“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3
There is an epidemic in the nation of the United States, affecting many with it’s malnutrition laced gospel, effecting and causing untold many to fall ill from its affects of false spirituality which is being packaged and marketed as 100% pure truth.
Millions of families, children and teenagers have been and are being sucked into a void, a stark deception which has absolutely nothing to do with the gospel, but more with commericalized, slick advertising in hopes to attract them while the same time taking them for everything they can financially.
What it is, is nothing short of manipulation of the worst kind, and the sad fact remains, many are eating it daily, not realizing that the very thing they are consuming is immitation Christianity that has absolutely nothing to do with Christ or his Kingdom.
“The American way is God’s way!”
At the turn of the century, the culture in America was beginning to radically develop itself as a nation founded with principles. While many aspects of growth in the country focused on building American Cities and Towns, there was also an honest and genuine foundation that many held onto and it was spiritual in nature, the gospel of Jesus Christ was the staple to our very foundation in many ways. It must be said that although we were not a traditional “Christian” nation, what we were was a people dedicated to helping one another to build something great and the world took notice. After two world wars, conflicts in Vietnam and Korea, America cemented itself as a nation unlike any other in the world. We became the leader of the free world in every area of life – including religion.
From the early days of Billy Sunday to Billy Graham, there was a genuine move of God that took place in our nation and culture. Even in a small mission house in Los Angeles California, there began to be a powerful move of God that was unlike any many had seen before, and they called it the Asuza street revival.
For a period between the early 1920’s to 1950’s, Cities and Towns were made pit stops to tent revivals, open street preachers where hundreds turned into thousands of people came out to see what was happening in these meetings. The Church was having a genuine move of God and thousands got saved. But with the coming 60’s sex revolution and then the 70’s drug exploration and liberalism, the Church’s impact had little to no affect upon the millions of people in our society.
The charismatic/pentecostal move had dwindled to sparatic pockets in areas of the country, but the major revival and growth it had seen in the years prior had all but faded away.
During the 80’s, the Church saw a continuing steady growth, although it also saw the failures of some of the top leading men of God at the time, still, the Church began to grow once again, but something began to surface and began to take shape, a more commercialized gospel was beginning to become the anthem to many and within the next two decades that message of social causes laced with Christian ethics began to seep into the pulpits of America’s churches and before long, millions were being introduced to a new gospel, not the same gospel message of old, but of a new kind – the gospel of social conveinence.
It didn’t take long for this gospel to have many leaders, from a young Rick Warren, to an older Robert Schuller, the gospel of Christianity had changed its message and was more focused on health, wealth and prosperity. Gone were the messages of sin, conviction, hell and of man’s failure to meet the standards of God. The new gospel became a rallying cry to many and many were listening.
As the new 21st Century began to come into reality, the Christian Church in America saw that with the acceptance of a non-confrontational gospel message, it also brought something else – money. And lots of it.
Soon, most Churches replaced the tattered and torn symbol of the message of the cross and took on a more diplimatic approach, one that said, “God loves us all, no need to repent.” And with that gospel more and more became tolerant and more accepted those that preached the message of conformity.
The compromising leaders of the modern church also, like Corporate America, seeded their status in the nation and the world and took advantage of their financial gain, like Judas, they betrayed the master for 30 pieces of silver and reaped a harvest.
Today, the mega churches line practically every major City in America. Pumping it’s processed spiritual food into the lives and homes of millions and the affect is now beginning to be seen.
Just like bad food to the body, bad spiritual food to the soul is even worse, for just as a constant diet of high fatty foods will lead to clogged arteries, a life of plagued with medical problems and weight gain, a spiritual diet of sugar coated sermons, little to no intake of Bible training and reading, will bring about a person to a weak life in Christ, and if not corrected, could even mean spiritual death with the loss of ones soul.
Our Cities are plagued with Wal-Mart themed Churches where the object is filling seats, rock concerts from the latest Hollywood heros to renting baseball stadiums filled to capacity while the true gospel of conviction and repentance is replaced to a 90 minute message of universalism and tolerance of other faiths. Our pulpits are filled with men and women who have never experienced the power of the Holy Ghost as the early leaders of the day were. Healings and demonic possession are backroom discussions during board meetings, or late night gatherings at the local restaurant.
The average person today is inundated with images of products from books about fasting for 21 days to get rid of sin, while others promote the latest fad of dieting by Manna bread and grape juice. Even worse, our networks have been completely overtaken by slick sales men and women pitching the latest special, miracle healing oil, demonic protection oil, water from Jerusalem that can heal of cancer. The fast food epidemic in the Churches in America is now worse today than it has ever been before.
“But why does it taste so good?”
This is yet another comment I ask myself when I go into a McDonalds and eat a big mac, I know it’s not good for me, I know that it’s processed meat, not really 100% beef and I also know that their french fries can last for over a year without rotting, but, still, with every bite, the taste, it’s the taste that keeps me coming back time after time. And I will still continue to go back until my body finally tells me to stop, that it can’t handle it anymore. It’s the same with most modern day Churches today.
So many are presenting a false gospel so well prepared, so well conceived that it’s almost hard to tell the real from the immitation! Jesus said that there would come a day that even the very elect might be deceived. The very notion that so many are becoming swallowed into the gospel of self has me convinced, just as McDonalds keeps bringing the masses back, so will the current church continue to feed the masses of a gospel that is neither satisfying nor can strenghten the soul.
The mass production of prepackaged and boxed Christianity will continue to it’s final agenda is reached – till the world is so spiritually fat and unhealthy, it won’t know the difference between the real and the false and more importantly, it is preparing them all for the arrival of the man the word of God warns us is eventually coming – the Anti-Christ.
Yes, the real agenda behind most, if not all, of the compromising mega-churches today are nothing more than breeding grounds for the anti-Christ spirit that is shaping the world for his appearance. We are being forced to eat of this gospel and if we don’t stop returning back to the goldern arches of these poison laced Churches, it will be us, the true believer, that will be so unable to discern the real from the false.
Yes, the taste is addicting, that’s how the hook begins, it begins with a smile, a nice quote from the word, then it’s followed by some lies, even more lies on top of it, but in the end, the only thing that you are getting is a slick marketing gimmick for a poison which is more deadly than anything Jim Jones cold ever design or come up with.
Satan’s tactics are immense, why? For these are the last days, and if we are not prepared, it will be us who are the fools for participating in the fast food Church of America.
“Do you want lies with that?”