Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Circus Church

I certainly don’t lay any claim to knowing the secret things of God, but it seems to me that the days of sweeping corporate revival are long past because the patient is surely dead. Sadly modern church-ianity is a hollow spiritual shell with no life. It’s but empty pomp and circumstance puffed up with religious sound and fury, signifying nothing.

The soaring Christ-centered, God honoring preaching of days gone by has been largely replaced with the man-centered false gospel of the Protestant Pope, “America’s Pastor”, Rick Warren and the cotton candy, bloodless Nerf theology of “Gawd has a wonderful plan for Your Best Life Now”, Smilin' Joel Osteen.

The stark and disturbing truth is that professing church is Biblically illiterate and spiritually bankrupt and has traded its spiritual birthright for a worthless bowl of worldly pottage.

Men, if you are hoping that your church’s Info-tainment style Sunday service is going to give you and your family a solid knowledge of the Bible, then you hope in vain. It’s your responsibility as spiritual head of the household to do the job. It's time to repent for the wholesale abdication of our God given responsibility to "train up our children up in the way they should go", and to "bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord". It's time to stop relying on others to do our job for us. The family starts in the home, and as with our hearts Christ must rule and reign there also. In fact He must have the preeminence and occupy the throne in each and every area of life; our heart, our mind, our spirit, our home, our family, our occupation, our very being.

Oh, how far we have fallen! I’m amazed each and every day by the apparently desperate race to the very bottom of the pit in which today’s Circus Church is engaged. All the stops have been pulled as pernicious pastors continually attempt to outdo one another with increasingly hellish shock tactics, marketing ploys, and downright deviant advertising in the continuing "pornification" of the church for what amounts to nothing more than a shameless numbers game. Modern church-ianity is what happens when 21st century capitalism meets a (false) gospel for sale. These deceitful charletans will go to any lengths and do whatever it takes to herd the sheeple into the pews, but not with the hope that they might hear the gospel and repent, but rather with the hope that the church can hit its numbers and obtain a bit more filthy lucre in the offering plate.

Were it not for the eternal Word of God it would be hard to understand an apostate church leadership that is so morally corrupted and so spiritually bankrupt that it would gladly pay for the opportunity prostitute itself, but as the scriptures clearly show, these disobedient children are of their father the devil and have no part in the Lord:

They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. (John 2:19)

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; (2 Tim. 4:3)

They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. (Titus 1:16)

God help us!