If you think about it, would you be surprised that I sometimes notice more of the enemy’s presence inside the church – yes, including my own church, including in the sermons and in the people and in all the meetings I attend there – than outside amongst unbelievers?
Let’s look at JESUS’ time.
The Pharisees for instance.
Where were they?
They were IN the churches and not only that, they DOMINATED the Jewish Church at the time!
Let me tell you something, this has not changed until this day.
Just like JESUS / GOD / THE HOLY SPIRIT is the same yesterday, today and forever, so is the bible and what it talks about still very accurate and precise and correct today.
At least that’s what I have come to find the more I study it – and I have only started to study it intensely about almost 6 years ago, those of you who have been born again for longer may find this even more so…?
Another example, the sins mentioned in the bible – are they any different today? Absolutely not. The bible also says there is nothing new under the sun.
Ok, let’s come back to the presence of the enemy within the churches.
As you may know if you have followed my blog, I have been to many churches during the past years since I have been saved.
Funnily enough (or maybe not!!), GOD made sure that I didn’t get saved IN a particular church, so that I would not be automatically bound to one and not automatically swallowing everything they are saying… some of you (and some pastors for sure) will probably say that I have pride and rebellion and that I need to settle down and submit to a ministry completely – but perhaps this is not what GOD wants for me?
Serving GOD – not a particular pastor – is all I am interested in.
And I do long for a church I can truly belong to, don’t get me wrong, I would absolutely LOVE to find my spiritual family, but so far, all I have found was very questionable ground…
I have been a member of the church where I currently fellowship for more than 1 year and what I keep encountering there is more than shocking!
I believe that the leadership there has the best intentions.
And I will leave it to this and speak more generally about what I have noticed, in all churches I have visited so far.
This should also not surprise any of us, because not only has it been like that from the beginning of church, that the enemy has been there, but also is it absolutely sensible and logical:
If you were the devil and you knew that the only people who could possibly defeat you are the ones who are truly born again and pure and holy and repenting of their sins daily and in very close connection with GOD nonstop, 24/7, where would you go to find them?
The ones who live in the world, including church-goers and not doers of the word, including lukewarm Christians, they all already belong to the enemy, so why go and look for them if he already HAS them?
Have you ever thought about why the devil is afflicting people and some are having a great and easy and disturbance-free life?
Well, if you are not attacked by the devil, let me tell you, it can only be because you have either fought and defeated him or you are belonging to him.
Let me say that again:
If the devil doesn’t attack you or never has, it is because he HAS you!
Back to where I was going:
In the church, the people there are the ones whom he needs to watch the most, because they could get truly saved and sanctified and holy and thus invincible and untouchable for him.
And this is exactly why he is making sure that as many of his agents are working in the church!!!!!
Maybe we need to hear this again:
The devil is placing his agents in the church, as many as he can and as high into the leadership as possible.
Some churches are completely run by satan and just going there will be similar to an initiation into his kingdom.
And when we look at some examples we will all agree with, it is completely obvious: white garment churches, Jehova’s Witnesses, Catholic Churches, Islamic Mosques.
But how about Anglican churches, some of the HUGE mega Churches – how many of you go there and believe that they are serving GOD? Or let me rather say, believe that the leaders and other people there are serving GOD?
Do you believe in order to have a very big and growing church, you can truly stay close to GOD or does it seem more likely for you that the pastor will lose followers and members if he preaches what will offend them?
And how about demons, evil spirits and the devil?
JESUS did the same thing everywhere HE went: HE preached, HE healed the sick and HE cast out demons.
How many of these things are happening in YOUR church?
Do you really think demons are no longer real?
Why would that be?
Give me one good reason for this.
WHY would we now all live in peace together?
WHY would all religions be the same when the bible says otherwise, when even the first commandment is not to worship idols?
WHY would GOD suddenly not be angry at idolatry anymore?
WHY would GOD no longer heal the sick, but rather send them to therapy and have them take drugs and do surgery all the time?
WHY would GOD no longer mind if people would take away from or add to HIS, when HE has pronounced a curse over these people in HIS word?
WHY would GOD no longer consider matrimony holy and adultery a sin (or even fornication)? Did they not have sex and sexual immorality in the old days when GOD forbid it?
WHY would GOD no longer warn us not to live in the world and pursue earthly riches?
What is the reasoning behind this?
Do we really believe that HE changed HIS mind????
Friends, I am not here to condemn anyone.
I, too, am guilty and need to repent of so many things.
But at the same time, I go to church and try to meet godly people in order to learn from them and in order to be edified and taught the will and the word of GOD.
It is hard though.
When the pastor is speaking about series on netflix and when I am the only one in every group who doesn’t have a TV, when people look at me as if I am an alien – I would expect this outside the church, but IN the church?
When I ask for prayer in a prayer group from my church to bring more Christians into positions in the prisons and 2 people are speaking up against my prayer point, then I know what time it is!!!
And let me not even get started about the “singles”-market, yes market, and about flirting and fornicating in the churches – they are a breeding-ground for fornication, adultery and sexual immorality.
THE HOLY SPIRIT has shown me lesbians (and witches) in my church, which is an African church – are you shocked???
This is only the tip of the iceberg.
People living in (sexual) sin, living together without being married, sleeping together although being married to someone else, all this is happening all the time.
Even the testimonies – do they really glorify GOD?
Have we heard a lot about godly successes or are they mostly about career and promotion and more money?
Yes, we all need a job to pay our bills, 100% agreed.
But is it really so important that we are all CEO’s and managers?
Are we not in fact even more prone to become corrupted the more money we have or earn?
Just a thought.
I hardly hear any testimonies about deliverance, healing sometimes, but who is even praying for a closer walk with GOD and testifying about that when GOD has heard them?
And would these testimonies even make it into the “featured” few which are published?
Are we really surprised that we are still afflicted and tormented by demons day and night, dreaming about snakes, having all sorts of illnesses and emotional problems?
Yes, some of it comes from us having opened doors.
BUT so have the people in the bible and JESUS set them free in an instant.
So how come we are not being set free by “our” Man of GOD who is supposed to lead us and pastor us and shepherd us?
We are supposed to be safe and covered in the church.
Me, I did not experience a big change spiritually when I became a member of this church.
The teachings are mostly quite good, but the spiritual protective power is not very strong.
Although it is mentioned a lot, but the spiritual covering as a member of this church has not been covering me.
From what I have seen there in 1 year, I am not surprised.
I am still there is because GOD hasn’t instructed me to leave yet – at the same time, I am not even sure if there actually IS a good church.
And this is just about the leadership, not even starting to speak about the other members, or the leaders under the leaders…
It is from my own interactions with GOD that my spiritual strength is growing – from what GOD is showing me directly, when I seek HIM, when I do research on the internet, when I dive into the WORD, when I read about certain topics and educate myself.
And from a different ministry, which is unfortunately not in my country, where I get fed – this is a very strict doctrinal deliverance ministry. I am actually led to and will tithe there and not in the church which I attend physically – if GOD keeps telling me to.
But I can’t even be sure that my experiences there would be different if I went there physically…
What I am saying is not so much to criticize my current church – I have seen this or worse in ALL churches I have visited or even been a member of.
And what I am trying to say is, we need to be watchful, discerning and most of all, we CANNOT solely depend on other people, aka pastors and prophets, to preach the WORD OF GOD to us, to teach us about it and to give us a prophecy or a word of knowledge here and there and to pray for us sometimes, we need to have our own relationship with GOD, we need to learn to hear and to discern HIS voice and HIS SPIRIT, this is vital, especially in the times we are living in when there are more wolves in sheep’s clothing than true Man or Women of GOD!
Friends, don’t let the fact that you are in church cloud your vision and reduce your vigilance!
On the contrary.
I came to tell you today that you need to be even more vigilant against the wiles of the devil in the church, because there are so many agents of the enemy there.
From what I noticed and learned, there are even more agents in the church than Christians.
In the church is where I got hurt the most, because I come with an open heart and mind and then, they can prey on me easier – at least that was what it was like when I was a baby new born believer.
I may still be a baby to some of you, but I have grown more cautious, not everything that has GOD’s label on the outside, has GOD inside, too.
Not saying there aren’t any good people in the church. Hopefully, there are more than I have seen though!
Very interested to hear about your experiences and views, friends, if you have seen any works of the enemy or true works of GOD in the church?
I hope and pray that this will encourage, inspire, bless and heal you.
And that THE LORD will bless you richly in all areas of your life, that HE will keep you and shine HIS face upon you and bring you PEACE.
In JESUS’ name I pray.