Audio Length 55:59
Immorality Of The Religious Church… (Continued)
The reasons why I say in this titled message “Religious” Is because religion has no part in the kingdom of Heaven, nor has a part with God. Religion is man-made. In fact it should not even be in the common vernacular of the believer and follower of Jesus Christ. Because Jesus never once tried to bring us religion. But in fact brought us reconciliation to all who believes, between God and man, that is the relationship with God the Father, in His entire fullness. And the Only way is through Jesus the Christ The Son of God, as it is written:
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you really knew Me, you would know My Father as well.”
also, Mathew 11:28
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, For I am gentle and meek in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Jesus did not say, ‘Come unto My religion that man will make out of Me, and you will find rest.’ No! He said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Religion is dead and all who participate are dead also, dead unto God. Dead unto the Spirit. Dead to the relationship God wants all to have with Him. God Almighty commands us to be alive unto Christ; as it is written:
“Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him (,Jesus the Christ), that the body of sin might (,the word “might” suggests by ones own choice, action, and faith,) be done away with that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he (,the Believers,) who has died (,Died to self,) has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, But alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it’s lusts.”
Where there is no healing, no deliverance, no convictions, there is something wrong and it isn’t with God. Most likely they are in apostate conditions.
“Go into all the world and preach this good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but who ever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will recover.”
Does this sound like a dead or a luke warm church, No! For doing the work of the Lord is being alive unto Christ. Being alive unto Christ, is bearing Much fruit for the Kingdom of God of Heaven. As it is written:
“Abide in Me (,Jesus says), and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides (,Or remains, in some translations,) in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I Am the vine, you (,the believers of Christ Jesus,) are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in Him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
If you are not doing the things God has commanded us to do Like, “Love one another as I have loved you, freely you have received, freely give, or Love your neighbor as yourself. Love your enemies and pray for them, do good to those who hate you and spitefully use you.” and casting out demon, raising the dead, healing the sick, then there is something wrong. Maybe it’s being ashamed of Christ. Maybe it’s fear. Maybe it’s that, you don’t have this true relationship with Christ that I’m talking about, (Abiding in Christ). Maybe it’s your faith, the lack there of. Maybe it’s sin. Or maybe your not reading the Word of God. What ever it is, it is in a nut shell an apostate condition, a religious rut, that makes you dead unto Christ Jesus our Lord. The work that the Lord has done, are commanded by Jesus for us to do. It is also a promise in:
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he (,All believers of Christ Jesus our Lord,) will do also; and greater (,In numbers,) works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And what ever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father maybe glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
This last Easter we celebrated the living, resurrected Lord; Savior; /Son of God. For Jesus is not dead but living, and we serve, honor, and worship the true living God. The Cares of this world; the lust for the things of the world, does in fact choke the Word of God in ones own life. Chokes faith.
“So then faith comes by hearing , and hearing by the Word of God.”
“Now he who received seed (,the Word of God,) among the thorns (,Type of hearer. Thorns is the symbolic representation of clutter. Whether it is the vain pursuit of popularity of fame and fortunes, or worldly possessions, even the pursuit of happiness through things, which is not guaranteed happiness at all that takes over one’s heart, and makes itself priority over all important matters and decisions.) is he who hears the Word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches chokes the Word of God, and he becomes unfruitful.”
When the cares of the world chokes off the life blood, (Which is faith,) in you, away from the kingdom of God. Then you could be in an apostate condition. Remember! Apostasy means: (According to Webster’s New World Dictionary,)
Apostasy: (Greek,) Apo. – away. + Stasis. – A standing. which means, an abandoning of what one has believed in, as a faith, or cause. or, (The falling away of what is right.) or, (Straying away from the truth.)
Apostate Conditions Continued
If the Word of God is not building up your faith, (which is what it is supposed to do, when you read it aloud to yourself, because remember Faith comes by hearing.) Nor convicts you, then you need to rededicate your life unto Christ and receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit of God, of power. For God’s promises is that:
“So shall My (,the Lord God speaking here in promises,) word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
God designed His Word to do exactly what He intended from the beginning, before the foundations of the world, and that is:
2 Timothy 3:16 & 17
“all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Now if you are a Minster in any kind of leadership role, in any high position available in the church, and you preach a message, and it has nothing to do with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, and it is obviously that the message is not impacting your congregation, than you need correction, direction, reproof of your beliefs. Because maybe it’s that your personal beliefs that are not lining up with the doctrines of the Word of God. Repent! Rededicate your life to Christ! Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit of God and of His power and might. Be in agreement to the full Word of God. Be the bride that God Almighty intended us all to be, GLORIOUS; POWERFUL; UNSTOPPABLE! If you do these things, watch the power of God transform and change you and your congregation both. Because some where down the line, you lost your first love, (Jesus Christ,) and also lost the vision. For the Word of God says as promised,
“Where there is no vision, the people parish: but he who keeps the law (Commands of God, doing God’s will) happy (Blessed and complete) is he.”
That word, “religion,” is a rebuke to those who knows God, and have a real relationship with Him. All can have this relationship with God. Religion are the ones, who are truly in apostate conditions, Due to the rejection of God, by man made regulations and false doctrines and religious rituals, that has nothing to do with the word of God at all. For these things are empty. They have everything to do with the outward appearances. But, has no value in the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus even corrects the religious leader of His day as it is written:
verse: 1. “Then Jesus said to the crowds and to His disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. Verse: 2. So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. verse: 3. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. verse: 5. Everything they do is done for men to see; They make their phylacteries (,small leather cases that contained quotes of the Pentateuch, “first five books of the Old Testament,) wide and the tassels on their garments long; verse: 6. they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; verse: 7. They love to be greeted in the market places and to have men call them Rabbi (,Which means teacher). verse: 8. But you are not to be called Rabbi, for you have only one master and you are all brothers. verse: 9. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father and He is in Heaven. verse: 13. “Woe to you teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of Heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. verse: 15. “Woe to you teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win one convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much as the son of Hell as you are.
verse: 25. “Woe to you teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside are full of greed and self-indulgence. verse: 26. Blind Pharisees! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside will also be clean. verse: 27. “Woe to you teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like white washed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. verse: 28. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.
verse: 29. “Woe to you teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. verse: 30. And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our forefathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ verse: 31. So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendents of those who murdered the prophets. verse: 32. Fill up, then, the measure of the sins of your forefathers! verse: 33. “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? verse: 34. Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. verse: 35. And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel (son of Adam in the beginning Genesis 4) to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah (Before the virgin birth of Jesus Christ) whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. I tell you the truth all this will come upon this generation.”
so with all that said, let’s continue with the apostate conditions. Remember, that the enemy (,the devil,) does plant seeds which leads to apostate conditions, (refer to last blog, “Apostasy part 2”.) he plants those seeds into individuals, who are ignorant about the Word of God as well as Gods ways, and he cultivates the ground, (Known as the flesh; the heart of mankind,) to plant those seeds. And waits to reap the harvest, which is the forbidden fruits of the flesh. To either turn you away from Christ and the truth of Christ, or to reap destruction in your heart and mind, and soul. For they are both interconnected more than we want to admit.
“Now the works of the flesh are evident which are : Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness. idolatry, sorcery (,witchcraft and drug use), hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and the likes.”
(A letter to the churches of Christ Jesus our Lord.)
“But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints. Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, (gossip), nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”
*Homosexuals and open homosexual practices in the church and behind the pulpit.
*Homosexual tendencies applauded.
*Premarital sex/casual sex, (between a man and a woman; or in today’s news, boys and girls.)
these are part of specific practices mentioned in the Word of God as: “Fornication,” and, “Uncleanness.” The end results of these practices found in:
1 Corinthians 6:9
“Do you know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites (Those who practice sodomy),” .
So we see clearly that those who practice such things will not have salvation, if they continue in them. For God created man to be with a woman from the very beginning. Homosexuality is absolutely not natural, and is out of the will of God. Then another end result are also obvious. Sexually transmitted diseases, resulting premature death. It’s not just limited to homosexuals, but also all kinds of fornication, orgies and debauchery of heterosexuals as well.
Therefore God also gave them up to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchange the truth of God for a lie, and worship and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” (This falls under the category of idol worship. Fornication is the worship of flesh.) For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. (Due to continual rebellion against the truth of God and, against His original design.) For even their women exchange the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.”
The Word of God also specifically says in:
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”
For every thought, (meditations). Every decision breeds action. And every action has consequences. Good decisions, has their rewards. But poor choices has consequences, and they are absolute. Examples: Heroin addicts are not born as addicts, (Unless they were born from a mother, who is addicted to the drug, if they survive.) They made a choice to try it, by slamming a needle into their arm to get that high, and they find themselves addicted to it. They have sown and also reaped. And because they could not shake their addiction, they die.
Pornography addiction, may have started out as innocent curiosity. But over time, brings the person into premeditated conditions of wanting to perform sexual activities. For the seed is planted through the eyes, (the window of the soul). Over time like wise, innocent curiosity becomes an addiction, and in the end result reaps destruction of the soul. Destruction of families, friends and marriages.
Premarital sex/casual sex, reaps unwanted pregnancies which leads to abortion, (murder). It can also lead to sex addictions, (Pornography, and debauchery even can lead to the point of prostitution.) Which then leads to sexually transmitted diseases, which also leads to uncleanness and premature death. Death of the conscience! Death to innocence! Death to a real wholesome, loving, normal relationship with the right person. For premarital sex becomes a curse in itself.
In these last days, not many experience the innocence and cleanness of a real and true loving, wholesome, nurturing marriage. For the marital relationship are destroyed because of that premarital sexual/ sexual immorality, the curse that can cause adultery which results in broken homes, and screwed up kids today without discipline, guidance and structure. These are just a few examples out of hundreds today.
God teaches against these things, not to earn eternal life, for no one can earn the right to the kingdom of Heaven. But it’s because He wants us to be happy, without drama, bearing fruit for the kingdom of Heaven. He wants to give us a life full of abundance and peace in Him and He can and will, if you let Him.
1 John 1:8&9
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleans us from all unrighteousness.” (Promised!)
Jesus can fully restore! Fully heal! Fully deliver! Fully sanctify! Fully make whole, if you truly and fully come to Him. Giving Him your full heart. God cannot lie, nor can He fail. For God the Father, His Only begotten Son; Jesus the Christ, and His Holy Spirit is Merciful, Just and True.
Ignorance by lack of knowledge of the Word of God
My heart has grown sick to hear a report on Family Life Radio 91 point 5, that there is illiteracy in the Church body of Christ. Not that people can’t read, but that people don’t read the Word of God. A lot of the Body of Christ, (according to statistics a few years ago on CBN news,) that a lot don’t know the basic commandments of God, (which still stands today), the 10 Commandments by heart. Or, (according to today’s statistics among young believers and non,) are believing the lie which is being produced on the pulpit that, the entire theme of the Holy Word of God is “God helps those who helps themselves.” Or worse, that some Bible scholars today as well as the secular scholars agree with archeologists that, they found the so-called tomb of Jesus Christ. That they found His bones in a sarcophagus. But in fact they are an error, because, the Word of God specifically and clearly says in His Holy Word, without fault nor defect, as a promise, that Jesus the Christ arose from the dead and sits at the right hand of God. And even the prophets of old has testified to this very fact, long before Christ Jesus came into this world in the flesh by the virgin birth. As well as His disciples and apostles, when He did come.
“To whom (,Jesus’ disciples,) He (,the Lord Jesus the Christ,) also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of Heaven.”
and again in: 1 Corinthians 6:14
“And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.”
Warning; Those who don’t read the Word of God will fall into darkness and not recover. Unless of coarse, by an intervention of from God Almighty Himself. Because of ignorance. They will fall by the way side. As it is written in parable speech:
“Some seed fell on stony places (,Hearts of stone), where they did not have much earth (,Shallowness); and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth, But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away.”
In the Book of Luke 8:13 this parable was explained by Jesus to His disciples more clearly than in Mathew.
“The ones (,People,) on the rock (,stony Places,) are those who, when they hear the Word, receive the Word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a awhile and in time of temptation; persecution; or in tribulation they fall away.”
Reading the Word of God daily, deeply roots us and helps us build a strong foundation in us that can not be moved nor can be shaken. For the Word of God builds our faith, as it is written in:
“As You therefore have received Christ Jesus our Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”
For Jesus is the Word made into flesh found in:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and Word was God.”
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory of the Only Begotten (,the Son of God,) of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
It is a sin to sit on this Word and not read and do the will of God, as He commands. These are truly one major sign of apostasy. These are apostate conditions, the full blown harvest of ignorance and faithlessness in the body of Christ Jesus our Lord, in this very day and hour. Harvesting a dead church full of hypocrisy (play acting). A dead church that has no eternal value for the kingdom of God. No hope, nor has eternal life. A religious church harvesting eternal death. If you do not believe in your heart and confess out of your mouth that Jesus Christ has:
#1). Come into this world by the virgin birth in the flesh (in bodily form),
#2). Died for your sins,
#3). and was raised from the dead,
you will not be saved, and there is no truth in you as it is written:
1 John 4:1-3
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God ; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come into the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is already in the world.”
Hell will be your eternal home, those who denies Jesus Christ as the Messiah as the Only Son of God. But when you read the Word of God today, God is preparing you for something big tomorrow (in the near future) as it is written:
“His lord said to him, well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord (,or Master).”
All that the churches (Should) represent. The root of it all is Jesus Christ. When you take away Christ, all that He has done for, all who are willing to believe, and all His promises, we absolutely have no hope! No eternal moral values! Nor eternal life. And certainly no message worth hearing, because without Christ Jesus, you have absolutely, not the Father nor His Holy Spirit. When you have neither of these, all you really are, is a dead secular church.
1 John 2:22&23
“Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ (,the Son of God,) he is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son who ever denies the Son does not have the Father either. He who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.”
and again in: John 14:6&11
“And Jesus said to him, I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Me…Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me.”
And empty messages are vain, because they absolutely have no authority, nor power. Because it lacks the Holy Spirit and the trinity. You then, really and truly have nothing.
I Am the vine, you (,the believers of Christ Jesus,) are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in Him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
The Unpardonable Sin
There is only one sin that can never be forgiven. All sins can, and, will be forgiven. As long as you turn back from wickedness and walk toward the direction of righteousness (,Repentance,) except for one that is, Who speaks against the Holy Spirit of God. Examples: Speaking in new tongues (,Found in Mark 16:15-18,) ‘is of the devil.’ ‘Signs; wonders; and miracles are from the devil and died with the last Apostle.’ (Which is a lie). I’ve personally held conversations with people from various types of persuasions that said these lies and believed it. I could not persuade them the truth found in the unadulterated Word of God. To this day, I do not speak to them because they live a lie. And the Word of God specifically teaches, to run away from false teachers. Speaking in new tongues is of God, the Heavenly language. Signs; wonders; and miracles are from God, as merciful gifts from God to man. Jesus Himself performed these signs; wonders; and miracles.
“Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven of men (,all humanity), but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven of men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven of him, either in this age or in the age to come.”
Blasphemy: (According to Webster’s New World Dictionary,) means: ‘Profane abuse of God or sacred things.’
Where there is sin in a believer’s life, the Holy Spirit will let you know, for He is our helper. If the turn around direction is not taken, toward the narrow road of righteousness, than the Holy Spirit will take His flight. Some churches has experienced this. That is why it has become a dead secular church, due to sin or the rejection of Gods Holy Word and doctrines. And have replaced them with man-made doctrines; religion. If the Holy Spirit of God is not welcomed, then He will take His flight also.
I must clarify again religion vs. Relationship. Religion should not be in the vernacular of the true believers and followers of Christ Jesus, unless, it is for the purpose of rebuke. Religion has no relationship to God at all. In fact it is dead and empty, it is really about the outward appearance and expressions of the flesh, which they call faith. Religion is mere outward appearance that looks good. But it is a farce! full of play acting. It has no power to convict, restore, nor gives anyone any lasting hope, as it is written again in Mathew 23:1-37.
Relationship with God stands alone. The only similarity to religion vs. relationship is that all can have either. That’s it.
“Then He (,Jesus Christ,) told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophesy of this book (,the total Word of God From cover to cover. From Genesis to Revelation, all 66 books.) because the time is near, let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy.”
Final warning to all the people in their secret sins, both in leadership and those who are not. “Come back to your senses and reason right now to the Lord of eternal life!”
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (,for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them (,which is our work in the Lord, not partake in darkness). For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says: awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”
All sin done in secret will be exposed. And all will know eventually. The Lord is returning for His bride very soon! Are you ready to meet Jesus, The Son of God, being caught up swiftly in the air with Him, or due to the un repented sins, are you ready to meet the hour of judgment that will be due soon. Its your choice. Are you ready! For Christ is coming for a spotless, (without blemish nor wrinkle,) bride, who is glorious.
These are some of the signs of the end times…