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The American Laodicean Church
May 31, 2007

-------The Laodicean Church-------

In Revelation Chapter 3 Jesus addresses the Laodicean church as being a lukewarm church that is neither on fire to spread the gospel nor outright opposing the word of God. In this message, Jesus is standing outside the door and knocking. In other words, this church operates under the name of Christ but Christ is not in it.

What else does Jesus say about this church? It is rich with material goods and the members have deceived themselves into believing they have need of nothing, but what they don't have is what they need the most,a relationship with Jesus Christ.

People in the poorest countries of the world are coming to a saving faith in Christ by the thousands all over the world. They stand in line just to get a copy of the Holy Bible or even just a few pages from it and are extremely disappointed if they get nothing.

In contrast, America used to be the leader of the world in missionary outreach, Sadly, America has become the number one mission field. Why is that? America has become biblically illiterate. A recent poll showed that a good percentage of Americans believe Joan of Arc was Noah's wife.

How can a country that has a bible in almost every household and access to the internet which offers numerous bible study sites be so ignorant of scripture? The sad fact is most Americans seldom go to church and most, even churchgoers, do not read the bible. While the rest of the world hungers for the word of God, Americans take it for granted.

This is why America has become so decadent. This is why prayer has been banned in the public schools. This is why gangs terrorize our city streets. This is why women sacrifice millions of unborn children every year. This is why homosexuals claim that God accepts their lifestyle and it is not a sin.

The word "Laodicea" means the "will of the people". The biggest problem with most American churches (thankfully not all of them) is that the people are running the church and not Jesus Christ. He's standing at the door begging to be let in.

-------Gender Bender-------

Ann Gordon was a minister at St. John's United Methodist Church in Balltimore for 5 years. Now Ann is a man and has changed her name to Drew Phoenix. There are no scriptures that state "You shall not change your gender" but my feeling is that this is a perversion of God's will. I believe we are born male or female for a reason. Those who believe God made a mistake in giving them the wrong gender are just deceiving themselves. This case is truly bizarre and could not have happened 50 years ago.

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-------Witchcraft 101--------

The University of Edinburgh in Scotland has proposed a ban on bibles and denied a Christian campus group to hold a conference on the immorality of homosexuality. In the meantime, they approved a conference on paganism in an effort to allow students to be introduced to witchcraft.

John Macintyre, presiding officer of Pagan Federation of Scotland, claims there is nothing sinister about witchcraft.

"Also he made his son pass through the fire, practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft, and consulted spiritists and mediums. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger." 2 Kings 21:6

"And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts" Revelation 21:19

Witchcraft is a form of demon worship. The word sorceries comes from the Greek word Pharmakaia from which we get the word pharmacy. The warning in Revelation implies the use of drugs in connection with pagan activities.

Again we find that Christianity is being persecuted under the banner of "tolerance". The world hates Christianity because it exposes all of the other religions as being a lie, a trick of the devil. They hate being told that the only way to heaven is through Jesus Christ. Darkness hates light. So they invent their own ways of getting to heaven which will simply not work.

They will spend their entire lives, if they refuse to turn to Christ, deceiving themselves right into hell.

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Copyright 2007 by Gary Goodworth

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