Victim Or Victor?
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
1 John 5:3-5
The message of Christ should always make the believer feel like the victor. In fact, the message throughout the Old Testament is that the people of God are the victors, when they recognize who he really is. Sadly, from what I have witnessed firsthand, our modern-day churches rarely preach or teach that message. I would go so far as to say that the church, that I currently attend, teaches a victim mentality, week after week. What is interesting however, is that it is a very large and very “popular” church, but I am not sure why. I can only speculate.
The world we live in today, as a postmodern culture, is one where the average IQ is greatly reduced from those only thirty to forty years ago. It is a rare thing to find a school that teaches critical thinking skills or the art of debating the issues of our day using respectful and intelligent discourse. In fact, the church people that I have recently encountered run away from defending their fallacious accusations and ideologies. The average person is not encouraged to be their best and to strive for excellence because everyone gets a prize in the end. People have become chronic consumers, and this has been allowed to seep into the church. After all, why not? Most churches do not recognize biblical inerrancy as they either mirror the secular realm in their teachings, or they teach a truncated version of the Gospel of Jesus the Massiah in an effort as to not offend anyone.
These types of institutions are known as “seeker sensitive” churches. No one (hopefully) leaves offended, and this way everyone leaves with a sweet feeling and may invite their friends in the future. Very rarely does anyone leave feeling convicted of their sin or indebtedness to the Creator who provided a propitiation for our sin nature (Gen. 6:5; Jer. 17:9; Mk. 10:18). Nor does anyone leave considering the end times and the reality of the world around us and how everything is lining up. These people are not prepared for the coming days. They are never told about the spiritual battle that rages all around them and their families for their souls every second of every day. The reality of spiritual warfare is not spoken of in these seeker type churches (it might be too scary).
Pastors are calm and their messages lackluster and non-threatening. Even the pastors who get emotional, focus the emotions on their own personal stories, but never help the congregation fit into the picture. There is no sense of urgency. But why? The days have become increasingly evil (2 Tim 3:12-14) and the silence from the American pulpits is deafening (Exe. 13:10). This is a sin and a great injustice to people who are hurting and completely at a loss. I continually wonder if the ministers of these churches ever pay attention to what is going on, on the world’s stage. Are they aware of the one world government groups (WEF, WHO, UN, IMF, TWB, GAVI… and the nefarious activities of most of the world’s NGOs) who are negatively impacting absolutely everything about our human existence in our world today? If not, what are these ministers doing? Where do they get their information? Everyone knows that all of the corporate media is tightly held by a handful of wealthy globalists who control the narrative (and yes, they even own the “fact checkers”).
The people behind these institutions are out for blood and they have openly either blasphemed or continue to all out deny the God of the universe (Rev. 13:6). They have no respect for human life or dignity. To ignore what is going on is not only deadly, but a disgrace to Christianity. God is very clear throughout Scripture, that we are called to be aware of what is going on around us (Matt. 24:15-35) and when God shows us something, we are to warn others (Eze. 33). But what happens when you are in a seeker type of church that never challenges you and never brings up how world events are lining up with end-times prophecy?
What I have witnessed is that people remain in an infant stage of their faith (Heb. 5:11-13). This is where it is comfortable, and you feel no urgency to point others to Christ much less to grow in your own knowledge. This is not a safe place to be. I want to encourage you to grow in your understanding of who God is. If your church gatekeepers will not allow for people to teach the book of Revelation or studies that focus on the reality of the spiritual war around us, then find it somewhere else. I have added a “Warrior Leadership” page to my website. If you are at a seeker type church that does believe in biblical inerrancy but feel like you need to grow, yet you do not know where to go then try out some of the leaders on that page to supplement your current church. I will be continually adding some of the most dynamic Spirit filled, truth telling pastors in our country to this new page as I learn of them.
I am not advocating that anyone leave church (unless it is not a Bible believing church), we need to continue meeting for community’s sake.
Father, YHWH, guide us all into your Truth and fill us with your Spirit of power and boldness that we dare not shrink back in fear of the enemy but instead stand firm as victors in Christ!