I attended a fall “revival” at a Pentecostal church last night. I have not attended this church since June because it feels like a spiritual zoo. Last night was no different. The show-like music had no anointing, since the worship leader thought he was Michael W. Smith. I was prepared to endure the bad music and oppressive spirit for the guest speaker, a family favorite who pastors a church in Kentucky. But he disappointed me. Instead of preaching painful but necessary truth on both church and society, he expounded unity at the expense of biblical truth. This is heresy and a Trojan horse.
Yes, the visible church today is Troy. This sinful world, a 21st-century Greece, will soon win decades-long “culture” battles and is using many Trojan horses to do it. One of these is unity. Peace is another. Image is a third. But I digress.
The word “unity” conjures up the Beatles’ atheistic utopian song “Imagine,” “perfect harmony” in Coca-Cola commercials, and Woodstock. So why is the church now singing the same godless tune of “the world living as one”? Why is she preaching unity at the expense of truth? Jesus Christ “did not come” to this earth “to bring peace but a sword” (Matthew 10:34). This spiritual sword of truth divides individuals, families, and nations.
Three generations after the flood, the world came together to build a tower reaching to heaven so that people could “make a name” for themselves (Genesis 11:4). They were of “one” heart and mind and had “one” language (11:6). It was an impressive display of unity that the world has not seen or achieved since, even though the communist multilingual United Nations is trying. Was God in this display? No. He divided the people by confusing their language (11:7-9).
After two angels entered Sodom to rescue Lot and his family from God’s righteous judgment, men “old and young” united to kidnap and rape these angels (Genesis 19:4-5). “People from every quarter” were of one heart and mind about the angels they called “men” (19:4). Was God in it? No. The angels blinded these sinners and rescued Lot (19:11-16).
On the morning of the Passover feast in Jerusalem, governor Pontius Pilate asked the crowd which prisoner they wanted him to release: Jesus Christ or Barabbas (Matthew 27:15-21). All the people shouted, “Barabbas!” (27:21) They were of one heart and mind about Jesus too: “Let him be crucified” (27:22-23). Was God in it? Yes. He could not accomplish redemption without a cross. But the people were still guilty of Jesus’ blood (27:25). They united to commit the world’s greatest sin.
The morning of Pentecost, fifty days later, was different (Acts 2:1). One hundred twenty people had gathered in an upper room in Jerusalem (1:13, 15). They were “with one accord,” i.e. of one heart and mind in seeking the promise of the Holy Spirit (1:8, 2:1). Was God in it? Yes. When the Spirit came, each person spoke “the wonderful works of God” in a different language (2:11). The discord of tongues belied the wonder of a true spiritual union between God and men.
“Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” – Amos 3:3
Truth divides people. So unity is the result of clinging to truth, not holding hands at a campfire and singing “Kumbaya.” The Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is one because it wills, thinks, and acts as one (John 17:21-23). If we want a living union with this triune God, then we must agree with his Word. We must believe and obey, separating ourselves from sin. Righteousness cannot commune with lawlessness or light with darkness (2 Corinthians 6:14). No accord exists between Christ and Satan, no agreement between God’s temple and idols (6:15-16). So why are believers taking part with unbelievers (6:15)? Why is the church today forcing truth to walk in sweet communion with lies?
The guest speaker tried to foist a lie on the congregation last night. He said that the old/new earth argument (thousands or millions of years) does not matter. Nor does the pre/mid/post/no tribulation argument (rapture of the saints). He called these things “majoring in minors.” According to the speaker, the only majors are the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, the cross, the resurrection, and the rapture. Since when is any biblical doctrine minor? Why is the virgin birth more important than creation? And who wants public unity with so-called Christians who cannot take God at his word?
Wrong beliefs produce sinful behavior. The creation/evolution argument is no exception. The universe is six thousand, not one hundred million, years old. God created everything full-grown, just like he created Adam and Eve as adults rather than babies. The argument matters when militant atheists insist on an old earth. It matters when questioning the authenticity of Genesis leads people to question their divine origin and God’s character. It matters when Jesus Christ, “the last Adam,” quoted Genesis as God’s word (1 Corinthians 15:45). The pre/mid/post/no tribulation argument matters too. Revelation and other books describe “great tribulation” (7:14). God will not abuse his bride either. He will rapture us out of here before he judges the world in righteousness (1 Corinthians 15:51-52, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
Jesus Christ is the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end (Revelation 1:8, 11, 17). No wonder Satan deceives people into disbelieving Genesis and Revelation! He will do anything to make them slander the name of Jesus. So why do we listen to Satan the liar instead of Jesus, the word of truth (John 8:44, 14:6)?
“Everyone who hears these sayings of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain descended, the floods came, the winds blew and beat on that house, and it fell. And great was its fall.” – Matthew 7:26-27
According to Stand Up for the Truth, “the world and the visible church are calling for the globalization of our governments, our economies, and even our faiths.” The visible church is already embracing evolution, homosexuality, and polytheism. Why not moral relativism too? After embracing the Trojan horse of unity, at the expense of biblical truth, she will collapse like a house of cards. Then the world will rush in and take over. Many churchgoers will die, while others will become slaves of a one-world government. Only a few will escape. Let us pray to be one of those few.