“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Gal. 5:1 NIV
Unhealthy –abusive churches, past and present, are first and foremost recognized by a strong, control-oriented pastor. These pastors use guilt, fear, a false sense of God’s presence and intimidation to manipulate members to remain loyal.
Members are led to believe that there is no other church quite like theirs and that God has singled them out for special purposes.
People who don’t follow their rules, bow to their intimidation or threaten to expose them are dealt with harshly. They are shunned and criticized!
A church that appears theologically sound with regard to the doctrines of Christianity, but whose actions and practices are cultic in nature, can still be considered a cult of Christianity, a.k.a. cultic church----unhealthy!
Unhealthy churches produce “bad fruit” behaviorally!
Sadly, these behaviors are learned from the leaders---pastors.
As in the OT, when Moses poured the oil of anointing over Aaron as the High Priest, this oil flowed down from the top of his head, his beard…..etc.
So if the pastor as the “headship – high priest” of the church has defiled his anointing and it flows down to the members sitting in the pews; how does that affect those in the pews?
Defiled anointing can also be on the worship leaders as they serve under defiled headship.
Remember, the anointing flows down! That would mean defiled worship, defiled sermons and deceived people.
Aaron made a calf and all of Israel danced around a “fire” and worshipped an idol, made by their high priest.
The fire was there alright, but it wasn’t the fire of God. The fire didn’t fall from heaven, if it had it would have consumed the defiled “church” just as the fire from heaven consumed Elijah’s sacrifice on Mount Carmel. (1 Kings 18)
1 Kings 18:38-39 tells us exactly what happened when God showed up!
Elijah did not arrogantly tell the people they were in the presence of God. They KNEW it!
They did not need to be coached or convinced…they immediately fell on their face and cried out.
God’s words says… “ Immediately the fire of the Lord flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the trench! And when all the people saw it, they fell face down on the ground and cried out, “The Lord—he is God! Yes, the Lord is God!”
When the fire of God does fall, people will fall to the ground trembling and scream for mercy.
The fire of God will bring a true undefiled fear of God and real Holy Ghost goose bumps!
Then genuine repentance will come to the Church!!
A false fire is a religious spirit that gives us false emotional goose bumps, which deceives us into believing a lie!
Where are the pastors, prayer warriors, elders and Christians who recognize Satan controlling the church?
Who is willing to rise up, step out of the boat and follow the one true God?
Who is willing to be bold and say, “enough false religion?”
Who is willing to be brave and bold to say, “I want the truth?” “ I’m tired of being lied to, mislead and deceived?”
When are we going to demand the lies to stop and the truth to begin?
Who is willing to stand up for all Jesus died for?
When are we as Christians going to demand the defilement to leave the Church?
I am tired of playing church, pretending to be in the presence of God and I am tired of defiled worship.
Does anyone else’s Bible make reference to the fact that there is NO sin in God?
Sin cannot be in the presence of God, so how can we be in His presence when our hearts are defiled with the sins of bitterness, jealousy, hatred, unforgiveness, pride, haughtiness, lust, greed, theft, lies, drunkenness, selfishness, drugs, pornography, adultery, control-manipulation, double-mindedness, strife, offense…...need I go on?
How can we be in God’s holy presence when we have NOT turned from our sins and changed into His likeness. I mean a change to the degree that sin repulses you!
God had to turn His back on His own Son when He hung on the cross bearing our sins. And we so arrogantly strut into church without repenting and believe the lie that we are in God’s presence…..sin and all!
Really? It is a presence alright but it ain’t God’s! We must not forget Satan loves to lie and deceive.
Church when will you be ready for the true fire of God?
How much longer does Jesus have to wait upon us?
Are you ready for change?
Listen…….listen for the wind of change! Can you hear it?
“Jesus, Son of David have mercy on us.” Please!