This week’s Mud on the News topic:
The Modern Church, is it Biblical?
Today we will be discussing Mega Churches and Modern Churches.
This is a church that seats like an auditorium or a large complex. We can see these mostly on TV. Typically their message is a mixture of Modern and Word of Faith. I wrote an article about the Word of Faith movement and you can click here to read it. This movement is all about health and wealth. In a nutshell, there are major doctrinal differences and much like Mormonism you’re a “little god”. Since you’re a god you cannot be sick or poor. The teaching is not rooted closely to scripture and when scripture is mentioned the passage has a different meaning. This is why it is very important to read the verse in context with the full passage.
This teaching is a mix of pop-psychology/emotionalism with an outer coating of scripture to make it appear biblical. This is not always easy to spot. It may seem that the teaching is rooted in scripture, however the focus moves from scripture to an idea about the scripture or a specific word, and then they teach what they want and lose its original meaning. It is at this point that an idea or principle is exalted and it has no true biblical foundation. On a rare occasion you might hear the gospel (as watered down as it may be). This is not Christ centered, its you centered!. It places you into the scripture and nudges Christ out. It turns Jesus into a “Power Force” or “Higher Power” to help you through your worldly life. A good example is “you are David and you need to conquer your Goliath“. Well, if I read the story in context I see that Goliath was not a metaphorical representation of whatever i need to conquer. He was an actual person. This reaches far past the pulpit. There are a lot of programs that these churches offer that are more about “you and what you can do“, and less about who God is and what He has done for you.
What Then is Correct?
Correct teaching of scripture is done through good hermeneutics. That is by teaching the text based on its original context. Read the passage in context with the paragraph, chapter, book, and its reverence to the entirety of the Bible. Make sure it flows with scripture. Use a good concordance to see what other verses it might link to. The Body of Christ should not be fed anything but the solid teaching of scripture. There is no room for fillers such as; psychology, mysticism, emotionalism, narcissism, or any other teaching that contradicts or adds/subtracts from scripture. The church has stood by and allowed these beasts, wolves, and spiritual necrophiliacs (those who prey on the spiritually dead and refuse to bring them life through the scriptures) into her body! It is time for the “Falsehood” to be removed from the Body of Christ. It’s time to get the “F” out of the church! Here I stand, with Christ and every true believer! With the full armor on and standing firm on the foundation of Christ! Here I stand, nailing Scripture to your doors with my sinful bloody hands. I stand to proclaim:
Grace alone (Sola Gratia)
Faith alone (Sola Fide)
Scriptures alone (Sola Scriptura)
These two movements are at the head of Christianity and they shouldn’t be. You may not agree, however if you do follow these movements then please double-check what your taught with scripture. Do Not just check the passage; read the entire chapter and use your concordance. You will see that sooner or later you will find different meaning in the scripture than what is being said. Today’s post is not meant to offend but to educate.
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