If we’re not doing “church” as Jesus described, let’s call it something else so the public is not confused.
There is disunity in the world, but in the body of Christ there should be unity:
Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one. (John 17:11 NRSV)
Unfortunately, there have been divisions in the body of Christ since the days of Paul:
I beseech you, that ye all speak the same thing, and there be no divisions among you; it hath been declared unto me there are contentions among you. This I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? (1 Corinthians 1:10-12)
The apostle Peter said there would come false teachers among Christians who would bring in damnable heresies:
30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. (Acts 20)
1 BUT there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies (2 Peter 2:1)
Paul said there were false apostles who were pretending to be “ministers of righteousness.” He also said Satan could appear as an “angel of light”:
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. (2 Corinthians 11)
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. (Matthew 7)
Jesus said “many” false prophets would come, and they would use “his name,” meaning they would come from within the body of Christ. They will perform “signs and wonders” – using His name. The teachings they put forth will allow “iniquity” to abound in the body of Christ, the result of which would be that “love shall wax cold”:
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am [of] Christ; and shall deceive many.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (Matthew 24)
John confirmed there would be “many” false prophets and added that we must not believe “every spirit” that comes along:
1 BELOVED, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. (1 John 4)
Timothy confirmed there would be “seducing spirits” that would bring in “doctrines of devils,” as Peter warned:
1 NOW the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
3 Forbidding to marry (1 Timothy 4)
Paul said the deception would lead to a widespread apostasy from the true gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ:
1 NOW we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. (2 Thessalonians 2)
3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, (2 Thessalonians 2 NASB)
29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. (Acts 20)
Christianity would become the “habitation of devils”:
She has become a home for demons. She is a hideout for every foul spirit, a hideout for every foul vulture and every foul and dreadful animal. (Revelation 18:2 NLT)
Christianity is in a state of apostasy; it is the home of demons and foul spirits of “every kind” which came as a result of the prophesied: false teachers, false prophets, and false apostles who brought in “damnable heresies”. These heresies have allowed “iniquity to abound,” causing love for others to wax “cold” in our communities.
Doing It Right
Is there anyone doing The Gospel/Good News of Jesus Christ correctly? The Billy Graham Evangelical Association (BGEA) is an excellent example. That’s right, no church, no speaking in tongues, no being slain in the spirit, no “signs and wonders,” just spreading the Good News. Although he is working within the fallen paradigm of Apostate Christianity, it is time for him (and other Evangelists) to stop telling people to “find a good church,” but rather, “find a way to serve your community.” Remember, God is “the least of these” (Mat.25:45).
We can’t fix what we don’t know is broken. The damage Apostate Christianity has caused must be assessed and shared. The public has the right to know that the form of Christianity among them is an apostate form, and Christians deserve feedback about the fruit they have produced.
To do that, the following areas are addressed as listed in the Top Menu:
The fruit of this process will bring Millennial Peace. It IS our responsibility to ready the Bride, and with a little help from above, we WILL see it come to pass.
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