I’ve been reading on doctrines and their origins. The history of the churches of GOD (the true and the professed) is epic – the battlefront of the great controversy. Sadly, today, many Christian churches have strayed far away from the purity and simplicity of Jesus Christ.
Taking the time to review the historical process of decline would reveal how much is at stake. For example, few people recognize that the Protestant Reformation with all its spiritual and sociopolitical benefits is presently being subverted and reversed by a counter-reformation. This is the cause of increasing (corporate) fascism under the guise of democracy, and the proliferation of godlessness worldwide.
Some teachings, like the prosperity doctrine, are blatant perversions of faith, brazen contradictions of the testimony of self-denying men of faith like the prophets and apostles. Others are harmful but widely accepted lies calculated to undermine the gospel - the idea that you can serve GOD and mammon. How have the churches come to a condition of pride in their possessions and esteem, yet spiritually are accounted in heaven as blind, naked and poor? It is the outcome of loving the world and seeking its approval instead of seeking first the kingdom of GOD and His righteousness.
Jeremiah 6:16Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
We have our Bibles and we have the testimony of history. Unfortunately, to quote a wise man, our generation is being passionately educated not to know. That leaves us with the obligation as individuals to wake us up, educate ourselves in true truth; because much more is at stake than our daily bread, and time is not on our side. (The devil as a roaring lion walketh about seeking whom he may devour.)
Ultimately, churches do not corporately assure salvation to their members. The book of life is not updated by any scribe or pastor here on earth. Rather, Jesus Christ Himself knocks at the door of an individual’s heart. It has to be personal.