The Affluent Church That's
(or, The Wealthy Lukewarm Church That Is Spiritually Poor And Homeless!)
By David J. Stewart | November 2015
Revelation 3:15-17, “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.”
If you're a born-again Christian, who's attended a good church at any time in your life, then you have heard preacher's teach and preach from Revelation 3:15-17 about the sin of being LUKEWARM. And you've always heard that LUKEWARM living and sinful compromise makes God nauseated, so that He vomits us out!
But what you've likely never heard from Verse 17 is that God also vomits us out “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” This Scripture speaks of the blinded pastors, assistant pastors and church congregations, who think they are doing just fine, but in reality they are apostate, and in big trouble with the Lord. This was the Laodicean church in Revelation.
Note: Some Bible students believe that the 7-Churches of Asia Minor (the nation of Turkey today) in Revelation are time periods, that is, there is a dual meaning in this Scripture passage. Although I would not argue the point, I tend to agree, believing that we are living in the Laodicean age today, when the Lord had nothing good to say about the churches. Today's churches are lukewarm and make God vomit in disgust. The 7-churches were literal churches, and the 7 “stars” were angels according to Revelation 1:20, one angel (meaning “messenger”) ministering to each church. BUT PLEASE NOTE: I do NOT believe in Dr. Cyrus I. Scofield's DISPENSATIONAL HERESY!!!]
I had always associated “God vomiting” with believers who are lukewarm; but I had never noticed that God also vomits because of those who errantly think they are blessed of God, when in reality they are apostate and spiritually bankrupt!!! Revelation 3:17, “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” There are many apostate churches today in evangelical circles, who falsely think they are successful in Heaven's eyes merely because they draw a sizeable Sunday attendance of 700 people, or because they operate a religious school with 1,000 students enrolled. Folks, that's NOT serving God! The size of your Sunday crowd at church is absolutely no indication of God's approval or disapproval. Satanic Rock bands can easily draw 100,000 fans for a mega-concert!
Unfortunately, the religious business is booming in America! I say “unfortunately” because religion is NOT Christianity. Jesus said to Nicodemus (a religious leader of the Jews) that a man MUST be “BORN AGAIN” in order to enter into God's Kingdom (John 3:3). Religion CANNOT do this! God is not a debtor to mankind or the church, but to HIS PROMISES!!! It's tragic that the least most popular item in churches today is the Word of God. Evidence of this sad fact is the presence of dozens of Bible versions in the pews on Sunday morning, and a really crappy senior pastor who is fine with that! Get right with God! I said, GET RIGHT WITH GOD!!!
I know Independent Baptist churches that use and tolerate dozens of different English Bible versions. Their shameful pastor and assistant pastors are serving mammon instead of God, so truth takes a backseat to the popular consensus amongst apostate evangelical circles across America. Luke 16:13, “No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” When mammon (money) becomes the highest priority in a ministry, it can only move doctrinal soundness and moral integrity to the lower ranks, taking a backseat to church growth. This is why we see females wearing pants, leggings and low-cut blouses in most churches today. This is why most churches today allow dozens of versions of the Bible to be used by members, and the pastor dare not speak a single word of criticism against Satan's counterfeit Bible versions, lest he find himself outside the gate with Jesus, Dr. Jack Hyles, Brother Roloff, Dr. Al lacy and little ole me. Outside The Gate With Jesus (MP3, Dr. Hyles, “Jesus has been outside the camp all the time!”).
According to the American Bible Society (ABS), there are approximately 900 different English Bible versions. . . .
I am afraid no one can give you an exact number for the English translations and paraphrases of the Bible printed since Tyndale's New Testament of 1526. In part this is due to the difficulty of determining what should be defined as a new translation as opposed to a correction or a revision of an existing translation. There is the additional question of how we should count translations that include not a complete Bible or Testament, but just a group of books or even a single book. And then, of course, there is the difficulty of sheer numbers. With all these caveats in mind, the number of printed English translations and paraphrases of the Bible, whether complete or not, is about 900. [emphasis added]
SOURCE: Number Of English Translations Of The Bible; BIBLE Q & A; December 2, 2009.
I know Independent Baptist churches where multiple plans of salvation are permitted and taught. It is wickedness of the highest degree!!! There are two common plans of salvation:
CALVINISM - The first plan is Calvinism (as taught by John Calvin), or as it is often called today, “Lordship Salvation.” In this heretical plan, it is taught that a person cannot merely believe the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved; but also, they must surrender all to Christ's Lordship, forsake the world, cease from a deathstyle of sinning, and openly confess Christ before men. False prophets who teach this heretical plan are: John MacArthur, Ray Comfort, Kirk Cameron, John Piper, Chip Ingram, Billy Graham, , Franklin Graham, Paul Washer, Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, Beth Moore, Charles Stanley, John Hagee, Aiden Tozer, Unshackled radio, Moody Bible Institute, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fuller Theological Institute, et cetera.
GOSPEL - In the second plan (which is God's ONLY plan), a person simply acknowledges that they have sinned against a holy God, and they BELIEVE the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved. That's it! This is referred to Scripturally as “the simplicity that is in Christ” (2nd Corinthians 11:3).
Clearly, these two different plans of salvation are NOT compatible. The first (incorrect) plan teaches human effort plus partial faith in Christ; whereas, the second (correct) plan teaches 100% faith in Christ without any human effort. Let's see what the Holy Bible has to say in Romans 4:5-6, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works.”
Wicked Pastors In Spiritual Denial
Satan is a skillful liar and conman, who has infiltrated many churches today, even Baptist churches who are following Dr. John MacArthur (and are now teaching the demonic Lordship Salvation heresy). These deceived pastors are in denial, having been influenced by Moody Ministries in Chicago to support Mr. MacArthur's heresies. Since Moody Ministries has a massive impact nationwide (and worldwide), if they promote a false prophet like John MacArthur, pastors and churches who support Moody are forced to either accept or reject Dr. MacArthur. Due to Ecclesiastical peer pressure, the clergy tend to go-along-to-get-along to keep harmony in the family, and avoid being blacklisted and abandoned outside the gate with Jesus.
So some wicked pastors dismiss the issue as a mere matter of semantics (the subtle different ways people speak or write their words). May I say, you are dishonest if you dismiss the two very different plans of salvation that I just shared with you, as merely being a matter of SEMANTICS!!! A person either has to cease from intentional sinful behavior to be saved, or they do not. It cannot be both! A person either has to openly confess Christ to others to be saved, or they do not. It cannot be both! A person either has to surrender all to Christ's Lordship to be saved, or they do not. It cannot be both! Romans 11:6, “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.” Eternal life is a “free gift” (Romans 5:15) from God, paid for by Jesus' precious blood (1st Peter 1:18-19), which is sprinkled on the heavenly Mercy Seat (Hebrews 9:12, 24; 12:24).
I named the above subtitle “Wicked Pastors In Spiritual Denial.” At first I titled it “Wayward Pastors In Spiritual Denial,” but then I realized that every apostate pastor that I know, has been REPEATEDLY warned by faithful Christians that: the new Bible versions are corrupted by Satan, and Lordship Salvation is of the Devil, and Martin Luther was an unsaved reprobate who taught in 1529 (12 years after he allegedly got saved by faith alone) that water baptism and communion are mandatory for salvation, et cetera. Today's neo-evangelical pastors DON'T CARE, because they feel comfortable siding with Moody Ministries (i.e., the mother ship, or headquarters, so-to-speak). Today's neo (meaning “new”) evangelical pastors are “wickedly” wayward.
Check and you'll discover that it's true, that our churches today are following the Bible conventions and institutions (like Bob Jones University, Pensacola Christian College, Dallas Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Convention, Moody Bible Institute, et cetera); instead of the Bible institutions, conventions and colleges following New Testament churches. So as Moody Bible Institute and Bob Jones University go down the spiritual slopes into apostasy, several thousand pastors and millions of churchgoers follow!!!
Notice in our text passage of Scripture that apostate churches KNOWEST NOT!!! That is, they're blinded by pride to their wrenched demonic Bible versions. Revelation 3:15-17, “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” Jesus said, thou “KNOWEST NOT.” This church today is woefully ignorant that they've being deceived by Satan, sold a false plan of salvation which requires ceasing from sinful behavior (human effort) to have it. Many churches are spiritually miserable, naked and blind today, but they foolishly think God is blessing them in their worldly success. They sadly won't receive THE TRUTH, because Satan has given them a substitute, misleading them to errantly think they have the truth!!!
A man with two watches never
really knows what time it is;
And a man with two Bibles never really knows what the Word of God is!!!
God Is Not The Author Of Confusion In The Churches
Is your church spiritually bankrupt? Do you falsely think you have God's blessings upon your ministry, but in reality God has vomited you out of His mouth? How can any pastor justify using dozens of different Bible versions? Is our omnipotent God incapable of preserving His very pure words as He promised in Psalms 12:6-7? (Make sure you only use the King James Bible, because this Scripture in Psalms 12:6-7 has been totally corrupted in all modern PERversions). Is our omniscient God so lacking in foresight that He left us to choose between 900 different English Bible versions? No my friend, the Bible teaches in 1st Corinthians 14:33 “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” The Devil deliberately confuses people, to hide the truth of the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ, to hinder sinners from being born-again (2nd Corinthians 4:3-4).
The following Scripture is incredibly applicable to most churches today, where dozens of different Bible versions are used. Acts 19:32, “Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.” Some religious people use the NIV, ASV, GNT, RSV and HCSB Bible versions; but other people use the ESV, CEV, NASV, MEV and TNIV versions; thus, the churches are all CONFUSED!!! God didn't cause this! God has no part in this disastrous mess.
Beware of all the spiritual radio, music, courses, seminars, magazines and books which are endlessly for sale, which are a SUBSTITUTION for the Word of God and hard Bible-preaching! There is much disagreement amongst religious camps, and people are utterly confused about spiritual things. You are so blessed to be reading what I'm telling you right now. I care about you in Christ! I don't want you to listen to what I say; but rather, SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES for yourself, as Jesus commanded in John 5:39.
The churches are dead today because instead of abiding in the inspired Words of God in the King James Bible, religious ministers spend their time being influenced by Modernists (i.e., unsaved people who profess to be a Christian); such as, John MacArthur, Billy Graham, Rick Warren and others. And what about their outrageous salaries? The word “minister” means “a servant.” Each of the men I just listed are multi-millionaires! They're serving mammon, not God.
Baptists Who Want To Be Fundamental, While Standing With Liberals
I listened to a beautiful sermon today by Pastor Jack Hyles titled, “In The Day That Thou Stoodest On The Other Side” (MP3). The sermon is based upon Obadiah 1:11, “In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them.” Too many Baptists want to be fundamentalists, while standing with liberals. Consequently, they end up becoming liberals. Too many Baptists want to be considered fundamental, but they want to stand with neo-evangelicals. In Joshua 24:15, General Joshua asked the Hebrews to CHOOSE YE THIS DAY WHOM YE WILL SERVE?
God vomits out these LUKEWARM pastors and churches today, who claim to be fundamental by preferring the King James Bible; but then they stand with liberals by also using and supporting the plethora of Satanic counterfeit Bible versions (which change the meaning of repentance, teach ANOTHER GOSPEL, disregarded thousands of Bible verses, attack the deity of Christ and have completely removed the Godhead). Consequently, our nation's churches are turning liberal. The churches are being TRANSFORMED, just as occultist Alice Bailey foretold in her Luciferian writings. Here's a fabulous, life-changing, Spirit-filled, needful, MP3 sermon by Pastor Bob Gray Sr. titled, “How A Fundamentalist Becomes A Liberal!”
1st Kings 18:21, “And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.” Brother, you need to pick a Bible and stick with it!!! I'm sick of these pantywaist preachers who are sinfully compromised, who cannot make up their mind which Bible version to use to prepare their sermons! It reminds me of something funny I heard recently, about a pastor who was discussing how the human brain functions—he said that there's nothing LEFT on the right-side of his brain, and on the left-side nothing's RIGHT! Yeah, I think so. I heard one shameful senior pastor tell his warped congregation that he wasn't texting during the service, he was searching through different Bible versions to prepare his Sunday morning sermon. It would be my joy and privilege if I were the chairman of that church's deacon board, so I could boldly say... YOU'RE FIRED!!!
We are living in the Last Days of the End Times, evidenced by Nebuchadnezzar's image in Daniel chapter two. In Alice Bailey's teachings, she teaches that Luciferians would infiltrate and transform the churches by removing Biblical theology and replacing it with spirituality. The one thing that we hear from young people (and many adults) today more than anything is, “I'm not religious, but I am spiritual!” No wonder secular psychology has been substituted in church pulpits in place of hard Bible-preaching! The great need of the hour is Bible-toting PREACHING PREACHERS!!!
Is your church miserable, blind and naked, but your church leadership and congregation falsely think they're doing a good job in God's eyes? A godly church is a church staff and congregation that doesn't think they've arrived. At best, every church can make improvements. This is true of every Christian believer and Christian leader. No one is a shining example to others of what a Christian ought to be, except the precious Lord Jesus Christ. Amen! America's churches are in bad shape. We need to all bow our heads in humility before God and say with the prophet Isaiah, “Woe is me! for I am undone!” Isaiah 6:5, “Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.” Notice why Isaiah saw his own sinfulness... FOR MINE EYES HAVE SEEN THE KING, THE LORD OF HOSTS! You'll never see God's holiness on the damned television. You'll never see a holy God in the world's publications. May we all get right with God, and continually pray for God to open our eyes to areas in our life and church that need improvement. END
“The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” —Psalms 118:6
Psalms 56:9, “...this I know; for God is for me.”
love God who doesn't love sinners!”
(a quote by Dr. Jack Hyles classic MP3 sermon, “The Happiest Man” (happiest is the man who will not impute sin to others!)
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