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Saturday 10 September 2022

The Pastors Aren't Christians

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Welcome to country, LBGT affirmation, same sex marriage support, the environmental great reset false gospel, egalitarianism and women being promoted as pastors...why is this all rampant in the Church? Because many of the pastors aren't Christians:

"At least a third of senior pastors in the United States believe one can earn a place in Heaven by simply being a good person, according to a nationwide survey.

The findings were among several surprising responses as part of a survey conducted earlier this year by the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University.

The American Worldview Inventory 2022 examined more than three dozen beliefs held by pastors. Researchers found that in addition to believing that people can merit salvation based solely on their good works, one-third or more of senior pastors surveyed also believe the Holy Spirit is not a person but rather “a symbol of God’s power." Others said that moral truth is subjective; sexual relations between two unmarried people who love each other is “morally acceptable" and biblical teaching on abortion is “ambiguous.”...

...Another 39% of Evangelical pastors surveyed said there is no absolute moral truth and that “each individual must determine their own truth.” Roughly the same percentage (38%) didn't answer in the affirmative when asked if "human life is sacred," while 37% said having faith, in general, is more important than in what — or more specifically, Whom — one has faith.

Perhaps most startlingly, three in 10 Evangelical pastors (30%) didn't answer in the affirmative if their salvation is based on having confessed their sins and accepting Jesus Christ as their savior."

I don't find this surprising. Not even a little bit. In fact, I would have been surprised if the number were smaller. Indeed, I strongly suspect it is likely larger, some guys are just lying, either to the researchers or themselves. The genuine lack of belief of many Church leaders is the best explanation for why so much nonsense is tolerated. Though these are American stat's we see the same trends in the Australian Church. Indeed, Australia copies America in many ways. 

The reason so many ungodly, anti-Christian views are rampant in the Church is that many of the pastors are not really Christians. The Bible warned us this would happen, that wolves would rise up in the Church, and today, they are rampant, feeding off the flock of God. Jude tells us of such people: 

"12 These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; 13 wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.

14 It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, 15 to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” 16 These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage" (Jude 1:12-16). 

You might protest, and say, my pastor is a good man, but he's OK with pastrix's (women pastors) and he's big on the gospel having environmental implications, he's also ok with Welcome to Country. But here is the kicker, "So what." He is supposed to anchor his teaching and beliefs in the Bible, not the winds of society. 

The larger problem in the Church is that many of these pastors who are outright non-Christians are influential, and many other pastors look at them, see they are saying or doing something different, and then they copy them. Maybe not on the more controversial things, like LGBT, issues, but on many others, like Welcome to Country or women pastors. Heck, even on LGBT issues many conservative guys soften their stance, because some famous Evangelical tells them to. 

Many pastors today are captivated by trends, and they are not wise enough to see how they are being manipulated by genuine evil to follow after these trends. But we were warned there would be real, genuine and dark evil seeking to lead the Church. These stat's shoutout that the Apostles were spot on. 

This should be a warning to easily led pastors, to ignore the current thing, so they don't get "swept along by wind". And to drill back down into the solid anchor of God's word. But many won't do this, because it means standing against their pastoral friends, and often wider Church community. 

This is why Satan runs rampant in the Church. Many of the guardians of the Church, the shepherds, are not real shepherds, they are thieves, come into steal, destroy, and many well-meaning shepherds are too weak to contradict them, let alone oppose them. They care more about career advancement than truth, and because of this the cycle exacerbates. 

There are many good shepherds, great shepherds. But even many of them are too quiet about this. To these pastors I say this: Speak up guys, it is needed. To Christians: if your pastor is following the trends of the world, perhaps it is because they are of the world.  

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