[PS–this piece of work is a bit rough, it could use some editing and some suggestions. It is open to correction, but available to read such as it is in its current state.]

Is this a touchy subject?

You Bet!

Should it be discussed?

Absolutely.

But To be clear, any criticism of God’s Church should absolutely be based in God’s Word, not on man’s opinion.

If anyone tries to be a critic of His Church outside of His Word, he is putting himself into hot water.

But if he is simply pointing out God’s Word to the people in God’s Church, he is performing the ministry of FAITHFULNESS.

To be upfront: God is quite clear about a multitude of criticisms and requirements the have historically been ignored by not only the modern day church, but also in the first century church.

The same promises and conditions apply to as they applied to the first century church; The same blessings and commendations will be received, as well as the same curses (or judgments) and condemnations will be applied to the modern Church that were applied to the first century Church. 

If we look at the Big Picture, it will show us the Big Problem God has with the Church.

The Big Problem really started when men started to be appointed leaders by other men (without the leading of the Holy Spirit). When men choose not to seek and not to follow the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God lets them.

That in itself is the greatest fault and the worst indictment that could happen to any Church of God, to be led by men instead of the Holy Spirit.

Every other ill, false work, false salvation, false representation of God, false humility, false motives, and every demonic influence begins when men begin to lead the Church who are not filled, nor are they submitted to the infallible Holy Spirit of God, but they are following other fallible men, and often corrupt men with false motives for being in leadership in the Body of Christ.

The Early Church in the Book of Acts was fully dedicated to the Following and Fulfilling the Ministry of the Holy Spirit in their midst.

In fact, there was a general consensus of fear upon the people to join the Church due to the purity and power and authority given by the Holy Spirit to correct the Church when it was starting to veer off the Path of Truth and honesty with God. Hence the Testimony of Peter concerning, Ananias and Sapphira, who died before Peter instantly due to lying to the Holy Spirit.

God also has many specific criticisms of different churches that have not been following the Leading of His Word and His Holy Spirit. (The Two walk together in heavenly agreement.)

To begin with we know in Revelation chapter 2 and 3 Jesus speaks to 7 churches.  And he evaluates their ministry:

  • Two Churches get a good report: {A+} (There is nothing bad said about them, and no warnings.)
    • Smyrna & Philadelphia, these were relatively poor and heavily persecuted churches.
  • Three Churches get a mixed report: {B-, C+, C} (Jesus addresses some serious errors they need to correct and if they do not choose to correct them they would: lose their lampstand …
    • Ephesus, Thyratira, Pergamos, 
  • Two Churches got a completely failing grade: {F-} (There was nothing good said about them, and they had serious warnings told to them.
    • Sardis, Laodicea.

To view a Chart of these 7 Churches click here.

A Church Recipe for Disaster, all the ingredients are ready and prepared …

If you want a sure fire, recipe for disaster–look no further.

Here it is:  

[The sad part is:  Today’s churches regularly and routinely follow and include most every ingredient in this recipe for disaster. These elements keep pouring into our modern day churches. We see this over and over again.

It is uncanny how many churches have chosen to follow a recipe for disaster in the midst of their sacred and holy fellowship with one another in Christ, another Spirit, preaching another Gospel, to another people, who know not His True Gospel, once handed down to the Saints.

This might be a strong testimony of why the modern church is so powerless, and so ineffective at fulfilling its mission in Christ.]

  1. Build a church on a 501(c)3 foundation, in bondage to the State.
    1. Don’t build it by the direction and sure communion in the Holy Spirit.
    2. Don’t submit to the Holy Spirit’s Leading and Guidance.
    3. Don’t maintain the Church by obedience to the Holy Spirit.
  2. Direct it by a human board of directors who are not submitted to the Holy Spirit, but are worldly advisers.
  3. Hire a hireling pastor, professionally certified, seminary trained, worldly ordained, who has never been truly submitted to the Holy Spirit, who does. not walk in the power, authority, or boldness of God, (but often tries to fake it–by using a loud voice, and many fleshly based human performance antics)
  4. Use worldly marketing  to reach a big audience. Send out letters to the whole neighborhood. Invite people from all over. Hire a marketing company to brand your logo, and your name, and reach a bigger audience.
  5. Load down the pastors and the elders (leaders) with everything needed to become a Big Success. In other words, create a bunch of programs (typically buying them from other professional ministers).
  6. Be always active, but never Do what God wants done. 
  7. Don’t Know the condition of your flock. Don’t meet the needs of the sheep individually, one on one, and don’t take care of the sheep corporately.
  8. Appoint elders, and teachers, to teach (programs) classes based on  human programming (that don’t require leaders to be filled with the Spirit of God, or anointed with the Knowledge of God who are able to Teach) use proven marketing for lessons that everybody loves.
  9. Have lots and individual special interests groups driving the membership, and many programs in the Church, so you don’t have to be led by the Spirit or accountable to Him.
  10. Become a legalistic (and/or hyper sensitive), holier than than thou “unapproachable” church, with an unapproachable pastor, who can only be seen on Sunday morning.
  11. Have the pastor not pastor. Not care for the sheep. Not know the sheep. Not listen to the sheep or hear the problems of the sheep.  Not spend one on one time with the sheep. Not go out of the church and visit with members of the congregation in their homes.
  12. Keep the pastor busy with public speaking. Have him dominate the pulpit. Block the Body of Christ from bringing words of encouragement, exhortation, reproof, and rebuke to the Church. In other words, block the Holy Spirit from entering into your Church. Don’t allow your church to be corrected by the Holy Spirit. That’s the problem on one side of the Coin.
  13. Support Chaos: On the other side of the Coin: let anyone set themselves up as the voice of authority, as a prophet, or a prophetess, rebuking everyone in the church, by their own authority, using their own personal private interpretation, and special revelation vision and puffed up imagination.
  14. Never allow prophetic messages from the Body of Believers. Don’t let the check and balance of a healthy church be present in your church. (See 1 Corinthians 14:2-33 {let two or three speak}
  15. Stop the ministry of Correction.
  16. Teach from a corrupted text, (choose any modern translation, and you’ll find Money was the motivation for the Translation. anti-God, anti-Spirit, anti-Christ text, teach using worldly, carnally minded, entertaining illustrations (tickling ears), how to get ahead, how to feel better about yourself, how use your faith to make more money. Keep the focus on self and man pleasing human effort. Take the focus off Christ, off the Work of the Cross, off Eternal Salvation from an Eternity in Hell. Don’t teach how to witness, to become a fruitful worker in God’s Vineyard.
  17. Promote a money based music ministry. Use worldly based carnally pleasing music, the material of popular singers and song writers, who get rich off of being famous, and  and  based on worldly costumes and outward appearance, even promote the sexual carnal appeal of the singers, musicians, actors, etc., (use a choir with a professional music leader, or a Rock and Roll music style with worldly based instruments and models, with a hip vibe, and a spirit to match)–ALL based on human performance, and the entertainment factor. Focus on the feelings, rather than the sing innocuous songs that make people feel good about themselves, don’t warn them of the dangers of being rejected after they face God face to face. Keep everything warm and fuzzy, don’t emphasize the need to repent of sin.
  18. Make the teaching ministry humorous.
  19. Make sure the message is provocative and intellectual, tickling the ear of hearers, but not convicting them to be doers of the word, or if doers, only doers in a humanistic sense, not walking in the Power, Conviction, Boldness and Purity of the Gospel of Christ, as did the early apostles and leaders of the First Century Church,
  20. Make the teaching ministry entertaining. Put on a good show so that people will be entertained.
  21. Do not train the sheep how to study or grow in the world personally. Keep them dependent on the words of the pastor, the leadership team, the denomination, etc.
  22. Don’t teach your sheep how to witness. Don’t give them one on one time with a pastor to go out and witness. Don’t take them to public places to share their faith. Don’t nurture every child of God in the ministry of evangelism. Train them to be passive listeners, not ever bold proclaimers of God’s Kingdom, Power, Mercy and Love.
  23. Don’t teach how to preach the Gospel to the sheep.
  24. Don’t  promote testimonies of witnessing, or of people coming to faith in the community. Block time in fellowship to allowing true testimonies of individuals coming to faith in Christ, of God healing, or God Pouring out His Spirit, etc..
  25. Don’t promote times of intense and powerful prayer before each service where the whole body is encouraged to engage in sacred prayer and to seek God for everything He wants done in every service.
  26. Make prayer a formal performance thing, have an official person perform the duty of prayer on behalf of the whole congregation. Make all the prayer directed and controlled by one selected individual. And don’t create an expectation that God may want to use several separate individuals as guided by the Holy Spirit to bring words of intercession, exhortation, conviction, guidance, encouragement, necessary doctrine, and prayer. (Put all that responsibility on one person.)
  27. Make sure you control every aspect of the Church meeting. Set the expectation that the clock and the schedule is an immovable idol. Teach the sheep that they are the audience, and the Pastor is the lecturer. And they are to sit in their seat for 45 to 90 minutes, and do nothing but listen, or fall asleep.
  28. Don’t allow for songs to be spontaneous, or directed by those filled with the Spirit in the congregation. Make all the music directed and controlled by one selected individual. (You don’t want to mess up the worldly performance, or cut into the paycheck of the professional choir director, or the profession worship leader, right? That’s their job!
  29. Have only one teacher per week. Don’t promote multiple teachings, being led by the Spirit of God, like in the the Early Church, and as prescribed by Paul the Apostle in 1 Corinthians 14:26-33 (the only authorized depiction of a Spirit Led church service in all of the whole New and Old Testament.
  30. Set the schedule. Post it on the calendar. Tell God what He wants done before the service begins. Even weeks and months before the service begins.
  31. Do not teach the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Keep the flock ignorant and do not promote the proper use of those gifts in any church service. Do not teach about the proper use of the Gift of Tongues, The Gift of Prophecy, the Gift of Healing, The Gift of Intercession, Wisdom, Discerning of Spirits (Deliverance Ministry–Casting out of devils), the Gift of Faith. Keep everyone ignorant and inactive in these spiritual gifts, and especially in the Boldness of Witnessing. 
  32. Don’t teach about signs and wonders, and stir up the faith in the congregation for the ministry of greater works (John 14:12). Keep everyone Lukewarm and only interested in man made religion.
  33. Don’t lay hands on people to Baptize them in the Holy Spirit. Or worse yet, use some who they themselves have not been baptized in the Holy Spirit. Then fill the church with false converts, false spiritual gifts, false prophecies, and false tongues and false interpretations of tongue. (You get the point).
  34. Allow and Expect People to come every week and leave the same as they came: unconvicted, unchanged, entertained, feeling good about themselves, and desirous to come next week for another pick me up, feel good, positive session of entertainment and enlightenment, but void of the conviction and power of the true Gospel of Christ.
  35. Don’t Anoint the Sick with Oil, don’t call the elders (who are filled with the Spirit, the Gifts of Healing, the Gift of Faith, and the Power of God). Don’t call them to do their work of the Ministry to Provide physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual Healing to the Body of Christ. Or when you anoint the sick, do so as a ritual, or a humanistic good idea, not empowered by the Holy Spirit.
  36. Tell the sheep, God does his healing through going to the Doctors, Psychiatrists, and Psychologists. Don’t expose the fact that the 501c3 church has no power to heal the sick, cast our demons, raise the dead, bind up the broken hearted, make the lame walk, the deaf hear, the mute speak, the blind to see, and to set the captive free, because they are submitted to the US Government before God, and God does not share his authority with any man…
  37. Don’t believe God for Salvation, when individuals share the gospel, outside the 4 walls of the Church. Recommend they bring their unsaved friends to church. In fact, fill up the church with unsaved people, but never really share with them the convicting and condemning parts of the Gospel, keep them feeling warm and fuzzy all over, but never condemn sin in the sinner, you might lose your entire congregation.
  38. Don’t Teach that God hates sin, and is Angry with the Sinner and the Wicked Every day.
  39. Never tell the sheep about how God does hate sinners, and he will send them to hell. Teach them, God is a God of Love, and He Loves all people, all the time. Don’t let them become aware, that in His Perfect Love there is Perfect Justice, and Perfect Judgment, results in Perfect Punishment. 
  40. Don’t teach the Fear of the Lord.
  41. Become a “Seeker Friendly” Church. 
    Important Note: Do you recall how in the early church people were afraid to join it. Why? Because of the HOLINESS OF GOD’S PRESENCE and HIS POWER were near to the believers, because the believers were near to God. Do you remember what happened to two people who told a half truth to the church. “Yes, we sold our property and here’s the money.” Peter asked (being prompted by the Holy Spirit), “Is this all the money?” The answer was yes. Therein lies the lie. Ananias and Sapphira sold some property but held back part of the price for themselves, with the full knowledge that they were lying before the Church. And each one dropped dead, after lying to Peter. (Acts 5)Someone might say, “Well, people get away with way worse sins in church today!” Not true, no one gets away with any sin, no matter how big or small men think it. Every sin a man commits is punishable by death. “For the Wages of Sin is Death.” Romans 6:23.The Holy Spirit made this point clear with Ananias and Sapphira, and the whole early church. “The sins of some are evident immediately. The sins of others trial behind them.” The point here being: The Seeker Friendly Church is not a biblical concept. People willing to Come into to a True Holy Spirit Led Church (led by men and women who serve the Spirit of God day and night), should walk into a holy fellowship with the Fear of the Lord upon them. They should be careful not bring the world in with them. They should check all worldly mocking, spirit of lust, evil mindset, unclean thoughts and impure motives at the door, and never pick them up again. The Presence of God should fill the house because the Body of Christ, in the Temple of the Lord. When the Spirit lives in each individual believer, (Know ye not that ye are the temple of God?”) and when all the believers gather together, the become the Living Stones in the House of God, everyone fully charged and powered by God, full of His Spirit to the point of overflowing–Note: Not in Emotion, but in Spirit and Truth.1 Corinthians 3:16 (KJV) 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
  42. Start a Radio, TV, or Internet Teaching Ministry. The Logic here: More is Better. The logic of Jesus is Less is Better. How can one man meet the needs of 1,000 people? He cannot. That’s just the point. The more people he focuses on, the less he will get done. The shallower, and less poignant they will become. 

 

 

Final Recipe Entry:
Teach that God Loves Everybody
no matter what they have done, no matter what their evil habits are, no matter what, God loves every single one of us unconditionally? (And don’t teach on God’s righteousness, and don’t teach on God’s holiness, and don’t teach on how to separate yourself from those who are in the world, who are headed for destruction.)

  • How true is it? Does God loves everyone unconditionally?
  • Did he love Korah, Dathan, and Abiram unconditionally? (Numbers 16:26-35)
  • Did God love Zimri and Cozbi unconditionally?
    (Numbers 25:6-9)
  • Did God love those in Sodom and Gomorrah unconditionally, who were sinning greatly and wickedly against the Lord? (Genesis 18)
  • Did God love Judas Iscariot unconditionally?
    (John 17:12; Matthew 26: 24–25)
  • Did God love the 5 foolish virgins, the goats, the man with one talent unconditionally? (Matthew 25:30), the man without Wedding Clothes (Matthew 22:13), the three men who made excuses to not come to his wedding banquet? the man with the proverbial millstone around his neck–Did God love all these unconditionally? (Luke 13:24–30)
  • I guess your answer will depend upon what your definition of loving someone unconditionally really means.
    (Matthew 8:11–12)
  • Mark this down: to walk in the love of God, to receive the blessings of God, to enjoy the salvation of God, to enter into the kingdom of God,  to live in the power of the spirit of God, you are required to meet a number of strict and binding conditions–joyfully. To not recognize this is presumption in the highest form. That wicked presumption will likely erase more than 50% of the message God has written to us in his word.