“So many pastors go out of their way confirming people’s salvation. I don’t see this approach in Scripture; it’s actually quite the opposite. Great fear and terrible trembling must overtake us daily. It will determine where we will spend forever”
So many pastors go out of their way confirming people’s salvation. They make it easy to get saved. They want them to feel secure in their eternity. Why? I don’t see this approach in Scripture. It’s actually quite the opposite.
There should be a never-ending wrestling match regarding our position in Christ. It’s common to lose it, challenging to retain it.
It costs everything. It’s never settled until we die.
Great fear and terrible trembling must overtake us daily. It will determine where we will spend forever.
‘Shocking’ survey finds only half of Evangelical pastors hold biblical worldview
MAY 29, 2022
In what researchers described as a “shocking” find, a new report from the Cultural Research Center (CRC) at Arizona Christian University indicated just over half of all U.S. pastors of Evangelical churches (51%) have a biblical worldview.
Why? Almost all pastors today teach the false doctrine of “once saved always saved,” instead of how we must actually abide in Christ to be “in Christ,” walking not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit,” so we then have “no condemnation” and the fruit of the Spirit:
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts.
Most pastors are in Paul’s “will not inherit the kingdom” list in Galatians 5 instead.
It’s not because of Covid. They’re burned out because it’s fake — not real worship. God requires worshipers worship in Spirit and in truth, which requires holiness, being right with God and others, like Paul always practiced (Acts 24:16). Then God responds with His love and glory, and it’s never boring, dull or unfulfilling.
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Worship Leaders Hit with Pandemic Burnout
Music ministry has always been demanding, but the past two years have made it unsustainable for some.
JANUARY 26, 2022
Dianna Holden had been looking for an opportunity to step down as her church’s worship leader for a few years. After 27 years of serving, Holden felt like she was drawing from an empty well. … She didn’t have any reserves left.
Many of the deceived even now attend church and feel they’re ready for Jesus’ return. Not unlike the multitude in John the Baptist’s time, they comfort themselves with their church attendance, tithing record, ability to speak in tongues, or ability to flow in other gifts. They feel certain God is obligated to accept them because they once prayed a sinner’s prayer, though they have yet to submit to the Lordship of Jesus. They only obey when it is convenient or doesn’t conflict with their schedule or agenda. If obedience to the Master interferes with their pleasure, they casually ignore His leading, claiming ‘the grace of God.’ They may believe they are justified, but are they? Could they be the lukewarm church Jesus confronts in Revelation, which finds confidence in a false grace (Rev. 3:14-22)? Unfortunately, this condition is further propagated by false prophets and teachers who tell them they are in right standing with God.
Telling people what they want to hear at the expense of what they need to hear weakens the church.
Out of these 25, only four have so far apologized (Vallotton, Sandford, Johnson and Bolz) while one of them has admitted that Biden won without apologizing (Robertson). Those who have apologized have received thousands of hate mails and in some cases even death threats from Christian Trump supporters.
0:00 Mark Burns
01:55 Denise Goulet
02:05 Kat Kerr
03:26 Paula White
04:00 Taribo West
04:13 Kevin Zadai
04:26 Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj
04:55 The Prophetic Almanac
05:17 Jeff Jansen
05:42 Chris Yoon
09:12 Emily Rose Lewis
10:34 David Ramirez
11:41 Curt Landry
12:03 Pat Robertson
12:53 Kris Vallotton
13:20 Robby Dawkins
13:29 Mark Taylor
14:23 Hank Kunneman
15:41 Kenny Copeland
16:31 Sid Roth
18:11 Marcus Rogers
19:05 Greg Locke
19:21 Evans Abban
19:53 Shawn Bolz
20:25 Loren Sandford
21:36 Jeremiah Johnson
I first heard the term ’sweaty ministry’ from Mike Fick in the early ’80s, while attending Abbott Loop Bible School. I’ve seen a lot of sweaty ministry since. The majority of pastors and worship leaders fake it, acting like everything is okay when it’s not okay. Some pastors are even giddy, laughing and patting people on the back like used car salesmen.
I have no idea how their hireling worship leaders “lead worship” Sunday after Sunday without God’s presence showing up. The pastors say how great the worship was, when it is spiritually dead. Cranking up the volume of state-of-the-art instrumentation cannot substitute for worshiping in Spirit and in truth.
…“God RESISTS THE PROUD, but GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.” Be subject therefore to God. But resist the devil, and he will flee from you. DRAW NEAR TO GOD, and HE WILL DRAW NEAR TO YOU. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and PURIFY YOUR HEARTS, you double-minded. Lament, mourn, and weep. Let YOUR LAUGHTER be turned to mourning, and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he will exalt you. – James 4:6-10
‘Sweaty ministry’: Pastors/Worship leaders operating in the flesh, not in the Spirit, faking Christianity
We must actually abide in Christ to be “in Christ,” walking not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Satanically led and empowered people can only be successfully opposed by people led by and empowered by God. Real Christianity, actually abiding in Christ produces salt and light from which the darkness flees!
Jim Caviezel dramatizes this portion of Ronald Reagan’s ‘A Time for Choosing’ speech, making some key changes about pastors accommodating during Covid-19, noted here:
Now let’s set the record straight. There’s no argument over the choice between peace and war, but there’s only one guaranteed way you can have peace — and you can have it in the next second — surrender.
Admittedly, there’s a risk in any course we follow other than this, but every lesson of history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement, and this is the specter our well-meaning [Christian] liberal friends [our priests, biships and pastors] refuse to face — that their policy of accommodation is appeasement, and it gives no choice between peace and war, only between fight or surrender. If we continue to accommodate, continue to back and retreat, eventually we have to face the final demand — the ultimatum. And what then — when Nikita Khrushchev has [Satanists] told his people [the people of this world] he knows what] our answer will be? He has told them that we’re retreating under the pressure of the [his] Cold War, and someday when the time comes to deliverthe[his] final ultimatum, our surrender will be voluntary, because by that time we will have been weakened from within spiritually, morally, and economically. He believes this because from our side he’s heard voices pleading for “peace at any price” or “better Red than dead,” or as one commentator put it, he’d rather “live on his knees than die on his feet.” And therein lies the road to war, because those voices don’t speak for the rest of us.
You and I know and do not believe that life is so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery. If nothing in life is worth dying for, when did this begin — just in the face of this enemy? Or should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the pharaohs? Should Christ have refused the cross? Should the patriots at Concord Bridge have thrown down their guns and refused to fire the shot heard ’round the world? The martyrs of history were not fools, and our honored dead who gave their lives to stop the advance of the Nazis didn’t die in vain. Where, then, is the road to peace? Well it’s a simple answer after all.
You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, “There is a price we will not pay.” “There is a point beyond which they [evil] must not advance.”
“In the words of Reagan, ‘evil is powerless if the good are not afraid.'”
A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and, in order to divert himself, having no love in him, he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest forms of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal. And it all comes from lying – lying to others and to yourself. – Fyodor Dostoevsky
Shutting down churches is a clear violation of the First Amendment and God’s mandate to meet together.
Is this why most pastors are lying down without saying one word — the “love of money?”
If pastors obeyed God by doing and teaching what the Bible actually says, we would have had revival years ago, and there wouldn’t be a shortage of funds for those truly biblical.
Should Americans know which churches received COVID-19 stimulus loans?
Jun 28, 2020
“..American Atheists estimated that more than $6 billion in stimulus funds went to houses of worship. The current funding drama stems from the Small Business Administration’s paycheck protection program, which was launched in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It offers forgivable loans of up to $10 million to businesses with fewer than 500 employees.”
Paul did not insist people to blindly follow him. He said in 1 Cor. 11:11, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” NKJV
How did Paul imitate Christ? Paul was blameless according to the overseers’ qualifications (Tit. 1 & 1 Tim. 2) and:
“Herein I also practice always having a conscience void of offense toward God and men” (Acts 24:16).
Paul considered the Bereans more noble because they eagerly received what he taught them, and they checked the scriptures daily to make sure what he told them was true (Acts 17:11).
And Paul said we are to judge those in the church. 1 Cor. 5:
9 I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. 10 Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.
12 For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? 13 But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.”
It starts with lust, which Jesus calls heart-adultery, which he said we must overcome at all costs. Matthew 5:27-30:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. “If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. “If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell.
Even short, tight frontal hugs are sexual. I’ve seen pastors in Anchorage do full frontal, lingering hugs in front of everyone! Their wives and/or daughters wear low-cut tops, and post the photos on Facebook! Most pastors are biblically disqualified for many reasons, and need to repent so real Christianity will happen “that the world will know” (Jesus’ prayer and promise in John 17):
Many important topics are covered in this broadcast from a true Christian perspective.
– – Notes and transcriptions by Jeff Fenske. Words of Rick Wiles unless noted:
44:30 “They had to invent the pre-trib rapture to justify to Christians the establishment of the state of Israel. … Why? Because the Christians have to leave in a rapture so the Zionists can rule the world from Jerusalem.”
45:10 “There is no such thing as ‘Christian Zionists.’ You can either be a Christian or a Zionist. You can’t be a ‘Christian Zionist.’ … They both contradict each other. Christianity contradicts Zionism. Zionism contradicts Christianity. … True Zionism… [was to buy back the land peacefully]. The revolutionaries, the Kabbalists, the hard core Zionists said ‘we’re not waiting. We’re going in with guns. We’re going to take it.’ That was people like Menachem Begin and Aerial Sheron. Aerial Sheron and Menachem Begin were hard core, violent, murderous terrorists. … They killed Arab children, Arab women. They raised, burned down Arab communities and villages. They were terrorists. … The ‘Christians’ in America have lined up and got married to them. And now, every Arab, every Palestinian, everybody in the Middle East, if you say “evangelical Christian,” you’re a Zionist, and you hate Arabs.
Folks, this is against the great commission. … You’re supposed to go into all the world. We’re to love all people. We’re not to show favoritism. We’re not supposed to take sides in nations, joining this group against that group. The Christians ought to be in the Middle East saying to the Palestinians and the Israeli Jews, ‘put down your arms; forgive each other; make peace with each other. This is the way of our master, Jesus Christ.’
But the ‘Christian Zionists,’ like John Hagee…, they’re nothing but paid puppeteers for the warmongers in Israel and the U.S. deep state that want bloody wars, wars of conquest. And these people are going to pay a horrible price on the day of judgment. … These people in America, in the churches that are using God’s holy church to evangelize for war, you’re an evangelist for war. You’re going to answer for it someday, on the day of judgment, and you’re going to regret that you sold out the gospel for 30 pieces of silver.”
1:00:00 South Africa: government confiscation of white-owned farmland. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s racist proclamation, South Africa will amend the constitution to legalize stealing white farmers’ land without compensation:
“..expropriation without compensation in the public interest.” “The ANC will through the parliamentary process, finalize a proposed amendment to the constitution that outlines more clearly the conditions under which expropriation of land without compensation can be affected.”
Co-host: “This man is calmly talking about taking land from one individual and giving it to another based on race.”
“Taking somebody’s land, based on race is wrong, is immoral.”
1:09:00 “Nobody cares. These ‘Christian Zionists’ don’t care. They don’t care that many of these Palestinians are Christians. … These ‘Christian Zionists’ say that the Jews who don’t accept Jesus Christ — in fact, they reject Him — they are entitled by race to steal the land from the Palestinian Christians. How is that different from what they’re doing in South Africa?”
1:17:10 Mike Huckabee: “I think that if President Trump could be here today, he’d be a happy man, happy because he’s a builder. … But we are discovering that as president he’s also a builder. He’s building a New World Order…. I can’t tell you how proud I have been of the president as it relates to the land of Israel. … What’s being built here is a bridge to peace.”
1:21:40 “I wonder if the Israeli Zionists are paying off the ‘Christian Zionists’ in America with land and houses stolen from the American people. … The headline [from Israeli National News, a website] said: “WILL HUCKABEE PURCHASE A HOME IN A SETTLEMENT?”
Prominent Republican, Trump confidant Mike Huckabee visits Judea community, affirming US support for construction in Judea and Samaria.
Governor Mike Huckabee, a prominent Republican and close confidant to the Trump White House, visited a building site in the Tamar neighborhood of the Judea town of Efrat [Israeli settlement in the West Bank – editor] today, offering support for continued growth of communities across Judea and Samaria. Speaking beneath a large banner reading “Build Israel Great Again”, Huckabee said that he knows the US President is similarly supportive of construction. “President Trump is naturally a builder and he would be proud to see what is going on here in Efrat.”
The Governor, known to be a staunchly supportive figure of Israel’s right to self-determination and the Jewish State’s legal presence in Judea and Samaria pointed to the construction workers around him as evidence that these communities promote rather than impede peace, “The greatest path to peace is by empowering people via economic growth and that is exactly what we are seeing each. Every single day some 1,300 Palestinian workers come into this area to build homes and are given the means to provide for their families as a result.” …
Assisting construction crews to build a supporting wall around a new home in the community, Huckabee said with a smile, “This area is so great- perhaps now’s the time to purchase a vacation home.” VIDEO
“He [Martin Luther] swept away relics, pilgrimages, purgatory, indulgences, five of the seven sacraments, and he was willing to bring the sole test of scripture to all of these areas, and was bold enough to deal with them. That kind of courage is desperately needed in the church today, desperately. But I find there are few voices that are willing to tell it as it is. Most pastors admit to me freely they are compromised and know it, but the fear of losing members when your church is already shrinking is a kind of syndrome that is difficult to resist.”
– David Pawson @ 11:35 in “Completing Luther’s Reformation, Part 1 of 4,” transcribed by me
David is author of Once Saved, Always Saved?: A Study in Perseverance and Inheritanceand Leadership is Male: What Does the Bible Say?
Matthew 23:9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in Heaven.
Acts 10:26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.
1 Corinthians 10:14 – Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
Luke 20:46-47 Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts; which devour widows’ houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.
It’s about time! I’ve been maligned by church leaders for telling the truth for decades for this very thing.
– – PUNISHING CHURCH MEMBERS BECAUSE THEY WANT A MOVE OF GOD
Posted on May 8, 2018 by mariomurilloministries
A growing number of Christians feel their church is doing a lot of things that don’t matter. Even successful programs don’t matter to them. They believe only a move of God can save us now. [It’s actually now even too late for that.]
They believe we have no time to play games. They are frustrated that church is catering to the lukewarm members. Most of all, they feel that they are being punished for wanting a move of God.
I want to direct myself toward leaders who are guilty of correcting members who yearn for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. You’ve got it totally backwards. Those who are hungry for a move of God are the best thing that ever happened to your church. If you wounded a hungry saint’s heart, it was a spectacular mistake. They, and not the lukewarm, should be setting the tone for your church.
Somewhere, we got the idea—I believe it came from the pit of hell—that exuberant worship, preaching with unction and conviction, fiery prayer meetings, and deliberate soul winning are the “old ways.”
They are not old ways—they are timeless ways. In fact, they transcend time. They are the chosen weapons. You never made Satan smile wider than when you punished someone in your congregation for wanting a move of God. …
They yearn for the miracle that will stop America’s slide toward oblivion—they wish for an act of the Holy Spirit so real and widespread that it impacts, crime, injustice, addiction, and despair. You may be punishing people God is stirring. You may be trying to put out a flame that God lit in their heart. …
The first step is to stop punishing those wonderful people who are hungry for the Holy Spirit to fall on your church. Entire Article