Bad Churches

 
Isn’t the church supposed to be a SAFE place where spiritual leaders help and equip the members for the work of service; building each other up in the body?
Maybe this was true at one point in time, but not anymore.  Today,  there are many, many churches where the “leaders” are using their so-called “spiritual authority” to control and dominate others; attempting to meet their own needs of importance, power, or for some sick spiritual gratification.
What is the result of this perverted mind-set?
– People bound in chains to a man-made system of authority;
 – Families disfigured and shamed into behaviors that ensnares in begrudging service;
AND WORST OF ALL,  the marriage institution itself being redefined, resulting in marriage after marriage being destroyed by these “wicked shepherds.”  
   
 
Elders are to serve, not rule.
 
“Woe unto the shepherds that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture, says the Lord.”
  “Woe unto the shepherds that feed themselves……The diseased have you not strengthened, neither have you healed that which was sick, neither have you bound up that which was broken, neither have you brought back that which was driven away, neither have you sought that which was lost; but with force and rigor have you ruled over them.  And they were scattered…”
 “I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, does not receive us. Therefore, if I come, I will call to mind his deeds which he does, prating against us with malicious words. And not content with that, he himself does not receive the brethren, and forbids those who wish to, putting them out of the church.”
  “But be not ye   called Rabbi, for   one is your Teacher, and all of you are brethren.”
 “You know that the rulers of the nations exercise lordship over them, and the great ones exercise authority over them.  But it will not be so among you!”
 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear;  but of power,  and of love,  and of a sound mind.”   

God’s Word provides us with all the purpose and direction that we could ever need. God also gives us something more to be able to live the Christian life, he also gives us the anointing of the Holy Spirit,. The bad churches deny both, the bad Anglican churches included. Bad pastors, bad elders also bad churches even professing Christina, evangelical churches such as the Christian Missionary Alliance, Dispensational Brethren ones, others too, use the   “BAIT AND SWITCH” approach.. the next falsely deviate from the Bible’s teaching.. 

SPIRITUAL ABUSE.” What is it? 

Let’s nail it right down to its bare bones.

1)  When the church “leadership” falsely assumes to themselves a position and power that never did belong to them in the first place; when they demand obedience based upon that falsehood; when they begin to foster loyalty to themselves and to their church using implied or overt scare tactics and threats:

This is spiritual abuse!

2)  Instead of  church “elders” being there for the true care and true concern of the church member, the church member is there for the care and well being of the “elder!”  In other words, the “pastor/elder” will do whatever is necessary to USE YOU to make himself look good: 

This is spiritual abuse!

3)  Instead of “the elders” using their knowledge and “supposed authority” unto the work of ministering; unto the building up of the body of Christ, they use those qualities to insure their own power, control, and recognition: 

This is spiritual abuse!

Isn’t it just like wolves?  (Matt. 7:15-16; Acts 20:29; John 10:12; Ezek. 22:27) Remember that wolves do not hate sheep. They just need to consume them to satisfy their own hungers.

It is the unsatisfied hungers – egoscarnal cravingsthe need for recognitionthe need for control – that causes many “pastor/elders” to devour the simple-minded.

So, the people follow, the people trust, and the people think “everything is fine” and say “Peace, Peace, when there really is no peace. 

THIS IS SPIRITUAL ABUSE!

 “It has not been and is not now my choice. The divorce and alienation of my family has been forced upon me and upon my family by evil men who would have their way with a man, his wife, and his children and grandchildren in order to promote and protect their own preeminence in lieu of protecting and building up the holy institution of marriage and family life.”  Divorce falsely supported  by evangelicals, dispensationalist brethren included..
 
The kind of abuse that Jesus condemned over and over again in the strongest ways possible!
 

 

“Suppose you move to a different area, and are keeping your eyes open for a good group to belong to (a social club, a church, a synagogue, or service organization). You visit one such group where the people are very friendly, loving, and give you individual attention. The group has a variety of programs: a rehabilitation program for drug addicts, services and nursing homes for the elderly, help for the poor, and free clinics. The leader inspires the disillusioned, the disenchanted, and those who have been rejected elsewhere. He is well-known and respected in the area, and the mayor gave him a position as Director of the City Housing Authority. Would you join this group?  
    Suppose you spend four years in college and nearly two years in graduate school to prepare for a career in Christian music. Then the ministers of your home church tell you that you 
are not needed in their music program. Shortly afterward, you find a new group that welcomes you with open arms. They really care for people. The leader of this group has fascinating Bible studies. You and everyone else are able to sit and listen to him for several hours at a time. Would you stay in this group?
    If you answered “yes” to the first situation, you joined the church led by Jim Jones who led over 900 of his followers into a mass suicide murder. If you liked the second group, you became a follower of David Koresh who led over 80 of his followers to die in a blaze of fire.
 
    A wolf in sheep’s clothing is a short and simple description of a cult leader – as these men were. 
    Are there any warning signs that a group and its leader are dangerous? That’s largely what this book is about. ”
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 Matthew 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruit worthy of repentance:  
 
 These facts, truths always still do remain.. there is a tendency in us all, in churches, on the net too, elsewhere to do our own thing in the flesh as opposed to being led by the Holy Spirit of God as we can often see..
 
(Gal 5:19 KJV)  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,20  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26  Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
 
(1 John 3:8 KJV)  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
 

Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you in water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit and in fire:

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  1. anonymous

     /  July 11, 2008

    Thank you for your insightful remarks (and posts). I visited some of your links and have saved them to “favorites.” I am beginning to learn the Bible and truly appreciate learning. God bless you.

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  2. lee

     /  July 15, 2008

    Bad churches and bad “pastors.”

    http://www.wickedshepherds.com

    Dozens of great articles on the issue of some spiritual monsters in the church who call themselves “pastors”, “elders” “overseers.”

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  3. I used to love to support good pastors, but one day God started to ask me to ask the bad pastors to repent.. I objected, but he next said someone has to do it, you cannot have just the easy jobs..

    Jer 5:1 RUN TO and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now and take notice! Seek in her broad squares to see if you can find a man [as Abraham sought in Sodom], one who does justice, who seeks truth, sincerity, {and} faithfulness; and I will pardon [Jerusalem–for one uncompromisingly righteous person].
    Jer 5:2 And though they say, As the Lord lives, surely they swear falsely.
    Jer 5:7 Why should I {and} how can I pass over this {and} forgive you for it? Your children have forsaken Me and sworn by those that are no gods. When I had fed them to the full {and} bound them to Me by oath, they committed [spiritual] adultery, assembling themselves in troops at the houses of [idol] harlots.
    Jer 5:8 They were like fed stallions roaming at large; each one neighed after his neighbor’s wife.
    Jer 5:9 Shall I not punish them for these things? says the Lord; and shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?
    Jer 5:11 For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very faithlessly {and} treacherously against Me, says the Lord.
    Jer 5:12 They have lied about {and} denied the Lord by saying, It is not He [Who speaks through His prophets]! Evil shall not come upon us; nor shall we see war or famine.
    Jer 5:18 But even in those days, says the Lord, I will not make a full {and} complete end of you.
    Jer 5:21 Hear now this, O foolish people without understanding {or} heart, who have eyes and see not, who have ears and hear not:
    Jer 5:22 Do you not fear {and} reverence Me? says the Lord. Do you not tremble before Me? {I} placed the sand for the boundary of the sea, a perpetual barrier beyond which it cannot pass {and} by an everlasting ordinance beyond which it cannot go? And though the waves of the sea toss {and} shake themselves, yet they cannot prevail [against the feeble grains of sand which God has ordained by nature to be sufficient for His purpose]; though [the billows] roar, yet they cannot pass over that [barrier]. [Is not such a God to be reverently feared and worshiped?]
    Jer 5:23 But these people have hearts that draw back from God and wills that rebel against Him; they have revolted {and} quit His service and have gone away [into idolatry].
    Jer 5:24 Nor do they say in their hearts, Let us now reverently fear {and} worship the Lord our God, Who gives rain, both the autumn and the spring rain in its season, Who reserves {and} keeps for us the appointed weeks of the harvest.
    Jer 5:25 Your iniquities have turned these blessings away, and your sins have kept good [harvests] from you.
    Jer 5:26 For among My people are found wicked men; they watch like fowlers who lie in wait; they set a trap, they catch men.
    Jer 5:27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit {and} treachery; therefore they have become great and grown rich,
    Jer 5:28 They have grown fat {and} sleek. Yes, they surpass in deeds of wickedness; they do not judge {and} plead with justice the cause of the fatherless, that they may prosper, and they do not defend the rights of the needy.
    Jer 5:29 Shall I not punish them for these things? says the Lord. Shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?
    Jer 5:30 An appalling and horrible thing [bringing desolation and destruction] has come to pass in the land:
    Jer 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests exercise rule at their own hands {and} by means of the prophets. And My people love to have it so! But what will you do when the end comes?

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  4. God’s Word provides us with all the purpose and direction that we could ever need. God also gives us something more to be able to live the Christian life, he also gives us the anointing of the Holy Spirit,. The bad churches deny both, the bad Anglican churches included. Bad pastors, bad elders also bad churches even professing Christina, evangelical churches such as the Christian Missionary Alliance, Dispensational Brethren ones, others too, use the “BAIT AND SWITCH” approach.. the next falsely deviate from the Bible’s teaching.. (Isa 2:22 KJV) Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?

    (Isa 65:2 KJV) I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts; .. 5 Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day. 6 KJV) Behold, it is written before me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom,

    Evangelical Snobbery By Aiden Wilson Tozer

    WE ARE A BAD LOT, WE SONS OF ADAM. One convincing proof of our inherent badness is the way we manage to turn good into evil and make our very blessings a curse to us. Indeed I think a strong case can be made for the belief that sin is merely righteousness in reverse and evil but perverted good. Sin is at bottom the abuse of things in themselves innocent, an illegitimate use of legitimate gifts.

    We Christians are cut from the same bolt as the rest of mankind, and while we have been made partakers of a new nature we have not yet been entirely divested of the old. For this reason we are under constant temptation to lapse into the flesh and manifest the old nature rather than the new. I know the arguments against this, but they have never seemed very convincing to me, especially when those who advance them are as likely as not to reveal pretty plain evidences of the old nature before the argument is ended.

    Because we are so very human there is real danger that we may inadvertently do the human thing and turn our blessings upside down. Unless we watch and pray in dead earnest we may turn our good into evil and make the grace of God a trap instead of a benefit.

    Among the purest gifts we have received from God is truth. Another gift almost as precious, and without which the first would be meaningless, is our ability to grasp truth and appreciate it. For these priceless treasures we should be profoundly grateful; for them our thanks should rise to the Giver of all good gifts throughout the day and in the night seasons. And because these and all other blessings flow to us by grace without merit or worth on our part, we should be very humble and watch with care lest such undeserved favors, if unappreciated, be taken from us.

    Men are notoriously lacking in gratitude. Bible history reveals that Israel often took God’s gifts too casually and so turned their blessings into a curse. This human fault appears also in the New Testament, and the activities of Christians through the centuries show that as Christ was followed by Satan in the wilderness so truth is often accompanied by a strong temptation to pride. The very truth that makes men free may be and often is fashioned into chains to keep them in bondage. And never forget it: there is no pride so insidious and yet so powerful as the pride of orthodoxy.

    Snobbery is the child of pride. Pride at first may be eager and ambitious as it tries to make a place for itself or to prove that it has already attained that place. Later it loses its eager quality and becomes defensive. Finally it ceases to struggle or defend and accepts its own image of itself as something too well established for discussion and too beautiful to improve. When it reaches that stage it has produced a snob, and no snob is ever aware that he is one.

    The snob whose claim to superiority is her material possessions is a comical figure, but because she is so pathetic she may with some effort be tolerated. The snob whose glory lies in her ancestors is less easy to endure, but she may be dismissed with the remark that since all she has to be proud of is her forebears the best part of her is under ground. But what shall we say of the intellectual snob? He is unbearable, a man difficult to love and impossible to like. A new school of evangelical Christianity has come up of late which appears to me to be in grave danger of producing a prime crop of intellectual snobs. The disciples of this school are orthodox in creed, if by that we mean that they hold the fundamental tenets of the historic faith; but right there the similarity of their school to New Testament Christianity ends. Their spirit is quite other than the spirit of the early church.

    This new breed of Christian may be identified by certain field marks. One is the habit of puffing out the chest and uttering a noise that sounds suspiciously like crowing. Another is the habit of nesting so high that ordinary Christians have difficulty in locating the aerie, and when they do they are unable to climb to it. Then, the song is also quite noticeable in that it consists almost wholly of imitations. Rarely does one of them manage to give forth an original note, but each one waits to hear what Barth or Brunner or Bultmann or Tillich has to say and then imitates it as nearly as possible, only transposing it into the orthodox key. Their mating call is a shrill “Me too! Me too!” which may be heard any time between September and June ringing through the halls of various institutions of evangelical higher learning.

    What is overlooked by this new school is that truth is not mental only but moral. The Apostles’ Creed quoted in pride, though true, is not true for the one who thus quotes it; one indispensable quality is missing—humility. A theological fact becomes a spiritual truth only when it is received by a humble mind. The proud mind, however orthodox, can never know spiritual truth. Light means nothing to a blind man.

    In the Christian life we know most when we know that we do not know, and we understand best when we know that we understand little and that there is much that we will never understand. In the Scriptures knowledge is a kind of experience and wisdom has a moral content. Knowledge without humility is vanity. The religious snob is devoid of truth. Snobbery and truth are irreconcilable.

    The Alliance Witness, vol. 97, no. 24, p. 2, Nov. 28, 1962.

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