Cement building blocks, mortar, and rebar do not a
house make. Building a home takes great planning and knowledge. Anyone can build
a home if they have the essential building blocks such as the tools, abilities,
finances, and if married, a very strong marriage. Once the home builder has all
the items mentioned above, including professional architectural drawn plans for
the house, he must know how, and where to begin. For example if he begins with
building the walls the house will have a tough time standing. First there needs
to be a foundation for all else to be built upon.Once
the homes foundation is established and the cement or bricks cured, the walls,
roof, and all
the rest go up. If any of the first steps are skipped the house will not last
very long. There is no skipping the essentials when building your house.
Similarly, God being the grand architect laid the plans for building His
Church. God had to start with a foundation. Of course we
know that that foundation is Jesus Christ. God entered His creation and became a
man. Even though He was fully man, He was also fully God. Jesus our Savior took
on the responsibility of becoming the foundation of His Church. Without
Jesus Christ as our foundation, the body, that is the Church,would
crumble. No foundation, no firm underpinning, no stability, will eventually lead
to a complete collapse of the structure the home builder is attempting to
construct. Be it a house or the Christian Church the collapse is inevitable
without the foundation.
In the days when Jesus walked the shores of Galilee
He explained to His disciples that others would come claiming to be the Christ,
claiming to be that foundation, and that they weren’t to believe or follow them. “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many,”
Matthew 24:4, 5. Matthew records Jesus repeating
this warning, which was actually a command, four times. Do you think it’s
important? Christ’s admonishment here is also directed to His end times Church.
Well, we all know what has happened over the past two
thousand years; many false Christ’s have come and many are with us even now.
They’ve all declared that they alone are endowed with the truth, deceiving many
as they go about their destructive teachings. Today the Holy Bible is printed in
just about every earthly language. Bibles have been printed and distributed to
all four corners of the globe. Bibles
are available in all free countries and have been smuggled into every communist
country. But where is the end times deception more blatant than right here in
the U.S.? For a country with all our resources, with the intelligence of the
populace, and the Bibles that are so readily
available we are one of the most deceived nations in the world.
It’s remarkable to me that people here in our country
are still being deceived and led away from the true foundation. It’s difficult
to watch and keep silent about the deceptions as they become more and more
blatant, and even though many see the false teachers for what they are there are
still multitudes more being led right into the great apostasy seemingly unaware
of the consequences.
We can watch the charlatans on TV, or listen to them
on the radio, or even watch them on YouTube now on the internet. It seems
everywhere we look fraudulent evangelists continue tospread
their deceptions over the entire world. There are those who are trying to expose
these false teachers,but many would rather believe a lie than the
truth. Recently I’ve read some scathing indictments by those who are being
deceived as they stand up for their false teachers and vigorously defend them.
When I say vigorously, I mean they pull no punches with their attacks aimed at
fellow Christians who are only trying to remind them of Jesus’ words.
Jesus is the foundation of our faith. We are nothing
without that foundation. Born again believers should be more than willing to
study the word of God to show themselves approved, “Study to shew thyself
approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly
dividing the word of truth,” 2Timothy 2:15,
“For this [is] good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
1Timothy 2:3. We are here on this earth as
a witness to the ones who fail to see the truth, but also as watchmen on the
wall to be diligentlyspeaking
up against the unbiblical teachings no matter from what direction they come.
Surprisingly, we see many Christian leaders today being deceived and in turn
This deception isn’t just on television programs
where some evangelist is performing various weird gyrations, which we don’t see
Jesus or the Apostles doing. No, this same deception is coming into our own
community churches. We must be diligent to watch for subtleties that can come in
and go undetected. Suddenly we arrive at church one Sunday morning to find
unbiblical changes have been made, such as prayer labyrinths, prayer stations,
and prayer mantras being chanted by strangers. Worst of allthis
deception has replaced our Lord Jesus as the center of our worship. When Jesus
is no longer welcomed in our building alas, no more foundation, and when we have
happens to the Church? It crumbles and disappears.
Does this scenario scare you? Does this seem
impossible for you and your church?Over
the last couple of years I have read of many instances where the above scenario
has happened in once Biblically sound churches. Men I once had the utmost
respect for have turned out to be some of the biggest disseminators of these
falsehoods. Just today as I am writing this commentary I was on a website that I
frequent. There was a question posed about the emerging church and contemplative
spirituality. The person wanted to know if they should leave their Church
because of the deception they saw coming in and being taught. The answer
was a resounding yes. Did the poster of that question ever think that such false
teachings would at some point enter their Church? Probably not. They had enjoyed
the fellowship with that congregation for seven years. The attachments that have
grown out of that fellowship would be very difficult to dismiss, but the warm
fuzzies we acquire from being with our brothers and sisters in Christ on Sunday
mornings, is only secondary to our service to Christ. We must be true to the
true foundation of the Church. The new false teachings in that congregation will
eventually result in the replacement of the true foundation which of course is
Christ Jesus our Lord.
The warnings are numerous in the word of God.
Remember God sees the beginning and He sees the end of all things and He sees
these two ends at the same time. This is because God isn’t restrained by the
dimensionality of time as we humans are. He put these warnings in His word so
when they began to raise their ugly head we (born again believers) would be
completely familiar and ready to combat them “Till I come,
give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine,” 1Timothy 4:13.
The problem is many Christians have moved away from a routine of studying their
Bibles and have replaced their routine with other things that are more exciting,
more fun, which has created a more laissez-faire attitude towards the word of
Only by being diligent in our Bible studies can we
offset this cancer that seems to be infiltrating many congregations today. I say
cancer because,like cancer in a person’s body, it is usually so far advanced when
discovered that there is no stopping it short of some extreme measure such as
cutting out an entire section where the cancerous body is entrenched.
Jesus taught us about false Christ’s,
and Paul instructed us to always be watchful for the false doctrines that will
creep in, “Therefore watch, and remember, that by the
space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day
[about the great apostasy] with tears” Acts 20:31, as did
the Apostles Peter, James, Jude, and John. As a result,what
we see happening in this country as well as many other countries around the
world can’t be blamed on anyone but those who have eliminated the foundation,
which is Christ. They have been led astray by what Paul describes as those who
seek after teachers who will teach them what they want to hear instead of
adhering to sound doctrine. “For the time will come when they will not endure
sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves
teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away [their] ears from the
truth, and shall be turned unto fables,” 2 Timothy 4:3, 4.
In my humble opinion the Christian Church is coming
apart at the seams. Jesus Christ is our foundation, but if the foundation is
removed from the Church what is left to base our faith and belief on? Many
Christians today would rather sitback
and wait for the rapture of the Church than to get involved in a Biblical
ministry that would be beneficial to the body of Christ. We’re told to occupy
until He comes. Yes, we are only sojourners in this world not earth dwellers;this
world is not our home. Certainly though, we can do more than just sit back and
wait for things to either get better or for someone else to pitch in and
straighten everything out. We can get involved, we must get involved. Christians
who don’t speak out against the evil and satanic falsehoods attacking the Church
will reap what is being sewn.
Of course there is always the opposite side of the
coin. There are those believers who expect a great revival to usher in the New
Church Age with a new world mostly made up of Christians. They expect this to be
the strongest and most influential Christian Church of all times as they usher
in a utopian kind of new world order where all violence, hatred, and manner of
sin will be eliminated. This utopian age theology is
better known as Dominion Theology and the main problem with it is it’s not
Biblical. When we study our Bibles we see a completely different scenario
unfolding in the last days.The
true Church with it’s foundation in Christ in the end times will become quite
weak, almost pathetic in its abilities to influence the culture around us, “…for
thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my
name,” Revelation 3:8.
The big influence in the end times will be the
apostateChurch – theChurch of
Laodicea if you will. This Church will
not include Jesus Christ in any of its programs of
works and unbiblical teachings. The reason will be that Jesus is too exclusive,
too ridged, tooold
fashioned, and way too single minded for the new
Church of the apostate. In the Book of Revelation Jesus address seven Churches,
some with exaltations and condemnations, some with exaltations only, and others
with condemnations only. The last four Churches He address are the Churches
remaining at the end of the age and just before the 70th week of
Daniel begins. The true believers remaining in the Church will be few and far
The true Church belonging to Jesus Christ will
probably be forced underground as we move ever closer to the end; it’s the
generation of the apostate Church that will occupy the buildings above ground.
Be assured there will be a remnant holding fast to the faith and standing firm
on the true foundation that is Jesus Christ our Lord. “Nevertheless the
foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord
knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of
Christ depart from iniquity,” 2Timothy 2:19.
It seems I’ve painted a very depressing picture of
the last days
Church and the remnant
occupying until He comes. When we neglect our Bibles we neglect our God. When we
neglect our God, we neglect our station as believers. When we become so
negligent in standing up for the Gospel of Christthat
the false doctrines of the Nicolaitans (the clergy that lords over their flocks)
overtakethe Church, we
one to blame for the demise of our societybut
ourselves. The apostate Church will become as fools, instead of followers of
Christ watching tirelessly for the coming evil.
When we stand before our Lord after it is all said
and done, what will our excuse be as we are wallowing in a flood of tears and
lying completely prostrate in the presence of our Lord Jesus? Will we hear the
awesome words, “Well done my good and faithful son, enter into the rest of your
Lord” or will Jesus remind us of how we failed Him as defenders of the
foundation of His Church?
When you and I remain in that state of ignorance
concerning His word, we give rise to all forms of falsehoods entering into the
body of Christ. It’s Satan’s agenda to destroy the foundation of the Church, and
those who are proclaiming these falsehoods are ultimately, knowingly or not, in
cahoots with God’s enemy himself. All I can say is shame on us for our lack of
discernment through our deplorable lack of knowledge concerning His word.
God… please forgive us for our ignorance when it
comes to your word. Forgive us when we remain silent as the false teachers take
over, and God please forgive us for allowing this generation to become the
generation that ushers in the apostate Church.