“It is a remarkable fact that all the heresies which have arisen in the Christian Church have had a decided tendency to ‘dishonor God and to flatter man’. ” Charles H. Spurgeon
We live in a time like none other in the history of the Church~Body of Christ. There is not a single day that goes by that we don’t read a story in mainstream media and/or Christian media, or hear on the news or a from a radio station of another Christian organization that is “falling away” from the blessed truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4) I know I’m not alone in watching with great sadness churches (some denominational– others interdenominational– some non-denomination) changing their views, policies, doctrine and ministries to suit the “times”. We are warned often in the New Testament of those who will creep unawares into our churches… and those who will walk away from the One True Gospel because of the self centered, lust-filled and power-driven old “person” within us. Charles Spurgeon witnessed it. We are witnessing it! Like a “whirlpool sucking everything into the darkness”.
I wrote several postings last year about wolves in sheep’s clothing ( Matthew 7:15), however they weren’t read by many. A year later, apostacy has escalated at an alarming rate as I watch Christian (?) ministers/ministries/organizations move away from the true Gospel… to a
or a ‘cotton candy Christianity’
or a ‘cultural gospel’
or a ‘New Age gospel’
or a ‘question the Bible gospel’
a ‘jump on the band wagon gospel’
or a ‘mix Christianity with other religions’
All of these are deceiving many in our churches, and the members follow along, like the “blind leading the blind” not questioning. (1 Timothy 4:1) Why??? I’ll tell you why… because the average Christian has no idea what they really believe or why they believe it because they spend no time in the Word of God, “testing the spirits” (1 John 4:1) I know that sounds tough and hard, but, it is the truth. As I’ve written many times before… you don’t need a theological degree to read and study the Word; you don’t need an education in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. All you need is a personal relationship with God! That relationship comes through repentance and personally receiving the “gift of salvation–the blood of Christ” that reconciles us to the Father; making Jesus Christ the Lord of your life and then the Holy Spirit takes up residence within your heart and at that moment you are a brand new person, with a new life. With the abilities to read and study the Bible. Earnest prayer for understanding, asking the Holy Spirit for discernment and a willingness to surrender your own will to the will of God—-the Word will become something you crave and can’t do without!!
Much Praise to The One Who is The Giver of Eternal Life
The unconditional love of the Almighty LORD God given to sinful, God rejecting, and self pleasing mankind is the most amazing representation of WHO He is. He sent His ‘only’ Son to die and pay the penalty of our sins, then offers to us as an amazing free gift … we don’t need to work or try to be perfect (we couldn’t anyway), because Our Savior Jesus Christ who was without sin chose to take all the sins of world as the price required for salvation and freedom from the bondage of ‘self’! The Word of God is the most amazing book ever written! Here, thousands of years after the initial writings, the original manuscripts are still with us. The Bible is God-breathed words penned by the holy men He chose.
Let us never cease to be in awe of the one and only True LORD God and His endless grace;
The salvation freely given to us by the precious blood of the Lamb of God;
The Holy Word of God! ©Streim
If anything I’ve written here disturbs you… pick up your Bible. Find out for yourself! Read and ask God for wisdom, as it is His Will that you read His words of love and caution. Your heart must first be in the right place with the Father and Lord Jesus to receive instruction. Here’s a few verses you get you going… reading them in context gives the depth. All four of these references are from our Lord Jesus: Matthew 7:15; 10:16, Luke 10:3 and Acts 20:29. Be blessed…
Wolves and Artificial Sweeteners~ Part 1 http://wp.me/p1Ypb1-7V
Warnings Given With Love http://wp.me/p1Ypb1-tB
3 thoughts on “Tough but True!”
Very true. I think so many people have lost the desire to seek God out and be hungry for His Word themselves and they just live off the beliefs and teachings of preachers and teachers rather than allowing God to lead and teach them personally, which is sad because we can learn so much from God just by opening His Word and spending time on our knees before Him and allowing Him to speak to us through it. Anyone who doesn’t do that on a daily basis is missing out.
“Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.” I Peter 2:2
Great message! And one the church and believers really need to hear. For we have gone too far from the Lord, its time to come back! Its time for real believers to start taking a real stand!