“Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:” Luke 12:51.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ begins with an ultimatum then a dialog with the Lord develops. Religion begins with developing a dialog, continuing a dialog with the ultimatum given by checking a box on a card to put into the offering plate. There is no draw of the Holy Spirit because it is not the Gospel of Jesus being preached. Circumcision of the heart never occurs because our dialog continues with the religious and never the Lord. Our Salvation remains in our mind and never ascends to our heart.
Once we turn from our religion and allow the Holy Spirit to draw us to the Truth of the full Gospel of Jesus, the things we once did out of religious necessity to overcome our sin nature (memorize scripture, fast, etc.) become the very things we can’t get enough of. It is as if our spirits are emaciated and are now being fed meat. The sin nature we fought so hard against is now something the Lord is pruning. The bondages which once required breaking family curses and soul ties, positive confession instead of confession of sin and casting out a demon instead of overcoming the sin, we are now delivered from through our faith in what Jesus did instead of what we have to do.
Our salvation is a choice. God does not send people to hell, it is a choice we make by not making a choice. Our spiritual growth is a choice as well. The false teachers we see on the television are the false teachers we read about in the Word of God and the pews many are sitting in on Sundays are following the doctrine of the false teachers. The Purpose Driven Life churches, word of faith churches and prosperity churches are all following right down the path of the universal world order we read about in Revelations 13…yet it seems as if many remain blind. “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” 2 Thessalonians 2:11. Are we really going to sit back and allow the wolves to steal the sheep while the shepherds are seemingly asleep?
God still has and will always have a remnant of people who are seeking Him and His Truth. There are still churches that preach the purity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. Adding the Gospel of Jesus to another gospel does not make the other gospel pure but makes the believer a harlot. Discern the doctrines, study the Word of God and seek the Lord for His Truth….He will guide you to His Truth but we must be willing to accept His Truth, otherwise He will allow us to believe a lie (2 Thess. 2:11). – Donna Warren