False Worship in Church

The Church of Man

The modern “church” has become a media driven entity meant to stimulate and entertain the masses. To focus on one particular thing is almost impossible as people's attention spans are often short lived, desiring different type of feel-goods on a constant basis. The sophists sell their wares, which consist of their special ministries of healing, prophecy, miracles, self-help, money management, word-faith etc… Most people believe that truth comes from their latest books, or sermon. Most do not even search the Scriptures to see if it is true.

Have you ever wondered if maybe all that you have been accepting as truth is wrong and misleading?

Most people rely on man to give them understanding, enlightenment and revelation. Most rely on their “church” leaders to fill their hearts and minds with God’s Word. The problem is that the modern “church” is filled with people with notions and preconceived ideas that do not come from God’s Word. They have closed their hearts and minds to the working of the Holy Spirit. The modern “church” is a bombardment of people with so many conflicting and contradictory ideas.


Deception

Many do not realize that we are in an age of deception that will lead to serious consequences for those who have been lulled into complacency. Many are content with the way things are going and believe the “truth” as they see it. The biggest deception is the way the modern “church” presents the "gospel" message with additions that include "church" membership, different forms of baptism and other doctrinal statements pertaining to a particular denomination. After they go through their institutional rites and rituals, they are then considered to be a “Christian.” The sole purpose of the modern “church” is to create members who believe that they are obligated to come to a certain building once or twice a week and listen to someone tell you that worship is putting money into the offering basket. They will tell you directly, or indirectly that your relationship with God is proportional to the membership status you have within the building.

True salvation consists of none of these above things. Salvation is the process of being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit that strips away our fleshly nature and brings forth repentance and humility.

The state of the modern “church” is in a dire condition. Most of what is taught about salvation has to do with man’s own ideas, not what the Word says. Forget about what your pastor says, forget what the books that are sold in the “church” bookstore. Throw it all out and simply read the Word of God for yourself and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the real and genuine truth.



Salaried to serve.
Salaried to serve.
Huge Appetite
Huge Appetite
Wealthy, but spiritually dead.
Wealthy, but spiritually dead.
Truth
Truth

True Salvation

Why is it that so many have it backwards?

They believe that whatever they decide to do God will bless them.

What happened to letting go of our own plans and desires and accepting what God wants?

Most people run away when things start getting uncomfortable; they believe that Jesus is supposed to give them all the comforts of life. Jesus never talked about material gain and physical comforts, but something that was spiritual and eternal.


And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” – Mark 8:34-38


No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. – Matthew 6:24


Any leader in the "church" who is salaried is serving two masters. Salaried to serve is an oxymoron. Unfortunately, unless the leaders in the modern “church” repent, they will not enter into the Kingdom of God because they have replaced it with their own kingdom instead.The majority of “church” goers believe that God wants them to pay, or be employees of the Gospel who are doing a blessed work. How can you call yourself a servant when you require payment to do so?

There is a lot of wealth in the modern “church” and there is an insatiable hunger for more. To be blunt, the modern “church’s” goal is the accumulation of the monetary; that is their main focus of their existence. Most are blind to the idolatry and rebellion that insists that their wealth is “blessing” from God. There are many wealthy people in the modern “church;" the pastor’s job is to keep them happy so he can maintain his position, authority and salary. They spend their lives trying to accumulate wealth for themselves and their investors that they miss being rich in their relationship with Jesus Christ.

So many are caught up in their own plans and what the world has to offer. The true walk of salvation is doing the opposite of everything the world says is right. It is submitting and giving God control with a desire to want what He wants. It requires taking up the cross and following the Word. Jesus did not promise that we would not suffer and life would be pain and trouble free.


Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. – Luke 14:27


Jesus never said that salvation was about being healthy, wealthy and everything will be just wonderful in life now.

Can you see the heresy?

The traditions of man have replaced God’s rules to a crafted religion of sophistry that tickles people’s ears, caters to their desires, and offers quick fixes. Those who promote the carnality of “revival” have no idea what sacrifice, obedience and commitment are about.


"Come out of her."
"Come out of her."

Urgency

The time is urgent to truly give God glory by worshiping Him with Biblical truth. This means putting away the false worship that man is promoting in the modern “church.” We must separate and contend against the false doctrines and new-age teachings spewed upon the pulpits. God requires that we worship Him in spirit and truth. God rejected Cain’s offering because his sacrifice was convenient and felt good for him, but it was not what God commanded. The modern “church” is doing the same by offering worship to God in a manner that He will not accept. God is calling those to come out of the modern “church” and come to repentance and obedience. It is time to return to the true worship of our Creator and to throw out our selfish desires, demands and actions.

Those who are the modern “church,” come out of her, repent and be obedient to the truth that is in God’s Word. Jesus is coming for His Bride who will be without spot or blemish. It is time to wake up and recognize that the modern “church” system is the bride of Satan.


Jesus Paid the Price, it is a Free Gift.

Did Jesus get paid to preach the Gospel of salvation?

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Do we need to pay the price when someone has already paid for it?

Do you believe someone should be payed a salary to dispense the Gospel of salvation?

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freeradicalsteve 3 years ago

A very timely analysis of the current situation in the church and sufficient evidence to call Christians to repentance and obedience. Well done.


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Michael-Milec 3 years ago

Right to the point. All " sinners" are called to repentance first, even if they are granted popular label "christians ." You know and all who are delivered from the bondage of any religion and any demonic harassment, the damage is done to the Kingdom of God message by the " theological" spirit controlling christianism. It's so strong that after people accepting the true message of redemption, in conversation still asking me " what church shall I attend?" - since it's so popular, and I'm not a churchgoer.

Just wondering how to present to the asses information of this kind of you articl, and help them to be willing using own thinking capacity

Voting up,useful , interesting.


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PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Freeradicalsteve,

The message is not what many like to hear. Hopefully it will resonate with some. Thanks for the affirmation. God Bless


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PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Michael- Melic,

("ust wondering how to present to the asses information of this kind of you articl, and help them to be willing using own thinking capacity")

The starting point is to drive home the point that the Church is not a building. Once this is fully comprehended, it leads to a complete paradigm shift taking place. If you never leave the building you will never understand the Biblical concept of the genuine Church.


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Michael-Milec 3 years ago

Good evening planksandnails .

Oh, Lord have mercy! Mr. Sir planksandnails , please hear my plea for help. After reading your respond I couldn't believe what this " Michael " have said. One word meant to be "masses," came out something what isn't in my vocabulary at all, so I had to look into the Dictionary , and thank God that my physical health is excellent , otherwise I might get a heart -failure from the shock, realizing a disgusting word I've used unintentionally . Even after " proof reading " it went unspotted .

If that have to stay, please let this my apology be known , so at least my feelings may be compensated, though the feelings can't be always trusted.. .

The second part of your message to me is probably due to my inadequate formulation thoughts, leaving impression being ignorant not knowing what " the Biblical concept of genuine Church is." It's OK with me, being told " you will never understand ..." because that isn't my problem anymore since I do. At certain point of my " sharing" I have publicly declare that the word " church " isn't in Jesus'-God's vocabulary at all...

Following your writings, genuinely I highly respect your wisdom and boldness in telling the TRUTH.

May God bless and prosper you always.


graceinus 3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

PandN- Another great Hub.

I believe Jesus Christ commissioned us to go out and spread His gospel. And I further believe this commission to do so requires individuals who are willing to spread the gospel , also requires those who are willing to listen. I would hope those willing to listen are those who truely seek truth. The desire to have a true personal relationship with our Father in heaven and are Lord Jesus Christ. No one should assume that what one hears is correct doctrine which is why I believe anything heard from someone else should alway be confirmed through the Bible. Self study of the bible is very important so that one can know the difference between wrong and correct doctrine if and when they should hear it. But this takes a strong desire on the part of the individual to want to know truth. And this is something we don't get much of in man made churches we see today. Many clergies are in the ministry for the money it brings to them. If you take away the money , then they most likely these persons who we identify as clergy will not spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.

These so called mega-churches we see today are sad situations. I believe these individuals attend for the entertainment and not for the perpose of learning the gospel. This applies to most churches we see today. People go to churches to be entertained as if their going to a concert or an amusement park for the day. You pay the fee and get in. (or in their case when they pass the plate around)

As you so clearly explained , the church is within us. There is no physical building. But WE as individual's are the building block of Christ's church. With Him as the Chief Corner Stone.

Again, great Hub. God bless you always.


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PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Michael-Milec,

It is funny how one letter can make all the difference in meaning, lol!

I head a story of a preacher who had an English accent who came over to Canada to preach to a Church there. His sermon was titled, "How to Get Rid of the Hassles in Your Life." When he spoke out the title of his sermon to the audience in his British accent, the people thought he was going to teach them how to get rid of the ass-holes in their lives.

We can look back on this one and have a good laugh :p


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PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Graceinus,

It is encouraging to see others here who are like-minded and understand the concept of "living stones" and that the Gospel is a free gift. I just looked at the results for the polls on this hub. Three people voted so far. What is interesting is that that one of the voters skipped the, "Did Jesus get paid to preach the Gospel of salvation?" question, but voted YES to someone being paid to dispense the Gospel. If that is truly the case, they believe that message of salvation has a price tag on it.

But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! - Acts 8:20

The Gospel of grace is not a product of commerce. Why does the modern "church" treat it as if it is?


graceinus 3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

PandN- (Why does the modern "church" treat it as if it is?) Because to them the gospel is a busines with employees, insurence, investments and debts to pay . It not an true ministry, to them it is a job where they expect to get paid. They will go to bible school of some kind so that they can obtain degree in theology. This will allow them to wear their collar on backwards and be identified as a clergy. Now their ready to start their business and get paid just like any other job. So with that said, I would like to remind them of how the ministry worked during the time of Lord Jesus when he spoke to His disciples through these verses in Matthew 10: 7-14 (NKJV) which states:

7And as you go preach saying, " The Kingdom of God is at hand." 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons, FREELY YOU HAVE RECEIVED; FREELY GIVE. 9 Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in YOUR MONEY BELT. 10 " nor bag for your journy, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staff; for a worker is worthy of his food. 11 Now whatever city or town you enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and stay there till you go out. 12 And when you go into a house , greet it. 13 If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, But if it is not worth , let your peace return to you. 14 And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city shake off the dust from your feet.

There is more to this teaching that Jesus was speaking of here but the idea of ministry was to go out, take nothing with you except the KNOWLEDGE you have freely received and give that same knowledge to others at no cost, and spread the gospel.

There is a great misunderstanding among christian that to be a minister one must have formal training or degree in theology to understand and teach the gospel. And this IS NOT TRUE. Anyone can teach what they understand from bible doctrine. (Not man made doctrine). And use what ever means is available to spread the gospel to others. One point I will mention, one should never assume that the teaching they hear from someone else is sound doctrine from God's word. It should always be confirmed one way or the other with the word of God in it CONTEXT through personal study. This is the most important part is understanding the context in which scripture was writen. And very important is the Holy Spirit will open up understanding to us but we must seek it. This is how the church is built. Those who are seeking truth should help others who are seeking truth. As part of the body of Christ we help others who are the body of Christ. And as new members come into to the body of Christ we help them also. But no matter what level of understanding of God's word we each may have, we still have a responsibility of personal study of God's word. This takes a desire to learn and to have a relationship with our Father in heaven.

When one begains to understand grace through faith, as it's well explain in the book of Romans and a few others, then it become easier to identify false doctrine by those clergy who count on grace as a product of commerce. They are the one's who seem to forget that grace was, is and always will be a free gift that can not be sold no matter how hard man made churches try to make a business out of it.

Many blessings to you PandN


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skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

plankandnails Thank You so much for taking the time to share the truth. As you mentioned in your article we are not a very popular lot but powerful in the Lord Jesus Christ. God Bless you for doing the work of the Lord. Keep walking with Jesus dear brother. U will for sure. Phil 4:13 My Love in Christ, Skye

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PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Graceinus,

Thank-you for you insightful comment. I greatly appreciate it, and agree completely.

One of the things that we should all think about is all that things in our lives that God has freely given to. The knowledge, wisdom, forgiveness of sins, grace, mercy, encouragement, etc.. that comes from God does not cost us anything. Unfortunately, the modern "church" has taken these things and offers them for a price directly, or indirectly. "Freely you have received, freely give," is something that should stand out in every believers life because it speaks to how we relate to other people. A salaried clergy member who is paid to "serve" does not relate in the same way as someone who serves without wanting to be paid to do it.

It should be noted that even the fallen world sees the greed of the modern "church" and despises her for it.

The Good News is that we can freely receive the gift of salvation and in the same way we should share His message of grace to others.


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PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Sky2day,

I am encouraged that you agree with this message. Thank-you for reading and your kind words. God Bless.


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Tamarajo 3 years ago from Southern Minnesota

"Salvation is the process of being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit that strips away our fleshly nature and brings forth repentance and humility" ...Well defined!

A far cry, as you say, from what we are seeing in the cultural Christianity we are witnessing today. We are very much like it was in the time of the Judges when everyone did what was right in his own eyes and what a mess that was and is.

A timely article in the sense that the "Feast of Trumpets" and "Yom Kippur", both considered a season of repentance, was most recently observed.


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PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Tamarajo,

You are right about cultural "Christianity." The structure of the messages and theology are influenced by what "church" culture dictates. To change the ideologies affected by this "culture" is a very hard thing to do as it is something that is often ingrained into the masses. The traditions of man

have replaced Biblical truth to what they believe is right in their own eyes instead of the standard of God's Word.

I am glad you recognize the condition of the modern "church."


SimplyI 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

This is all so true, awesome AND (the comments) entertaining at the same time :)

I am a latecomer, going through the P&N hubs and loving them. Michel Miles, you rock! I saw your comments on flpalermo's hub... This man, I think, is a dangerous fellow. He contacted me privately and tried to persuade me to follow 7day Adventists. His hubs are ridden with terrible error and outright heresies. I noticed that when he comments on P&N, he politely agrees with everything and then includes links to his unorthodox articles. Anyways... P&N please don't post if you think I went overboard, but my experience with this man is short but very intense.

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