Jesus Hired Fishermen And The Church Hires Celebrities – The 21st Century Impotent Church – By Thomas Koester

I think what has actually occurred these past few years is that God has pulled back the curtains. He has done this to show us all how evil our Nation has become, and how perverse our political and corporate leaders actually are on both sides of the political spectrum. God has shined the light on you and me too, to convict us of our own personal wickedness and unfaithfulness.

We should not expect God to bless America until we turn from our personal, corporate, and national sins.

What can the Righteous do when it’s the “Righteous” that are practicing unrighteousness?

It is not the unbeliever or the pagan that is to set the moral standard, but the believer. When a nation loses its moral standing, it is not the fault of unbelievers, NO! We, God’s people, bear the responsibility before God and the country.

The Church has failed to honor Jesus’ Great Commission. It’s the Gospel of the Kingdom, which changes the hearts of men and women, and which preserves a nation. The prosperity gospel, “Christian fads,” Christian this, and Christian that, heavenizing everything we touch is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s conformity to the world standards, and unfaithfulness to Christ Jesus, which has neutralized and besmirched our testimony and witness.

We were supposed to take on the same attitude and humility of Christ Jesus. We were supposed to do the good deeds of Jesus, and even surpass them because he has gone to the Father. We were supposed to be filled with the Holy Spirit and empowered with God’s grace to move mountains and to bring Good News. But instead, we built buildings and hid behind walls and stained glass windows.

Jesus hired fishermen, and the Church hires celebrities and the mighty. We’ve become the Church Impotent of the 21st Century. Let me repeat that:

We have become the Church Impotent, not the Church Important of the 21st Century. If we had been the Important Church, our culture, society, and politics would be reflective of righteousness, fairness, and justice.

Amos 5:23-27

23-24 “I can’t stand your religious meetings.
I’m fed up with your conferences and conventions.
I want nothing to do with your religion projects,
your pretentious slogans and goals.
I’m sick of your fund-raising schemes,
your public relations and image-making.
I’ve had all I can take of your noisy ego-music.
When was the last time you sang to me?
Do you know what I want?
I want justice—oceans of it.
I want fairness—rivers of it.
That’s what I want. That’s all I want.”

25-27 “Didn’t you, dear family of Israel, worship me faithfully for forty years in the wilderness, bringing the sacrifices and offerings I commanded? How is it you’ve stooped to dragging gimcrack statues of your so-called rulers around, hauling the cheap images of all your star-gods here and there? Since you like them so much, you can take them with you when I drive you into exile beyond Damascus.” God’s Message, God-of-the-Angel-Armies.”

Do you see what happens when we make our Kings our idols [president], and Hollywood type stars our religious gods [pastors, prophets, and priests]?

Tens of thousands of people, families, and businesses have left oppressive governors and states. To where will you go under a Biden/Harris administration? Beyond Damascus?

We have long since abdicated our religious duties and responsibilities to the State, and the State has willingly taken the place of the Church in society.

Authority in a vacuum is always replaced with another authority. In this case, the “New Authority” will not rule according to the Church’s values or ethics. We gave it up willingly for a 501-C3 tax break!

Judgment always begins with the House of God. And, my dear brothers and sisters, this is not the kind of judgment that a rapture will save you from. We did this, and it’s our robes which we have soiled.

Prepare for a season of purification and trials. Not to destroy us, but to bring us back to God that we may take our place in this age and the age to come. That we may once again be the Light and Salt of the earth. That we may preach the true Gospel of the Kingdom, which is actually the real Good News, which the world needs and yearns for. That we may make true disciples.

Turn back to God Churchgoer. Repent Pastor, prophet, and priest. Pour out your lament for yours and our sins. Put ash upon our own heads, and pray that God will grant all of us contrite hearts and godly repentance.

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