Fake It To Make It
I heard a minister once say…
“The worst tragedy in life is to have lost God’s Presence and not even know it.” – An Anonymous Minister
Below is a True Story that makes you wonder how many churches are really faking it to make it…
A while ago my family and I were attending a church service, when I and my wife overheard a girl behind us say to another woman, “Do they pay the people here to put on an act (of God touching them)?” The girl went on to say, “Don’t you remember…they did the same thing last year at this time, and with I believe the same person?”
I didn’t think much about what the girl said at the time, because we were just visiting, but then my daughter started asking questions about it on the way home.
The Gift of Discernment does blow away the smokescreens, but it sometimes takes time to unmask certain deceptions.
After other experiences with this church, I understood that the girl behind us that day was discerning what she was seeing. If it looks fishy, it probably is!
The tragedy is, if a church has to set up an Act to look like a touch from the Holy Spirit, they have surely lost their way or perhaps were never genuine in the first place.
If the Holy Spirit is working in a church, they wouldn’t have to fake anything, because in Him there is power to do all things.
Another Perspective – Worst Than The First!
I am going to bring into view a simple perspective of the Church that is working in favor of satan himself…
Why do we think as a Global Church that we can have lost members and still offer outreach to the lost, and by all spiritual lack in ourselves train up the new converts in Christ?
Here is a short testament that makes the case:
A well-known Pastor once spoke of how he and his ministry team conducted an outreach in a well-known American city, and with their efforts produced a harvest of around two thousand people giving their hearts to Jesus. Now for the punch… They went to a local church to ask if they could direct the New Believers to his church… and the church leader (head shepherd) responded with “No, I can’t help you, because it would cause racial tensions in the congregation“. WHAT!?
Church Leaders wake up!!! We speak of an “End Time Harvest”, but at the same time think we are going to lead the unsaved to Jesus, and then leave them on their own to raise themselves in the ways of Christ.
When was the last time you had a newborn child, brought him/her home and then placed him/her in a baby stroller on the front porch, handed him/her a Bible and said, “See you later, go find the Holy Spirit and raise yourself in the Lord!?”
An Unbeliever has only known the ungodly path for years, and with now having found Salvation through Jesus, we cannot expect them to learn about the Holy Spirit and correct living without guidance and sound Biblical teaching.
What is going to happen if/when their worldly friends abandon them and their families have disowned them?
How can a New Believer in Christ be raised by the fallen among the Church and be any better off than they that teach them?
32 If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus with no more than human hopes, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised,
“Let us eat and drink,
for tomorrow we die.”
33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 34 Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.
A New Believer, without the proper support and teaching of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, will return to what they have known seven times worse off than before!
2 Peter 2:20-22 NIV
20 If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. 21 It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. 22 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.”
We Fake It To Make It, but the Lord sees all!
What is to become of “The Great End Time Harvest” with all the Apostasy and sin tolerated in the Church? It is terrible when the ungodly can tell you the many issues inflicting the Church, but we the Church just ignore the issues and say, “Just love, don’t judge”, while sweeping all of it under the rug. I am sorry, but “Out of sight, out of mind” doesn’t work here!
My point here is not to point fingers, it is to tell Church Leaders that the Lord is starting to judge and correct His Church. This correction is a must, so that the “End Time Harvest” will be both fruitful and plentiful. We are not going to go out and save thousands of Souls successfully, while losing our own!
1 Peter 4:17 NIV
17 For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
Praying the Church will listen,
I am a vessel of the Holy Spirit.
A vessel is useless unless it is filled, and a vessel can do nothing as of itself, so as this vessel is poured out, I pen its contents as it flows. – Christopher Moss