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The God-Complex: Alive and Well Within the Church.
False Gods - Hidden In Plain View.
False Hope Is A False God!
What Is A "God-Complex"?
Any system of religion, belief or practice, that places an individual or communal group as the final authority over all other's lives in dealing with their eternal and contemporary relationship to an almighty God. Those who practice and preach doctrines that BESMIRCH the true character of the Word of God and hold those who should oppose them as heretics; being judge, jury and executioner in all spiritual matters.
In layman's terms: self-appointed, self-righteous, unloving, short-sighted, without discernment and puffed-up in their estimation of their knowledge of God.
"If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, where of cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the Truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself." 1 Timothy 6:3-5
As the attached quote by Joel Osteen easily demonstrates, there is a war for men's souls and in his case, it is a doctrine of false hope. What is not as easily discernible, are those who proliferate the social media having a pet doctrine or belief that causes confusion even among believers. The believers largely being those who are babes in the Faith or weak in personal doctrine due to being starved by worldly, empty teaching from today's pulpits. None of us are immune from being influenced by this harmful mindset: we all want to be perfectly correct and never wrong. Unfortunately, that is impossible this side of heaven, but everyone of us will be held personally accountable for that which comes out of our mouths and is displayed within our everyday lives. His judgement of every believer will be measured against the Word of God and how we loved and honored The Son.
The Disease As Old As The "Garden"
NO One Is Immune!
"For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil" quotes Lucifer to Eve Genesis 3:5, and the knowledge of good and evil took flight within the flesh and dead souls of mankind. From Cain's rebellion and throughout history, mankind has pursued a course of imposed domination, setting themselves up as a god over others. Whether it was in the form of warlords, kings and queens of kingdoms both large and small or those who envisioned world dominance; one central theme dominates: absolute subjugation of the masses to the will of one. The 20th century was replete with extreme examples: Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Idi, etc. These are obvious even the to the most uninformed: sadly this is being played out today on a universal scale, at every level of society; something that the world has never before witnessed. Thanks to current media technology, including the "social" aspect, the "gods" have arisen to proliferate the airways in an attempt to convince others to join them in their vision of a perfect world, i.e. believing in man's ability to perfectly self-govern - as long as you follow in lockstep with their mindset and manifesto.
Not one person is immune from this dreaded disease, for all of mankind believes something and desires with their whole being that they have or know the truth. Admit it, you and I both hate to be wrong and will go to great lengths to strengthen our foundation of what we believe to true. Blessed is that person, who recognizes this inborn condition and is willing to "study" to show themselves approved 2 Timothy 2:15, by diligently "rightly dividing" the word4487rehema of Truth. This is not easy and requires humility. A wise "pastoral" gifted man once encouraged me in a difficult doctrinal difference with another "pastor": attempt to prove his doctrinal position as being correct; it is a win - win solution. If after diligent study of his position you prove him to be correct, you will change your doctrinal position and eliminate error on your part. If you cannot prove his position to be valid, you will have in the least strengthened your position and given yourself a solid foundation for refuting false doctrine.
The tragedy of today's church and its use of the social media, is not to extol the praises of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ and His soon return as Judge, but has become either an attempt to condemn others; those who will not profess that which they deem as necessary for one to be truly a believer or filled with trite, flowery sayings of "loooove" and acceptance while avoiding the SIN issue.
Kathryn Kuhlman - A First in Media Phenomenon!
Benny Hin - A Faithful Protege'.
A Warning To Those Who Desire The Truth.
Jesus said - "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life" John 14:6 yet so many follow another way, a false life, devoid of the Truth that can set them free.
Do you realize how many enemies I have already made by just posting these attached images of Kathryn Khulman and Benny Hin?
War is afoot for the testimony of the Redeemed as well as the souls of the lost. We can do nothing ourselves for the lost but be faithful to the Gospel and rely upon the Holy Spirit to convict and save. But we have great power to resist heresy, to comfort the weak in the Faith and to encourage the brethren to "good" works.
We need to know the enemy and his many faces: "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against ruler of the darkness of this world, against wickedness in high places." Ephesians 6:12 Our enemy is unseen by naked eye but his signature is written in plain sight for those who possess discernment.
- When I was a child of six or so, two figures dominated the religious airways: Oral Roberts and Kathryn Khulman. I remember watching Oral Roberts but do not remember my emotions concerning what I saw....but with Khulman, every time she would come on I remember very well what I experienced. Her voice alone gave me the "creeps" and she always seemed to appear in a long white dress trying act like an "angel". I could only tolerate her appearance for a few seconds before I changed the channel or escaped outside to play. Why do I bring this up? - Benny Hin has testified that he "received" his power over spiritual matters after he visited and came into the presence of Kathryn's bones. That statement alone should make every true born again Christian avoid identifying in any manner with his ministry. Yesterday on a social media a headline read - "Benny Hin Loses Control of His Power and Throws A Man 300 Feet Through the Air". If any semblance of truth exists in this event, it was not the power of God.
- Not as easy to identify as the horde of false teachers that proliferate the airways, are those who sneak in under the radar and as 2 Timothy 2:14 states - "..that they (false teachers) strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers". These use arguments that appear to come from a somewhat learned position, but with careful inspection, do NOT agree with the whole counsel of the Word. For example: one post was extolling the virtue of obedience over grace; stating that grace could not sustain the believer but that it was man's obedience alone. He was saying that God may have saved you, but only obedience could keep you saved. Obedience by definition then must be perfection, which is IMPOSSIBLE this side of heaven. As Paul states in Romans 7:24 "O wretched man that I AM..." and later testified to his personal struggle to be obedient: I side with Paul - GRACE saves, GRACE keeps and GRACE will one day glorify a wretch such as I. Obedience, though imperfect in this flesh, is a testimony to a changed life - The Gospel.
- The very presence of one believer on earth necessitates a false doctrine being propagated by the Devil, for he of all creation is the source of the "God-complex" and the most deceived creature of all creation. He cannot tolerate the Truth, so he raises "semi-truths" in an attempt to deceive believers and weaken their personal testimonies. One of his most effective tools is to endow a human subject with a smidgen of his God-complex, shroud it in out of context scriptures and voila - possible doubt or in the least, confusion. We have the 7th day crowd which extols the Law over Grace, the Old Testament over the New and denies Jesus as being the Truth. The "perfectionists" come in many forms, but anonymity of the social media is a great camouflage for their many imperfections, such as their utter inability to understand the Word of God.
Sadly the real danger lies within the Church.
GOD is SOVEREIGN!
The Word of God vs A Believer's Will.
Free Will - The "God-Complex" Within The Church.
I am addressing believers who know the Truth, for the lost have NO will of their own - "Ye are of your father the Devil, and the lusts of your father ye WILL do." John 8:44 Only believers know the Truth and our old will (of the Devil), known in the scriptures as the flesh, causes us to war against what we now know as the will of God. Every believer knows their own personal struggles to be an obedient and faithful child of the King of Kings.
A subject of great dissension within "church" circles is whether God is absolutely sovereign in the affairs of man and His creation or has "man" the final say in his eternity. Today from many American pulpits, man's ability to keep or lose his salvation of his own free-will was preached. Others brow beat their hearers that the blood of the innocent would be on believer's heads, for another's salvation depends upon their obedience; the danger side to free-will. I have personally endured a "sermon" on judgment which turned out to be a massive personal judgmental assessment of any and everyone who should disagree with him and directly mocked other believers from the pulpit. We have become debate clubs with a supposed moral compass and have strayed from the "..they shall know us by our love for one another." We have become followers of men and parrot their position, whether we have been a good Berean or not, and have become as guilty as those who preach otherwise to sound doctrine. Myself and anyone who succumbs to believing they are the final word concerning the whole Truth, is suffering from the age old "God-Complex" at the very least.