Spiritual Immaturity

Isaiah 3:12 As for my people, children are their oppressors and women rule of them. O My people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of they paths.

One of the biggest problems with the Christian church in this day and age is lack of spiritual maturity. And where there is spiritual immaturity there is always lack of discernment and increased reliance on natural senses and logic.

The church is now led by the spiritually immature and the weak and their actions are currently sowing great evil for the future. I liken these people to Edmund in The Chronicles of Narnia, desperate to appease the flesh having no concept of the real matters at hand nor the consequences that must follow.

Take for example the matter of the Bible. For centuries the KJV has been good enough to incite revivals and hold the church together. Then came a season of compromise and weakness in the Church which allowed immature Christians to rise up, gain and exercise authority. From this season many false doctrines were birthed including a proliferation of new, patented Bibles and new ways to read and analyse the Bible. Of course all these beliefs, changes and ‘innovations’ never add value to the Body because they were birthed out of pride and natural intellect. Their only contribution with hindsight is to sow division, bring the word into disrepute, to contest the validity of the scriptures and to deny the accuracy of the Word. False claims arose as to who wrote which books, which manuscript came first or what should be left out or not, but all are without scientific backing and they did not profit one bit. Meanwhile many souls have been lost as the devil routinely invokes the many ‘conflicting versions of the Bible’ accusation, suggesting the Bible is compromised, the work of man and therefore cannot be the Word of God, nor inspired by God. And if the Bible is not true or accurate, what of the rest of the Christian faith?

So with one of act of arrogance and pride, many souls are lost today and in the future. The Edmunds of this day and age thought they knew better, produced a new version, and we ended up with something that added nothing of value. This is true of so many things that now prevail and have authority within the church. To name but a few:
– the introduction of carnal music in place of spirit led praise and worship; appeasing the flesh and opposed to glorying God
– the false teachings of the tithing of money
– natural courses and secular type education used to ordain and appoint leaders as opposed to appointing leaders through the leading of the Spirit
– the use of psychology, psychiatry and pharmaceuticals into the Church
– the enforcement of democracy and equality within the Church. God has an order that is opposite to the ways of this world
– the endless supply of ministries, books, videos and social media making merchandise out of the gospel
– the building of natural empires as opposed to spiritual treasure

The immature have hijacked the church for their own glory, power and wealth. Hardly anyone can discern these errors and the rest no longer care. Meanwhile every carnal act, every immature decision, has ongoing consequences for the Body of Christ as well as the unsaved.

Christian Activists need to rise up and begin to contest these false teachers, doctrines and ministries wherever hold sway over the Body of Christ. Paul was not afraid to rebuke Peter for his carnal actions and we should all get our voice back to change that which is contrary to the gospel. After all the most zealous for God have been doing it for 2000 years.

When Christian leaders err

Christianity in the west is in a time similar to that of King Ahaz. Ahaz chose to give lip service to the commandments of the Lord and invariably followed the blueprint that the secular world was espousing. The gods of Syria seemed more successful so Ahaz decided to reject God’s ways and choose the Syrian way. He ‘cut up the vessels of the house of God and shut the door of the house of the Lord and made alters in every corner of Jerusalem”.

Never once did he think he possibly might be contrary to God in all these decisions; after all he was the King of Judah. Its the arrogance that creeps in when leaders lose their dependency on God and become self driven. They don’t want to wait on the Lord, they want success now and they determine success by the standards of this world and not by God’s standards. Pretty soon their ‘success’ is the success that the world recognizes. The fact that they are no longer a success in God’s eyes no longer bothers them as they have a new blueprint for success. And no one dare question or rebuke them for their carnality. They are now Lord and no man or God should dare question their actions or decisions. They are the anointed.

That’s the Church in the west in this age; its full of Ahaz’s. Puffed up by their high visibility, their wealth and status they have unwittingly closed the door of the house of the Lord to all that follow them and they cannot see it. The praise and worship in their house resembles that of the ungodly, their ministries are man made programs of little spiritual value, their works are directed towards gathering mammon, overseeing natural assets and their is little time for establishing spiritual maturity in followers or saving of souls. Of course there are many followers as their ears are tantalized with positive messages, encouragements and false promises. That they offer no lasting impact or spiritual growth is irrelevant. Each week they are drawn back simply to survive (and part with their money) and hardly any mature or produce fruits of their own. They become slaves to man, instead of servants of the Lord.

Paul rebuked Peter at the first sign of compromise towards the gospel, yet in this day and age there is hardly a leader willing to give a rebuke to leaders that err, never mind one that could receive a rebuke and get correction. Thank God revival is coming soon.

A lost opportunity to share the Gospel

gay evangelism

Have you ever been so desperate to pull others out of the fire of hell (Jude 23) that you will compromise yourself to bring others to Christ. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:18-23 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel. For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

Here is a man who would do almost anything to bring others to Christ. yet in this day and age the church is almost just the opposite... conditioned to be selective in its morality and its focus. I'm referring to the homosexual community which is totally rejected by the Christian faith. Christians cannot bake cakes for gay marriages, cannot sign marriage certificates of gay couples, judge and condemn them continually; they are the scourge of the Christian faith it seems. Now before the zealous jump up and down in condemnation, I am not in favour of gay marriage or homosexuality. In my opinion it is a destructive lifestyle with little peace or joy and there are very real external reasons that lead people into this lifestyle. But I have to say the hypocrisy of the church on this matter stinks to high heaven.

If one should actually study the story of Sodom and Gomorrah one might be surprised to see the main sin before God in the matter was pride. Can you imagine judging a businessman or celebrity with the same zeal because of their pride and arrogance. "I cannot bake a cake for your wedding because I perceive your pride. My faith will not let me" And how many couples are denied a cake by Christian bakers because they are having sex outside of marriage? You hypocrites, bake the bloody cake. If you feel so strong about their lifestyle lay hands on the dough and pray the Holy Spirit will convict them at each mouthful. Minister love and peace at every opportunity. Be the light in this dark world. Have you not been told this is not the time for judgement?

You hypocrite pastors who refuse to marry gay people, yet marry all others who are living a life in adultery. Were you not warned to not be a respecter of persons? (James 2) If you truly serve the living God then make use of the opportunities the change in the law has presented you; for indeed God has appointed the leaders who make the laws of the land which you are compelled to adhere to (Romans 13). Rather offer 12 week marriage courses to these gays couples, minister to them, evangelize them and be Christ to them, because it is probably the only chance they are going to get to avoid hell. Alternatively throw stones from a distance and let God determine if you have made a good investment with what you have been given for the works of ministry.