A GENERATION OBSESSED WITH POPULARITY

The majority of the largest churches today are where itching ears and sweet teeth abound. Messages are candy-coated. Words are sugary. Everything must sound nice with spice, pleasant without pain, and affirming with approval. Extra caution is taken not to offend or upset anyone, lest they and their money leave the church. Too many preachers are being deceitful, flattering for favors, and failing to give the full counsel of God.

But notice what the Living Bible says about our responsibility to properly handle the Word of God:

“We do not try to trick people into believing—we are not interested in fooling anyone. We never try to get anyone to believe that the Bible teaches what it doesn’t. All such shameful methods we forego. We stand in the presence of God as we speak and so we tell the truth, as all who know us will agree” (2 Cor. 4:2).

When is the last time you heard an authentic message on the judgments of God? I heard Francis Chan recently say that he went through his Bible marking every verse on judgment with a pink highlighter or pen and every promise of God with blue. To his surprise, he found pink dominated blue by quite a margin. He discovered that the ratio was approximately 2-1. Why does hardly anyone preach on God’s judgments? Why does that seem like a dirty word when the Word is full of it?

Jesus spoke often of death and the judgment to come.  He spoke of hell quite a bit, too. And the frequency by which He spoke of these things agrees with the pattern of the entire New Testament.  Actually, there are 234 references of death, hell, and judgment in 260 chapters of the NT.  Isn’t it disturbing that so few preachers today preach on these vitally important themes?  We’ve practically taken them out of the gospel.

Contrary to popular opinion, Jesus did not come preaching love and acceptance as so many Biblically illiterate people tout. He preached this: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15).

What about the fear of the Lord? His severity? The all consuming fire of His holiness? The Lord spoke to me years ago saying that there had been a diabolical silence on holiness, and then I wrote a book (The Real Spirit of Revival) on these lost themes and understated truths. It’s still a great need in today’s church.

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OTHER QUESTIONS

Let me ask you a few other questions: When was the last time you heard a message that was highlighted by correction, reproof, and rebuke?

When was the last time you were deeply convicted of your sins or some form of idolatry or lust in your life?

When is the last time you walked out of a church service with a holy consciousness of God gripping you?

Have you heard a message on sexual sin in any recent time? No wonder pornography, fornication, adultery, homosexuality, and divorce continue to rise.

What about a message on the blood, the cross, or hell?

Friends, by neglecting to preach on these vitally important themes, we are equipping a generation for popularity and training them for reputation. We’re fueling their appetite for fame, fortune, and fashion, while depriving them of holy fire that schools their senses to discern between the love of this world and the love of the Father.

Much of this generation likes pomp and pageantry, but they don’t like their hearts pricked with conviction. They enjoy having their egos stroked rather than poked. They like hearing how wonderful they are without ever having their feelings hurt. They enjoy having their consciences soothed with smooth sermons, but not scorched with Spirit-filled scoldings.

WOE UNTO YOU

This generation counts their likes and follows on social media more than they count how many days its been since they’ve actually prayed and waited on God. Social time always trumps Bible time. They love the praises of men, but despise the chastening of the Lord. They sing and wave their streamers, flags, and banners on Sunday morning in church, but never weep, groan, and travail for the sinful condition of those outside of church.

We are clucking too many for the cruise ship, but not building them up for the battle ship. We are pampering too many for the party life, but not preparing them for Christ’s purpose.  We are breeding them for peace and ease, but not schooling them for the conflict and the struggle.

This generation is obsessed with popularity, but not prepared for persecution.

Have we forgotten the Lord’s own admonition: Woe unto you when all men speak well of you” (Luke 6:26). 

The spiritual diet of this generation must be greatly altered or here’s what we will see in the very near future:

  1. Living together outside of marriage (fornication), adultery, and divorce will continue to rise in the next generation.
  2. The trend in the church (if not altered) is that most of our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren will attend a church that says you can be a gay Christian.
  3. Evangelical pastors will vote for a gay president sooner rather than later. Already some are defending Mayor Pete’s lifestyle.
  4. Instead of the preaching of the cross, social justice and a happiness gospel will dominate the sermons of most evangelical pastors.
  5. Theological schools will become more and more corrupted with seducing spirits and doctrines of demons. Their graduates will become twice the child of hell their professors are.
Mark it down. We’ve got work to do to turn this around.
Pastors and parents, it starts with you. Apostles and prophets must lay this foundation. If we resist the idol of ministry success, the love of money, and a lust for power the Lord can work. We can make headway and push back the carnality and compromise. Consumer-driven church and image-based ministry must go. Man pleasing agendas and the pursuit of popularity must stop.

Do you want to survive or thrive in this decade? You must take an uncompromised stand for truth and righteousness. Please get my new book, The Tumultuous 2020s and Beyond, to discover all that’s at stake in the coming years. We must be bold, fearless, and strong in the Lord. 

For more of the same please make some time to listen to the Charisma podcast interview I did this past week. Thank you for your love, prayers, and support! 

THE HIGHJACKING OF TRUTH AND SOUND DOCTRINE

Our American culture is attempting to make the narrow way wide and the exclusive way inclusive. Many cannot seem to understand that you can’t live in sin and go to heaven. You can’t live an immoral lifestyle  and go to heaven. You can’t live for yourself and do whatever your flesh and feelings dictate and go to heaven. You can’t believe what you want to believe and still go to heaven. You can’t respect everyone’s religion and systems of belief and go to heaven. There is only one way, and it is through Jesus Christ. It is the narrow way.

 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12)

The unrighteous cannot inherit the kingdom of God.

“Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor. 6:9-10).

Many cannot seem to reconcile these scriptures, especially the gay community, many of whom hurled nasty insults and vile comments at me this past weekend because my article offended them Gay Activism: The Death Rattle  of a Nation.

Twitter and Facebook also threatened to close down my accounts as other media outlets got wind of my Charisma article and misquoted me. Here’s one.

I TRIED TO TELL THEM THEIR HOUSE WAS BURNING

All I did was to frantically flag them down at the bridge that was out, but they sailed past me at 100 mph flipping their middle finger at me. I warned them that their house is on fire while they screamed hate-filled curses at me from their bedroom window accusing me of bigotry and hatred.

 

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These are accurate images of what is really happening. They accuse Bible believing Christians of hatred, and called me names I cannot repeat here.

They did the same to our Master.

“It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household” (Matt. 10:25)!

It’s strange that their most common cry was that I was hateful, but they hated me for testifying that their lifestyle and works were evil.

“The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil” (John 7:7).

You see, they only like their version of hate, and this spirit has its tentacles all  over America. Americans celebrate the gay lifestyle. The world doesn’t hate this spirit. Heck, they and much of the church don’t even recognize it as a spirit. America and the world only hate true Christians and those who defy this spirit and sin.

With every vile comment they demand tolerance while actually being very intolerant of anyone who disagrees with them. They only like their version of tolerance.

Isn’t that something how that works?

Jesus moved in tough love and never compromised the truth. That’s why the most religious tried to kill Him.

“After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for He did not want to walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill Him” (John 7:1).

Imagine that. Religion tried to kill a perfectly sinless and loving man. Religion sought to kill the Son of God. It’s always been this way.

Religion joins itself to homosexuality and hides there. They divorce Christianity from the Bible. This is present day America.

THERE’S SOMETHING DIFFERENT ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY

Homosexuality is unnatural. It’s unclean. The Bible calls it abominable. And it’s very stubborn. Why? Because it’s coming from a futility, and foolish hearts that have been darkened, and a will that is bent on this lifestyle. It suppresses the truth in righteousness even though God has shown them it is wrong (Rom. 1:18-19). Here it is:

“Although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things” (Rom. 1:21-23).

Sexual perversion is a choice, not an identity as some argued with me over the weekend. One man in particular told me he tried everything to change, but gave up, and convinced himself he was born gay. Such a deception. I’m afraid God has given him over to a reprobate mind, and if that’s the case, sadly, there is hardly any hope for him.

Reprobate minds void of judgment are multiplying. Many occupy high seats in government, school systems, the courts, and media. They are the devil’s agents sent to intimidate the Church and pollute and destroy the land. It’s now a principality in our nation.

No, homosexuality is not the only sin that will damn your soul and pollute our land, but do not fool yourself, Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s bold and unashamed stance for his and his partner’s gayness was a direct statement from this principality to the inhabitants of our nation, to you and me, to our children, and to our grandchildren. It was a Goliath moment mocking the true Church, our faith, and our family values.

This principality shouts at us, “I’ve come for you and your children. We are advancing and you can’t stop us, or we’ll get violent, mock your faith, and run you over! Conform to our agenda or else!”

Aggressive gay activism is just one area they are doing it in, but do not be desensitized, because it is a big one.

PRESIDENT TRUMP NEEDS TO BE REBUKED FOR AGREEING WITH BUTTIGIEG’S LIFESTYLE

President Trump stepped into dangerous ground recently by acknowledging and promoting the sinful abominable marriage of Mayor Pete and Chasten his partner. I was very grieved and disappointed by it. Someone in his inner circle of counsel needs to call him out on it. He could lose any remaining favor he might have with God right now, because he publicly positioned himself  against the Word of God, against the true church of Jesus Christ, and he aided the leftist liberals to undermine the future of our nation.

I agree with my friend Cary Gordon, pastor of Cornerstone church in Sioux City, Iowa:

“I have no desire to be an enemy of Donald Trump. God does not desire to be an enemy of Donald Trump, either, but President Trump better be careful he does not make himself the enemy of God and the Bible with his sinful opinions repeatedly spoken into TV cameras in front of American children!

“The Christian ministers who surround the President are waaaaay tooooooo quiet! We need REAL men of God to shake-off the sinful pragmatism and REBUKE the President when he earns it. He has earned it.”

“Republican election results be damned!!! You want to defeat Buttgeig and company? Then you go tell the President to stop praising the sins of Buttgeig, then!”

TRUTH AND SOUND DOCTRINE IS BEING HIGHJACKED

Some readers think I have an obsession with the sin of homosexuality, and that I should write about other sins as well, and not  push the issue. As I stated, it’s because it’s a principality that rules our nation. We have no choice but to push the envelope now and enter into faithful disobedience to the laws of the land that contradicts the Word of God. We should’ve been doing this long ago with abortion, with prayer being removed from our schools, and with a host of other antichrist issues.

It’s time to rock the boat.

The world, the culture, the media, and Hollywood are highjacking truth and sound doctrine. They are controlling the narrative, or the way of presenting a situation or series of events that reflects and promotes their particular antichrist agenda or set of values. They have  become the biggest educator in America. Every show, every movie, every song on radio has become in itself a voice or narrative of propaganda.

The most subtle trick of the devil is to get you to laugh at sin.

They’ve made too many believe that sound doctrine is the new religious hate speech. Even in churches. This has intimidated pastors and caused them to cower down from anything that is controversial. Pastor, this is not a minor issue. It’s one of the main strongholds in our nation.

Friends, the wicked are not hiding in their closet anymore, but it seems too many of the righteous are. Now that they’ve come out of their closet we need to be so bold and unapologetically tell them to come out of their grave. Preach the full gospel and the whole counsel of God. Preach against sin. Command the people to repent. Pastors and parents, you better educate the young ones and fortify the older ones. This is an hour when you must know what you believe and in Whom you have believed and committed your soul to.

Satan is not hiding his cards any more, but he’s playing for keeps. In case you’ve been living under a rock here’s what they’ve been doing to our children: Public School LGBT Programs

Here’s what they are doing to our pastors: California Pastor Loses Job Over Calling Homosexuality a Sin

Here’s what some churches are teaching and allowing: The Ordaining of a Lesbian Bishop

Goliath is mocking the people of God and too many of us are intimidated and afraid. You better put your armor on and get to the battle front. If what they’ve already done and continue to do does not fill you with righteous indignation, I’m sorry, but your faith is not worth a nickel to me.

We are not wrestling with flesh and blood. Our righteous indignation must not be aimed at human beings but this principality. Homosexuality is carving America down. It’s intimidating too many in the Church. It’s gotten its filthy hands on every aspect of society. It’s time to make a statement to this Goliath.

“Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God” (1 Sam. 17:26)?

The days of living in Christian ease are over. The showdown is here. Choose you this day whom you will serve.

If you’ve ever wondered what you’d do during the civil rights movement, slavery, or the holocaust you are doing it right now. The leftist narrative has intensified and they are highjacking truth and peddling lies at the quickest pace in our nation’s history. It’s up to the remnant people of God and the burning ones of God to get in the face of America right now, ignite the Blood-bought Church, advance the kingdom of God, and take America back.

Do you want to survive or thrive in this decade? You must take an uncompromised stand for truth and righteousness. Please get my new book, The Tumultuous 2020s and Beyond, to discover all that’s at stake in this decade. We must be bold, fearless, and strong in the Lord. 

 

UNMUTE AMERICAN PULPITS

New research shows that while 90% of pastors believe the Bible has much to say about about today’s pressing political, societal, and moral issues, fewer than 10% are talking about these issues (Barna survey).

Why?

One word: controversy.

Controversial issues affects attendance, participation in church programs, and people’s tithes and offerings.

But pastor, what about the condition of the souls you’ve been entrusted to shepherd? Is that not the most important issue?

Consider these startling facts:

  • In one large “Bible-believing” church 60% of the couples did not know that living together out of wedlock was wrong.
  • An increasing number of professing Christians also no longer believe homosexuality is sinful.
  • Young people believe that socialism is good for our country and that Jesus Himself was a socialist, and they love Democratic candidates like Bernie Sanders. Why is this unbiblical and shows a lack of discernment?
  • Most young people believe that Jesus preached love and acceptance, so we must love and accept everyone. It sounds true, but why is it a subtle lie?
  • Many professing Christians believe that “Everything is okay and relative. People can believe what’s right for them.” Again, why is that wrong thinking?
  • More and more of our young people believe we should appreciate everyone’s religion, culture, or god, and that we should all learn to get along. Again, why is this such another very deceptive lie?

And the list goes on and on. These are rather popular belief systems in the Church today. What are you going to do about it, pastor?

You better get in your study and prayer closet and receive grace and wisdom from God to preach for the times we are living in. You better let God break your heart over the sinful state of our society and the brokenness of many of our young people who are having a hard time making sense of it all. There’s never been a generation in America with more addiction, depression, and dysfunction than this one. If you are not biblically educating your people in these areas, sadly, the world will fill the void.

By abdicating your responsibility to teach and train your people in these major areas that are large cultural issues, in favor of church members’ attendance, participation, and giving, or whatever it is you deem more important — you as a minister and pastor, are saying that the Bible is really not important enough or authoritative enough in shaping people’s lives. These modern day political, societal, and moral issues are too critical to continue to avoid them and be selective as to what portions of Scripture you or I teach and preach on.

More pure authentic Biblical truth has been highjacked from Christianity in the last two decades that perhaps any other time in history.

Preaching the whole counsel of God and the issues that Satan is pressing on our culture, especially our young people, has never been more urgent.

Read the following scripture very carefully, noting the underlined portion of it.

“Herald and preach the Word! Keep your sense of urgency [stand by, be at hand and ready], whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable. [Whether it is convenient or inconvenient, whether it is welcome or unwelcome, you as preacher of the Word are to show people in what way their lives are wrong.] And convince them, rebuking and correcting, warning and urging and encouraging them, being unflagging and inexhaustible in patience and teaching” (2 Tim. 4:2 — AMPC).

Did you know that 2/3’s of Scripture is corrective? The Bible is filled with reproofs, rebukes, warnings, and corrections. Yet most pastors and believers think those portions of Scripture are too negative or even legalistic. Notice that we are to preach with a sense of urgency — whether it is convenient or INCONVENIENT welcome or UNWELCOME.

We’ve got to preach this way again, showing people in what ways their lives are wrong — even when it is unfavorable, inconvenient, or unwelcome.

I remember in my younger years we use to go to church to feel the conviction of God; to go to the altar and repent and make it right. We loved preaching on themes like heaven and hell and sin and holiness. Now many Christians think it’s all too negative. There has been a diabolical silence on such themes in the Church today. Satan has muted our pulpits. Even anointed piercing preaching on the cross and the blood of Christ is being neglected.

Let me show you what Satan is doing.

Satan has introduced a false compassion into the church and used it to camouflage compromise. He has done this by accusing us of hate speech. So in order to compensate, Christians are compromising the truth and convincing themselves that they are being compassionate.

True compassion is being moved by the sin, lies, and belief systems that are destroying people’s lives and keeping them in bondage. So called compassion is actually cruel when it’s not mixed with Biblical truth. The lack of absolute truth is eroding the moral base of our culture.

Unless the Bible becomes our complete and absolute standard of truth the tide of evil will continue to rise in the Church and in our society.

Never has there been a more urgent need for true spiritual physicians, preachers of righteousness, and shepherds who are not moved by popular opinion, but care for the sheep. 

.Tumultuous 2020s And Beyond by Author Bert Farias

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FALSE VIEWS OF LOVE AND HOLINESS DILUTING THE CHURCH’S POWER

Years ago I was preaching a series of strong holiness messages in a particular church. After one of the meetings the pastor said something to me that I’ve never forgotten. “The Lord has dealt with me about preaching more on love than holiness,” he said.

That statement didn’t sit well with me. I knew it was not accurate. Yet back then I didn’t know why. I pondered that pastor’s statement with my own thoughts that raced through my head. Is love more important than holiness? Are they different, or are they virtually the same? They have to be different, or we’d have a lot of redundancy in the Bible, I thought. But how are they different? Although I knew the pastor’s statement came from a lack of understanding true holiness, at that time I couldn’t thoroughly explain the difference.

This pastor’s statement put an emphasis on love, which is of primary importance, while de-emphasizing holiness, which is not only God’s greatest attribute, but foundational to understanding man’s relationship to God. I walked away from that conversation knowing that this pastor’s view of holiness was not becoming or beautiful. I thought of how his view was probably shared by a multitude of believers, who have formed erroneous ideas and notions of holiness, due probably to their own negative experiences—like the cat who is afraid of water because of one negative experience of getting scalded by boiling water. Or of those who may have come from a background of legalism where do’s and don’ts were associated with holiness. These are among the reasons holiness has gotten a bad rap and is looked upon with a sort of disdain, as being primitive, outdated and just not culturally relevant. We need to realize, however, that negative experiences or unsound teaching does not nullify the real meaning, necessity, and beauty of God’s holiness.

WHAT IS TRUE HOLINESS

What then is the real meaning of holiness? Holiness is the likeness of God. It is the total summation of all His attributes. One of my favorite definitions of holiness as it applies to believers is that it is a moral dedication and a life committed to purity of thought, word, motive and deed. At the center of that definition is the fact of being set apart or consecrated to God’s purposes. Just as God is otherworldly, we as His chosen people are to be distinct and set apart from this world. In other words, we are not to be conformed to its ideals, patterns, or standards. Holiness is conformity to God’s nature and will.

But even more importantly, holiness has more to do with to whom we belong. To whom do we give our loyalty, love, and allegiance to? To be holy means that all we are and all we have belongs to God, not ourselves, and is set apart for His purposes. It means that every aspect of our lives is to be shaped and directed by God.

Personally, I believe that restoring the beauty of biblical holiness in the church is a critical ingredient to healing the moral confusion in our culture. As the church goes, so goes the world. Our disproportionate view of holiness is one of the big reasons there is so much of the spirit of the world in the church. A distorted view of holiness, or simply the ignorance of it, is clouding our understanding of God’s true love. When God is seen as a loving, nondemanding pushover whose love overrides His holiness, then people will live in accordance with that belief. Permissiveness and promiscuity will be prevalent.

For example, if a person believes that God is so loving that He would never manifest His judgment or wrath or send anyone to hell for their sin, then their conduct will reflect that belief, and much of their life will be lived with that awful presumption. Popular false concepts of God such as these are spreading rampantly in much of the Western culture. A vision and revelation of God’s holiness will alter any of these false perceptions and will serve to greatly strengthen the church.

Any understanding of sin must begin with an understanding of true biblical holiness. In Canaan the temple prostitute was considered a holy woman, and a homosexual priest was considered a holy man. However, what was accepted among the Canaanites and the other nations was an abomination to God (Deut. 23:17-18). And Israel, as God’s chosen nation, a type of the New Testament church, was forbidden to practice these things. The people of Canaan didn’t understand God’s holiness so they couldn’t possibly understand the gravity of their sin.

A person defines sin by his own concept of God. This is the reason we now have books being written that one can be a gay Christian; and now we also have the spread of universalism and the emergent church that teaches that in the end all will be saved, because God will not allow any human being to go to hell. Many do not understand God’s love because they are not seeing it through His holiness.

Our understanding of God’s holiness determines our estimation of sin. God defines Himself through His holiness. His holiness is the standard by which we judge what sin is and what sin is not. Righteousness and justice, which are vital aspects of God’s holiness, are the foundation of His throne (Ps 89:14). All God’s dealings with us are based on the foundation of holiness. Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (2 Tim 2:19).

It is wrong to elevate what we think is love at the expense of holiness. In fact, God’s true love manifests within holiness. Just as water flows through a pipe the love of God flows through His holiness. Moreover, it is God’s love that keeps Him from overlooking His holiness. After all, it was His holiness which made the atonement necessary. His holiness demanded the cost of God’s own Son, for He cannot excuse, acquit or clear the guilty (Ex 34:7). And what His holiness demanded His love provided on the cross of Calvary.

HOLINESS AND LOVE ARE NOT OPPOSITES

Holiness and love are not at odds with each other. Holiness is not in opposition to love or separated from it. The Bible tells us that love is the greatest (1 Cor. 13:13) and any word, motivation or act void of love is as nothing (1 Cor. 13:1-3). But at the same time, love is not separated from holiness. Rather, it is constrained by holiness.

For example, if a church will not draw a sharp distinction between sin and righteousness, or will not practice church discipline among its members as taught in the Word (Mat. 18:15-17, Rom. 16:17, 1 Cor. 5, Tit. 3:10, 2 Thes. 3:6, 14-15, and such) because in their minds, it doesn’t seem loving, has probably been deceived into a false view of love absorbed from the pop culture. On the other hand, a church that emphasizes holiness, yet fails to do so in the motivation and service of love is a church that does not understand God’s holiness.

The true love of God is fixed on God’s holiness. If a church does not abide in holiness, it does not abide in true love. Conversely, if it does not abide in true love, it does not abide in holiness.

A holy church is in the world but not of it. They abstain from sin while dwelling among sinners—both are characteristics of true holiness. The problem has been that some churches have swerved too far in one direction or too far in the other, waffling between a false view of holiness and a false view of love.

The same Bible that tells me to pursue love (1 Cor 14:1) tells me to pursue holiness (Heb 12:14). Without love we are nothing. Without holiness we will never see the Lord.

But here is my warning:

A holy church is in the world but not of it. They abstain from sin while dwelling among sinners – both are characteristics of true holiness. The problem has been that some churches have swerved too far in one direction or too far in the other, waffling between a false view of holiness and a false view of love.

It’s time for the modern day church to get that right and walk in that light.

This is an excerpt taken from The Real Jesus, a compelling piece of a tetralogy of books (The Real Salvation, The Real Gospel, The Real Spirit of Revival)

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THE TRAGIC CONSEQUENCES OF NOT PREACHING THE WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD

We are living in perilous times. The greatest of the perils may be the failure of the Church to teach sound doctrine and stand in the whole counsel of God. The second greatest failure as a result of the first is giving heed to seducing spirits and the false prophetic that fills the vacuum churches and preachers have left for not preaching the baptism and the great work of the Holy Spirit.

Here’s a recent quote by Mario Murillo:

“Today we are swimming in more false teaching, false prophecy and false Christianity than ever before. All across the internet ministries dabble in new age hybrids of Christian faith, exotic extremes, drunkenness and even perversion. Turns out, the church is the other swamp that needs draining.”

Deception is everywhere.

A TRAGIC ENDING

I’d like to share another story that will serve as one more example of a deceived people, who due to not hearing the whole counsel of God had become comfortable in their sinful lifestyle. This true account does not end well and serves to show the tragic consequences of the failure to preach the real gospel.

Years ago I took a Bible school group of 10 students to a church in a large city in America. God led me to preach a very strong message on repentance. As I was giving the altar call people began to come forward. Before I could instruct them, however, the pastor stepped in and brought the entire service to a halt. He accused me of being hard and defended himself and his people, saying that they were all just as saved as I or anyone else was. He then asked me to come to his office and further reprimanded me for my message. The Lord told me to keep my mouth shut and not say anything. This pastor then cancelled the rest of the meetings we were to have in his church, and also called all the other churches in the area that we were scheduled to minister in and convinced the pastors of those churches to cancel the remainder of our meetings as well.

Within a day or two of that particular meeting I received a vision from the Lord to explain what had happened in that church. In the vision he showed me a large snake all coiled up on top of a mound of sand. Then he showed me cocking my right arm back and firing a rock that hit him right between the eyes. Suddenly that snake uncoiled, raised up his ugly head, and hissed loudly while shaking violently and scattering sand everywhere. His secure stronghold had been threatened. The Lord showed me that there were serious sin issues in that church beginning with the pastor himself, and the message I preached shook and unsettled everything.

Sometime later a brother whom we found favor with from this hosting church wrote me at my request to let me know what transpired in that church over the next several years. Within two years the children’s pastor was charged with child molestation. Think of the damage done to those children. Then the pastor’s daughter, a married woman, was caught having an affair with her boss. Her husband died a couple of years later. This adulteress woman has a beautiful daughter who loves Jesus, but to this day she enjoys no relationship with her. This is the rotten fruit of sin.

That’s not all, though. A few years later the host pastor, who was responsible for virtually kicking us out of town and canceling all our meetings, suddenly fell dead of a massive heart attack on a Sunday morning right before a service. Another pastor, who had cancelled our meetings because the host pastor encouraged him to, was also caught in adultery and lost his church. It turns out this other pastor only cancelled our meetings because the host pastor was the biggest financial contributor of his television ministry.

All these casualties happened because people were made to feel comfortable in their sins; because no one preached the confrontational aspects of the gospel. Judgment caught up with people in this church because they were not willing to judge themselves. Think about that. And think about their eternal fate.

PREACH THE REAL GOSPEL AND THE WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD

Evil and wickedness are actually strengthened when preachers fail to stand in the counsel of the Lord and speak His words.

“They strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none returns from his wickedness…But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings” (Jer. 23: 14, 22).

Somehow people think it is mean-spirited and even condemning to preach the cross and a confrontational gospel that deals with sin and worldliness and calls people to repentance, when actually it is the mercy of God and His saving grace to do so.

The real life examples I listed above are a direct result of a failure to preach the real gospel and to warn people of impending judgment and the consequences of sin. Sadly, there are multitudes in hell today because they were lied to or deceived and didn’t hear the  truth of the gospel. They heard another version that never told them to repent and turn from their sins.

Ministers will be held accountable for not preaching the full counsel of God. God hates deception because it eventually destroys people, brings judgment upon them, and is eternally fatal. Notice again these extremely strong words from the Amplified version of the Bible and the very heavy indictment given to those who preach another gospel:

“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to and different from that which we preached to you, let him be accursed (anathema, devoted to destruction, doomed to eternal punishment)! As we said before, so I now say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel different from or contrary to that which you received [from us], let him be accursed (anathema, devoted to destruction, doomed to eternal punishment)” (Gal 1:8-9 Amp)!

Do we really believe that such a horrific curse pronounced on false preachers of a false gospel is in the Bible? Does this really mean what it says? Whenever something is repeated in the same context of Scripture we better pay very close attention to it and understand God’s heart in the matter. His anger and severity with all those who preach another gospel is glaringly evident here.

Why is this most damning terminology used to devote and doom men to destruction and eternal punishment? I’ll tell you why: Because a false gospel deceives and damns souls. It insults the precious blood of Christ and the agony and sacrifice He made for the sin of the world. It takes away the glory from the redemptive work of Jesus. It stains and contaminates the glorious bride of Christ. And in this context, it threatened to cause these young Galatian converts to depart from Christ and the real faith and return to the Law.

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea” Mat 18:6).

“Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:26-27).

I don’t want the blood of sinners on my hands because of a failure to preach the real Biblical gospel. Paul preached in order to present every man perfect in Christ Jesus (Col 1:28). May we do the same and save our necks and those who hear us.

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