Dan and incredble article and some real stats to go with almost my excat same issues. Thank you for the many very real inshight you bring to the real problems of the Christian Curch as diametrically in conflict to the life and teachings of Christ!!
Forgive them Lord for they know not what they do
In love and prayerful respect with the blessing of Christ Jesus. I challenge any person, preacher, pastor or follower of the Prosperity Gospel (Joel Osteen, et al) to debate this false theology. I also extend the invitation to any believer who support the false doctrines espoused by Donald Trump and The Republican Party. You can contact me at email@example.com . In love I await your replies! I am sure they will be interesting.
Bothers and sisters in Christ, of any denomination or offshoot. In short anyone who believes Jesus Christ as their Lord, Savior and King. That Jesus is the Son of God, came to earth through a virgin birth, died on the cross as payment for our sins and rose after 3 days to sit at the Right Hand of the Father and petitions the Father on our behalf. Leaving us the Holy Spirit, until he will come again to judge the earth and all on it. He will Reign on earth as Lord and King in the New Jerusalem. If this is your Faith, I am speaking to you!
I come to you all in the spirit of Love and Exhortation. The Church (body of Christ) not a building or any Mega Church, is sick! We have traded our gift of salvation for the things of this word. The Wolves are inside the house and threaten to slaughter the sheep and endeavor to tear down the house that Jesus built, in which you are a part of.
Hate, Greed, Power, Corruption, Lies, Anger, Hostility to Truth and Idol worship is being practiced amongst you. A false doctrine of Prosperity Gospel is defrauding you of your money, while making the promises the devil makes to have one turn from God, Jesus and Salvation. God is not your magician or ATM Machine, this belittles the power of God, assuming all things can be fixed with money, instead of Faith. You can not worship God and Money.
My brother and sisters, I see you. I have been you. I understand your fear of a “secular’ United States and a godless political agenda including religious freedom, abortion, the judiciary and Christian Nationalism.
I was you. I was born, then baptized in both the Catholic and Orthodox Churches as a Child. At 16, through a beautiful soul, I was introduced to non-denominational Christianity and gave my life to Jesus Christ. I first read the bible cover to cover at that time. Latter as a man, I was baptized at one of the most recognized names of west coast Christianity. Then I was married in that same church building. In all that time, I did not truly understand the gift of salvation and felt out of place in these buildings. What I experienced was cliquish, judgemental, conformity, unloving, quick to damn and slow to love followed by “Praise The Lord”. In fact during one period of my life, I had lost my job with a wife and new baby to house and feed. Desperately sending our resumes and going on job interviews. I called the Christian Church we attended and told them my plight. I offered to do anything, clean toilets, sweep the church or parking lot, anything, I was desperate. The lady who answered the phone with a cheerful “Chapel __, how may we bless you today” or something similar. Upon hearing my plight, the dear soul on the other end made a discernible disgruntled sound, her voice changed tone and said, I am sorry there is nothing we can do for you, we will keep you in our prayers. Hardly scriptural. Did not Jesus say:
“ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Mathew 25:40
So my first experience with christian charity and love from a church body was a slap in the face. That truly opened my eyes. What I saw in Churches and “Christians” reminded me more of the Hypocrisy of the Scribes and Pharisees militant pro-birth agendas, political power playing and the birth of the moral majority. Along with pastors getting caught diddling their male masseuses, having sex with hookers and in the case of Jim and Tammy Fae Baker, embezzlement and sexual assault. Certainly not the Christian Values they professed and against everything Jesus stands for. No love, simply another bunch of gritters lining their pockets from a televised social club. No Mercy, Grace or Love of Jesus Christ. This was over 20 years ago. The Christian Community is in much worse shape today.
I became disillusioned with organized Christianity. I was a cultural Christian but did not lose faith in God or Jesus. I lived a worldly life that Christians would call backsliding (a word never mentioned in the Bible). It was not for many years and with Gods loving correction that I began to knock, seek and find all of the gifts the Blood of Christ afforded me. Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding and Forgiveness have been a constant theme of my prayers. It is after much prayer that I am writing to you today. With Faith, Hope and Love I pray that this message will reach even a single readers heart, and open their eyes. I am far from a perfect or righteous man. I fail daily and must seek forgiveness constantly. It is in my weakness, I pray that Gods power become manifest.
The Lords Message to His Present Day Disciples:
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. John 13:34
The Way of Love: 1. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
1 Corinthians 13: 1–3
In short my friends, without LOVE you can not have the blessings of Jesus Christ. So what is this LOVE that Jesus speaks of?
4. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5. or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6. it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
What was our Lords commands to us the Faithful:
26. Do any of you think you are religious? If you do not control your tongue, your religion is worthless and you deceive yourself. 27. What God the Father considers to be pure and genuine religion is this: to take care of orphans and widows in their suffering and to keep oneself from being corrupted by the world. 1 James 26–27
Today’s Christians, pastors and churches seem less interested in the word of Biblical Christ, than the worldly ways of hate, political power, greed, worshiping false idols and a wholesale rejection of “The Way”, as described and modeled by Jesus himself. Our churches and leaders are corrupt, our people hateful, the church has become drunk on Money, Power and Politics. Our leaders have used Fascist, Nationalist agendas to scare the elect, to polarize society and create divisions and raise MONEY! This is not Christianity! This is LIES and DECEIT.
Does the Church or Ministry you belong to preach the Prosperity Gospel. Run don’t walk to closest exit. Do not support such churches. Do as Jesus said:
But when you pray, go to your room, close the door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. And your Father, who sees what you do in private, will reward you. Mathew 6:6
The Many False Doctrines and Fleecing of the Flock
Do you condone Lies and Deceit if you feel they are GODS will?
Are you an anti-vaccines? Anti Mask? Because you don’t believe COVID is real or the Blood of Christ is all you need?
Do you work in an industry or profession that pollutes Gods creation or oppresses the men and woman made in his image?
Do you believe climate change is a hoax?
Do you belong to a Mega Church? Does the church honer the members in public who make large donations?
Do You Support Donald Trump, Qanon, Stopping Immigration, Violence for Political Ends?
Do you send money and support when the republican party, gaslights you to raise funds to Save America, Save Religious Liberty, Stop The Communists, Immigrants and the Poor, etc.
Do you watch Fox News and/or Rush Limbaugh (RIP)?
Do you oppose abortion, but fail to care for the mother and the baby you pretend to protect? Pro-Life is for a full life, not an embryo!
Do you support, eliminating immigration completely or for all but the most highly skilled and deserving?
Do you think school boards shroud be a christian mission?
Do you think the 2020 election was a fraud?
Do you believe that Affirmative Action and Woman’ Rights are wrong?
Do you think AOC, the squad and other Libs are the devils tools?
Do you believe the ends justify the means, to accomplish Gods will?
Do you believe that LGBTQ American’s are committing a “Special Kind of Sin”?
28 “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, 29but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”
Dos you believe American is a Christian Country?
Do you believe that God wants you to support any right wing cause that promises to “MAGA”, political campaigns, recall campaigns, stop the steal and recount campaigns with the money GOD entrusted you with?
Do you Believe that people are poor because they are not Godly?
Do you believe that White People are Gods New Chosen people or that American is Gods Chosen Country?
Is your morality based on how much money you make? Would you practice subjective morality to advance your career or make more money to support your family?
Do you believe God wants you to be RICH?
Do you believe Patriotism and Christianity are intertwined?
Do you believe that militarism is a Christian Value?
Does your Sunday service include patriotic themes, American Flags and War Machines?
Do you believe that God would want you to commit first strike violence to overthrow the 2022 election or any upcoming elections?
Do you believe that welfare, food stamps, healthcare for all and a social safety net are bad?
Do you think that takers should care for themselves?
Do you think that it’s alright to take public funds to finance Christian private schools?
Do you believe that police should have qualified immunity and be protected from prosecution for murder or other deadly actions?
Do you believe that Donald Trump was ordained by GOD? A modern day Cyrus?
Do you believe that if we Christians root for the destruction of civilized society it will force the return of Jesus Christ?
Do you believe the great commission to Love on another as you love yourself only applies to other believers or members of your church?
Do you believe that you will be ruptured before the really bad part of the end time begins.
Well my friends, if you answer YES to even one of these things, you are in deep. These are not biblical or Godly pursuits, thoughts or actions. If you disagree, email me and let discuss it. However, I suspect you already know all theses things are anti-christian. You may also have been pulled into the devils lies and deceit. The good news is that it is never too late (unless you blaspheme the Holy Spirit).
Friends, this happens in our present world to well meaning Christians all the time. You know the drill. Go into your room and pray to your Lord and God in private, repent and enjoy the grace and love of forgiveness. Then Change Your Ways! It would be dangerous for you to not do this. You must also, STOP ALL GIVING TO POLITICAL PARTIES, CHURCH ORGANIZATIONS or CULTURE WARS and begin giving directly to the poor. You yourself, no middle men to take a CUT. You MUST NOT ask, what will they will use they money for. I know, your first thought is drugs and booze. Because you think poor people are poor from low morality (Jesus, smite you Satan). This is not the case and if it is, it’s not your place to judge.It wound be your place to take a homeless or poor person into your home and cloth, feed and care for the person until and if they want to get clean or on their feet. Finally you must come to your Christian friends and provide encouragement for them to come out of the devils clutches. Make no mistake, any action listed above is the devils calling.
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I pray for you earnestly. I petition on your behalf for a good result for you. I look forward to seeing you all in the Kingdom to come. May the the lord bless you, may he keep you in his grace, may his countenance shine upon you and give you peace, Amen!