Shall we be disciples of Jesus together? Or would you rather just participate in a Religious System?
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ArticlesThe Evangelical Subculture
One of the most disappointing things about being a part of a church that is more institutional than New Testament, is realizing that you're not dealing with friends, but a bureaucracy.
New World Order Niceness
Hitler's "Positive Christianity"
A totalitarian dictator seeks to suppress all discussion that he perceives as dissent.
Should the "Pulpit" be used for personal attacks with plausible deniability?
Should church leaders imply that any questioning or disagreement is division caused by Satan?
Prophecy Experts Who Ridicule Biblical Warnings
It is a cult-like mentality that says that all criticism or all dissent is division; or that anyone who criticizes a leader or an institution is necessarily a divisive person.
The World markets to young people.
Older people and parents are disrespected.
Young people are pandered to.
Why are many Clergyman under such pressure to spout political rhetoric?
Why are so many professing Christians so easily drawn away to worldly agendas?
Abusing the "Pulpit"
What forms does this take?
The Political Clergyman
Sees people only as:
- Assets, or
The Political Clergyman Cultivates a Following
In what ways does he do this?
False Prophets despise authority
See 2 Peter 2:10
Corrupt authorities despise these little ones (believers)
See Matthew 18:1-10 & 19:13; Mark 10:42; Matthew 23
Moses: A Type of Christ
God's Word clearly teaches
that Moses was intended to be a type of Christ, NOT of modern day
The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.
This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear.
Questioning a leader is not the same as questioning God.
Disagreeing with a leader is not the same as disagreeing with God.
How might this be a useful illustration for many professing Christians in the Churches of these last days?
What does it take to build the Megachurch of the Anti-Christ?
What does it take to build ANY Megachurch?
What Does a Manipulator do?
He manipulates the people!
Jerk them around
Puppets on a string
Lean to the left, Lean to the right, stand up, sit down, fight fight fight!
How can a Clergyman become a Diotrephes without actually kicking people out?
See 3 John 9, 10
Why are Christians so susceptible to the latest fad celebrity authors and their books?
Why are so many Christian women drawn to slick-marketed women leaders and female celebrity Bible teachers?
When Churchianity Takes Over
Should it not grieve us when sincere fellowship among the brethren is co-opted, taken over, usurped by churchianity?
Is it not reasonable for us to be concerned when the flesh rules in the assembly instead of the Spirit of God? When the personality of men dominate instead of letting Jesus have preeminence?
Yes, we should overlook personal offenses and not insist on our own way.
But the beauty and fulfillment of sincere fellowship causes us to hope for something better when churchianity creeps into the assembly.
Favoritism for the Rich Man?
"My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, "You sit here in a good place," and say to the poor man, "You stand there," or, "Sit here at my footstool," have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?"