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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 solemn responsibility to those who are in ministry to tell the truth, even when the truth is not easy to accept, to negate such a responsible task to those in leadership and instead, refuse to speak the truth, either out of fear from public rebuke, or financial hardship denigrates the office of ministry, and thus, make that truth no longer of any value. Such is the case which is happening today within many ministries within the modern church. Men and women who are in leadership, are forsaking telling the truth in favor of their own version of truth, and ultimately a lie. In plain English, preachers are teaching anyone who will listen a bold face LIE!

What is this lie you ask?

It’s the lie that has many believing that things in this world are going to get better for not just America in general, but for the church as well. It’s the lie which says that the modern church, for all its faults and failures, will emerge in the last days as a conquering church, goosestepping across the world in an effort to redeem not only the sinner, but entire nations as well. It’s the lie that says the modern day church will invade every area of social service and political fray to establish its dominance within the world, thus turning sinful planet earth into a Christian planet. In simple terms, the earth is about to be taken over not by Islam, or aliens, but by the Christian church itself. It is the new crusade by which this new global agenda will dominate and conquer the world for Christ. It’s teaching is called the 7 Mountain Mandate (Theology), and it’s being taught by some pretty influential proponents, one of which is Dr. Lance Wallnau, the actual teacher and creator of this particular doctrine that has many, including those surrounding President Trump in allegiance to.

But is this new doctrine Biblical? The answer is no, it’s not.

Dr. Wallnau and his 7 mountain mandate is simply another twist on the long held doctrine called Dominionism. It’s the theology called “Kingdom Now” that says that in the end times, the church will actually control the world to prepare it for the second coming of Jesus Christ. What Dr. Wallnau is doing is broadening his scope to make this teaching more tolerable for people to understand, in essence, he is simply dumbing down Dominionist theology in such a way that it makes better since for the biblically illiterate to grasp and understand.

So what is the 7 Mountain Mandate?

7 Mountain Mandate simply says, that in order for the church to control the global society, it must take control over every aspect of that particular society and its culture, being 7 cultural mountains. They are; Family, Government, Business, Media, Arts and Entertainment, Education and the church itself. Those who control these cultural gates exercise the greatest influence over the culture and ultimately that society. This is, in a nutshell, the doctrine of Dr. Lance Wallnau and why many are beginning, and have already, been embracing like a strange, intoxicating drink, they (the church) are becoming drunk on this notion that says we shall eradicate evil and overthrow Satan’s kingdom of dominance.

But they are wrong. Tragically wrong.

Jesus made it very clear in John 18:36 “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” Are we (those who are born again into Christ his servants?

This teaching (7 mountain mandate) is a false teaching simply because it goes against scripture. Jesus gave us (the end time church) a clear picture of the end times just before he returns, and that picture is not one of hope, or victory, but instead, one of which would shake any believer in terrible fear, for he (Jesus) paints a very sobering portrait of what we will see, those who are alive during this particular time, of what the world will look like, as well as resemble, and it is found in Matthew chapter 24, as well as Luke 21:8-28. For your sake I encourage the reader to search those scriptures up and read them repeatedly.

Yet if we take the teachings of men like Dr. Wallnau as well as countless others who are teaching these erratic ideas to heart, then what we are doing is denying scripture itself. For what these teachers are literally doing is two-fold:

  1. They are denying scripture about the last days, which in turn conditions those who believe such to eventually become deceived when the final deception comes upon this world. (Jesus warned 3 times not to be deceived in the last days)
  2. They are both denying the warnings of the Lord, as well as the Apostle Paul, the words of Peter, and the visions of John and his Revelation.

It’s simply not to suggest that this 7 Mountain Mandate is simply false and is harmless, it goes beyond that, again, it denies scripture which is clearly outlined in the word itself. Paul the Apostle gave us very clear instructions when it comes to the last days, here is his words on the matter of what is coming:

  1. “Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,”                   (2 Thessalonians 2:3)
  2. “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,” (1 Timothy 4:1)

Do these two statements by Paul regarding the end times reflect the state of the modern church as a dominating church? Or a church which will be rocked by inward deception as well as battling forces from a dominant force (the coming antichrist) which will come against it?

Let us look at what John saw as it relates to the end times and the state of the modern church in those last days:

  1. “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Originator of God’s creation. 15I know your deeds; you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were one or the other. 16So because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of My mouth! (Rev. 3:15-16)
  2. “Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” “I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:13-14)
  3. “And it was given unto him (the beast) to make war with the Saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.” (Revelation 13:7)

These are just a few prophetic warnings of what is to come. The question remains, does this sound like the teachings of the 7 Mountain Mandate being successful? Or does this reveal a greater truth, that at some point a being shall rise out of the earth and take dominion over all living things, including nations? The answer is yes, and that being is the one which Jesus said is called an abomination, the man of sin – the antichrist.

There is no need to argue or debate this matter, nor is it a doctrinal dispute, this is simply scripture interpreting scripture, allowing the Bible to speak and not men. Ours is to preach the gospel, not to overtake this world. This is the problem, one which those who promote Dominion teachings do not understand, nor do they want to. Why? Because they love this world! They love everything about the world, because their heart is toward this world. But the word says “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15)

The world that John is referring to is the world system. It’s the same system to which Satan offered Jesus when he showed him all the kingdoms of the earth (Matthew 4:8-9). The truth remains, this world is not our home, nor should we look at it as our home, nor should we contend for it as such, because our home is an eternal one. But hear the word of Jesus on this matter of what our mandate truly is, and how things will come when that occurs; “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)

Jesus himself is stating it very clear, so that all can understand, that the preaching of the gospel will happen across the world in such a way that every nation and its people will have access to knowing and receiving Jesus Christ, then shall the end come. The end Jesus refers to is the end times, whereby all things that must be fulfilled will be as it relates to the prophecies of Jesus, Paul, Peter, and John, not to mention the old testament prophets. Does this sound like heaven on earth to you? Does this sound like the church will usher in the kingdom? Does this sound like the church will dominate the world for Christ and establish a Christian global society?

Truth is important, without it all we have is opinion and opinions not based or rooted in truth will always turn into a lie every time, because that is the nature of deception, it takes a a little truth and twists it enough to convince people otherwise. That is the nature of Satan’s tactics in these last days, and why the 7 Mountain Mandate, as well as Dominionism is a false teaching, because it gives the church a false hope of what is coming – peace and safety, when the opposite of what’s coming is true – tribulation.

 

From my desk in China,

Christopher

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http://www.chinamissions.org

 

 

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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

Not since the stunning election of Donald Trump, have we experienced such a surge of surprises within the church as we are when it comes to false teachings and its messengers. Particularly in the case of the teachings regarding Dominionism. Dominion Theology found its birth through the teachings of one R. J. Rushdoony in the mid 1960s. An advocate for Calvinist, Rushdoony was the originator of the belief that says nations, particularly the United States, should forsake the Constitution as its foundation for rule of law, and instead impose the law of Moses in its place. Rushdoony was strongly hostile to the concept of grace alone for salvation, nor was he in favor of Christianity operating outside the spectrum of the cross, instead, Rushdoony believed and taught that the only true method by which the church could influence society was in fact through the injection of Christian law, via the law of Moses, into the political structure of American Government, thereby giving the church full control over every area of influence to impose Christian beliefs and doctrine. Under Rushdoony’s particular theological beliefs, men would not have freewill to live any which way he desired, this included any beliefs which ran counter to strict Calvinist theology, nor would the church operate by the gifts of the Holy Spirit as the early church did in the book of Acts. Obviously this would cause significant issues with mainline Calvinist theology and Pentecostal beliefs, yet Rushdoony believed that the central doctrine which would govern men in America would be Theocracy and not Democracy.

There are many branches to Dominion Theology; Christian Reconstructionism, Kingdom Now Theology, New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), The Latter Rain Movement; Joel’s Army; The 7 Mountain Mandate; Third Wave Revivalism; are all rooted by one foundation – Dominion Theology. These teachings have one common theme, that the church will take dominion over the earth, over all Governments, over all aspects of society, and begin to wield its own version of heaven-on-earth Christianity. No greater area of concern as it relates to Dominion Theology is in the area of politics.

When Trump was introduced to the world as a possible, but unlikely candidate for the Presidency, many scoffed at the idea that said he even had a remote chance of becoming the next President of the United States of America. Yet there were a few men (and women) who were voicing a different tone about Trump, and surprisingly, they were coming from well known evangelical circles. Pat Robertson, Paula White, Kim Clement, Lance Wallnau, Jim Bakker, Rick Joyner, David Jeremiah, Dr. James Dobson, and many more Charismatic/Pentecostal and Calvinist leaders were quick to align themselves with Mr. Trump. But why? Why Trump and why now?

While I cannot say with full knowledge at why Trump was elected, I can suggest that based on everything to date that I have seen, heard and witnessed, there is something spiritual at work here, but to suggest that God is the author of it would be wrong on my part, more so, I believe this movement of Dominion Theology is by itself part of the greater plan by the enemy to prepare the world, as well as the church, to some degree, for what he is creating, his final kingdom.

Dominion Theology is error, scriptural error. It portrays something different than what Christ told us in scripture, for it portrays the hope of the church not in the cross and our savior, but instead, it portrays its hope in restoration of this earthly kingdom – now. This is completely against the word. Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world…”(John 18:36).

Dominion Theology as well removes awareness of the Lords return. It denies scripture as it regards the end times, twisting it to instead reject end times preparedness, and instead, embraces a more peace centered, revivalist themed worldview. This is one of the reasons why we hear so much about a massive end time revival, or a great harvest, or a great awakening, it’s all part of a spiritual deception to reject the word of God in favor of a more relevant, universal religion which incorporates those of other faiths coming together under one banner – unity. The Apostle Paul said otherwise; “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.” (2 Timothy 3:1)

Let me even more clear so there is no confusion on what Dominion Theology really is when we strip away the facade and see it for what it truly is – Religious Globalism under the guise of the spirit of Antichrist. This religious establishment, the people behind Donald Trump, the visions, the dreams, the call for unity among other faiths, the bridge being built between Protestantism and Roman Catholicism are in fact being led by the spirit of Antichrist. The church in America, and it’s embracing of Nationalism, its worship of Patriotism at the altar of Dominionism, is itself idolatry, and one the church needs to repent of.

Our mandate is the same as when Christ ascended until He returns: The Great Commission (Mark 16:15) and disciple believers from all the nations (Matt. 28:19).  We are NOT to overthrow the governments of the world, take over businesses, or desire Christian world domination by taking over everything. Our desire is to influence society with the gospel, not become part of it. We are to be light and salt (Matt. 5:13-15), working until the Lord comes (1 John 2:28).  What we are seeing however is a movement which is causing a spell within the body of Christ, and those who are under that spell have become convinced that what they are doing will be better for the world as well as for the church, the problem is, they are following the spirit of this world, and he and he alone has a greater agenda, to bring them under rule, for his name is Satan, and his son shall be Antichrist.

From my desk in China,

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com

www.chinamissions.org

 

 

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There is a particular scene from the movie “Fiddler on the Roof” where Tevye, the father of five daughters, fights a changing world around him in his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon the family’s lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters, who wish to marry for love – each one’s choice of a husband moves further away from the customs of his faith – and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village. Which causes Tevye to raise his hands in one last appeal to God by shouting, “TRADITION!”.
Yet today, like Tevye, there are Christians holding onto the last aspects of their tradition, but in doing so, they have become so narrowly and earthly minded, that they become no earthly good when reaching the lost. I have seen believers get bent out of shape because churches might change the methods not rooted and grounded in tradition, be it baptism, communion or even sticking to the red letter bible. The point is, the times do in fact change, societies change, ideas change, and what might have worked 100, 50 or even 10 years ago, simply will not work today. I grew up in a traditional, Pentecostal upbringing that had direct connection to Pentecostal revivals in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky and Tennessee in the early part of the 20th century. I saw those changes beginning to form by the time I was starting in my early teens in the late 1970’s, by the beginning of 1980, the aspects of the old time Pentecostal movement had drastically changed, forever changing the way we see church.
 
Now, someone is upset because a church had a Dunkin Donuts baptism (I’m still trying to grasp that one). Another is upset a pastor rode a Harley Davidson into the church, while others are fuming over Randy Travis singing for the Lord for John Hagee. It’s all about one segment of the body of Christ (traditionalists) seeing the world around them change, while another group (modernists) begin to rise. And let me state for the record that I’m not that fond of every method used in church. However, if we would stop and trace our church history, one would see that even 100 years ago, the church in America was arguing over things which in general were a challenge to the status quo, and it can be seen through of all things – grape juice.
 
Ever since the early church was founded, the church used fermented wine in communion. This was tradition. By the time America was founded, and the church took a more political role in the founding of this nation (its first mistake), the church saw something it no longer wanted to be apart of, using alcohol in communion settings. By the 1800s, America was going thru the temperance movement, whereby the use of alcohol in any form was considered sinful, but what was the church to do? After all, the church in Europe, Asia, and the rest of the world at that particular time used wine (and still does to this day) for communion. But American conservatism, emboldened by the religious political movement of the time, sparked a furor and the church preached against it. Yet what would they do instead? Enter one man – Dr. Thomas B. Welch (dentist) to solve the problem, as well, allowed the Methodist movement that was gaining significant clout in American influence to solve the problem. In 1869, he perfected a juice pasteurization process in his kitchen and began selling “Dr. Welch’s Unfermented Wine” to churches preferring an alcohol-free substitute for Communion. By the early part of 1870s, the Temperance movement had reached its height and churches began to adopt Welch’s grape juice instead of wine. It had nothing to do with scripture, but tradition.
 
When people were introduced to the red letter bible, (the words of Jesus printed in red) they took to it almost immediately, thinking that this was truly the mark of Gods Holy word. Yet they never realized that it was less about the Holy book, but a marketing gimmick to sell bibles which were different than mainstream bibles at the time. Yet Americans were quick to latch onto it, and thus creating a traditional mindset of ‘Red letter only’ scripture.
 
Even water baptism could not escape traditionalists when the baptismal pool began to make its way into many American churches in place of the long held traditional view of being baptized in a creek the way Jesus did it. Many traditionalists, even some to this very day, consider baptismal pools as against the traditional method used since the founding of the early church. The point is, things change, people change, ideas change and yes, cultures change. Yet there must be a balance in that change which does not compromise the gospel to such a degree that the message is so far removed from the truth that it no longer holds any ability to challenge the hearer, and instead becomes watered down by tolerance and relevancy. God’s word remains the same, but sometimes a method can change which will deal with the sinner in a more appropriate way.
 
Keep in mind, Jesus used analogies when he taught the people, which was literally unheard of at the time. Most prophets were preachers, voicing the power of God, compelling men everywhere to repent. Yet Jesus used a tactic which was confounding to many, he used stories as a way to reach the people. One could almost say that Jesus was the first story-teller of the bible. Yet he did so with the intent of using a new way of reaching the lost, yet never relenting its message to a point of ridicule. We can do the same.
 
I live in China, and as such, I can tell you from experience that 85% of what I did in American churches would not, nor has not worked in China today. Why? Because cultures across the world are NOT the same. Every message must be carefully crafted in such a way that it can reach the hearer, even if that method seems offbeat in our own mind and rationale’. The fact is, God gives us direction and guidance, and not every method will be the same across the board, because things change, people change. But the one thing that will never change is the gospel when it’s presented in such a way that will bring an instant response. For that is the nature of the gospel, and why we must not be so hard headed for our love of tradition, but understanding that to reach some people, different ways must be used by different means. Such is the way we reach all mean, by being open minded.
 
“Therefore, since we have this ministry through the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. Instead, we have renounced secret and shameful ways. We do not practice deceit, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by open proclamation of the truth, we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake For God, who said “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:1-6
From my desk in China,
Christopher
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“For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.” (Matthew 24:37)

 

Noah set the example. He was a preacher of righteousness in a world gone mad. Yet Noah continued to build his ark for he and his family (contrary to some teachings, not one time did Noah ever suggest people come into the ark nor did God ask Noah to invite others in). There was a time where the church influenced the nation and its culture, today culture is influencing the church. The fact is, the church is changing and not in a good way.

Already I see the change taking place. Terms long held to distinguish the Christian mandate, such as “Christian” or “Sinner” or even the “Cross” or “the blood” are systematically being either removed altogether, or being replaced with a more tolerable, political correct term. Say what you will, but political correctness, I believe, is the #1 reason of many of these changes. The term “unchurched” is now the term many evangelical circles are beginning to use to refer to those who do not know Christ.

The concept of warning people about Hell is now, within many churches and pulpits, considered unpopular and unwanted. As one person stated on their Facebook page, ‘Christ would never tell someone to repent, or warn them if they did not follow him they would go to “Hell”. This was from a PREACHER. Yet this is what’s happening today in Christianity.

I have stated over and over that within the next 20 years, everything is going to change in how we present Christ and what we consider as traditional Christianity. Today, the term “Christian” means whatever you want it to mean. If a person is Mormon and they use the term “Christian” then it’s completely acceptable. Roman Catholics too, since they use the term “Christian” they too are now becoming tolerated in the faith. Recently I was listening to a particular preacher on tv, this man I have met personally and there’s no question I believe him to be a good man, but he openly labeled Catholics as Christian, which caused me to really question his wisdom. But it’s happening more and more these days.

The next 2 decades are going to be a challenge for convictional Christians and churches and their Denominations when it comes to social issues of the day. By the end of 2016, the issue of same sex marriage will have been settled, and the church will either have to re-adjust to this standing truth, or die by the sword of conviction. That is not to say we will accept this lifestyle, but the pressures of society will demand not that they change, but WE change. Then we’ll see whose really in this for the long haul and whose in it for superficial reasons.

As the culture begins to take on other forms of perversion and ideologies which will greatly counter the word of God, the church’s impact upon the world will wane in the process. The world will grow less and less tolerable of traditional Christianity and its gospel. And I stand by my words, Islam will be the first causality. Then the world will gradually turn its attention to the Christian faith, and while it won’t happen overnight, it will happen. This new concept of global individuality and humanism, mixed in with paganism, will all but assure that the church will find itself in the same position the early church did – in a corner.

Jesus wasn’t kidding, nor was he making a joke when he outlined the world in Matthew 24. Think of a world without mainstream Christianity and that’s what the generation living in that world will find themselves in. A world devoid of spiritual light. This will lead to a greater deception that we all know is coming. The facts are, if you are one of those still living in the decades to come, it’s going to cost you something to live for Christ in America, much less the world. Those who adhere to the convictions of the word of God, those who preach the truth, the cross and a demand to live right, will become the minority in the future.

This is why Jesus said that “He that endures to the end, the same shall be saved”. The coming cultural divide within the next 20 years, will do more to define those who are truly sold out to the Lord and those who are not. Yet in this coming tide of social change will come a remnant that will walk in power, great authority and great demonstration of both the love of God and the warning of God that we are near the end of this period of grace, then comes the judgment.

The next 20 years will determine much in our foundation called the “church”, and only those who have rooted themselves in the faith will make it, for I believe after we reach the 20 year mark, something the world has long been preparing for will come and change everything on this world – deception. But that is for my next article “Alien Antichrist”.

Christopher

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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

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“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” Proverbs 14:12

 

The apostle Paul outlined in Romans 10:9 how one must be saved, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Salvation comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. When we preach anything else as the means of salvation, be it by works or ritual, we preach another gospel.

Paul gave us a clear warning about this in Galatians 1:8 “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” The fact is, anything other than Christ and him crucified, not water baptism, not a sacrament (communion), not by works, but by faith in Christ and what he did on the cross.

Justin Bieber, pop star and in recent weeks, troubled singer, has paid a heavy price for sin, and yet, in all of his desire to come back to his Christian roots, his attempts by way of finding a church to do a “cleansing ritual” shows how far one can come in their desire to be set free, the only thing wrong is, he’s going the wrong way. Sadly, Justin, like so many others, have allowed themselves to be swayed by a false gospel message, in that the only hope they receive to free them from the bondage of sin and wickedness is yet another gospel.

Hillsong Church, the popular mega ministry that originated out of Australia via Brian Houston is anything but a church dedicated to the gospel of Jesus Christ, actually, it’s central theme is not the cross of Christ, but a prosperity gospel, Psychological motivation seminars, where the concept of social justice, (the ability people have to realize their potential in a society where they live) is the gospel, but not one of denial of self, where one comes to a point of rejecting their past, rejecting their potential in life and accepting God’s perfect will, that gospel is not being presented because that gospel won’t sell.

This is the same false doctrine which is subtly creeping into the church via entertainment such as the Duck Dynasty craze that is currently sweeping the church, and it’s message is also another gospel. The gospel of Phil Robertson is the gospel of water regeneration (water baptism) and while Christians celebrate duck hunters, the truth is, another gospel is being incorporated into the body of Christ while the church sleeps. Recently the Robertson’s (Duck Commander) have announced spiritual teaching curriculum for churches (story here).

Why then do we see these things occurring? Because we are in the last days. Justin Bieber will never find the gospel that will set him free from the bondage of sin in a setting which is built upon another Jesus. Equally so, Justin will not find anything in a pool of water which will “cleanse” his soul, for it attempts to remove the only thing which can save and set the soul free from sin – the cross. We must remember 1 Corinthians 2:2 “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”  The only thing which will satisfy the soul, in this case – for Justin Bieber, is the cross!

When the church loses this truth and attempts another means to present to the world another gospel, they not only lose their message, they lose the only true gospel message which has any type of genuine power. In our attempt to become relevant, we have traded the power of the Holy Spirit and the anointing all we have left is a message which cannot change the soul of man. Justin Bieber doesn’t need this message that cannot change the heart, he needs the message that can not only change his life, but change his entire purpose. That is the message of the cross, the only message which can change Mr. Bieber. Anything other than the message of the cross, is a message of despair and fruitless efforts, and sadly, in the end, the soul will perish.

Repent and come back to the cross.

 

Christopher