Praise the Lord Saints.
Hosea 4:1-3: “Hear the word of the LORD, you children of Israel, for the LORD brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: “There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land. By swearing and lying, killing and stealing and committing adultery, they break all restraint, with bloodshed upon bloodshed.
Therefore the land will mourn; and everyone who dwells there will waste away with the beasts of the field and the birds of the air; even the fish of the sea will be taken away.”
United States of America is under judgment, because we have based our system on godly concepts and principles and yet do not enforce them, for the most part we have abandoned them. If you look up the judgments the Lord sends to a nation, they often come by weather, finances (unemployment), food, health and increase in crime and murder. We see all of these in play. When the innocent are allowed to become victims i.e. the unborn, at some point God steps in.
What is the corruption that is taking place in politics and the business sector also is happening in religion. In fact because it has taken place in the church that God has allowed it to spread throughout. We are to be the salt to preserve but have lost our savor.
One of the greatest inroads the world has made in the church is to convince us to be non-judgmental in the face of blatant lies and hypocrisy. What is a lie, what is false, what is error is to be judged and removed not be tolerant as if we have no knowledge of the truth.
I don’t think many of us realize how far off the narrow road churches have gone with Christian media- TV, radio, magazines. From the prophetic and signs and wonders movements influence we have a parade of heresies: the newest revelation from prophets is always anticipated without ever holding them accountable of being wrong in their last prophecy. The word faith philosophies of health and wealth are never addressed when the last person pronounced healed died. The new moves of the spirit with people lying of their visiting heaven and writing books and going on tour with their invented lies. The whole Gnostic idea of being taught by a spiritual experience that challenges what is written. The newest tactic in spiritual warfare is sought when the last one promoted didn’t work any better than the one before that. The newest deliverer’s revelatory scheme to release one from curses and demons; or the newest fantasy book that claims to teach about God in metaphor, on and on ad infinitum. Like a merry go round that has spun out of control, when are we going to stop this to let people get off?
The word faith movement is like a union, its heretical teaching on positive confession for health and prosperity have become the norm for many. Word faith teaching has monopolized the TV air waves, the church is being influenced and controlled by its own corrupted media. The voices may change but the words and concepts are the same as it comes from the many different people.
We do not live in a perfect world nor is there a perfected church. But this should not be used to excuse our autonomous bible study. These false doctrines continue because people have been exposed to a group think mentality and do not want to be independent and think different than anyone else. After all we may have to stand on our own and be questioned for going against the flow (which is often the spirit of the age not the Holy Spirit). As Christians we are to be exercising the mind of Christ, not use our fallen nature, our natural mind.
When is the church leadership going to be serious enough about their faith to help the members begin a plan to not just read through but study the Bible. This is what the Bible calls discipleship after evangelism. This lazy influence has taken away the incentive for people to hunger, to study the Scripture on their own. Instead they are telling people to just have faith, a faith which is disconnected from the word in its context. It is a false faith because it concentrates on us, our will not God’s.
The “preachers of falsehood” have a monopoly of air time, but they will always have some truth included in between their sandwich of lies. Occasional inter-mitten Scripture are sprinkled as salt on an old rotten piece of meat that should have been thrown out long ago.
James 3:1: “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.” Many who have no ability to teach the word (I do not mean speaking ability) are behind the pulpits influencing the church into unbiblical ways.
Till next week,
Rev. Dr. Robert L. Harrison, PhD