The Sorry State of The Church of Jesus Christ
The Destination of Those Who Will Not Wake Up
My dear brothers and sisters,
For quite some time now I have been deeply concerned regarding the condition
of Jesus' church here on earth. The divorce rate within the church has not only
equaled but surpassed that of the world. It seems to me that every little thing
that goes wrong is a reason for divorce.
In the 30 plus years that I have been officiating at marriage ceremonies, I
have told both bride and groom to erase the word divorce from their vocabularies
and replace it with "through Christ we can work it out." But I can no longer
keep count of the e-mails and phone calls I receive from husbands and wives who
are contemplating divorce - many who are supposedly godly people. Sadly, most of
the problems are caused by one or both parties entering into an immoral,
ungodly, sexual relationship with someone other than their spouse. Truly, in
today's society, we are bombarded with messages from within and without the
church that, in essence, state the following: "If it feels good, do it. God came
to give you joy, happiness, and prosperity. He doesn't mean for you to be
married to someone you don't like anymore, especially when there is another one
who is younger and better looking."
We have actually made nude bars, nude restaurants and believe it or not, nude
churches - all in the name of liberty! Supposedly, from their theology, nude
choreographed dancing in the church is nothing more than satisfying the deepest,
darkest, perverted part of your carnal, animalistic nature, for there is nothing
new under the sun. Yes, God gave us liberty, but then He added, "Do not allow
your liberty to cause you to sin."
We have gay parades and lesbian marches with people walking down the street,
openly shaking their fists at God. We have so-called churches of God that are
sanctifying and performing same sex marriages; queer to queer, lesbian to
lesbian. Is it any wonder that it is so when you conclude that 1/2 of the
ministers are either queer or lesbian themselves. As most of you know, the state
of Massachusetts has now recognized same sex marriages as far as retirement
funds, taxes, and pregnancy goes.
I am told that almost every night on primetime TV there is full frontal
nudity, acts of adultery and sexual perversion that is almost unimaginable,
beatings, sado-masochism, etc. In other words, everything is OK. We have been
desensitized to any sin - even that which is extremely grievous unto God. And
yet, do you ask yourselves, "Are the days of Sodom and Gomorrah still to come?"
In the U.S. we murder more babies than all the rest of the nations of the world
combined, many in the name of science for genetic experiments such as stem cell
Are you aware that meteorologists and others who study the weather have gone
on record stating that tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes and volcanoes have
almost doubled every single year since they first began recording the data and
have now reached an all time high? Are you aware there is no longer one day that
goes by where many, many earthquakes and volcanic activity are not recorded on
"the Ring of Fire?" Many other strange, (or diverse, if you will,) occurrences
have taken place in areas where they would not normally happen. Even as I write
this there is tremendous flooding going on with homes, crops, even entire
villages being washed or blown away and yet in other places there is drought so
terrible that there are fires breaking out that cannot be controlled, even
though fire fighters from around the globe are called in to help.
Yet, do you still ask, "Are we in the last days?"
There are multitudes of countries that are even now suffering with thousands
upon thousands of people dying from diseases we cannot even diagnose, all of our
latest medical technology not withstanding. We have SARS and a re-emergence of
yellow fever, typhoid, polio and chicken pox, all of which were once wiped out.
Plagues and diseases that have not been seen or heard of for years, even for
generations, are now back with a vengeance. AIDS is killing entire nations and
there are many experts, much wiser than I will ever be who state, "the continent
of Africa will be the first to commit genocide on themselves through the
propagating of AIDS. In 20 years or less an entire generation will be wiped out
and gone from memory.
Yet, do you still ask, "Are we in the end times?"
Of false gods and those who proclaim to be the Messiah there seems to be no
end. There is not sufficient space in this article to even mention the Rev.
Moons, the David Koreshes, the Benny Hinns, the Kenneth Copelands, and the many
others who would lay claim to the status of divine. Kenneth Copeland actually
made the statement that he could have done a better job on the cross than
Christ! Benny Hinn now communicates with the dead, which is strictly forbidden
by God. Of course, Benny Hinn may have an excuse for he may have received a
contradictory order from one of his other gods. At one time he claimed to have
13 gods and later changed it to 9. After that I gave up and quit counting. Don't
believe me! Don't believe any man or woman! Look these things up for yourselves.
Go online and search under 'Benny Hinn'. You will find all the information there
you need and how to get copies of the tapes of some of his more outrageous
I'm not even touching on the greatest sin which is God calling a man or woman
to go and preach His gospel in a place where it (heaven forbid) may be
uncomfortable for the flesh and they refuse. You may not be able to get the food
you like to eat. There may be snakes or spiders or ticks, or things that nest in
your hair. There may be nothing but a mud hut to live in - but, like Jonah -
there is no end to their excuses: "We must get the kids through college first."
"We must pay off the car and the mortgage first." "We must pad our retirement
account first." And maybe, just maybe, after all that is done they might,
providing all was well with them, just might deign to go and do something for
God - if they have the time. They are hearers of the Word and not doers -
phonies who warm the pews in their nice carpeted, gilded churches. They give a
can of soup at Christmas and think they are doing God a great service. They are
lazy, overfed, underused, religious appeasers of God - not true Christians. I
hope and pray you will give serious consideration, thought and prayer to these
words I have spoken to you from the Living and Almighty God.
Or will you still stand up, look around and say, "Is it really
possible we are living in the LAST DAYS?"
It is time to get off your overused butts and onto your unused knees and cry
out to the Lord while He yet may be found. Please allow me to give you one piece
of advice: Yes, yes, a thousand times yes - we ARE living in the last moments of
time! Whether Jesus comes tonight or you die of a heart attack or in a car
accident - that's your rapture and I don't care how many times you have kissed
the Pope's ring or how many Hail Mary's you have said or whether or not you have
given some poor person a blanket - if you do not have Jesus Christ as your Lord
and Savior, if you have not repented and turned from your sins, if you do not
live in obedience to Him, you will spend an eternity in Hell.
In my 30 plus years of ministry I have officiated at a great many funerals
also. Contrary to what other ministers may tell the bereaved family and loved
ones, I do not tell all of them that their dearly departed is in a far, far
better place. Rather I will say - "from the fruits and deeds of this person's
life we can all hope that in their last moments or seconds they repented and got
their life right with God" or "from the fruits and deeds of this one, they
seemed to have lived a holy and righteous life before God and I am convinced
they are with the Lord Jesus Christ, even as we speak."
Regardless of what any priest tells you, you cannot pray someone out of Hell
or into Heaven. There is NO purgatory, for Jesus said there is only Heaven and
Hell. That's it. End of story. Where you spend eternity is determined here on
earth by your actions and your decision, not by others after you are dead. Pray
not for the dead but pray for yourself instead - for where will you be 2 seconds
after you die? Think about it!
Please, do not write me any stupid letters saying there is no Hell or that
God would never send anyone there. God said there is a Hell and that He will
send to Hell those who do not obey Him. God is not a man that He should lie.
Allow me to share some things with you that Jesus said regarding Hell.
|"The Horrors of Hell"
Hell, the prison house of despair,
Here are some things that won't be there:
No flowers will bloom on the banks of Hell,
No beauties of nature we love so well;
No comforts of home, music and song,
No friendship of joy will be found in that throng;
No children to brighten the long, weary night,
No love nor peace, nor one ray of light;
No blood-washed soul with face beaming bright,
No loving smile in that region of night;
No mercy, no pity, pardon nor grace,
No water, Oh God, what a terrible place;
The pangs of the lost no human can tell,
Not one moment's ease - There is no rest in Hell.
Hell, the prison house of despair,
Here are some things that will be there;
Fire and brimstone are there, we know,
For God in His Word hath told us so;
Memory, remorse, suffering and pain,
Weeping and wailing, but all in vain;
Blasphemer, swearer, hater of God,
Christ-rejecter while here on earth trod;
Murderer, gambler, drunkard and liar,
Will have his part in the lake of fire;
The filthy, the vile, the cruel and the mean,
What a horrible mob in Hell will be seen;
Yes, more than humans on earth can tell,
Are the torments and woes of Eternal Hell.
"How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?"
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"The Horrors of Hell" reprinted from a tract by Evangelical
Tract Distributors, P.O. Box 146, Edmonton, Alta., Canada T5J 2G9