Many heads of such religious empires have become thin gods, treating the people they are supposed to serve as slaves, paying some of them peanuts and taking their vision away from them to run their own vision. The labourers in the Tower of Babel suffered confusion of language after being deceived by Nimrod.
Eve also suffered the consequence of her gullibility. She was deceived by the serpent, who brought a new gospel different from what she knew before. Paul warned us through the Galatian church that if himself or anyone at that would bring any Gospel different from the one he preached, let such be accursed, even if it was an angel Gal.
Many strange Gospels have been introduced to the church by fast lane ministers whose God is their belly.
Paul warned the Phillipian Church: For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things Phil. Gospel of miracles, healings, breakthrough are strange gospels, we must run away from it.
But that is the order in many churches today. People are only introduced to the kingdom in order for them to partake of the blessings of the kingdom. The angels who followed Lucifer were all deceived by him too. He promised them a place in the new kingdom and better posts in his new cabinet after he had overthrown God. They soon discovered it was a deceit but by then, it was too late, just like it was too late for brother Judas, even though he sort repentance with tear but could find consolation in killing himself.
How will these innocent but gullible congregation of today escape the wrath of the king when he pour out his venom on the ambitious deceivers who use the name of His Son to achieve their inordinate ambition? For how long will the pilgrim sleep and slumber? When will he wake up to the reality of the fact that the entertainments and the show we see in our altars today are not the same landmark we see in the Christian journey the disciples and the early believers engaged in?
There is no semblance between the juicy title on parade today and that of the bond servant the disciples adopted.
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Do we compare the sacrifice the disciple went through for the sake of their testimony, many of which became martyrs, with the enjoyment of the pastoral office we see today, and the display of wealth and affluence of the present day preachers on the bill of faith in Christ and God of prosperity? This prosperity they preach about is purportedly taken from the Bible, but what is not clear is if the version of the Bible they posses states that Paul went about in convoy of fleet of exotic cars with mobile police blowing siren indiscriminately in front and at the back and beating the people they want to go and preach to black and blue because they will not get out of the road for them to pass.
Paul never psyched anyone up in order to put money down for Christ for the sole purpose of Christ to double it in return.
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Who have they turned Christ to: money doubler or money launderer? That is an abuse of the sacrifice of Christ on Calvary. He did not come to bless people, he came to deliver people from their sins and that is what most preachers today are silent about on pulpit in order not to lose their membership and deplete offering. The disciples never at any time used the excellency of speech to impress the hearers 1Cor.
They did not electrify the congregation with rhymes and colourful poetic and prophetic utterances that appeal to their sensibilities. They never preached without the mention of the name of Jesus because of lack of time: Jesus was their only message — no Jesus, no message. But today, many preachers mention the advantages of being a Christian and being committed to the church, attending meetings, paying tithes and offering, but never mentioning the reality of hell for lack of time.
Where did we read the disciples going to the bank to obtain loan in order to do a crusade or start a church? The purpose of such action is clear; to attract more customers! Who bring the crowd, God or the radio adverts that call people to come and receive healing unconditionally through the benevolence of the anointed pastor who just came from 40 days mountain where he went to collect unusual power. They indeed said the truth but what truth is not spoken is the where the mountain is: India or Tibet? Of course such works, it worked for Lucifer and Nimrod but we know the consequences. We must not be deceived by the results the will power and the power of imagination brings.
Truly, it brings astounding result and it is about the strongest force in the universe that only God that can prevent it from bringing result. Lucifer also almost got away with it. He had to be sent packing from heaven with the third of the angels that revolted with him. If he wanted to use it, he confessed that he would get results: myriads of angels would come immediately and rescue him Lk.
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But that would be his will. Our will power works truly, nothing can stand against it except us and that is what many preachers are now preaching today — how to discover and use your will-power to get what you want — no longer how to know the will of God for your life and walk in obedience.
When we gave our lives to Christ, if we truly did, we not only lost our lives, we lost our will. It is His will, not ours, so why are we being taught how to use will power in the radio and different books. For the fact that those who teach it have the title of Pastor before their names does not mean it is right. Believers, run; that is a strange landmark! A great number of Christian books today are all about knowing your will; how to discover and use your will power to get results.
How to develop mind power, thought control, mental attitude, positive confession, etc. This is not Christianity, it is witchcraft. When you come to Christ, you lose your will, your life, your heart and everything to him. There would be results truly, but until we submit our will to God, then, he had no choice but to not of God, regardless of how good it seems.
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Peter loved his fishing, but God called him out of it. Today, it is not God that calls people to ministry, it is people that call God to their strange ministry. Many are pastors today because they call themselves or their pastor appointed them to fill the vacuum having been consistent at meetings and in the good book of the pastor. And since the pastor has the mandate of opening as many branch as possible, he is ever looking for someone who can speak a little grammar.
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If you are already caught in that, you must run to save your life, you are fulfilling other peoples ambition! Paul could use the skill of excellency of speech as a lawyer and an orator, but he did not. He said the only thing he wanted to know among the people was Christ and Him crucified; not miracles, healing, breakthrough, prosperity but Christ alone; that is the message.
Christ is the good news, not healings, not breakthrough, etc. Christ is the Gospel. Our preaching must be Christ and Christ alone for it is Christ that brings other things. When we preach other things and expect Christ to follow, it is a wrong order. Christ does not follow miracles, miracles follow Christ. People can still go to hell if you offer and peddle miracle for them at the cost of membership to your church, but no one can go to hell if you offer them Christ. Christ must be offered, not as a precondition to enjoy blessings and prosperity which we have laboured to preach for one hour.
We must persuade men because of the terror of God 2Cor. The charismatic gyration and the Pentecostal exuberance which produces so much miracles in the lives of the people yet devoid of the fruits of the spirit cannot be said to be from the Holy Ghost; for God is not the author of confusion. Truly, miracles abound in our centers, but sin abounds much more and yet we do not see the operation of grace; for where sin abounds, grace abound much more Rom. Grace has been turned into grease. The gravity of sin has been lessened and its sting down played. It is an ancient landmark that.
Do not remove, do not modernize. You cannot modernize God, He is an ancient and consistent God. He is the same, yesterday, today and forever Heb. He says, I am the God and I change not. God placed judgment on them for driving the cart and for putting it in a new cart. Ironically, it is always the innocents, who are only obeying the dictates of the spiritual leaders that fall victims of the wrath of God. The leaders most of the time, escape to repent later or to perpetuate further damage.
When God strikes, he will strike you and leave that father to repent later. God does not want us to modernize Him. Stop brining clowns into the church to desecrate the altar. Stop bringing secular musicians into the church to corrupt the mind of the people. Stop the craze for wearing rags into the church in the name of fashion.
Stop perverting the music by turning secular music into spiritual ones. Is it because the Holy Spirit cannot do what the devil is doing for his own people? If the devil is giving his own people inspiration to sing new songs, must we import such songs into the church and sing it as Praise-Worship. It is not Praise-Worship; it is the praise and worship of Satan!
Shepherds are supposed to care, tend, keep and protect the sheep from the aggression of the adversary. They are appointed by the chief shepherd Himself. Unfortunately, it is the shepherds, charged with the responsibility of keeping the sheep that are breaking the edge and devouring the sheep without mercy. They tear them into pieces, on the bill of transforming them to a super sheep.
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They de-robe them, milk them, feed them with hormones to fatten them in order for them to get excess flesh from them for their own satisfaction. The Chief shepherd grieves. If the aggression was from outside, the power of the Lord is capable to destroy, but what about when it is from within.
Prophets prophesies lies in the name of the Lord. They are interested in their own belly Phil. The sheep are scattered and endangered.
They are fed with junks that alters their spiritual DNA.