Counterfeit Worship in the Institutional Church System
The Churches of Men
The institutional church system 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 where they desire the different types of feel-goods on a constant basis. The sophists sell their wares that consist of gimmicks created for their special ministries of healing, prophecy, miracles, self-help, money management, word-faith, etc. Most people believe that truth comes from the latest best-sellers as they are too lazy to search Scripture to see if what they are consuming is true. Unfortunately, they rely solely on their ordained mediators to attain God for them.
Have you ever wondered if maybe all that you have been accepting as 'truth' is simply false and misleading information?
Most people rely on man to give them understanding, enlightenment and revelation. Most rely on their esteemed church leaders to fill their hearts and minds with God’s plan for them. The problem is that most of the religious world is spoon-fed notions and preconceived ideas that come from the imaginations of men. As a result, they have closed their hearts and minds to the working of the Holy Spirit for the bombardment of conflicting and contradictory religious ideologies.
Many do not realize that we are in an age of deception that will have serious consequences for those who have been lulled into pew-warming complacency. Many are content with the way things are going and believe the supposed truths that they hear are Gospel. The biggest deception is that many have boughten into the Gospel message that appeals to the traditions of man where the rites, rituals and templates of a particular religious denomination of the institutional church system equates to salvation. Their sole purpose is to create passive sheeple who believe that obligation to a named religious building and putting money into their coffers is the way of Christ. They will tell you directly, or indirectly that your relationship with God is proportional to the social standing of your membership.
Many fail to understand that salvation consists of none of these things, but it is the process of being conformed to the image of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit that strips away our fleshly nature and brings forth humility, repentance and the fruit of the Spirit.
Many who call themselves 'Christian' are in a dire condition because they have been indoctrinated in man’s ideas. Most are interested in the latest religious celebrities with best-seller or parroting what their Pastor has told them rather than allowing the Holy Spirit to guide them into all truth.
Why is it that so many have it backwards?
They believe that whatever they decide to do 'in Jesus' name' somehow equates to God accepting their forms of worship.
What happened to letting go of man's devised plans and and accepting what God plans are for His people through Christ?
Most people run away when things start getting uncomfortable. Their version of Christ is supposed to give them all the comforts this world has to offer. However, Christ never talked about material gain and physical comforts, but rather about 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
The salaried leaders that are in the institutional church system are serving two masters. Salaried to serve is an oxymoron. Unless they repent and step down from their lofty positions among men, they will not enter into the Kingdom of God because they have created their own kingdoms where they have become the Head instead of Christ. To be a salaried employee of the Gospel does not exist in Scripture, but rather you are a snake oil salesman.
How can someone call themselves 'servants' of Christ when they demand a salary and benefits package?
The only 'benefits package' in the Kingdom of God is the hope of salvation and storing up treasures in heaven.
The church system's goal is the accumulation of the monetary; otherwise, it would not exist. They gloat in their wealth, but what they deem as blessing comes from the god of this fallen world. There are many wealthy people who are part of the harlot church system. The Pastors who serve the 'Great Whore' is to keep them happy so he can maintain his position, authority and the lavish living they make off of their backs. Unfortunately, men like this spend most their lives peddling the Gospel to accumulate mammon with their institutional church investors.
So many are caught up in their own religious plans and what the world has to offer them. They are blind to the true walk of salvation that does not conform to the system of this fallen world. The way of Christ is about submitting and giving God control with a desire to do want what He wants, not what seems right to man.
Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. – Luke 14:27
Christ never said that the Gospel of the Kingdom was about conforming to the ways of the world while giving lip service to him.
The traditions of man have replaced Christ's commands to a crafted religion of sophistry that tickles people’s ears and gives them quick-fixes that caters to people's carnal desires. What is deemed 'revival' is just another money grab and then ringing your little diners bells and supposedly the Holy Spirit will cater to your every need. You can be assured it is all a scam because nothing is ever mentioned about sacrifice, obedience and commitment to the way of Christ and Kingdom principles.
The time is urgent to give God all the glory by worshiping Him in spirit and in truth. This means putting away the false worship that man is promoting in the mainstream church system. We must separate and contend against the false doctrines and new-age teachings that are spewed off of the pulpits and expose these wolves in sheep's clothing.
It is a requirement that we worship God in spirit and truth. Many neglect the truth part. God rejected Cain’s offering because he rejected truth for what he thought was acceptable. Those in the institutional church system are doing the same by offering worship to God in a manner that He will not accept. God is calling those to come out of their spiritual adultery and repent and be obedient to the way of Christ. This is the only way to reconciling and coming into right standing with our Father in heaven. It is time to return to the true worship of our Creator and throw out our selfish desires and behaviours. It is time to get off the wide path onto the narrow one before it is too late.
“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!
She has become a dwelling place for demons,
a haunt for every unclean spirit,
a haunt for every unclean bird,
a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast.
For all nations have drunk the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living.”
Then I heard another voice from heaven saying,
“Come out of her, my people,
lest you take part in her sins,
lest you share in her plagues - Revelation 18:2-4
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