FAQ) "I am a Pastor; why is my church not growing?"
The New Joshua Generation - A) First, it is not your church, but that is a subject for another day.
NOTICE: Church members who are stored and spoon-fed hope barely survive Sunday's church service. However, Ground Troops (Disciples) Win Wars! If you want the church to grow, let the church members GO; then the church will GROW!
The high probability that most church congregations are dying or not growing is because the pastors' focus is not on bearing or producing fruit but on building and maintaining membership:
1) Pastors switched the church's purpose from developing disciples to maintaining self-centered "social club" members.
2) Pastors switched the church's purpose from "telling people what they need to hear" to "telling people what their itching ears want to hear" to keep the money hemorrhaging in.
3) Churches are not growing because the chosen and appointed disciples, now "social club" church pew members, are stored and spoon-fed hope.
4) Bottom line: The Christian church is lukewarm, powerless, and not growing because "ungodly people [pastors, preachers, and televangelists] have wormed their way into churches, saying that God's marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives." Therefore, today, the Christian church is full of self-righteous sinners and talk (cult politics, abortion, division, hope, miracles, seed planting, blessings, faith without works, prosperity gospel, blah! blah! blah!). Like cult politics, Christianity or the Christian church has become "how do we keep these suckers hemorrhaging (sowing seeds) money."
Simply put, the high probability that most church congregations are dying or not growing is the people are finally getting smarter; they are beginning to recognize bullshit when they smell it.
The once powerful Christian church is LUKEWARM, therefore, POWERLESS (IMPOTENT), thus, USELESS today because decade after decade, the narcissistic, greedy, uncaring pastors, preachers, and televangelists only threw fat meat colored to look like Kobe steaks to the people; therefore, telling the simple-minded, self-centered people "what their itching ears want to hear" to keep them returning hemorrhaging credit cards, checks, and cash.
Sadly, because the church "leaders" chose only to tell the simple-minded, self-centered, lazy people "what their itching ears want to hear" instead of boldly directing them on how to "use well what they are given," the Christian church has become the largest need-oriented society globally. "To those who use well what they are given, even more, will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away" (Matthew 25:29).
NOTICE: People who have a purpose and believe in their purpose will fulfill their purpose. But when people have no meaning, they will believe anything and do nothing! Therefore, God calls these people useless. "So because you are lukewarm (spiritually useless) and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of My mouth [rejecting you with disgust]." -Revelation 3:16)
The escalating evil (hate) and chaos in the "United" States are exploding out of control because the devil has no opposition.
BREAKING NEWS: Sodom and Gomorrah were not destroyed based on what Christian church leaders preach; God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because Abraham COULD NOT FIND TEN (10) God-righteous people. "Finally, Abraham said, 'Lord, please don’t be angry with me if I speak one more time. Suppose only ten are found there?' And the LORD replied, 'Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten" (Genesis 18:32).
Today, the world, especially the United States, is out of order because the devil is unopposed. God gave the church the authority to heal an out-of-order land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, "God said if My people would Humble Themselves, Pray, Seek My Face and Turn from their Wicked Ways, I will forgive them and HEAL their land." However, today, evil is unchallenged because the ones God gave the authority to heal the out-of-order world chose to follow the devil and his earthly disciples (pastors, preachers, televangelists, politicians, and media).
Sadly, the world ignorantly believes the Christian church or today's Christians represent Jesus. Therefore, because Christians are "lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God," judgmental, liars, racists, while publicly proclaiming with a straight face "heaven is our reward," the world refuses to accept Jesus because THE WORLD DO NOT WANT TO BE LIKE CHRISTIANS.
CRITICAL NOTICE to the WORLD: Jesus is NOT a Christian! Jesus never called the people Christians! The divisive, judgmental, self-centered, sanctimonious people called themselves Christians. Therefore, "Do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. Instead, they pile heavy burdens on people's shoulders and won't lift a finger to help" (Matthew 23:3-4). "Not one of them understands or even searches for God. All have turned away; all have become useless. There isn't one person who does right. Their words are like an open pit, and their tongues are suitable only for telling lies. Each word is as deadly as the fangs of a snake, and they say nothing but bitter curses. These people quickly become violent. Wherever they go, they leave ruin and destruction. They don't know how to live in peace. They don't even fear God" (Romans 3:11-18). "Let them alone; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit" (Matthew 15:14).
Pastor, Let God's People Go!
Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it! If you love me, obey my commandments." -Jn 14:12-15
"Just have faith; no work required." "Thoughts and prayers." "Hope." "Miracles." "Blessings are coming SOON!" "Wait on the Lord." "God is about to do something new in your life SOON." "Sow more money seeds." "The prosperity gospel." "Change hearts and minds." "DIVISION." "Trump (cult) Christian politics." "Hate the world." 'What is my purpose?" Seriously, pastors, after 2,000 Years, is this it? Is this how far you have come? You knowingly omitted, "Anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done," and you sold the self-centered, lethargic people, "You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it," just to keep the fools returning sowing seed money in your bank accounts. You have succeeded if you aim to keep the people stupid and always in need.
The church has an earthly purpose! The church has the authority to carry out its purpose! The church has the inheritance to carry out its purpose! The world is out of order; the church has the power to heal an out-of-order land. Yet after 2,000 years, "What is my purpose" is the people's question; "Sow more money seeds," "Wait on the Lord," "God will do it," "Blessings are coming soon," "the prosperity gospel," "Just have faith; no work required," "hope," "miracles," "Trump (cult) Christian politics," "hate," "DIVISION," "white American Christian Jesus," "democrats are evil." Is this it? Pastors, do you honestly believe the actual Jesus (the Jew from Nazareth), not your imaginary blue eyed, American-invented Jesus, came to earth to die on the cross for these manufactured money-making gimmicks? God called you to gather the harvest of lost souls, yet because division, hope, and lies bring in big money from your hypnotized base, you ignore the harvest of souls and tell your base "what their itching ears want to hear" to keep the simpletons returning hemorrhaging money. Woeful, you foolish pastors, you turned your back on God. God will punish you severely and make you pay for your crimes! "You leaders of my people are like shepherds that kill and scatter the sheep. You were supposed to take care of my people but chased them away instead. So now I'll punish you severely and make you pay for your crimes!" -Jeremiah 23:1-2
The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. -Matthew 9:37
Pastors, the harvest is abundant; you are why the workers are few!
Today, the self-absorbed "social club" Christian church is no longer a storehouse (distribution center) but a storage place filled with decaying fruit. The decaying fruit smells spoiled/rotten to God, and He has had enough. Therefore, pastors, LET GOD'S PEOPLE GO! You are spoon-feeding to death Jesus' disciples, whom you transformed into church members. God built disciples to release to the public what they have learned. However, today, the disciples are stored, therefore perishing. Regardless of how much praise and worship incense explodes from the pulpits during Sunday's service, the stench in the Christian church (storage place) still reeks from the foul odor of the disciples.
The world is perishing and hungering for the True Gospel. But how can the world receive the "Good News Gospel" or the Message that Saves and Empowers Us when avaricious and narcissistic pastors continuously deprive disciples of a "full life" by imprisoning them in the church building?
WARNING: What God allowed yesterday angers Him today. Old-fashioned church membership is affecting God's kingdom growth. Thus, church membership is becoming a thing of the past.
Pastors, you have bankrupted God's church. Today, God's people should walk in "abundance" to exemplify Jesus to the world. Instead, most of God's people walk in, "what little they have will be taken away." "To those who use well what they are given, even more, will be given, and they will have an abundance. But those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away" (Matthew 25:29). Rather than teaching and directing the people how to receive an abundance (sowing seeds when the harvest is plentiful is not the answer), the avaricious and narcissistic pastors tell the self-centered, lazy (no works) people "what their itching ears want to hear," such as: "God is about to do a new thing in your life SOON" to keep the people stupid and returning hemorrhaging (sowing seeds) credit cards, checks, and cash.
Pastors (especially mega-churches' pastors), preachers, and televangelists know that most Christians will not adhere to sound doctrine. "The time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear." -2 Timothy 4:3
Pastors, preachers, and televangelists know that Obedience and the Bible are tricky and complicated for Christians. However, those same Christians can tell you word for word what Trump, Biden, Politicians, Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN say.
Therefore, because most Christians are simple-minded, self-centered, and love "bless me" as long as it does not require work, the Christian church's "leaders" (pastors, preachers, televangelists) created easy "kick the can down the road" manufactured gimmicks to keep the roaming people entertained and the money hemorrhaging in. As a result, the Christian church's "leaders" started several entertainment movements (fat meat colored to look like Kobe Steaks) one after another: segregation, abortion, faith, name it, claim it, purpose, prosperity gospel, hope, cult politics, and on and on.
Today, Christians have been through the "healing" movement,
Christians have been through the "faith" movement,
Christians have been through the "blessed oil" movement,
Christians have been through the "blessed handkerchief" movement,
Christians have been through the "miracle spring water" movement,
Christians have been through the "Speak to the Mountain" movement,
Christians have been through the "name it and claim it" movement,
Christians have been through the "get ready, get ready" movement,
Christians have been through the "money cometh" movement,
Christians have been through the "Bless Me" movement,
Christians have been through the "praise and worship" movement,
Christians have been through the "purpose" movement,
Christians have been through the "hope" movement,
Christians have been through the "ancestry" movement,
Today, Christians are still going through the abortion movement; however, if you mention gun control to them, you are evil and want to take away their right to kill another human being.
Today, Christians are still going through the "golden idol" (Trump) cult movement; Today, hateful, complacent, vacuous, mad, and racist Christians are still going through the "segregation" and "political" movements, "wishing" to "make America great again," meaning reverse America back to when we were in charge.
Today, gambling and gullible Christians are still going through the "prosperity gospel" movement, sowing money seeds (rolling dice) in the salty desert soil, foolishly hoping for the big miracle harvest payout.
The only things the above "kick the can down the road" Christian church marketing strategies have done is to increase the building fund and fill the pastors', preachers', televangelists', and politicians' bank accounts pressed down, shaken together, and running over.
Decades later, the tired, roaming, confused, broke (poor), lightheaded, stupid Christians are still dizzily circling the dead, dry wilderness, hoping and ignorantly praying that God will blink and miraculously send the harvest blessings into the dead wilderness!
WARNING: "I, the Lord, have cursed those who turn from me and trust in human strength. They will dry up like a bush in salty desert soil, where nothing can grow." -Jeremiah 17:5-6
A FULL LIFE (OBEDIENCE) WAS TOO COMPLICATED FOR GOD'S PEOPLE, SO GOD'S PEOPLE CHOSE TO FOLLOW THE THIEVES.
"The thief only comes to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that you may have life and have it to the full." -John 10:10
WARNING: The thief is not the devil in hell. The thief is the devil's earthly disciples (i.e., narcissistic pastors, preachers, televangelists, politicians, and entertainment media). The devil's disciples have one goal: "KEEP THESE SUCKERS HEMORRHAGING (SOWING SEEDS) CREDIT CARDS, CHECKS, and CASH!" So, how are the devil's disciples carrying out their plan?
1) Tell the ignorant people "what their itching ears want to hear;" therefore, 2) keep the people stupid; thus, 3) keep the people returning, hemorrhaging money.
Although Jesus suffered so the people could have a full (whole) life, they chose the devil's disciples to be their golden idols instead. The devil's disciples can have sexual affairs, cheat, steal, or shoot someone on 5th Avenue, and the hypnotic, cataleptic, or trance-like people will still follow them into hell. "Our stupidity ruins us, though we blame the LORD." -Proverbs 19:3
The devil knows why God sent his Son, Jesus, to earth. The devil's purpose is to kill God's kingdom growth! So, pastors, preachers, televangelists, and politicians because you chose to sell your souls to the devil ("tell the people what their itching ears wanted to hear"), therefore killing the people's purposes and scattering their lives, God calls you a criminal. He will punish you severely and make you pay for your crimes.
"Not everyone who calls out to me, 'Lord! Lord!' will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On the day of judgment, many will call me their Lord. They will say, "We preached in your name, and in your name, we forced out demons and worked many miracles." But I will tell them, "I will have nothing to do with you! Get out of my sight, you evil people!" -Matthew 7:21-23
FAQ) "Why does God send people to hell if God is good?"
The New Joshua Generation - A) God does NOT send any man or woman to hell.
God never intended for humans to enter hell. Hell was "prepared for the devil and his angels" (Matthew 25:41). However, if a man or woman REJECTS (denies or refuses to obey) Jesus, they reject God; therefore, the man or woman (including Christians) chooses the devil. Since the man or woman chose the devil, he or she decided to FOLLOW him into the "eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels."
NOTICE: God does not send any man or woman to hell. Instead, God gives men and women a choice of whether or not to go to hell.