THE ELEPHANT IN THE CHURCH BUILDING

 

The “Elephant in the Room” paradigm fits perfectly here, as almost everyone knows about the problem but next to no one admits it’s there or has the courage to do much about it.

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There still remain many successful churches in America, though an increasingly larger number over the last several decades are of the mega variety. You may be a member of a successful church and are thus blessed. Many are getting it right, seek the Lord every day, and are willing to do anything He says. There are also a great many unchurched real Christians, some of which are part of small organic groups or maybe even on their own. Many seek fellowship on the internet which has proven to be a great medium for sharing information and encouragement. Formerly silenced ones have found their voice. It can be a tough spiritual landscape but the Lord is always faithful. All things remain possible. Awesome things are getting done. However, there also exists a flip side…  

PROVING MY THESIS

We live in a time when authoritarian, dishonest, sell-out politicians have skyrocketed into a high arc over the land, effectively spouting “catch me if you can,” as if trying to best all the crooked ones before them on what they can get away with, something one may think impossible, yet they achieve it day after day. These boys and girls are getting their marching orders from above, of course, and are only obeying their puppet masters who remain ensconced behind the curtain, out of view and out of mind of most. The puppets you see are not only controlled but likely forcibly controlled if you get my drift. And Americans in general, over and over and over again, do absolutely nothing about it.

Except talk. And vent. And gripe/complain/mumble—worthless ventures all. Except when some trustworthy Americans (including a few elected reps), do actual truth-telling with facts and research that cannot be denied or discounted, expose dishonesty, and give well thought-out solutions for every single problem. These Americans are, of course, most often denied and castigated, as any reformer knows, including those attempting to reform off-kilter Christianity, because the solutions therein put an end to in-house corruption, fraud, and graft and make it difficult for grifters and abusers to carry on their devil’s work. Sadly, such solutions are also rejected by those who would benefit most because the great many refuse to do their own research or question authority, stay glued to the TV, and keep trusting the word of the appearance-based shallow people instead of listening to the warnings of the good guys because the major media makes the bad guys look like good guys and the good guys like bad guys. Sound familiar?

Thus, the great stringed people know the majority won’t do anything to stop them. They used to have at least a modicum of fear and expectation of reprisal from voters but of course many don’t anymore because voting is often fixed at the national level. And if you think this coming November will result in appreciable change when a great red wave will supposedly replace all those evil blues, you will be gravely disappointed once again. Even if elections were not corrupted, these people (actors) are all on the same team. It is the Uniparty. Until the voting system is reformed your votes count generally for effectively nothing. It’s become far too easy to game the system. If people still cannot see this after what happened in 2020 then its lights out.

I wrote a post about the great election steal of 2020 exactly one month after it occurred on December 3, 2020. You can find it here: THE REPUBLICANS ARE COLLUDING WITH THE DEMOCRATS: THE SACRIFICING OF AMERICA. Well, guess what? After almost twenty months this collusion has only expanded exponentially in that Republicans are supporting virtually everything the Democrats are putting forth and not stopping most of it. This sacrificing of the country has continued unabated since that time, has accelerated, and is now accelerating greatly. I told you in recent posts about the ongoing destruction of the economy, the ongoing destruction of the supply chain (diesel anyone?), and the ongoing destruction of the food supply. None of this is happening by accident. It has all been planned. It is impossible for such things to occur unless some great outside force CAUSES it. Along with everything else, therefore, Americans must wake up. They must stop supporting the enemy. The enemy is no longer merely at the gates. He is inside. He is at the controls.

Regarding what could have been done and should have been done to stop this, even at such a late date, there was a duly elected gentleman in power not long ago that decided to stand down instead of stand up. As it turned out he was nothing but rhetoric at a time when action was demanded. You know what kind of leaders you have at the moment of crisis and at that moment, as the opportunity was still viable, he let it all drain out. He frittered it away. There were people with the goods on the enemy who tried to get him to act but to no avail. He now continues to speak in rallies in hopes of a return but that ship has sailed. His time has passed. Whoever is putting their hope in him is missing the mark. The time for action is NOW.

“I, only I, am the Lord, and there is no Savior besides Me.” [Isaiah 43:11]

All real Christians must now understand that the only remaining chance that exists is one far beyond any possible usual and tried and true. None of that exists anymore. It’s gone. No one is coming to save you in that area. I wrote about this a year ago in my post of May 10, 2021 on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of this site: HAPPY TENTH BIRTHDAY REAL CHRISTIANITY. That post received a relatively great response with many Likes and Comments. It was very well received. However, most of those readers are now gone. I have had several people say great things about my work and then they suddenly disappear. I have tried to engage them and discover the problem to no avail. What do you call it when one greatly appreciates you and your work, follows you for years, makes positive comments, reblogs your work on their sites, and then suddenly disappears?

This is sad. Really sad. I’m sure I’m not the only one this is happening to, of course. It is a time when we should be putting relatively minor differences aside and uniting against the enemy, but appreciable differences, apparently, still remain strong. The Divide and Conquer approach against American Christianity has had great success. Love is still the answer but appears to always be in short supply when needed most. Nevertheless, I am greatly appreciative of those of you still reading my work. Thank you. Christians may not agree or even not agree on much at all but can still love one another anyway.

A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE

A few days ago I read a post by a friend. Part of it involved the story of a non-believer visiting a church at some point in the recent past. This person had dressed inappropriately on purpose. She was going to test the people there. If anyone said anything negative she would leave and likely turn her back on God. Everybody there ended up treating her well and she eventually gave her life to the Lord. They loved her into the Kingdom. I left the following comment:

That’s a great testimony of how it should be done. I have a massive amount of church experience so I’ve seen this kind of thing many times. Once, in the late 1980s, a young couple visited the church I was attending. I had never seen them before. They had a great attitude, were smiling and happy to be there. They sat right behind us. The young man had a dangling metal earring in one year. No big deal, right? Well, to my chagrin and great embarrassment, during the service the pastor called him out, rebuking him for the earring from the pulpit. I could hardly believe it. Needless to say, I never saw them again. I saw a lot of this.

Though there have always been rednecks in churches, I think most of this stuff began happening on a large scale in the 1960s to 1970s when so many young adults were coming to the Lord. The traditionalists often treated them like lepers. Granted, many simply didn’t know any better but the overreaction to their appearance was a gross violation of the Lord’s teachings and still is. One wonders how many quit on their pursuit of God based on the way they were treated.

When I first visited a church (traditional, conservative, but with a new group of young adults) in the mid 1970s at the invitation of a good friend I trusted who was recently saved, my hair was really long. Thank goodness I was among some cool understanding people, at a prayer meeting, some of whom were also recently saved or just knew how to treat people. Nobody cared about my appearance or said anything. They were happy I was there. A week or so later, my decision for the Lord made with no looking back, I got a haircut. A real one. No one ever told me to or even suggested it.

We MUST allow the Spirit of the Lord to do His work in bringing whatever conviction is necessary. We MUST trust Him and allow for His timing. In the meantime we MUST love people and not judge them.

Be Blessed

Since then (June 17), my comment has received seven Likes, most from readers I do not know, proving that the subject matter is something most identify with. It has historically always been a bad problem but has essentially never gone away. Christians in general remain committed to their sects and divisions. Too many still possess not so great attitudes. If we try to engage in any type of cross-communication we often get stuck with the ecumenical label. If a Christian questions the beliefs of another Christian offense takes place. If Christians judge other Christians or non-Christians, however, their judgments often stand and are supported. The people in charge should know when violations of the Lord’s teachings take place but apparently most do not or simply do not care. Protecting the “pastor,” church, denomination, or institution is much more important than addressing any wrongs. This prerogative trumps obeying the Lord Jesus. It trumps obeying the Golden Rule. In reality, anything that violates the Lord’s teachings should be thrown in the river but if some churches do this there won’t be much left, which likely explains the protocol.

I am saying all this to say that I have been involved in this fight for decades. I have pretty much always known what the problem was and discovered the solution long ago. (It is simply a matter of returning to our roots.) The bigger problem is that most Christians refuse to address the problem and would rather let the problem stand in order to protect themselves from having to change and get right with God. They see necessary positive and reformative changes as too all-encompassing.

We see the same approach to reforming the voting system. Those at high levels know this could reveal systemic corruption on a wide scale. It would reveal that a great many were never properly elected and that a great many more were denied legitimate victories.

Churches in general do not appreciate the idea that they might be engaging in something that is incorrect or teaching incorrect or incomplete doctrines. In general, much of Christianity hates the very idea of reform. Rather than repent and change for the better they effectively stone those the Lord sends to correct them. Yet, was not the Lord often forced to use this very method?

So, forget about trying to change existing churches, denominations, and institutions for the better. It will likely never happen. Their protection filters are so fine they also block out any possible corrections. The Christians thereof are far too invested. They do not know the Word of God as they should. They simply cannot see the forest for the trees. They will change, however, and do change. They change for the worse. They degrade over time. THIS IS OTHERWISE OBVIOUS. If one looks at history it is a no-brainer. Those who refuse to continue following the Lord Jesus into the fresh new green fields always end up dying out in the resultant spiritual famine which they brought on themselves. And because of this chosen spiritual famine there is currently a plan for actual famine in America gaining steam.

Most traditional Christians are thus pre-primed to reject the current Great Awakening. It doesn’t fit their paradigm.

I recall reading the works of Ralph Neighbor and communicating with him in the past. He is a great source if you’re interested. He often spoke of “The Seven Last Words of a Dying Church” which are “We’ve never done it that way before!”  

Christians in America must understand that business as usual no longer works. Anything that deviates from the Lord’s teachings is a sign of disobedience and rebellion and is destined to fail. Christian leaders in general almost never get the memo that God begins warning of bad times coming when good times are happening. Christian leaders in general reject anything that seems to put a damper on their good times.

Imagine a farmer in the past who listens to the Lord, who is close to the Lord. He has been experiencing bumper crops and knows he is blessed of God. Then one day the Lord tells him to prepare for drought. The farmer doesn’t question the Lord. He doesn’t ask to bless him by arranging things to stop the drought. He knows that is an immature approach, something he had tried long before that doesn’t work. Instead, because he hears the Lord and knows His voice, he simply starts preparing for a drought. He knows that somehow or another the Lord will sustain him and his family and help him get through it. So he prepares. He prepares during the great times. He gathers in his bumper crop as usual but prepares for what’s coming. People think he’s an idiot. “Lighten up, man!” When the drought hits, those who never heard from God, either because they are not real Christians, because they grew cold spiritually, or because they continually rejected the warnings, were not prepared. When the drought hits, only those who began preparing during good times and continued following and obeying the Lord Jesus made it through. And though the farmer did try to help others there was simply not enough to go around. HE WAS BLESSED AND PROTECTED. They were not.

Over the last few decades many churches have failed and no longer exist. There are empty and repurposed church buildings in many locations all across the country. It is a trend that is not stopping. Those who got the memo long ago have long since made the proper adjustments. They saw what was coming. When they heard the Word in good times, and their warnings were rejected, it sealed the fate of those greatly “successful” ones who would meet a very challenging future unprepared. And those who obeyed God, who were rejected, made fun of, cast out, and cold-shouldered, who went through tough times due to their bad treatment by other “Christians” and were forced into survival mode, learned how to prepare.

“But many who are first will be last, and the last, first.” [Mark 10:31]

So, none of the current garbage taking place right now is a surprise to God. For those who insist on continuing to do things the way they always have and trust in the things they always have, they will find that what used to work no longer works. It has certainly never worked as good as the original. Most of it hasn’t worked for years but they either don’t notice or don’t care. They can’t see the big picture, don’t care about the big picture, and only care about what goes on in their respective closed-off bubbles. Because the majority of American Christians refused to prepare during good times and continually insisted on depending on their usual traditional way of doings things and not honoring the Lord Jesus or obeying His warnings, they have entered into a future, which is now upon us, unprepared.

One would think, with all the Biblical directives and Old Testament stories at our disposal on this subject, and the many teachings and warnings of the Lord Jesus (the Parable of the Ten Virgins, for example), that Christians in general would be the last to be unprepared for anything.

The opposite is often true.

Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. And Jesus said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

And He began telling this parable: “A man had a fig tree which had been planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and did not find any. And he said to the vineyard-keeper, ‘Behold, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree without finding any. Cut it down! Why does it even use up the ground?’ And he answered and said to him, ‘Let it alone, sir, for this year too, until I dig around it and put in fertilizer; and if it bears fruit next year, fine; but if not, cut it down.’” [Luke 13:1-9][1]

© 2022 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.


[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

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  1. I am interested in the comments about Trump (you do not name him but the reference is obvious). There were a number of prophecies that he would help the USA return to God. Were those prophecies wrong? Has he already fulfilled them by being one step in a process the entirety of which we cannot yet see? Is it really too late for him to redeem the situation?

    Or are you perhaps being harsh? We do not know the full depth of the internal opposition Trump faced. David Wilkerson had to suffer a very public and humiliating initial failure, for example.

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    • Thanks for reading and for your comment. I am certainly aware that there were many such prophecies regarding the former President. There were some who predicted his initial election, for example. Regarding helping the USA return to God, I’m not sure of specifics. There was so much said by so many. Such prophecies are often general in scope and sometimes don’t have much substance. If you recall, in the period between the 2020 election and January 20, 2021, there were many who insisted it would be President Trump taking the oath but that obviously never happened. I was very involved in that time period with keeping up with every bit of actual research and news coming out regarding the election. For those who did the work in staying informed the steal was obvious. At the end, any prophecy which said he would remain President was wrong.

      Now, at least two years before the 2020 election I was already predicting a likely Trump landslide. That pretty much happened but the fix was in. President Trump did many good things during his time in office, in my opinion. A second term would have likely brought more progress. Whether he helped the USA return to God is subjective.

      The point of this article was to help Christians understand that we must all turn to God as individuals and let the Lord know we are serious. We must be willing to change, allow Him to change us for the better, and be willing to make necessary changes to serve Him better. Our focus must be on the Lord Jesus. We are still not there yet in an appreciable way but I believe we are getting there. The spiritual battle is very strong.

      Regarding prophecies, the Lord revealed to me going on twelve years ago that America was in the early stages of a national Great Awakening. This has certainly proved to be true but many Christians continue to insist on putting their faith in others or traditional methods rather than the Lord and His way. Perhaps these increasingly difficult times will assist in the process of helping us focus on the Lord.

      In the meantime, the Lord Jesus is ever faithful and will always take care of His own regardless of circumstances.

      Blessings

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      • I would not disagree with any of that. Although today, as it happens, Trump’s tenure has again proved highly consequential – for all its difficulties – given his determination to appoint conservatives to the SC.

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  2. It was good to see you come up in my email this morning! Been a while since I heard from you.

    There’s a lot of content here that I need to think about.

    I’ve been in I and II Peter in my blog for several weeks now. At this moment, I’m working through II Peter 2, which is almost completely about the dangers of false teachers. It is interesting to me that as I’ve worked through these verses, I’ve seen my readership drop almost daily. Peter doesn’t mince words, and neither do I. Apparently, people do not want to read it. We need to read it. It is even more present and applicable today than it has ever been.

    Blessings to you, RJ, as you continue to speak truth.

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    • Thanks Linda. I appreciate it. That post you wrote the other day about false teachers was excellent. Peter’s letters are very strong. As you know, he was writing at a time in the early to mid-60s AD when everything was escalating toward the final conflagration. I’ve done much work in this area over the last few years. It was likely that Peter was writing from Jerusalem and was a firsthand witness. He therefore did not mince words when warning about false teachers and what was coming.

      Blessings to you Linda. I hope y’all are doing well.

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  3. Yes, regardless of the landscape, our God reigns. Many of the remnant church are actively out there working for the Kingdom, and our God, who always works in mysterious wondrous ways, has already won every battle. The wicked shall be caught in the snares they set for others. We look not to circumstances but to the greatness of our God. (RJ, do you follow the Flyover Conservative podcast on Rumble? It’s one I like to watch, along with others. Anyone still glued to mainstream fake media are hugely sadly misled — total propaganda—owned by two major globalist companies). In fact we are in a war — of the ages right now, it is comprised of unconventional and covert operations by corrupt people in high places, and we will do well as remnant believers to continue to be alert, to occupy til He comes, and to fix our eyes on Jesus. Shalom.

    “For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭100:5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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    • Excellent. AMEN. Thanks Susan. I’ll need to check out that podcast. As I wrote the other day, THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE. It’s just not in the major media. The Lord knows exactly how to keep His people strong and aware. It obviously starts with His Word. There is so much truth out there at present it is very difficult to keep up with all of it. The Lord has blessed us with a multitude of truthful media.

      Be Blessed today. Thank you for your work.

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      • Bless you BIG-ly, RJ. All of Isaiah 59 speaks to me of the woes of our times…but, GOD…our God who changes not, always comes through. Let us hold high our shields of faith.

        “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear. So truth fails, And he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. Then the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him That there was no justice. He saw that there was no man, And wondered that there was no intercessor; Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; And His own righteousness, it sustained Him. For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, And was clad with zeal as a cloak. According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay, Fury to His adversaries, Recompense to His enemies; The coastlands He will fully repay. So shall they fear The name of the Lord from the west, And His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. “As for Me,” says the Lord, “this is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants’ descendants,” says the Lord, “from this time and forevermore.””
        ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭59:1, 15-19, 21‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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  4. I think you have opened up a can of worms, so to speak. On one hand, we have the casual culture, on the other hand we have the Bible (infallible Word of God) and the sacred traditions of the Church — and instructions as to how to dress and act. What stand should we make? There is an associate pastor in my church who has tattoos all over his arms. His wife – the same. I cringe when I see them in short sleeves, yet I do not question their salvation or their walk with the Lord. I’m not the judge. I also see sloppy jeans and shorts in the sanctuary, looking like we are at a ballgame instead of in the presence of the Lord. There’s no beer or hotdogs — maybe that’s next????. I’ve even seen someone sitting in a pew, drinking a McDonald coffee. I don’t like these things, but I do not make any waves (but don’t expect me to not speak my mind, if asked). Here’s how I look at it. God is our Creator and is due all respect and reverence when in His presence in the sanctuary…..the place where we have prayed and asked for Him to show up. He is to be honored. That means, dress and act like you are in the presence of Jehovah God Almighty. Honor Him in every way.
    If we had an appointment to visit Queen Elizabeth, would we enter the palace and her presence in sloppy jeans and shorts, and drink a McDonald coffee while standing in her palace, and in front of her throne? No, we would not do that. We would dress and act appropriately. Same – even more so with God in His holy temple. Careless, casual and unrefined Christians quench the Holy Spirit of God during worship with this “culture stuff”, and it really ticks me off that my spirit has to overlook so many things, while I’m trying to worship the King of all Kings. This type of disrespectful casualness is why the church is failing in many ways. Boy, you really got me going!!!!

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    • Beer’s already been done. Not sure about hot dogs.

      I appreciate your comment, Mary. All the stuff you describe is seen by some to be perfectly allowable though I don’t believe there is any New Testament justification for it past a certain point. One can go too far in the other direction as well and insist on “church clothes” in which women wear relatively expensive dresses and all the men wear suits and ties. I wore suits and ties for many years, usually on Sundays. But I also wore blue jeans since mid-week services and prayer meetings were more casual. I think the bottom line is that our attitude must be respectful not only for the things of God but for the Presence of the Lord.

      When the Spirit of the Lord is in a place each person must know to honor and respect Him. However, the Lord is often not in very many church services. He is often not wanted. This means people are not having respect for Him so much as for their proceedings when they demand more respectful compliance. And if they allow for sloppiness it’s the same thing in the other direction.

      If everyone dresses for and acts like they are anywhere else but in a gathering for the Lord it could be the Lord isn’t there, because if He was people would have a greater tendency to be on their face before Him— humble, respectful, teachable, sincere, and honorable for what is supposed to take place there. This must be taught. If not, the people in charge must spend more time in prayer and fasting and seeking God and ask for His presence. In general, when the Lord shows up people know it and quickly get their act together.

      But again, the culture has overtaken many churches. Some churches are already dead. Some are dying. Some are hanging on. It’s really quite ridiculous. Once Christians decide to honor the Lord Jesus properly everything changes for the better. HE IS OUR LIFE.

      In my opinion, you should continue to let your voice be heard. You may be the one to help with this problem. Keep up the good work!

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  5. Often, the Lord tells us in his word to be ready, to watch. If we heed no one else we should heed him.

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