2 Thessalonians 2:3 KJV “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a FALLING AWAY FIRST, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.”
The scriptures repeatedly foretell a time when there would be great animosity for God even among those claiming to be believers. Instead of folks streaming to the the truth, truth would be cast to the ground, with the help of a ruling entity:
Daniel 8:11-12 KJV “Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.  And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it CAST DOWN THE TRUTH to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.”
Matthew 10:22 KJV “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”
Is not the world we live in as scripture describes? Is not truth cast down to the ground? Are people not hated for the name of Jesus Christ everywhere?
WHY CAN’T I FIND A TRUE CHURCH?
There are many who will say, “I go to a good church, you should come to my church.” But who’s definition of, “a good church,” are we going by here? Theirs or God’s? Usually theirs. To some folks a good church is a place where there is live music, a good meal after service, and a popular, charismatic, preacher. To others less showmanship and sticking to the word is so much more, even if there are few members present. If you’re wondering why it’s so hard to find a good church these days listen to Jesus’ own words:
Matthew 24:10-13 NLT “And MANY WILL TURN AWAY FROM ME and betray and hate each other.  And MANY FALSE PROPHETS WILL APPEAR and will DECEIVE MANY PEOPLE.  Sin will be rampant everywhere, and THE LOVE OF MANY WILL GROW COLD.  But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”
Jesus said in the time of the end most folks would, “TURN AWAY,” from Him, not come running to Him. Does that sound like a great falling away or a great revival? I often think of the above text when I hear preachers claiming to have these great revivals over here and over there. Not saying people can’t be revived. Their claims just don’t match the scriptures. What Jesus Christ Himself said would be going on today is just the opposite:
Matthew 24:23-26 NIRV “At that time someone may say to you, ‘Look! Here is the Messiah!’ Or, ‘There he is!’ Do not believe it. False messiahs and false prophets will appear. They will do great signs and miracles. They will try to fool God’s chosen people if possible. See, I have told you ahead of time. “So if anyone tells you, ‘He is a long way out in the desert,’ do not go out there. Or if anyone says, ‘He is deep inside the house,’ do not believe it.”
How true is this scripture! I was recently invited to be a part of a church by a man who said he was one of the 7 elders of the church. It was in a different state deep out in the woods somewhere. They promised to furnish me with a place to live etcetera. The man knew the Bible well. But when I checked out his church website he proudly directed me too all I saw was them praising and lifting up men. One of these men I know for sure is a heretic who preaches a different gospel. This man through his books, sermons, and the like has misled many. The man has been dead for some time but to this day many especially leaders in churches view him as a great example. I gently confronted the church elder about this and the answwers he gave me were so pitifal I wanted to cry. Because I knew this man was headed straight for hell if he did not repent. I thought about how many in his church and folks around the world that their website is misleading. Jesus was not joking when he said there would be many false prophets claiming to have Him (the Messiah) in their midst.
Despite all the false preachers and all the fake churches you and I can be saved if we endure to the end.
We are living in great apostasy as foretold by scripture. The bright side to this is it means Jesus is really about to come soon. The scripture says the falling away has to happen first before Jesus returns. (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3) So there’s nothing that could stop that from happening. But what I also find interesting is in Matthew 24:13, and Matthew 10:22 Jesus says, “the one who endures to the end will be saved.” That means despite all the false preachers and all the fake churches you and I can be saved if we endure to the end.😊 Our situation is not hopeless just because falsehood is running rampant.
CAN YOU SERVE GOD WITHOUT BELONGING TO A CHURCH?
If we find some real servants of God to fellowship with–as they are few and far in between–by all means meet with them. (Hebrews 10:24-25) But remember Jesus’ words says we will all be judged by God individually (“the ONE who endures to the end will be saved”). He did not say if we find the right church fellowship we will be saved. Annanias and Sapphira found the right church. They fellowshipped at the church with the apostles who walked daily with Jesus. But they were both judged for their sin. Finding the right church wasn’t enough to save them. Read about what happened with this couple please in the book of Acts 4:32-5:1-10. And yet people like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Elijah, Jeremiah, Daniel, and many others were often alone away from likeminded people of faith and served God faithfully. Hmmmmmm.
Many of us know about Job; the man who refused to curse God no matter how much physical and mental torture the Devil put him through. The Bible tells us that Job was the most righteous man in all the earth. (Job 1:8) Yet Job did not have a church he belonged to.
Joseph is another great example who was taken away from his father Jacob at a very young age. Jacob was a great encouragement to his son Joseph when they were together. But when they became separated Joseph grew into manhood in a land he knew nothing about and among foreigners who worshipped false gods. Yet Joseph did not curse God for being mistrerated (sold into slavery) by his own brothers, and then going to prison for a crime he did not commit. In spite of all this, and not having likeminded believers to fellowship with Joseph maintained his integrity to God!
And ahh Jeremiah; this man was among the chosen people of God the Israelites who were steeped in apostasy. God chose Jeremiah to warn the people to repent from their wicked ways. Jeremiah did indeed warn the rebellious house of Israel repeatedly for 40 years yet no one paid attention to what he said. Can you imagine preaching to the same people (who claim to know God) over and over for 40 YEARS, and all they do is persecute and ignore you? Jeremiah faithfully did his job through thick anfd thin. He lived among apostates, not a true church, but this did not deter him from serving God!
And lastly the apostle John found the true church. He met with Jesus Christ himself regularly. After Jesus death and ressurection John fellowshipped with other true believers and was a pillar in the church. Then one day he found himself exiled away from like-minded, true believers. John was persecuted and put on the Island of Patmos (alone) as a punishment for preaching about Jesus Christ. (Revelation 1:9) Did John’s faith waver because he now had no church on earth to fellowship with? No. In fact it was while he was alone on the Island of Patmos that the Lord Jesus came to him and gave him a series of powerful dreams, visions, and instructions that John recorded then later shared with God’s people, and the world! We know these powerful dreams, visions, and instructions today as The Book Of Revelation.
YES, you can indeed serve God even if you don’t have a church fellowship here on earth. It is my prayer that believers everywhere will examine this next text and realize the true church we all (true believers) belong to whether they’ve found a good fellowship or not:
Hebrews 12:22-24 NIRV “But you have come to Mount Zion. You have come to the city of the living God. This is the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to a joyful gathering of angels. There are thousands and thousands of them. You have come to the CHURCH of God’s people. God’s first and only Son is over all things. God’s people share in what belongs to his Son. Their names are written in heaven. You have come to God, who is the Judge of all people. You have come to the spirits of godly people who have been made perfect. You have come to Jesus. He is the go-between of a new covenant. You have come to the sprinkled blood. It promises better things than the blood of Abel.”
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