“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”
—2 Timothy 3:13
INTO THE BELLY OF THE BEAST
Some observations gleaned from a recent trip to the apostate churches.
1- A trip into the apostate churches is always undertaken with the hope that a pocket of believers might be found. However, these hopes are always tempered with the expectations of what the Bible proclaims will be happening in the end times.
“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do”
God’s Word clearly states that a second beast system will rise that will look like a lamb (Christianity) but speak “as a dragon (Satan).”
This system will look very much like Christianity but will really be teaching and promoting Satan’s way. Will these dragon-worshiping churches spring up overnight? Or will the churches that exist simply be used?
Some may feel that there is a huge leap from the churches as they now exist and dragon worship. But unfortunately, that is not true. Most churches already have idols and witchcraft is common in many churches as well. Regardless of how vehemently their members may protest, not much would have to change for the present church system to go FULL DRAGON.
Of course, the people in the churches will insist that they are not worshiping the dragon. They will claim they are worshiping God Almighty and His Son, Jesus Christ.
Just as most claim today.
IF one asks, almost unanimously, church-goers will state they believe we are living in the end times. But while many church-goers are familiar with Revelation 13:11,13, to date none this writer have talked to associate this end times satanic system of churches with the churches they attend.
Holding two contradictory points of view at the same time has a name. It is called cognitive dissonance by the world and is claimed to be a source of stress.
PART TWO: Apostasy in the Churches: 10 More Observations
2- Attendees of the apostate churches claim they can see the ungodliness that is sweeping through the churches.
Other people’s churches.
When asked about their own, invariably they affirm that their church is different.
3- Church-goers are almost all rebellious concerning God’s Word. Most are okay with sections of the Bible, but the entire Bible is something that is very, very hard for the modern apostate to stomach.
Different Scriptures excite different apostates. One church-goer may be agreeable to all Paul’s instructions to Timothy on how to run the church; but to another, 1 Timothy 2:11-14 is fighting words.
“Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.”
—1 Timothy 2:11-14
4- Apostates do not want to obey the Word of God.
Apostates will always give a variety of reasons for why disobedience to God’s Word is acceptable.
They will not obey–but they will feel they have a perfectly legitimate reason for doing so. The Bible records many such instances of disobedience in the children of Israel. When such disobedience was discovered, the disobedient ALWAYS had reasons for their transgressions.
And almost always, God struck the disobedient dead (in Saul’s case–and a few other instances–He decreed death).
5- “There is no perfect church.” is the first line of defense when ungodliness and disobedience in the churches are mentioned. When it is pointed out that much of the churches’ works are directly opposed to Christianity, the discussion moves on to other defenses; such as the churches are “doing God’s work.”
6- Many apostates know that the whole world will worship the dragon in the end times. Many apostates claim they believe the end times are now.
But when asked “Where the world will worship the dragon? Will the world conduct this worship in the streets or in an open field? Or in an already existing church?”
They have no answer.
“And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
7- It can be pointed out that denominations are little more than Satan’s name brands. But there is very little agreement on this point by those who currently inhabit the churches.
8- “At what point will people admit the churches are the problem and not the solution and LEAVE their churches?”
When asked this question, those in the churches usually protest that their churches are doing good works. Good works are their defense for any doctrinal differences with the Bible. (This is the same defense used by various and sundry secret societies which are opposed to Jesus Christ. “We do a lot of good work.”)
To date, the question remains unanswered.
9- A similar unanswered question is “What doctrine is so extreme that once a church adopts it, it will result in most of the church members deserting that church?”
10- When interacting with a church-goer, it is sometimes hard to determine if the person is being deceived or is “deceiving and being deceived.”
In either case, there is nothing for the believer to do other than to share the gospel and pray. No amount of logic, Bible verses, expert communication or any other earthly means will make a difference.
Only prayer and the gospel.
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-4
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Additional observations from this trip will be forthcoming.]
PART TWO: Apostasy in the Churches: 10 More Observations
- BELLY OF THE BEAST: A Trip to Another Apostate Church
- Do You Know if You are Going to Heaven? Be Sure!
- Workers of Iniquity: Deceiving and Deceived
- Deceived and Deceiving, part 2
- To the isolated Christian in this Time of Apostasy
- Assembling Ourselves Together: The Lack of Fellowship in the Churches
- Eternal Salvation: The Narrow Way is Challenging and Few Find It
- FEW THERE BE: How Many Christians are There?
- Satan Has Counterfeited the Christian Church
- Discipleship Deception: The Apostate Church
- The Many Layers of End Times Deception: Deception in the Church
by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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Something to consider…the signs are everywhere…