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Have We Forgotten Our First Love?

By Tanya G. Liles

          Over the years with my walk with God, I have seen much confusion in the Churches. And as of late, God has been removing the veil from my eyes to show me even more of His ways. Don't be surprised when I say this, but I won't step my foot in a Church anymore. Why? The Church is asleep, they are simply put "playing Church."

          How? They allow certain things to go on that shouldn't be even allowed. I'll explain below.

          Number One: When someone gives their whole heart to Jesus, a disciple should help that new believer along. Why? So that they know how to truly live for Christ. But do Churches today do this? No. They give them a Bible, a prayer, and wish you the best. I got discipled the wrong way. But I thank God that He has shown me a lot through the years to help me disciple my husband, when he became a believer in 2009. I am thankful for what God shows Him daily.

          Number Two: Pastors and Ministers witness to people the wrong way. We are supposed to be led by the Holy Spirit, and to always be in prayer. People will go up to someone they don't even know without the Holy Spirits lead, or praying to God on the issue. It is no wonder when things turn out bad for those who put their flesh first before God's Spirit. Always pray and seek the Holy Spirit's prompting.

           Number Three: Most Churches say you must be baptized before you can join their congregation. They say this is what "saves you". WRONG! Jesus Christ is who saves us and delivers us from Hell.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. - John 14:6

Baptism is showing others publicly that you are now a new creation in Jesus. Did the thief on the cross get baptized in water? No, of course not. Jesus forgave him at the cross!

Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.”

But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.”

Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” - Luke 23:39-43

          Number Four: People feel that if they go to Church, that they have been forgiven, and they can go back to doing the things God says NOT to do. Goodness or Good Works will NOT get you into heaven, the blood of Christ is what gets you there. Repentance (turn away from sins) and Forgiveness is on a daily basis, not Sundays!

          Number Five: What God has said in His Word, He means! He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, He never changes!

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. - Hebrews 13:8

          Recently my husband went to check out a Church for us, what he saw there was appalling. A lesbian couple making out when a Pastor was preaching a sermon. The Pastor there didn't call them out on it, he allowed it to continue. This goes against what God has said in His Word.

          As believers in Christ, we are to pray and ask for God's Spirit to witness to those who do not know the Lord. BUT it is a WHOLE different ball game when people go to a Church under Satan's spirit, to provoke God to anger.

           The Pastor of that Church should have stopped His sermon and rebuked the 2 women and asked them to leave. It is one thing to come to Church to get to know the Lord, it is another when you want to thumb your nose at God Almighty saying it is okay to continue to live in your sins.

          God has said it multiple times in His Word, that homosexuals will not go to heaven. Many think in this world today, that they can be "Gay" and be a Christian. This is a delusion. Satan has blinded their eyes to the truth.

Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.

Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. - Romans 1:24-32

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. - 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

          Number Six: Most people gossip, tale carry, get into each other's business. Even at Church, the back biting continues. They think it is their God given right to do so. But the Bible says differently. We are to mind our own business, and lead a quiet life.

that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing. - 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

And besides they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not. - 1 Timothy 5:13

He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets;
Therefore do not associate with one who flatters with his lips. - Proverbs 20:19

          Don't associate with such people. Instead, pray for them and ask God to deliver them.

          Number Seven: Churches have forgotten their first love, Jesus. We are required to love others as Christ has loved us and given His life for us.

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. - Ephesians 5:1-2

          Most Churches today will not welcome a new comer, feed the poor, help the disabled, homeless, the sick and weak, the widowed, etc...

          All they can think about is money for the next Church Building, property, famous prophet, preacher, singer, etc....

          When did money become more important? Shouldn't our focus be on what God has taught us in His Word?

          This is not what Jesus called us out of darkness for. We are called to be a LIGHT in the darkness, not build more buildings! The world is hurting, we need to show the LOVE of JESUS!

          Finally, the falling away has begun. You will see more and more "Christians" renounce their faith in Jesus, and turn to Satan himself. In fact, more and more people embrace Satan today, than ever before. By TV and RADIO, musicians and actors/actresses are more blatant than ever before in their satanic faith. They pledge their allegiance to him and mock God every chance they get. They even want people to follow them. And sadly, many will.

          The Bible says this would happen, and that it will only get worse. From the time I was saved in 2002, until only recently, I believed in the pre-trib Rapture. After much study through the Scriptures, my husband and I found that there is no evidence for it. Christians and unbelievers alike will go through the Tribulation. However, is the CHURCH ready for it? Absolutely not. Both my husband and I agree, we aren't ready either. I mean, who on this earth actually is?

          Now is the time to pray. Pray for the many souls out there that don't know the truth. Pray for the souls who refuse to repent. Pray for those who Satan uses like a puppet to do his bidding, and that one day, they shall see the light and love of JESUS. Always Pray.

praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— - Ephesians 6:18