Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.   Heb 11:1

      

 Hollywood Faith Christian Center

      HFCC | Message from the Pastor


   "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desire, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers, and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables." (2 Tim 4:3-4)
    Today we are now living in the times that Paul warned young Timothy about.   We have churches and ministries tripping over themselves to modify their doctrines to fit modern "pop" culture and the "itching ears" of the politically correct and hip Hollywood (CA) elite "A-listers". Because of this "itching" that is going on, the LGBT agenda is working its way into the seeker sensitive church.  So much so that you now have a famous "concert driven" church in New York with openly gay choir directors.  The pastors of that church smugly proclaim that Jesus never said anything specifically about homosexuality.  Fasten your seat belts as more ministries, due to the "God of this age" ...money...will modify their doctrines to preach a further watered down gospel.  By the way, the Old and the New Testament both are quite clear on where God stands on same sex marriage.  He is against it!
    As the "watering down" continues you will have another of Paul's admonitions to Timothy coming to pass.  "....having a form of godliness but denying its power.  And from such people turn away!"  (2 Time 3:5)  Paul warned Timothy about a powerless church that would arise and not be much more than a social club.  Those churches would be without the power to heal, restore, transform, deliver, and set free.  They would be benevolent churches handing out pabulum with platitudes and having meetings without changing lives.  And worse, as Paul predicted those churches will be filled to capacity because man does not want to confront the evils in society or hear about their own sin.  Paul told Timothy, "run away Timothy, from those places!"
    In a recent survey about church life, many people were disappointed in the "seeker sensitive" church.  They felt they had been promised transformation and never received it.  The problem...those churches are selling something to the folks that they didn't have the ability to do.  Your transformation is up to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit.  But if they don't have the Holy Spirit in those churches then those churches are left with making empty promises that, like so many politicians, hope that the public doesn't notice were not delivered.
    The good news is that the gospel is bigger than a "fad move in the church" or any government decree.  The government can take away tax exempt status but it cannot take away the Spirit from the churches that are filled with the Holy Spirit.  Truth has a way of transcending even the most repressive of governments or ill-informed church thought.  People are looking for the real gospel, not the plastic gospel.  Whenever the church has been attacked or persecuted, it has grown.  The Spirit of the Lord seems to be able to reach hearts, even when the church fails.  The truth of the Word of God is eternal and slices through the cloud of untruths and distortions.  How else can you explain the growth of the church in Iran with severe Islamic government persecution and no public preaching?  Jesus Himself has appeared to millions of Iranians that He alone is their salvation.  In Ezekiel 34, the word says that, "Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out." (Ezek 34:11)  If we don't do the job, the Lord will do the job for us.
   What's the solution? Know the word of God!  Spend time in prayer, listen to God's voice, and finally stay in church and support each other..."not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching."  (Heb 10:25)
 
     
 
                                                                            
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