Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Way of the Master - False Preachers

Way of the Master sent out a NewsBlast to everyone that is subscribed to their newsletter that they would be filming a scene for their 3rd Season that's coming out later this year. This paticular scene is a spoof on unbiblical preachers that highlights the top ten ways to fill the church with false converts.

When I arrived there were only a few people inside the church and another couple of people outside of the church and we were wondering where everybody was. It turns out that there would only be about 35 people that showed up to be apart of the audience but it went very well. There was no elaborate setup. The filming was done in Sun Valley, California at a small Chapel.

Jesus said, "Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. (Matthew 7:15)

The reality of bringing up this issue is that there are many false preachers who do things in the name of Jesus to get you to make a decision and as a result God will make everything better for you, whether it be your job, relationships, health, etc. This ofcourse is not biblical. Jesus promised His followers that there would be trials, tribulations and persecutions.

There is peace and joy in knowing that you are saved from eternity in hell but a pastor should never use prosperity, wealth and health as a draw card for salvation. We don't come to Jesus so He will fix our life, we come to Jesus because we've sinned against a holy & righteous and good God that will not turn a blind eye to sin. If you've told a lie, it makes you a liar. If you've stolen something then that makes you a thief, if you've looked with lust then Jesus said that you've committed adultery already in your heart(Matthew 5:27-28). If you've broken just one of the commandments then you're guilty of all of them (James 2:10). So if God finds you guilty, you'll end up in hell. That is where I was headed.

After looking in the mirror of Gods law, the 10 commandments, none of us can say that we are good people. God says that our hearts are deceitful above all things and desperately sick (Jeremiah 17:9), that no one is good, not even one (Romans 3:12). We may appear good when we compare ourselves to others but according to God's standard we are ruined, separated from God, enemies of God (Romans 5:10) and worthy of judgement and punishment for eternity (Romans 6:23).

But it's not Gods will that any should perish because God sent His Son, who is fully God and fully man, to earth, He lived a sinless life, showed us how we should love God and love others and died a horrible bloody death on the cross to pay the punishment you and I deserve for breaking His law and then Jesus rose again on the third day, defeating death. We broke the law but Jesus paid that fine for those who would repent (Luke 13:3) from their sins and put their trust in Him alone for their salvation. Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but through Me." (John 14:6) So repent and believe the Gospel. Read your bible and obey what you read. God resist the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6).

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him." (John 3:16-17)

So doesn't the Good News make sense now that you know what the bad news is? If we do not understand the disease (sin) then we will never understand the cure (Jesus). "For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." (1 Corinthians 1:18)