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Modern Day Idolatry in Some Born Again Churches
How Modern Idolatry Looks Like
Though idolatry never changed strategy to our modern day--it's still the worship of the created rather than the Creator--it uses subtle forms to deceive, if possible, even the elect in these last days. We born again Christians should take care not to get carried away. The way the enemy uses it is so sly that many get victimized without realizing it. We'll get to this later after I've shown you how the church is being knocked down before the real end-time battle has even started.
A fighter or warrior is only effective and invulnerable if all his body parts work in his favor. When you charge at the enemy and your whole body is thus focused--your head, shoulders, arms, hands legs, feet, chest, etc. all going the same direction and having the same intent--you become indomitable.
But, what if some parts of your body become uncooperative or go opposite directions? For instance, it isn't hard to imagine how a paralyzed warrior has slimmer chances of winning a fight, with half of his body being uncooperative and not in tune with the whole. Worse, if his arms and feet each go opposite direction due to cerebral palsy.
All Believers Brought to Completely Unity
Among Jesus' "last will and testament," so to say, is his ardent prayer in John 17--that all believers "be brought to complete unity." This prayer, uttered no less by our Lord Jesus Christ--the Commander-in-Chief who alone knows the winning strategy in this last battle--has sadly been largely ignored by the church for centuries. Church denominationalism is in its worst ever in these last days.
For centuries (centuries!), it never achieved God's will of having all believers completely united and there's no sign it is headed that direction today. Church denominations each have their own beliefs, doctrines, programs, plans, and church systems unrelated with each other, to name a few differences, and worse, they ignore each other and are even in rigid competition against each other.
When they talk about "the body of Christ," what they often have in mind is their denomination worldwide. Though they all maintain they really are united because they all believe in Jesus Christ and the trinity, such "unity" is meaningless and is a far cry from what Jesus meant in John 17.
But Jesus' prayer was clear--God's will is that all believers be brought to complete unity "just as the Father and Son are one." The will is perfect unity, the same perfect unity the Father and Son have. That is clearly stated in the Word and no one can change it, not even the biggest mega church in the world or the smartest theologian. As long as that Word stands, church denominationalism is a big mistake. In fact, small unknown and unheard-of churches being raised up by God in these last days aver that denominations are not part of God and his work. They quote, among other Scripture verses:
"Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them--they are blind guides..." [Matt.15.13].
The Pharisees and teachers of the Law were legitimate religious orders assigned to teach the Word of God. They were entrusted with God's truth. They were solidly bible-based and didn't believe anything else but the bible--just like born-again Christians are. And yet, Jesus shocked the disciples in saying these religious leaders, with their titles and degrees and strictly biblical beliefs, had not been planted by the Father and would in fact be uprooted.
Father's Doctrine Different from Son's Doctrine?
I can't imagine the Father having a different doctrine from the Son, and vice versa. The Father can't say he believes in speaking in tongues but the Son doesn't. Worse, the Son can't say tongues is of the devil while the Holy Spirit says it's his gift. The Father can't maintain that "once saved always saved," while the Son says, "salvation can be lost."
For centuries, denominational differences like the above went on unresolved, and they just decided that all concerned parties shouldn't meddle in others' affairs. "Let's just mind our own business and focus instead on spreading the Gospel. That's what really matters, anyway." However, instead of genuinely spreading the Gospel--which is the good news of Jesus' LIFE--they each expanded their empires worldwide using the bible and God's Name. But no Jesus LIFE is evident to this day.
Denominationalism Equals Powerless Warrior
What has church denominationalism produced so far? A powerless church. A powerless warrior unable to use his body limbs well. In fact, a naked warrior with nothing but the helmet of salvation on his head. Because church denominations just want to grow their memberships and expand their empires, build mega churches and mega kingdoms, so all they know is evangelism--the helmet of salvation. They don't have their full armor on.
Imagine a warrior going to war with uncoordinated body movements and naked except for his helmet. That's the picture of the church today. It stubbornly ignores Jesus' strategy for the end-time battle--that all believers be brought to complete unity, just as the Father and Son are one.
But why can't the church get together completely as one?
Are you willing to give up your church denomination and be part of Jesus' completely united glorious church, which is without spot or wrinkle or any blemish?
Idolatry Keeps Them Disobeying God
The modern idol keeping churches apart and disobedient to God's will is idolatry in the heart--church denominationalism. You won't see any statue or image in born again churches but you'd discern the idol in their hearts. They can't let go of their denominations. They can't imagine life without them. I've heard pastors say church without denominations is impossible.
Jesus said, "You cannot serve two masters--you will love one and hate the other." This is true of money and anything that serves as an idol in one's heart, like church denomination. It's clear that denominations run contrary to the will of God in John 17. And I marvel at how denominational pastors hate it when you talk about a zero-denomination church.
In these end times, it is high-time to give up everything to follow Christ. And among important things to give up is your church denomination. God wants the church to be brought to complete unity--just as the Father and Son are one. Problem is, no one wants to give up anything, much less their denomination, because it has become an idol and stronghold in their hearts.