Some Christians in the west are becoming increasingly frustrated because they cannot find suitable Christian fellowship. I purposely did not say they cannot find a good church because most churches have become part of the problem and not the solution. Western churches do not necessarily contain born from above believers.
Today, almost all large churches that once identified as evangelicals now use the market driven seeker sensitive model to have church. The model was founded on the teaching of Peter Drucker. As an educator, Drucker developed the modern corporate model. Disciples of Drucker such as Rick Warren and Bill Hybells used this corporate model in the churches that they founded. Through media, associations and leadership conferences they spread the corporate model to churches all over the world.
Peter Drucker came to believe that the mega church model was the best way to socially organize the world. Drucker was not a Christian, so his faith in the mega church model had nothing to do with bringing the gospel of Christ to the world. The Drucker corporate church model was just a tool for community organizing and pushing worldly social justice agendas. Rick Warren is now attempting to accomplish that globally through his pluralist P.E.A.C.E. plan.
The modern seeker sensitive model for the Church is hardly biblical. The Church is the body of Christ. It is believers. Church buildings were to be places where believers assembled together to minister to each other using God-given spiritual gifts.
The corporate model churches claims success by their numbers. They claim that if they attract large numbers some will eventually hear the gospel of salvation and believe. Actually, the gospel and the Holy Spirit draws people to salvation, not seeker entertainment shows. They do not present the gospel at their services anyways. Their churches are increasing being filled with community minded people who were never saved. Is that Christian fellowship and worship?
Using the corporate model, a CEO pastor runs the church and Sunday is show time for the sheep and unbelievers. In contrast, the Bible teaches that a plurality of elders and deacons are to lead the Church. Christians are to be meeting together to use their spiritual gifts to exalt God and minister to each other.
The Bible gives Psalms as examples of pleasing worship music. The seeker church model gives us rock bands like Hillsong promoting their own suggestive agenda. It is hard to believe that many churches play their stuff and pay them royalties. I was considering a couple of medium-sized churches recently, but when I saw that many of their songs had Hillsong copyrights I knew the pastor was clueless.
Many of these large churches are now promoting mysticism and false teachings. Heretical media like Jesus Calling, The Shack, and Heaven Can Wait are promoted by church leaders who cannot properly discern scripture. Many of these also promote false teachers who claims to hear directly from God.
The evangelical movement was based on the Bible. The seeker churches destroyed this movement even though they still call themselves evangelicals. Many of these postmodern “Christians” have no problem uniting with those in Catholicism, Mormonism or in Islam because they claim that we all have the same God. By making this claim, they deny the true faith.
Western evangelicals now look more like the church of Oprah then they do the Church of Jesus Christ. Oprah claims to be a Christian, but she is a universalist who also believes in pagan spiritualism. By the way, there is a good chance that Oprah will run and be elected president in 2020. Think about it, a progressive black woman billionaire media star with elitist globalist connections who is promoted by many calling themselves Christians. Oprah can’t lose.
Revelation 17 pictures Christendom in harlotry dominating the world. Oprah would be a fitting representation for the universal world church Harlot. She will use her all-knowing attitude that speaks for God to marginalize and persecute Christian fundamentalists. You can be sure that many people in American churches will fall all over themselves promoting Oprah for President. Pass the barf bags please.
The Pentecostals have taken a different path to the same end. Tens of millions of Pentecostal people either go to Word of Faith churches or Word of Faith doctrines have infiltrated their churches. Almost all Christian TV networks are dominated by such apostates. Believing in the supernatural and positive confession does not make one a Christian. Word of Faith doctrine is heretical. Among other things, they believe that they are gods who can speak realities into existence
The Pentecostal signs and wonders movement have made outlandish claims for decades through their false prophets and teachers. They are always proven wrong, but that truth does not phase the people who want to believe that their human idols are anointed people of God. They have religious beliefs much like the pagans, but they Christianize it by using Christian jargon. The leaders of the signs and wonders movement are great bags of wind.
Smaller churches in America are not on very solid ground either. Many of them are just playing follow the leader. They go to a building that they call the church. It has four or five songs, a collection, and a sermon by someone they call the pastor. Those that observe this Sunday ritual are called the faithful. Once you walk out the doors there is no conversation with anyone about God or about spiritual things. Even in their church basements on game night not a spiritual word is spoken. Where is this church model in the New Testament?
The Bible belt is full of small churches containing people raised in Christianity. They keep the Sunday ritual faithfully. Yet, where is their knowledge and understanding of the scriptures? Where is the body ministry? Many walk out the doors of the church building and walk in the doors of nearby Masonic Blue Lodge. Being in a denomination and going to church on Sunday does not make one a Christian. You won’t find much deep Christian thinking in the Bible belt. They know Christian jargon and they know the Sunday traditions, but they have little understanding of the scripture or spiritual things. The best church fellowships are not found in the Bible belt. They are in the more unchurched areas of the United States.
Some will say the true church model is home fellowships or small groups. Yes, but in the pseudo Christian West you have to be careful meeting in homes and small groups as well. Who is running it? What theology is being taught? Many cults get started in home groups. For example, Hebrew Roots is spreading in home groups today. The roots theology teaches people to live under the law and many of them claim salvation comes by obedience. It is legalism. Small groups can be dangerous when the people attending cannot properly discern the scriptures.
I about fell off my chair when I read a recent article by Joseph Farah of WND questioning if Johnathan Cahn’s teaching brought about the repentance of American Christians and the Trump reprieve? Repentance does not come through teachers using fabrications and misapplication of the scriptures. There is no evidence for any Christian revival in the United States. On the contrary, there is plenty of evidence that those saying they are Christians are conforming to the world.
Having said that, there indeed is an intense war going on between the people of God and the people of Satan. The people of Satan given over to a reprobate mind hate God, hate what God said and hate God’s people. The demonic globalist socialists are at war against God and the sons of liberty and light. Don’t be deceived, this struggle for control of the world actually does play out in world politics. The adopted sons of God on earth are to stand up for the truth. Even so, this ongoing war between good and evil is not won through any repenting of the saved. God is in control. The battle for control of the earth is the Lord’s. He will defeat Satan in His own timing.
Those with knowledge of the truth should not be too hard on those attending westernized church services. For the most part, those identifying with Christianity are not the enemies of Jesus Christ. Satan is fighting against all identifying with Christianity. Satan really does not know who in Christendom are saved. He will be very successful with his seduction of Christianity until the end. The monotheistic beliefs of pseudo Christianity and Islam is not Mystery Babylon. Babylon is polytheistic. Israel committed spiritual adultery with the polytheistic beliefs of the Canaanites and was identified as a Harlot. Many in Christendom will do likewise. Just as Israel is refined through the tribulation so will many identifying with Christianity. The burning of the Harlot will come through polytheism. It will come from new age, eastern religions and the kings of the earth.
If you are wondering how we get to a polytheist universal religion by the 2030’s, you might think about the great deception that will come. There will be great beings coming from out of the abyss to accomplish the deception. They will persecute all that will not worship the false Christ of their new age kingdom. The Vatican at first will help bring in the universal pseudo Christian monotheistic religion that is identified as the Harlot, but the Pope will flip and promote the false Messiah as a return of Christ.
We must look to the past to see the future. Jesus tells us that what happened before the flood will happen again. Before the flood the Nephilim brought great violence on the earth. When the abyss is opened demonic beings will exist on earth again and do much the same thing. What happened in Nazi Germany with their embrace of paganism and their demonic agenda for a thousand-year reign will occur again on a global scale. Even the elect would be deceived if God allowed that to be possible. In the end times, fallen angels with doctrines of demons will lead an out war against all those daring to trust in the God of Heaven.
The universal Harlot of Revelation 17 already is on the throne in most of Christendom. She appears to be a universalist like Oprah. She will even persecute fundamental Christians and she will continue with her harlotry until the abyss is opened. After that, she in turn will be destroyed by the ten rulers that give their power to the Beast. The fact that we can see the harlot rising now means the end is near.
Because of the ongoing apostasy and the rise of the Harlot in these last days, there is no easy answer for Christians looking for Christian fellowship within the western churches of Christendom. When persecution comes, as I am sure it must, believers in the west will be forced into a more biblical church model.