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Today I listened to an audio recording of a message David Wilkerson preached several years ago. I have posted the link to it below for you to listen to also… I apologize, but I was unable to locate the exact date. In the message David warns about the “seeker friendly” churches that are becoming more popular, which compromise on the Gospel message and bring in destructive doctrines with clever tactics.

Today’s institutional church is so incredibly biblically illiterate that they will embrace just about anything if it is dressed up with the right amount of gloss on the surface.

Many preachers are no longer are willing to to declare biblical truth, because they fear offending potential pew warmers… and many preachers are just as ignorant of biblical truths as the flocks they preach to so that even some with good intentions end up teaching errant things because they are just regurgitating what they have learned themselves. Since so many people who wear the label of “Christian” these days don’t have any legitimate working knowledge of actual biblical doctrine (let alone a genuine relationship with Jesus, led by His Holy Spirit), they are virtually unable to tell a lie from the truth. Most judge by “feeling”. If it gives them a warm feeling and sounds like God, then it has to be good… Nevermind if it actually lines up with what God calls good or not.

This is the new “emerging Christianity”, which is not true Christianity at all. Apostasy is here now. Many involved think this apostasy is actually “revival” and they are leaping and bounding straight into error. They are embracing doctrines of demons without question. They are trading the Gospel of Jesus for a false gospel and, unless repentance comes, I fear there will be hell to pay for many.

    Matthew 7:21-23 (CEV) – Not everyone who calls me their Lord will get into the kingdom of heaven. Only the ones who obey my Father in heaven will get in. On the day of judgment many will call me their Lord. They will say, “We preached in your name, and in your name we forced out demons and worked many miracles.” But I will tell them, “I will have nothing to do with you! Get out of my sight, you evil people!”

This is serious! So many Christians are opening themselves up to slighted teachings and unbiblical concepts and, even when a friend attempts to lovingly warn them, the deceived person will often not listen and presumes that the person offering the warning just has some kind of religious chip on their shoulder; that they’re not able to embrace the “new thing” God is believed to be doing.

But Jesus is the SAME yesterday, today and forever!

    Hebrews 13:8-9a (CEV) – Jesus Christ never changes! He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Don’t be fooled by any kind of strange teachings….

I used to be on the other side of this issue; Those who couldn’t embrace the “new thing”, I was the one calling them “religious”. I was the one thinking they were spiritually blind. Thank the Lord He opened my eyes and set me free by His grace. May He continue to open people’s eyes to see the truth.

I hope you are stirred by this message by David Wilkerson. Men of God like him are few and far between these days. Though David was a “church man” himself, the man was far less like any typical church man we’ve seen in recent years. This brother knew the Lord closely and spoke with genuine, Spirit-led conviction and stuck to Bible truth. I have so often been encouraged by his messages.
 


 
 

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2 Responses to Last Days Deception (Audio Message by David Wilkerson)

  • Hi,

    I wonder about your views on a Romans 13 and your stance on higher powers outside the church realm. Should we as Christians be involved in politics?

    Thanks for your feedback! God Bless! susie

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  • Hi Susie, thanks for your question. This is merely my opinion… I don’t see any problem with Christians being “involved” with politics. I say “involved” (in quotes) because I realize that this could take on a lot of different levels of meaning. Romans 13 indeed instructs us that God has placed those in Government to rule justly against injustice and we are to make their job as easy as possible by living peaceable and righteous lives and yielding to the laws of the land, paying our taxes, etc. The Scripture even refers to them as God’s servants that He himself has put into office, so that’s an impressive detail to consider. They have a heavy burden to bear and we ought to remember they need our prayers.

    It seems that Paul was led by the Spirit of God to bring this encouragement to submit to civil authorities in the light of possible misunderstanding, since the Gospel delivers the Believer from “the Law” and unto grace and freedom from the Law (and the Jewish leaders were still, very much, under the Law of Moses). Since it would be easy to see how the revelation of freedom from “the Law” could be misunderstood by some to become rebellious (or worse) against law enforcers or to enter into lawlessness (thinking they might now have a license to sin), Paul encourages the Believers to subjugate themselves to civil authorities because it is God himself who has set them in order.

    I know that plenty of religious leaders have taken this passage out of context and applied it to themselves in an effort to enforce submissive behavior by church congregants. This is error, because Paul wasn’t referring to Believers submitting to church leaders. In fact, “church leaders” were never viewed in the same context as civil authority, but they were fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. But even in the body of Christ there is call to be submissive to one another in love because this is God’s desire. Just as Christ made himself a servant of us, we are to follow this example and serve one another with that same demonstration of love. If we can do this, there won’t likely need to be much discussion about laws, because love does no wrong an love fulfills the Law.

    Peter said (in 1 Peter 2:17) that we are to fear God and respect the king, and in Acts 5:29 he and the other apostles said that they must obey God rather than any human authority. That tells me that God comes first in all things. If man requires us to go against the things God has required of us, then we must fear the Lord and obey Him.

    Back to your question, I believe involvement in politics can be a positive thing. Certainly it seems wise to use our voice to support righteousness. God has given us minds to use and talents to employ which might help motivate our leaders to make right choices and to hold them accountable to righteous ideals. I personally find politics enjoyable, to a certain extent, and as an American I am thankful we still have the privilege of free speech and the right to vote our conscience. At the same time, however, I realize that politics can become a massive distraction and we should not forget that, ultimately, it is God that sets men up and God who takes them down. Our first priority is to seek the Lord and listen for His instruction. So many Christians get so completely absorbed with politics to a level that it even affects their Christian witness. I’ve seen church organizations that make political activism almost the central part of their focus and often their sermons and general conversation seem to be heavily slighted toward pushing a political agenda rather than seeking Christ together and pursuing His will.

    It’s not uncommon to hear some professing Christians say horrible things about various politicians; slanderous remarks and participate vicious gossip. I’d be lying if I told you that I’ve never been tempted to do that or if I tried to say that I’ve never said something against a certain political leader that was in poor taste. God forgive me for that. But I have too often heard so many professing Christians use words expressing hatred, or even comment on their looks or even race. As I write this, our current President is Barack Obama… I’ll be honest and tell you that I am no fan of most of his policies and I have felt frustration and anger as well related to some of his actions; however, I do pray for the man. I do want God to save him. I want God to help him make righteous choices. I am saddened to say that I have rarely heard a single professing Christian talk anything about praying for the man or his family. In fact, some of the most vicious remarks I’ve heard have been by Christians. This is shameful. What does the Lord require of us?

    1 Timothy 2:1-6 – I urge you, first of all, to pray for ALL people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and ALL who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants EVERYONE to be saved and to understand the truth. For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for EVERYONE. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.

    You can insert just about any politician’s name here as you consider the very real truth that God loves all these people. Even the ones we don’t like think He would be desiring to draw to Himself, like the leaders of terrorist groups or tyrants and thugs… but God loves them all just as profoundly as He loves us! He wants them to repent of their sin and to remove every obstacle that keeps them from a close relationship with the Father, just as much as He wants to do this with us! Yes, I believe we should speak up for the sake of righteousness… We should stand for truth, make our voices heard, and vote as our conscience leads and with wisdom and conviction… but we should even more intensely focus our hearts in prayer for these leaders (especially once they are elected – whether or not we voted them in). Can you imagine what might happen if all of God’s people actually, sincerely prayed for their leaders instead of gossip and grumble about them? What kind of profound impact might that have? What kind of testimony would this be? Can you imagine if one of these leaders, when he thought about the Christian community, didn’t just think ‘ “Oh, that’s that group that hates me and that I have to fight with all the time,” but instead what if he thought, “That’s that group that loves me and is always praying for me.”

    When Paul told the Romans to obey civil authorities, he said to do this not only so that you will avoid punishment at their hands, but so that you would keep a clear conscience… and then he referred to the Law (the 10 Commandments) but rather that directing Christians to try and keep Commandments as some kind of legalistic regiment, he instead encourages them to LOVE (according the Love Christ has shown to us) because love does no wrong and therefore love fulfills the Law. But love does more than even just that… Love presents a testimony of Christ toward all those we share His love with.

    Rather than Christians getting all combative over subjects like politics, they should be praying for genuine revival! Some folks will have sincere convictions about participating in political activism and I see no problem with that. The same might be true for others who feel there is too much enticement to compromise or embrace distractions that may take our eyes off Jesus. Both sides do well if they live as unto the Lord and walk in His love. Both sides can have different perspectives and yet both can still pray for God’s will to be done and both can still walk in His love. If they don’t, then they are in error already.

    I hope that answers your question. I’d love to hear your thoughts as well.

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