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:
- Replacing the cross as the core message.
- Embracing modernist theology.
- Incorporating relativism in order to gain favor with society.
- An emphasis on works, and less on faith. An emphasis on material gain (prosperity) and less on personal sacrifice.
- 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:
- Identify those who are resisting the changes;
- Assess the effectiveness of their opposition;
- Befriend those who are undecided about the changes;
- Marginalize more persistent resisters;
- Vilify those who stay and fight; and
- 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.