Gospel of Prosperity & Success Introduction.

Gospel of Prosperity and Success

(The Gospel of World Love)

It is not only the Gospel of Prosperity we must abhor as unsound doctrine and avoid, it is the corollary of the Gospel of Wealth in the History of American Thought that is called the Gospel of wealth and the corollary of success.  Of course, those of worldly success can be dominated by the same false motivations as of prosperity and wealth.  Why?              Because the Gospel of Prosperity and Success is the Gospel of World Love.  Perhaps you will understand it best as the “love of the world” of I John 3 or the “be not conformed to the world” of Romans.  Not only any millionaire preacher today has sold out to the love of the world and these things, but anyone friend overtaken by pride of life is exhibiting more love of the world and things in the world than the Love of God.  At this extreme has come what Dr. Peter Jones calls the paganism and Gnosticism of Modern theology, Bible studies, and millennial thought.  Difficult to understand until he quotes Romans 1:25, you remember how the chapter is both individual and civilization paganism at work, repeated in every generation and climaxed and made evident and obvious with promotions of homosexuality, but with the falling away in churches and in the world,  it has come to dominate American Thought.  (Christian intellectuals call it the Passion of Western Civilization.)

Dr. Jones, from the UK, tells of how Christian was America in 1961, thinking that as a strong Bible believer he had gone to heaven, then teaching abroad and coming back in 1991 to a Christian cultural shock which he calls paganism and Gnosticism.  It would be offered here that the repeat of Romans 1 is their program and agenda, then their rationalization is going back to the Gnosticism that Paul fought in early churches, a Gnosticism that sought to replace a transcendent, above all and apart from all Heavenly Father, with some kind of secret knowledge within them, some like to call it a divine spark. Much like the operation of Giglio’s Passion Conferences today.

NOTE:  Gospel of Prosperity and Success is the fourth in the series of Gospel Tracts.

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Chapter 1:  Gospel of Prosperity according to the Bible.

NOTE:  It is hoped you know what is meant when it is said that there is the critical and current needs for churches to hear:  (1) Filling of the sinkhole of ALL SCRIPTURE with that which is not being heard or heeded; and (2) Church administration through the “reproof, correction, doctrine, and instruction in righteousness” that will also present a barrier between the perilous times of bad habits and the intolerance toward sound doctrine with church members motivated by what they want and therefore heaping up itching ears Bible teachers–they make these popular preachers popular–and it is a watchman on the tower for the rescue of sound doctrine.  And yes, as on the cover of this book we do “go out to a wayfaring and gainsaying” people of God; and who will believe our report, definitely not just the called but the chosen among the called!

1-1:  Introduction.

  1. The Gospel of Prosperity is the Gospel of this world.

Recent surveys of American Christians indicate that over 61% believe in the Gospel of Prosperity. How hideous this is when you realize what it really means. The Gospel of Prosperity means that if you really believe you will prosper in material gain and health, and that when you do not prosper materially and in health it is because you do not have enough faith.

  1. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Gospel of a kingdom established by Jesus during His life, which is quite different from this world; and which then as now was rejected by a majority of Israel and the rest of the world. It has continued to grow although always in the minority; however, it will take over the new heaven and the new earth after Christ comes again to establish on earth the dominance of His kingdom. There are many indications from the Bible and other history that God has delayed the sending of Jesus back to earth a second time in order that enough citizens of the new kingdom can be enlisted from each generation in order to re-populate the new earth.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is called by the Bible the Gospel of the Kingdom. Of course, this is the kingdom of Christ and God. What Jesus did on earth is described in Matthew 4:23.

“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of disease among the people.” (Matthew 4:23)

According to this verse of the Word of God Jesus (1) traveled like an evangelist going about all Galilee teaching, preaching, and healing, (2) more specifically Jesus preached which gospel, the gospel of the kingdom {you see it is the gospel of a unique kingdom, not the kingdom of this world, the gospel of prosperity}; (3) specifically Jesus taught in their places of public worship, the synagogues; and more specifically Jesus healed all manner of diseases among the people. And without saying much about these popular and famous faith healers today, Jesus and God are still in the healing business; although we must cast some doubt on the ministry of those faith healers today who have slipped into a Gospel of Prosperity instead of the Gospel of the Kingdom. If their ministry is shoddy on two-thirds of the ministry of Jesus—that is if their teaching and preaching of the Gospel of Prosperity makes the ministry a false and shoddy work—then we must also question the validity of their call to “heal all manner of disease among the people.” We must, bottom line, come to see their faith healing as shoddy efforts for personal gain, money and fame, while we still know that God and Christ as before the life of Christ and after the life of Christ, were and still are in the healing business. We are not knocking the faith that God can heal and does heal: we are knocking those who would with it preach a false gospel of Prosperity while getting from that personal gain and fame.

1-2:  The Bible Gospel of the Kingdom.

NOTE:  There are those among us in America, and among the more famous among us, who have rapidly ridden up on the back of popularity in books, TV, and evangelism by establishing a new kind of kingdom that has become extremely popular; however which has also ridden on the also popular among the people: (1) a grassroots movement of the Falling Away; (2) an intolerance toward sound doctrine; (3) an attraction by the people of itching ears Bible teachers based on what they want; and (4) a subsequent heaping up of this popular preachers of the gospel of prosperity.  Much of it started several years ago when more authority was given to the special revelations of charismatics over the “once for all delivered faith to the saints” of the truly revealed Word of God.

  1. Matthew 4:23 with a mention of the Gospel of the Kingdom, at least one third of the total ministry of Jesus, is an introduction to the Kingdom of Christ of the famous sermon on the Mount of Matthew 4-6. If you have missed that the Sermon on the Mount defines the characteristics of kingdom members or citizens, then read again Matthew 4-6.
  2. You will see that the work “kingdom” looms large in these famous teachings from Jesus. In 5:3 it identifies those who are and will be in the kingdom of heaven as the poor in spirit. Isn’t it rather ironical that the very first specific statement about the kingdom of Christ uses the word “poor”, setting up the poor as the unique recipients of the Gospel, not the prosperous? There is more about the uniqueness of members of the kingdom in Matthew 5:10 as those “who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.” How can you think that such persecuted for righteousness are the same as the believers in the Gospel of Prosperity; for they have become so one with the world and the things of the world that persecution for them is unthinkable, and they know it? If, according to Matthew 5:19, any of these famous and popular preachers of the Gospel of Prosperity truly would desire to be great in the kingdom of God as contrasted to famous in this world, then they must do and teach the real teachings of Jesus about the Gospel and the kingdom in the Sermon on the Mount; and they though great in their own eyes and in the eyes of this world are least in the kingdom as they substitute a Gospel of this world and of prosperity for the real Gospel of Jesus and of the kingdom of Jesus.
  3. The very basic teachings of Christians as the salt of the earth and of the light of the world, fundamental to the Gospel of the Kingdom, is a challenge to separate from the Gospel of this world and of prosperity. (Matthew 5:13-16) What do you think the salt means except there has to be a difference between the Christian and the rest of the world in which he lives. That there has to be difference in the light of the life of the Christian and those of the world in which he lives.
  4. Most of the preachers and practitioners are believers in the Gospel of Prosperity in order that they may fit in with American fellow citizens and hide any differences between them and Christ which is quite the opposite of Jesus to let the candle shine, not putting it under a bustle in order to hide it. (Matthew 5:15,16)
  5. The majority of the religious leaders during the life of Christ, alias the Pharisees and Sadducees, were believers in the Gospel of Prosperity; and at the very heart of their rejection of Jesus was that His kingdom of health and prosperity, unlike in the kingdom of David, did not sit well with them; and Jesus set them up as a bad example for righteousness. (Matthew 5:20) Jesus said in effect that unless your righteousness and rightness in the Gospel exceeds that rightness of the Gospel of Prosperity of the scribes and Pharisees, you just will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
  6. Which would you say happens on the contemporary scene among these famous and wealthy advocates of the Gospel of Prosperity. In the two categories of Matthew 6:1-4 of those who wrongfully do their alms before men to be seen of men, sounding trumpets and loud instruments of music, in the places of worship and on the streets; or would you say these famous preachers are doing their alms in secret so that the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing. What they do is advertise their alms in order to recruit more fame, popularity, and money!
  7. These long prayers that TV evangelists make in public do you think they are in the category of the hypocrites that pray in order to be seen by men, or in the category of those that pray in secret to God. (Matthew 6:5,6)
  8. By the way these teachings of Jesus do not excuse the rest of the 61% of American church members who believe in the Gospel of Prosperity if they rattle in church worship with vain repetitions and music, thinking that they will be heard for their much speaking and much singing. How many songs today, and how much of the worship, is the vain repetition of two to five words as if Paul never wrote as part of the Word of God first and second Corinthians where anyone who speaks or sings in the church is to do it with understanding for the benefit of the listeners. (Matthew 6:5-7)
  9. Did you notice that before the correct way to pray is given in Matthew 6:9-13, in the preceding verse of Matthew 6:8 the clear teaching is made by Jesus that “God knows what you need before you ask”. And this is the key to understanding so much of the Gospel of the Kingdom, so much on the place of things in the life of the Christian. It doesn’t say God knows how much prosperity you want, but it says God knows what you need. The only Biblical way to use the word “prosperity” in the Bible is in terms of daily needs.
  10. Indeed, Jesus taught that the proper way to pray is “Give us this day our daily needs”; not give us security and comfort for the rest of our lives, not give us prosperity and health beyond what we need. (Matthew 6:11)
  11. The Gospel of Prosperity reverses the Gospel of Christ in that it promotes the storing up of treasures on earth instead of in heaven, (Matthew 6:19,20)
  12. The Gospel of Prosperity focus the treasure and the heart of the believer on this world instead on heaven. (Matthew 6:21) The Gospel of Christ focus the heart and treasure more on heaven and a kingdom to come.
  13. Since the human eye is the passage of light for the earth, if the eye becomes cluttered by prosperous things, then the whole body becomes dark with the Gospel of Prosperity. (Matthew 6:22:23) If the only light that gets into your heart is darkness, then the darkness is total, the Gospel of Prosperity become a curse, another Gospel not preached by Paul and Christ.
  14. Those who love the Gospel of Prosperity serve a different master than Jesus as they try to straddle the fence between the true Gospel of the kingdom and of Jesus Christ and of the Gospel of the world and of prosperity. You just cannot serve the Gospel of Christ and the Gospel of Prosperity. If you love one you will despise the other; and if you cling to one you will despise the other. (Matthew 6:24)
  15. Contrary to the teachings and commands of Jesus, the Gospel of Prosperity by a clear focus on the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of sins, and other things clearly places the life focus on thoughts for this life. Food, clothing, houses, cars, stocks and bonds, et cetera takes precedence in life. (Matthew 6:25). There is a lot more to life than food and raiment, than bread and material things and status. Jesus told Satan “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” The Gospel of Prosperity tries to change this focus on the words of God to bread.
  16. You can hardly say that the birds of the air are practitioners of Prosperity. They do not toil and spin and worry, but your heavenly Father takes care of them. (Matthew 6:26-31)
  17. If you seek after the things of the Gospel of Prosperity you start to seek like other Gentile Americans seek. (Matthew 6:32)
  18. If you pursue the Gospel of Prosperity you start to seek first the other things of life instead of the kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Matthew 6:33)

1-3:  The Real New Birth is the One Baptism or Salvation.

  1. While the Gospel of Jesus and the Kingdom creates in the life a 9-month baptism that comes with real believing, the Gospel of Prosperity and the World creates an instantaneous new birth like the seed planted among the thorns of the world. The new birth based on this false Gospel is received with joy, like seed on hard and thorny ground, with the deception of conversion but with persecutions of time, cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, this false instantaneous new birth brings only the fruit of stumbling, choking, and the falling away. (Mark 16:15)

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” (Mark 16:15)

  1. The Gospel of Christ and the Kingdom when believed creates the one new and 9-month baptism that brings real salvation.
  2. The Gospel of Prosperity and the World when believes creates the instant (while the Bible in John 3 clearly teaches a 9 month new birth) new birth spoken of in the parable of the seed and the sower where the seed is sown among thorns and on stony ground, yet received with joy until choked out by difficulties, stumbling, cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and other things.

III. While the Gospel of Christ and of Christ’s kingdom causes the loosing of the life with the real gain of eternal life, the Gospel of Prosperity and of the world causes the gain of the present life to the loss of eternal life. (Mark 8:35)

“For whoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s , the same shall save it.” (Mark 8:35)

  1. The Gospel of Christ and His Kingdom shuns the making of life according to the standards of this world; it loses life for the sake of Christ and the Gospel, and therefore promotes real salvation.
  2. The Gospel of Prosperity and the World attempts to save life in terms of worldly standards; it fails to lose life for the sake of Christ and the Gospel; and therefore, there is no salvation in the Gospel of Prosperity.
  3. Also while the Gospel of Christ leads individuals to (1) “deny himself”, (2) to take up a cross of difficulty daily like Christ instead of comfort and security; and (3) follows like Jesus lived and taught, in contrast the Gospel of Prosperity lead to self-fulfillment more than self-denial, to go the way of comfort and ease over a daily cross, and to follow Satan and the ways of the world over Jesus.

“Whoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Mark 8:34b)

  1. Also while the Gospel of Christ leads to the saving of a man’s own soul, the Gospel of Prosperity and of the World leads to the profit even to the extent of the whole world. Will you sell out your soul for a morsel of prosperity or of health?

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul.” (Mark 8:36,37)

1-4:  Who Called and Authorized These Popular Preachers of Prosperity.

  1. While they that preach the Gospel of Peace of Christ and His Kingdom make it obvious that they have been authorized and sent to preach, those who preach the Gospel of Prosperity and the World lead one to question who called them and who sent them. (Romans 10:15)

“And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things.” (Romans 10:15)

  1. The preachers of the Gospel of Peace and of Christ are sent by God and Christ, and the evidence that they are so sent is in the substance of the Gospel which they preach, how consistent it is with the Gospel of the Sermon on the Mount from Jesus, the Gospel from the Apostle Paul, and the many teachings in the Bible about the Gospel.
  2. The preachers of the Gospel of Prosperity are either self-called or selected by another false or itching ears Bible teacher.
  3. When you find everybody and thousands, especially in one church during this time of the Falling Away, like in the time of Isaiah, believing the report of these false and itching ears teachers, you know it is not like in Isaiah’s time and in the time of Romans 10:16.

“But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah saith, LORD, who hath believed our report?” (Romans 10:16)

  1. The faith that cometh by hearing is only when the hearing is of the Gospel of Christ and His Kingdom: that faith does not come with the hearing of the Gospel of Prosperity and of the World.

“So, then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17)

1-5:  The Treasure of the Real Gospel is in Earthen Vessels.

  1. The Gospel of Christ and His Kingdom are hid to those who are lost in the Gospel of Prosperity; Satan, the god of this world has blinded those who do not believe; the Gospel of Prosperity is substituted for the “glorious gospel of Christ”; the preachers and teachers of the Gospel of Prosperity leads to the preaching of self unlike Paul who said we do not preach “ourselves”, also preaches such preachers and teachers as other than servants. They also lose sight like Paul retained of the fact that they have the treasure in earthen vessels, forgetting that the real power of the Gospel is of God. Instead with the Gospel of Prosperity they think of their vessels as more than earthen, and often fail to give God the credit for the power. (Second Corinthians 4:3-7)

“Therefore, seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; but have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestations of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake…but we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the Excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” (Second Corinthians 4:1-7)

  1. The Gospel of Christ is hiding to those lost in the Gospel of Prosperity.
  2. The Gospel of Prosperity is obvious to those lost in this world.
  3. It is the God who in the first place created light out of the darkness of a universe, who also shines in the human heart of the real believer in the Gospel of Christ and of Christ’s Kingdom.

“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shine din our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (Second Corinthians 4:6)

  1. Admit it, you can see the face of Jesus in the Gospel of the Bible, the Gospel of Christ and of Christ’s Kingdom: you do not see the face of Jesus in the things of the Gospel of Prosperity.

1-6:  Popular Preachers Practice Forbidden Deceit with the Bible.

  1. Preachers and teachers of the Gospel of Prosperity, contrary to Second Corinthians 4:1,2, are (1) dishonest with the Bible and the Gospel; (2) they show a lot of craftiness and ingenuity in the way they handle the Word of God, quickly developed words and admonitions in the itching ears category of Second Timothy 4:3,4; (3) in short, they handle the Word of God deceitfully, for their own purpose and profit more than for the benefit of Christ and the listener.

“Therefore, seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; but have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.” (Second Corinthians 4:1,2)

  1. The Gospel of Christ renounces the hidden things of dishonest, does not live and work in craftiness, does not handle the word of God deceitfully, and shows in manifestations of truth, commends itself to the conscience of man, and does things under the sight of God.
  2. The Gospel of Prosperity remains dishonesty in preaching and teaching, promotes the itching ears teachings of human creativity and craftiness, manifest other than truth, does not commend itself to the conscience of men but rather to their base desires for material gain, and makes attempts to hide it from the sight of God.

1-7:  Any Other Gospel of Another Kind Brings a Curse.

VII. Although these promoters of the Gospel of Prosperity appear to be angels or appear like the Apostle Paul, if they preach a Gospel unlike that which Paul and the other Apostles, and Jesus, delivered, he is accursed. Paul repeats it again in Galatians 1:8: “As we said before, so say I now again, if any man {and I might add woman} preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” Think of all this vast heaping up of teachers on TV and otherwise today, with new and novel sayings and words and teachings; and think of how good they appear, like angels, like apostles and prophets; but if their Gospel sounds different and looks different as is different from the Gospel of Christ then they are cursed by the Bible of the Apostles and Prophets, by the Bible of Jesus.

“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said, before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8,9)

  1. The Gospel of Christ preaches the Gospel delivered by Christ, Paul, and the Apostles and Prophets of the Bible.
  2. The Gospel of Prosperity preaches the Gospel of Wealth, the Cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, the Gospel of this world and of Satan, the prince of this world.
  3. Due to American extremism on religious toleration, you no doubt have come to accept these evangelists of the Gospel of Prosperity as if they were an angel; but they like any Bible teachers or preachers that preach, and practice unsound doctrine are not angels, rather false prophets, false teachers, and itching ears Bible teachers. How could anybody mention “God” and “Christ” and “Bible” so much and still be false? (Don’t forget Satan quoted the Bible to Jesus during the wilderness temptation!) Well, that is the very nature of savage and grievous wolves that scatter the flock, not sparring them in order to make disciples for themselves and to gain the profit of prosperity. In other words, they do it for the money and the status.

1-8:  The Gospel of Prosperity is Just Plain BAD!

VIII. Other Bad Things about the Gospel of Prosperity.

  1. It is contrary to the way of God to feed and clothe His own people. Remember how in the wilderness they that gathered much food had nothing left over for prosperity, and they that gathered little had enough to eat. That is God’s own plan for prosperity. The same as in the model prayer of Jesus, “give us this day our daily needs”. Anything beyond this exercise of the plan of God leads to evil, to the placing of material needs before God and the kingdom, and to the loving of the world more than of the Father.
  2. The Gospel of Prosperity promotes the love of this world condemned by the Apostle John in the Word of God of I John.

“Love not the world neither the things that are in the world. All that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life is not of the Father but of the world. The world passes away and the lust thereof, but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.” (I John 2:15-17)

  1. The Gospel of Prosperity prevents disciples from becoming friends of Jesus as did 11 of the Apostles and stated in John 14, because the disciple cannot keep the priority of God over things as given in the Sermon on the Mount.
  2. The practitioner of the Gospel of Prosperity as far as motivations places himself, albeit on a smaller and poorer scale, with the rich man who has one chance in a million of salvation even as a camel has one chance in a million of going through the eye of a needle. Those are not very good odds for a Christian who may neither achieve wealth or salvation.
  3. The Gospel of Prosperity is used by evangelists of wealth and other people of wealth and status to justify the accumulation of things which they obviously have. It is a matter of their saying join me in placing a priority for things over Christ.
  4. Prosperity, like money, while not evil within itself, is a root of evil in that it takes the focus of life for a Christian off Christ and puts it on the evidences of faith in the things which they have.
  5. Those dedicated practitioners of the Gospel of Prosperity have their rewards and comforts only in this life, like the rich man did as compared to Lazarus, as a substitute for eternal life.
  6. Putting so much emphasis on prosperity and things and status encourages, contrary to the teachings of Jesus, the living by bread alone instead of the living by every Word that comes out of the mouth of God.
  7. Satan as the prince of this world has far more control over the things of this world than He does over Christ’s kingdom. In fact, Christ’s kingdom is the only part of this world where Satan has no control at all!
  8. The Gospel of Prosperity is more consistent with the American Democratic Faith, which many Americans have substituted for the Gospel of Christ, than it is the Gospel of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. The American Democratic Faith is characterized by (1) emphasis on the majority while the Bible is on the minority, (2) toleration to the extent like the Presbyterians recently voted whether to preach Christ as the only way of salvation since it seemed intolerant, and (3) “life, liberty, and the pursuit of things” of the American dream as is they can provide lasting happiness.
  9. The Gospel of Prosperity stores up more treasures on earth than in heaven and makes the heart trust more in those earthly treasures than in any treasures in heaven.
  10. The Gospel of Prosperity makes the world’s millionaires the biggest believers and models for believers while in reality we know that only one in a million of them that can pass through the eye of a needle can be saved.
  11. The Gospel of Prosperity makes a farce out of the teaching of Jesus to the rich young man to whom He said, “You lack one thing in your religion. Go, give up all that you have to the poor, then come follow me.” He could not follow Jesus and the Gospel of Jesus because of the obstruction of priority for his possessions. He went away from Jesus sorrowful, the Bible says, because he had great possessions.
  12. The Gospel of Prosperity is a bad example for poor believers who will never have prosperity, both deceiving them and leading them to think that they have no faith because they have no prosperity. Job would not put up with such an accusation of no faith in Jesus when he lost his prosperity, neither should poor believers have to put up with such a distortion of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ and of the kingdom of Christ. If just one poor Christian believing child of God is caused to stumble by such false Bible teaching and preaching, then woe be it unto the preacher or teacher who causes such a child of God to stumble. Not only do they have on themselves the curse of preaching another Gospel, which is not another Gospel of the same kind as the Gospel of Christ and the kingdom, but they also have on themselves the curse that it would be better for them to be cast into the sea than to cause just one little poor child of God to stumble, much less the thousands they reach with such a popular Gospel of this world.

1-9:  The Great Falling Away in Churches.

The great apostasy called the Falling away can be stated as starting in 1909 with the Scofield Reference Bible, but really got its momentum in Protestantism as judged by the SBC around with the 10-year plan of feuding fundamentalist now for propaganda purposes called the conservative resurgence.  Before that date in the SBC, there was a falling away from the doctrine of the priesthood of believers, then the Gospel of Prosperity, and later with the Left Behind series of Tim LeHaye a false rapture and other feel good and comfortable sermons like with Osteen.  The great apostasy can be measured in terms of what churches and preachers took up these four Christian fables.

  1. The Apostasy was and continues to be more a dynamic in American society and in the world-wide separation of tares.  Jesus told us not to do it; however, it would seem that He is using this work of Satan to get the tares out of some churches.  Always recall that:  (1) “many are called but few are chosen”; (2) the falling away tares did not experience the 9 month new birth of the good seed, therefore were the 75% of the Snatching, Stumbling, and Falling Away three-fourth of the seed sown of the Word; (3) no doubt, with this separation of the tares will come the removal from the earth of God the Holy Spirit, the loosing of Satan, the rising tide of sin and lawlessness, and finally the great final battle for the world at Megiddo.
  2. During all these trying times, it must be remembered that God knows and puts a seal on the head of all those “chosen”.
  3. God’s sheep hear and know the inward voice of God.
  4. My sheep (people) hear my voice and know, it is only that a few are chosen to hear special, and as the population increase that few becomes a smaller percent, also the falling away takes care of a very large number.

“He that comes to me must believe that I am and am a rewarder of those that diligently seek me.”

The falling away is different in each church or group, that is the rate of increase and then dissipation to the seek the place of the greatest Christian fables.  the rapture theorists have by far provided the greatest source of attraction for the Christian fables crowd, and then comes the psy you up preachers that promise you everything.  It has been seen in a lot of churches lately that a church through the years is filled with empty people and finally they get so filled to overflowing with emptiness that the church goes puff, it disappears, goes elsewhere to seek satisfaction on Christian fables, most generally in either the rapture escape or the feel-good preachers.

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