Continuing our study on His Remnant Church, we are looking at 5 problems I see in the “church” in these Last Days. The first two problems, associated with the churches in Ephesus and Pergamos, are; Problem 1 ~ because they lost their first love, they have a broken relationship with Christ, and Problem 2 ~ what they believe becomes compromised because they have allowed tolerance to compromise God’s word.
This then brings us to the third problem found within the church in the Last Days, false prophets teaching false doctrine. In Revelation 2:18-29 we find the letter written to the church in Thyatira. While verse 19 speaks of good things about this church, Revelation 2:20 says “Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.” Once again we see a church caught up in false doctrine, but worse yet, the false doctrine is being taught from within the church. This Jezebel is allowed to teach, but she’s not preaching the gospel, instead she’s teaching seduction and sedition. You know this message, the apostle Paul said it was for “itching ears” in 2 Timothy 4:3&4 and “they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” We see this in the church today, where the Gospel of Grace through the shed blood of Jesus Christ at Calvary, the Gospel that tells us that the blood is the only thing that will wash away our sins, the Gospel that tells us that Jesus is the way the truth and the life and that no one comes to the Father except through Him, has been replaced by false doctrines.
The true Gospel has been replaced by a self-help gospel laced with secular humanism which teaches that man has the power and authority to change and elevate his own life, that true happiness comes from within man himself; the true Gospel has been replaced by a prosperity gospel which teaches that God wants you to be wealthy and that you can have anything you want, that all you have to do is to name it and claim it in Jesus name, it is a gospel centered on the base desires of man rather than the reality of God’s will. The true Gospel has been replaced by an emergent gospel which takes away the need for repentance, because the god of the emergent gospel loves you so much that no matter who you are or how you live he would never condemn you, it is a gospel devoid of faith, devoid of responsibility, devoid of repentance, devoid of saving grace, and devoid of judgment. The true Gospel has been replaced in these last days by a false gospel which teaches that the church has replaced God’s chosen people Israel, that the church has become “spiritual” Israel and that Israel’s blessings have become the church’s blessings. This false gospel denies prophetic Scripture as allegory and denies the future second coming of Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately, there is much more on the subject of false doctrine. In speaking of false doctrines, the apostle Paul used even stronger language in 1 Timothy 4:1 “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,” Today the world is awash in cultic teaching, from the blasphemy of Mormonism which teaches the Jesus Christ is the brother of Lucifer, to the Jehovah’s Witnesses and their blasphemy which teaches that Jesus Christ and the Archangel Michael are one and the same, to Christian science which is neither Christian nor science, to Scientology, Catholicism, Chrislam, Universalism, Shamanism, Spiritualism, and countless other “ism’s” which all deny or denigrate the deity of Jesus Christ.
All of these false gospels, false doctrines, cultic religions, are stealing the souls of men, and the greatest reason for this is that the church of Jesus Christ has strayed from the true Gospel, and from teaching the inerrancy of the Word of God.
The fourth problem associated with the church in the last days is found in Revelation 3: 1-6. In verse one Christ tells this church in Sardis, “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.” He has nothing good to say to this church, they think they are alive, they still open the doors, unfortunately Ichabod (the Glory has departed) is written above them. They are dead, their works show no fruit, they are marked by evidence of all of the previous three problems, they deny the love of Christ, deny morality, deny separation from the world, they deny sound doctrine, deny saving faith, deny the power of the cross, deny the power in the blood, deny the second coming of Christ, in fact they deny the authority of God, His son Jesus Christ, and His Holy Spirit. And so, they have no evidence of life and have become dead, and dead churches are apostate churches.
Four churches and four problems; 1) a broken relationship with Jesus Christ, 2) compromise with sin, 3) following false teachers and false doctrine, 4) no evidence of life in Christ… dead. Do you see the regression here? Each of these, in succession, have grown farther from the truth, farther from Christ. The end of this destructive regression is apostasy, and that is the fifth and most troubling problem in the “church” today. We will write further on this greatest problem in our next post on His Remnant Church. If the previous four problems are in any way descriptive of the “church” you attend… you would do well to reconsider your involvement there… because Jesus is Coming Soon, and you need to be found with your lamps trimmed and full of oil. Matthew 25:1-13
to be continued…