Money is not the only problem facing the church today. However in America, there are Shenanigans going on, Villains in high places, and out and out thieves helping themselves to what they want in this country. On the doorstep of America’s demise lay vultures just waiting to seize and eat from the scraps of what is left. -Dana Glenn Smith
Isa_55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Shenanigans, Villains, and Thieves
Shenanigans, Villains, and Thieves; yep that is a pretty horrid view if this is all you see. However in the plague of Obama’s America and the political processes you can be sure anything close to being God centered is out. Unless your talking about the god of this world. To put it mildly Obama has done more to harm this nation than any leader in this nation. I say ‘Ever’. He is lawless and while he pushes Islam and backs the Arab agenda against Israel; he is also pushing down the throats of America the new openness that many in this nation love. This openness shall remain unnamed, however it has gripped the military, it is being forced on the schools as they open up restrooms and showers to those of the opposite sex. Meanwhile Christians are facing their own troubles here. Troubles which we have covered. Here let it be said the old sign we had in many restaurants and businesses which said “we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone”! Well this will get you sued, in trouble with the law, and in the end you can lose your business.
Shenanigans, Villains, and Thieves: Mega is in, gospel is out!
Then we look, as Christians to our famous leaders. You know the ones I am talking about. They are mega-stars, mega preachers, and when you go to their churches it seems like your going to church with the whole town. I mean, for instance one church Tower and I attended a very long time ago had some 25,000 people. It was bigger than most towns in our state. Now I don’t mind big churches, I mind how they got that way. If the preacher has soiled the gospel with a ‘god wants you rich’ gospel or some other taint; then they are in a roller coaster going to hell.
The problem in America we have religion, we have variant strains of Christianity, and we have opinions. Then, of course we have the followers. From Catholic church being led by a Pope who says Islam and Christianity has the same god to those like Joel Osteen who loves the Pontiff and his message. The doctrine’s of this Pope, whether you like it or not is effective as there are millions of Catholics who hang on every word this leader says. In America, though while we have seen a slaughter of Christians in the middle east at the hands of Islamic extremists, we have a Christian leader who endorses Islam. We also have leaders of big mega churches in America who have hit the jackpot in their religious duties. Olsteen and his co-pastor wife Victoria definitely have hit heavenly gold, at least this is what it looks like.
People Magazine reported that Osteen stopped taking his $200,000 salary from the church in 2005. His net worth is estimated at $40 million, and he reportedly lives in a 17,000 square-foot Houston mansion valued at $10.5 million. The home has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, three elevators, five fireplaces, a guest house and pool house
“I just want to encourage everyone of us to realize when we obey God, we’re not doing it for God – I mean, that’s one way to look at it – we’re doing it for ourselves, because God takes pleasure when we’re happy.
“So I want you to know this morning: Just do good for your own self. Do good because God wants you to be happy. When you come to church, when you worship Him, you’re not doing it for God really. You’re doing it for yourself, because that’s what makes God happy. Amen?”
Now it would not be so bad if all they infected with their hedonism was their selves, but they have a huge church that is being taught this. Furthermore there are plenty more ‘feel good’ churches in America. In America today, gain, financial and otherwise is the avenue by which we judge success in America. If you want to be on the talk show circuit, making the news. Then you must be a mega star, having sold umpteen millions of books, and having a huge church, certainty doesn’t hurt. This is success in America. There is no sin. Christianity and Islam are being blended by leaders of Christendom. There is no fire, no blood spilled in America striving against sin. If someone does preach against it, he is a hater, a nut, a crazy preacher, or a lunatic. Entertainment is in, sin doesn’t exist for God is love, and who cares about your lusts? Further, forget about obedience to the commandments, and taking up your cross, and then following Jesus Christ. It is not attractive to the masses and never will be.
Shenanigans, Villains, and Thieves: Withdraw yourselves
(5) Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
(6) But godliness with contentment is great gain.
(7) For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
(8) And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
(9) But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
(10) For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
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