Today, there is apostasy in the church big time. Not only is there apostasy, but outright hypocrisy as well. I hope you’re not involved in any way with that kind of church. We are all going to have to face judgment one day in the not too distant future and surely you want to hear Christ Jesus say, “Well done thou good and faithful servant,” not “What were you thinking?”
The emergent church comes to mind when one thinks of apostasy. They preach the prosperity message and meet with one world advocates to subjugate the masses. They even believe that Allah and the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are one and the same! It’s a good bet that they don’t know what the bible says on that matter and that, at their own peril.
I’ll leave it to God to deal with those charlatans. My concern is with those who don’t know any better. Those who have yet to hear of God’s loving grace in Christ Jesus and not having been exposed to Biblical truths. These poor people grope around blindly for a reason for being, and are unwittingly being led away by cults, new age philosophies, gurus, and self-seeking messiahs.
I’m just about to name the names of some of these charlatans, liars and wolves in sheep’s clothing so that some unsuspecting person won’t fall prey to their schemes and lies. I’ve dealt with my share. It’s heartbreaking to know that a so-called brother or sister is capable of deceit, but hey, maybe they’re only a cultural Christian, or maybe they are just a misguided “religious” person.
Most of these people possess no humility, virtue or morality. You can know them by their fruits, which are avarice, deceit, and pomposity; not joy, peace and longsuffering and telling the truth.
Everyone is different and we should thank God for that. We can often come up with different conclusions about what a certain Bible verse means, but there are certain principles and laws that can’t be misinterpreted. (We also know how deceitful that inner voice can be.) Times a wasting and we can’t be pussy footing around anymore, trying to please everyone.
Some are going to be offended no matter what you do or say. Just know what you believe. And what you believe should correlate with Holy Scripture not hearsay or false assumptions. If you are going to be an effective Soldier of the Cross you must know the Word of God. “Study to show yourself approved, rightly dividing the Word of God.”
I can remember once interfering with a Jehovah’s Witness who was witnessing his brand of faith to an impressionable young man at a bus stop. I approached the two people, addressing the JW, I began using these Bible verses to quench the evil being perpetrated on this ignorant and vulnerable young man.
Jesus said. “I am the Way, the truth and the life and no man comes to the Father but by me.” And, “There is no other name under heaven, given among men, whereby you must be saved.” The Jehovah’s Witness walked away in a huff not knowing how to respond and continued to talk to the young man, who listened intently. I just can’t for the life of me be politically correct or apathetic. Peoples’ lives are literally at stake!
Speaking of evil doers; television and movies are coming out with a no–holds barred mentality with their all too often trashy entertainment. It’s hard to find a good movie.
I went to a meeting last night with some people who claim to be a Christian organization. The speaker was a “famous” and charming television actor who was being sponsored by this so-called family friendly Christian organization. The program consisted of a couple of films with the famous “Christian” actor in the lead of both.
The first was an excerpt of some proposed television series. It was a rehashed Three and a half men, with a lot of sexual innuendo. Our Christian hero portrayed a lady’s man with sex on the brain throughout the entire thing, and although the writers were quick with a raunchy joke, it had absolutely no redeeming value. There were even a number of children in the audience. (Notice how I held off naming names. Thank God for the Holy Spirit who still resides in every true believer in Christ Jesus.)
By the way; I recently viewed a movie written and directed by Angelo Pizzo titled My All American, and I can honestly say (I’m not a football fan) that it was an excellent movie, a true family-friendly one with not one curse word and plenty of action. It is the true story of college football great Freddy Steinmark. This film had it all; except the gratuitous sex scene. This writer/ director is a true artist. The lighting, the dialogue, the music and the editing were all exceptional.
Pizzo also wrote and directed the Hoosiers with Gene Hackman, one of my all time favorite actors. If you are looking for a good movie, with true family values, I highly recommend My All American by Angelo Pizzo.