Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Worship of Man

We have been called to be "clothed in humility". When people attempted to worship Peter they were rebuked. Peter himself refused to be crucifed right side up because He thought himself unworthy to be crucified just like His Savior. The earth is drenched in the blood of unknown martyrs who gave their lives for Jesus and were never known or honored by God's church.
And yet today we have the open worship of man aropund the world. Look at the pictures below of several Roman Catholic popes. I ask you, is that the humility to which God calls us. Let us not even discuss their doctrine of salvation by works, or as you see below their worship of Mary, but just look at the pope's get up. Look how they have made some ecclesiastical clown suit designed to lift him up and be adored as the representative of Jesus here on earth. And millions bow down to hin.


Is it not open idolatry? Does it not both repulse and grieve you at the same time? How did they go so far away from what Jesus came to do and teach? Instead of living a quiet and humble life, this ecclesiastical construct takes its leaders and makes them some sort of “Holy Men” in the tradition of heathen cultures and false religions. I am Irish on my mother’s side. My great grandmother and my great aunt were riding in a car a ling time ago. They passed the rectory, where the priest of that parish lived, and my grandmother, a little girl then, saw a plumbing and heating truck outside the rectory.
She exclaimed that the priest must be getting his toilet fixed. My great grandmother smacked her across the face for saying such a thing. Why? Because many people considered the priest so holy that he rarely had to go to the bathroom. Millions have similar superstitions about priests and popes. My point is that men have taken the faith once delivered to the saints and turned into a system of liturgical works highlighted by the elevation of certain men. The Roman popes have been assigned the status of the Vicar of Christ on earth, and he dresses like a god among men. It is a disgrace to the cause of Christ, and yet many protestant leaders consider him to be an example of a great Christian.
Just when you became comfortable with condemning the Roman Catholic Church because of such practices, along comes these men and thousands like them. Displayed as idols and painted with false but alluring imagery, these kinds of “protestant” men are following in the same footsteps as the Roman popes. Millions flock to hear and to see them, and millions venerate them as if they were the very representatives of Jesus on earth. Millions upon millions of dollars are spent on fancy advertisements, photography sessions, air brushed pictures, and all kinds of manipulative imagery and wording that lifts these men up as gods.
Yes, the evangelical community has their heroes who are also given some kind of divine status, and the community has made them millionaires many times over. The television programs are professionally tailored to provide the most alluring imagery and cause the masses to go into an obedient trance designed primarily to elicit funds to feed the beast and line the pockets of men and women like these. And this is being “clothed with humility”? Being filthy rich, dining in the finest restaurants, receiving the adulation of men, and being presented as an elevated spokesman for Jesus, that is humility? Before we isolate the Roman Catholic Church for their worship of man, we must take a long look into a protestant mirror and see how the western church commit’s the same fraud.
One of Kenneth Copeland's homes.
One of Creflo Dollar's homes.
One of T. D. Jakes' homes.
So the Son of God was born in a stable and had no where to lay His head, and yet his supposed servants live in opulence and great wealth? Where is the moderation that is called for in Scripture? Are these kind of extravagances representative of a humble life? This is not Christianity at all. This is the product of another gospel and another Jesus. And the only reason that the evangelical community is not overwhelmed with grief and horror is because we have been deceived on some level concerning the faith as well. There is nothing Christian at all about the western church.
But popes and prosperity preachers still provide a smoke screen for our own excesses and spiritual compromises. Like a murderer who has committed 2 murders but pronounces judgment on a serial murderer who kills 30, the so called “orthodox” community lambastes the excesses of these men but refuses to hold up God’s Word and take inventory of our own expression of the faith. And do not believe for a second that this is only about humility. The entire faith of Jesus has been infected with all kinds of cultural and self serving viruses. And even with these unbelievable indictments openly displayed, the church as a whole remains content, self centered, and continuing to practice a religion that is little more than a comfortable part of a well rounded western lifestyle.
How do we say to a lost and dying world that we have the Creator of all things living inside us, and He has made His power available to us, and because of our spiritual birth, we are now completely new creations that have no affection for the things of this world? How can we say that without the unsaved accusing us as being a fraud and a pack of liars? We have systematically constructed a religion that suits us and fits nicely within the community of darkness. Our expression of faith is so Christless that we can easily join hands with unregenerate people is they espouse certain moral positions.
Be advised, when humility left the church, Christ left as well. We still have our buildings; we still have our heroes; we still have our money; we still have our earthly freedom; we still have our orthodox doctrines; we still have our local fellowships; we still have our entertainment; we still have our earthly retirement; we still have our music; we still have our baptism certificate and our church membership.
But we no longer have Christ.
Some trade.


JMD said...

I make no claims about all the information on this site that there is a link but thought we might add these photos to yours. Mike Murdock's home and some of his accoutrements.

Anonymous said...

This brought to mind the many years I spent in a cult and witnessed the lavish lifestyle the leader of this false organization lived, and not only him but many of the upper big shots he surrounded himself with.

Little did I know when I brainlessly joined.

You were always sent letters about the need to send more money. The leader was living in great luxury, and many others too. We had to pay for ministers homes even, through the endless tithing system they set up.
He and his son flew to far off countries to peddle their false gospel in their own private jet.
They kept talking about the end being near, and at the same time were building the best auditorium and colleges, and would bring in the biggest named singers and pianists etc. to entertain themselves and others. There were the fancy cars and homes and all in the name of 'representing Christ', and entertaining worldly leaders; they supposedly had to have the best to do that.

We were obviously serving a corrupt man and not the Lord at all.

When I look back it's almost unbelievable, but I have only myself to blame for ever being involved in that; being deceived.

But I thank Christ Who has redeemed me, and I'm His now!

Rick Frueh said...

Praise Christ!

Shannon said...

As I read of your testimony of what the Lord has done through you, I am reminded of:
Romans 15:18
For I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed

The Lord has allowed your experience in order to minister to others. Many of us have been led out of similar circumstances. The point is, He allowed this all to His Glory. Looking back on our paths He has taken us down, we can all say "Look what Jesus Christ has done for me! He opened my eyes to Truth and led me out to where I am today!"
Praise God! May His leading you out result in many more eyes being opened.


kelli said...

Thank you for sharing Lorena.
More and more false teachers are consumed with having their best life here and now and their earthly rewards but they have NOT the faith of Christ.

Luke 6:24 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.
Luke 6:25 Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.
Luke 16:25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things:
but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
Matthew 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

We cannot have true fellowship with those without His Spirit
The Faith of God that indwells born again believers are the only ones who will able to have true fellowship.

Thanks to my dear brothers who expounded the meaning of these two verses:

Romans 1:12 that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, *each of us by
the others faith, both yours and mine.
*Each is a reciprocal pronoun meaning the faith going in and out of each believer.

Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written,
The just shall live by faith.
*Faith to faith refers to the interaction of God's Spirit in one believer with the Spirit of God in another believer.
This is true fellowship. Spiritual interaction of believers is faith to faith.

kelli said...

John 16:8
And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
*This is what the Spirit of Christ will do: reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness and of judgment

1 Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and
doctrine of devils;

*The Spirit of Christ is speaking and saying that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrine of devils;
These are those who have NOT received the Spirit of Christ. They are rejecting His Faith, His power, His work. They are denying and rejecting the Lord. Since they have never had His Spirit indwelling, they have never had His Faith. This is not speaking of one who had the Faith and then departed.

Shannon said...

Thank you, Kelli for bringing 1Timothy 4:1 to our reminder:

1Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and
doctrine of devils;

There are many who claim this verse signifies we can willfully walk away from the Lord, or otherwise "lose" our salvation, but as you bring out, if one has never had His Spirit indwelling, they cannot lose Him either. He is keeping us once He has us.

John 10:28,29 is very comforting:

"I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand."