How many remember the very first days of becoming a Christian? How many remember the experience of being filled with God's Holy Spirit? Oh the new joy! Oh the new peace that passed all understanding!
Please pastors tell us God loves us and that he has a wonderful plan for our lives. Please tell us 'peace peace when there is no peace' (Jeremiah 6:14b). Tell us that everything is going to be just fine and that God understands how hard it is to live in this day and time.
The churches of the Book of Revelation hold a spiritual ranking. It's not the order found in scripture. It's an order of the churches most pleasing to our Lord, all the way down to the one He said made Him sick.
Perhaps the reason I'm writing this article is the fact that it seems at least one report a month is coming in of another pastor or Christian leader falling in America.
Personally I experience a check down in my spirit every time I hear the phrase "unconditional love".
Someone wisely said that whenever you teach too much of one thing in the Bible it becomes a heresy. In some circles the church has made grace sound cheap by focusing on grace to the exclusion of other Biblical truths.
The nearest and dearest thing to my heart is to see people become "born again." However one of the saddest things for me to see is quick prayers prayed over people, who have heard a quick salvation message, and then to see them politely told "Today's church service is over."
In today's church, as I have written in other articles we have created this "Grandpa God" who is all warm and fuzzy, who loves everybody the same no matter what they are doing or what they have done.
As the political philosophies of communism numb a whole nation, so can concepts of unconditional love numb a whole nation of churches into a slumber of baby, milk fed saints.
I have come in contact with believers who have been steeped in the "unconditional love" teachings. I have observed that they often exhibit an attitude, an attitude that corresponds greatly with the narcissism of our self-focused society. The attitude of self-entitlement!
For thirty pieces of silver Judas sold out Jesus! Is it possible that we in today's churches sell out Jesus for even less?
On my website in big blue letters are the words "God is Still Speaking to His People!" I say that, realizing full well that in our culture there is a semantics-wrestling match concerning the real meaning of what I have just said.
How often through the years have we heard a "certain somebody" in a sermon described as being "so heavenly minded they are no earthly good?" What about those who are so earthly minded that they are of little heavenly good?
There is a judgment of God, which is to be feared and dreaded more than any other type of His judgment.
How would I describe to a single individual the path to personal revival?
My heart sank. With great sadness I said what was on my heart to say. "Pastor, please tell your people that this deeply grieves the Spirit of God. That no man or woman should ever expect God to fit into their schedule."
When the church stops preaching the entire counsel of God, when it stops rightly dividing the Word of truth, then a void develops, a void which must be filled.
On one side of town you have the church who honors the first half of Jude 22, 23, "And of some have compassion". Then in other places around your city are the churches who preach messages designed to bring their attendee's under great conviction, doing as Jude says, "others save with fear" by proclaiming strong doctrine.
One day I came out of my home and the American Flag that I had hanging as a banner on the front of my house was torn in half by a bad windstorm that night. I quickly tied a knot in the middle of the flag and proceeded to my car. I felt at the time that God wanted to promote unity in the hearts of the people of our nation. The tear metaphorically represented the division we feel every day. The knot however represented all the things we do agree on.
God is the great sovereign creator of the universe and knows what's best for all of our lives. He understands we are a three part being, spirit, soul, and body and that for us to be the healthiest and happiest, all three of those parts need to be in harmony with each other and with Him!
In these Last Days, I believe what God is going to give the church is such a rich anointing that our Swords of the Spirit are going to be Holy Ghost empowered lightsabers that can cut through even the thickest walls an individual has put up resisting God's truths. What I am about to share with you is guaranteed to get you thinking!
Did you know that our human nature, our flesh, if you will, does not like to pray? Many churchgoing Christians will fight revival the way a sinner will resist coming to Christ in the first place. We are so independent and rebellious we don't like to get on our knees, let alone on our faces, before God. We will gladly go to almost anything at the church except for prayer meetings.
I was 23 when I first visited a church where somebody really prayed out in what I know now to be the anointing power of the Holy Spirit. The person prayed loudly! They prayed with authority! I definitely had a WOW moment! Something about that experience made me long for more of God in my life than I had ever had.
Because he recognizes his time is short, Satan is preparing for a time when his full wrath will be poured out. He began to formulate a recipe for a very "easy to swallow" form of Christianity. It starts without a cross and ends up without a Christ.
Dads, kids know how much you love their mother. There is no way you can go online and view porn and have private fantasies about other women without it "coming out in the wash" as they say.