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The Self-Improvement Doctrine in the Church System
Today, within the man-made church system the emphasis is put on your own self- improvement instead of the absolute need for repentance. A religious shiny lacquer is poured over the masses to cover their sins in their feel-good environments and templates. They believe that focusing on feeling good about yourself and being recognized for your good works equates to doing things God’s way.
Victoria Osteen - 'We are doing it for ourself.'
The 'Jesus' they believe in manages their sins instead of destroying them. The easy approach is to console the people by moving away from repentance and victory over sins to humanitarian efforts. Human empathy and self-improvement strategies are preached upon the pulpits to sidetracking from the genuine Gospel.
Slide-shows are shown in church buildings showing off their religious workers helping the poor and needy. This is all meant to pull on the heartstrings of the people for the intended purpose of filling the church offering plates.
Most people who see the hungry, the homeless and the less fortunate will have empathy towards them. Even the vilest of sinner’s hearts can even have some sort of compassion towards others. Many Hollywood and mainstream music stars are part of many famous charitable organizations that go out into the most poverty-stricken areas of the world to help set up shelters, orphanages, food distribution, water sanitization as well as many other things to benefit the impoverished conditions.
We know that the hungry and the needy will not deny things that are offered to them because when they have nothing they are desperate. With acts of kindness, you can throw just about anything into the mix. Atheists, Mormons, Catholics, Buddhists, Christians, Muslims, Jehovah Witnesses and many other religious organizations can all throw in their propaganda because they know they can exploit the desperate for their own gain.
The question is, does God have anything to do with these kinds of behaviours?
Feeding the Poor to Create Dependency
Many believe that when they do acts of kindness that it is a guarantee that it is done with God’s approval.
Are the poor and needy really going to turn down anything given to them?
After all, the weak are now at the mercy of their benefactors. They are going to listen to whatever someone is going to say them, especially if they are bringing clean water, food, shelter and medicine. Exploiting people in their dire need is not hard to do as many use them as a platform for their own success.
The religious media does not lie. The man-made Gospel of charity and compassion does not go beyond the propaganda that helps give them a good name. The poor and the needy become advertisements of their own greed.
Don’t misunderstand, helping the poor and needy should be commanded by all people, but when it is done for self-glorification with administrators making lavish salaries off the monies that were given with the intention of helping others is corruption.
One of the principles of the Kingdom of God is seeking truth. Having compassion and empathy towards others in itself does not constitute a sin, but it is believing that God approves of these corrupted vehicles who claim to do their deeds in the name of Christ. The Spirit of truth does not move in corruption or deception and does not exploit for the glorification of man-made agendas.
To seek first the Kingdom of God is not first and foremost about self-improvement and self-glorification, but a call to repentance. Success is not built upon the popular notions of making people comfortable with themselves and then indoctrinating them with their brand of religion.
The foremost concern of the Kingdom of God is seeking it first and its righteousness. Without it, you will make the poor and the needy suffer even more.
In places like Africa today, we can see the aftermath of the religious good deeds of the many that helped feed and clothe the poor, but the people are still in bondage because they are spiritually dead. They have bought into the false ideologies of those that brought with them acts of kindness and compassion. Pious men came in the name of good deeds with the ultimate purpose to exploit them for their own gain.
When Christ was compassionate towards others, his ultimate intention was to point them to reconcile with His Father as he knew that would bring them everlasting life.
The Measure of Success
The measures of success today are the vain righteous efforts of the salaried-to-serve clergy to win people in the name of empathy. Many believe that singing Kumbaya with social justice initiatives will show successful real-world results.
Do they really?
Are repentance and redemption in their cards?
Do the standards of today align with the standards of Scripture?
Repentance through Christ, coupled with the fruit of the faith by the working of love and being doers of the word are the effects of accepting the true Gospel message.
It is true that the outworking of compassion through self-improvement support groups can help people come out of the direst situations. Certain psychological effects can give the illusion that the battle is won. On the surface this may seem true, but people just trade one addiction or dire situation for another. The new improved person will become socially acceptable as the lacquer of feel-good man-made religious indoctrination is poured over them. Compassion in itself cannot fill the great need inside of man. Self-improvement will not fill their void and their dire need for the unadulterated Gospel.
An improved version of an old life with a dedicated self-improvement program does not necessitate that God is in it.
Does it not say in Scripture that man can do no good of himself in the flesh?
For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, IN MY FLESH. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. – Romans 7:18
The Primary Concern
The foremost concern of those in the Kingdom of God is repentance. It is proven by our actions and behaviours by being doers of the word. The ministry of repentance is about having compassion towards others through the spirit of Christ where the eternal needs of others take precedence over the temporal.
But SEEK FIRST the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. – Matthew 6:33
But be DOERS OF THE WORD, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. - James 1:22
When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had COMPASSION ON THEM, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he BEGAN TO TEACH them many things. - Mark 6:34
Christ’s compassion came first with the teaching of the Kingdom. He focused on the eternal needs of others first, then moved to their temporal needs. He did not ask for money to do the ministry of his Father, but was totally dependent on Him for his own needs and supplying the needs of others.
Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. AND THEY ALL ATE AND WERE SATISFIED. And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.
Most of the predominant compassion organizations of the world, including the religious ones preach a message of improvement, but completely ignore the genuine message of the Gospel.
Of course, there are the spiritual persuaders that make people repeat their canned prayers of supposed salvation. This is just a tool to gauge their success. Their stories are told within church buildings to receive praise and accolades for their own glorification. The people rejoice as their heart strings are pulled with the calling for the offering plates to be passed around.
Is this something that is genuine, or is it something that has been staged to give people what they want to see and hear?
Is this the work of the Holy Spirit?
Let’s take a look at what Scripture states.
And when he comes, he will CONVICT THE WORLD CONCERNING SIN AND RIGHTEOUSNESS AND JUDGMENT: CONCERNING SIN, because they do not believe in me – John 16:8-9
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you INTO ALL THE TRUTH – John 16:13
The religious denominational agenda of compassion does not allow the Holy Spirit to convict people of their sin so they may turn to God’s righteous ways through His Son to avoid judgement.
Without preaching the genuine Gospel, the only conclusion is that the Holy Spirit is not working or present in them. All the religious zeal in the world to do what man believes is right will not break the stronghold of darkness and sin in people’s lives.
An improved comfortable version of an old life will not make a difference in God’s eyes no matter how much passion and emotion has gone into the endeavour.
True repentance and the unadulterated Gospel gets right to the issues of the heart. It is about putting more focus on eternal needs rather than the temporal.
The sincere conviction of the Holy Spirit is about planting the seeds of the Kingdom with the goal to motivate all people to see that their ultimate need is to reconcile with their Father in Heaven through His Son. There will be no entrance into the Kingdom of God by remaining in your old ways no matter how self-improved, well-fed and well-clothed you have become. Repentance is not just a change of mind, but a change of behaviour of wanting and desiring to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.
Putting faith into action is heeding the words of Christ. Love and compassion towards others are important, but first and foremost our focus must be on seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Without this precedent, no one will be effective for the Kingdom.
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will EAT or what you will DRINK, nor about YOUR BODY, what you will put on. Is not life more than FOOD, and the body more than CLOTHING? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father FEEDS them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about CLOTHING?...
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so CLOTHES the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more CLOTHE you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we EAT?’ or ‘What shall we DRINK?’ or ‘What shall we WEAR?’...
For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. BUT SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND ALL THESE THINGS WILL BE ADDED TO YOU. – Matthew 6:25-33
It may be great that you feed the hungry, clothe the poor and visit the sick, but unless you proclaim repentance and forgiveness of sin and victory over them through Christ, it is not the genuine Gospel.
What profits a man if he gains the whole world, but forfeits his soul?
Then he opened their minds to UNDERSTAND the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that REPENTANCE FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS SHOULD BE PROCLAIMED IN HIS NAME to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. - Luke 24:45-47
Do you believe the initiatives of self-improvement are the Gospel?
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- Are Acts of Kindness the Gospel?
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- The False Ideology of Social Justice in the Modern Church
There is a buzzword circulating in the modern churches and government called “social justice,” do they really understand the roots of this “noble” goal, and what ultimately manifests?
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