Attention Church!

   Many people in the Church are brain dead!  We’ve based our understanding of sacred Scripture entirely on what the television preacher says. We are experiencing a wave of ignorance from the pulpit to the pew, unlike anything we have ever seen in the Church before.  I’m not kidding when I say; you can hear anything you want to hear in the Church today.  We are headed down the road to destruction so quick it’s almost impossible to apply the brake.  What saddens me the most is that no one seems to care.
    As I tackle a mountain of false teachings in the church today, the general response I get is, “who cares.”   The lethargic attitude sickens me to the core.   I’m not saying that apathy rules in the Church today, it’s worse than that.   It’s not just a lack of interest; it’s much, much more.  We are in love with the things God called an abomination.  Isaiah 5:20 says, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”  We have certainly fulfilled that passage.
   I believe the Word of God teaches us to keep the commandments of God.  Yet today, many refuse to acknowledge the importance of God’s commandments.  Liberty Bible Commentary in reference to the 4 Commandment says,  “…the fourth commandment is the only commandment not repeated for Christians to observe in the New Testament…” {Page 154 LBC).   Can you believe it?  The only commandment that clearly tells us to “remember” is done away with in the New Testament.  Really?  This is an attempt to take us back under papal rule.  Millions of Protestants are climbing into bed with the whore of Babylon and we are not at all concerned about STD, (Spiritually Transmitted Disease). 
   Really, is there anyone out there that cares any more!  Some so-called ministries are permitting the homosexual lifestyle to take root in the Church.  Let me be clear on this subject, homosexuality is a sin, and like all sins, the sinner can be forgiven.  It’s important however to note that the “Body of Christ” i.e., the Church cannot sanction homosexual behavior nor any lascivious act.  Sexual purity must be re-established in the Church.  God can and will forgive all sins, if the sinner acknowledges the sin.  The Church must stop parading these transgressions before the face of God.
  Another pet peeve I have is the use of prescription drugs in the Church today.  The western church is filled with “authorized” drug use.  These medicines are killing the Church.  I understand the need for treatment when we are truly sick, but we run to the doctor over everything today.  It’s been proven that we take antibiotics way to often.  Most of the time we just need to let the sickness run its course.  The really big one is antidepressants.   Antidepressants have been linked to suicide more times than I care to talk about.  If there is a chemical imbalance, and it has been discovered by proper tests, then one should consider getting help.  (God has blessed in the medical field and we should recognize that “every good gift comes from God,” James 1:17).  That being said, I must add, that there is an unbelievable amount of abuse when it come to antidepressants.  As a pastor, I have seen this first hand many, many times.  Instead of masking your emotions you should learn to deal with them.  James 5:13-16, NET  “Is anyone among you suffering?  He should pray.  Is anyone in good spirits?  He should sing praises.  Is anyone among you ill?  He should summon the elders of the church, and they should pray for him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick and the Lord will raise him up – and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.  So confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous person has great effectiveness.”  Sharing your needs and concerns with the elders in the Church will help you to recover.  It is never good to keep things bottled up.  With the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, we all should think of ways we can help those who are in need.  In every relationship we must learn how to communicate.  Remember, communication does not always mean medication. 
   I could go on, but I have also noticed that the attention span of most people seems to be very short today.  So, until the next time I rant, pay attention Church.
   God bless!
By Pastor Don Elswick