It is false because it is blind. It misses completely the whole meaning of the cross. The old cross is a symbol of death. It stands for the abrupt, violent end of a human being. The man in Roman times who took up his cross and started down the road had already said good-by to his friends. He was not coming back. He was going out to have it ended. The cross made no compromise, modified nothing, spared nothing; it slew all of the man, completely and for good. It did not try to keep on good terms with its victim. It struck cruel and hard, and when it had finished its work, the man was no more. The race of Adam is under death sentence. There is no commutation and no escape. God cannot approve any of the fruits of sin, however innocent they may appear or beautiful to the eyes of men. God salvages the individual by liquidating him and then raising him again to newness of life. That evangelism which draws friendly parallels between the ways of God and the ways of men is false to the Bible and cruel to the souls of its hearers. The faith of Christ does not parallel the world, it intersects it. In coming to Christ we do not bring our old life up onto a higher plane; we leave it at the cross. The corn of wheat must fall into the ground and die. We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. God offers life, but not an improved old life. The life He offers is life out of death. It stands always on the far side of the cross. Whoever would possess it must pass under the rod. He must repudiate himself and concur in God’s just sentence against him. What does this mean to the individual, the condemned man who would find life in Christ Jesus? How can this theology be translated into life? Simply, he must repent and believe. He must forsake his sins and then go on to forsake himself. Let him cover nothing, defend nothing, excuse nothing. Let him not seek to make terms with God, but let him bow his head before the stroke of God’s stern displeasure and acknowledge himself worthy to die. Having done this let him gaze with simple trust upon the risen Saviour, and from Him will come life and rebirth and cleansing and power. The cross that ended the earthly life of Jesus now puts an end to the sinner; and the power that raised Christ from the dead now raises him to a new life along with Christ. To any who may object to this or count it merely a narrow and private view of truth, let me say God has set His hallmark of approval upon this message from Paul’s day to the present. Whether stated in these exact words or not, this has been the content of all preaching that has brought life and power to the world through the centuries. The mystics, the reformers, the revivalists have put their emphasis here, and signs and wonders and mighty operations of the Holy Ghost gave witness to God’s approval. Dare we, the heirs of such a legacy of power, tamper with the truth? Dare we with our stubby pencils erase the lines of the blueprint or alter the pattern shown us in the Mount? May God forbid. Let us preach the old cross and we will know the old power. (A. W. Tozer, Man, the Dwelling Place of God, 1966)

As our nation grew further and further away from the truth, the church grew more and more silent. We see this in its current message, from the prosperity gospel, or a love gospel without judgment, to Psychology as a replacement to the gospel message, whereby man’s problem is not sin, but self. Today, we have popular preachers occupying the pulpits throughout much of nation and its churches which is preaching something other than the cross, be it money, to self help, to living a good life, instead of ‘Deny yourself’ we are now preaching tolerance. This is why most pastors today would rather ignore, reject and by all accounts refuse to touch these subjects, because the people themselves no longer wish to hear the truth. And when the church no longer is salt (Matthew 5:13) it loses its purpose and its influence upon the very society who needs the truth. Hence why we are to be blamed for the past (4) court rulings which have brought this nation into great peril before the Lord, for let me remind us all that any nation who rejects God will end up in ruin (Psalm 9:17).

Thus, here we are today once again where the United States highest court has changed the nation to an even greater sin, the perversion of what God has always deemed as the only method of marriage, and the church for the most part is taking it as business as usual. But soon that will change.

While in prayer last night (and today with the moving of the Holy Spirit) the Lord revealed to me something which is coming upon this nation, it is this; God is about to shake this nation in such a way that it will shake even the church up from its slumber, and that shaking will cause a stir in the heart of God’s people and once again bring her back to the cross. This shaking will show us that God is not pleased with where this nation is going, for it has departed the path the church once helped guided it on. I leave you this word found in Jeremiah 8:18-20 “My joy is gone; grief is upon me; my heart is sick within me. Behold, the cry of the daughter of my people from the length and breadth of the land: “Is the LORD not in Zion? Is her King not in her?” “Why have they provoked me to anger with their carved images and with their foreign idols? “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.

Christopher

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