Stop calling holiness a religious spirit

 

Let’s be honest.   The modern church is not exhausting itself on devotion and sacrifice.  But you’d sure think so by the way some ministers keep telling them to relax, and quit trying so hard, because Daddy is so pleased with them.
Even when a congregation is a listless, flabby, biblically illiterate, club of moody consumers—preachers will heap on them yet one more message of pampered entitlement.  Kind of like handing a diabetic a case of Snickers bars.
It has gotten so bad that Sundays are a celebration of how much God lets you get away with.
They seem so easy going.  And why wouldn’t they be, after all the soothing guarantees of God’s unconditional approval. But don’t be fooled.  All that veneer of serenity explodes when they come into contact with holiness.  They must attack it on sight.
Gently suggest the church could go deeper—call for more prayer meetings—voice concern about inappropriately dressed women—tell them you don’t want to party with them, and they will scream, “YOU HAVE A RELIGIOUS SPIRIT!”
What was once normal discipleship, is now legalistic.  Anything that dampens their festivities is judgmental.
What have we done?  We have unleashed a counterfeit liberty.  These are not the features of a Spirit-led people.  These are the clear symptoms of people with sick souls deceived, and careening toward disaster.
Here is a chilling scripture that speaks to the evil that is twisting the church.  Isaiah 59:15 says, “So truth fails, And he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. Then the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him That there was no justice.”
How can it be that vessels chosen to uplift the righteous and equip the saints instead conspired to create a system that rewards carnality and shames holiness. How dare you punish a heart for wanting purity?
The greatest gift God can send a church is a holy child of God.  Their heart is revival.  They want the fire, glory and power of God to electrify the church.  Make them your enemy and you have also made an enemy out of God.
Woe is you if you have ever called holiness a religious spirit.   God bless you if you love holiness and understand what a treasure it is.  “1 Timothy 6: 6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain.”

BREAKING NEWS! CNN DOESN’T HAVE A GIANT WASHING MACHINE TO SPIN THE NEWS

Thanks to Snopes and Facebook we learned that CNN actually doesn’t have a giant washing machine to spin the news before they present it.  They are referring to a satirical article in the Website Babylon Bee–a site that parodies everything.  Wait, what?
Take a deep breath and consider: Snopes devoted investigative energy into telling you that a washing machine for news does not exist.   I am not kidding, people. (Said because kidding or not kidding is sometimes hard to detect).
That’s bad enough, but for Facebook to then issue a threat to punish the Babylon Bee if they did it again is outrageous.
It’s a situation that would be hilarious if it were not so nefarious.
It’s disturbing they can’t take a joke, but it is terrifying they are so in the tank to protect CNN that they can’t see parody.  They fact check jokes?
 Somewhere in the bowels of Snopes and Facebook lurks paranoid and defensive software—an anxiety ridden algorithm combs the earth to prove itself loyal to the left.
As a side note, a study of cult leaders from Jim Jones to David Koresh showed one consistent trait: No sense of humor.
Biased? Of course.  Can you imagine Snopes fact checking Alec Baldwin’s parody of Trump?  It would crash the site.
We are watching the new evolution of censorship.  It’s not blocking information “because we don’t like it”, but “because we don’t like it, we are going to say it’s a lie.”  Not a small difference.  And to reach so far as to attack satire smacks of North Korean neurosis.
Here is an ironic question: Is fun fake news being banned to protect actual fake news?

ACTUAL THREAT TO BABYLON BEE BY FACEBOOK:

See below for an update.

Christian satire site The Babylon Bee received a terse warning from Facebook this week after the “independent fact-checkers” at Snopes reported that one of the site’s humor articles was “false.”

Adam Ford, who runs The Babylon Bee, was warned by Facebook that a recent satire article about CNN “contains information disputed by (Snopes.com) an independent fact checker.” Repeat offenders, Ford was told, “will see their distribution reduced and their ability to monetize and advertized [sic] removed.”