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Published by Pastor Tavares Robinson on 27 Jun 2018

Childish Leadership

By Tavares Robinson

It’s amazing how many people pretend to live Spirit-filled lives until their denominational persuasion or political preferences are touched.

In fact, the rivers of gross deception have risen and swept away many who you thought were sober-minded and biblically centered.

We spend more time on social media “politicking” and “positioning,” rather than praying and proclaiming. We operate our social media sites the same way we read our Bibles — proof-texting. This is best described as a method by which an individual isolates a quotation and uses it out of context, without regard to the true meaning of the quotation. Not to mention, proof-texting does not consider how a quote coincides with other quotes on the same subject.

But we scroll through countless sites to find material that supports our presupposed beliefs. And based on our discoveries, we believe that our views must be accurate because others think the same way. Delusion!

In the words of Demosthenes, an ancient Athenian statesman and orator, “Nothing is so easy as to deceive oneself; for what we wish, we readily believe.”

It is discouraging, sickening, and appalling, to see the behavior and mannerisms of so-called believers when their “idols” are touched. If we had this much passion for Christ, and His word, like we do for our favorite preacher or political party, the church’s landscape would look differently.

Make no mistake about it, God is going to give every nation the leadership that they deserve. The leadership you choose, tells a lot about your heart and what God thinks about you. The nation of Israel wanted a king so they could be like the rest of the world, so God gave them a king that looked impressive — head and shoulders above all the people — but he was never God’s choice. God gave the people a physical manifestation of what their hearts looked like internally. Every time they saw King Saul, they saw themselves.

What is God saying to us today? From the White House, down to our local church house, we are childish. We have people in positions of power with titles, but they don’t possess neither the character nor the temperament of that title.

Abraham Lincoln said, “If you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

This spirit of pride in leadership is alarming, egregious, and eternally dangerous! True biblical leadership is about serving, not demanding; it’s about being last, not first; it’s about leading, not controlling; it’s about being mistreated, but not retaliating; it’s about humility, not exaltation; it’s about giving your all, but not expecting something in return.

True leadership is not an avenue for validation or fulfilling one’s self worth, it’s about responsibility—eternal responsibility. It’s about standing before the Alpha and the Omega, alone, and giving account for your motives; your stewardship of the things you received and the things you have heard; and in what way did you influence others. It’s about forever foreseeing the day that Christ will ask me to hold my hands up, and to wonder if blood will drip down from them. It’s a terrifying duty, not a worldly glorified acceptance.

Many in leadership are suffering from the Dunning-Kruger Effect and don’t even know it. It’s a psychological principle, but the Bible has one word for it: Pride. People suffering from this effect are really incompetent and unable to recognize their own incompetence; therefore, it leads to an inflated self-assessment of their abilities. But this is not something new; it was part of God’s judgment in times past.

The prophet Isaiah declared, “I will make boys their leaders, and toddlers their rulers. People will oppress each other–man against man, neighbor against neighbor. Young people will insult their elders, and vulgar people will sneer at the honorable. In those days, a man will say to his brother, ‘Since you have a coat, you be our leader! Take charge of this heap of ruins!’ But he will reply, ‘No! I can’t help. I don’t have any extra food or clothes. Don’t put me in charge!’ For Jerusalem will stumble, and Judah will fall, because they speak out against the LORD and refuse to obey him. They provoke him to his face. The very look on their faces gives them away. They display their sin like the people of Sodom and don’t even try to hide it. They are doomed! They have brought destruction upon themselves. Tell the godly that all will be well for them. They will enjoy the rich reward they have earned! But the wicked are doomed, for they will get exactly what they deserve. Childish leaders oppress my people, and women rule over them. O my people, your leaders mislead you; they send you down the wrong road,” (Isaiah 3:4-12).

God’s judgment on a society can be when He withholds true godly leadership on every level; subsequently, the void is filled with zealous, pompous and incompetent people. To be deprived of godly leadership is worse than a famine of food and water.

Mark this down: Anytime there is incompetence in leadership, there will be a breakdown and a disrespect among the people. Notice what God said through Isaiah: “People will oppress each other – man against man, neighbor against neighbor. Young people will insult their elders, and vulgar people will sneer at the honorable.”

Do we not see this very sign among us now? There is a level of hate and disrespect in this country that’s brewing toward internal catastrophe. In an age in which sexual immorality has been giving a platform to proclaim its sinful indulgence, so has racism, fascism, and ill-treatment has been given a mic. The volume of that mic has been so magnified that even Christians and church leaders have begun to parrot the same language. When leadership in the church submit to secular and unredeemed counsel to be the template of how they are leading God’s people, frightening consequences are looming.

Church, wake up and stop allowing the world to lead! Are you being the light? Have you allowed the water of worldliness to dilute your spiritual composition of being salt? Have we become like Samson and played with the world for so long that we, in our pride, just assume Christ is still with us? Have we been become so deceived that we think Christ is a Republican, Democrat, or other?

There is a story in the book of Joshua, chapter 5, right before the possession of Jericho, Joshua has an encounter with the pre-incarnated Christ. Joshua asks the Man is He for them or for their adversaries? And to Joshua’s surprise, the Man does not respond with an answer to Joshua’s question; he simply says, “No!” This is not a proper response to a question but He refuses to answer because Joshua asked the wrong question. It was not about was the Man on Joshua’s side, but whether Joshua was on His side. The question should be, “Are we really on the Lord’s side?” Are we really viewing current events through the lens of the word of God? Or are we simply “cherry-picking” to reinforce our determined view?

You can be “so proud to be American,” that you become disqualified from being a humble Christian. Don’t misunderstand me; I thank God for the freedom from which this nation has granted me, but I’m not so deceived to the notion that you can be a great patriot, and still be an enemy with God.

Patriotism does not equal Christian citizenship. In many churches in America, the messages on Sunday tend to be whatever transpired that week from the news – sinful! I would challenge those who are sitting in the congregation week after week, hearing political driven message, to ask your pastor, “Are you a spokesman for political parties or for Christ?” Ask him, “Are you viewing circumstances through the lens concerning the Last Days, or are you viewing circumstances through the lens of your political vote?”

Childish leadership has taken over the scope of the land. We are correcting errors with other errors but believe it’s OK because the last thing was so wrong; deceived! Today’s leadership needs to be reminded of the ancient proverb, “Two wrongs don’t make a right.”

In today’s culture, being vindictive, easily offended, and entitled, has become badges of honor. The statement “either you are for me or against me,” has become the statement of faith for many. Unsettled hostility and anger are being diagnosed as “passion,” and both accepted as admirable virtues.

Let us not forget what king Solomon said, “Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul,” (Proverbs 22:24-25). Why are these things happening? Could it be the judgment of God? Could history be repeating itself once again?

Believers, take Isaiah’s warning seriously concerning how your leaders are leading you down the wrong road. Ask Christ to give you hears to ear because the Holy Spirit has been giving orders to start the eviction process. There are many things that have taken place among church leadership that God has not overlooked. God’s mercy goes beyond humankind’s understanding, but when He says, “that’s enough!” who is going to restrain Him? Christ will indeed have a pure church who has not defiled her garments.

Published by Pastor Tavares Robinson on 27 Dec 2017

The Silence of the Church

By Tavares Robinson

 

We are living in a time where silence has become something admirable. The admiration has led many to believe that promotion from God will come if you just mind your business.

I understand there is a time to be quiet; however, there is also a time to speak. When the Holy Spirit is compelling us to open our mouths, silence is not a badge of honor and humility.

When Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany, he scornfully dismissed the church and its leaders as an irrelevant voice posing no threat to his agenda. Sadly, Hitler was right. Many of the German churches remained quiet and looked the other way. Hitler said, “We should destroy the preachers by their notorious greed and self-indulgence. We shall thus be able to settle everything with them in perfect peace and harmony. I shall give them a few years reprieve, why should we quarrel? . . . They will betray their God for us, they will betray anything for the sake of their miserable jobs and income.”

The church looked away, thinking that showing “love” instead of confronting evil would turn the tide. But this not only encouraged the sin; in fact, it directly strengthened the hands of the evildoers. Few voices were raised against the monstrous Nazi evil during that time. One of the few was Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He understood that love for Christ and others required courage to speak the truth even in unfavorable times. Bonhoeffer was deeply troubled by the church silence:

“We the church must confess that we have not proclaimed often or clearly enough the message of the One God who has revealed Himself for all time in Christ Jesus, and who will tolerate no other gods beside Himself. She must confess her timidity, her cowardice, her evasiveness and her dangerous concessions. She was silent when she should have cried out because the blood of the innocent was crying aloud to heaven. . . The church is guilty of the deaths of the weakest and most defenseless brothers of Jesus Christ. The church must confess that she has desired security and peace, quiet, possession, and honor to which she has no right. She has not born witness to the truth of God and by her silence, she has rendered herself guilty, because of her unwillingness to suffer for what she knows to be right.”

In its thunderous silence, the church became a traitor to the lordship of Christ. She failed to heed Bonhoeffer’s prophetic words, and within a few years Hitler’s agenda was accomplished—with over eleven million people being murdered, including Dietrich Bonhoeffer himself. True biblical love never turns a blind eye to deception, error and sin. The attitude that we should ignore these things and “just let God deal with it,” is anything but biblical. Compromising for the sake of peace, acceptance and approval is never the answer for devoted Christians.

This type of mindset draws minimal opposition from the Enemy. Satan knows people have the ability to reassess their spiritual condition, so his plan is to keep them as comfortable as possible. It could even appear God is rewarding them because of their increased earthly achievements, adding credibility to the notion that God is blessing them despite their unbiblical view of love. It is a view of love that compromises for the sake of adulation and approval.

What happened among the German churches happened first to the church at Corinth. In First Corinthians chapter five, we see a church that has become seduced by a false notion of grace and love. There was a particular man who was having a sexual relationship with his stepmother. This illicit relationship bore the same stigma as if the man had been having a sexual relationship with his own mother. Incestuous affairs were of course forbidden by the Scriptures: “Do not have sexual relations with your father’s wife; that would dishonor your father,” intoned Leviticus 18:8. “A man is not to marry his father’s wife; he must not dishonor his father’s bed,” Deuteronomy 22:30 reads.

This incestuous affair was even considered taboo by the pagan city of Corinth. To say that the city did not approve this sort of thing speaks volume. Corinth was known as the hotbed of immorality. Living a blatant, licentious lifestyle was standard. The city had temple priestesses who served as prostitutes where men would go in and have sexual relations as part of their temple worship. The prostitutes would leave the temple to come into the city and sell their services in the marketplace. They lived the immoral life to the fullest, and the church allowed this to go on. The world was looking at the church and saying, “Even we know that is wrong!” That is what troubled the apostle Paul.

What outraged Paul the most was not just the man’s sin, but the Corinthian church’s response to his sexual immorality. He asked, “And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have gone into mourning and have put out of your fellowship the man who has been doing this?” (1 Cor. 5:2). There are perhaps two main reasons why the church looked the other way when it came to egregious sin. First, the rejection of the authority of the Word of God. They overlooked the sin even after Paul said, “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people, (1 Cor. 5:9). Second, the church had a false view of love, which led directly to the rejection of the Scripture. With the rejection of Scripture came a causal attitude toward sin.

What the church of Corinth displayed in this salacious situation was definitely not biblical love but rather the character traits of worldly love and undiscerning tolerance. Embracing tolerance just because it is politically correct will cause us to ignore what the Scripture says about a particular issue so we can come across as more loving and accepting. But according to Paul, when the church remains silent, this is not evidence of walking in love but in pride. “Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough?” (1 Cor. 5:6). The Corinthians should have been grieving over the sin within their ranks, but they allowed sin to influence and corrupt the church at large.

How is it that when non-Christians divorce, due to adultery, we call them sinners? But when our favorite church leaders do the same, we call them human, say they’re under grace, and we allow them to hold on to leadership positions? We judge the person in the world, but we protect the one in the church. When someone in the church speaks against our personal idols, whether it is a sinning leader, smoking, drinking, or sexual perversion, it is common to hear, “Who are you to judge?” “That is not the love of God,” “That is not your business” or “Just pray about it.” According to Paul, this should never be. “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. Expel the wicked person from among you,” (1 Cor. 5:12-13).

When the love of God is mishandled and becomes something foreign to God’s Word, we move from an apostolic view of love to a therapeutic view of love. When things are done contrary to God’s Word, and we are not bothered by it, that is a good indicator that we have attached ourselves to a strange love. This love is toxic, the mixture of poison and some truth. Biblical love is indeed the greater virtue, but without the complete truth, it loses its potency.

Published by Pastor Tavares Robinson on 17 Nov 2017

The description of a talebearer and their sudden downfall

By Tavares Robinson

The word talebearer is one term that has been overlooked today, due to our habit of redefining words. But as we draw closer to Christ’s return, Satan will aggressively make his way into the church and corrupt the character of many who believe they are Christian. But in actuality, these people are working on behalf of the evil one.

Living in an age full of deception, error is not only coming from the pulpits; in fact, it’s coming from the pews as well. Error has gained access through erroneous teachings and unbiblical spiritual authority. Additionally, it’s been revealed through a perverse character and a fictitious spirituality.

The Apostle Paul warned of this type of behavior in 2 Timothy chapter 3. He warned of those who have a “form” of true godliness but have no true “power.” These people have a reputation among others, but in reality, godliness is not in their possession. These are the same charismatic “believers” with wretched character: blinding others with a heart that seems to care, only to mask its craftiness. These people are no different from the fig tree that Jesus cursed (Mark 11:12-14). They have become fig-tree Christians, who look good and promising from a distance until you get close and realize they are barren and fruitless.

They can quote scriptures because they have been planted in good soil, but what they quote does not match their spiritual condition. If our Savior didn’t eat from that tree, neither should we! Paul goes on to say that these individuals have only a form because they reject the very thing that can produce godliness. They reject the conviction and the purification of the Holy Spirit to transform their heart.

In scripture, the heart is not being referred to as our physical organ; instead, it’s speaking about one’s will, emotions and desires. In essence, it’s the sum total of our character which includes our motives. Satan, in the last days, will begin to move upon those who appear to be saved, but their hearts are unregenerate and deficient in holiness.

You might be thinking, “What does that have to do with a talebearer?” Well, if you read through the exhaustive description that Paul gives us (2 Tim. 3:2-5), you will see very alarming mannerisms and character traits that will be displayed, not from the world, but by those who profess salvation. Paul gives us some descriptions which will be the catalyst for degenerating attitudes among family members and personal relationships.

In the list we see, disobedient to parents… unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control…, and traitors. These sorts of behaviors are covenant breakers! When those who confess Christ as Lord and Savior live out these destructive mannerisms, great strain will be placed on family and personal friendships, along with a door now open for demonic activity.

One word we will extract from the list, is the word slander. This word slander in the Greek is the word Diabolos. This is a very strong and destructive term. Why? Because this is actually the name for the devil. It’s comes from the word which means to “throw between.” Slanderers operate by throwing words in between others. They use false accusations with the intention to divide. They can even take something that is true, but because of a hidden motive, distort what’s true by incorporating innuendos. They are people of unscrupulous speech. These people are malicious gossipers who are so deceptive, that they personally deceive themselves. They have operated this way for so long that they are now indifferent when they actually do it.

Satan has placed them on his payroll. And what’s so alarming is, they don’t even know it. These people are now functioning as Satan’s mouthpiece. He uses their mouth and their tongue to cause others to stumble. They are actually the children of the devil; therefore, they imitate his ways. Jesus, in John chapter 8, knew those Jews could not be children of God simply by their ways, so he identified who their father was (v.44). A slanderer operates under a perverse and lying spirit and cannot be trusted. In the Old Testament, a similar word was used for someone like this, and it was the word talebearer.

Let’s take a look at what the scriptures say about this type of person.

A talebearer is a person who maliciously gossips or reveals secrets. One who spreads the mischief of others but conceals their own personal shame. The word of God is not in favor of character of this sort:

He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is trustworthy conceals a matter -Proverbs 11:13

A perverse man spreads strife, and a slanderer separates intimate friends -Proverbs 16:28

The one who forgives an offense seeks love, but whoever repeats a matter separates close friends -Proverbs 17:9

The words of a talebearer are as self-inflicted wounds, and they have gone down to the inner parts of the heart -Proverbs 18:8

He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; therefore, do not associate with one who flatters with his lips -Proverbs 20:19

Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.  As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to kindle strife. The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, And they go down into the inmost body. Fervent lips with a wicked heart Are like earthenware covered with silver dross. He who hates, disguises it with his lips, and lays up deceit within himself; When he speaks kindly, do not believe him, for there are seven abominations in his heart; Though his hatred is covered by deceit, His wickedness will be revealed before the assembly. Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him. A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it, and a flattering mouth works ruin. -Proverbs 26:20-28

You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people; nor shall you take a stand against the life of your neighbor: I am the Lord. -Leviticus 19:16

A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not know wickedness. Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will destroy; The one who has a haughty look and a proud heart, Him I will not endure. My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land. That they may dwell with me. He who walks in a perfect way, He shall serve me. He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who tells lies shall not continue in my presence. – Psalm 101:4-7

Clearly, this sort of character is offensive to the holiness of God and should not be represented in the lives of fellow believers. But unfortunately, the church in the last days, will have to encounter this spirit and must know how to make sure they are not inflicted by this demonic influence. Sadly, many friendships and family relationships will suffer and be fractured due to talebearing and gossip.

Paul speaks about busybodies and those whose mouth is not tamed, “Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not,” (1 Tim.5:13). As believers, we are commanded to confront such actions with the intention of our fellow brother or sister may come to repentance. But If our concern is rejected, God command us to withdraw from such person (2 Tim. 3:5).

We shall all take heed and to guard ourselves knowing that future outcome of this sin is not favorable.

Published by Pastor Tavares Robinson on 01 Jan 2016

A Subverted Gospel by Pastor Tavares Robinson

Imagine attending your local church one Sunday morning and anticipating hearing a word from the Lord. Your pastor announces to the spiritual hungry congregation that he feels “the Lord is shifting the direction and focus of the church.” With excitement, your heart races for the unknown, and then your pastor reveals the new slogan for the church – “Love God and Love People.” On the surface, this sounds very biblical and godly. But is it really?

In this reading, we will attempt to dive below the surface, and uncover the misleading and dangerous format that has appealed to the hearts of the restless. Those whom ears are constantly itching for the new revelation, as well as those who have been abused by unscriptural authority. I pray that this article will arrest the nature of readers and compel them to reexamine their hearts and direction as it relates to the scriptures. It only takes the tip of an iceberg to sink what most believe is impossible!

As we get closer to the return of Christ, scripture repeatedly warns us about End Time Deception. This deception, so convincing and believable, will be the culprit causing many to become casualties of apostasy. Apostasy, the abandonment or renunciation of ones religious beliefs, is not limited to those who will walk away from the church. Those deceived will also include believers that defect from the truth or original path, change courses, or profess Christianity but deny both essential and historical truths. In the Last Day, deception will not be accidental or by happenstance. People will make a deliberate choice of the heart, will, and desire, to forsake ancient biblical truths and stray from the original pathway.

When we forsake one thing, it will always require us to replace it with something else. That’s just the nature of things. The apostle Paul addressed this specific issue with the Church at Corinth. In the eleventh chapter of the Second Epistle, Paul writes,

“But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he comes preaching another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different GOSPEL which you have not accepted, you may well put up with it.” (2 Corinthians 11:3-4).

Here, it is clear that Paul was very concerned that the followers of Christ were forsaking what they always knew to be true and turning to another god, another spirit, and another gospel.

God, the Holy Spirit, and the Gospel are all connected. One cannot know God of the Bible and possess His Spirit yet preach a gospel that differs from Jesus’ teaching. This is deception! Leaders profess to follow the same God and possess the same spirit, yet they are preaching a gospel that looks the same on the surface, but operates with a forged set of parameters and a very different motive. But this should come as no surprise. Paul consistently warns us that Satan, who appears as a angel of light – not an angel of “doom and gloom” – will come into the church and present not Islam, Atheism, or Wicca – a pagan, witchcraft religion, but an even Different Gospel.

The Apostle Paul warned us about a Different Gospel. The Greek word for different is heteros, and it means another of a different kind or quality. On the surface, two things may appear to be the same. However, a more thorough examination and comparison will often reveal that although they look alike, there may be significant qualitative differences.

Why is this a concern or a big deal?

Well, the quality or root of a thing is a major issue to Christ; and therefore, should be a major issue for those who follow him.

How Major?

Paul not only addressed this with the Church in Corinth but also with those in Galatia. Paul under the influence of the Holy Spirit, twice mentioned, in two separate verses, “If anyone preaches a different or another gospel to you, let him be ac-cursed.” (Galatians 1:8-9). In other words, the Holy Spirit is saying for those who preach another gospel, “let them be anathema” – eternal destruction. To know that Christ has appointed and devoted eternal damnation for those who teach and believe something that is contrary to that which is original is a major cause for concern.

You may still be wondering what does all of this have to do with “Love God and Love People.” To understand, we have to move away from the appearance, and, again, dig beneath the surface. Several years ago, George Barna, the founder of the Barna Group—a market research firm specializing in study in the religious beliefs and behavior of Americans, and the intersection of faith and culture – conducted a poll. In that poll, it was mentioned that non-Christians thought Christians were too judgmental, hypocritical, dogmatic, and unloving. The results of the poll would then rouse some young, “creative and innovative” pastors to collaborate and see how they could reverse the church stigma to make Christianity more relevant to the culture.

What this “golden calf” meeting produced was the core of what we see today. Churches, (1) changing their name to reflect a more relevant, bold tone; (2) removing anything that “seemed” like it was part of tradition Christianity; and (3) surveying their communities to learn what the people desired to see and hear in the church. What soon followed was the slippery slope – a removal of doctrine and expositional teaching and preaching. There was an overwhelming zeal for churches to distance themselves from the hard, “narrow-minded beliefs” that had made Christians seem insensitive. And in the process of becoming more benevolent, the church neglected sound doctrine – the one thing that’s imperative to building maturity, character, and strength in the sheep. Without it, the people cannot be equipped to evangelize at home, in the workplace, to their families, friends, etc.

So there it went! OUT with doctrine and IN with sermons and conferences about fulfilling my “felt” needs, maximizing my potential, reaching my goals, finding my purpose, being significant, living my best life, etc. Needless to say, the extent of duplicity did not end there. The adjustments made to create a seeker-friendly environment would definitely appeal to the non-Christians. But now those that elevated comfort above doctrine, had to persuade the people already in the pews to abandon the formats – structures and standards – that brought them to salvation.

Adopting a new concept of church would not be as difficult a process as one may have assumed. Many were already turned off by spiritual abuse, church hurt and mere boredom and sought something more entertaining. Eventually, a fresh, different idea was fashioned, and it would become the driving force behind our focused slogan, “Love God and Love People”. The latest brand of the church was called “EMERGENT”, and its theme was ”MISSIONAL”. While this may sound like the model aim or purpose of the church, it is important to recall Apostle Paul’s words and reflect on the meaning of another and different. Everything seems great on the surface, but the underlying objective is to reshape the church so that it is more attractive to the world. And with that, the True Gospel is silenced.

So, what does it mean to be “Missional”? Defining such a term can be difficult; especially, when the terms are derived from men-centered creativity having no straightforward definition. This expression has been defined, modified, redefined and changed repeatedly to fit an individual’s liking or choosing. The “on the surface” view is for people to “get out” the four walls of the church and be missionary-like in their communities. “For we all should do the work of the missionary, and not just one particular person.” Well that sounds great, especially to those who have become bored and crave for activities. But this is where the problem occurs. How can you send people out in the communities, to preach the gospel, when you have supplanted and substituted the true doctrine for teachings with that, which meets the people’s needs? People of God, THIS IS END TIME DECEPTION!!

The “Missional” premise only appears to be evangelistic – to pull in seekers, but it’s far from the church described in Acts Chapter 2 verses 40-47, and what Jesus commands in Matthew 8:18-20, which reads:

Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his listeners,  “Save yourselves from this crooked generation!” Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day – about 3,000 in all. All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayers. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshipped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity – All the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved. (Acts:40-47)

Jesus came and told his disciples. “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

The foundation of the Missional Movement is to change the emphasis, in a church, from outward driven evangelism with inward devotion and spiritual growth of the members, to outward focused “evangelism” with little or no serious biblical growth of those on the inside. Everything is incarnational. That means that the biblical function of the church and what goes on inside the church (doctrine, true bible study, and discipleship), is replaced by an emphasis on being trained for service in the community. There is no training on BIBLICAL evangelizing. The people are simply instructed to “show love”. Those a part of this mission movement believe the goal is to do enough good deeds for the unsaved, to show the works of Christ. This sounds easy enough, but it is not biblical!

Doing good deeds is not how the apostles reached the unsaved. Neither is it how Christ reached the unsaved. This is not what Christ teaches; therefore it’s not the gospel – it is another gospel. Saint Francis of Assisi’s quote has become the motto for the new mission, “Preach the gospel at all times. And when necessary, use words.” The flaw with this statement is that you can’t “live” the gospel. The gospel must be preached! To preach is to proclaim, tell abroad, and call out with a clear voice. Working solely to meet the needs of a community is not the biblical mandate for the church. As a matter of fact, to assume the role of meeting the needs of people, being their savior, is a form of pride. Why? Because, none of us will ever do more works for an individual than Christ. Christ did not elevate service over preaching The Uncompromising Truth. Even when people desired his help, Jesus made clear to the disciples that preaching, sharing God’s word, was the purpose for his coming. Jesus never sought to convert the souls of mankind apart from preaching the charge of repentance. (Matt. 4:12-17, Mark 1:32-39)

In all honesty, Christ’s mission was to take care of the spiritual needs of people before tending to the emotional and physical need. Note that in Mark 6:32-44, Jesus teaches the people first – giving them what they need spiritually before he fed them naturally. For us to change our approach because of unmet personal gratifications and the results of polls taken in a post-modern America culture, is bold and extremely prideful. Jesus said, “I will build my Church.” How dare we take it upon ourselves to change how it’s done without the Owner’s authorization.

So what’s the “another gospel” that is produced from this intellectual thinking? It’s a Social Gospel. A gospel that seeks and believes the surrounding unsaved “community” is part of the church, and must therefore be reached through acts of charity, social and political action, etc. Notice, again, that with this new gospel there is no preaching on the wrath of God, sin and repentance, hell, or salvation. Teaching is positive and limited to good works. Our Lord and Savior was born and raised in one of history’s most vile, corrupt, unjust, and brutal cultures. Yet he never made it his vision and goal to issue any social justice or social reform. Jesus came to set the captives free from the penalty of sin and death by turning people’s heart back to the Father through preaching. He didn’t do it through works. We do not reach people by building houses, planting trees and rooting grass in the community. Community service is good, but we can’t serve the community and call it the Gospel of Salvation. The Gospel is the teaching of Christ. There is a difference between humanitarian relief and biblical missionary work.

This is the driving force behind the slogan, “Love God, Love People”. Yes, there is nothing wrong with Loving God and Loving People. The duplicity occurs when people allow their distorted view and display of love to override doctrine and expositional teaching and preaching. When our focus is to please and meet the needs of people, we discount biblical truths so as to not offend others. And we do it under the pretense or deception of “LOVE”. Never once did Jesus water down the word or turn a blind eye (to sin) as a demonstration of love. Love is virtuous, but it must be biblical love – doing or saying what’s right in light of eternity.

You see, at the core, slogans like “Love God and Love People” has nothing to do with salvation. Here, relationship is exalt-ed above biblical teachings. This is the compelling appeal of every cult where it is common to hear things like “Loving is greater than teaching” and “We don’t need doctrine, it only divides. Just give us Jesus”. This is the justification of those in this circle. And although this disgust with division is understandable, without sound and proper teaching, one leaves him-self vulnerable to the influence of another Jesus and an unfamiliar spirit.

When you consider the reputation of those that claim to be saved, but live a life that is contrary to biblical standards, it’s not surprising to hear people say, “Those who are all about biblical doctrine and ‘tradition’ lack true love and compassion.” But all these considered, that’s a bold and hypocritical statement when it comes from those that think people who are dogmatic are too judgmental. Some of these same folks are guilty of eisegesis (importing one’s own ideas or biases into the text) when using the church at Ephesus, in Revelation chapter 2, as an example of people who lack love for God and others. The words that should be imprinted in all of our hearts are those written in Proverbs, “Do not add to his words, or he may rebuke you and expose you as a liar” (Proverbs 30:6; Rev. 2:18-19). Here, we are warned about taking away and adding to God’s word. This is something God, clearly, does not take lightly. Truth be told, the church at Ephesus left their first love as a result of obligation not doctrine. Their service to Christ had become mechanical and had taken on a contractual tone; causing them to neglect the love they had for him in the beginning.

Christ frowns upon men who serve him because they “feel” they have to. God desires the service of those who freely choose to do as they do because they love him. Matter of fact, CHOICE is the foundation of biblical love. I choose to love, despite how you treat me. I choose to love, even if I don’t receive anything in return. True love is not sentimental-ism – appealing to emotions or feelings. It’s doing what’s best for the other person in light of eternity. True love would sacrifice reputation for the sake of leading another to repentance. It always has eternity in mind, and is not concerned with seeking acceptance or admiration.

While we are on the subject of love, let us look at an interesting verse in what we call the “Love Chapter”. In 1Corin-thinas 13:3, Paul makes a striking and compelling statement. He says, “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.” Have we overlooked this verse? In other words, I can feed the hungry, give money to the poor, and even give up my life, and still not have biblical love. In our culture, we have been programmed to believe that doing these things equate to me showing love. That’s wrong! It’s sad and shocking to think that another gospel has fed the hungry, housed the homeless, clothed the naked, and financially aided countless souls to hell! In the words of the late author and revivalist, Vance Havner, “If the social gospel was around during the times of the prodigal son, we would have given him a bed and a sandwich and he would have died a comfortable sinner.”

Do we, as the church, supposed to feed the poor, and visit orphans? Yes! But this is not the gospel, but rather a by-product of regenerated hearts. Biblical evangelism may seem like it’s not working, or perhaps working only at a dawdling pace. But one thing is for certain, God’s way is a proven discipline. One that renders eternal results. Christ uses Biblical Evangelism for His glory. Not for the recognition of man or man’s desire to perform activities. This “Missional” movement is a growing trend that will again change, morphing at each breaking moment. And at each turn, it will grow more and more hostile against Christ in an effort to keep up with a culture. Let this be a notice for us to return back to the scriptures, and seek to be equipped, so we are no longer tossed to and fro by every strange wind, and by the trickery of men (Ephesians 4:11-16). There are people whose souls are on the line and they need to HEAR the gospel. Hearts can only be turned from the power of Satan and to the power of God, through preaching, and the regeneration work of the Holy Spirit.

How shall they hear and believe without a preacher?

 

Published by Pastor Tavares Robinson on 11 May 2011

A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste by Tavares Robinson

It is not uncommon these days to hear Christian leaders say to the people, “If you think about it, then you’re not living by faith”. This statement is not only unbiblical, but extremely dangerous. This sort of belief opens the door for believers to be entertained by doctrines of demons, lying signs and wonders. Nowhere in scripture are we forbidden to “use our brain”. There is a fine line between thinking biblically and being critical. While being critical is prohibited by the Lord (Matthew 7:1-2), trying or testing is commanded (1 John 4:1). How can we examine or test a spirit, if thinking is off limits? Consider two contrasting examples from the Bible. In the first example, we will see that the people had turned off their minds and stop thinking for themselves. The second example, however, reveals a very different group of people who did not just accept what they heard, and as a result, were commended for it.

In the book of Galatians, the Apostle Paul delivers a strong rebuke to individuals who were turning away from the only true gospel. He was shocked to hear this beloved church was moving toward a different gospel – one that would eventually lead the people to eternal damnation (Galatians 1:6-9). The reason this church had moved away was because they were not thinking biblically. This is confirmed in chapter 3 when Paul states, “O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you…”.

Note that the word foolish, as it is used in this context, does not mean one who lacks wits or intelligence. It is, rather, a Greek usage of the word which means one who is not thinking something through or one who is not “using his head”. Paul, by the Holy Spirit, states that reason the Galatians were being deceived is because they were not using their heads concerning the false teaching. Instead, they were bewitched (being led by their emotions).

Let’s look at our last example. In the Book of Acts, Paul preaches to a group of people called the Bereans (Acts 17:10-12). The Bible says that when they heard Paul preach, they immediately went back and searched the scriptures to see if what they were hearing was true. Notice that neither Paul, nor the Holy Spirit, rebuked or condemned these followers. They, unlike the Galatians, were commended and called “fair minded”.

Has the act of being a Berean become sinful? Is this type of mindset now forbidden?

There are some valuable lessons that we can learn from the Bereans. They are lessons that could protect us from deception today.

1) They elevated scriptures above the Apostle Paul’s popularity.
2) They used the Word of God, and not miracles and crowds, as the sole tool for determining if something is of God.
3) They had a readiness for the Word and did not seek out signs for confirmation.
4) They were ready to reject Paul’s counsel, regardless of his reputation, if what he taught contradicted the Word.
5) They had disciplines that prepare them to go back, reread and examine everything they were taught before accepting it as truth.

Paul didn’t reprimand them for searching or thinking, so why is it different today? Why do we believe that thinking is not a sign of faith? The enemy of our soul has a plan. And his plan is to remove the concept of thinking biblically. He wants us to accept the, sometimes, tainted Word of Leaders as that of God’s. It is our responsibility to test the spirit just as the Bereans did. Those who do not are as foolish as the Galatians that Paul rebuked.

It’s time to take inventory of our lives to see if we are Galatians or Bereans. Only one group will see the Lord!!