Following what is happening to God's church. It is being taken over by Purpose Driven, Seeker Sensitive, Church Growth Movement, Emergent, or Kingdom Now. Beware of changes in your church, such as a new leadership structure, vision casting, small or community groups, new worship music (rock bands) are all signs to look for.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
SIGNS OF THE TIMES
In the last days God tells of a time when the people will
leave their values and morals and follow the evil desires of their hearts and
the lusts of the flesh. They chose not to obey God’s word, His commandments,
their hearts have turned cold. As you think about these last days, we shouldn’t
be looking at the world, the unbelievers, but God’s church. We can see in the
Book of Revelation, chapters 3 and 4, Jesus is warning of the sins in the
churches, not the world and warning them to repent of their sins. They have
lost their fervent love for Him, they tolerates immorality, heresies,
indifferent, and they tolerates cults (false religions) coming into His church.
We need to look at what is happening in the churches, the
body of Christ, which we are all members, joined together through the blood of
Jesus Christ. We need to know if we have joined ourselves to God’s church or a
false church. For many churches are now welcoming the world and sin into the
body of Christ, His church.
12 For as the body is one and has many members,
but all the members of that
one body, being many,
are one body, so alsoisChrist.
1 CORINTHIANS 12:12
And He is the head
of thebody, thechurch, who is the beginning,
14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.
For what fellowship has
righteousness with lawlessness?
And what communion has light
2 CORINTHIANS 6:14
We can see how this concerns God, which
you have welcomed liars, fornicator, and homosexuals to serve as pastors,
ministers and priests in His churches. These are the signs of the end times and
God’s coming wrath and judgments, when the world became so corrupt and sexually
immoral. Remember God destroyed everyone except Noah and his family, again when
the people became sexually immoral; God saved Lot and his family before
destroying Sodom and Gomorrah. God made them an example for our
benefit on how He will deal with the ungodly. This time will it be three
strikes and you’re out.
17 For the timehas comefor judgment to begin at the
house of God;
and ifit beginswith us first, what willbethe end of those
who do not obey the gospel of
1 PETER 4:17
5 and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah,one ofeight people,
a preacher of righteousness,
bringing in the flood on the world of the
ungodly;6 and turning the cities of Sodom
condemnedthemto destruction, makingtheman example
to those who afterward would
2 PETER 2:5-6
20 Nevertheless I have a few things against
because you allowthat womanJezebel, who calls herself a prophetess,
to teach and seduceMy servants to commit sexual immorality
and eat things sacrificed to idols.21 And I gave her time to repent
of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent.22 Indeed I will cast her
into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her
into great tribulation,
unless they repent of theirdeeds.
These false teachers will lead many straight into hell, for
they denied God’s children His full truth. They do not believe in the virgin
birth or that the risen Jesus is the only way to heaven. Some have even brought
the Quran into God’s church denying Him as the One true God. They care more
about pleasing themselves and the people rather than God.
13 For sucharefalse apostles, deceitful
transforming themselves into
apostles of Christ.
14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms
himself into an angel of
2 CORINTHIANS 11:13-14
14 And if Christ is not risen, then our preachingisempty
and your faith isalso empty.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:14
3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to
eventhe words of our Lord Jesus
Christ, and to the doctrine which accords
with godliness,4 he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes
and arguments over words, from
which come envy, strife, reviling, evil
suspicions,5 useless wranglingsof men of corrupt minds and
the truth, who suppose that
godliness is ameans ofgain.
From such withdraw yourself.
1 TIMOTHY 6:3-5
Like the pied piper, they use music to lure people into
following after them,
which these false teachers know that it is pleasing to
their flesh. Then these
silver tongue pastors put forth their deceptions with good stories, even
scripture to make it appear to support their stories. They will say and do
ever it takes to get you to come to their church, not God’s, but theirs.
8 ‘These people draw near to Me with their
mouth, Andhonor Me withtheirlips, But their heart is far from Me. 9 And in vain they worship Me, Teachingasdoctrines the commandments of men.’ ”
16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these
in which are some things hard to
understand, which untaught and unstable
peopletwist to their own
destruction, asthey doalso the rest of the
2 PETER 3:16
6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of
things the wrath of God comes
upon the sons of disobedience.
7 Therefore do not be partakers with them.
13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse
and worse, deceiving and being
2 TIMOTHY 3:13
Just as the serpent deceived Eve and she brought
Adam into his deception, these false teachers first lure you in with their
music and stories, and if they can get you to take a bite of their false fruit,
then they will require you to bring others in, stating that it is your purpose
in life to help them grow and achieve their goals, all to their glory, not
6 So when the woman saw that the treewasgood for food,
that itwas pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make
onewise, she took of its fruit and
ate. She also gave to
her husband with her, and he ate.
13 And theLordGod said to the woman, “Whatisthis you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent
deceived me, and I ate.”
3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by
so your minds may be corrupted
from the simplicitythat is in Christ.
2 CORINTHIANS 11:3
The church is not there to preach only God’s love
and the joy he gives. This only pleases the flesh. What they leave out is that
you are going into God’s sanctuary, where we should also have reverence and
fear of God who is able to destroy both body and soul. These false churches
show no reverence or fear.
7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, And to be held in reverence
by allthosearound Him.
28 And do not fear those who kill the body but
cannot kill the soul.
But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and
body in hell.
We know the love of the
Father comes with reverence and fear when we disobey, knowing punishment will
come. Only with the Holy Spirit living in you, can you understand this love and
fear of a loving Father. For when we do slip up we immediately pray for
forgiveness. For when we fall on our knees and humble ourselves and repent, God
will forgive and lift us up.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will
lift you up.
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive
and to cleanse us from all
1 JOHN 1:9
I’ve talked to people who attend these false
churches. One told me they keep attending because the pastor is a good teacher
for the children, but my question is what is he teaching? Is he teaching them
by his example? That sexual immorality is not only welcomed in their church,
but the sexually immoral can lead and teach in their churches, following after
the principles of this world and not according to the traditions that God told
us to hold on to.
6 “Whoever causes one of these little ones
who believe in Me to sin,
it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around
and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty
according to the tradition of
men, according to the basic principles of the world,
and not according to Christ.
stand fast and hold thetraditionswhich
Do you really want false teachers training up your
children in the way they
should go? Or should I say: the way these false teachers want
them to go.
6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will
not depart from it.
16 They profess to know God, but in works they denyHim,being abominable,
disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.
We have forgotten to tell the people why they come to
church. It is not for the music or stories. It is by God’s calling and His Holy
Spirit drawing us to come closer to Him.
It is not a time to be entertained, but a time to worship God and learn
His true word. No man can tell us our purpose or calling. Their questionnaire
they have you answer to find your talents, only shows how they can use you to
fulfill their purpose, not God’s. Your calling and gifts come only through
God’s Holy Spirit, and only with God’s Spirit living in you will you be able to
discern the true church
of God, from these false
44 No one can come to Me unless the Father
who sent Me draws him;
and I will raise him up at the last day.
God is faithful, by whom you were called into the
fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 CORINTHIANS 1:9
9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more
in knowledge and all
you may approve the
things that are excellent,
that you may be sincere and
without offense till the day
9 who has saved us and calleduswith a holy calling,
not according to our works, but
according to His own purpose
and grace which was given to us
in Christ Jesus before time began,