Daily Devotional for Saturday January 4, 2020
The "FAKE CHURCH"
(Revelation 3:16-17, 1 Timothy 4:1-2)
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, Thank You for meeting my daily needs as You have promised in Your Word. I look to You and You alone for my sustenance through life, and Thank You for Your faithfulness. Please help me to be a good steward of the funds You entrust into my care during this life, and give me favor in my finances, and wisdom in my decisions. In the name of Jesus I pray. AMEN!
***THE DAILY LIVEPRAYER TV NUGGET: A Bishop in the Church of England made a completely false statement recently that sadly rings true in too many churches in this country. He incorrectly stated, “the culture trumps the Bible!” Jesus tells us in the Gospels that WE are the “salt” and “light.” The church is supposed to affect the culture it is part of. The reality is, in 2020 it is the culture that is affecting the church. That has never been demonstrated more clearly than with the rise of the “fake church” I have spoken about on the TV program many times in 2019. The “fake church” is the subject of the Daily Devotional today! I think that over 50% of our supposed Christian churches are now part of the “fake church,” churches who operate in rebellion to the Truth of God’s Word. These churches have risen up as real examples of how the Church of England Bishop falsely stated that the culture trumps the Bible. My friend, The Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God, representing Absolute Truth, and it is our FINAL AUTHORITY IN ALL MATTERS!!! THE TRUTH OF THE BIBLE TRUMPS THE LIES OF THE CULTURE!!!
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So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, "I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing"—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— Revelation 3:16-17
The “fake church!” 50 years ago, you could walk into virtually any Christian church of any denomination and sing most of the same hymns, pray in the name of Jesus, hear Scripture from the Old and New Testament, a theologically correct sermon, and usually at the end an invitation for non-Believers to make a decision to accept Jesus Christ into your heart and life by faith.
That is NOT the case in 2020. Sadly, FAR FROM IT! Due to the rebellion that infested all of society starting in the mid-60s, along with most major denominations requiring seminary degrees for their pastors, the real start of the apostate church began. Seminaries became more liberal, often denying the very inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture. Of course, once you do that it no longer represents Absolute Truth nor is it our final authority in all matters. It simply become a book of good ideas that you might want to incorporate into your life.
After 5 decades, it is now dangerous to even call a church a church in the Biblical sense. The fastest growing “denomination” is the Metropolitan Community Church. This is a nationwide group of churches where the pastors, men and women, openly, proud and unrepentantly engage in perverted sex with people of the same sex. The majority of the congregations are also men and women in the bondage to same-sex perversions. One of the fastest growing “churches” across the United States today are “churches” that worship satan. This is not a joke, but people who seriously and literally worship satan!
Of course these are horrible extreme examples of some of the churches today. They are a bit obvious. However, what makes up most of the “fake church” in today’s culture, well over 50% of churches proclaiming to be Christian and associated with mainline denominations, are churches where sin such as homosexuality is accepted as a wonderful lifestyle, gay marriage is supported since it is legal, abortion is not murder but a choice a woman has the right to make.
In these churches, sin is rarely spoken of, only good works. Hell is either never mentioned or often spoken of as not a place that really exists. God’s love, mercy, grace, patience, and kindness are extolled, while never mentioning His wrath or judgement. The Bible is used for certain verses, but you are more likely to hear words from other books in most messages.
THERE WILL NOT BE AN INVITATION TO BECOME BORN AGAIN, SINCE THAT WOULD REQUIRE A CONVERSATION ABOUT SIN AND HELL!
This is why I rage about gutless motivational/prosperity/ear-tickling “pastors” who actually brag about not talking of sin or things that might upset people. A recent poll of pastors stated that over 65% refused to talk about controversial issues since it would always bring down the amount of the offering.
IS IT ANY WONDER WHY OVER 50% OF THE CHURCHES TODAY ARE ‘FAKE CHURCHES???”
Most of these churches are made up of a group of people in our nation who call themselves the "religious left." Fifty years ago, this group didn't even exist. They have actually evolved and grown tremendously over the past decade. The "religious left" is made up of people who identify themselves as Christians and hold strong religious beliefs as well as sharing left-wing ideals.
Obviously, this group has risen up in opposition to those who have been tagged the "religious right" or the "Christian right." The "Christian right" is that group of Bible-believing Christians who are politically active and seek to elect to office those candidates who hold to Biblical values on the key spiritual issues of our day that are also political issues.
These would be issues like abortion and life related matters, gay marriage, family issues, the proliferation of the pornography industry, and the drive to remove God from the public square. Those in the "religious left" actually take an anti-Biblical position on these issues and are also heavily involved in the ecumenical movement, environmental issues, opposing war for any reason, world hunger, and social issues like healthcare, immigration, welfare, and education.
There is nothing wrong with pursing these noble social issues, Believers should be more involved on those fronts. The problem with this group is their anti-Biblical position on the key spiritual issues of our day and their involvement in these ecumenical movements that require you to set aside the Absolute Truths of the Bible.
Like my dear mother used to tell me, talk is cheap. I can’t know a person’s heart with regard to salvation, that is something only God can know. However, I have every right to judge people on their words and actions in accordance with God's Word.
How can you say you are a person of faith, yet vote to support the legalized slaughter of over 4,000 innocent babies every day? How can you say you are a person of faith, yet vote to redefine God's Holy Institution of Marriage? How can you say you are a person of faith, yet support special rights for people who have chosen to engage in perverted sex acts God calls an abomination, a sin, including their ability to adopt children into their deviant lifestyle?
I guess the real question becomes, what is the faith of those in the religious left really in? It is inconsistent to say you are person of faith yet continually take a stand in complete opposition to God's Word. Jesus said that if you love Me, you will obey Me. That means His Word. Of course, those in the "religious left" has been born out of the liberal "churches" of our day who make a mockery of Christ as they operate in open rebellion to the Truth of the Bible while claiming to be followers of Christ.
I love you and care about you so much. You can no longer just go to a church and assume it is a Bible-teaching, believing Christian church. THE “FAKE CHURCH” IS GROWING EVERY MONTH! It is beyond me how a person can consider themselves a Christian, which means they are a follower of Christ and automatically a follower of His Word, yet take a public position in complete opposition to that Word. You better wake up, since these people make up the largest growing segment of Christendom, this apostate group who call themselves Christians but go to “fake churches” that operate in complete rebellion to Christ and the Bible!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,