Laodicean (Apostate) Mega Church Alive & Well: They Have Redefined Salvation

Laodicean (Apostate) Mega Church Alive & Well: They Have Redefined Salvation

The mega church “would proudly proclaim that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.  But they have redefined salvation.

Salvation is not simply, under the new gospel, the forgiveness of sin and the imputation of righteousness.  It is not a deliverance from the wrath of God upon an undeserving and rebellious people. 

The new gospel is a liberation from low self-esteem, a freedom from emptiness and loneliness, a means of fulfillment and excitement, a way to receive your heart’s desires, a means of meeting our needs. 

The old gospel was about God; the new gospel is about us. The old gospel was about sin; the new gospel is about needs. The old gospel was about our need for righteousness; the new gospel is about our need for fulfillment. The old gospel is foolishness to those who are perishing; the new gospel is attractive.”  –Gary E. Gilley, The New Gospel

The Mega Church movement of today is described in different ways.  It is known as the “purpose driven church” (Rick Warren), the super church, the seeker friendly church, the market driven church, the user friendly church, etc.  It seeks to create activities and programs which will attract the masses. To do this, the Mega Church leaders feel it is important to find out what people really want and then give it to them. [An example of this is given below with respect to what kind of music people want.] Whether what they give them is really what they need is a separate question. We are using “Bible Believing Church” here to refer to any church, regardless of name or affiliation, that is a part of that Biblically-loyal minority movement of our day, composed of men, women, boys and girls who know their God and seek to honor and obey His only written revelation. God’s Word, the 66 books of the Bible, is regarded as absolute, final, infallible, authoritative and totally inerrant (John 10:35; 17:17).  All matters of faith (what we believe) and conduct (what we practice) must be based completely on “Thus Saith the LORD.”
Seeker friendly—provide various programs that will attract all kinds of people Christ-centered—“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me” (John 12:32).
Market driven—use marketing principles to “sell” your church program to the masses. Provide a product that will meet the real or perceived needs of the consuming public. Spirit-filled—Looking to the Spirit of God to do His work of conviction in the hearts of men, women, boys and girls (John 16:8-11).
The church considered a market place The church considered a holy place (1 Cor. 14:24-25)
Borrow ideas from the business world “Be not conformed to the world” (Rom. 12:2).
Purpose driven Holy Spirit led (in accord with Holy Scripture)
The overriding desire is to build a super church. The overriding desire is to honor a Superlative (Supreme) God.
The gospel is a commodity (the price of which is continually lowered to meet the demands of the consumer). The gospel is a necessity (1 Cor. 9:16, with God’s righteous standards never compromised).

 

 

 

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2 Replies to “Laodicean (Apostate) Mega Church Alive & Well: They Have Redefined Salvation”

  1. A friend of mine recently was told by the Lord how HE sees humanity in general on the earth today: “DRUNK WITH THE CENTRALITY OF SELF.”

    Hmmm…..I thought that the Scriptures declare “HE must increase and i must decrease;”
    or in essence, death to “selfie”!!

    What is the middle letter in both “SIN” and “PRIDE”?
    Do you see it, it’s none other than “i.”

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    1. wow, interesting for sure! When we speak truth they hate truth. It must please their senses and what makes them justify
      not being a doer of the Word and in most cases, not even hearing the Word. All of them are about to have a “rude awakening”
      and that shaking is about to start.

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