“He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.”
It’s been about a year ago we wrote about the Discipleship Deception of the apostate churches.
“The emphasis in the last days apostate church has shifted from preaching the gospel to making disciples.”
It’s only gotten worse since then.
The churches have become mad about discipleship.
(Discipleship is not a bad thing in and of itself. But the entire idea of discipleship has been twisted until what Jesus said about discipleship is no longer even a part of the equation. “Making disciples” and “teaching” have become substitutes for preaching the gospel.)
The deceitful workers in the churches dismiss the gospel precisely because it is the “power of God unto salvation.”
In the apostates’ telling, it’s discipleship OVER the gospel because the gospel is no longer enough.
To the apostates, the gospel is inadequate.
To some wolves in sheep’s clothing, “preaching the gospel does not obey the Great Commission.”
This is not discipleship – There is a disturbing trend toward the teaching that “the gospel alone is insufficient.” This very man-centered, backdoor approach downgrades the preaching of the gospel. Christians are being told that “Preaching the gospel doesn’t fulfill the Great Commission.”
Only 2 percent of Christians share their faith, yet Pastor Anton Bosch, the author of this piece, claims that “Preaching the gospel is relatively easy.” He also claims several other things, none of which are particularly biblical.
“So while preaching the Gospel is commanded and is vital, it is NOT discipleship and does not obey the Great Commission.”
Preaching the gospel does not obey the Great Commission?
Only in 21st Century apostate America.
—OF INTEREST: Independent Thoughts from around the Internet: June 11, 2014
Jesus gave the command for believers to “preach and teach” in Matthew 28.
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
Mark 16:15 is even more precise (which is the reason Satan and his ministers have relentlessly attacked Mark 16 as illegitimate. These verses are not even in some new “Bible” versions) while being succinct.
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Hard to get around that (“preach the gospel to every creature“)–which is why the dragon and his minions have put a target on Mark 16.
To be sure, the apostates DO NOT WANT discipleship as defined by Jesus. That would not benefit the mystery of iniquity and its deceitful workers, who masquerade as ministers of light.
What Jesus said about being His disciple is totally contrary to the chatter of the evil men and seducers who populate the churches with their endless “ministries.”
Jesus boiled down the essentials of discipleship into one sentence.
“…whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.”
The New Discipleship, as defined by the churches of the dragon, is “We’re going to ‘pour into’ you all that you need to know about being a Christian!”
The gospel of Jesus Christ, as usual, is left completely out of the picture. In its place are a number of powerless substitutes (altar calls, sinner’s prayers, ABC’s of salvation, Roman Roads, John 3:16, discipleship classes, etc.).
“the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;”
The churches will offer ANYTHING–as long as it is NOT the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Satan has set great store in certifications, in papers, in diplomas, in man-centered confirmations. And so his minions in the churches value those same things.
It matter not how many hours of ‘discipleship’ classes one attends: if one does not obey the Word of God, one is not a disciple of Jesus Christ.
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
The Bible warns that in the last days, men will have a “form of godliness but denying the power thereof.“
And what are the gospel-less churches who preach another gospel, of another Jesus?
They have a form of godliness, but because they have no gospel of Jesus Christ, they have NO POWER TO SAVE.
The ungodly have twisted “discipleship” until it has become just one more substitute for the gospel: until it has become another gospel itself.
“but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”
The ungodly men who man the pulpits of the ungodly churches KNOW that without the gospel there can be no true converts.
This is the reason the churches REFUSE to preach the gospel.
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”
So, the deceiving men in the ungodly churches will continue to hype and promote “discipleship” as yet one more substitute for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
And most of the members of those churches will nod, smile and then go back to sleep.
The ungodly have MANY reasons for attending the churches. A love of Jesus is not very high on their list.
Will it get any better?
The siren song of “discipleship” will likely continue to be sung by the apostate churches until Jesus returns.
“If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.”
There’s still yet time to become a true disciple of Jesus Christ.
“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.”
“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:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”
-—1 Corinthians 1:18-19
- Discipleship Deception: The Apostate Church
- Do You Know if You are Going to Heaven? Be Sure!
- False Converts: Tares Among the Wheat
- Counterfeit Churches: Do Not Know the Gospel, Can’t Preach It
- Christian Persecution: Jesus is not Beating His Bride, He’s Choosing It
- Hate Your Life in This World: Gain Eternal Life
- Unsaved Loved Ones? Share the Gospel!
by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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