When I warned about a new law in California that will force preachers to agree with the LGBTQ agenda, one lady commented, “The Church is awake and powerful in California.” A brother responded, “Then why is California going to hell in a hand-basket?” Ouch.
What I am about to say is a cry, a loving cry to the spiritual leaders of California: Wake up! Please consider what I am about to say, no matter how painful the facts may be. I am speaking out of a deep love for California. I feel a heavy burden for my home State.
I survey the moral devastation, but then I hear someone boast that the gates of hell will not prevail against the church in California. I have to ask, “If the gates of hell have not prevailed, then what on earth is going on? If this isn’t prevailing, I’d hate to see what is!” The answer, as is so often the case, is to read that verse again:
Matthew 16:18 “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
I am pleading with God for this message to get through to my fellow leaders. The first clue to what God wants, lies in the phrase, “I will build MY church.” The problem is that there are two construction projects going on simultaneously in the church: Men are in charge of one, and Christ is in charge of the other.
That these two branches coexist in the Body of Christ is clear in Jesus’ own words: John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”
Both branches are connected to Him, but only one abides in Him. Both will grow side by side until the appointed time. It is easy to tell the difference: The churches that men are building don’t stand a chance against Satan, and Satan doesn’t stand a chance against the Church Christ is building.
Man-made churches avoid the front line, while the one true Church that Jesus is building draws its life from engaging and defeating the powers of darkness.
The church man builds refuses to offend. The Church that Christ is building refuses to be ashamed.
It totally breaks my heart to say this, but, California is littered with Christian projects that were built by man, and for man. This explains how immorality has spread like a cancer, even as churches got bigger. It explains why the government in California is working so hard to ban Christianity.
It makes me weep to have to say this, but I must. Paul leveled a stern warning to all who build “for God,” but do so by their own design. 1 Corinthians 3:10 “According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
Beloved, there is a terrifying outcome for those who have built mega-churches that God had no part in establishing. They will all stand before God and be judged for their works. 1 Corinthians 3:12 “Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”
Beloved, the autopsy on California leaves no room for another verdict!
Let everyone who reads this heed the warning! There are disastrous things about building Christian projects by human power that aren’t readily apparent.
For starters, these man-made churches persecute the true Church in a way that is worse than the world does. How? By you as the pastor of a church built on a foundation of wood, hay, and straw making Bible preaching offensive. By you who have given believers an appetite for fast food. By discouraging true pastors who feel foolish for holding fast to their convictions. You have left them feeling betrayed when you steal their people, and herd them into a faceless mega-crowd, where they no longer have any accountability.
I am praying right now that my cry will be understood by leaders. I am travailing for leaders to wake up while there is still time.
But, there is an even more hideous fact you need to face: Satan may actually be helping you build your artificial church! He may even supply the money to build it. A hundred million dollars is chump change to the enemy of God, if it gets him the prize he seeks: building a powerless center, where thousands can be disarmed and neutralized.
My precious brothers and sisters let me ask you: What could be a better trophy for hell than producing an artificial church? It has all the right features, but no power. It is the perfect distraction. The devil can freely defile a culture in plain view of the church and she will be too powerless, self-satisfied, and oblivious to stop it.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: If this describes your church, get out! If you are the pastor of such a church, get back to preaching the pure word of God and making true disciples, before it is too late. Get right with God, and begin to turn California back from the abyss!