First let me point out that Christ Jesus does not need us, so when I say in the title that Christians need to take a biblical stand for Christ’s sake, I am referring to the mission of the spiritual Body of Christ called the Church. Our Savior created the universe and He is perfect in spite of the Laodicean and aberrant Christianity that is largely following the world system and the ways of Satan.
Christ Jesus offers us a gift of salvation and a role in eternity with Him but what you do with that free gift is up to you. Some Christians need to take a biblical stand on the issues of our time in our world and in our churches or they are going to have nothing to offer Christ when we all appear before Him to report on what we did in our bodies, good or bad.
Not that what you do has anything to do with your salvation because all true believers are bought with the blood of the Lamb but it certainly will have everything to do with your eternal position. In heaven, God has always had hierarchy. Contrary to the thinking of some, Christians do not become communists in heaven.
I simply cannot believe what I am seeing today in Christianity. No. I am not deceived into believing that most of those claiming to be Christians are actually saved. I know that for most it is a cultural identity and just a religion like any other world religion. Most in Christendom just go through the rituals of their religious denomination and do – or do not do – what the denomination tells them. Most think that following some church obligation will earn them brownie points with God. So, I am not talking here about the vast majority pseudo Christians of the world. You cannot expect any true Christianity from those that were never born of the Spirit. So my message here is to those that claim to be born of the Spirit.
I do not want to be too scattered in this post. However, what I have to say covers a lot of territory so if I do not get somewhat scattered I would have to write multiple posts. I could go down a hundred rabbit trails here and leave you all wondering what in Wonderland I was talking about, so I will try to tie this all together somehow.
Let me say in short that I am very very disgusted in what I am seeing taking place in Christian circles and in Christian society on almost every level.
I will start the focus of this post with my trip to the big city of Springfield Missouri which is arguably the most Christian big city in our nation. The main reason we went there was to celebrate our anniversary and a large part of the trip was to visit bookstores that just are not available in our area.
We first went to Barnes and Noble and I looked around but I could not find one book that I wanted to read. Most of my time was spent in the Christian section but there was nothing found there worth writing home about. Then we went to the big Christian bookstore and I had a look around. At first glance it looked a lot like Hollywood Squares. There were pictures of Christian personalities all over the covers of the many books on display. Apparently publishers think Christians should buy books based on physical recognition. It seemed to me that the pictures on the book cover were there to appeal to those looking for their own personal idols.
There was the usual heaps of self help crap by the mega pastors. Of course the kid that said He went to heaven when he was four stole the demo show. He must have been displayed in a dozen different locations within the store. They had that book in all different sizes and styles. I guess they wanted a Bible on heaven that would fit in any woman’s purse. After all, this book is right up their with the “Prayer of Jabez” in offering Christians profound “biblical”doctrine.
Hey, the book is even going around the women in my church. Even after explaining to people why the kid never went to heaven women just cannot accept the possibility that God is not now giving us extra biblical revelation about heaven through a four year old. Do you know that this is the number one selling book in Christianity? Christian people apparently want to know that they will have wings in heaven and they don’t apparently believe or know about the account by John in Revelation about the Lord’s appearance. Seems they have to find some more human description of Jesus from a four year old higher authority. You have to be a really brave man to dare to tell one of those women that this kid really did not go to heaven. You take your life in your hands.
There were also several other Christian accounts in that bookstore of people that went to heaven or hell. That theme seems to sell books these days. Gee, guess what? They all contradict each other as well as the scriptures. I guess in this postmodern heaven where truth is whatever you want to believe, your heaven is not my heaven. The different heavenly accounts found in the bookstore will give you many choices for believing in the heaven of your own dreams.
Why do Christians even need special revelation about something they could not possibly understand with their feeble earthly minds? Paul made that pretty clear because he actually went to heaven to get correct doctrine and he did not even talk about what heaven was like. He said it was unlawful to even speak of what he heard there.
If Jesus really wanted to explain heaven to us He had the perfect person and opportunity to describe heaven through Paul but He did not. How is knowing the color of Jesus hair and eyes relevant to your Christian walk anyway? Nobody is in their glorified bodes yet anyway, contrary to what these authors suggest in their own heavenly hallucinations.
How is knowing all the details of hell going to make you a more fruitful Christian or get people to believe in a hell? I think God told us all we need to know. In fact, he said if someone rises from the dead they still will not believe.
I remember Dr. Richard Eby who claimed to have gone to heaven and hell some decades ago. He made it clear that Jesus told him that he was not going to die until Jesus came back for His Church. Dr. Eby did just about every Christian talk circuit in existence. He was big in the charismatic circles of itching ears that are always looking for some new extra-biblical revelation. Well Dr. Eby died in spite of what He said. So I guess we are to believe that Jesus changed His mind or that Dr. Eby never went to heaven Yet, how many people hung on Eby’s every word every time he appeared?
Now those with itching ears are doing the same thing with the story from this kid that is filtered through his dad’s recall, and this account has moved into mainstream evangelical churches and few will teach against it because it is a story that has become too popular to fail.
I went to the back of the Christian bookstore and there were racks and racks of “Christian” rock music. Someone tell me how Christian youth get a Christian message from this crap? There is not one song in a hundred where you can even understand the words and if you knew the words they are not teaching biblical truths, they are substituting the crap of the world with a Christianized version of worldly rock clap crap. If that offends you tough. Someone has to take a stand against Christian insanity for Christ’s sake!
I must digress at this point because nobody else seems to take a stand on Christian youth issues and of course I think it has to be said. Christian youth groups in our churches are being fed with crap and don’t anyone dare rock the politically correct youth leaders boat. If these youth leaders are leading the youth to Christ than how come after these youths grow up and move from their parents they all seem to fall away? I cannot find one handful of people in the 20 to 35 age range in my above average sized church. So why is that? If we are really disciplining our youth?
The problem is that they get worldly Christianized crap and clap in their church group rather than Christian doctrine. The Sunday school teaches Christian light magazines for those that even show up. Everything else is about socializing. Its like a youth club with a Jesus mascot. Many churches have their own contemporary service but some use the same racket that you will find in the rock section of the Christian book store that I was in. Everything is about mystical feelings and emotions and sound biblical doctrine is not to be found.
My own Baptist church youth group takes trips to hear rock groups that are even more hard rock than what they have in their own service and they even have joint programs with the Word of Faith Church loons down the road. Huh? We teach against their heretical doctrine so why are we also exposing our youth to the Word of Faith leaders that specialize in mass hysteria and brainwashing?
In my church in the Sunday morning worship service the youth do not sit with their parents they sit together and cut-up. One kid never stops talking during the pastors sermon and half the time he is talking to someone in the next pew. It is like his head is rotating on a swivel, yet nobody says anything. Last week one kid had low rider pants on and his girl friend could not keep her hands off him but nobody says anything. Am I the only one noticing this stuff?
I remember the temporary pastor we had in another location. When he first came to pastor the church he had some of that social interaction going on among the youth during the worship service. He personally called them out from the pulpit. It stopped almost instantly. Guess what? The youth group grew and the youth greatly loved and respected that pastor. He was like that father or grandfather figure that many kids just do not have today.
Our church youth were pressured into taking vows to God pledging sexual purity until marriage. Do you think making vows to God is positive when all reports say that 90 percent of them will break that vow to God before college? I do not. However, don’t you dare challenge what is PC in the youth movements.
Some in our youth group were home schooled to keep them from the world but unfortunately they are being exposed to other youth in our churches that for the most part have already been indoctrinated by the government indoctrination system. Its kind of self defeating. If you keep your kids out of public school you might also consider what they are being exposed to in the local church youth group as well. I will not even get into the church single group meat markets in the larger churches even though I have decades of experience to speak on that subject.
I had to take a stand in my own adult bible study recently. The leader was too often promoting word faith heretics and some message that he heard on “Christian” TV from them. If you really want to teach that TV Word Faith crap there is a Word of Faith church down the road that will welcome you. Yet some friends in the class think I should not let that bother me and that I should return to the same class? Yeah, but if I wanted to hear recycled Word of Faith TV preaching I would also be going to the church down the road. In a Baptist Sunday School I expect nothing less than a lesson taught in correct context from the scriptures.
Enough of that long winded digression. Getting back to the Christian bookstore that I visited, I tried very hard to find something worthwhile. I noticed a video CD section and there I saw a CD on the “Lost Years of Jesus”? That is antichrist doctrine! It is based on nothing in Christian doctrine or in history, it really has roots in Hinduism. The story goes something like this. Jesus had to learn how to become a Christ and that took learning in the East. They also make up stuff from heretical and blasphemous fabrications about events that happened in our Lord’s youth.
Then on the same rack I saw a CD on the “Bible Codes” by Grant Jeffery’s and another one on “The Finger Print of God” by Jeffery’s. I guess wrong information does not bother Jeffery’s sales much. I have read most of his first books. He has been disproven on several of his major theories but people still want to buy his old errors and he still produces what they want.
I walked over to the Bible prophecy section and after looking at what was there I got a headache. I cannot believe what people are passing off as Bible prophecy these days. There was not a recent book in the whole section that I would waste my time on. I recall that Perry Stone had what I thought was some idiotic book and that book seemed to have the top position in the Bible prophecy section. But sorry, I do not even remember what his nonsense was about. It must not have been anything worth thinking about. Of course there was also the 2012 Mayan nonsense. Some of the older books in that area were okay but I had already read them.
Then I went to the Bible commentary section. There are now CD commentaries on the Bible but the ones I saw have a high tech new marketing gimmick. You buy a CD for 10 bucks and that gives you a bit of teaching and the right to buy additional teachings on the internet. In other words, once they suck you in they can keep selling you more stuff. So instead of buying that commentary on the Bible what you are buying is a never ending program to support the publisher and maybe the author.
Keep in mind that these CD’s are the teachings of people that had already been paid by their congregations to teach on these subjects or they were paid by those that supported their radio ministry. At least one of these teachers is dead and I know you can get these same teachings elsewhere for free.
I really came away from that bookstore with the thought that it is filled with the writing of whores that are just getting rich selling the gospel and ripping off Christian people. Most best selling authors in these stores are also pastors of mega churches and the books they pump out are all about making more money for themselves or sometimes their own social justice cause.
I can’t even blame the bookstore owners because they are struggling and when a heretical book like “The Shack” or some kids fantasy about heaven comes along they can pay the bills. After all, Christians will only buy the stuff they want to read. I still get the impression that if this was done in the front of the Temple Jesus would have trashed the bookstore. Yet, these same books are sold in the bookstores in the front of most mega churches.
On the drive home I probably was not very good company because I tried to point out something to my wife and maybe other Christians should hear what I had to say as well.
People are wasting their lives on fluff that means nothing in their Christian walk. In fact, much of what is sold in these Christian bookstores is destructive. In a few years at most this crap in the Christian bookstores will not mean diddly squat in their life. Things are going to change radically in this country very soon. In a few years life is not going to be the same. America will be judged. God is going to severely chastise the Church in America and take away their worldly “christian” idols that they love so much.
In case you do not know it. We are going to have a world war very soon, we are going to see Christian persecution, we are going to have massive civil upheavals, perhaps even civil war and we are going to have economic collapse and it will all take place this decade and it can begin at anytime. So then why are Christians buying self help books and fluff when in just a few years they will be struggling to even survive in this country?
How are they going to deal with the forced government rationing or worse during the next world war that will be against at least the radical nations and elements in Islam? What are they going to do when government tells them where to live and what they have to do? What seems so important to many people today really is trivial silliness. Those into this nonsensical fluff are an embarrassment to the saints of the past and present that put their life on the line daily for their faith.
Christian people learned nothing from world history or they are totally deceived by the progressives. They have the idea that things in the world constantly progress and man is getting more moral. Anything can be further from the truth. The world goes through regular major periods of war to purge evil and to get people to depend on God. We are not exempt because some are not old enough to personally have seen a world war or a civil war in their life. We are not exempt from wars and troubles because we are Americans. Evil rears its ugly head like clockwork in the world and it just so happens that the symptoms of evil today are already far worse than they were even just before the Second World War.
What Bible are most Christians reading? The bookstore Bible comic books? If people do not take biblical stands in our churches you’re not going to just lose Christians out of your congregations you’re going to lose most of your youth. You will lose your own freedom to preach on certain topics. You may lose your freedom to assemble at all. Your own youth will become your own enemies and turn you in to government or they will be killed in foreign or civil wars.
Christians had better get their heads out of their collective churchanity butt. Things are about to change radically in this country and in the world and it is going to happen much sooner than you might think. If you stand for nothing in America then for Christ’s sake what makes you think that an antichrist spirit will not take over America?
If you want to accomplish something like a move, or to get some formal education, or develop some skill, or make a career change, don’t act like you have decades to get that accomplished. What is not done in the next couple of years toward that end is not likely to take place in the more distant uncertain future either.
The symptoms of this are already evident. We now have an antichrist government that our “Christian” people actually helped to elect. We have sexual perversion being taught in our government indoctrination centers called schools because Christians will not take a stand against government sponsored perversion. The God ordained covenant of Marriage is being destroyed and the polls says that the majority of Christians now approve of same sex marriage??
Homosexuality with their filthy lifestyle will help spread super-germs to the general population. AIDS and MERSA is just the start of it. Wait until the super-germs from India spread here to these immune compromised incubators and feces wallowers. This homosexual practice was never acceptable in civil society because it cannot be allowed if civil society is to survive.
Many people are on drugs and drug warlords run your big cities. The traffickers have corrupted most everything for money including your government. We have the highest incarceration rate in the world and very few people that commit crimes even go to prison. Drug enforcement is also creating a police state in front of your eyes. Wake up! America is becoming increasingly wicked and it is a powder keg. The riots can start at any time.
All media is becoming antichrist and true Christians and biblical truths are labeled as crazy and hateful and nobody in Christianity can be concerned enough to take a stand for their faith. Nor will they take a stand against those that are practicing and sponsoring all these evils in our nation proving that they do not love the innocent, gullible and misguided.
All these things are happening and they will get worse because nobody will take a stand against evil. If Christians will not take biblical stands on issues in this country it is obvious that we will reap the consequences for our harlotry with the world. We have seen nothing yet. It is time for Christians to get serious. Drop the nonsensical self indulgences that are being taught by warped and greedy authors. It is time to take a biblical stand on the issues for Christ’s sake!
Don Koenig founded www.thepropheticyears.com website in 1999 after almost thirty years of independent study on the Bible and learning from many astute teachers within Christendom. Don created his website to write about Bible prophecy, biblical discernment and his Christian worldviews. Don wrote a free Revelation commentary ebook in 2004 named "The Revelation of Jesus Christ Through The Ages". The World and Church and Bible Prophecy section of this website was started in 2007.