Apostasy In The Churches
By David J. Stewart
February 2010 | Updated March 2015
Apostasy is prevalent in the world's churches today. Jesus said that there wouldn't be much faith when He returned at the Rapture (Luke 18:8). Most people have churchianity without Christianity.
Most people have religious dogma without Biblical truth. Jesus said in John 4:24 that God can only be worshipped in spirit and truth.
Many churches attempt to create a spirit, instead of obeying the Bible to have the presence of the Holy Spirit. God is not worshipped in rituals, ceremonies and manmade traditions (Mark 7:6-13; Matthew 15:8). Spirituality is quickly replacing theology in our evangelical churches. It is apostasy!
I love pastors, truly. I thank God for the hard-working pastors who faithfully execute their duties as shepherds over the flock of God.
Albeit, Jesus said that the greatest is he that serves, not he that is served. Most pastors are not truly servants, they only help those who pay their salary. THEY HAVE THEIR REWARD.
Jesus said that He would reward us for giving to those who cannot give anything back to us. You'd be surprised how many little pastors won't come visit you in the hospital unless you're a tithing member of his church. That's a business, a club, and not a Christian ministry!
One Reason Why People Despise Preachers
According to payscale.com, the average U.S. pastor is paid $53,077 a year; but the average U.S. Diesel Mechanic is only paid $41,543. I think that is very wrong. It should be the other way around. I am a firm believer that pastors ought to receive THE LEAST salary in a society, to ensure that he does not abuse his calling. Hypocritically, many pastors profess to be servants, but they are the ones being served continually. Pastors receive many gifts during the holidays, extra money, umpteen fringe benefits from the congregation. No one in any other working profession receive this kind of spoiling and special attention. A Diesel mechanic never receives “I wuv u pweacher” notes from children, chocolate candies left by his office door, neck-ties or gift baskets from his people.
In sharp contrast, hard-working men in church congregation, who faithfully provide for their own families, get NOTHING! Many of those men are divorced and alone, having no children, or have strained relationships with their children. Many men are working to support children that they hardly ever see. When such a man sees a spoiled pastor receiving all sorts of money, gifts and love and affection from a church congregation, well, you can understand why some people would despise such a spoiled pastor in jealousy.
Certainly, a pastor who faithfully loves his people and wins their hearts over time is deserving of such generosity and love from his congregation. Albeit, a genuine man of God gives away his heart and nearly everything given to him to help others. God gave us two hands, one to receive and the other to give. That's another reason why I love Pastor Jack Hyles so much, that is, he gave away nearly everything he ever received. When sharing a platform with another preacher, if a love-offering was taken, Dr. Hyles gave the other preacher both offerings.
This is why:
A Pastor should not be paid more than the average person in the church that he pastors.
A pastor should not dress richly, nor drive an expensive vehicle, so as to relate with the common man.
A pastor should share the gifts given to him, giving most of them away to less fortunate families and people in the church.
A pastor should share the praise given to him, by including his staff and congregation, giving them credit for any blessings.
The pastor should always take the blame for any church failures.
Pastors should be held to a higher accountability, but they are not. The sad reality is that 90% of America's pastors would resign tomorrow if their salaries were reduced down to the minimal U.S. salary of $27,519. 50% of Americans earn less than $27,519 a year. Why should pastors, who are supposed to be servants (ministers), make more money than most Americans? They shouldn't!
Consequently, many shady, insincere and unqualified people are pastoring churches simply for the large salary and benefits. It has become a mere profession, like doctor, lawyer or a veterinarian. No man should stand behind a pulpit unless he truly walks with God and has a burning passion to preach THE TRUTH (and no woman is ever Biblically permitted to preach to men). I'm sick of pastors who say they want the truth, but in reality, they reject it when you hand it to them.
Clearly, many pastors don't want the truth, and neither do their congregations. Few people can even recognize the truth anymore. The heresy of Zionism has blinded most pastors and churches. The heresy of Lordship Salvation has infected our churches, blinding people. Hundreds of satanic counterfeit Bible versions have infested our churches, blinding them. When the very basis of all spiritual truth, which is the Word of God, is corrupted, then the churches no longer have a standard to know if they're being deceived.
I used to work as a Diesel Mechanic for a few years and let me tell you, it is very heavy and knuckle-busting hard work. I'm tired of hearing about golf-club pastors. I'll take the pastor who works a part-time job unstopping sewers, throwing newspapers or delivering pizzas to make ends meet. Honestly, most pastors aren't worth their salary. If that offends you, then I'm glad I struck a sore nerve by telling the truth. If a pastor is a hard-working man of God, then he is not offended. I've never received a penny for serving God and since 2002 I have spent an average of 40-70 hours a week working on my online ministry which the Lord has entrusted to me.
Tragically, pastors and preachers are no longer one and the same. Most pastors are not preachers, and most preachers are not pastors. A pastor who doesn't take an uncompromising stand for God as a preacher is a disgrace.
The following statistics on pastors are very disturbing . . .
Statistics on PastorsBy Dr. Richard J. Krejcir
What is Going on with the Pastors in America? Here are some startling statistics on pastors; we have found that pastors are in the single most stressful and frustrating working profession!
What is Going on with the Pastors in America?
Here are some startling statistics on pastors; FASICLD (Francis A. Schaeffer Institute of Church Leadership Development). This quest started in 1989 as a Fuller Institute project that was picked up by FASICLD in 1998.
After over 18 years of researching pastoral trends and many of us being a pastor, we have found (this data is backed up by other studies) that pastors are in a dangerous occupation! We are perhaps the single most stressful and frustrating working profession, more than medical doctors, lawyers, politicians or cat groomers (hey they have claws). We found that over 70% of pastors are so stressed out and burned out that they regularly consider leaving the ministry (I only feel that way on Mondays). Thirty-five to forty percent of pastors actually do leave the ministry, most after only five years. On a personal note, out of the 12 senior pastors that I have served under directly, two have passed away, and four have left the ministry totally-that is, not only are they no longer in the pulpit, but they no longer even attend a church. And, I run into ex-pastors on a regular basis at conferences and speaking engagements; makes me wonder "what's up with that," as my kids would say.
From our recent research we did to retest our data, 1050 pastors were surveyed from two pastor's conferences held in Orange County and Pasadena, Ca-416 in 2005, and 634 in 2006 (I conducted a similar study for the Fuller Institute in the late 80s with a much greater sampling).
- Of the one thousand fifty (1,050 or 100%) pastors we surveyed, every one of them had a close associate or seminary buddy who had left the ministry because of burnout, conflict in their church, or from a moral failure.
- Nine hundred forty-eight (948 or 90%) of pastors stated they are frequently fatigued, and worn out on a weekly and even daily basis (did not say burned out).
- Nine hundred thirty-five, (935 or 89%) of the pastors we surveyed also considered leaving the ministry at one time. Five hundred ninety, (590 or 57%) said they would leave if they had a better place to go-including secular work.
- Eighty-one percent (81%) of the pastors said there was no regular discipleship program or effective effort of mentoring their people or teaching them to deepen their Christian formation at their church (remember these are the Reformed and Evangelical-not the mainline pastors!). (This is Key)
- Eight hundred eight (808 or 77%) of the pastors we surveyed felt they did not have a good marriage!
- Seven hundred ninety (790 or 75%) of the pastors we surveyed felt they were unqualified and/or poorly trained by their seminaries to lead and manage the church or to counsel others. This left them disheartened in their ability to pastor.
- Seven hundred fifty-six (756 or 72%) of the pastors we surveyed stated that they only studied the Bible when they were preparing for sermons or lessons. This left only 38% who read the Bible for devotions and personal study.
- Eight hundred two (802 or 71%) of pastors stated they were burned out, and they battle depression beyond fatigue on a weekly and even a daily basis.
- Three hundred ninety-nine (399 or 38%) of pastors said they were divorced or currently in a divorce process.
- Three hundred fifteen (315 or 30%) said they had either been in an ongoing affair or a one-time sexual encounter with a parishioner.
- Two hundred seventy (270 or 26%) of pastors said they regularly had personal devotions and felt they were adequately fed spirituality. (This is Key).
- Two hundred forty-one (241 or 23%) of the pastors we surveyed said they felt happy and content on a regular basis with who they are in Christ, in their church, and in their home!
- Of the pastors surveyed, they stated that a mean (average) of only 25% of their church's membership attended a Bible Study or small group at least twice a month. The range was 11% to a max of 40%, a median (the center figure of the table) of 18% and a mode (most frequent number) of 20%. This means over 75% of the people who are at a "good" evangelical church do not go to a Bible Study or small group (that is not just a book or curriculum study, but where the Bible is opened and read, as well as studied), (This is Key). (I suspect these numbers are actually lower in most evangelical and Reformed churches because the pastors that come to conferences tend to be more interested in the teaching and care of their flock than those who usually do not attend.)
Here is research that we distilled from Barna, Focus on the Family, and Fuller Seminary, all of which backed up our findings, and additional information from reviewing others' research:
- Fifteen hundred pastors leave the ministry each month due to moral failure, spiritual burnout, or contention in their churches.
- Fifty percent of pastors' marriages will end in divorce.
- Eighty percent of pastors feel unqualified and discouraged in their role as pastor.
- Fifty percent of pastors are so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could, but have no other way of making a living.
- Eighty percent of seminary and Bible school graduates who enter the ministry will leave the ministry within the first five years.
- Seventy percent of pastors constantly fight depression.
- Almost forty percent polled said they have had an extra-marital affair since beginning their ministry.
- Seventy percent said the only time they spend studying the Word is when they are preparing their sermons (This is Key).
Most statistics say that 60% to 80% of those who enter the ministry will not still be in it 10 years later, and only a fraction will stay in it as a lifetime career. Many pastors-I believe over 90 percent-start off right with a true call and the enthusiasm and the endurance of faith to make it, but something happens to derail their train of passion and love for the call.
Focus on the Family has reported (http://www.parsonage.org/) that we in the United States lose a pastor a day because he seeks an immoral path instead of God's, seeking intimacy where it must not be found. F.O.F. statistics state that 70% of pastors do not have close personal friends, and no one in whom to confide. They also said about 35% of pastors personally deal with sexual sin. In addition, that 25% of pastors are divorced. The statistics I had with church growth resources is even higher. Pastors who tend to be very educated seem to have the ability to embark in sin on Saturday and preach the Word on Sunday without thinking anything is wrong.
Remember, Pride and Arrogance will be the diving board that will spring the pastor into the pool of sin and cause a church to fight amongst themselves!
Out of the 1050 pastors we surveyed during two pastors conferences held in Pasadena, California, 825, or 78% (326 in 2005 and 499 in 2006) said they were forced to resign from a church at least once. Sixty-three percent (63%) said they had been fired from their pastoral position at least twice. In the survey, we asked why they were fired-from the reasons given by the church board versus what they felt the reason was. We laid out 15 categories with a blank space to fill out what we may have missed: poor leadership, conflict with key staff or lay leadership, gossip, lack of funding, doctrinal divide, hardship on family, not connecting with membership, power plays, church council refusing to resolve conflict, resistance to their teaching, resistance to their leadership style or vision, failure to teach biblically, poor people skills, failure to follow job description, inappropriate relationship, or other sin. They gave us a top five main explanations on a scale of one to five, with few (8%) reporting on any of the other categories. These stats are based on number one response; at the same time, over 70% of pastors stated three of these five reasons. Here is the order (these findings have been retested and back up in internet polls done since 1998, and church survey studies done since 1980:
- Four hundred twelve (412 or 52%) stated that the number one reason was organizational and control issues. A conflict arose that forced them out based on who was going to lead and manage the church-pastor, elder, key lay person, faction, ...
- One hundred ninety (190 or 24%) stated that the number one reason was their church was already in such a significant degree of conflict, the pastor's approach could not resolve it (over 80% of pastors stated this as number 2 if not already stated as number one, and for the rest, it was number 3!).
- One hundred nineteen (119 or 14%) stated the number one reason to be that the church was resistance to their leadership, vision, teaching, or to change, or that their leadership was too strong or too fast.
- Sixty four (64 or 8%) stated the number one reason to be that the church was not connecting with them on a personal level or they could not connect with them, or the church over-admired the previous pastor and would not accept them.
- Forty (40 or 5%) stated that the number one reason was not having the appropriate relational or connecting skills as a pastor. (It is interesting that no one mentioned lack of teaching ability-only that their teaching was not accepted. Could this be pride?)
The other significant study of pastors that held similar results as ours was conducted by psychologist Richard Blackmon (with ties to Fuller Seminary and Dr. Archibald Heart), also reported by the Los Angeles Times newspaper. In 1985 as well as more recently too, Blackmon surveyed one thousand pastors from four major denominations in California, USA. His research, which was ongoing up to 2004, revealed that over 75% of ministers are extremely or highly stressed. He even found that 31.75% of the clergy surveyed had sexual intercourse with a church member-who was not their spouse! In addition, he found that 30% to 40% of ministers ultimately drop out of the ministry. His research goes on to say the average insurance costs to churches for dealing with mental breakdowns with clergy is four percent higher than any secular industry. Blackmon states that the significance of the stress is mainly based in the areas of personal finances, church finances, building issues, recruitment of volunteers, counseling issues, and visitation. Sermon preparation and teaching seem to be last on his list!
The stress, according to Blackmon, is a primary result of the continual, intense, care responsibility of pastors compared to a medical doctor who will see a terminally ill patient for an hour or so, then see them again in a few weeks. He suggests that the pastor must set personal limits for himself to maintain balance, develop relationships outside of the church, and to be in a support group with other pastors. Very good advice!
The problem, as we have found (and I agree with Blackmon, but as a symptom and not the prime issue), is that people lose focus on what the mission and central theme of the Church is. Both pastor and churchgoer miss the main theme of what a church is about, which is to know and worship Christ as Lord. So, when there is no growth from the pastor's personal life, no discipleship, few people in Bible Study, then there is no mission or appropriate purpose for that church, and there are no goals; therefore, there's nothing really to do effectively. The result is the "shearing of the sheep." Instead of being fed, they will feed upon one another, as well as the pastor, in a feast of conflict and strife. Since the church has nothing to do, then all the energies are turned inward to attack one another. I guess it beats being bored.
When I was with another church growth consulting firm, we did a major study of pastors and came up with some astounding statistics. We found that 90% of pastors work more than 50 hours a week. One out of three pastors state that being in the ministry is clearly hazardous for their families. One out of three pastors felt totally burned out within the first five years of ministry. Over 70% of pastors do not have anyone they would consider to be a friend, and hardly any pastors had any close friends. Ninety percent (90%) of pastors feel they were not adequately trained to cope with ministry coordination and the demands of the congregation.
Seventy-five percent (75%) of pastors experience a significant crisis that they faced due to stress in the ministry (Fuller Institute, 1989-1992). We at the FASICLD retested that data by various means starting in 1998 and also retested the results in an internet survey form several times over the last eight years. We found it has slightly worsened. Most pastors now work up to and more than 60 hours a week. Hence, why the divorce rate among pastors is rising and pastor's children rarely stay in the church or keep their faith. In both studies, over 40% of the pastors reported serious conflicts with their parishioners every month. This leaves pastors physically tired, spiritually weary, and even distant from God! Thus, they cannot properly minister or connect with their flock.
There was a poll taken by a sociologist named Jeffrey Haddan ("Prayer Net" Newsletter, Nov. 13, 1998) in which he polled over 7,400 Protestant ministers. He found that 13% to 51% of ministers, depending on their denomination, accepted Jesus' physical resurrection as a fact. His poll states between 19% and 60% of ministers believe in the virgin birth of Jesus. The poll goes on to say between 67% and 95% of ministers believe that the Scriptures are true in faith, history, and practice. These statistics are extremely despairing. What do these ministers think they are doing? What is their purpose? And, what are they trying to accomplish in God's Holy Church? If you are the church leadership and you do not believe in the tenets of Scripture, you have no business being in leadership and certainly no business being the Shepherd and teacher of the flock. What you are is a wolf in sheep's clothing, which will be harshly judged by God.
We at FASICLD conducted a simpler internet poll in 2005 of 2,245 pastors and another 1050 in person by our surveys in pastor's conferences as seen above. Because we are reaching Reformed and conservative Evangelicals, the stats are very different. We found that over 90% of pastors polled believe in the resurrection, virgin birth, and the validity of Scriptures (we did not get into the various aspects of inerrancy). The significant problem we found is the "buzz" or willingness to go beyond belief into trust, and then model that to their congregations. Being beat up in the ministry wears them down and derails their focus.
The result of both studies is this: the pastor must be theologically sound. A pastor who does not have a good theology is like an engineer who does not know math; he or she would totally be unable to do the job of designing. A pastor that is not theologically sound is like a surgeon who does not know anatomy and physiology; would you want him or her to operate on you? Would you want a lawyer representing you who does not know the law or the court system? When we are in the pulpit proclaiming the truth of Christ, it better be just that-the truth of Christ, not our inclinations, new ideas, or the latest trend in theological thinking.
All these new waves of theology just confuse and alienate the body of Christ, who are the parishioners we serve and are called to protect from false doctrine, rather leading to God's truth. Most of these new ideas keep changing and conflicting, and only last a few years until the next latest theological fad comes into play. Why play with the fire of that game when God's truth remains the same and only our creative thinking keeps changing? It's good to be creative as long as it does not go against the teachings of Scripture!
The results of the survey are that pastors face more conflict, more anger, and more expectations than ever before. At the same time, they work long hours and have little pay, little reward, and produce their own dysfunctional families because of their absence. And, to top it off, they are not being adequately trained nor fed spiritually. I need to state clearly that this is not true of all pastors; there are many who are excellent in obeying their call, pastoring great churches, and being there for their families who are growing in the Lord.
And, as a pastor, I must be aware of this so I do not fall in these traps myself. The statistics tell us that many more pastors have not learned to balance family and ministry or adequately deal with the immense struggles of the job. Thus, many are not able to lead their church where it needs to go because they have not been where they are seeking to lead others in growth or in spiritual formation. I totally sympathize with them, yet I call pastors to wake up to what they are doing, and why they are doing it. At the same time, hey church, take care of and respect your pastor!
The bottom line is this: if you are a pastor your job is to serve Christ first and foremost! Thus, it is imperative that we do not become thoughtless or uncaring concerning the buildup and practice of our personal faith. In so doing, we are also to be aware of and embrace the opportunities Christ has and will still bring for us. Our focus must be on the main thing and Christ is the main thing and at the same intention we are not to negate or neglect our personal faith development or our family. If we do, we personally fail and thus our churches will fail too and our family fails and we create the massive destruction, conflict, chaos and strife that has become so rampant in so many churches. We are called to do the opposite to discord and conflict, we are called to bring cohesion and community and show the character and love of Christ first to ourselves, then our family and then our church. In so doing we bring growth, maturity and love, being in and practicing "true spirituality!"
If we do not have a desire to pursue the call of God, we have to ask ourselves why and what is in the way. Why are we in ministry? We have to ask, what is the role of pride and the desire of sin and how is it blocking us from proclaiming Christ as a pastor? Sometimes, we may not recognize sin and will perhaps rationalize it away. This happens especially when solid biblical theology or teaching is not being rooted in us and not thus being taught from us, then our churches become just social clubs of gossip and contention or entertainment and not the real effectual Church of Christ where He is model and shown as Lord. Remember, our election is proven by our obedience, fruit, and growth in Christ!
As pastors, it is our call and duty to be on guard against the erosion of biblical values and damage to our and our churches beliefs and biblical mindset (Psalm 123:3; Mark 4:19)!Remember, churches fail because we as pastors fail; we tend to place our needs and desires over the Lord's. It is His Church and we are His servant. Let our focus be on the right target-that is, His Way and not ours! We are called to a higher purpose. We are not called to ourselves. We are to lead others to Him, not to our self. Ministry is a wondrous call, it can be joyful and fulfilling; it is also a dangerous thing because we are before a Holy God. Yes we have grace, but we have responsibility too!
© 2007 (research from 1989 to 2006) R. J. Krejcir Ph.D. Francis A. Schaeffer Institute of Church Leadership Development http://www.truespirituality.org/
I'd like to repeat something you just read. In order to fulfill the following statement, churches and pastors must expose the modern corrupt Bible versions as satanic, and also expose modernists like John MacArthur who teach the big lie of Lordship Salvation, and also expose the big lie of Zionism as well . . .
As pastors, it is our call and duty to be on guard against the erosion of biblical values and damage to our and our churches beliefs and biblical mindset (Psalm 123:3; Mark 4:19)!
Satan's seat is in the churches (Revelation 2:13). Satan already owns the casinos, brothels and taverns. It is in the churches where Satan seeks to do the most damage. The Church is a thorn in Satan's side, a monkey-wrench to his evil works and the Devil's biggest enemy. Thus, it shouldn't be surprising that Satan seeks to corrupt the Bible to infiltrate the churches—redefining the Gospel, attacking the deity of Jesus Christ, diminishing the Godhead and subtly introducing doctrines of demons.
The heresy of Lordship Salvation is one of Satan's secret weapons, subtly perverting the simplicity of the Gospel and making salvation difficult and impossible. This damnable doctrine is apostasy in the churches. Jesus died on the cross to do the impossible, i.e., redeem us to God the Father. If there was anything that we could have done to redeem ourselves, then Jesus wouldn't have needed to go to the cross. But there was nothing we could do. Isaiah 64:6 says even our self-righteousness is filth to God. The reason why is because no amount of goodness on our part can erase the bad. Even one sin is enough to send a sinner to Hell forever (James 2:10). Jesus did the impossible for us, because He loves us. Salvation is simply allowing Jesus to save us, by trusting upon Him.
There is much apostasy in churches today concerning evils in government. Romans 13 has been misinterpreted to mean that believers should blindly accept tyranny. God is not a liar nor a warmonger as Sarah Palin claims. God hates hands that shed innocent blood, a proud look, feet that are quick to mischief and a lying tongue (Proverb 6:16-19). The blood of over one million innocent Iraqis cry out to God from the ground (Genesis 4:10). What hast thou done America? Those who support unprovoked war, the killing of the innocent and stealing natural resources from neighboring nations are no friend of God. They are thugs, evil and of the Devil.
God commands men not to steal (Exodus 20:15). God commands men not to kill (Exodus 20:13). God commands men not to covet (Exodus 20:17). Evil men have coveted Iraq's wealth, exploiting U.S. troops to kill their citizens and giving no bid contracts to corrupt corporations to steal their oil. Face scanning, body scanners, global taxes, carbon taxes ... they want to take over our society. The big central banks who are running the show are coming in with control, i.e., a New World Order.
We are being taken over by foreign corporations via the central banks, who have the power to create for themselves unlimited wealth at our expense, buying up everything in America. It's all evil, criminal and blatant fraud.
Syndicated radio talk show host, Alex Jones, stated on The Alex Jones Show on February 1st, 2010 . . .
“All the new World Order is, is powerful offshore corporations and banks that combine forces to bring in tyranny on a society-wide basis. All the New World Order is, is private corporations paying off your government to sign treaties with them, granting them government power to create monopolies and cartels, to control the free market and society. They have stolen us blind. They have stolen Iceland and England and Europe and Canada and Australia and the United States blind. It is fraudulent. It is based in fraud. They can create unlimited derivatives, unlimited currency and credit for themselves, but they need fake environmentalism to actually get your property. They need fake government rules to seize all the major highways and roads and turn them into toll-roads for offshore corporations like Centra of Spain. This is looting. This is corruption.
Because the general public is only focused on football and on Hollywood stars and on diversions, the establishment is able to get away with this. But they have gone so far in their crimes. They have done so much evil, that if we simply stand up and point out that the emperor is wearing no clothes, and point out the crimes they have committed, and that Geitner and Paulson and all these people have given themselves hundreds-of-millions of dollars individually to themselves out of the banker bailout money, and that the number is really $28,000,000,000,000 (not $700,000,000,000), and that they engineered this and then McClatchy Newspapers wrote a five part series in December exposing that this is premeditated; if we expose them, if we point out what they've done, if we simply have the energy to point out that they are the harbiture, the progenitor, the engine behind our economy falling apart; they want to destroy the economy; Ron Paul has said that, because when they bankrupt you, you go under government control.
More than half the population now work for the government or get government contracts. That's not enough. It's their job to bankrupt. It's their job to bankrupt the states. It's their job to take over society. It's a monopoly game. It's a game of absolute domination and control.”
SOURCE: Alex Jones, The Alex Jones Show; www.infowars.com; February 1st, 2010
Why don't you realize what your life's priorities are? A bunch of guys chasing a ball around a field has become the focal point of American's lives and we wonder why the country is going down the toilet. Look in the mirror.
We are fighting a war of lies verses the truth. Jesus came preaching the truth (John 8:40). Most people won't listen now, but they will down the road when things get much worse. The Police State is here! If you haven't realized it yet, you will soon. If Christians don't rise up against the evildoers and workers of iniquity, then who will? If not here, where? If not now, when? America can only be subverted from within. It is tragic that our churches have been bought off by the government, licensing them as 501c3 businesses. Consequently, these 501c3 pastors won't preach against crimes in government against the people. WE THE PEOPLE need to rise up! Government was created BY the people FOR the people; but it has become by the CORPORATIONS and for the corporations. God pity ministers who bury their heads in the sand. We have become the land of cowards and home of the slaves! Wake up sheeple!
Whereas terrorists have killed 3,000 Americans since 1990; abortionists have killed 4,000 Americans since yesterday! Why are the churches silent? Just as America's churches became silent against the evils of booze after the prohibition era ended; so have America's Christians become silent concerning the evils of abortion, homosexuality and the blatant government crimes being committed against American citizens.
Whether it be fake Bibles, false Gospels or indifference toward government crimes, our churches have turned away from the God of the Bible. If there's one place where the truth ought to be preached, it's at church. Nope! You'll find more truth on the internet, reading books and via talk show radio than you will in 99% of America's churches. It is apostasy!!!
The hallmark of a Christian who loves the Lord is a love for THE TRUTH (2nd Thessalonians 2:10). Soulwinning is preaching THE TRUTH of salvation. Contending for the faith is contending for THE TRUTH. John 18:37, “Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto THE TRUTH. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” Jesus came into the world to bear witness unto THE TRUTH. Amen! Few believers truly comprehend the importance of THE TRUTH. As believers, we ought to seek out, proclaim, love, defend and be willing to die for the truth.
If churches loved the truth, it would matter which Bible they use. Most churchgoers tote a corrupt New International Version [NIV] Bible because they don't love the truth. Those true believers who love THE TRUTH, get upset when the NIV removes the name above every other name, Jesus, in 38 places! The word “Godhead” is completely gone! That is so wrong! The word “begotten” is gone from John 3:16, making Jesus God's only Son; but John 1:12 says every believer is a son of God. Jesus is the only begotten Son of God. The NIV teaches lies. The battle over the precious King James Bible is a battle over THE TRUTH!
The battle over abortion, homosexuality and the Devil's music is a battle over THE TRUTH! God calls these things evil. Sadly, some ministers are even teaching that gay is ok. These evil false prophets are more interested in pleasing and appeasing the media and proud defiant sinners, than in obeying God.
The battle over the 911 attacks, our POW's abandoned in Vietnam, the bogus War On Terror, the Global Warming fraud, the criminal Federal Reserve, and other crimes in government is a battle over THE TRUTH!
We all need to fight against the New World Order and the apostasy which has crept into America's churches. Billy Sunday saw this trendy type of apostate Christianity 100 years ago . . .
"It would be a godsend if the Church would suffer persecution today; she hasn't suffered it for hundreds of years. She is growing rich and lagging behind. Going back."
SOURCE: Billy Sunday, The Need for Revivals, From "Billy Sunday: The Man and His Message", by William T. Ellis, Philadelphia: John C. Winston Co., 1914
We are living in an evil generation of trendy compromised Christianity that condones abortion, embraces homosexuality and supports tyranny and abuse of power in government that violates our Bill of Rights. It is apostasy! Please read your CITIZEN'S RULE BOOK.
John 8:32, “And ye shall know THE TRUTH, and the truth shall make you free.”
2nd Corinthians 3:17, “Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty.”
Ye Must Be Born Again!
You Need HIS Righteousness!