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In these last days there are still some church assemblies walking with the Lord. Unfortunately, they are getting harder to find. We are living in the last days before the return of the Lord Jesus to rapture His Church to heaven. These last days will not be days of great blessing but they will be hard days filled with apostasy, falling away from the faith, evil, and heresy.
2 Thess 2
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
This falling away is apparent everywhere! Churches once solid and stable are falling away. God's people are being wounded by the false Christian tares as they defend error and heresy. There are certain things that will mark a church that has fallen away from God and has gone apostate.
1) The number one problem is ROCK AND ROLL in the church. Many
churches no longer rely on the Bible, prayer, witnessing, and sound
teaching to equip God's people. Instead they imitate the world and
expose their young people to all kinds of rock and roll music. Religious
and secular rock and roll is very popular in apostate churches. Young
people turn on their radio's and listen to satanic secular rock and
roll as if this was a normal thing to do. Many parents have failed in
their parental duties and allow their children to be exposed to this
Satanic music. I've heard such parents say that personally they don't
like the music but they let their children listen to it anyway. These
parents are bad stewards and will
a) Answer to God one day for their failure as a parent
b) They will reap what they have sown. The fruit of Satanic rock and roll is sex, drugs, and rebellion. These Satanic fruits will manifest in their children and the parents will, one day, reap a terrible harvest!
Finally, I do not think these people love their children. You see they are literally giving their children over to the devil. A loving parent would not do such a thing.
16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
2) The next problem is acceptance of Roman Catholicism as a Christian faith. It is not Christian. The foundation of the Roman false religion is a denial of the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. You see Romanism teaches that Jesus did not pay for ALL sins on the cross. Instead they teach that only some sins were paid for on the cross. Then the poor deceived Catholic is led to believe that in order to obtain remission of the rest of the unpaid sins, they must submit to the sacraments of the Church. They are told if they are good little Catholics and are loyal to the false religion and partake of the Sacraments they one day will die. After death will the poor Catholic goes to a mythological place called purgatory. There in the fires of purgatory they will finish suffering for their own sins. Once purified by the fires of purgatory, the poor Catholic is told that he will then be accepted into heaven. Of course to increase the wealth of the church, Romanism teaches that the poor catholic can purchase an indulgence or pay a priest to say a mass to reduce time spent in purgatory. Years ago as the priests stripped money from the deceived people, some sang a little song. It went something like this: As the coin in the coffer sings.... the soul from purgatory springs! Isn't that sad. We are dealing here with a false works-based soul damning religion. Souls will perish forever believing these lies that deny the finished work of Jesus on the cross. You see according to the Bible, Jesus paid it all. His one sacrifice on the cross was sufficient payment for ALL sins. ALL includes past, present, and future sins. Here is what the Bible says:
3 ... when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, [which are] the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
3) The next sign of heresy, apostasy, and falling away is the acceptance of all the CHARISMATIC FOOLISHNESS. These so-called faith healers, and money grabbers, and word-of-faith devils are a snare to many gullible souls. The foundation of this church is experience rather than Biblical doctrine. In fact experience is given greater weight than the Word of God. This means if it feels good.... it must be from God. The Bereans were not like this at all. Instead they tested every wind of doctrine by the Bible before accepting the teaching. This is a good thing to do! Ignoring the Bible and putting your faith in experience based teachings is very dangerous and will lead astray and snare many gullible followers. Along with all this comes the hard and unteachable heart of the Charismatic. Since these people do not use the Bible as the foundation of their faith, they will not listen to sound Biblical doctrine, teaching, rebuke, or counsel. Instead, they will defend their heresy filled Charismatic while completely ignoring all the devilish teachings. If anyone calls their wolf to account these people get very defensive and angry. Rather than search the Scriptures these people react with insults, put-downs, and other forms of attacks.
2 Timothy 4
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
4) As a result of one or more of the above in a professing Christian assembly comes a HARD AND COLD HEART. People attending churches given to rock and roll will develop a cold and unloving heart. This is the same with churches that accept Romanism or that accept the Charismatic foolishness. Along with the cold heart comes the unteachable heart that does not respond to sound Biblical doctrine. Finally, apathy sets in and the person simply does not care. These people really do not care if they are in right standing and walking with the Lord or not. They do not want to be challenged or to hear sound correction or doctrine because they just don't care. The root of the problem is the fact that they do not love God at all. Those who love God seek to please Him in their life and daily walk. When confronted with correction the lovers of God will check things out in the Bible and modify themselves accordingly.
These are a major problems in these last days and God's people need to be aware of the dangers. If you are attending an apostate church as described above then GET OUT! Find a church committed to the Bible and sound doctrine and attend there. Show your loyality to the Lord Jesus and not to some Church assembly that has fallen away.
In The Rapture Report I have been warning about this situation again and again. I will probably keep doing so as we are in great days of apostasy right now. Soon the Lord Jesus will return to rapture His Church home to heaven. After that the devil will have his day as the antichrist will rise to power and rule and reign for 7 years. After that the Lord Jesus will return and setup His 1000 year Kingdom on earth. All this is about to happen! We cannot know the exact day but they signs of the times indicate that it is not far off!
Reader, are you a faithful servant who seeks to please the Lord in your daily walk and life? If so, hold fast to the Bible and beware of the above dangers. And finally, by all means, get out of an apostate congregation the professes to be Christian but is not.
2 Cor 6
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
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