[anzac] The 9 LIES OF TODAY'S CHURCH - Andrew Strom.

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From: "ANZAC Prophetic List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2004 11:13:01 -0500
MODERATOR:  Some people thought that my approach 
in my article on "Body & Leaders" last week was 
unbalanced. I can see why they might think that. So 
hopefully my statements below about the state of today's 
church will restore the balance somewhat. These are 
some of the strongest statements I have ever made:
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The NINE LIES of Today's church.
-by Andrew Strom.

It is a sad fact that today's church is deceiving itself in 
some very crucial areas. Below are some plain facts 
(-absolutely true) that may shock a few people:

1.  "Ask Jesus into our heart" is not in the Bible. Neither 
is "Give your heart to the Lord", or repeating a "sinner's 
prayer". These practices do not exist in Scripture at all.  
The subject of salvation is the most important subject in
the Bible and we are being lied to about it. These
doctrines are a total fabrication. They were invented to
make salvation "quick and convenient". Many church 
members today who are relying on these things are 
clearly not 'saved' at all.

2.  Church buildings do not exist in the Bible. They were
invented around 200-300 AD, when the church was in
serious decline. Only a backslidden church could fall so
far away from the simplicity of the early church. Church
buildings are anti-New Testament, and bring with 
them a host of problems and traditions. It was basically 
when the church fell into the hands of Rome that this 
concept of the "cathedral" really took over. And we are 
still spending millions on these monuments today.

3.  The "one pastor runs everything" model is totally 
unscriptural. Far from running everything, in the book 
of Acts we find the word "pastor" NOT EVEN USED 
ONCE. (-The early church did have strong leaders 
and elders. But it was never a "one man band" like 
we see today. And never was it so "controlling" either).

4. "Tithing" is not a New Testament practice at all. And it 
is being shamefully abused by today's preachers. In the 
New Testament we are told to give cheerfully - whatever 
we purpose in our hearts to give. Telling people that they
MUST give 10% to the church or they are "robbing God"
is totally sick - and a money-grubbing way of twisting
Scripture. There is no evidence that the apostles EVER
preached 'tithing' to New Testament believers. It was
clearly regarded as an Old Testament practice. 

5.  The words "prosper" or 'prosperity' were NEVER used
by Jesus at all - and only exist a couple of times in the
entire New Testament. Yet greedy preachers have built
whole kingdoms upon them. The words - "sell what you
have and give to the poor" and "deceitfulness of riches"
and "you cannot serve God and mammon" and "woe
to you that are rich" were DEFINITELY used by Jesus 
and the apostles. But we don't hear these things
preached too much, do we?

6.  There were no Bible Colleges, Seminaries or degrees
in the New Testament. The only people who seemed to
have "Bible Schools" were the Scribes and Pharisees!
The apostles were simple fishermen and tax collectors.
It is likely that a number of them could not even read or
write. What was their "qualification" for being in the
ministry? Simply that they had SPENT A LOT OF TIME
WITH JESUS. The fact that people expect a "professional
clergy" today with degrees from Bible College has helped
to make the church sicker and more unscriptural than
ever. Simple humble people with a calling from God often 
cannot get to minister because they do not have a "piece 
of paper" to make them 'qualified'. -Yet another disaster
for the church.

7.  There is almost no evidence whatsoever that the early
church had their "main meeting" on a Sunday. They
gathered together 'from house to house' virtually every
day! There were no church buildings. They did not
dress up and "go to church". There were no denominations.
There were no separate groups with different 'labels'. They 
lived their lives together - all the Christians in the local 
area. Love and fellowship and 'koinonia' were as natural 
to them as breathing. And the apostles in Jerusalem 
preached every day at huge open-air gatherings. -Not 
"hidden away" inside four walls. This was truly a "street 
church" in every way. 

8.  The idea that you can replace the moving of the
Holy Spirit with programs, programs and more
programs just shows how low we have sunk. Man-made
programs are everywhere today. The early church had 
much more of God and much less of 'man'.

9.  We preach a 'humanistic' Jesus today. -A Jesus 
who exists mainly for our own "happiness". A Santa 
Claus who wants to rain down continual blessings 
upon us. A God of grace and mercy without judgement, 
righteousness or truth. Our gross misrepresentation of 
who Jesus really is, is one of the most serious offenses 
of the modern church. Today's church seems to worship 
a "plastic" Jesus - one that she has made in her own
image. What an offense to God.

A lot of preachers are well aware that there is something 
very wrong with the church today. They know there is 
little 'fear of the Lord'. They know there is no deep 
repentance or deep moving of the Holy Spirit. They know 
that it is just the same old "game" being played every 
week. A lot of them are very aware of this. But they will 
not do anything about it. They will not rock the boat. 
And they will "squash" anyone who comes along trying 
to do something. They do not want a real "shaking". 
There is too much to lose. They have their careers 
and their little 'kingdoms' at stake. This is the real truth 
of the matter. This is where the rubber truly meets the road.

That is why God is about to bring "Great Reformation".
He will not put up with these 'hirelings' any longer.
He will not have them as leaders over His people. A 
lot of them are about to "lose their heads". They will
never lead God's people again.

This is what true 'Reformation' is all about. It is the
process of replacing the old leadership and the old
lies. -It is David taking over from 'Saul'.

There is a 'New Wineskin' coming. In fact it is upon
us. There is a new leadership arising - many of them
trained in the 'wilderness' for such a time as this. The
hour is now here. LET THE NEW LEADERS ARISE!
The sad fact is that today's church has sunk so low
that it is almost a matter of people needing to be 
RESCUED OUT OF HER. I never thought I would
say something as radical as that, but it is the truth.

The entire church is living a lie. Many inside her are
told continuously that they are "OK" - that they are
saved and headed for heaven. Nothing could be
further from the truth. Multitudes of them are headed
directly for hell. The systemized LYING that is going
on has deceived the leaders and the people alike. It
is the blind leading the blind. We need to contend
for these people - desperately. Much of the church is
"lost". They are mired in deception - an entire system
of deception.

PLEASE send me your thoughts and comments and
responses to this email, my friends. If other people
have responses then please send those in also.
We want to make these things a serious topic of
discussion. Our email address here is:
prophetic@...

God bless you all!

Kindest regards in Christ,

Andrew Strom.