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Mike is the general manager of Q90 FM and co-host of Stand Up For The Truth. His new book, "The Suicide of American Christianity" published in May of 2012.

Who Are We Following?

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Tough and challenging discussion on air today.  None of us wants to believe dangerous false teachings are creeping into the church.  But the reality is, Christianity in the United States is under a full frontal, comprehensive attack.  New Age Spirituality is being presented in teachings of the Emergent Church and social justice movements.  Even well known Christian leaders like Rick Warren are part of a plan to meld Christian beliefs with those of Islam—a religion completely at odds with the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Many within the faith are so concerned with getting along with everyone these days.  They want us to be seen as a people who are accepting and loving to all.  And yes we need to be those things—but never at the cost of the truth of God’s Word.  Jude’s short letter in God’s Word warns of false teachers and the call to persevere as true believers.  Starting in verse 17, Jude says:

“But dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold:  They said to you, in the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.  These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.  But you dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith And pray in the Holy Spirit.”

I see the day when Christian leaders in our nation will look around in disbelief as the church is under siege and many fall away from the faith.  They will ask themselves “How did it come to this?”  To answer that question they will have to look in the mirror.  There they might just see the face of a man who refused to be a Watchman on the Wall as the enemy attacked.  They might just see the face of a man who cared more about the size of his church or radio ministry, than he cared for the flock he was entrusted with.

In Matthew 23, Jesus weeps over the city of Jerusalem.  “Of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings; but you were not willing.  Look your house is left to you desolate.”

As we enter these final days, I wonder if Jesus is weeping over us?  Are we forsaking Him and His Word in our desire to be loved and respected by the world?  Are we willing to sacrifice our core beliefs as followers of Jesus to accommodate the world’s acceptance of us as open minded and non-judgmental?  Are we worshipping false gods without even realizing it?

But never lose heart.  The Lord our God is greater than any lie or deception the enemy brings forward.  Paul commended the Bereans for taking no man at his word, but instead searching the scripture to see what God has to say.  We encourage each of you to be like the Bereans—always go to the Word of God and the truth, light and hope it brings to us.  As the world continues to decay around us, God’s promises are exciting and encouraging to all of us who remain faithful to Him.  We have nothing to fear.

 

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4 Responses to “Who Are We Following?”

  1. Dale Suggs #

    Your thoughts are so very correct and real and the church needs to awaken to what it is truly doing. I'm so afraid of the chance that they are teaching/preaching another Jesus (in the case of the Jesus in the Quran group, I *KNOW* they are – I have attended the conferences and have had many conversations with the presenters. I love these people because every soul is my opportunity to witness, but these are, like you mentioned Rick Warren, seasoned veterans (if you will) of the pulpit and, unfortunately, they won't be told anything…if they think it and believe it, it is truth to them, and they are literally blinded to the real Truth. I'm planning to attend the next JiQ conference in Atlanta in the first week of June (3rd and 4th) just so I can again have the opportunity to ask some pertinent questions in front of other Christians attending who may not realize the difference. These folks are good at smoothing sweet-smelling lotion onto the scriptures to make their points look and feel good and to be honest, most Christians do not read their Bibles well enough to know the difference. They go to church, listen to the preacher, perhaps open the Bible to follow along, but then never open the Bible again until the next Sunday sermon. They are truly NOT being like the Bereans and are therefore easily fooled and I appreciate your willingness to put in print the words some of them need to hear.I hope I can help contribute to getting the Truth back into the church, and to get the rest outside where it belongs.Dale

    April 19, 2011 at 7:42 AM Reply
  2. Amy Spreeman #

    Dale, thanks for your willingness to lovingly ask those questions. Father, forgive our scales and help us be better at immersing ourselves in God's Word like the Bereans.

    April 19, 2011 at 10:32 AM Reply
  3. Chad Misovec #

    I will preface this post by saying I began my personal relationship with Christ in a service at Saddleback Church after listening to a message by Rick Warren nearly 17 years ago. My family now lives in Green Bay. I'm stunned to have learned that Q90 has such strongly negative opinions about him and his God-centered ministries, not to mention the classless jabs at his personal relationship with Jesus and the nonsensical idea that Saddleback is not Bible-based. These attacks seem to be based in some sort of religious jealousy and cloaked behind the concept that Q90 is the authority on "the truth". If you've ever been to a service at Saddleback or listened to Pastor Rick speak, you know how humble he is and how the congregation is aware that it's "not the church of Rick". The man's faithfulness is beyond reproach – he reverse tithes… can you name one other person who does that? He is a champion for the sanctity of marriage, playing a huge part in the passing of Prop 8 in California. He is responsible for potentially hundreds of thousands (if not more) souls being won for Jesus, he fights against AIDS and advocates for orphans, and yes he reaches out to the Muslim community **gasp**… much in a similar way that the missionaries to Somalia explained they do when they visited our church two weeks ago in service. The same reaching out that I would expect Jesus to do today. He wouldn't be spending time in the homes of Joel Osteen or Billy Graham or at the Vatican with the Pope. He'd be in the modern-day Zacchaeuses' homes reaching out to them, loving them. If Jesus said "love only Christians as yourself", I missed that part of the Bible. He didn't come to save the righteous. There is a very fine line between being a "watchman on the wall" and a Pharisee on a soapbox and the Bible's got plenty to say, especially from Jesus Himself, on the topic of the heart of a Pharisee. I'll pray for both Mike and Amy that you don't slip into that latter category. Those Pharisees out there make it really difficult for the rest of us believers to win hearts for God. They are the ones our co-workers, neighbors and families can't stand when they think about the prospect of being a part of a Christian Church.

    April 20, 2011 at 10:26 PM Reply
  4. Mike #

    Thanks again <st1:country-region><st1:place>Chad</st1:place></st1:country-region> for sharing your heart and concerns.  I hope our discussion today clarified our thoughts.  Always feel free to call me at 920-494-9010, ext#101 to talk.<o:p></o:p> Mike Lemay<o:p></o:p>

    April 21, 2011 at 9:36 AM Reply

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