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Are You Attending A False Or True Church

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Is this the kind of church you attend?
2 Timothy 4:3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

This time has come. Those who lead a church today are basically motivational speakers using God’s word. The purpose of a motivational speaker is to inspire people into some kind of action. But the inspiration is for worldly gain through the action. This pleases the emotions and flesh. It draws the picture that God is here to meet our every want.

A True church should represent this
2 Timothy 4:2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

A true preacher of the Word of God has a clearly defined path. Which is to preach and teach the whole Word of God whether the people want to hear it or not. Someone who preaches or teaches has the responsibility to reprove, rebuke, and strongly influence the people toward a relationship with God Himself.

What America has been taught, yet only few seek the TRUTH
America has heard a false gospel for so long now that the true gospel of Jesus Christ is offensive to these people (see first verse). Because these people are looking for a false gospel, they turn their back on anyone who speaks God’s Truth. The church has and is exchanging the Truth for a lie.

What makes up this deception?
The speakers do not teach the whole truth instead half truths are spoken and what is being said is not questioned. There has been a whole new way of thinking brought into the church that opposes God’s Word. However, the speakers are dynamic and charismatic which engages the emotions. This is what the people want, to feel good about themselves and their life no matter what lifestyle they are living. God has been reduced to an emotional God.

The TRUE gospel of Jesus Christ confronts, challenges and convicts people of their lifestyle and no one wants to be judged. The whole word of God does not just have love, forgiveness and grace. The whole word of God encompasses suffering, repentance, sin, blood, cross, wrath, judgment, holiness and crucifixion etc. Today church planter’s sole purpose is to acquire a large congregation for one main reason, so they are told to speak only on positive messages that make you feel good about yourself. Can you name any preachers who speak in this manner?

Is deception in the church new? 
2 Peter 2:1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.

Galatians 2:4 Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery—

So to answer the question is deception in the church new? no, this is nothing new.

Why is this important?
When you are a Christian (especially a new one) you believe someone who says they are a Christian. Instead you are to ( John 7:24 ) Be honest in your judgment and do not decide at a glance (superficially and by appearances); but judge fairly and righteously. If you are the one who believes someone at their first word then you will be deceived by a false brother or sister. If you’re looking to not be deceived pray for discernment and the Holy Spirit will show who they really are. Are you attending a church that is filled with deception and false doctrine? This has been taking place since the church was young and is definitely in the church now. Deception leads to slavery, and slavery is slavery whether it is to earn your salvation or seek worldly gain.

Where does deception come from?
2 Corinthians 11:13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.

The ultimate picture God paints concerning false teachers is, it is the doctrine of Satan. Satan’s foundational lie is “you can be like God and know good from evil” ( Genesis 3:5 ). Which means you (not God) decides what is good and evil. God tells us because of this His Truth will be exchanged for a lie and good will be called evil and evil will be called good. Why, because man is calling the shots.

Why is this happening?
Because the leaders take a verse and twist it to say what the people want to hear. Some go so far as to say the bible is outdated and no longer relevant.

What gospel are you listening to?
Do you desire something new and exciting?
Do you know the word spoken and know this does not agree with God’s word but you justify it or find someone to justify it for you?
Do you know what God says about sin and the true gospel of His Son Jesus Christ?
Is your faith able to stand without doubt when challenged?

As the doctrine of “and you will be like God, knowing the difference between good and evil” continues to put man on God’s throne, do not forget Salvation is the thought of God not man.

Jesus came to save sinners and no one else.


Cited:

Biblegateway.com (we use Bible verses from this site)

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Sherri Bledsoe is an Ordain Minister who has been studying God's Word since 2003. She has spoken at churches, nursing homes and has taught bible classes for many years. Living His Word Ministries was established in June 2008 and went live on the internet in 2013. Our Ministry is to serve our Lord Jesus Christ by speaking scripture only. This ministry is a 501c3 and helps those in need per scripture. We do take donations or offerings.


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