Illiterate church

Illiterate church
February 8, 2009 by Angela

After doing a whole lot of research here goes.
I believe that God wants us to live in truth, and just like Paul, I am exposing some ‘wrongdoings’ that is sweeping itself into churches like a bad virus that won’t go away. I have done enough research and have been apart of a church that relates to this subject matter.
If you are not willing to read this with an open heart do not read this at all.

It’s time to smarten up church.
We are living in a day and age where it seems that people no longer need to read the word of God because we can go to church every Sunday and get our fill. We listen to the pastor and take everything in, and sometimes we don’t even crack open the bible because there are projections on a screen right there for us. The problem is this: How do we know when someone preaches another Jesus? A different God.
I believe that in order for a person to gain spiritual maturity and discernment a person needs to read the word of God and know it. Simple as that. God gave us His word for a reason.
I also believe that the Holy Spirit can somtimes nudge a person if something isn’t right. For example, I went to a conference once and I felt sick to my stomach the second I entered the room- because of this, the rest of the night I had my bible open and weighed up what the ‘preacher’ said with the word of God. Things did not line up, although he managed to preach and introduce many new teachings in the name of Jesus which would lead many astray.
Often when you read the bible you start to understand the things God approves of and the things God dosen’t approve of. This just leads me to ask: What happens when someone preaches something in the name of Jesus that completely goes against scripture and the very heart of God himself?
Let me share a scripture verse with you that I find interesting.

2 Corinthians 11:3-6 (NIV)
3But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 4For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough. 5But I do not think I am in the least inferior to those “super-apostles.” 6I may not be a trained speaker, but I do have knowledge. We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way.

Note how in verse 4 it says “For if someone comes to you and preaches another Jesus” it does not say an Allah, A Buddha, or Muhammed. No, it says if someone comes to you and preaches another JESUS other than the Jesus we preached. God obviously knew that people would bring false teachings into this world by using the name of Jesus to convince people that it’s okay. And also it’s not Jesus Christ of Nazareth…it’s simply Jesus. By doing so, this is how the church gets easily infiltrated.
Why do you think the word warns us so much about false prophets? Because they wont be easy to spot! They might quote a gazillion scripture verses, sound like they know it all, and be good at praying but so what?
Think back to the time that the devil tempted Jesus in the bible….what was his tool? SCRIPTURE. The enemy used scripture to try to tempt Jesus. So of course a false prophet can know a bucket load of scripture…they have to in order to defend their views…espicially if there is skepticism, or opposition.

Matthew 7:15 (NIV)
15“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.

In the Christian and Catholic church there are many ‘new’ unbiblical practices and ideologies being introduced in almost every denomination.
These new teachings are derived from occultic practices that try to attempt ‘oneness’ with God or spiritual revelations of somesort often dealing with visualisation techniques of somesort. One item that is turning into a main stream practice is known as Theophostic Prayer and is more fimilarly known as “Listening Prayer”. One defense I often get from people when asking questions about this practice is this:
“Dosen’t God wants us to talk to him?”. Let me get this straight, I do believe God wants us to talk about our problems with him and cast our cares upon him because He geuinely cares for us. (1 Peter 5:7) Yes praying is good.
But! I do not believe that we can get an answer out of God whenever we want it. We can’t expect God to give in to our commands in that moment. We cannot control God.
And we also should not be trying to seek ‘extra knowledge’ or images that may make us seem more ’spitritual’ or like God These things again go back to occultic practices where they believe that ‘God is in you’ and therefore you are like God. (Think about the tower of Babel)
I’m not saying we shouldn’t strive to live or be like Jesus… we should. We should follow his commands and love on others, BUT when we try to become ‘all knowing’ that is something to be left up to God.

Many other trends and practices are soon to be taking over the church on a much higher scale thanks to a movement called, “The Emerging Church”.
I will not go into too much detail because I will post some links if you decide you need to learn more about this.
It’s troubling to know that this is spreading like wildfire (which is obviously the plan!)
But I also would advise you, after you’ve done your research… please get out. Confront a teaching if need be.

John 8: 30-32
31To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Links:

Listening Prayer
http://www.journey2wholeness.org/other/theo.pdf

http://ceruleansanctum.com/2003/09/charismatic-churches-and-cult-of-new.html

http://www.carm.org/religious-movements/emerging-church/centering-prayer

http://www.cults.co.nz/t.php (notice how it’s on the list)

Emerging Church Movement
http://www.understandthetimes.org/commentary/c29.shtml

http://www.alternativeworship.org/practice_welcome.html

I came upon some scripture verses today that are very relevant to this.

Matthew 6:7
And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

Deuteronomy 12:30-32
30 and after they have been destroyed before you, be careful not to be ensnared by inquiring about their gods, saying, “How do these nations serve their gods? We will do the same.” 31 You must not worship the LORD your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the LORD hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods.
32 See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it.

(It’s funny that listening prayer comes from other eastern religions, yet we’ve brought it into the church and have begun to say “Lets worship our God this way” when the bible tells us not too.- In co-rellation to deut 12:30-32)

 

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