(ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED OCTOBER 16, 2010)
Hellfire Preaching has been replaced by feel-good prosperity sermons.
Confession and repentance have been replaced by entertainment and crowd applause.
Conviction of sin against God’s Holy Commandments has been replaced by political correctness and tolerance.
Emotional demonstration has replaced the Holy Ghost manifestation.
The God called, anointed and sent Man of God has been replaced with the academically accomplished, denominationally approved hired motivational speaker.
The feminine movement has usurped God’s divine order of gender roles in His Church. The masculine pastor has been replaced with a feminine counterfeit.
Holiness and purity has been replaced with lewdness and immorality.
Virginity is not as highly prized in the church as is fornication and “Single Parenting.” Churches are hosting baby showers for unwed mothers and promoting sexual lewdness through moral apathy and their embrace of sexual immoralities.
Sexual morality and spiritual integrity are no longer a prerequisite for pastors but academic achievement and denominational loyalty are prided above all.
The Holy Spirit no longer leads the worship or directs the message of the ministry but church tradition and theology governs the worship experience.
Although no Apostle of Christ has ever heard of “praise dancing” or “miming” as a part of the worship experience, these aberrations have entered the Church and are celebrated.
While the hypocritical dogmas of religion point out the outward subjective taboos and ills of smoking, drinking and drugs – which have no precedence in the Ministry of Christ – they neglect to point out the soul threatening and damning sins of cowardice, greed, homosexuality, lesbianism, fornication, material extravagance, whoredom and prosperity gospel preaching.
The focus of many Christian ministries and churches have moved from conviction, confession, repentance and salvation to wealth building, prosperity preaching, social agendas and competitive membership growth.
The attitude of the Church has changed from that of being enthusiastically grateful and loving toward God because He is God to that of being manipulative toward God because they want material wealth from God.
The Contemporary Christian Church as a whole has moved from looking toward Heaven to looking for Heaven on earth.
Instinctively and historically and from time immemorial, sinners and saints alike knew that the divine office of pastor/elder/bishop is masculine in nature and in origin but now it is redefined as being gender neutral.
Fear, shame, sorrow and embarrassment were normal for a young woman who was discovered to have been having sex without the benefit of marriage and had a baby without a husband. But now shame has been replaced with irreverence, brazenness and bold-faced defiance.
The Church Of Christ that was founded by the True Apostles of Christ had a clear understanding of what was holy and acceptable to God. They knew that they were to separate themselves from the world’s value system, behaviors, foul language, sexual immoralities and way of thinking. But now so-called Christian churches are welcoming the world’s views into their ministries.
Children were always a part of the worship experience and were trained, encouraged and nurtured by parents to believe and trust in God and His Son our Lord Jesus Christ. But now parents are spiritually deficient, twisted, wicked and lost. Unconverted parents cannot lead where they do not go and they cannot teach what they do not know.
The Church at one time knew that a real conversion experience – a born again experience (Born of the water and of the Spirit with evidence of the gift of the Holy Ghost by the speaking in tongues) – had to take place before a person could serve in the body of Christ. But now all one has to do is recite a witchcraft incantation called the “Sinner’s Prayer” and they are magically transformed into a so-called Christian.
The Christian Church knew that in order to be saved one must repent (die to sin), be washed in the blood of Christ by being baptized by immersion into water in the name of Jesus Christ and be gifted with the Holy Spirit of God, as taught in the Bible and demonstrated by Christ and His Apostles. But now they say that you can have salvation any old way and they are putting church clothes on sin and parading it around as holy.
Christian Churches used to be a place of serious, effective, heartfelt prayers – a place for learning about how God loved us so mush as to die for our sins and give us a right to eternal life. It was a place of genuine ministry where we learned of God‘s forgiving love and we were challenged to live a holy, clean, respectable, morally straight and honorable life; where the saints gathered to worship in Spirit and in Truth. But now it is a well orchestrated theater where entertainers, motivational speakers, actors and artists, musicians, playwrights and choreographers come to perform their crafts – where book deals or promoted and salvation is commercialized.
At one time the name of God and of Christ were revered but now The Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has been irreverently referred to as “J.C.” or someone’s “elder brother” and “God” has become a term to be used with obscenities and profanities and is treated as common thing.
Homosexuality, lesbianism and oral and anal sexual perversions of all kinds have been welcomed into the Church without repentance or conversion and that which was holy has been defiled and is no longer of God’s design and purpose.
The Church used to have a clear vision about what was godly but now they are blinded by their own greed and need for popularity, fame, social acceptance, political power and wealth.
For many, the Church has become a whore that welcomes other whores. It is for sale to the highest bidder. It caters to clientele with the most money so as to maximize its own wealth and popularity.
The intimate relationship between pastor and parishioner is no longer seen due to the advent of the “Mega-church.”
Church folk used to look for a real man of God to lead them but now they want a figurehead to represent their interests, their causes and their beliefs. They do not really want to hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church. They want to hear the voice of their denominations or religious groups, their causes and their personal agendas. They don’t want to hear God‘s Eternal Word.
At one time, folks understood that only God can save – only God had a Heaven and Hell to place us in. But now people behave as if their churches are the gatekeepers to Heaven or Hell and we must go through them to receive eternal life.
At one time it was important for Christians to represent God and holiness in the way that they dressed. But now it seems that Christians have chosen to represent the arrogant, pretentious and lewd apparel of the world.
Holy Spirit filled women in the Ekklesia of Christ used to obey God and dress modestly in order to please God and keep down confusion and distraction in the body of believers. But now it seems that the women in the church are dressing as clown-like and seductive, naked, lewd and provocative as possible.
Well, I have got some good news for some and some not so good news for others.
The world may accept, embrace, promote and applaud the changes in sexual morality, gender roles and what religion calls worship, but God has not.
The world may sanction many forms of religious practices, methods of soul salvation and pseudo-moral dogmas, but God has not.
Some so-called Christians may have bought into the false notion that church membership makes them right with God and their faith is just as good as anyone else’s, but God has not.
The religious community at large may have accepted, tolerated and sanctioned women as pastors and leaders of men in their churches, but God has not in HIS Ekklesia.
Institutions of religious education, preparation and ordination may confer upon the unconverted and practicing sinner a license to preach and teach in their churches, but God has not in His Body of Spirit and Truth.
Man-made religious institutions may guarantee salvation through the recital of a “sinner’s Prayer,” but God does not.
Lesbians and Gays may call their sexually deviant and perverted behavior a normal sexual orientation or a right of their freedom of choice, but God does not.
The world and its religions may label the Authentic Saints of God as being sanctimonious, fanatical, judgemental and intolerant because we dare to stand against sin and against the perversion of God’s order, But God Does Not.
Some churches and church folks will seek to impress you with large worship facilities, symbols of prosperity and images of success, but GOD Will Not.
Many are impressed with the multitudes of deceived believers that seem to be drawn to mega-churches and celebrity personalities, but GOD IS NOT.
Professional entertainers, singers and actors as well as profane and immoral individuals are being accepted by many church folk as qualified spokespersons for Christ based solely on material wealth, celebrity and popularity, talent and financial success, but God Does NOT!
Many believe that a Ministerial License, scholarly degrees, ecclesiastical titles and accolades qualifies one to speak on God’s behalf, but God Does Not.
God rejects the changes of the world’s churches and contemporary Christianity and doesn’t acknowledge their ways.
Things may have changed but God has Not. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. And His Eternal Commandments, His New Testament Plan of Salvation and His Eternal Standards of Holiness Have Not Changed.
God says out of His Mouth…
“Ye shall be holy; for I am holy.” – 1 Peter 1:16
“I am the LORD, I Change Not” – Malachi 3:6
Repent and return to authentic salvation. Repent and Rediscover Authentic Salvation.
Again I say REPENT!
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