We live in a small world. So small that I didn’t even know a co-worker who sits across from me attends one of the churches I was formerly affiliated with. Initially, we started talking about some of our extra-curricular activities and eventually about the kinds of businesses we would like to launch.
The more I listened to her talk, the more I recognized the “doctrine” she was impregnated with. She continued with how important it was to connect with other saints, visit other churches so you can get “fed,” and meet new people in order to build up your spiritual “Linked In” database. She also mentioned that the Bishop wasn’t in town so the First Lady preached. I decided that I would listen to the sermon later on that night to glean some spiritual nuggets from the Lord.
Needless to say, within a few minutes of the sermon, I quickly remembered why I left. The exegesis was lacking, the sermon felt contrived, and the same brow beating I heard three years ago was just as strong in the present as it was in the past.
Nowadays, the preaching of God’s word has been reduced to fast track formulas of success. Nothing about God, his greatness, or our need of him. Salvation is a thing of the past and fulfilling your destiny is really all about the trinity: Me, Myself, and I.
It wasn’t until early Saturday morning, I heard the Holy Spirit say,
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall heap to themselves teachings, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (II Timothy 4:3-4)
I thought I knew what the Lord meant when he said that but that phrase “they will not endure” kept nagging me, so I decided to get out of bed and look it up. I wish I could pour into your spiritual mugs all that God gave to me, but what I will tell you is not only what I saw in the scripture opened my eyes about the conversation I had with the co-worker; my vision became more crystal clear about the times we are living in.
Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, do not feel sorry for those who choose to listen to false prophets and I will tell you why. There was a time I used to chase after visions and dreams because I wasn’t after the Lord. I just wanted to be “blessed in the city and blessed in the field.” (Deuteronomy 28:3) I craved and yearned to have that “pressed down, shaken together, and running over so men can give into my bosom.” (Luke 6:38) Like so many, I skipped from one convention to another, seeking breakthroughs, next levels, and prosperity in the forms of houses and lands. I cleaved to preachers who were on the circuit and followed them as if they were the Pentecostal Royals and celebrities of Christian reality TV. But my wake-up call came when I realized I knew their voices better than I knew God’s voice.
Later on in my spiritual walk, my eyes became opened and I accepted the truth that blessings are conditional and it is based on obedience. My expectation of pulling down miracles was rooted in deception, and receiving the shaken together and running over was eventually understood as the same judgment I dish out to others, I would likewise receive the same in return. The prophetic numerology used during “offering time” was a hoax and instead of a blessing, I lined up their pockets with my hard earned money. You know what I’m talking about. Said evangelists says,
“I hear the Lord say in my spirit Psalm 77. The Lord says not only will he comfort you, but the number seven is the number of perfection. And since there are two sevens in this psalm, the Lord will not only grant you comfort, but he will perfect your comfort. The fact that it is twice means he will give you a double portion of perfect comfort. Now, for those who can and will, as the Lord moves upon you, the Lord wants from you $770.00. But some of you are saying, I can’t give that but I can give $77.00. Alright, now some are saying I don’t have that but you have $7.70 and if that is not you, we implore you to God to give your best.”
People who hear and believe these lies cannot stomach the truth because they despise God and his word. They personally select their own shepherds (teachers) who will tell them what they want to hear. The lies they crave are like the itch in the ear they cannot scratch. Putting your finger in your ear satisfies the motion you feel, but it does not cure the itch. Spiritually, they choose these teachers out of a diseased condition of the soul and these are Christians in name only who go their own way. The Lord has not sent these false prophets and God does not shepherd goats.
Unfortunately, we gravitate from one extremity to the next. We either fault all and call them hypocrites, or we excuse all and say they were blind and didn’t know. Rejection of God’s word is deliberate act and in the church today it comes with great guile. There is a form of godliness but it lacks true spiritual power.
For those who will not endure beware. There is a moral relativism in the church that runs rampant and they are quite crafty in their belief and selective in their behavior. If it were you, they would send you to hell in a hand basket. Be on your guard and take the position of the virgins who were in pursuit to meet the bridegroom. When the foolish virgins asked the wise for their oil, the wise virgins replied, “No. Go to those who sell and buy for yourselves!” (St. Matthew 25:9)