Jack Heckathorne - Posted by on Monday, March 22, 2010 22:03 - 6 Comments 7,000 views

Is the Church Causing Americas Fall?

clip_image002Evil exists, and the only people who can overcome it are knowledgeable, spiritual Christians. Unfortunately, most Christians are not.

By Jack Heckathorne, Author of the book “Separation of Church and God

 

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

“And these are they by the way side, where the word (Bible Doctrine) is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.” (Mark 4:15)

 

Virtually all major denominations and religions are teaching things that are totally contrary to the Bible. In addition, they are not teaching many of the life changing concepts which are found in scripture. They mix in enough truth as to make their ideas and psychology sound plausible but the messages on key points are totally opposite of God’s word therefore, whole biblical concepts are lost.

Why does this happen? As the above verse says, Satan comes and takes away the word. How does he do this? He will get peoples eyes on entertainment, false doctrines, psychology, social activities etc. and off of the true teachings of scripture. People love to be entertained and despise having to study, but in the end their lust for entertainment will be their downfall. They will go through life ignorant of God’s word and Satan will have his way with them. Along the way they will be easily deceived, make wrong decisions and elect the wrong leaders for their country. Many pastors, especially mega-church pastors, not only allow this type of thing in their church, but vigorously promote it, so that their church will increase in size and stature.

Christians have been deluded to the point where they believe that it is their responsibility to “reform” the world. This will never happen. They will never overcome Satan who has dominion over the entire world and its systems. Despite all of their efforts the world has only been getting worse in past years.  Jesus told the church to go into the entire world and preach the gospel to everyone. He said nothing about trying to reform the world. You will never put an end to evil by passing laws or forcing your will upon others. All you are doing is fighting Satan through men and neglecting the gospel message. Only true Bible teaching will change the heart of man. Incidentally, as the churches have watered down their teaching in the past one hundred years evil has been increasing at about the same rate. When a maximum amount of Christians are led by the Holy Spirit they will make the right decisions and elect the right leaders.

If your church is not teaching the Word of God, as the Apostles did in the early church, then regardless of how social and pleasant it seems to be, there is no doubt that it is controlled by carnal Christians and ultimately by Satan.

All one has to do is take a good look at the so-called political leaders which we now have. We have liars, traitors, socialists, radicals and perverts in office and, to a large degree, Christians put them there.

America, and the entire world for that matter, has become apostate and even anti-God. The Church, because of its many false teachers and preachers, has now fallen into tradition, psychology and ignorance. In addition, they have become entertainers and have turned the world away from God’ truth because of their holy rolling, money collecting and other non productive superficial antics which turn many unbelievers away from the church. Liberal churches, that is, churches who teach their own ideas rather than the Bible are absolutely useless and even harmful because they foster spiritual ignorance.

Sermons are normally about how YOU can improve your life or your marriage from a philosophical standpoint rather than teaching what the Bible has to say.  Consequentially, Christian marriages and their children have only been getting worse for many years now.

The remedy for sin is never talked about, nor is Satan and his schemes. It is all about you and how to live a better life from mans perspective which, by the way, never works in Satan’s world. People will put up an honorable appearing facade around others but within they are empty. Jesus referred to such people as white washed tombstones, beautiful on the outside, but inside, full of dead men’s bones and iniquity. Church buildings often reflect this. In appearance, they are beautiful structures but inside there is nothing pleasing to God. Without the Holy Spirit’s guidance a Christian is no more enlightened or happy than an unbeliever. They will simply live on their emotions and this is the type of person that the vast majority of the churches are producing today.

The church at Corinth couldn’t even understand the basic things of God because they had unconfessed sin in their life and were not “walking in the light.” They were not filled with the Holy Spirit which is our enlightener and comforter. Therefore, their deeds and actions were superficial and meaningless and they ended up with envyings, strife and divisions.

“And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, (Christians) but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk (basic bible doctrine), and not with meat (more advanced things) for hitherto (up until now) ye were not able to bear it, (understand it) neither yet now are ye able. (you still can’t) For ye are yet carnal: (unconfessed sin in their lives) for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk (live your lives) as men?”  (Unbelievers)   (1-Corinthians 3:1-3)

Nearly all local churches, protestant and Catholic, have become as ineffective and as superficial as false religions or worldly psychology. The spiritual things of God are not taught. Our nation will go down in a heap and there will never be a revival if pastors and church leaders do not either start learning and teaching the scriptures correctly or resign and let someone who has the true gift of Pastor/Teacher take over their pulpit. All churches should be teaching the Bible as written and nothing else. But this is an unthinkable idea for many in the church today.

 

 

People in the Church Reject Truth

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily (silently/secretly) shall bring in (to the local churchs) damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many (in the congregation) shall follow their pernicious (destructive) ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.”(2-Peter 2:1-2)

“And (these people) have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended. And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,
And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” (Mark 17-19)

 

 

Church Gimmicks

This subject has virtually has no end. The schemes and gimmicks that churches will use to get people to fill up their pews is astounding. Listed below are just a few of them:

Trips: Churches will offer a trip to some exotic place to whoever can bring in the most visitors within a specified time.

Dinners: Churches will often have a banquet and offer a door prize to some lucky individual.

Free Dinner give-a-ways:  For the most “souls won.” Restaurants will often give free meals to church members in exchange for mentioning their name and telling the congregation how wonderful their food is on Sunday morning. Most often people think they have won souls when they get people in the church door.

Raffles, bake sales, clothing sales: Of course the church members furnish all of these things and the church rakes in the proceeds.

Other gimmicks include Car Shows, discounts for camping trips, trips to Holy Land, Products of the month, holy water, prayer cloths etc. and all of this is designed for nothing more than making money. People are drawn to it because they believe they will derive some benefit from it and to them it is why they go to church.

The problem with all of this is that people are going to church specifically to be entertained or for a meal or whatever a church happens to offer and they ignore and even become hostile toward scriptural teaching.

 

What would Jesus say about all of this?

 

“Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not (put forth no effort) for the meat (dinners, entertainment etc.) which perisheth, but for that meat (God’s word) which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.” (John 6:26-27)

False teaching, entertainment, commercialism and social activities have become so ingrained in peoples minds that when they hear the truth taught they turn away. People in church will actually speak evil of God’s word. Why? They have become arrogant and legalistic. They think that they know it all but in reality know nothing simply because they are not controlled or enlightened by the Holy Spirit. They focus on their pastor because he is friendly or charismatic and they DO NOT seek truth. In addition, they don’t want to give up their social life or their sins because they love darkness more than light.

Occasionally, a pastor may realize his error and desire to start teaching the truth. However, when confronted with these apostate people that he has created he may cave in because they may be large contributors to the church or seemingly important in some way.

This country is made up of mostly Christians but yet our most of our politicians, our representivies and our judges are God hating, Christian hating people. These evil people were put in office by deceived and ignorant Christians. 

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (God’s word) because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” (Hosea 4:6)

 

What Churches Will Not Teach

 

What to Do When a Christian Sins

 

This is something that is absolutely essential to being guided by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our “enlightener” and with out him controlling our lives we will make the wrong decisions in nearly everything we do in life.

When a Christian sins he is commanded to immediately confess that sin directly to God. This is taught in both the Old and New Testaments

“If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me…(Leviticus 26:40)

“Now therefore make confession unto the LORD God of your fathers, and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from the strange wives.” (Ezra 10:11)

“I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.” (Psalms 32:5)

“And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins. (Mark 1:5)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

 

But what are the churches teaching? They either tell you to ask for forgiveness or to repent of your sins and then they define repent to mean “turn away from sin.” First of all repent [Greek metanoeo] means to change your thinking. It is used in the Bible to mean changing your unbelieving mind about Jesus Christ. Rejection of Christ (Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit’s conviction) is the unforgivable sin and we must turn from unbelief to belief. Jesus Christ could not die for the rejection of himself which is the only means of salvation. All others sins such as overt sins, mental attitude sins and sins of the tongue are forgivable and must be confessed. Repentance concerns salvation and confession concerns carnality.

Read the above verse again. It says “If we confess…(name or cite) He will forgive.” It does NOT say if we ask to be forgiven of our sins, confess that we are a sinner, feel sorry that we are a sinner or turn away from sin he will forgive. We should turn away from as much sin as possible, but that does not bring about forgiveness. We should confess each individual sin that we can remember and then forsake those sins so that we will not soon become carnal again. If there is no forgiveness of sins the Christian is carnal. Then God’s discipline will follow.

 

Jesus himself said repentance is for unbelievers only, not Christians.

“But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous (believers), but sinners (unbelievers) to repentance. (Matthew 9:13)

Confession of sin directly to God the father is the basis upon which all doctrinal teachings depend. If sin is not confessed, the Christian will not be led by the Holy Spirit and will not be able to understand or apply any Biblical concepts to their lives.

“But the natural man (Anyone who is not led by the Holy Spirit) receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14)

Why do we need to confess sin? God knows what sins we commit but he wants us to examine our lives and admit our failures to him. This keep us humble before Him. Arrogance comes from not admitting our sin.

 

Double Mindedness

This is one of the most common faults that Christians have. They will live in a carnal state and all the while claim to be a spiritual Christian. Its party time Saturday night and church on Sunday morning and they believe as long as they are saved things are just fine. Jesus said, however, that you are either for him or against him. There is no middle ground either for salvation or the spiritual life. For salvation, it is believing in the person and work of Christ that establishes your eternal status and it is confessing your sins that establishes your spiritual status while on Earth.

“He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” (Matthew 12:30)

 

Human Good Verses Divine Good

Anything done in our own efforts, regardless of what it is, (including teaching), is counted as dead works if the Christian is carnal. God does not recognize these types of works as good because they come from the mind of man and are not the result of a spiritual Christian. Works done thru a spiritual Christian (sins confessed) is counted as good works for which we will receive rewards in Heaven.

“Now if any man (Christian) build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved (because he is a believer); yet so as by fire.” (1 Corinthians 3:12-15)

 

Filling of The Holy Spirit and The Indwelling Holy Spirit

When anyone becomes a believer in Jesus Christ the Holy Spirit “indwells” or lives within your being. In other words, you are saved. As a result, a believer cannot lose his salvation or become demon possessed because of the Holy Spirits presence, whereas an unbeliever can be. However, a carnal believer can be demonically influenced externally and deceived but not possessed or totally controlled by Satan. All too often it is these types of Pastors and teachers that are out there teaching false doctrines and leading Christians astray. People in the church who resist sound Biblical teaching have also been satanically influenced.

A person cannot be “filled” or controlled by the Holy Spirit when he is in a carnal state. This means that his prayers will not be heard, he will make the wrong decisions in life and he can expect discipline from God.

 

“If I regard (allow) iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.” (Psalms 66:18)

Many well meaning Christians pray for things for the right reason but their prayers are not heard for the simple reason that they have unconfessed sin in their lives. There are perhaps millions of Christians in the country praying for our country but with little success and it is all because their prayers are not heard.

If a person is not filled with the Holy Spirit he cannot understand true Bible teaching because the Holy Spirit is our “Enlightener” and our guide through life.

“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” (John 16:13)

 

Human Viewpoint vs. Divine Viewpoint

A spiritually mature Christian views everything from the divine view point based on the scriptures and years of diligent study. In other words, his view of life is from Gods perspective because he has the Word of God metabolized in his soul. A weak immature Christian will not have the knowledge of scriptures to the point where he will operate his life accordingly. Therefore, he will view everything the very same as an unbeliever would or from the human viewpoint which is man’s worldly perspective.

 

Relative Righteousness

All false religions around the world teach that one would have to be “good enough” to get into Heaven through his own efforts. This, they say, is accomplished by performing good works. The types of works vary from religion to religion but all of them come from the imperfect sinful mind of man.

I’m sure you have known people who you consider to be good, and you have known people who you have considered to be bad. To me, a good person is someone who is honest, thoughtful, kind and patient. A bad person, in my opinion, is someone who is dishonest, mean spirited, egotistical or obnoxious. I have observed that bad people have at least some good in them, and good people have some bad in them. So, I can say as a human being, that certain people are good, and others are bad. In other words, my idea of righteousness, as a human being, is relative, but God’s righteousness is absolute. It is perfect and uncompromising. No matter how good we appear as human beings, and no matter how hard we try to resist sin, the fact is that we are imperfect and can never attain God’s perfect righteousness on our own. We have a flawed and corrupt nature. If we do good works to please God in an effort to get into heaven, and this is what religion does, our efforts are in vain because we have done nothing to attain a righteousness like God has. We must have a righteousness which is equal to God’s righteousness in order to live with God forever in his Kingdom. God detests sin and he is not going to allow a bunch of “pretty good” sinners to live with him for all eternity. Only perfect righteousness will exist in Heaven.

Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe…For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare (proclaim/require) his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance (Mercy/patience) of God…” (Romans 3:22-25)

 

 

Results of Carnality

Any person who remains carnal for any length of time can expect confusion in every aspect of life, he will try in vain to reform the world through activism, he will have ineffective prayers, his needs will not be met by God, and therefore, he will focus upon money. He will succumb to false teaching and exhibit a holier than thou attitude. Also, he will believe he has to live up to impossible, non scriptural man made church rules and try to avoid all of mans taboos. When he is unsuccessful with the taboos he may turn the other way and become involved deeply in sin.

He will be easily deceived by Satan since he does not have the Holy Spirit leading and controlling his life, he will vote for the wrong leaders for the country and the church. He will marry the wrong person, and his children will grow up and become disrespectful and rebellious He will fear being alone and will have an insatiable lust for social life and entertainment.

He will give his money to money grubbing false TV teachers in a desperate and vain effort to please God. He will get into more serious sins and cause other people to sin. This will lead him to having a hardened heart even to the point of becoming a God hater. Discipline from God will not be effective because he will ignore the implications of living in his sin. Then he will wonder why God did all this to him when in reality he did it to himself all because he did not seek God’s truth. At this point he is subject to dying the horrible sin unto death. God will literally hand a person over to Satan and allow him to have his way with him until he dies.

Is it any wonder that Satan does not want these simple doctrines taught in churches today? Most likely you are being dumbed down by your church. However, God in His grace will provide everything you need to know if you SEEK THE TRUTH and nothing else. It is available somewhere and it is the only road to happiness, spirituality and the Christian way of life. Your enemies, evil politicians and the circumstances of life will overtake you and conquer you unless you heed the scriptures. If sins are not confessed the Holy Spirit will not guide you and you will be on your own and Satan will kick you around.

“For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water, because the comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me: my children are desolate, because the enemy prevailed.” (Lamentations 1:16)

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things (the details of life) shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)

 

 

False Things The Church Does Teach 

 

“But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.” (John 5:42)

 

Giving-The Prosperity Gospel?

There is no such thing as the prosperity Gospel. It is a totally false teaching. The only Gospel is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Gospel means good news. Prosperity gospel then would mean the good news of money and totally it excludes Jesus Christ and the Bible. Money hustlers have dreamed up this scheme to coerce ignorant Christians into giving money to them for their so-called ministry which consists of a lavish lifestyle and more sermons on giving.

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammom.”(Wealth and riches) (Matthew 6:24)

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

(1 Timothy  6:10)

Christians are instructed to give freely as he is able and not because he thinks God will make him rich. One cannot buy God’s blessings.

“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” (2 Cornithians 9:7)

“Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee.” (Deuteronomy 16:17)

 

Sow and Reap

Churches will teach that sowing a seed is giving money to them. Sowing a seed, according to scriptures, is teaching or hearing the scriptures which will reap a harvest of mature, spiritual Christians. It has nothing to do with money.

The sower soweth the word. (Mark 4:14)

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh (physical things) shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit (as a spiritual Christian) shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” (Galatians 6:7-8)

 

Invite Jesus-False Gospel

How many times have you heard a preacher say: If you invite Jesus into your heart and repent of your sins you will be saved?  The Gospel is salvation, the thing that keeps you out of the Lake of Fire, and these so-called preachers refuse to teach it correctly. Why? Who is their God?

“For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies” (Matthew 15:19)

You are going to invite Jesus into that? Sin must be forgiven through faith and faith alone in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Jesus doesn’t come to you when sin is present. You must go to him on faith first in order to be saved.

“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst…All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:35,37)

 

Note to Pastors:

If your church is all about money and you are worried that large contributors might leave your church if you should decide to preach the true Word of God, let them go. Stand your ground and use your faith. God will provide your needs. These people are doing the work of Satan by trying to obscure the truth and you don’t want such people in your church.

Time is getting short and God expects his truth to be properly disseminated. If the Bible is not being accurately taught in your church then whatever your church is doing is useless to God. Who do you serve; God or Satan? Who is your master? Remember the words of Jesus:

 

“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
 

Ye (truth seekers) are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, (effectiveness) wherewith shall it be salted? It (You, the salt) is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
 

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
 

Let your light (Knowledge and wisdom) so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:11-16)

The true purpose of the local church is to teach the truth of God to Christians and in turn they are to evangelize the world. Then, and only then, can we begin the revival of a great nation.

“For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off. (Isaiah 55:10-13)~

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2-Chronicles 7:14)          

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John
Apr 6, 2010 13:03

Jack, That was a FANTASTIC article. I totally agree. The Church is not PART of the problem, it is the WHOLE problem!

J.M.

Sysop
Apr 6, 2010 13:59

I keep thinking to myself. Wow God has patience. To only be in a 5th level right now and not completely destroyed tells me God loves the Righteous and is willing to spare the land at least for a little while as he tries to get the unsaved to follow him by the work of the church. But as the Church fails more and more everyday, I believe that end that great fall may come sooner than we think.

But believers today, the ones in the know should be warning others and I think maybe even starting to teach about how to live life under pressures maybe never seen before in this country.

Emily
Jun 1, 2010 22:36

I keep thinking to myself. Wow God has patience. To only be in a 5th level right now and not completely destroyed tells me God loves the Righteous and is willing to spare the land at least for a little while as he tries to get the unsaved to follow him by the work of the church. But as the Church fails more and more everyday, I believe that end that great fall may come sooner than we think.

But believers today, the ones in the know should be warning others and I think maybe even starting to teach about how to live life under pressures maybe never seen before in this country.

Amy
Jun 3, 2010 21:51

Jack, That was a FANTASTIC article. I totally agree. The Church is not PART of the problem, it is the WHOLE problem!

J.M.

Brittany
Mar 18, 2011 20:34

“A person cannot be “filled” or controlled by the Holy Spirit when he is in a carnal state. This means that his prayers will not be heard, he will make the wrong decisions in life and he can expect discipline from God.

“If I regard (allow) iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.” (Psalms 66:18)

Many well meaning Christians pray for things for the right reason but their prayers are not heard for the simple reason that they have unconfessed sin in their lives. ”

If someone has a past sin unconfessed, the Holy Spirit cannot be in them, and their prayers will not be answered? That doesn’t make sense to me at all! I could have one sin unconfessed from months/years ago, which would be totally forgotten, and because of it my prayers will never be heard?

Jack Heckathorne
Jun 6, 2011 12:28

God knows that we will forget some sins, but when we confess our known sins we are forgiven of "all unrighteousness"….see 1 John 1:9

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