Thursday, June 19, 2008
I look at all that is going on in the world and I think of "the Pangs" the Bible speaks of are upon us.
Wars and talks of more wars, gas prices soaring, flood after flood destroying homes, ruining crops, killing people. Immorality growing rapidly, the number of job losses getting higher and higher, businesses closing, stock Market dropping more then rising.
False Prophets in the pulpits deceiving folks with a watered down message. People actually looking up to men like Todd Bentley and his wacky message and calling it the Gospel. Benny Hinn's "ministry" reportedly takes in over $100 million a year, which allows him to maintain a $3.5 million home, and to spend $8,000 on airline fares and stay in $2,000/night hotel rooms. Joel Osteen proudly wears the title of "the smiling preacher". We need to ask our self, "What is behind that smile?" The man hardly uses his bible when preaching, his messages seemed to wrapped our "Feelings"...Even the church is being deceived today.
"Paul said that these false teachers (Romans 16:17,18) are effective in deceiving believers. They're effective for two reasons: (1) These false teachers are very effective communicators -- 'They use smooth and flattering speech to deceive people;' ... (2) Believers aren't paying attention. Believers are unsuspecting ... They're [the false teachers] using smooth and flattering speech. They have personal magnetism about them. Our attention gets turned away from what they are saying to how they are saying it, to the impression they are making with their own personality. And when we are put in that situation, we turn our attention from the content of what is being taught, and ... we open ourselves up to be deceived and turned away from our purity and devotion to Jesus Christ.Do you find the church seems to be more concerned about our feelings and our experiences than we are with the Truth of God? Do we twist the truth to conform to our audiance? Do we do use what ever works to bring folks into the church even at the compromise of God's Word?
If Satan wants to disrupt the work of God in your life, what does he do? He attack the Word, so that the power of God does not work ...We could never have gotten saved without the Word, if we want to grow we need keep in the Word. The world around us is falling apart. Folks are desperate and in need of a Savior, what will it take for folks to open thier eyes to the truth? Only God can make a dead man alive, we were born dead in our sins and only God can remove the blinders every man and women are born with. Is He using wars, famine, immorality to show folks that they are in need of a Savior...He sure is.....
Matt.24:4And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.