MINISTRY START DATE GETTING CLOSER
We will be starting a Radio
Ministry on station WRMV located just outside Lynchburg Virginia. The
program will air in the mornings with a possible time slot of 7:00 a.m. and
will also be streamed on the Internet. We will keep you posted on the
time slot as it may change before the start date. We will have a 15
minute program centered around errant teachings and actions in today's
Churches. We will keep you informed with more information in the
upcoming weeks. We covet your prayers for this new adventure the Lord
has placed on our hearts.
We also are looking for a few people to step forward
and help us financially cover the cost involved in this
undertaking. The type of program we will be undertaking is relatively
new to the radio world. There are a number of web-based
Ministries doing this type of work but very few radio ministries, so this is
an excellent opportunity to reach hundreds of thousands of people and
educate them to what is being taught in various churches around the United
States and maybe right in their own church. Now is the perfect time
for you to be a part of this new Ministry. Your small part will help
us to not only cover the cost of this station but also help us to expand to
other stations as they come along.
The wonderful thing about this new undertaking is that
the radio station involved contacted us about being on their station.
The hand of the Lord was certainly in this as we had never heard of this
station and the cost involved was so much lower than others who have
contacted us AND this station covers more people than the higher priced
stations. Praise GOD!
If you feel led by the Lord to help us we will be so
grateful. We also wish for you to remember to keep praying for us for
we all know that the more truth we get out there, the more Satan will attack
us. Your individual prayers will serve as a cornerstone to the success
of the endeavor. Please consider becoming a part of this growing
Ministry. Make your voice heard through us.
Send your prayers to
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Ministries, 403 E. Fremont Street, Camp Point, IL 62320 and specify "Radio
Thank you and God Bless!!
Churchianity, Christianity or
Our faith is to be toward our savior, our walk is with our savior; our
life is about our savior Christ Jesus, who is God. He came to rescue us
from a fallen world, that had death and evil as the result of the fall
which has become the natural way of life. Christ taught what is right or
wrong from the Old Testament and gave us further teachings as our New
Testament. Christianity is about Jesus, the living savior, the first to
rise from the dead and live eternally. This is what Paul meant by “We
preach Christ crucified” and yet he would tell the church “I fear, lest
somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds
may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” (2 Cor.
The true church, which are people (not a building) are about Jesus, they
have a commitment to the truth, real koinonia focused on Jesus. The
early church that was formed after Jesus left earth saw each other as
family and was willing to do whatever they could for each other. This
church began in Christ’s attitude: Acts 2:44-47: “Now all who believed
were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions
and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing
daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to
house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,
praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to
the church daily those who were being saved.”
They expected the Lord to add to the church as their heart had the
Spirit working. The needs were met in the areas people were lacking.
The teachers of Christ: “For our boasting is this: the testimony of our
conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and
godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and
more abundantly toward you. For we are not writing any other things to
you than what you read or understand. Now I trust you will understand,
even to the end.” (2 Cor. 1:12-13)
There is a pattern; simplicity, not that we ignore the deep things of
God we continue to learn, but the Christian life is practical,
spiritual, it contains honesty, candor and most importantly integrity.
You say what you really mean and do what you say. We become men and
woman of our word, because we are living by His word.
Acts 4:34-37: “Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who
were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds
of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles' feet; and
they distributed to each as anyone had need. And Joses, who was also
named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of
Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus, having land, sold it,
and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet.”
They trusted the apostles and knew they would do what they said and not
do something else. How many times have you heard a church collect money
for a certain thing only to hear that something came up and they used it
another way. There was no manipulation or ulterior motives to be
Look at what we become…
Today’s church is more interested in growth in numbers while the growth
of spirit of their members often suffers. The real intent of our
gathering as a church is to grow us spiritually, remove the old life’s
ways, to keep the worlds influences at bay, and to equip us to do
ministry so that the spiritual kingdom is extended. It’s about our
conforming to Jesus and His nature, which is holy, separate, different
from what surrounds us. It is not to make us all cookie cutter images of
what the pastor wants us to be, but what Jesus has purposed for us as
individuals. The true church is on display of how God has changed us,
and is bold and loving enough to tell others about the one who changed
Church is not about how many we can bring into a building on Sunday or
count how many come to our outreach in missions to validate our success.
Consider what A.W. Tozer writes on this:
The emphasis today in Christian circles appears to be on quantity, with
a corresponding lack of emphasis on quality. Numbers, size and amount
seem to be very nearly all that matters even among evangelicals. The
size of the crowd, the number of converts, the size of the budget, the
amount of the weekly collections: if these look good the church is
prospering and the pastor is thought to be a success. The church that
can show an impressive quantitative growth is frankly envied and
imitated by other ambitious churches.
This is the age of the Laodiceans. The great goddess Numbers is
worshiped with fervent devotion and all things religious are brought
before her for examination. Her Old Testament is the financial report
and her New Testament is the membership roll. To these she appeals as
arbiters of all questions, the test of spiritual growth and the proof of
success or failure in every Christian endeavor.
A little acquaintance with the Bible should show this up for the heresy
it is. To judge anything spiritual by statistics is to judge by another
than scriptural judgment. It is to admit the validity of externalism and
to deny the value our Lord places upon the soul as over against the
body. It is to mistake the old creation for the new and to confuse
things eternal with things temporal. Yet it is being done every day by
ministers, church boards and denominational leaders. And hardly anyone
notices the deep and dangerous error.” (On Pursuing Quality Tozer)
This was written many years ago. How much more has the church progressed
down this road, I would say quite a distance. The usual rule is: the
smaller the church the more intimate and fruitful it will be; becoming
larger often prevents the church from functioning as intended unless the
growth is superintended carefully.
God may increase numbers or He may diminish numbers so that it becomes a
faithful congregation. But immediately when this happens there is
resistance and a drive for membership, it is seen like something has
gone wrong. But we have examples with Gideon as well as with Jesus that
show God is still working and prefers using the least in numbers.
Judges 7:2-6 Gideon was to lead Israel into a battle against the
Midianites but God did not want to think it was their own strength that
would bring the victory.
So we see in v.3 he weeded the fearful and afraid out of twenty-two
thousand, “and ten thousand remained.”
V.4-6 But the LORD said to Gideon, "The people are still too many; bring
them down to the water, and I will test them for you there. Then it will
be, that of whom I say to you, 'This one shall go with you,' the same
shall go with you; and of whomever I say to you, 'This one shall not go
with you,' the same shall not go." So he brought the people down to the
water. And the LORD said to Gideon, "Everyone who laps from the water
with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set apart by himself; likewise
everyone who gets down on his knees to drink." And the number of those
who lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, was three hundred men;
but all the rest of the people got down on their knees to drink water.”
The Lord divided those who were watching while they drank from those who
did not. God used only 300 men who were up to accomplish the task.
After Jesus spoke some hard statements in John 6:66-68: “From that time
many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.” Jesus is
looking for those who are happy with the truth even if they don’t
understand it at the time. But we also have the example of those being
faithful, in v.67-68 Then Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also want to
go away?" But Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You
have the words of eternal life.” There is no where else to go, you may
be the last one left but you must stand even others go another way.
Does God want us to count? Certainly numbers are mentioned in the Bible
but we are not to rely on them. Churches will count the baptisms and
attendance as approval. Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons and others use
membership and visitations to validate that they too are from God. These
numbers do not prove at all that God is with them. In fact Jesus speaks
of the tree having abnormal growth and every bird trying to nest in it
If we become dependent on the money from the consistent amount of people
attending or desire to have a greater influence by uniting with others
to have more numbers, we are not depending on God. Numbering people is
found through the Bible when God has established it. But in 2 Samuel 24
is an example of King David who considered to number Israel. 1 Chron. 21
actually tells us it was Satan who moved David to do this. Nowhere do we
find a New Testament a church being commended for its numbers.
As the spirit of the age intrudes into the church through weak men who
have large influences, they morph the message that was once clear and
concise into a one size fits all. They mock those who take the Bible
literally and if you believe there is such a thing as the end times you
are craaazy. This religious departure is promoted as a purer adherence
to Jesus. But it is a Jesus that they have reinvented, one that is made
up from their own imagination. They transform gospel based on Christ’s
work to forgive our sins to mans work for man; the social gospel of
Christianity can mean many different things to those included in its
various forms of the religion. For Emergent church it means progression
and openness to new ideas, new approaches and use of rituals and
ceremonies that do not contain life.
Imbedded socialists and Marxists are in politics and they certainly are
inside the church changing the way things are done. Mother Theresa could
not defend the gospel against the multifaceted of false ways of the
other religion because she was a Catholic universalist. Instead she
found camaraderie with other religions and should not be used as an
example of any good works for Christians. This is like the humanist that
accepts all good works as equal. The new evangelicalism of postmodern
western churches have decided that hell is not to be a concern. They
instead promote concepts such as universalism, inclusivism, and
annihilationism as its replacement. This stops the gospel from going out
as the cure.
Yes, there are numerous problems with what is considered Christianity
today. Worship has changed dramatically, not just from hymns to
contemporary music but in its focus. Worship is to be about our
heartfelt thoughts of thankfulness and praise toward God, to exalt Him.
Now it is about us: Worship is promoted as an experience for us when it
is supposed to be about our appreciation expressed toward Him. We repeat
words of affection that are more about our feelings, than Him. How would
you react if your wife or husband spoke to you about how they feel and
repeated it 10 times, one after another. It would become monotonous and
repulsive, it would belittle what is being said. You may think the words
are pointless. Music mantras are not received by God anymore than prayer
mantras are. In fact he has told us not to speak to him this way.
There are churches that teach that all trials are from the devil and we
are to rebuke it. So people do whatever they can to remove themselves
from any trial that surfaces. But the bible teaches that God allows
trials to strengthen us in faith so that we can give a testimony through
it. (Jms.1:2; 1 Pt.1:6)
Many have a God of their own imagination, where He gives us all that we
request we want. This is the Word faith teaching of entitlement - that
we deserve the best the world can give us because we are God’s children.
But you can only get this is by you giving them your money -- There are
those that want you to show up at service listen to the message, pay
your tithes and leave. If you don’t pay this tax to the church or a
ministry then you are condemned (unsaved). People are forced and
manipulated to do these things because the Spirit is not working in the
speakers heart, the pastor/speaker/prophet motivates the people to give
more and there is never a satisfactory end.
All this mishandling of the Word produces spoiled children, unspiritual
immature men. And pride develops instead of humility. This pride
separates you from God’s grace and stops you from being heavenly minded,
which makes you of no earthly good no matter how much money you give.
Then there is the teaching that we only need his presence. So we must
seek it, we are to pray more and harder, we are to ___ (fill in the
blank) which brings us under laws the New Testament never spoke of. The
Bible tells us His presence is already in us and with us, individually
and corporately (1 Jn.2:27; Col.1:27; 1 Cor.3:16). This then becomes a
lack of faith in those that are teaching this because it’s not something
we need but already have, so we are disbelieving His word.
Instead of following Jesus’ command to witness there are those who only
want an experience. So they look for the traveling miracle crusade
coming to their town. But we are to walk by faith not by sight, not by
experience or feelings. We may occasionally have a spiritual experience
but they are not what we are to seek for or we become wicked (Mt.12:39.
But the crowds come for an experience they can feel, participate in,
instead of a desire to be changed by the word, and conformed them to the
Son of God’s image(Rom.12:2). They are entertained by supernatural
stories, coveting, wishing that it would happen to them. The majority of
revivals today are about affecting the flesh instead of one being cut to
the heart by a message (Acts 2:37). So they laugh, they stagger, they
fall. They use the reaction of the mockers and as an example of
spirituality instead of those who believed the message and repented.
They disregard what is holy. This is not of Christ but it is today’s
Christianity. By allowing supernatural experiences to influence them or
it is more accurately described as spirtualism, they have become mystics
who look to find their information from the spirit realm, visitation by
angels or what they believe is God. Watch out for those who say
Christianity has a mystic side to it; mysticism and Spiritual are two
very different concepts.
They went out from us – from those who hold to the core teachings (Titus
2:7-10; 1Tim.4:6; 2 Jn.1:9) it proved they were not of us, who are in
the faith, “in Christ,” because of how they practice their Christianity.
Our Faith is connected to the word, to God who spoke it. If one is
following a spirit that leads them away from the word then they are no
longer in the genuine faith. If one does not esteem the word as true
then how can they believe the God of the word who spoke it?
Everything we are to know of God is in Christ - this is what is meant by
him being called the word.
The same God that spoke to Abraham, to David, to Moses and to the
apostles speaks to us when we read the word. It is a living word that
can change ones life. To apply what you have learned, to flesh it out is
wisdom. Then one sees the power contained in the word.
The heart of the church is palpitating.
I can remember a time when the church practiced apologetics, it was
engaged and it stood up against error, it was real; those days are over.
Pastors neglect to check out new speakers they invite, or books they
sell and do not receive help from others that may know about these
matters. Now I see the same pastors compartmentalize people and
doctrine, they handle issues by who it is, not what it is. Apologetics
is the spine of the body of Christ, without it we no longer have good
posture. When we were learning what we actually believed and practiced
it there was growth. We were actively discerning truth from error, we
were healthy it kept us immune from error. I remember the Church in the
90’s -- before the prayer of Jabez was accepted and its subtle leaven
entered in as acceptable because who wrote it. Then the resistance to
error became less frequent.
All the mysticism and emergent new age can easily come into the church
today because we have no spine. The filling of the spirit, the
understanding of the word is minimal and so our courage is rare.
I often hear the church wants you to find your spiritual gift but as
soon as you engage in doing this (if it is something other than giving
or what they approve) they get upset.
You may begin to evangelize, maybe you make a mistake and come on too
strong as you are learning and they want to shut you down. Or you begin
studying and have a real desire and ability and start teaching and take
strong sides on certain issues and they want you to be more lenient, be
more like them because they are so seasoned, reasonable and balanced.
They want you to be more like Jesus but as soon as you start to act more
like him in zeal and knowledge they tell you to cool down and be like
the rest of the sheep, don’t upset the balance – but really, they don’t
want to lose their control.
Is this how the church was in its inception? Some are angered at what is
taking place inside the church as they see people being used and abused.
We only need to look at Jesus to see his reaction to these matters. John
2:16-17: And He said to those who sold doves, "Take these things away!
Do not make My Father's house a house of merchandise!" Then His
disciples remembered that it was written, "Zeal for Your house has eaten
Jesus said the last days would be perilous times; that it would be
described by the theme of DECEPTION. This is what he mentioned several
times in his last discourse on the Mt of Olives (Mt.24) and stated “see
I have told you beforehand”, so we are without excuse.
Some of us struggle with a divided loyalty, we do not want to offend
friends and associates but at the same time we don’t take a stand and we
offend Christ. If you live a true Christ like life expect to lose
friends, even those in the church who don’t have the capacity to
understand or commit their ways to Christ.
It should be apparent we are in need of CPR training -- Church
Prevention and Rescue. What I mean is that we are to prevent
the church from becoming more corrupted, stop any influence that is
already there from spreading. Any believer can actively safeguard false
teaching influencing our brethren and finding a home inside the church.
If false teaching has become an issue where you go to church, equip
yourself first then let others know you care and want to prevent it.
Pastors always ask for help, here is a way we all can. We can be eyes
and ears to help them and our brethren from destructive teaching and
practices. It’s better to say something and be wrong than to say nothing
The business of the church is for us to be busy with the work of Christ,
it is other centered. Phil 2:4-5: “Let each of you look out not only for
his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” And then tells
us about v.5 “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” in
other words this was Jesus’ example.
The solution- Begin a biblical renewal that we might have a spiritual
life and live practical Christianity
As Paul stated “For to me, to live is Christ” (Phil 1:21). Discipleship
after one is saved is as important as before one is saved. Becoming
mature and knowing sound doctrine will help you distinguish truth from
error, things are seen in a different manner than before. You are able
to be independent and help others out of the malaise of false doctrine
that has paralyzed so much of the church today. and bring them into
sound bible teaching churches and fellowship.
Remember when Peter was brought before the Sanhedrin? He preached in
Acts 4:12-13 "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other
name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." Now when
they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were
uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they
had been with Jesus.”
Peter like the other disciples were ordinary Jews that were brought up
on the Bible as children, memorizing large portions of scripture. They
learned the Bible going to the synagogue as adults, but they were not
trained in Phariseeism, so, to the elite religious leaders they did not
know what they did, they were unlearned. They learned what it really
meant by being with Jesus for nearly 3 years and then after he
resurrected for 40 days as he spoke “of the things pertaining to the
kingdom of God.” (Acts 1:3)
Of course they knew this because in Acts 4:2 it says they were “greatly
disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the
resurrection from the dead.” This preaching of Jesus meant they had seen
him AFTER the resurrection.
WDE -- Watch, Discern, Engage
The Bible says when the enemy comes in like flood the Lord lifts up a
standard. We are in a flood…The standard comes by God working through
his people. When Israel was overrun by false prophets God raised up true
prophets that rebuked them and gave the people a choice. When the church
was being persecuted God gave them grace to be faithful to the end and
it increased the size and influence of the church. As the promise to the
faithful in Israel “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and
every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This
is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is
from Me," says the LORD.” (Isa. 54:17)
Acts 4:31: “And when they had prayed, the place where they were
assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy
Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”
They had courage when they were filled they spoke the word; which is the
truth. Where is the courage to speak the truth today? So many want to be
diplomatic and waltz around it, never to touch its spiny leaves and be
cut from it. We are to be true to our conscience because we now have the
mind of Christ. We are to think for ourselves and allow God to use us
individually because he has uniquely gifted us to do his work
(Eph.2:10). We answer to him, wanting to hear well done good and
faithful servant enter in to the joy of the Lord. We are not to be
trying to please the pastor or anyone else but our Lord.
Eph. 6:10-11: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the
power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able
to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
Where are those willing to proclaim the gospel outside their own church
walls? It’s safe and easy to preach to the choir that will accept what
you say. Too many want to avoid challenges and conflicts, the very means
that was used to grow the church in its beginning. If you can’t defend
the gospel, certainly you will not be preaching it to those who may
challenge its content.
1 Cor. 16:13-14: “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
Let all that you do be done with love.”
We win no matter what the enemy throws at us, if we are faithful and our
motives are for his will. Even in death we defeat him. So the days may
look dark and hopeless for now but the night will soon be over.
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