Ch.5: THE REAL PICTURE OF THE MODERN CHURCH

Posted: August 12, 2011 in Controversial
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  • people attending church for entertainment, duty, friendship, or ‘goose-bump’ feelings (Jer.7:9,10; Haggai 2:14) = false worship.
  • activity / busyness / multiple programs & consequently walking in the visions and imaginations of our own contaminated hearts / misguided voices (Jer.11:8). The church system has simply become a business & uses humanistic goal-setting methods to increase its cash-flow.
  • professionalising music, presentations, & preaching.
  • the glossy marketing of Christianity via music, magazines, conferences and TV.
  •  ‘soft’ divorce, family fracture, rebellious children, irrelevant marriage vows.
  •  tv / movie morality compromise.
  •  greed … keeping the tithe to build church empires [eg. buildings, cars, equipment, TV enterprises, radio stations] (Deut.14:28,29, Hosea 8:14).
  •  borrowing from the world to build church empires and stealing the tithe to pay it off instead of distributing it to the needs of the people (Deut.14:22-15:8, Malachi 3:8-10, Isa.31:1-3, Jer.5:26-31).
  • charging interest to Christian brothers (Deut.23:20).
  • the Lord’s house has been turned into a house of merchandise eg. tax-deductible trusts, bible colleges, educational classes …. where money is charged, as well as govt. subsidies seized upon, for the purpose of making profit to aid in the church’s programs and goals / sale of alcohol / investment funds / superannuation plans / having to beg for support before you’re eligible for the mission field … [all evidence of the church’s selfishness].
  • bible colleges based on theory & exams, not heart & self-sacrifice / students financed by Austudy, not faith.
  • adultery, fornication, lustful thinking, opposite sexes living together (1Thes.5:22).
  • abuse of the Sabbath, refusal to tithe.
  • holding hands with pagan Roman Catholicism which practices Mariology, rosary, purgatory, communing with dead saints, idol worship & unites itself with other pagan religions.
  • distracted by our mortgages, beautifying our homes, & storing up for retirement (Acts 2:44-47).
  • borrowing the world’s money to get something now, or to get more! (2Cor.6:17, Isa.31:1))
  • supporting the world by investing in their share market
  • men shirking their responsibility as spiritual heads of the family.
  • women working to support the family’s lifestyle
  • pastors working for a job, not love (Micah 3:11), & hundreds resigning.
  • self first before the poor and needy, coveting, lifestyle chasing.
  • happy when we have money, anxious when we don’t.
  • humanistic goal-setting strategies (eg. ‘dream it & visualise it into existence’, speaking it into being by positive confession, ‘act-as-if’ it’s already happened, set specific time frames instead of ‘waiting’ on God).
  • the church system is propagating the lie that the old testament (OT) is no longer relevant and is simply background knowledge to the new testament. They ignore the fact that much of the contents of the OT prophetic books hasn’t even happened yet. The truth is that Jesus is the same yesterday , today & forever & the whole bible is the Living Word (Matt.5:18,19).
  • unwilling to sell and share our assets (Acts 4:34).
  • envying, strife, denominational divisions, carnal christians (1 Cor.3:1-3), narcissism, hypocrisy.
  • blind to the real needs of others around them (Jer.5:28).
  • secret paedophilia, domestic violence, homosexuality
  • ignorance & lack of concern for our afflicted & persecuted brethren (Amos 6:6; Heb.13:3).
  • [19 million have been tortured & killed for Jesus this century.]
  • the lie of saving the heathen by appearing to be like them, and doing what they do, to show that church is not boring! (1 Cor. 9:21)
  • confusion, discontent, powerlessness, apathy, people switching churches & systems.
  • factions, disunity, criticism, gossip, dogmatism.
  • domineering women / women priests / women pastors
  • (Isa.3:12; Gen. 3:16; 1 Tim.2:9 -12; 1 Cor.14:34,35)
  • copying the world’s standards [eg. dress, morality, ‘living together’, music].
  • “name it and claim it” prosperity cult = worshipping the god that gives you things (Jeremiah 44: 18,23)
  • blocked prayer (Micah 3: 4, Jer.14: 11, & 7: 16).
  • constantly chasing a deeper feeling of Jesus’ presence [eg Toronto blessing cult].
  • softening the truth by devaluing the law!
  • lack of trust in our fellow brothers / sisters.
  • false prophesying / hundreds of self-proclaimed prophets (Jer.5:31).
  • using false prophets for psychic fortune-telling.
  • ‘soft’ conversions without true repentance (Luke 13:5).
  • using man-amended bibles that accommodate new age thinking [compare your bible with the old KJV eg. Acts 8:37, 1 John 5:7 the real verse 7 containing the concept of ‘trinity’ is missing and camouflaged by splitting v8 into v7 & v8, Matt.1:25 ‘firstborn’ is missing]. There are over 5,000 subtle alterations.
  • widespread tolerance of sin as a consequence of being duped by the ‘love & acceptance’ lie, ie we should not point the finger, we should loving accept people for what they are. The truth is if I’m in sin I must deal with it. My sin does not give me the right to accept others’ sin. God doesn’t love and accept sin; He separates from it and sends unrepentant offenders to hell ! The truth is, we are to separate from sin, not accept it (1Cor.5:11, Eph.5:11, 2Cor.6:17, Acts 19:9 
THE CHURCH IS DOING, NOT DYING !!

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