THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST versus CHARLATANS
Unlike the early Church, Have you ever wondered why the body of Christ today is no longer attractive to the world? Why is the Church not respected? Why do many Believers grow in church (after many years) but never grow in Christ? Why sickness, lack, depression and even Suicide increases (even) among Believers? Why are many Ministers faking miracles just to attract crowds? Why are comedians invited to church for jokes? Why do many Brethren lack the Joy of Salvation? WHY DO MANY LACK THE ASSURANCE OF THEIR ETERNAL SALVATION etc...?
That is because the "Message of Christ" which is the brain behind our Faith is MISSING in most of our PULPITS! What many don't know is: when a church is full of ACTIVITIES, PRACTICES or RITUALS automatically, TRUTH will be lost. RELIGION/LEGALISM gained ground until four hundred years after the Apostles had slept.
James 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.
Sickness and disease was very uncommon among Believers in the Early Church, why? And daily in the temple, and in every house, THEY CEASED NOT TO TEACH AND PREACH JESUS CHRIST. Acts 5:42. NO EVIL SPIRIT, DEMON, WEAKNESS OR SICKNESS SURVIVES AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE CHRIST IS PREACHED... MIRACLES HAPPEN ON THEIR OWN.
PHILIP WENT TO THE CITY OF SAMARIA AND PREACHED ABOUT THE CHRIST.
Acts 8:6-8 When the people there heard Philip and saw the miracles he was doing, they all listened carefully to what he said. 7 Many of these people had evil spirits in them, but Philip made the evil spirits leave. The spirits made a loud noise when they came out. Philip also healed many weak and crippled people there. 8 So the people in that city were very happy.
SO THE ABSENCE OF THE MESSAGE IN A CONGREGATION IS THE REIGN OF CHARLATANS AND WITCHES (false Ministers) WHICH WILL INEVITABLY PRODUCE FALSE BRETHREN.
Acts 5:9 But there was a man named Simon in that city. Before Philip came there, Simon had practiced magic and amazed all the people of Samaria. He bragged and called himself a great man. 10 All the people—the least important and the most important—paid attention to Simon, saying, “THIS MAN HAS THE POWER OF GOD, called ‘the Great Power’!”
A believer that runs after miracles and visions instead of the Word will certainly end up being deceived. REVIVAL and REAWAKENING can not happen by Prayer and fasting (alone) but by Preaching the Message of Christ on Pulpits and every Crusade Ground. Acts 2:22-41
LIGHT EXPOSES DARKNESS.
Until the Arrival of Light (Philip), no body knew that Simon was a False Minister (darkness). Preach Christ no matter how indiscipline you are and Souls will be saved. Philippians 1:15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,
A writer once said: "Take care of your HEART and your MIND for they are like a garden. And nothing good thrives in a garden full of weeds." Ecclesiastes 10:2 (MSG) Wise thinking leads to right living; Stupid thinking leads to wrong living. When the Message you hear is Truth, your thinking pattern will be right, and right thinking will definitely produce Right, Productive and healthy living. GOD'S GREATEST DESIRE FOR THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN HIM AND KNOW HIM.
God so much desire that those who believe in him know him personal. Hosea 6:6 (NLT) I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings. God Was saying to Israelites his people, I want you to love and I want you to know me more than I want your burnt offerings.
This was what he desired of people who did not have what it takes to know him like us; people of better covenant. We have Jesus the express image of God, Heb.1:3,and we have the Holy Spirit who is to teach us all things. Among all that profess to be God's children today, greater number of us do not know God personal. why??
Many people are lazy to study the bible, they don't care to know.
Some presume that it is not necessary since they have Pastors, Teachers, Prophets, Evangelist etc.
And some of the ministers in question are not helping matters.
Look at this scripture critically, Hosea 4: 6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. It says there that they rejected knowledge and their priests (pastors) are ignorant people.
Nobody can give what he does not have and ocean can hardly extend it's bound. * Another factor is that many believers of today are very lazy to read and study the bible on their own. This is the major reason they take everything both line hook and sinker. They have become victims to falsehood. The charlatans mess them up, manipulate and use them for merchandise.
GOD HAS EQUIPPED US TO KNOW HIM.
Believer, have you known that God made you king and priest ? 1 Peter 2:9. Old testament people depended on Priests and Prophets because they didn't have the Holy Spirit dwelling in them. Even the Priests and Prophets of then didn't have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit but we believers have the Holy Spirit living in us permanently.
You don't need to depend on any prophet/charlatan for guidance and directions. God wants us to grow and develop ourselves. He wants you to know him personal and the scripture says, "...... but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits". Daniel 11:32b. It will pay you a lot to know God of your own. Remain blessed.
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