I have taken a long time away from television and an even longer time away from “christian tv”. Why I decided to watch it again, I cannot say. Here is a synopsis of what I have observed tonight.
Paula White show…talking about the Tabernacle in the Wilderness, and in fact walked through a full size replica built somewhere in the south. The whole point of her show was to talk about the Day of Atonement and how we need to honor that day today as Christians, because if we do God will bless us in 7 ways. So how do we honor the day and get the blessings? By sending a sacrificial gift to her ministry.
Another station…Grant Jeffrey is speaking with a couple about how the liberal media has distorted the whole Israeli/Palestinian conflict and how it is completely the fault of the Palestinians as to why there is no peace in the middle east and that Israel has done so much to try to make peace.
TBN…the Pastor being interviewed speaking about how the church needs to take control of every area of culture.
Jimmy Swaggart “Camp Meeting” a young man singing with a praise team on how HE was going to take back all that the devil had stolen from him, including his soul. Then an evangelist comes out and speaks to the congregation on how they are to honor God by giving sacrifically so that they receive God has for them. And the Lord told him that some can give $1000.00 or more. He prays and then people come running up to the stage to drop their money on the steps, hoping for that elusive blessing from God. After that a man in the congregation screams out “simbala…migutala…simbala…traniqua…blahbity bipity do…” and then conveniently interprets for us too.
Another station, ” Free 3 Fold Blessing Oil”… with a testimonial, woman sent for the oil because she couldn’t get pregnant, she anointed her “belly” went to the doctor and found out she was pregnant.
KTV…going to see horror movies will open you up to demonic influences…and partying too hard will cause you to get beat up and find yourself in a limo to hell with satan as the driver.
There is so much wrong with all of these but I will only say this. In most of these settings it was the viewer or the person in the congregation that needed to do SOMETHING to get God to do SOMETHING for them. Many of these situations puts the onus of failure or success on the person. There is only one problem with that. What is being taught is not Christianity, it is a false religion that uses just enough Christian words in order to manipulate people.
If Jesus is not the center, if Jesus is not the author and perfector of our faith, if Jesus is not the One that has fulfilled the law and secured for us forgiveness of our sins, a restored relationship with the Creator, and all the blessings of God, then it is not the Christian faith. Period.
And many are being deceived by the deceived.