20Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come. He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed , the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:20-21
We enter the kingdom of God, or the kingdom of God enters us, when we repent of our sin and place our faith in Jesus Christ believing all that the Scriptures tell us about Him and what He has done for us, that He died upon the cross for our sins, for our reconciliation to God; and rose again from the dead for our justification and sanctification in the truth and godliness. This is a sovereign supernatural work of the Holy Spirit within the heart of the believer.
5Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:5-8
Today, however, there are many who reign over vast empires within the “visible church”. For many of us, that engenders in our minds the Vatican ruled over by the pope and his prelates. When it comes to the “evangelical church” there are many who would be popes ruling and reigning over their enormous enterprises, who just like the pope in Rome, have nothing to do with the genuine kingdom of God. Their kingdom is a product of the flesh and generates the works of the flesh.
19Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outburst of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21
Heresy is a work of the flesh and attacks Jesus Christ, who He is, what He has done for us, and what He has said in His Word the inspired, infallible, inerrant Bible. These men with their large empires teach things that agree with those who have no desire for the sound doctrine of the Scripture, but instead want their fancies entertained as they descend on their way to hell. They teach doctrines of works righteousness, or doctrines of lasciviousness and greed. They encourage the lost to set-up their own mini-realms all the while leading them to believe that they are acceptable to God and on their way to heaven. These would be evangelical popes are pied-pipers leading the lost on the broad way which destines in damnation. I shudder to think of their horrified reaction when they become fully aware that they have been doomed to destruction because they loved unrighteousness rather than the truth.
2Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4and they will turn their ears ways from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 2 Timothy 4:2-4
13”Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
These “Christian” czars are producing fruit that is ripe for the anti-Christ and his kingdom of deception and perdition. They preach a false way that leads to the end time apostate harlot church and these workers of iniquity will be rewarded for their wicked work. They cleverly use the truth of the Word of God as wedge within the hearts of those who listen so they can then push in their false teaching, contradicting God’s truth. God’s elect, who have received the love of the truth, will not be deceived because Jesus ever works on their behalf, but they can lose their reward by following these minions of the enemy of our souls.
9The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,10and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 13But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-13
16…as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their won destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. 17You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from you won steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever. Amen 2 Peter 3:16-18
As the beloved by the Lord, how are we to respond to this end time flood of apostasy perpetrated by Satan against the church of the Living God? We must remember that our Chief Shepherd Jesus Christ is the One Who leads us in the Way. We must fight the good fight of faith. We must contend earnestly for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. We must hold fast our confession made in the presence of many witnesses. We must share the truth to deliver the deceived out of the clutches of the enemy of our souls!
14”I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. 15As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd…25Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. 26But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. 27My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and on one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 30I and My Father are One.” John 10:14-16 & 25-30
7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8
12Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, 14that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, 15which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen 1 Timothy 6:12-16
19Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20let him know that he who turns a sinner for the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins. James 5:19-20
These huge works of men bear witness to their opposition to the kingdom of God. Jesus Christ and His apostles never had great man-made kingdoms that they boasted about; they did the work of for the kingdom of God amidst much opposition and persecution. Here is a partial list of “Christian” leadership that you must be wary of: Kenneth Copeland, Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyers, Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, Billy and Franklin Graham, John Piper, John MacArthur, James Dobson. There are more, but these have very large followings and pervert the truth of God. For a list of contemporary “Christian” leaders to avoid please click this link: