David Foster: The Judas Church

David Foster, of Mastering Life Ministries in Jacksonville, FL has an awesome article out in the September issue of Charisma Magazine entitled “The Judas Church”. In it, he lays out the state of the church (in America?) today. It is one that has kissed and betrayed the Savior. An brief excerpt:

“I  believe we are living in the days of the Great Apostasy. Whether we are in the early stages or nearing the end will be known only in hindsight. But that we are in the throes of the greatest “falling away” the church has ever experienced is clear.

Jesus informed His disciples that the kingdom of heaven (His presence on earth through the church) would be infiltrated by the enemies of God (see Matt. 13:24-30,36-43). He prophesied that while everyone was sleeping, an enemy (the devil) would come and sow weeds among the wheat.”

We couldn’t agree more with David. The handwriting is on the wall and the evidence is clear and convincing. We are in those days the bible prophesied.

1 Timothy 4:1-2: The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.  Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.

The emergence —and prominency—  of false doctrines, false prophets, and false churches of Christ warn us that if you can see with your spiritual eyes, you had better cling to that which is sound and proven.  Our focus on the gay christian movement is only part of exposing this network of false brethren. There are more, and they become more brazen with each passing day.

Yet, we are not alarmed. Jesus said that these things are actually a sign for those who are true to Him: our redemption is near. 

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5 thoughts on “David Foster: The Judas Church

  1. I think the real successful satanic attack on churches has come in the form of obsessing over satanism. The utter loss of credibility suffered during the 80s over the conservative church’s embrace of charlatans telling their stories of ritual abuse and repressed memories, has only gone downhill since.

    If Satan can keep us busy looking for him under every bed and at gay pride parades and at democratic party gatherings, then he has been successful in keeping Christians away from the work of the Kingdom (Matt.25). Building against the negatives NEVER ever has worked, anywhere in any context. I know many in the church will continue otherwise, believing, as all failed negative leaders believe- “But this time it’s different!” But the church will only continue to lose adherents, watch numbers of new disciples decrease, and- in the end- be a negligible part of culture.

    This is not a prophetic statement. It is simply an observation based on history.

  2. bw, of course not every Christian should be “obsessing over satanism” nor should every Christian be staking out “gay pride parades and democratic party gatherings”.

    However scripture is clear:
    (1) we are to watch, be sober and vigilant against the devil (1 Peter 5:8)
    (2) praying is not enough — we have to watch AND pray that we do not fall into the devil’s temptation (Mt 26:41)
    (3) Satan appears as an angel of light to deceive Kingdom workers. Failure to discern him will result in loss of Kingdom work. (2 Cor 11:14)
    (4) The devil’s arsenal of tactics include tricking people into not believing that he is real.
    (5) We are to warn others of Satan’s approach through false Christians and doctrine (Ezekiel 3:17)
    (6)There are those in the Body who have a specific duty to watch. (Ezekiel 33:7)

    You seem to ignore all this (and more) bibilical instruction against simple historical observation. The two are vastly different.

    Finally, how does your statement

    “…the church will only continue to lose adherents, watch numbers of new disciples decrease, and- in the end- be a negligible part of culture.”

    compare against Christ’s declaration?
    “…upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

    I would say to you if watching and being vigilant against false prophecy, false prophets and the institutionalization of evil in the church is not your job, then do whatever your job is. However don’t make your job a requirement for every part of the Body. The hands and the eyes are two different parts with two different functions; but both work for the overall good of the body.

  3. If there are not people out there exposing the false doctrines, and people fall for it, and go to hell, than we have failed at “Work of the Kingdom”. To ignore this, would be to ignore the warning of Christ about “false Prophets”, I for one will NOT ignore the words of Christ!

  4. I do realize, of course, that it is more fun for many, and more spectacular, to be involved in culturally-defined ‘spiritual warfare’ than it is to do the heavy work of the Kingdom- Matthew 25. I have a good friend who equates Jesus in the Temple with a whip, to Americans in Iraq with AK-47s. She enjoys writing letters and opinion pieces all day about ‘satanic’ Islam. But she won’t go with me to women’s jail on Thursdays, or women’s prison on Saturday. She’s always ‘too busy today’.

  5. bw, I can agree with you on that. “Armchair” christians have little effect of satan’s real work against the kingdom of God.

    The local church which I pastor has a ministry called Inside Job which does outreach in the prisons, nursing homes and juvenile detention centers.

    If that’s what youre doing dont stop, just dont find yourself overly critical of what someone may be doing FOR GOD. Sometimes, even little seemingly insignificant actions may be helping to reach the greater goal: thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

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