For those that have seen the mess in the church and have unsuccessfully tried to clean things up from within, the Lord is saying, “It is time!” For those that have been hurt and wounded by demonic leaderships of manipulation and control in local churches, the Lord is saying, “It is time!”
Month: December 2011
Stop wasting your time; stop believing the lie that tells you this is the way it’s supposed to be; it’s a lie that demonizes you if you even question the way things are being done in your local church. It is time to stop being miserable ministers and step into the joy of your Master; even as you face challenges, even as you engage in great battles, even as it gets bloody and nasty at times, the joy of the Lord is your strength to continue this fight of faith and to finish the race that God has for you.
This is a church in great trouble. Perhaps, out of all the seven churches, this is the one that looks from the outside as if they have everything in place. This is, in my opinion, the prosperity Gospel church! They surely look good, but it is filled with hypocrisy.
The Church of Philadelphia is another church that received positive reviews from the Lord. The message for this church is directed to those Christians that are currently tired; they have done all they know to do, but the battle has been so intense that they find themselves wore out.
This is a representation of many denominations that act as if their gift to speak tongues places them above others. They can’t just tell you something, they must add all of the homiletic techniques they learned in their dead seminaries. This church is filled with what many identify as spiritual arrogance. They place a great deal of emphasis in the gifts of the Spirit, or at least that is what they think; so they strive to move with such gifts during their Sunday services.
This is a church that is terribly lacking the gift of discernment; therefore, they stand on very dangerous grounds; not preparing for battle because they have an almost naïve view of the enemy.
In my short life as a Christian I have seen plenty of these Christians; they have a false sense of what love, mercy and grace are. The message for this church is to repent and take care of business by confronting and taking these false prophets out from among them.
The Bible tells us about this church that even as they are poor and afflicted they are rich. This individual is walking in love, is working hard for the Lord, has intimacy with the Lord and has all that the other kinds of Christians are lacking. The sad reality is that this kind of church is not even preached these days.
The warning for the Ephesus Church is severe; it speaks about removal. God is not going to put up with this kind of Church or Christian for too long. Without intimacy we have nothing! I believe that many of us have fallen at one point or another in this category; we are busy in the things of God while ignoring HIM. Ephesus is a call for intimacy!
I have no doubt that the descriptions given to us in Revelation are not only of seven kinds of churches, but also a personality profile of the seven kinds of Christians out there. As we take a closer look at these seven churches I hope that we all can take an inventory of the kind of Christians that we are and the kind of local churches we are a part of.