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Ineffective Church

aymon de albatrus
slave of Christ

“For a time will be when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own lusts, they will heap up to themselves teachers tickling the ear;” (2Ti 4:3 LIT)

Why is the modern Democratic Church of our times so ineffective?

There are a few solid reasons for it, but in general the church thrives best when under difficulties and persecutions. Basically our modern church on the main has accommodated itself with the “fat” world and thus the world tolerates it granting her a somewhat pleasant peaceful rich living. And so it is left alone as long as it does not interfere with the running of the secular society and does not proclaim the full counsel of God. The modern compromised church does all that and so it is in the most part left alone in her compromised state.

But unconverted men and women do not want God, do not understand the things of God, cannot submit to God, nor they want to have Him.  By definition they hate the things of God. And so the church has learned to be quite and not preach what the full Gospel declares as sin. In return the secular institutions tolerate her as an ineffective nuisance.

This is the overall background in which two malignant factors have been born and grown to leaven the whole lump to render the church ineffctive: Evolution and Democracy.

EVOLUTION
Evolution is a particular virulent insidious menace for it aims at the destruction of God’s foundations; for God says:
“I am the Sovereign God who created you and there is none other God beside me”.(Isa 45:6) Moreover He claims His rights: “Because I have created you I can do what I want with you and you have to render an account of your life to me and I got all rights to pass My judgement on you, to reward you or to punish you for eternity depending on how you obey my commands to you”. (Deu 7:9,10) In other words we are TOTALLY dependent on Him and there is no escape. Praise God to the highest.

BUT if there is a single thing that evil man hates above all is to be submitted to another, especially submission to God for with Him it is even more than submission, it is the complete surrender of everything we are and have, absolute giving up ALL of what we are to Him, even our lives, which indeed He gave to us in the first place: “…… And what do you have that you did not receive? And if you received [it], why do you boast as [if you] did not receive?” (1Co 4:7 LIT)

Man viscerally hates this control over him, with ALL his being.

Thus, rebellious man has invented a concept that in his deranged deluded mind does away with God and His imposition on his life. He has invented Evolution which is a system that does not require the existence of God or gods. If God does not exist then sin does not exists either and thus he thinks to be free to do what he likes and in this way he needs not render an account of his life to anyone.

Moreover this system does not have an afterlife, for it is all in the natural and after death there is, well   .…. nothing. No eternal spiritual life, no rewards, no punishments, just nothing for the being does not . This, in their minds, frees them from the hated concept of God and sin. But they are hopelessly deluded for God exists and He is a rewarder of those who obey and submit to Him, and a punisher of those who disobey and rebel to Him; and there is NO escape for we live and have our being in Him (Act 17:28). To the former the reward is eternal life in Paradise in His presence with the Angels, and to the latter eternal life of punishment in Hell in the presence of Satan and his demons. I fear heathens are in for a shocking surprise when they die, and die they will, indeed.

Now, remember that when life is good without problems, fewer people seek the comfort of God’s institutions for the unbelievers have no need of these when they are well. But when persecution comes people flock in droves seeking refuge in the church.  This does not necessarily means that many more are saved, for known to God are His people to the last one, regardless of how many fill the church walls. Only His elect will be saved, every one of them, for Jesus only prays for those the Father gave to Him: “I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which you have given me; for they are yours.” (Joh 17:9)

At the moment between the lie of Evolution and good times people are leaving the church in droves (but not the elect of God), and this explains why the church is so ineffective in reaching people for they have a powerful alternative that perfectly fills the need of their natural secular hearts to be free of God. And it makes good sense considering their precepts: “If God and sin do not exist, then what is the point to be in the church!”

That Evolution is a lie and a fantasy is clearly perceived by all by simple rational reasoning looking at nature: “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” (Rom 1:20But the desire to do away with God is so strong that they willingly believe the Lie: “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” (2Th 2:11)

But the existence of God is so obvious by nature and the natural things all around us to leave them without excuse and in their sins: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God has showed it to them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” (Rom 1:18-20)

Indeed we can even postulate that more faith is required to believe in Evolution that the existence of God who is easily detectable by Creation. A simple reasoning can disprove Evolution for its principle is that order comes out of disorder, but such “evolution” has never been seen. Indeed what we see is that all things degenerate into disorder. Truly to believe in Evolution requires a huge leap of “Faith”.

Now, out of Evolution our Democracy had a perfect grounding to unfold, evolve and grow to maturity to the delight and joy of unbelievers.

DEMOCRACY
Democracy simply means: “Power (government) of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

As you can see, even though it sounds so fair, God is not in it at all, and now mankind can consider himself sovereign and the Captain of his life. Therefore Democracy is not a godly thing but a satanic principle to dupe the people into believing that there is no God, but only themselves in authority and NO sin, because if sin is offense against God and if He does not exists, then neither sin exists.

Democracy on the surface appears to be a good thing, but fundamentally it is against God because it promotes the sovereignty of man over all things and negates, by definition, the existence of God. And if it admits His existence, He has to be subordinate to man and that is IMPOSSIBLE. Surely the creature cannot rule over the Creator.

The sad thing is that many Christian have embraced Democracy as God given, but it is not. In fact it is one of the best deceptions propagated by the evil one upon man. Now many churches that have been infiltrated by Democracy readily align themselves with the ways of the world and have compromised the Faith once given to the Saints. They do this intending to be effective in the world to fill the church.  But the vast majority of these people attracted by drums and worldly methods are not converted and after a while they leave once the “goose bumps” are exhausted. These people are not born of God but only come for the fun of it and quickly wither away for they have no good ground to grow roots (Luk 8:6). Thus these churches are not effective at all but complete failures and a disgrace to Christ.  Do not be fooled, for a Mega-church is no evidence of real Disciples of Christ, indeed the contrary, for the road leading to Heaven is narrow and difficult, because the way that takes to Paradise is narrow and difficult and only a few arrive to destination: “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it.” (Mat 7:13,14)

Moreover with democracy mankind has instituted his own laws independent of God and out of those a host of evils have been openly propagated and promoted by man under the guise of man’s sovereignty, such as: Abortion, Divorce, Homosexuality, Adultery, Feminism, Heathenism and a host of others. All these are against God’s statutes but legalised by man’s laws and the church has absorbed many of these in its bosom. (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124379172024269869.html)

All this has been possible by Evolution for it promoted and demanded that God does not exists and thus under this precept sin is impossible and therefore man is THE ruler of his own life only responsible to himself. This means he can do no wrong with Democracy legalising it.

Indeed the modern church in truly ineffective these days for on the main it has abandoned or compromised the ways of the Lord and instead is imbibed in the ways of the world in order to be relevant to this decrepit democratic society. But the church of Christ is not called to be relevant to the world and accommodating to it, it is called to be the Salt and the light of the earth and the salt is curative but also painful.  Now the church of today has lost its salt and it is useless and trodden by men, ineffective as we clearly see all around us: “You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost his flavour, with which shall it be salted? it is thereafter good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” (Mat 5:13)

The real facts is that today to most people the church is good for nothing and should be done away with as a growing number of people are effectively planning to do by passing ungodly anti-church laws.

But let us not despair because the Church belongs to Christ, it is He that has instituted it and nurturing it and has promised that nothing will overcome it: “And I say also to you, That you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Mat 16:18)

Nevertheless the church has to be faithful to Christ and has to expel from its bosom all the compromises with the world and proclaim fearlessly the full Gospel of God with boldness without changing or watering down the full Faith once delivered to the Saints: “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write to you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write to you, and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints.” (Jude 1:3)

Yes, it is true that the church is at the moment ineffective on the main, but we are strong in Christ and have full confidence that He will bring His church to the full final victory over the enemy of our souls for He has reserved for himself 7,000 men that have not bent the knee to Baal: “But what does the Divine answer say to him, "I reserved to Myself seven thousand men who did not bow a knee to Baal." [1 Kg. 19:18]” (Rom 11:4)

Let us rejects ALL the ways of the world and let us determine in ourselves to follow only the ways of the Lord without turning to the left or the right, and let the world go the way it wants to go. “Ye shall observe to do therefore as Jehovah your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.” (Deu 5:32)

We must determine to follow only Christ and Him crucified to find ourselves ready for His return at any time, the rest He will look after.

If every Christian were to truly do that, then the church would NOT be ineffective. AMEN and AMEN.