I visited a brother the other day and immediately I sat down he turned on the TV. He told me he had 70 Christian channels. I watched in fascination as he flipped from one channel to another. It was obvious that he had no favorite station; he would watch whatever program appeared most titillating at that time. As he turned from one station to another I could not help noticing how Christianity had gone clearly overboard. So many other things appear to have replaced the true ministries that Christ set in the Church “for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” Eph 4:12
Because of a lack of the ministry of the apostle in the church today there is so much deception, folly and even outright witchcraft going on. Now in Christian churches there are things like:
‘Business Breakthrough and Financial Increase’;
‘Receive Undeniable Favor and Breakthrough as you Partner with Us’;
‘Our U.S. Dollar Account No.’;
‘Counselling/ Deliverance Ministry’;
‘Duplication of Anointing’;
‘Enforcing Redemption: Taking Back What The Devil Has Stolen’.
Needless to say, the list is endless.
The Church should be made aware that the devil is able to transform himself into an angel of light and his servants are able to transform themselves into ministers of righteousness (2 Cor. 11:13-14). That means that in these last days there is going to be deception of enormous proportions from the enemy. Paul calls these ministers ‘deceitful workers’. Workers of what? No doubt, workers of miracles. Therefore, through powerful spiritual manifestations it will be possible even for the elect to be deceived. That is why it is so dangerous for Christians to swallow anything and everything that is thrown at them “in the Name of Jesus”. It is also very dangerous to seek after signs and wonders, for therein many will be deceived. The Apostle Paul says: “For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:23-24
The true ministries of Jesus Christ within the Church, under the fatherhood of the apostle, will confront and deal with the flesh. This is where many Christians diverge off to something else because they do not want to be confronted. They want to hear sweet things. But the apostle is a father. Under his leadership and authority these ministries will not misuse people, nor trample upon them as men seek after their own glory. On the contrary, they will edify and build up the Body as one, holding onto the Head, Jesus Christ Himself. Men and women will learn to surrender their lives and allow a deep work in their hearts so their lives can be changed to reflect the true character – the life and love – of Christ. That is what constitutes true spiritual maturity.