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09/10/2014

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Jeopardizing A Church


"To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead" (Rev.3:1).

Since Christians exist in churches, Satan does his very best to destroy them. Did you ever wonder what happened to all of those churches that the apostle Paul wrote to? I am no great scholar, but have figured out that they aren't there anymore. Churches either cease to exist, or like the one at Sardis in today's verse, may die inwardly even while it still lives outwardly... The same weapons that Satan used to destroy churches back then are being used against us today, and there are things that can threaten our very existence even now. A tried and true method that Satan uses to threaten many churches is false teaching. The Book of Revelation was addressed to seven churches in Asia, and at least two of them (Ephesus and Pergamos) were such victims... "I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them... " (Acts 20:29-30). The warning was out there then, and still exists today. Paul told Timothy not to turn away from sound doctrine. Sound doctrine is that which both encourages when necessary and rebukes and corrects mistakes when it must... Many of the "churches" that spend great amounts of money to go on TV, preach a prosperity doctrine that involves sending in money as a vow so that you will reap a financial harvest. Scriptures are perverted and true teaching falls by the wayside... We must not support those who teach contrary to the doctrine of Christ... "Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work" 2 Jn.9-11). Satan cannot jeopardize a church that stands by the truth....

Have a great day... Let your light shine brightly for Him... Love mark Phil.4:11

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