America’s Fallen Churches
[Folks pls understand that I have been shown many errors in this old post, but I think it valuable for folks to see both the old [in error] and the correction] When we look at this spiritually & strategically, we can begin to see what’s really going on. What better plan could the Devil devise than to build up a Godly looking substitute church, this ineffective counterfeit. People think they are seeking God, but in reality, they are just ‘spinning their wheels’. Their blind leaders are taking them in the wrong direction [My assertion that this is a plan 'of the Devil' is inaccurate. This is part of God's mysterious plan- punishment for folks who refuse a love of the truth that can set them free. KJV 2 THess 2: 11-12 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:]
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.]
This substitute church pretends to honor God, but it’s main accomplishment is keeping people from knowing God, keeping people from plugging into the true vine. Vast amounts of money & energy are expended with good intentions. All this is supposed to be in God’s name. Unfortunately, nearly all of today’s traditional churches are counterfeit- specifically, all of the ‘Pastor Run Single Sermon Churches’!
The Bible declares that we can never know God thru Human Wisdom!
NLT 1 Cor 1;21 Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom , he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. 22 It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom.
NLT 1 Cor 2;4 And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. 5 I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.
Today’s preachers rely on wise sounding Greek Homilies. This preaching is rooted in human wisdom, something that is destined to fail! Sure we learn more about God, but only the Holy Spirit can help us to really know him.
The clear biblical call in 1 Cor 14;26-41 is to participation. Basically the group introduces each new participant to the Holy Spirit, seeking and sharing together, seeking one mind, the mind of Christ. Christ is the Head of his church, but today’s pastors stand in the way, effectively cutting off their flock off from the vine,. Their flock is no longer actively engaged in seeking God, listening for his voice and sharing. They can no longer offer their lives as a living holy sacrifice. They are listening to their pastor-idol. They are relying on their pastor to listen to the Holy Spirit, to do this for them!
These churchgoers are not standing in the Gap following Jesus. They are following a distraction. This priest class pulls the flocks eyes off of Christ, and offer themselves as substitutes.
Why do they do this? Tradition, Pride, Ambition, and Greed. These are devil strongholds! These men are not acting like new creations in Jesus Christ. They are not building on the foundation that Paul established, [the tent-maker preacher, servant leadership, and the participatory gathering], the foundation of Christ. They are building on the foundation of the Anti Christ. They are still stuck following their evil selfish desires, seeking financial gain. They don’t honor the gathering commands so are among Those ‘Whom God Knows Not’ They Relying On Their Own Righteousness, Not The Righteousness Of Christ.
NIV Rom 10;1 Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. 2 For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. 3 Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. 4 Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.
How can we recognize these imitation churches, these churches that have cut themselves off from the headship of Christ? This is fully developed in [Restoring Christ As The Head Of Your Church]. The simple test is obedience to the gathering Commands of 1 Cor 14;26-41. Are you all seeking the Holy Spirit and sharing what you hear? If not your leader is blind spiritually, and among [Those ‘Whom God Knows Not’].
Today’s Pastor’s Are Following The Wrong [False] Spirit
They are tuned into a Spirit. Unfortunately, it is the Spirit of the Anti-Christ! They all must go through a worldly education system. This system indoctrinates them into an un-Biblical Church System, and tells them not to worry about some key issues. There is no need to honor Paul’s tent maker preacher example. There is no need to develop the Priesthood of Believers. There is no need to follow the teachings on servant leadership. The leader doesn’t really need to be the slave to all [Lukewarm Churches]. The leader doesn’t even need to follow [Jesus Foot Washing Example]
The Bible Warns Us About Bad Eyesight
NLT Matt 6;22 “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light . 23 But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness . And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! 24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
- likewise we can not serve Christ and the Anti-Christ. We can think we are serving Christ, and actually be serving the Anti-Christ. This verse speaks directly to Today’s Pastor’s. They, like the old Levitical Priesthood, think they can see, but in reality they are blind!
NIV John 9;40 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” 41 Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.
The real sin is not being blind, it is claiming to see when you are really spiritually blind!
But what about the verse that talks about those declaring Jesus is the Christ. These men declare with their lips that Jesus is Lord, so they must have the Holy Spirit – right?
1 Cor 12;2 You know that when you were still pagans, you were led astray and swept along in worshiping speechless idols. 3 So I want you to know that no one speaking by the Spirit of God will curse Jesus, and no one can say [honestly] Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.
But we also have this warning about vicous wolves, false teachers who decieve the flock.
‘The Tree and Its Fruit’
NlLT Matt 7; 15 “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. 16 You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. 19 So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. 20 Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.
We can recognize these wolves by their actions, by their disobedience to the Word. Their lips declare that Christ is Lord, but their actions show that the words are false. So our indicator isn’t their testimony, it is by their example. Are they seeking God, building on Paul’s Foundation, living in accordance with the Bible call.
Here are 10 other passages that show that today’s American Preachers are not following their Biblical Call:
1. Those whom God knows not AMP 1 Cor 14;37
37 If anyone thinks and claims that he is a prophet [filled with and governed by the Holy Spirit of God and inspired to interpret the divine will and purpose in preaching or teaching] or has any other spiritual endowment, let him understand (recognize and acknowledge) that what I am writing to you is a command of the Lord [The Participatory Gathering Commands]. 38 But if anyone disregards or does not recognize [that it is a command of the Lord], he is disregarded and not recognized [he is one whom God knows not]. 39 So [to conclude], my brethren, earnestly desire and set your hearts on prophesying (on being inspired to preach and teach and to interpret God’s will and purpose), and do not forbid or hinder speaking in [unknown] tongues. 40 But all things should be done with regard to decency and propriety and in an orderly fashion.
The gathering commands are almost universally ignored at all of today’s American churches. Today’s Weak Churches Virtually All of todays leaders are not recognizing these commands. This verse is declaring that God does not know them. Remember what Jesus said about separating the sheep from the goats. The ones destined for Hell are the ones that he never knew!
2. Those who mis-interpret Paul NLT 2 Peter 3;15 & Mark 7;7
15 And remember, the Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him— 16 speaking of these things in all of his letters. Some of his comments are hard to understand, and those who are ignorant and unstable have twisted his letters to mean something quite different, just as they do with other parts of Scripture. And this will result in their destruction.
Could these be the blind leaders described in the Bible, the ones trusting traditions above Biblical commands?
NLT Mar 7;7 They worship me in vein; their teachings are but rules taught by men. You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.
3. Building on Paul’s Foundation 1 Cor 3;10
10 Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ. 12 Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. 13 But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. 14 If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. 15 But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.
The consequence for the lesser sin, building w/ wood hay & straw [building with wisdom of men, money, ego & pride] is severe – barely escaping the fires of Hell. That leaves little doubt that building on the wrong foundation, the foundation of the old Levitical priesthood; the authoritarian priesthood of men, can cost you your salvation. Cleary these folks are not building on the foundation that Paul established, the tentmaker, servant-slave, humble priesthood of Christ. There are so many verses that urge us to follow Paul’s example that this issue can not be ignored.
The follow Paul verses:
Take another look at 1 Cor 3;10-13 Because of God’s Grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder….
NLT1 Cor 9;1 Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
NLT 1 Cor 10;33 I, too, try to please everyone in everything I do. I don’t just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved. 11:1 And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.
NLT Phil 3;17 Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you(YLT use us as a pattern).
NIV 2 Thess 3;7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example . We were not idle when we were with you 8 nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow. 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”
4. Saying God Treats Us better than we deserve, CEV Jude 1
CEV Jude 1;4 Some godless people have sneaked in among us and are saying, “God treats us much better than we deserve, and so it is all right to be immoral.” They even deny that we must obey Jesus Christ as our only Master and Lord. But long ago the Scriptures warned that these godless people were doomed…
NLT Jude 1;12 When these people eat with you in your fellowship meals (at your believer gatherings) commemorating the Lord’s Love, they are like dangerous reefs that can shipwreck you. They are like shameless shepards who care only for themselves. … 13 like wandering stars doomed to the blackest darkness…
NLT Jude 1;20 But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, 21 and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God ‘s love. 22 And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. 23 Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.
In vs 12 these teachers are called Shameless Shepards who care only for themselves. I think vs 23 calls us to Rescue these teachers from the flames of Judgment Vs 23. Let look at their problems. [vs 16 complainers, living only to satisfy their desires, brag loudly about themselves, and flatter others to get what they want] they [vs 12 are like dangerous reefs that can shipwreck you, shameless shepherds who care only for themselves]. They [vs 11; follow in the murderous footsteps of Cain, Like Balaam, they deceive people for money, like Korah, they perish in their rebellion against God's anointed.] Their real problem is that they do not have God’s Spirit in them.
5. More righteous than the Teachers of the Law, NLT Matt 23;1-12 NLT & Matt 5;20
1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. 3 So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. 4 They crush people with impossible religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden. 5 “Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside, and they wear robes with extra long tassels. 6 And they love to sit at the head table at banquets and in the seats of honor in the synagogues. 7 They love to receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi.’ 8 “Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters. 9 And don’t address anyone here on earth as ‘Father,’ for only God in heaven is your spiritual Father. 10 And don’t let anyone call you ‘Teacher,’ for you have only one teacher, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you must be a servant. 12 But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
Matt 5;20 “But I warn you—unless your righteousness (selflessness?) is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven!
6. Have To Let me Lead NLT Mat 16;24-26
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. 25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. 26 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?
7. Widow Robbers NLT Mar 12;38
38 Jesus also taught: “Beware of these teachers of religious law! For they like to parade around in flowing robes and receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces. 39 And how they love the seats of honor in the synagogues and the head table at banquets. 40 Yet they shamelessly cheat widows out of their property and then pretend to be pious by making long prayers in public. Because of this, they will be more severely punished.”
All those asking for tithes from Widows are guilty of this robbery. The old testament model was to support the Widows not to collect from them.
8. Millstone SinNLT Luke 17;1
1 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “There will always be temptations to sin, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting! 2 It would be better to be thrown into the sea with a millstone hung around your neck than to cause one of these little ones to fall into sin. 3 So watch yourselves! “If another believer sins, rebuke that person; then if there is repentance, forgive. 4 Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.”
Taking advantage of the simple trust of believers is the millstone sin. Those asking other believers to support their preaching are wrongfully taking from what belongs to the poor, and therefore guilty of this sin.
9. Those Seeking Profit from Godliness AMP1 Tim 6;1-9
1 LET ALL who are under the yoke as bond servants esteem their own [personal] masters worthy of honor and fullest respect, so that the name of God and the teaching [about Him] may not be brought into disrepute and blasphemed. 2 Let those who have believing masters not be disrespectful or scornful [to them] on the grounds that they are brothers [in Christ]; rather, they should serve [them all the better] because those who benefit by their kindly service are believers and beloved. Teach and urge these duties. 3 But if anyone teaches otherwise and does not assent to the sound and wholesome messages of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and the teaching which is in agreement with godliness (piety toward God), 4 He is puffed up with pride and stupefied with conceit, [although he is] woefully ignorant. He has a morbid fondness for controversy and disputes and strife about words, which result in (produce) envy and jealousy, quarrels and dissension, abuse and insults and slander, and base suspicions, 5 And protracted wrangling and wearing discussion and perpetual friction among men who are corrupted in mind and bereft of the truth, who imagine that godliness or righteousness is a source of profit [a moneymaking business, a means of livelihood]. From such withdraw.
This verse is pretty clear we are not to associate with anyone who thinks it is ok to profit personally from our efforts to seek and follow God.
10. Those Building Monuments To Prophets, and Hiding The Keys Luke 11;39-54 (and Mat 23;23-36)
Filthy, Greedy Corrupt And Wicked Teachers Who Ignore Justice and Mercy & Persecute Prophets.
NLT Luke 11;39 Then the Lord said to him, “You Pharisees are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and wickedness! 40 Fools! Didn’t God make the inside as well as the outside? 41 So clean the inside by giving gifts to the poor, and you will be clean all over. 42 “What sorrow awaits you Pharisees! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore justice and the love of God. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things. 43 “What sorrow awaits you Pharisees! For you love to sit in the seats of honor in the synagogues and receive respectful greetings as you walk in the marketplaces. 44 Yes, what sorrow awaits you! For you are like hidden graves in a field. People walk over them without knowing the corruption they are stepping on.” 45 “Teacher,” said an expert in religious law, “you have insulted us, too, in what you just said.” 46 “Yes,” said Jesus, “what sorrow also awaits you experts in religious law! For you crush people with impossible religious demands, and you never lift a finger to ease the burden. 47 What sorrow awaits you! For you build monuments for the prophets your own ancestors killed long ago. 48 But in fact, you stand as witnesses who agree with what your ancestors did. They killed the prophets, and you join in their crime by building the monuments! 49 This is what God in his wisdom said about you: ‘I will send prophets and apostles to them, but they will kill some and persecute the others.’ 50 “As a result, this generation will be held responsible for the murder of all God’s prophets from the creation of the world— 51 from the murder of Abel to the murder of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, it will certainly be charged against this generation. 52 “What sorrow awaits you experts in religious law! For you remove the key to knowledge from the people. You don’t enter the Kingdom yourselves, and you prevent others from entering.” 53 As Jesus was leaving, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees became hostile and tried to provoke him with many questions. 54 They wanted to trap him into saying something they could use against him.
These corrupt and wicked teachers refuse to enter the Kingdom and prevent others from doing so. They create a alternate church. They refuse to let the Holy Spirit control the gathering. They continually interfere, cutting people off from the headship of Christ. They understand the transforming power of their preparations for sharing with others on Sunday, but they refuse to share that with others.
Stricter Judgment for Teachers
NLT James 3;1 Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way. … 13 If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. … 16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. 17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. 18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.
The harsher judgment is for those teachers that don’t live an honorable life, that are not doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom, those harboring jealousy and selfish ambition.
NLT Titus 1;15 Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.
When we lose purity in our hearts, when doctrines of men pollute our beliefs, when we turn first to human wisdom and reasoning rather than seeking God, his wisdom, and his will; then we become corrupt, our testimony is corrupted, and we become detestable disobedient and useless to God. This verse is not calling us to be more tolerant. It is actually telling us to be more discerning. It seems like this verse draws a simple distinction. Without real belief, the kind of belief that transforms us we are worthless corrupt and can not do anything good. Many such people claim they know God, but the way they live (their disobedience) reveals their disbelief.
May God Give Us All Clear Spiritual Vision, And Turn America From Her Fallen Churches!