It was God who founded and created His church. The local church is the house of God. If He’s “the man of the house”, He has the right to make the church rules. Only a fool would go into another man’s house and try to change the rules. If we don’t like His rules then we just go to another house. The problem has been this: pastors have altered God’s rules in order to accommodate people who don’t appreciate God’s rules. No matter what your pet beliefs are, it makes no difference. Their motto: “Our doors and minds are always open.”
1 Timothy 3:15 If I tarry long, you should know how you ought to behave yourself in the House of God which is the church of the living God, the pillar and mainstay of the truth.
The church is the house of the LIVING God, He lives in His own house. You’re welcome to my house, but you will abide by my rules. A neighbor once entered my house with a cigarette in his mouth and I told him to take it outside. My heathen neighbor had more respect for my rules than some Christians do in God’s house. Some folks enter God’s house with all these compromises and they “think” they’re welcome.
1 Corinthians 5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornications among you and such fornications as is not so much as named among the heathen that one man should have his father’s wife.
This man was not an invited guest in God’s house. He was a trespasser. Paul was angry with that church because they compromised God’s rules for admittance. The church didn’t want to offend the man, his father’s wife or his supporters in the church. Listen, if I have a choice between offending you or God, prepare to have your feelings stomped on. One day a man and his girlfriend came to visit us. The man’s pastor called me and told me that his girlfriend was still married. I confronted the man about the choice he had made and they took their sin elsewhere. I have had couples come to church who were living together. I gave them time to hear the Word and get their lives in line with God’s Word and most of them do.
Mark 11:17 My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.
When man abides by God’s rules he creates an atmosphere of godliness. When men compromise they create a place that becomes attractive to those who don’t want to live by God’s rules. Men will waste their time in supporting such a house. If they think God abides in that mess, they deceive only themselves. This is commonly referred to as “playing church”. They compromise in order to cater to their fleshly desires. These are the same people who have a form of godliness, but they deny His power. Why do they do this? Because if they never experience His power, it can’t possibly be real. God’s power is still available to them if they will repent. Then they will know the power of His forgiveness.
I know the grace of God,
it came from His love for me.
Jesus was a wealthy man,
but the curse made Him poor so I could be increased with wealth.
Jesus is my Passover,
I eat His body and drink His blood.
I have His life within me,
a life of peace and abundance.
YEAR OF THE LOCAL CHURCH
PRAYERS FOR OUR NATION
Protection for: People who are innocently being lured to America with false promises from our leadership. Lord, protect those people especially the children. Protect them and our nation from the flood of drugs, cartels, terrorists, traffickers and all the diseases that now have access to our cities and citizens. Post angels along our southern border. Expose the evil. Praying for our law officials and National Guard on the front lines. Give them protection and wisdom.
We pray in agreement with your Word: Luke 8:17 “Nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light”. Truth cannot be hidden. The truth sets us free. Jesus is the Way, Truth and Light! Give the Righteous leaders boldness, wisdom and strength as they fight on the front lines. Give them every tool they need to carry out your will Father. Every person who is in a place of authority that does not have a legal “God right” to be there will be transformed or removed.
ALL LEGAL MATTERS: We pray for those legally gathering up and exposing the enemy’s lies. Protection for them and their families. All cover-ups and deeds done in darkness against the United States of America will have complete exposure. God’s plans and purpose for America will prevail.