Something is very heavy on my heart. I hope you do not mind me sharing, and I apologize if I come on to strong about this subject.
What has happened? Why has our belief in "God" come down to us saying one prayer and believing that it stops right there. Why do we proclaim that Jesus Christ is our Lord but never stop giving into our carnal lusts? Why have we not taken seriously the verse Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17. It does not say, if anyone is in Christ, he will or should become a new creation. The Bible tells us that we ARE a new creation if we are IN Christ. Why do we all still try and fill ourselves us with things from this world rather than become completely empty from our comforts and securities and allow God to mold us and humble us into the people that we are. How come sin is not mentioned in a lot of large growing churches today? How come pastors try and tell the congregation that it is a self help process... that Jesus wants us to be victorious by making lots of money for ourselves and having great heath and never having to undergo sufferings. What about "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. " James 1:2-4? How are we supposed to consider it pure joy when leaders of the Church are telling us that God does not want us to suffer. Why should we be sharing in all of God's blessings and glory if we do not share in His sufferings? And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God's glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering Romans 8:17.
Why would we rather hear a sermon that adapts to our liking rather than hear the Truth of Jesus Christ and let it break us because we realize so badly our need for Christ? How come churches are not taking that step to become followers of Jesus Christ? Why are we choosing to be like this world and still proclaim our love for Christ? This is not the Gospel. Jesus came for our sins. He came to this earth... the earth that we live on today, because He knew that without Him we are destined for HELL! Without Jesus Christ we would spending eternity burning. But because of Jesus, we are saved! We are brought from death unto life. We cannot live in our old ways anymore. Not by our own doing, but by the doing of Christ who transforms our hearts, minds, bodys, souls. Everything is His. All of us is HIS. We cannot give Him one knee and a prayer that says "Lord, I accept You" and then leave that day and go home and be part of which is unholy. If we want to be holy, we must hate what is unholy. It's going to cost us. It is going to cost us our idol that we place before God, it's going to cost us the t.v. show that we rush home to watch because we are addicted to it, it's going to cost us our pleasure of sin... Because God is bigger. God is greater than anything on this earth. He is the Lord. He created us. He made us, and He has saved us.
How come certain preachers like some on TV (with mega chruches) have so many followers? Is it because he's preaching the Truth? I don't think so. I think it's because what he is saying.. is what we like to hear. Most of the preachers like him say things to please whoever is in the church. So that they'll come back, because it's what they like to hear. Good Heath, Good Relationships, Good Jobs, Vacations, No trials, and a God who keeps on pouring out the blessings! Oh yeah! Who wouldn't like that? .... People who truly want the Gospel of Jesus Christ. People who truly realize their need for Him. People who are lowly and humble and want to become servants of their King.
Here's what one big-name preacher has to say on prosperity... ""It's God's will for you to live in prosperity instead of poverty. It's God's will for you to pay your bills and not be in debt."..... Wow...truly makes my heart feel joy. But, I do have to ask, which god is he following? Because that's not the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I'm so sorry that I am going on and on about this. But God has placed all this on my heart, and I want to share it with you. I am including myself in all of this because I am at fault at many things. I am very thankful that the Lord has placed this upon my heart though, because I am in search for Truth. I have just been pondering how so many people.... so many... claim to know Jesus but never know him. It saddens me knowing that these very people, are on their way to hell.
I pray that this message spoke to you. I pray that what came out was all in the right motive. I have so much compassion for God's people. I just want the real Gospel to be known.