Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | July 21, 2008

The Changing Face of Christianity-at-large..yet the Bible still calls for holiness!

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, withoutwhich no man shall see the Lord. Did I just read that correct? Did you just read that correct? Yes, holiness without which no man shall see the Lord. How many of you reading this blog can truly say that your Pastor is teaching you what thus saith the Lord. The un-tainted un-adulterated Word of God. The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help you God! Not many huh?

Christianity within the United States of America at large is changing. Everyone is trying to keep up with the Jonese’s yet I wonder if the Jonese’s were even saved? Good question huh. There is a gospel of inspiration that is being preached across pulpits nationwide that is not preparing congregations to make the rapture. To live rapture ready. To meet Jesus in the air when he comes back. When is the last time you heard your local mega church pastor preach on subjects like the rapture, hell’s fire and brimstone, the resurrection of the just and unjust, or living holy and sanctified for the Masters use. Many of you could say that within the last 15 years of Christendom, these topics no longer are preached across modern America’s pulpits nor taught in our Sunday school class. We can teach you how to get out of debt (by giving more to your local church of corse), we can teach you to name it and claim it (so you can drive that fancy car or live in that beautiful house you have always wanted). In essence, just like the 1980’s song, we are teaching modern Christians to “don’t worry, be happy”. Yall remember that song? Kinda had a little Caribbean tune to it.

Mega churches (which according to the web is defined as a large church, having around 2,000 or more attendants for a typical weekly service) across America on Sunday morning are “lifting up un-holy hands to a holy God” most of its congregants have no clue what the Bible says about living a consecrated and separate life sold out to God. Instead, Pastors across the nation are claiming they are winning souls at any cost. Any cost? Wait, so if I have “hip hop Sunday” and tell everyone to dress in the lastest  Ecko, Coogi, LRG, Sean John, Evisu, Enyce, and Rocawear we are suppose to win the world by showing them I can be just like you and still serve God? That’s an oxymoron! Or how about this, come join my fraternity or sorority and we will do a local car wash at a church. That’s suppose to draw souls? Whatever happened to coming out from among them and being separate!

This has nothing to do with denomination. The bible calls for holiness and if holiness is not being preached in your church, my dear friend, you need a new church home. Never should I come into God’s house and wonder if I am in a club. Whole rows smelling like alcohol and tobacco. Children texting each other from one end of the church to the next asking them to meet them outside so we can make out while the pastor is up preaching. How dare we sit in God’s house and give Him an “any ole kind of Praise” and call it Holy! All you want to do is feel good and Christianity is now being marketed as some type of religion that you can do what you want, say what you want, live how you want to live and still make it to heaven. Take for example the BET awards. All the artist sing and rap about fornication, adultery and making money. When they get up to accept the award, they always start out by saying “I want to thank my Lord and Saviour first of all for this award”. HUH? Yet another oxymoron. So you mean to tell me you are thanking God for all the albums you sold promoting the very opposite of what the Bible speaks about. Say it isn’t so.

As you already know, my blog is an Apostolic Oneness Pentecostal blog. But for one hot second, lets put all of that away and be real with one another. Is the current state of Christianity really going to cause thousands of souls to make the rapture? Or is it really causing souls to go straight to hell with gasoline draws on it. Lets turn to the Word of God and find out.  1 Corinthians 6:9-11 says “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” Now, Paul mentions certain sins that will cause an individual not to make it into the kingdom of God yet he gives the reader hope. The key words are in verse 11 “AND SUCH WERE SOME OF YOU……BUT…….” which clearly means that people use to live these lives prior to being sanctified and justified by Jesus Christ our Lord. Now that we are sanctified, the bible goes on to teach us in 2 Corinthians 6:17: Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. A Christian (one who is Christ like) must learn now through the power of the Holy Ghost to come out from those sins that caused us to be un-holy and now to live a holy and separated life. That means turning off hip hop and rap music, no longer associating yourself with the things of this World such as smoking, gambling, fornicating, adultery yada yada yada. Instead, 2008’s version of Christianity is teaching the total opposite. It tells you that you can still do those things but only in moderation. Or that you can still curse every now and then and everything will be ok. That’s so old school, we don’t teach that here. We teach love and tolerance of all things and all lifestyles and so what if you want to listen to songs that have lyrics in them that promote fornication. Just make sure you don’t do those things.

Not so! Dear reader, the bible still calls for holiness (both outward and inward) and the only way that you will see Jesus is if you live holy (both outwardly and inwardly). Holiness means you cant dress the way you use to dress anymore. You cant talk the way you use to talk anymore. No longer can you associate yourself with the “unclean” things of this World. THERE MUST BE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SAINTS (The Church) and THE SINNERS (The World). The two are oil and water and cannot mix. Do not be fooled into thinking that these tele-evangelist are concerned with your soul. Most of them are not. Do not be fooled that these 20,000 member churches are all heaven bound. Most of them are not. Church is not a place to come and feel good. Church is a place to come and get the Word of God which convicts you and prompts you to change. To live better. To live according to thus saith the Lord in His Word. I must cry loud and spare not and tell people that YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN! Granted, the road is not going to be easy. It may get difficult at times, but my friend, YOU MUST LIVE HOLY for as the bible clearly says once again in Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.

……..and because Jesus Christ who is God Almighty is the greatest power, we shall not be defeated!


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