"For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ." ~ JUDE, verse 4
The demonic "ecumenical" movement has been creeping into the church by way of celebrity preachers and ungodly gospel music artist as well as corrupt Christian television programming. Almost anything goes and everybody is to be accepted now no matter what they believe just like in Hollywood, except for what is right in the sight of God. When a ministry receives strange doctrines, ungodly celebrities, celebrity preachers, and talented "new additions" (new members who are reputedly in ministry) without checking their backgrounds or their practices against God's word it runs the risk of bringing in error and wolves in sheep's clothing to devour the flock of God. Big name preachers promoted by these corrupt networks and who run in these elitist packs, new eccentric choir directors, effeminate praise leaders, along with other prideful and ambitious ministers are too easily accepted and plugged into our churches because "they're so anointed", as we say, or will increase the profile and prestige of the ministry. Some truly are gifted and others are just "faking and shaking". Its not always the anointing but many times God given and developed talent. The anointing of God destroys yokes; while talent is a gift that alone only entertains. ISAIAH 10:27 says, "And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing." Watch their life and see how it affects others; then you'll see if it's truly the anointing. Are they looking for fans and a following or do they truly care about the work and not the spotlight or the credit? God gives gifts to everyone and talents can be developed to appear like the anointing, but when God's hand is on someone the affects will be felt way beyond a temporary feeling of euphoria. Don't confuse God's anointing with God given talents and man's appointing. This is how perverts take over the choir, and whore mongers run rampant in the pulpit and throughout the church, because we're blinded by talent and the leadership wont deal with sin; starting with themselves.
"Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them." ~ ACTS 20:28-30
Wolves in sheepskins look a lot like sheep, but the difference is sheep eat grass and wolves eat the sheep. I must admit that in our day and time folks seem to sacrifice their discernment and common sense for the love of a good show. The sheep seem to season themselves for the wolves and then jump into their mouths willingly. Maybe that is why the Scriptures calls us sheep so many times over because the sheep is perhaps the dumbest animal in the world and needs a shepherd. Be careful who you so easily accept as "God's anointed & appointed". Their appointment may be of the devil and their flesh is the God they truly serve. Their talent may charge your emotions for the moment but that doesn't mean God really moved at all. You can get many of the same feelings at a sporting event or concert. Being whipped into a frenzy of emotions doesn't mean God moved at all. Today's church seems to be very deficient in the area of spiritual discernment and often falls for the"okie doke". The results will speak for themselves and God will show you what's real and what's not. These wolves use their gifts to blind you and the leadership in order to serve themselves and satisfy their own agenda. If the leaders would stop coveting talent over righteousness then it would help us see true revival and a real move of God in our churches. If they don't line up with "the Word" then you shouldn't line up with them; they're in the line that goes to hell. What's even worst is that many of the leaders are not blind to the proclivities of these satanic plants because they themselves struggle with the same issues and are unwilling to confess to get the victory, so by their lack of transparency they aid Satan in the continuation of the cycle of abuse and bondage right in the house of God. Many of the Pastors are not pastoring the people of God but ruling over them as kings and have inserted themselves so much so over the lives of the people that our spirit filled, bible believing churches are practically "Catholic" with the overseers acting as "little popes".
"And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks? Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock. The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them. And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered. My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them. Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD; As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock; Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them." ~ EZEKIEL 34:1-10
Speaking of the pope; the current pope just recently gave a nod of acceptance to gay clergy in his own church. I recently came across an alarming find in that many of the ministers who have openly fallen in the last 20 years or so didn't all fall in the conventional way such as we're use to in terms of sex scandals and money scams. Many of the ministers who have fallen have fallen into the abomination of homosexuality in the act of committing adultery and fornication. You don't have to take my word for it, but if you don't believe me then please feel free to visit the following link at Wikipedia and see for yourself; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_scandals_involving_American_evangelical_Christians. It doesn't even cover the many others who have been exposed but it shows enough to help you get the picture. While homosexuality is fornication and can also be adultery let's be clear and not say that is all that it is, because from God's perspective it is much more than that. In fact he calls it an "abomination" which means it is highly detestable in his sight as something that challenges his sovereignty and the natural order of things. To call something an abomination means that it is a sin that makes the Almighty want to throw up. There was a day when men fell to their lust for a woman but now they lust for one another. Even sin has become more sinful, if that's possible, in the church. Our pulpits are "star struck" and many of the ministers of the Lord now seek to be celebrities among men, and will keep clearly ungodly associations with other rebellious clergy and celebrities because they see it as a possible ticket to the "big time". No one will check their fellow ministers on sin, but instead use cop outs like, "Well, you don't know so just pray" or "Well, you can't judge." Phooey with all of that! What happened to being humble before God and making him "big time"? It amazes me how our Lord Jesus Christ performed miracles and healings and then told those who received them to tell no one he did it, but how in contrast we want the spotlight for doing nothing of the sort in comparison. Should a minister of the gospel ever seek celebrity status? Because you run with the "big boys" does it make you any more significant in the Kingdom of God? How much do you have to sell out to get to that level? How much are you willing to sell out? WAKE UP!
"Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD. Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD." ~ JEREMIAH 23:1-2
God isn't playing and neither should we. Going "to church" isn't the same as "being in church". Everybody at church isn't there for Jesus. Too many pulpit "playas" having more sex than a porn star, choir directors are as fruity as a pack of "Skittles", too many folks are showing more breasts and thighs at church than at a Kentucky Fried Chicken buffet with no modesty or reverence for God in his house, too many are trying to be seen and "catch something" (you're going to catch a case, gonorrhea, or worse), and these prosperity pimps won't let the people go home with at least a dollar in their pockets before they hold multiple auctions masked as "seed offerings" using the Bible to trick folks out of their money like a psychic by promising a bunch of false prophecies. Their "blessing plan" consist of you sending them the blessing as they planned. You almost feel like you have to leave some of these services and check yourself closely for all of your apparel because these charlatans will talk you out of your undergarments. I wholeheartedly believe people should pay tithes, give a worthy offering, and even sow seeds unto the Lord for the gospel's sake, but God ain't trying to rob you and neither should the preacher. Help folks learn the right way to live and they'll learn the right way to give. It can't be stressed enough, STUDY YOUR BIBLE AND DEVELOP YOUR PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD SO THAT YOU WILL KNOW THE TRUTH AND NOT BE MISLED. If what you hear at church only satisfies and appeals to your flesh then it is not God. God satisfies the spirit and the soul first and foremost. A lie often starts out faster than the truth, but the truth will outlast the lie every time. A lie is a sprint but the truth of God is a marathon and will endure long after the lie has failed. It is time for the pulpit to stop trying to satisfy themselves by sprinting into stardom and do the job God called them to do by feeding "HIS sheep", and not their own egos and agendas. To many ministers are "hungry like the wolf", a.k.a. Satan; and yep, God told me to say all of this! ~ I. J. West
"Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." - AMOS 3:7