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"Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work."  (John 4:34)
“Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.”   (John 4:34)

This post is about keeping our focus, staying strong in the Lord and what He has called us to do.  We need to stay close to God and His Word.  We must be wary of Satan and his evil tactics to confuse, distract, and deceive Christians with the purpose of destroying the work of God through strife and disunity.

Although written in my journal dated Jan 21, 2003, this seems descriptive of what is happening in Christian circles today.  This is what the Holy Spirit impressed upon me:

“Our meat is the same as Jesus’ meat, which is to do the will of the Father.  Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost that they may experience life and life more abundantly.  Our mission is the same.   It is to those in the lost and dying world who are ignorant of the message of salvation and eternal life, who are outside of the safety of the sheepfold.   The masses of the world are out there in the dark and the Lord is short of laborers.  That’s why He said to pray for more to labour with Him, to preach the gospel of the kingdom, to bring in the lost.  We should be doing the works of Jesus and the early disciples of bringing the message of salvation and deliverance to the world.  That is our job.  Whereas the enemy’s job is to thwart all efforts directed at God in accomplishing His perfect plan and purpose for mankind.

We must always be careful on whose side we are working, whose purposes we are supporting.  Everyone must determine in their own minds to know who the enemy is and what his agenda is.  If we are not careful, we could easily find ourselves in the wrong camp and following the plan of the adversary, rather than serving in the ranks of the Lords’s army.

It is the ultimate goal of the devil to cause divisions and strife within the body of Christ to make it self destruct by pitting people and organizations against one another.  Many do not recognize this, however, and think that they are helping God out by labeling and identifying ‘dissident’ groups.  They are being used of the enemy and are not even aware that their zeal in doing this has been motivated by Satan himself.

When we take our eyes off the main focus of our calling, the enemy is right there to use us as his instruments to weaken the body of Christ. It is the highest form of deception when believers forget who their mission is to be directed to – the lost, the poor, the needy, etc. and they begin to attack one another.  It is also the greatest damage they cause to God’s work on earth by bringing reproach and loss of credibility upon those who profess to be Christians.  If we cannot impact the world with the gospel, the numbers that will come into the kingdom will be drastically reduced.  And we will certainly be held accountable for our part in hurting the work of the Lord. 

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CHAPTER 7  Watchmen on the Wall

SOUNDING THE SHOFAR- Satan, the Cause of Church Woes

Satan’s job is to destroy lives and the churches, to take as many people, including Christians, to hell with him.  Satan looks for opportunities to sow division and strife among the brethren through the worldly carnality of its leaders and/or members. The Bible tells us ‘neither give place to the devil’ (Eph 4:27), and that Satan can ‘take us captive at his will’ if we give place to him (2Tim 2:26)! Here is an example of how Satan has infiltrated the churches causing strife and dissension among the members!

I have been following a blog site by a group of believers in Asia whose mega Christian church of several thousand members has been undergoing a major financial and spiritual battle for the last few years.  Great controversy has arisen because the senior pastor, his associate pastors, board members and deacons have tried to force a very expensive- tens of millions of dollars, church building project upon many dissenting and unhappy members. Plans for building a world-class landmark church complex have not met with the consensus of its membership who have been pressured into funding the project through their tithes and sacrificial giving.

A blogsite by dissidents of this megachurch clearly shows how Satan has sneaked in and is destroying the church from within.  The kingdom of God, which is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost (Rom14:17), has been replaced by suspicion, carnality, envying, strife, and division among its members.  Fundraising and pleas for money- ‘give so God will bless you kinds of messages’, guilt-trips, have become common, and are subtle and rife. Ugly power struggles relating to money management issues and spendings are at the forefront.

The Bible declares ‘For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work’ (Jas 3:16).

This is a standard ploy of Satan working in many churches!  The love of money, the root of all evil (1Tim6:10) is often the focal point of many church problems; how to raise more money, how to support the extravagant lifestyle and  travels of the ministry and leadership, how to keep the church growing, and  the people returning to church through worldly promotions and entertainment, high-powered guest speakers and televangelists, and how to keep the people giving!

Jesus said ‘My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves’ (Mt 21:13).

A few hundred of their members have been disfellowed or not allowed to vote because they do not support the building project.  Many have left the church, and some are encouraging on the website that others should also leave.  The question arises among themselves- why should they remain and hope that something will happen to halt the costly construction of the project running in the tens of millions.  Some who have left the church continue to blog to report how they are blessed attending another church. Others hope that the pastor may repent, apologize and admit to his wrong doings, which does not appear likely to happen anytime soon.  Collections have dropped drastically presenting great difficulties for the church to meet its huge loan payments, including thousands of dollars for monthly interest alone.

Some of their blogging has gotten pretty nasty; the tone is very ugly interspersed with some four-letter words and name-calling.  There are constant demands that the pastors and leaders step down, trade in their luxury cars and downsize their standard of living, in the same way that they are calling their members to sacrifice in order for them to give more money!

Their worldly and intransigent pastor is said to once have had an anointed ministry, but now lives like a millionaire, following mammon instead of God, as one blogger writes.  He is criticized for living like the rich and famous with $2,000 suits and $500 shoes, pocketing and using church money for his own and his family’s lifestyle.  He also kept designated mission funds and transferred them into his own personal overseas account.  After the impropriety had been discovered, to appease the members, he returned some money back into the church treasury. Many of the posts reflect angry and hurt people; venting and calling their pastor a false prophet, a swindler and embezzler of sorts, a charlatan and a wolf in sheep’s clothing misleading the dumb sheep.  Others express concern of an inevitable bankruptcy down the road as in the recent case of the Crystal Cathedral in California.

This church is a prime example of the grave apostasy in many churches today, and it shows how Satan has made great inroads in causing church splits and disunity.   Often many churches spend more time on crisis management than on seeking God for guidance and/or preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This church scandal is a poor testimony of Christians to the world, with comments from believers and non-believers alike coming from all over the world!  Satan has succeeded in bringing reproach to the Church, and to Jesus Christ, making both of them a laughing stock!

Satan is doing a great job “to steal, kill, and destroy”  (John 10:10).

Jer 23:1 states Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD”.  

Rev 18:4  warns us  “..Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues”.

Jesus said ..except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish”  (Luke 13:3,5).

Finally, many of you may have listened to Pastor Rabbi Jonathan Cahn’s keynote address at the Presidential Inauguration Prayer Breakfast in Wash. D.C. or looked at the links on his book, The Harbinger.  As a prophet and watchman to the church Cahn calls us to repent and return to God, as individuals and a nation that was founded on Godly principles.  The message of 2 Chronicles 7:14 is a message to the church to get our act together!  At the end of his speech, Jonathan Cahn implored us to bethe salt of the earth’ , and ‘the light of the world’  Mt5:13,14.  We can do this by recognizing and fighting with the real enemy of our souls which is Satan!