On earth today, nothing bears greater testimony to Satan’s ingenuity as the MASTER OF DECEPTION like what WE call the Christian church.

In the space of two millennia, Satan has taken God’s GREATEST WORK on earth – the church – and re-moulded it completely after his own image and desire.

Thus, if Jesus comes into the world today, He would have ABSOLUTELY NO PLACE in what is today known as church!!! In fact, Jesus will NOT even recognise it as an entity that He has ANYTHING to do with - talk less of describing it as HIS BODY! Presenting the church of today as the BODY OF CHRIST is the most twisted and wicked joke that Satan has pulled off – right under the nose of a bewitched and bemused world.

Let’s look at one of the reasons that make this quite intriguing. The core values that Jesus stood and died for are very well documented in the MOST FAMOUS DOCUMENT in the whole world – the Holy Bible.

The Bible is the book that has been most rigorously tested for authenticity and validity. Furthermore, it is the book that has enjoyed the HIGHEST PRINT RUN in human history – billions and billions of copies. 

It is this well-tested book that details the life and teachings of Jesus Christ in less than 200 pages in the Gospels. As the Bible is the MOST READ book in the world today, we can assume that, throughout history, quite a huge chunk of humanity have an idea of who Jesus Christ is, and the core values that He represents.

YET, in spite of this CLEAR DOCUMENTATION, Satan has managed to create A BODY (called ‘church’) that has very little or no resemblance to the Man that the whole Bible is all about – Jesus Christ! 

Whereas it is easy to see that there is a GROSS MISMATCH between this entity and what men have read about Jesus, yet almost all of humanity believe that this FAKE entity is THE CHURCH! The ‘BODY’ of the HOLIEST MAN that ever walked on the earth!!!

See the fog? See the illusion? See the TOTAL BEWITCHMENT of the human race by the dazzling display of Satan’s power to hold the whole of mankind in DECEPTION and MIND CONTROL? (An ability that he will use to the hilt when his Antichrist arrives shortly to captivate the whole world).

In the Bible, God did not leave Himself without witnesses on what His TRUE CHURCH looks like. From eye-witness accounts, we know that it is possible for men to recognise the UTTER DISTINCTIVENESS of God’s TRUE church. For His genuine church can NEVER, EVER blend in with the landscape of man’s society and other worldly institutions. 

Here are a couple of such accounts in the Bible:
“Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon's Portico. NONE OF THE REST DARED JOIN THEM, but the people held them in high esteem.” (Acts 5:12-13)

“… but YOUR FAITH IN GOD HAS GONE FORTH EVERYWHERE, so that we need not say anything. For they themselves report … how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God….” (1 Thess 1:8-9)

These testimonies about God’s TRUE church are not a fluke. They confirm Jesus’ teaching that His Body will be DISTINCT in the world by standing completely apart from the world and its ways. Just as light is different from darkness. Just as salt is different from sawdust. 

In fact, the Bible is clear that to love the world, to be like the world, is to be AN ENEMY OF GOD. 
Enemy as in ENEMY!!! (James 4:4, 1 John 2:15-17, John 15:18-19, etc).

Ironically, what man today calls ‘the church’ is full to the brim with these ENEMIES OF GOD! And, yet, it is still CALLED the ‘body of Christ’!!! See the parody of Satan’s twisted joke on BLIND humanity?

Let’s look at a practical example. Nigeria has the highest number of Pentecostal churches/Christians in Africa. With a combined membership that runs into tens of millions, these churches are the most active and vibrant segment of the Christian community in the country. The most visible face of Jesus Christ in the land.

Yet, in these Pentecostal churches, not a single one of the TOP TEN LEADERS (usually called General Overseers) knows or practices the GENUINE Gospel of Jesus Christ! Not even ONE!!! But, to ignorant mankind, these men are the ‘divine representatives’ of God, the voice of Jesus in Nigeria! Sad, but very true – as incontrovertibly evidenced by the EVIL fruits of the church in Nigeria. Fruits that everybody can see clearly. This is how pervasive the bewitchment is.

When Jesus was on the earth, He could not stand the SHEER HYPOCRISY of the cult of the Pharisees. In Matthew 23, He pronounced eight ‘WOES’ upon the cult. In contempt of their evil ways, Jesus commanded His disciples, “… IT SHALL NOT BE SO AMONG YOU….” (Matthew 20:25-28).

Yet, today, it is EXTREMELY EASY to identify at least 10 different ways that the CHURCH LEADERS of today are EXACTLY like the cult of the Pharisees that Jesus denounced!!! Just imagine that! (An article outlining these 10 different ways is available here).

In the same way, in 1 Timothy 3:15, the Bible describes God’s church as ‘the pillar and ground of the truth’. Please think about those two terms – THE GROUND OF THE TRUTH as well as THE PILLAR OF THE TRUTH. Yet, in our days, it is easy to outline 10 different reasons you may never find THE TRUTH in what we today call church. (These 10 reasons are also listed in another article here.)

So, if what we call ‘the church’ is clearly NOT the church that Jesus died to birth, why are over 99% of ‘Christians’ TRAPPED in these institutions? Why are they failing to see that this ‘BODY’ does not look like its HEAD, Jesus Christ? The Holy One that said, “A GOOD tree cannot bring forth EVIL fruit….” (Matthew 7:18)

The answer lies in Satan’s extraordinary ability to convince man that black is WHITE, and that white is BLACK. The awesome power of illusion and bewitchment. 

Men have NOT even seen the worst of this power yet! It is still in the future, manifesting in the dazzling appearance of Satan’s Antichrist on the centre-stage of human existence. That is when this power will climax as mankind embraces the Antichrist, and becomes sucked into a giant cesspit of deception and bewitchment (Revelation 13:3).

“But where is God in all these?! Why has He not moved to stop Satan from turning ‘the church’ upside-down?!” We may be tempted to ask. The answer is simple. God is where He has always been! He is in the same place He was when Satan slithered his slimy way towards Eve in the Garden of Eden. 

Have we ever paused to think about why God did not act quickly to stop Satan from reaching Eve??? It is called FREEWILL! 

Freewill is God’s gift to mankind. A ‘tool’ for man to chart his course in the world that God created and gave us to run on His behalf.

Thus, man has THE POWER to make choices! Good or evil. Light or darkness. God or mammon. God or Satan. In all these options, man’s RECURRING choice has always been clear: “…they did not like to retain God in their knowledge….” (Romans 1:28)

This inclination is both the precursor and the basis for the awesome power that Satan wields over humanity. It is a matter of CHOICE. And for as long as man continues to CHOOSE Satan over God, so long will man continue to get the fullness of Satan – warts and all! Deception. Manipulation. Bewitchment. And God will continue to RESPECT man’s freewill to make his FREE CHOICE.

For this is the real essence of FREEWILL – the FREEDOM TO CHOOSE. As well as the FREEDOM TO HARVEST the consequences of our choices. In all these, God remains God! He’s neither enhanced nor diminished by the choices that man freely elects to make.

Friends, there is still a way out today! God has made man an offer that can set him COMPLETELY FREE from Satan’s yoke of deception and bewitchment. This take-it-or-leave-it offer is embodied in embracing the truth of Jesus Christ. But it is an offer that is approaching its FINAL DAYS as the return of Christ becomes more and more imminent.

And if, today, any man is involved in that MASSIVE DECEPTION that is commonly called ‘church’, please remember that it is also a MATTER OF CHOICE!!! A freewill choice to believe that an institution that is so EVIDENTLY contrary to what Jesus stood and died for is actually HIS BODY! It is in this deception that over 99% of Christians abide today – both the leaders and the led alike! Blindness.

Thankfully, on the other side of the road, the love of Christ awaits all that are willing to TRULY REPENT, break the YOKE of that deception, and walk into the LIFE OF GOD in Christ Jesus. 

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if ANY MAN hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to HIM, and will sup with HIM, and HE with me.” (Rev 3:20)

Till today, this love awaits the TRULY repentant heart. Please be one of them. Please RUN FAR AWAY from what man calls church today. For, it is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT from what God calls HIS church!!!

Thanks for reading, God bless you.

This Message was first published on Church Watch in Nigeria facebook page

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