2 Timothy 2:15— study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Present Day Churches, The Bible, and The Truth

It is no secret that present day churches have been infiltrated by the devil now more than ever.

And please… do not squirm because I used the name devil, because: the Bible exclusively states that as a fact for those churches that have ulterior agendas aside from preaching and teaching the truth of the God, and also , if we for sure are sensitive to the affairs of our society today, this is not news.

2 Corinthians 11

13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.
14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.

This problem has been with us for a long period of time, all the same, it keeps growing worse and worse almost in two shakes of a lambs tail!

Needless to say, there is a great difference between the type of church that Paul exhorted us to be, in contrast with the type of churches we see today.

And because of that reason, I also recognize that there is still hope; the church is not all entirely as we see it today.

However, the majority of what the church has become presently is alarmingly disparaging and heartbreaking to say the least.
Men and women professing their faith in Christ have completely lost the fear of God and wouldn’t even bat an eyelash as they extort and lie in God’s name.

All kinds of evil veiled as Christianity: money extortion through insistent tithings, sham healings, deceptive promises of prosperity, wealth and happiness, sale of ‘holy objects’ and so on and so forth, is what the church is famously known for presently.

As a follower of Christ, I am both: angered and truly heartbroken because these churches are not only succeeding in repelling those who are genuinely seeking after God with sincere hearts, but are also causing them to believe that that is what God is all about.

But thank God for the Bible. Thank God that we are living in an age where access to the word of God is unlike that of the period of the dark ages of Christianity. Thus, we can read the truth for ourselves as the Holy Spirit gives us discernment to differentiate between false prophets and those who are representing God in truth.

2 Peter 2

1 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.
2 And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.
3 By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.
4 For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment;
5 and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people , a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly;
6 and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly;
7 and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked
8 (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)—
9 then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment,
10 and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries,
11 whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord.
12 But these, like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption,
13 and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you,
14 having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children.
15 They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
16 but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice restrained the madness of the prophet.
17 These are wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.
18 For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error.
19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.
20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.
21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.
22 But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”

Such, are the dark times we are living in today as the Bible long ago predicted. And the world is becoming more and more hostile towards God’s truth and His word.

Paradoxically, even church pastors and leaders are not warning people of the coming judgement and calling for repentance of sin.

So many churches have veered off from the word of God to the extent of politicking, endorsement of LGBTQ marriages and pastoral ordinations, ecumenism, to the far end of syncretism.

Not to mention the injustices, sexual scandals in the churches, money laundering, corruption and several other unbelievable practices.

The result: multitudes of men and women are at ease in Babylon.

Be that as it may, this is what the Bible teaches: repentance, forgiveness, mercy, love, grace, holiness and the peace of God through Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is coming again, evil will be judged, the dead will be raised to judgement, resulting in eternal life or eternal death.

Nobody knows the day or the hour He will return, but the Bible teaches us to always be prepared, because when He returns it will be too late to change sides.

Thus, we need to be certain of our commitment to Jesus Christ if we want to escape the impending judgement because no one who rejects Christ will escape judgement. God must judge all sin.

2Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

And no, this is not me trying to paint a doom and gloom picture— but rather, to bring us all to the attention of our only hope for salvation: Jesus Christ—crucified, died, buried, and rose again on the third day. He ascended into heaven and He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved

And thus you see why it is important especially in these critical days, that we as Christians, are the light of the world, the difference in the world, the ones who bring the flavor to the world because the world is completely savorless.

Our unwavering commitment to Jesus Christ and our sharing of His love with others in deed and in truth is the only way we can draw others to the truth about who God really is.

I have also been hanging out around the town center for the last couple of days or so… and I have noticed several billboard advertisements for churches all over: kesha advertisements, revivals, prayers, healings, invitations, churches inviting people to receive a word for the year, and so on…

I recognize as well that church advertisements have been there for a long time now. And as an evangelical Christian, I also believe that there is nothing wrong with inviting people to church by reaching out to them through all means necessary because certainly, God is able to use any method to draw anybody to Himself.

But, as the church of Jesus Christ, living by His truth, we need not really to advertise because our witness should be the ultimate advertisement— just like the churches during the time of the apostles.

Acts 2

38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39 For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.”
40 And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!”
41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.
42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
43 Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles.
44 And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common;
45 and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need.
46 Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,
47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

The first churches won people over by living the truth of the Gospel, loving people, and standing firm in their faith no matter the consequences.

What as a church we need to steer clear of is this business of advertising church achievements or projects, involving the church in businesses and looking to men for help instead of God and just serve others as Jesus commanded.

John 13

12 So when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments and reclined at the table again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?
13 You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am.
14 If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
15 For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.
16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him.
17 If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.

Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Jesus has called us all to minister— to be servants.

As for the nitty gritty, God is able to take care of the church because it is His church in the first place — not man’s project.

He is able to provide for the needs of any church that is devoted to His word and looks to Him for the provision of daily bread.

As I conclude this blog post, it is my prayer that we will not blindly follow church traditions, doctrines, pastors and leaders. But that we read God’s word for ourselves so that we are able to discern any form of false Christianity and steer clear of it.

Like the wise brethren in Berea, we must examine if what is taught by church leaders is true.

Acts 17

10 The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.
11 Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.
12 Therefore many of them believed, along with a number of prominent Greek women and men.

It is my prayer too, that as Christians, we find Bible believing churches that emphasize on teaching God’s truth, not for profit or gain.

Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.

A church that teaches on repentance of sins, forgiveness, grace, love, and mercy and the importance of living out our faith: in deed and in truth.

Ask God to guide you to a church that honors His word. And as you wait for His guidance, be the light of the world. If He desires you to stay in a certain church and you have found that the church has the right doctrine but has it’s different challenges, then become the salt.

You could be God’s chosen instrument to spark a revival.

This goes for me too.

God bless you and thank you for reading :))

Comments

May 2, 2022 at 1:52 am

An important message and wonderful encouragement that we discern truth and be the salt and light needed as GOD draws those around us by HIS Spirit in us as we serve and love them…



May 5, 2022 at 7:12 am

For sure, there are so many people there days who are speaking lies in the name of God and sadly many people are believing these false messengers!

I recently saw a self-proclaimed Messiah with a huge following. My heart broke for those souls, and even more, for the innocent little children he was preying on and placing a stumbling block on their faith. I pray that people would allow God to really lead them to truth and that parents would have discernment.



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