Let me repeat a statement made in the last post, “the true focus of a church is to teach the Gospel and correct doctrine…” Why is this not done in our modern churches? Let me give several reasons: 1) Jesus does not have the preeminent position in most churches, 2) Doctors of … you name the religious degree have taken the preeminent position in what most denominations practice as doctrine, 3) Man-made programs to increase numbers in the church have replaced soul-winning. The above listed reasons are why most modern churches have become apostate because it is no longer the leadership of Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit but man-made doctrines and programs.
Do you think this is crazy? The following is what Jesus said to the scribes and Pharisee: “He answered and said unto them, well hath Esaias (Isaiah) prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, this people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” (Mark 7:6,7) This is the mark of the Apostate Church.
When churches teach man-made doctrines because the institutions of higher learning have made them (the doctors of theology, ministry, and religious studies) THE authorities who know better than God what He intended for his word to mean. This attitude from the educational institutions (secular and religious) usurped the authority of God. They put more emphasis on the “doctrines of men” than they do the leading of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Most religious institutions of today do not teach two subjects: 1) prayer, 2) the Holy Spirit. The universities today see these two subjects as too controversial to properly teach them in their classrooms. Why? None of the religious institutions nor church denominations are under the authority of Jesus Christ and have no clue what it means to be led by the Holy Spirit. If you do not know Jesus personally and do not know the indwelling guidance of the Holy Spirit, how can you teach the subject properly? This gap in the teaching of potential pastors is one of the prime reasons for the Apostate Church and its present growth. If Peter, John, and Paul were alive today, they would bring down curses on many churches and denominations today. How many true believers are alive today? Very few!