Organized Religion and the Great Apostasy
The Counterfeit Church (man's traditions and denominations)
The counterfeit church FEARS individual thought. Anyone who thinks outside the leaders box gets axed. This is on purpose to control people and get people to take the mark of the beast later.
"Groupthink is a type of thought exhibited by group members who try to minimize conflict and reach consensus without critically testing, analyzing, and evaluating ideas. Individual creativity, uniqueness, and independent thinking are lost in the pursuit of group cohesiveness, as are the advantages of reasonable balance in choice and thought that might normally be obtained by making decisions as a group. During groupthink, members of the group avoid promoting viewpoints outside the comfort zone of consensus thinking. A variety of motives for this may exist such as a desire to avoid being seen as foolish, or a desire to avoid embarrassing or angering other members of the group. Groupthink may cause groups to make hasty, irrational decisions, where individual doubts are set aside, for fear of upsetting the group’s balance." -Read more Groupthink and the importance of thinking for yourself (Sources: dictionary.com, psychology.wikia.com/wiki/Groupthink, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groupthink)-
Read Learning God's Truth
Most church congregations follow their pastors instead of God. Most Christians don't know the Bible well enough not to be deceived. They take what a pastor says as gospel, and never investigate as the Bereans did. -MC-
People say "Well God is in control of everything." Well, God is in control BUT SATAN IS IN CONTROL OF THIS WORLD SYSTEM and he IS controlling people who have open doors to the devil. How many people have music in their home where the lyrics or the singers use foul language or worship Satan? (Aerosmith, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Motley Crue etc...read more) Far more than the average person will ever believe. How many people go to the movie theaters or buy movies with foul language, adultery, unbridled sex, dirty jokes and then call it 'funny'? How many people are fascinated by the things of the occult? Witches, witchcraft, magic? Ghosts? The Paranormal? Psychics (Some of these false prophets are the same thing)? Horoscopes? How many people are involved in martial arts and yoga despite the eastern religion worship? There is no more such thing as 'Christian yoga' as there is a 'Christian witch.' People should do their research about some of this stuff before embracing it or ignoring it. How many people keep dishonest financial books for their own gain? Cheat on their taxes? Cheat and lie to customers? Steal? How many people are obsessed with sex and money? How many people continue to do wrongdoing and then say "Well, it's okay because we are Christians and God will just forgive us. We have grace!"? God is keeping a record even if He does not cut people down when we want Him too.
Every Sunday morning some of the employees where my mother works say "Well, get ready for the ugly, nasty people." They are talking about the CHURCH PEOPLE. The church people have a very bad reputation here. If we who are Christian are appalled by the behavior of these church people then what on earth are people who do not claim to be Christian thinking about people who call themselves "Christians"?
Instead of Christians having a reputation of being the "ugly, nasty people" people should be saying things like we are loving, humble, forgiving, caring, respectful people who are praying, Bible reading, dedicated to our Lord and do not watch filthy tv/movies or listen to filthy music, or smoke or drink or sleep around or covet or lusting after money and sex. People should be able to look at us and say "That person is different" but in a good way they find admirable. The world is having trouble finding a Christian who is Christlike.
A man in leadership at a mega Baptist church told me several years ago that if I did not like hypocrites that I needed to get out of the church because "everybody is a hypocrite" and it was okay. Hypocrites cause unbelievers to be turned away from Jesus altogether because then people think that all Christians are hypocrites. When people lose accountability and the fear of God then eternal doom lies in wait.
Organized Religion is turning into Organized Crime
Far more law breaking, immoral activities go on than ever get reported by the media. Far more harm is done to people than is ever heard about. There is a reason for this. Law enforcement tends to protect preachers and churches no matter what. Also, people are being paid off and blackmailed to keep the dirty laundry quiet.
In a song Carman called the church "the sleeping giant." How true this is. This must crush God's heart at how silent the church is in a time when the church needs to be speaking the loudest (Genesis 6:6-7(verse 6) And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
(verse 7) And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.Genesis 6:6-7 ). Watch video The Cowardly Christians of America Club.