I want to get your attention from the start in this article. If you are a true child of God, you will be obedient to His Word:
Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.” (John 14:23-24 NKJV)
If you are obedient, then you will not forsake having fellowship in a local body of Christ as commanded:
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25 NKJV)
You can watch a Christian teaching on your TV, computer, or smartphone, or listen to one on your radio. But this has absolutely nothing to do with fellowshipping according to the command above. Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with watching a teaching on your electronic device as long as it agrees 100% with the Bible and as long as it is only a supplement to your fellowshipping within a local church. Problem is that there are so few good sound teachers out there on the air waves, cable, and internet anymore. Most are deceptive and spiritually damaging. Most are addictive because they twist the Gospel and itch people’s ears. They keep people out of their local Church services and keep people in their comfort zones. Very few are spiritually challenging and healthy for us.
The danger is that most target your mind. They keep you pumped-up and motivated, but do little to nourish your spirit. Before I became born again in my spirit, I believed in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. There were no doubts in my mind. But I was still lost, even though I didn’t know it.
With much regret, I am compelled to relate what has transpired over the past two weeks. I was contacted through Twitter to start a conversation with the head of a major worldwide ministry. I was then asked by her to switch over to Google Hangouts so she could continue the conversation. I obliged. After the first day of conversation I felt very uneasy in my spirit. I found myself awake in the middle of the night asking for Holy Spirit discernment. Sure enough, the next day I was contacted again (I realized at this point that it was probably a representative of the Ministry—–>which would make the whole thing a lie and the Ministry was operating in fraud). I already knew beforehand how the conversation would go by the LORD’s ‘still small voice’. I have both days’ conversation recorded in the following PDF so that you can see for yourself how the woman tried to usurp authority over me as a man, and how the bottom line was money:
After I was initially shocked and ceased conversing, there were continued attempts on their part that shocked me even more. Notice the lack of concern of who I am by not knowing how to refer to me (Brother/Sister). The clincher was when I was spoken down to as if I were an inferior who had to answer to them:
Once the original conversation ended on the second day, I was led to the following article, written by a pastor of a church in Southwest Utah, that cemented my conclusion from the conversation:
The LORD is so good when we truly search for Truth! A few days afterwards, I got the following newsletter in the mail that breathed fresh air into me:
Friend, please examine what is feeding you as a Christian. Is it spiritually healthy and challenging? Are you fellowshipping in a local church so you can build others up, just like they can build you up, and where you are able to share each other’s burdens in life?
“Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 NKJV)