Saturday, January 22, 2011

Best Life Now = Fake Christianity!



Jesus taught this:

Jhn 12:25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.


The more I look at many modern churches, that more it seems they match the magazines, media, television, the messages and are more just like the world.

Can one see a difference here really between the message of these three?








Read that bible verse again...

Notice that the message is the COMPLETE OPPOSITE of what Jesus taught?




The Osteens say LOVE YOUR LIFE! Jesus said "He that loveth his life shall lose it" Who are you going to believe? So many of these false preachers are focusing on the here and now, and worldly success in this life. Nightmares of false Christianity lapping up everything the false human potential movement has to offer. Extremes of this exist in the churches via the Word of Faith movement but it has seem to infected many more then that. After all think this out, isn't Rick Warren's Decade of Destiny, another "all about me", "loving your life enterprise"? Watch the video here:

He tells us:

"The way you see your life shapes your life; how you define your life determines your destiny...." [Hmm sounds very New Age there!]

I wonder how many of the unemployed people in our economy today losing their houses, are seeing themselves "determining their destiny"?

This video shows the focus of his program. {Life coaching via church}: Remember one thing about life coaching, it costs money.



All this seems to me is rehashed "self-improvement" for the middle class and upper class mostly suburban demographic. I suppose when there are books, seminars and other things to "sell', telling your consumers, they "need" a product or multiple "lifestyle" changes makes more money. Is that too cynical?

But this goes to a place more damaging then that, what happens to those who see "Christianity" as a pathway to success on this earth when they fail or life doesn't become a path of bliss? How many people drop away from what they think is "Christianity" via these churches, knowing that they do not measure up to the business class demographics, that require expendable income to make all those "lifestyle" changes?

Just watching these places, you see how out of touch churches have become, and the influence of these big names have filtered to many modern churches. The churches now have become a morass of financial prosperity and financial success seminars with Dave Ramsey's "financial peace university" and corporate success and training models. I laughed when I saw "chronic tardiness" couched as a deep concern at one "life management" study at this church, that by the way requires a 100 dollar fee to be involved. How many people know just from first glance, they wouldn't fit into these churches even just from a socioeconomic level?

After all if you are struggling to keep the bills paid, even if God is blessing your home and fulfilling your NEEDS [not wants], it is doubtful the income is going to be there for this stuff. These preachers all remain silent selling their out of touch wares as America and the world teeters on the edge of economic collapse.

Can you imagine, someone who is 80 years old with severe health problems, or someone with terminal cancer, or some guy who lost his job, and almost on the side of having to get out the WILL WORK FOR FOOD sign, taking any of this stuff seriously? The reverse message of the false "best life" 'gospel' is if you are poor, sick and/or down and out, that you have no faith. This stuff is the message of false plastic pod people who have directed people to live their lives according to the world's standards often times as hamsters on the wheel, proving their worth via their "looks", money and how busy and "important" they are.

Is it God's will for you to be rich? Well some of these life management/destiny people seem to think so.

"God has given you (and will give you) all of the "raw materials" and opportunities you need to reach your full potential.

At the end of our lives, no one is going to be able to blame God that he didn’t give them what they needed to make it in this life.

Whether you reach your full potential, or not, will be based on how you managed what you've been given."

Read that carefully. Now the Bible does speak of things that will help us in life, Proverbs alone is an instruction manual on life, but consider what is meant by "full potential"? There are millions of third world people, who live in severe poverty, as well as other poor people in America, who by all of this world standards and maybe this guy's too... "didn't make it in this life".

One thing, the apostles were imprisoned, beaten, left impoverished, how would they measure up by these "best life now--life management standards"? There are Christians now being martyred, how are they doing in "reaching their full potential"?

Jhn 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.


These are all lies to keep people focused on this life, and rejecting the truth, and leaving them asleep and spiritually unarmed for any tribulation to come. Truth faith sustains, these "best life" messages are a lie from hell leading to more sinful selfishness.

9 comments:

Take Heed said...

Thanks for another great post! It's ironic that just last weekend, my mom (who is not a believer) told me how important it is to "love your life". Whenever someone says that, John 12:25 comes to mind. Jesus' Sermon on the Mount has a similar theme, "Blessed are the poor in spirit.."

I love the way that Hebrews really lays it out: Heb 11:35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
Heb 11:36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
Heb 11:37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
Heb 11:38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
Heb 11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
Heb 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

Jesus makes it abundantly clear again, Joh 15:17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
Joh 15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
Joh 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

And Paul: 2Ti 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

At the risk of sounding of sounding too "conspiratorial", well, I'll just point out the manner in which Osteen and Meyer hold their hands in these pics. I believe they are "flashing" a sign that most Christians would simply miss.

I'm a regular reader of your posts and I'm grateful for your blog! It's comforting to know that another believer sees through the popular lies that are so commonly passed off as truth.

Thank you! May God continue to bless you and your ministry!

Brandon said...

I enjoyed your post but I have to disagree with you lumping Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University in with Osteen, Warren and the likes. His position is of stewardship and how to most efficiently manage what God has handed you, how to have peace with the money you've got. I think it's different than the God wants every one of his followers to be rich all you have to do is buy my book message of the others.

Bible Believer said...

Thanks Brandon, well maybe I was too hard on Ramsey, I think my problem is more that his seminars and materials are being *sold* through the churches, and there is too much of a focus on money. Good stewartship is fine, and Ramsey does present some good even some biblical ideas but I also do not agree with focus on "worldly success" in the churches and the fact the churches are being used to MARKET a product. Let's not forget this COSTS MONEY. Example here.

http://www.dearbornfmchurch.org/ramsey.html


I have read acouple of Ramsey's books and really his financial system is middle class based in other words one would need expendable income [at least a stable jobs]to make it happen or even to attend one of the 99 dollar seminars. Something is scary when churches are being used to market "life improvement seminars and the like". One thing I am unhappy about Ramsey, and others like him,is they are not warning people about how bad the economy is getting and inversely have helped lull people to sleep too.

From 2008

"Ramsey then went on to mention that GDP and Net Worth figures were steadily rising – and pointed to these facts as proof that talk of recession is nothing more than ‘fear mongering’."

Thanks for saying you enjoyed my post.

Bible Believer said...

Take Heed, Thanks, yes I am not surprised your mother said "love your life" One thing we live in a culture awash with the whole theme of "you must have a successful ENJOYABLE life!" People are trained to seek after the things of this life instead of building their treasures in heaven. I agree the Beatitudes would apply here too. Thanks for the verses from Hebrews. The Bible makes clear that often the CHristian life in this world does not bring "worldly success" this does not mean there are never any rich Christians who God uses as obedient stewartsof their wealth,but if one seeks for that first instead of the kingdom of GOd, that is where the trouble starts. Many Christians even have had to make decisions for the sake of righteousness [ie not doing certain jobs, helping others, standing up for the gospel and truth] that definitely have cost them position and prestige in this world.
One thing not forget about the warnings about the churches in the last day is this verse:

Revelation 3:17:

"Because thou sayest, *I am rich*, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:"


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You are right about the hand signs, don't worry about sounding too "conpsiratorial here" I don't always mention everything I notice. On the Rick Warren video that I link too where he describes the Decade of Destiny; he has a "hand sign" right in the first picture. You are right about Osteen and Meyer's hand sign.

http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&q=pyramid+hand+sign&rlz=1R2ADFA_enUS385&wrapid=tlif129581915306210&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&biw=680&bih=337

Labby said...

You are so on target again! These things sometimes just slip by us, but seeing it all together on one page it become painfully obvious how opposite these teachings are from what Jesus taught.

I also think of what Revelation says 12:11 "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their own lives unto the death."

Also, what's with all the "7" books?? Could be another signal, possibly?

Lisa Ruby said...

"Best life now" how does that mesh with these verses from the Bible:

Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. Acts 14:22

They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; Heb. 11:37

Try telling a Christian in North Korea that their best life will begin when they become a Christian. (These dear Christians are the most (or among the most) persecuted Christians on earth. They need our prayers and support. See http://injesusname.org)

This "best life now" teaching is antichrist to the core. Thank you for exposing this!

Bible Believer said...

Thanks for those verses Lisa, yes they all definitely directly go against these lies by these false preachers. Life in this world is hard, and for the Christian, there can be much suffering. I think of all those who will be swept away by a cataclysm of events, having listened to these preachers and who will deny God, once their lives are not the shiny beacons of "success" by the world's standards they expected.

I will pray for the North Koreans, thanks for that link. I agree these teachings are antichrist. One thing, they also are oppressing people via this PERFECT LIFE now, nonsense, more on that later.

Josey57 said...

I have left the church because of these so-called Word of Faith teachings. Giving hope is one thing but making false promises is another. I am sick to death of this stuff. Many suffer in silence because nonsense like this has taken the place of mercy, and grace. Horrible way to conduct ministry. I often wondered if these liars really believe what they are feeding the people or are they just laughing all the way to the bank like every other ripoff artist.

Anonymous said...

Very true, I am in full agreement with all you say. Thank you for also including Dave Ramsey. If he gave his seminars for free he wouldn't be on this same list. The man clearly loves and worships money. Stewardship, is about much more than just financial issues. A Christian needs to recognize things much more precious. The debt we owe is to god. Stewardship is about living our life and giving our time in a a way that honors him. Focusing on money never could. Good post!