Is it possible that many places that should be houses of worship are instead havens of devils? The church should rightly be a place where folks oppressed by demonic powers can come and receive deliverance. But today some church assemblies are inviting demons in their places of worship. It behooves the believer to ensure that they are attending a church that is driving demons away by the power of God, not inviting them through compromises with the devil.
Just recently a world renowned pastor invited a popular talk show host to be one of the center stage speakers at one of the largest Christian events in the United States. The popular talk show host appeared on the Christian “spiritual” event to speak about “life issues”. This talk show host propagates new age ideas, and declared several times that Jesus Christ is not the only way to God. Yet, she has now been embraced and invited into the popular church event to share her ideas with millions of Christians. In this scenario, the place of worship has made itself a haven for devils. No wonder the event culminated with a media “cross-dresser” laying hands on a well-known Bishop – a confusing occurrence.
The above is just one example. Today we have churches being led by homosexual pastors; one in particular openly lives in homosexuality with his partner the “first gentleman”. Speaking in tongues, dancing in the Spirit, and ecstatic worship singing seem to be taking place at these places, but do not take this for true worship. True worship is in Truth (John 4:24). While the gifts of the Spirit are still active today, often we have manifestations of the flesh, and works of devils. We cannot deny the fundamentals of the Bible and still claim to be in true worship. Talented singing cannot replace true worship. The church is the pillar and ground of the truth (I Timothy 3:16). It is in truth that true worship takes place. Outside of truth, all we have are lips honoring God, but void of heartfelt worship (Isaiah 29:13).
Time would fail to speak of all the different examples of churches inviting demons into their place of worship. Shockingly, some churches are teaching yoga, and adopting meditation practices from Eastern religions (Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism).
Isaiah 2:6 Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers.
Some are diving headlong into dietary practices often from Eastern religions, failing to heed the warning of I Timothy 4:1-3 – giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils…commanding to abstain from meats. Some are adopting plurality, even to the point of allowing leaders from the Mormon cult to speak in their pulpits. There are some churches around the world mixing their worship with practices from animism (worship of spirits), and practices of divination.
Divination is creeping into many churches. Practices such as candle-burning, blessing holy water, moving in circles, spinning, rhythmic breathing patterns, forward bending and stepping movements, special baths, using an assortment of special oils, special fabric wrapping are used to conjure up spirits, and produce “spirit possession”. These practices are not commanded in the Bible and are really forms of divination. It invites demons in what should be the place of worship. In many Catholic churches around the world, divination is a common practice among the congregants mixing elements of the catholic religion with voodu. The Catholic church itself practices mild forms of divination with the blessing of the holy water, and the worship of Mary and the practice of praying to dead saints.
The Bible teaches us to come out from among them and to be separate (2 Corinthians 6:17). Christians should choose the right place of worship – a place where the teaching and practices are based on the Bible through Jesus Christ; a place where the leaders fit the biblical mandate of church leadership (I Timothy 3); a place where fruits and the gifts of the Spirit are cultivated; a place where a vision of soul-winning and discipleship is propagated. Our own temples must be kept clean so that we can experience a true life of worship in our walk. Let us not contaminate our temples with the things of devils. No More Whacky Worship.