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Beware of the “I Love My Church” Deception [podcast]

“I see many exalting their church but nothing about Jesus Christ.” Tina


With Jesus, all true disciples declare “I MUST be about my Father’s business” and not a church’s agenda (Luke 2:49). Are you about the business of the Father or some other vision or business?

Jesus Christ didn’t come and die for you so that you could be somebody’s good church member. Jesus saved you to be His disciple, His ambassador – to follow Him! (2 Corinthians 5:17-20)

Today at a local thrift store, I literally took this featured “I Love My Church” picture. Unfortunately and yet in fulfillment of prophecy, this says it all concerning the modern church world. Also, I just google image searched “I love my church” and limitless tee shirt designs came up.

Regrettably, the false shepherds of the modern church today have made salespeople of their prey, teaching them to go out in invite people to the church club and circus and not to “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” as Jesus commanded (Mark 16:15).

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1

Regrettably, the modern church world is full of people (prey) who can often be heard bragging out “their church” and saying things like “I love my church!” Yet, none of these people can be heard saying they love the LORD Jesus Christ or “I love my LORD and Savior Jesus and every member of His body.”

Church membership today is nothing more than a device of wolves to corral and exploit the people! There’s no biblical justification for it.

What’s wrong with this? How did this happen?

“For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples.” Hosea 8:14

Like Israel, the leaders of the modern church have apostatized, departed from God and His Word and are given over to building their own enterprises, persona, and organizations. They are busy perpetuating their own existence instead of lauding the LORD of glory who bought them with His blood.

“Israel hath forgotten his Maker – And therefore built temples to other gods. Judah had lost all confidence in the Divine protection, and therefore built many fenced cities. But the fire of God’s anger burnt up both the temples and the fortified cities.” Adam Clarke

Of Hosea 8:14, FB Meyer writes:

A conqueror was at hand who should subdue and punish the whole nation for taking its own course, irrespective of God, Hos_8:4-8; for seeking foreign alliances which could bring only oppression in their train, Hos_8:9-10; and for multiplying altars and fortresses which were destined to be destroyed, Hos_8:11; Hos_8:14. The circumstances referred to in this chapter seem to point to the reigns of Menahem and Uzziah, 2Ki_15:19; 2Ch_26:6-15. Hos_8:5 is very striking. Israel had renounced Jehovah for the likeness of a calf, and now in the misfortunes which had overtaken them, their calf had cast them off. What is it that you are putting in the place of God? Power, wealth, the help of influential friends? Sooner or later it will fail you. How different is the One who perpetually encourages us, saying, “I will not fail nor forsake thee,” and who promises to carry us to hoar hairs. The persistence with which Israel turned to other lovers left God no option but to put them back into a furnace such as Egypt had been, which would finally burn put their apostasy. Only when we walk before God with a perfect heart are we strong and happy. Once entangle yourself with expedients and alliances, and you lay yourself open to many sorrows.”

Of Hosea 8 one commentator writes concerning Israel’s whole system of worship becoming sin in the eyes of God:

“Religion become sin: Israel’s holiest things became sin to them through their disregard of God’s commandments. THE ALTAR BECOME SIN (v11). THE LAW BECOME SIN (v12). SACRIFICES BECOME SIN (v13). TEMPLES AND FENCED CITIES BECOME SIN (v14). …”

When Christ is not elevated in spirit and in truth as the exclusive and only “Head” of His church, everything else we do becomes sin and will bring divine judgment (Colossians 2:18-19, etc.).


Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.” Zechariah 11:17

Of this verse commentator Adam Clarke writes:

“Zechariah 11:17 Woe to the idol shepherd – רעי האליל roi haelil, “the worthless,” or “good for nothing shepherd.” The shepherd in name and office, but not performing the work of one. See Joh_10:11. The sword shall be upon his arm – Punishment shall be executed upon the wicked Jews, and especially their wicked kings and priests. See Zec_11:16. Arm – the secular power; right eye – the ecclesiastical state. His arm shall be clean dried up – The secular power shall be broken, and become utterly inefficient. His right eye shall be utterly darkened – Prophecy shall be restrained; and the whole state, ecclesiastical and civil, shall be so completely eclipsed, that none of their functions shall be performed. This may refer to the worthless and wicked governor mentioned in the preceding verse. There are several things in this chapter that are very obscure, and we can hardly say what opinion is right; nor is it at all clear whether they refer to a very early or late period of the Jewish history.”

The modern church accommodates the lukewarm – all of which shall be rejected by Christ (Revelation 3:15-16). The modern church wolves would be out of business if there weren’t so many people looking to have their ears tickled and not willing to repent and seek the face of the LORD with reckless abandon (Hosea 10:12).

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:2-4

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