The Church: Captive To Deception?

Colossians 2:8… “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” (KJV). Note Zechariah 9:13… “When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man.” The “sons of Greece” represent humanistic philosophies of men. Much of the church is captive to these deceptions. There is a war going on today between the sons of Judah and the sons of Greece. Because truth is diluted, preaching has become ineffective. The devil has only one main type of attack: lies, deception, and compromise. Diluting the truth only weakens the church. The sons of Zion need to rise up and begin to fight.

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Special Meetings

Isaiah 64:1-3… “Oh, that you would burst from the heavens and come down! How the mountains would quake in your presence! As fire causes wood to burn and water to boil, your coming would make the nations tremble. Then your enemies would learn the reason for your fame! When you came down long ago, you did awesome things beyond our highest expectations. And oh, how the mountains quaked!” (NLT). Holding a series of special meetings is not necessarily a revival.

Today, hundreds are making decisions for Christ but the communities remain untouched and the churches remain as they were before. In true revivals, God moves in the whole district, as communities become God-conscious. In a true revival, you are not moving on the human level; you are moving on the supernatural level. In the Old Testament (2 Samuel 6), Uzzah was driving the cart upon which was the ark of the covenant. The oxen stumbled–the cart may have hit a pothole–and Uzzah reached out to steady the ark. He touched the ark and died. Good men today make the same mistake when they feel their hand is needed to control God’s presence. I visited a few churches this past summer to see what was billed as revival. I found that some leaders sure do “work up” the Holy Spirit as if they were the Lord and He is a servant. But until Uzzah touched the ark, it was moving steadily towards the city. God can handle His glory in a holy manner when He is moving. Man cannot. A God-sent revival is always a revival of holiness and an awe-inspiring conviction of sin. Lives change, immoral shops close down, and businesses become honest in their dealings.

Pastor George Belobaba

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