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I have seen things in churches that I never expected to see there during my lifetime, or ever. I have seen girls attend church services in such short shorts, that their bottoms were showing beyond the shorts’ hemline – yes, more than once!
I have read materials published by one of the oldest Pentecostal churches in America, that could have actually been published by the godless it was so secular. In fact, their publication on “Forward In Faith” reminded me of training materials I received while working for a government agency.
I have news for “Christian Progressives,” here is what the Prophet Jeremiah has to say to you:
“Will a man leave the snow of Lebanon, which comes from the rock of the field, or shall the cold flowing waters that come from another place be forsaken? Because My people have forgotten Me, they have burned incense to vanity and they have caused them to stumble in their ways from the ancient paths, to walk in paths, in a way not cast up; to make their land desolate and a perpetual hissing; everyone that passes thereby shall be astonished and wag his head” Jeremiah 18:14-16.
Yes, it’s so true; I am “astonished” and “shaking my head” in disgust!
I grew up in a Pentecostal church my entire life and I never thought I would live to see the day that women wear spaghetti straps, low, low necklines and really short shorts, so short their bottoms are literally hanging out at the hemline, in the house of God!
Women! If you are looking to attract men in that fashion, why not save yourself some very severe grief and go to bars instead? God will judge those who enter His sanctuary in such a vulgar manner! You would actually be better off going to a bar (Revelation 3:15-16)!
The prophet went on to write what God told him to write:
“I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will show them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity” Jeremiah 18:17.
If you Liberal-Progressives intend to come into the house of God to defile it and make it a brothel of worldliness, and bring down the holy standard of God Almighty, He will send the enemy after you, and He will turn His back on you! You have no idea of the danger, or what you are doing.
There is a movement among churches to become “Progressive” today and attract the world, to gain more members and, of course, collect more tithes and offerings, because attendance in Christian churches is declining drastically throughout the nation.
Overseers! Take heed, lest you find yourself happily working against God, instead of in His behalf. Our God does NOT CHANGE with the times. He told us:
“You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that you should show forth the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” 1 Peter 2:9.
Christians are a “royal priesthood,” a “holy nation,” a “peculiar people.” We have not been called to collect the attention of the world, lure them into church and into participation with us by acting like the ungodly! Hello. We are supposed to be calling them out of a world of darkness, into God’s marvelous light – holiness.
There is more than one reason why Jesus said,
“Where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them” Matthew 18:20.
Why didn’t He use the figures two or three hundred, or thousand? His emphasis was on small groups, because He knew very well that there would be a significant decline in believers in the last days. Yes, He also wanted us to know that He would be with us even if there are just a few gathered together.
“Let no man deceive you by any means, for that day (the Day of the Lord) shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed (the antichrist), the son of perdition” 2 Thessalonians 2:3.
It is very much like this today, overseers, pastors, evangelists, teachers, that the churches are declining in attendance, because the days are becoming more wicked. The Apostle Paul wrote that there would be a “falling away first,” not an ingathering. If church attendance is diminishing, it is time to look up for the Lord’s return! It is not time to conjure up ways to attract the ungodly into your congregation, such as in “come as you are” slogans, unless your focus is on filthy lucre! (Titus 1:11)
Many pastors today believe they have to come up with strategies to attract congregants, such as “come as you are” (half naked okay);or don’t worry, we won’t embarrass you with an altar call (because we could care less whether or not you really get saved, we just want you to come and at least give an offering); and we will even serve you cafe latte during the morning service (because we want to emphasize socializing, not Christ). If these “Progressive/Forward” patterns describe your church, you have veered a long way from the foundation of the truth and the reason Jesus set the church in order.
Allow me to give some of you an example,
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature…and these signs shall follow them that believe, In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover” Mark 16:15,17-18.
By the way, Jesus wasn’t talking about our deliberately picking up serpents, or drinking deadly substances; because Jesus said to the devil, when the devil told Him to cast Himself down from the pinnacle of the temple, “Jesus said unto him, It is written again, You shall not tempt the Lord your God” Matthew 4:7.
Jesus emphasized that we would be bold and not even back down from serpents, as we go out to preach the gospel; this was the implication. He did not mean we should tempt God by deliberately handling snakes, as some do; neither are we to deliberately drink poison, but if someone poisons us, God has already promised not to allow it to harm us.
Jesus said we would preach the gospel, cast out devils, speak with new tongues (the gift of tongues Acts 2:4), take up serpents, if we drink any deadly thing, it shall not harm us, and we will lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.
If you are an overseer, pastor, teacher or evangelist, are you operating in the gifts of the Spirit and fulfilling the call of Jesus, as described above?
If you are rather figuring out how to make the church grow, by compromise and becoming more worldly and less godly, you are on the wrong path, and that path leads to death, hell and destruction.
God is calling His people to the ancient paths (Jeremiah 18:15), not a new path.
Personally, I attend Bible study with a group of generally about five. Today, I believe we are fortunate to have the five of us in our area. All are welcome to attend, to stay and to learn. No one is welcome to come in dressed in vulgar attire to attract the lusts of men, or disrupt attentions away from God and worship.
“Except those days (the last days) should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved, but for the elect’s sake, those days shall be shortened” Matthew 24:22.
In other words, the days have become so wicked, that unless the Lord returns sooner, than later, no one would be saved.
Hundreds of Bible prophecies have been fulfilled and those remaining shall surely come to pass. Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.