Hurled To Oppression

Rick Warren is teaching falsehoods –things that are contrary to the Scriptures– and his “Celebrate Recovery” is another gospel. It is the promotion of a reliance on man and a program, rather than on Christ Jesus and the power He gives us by His Spirit taking up habitation within us.

Reliance on a mature man (not on a group of immature sin-addicts) is acceptable for a baby Christian, just as an infant is certainly and naturally reliant on the parent; but this is unacceptable for those who should by now be mature “adults” in the Lord. And any pastor should know this. Therefore, if a pastor is promoting such a gospel in his church, he should be rebuked. Like with this passage: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD. He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.” (Jer. 17:5,6) Yes, that is a clear warning of curse for any pastor who himself trusts in, or encourages others to put their trust in man or man’s programs.

Of course as verse 7 says, “But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him.” Yes, many blessings await that person.

But, again: “This is the curse that is going out over the whole land… The LORD Almighty declares, ‘I will send it out, and it will enter the house of the thief and the house of him who swears falsely by My name. It will remain in his house and destroy it…” (Zech. 5:3,4) The curse will destroy not only the criminals, but also those who use God’s name to preach their falsehoods. And where are these falsehoods being preached? In the churches, the seminaries, the rooms holding “Christian” seminars, workshops, and retreats.

“Beware, the LORD is about to take firm hold of you and hurl you away, O you mighty man [you false preacher, teacher, leader, guide]. He will roll you up tightly like a ball and throw you into a large country. There you will die and there your splendid chariots will remain– you disgrace to your master’s house! [Christ’s church!] I will depose you from your office, and you will be ousted from your position.” (Isa. 22:17-19)

“Therefore, this is what the Holy One of Israel says: ‘Because you have rejected this message, relied on oppression and depended on deceit, this sin will become for you like a high wall, cracked and bulging, that collapses suddenly, in an instant. It will break in pieces like pottery, shattered so mercilessly…'” (Isa. 30:12-14) “‘You will each go straight out through breaks in the wall, and you will be cast out toward Harmon, O mountain of oppression,’ declares the LORD. [But] ‘Go to Bethel and sin; go to Gilgal and sin yet more… for this is what you love to do,’ declares the Sovereign LORD.” (Amos 4:3-5)

Bethel and Gilgal were places of worship. So, “This is what the LORD says to the house of Israel [today –to the church]: ‘Seek Me and live; do not seek Bethel, do not go to Gilgal… For Gilgal will surely go into exile, and Bethel will be reduced to nothing, to wickedness, and to grief.'” (Amos 5:4,5)

It is going to happen. And I strongly urge everyone to know their Bibles and even to memorize Scripture. You will most definitely wail for the days –days you spent feasting your gluttonous eyes with the T.V. and other enchantments– sobbing for even one hour to relive so you could have fed your parched soul with at least one supernatural, living word to sustain you through the desert.

For “‘The days are coming,’ declares the Sovereign LORD, ‘when I will send a famine through the land– not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD. Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the LORD, but they will not find it.'” (Amos 8:11,12)

with love,


~ by smilesback on November 29, 2009.

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