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Nov122018

Is God like Advil? 

Isaiah 59:19b 

When the enemy comes in like a flood,
The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.”

Here is a question for you. If a person or a ministry is preaching the gospel 80-90% of the time focusing on Bible-related issues, does the other 10-20% matter if they lean right or left in this balance of their message?  

That’s a tough question, because we mainly judge a person’s trustworthiness with the gospel by what they say in the major themes of Christianity, such as salvation, the Bible, and the Holy Spirit. However, what happens when they spin just enough left or right-leaning propaganda into their Christian worldview, which can influence the faithful in that direction? 

Our enemy has come in like a flood and that is why we are seeing what is called the convergence of Biblical signs all coming together as one. There is more confusion today in the Church than ever before and it is getting harder and harder to trust what we hear from some pulpits. Some of the messages are like taking Advil for pain. You don’t seek the cause for the pain; you just want to find a means to make the pain stop. Has God become Advil to the American Church? 

I realize that not every pastor or church comes across this way, but I think we are in a revolution in the Church today that is corrupting the meaning of the gospel. 

In other words, a flood created by our enemy has hijacked the gospel. A flood takes over everything and unless there are levies laid in place, a flood will overtake everything. 

This is the pain we are feeling in the Church today; the flood is winning on every front and the advice we are given by most spiritual leaders is to “take an Advil.” 

Here is a taste of what I trying to say from the HuffPost and the author is Terry Heaton:

Gay marriage. Homosexuality. Transgenderism. They’re all about sex. We think it makes God angry, and we don’t want to get caught up in that anger, so we rail against any sexual practice outside marriage between a man and a woman. We claim God is judging the world for this, and yet the Bible points out that Sodom wasn’t destroyed for its sexual sins but rather for its failure to take care of the poor and the afflicted. One is free, therefore, to ask that if God is indeed judging today, who exactly is He judging? Perhaps the very church attendees who plead the morality message at every turn.

That’s a very dangerous practice, because morality is a much, much broader matter. It includes, among other things, obscene CEO salaries, oppression of workers through poor wages and conditions, opposition to welfare, insider trading, tax loopholes, flouting avarice, and removing government programs that protect the poor and the afflicted. How Christian people can side with such immorality is the great mystery of the Twenty-First Century, but it begins with those who have seized the brand and run with it.

This flood has come into the church, keeping people from knowing the truth.  There are three common threads to this flood:

Love:

The first part of this flood is about false love.

God is always presented as love, but many have forgotten that truth must accompany love in order to verify and define what kind of love it is. Here is discernment: if Satan can be presented as an angel of light, he can also be seen as love. We know that his love is only a smoke screen to rob, steal and destroy, but if you don’t know the truth you will be fooled in taking a dose of modern church Advil that doesn’t give you a diagnosis of what is right and what is wrong.   

 
2 John 2:6 “ And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.”

Lies:

The second part of this flood is about lies. 

Truth is always laced with a lie. As one person said rat poison is 99% okay it’s the 1% poison that will kill you. Satan has the patent on lies; he is the best at it, and his lies look and sound like God’s truth, designed to lead you astray. If you don’t study God’s Word, you could bring home a counterfeit truth that will choke out the life of God from your life. Jesus told us that we will see false Christs in the last days, and those Christs are not other religions as much as they are false teachings about the one true Christ. Remember - a lie covers over the truth. The flood of teachers who do not know God overwhelms too many Christians. These teachers are like taking an Advil for symptoms that need a greater degree of treatment. 

 

Matthew 7:15-16 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.

16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 

17Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 


Lust:

The third part of this flood is about lust.

Lust is about fulfilling an appetite. This appetite could be for things, for power, wealth, sexual encounters, but whatever the lust is about, it controls a person.

The flood is here. It has overtaken our society, and appetites are out of control. Pornography is an appetite that is clearly destroying the lives of godly men and women who have allowed that flood to consume them. God said that He would raise up a standard against this flood, but I see too few churches holding back these waters. Why? Perhaps we have treated God too much like Advil, He is a good quick fix for much deeper problems. 

The flood is here and many of us have neglected to sandbag our lives. Start filling your life with God’s Word; it will keep the floodwaters away. 

Keeping it honest and truthful…K 

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