The human race is prone to self-deception. Even when we as humans are going astray, being deceived, we still insist that nothing is wrong. Case in point, consider this true quote from famous author Mark Twain: “It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” That is so very true! I have spent the past 20 years of website ministry attempting to open the eyes of misled preachers with THE TRUTH, but most of them have refused to listen. Go figure! You'd think that if anyone in this world would listen to words of truth, it would be a man of the cloth (clergy).
- Jeremiah 2:8, “The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.”
- Jeremiah 5:31, “The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?”
- Jeremiah 10:21, “For the pastors are become brutish (lacking good sense), and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.” Jeremiah 12:10, “Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.”
- Jeremiah 23:1-2, “Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD. Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.”
- Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
- Matthew 15:7-9, “Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
Matthew 15:7-9, “Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”Most churchgoers will read this Bible passage and think of obvious cults; such as, Mormonism, Jehovah's Witness, Roman Catholic, The Moonies, Heaven's Gate Cult or the cult of Scientology. But dear friend, I am also talking about most Baptist churches today! I have been a Baptist all my saved life, since age 13. However, I have seen my own denomination become woefully deceived, misled and corrupted over the past 50 years. Not surprisingly, as Calvinism increases in popularity in the United States, so also is Christianity declining in our country. That makes perfect sense when we consider that Calvinism (aka, Lordship Salvation) is NOT the free grace Gospel taught in 1st Corinthians 15:1-4).