Do you have religion? Or do you have a relationship with Jesus? Anybody can go to church and claim to be a Christian. Sitting in a church won’t make you a Christian. You can be a member of a church your whole life. Sing in the choir, be the pastor, deacon and on the committee. But if you are not born again you will go to hell.
Not every one that says unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that DOES the will of My Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name? And in Your name have cast out devils? And in Your name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I NEVER KNEW YOU: depart from Me, you that work iniquity. (Matthew 7:21-23)
If you don’t have a relationship with Jesus then you are NOT a Christian. Have you invited Jesus into your heart? Have you accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior? Many people say they love the Lord but never obey Him.
Jesus said “If you love Me, keep My commandments”. (John 14:15)
There is a spirit of religion in the church today. We go through the motions of serving the Lord. We offer lip service but aren’t sincere with our praise and worship. Let’s face the facts. Anybody can be nice and behave themselves for one hour a week. Then go home and live like a devil the rest of the week. This is called hypocrisy. When you claim to be something that your not then you are a hypocrite.
Worshipping God is more than just singing a song at church and feeling good about ourselves because we did “the right thing”. Worship is about the way you live. Do you obey God? People make excuses all of the time by saying “nobody is perfect”. There is a difference between a sin of weakness and a willful sin.
Jesus said “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him “in spirit and in truth”. (John 4:24)
“Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness” (Psalms 96:9)
Be DOERS of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. (James 1:22)
MANY churches operate under a “spirit of witchcraft”. By that I mean they control others. When you control somebody else that is witchcraft. That is NOT of God and needs to be dealt with. You have people leading the church that don’t know the Bible and are not born again. When a real preacher preaches a message that the Holy Spirit gave him. The committee gets offended and reprimands him. Warning him not to do it again or else.
I think there are MANY people in the pulpit and on the committee that have no business being there. READ 1 TIMOTHY 3 I won’t go over the entire chapter here but I will mention two things: able to teach and not double-tongued.
Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH. (2 Timothy 2:15)
Shun profane and vain babblings: for they will INCREASE unto more ungodliness. (2 Timothy 2:16)
This verse is talking about what the church is preaching and teaching. The word “profane” means to cross the doorway of Jewish notions, specifically wickedness.
The phrase “vain babblings” means empty sounding i.e. fruitless discussion.
Many preachers ramble on from the pulpit not really teaching anything from the Bible. And they take verses out of context to make a point to fit their own agenda. And we wonder why the churches are not growing in the Lord and in the faith. It is because of lack of leadership in the pulpit and during Sunday school. Preachers need to encourage the congregation to pray and read the Bible every single day. And reach the lost. If they don’t know how to witness then how do you expect them to win souls? If they don’t understand the Bible then don’t expect them to live a victorious life in Christ.
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. (Ephesians 4:29)
Many people think this verse is talking about using foul language or other sinful speech. It is not talking about that at all. The word “corrupt” means worthless. To say things that are worthless or meaningless is what that verse means. Some preachers use their pulpit for everything but preaching the Word of God. God knows everything that goes on in these churches and they will be held accountable. I have been praying that everybody that the devil has put in the church to do his work will be exposed and expelled from the church.
If you refuse to repent then God can’t use you for anything but an example to others. As far as what happens to people when they are judged by God. In the book of Acts a couple named Ananias and Sapphira were judged by God and fell down dead in front of everybody there. The Bible says “and great fear fell upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things”. Imagine what would happen to churches if that happened to us today. God did it before and don’t be surprised if God does it again.
The other thing I want to talk about is being “double-tongued”. You have leaders of the church going around talking about everybody in the church behind their backs. But when they are face to face with them they are so nice to them. How can you trust that kind of person? Is that the kind of person you want in a leadership position in your church? According to the Bible they don’t even qualify to be a leader in the church. Again read 1 Timothy 3 for more about this.