Friday, August 7, 2015

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Counterfeit Christianity

Questions -
1. Have you met religion, but never met Jesus?
2. Do you believe in Jesus, but never have dedicated your life to Him?
3. What do you go to church to receive?
4. Do you recite the Apostles Creed, without having it in your heart?
5. Do you consider yourself a Christian, without ever having a Born Again experience?
6. Do you believe you are a sinner, and if not why not?

Answers -
1. There are many who think they are Christians because they were born into a 'Christian family'. Jesus, on the other hand, told us that without a Born Again experience, we cannot enter into the kingdom of Heaven. Religions and denominations of religions are all invented by men. A personal relationship with God is only available through a Born Again experience.
"Men who profess Christ are not meeting God's own conditions for true conversion. 'Christian' is almost a meaningless word to the masses today, because so many believe they are Christians, when in fact, they are not. And sadly, there are very few voices today strong enough to change that and stir the church and shake the world."[1]

2. Satan and his demons believe in Jesus, but they don't accept Him as Lord. Demons often shouted out that Jesus was God's Son, The Christ and other terms of signifying their recognition of Him, when He was casting them out. 1 John 2:22 tells us: "Who is a liar but he that denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denies the Father and the Son". 1 John 2:4 tell us: "He that says, I know him, and keeps not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him". Romans 10:9-11 tells us: "That if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shall be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture says, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed".

3. Do you go to church to hear about the love of God, and avoid any conversation about sin, the end times, God's judgment and the necessity of salvation? Many churches today are preaching a "feel good" gospel, where there is no consequence for sin. Many pastors are not warning their congregations about the end time persecutions that are coming. The Bible tells us that:
A. Matthew 10:21: "And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death".
B. Luke 12:53: "The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law".
C. Matthew 10:34-36: "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household".

4. In Matthew 15:7-8, Jesus said "Ye hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, This people draw nigh unto me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips; but their heart is far from me." In Matthew 10:33Jesus says: "But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven".
The Apostles Creed's 12 confessions -
1. I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
2. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:
3. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary:
4. Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell:
5. The third day he rose again from the dead:
6. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
7. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead:
8. I believe in the Holy Ghost:
9. I believe in the holy catholic church: the communion of saints:
10. The forgiveness of sins:
1l. The resurrection of the body:
12. And the life everlasting. Amen.

5. Jesus said: "You Must Be Born Again" See -  John 3:3, John 3:7, 1 Peter 1:22-24. The Orthodox Jewish Bible puts it this way - "In reply, he said to him, Omein, omein, I say to you, unless someone is born anew [born again, Yn(John) 1:13; Dt 10:16; 30:6; Jer 4:4; Isa 52:1; Ezek 44:7,9], he is not able to see the Malchut Hashem (Shekhinah Glory of God) ."  In John14:6, Jesus said “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me".

6. Romans 3:23 tells us: "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" Because we all have sinned, we all need Salvation. Is it time to tell the neighbors? 1 John 1:10 tells us: "If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him (God) a liar, and His word is not in us."
"If you are walking in willful disobedience to God's Word, if the consistent pattern of your life is the practice of sin and the deeds of the sinful nature that Paul describes in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Galatians 5:19-21 and Ephesians 5:3-7, then you must question your salvation.
Any teaching that opens the door to false assurance and loose living is not from God.
A wave of watered-down and milquetoast 'Churchianity' has flooded the church world. A nonconfrontational gospel has failed miserably to deal with sin and repentance. We have forgotten that the central message of the gospel is that Jesus came to save us from our sins (Matt. 1:21), not in our sins. He didn't just come to forgive us of our sins, but to free us from our sins. This is one of the most tragic fundamental errors we have made in our contemporary gospel, and it largely explains the degradation in our society today. A weak church has opened the way for the devil's onslaught."[2]



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