“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:21-23)
“In vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” (Matthew 15:9)
I was wondering has anybody noticed that many of today’s “churches” and “Pastors” aren’t what God ordained but what religion created.
I am baffled at some of the things that are being done and celebrated in the name of Christ but have nothing to do with Christ. (Matthew 7:21 & Matthew 15:9) Have you noticed the trend also? It has been going on in one way or another for generations.
Just the other day I was listening to a church announcement inviting everyone to a “Pastor and Co-pastor’s Pastoral Anniversary Celebration.” The event would last several days. The emphasis and focus were being placed on honoring the Pastor and his wife as “Pastor and Co-pastors” of a church – a phenomenon that was unheard of in the original Church of Christ and His Apostles.
The “Pastoral Anniversary Announcement” advertised that there would be several guest preachers for this celebratory event. All of the invited preachers are expected to bring an anniversary message that honors the honorees and their ministry. All attendee are expected to bring monetary offerings to celebrate the honorees. (((idolatry)))
Which one of Christ’s Apostles ever celebrated a pastoral anniversary? Which one of God’s New Testament Pastors/Bishops/Elders ever shared their pastoral call with his wife as “co-pastor?” And how would such a celebration serve the cause of the KINGDOM OF GOD and the SALVATION MESSAGE OF CHRIST?
The Apostles of Christ would rent their clothes and throw dust upon their heads at the notion of anyone celebrating /worshipping them (Acts 14:13-15). They would remind us that it is God’s power and the blood of Christ that sustains us, saves us, forgives us and ministers to us daily – not theirs. They are only men and as such should only be treated as men and not “celebrities” or “gods.”
How many actually see that many things called Christian aren’t Christian at all but anti-christian?
How many see how far we have wondered away from the TRUTH and embraced the lie?
How many see and understand that many of our so-called Christian churches, institutions and ministries have imitated the world’s way and dismissed God’s Way?
How many really see that the majority of so-called Christian churches have dismissed or perverted Christ’s message of salvation, sacrifice, suffering and holiness in favor of traditions and gospels of men?
How many of us have really taken notice that churches and pastors aren’t what God called them to be but what religion has created them to be?
This is Blasphemous!