Most people think that the terms “Unequally Yoked” refers only to marriage. In these last days, it is critically important for the body of Christ to understand that this also refers to gathering with an apostate church i.e. a “Woke” church. I am speaking of leadership here.
With Satan attacking on so many fronts, and using the same tactics which he knows work against the brethren, it is so dangerous to find yourself on the ‘slippery slope’ of apostasy!
I know first hand about these attacks from the evil one. And I know that I am not alone with these attacks. He hits where it has always worked. With me it is my children. They have all fallen away and do not agree with me and my husband on just about everything. They are “Woke” and we are certainly not!
This causes much tension and division. The passage of Scripture below speaks of the division in families because of the Word of God, and I urge the reader who is experiencing these spiritual attacks to visit this Scripture Daily!
“Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division. For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three. Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law” (Luke 12:51-53).
Satan is raging because he knows that his days are numbered.
Brethren – do NOT give in the the tricks of the evil one by agreeing with your children for the sake of “Unity” with them. This is not the unity which our Lord Jesus spoke of during His earthly ministry!
I wrote an article years ago on this very subject:
Pastor Brandon Holthaus is one of my favorite teachers of God’s Word. Here he imparts much godly wisdom on the subject of battling with the forces of Darkness.
If you have a ‘check’ in your spirit that something is not quite right in your church; you need to go to leadership and ask questions. You deserve answers in this world which is being deceived every day!
What kind of questions? Here are some:
How do you believe a person is saved?
What is your belief about homosexuality and same sex marriage according to God’s Word?
Do you believe that the Protestant churches should return to Rome?
Do you believe that Allah and the God of the Bible is one and the same?
There are many other questions not listed here. Basically, you want to know that your leadership agrees with God’s Word on ALL subjects.
Brethren, I pray that this article has helped even one person. We must encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ more than ever in these evil end times!
Brethren, yes, I get it. The world is bombarding us with 24/7 doom and gloom such as riots, looting, lawlessness, COVID 19, political corruption, wars, terror, and all other forms of Godlessness you can imagine. People are losing their jobs for speaking out against such evils, churches are being fined for meeting, and even the United States Supreme Court upheld a violation of the 1st amendment, limiting the number of people that can attend a church service.
We believers are under attack from all sides and angles. Sadly, many believers are not even aware that they are being distracted and conditioned for something with a hidden agenda. Indeed, many genuine believers are drowning in fear. We would expect this from the unsaved people of the world as the events of the day are hopeless to them. But, why are many in the church cowering in fear? From pastors and elders terrified of government officials, to the layperson in the pew preoccupied with the worries of the day.
Where is this spirit of fear coming from? Who is this hidden enemy? Let us look at the “Angry Mob.” They throw bricks through windows and then cart off cars, TV sets, and jewelry (STEALING). They prowl the streets harming and murdering others (KILLING). They wreck, smash, and burn public and private property (DESTROYING). Right, then let us see… Just whose M.O. (modus operandi) is that? This spirit goes by many names. He is called a thief, a dragon, a serpent, accuser of the brethren, and the adversary (Satan) “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy”(John 10:10a). There is a spirit of immense power and destruction with an innumerable host of demons that wants to steal your peace, kill your body, and destroy your soul.
I don’t know about you all, but it seems to me we are at war. Not a war for territory, wealth, or natural resources, but a war for the souls of men. It is you and I that stand in opposition to the objectives of the adversary. Therefore, you and I must be silenced, neutralized, and eliminated. Do you not know that as true born-again saints that the Holy Spirit resides in you? “Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”(1 Corinthians 3:16). It is hard to imagine the hatred harbored against you just for that fact. Do we not know that God is with us? “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?”(Romans 8:31).
Despite all the “Doom and Gloom” being fed to us, it is not that bad, ~YET~. Bad is coming. If you are brushed up on your eschatology (end-times studies), you can clearly see a horrific picture painted of the wrath of God being poured out upon the rebellious world. A wrath that believers will be spared from (rapture). Even so, before the rapture happens, those who are blood-bought by Christ, we will still face persecution and tribulations in this world. We ought not to fear such times, but instead embrace them. If the fact that we are bought with blood, claimed by God as one of His, and an utter annoyance and displeasure to the enemy just for sharing the Gospel, then let it be a joy to our souls to be such an annoyance to the enemy.
Do not fear the world or the spirit of it!
Brethren, I am not coming from a high and mighty horse telling you to be fearless because I never fear. Quite counter, I too am being worn down from this world. I have been crippled by fear in my life. I thank God for repentance and His word of truth. His word is replete concerning how we should handle fear. Let us heed His word concerning fear:
“The LORD is for me; I will not fear what can man do to me?” (Psalm 118:6). To be sure, man can take your life away, but can man condemn your soul to eternal damnation? “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).
King David, while relentlessly being hunted by Saul, cried out with all his heart, “The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread? When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh, My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell. Though a host encamp against me, My heart will not fear; Though war arise against me, In spite of this I shall be confident” (Psalm 27:1-3).
God Himself speaking in Isaiah:
“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10). “I am with you” Said the LORD. This was reiterated upon the great commission: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age”(Matthew 28:19-20). He said, “I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS.” If Almighty God who cannot lie, cannot fail, and cannot deny Himself promised this, it MUST be so. If God is for us…
John states this fact: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love”(1 John 4:18).
Therefore, if we are perfected in love and have peace with God, what can we fear? If we are killed for being an ambassador of the Gospel, then so be it. The transition will be seamless. One moment we will be in this “body of death,” in this broken, fallen world, and the next instant we will be in the presence of God, perhaps hearing something like this: “And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, ‘HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME‘”(Revelation 4:8).
If we are put into chains and imprisoned for this Gospel, then let us start a prison ministry. I am QUITE sure prisons are full of souls that yearn for and need the forgiveness and salvation only Christ Jesus can give. That spirit of the LORD is within you and me, perfecting us to be Christlike: “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners”(Isaiah 61:1).
It is this Gospel that we are commissioned to share with the lost that puts us all on the “MUST be DESTROYED” list of Satan. Do not capitulate further into fear. Get off this drumbeat 24/7 doom and gloom news cycle that is permeating deep within you. STOP, turn off the TV, and open your Bible. After all, the prophets of the Bible are surer than tomorrow’s headlines.
Those are just a few examples of God commanding us not to be fearful. It is fear that can stumble us, can silence us sharing the Gospel, push us into sinful habits, and outright wound our soul deep to its core. It was fear that made Peter deny Jesus three times. The Bible account tells us that Peter “Wept Bitterly.” “The Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had told him, ‘Before a rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times.’ And he went out and wept bitterly”(Luke 22:61-62). Put yourself in Peter’s shoes (or rather sandals) and tell me his soul was not wounded.
Do not let the choice of fear disable us. As one of my beloved brothers says, “You are Plan A. There is no Plan B.” In God’s plan, we (the church remnant) are Plan A. Just as Jesus going to the rugged tree was Plan A, Sovereign God does not have a Plan B! The LORD stated over and over and over, “Fear NOT, for I AM With you!” Therefore, if God is telling us not to fear, and our pea brains are screaming to cower, who would you say knows best? Yes, always submit to God. In fact, He, in His infinite wisdom, left us the answer to combat this evil spirit of fear (Satan): “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you”(James 4:7). Granted, I’m not a rocket scientist, but I think this scripture is perfectly clear. By submitting to God and resisting the devil, a massively powerful being will flee from you. Looks to me like the devil is the “fraidy cat.” Simple enough. Submit to God. Resist the devil.
The Bible says: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10).
“And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding‘”(Job 28:28).
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever”(Psalm 111:10).
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction”(Proverbs 1:7).
We are adopted sons (and daughters) of Father God: “For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!’” (Romans 8:15). But it says “not a spirit of slavery leading to fear.” Indeed so. That is a fear of eternal punishment. The “fear of God” does not mean to be afraid. It means to be reverent and in awe of Him.
Since the nuclear family has been nuked, it is becoming harder to make this comparison, but I shall, nevertheless: As a small child we looked at our father in awe. He was WAY bigger, stronger, taller, and louder. When that booming voice said, “BED,” you might have gulped, and despite not wanting to go to bed, you obeyed. Failure to comply might lead to any form of discipline. We also knew DEEP down in our heart that “DAD” would protect us. Even from those little evil monsters that lived under the bed. That is called a healthy fear of reverence and awe. This is the fear we need to have of Father God. He is, after all, the “Ultimate Awesome Father.”
Therefore, we ought to heed His instruction, obey His rules, accept His discipline, and Love Him with all our heart: “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might”(Deuteronomy 6:5).
Trust in the LORD
Brethren, we are left with a choice to make. Do we choose to listen to the lord of the world, the liar and thief? The prince of the air: “according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience”(Ephesians 2:2b), who is also the prince of the airwaves.
The mass media, unbeknownst to them, are serving a satanic agenda. The influence of FEAR is now to the point that many pastors are becoming compliant to the conditioning for the antichrist to come, thus suspending in-person church services until next year. All because of fear.
Let us ALL choose to trust in the LORD. “In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 56:11).
Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.(Proverbs 3:5)
“But let all who take refuge in You be glad, Let them ever sing for joy; And may You shelter them, That those who love Your name may exult in You. For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O LORD, You surround him with favor as with a shield”(Psalm 5:11-12).
“The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe”(Proverbs 18:10).
Brethren, I urge you to take a stand for the word of God. When trouble comes, and it will, call upon the LORD: “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me”(Psalm 50:15).
Months ago, I wrote about a pastor from a Southern Baptist church in Richmond. He has gone the way of the Emergent church. He pastors a church of over 1000 people. He believes and teaches that the God of the Bible is the same as Allah. He is also bringing teachings and practices of the RCC into his church. I spoke to him on the phone, and that did not go well at all. He was enraged with me that I would question his beliefs.
I had such a burden for his congregation. I wrote to his deacons and staff members. I showed them clearly that our God is not the god of the Qu’ran. I never heard back from any of them. Now, I just pray for them.
I spoke with a board member of the Southern Baptist Convention. He told me that each Southern Baptist church is autonomous, and that they cannot control individual churches. I must say that his words saddened me greatly. I couldn’t stop thinking about all of the people who trust their leaders in churches, when their leaders are not following Jesus. How many are destined for hell because they trusted the pastor?
The Apostle Paul said:
“Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1)
WHAT CAN WE DO?
If you are looking for a church home, it is imperative that you set up a meeting with the head pastor, and even some of the elders or deacons, and ask questions. It has never been more important to know what a pastor and his team believe about the Word of God.
If you are a part of a church, and you have a feeling that something is just not right, you too should speak, one on one, with your pastor and ask questions. The believers in the church of Berea never simply believed what they heard. They searched the Scriptures to make sure that what they were told matched the Word of God.
“Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.” (Acts 17:10-11)
“Today, Satan and his entourage of demonic helpers stand unchallenged in many church pulpits around the world. Deception is Satan’s most powerful weapon against believers and would-be converts. He cloaks himself in the liturgical vestments of the clergy while using smooth oratory to win over undiscerning believers to doctrines of demons. He is an accomplished speaker, liar and deceiver. He is the master of disguise. From the very beginning of creation, he is the enemy of our soul and has used deception to change the truth about God into a lie. His burning passion for deception and destruction is relentless. His tactics are deadly and carry the sting of eternal ruin. The church needs to learn and understand just how skillful he is at deceiving believers through false doctrines, half truths, and counterfeit spiritual experiences.” 
I am placing a list of questions that should be asked. This is in no way an exhaustive list. Go to the Lord in prayer and ask Him to show you important things to discuss with the leadership.
Do you believe that the Word of God is perfect and inerrant?
Do you believe that the Word of God is God-breathed, yet penned by men who were under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit?
Do you believe that the Bible is sufficient and that words should never be added to it, nor taken away from it?
Do you believe that God is not Allah?
Do you believe that there is only one way to get to heaven, and that is through Jesus Christ?
Do you believe that Eastern mystical mediation has no place in the church?
Do you believe that Yoga is not for the follower of Jesus Christ, since it is grounded in Hinduism?
Do you believe that the miracles in the Bible truly happened, and are not allegorical?
Do you believe that men and women are born into sin, and therefore need to repent and trust Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins?
Do you believe that homosexuality is an abomination unto God, and that we are to love the homosexual, but reject the lifestyle as sinful?
Do you believe that abortion at any stage of gestation is murder?
Do you believe in a literal hell, and that all of those who reject Christ will be in hell eternally?
Do you believe that Christ’s death on the cross was sufficient as payment for our sin, and that we, who believe, are no longer under the curse of the law; but that we are under the better Covenant of Grace?
Do you believe that Israel is still under the Abrahamic Covenant, and that a follower of Jesus Christ should not hate Israel, or the Jewish people?
Do you believe and teach the heretical belief in “Replacement Theology” – that Israel was replaced by the Church?
Do you believe that Jewish people need Jesus in order to be saved?
Do you believe that extra-Biblical prophecy is against God’s will, and that the Bible is sufficient and contains everything a follower of Jesus needs to know?
Do you believe and teach pre-tribulation Rapture, that the Lord Jesus will return in the clouds and take His people (the Church) to heaven with Him? (this is not the Second Coming)
Do you teach about End Times prophecy, and about the Tribulation?
Do you believe that we who follow the Lord should be sharing salvation with the lost?
Do you believe and teach that the Bible instructs that women should not be in a position of authority over men in the church; and that women should never be a pastor?
If you are a serious follower of Jesus Christ, and want to be sure that you are worshiping in a church whose foundation is the Word of God, then you will be proactive in this process. A true born-again Bible believing pastor will be overjoyed that you are being careful. He will gladly answer all of your questions.
Brethren, heretical teaching abounds, and it’s going to get worse. I pray that the readers of this piece will take this to heart.
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” 2 Timothy 4: 3-4
I can just hear the evil one whispering to church leadership “If you would just make it more fun, more worldly, you would attract more people. They won’t even feel like they’re in church!”
And so goes the slippery slope in the Seeker Sensitive churches. The Word of God becomes obscure — almost obsolete. Surely people know how to pack their church pews, right? They make sure that the name of Jesus is mentioned, at least a few times. But the main thing is that everyone has a good time. After all, we want them to come back!
Why not throw in some Eastern Meditation? Most of the women in the congregation attend Yoga each week anyway, so why not create a Christian form of meditation. Not the meditation of which God speaks in the Word — not filling our minds with His Word. No, no…..just emptying our minds of all noise and trouble. Maybe some visualization; yes, you’re at the beach and you hear the birds and the waves and smell that salt air…..and then ohm ohm ohm……..
Then there is that business of God. Is He the same god as other religions worship? Well, certainly there is only one God, so He must be the same as the Muslims worship, right? We don’t want to alienate people. We want everyone to feel a part of the experience of worship. God can be called by many names, right? What does it matter…..Jehovah or Allah?
Do these people not know that their hearts are far from the Lord?
“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 3:5-7)
Can these people actually believe that Jesus Christ would come to earth to die the most horrific death at the hands of wicked men, so that they could come once a week (maybe twice) to a building to socialize and have fun? Do they never read the Word of God? Has no one ever told them that they are wretched sinners, and that Jesus came to pay their sin debt? Have they not heard of repentance and placing their trust in Jesus for salvation?
When these Sunday socialites approach Jesus, they will hear the most dreaded words in the Bible:
“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:22-23)
They will be distraught and dumbfounded. All the good deeds they did in His name. All the people they served from their church pantries. Why would He say these words to them?
SALVATION IS A GIFT
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
WE MUST BELIEVE
“For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:11-13)
CHRIST DIED FOR US
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
GOD LOVED US SO MUCH
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17)
ONLY JESUS CAN SAVE US
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
WE MUST CONFESS
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE WILL NOT BE SAVED
“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” (Mark 16:16)
WE MUST ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE ARE SINNERS
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
WE MUST BE BORN AGAIN
“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (John 3:5)
WE MUST DO GOD’S WILL
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21)
What is God’s will?
“Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40)
These Scriptures about salvation are key to our becoming children of God. They have nothing to do with how many good things we did in church.
All of the so-called “Righteous deeds” that we have done in our flesh, are as filthy rags before our Lord:
“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” (Isaiah 64:6)
So, that means that all of the things that church goers do to try to enter the Kingdom of heaven are to no avail. IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!!
If a person has not come to the place in their life where they know that they are sinful, desperately in need of a righteous Savior (Jesus) and they have not repented of their sinful life, and have not placed their trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins, then they have not been born again. When a person comes to God with a broken spirit, and kneels before Him and confesses their need for Him; only then are they truly born again. This is a supernatural event!
After a person has been born again, then their good works are very important — they are the evidence of genuine salvation!
And until that takes place in the persons’ life, the Word of God will not make sense to them.
“But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” (1John 2:27)
When we are truly born again, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within us. He guides us; teaches us, and leads us unto righteousness.
Have you been trying to reach God by good works? Do you notice that there is an emptiness inside of you? You are trying to do that which only God can do. He is the one who saves you.
Commit your life to Christ today. Tell him how sorry you are for your past sins. Tell him that you know that you need Him. Ask Him to come into your life and your heart and transform you into a child of God. He will do it! He waits for you.
“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” (Psalm 34:8)