Every where we look we see religion without the Spirit of truth.
. . . 5 holding the form of religion but denying the power of it. Avoid such people. 6 For among them are those who make their way into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and swayed by various impulses, 7 who will listen to anybody and can never arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 2Tim. 3:5-7
There are false spirits everywhere; the spirit of the evolution of species, the spirit of communism/socialism, and the most subtile of them all the spirit of false Church leaders. These and many more plague the Congregation.
Most churches are nothing more than social clubs, where everyone shares the same social/economic status. They are full of weak people (and yes most of those are women) who never check the facts of the Bible. There is little accountability for ones life-habits. We all struggle with sin, however the congregation is not being taught to confess and repent of these.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1John 1:9
The Spiritual Leaders are only really interested in how much their members puts in the collection plate. They have no interest in calling members to account for any behavior. Those accused might leave the congregation and then the money might be reduced. Therefore they no longer teach the truth of God’s Word. No one wants to accused of being judgmental. They –
. . . continue in sin that grace may abound? Rom. 6:1b
Which of course in not the full reading of the verse.
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If any one loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world passes away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides for ever. 1John 2:15-17
We are Deceived
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1John 1:8
We are of God. Whoever knows God listens to us, and he who is not of God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. 1John 4:6
The “We” who “are of God” here, can only be the apostles. The post-modern church has left the apostles teachings. No one reads what they have written and preserved for us in the Bible. Simple test, does your spiritual leader listen to the spirit i.e. read the Bible? Or are they just making things up, quoting secular sources, or relying on the teachings of other men?
There is a great many things that go on in congregations that have nothing to do with God or the Bible. Imposing things that are not strictly “theology” is of no spiritual value. Dogmas and Doctrines are not binding to true faith and often hinder spiritual growth. So much of what we think we know and believe is actually pagan.
The dead do not become angels, nor is Satan the ruler of Hell, our Messiah was not born on the 25th of December, nor can one bribe God with a tenth of ones income, and there is no guarantee of health or wealth in this present age.
We like our master are not of this world. Our hope and our rewards are yet to come. This world with its wealth and power is just something we must pass through. We must not let it get into our hearts and minds. We must not mix with Belial or paganism.
14 Do not be mismated with unbelievers. For what partnership have righteousness and iniquity? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, 18 and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” 2Cor. 6:14-18
We are the temple. True spiritual growth comes after we put out of our hearts and minds all that is pagan, for all paganism comes from the first rebellion, which was in Babylon and the congregation is full of Babylonian ideas and worship.
Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; Rev. 18:4
We must take back our faith. We must clean out the paganism. We must stand up for truth. We must gently lead the weak back to truth, by coming out of Babylon.
. . . for God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control. 2Tim. 1:7