Monday, September 28, 2009

Does Christianity Still Exist?
Free Love Christianity

Christian definition:
- One who professes belief in Jesus as Christ or follows the religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus.
- One who lives according to the teachings of Jesus.

We have entered times in which scriptures warned us about. The bible paints a picture of a world that is clearly in decay both morally and religiously when Jesus Christ returns.

Matthew 24, 37(KJV) "But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be"

Noah lived in a time when every deprived idea and action was allowed, the world was evil and God decided to end civilization. With this being true I think a serious question has to be asked Does Christianity as defined above still exist. This no doubt is a question that will rile many Christians and many will quit reading, especially the Rick Warren disciples. Unfortunately we have been taught to go with the flow; there are no LoneWolf Christians, as Rick puts it.
We have been taught to think, act and believe with the hive mentality, don’t think let others think for you and tell you what God is telling you. Meaning that we should no longer use God’s word to see if what we are being taught is right or wrong, but listen to what another man says. The emerging church teaches that we should not question the leaders of the church, do not hold up what they say to the light of God’s word, and any who do not go with the drone like acceptance of what is being said is divisive, unloving and un Christ like. This is contrary to God’s word.

I John 4:1(KJV) "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world"

1 Thessalonians 5:21(KJV): Prove all things; hold fast that which is good (KJV)

God tells us not to trust everything blindly but to hold it up to the word of God. Many churches today are preaching the message of the antichrist and not of God. The emerging church is the church of Satan, no longer holding God’s word to be the true word of God but think of the bible as a guideline full of allegories, stories about fictional events and not actual truths. As in eastern mysticism, think of the bible as good stories that we should learn from.
An argument can be made that what we call Christianity is no longer truly following Christ.

2 Tim 3:1, 13 "But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come . . . Evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving (lying) and being deceived."

We are warned that in the last day’s evil men and snake oil salesmen will increase. In the days of Noah no one was good enough to enter heaven or even to be saved. According to this in the last days there will be very few real followers of Christ.

Matthew 24:24(KJV) " For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect."

Mark 13:22(KJV) " for false Christs and false prophets will arise, and will show signs and wonders, in order, if possible, to lead the elect astray.

Matthew 24:24(KJV) For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

In Matthew we are told the very elect could be fooled, who are the very elect? Many believe that this speaks of the Jewish faith, I believe it means Christians.
With all the snake oil salesmen and the erroneous teachings coming into our churches and the millions of people being fooled into following the new age teachings and calling it Christianity I believe that the bible is correct.

1 Timothy: 4:1(KJV) But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons. 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

Another verse that makes us think about what we call Christianity in the last days, it’s clear that some will fall away from the true faith. Rick Warren and the emerging churches tell us that we have drifted away from the true teachings of Christ, which is true. But instead of putting us on the right path Rick leads us further down the antichrist path. Rick appeals to our carnal needs and turns Christianity into a social gospel where we should all visit and listen to our peers and develop a consensus in our beliefs. Do you not see this is how cults change peoples ideas and thinking, by using our peers to control and contain us? Since Satan uses this to control his people do you not think that when a “Christian” uses the same tactics they are in error?

Galatians 1:6-10 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel - not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 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. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Paul faced a similar problem in his time; people were following the politically correct society and trying to blend Christianity with the world. Paul asks are we now seeking the approval of man or of God. He goes on to say if we please man or follow the political correctness of the world we are not Christians

A.W. Tozer said it best: “the church has sprung a leak and the world in is leaking in”.

How many ways are we today following the world and caving into the political correctness of the academic crowd?

Sexual depravity,
- We have practicing homosexuals in leadership positions in many churches and in the congregations.
- Divorced individuals who are dating and unrepentant
- Single parents having more children
- Church leaders admitting to online pornography

Paul reprimanded a church that allowed sexual immorality.

1 Corinthians 5 1 (KJV) It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father's wife. 2 And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.

1 Corinthians 5:6 (KJV) Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7 Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed

Paul goes on to say that sin in the congregation will affect the whole of the church, remember this Paul showed no tolerance, he said to remove the guilty. Unlike what the church tells us today that we should be tolerant of those who sin. We are repeatedly told to hate the sin and love the sinner, which is biblical, however when man twists the meaning into acceptance of the sin then we have the gospel of political correctness. By not speaking against the sin, under the guise of loving the sinner, three things happen. One the sinner never changes, two after a time the sin is accepted by all, and three the sinner lives in unrepentant sin and is not really following Christ. To be saved we must repent of our sin, so under the guise of love we don’t instruct sinners on how to be saved therefore they are not but believe they are. So who shows more love the pastor that accepts all or the pastor that is concerned of your salvation and instructs biblically no matter how hurtful. By not speaking against the sin and insist on change we are disobedient to God’s word. If we do not the New Age pastors tell us that we have no love of our neighbor. The word of God has been so twisted that it is no longer is what Christ preached. If Paul were to do this in almost any one of the churches around today he would be labeled, unloving to his neighbor, intolerant, even hateful or divisive.
We are told what should be the qualities of any who work in the church but it seems that today we ignore the bible instructions and replace what God says is right for what we say is right.

1 Timothy 3(KJV) 2A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 4One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 6Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

This passage talk of qualities of the Pastor of a church, many of these biblical rules we see ignored in the church today and sacrificed to political correctness.

- “blameless” meaning he obeys the word of God. This passage would exclude Homosexuals, thieves, liars, ect.
- “husband of one wife” We are seeing an increasing number of divorced and remarried pastors teaching.
- “Sober” Not referring to drinking but meaning being serious in leading the flock not having any personal agendas only the desire to obey and give the glory to God. I think we all know preachers that take the glory for themselves while claiming its for God.
- “One that ruleth well his own house having his children in subjection with all gravity.” How many pastors cannot maintain their own family and think that they can lead the flock. Today pastors families are more of the world than the church, tattoos, piercings, foul mouthed, partiers. But maybe mutilating the temple of God is no longer a sin.
- “not a novice” A Pastor cannot be young in the faith, he must be a long time Christian and proven through trial that he can handle the assault of the devil that will be coming.

1 Timothy 3(KJV) 8Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; 9Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. 10And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. 11Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. 12Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 13For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

This part of the chapter refers to deacons, this would be applied to elders, Sunday school teachers and any who would be in any form of leadership in the church or position of authority including the staff.

- “grave” meaning to take the role they have been given seriously.
- “not doubletongued” The cannot be one given to lying or stretching the truth. There are many people in positions in the church that you cannot trust as far as you can throw them.
- “not greedy” How many elders and leaders store up their wealth, invest in the stock markets, spend more time at work than with their families and church.
- “Let these also first be proved” a leader in a church must be proven in these ways through trials, and life, standing against the devil and coming out with faith intact
- “wives be grave, not slanderous, sober, faithful” Wives must take their role as wife seriously and the wife of a leader seriously both having different responsibilities. They cannot be slanderous, sad as it is to say gossip has become so accepted in churches that some of the worst ones sometimes are the wives of the leadership using their position as their personal podium and playground.
- “of one wife, ruling their children and their houses well” This rule seems to be completely ignored today, claiming that children must be allowed freedom to grow up. But this is a claim of a irresponsible parent who does not take the role of parent seriously and therefore can never take the role of leader in a church seriously.
- “boldness in the faith” standing firm on what is scripturally right and against what is wrong. Not weak or slow to stand against the wrongs of the church or members in it. Too speak out when others are fearful and quiet

Focusing on carnal needs

- Social Gospel
- Works (making disciples, works in the secular arena)
- Money and wealth (seminars)
- Feelings
- Getting the next spiritual high

Social Gospel

The emerging church and the new age gurus behind it are preaching a message of a social gospel which is a message completely contrary to the word of God. Small groups have replaced proper teaching. When 1Timothy is all but ignored in creating leaders in the church it is completely irresponsible of any pastor to have small groups. These small groups are more a social and gossip time than a teaching time, and the teaching (because they are lead by people not proven in the faith) and are mostly erroneous. I have heard pastors tell their congregations that he would rather they attend small groups than his Sunday message. Since when is worshiping God a focus on socializing? To support small groups the pastors preach messages that are more about social control than biblical truth, preaching about loving your neighbor and love for each other to such a level that it is no longer a biblical principle but a selfish one. This is more a hippy, eastern philosophy message that a biblical one. Not to say the bible doesn’t speak about loving your neighbor, but it should be context of the whole message and not focused upon. The focus of a church cannot be socializing, the focus of a church is worshiping God and all these other things are secondary. If we are not in obedience to God’s words, and have good relationship with Him then everything else is meaningless. When Satan shifts our focus from God to each other or ourselves, then we have entered the church of the antichrist not of Christ. This is exactly the type of church that the antichrist will be worshiped in. It is no longer a church ruled by God but one ruled by the whims and feelings of its members who can all be corrupted into the politically correct way of thinking.

Gospel of works.

The messages of the emerging church which is not in line with God are overwhelmingly about making disciples. These churches focus on reaching the lost, a noble activity as long as it is in context and proportion to the word of God. The key word is proportion; remember how I said Satan wants the churches focus to be shifted away from God. In the bible making disciples takes a back seat to having a relationship with God, meaning an obedient life according to scriptures with fruits of the spirit present. Without this grounding and base making disciples is entirely misled. How can the blind lead the blind?

Matt 15:14 (KJV) Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

Here Christ speaks of the Pharisees, leaders of the church in His day. It seems we are there again.

Everything in the bible is secondary to having a true relationship with God. Without that we are lost and have no business going on to the secondary aspects of the bible. I think that this is the key to our error. Having a true relationship with God is difficult and many do not achieve it, this is why it is being ignored and people are moving onto the secondary aspects of worship. Having a true relationship with God requires 100 percent of our time and life and in this selfish world nobody is willing to give 100 percent of their life.
The secondary aspects are more controllable and subject to our human actions therefore we can think that we are in control of our destiny and time. We can give God a small percent of our time and the rest can go to us and with the preaching in the church now changed we can feel fulfilled with our selfish sacrifice to God. Remember Cain and Abel’s sacrifice and what God thought of it. No longer is God in control in the church but we are with all our selfishness, therefore there is no longer faith in the church, which fulfills Christ’s prophecy of if the son of man will He find faith when He returns.

Luke 18:8 (KJV) I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

If there are still churches in the last days then what would make Christ say this, you combine this statement with another here:

Matthew 7:21-23 (KJV)21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity

Here Christ is talking to believers and tells us that in the end many who thought they were Christians are really not saved. They did not have a relationship with God; this will be a direct result to the erroneous preaching and deception in the last days. Doctrines of demons!

1 Timothy 4 1(KJV) Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: 5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

These passages all paint a picture of a world without God in the last days. The only way this could happen when there are so many churches is that Satan has infiltrated the church the message is no longer biblical.

2 Timothy (KJV) 1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

We have entered times in which scriptures warned us about. The bible paints a picture of a world that is clearly in decay both morally and religiously.

2 Thessalonians 2 (KJV) 3Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first; ……

The church will have fallen away from the true teachings of Christ in the last days.

Gospel of wealth

The quest for more money and possessions is no longer evil in the church, how often have you heard:
- God wants you to be happy
- God wants you to have money
- God wants you to have your desires
- The bible preaches prosperity
- A true believer will be blessed financially
- I wouldn’t want to go back to the days of the disciples they were poor and life was hard

It seems that we can get the bible to justify anything, when the bible says we are to work hard and provide for our family we take that as permission to work 24/7 claiming it’s for our family but actually ignoring the raising of the children and being a husband. Worse yet both parents work leaving the kids to raise themselves, but as long as we are satisfying our selfish wants and needs its worth it right?

Hasn’t been working out too well so far has it?

I sat in on board meetings and listened to elders who should know better talking about their latest stocks that they gambled their money on and how to make money. I see the money changers in the church being treated on a level above most others with the logic being, “they made lots of money they must be responsible and Christ like”. With thinking like that Hitler was a saint. We are basing a person’s worthiness on secular values and no longer biblical ones.

A.W.Tozer said it best “the church has sprung a leak and the world is leaking in”

Now 100 years later I would have to change that a bit by saying “the world has flooded in and washed away all biblical values from the church.” We know this is Satan’s plan the thing that bothers me is how so called Christians embrace and encourage this system.
The bible tells us that the teaching in the last days is so off base and corrupt that most will be fooled.

Matthew 24:24 (KJV)24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

The elect are the people who consider themselves true believers and try whole heartedly to follow Christ but are so led astray by false teachings that they are on the wrong path.

Remember Matt 7 21-23 its these people Christ is speaking of “depart from me I never knew you” Won’t those be chilling words to hear after believing that you devoted your whole life to Christ but were fooled into being lost by very leaders we trusted to guide us. Rick Warren and everyone else that is teaching the New Age gospel (emerging church, ecumenical movement, or many other names it goes by) are leading the very elect away from God.

Rick Warren = John the Baptist for the Anti Christ

The Anti Christ’s John the Baptist is paving the way for the church of the anti Christ mentioned during the tribulation.
My friends this is the time that the very elect are being fooled.

Matt 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Gospel of feelings

Can you imagine a belief system built on whims and fleeting feelings? Well imagine no more that is exactly what the new church is built on.

- Don’t speak biblical truths because you might offend someone.
- Don’t talk of sin you might make someone feel guilty.
- Don’t insist on biblical values they are unloving and hateful.
- Don’t tell someone how to live to enter heaven, a loving God will let all in.
- Don’t correct me it makes me feel inferior.
- Don’t display a cross it offends me.
- Don’t sing traditional songs they don’t give me the high I need and depresses me.
- Don’t stand on biblical values in today’s world its dogmatic

The list literally goes on, everything that is no longer welcome in the church. Rick Warren in The Purpose Driven Church proudly tells us that to develop his 24,000 member church he went door to door to ask pagans and non believers what they would want in a church. I had to read that paragraph a dozen times to believe what I saw. Rick never asked God or consulted the bible, but pagans. No wonder his church is growing, he is telling them what they want to hear. His church is based on paganism not Christ. I believe that churches will actually grow through this new teaching, but it will no longer be the church of Christ but of Satan.
This is what the emerging church is based on, everything that non believers would “feel” comfortable with. Where’s God, sin, repentance, values, morals, Christ, or the cross? These things have all been replaced by our feelings and feeling good about our selves. Feeling excitement or the next high! It’s all about me even though Rick Warren’s book in the opening chapter says it’s not about you. How I feel surpasses everything else including Christ. But if we can twist, mutilate and corrupt the word of God enough we can still call it Christian and fool ourselves into thinking that we will spend eternity in heaven.
Again the words of Christ whispers “depart from me I never knew you”
With this new gospel there is no longer black and white, no more right or wrong, everything is an area of grey and open to individual interpretation. With no more right of wrong no one should stand up for fundamental beliefs, just be loving and let all live as they like and let them change Christianity to fit society. Be tolerant of other beliefs and accept them into the body of Christ. Seems reasonable doesn’t it, it’s all about love isn’t it. Hmmm sounds very reminiscent of the hippy movement. All we need is love; remember what that philosophy led to. We are living the free love Christianity now. As these hippies became older they infiltrated and took over the church with their eastern mysticism beliefs and corrupted the Church. They corrupted even the very elect.
Let’s label every biblical truth divisive, hate speech, racist, unloving, dogmatic, fundamentalism, unbending, arrogant, this is the new Christianity. Throw out all biblical truths and do what you want.

I was always told not to follow the crowd; I believe that same principle applies here. Don’t follow the New Age, politically correct crowd.

Follow God.