When I think of the men in Christian circles who have money, influence, and a platform to communicate with the world, I must say I cringe a bit.
Oftentimes, the ones teaching a damning false gospel have the most wealth, influence, and the biggest platforms to reach the world. I think of all those faithful men with little or no platform, wealth, or influence who would love to get the pure, unadulterated Gospel to the masses, but seem to have their hands tied by the prince of this world, Satan.
Then I think of the handful of Christian men who do have more wealth, influence, and platforms by which to communicate and I think that at least this small handful have influence. Then I watch as they use their influence to communicate very moral messages, but they hold hands with heretics and hedonism to do so. If they just created moral messages, at least they would have made a difference as salt in an immoral world, but in order to get their message ‘popular’ enough, they resort to disobeying GOD by allying themselves with those who disobey what Scripture says about justification by faith, what Paul the apostle says about ‘women preachers’, and by embracing elements of the world such as rock music.
While I agree that atheism is foolish, abortion is murder, immorality is wrong, and prayer is important, let me ask you this: “How many non-atheists will there be in hell? How many anti-abortionists will be in hell?” How many moral people will be in hell? How many praying people will there be in hell?” My guess is that the majority of people in hell were believers in GOD, many probably hated abortion and made prayers to GOD with their minds or mouths, and a good many of them lived by certain morals – they just never gave their lives to Christ or believed in His version of the Gospel found in His Word. How many will be in hell because of religion? Because they did not know how to get to heaven or how to know Christ?
Thus, if one is to use a hybrid of heresy, heathenism, and good moral truths to reach people, they are just being religious. If one holds to the truth, but then holds hands with heretics, heathenism, as they teach truth, they have confused the Gospel.
So how does one have influence and present the truth of the Gospel. I believe Fanny Crosby provided us the best template for this. She wrote many, many secular poems, and thus provided herself the influential platform and wealth to then get her very Biblical, laser-focused Gospel hymns into the hands of the people. In other words, she produced many secular works such as Song of Solomon that were not disobedient to Scripture in any way and which were not graphic, gratuitous, or a glorification of sin, while keeping her sacred works pure Gospel without compromise and without holding hands with heretics or embracing heathen culture to gain influence or money or a platform since all of these came through her secular platform.
Why waste time speaking on atheism, when only a tiny segment of atheists or non-religious people on our planet claim to not believe in GOD unless you’re just preaching something that will appeal to the masses and bring in dollars? Why waste time speaking out on prayer unless you are going to highlight the most important aspect of Scripture – that not all who pray are heard?
Why tell the lost they shouldn’t have abortions when their greatest need is salvation and when they have blind eyes and won’t even see why abortion is wrong? Catholic Vice-President Pence, Catholic Archbishop Cardinal Tim Dolan, and Catholic Kellyanne Conway were the top leaders of the March for Life this past year. Roman Catholics are tied together under dioceses of the Vatican’s authority, and the Catholic Church has taught for millennia that Christ alone was not sufficient for salvation. Paul the apostle in the Book of Galatians states that if anyone says this, even an angel, let them be “anathema”. That is a strong Greek word meaning “destruction” or “damnation”. Paul says this twice in the first chapter. The entire book is about how we cannot start out in grace and then attempt to complete our salvation through works.
If we don’t get salvation right, then who cares how moral we are or if we pray. We still can expect damnation. Even as Christians, the Bible says if we regard iniquity in our hearts then GOD won’t hear our prayers. The only prayer He is said to hear of an unbeliever is that of their cry for salvation. He owes nothing to the unbeliever, because they are not His children. Their father is the Devil, as Jesus Himself stated to the unbelieving religious crowd of His day.
Abortion is wrong and should be stopped, but not by Christians forcing their beliefs on unbelieving blind people who can’t see through human government like the Catholic popes did during the evil Dark Ages of Inquisitions and cruelty that epitomized the old saying “Absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Instead, the true Gospel is the key to abortion, atheism, and prayer. A false gospel or religion under the bureacracy of men who can gain power, money, and control through their offices is not the answer, but rather the opposite as can be seen in the Vatican’s centuries of barbarism and even the Jewish Sanhedrin’s treatment of Jesus for the very same reasons of power, money, and control of the people. The Sanhedrin didn’t want Jesus ruining their power triangle back then, and the Romans didn’t want the Christians ruining theirs centuries later.
The Roman popes, Jewish rabbis, Muslim clerics, or other religious bureacrats don’t want Christ or His Christians ruining their control and power today either. Christ was all about the common people coming directly to Him in prayer for forgiveness and worship without need of bishops, archbishops or bureaucrats. He had died at the hands of such men – religious Jewish leaders and political Roman leaders. Such words as ‘bishop’ were added to the modern translations but were not in the original language of the writings of Scripture. When people are in a relationship with Christ, they can pray and see the truth. Most of those influential Christians who are producing works on such subjects as atheism, abortion, prayer, and morals may be doing so, in my opinion, to get influence, money, and bring an ecumenical feeling of moral oneness between Christians and people who are without Christ. Morals sell. Most in the world believe in them. But Christ, His true Gospel and bearing His cross? Not so much.
Instead, believers with money, influence, and a platform from which to preach or teach or produce books or movies or television programs should spend their time focusing on the true Gospel and keeping it pure, so that salvation is sure, as this is the more important thing – salvation, not moralism.
If they want to extend their money, influence and platform, they should focus on secular matters which uses their same talents or abilities to write, produce, or speak, but without religious elements – in other words, like Fanny Crosby or the Song of Solomon in the Bible.
Take for instance those with money in Christian circles who are considered more conservative than some we could name. Chick-fil-A used its kid’s meal platform to promote Jim Henson’s puppets who promote anti-Biblical values, the Berenstain Bear’s books that promote skewed family values and roles, and C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia that teach that wizardry and incantations aren’t so bad after all, in spite of the fact that a Biblical theocracy would condemn such behavior with the death penalty. Also, C.S. Lewis believed in prayers for the dead, purgatory, a false damning gospel of works salvation, occult beliefs, and was “converted” by the Catholic Tolkien. Tolkien’s three sons (one who was accused of pedophilia) attended the Jesuit school Stonyhurst College. The Jesuits were known as the assassins of non-Catholic kings and they were the heads of the Inquisitions, while Stonyhurst College was where the two masters of the ‘perfect murder’, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Alfred Hitchcock, also attended. Jesuits were indeed masters of murder throughout history.
On the other hand, I would read the secular works of a Jesuit like the works of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle if it exalted righteousness, instead of glorifying sin. On the other hand, I would not encourage my children to read a specific book or a series of books like ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy by Tolkien or the ‘Chronicles of Naria’ by C.S. Lewis if it teaches there are “good” wizards and that incantations are also “good”. When it comes to secular works, we can read after many different people if they are teaching that right is right and wrong is wrong. I would also prefer Sherlock Holmes over a book by a solid believer in the true Gospel if his secular work exalted sin or made wrong appear right or right appear wrong. Obviously in sacred works, I would only read after those who teach the Scriptures properly.
With the followers of Christ getting further from Scripture in these last days, especially the dumbed-down “followers of Jesus” in America, this previous paragraph was probably far too radical for most to swallow. That’s how dark and blind this generation is today, and I would suggest that this is probably due to the many heretics, hedonists, infiltrators, wolves, shamans, idolaters, and whoremongers that have been embraced by their pastors and exalted before them as “good Christians”.
Gain influence through secular works that shun heresy and hedonism, and which glorify righteousness not sin, even if GOD is not mentioned (i.e. Song of Solomon).
Reach people through the Gospel with sacred works (preferably given out for free) that teach the most important things such as how to get to heaven through the true Gospel of Christ found in Scripture. Do so without entangling with the heretics or embracing hedonism to gain more of a platform. Use your secular works to create this platform.
We can get discouraged looking at how many men, doing the wrong thing in Jesus’ name, are given influence, wealth, and a platform to speak. At times, this can make me feel a bit anxious, angry, or sad, and perhaps all at once, because I do not understand why GOD allows the evil men to have all the power, wealth, and influence, while the righteous usually barely are surviving financially, are struggling to keep their jobs for their faith, or are being pushed out of large ministries for failing to compromise the Words of GOD and make them pleasurable for the ears of the self-absorbed masses. Wouldn’t GOD want His faithful men to have all of this power and influence and ability to communicate to the masses? However, remember what Jesus taught us about His methods for getting the Gospel to people?
“For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we proclaim [or publish] Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.” – 1 Corinthians 1:22-29
GOD does not want any of us to glory in His presence as this last verse states. As humans, we are prone to sin and wander. GOD knows this, and to keep us pure and devoted to Himself, He often keeps us from any real power, wealth, or other such great temptations unless He has thoroughly tested us, and even still many succumb to the lusts of the eyes and flesh, and the pride of life. We must use whatever means GOD allows us to proclaim Him and His Gospel, whether it be speaking, movies, music, books or classrooms, but we must never resort to compromising His truth to further our influence and platform or we are guilty of the old Satanic adage: “The end justifies the means”. In other words, it’s never right to do wrong in order to do right. Morals save no one. Changing Christ’s Gospel will result in those being ‘converted’ being told at the judgment ‘anathema’. Hanging out with those who change His Gospel in order to gain a platform, money, or influence so that we can then “reach more” for the Gospel will confuse the Gospel. Embracing or assimilating pagan culture will result in believers living disobediently.
We must choose the right road to end up at the right place.
Grace to you.