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Steven Yeadon

Are We Teaching the Bible Well in Our Churches?

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I live in Oakland, CA, and there are no IFB churches within a 100 mile radius. Although there are churches that use only the King James Bible, some of their doctrines seem off kilter. I can honestly say that this website is the only place where I can not forsake the assembly of believers as scripture states, but a website does not suffice. I use to attend a church which was nearby which was the closest to an IFB church and what an IFB church believes with regards to doctrine, and other fundamental beliefs that the IFB holds to. That church moved to another location too far of a distance for me because I can only drive so far because of my chronic pain in my legs and ankles. And now that it has been taken over by 7th day Adventists. I am absolutely appalled that even some Baptist churches here in Oakland disseminate new age doctrines of devils such as "Mother Gaia", and that homosexuality is taught in the bible. I cannot comprehend how someone behind a pulpit, that has theological degrees from prominent Universities, can come to such a conclusion. 

I am no Pastor, just an old white haired preacher (with memory problems) that have studied the bible for over 40 years, and my main forte is doctrinal issues. This is why I become indignant when false doctrines are being disseminated to the congregations. Jesus said, "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:19). The Word of God clearly states: "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;" and having their ears tickled (1 Tim. 4:1-3,4). These are referred to as "feel good ministries." This is one of the reasons as to why I believe that our dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, will return for His bride in this generation as it is laid out in scripture. I've also noticed that bad "bible teachers" also come with a bad attitude. This seemed to be the case in Jesus' day when He dealt with the Pharisees and Sadducees. Every word Jesus spoke was TRUTH, and no guile was found in Him. This was one of the reasons why the religious leaders had so much animosity towards Him. Furthermore, they hated Him because He corrected their false teachings that were handed down through traditions of men (Mk, 7:8,9).

My greatest desire is for a spiritual revival, and an awakening to the truth of scripture, and to worship God in spirit and in truth (Jn.4:24) I pray for this almost every day. My wife cries herself to sleep because of the current state that the churches and the rapid decline of morality. We are living in an age where "Christian" rap songs, and other CCM. The lyrics are bad enough, but even the style of music concerns me. Music alone can sway the listeners to do things they normally wouldn't do had they not listened to it. 

But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him. And Saul's servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee. Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well. (1 Samuel 16:14-16)

In closing, I believe the Greatest Revival will take place during the Tribulation.

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; (Revelation 7:9)
 
And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. (Revelation 7:13,14)

Time is too short, and life is running on empty to not engage in some sort of ministry (cf. James 4:14), and I encourage anyone who isn't in a ministry to do just that. 

God Bless,

Daniel

 

Edited by (Omega)
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@(Omega) I feel so bad for you. I looked online and the one church that mentioned Oakland, once I looked it up said San Leandro. I'm not familiar with the area (I live in Nevada). Here's a link to the site http://fundamental.org/fundamental/churches/index.php3?action=listchurchesinstate&statename=California I hope you can find a home soon. 

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9 hours ago, (Omega) said:

You are a godsend. I checked out your link and there is an IFB church in Alameda, California. Alameda is about a 15 minute drive from Oakland. Once again, thank you very much!

You are so welcome. It was my pleasure to look for a church. 

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