God tells us in Hosea 4 that His people are destroyed because of a lack of knowledge. We see that today in the church. People chase after anything and everything. They will follow almost any preacher that comes along claiming to have a word from God. The very fact that people will follow almost anything that comes along proves they have very little love for God's word.
I have been chastised for speaking out about The Prayer of Jabez, which teaches people to say the same prayer day after day after day as a way to get blessings from God.
(Matthew 6:7-8 NIV)  And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
I am told that praying this particular prayer endlessly is not wrong. I have been told by people that they have grown much closer to God now that they pray this prayer, once, twice or three times per day, every day.
People, including pastors, praise the gospel lacking, Catholic dogma promoting, movie The Passion of the Christ. I am told it has opened up conversations with unbelieving friends. This movie is unscriptural and unbiblical, yet believers praise it. I won't deny that it might have opened up a few conversations, but why didn't the believers ever witness to those friends before this movie came out as they are commanded to by Jesus?
People tell me to be very careful because there are born again believers in the Catholic church. Well if there are, then they lack sound judgment and a love for God's word, because they are in a false religion which is sending people to hell. Every time they pray to the dead, or bow down to an idol, they are sinning! Every time they pray for a dead loved one, so that they can get out of purgatory, they are denying the Lord and Savior who bought them with His blood and who FINISHED their salvation on the cross!
People flock to the hyper-Pentecostal demonic outpouring of 'the spirit.' Yes I said demonic. When people quit being self-controlled as Scripture teaches us and start making animal sounds, laughing uncontrollably, and are drunk in the spirit you can be sure it is not the Holy Spirit's work. People would clearly see this if they had a love and respect for God's word. Jesus told us what the Holy Spirit would do and it did not include this demonic aspect.
(John 15:26 NIV) "When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me."
(John 16:13-14 NIV)  But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.  He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.
Why do you think Jesus told us this? So we could know when the Holy Spirit was doing something and when Satan was acting as an angel of light. Yet people will run after the spirit that testifies not of Christ but of himself. This is not the Holy Spirit! Christ is not glorified by people making animals sounds, being glued to the floor, being thrown across the room, or laughing uncontrollably. Yet people leave these 'services' feeling closer to God! I am not against the true gifts of the Spirit or the moving of the Spirit, but this stuff isn't it!
(Hosea 4:6a NIV) my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.
How sad. How sad that Christians can't see and many times don't want to see the truth. So called Christians call abortion a choice. So called Christians welcome practicing homosexuals into their fellowship and call them brothers and sisters in Christ. Whole denominations even ordain homosexuals as pastors. God's word means nothing to these people. It can't mean anything to them or they would see that this is wrong!
(1 Corinthians 5:9-13 NIV)  I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people- not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world.  But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.
 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?  God will judge those outside. "Expel the wicked man from among you."
The Episcopal Church just elected a homosexual as bishop and parts of the church are up in arms and threatening to leave the denomination. Before you stand up and cheer for those who are talking about leaving the denomination there is something you should know. This homosexual who was just elected bishop has been a homosexual priest in the Episcopal Church for 20 years! Where has the outcry been for the past 20 years? Where is the outcry against the other openly homosexual priests? The Episcopal Church was lost a long time ago, and talk of leaving now is too little too late.
I have been chastised for my stand against public education for believers' children. When I point out that the public schools promote a homosexual agenda, I have been told that we have to teach tolerance of the homosexual lifestyle or 'straight' kids will make fun of them. What ever happened to teaching civility? Would a Christian agree to teach tolerance of pedophiles, or thieves or liars? These are all sins and yet the I hear from Christians that we need to teach tolerance of other lifestyles to our children. No, we need to teach our children God's word, which condemns these other lifestyles. But God's word also teaches us to love other people, whether they are sinners or not, so if we would just teach God's word, these side issues would be taken care of, without teaching tolerance for sin.
The public schools also teach evolution as fact. Evolution is a competing religion to Christianity. I am told by teachers that evolution is just taught as a theory. They have to be fooling themselves to believe this. I attended public school and graduated in 1973 and already then it was being taught as fact. Oh, it is not uncommon for a teacher to call it 'the theory of evolution' but that is just a smoke screen. It is taught as truth from Kindergarten up.
Ask any Kindergarten student when dinosaurs lived and they will tell you millions of years ago. Then ask them if they are sure that is true. Of course they are sure because that is what they are taught. Ask any public school child how old the earth is and see what answer you get. Unless they have been taught differently at home or in their church they will say billions of years old, because they have been taught that as fact every year they have been in school.
Once prayer and Bible reading in schools were banned, the decay which resulted from the "reforms" educators planned and started thirty years before accelerated. In 1960 there were...
...no legalized abortions in America... no X-rated, R-rated or PG movies... no co-ed dorms on college campuses... there was no "gay rights" movement and there was no AIDS or HIV... a radio or TV station was in danger of losing its operating license from the Federal Communications Commission if it permitted the words "Hell" or "Damn" to go out over the air waves.
The divorce rate doubled: single parent families jumped 250%... incidence of adultery and unfaithfulness in marriages tripled... pregnancies of girls in the 15-19 age bracket increased 550%... pregnancies of girls under 15 went up 400%... sexually transmitted diseases increased 350% between 1963 and 1975: suicides doubled in the 15-24 age bracket. (The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America page 116-117)
The term "mental disorder" means different things to different people. What do the mental health "experts" who apply the label mean? Listen to the words of Dr. G. Brock Chisholm, first head of the World Federation of Mental Health. Later he became head of the World Health Organization of the United Nations. His address, sponsored by the William Alanson White Psychiatric Foundation, was delivered in October 1945, in Washington D.C., to a large group of psychiatrists and high government officials. Chisholm said:
What basic psychological distortion can be found in every civilization of which we know anything? The only psychological force capable of producing these perversions is morality - the concept of right and wrong. The reinterpretation and eventual eradication of the concept of right and wrong are the belated objectives of nearly all psychotherapy.
If the race is to be free from the crippling burden of good and evil, it must be psychiatrists who take the original responsibility.
Anticipating an objection, Chisholm added:
The pretense is made that to do away with right and wrong would produce uncivilized people, immorality, lawlessness, and social chaos. The fact is that most psychiatrists and psychologists and other respected people have escaped from moral chains and are able to think freely. (The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America pages 191-192)
It was this same concept which Harvard psychiatry professor Chester Pierce enunciated at the Childhood International Seminar in 1973 in Denver. As has already been quoted in Chapter 4, Pierce told educators:
Every child in America entering school at the age of 5 is mentally ill because he comes to school with certain allegiances to our founding fathers, toward our elected officials, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being, and toward sovereignty of his nation as a separate entity. It's up to you as teachers to make all these sick children well - by creating the international child of the future. (The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America page 192)
The church is sacrificing children to Baal and calling it evangelism! God's people are dying because of a lack of knowledge and they like it that way.
Whole denominations are ordaining women pastors in direct violation of God's word, but anyone who dares to speak out is labeled a woman hater. I am no woman hater, but it is unbiblical to ordain a woman as a pastor of a congregation.
(1 Corinthians 11:3-10 NIV)  Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.  Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head.  And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head-it is just as though her head were shaved.  If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should cover her head.  A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man.  For man did not come from woman, but woman from man;  neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.  For this reason, and because of the angels, the woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head.
Now many people will just say this was a cultural thing in Paul's time, but it is much deeper than that. Notice in verse 10 Paul says that a woman should have a sign of authority on her head because of the angels. This is not just cultural, it is spiritual. Many people miss what Paul is really saying. He is not just speaking of head coverings, as some denominations have taken this, he is speaking about spiritual authority covering the woman.
Paul is saying that if a man is under the spiritual authority of a woman that is dishonoring his position in Christ and if a woman is not under the authority of a man spiritually that is dishonoring also. This does not mean that a woman can't teach, but she should never have the spiritual authority, it belongs to men, given to them by God. This is not a sexual thing, it is a way for God to show us the lines of authority. Christ is our husband and He is the authority over all of us. If we rebel against the earthly authority He has set up, between men and women, then we are rebelling against the spiritual authority that He has also set up.
It has been said and I agree that women, because of the way God created them, are more open to the leading of the Holy Spirit, but at the same time they are more open to deception by demons too. It might be harder for a man to hear the still small voice of the Lord, but it is also harder for Satan or a demon to deceive him. Trust me God has ways of getting a man's attention when He wants it. In my case He has a two by four with my name on it. When men and women are acting in unison spiritually the church works as God designed it. But when men give over their spiritual authority to women and when women take that authority problems start.
This is true in the family too. God will hold husbands and fathers accountable for what happens in their families spiritually. Now if a wife has an unbelieving husband then she must do what Deborah did in the Old Testament, step up and take over, but this is a last resort and should never happen in a church.
Paul Crouch of the TBN "Christian" television network claims that doctrine is just "excrement" and that he wants nothing to do with it. That statement should be enough for any person who loves God's word to denounce Paul Crouch and TBN but sadly most of the church is silent and many respected Bible teachers appear on TBN. I told you what Paul Crouch thinks of doctrine, now let me show you what God thinks of doctrine:
(1 Timothy 4:15-16 NIV)  Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.  Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
(2 Timothy 4:3-4 NIV)  For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
(Titus 2:1 NIV) You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine.
Paul Crouch has coined a term for people like me; heresy hunters. But why do people like me feel compelled to speak out?
(Ephesians 5:11-12 NIV)  Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.  For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.
If you love God's word you will expose these things just as it tells you to. You will be called names and laughed at and many will hate you, but the choice is to follow man or to follow God.
(Matthew 24:10-14 NIV)  At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other,  and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.  Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,  but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
That time is now. Many are turning away from the faith. I believe the first step away from the faith is a step away from God's word. When we lose our love for God's word we lose our grounding.
(Romans 10:17 NIV) Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.
If you don't have a love for God's word then how can you claim to love God's Word who is Jesus Christ.
(John 1:1-5 NIV)  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.
 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  In him was life, and that life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
(1 John 5:3-5 NIV)  This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,  for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.  Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
We live in a day and age when there are many resources out there to assist in studying God's word, yet sadly most people don't even spend time just reading His word. Or if they do read it there is no impact on their life.
If you do truly love God's word, then put it into practice. Get your children out of Baal's education system, teach them God's truth, not tolerance of sin. Speak out about the things which go against God's word, whether they are secular or inside the church. Take a stand.
These devotionals are written by Ralph Dettwiler, and reflect his views.
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